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Rapaport Melee Diamond Index down 4% in 1Q 2015

Rapaport Auctions sells over 135,000cts of polished for $28.9 million in 1Q

(NEW YORK) - The Rapaport Melee Index (RMI™) for small diamonds decreased by 4% to 124.50 during the first quarter of 2015. Year over year the index is down 9.5% from its level of 137.60 in March 2014.

Rapaport reports polished prices declined throughout the first quarter of 2015 as retailers were largely absent from the market and diamond trading remained slow in March. Jewelry retailers refrained from their usual first quarter buying and avoided unnecessary buildup of inventory. Diamond manufacturers significantly reduced their polished production in an effort to diminish their existing polished stock, as overall demand was weak and profit margins remained slim. Furthermore, liquidity continued to be tight due to weak demand, manufacturers’ lack of profitability, and the increased self-financing of rough purchases as banks restrict and reduce credit limits.

Diamond Empowerment Fund announces Diamonds Do Good consumer initiative

In-store and online materials available to retailers at no fee

(CHICAGO) - Today’s customers increasingly want to know that the companies they do business with are a force for positive change. During both the “Power Panel” and “Connecting Powerful Diamond Stories with Customers” seminars at the Smart Show Chicago, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, co--founder of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.), stressed the need to connect the positive stories behind diamonds with customers.

Stuller, Inc. launches loyalty program

Stuller First™ to offer benefits to retailers

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller is proud to announce the launch of Stuller First, the manufacturer’s first company-wide loyalty program.

“This program has been two years in the making, and we’re eager to finally bring it to our customers,” says Stuller Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Metz. “We’ve always strived to put our customers first. And this is our way of making it easier for them to do business with us, beginning with the way we ship packages.”

Atlanta Jewelry Show to offer GIA® Diamond Grading Lab at August Show

(ATLANTA) - As part of an ongoing effort to expand educational resources and opportunities for independent jewelers, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will once again offer a GIA® (Gemological Institute of America) Lab during the August 2015 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA. The GIA® Diamond Grading Lab will be held Tuesday - Saturday, August 4-8, 2015. Hours are 9 am - 5 pm each day. The Atlanta Jewelry Show runs August 8-10, 2015.

Jewelers of America Offers onsite Certification Exams at upcoming tradeshows

The JA Sales and Management Professional Certification exams are open to all jewelry professionals

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, will be offering JA Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas and JA New York Summer trade shows. The prestigious certifications – open to all jewelry professionals – can advance the careers of jewelry sales associates and managers, differentiate the retail store from competitors and enhance fine jewelry customers’ trust in the jewelry professional.

Southeastern Findings/Namano, Jewelers Mutual and JFC team up at Atlanta Jewelry Show to help grant wish

Wish couple MayDuring the recent Atlanta Jewelry Show, Jewelers for Children (JFC) helped make the wish of 20 year-old Andrew come true, with the help of Gene Callaway and Southeastern Findings/Namano. Andrew’s wish is for a wedding and he and his fiancé Savannah visited the show and picked out wedding rings donated by Callaway. Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company enhanced the wish further by donating Personal Jewelry Insurance for not only the wedding rings, but also included Savannah’s engagement ring.

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