PGI & COLIN COWIE PARTNER TO PROMOTE THE ENDURING QUALITIES OF PLATINUM JEWELRY

April 25, 2013

PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WITH WEDDING EVENT PLANNER AND STYLE EXPERT COLIN COWIE ON CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE THE ENDURING QUALITIES OF PLATINUM JEWELRY
Platinum Guild International USA (PGI-USA) and iconic wedding and event planner, design consultant and television personality Colin Cowie are pleased to announce a new partnership to promote the enduring qualities of platinum jewelry. Naturally white, platinum will never change color or fade, making it the perfect choice for jewelry that symbolizes commitment that will forever stand the test of time.

Within the program, Cowie will illustrate the qualities of platinum as they relate to bridal jewelry through activities including a curated gallery of handpicked platinum jewelry designs, social media engagement, and branded event appearances. Additionally, Mr. Cowie will share his appreciation for platinum jewelry in broadcast interviews and offer commentary on celebrity and everyday bridal style.
“As a major influencer in the bridal realm and an overall style specialist with a strong following, Mr. Cowie is perfectly positioned to speak to todays bridal consumer about platinum,” says PGI-USA’s president Huw Daniel. “He not only understands design, but also recognizes the significance of engagements and weddings in peoples’ lives. As  one of the industry’s most renowned wedding planners, he will show brides and grooms how they can commit to each other with the platinum rings of their dreams, while respecting their budget.”
“I am thrilled to develop this relationship with Platinum Guild International,” says Cowie. “My partnership with platinum jewelry will serve as the perfect adjunct to my commitment to the bridal space. From engagement rings, wedding bands and beautiful fashion jewlery, platinum bridal jewelry is elegant and timeless. I am excited to share my favorite pieces, and demonstrate the value of platinum jewelry that will last a lifetime and more.”
About Platinum Guild International (PGI):
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry tradePGI has offices in the US, China, Japan, India and London, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information please visit
PGI-USA’s consumer site: www.preciousplatinum.com
PGI-USA’s press site: www.pgi-press.com
PGI-USA’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jewelryplatinum
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Gitanjali Gems Ltd. Announces Merger of Gems London Co. Ltd. with Tokyo-based Imacbc Co. Ltd.

April 24, 2013

Gitanjali Gems Ltd. announced the merger of Gems London Co. Ltd. with Tokyo-based Imacbc Co. Ltd. Gitanjali Gems  held 30 percent stake in Gems London  through its Hong Kong-based wholly owned subsidiary, Aston Luxury Group Ltd. Gems London is one of the largest sellers of jewelry through its TV channel, Gems TV in Japan with revenue for the fiscal year exceeding $90 million.
The merger took place on April 1, after which Imacbc shall become a completely integrated company — from sourcing raw material from Thailand and China and manufacturing in two facilities in China, to retailing in Japan. In addition to selling through Gems TV,  Imacbc plans to expand its existing jewelry retail network in Japan. The combined revenue of this consolidated business is expected to more than double in next two years.
Imacbac will become the only company in Japan with capabilities to both manufacturer jewelry products and sell them through its own television shopping channel. The integration will shorten lead and response times and allow for business efficiencies throughout the jewelry value chain. The strong base that will emerge will enable the company to develop its business rapidly as it will have the ability to address customer demand in the Japanese market most effectively and efficiently. The  business structure will obtain strong competitive advantages from this consolidation and will be of significant relevance to the company’s operations in the global marketplace.
Japan is the third largest diamond jewelry market in the world and it offers immense potential to add value to Gitanjali’s vertically integrated model.
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Rubies Revealed at the 11th Annual Sinkankas Symposium

April 21, 2013

Rubies Revealed at the Sinkankas Symposium
Eleventh annual event held at GIA’s Carlsbad campus
Speakers and presenters at the Eleventh Annual Sinkankas Symposium. From L to R: Robert Weldon,
Gary Bowersox, Richard Hughes, Elise Skalwold, George Harlow, Nathan Renfro, Shane McClure,
Roger Merk, Jeanne Larson, Bill Larson and Jim Shigley. Image © GIA.
Keynote speaker Richard Hughes presents “Pigeon’s Blood: 
Burma’s Mogok Ruby Mines.” Image © GIA.

