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Light up your jewelry store and your sales

No matter how carefully you plan your jewelry store displays and merchandise, your hard work could all be lost in window glare and shadows.

Lighting design can make all the difference to a store’s success, but too often, jewelry retailers neglect it. Not only is lighting critical in setting the mood of your store and showcasing your products, it may very well be one of your biggest expenses. People disregard the importance of lighting. It becomes a huge part of what defines their store and what defines their image.

GIA announces Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced the Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship, which will be offered beginning June 15, 2014. The annual scholarship will award full tuition for an on-campus student to pursue their Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma, including the required Diamond Grading, Colored Stone Grading and Gem Identification lab classes. The first scholarship will be for a student at GIA’s campus in Mumbai, and will rotate throughout GIA’s global campuses in subsequent years. The application period each year will run through Oct. 31 and is available on GIA’s website at gia.edu/scholarships.

IGI offers free synthetic screening services to DMIA, DCC members

(NEW YORK) - In response to industry concerns regarding the possible mixing of synthetic diamonds with natural diamond parcels, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) has announced it will offer limited-time screenings of up to 100 diamonds – free of charge – to all members of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association (DMIA) and Diamond Dealers Club (DDC), at IGI’s New York laboratory.

GIA celebrates the life of Bert Krashes

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – It is with great sadness that GIA (Gemological Institute of America) announces the passing of Bert Krashes, former vice president and member of the Board of Governors, in January from natural causes. Krashes joined GIA in 1949, becoming vice president and director of the Gem Trade Laboratory in New York in 1977. Recognized as one of the Institute’s pioneers, he helped establish its East Coast school, laboratory, gem identification and grading services, and the “traveling classrooms” that took GIA education to jewelers across the United States.

GIA collaborates with Bahrain to develop pearl testing facility

(BAHRAIN) – The Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help develop the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Gemstone and Pearl Testing Laboratory (GPTLB) into a world-class research center for natural pearls.

“We’re pleased to contribute GIA’s expertise and research to build on Bahrain’s history and reputation as a leading center for natural pearl research and production,” said Tom Moses, GIA’s executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer.

The initiative, which was agreed on in Nov. 2013, is to protect and enrich Bahrain’s pearling industry by increasing capacity, research, expertise and technology at the GPTLB, and by identifying further opportunities for growth. The memorandum builds on Bahrain’s history as a world pearling center, an industry once considered the backbone of the Kingdom’s economy.

“This is an exciting development for Bahrain’s pearling industry. By working in partnership with GIA, the GPTLB will be provided with the facilities and expertise required to capitalize on regional and international trade and investment opportunities in this fast growing sector,” said Dr. Hassan Abdullah Fakhro, the minister of Industry and Commerce.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with GIA, a leading source of research, standards, and education in gems and jewelry, to ensure the GPTLB has the tools required to boost Bahrain’s pearl production capacity,” added H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of the Bahrain EDB. “Historically, pearling was the backbone of our economy, and we want to capitalize on our heritage, combined with world-class techniques and processes, to create a center of excellence for the industry here in Bahrain.”

GIA has an established presence in the Middle East, conducting education programs and courses in major trade centers including Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Jewelry interior design to improve business sales

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” is a saying that you have likely heard many times. However, this is an especially important concept when it comes to the interior design of a jewelry store. Every time a customer walks through the door, their first impression causes them to form an immediate opinion about your business based on the environment that they experience. In just a few seconds, customers will decide if your business is a well-designed, professional establishment. It is important that your interior design is keeping up with current trends.

Independent retailers reaping rewards of Preferred Jewelers membership

When Andie Weinman, co-founder of Preferred Jewelers International™ and husband Joe Murphy, created Preferred Jewelers International to showcase a nationwide network of premiere, independently owned and operated jewelry stores, they knew they had a long road ahead. But nearly a year later, their gamble is paying off, and their vision of a “Preferred Family,” is expanding in an increasingly significant way.

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