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Browse Jewelers of America’s advocacy updates that include changes to government regulations, sanctions, elections, Risk Reports and more.
April 4, 2022
On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, resulting in heavy civilian casualties and serious breaches of international law. In response, the United States and other Western governments have strongly condemned Russia’s actions and sanctioned Russian individuals and entities.  President Biden issued an Executive Order on March 11, 2022 (the “March 11 EO”), that, among other things, prohibited the importation of non-industrial diamonds from Russia to the U.S. The March 11 EO also bans U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, corporations, or any other person physically present in the U.S. from exporting, reexporting, selling, or supplying luxury goods such as watches and jewelry to anyone in Russia. These prohibitions apply to both direct and indirect transactions.
January 24, 2022
It’s a new year and jewelers are being met with many of the same ongoing challenges, with other potential risks on the horizon. 
November 1, 2021
As we enter the holiday selling season, Jewelers of America’s Risk Report offers a snapshot of some of the hot-button issues that could affect the jewelry industry during this important time.
September 29, 2021
Lawmakers in the House were expected to vote this week on the Senate-passed $1.2 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, which Democrats are working to push forward as a key component of President Biden’s agenda. Adding to the already heightened drama, lawmakers are also facing a possible government shutdown with government funding scheduled to lapse after midnight on September 30.
August 5, 2021
From the impact of COVID-19 to the renewed restrictions on sourcing from Burma, Jewelers of America’s Risk Report returns this month with highlights on some of the key issues affecting the jewelry industry and the world.
April 9, 2021
Important Update: Since Jewelers of America first shared this news, the U.S. Treasury Department announced additional sanctions that target individuals and entities connected to the Myanmar Military Regime. The most recent sanctions, announced on April 8, 2021, target Myanma Gems Enterprise (MGE), a Burmese state-owned entity operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. MGE is a subdivision of the Ministry of Mines and oversees all of the official gemstone operations in the country.
November 10, 2020
The results of the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections are in and the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee, JAPAC, had one of its most successful years yet.
August 8, 2019
Jewelers of America ensures our members are the most informed on legislative issues that can affect jewelry businesses. In our latest Legislative Update, we update you on the latest movement on the Trump Administration’s trade war with China and how last year’s sales tax decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will affect jewelers at the state level and beyond.
November 9, 2018
The results of the 2018 midterm Congressional elections are still coming in and Jewelers of America has prepared a summary of the major changes on Capitol Hill and what they could mean for key issues that affect jewelry businesses.
July 27, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the first significant update in 22 years to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries on July 24, 2018. We’ve dissected the 46-page update and are highlighting the “big” changes within – from what defines a diamond to guidelines for composite gems.
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