#JWLV – DEF Introduces New Designer Jewelry That Support Their Initiatives

June 11, 2013

Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) introduced a new line of Empowerment Jewelry at JCK Las Vegas, collaborating with leading jewelry designers who support DEF’s mission of empowering the next generation of African leaders in diamond producing countries.

Jewelry Designer Donna Distefano’s stylish and sustainable collection of bracelets titled ‘Illumination’ was created to be symbolic, accessible, and versatile. Each bracelet, co-designed by Elizabeth Hamrick, bears a silver emblem representing some of the values of DEF: transformation, tranquility, and strength. Set with diamonds, the silver symbols slide on leather-look ultra-suede straps, making them suitable for men and women as well as being animal friendly.

Royal Asscher has created a tsavorite and diamond pendant for DEF as part of the Stars of Africa collection. This unique pendant is comprised of green tsavorite and diamonds encased in a fluid-filled natural sapphire dome, allowing jewels to fall freely like snowflakes in a snow globe.  The design won ‘best in show’ at JCK and is an example of the Asscher Family’s long-standing commitment to integrity, quality and giving back.

Banneker Watches, is introducing a line of watches for DEF which incorporate their signature design of luxury woods combined with diamonds and green crystals.  

Russell Simmons, global business mogul, entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of DEF, shares these designers vision of transformation as it is the cornerstone to DEF’s mission. “It is important to support and encourage the youth of Africa to make a positive change in the world. DEF Empowerment Jewelry will contribute to this vision” affirms Simmons. Each designer has also joined DEF’s Diamonds for Good Membership Program to further show support for DEF and to contribute to scholarships for these young people.

About the Diamond Empowerment Fund

The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a New York based global non-profit organization (EIN# 20-5967103) that raises money to fund education initiatives in African diamond-producing nations. Its beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree.  CIDA has an 80% employment rate among graduates; the African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development on the continent and drawing students from all 54 countries in Africa, and the Botswana Top Achieversprogram that provides the top high school students countrywide the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development.  www.diamondempowerment.org.

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#JWLV – AGTA GemFair – the Jewel of JCK Las Vegas #JCK2013

June 11, 2013

This year the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair Las Vegas held new treats and old favorites around each corner!From every new artisan’s favorite – Vista Gems colorful, candy shop, display of yummy gems……turn a corner a suddenly a loooong boo…

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#JWLV – BEST New Designs Not Seen At The Show!

June 10, 2013

#JWLV – BEST New Designs Not Seen At The Show!For those in the know Royal Asscher’s Suite was filled with the latest from this centuries old Brand. Thanks to their young and tres fashionable Designer, Reena Ahluwalia, their Shining Stars collectio…

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#JWLV – Couture – Favorites and Some New Discoveries! #Couture2013

June 10, 2013

The Couture Show this year was FABULOUS – and buzzing with energy and a true excitement to be there…A few of my favorite things:…lets start with off the charts gorgeous – hands down – Goshwara and FEI – these two companies are actually family – fin…

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Congrats to Nathalie Dubois and DPA For Another Successful DPA LOUNGE at CANNES

June 8, 2013
Congratulations to Nathalie Dubois and DPA on the success of their 
DPA LOUNGE on the Croisette at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Nathalie Dubois and DPA has become world renown for introducing new brands and the trendiest items from all over the globe to the Celebrities that have made her famous DPA gift lounge at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel a not to be missed opportunity!

After the unparalleled successes of the Cannes Film Festival gifting suites in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 and featuring over $100,000 gift bags received by Sharon Stone, Morgan Freeman, Paris Hilton, Fifty Cents, Minnie Driver, Adrian Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Audrey Dana, Maiween, Gerard Jugnot, Gerard Depardieu or Michael Madsen, retreat producer Nathalie Dubois and Entertainment Strategist Company DPA kept their date with the celebrities attending the Cannes Film Festival.

