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Shaping Up Nicely

Diamonds are polished into a variety of shapes. The choice of shape is mostly one of taste, best use of the pre-polished rough diamond, and, at times, color. Most call a diamond's shape "cut." However, since January 2006, the term "cut" has referred to the proportions of the diamond, its Cut Grade, and the term "shape" has since been the term for the form or contour of diamonds.

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Diamond Industry Organizations: Women’s Jewelry Association

Diamond Industry Organizations: Women’s Jewelry Association

The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) was formed in 1983 after a founding member, jewelry sales representative Toni Lyn Judd, was unfairly treated by her employer. It was a revolutionary act at a time when the American jewelry industry was in many ways a male-dominated industry. At the time, even leading organizations refused to accept women as members.

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Diamond Industry Organizations: International Colored Gemstone Association

Diamond Industry Organizations: International Colored Gemstone Association

The diamond industry is closely associated with a number of other industries, practically all jewelry oriented. Jewelry is set not only with diamonds, but with additional precious gems as well. Just as diamonds and diamond trading calls for a host of industry organizations, so do gems. Chief among them is the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).

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Diamond Industry Organizations: Jewelers Board of Trade

Diamond Industry Organizations: Jewelers Board of Trade

One of the biggest issues in an industry that deals with high-cost items, is nonpayment by clients. A default can be devastating, if not fatal, to a company that operates with narrow margins. To combat that, a gentleman by the name of J.A. McCloy formed an organization that collects and shares financial information on jewelry companies in 1884. That organization is the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT).

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Diamond Industry Organizations: Jewelers Vigilance Committee

Diamond Industry Organizations: Jewelers Vigilance Committee

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) was formed in the US more than 100 years ago to provide education and self-regulation to jewelers and other members of the American jewelry industry. Most importantly, it helps the jewelry industry with legal matters such as compliance.

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