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ASHI announces winner of 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes

Next up - 2019 Valentine’s Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds announced the winner of their 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes. Among all the retailers that participated in the Sweepstakes, Crocker’s Fine Jewelry from Texarkana, Texas had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation list. 

New treatment with sapphires requires additional disclosure

Sapphire, as well as most colored gemstones today are routinely treated to improve their appearance and increase their salability. Simple heat application, often called ‘cooking’ is an ancient method of enhancing colored stones. Depending on the stone itself, other forms of enhancement may be applied. Diffusion heats sapphires at a high temperature and adds certain elements to complete the process. But another process has been revealed in the global market and it warrants a separate identification and disclosure to both merchants and the end users.

Retail jobs grew 37,600 year-over-year in December

NRF(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Retail industry employment in December increased by 15,200 jobs seasonally adjusted from November and 37,600 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation reported. The retail gains, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, came as the nation added 312,000 jobs overall, the Labor Department said.

Las Vegas Sun report on fatal shootout in failed robbery attempt

robbery eAn employee, a customer and a robber were hit by bullets in a shootout Saturday inside a small, family-owned jewelry store during a failed central valley heist, according to Metro Police.

The robber died and the employee was critically wounded, while the customer is expected to survive, Lt. Ray Spencer said. The other suspect is still at large.

Party like it’s 2009

JWD MurphyMarlene MurphyTen years ago, Marlene Murphy - a demonstrable tech-expert with decades of results to her credit - put heads together with childhood friend and award-nabbing journalist-gemologist Diana Jarrett. Jewelry Website Designers, or JWD, (www.jewelrywebsitedesigners.com) was born from their good ideas that found its footing early on. Today, it’s a highly recommended jewelry industry website developer - for some pretty obvious reasons. JWD was founded by industry insiders who appreciate the particular challenges facing the jewelry trade.

NRF reports November retail sales increase 5 percent over 2017

NRF(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - November retail sales were up 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from October and increased 5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, completing the first half of the holiday shopping season with spending on track to easily meet the National Retail Federation’s forecast. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

CAI Insurance alert - Holiday Crime Wave

CAI Insurance Agency, Inc. has been notified by Jewelers Security Alliance of multiple smash and grab robbers targeting Michigan jewelers. There has been seven robberies or attempts in the last five weeks. Other recent hits were in Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania.