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The number of buyers in attendance at Baselworld was 117,000 this year, a 4 percent decrease compared with the 122,000 that attended last year, according to show organizers. 
The number of reported incidences of jewelry crime fell again in 2013, continuing a trend that began in the 1990s.  
A former Zale Corp. executive joining Gem Star and elections for the Jewelers Board of Trade’s board of directors are among the recent career moves in the industry.  
Jewelry company Judith Ripka has been sold to Xcel Brands Inc., a New York-based brand management company that also owns Isaac Mizrahi New York and Liz Claiborne New York. 
The Jewelers Board of Trade has launched a service that will allow non-JBT members to monitor and manage their credit profiles with the organization. 
One retailer faces felony charges for allegedly selling moissanite and other man-made stones that he misrepresented as diamonds, a case that should serve as a reminder to jewelers that they are liable for what they sell. 
After what it said was a successful first show, the Rapaport Group has announced it will host the Diamond Show at Baselworld again next year at the same venue, the Markthalle building. 
Mervis Diamonds has long been a supporter of the gay community, holding dedicated events and offering specialized bridal jewelry. Now, the company wants to bring all of its customers together as “one big happy family,” and is kicking off the idea with a trunk show. 
Two brands, Persona jewelry and Breitling watches, will donate a portion of their sales to foundations that support individuals with autism and their families as well as autism research. 
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