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Atlanta Jewelry Show Announces Plans for August Event

It will run Aug. 10-12.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ATLANTA — SJTA, the producer of the Atlanta Jewelry Show for nearly 70 years, announces new developments for the August 2019 edition. With the addition of prestigious designers, expert educators, networking events and innovative pavilions, August AJS is poised to impress. The Cobb Galleria Centre will be the setting for the trade event, which will run Saturday, Aug. 10, through Monday, Aug. 12, with a pre-show conference on Friday, Aug. 9.

“The Atlanta Jewelry Show team is hard at work to ensure the August show is the best event yet. As a direct response to exhibitor and retailer feedback, we are excited to present products, services and resources to enable our attendees to not only survive, but thrive,” said Executive Director Libby Brown. “With superior exhibitors, unmatched education and inventive show features, AJS continues to raise the bar in the industry; pun intended.”

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Pre- Show Conference

Kicking off the event will be the popular and inspiring Pre-Show Conference on Friday, Aug. 9, engineered by Education Director Cindy Chandler. Powered by Diamond Producers Association, Stuller and other industry leaders, this full day of education will equip jewelers with the tools they need to succeed.

“Our August lineup is second to none, with relevant and practical topics designed to provide real solutions to real challenges,” said Chandler.

Highlights include: GIA sessions before and during the show, succession planning workshop with American Gem Society President John Carter, hosted by Bill Boyajian, and the standing-room only Diamond Power Panel return. Explore the power of scent with Air Esscentials and get the latest marketing secrets during the Instore Marketing track.

“Top personalities and educators in the industry are contacting us on a daily basis, so we are constantly adding speakers to our already phenomenal itinerary. Make sure to check the AJS website often for up- to-the-minute additions,” added Chandler.

Additionally, interactive sessions are scheduled throughout the show in our unique Learning Labs, right on the show floor. View the complete education schedule here.

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Watch all-new competitors in the CAD-CAM Challenge as they take inspiration from world-renowned designer Remy Rotenier. Remy will present his rendering, and our challengers will turn dreams into reality as they compete to create a winning CAD creation from his design. As a bonus, Remy will also share with you the magic of freehand design during a two-hour hands-on workshop during the Friday Pre-Show Conference. View CAD CAM Challenge details here.

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Must See Exhibitors

The Atlanta Jewelry Show has consistently offered a huge variety of products, and this show is no exception. Exhibitors committed to date include a record number of new exhibitors along with best-selling brands Galatea, Jewelry by Design, Artistry, Lafonn, Tresor, Asher, Vahan, King Baby, and the list is growing. It’s anticipated that over 300 vendors will be present on the show floor. View the exhibitor list here.

One-Stop Resource

New for August, The Loupe will be expanded to include a plethora of resources located in one neighborhood, to afford independent jewelers the opportunity to expand their businesses. Plans for the Loupe include a repair station, hand-engraver, gem cutter, silver services, 3-D printing resources, appraisers, e-commerce services, and more. We are excited to announce that AWCI and their brand-new Mobile Horology Classroom will be rolling right onto the show floor, and offering free classes inside a state-of-the-art bus.

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Special Events

Along with all the fresh additions to the show, your favorites will return, including Kids Jewelry Camp, Occasions, Mingle! each night, Swag Store, Famous $5 Buyer Lunch, Complimentary Coffee each morning and Whova – The Official AJS Event App. Everything you need for the most successful and productive AJS experience, and to prepare you for the fourth quarter and beyond.

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Jewelers Block Insurance Specialists Surya and AIB Merge

The combined businesses will continue under the Surya and AIB names.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Surya Insurance Services, LLC is merging with Associated Insurance International Brokers Inc (AIB). The combined businesses will continue under the Surya and AIB names, both offering jewelers block insurance and other specialized insurance for the diamond and jewelry industry. Janak Dave will continue as Surya CEO and AIB founder Elan Manham will join Surya as President.

