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CIBJO 7th European Gemological Symposium Concludes

Harmonized gemological standards promote fair jewelry trade, CIBJO President says.

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German Gemmological Association President Thomas Lind and CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri flanked by speakers and guests at the 7thEuropean Gemmological Symposium in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Seen in the photograph (from left) are: Hans-Jürgen Henn, Dr. Robert Chodelka, Prof. Dr. Andy H. Shen, Frank Frühauf, Dr. Claudio Milisenda, Branko Deljanin, Dr. Thomas Lind, Prof. Dr. Henry Hänni, Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, Kenneth Scarratt, Dr. James Shigley, Dr. Ahmadjan Abduriyim, Dr. Michael Krzemnicki, Tom Stephan, Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch, Dr. Federico Pezzotta, Jörg Schloßmacher, Dr. Ulrich Henn and Dr. Tobias Häger.

(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — Addressing the opening ceremony of the 7th European Gemological Symposium in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, on May 25, CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri called on the world’s gemological community to participate through CIBJO in the creation of harmonized sets of grading standards, practices and nomenclature, as part of an international effort to ensure the integrity of the jewelry market and to maintain consumer confidence.

“We are not a commercial organization, but our mission is to promote a business environment in which commercial organizations can optimize their effectiveness and revenues,” he stated. “And to do that over the long term, we believe it is essential that our working environment is responsible, fair and ethical. If this is not the case, in a luxury product industry like ours the viability of our business will be threatened and we will run the risk of losing consumer confidence, which in this type of market is unthinkable.”

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Dr. Cavalieri paid special tribute to the conference organizers, the German Gemological Association and the German Foundation for Gemstone Research, the DSEF German Gem Lab, as well as to Dr. Thomas Lind, the association’s president and chaiman of the board of directors of DSEF, and Dr. Claudio Milisenda, DSEF’s director. The conference in Idar-Oberstein provided an opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the founding of DSEF. Interestingly, when the first European Gemological Symposium took place in 2007, it also was in Idar-Oberstein and the German Gemological Association was celebrating the 75th anniversary of its establishment.

“Generally, when I am invited to address occasions like this, I take time to point out that the important work done by CIBJO is entirely dependent on it its members, and their readiness to contribute knowledge and expertise for the benefit our international community. I usually point out that if you want to make a difference, then you need to take part in the process. No such call is necessary today, because individuals like Thomas and Claudio, and many other German friends have made very significant contributions, not only to CIBJO but other industry bodies, in gemology, gemstones, diamonds, precious metals, and the development of responsible business standards, he stated.

Dr. Lind currently serves as Vice President of CIBJO’s Sector A, which is the division of the organization that oversees all activities related to gems materials, and Dr. Milisenda serves as vice president of CIBJO’s Gemological Commission.

“To create a proper work environment, we need to need to be fully transparent in the way we operate our businesses and about what we sell, and, when that environment is international, we need to be sure that our counterparts always understand what we are saying,” Dr. Cavalieri noted. This makes the harmonization of standards and nomenclature a critical necessity. When a common business language is in place, and its rules and terms are publicly available, then we have the necessary elements to work together, to trust one another and to properly serve our consumers.”

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De Beers Group Industry Services Partners with RDI Diamonds in the United States

New collaboration makes De Beers Group Industry Services premier diamond grading partner for New York-based wholesale business.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROCHESTER, NY — De Beers Group Industry Services has announced a new collaboration with leading US wholesaler, RDI Diamonds Inc., in NY as its premier source of diamond grading reports.

The partnership marks an exciting step into the US market for De Beers Group Industry Services, established by the world’s leading diamond company, De Beers Group. As part of the collaboration, De Beers Group Industry Services will exclusively grade Rare and Forever diamonds from RDI and assist in various educational activities and sales training.

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Michael Indelicato, CEO of RDI Diamonds, commented: “We were humbled to be approached by the De Beers Group Industry Services for such an important opportunity: introducing the United States to this grading report. We have been blown away by the integration of unparalleled technology to ensure consistent and accurate grading. These grading reports are going to be a game-changer here in the States, and we are excited to be a premier partner.”

This new partnership highlights the commitment from RDI Diamonds to providing its clients with Rare and Forever natural diamonds graded with accuracy and consistency. A shared passion unites both RDI Diamonds and De Beers Group Industry Services for advancing the diamond industry through cutting edge technology and education.

