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Registration Open for the 8th Annual Portland Jewelry Symposium

(Press Release) Portland, Oregon — August 31, 2015 — The Portland Jewelry Symposium will take place Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Symposium, widely known for bringing together top industry talent to present on current trends in design, technology, bench, and business is tailored to the needs of manufacturing retailers and designers.

On the evening of Sunday, October 4, the event will kick off at the Portland Art Museum with a dinner and keynote address from Benjamin Smithee, Chief Strategy Officer for RELEVENTS. Ben is a highly acclaimed speaker and has consulted for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca-Cola, Del Monte, General Mills, Sterling Jewelers, ACS, GEICO, McDonald’s, Kroger, Ebay and more. He has been labeled one of the Top 10 Youth Marketing Professionals, “a true innovator,” “The Rosetta Stone for Gen Y” and has been a featured keynote speaker around the world.

On Monday, there will be a notable line-up of ten industry presenters including David Geller, Director of Shop’s Profits, sharing his decades of experience in consulting on profitability in the custom jewelry business; renowned designer Paul Klecka offering his unique insights on digital design; pulse-arc welding expert Sessin Durgham of Rio Grande and digital manufacturing guru Kevin Abernathy, among others. For more details on how to register and a complete list of speakers, please visit

Now in its eighth year, the Portland Jewelry Symposium has seen strong growth in attendance and sponsorship with each succeeding year. “I believe there is growing interest in the trade for events like ours where in-depth networking opportunities complement a full educational program” says Founder, Teresa Frye.

Sponsors for the event include TechForm, MJSA, Stuller, Rio Grande, Gemological Institute of America, Platinum Guild International, Johnson Matthey, Hoover & Strong, Solidscape, Chris Ploof Designs, Proto Products, United Precious Metals, Santa Fe Symposium, The Richline Group, John C. Nordt, Otto Frei, Cookson Gold, Jewelers of America, and Lashbrook Designs.

For further information or press inquiries, please contact: Teresa Frye 503/652.5224

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From Mine to Mounting: An Arkansas Diamond Matures in North America

(Press Release) From mine to mounting, the unique 8.52 carat “Esperanza” diamond, one of the most significant finds ever in the history of the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park, will be cut, graded, designed into a piece of fine jewelry, and appraised, all in North America, all by American Gem Society members.

The diamond, which has been named, “Esperanza,” will be cut by Master Diamond Cutter and AGS member, Mike Botha of Embee Diamond Technologies, at a special cutting event held at AGS member retailer, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, starting September 9, 2015 in North Little Rock.

Award-winning jewelry designer, Erica Courtney, another prominent AGS member, has agreed to design a one-of-a-kind mounting for the stone and craft a piece of jewelry, which will be sold at auction in early December 2015.

From appraisal to grading, from cutting to jewelry crafting, AGS members will be involved at every step in the process to ensure the highest level of quality for the Esperanza.

“We are excited to be a part of such an important and historical American diamond,” says Ruth Batson, CEO of American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “With so many AGS members involved, this is certain to become an American jewel that the ultimate owner/wearer will enjoy with confidence.”

Since its formation in the layers of the earth’s crust, the Esperanza has been, and continues to be, native to North America.

Discovered in Arkansas, the impressively large 8.52 carat rough stone traveled home with the lucky person (Ms. B. Oskarson) to Colorado where she quickly contacted well-known jewelry appraiser and AGS member, Neil Beaty, ICGA, in Denver, seeking his expertise for an appraisal.

The stone will return home to Arkansas for the special diamond-cutting event where Botha will cut the stone into a unique one of a kind custom-designed triolette shape.

A 3D model of the stone cutting will be forwarded in advance to Ms. Courtney, for design inspiration and preparation. The triolette stone is expected to be around 5 carats after cutting and polishing.

AGS Laboratories will issue its final diamond grading report, and Ms. Courtney will create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry featuring the diamond. Upon completion, the finished piece will be sold at auction.

To learn more about the diamond, visit:

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WJA Jewelry Night Out 2015 Will Be in 19 Cities on September 10

(Press Release)The Women's Jewelry Association will host its third annual WJA Jewelry Night Out (JNO) on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The festivities will kick off in the early evening in 19 cities through the United States: Atlanta; Bethesda, MD; Birmingham, AL; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Cincinnati; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Minneapolis; Nashville, TN; New York City; Providence, RI; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.

