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Libby Brown named new Executive Director of Atlanta Jewelry Show

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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in pl...

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

The fifth edition of the popular Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Sunday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a 50K challenging bike ride in the...

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International Manufacturing, L.P. is pleased to announce that Bill Reilly has been appointed as their new Upper-Midwest Region Sales Manager. He will be covering the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Bill brings 30 plu...

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

The PUK4c precision welder is a compact and versatile TIG impulse welder. Fine and minute welds are carried out under a 10x welding microscope (SM03 Microscope). Very close to laser welding, the PUK4c allows the exact positioning of small, stable spo...

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Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Jyothi Forman walks away with overall win

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller hosted their annual Bench Jeweler Workshop this past weekend welcoming more than 200 jewelers from across the country to its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in platinum, a highly secure setting for their valuable...

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Origin of gold stash found in piano remains a mystery

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Origin of gold stash found in piano remains a mystery

LONDON (AP) —  British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

The fifth edition of the popular Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Sunday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a 50K challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a street ...

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

New Horizons Jewelry Show to be held August 19-21

Jewelry manufacturers, retailers and other industry professionals will come together for the launch of a new event this August in Columbus, Ohio. “The New Horizons Jewelry Show is the only show serving the Midwest and will feature more than 250 booths...

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

2 DAYS AGO
Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International Manufacturing, L.P. is pleased to announce that Bill Reilly has been appointed as their new Upper-Midwest Region Sales Manager. He will be covering the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Bill brings 30 plus years of experience calling on the independent j...

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has expanded its partnership with IDEX, the International Diamond Exchange.

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

The PUK4c precision welder is a compact and versatile TIG impulse welder. Fine and minute welds are carried out under a 10x welding microscope (SM03 Microscope). Very close to laser welding, the PUK4c allows the exact positioning of small, stable spot-welds or welds in hard-to-get-to or deep lying p...

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Ed Levin Jewelry introduces Summer Dance Collection

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Ed Levin Jewelry introduces Summer Dance Collection

(CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.) - Ed Levin Jewelry, shaping American design since 1950®, invites you to get in a summer mood with Summer Dance, Ed Levin Jewelry’s latest collection of new designs.

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Will this man walk into your store next?

Martha Melvin has been in the jewelry business for over 25 years. She owns M&M, Ltd. in Winston Salem, North Carolina with her son Robert. M&M specializes in estate jewelry and is known for both buying and selling. She has seen many things in her career and feels she is a good judge of character as well as estate jewelry.

switch-1-AprilOn February 18 all of that changed when a well dressed man walked into her store after he was referred to M&M by a jeweler in Greensboro, North Carolina. The well spoken customer was not in a hurry and talked about his situation with Ms. Melvin at leisure. Claiming he was out of work and his home was about to be lost to foreclosure that afternoon necessitated that he sell his wife's engagement ring and the diamond earrings in his ears immediately.

Upon examination Melvin found both items to be of exceptional quality - the engagement ring had a four carat VS1 center stone - and told the customer that she could contact dealers in New York to get him top value for his jewelry.

switch-AprilAfter discussing the "clients" immediate need for cash for about 40 minutes, Melvin and the client struck a deal. The jewelry was examined a second time, but at the point of the exchange the bag holding the ring and pair of earrings was somehow switched. When the customer reached the door and began to run, the items in the bag were found to be imposters. Melvin's cash was gone.

Communications with other jewelers revealed the rental car he was driving was rented in New Jersey with a stolen credit card, had Florida plates and had not been returned. Melvin is in contact with a New Jersey detective who knew of the man and continues to work on this and other cases in which he is implicated. (Images taken from a North Carolina jewelry store's security system of a suspected switch artist.)

"Although I am sick about this loss, I have had to let it go. Otherwise it will eat you up," says Melvin. She has communicated with jewelers throughout North Carolina as well as other states to warn them about this criminal and try to track him down.

He is described as a 35-45 year old light skinned black male, 5' 8" to 5' 10" tall, 200-220 lbs, and was wearing a white face stainless Rolex Daytona. He gave a fake New York license with the name James Howard. He told another jeweler his name was Robert.

Should this man walk in your store please contact the Winston Salem Police Department at 336-773-7947, reference case # 908520.

 


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