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NAJA offering a unique scholarship for gemology students

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 37th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on January 29-30, 2012 in Tucson, AZ.

Consumer appetite for silver strong


(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - A consumer market research study conducted on behalf of the Silver Promotion Service by MVI Marketing Ltd.’s (MVI) Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC) has found a strong consumer appetite for silver in fine jewelry and significant preferences for silver as the metal for fine jewelry set with diamonds.

Lustour helps retailers give back to community heroes Give-away program honors soldiers, law enforcement

With July 4th still fresh in our minds, Lustour has a giveaway that not only honors our troops, but all of our community heroes. Now through the end of the year they are giving away free lab created stones to their retail clients in the hopes they will pass along the giveaway to the heroes in their communities. Whether its American soldiers or local law enforcement; Lustour wants to help retailers giveback in a way that allows them to honor the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.

Adeler designs catching eyes of Hollywood elite

(GREAT FALLS, Va.) – Designer Jorge Adeler of Adeler Jewelers (March 2011 SJN featured retailer) seems to have caught the eye of the Hollywood A list.  Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the famous and fabulous who have chosen his unique one-of-a-kind designs to enhance their red carpet ensembles.

Jewelers Vigilance Committee publishes new guide on FTC Platinum Amendments

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has released “The Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Platinum Jewelry” (Essential Guide) to clarify Federal Trade Commission’s 2010 amendments to the Platinum Section of the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metal and Pewter Industries. This Essential Guide explains these revised standards, and what they mean in practical terms for those who manufacture, promote and sell platinum jewelry. This Essential Guide is the newest addition to JVC’s series of Essential Guides and was underwritten by a grant from Platinum Guild International USA.

New study evaluates consumer behaviors, attitudes toward Social Commerce

Popularity of Group-Buying Sites, Location-Based Apps examined

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Shoppers are willing to interact with retailers through a variety of social networks and retailers have limitless opportunities to capitalize on the momentum, according to the 2011 Social Commerce Study, a joint research project by Shop.org, comScore and Social Shopping Labs. The report, which evaluates shopping directly influenced by social media, polled 1787 adult online shoppers in April 2011.

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