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Bulova Attends 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards

Gifts first-time award winners with special edition timepiece.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Bulova continued to celebrate its partnership with The Latin Recording Academy through its participation as an official sponsor of the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. In the days leading up to and throughout the show, Bulova participated in various activations in celebration of The Biggest Night in Latin Music.

On November 12th, Bulova attended the 2019 Leading Ladies of Entertainment, which honors and recognizes professional and socially conscious women within the arts and entertainment fields who have made significant contributions, inspiring the next generation of female leaders. Bulova gifted special Rubaiyat timepieces to the honorees of the evening including María Elisa Ayerbe, audio engineer and producer, Lila Downs, Latin GRAMMY/GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter and social activist, Luana Pagani, music executive, president & partner of Seitrack US, Dayanara Torres, actress, model, author, and former Miss Universe and Elsa Yep, CFO/executive vice president of operations, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula.

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Prior to the Person of the Year Gala (POTY) on the evening of November 13th, Bulova hosted an intimate moment on the POTY red carpet to honor and celebrate all artists nominated for this
year’s Best New Artist category at the Latin GRAMMY Awards. The artists were welcomed by Gabriel Abaroa, President and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy and Michael Benavente, managing director of Bulova, and presented with a Special Edition Latin GRAMMY timepiece. Following the ceremony, Bulova celebrated the 2019 Person of the Year, Juanes, and presented him with a 24k gold Bulova timepiece.

To represent the brand throughout the entirety of the week’s celebrations, Bulova brought along singer/songwriter and participant in the brand’s Tune of Time series, Mariah, to chronicle her experience. Guests were able to countdown to the awards from an arena countdown clock brought to them by Bulova. The brand also participated in the official gifting lounge in which award show attendees could view and bring home the stunning 2019 Special Edition Latin GRAMMY timepiece by Bulova or piece from the brand’s new Latin GRAMMY jewelry collection.

Finally, for the first time and as an expansion of the brand’s partnership with The Latin Recording Academy, Bulova will gift all first-time Latin GRAMMY Award winners an exclusive Bulova Special Edition Latin GRAMMY timepiece featured in a gold tone stainless steel case with edge to edge modernized crystal and finished on a sleek rubber strap. These first-time winners, including Best New Artist Winner, Nella, will receive their personalized timepiece alongside their official Latin GRAMMY statuettes. The case back of the gifted piece features the winner’s name and category award in which they won.

For additional information of Bulova’s partnership with The Latin Recording Academy visit Bulova.com.

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Lark & Berry Launches Collaborative Collection in Design Partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ Star, Alicia Agneson

It will debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Disrupting cultured diamonds jewelry brand Lark & Berry is set to debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry range in design partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ actress Alicia Agneson, aptly named ‘Alicia.’ Lark & Berry’s new Alicia Agneson designed range will feature jewelry crafted in 14k yellow gold, and 18k white gold with the brand’s signature cultured diamonds and sapphires. All new pieces will be available starting December 2019 online at larkandberry.com ,as well as in Lark & Berry’s flagship Marylebone, London location just steps away from Selfridge’s.

Agneson’s keen eye for detail and inventive design has yielded pieces that are sleek in style, with unusual cuts of stones and delicate cultured diamonds. As a compliment to Lark & Berry’s Veto Petals necklaces and earrings, the new Agneson-designed Alicia set also features inspiration from the natural environment, in the form of “leaves” hanging from diamond cut chains, creating a sense of movement.

“I made the decision a year back to be more environmentally conscious. It resulted in me taking the decision to never again wear newly made clothes. That led to Lark & Berry and me finding each other,” Agneson states. “With Lark & Berry, I share the same love for the smaller beauties in life but with a conscious mind along the way. Designing the Alicia collection has been a hugely exciting from start to end, with all the hours spent in the studio finding what represents both me and the brand. I’m proud over what we’ve accomplished, and I hope we can together open eyes to cultured stones. We can be beautiful and save the planet at the same time, bit by bit.”

Lark & Berry’s 3 new high-jewelry pieces are crafted in 18k white gold and feature beautiful, elongated cultured forest green quartz paired with grey cultured pearls. This includes is a unique new radiant pearl necklace with forest green quartz and diamond clasp, designed to give the wearer the option to self-style the piece in multiple ways.

The open cocktail ring from this range sits well alongside the 14K yellow gold cocktail rings, including a 11.4ct violet sapphire in an emerald cut with double talon claws and a 6.1ct burnt orange sapphire ring with stunning diamond set leaf detail in the setting.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such a creative, prestige-actress as Alicia joining us to design a collection. Alicia’s love of nature and sustainable fashion inspired the naturalistic features of this new collection,” said Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez.

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Gem Legacy Offers Year-End Giving Opportunities

Jewelers can demonstrate to clients their commitment to colored-gem supply chain sustainability.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI — Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization launched in 2018 and dedicated to supporting gem mining communities in East Africa, is offering members of the gem and jewelry industry a quantifiable and tangible avenue for making year-end charitable donations. Those who contribute will be supporting a cause that positively impacts small colored-gem miners and their communities.

Contributors will also be given pre-written materials to immediately announce their donations to their clients during the holiday giving season.

Year-end giving opportunities include:

  • A $750 sponsorship for young adults to receive a four-month training program in gem faceting, gemology and gem identification
  • A $550 scholarship for secondary school fees for Kenyan orphans in gem sourcing communities
  • A $200 donation to adopt an in-need family in a gem sourcing community for the holidays

Industry members who make a donation to any of these initiatives will receive a pre-written message and photo they can use for email or social media posting. The materials will reference the gem-mining location and initiative that will benefit.

Gem Legacy gives 100% of donations directly to its initiatives, which are located in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. All focus on entrepreneurship, education and in-need children in gem mining locales. Other kinds of donations and fundraising ideas can be found on gemlegacy.org/partners and interested parties can create their own fundraising efforts from the templated materials.

“We are so excited to provide this opportunity to the global gem and jewelry trade: giving back to those who have given us the foundations of our businesses,” said Roger Dery, executive director of Gem Legacy. “Gem Legacy is committed to exponentially expanding the positive impact of gemstones on sourcing communities and sharing a public image of how gemstones are improving lives within these often challenged areas.”

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Alisa Announces New Ownership

It’s effective the beginning of 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Alisa, best known for its versatile and affordable fine jewelry products in sterling silver, 18K gold and diamonds for 25 years, will be under new ownership effective the beginning of 2020. Industry veterans Marci and Adam Staub will head the company as its new principals. “We are delighted that the Alisa brand will continue to be available to our many loyal retailers through such highly talented people,” say current owners Lisa and Fred Morgan. “We know Marci and Adam very well for more than a decade. They are true professionals in our industry ̶ knowledgeable, innovative, energetic, and customer service oriented ̶ and they will be fabulous for the brand’s ongoing success.”

Marci and Adam have 35 years of extensive experience in the fine jewelry industry, including design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Adam is a Graduate Gemologist – GIA and a member of the 24K Club in the Southeast region. “Adam and I are excited to continue the tradition of Alisa’s well designed Italian-made fine jewelry while creatively expanding the product line as we go forward,” says Marci. “The company’s high quality exclusive jewelry, with its distinctive signature style, has a classic and timeless appeal for many U.S. retailers and their discriminating customers.”

The Morgans will be assisting Marci and Adam during the ownership transition, which is expected to be seamless. To find out more about Alisa and their fine jewelry products, log on to alisadesigns.com. For additional information regarding the change of ownership, please call 888.253.6600 or contact marci@alisadesigns.com or adam@alisadesigns.com.

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