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Bill’s Jewelers thrives by staying true to a family promise

Bill’s Jewelers thrives by staying true to a family promise

Bill’s Jewelers in Thomasville, Ga., has three driving forces that have kept the store growing every single year since it opened back in 1986.

One is treating your customers like family and providing the best service possible, making sure that all of ...

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Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS), in conjunction with Kaiser Time, is launching the first-of-its-kind non-brand specific course for watch studies. The course will be offered through the AGS learning portal, AGS Pro, and is available to the...

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AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced that it will honor three esteemed leaders in the jewelry industry at its annual Circle of Distinction dinner on Tuesday, July 17 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Industry Events

Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

(RAMAT GAN, Israel) - The Israeli Diamond Industry will again be among the largest international exhibitors at the JCK Las Vegas Show (June 1-4, 2018,). The Israel Diamond Pavilion, organized by the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) will feature 34 exhib...

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The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of an 80-year-old hoax 

egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant  Tridacna  c...

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The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

5 DAYS AGO
The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of an 80-year-old hoax 

egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant  Tridacna  clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fe...

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Kindred Keepsake wins JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award

5 DAYS AGO
Kindred Keepsake wins JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award

Honeymoon Memento takes 1st in Custom Personalized Jewelry category

Kindred Keepsake Jewelry is excited to announce they have been awarded first place in JCK’s 2018 Jewelers’ Choice Awards for the custom personalized jewelry category.

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Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

5 DAYS AGO
Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

(RAMAT GAN, Israel) - The Israeli Diamond Industry will again be among the largest international exhibitors at the JCK Las Vegas Show (June 1-4, 2018,). The Israel Diamond Pavilion, organized by the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) will feature 34 exhibitors.

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Hallmark Jewelry to sponsor Facets of Hope After-Party for third year

5 DAYS AGO
Hallmark Jewelry to sponsor Facets of Hope After-Party for third year

British singer/songwriter Calum Scott will perform at the JFC After-Party. Bulova to provide special entertainment

For the third year in a row Hallmark Jewelry will be sponsoring the after-party taking place immediately after the Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope event. The Facets of Hope will take...

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AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

4 DAYS AGO
AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced that it will honor three esteemed leaders in the jewelry industry at its annual Circle of Distinction dinner on Tuesday, July 17 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group recognizes top agents

12 DAYS AGO
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group recognizes top agents

President’s Club agents characterized by excellence in jewelers block expertise

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group recognized its top agencies for their expertise in jewelers block insurance during JM Summit, an annual sales conference. Agencies were named to the President’s Club in reco...

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Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

5 DAYS AGO
Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS), in conjunction with Kaiser Time, is launching the first-of-its-kind non-brand specific course for watch studies. The course will be offered through the AGS learning portal, AGS Pro, and is available to the jewelry industry. This course will provide founda...

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Stuller, Inc. debuts a new informational publication

5 DAYS AGO
Stuller, Inc. debuts a new informational publication

Focuses on trends, curation, and design

(LAFAYETTE, La.)  - Stuller is excited to release the first issue of Beyond The Glass, a publication designed to share useful ideas within this unique community of jewelry professionals.

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

7 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

7 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

Click here  to see more of George Prout’s The Marketing Minute

 

 

 

 

 

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Appraising the situation

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Dear Chuck:

I read your recent column on appraisals in the October issue - and I say “Bravo!” When I teach a JVC seminar at trade shows on the legal standards applicable to appraisals in the US – I end the presentation to retailers by suggesting that they learn to “Just Say NO” when asked to do an appraisal for which they have neither the right equipment nor the expertise.

Many retailers feel they must provide appraisal services for their customers – and they can, but not at the risk of inviting law suits and legal claims. A retailer’s best practice is to assess the reason why the customer wants the appraisal, spend some time examining the item, and then decide whether or not to provide the appraisal. Better a grumpy customer, than one that sues you!

To learn more about the legal standards that apply to jewelry appraisals, take the JBAR course – you can order it on line at www.jvclegal.org. An affordable home study course, learning this information will ensure that you know how to protect yourself from the potential harmful consequences of rendering an opinion on value.

Now, about addressing unpleasant personal habits (like licking a dirty finger to remove a ring) – sorry, can’t help you there!!! YUK!

Congratulations on your always interesting column.

Cecilia L. Gardner, Esq.
President and CEO
Jewelers Vigilance


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