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Protect Your Business From Credit Card Fraud With Payment Best Practices

By Jewelers Mutual® Group When it comes to your jewelry business, security and trust go hand in hand. Ensuring that your transactions are secure is essential for maintaining the trust of your customers, but the unfortunate truth is that credit card fraud is quite common. In this article, Jewelers Mutual shares best practices for credit card payment security to help you prevent and avoid fraud. Why Credit Card Payment Security Matters for Jewelers Accepting credit card payments is a convenient way to do business and helps you to provide a better customer experience. However, it also comes with some risks.

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AGS and GIA Announce Launch of AGS Ideal® Report by GIA

The AGS Ideal® Report by GIA is now available to the jewelry industry. The report was first announced this fall in a joint announcement between the American Gem Society (AGS) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The AGS Ideal® Report by GIA is a digital-only supplement to GIA diamond reports for eligible D-to-Z natural and laboratory-grown round brilliant and fancy shape diamonds. The report will have an additional cost of US$25. “The American Gem Society is thrilled about the launch of the AGS Ideal® Report by GIA,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society. “The new AGS Ideal®

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Jewelers Mutual Group’s Sumit Dangi Joins the American Gem Society International Board of Directors

The American Gem Society’s (AGS) International Board of Directors voted to approve the appointment of Sumit Dangi on Monday, October 17, 2022. Mr. Dangi, the Global Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Jewelers Mutual Group (JM) was appointed by Lisa Bridge, CG, President of the AGS Board. “We are thrilled to welcome Sumit Dangi to the AGS Board,” said Ms. Bridge. “He brings tremendous insight both from growing up with his family in jewelry and his many years in banking, leadership, and consulting. Sumit will make a big impact on both the Board and our membership with his thoughtful and

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AGS and GIA Advance Their Common Missions

Forging a significant new collaboration The American Gem Society (AGS) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will dramatically advance their long-standing collaboration in pursuit of their shared consumer protection missions. GIA will create an endowment to support AGS and its membership through education and credentialing, furthering the Society’s efforts to develop the next generations of educated, ethical professional jewelers and industry leaders. The sibling nonprofit organizations, both founded by Robert M. and Beatrice Shipley in the 1930s, will combine their gemological research efforts, integrating AGS Laboratories’ unique expertise, intellectual property and technology to develop new GIA products and services to

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Diamonds Do Good Announces 2022 Inaugural Next Gen Awards

Recipients to be recognized on the eve of the opening of JCK Las Vegas  Recognizing the next generation of leaders in the industry, global non-profit Diamonds Do Good® has tapped Feriel Zerouki, Kealeboga Pule, Kecia Caffie, and Alexis Padis, CGA, to be its inaugural award recipients.  The Next Gen Awards will be presented at Diamonds Do Good’s annual gala on June 9th at the Venetian Hotel, Palazzo Ballroom, Las Vegas, NV. “Our goal is to recognize leaders who represent the future for our industry. These individuals span the mining, manufacturing and retail sectors and we will highlight their accomplishments in

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Find Jewelers in the Know: Get AGS Go!

Have you downloaded the American Gem Society’s (AGS) new app, AGS Go? When you’re on the go, it’s a great tool to help you find jewelers who are in the know! You can also use the app to easily access information you need relating to the AGS. What’s on the app? Find a Jeweler: Access the AGS Find a Jeweler search tool to search for an AGS-certified jeweler near you! Birthstones: Can’t remember which birthstone represents your significant other’s birth month? You can look it up on our app (so you don’t have to ask)! Verify a Diamond Grading Report: Did your diamond come

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Learning Opportunity Alert: Save the Date for Confluence

We’ve recently announced to the AGS community the exciting news about our virtual conference, Confluence! Mark your calendar for April 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and enjoy Confluence from the convenience of your computer. Designed with Your Role in Mind Discover new tactics to grow your customer base and sales, such as: Using social media to drive sales (“social selling”) Creating customer loyalty Expanding your online visibility Turning your social influence into brand advocacy Learning how to adapt your strategies to new consumer behaviors Keynote Speakers That Make an Impact The first-ever Confluence stars two keynote

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