Saturday, May 27, 2006
The show is ever changing every year, with new vendors such as Ebay showing up to market to the small jewelry retailers. The show is the largest of its kind and is held annually in Las Vegas. You can find the latest in trends and designs for diamonds, precious stones, and all kinds of jewelry from pearls to jade to diamonds. You can also find the latest in diamond & jewelry technology, such as cleaning processes, inventory management systems, the latest in scale technolgoy, jewelry boxes, and anything else you could be looking for related to our wonderful industry.
We will be updating here while at the show with the latest news and trends in the industry. If you have any questions or thoughts you would like to know about let me know and I will try to post answers while at the show. This show gives diamond businesses the chance to gear up for the Christmas Holiday season with the latest trends available. You see the latest trends from around the world, from classic italian designs to new products coming out of China and South America.
Come celebrate at JCK Las Vegas. 15 years of glitter, glamour and gold baubles, bangles and beads... silver, platinum, pearls, and watches.Where getting together helps you get ahead... and stay ahead... of the competition. Where you can see it all, and see what has everyone coming back year in, year out.
JCK Las Vegas 2006 promises to be our most excitement-filled, action-packed, business-required event ever... with the most comprehensive exhibitor base, dazzling special events and amazing top-flight education.
See more on the show at: JCK Las Vegas 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
What is a conflict diamond?
In 1998, the world became aware that certain rebel movements in Africa were selling, among other things, illegally obtained diamonds – known as conflict diamonds – to fund their wars against legitimate and internationally recognized governments. In 1998, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Global Witness first brought to the world’s attention the fact that UNITA, a rebel group in Angola, was funding its war against Angola’s legitimate government through the control, and subsequent sale, of rough diamonds. These rough diamonds have since become known as conflict diamonds. Today, we also know that rebel groups in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo were also funding their wars against the legitimate governments through the control, and subsequent sale, of conflict diamonds. Most recently, with the establishment of peace in Sierra Leone and Angola and a cease-fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the volume of conflict diamonds being traded is significantly lower. However, the diamond industry regards this as no reason for complacency and remains fully committed to introducing measures and procedures that will protect legitimate channels of distribution from any potential conflict diamond infiltration.
What is the Kimberley Process?
In order to fully combat the scourge of conflict diamonds, on November 5, 2002, fifty-two governments ratified and adopted the final Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. In essence, these countries have agreed that they will only allow for the import and export of rough diamonds if those rough diamonds come from or are being exported to another Kimberley Process participant.
Retailers have a crucial role to play in helping to ensure that the System of Warranties is both employed and effective. Retailers are therefore required to insist that their suppliers provide warranties for all diamonds polished after January 1, 2003. It is also recommended that retailers:
• Inform your suppliers in writing that you will require a warranty;
• Retain these warranties for at least five years.
The international diamond industry employs some two million people around the world, many in third world and developing countries. The vast majority of the world’s diamonds come from sources that aid development and provide sustainable employment. Diamonds, like other natural resources, are vital to the economic development of a number of countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world. Given good governance and the rule of law, diamonds are a vital source of revenue for the building of infrastructure
and essential social services. The measures agreed on by the industry within the Kimberley Process are designed to protect the interests of all countries with diamond interests, whether they be producing, processing or consuming nations.
Please find more information on this at: Kimberley Process and World Diamond Council. You can also check our FAQ's section for more information on our policies.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Yes, you can definitely buy an engagement ring online. In fact, more and more people are doing just that each and every day. The trick is to make sure that you purchase from a reputable jewelry store or auction seller and that you make sure you know the cut, color and clarity of the ring before you purchase it.
Any reputable online seller, whether it be a store, an auction site or an individual, should have no problem letting you know the cut, color and clarity of the ring before you make the commitment to purchase the ring. Also make sure that they offer a money-back guarantee. If they’re not willing to guarantee such an expensive item, you should look elsewhere to purchase it.
Also make sure that you have the package insured when it is shipped or you might take a severe financial loss if the ring gets damaged during transit.At American Diamonds Forever, you can shop confidently with our 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee, and our free USPS Insured Priority Mail Shipping on all Jewelry orders.