Scott Kay Partners with Fashion Institute of Technology to Host Design Contest for Jewelry Students

(Press Release)

New York, NY – Scott Kay has unveiled its partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and announced a brand-inspired contest for second year Jewelry Design students to honor the brand’s founding designer.

The students are being challenged to design a set of bridal jewelry that includes three pieces from a set of four — ring, bracelet, necklace and/or earrings.

The contest will take place during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters. FIT is a college of the State University of New York.

When designing, students are being asked to use their creativity to build upon the brand’s original design codes and present hand drawings, technical drawings, measurement details, materials and color options.

The winners of the contest will be chosen after two rounds. Judging will be based on overall design, originality, creativity, production viability and the usage of Scott Kay’s design codes. The judging panel will be comprised of executive members of the

Scott Kay team, as well as a retail partner and select editors from the media.

“The design contest will allow FIT students to experience the realities of the jewelry industry, providing them a firsthand look into the total design process from first sketch to final conception,” said Kelly Kahn, director of brand management. “We hope students will be inspired by the artistry of Scott Kay and that the contest will encourage them to continue exploring their studies in jewelry design.”

In late January, Scott Kay will host a dinner for five finalists where they will present their final drawings to the judging panel and the top winner will be announced.

The winning student will receive $3,000, along with a trip to Las Vegas for the JCK/Luxury Show at which their winning jewelry design set will be displayed. After the contest, the winner will also be eligible to negotiate a separate agreement with Scott Kay to produce and sell their winning design.

Second and third runners-up will each receive $1,000 and fourth and fifth runners-up will each receive $500.


Platinum Guild International USA Celebrates 25th Anniversary in 2017

(Press Release) New York, NY — Platinum Guild International USA announces that 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of the organization.

In 1992, PGI expanded to the USA to introduce platinum to a new generation. Throughout its history, PGI has worked with companies and individuals at all levels of the industry to provide information, education and marketing support with the mission of creating and nurturing consumer demand for platinum jewelry.

PGI plans to honor the milestone with a series of new initiatives. It will be bringing back a perennial favorite, the Platinum Edition Catalog.

Plans for the Platinum Edition Catalog are underway and will kick off the anniversary celebration. Participation in the catalog will be by invitation only and will feature images of celebrated designers and their platinum jewelry creations.

The print catalog will be distributed to 7500 retailers and a digital version will be supplied to all invited participants.

In addition to the Platinum Edition Catalog, PGI USA will unveil other projects to support the industry, including an online training program for sales associates, consumer-facing content on platinumjewelry.com, red carpet jewelry placement opportunities at Hollywood’s major awards presentations and a 25th Anniversary Soiree in Las Vegas during 2017 market week.

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Vicente Agor Announces First Bridal Collection

(Press Release) SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Jewelry designer Vicente Agor is announcing his first bridal collection, Bond.

Agor’s fine jewelry collections are inspired by his personal memories and experiences, and his own marriage last year inspired the launch of his first bridal collection.

Visual inspiration for the bridal line comes from Agor’s fascination with the ocean.

“We like the symbol of a wave because it signifies motion much like the progress of a relationship and the ever changing flow of life,” Agor says. “When you double the wave onto itself, you get the infinity symbol, another representation of enduring love.”

With social responsibility in mind, Agor uses recycled 18-karat yellow and white gold combined with antique, vintage or conflict-free diamonds in this collection. The idea of using center stone diamonds from antique or vintage jewelry was appealing to Agor.

“To me there is something very appealing about mixing the old with modern design,” he says. “We find that our customers cultivate their personal style with a mix of new and old, classic and contemporary.”

San Francisco-based jewelry designer Vicente Agor is announcing his first bridal collection, called Bond.


WFDB Optimistic After Hong Kong Jewellery and Gems Fair

(Press Release) Antwerp, Belgium – World Federation of Diamond Bourses' (WFDB) President Ernie Blom believes the diamond and jewelry industries have reason to be optimistic as they head into the critical fourth-quarter holiday season after solid results at the just-ended Hong

Kong Jewellery and Gems Fair. Although sales were generally far from spectacular, the show was ahead of expectations, he said.

"From what I saw and heard from many different sources, the show exceeded expectations," said Blom said. "Given the slowdown in China and Hong Kong, we were not expecting an exceptional performance, but foot traffic was heavier than forecast and there was certainly plenty of interest from buyers, even if they were looking for highly specific items and not buying in large volumes.

"Prices were firm given the reduction in manufacturing towards the end of last year. Of course there was price resistance, that's part of the negotiating procedure, but it was important that we saw a healthy show, and one that was definitely better than the 2015 fair. With the American market stable and even growing slightly, I believe we can be hopeful as we enter the holiday sales season, with Diwali, Christmas and the Chinese New Year ahead of us," Blom concluded.

The Hong Kong fair was also notable for the inaugural meeting of the WFDB's Young Diamantaires group on Sept. 15. Only launched four months ago, the initiative has been the subject of widespread interest among younger diamond industry members from across the globe, and the meeting was well attended.


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