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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Burma Ruby Embargo - Who Really Suffers?

The subject of Burma Ruby came up in a recent conversation on a social site and during a search for information on the subject I came upon this article:

Burma Embargo and the Gem Trade
on noted Gemologist Richard Hughes' site Ruby-Sapphire

Note: On July 28th 2003, US President George W. Bush signed into law the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 (H.R. 2330). This act bans the importation into the United States of any article that isproduced, mined, manufactured, grown or assembled in Burma. The following piece is actually two:

  1. Thoughts on the US Embargo Against Burma by Richard W. Hughes
  2. How Sanctions Can Work by Brian Leber

In these two articles, Richard Hughes and Brian Leber examine the impact of these sanctions on the US gem trade, along with the entire issue of national sanctions, both pro and con.

These pro & con articles were written following the original Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.

Hughes has updated it following the enactment of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008...really interesting read!

On July 29th 2008, US President George W. Bush signed into law the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008, which modifies the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 (H.R. 2330). This updated act prohibits "substantial transformation" being used to import Burmese jade or ruby. Despite what has been represented as a "loophole," the concept of substantial transformation is a basic tenet of international law, one that has allowed "Israeli" and "Belgian" diamonds" access to consumer markets, despite the fact that the earth in neither Israel nor Belgium has ever yielded even a single diamond.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

JCK Luxury...Have You Made Plans To Attend?

For more information on LUXURY by JCK visit

The LUXURY by JCK salon floor this year will be shared by over 130 of the jewelry industry's most respected manufacturers, brands and industry supporters. We have previewed a sampling of the collections that will be shown and they are truly breath-taking. Including collections from:

Alwand Vahan
Bastian GmbH & Co
Charles Krypell, Inc.
GN Diamond/Alito Collection
Gregg Ruth & Co.
Jack Kelege
Jewels by Star
Royal Asscher
Sylvie Collection/Spectrum Diamonds Corp.
William Levine Fine Jewels

To view the full list of 2010 LUXURY by JCK exhibitors click here.

Additionally, Thursday, June 3 - Monday, June 7, LUXURY by JCK Retailers will have access to over 25 of the world's most illustrious & legendary Swiss Watch brands including Bedat, Bulgari,Chopard, Harry Winston, TAG Heuer

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Congratulations Diana!

The New York Mineralogical Club (NYMC) announced that fellow member and NYMC Bulletin columnist Diana Jarrett received three prestigious awards for articles submitted by NYMC to the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies Inc., (EFMLS) a 60 year old association of over 150 affiliated groups and a membership of 10,000 plus individuals. The EFMLS annual writing competition has several categories including Original-Non Technical Articles and Written Features both of which earned Jarrett awards.

Third place honors went to Jarrett for Rough & Tumbled, a report on the rise in popularity of tumbled gemstones used in couture jewelry. Her story Consumer -v- Collector, in sixth place, distinguished between indiscriminate consumerism and purposeful gemstone collecting. Both of those articles appeared in Southern Jewelry News and Mid America Jewelry News. Seventh place went to her rutilated quartz report, Like Finding a Needle in a Gemstone, published in Jewellery Business.

One judge remarked, "How do I judge the merits of this wonderfully written and interesting article as compared to the many 'ordinary' writers? Shall I hold you to a higher standard? A dilemma. Clearly you write well, and often. I googled Diana Jarrett gemologist and over 300,000 hits came up. Incredible."

Jarrett has contributed gemstone stories to NYMC for five years. The prestigious gem and mineral society was organized in 1886 by George Frederick Kunz, the father of modern gemology. The club meets at the historic American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where it will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2011.

Jarrett's brand strength lies with her in-depth familiarity of the subjects she writes about and her knowledge of the diamond and gemstone sector. Her allies in gem producing regions keep her connected to developments that affect the global market.

Jarrett's popular blog Color-n-Ice and her column The Story Behind the Stone in Southern and Mid America Jewelry News have been first-reads since 2005.

At Farlang, an elite online jewelry community, she serves as Editor in Chief, conducting exclusive interviews with top designers and auctioneers.

At Jewelry Website Designers; she creates original website content exclusively for members of the jewelry trade.

Contact Diana Jarrett through her website:


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