July 27, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the first significant update in 22 years to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries on July 24, 2018. We’ve dissected the 46-page update and are highlighting the “big” changes within – from what defines a diamond to guidelines for composite gems.
October 25, 2017
The fight for sales tax fairness between brick-and-mortar businesses and online sellers is a top advocacy agenda item for Jewelers of America. While we continue to push Congress to pass federal sales tax fairness, recent activity off Capitol Hill in the courts could finally tip the scales in the jewelry industry’s favor.
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.
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. 
May 24, 2012

With news reports that hundreds of undisclosed synthetic diamonds were submitted to gem labs in Antwerp, Mumbai and China. The synthetic diamonds in question were mostly .30 to .70 cts, very good to excellent makes, F to J color and VVS to VS clarity. Internal characteristics of the stones were feathers, pinpoints, and small dark crystals.


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