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Home and decorative arts designer Michael Aram has expanded into fine jewelry with the launch of a sterling silver and 18-karat gold collection that debuted in stores at the end of August. 
A Topeka jewelry store owner has been indicted on charges that he knowingly purchased stolen jewelry, melted it and sold it as scrap gold for nearly half a million dollars, the United States Attorney’s Office said. 
In case you may have missed the industry activity last week, here are the five most popular stories from NationalJeweler.com and the top three from the blog, 10X, for the week of Aug. 24 to 30, according to Google Analytics.
Diamond cutter and polisher Embee Diamonds is embarking on a tour of stores in the United States next month to give consumers the opportunity to try their hand at cutting a diamond. 
Crimes involving thieves using the smash-and-grab technique to nab Rolex watches have been increasing as of late, with nearly 10 reported incidents taking place across the country just this summer, according to Jewelers Mutual. 
Citizen Watch, Ostbye and RDI Diamonds are among the companies recently honored with Vendor of the Year Awards from the Retail Jewelers Organization, a buying group of independent jewelers based in Newton, Iowa. 
A store owner in Florida who also happens to be an octogenarian was able to put a stop to an armed robbery attempt on Saturday when he defended himself with his own gun and shot the suspect.  
Local news sources are reporting that police in the small town of Greece have arrested three men in connection with an Aug. 7 home invasion involving a local jewelry store employee. 
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