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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®.”

Canadian company looking for gold in South Carolina


COLUMBIA, SC A Canadian corporation is looking for gold in an area of South Carolina near the historic Brewer mine, an abandoned operation that once produced tons of the precious mineral but today is undergoing a major pollution cleanup.

Pancontinental Uranium Corp. said in a news release last week that it had acquired 100 percent interest in a “high potential, advanced exploration stage gold project’’ in “mining friendly South Carolina.”

Not a girl’s only best friend

Darling headshotOne of my favorite shows on TV is ESPN’s series 30 for 30. They are mini documentaries about important historical moments in sports, with the tagline “What if I told you…” The directors proceed to present a story the audience believes they know, only to reveal there is more than meets the eye. I’ve always felt the jewelry industry should come up with an tagline about engagement rings: “What if I told you, diamonds weren’t always a girl’s only best friend…”

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