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How customers scam online jewelers out of their luxury gems

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Leon Rbibo has been selling high-grade pearls online for 11 years, often inspecting the priciest ocean gems personally before they leave his Los Angeles business, The Pearl Source.

So when a customer from Flushing, Queens, returned a $1,300 ring with a black Tahitian pearl, claiming she was unhappy with the color, Rbibo was suspicious.

Jewelers Mutual Security Tip How to protect your jewelry business outside normal hours

How to protect your businessPut yourself in the shoes of a criminal.

If you were trying to steal jewelry without anyone immediately noticing, when and how would you do it?

Robberies are about being noticed through force or fear, so that is too brazen to go unnoticed. Sneak, distraction, and switch thefts take a well-orchestrated effort to pull off, so that may be too difficult for most people to accomplish.

Mom reunited with wedding ring months after son flushes it down toilet


Anna Cornish remembers putting her wedding ring on the bathroom counter of her Bothell, Washington home after giving her children a bath in May.

She had a good night sleep but woke up to bad news.

“My husband went into the bathroom and said Anna, where’s your ring?” she told a Global News affiliate.

Rapaport reports diamond prices slide in June

1 ct. RAPI -0.7% in 2Q

(NEW YORK) - Polished diamond prices fell in June and sentiment softened after relatively weak Las Vegas and Hong Kong shows. Steady U.S. demand is supporting the market but overall demand is sluggish. Brexit, the U.S. election and continued weakness in China’s luxury sector are fueling uncertainty.

ELLE Time & Jewelry launches Plume Collection to rave reviews

ELLE(DALLAS) - ELLE Time & Jewelry is pleased to announce the launch of its new Plume collection, which features the fashion forward feather theme that is on trend for 2016-2017.

This all silver collection debuted at JCK and garnered attention for its sleek designs. The collection is made with ELLE’s high standard of quality and several pieces include stunning CZ stones positioned to sparkle brilliantly. Plume includes a two-piece convertible necklace, a bolo-style necklace, threader earrings and additional coordinating pieces ranging in retail price from $50 to $200.

24 Karat Club SEUS names 2016 scholarship recipients

24K logoThe 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States (SEUS) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 scholarships. Each year the 24 Karat Club offers several scholarship opportunities for promising talent in the jewelry industry. First and foremost, recipients are chosen based on their passion and desire to make a life-long commitment to the jewelry industry.

AGTA announces project to combat rise of silicosis

(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that the Association has initiated a project to combat the rise of silicosis that has led to significant suffering within the colored gemstone industry. President Jeffrey Bilgore appointed an ad hoc committee, headed by AGTA Vice President Bruce Bridges, to do a six month long study to evaluate how the Association could address the problem most effectively. With the study complete, Bridges recently reported to the Board of Directors with a pilot project, one that is both workable and affordable. On April 29, the AGTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to proceed with the project.