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American Society of Appraisers to Offer Gemological Boot Camp

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(Press Release) RESTON, VA – The American Society of Appraisers announces the offering of a Gemological Boot Camp July 31 through Aug. 3 and Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course Aug. 4-7 at Jewelry Television in Knoxville, TN.

The Gemological Boot Camp will free appraisers from their microscopes and teach them to be more proficient in the field. Participants will learn all aspects of gem testing equipment and how to reach fast and accurate identification.

This comprehensive four day class will include lecture and lab testing and participants will learn to implement valuable gemological techniques and information. Instruction will be provided by Eric Fritz, FGA, DGA, who is the manager of North America for Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Eric holds both colored stone and diamond designations, along with a degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His Zoology degree lead to a passion for pearls and other organic gem materials, which are now Eric’s specialty.

The Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course presents the most current appraisal terminology with appraisal development and report writing instructions as it applies to gems and jewelry appraising. Interactive lectures, discussions and class exercise will encourage individual thinking and allow the participant to apply valuation theories to their own practice. Upon completion of this course, participants will possess the tools and confidence necessary to write and/or interpret Gems and Jewelry appraisal reports to be used for insurance coverage in compliance with ASA and USPAP report writing requirements. Instruction will be provided by Gina D’Onofrio, FGA, MGA, CMA and Carole C. Richbourg, GG, FGA, ASA, MGA. Ms. D’Onofrio is a Fine Jewelry Director at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA. Gina has worked in the retail, auction and manufacturing sectors of the jewelry industry since 1989. Her experience encompasses jewelry design and production, appraisals, buying and selling of contemporary, antique and period jewelry, sales and management. Ms. Richbourg is an independent jewelry appraiser, based in Northern California. A full-time appraiser since 1989, Carol has over 30 years of broad experience in the jewelry industry, including store management, merchandising, retail sales, appraising, jewelry design and fabrication. She has published several articles on issues affecting the jewelry appraiser.

The price for the Gemological Boot Camp is $1,095 for members and $1,245 for non-members. Registration is available online at http://www.appraisers.org/Education/View-Class?ClassID=3767 or by calling (800) 272-8258.

The price for the Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course is $945 for members and $1,095 for non-members.

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Registration is available online at http://www.appraisers.org/Education/View-Class?ClassID=3768 or by calling (800) 272-8258.

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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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