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Crime against U.S. jewelers increases for first year since 2012

JSA(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its 2016 Annual Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the United States. The total number of crimes against the industry increased from 1,117 in 2015 to 1,245 in 2016, an increase of 5.8%. Total dollar losses also increased from $69.3 million in 2015 to $72.4 million in 2016, an increase of 4.5%. John Kennedy, president of JSA, said that this was the first yearly crime increase against U.S. jewelers since 2012.


Sierra Leone pastor finds 700+ carat diamond

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An African church minister who supplements his meagre stipend by scrabbling for minerals in the artisanal mines of eastern Sierra Leone has discovered one of the largest diamonds ever found.

The 709-carat stone was extracted last week by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre that became the crucible of Sierra Leone’s blood-soaked civil war.

Rare emeralds expected to fetch millions at Guernsey’s

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(CNN) - Cleopatra wore them. Elizabeth Taylor loved them. Egyptians believed they could bring eternal life.

Though diamonds enjoy the reputation of being a girl's best friend, emeralds in fact are more rare -- and more valuable.

"Sought after for their rich color, regal history and identifiable look, emeralds are one of the most iconic gemstones in the jewelry industry," Amanda Gizzi, a spokesperson for Jewelers of America, a New York-based trade association, said in an email.

The Incredible Story of California's First Gold Strike

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Fascinating article details the incredible first gold strike in California, and it's (probably) not the story you thought it was! "The Incredible Story of California's First Gold Strike Takes Place Just Minutes From Downtown L.A." - While most Californians believe that gold was first discovered by James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, they are mistaken. The first documented gold strike was in fact in a lonely canyon six years before, and the legend of its discovery has grown into the stuff that dreams are made of. 

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News welcome new member to team

Southern & Mid-America Jewelry News are pleased to introduce the newest member of our team - Holly Davidson Joyce. Holly’s duties will center around stress management and employee morale. While she comes to SJN with no jewelry or publishing experience, she has proven to be highly trainable.

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Jewelers Mutual’s theft prevention insights

3 tricks criminals use to undermine jewelry store security

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Do you know what the weakest spot in your security is?

Whether you have a firm answer or not, chances are criminals could probably recognize it fairly quickly. When they do, they'll go along a path of least resistance to exploit it.

Even if you have strong jewelry store security, criminals can get creative and use trickery to commit their crimes. Theft is a common tactic, but robberies and burglaries can also occur if your procedures become careless. Prevent those crimes from happening by watching out for situations where criminals try these schemes.

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