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Prize Pearls, Ethical Foundations and More September News

Plus, Jewelers Mutual Group’s new LUX Digital Vault mobile app is now open.




Prize Pearls, Ethical Foundations and More September News

Prize Pearls

The Cultured Pearl Association of America’s 14th Annual International Pearl Design Competition, hosted in collaboration with retail partner Aaron Faber Gallery, is accepting entries! The contest is open through Nov. 3. Winning designs will be offered for sale at Aaron Faber Gallery in New York City.

Ethical Foundations

Ethical Metalsmiths (EM) is collaborating with Christina T. Miller Sustainable Jewelry Consulting to provide EM members with access to Miller’s course, “Foundations for Sustainable Jewelry Practices.” The course was designed for jewelers beginning their sustainability journey.

Innovative Insurance

Jewelers Mutual Group’s new LUX Digital Vault mobile app is now open to those on its waiting list and select retailers. The new tech connects customers to their trusted jeweler and their jewelry and watch collections with a 15-day jewelry insurance offer through a seamless app-based experience.


Dynamic Diamonds

Liquid Diamonds has created a co-pilot for diamond sourcing using a proprietary reverse auction system combined with AI-driven predictive analysis. A buyer can bid on all acceptable diamond options while also seeing real-time views of both the competing supply of sellers and the competing demand of buyers.

Lab-Grown and Large

The International Gemological Institute has certified the first lab-grown diamond to surpass 50 carats. The 50.25-carat polished diamond, created by Ethereal Green Diamond LLP, is a Type IIa emerald cut measuring 22.95 by 18.45 by 11.57 millimeters, with G color, VS2 clarity, and Excellent cut, polish, and symmetry.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

Wilkerson: “They Feel Like Family”

Newton’s Jewelers in Fort Smith, Ark., was a true institution. But after being at the helm for most of his life, owner (and descendent of the original founder) Kelly Newton decided it was time to retire. He chose Wilkerson to handle the sale. “I’ve known the owners of Wilkerson for a long, long time. I felt at home with them,” he says. The final retirement sale was just a “blast” and the Wilkerson sales team made it so very simple and straightforward, says Newton. Would he recommend Wilkerson to others? Absolutely. “They’ve done incredible work,” says Newton. “They feel like family.”

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