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Saturday, December 2, 2017

#Galatea #MomentoPearl Interactive Momento Jewelry Now Compatible with iPhone 7, 8 and X

from Press Release
#NFC Galatea Momento Jewelry, 
Formerly Only Interactive With Android,
Now Compatible With Apple's iPhone 7, 8, and X

Exciting news for iPhone lovers and the jewelry industry at large: Galatea Jewelry by Artist’s patented, NFC-empowered MomentoTM Pearl, Gem and Diamond jewelry now works with the Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Momento jewelry had previously been compatible only with Android phones and tablets. The Galatea Momento NFC app is now available for download on Apple’s App Store.

Momento #NFC jewelry, first introduced by Galatea in 2014, is the world’s only truly interactive fine jewelry. It contains a near field communication (NFC) chip, allowing a user to play messages, or view texts or images when the pearl, gemstone or diamond jewelry is tapped against a compatible mobile device. Galatea has applied for seven patents for Momento, four of which have been granted. The Momento Collections currently include over 75 unique jewelry styles. Apple unlocked the NFC portion of its operating system for app developers in September, the same time it introduced its new iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X.

"We’ve been waiting for Apple to allow us to adapt our technology for the iOS operating
system since we debuted this product three years ago,” says Huynh. “We invested heavily in the technology and the patents because we believe this is the future of fine jewelry."

Despite its high-tech interface, the real benefits of Momento, says Huynh, lies in its ability
to summon a voice, a memory and evoke an emotional response. Of special interest is the
Momento Diamond, “The World’s First Interactive Engagement Diamond.” Sold as semi-mounts, the engagement rings offer a new twist on the meaning of a diamond. “It can hold everything from a proposal to wedding vows and images and video links to the ceremony. Think about the enormity of that,” says Huynh.

The Momento PearlTM contains an NFC chip to play a voice message as well as a variety of digital content.

The Jewelry RevolutionaryThough Momento is unique, Huynh says it's just a natural extension of Galatea's revolutionary work with gemstones, pearls, and pearl culturing over the last 20 years. 
Known for its hand-carved cultured Tahitian and freshwater pearls (the Momento Pearl collection features only hand-carved pearls), Galatea also owns a number of patents for its unique pearl and gemstone jewelry. In 2005, the company introduced the Galatea PearlTM (Patent 7,062,940 B2), a pearl that is cultured using a colored stone bead. After the pearl's nacre is carved away, the color can be seen below its surface. It's been called the most significant breakthrough in pearl culturing since Kokichi Mikimoto patented the process in the early part of the 20th century.

The company’s DavinChi Cut Collection, which was awarded an International Patent in 2012, introduced a new way of setting a gemstone in jewelry so it could absorb the colors of its surroundings. And Galatea’s newest Galaxia Collection features a patent-pending bonding process that adheres minuscule lab-grown diamond druzy to precious metals or pearls without a noticeable setting.

The complete collection of Momento Pearl, Gemstone and Diamond jewelry features
Manufacturer Suggested Retails beginning at $350.

About Galatea: Jewelry by Artist ( With an uncompromising artistic vision, Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea, has created some of the world's most beautiful and
unusual jewelry collections--collections that rely upon pearls and other gemstones that have been transformed by proprietary and patented processes. A poet, painter and humanitarian, Galatea, founded in 1994, employs over 150 people in the U.S. and Vietnam. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

#GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Internship Opportunities

From Press Release

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships & Internships
Opportunities available at GIA California and New York

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) invites qualified candidates to apply for the Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at its Carlsbad, California and New York City locations. The one-to-two year fellowships encourage early-career scientists to pursue full-time academic research on fundamental scientific problems in gemstone geology, defect physics and diamond synthesis; and other fields related to gemology – the study of diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls and their treatments. A paid research internship program is also available for students pursuing a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in related fields.

Karen Smit, a postdoctoral researcher for GIA from 2014-2016, is a research scientist at GIA. She is using a Scanning Electron Microscope to image a sample's shape or composition and see the internal growth structure of diamond. Photo by Jian Xin (Jae) Liao/GIA.

 “GIA’s fellowship and internship programs provide unique opportunities for researchers to fully perform specialized research in their areas of interest and expertise,” said Dr. Wuyi Wang, vice president of research and development for GIA. “Researchers are given full access to in-house research instruments and information including FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR absorption, Raman, photoluminescence and EPR spectrometers; an SEM microscope equipped with EDS and CL spectroscopy and imaging; laser ablation ICP-MS and a CVD diamond growth lab with laser cutting and polishing facilities.”

The start date of each fellowship is flexible, but accepted candidates should begin the program by Jan. 31, 2019. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date, and preferably within the last three years. Candidates should be willing to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend, research funding and approved travel subsidies. Benefits include full health, dental and vision insurance, and the potential reimbursement of relocation expenses. Appointments are for one year.

The internship program is a paid one-to-two month period working on an agreed-upon project focused on a specific gemology topic. Work will include using instruments, analysis and data processes to determine a conclusion by the end of the internship. Interns will receive ongoing mentoring from experienced GIA scientists and gemologists.

Fellowship applications are due by April 30, 2018 and must include curriculum vitae with a publications list, a three-to-five page research proposal and at least two letters of reference. Internship applications are due by May 31, 2018. National and international students are welcome to apply for either program. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information about the application process, the Liddicoat Postdoctoral Fellowships, the research internship program, GIA’s facilities and current and past research projects visit

The Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and the internship program are funded by the GIA endowment fund.

There have been a total of six current and former research associates who have been part of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The opportunities offered in this program makes advanced research attainable for early scientists. Former GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith and coauthors published a cover story in the December issue of Science magazine on the origins of big diamonds and what those diamonds tell us about the earth’s mantle.

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, Clarity, Cut 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

Monday, November 27, 2017

NOW SHOWING - In The Gallery At Reinstein | Ross

from an email notification

NOW OPEN! Poetic Adornments presents jewelry and scarves by Italian artist Chiara Scarpitti. This exciting exhibition features collections of Scarpitti's work from the past seven years, including her most recent, Anthropocene.  Each handmade piece is a result of extensive research into themes pertaining to anthropology, nature, and poetry. 

Shop all of this year's exhibitions on Artsy and visit the gallery for a selection of past works.

Join us in the gallery on Friday, December 8th from 3-7pm  to meet the artist and celebrate the season.
The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross


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