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Thursday, April 23, 2015

#AGSConclave Forevermark's Opening Remarks at AGS Conclave, New Orleans



from Press Release


Following the Opening Keynote Luncheon at the AGS Conclave featuring Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, Forevermark's Opening Remarks  in New Orleans




ALERT: FOREVERMARK ENCOURAGES CHANGE AT THE AGS CONCLAVE

Forevermark, the diamond brand with a promise of beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing, presented the Opening Keynote Luncheon at the AGS Conclave, featuring Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

During his opening remarks, Forevermark US President Charles Stanley stated the need to drive change within the industry, saying, “To be our best we need to continually think in a new ways, and find the courage to change the way we operate. There are big shifts happening in our consumers that if we ignore, we shall become irrelevant and will lose sales.”

Later in the afternoon, Stanley gave the presentation “Global Diamond Insight Report”, where he spoke on the trends influencing global demand for diamonds with an emphasis on US consumers.

On Wednesday evening, Forevermark graced the runway of the 2015 Jewelers of America Fashion Show. The Forevermark model donned pieces from Forevermark Manufacturers Leo Schachter, Natalie K, and Premiere Gem, including a ring featuring a Forevermark Exceptional Diamond.



The Look:
·         Forevermark by Leo Schachter Necklace with 5.43ct Pear Forevermark Diamond set in 18k White Gold
·         Forevermark by LVE Chandelier Earrings with Round Brilliant Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k White Gold
·         Forevermark by Natalie K Three Row Bracelet - Round Brilliant Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k White Gold
·         Forevermark Natalie K Mixed Fancy Shape Ring - Marquise & Pear Forevermark Diamonds set in 18k Rose Gold
·         Forevermark by Natalie K Diamond Line Bracelet - Round Brilliant Forevermark Diamonds in 18k White Gold
·    Forevermark by Premier Gem Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring - 10.67ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Forevermark Exceptional Diamond in Platinum   
 
ABOUT FOREVERMARK
Every Forevermark diamond is inscribed with a promise; a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Less than one per cent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to become a Forevermark diamond and be inscribed with the Forevermark icon and individual number. Forevermark is the diamond brand from The De Beers Group of Companies and benefits from over 126 years of diamond expertise. Forevermark diamonds are carefully selected and come from sources committed to high standards; they are beautifully crafted by a select group of Diamantaires and exclusively available from select Authorized Forevermark Jewelers. 

Forevermark by Galili & Co.
FOREVERMARK INSCRIPTION & GRADING
Invisible to the naked eye, the inscription is made using bespoke technology from The De Beers Group of Companies. It is also recorded on the personalized Forevermark identification card which comes with every Forevermark diamond. The actual size of the inscription found on Forevermark diamonds is only 1/20th of a micron deep and can only be seen using a special Forevermark viewer which can be found in Authorized Forevermark Jewelers.  It is confirmed by leading gemological institutes that the Forevermark inscription does not affect the internal quality of a diamond in any way.

Authorized Forevermark Jewelers are able to provide a Forevermark Diamond Grading Report.  It is an accurate blueprint of the qualities - cut, color, clarity and caratage of each Forevermark diamond.  The Forevermark Diamond Grading Report also features the individual identification number inscribed on the diamond and a specifically designed security hologram, providing reassurance that the Forevermark Diamond Grading Report is valid and genuine. For more information and to find your nearest Authorized Forevermark Jeweler offering Forevermark Diamonds, go to www.forevermark.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

#JWLV VIVA LAS VEGAS! ...LET THE SHOWS BEGIN!

IT IS TIME FOR JEWELRY WEEK IN LAS VEGAS!



Some of you are saying, "YAY! see you at JCK!" but did you know that there are actually nine (9) shows (three are under the JCK title) in Las Vegas during the week that runs from May 25th through June 1st?

According to the XpoPress page they are...

Tropicana Las Vegas

I will see you at about 7 of these shows...impossible to make it to all of them...say Hi if you see me and for those who can't make it to Las Vegas...subscribe to my blog and follow The Daily Jewel on Facebook and you won't miss a thing!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rago Arts and Auction Center Announces Fine & Antique Jewelry Offering


Fine & Antique Jewelry/Watches/Objets de Vertu
04/15/2015 11:00 AM EDT
Rago Arts and Auction Center 
333 North Main Street 
Lambertville NJ 08530


A great mix of Antique, Current and Fine Jewelry is set to hit the auction block this April.  The auction features two hundred ninety (290) lots of Fine Jewelry.

Featured Jewelry Designers range from older houses like Buccellati, Schlumberger and Cartier, next to currently trending artists like David Yurman, Georg Jensen, Henry Dunay, Judith Ripka, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels.  Offerings range from Timepieces to significant diamond or bridal jewelry, and colored gemstones. Preview the sale April 11-13, noon to 5 pm, April 14 noon to 7 pm. Doors open on April 15 at 9 am. 

