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Charles Stanley, Yancy Weinrich to be Honored at Annual Facets of Hope

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(Press Release) Jewelers for Children will hold its annual Facets of Hope on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The day change is a result of the adjusted JCK Show schedule. Charles Stanley of Forevermark and Yancy Weinrich of JCK Events, Luxury and JIS, have been named as honorees.

The event will celebrate the success of JFC’s fund raising efforts for the year, and commitments to the charity partners will be announced. In 2016, nearly 2,000 industry guests attended during the Las Vegas market events. Both Stanley and Weinrich have agreed to serve as guests of honor at the event with the responsibility of assisting JFC in raising funds to benefit children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. Each year, prominent industry leaders are honored by the charity.

“Charles and Yancy are such great honorees for us,” said Dennis Ulrich, JFC chairman.

Both play such major roles in the industry and their organizations have been major supporters of our cause since we began in 1999. I can think of no two better people to honor.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the South Seas Ballroom on the third level of the hotel with cocktails, followed by dinner and the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring can contact JFC at (212) 687-2949 or info@jewelersforchildren.org. Details and participation forms are available at the JFC website, www.jewelersforchildren.org. Following dinner, attendees can enjoy the after-party which will include dessert and after-dinner drink options, as well as entertainment.

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Stanley is president of Forevermark US, Inc. which is part of The De Beers Group of Companies. He joined De Beers in 1994 during which time he was responsible for De Beers’ marketing activities in Japan and subsequently the US before moving to the states in 2004 to join Harry Winston as vice president of merchandising and operations.

In 2010, he rejoined De Beers as President of Forevermark US, Inc. to set up the brand, as well as to launch and grow the Forevermark business in North America.

In addition to his duties at Forevermark, Stanley is a board member of the not-for- profit Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee and Jewelers for Children. He and his wife, Beverley, are the proud parents of three daughters. Charles is a world champion sailor and an avid beekeeper.


Yancy Weinrich

Weinrich is an industry veteran who currently serves as senior vice president for the Reed Jewelry Group Portfolio of events, which includes three brands – JCK, LUXURY and JIS – plus JCK Magazine and JCKOnline. She began her career in jewelry over 20 years ago with the American Gem Society and then joined the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) as vice president of business development. She joined Reed Exhibitions and the JCK Events team more than 12 years ago.

Weinrich is a passionate advocate for the jewelry industry and is a tireless supporter and participant in numerous industry associations. She is an International past President of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), and a sought-after presenter/speaker in the industry.

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She currently serves on the Boards of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), the American Gem Society, and the 24KT club of New York City. She previously served on the board of directors of the Jewelers for Children. She has won numerous awards in the jewelry industry that include the Award for Excellence in Service from the Women’s Jewelry Association, Doyenne of the Year by the Indian Diamond and Colored Gemstone Association, and the prestigious Triple Zero Award from the American Gem Society.

She travels the world extensively in her role with the Reed Jewelry Group; she is a mother to her daughter and spends her free time skiing, golfing, running, reading and keeping up with the trends in fashion and jewelry.

Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $ 51 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A- Wish America and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to Make-A- Wish International and the Santa-America Fund. JFC credits its success to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals and jewelry consumers.

 

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Think Like a Millennial to Sell to a Millennial: GN Diamond’s In-Store Selling Platform Offers Advantage Over Internet Sites

It’s time to take this demographic seriously.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Millennials may be undervalued as jewelry and gemstone customers, but as the largest living generation in the U.S., with $600 billion in annual spending, it’s time to take this demographic seriously.

Born between 1981 and 1996, millennials came of age alongside computers, digital technologies and social media. These tech-savvy shoppers love to research and purchase online, so it’s crucial that diamond sellers can meet them in-store with technologically advanced, interactive online sales tools.

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Gemprint The world’s most sophisticated, non-invasive, positive identification technology records the unique optical “fingerprint” of each diamond. Gemprint is recognized by most insurance companies, some of whom offer 10% off of annual insurance premiums once registered.

