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Diamond Empowerment Fund Holds Diamonds Do Good Awards Gala

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D.E.F President Anna Martin with Diamonds Do Good Honorees Her Excellency Graca Machel Mandela, Actor and Social Justice Advocate David Oyelowo, Helzberg Diamonds CEO Beryl Raff.

Over 450 industry leaders attended.

(Press Release) LAS VEGAS, NV – On the eve of the opening of JCK Las Vegas, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) raised over $1.06 million to provide scholarships and assistance to empower young people globally. Anna Martin, D.E.F. president and vice president of global develompent and beneficiation, GIA, said: “This event symbolizes the collective good the diamond and jewelry industry continues to do in communities around the world where they do business. Not enough consumers are aware of this positive fact.”

Over 450 industry leaders were in attendance hailing from China, India, Russia, Botswana, South Africa, Coté D’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France and Belgium.

“This gala more than any event reveals the consistent passion and love of the diamond industry to help improve the quality of life of millions of people internationally,” emphasized Dr. Benjamin Chavis, co-founder of D.E.F.

Kansas City, MO-based Helzberg Diamonds was awarded the Diamonds Do Good Corporate Legacy of Philanthropy Award for their outstanding contributions in bettering communities across the U.S.

“We are in the business of celebrating love,” says Beryl Raff, CEO of Helzberg Diamonds. “As a business we share this love by building up communities across the nation.”

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Award winning actor and global philanthropist David Oyelowo was awarded the Diamonds Do Good International Vanguard Award for his dedication to empower communities in Africa.

“Enabling girls to be educated will change the dynamics of persistent poverty in countries like Nigeria where out of a staggering 10.5 million out-of-school children, the majority are girls,” says Oyelowo.

Graca Machel, former first Lady of Mozambique and South Africa and and the widow of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was awarded the Diamonds Do Good Global Humanitarian Award for her international leadership to transform the lives of women and girls throughout the world. Says Machel, “I am incredibly humbled to represent the millions of minds, hearts and hands that have sown seeds over the years to empower Africa’s women and children. I graciously receive this Global Humanitarian Award from the Diamond Empowerment Fund on behalf of those who have worked tirelessly with me to accelerate social change.”

Sadhvi Shilapiji, headmaster of Veerayatan’s colleges based in Gujarat, India also was a guest presenter who thanked D.E.F for supporting the education of the youth of India.

The event marked the 10 th anniversary of the Diamond Empowerment Fund which was co-founded by Russell Simmons, visionary and business mogul, after inspiration and encouragement from Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel in their home in Mozambique.

“Without the help of the Botswana Top Achievers program and the Diamond Empowerment Fund I would not have been able to be pursuing my Ph.D in geodetic science which involves using satellite positions to find gravity over the earth,” said student Nlingi Habana.

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Lead sponsors of the Diamonds Do Good Gala included Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, the De Beers Group of Companies, Signet Jewelers (Kays Jewelers, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Zales Jewelers), Le Vian and Rosy Blue.

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Lavalier Personal Jewelry Insurance Simplifies Consumer Experience with Pypestream

It’s a two-way messaging to quickly guide consumers through the insurance process.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Getting personal jewelry insurance just got easier. Lavalier Personal Jewelry Insurance announces the launch of two-way messaging to quickly guide consumers through the insurance process.

“Lavalier partnered with Pypestream to incorporate artificial intelligence – AI – in our consumer application process for personal jewelry insurance,” explained Joseph Dowd, president of Berkley Asset Protection, Lavalier’s parent company. “This makes applying for insurance a snap.”

Lavalier chose Pypestream, a customer-engagement software firm that uses conversational AI, to create a more user-friendly, informed experience. The solution allows consumers to purchase and bind a policy directly within the conversational interface. When consumers request an insurance quote on Lavalier.com, the Lavalier Assistant guides them through each step of the process, providing real-time explanations for insurance terms and questions.

“As far as we can determine, Lavalier may be the first to use two-way messaging to quote and immediately bind insurance policies online,” said Marketing and Sales Vice President Melissa Becker. “We wanted the process to be easy, yet provide consumers with useful information throughout the process.”

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Ania Haie Introduces Spring/Summer 2020

Two new collections will be released in January 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Ready to start the new year in style, Ania Haie is set to unveil two new collections in January 2020. Remaining true to their fashion-following roots, Chain Reaction will see the classic chain become a style favorite once again. A huge trend on the catwalks for Spring/Summer, statement chains are back in a big and bold way for 2020. From classic figaro and chunky curb chains through to ultra-modern mixed-link pieces, the Chain Reaction collection houses a selection of chain styles ready to layer up for a fashion-forward look.

Next up, Mother Nature’s finest work makes a triumphant return to the spotlight as turquoise and mother of pearl jewelry pieces are set to become hot fashion property for 2020. The Hidden Gem collection takes classic jewelry elements, turquoise and mother of pearl and reinvents them with a contemporary makeover by teaming them with statement chunky chains and bold signet rings. This modern take on classic jewelry pieces will have you carrying a slice of nature with you wherever you go.

Inspired by the latest fashion trends, Ania Haie is paving the way for affordable sterling silver jewelry that combines exquisitely made pieces without compromising on quality. With each collection inspired by key catwalk trends, Ania Haie is fast becoming the hottest destination for young style-savvy consumers. Each unique jewelry piece is designed to layer up to create your own individual look yet striking enough to wear as standalone pieces. Each piece of Ania Haie jewelry is delicately crafted from 925 sterling silver with rhodium or 14kt gold plating.

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New Governors Add Expertise to GIA Board

They will help steer the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) welcomed two new members to the Institute’s Board of Governors at its regularly scheduled meeting in Carlsbad, CA. The new Governors, Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, research geologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Tammy Storino, a finance and operations executive with experience in global consumer brands, will – with 15 other GIA Governors – help steer the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives. The Board bid farewell to Governor Thomas T. Yang, managing director and partner at PrimeGenesis, who completed his term with nine years of service.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have these two dynamic leaders join the GIA Board of Governors. Their expertise will be an invaluable asset to GIA’s consumer protection mission, helping to ensure that the Institute remains a leader in research and innovation while delivering excellence in education and laboratory services,” said Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO.

Dr. Post is the curator-in-charge for the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In addition, during his more than 35 years at the Smithsonian, he served as chairman of the department of mineral sciences and lead curator for the renovation of the geology, gems and minerals exhibit. Before joining the Smithsonian, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of geological sciences at Harvard University. Dr. Post’s many accolades include the Carnegie Mineralogical Award, Jewelers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and Mineralogical Society of America Public Service Medal.

Storino has extensive experience as a global operations and finance leader focused on growth and business results in global consumer brands. Her career spans more than 25 years with companies such as Walt Disney in California and Hong Kong, St. John Knits International Inc. and Too Faced Cosmetics. Storino is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

The week before the Board meeting, nearly 60 experts – including GIA staff (more than 20 with doctoral degrees); GIA Governors Barbara Dutrow, Jeffrey Post and John Valley, who are all recognized for their academic research; and specialized outside experts – gathered at the Institute’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California, for the 13th annual research meeting. During the three-day meeting, researchers reviewed the latest discoveries in diamonds, colored stones, pearls, laboratory-grown diamonds and instruments. Topics included advances in diamond, colored stone and pearl identification; the scientific matching that supports GIA’s new Diamond Origin Report service; detection of advanced treatments and other aspects of GIA’s extensive research program.

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