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Harry Winston Introduces the ‘Countdown to a Cure’ Timepiece Benefiting AIDS Research


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(Press Release) NEW YORK – International fine jeweler and watchmaker Harry Winston Inc. has announced the launch of the “Countdown to a Cure” timepiece in honor of its second year of partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

Designed exclusively for amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure” campaign, the limited-edition timepiece of 20 men’s and 20 women’s models is the first official product to benefit amfAR’s efforts to develop the scientific basis of a cure for HIV by 2020.

Part of Harry Winston’s timeless Midnight Collection, the men’s version features a 42mm white gold case with a navy blue dial that is accented with a multicolor gradient, representing amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure campaign colors that symbolize the fade of the disease from crisis to cure. The complementing 32mm women’s model is set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds and 19 vivid gemstones, from rubies and sapphires to spessartite garnets.

Retailing for $21,200 for the men’s timepiece and $16,200 for the women’s, the Countdown to a Cure timepiece will be sold exclusively at Harry Winston salons worldwide, with 20 percent of the retail sales price from each timepiece benefitting amfAR.

In January of 2015, Harry Winston announced a three-year partnership with amfAR in support of the organization’s mission to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research and its “Countdown to a Cure” initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. Launched in February of 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program through strategic investments of $100 million over the next five years.

Harry Winston’s support for amfAR marks the brand’s first collaboration with a global organization, signifying its increased philanthropic commitment to vital causes that affect millions of people worldwide.

“We are proud to introduce the new Countdown to a Cure timepiece and further strengthen our commitment to amfAR,” says Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston Inc. “Through Harry Winston's support, amfAR has been able to make significant research investments into cutting-edge research studies that address the remaining roadblocks to a cure. It is our hope that through our continued partnership, amfAR will be able to advance its efforts to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, giving millions of individuals around the world a more brilliant and healthy future.”

“We are deeply grateful to our friends at Harry Winston for their partnership and support,” says Kevin Robert Frost, CEO of amfAR. “The AIDS epidemic continues to take lives with every passing minute, so the Countdown to a Cure timepiece is a fitting symbol of the urgency with which we’re pursuing our goal of a cure for HIV.”

Longtime Tennessee Jeweler Harold Markman Dies at 89


(Press Release) Harold Markman passed away Sunday, Feb. 7 in Knoxville, TN at the age of 89.

Harold was born in Denver, Colorado on Jan. 13, 1927. He and his partner for life, Ida, wed in 1950 and were married for 61 years. He was a longtime member of Temple Beth El.

After working in the jewelry industry from the time he was a teenager, in 1976 Harold and Ida founded Markman’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry. Harold had a loyal following of customers, including the children and grandchildren of those who patronized Markman’s from the first days of the business. He and Ida were always humbled and thankful for the close and enduring relationships that they built over the years, both professional and personal. Harold was completely devoted to his family, and the time he spent with them was his greatest pleasure.

Harold was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ida Markman; parents, Abraham and Julia Markman; brothers and sisters in law, Norman and Peppy Markman, Sherman and Sande Markman; sister in law, Rose Greenberg; brothers in law, Phillip Kligman and Hymie Abramson; nephew, Bobby Abramson. Harold is survived by sons, Stephen Markman and wife Ellen; Stuart Markman and wife Lori; grandchildren, Jeffrey Markman and wife Meghan of Winston Salem, NC; Michael Markman and wife Allie of Chicago, IL; Ryan Markman of New York, NY and girlfriend Eileen Cella; Jacob Markman; and Lainey Markman; great-grandchildren, Owen Markman, Meredith Markman and Goldie Markman, as well as many nieces and nephews. Harold is also survived by special family friend and honorary Markman, Marsha Ross, who cared for Harold and Ida with love and kindness for several years; and many other special and dear friends too numerous to list.

The funeral service was held on Monday at Temple Beth El with Rabbi Howard Simon and Rabbi Matthew Michaels officiating. Interment followed at New Jewish Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Markman, Michael Markman, Ryan Markman, Jacob Markman, Lainey Markman, S. Michael Markman, Lori Z. Markman and Joni Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Rosenberg, Howard Blum, Dr. Robert Madigan, Richard Jacobstein, Jerry Becker, Dr. Robert Martin, Dr. Jeff Becker, The Honorable Charles Susano and the entire Thursday night poker club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorials be made in Harold’s honor to The Markman Education Fund, Sanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, 1529 Downtown West Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37919, or to Interfaith Health Clinic, 315 Gill Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements were provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

Signature IIJS 2016 Draws 15,000 Visitors


(Press Release) MUMBAI, INDIA – The Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) helped kick off the buying season with the ninth edition of Signature IIJS and the third edition of the India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME). Each event was held from Feb. 5-8 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.

