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Monday, October 10, 2016


From a Press Release

During this holiday of giving, what could be more perfect than giving a gift that gives back to so many around the world?

....and what a brilliant way to open a dialogue on responsibly sourced diamonds..

In addition, the charm also comes as a lapel pin for a donation of $99.00.

The perfect gift for the diamond lover and those interested in showing their support for educational initiatives around the world

Today’s consumer is socially conscious and wants to know that the things they buy benefit others

A Reminder That Diamonds Do Good
Celebrating the powerful stories and positive impact that diamonds have,
 the Diamonds Do Good bracelet is available for a donation of $125.00. The purchase of this bracelet not only makes a beautiful gift for the jewelry lover on everybody’s list, it supports The Diamond Empowerment Funds mission of supporting education initiatives in diamond communities around the world. 

Consumers can read and see videos of many of the impactful stories of how diamonds do good around the world by visiting

The bracelet is centered by a sterling silver “facetted-diamond” silhouette charm, which has been gold plated and backed with a slice of green Chysophrase. The center top “facet” contains a genuine diamond, while the back contains a reminder to “Do Good” in graffiti lettering. The charm is held by a woven leather double-strap. Additionally, the charm is available without the strap, as a lapel pin for a donation of $99.00.

Where To Get The Bracelet
The bracelet is available at select retailers nationwide or at

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CSARITE® Announces New Designers in Hong Kong

from a Press Release

CSARITE® Announces New Designers and Trunk Show Program 
Natural Color-Changing Gem from Turkey 
Creates a Mine-to-Consumer Program

In a unique, integrated effort to market a rare color-changing gemstone from mine to consumer, Milenyum Mining Ltd. (MML), the company behind CSARITE® announced that 8 new renowned designers are joining its program. 

New designers - Ana Katarina, Alex Soldier, Bijules by Jules Kim, Graziela Gems, Nak Armstrong, Pamela Froman, Parulina, Vianna Brasil, and Zaiken - now join Erica Courtney, Karin Jamieson, Katie Diamond, Jennifer Dawes, Varouj, and Victor Velyan in working with the gems. CSARITE® ranges from kiwi green through amber gold to sunset-copper tones at different times when exposed to various types of light. 

The company will be previewing jewelry designs and a large variety of Gems at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair at the AsisWorld-Expo from September 13 to 17, booth AWE6M02.

Originally launched in 2014, the CSARITE® “Rare. Natural. Exquisite.” program coordinates mining, marketing and sales operations for the gem which is only mined in one location—on the side of the Anatolian Mountains—in the Turkish countryside. Directly connecting the gem’s sustainable and socially responsible supply chain to top names in jewelry design, MML is utilizing superb design talent to create wearable and exciting jewelry that meets the latest trends and endears this rare gem to today’s luxury jewelry buyer. Seen on the Red Carpet, with appearances on Hollywood’s top celebrities, CSARITE® gems and jewels then make their way through the media and social networks, reaching consumers where they live: online and on their smart phones. Some of the notable women of style who have graced red carpets wearing CSARITE® gems and jewels include Sofia Vergara, Alessandra Ambrosio, Laverne Cox, Regina King and Keke Palmer.

Country Singer Jana Kramer on the ACM Red Carpet in Erica Courtney
Completing the trajectory from mine to consumer, a team of GIA Graduate Gemologists and jewelry experts will be on hand to host consumer education events at select jewelry stores, effectively bringing a new level of excitement to the retail space with the discovery of a new gem, seen through the exclusive work of so many notable designers. At the events, beautifully polished loose CSARITE® gems are also presented to the consumers, for those who wish to customize a unique, bespoke design. 

 Csarite and enamel ring by Pinar Oner, featured in Harper’s Bazaar
Kazakhstan Edition, December 2015 issue.

Coveted throughout the centuries by kings and sultans of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, the Anatolian mountains hold a secret gemmologists believe has been kept for over 100 million years.
In order to qualify under the CSARITE® brand, Turkish diaspore is 
meticulously excavated at a height of more than 3,000 feet in the remote foothills of the Anatolian mountains in Turkey. Its seclusion and inaccessibility have tested modern engineering to supply running water and electricity to the area, and into the depths of these great mountains.  As the world’s only CSARITE® deposit, its exclusivity is without question.

