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Quick acting store employees thwart would-be jewelry thieves

At 3 pm on a quiet Wednesday afternoon, a friendly Hispanic girl came into Murphey the Jeweler (Tyler, Tx.) and asked to see a display of high-end diamond bracelets. She was attractive, but stood out to several employees because of her heavily tattooed forearms. She was on her cell phone telling the person on the other end that she was about to look at some bracelets and that she had bought her mother a gift here before. She hung up the phone as our salesperson removed the entire display of 6 bracelets from the showcase. The girl immediately grabbed the entire display and fled the store. Our salesperson yelled out several times to alert the other employees of a problem and the immediately ran out behind the thief.

Dallas jeweler, Holocaust survivor Harry Bock dies

(DALLAS) - Harry Bock, who survived the concentration camps of World War II, then later moved to Dallas and built the widely respected Bachendorf’s jewelry stores while raising his family, died Monday, July 12 of natural causes at his home.  He was 80 years old.

Harry Bock came from a long line of fine jewelers. His father, Abraham Bock, who founded Bock Jewelry Company in Dallas in the late 1940s, learned the trade from Harry’s grandfather in St. Petersburg in 1900.

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.

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