Some Favorites....
Lot 171 of 288:  TIFFANY SCHLUMBERGER ENAMELED GOLD DIAMOND BRACELET

Lot 139 of 288:   4.85 CTS. UNTREATED BLUE BURMA SAPPHIRE RING



Lot 65 of 288:  OROMALIA EBONIZED WOOD DIAMOND 18K WHITE GOLD BRACELET


Lot 117 of 288:   GEORG JENSEN 830 SILVER MOONSTONE NECKLACE





Lot 42 of 288:  BANDED AGATE DIAMOND GOLD FRINGE NECKLACE

Lot 120 of 288:  ART NOUVEAU ENAMELED GOLD PENDANT

Monday, April 6, 2015

Gavin DeGraw to Headline JCK Rocks the Beach #JCKLV

Press Release via JCK Events

Gavin DeGraw to Headline JCK Rocks the Beach


JCK Announces Entertainment, PLUS New Networking and Social Activities to
Spice up Business Transactions

JCK Las Vegas announced today that Grammy-nominated musician Gavin DeGraw will headline the legendary JCK Rocks the Beach party during Las Vegas Jewelry Week onSunday, May 31, 2015. DeGraw's soulful, chart topping croons are well known from over a decade of radio play and most recent acts on Dancing with the Stars, Miss Universe and opening for Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden have him primed to bring the jewelry industry to its feet.

As Las Vegas Jewelry Week draws the entire jewelry industry together in one place for a week of business, JCK is ramping up its social calendar this year. Attendees can expect more opportunities to network and unwind amidst business dealings.

"JCK Las Vegas 2015 will combine work and play in a more evolved way than show's past," said Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President, JCK Events. "Our exclusive JCK Wine(d) Down bar, open daily apr├ęs show hours, provides an opportunity not only to chat with the who's who of the jewelry industry, but to continue conversations that began on the show floor. Nearing the end of our week, JCK Rocks the Beach—an industry favorite—will bring the talents of Gavin DeGraw and the best atmosphere imaginable to celebrate and connect with industry friends."

In addition to the new JCK Wine(d) Down bar at the Mandalay Campus, new lounge areas will take up more real estate throughout the JCK show floor, allowing for a casual catch up over coffee, cocktails, or an impromptu business meeting. The debut of the Spa Lounge provides an oasis on the show floor to relax in a serene environment with spa treatments provided by the DELANO's Bathhouse Spa. The Bridal Lounge will feature speakers from popular bridal blogs How He Asked, go-to ring bible, and Engagement
101 presenting First love, then style: Bridal trends you need to know. Additional lounge events will focus on introducing like-minded partners amid timely, stylized backdrops.

With the enhanced roster of events to take advantage of throughout the four days, JCK Las Vegas boosts the social scene at this year's show. JCK's events are open to qualified JCK Las Vegas badge holders; tickets are required for admission to JCK Rocks the Beach concert.

To take part in the fun, register now at: jckonline.com/lasvegas.

About JCK:

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 Magazine - the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK Events, visitjckonline.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

#JCKTALKS #JWLV JCK TALKS “Redesigning Retail” New Format Debuts in Las Vegas #JCKLV

JCK’s NEW Education Program to be 

the “Talk” of the Town

JCK Las Vegas has unveiled its new Education Program for 2015—a revolutionary TED Talks-inspired concept. With the overarching theme of “Redesigning Retail” in mind, JCK Talks will seek to arm retailers with tools, insight, and information to succeed in the current era of retailing and prepare for the future. Featured speakers will include executives from HUB Spot, Edge Academy, De Beers, Adorn Insight, and Wheels Up.
The program will commence on Thursday May 28th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, one day prior to the start of JCK Las Vegas.

With long-standing industry champion Diane Warga-Arias serving as JCK Las Vegas’s Education Strategist, the program has been invigorated to address the underlying needs of the industry. The substance of the program has changed, consisting of seminars by an all-star line-up of retail leaders and lively panel discussions. The results are an education component that differs dramatically from years past. The new program consolidates speaking engagements and panels into a power packed day-long format that will take place one day ahead of the start of JCK. These Thursday sessions will be complimented by a handful of sessions Friday through Sunday including “Diamond Insights” presented by De Beers Chief Executive Philippe Mellier and Executive Vice President, Marketing, Stephen Lussier. The new date pattern will allow for a concentrated focus on the topics at hand and will not take away from business dealings once the show floor opens.  The Talks will also live on jckonline.com, providing 24/7 access to the forward-thinking strategies, expert opinions, and personal success stories presented.
“The Talks model will infuse an inspirational, motivational tone that has proved so helpful to those looking to expand their knowledge, grow their business and achieve success,” said Warga-Arias. “It’s hearing the stories of others that motivate us to do our best work, and with topics such as “Multi-Channel Marketing for the Real World Retailer” and “The Retail Revolution”, there will be no shortage of useful tips to take away.”
Of the program’s overhaul, Yancy Weinrich said, “We are very excited to bring JCK Talks to the industry. Our education component has always been a source of pride, the Talks model feels more timely and engaging, and the thoughtful curation of powerhouse speakers and content ensures a takeaway for everyone.”
View an inside look into JCK Talks,watch the sneak peek preview webinar here.  To take advantage of the program, which is free to all badge-holders, and jumpstart your JCK Las Vegas experience, register online at: JCKOnline.com/lasvegas.



