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Eager to grow, eager to please, Costar Imports realizing goal of going national

Eager to grow, eager to please, Costar Imports realizing goal of going national

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JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

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Lafonn introduces new Lassaire® In Motion collection

Lafonn introduces new Lassaire® In Motion collection

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Evans Jewelers creates a local “Destination” hot spot

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AGTA announces project to combat rise of silicosis

(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that the Association has initiated a project to combat the rise of silicosis that has led to significant suffering within the colored gemstone industry. President Jeffrey Bilgore appointed...

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup o...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & I...

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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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Not all was lost in the fire

Not all was lost in the fire

Namano salvages jewelry (and memories) scorched in house fire

There are over three hundred house fires each month in the state of Georgia alone. That’s a pretty mind-boggling number; multiply it nationally and the results are staggering: thousands and...

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AGTA announces project to combat rise of silicosis

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(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that the Association has initiated a project to combat the rise of silicosis that has led to significant suffering within the colored gemstone industry. President Jeffrey Bilgore appointed an ad hoc committee, headed by AGTA Vice Presiden...

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

People in the industry who know me know that I am a huge proponent of in-store events. Keeping your marketing calendar fresh and full are among the first recommendations I...

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4th annual Rings of Strength Tour: Walking, running, biking and yoga to support Jewelers for Children

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4th annual Rings of Strength Tour: Walking, running, biking and yoga to support Jewelers for Children

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children held the 4th annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, June 2, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. More than 160 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 route. ...

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

9 DAYS AGO
JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup of industry networking opportunities and informativ...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

1 DAY AGO
Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & Illustrators competition, reports the New York Mine...

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

Jewelers Mutual, Excelion Partners team up for 3D projection aimed at creating customized jewelry store experiences

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Holojem™, a Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company partnership with Excelion Partners, won first prize at JCK Las Vegas’ Think Tank on Sunday, June 5.

Think Tank, an event hel...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

3 HOURS AGO

(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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Lafonn introduces new Lassaire® In Motion collection

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Lafonn introduces new Lassaire® In Motion collection

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, is pleased to introduce its new Lassaire® In Motion collection.

The new collection, which made its debut at the JCK Las Vegas Show, features Lafonn’s exclusive simulated diamond, Lassaire®, in frameless designs. Lassaire® In Motion i...

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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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