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Benjamin Guttery Moderates the 5th Jewelry Independent Summit

It’s happening on August 10, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Jewelry Independent Summit announces its return to New York City on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

The Jewelry Independent Summit has gained global recognition in the jewelry industry for bridging the gap between “creativity and business” for modern jewelry designers. August’s event, The Modern Design Dilemma, will serve as a curated crash-course in all things jewelry for those currently considering or working within the industry.

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While the summit is open to everyone in the business (including editors, retailers and influencers), its chief goal is to provide insight and support as designers turn what they love into something that is marketable and profitable.

During every summit, speakers take a deep dive into topics that create the largest learning curves for designers such as retailing, social media, accounting and branding. When it comes to assembling experts it’s important to coordinators that the candidates represent the diversity of the market, which is why pioneers like Polly Wales (designer), Gurki Basra (Barneys Senior Fine Jewelry buyer), Angela Koh (senior market editor, NYT Style Mag) and Stephanie Gottlieb (private jeweler and influencer) were so important to align with early on.

The Summit consists of one-on-one discussions with industry experts. The goal is for each speaker to leave a larger impression on streamers and audience members as a result of having focused time to hone in on their specific skill set within the jewelry category. The Summit’s goal is to have attendees walk away with the knowledge they need to chart their own course and make decisions for themselves and their work based on facts and knowledge over emotions.

This August the summit will continue to evolve it’s format by providing an additional opportunity for audience members to learn. Coordinators are thrilled to offer morning and afternoon “Mini Tech Talk” breakout sessions where one speaker and five audience members will sit and discuss a wide range of important topics facing the industry. During registration Audience members are able to select the session of their choice. Limited tickets available. The schedule as follows:

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Morning

  • Marla Aaron – Protecting Your Intellectual Property
  • Eva Fehren – The Millenial Designer (and consumer)
  • Julez Bryant – How you can help retailers understand independent designers are the future
  • Melissa Joy Manning – Ways to implement Eco Friendly Practices
  • Jennifer Gandia – Consignment vs Wholesale in 2019
  • Joanne Teichman – Store Experiences + Eventing

Afternoon

  • Marla Aaron – The Jewelry Industry’s Design Problem
  • Eva Fehren – The Core Strategy (sustaining demand for your signature pieces)
  • Julez Bryant – The downside of being an inspired designer
  • Jennifer Gandia – Introducing, Following Up, and Managing your Retail Relationships
  • Joanne Teichman – Marketing and Branding for Designers and Retailers

This fifth installment is poised to welcome speakers including designer Melissa Joy Manning, Julez Liss (founder, Julez Bryant), designer Marla Aaron, Eva Zuckerman (founder, Eva Fehren), Jennifer Gandia (founder, Greenwich St. Jewelers), Graziela Kaufman (founder, Graziela Gems) and Joanne Teichman (managing director, Ylang23).

Those in the audience will have an opportunity to network with both speakers and other audience members, and for those who are out of the state/country or just unavailable on Aug. 10, a streaming option is available.

To date over 800 jewelry brands, insiders, and enthusiast from China to New Zealand, Houston to Montreal, have registered for this convenient option. Streaming allows registrants to tune in live and/or watch and rewind as many times as they like for up to 30 days after the summit. Audience members receive a link to the video also.

Tickets for the August 10th Jewelry Independent Summit can be purchased online at www.jewelryindependent.com. Tickets are priced at $199 for audience members and $189 for the streaming option. Use the code INSTORE to receive $20 off your ticket for 72 hours.

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Stuller Introduces New Findings and Metals Catalog

It features new product, improved product images, and more!

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Stuller, Inc. announces the release of its newest catalog, Findings and Metals 2020-2021.

“We’ve added several key improvements to this catalog based off of customer feedback,” says Alissa Talbot, senior findings product manager. “Our biggest improvement to note, is that all products in this book are shown to scale, making purchasing decisions much easier and faster.”

Other new and improved features include:

• Additional product tabs for easier navigation.
• More product relationships identified, making it easier to find like items.
• Semi-set pricing featured throughout.
• Expanded introductions to better identify what’s in each section.

“As you browse the catalog, you’ll also discover an array of new product,” says Talbot. “This book includes our largest expansion of 14 karat rose gold findings to date.”

