GemFind Newsletter 8-2-2016

August 2, 2016

GemFind Newsletter 8-2-2016

August 2, 2016 GemFind Marketing


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JA Launches Consumer Marketing Campaign for Spinel 
Brecken Branstrator          National Jeweler    Aug. 02
Jewelers of America officially has launched its consumer marketing campaign announcing that spinel has joined peridot as a birthstone for the month of August. 
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GIA Launches Retailers’ Free Online Training Tools 
David Brummer      IDEX       Aug.02 

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced the debut of a new training package, consisting of four free modules, as part of its Retailer Support Program.

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Rapaport to Provide 100% Natural Untreated Diamond Melee
Rapaport    Aug. 02 

The first 100% natural and untreated melee diamond parcels and sample tested parcels will be offered for sale at the upcoming Rapaport auction to be held August 9-18. 

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Jewelry district struggles to maintain glitter in changing downtown  Nina Agrawal     Los Angeles Times         July 29

Steve Altinis spends much of his time sitting at his desk at Tievoli Jewelers in downtown Los Angeles, waiting to greet customers. But it can be a long wait these days. During one two-week stretch in July, not a single new face walked into the spacious store Altinis opened in 1980.  â€śIn general, it’s totally dead,” Altinis said. “No business at all.” 

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AGTA Announces 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Award & Cutting Edge Award Winners 
 ROBYN HAWK     The Daily Jewel       July 29

The American Gem Trade Association is delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM. The competition was held in New York on July 23rd and 24th and is regarded as the world’s preeminent colored gemstone and cultured pearl design competition. 
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Blinged-Out Phone Firm Already Taking Orders for Diamond-Set iPhone 7

Pooja Agarval    Haute Time               July 29

Apple has not yet officially launched the iPhone 7 yet, but luxury retailer Brikk is already offering preorders for some incredibly blinged-out new iPhones. Brikk’s custom Lux iPhone 7 options include large diamonds, 
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Tourist from Hong Kong suing Manhattan jewelry store after buying nearly $1 MILLION worth of fake gems
Daily Mail     July 30
Eva Ho bought what she believed was a necklace adorned with 11 rubies and diamonds for $350,000, a 12.77-carat ruby ring surrounded by diamonds for $350,000 and a vintage genuine Van Cleef Arpels bracelet for $188,000.
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Yelp Warns Users About Businesses That Sue Consumers

Rob Bates            JCK          Aug. 01 

Companies that consistently take Yelp reviewers to court will now be marked with the cyber equivalent of a scarlet letter—“L” for litigious. The review service is now adding a consumer alert to the profiles of companies that issue what it calls questionable legal threats.
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Jewelry Is Still About Craft—and We Should Still Tell Consumers
  Rob Bates   JCK         July 29

Today’s consumers have the ability to buy just about anything. But they don’t have a ton of money to do it. It’s not surprising that they are choosy—and that when they spend, they want their money’s worth.  


Changing Watch Batteries, A Visual Guide
   Dan Gendron        National Jeweler      August 02    
In 14 snapshots, Dan Gendron takes jewelers through the steps they need to take in order to properly change a watch battery. Dan Gendron is a sixth generation watchmaker, working in the trade for more than 47 years.  
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