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Scuba diving for diamonds

African diamond safaris bring a whole new meaning to upscale adventure

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Wynand Hendrikse is a diamond diver. For 20 years, he’s spent his days sailing off the western coast of South Africa, exploring a private offshore concession an hour south of the Namibia border. His office is on a boat, and his uniform is a wetsuit and fins; his mission is to scan the shallow sea floor for precious minerals. Almost every day he spends on the water, he hauls up a pile of diamonds, which he then turns into bespoke pieces at his Stellenbosch design studio. His clients, he says, include sports stars and actors, but he rebuffs you if you ask for their names. In other words, his life doesn't suck.


Why the man who popularized birthstones in America came to loathe his creation

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As children, many Americans get introduced to the idea of birthstones—that the month of your birth corresponds to a special jewel. Some lucky people get diamonds (April). Others are stuck with the more pedestrian garnet (January) or the esoteric peridot (August). But while many know of the existence of these gems, it’s less clear why.

Does your store need a makeover?

Jewelers for Children (JFC) has announced the Super Store Makeover Contest where one lucky retail jeweler will win a store makeover valued at more than $100,000!

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All jewelers will need to do is raise funds for JFC through December 31. Participating jewelers will create their own fundraising progress page at http://www.firstgiving.com/jfcevent/super-store-makeover, where they can record the donations they receive and their customers can make donations. The winner will be determined by a point system. Each time a retailer recruits a donor, they will get 10 points. They will also get one point for every $500 raised. 

JSA’s Red Flags to help spot a jewelry thief

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA), a non-profit trade association providing crime prevention information and services to the jewelry industry has listed the top ten “red flags” or warning signs that a criminal is in your store, including robbers, distraction thieves and grab and run artists. None of the red flags below prove a crime is about to happen, but jewelers should be aware that the red flags below are how many of today’s jewelry criminals commonly behave. While genuine customers can also have habits like these, a jeweler should take special precautions when he or she sees the following red flags. Remember, no red flag is conclusive, but each additional red flag should raise the level of security.

9-pound gold nugget found in Australia

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"Striking gold" is mainly a term to express when someone gets really lucky nowadays, but by golly, someone has actually done it.

A 145-ounce gold nugget has been reportedly found in Victoria, Australia by a real life prospector and could be worth more than A$250,000 ($190,710) when it goes to auction. The big 'ol nugget has been named "Friday's Joy" on account of the day it was found.

Jewelers of Louisiana announces fund to benefit jewelers impacted by Louisiana floods

Louisiana Scott(NEW ORLEANS) - Over 100 people employed in the jewelry industry have been impacted by the recent floods in South Louisiana. Jewelers of Louisiana, a statewide organization, representing over 1,500 employees has established a fund to help anyone in the jewelry industry affected by the recent events.

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