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Brosway and MIU Celebrate Partnership

This is through the unveiling of design student contest winning collection.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MIAMI, FL – On the evening of Wednesday, October 09, Brosway celebrated its partnership with Miami International University of Art & Design (MIU) through the unveiling of design student, Raquel Zerbib, contest winning collection, at the Brosway Flagship Store in Miami.

Earlier this year, Brosway and MIU announced Raquel Zerbib as the winner of a student design contest in which the students were challenged to design collection consisting of three jewelry pieces inspired by the Brosway brand pillars. Raquel’s winning collection was officially produced by the brand to include four necklace design, one bracelet and four cufflink designs, under the collection entitled, “Miami Vibes.”

The evening’s celebration commenced with the unveiling of the collection showcased within the Brosway storefront windows at their Miami International Mall location. Throughout the event guests were offered the opportunity to speak with Raquel and discover the inspiration behind her “Miami Vibes” collection. Later in the evening Beatrice Beleggia, Brosway vice president, and Charlene Parsons, academic director of fashion programs at MIU, announced their plans to continue the partnership between Brosway and MIU to support the education of students, like Raquel, and showcase their incredible design talents.

The “Miami Vibes” collection will be available on www.brosway.us and is now available at Brosway’s Flagship Store in the Miami International Mall.

To learn more about Brosway, please visit https://www.brosway.us/

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Harry Fiorentinos Resigns from Wedding Ring Manufacturer Endless Designs

His decision is a result of a change in career paths.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLE PLACE, NY — After nearly 12 years, Harry Fiorentinos has resigned as president of Endless Designs Inc. and vice-president of Rayana Designs Inc. located in Carle Place, NY.

His decision to resign is not the result of any disagreement but rather a change in career paths. The company will continue to be owned and operated by Cathy Fiorentinos, Dina Pedalino and Mike Fiorentinos.

Endless Designs remains a national, prime wedding ring wholesaler who creates and manufactures high quality, affordable, marketable in-store wedding ring solutions for the Independent retail jewelry store sector. They offer over 5500 styles available in Platinum, Palladium, 18kt, 14kt, 10kt, Silver and Alloy. All of their rings can be customized to specific metals, widths and thicknesses and are available for private label.

For additional information contact Cathy Fiorentinos at 800-886-3040 ext 3560 cathy@goendless.com or Dina Pedalino at 800-886-3040 ext 3570 dina@goendless.com or you can email info@goendless.com.

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Stephen Webster Graces The Artisan Jewelry Design Awards 2020

The Artisan Awards 2020 presented 27 winners in Art-Deco, Neo-Futurism & Islamic Arabesque categories and the Best Product Inventory.

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(PRESS RELEASE) British designer Stephen Webster graced the annual recognizing and rewarding the best in jewelry design, The Artisan Jewelry Design Awards, an initiative by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The Artisan Awards epitomizes the highest levels of artistry, innovation and individuality – elevating jewelry designers to their rightful status of artistes.

The purpose of The Artisan Awards is to inspire India’s jewelry designers to push their design boundaries and demonstrate their skill by showcasing world-class pieces. The theme for this year’s The Artisan Jewelry Design Awards 2020 powered by GIA (Gemological Institute of America) was architectural gems under which there were different categories namely Art-Deco, Neo Futurism and Islamic Arabesque categories. There was a special category for the Best Product Inventory at IIJS Signature 2020. The winner for the Art-Deco category Harjas Kaur; the winner for Neo futurism was Namrata Bhardwaj; and the winner for Islamic Arabesque category was Koushik Mondal. The Awards were given away by Mr. Stephen Webster, Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal (chairman, GJEPC), Mr. Colin Shah (vice chairman, GJEPC), Mr. Milan Chokshi (Member-COA & convener, promotions, marketing and business development of the GJEPC) and Mrs. Nirupa Bhatt (MD – GIA, India & Middle East).

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Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal said, “India has extremely talented pool of jewelry designers. Artisan awards is one of its kind initiatives of GJEPC to felicitate the best talent in jewelry design. The objective of organizing Artisan Awards is to encourage and motivate our students and designers to reach their full potential and make it big in this industry. I congratulate all the designers behind crafting such beautiful designs and the manufacturers who brought these designs to life. Looking at these exquisite jewelry pieces, I can say that the future of this industry is in safe hands.”

Internationally acclaimed jewelry designer Mr. Stephen Webster said, “For a piece of jewelry materials are everything. Materials and craft form the basis, but the element of design pushes things further. Design competitions are important because they challenge you to push yourself creatively, to push your own boundaries. India is steeped in tradition and India has influenced nearly all jewelry designers. I congratulate all the winners of The Artisan Awards presented by GJEPC and can say we have seen some great pieces.”

Mr. Colin Shah said, “India’s craftsmen are among the best in the world in terms of skills and abilities to manufacture beautiful handmade jewelry. We can only sustain when we give attention in creating value addition for our products and focusing on design. One among the various initiatives that GJEPC has undertaken is The Artisan Awards. In this 3rd year, we have fairly good representation from different parts of the country – each one has their unique contemplation. Through this platform, we tapped talent not only has the vision to create designs that push the boundaries of creativity but also imbibe factors that give jewelry 360-degree touch to be accessible to the end user.”

Mr. Milan Chokshi said, “The kind of designs we saw through this process have been truly amazing. The eminent jury had a real tough task in selecting the finalists and winners. And the support that the manufacturers gave these young designers was heartening to see. This year’s theme “Architectural Gems” has been devised to inspire designers to use a nonlinear approach to create jewelry, inspired by 3 distinct eras of architecture. I congratulate all 625 participants for their inspiring interpretations of the theme. The future is bright and shiny.”