Addressing the inaugural session, GJEPC Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya said: “India's predominant leadership position in diamonds is known world over. Business expertise and craftsmanship in diamonds and jewelry is inherent to the trade, passed through generations, that makes it unique. With 3 million workforce employed directly, industry accounts for 13 percent to the merchandise exports. This is a true testimony of make in India. In spite of sluggish global demand, and rough diamond prices affecting the profitability, there is fair amount of optimism for the coming season. GJEPC has urged the government with recommendations in the policy to enhance ease of doing business, with special turnover tax regime for the trade, interest subvention scheme & MIES, sale through SNZ, VAT and state SEZ policy. GJEPC has been proposing for a convention centre in Mumbai, which is the need of the hour. The Council also aims to integrate the SME manufacturers of gold and diamonds under one roof in state-of-the-art Jewellery Park. We are committed to continue the market leadership both in diamonds and jewelry.”

Shri Subhash Desai, Hon. Minister of Industries, Maharashtra Government, said: “The gems and jewelry trade is a jewel in India’s crown and initiatives such as Bharat Diamond Bourse, the world’s largest diamond business hub, put Maharashtra in the forefront in the global gems and jewelry business. The new Government’s approach is different and progressive and we are serious about stimulating ease of business. We are engaging bureaucracy to reduce clearances/ permits, end Inspector Raj and harassment. Our strength is our skilled manpower and we are taking steps to enhance skill development and employability. We are working closely with bodies such as GJEPC to revise SEZ policies; create an Industrial Park soon and an international convention centre in the State.” Shri Manoj Dwivedi, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry for Commerce, said, “India’s gems and jewelry trade is dynamic, innovative and hardworking and that’s how it has achieved 70-80 percent of the world leadership in key business segments. The two events Signature IIJS and IGJME cover the entire gamut of the industry. The Government of India is very keen to promote the gems and jewelry sector because of the twin benefits of employment generation and enhancing export earnings. We hope Maharashtra State provides a good eco-system to the gems and jewelry businesses so as to help realize the potential.”

Shri Andrey Zharkov, President, Alrosa (Russia Federation), said: “It’s a great honor to jumpstart the annual buying season with Signature IIJS and IGJME 2016 in Mumbai, the world’s capital of the diamond business. Alrosa’s supply of diamonds to India has been growing steadily since 2010. Last year we did business of USD 1.5 bn in India, which is 45 percent of the total sales. The growth in our share of business was achieved in spite of the overall slowdown in demand. The number of long term buyers has increased to 12. The Special Notified Zone, initiated by GJEPC, has been a welcome move and will help in augmenting bilateral trade especially helping small-to-medium sized enterprises. Alrosa has been collaborating with GJEPC for various programs including exchange of information, Kimberley Process, natural & synthetic stones, etc., and we look forward to working with the new GJEPC team. One of the main challenges is stimulating demand for diamonds with a generic emotional and symbolic consumer campaign to target Gen-Next buyers. The diamond trade is looking at several initiatives starting this year.”

Thanking all the sponsors, partners and vendors, Shri Saunak Parikh, Convener, Exhibitions – National, GJEPC, said: “This is the first time that we are conducting two shows Signature IIJS and IGJME 2016 simultaneously in the beginning of the year. Signature IIJS caters to the sourcing needs of India’s leading jewelry retailers and provides them a platform to view future styles and trends and replenish their inventory. IGJME showcases the latest product innovation and technological advancements to boost the quality and quantity of production requirements. Trade can get access to the entire spectrum of the business, new ideas, cutting edge technology, innovation and networking. This helps identify various opportunities of growth and channelize energies to stimulate growth.”

Signature IIJS features more than 580 of the country’s manufacturers and covers an exhibition area of 30,000 square meters. Signature IIJS visitors came from more than 375 Indian cities and about 55 countries. The visitor pre-registration has shown an approximate increase of 10 percent over last year, with more than 15,000 trade visitors and the top 2,000 retailers of the country. This year, the overseas visitor registration witnessed a steep increase of about 20 percent. The on-the-spot registration facility helped increase visitor traffic significantly.

