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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (whil...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not...

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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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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s e...

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Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Q: What was your best store promotion?

“For a number of years we’ve held a VIP event and an 11-Hour Sale usually scheduled after Thanksgiving Day and before early December. The VIP event is like a customer appreciation event in that we cater to our to...

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

5 DAYS AGO
Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (while supplies last) at Lafonn’s JCK booth #B19179 bet...

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JA offering Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

5 DAYS AGO

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show. In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA Professional Certifi...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

12 DAYS AGO
Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not to miss JCK Las Vegas 2016 (Friday, June 3 - Mond...

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

19 DAYS AGO
GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair will return to New York City on Monday, July 25, 2016. Dozens of gem and jewelry companies will be looking to hire skilled and motivated professionals at every career stage. The free event is expected to draw crowds similar to last year’s event in New York, which attracted ...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

5 DAYS 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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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

5 DAYS AGO
Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held May 15 during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as w...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

5 DAYS AGO
Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s early training as a gemologist, which instilled a d...

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

5 DAYS AGO
Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry has announced a large expansion of their original dog themed sterling silver jewelry collection. The new product line debuts a grand assortment of styles ready for spring.

Myra Westphal, company President, created these pieces with the sunny seasons in mind. “Our...

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Ugly Asset

I received a call from a client of mine. I could tell that I was on speaker phone so I chose my words carefully. He explained that he had a friend that had a diamond she needed to sell. He wanted to send her over to me to see what I could do for her. I told him that I did not buy diamonds off the street but would do what I could to advise her.

An hour later this stunningly beautiful woman shows up at my door with two very well dressed and groomed boys, approximately 8 and 10 years old. They entered and within seconds she was excusing herself to return the boys to the car. I explained that they were more than welcome to stay but she insisted that they would be fine in the car with the AC on - Warning Bell #1.

She retuned only to pull a diamond out of her purse that was neatly secured in a jeweler's ziploc bag - Warning Bell #2. She explained that she had lost her diamond out of her wedding set (which she was still wearing - Warning Bell #3) and had a CZ put in the ring - Warning Bell #4. She later found the diamond. Now she was planning to leave her husband and wanted to sell the diamond - RED ALERT!!

Remember, I studied gemology not psychology. It is none of my business, nor do I care, what her station of life is or her destiny - I am not trained to understand.

However, there are a few things I do know. I have reared children and I know there are some things they need not know however, those things usually do not take place in a jewelry store. I also know that a man that invests money in his wife to have perfect platinum blond hair, manicured eye brows, hands and feet, enhanced full lips and breasts, a personal trainer and massage therapist (my client provides the last two services) - would NEVER allow his wife to walk around with a CZ as the symbol of their marriage. I understand she said she lost the first one, I understand he may not have had it insured or been able to replace the one she lost with another one - but a CZ - I do not think so.

Yet another thing experience has taught me... people who find a lost diamond seldom bring it to you in a jeweler's bag. I have received lost diamonds from coin compartments of wallets, sandwich bags, pill bottles, old jewelry gift boxes, film containers and my personal favorite - Kleenex tissue paper secured with Scotch tape.

As I sent her out the door with the heart breaking news that she was not going to get the $15,000 - $20,000 she thinks he paid for the ring, I felt as though I had just dodged a bullet. I did not fully understand why or at whom the bullet was shot, but I was relieved to have her out of my office.

Moments later, one of my students, working on her Gem ID class with GIA, emerged from the lab. She came out and asked if that kind of thing happens often and if I understood the potential danger that I had just avoided. Her husband is a divorce attorney and by proxy she is privy to the ugliness of divorce. She enlightened me to the fact that in most divorces of middle class or upper class couples, jewelry - especially wedding rings - is a marital asset that is often the battle ground for an ugly war. Her $15K wedding set, $5K diamond earrings, $7K diamond tennis bracelet, $8K diamond solitaire pendant and her gold watch adds up to a huge hammer that he will use to further pound at her heart. It also can become, so she thinks, a great start to a new future if gotten rid of BEFORE she announces she is leaving.

What danger did I avoid? Depending on who her husband is and how ugly the divorce gets I could have become the jeweler that helped her unfairly liquidate assets before they became fair game. I could have become a party to the fraud of diamond switching that she evoked on her husband. Neither my student nor I are attorneys and are unsure if there is any legal recourse the husband would have if our suspicions were confirmed. None the less, words like fraud, switching, theft, cheating and hiding are not words I want spoken in the same sentence as my store name or even my own name.

If you think this is an isolated case you need only turn on your radio. It was only 5 months ago that a talk show host of a local radio station was discussing women who get engaged and have their new diamond switched with a CZ after selling it to a jeweler. They use the money to pay off debt so that they can maintain the image of being financially responsible and so that they will not carry debt into the marriage. They fully intend on replacing the diamond later when they have the funds, but seldom do.

I thought the incident that the talk show host was referring to was one isolated case, until he opened up the phone lines for discussion. His phone lines were flooded with calls from women promoting the idea, women sharing their twist on the fraud, or women with stories of people they knew who did it. I was left speechless as I sat in my car listening to this.

Marital asset, I never thought of it as an asset to be fought over and I am thrilled I was willing to follow my instincts that told me I did not know the full story, did not want to know the full story and did not need to buy the diamond that had a story.

Tammy L. Williams, Graduate Gemologist of GIA, also prizes her membership in AGTA. She is President of J D Jewelers, a salon private jewelry business located in Suwanee, Georgia and the Southeastern Rep for Global Diamonds. Tammy is very active as a speaker and authority on Gemstones and Diamonds. Whether in her laboratory at J D Jewelers, on the lecture circuit or writing about her experiences in business, her love and passion for gemstones becomes contagious. If you'd like to contact Tammy, please e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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