CARLSBAD, Calif.– Gem experts and  aficionados from around the globe gathered at Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Carlsbad, CA world headquarters on April 6 for an in-depth look at one of history’s most coveted gems: Ruby. The Eleventh Annual Sinkankas Symposium, co-hosted by the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society and GIA, kicked off with an introduction by organizer Roger Merk followed by a variety of esteemed speakers:
·         Dr. George Harlow, curator of Minerals and Gems at the American Museum of Natural History, on “Ruby from the Mogok Belt: Mineralogy and Geochemistry”
·         Dr. James Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, on “Ruby Geology and Localities”
·         Bill Larson, president of Pala International, Inc., on “Ruby Localities Shown in Brilliant Color”
·         Elise Skalwold, gemologist and author, on “Dr. Allen Bassett and the Ruby Mines of Nepal”
·         Gary Bowersox, explorer and gem enthusiast, on “Rubies of Afghanistan and Tajikistan”
·         Richard Hughes, explorer and gem expert, on “Pigeon’s Blood: Burma’s Mogok Ruby Mines”
·         Robert Weldon, GIA’s manager of photography and visual communications, on “Photographic Quest for Pigeon’s Blood Red ”
·         Nathan Renfro, GIA’s lead analytical specialist of colored stones, on “Faceting Ruby: The Implications for Optical Orientation on Color”
·         Shane McClure, GIA’s director of Identification Services, on “Enhancements to Rubies – both Natural and Synthetic”

Gary Bowersox and George Harlow. Image © GIA.
About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu

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Bugging Out with some of our Favorite DesignLines…

April 19, 2013

Bugs have never been so chic thanks to one of fall’s hottest accessory trends. Nature’s creepiest creatures are getting a friendly makeover with a dash of colorful gemstones and sparkling diamonds.Metamorphosis your look with nature’s smallest of …

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CIBJO Releases Diamond Special Report

April 17, 2013

CIBJO releases Diamond Special Report,
looking at ethics of disclosure and impact of social media 
With three weeks to go to the opening of the 2013 CIBJO Congress in Tel Aviv on May 7, 2013, the fourth of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Diamond Commission, headed by Udi Sheintal, the report considers the ethical considerations of disclosure in light of recent technological developments, and also the need to use the online social media to better inform jewellery consumers.
The new technology that gave rise to the discussion on disclosure is Sarin’s Galaxy™ 1000 scanner, which detects and maps inclusions, regardless of their type, size and location within the rough diamond, including when it is completely frosted. At the meeting of the Diamond Commission at the CIBJO Congress in Tel Aviv, participants will debate whether, if a stone has been scanned, does the seller have an unfair commercial advantage if he or she does not disclose the results to the buyer?
The Special Report notes that much of the discussion in the industry today concerning diamond grading standards and nomenclature is taking place online in the social media. “We, therefore, think it is time to review and discuss the tools and channels of communications we have been using up to now, and the new tools and channels we should be using to reach the downstream markets in the future,” writes Mr. Sheintal. 

 

To download a full copy of the report, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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Three weeks to the opening of the 2013 CIBJO Congress

  
The 2013 CIBJO Congress will take place at the Dan Panorama Convention Centre in Tel Aviv, Israel, from May 7 to May 9, 2013, with pre-congress meetings starting on May 5. More information is available on the dedicated 2013 CIBJO Congress website

CIBJO is the international jewellery confederation of national trade organisations. CIBJO’s purpose is to encourage harmonisation, promote international cooperation in the jewellery industry and to consider issues which concern the trade worldwide. CIBJO’s chief mission is to protect consumer confidence in the industry. Click here to go to the CIBJO website for more information. 


