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A. Jaffe Unveils Modern Royals Jewelry Collection, Partners with Charity

The collection celebrates the strength and style of female royalty icons.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — A.JAFFE, a bridal jewelry company established in 1892 that is known for heritage, artisanal quality, signature quilted interior and white-glove customization services, announces that it will debut a new jewelry collection, the Modern Royals, at the upcoming trade shows in Las Vegas. In addition, the brand has aligned with charity organization Beautiful Self for an empowerment campaign.

The Modern Royals celebrates the strength and sought-after style of our favorite female royalty icons, and presents unprecedented innovation and customization options. Offering up to five different points of customization – crown color, quilt color, head shape, head size and shank style – there are countless options available within Modern Royals, making each ring as unique as the woman who wears it. The Modern Royals designs are ideal for the confident woman who knows exactly what she wants, and will break through any boundaries to get it.

The collection will have an introductory launch in the Jewels in Paradise boutique inside the Ritz Carlton in Aruba and will roll out to other luxury doors nationwide later this year.

“The Modern Royals collection launch is exciting for the A.JAFFE brand, as it shows the full range of manufacturing expertise that our company is known for,” said Sumay Bhansali, CEO of A.JAFFE. “Each piece in the Modern Royals collection is an intricate assembly of up to five separately crafted jewels. This creation allows for a combination of multi-color 18k golds (white gold with subtle rose gold), as well as the fusion of platinum and 18k yellow gold. Modern Royals is a collection of truly unique engagement rings, each of which is as special as its recipient.”

Continuing with this theme of celebrating strong women, A.JAFFE also announces its partnership with the charity Beautiful Self to empower breast cancer survivors. Beautiful Self was founded by photographer Michele Bonacorte and beauty expert/survivor Jillian Veran Rezo, as a unique life-changing formula and platform that peels back the layers of insecurity breast cancer leaves behind.

The two companies are united in the belief that a woman’s positive state is a crucial element to how she contributes to the world around her. A.JAFFE partners with Beautiful Self to produce a video diary for a survivor, launching in late May at the Las Vegas trade shows, which gives a glimpse into a woman’s victory over breast cancer. The collaborative video, highlighting the Beautiful Self glamorous experience, will be followed by a special social media campaign where fans can further engage with and support the survivors, and win a MAPS by A.JAFFE necklace.

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Earlier in 2019 A.JAFFE acquired a stake in Fire & Ice Diamonds. Fire & Ice natural diamonds are more brilliant than other Excellent and Ideal cut diamonds, verified scientifically by the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL).

For more information, contact Alex Dickerson of Le Brain at alex@lebrain.com.

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IEG/Vicenzaoro January 2020 Focuses on Responsible Supply, Sustainability and SMEs

The panel saw interventions from some of the most important voices in the sector.

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(PRESS RELEASE) — With the support of the main Italian associations, including Federpreziosi and Club degli Orafi, the workshop organized by CIBJO dealt with the topics of responsible sourcing and sustainability, with an eye on small and medium-sized enterprises which make up the largest part of the jewelry sector on a global scale and play a leading role in Italy’s economic fabric.

How are the new standards in terms of due diligence to be faced? What is the key to a prosperous business without forgetting the United Nations’ sustainable development objectives? These were just two of the questions put to the panel, which featured some of the most authoritative voices in the gold-jewelry world, including Steven Tranquilli, director of Federpreziosi, who gave the opening greetings, Gabriele Aprea,president of Club degli Orafi, Marco Carniello, manager of IEG and Gaetano Cavalieri, president of CIBJO.

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Philip Olden, president of CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Commission and panel moderator, outlined the implementation stages in CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Policy, the responsible supply policy launched by the Confederation in 2018. Olden’s intervention was followed by another from Iris Van der Veken from the Responsible Jewelry Council, who underlined the importance of a responsible production chain, suggesting strategies able to create virtuous synergies between environmental and manufacturing sustainability.

Moya McKeown from Carbon Expert presented the Jewelry Industry Measurement Initiative, a project that aims to make sector companies responsible in terms of their own environmental impact by promoting a reduction in emissions that can optimize production rhythms. Next came Enzo Liverino, President of CIBJO’s Coral Commission, who for years has been battling to protect coral and its precious ecosystem.

