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Precious gems bear messages from Earth’s molten heart

New York Times article explores what gemstones tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground 

GEM superJumboAround 1920, Justo Daza, an experienced mine worker, and Fritz Klein, a mining engineer, were scrambling over the steep mountainside terraces of Chivor, a legendary emerald site in northeast Colombia. They were breaking rocks apart with long iron poles and explosives packed into drill holes.

2017 Jewels for Children raffle raises over $9,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Richmond

(RICHMOND, Vir.) - Richmond’s independent jewelers are pleased to announce that their 2017 Jewels for Children raffle raised $9,450 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Richmond at the Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball held November 3 at the Country Club of Virginia. The annual raffle, organized by Cheryl Fornash of Cheryl Fornash Jewelers, has raised over $103,000 in support of Richmond-area non-profit organizations over the last 8 years.


AWDC, Bain & Company present seventh annual Global Diamond Report

Finds rough-diamond players likely to increase marketing spend by about 50%

AWDC(MOSCOW) - According to Bain & Company’s seventh annual Global Diamond Report, developed in partnership with Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), diamond producers staged a strong comeback in 2016 with demand for rough diamonds spurring a 20 percent increase in revenues as mining companies sold down inventories accumulated in 2015.

NRF reports retail jobs jumped nearly 13,000 in November

Holiday sales expected to grow 3.6 - 4%

NRF(WASHINGTON) - Retail industry employment increased by an unusually high 12,900 jobs in November over October, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 228,000 jobs, the Labor Department said.

Maximize the store experience

Jewelers Mutual’s 5 tips to go beyond the sale this holiday season

(NEENAH, Wis.) - We’ve all heard the catch phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff”, but in retail nothing could be further from the truth, especially this holiday season. Facing the busiest time of year and increased traffic, it’s easy to overlook what might be the most important brand initiative - the store experience.