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NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

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“What do Gen Z shoppers really want,” the third and final installment of a global study co-sponsored by the IBM Institute of Business Value and the National Retail Federation, examines what this youngest generation considers to be “retail essentials” as well as what delights and engages them. The study, based on a global survey of 15,600 Gen Zers between the ages of 13 and 21, explores Gen Z’s expectations for the retail environment, their usage and attitudes toward technology and what customization means for them.

WJA announces free first-year memberships for students

A Gemological Science International (GSI) sponsorship is underwriting the project

WJA(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that it’s offering the first year of student membership free to students during 2018, thanks to a new sponsorship from Gemological Science International (GSI).

Fancy color diamonds – Appreciation or profit?

FCRF discusses how to manage expectations


The recent $9 million lawsuit made by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees created a serious buzz in the diamond and jewelry community. Following the news, the Fancy Color Research Foundation received numerous inquiries from jewelry stores, wholesalers and investment companies asking them to shed some light on the subject, with a particularly high volume of queries focused on strategies for meeting expectations when purchasing a fancy color diamond as an investment.

Paula Crevoshay’s Practical Magic

Fusing art and commerce

Mia fish“I’ve been very lucky,” Paula Crevoshay confides modestly. “An early mentor told me that if you have luck and talent you can go far. Since I first started as a jewelry artist four decades ago I’ve been favored with top art collectors as clients, wealthy investors. Museums have sought my work.”

Berkley’s Lavalier Personal Jewelry Insurance provides instant quotes, reliable service


Lavalier, an online personal jewelry insurance program offering easy and fast coverage to retailers’ customers across the United States, has had impressive results since Berkley Asset Protection acquired the company in 2017: The number of Lavalier policyholders has increased 65 percent over last year and the program has more than doubled the number of partner jewelers in the past 18 months. 

Newsweek reports NASA using crushed gemstones to practice for Mars landing


In November, NASA will land its next robot on Mars, which means they have about eight months to practice sticking the landing. And it turns out the mission's engineers are making use of a surprising substance to do so: crushed garnet gemstones, as they revealed in a new 360-degree video of the testing center.