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Chicago jewelers address ordinance A new city ordinance defining secondhand jewelry prompted the Chicago Jewelers Association to call for changes from the mayor’s office. The ordinance defines “secondhand property” as “any (jewelry item) that was previously owned.” According to CJA member Thomas Foody of the Jewelers Board of Trade, this definition includes any stone or metal because it is not mined locally and, therefore, was previously owned. The ordinance requires that each dealer-to-dealer transaction involving secondhand merchandise include a 10-day hold, photocopies of IDs, photos of each piece and extensive paperwork. CJA argued these rules put Chicago-based dealers at a disadvantage and also affected retailers, who would have to stock more inventory and suffer from delayed delivery. Mayor’s representatives said they are willing to consider changes to the ordin
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