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Carat+ Unveils 2018 Lineup of Speakers and Seminars

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(PRESS RELEASE) Diamond event CARAT+ has unveiled further details about the CARAT+ Conference 2018, a series of talks and seminars hosted by leading industry experts taking place at Antwerp Expo from May 6-8. 

This follows the recent announcement that Gemological Institute of America Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer Tom Moses will speak at a GIA GemFest during CARAT+ on Monday, May 7, at 16:00. More information about the GemFest talk will be available prior to the show. 

For the second edition, CARAT+ has refocused its efforts to create a concise seminar schedule that tackles industry issues and broader topics. Every session contributes to CARAT+’s reputation as a destination for diamond-focused conversation, networking and buying opportunities. 

Jonathan Chippindale, co-founder and chief executive of augmented retail solutions and software provider Holition, will get the seminar schedule off to a vibrant start at 15:00 on Sunday, May 6, with a talk called “Digital Storytelling: How Brands Use Technology to Innovate.” 

Based in London and the Netherlands, Holition is creative studio specializing in premium digital experiences, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. It is affiliated with diamond-broking and consultancy firm in the Bonas Group, with fifth-generation broker Charles Bonas serving as Holition’s Chairman. 

Its technology projects bring audiences closer to brands, connecting digital to retail by delivering memorable retail experiences online, in-store and through mobile. Its clients include Richemont, LVMH, Swatch Group and Kering Group, among others. 

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Prior to establishing Holition some 10 years ago, Chippindale worked for the De Beers Group as a managing director and had responsibility for global marketing activities with a focus on China, India and the Gulf. He has also held senior positions at luxury British brands, Asprey, Garrard and Mappin & Webb. 

Also on Sunday, May 6, at 16:00, CARAT+ Main Partner AWDC (Antwerp World Diamond Centre) and innovation strategy and business consultancy firm Junction will give the final six teams participating in the inaugural Hack4Diamonds event (Friday, May 4, to Sunday, May 6) the chance to present their ideas to CARAT+ exhibitors and visitors. Don’t miss your chance to see how pioneering minds specializing in computer science, marketing, business management, blockchain and artificial intelligence propose to combat challenges in the diamond sector. 

On the second day of the show, Monday, May 7, at 11:00, the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) will offer an update on its activities and address current issues and challenges in the diamond trade. Speakers will include RJC Executive Director Andrew Bone and Director of Business Development Edward Johnson. 

Later on Monday, May 7, at 14:00, Avi Krawitz, senior analyst and news editor at Rapaport, will host a talk called “Unstuck From the Rock and the Hard Place” focusing on the squeeze on the diamond trade and how to “navigate a market where the only constant is change.” His insightful presentation will offer an overview of the issues impacting diamond dealers and manufacturers, while exploring solutions for businesses in the midstream to grow in today’s difficult environment. 

On the final day of CARAT+, Tuesday, May 8, at 11:00, Katrien De Corte, chief officer of education at diamond grading specialist HRD Antwerp, will present on new solutions for the identification of synthetic diamonds, including the company’s new “D-Tect” device that will be launched at CARAT+. De Corte’s session will also centre on “Diamonds under Black Light,” a detailed study of the fluorescence grades of 1 million diamonds analysed at the HRD Antwerp Diamond Lab. Those interested in the relationship between fluorescence and color, as well as the influence of nitrogen content, size, viewing conditions and light sources on fluorescence, are encouraged to attend. 

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CARAT+ has ambitions to become the reference in diamonds, offering an annual meeting place for buying, networking and debating the future of the diamond industry. Launched in 2017, the event attracted more than 3,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors in its first year alone. 

Partners and sponsors that have joined CARAT+ for the 2018 edition include Main Partner Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), Diamond Partners ABN AMRO Belgium; security expert Brinks; insurance broker Driesassur; the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FBDB); the world’s foremost authority in gemology, GIA (Gemological Institute of America); industry media specialist Rapaport, and Event Partners motor company, Bentley; Brussels Airlines; champagne house Laurent-Perrier; Porsche Center Antwerp, and mobile camera security specialists, TowerEye. 

