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Treasure hunter goes missing searching for gold stash

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Several years ago, a millionaire named Forrest Fenn sent the world on a treasure hunt when he stashed a chest filled with $2 million in gold somewhere in the Rockies. Tens of thousands of people have tried to find it. The latest hunter is a 54-year-old grandfather named Randy Bilyeu — and he’s been missing for three weeks.

Now, instead of searching for a treasure chest, Randy’s friends, family, and local police are desperately looking for him. Even the 85-year-old millionaire who started this whole quest is helping to comb the most remote regions of the upper Rio Grande for Bilyeu — and out of his mind with worry, according to The Associated Press.

Bilyeu left his home in Colorado in early January. He was last heard from on January 4 and was reported missing on January 14, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Family and friends said Randy set out on January 5 after scouting along the river for two weeks. He brought a raft, a wetsuit and waters, a GPS device, and his dog, Leo.

GIA extends Diamond Confirmation Service through March

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(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - In response to concerns expressed by members of the trade, GIA has extended the submission date for the confirmation service announced on Nov. 25, 2015, by two months to March 31, 2016.

Anyone with a GIA grading report originally issued between November 2014 and October 2015 who is concerned about the validity of the report due to the unauthorized changes to grading reports uncovered in October 2015 may submit the original report and the referenced diamond to any GIA location for the confirmation service at no charge until the March 31 deadline for submissions.

Industry veteran, Cindy Stewart dies at 58


Cindy Stewart, owner of Independent Diamond, Inc. and Southern Star Trading, Tulsa, OK, died on November 21, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Batesville, Ark. on October 11, 1957, she was 58 years old.

Cindy was a graduate of the Gem City School of Jewelry in Quincy, IL and received a Graduate Gemologist degree from GIA.

Upon graduation from GIA she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she started her career in the jewelry industry. As the owner of Independent Diamond Inc. (IDI) and Southern Star Trading, Cindy made many lifelong friends and was highly respected in the jewelry business.

Darling Imports helps you keep up with the trends

Darling aqua FebEvery year consumers concern themselves with fashion, wondering, “How do I dress to impress?” Between keeping up with the Kardashians and whatever style fashion forward magazines are marketing this season, it can be a tough venture. Fortunately, Pantone handles that question in regards to color every year.

For 2016, Pantone selects pastel blues and pinks. By choosing these colors, it boosts fashion in the jewelry industry as well. It allows consumers to add accent pieces to their collection using these hues. With color gemstones being their area of expertise, Darling Imports is positioned as the people to call for these requests.

According to Shawn Toole, C.O.O. of Darling Imports, “the best choices for these colors are aqua, light blue sapphire (better known as the traditional Ceylon color), light pink sapphire, and of course, the ever popular morganite. All four stones will provide customers with a unique look that is sure to make a statement.”

Having a variety of options in color is important, but in today’s market budget is also a factor. For those consumers looking to add high end pieces of jewelry, the sapphires will be a fantastic choice. Those concerned about their wallet, but who enjoy being fashionable, will find aqua and morganite can satisfy both needs as an affordable, eye-catching alternative. “We are all about giving customers choices,” said Toole. “Not everyone will choose the same stone, but they will love the quality they get from us. When it comes to color gemstones, Darling Imports has something for every customer.”

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These stones are available in multiple shapes and sizes. However, they are extremely popular and are expected to sell fast. To place an order or for more information call Darling Imports at 800-282-8436, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at www.darlingimports.com.


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SJG Logo FebAh, Valentine’s Day.  Love is in the air, and readers of Southern Jewelry News are (hopefully) making the most of it! But if your dreams of selling lots of engagement-type jewelry this year haven’t materialized, don’t despair. According to a recent data dump by Facebook, Valentine’s Day is no longer the most popular day to get engaged. That honor now goes to Christmas Eve, followed closely by Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Why we’re wired to covet jewels

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As a motivator of human behavior, social status is nearly as fundamental as sex and death. But unlike your ability to procreate or to stay alive, your social status can be given to you only by others. You’re only truly at the top of the social hierarchy if everyone else wants to be where you are. High status is what’s called a “positional good,” meaning its value is determined, at least in part, by how badly other people want it.

‘Stolen’ sapphire pops up in Midtown pawn shop 19 years later

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A rare sapphire that went missing from a hotel in Italy nearly 20 years ago has popped up in a Diamond District pawn shop, according to a $7 million lawsuit filed Monday by a man claiming to be the gem’s true owner.

Geneva-based jewel dealer Ronny Totah says in the Manhattan Supreme Court suit that his 65.16-carat Kashmir sapphire was stolen from under his nose at a Milan auction preview in 1996.

He is suing Modern Pawn Brokers and its owner, Boris Aronov, who possess a Cartier sapphire-and-diamond bracelet from 1923 to which he claims the stone is affixed.

Totah’s suit also names Rafael Koelence, who the papers claim pledged the sapphire to the West 47th Street shop in November 2011.