The show featured well defined sections of diamonds, gemstones and studded jewelry in addition to an international section. This year, the gold section was extended to accommodate more exhibitors under this category. The main highlight of the show is the Signature Club, which showcases the most exquisite couture jewelry by the country’s leading manufacturers.Buyer delegations from countries like UK, Japan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and Nepal were in attendance. Technology and education seminars were also organized for the first two days of the show.

Signature IIJS provides a platform for the country’s leading manufacturers and retailers to facilitate an exchange of market insights and knowledge, providing networking opportunities for business. In addition, an exclusive invitation-only Networking Evening was organized for exhibitors and buyers to further explore business opportunities and strengthen existing business ties.

Concurrently, the visitors had access to IGJME, Asia’s largest gem and jewelry technology fair. IGJME is a strategic initiative of GJEPC planned to help manufacturers witness new ideas, discover innovative technical know-how and learn cutting-edge techniques in production. The technology exhibited at the show is aimed at improving the quality of the products while minimizing the raw material wastage.

Covering an area of 7,000 square meters, IGJME provided an opportunity to interact with about 140 leading suppliers of machinery, tools, components, packaging accessories and allied products from around the globe, who showcased cutting-edge technology such as laser machines, computerized yield planning machines, advanced bruiting lathes, diamond impregnated scaife and more. For the first time, IGJME introduced an Italian Pavilion with 26 exhibitors along with a Turkey Pavilion, which had 10 exhibitors. Other overseas exhibitors included manufacturers from the USA, Germany, UAE, China and Israel.

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Citizen to Participate in Milan Design Week


(Press Release) Citizen has announced that it will participate in the Milano Salone (Milan Design Week) 2016, one of the world’s largest design festivals.

In an effort to explore the relationship between light and time through the evolution of Eco-Drive technology, Citizen exhibited at Milan Design Week in 2014 for the first time. That installation was a collaboration of Citizen’s in-house design team and Tsuyoshi Tane, a member of Paris architectural design firm DGT. It was honored with a 2014 Milano Design Award and also earned recognition at the London International Awards 2015. An exhibition to show the award-winning installation in Japan was held in 2014 at the Spiral Building in Aoyama, Tokyo. The event attracted more than 70,000 visitors. This year, Citizen will show the installation again in Milano under the same design collaboration as before.

The company in 1976 developed the world’s first light-powered analog watch. Later known as Eco-Drive, this proprietary Citizen technology allows a watch to keep telling the correct time by using virtually any light source to generate its own power, thereby eliminating the need to replace batteries. Watches using this technology are now available in more than 100 countries around the world.

Don Saltmarsh Joins Jewelers unBLOCKed as New Relationship Executive


(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY – Jewelers unBLOCKed has announced the appointment of Don Saltmarsh as its relationship executive. Utilizing his 15-year career in business development, financial management and risk management, Saltmarsh will be responsible for expanding the Jewelers unBLOCKed program.

Saltmarsh comes to Jewelers unBLOCKed on the heels of his executive vice president position at Cornell Group, which specializes in risk management, insurance and human capital solutions. Before Cornell Group, Saltmarsh worked in a business development role with Willis Towers Watson. He functioned as a key player for the company with his insurance know-how and ability to assist companies in understanding the complex risks they face while helping them intelligently mitigate these risks. As the director of business development at Underwriters Laboratories, Saltmarsh was influential in maintaining strong relationships with key personnel by way of tactical analysis, planning and business direction.

Saltmarsh graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a minor in finance. He also holds a taxation license.

“With his extensive experience, reputation and business acumen, Don is exceptionally qualified to contribute to the expansion of our platform and continued growth of Jewelers unBLOCKed,” says Patricia Low, Jewelers unBLOCKed president and CEO. “We look forward to enlarging our footprint in the luxury space, particularly the jewelry industry, through Don’s unique skillset.”

“I am excited to join the Jewelers unBLOCKed team, and I look forward to the opportunities we have before us,” Saltmarsh says. “I’m eager to utilize my experience and industry relationships to not only keep a strong hold within the jewelry sector, but to broaden our reach to other facets within the luxury industries in the years to come.”

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