GN Gives You an Advantage with Millennials

The GN Diamond platform revolutionizes the way millennial consumers buy diamonds in-store, and it’s as easy as scanning a QR code. Learn more at www.gndiamond.com, and shop over $70 million of loose diamonds certified by GIA, AGS and EGL USA, all with the Gemprint ID.

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GN Diamond Offers Earring Size Simulator on Easy-to-Use Retailer Platform

The APP offers a visual simulation of what a diamond stud looks like on the earlobe.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The 2019 holiday season through January has been one of the strongest periods for diamond stud sales.

Bread-and-butter studs from 1/4 ct up to 1 1/2 carat have always been most popular, but GN has seen larger studs from 2 carats to 6 carats becoming additional hot sellers. The company believes it will continue to see an uptick in sales through Valentine’s Day and the spring bridal season.

Simplistically beautiful, studs should produce up to 12% of a retail store’s annual revenue. Diamond studs are a great add-on to any bridal sale. In the words of Shane Decker, “Never stop selling until the customer tells you to stop.”

GN’s new APP offers a visual simulation of what a diamond stud looks like on the earlobe from ¼ carat to 2 carats.  The consumer can easily see the difference between martini set or four-prong set in all different sizes that reflect their own taste and budget.

In addition, GN Diamond creates a point of distinction for the retail jeweler and offers a light brilliancy score on all of its diamond studs. Each pair is sent to a third-party independent laboratory to evaluate brightness and sparkle. GN’s studs are proven to score in the top 96% of the world’s brightest diamonds. Furthermore, each pair is Gemprinted providing a unique fingerprint of each diamond which will offer the end consumer up to a 10% discount on annual insurance premiums. There is such a competitive market with diamond studs that these
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GN Diamond is open seven days a week at www.gndiamond.com, striving every day to help jewelers sell more diamonds.

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AGA Adds Robert Weldon to Tucson Conference Line-Up

The conference is set for Feb. 5.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Accredited Gemologists Association has announced the addition of Robert Weldon to the list of presenters at the annual AGA Tucson conference on Feb. 5 at the Marriot University Park hotel.

Weldon, who will be receiving this year’s AGA Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology, is to discuss the ongoing project of educating artisanal miners of East Africa about the stones they recover. Through GIA funding and a contract with Pact, a Washington, DC, non-governmental development organization with offices in Tanzania, the program has put valuable information into the hands of the people whose livelihood depends on mining gemstones.

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Started over a decade ago through the inspiration of fellow Bonanno Award winner Dr. James Shigley, a GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, the program features a book with descriptive text in Swahili and numerous photographs of the gems being recovered. An inspection tray and instructions in cleaning and examination teaches the miners to recognize stone quality of their rough material. After the first class was presented to the Tanzanian Association of Women Miners, it has spread through Tanzania with the intent of reaching 10,000 miners across East African nations.

Weldon, director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center at GIA, co-wrote the manual and with the GIA staff, has seen immediate results for the over 1.000 miners already trained. Miners are now able to bargain better with their buyers and return more money to their families and communities. The social impact of the project has been enormous and exposure to the supply chain has opened up other opportunities for miners, such as gem cutting and jewelry manufacture.

The AGA conference is a day of gemological insights and discoveries, with Weldon being joined by presentations from Dr. Jeffrey Post, Dr. Laurent Cartier, Dr. Aaron Palke, Richard Hughes and workshops with Eric Fritz, Samantha Lloyd and Claire Scragg. The evening gala and presentation of the Bonanno Award is included with the conference registration and may also be purchased separately.

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, light lunch & the AGA Annual Gala & Dinner featuring great networking opportunities, music, dance floor & the presentation of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology to Robert Weldon. Early registration fees through Jan. 28 provide substantial savings online at www.accreditedgemologists.org.

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