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Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

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GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

(EMPORIA, Kan.) - GRS Tools is pleased to announce ...

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Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — It came out of the blue, a Bay Area woman gets a Rolex watch in the mail.

The woman, Marie, thought it was strange that she had a package waiting for her at the post office. She said it was from an unknown sender. Then she ope...

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Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

The International School of Gemology (ISG) has announced a field trip to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This is a great opportunity to visit a real diamond mine and share knowledge and fun with ISG Global Network members...

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Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

Global Fine Jewels (GFJ), a division of world dia­mond trade leader Jay Gems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Sadowsky as its new President. Sadowsky, a 48-year veteran of the jewelry industry, previously worked as Director of Acquisit...

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Montesino International Cyber Show to showcase new products

Montesino International reports the last decade has been full of successful, interesting and challenging business as well as the fact that customer spending habits have changed dramatically over the period of 2008 to the present. “As a whole…the indu...

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Retailer Roundtable: What do you expect to be your holiday hot sellers?

Retailer Roundtable: What do you expect to be your holiday hot sellers?

Q:  What do you expect to be your holiday hot sellers?

“Two-stone rings haven’t performed real well for us, despite marketing the whiz out of it. Each holiday season we do very well with bridal. This year I’ve invested in Fire Polish to help increase ...

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NAJA offering a unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students

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NAJA offering a unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 447th Annual ACE© It Winter Educati...

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Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

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Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — It came out of the blue, a Bay Area woman gets a Rolex watch in the mail.

The woman, Marie, thought it was strange that she had a package waiting for her at the post office. She said it was from an unknown sender. Then she opened it up and things got stranger.

Inside, a Rolex ...

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Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

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Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

Preferred Jewelers International, the prestigious network of retail jewelers that offer a Lifetime, Nationwide Warranty program and “Experiences that last a Lifetime™” celebrated the successful promotion of Jewelry Spa Weekend throughout its organization in September.

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Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

15 DAYS AGO
Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

The International School of Gemology (ISG) has announced a field trip to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This is a great opportunity to visit a real diamond mine and share knowledge and fun with ISG Global Network members, and those thinking about joining.

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Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

9 DAYS AGO
Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

Global Fine Jewels (GFJ), a division of world dia­mond trade leader Jay Gems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Sadowsky as its new President. Sadowsky, a 48-year veteran of the jewelry industry, previously worked as Director of Acquisitions at GBC, Inc., and most recently as Vice Presi...

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Quality Gold acquires North American Jewelers, Inc.

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(FAIRFIELD, Ohio) - Quality Gold has purchased North American Jewelers, Inc. (NAJ) the Chicago based supplier known for bridal and special occasion diamond jewelry. Along with NAJ, Quality Gold now owns Steckbeck Jewelry PVT LTD (STJPL), its wholly owned subsidiary and manufacturing facility opened i...

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Montesino International Cyber Show to showcase new products

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Montesino International reports the last decade has been full of successful, interesting and challenging business as well as the fact that customer spending habits have changed dramatically over the period of 2008 to the present. “As a whole…the industry has experienced some of the same issues we ha...

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GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

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GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

(EMPORIA, Kan.) - GRS Tools is pleased to announce the release of the Alexandre Sidorov Ring Fixture. Sidorov is a world-renowned diamond setter. This luxury set is produced using his exact design specifications and GRS quality manufacturing.

The Alexandre Sidorov Ring Fixture is the result of decades...

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JA welcomes small business assistance in Economic Recovery Act

The bill includes tax and loan relief for jewelers, as well as tax credits to help boost consumer spending

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, welcomes passage of "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," which includes much-needed small business provisions that will benefit the jewelry industry, as well as tax relief designed to get consumers spending again.

"The economic stimulus measure is a step in the right direction and will provide essential relief to jewelers during this challenging period," says JA President and CEO Matthew A. Runci. "However, Jewelers of America will continue to pressure Congress on other issues that affect our members' economic viability, such as assistance with business health care costs and passage of a Sales Tax Fairness & Simplification Act, to level the playing field between brick and mortar and Internet-only businesses."

Among the business provisions in the new law that could have the biggest impact on jewelers:

  • Small businesses can use losses from 2008 to offset profits in earlier years (any year more than two but less than six years ago) to obtain an immediate refund. The provision is limited to businesses with annual revenues under $15 million.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) will eliminate or reduce fees for participation in its flagship loan guarantee program, which insures banks against default by small business borrowers. The new law also increases to 90% the percentage of qualifying loans that the SBA can guarantee.
  • The new law will also allow "small business stabilization financing," in which the SBA will loan money to pay off existing loans. Under the program, the SBA can issue or back loans of up to $35,000. Businesses can then use the money to make up to six months of payments on previous loans. Interest on stabilization loans will be fully subsidized, and the loans won't have any payments due for the first year. Borrowers must repay them within five years.
  • Businesses restructuring their debt could delay paying taxes on the transaction for five years, and then spread the payments over an additional five years.

 

The recovery bill also includes critical tax incentives to get consumers back in stores, such as a refundable tax credit - effective in 2009 and 2010 - of up to $400 for working individuals making $75,000 and less and $800 for working families making $150,000 and less. There is also a refundable first-time home buyer credit, which could have an impact on young couples spending money in the bridal market. Overall about a third of the stimulus funds, totaling $286 billion, will be spent on tax cuts designed to jump start consumer spending.

Additional stimulus measures geared toward business include an extension of bonus depreciation on capital expenditures through 2009, allowing businesses to immediately write-off 50% of the cost of depreciable property. Businesses buying equipment can also speed up depreciation through 2009. There's also a per worker tax credit of $2,400 for companies that hire unemployed veterans and youth who have not been regularly employed or in school in the past six months; a reduction of the 2009 required estimated tax payments for certain small businesses; and a break on capital gains taxes for small business investors.

Where To Go For Further Information
To take advantage of the various business tax relief measures in the stimulus act, jewelers should check with their local tax consultants. For more information on the Small Business Administration provisions in the act, go to www.sba.gov. SBA announced that it plans to release more details on implementation of the stimulus act provisions soon.

 


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