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GIA offering $2 million in scholarships for 2017

GIA 8 2GIA began accepting scholarship applications on August 1st for its 2017 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. GIA scholarships, which total $2 million for 2017, align with the Institute’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals. Applications for the current scholarship cycle are available through Sept. 30 at GIA.edu/scholarships.

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The Southern Jewelers Guild (SJG) is proud to showcase two of our exceptional SJG vendors, specializing in services from which all small jewelry industry owners can definitely benefit.

ISG Global Network introduces Gemology Lab

ISGGemLabLogoThe ISG Global Network (ISG) is pleased to introduce the ISG Gemology Lab, the latest addition to ISG’s network of gemological and appraisal services. The purpose of the ISG Gemology Lab is to provide world-class gemological services for the identification of natural and created gemstones, and their treatments. ISG guarantees their work and stands behind every identification report.

AGS Laboratories Certificates for the ASHI I DO Collection

Ashi IDOGive your customers another reason to buy a beautiful bridal engagement ring from the ASHI I DO Collection, knowing that the diamond was graded by a respected independent gemological laboratory.  ASHI, in association with the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL), now offers a detailed Diamond Grading Analysis of the center stone set in their I DO Collection engagement rings.

ASHI has selected 24 of the most popular engagement ring styles in the I DO Bridal Collection for this exclusive grading program with AGS Laboratories. Retail prices for these rings range from $1,199 to $9,999. Their top 24 styles will be stocked with a credit card sized AGS Laboratories Mounted Diamond Evaluation Report. Other engagement rings from the I DO Bridal Collection can also be ordered with an AGSL Certificate.

Enhance your bridal business by providing your clients with the added assurance of buying their engagement ring from your store, and knowing that it has been graded by a world renowned independent gemological laboratory. With their engagement ring purchase your client’s will have a mounted diamond certificate for insurance purposes, and as an added incentive they will be able to track and verify their grading report online at the AGS website. 

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The ASHI I DO Collection - AGS Mounted Diamond Evaluation Report provides the following:

  • Grading analysis of diamonds already set in jewelry
  • Includes color and clarity grades
  • Includes total carat weight
  • Includes manufacturer’s description and verifies metal stamp and hallmark
  • Includes a photo representation of the graded jewelry
  • Convenient credit card sized report
  • Online tracking and verification of grading report

For more information about the AGS Lab Certificates available with the I DO Bridal Collection, contact your Regional ASHI Sales Representative, call 800-622-2744, or visit ido.ashidiamonds.com.

Q&A with Atlanta Jewelry Show Executive Director – Part II

Young 28Carol Young, executive director of the Atlanta Jewelry Show, takes a few minutes to let us know what we have to look forward to at the upcoming show, August 6-8. Register online at www.atlantajewelryshow.com.

SJN: The Atlanta Jewelry Show opens its doors in just a few days.

CY: Yes, and we are ready! There’s a lot of excitement around this show.

Startup wants to replace the silicon in your smartphone with diamonds


Chances are you’ve never heard of Akhan Semiconductor, but the company is well on its way to producing the hardware at the heart of your next smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, or virtual reality headset. The new components won’t only last longer and perform better than today’s tech, but their environmental impact will be much less severe, too. The big secret? Diamonds.

Instead of making processing chips out of silicon, Akhan is using jewelry’s favorite gem stone.