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Saturday, May 10, 2014

“Nurture By Reena,” the World's First Fully Disclosed Lab-Grown Diamond Designer Jewelry Brand

"Nurture By Reena" will be at the Design Center (S10519) at JCK Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay.  I know that Reena would very much love to meet you there!

This is a very exciting moment - Reena has been working very hard to complete this first collection in time for the JCK show in Las Vegas, she said, 

"Finally!  So excited to share this announcement with you! It's has been years in the making.  This inaugural collection is my labor of love that merges fashion and design with wearable technology and one of the coolest of human-innovations, lab-grown diamonds! A fully certified, fully disclosed line! "

Full Press Announcement Follows...

Reena Ahluwalia Launches “Nurture By Reena,” the World's First 
Lab-Grown Diamond Designer Jewelry Brand

Milestone marks first-ever designer jewelry brand that exclusively features lab-grown diamonds - merges it with wearable technology & fashion.

Multi-award winning jewelry designer and longtime diamond industry insider, Reena Ahluwalia, today announced the launch of the world's first lab-grown diamond designer jewelry brand – “Nurture By Reena.” 

The brand is committed to proudly feature fully disclosed, certified lab-grown diamonds that are origin-guaranteed, conflict-free and environmentally sustainable.

“The Moments Collection” is the first offering from “Nurture By Reena.” It combines diamond jewelry with wearable technology and merges style and fashion with deep personal meaning. 

Using QR Code technology opens the door to a unique ecosystem that allows you to attach
your most precious moments to your jewel. The lab-grown diamond pieces flip to discreetly
reveal a QR code that is otherwise hidden from view while the jewelry is worn.

Each cutting-edge design unites the beauty of natural shapes with the precision of modern
technology and brings to life Reena’s love of discovery. And while each piece embodies the
unique vision of the artist, you’re invited to give it personal meaning through the stories you attach to it. Capturing an individual's unique moment and personal messages, the jewel can be effortlessly personalized with content that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Like the eternal nature of a diamond, your jewel becomes a modern day digital talisman, a time capsule that captures and preserves your moment for eternity.

The Moments Collection is offered in colorless, pink and yellow lab-grown diamonds, with a starting carat weight of 0.40ct. and includes rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. To date, there are 36 SKUs available in 18k gold, including white, yellow and rose gold. 

According to Designer, Reena Ahluwalia, “I looked at blooming flowers for inspiration and symbolism. For me, flowers are like moments – ephemeral, yet deeply memorable."

Reena said, “Let me take you on a journey one could only imagine before. I am proud to bring to you a collection that celebrates the changing consumer values of today, embodies what real love means and helps you express your deepest personal stories. For retailers, this also offers phenomenal value and choices through layers of differentiation, which is essential to stand out in the retail space today.”





Gala will Honor H.E. President Khama and the Government of Botswana

Major leaders spanning the breadth of the diamond and jewelry industry have joined as Sponsors of the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s (D.E.F’s) Diamonds in the Sky Las Vegas gala including:

Premier Presenting Sponsors:

Rio Tinto, Signet Jewelers Ltd., The De Beers Group of Companies

Premier Partner Sponsor:

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited

Premier Patron Sponsors:

KGK Group, Le Vian Corporation, Tiffany & Co.

Anna Martin of Standard Chartered Bank and D.E.F board member said, “The immediate embrace by these global leaders of the ‘Diamonds in the Sky Las Vegas’ gala signifies a momentous coming together of the industry in support of D.E.F’s Diamonds Do Good Mission.” Concurs Philippe Mellier, CEO, The De Beers Group of Companies, “We are a founding partner and proud supporter of the Diamond Empowerment Fund.  In our 45th  year of partnership with the people of Botswana, we are delighted to be part of this special occasion honoring the country’s unique record of success in transforming its natural resource into sustainable, broad-based development. 

The elegant affair will bring together a unique mix of the international diamond jewelry
industry, government officials from diamond producing nations, and celebrities from
fashion and entertainment. The proceeds will benefit D.E.F.’s recently expanded mission
that supports diamond communities around the world.

Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Managing Director, Rio Tinto Diamonds says, “With this expanded mission D.E.F has become the industry organization that is taking the role to communicate to the consumer all the good things that diamonds do today and will continue to do tomorrow. We are honored to support this endeavor”.

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery notes, “We are proud to be part of an industry that gives back. We salute the good works of H.E. President Khama, the government of Botswana and the role D.E.F is taking to communicate this to consumers around the world.”

