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AGS Announces Speakers for Conclave 2019

It will be held in Seattle, WA, April 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS – The American Gem Society (AGS) announces the keynote and featured speakers for its annual Conclave, which will be held in Seattle, WA, April 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

“Seattle is a unique and innovative city with such an amazing energy,” said Alexis Padis, CGA, chair of the International Conclave Committee. “Our speakers are much like our host city in that way. This year’s Conclave has a wide variety of talent and leading experts, ready to infuse our members with invaluable information they can use in both their professional and personal lives.”

This year’s lineup includes:

Monday:
The Opening Session lunch kicks off with Dan Thurmon, who is a speaker, author and performer. He is president of Motivation Works Inc. and author of Success in Action. His presentation juxtaposes ideas with actions to inspire change. Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation to teach concepts and skills while engaging and entertaining the audience.

The featured speaker for Monday is Steve Gutzler. His exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and sales solutions with humor, clarity and insight is why he is in high demand. Steve believes every presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership.

Tuesday:
Wake up ready to laugh and be entertained with the keynote breakfast speakers Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? Consider this the industry’s largest icebreaker! Colin and Brad are masters of improv and are going to perform with a live variation of their hit show, relying heavily on audience participation.

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Best-selling author Kelly McDonald is Tuesday’s featured speaker. Kelly is a marketing and advertising expert whose company was twice named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age. Her presentation style is a mix of high content and high humor, and employs audience interaction to increase engagement and learning.

Wednesday:
The closing session keynote and featured speaker for the day is Galen Emanuele. Galen works with teams to create a profound shift in how teams and people communicate and perform in business. His unique, interactive keynotes and programs teach organizations how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, and” to drive an exceptional team culture of high-level performance and engagement.

Joel Zeff returns as the emcee and is well-known to the AGS members as a past keynote and featured speaker at Conclave. Zeff is an acclaimed motivator, public speaker, humorist, and actor.

Each featured speaker will teach both a morning and afternoon session. In addition, there will be over 90 breakout sessions. Conclave will also feature 13 networking events where the AGS community can mingle and meet other like-minded professionals who share their mission of consumer protection, ongoing education, and high standards of business ethics.

The American Gem Society would like to thank Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, who is, once again, the Presenting Sponsor for Conclave. Without their support, the American Gem Society would not be able to provide the educational programming that it offers.

The AGS will be making more announcements in the near future regarding additional speakers, registration information, breakout sessions, and more.

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For more information about the American Gem Society and Conclave, visit americangemsociety.org.

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Citizen Commercial Features Iconic ‘I’m Late’ Song From Alice In Wonderland — Watch the Video

It features the famous White Rabbit along with several hidden references to the classic film.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Along with the unveiling of Citizen’s newly branded in-park clocks at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort as well as its Mickey Mouse timepiece launch, Citizen continues to emphasize time with the song choice for its first-ever commercial.

Paying homage to the Disney classic Alice in Wonderland, the commercial features a reworking of the iconic song “I’m Late” as sung by the White Rabbit.

The global television spot, the first in the brand’s alliance with Disney, features the famous White Rabbit along with several hidden references to the classic film. Brought to life by creative production partner Townhouse, the classic fairytale is reimagined into a modern wonderland with a combination of live action and CGI featuring Alice, the infamous Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and more.



The story opens with playful bunnies rushing a street lined with daisies. One of them is the White Rabbit in a race against time, but in today’s world. In the first scene, he’s late to a meeting with Alice and the Mad Hatter, both of whom are wearing their Citizen timepieces. In the second scenario, the White Rabbit is late to a showing of “Queen of Hearts” at the Kings Theatre. A modern-day Cheshire Cat checks his Citizen timepiece as he enters the theater on time, only to shut the door closed as the White Rabbit runs to enter, but is too late. Throughout the commercial, those around the White Rabbit, like Tweedledee and Tweedledum, are struck by his rushed persona, while the White Rabbit continues on his quest to be on time.

The commercial can be seen globally in two 15-second versions and two 30-second versions starting this fall and will air on select television networks, including ABC and FOX, as well as on Roku and in cinema with Screenvision.

Each year, Citizen will continue to celebrate its alliance with Disney by using an iconic Disney tune for advertising.

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Tiasuwan Receives JNA Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s one of the highest honors in the international jewelry and gemstone industry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Mr. Prida Tiasuwan, Board chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Company Limited received one of the highest honors in the international jewelry and gemstone industry this year – the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the JNA Awards organized by UBM Asia.

This award is considered the highest honor for individuals who contributed to the advancement of the jewelry industry by promoting the best business practices, leadership excellence and innovation. Mr. Prida is also known for nurturing new generations of artists who are preserving Thailand’s time-honored jewelry-making traditions. The event was held on September 17, 2018 at the Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair.

