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Israeli Diamond Industry shows impressive recovery in 2010 - Net polished exports rise 48.1%

(RAMAT GAN, Israel) - The Israeli Diamond Industry showed an impressive recovery in 2010, according to figures published by the Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor’s Diamond Controller Shmuel Mordechai. High double-digit growth in exports and imports of polished and rough diamonds was reported.


Lab Alert: GIA identifies surge in large HPHT-treated diamonds

Reinforces full disclosure of treatments

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Laboratory recently reported that a significant number of large high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) treated-color diamonds were submitted for grading. Ranging from 3 ct to nearly 20 ct, the vast majority of these stones were submitted without full disclosure. The color grades ranged from “D” to “J”, but most were “G” or better combined with high clarities.

MJSA benefit partner targets credit card processing fees

Switching to the new company reaps rewards for almost all members

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA), the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers, has announced a new credit card processing partnership with Integrity Merchant Solutions, which boasts savings for the vast majority of members.

FTC’S Red Flag Rule enforcement in effect

The FTC’s Red Flags Rule, a federal law that requires covered companies to implement an Identity Theft Prevention Program, became fully enforceable on December 31, 2010.  The Rule requires companies that provide branded credit cards or in-house credit accounts for consumers to create a program to detect and prevent identity theft.

A young, new industry professional gives his take on young, new buyers

With only 3 and a half years in the jewelry industry, I can hardly call myself an expert. However, one of the things that I do have experience with is the new buyer. Throughout my travels in the Southeast, I have had such a fulfilling opportunity to talk to a variety of stores. From small trade work shops, to large chain stores with dozens of locations; there is one thing that every store wants: More New Buyers!

Jewelry Photography - Tips and Tricks

Jewelry photography may be very tricky. Each jewelry piece has its own unique look:  different colors, materials and so on. Some have lots of reflections. Some, like diamonds and gemstones for example, have little sparkles that are easy to admire when you actually hold them in your hand, but are very hard to capture with the camera.

As a jewelry designer or manufacturer, you must wonder how they create all these perfect images you usually see in different types of jewelry advertising. Yes – sometimes those ads look so perfect that it’s hard to believe that these are real jewelry. And yes again – some of them are not real at all! Whether it’s a huge amount of photo retouch work that polishes every corner of the jewelry and adds this magic touch of too-good-to-be-true sparkle or it’s simply the fact that what you see is not a photo at all, but a computer drawing that looks perfect.

IGI certifies diamond-encrusted pen

(MUMBAI, India) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and evaluating gemstones and fine jewelry, certified a pen studded with thousands of diamonds that ultimately sold for 2.3 million rupees (approximately $50,000 US).

Then pen was designed and produced by Apranje and sold at the Visakhapatnam Jewellery Exhibition. It is comprised of white gold and approximately 2,500 natural diamonds in colorless and fancy yellow, all graded and certified by IGI. It took six craftsmen close to 18 months to make the aesthetically crafted pen.

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