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JA offering Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show. In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA Professional Certification increased 100% over 2014. As participation grows, so too does consumer and trade awareness of the importance of becoming certified. Benefits of JA Professional Certification include career advancement, differentiating the retail store from competitors and enhancing fine jewelry customers’ trust in the jewelry professional. Certifications are open to all jewelry professionals with no studying required as the exams validate existing skills and knowledge.

Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Imagine taking your wedding ring to be cleaned only to find out weeks later it had been sold for cash.

For customers of Ray Boone Jewelers, that nightmare is their reality.

Police arrested owner Charles Rodney Wilkerson earlier this week on charges of first degree theft of property.

FBI cracked the Miami-N.C. gold heist, but where are nine missing bars?

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More than a year after the daring heist, where are the gold bars?

When three Miami men stole 10 bars from a courier truck at gunpoint off a North Carolina highway, FBI agents would have an easier time cracking the case than recovering the $5 million worth of gold.

In fact, agents have recovered only one of the stolen bars — from a Miami pawnbroker soon after the March 1, 2015, caper. The rest has likely been cut up, melted down and resold in the local jewelry market, according to newly released court records. The gold, which was being shipped to Massachusetts, belonged to an Opa-locka precious metals refinery.

How 'El Chapo' moved illicit profits through gold

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For drug cartels, hiding the profits of their illicit sales is often as hard as getting the goods to the market in the first place.

To overcome that challenge, US-based members of imprisoned Mexican kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel decided to buy gold, have it melted down and sold, and then use fake invoices to transfer that money back to Mexico, according to court records seen by Bloomberg.

Allegations laid out in a federal-court case in Chicago describe a scheme in which Sinaloa cartel members would have couriers retrieve drug proceeds, and then use that money to buy gold bars and other scrap pieces of the precious metal at Chicago-area jewelry stores.

Staged kidnapping ploy to rob jeweler results in two deaths


LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Henderson police say a Las Vegas man was arrested in connection with the double homicide of two men.

38-year-old Brian Kleynen was arrested at his Las Vegas apartment and taken into custody without incident just before noon.

The homicide happened on April 12 in the 100 block of Treiner Drive near Mission Drive and Horizon Ridge Drive.

JA fights for jewelers on Capitol Hill

JAAssociation continues to promote industry policy positions through meetings, fund raisers and other activities

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has ramped up advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. Recent activities include meetings with Congressional leaders to support the jewelry industry’s recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on its proposed changes to the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries. The association also held a dinner to celebrate its work in legislative affairs in April, and is planning a two-day fly-in to D.C. in June - its sixth annual advocacy trip to Capitol Hill with a delegation of jewelers.

On Thursday, April 14, JA’s D.C.-based legislative counsel, Haake Fetzer, organized several meetings for JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte with representatives on House and Senate Committees that oversee the FTC. Bonaparte met with Rep. John Shimkus, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and key staff from the office of Sen. Jerry Moran, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Product Safety Subcommittee.

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