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Public Policy & Issues

04/08/14

Rio Tinto pulls out of Pebble mine project

Yet another miner is un-staking its claim from the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska, leaving the sole owner of the project to hunt for new partners.  

03/18/14

Ban on elephant ivory effective immediately

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has implemented what is essentially a comprehensive ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory, which comes as part of the White House’s new strategy for combating wildlife trafficking. The ban is effective immediately. 

03/14/14

ARM debuts new identity for Fairmined gold

The Alliance for Responsible Mining has unveiled a new brand identity and logo to accompany the “Fairmined” standard it revised in December. 

03/12/14

Tiffany & Co. to sponsor DEF’s Las Vegas gala

Tiffany & Co. has signed on as a premier patron sponsor of the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s gala in Las Vegas, the proceeds of which will benefit the organization’s educational initiatives.

03/03/14

Pebble mine plans on hold after EPA action

The Environmental Protection Agency has invoked its authority under the Clean Water Act to assess the impact that the proposed Pebble mine project in Alaska will have on the Bristol Bay watershed, meaning the project cannot go forward, at least for now.

02/05/14

Signet is first premier sponsor of DEF’s Vegas gala

The Diamond Empowerment Fund announced Tuesday that Signet Jewelers will be the first premier presenting sponsor of its “Diamonds in the Sky” event this spring.

01/30/14

JVC’s Dodd-Frank kit now available online

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has announced that the Supply Chain Assurance Kit it created for members of the industry that need to comply with the “conflict” minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act is now available for purchase on its website. 

01/17/14

Proposed Pebble mine is high risk, study finds

In what is being viewed as a victory for opponents of the Pebble mine project in Alaska, a final scientific assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency has found that severe impacts and risks are associated with large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed. 

01/10/14

JVC offering Dodd-Frank compliance kit

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has created a kit to help jewelry companies provide assurance that the gold and tungsten in their products are “conflict-free,” in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act.

01/07/14

Judge calls for dismissal of EEOC case v. Sterling

A federal magistrate judge has recommended dismissal of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission’s (EEOC) claim of nationwide sex discrimination by Sterling Jewelers Inc., parent company of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry.

12/27/13

Former Tiffany executive gets 1 year in theft case

A former vice president of product development at Tiffany & Co. was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing more than $2 million in jewelry from the New York-based retailer.

12/23/13

French court sides with Van Cleef in designer case

France’s highest court has upheld a ruling mandating that pieces created by full-time employees of jewelry firms belong to the firms themselves and are not the property of the individual designer, a ruling being called “very decisive” for French luxury goods companies.

12/11/13

Return fraud expected to increase 18 percent

Loss to retailers from return fraud during the holiday season is forecast to increase from $2.88 billion to $3.39 billion this year, a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows. 

12/09/13

RJC releases updated Code of Practices

After more than a year of reviewing its mandatory member standards, the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) officially has launched its new Code of Practices. 

12/03/13

CIBJO announces dates, location for 2014 meeting

The annual congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, will take place May 19 to 21 in Moscow, the organization announced last week.

11/15/13

Pandora indicted for breach of trading act

Danish bead-maker Pandora said Friday that financial authorities in Denmark have indicted the company for waiting too long to report an expected drop in sales back in 2011.  

11/15/13

Kay, Jared parent company buys polishing plant

Signet Jewelers Ltd. has purchased a diamond polishing facility in Gaborone, Botswana, a not-unexpected move for a company that has been talking about increasing its direct sourcing of rough for some time.  

09/27/13

Signet reportedly signing deal with Alrosa

Russia Today is reporting that Signet Jewelers, parent company of Sterling Jewelers, and diamond miner Alrosa are on the verge of inking a diamond sourcing deal worth $80 million. 

09/17/13

Anglo withdraws from Pebble mine project

Anglo American PLC announced Monday that it is no longer going to take part in the development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, a project that has sparked heated debated between mining companies and local residents because of its environmental implications 

08/06/13

Crime down 12 percent through first 6 months of year

Six months into 2013, statistics from the Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) show that the number of crimes against the jewelry industry has dropped, though the number of homicides is up and kidnappings and home invasions remain a threat.