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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Not many jewelry retailers can say their store ope...

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

Fifty years ago, Qurino Ruzza, with 20 years as a ...

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelr...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 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 r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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Getting it write

So what do you want to know? That may be the knee jerk response you give to someone coming into your business asking if you can "tell them a little bit more about _____" (fill in the blank). A decade or so back, consumers smugly approached the diamond ring case at the mall jeweler ‘armed' with a basic understanding of the 4 Cs. And, of course, it's still a pretty good idea to have that foundation if one is going to put down serious cash for an engagement ring.

But even with this fragile economy - or maybe because of it - people want to know more when it comes to jewelry these days. What should you look for as a sign of quality? Do treatments matter? Are they permanent? The list gets pretty specific if you hang around counters long enough, eaves dropping on the next looky-loo.

Maybe having less discretionary income available to most people means they really have to think through every purchase. So are there ways to actually make that work for you? Perhaps. Meet the need - create an ally.

A tool hiding right in front of you - make that write in front of you - could be the several books dedicated to making wise choices with jewelry. You say you don't need those - because you are already knowledgeable about every little divot in the jewelry world? I agree, but your customer isn't, and that's my point.

Veteran jeweler-appraiser Susan Eisen wrote "Crazy About Jewelry!" to teach women how to buy - maybe even when to sell and how to care for their jewelry - all wrapped around light hearted illustrations that reinforce to the reader "It's not going to hurt at all - you're going to have a blast."

Renowned gem and jewelry author Renee Newman writes prolifically on a number of gem specific subjects that are important to both the trade and to consumers. Her latest release, "Diamond Ring Buying Guide" is a beautifully produced 7th edition tome answering just about any question the most thorough investigative mind could come up with when it comes to that subject. And because colored diamonds and new ring styles are penetrating the market at every level, she sorts out all of these vital concerns as well.

"Jewelry Savvy - What Every Jewelry Wearer Should Know," sounds like just the ticket to equip a consumer with the how-to's of who should select what - and why. Not every jewelry style is for everyone, a fact known stingingly well to women with a jewelry box full of "this doesn't really look good on me." But clever authors Cynthia Sliwa and Caroline Stanley say it's not a mystery - it's an acquired technique that anyone can learn.

Who doesn't love "Antiques Roadshow?" Eventually we all catch ourselves shouting our ‘appraised value' back at the TV screen before the expert delights or disappoints the anxious item owner in front of the entire world - who are watching this traveling appraisal fair road show.

Bell, a veteran appraiser with years of experience, is one of the elite experts that tour with the show to venues around the US. Locals line up forever it seems, clutching their treasures for the brief chance to experience their 15 minutes of fame or ‘not-so-much'. One of Bell's books, "How to be a Jewelry Detective," puts the shopper in the driver's seat. Her content rich, purse-sized book dives right into subjects like what to look for in findings, hallmarks, clues found on stones, and do-able tips for field-testing materials. It makes an intriguing game out of sleuthing for ‘what in the world' one is looking at, in an antiques store, or in grandma's trinket box.

I've just run down my current list of personal faves when it comes to jewelry books. And you may want to run out and get these books yourself so you'll be armed with more insider's info than ever before. And when that next looky-loo comes into your place and says, "What can you tell me about ____?" - you'll be a genius.

You can do one-better than that by actually having several of these books handy as an added value with your next sale; especially for that timid customer who wasn't at all confident about their choice. These books are also an important way to thank loyal customers who give you first shot at fulfilling their wish-list when it comes to jewelry. They will likely not read any of these books in one sitting. And you like that. Every time they curl up in a corner at home or pull out your thoughtful gift book from their bag while waiting at the Jiffy Lube, they will think of you. And they should - because you did the write thing.

Graduate Gemologist and Registered Master Valuer Diana Jarrett is also a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). She's a frequent lecturer at conferences and trade shows. Jarrett serves as Colored Stone Editor for Rapaport Diamond Report; with other works regularly appearing in trade and consumer publications. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit her website: www.dianajarrett.com.


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