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The Watch Thieves Who Picked L.A. Clean

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In less than 10 months, a fledgling robbery ring smashed and grabbed its way to $6 million in stolen goods. But the leaders got greedy, plans got sloppy, and the police got smart.

Their story was always about time—time to plan, to execute, to get away—but in the end it was really about how quickly time could disappear. How fast a plan could dissolve, a getaway route crumble, or a profit margin explode, becoming greater than anyone had anticipated.

Consumers asked to help award $2 million in Jewelers Mutual’s new corporate giving initiative

Jewelry insurer bands together with Feeding America/Food Banks Canada, Habitat for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Jewelers Mutual(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company will donate $2 million to nonprofits this summer as part of its “Band Together” campaign. Jewelers Mutual - the company solely dedicated to insuring jewelry and the jewelry industry - is inviting the public to help direct its donation by voting online for their nonprofit of choice.

JBT Special Alert

Due to continued fraudulent ordering schemes, the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) would like to once again draw your attention to the following advice to assist you in avoiding being scammed by unscrupulous operators posing as legitimate jewelers.

Will Brexit Send Gold to $1,400


Gold could climb as high as $1,400 a troy ounce if British residents vote to exit the European Union in a June 23 referendum, analysts at Capital Economics said.

A British exit from the EU would, by itself, not be a big deal, as the U.K. is likely to remain a member of the European Union for another two years or longer, the firm said.

Investigators suspect link between diamond dealer robbery and carjacking/murder


The FBI and DFW Airport police are taking a close look at a violent aggravated robbery of a diamond dealer in Arlington last week. They want to know if it's connected to a kidnapping and homicide near the airport Thursday afternoon.

Surveillance video shows last week's dramatic robbery play out, where thieves robbed the diamond dealer from New York as he was gassing up his rental car on the way back from the DFW airport.

AGTA & JA to add Spinel as an Official Birthstone for August

The revised birthstone list will launch to consumers later this summer

(NEW YORK) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), the authoritative source on natural colored gemstones, and Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, have announced that spinel will join the official list of birthstones as an additional gemstone for the month of August. The new birthstone will launch to consumers in July, through a public relations and marketing campaign led by JA, which established the modern birthstone list in 1912.

Vardi Company partners with Jewelers For Children to launch the Million Key Movement

Vardi logoVardi Company has launched a nationwide, causal-related jewelry program “The Million Key Movement” for the Love is the Key® brand in conjunction with Jewelers For Children (JFC). They are enlisting major retailers as well as independent retailers to participate in the program.  Steven Vardi, CEO of Vardi Company, explained: “We launched this program to make a significant impact and our goal is to generate the largest ever charitable contribution to JFC of $1,000,000+ as well as to spread the positive brand message of Love is the Key®.”