Google+ The Daily Jewel: 6/9/13 - 6/16/13


Saturday, June 15, 2013

US/ International Diamond Week in Israel To Host Buyers From Russian Federation

Moscow Bourse will bring buyers from Russian Federation  
and CIS countries to US/ International Diamond Week in Israel
Yair Sahar, President of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) and Alex Popov, President of Moscow Diamond Bourse (MDB), have agreed that MDB will organize a delegation of diamond buyers from Russia and CIS countries to take part in the August 26-29 US & International Diamond Week. The two exchange leaders resolved to work closely together toward this goal during their talks held during the recent CIBJO Congress in Tel Aviv.  

From left:  Alex Popov; Zvi  Amram, vice president of the Borsa D'Italia; and Yair Sahar at the annual congress of CIBJO - the World Jewellery Confederation, held earlier this month in Tel Aviv. 
"Last March, a small delegation of MDB members participated in US & International Diamond Week (IDWI) at the Israel Diamond Exchange, and the participating buyers returned home with very positive reports," Popov said.

IDE President Sahar said he looked forward to welcoming a buyers' group headed by Popov. "The MDB president is extremely well introduced in the market of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries and I am sure that he will bring a top quality delegation here," Sahar said. "From our end, we will make every effort to make this trip a worthwhile experience for these buyers," he noted.

"The luxury market in Russia and the Russian Federation has great potential, especially because economic growth is now spreading beyond the largest cities in this huge geographical region. This means that there is a steady increase in the public's purchasing power, also for luxury goods, including diamond jewelry," Popov noted. "It is often forgotten that historically, Russia has a strong and deeply rooted appetite for jewelry. While in the large cities, the Western luxury brands have been doing very well, there is also a noted return to Russian-made designer jewelry. In other words, there is a lot of potential that can be turned into sales," the MDB president concluded.


                   WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Who:        Platinum Guild International USA

What:       PGI-USA announces the winners of the 4th annual JCK 2013 Platinum Innovation Awards. Winners were chosen in 7 different design categories.  An “Editor’s Choice” and “Buyer’s Choice” were chosen in each design category, as well as  “Best in Show” Award which was selected as a culmination of all votes.

Platinum Engagement Ring

Editor’s Choice: Gabriel & Co. platinum Victorian Halo Engagement Ring $2055

Buyer’s Choice: Designs by Vatche platinum and diamond engagement ring $3200

Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (semi-mounts under $2500 retail)

Editor’s Choice: Mercury Ring “Halo Twist” platinum -diamond engagement ring $2500

Buyer’s Choice: Sylvie Collection platinum -diamond floral halo engagement ring $2170

Platinum Wedding Band

Editor’s Choice: Parade Designs platinum milligrain-etched art deco inspired wedding band with marquise-shaped diamonds $$5225

Buyer’s Choice: Dora International Spartan Collection platinum men’s band with laser-edge designs $3289

Platinum Men’s Jewelry

Editor’s Choice:Tacori platinum men’s band with milligrain details $2540

Buyer’s Choice: Novell platinum cufflinks $3144

Entry Platinum Fashion Jewelry (under $3500 retail)
Editor’s Choice:Erik Stewart platinum and colored diamond Hollein earrings $3500

Buyer’s Choice: Harout R. platinum and diamond “cupcake” earrings $1859

Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry

Editor’s Choice: Uni-Design Jewellry “Dew Drops” platinum and diamond ring

Buyer’s Choice: Lazare Kaplan “110th Anniversary” platinum and diamond necklace $883,120

Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry

Editor’s Choice: Simon G platinum earring with round white diamonds and emerald cut green tourmaline

Buyer’s Choice: Oscar Heyman platinum, colored diamond and unheated colored sapphire necklace $300,000

Best in Show - Went To Sylvie Collection
Where:      Winners were awarded at their booths by the PGI-USA “Prize Patrol” team which was broadcasted by JCK TV.  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pearls of the World in Focus By GIA In Singapore

Pearls of the World in Focus
GIA at the Singapore International Jewelry Expo, July 4-7

