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Gem-A to Share Gemological Education  with ‘Gem-A USA’ Expansion

It was met with a positive reaction from Gem-A members.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain) has established an independent, non-profit entity in the United States, with 501 (c)(3) status, designed to facilitate its world-leading gemological education in this strategically important market.

Gem-A USA will provide the same gemology and diamond diploma courses designed to inspire and educate the next generation of gemologists.

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To mark this step into the United States, Gem-A USA has announced that JTV (Jewelry Television) will be the first to offer its gemology foundation, gemology diploma and diamond diploma courses in Knoxville, Tennessee, as an Accredited Teaching Centre (ATC).

Gem-A and Gem-A USA accredited teaching centers are carefully-selected institutions that provide access to Gem-A courses in all corners of the world in a broad range of languages. As a long-standing partner of Gem-A and sponsor of the annual Gem-A Conference, JTV was an obvious choice to support Gem-A USA in diamond and gemstone education in the United States.

As one of the leading retailers of jewelry and gemstones across the United States, JTV has been instrumental in sharing gemological knowledge and inspiration with more than 85 million American homes, cultivating a new market of gemstone lovers and buyers in the process.

Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart FGA DGA, commented: “With fantastic partnerships across Asia and Europe, we believe now is the perfect time for Gem-A to expand its reach with Gem-A USA. As our affiliate in the US market, both institutions share the same commitment to gemological education, quality courses and teaching excellence that has shaped Gem-A since its inception in London in 1908.”

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“We are also thrilled to welcome JTV as the first ATC for Gem-A USA. In the coming months, we look forward to welcoming more institutions, schools and colleges who share our passion for gemology and nurturing the next generation of gemstone and jewelry professionals.”

President and CEO of JTV, Tim Matthews added, “JTV is proud to become the first US Accredited Teaching Centre. Built on a strong foundation of gemstone education and excellence, JTV is well equipped to deliver an exceptional learning environment for those looking to further their gemological education in the US.”

Gem-A USA has just been formally unveiled at Gem-A’s Big Gem Bash, a meeting of Gem-A members in Tucson, Arizona. Timed to coincide with the annual Tucson gem and mineral shows, the announcement was met with a positive reaction from Gem-A members based in North America.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Gem-A USA is encouraged to contact the team at Gem-A HQ in the United Kingdom on info@gem-a.com.

Institutions and educational facilities interested in becoming a Gem-A USA Accredited Teaching Centre can email education@gem-a.com for application details.

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GSI Announces EIAC Accreditation

It’s valid in all UAE.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gemological Science International (GSI) a leading laboratory of America announced its EIAC accreditation. The accreditation is valid not only in Dubai where the GSI laboratory is located but in all seven United Arab Emirates.

GSI is the first and the only international gemological laboratory to achieve this accreditation in UAE. This accreditation upholds GSI’s commitment to professional integrity, transparency, and forward-looking processes and procedures.

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Parcel Pro Launches Partnership with MJSA

This provides MJSA Premier-level members with exclusive rates for insured transportation.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Parcel Pro, a UPS Capital company, announced a partnership with Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) that provides MJSA Premier Members access to innovative technology and insured shipping at a time when the industry is experiencing rapid e-commerce growth.

Online sales of luxury goods continue to flourish with growth of 24% in 20171. According to the 2018 Luxury E-commerce Report, six out of 10 of the fastest growing luxury websites surveyed were jewelry and watch companies. Jewelry represented 13.4% of the 130 companies’ online sales.

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Additionally, consumers continue to express an interest in custom-designed jewelry. In fact, custom now represents 40% of the $10 billion bridal market2. With jewelers selling more online goods, the need for reliable, insured transportation is crucial to meeting customer demand.

“E-commerce retail revenue is expected to top $4.88 trillion by 20213, so it is no surprise we are seeing more luxury goods shipments,” said Parcel Pro President Manuel Valdez. “Our solutions and capabilities will help MJSA members meet the growing needs of their customers whether they’re shipping $1 million or $500 million in goods a year.”

“Our members require safe, secure shipping options—particularly given the high value of jewelry shipments—and MJSA is excited to be partnering with Parcel Pro to meet that need,” said David W. Cochran, MJSA president/CEO. “Parcel Pro’s international reach their tools to reduce risk, and their commitment to customer service have earned them a world-class reputation.”

Parcel Pro offers:

  • Secure pickup and delivery in key jewelry markets including New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
  • Proactive package monitoring and carrier communications to minimize delivery delays and risks.
  • Myriad technology resources, including web tools for shipping, tracking, APIs, a mobile app, and integration with a Magento store.
  • Loss and damage protection for commercial shipments valued up to $150,000 in the U.S. and $100,000 to select countries and territories.

Parcel Pro makes it less risky to transport high-value goods. The company’s risk management and shipping procedures have been proven to reduce losses.

By endorsing Parcel Pro, MJSA provides Premier-level members with exclusive rates for insured transportation. “All of those members rely on us to provide the support and resources needed to help them to grow and to run their businesses efficiently and profitably,” said Cochran.

Parcel Pro is part of the MJSA Member Protection Package, a portfolio of leading business providers offering a spectrum of best-in-class services.

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Jewelry Designer Mark Schneider Wins 40th Spectrum Award

His philosophy of jewelry is to create designs as wearable art.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Mark Schneider, American award-winning fine jewelry designer, recently returned from the Spectrum Awards Gala at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show where he was awarded his 40th AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) Spectrum Award for 2nd Place in the Men’s Wear division.

Each year a panel of experts at AGTA honors designers based upon the merits of their innovative designs. Having won 40 Spectrum Awards in divisions such as Men’s Wear, Business Day Wear, Bridal Wear, and Objects of Art, Schneider is one of the most recognized American designers of our time. He has had many of his pieces on display in museums throughout the country.

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Best known for his contemporary engagement rings, unique colored gemstone jewelry, and custom jewelry designs, his jewelry creations are known for their simplicity and clean, fluid lines. Schneider’s philosophy of jewelry is to create designs as wearable art. His out of the box thinking and skilled craftsmanship makes him a highly sought-after custom jewelry designer. Schneider’s designs are handcrafted on-site in his design studio in Long Beach, California.

From his bold color pieces to his unique bridal designs, Schneider pushes the conventional ideas of jewelry design and constantly strives to challenge himself in creating unique jewelry and designing with his customers in mind. His distinct perspective on jewelry making has earned him some of the most coveted design awards and honors within the jewelry industry. View his designs on his website at www.MarkSchneiderDesign.com.

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