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GSI Diamonds Screening and Detection Service and More Service News for July

Plus, see the results of 2020 survey by SPS.





Diamond Hide and Seek

Gemological Science International (GSI) is now offering a new screening and detection service to discover natural diamonds hidden in lab-grown diamond jewelry. The new service is GSI’s answer to the lab’s recent discovery of an emerging pattern of “undisclosed” natural diamond melee mixed with lab-grown diamonds in jewelry.

Pick A Card

Podium, the leading communication and payments platform for local businesses, is now offering Podium Card Readers. These point-of-sale connected devices are the company’s first physical product and offer even more ways for local businesses to collect and manage their payments.

Standout Scholarship

The Lonia Tate Scholarship, sponsored by Ben Bridge Jeweler, offers $10,000 toward the GIA Graduate Gemology Program (distance learning only) for a minority candidate interested in pursuing a fine jewelry career. The scholarship’s namesake, Lonia Tate, was a longtime Ben Bridge employee with a passion for community service.


A Responsible Future

The Responsible Jewellery Council recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary and announced its “Road to 2030 and Beyond,” which lays out a roadmap for how the organization hopes to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Spectacular Silver

The Silver Promotion Service recently revealed the results of its 2020 survey: 42 percent of retailer respondents reported an increase in silver jewelry sales, and of those, 52 percent reported double-digit sales increases. 89 percent said they are optimistic that silver jewelry sales will continue to grow.



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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