ETHICALLY MINED, LOCALLY SUPPORTED: CSARITE® products have a direct and positive affect on the lives of its miners. Employees are housed and fed on site and paid over and above the average earnings for miners in the region. Fully insured, every one of our employees works in safe working conditions which are subject to regular government and environmental inspection.

We also donate food supplies every six months to more than 100 homes in the villages surrounding the mine, their local communities and their schools.

While it is said that Tanzanite is 1,000 times more rare than a diamond, CSARITE® exceeds the rarity of Tanzanite by ten times more. Further still, just 50 per cent of the rough crystals mined are suitable for faceting, and 98 per cent of these are lost during cutting.

A precious gemstone 10,000 times more rare than a diamond.

About Milenyum Mining Limited:   MML is the world’s only source supply of CSARITE®, a natural, unenhanced color-change gemstone. Responsible for cutting and marketing of this phenomenal gemstone, MML’s mission is to introduce gem and jewelry connoisseurs around the globe to CSARITE®’s unique beauty and rarity. MML is a member of The International Colored Gemstone Association and Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Visit for a list of authorized retailers and distributors.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FAVORITES from the Important Jewelry Sale at #LeslieHindemanAuctioneers Over the Weekend #Auction #Jewelry

Some #DailyJewel favorites from the Important Jewelry sale at Leslie Hindeman Auctioneers over the weekend....everything from colored diamonds to Deco pieces and mosaics to critter jewelry and even a tassel piece and a two stone diamond ring!

Sale 451 Lot 529
A Platinum, Yellow Gold, Fancy Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring, Graff,

containing one radiant cut fancy yellow diamond weighing approximately 7.25 carats and two tapered baguette cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.48 carat total.
Inscribed: GRAFF 7.25 FVVS2.

Accompanied by an inner case and outer box signed GRAFF.

Accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America colored diamond grading certificate number 2145404525, dated February 13, 2012, stating Color: Natural Fancy Yellow, Even, Clarity: VVS2, Polish: Very Excellent, Symmetry: Excellent, Fluorescence: None. Laser Inscription Registry: GIA 2145404525, Additional Inscription: GRAFF.
4.40 dwts.
Estimate $ 130,000-150,000 
SOLD:  $161,000
Property from a Private Collection, Naples, Florida

Ring measures approximately size 6 1/4.
Sale 451 Lot 149
An Art Deco Platinum, Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Noble & Co.,

containing one round double cabochon cut sapphire measuring approximately 15.26 x 15.24 x 11.42 mm and weighing approximately 27.90 carats set within an intricately hand engraved basket setting with claw prongs at the compass points and accented with six old European and transitional brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.17 carat total.
Stamp: NOBLE & CO. PT.

Accompanied by a Gubelin Gem Laboratory sapphire identification and origin certificate number 14105193, dated October 27, 2014, stating Species: Natural Corundum, Variety: Sapphire, Origin: Burma (Myanmar), Enhancement: No indications of heating.
7.70 dwts.

Estimate $ 45,000-65,000
Sale 451 Lot 189
A Bicolor Gold, Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring, 

containing one marquise cut brownish orange (origin of color not tested) diamond weighing approximately 1.82 carats total and 30 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.44 carats total. 
Stamp: 14K. 
4.20 dwts. 
Estimate $ 1,500-2,500 

Diamond Characteristics (graded in setting) Center
Color: Fancy Dark Brownish Orange
Clarity: I2

Round Brilliants Color: G-H
Clarity: SI1-2

Sale 451 Lot 106
* A Platinum, Diamond and Seed Pearl Tassel Pendant, 
consisting of an intricate openwork double sided pendant with millegrain accents containing 38 antique single cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.64 carat total suspending a fringe composed of 21 strands of pearls (origin not tested) measuring approximately 1.44-2.62 mm in diameter. 
4.10 dwts. 
Estimate $ 3,000-5,000
SOLD:  $6,875 
Property from the Estate of Rebecca Cook Schoonmaker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

The total length of the tassel including the bail measures arroximately 50 mm, the pearl section of the tassel measures approximately 30 mm. All stones are present and securley set. There are scattered superficial scratches to the bail not readily visible.