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Call for Entries: The 8th Annual Halstead Grant

April 16, 2013

Call for Entries: The 8th Annual Halstead Grant for Silver Jewelry Designers


Halstead is calling for entries to the 2013 Halstead Grant competition. The Halstead Grant is awarded each summer to a new independent jewelry artist working primarily in silver. The winner receives a prize package including $5,000 cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies and recognition in the industry.

To be eligible jewelers should have begun an independent silver jewelry line within the last three years. Jewelry can be made using any jewelry making technique such as metalsmithing, casting, metal clay, wire work or beading. Any component materials can be used but the artist’s line should be primarily silver. This competition is open to US citizens with studios in the United States.

Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website www.HalsteadBead.com/grant. Candidates are required to submit a design portfolio, résumé and answers to several business planning questions. Applications may be submitted between April 15 and June 9, 2013.

The grant sponsor, Halstead, is one of North America’s leading distributors of jewelry supplies. The firm is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Halstead specializes in wholesale findings, chain, tools and metals for jewelry artists.

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LuxeFoil™ To Bring Nanoscale Metals to BaselWorld 2013

April 14, 2013

Aerospace Supplier of Nanoscale Metals 

Enters Watch and Jewelry Market at 
BASELWORLD 2013 with LuxeFoil™

LuxeFoil™’s materials are so precise and lightweight – 500 times thinner than a human hair – that NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launch them into space on satellites and missions. LuxeFoil™ will debut these beautiful cutting-edge innovations at BASELWORLD 2013, the world’s largest watch and jewelry show.
Luxel, the parent company, has played an important role as a supplier to companies in the aerospace industry for over 35 years. Their high-quality materials are painstakingly crafted from more than 70 different metals, compounds, and organics. They have the strength to withstand spacecraft launch and extreme pressure differentials while still maintaining their integrity. The result is also something quite beautiful, resulting in the spinoff of their new business unit, LuxeFoil™.



LuxeFoil™’s patent-pending, proprietary fabrication process delivers extremely thin and lightweight metals that can be wrought into limitless design possibilities. Their launch into the luxury timepiece and jewelry market as a materials supplier sets the stage for a new era in product development. Available in over 20 different materials such as the standard gold, silver and silicon as well as boron, zirconium, and vanadium, LuxeFoil™ delivers up a suite of product design enhancements never before seen on the market.

“LuxeFoil™ offers luxury brands a powerful combination of technologically advanced and breathtakingly beautiful materials that differentiate them from the competition and deliver up a competitive advantage, says Travis Ayers, LuxeFoil™ President. “The luxury watch and jewelry market already values precision, rarity and unique items. They also value craftsmanship and reliability. Those are all the things that are the heart of Luxel’s corporate culture and have been for 40 years. So it seemed like a natural place to start with LuxeFoil™ and take that into new markets. We look forward to launching the collection to the world’s pinnacle brands at BASELWORLD in a few weeks.”

BASELWORLD Booth Location:
View the LuxeFoil™ Collection at Hall/Stand 2.0/K23

For more information about LuxeFoil™ please visit: 

Photo Source – Luxefoil Facebook Page
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Jewelry Camp Brings Education to the August Atlanta Jewelry Show 2013

April 13, 2013

ANTIQUE JEWELRY & ART CONFERENCE TO RUN IN CONJUNCTION 
WITH AUGUST 2013 ATLANTA JEWELRY SHOW

“Jewelry Camp” Adds Another Dimension To Atlanta Jewelry Show’s 
Extensive Retailer Educational Offerings

To help independent jewelers tap into the emerging estate jewelry market’s tremendous profit potential, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (STJA) has invited the 36th Annual Antique Jewelry & Art Conference to run in conjunction with its August 3-5, 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Scheduled for August 1-3, 2013, “Jewelry Camp,” as the Conference is affectionately known in the industry, gives retailers the chance to come to Atlanta earlier and extend their stay to take full advantage of the extensive educational offerings both events deliver.

