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GIA scholarship applications accepted through March

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GIAOffering $2 million in scholarships for 2019

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Aspiring gem and jewelry professionals interested in GIA (Gemological Institute of America) gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts programs, distance education courses and lab classes can now apply for 2019 scholarships. GIA is offering $2 million in scholarships funded by the GIA Endowment Fund and private donors for 2019.


ASHI announces winner of 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes

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Next up - 2019 Valentine’s Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds announced the winner of their 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes. Among all the retailers that participated in the Sweepstakes, Crocker’s Fine Jewelry from Texarkana, Texas had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation list. 

New treatment with sapphires requires additional disclosure

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Sapphire, as well as most colored gemstones today are routinely treated to improve their appearance and increase their salability. Simple heat application, often called ‘cooking’ is an ancient method of enhancing colored stones. Depending on the stone itself, other forms of enhancement may be applied. Diffusion heats sapphires at a high temperature and adds certain elements to complete the process. But another process has been revealed in the global market and it warrants a separate identification and disclosure to both merchants and the end users.

Retail jobs grew 37,600 year-over-year in December

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NRF(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Retail industry employment in December increased by 15,200 jobs seasonally adjusted from November and 37,600 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation reported. The retail gains, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, came as the nation added 312,000 jobs overall, the Labor Department said.

Las Vegas Sun report on fatal shootout in failed robbery attempt

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robbery eAn employee, a customer and a robber were hit by bullets in a shootout Saturday inside a small, family-owned jewelry store during a failed central valley heist, according to Metro Police.

The robber died and the employee was critically wounded, while the customer is expected to survive, Lt. Ray Spencer said. The other suspect is still at large.

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