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Can a Constitutional play trump a global power grab for the Internet?

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By Ann Glynn - President/CEO Southern Jewelers Guild

How many times a day do you think about the Internet? Not about things that you actually do when you get on the Internet, such as checking your e-mail, social media feeds or searching for recipes or breaking news, but the actual backbone that delivers all of this relevant information seamlessly at your fingertips?

The Internet began more than 50 years ago under the direction of President Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). ARPA was created as a direct response to Sputnik’s launch, and its purpose was to give the United States a technological edge over other countries.

Jewelers for Children unveils 2015 Holiday Program

Kids Representing Make-A-Wish® America and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® design 2015 JFC Holiday Cards

Jewelers for Children, the industry’s charity, has unveiled their 2015 Hope for the Holidays program. The program includes holiday greeting cards, an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts. All elements of the program were created from artwork created by children representing JFC’s charity partners.

NAJA offering scholarship opportunity 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 45th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled for January 31 - February 1, 2015 in Tucson AZ.

Gems One launches Rhythm of Life campaign

Gems One has announced the launch of a campaign tied to the National Breast Cancer Foundation called “The Rhythm of Life”.

According to George Prout, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Gems One: “The Rhythm of Life campaign gives us the opportunity to celebrate the lives of breast cancer survivors with a beautiful collection of jewelry made specifically to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With the sale of each item, we’re making a donation to help support the NBCF’s efforts to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.”

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By Ann Glynn
Southern Jewelers Guild

Happy Holidays to you!

Have you felt it yet? That little tug in the pit of your stomach that seems to be a mix of excitement and dread. You know, it’s the one that happens when you start to think about what the 2015 holiday season will bring.

JTV Crowns Ashley Hoffman as 2015 JTV Rock Star Designer

JTV(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) - Jewelry Television, one of the world’s largest retailers of fine jewelry and gemstones, is excited to announce South Carolina native Ashley Hoffman as the winner of its groundbreaking reality competition series, JTV Rock Star Designer.

Hoffman was one of five designers from across the country who put their jewelry-making talents to the test in a six-week, elimination-style competition. An extended season finale episode aired on the JTV network on Sept. 18, 2015.

Someone is switching out jewelers’ diamonds with fakes

091615diamonds7tbA thief used the oldest trick in the book to dupe a bunch of Diamond District jewelers out of tens of thousands of dollars in gems, authorities say.

Justin Abramowitz, 32, would ask to see an engagement diamond, then swap it with a cubic zirconia, court papers allege.

“He gives everybody the same story,” said Yeheskel Siag, 63, one of four jewelers allegedly scammed by Abramowitz.

“He says, ‘Hi, my name is David.’ He shakes your hand. He tells you he’s getting engaged and he wants a ring worth $20,000.

“He lets you drop your guard, and the minute he turns around to make a call, he’s gone.”