Phyllis Bergman, President of D.E.F.’s board of directors concludes; “We are thrilled to
welcome such an esteemed list of industry leaders as Premier Sponsors of Diamonds in
the Sky Las Vegas.”

The Premier Sponsors listed above are joined by Benefactor Sponsors

Arjav Diamonds, 
Blue Star Diamonds, 
Dali Diamond Co., 
Eurostar Diamond Traders,
 Julius Klein Group, 
M. Suresh Company, 
Rosy Blue, 
Shree Ramkrishna Exports

Sustainer Sponsors; 
American Gem Society Laboratories, 
Christopher Designs, 
Crossworks Manufacturing, 
Dalumi Group, 
Dominion Diamonds, 
Gemological Institute of America, 
JCK Jewelers Circular Keystone, 
Niru Group, 

Rapaport Group, 

 Empowerment Circle Partners; 
Dalumi Group, 
Brilliant Earth, 
Leo Schachter, 
Sarine Technologies, 
Tiffany & Co.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund was co-founded by Russell Simmons and leaders in the diamond industry in 2007. 

For more information on tickets, journal ads and sponsorship opportunities please contact Executive Director Nancy Orem Lyman at:   
or visit

Friday, May 9, 2014

#DailyJewel - Reinstein/Ross, Goldsmiths - NEW Downtown Location Opening Soon!

Spring brings all things NEW - new beginnings and in this case a NEW location.

Reinstein/Ross' Madison Ave. flagship store and workshop are still on 73rd BUT - this Spring  they  open a new Downtown showroom  in the Meatpacking District.... just down the street from the Highline and the New Whitney Museum:

NOW lets look at just a few of the reasons to visit one of their locations - their JEWELRY!

These stunning pieces in high karat gold exude an ancient discipline with all of the attention to detail present in Old World jewelry....often called the Ring Leaders for their amazing collection of rings for everyday, special occasions and bridal!

Reinstein/Ross Goldsmiths

29 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021

212.772.1901 Store and Workshop

Milenyum Mining Names Custom Gem Cutting Ltd. Canadian Distributor of Csarite™

Rough Material Donated to Canadian Gemmological Association

Milenyum Mining Limited (MML) is excited to announce that Custom Gem Cutting Ltd/Wobito Gems, a master gem cutting firm based in Stouffville, Ontario is the first authorized distributor of Csarite™ in Canada. Brothers Ralph and Rudi Wobito continue the gem cutting tradition started by their father and grandfather in the renowned German gem cutting center of Idar-Oberstein.

“As the primary cutting facility for the rare and precious Csarite™, it makes perfect sense for our company to also distribute this product to our many constituents,” stated Rudi Wobito. “Our intimate knowledge of the skill required to cut Csarite™ uniquely positions us to help teach the Canadian jewelry industry about the attributes of this color change gem.”

Milenyum Mining is kicking off the announcement with a donation of Csarite™ rough crystals to the Canadian Gemmological Association for study and education.

“We are thrilled with this contribution,” stated Duncan Parker, president of the Canadian Gemmological
Association. “Given its rarity and newness to the market, having material on hand is instrumental in teaching
our students about this unusual and precious gem.”

Csarite™ is the trade name for the finest of Turkish color change diaspore. Ethically sourced at its sole known source deep in the mountains of the Anatolia region of Turkey, Csarite has quickly become a favorite gemstone of luxury jewelry designers the world over.

MML is the world’s only actively-mining source supply of Csarite™, a Turkish diaspore that is a natural,
unenhanced colored gemstone. Responsible for cutting and marketing of this phenomenal gemstone, MML’s
mission is to introduce gem and jewelry connoisseurs around the globe to Turkish diaspore’s unique beauty and rarity. MML is a member of The International Colored Gemstone Association.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

#DailyJewel - Atelier Leseine - so much more than Couture

Have you ever fallen in love with a Couture line all the while realizing that there is no way you will ever be able to afford it?

Have you seen the carved pearl line at Atelier Leseine?   WOW - I want to stack these gorgeous bracelets!!!