DPA was the first company to ever establish an American gift suite on the Croisette, and is till today the ONLY marketing company to have established official partnerships with the biggest film or TV festivals worldwide and every year, it continues to amaze its stars and medias guests.
May 15th through May 24th “The Palace of the Stars”, The Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes hosted the most glamorous and sought after location at the Cannes Film Festival 2013: The CANNES 2013 DPA LOUNGE.  The world’s biggest and brightest Stars attend the exclusive location at the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel where they are pampered in luxury and style.  The CANNES 2013 DPA LOUNGE will be hosted two spaces: A small show room and a gifting suite. 

”We worked 5 months for finding the best of products and we arrive to a fantastic choice of new as well as established brands,” says Nathalie Dubois,  “The big highlight of our event is a full room of high fashion products, or services available to “climb the stairs” (“Montee des marches”- red carpet), but also to be gifted.”

Participating Brands as announced prior to the Event:
Brands represented include Ukrainian top designer OLENA DATS’ with an exclusive selection of its best “European style with Ukrainian soul “ gowns and cocktail dresses. 
  • MARCHON, faithful to the DPA gifting suites worldwide since 2007, will gift in Cannes its new collection of top Italian and French designers’ sunglasses. 
  • Cape Breton’s MICHIQUE and its fabulous clutches and bags returned to Cannes with some fabulous new designs and colors for the red carpet. 
  • Speaking of “red carpet”, RED CARPET Paris was on hand to soothe the guests’ feet by providing its great luxurious soles.
  • This year lucky celebrities could avail themselves of three amazing services: 
  • Tokyo’s CIL D’OR offering eyelashes extensions with a in room service. Its sister company PADINA gifting its all-natural eyelashes conditioner.
  • Italian GOLD SIN JEWELS applying 24 carats gold tattoos to the skin of some super famous stars. 
  • And finally we were thrilled to announce our partnership with UBER who hooked us up with free rides in Cannes this year! If you haven’t heard of UBER yet, the concept is simple: Request a pickup through Uber’s (free) iPhone/Android/Blackberry/Windows phone application and within minutes a black car will be curbside to take you wherever you want to go.   You can expect a ride like a Mercedes, BMW, or Jaguar.
 The Cannes DPA 2013 gift suite will also feature amazing jewellery companies, with a big presence of bracelets:  
  • We are very excited to have CHAN LUU in our suite. Chan Luu’s trademark is her artistic skill in combining organic shapes with contemporary ideas to create a line that’s unique, wearable, and hand-made. Known for her beautiful wrap bracelets, which come in an array of hand-cut semi-precious stones, sterling silver, gold vermeil, and custom dyed leathers, Chan continues to be a trend leader in fashion today. Her pieces have been featured in the top fashion magazines and have adorned Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. 
  • Montréal based MICALLA will present its Unique jewelry creations for the elegant and confident woman with a passion for timeless pieces. 
  • We think everybody in Cannes will wear KIM&ZOZI “hippie bling”. It’s bohemian jewelry with a global perspective.  Conceived by designers from Australia and Canada, handmade in Los Angeles and worn on the streets of Paris, Beirut and Ibiza.  It’s hippie style with a world beat, and it works whether you’re dressing up for a night at the club, or wearing flip-flops at the beach.
  • Because of GATSBY, ARIDO jewelry, designer of timeless, handcrafted pieces to treasure forever, decided to gift fresh water pearl with gold settings. 
  • Finally SAL Y LIMON will create a “bracelets bar” where stars could choose an assortment of fun color fully hand painted and gold or silver-plated pieces.  The Sal y Limon bracelets come in four different widths and offer a sensational variety of attractive colors, designs and models.
 Stars love to travel and French Polynesia became over the years a favorite destination of Nathalie Dubois. LE TAHA’A private island Resort and Spa will also offer a stay in their gorgeous private island across from the island of Tahaa, and PEARL RESORTS will offer either a stay at the Bora Bora Pearl beach resort in Bora Bora or at the sister property in the Tuamotus, Tikehau Pearl resort.
Fashion will have a strong impact this year with super hip LA based Jeans Company (but owned by a Frenchie!) BLEULAB jeans. 
  • BLEULAB will create a buzz with their freeze clean jeans, and  the two-way reversible jeans that can take you from day-to-night in the blink of an eye,  already worn by Gwen Stefani, Usher, and Beyonce. 
  • Turkish LES BENJAMINS shows in its new line of tee shirts the idea of playing with icons, irreverent contrast and the spirit of change. The tees are super high quality and male guests will have an ample choice. 
  • One of the highlights of the suite will be PASCAL PIVETEAU. PASCAL PIVETEAU PARIS Creates Luxurious s fashion clothes and proposes a collection of French glamour leather stretch for women in elegant and “quality couture”style. 
  • ENZA COSTA will have amazing items for the top stars attending our suite. Sold in the most prestigious stores in the world (such as Merci or Montaigne market in Paris), and Designed to transform everyday basics into luxury essentials, Enza Costa’s unique brand of minimalist, modern clothing is crafted with featherweight blends of sumptuous supima cotton, cashmere and silk.
  • Finally Italian shoemaker ROCCOP (found at super Beverly hills shoe store Madison) will launch its exquisite tennis shoes-loafer with leather top that men and women will fight to have.

