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Gemstone wholesaler Tim Roark mixes business with friendships across the globe

Gemstone wholesaler Tim Roark mixes business with friendships across the globe

Tim Roark hadn’t traveled a lot as a child, but he...

Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

(RALEIGH, N.C.) - The North Carolina Jewelers Assoc...

GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

The Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) and Alabama...

Retailer Roundtable: Is the bead trend over?

Retailer Roundtable: Is the bead trend over?

Q: Is the bead trend over?

“The bead trend is defin...

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

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Fourth edition of Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show off to strong start

Fourth edition of Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show off to strong start

Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opens today

The International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show opened on February 28 and continues through March 4 at the AsiaWorld-Expo. This fourth edition of the show, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development...

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Belair Time Corp. names Chuck Goedtke Southeastern Sales Manager

Belair Time Corporation has announced the appointment of long-time watch industry veteran Chuck Goedtke to Southeastern Regional Sales Manager. Chuck will be covering Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky for Belair.

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New Magical Moments dancing stone bridal line to debut at Atlanta Jewelry Show

New Magical Moments dancing stone bridal line to debut at Atlanta Jewelry Show

Sevan Sevan, Inc. is pleased to introduce Magical Moments, a new jewelry line to debut at the Spring 2017 SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show in booth #540.  Magical Moments, the latest addition to Sevan’s Twinkle Collection, incorporates patented dancing ston...

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Big idea for little diamonds

Big idea for little diamonds

HH Gold turns retailers’ melee into by-the-inch creations  

HH Gold Inc., known since 1985 as the place to go for special orders, unique jewelry and coin jewelry, recognized an opportunity several years ago to capitalize on the extra melee gathering du...

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Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

Spring is around the corner, and that means it must be time for the Spring edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. Warmer weather is on th...

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How to drive sales in a changed retail jewelry climate

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Last year, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” One of the earliest poetic expressions he penned was “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” which has been acclaimed as one of the early ‘60s great protest songs. In l...

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GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

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GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

The Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) and Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) have announced they will cohost their annual Convention on March 31- April 2. Now in its 9th year, the two state organizations will join forces at the Marriott Grand National Resort & Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in O...

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Fourth edition of Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show off to strong start

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Fourth edition of Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show off to strong start

Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opens today

The International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show opened on February 28 and continues through March 4 at the AsiaWorld-Expo. This fourth edition of the show, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), welcomes more than 1,900 exhibit...

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Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

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Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

(RALEIGH, N.C.) - The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Kirk as Executive Director, effective immediately. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Kirk will be an excellent steward of NCJA’s goals and an advocate for North Caro...

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Belair Time Corp. names Chuck Goedtke Southeastern Sales Manager

17 HOURS AGO

Belair Time Corporation has announced the appointment of long-time watch industry veteran Chuck Goedtke to Southeastern Regional Sales Manager. Chuck will be covering Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky for Belair.

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New Magical Moments dancing stone bridal line to debut at Atlanta Jewelry Show

17 HOURS AGO
New Magical Moments dancing stone bridal line to debut at Atlanta Jewelry Show

Sevan Sevan, Inc. is pleased to introduce Magical Moments, a new jewelry line to debut at the Spring 2017 SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show in booth #540.  Magical Moments, the latest addition to Sevan’s Twinkle Collection, incorporates patented dancing stone technology in a bridal line that caters to both ...

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Rio Grande to offer ForeverFit™ Self-Sizing Shanks

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Rio Grande to offer ForeverFit™ Self-Sizing Shanks

Bernie Reller of RellerGold is pleased to announce that Rio Grande jewelry supply will now carry his ForeverFit™ Self-Sizing Shank in a popular range of sizes in both 14K white and yellow gold in 2.5 and 4mm widths. Other ring sizes, and the 6mm series, in 14K, 18K, and platinum are available as a s...

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The Pink Panther Heist

Four men - three disguised as long blond-haired women with sunglasses - requested entry last December 4 to Harry Winston's Jewelers on super-posh Avenue Montaigne in Paris. As they were buzzed in, they pulled out a hand grenade and a .357 Magnum and started smashing the glass display cases. Fifteen minutes later they made a clean getaway in a waiting car with sacks of huge diamonds, emeralds and rubies worth a cool $115 million.


In a bizarre life-imitating-art scenario, Interpol has dubbed the suspected thieves the "Pink Panthers," referencing the phantom bandit of movie fame pursued by the comically jinxed Inspector Clouseau. The Pink Panthers are believed to be an international group, about 200 strong, of highly professional, meticulous and daring thieves. Hailing from Serbia, they are said to be responsible for high-profile heists worth more than $132 million at luxury "soft" targets in Dubai, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Spain and Monaco since 2003. Dusko Poznan and Goran Drazic, purported members of the group, were arrested before the Dec. 4 robbery. Lloyds of London, Winston's insurers, have issued a $1 million reward for information leading to the recovery of the jewels.


This was not the Pink Panthers' first heist. In Dubai last year, members of the group allegedly rammed through Graff's in two Audis, grasping $3.4 million in diamonds and exiting in the same cars. The event, captured on video, became a YouTube favorite with over 200,000 hits. In Graff's Tokyo, the Pink Panthers hit previously in 2004. In three minutes, they made off with $38 million in rare yellow diamonds, including a 125 carat necklace, the Comtesse de Vendome, worth $31.5 million, also captured on video.


The modus operandi of the Pink Panthers is "brazen, very fast, very well-organized," according to police sources. They characteristically case the targeted venues for a week or more, even learning the salespersons' names.


The bane of jewelers, the jewel thief, at times may achieve a colorful notoriety, earning a "treasured" spot in the pantheon of scoundrels. Movies glorify their cunning, daring and high-profile glamorous targets. Combining danger, fabulous jewels and meticulous execution, their heists are the stuff of legend. In a Bonnie and Clyde scenario, the thieves may become celebrated, even glorified. Boban Stojkovic, a member of the Pink Panthers cadre sentenced before the December 4 robbery, is described by his attorney as a "gentleman bandit... extremely polite and nice."


"Because that's where the money is," Willy Sutton, the thief, famously replied to the query "Why do you rob banks?" Jewelry stores are similarly natural targets. Jewelers take note. You can never be too careful. Although the Pink Panthers target the highest echelon of international targets, stores profiling coveted luxury items are always at risk. Closer to home, in Palm Beach this January Lee Havens Fine Jewelry on Worth Avenue was victimized - the robber reportedly escaping with $4 million in merchandise.


The December Harry Winston theft was the second burglary at the Paris store in a year. The previous year's heist netted over $13 million in jewels. The beleaguered jeweler seems to have adopted a note of caution. Immediately after the current robbery, passers-by the celebrated shop, now closed with shutters, viewed in its famed display case, rather than jewels, a large photograph of the missing pieces.


Mia Katrin is an award-winning, internationally celebrated couture jewelry designer, specializing in one-of-a-kind and limited edition high-end necklaces with precious gems in 18-24 karat gold and platinum. Her Collections, which have been worn by A-List Hollywood celebrities, are featured in many top galleries and stores throughout the country, where she regularly hosts Trunk Shows. Contact Mia via her website, http://jeweljewel.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (877) JEWEL-MY.


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