Atelier Leseine

Monday, May 5, 2014

#JCKLV - Launch of Mireya Line By Engagement Ring Guru, Harout Aghjayan

Two Industry Veterans Join Forces to Create Collection Highlighted by New ‘Fit’ System 

The Mireya bridal jewelry brand is the latest creation from esteemed bridal jewelry designer Harout Aghjayan. Russell Cohen, best known for his successful 23-year career as Chairman and Co-CEO of Carlyle & Co. Jewelers, a $110 million luxury jewelry company, will take the reigns as CEO of Mireya. The brand Mireya, which gets its name from a Spanish word meaning miracle, has set out to become one of sorts for the tradition based bridal jewelry

With the “pick-a-head” Mireya Fit System, the brand will revolutionize the way that brides-to-be shop and create diamond engagement rings while giving retailers readily available, in store options enabling them to close the sale immediately. The Mireya Fit System takes guessing and imagining out of the buying process, allowing women to try on their exact complete ring – not look at a CAD design on a computer screen or try on a semi-mount. The buyer is presented, in store, with a selection of Mireya rings stocked by the retailer and a set of pre-set center diamonds in various shapes and sizes. Mireya’s rings are engineered to seamlessly accept the pre-set center diamonds with a precise, secure and patented lock-in system, making each ring a complete, custom-created ring. Once a final selection is made, the ring can be fully assembled that same day. The Mireya Fit System also offers additional benefits to retailers and consumers: easy and fast modifications without completely rebuilding a ring, easy upgrades, and for those fewer and fewer grooms selecting a ring without their bride’s input, an insurance policy – if she does not like it, just change it in minutes with a simple visit to the store. Retail prices range from $800 to $2,000.

Mireya will also offer an assortment of finished goods characterized by its signature – a
Renaissance inspired shank design. The cohesive collection, consisting of 20 variations of this
signature style and 185 styles in total are all meticulously handmade of 14K, 18K or Platinum, in the USA, and offer attractive price points in each category. CEO Russell Cohen declares, “I am excited to be a part of this unique initiative in the bridal jewelry market. Beyond the stunning designs, I am confident that the Mireya Fit System will be the key to transforming retailers’ abilities to sell engagement rings.” 

“Mireya is the next evolution in engagement rings,” said Harout Aghjayan. He continued, “Pairing stunning design with cutting-edge technology, creates a win-win situation for consumers and retailers alike. I have always been on the forefront of the jewelry 
industry and am proud to be bringing this next innovation, which will change the way engagement rings are sold.” 

The Mireya brand assortment will expand to include diamond wedding bands, wedding-day
jewelry, everyday diamond jewelry and, in the near future, fashion collections with an updated, sophisticated look, exquisitely articulated and value-oriented. Mireya will officially debut at JCK Las Vegas at Booth 1329 from May 27th to June 2nd, at which time the brand’s advertising campaign, website, and in store displays will be unveiled.

NEW Mineral Found - Purplish Pink Putnisite!

The discovery of a NW mineral isn't an everyday occurrence but a couple in Australia found a   new purple-pink mineral that has a chemical composition and crystalline structure unlike any of the known 4,000 minerals has been discovered at a mining site in Western Australia. 

Following is the official Press Release from the University of Adelaide:

New mineral shows nature's infinite variability

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
A University of Adelaide mineralogy researcher has discovered a new mineral that is unique in structure and composition among the world's 4,000 known mineral species.
Published in Mineralogical Magazine, Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Dr Peter Elliott has described 'putnisite', found in a surface outcrop at Lake Cowan, north of Norseman in Western Australia.
"What defines a mineral is its chemistry and crystallography," says Dr Elliott, who is also a Research Associate with the South Australian Museum.
"By x-raying a single crystal of mineral you are able to determine its crystal structure and this, in conjunction with chemical analysis, tells you everything you need to know about the mineral.
"Most minerals belong to a family or small group of related minerals, or if they aren't related to other minerals they often are to a synthetic compound - but putnisite is completely unique and unrelated to anything.
"Nature seems to be far cleverer at dreaming up new chemicals than any researcher in a laboratory."
The new mineral occurs as tiny crystals, no more than 0.5 mm in diameter and is found on a volcanic rock. It appears as dark pink spots on dark green and white rock which, under the microscope, appears as square, cube-like crystals. It combines the elements strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen - a very unusual combination. It has yet to be determined if the new mineral will have any practical use.
The mineral was discovered during prospecting by a mining company in WA and handed on to CSIRO for initial research and then to Dr Elliott for more detailed analysis.
Dr Elliott has researched 12 new Australian minerals in the past seven years and seven of those he found himself.
Two of these new minerals were discovered in South Australia - domerockite and hylbrownite - named respectively after Dome Rock, where the mineral was first was found, and Henry Yorke Lyle Brown, Government Geologist of South Australia from 1882-1912.
Putnisite has been named for Australian mineralogists Andrew and Christine Putnis.

Putnisite is translucent and brittle.The mineral has no known practical uses. Some of theelements in putnisite are carbon, calcium, chromium and strontium. It's chemical formula is the following:
The new mineral's name, putnisite, is still not official. It has to be approved by the International Mineralogical Association.


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