The Beauty will not be left on the side in the DPA gift suite, and we are very proud of some of the products presented this year: 
  • Found at super famous Paris concept store, Colette, BIOEFFECT® will gift its Award winning BIOEFFECT® EGF SERUM, serum based on 10 years of biotechnology research in Iceland. Representing the future of scientific skin care, BIOEFFECT® EGF SERUM contains Nobel Prize winning Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), that signals the skin to speed up its renewal process. This will be one of the most coveted gifts of the DPA lounge this year.
  • Nathalie’s favorite Marseilles-based CHATEAU BERGER COSMETIQUES, exquisite range of products with its mantra ”beauty at any age”, will gift its spa creamy and rich textures products and tired stars will become addicted to its “velvet beauty mask”. Very practical for the Cannes guest, BATISTE, Specialist of dry shampoo for more than 10 years, will help the stars refreshing their hair between washes, so they can have gorgeous hair during the festival
  • Emergency beauty and make up kits by THE LAB ROOM and ALL NATURAL FACE will be gifted to the DPA guest to “survive Cannes” and in the beauty contingent, stars will also be gifted with new products from Cowshed, La Societe Parisienne des savons, Phoenix Botanicals, Manic Panic, and Le soft Perfume.

“Cannes 2013 DPA lounge will strike again on the Croisette of the Cannes film festival” says event producer Nathalie Dubois. The Cannes spa gift suite will be one of the premiere retreats at the Cannes film festival.
Also featured in the DPA lounge are: Detox Delight, Le cadeau parfait, Brigitte Bardot collection, Popchips, Piaff, Ohyos, Iskilde, Sojeans, Le Short and Shoes Closet. 
About DPA
A veteran in the production of star-studded events, Nathalie Dubois, President and CEO of DPA, has proven herself to be exceptionally innovative and successful in the realm of celebrity gift suites. With six major suites in the past year alone, Nathalie Dubois and DPA have become an intricate part of almost every major award show or film festival worldwide. Originally from France, Nathalie Dubois attributes her success in part to her world travels and the exotic cultural influences of the products she picks for her unique gift suites. “Celebrities want new and exciting products — products that are exotic. They don’t just want the same thing at every suite,” says Nathalie Dubois. With products, designers and treatments from all over the globe, Nathalie Dubois puts on the best show in town.
PAST ATTENDEES OF DPA GIFTING LOUNGES: Queen Latifah, Charlize Theron, Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Angela Basset, Rachel Bilson, Eva Longoria, Morgan Freeman, Terrance Howard, Catherine Deneuve, Spike Lee, Vanessa Williams, Kate Walsh, Paula Abdul, Eric Roberts, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Hudson, Scarlet Johansson, Edie Falco, Sarah MacLalan, Vanessa Williams, Terry O’Quinn, Kevin Mc hale, Simon Baker, Jane Lynch, Jessica Schorz, Maria Bello, Minnie Driver, Felicity Huffman, Adrian Brody, Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan, …
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Differing Views Spur Donna Baker’s Resignation as Pres/CEO at GIA

