Internet & Computers
The Jewelry Information Center was the first to publicize the ring featuring a 4.25-ct. flawless canary diamond worn by first lady Hillary Clinton during her husband’s inauguration in January, using its Web site at http://jic.polygon.net.
The site showed a picture of the “Kahn Canary” ring, which was designed by Henry Dunay and is owned by Stanley Kahn of Kahn Jewelers in Pine Bluff, Ark. Releasing the announcement and picture of the ring to the public was part of JIC’s campaign to promote jewelry to consumers. JIC, 19 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036-5903; (800) 459-0130 or (212) 398-2319, fax (212) 398-2324.
Creor Inc., Hanover, Mass., launched a Website at http://www.creor.com. The site specializes in 18k gold jewelry and watches primarily from Italy and France. Viewers can click through 30 pages filled with graphics and descriptions of products and then can access an order form. A “Personal Shopper” section allows shoppers to select options such as dial and strap color. The site accepts major credit cards using a Secure Sockets Layer server environment to protect information. Creor Inc., P.O. Box 2170, Hanover, MA 02339; (888) 88-CREOR or (617) 826-7183, fax (617) 826-7527, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WinTran™ is an integrated payment processing interface for Windows-based point-of-sale applications. The software can be installed on the store server in Windows 95 and Windows NT environments and uses DataTran, a software that communicates with credit processing networks and can handle requests from multiple terminals on the network. Datacap Systems Inc., 100 New Britain Blvd., Chalfont, PA 18914-1832; (215) 997-8989, fax (215) 997-3919, e-mail email@example.com.
The Service and Distribution software by Mendelson & Associates is now available for the IBM AS400 platform. Designed to help the customer service departments of jewelry wholesalers, the software provides quick response, DI and logistics support. Mendelson & Associates, P.O. Box 77903, Los Angeles, CA 90007; (800) 421-0215 or (213) 749-1241, fax (213) 749-4019.
JobsNow® is an automated telephone interview system that acts as a first-step screening process to eliminate job candidates for reasons of availability, experience and job knowledge, allowing you to focus on qualified applicants. Reid Psychological Systems, 153 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60610; (800) 922-7343 or (312) 938-9200, fax (312) 294-0140.
Michael Goldstein Ltd., a New York City diamond house that specializes in antique-cut diamonds, offers a free guide on market prices and other information about antique-cut diamonds in non-technical language. Michael Goldstein, Four W. 47th Street, New York, NY 10036; (800) 235-6581 or (212) 764-3430, fax (212) 302-5956.
A free 17-minute videotape titled “Smart Safe & Smart Cashier: Where the Smart Money Goes” offers details of the cash-dispensing safe Smart Cashier. The computer-controlled safe offers a high-speed bill validator, self-sealed removable inner canister and exterior receipt printer. The video – including testimonials from clients such as Burger King, Amoco and Ace Hardware – is available from McGunn Safe Co., 4917 S. Central Ave., Chicago, IL 60638; (800) 621-2816 or (708) 458-7233, fax (703) 458-3233.
Bench & Lab
L&R Manufacturing introduces PowerClean Heavy Duty Jewelry Cleaner Concentrate Non-Ammoniated, an ultrasonic cleaning solution for manufacturing jewelers. PowerClean removes dirt, oils, rouge, tripoli and other buffing compounds without ammonia. It’s available in one-gallon, five-gallon and 55-gallon containers to meet a wide variety of needs. L&R Manufacturing Co., 577 Elm St., Kearny, NJ 07032-3604; (201) 991-5330.
Xuron Corp. offers a line of Crafter Pliers for bending wire. The 488 Round Nose Plier with round tips create elliptical shapes. The 489 Combination Tip Plier, with one round and one flat tip, provides easy coiling, forming and bending. The 575 Micro Bending Plier has short, flat forming blades for making small, fixed radius bends. The pliers feature ergonomically designed handles
with rubber cushion grip surfaces, Light Touch™ return springs and high carbon steel bodies. Xuron Corp., 60 Industrial Park Rd., Saco, ME 04072; (207) 283-1401, fax (207) 283-0594.
The Metals Book, new from by Stuller, is divided into three major sections: product listings, wholesale pricing tables and technical information. Metal fabrication products are sold by weight, with quantity discounts in the same series, size and quantity. Orders placed before 5 p.m. your time in the continental U.S. are shipped the same day. Stuller, 302 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508; (800) 877-7777, fax (800) 444-4741.
To help jewelry manufacturers and designers reduce cadmium and nickel use, Indium Corp. introduces a Jewelry Research Kit. The kit contains a sample of indium sulfate used in goldplating baths to harden gold, an indium ingot that can be used for alternative brazing/whitening alloy development, three feet of pure indium 0.030-in. diameter wire and a 6-in. piece of 1-by- 0.002-in. pure indium foil. Also included are two fluxes, a pocket flux selector and a technical bulletin on indium properties. Indium Corp. of America, 1676 Lincoln Avenue, Utica, NY 13502; (800) 4-INDIUM or (315) 853-4900, fax (800) 221-5759 or (315) 853-1000.
The Tridak division of Indicon Inc. offers the 775 Valve, a com-pact, air-actuated, spool type shut-off valve that provides control over the rate of flow and the amount of material sucked back when closing. The valve is operated by a 50-150 PSI external air signal provided from a user-supplied three-way air valve. Tridak, 1120 Federal Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804; (800) 289-8735.
Mason-Kay offers a new catalog devoted to jadeite jade. This catalog is free to JBT-rated accounts and includes a color chart for jade comparisons. Mason-Kay, P.O. Box 65015, Denver, CO 80206-9998; (800) 722-7575 or (303) 393-7575, fax (303) 393-0201.
Yoni Diamonds Inc.’s customized merchandising program features a 14-page catalog of 14k, 18k and platinum jewelry with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Retailer’s name, logo and pertinent details are added for free. Yoni Diamonds Inc., 10 W. 46th St., 15th Fl., New York, NY 10036; (888)888-YONI or (212) 768-1900, fax (212) 768-0706.