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The International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research has developed a tool to detect synthetic diamonds. Called PhosView, it analyzes polished stones for the possible presence of High Pressure High Temperature Synthetics. The device’s mechanical arms allow for any suspicious stones to be easily removed from a parcel under inspection for individual study. iidgr.com

NEW VEGAS SHOW

Emerald Expositions will produce a third event for Las Vegas Jewelry Market Week. Called Jewellery Box, it will offer gold, silver, diamonds, loose precious stones, watches, artisan jewelry, fashion jewelry and boutique gift items at entry-level to moderate price points. Jewellery Box will be June 5-8, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. jewelleryboxshow.com


DESIGNERS GET SOCIAL

MJSA has launched a social network for jewelry designers: The MJSA Designer Collaborative. The new network is intended as a safe space for designers to share ideas and inspiration, make connections and seek and offer support. The MJSA Designer Collaborative is facilitated by Andrea Hill, MJSA’s Designer Advocate, and is free for MJSA members. mjsa.org


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MOUNTINGS, CATALOGED

Stuller’s Mountings 2017-2018 offers 1,500 new mountings styles, updated versions of many classic styles, subsections for customizable designs, and tabbed sections to make using the catalog effortless. stuller.com/ Mountings2017


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ROMANOV REVEAL

Fewer than 20 copies exist of Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones, a circa 1925-26 record of Russia’s crown jewels, but thanks to the digitization efforts of GIA’s Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, you can now read this remarkable document from any web browser. The catalog details 406 of the Romonav dynasty’s legendary bejeweled treasures, including descriptions, black-andwhite photographs, and even an accounting of prices in some sections. It’s in English, not Russian, so don’t be shy instr.us/11162


SECOND SUMMIT

The Jewelry Industry Summit will hold its second meeting January 2017. The summit, first held last March, is a forum dedicated to furthering sustainable business practices and responsible sourcing throughout the jewelry industry. The 2017 summit takes place at the Tucson Convention Center on Jan. 29-30, immediately before AGTA’s Tucson GemFair jewelryindustrysummit.com


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

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