GemFind Newsletter 2-9-2016

February 9, 2016

GemFind Newsletter 2-9-2016

February 9, 2016 GemFind Marketing


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Woman Accused in String of Armed Robberies Indicted
Michelle Graff        National Jeweler    Feb. 09

A grand jury in Florida has determined that there is enough evidence for the case against 24-year-old Abigail Lee Kemp, the woman accused in a string of jewelry store robberies across the Southeast, to move forward. Kemp and her alleged accomplice, 35-year-old Lewis Jones III, 

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WJA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Honorees
David Brummer       IDEX       Feb. 09

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has named its Hall of Fame honorees to be awarded at the organization’s annual Award for Excellence gala.Sissy Jones, owner of Sissy’s Log Cabin in Arkansas, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her 45-year service to the retail jewelry industry.

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De Beers to Launch Non-Forevermark Grading from U.K. Lab
Rapaport News           Feb. 09

De Beers will offer grading of non-Forevermark diamonds from its U.K. laboratory for the first time from March 1 as the company expands a service currently existing in Antwerp and Surat. The service has been running in Belgium since 2012 and in India since mid-2015.

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Synthetic diamond industry takes a stand

Stephanie Chan        Jeweller Magazine.            Feb. 09

A group of synthetic diamond companies have formed an international association to “correctly” represent and promote the sector and deal with consumer misconceptions.The US-based International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA) was established by a group of 11 synthetic diamond producers, distributors and retailers 

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Are Smartwatches Hurting Watch Sales?
Rob Bates         JCK              Feb. 05

“Exports remain in decline,” the Federation said after they logged their sixth down month in a row. Overall, Swiss watch exports fell 3.3 percent in 2015. That’s not huge, but the trend for the second half has been consistently down, which doesn’t bode well for the first half of this one.

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Lucara Names 1,111 Carat Diamond Lesedi La Rona

Stock House              Feb.09

On January 18, 2016 the Company launched a competition to name this spectacular Type IIa diamond, the biggest diamond ever recovered in Botswana and the second largest ever found in the world. The winner of the competition is Thembani Moitlhobogi who will receive a prize of 25,000 Pula.

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NRF: Consumers Will Spend $4.45 Billion on Jewelry This Valentine’s Day
The Jeweler Blog          Feb. 09

Romantic shoppers are set to spend $4.45 billion on necklaces, earrings and other jewelry items this Valentine’s Day, according to a new survey published by the National Retail Federation (NRF). Flowers will lag well behind at $1.99 billion.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts: Jewels, Watches And A Pen

Anthony Demarco       Jewelry News Network           Feb. 04 

Vara never met my wife but she knew this ring made with amethysts and smoky quartz set on gold plated silver would do the trick and she was right. My wife loved it and my life is better for it. Below are some of my other favorites for this year: 

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From AGTA GemFair: How to Sell Color
  Brecken Branstrator         National Jeweler     Feb. 01

Since colored stones present a opportunity for growth in sales and profits, it’s important for jewelers to have a plan for selling color, AGTA CEO Doug Hucker said Friday during an education seminar at GemFair in Tucson.



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POS: How Diamond Jewelry Stores Can Protect Customer Information and Meet Industry Standards Including PCI Compliance
  Raeleen Kaesehagen     RapNet Blog           Feb- 04    
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