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IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

(IDEX Online) – Anglo American plc, which owns 85 percent of De Beers, reported a 36 percent jump in production in the second quarter from a year before to 8.7 million carats from 6.4 million carats.

In the first half of 2017, De Beers produced 16.1 m...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Me...

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the hear...

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Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

Video channel will feature events, industry leaders, designers, members and more

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has debuted a new online video channel, WJAtv, to celebrate the networking, education, and leadership developm...

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Retailer Roundtable:  What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Retailer Roundtable: What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Q:    What are your biggest hiring challenges?

“I’ve been in business for 30 years and hiring challenges have remained pretty consistent throughout that time - finding a sales associate that has an understanding and love of jewelry. One of the most comm...

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IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

7 HOURS AGO
IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

(IDEX Online) – Anglo American plc, which owns 85 percent of De Beers, reported a 36 percent jump in production in the second quarter from a year before to 8.7 million carats from 6.4 million carats.

In the first half of 2017, De Beers produced 16.1 million carats – a 21 percent increase on the 2016 ...

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Rarest Rainbow introduces Natural Color Diamond Training Program for retail partners

7 HOURS AGO
Rarest Rainbow introduces Natural Color Diamond Training Program for retail partners

To educate retailers on how to sell natural color diamonds

(MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.) - Pancis Gems Inc., a purveyor of fine natural color diamonds for over 40 years, is proud to introduce a new and unique training program to help educate retail partners on natural color diamonds and their signature Rarest...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

7 DAYS AGO
JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Members will have the opportunity to mingle with fel...

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Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

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Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

(ATLANTA) - The August, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show (AJS) will be celebrating a special anniversary when the show floor opens up for business on August 12th.  The AJS Buyer Group program, “The Loupe” is turning 2 years old, and continues to expand with new partners, programs and service offerings.

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

7 DAYS AGO
Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

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International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

13 DAYS AGO
International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

(MUMBAI) - IGI India has announced it has achieved certification against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) 2013 Code of Practices (COP), which signifies the Institute has met the ethical, social and environmental standards as established by the Council.

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Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

6 HOURS AGO
Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

Video channel will feature events, industry leaders, designers, members and more

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has debuted a new online video channel, WJAtv, to celebrate the networking, education, and leadership development at the heart of WJA’s mission. Featuring exclu...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces the Bridal Party Program

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Rembrandt Charms introduces the Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program is designed to create an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivate new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can generate over $1,500 in sales from one we...

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Furry friends on the job: Pete the corgi

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Furry friends on the job: Pete the corgi

Pete the corgi is the greeter at Treasure Isle Jewelers in Cary, NC. When he gets the rare day off Pete enjoys cruising the waters of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Do you have a furry friend that helps out in your store? Tell us about it and send a picture to  bill@southernjewelrynews.com.

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

Meet Bernadette, the first feline sent in for our Furry Friends feature. Bernadette is the Queen of the castle at Creative Jewelers in Florence, AL. “She was without a home, so gladly we shared ours,” says Brandi Hammock. “She now rules here at CJ’s and we and our customers love it!

See all of our Fu...

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The Affair of the Necklace - Romance. Scandal. Intrigue.

There’s something magical about a necklace. Thirteen women in Ventura, CA recently embarked on an adventure that transformed their lives when they collectively purchased a $37,000 diamond necklace. Appearing on “Good Morning America,” they promoted their book “The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives.” Talks for a movie are in the works.

When the perfect strand of diamonds caught Jonell McLain’s eye at the window of Van Gundy’s Jewelers, a spark was ignited. Not one that would normally invest that amount on a luxury impulse buy, Jonell nevertheless couldn’t get the necklace out of her mind. She started thinking creatively. What if some friends were interested in sharing it? A plot was hatched. Thirteen women would share the necklace, each having it for one month - a time-share for jewelry - including Priscilla Van Gundy, the store owner’s wife.

“Jewelia,” the newly-named necklace, would be used for fundraising efforts to support charities. The thirteen women, ages 50-62, discovered a newfound fellowship that deeply touched and transformed each of their lives.

Jewelia re-ignited routine marriages. “It made me feel sexy again.” The necklace was worn for special occasions - “it made me feel like a movie star” - as well as boogie-boarding in Hawaii. It gave a sense of hope, of second chances, of a new life, of rebirth. “I felt alive.” It bonded the women together in unexpected ways. “What had been a symbol of exclusivity became a symbol of inclusivity.”

The story touches a nerve. It taps into the current trends of women buying their own jewelry, of jewelry being used to promote charities and of innovative techniques for people to own a piece of something spectacular - renting designer dresses, handbags and jewelry.

This is not the first story of the transformative value of a special necklace. De Maupassant’s classic “The Necklace” tells the story of a wife of modest means who, craving something more, borrows her neighbor’s diamond necklace for a special party. In a Cinderella moment, she metamorphoses into the belle of the ball. Every eye is upon her.

As she returns home, she is mortified to discover she has lost the necklace! Biting the bullet, she and her husband take out a massive loan, replace the necklace (they are too ashamed to reveal they have lost it), and spend the next decade of their lives working to repay the loan, sinking into a life of drudgery and near poverty. A chance meeting when the loan is finally repaid uncovers an ironic twist. The neighbor reveals the necklace was paste. The couple’s lives had been determined by the unnecessary repayment of a debt which was not due.

A necklace can not only transform the life of an individual or a group, it can even transform a society. “The Affair of the Necklace,” the 2001 movie starring Hilary Swank, reveals the real-life scandal involving Marie Antoinette that helped precipitate the French Revolution. It’s a colorful tale involving romance, scandal and intrigue that could hardly be imagined if it weren’t true!

In 1772 Louis XV commissions a spectacular necklace for his mistress, Mme. du Barry. The Crown Jewelers Broehmer and Bassenge take several years to assemble a world-class collection of large diamonds and fashion them into a magnificent elaborate design. Unfortunately, Louis XV’s untimely death almost bankrupts the jewelers who have not yet been paid for the piece.

Enter Jeanne de La Motte-Valois, an orphan who, fighting to restore her name and place in society, hatches a plot to sell the necklace to Marie Antoinette. Jeanne collaborates with Cardinal Prince Rohan, an out-of-favor courtier. The fascinating plot involves a famous mystic, Count Cagliostro, romantic intrigues - including Jeanne’s affair with the Cardinal - and secret meetings with mistaken identities.

Although Marie Antoinette ultimately refuses the necklace (perhaps she did not want a piece designed for another woman, and a mistress at that!), she becomes embroiled in the widely publicized trial which further tarnishes her reputation, already weakened by gossip and scandal. The resulting strain on the monarchy hastens its collapse... the French Revolution.

So the next time you put that special necklace in your display case, think for a moment. How will this transform someone’s life? The truth may be magic.

Mia Katrin is an award-winning, internationally celebrated couture jewelry designer, specializing in one-of-a-kind and limited edition high-end necklaces with precious gems in 18-24 karat gold and platinum. Her Collections, which have been worn by A-List Hollywood celebrities, are featured in many top galleries and stores throughout the country, where she regularly hosts Trunk Shows. Contact Mia via her website, http://jeweljewel.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (877) JEWEL-MY.


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