June 7, 2013
Donna Baker Resigns as President and CEO of GIA
Board Chair Susan M. Jacques Interim President and CEO
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Board of Governors announced today that due to differing views on the direction of GIA, Donna M. Baker has resigned as President and CEO of the Institute. At the request of the Board of Governors, board chair Susan M. Jacques, President and CEO of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts, will be interim President and CEO while the board conducts a search for a new executive.
Tom Moses, Senior Vice President of Laboratory and Research will continue overseeing all of GIA’s global laboratory operations. Bev Hori, Vice President of Education and Chief Learning Officer, will continue to lead GIA’s gemological and industry education efforts. No other changes in management are anticipated.

Professional Jeweler added, “Earlier this year the GIA relaunched its website with revisions to its global-standard gem grading and identification reports.  

Donna Baker said at the time: “These advances are the next steps in our continuous effort to serve the global public by bringing the fascinating world of gems, gemmology and jewellery to people all around the world and helping to ensure their trust in gems and jewellery.”

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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JCK’s Las Vegas Opening Buzzed With Excitement

June 2, 2013
Day 1 Saw Strong Numbers and Buzzed with Excitement for the Days to Come

JCK Las Vegas, North America’s leading jewelry trade show, opened its doors today to begin its 22nd year in business. The 2013 show consists of over 2,500 manufacturers and designers representing 32 countries, including 300 new exhibitors, and covers every corner of the jewelry industry, from the most sought after brands to fashion and up-and-coming talent. JCK Las Vegas takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and runs through Monday June 3.
JCK Las Vegas features the most exhibitors of any Jewelry Week show spread over a broad range of categories from bridal and emerging artisan-quality designers to high-end fine jewelry and luxury timepieces. Loose stones, materials, packaging supplies, and merchandising displays are also available. With such breadth of product presented, the show is able to provide one-stop shopping for vendors and retailers alike. The show is divided into specific sections, making the expansive offerings easy to find and shop. The Design Center features trend-setting, innovative and up-and-coming designers such as Jason Dow, Susan Wheeler and Karin Jameison, while the classic fine jewelry staples of LUXURY include presentations from A. Link, Simon G., Tacori and Mastoloni, to name a few. Between Watches at JCK, featuring brands such as Brera and Ritmo Mundo, and Swiss Watch, home to more than 30 luxury watch brands, including Tag Heuer, Gucci and Breitling, there is indeed something for everyone.
Beyond the sheer number of amazing brands to see over the show’s four days, JCK is intent on providing an atmosphere that is prime for networking, learning and enjoyment. With ample social lounges and daily happy hour gatherings, the opportunity to mix, mingle, and do business won’t be hard to come by. The roster of daily educational seminars (topics include sales training, merchandising, inventory management, and social media) are carefully orchestrated and timely, ensuring value and relevance to those in the industry. JCK has also planned its annual ‘JCK Rocks the Beach’ party for Sunday night; the eve of the show’s closing. The talented and wildly popular Maroon 5 is on tap to perform and will undoubtedly bring the crowd to its feet in celebration of yet another banner year.
With so much to take advantage of and still more to come, retailers and members of the press were out in full force, each commenting on what the show had to offer and the highlights so far:
Severine Ferrari of Engagement 101 commented, “I was very impressed with the bridal designs; there was a lot of variety and alternatives to the halo, from modern designs to vintage. I saw a lot of color innovation, specifically with metals: two-tone metals and seamlessly fused metals together. Another thing I noticed is that designers seem to really be paying attention to the consumer and delivering on requests for unique, different, and custom creations.”
Mari Lou MC Cann of Mari Lou’s Fine Jeweler in Orlando, FL remarked on the ease and organization of the show, “We’ve been to the show many times and I can honestly say we are having the best show ever. Everything from start to finish has gone extremely well. We breezed through registration even though it was very busy, the layout of the show, with all of the different areas separated very clearly, is easy to navigate, and we’ve really enjoyed the comforts of the VIP lounge.”
From the exhibitor side, Anna Ruth Henriques of Anna Ruth Henriques Jewelry was “very happy” with Day 1’s attendance, sharing “We met with all new doors today and everyone was interested in something different. It was a very diverse, yet quality group. We are looking forward to meeting even more new customers over the next few days.”
In addition to the great energy on JCK’s main floor, the AGTA GemFair™ section of the show is open and buzzing as well. JCK runs through Monday, June 3.
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events, and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 28 – 30, 2013, by invitation only, and then continues as the events open their doors to all JCK retailers May 31 – June 3, 2013 – Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay
–Swiss WatchMay 31 – June 3, 2013 – THEhotel, Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental
–JCK Las VegasMay 31 – June 3, 2013 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
–LUXURY Privé New YorkJuly 29 – 31, 2013 – New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
–LUXURY Privé PanamaAugust 26 – 28, 2013 – Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
–JCK TucsonFebruary 3 – 8, 2014 – Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort

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#JWLV – DANHOV Breaks The Color Barrier… #LUXURY2013

May 30, 2013

A brilliant designer of all things Wedding and King of micro pave, Danhov has incorporated color into some of it’s well known lines!   Visit LUXURY Booth 1321They have introduced a Birthstone line and added Colored Gems to favorites like thei…

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JCK’s LUXURY Kicks Off Las Vegas Jewelry Week

May 30, 2013
A High-End Community of Designers, Buyers Converge, Positively

Las Vegas, NV (May 29, 2013) – LUXURY, JCK Events’ high-end show opened its doors to select retailers with an exclusive 3-day preview event. Invited retailers perused the collections of 240 exhibitors, including the designer brand exhibitors of Elite Enclave, in a relaxed, upscale environment. Later in the week, LUXURY will open its doors to all badge holders in conjunction with the opening of the JCK Las Vegas main show floor. LUXURY takes place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center through Monday, June 3.
LUXURY, in its 14th year, is an exclusive, high-end collection of brands that has become a must-attend event for top retailers around the country. With an environment that feels refined and private, and which caters to networking and business dealings, the show has become something of a community for attendees. Exhibitors, all of a certain high-quality caliber, look forward to presenting alongside one another, while attending retailers are equally prestigious and appreciate the curated selection of brands and merchandise. The community spirit is evident in the daily group breakfasts, lunches in the well-appointed LUXURY dining salon, and daily events which can be accessed by LUXURY all-access badge holders only, including the LUXURY Gala event set to take place this evening.
At the close of Day 1, the camaraderie and amenities combined with the reportedly “very” strong assortment of product proved a recipe for success. Retailers remarked on the quality of merchandise, dialogues were begun, and sales were made.
“We are feeling very positive after the first day,” said Scott Wanstrath of Whitehouse Bros. “It’s our first time exhibiting at LUXURY and we have already met several new retailers, including a few international ones. The retailers we met are looking for new product, which we can offer and since it’s Day 1, they are fresh and ready to do business.”
In addition to the community of exhibitors and retailers, members of the consumer press were in attendance and provided a vote of confidence for the strength of the show. The editors were quick to point out some early emerging trends, such as brightly colored gemstones and mixed metals.
LUXURY opens to all attendees on Friday and continues through Monday, June 3
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events, and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 28 – 30, 2013, by invitation only, and then continues as the events open their doors to all JCK retailers May 31 – June 3, 2013 – Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay
–Swiss WatchMay 31 – June 3, 2013 – THEhotel, Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental
–JCK Las VegasMay 31 – June 3, 2013 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
–LUXURY Privé New YorkJuly 29 – 31, 2013 – New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
–LUXURY Privé PanamaAugust 26 – 28, 2013 – Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
–JCK TucsonFebruary 3 – 8, 2014 – Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort

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#JWLV – We’re In Vegas Baby! #JCK2013

May 29, 2013

From the JCK flags flying high over the golden glow of the stunning Mandalay Bay to the smiling helpful greeters, JCK has arrived!!!…but don’t run by to quickly….you must see the incredible four story wine tower at the Aureole restaurant.If you see…

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