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Dallas Task Force Helps Put Violent Criminals Behind Bars

Tjewelry stolen in texas armed robberieswo Texas men who committed violent jewelry store robberies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area were recently sentenced to lengthy prison terms thanks to an FBI-led task force that helped bring them to justice. The case is a classic example of local and federal law enforcement officers working together to make their communities safer.

For a seven-month period between 2013 and 2014, Michael Demon Jackson and Mark D. Whitfield robbed numerous jewelry stores at gunpoint, in part to feed their heroin habits. Last May, after pleading guilty to the crimes, Jackson was sentenced to 594 months in federal prison, just shy of 50 years. In June, Whitfield received a 309-month prison term.


AGS and Jewelers Mutual take “Sharing the Rough” documentary on a cross-country tour

AGS 1(LAS VEGAS) – The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced a unique collaboration with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company (JM) in bringing Orin Mazzoni’s new documentary film, “Sharing The Rough,” to the public across the country in a series of exclusive screenings beginning early September 2015. This unique and evocative film documents the never before captured journey of a colored gemstone as it travels from mine to market, while also sensitively exploring the challenges and opportunities of an emerging mining economy in East Africa.

Jewelers for Children announces 2015 Local Grants program

JFCJewelers for Children (JFC) has announced the 2015 edition of their Local Grants program. JFC has set aside $100,000 to be used for 10 - $10,000 grants to local organizations. Independent jewelers will have an opportunity to nominate a local organization to receive one of these grants. Once a final list of nominated charities is compiled, the retailer will be responsible for motivating their constituents to vote for their charity through a Facebook based campaign on JFC’s page.

It will be up to the jeweler and the nominated charities to generate interest in their organization by securing votes through their own social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, e-mail blasts, and any other advertising opportunities available. JFC provides sample language for use on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as press releases that can be used to generate votes for their nominated charity.

How Extremely Tiny Diamonds Could Be Used To Deliver Drugs

diamondWhat good is a diamond so small that you need one of the most powerful microscopes in the world to see it? Scientists are working on ways to use these tiny treasures to deliver drugs more effectively.

Nanodiamonds are much like the diamonds you've seen on expensive jewelry — they are faceted, extremely hard and made up of carbon atoms — but shrunk down to a mind-bogglingly small scale. Whereas a typical sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick, a nanodiamond is just four to six nanometers across. At this minuscule scale, physical properties emerge that make the diamonds very desirable for drug delivery and could help pave the way to personalized medicine, according to a report published in the journal Science Advances.

Retailers estimate shoplifting, incidents of fraud cost $44 billion in 2014, according to National Retail Security Survey

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) - A study released from NRF PROTECT, the industry’s largest retail loss prevention event in North America, finds that retailers lose billions of dollars to shoplifting, employee and vendor theft and administrative error - collectively known as inventory shrink. According to the National Retail Federation/University of Florida National Retail Security Survey, retailers say inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $44 billion, in 2014.* The report was sponsored by The Retail Equation.

De Beers said to cut diamond prices as much as 9%

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, lowered prices after production cuts failed to support demand for the precious stones, according to three people familiar with the situation.

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The Anglo American Plc unit reduced prices as much as 9 percent, according to the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public. De Beers plans to offer about $250 million of diamonds for sale. Customers may buy more after the price cuts, the people said.

Jewelers Mutual’s 5-step rooftop burglary procedure criminals use & what you can do to stop them

The criminals behind these crimes are professionals and to reverse this trend, jewelers need to be proactive in making rooftop burglaries tough to execute. Believe it or not, extensive casing is a precursor before criminals commit a crime such as a rooftop burglary. In fact, casing sometimes takes place months in advance of a break-in.

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Each moment of the heist is planned and coordinated around lapses in security, which is why breaking down the criminals’ rooftop burglary procedure into five steps can help you identify areas of improvement for your security.

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