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Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology call for nominations

The Accredited Gemologists Association is calling for nominations for The Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

Named in honor of its founding father for his many contributions to the gemological field and his work to establish and maintain high professional standards, past recipients of this prestigious award include: Dr. Henry Hanni of Switzerland; Alan Hodgkinson and Alan Jobbins of the United Kingdom; Richard W. Hughes of Thailand; CR Beesley, Robert Crowningshield, John Koivula, Antoinette Matlins, Shane McClure, Jim Shigley, and Chris Smith of the United States. The award consists of a specially commissioned bronze plaque, along with a specially commissioned medallion and check for $2,000.

JIC launches Gems Among Us Contest

Participating retailers to receive turn-key marketing program

(NEW YORK) – Jewelry Information Center (JIC), the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America (JA), launched a nationwide essay contest on September 13 to recognize the individuals who make our world a better place. The Contest, at www.JIC.org, offers a variety of prizes for consumers, retailers and sales associates.

Quick acting store employees thwart would-be jewelry thieves

At 3 pm on a quiet Wednesday afternoon, a friendly Hispanic girl came into Murphey the Jeweler (Tyler, Tx.) and asked to see a display of high-end diamond bracelets. She was attractive, but stood out to several employees because of her heavily tattooed forearms. She was on her cell phone telling the person on the other end that she was about to look at some bracelets and that she had bought her mother a gift here before. She hung up the phone as our salesperson removed the entire display of 6 bracelets from the showcase. The girl immediately grabbed the entire display and fled the store. Our salesperson yelled out several times to alert the other employees of a problem and the immediately ran out behind the thief.

Dallas jeweler, Holocaust survivor Harry Bock dies

(DALLAS) - Harry Bock, who survived the concentration camps of World War II, then later moved to Dallas and built the widely respected Bachendorf’s jewelry stores while raising his family, died Monday, July 12 of natural causes at his home.  He was 80 years old.

Harry Bock came from a long line of fine jewelers. His father, Abraham Bock, who founded Bock Jewelry Company in Dallas in the late 1940s, learned the trade from Harry’s grandfather in St. Petersburg in 1900.

Local Jewelers Crime Alert Prevention Network in Kentucky nails suspects

Crime Alert courtesy of Jewelers’ Security Alliance

On May 13, 2010, Bill Brundage of Brundage Jewelers in Louisville, KY, a leader of a local crime prevention network for jewelers, sent out an alert to the group regarding a suspicious male who had been in his store looking at a high-end watch. Other stores exchanged reports that he had been in their stores and looked at large diamonds. The alert included excellent pictures of the suspect and his car, and gave the license plate number.

WFDB greets agreement on Zimbabwe diamond exports as a convincing victory for the Kimberley Process

(ANTWERP, Belgium) - The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has welcomed the agreement reached by the Kimberley Process calling it “a convincing victory for the Kimberley Process.” The agreement, which was finalized in St. Petersburg, during the 7th Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council, will enable Zimbabwe to carry out supervised exports of diamonds from its Marange deposit in the east of the country.

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