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Nano-Prisms Are Secret Behind Fire Polish’s Sparkle, and More Products and Services

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Sparkling Success

All things being equal, most customers will choose the diamond with the most sparkle, especially when contemplating wedding and engagement jewelry. Fire Polish developed technology that exceeds the sparkle achieved by traditionally faceted stones. The company places thousands of nano-prisms — each far smaller than a human hair — along the pavilion of a diamond to release a spectrum of rainbow colored light. And now there’s a New York-based factory dedicated to creating a supply of those special diamonds, so that they’re an option for anyone. firepolishdiamonds.com


Stone Study

If you want to understand how to sell to clients, it’s a good idea to know the diamonds and jewelry that reflect their tastes. White PinE, whose services include purchasing diamonds, jewelry and watches from retailers, conducted America’s Diamond and Jewelry Ranking, a report that analyzes ownership across the country. It touches on data like the popularity of various diamond cuts in every state and the locations with the biggest diamonds (Texans go bigger than Virginians, but don’t top Alaskans). The report provides information that helps make smart buying decisions and cocktail party conversation. wpdiamonds.com


Millennial Maker

Matthew Ego’s family has included artisans for more than a century. He’s building on that legacy with his venture Guild+Facet, a fine jewelry manufacturing facility in New Jersey that caters to independent retailers. The 16,000-square-foot space provides real-time feeds that track pieces during production, diamond and gemstone services, three-day turn-around and immediately available products including bridal rings and diamond studs and solitaires. (201) 758-5368


The Studio System

Diamond importer and jewelry manufacturer Star Gems is now making only custom designs with the help of its app, Custom Studio. The app permits clients to make adjustments to details like the shape and size of center stones or metal selections on their mobile devices or desktop and will gradually add thousands of different designs to the subscription-based service. stargems.com


Happily Ever After

Bridal buying has gotten easier thanks to a partnership between Stuller’s Ever&Ever wedding and engagement jewelry program and its Red Box Diamond brand. With the purchase of the Ever&Ever Red Box Diamond, customers receive benefits that include the option of free laser inscription, special Ever&Ever packaging, yearlong complimentary insurance against loss, theft or damage, and individual grading with an accompanying report. The perks make it easier to feel ready for a long-term commitment. stuller.com

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Getting Stranded

Assouline has dedicated an entire volume to pearl necklaces. Written by jewelry historian Vivienne Becker, The Pearl Necklace investigates the symbolism, style and celebrity influencers that are associated with its story, and the lavishly illustrated volume provides inspiration aplenty for brides-to-be. assouline.com

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 edition of INSTORE.

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

Everything new in 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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