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RapNet Diamond Index up 7.4% in June 2011

Polished prices rise 34.3% in first half of year

(NEW YORK) - Certified polished diamond prices maintained their strong uptrend in June as U.S. buyers fought to keep pace with Far East competitors. While some price resistance is apparent, the outlook for the second half of the year remains strong.

Jewelers of America Grant helps fund State Association events

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, provided $12,500 in funding last year to its state and regional association partners via its Affinity Group Support Fund. State and regional partners can apply for grants to supplement the cost of organizing projects and events.

MJSA Alerts Industry: Illinois is second state to ban cadmium in children’s jewelry

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - Illinois recently joined Minnesota as the second state to put into effect a ban on cadmium in children’s jewelry. The state is limiting the toxic metal to 75 parts per million (ppm) in any surface coating or accessible substrate of jewelry, reports MJSA, the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers. The law went into effect July 1, 2011.

2012 NICHE Awards call for entries

Application information now available at www.NICHEAwards.com

(BALTIMORE) - NICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2012 NICHE Awards competition. Now in its 22nd year, the NICHE Awards annually recognizes achievements by North American craft artists on the professional and student levels. Applications and guidelines can be found online at www.NICHEAwards.com.

JCK Group announces 2011 Industry Fund recipients

More than $5 million in grants have been awarded

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The JCK Group is proud to announce the grant recipients of the 2011 JCK Industry Fund. They are: Jeweler’s Security Alliance, American Gem Society, Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Women’s Jewelry Association. More than $5 million in grants have been awarded to organizations and individuals since its inception in 1998.

Advanced technology expands GIA Pearl Testing capabilities

Lab can accurately assess more pearls, more quickly on a daily basis

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced significant advancements in its pearl testing process. Highly advanced micro-CT X-ray units that produce high-definition 3-D images of individual pearls have been installed after months of tests and evaluations. These new units enable GIA to rapidly gain fully rotational 3-D images of the internal growth structures of pearls in just 15 to 20 minutes; older units take 3 to 5 hours or more. This new technology enables GIA laboratories to assess much larger groups of pearls more quickly and in greater detail than any previously employed technology.

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