Image © GIA
Pearls and their beauty have captivated people worldwide since ancient times and have been a research focus at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) for more than 80 years. As part of the Institute’s mission to bring industry-leading gemological information to the public, Nicholas Sturman, GIA supervisor of Pearl Identification in Thailand, will give two presentations on pearls July 4 and 5 during the Singapore International Jewelry Expo. Representatives from GIA in Thailand will greet attendees at its booth A07, July 4-6from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on July 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pearls: Are They or Aren’t They?
Thursday, July 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Over time, the industry has developed various types of cultured pearls and pearl imitations to compete with their natural counterparts and to meet market demand. Sturman’s presentation will focus on the daily challenges pearl testers in labs like GIA must address before issuing gemological reports, which separate natural nacreous and non-nacreous pearls from cultured examples, and pearls from pearl-looking materials.

Saltwater Cultured Pearl Farms of Vietnam, Philippines 
and Northern Australia
Friday, July 5, 1-3 p.m.

Techniques used to culture bead-nucleated pearls in saltwater environments are similar around the world, however, there is a degree of variation in the methods different operators use. This presentation will discuss the history, operations, procedures applied and mollusks used in Vietnam, the Philippines and Northern Australia in the quest to produce the ultimate nucleated cultured pearl.

With more than 23 years of experience in the detailed examination of pearls, Sturman brings a unique perspective to this topic. He obtained his Fellowship (FGA) and Diamond Membership (DGA) of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and spent more than 16 years studying pearls in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he served as the gemological advisor to the Bahrain Government’s Gem and Pearl Testing Laboratory. He has been with GIA since 2008.

GIA’s pearl presentations, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Stage Area, Marina Bay Sands Hall A&B, at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. 
For more information, visit    

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

#JWLV - Thank You from DEF for Pledging To "Do Good" at JCK

Thank You
For Joining Diamond Empowerment Fund
at JCK Las Vegas 2013!

Highlights Included:
*Diamonds in the Sky Breakfast and Diamond Showcase
The program included a special industry message from Varda Shine and models showcasing the latest trends in diamond jewelry including HOUSE of WARIS for Forevermark diamond pendant, Dalumi Group's Swana and Golden Diamonds Collection and DEF's new line of Empowerment Jewelry. 

Thank you to Title Sponsor Sarine Technologies and Green Diamond Sponsors Forevermark USA, IGI, JCK

*Doing Good is Good Business Seminar
DEF followed up the breakfast with a presentation led by Dr. Benjamin Chavis, DEF senior strategic advisor, Nancy Orem Lyman, executive director and featuring DEF scholar Biggie Tangane from Botswana, and Jennifer Miller from MJ Christensen Diamonds.

Diamonds in the Sky VIP Celebration at Marquee
 DEF ended the night with a VIP celebration to thank its longtime supporters and Empowerment Circle Partners including Perennial Partners Dalumi Diamonds, Malca-Amit and Sterling Jewelers (Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry) and Meridian Partners Leo Schachter Diamonds and Tiffany & Co.
Phyllis Bergman, DEF President, Meir Dalumi & Michal Marx, Dalumi Group
DEF Empowerment Jewelry
Nancy Orem Lyman, Dr. Ben Chavis & DEF Scholar Biggie Tangane, 
'Doing Good is Good Business' Seminar

To learn more about DEF's mission and the Diamonds for Good Program please contact Nancy Orem Lyman, Executive Director

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Skinner's Fine Jewelry Auction - Fun and Eclectic

Fine Jewelry 
at Skinner...

Just a few of my favorite things from the Fine Jewelry Auction at Skinner yesterday...

Art Nouveau Opal, Diamond, Enamel Brooch, Marcus & Co.
Sold for:$19,000

Art Nouveau Opal, Diamond, and Enamel Brooch, Marcus & Co., centering an opal matrix cabochon within a scrollwork frame, and suspending a conforming drop, set with seventy-six old mine- and old European-cut diamonds, approx. total wt. 4.00 cts., platinum and 18kt gold mount, lg. 3 3/4 in., signed, (restoration, enamel loss).
Estimate $12,000-18,000

Art Nouveau 18kt Rose Gold and Alexandrite Pendant Brooch, Marcus & Co.
Sold for:$55,000

Art Nouveau 18kt Rose Gold and Alexandrite Pendant Brooch, Marcus & Co., centering a cushion-cut alexandrite weighing approximately 7.43 cts., within a peacock-style frame with bezel-set old mine-cut diamonds and green enamel accents, suspending a drop, signed.

