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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.

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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. gemscience.net

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. podium.com

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. blackinjewelry.org/scholarships

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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. responsiblejewellery.com

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. savorsilver.com

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