February 22, 2017
With the New Year came major changes in Washington, D.C., with Republicans now controlling the Legislative and Executive Branches for the first time since 2000. This shift in power means that big policy initiatives -- including comprehensive tax reform -- are realistically in play in 2017. Our latest legislative update for Jewelers of America Members reviews five issues that will impact the legislative landscape for the jewelry industry in 2017.
December 9, 2016
More than a century ago, Jewelers of America was founded by jewelers for jewelers to advance the professionalism and ethics of the jewelry industry. Today, we stand as the leading industry advocate for ethical and environmental standards. In 2016, we focused at home and abroad to make sure the U.S. jewelry industry’s voice was heard on issues affecting our Retail and Supplier Member businesses. Click on the photos to see the many ways we were fighting for jewelers in 2016.

November 10, 2016
While the dust settles on the results of the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections, Jewelers of America has prepared a summary of the big changes on Capitol Hill and what they mean for key legislative issues that affect jewelry businesses.
October 17, 2016
myanmar visit

Just prior to President Obama lifting U.S. sanctions on Burmese ruby and jade imports, AGTA organized a trip to Myanmar (Burma) for gemstone and jewelry industry representatives, which included Jewelers of America President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. The main goal of the trip, which took place October 3-11, was to re-establish direct lines of commerce between Myanmar and the United States. Here's a recap and photos from the trip.
August 9, 2016

The 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections could bring major changes on Capitol Hill. Regardless of which direction the country swings, jewelers will need to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation – like sales tax fairness – that will help traditional jewelers, and fight against laws and regulations that could harm the industry. In our legislative update for Jewelers of America Members, we look at the upcoming elections and three key legislative issues that could have both short- and long-term impact on the jewelry industry.
May 12, 2016
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking input through June 3rd on its proposed revisions to the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries, which have not been significantly updated since 1996. Comments must be submitted by Friday, June 3, and an industry coalition -- led by the Jewelers Vigilance Committee -- is working on presenting unified positions on the changes to strengthen the jewelry industry's response and best impact the FTC's revisions. The Jewelry Guides are a critical tool for the industry as they explain to businesses how to avoid making deceptive claims and the proper disclosures needed during the sales process. 
April 25, 2016
davidbonaparte-haake-dc-16JA President & CEO David Bonaparte (front) and Tim Haake meet with legislators on Capitol Hill
On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Jewelers of America President & CEO David J. Bonaparte met with representatives on House and Senate Committees that oversee the Federal Trade Commission. The topic at hand: the FTC's proposed changes to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries; specifically, use of the term “cultured” to describe synthetic diamonds.
April 13, 2016
Report released in April 2016 studies risks to precious stone supply chain. While laudable efforts have been made by the jewelry industry to develop tools to support responsible sourcing of precious stones, there are still risks related to labor, human rights, the environment and commerce in colored stone supply chains. Responsibility for managing these risks rests with the businesses that create them, their regulators, and their customers. 
June 25, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC) led a delegation of jewelers -- all JA Members -- to Washington, D.C., on  June 16-17. This year's meetings connected jewelers with over 30 lawmakers and legislative staff. The "fly-in" -- which Jewelers of America organizes annually -- allows jewelers to connect directly with influential legislators and discuss the issues that matter most to their bottom lines. JAPAC Chair Jenny Caro, co-owner of Jewelry By Design, gives us a play-by-play of the eventful days.

December 18, 2014

While the dust continues to settle, the results of the November 2014 midterm elections will mean another dramatic power shift on Capitol Hill. Jewelers of America’ s legislative counsel, Haake & Associates, has compiled the following year-end roundup, which looks at the midterm election results and prospects for action during the current “lame-duck” session of Congress.

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