About JCK:

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 Magazine - the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK Events, visit jckonline.com.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"JTV's Rock Star Designer" Competition Seeks Next Big Jewelry Design Star


Jewelry Television® Launches 
"JTV's Rock Star Designer" National Competition

JTV in search of the next big jewelry design star


Jewelry Television® (JTV), one of the country's largest retailers of fine jewelry and gemstones,  announced today that the company is launching a national competition to discover talented jewelry designers.  JTV's Rock Star Designer Contest is open to the public and the online call for entries runs from March 21 through April 30, 2015.

You can experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here:  http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7372631-jewelry-television/

"We know there are many talented jewelry designers just waiting to be discovered and given their first big break," said Jill Johnson, VP Marketing. "We decided to use our international platform to offer exposure for contestants, as well as an opportunity to help one lucky winner get started in the jewelry industry."

Entrants must submit photos of finished jewelry they have designed and made that represents their unique design style, along with a headshot and video message explaining why they should be JTV's first Rock Star Designer. 






The winner will receive:

                                 $5,000 cash prize
                                 One-on-one mentoring with JTV's international buyers
                                 Segment on JTV featuring winner's jewelry collection
                                 Exposure to 85 million households
                                 Introductions to industry insiders and manufacturers


100 jewelry designers will be selected from the applicant group by the judges' panel, consisting of industry experts. The initial finalists will be posted online for public viewing and voting, which will narrow the group to 10 semi-finalists.

The panel of judges will narrow the group to 5 finalists who will be notified on May 29th and will receive an all-expense paid trip to JTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in a reality show style competition. Designers will be filmed as they work their way through 4 unique design challenges. One finalist will be eliminated after each challenge until a winner emerges. The episodes will be aired on JTV.com/RockStar and promoted on the national broadcast network.

Entrants must be at least 21 years old and be available for the challenge filming dates. For a complete list of rules and details visit JTV.com/RockStar. Learn more about JTV at www.jtv.com.


About Jewelry Television® 
Jewelry Television® (JTV) is one of the largest multichannel retailers of jewelry and gemstones in the U.S. appealing to fashion-conscious women, jewelry-making enthusiasts and private collectors. The privately-held shopping network broadcasts high definition programing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to more than 80 million U.S. households. Committed to consumer education, the network employs numerous Graduate Gemologists and Accredited Jewelry Professionals. JTV.com offers the most comprehensive jewelry and gemstone Learning Library on the Internet, and is the third largest jewelry website according to Internet Retailer's Top 500 Guide for 2012.

Friday, April 3, 2015

GIA's Southern California Campus Welcomes Dreams of Diamonds: An Enchanting Exhibit

Dreams of Diamonds: An Enchanting Exhibit 
Comes to Southern California

Seven iconic diamond houses 
to showcase pieces for a limited time at GIA

Seven of the world’s finest diamond houses will showcase exceptionally rare diamonds and elaborate jewelry for a limited time in Southern California to coincide with the debut of “Dreams of Diamonds,” the largest book ever published on these sought-after gems. Twenty-five diamond pieces – ranging from a pair of boots set with 1,527 carats of diamonds to a 50.05 carat D color, Flawless diamond briolette – make up the exhibit, which will be on view from April 29 through May 11 at GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. 

A 50.05 carat D color, Flawless diamond briolette courtesy of Diacore.
 Image from the “Dreams of Diamonds” book.
“The creators of ‘Dreams of Diamonds’ were able to capture extraordinary diamond pieces in enchanting, ethereal settings,” said Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA museum. “This exhibit is an ode to the wondrous world of diamonds and we’re fortunate to share the artistry of these seven diamond houses with the public.”

White and rose 18K gold necklace by Mouawad MENA DMCC with detachable brooch.
A 48.99 total carat weight in white diamonds and a 22.90 total carat weight of pink diamonds.
Image from the “Dreams of Diamonds” book.
British photography and design duo Alastair Laidlaw and Christine Marsden combined their passion for nature and the arts with their love for the splendor of diamonds to create “Dreams of Diamonds,” a large-format book on diamonds that weighs more than 30 pounds and took six years to complete. 

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"Sail" titanium earrings by Adler Joailliers
featuring 836 diamonds, 36.05 total carat weight.
Image from the “Dreams of Diamonds” book.
 

Each image is itself a work of art, with beautiful diamonds and diamond jewelry in unusual, often dream-like, settings. The gems and jewels featured in their unique photos were provided by 12 of the world’s most prominent diamantaires and designers, seven of whom are loaning jewels for the exhibit at GIA.

Together, diamond houses Adler, Chatila, Chow Tai Fook, Diacore, Diarough, Mouawad and MUNNU The Gem Palace will showcase 25 of their noteworthy pieces. A total of more than 4,000 carats of diamonds will be on view at the GIA exhibit. 

Many of the remarkable diamonds shown in the book have passed through GIA’s laboratory for grading and evaluation. “Dreams of Diamonds” will be on display in Carlsbad from April 29 through May 11. The Institute’s museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservation is required. For more details, visit GIA’swebsite or call 800-421-7250.




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, Clarity, Cut 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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