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GIA Career Fair to Take Place During JA New York Spring Show

It connects job seekers with opportunities within the gem and jewelry industry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — JA New York show management announces that the Gemological Institute of America will continue to host its annual New York Career Fair in conjunction with the JA New York Show. To be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Javits Center in New York City, this educational event connects job seekers with opportunities within the gem and jewelry industry. Held just days before the JA New York Spring show, as well as MJSA Expo (March 10-12), the GIA Career Fair is free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the gem and jewelry industry.

“We are delighted to continue hosting GIA’s Career Fair with the JA New York Shows, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to be part of MJSA’s Expo as well,” said Kathryn Kimmel, senior vice president and CEO of GIA. “Our relationship with JA New York Shows is long-standing, and holding our Career Fair in tandem with this important trade event provides our attendees with a unique opportunity to get a sense of the energy and excitement of a national trade show.”

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The co-location of the JA New York Summer Show, the usual venue for GIA’s New York Career Fair, with NY NOW (Aug. 11-14, 2019) means space is limited.

“We’re thrilled we were able to work with GIA on hosting their event in March,” said Drew Lawsky, show director of JA New York Shows and PREMIER. “Our organization has an ongoing tradition of supporting new talent in our industry, and our hosting GIA for their annual Career Fair is an extension of an initiative that is a crucial part of our core values. We have always applauded how much GIA gives back, and it is an honor to support them in this important endeavor.”

“GIA contributes so much to the entire jewelry industry, and its annual Career Fair is a key component in ensuring our industry can continue to thrive,” said David W. Cochran, president and CEO of MJSA. “We’re excited to have our Expo run alongside JA New York and GIA’s fair this spring; there are so many potential synergies that can benefit all three of our organizations.”

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Rembrandt Supports Hurricane Michael Recovery with Exclusive Charm

It features the hashtag #850strong.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – To support recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle in October, leveling homes and businesses, Rembrandt Charms has created an exclusive engraved charm for Smith and Smith Jewelers.

Smith and Smith Jewelers is a family-owned business serving historic downtown Marianna, FL, for over 20 years.

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Rembrandt’s custom charm features the hashtag #850strong, adopted by the residents to symbolize their determination to overcome the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. Wearing this charm and charm bracelet shows support for recovery efforts and reflects the powerful bond, as well as the courage, the members of this community share as they work together to rebuild their lives.

“We were deeply saddened by the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected,” said Eric Lux, vice president, Rembrandt Charms. “The opportunity to help strengthen a community affected by such a tragedy is something we value and will always support.”

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Canadian Jewelers Association Begins Management Transition

He will continue to be involved with the CJA as a freelance writer.

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(PRESS RELEASE) TORONTO – The Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) announced that it has initiated a transition of its management personnel.

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Following the completion of his scheduled 18-month contract as executive director, Mr. Brian Land recently left that role and the association. He will continue to be involved with the CJA as a freelance writer. Ms. Carla Adams, currently a manager in the association office, will discharge the duties of executive director on an interim basis until a successor to Mr. Land is named, likely by mid-January.

“Brian Land was engaged primarily to assist in managing the amalgamation of the Canadian Jewelers Association with Jewelers Vigilance Canada,” said Mr. Marco Miserendino, chairman of the CJA Board of Directors. “The knowledge and skill he brought to that file was of great assistance. The successful completion of that assignment now enables both Brian and the association to determine and pursue their respective future directions,” Mr. Miserendino added.

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TrueFacet.com and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Partner On Boutique

It’s open in time for the holidays.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SILICON VALLEY, CA/NEW YORK – Luxury digital marketplace TrueFacet.com has partnered with independent jeweler Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry to present a collaborative retail boutique in Silicon Valley.

The TrueFacet and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry boutique is located in the Silvers’ second boutique space at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort in Menlo Park, CA, which officially opened on Nov. 14. The boutique is stocked with TrueFacet’s selection of pre-owned watches and fine jewelry collections from luxury brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Patek Phillipe, Panerai and Audemars Piguet.

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With this collaboration, TrueFacet will gain access to the Silvers’ network of Silicon Valley clientele and international collectors, while Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry can effectively scale its fine jewelry, estate jewelry and rare collectible timepiece offerings while harnessing TrueFacet’s digital reach and consumer insights.

TrueFacet Co-Founder Tirath Kamdar stated: “Silicon Valley is TrueFacet’s third-largest market, and we saw the potential for even more growth by partnering with the demonstrated leader in offline shopping experiences in the area, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry. We see our partnership as a merger between the physical and the digital space. It’s something we are very excited about, that has never been attempted in this industry. There is a real synergy between our companies, with Stephen Silver’s expertise in rare estate pieces, and our leadership in the Certified Pre-Owned category, offering thousands of products unavailable anywhere else.”

Since its founding in 2014, TrueFacet.com has crowdsourced much of its pre-owned watch and fine jewelry inventory through customer trade-ins, consignments and customer sales, growing its marketplace inventory to over 140,000 items. Each item is authenticated and refurbished in-house or directly by brands through TrueFacet’s groundbreaking Brand Certified Pre-Owned program, launched in August of 2018.

TrueFacet has relationships with Brand Certified Pre-Owned partners like Zenith, FENDI Timepieces, Faberge and Roberto Coin. The digital marketplace has also recently partnered with Messika to power a branded U.S. e-commerce site for the international jewelry brand.

Stephen and Jared Silver, a father and son team, have earned a reputation among Silicon Valley’s VC community as early adopters of new technology. Where other jewelry and watch retailers have seen e-commerce marketplaces as competition, the Silvers saw an opportunity to invest in TrueFacet, a data-driven, tech-forward digital marketplace, and eventually took on an advisory role with TrueFacet.

Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry President Jared Silver saw an opportunity to expand the relationship with TrueFacet as luxury retail partners.

“TrueFacet makes an ideal digital partner because the company’s high-touch service and impressive global reach complement our own strengths,” he said, “and through this partnership, we will also gain access to TrueFacet’s wide selection of certified pre-owned inventory.”

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