“From product selection to educational and networking opportunities, we are always looking for ways to help retailers make the most of time away from their businesses during an Atlanta Jewelry Show buying trip,” explains Carol Young, executive director, SJTA, producers and managers of the semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show. “With its full line-up of sessions by top experts in the fast-growing areas of buying, selling and appraising antique and estate jewelry, Jewelry Camp adds the perfect complementary track to the Atlanta Jewelry Show’s SJTA U educational series.”

“With more estate jewelry coming out of the vault and walking into the retail jeweler, there is no better time to brush up on your knowledge of the antique and estate jewelry market,” adds Ed Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA, independent appraiser and director, Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, Inc. “Increasingly popular with the under-40 audience in particular, it’s truly an emerging market with a very high profit margin.  By partnering with the Atlanta Jewelry Show, we’re able to offer retailers convenient access to a tremendous knowledge base and the tools needed to  maximize this key growth area for their business.”

During its three-day run, Jewelry Camp will feature a series of networking events, in-depth lectures and break-out classes led by top experts covering Victorian, Edwardian and Deco Jewelry to silver, costume jewelry, colored stones, ivory, pearls, diamonds and more.  Among the many  expert speakers presenting in August include:

William R. (Bobby) Mann, GG, PG, a collector of unusual ivories, tusks, teeth, skulls as well as natural and manufactured look-alikes. He has the largest collection of natural ivories, natural and manufactured look-alikes available for hands-on teaching. A co-founder of the International Ivory Society, he has been teaching ivory identification through his talks, seminars and hands-on workshops since 1996.

Diana Singer, GG and  President, D&E Singer, Inc., buyers and sellers of estate jewelry and gemstones.  A founding member of WJA, she is also the  recipient  of the WJA Retailer of the Year Award, member of the Board of Directors and Program Chair of the American Society of Jewelry Historians. She is also a frequent lecturer at the Annual Period and Estate Jewelry Conference, auction houses, industry shows, and as has written articles for Rapaport Diamonds, GIA and JCK .

Dr. Jeremy Rowe, has been a collector and researcher of and writer about 19th and early 20th century photographs for more than thirty years. A curator of many regional museum exhibitions, scholar and regular lecturer on the history of photography, he has also written Arizona Photographers 1850 – 1920: A History and Directory, Arizona Real Photo Postcards: A History and Portfolio, and Arizona Stereographs 1865 – 1930.

For complete details on the August 1-3, 2013 edition of Jewelry Camp, including the full  program schedule, pricing and registration, visit www.jewelrycamp.org  or call Sandy or Ed Lewand at 770.485.2803 or 631.377.9766.

To pre-register and learn more about the August 3-5, 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show, visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com or call 404.634.3434.

ABOUT JEWELRY CAMP®
The goal of the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference | Jewelry Camp©   is to function as an educational tool to promote knowledge in antique and estate jewelry not only to the jewelry industry and collectors but also to the public. Its aim is to create a community for networking to aid in the dissemination of knowledge.  In this fast paced world, it is important to rely on each other for education, support as well as networking. For more information  visit www.jewelrycamp.org; email: jewelrycamp@live.com; phone: 770.485.2803.

ABOUT SJTA
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association is the nation’s oldest association for independent jewelry representatives and the official sponsor and producer of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. For more information–  visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com; email: info@atlantajewelryshow.com; phone: 1.800.241.0399 or 404.634.3434.

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Breaking News: Hasbro Partners with World Trade Jewelers

April 12, 2013

World Trade Jewelers is pleased to announce their collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to create and distribute jewelry designs expertly replicating select Hasbro related themes. These jewelry designs will be offered through a network of over 10,000 brick and mortar retail partners and associated e-commerce sites.