Sale 451 Lot 8
An Egyptian Revival Rose Gold and Scarab Micromosaic Bangle, 
consisting of a central onyx plaque inset with a scarab motif micromosaic, the plaque measuring approximately 35.00 x 27.00 mm, the plaque set with claw prongs in a rose gold surround above the two row bangle bracelet. 
16.60 dwts. 
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000
Sale 451 Lot 279
* An 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Tiger's Eye Bombe Ring, C. Vollrath, 

containing one high dome cabochon cut tiger's eye quartz measuring approximately 21.68 x 16.84 mm within a hammered texture setting. 
Stamp: C. VOLLRATH 18K. 
22.30 dwts. 
Estimate $ 700-900 
SOLD:  $2,000
Property from the Estate of Robert and Lois Orchard, St. Louis, Missouri 

This ring is an approximate size 7. The head of the ring measures approximately 28 mm from the finger to the top of the stone and 28 mm in diameter. There is no damage to the tiger's eye stone.
Sale 451 Lot 16
An Edwardian Platinum Topped Gold, Emerald, Diamond and Pearl Pendant/Brooch, 
in a winged motif, centered on a baroque pearl (origin not tested) measuring approximately 17.75 x 16.00 mm within a partial surround of platinum, topped with gold scrollwork and extending outward to the platinum topped gold wings finished with intricate engraved texture, supporting a detachable foliate motif drop containing a baroque pearl measuring approximately 10.90 x 8.58 mm, the brooch set with one square step cut emerald measuring approximately 5.90 x 5.70 x 2.75 mm, 20 oval mixed cut emeralds weighing approximately 0.40 carat total, and 25 old European cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.17 carats total, collapsible hidden bail allows wear as pendant. 
13.70 dwts. 
Estimate $ 3,000-5,000 
SOLD:  $3,750
This pendant/brooch measures approximately 3 1/8" wide and 2" long.

Sale 451 Lot 1274
* An 18 Karat Bicolor Gold and Cultured Pearl Necklace, 

containing 41 pink, purple, orange pink pearls measuring approximately 10.70-11.85 mm in diameter, strung knotted with a rose and white gold clasp. 
Stamp: 750. 

Estimate $ 400-600 
SOLD:  $563

Property from the Estate of Susanna Eva Wallach, Sarasota, Florida
Sale 451 Lot 78
An Art Nouveau Silver, Plique-a-jour and Seed Pearl Brooch, in a dual leaf design with curled edges, the brooch accented in translucent pink and green enamel, containing 10 seed pearls and two baroque pearls.
Stamp: 900 (maker's mark) (obscured mark).
2.50 dwts. 

Estimate $ 300-500 
SOLD: $688

The brooch measures approximately 1 7/16 x 3/4 inches

Sale 451 Lot 96
A Gold, Polychrome Enamel and Diamond Open Face Pendant Watch, Longines for Phelps & Perry, New York,
consisting of a 27.00 mm case diameter, matte gilt dial signed LONGINES, Arabic numerals, blued steel moon hands, light blue enamel bezel, the reverse surmounted with an openwork plaque containing one old mine and four rose cut diamonds over translucent light blue enamel on an intricate guilloche ground, stem wound and set 17 jewel mechanical movement with five adjustments signed PHELPS & PERRY, NEW YORK LONGINES W. CO., suspended by the openwork hinged bail set with rose cut diamonds from a white gold fancy oval link lavaliere chain containing three old European cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.06 carat total.
Case back stamp: WITTANUER SWISS 18K 1825942.
Movement number: 2273018.
19.80 dwts.
Estimate $ 800-1,200
SOLD:  $1,625

Sale 451 Lot 895
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Plique-a-Jour Articulated Hummingbird Brooch,

consisting of a pair of polychrome enamel plique-a-jour articulated wings, enamelled tail feathers with a textured yellow gold body and rotating head containing two round mixed cut sapphires measuring approximately 1.25 mm in diameter.
Stamp: 18K SPAIN.
9.90 dwts.
Estimate $ 700-900
SOLD:   $688