CARAT+ takes place on May 6, 7 and 8 at Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information, visit caratplusantwerp.com

To secure your entrance pass to the event, register today via the website or email info@caratplusantwerp.com.   

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Now Doing Business As Diamonds Do Good

The change will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Seizing on the simplicity, significance and resonance of its “Diamonds Do Good” tagline, the Diamond Empowerment Fund announced that it will evolve its business name to Diamonds Do Good. In keeping with the change, the non-profit organization has reimagined its logo and will be doing the same to its signature Las Vegas event held on the eve of the opening of the JCK Show.

Inspired by Nelson Mandela in 2007, over the past 12+ years the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission has supported programs that develop and empower people in diamond communities around the world. In recent years, its mission expanded to exemplify and tell the stories of the good that natural diamonds do for people in the communities where they’re mined, cut, polished, and sold. Those stories have resonated with consumers and the trade alike: consumers have a better image of the natural diamond industry, and are more interested in purchasing a natural diamond after reading the ‘do good’ stories hosted on diamondsdogood.com. Likewise, members of the industry now identify their own sustainability programs under the ‘do good’ banner and use #diamondsdogood in their social media outreach, further building on the message and ensuring that diamonds continue to be a source of sustained economic development around the world.

Having created and trademarked the Diamonds Do Good name in 2014, the organization will now identify itself under this moniker moving forward, and has rebranded itself with a fresh, new look to mark this evolution. It will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas, as a reimagined evening and experience that draws the industry’s top global leaders.

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to Be back in February 2020

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Apart from showcasing extravagant collections of jewelry and offering an international trading platform twice a year, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair has become a place where trust is established, and where business partners have turned into friends from long years of trading.

With quality products from manufacturers, traders and designers, lasting relations could be enhanced at the 65th edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair from February 25 to 29, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For the pre-registration form, click here. Email the form back at ttclausa@att.net or FAX: 323 466 1559.

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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Jewelers Mutual Donates $500,000 to Three Organizations in Charitable Campaign for 2019

The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — In honor of Giving Tuesday, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the culmination of its charitable campaign for 2019, resulting in $500,000 in donations to three deserving organizations. Funds were distributed this week to Feeding America, the Kids In Need Foundation and Special Olympics. The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

“It is important to have our policyholders be a part of our give back efforts because we share a mutual passion to help others in need. By encouraging them to vote, they made their voices heard, and were able to support the causes they are passionate about,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Together, we really can do more, and we’re thrilled with the interest, engagement and the results this campaign has received both locally and on a national level.”

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More than 40,000 votes were made by Jewelers Mutual policyholders during the five-month voting period. Based on policyholder votes, Feeding America received $178,300, Kids In Need Foundation received $169,500, and Special Olympics received $147,200. Donations will also be made to Canadian organizations with similar missions.

How policyholders’ votes and corresponding Jewelers Mutual donations impacted the three organizations:

  • Feeding America
    The donation of $178,300 helps provide at least 1,783,000 meals.*
  • Kids In Need Foundation
    The donation of $169,395 supplies over 820 classrooms and 21,000 under-served students with supplies and resources. Additionally, Jewelers Mutual became the first national sponsor of GiftATeacher.org, a program which funds and provides enough school supplies to supply an entire classroom for a full semester.
  • Special Olympics
    The donation of $147,200 by Jewelers Mutual helped train approximately 2,450 Special Olympics athletes and provide a significant and life changing impact for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jewelers Mutual encourages and supports its employees to be socially responsible and involved in their community. In addition to the dollars being donated, employees volunteered their time to assist all three organizations in 2019– sorting meals and stocking food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a member of the Feeding America network; taking part in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics; and, packing and distributing 2,000 backpacks for the Kids In Need Foundation.

Jewelers Mutual looks forward to continuing its philanthropic pursuits in 2020 to support charitable organizations important to its employees and policyholders. For more information on how Jewelers Mutual gives back, visit JewelersMutual.com/social-responsibility and check out this video and infographic highlighting the past year.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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