2013 – The Year of the Snake This Chinese New Year!

March 3, 2013

Chinese New Year Day was February 10, 2013The first day of 2013 Chinese Astrology Year is on February 4, 2013  2013 is Year of the Snake this year it fell on February 4, 2013.  The Vipers brooch by Jack du Rose. An ancient peop…

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GIA Launches Redesigned Website and Gem Reports

March 2, 2013

GIA Launches Redesigned Website and Gem Reports
Public benefit institute upgrades online services and information
In mid-March, trusted information on gems and jewelry will be available in a content rich format with the re-launch of GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) website and the Institute’s introduction of a revised format for its global-standard gem grading and identification reports.
Featuring photography from GIA’s unparalleled collection of historic and contemporary images of gems and jewelry, the site will deliver timely and engaging information for visitors of every interest level. Laboratory clients will have secure online access to their GIA identification and grading reports with the enhanced GIA Report Check service. Prospective students will be able to easily find in-depth information about GIA’s globally-recognized diploma programs in gemology, and jewelry design and manufacturing.
Later in the spring GIA will add an exciting collection of gemological information. The public, students, scientists and industry professionals will have ready access to information and insights drawn from more than 80 years of research, study and education, including the latest news from GIA’s research department and the archive of Gems & Gemology, the Institute’s award-winning, peer-reviewed professional journal.
“We are excited to share what we have learned and developed in GIA’s eight decades of public service in this new and engaging way,” said Donna Baker, GIA’s president and CEO. “These advances are the next steps in our continuous effort to serve the global public by bringing the fascinating world of gems, gemology and jewelry to people all around the world and helping to ensure their trust in gems and jewelry.”
Beginning March 15, GIA will issue its gem identification and grading reports in a revised format. The reports will continue to be based on GIA’s rigorous, research-based standards for gem identification and grading. The new format will consume less paper and other materials, and offer enhanced security features, including a unique and durable proprietary paper, that exceed document security industry guidelines.
QR codes printed on each report will verify the document’s authenticity through direct access to GIA’s online Report Check service that now includes all GIA grading and identification reports. There is also a new, streamlined process for consumers and occasional laboratory clients to submit gems for grading and identification services.
“The revised format GIA Diamond Grading Report is half the weight of the previous version, which will reduce storage and postage costs for our clients and further increase the overall efficiency of the Institute’s grading and identification services,” said Tom Moses, GIA’s senior vice president of laboratory and research.
GIA will offer no-cost reissues for reports issued on or after July 1, 2012. Reissues of reports dated Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012, will be available for a nominal fee. The previous reports must be returned to GIA before any reissues can be processed. Laboratory clients may check GIA.edu or contact their GIA client service representatives for further information.
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Revised format of GIA’s Diamond Grading Report.
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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Royal Asscher Introduces Rebel Chique Man Made Diamond Collection

March 1, 2013

MAN-MADE DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S NEW BEST FRIEND
Royal Asscher introduces Rebel Chique Diamonds, 
a new luxury brand for jewelry with man-made diamonds.

No matter where you are in the world, diamonds are socially coveted as the ideal most precious and glamorous accessory and therefore diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. Not only society’s most recognized icon of eternal love, but also its most precious emblem for commemorating special moments. They are priceless because they are scarce. They are timeless because they are indestructible. They are not yet a fixture in the daily conversations taking place around fashion and fashionable accessories. Our new, high-end jewelry brand Rebel Chique aims to change that.

PERSONALIZED CHIC

It’s all in the name. By rebelling against the notion that diamonds are once-in-a-lifetime heirlooms, the brand wants to tap into a mindset that embraces diamonds as high-end accessories that can change from season to season. Rebel Chique plans to achieve this by focusing on the inherent advantages that man-made diamonds have over natural ones: they can be cultivated in colors and sizes very rarely encountered in natural diamonds. In other words, they offer a more personalised diamond experience whilst being chemically, physically and aesthetically (optically) exactly the same as natural diamonds – they only differ in the place of origin, and ultimately: they are affordable compared to their natural encountered ones!

