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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.


GIA Scholarships expand international reach in 2012

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – Helping students around the world pursue their dreams of a career in the gem and jewelry industry, the GIA has announced the start of its 2012 scholarship application period, increasing the total number of scholarships offered and doubling the number of international locations where On-Campus programs can be taken.

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.

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