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March 3, 2022

Supplier Spotlight: WD Lab Grown Diamonds

Founded in 2008 and headquartered outside of Washington, D.C., WD Lab Grown Diamonds specializes in “As Grown” and untreated laboratory-grown diamonds. They hold exclusive rights to a portfolio of patents covering single crystal Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) diamond growth technology, developed by the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Since its inception, WD has solidified its leadership position in the diamond industry, leveraging its patented and proprietary processes to create high-quality, guaranteed-origin, and fully traceable diamonds. We reached out to Nanci Kirczow, Director of Sales at WD, to learn how they are helping to protect retailers and consumers and to hear about

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AGS PRO: Tips on Hiring and Training During Any Season

We’ve gathered three articles from AGS PRO that will help you and your team be ready for customers, no matter what the season. How to Train Your Salespeople Efficiently By James “Jimmy” DeGroot, JewelryStoreTraining.com Jimmy DeGroot discusses the importance of frequently and effectively training your sales staff through ongoing and daily communication. Click here to view the article. What Jewelers Should Know About Employment Practices Before Hiring Seasonal Help By Jewelers Mutual® Group As a manager or business owner, one of the decisions you have to make includes hiring seasonal employees. Learn about the Employment Practices Liability Act to protect

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Earn Your Certified Gemologist® Title With the Beatrice Shipley Scholarship!

Are you looking to advance your career and become a Certified Gemologist (CG)? The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is once again funding the AGS/GIA Beatrice Shipley Scholarship! This scholarship is named in honor of Beatrice Shipley—a business partner, confidante, and operations manager—who contributed so much to both AGS and GIA following their founding by her husband, Robert M. Shipley. AGS members who would like to earn the AGS Certified Gemologist (CG) title, and are in good standing, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. GIA will fund the full cost for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist (GG) Program in New

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William Frost Joins Julius Klein’s Sales Team

After an extensive search by Phillip Bosen, CG, of Bosen Associates LLC, Julius Klein Diamonds (JKD) is pleased to announce that William Frost will be joining their team. “With over 25 years of experience in all sectors of the jewelry business, it is a natural progression and a privilege to join the team at Julius Klein Diamonds,” said Frost. Frost has developed a strong reputation for having the highest integrity and always doing right by his clients and friends. His skills and many outstanding, long-term relationships make him a great fit with JKD. JKD is grateful for its mutual association

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Jewelry Appraising Guide Now Available in Hard Copy and Digital Versions

Cos Altobelli, ECGA, has recently updated his industry-standard book, The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising, Fourth Edition. First published in 1986, this book has served as the definitive guide to professionalism in jewelry appraising. The book is the summation of author Cos Altobelli’s expertise and decades of experience in the jewelry industry. The newly updated Fourth Edition ensures that the guidance contained in the book will be relevant and timely for years to come. American Gem Society jeweler, Pieter Andries Hye, CGA, Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Belgium, and Founder & CEO of the Pieter Andries Companies, in collaboration

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