This opens a whole new world, the world of diamond jewelry as a unique fashion statement, or as Vogue stated on their Dutch website last week in their story on man-made diamonds; you can now buy “an affordable man-made diamond in exactly the same color as your Louis Vuitton dress.”

The wink of rebellion in Rebel Chique’s launch campaign says it all and leave little doubt as to what type of individual they are appealing to: fashionable and independent women who put a high premium on exclusivity and want to wear jewelry that makes a statement.

“Diamonds have traditionally been an expression of purity and beauty,” says Rebel Chique founder Mike Asscher, 6th generation diamantaire. “We want them to be also about confidence and independence.”

“We have grown up in an on-demand, made-to-order culture,” says Asscher. “We are a generation that wants to create our own icons. And because all our jewelry is hand-made by specialist goldsmiths as well, we can truly promise that all our rings, earrings and pendants are made-to-order.”

Finally, Rebel Chique’s industry-changing approach also extends to its unconventional distribution strategy, which is exclusively digital via its online store www.rebelchiquediamonds.com.

MAN-MADE DIAMONDS

Since the second world war man-made diamonds have been utilized in technology and machinery for their strength and precision (such as cutting tools and drills). In recent years they have found themselves at the centre of technological applications. In a few years ‘powered by diamond technology’ may very well be the new standard for everything from dental equipment to microprocessors.

Only in recent years, the color, cut, clarity and size of man-made diamonds have reached the standards for making high end jewelry. This has opened a whole new world for jewelry brands.

And there is more. Rebel Chique man-made diamonds will bring a crucial motivator to the fashion-conscious diamond consumer: colors. Unlike natural diamonds, where color is an expensive rarity, man-made diamonds can be cultivated under controlled conditions where colored diamonds can be crafted, making these fancy color diamonds suddenly affordable.

“One of the great misconceptions about man-made diamonds is that they are mass produced. But the production is much closer to craftsmanship,” says Mike Asscher. “Man-made diamond producers can influence and steer the process, but we can’t completely control it. Something magical still needs to happen, but by introducing science and trial and error into the calculation we can cultivate extremely rare and unique diamonds. Chemically, physically and aesthetically (optically) man-made diamonds are exactly the same as natural diamonds – they only have a different place of origin and price. “

Just like natural diamonds, all our diamonds are certified by independent institutes to guarantee quality and transparency and above all to avoid consumer misleading. On these certificates, the origin will be indicated not as country, but as man-made or laboratory grown.”

MEET THE ROYALS
Royal Asscher – the company behind Rebel Chique and one of the world’s foremost authorities in the diamond industry – is the one of the first diamond companies to apply this innovation to gem-quality diamonds. “Royal Asscher stands for gemological excellence and the magnitude of history and has the expertise and exquisite tradition” says Rebel Chique founder Mike Asscher, 6th generation diamantaire.

“And Rebel Chique opens a new world for a next generation of diamond lovers, tapping into an entirely new mentality and experience.”

A jewel with a diamond in virtually every shape, size and color. A different diamond for every evening dress and weekend pump. Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s the story of every fashion accessory you’ve ever owned.

Founded in 1854, the Asscher family is an Amsterdam diamond dynasty that has been supplying gems to royal families and international celebrities for nearly 160 years. The ‘Royal’ prefix dates back to 1980, bestowed by the then-Dutch Queen Juliana, in recognition of the company’s status and reputation in the diamond industry.

