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Jewelers for Children announces 2017 Hope for the Holidays Program

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

JFC Bartlett

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. 

Jewelers Disaster Relief Fund expanded to help jewelers hit by natural disasters

Disaster 99 19 17Jewelers of America, the Diamond Council of America and National Jeweler have expanded the Hurricane Harvey Jewelers Relief GoFundMe page to collect donations for independent jewelers who were hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and other natural disasters. They are asking the jewelry community to band together and help fellow jewelers in their recovery efforts.

How the Koh-i-Noor Diamond ended up in the British Crown Jewels


The diamond came from India’s alluvial mines thousands of years ago, sifted from the sand. According to Hindu belief, it was revered by gods like Krishna—even though it seemed to carry a curse, if the luck of its owners was anything to go by. The gem, which would come to be known as the Koh-i-Noor Diamond, wove its way through Indian court intrigues before eventually ending up in the British Crown Jewels by the mid-1800s.

NRF reports retail store openings increase in 2017


As the “retail apocalypse” canard continues to grab the odd headline in the media, the data and the facts are consistently telling us quite a different story: a story of an industry in transition, but still growing. The most recent retail sales figures released by the Census Bureau were up a robust 4.2 percent year-on-year in July. Every month this year has seen a steady increase in sales over the same period last year.