Google+ The Daily Jewel: 8/18/13 - 8/25/13


Saturday, August 24, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: Diamond Empowerment Fund's GOOD Awards 2014!


The Diamond Empowerment Fund established the GOOD Awards to recognize individuals and corporations for outstanding leadership in the area of good corporate citizenship, sustainability, promoting opportunity in Africa and helping to communicate the diamond industry’s commitment to helping individuals through education in African diamond-producing nations. Honorees reflect outstanding achievement and global leadership.

About the Diamond Empowerment Fund

The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a New York based International non-profit organization (EIN# 20-5967103)  supporting education initiatives in diamond producing countries.

D.E.F. funds programs that have proven success in providing African youth with higher education opportunities, including leadership development and entrepreneurial skills building.

Currently, D.E.F.’s beneficiary organizations are CIDA City Campus, African Leadership Academy, and Botswana’s Top Achievers.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Diane Flora Membership and Education Manager at AGTA

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) 
Names Diane Flora
Membership and Education Manager

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The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today that Diane Flora was named the Membership and Education Manager. She began her new role July 29.

Prior to joining AGTA, Flora was the Director of Education at the American Gem Society (AGS) for over 10 years, where she planned, directed, and coordinated the educational programs for the Society. And previous to AGS, she was an instructor for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), teaching classes in gemology including diamonds, color gemstones, and pearls.

“Diane comes to AGTA with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience,” says Douglas Hucker, AGTA CEO. “Education is a core value that we, at AGTA, hold in the highest regard.  As we continue to focus on the importance of our Member benefits and grow our membership base we are thrilled to have someone of Diane’s stature on board!

Flora earned her Graduate Gemology diploma from the GIA in 1979 and the prestigious title of Certified Gemologist Appraiser, AGS, in 1992. In her role as Membership and Education Manager she will be responsible for member growth and focus on the enhancement and promotion of the benefits of membership in the AGTA.

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industries. 

The Association pursues its goals through the combined use of educational programs, publicity, industry events, government and industry relations, and printed materials for both the trade and consumer. The AGTA is well-known in the gemstone and jewelry industries for maintaining the highest ethical standards.

GIA Presents at the Japan Jewellery Fair

GIA Presents at the Japan Jewellery Fair
Experts discuss ruby, sapphire treatments and pearls

TOKYO – Aug. 15, 2013 – Members of the Japanese gem and jewelry trade will have the opportunity to learn about ruby and sapphire treatments and pearls on Aug. 27 and 28 during the Japan Jewellery Fair in Tokyo. Ahmadjan Abduriyim, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) senior research scientist and manager of Colored Stone Services, will share the latest details about treatments applied to two of the most sought after and fabled gems – ruby and sapphire. Nicholas Sturman, GIA manager of Pearl Identification, will discuss the colorful world of mollusks and their pearls.

The free GIA seminars will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center. Representatives from GIA will also be available throughout the show at Booth E-40, Aug. 27-29, to answer questions about the Institute’s education programs. 

Abduriyim will discuss the latest updates on ruby and sapphire treatments. The demand for natural, untreated rubies and sapphires continues to grow, but treatment processes that enhance the appearance of the stone are often difficult to detect outside of a gemological laboratory. Abduriyim’s presentation, “Gemological Observation of Ruby and Sapphire Heat Treatment,” will discuss how the GIA laboratories determine if a ruby or sapphire has been treated to improve its color or clarity.

Mollusks come in a range of colors, and amazingly varied shapes, patterns and sizes.  From the world’s largest shell to the smallest, there are many reasons to appreciate these diverse creatures. One of their best attributes, however, is that they are able to produce pearls. Sturman will discuss important and frequently encountered pearl-producing mollusks, as well as some of the rarer ones. He will also cover topics related to their coloration, structure and optical characteristics.

Abduriyim received his doctorate in mineralogy from the Division of Earth and Planetary Science at Kyoto University in Japan. He has authored numerous gemological articles, including work on geographic origin determination of major gemstones and the applications of LA-ICP-MS in the gemological field, which have been published in major gemological periodicals such as Gems and Gemology.

With more than 23 years of experience, Sturman brings a unique perspective to the detailed examination of pearls. 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.

Prospective students and other interested parties are encouraged to meet with representatives from GIA’s campuses in Tokyo and Osaka at Booth E-40. GIA is the worldwide leader in gemological education with 11 campuses around the world and a globally recognized eLearning program. 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   

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Two Jewelry School Scholarship Opportunites....

