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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.


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.

Lafonn ambassador and industry veteran, Taffy Davidson retires

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Jewelry industry veteran and valued member of the Lafonn team, Taffy Davidson, is retiring. Taffy joined the Lafonn sales force in 2013 and was instrumental in growing the brand in the Midwestern United States.

In addition to her time with Lafonn, Ms. Davidson has served as a director of the Wisconsin Jewelers Association and was an original member of the American Gem Society. She owned a jewelry store for 25 years and later became a wholesale representative for Lafonn and Imperial Pearl.

Google wants you to be friendly

Are you responsive or just friendly? Sounds like a question for an online dating site - but not so fast. These expressions explain the performance of your website when viewing it on the widest array of devices.

Google recently announced that their algorithm had changed to reflect a website’s mobile friendliness, which has become a factor in Google’s ranking. This new label that ranks mobile search results based on a website’s mobile friendliness spawned the rather creepily ominous term “mobilegeddon”.

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