With three full days of competition left at the thirty-first Olympiad, America continues to lead the overall medal count with 95 total, 32 of which are gold. The games have been action packed as always, especially during the prime time hours where we have all been treated to a high level of record shattering athleticism, not seen in the previous games.
Source: International Olympic Committee
Now that Michael Phelps has finished what was a stellar, story book ending to his Olympic career, all eyes turn to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he attempts to become the first man to win…
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A woman who works for a diamond jeweler in New York City, recently opened up to the New York Post about the time she panicked, when she realized the one-million dollars worth of gems she was carrying was misplaced on a subway train.
The woman said she was so shaken by the blunder, that she could barely breath, due to hyperventilating. Items lost on a train, especially in a transit system as large and as vast as New York City’s transportation system, are very rarely retrieved. However, in this case specifically, luck was on her side…
When famed auction house Bonhams kicks off its fall auction in the coming weeks, it will commence with a stunning line up of high quality blue stones. The auction which is set for September 20, will feature a oval-cut 3.81-carat intense blue diamond-a true stunner by any measure.
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The auction housed presently holds the record for largest amounts paid for blue diamonds. Last year, they sold a fancy blue diamond for $1.7 million and a grayish blue diamond for $730,000. The 3.81 carat intense-blue diamond they are set to auction off this September is expected to fetch…
De Beers’ new diamond trading center in Botswana holds its first “Sight” sale of the year today. Almost half the stones sold will — at some point — pass through Dubai, which has come from nowhere to become one of biggest players in the diamond trade. How did it do it? Bloomberg’s Elliott Gotkine reports. (Source: Bloomberg)
Ever wonder why diamonds are so expensive? We did the research, and came up with three reasons explaining why this precious stone is so valuable across the globe.
1. Diamonds are historical
Diamonds have been used by many people worldwide to store and transport wealth across geographies and generations, especially people who have been persecuted throughout history and forced to migrate against their will. For instance, there are many stories in pre-WWII Nazi Germany of Jewish families trading family assets through diamonds because they were easy to conceal. …
With the rapid economic growth and consumers’ increasing demand for beauty and social status, luxury jewelry has become more and more popular. Advanced technology makes it possible to create customized jewelry, in every shape with each material. However that possibility also creates negative side effects such as counterfeiting and brand piracy. In this article, we will discuss the development of jewelry market and some challenges it faces.
At present, jewelry in the market can be distributed into three categories: metal, precious stone and others.
(Geneva, Switzerland)– The worlds largest blue diamond known as the “The Oppenheimer Blue,” sold for a record $57.5 million at Christie’s Geneva on Wednesday night, making it the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction.
According to sources at Christie’s, the prized gem was sold to a private collector, who wished to remain anonymous. The blue diamond is mounted on a platinum ring, and flanked on either side by sparkling trapeze diamonds. Christies says that the 14.62 carat Fancy Vivid stone is the largest, and highest quality blue diamond to ever appear on the auction block.
The diamond was…
As part of a complete, all-in-one jewelry management solution, Zeroshrink’s RFID software allows jewelers to customize their unique inventory according to their individualized needs. Items can be assigned attributes that can be as specific or as general as the retailer chooses — ranging from an item’s specific location, size and style to it’s purchase date, color and image. The software seamless integrates with the store’s POS system recognizing transactions such as sale, receipt, commission, decommission and applies that information to adjust its inventory count. …
Source: National Jeweler
According to a survey conducted by the National Jeweler/Jewelers of America’, sales of platinum bridal and fashion jewelry have increased over the past three years for a majority of jewelers.
About 189 jewelers completed the poll, and were asked to answer such question as sales margin on platinum wedding, fashion and accessory pieces, as well as their individual highest selling products. Of those, 65% reported that there platinum related items, especially engagement rings, held steady, increasing by as much as 17% in a three year period. The remaining 35% said their sales slipped in that same period.
Device Link is middleware that allows applications to easily communicate with scanner, printer and weight scale devices. It acts as a link between an application and the devices that are connected to the business owner’s PC. Applications talk to devices by sending basic commands through Device Link and by receiving responses such as tag scans or measurement data.
Device Link launches automatically as part of the end-user application and provides a simple menu interface for device configuration, management and troubleshooting.
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