Helping Those Who Help Us

Jewelers, as we've discussed before, are a generous bunch, not only in our own communities but also through the Jewelers' Charity Fund for Children and other worthy industry causes. Two industry associations that I particularly want to give ongoing kudos for their very important work are the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Jewelers' Security Alliance. Under the leadership of Cecilia Gardner, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee has grown far beyond its original role of industry watchdog. This is some big dog, and this dog has not only a formidable bark but, when necessary, a formidable bite as well. When Cecilia took the helm of JVC, few if any of us could have imagined how it would be called upon to address terrorism and brutality. It's a far more global role than the work the JVC always did—and still does—combating underkarating, false pricing, and gem treatment disclosure a

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