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JA submits argument on Sales Tax Fairness to US Supreme Court

JA e(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) has joined a group of 10 retail trade associations that have filed an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of South Dakota’s petition to the court to re-consider the Quill decision from 1992. That decision established the current system under which states are prohibited from collecting sales and use taxes from sellers that do not have a physical presence in-state, leading to the current uneven playing field between traditional and online sellers.


Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India exhibit

Unique collection on display at GIA in Carlsbad, CA

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - A singular exhibit of intricately designed 17th to 20th century jewelry and ornate objects from India debuted Oct. 13 at GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. “Centuries of Opulence: Jewels of India,” will be on display through March 2018, showcasing 300 years of adornment with 50 lavish historical jewelry pieces and objects, including several from the Mughal Empire (1526–1857).

GIA education campus Opens in Tokyo

Graduate Diamonds diploma to be offered in Japanese

(TOKYO) - Speaking in Tokyo on Sept. 19 to leading figures of the Japanese gem and jewelry industry, many of them GIA (Gemological Institute of America) alumni, GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques announced the opening of GIA’s Tokyo campus.

MJSA Education Foundation awards $12,500 in Scholarships

The MJSA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing professional skills in jewelry making and design, recently awarded five students scholarships totaling $12,500. That amount includes, for the first time, a $2,500 scholarship provided by the Providence Jewelers Club Foundation for students enrolled in an eligible Rhode Island program.

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 “I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit, but the darn bottle won’t open!” ~ Anonymous

According to a recent report from MoneyWatch, consumers appear to be in a buying mood as we head into the critical holiday shopping season.  Unemployment is holding at a 16-year low, and the stock market is continuing its rally.  But it seems as though the battered retail industry is still struggling to adjust itself to the growth of online shopping.

Hi-tech gold mining producing dramatic drop in per ton digging costs

Barrick and Cisco say their sensor-packed system will make mining safer, cleaner, and more efficient.

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Surrounded by sagebrush and pinyon pine in a remote part of Nevada, the city of Elko appears out of the desert as if from another era, with its strip of 1960s neon-lit motels and casinos. But down the highway a stretch, the scene is unmistakably 21st century.

NRF consumer survey points to busy holiday season

gifts(WASHINGTON) - With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation (NRF). That’s up 3.4 percent from the $935.58 consumers said they would spend when surveyed at the same time last year.

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