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De Beers fights fakes with technology as China’s lab-grown diamonds threaten viability of the real gems

The arrival of lab-grown diamonds has challenged the widely-held assumption that diamond prices could only go up 

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The spread of synthetic diamonds in China, originally designed for industrial purposes such as oil drilling, is posing such a threat to the global diamond market that it has forced dominant player De Beers to invest tens of millions of dollars on methods to identify the man-made stones that look exactly like the real thing.


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 “I am still learning” ~ Michelangelo at age 87

SJGThe Spring, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show is successfully in the books, and what a great event it was! From the flawlessly executed day of 25+ Pre-Show Conferences, produced by the Atlanta Jewelry Shows newly minted and extremely talented Director of Education & Sponsorships, Cindy Chandler, to the last tweet I sent out for the show on Monday at 3:00 pm announcing the show was closed and inviting attendees and exhibitors back for the Fall, 2017 edition, August 12 - 14, and everything in-between, it was a show to remember.

Rolls Royce unveils Ghost Elegance painted with 1,000 crushed diamonds

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And you thought you were frivolous speccing metallic paint. Meet the bespoke Rolls Royce taking bespoke into the stratosphere.

Rolls-Royce's offering at the 2017 Geneva motor show isn't a new car, but it is what's possibly the most brilliant, financially incontinent thing to hit the Swiss show in, well, ever.

Body of Bryon Macron found

Sdeath of bryonIn January we reported that Bryon Macron, jewelry industry veteran and Lafayette Township (Medina County, OH) Trustee, had gone missing in December under suspicious circumstances. On February 21st Macron’s body was discovered by a kayaker in Chippewa Lake. Authorities retrieved his body from the lake and took it to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office where it was identified. An autopsy is underway to try to determine the cause of death.

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

Spring is around the corner, and that means it must be time for the Spring edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. Warmer weather is on the way, and with it, all of the extra business that comes our way from spring time holidays and events including Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations. There is no better place to prepare yourself and your store for extra business than the Spring, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show!

How to drive sales in a changed retail jewelry climate

Last year, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” One of the earliest poetic expressions he penned was “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” which has been acclaimed as one of the early ‘60s great protest songs. In later decades, it has been adopted as a general change anthem and used in everything from product announcements to advertisements, and I often think of it whenever a paradigm shift forces business in new directions. I specifically think of these brilliant lines, “Your old road is rapidly agin’ … For the times they are a-changin’.”

NAJA announces background check program

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is proud to announce the first of its kind, voluntary background check program to members of a jewelry association. NAJA has partnered with Global Investigative Services Inc., an expert in the background screening industry to help administer the program.  

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