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Diamond Empowerment Fund Has A New Board Member

(Press Release) New York, NY – The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) welcomed Marcus ter Haar, deputy managing director of the Okavango Diamond Co. based in Botswana, to its global board of directors effective Oct. 1.

Ter Haar brings to the board 12 years of diverse experience, including senior positions at De Beers London, Debswana and DTC Botswana prior to his current role.

Ter Haar hails from Botswana, the largest producer of gem quality diamonds in the world, and which has recently celebrated 50 years of independence, peaceful democracy and prosperity. Ter Haar blends his business responsibilities with the importance of giving back and supporting local communities.

For a number of years he has served on the board of Lady Khama Charitable Trust – an organization founded to continue the legacy of his grandmother Lady Khama, which focuses on providing support to vulnerable women and children.

At the recent screening in Botswana of the new film “A United Kingdom” (the U.S. release of the film is slated for February 2017) starring David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama (the first president of Botswana) and Rosamund Pike as Lady Khama, all proceeds went to the beneficiaries of the trust.

Through a corporate social responsibility initiative funded by the Okavango Diamond Co., ter Haar has helped launch an entrepreneurship program targeting youth across Botswana. Ter Haar also serves as director on the Board of Wilderness Holdings, an African conservation business.

D.E.F. board president Phyllis Bergman said, “Marcus is a fabulous addition to our global board of directors. He truly epitomizes how ‘Diamonds Do Good.’”

Ter Haar said, “I’m thrilled to be working with the Diamond Empowerment Fund and to help consolidate and grow its mission. Never has there been a more important time for our industry to reinforce the message to consumers, especially the millennial consumer, that Diamonds Do Good.”

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

The Diamond Empowerment Fund welcomed Marcus ter Haar to its global board of directors.

X Jewellery Launches 2017 Campaign Featuring ‘Everyday Women’

(Press Release) Danish start-up X Jewellery, will release its first ever calendar in November.

Featuring 12 black-and-white portraits, the X Calendar celebrates inspiring everyday women who have overcome challenges on their path to success. Each of the women chosen for the calendar has dedicated her talents to improving the lives of others.

It’s the same ethos which drives the X Jewellery team; a desire to empower women to follow their dreams and celebrate their milestones on the path to success. To achieve this, the work of X Jewellery is guided by three key promises:

1. To create personalized jewelry made by you.

2. To utilize Scandinavian design and craftsmanship for the highest quality products.

3. To invest 10 percent of the company’s annual profits in a woman/women who needs financial support to achieve their dreams.

Financial support for women will be provided through the X Foundation, with recipients to be chosen annually by the everyday heroes from that year’s calendar.

The idea behind the calendar is that in sharing the stories of these everyday women who have faced obstacles, other women will be inspired to follow dreams of their own. X Jewellery admires women who dare to make a difference and wants to create a universe where women can inspire and support each other. In fact, it is everyday heroes and prominent self-made women who inspire the brand’s work.

The 2017 calendar features women from both streams. While not yet household names, some of the heroes, like Mette De Fine Licht, Kaitlin Roig, Katie Meyler, Natasha Al Hairiri, Anne-Marie Imafidon, Anne-Mette Michaelsen and Eliza Rebeiro have already garnered media attention for their initiatives to enact social change. Others like Tessa Duste, Thea Hill, Anne-Floor Sinnige, Jin Kang and Federica Salfo are everyday heroes quietly making a splash in their own domains, but with big aspirations nonetheless.

Hailing from an array of backgrounds, each of the women has drawn on personal challenges and used their success to elevate others; think witnesses to violence teaching compassion and prevention; the previously poverty stricken providing financial assistance; outcasts preaching self-acceptance, dignity and diversity; travellers breathing life and greenery into cities – these are women getting behind other women in order that communities may thrive.

The print calendar will be complemented by a strong digital campaign, whereby every month will see the release of a new everyday hero video on the X Jewellery Blog, as well as an in-depth article telling the hero’s story. Calendars will be available to buy on, as well as at selected retailers, some of whom will gift the calendars with the purchase of X Jewellery products.

Connoisseurs Introduces 4 Jewelry-Care Products

(Press Release) Woburn, MA -- Connoisseurs has introduced four new jewelry-care products.

Sonic Dazzle Stik is a power brush that cleans jewelry at 5,000 oscillations per minute.

The Sonic Dazzle Stik’s specially engineered UltraSoft bristles have polished tips that help provide the quickest, most effective jewelry cleaning system available.

This product comes with a 1-ounce bottle of Advanced Jewelry Cleansing Gel for cleaning gold, platinum, precious and semi-precious stones and a 1-ounce bottle of Silver Jewelry Cleansing Crème to remove dirt and tarnish from all types of silver, silver plate and silver with gemstones. Connoisseurs offers aftermarket packs of each solution which include a replacement brush. The Sonic Dazzle Stik includes two AAA batteries and an instruction manual.

Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik, which was introduced in 2010, has been improved to offer more cleanings. The product, which is pen-like in shape and fits in a pocket or purse, has micro-fine cleansers and special polymers to clean diamonds and other precious stones and their settings.

Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner lets you make new, clean solution every time so you aren’t dipping your jewelry in old used solution, which can lose its efficacy each time it is used. The Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner comes with a cleaning container, a dipping scoop to hold the jewelry, a cleaning brush and a 1-ounce container of Advanced Dazzle Drop Concentrate – enough for 80 cleanings. All components can be stored in the container. The product is suitable for gold, platinum, diamonds, precious and semiprecious stones, pearls and delicate jewelry.

Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Silver Jewelry Cleaner safely removes dirt and tarnish plus it polishes and leaves an anti-tarnish shield, thanks to Connoisseurs’ new cleansing crème formula. The Dazzle Drop Silver Jewelry Cleaner comes with a rinsing container, a dipping scoop and a soft, silver cleansing brush. All components fit into the rinsing container for storage The Dazzle Drops Silver Jewelry Cleaner is suitable for all types of silver, silver plate and silver with gemstones.

For more information, contact Donna Bubash, marketing services, at (800)-851-5333 ext. 222, or Kathy Elliott, product manager, at (800)-851-5333 ext. 259.

Silver Promotion Service Appoints Luxury Brand Group For PR and Brand Development

(Press Release) New York, NY – Silver Promotion Service (SPS) has announced the appointment of Luxury Brand Group (LBG) as its agency of record for public relations and brand development.

SPS has been a client of the Los Angeles-based LBG office, focusing on celebrity product placement, since April 2015. The New York office of LBG was opened in August 2016. Commenting on the appointment, Michael Barlerin, SPS director, said:

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Luxury Brand Group. We have been very pleased by the product placement work of the Los Angeles showroom. Their establishment of a New York office will enable us to work with them on more strategic messaging. Two examples would be communicating to the industry the proven performance of silver jewelry as the optimal self-purchase jewelry category and the role silver jewelry can provide for wedding party events. We will also look to LBG to lend support as SPS seeks to grow the number of participants in the ‘Savor Silver’ program.”

LBG President and CEO Frank Proctor, said:

“We are looking forward to working with the talented team at Silver Promotion Service. We value the efforts of SPS and feel that we understand their messaging, ideals, and targets and will communicate this to our relationships with consumer, trade and bridal editors. The days to come will be a new and exciting journey for SPS – we are eager to assist in their progress.”

Introduced in 2008 by The Silver Institute, the mission of Silver Promotion Service is to enhance the image of and stimulate demand for silver jewelry in key markets through various programs offered to its Savor Silver participants. Member categories include ‘Designers of Distinction’, ‘SilverMark Partners’ and the recently introduced ‘Silver Style Partners’.

Established in 2004, Luxury Brand Group is a full service brand communications agency with offices in Southern California and New York City.

JA New York Show Announces Expansion Of New Designer Gallery Into Spring Event

(Press Release) New York, NY — In 2017, the JA New York Show’s popular New Designer Gallery is entering its 40th year. In celebration of this banner year, and due to increased popularity of the New Designer Gallery among designers, retailers and press, JA New York has announced that it will extend the initiative to both the Spring and Summer shows. What began as an unprecedented vision by its founder, Mort Abelson, has evolved since 1977 as the launch pad for a number of the world’s most highly respected designers.

“Mort had an idea that was considered radical at the time, and based on this idea, he encouraged those first pioneering designers to leave the comfort of their craft and gift-focused worlds and enter the world of a true fine jewelry environment,” said Drew Lawsky, group show director of JA New York Shows. “By giving those first designers access to traditional fine jewelry stores, what Mort essentially accomplished was a total transformation of the industry as a whole. These designers placed a premium on creativity and craftsmanship and not just the weight of the materials they used. By launching and nurturing the New Designer Gallery, retailers, and ultimately consumers, started to identify and demand designs with a distinct, individual point of view.”

The first New Designer Gallery showcases came at a time when the zeitgeist could never have conceptualized a jewelry designer becoming a widely recognized brand. However, that’s exactly what happened with artists like David Yurman, Penny Preville and Barry Kiselstein-Cord, who exhibited in the New Designer Gallery in 1977, 1978 and 1979 respectively. They, along with their fellow exhibitors, turned a world of gold-by-the-weight and stones-by-the-carat into a world of art, feeling and eternity — a world that continues to thrive today. By championing jewelry artists as commercially viable, Mort Abelson broke down barriers for generations of designers to follow.

“Designers accepted into the New Designer Gallery have a very unique opportunity to enter into an established, fine jewelry exhibition,” said Liz Kantner, an independent consultant who works with the JA New York team to select the section’s designers. “The friendships they develop with their fellow artists, the knowledge that they gain from others in the industry, and the relationships they form with retailers and press are invaluable to the future success of these brands. I am honored and excited to be a part of curating this incredible section of the JA New York Show, and I’m thrilled to be able to showcase this amazing, rising star talent at both the summer and spring shows!”

Just as they have since that first section on the balcony of the Hilton Hotel in 1977, JA New York continues to celebrate designer talent with their New Designer Gallery. Traditionally only held during the Summer show, as an homage to the initiative’s 40-year legacy, the New Designer Gallery will now take place during both the Summer and Spring shows, beginning at the March 2017 event (March 12-14). Open to any designer who has not yet exhibited in a fine jewelry show, JA New York provides participating designers with additional promotional opportunities and ongoing support throughout the show and beyond.

For more information about the New Designer Gallery, contact Michelle Orman at (646) 302-5521 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To submit an application to exhibit in the New Designer Gallery, contact Liz Kantner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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