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New ‘WTF?! Award’ Will Recognize Horrible Jewelry

The program is part of the COUTURE Show.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The COUTURE Show recently announced a new inaugural design competition, the WTF?! Award. The organization is inviting current COUTURE exhibitors to enter an image of the worst piece of jewelry they’ve ever designed, and submissions will be voted on by the COUTURE community. The “winner” of this competition will be announced at COUTURE’s Opening Night Event on Thursday, May 30, on the Sunset Terrace.

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“We’re really excited to introduce the WTF?! Award,” said Gannon Brousseau, COUTURE director and SVP of Emerald Expositions. “The idea for this competition was born out of conversations that several of our veteran COUTURE designers had during the Tucson gem shows. We loved the idea and thought it was a great way to infuse some humor into our event, as well as highlight how the creative process, even among established designers, can have its ups and downs.”

Along with asking for a picture of a “design disaster” in any stage of production, COUTURE is also asking its brands to complete the thought, “So what I was thinking was … .” Touting the competition as a “celebration of imperfection,” COUTURE is hopeful that this newly introduced component will effectively showcase the vibrancy and wit of its artists and brands.

Submissions for the WTF?! Award opened on Thursday, April 25, and are being accepted through May 15, at which point online voting will be open to the entire COUTURE community through May 29. At the Opening Night Event, the winner will be announced and will receive an intentionally gaudy “WTF?!” medallion that they will be encouraged to wear throughout the second day of the show. The medallion will be passed on to the winners in subsequent years.

COUTURE is being held May 30 to June 3 at the Wynn and Encore Las Vegas.

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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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