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Local Jewelers Crime Alert Prevention Network in Kentucky nails suspects

Crime Alert courtesy of Jewelers’ Security Alliance

On May 13, 2010, Bill Brundage of Brundage Jewelers in Louisville, KY, a leader of a local crime prevention network for jewelers, sent out an alert to the group regarding a suspicious male who had been in his store looking at a high-end watch. Other stores exchanged reports that he had been in their stores and looked at large diamonds. The alert included excellent pictures of the suspect and his car, and gave the license plate number.

WFDB greets agreement on Zimbabwe diamond exports as a convincing victory for the Kimberley Process

(ANTWERP, Belgium) - The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has welcomed the agreement reached by the Kimberley Process calling it “a convincing victory for the Kimberley Process.” The agreement, which was finalized in St. Petersburg, during the 7th Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council, will enable Zimbabwe to carry out supervised exports of diamonds from its Marange deposit in the east of the country.

JA welcomes introduction of Main Street Fairness Act

The legislation would level the playing field between online and brick-and-mortar retailers

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, welcomes the introduction of the Main Street Fairness Act, which would close an Internet sales tax loophole that has hurt traditional jewelry businesses.

Jewelers for Children celebrates 12 years and announces $3 million to be donated to children’s charities

On June 6, 2010, Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry’s charity, held the 12th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas during the JCK Show.  The charity announced intentions to donate $3 million to charity partners in the year ahead.

“In a challenging economic environment, it’s gratifying to see so many step up with so much to support Jewelers for Children,” said Edward Bridge, JFC board chair.  The organization recognized Ed Hrabak, senior vice president and general merchandise manager at Sterling, Inc., and Jonathan Goldman, CEO of Frederick Goldman, Inc., and the first board chair for Jewelers for Children starting in 1999.  The evening also included the first JFC Children’s Humanitarian Awards presented to former model Kathy Ireland and actress Jaime Pressly for their support of causes to benefit children in need.

King Jewelers & TechnoMarine sponsorship of Miss GEICO leaves everyone in its wake

King Jewelers, together with TechnoMarine, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Miss GEICO, the 4 time world champion and fastest offshore powerboat in the world.

The momentous unveiling included a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring the King Family, Steven E. Cohen, CEO of TechnoMarine, the entire Miss GEICO racing team, Mayor Susan Gottlieb from the city of Aventura, and numerous excited paparazzi.  On display was the neon green 51’ Miss GEICO powerboat with bows and ribbons showcasing her newest logos, “King Jewelers” and “TechnoMarine”!  The ceremonial ribbon was cut by the King family, Team Owner John Haggin and Steven Cohen and was followed by a glamorous champagne toast and reception.

Jewelers of America expands legislative advocacy

(NEW YORK) – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, has announced the expansion of its legislative advocacy capabilities to include state legislation tracking and state action campaigns at its website, www.jewelers.org. With the state advocacy expansion – made possible by a generous grant from the JCK Industry Fund – JA has updated the only online advocacy center of its kind in the jewelry industry, which is accessible to all retail jewelry professionals.

GIA offers more than 140 scholarships for 2011

All applications must by submitted by Oct. 30

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) kicked off its 2011 scholarship season in June with more education opportunities available than ever, including two new $10,000 awards from Tiffany & Co. There are 140-plus opportunities for students to receive funding to help them pursue a career in the gem and jewelry industry.

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