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Undisclosed synthetics dominate top 2017 stories on diamonds.net

Undisclosed lab-grown diamonds got readers clicking in 2017. So did auctions, the GIA, and a carat-eating dog.

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RAPAPORT... Global news followers will likely remember 2017 as the year of sexual-harassment claims, the fall of Robert Mugabe, and Donald Trump’s entry into power. But many in the diamond trade had their minds focused on topics far closer to home, judging by what they were clicking on this year. 

NAJA announces 2017 scholarship winner

NAJAThe National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) has announced the winner of the 2017 ACE© It Conference Scholarship to attend the 49th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on January 28-29, 2018 in Tucson, AZ.  

New technologies and better practices protect items in display cases

Senseon Secure Access: “Resolve to avoid theft this year” 

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 (SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.) - Brisk sales and busy stores have a flip side for retail jewelers: They’re an open invitation for thieves, who thrive on distracting sales associates.

“Start the new year right by better protecting inventory kept in display cases from shoplifters and light-fingered employees,” advised Sid Kalantar, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Senseon™ Secure Access, which provides a keyless, hidden, electronic locking system ideal for jewelry showcases.

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over

126 million consumers plan to shop on Super Saturday

supersaturday(WASHINGTON) - Just over half of U.S. adults surveyed expected to finish their holiday gift shopping by yesterday, but others will still be buying gifts on Christmas Eve - and some will miss the deadline altogether. That’s according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Low cost ways to reward your employees

Tips from Jewelers Mutual’s Clarity Blog

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Did you know that recognizing and rewarding your store employees for a job well done increases employee engagement? Engaged employees tend to be happier and happy employees perform better at work.

The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. Your employees are likely working extra hours and delivering outstanding customer service with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

If you have thought about rewarding your employees for all of their hard work but don’t have a large budget, that’s OK. You don’t need a ton of cash to make an impact. In fact, studies show that cash is only a short-term motivator for most people.

Here are a few low-cost, long-term ideas to reward your employees:

November retail sales up 6% over last year

Holiday spending on track to meet NRF forecast


(WASHINGTON) - Retail sales in November increased 0.9 percent over October on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 6 percent year-over-year unadjusted, according to calculations released by the National Retail Federation (NRF). Online and other non-store sales grew 10.5 percent year-over-year, reflecting the growth of online shopping. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

Rapaport article busts common myths about the diamond industry

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RAPAPORT... Myths about the industry, especially among consumers, are some of the hardest to debunk. Here, leading experts correct some common misconceptions.

Myth: Customers are significantly at risk of buying a conflict diamond 

Reality: Perhaps the most pervasive myth of all, the issue of conflict diamonds — or “blood diamonds” — has a firm grip on the public consciousness. 

“Our industry has made great strides since the widespread awareness that came to light during the brutal civil wars in Sierra Leone and Angola in the 1990s,” says Don Palmieri, president of the Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL). The percentage of the global diamond trade funding or facilitating conflict at that time is up for debate, with estimates ranging from less than 1.5% to as much as 15%. But since the introduction of the Kimberley Process (KP) certification scheme and the World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties, more than 99.8% of the world’s diamonds are certified conflict-free, with the support of 81 countries.