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Monday, September 10, 2018

PURE DIAMOND BLOCK CHAIN TECHNOLOGY JEWELRY INDUSTRY'S NEW GROUNDBREAKING INNOVATION


PURE DIAMOND BLOCK CHAIN TECHNOLOGY  
JEWELRY INDUSTRY'S NEW 
GROUNDBREAKING INNOVATION


The global jewelry industry has its eyes on a new Japanese innovation - lab-grown diamonds which are chemically, physically and optically identical to natural diamonds.

Pure Diamond Lab, a Tokyo-based company, is able to cultivate diamonds which have identical qualities of natural-occurring ones and therefore qualify to be certified by the GIA (Gemological Institution of America). These diamonds are grown in a controlled environment of the company’s laboratories using pure carbon material, giving birth to a breed of ‘flawless’ lab-grown diamonds which exhibit optical properties superior to natural ones. Diamonds can be cultivated in a wide spectrum of colors including ones that do not occur naturally, which could instantly overturn the market of, for example, extremely rare red and blue diamonds.

A major distinguishing factor that sets apart Pure Diamond Co. Ltd. from their competitors is their development of a Block Chain technology for the diamond market. Information on cultivation, refinement, and appraisal of lab-grown diamond is collected and digitalized, creating a profile that is available to the end consumer, thus increasing transparency and enhancing the retail experience. It just so happens that the CTO of the Pure Diamond Block Chain project, Mr. Jun Kawasaki is the famous ’White Hat’ hacker that solved Coincheck’s 500 million NEM hack in January. Mr. Kawasaki believes that the Pure Diamond Block Chain development project is “the correct way to use Block Chain,” and Pure Diamond Lab’s producer Mr. Hideyuki Abe adds the technology “gives every diamond a story.”


Lab-grown diamonds such as those cultivated by Pure Diamond Lab are also reshaping the global diamond industry to become more sustainable and ethical. Cultivating diamonds in a laboratory environment relieves the pressure of demand on diamond mines, which is a threat to the environment. Moreover, Pure Diamond Block Chain technology helps prevent the distribution of so-called ‘blood diamonds,’ i.e. diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance further conflicts.

To expand the lab-grown diamond project, the company plans to use the ICO of Pure Diamond Coin (PDC), a cryptocurrency secured by Pure Diamond Farm Singapore to fund equipment and R&D. Furthermore, the company is currently in the final stages of intellectual property registration, which is expected to further strengthen their foothold in the lab-grown diamond industry. The aim is to change the future of the diamond industry step by step, which makes the Pure Diamond Block Chain project an exciting one to watch out for.

http://purediamond-ico.com/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

JCK Las Vegas Announces 2019 Show Dates at Sands Expo & The Venetian #JWLV

JCK Las Vegas Announces 2019 Show Dates 

at Sands Expo & The Venetian 



JCK Las Vegas, the jewelry industry’s largest North American trade event, is pleased to announce dates for the 2019 show, which will take place at the Sands Expo & The Venetian, featuring JCK Las Vegas, Luxury, JIS Exchange, as well as the new Global Gemstone Pavilion.



JCK Las Vegas & Swiss Watch

Friday, May 31 - Monday, June 3, 2019
Sands Expo & The Venetian 


Luxury by JCK

Invitation Only: Wednesday, May 29 - Thursday, May 30, 2019
Open to All JCK Attendees: Friday, May 31 - Monday, June 3, 2019
The Venetian 


JIS Exchange

Thursday, May 30 - Monday, June 3, 2019
The Venetian, Level 3 


Global Gemstone Pavilion

New for 2019, featuring hundreds of gemstone exhibitors
Thursday, May 30 - Monday, June 3, 2019
Sands Expo, Level 1


“We have invested a lot of time and resources to gather feedback from our customers,” says Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President of JCK. “We have heard your preferences, to return to both the Sands Expo & The Venetian and our traditional date pattern. Based on your feedback, we have spent the past few months negotiating to secure these dates. We are thrilled to be able to deliver and are as excited as ever for the show. While it marks the return to our roots, it is also a fresh beginning.”

The new location and dates, as well as the other enhancements for the 2019 show, were based on customer feedback gathered from the JCK & Luxury Advisory Boards, retail store and customer visits by JCK staff, ongoing conversations with the industry, post-event digital surveys and more.

In addition to the new location and return to traditional date pattern, JCK has also secured a substantial block of rooms at the Venetian at specially negotiated group rates to support the preference for the convenience of being on property.

Attendees may pre-register to be notified when registration and the hotel blocks are available here: https://lasvegas.jckonline.com/Register-Now/Pre-Registration/

Vendors interested in exhibiting can sign up to learn more here: http://lasvegas.jckonline.com/Exhibit/Interested-in-Exhibiting/

For more information, please visit http://lasvegas.jckonline.com.

