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Hedge Your Bets and More Service News for April

Diamond Hedge can be used as a sales tool to search and compare over 1 million ethical and conflict-free natural and lab-grown diamonds.

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Hedge Your Bets

Created by Mehul Sompura, Diamond Hedge is a new technology that uses augmented reality to allow shoppers to see rings on their own hands virtually from anywhere. Diamond Hedge can be used as a sales tool to search and compare over 1 million ethical and conflict-free natural and lab-grown diamonds. diamondhedge.com

Not Easy Being Green

The American Gemstone Trade Association (AGTA) has unveiled a new member committee dedicated to standardizing contemporary industry terms such as sustainability, ethics and responsible sourcing. The committee will create a handbook of definitions, offering clarity and consistency in the largely unpoliced realm of greenwashing. agta.org

Antique Assesment

The International Antique Jewelers Association (IAJA), a consortium of global antique and period jewelers, has launched a new service. This bespoke IAJA Expertise service provides a personal assessment of a heritage item of jewelry by carefully selected jewelry experts, culminating in a signed “Letter of Expertise” with an expert’s opinion of the piece. iaja-expertise.com

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Fresh Pod

Join blogger and jewelry aficionado A Thousand Facets on her new podcast as she chats with leading independent designers from around the globe. Each episode’s insightful conversations will make you think about how a piece of jewelry can tell a story and what goes into creating these wearable works of art. instagram.com/athousandfacets

Tool Time

Stuller has released Tools, Equipment, & Metals 2023-2024, a catalog that offers everything bench jewelers need to provide excellent service for their customers. This 680-plus page volume is packed with more than 350 new and featured products to meet jewelers’ every desire. stuller.com/toolscatalog

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When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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