As with the release of most catalogs, customers can participate in a catalog interaction contest for the chance to win a Stuller account credit. To learn more about Findings and Metals 2020-2021 and the Change Up Challenge Catalog Contest visit Stuller.com/FindingsCatalog2020.

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Antonini Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN — Antonini celebrates its century-spanning history with a significant collection in terms of both its wide and the bold choice made in the use of materials. Faithful to its history, which has seen the exclusive use of gold and diamonds for the ‘ready to wear’ collections, Sergio Antonini – the creative director of the brand – when designing the collection, he had in mind the malleability of gold and its most striking feature, which since antiquity and over the centuries has made it an immediately recognizable element: its sheen.

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold, be it yellow gold or white gold, embellished with subtle waves of diamonds that underline the sensual profiles or some hidden details of the jewels. Soft and supple shapes recall those of the ‘Anniversary’ collection – one of the most iconic and successful collections in the brand’s recent history, designed in 2009 for the company’s 90th anniversary. Very long chains, rings and earrings that shine amongst garments and hair and reveal even brighter stones set at a 45-degree angle. In the more luxe version, in white gold, the surface is completely covered with valuable F-color diamonds that are exceptionally brilliant and sparkly.

Antonini’s dual soul is reflected in the two variants that each of its collections are organized into: yellow gold and white gold, to meet the taste of their markets of reference. From the US that loves white gold and imposing sizes, to Japan that prefers minimal jewelry, passing through the countries of the Russian area where the more traditional yellow gold triumphs.

Since 1919 in the heart of Milan: this is the Antonini story, a company which for three generations has been making jewelry with a unique and recognizable design, directly influenced by the motivation that the city offers, architecture, design and contemporary art, all passions that Sergio Antonini enjoys in his daily life. Beauty and culture are distinctive elements of the showroom in Piazza Borromeo 12: a place of a poignant artistic enchantment, a circle of extraordinary frescoes from the fifteenth century situated in an architectural context that has its roots in the history of the city. In a district where the medieval guilds had their own laboratories, giving the neighborhood its well-known street names: via Orefici, via Moneta, via Zecca, via del Bollo, via Spadari, via Armorari… In such a context, only exclusive creations such as those of Antonini can be made.

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French Association of Gemology Announces Speakers for 18th Gemological Symposium

It takes place on September 9, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PARIS, FRANCE – The Association Française de Gemmologie (the French Association of Gemology) has announced the line-up of speakers for the 18th Paris Gemological Rendez Vous, its prestigious annual gems symposium, which will take place on September 9, 2019, at: l’ASIEM, 6 rue Albert de Lapparent, Paris, France.

The speaker list in alphabetical order is:

  • Alan Bronstein, President of the Natural Color Diamond Association
  • Aurélien Delaunay, director of the French Laboratory Of Gemology (LFG)
  • Richard Duffy : CEO of Petra Diamonds
  • David Fisher, Principal Scientist, De Beers Technology
  • Stéphane Fischler, President of the World Diamond Council
  • Peter Karakchiev, Head of the International Relations Department, ALROSA
  • Jim Pounds, Executive Vice-President Diamonds, Dominion Diamond Mines
  • Martin Rapaport, Chairman, Rapaport
  • Eddy Vleeschdraeger, Director at the Scientific and Technical Research Center for
    Diamonds (WTOCD – Belgium), author of “Hardness 10”
  • Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice-President of International Relations and Ethical Initiatives, De Beers

The moderator of the symposium is Didier Giard, president of the French Association of Gemology and a member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences. “This year’s symposium will be taking a comprehensive look at diamonds,” said Giard. “During a period of many challenges to the natural diamond industries including synthetics and a volatile international market, we are very proud to host such distinguished members of the diamond industry. They will be giving us their considered views, backed by years of experience, on the diamond industry from many different angles.

“This is a one-day event (9.15 am to 6.00 pm) that will give the audience plenty of food for thought, from diamond mining, the current state of the market, and colored diamonds to the scientific, gemological and historical aspects of natural diamonds. I would urge members of the trade to register as soon as possible in order to secure a place at the symposium since there are a limited number of places available. The symposium will have simultaneous French and English translation.”

To register, please send a mail to: gemmes7@orange.fr

For further information, contact Didier Giard at: giard.didier@gmail.com

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