Known for their creation and ever gaining popularity of Hershey’s Kiss® pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings, World Trade Jeweler’s also recently launched Sweethearts® Jewelry, fashioned from America’s best sold Valentine’s Day candy. Now, their portfolio of iconic and private label brands has expanded into entertainment themes.

“Jewelry retailers will recognize the power of Hasbro’s highly popular brands and see this as a huge opportunity,” noted Murray Shabot, CEO of World Trade. “Hasbro’s branded properties are legendary and proving extremely popular within our jewelry creations. Consumers of all age groups immediately recognize the CANDY LAND, SCRABBLE and MY LITTLE PONY iconography, and will now be able to wear their favorite designs and themes within our licensed jewelry collections.”

The psychographic audiences for these collections scan between tween to mature consumers worldwide. A key, targeted segment is within the 24-34 U.S. female market as influencers and purchasers. No matter the age, the jewelry speaks to fun, family and fashion. Each jewelry creation is fresh, colorful and spirited while being masterfully executed by World Trade Jewelers for Hasbro.

“We selected World Trade because they have expertise in developing superior quality jewelry in a multitude of metals, fashion-focused color accents and price points – all aligned with complete marketing services,” stated Simon Waters, SVP Global Brand Licensing & Publishing for Hasbro. “We believe fans of our beloved brands will enjoy this jewelry for many years to come.”

Select jewelry designs are created by World Trade Jewelers from Hasbro’s famed portfolio, namely:

SCRABBLE ™
Now, America will enjoy SCRABBLE ™ initial pendants, bracelets, cufflinks and many more designs in jewelry. Each SCRABBLE ™ initial boldly appears in solid sterling silver featuring white or black diamonds, or an actual Scrabble ™ tile in bright birch or warm mahogany wood, framed within sterling silver or 14kt gold. The jewelry collection will debut in the Fall of 2013.

CANDY LAND ™
The colorful and classic “children’s first game” with over 40 million games printed, has multiplied to massive global audience interest. World Trade’s CANDY LAND game jewelry designs are impeccably created from the Hasbro game theme. Adorable cupcakes open to a surprise locket… A lollipop is created from swirls of glossy enamel, encircled with brilliantly colored diamonds. Highly reflective and high fashion colors prevail within the CANDY LAND ™ game designs including cherry red, peppermint green and chocolate Swarovski® crystal elements creating a triple scoop of “ice cream” on a waffle-textured enamel cone. This entire collection is sure to hit the sweet spot as retail prices are starting under $100.00. The collection is due for consume release by October of 2013.

MY LITTLE PONY ™ 
Since 1983 the MY LITTLE PONY ™ brand has brought fun, friendship & joy to fans of all ages around the globe. Hasbro re-introduced the popular, whimsical franchise in 2003 and the brand has been strengthened by the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated series, produced by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on the Hub TV Network. The jewelry collection is due for consumer release by October of 2013.

Connecting the power of iconic, worldwide brands thru the creation of world-class jewelry, World Trade Jewelers is a complete solutions corporation for the jewelry industry. Precision craftsmanship in licensed replicated art is created in fine, bridge and costume jewelry completed
by custom packaging, displays, retail training and 360 degree consumer marketing.

World Trade Jewelers (WTJ) has over 10,000 retail partner doors throughout America and reaches millions of select consumer segments on over 100 highly trafficked websites and on international home shopping networks.

Targeted design, strategic licensing, superior manufacturing, turnkey fulfillment and powerful, complete marketing are inherent to all WTJ’s branded and private label jewelry collections. Learn more at www.WorldTradeJewelers.com

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF, LITTLEST PET SHOP and G.I. JOE. From toys and
games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on The Hub TV Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of CorporateResponsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

SCRABBLE is a trademark of Hasbro in the US and Canada Only.

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CIBJO President in Economic Talks in Armenia

April 12, 2013

Gaetano Cavalieri visits Yerevan as guest of Armenian president,discusses plans for jewellery as  source of economic development  Gaetano Cavalieri, the president of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, is visiting the Armenian capi…

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