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Trade groups unite to form US Jewelry Council

Nine associations have come together to create the United States Jewelry Council, enabling them to work together more closely to represent the interests of the U.S. jewelry industry.


Colorado spill renews calls for mining law reform

The breach that turned a Colorado river orange this week has environmental groups and some lawmakers stressing the need to overhaul the 143-year-old law that still governs hard-rock mining.


Andrew Bone to lead the RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council has named longtime De Beers executive Andrew Bone as its executive director.


Protests surface over another proposed gold mine

Like the hotly contested Pebble mine in Alaska, the KSM project in British Columbia is a huge open-pit gold mine that is drawing opposition from a number of organizations.


Sales tax fairness is back, again

Another bill designed to close the loophole that allows online retailers to avoid charging sales tax in certain states was introduced in Congress this week.


New conference calls for crowd funding support

Slated for next March ahead of the JA New York Spring show, the Jewelry Industry Summit will focus on discussing sustainability and responsible sourcing.


David Yurman donates to safe birth charity

 The brand will partner with supermodel Liya Kebede and her foundation to help expand health education and services in Ethiopia in order to prevent maternal and newborn deaths.


U.S. House votes to repeal estate tax

However, the legislation has little chance of going anywhere, at least for now, as it faces opposition from both the Senate and the president.


RJC CEO Deo out as organization restructures

The Responsible Jewellery Council has terminated the contract of CEO Ashish Deo, who has been with the organization for only eight months, and is transitioning to an executive director-led model. 


AML Alert: Check lists of countries with deficiencies

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee advises that companies monitor the Financial Action Task Force’s lists of countries that aren’t completely cooperative with international anti-money laundering efforts. 


Sales tax fairness resurfaces in Senate

After being passed by the Senate in 2013 but stumbling in the House, a bill designed to force online-only retailers to collect sales tax in every state is back. 


Virginia retailer named JAPAC chair

 The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee has elected Jenny Caro, owner of Jewelry by Design in Woodbridge, Va., as its new board chair.


JVC urges e-filing to report cash transactions

It is faster, more secure and might become mandatory one day so it’s best to learn how to use the system now, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee said.


Richemont wins fight to block sites selling fakes

The High Court in London ruled Friday that trademark owners now can get court orders to compel Internet service providers (ISPs) to block or otherwise impede access to websites that sell counterfeit versions of their goods.  


JFC pledges $100K to help children with Ebola

Jewelers for Children announced Wednesday that is has made a $100,000 donation to the Ebola Children’s Relief Fund, which Save the Children has put together to support efforts in combating the worldwide outbreak of the deadly virus.  


Should US jewelers lose sleep over Hong Kong?

Columnist Jan Brassem advises retailers and others in the U.S. jewelry business to keep a close eye on the Umbrella Revolution that’s opened in Hong Kong. 


Judge deals another blow to Pebble development

A judge has shot down a federal lawsuit seeking to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of the Clean Water Act to review plans for the Pebble Mine in Alaska. 


FTC deals blow to trade’s request for ‘Made in USA’

Months after a number of trade organizations sent a request to the FTC asking for leniency on the “Made in the USA” label for recycled metals, the commission responded that all parts of a product must have originated in the country to be labeled as such. 


Gem-A creates online course on jewelry sourcing

Citing the rise in the number of consumers who want to know where their jewelry comes from, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain will unveil a new online course for jewelry professionals that will cover corporate social responsibility for businesses of any size. 


Another dept. store settles racial profiling case

The latest development in the New York attorney general’s investigations into alleged cases of racial profiling has resulted in Macy’s Inc. agreeing to pay $650,000 to settle complaints against it. 


Ivory, rhino horn ban now in effect in NY

The sale of elephant ivory, mammoth ivory and rhino horn officially is banned in the State of New York, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the legislation Tuesday. 


Barneys settles racial profiling cases

Barneys New York has reached an agreement that it will pay $525,000 and adopt new anti-profiling policies to settle the racial profiling cases against it, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. 


EPA deals another blow to Alaska mine plan

The EPA said that constructing a copper and gold mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay would produce enough waste to fill at least 880 football stadiums and have “unacceptable” adverse impacts on the ecosystem. 


Senate revives Internet sales tax bill

A group of U.S. Senators have re-introduced last year’s Internet sales tax bill, this time pairing it with a different piece of Internet legislation that already has been passed by the House. 


BJ’s signs Pebble pledge, mine remains in limbo

BJ’s Wholesale Club has become the latest seller of fine jewelry to agree to boycott gold from the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska, if the project ever gets underway.  


Industry asks FTC for leniency on ‘Made in USA’

Four trade associations and the Richline Group sent a request to the Federal Trade Commission asking the body to allow jewelry made of metals recycled in this country to be labeled as “Made in America.”


Macy’s supports Pride Month with new campaign

Macy’s will mark June as National LGBTQ Pride Month with in-store events, specialty merchandise, sponsorships, advertising and a gift registry service that “warmly welcomes all couples.”


Richemont wants ISPs to help in counterfeit fight

In what is being called a landmark case, Richemont is taking broadband Internet service providers to high court in Great Britain, ordering them to block websites that sell counterfeit watches and jewelry.   


JVC: Conflict mineral rule still stands

Despite last week’s court ruling, public companies listed with the Securities and Exchange Commission still have to trace their supply chains and file conflict mineral reports, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee said.  


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.  


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.  


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.  


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. 


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 


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.