Category Archives: Industry News

Real or fake? A gold bracelet

A client recently came in to the JVC offices for a valuation consult. She provided us with this gold bracelet, which she believed was solid 18ct gold.   As you can see, there is an 18ct gold stamp, which would normally confirm the client’s assumptions.   However, using several gold testing methods, JVC found that […]

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Silvermoon, and how big name brands keep jewellers afloat

Silvermoon jewellers has been a staple in many New Zealand malls for over a decade. However, in 2006 the company found that its collections of artisan jewellery were losing customer interest and the company began to suffer economically. A recent New Zealand Herald article describes the companies shift towards stocking branded jewellery, along with the […]

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One ring to bind them all

A recent article from the Northern Advocate tells the story of a ring lost in the ocean at Long Beach, only to be found by a metal detector hobbyist six years later. Vivienne and Jeff Ninnes had their engagement ring specially designed and handmade by Carats Jewellers in Auckland seventeen years ago. In 2008 the ring […]

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Are all grading laboratories the same?

Ever wondered if you can trust the person you’re buying from? What the paperwork they’ve provided actually counts for? Far too often people are disappointed to find that their jewellery is not of the quality that they were told when they purchased it. So how can we know who to trust and who not to […]

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Getting more bling for your buck

Take a look at this article from March 1, 2014 published on page c20 of The Press. It provides great insight in to the realities (and bargains!) of the second hand jewellery market. Click the images below to enlarge.

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I’ve inherited some jewellery. What should I do now?

Imagine: you’ve been left a piece of jewellery by a loved one. You might be thinking: “What happens if I lose it or it gets stolen?” “It’s too precious to risk wearing” “I really can’t see myself wearing this piece so should I sell it?” 4 steps you can take: Value it – No matter what […]

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The secret to cleaning your jewellery at home

One of the most common questions the staff at JVC get asked outside of work is “what’s the best way to clean jewellery?” Many people believe that you need a special solution, or that you have to take it in regularly to your jeweller for a professional clean. While both of these options are great, […]

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Synthetic Diamonds Alert

Martin Rapaport the influencial publisher of the Rapaport Diamond Report today issued a Lab Alert that there are persistent reports and evidence that synthetic diamonds are being mixed into parcels of small (melee) diamonds. Detecting synthetic diamonds is a challenge for gemmologists and jewellery valuers, especially when they are set into items of jewellery. Therefore […]

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World Gold Council Launches Conflict-Free Gold Standard

The World Gold Council (WGC) published Thursday the anticipated conflict-free standard, which aims to restrict production of the yellow precious metal in places where it already fuels or may trigger conflicts and human rights violations.

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100-MILLION Year Old Spider Attack Found in Amber

Researchers have found trapped in amber a rare dinosaur-age scene of a spider attacking a wasp caught in its web.

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