GIA Now Accepting Applications For Fall Scholarships

March 6, 2013

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is now accepting scholarship applications for its Fall 2013 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Applications are available through April 30 on the Institute’s website.
Scholarship recipients are eligible to participate in laboratory classes in the U.S., international distance education eLearning courses, and the Institute’s campuses in Hong Kong, the Middle East and Taiwan. Additional scholarship details are availablehere.
A number of $1,500 awards for eLearning courses and $1,000 awards for U.S.-based lab classes are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings.
The second GIA scholarship application period is June 15 through Oct. 31. For more information, call (760) 603-4131 or
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E-Ring Trend – Double Halo!!

March 5, 2013

Halos – few of us are chaste enough to be able to claim one – but one Halo has caught on like a wildfire…the Diamond Halo Engagement Ring!Well, if one Halo makes your diamond pop – what would happen with TWO!!!Trending NOW!  Double Halo Engageme…

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Weekend #VendorSpotlight – the Stars of EFFY Jewelry

March 3, 2013

Star light, star bright, in your EFFY Jewelry you’re going to shine all night!From twinkling stars in a glittering cosmos, to spiny skinned sea stars from Neptune’s depths…EFFY has created collections of other worldly stars in an array…

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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 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
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Royal Asscher Introduces Rebel Chique Man Made Diamond Collection

March 1, 2013

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.


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


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.”

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. 


All you have to do is send via email 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.

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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