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Jewelers of America Brings Jewelers to Capitol Hill

They discussed trade and tax concerns.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – For the ninth consecutive year, Jewelers of America members met with key lawmakers to discuss trade and tax concerns during its annual advocacy visit to Washington, DC, on Wednesday, June 19. As in past years, the delegation was led by the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC) . The delegation met with a number of key lawmakers and congressional staff, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), who met with the group for dinner.

“Jewelers of America has made a great deal of progress advocating for issues that affect independent jewelers, like sales tax fairness, but there is still work to be done and JA is focused on keeping the industry’s needs front and center on Capitol Hill,” says JA President and CEO David J. Bonaparte.

This year’s fly-in was the first to take place since a major turning point for sales tax fairness, which Jewelers of America has fought for decades to pass and level the playing field between brick-and-mortar and online jewelers. Last June’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Quill decision of 1992 was a first, significant step toward achieving this goal. However, the Court’s decision – allowing states to collect sales tax from out-of-state/online sellers — addresses the issue only on the state level, where rules for collection vary. JA shared the message with lawmakers that there may still be a need for a federal framework for online sales tax collection in the future.

This year’s attendees also discussed up-to-the-moment issues of concern, like the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has listed $300 billion in Chinese products that could be subject to tariffs of up to 25 percent when imported into the U.S. These products include stones and jewelry such as natural and cultured pearls, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other stones, gold and silver jewelry parts, gold necklaces and synthetic gemstones. Jewelers of America members explained to legislators that the tariffs would have a negative impact on jewelers, especially those that import jewelry products and materials from China.

In addition to Cotton, the group connected with prominent members of Congress including:

• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY)
• Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
• Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
• Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
• Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
• Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07)
• Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15)
• Rep. Elise Sefanik (NY-21)
• Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-18)

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Jewelers of America Members represented a variety of jewelry firms from across the country, including:

• Brian Alter, Alter’s Gem Jewelry; Beaumont, TX
• Jon Bridge and Bobbe Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler; Seattle, WA
• Jenny Caro, Jewelry by Designs; Woodbridge, VA
• Jeff and Kathy Corey, Day’s Jewelers; Waterville, ME
• Ronda Daily, Bremer’s Jewelry; Peoria, IL
• Pete Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers; Portland, OR
• Bill Farmer Jr., Farmer’s Jewelers; Lexington, KY
• John Henne, Henne Jewelers; Pittsburgh, PA
• Brian Mann, David Mann Jewelers; Pentagon, VA
• Joseph and David Molfese, Bella Cosa Jewelers; Willowbrook, IL

The delegation was led by Bonaparte and JA Director of Public Affairs & Education Susan Thea Posnock, along with Tim Haake, managing director of Haake & Associates, JA’s long-term government affairs firm.

To learn more about Jewelers of America legislative advocacy and JAPAC, the only PAC that supports the fine jewelry industry in Washington, DC, visit www.jewelers.org/ja/advocacy.

The 2019 Fly-in Group with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK)

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Stuller Introduces New Findings and Metals Catalog

It features new product, improved product images, and more!

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Stuller, Inc. announces the release of its newest catalog, Findings and Metals 2020-2021.

“We’ve added several key improvements to this catalog based off of customer feedback,” says Alissa Talbot, senior findings product manager. “Our biggest improvement to note, is that all products in this book are shown to scale, making purchasing decisions much easier and faster.”

Other new and improved features include:

• Additional product tabs for easier navigation.
• More product relationships identified, making it easier to find like items.
• Semi-set pricing featured throughout.
• Expanded introductions to better identify what’s in each section.

“As you browse the catalog, you’ll also discover an array of new product,” says Talbot. “This book includes our largest expansion of 14 karat rose gold findings to date.”

As with the release of most catalogs, customers can participate in a catalog interaction contest for the chance to win a Stuller account credit. To learn more about Findings and Metals 2020-2021 and the Change Up Challenge Catalog Contest visit Stuller.com/FindingsCatalog2020.

