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Business Services

Jewelry Technology Consultants will review jewelry manufacturing facilities to improve productivity. The company’s expertise covers problems in porosity-free castings, platinum castings, trouble-free castings, casting with diamonds in wax, metal mold making, reducing manufacturing costs, high-speed mass media finishing, quality control and administrative procedures. Jewelry Technology Consultants Inc., 5665 Aspen Ridge Circle, Delray Beach, FL 33484; (561) 496-1955.

McGraw-Hill/London House offers Quik-Screen, a system that allows you to collect job applications and conduct preliminary interviews electronically by phone. When an applicant dials a toll-free phone number listed in job ads, they hear a description of the position and can complete an application and interview using the keypad on a touch-tone phone. Employers receive applications by fax or download them to their computers. McGraw-Hill/London House, 9701 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018-4720; (800) 221-8373, fax (847) 292-3400. To hear a demonstration of the product, call (800) 365-1947.

Special events are important to a business, but sometimes the planning time seems counterproductive. The new ColorPix InstantEvent Kit™ allows you to quickly design and order all materials needed for an event or promotion, receiving materials in days from a single source. The kit includes a list of available materials, a design worksheet, a library of images, a copy bank of event themes and an order form and price list.

ColorPix Systems of America Inc., 174 Oakwood Dr., Glastonbury, CT 06033; (800) 272-2809, fax (860) 659-0323, e-mail csa@imagine.com.

Jewelry designers can get organized with the 1997 edition of the JRB Designer’s Planning Guide from the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau. The calendar and workbook list information on trade shows, industry publications, professional organizations, jewelry contests and more. The calendar gives reminders about events in advance of deadlines to help users manage multiple projects. Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, 129 Secor Lane, Pelham Manor, NY 10803; (914) 738-8485, fax (914) 738-0096.

Bench & Lab

Why keep thousands of dollars tied up in diamond master sets? The CZ Master Set® has stones that are electronically graded using computer technology in the Gran Colorimeter, double-checked by a certified professional and accredited gem lab, individually numbered and certified. The sets are available in different sizes, with ranges available from E to N, and include simulated white and yellow gold Tiffany display ring stone holders to compare mounted stones. The company also offers Macro-Pro, an in-house photography system that acts as a small studio with high-intensity lighting. Sy Kessler Sales Inc., 10455 Olympic Drive, Dallas, TX 75220; (800) 527-0719 or (214) 351-0380, fax (214) 351-1903.

Johnson Brothers F.C. Inc. offers a water-soluble coolant that works with its pro-slicer diamond blacks. Lube Cool 4800 is a cutting and grinding fluid that mixes 10-to-1 with water for most cutting. The product includes rust-inhibitors, added skin conditioners and lubricating properties. Johnson Brothers F.C. Inc., 18434 Oxnard St., Unit G, Tarzana, CA 91356; (818) 705-7400, fax (818) 705-0231.

The 3-D CNC Micro Milling Systems by Interlab Robotics Inc. start for less than $4,000 and include a micro mill, controller and operational software that is compatible with most popular two- and three-dimensional third-party graphics software. The system is designed for tabletop use with personal computers and can be used for milling small parts, modeling, engraving and drilling. IRI, 1280 Spacepark Way, Mountain View, CA 94043; (888) IRI-MICR or (415) 965-7767, fax (415) 965-8621.

Frei & Borel offers Model Master, a tool for making castable or moldable 3D molds from black-and-white images. Similar to photo engraving, the system uses photo-sensitive polymers and ultraviolet light to create models from suitable artwork in less than 10 minutes. Frei & Borel, 126 Second St., Oakland, CA 94604; (800) 772-3456 or (510) 832-0355, fax (510) 834-6217.

The Compact Orogold Model-A 3-axis milling machine is available from Gold International Machinery Corp. The machine makes 3D models in wax, styrofoam, plastic and other materials. Three software programs allow designers to do free-form design, output test with a 3D relief and accept data from other software applications and convert it to Model-A. Gold International Machinery Corp., Thurston & Newell Sts., Pawtucket, RI 02862-0998; (800) 619-GOLD or (401) 724-3200, fax (401) 728-5770.

Ohaus introduces the Voyager™ and Explorer™ analytical and top-loading scales with a newly engineered ergonomic leveling system. The Explorer features a custom LCD display, parts counting and percent functions, as well as time and date. The Voyager features large, high-resolution backlighted graphic display and pop-up windows. Users can access up to 11 additional functions, including differential weighing, statistics, quick check and Program Link™, which allows multiple applications to run simultaneously. The company also offers modular concept balances with identical features. Ohaus Corp., 29 Hanover Rd., Florham Park, NJ 07932-0900; (800) 672-7722 or (201) 377-9000, fax (201) 593-0359.

New Castaldo® LiquaCast™ Liquid Jewelry Molding Rubber is designed to be strong, tough and long-lasting, with low viscosity for easy mixing, vacuuming, debubbling and pouring. Molds can be written on with ordinary pens and markers. LiquaCast™ is available in 1-, 10- and 50-pound kits. Castaldo, 120 Constitution Blvd., Franklin, MA 02038; (508) 520-1666, fax (508) 520-2402.

