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24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States annou...

Jewelry Pie reacts to increased demand for high-end product

Jewelry Pie reacts to increased demand for high-end product

“In the last year Jewelry Pie has seen a large inc...

Goldstein introduces new diamond & ruby ring

Goldstein introduces new diamond & ruby ring

Goldstein Diamonds, an industry leader in GIA cert...

Endless enters 21st market in 20 months, securing New Zealand retail partners

Endless enters 21st market in 20 months, securing New Zealand retail partners

Endless Jewelry has announced they  have secured m...

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Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - This spring, Rembrandt Charms added several fresh new charm styles to their collection, including a Hamsa and Lotus Flower.

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Southeastern Findings/Namano, Jewelers Mutual and JFC team up at Atlanta Jewelry Show to help grant wish

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Southeastern Findings/Namano, Jewelers Mutual and JFC team up at Atlanta Jewelry Show to help grant wish

During the recent Atlanta Jewelry Show, Jewelers for Children (JFC) helped make the wish of 20 year-old Andrew come true, with the help of Gene Callaway and Southeastern Findings/Namano. Andrew’s wish is for a wedding and he and his fiancé Savannah visited the show and picked out wedding rings donat...

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Preferred Jewelers International adds GemShield Jewelry Insurance for Preferred Retailers

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Preferred Jewelers International adds GemShield Jewelry Insurance for Preferred Retailers

Preferred Jewelers International has reached an agreement to offer consumer jewelry insurance through GemShield Insurance Company.

Joe Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of Preferred Jewelers International stated: “The GemShield program is a natural addition for the Preferred Jewelers program. We are ex...

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Texas Jewelers Association announces 2015 Convention dates, plans for JCK Vegas Meet & Greet

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San Antonio will again be the host location for the 2015 Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) Convention.  The event will take place from October 10 - 12 at the El Tropicano Hotel, located directly on the Riverwalk.

The Convention will kick off Saturday evening with a President’s Party, hosted by TJA Pre...

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Amipi to conduct No Bull Buying Camp & Consult Lab at JCK Las Vegas

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Amipi to conduct No Bull Buying Camp & Consult Lab at JCK Las Vegas

Amipi, Inc. is stepping up their “No Bull” philosophy with the introduction of No Bull Buying Camp at the JCK Las Vegas Show at booth #B5378. For the duration of the show, Amipi shall accept GIA certified diamonds for purchase at “around 90% of their selling price of a comparable diamond in stock.”

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24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

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24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States announced the addition of four new members at their recent membership meeting in Atlanta.

Joining the prestigious organization in 2015 are: Joe Carullo, vice president of marketing and sales for KC Designs; Shelly Schulz, marketing lead - luxury industry, ...

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JBT holds annual elections

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(WARWICK, R.I.) - The Jewelers Board of Trade® is pleased to announce the election of the following Officers and Directors to its Board at the Company’s Annual Meeting and Board Meeting, both held earlier this year.

The Board elected the following Officers and Directors to serve a one-year term as fol...

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Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

3 DAYS AGO
Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - This spring, Rembrandt Charms added several fresh new charm styles to their collection, including a Hamsa and Lotus Flower.

The hamsa is said to bring good luck to its wearer while warding off the evil eye. The lotus flower is traditionally thought of as a symbol for beauty, pu...

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Lafonn introduces 100-facet engagement rings “100 Facets. 100 Dollars. 1 Promise.”

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(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, manufacturers of expertly crafted designs in platinum-bonded sterling silver handset with top quality simulated diamonds, is proud to debut its newest collection, CENTO by Lafonn™. Budget-savvy couples can look no further than the Lafonn showcase when shopping for a sparkl...

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Security Alert

The following information was e-mailed to the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association’s Security Alert Network and a group of sales reps representing several different lines. It was sent from Steffany Shelton of Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelry in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 27.

Hey all -

I just wanted to let everyone know about ANOTHER robbery here in Little Rock. We had a rep from NY here overnight and she was hit 10 minutes after she left our store on Friday (September 26).

She did have a rolling suitcase (first no-no) but took all other precautions. Her bag was locked up in our store overnight Thursday and she left here with it around 1:45 on Friday after Ken checked out our parking lot and escorted her to her car.

She did as she should and drove around for a while to make sure she wasn’t being followed before driving to the McDonald’s a block from our store for a coffee. The car of crooks pulled in the exit and one guy came up to her window, smashed it, punched her in the face, put the car in park, took her keys and got her bag out of the trunk.

The person behind her was in a giant pick up truck and tried to block the car so it couldn’t leave but they just jumped the curbs and sped away (this person happens to be one of our customers and took very good care of our sales rep - even drove her to the airport). They dumped that car a couple of blocks up the street and got in a white Dodge Magnum (it’s like a station wagon with a big engine). The car they were in before was stolen in Houston.

Now this is the creepy part: Ken saw a white Dodge Magnum drive by our Little Rock condo the night before, where this rep followed us in her rental car before we went out to dinner. It pulled in our parking lot, turned around and left. Since we had no jewelry with us he wasn’t too worried, but thought about it more after the robbery. When the detective told us that was the car that they ended up in it kind of freaked us out a little bit.

She had 2 bags in the trunk and they knew exactly which one had the jewelry. They would have to have seen it before the 3 second trip from her car to our door and back, which means we think they were on her since she landed at the airport. We are convinced that someone in airport security where she flew out is involved with this group of thugs and is giving them the info. There may be one in EVERY airport.

We think that the crooks were from Houston that robbed a sales rep 6 weeks ago in our parking lot (we didn’t know he was coming, no appointment, didn’t even know him). He had been to 2 other stores before ours, pulled into our parking lot and got robbed in 30 seconds. The FBI is working on this - for some reason our area is really a target.

Sorry this is so rambling, it’s just very scary the job you all do so please be careful. These bad guys are real professionals, just following your normal or even tighter security measures won’t stop them. Ship the jewelry. Bring retailers to you. Dragging bags of jewelry around is a practice that must become obsolete. So for now we won’t be allowing any sales rep with a bag in the store. It’s just too risky.

Please share this with others in the business.

Steffany Shelton
Kenneth Edwards FineJewelry
Little Rock, AR


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