A couple Scholarship opportunities via the MJSA Newsletter:

Jewelry Studies International Accepting Scholarship Applications
Jewelry Studies International, in collaboration with Vision Numeric 3Design, is accepting applications for a scholarship for classes in beginning and advanced CAD. Valued at $1,900, the scholarship will cover 10 days of instruction in 3Design CAD and includes a six-month student license for the software. (Travel and lodging expenses are not included.) Students must have a laptop with the required specifications to run 3Design CAD. Deadline: Oct. 1. 
Jewelry Studies International, 
321 W. Ben White Blvd., #204, 
                      Austin, TX 78704; 

Gemological Institute of America Accepting Scholarship Applications
Gemological Institute of America(GIA) is accepting scholarship applications for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Scholarships are available for its distance education eLearning courses and for classes at GIA’s campuses in Bangkok, Thailand; Carlsbad, California; Hong Kong; London; Mumbai, India; New York City; and Taiwan, as well as at the GIA branch in Dubai. Additional scholarships are also available. Applications will be available through Oct. 31. Contact: GIA, 1-760-603-4131;;

PGI Introduces "Hint Tool"!


New York, NY (August 9, 2013) – Every girl dreams of that magical day- her Prince Charming on bended knee professing his love with the perfect symbol of an everlasting relationship- a platinum engagement ring! But how does he know which setting is swoon-worthy? Platinum Guild International USA (PGI USA) has created a foolproof instrument to take the guesswork out of ring shopping, the new “Hint Tool.”

The Hint Tool lives on PGI-USA’s recently re-launched consumer website Users navigating the platinum design gallery can send a “hint” to that special someone indicating any piece of platinum jewelry from the site by simply clicking the “Hint This” link on any product page. This will prompt a customizable e-card that can be sent via email or social media or even printed for personal delivery. The addressee will then receive the relevant product info with the personalized message.  

“Surveys find that an overwhelming amount of brides-to-be desire a platinum setting,” says PGI USA President Huw Daniel. “The Hint Tool is a way for these brides, and anyone desiring platinum jewelry, to not only express a preference of design, but to distinguish the benefit of setting it in platinum.”

Platinum is naturally white and, unlike other white metals, will never change color or fade so it is the perfect choice for jewelry that symbolizes a lasting relationship. See more facts about platinum, platinum jewelry designs, retailer locations and much more on The website has recently been revamped to provide for a more user-friendly experience with an easy-to-navigate design gallery and accessible information and tools.

About Platinum Guild International (PGI):
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade.PGI has offices in the US, China, Japan, India and London, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information please visit
PGI-USA’s consumer site:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Introducing - ATHOMIE


[ A - THO - MEE ]


An international patent…in jewelry. A novel concept brought to life through Italian innovation and design.  Already a success in Europe and around world, Athomie is ready to make its mark in North America.

Athomie emerges akin to a space mission. Inspired by the fact that everything is comprised of atoms.  After all, nothing exists except atoms and empty space, everything else is opinion.Typically we experience jewelry through only one sense, our sense of sight. Athomie aims to change the way we experience

These one of a kind pieces are not only beautiful to the eye, but to the touch as well. Patented technology of suspended sterling silver, diamond cut beads rotate 360 degrees to provide an addictive, sensory experience to the wearer.  The first generation features three distinct collections-classic, contemporary and innovative. With an array of 18k gold platings and finishes, the possibilities are truly infinite.

Italian jewelry house Dibi SpA in collaboration with designer Stefano Russo brings us Athomie. 

Russo spends his time between the fashion capitals of Milan and Paris; collaborating with prestigious brands such as Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, and Prada. Fascinated and inspired by combining science with art, Russo applies these concepts to create the perfect balance Athomie ‘the sense of beauty”, is certain to make its mark in the industry.


Precious Resources: A Revolutionary Gem Marketing Tool


Teofilo Otoni, Brazil 20th August 2013 – David Stanley Epstein of Brazil-based colored gemstone buying agency, Precious Resources, today announces the launch of an innovative sales tool aimed to help custom jewelers and designer-makers further differentiate themselves from the competition.

Consisting of an emailable video of between three and 15 minutes duration, the sales tool is designed to be shared with the friends and family of jewelers´ customers. The video will follow the order arriving at Precious Resources´ buying office in Brazil´s world famous Minas Gerais (meaning General Mines) state; including the search for the ideal rough gem material in Teofilo Otoni´s open air gem plaza or to the mine if necessary; through the cutting of the stone in Precious Resources´ ethical gem cutting workshop.

The finished gem is presented on a turntable with the size, weight, region – and when known – the mine. The jeweler´s and client´s names will feature prominently throughout; presenting the jeweler with a strong branding opportunity – and the customer a living testament to the occasion and the emotion behind the piece.

If desired the jeweler or goldsmith can add onto the video the production of the piece and its presentation to the customer.

“We´ve been buying in Brazil for over 30 years, so we´ve seen numerous changes in the needs of our diverse clients – and the expectations of their own customers.

As more and more jewelers seek to differentiate themselves from mass-marketers by offering custom design services on premises, we want to offer the opportunity to “romance their customers´ stones” as an additional differentiator that research suggests will help close more sales,” said Epstein today.

Submitted - August 19th by David Epstein


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