JVC Introduces New Handbook

November 7, 2014

 New York, NY –

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (“JVC”) is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, “Guide to Selling Jewelry in the 21st Century: Legal Compliance for Designers, Independent Jewelers, and Online Sellers”.  This handbook is intended for the independent designer and those who market their wares on websites such as Etsy, eBay, Amazon, Craig’s List, and other online marketplaces.  Sponsored by the Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund which was created by Cindy Edelstein in The New York Community Trust, this book will provide legal education to a large segment of JVC’s membership and those who create jewelry, whether new, vintage, used, recycled or upcycled.

The guide includes information on a myriad of topics for the independent jeweler.  This includes protecting yourself as a jeweler, whether retail or wholesale, by understanding some basic legal principles, such as the importance of contracts, receipts and return policies; applying standards and regulations that apply to the advertising of jewelry (including the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metal and Pewter Industries and in the National Gold and Silver Stamping Act); advertising on the web (including the Federal Trade Commission’s Dot.Com Guides); and implementing anti-money laundering laws that apply to many jewelers.

“Legal compliance supports the integrity of the jewelry industry and boosts consumer confidence in our products.  This guide will help independent jewelers and online sellers understand and follow the laws and regulations that apply to the trade,” said Cecilia Gardner, JVC’s President & CEO.

The guide costs $20 for JVC members, and $25 for non-members, and is available for purchase on the JVC website here: http://www.jvclegal.org/index.php?categoryid=13

For more information, contact Sara Yood, assistant general counsel, at (212) 997-2002 or .