14kt Gold Gem-set Snake Necklace, Eric de Kolb
Sold for:$7,500
14kt Gold Gem-set Snake Necklace, Eric de Kolb, with green hardstone eyes, sapphire melee accents, completed by articulated scale links, 128.9 dwt, lg. 17 1/2 in., signed. 
Estimate $6,000-8,000 

Arts & Crafts Platinum, Moonstone, and Sapphire Pendant, Tiffany & Co.
Sold for:$12,000
Arts & Crafts Platinum, Moonstone, and Sapphire Pendant, Tiffany & Co.,set with a cabochon moonstone measuring approx. 30.00 x 20.40 x 12.20 mm, framed with Montana sapphires and scrolling wirework, suspended from a fancy link chain, lg. 2 1/4 and 21 in., signed, (alterations).

Art Deco Jade, Enamel, and Diamond Pendant Watch, Cartier
Sold for:$11,000
Art Deco Jade, Enamel, and Diamond Pendant Watch, Cartier, the circular cream-colored dial with Roman numeral indicators enclosing a European Watch & Clock Co. 18-jewel movement, with black enamel bezel and top, suspended from a black cord with a black enamel and rose-cut diamond slide, joined by a jade ring, no. 13494, 22247, 23 mm, dial and slide signed, (losses). 
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Edwardian Demantoid Garnet and Diamond Spider Brooch
Sold for:$1,900Edwardian Demantoid Garnet and Diamond Spider Brooch, the body set with demantoid garnets and old mine-cut diamonds, platinum-topped 14kt gold mount, lg. 1 in., (losses). 
Estimate $1,000-1,500 

18kt Gold Cuff, Mario Buccellati
Sold for:$4,500

18kt Gold Cuff, Mario Buccellati, designed as a finely textured leaf, interior cir. 6 3/4 in., signed, boxed. 
Estimate $3,500-4,500 

Fine Carved Emerald and Diamond Pendant
Sold for:$20,000

Fine Carved Emerald and Diamond Pendant, India, set with a carved emerald tablet depicting flowers, foliage, and Islamic script, measuring approx. 31.00 x 21.44 mm, framed by rose-cut diamonds, and suspending a carved emerald drop measuring approx. 29.00 x 15.90 mm, flanked by pearls, high-karat gold mount, the reverse pierced and finely enameled, 3 7/8 x 2 in. 
Estimate $20,000-30,000 

18kt Gold, Hardstone, Ruby, and Diamond Cicada Cuff Links
Sold for:$1,500

18kt Gold, Hardstone, Ruby, and Diamond Cicada Cuff Links, each with cabochon ruby eyes and diamond melee collar, lg. 1 in. 
Estimate $1,500-2,000 

Gold, Tourmaline, and Gem-set Suite
Sold for:$1,700

Gold, Tourmaline, and Gem-set Suite, comprising a 22kt gold pendant/brooch bezel-set with a bicolor tourmaline slice, cultured pearl and diamond accents, suspended from a flexible gilt torque; a pair of 14kt gold earstuds, each set with a bicolor tourmaline slice, diamond melee accents; and a 14kt gold ring set with a bicolor tourmaline slice, circular-cut pink tourmaline accent, lg. 1 3/8, 17, and 3/4 in., size 8 1/4.
Estimate $1,200-1,500

18kt Gold, Plique-a-jour Enamel, Gem-set Figural Pendant/Brooch, Masriera
Sold for:$2,700

18kt Gold, Plique-a-jour Enamel, and Gem-set Figural Pendant/Brooch, Masriera, designed as a nymph with plique-a-jour enamel wings, sapphire and diamond melee accents, applied green enamel body suspending a pearl drop, lg. 2 1/8 in., no. C-1468-C, signed, boxed, with papers.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Carved Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring, Sevan Bicakci

