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Jewel-Craft, Inc. celebrates 65 years of business

(ERLANGER, Ky.) - Founded in 1947 by Earl Wesdorp in the attic of his Ludlow, Kentucky detached garage, and now operated and managed by the third generation of the Wesdorp family, Jewel-Craft, Inc. celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. Currently headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky, Jewel-Craft is a full-service operation that provides comprehensive jewelry trade shop services to retail jewelry stores, designers, and other trade shops nationwide.

Diamond Emotions brings customization home to retailers

For more than 35 years Rick Gouthro has been a part of the retail jewelry industry. He spent 20 years in retail, starting out as a store manager, then district manager and eventually as director of stores for a major corporation. Gouthro then shifted to the supply side of the industry as Vice President of a major jewelry manufacturer for 12 years.

Global jewelry crime investigators turn to GIA

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – More than $1.5 billion of jewelry and precious metals were stolen in the U.S. in 2010, with a recovery rate of only around 4.2 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report issued by the FBI. To help combat gem and jewelry-related crime, law enforcement turned to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) for expertise and assistance. In March, 22 special agents and detectives from international agencies completed a custom-designed intensive two week program at GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., that armed them with the skills, knowledge and network to help successfully identify and recover gems and jewelry involved in criminal cases.

Chicago Jewelers’ Association Nationwide Crime Alert

The pictured kilo bars were taken in on the east coast. But be advised they can find their way anywhere. The gold kilo bars looked perfect and the weight was exact. There were drill holes in the bars and they were filled. So be advised that the CJA recommends cutting any bars at 10 tozs. or above in half before purchasing.

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