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Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones last year

As if Apple needed the cash, the company has discovered a way to make tens of millions of dollars off of old, broken, unwanted iPhones.

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In its annual environmental report released this week, Apple said it recovered 2,204 pounds (more than a ton) of gold from recycled iPhones, iPads and Macs last year. That's $40 million worth.

Gold is used in consumer electronics because it is highly averse to corrosion and an excellent conductor of electricity. Silver is actually the best conductor, but it corrodes easily. Copper is super-cheap, but it moves electrons too slowly for some of the most important computing tasks.


Retailers, vendors warm up to watch enthusiasts RedBar Group

RB watches in handsSocial media websites give enthusiasts of all wants and desires a place to share common interests. But all the sharing and thumbs-up liking can’t replace good old human interaction. That was the impetus behind the founding of RedBar Group, a watch enthusiast group with chapters in major cities across America, with sister organizations in South America, Europe and Asia.

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How many of you remember when cell phones made the leap from transportable handsets to flip phones? Just the other day while standing at the checkout counter of my supermarket, the person in front of me was using a flip phone!

It can be said the old flip phones had better capability of hearing and being heard than the smart devices of today. Yet the flip phones could not multi-task as we have become accustomed to today with e-mail and apps.

The evolution of mobile technology has taken us into another sphere altogether where information can be acquired with just a few taps and details delivered on your mobile device regardless of where you are as long as cellular or WIFI is available. Simply amazing!

Interesting facts about record setting Millennium Jewel 4 blue diamond

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Last week the De Beers Millennium Jewel 4, a 10.10-carat oval-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond, was auctioned by Sotheby’s at the Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite. Sold for $31.8 million, the Millennium broke the record for the most expensive diamond ever sold in Asia.

CNN has compiled a list of 5 facts about the stone you may not have known.

Jewelers Mutual’s 6 takeaways from JSA's 2015 Annual Crime Report

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Criminal activity usually captivates mainstream media outlets for all the wrong reasons. This is especially true when it comes to crimes against the jewelry industry, where extravagant heists and daring robberies seem like something you would see from Hollywood.

Unfortunately, these occurrences are very real and have adverse impacts that last long after they are reported.

At the beginning of each year, the Jewelers Security Alliance analyzes the crimes committed in the U.S from the prior year and, thankfully, there are mostly positive results from the 2015 Annual Crime Report.

JVC CEO/President to step down in 2017

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced that Cecilia Gardner, CEO/President and General Counsel, has decided to step down from her role as CEO/President at the beginning of 2017, after the planned celebration of JVC’s 100th year.

Discussions are ongoing with the Executive Committee to determine the scope of a continued role at JVC for Gardner. The JVC Executive Committee is currently conducting a review of JVC’s overall staffing requirements as it looks to secure leadership and management for the future.

De Beers claims greater accuracy, consistency in diamond grading

IIDGR Lab7RAPAPORT... An announcement in February that the International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR) has launched its generic diamond grading program surprised very few, but was noteworthy. Through it, the De Beers Group entered what arguably is the most contentious space in the diamond distribution chain where concerns have grown over grading consistency and standards, or lack thereof, in the past few years. 

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