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GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

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

Diamond shipping scam impacts 20-plus diamond wholesalers

Diamond shipping scam impacts 20-plus diamond wholesalers

Since November, an estimated 20 or more diamond ve...

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Crime against U.S. jewelers increases for first year since 2012

Crime against U.S. jewelers increases for first year since 2012

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its 2016 Annual Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the United States. The total number of crimes against the industry increased from 1,117 in 2015 to 1,245 in 2016, a...

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Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

Leading Jewelers Guild visits global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller recently partnered with the Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG) to host a one-day conference at its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, giving members of the guild an entire...

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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 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 stew...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promot...

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Bill Spencer talks jewelry, family and the secret to a successful 3rd generation family business

Bill Spencer talks jewelry, family and the secret to a successful 3rd generation family business

Seventy three years and three generations is a long time to operate a jewelry store. Especially when, according to a Jewelers Board of Trade statistic, over 1,500 jewelry business owners ceased operating in 2016. Yes, that includes wholesalers, manuf...

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Crime against U.S. jewelers increases for first year since 2012

4 HOURS AGO
Crime against U.S. jewelers increases for first year since 2012

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its 2016 Annual Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the United States. The total number of crimes against the industry increased from 1,117 in 2015 to 1,245 in 2016, an increase of 5.8%. Total dollar losses also incre...

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JA examines pending legislative issues most important to jewelry industry

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JA examines pending legislative issues most important to jewelry industry

Jewelers of America’s (JA) latest Legislative Update covers some of the big policy initiatives - including comprehensive tax reform, a potential import tax and the FTC’s “Cultured Diamond” terminology - that are in play for 2017 and their impact on jewelry businesses.

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Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

4 HOURS AGO
Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

Leading Jewelers Guild visits global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller recently partnered with the Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG) to host a one-day conference at its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, giving members of the guild an entire day of education and networking.

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GJA, AJA announce 2017 Convention dates

22 DAYS AGO
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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Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

22 DAYS AGO
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

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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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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

8 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promote their store’s diamond sales, has been extremely ...

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ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

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ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

Announces winner of #LovebrightValentine Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is excited to launch the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes, to kickoff the wedding season for its retail partners. Retailers will be able to attract bridal shoppers to their stores, through various social media platforms, and let every bride...

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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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