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GJEPC and UBM Asia Enter Cooperation Agreement

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(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI – The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has entered into a cooperation agreement with UBM Asia Ltd., the largest trade show organizer in Asia, to organize the India Pavilion at the 2018 editions of the June and September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fairs.

Wolfram Diener, senior vice president of UBM Asia Ltd., added, “Through our partnership with GJEPC, we are looking forward to welcoming India’s industry-leading diamond, colored gemstone and fine jewelry companies to our Hong Kong fairs this year.”

“The June and September Fairs occupy a unique position in the jewellery and gemstone sector. They serve as ideal platforms for relationship-building, networking and strategic marketing. The breadth and depth of these fairs’ offerings are unparalleled, making these shows must-attend events for suppliers and global buyers.”

A UBM Asia company, UBM India hosts more than 25 large-scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year. Its jewelry trade fairs in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata are acknowledged as indispensable and powerful sourcing platforms in the region.

GJEPC is the apex body of the gemstone and jewelry industry in India, representing more than 6,500 exporters. UBM Asia is known for its rich portfolio of shows and events, including the Jewellery & Gem Fairs in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. These fairs are being driven by UBM India.

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Commenting on the cooperation agreement, GJEPC Chairman Pramod Agarwal said, “Hong Kong is the second-largest export market for the Indian gemstone and jewellery industry. UBM’s June and September fairs are important platforms that will help us expand our reach, not only in Hong Kong, but in other key markets in Asia. We will make sure that our top manufacturers will have the opportunity to showcase their capabilities in terms of best cuts and jewellery design in the India Pavilion.”

 

 Shows DateVenue
 June Hong Kong 
 Jewellery & Gem Fair (6JG)
 21 – 24 June 2018 Hong Kong Convention & 
 Exhibition Centre
 September Hong Kong 
 Jewellery & Gem Fair  (9JG)
 12 – 16 September 2018 AsiaWorld-Expo
 14 – 18 September 2018 Hong Kong Convention & 
 Exhibition Centre

 

The India Pavilion will feature a total of 50+ exhibitors in the Gemstones (Hall 5E) and Diamonds (Hall 3BDCE) sections of the June Fair. The pavilion will span a total area of around 600 square meters.

For the September Fair, the India Pavilion will be hosting a total of 110+ exhibitors in the Gemstones (Hall 10), Diamonds (Hall 11) and Fine Jewellery (Hall 3E) sections. The pavilion will occupy a total area of around 1,500 square meters.

From April 2017 to January 2018, the value of India’s gemstone and jewelry exports exceeded US$33.903 billion. Of this sum, US$10.933 billion worth of exports went to Hong Kong. This was led by cut and polished diamonds (almost US$7.977 billion), followed by gold jewelry (US$782.13 million) and colored gemstones (US$160.23 million).

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GJEPC has played a significant role in boosting and promoting exports through various initiatives. The council organises the mega India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), SIGNATURE and India Pavilions at major trade fairs around the world. GJEPC also focuses on Buyer-Seller Meet programmes.

Exhibitors that will be hosted by the India Pavilion at UBM’s Hong Kong fairs will enjoy promotional support from GJEPC. For more details about the India Pavilion at the June and September Fairs, contact GJEPC at:

Ms. Naheed Sunke
Senior Manager, International Events
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council 
G2-A, Trade Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra East,
Mumbai 400 051, India
Tel +91 22 43541816
Fax +9122 26524769
Email: naheed@gjepcindia.com

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Lark & Berry Launches Collaborative Collection in Design Partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ Star, Alicia Agneson

It will debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Disrupting cultured diamonds jewelry brand Lark & Berry is set to debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry range in design partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ actress Alicia Agneson, aptly named ‘Alicia.’ Lark & Berry’s new Alicia Agneson designed range will feature jewelry crafted in 14k yellow gold, and 18k white gold with the brand’s signature cultured diamonds and sapphires. All new pieces will be available starting December 2019 online at larkandberry.com ,as well as in Lark & Berry’s flagship Marylebone, London location just steps away from Selfridge’s.

Agneson’s keen eye for detail and inventive design has yielded pieces that are sleek in style, with unusual cuts of stones and delicate cultured diamonds. As a compliment to Lark & Berry’s Veto Petals necklaces and earrings, the new Agneson-designed Alicia set also features inspiration from the natural environment, in the form of “leaves” hanging from diamond cut chains, creating a sense of movement.