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Dubai Diamond Conference Announces Key Speakers

March 1, 2013

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) initiative, today revealed the key speakers at the two-day inaugural Dubai Diamond Conference 2013.  Set to be the most significant diamond event of the year, the conference…

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Registration Opens For CIBJO Congress 2013

March 1, 2013

Registration opens for CIBJO Congress 2013 in Tel Aviv,dedicated website launched   MILAN, ITALY: FEBRUARY 26, 2013 – Registration is now open for the 2013 annual congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation.  A dedicat…

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KPC Numbers of Diamonds From Brussels Airport Robbery

March 1, 2013

EU releases Kimberley Process Certificate numbersof diamond stolen in armed robbery at Brussels airportThe European Union has released the Kimberley Process certificate numbers for parcels of rough diamonds that were stolen by gunmen fro…

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Support CPAA & Win A Chance To Visit An Exotic Pearl Farm

February 28, 2013

The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces a major fund raising event that will provide a unique opportunity for its members and non-members alike to provide a chance of a lifetime to a privileged customer, a friend, a family member or yourself.

Win a trip for two to “Flower Island” in the Philippines. Lavish in the sun and tour a Golden South Sea cultured pearl farm. 

See things that few have ever experienced.  You will be dazzled by the beauty of the region and the once in a lifetime chance to visit a working pearl farm.
All The DEETS!
The Cultured Pearl Association of America and Jewelmer of the Philippines have joined together to provide this wonderful opportunity to you.

Ticket sales started at the AGTA show in Tucson (over 1000 sold) and will end at the JCK Show in Las Vegas in June of 2013. The winner will be drawn at the end of the show. You need not be present to win. 


But remember – there is a LIMITED number of tickets!  We only have 5,000 tickets!

Ticket Price:



$10.00 each ticket

Member SPECIAL 6 tickets for $50.00 
(Buy FIVE and keep ONE for you.)

Tickets are printed on thick, glossy paper and are worthy as a souvenir by themselves. 

HOW CAN YOU GET YOURS?

All you have to do is send via email boperry@cpaa.org or phone 401-432-9990 and the tickets will be sent to you along with instructions. $10.00 a ticket or as a special to you as a member 6 tickets for only $50.00. Please order at least two tickets to help defray cost of mailing.  Accepting Cash, Check or Credit Cards for payment. 

We will send the tickets to you. We will fill them out as to your instructions or you can have them sent to you and then send in the ticket stub.
THANK YOU JEWELMER

This is a HUGE opportunity for CPAA.  This donation by Jewelmer of this once in a lifetime trip will enable the CPAA to realize our goals and the day to day working expenses of the organization. 

Remember only 5,000 tickets will be sold. 

The odds of winning are better than any lottery in the world.
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L.A. Jewelry District to Host L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show!

February 26, 2013

Nation’s Largest Jewelry District to Host L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
Major Producer of Antique Shows Brings Latest Event to Los Angeles 
March 22-24, 2013

U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, announced today that the L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will be held March 22-24, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The Show is expected to draw hundreds of connoisseurs to more than 100 of the top, industry-leading dealers in the antique jewelry business.
The Show is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in the most coveted antique and estate jewelry in the world. Some of the collections that will be presented at the Show include rare and unique jewelry and watches from famous brands including Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Suzanne Belperron, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe and Van Cleef & Arpels to name a few. Signed pieces previously owned by celebrities and royalty will also be presented as well as cameos, rings, decorative necklaces, brooches, gemstones and pendants represented by all eras of jewelry history from the Renaissance to the Art Deco era.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring together dealers and antique jewelry enthusiasts in the market that boasts the largest jewelry district in the country,” said Dan Darby, group fair director. “For more than 50 years, our shows have been well received in some of the most vibrant cities in the United States, so it only made sense for us to bring our show to Los Angeles. We look forward to introducing local antique collectors to some of the most unique pieces ever offered on the West Coast.”

