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Friday, September 13, 2013

CIBJO President Celebrates French Gemmological Association's 50th year

CIBJO President Celebrates French Gemmological Association's 50th year, 
praises critical role of gemmologists in maintaining consumer confidence 

CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri addressing
the 50th anniversary gemmological conference
of l'Association Française de Gemmologie.

Gaetano Cavalieri, joined government officials, senior industry representatives and leading gemmologists from around the world at a conference in Paris last week, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of l'Association Française de Gemmologie (AFG), the French Gemmological Association. 

Addressing the gathering, Dr, Cavalieri credited AFG and the gemmologial community of enhancing the confidence of consumers in jewellery and the jewellery industry, through their efforts to advance the principles of full transparency and disclosure.

"Consumer confidence is the platform on which we stand. If it becomes fragile and collapses, so will we," he stated, wishing AFG, its president, Didier Giard, and its Council of Administration, "many more years of serving as one of the buttresses of the foundation on which we all stand."

"Your ability to keep abreast of developments in the marketplace and the minefields, to conduct proper and disciplined scientific research, to publish and disseminate what you have learned, and then to serve the industry through gem identification and grading is absolutely essential," Dr. Cavalieri stated. "We are dependent upon your professional integrity, the quality of your research and the way in which you organise and operate your laboratories. You hold the reputation of our business in the palms of your hands. It is a privilege and also a great responsibility."

The CIBJO President called on the participants at the participants and the conference to contribute to the review and maintenance of the CIBJO Blue Books, which he described as "the most universally recognised and accepted set of jewellery and gemstone standards in the world."

CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri (left) looks on, as AFG President Didier Giard addresses the gathering.

Participants at the gemmological conference, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the l'Association Française de Gemmologie, in Paris.

CIBJO is the international jewellery confederation of national trade organisations. CIBJO's purpose is to encourage harmonisation, promote international cooperation in the jewellery industry and to consider issues which concern the trade worldwide. CIBJO's chief mission is to protect consumer confidence in the industry. Click here to go to the CIBJO website for more information.
Press Release submitted by CIBJO

Thursday, September 12, 2013

54 Scholarships Awarded By GIA This Fall - Supporting Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Jeweler Programs

GIA Awards 54 Scholarships for Fall 2013
Recipients embark on programs, courses and lab classes

54 students will begin their studies at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) this fall with scholarships toward Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. For the first time, a GIA student will receive the “Dr. Geoffrey Smith Scholarship,” which sponsors a student who previously participated in the GIA Junior Gemologist Program™. The scholarships align with GIA’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals.

A number of $1,500 awards for eLearning courses and $1,000 awards for U.S.-based lab classes were awarded. The scholarships, supported by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. Recipients are eligible to participate in distance education eLearning courses and for classes at campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York and Taiwan; and at the GIA branch in Dubai. 

“GIA’s Junior Gemologist program is a fun beginning to a lifelong journey of learning about gems. My interest in gems and minerals began in elementary school – around the same age as these students – and I hope this scholarship will enable and encourage more kids to turn their passion for gems into a career,” said Dr. Smith. GIA’s Junior Gemologist class introduces gemology to fourth through 12th graders and meets U.S. curriculum guidelines. Dr. Smith is a long-time GIA volunteer who created the fund as an incentive for Junior Gemologist students passionate about gemology to consider it as a career path.

During GIA’s bi-yearly scholarship application period, students can apply for all scholarships online and indicate an interest in a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from lab and jewelry manufacturing arts to those that go toward a Graduate Gemologist diploma. GIA is now accepting scholarship applications for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. U.S. scholarship highlights include:

  • The GIA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans will award three scholarships of up to $1,500 each
  • GIA will award two full scholarships of up to $17,850 each for the new on-campus Jewelry Design and Technology program
  • GIA will award two full scholarships of up to $21,089 each for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program
  • GIA will award one full scholarship of up to $19,260 for the new on-campus Graduate Jeweler program
  • Two scholarships will be offered in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, former GIA president considered the “Father of Modern Gemology.” 
  • One full scholarship for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program (up to $21,089), 
  • and another toward the eLearning Graduate Gemologist program (up to $9,000)

Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website. Additional scholarship details are availablehere. For more information, call (760) 603-4131 or email
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, September 11, 2013

Forbes Galleries Celebrates AJDC For 25 Years of Design

American Jewelry Design Council Celebrates 25 years of Design
With Exhibition at the Forbes Galleries

Interpretations of “Ice” (Alan Revere), “Black & White” (Linda MacNeil), and “Water” (John Iversen)

Opening September 21st, 2013 the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC)will showcase 25 years of outstanding jewelry design at the prestigious Forbes Galleries in New York.  The exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC”, is open to the public and will dazzle museum visitors with works from over 40 AJDC members through February 22nd, 2014.

On view at the Forbes gallery will be a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Annually, the council asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as “Water”, “Spiral”, “Ice”, and “Flight” imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials.

Artists exhibiting in “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC” include:
Sandy Baker
Michael Bondanza
Falcher Fusager
Michael Good
Ron Hartgrove
Jose Hess
Scott Keating
Steven Kretchmer
Linda MacNeil
Adam Neeley
Paul Robilotti
Susan Sadler
William Schraft
Barbara Westwood
Jane Bohan
Petra Class
Geoffrey Giles
Sarah Graham
Barbara Heinrich
Cornelis Hollander
Christo Kiffer
Pascal Lacroix
Gregory Morin
Mark Patterson
Todd Reed
George Sawyer
Tina Segal
Whitney Boin
Jaclyn Davidson
Cornelia Goldsmith
Alishan Halebian
Susan Helmich
John Iversen
Paul Klecka
Anthony Lent
Jennifer Rabe Morin
Kent Raible
Alan Revere
Mark Schneider
Diana Vincent 

"The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality and excellence in design,” says Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC.  “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive.  Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience."

Since its establishment in 1988, the AJDC has worked to educate and promote the awareness of jewelry as an art form. Members of the American Jewelry Design Council are dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential. This year’s theme “Wave” delivered awe inspiring works of art which were debuted at the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas this past June.

About the AJDC
Formed in 1988 by a group of American designers, The American Jewelry Design Council is a non-profit educational corporation, which recognizes and promotes the appreciation of original jewelry design as art. Up until this time, much of the industry still felt that only European designers knew how to design original jewelry. Although American designers had not followed the same schooling and classic apprenticeship as the European tradition demanded, many were self-taught creating brilliant, original designs that went unrecognized.  Founding members include: Whitney Boin, Michael Bondanza, Henry Dunay, Michael Good, Ron Hartgrove, Jose Hess, Cornelis Hollander, and Pascal Lacroix.

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