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NAJA offering scholarship for ACE© It Appraisal Conference

NAJA logoThe National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 49th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on January 28 - 29, 2018 in Tucson AZ.

NRF Consumer View report finds bricks-and-mortar stores still American retail cornerstone

NRF(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) launched Consumer View (https://nrf.com/resources/consumer-research-and-data/consumer-view) on September 27, a new quarterly report designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to stores, online channels, customer loyalty, technology and other issues.

Seasonal employee hiring tips from Jewelers Mutual

What every retailer needs to know

Mutual(NEENAH, Wis.) - The holidays are, no doubt, the busiest time of the year. According to a research study conducted by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., US retailers were expected to hire over 740,000 seasonal workers in 2016. These numbers excluded retail giant, Amazon, which hired an additional 120,000 seasonal workers last year.

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“Welcome October With Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!” ~ Author Unknown

I am cautiously optimistic about sales for the 2017 holiday season. Many retailers that I have spoken with over the past several months have seen an uptick in business, especially in custom orders and design, and I feel an overall industry group-think that maybe the “worst of times” is finally behind us.

Belle Étoile raising awareness to fight breast cancer

Belle pendant(EMERYVILLE, Calif.) - Sterling silver jewelry designer and manufacturer Belle Étoile will be supporting breast cancer awareness through a special edition collection. Evermore by Belle Étoile will feature an exclusive hand-painted pink Italian enamel coloration available starting in October. Belle Étoile will partner with retailers to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund breast cancer research.

Forbes reports trillions of dollars of gold contained in earth’s oceans

Good luck getting it

gold ocean

In search of gold? Looking for the next gold rush? The oceans are a good place to look, however, it's not as easy as panning for gold.

Ocean waters around the world contain about 20 million tons of gold in them. When I say "in" that is meant literally, there is gold in ocean water. Unfortunately, the concentration lies on the order of parts per trillion, making it extremely difficult to get.

Jewelers for Children announces 2017 Hope for the Holidays Program

Hallmark produces cards designed by Make-A-Wish® children 

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Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry’s charity, has unveiled their 2017 Hope for the Holidays program. The program includes holiday greeting cards produced by Hallmark from the designs of children representing Make-A-Wish® America. The program also includes an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts.