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Rio Grande issues Call for Entries for 2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition

Rio Grande has issued the call for entries for the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition. The competition, now in its 14th year, recognizes innovation and distinction in jewelry design. It encourages designers to push the limits of their imaginations as they create an original piece of jewelry art in any of seven categories.


GIA accepting 2014 scholarship applications

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) began accepting scholarship applications online on June 15 for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website www.myapps.gia.edu/Scholarship/scholarship/scholarshipHome.jsp.

Rembrandt Charms supports Veterans

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms employees showed support for U.S. military veterans by volunteering at the 27th annual National Veterans Golden Age Games held in Buffalo, NY from May 30 to June 4. Patrick W. Welch, PhD, Sgt. USMC (ret), President & Chief Operating Officer of Rembrandt Charms, served as local Honorary Chairman for the Games and also participated in the sled hockey event.

Jewelers Mutual announces winner of Everlasting Love Contest

Florida resident wins $11,000 Erica Courtney earrings

(NEENAH, Wis.) - To celebrate a centennial milestone, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, provider of Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance, partnered with celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss to honor and reward couples’ commitments with the “Everlasting Love” contest. Earlier this month, Ariela of South Florida was named the Grand Prize winner, and will receive $11,000 Erica Courtney® platinum diamond earrings for her story of everlasting love: “For Better or For Worse, We’re Always Better Together.”

Andrew Hamilton Crawford finding success in today’s economy

Offering a costume line with attractive price points is becoming essential to the majority of fine jewelry retailers across the US. Today’s generation is spending less of their hard-earned money on large purchases like diamonds or gemstones, and more on fashionable products they can wear every day. With high quality product, competitive price points and impactful color, Andrew Hamilton Crawford’s resin costume line gives retailers an opportunity for high margins and quick turnaround.

Dollar losses from crimes against U.S. jewelers down 29% in 2012

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its 2012 Annual Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the U.S. The total number of crimes against the industry increased from 1478 in 2011 to 1538 in 2012, an increase of 4%, while total dollar losses decreased sharply from $85.1 million in 2011 to $60.2 million in 2012, a decrease of 29%.

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