“The combined strength of the two companies will allow Surya to continue to grow to provide even better service to all of our customers,” Dave says. “In addition to growing our jewelers block insurance business, we plan to offer more insurance products specifically tailored to the needs of the industry’s top diamond and jewelry professionals, including covering the risks of rough processing, repolishing and the setting of important diamonds and gemstones.”

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Surya Insurance Services is dedicated to serving the insurance needs of the diamond and jewelry industry. Surya was founded in New York in 2005 by Surya Capital to serve the diamond and jewelry industry. AIB was founded by Elan Manham in 1993 to provide jewelry and diamond wholesalers and retailers with Jewelers Block Insurance.

“The financial strength of Surya will give us better relationships with underwriters and enable us to better serve our customers and offer enhanced coverage,” Elan Manham says. “I look forward to working with the Surya team to grow the business.”

The combined companies will be able to provide A+ rated custom insurance solutions tailored to the individual needs of each client, including on premises, in transit, worldwide travel, trade and trunk show, unattended auto, bank vault and memo coverage.

Surya and AIB customers include more than 300 diamond wholesalers, jewelry manufacturers, jewelry retailers, pawnbrokers, and fine arts dealers, from small independent companies to some of the world’s most important diamond sightholders.

For more information about Surya and AIB insurance products and services, contact a specialist at 800-242-7766 or visit suryains.com.

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Diamonds Do Good Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Millennial-Focused Proposal Contest

Finalists will be flown to Canada to see the real impact of natural diamonds.

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(PRESS RELEASE) In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Diamonds Do Good announced the winners of the second annual ‘Real Stories. Real Diamonds. Real Impact’ video proposal contest. A third year of the proposal contest is now being planned.

The winning couple of this year’s contest, Nicole and Isaiah, hail from North Carolina and were engaged during a trip to Ireland. “I love simple and natural… surrounded by the natural beauty of Ireland, the natural beauty of the diamond and my beautiful fiancé, our proposal story is one I will never get tired of telling” says Nicole.

Nicole and Isaiah will experience the natural beauty of the Northwest Territories of Canada, the third largest producer of natural diamonds. There they will see firsthand the impact natural, mined diamonds have had on the country and to share their experiences through social media.

Videos were judged by digital media influencers @thediamondsgirl, @weddingdiary and @roamaroo with combined followers numbering over 2,000,000.

“The contest is helping boost consumer understanding of the real, positive impact for communities of natural, mined diamonds,” says Executive Committee member Rebecca Foerster, president of Alrosa USA.

D.E.F President, Anna Martin, senior vice president of GIA, echoes, “Educating the younger generation on the good diamonds do and inviting them to engage in this narrative will help boost consumer confidence in, and ultimately demand for, diamonds.”

Check out the winning video.

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Fortuna Completes First Sale of New Decade

It featured a diamond that brought $40,625.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On February 6, 2020, Fortuna held its first sale of the new decade. The Fine Jewels sale offered a well-rounded selection of fine estate diamond jewelry and designer pieces, and achieved a nearly 70% sell-through rate.

The sale brought in bidders and consigners from around the world, featuring items consigned from countries like Spain, and bids coming all the way from Kuwait. It was also the first of Fortuna’s auctions to be streamed live on Facebook.

Among the sale highlights sold was a 4.13-Carat Emerald-Cut Loose Diamond. This fine diamond came accompanied by a GIA diamond report stating the stone as possessing G color and VVS1 clarity. The diamond achieved $40,625 at auction.

The sale also featured rarely seen designs, like that of a Tiffany & Co. Aquamarine Morganite and Diamond Drop Necklace. The piece had never been worn and was in excellent condition. The stunning lot which was crafted in platinum in a spectacular cascading design, achieved $30,000 at auction — more than double its starting bid.

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The next Fine Jewels auction on Fortuna’s calendar is set for March 19 at 1PM EDT, and is still accepting consignments. If you have jewelry or watches you would like to submit for auction, visit FortunaAuction.com or call (212) 389-9040 for a free valuation.

Tiffany Co. Morganite Aquamarine Necklace

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