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AJS ChandlerFinal preparations are underway for the Spring, 2018 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show (AJS), and I am looking forward to seeing you there!


Bloomberg reports De Beers mining most diamonds since 2008

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De Beers mined more diamonds last year than any time since the global financial crisis of 2008. 

The company, a unit of Anglo American Plc, mined 33.5 million carats in 2017. That’s a 22 percent jump from a year earlier, beating its own target. Production was boosted by its new Gahcho Kue mine in Canada and better market conditions.

GIA offering $2 million in scholarships beginning Feb 1

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$500,000 bequest to fund Charles and Erna Leutwyler Memorial Scholarship

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(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will begin accepting applications for the current scholarship cycle on Feb. 1, 2018; applications are due by March 31, 2018. Applications are available at gia.edu/scholarships for the Institute’s Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. 2018 is the first year for the Charles and Erna Leutwyler Memorial Scholarship, funded by a bequest of nearly $500,000 to GIA from the estate of alumni couple, Charles and Erna Leutwyler.

Retail Jewelers Organization gives back BIG

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2018 Patronage Dividend delights membership

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) - Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) CEO Sarah Streb made a big announcement at their 2018 Winter Buying Show. The Show was held January 20-22 in Savannah, GA. On January 20th at the General Membership Luncheon Streb shared that RJO would be giving back almost six million dollars to its members during 2018. The announcement was met with thunderous applause by the entire membership in attendance.

Experts give jewelers average grades on retailer etiquette

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There’s always room for improvement

Jewelry store owners and their staff must exhibit exemplary “retailer etiquette” for every customer that comes through their door. Experts give average letter grades to retail jewelers, and like any ongoing learning process, there’s always room for improvement on retailer etiquette essentials - especially with the ever-changing retail landscape.  

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