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Thursday, November 10, 2011

CIBJO: Pearl Nomenclature Discussed

Pearl industry leadership participates in 
CIBJO Pearl Commission Meeting
to discuss unambiguous, clear nomenclature 
for natural and cultured pearls

In an extraordinary meeting of the CIBJO Pearl Commission held in Hong Kong last September, a prestigious group of individuals with intimate involvement within the natural and cultured pearl industries, including producers, wholesalers, retailers, auction houses and gemmologists, discussed and shared their views on the use of the term "pearl" in a manner that will help avoid confusion or misrepresentation throughout the supply pipeline of pearls and in particular among consumers.

Ken Scarratt, president of the CIBJO Pearl Commission, who had called for the meeting, said that the Commission's goal was "to glean sufficient and valid opinions to allow the CIBJO Pearl Book to stipulate how to use the unqualified word 'pearl' in various scenarios."
"Given the wide and varied use of the term "pearl" within the English language, inevitably discussions within CIBJO have generated differing opinions on its 'proper' usage," Scarratt noted. "Therefore, my colleague [Pearl Commission VP] Shigeru Akamatsu and I felt that the Pearl Commission needed to broaden its consultation circle regarding this particular issue before a valid and lasting resolution could be reached."  

"The CIBJO Pearl Commission and its Steering Committee are committed to the production of meaningful standards of nomenclature that describe natural and cultured pearls as well as pearl imitations or simulants," Scarratt explained. "Evidence of this commitment is found within the pages of the current CIBJO Pearl Book, the contents of which reflect many discussions with industry professionals during CIBJO's annual Congresses as well as occasional meetings and discussions in between," he added.  

The CIBJO Pearl Commission president stated that CIBJO was very grateful that such an "impressive array of attending industry experts deemed the issue important enough to devote their time to the highly productive discussions that took place at the meeting, as well as prior electronic and personal discussions with pearl industry members who were not able to be in Hong Kong."

Scarratt concluded that following the Hong Kong event, he felt that sufficient discussion had taken place to allow for a workable resolution that would meet the needs of all elements of the industry as well as of the consumer. Following further discussions within the CIBJO Board of Directors, the resolution will be available within an updated version of the Pearl Book shortly.
Participants in the extraordinary CIBJO Pearl Commission meeting were, among others: 
Rudolf Biehler, Jacques Branellec, Jacques Christophe Branellec, Gordon Berner, Andrea Broggian, Pierre Fallourd, Patrick Fluckiger, M I Jabir, Karnil Jhaveri, Milan Jhaveri, Purvesh Jhaveri, Jeanne LeCourt, Salih Maricar, Syed M. Maricar, Syed Ahmed Maricar, Tom Moses, Jack Ogden, Nick Paspaley, James L. Peach Sr, Elfriede Schwarzer, Alex Vock, and Flora Wong.    

Several individual industry experts were unable to attend but proffered their opinions in writing, these were Francois Curiel, David Warren, Matthew Girling, and Bill Larson. Other opinions had been gained over the prior period from Pierre Akkelian, Mei Giam, Gina Latendresse, Ali Safar, Margherita Superchi, and Peter Truman.

Celebrity Jewel: CMA's 2011 - Celebrating Country Jewels

Tonight Country Music Stars took to the Red Carpet for the Country Music Awards!

TRENDS:  Silver White on Lee Ann Rimes and Taylor Swift with pure white on The Band Perry's award winning lead singer Kimberly Perry, along with the Gold of Carrie Underwood stood out among lots of black gowns and few bright misses.

If misses are what you are looking for - and believe me there were some BIG MISSES!

...and what kind of show would it be without tweets...for some of the best tweets from the CMA's

Presenter Carrie Underwood arrived in a gold sequin ombre cap sleeve gown byReem Acra with Jimmy Choo shoes and Jewelry from her favorite jeweler Johnathan Arndt (the jeweler that designed her engagement ring).

This should have been a warning of what was to come - 10 costume changes in all!

I obviously don't want this to become a post all about Carrie Underwood (and personally I thought her Red Carpet look was her best) for a classic which look did you like best check the following link:

...and you couldn't miss the GORGEOUS Lorraine Schwartz jewels on Taylor Swift!
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When she won the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" her exuberance was undeniable.