Dealers from across the country will present their top-selling selections, including:
• Raymond Lee Jewelers features a collection of diamonds and gemstones, including a 12-carat internally flawless fancy yellow ring, an 18 karat unheated Ceylon sapphire and diamond platinum cocktail ring, and a vintage Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. diamond ring. Rare and vintage luxury watches round out an impressive selection.
• Jerome Heidenreich Inc. introduces a vast collection of vintage bridal rings from their new division, Trumpet & Horn, as well as rare Art Deco diamond bracelets and jewelry.
• J.S. Fearnley unveils a variety of platinum pieces set with various precious gems, including an Art Deco platinum and diamond pendant by Tiffany & Co., as well as a large selection of antique rings.
“We are excited to be part of the L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and see this opportunity as another chance for us to increase our visibility in the industry,” said Jerome Heidenreich, owner of Jerome Heidenreich, Inc. “U.S. Antique Shows has done a tremendous job in bringing a variety of the latest antiques to key markets at each and every show and we look forward to future shows.”
The L.A. Antique Jewelry and Watch Show will provide unprecedented exposure to exhibitors and collectors dedicated to this thriving industry. Show times are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on March 22 – 23 and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 24. Admission is $20 to attend all three days. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please call (239) 732-6642 or visit  www.LAAntiqueJewelry.com 
About US Antique Shows
A division of GLM Shows, US Antique Shows is the nation’s leading producer of antique and antique jewelry and watch shows for the consumer and trade markets. With shows in Miami Beach, Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles, US Antique Shows draw annually more than 1,500 dealers exhibiting merchandise to more than 28,000 consumers. Additional information is available online at www.USAntiqueShows.com.
About GLM Shows
The L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is produced by GLM®. GLM is a leading producer and marketer of consumer product tradeshows in North America, serving industries as diverse as antiques, jewelry, art, giftware, home furnishings, social stationery, home textiles, tabletop, gourmet housewares, contemporary furniture, personal care, surf, skate, water sports, swim and resorts. Additional information about GLM is available online at www.glmshows.com. For additional information, visit www.USAntiqueShows.com.
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PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL USA ANNOUNCES A CALL FOR ENTRIES

February 25, 2013

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!
PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL USA ANNOUNCES A CALL FOR ENTRIES
 FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL
JCK 2013 PLATINUM INNOVATION AWARDS
Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) in conjunction with JCK Las Vegas announces a call for entries for the third annual JCK 2013 Platinum Innovation Awards, held at JCK Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, May 31 through June 3, 2013. The deadline to submit design images is April 10, 2013 and final product submissions are due April 25, 2013. Exhibitors from JCK, as well as the LUXURY, Elite Enclave and AGTA Shows are welcome to submit designs. The competition acknowledges innovation and skill in platinum design in both bridal and fashion jewelry and will designate awards in the following categories:
  • Platinum Engagement Ring
  • Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (semi-mounts under $2500 retail)
  • Platinum Wedding Band
  • Platinum Men’s Jewelry
  • Entry Platinum Fashion Jewelry (under $3500 retail)
  • Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry
  • Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry
The call to entry coincides with the relaunch of PGI’s trade-facing website:

The revamped site offers a more enticing new look and user-friendly navigation.  

On platinumguild.com, visitors can browse platinum news and press,  marketing materials and sales support. Entrants for the Platinum Innovation Awards can log on to the site at http://platinumguild.com/en-US/news-press/platinum-innovation-awards to submit.   

Entrants are welcome to submit one product per category and will instantly become “nominees” into this year’s competition. All nominees will have their designs professionally photographed and featured on PGI-USA’s consumer website, www.preciousplatinum.com, and press website, www.pgi-press.com, as they await the chance to win the Platinum Innovation Awards’ prize package. Awards will be granted twice in each category, based on one Editor’s Choice and one Buyer’s Choice Award.  One special Best in Show Award will be given as a culmination from all votes. Judging will begin on May 7th at an exclusive Editor Preview Event in New York City. Editor’s choices will not be revealed until after the buyers have voted at the shows.
“The Platinum Innovation Awards have created an infectious buzz within the platinum jewelry industry for the past three years,” says PGI-USA CEO Huw Daniel. “With each contest, we see innovation in design reach a new level, highlighting the extraordinary versatility of platinum. We anticipate that this year will raise the bar even higher.”
Winners in each of the seven categories will be announced on June 2, 2013, and will receive a generous promotional benefits package.
For complete details and to submit your best platinum designs, please visit www.platinumguild.com.  The deadline for all entries is April 4, 2012. 

