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What I learned at MJSA’s ConFab 2015

I recently attended MJSA’s ConFab in the Great Hall, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC. It was a fabulous day of very useful information and networking with lots of designers.

The ConFab event (an informal conversation or discussion) featured four speakers and was well attended. Over 100 people attended. There was quite a bit of informal sharing of information as well as tables manned by vendors from Autodesk, Otto Frei, Gesswein and Frank Billanti Casting Co.


'Christmas miracle': NJ man's lost wedding ring found in the ocean

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A New Jersey man was reunited with his wedding ring this month after it fell off his finger and sank to the bottom of the ocean while he was fishing.

Jay Bradford's ring fell in the water off Long Branch while he was pulling an anchor in during a frustrating day searching for blackfish earlier this month, The Asbury Park Press reported.

"He texted me and said his day was going wrong. I said `don't worry you will find the fish,"' said his wife Meagan Bradford, 29. "He texted me back, `it's not the fishing, I lost my ring in the water.' I nearly threw up."

The Year in Details: 25 of the Best Jewelry Snaps

vogue rear inSo long, 2015. We’re sending out the year with a look back at the little things—specifically, the most knock-out detail shots. The bags, the baubles, the shoes; they’re all here. Check back as we round up our favorite snaps.

All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. 2015 saw the runways brimming over with covetable accessories that ran the gamut from dainty (Gucci’s understated pearl ear bobs drew a sharp contrast to all the profusion elsewhere) to tough (Francisco Costa’s chunky, sophisticated take on your old-school anklet). In this slideshow see 25 of the year’s best shots.

Washington Post reports Denmark wants to seize jewelry and cash from refugees

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In recent months, Denmark has taken a fairly harsh stance toward refugees. In September, for example, authorities published an ad in Lebanese newspapers carrying an unmistakable message to foreigners who might think about seeking asylum: Don't come to Denmark.

Now, the country is debating another and even more extreme step: The government is considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate jewelry from refugees entering the country. The proposal is almost certain to pass Parliament.

"It is pretty telling about the current Danish policies that [some] are not quite sure whether this is a hoax or not," said Zachary Whyte, an asylum and integration researcher at the University of Copenhagen. In this case, it's real.

WJA announces Charlotte Preston “Gets It Done” Member Grant

WJA(NEW YORK) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has announced a new Charlotte Preston “Gets It Done” Member Grant to honor the memory of one of its most committed members, the late Charlotte Preston, who died in October at the age of 62. She was an ardent supporter of WJA and served most recently as president of the WJA Twin Cities Chapter. The Charlotte Preston grant will be funded annually by the WJA Foundation and the WJA Twin Cities Chapter. Member Grants are awarded to female, professional-level WJA members to be used toward professional growth.

The Stories Behind the Biggest Jewelry Sales of 2015

 

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Now is the time to own (and sell) colored gemstones. Blue sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds made up 9 of the top 10 jewels sold at auction in 2015. Pink diamonds, in fact, accounted for a solid half of those sales. The only clear diamond to make it on the list? A 100-carat, emerald-cut stone that’s so large it looks unreal, the gemological equivalent of clown shoes. (Very, very expensive clown shoes.)

Of course, it’s one thing to be a massive colored stone; it’s another to have an equally sparkling provenance. Check out the backstories of this year’s top 10 jewelry sales, which combined for a grand total of $214 million, below.

JA applauds permanent extension of 15-Year Depreciation on Store Improvements

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, welcomes the permanent extension of the 15-year depreciation on store improvements, which was passed by Congress on December 18 and is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.

The important depreciation measure was part of a tax “extenders” package attached to sweeping tax extenders legislation. It marks a major victory for Jewelers of America, as the association has been fighting for more than a decade to make the depreciation provision permanent.

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