Sold for:$9,000
Carved Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring, Sevan Bicakci, c. 2005, bezel-set with a cabochon pink tourmaline with a Maltese cross carved within, further framed and set with diamond melee, 24kt gold and oxidized silver mount, size 8 1/2, signed, boxed. 
Estimate $5,000-7,000 

Skinner is the place for people looking to buy and sell fine objects of value.
Founded over four decades ago, Skinner offers more than 60 auctions annually. Skinner auctions reach an international audience and showcase the unique, rare, and beautiful in dozens of categories, including the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, modern design, musical instruments, science and technology, wine, and many others.

Recruiter Registration Now Open: GIA New York Jewelry Career Fair

Recruiter Registration Now Open: GIA New York Jewelry Career Fair
Connecting employers with the next generation of gem & jewelry stars, July 29

Gem and jewelry companies seeking skilled and motivated talent are invited to participate in the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) New York Jewelry Career Fair on Monday, July 29 at the Javits Center. The acclaimed recruiting event will feature a panel discussion, one-on-one career coaching, and hiring opportunities for various careers within the field. Recruiter registration is available online now.

“Last year’s event in New York connected recruiters from 44 companies with more than 800 job seekers, including many candidates who proved their skill, talent and motivation,” said Kathryn Kimmel, GIA’s vice president, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Career Fair. “Whether you’re in manufacturing, design, gemology or retail, Career Fair is an excellent opportunity to meet and hire the next generation of gem and jewelry professionals, including GIA students and alumni.”

GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 at the Javits Center in 1E Hall. Recruiting will occur from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by JA New York.

Employers interested in recruiting at this Career Fair can sign up by using the registration form, contacting GIA’s Career Services office at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4093, or emailing For general information, email or visit

GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, Calif. Since then, the event has expanded and linked gem and jewelry companies with future employees at more than 40 events in India, Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. Following the New York event, the next GIA Carlsbad Jewelry Career Fair will take place on Friday, Oct. 11.

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  

IGI Mumbai Moves Operations to Bandra-Kurla Complex

Today marks the inauguration of the International Gemological Institute’s (IGI) new offices at Mumbai’s Capital Bandra-Kurla Complex. The move is aimed at serving the industry – which is gradually moving its center of operations to the new diamond bourse – better and more efficiently. In attendance will be guest of honor, Vipul Shah, the chairman of the Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), IGI's worldwide co-CEO Roland Lorie and other prominent industry members.
IGI will offer full industry services from its new location at the diamond bourse. The Institute will be housed in over 50,000 square feet of office space and will offer an entirely new customer experience, including Tatkal, a special one-day option for urgent deliveries. It will also offer pick-up and drop-off at both its bourse location and at customers’ offices. Accuracy and service have always been cornerstones at IGI and will be further reinforced at the new premises.
IGI services are now available at four Mumbai locations, in addition to ten labs across India – certification of loose stones and jewelry offered at the capital; mobile lab grading services for Zaveri Bazzar and surrounding areas remain at Opera House; IGI's school of gemology operates from Opera House and special courses are also offered at Bandra-Kurla; IGI MIDC will continue its jewelry certification services, as well as IGI SEEPZ’s services for the export markets. Additionally, mobile labs will be operational from all IGI offices. 
“The Bandra-Kurla office will offer state-of-the-art facilities, upgraded systems and convenient delivery options for our clients,” said Tehmasp Printer,  the managing director of IGI India. “Operating full-service facilities at four prime locations in Mumbai, we offer the competitive advantage of being closer to diamantaires’ offices, as well as jewelry manufacturers’ factories. Our singular focus is to offer better and more efficient services.”
IGI first established a laboratory in India in 1999, when third-party certification and international grading standards had not yet been fully introduced in the region. India was already an important manufacturing center, but most certification and trading took place outside of the country. IGI took on the challenge of educating the Indian diamond industry and, since its inception, has instructed a significant cross-section of the industry – from manufacturers, to sorters and polishers. To date, tens of thousands of people have enrolled in IGI’s courses. Today, the Indian diamond industry serves the global diamond pipeline – including mining, manufacturing and retail – and IGI is proud to have played an integral and leading role in its growth.
The new diamond bourse has recently become a reality and serves as India’s crowning glory in the global diamond community. The complex is designed to house approximately 2,500 small and large diamond traders, in addition to Customs House, banks and other service providers.
About the International Gemological InstituteIGI began in 1975 and is currently the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and grading gemstones and fine jewelry with offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Surat, Chennai, Thrissur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Cavaleze and Shanghai. IGI has received ISO accreditation in many countries. A certificate from IGI represents the all-important 5th C that no one should be without: Confidence. IGI is a standard of excellence for industry professionals and consumers around the globe. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

