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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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
Police have charged a New York jeweler with three counts of grand larceny--and may charge him with more--for allegedly selling man-made stones that he misrepresented as diamonds, according to the local police department.
The Women’s Jewelry Association announced Wednesday that it is now offering individual membership for women in the jewelry industry based outside of the United States. 
Registration is open for the 2014 Select by Centurion shows, which cater to regional and hosted retailers by featuring small groups of designers and manufacturers.  
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee is hosting a 45-minute webinar next month that will explain the Dodd-Frank Act and steps suppliers must take to assure customers that minerals are conflict-free. 
Last Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes included a segment about the “Pink Panthers,” a network of thieves who have stolen millions in diamonds, and showed footage of some of their biggest robberies. 
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