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Rocket Makes Big Move to Westchester County and More Service News for March

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Rocket Takes Off to a Brand-New Facility

Rocket, an industry leader in packaging and display, kicked off 2017 by making the move to an expanded business facility in Westchester County from its former 70-year home in New York City’s borough of the Bronx. rocketbox.com

Good as Gold

Initiatives in Arts and Culture (IAC) will be holding the Seventh Annual Gold Conference from Apr. 27-28 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The conference, which explores many aspects of gold from symbolism to marketing and sustainability, will feature a host of jewelry industry luminaries. artinitiatives.com

Custom Made

MJSA, the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, announced the launch of a new council dedicated to the unique needs and goals of custom jewelers. This new MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers is part of a wide-ranging MJSA program to advance the art and consumer appreciation of custom jewelry design. MJSA.org

Buy, Barter or Bitcoin

Jim Ackerman of Ascend Marketing will accept payment in gold, silver, diamonds, or even Bitcoin — for a limited time, at least — as a nod to the prudence of being flexible in the current economy. ascendmarketing.com

Diamond Dossier 

The American Gem Society Laboratories (AGS) has announced Only My Diamond, an online tool including a video of the jewelry buyer’s diamond, a PDF of the Diamond Quality Document, a map illustrating facet alignment, a rendering of the diamond’s exact clarity plot, a light performance graph and more. agslab.com

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

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It Was Hawaii Day at Gene the Jeweler’s Store … Or Was It?

In this episode of Jimmy DeGroot’s satirical Gene the Jeweler series, Gene learns that it was Hawaii Day at his store. At least that’s what his employee, Jeremy, says. But Jeremy’s answers aren’t quite adding up. It’s hard to say what this “Hawaii Day” was really all about.

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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?”

bigjewelers.com

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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

modernmudstudio.com

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