Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
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SOAPBOX: The wisdom that comes with age versus the enthusiasm of youth

It’s funny how grandparents often have a better relationship with their teenage grandchildren than the parents, I think it’s mutual respect of the differences between generations, whereas we expect our parents to be as cool as us. We wish dad would dance and listen to Radio 1 not 2. So …

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Another step forward in an ongoing challenge

Diamond grading issues have been a hot topic in recent months, but a new ISO Standard could benefit the consumer and retailer. STELLA LAYTON, chief assay master at the Birmingham Assay Office, explains.

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SOAPBOX: Over-grading must be stamped out

The global diamond industry is currently facing a range of tough challenges. But, says ERNIE BLOM, the issue of apparent over-grading of diamonds by some labs must be treated as a priority.

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COMMENT: A background on birthstones

History of birthstones Each month of the year correlates to a specific birthstone. It is believed that the origins of birthstones date back to the Breastplate of the High Priest written about in the Old Testament. The breastplate had twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. It was thought …

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Why bosses could do with some training

If sales are disappointing and there is older stock that is proving hard to move, could it be that you, the boss, are not doing things properly? LEONARD ZELL asks the question in a characteristically provocative column about training and sales tactics.

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