Check for exact locations and start times for each event, and to register to attend.

Jewelry Night Out welcomes designers, retailers, editors, marketers, appraisers, salespeople, manufacturers, and members of jewelry and watch industry organizations to its annual get-together.

"Jewelry Night Out is our premiere national networking event," says Andrea Hansen, WJA president. "It provides a stellar chance for WJA members all over the country to meet up, and also link to each other online via social networks."

Attendees at all events can apply for, or renew, membership in WJA, for a one-time price of $99 (reduced from $160 for new members; $135 for renewing members). The one-time $99 price for new and renewing members is only valid that evening for people attending the events.

"WJA membership is one of the most important gifts you can give your jewelry industry career," say Fran Pennella and Cindy Edelstein, co-vice presidents of membership development for WJA. "From the networking at Jewelry Night Out, to the discounts on events all year round, it's worth the price of admission."

A special feature of the evening at all locations is a WJA #BlingCam — a miniature photo set at which attendees can display their hands to show off rings and bracelets via social media.

WJA also encourages attendees to use the hashtag #WJANightOut during the evening, to connect events nationwide on social sites. Jewelry Night Out's lead sponsors are the brands Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, both members of the Signet Group. In-kind sponsors include JCK and INSTORE magazines, as well as DiVision Creative Group. Add a comment

DDC’s India Diamond Week Has Largest-Ever Opening Day

(Press Release) The Diamond Dealers Club of New York, in conjunction with India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, greeted close to 100 exhibitors and several hundred buyers at its third India Diamond Week on the DDC’s trading floor in Manhattan.

The DDC is creating trading opportunities in today’s market by welcoming international diamantaires to trade at the largest bourse in the U.S.

“This has been the busiest and most successful opening day we’ve had so far for India Diamond Week. We see the DDC trade show as a tremendous opportunity for dealers, wholesalers and manufacturers around the world to connect and forge significant business relationships,” said DDC President Reuven Kaufman.

“This is the third time that we have welcomed diamantaires from India on our trading floor, in order to create new connections, build on existing relationships, and generate success for our industry.”

The event aims at increasing communication between diamantaires and promoting business globally.

“DDC week is a good kick-start for the targeted American markets,” said Chirg Kakadia, Director of Sheetal Manufacturing. Kakadia continued that DDC Trading Weeks, “give you a level of confidence and bring good business in the future. This is our second time and we are going to come back all the time for the shows.”

India Diamond Week at the DDC will be held through August 27th at the DDC’s headquarters in the heart of the diamond district at 580 Fifth Avenue at 47th Street in New York.

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Perrelet Unveils First Class Collection for Gents and Ladies

(Press Release) Building on a heritage stretching back more than 230 years, Perrelet is strongly attached to traditions. It is capable of offering watchmaking interpretations that are both contemporary and ageless, while placing aesthetic purity in the service of mechanical beauty.

The classic First Class family is a perfect demonstration of this approach. It comprises a range of elegant and timeless timepieces for men and women, in three-hand plus date or visible balance-wheel versions.

This collection is defined by a brushed or polished steel case — featuring simple lines and nicely balanced proportions — that is designed to be extremely pleasant to wear. The slim case middle is immediately recognizable by its brand-signature fluted motif along the sides. All variations are fitted with genuine black or brown alligator straps secured by a steel folding clasp with lateral push buttons.

The dials display a new appearance in keeping with the new aesthetic concept governing the dials and now implemented on all classic Perrelet models. This involves a depth-effect construction based on a grained central motif framed by a guilloché rim, a play on contrasts that further reinforces their character, while the faceted hour-markers lend a radiantly luminous touch.

Some of the ladies' models have been treated to the same evolution, while others are fitted with black or white mother-of-pearl dial enhanced by gem-set hour-markers. Certain versions feature bezels adorned with a ring of 64 diamonds further accentuating their elegance. Housed in new 35 mm-diameter cases, the First Class Lady models exude an allure that is both trendy and extremely feminine.

The collections composing the First Class family are equipped with a mechanical automatic in-house movement: Caliber P-321 for the three-hand plus date models; and Caliber P-391 with visible balance wheel appearing through a dial opening at 6 o'clock. All of them are fitted with a transparent sapphire case back providing a chance to admire the mechanism.

New watch line from Perrelet

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