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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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Industry Events

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

7 DAYS AGO
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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SJN columnist scores big at GJA Design Competition

Southern Jewelry News columnist Tammy Williams (I Love my Job) took home four honors from the Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) Design Competition. Williams, owner of JD Jewelers in Suwanee, earned the People’s Choice Award along with a first place finish and two third place finishes in the Competition which was conducted during the GJA Convention in September.

tammy-novWilliams took 1st place in the $3000 and up category with a stunning 4 strand natural corundum bead necklace (approximately 160 carats). All four strands faded from pure white, through pink to intense ruby red. Three of the strands ended with a briolette ruby and the longest strand concluded with a 14 karat white gold diamond pave’ puffed heart. The heart had a hollow center that allowed a single 2.5 carat heart shaped diamond, that had been bezel set and a pearl clasp added to allow it to be suspended from the opening in the hollow heart. The versatility of this piece is exciting and allows the single diamond to be worn as a solitaire or suspended from pearls.

In the $300 - $1000 group Williams took 3rd place with a 14 karat white gold “Circle of Life” pendant that was set with Chatham synthetic alexandrite and a double cut trillion diamond. What made this piece unique, besides the double cut trillion, was that the diamond was bezel set and placed on a rod that acted as an axis, allowing the diamond to spin.

She also placed 3rd in the $1000 – $3000 category with a 14 karat yellow gold custom designed three stone pendant. The three stones were natural fancy diamonds that included not only a canary and chocolate diamond but a GIA certified grey. The three stone pendant was suspended on 4 strands of 3-4mm faceted natural zircon beads. Each strand matched the diamond to which they were strung; with two strands of natural grey zircon strung to the rare grey diamond. This beautiful piece also earned the People’s Choice Award.

On the People’s Choice honor Williams said: “We won People’s Choice, and that thrills me. I take great pride in designing wearable, meaningful, unique and versatile jewelry for the everyday person. Nothing thrills me more than to see a client wearing a piece of jewelry that we designed, that looks like it belongs on the red carpet, yet I know they did not need a movie star’s budget and can still afford to send their children to college.”

Williams would like to send a special thank you to Melbry Collins, a GIA student that is using the laboratory at J D Jewelers to complete her Graduate Gemology training. Collins designed the diamond and zircon necklace and the alexandrite necklace and commissioned the experts at J D Jewelers to build them. J D Jewelers sponsored her entry into the competition.


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