Laws & Litigation

Two actions in washington protect jewelers Following years of lobbying by Jewelers of America and retail jewelers across the country, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Postal Service have taken action on issues involving military exchanges and insured mail. The House Committee on National Security ruled that the U.S. Department of Defense could not lift long-standing restrictions on the type of jewelry sold at military exchanges (PXs). Under the restrictions, PXs cannot sell any diamond jewelry over 0.50 carat and any gold jewelry valued at more than twice the market price of 1 ounce of gold. The issue stemmed from a 1996 proposal by the Defense Department to lift the restrictions. JA and its retail members subsequently explained to their Congressional representatives how the proposal would affect them negatively. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service increased the insurance

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