About Reed Jewelry Group:
Reed Jewelry Group, a division of the world’s principal events organizer Reed Exhibitions, is the jewelry industry’s partner in print, digital and face-to-face communications. A trusted industry leader, Reed Jewelry Group operates the top jewelry trade shows: JCK Las Vegas, Luxury by JCK, JCK Tucson, Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) and JIS Exchange. Additionally, Reed Jewelry Group owns JCK Magazine, the industry authority on the latest trends, technology and retail practices for manufacturers, designers, retailers and other influential figures who drive the jewelry business.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 COUTURE Design Awards Announced at this High-Energy Event

from a Press Release

2018 COUTURE Design Awards Announced
Anticipation, Community, and Artistry 
were Predominant at this High-Energy Event

A high-level of anticipation and a strong sense of community filled the Encore Theater last night for the announcement of the finalists and winners of the 2018 COUTURE Design Awards. 15awards were presented, including Editors’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice.

COUTURE Director Gannon Brousseau greeted the packed house from the stage, “Welcome to another annual COUTURE Design Awards! No matter how many times I'm up here, it never gets less thrilling and it's always more humbling! In fact, the longer I get to know the incredible people in this community, and the more I learn about what it is you do, I am increasingly in awe of all of you.”


The judges this year...
  • Adam Gorman of I. Gorman in Washington DC
  • Jill Newman is the editor of Muse by Robb Report
  • Laura Freedman, the owner of Broken English
  • Victor Velyan, Jewelry Designer
  • Will Kahn, Accessories Director, Town & Country

DEBUTING:
WINNER - VRAM

1st Runner Up - Moksh Fine Unseen Jewels




2nd Runner Up - Noor Fares

         
"It took a long time, and it took no time, to get here,” enthused Vram Minassian from Vram upon receiving his Best in Debuting at COUTURE Award. “The support the last three days has been incredible, and this is the cherry on top. Thank you so much." 

EDITOR'S CHOICE:

WINNER - Fernando Jorge


1st Runner Up - Muse X Gemfields


 2nd Runner Up - Sheryl Lowe


In accepting his award for Editors’ Choice, Fernando Jorge emoted, "From the editors that have so much knowledge, that we love, that are working hard to promote our works, to open doors and opportunities for us. I thank each one of you. I also want to thank the COUTURE community. And this is becoming a tradition; I want to thank Stephen Webster, for bringing me here 7 years ago.”



SILVER:
WINNER - HEATHER B. MOORE
 1st Runner Up - Nancy Newberg
2nd Runner Up - Konstantino


Upon accepting her award for Best in Silver, Heather B. Moore gave an impassioned speech about what this winning piece symbolized, “I travel with my kids around the world, I’m on a quest to make sure they see everything they can. When we were in Africa, we were touched by the animals we needed to protect. Inside of this bracelet is high-polished so you can see your reflection, and it says ‘The Tipping Point.’ We are all leaders in our communities and our actions are very important and we all need to give back!”

MEN'S:

WINNER - SHAMBALLA JEWELS


1st Runner Up - Akillis

2nd Runner Up - Oh My Got - Cufflinks


HAUTE COUTURE:

WINNER - NIKOS KOULIS

 1st Runner Up - Buddha Mama
2nd Runner Up - Moragen


PLATINUM:

WINNER - KUWAYAMA

1st Runner Up - Schaffrath
2nd Runner Up - Furrer Jacot



GOLD:

WINNER - CAROLINA BUCCI

1st Runner Up - VRAM 

 2nd Runner Up - LALAloUNIS


DIAMONDS ABOVE 20K:

WINNER - MIKE JOSEPH


1st Runner Up - Messika

2nd Runner Up - Kavant & Sharart



DIAMONDS UNDER 20K:

WINNER - STUDIO REVES


1st Runner Up - Inbar

2nd Runner Up - Qayten




COLORED GEMSTONES ABOVE 20K:

WINNER - AMRAPALI


1st Runner Up - Alessio Boschi

2nd Runner Up - Mariani



COLORED GEMSTONES UNDER 20K:

WINNER - ARK

1st Runner Up - Venyx 

2nd Runner Up - Margery Hirschey



BRIDAL:

WINNER - EVA FEHREN



1st Runner Up - Lauren Wolf

2nd Runner Up - John Apel



PEARLS:


WINNER - AUTORE PEARLS


1st Runner Up - Arunashi

2nd Runner Up - Mizuki




INNOVATIVE:

WINNER - STEPHEN WEBSTER



1st Runner Up - Marie Mas


2nd Runner Up - Silvia Furmanovich



The People's Choice:



WINNER - JULEZ BRYANT
1st Runner Up - John Apel



2nd Runner Up - Jorg Heinz


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