Sale 451 Lot 86
* A Belle Epoque Platinum, Rose Gold, Opal, Diamond and Demantoid Garnet Necklace,
consisting of a central pendant with beaded scrollwork and bow motif detail containing a central oval cabochon cut crystal opal measuring approximately 21.52 x 16.43 x 4.37 mm, the pendant accented in the scrollwork, swag chain and pendant, one crystal opal drop measuring approximately 8.33 x 5.70 mm, numerous rose cut diamonds, and 13 round mixed cut demantoid garnets measuring approximately 0.95 mm in diameter, the pendant suspended by a paperclip and twisted link style chain, screw on the reverse for converting. 
Stamp: M.D. 

Accompanied by original fitted box signed LA ESMERALDA MEXICO PARIS HAUSER, ZIVY Y CIE. 
8.30 dwts. 
Estimate $ 3,000-5,000 
SOLD:  $5,500
Property from the Estate of Rebecca Cook Schoonmaker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

This necklace is approximately 17 inches in length. The pendant measures approximately 40.00 mm in length and 30.00 mm in width.

Both the oval cabochon cut opal and the briolette cut cabochon do not appear to exhibit any crazing when viewed under 10X magnification. Both opals do exhibit superficial surface abrasions visible under 10X magnification. 

Diamond Characteristics (graded in setting) Color: G-H/H-I
Clarity: SI1-SI2
Overall Condition: Numerous stones exhibit surface abrasions and chips visible under 10X magnification.

Demantoid Garnet Characteristics (graded in setting) Color: Slightly Yellowish Green hue with moderate tone and string saturation
Clarity: Translucent with inclusions typical of this variety of Garnet
Overall Condition: Numerous stones exhibit varying degrees of surface abrasions/chips visible under 10X magnification.

For those of you thinking the two diamond trend is new - the Toi-et-Moi Ring  is a two stone ring literally translating to "you & me"  and  symbolizing the coming together of two lives intertwined as one.  Napolean gave a sapphire and diamond two stone ring to Josephine! 

Sale 451 Lot 91
A Platinum, White Gold and Diamond Toi-et-Moi Ring, containing one old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.92 carat and one old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.81 carat, the stones within intricate openwork basket settings.
2.20 dwts.
Estimate $ 2,500-3,500 
SOLD:   $3,250
The ring is approximately a size 6 1/4.

Diamond Characteristics (graded in setting) Measurements: 6.35 x 6.27 x 3.67 mm and 6.03 x 6.07 x 3.53 mm
Color: F-G / G-H
Clarity: SI1-I1
Overall Condition: Both stones exhibit abrasions concentrated along the girdle and various minor surface chips/bruises which are visible under 10X magnification.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NEW Diamonds and Antwerp Campaign - BRILLIANT! #AWDC

from Press Release

NEW Diamonds and Antwerp 
(it's in our DnA) Campaign - BRILLIANT!

Diamonds and Antwerp have been inextricably linked for 550 years. Throughout this rich and storied diamond history, the industry has literally and figuratively carved out its own special place in the heart of the city.
 Diamonds and Antwerp are bound together; one wouldn’t be complete without the other. 

“Diamonds and Antwerp, It’s in our DnA!” celebrates the historical bond between the city and the diamond industry, and at the same time looks forward to the brilliant future we share.

Read the DnA Charter, meet our DnA Ambassadors and learn all about the Diamond landmark.

Join our DnA campaign: surf to, sign the charter and be proud that diamonds are in your DnA.

So - take a minute - click through the links above - sign the charter and join the conversation.     Robyn

#GIA Summer 2016 Gems & Gemology: Canadian Diamond Mining, Largest Diavik Diamond and more....

Summer 2016 Gems & Gemology: 
Breaking the Ice on Canadian Diamond Mining
Issue covers Fabergé figures, responsible mining and much more

In the Summer 2016 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), researchers journey to the remote and subarctic Diavik mine to capture the fascinating story of Canadian diamonds, examine two exquisite Fabergé figures, and review ongoing efforts in responsible mining. GIA’s quarterly professional journal also highlights a colorful and productive era in Colombian emerald mining and examines the process of cutting a 3,019 ct white opal into a museum-quality piece. This issue is now available in print and online.

