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Jay Leno and Sugar Ray Leonard at Conclave

The American Gem Society has announced the identities of its celebrity guests for the 2017 Conclave: comedian Jay Leno and boxing legend and Olympian Sugar Ray Leonard. Conclave will be held in Hollywood, CA, from April 5-9. Leno will perform at the opening event’s lunch April 5, and Leonard will speak at the general session breakfast April 7. americangemsociety.org/en/conclave2017


Bench Bash

Stuller’s annual bench workshop will be held March 24-26 at the brand’s headquarters in Lafayette, LA. The 2-1/2-day workshop offers hands-on demonstrations and educational seminars. stuller.com/workshop


More Diamonds; Fewer Problems

MVI Marketing has created the Global Diamond Buying Consortium, which allows U.S.-based diamond dealers, stores and other organizations to join in promoting increased diamond sales to consumers. Members have access to free advertising content as well as social media content services. gdbc.rocks


For Finding Findings

3R Findings has released its new catalog, titled Essentials: The Jeweler’s Collection. This volume offers the manufacturer’s most popular and best-selling findings in an easy-to-use format. rfindings.com


SyPi for Mobile Buys

Synchrony Financial has announced the release of a fully integrated Synchrony plug-in credit feature for the mobile apps of retail partners. Called SyPi, it allows customers to use their credit cards to easily shop, redeem rewards and securely manage and make payments to their accounts via apps on their smartphones. synchronyfinancial.com

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This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of INSTORE.

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Jewelers of America’s First National Convention and More Service News for June

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Inaugural Convention

This summer, July 28-29, Jewelers of America will hold its first ever national convention in NYC. The event will feature many opportunities to demo and test exciting equipment, as well as an interactive Diamond Detection Lab sponsored by De Beers Group Industry Services. jewelers.org

Mobile Lab Service

SGL International, a London-based gemological laboratory with 16 diamond certifying labs worldwide (including one just opened in New York City), has launched the first-ever mobile lab service in the US, allowing retailers to have a team of SGL professionals visit their stores to screen, grade and certify finished diamond jewelry. solitaire-labs.com

There’s an App for That

The VDB sourcing and trading app has launched a whole new category of products: lab-grown diamonds. The new category allows retailers to offer customers more options than ever, while ensuring that lab-grown and natural diamonds are clearly separated. vdbapp.com

Gears on Wheels

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) will unveil their new state-of-the-art mobile horology classroom during JCK Las Vegas. It will soon tour the US, bringing trainings and events directly to professional watchmakers, clockmakers, jewelry store staff and collectors. awci.com

JIS Goes West

JIS and Reed Exhibitions have announced a new jewelry trade show to take place on the West Coast, just in time for the 2019 holiday season. Mark your calendars for JIS Delivery-San Diego, happening November 2-4, 2019. jisshow.com

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Upcoming Trade Shows and More Service News for July

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Georgia on My Mind

The Atlanta Jewelry Show takes place Saturday, Aug. 10 through Monday, Aug. 12 and will feature more prestigious designers, expert educators, networking events and innovative pavilions than ever.

atlantajewelryshow.com

Let’s Do It Again

JCK Las Vegas 2020 will take place at the Sands Expo and The Venetian, and includes a full schedule of events: JCK Las Vegas (June 2 – June 5), Luxury (May 31 – June 5), Global Gemstone (June 1-5) and JIS Exchange (June 1-5).

lasvegas.jckonline.com

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Gender Equality Project Survey

The Women’s Jewelry Association’s Gender Equality Project has released the results of its first survey, which asked members of the gem, jewelry, and watch industries to comment on workplace practices where gender could be a factor.

womensjewelryassociation.com

Brilliantly Unblocked

CED 1976, known for its Jewelers unBLOCKed program, has joined forces with Brilliant Jeweler to offer an extended warranty program. Plans can be customized to cover every aspect of jewelry ownership, including maintenance, damage, restoring and refinishing, stone loss and sizing.

jewelers-unblocked.com

On the Map

The Buyers Intelligence Group (BIG) has released the cloud-based Merchandise Analysis and Planning System (MAPS), which is designed to help retailers answer the question, “What do I need to buy?”

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New Color Grading Device, A Handmade Jewelry Dish and More Jewelry Pro Gear for July

This color grading device only weighs half a pound.

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Wooden Wonders

There are so many reasons to love this Wanderweg ring box: its slim profile, its perfectly carved wooden details, its subtle brass hardware. Best of all, it is designed to hold two rings safely in its fabric-lined interior. Memorable, elegant, and completely handmade.

wanderwegshop.com

Chain Game

The TREND line from Schofer takes its inspiration from the most recent Pantone color trend reports. Schofer blends state-of-the-art technology, innovation and a love of craftsmanship to provide its clients with high-quality chains on the cutting edge of fashion.

schofer.com

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Itty Bitty Grading Committee

ImaGem Inc. has released Varna-D, a portable device for color grading of polished diamonds. Weighing only half a pound, the petite but powerful Varna-D grades loose diamonds from .025 ct. to 5 ct. quickly and reliably.

imageminc.com

One Carrara Cone, Please

New from Craft Monkees is this ultra-simple but sumptuous ring holder: a single cone of Italian Carrara marble, carefully handcrafted to be the perfect shape for a small stack of rings.

$27.99

craftmonkees.com

The Dishiest Dish

This lovely and unique handmade jewelry dish shines with real 22K gold! Its six tiny, gilded wells keep treasures safe and separate with miles of style that would improve any dresser, display, or shelf. Ceramic and 22K gold jewelry dish.

$68

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