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GIA postpones Gemological Research Conference

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The Second Gemological Research Conference (GRC), scheduled for Aug. 21-23, 2009, in San Diego, Calif., and hosted by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), has been postponed pending improvements in the current economic situation.

The serious downturn in the global economy has led GIA to reconsider the timing of the GRC, and the decision has been made to not hold the conference next summer.

Those who have already registered will be receiving a full refund of their registration fees within the next few weeks.

GRC Co-chair Brendan Laurs stated, "GIA greatly appreciates all of the ideas and energy that have been contributed to the 2009 GRC. We look forward to the time when we can put our GRC plans back into action."

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Who’s watching when YOU carry jewelry?

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - If you are traveling with jewelry, be aware of thieves waiting for their next robbery opportunity. "At Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, we have been seeing an increase in the number of reported off-premises travel losses involving jewelry," reports David Sexton, CPCU, vice president of Loss Prevention. He advises, "Before you travel with jewelry again, carefully review your safety practices to be sure you are not the next victim."

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StarCraft presents 2009 Valentine Flyer Program

(WASHINGTON, N.C.) - StarCraft Diamonds, Inc. is proud to present its 2009 Valentine Flyer Program. StarCraft has been supporting its retail customers with these materials for 20 years.

"We are very excited about our new program. Direct mail is still the most efficient method of reaching consumers on a local level," stated Meredith Dixon of StarCraft. "We put our heart into this flyer for our customers, and I think this is our best ever."

StarCraft's Christmas program is a bold balance of proven sellers along with the introduction of several new styles, featuring a selection of various price points ranging from $29-$1999 retail.

Being part of the StarCraft program offers retailers more than just another form of advertising. Along with the flyer, StarCraft provides ad slicks, billboard designs, ring tags with the store's markup and sale stickers for flyer items. The company provides a CD with high-resolution images of flyer merchandise, and they have also revamped their website for easy online purchasing.

For a sample of the flyer call 800-262-6208 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Gold Inspires Hope

Leaves of ChangeTM unites celebrities, charities and gold

(NEW YORK) - World Gold Council has announced plans for a celebrity charitable initiative entitled Leaves of ChangeTM which launched in fall 2008 in preparation for a May 2009 gala and charity auction. A-List celebrities will be invited to design a gold pendant necklace incorporating a leaf motif. World Gold Council will find a suitable gold jewelry designer to make each celebrity's necklace. Celebrity participants will choose to have proceeds from the sale of their designs benefit their favorite charity or Jewelers for Children (www.jewelersforchildren.org). This high profile charitable benefit will culminate in spring 2009 with an exclusive Los Angeles gala event, during which a simultaneous live and online auction will be held, raising funds and awareness for all of the participating charities.

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GIA, JA form strategic partnership

Nonprofit groups will collaborate on education, certification, public affairs and more

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and Jewelers of America (JA) have agreed to work together on a variety of projects, starting in 2009, to better fulfill the missions of both nonprofit organizations and directly benefit their constituencies.

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NRF Partners with Department of Homeland Security and ICSC to create Emergency Response Guide for retailers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As a part of its efforts to educate and protect retail customers, merchandise and employees, the National Retail Federation's (NRF) loss prevention team partnered with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create emergency response protocols for retailers to react, respond, and recover from active shooter incidents.*

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GIA’s first Law Enforcement Class graduates

Forms first Law Enforcement Alumni Chapter

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) first class made up entirely of law enforcement officials recently graduated, following an intensive two-week course of training on gemological identification and fraud prevention.

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