UncommonGoods Hosts their Third Annual Jewelry Design Challenge

UncommonGoods Hosts their Third Annual Jewelry Design Challenge

UncommonGoods, an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco- friendly and uniquely designed gifts and accessories, has just launched their Jewelry Design Challenge, a call for unique, handmade jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. The winner will receive $500 and an UncommonGoods vendor contract.

Guest judges will provide all runners up with a consultation and critique of their work, as well as tips for marketing and growing your business. Additionally, the UncommonGoods buying team will be happy to review full portfolios in consideration for future work.

After the call for entries, the semifinalist designs chosen by the UncommonGoods buyers will appear on where the online community will vote on their favorite pieces to move on to the final round of judging. 

The top five voted designs will be judged by UncommonGoods Senior Manager of Etsy Wholesale Vanessa Bertozzi, jewelry maker Etta Kostick, and UncommonGoods Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer Sharon Hitchcock.  A winner will be chosen in mid-July.

Until June 30, 2013 at 11:59 EST, designers and artists are welcome to share their products at

**Accepting work from U.S. residents only

About UncommonGoodsFounded in 1999 and headquartered in New York City, UncommonGoods is a catalog and online retailer of creatively designed, high-quality products. UncommonGoods works with a growing network of artists and makers to bring unique and special products to customers across the United States.

#JWLV - JCK Sends Industry Home Energized and Seeing COLOR!!!

Strong Attendance & Robust Interest in Bridal, Colored Stones 

JCK Las Vegas 2013 came to a close Monday, June 3rd, marking the end of Las Vegas Jewelry Week. The Show was largely attended, with representation from over 40 countries, between exhibitors, attending retailers and press. Product, of course, was the star of the show with all in attendance remarking on the quality and range of designs shown. As such, sales were strong and the overall vibe was one of enthusiasm end excitement for the jewelry industry and the months ahead.

JCK Las Vegas is North America’s leading jewelry show. Now in its 22nd year, the show took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and featured collections from 2,500 jewelry industry exhibitors. 

Known for its extensive range and diversity of offerings, JCK is comprised of specific sections: fine jewelry fills the halls of LUXURY, Elite Enclave, Plumb Club, and Prestige Promenade, luxury timepieces can be viewed (with appointments only) at Swiss Watch, the Design Center boasts innovative, artisan-quality jewelry and the main JCK show floor is home to Watches at JCK, the VICENZAORO Italian Pavilion, Hong Kong, and India. The product, combined with a bustling itinerary of networking events, education seminars and entertainment, including a high-octane Maroon 5 performance, made the show an unforgettable, must-attend event.

With so many categories and brands available to see in one place, product trends, themes and buying patterns were easy to spot. The top trending areas were bridal (particularly twists on classic designs and custom offerings), colored stones and fashion jewelry, such as charms and thin, stackable rings. Snake and other animal motifs, as well as coin jewelry, were highly visible on the show floor. Vibrant greens, which have been trending all year, showed no signs of slowing down and were one half the subject JCK’s successful “Green or Black & White” Twitter contest.

Show attendees covered much ground thanks to JCK’s mobile app, which included a g.p.s. navigational system and a QR scanner. The QR scanner, which scans the badges of all exhibitors seen and sends a post-show report, made buyers feel comfortable moving quickly from appointment to appointment, knowing it was all being digitally catalogued for them. Also contributing to the massive ground covered, JCK’s “Meet & Greet” sweepstakes, which encouraged attendees to venture to outer areas of the exhibition space in order to drop off their sweepstakes ballots. Strong sales may have been helped by the over 500 “Show Specials” which were made available to buyers by many exhibitors.

