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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

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(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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JSA BULLETIN: Reducing Internal Theft

While every business faces the threat of employee theft, jewelers are especially vulnerable due to the high value of the merchandise involved. While the vast majority of employees are honest, the small percentage who will attempt to steal can inflict very serious damage on a jewelry firm. The ingenuity of dishonest employees has no limits and ranges from simple acts like secretly removing goods from the premises, or removing cash from the cash drawer, to more complex schemes.

However, the risks that jewelers face from internal theft can be reduced through careful hiring and proper supervision. If an owner hires employees with a clean past, and has careful controls, losses from internal theft can be contained.
Basic hiring procedures focusing on honesty
  1. Merely having stated procedures on hiring and background checks can help deter dishonest candidates from even applying or continuing in the hiring process.
  2. Have candidates fill out a written employment application, even if they have a resume. Obtain information on prior employment and education, including GIA, AGS or other courses. Also obtain information on any other names used, address, social security number, telephone and driver's license.
  3. Interview the candidate, avoiding any of the questions and topics (listed below) that may be restricted by federal, state or local law.
  4. Examine identification that is available and make copies, such as driver's license, visa or student transcripts.
  5. Before an offer of employment is made, have applicant sign a release giving you permission to confirm information with former employers, schools and other sources about the candidate. Ask for two or three personal references.
  6. Call at least one former employer regarding the applicant. In addition to confirming dates of employment and job title, ask if the candidate is eligible for rehire. You can ask questions about the candidate's job performance, which the former employer may well decline to answer, but listen carefully to the response and tone.
  7. Confirm prior schooling, including GIA, AGS or other jewelry-related education.
  8. You can contact one of several services to see if a candidate has a prior history of theft in a retail setting. A list of such services can be found on JSA's website, www.jewelerssecurity.org, in the Directory of Security Products and Services, in the category "Pre-Employment Screening." A more complete background investigation, including a criminal history check, can also be obtained.
Questions that may have restrictions because of federal, state or local law
  1. Do not ask an applicant questions related to race; religion; gender; age, except to confirm that the candidate meets the minimum permitted work age; arrests (criminal convictions are acceptable); sexual preference; national origin, including native language; marital status, pregnancy or children; disability, except that person can perform the job in question; type of military discharge; and height/weight.
  2. It is beyond the scope of this bulletin to discuss several topics that have complex legal implications in federal, state and local law that require a special release or that may be forbidden. Such topics which require the attention of your attorney include credit reports, drug testing and the use of polygraphs.
Need for continuing personnel review
  1. Once you have hired an honest employee, however, don't think that your problems are over. Long time employees get away with significant fraud because an owner or supervisor stops being adequately vigilant. In many cases the JSA has examined, it is the long time employee, with over 15 or even 30 years service, who has gone bad.
  2. Be alert for risk factors which can increase financial stress, such as alcohol and substance abuse, family health or other crises, divorce situations or a gambling habit.
  3. Be alert for lifestyle changes. Is the employee apparently living well above his or her means? If so, the employee might be doing it by stealing the employer's merchandise or through other criminal activity.
Limiting employee access
  1. You may wish to be especially careful with new or part time employees. They might have come to work for you so that they can steal. Limit their access to valuable goods. Surprise inventories and audits, and frequent case counts may help keep employees honest.
  2. You may want to provide some assigned employees with the front door key and alarm code, while others will have the safe or vault combination, so that few or no employees have complete access.
  3. If any employee leaves, even under voluntary circumstances, locks and combinations for your doors, safe and other locked places, and alarm codes, should be changed, if known to that employee, or if they had a key.
Methods to prevent internal theft
  1. Firms should have a system of divided and overlapping responsibility, that is, a system of checks and balances, so that even a trusted employee does not have exclusive control over a function in the business. For example, someone with responsibility for receiving and recording deliveries should not have sole responsibility for keeping inventory records. Insist that employees take vacations and beware of any supervisor or employee who never takes off and never permits anyone else to perform one of his or her functions.
  2. You must have a complete and accurate inventory of your goods to know if you are missing something, including repair goods.
  3. Surveillance cameras in retail stores, while usually thought of as deterring theft from external sources, have also been shown to be an effective deterrent to internal theft.
  4. Advances in surveillance technology through the Internet now allow an owner to monitor his or her store by video from anywhere in the world.
  5. You should enlist your employees to report instances when they observe employee theft or misconduct. Through training sessions you can drive home to your employees that a thief among them hurts them all. Your employees should also be informed that you intend to report and prosecute to the full extent any crimes committed by them.
  6. One way employees can turn in the dishonest employee is by calling the JSA anonymously on JSA's Internal Theft Hotline, 800-325-1883. The caller need not give his or her name, and trained JSA personnel will discuss the suspicions of the caller, and bring appropriate information to the attention of the business owner.
Investigating internal theft
  1. Cases of internal theft frequently require the services of a private investigator. If an owner suspects that he or she is the victim of an internal theft, it may be best to bring in a private investigator before revealing any suspicions to employees, which could put the thief on guard, and make the thief harder to discover.
  2. Whenever a case of internal theft arises, you should involve your attorney. This will help you avoid situations of libel or slander, and will involve an objective person and possible negotiator to effect some recovery, who will not be as emotionally involved as an owner.

For more information about the Jewelers' Security Alliance please call 800-537-0067, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.jewelerssecurity.org.


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