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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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