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Privacy policy

Jewelry of America Foundation:
  • stores temporary cookies that are removed when you close the browser window, such as a user session identifier;
  • stores cookies for remembering what things have been turned off/closed;
  • stores cookies for remembering font size;
  • stores cookies for improving the usability of engaging aspects such as the chat room or forum (in particular, auto-saving of partly typed posts);
  • stores other kinds of cookie that are mentioned before they are set;
  • logs basic information pertaining to your computer including your IP address, web browser name, and operating system;
  • stores other information that you explicitly enter, such as your account information, or forum posts;
  • if you are logged in, your member profile will update the publicly displayed time that you last visited (which will also be stored in a cookie), and you will show as online (unless you login as invisible).

We may occasionally send bulk emails about Jewelry of America Foundation, or matters relating to Jewelry of America Foundation to our members. We will not send bulk e-mails or allow others to send bulk e-mails, which we believe would be considered spam.

We will not share private details other than what can be seen in the forum profile and public postings unless legally required to do so.

The staff reserve the right to read any Private Topics and posts placed on this website. Any form of conversation made through this website should be considered viewable by staff. All private-posts and posts, whether 'deleted' or not, are stored on the server and may be reviewed if we feel we have cause for an investigation. If you do want to keep something private, do not use our services for transmitting it. Situations involving investigations can be anything at our discretion, for example, to investigate specific incidents of our services being used for racism or harassment.

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You acknowledge that the services, information or data (collectively, "Information") on the website is provided "As Is" for general information only. JOA (Jewelry of America Foundation) makes no warranties of any kind regarding this website, including, but not limited to, any warranty of accuracy, completeness, currency, reliability, implied merchantability or implied fitness for a particular purpose, or any warranty that these pages, or the server that makes them available, are free of viruses or other harmful elements. JOA makes no warranty, representation or guaranty that the Information may be relied on for any reason, that the Information will be uninterrupted or error-free or that any defects can be corrected. All warranties, including the implied warranty of merchantability, non-infringement and implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose are hereby expressly disclaimed. JOA shall have absolutely no liability in connection with the Information including without limitation, any liability for damage to your computer hardware, data, information, materials and business resulting from information or lack of information on the JOA website. You agree JOA shall have no liability for: (1) any loss or injury caused, in whole or in part, by its actions, omissions or negligence or for contingencies beyond its control, in procuring, compiling or delivering the Information; (2) any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the Information regardless of how caused, or delays or interruptions in delivery of the Information; or (3) any decision made or taken or not taken in reliance upon the Information.

You agree that you will hold harmless JOA and its governors, officers, directors, and employees from all claims arising out of or related to your access or use of, or your inability to access or use, this website or the Information contained in this website or other websites to which it is linked, including but not limited to claims that you have found something you have heard, viewed or downloaded from this website or another website to which it is linked to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, or infringing upon your intellectual property rights. In no event will JOA or the contributors of Information to this website be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such Information or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if JOA or the contributors of Information are advised of the possibility of such damages.

You acknowledge that opinions and recommendations contained in this website are not necessarily those of the JOA or endorsed by JOA.


The Information provided in or made available through the JOA website (including, but not limited to, message boards, text files, image files, chat rooms or social media), is not intended to replace the services of a trained jeweler or gemologist who is not associated with JOA regarding analysis or appraisal of any particular gem or jewelry item or to be a substitute for their advice regarding gem value or other commercial evaluation. The user is advised to consult with a trained jeweler or gemologist who is not associated with JOA prior to purchasing any particular gem or piece of jewelry.