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The Month In Review: April May 01, 2019 (0 comments)


Merrick, NY—April is diamond month. The Federal Trade Commission kicked it off by “re-mined-ing” lab-grown diamond companies to toe the line with their advertising. Although the natural diamond industry reacted in horror last year when the FTC removed the word “natural” from the definition of a diamond, it is proving vigilant at monitoring growers to stay on message.

Diamonds aside, last month the industry bid a sad farewell to Dick Greenwood, an icon and peacemaker in the colored gemstone sector. Ongoing troubles at Baselworld and at Signet made news, but we also celebrated the accomplishments of several noted independent retailers: Kelly Newton, Steve and Judy Padis, David and Julia Gardner, and more. (Image at left: Texas-based Kelly Wade Jewelers’ four-footed ambassador.) In case you missed them, here were the top stories from April:

FTC Slaps Lab-Grown Companies With Ad Warnings

In Memoriam: Dick Greenwood, Colored Gem Expert And Industry Leader

Texas-Sized Success: Jeweler Doubles A Customer Party At The Last Minute

When Old Becomes New Again, Jewelers Profit Handsomely

Kelly Newton Named AGS 2019 Shipley Award Winner

Scathing NY Times Article Slams Signet Again and As Signet Struggles Continue, What’s Next?

Cathy Calhoun, David and Julia Gardner, and Steve and Judy Padis Enter Hall Of Fame

Touting Personal Stories Spells Success For Texas Jeweler

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Baselworld 2019

Seven Easy Tips To Increase Your Average Retail Sale

A Win-Win Relationship For Vendors And Retailers, Part II

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