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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

arkansas diamondMURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. The park does not provide an estimate of the diamond's potential value.

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Dramatic rise seen in smash and grab robberies

According to the Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA) in 2014 smash and grab robberies rose by 77% over 2013. Watch this video of a smash and grab robbery from ABC News -http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/smash-grab-robberies-rise-us-31353073

On the JSA website, http://www.jewelerssecurityalliance.org, you can find crime prevention advice including these recommendation to help reduce the smash and grab epidemic:

Smash and grab robbery recommendations

In 2014 a total of 110 smash and grab robberies of jewelry stores in theU.S. were reported to JSA, compared to 62 in 2013, a 77% increase. Jewelerscan’t rely only on the great work by law enforcement to help with this crimeproblem. Below are some recommendations provided to jewelers by JSA to helpreduce the smash and grab epidemic.

Industry legend Herb Lewis dies at 100

LewisLong time industry veteran Herb Lewis turned 100-years-old just days before he passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles the evening of June 9th. 

Herb, one of 7 children of Mark Lewis (a retail jeweler in Philadelphia), was born June 1, 1915. He was President of the Southern Jewelers Travelers Association, producers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show, and is a past president of the Jeweler’s 24 Karat Club of Southern California.

During his career, Herb worked for Bulova for over 34 years, retiring as a vice-president. In his retirement Herb continued working in the jewelry industry, first as director of marketing and national sales manager for Allison-Kaufman, where he helped the company set several sales records, and then, until age 93, as a sales representative for SA Kitsinian, traveling to major trade shows and visiting key accounts nationally.

Ostbye introduces retailer online catalog

Ostbye(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) - Ostbye is excited to announce the release of their new retailer online catalog, OnlineJewelBox.com. OnlineJewelBox.com is Ostbye.com with the retailers name on it. Retailers can upload their logo, set their price mark-up and create their own subdomain.

OnlineJewelBox.com gives retailers and their customer’s access to thousands of Ostbye styles. Retailers can link onlinejewelbox.com to their current website, use on tablets or iPads and e-mail to customers.   In addition, retailers can share it on print ads, social media and other marketing efforts.

Jewels from a True Veteran: Life lessons that will help your business today

Izzy JulyIsrael Levy of Levy Creations is truly a veteran - not only of the jewelry industry, but also serving two tours of duty in the Navy. It’s no wonder that for over 45 years, Levy has been the kind of man that many look to as mentor. If you know “Izzy” you’ve experienced his unique charisma and an unending love of helping others. Izzy often gets questions like, “with all the changes happening within the jewelry industry, what do you think is the best way for one to thrive as they look ahead to the next five years?” Depending on the situation, he’s been known to reply with a grin; “I wish I had a crystal ball,” (Don’t we all?) and yet, sometimes, he ponders and puts on his serious face, and his infinite experience and wisdom reveals itself. “There are things that one cannot compromise in business, such as integrity, always demonstrating your knowledge and commitment to the quality of the product you sell, never letting others lose sight of the value you place on the relationships you foster with your customers, filled with kindness, respect and gratitude.”

Jewelers Mutual introduces “For All Its Worth” campaign

Mutual July(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual, the only insurer specializing exclusively in jewelry insurance in the U.S. and Canada for more than 100 years, has announced the launch of a new ad campaign for consumers as well as the jewelry industry.

The campaign called “For All Its Worth,” features in its consumer advertising real couples reflecting on their love story together, and the many moments leading up to and behind their engagement rings.

JA finalizes Payment Processing Benefit for Members

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has finalized a new payment solutions and gift card membership benefit program through FIS Retail Payment Solutions, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. Through the new membership benefit, JA members will receive discounted rates on everything they need to process non-cash payments.

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