G&G’s cover story, “Mining Diamonds in the Canadian Arctic: The Diavik Mine,” explores the mine’s discovery, development and operations, and looks to its planned closure in 2024, when the site will be restored to nearly its original condition. GIA’s Dr. James Shigley, Russell Shor, Pedro Padua and Dr. Mike Breeding, along with the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Dr. Steven Shirey and Diavik’s Douglas Ashbury, look beyond the mine’s value as a premier diamond source to its value as a window into the depths of the Canadian Shield. By gathering information from the kimberlites at Diavik, geologists can reconstruct the early history of the North American continent. The article is supplemented with exclusive videos captured at the Diavik mine. 

Figure 1. This pale yellow type Ia “cape” diamond from the Diavik mine,
weighing 187.66 ct, is the largest Canadian diamond to date.
Photo by Sood Oil (Judy) Chia.
 Next, jewelry historians Timothy Adams and Christel Ludewig McCanless discuss the design, construction and history of two Fabergé hardstone figures that depict the Romanov empresses’ Cossack bodyguards. The issue’s third article, by GIA’s Jennifer-Lynn Archuleta, provides insight into the colored gem industry’s ongoing efforts to establish ethical, sustainable mine-to-market supply chains.

In the issue’s Notes and New Technologies section, lapidary Ted Grussing reveals the special considerations he applied to cutting a 3,019 ct gem-quality white opal from Australia into a 1,040 ct finished gem with play-of-color across its entire surface. In a field report, GIA’s Robert Weldon and his coauthors journey to the world-renowned Chivor mine and revisit Peter Rainier’s achievements as manager during an illustrious era of Colombian emerald mining.  

The regular Lab Notes, Micro-World and Gem News International sections round out the issue. G&G’s free archive containing every issue from 1934 to present, more in-depth coverage, hundreds of additional photos, and exclusive video footage are available on GIA’s website at

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reed Jewelry Group Announces Exciting Future Plans for JCK and LUXURY Events

         Reed Jewelry Group Announces Exciting 
         Future Plans for JCK and LUXURY Events

Following successful 2016 event editions, JCK and LUXURY have unveiled their future plans for 2019 in Las Vegas. After eight great years at Mandalay Bay, JCK and LUXURY will return to the The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo in Las Vegas 2019.

"We have worked closely with the team at the Sands and were fortunate to get the LUXURY and JCK date patterns on the calendar," commented Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President of Reed Jewelry Group. LUXURY will take place May 30 – June 5, 2019 and JCK from June 2 – June 5, 2019.

Since JCK and LUXURY's previous editions, back in 2010, the Sands Expo and Convention Center has undergone a complete overhaul of major renovations and upgrades, including: a newly designed breathtaking entryway, easier to navigate layout that has made crowd traffic flow simple and less spread out, a new extensive Business Center, Café and additional amenities. The Sands Convention Center is conveniently connected to the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts with over 7,000 suites and world renowned dining, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. The convenient mid-strip centralized location of the Sands is ideal; it will give customers the ability to choose to stay on property or at any of the other hotels within walking or a short driving distance.

In 2017 and 2018 JCK and LUXURY will remain at Mandalay Bay and continue to thrive. "Mandalay Bay has been proud to partner with Reed Exhibitions over the last 6 years to host and help grow the prestigious JCK and LUXURY Tradeshows. We look forward to welcoming back the jewelry industry for the next two years and then supporting it in Las Vegas for many years to come," said Chuck Bowling, President & COO at Mandalay Bay.

"As we plan for the next three years we will continue to curate our neighborhoods and efforts of making the shopping experience for buyers easy. JCK and LUXURY will continue to invest in the customer experience from arrival to departure–creating unique business opportunities and memorable networking experiences," added Weinrich.

For more information about JCK visit
and for information on LUXURY visit

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


Lauren Laramore
Group Marketing Director, Reed Jewelry Group

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

At Gem-A There Is Never A Dull Moment ...of Websites, Forums, CEO's, and an Award Comeback!

At Gem-A There Is Never A Dull Moment
...of Websites, Forums, CEO's, 
and an Award Comeback! 

