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DPA and Signet Test Lab-Grown Diamond Detectors

An independent assurance program for diamond verification instruments has launched.

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The joint collaboration by the Diamond Producers Association and Signet Jewelers – the Assure Program – has published the results from the independent performance tests of Diamond Verification Instruments in the Assure Directory on diamondproducers.com/ASSURE.

Through the Assure Directory, trade participants can access objective and third-party-verified information on the relative performance of Diamond Verification Instruments and guidance on how to ensure that their business is protected from undisclosed laboratory-grown diamonds.

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Jean-Marc Lieberherr, CEO of the Diamond Producers Association, said, “Trade participants have a shared responsibility to disclose the nature of the product they are selling to protect the end consumer. Through the ASSURE Program we will support the diamond trade, from independent jewellery retailers to large diamond manufacturers, to make informed decisions on how to ensure that undisclosed laboratory grown diamonds do not enter their natural diamond supply chain. The ASSURE test results should be considered along guidelines formulated by the Responsible Jewellery Council.”

Andrew Bone, executive director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, said, “We welcome this initiative to support the spread of effective diamond verification practices across the pipeline. We will continue to support the DPA and the ASSURE Program in their efforts to enhance consmer confidence in the jewellery industry.”

The Assure Program partnered with the 11 manufacturers representing the 18 most widely available diamond verification instruments in the market. The instruments submitted to Assure have been tested in accordance with the methods and protocols in the Diamond Verification Instruments Standard. The standard was developed in collaboration with the independent third-party test agency UL and a technical committee consisting of leading scientists and academics from major gemological organizations, including GIA, GII, IIDGR, NGTC, SSEF, TISNCM and WTOCD.

The diamond verification Instruments have been tested with a deliberately challenging sample (including natural diamonds, laboratory grown diamonds and, if applicable, diamond simulants), designed to provide an indication of the relative performance of the instruments. The first round of testing took place at UL’s laboratories in Canton, MA, and the results will continuously be made available in the Assure Directory in the coming weeks. Thereafter, the Assure directory will be regularly updated as new instruments are submitted to testing or re-testing, and the set of stones included in the sample will evolve continuously to include new synthetics diamonds as they are identified.

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David Bouffard, vice president corporate affairs, Signet Jewelers Ltd., said, “The Diamond Verification Instrument Standard is a vital initiative to provide the diamonds and jewelry trade with independent guidance about the capabilities of diamond verification instruments available in the marketplace. The ASSURE Program has already proven valuable for companies in our supply chain who operate at a global scale. We look forward to all of our suppliers implementing ASSURE Certified technology to help protect the integrity of the global jewelry supply chain.”

Wayne Bilodeau, operations director, UL, said “UL is proud to partner on the ASSURE Program and provide trustworthy and stringent testing, empowering trust and delivering quality in the diamond supply chain and Diamond Verification Instrument industry.”

Visit the ASSURE Directory on diamondproducers.com/ASSURE to learn more about the test results and to download guidelines on how to ensure pipeline integrity.

Direct questions on the ASSURE Directory and Diamond Verification Instruments to assure@diamondproducers.com.

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Jewelers Mutual named to 2019 Ward’s 50

The award recognizes outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period from 2014-18.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI – Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has been named to the 2019 list of Ward’s 50 top performing insurance companies, marking the ninth consecutive year for this recognition. The award recognizes outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period from 2014-18.

“Our team at Jewelers Mutual continues to look for ways to strengthen and evolve our business,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Being among those recognized to Ward’s 50 for another year is an honor.”

The list of Ward’s 50 top performing insurance companies was released on July 17 by Ward Group, an Aon Hewitt company and the leading provider of operational and compensation benchmarking and best practices services for insurance companies.

To develop its annual list of the top 50 performing insurance companies, Ward Group analyzes the financial performance of nearly 3,000 property-casualty insurance companies and 800 life-health insurance companies domiciled in the United States and identifies the top performers in each segment based on objective data and subjective quality measures. Each company has passed all safety and consistency screens and achieved superior performance over the five years analyzed.

A complete list of the 2019 Ward’s 50 companies for property-casualty is located at WardInc.com.

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Industry Executives Convene for GIA’s Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School

It was held June 24 to 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – GIA’s Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (HBS), held June 24 to 27, brought together senior gem and jewelry executives for a custom four-day curriculum led by world class professors and based on the renowned HBS case study method. This year’s class, the largest in the six-year history of the program, explored exciting case studies focused on innovation and discussed how to apply the lessons from those cases to the challenges facing the global gem and jewelry industry. The exceptional group of leaders represented the broad scope and diversity of the industry.

“This unique program creates an opportunity for thought-leaders to candidly discuss new ideas and approaches to their day-to-day work and long-term goals,” said Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO. “This program, now in its sixth year, is a direct extension of our renowned education heritage.”

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The GIA Global Leadership Program focuses on new research and best practices to deliver actionable insights. Upon successful completion of the program, participants were awarded a certificate from the Harvard Business School.

GIA, in conjunction with HBS, initiated the program in 2014. The goal of the four-day residential program is to bring together global leaders from different sectors of the gem and jewelry industry to examine issues faced by international businesses, and apply the lessons learned in other industries to their own businesses. The program also provides an unparalleled networking opportunity for senior executives, building bridges between different sectors of the global gem and jewelry supply chain.

GIA will hold its next Global Leadership Program at Harvard from June 22-25, 2020. Participation is limited and by invitation only.

For press inquiries, please contact Nellie Barnett at nbarnett@gia.edu or +1 760-603-4184.

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Frederick Goldman’s Jewelry Solutions Group Taps Two Industry Professionals

They bring extensive experience to the company.

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John Badee and Donna DeLucia

(PRESS RELEASE) SECAUCUS, NJ – Frederick Goldman’s recently formed Jewelry Solutions Group has added Donna DeLucia, as senior director of technical sales, and John Badee as director of manufacturing and engineering.

Donna DeLucia, formerly of John C. Nordt and LeachGarner, brings extensive product knowledge and an ability to forge deep customer relationships for Frederick Goldman, Inc.

John Badee, formerly general manager at Riva Precision, a well-regarded high-end manufacturer of cast and machined products, will strengthen Goldman’s manufacturing capabilities as it continues to grow its On Demand and OEM business through the Jewelry Solutions Group.

“We are extremely fortunate to retain John and Donna as we expand our On Demand and OEM customer base and product offering,” commented Jonathan Goldman, chairman and CEO of Frederick Goldman, Inc. “This is a fast-growing segment of our business that has been universally, and enthusiastically, accepted by our customers. Quick-make, inventory light, high-quality, and on demand products satisfies the needs of all retailers today. We look forward to great things from Donna and John as the Jewelry Solutions Group scales under the leadership of our COO, John Orrico.”

For inquiries about the Jewelry Solutions Group, please email JSG@FGoldman.com.

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