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Jewelers Mutual bundles up loss prevention training for the holidays

New video and weekly tips make five minute security reminders easy for retail owners and managers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - The holidays are prime time for boosting your holiday traffic, but they are also a prime time for jewelry losses with inventories at their highest and attention focused on sales rather than loss prevention.

Jewelers of America promotes careers in the jewelry industry

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has updated its “Careers in the Jewelry Industry” guide, a snapshot of 10 career pathways. The brochure ensures the jewelry industry’s ongoing competitiveness and growth by encouraging high-caliber individuals to pursue vocations within the industry. The jewelry career guide is yet another addition to JA’s resourceful online Career Center at www.jewelers.org/jewelrycareers/. The Career Center also boasts a directory of jewelry schools and training facilities in the United States as well as a Jewelry Jobs Board for jewelry companies and job seekers.  

NAJA develops code of conduct for lab grading reports

At the 42nd ACE© It Mid-Year Education Conference in Rosemont, IL, on September 23, David Atlas, GG, Associate Director, Chair of Ethical Issues and Certified Senior Member, directly addressed the current issues regarding reliance on gemological laboratory reports. 

Mr. Atlas presented a suggested code of conduct for NAJA appraisers on “How to deal with diamonds accompanied by any variety of lab grading documents.”  Since we have all known for a long time that all labs are not the same, and especially since the recent actions by Rapaport, appraisers need to know how to agree, mildly or strongly disagree with a document, how to concisely word their appraisal report to show their own opinion and how they arrived at the value without unnecessary denigrating comments or creation of needless fear and anxiety for the jewelry consumer.

White Pine Trading purchases inventory from Bauman-Massa

(NEW YORK) - White Pine Trading LLC, one of the world’s largest recycled diamond and jewelry companies, announced that it has purchased a large inventory of high-quality jewelry from the recently liquidated, St. Louis-based, Bauman-Massa Jewelry Co.  This procurement follows White Pine’s recent acquisition of inventory from JewelAmerica.

Kameleon Jewelry is Poppin’ for the Cure™

Once again this year, Kameleon Jewelry™ ran its Poppin’ for the Cure™ Campaign. Beginning in 2005, during the month of October, Kameleon Jewelry has donated a portion of its proceeds from the sale of their Pink Ribbon JewelPops™ to the fight against breast cancer. It is no surprise that sales of these JewelPops increases dramatically for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year there were a total of 6 styles of Pink Ribbon JewelPops™; including a new release, named “Think Pink”. Kameleon donates $2 from the sale of each JewelPop.

GIA reduces prices for Quality Assurance services

GIA has announced the implementation of a new, lower-cost fee structure for Quality Assurance (QA) services. The service is specifically designed to screen parcels of D-to-Z diamonds and colored diamonds up to 0.20 carats for synthetics or treatments. The new fee structure reduces the existing per-stone fee from $12 to $10 for diamonds between 0.06 and 0.20 carats and to $5 for diamonds 0.05 carats and smaller, creating a more affordable screening option for clients.

For more details including service descriptions and the full price list, please refer to the new fee schedules at www.gia.edu/gem-lab-service/diamond-services.


4 ways to market your store through others’ blogs

There are a lot of advantages to having a blog for your store, as long as you are consistently updating it with quality and helpful content. Blogging shows you’re an expert, with content that highlights tips, trends and advice. It helps build relationships with customers, makes you stand out from your competitors, builds brand exposure and can help your site optimization with fresh content that is keyword-rich. However, it takes time to effectively manage and maintain.

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