Events focused on fashion and industry trends were also well-attended. On Saturday, The Knot, sponsor of the Show’s Bridal Lounge, threw an Engagement Party celebrating the category and filled with exclusive tips for the industry, while on Sunday, Le Vian’s® annual Fashion Show, with proceeds benefitting Jewelers for Children, showcased the hottest trends for 2014.

With so much to see and experience, feedback poured in throughout the week:

"We've been coming to the Show since its inception and this was one of the most successful years,“ remarked Ronald Leitzel of Mount Jewelers in Camp Hill, PA. “We accomplished a lot and enjoyed the networking with other retailers, sharing ideas and recommendations for new and interesting collections."
“We have had a great show and been busy with appointments the entire time. Customers are confident, excited and buying again. We feel blessed to be here,” said Amir and Tamara Goldfiner of Rahaminov Diamonds.

“JCK is one of the highlights of my year to preview stunning jewelry and discover the newest trends,” said Jennie Ma, Fashion Editor at The Knot.

“JCK Rocks the Beach, featuring Maroon 5, was incredible, and I’m honored that Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company could be a part of the festivities,” shared Darwin Copeman, President and CEO, Jewelers Mutual Insurance. “We’re celebrating our Centennial Anniversary and it was fun to share the milestone in such an upbeat environment with so many of our jewelry industry partners and members.”

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, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events, and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

--LUXURY PrivĂ© New YorkJuly 29 - 31, 2013 - New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
--LUXURY PrivĂ© PanamaAugust 26 - 28, 2013 - Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
--JCK TucsonFebruary 3 - 8, 2014 - Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort
--LUXURY and Elite EnclaveMay 27 - 29, 2014, by invitation only, and then continues as the events
open their doors to all JCK retailers May 30- June 2, 2014 - Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay
--Swiss Watch: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental
--JCK Las Vegas: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

#JWLV - DEF Introduces New Designer Jewelry That Support Their Initiatives


Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) introduced a new line of Empowerment Jewelry at JCK Las Vegas, collaborating with leading jewelry designers who support DEF’s mission of empowering the next generation of African leaders in diamond producing countries.

Jewelry Designer Donna Distefano’s stylish and sustainable collection of bracelets titled ‘Illumination’ was created to be symbolic, accessible, and versatile. Each bracelet, co-designed by Elizabeth Hamrick, bears a silver emblem representing some of the values of DEF: transformation, tranquility, and strength. Set with diamonds, the silver symbols slide on leather-look ultra-suede straps, making them suitable for men and women as well as being animal friendly.

Royal Asscher has created a tsavorite and diamond pendant for DEF as part of the Stars of Africa collection. This unique pendant is comprised of green tsavorite and diamonds encased in a fluid-filled natural sapphire dome, allowing jewels to fall freely like snowflakes in a snow globe.  The design won ‘best in show’ at JCK and is an example of the Asscher Family’s long-standing commitment to integrity, quality and giving back.

Banneker Watches, is introducing a line of watches for DEF which incorporate their signature design of luxury woods combined with diamonds and green crystals.  

Russell Simmons, global business mogul, entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of DEF, shares these designers vision of transformation as it is the cornerstone to DEF’s mission. “It is important to support and encourage the youth of Africa to make a positive change in the world. DEF Empowerment Jewelry will contribute to this vision” affirms Simmons. Each designer has also joined DEF’s Diamonds for Good Membership Program to further show support for DEF and to contribute to scholarships for these young people.

About the Diamond Empowerment Fund

The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a New York based global non-profit organization (EIN# 20-5967103) that raises money to fund education initiatives in African diamond-producing nations. Its beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree.  CIDA has an 80% employment rate among graduates; the African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development on the continent and drawing students from all 54 countries in Africa, and the Botswana Top Achievers program that provides the top high school students countrywide the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development.


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