NEW Gem-A Website
The new site delivers vast improvements on our previous one, and, as we become fully live and operational over the coming months, will be user friendly and inspiring to our many audiences. We have worked hard to deliver an improved interface and provide better access to Gem-A services for our members, the wider gemmological community and anyone interested in pursuing our leading gemmology courses. Please be aware that as with all website launches there are several areas still under construction, but we are working towards delivery of the full website soon. As is always the case with such a complex undertaking we welcome any suggestions for improvement over the next couple of months — please email with your comments and feedback.
Web-Based Global Forum
Accessible via the new website, the new web-based global forum replaces the old Mailtalk system. The new global forum will be easy to use and will provide an online meeting point for our collective expertise, questions and discussions — a fantastic resource and service for members. The service will be moderated carefully, hoping to develop it so it flourishes as before. 

NEW CEO Appointed
Gem-A recently announced the appointment of Alan Hart FGA DGA as the new CEO of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).

A former member of the Gem-A Council, Hart is currently Head of Earth Sciences Collections at the Natural History Museum, London. With a wealth of experience in the gem and mineral trade, Hart started his career at the Natural History Museum in 1981 as Assistant Minerals Scientific Officer, progressing to his current position of Principal Curator of Gems and Minerals and Head of Earth Sciences Collections in 2012. Hart is Chair of the Museum’s Collections Committee and serves on various science executive boards, providing strategic and operational goals to improve standards, best practices and operational efficiencies.  
Hart will join the Association on 1 June 2016.
Of his appointment, Hart said: “I am truly excited at the prospect of being the CEO at Gem-A. Having been associated with Gem-A for many years and having worked alongside many of the staff and the Trustees, I am fortunate in knowing that they are as passionate about their work as I am. I want to ensure we continue to thrive by using all of our collective expertise to continue as the centre of excellence that is leading the way in delivering the highest quality gemmological education and training.” Hart continued: “It is an exciting time for me and an exciting time for Gem-A — I look forward to the challenges and the successes we will share together.”

In a statement from the Gem-A Council, newly-appointed Chair Miranda Wells FGA DGA said: “Alan is an accomplished leader, with an innate ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds together through his collaborative and communicative approach. His professional background also provides broad experience in both mineralogical and gemmological circles, as well as a clear and deep understanding of the structure and position of Gem-A as an organization and premier educational institution. The Council were unanimous in choosing Alan, and we are looking forward to working with him and realizing his exciting vision for the future of Gem-A.”

About the Gemstone:
  • Heliodor, a 10.46ct golden beryl. Sourced from award-winning gem cutter, John Dyer, known world-wide for his artistic ability and passion for precision. 
  • Dimensions L:17.8 x W:10.5 x D:8mm 
  • Hardness 7.5 – 8 
  • Fantasy Cut
Relaunch of the Gem Empathy Award
Gem-A are pleased to announce the relaunch of the Gem Empathy Award, in partnership with International Jewellery London (IJL). The award, open to all those exhibiting in the Design Gallery at this year’s IJL, will be presented at the show — to be held at Olympia, London, from 4–6 September 2016.

Gem-A will provide a breathtaking 10.46 ct Fantasy Cut heliodor (also known as golden beryl), sourced from award-winning gem cutter John Dyer, around which applicants will be encouraged to create a design that they feel shows the stone to its best advantage.

Gem-A Marketing and Events Manager, Elaine Ruddie DGA, commented: “There have been some incredible winners of the Gem Empathy Award over the years but we want to open the competition up, to make it more accessible and inspire creativity. To do that we knew that we had to provide a very special stone and it’s with great thanks to John Dyer that we’ve been able to do exactly that.”

The judging panel will be made up of four representatives from Gem-A and IJL, and will evaluate submitted designs based on the relationship between stone and design, the practicality of the design and the style and beauty of the overall design. Sam Willoughby, Event Director at IJL and a member of the judging panel, said: “This competition will undoubtedly inspire some beautiful designs featuring this exceptional stone by our Design Gallery exhibitors. The new criteria opens up the Gem Empathy Award to so many more designers and will make for a stunning display for visitors to the show. We are extremely appreciative to Gem-A for this creative initiative.”


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