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DPA Names CEO

David Kellie will join the organization in December.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced that Jean-Marc Lieberherr has decided to step down from his role as CEO at the end of his current contract period on Dec. 31, 2019. David Kellie will join the organization in December 2019, enabling a smooth transition of leadership.

Lieberherr has filled key leadership positions at the DPA since it was formed in December 2015, initially as its first chairman, then as its CEO.

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Kellie is a highly experienced marketer with a track record of success at a range of consumer brands, including 14 years at Ralph Lauren, where he held a number of positions, including corporate senior vice president, global marketing & advertising. He has most recently been with Watches of Switzerland, which has provided him with valuable insight into the needs and opportunities for diamond category marketing.

Lieberherr said: “This is an emotional moment for me after four years of association with the DPA, but I am proud of what has been achieved since the DPA was created, and especially since it received increased funding from June 2017. The DPA now has strong teams and foundations in place to capture the opportunities that lie ahead and it is time for a new leader to take the organization through its next phase of development. I am confident that the DPA will play a critical role in the diamond sector in the years to come and am grateful to the DPA teams and Members for supporting me through what has been a life-changing adventure.”

Kellie said: “I am delighted to be joining the DPA at such an exciting time, both for the organization and for the diamond sector. As people search for authentic products with enduring meaning, there are outstanding opportunities to grow consumer demand for diamonds. A growing number of women are buying for themselves, there are already high levels of acquisition from younger consumers, and the number of middle class households around the world is growing rapidly, so there is a very bright future ahead of us. It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to work with such a magical product, a true miracle of nature, in such a fascinating industry.”

Stephen Lussier, chairman of the DPA, said: “Jean-Marc was one of the DPA’s founding members and helped steer the development of the organization from the beginning. On behalf of the entire board we thank Jean-Marc for his leadership, his commitment to the mission of the DPA and his energy in building the organization during its formative years.

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“We are very pleased to have someone of David’s calibre to take over as DPA CEO, especially given the organization’s key marketing role. David brings extensive experience to the DPA having led traditional and digital marketing programs across the major global markets. He is extremely well equipped to lead our marketing teams as we seek to inspire ever more consumers of all ages across the world with the ‘diamond dream.’”

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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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