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July retail sales increase 4.9 percent over 2017

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NRFResults support NRF revised forecast of 4.5 percent for the year

(WASHINGTON) - July retail sales were up 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted from June and increased 4.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year, giving the industry a solid kickoff for the third quarter as consumers continued to spend despite concerns about the growing trade war, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported last week. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants


Researchers discover the unique origin of blue diamonds

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Boron from ancient ocean floor creates color in rare ‘superdeep’ diamonds

(NEW YORK) - Blue diamonds, among the rarest of all colored diamonds, form at extreme depths – approximately four times deeper than most diamonds – and may get their color from a surprising source: the element boron, contained in the floors of ancient oceans carried deep into the Earth’s mantle by the movement of tectonic plates, according to new research featured on the cover of Nature, a distinguished international scientific journal.

Latest MVI research focuses on Millennial Self Purchasing Females

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Indicates a luxury growth demographic of opportunity

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - MVI Marketing LLC (MVI) recently completed another in a series of quantitative research studies with Millennial Self Purchasing Females (SPFs) to better understand the opportunity with this unique growth demographic for luxury goods. This study focused on 3 core product segments: Jewelry, Shoes and Hotels.

GIA offering $2 million in scholarships for 2019

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Applications will be accepted through September 30

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has $2 million in scholarships available for established and aspiring gem and jewelry professionals. Those interested in GIA gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts programs, distance education courses and lab classes can apply for scholarships offered in the application cycle opened on August 1.

Jewelers for Children announces JFC Day

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JFC(NEW YORK) - On September 29, 2018 Jewelers for Children will celebrate the first annual JFC Day. The day will be a way for all supporters of JFC and for potential new ones to celebrate the success of the industry’s support for children in need and raise visibility and funds for the charity. JFC Day is the brain child of Steven Vardi, a JFC board member who helped develop the concept along with JFC’s Marketing Committee. 

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