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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (whil...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe las...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s e...

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Simply Diamonds collaborates with Disney to offer sparkling Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry line

Simply Diamonds collaborates with Disney to offer sparkling Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry line

Simply Diamonds finds itself enchanted indeed to be working with Disney to create a stunning and extensive line of fine diamond jewelry. The New York-based company will make fashion, gemstone and bridal jewelry inspired by the iconic Disney Princess ...

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (while supplies last) at Lafonn’s JCK booth #B19179 bet...

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JA offering Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show. In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA Professional Certifi...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not to miss JCK Las Vegas 2016 (Friday, June 3 - Mond...

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair will return to New York City on Monday, July 25, 2016. Dozens of gem and jewelry companies will be looking to hire skilled and motivated professionals at every career stage. The free event is expected to draw crowds similar to last year’s event in New York, which attracted ...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

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(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe laser inscription service specializes in laser engrav...

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held May 15 during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as w...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s early training as a gemologist, which instilled a d...

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry has announced a large expansion of their original dog themed sterling silver jewelry collection. The new product line debuts a grand assortment of styles ready for spring.

Myra Westphal, company President, created these pieces with the sunny seasons in mind. “Our...

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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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