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Holding history in their hands

West Point Cadet Joseph Simon, and his fellow classmates of 2011, received a tremendous gift this year; 16.44 ounces of donated gold. Worth a little more than $10,000, this gold is special. It’s seen Vietnam battles and traveled the world with heavy artillery divisions. It’s fought in WWII and the Korean War. It’s commanded the 82nd Airborne Division and received numerous awards including: Distinguished Service Medals, Silver Stars, Legions of Merit, Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Once in a blue moon: How a silversmith’s design made its way to the Red Carpet

Bob Moon had been delving happily in his life’s work for decades, designing and making silver and gold jewelry at his small shop in Barrington, Ill. - and then something remarkable happened.

He traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, to attend the grand opening of a remodeled theater arts department building and a new black box theater building at Virginia Tech, where he’d received a bachelor’s degree in theater arts in the ’70s.

Guy Harvey Jewelry by NAUTORA featured throughout Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Our friends at NAUTORA, a division of StarCraft Diamonds Inc., recently found themselves amid a virtual ‘sea’ of media attention when their exclusive Guy Harvey jewelry line was featured on not one but FIVE Sports Illustrated swimsuit models in the 2010 SI Swimsuit Edition, including 2010’s cover model, Brooklyn Decker. (Yes, we recommend you pick up an issue for ‘work’ purposes.)

DCA’s Lissa Maxwell vying for Woman of the Year

The familiar face of Diamond Council of America’s (DCA) Lissa Maxwell is a welcome sight to many people in our industry. Known for her beautiful smile and kind mannerisms, Lissa is a regular at many industry shows representing DCA as their Director of Operations. Like so many people in the jewelry industry, Lissa is an avid volunteer. In an industry that seems to yield a greater number of philanthropists than most, Lissa’s standout volunteerism recently won her the prestigious nomination for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Tennessee’s Woman of the Year.

Optimism, traffic, sales all high at Atlanta Jewelry Show

The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) held their semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show March 6 - 8, 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia - and things were definitely looking up! It was an energizing event - you could feel the excitement and optimism in the air. While final attendance figures were not yet available at press time, we believe the Atlanta Jewelry Show will have shown a large increase in buyer attendance based on the crowds we observed.

Marine biologists develop method for creating cultured conch pearls

For more than twenty five years researchers and marine experts have attempted to produce cultured conch pearls. Not until recently has anyone been successful. Two marine biologists at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University have, for the first time, consistently cultivated conch pearls.