“I am truly honored and grateful to receive this international accolade from the JNA Awards. This industry has given me so much happiness in my life. I and top leaders around me have trained and developed thousands of people into becoming fine craftsmen, and I am extremely delighted to say that they are proud to create beautiful and exquisite jewelry pieces.  I feel that God has given us the duty to fulfill the needs of those who wish to celebrate meaningful occasions by offering special and unique jewelry to their loved ones. We have accomplished this task – and more – since we ensure that all our products are and will be produced in a socially responsible way,” Mr. Prida shared.

“I’m honored and I’m feeling happy to receive this award. Then I start to reflect after that moment onward and I realized that is this really the most important point?
Our industry has never really been admired properly. We had served the world or at least half of the world to make them happy, to make them feel confident. We use our two hands to cut to beautify the stones that nobody wants into a most beautiful thing and we do it with happiness.

I was very happy because every time when I look at my workers, I look at them like precious things. When I look at their faces, they are so happy to do what they are doing, but they never really been recognized properly. And now I feel that I am the extension of them to get something that they can feel proud of. Thanks JNA for lifting the spirit of the gems and jewelry industry and lifting the spirit of workers who has produced the thing that they love for the people that love beautiful things.” Mr. Prida said while receiving the award.

Mr. Prida known as one of Thailand’s visionary business leaders, is credited for transforming PRANDA Group into one of the world’s top jewelry manufacturers and exporters, and the Southeast Asian country’s flagship jewelry brand. Under Prida’s leadership, PRANDA mastered the mass-production of fine-quality jewellery, a feat which used to be the exclusive domain of highly skilled goldsmiths. This high-profile industry pioneer also champions Thailand-made jewellery globally, encouraging other home-grown manufacturers to explore and capture international markets.

Mr. Prida has devoted himself to the industry for more than four decades. He currently serves as vice president of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association, director of the Subcommittee on Marketing at The Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) and director of The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). He is also a member (5th Class) of The Most Noble Order of The Crown of Thailand for his outstanding service to the Kingdom of Thailand.


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Harry Kotlar Celebrates Grand Boutique Opening at Tiny Jewel Box and 70th Year Anniversary

Both Harry Kotlar and Tiny Jewel Box have decades-long histories.

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WASHINGTON – One of the world’s top jewelry design houses, Harry Kotlar, celebrated its 70th anniversary and the opening of its new boutique at Tiny Jewelry Box in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8. 

“Both Harry Kotlar and Tiny Jewel Box have decades-long histories,” says David Wiener, Harry Kotlar’s president and head designer. “The opening of the Harry Kotlar boutique inside Tiny Jewel Box represents a confluence of those two histories. It’s also a tangible proof of our shared commitment to excellence and luxury.”

The focus of the event was the anniversary collection, which gathered seven key pieces — one for each decade of the brand’s existence. Each piece references popular design hallmarks of the time, but are nonetheless timeless.

Guests of the event, which included Kotlar collectors, jewelry enthusiasts, influencers and editors, witnessed the unveiling of the anniversary collection. Each of the pieces were curated and presented in museum-like vignettes with a unique Museum Audio Guide. Eighteen of Harry Kotlar’s collections were also presented in a museum-like environment. Guests also had an opportunity to create their own Harry Kotlar pieces with a Harry Kotlar Illustrator onsite. 

Viewed as a whole, the collections told the story of Harry Kotlar’s dedication to jewelry-making.

Now, About that Surprise Gold Kotlar Locket…

There was actually an eighth piece in the collection, and it caused quite a stir among attendees.

That piece was a golden locket, made in the image of Harry Kotlar’s personal golden pocket watch. During World War II, Harry used his own watch as an exchange to guarantee safe passage for his family. That sacrifice paved the way for his family’s bright future — and the future of the brand.

The locket was crafted with tthe high craftsmanship given to all pieces in the anniversary collection. At the center of the locket was a opal from Helen Kotlar’s personal collection. The front of the locket is adorned with a special Lily Artisan Pavé, a tribute to Harry’s wife Helen, who adored flowers. Re-envisioning Harry’s pocket watch as a locket allows its bearer to insert their own mementos and photographs, in effect making them become a part of the jewelry design house’s decades-long history.

An Exceptional Book & Film for An Exceptional History

Each of these pieces were featured within the pages of an exclusive coffee table book and fashion film, which was also released at the boutique opening. The book and two-minute film give the audience a first-hand look into the evolution of Harry Kotlar’s design philosophy and dedication to the craft.

Each chapter shows Harry Kotlar’s evolution of design and the inspiration behind each anniversary piece. One of the key fashion inspirations? The little black dress, which has proven to be a common element through all the decades.

“The little black dress, much like our jewelry, has also evolved through the years and remained classic and sophisticated — which is why I decided to dress the model in versions of the dress that epitomizes each decade,” says Czarah Cabrera, brand & creative director for Harry Kotlar. “Combining fine jewelry with fashion was intentional; most contemporary jewelry compositions look cold and impersonal. By adding a fashion element that visually tells a story — specifically, the evolution of the little black dress — we give the photographs and the film a keen sense of humanity while maintaining their timelessness, poetry and iconic status.”

The result is a book and film designed to serve as a tribute to the Harry Kotlar legacy. All the attendees took home one of these remarkable books for them to keep.

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