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Antonini Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN — Antonini celebrates its century-spanning history with a significant collection in terms of both its wide and the bold choice made in the use of materials. Faithful to its history, which has seen the exclusive use of gold and diamonds for the ‘ready to wear’ collections, Sergio Antonini – the creative director of the brand – when designing the collection, he had in mind the malleability of gold and its most striking feature, which since antiquity and over the centuries has made it an immediately recognizable element: its sheen.

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold, be it yellow gold or white gold, embellished with subtle waves of diamonds that underline the sensual profiles or some hidden details of the jewels. Soft and supple shapes recall those of the ‘Anniversary’ collection – one of the most iconic and successful collections in the brand’s recent history, designed in 2009 for the company’s 90th anniversary. Very long chains, rings and earrings that shine amongst garments and hair and reveal even brighter stones set at a 45-degree angle. In the more luxe version, in white gold, the surface is completely covered with valuable F-color diamonds that are exceptionally brilliant and sparkly.

Antonini’s dual soul is reflected in the two variants that each of its collections are organized into: yellow gold and white gold, to meet the taste of their markets of reference. From the US that loves white gold and imposing sizes, to Japan that prefers minimal jewelry, passing through the countries of the Russian area where the more traditional yellow gold triumphs.

Since 1919 in the heart of Milan: this is the Antonini story, a company which for three generations has been making jewelry with a unique and recognizable design, directly influenced by the motivation that the city offers, architecture, design and contemporary art, all passions that Sergio Antonini enjoys in his daily life. Beauty and culture are distinctive elements of the showroom in Piazza Borromeo 12: a place of a poignant artistic enchantment, a circle of extraordinary frescoes from the fifteenth century situated in an architectural context that has its roots in the history of the city. In a district where the medieval guilds had their own laboratories, giving the neighborhood its well-known street names: via Orefici, via Moneta, via Zecca, via del Bollo, via Spadari, via Armorari… In such a context, only exclusive creations such as those of Antonini can be made.

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French Association of Gemology Announces Speakers for 18th Gemological Symposium

It takes place on September 9, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PARIS, FRANCE – The Association Française de Gemmologie (the French Association of Gemology) has announced the line-up of speakers for the 18th Paris Gemological Rendez Vous, its prestigious annual gems symposium, which will take place on September 9, 2019, at: l’ASIEM, 6 rue Albert de Lapparent, Paris, France.

The speaker list in alphabetical order is:

  • Alan Bronstein, President of the Natural Color Diamond Association
  • Aurélien Delaunay, director of the French Laboratory Of Gemology (LFG)
  • Richard Duffy : CEO of Petra Diamonds
  • David Fisher, Principal Scientist, De Beers Technology
  • Stéphane Fischler, President of the World Diamond Council
  • Peter Karakchiev, Head of the International Relations Department, ALROSA
  • Jim Pounds, Executive Vice-President Diamonds, Dominion Diamond Mines
  • Martin Rapaport, Chairman, Rapaport
  • Eddy Vleeschdraeger, Director at the Scientific and Technical Research Center for
    Diamonds (WTOCD – Belgium), author of “Hardness 10”
  • Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice-President of International Relations and Ethical Initiatives, De Beers

The moderator of the symposium is Didier Giard, president of the French Association of Gemology and a member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences. “This year’s symposium will be taking a comprehensive look at diamonds,” said Giard. “During a period of many challenges to the natural diamond industries including synthetics and a volatile international market, we are very proud to host such distinguished members of the diamond industry. They will be giving us their considered views, backed by years of experience, on the diamond industry from many different angles.

“This is a one-day event (9.15 am to 6.00 pm) that will give the audience plenty of food for thought, from diamond mining, the current state of the market, and colored diamonds to the scientific, gemological and historical aspects of natural diamonds. I would urge members of the trade to register as soon as possible in order to secure a place at the symposium since there are a limited number of places available. The symposium will have simultaneous French and English translation.”

To register, please send a mail to: gemmes7@orange.fr

For further information, contact Didier Giard at: giard.didier@gmail.com

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