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Guest Column by Halstead

The Halstead Grant Call for Entries

Grant Logo - Color-01Halstead is calling for entries to its 9th annual grant competition. The Halstead Grant is awarded each year to a promising new jewelry designer working primarily in silver. The winner receives a $5,000 cash start-up grant plus $1,000 in supplies and recognition in the industry. Deadline June 9, 2014.

Qualified applicants should be US jewelers who recently launched independent studios with the intention of selling to a national audience. To apply, candidates must submit a portfolio and answers to specific business questions. The rigorous application is designed to encourage strategic planning and sound management practices amongst new jewelers in the industry.

“When selecting a winner we weigh the portfolio and business portions of the application equally. We are looking for quality craftsmanship and innovation in design in the jewelry photographs. The application answers should show a holistic approach to developing a brand and managing production to meet changing demand as the business grows,” said Hilary Halstead Scott, the program coordinator.

For more information on eligibility and to download an application please visit www.halsteadbead.com/grant. Visitors to the website will also find a retrospective on past grant winners and the evolution of the grant program over the years.

Halstead supplies wholesale chain, findings, metals and tools to thousands of makers around the world.  The firm is proud to still be family owned and operated after 41 years of service to the trade.



SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize Halstead as a Corporate Member and thank them for their support.

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Guest Column by Jewelers Mutual

From natural disasters to other kinds of catastrophes, jewelers need to be prepared.

North Americans have witnessed a variety of natural disasters in the past few years, from last year’s Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States to Oklahoma’s devastating tornadoes in May and catastrophic flooding in Canada’s Alberta province in June. Such events should trigger a desire in every jeweler — no matter how large or small — to create disaster preparedness and business continuity plans.

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Guest Column by Frankie Flood

The 3D revolution is bringing about changes to our world by spawning new start ups, innovative products, and jobs in new markets that did not exist a few years ago, as well as connecting people from different disciplines in ways that one could never imagine. This exciting technology creates opportunities that will reinvigorate our field.

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Guest Column by Marc Choyt

Why The Kimberley Certification Process For “Conflict Free Diamonds” Must Be Abandoned (Part Two of Two)

As outlined in my first post, the Kimberley Process Certification is failing to ensure the conflict-free status of the diamonds it certifies. I believe it was destined to fail because, in context to the blood diamond issue, there has not been, in the jewelry sector, significant or meaningful public accountability.

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Guest Column by Marc Choyt

Why The Kimberley Certification Process For “Conflict Free Diamonds” Must Be Abandoned (Part One of Two)

The Kimberley Process Certification is fatally flawed, providing cover for serious human rights violations while purporting to guarantee conflict-free status. Part One of a two-part series examines the problems.

The big family secret in the jewelry sector is that the Kimberley Process Certification (KP), which created a system to prevent blood diamonds from entering the supply chain, now certifies blood diamonds as “conflict free.”

Yet, jewelers continue to rely on this now discredited system as an assurance of ethical diamond sourcing. This is an unacceptable practice and its time for KP to be abandoned by jewelers and the public, now.

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