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Georgia Jewelers Convention a hit

If you missed the Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) State Convention this fall you missed a great event. Held at beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort in the north Georgia Mountains Sept. 19-21, the weather could not have been more perfect. The event had great turn out, wonderful speakers and fabulous jewelry entered in the 2008 Design Contest. The release of GJA’s 2008-2009 yearbook was timed to coincide with the meeting. A golf tournament in the most splendid of surroundings, and great barbecue cooked and served by the GJA board members rounded out a great opportunity to be inspired, and refresh and renew friendships.

Start-to-Finish to support Wounded Warrior Project

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) - In honor of our nation’s veterans this holiday season, Start-to-Finish, LLC (STF) is donating $10 for each bracelet a store buys to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and aid to severely injured service men and women returning from military conflicts abroad and serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid to support the warrior’s needs.

W.R. Cobb’s Precise White Gold - an advanced white metal

With consumer demand growing for affordable white metal options, jewelry manufactures have been forced to think outside the box. Many have turned to traditional white gold despite its obvious drawbacks. W.R. Cobb, an innovator in the field of manufacturing, refused to settle for current metal options. In order to provide their customers with a new choice in the white metal category they created Precise White Gold – a patented new family of white metal alloys.

Southeastern Findings scholarships for JA Bench Jeweler Certification available

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is encouraging jewelers in select southern states to take advantage of the special JA Bench Jeweler Certification scholarship fund established by wholesale supplier Southeastern Findings, Inc. The JA Bench Jeweler Certification program – open to all bench jewelers – evaluates a bench jeweler’s talent based on set industry standards.

Jewelers Mutual responds quickly to jewelers with hurricane damage

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - As residents along the Texas and Louisiana coast prepared for Hurricane Ike, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company had a team of claim professionals ready to visit its customers in the hurricane zone as soon as they were permitted entrance. Typically, civil authorities permit insurance personnel into disaster areas earlier than the general public, underscoring the importance of getting repairs and claims underway quickly to assure a speedy recovery.

Anti-money laundering laws in foreign countries

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has compiled a list of countries that have laws in place to prevent money laundering in the jewelry industry. That list is now available on its website - jvclegal.org.

The United States government generally exempts jewelry retailers from the obligation of implementing anti-money laundering (AML) programs, even if the retailers otherwise qualify as “dealers” in “covered goods.” One exception to this general exemption is if the retailer acquires covered goods from foreign countries, in which case the retailer must institute an AML program that assigns a risk level to those transactions.

Cargo Hold receives trademark on Southern Gates Collection

The Cargo Hold, after a one-and-a-half year process, has finalized the trademark for their Southern Gates Collection. The certificate of registration for the “Gates” was received from the U.S. Patent & Trade Mark Office  in September, 2008.

Following their initial introduction of the “Gates,” and its subsequent success, The Cargo Hold owners felt a need to protect the unique concept. A registered trademark will enable them to expand the Collection with new styles and offer a distinguished and exclusive product - essentially a brand name - to their customers.