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2019 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology Announced

It will be presented at AGA’s Gala Dinner Dance on February 6, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Accredited Gemologists Association announced three categories for the 2019 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

The Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology is conferred to people who have made important contributions in the field. This marks the second time in the association’s 45-year history in which multiple recipients have been recognized in the same year.

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AGA announces the following 2019 Antonio C. Bonanno Award Recipients:

Donna Hawrelko, Gemology and Jewelry Program Coordinator and Instructor at Vancouver Community College. Donna is awarded for her significant contribution to the field of gemological education and her commitment to generations of gemology students. As a leading figure in the international gemological community, Donna has focused on developing course manuals, and materials while teaching gemology to an international student body at the Gemmology and Jewellery departments at Vancouver Community College, where she has served as instructor since 1992, and Program Coordinator since 2005. She has educated thousands of students, some of whom now hold prominent positions in the gem industry worldwide. She was instrumental in developing the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) program, and served as Chief Examiner, Director of Education, and later became the president of CGA in 2015. The CGA reestablished its historic alliance with Gem-A through her efforts in 2017. Donna is also past president of AGA and was an influential figure during her tenure helping to reshape the AGA into the internationally respected organization that it is today.

Alberto Scarani and Mikko Åström, co-founders of MAGI Labs. Scarani and Aström are recognized for adapting advanced spectroscopy technology to the gemological field, making it accessible and affordable to all gemologists. This was most notable from their Gemmoraman system, a major breakthrough for gemologists and appraisers as it placed portable and reliable Raman & Photoluminescence spectroscopy capabilities at their fingertips. Prior to this, such technology and the detailed database critical to accurate results were typically only accessible through universities and major laboratories.

Dr. Karl Schmetzer, renowned research gemologist. Dr. Schmetzer is awarded for over 50 years dedicated to research in the mineralogical and gemological fields and sharing his discoveries globally through an astounding body of work, and for serving in leadership roles with CIBJO and other organizations to help raise professional standards for the global gem and jewelry industry yielding new discoveries and insights into these sciences. He has generously shared his findings through an unparalleled body of work, including almost 400 papers, two books, and presentations around the world. He has also served in leadership roles with CIBJO and other organizations to help raise professional standards for the global gem and jewelry industry.

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This year the AGA Board was struck by the voting patterns. In analyzing the data more carefully, it was concluded that each of the nominees had made outstanding contributions, but each in their own — distinctly different– facets of the field.

In response to this, the AGA Board of Governors, in consultation with the AGA Special Advisor, Antoinette (Bonanno) Matlins, concluded that there was no better time than the present to inaugurate an expanded award format that truly reflected the many facets of the incredible field we call gemology!

“After all,” explained AGA president Stuart Robertson, “since its inception the AGA has endeavored to recognize the people and pioneers who have made significant contributions in each of the areas in which the AGA has been active. So today, with such expanded activity in each of those areas — Education; Gemological Research; Gemological Instrumentation; Industry Standards; and Consumer Awareness and Advocacy — a single award is no longer sufficient to adequately reflect the current reality.”

Supporting this idea, Matlins added, “During my father’s career in gemology, he was an innovator, educator, and, of course, a respected gemologist. He would be delighted that an award created in his honor is being presented this year to a talented educator and mentor; two extraordinary innovators of technology; and a world-renowned gemological researcher”!

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Previous recipients of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award For Excellence in Gemology include: Dr. William “Bill” Hanneman, Al Gilbertson, Dr. Cigdem Lule, Dr. Thomas Hainschwang, Dr. John Emmett, Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch, Thom Underwood, Stuart Robertson, Richard Hughes, Christopher Smith, Dr. James Shigley, Shane McClure, Richard Drucker, Alan Jobbins, Antoinette Matlins, Dr. Henry Hanni, the late G. Robert Crowningshield, John Koivula, C. R. Beesley, and Alan Hodgkinson.

The Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology will be presented at AGA’s Gala Dinner Dance at the conclusion of its Tucson Conference, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Tucson University Park Hotel. The award includes a personalized plaque and $2000.00 honorarium funded by the AGA membership. For additional information or to attend the conference or gala, go to www.accreditedgemologists.org or call 844-288-4367.

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JNA Awards reveals 2019 Honorees

There are almost 100 high-quality entries from 15 countries and regions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HONG KONG — Organized by Informa Markets, the prestigious JNA Awards unveiled its highly anticipated list of Honorees across 11 categories for its eighth edition.

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The judging panel has worked diligently over this past month, as their job keeps getting tougher and tougher each year. In 2019, there are almost 100 high-quality entries from 15 countries and regions.

Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards, and director of business development – Jewelry Group at Informa Markets, commented, “Of the 39 Honoree companies that were shortlisted, almost half of them are first-time entrants, indicating a growing interest among quality companies who recognize the importance of this platform. We have also received a record number of entries from Thailand, second in ranking together with India and Hong Kong, reflecting the importance of this market which has been traditionally modest about its accomplishment.”

The 2019 independent judging panel consists of industry experts: James Courage, former CEO of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former chairman of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC); Albert Cheng, former managing director of World Gold Council, Far East (WGC); Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and Middle East; Yasukazu Suwa, chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.; and Mark Lee, research director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS).

Courage shared, “The quality of this year’s entries, along with its diversity in terms of size, type and geography, are worth noting. Despite facing challenges, the industry – through these entries – showed its focus and determination when it comes to investing in innovation, operating systems and consumer research.”

Cheng added, “Just like in the last seven years, Industry Innovation of the Year proved to be the most popular category. The Young Entrepreneur Honorees – whose credentials, professionalism and innovativeness reflect on their outstanding businesses – are equally impressive.”

Lin remarked, “It is surprising and inspiring to know that nearly 100 entries were received – more than half of which are from first-time entrants. The influence and credibility of the JNA Awards is beyond question. It will be a rewarding journey for everyone involved.”

“Having worked with the JNA Awards since 2013, I noticed that the judging process grows more difficult as the entries reach new heights and push the boundaries of excellence year after year,” Bhatt noted.

Suwa expressed, “Entrants to the JNA Awards vary from very big corporations to small ones. I kept in mind to judge them based on their mission and the long-term good they have been doing for people, regardless of the company’s size.”

Lee also added, “The JNA Awards continues to strengthen its role as an excellent platform to showcase the industry’s progress and success. The entries, particularly in the areas of innovation and marketing, are truly impressive.”

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Sy Kessler Launches Latest Diamond and White Sapphire Tester

They are available at only $249.95.

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(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX – GEMORO Superior Instruments division of Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. successfully introduced its latest diamond, moissanite and white sapphire tester called the GEMORO TESTEROSSA. The top-of-the-line, ergonomically designed thermal and electrical conductivity tester features new patented UV-F1 technology for identifying the widest range of moissanite, including the hardest to detect new generation super low electrically conductivity moissanite. With an unprecedented 10-year warranty on the probe tip, the tester is also the world’s only talking tester, which speaks in 9 different languages.

Available from GEMORO’s nationwide network of jewelers supply houses or jewelry equipment distributors at only $249.95. For distributor inquiries, contact Angela Calzada acalzada@sykessler.com or 800.527.0719, ext.137.

Visit gemoroproducts.com/product/testerossa/ for detailed instructional video.

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DCA Receives Grant from GIA for Scholarships

Scholarships will be provided to DCA graduates for continued education at GIA.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Diamond Council of America (DCA), a nationally accredited school that offers jewelers the opportunity to earn professional certifications in diamonds, colored gemstones, and fine jewelry sales through distance education, announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)  to provide scholarships to DCA graduates to enroll in GIA online distance education courses.

DCA has always encouraged students to continue to enhance their career by enrolling in GIA courses after graduating from DCA courses. The grant will allow even more DCA students to continue their education in advanced coursework offered only by GIA. Scholarships are open to DCA members and their employees who are: at least 18-years old, currently employed at a DCA member store, a graduate of at least one DCA course and not already enrolled in another distance education course from GIA.

“We are incredibly appreciative of this grant and the opportunity to work more closely with GIA to have DCA students continue their education and improve their professional profile by taking GIA courses,” said DCA President and CEO Terry Chandler.

DCA will administer the scholarships funded by the GIA grant. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2019, and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships may be applied toward any of the following GIA eLearning courses, based on availability: Jewelry Essentials, Colored Stone Essentials, Diamond Essentials, Pearls, Colored Stones, Diamonds and Diamond Grading and Gem Identification.

Scholarship applications should be submitted to DCA’s New York office either via email to cmiller@jewelers.org or via hard copy to Carey Miller at Jewelers of America, 120 Broadway, Suite 2820, New York, New York 10271.

“GIA is very pleased to build on our support for DCA’s efforts to bring more gemology education to more people,” said GIA vice president of education and chief academic officer Duncan Pay. “This scholarship grant will help DCA members and their employees work toward GIA diplomas, building on the foundation of their DCA education.”

For more information about DCA or to become a member, visit www.diamondcouncil.org.

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