To complete the panel, Pomellato spoke about best practices. For years the company has only accepted pure gold supplies that meet strict in-house sustainability standards based on the selection of eligible sources according to RJS-CoC certification. Moreover, Pomellato is enacting a project to improve controls on the origin of silver and on the diamond and colored stone supply chains. Its Nuvola collection is the product of these intentions, a line of responsible supply solitaires which exclusively uses gold from the world’s 10 Fairmined certified mines – in other words, those that meet the highest international standards in terms of social development practices and environmental protection – and which guarantees total traceability right back to the original mine. The same goes for diamonds, certified by the Gemological Institute of America.

Thanks to its virtuous partnership with CIBJO, once again this year, Vicenzaoro confirms its role as an arena for debating, reflecting and making decisions on key topics for the gold and jewelry industry, by integrating ethics with entrepreneurship and state-of-the-art.

The subjects presented during the seminar will be available as of Wednesday 22nd January on www.cibjo.org

For further information, consult the following website: https://www.vicenzaoro.com/en/january

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Jewelers for Children Announces 2020 Facets of Hope

Drosos and Abramo to be honored.

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Mercedes Abramo and Gina Drosos

(PRESS RELEASE) Jewelers for Children will hold the 22nd edition of its Annual Facets of Hope event on Thursday June 4, at the Venetian Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, NV, during the jewelry market week. The event shifts to Thursday evening in connection with the change in the date pattern for the 2020 events.

During the event Gina Drosos, chief executive officer of Signet Jewelers, Ltd. and Mercedes Abramo, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America will be honored and the charity will announce the success of their fundraising efforts for the year.

In 2019, more than 1,200 industry friends attended the event and it was announced that $ 1.3 million would be donated to the JFC charity partners bringing the cumulative total since 1999 to nearly $ 57 million.

“We are so fortunate to have Gina and Mercedes serving as honorees for the 2020 edition of our Facets of Hope event. said Debra Puzio, JFC Board Chair. Along with them and hearing from some of the young heroes the industry has helped, the evening will be a “not-to-miss” event.”

The event will be held at the Venetian Resort Casino starting 6:00 p.m. on the fourth level with cocktails, followed by dinner and the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring can contact JFC at (212) 687-2949 or info@jewelersforchildren.org. Details and participation forms are available at the JFC website, www.jewelersforchildren.org.

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Third Annual OPTImum Retail Award Open for Submissions

Deadline is Feb. 7.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ALEXANDRIA, VA – Vision Expo East 2020 announces the third annual OPTImum Retail Award is accepting submissions from independent boutique retailers. The OPTImum Retail Award aims to celebrate independent boutique retailers by allowing them to showcase their products, stores, visions and stories to the optical industry.

Businesses in the independent retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by Feb. 7. Applicants are asked to share their in-store innovations, individuality, culture, brand loyalty and technology usage. Last year’s winner, Edward Beiner (South Miami, Fla.), received the award based on its dedication to providing customers a meaningful experience through innovative initiatives including the Eyes Forward vision, designed to promote wisdom, passion and foresight by educating customers and instilling a sense of pride into purchases. The award also coincided with the release of an exclusive collection of 3D-printed eyewear designed by Edward Beiner.

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“It was an honor to receive the 2019 OPTImum Retail Award at last year’s Vision Expo East,” said Edward Beiner, founder of a collection of optical boutiques in Florida and 2019 OPTImum Retail Award recipient. “I am constantly inspired by the incredible community of independent boutique retailers in the vision community. I look forward to seeing the original and creative ideas put forward this year and wish all the entrants the best of luck in the 2020 OPTImum Retail Award competition.”

To determine the top three finalists, a committee of the industry’s top leaders will deliberate and vote on which retailers they feel are most deserving of the award. This year’s committee members include Dr. Arian Fartash, optometrist and influencer of @glamoptometrist; Christian Roth, eyewear designer and the first Council of Fashion Designers of America member in the eyewear category since 1990; and James Spina, 20/20 Magazine editor-in-chief and senior vice president.

Three finalists will be announced on Feb. 21. To determine the final winner, Vision Expo social media channels will be opened for voting from Feb. 21–March 6 to be factored into the judges’ scores. The 2020 OPTImum Retail Award winner will be announced at Vision Expo East during the Independence @ The Creative Edge panel on March 28.

All independent boutique retailers are encouraged to submit their application by Feb. 7. To submit your application or to find out more information, visit VisionExpoEast.com.

Vision Expo East kicks off in The River, one of three new neighborhoods being introduced at Vision Expo East 2020, on March 26, one day earlier than the general Exhibit Hall. Education at Vision Expo will take place March 26–29, while the general Exhibit Hall is open March 27–29.

For more Vision Expo East updates, follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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