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U.S. trade groups form Council

Associations will work together to address high-level issues that can impact their memberships

(NEW YORK) - Leading jewelry associations in the United States have come together to form the United States Jewelry Council (USJC), in order to work more closely together on making sure the U.S. jewelry industry is collectively represented at government and international levels, as well as dealing more effectively on key issues, such as those of social, ethical and environmental importance, that might impact the U.S. jewelry industry.

Polished diamond prices slide in September

RapNet Diamond Index for 1 ct. GIA-graded diamonds -6.3% in 3Q

(NEW YORK) - Diamond suppliers are under pressure as polished prices fell further in September. According to the Rapaport Monthly Report – October 2015, U.S. demand is steady as the holiday season approaches, but Chinese buyers are restrained due to a slowdown in economic growth in China and Hong Kong.

Opal dispute involves Austin, Texas, and Adelaide, Australia

chroneAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Where to begin with this story?

There's the soap opera angle, reportedly involving bitter infighting among city politicians over a precious gem thought by at least one person to be bad luck.

There's the angle that sounds straight out of a Sherlock Holmes tale, with one newspaper writing of "the mystery of the Lady Mayoress' opal."

Then there's the comedic angle, one reminiscent of that "Seinfeld" episode where an astronaut pen given to Jerry ignites an argument over the etiquette of gift-giving, against a backdrop of petty retirement community politics.

Time Flies: A Watch Delivery via Drone in Frankfort IL

DroneOn Tuesday September 23 Distinctive Gold Jewelry in Frankfort, Illinois did something that no other jewelry store in Frankfort or possibly Illinois has done. They delivered their first gift to a customer by drone delivery! Distinctive Gold Jewelry delivered a women's watch to a wonderful couple celebrating their anniversary. Now this was a manned drone delivery, and not exactly the GPS driven and unmanned drone's that are to be "the future", but I don't even know if Amazon has that figured out yet!

Can a Constitutional play trump a global power grab for the Internet?

Sponsored content from Southern Jewelers Guild

By Ann Glynn - President/CEO Southern Jewelers Guild

How many times a day do you think about the Internet? Not about things that you actually do when you get on the Internet, such as checking your e-mail, social media feeds or searching for recipes or breaking news, but the actual backbone that delivers all of this relevant information seamlessly at your fingertips?

The Internet began more than 50 years ago under the direction of President Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). ARPA was created as a direct response to Sputnik’s launch, and its purpose was to give the United States a technological edge over other countries.

Jewelers for Children unveils 2015 Holiday Program

Kids Representing Make-A-Wish® America and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® design 2015 JFC Holiday Cards

Jewelers for Children, the industry’s charity, has unveiled their 2015 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 were created from artwork created by children representing JFC’s charity partners.