Jonathan Kendall, president of De Beers Group Industry Services, adds: “De Beers Group Industry Services prides itself on its high standards, consistency and proprietary technology. We are so pleased to see companies like RDI Diamonds taking measures to ensure their customers can be confident the diamonds they are buying are accurately represented on the grading reports.

“This move will give RDI Diamonds something truly unique to offer to their clients, from a company that is recognized as a leader in the diamond industry. They can substantiate, clearly define, and explain the differences between grades, guaranteeing the customer the highest standards of diamond grading supported by innovative and proprietary technology from De Beers Group Industry Services.”

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24 Karat Club Kicks Off New Year with Top Talent

Annual event moved to new venue this year.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — For the jewelry industry, the New Year doesn’t truly begin until the Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York’s annual banquet, a prestigious grand gala where the industry’s top leaders gather in their finest to dine, dance and, hopefully, celebrate the conclusion of a good holiday season.

This year’s Banquet was held January 11 at the Sheraton New York Times Square, marking another new venue for the storied Banquet, which traditionally was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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The 24 Karat Club Banquet is steeped in history. It’s been held every year since 1902, with only two exceptions: once during the Great Depression and again during WWII. It had been the second-longest running event in the history of the Waldorf Astoria hotel; only the Pennsylvania Society event, held every year in December, had been there longer.

When the hotel closed in 2017 for a three-year renovation, both the 24 Karat Club and PA Society scrambled for new digs. Both initially landed at the New York Hilton, where the 24 Karat Club Banquets were held in 2018 and 2019, but the Club moved across 53rd Street to the Sheraton this year.

This year’s headline entertainment was Calum Scott, a singer-songwriter and winner of Britain’s Got Talent. As is tradition, the entertainment was kept under wraps until the evening of the event. The Club briefly dropped its tradition in 2018 and 2019 and announced the entertainment in advance, but Club members expressed a wish to return to the traditional surprise this year.

Other Club traditions remained intact for the evening: the mingling of guests at various cocktail suites hosted by Club members prior to the seated dinner, the formal procession of both Club and industry leaders to take their seats on the dais, the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by the West Point Cadets, and the annual interfaith invocation, this year delivered by Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Rosen of the Persian Jewish Community of Manhattan.

Following the dinner and entertainment, Club members could return to the same hospitality suites that were open for cocktails, or proceed to one of two after-parties: a quiet lounge with jazz, or the annual Midnight Bash, an immensely popular DJ dance party which lasted into the wee hours.

“The evening was a tremendous success,” said Banquet chair Myriam Gumuchian. “Guests were still reveling and dancing the night away at the Bash when the event closed after 1 a.m.”

Separately, the Club announced its slate of officers for the upcoming year, installed during the Club’s annual holiday luncheon in December. Jeffrey Fischer was re-elected for his third term as chair; Robert Kempler was elected vice-chair; Stewart Wicht was elected president; and Edward Decristofaro was elected vice president. The Club’s next gathering will be its annual Beefsteak Dinner, (a members-only event) set for March.

“It’s a monumental task to organize and coordinate such an event for approximately 1000 guests,” said Fischer. “Kudos to the Banquet Committee for an outstanding success. A great time was had by all!”

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Officina Bernardi Goes to Hollywood

It include its Moon Collection’s bracelets in the “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK, NY – Italian jewelry brand Officina Bernardi is ready for its close up. The Borso del Grappa-based company has been selected to include its Moon Collection’s bracelets in the “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags independently given to the top Oscar nominees in each of the five major Academy Award categories (Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress and Best Director). While the ladies will receive a silver Moon bracelet, the men will have two options in either black and white, or gunmetal and gold.

Officina Bernardi’s silver Moon collection features jewelry made with the brands signature Moon spheres, meticulously crafted with 925 Sterling Silver and White Rhodium plating. Every design is engineered with one-of-a-kind and high-precision cutting techniques, making its pieces to bend the limit of brilliance and reflect light in a unique way.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Officina Bernardi to showcase our product in the national spotlight while simultaneously aligning it with famous trendsetters,” founders Carlo and Francesco Bernardi state: “We are thrilled to include our Moon Collection in these coveted gift baskets.”

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