LeAnn is wearing a Badgley Mischka dress with Shylee Rose jewelry, YSL shoes, and aChanel bag.

What I would love is for some one to tell me who did Martina McBride's jewelry for the CMA's?   ....check out this ring!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rio Tinto Diamonds Announces Winners of Global Design Competition

Rio Tinto Diamonds today announced the winners of its Global Design Competition, awarded by an elite panel of eight judges from the fashion and jewelry industries.

The judging panel, at an event at the Kristin Hanson Gallery, selected nine winners from a record number of entries from the US, Canada, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong, across four categories of jewelry design: Champagne, Silvermist, Canadian Diamonds and Sustainable Jewelry.

According to jewelry judge and style editor Mr Michael O’Connor, “I was extremely impressed with how each of the designers interpreted the challenge and came up with unique and beautiful jewelry pieces that highlight the use of Rio Tinto’s diverse diamonds portfolio.”

The judging panel also referred to the incredible variety of designs, from classic pieces through to contemporary interpretations, often with nature and the elements as the source of inspiration.

Rebecca Foerster, Manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds' US Representative Office, commented on the results, "We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition from all over the world and we look forward to working with the winning designers to showcase their creativity".

As a result of their efforts, the nine winning designers will have many opportunities for significant exposure to the US jewelry industry, including their designs being showcased at a suite at the 2012 Academy Awards.

The winning designs are as follows:

Champagne Diamonds Master Craftsman- Nejal Rajesh Mehta, India, 

“The World of Champagne” earrings feature pave set champagne diamonds in a captivating gradient of color.

Champagne Diamonds Rising Star- Stacey Lindsell, Australia, 

Sturt’s Desert Rose” bracelet featuring champagne diamonds tapering in color and pave set in petals to enhance the form and reflect the rich and natural colors of the earth. It is set in 18K white gold with white diamonds to accent the flowers.

Silvermist Diamonds™ Master Craftsman- Joseph Weinreich, US  
The “Nature’s Beauty” flower cuff is encrusted in Silvermist Diamonds™, symbolizing this gift from Mother Nature and featuring a pearl in its centre.

Silvermist Diamonds™ Master Craftsman- Dean Walker, Australia 

The “Silvermist Express” bangle was inspired by a desire to create something that will inspire hope. This
18K white gold bangle appears to float around the wrist of the wearer. The “train”, adorned with striking Silvermist diamonds, moves on its track also made with Silvermist diamonds.

Silvermist Diamonds™ Rising Star- Vijayshree Sovani, India 

This Silvermist Diamond™ bracelet is inspired by the ripples in desert sand as well as the winds of time. It is set in white gold with black rhodium accents.

Canadian Diamonds Master Craftsman- Reena Ahluwalia, Canada 

The “Canoe” Canadian Diamond necklace is inspired by the poetic image of a magical Canadian landscape- a canoe in an icy, crystalline frozen lake. The Canoe is known as a carrier of Canadian myths, a symbol that represents voyage, discovery, harmony with nature, and courage.

Canadian Diamonds Rising Star- Michelle Buxani, Temptations, Hong Kong 
“Rain Dance” earrings featuring Canadian Diamonds are set in white gold with yellow gold accents. This design was inspired by the sun shining through the clouds after rain, with rays of light hitting the water.

Sustainable Jewelry Master Craftsman- Nadia Neuman, Australia 
The “Tyger, Tyger” fan melds together functionality and luxury all from a sustainable perspective.  In addition to using 100% sustainable materials in the design, the Tiger motif represents nature as an endangered creature and reminds its user of the need to care for the earth.

Sustainable Jewelry Rising Star- V. Saravanan, India 

“The Creator” necklace is a true homage to nature. Utilizing recycled materials such as plastic toothpaste tubes and mixing in the natural beauty of Silvermist Diamonds™, this design uses a mesh design to remind people to protect the earth and nature and find ways to recycle plastic materials.  

About Rio Tinto Diamonds  
Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe. These three mines allow Rio Tinto to produce diamonds for all market segments.  Rio Tinto also has an advanced diamond project in India.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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