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New G. I. A. Glossary Will Aid Entire Industry

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, July, 1946

New G. I. A. Glossary Will Aid Entire Industry


"What is meant by 'split prong'?" "What are 'curb link chains'?" These and other questions, bothersome when asked of experienced jewelers or jewelry salesmen, often are posed by newer employees in the industry.

To help proprietors and employees expedite business GIA is compiling a glossary including answers to these questions as well as general information on retailing. The glossary, however, will help not only the beginner;. material will be so inclusive it will broaden the knowledge of everyone in the industry.


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