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Gabriel & Co. Partners with WJA for Scholarship

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(PRESS RELEASE) As announced in the summer by Berna Gabriel at WJA’s Gala Event, Gabriel & Co. in partnership with the Women’s Jewelry Association has curated the Gabriel Love Foundation Student Scholarship.    

A $5,000 scholarship will go to one dedicated female student enrolled in fine jewelry design courses between Aug. 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019. This scholarship has been established to help provide funding for passionate students to achieve professional growth within the fine jewelry industry. Consideration will be given to students who are able to clearly articulate a strong interest in contributing to charitable efforts to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate in underserved communities.

Applications for this scholarship are open to members and non-members of the Women’s Jewelry Association. The application process consists of a completed online application, a written essay, three images of design samples and proof of enrollment. 

Submissions are accepted Feb. 28 through April 18, 2018. 

Beginning Feb. 28, the application process will be open and conducted online through www.callforentry.org. Applicants must submit their applications by April 18. Please note that student scholarships are paid directly to the institution.

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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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