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IGI sees success with Gemological Education and Laboratory Services in Panama

(PANAMA CITY, Panama) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE) conducted a week of successful educational and grading activities in the country’s capital city.

Leaders from IGI and PDE welcomed Panamanian jewelers on October 25 for an in-depth seminar on diamond grading, providing an educational foundation on the importance of independent grading reports. IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald, G.G., A.S.A. led the seminar with Sergio Merizalde, manager of IGI’s Dominican Republic laboratory. The session, which was well attended with highly-engaged participants, closed with a very active Q&A period.

MJSA announces 2011 Vision Awards Design Competition

Association adds new category for custom designing retailers

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - The 20th annual MJSA Vision Awards Competition is now open to receive entries, according to Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA), the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers. The awards celebrate outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design.

Dillon Gage named a 2010 finalist for prestigious U.S. Chamber Award honoring International Corporate Caring

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) named Dallas-based Dillon Gage as a finalist for a 2010 Corporate Citizenship Award in the category of International Community Service. The Corporate Citizenship Awards have been presented every year since 2000 and are the nation’s premier recognition for companies that care. Since 1984, Dillon Gage’s 501 C3 nonprofit corporation, HELPS International (www.helpsintl.org), has developed an integrated approach to combat poverty by providing assistance such as:

NCJA Security Alert

David Hyde of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company reported to the North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) that recently two NC jewelers were given bogus certified checks.  The customers came in to shop, priced an item and returned the next day with a certified check for the exact amount.

Alabama Jeweler and Timeless Designs partner to create Renaissance Necklace for local Shakespeare Festival

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) approached Lyle Fields, owner of Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry, to design a Signature Renaissance Necklace to mark ASF’s 25th Anniversary in Montgomery, Alabama.  The inspiration was found in a 15th century Hugo van der Goes painting entitled The Portinari Altarpiece, portraying one of the daughters of a Florentine banker wearing a necklace with rows of pearls, with a gem between every pair of pearls, and a lily-shaped jeweled pendant with a suspended, large drop-shaped pearl.  The extravagant piece is paired with a simple gold link chain billowing two elegantly thickset gold metal plates decorated with repousse geometric motifs.

Everybody is talking: 3% above Spot

A hundred years have come and gone since the first refiners have opened their doors. “Now it seems like there is one on every corner of every city block,” says Gold Rush representative Cliff Jordan. “The industry has moved from only having a few choices to one of every color, shape and size.” Therefore, Gold Rush Refiners is not looking back, but looking forward to the next 100 years.

Children representing the National CASA Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America design Holiday Cards for JFC

Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry’s charity, has unveiled their 2010 Hope for the Holidays program. The program includes holiday greeting cards, an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts. All elements of the program have been produced from artwork created by children representing JFC’s charity partners.

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