“I made the decision a year back to be more environmentally conscious. It resulted in me taking the decision to never again wear newly made clothes. That led to Lark & Berry and me finding each other,” Agneson states. “With Lark & Berry, I share the same love for the smaller beauties in life but with a conscious mind along the way. Designing the Alicia collection has been a hugely exciting from start to end, with all the hours spent in the studio finding what represents both me and the brand. I’m proud over what we’ve accomplished, and I hope we can together open eyes to cultured stones. We can be beautiful and save the planet at the same time, bit by bit.”

Lark & Berry’s 3 new high-jewelry pieces are crafted in 18k white gold and feature beautiful, elongated cultured forest green quartz paired with grey cultured pearls. This includes is a unique new radiant pearl necklace with forest green quartz and diamond clasp, designed to give the wearer the option to self-style the piece in multiple ways.

The open cocktail ring from this range sits well alongside the 14K yellow gold cocktail rings, including a 11.4ct violet sapphire in an emerald cut with double talon claws and a 6.1ct burnt orange sapphire ring with stunning diamond set leaf detail in the setting.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such a creative, prestige-actress as Alicia joining us to design a collection. Alicia’s love of nature and sustainable fashion inspired the naturalistic features of this new collection,” said Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez.

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Gem Legacy Offers Year-End Giving Opportunities

Jewelers can demonstrate to clients their commitment to colored-gem supply chain sustainability.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI — Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization launched in 2018 and dedicated to supporting gem mining communities in East Africa, is offering members of the gem and jewelry industry a quantifiable and tangible avenue for making year-end charitable donations. Those who contribute will be supporting a cause that positively impacts small colored-gem miners and their communities.

Contributors will also be given pre-written materials to immediately announce their donations to their clients during the holiday giving season.

Year-end giving opportunities include:

  • A $750 sponsorship for young adults to receive a four-month training program in gem faceting, gemology and gem identification
  • A $550 scholarship for secondary school fees for Kenyan orphans in gem sourcing communities
  • A $200 donation to adopt an in-need family in a gem sourcing community for the holidays

Industry members who make a donation to any of these initiatives will receive a pre-written message and photo they can use for email or social media posting. The materials will reference the gem-mining location and initiative that will benefit.

Gem Legacy gives 100% of donations directly to its initiatives, which are located in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. All focus on entrepreneurship, education and in-need children in gem mining locales. Other kinds of donations and fundraising ideas can be found on gemlegacy.org/partners and interested parties can create their own fundraising efforts from the templated materials.

“We are so excited to provide this opportunity to the global gem and jewelry trade: giving back to those who have given us the foundations of our businesses,” said Roger Dery, executive director of Gem Legacy. “Gem Legacy is committed to exponentially expanding the positive impact of gemstones on sourcing communities and sharing a public image of how gemstones are improving lives within these often challenged areas.”

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Alisa Announces New Ownership

It’s effective the beginning of 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Alisa, best known for its versatile and affordable fine jewelry products in sterling silver, 18K gold and diamonds for 25 years, will be under new ownership effective the beginning of 2020. Industry veterans Marci and Adam Staub will head the company as its new principals. “We are delighted that the Alisa brand will continue to be available to our many loyal retailers through such highly talented people,” say current owners Lisa and Fred Morgan. “We know Marci and Adam very well for more than a decade. They are true professionals in our industry ̶ knowledgeable, innovative, energetic, and customer service oriented ̶ and they will be fabulous for the brand’s ongoing success.”

Marci and Adam have 35 years of extensive experience in the fine jewelry industry, including design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Adam is a Graduate Gemologist – GIA and a member of the 24K Club in the Southeast region. “Adam and I are excited to continue the tradition of Alisa’s well designed Italian-made fine jewelry while creatively expanding the product line as we go forward,” says Marci. “The company’s high quality exclusive jewelry, with its distinctive signature style, has a classic and timeless appeal for many U.S. retailers and their discriminating customers.”

The Morgans will be assisting Marci and Adam during the ownership transition, which is expected to be seamless. To find out more about Alisa and their fine jewelry products, log on to alisadesigns.com. For additional information regarding the change of ownership, please call 888.253.6600 or contact marci@alisadesigns.com or adam@alisadesigns.com.

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