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Curating a luxe experience

Distinguished jeweler Stephen Silver, Chairman/CEO of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, Menlo Park, CA, has invested his entire career in accruing elite rare jewels for serious collectors. Each thoughtfully procured piece is something he would often want to keep and appreciate. Within this delicate tension between selling and collecting lies the genius for Silver’s prowess in what he determines is worthy of acquisition irrespective of price.

Industry veteran writes book on gratitude

Ivan Levi, of Ivan Alan Jewels and Ivan Alan Solutions is a veteran in the jewelry industry. For over 30 years, one of the most consistent questions he gets from store managers is how to compete with the Internet.  His answer? “Don’t compete. There is always someone selling for less. Be unique and people will want what you have, you’ll love what you do even more, and all people - including customers - will want to be in your presence.“

GIA suspends diamond sealing services and duplicate reports

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Effective in November, GIA has suspended diamond sealing services and the issuance of duplicate reports at all locations.

The Institute is taking this action after receiving a sealed diamond for verification that did not match the data label in the sealing packet. GIA, with the assistance of an outside corporate investigation firm, is examining the circumstances surrounding the submission to determine the source of the sealing packet.

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.

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