Computers & Internet

META-id by META-Morphic is a computer-assisted gem identification software program that guides the user through an analysis of any gemstone. Users enter general observations, and the results of a refractive index test will identify the species. META-id can also provide descriptions of visible characteristics and typical internal characteristics to distinguish between a real and synthetic gemstone. The software also allows jewelers to print a Gem Identification Report that can generate additional revenue, giving customers validation of test results in exchange for service fees. A free evaluation copy of the software is available. META-Morphic Software, 3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 119, Lake Mary, FL 32746; (407) 322-8400, fax (407) 323-3123.

An image of diamond certificates can be stored in Diamond Pro, a software that works with a Twain-compliant scanner. Diamond Pro provides its own scanning functions so certificates can be scanned right from an “Inventory Details” screen. A thumbnail-sized image will appear on the inventory screen, and the full-sized image is available with a click of the mouse. Users can fax the certificates directly out of Diamond Pro using a fax modem. Quantum Leap Software Solutions, 3309 Juanita St., San Diego, CA 92105; (619) 265-1140, fax (619) 286-7541, e-mail info@ qlss.com.

Avery Dennison, Soabar Products offers a Windows®-based software program that simplifies the production of bar-coded pressure-sensitive labels and provides high-efficiency label formatting and data management tools. The Tag & Label Software Level 1 drives Soabar® S-362, SPX-360 and Datapply® 908-8 print/apply labeling systems, as well as all Windows-driven printers and many thermal-transfer and laser printers. The software is available in English, French, German, Spanish and other languages and runs on Windows 3.11, Windows 95 or Windows NT. It contains advanced data management capabilities, eliminating data duplication, and offers Open Data Base Connectivity, allowing users to access data from personal computers or mainframes with OBDC drivers. Avery Dennison, 7722 Dungan Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19111; (215) 725-4700, fax (215) 728-8921.

Trade Promotion Services Ltd., the organizer of International Spring Fair London, has joined the World Wide Web at http://www.gift-gardenmart.com. The site is laid out as a “virtual exhibition,” from which viewers can click on areas of interest. Calendars and visitor information for all of the TPS exhibitions and markets are available on-line. Buyers also may preregister for exhibitions. Trade Promotion Services, Warren Lane, London SE18 6BW, UK; (44-181) 855-9201, fax (44-181) 316-5719.

Catalogs

A new selection of catalog pages is available from Stuller Settings Inc., P.O. Box 8777, Lafayette, LA 70598; (800) 877-7777.

Clasps Plus offers a free brochure illustrating a new magnetic clasp collection in gold with gemstones is available from Clasps Plus, 64 W. 48th St., Suite 1103, New York, NY 10036; (800) 666-6448 or (212) 354-5662.

A catalog of 14k gold and diamond Cristian Geneve watches is available from Brokoe Mfg. Co., 725 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY 11545; (516) 759-5353.

A new catalog of lapidary products is available from Addexton Co., P.O. Box 3171, Auburn, CA 95604; (916) 823-0566, http://www.foothill.net/gems.

Elma-Gil announces the release of a new 32-page catalog featuring a selection of rings, pendants and bracelets. Included are invisibly set rings, diamond jewelry and colored stone jewelry. Elma-Gil, S. Olive St. #710, Los Angeles, CA 90014; (800) 546-0098, fax (213) 627-4400.

A new catalog of 10k and 14k gold watch cases and watches is available from Heather Classics Inc., P.O. Box 367, Massapequa, NY 11758; (800) 998-1220 or (516) 679-3764.

CZ World offers a 20-page catalog of cubic zirconia jewelry in sterling silver, vermeil and 14k gold. CZ World Inc., P.O. Box 1006, Highland Mills, NY 10930; (914) 774-7497.

Vintage Creations offers a 24-page catalog of sterling silver and marcasite jewelry. Vintage Creations, 22 Throckmorton St., Freehold, NJ 07728; (908) 780-3993.

A 35-page color catalog of gold jewelry is available from Oro International, Five N. Wabash, Suite 1503, Chicago, IL 60602; (800) 621-1671 or (312) 641-0091.

KDS Jewelry presents a new catalog of 14k gold and diamond bracelets, rings and necklaces, including an extensive collection of mothers’ and grandmothers’ jewelry. KDS Jewelry, 540 Merrick Rd., Baldwin, NY 11510; (800) 227-5371 or (516) 623-2333.

Rio Grande Display & Packaging announces a free 180-page catalog of packaging and display products, from gift and presentation boxes to bags, wrap, pouches, jewelry displays, gemstone displays, sales sample merchandise and more. Rio Grande Display & Packaging, Bell Group, 7500 Bluewater Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121; (800) 637-8303 or (505) 839-3300. From Canada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, (800) 253-9738. Elsewhere outside the U.S., (505) 839-3011.

Novell Enterprises offers a catalog of platinum bridal jewelry, including new styles from the Designer Collective, and the complete Executive Series. Novell Inc., 129 Chestnut St., Roselle, NJ 07203; (888) NOVELL 1 or (908) 245-0700.

A new catalog and silver necklaces, earrings, rings and pins is available from Jordan Scott Designs Ltd., The Plaza Group, 25 W. 36th St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018; (800) 204-3637 or (212) 947-4250, fax (212) 947-4247.