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The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

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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 fellow tribesmen in Palawan, a province of the Philippines, in May 1934. When the clam was pried open, and the meat scraped out, the local chief beheld something marvelous: a massive pearl, its sheen like satin.


MVI study finds Millennials’ interest in lab grown diamonds growing

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MVI(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Millennial age consumers continue to show growing interest in lab grown diamonds, according to an April 2018 consumer research study conducted by MVI Marketing (MVI). Nearly 70% of respondents in the study said they would consider a lab grown diamond for an engagement ring center stone, a 13% increase from a previous research study on lab grown diamonds conducted by MVI in 2017.

GIA supports AGS with $50,000 Education Grant

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Institute’s support to sister organization reaches nearly $150,000 in 2018

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(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The American Gem Society (AGS) will receive a $50,000 grant from GIA (Gemological Institute of America) to fund awards for GIA education for AGS members, bringing GIA’s financial support for AGS to nearly $150,000 for 2018.

The SJG Smart Business Report: Google’s “Not Secure” is coming

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Google’s “Not Secure” is coming. Are you ready for the (http)S to hit the fan?

The date for Google’s latest Chrome browser update is rapidly approaching, and more than 90% of businesses who rely on a website to create a virtual presence and connect with customers in the online marketplace have no idea what’s about to hit them.

Paul Machiels puts retirement on hold, relaunches pearl business

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MachielsPaul Machiels, owner of Zhen Zhu Pearls and Charms Plus.Recently Paul Machiels, owner of JKM Enterprises (Charms Plus) and Zhen Zhu Pearls, announced his planned semi-retirement and the sale of Charms Plus and parent company, JKM Enterprises. Currently Charms Plus is still open for business and is for sale, but Machiels has announced he is holding off on his retirement plans and relaunching Zhen Zhu Pearls (www.zhenzhupearls.com). For 11 years, Zhen Zhu has specialized in high quality freshwater pearls from China.

The SJG Smart Business Report - Viva Las Vegas!

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Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild 

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The heat you’re beginning to feel isn’t just the tease of summer that’s waiting around the corner. That, my friend, is the breath of Las Vegas, summoning us all to the annual “Vegas Market Madness” ritual that takes place this year between Memorial Day and June 4, with no fewer than 8 shows, many running simultaneously, and all working hard to get you to step onto their show floor for a visit.

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