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JCK Magazine: June 1, 2003

JCK Magazine: June 1, 2003

President Bush has signed into law the Clean Diamonds Trade Act, which formally endorses the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. Kimberley is designed to halt trade in illicit diamonds through a certification plan that would effectively track the trade of diamonds from mine to store. Bush...
The April 17 edition of the Wall Street Journal's "Marketplace" section ran an article about bulk-diffusion-treated sapphires titled "Gemstone Scandals." A companion piece about Canadian diamonds was called "Political Correctness by the Carat." The lead story presents a brief history of the bulk-...
An Australian man has been arrested for allegedly selling clarity-enhanced gems with phony Gemological Institute of America grading reports. Detective Shane Conant, an investigator in Castle Hill, Australia, told JCK that the man, a resident of Sydney, has been charged with obtaining a financial...
Julius Klein, founder and architect of the famed triple-sightholder that bears his name, died recently at age 80. A Holocaust survivor born in Budapest, Klein emigrated to the United States in 1948 with $10 in his pocket. Beginning as a melee dealer, he built his New York-based business to the...
Federal law enforcement agents seized counterfeit Tiffany & Co. jewelry in a raid of several stores in lower Manhattan on April 17, including knock-offs of some of Tiffany's best-known jewelry designs, according to a statement from the New York-based jeweler and specialty retailer. The stores...
Hedda T. Schupak, editor-in-chief of JCK magazine, has been named one of Pennsylvania's "Best 50 Women in Business" for 2003. Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and five state business newspapers announced the winners of the eighth annual awards May 12 during ceremonies in Hershey, Pa. Dennis...
Anna Miller, G.G., a gems and jewelry appraisal authority and author and the developer and international director of The Master Valuer Program, died on April 29. She was 69. Miller was a jewelry historian, lecturer, and instructor. She was a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, a...
For the past three years, the JCK Industry Fund has provided seed capital for the American Gem Society's project to establish objective criteria for how well a diamond is cut. Several weeks ago at the Society's annual Conclave, there was a town meeting on the topic with panelists from the retail,...
About 2,500 years ago, the Olmec—natives of Mesoamerica and ancient Mexico—created sculptures from intense bluish-green jadeite jade found in nearby gem deposits. When archeologists uncovered these jade carvings in the 1700s, there was no knowledge of any jadeite mines nearby or anywhere in the...
Stuller Inc., Lafayette, La., a supplier of mountings, findings, loose gems, and finished jewelry, has entered into a partnership to offer South Sea pearls (SSPs) from Paspaley, one of the oldest names in the Australian pearl business. Stuller's distribution of Paspaley cultured SSPs to North...
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