About PGI-USA:
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its, pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade.  PGI has offices in each of the world’s major jewelry markets, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information please visit www.platinumguild.com
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Scott Kay to Join LUXURY & JCK Las Vegas 2013

February 19, 2013

Acclaimed Bridal Designer Joins LUXURY & JCK Las Vegas Shows
Norwalk, CT (February 14, 2013) – JCK Events announced today that the LUXURY and JCK Las Vegas 2013 shows will welcome veteran bridal brand/designer Scott Kay to its roster of exhibitors. The addition of the industry icon will further enhance the impressive designer bridal portfolio. The LUXURY show is set to take place May 28th to June 3rd, JCK Las Vegas runs May 31st through June 3rd, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Scott Kay, the eponymous bridal jewelry collection launched in 1984, has been a beacon of the bridal jewelry industry for nearly 30 years. Designer Scott Kay’s artisan quality craftsmanship, innovative design and forward-thinking use of metals has served as an inspiration for the category, including both men’s and women’s designs, and has paved the way for a successful fashion component as well. Scott Kay’s uncompromising design philosophy and the resulting collection have translated into marked success at the retail level and an impressive level of consumer awareness.
“We are extremely pleased that Scott Kay will be joining the JCK family,” says JCK’s Yancy Weinrich. “To add such an in-demand and noteworthy designer talent to our portfolio brings the LUXURY and JCK experience to another level for our attendees. Scott has been a bridal tour de force for years and given so much to this industry, that it is an honor to have him represented alongside our collective of remarkable brands.”
On the day of the announcement, by phone, Scott Kay added “I have decided to showcase our work at LUXURY and JCK for quite a few reasons, namely that JCK’s range of retailers and merchants fits the growing dynamics of where our industry is moving. Some of the best, most knowledgeable jewelers attend JCK for raw materials and these are the people I am trying to engage; those looking for the real, unique craft of jewelry. As a specialist in the bridal category, and as an artist, I love to push the envelope with my sculpture. My range (a 40,000 person audience) and JCK’s range makes this the appropriate stage for my brand and passion.  I joined JCK for the quality, audience and diversification. I also love the seven day format; the convenience for my clients played a big role is this decision.”
In addition to JCK’s and Scott Kay’s excitement over the announcement, some key jewelry insiders, from both retail and brand-side, weighed in:
Jennifer McCullough, of Smyth Jewelers and LUXURY advisory Board member remarked, “I can’t begin to share how excited I am that Scott Kay is joining LUXURY and JCK.  This will make it easier for me to see first-hand his new launches and designs in Las Vegas.  Scott Kay’s new bridal and fashion lines will supersede everyone’s expectations, including his existing accounts and people who are not yet familiar with his vision as a designer. I know retailers will feel he is a valuable addition to LUXURY and JCK.”

Joel Schecter, CEO of Honora, shared, “We were thrilled to learn that Scott Kay will show at LUXURY and JCK this year. The addition of Scott Kay the company, as well as Scott Kay the person—one of the few real artists in our industry—continues to validate and strengthen the LUXURY model as the most important branded high- end show in Las Vegas. Scott is the God Father of bridal jewelry and his passion for sculpture is second to none. Great move Scott.”

ABOUT JCK EVENTS:
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 Watch: May 31 – June 3, 2013 – THEhotel, Mandalay Bay, Mandarin Oriental
– JCK Las Vegas: May 31 – June 3, 2013 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
– LUXURY Privé New York: July 29-31, 2013 – New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
– LUXURY Privé Panama: August 26-28, 2013- Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
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