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Be a more colorful leader

Many jewelers all across this country are already civic leaders in their respective communities.  We tend to be a bit more generous, outgoing, service oriented people that naturally gravitate to positions of responsibility and leadership.  It is no mere coincidence that jewelry is the last bastion of important family owned retail business in our great nation.  Yet Wal-Mart is America’s biggest jeweler by volume.

Rapaport issues Trade Alert on Marange diamonds

The Rapaport Group has issued the following Trade Alert regarding Marange diamonds to the diamond industry:

“The Kimberley Process (KP) has just certified approximately 900,000 carats of rough diamonds from Marange, Zimbabwe. While the trading of Marange diamonds may be legal in certain jurisdictions, companies owning or selling the diamonds are sanctioned by the U.S., E.U., and U.K. governments and their trading may be illegal by citizens of these countries.

Bertucci™ Watch sales team to focus on independents

Bertucci™ Watch is proud to announce  a newly formed sales force specifically focused on independent jewelers.  Sales representatives are now in place in the Midwest and Southeastern United States.

Michael Bertucci, President states, “we have the salespeople, product, and program that is right for the jeweler... we’ve seen plenty of success to date and have had a very positive response at recent jewelry trade shows to our limited distribution policy.”

NAJA offering ACE© It Conference Scholarship

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 35th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference. The Conference is scheduled for January 30-31, 2011 in Tucson AZ.

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.

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