As the name suggests, this theme marries the two worlds of architecture and jewelry, highlighting their similar tenets of function and design. There is grandeur in their attitude, timelessness in their appeal and immense inspiration stemming from their style. We’ve all caught ourselves marveling over the interior design of a coveted house or gushing over the beauty of an exquisite diamond necklace. What is it that overlaps between these aesthetic worlds? If you compare the two, you find that they both follow key principles of durability, utility and beauty. So it’s not surprising that the same keywords are associated with both arts: shape, structure, quality, line, flow, pattern and precision.

Back in the day, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress. The concept of Art Deco was not just a single style, but a pastiche of different and sometimes contradictory ones. Yet, they were all united by a desire to be modern. Some of the defining designs are the streamlined geometric symmetry, sweeping curves and Chevron patterns.

Neo-futurism is an early-21st century architectural style, which evolved out of high-tech architecture. It is a concept that incorporates urban design that is in touch with human emotions, ethical values and sustainability. It suspends old notions of function and possibility and showcases dynamic forms and lines, and sometimes, even a reckless simplicity. Some of its defining qualities are its fluidity in style, its experimental nature and avante garde form.

Islamic Arabesque: The Arabesque developed out of early traditions of plant based scroll ornament in the cultures taken over by the early Islamic conquests. It is often used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and the infinity in nature. Some of its defining designs are rhythmic linear patterns, plants and vines all rotating in perfect symmetry, sometimes enhanced by calligraphy.

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65th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to Be Held From February 25-29, 2020

Organizers will ensure the safety of all participants from the 2019-Novel Coronavirus.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, has demonstrated its confidence in the potential of Thailand to become the world’s jewelry hub while assigning Thai trade centers around the world to proactively promote the export of gems and jewelry products and focus on penetrating new markets and expanding online sales channels in existing markets. The DITP has also announced its readiness to organize the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair this February to offer new opportunities for Thai entrepreneurs to meet international buyers.

At the “Afternoon Tea Talk: Exploring the Charm of Thai Jewelry to Promote the World’s Jewelry Hub,” Mr. Somdet Susomboon, DITP director-general, said that Thailand’s gems and jewelry industry is an industry with high potential that offers all gems and jewelry-related products from upstream to downstream. Thailand is now one of the top ten jewelry exporters in the world, and in 2018, three product categories in the industry had a significant market share among international markets: from Silver Jewelry in which the value of export from Thailand is the highest worldwide with a market share of 23.8%, Colored Stones in which the value of export ranks third worldwide with a market share of 11.9%, to Imitation Jewelry in which the value of export ranks sixth worldwide with a market share of 5.9%.

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“Thailand’s gems and jewelry industry has the potential to become the world’s jewelry hub with its various strengths. First of all, Thailand possesses manufacturing expertise in which Thai artisans have the skills and the intricate craftsmanship to create products that are recognized around the world. Moreover, Thai business operators are skilled in trading, quick to adapt to the market, and capable at seeking raw materials, designing jewelry, manufacturing, marketing, and catering to customers’ needs. Finally, Thailand’s location allows it to establish a transportation route to connect to other regions worldwide while the country also has dedicated gems and jewelry institutes like the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) that has been developing personnel for the industry as well as establishing standards for gems and jewelry products. Most importantly, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is considered a key trading platform that is recognized internationally,” said the director-general.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce has been carrying out marketing promoting activities through the DITP across both offline and online channels by assigning Thai trade centers to assist Thai entrepreneurs to seek out new opportunities in potential markets. Moreover, the DITP has been partnering with the private sector to establish online marketplaces and expanding sales channels for products on key online trading platforms around the world through the Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making campaign. Mr. Prida Tiasuwan, chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Company Limited and director of CIBJO, The World Jewelry Confederation, said that the strength of Thai jewelry lies in the craftsmanship of Thai artisans which should be further promoted in order to enable them to create intricate craftwork and produce excellent-quality jewelry pieces that can be sold at a high price.

“In creating a piece of craftwork, artisans must be happy and have a creative mind in order to produce intricate pieces of jewelry. Moreover, for them to be happy, they need to have a good working environment, which is in line with the philosophy of doing business today where business owners must pay attention to how they affect the environment and take care of human rights, as these factors are considered important to the new generation of consumers.”

Mr. Prida added that gems and jewelry trade fairs are very important in Thailand because they offer an opportunity for people in the industry to form business alliances from upstream to downstream while promoting the nation to become the world’s jewelry hub, as Thailand is the only country that has every category of gems and jewelry products, from raw colored stones to cut colored stones, as well as artisans who are ready to craft the jewelry pieces to perfection.

The 65th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will be held from February 25th to 29th, 2020 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani with the aim to demonstrate the potential and the strengths of the country’s gems and jewelry industry while opening new opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet and trade with buyers from around the world. The event will feature numerous activities, from the Siam Silver Showcase exhibition that tells the story of Thai silver from past to present, networking activities, an export clinic held by commercial attaches, to seminars to educate and develop the capabilities of Thai entrepreneurs. Moreover, at the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, participants can join the colored stone auction held by Bonas, diamond brokers based in London with over ten years’ of online auctioning experience. Organizers of the fair will be implementing measures to prevent the spread of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus in order to ensure the safety of all participants.

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