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Harry Kotlar Celebrates Grand Boutique Opening at Tiny Jewel Box and 70th Year Anniversary

Both Harry Kotlar and Tiny Jewel Box have decades-long histories.

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WASHINGTON – One of the world’s top jewelry design houses, Harry Kotlar, celebrated its 70th anniversary and the opening of its new boutique at Tiny Jewelry Box in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8.

“Both Harry Kotlar and Tiny Jewel Box have decades-long histories,” says David Wiener, Harry Kotlar’s president and head designer. “The opening of the Harry Kotlar boutique inside Tiny Jewel Box represents a confluence of those two histories. It’s also a tangible proof of our shared commitment to excellence and luxury.”

The focus of the event was the anniversary collection, which gathered seven key pieces — one for each decade of the brand’s existence. Each piece references popular design hallmarks of the time, but are nonetheless timeless.

Guests of the event, which included Kotlar collectors, jewelry enthusiasts, influencers and editors, witnessed the unveiling of the anniversary collection. Each of the pieces were curated and presented in museum-like vignettes with a unique Museum Audio Guide. Eighteen of Harry Kotlar’s collections were also presented in a museum-like environment. Guests also had an opportunity to create their own Harry Kotlar pieces with a Harry Kotlar Illustrator onsite.

Viewed as a whole, the collections told the story of Harry Kotlar’s dedication to jewelry-making.

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Now, About that Surprise Gold Kotlar Locket…

There was actually an eighth piece in the collection, and it caused quite a stir among attendees.

That piece was a golden locket, made in the image of Harry Kotlar’s personal golden pocket watch. During World War II, Harry used his own watch as an exchange to guarantee safe passage for his family. That sacrifice paved the way for his family’s bright future — and the future of the brand.

The locket was crafted with tthe high craftsmanship given to all pieces in the anniversary collection. At the center of the locket was a opal from Helen Kotlar’s personal collection. The front of the locket is adorned with a special Lily Artisan Pavé, a tribute to Harry’s wife Helen, who adored flowers. Re-envisioning Harry’s pocket watch as a locket allows its bearer to insert their own mementos and photographs, in effect making them become a part of the jewelry design house’s decades-long history.

An Exceptional Book & Film for An Exceptional History

Each of these pieces were featured within the pages of an exclusive coffee table book and fashion film, which was also released at the boutique opening. The book and two-minute film give the audience a first-hand look into the evolution of Harry Kotlar’s design philosophy and dedication to the craft.

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Each chapter shows Harry Kotlar’s evolution of design and the inspiration behind each anniversary piece. One of the key fashion inspirations? The little black dress, which has proven to be a common element through all the decades.

“The little black dress, much like our jewelry, has also evolved through the years and remained classic and sophisticated — which is why I decided to dress the model in versions of the dress that epitomizes each decade,” says Czarah Cabrera, brand & creative director for Harry Kotlar. “Combining fine jewelry with fashion was intentional; most contemporary jewelry compositions look cold and impersonal. By adding a fashion element that visually tells a story — specifically, the evolution of the little black dress — we give the photographs and the film a keen sense of humanity while maintaining their timelessness, poetry and iconic status.”

The result is a book and film designed to serve as a tribute to the Harry Kotlar legacy. All the attendees took home one of these remarkable books for them to keep.

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Live Presentation with Instagram Secrets for Jewelers – Quickly Grow from 0 to 5000 Followers

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(PRESS RELEASE) Following the highly successful Social Media presentation by EMD’s Brian Plante at the famed Jewelry Show in Pittsburgh, EMD has decided to go LIVE on the Facebook group, Jewelers Conquering the Digital World, for all jewelers to benefit from. Entering the social media realm has become a must for small businesses – including jewelry stores – in order to compete against the online giants.

The free presentation tackles issues most jewelers are facing regarding online marketing and what it takes to succeed on social media. From ‘How to Get More Instagram Followers’ to ‘DIY Instagram Hacks’, Brian has found the sweet spot that addresses what jewelers want to know.

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In the diamond business from 1979, EMD has become one of the leading diamond manufacturers, focusing largely in the North American market. Seeing the change in direction the industry has taken since the explosion of social media, they knew that helping local jewelers succeed in the online world was extremely important. This is what led to the beginning of their Facebook group, Jewelers Conquering the Digital World, a safe place for jewelers to come and network with other jewelers about all things social.

The group has grown tremendously in a short amount of time and has become the go-to place for tips and conversations about social media. With no vendors allowed, the group consists only of jewelers who want to conduct open and honest chats on digital marketing and how to succeed.

The Social Media Presentation will go LIVE on Facebook for all the jewelers in the JCDW group on Monday, August the 26th 11 am est, so interested jewelers still have time to join before then. It’s already being called the “Social Media Gamechanger” by jewelers who have implemented Brian’s winning strategies and are doubling their social media following.

If you are a jeweler interested in participating in the group and receiving access to the LIVE stream, you can join here: Jewelers Conquering the Digital World.

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IJO/GIA GemKids Was a ‘Huge Hit’

75% of members was in attendance.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTHPORT, CT — The Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) held its semi-annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA July 19-23, with close to 75% of members in attendance. IJO was in the process of putting together a Kids’ Program when GIA stepped up and offered to present their GemKids class. Forty of IJO’s “Next-Next Gen” signed up, ranging in age from 5 to mid-teens.

“Seeing these children discover the beauty of gemstones first-hand is an experience I will keep in my heart,” said GIA’s Supervisor of Guest Services and class instructor Linda Chudomelka. “Their eyes really lit up when they realized how much fun gemology can be. All of the children were eager to learn, even the little ones who were not able to spell yet.”

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“This program has never been taught in the U.S. outside of the Carlsbad campus, and we thank GIA for bringing this 90-minute educational experience to us,” stated Penny Palmer, IJO’s Director of Member Services. “The hands-on class covered a wide range of subjects from ‘What is a Rock?’ to ‘What is a Mineral?’ to ‘What is a Gem?’, Mohs scale, inclusions, phenomena, tools, birthstones and much, much more.”

According to Jacob Walton, age 5 (Hudson Valley Goldsmith, New Paltz, NY), “My favorite part was when we got to look at the rocks with a flashlight. There were secrets in them, one was all white and when you looked at it with the flashlight, you could see a rainbow.”

Lucca Montoya (Montoya Jewelry Designs, Windsor, CA), also 5, loves to travel and was interested in seeing where various rocks come from. Her favorite stones are rubies. “But the best part was I got to meet Harley!” Lucca’s mom Annie said the class was so interesting she was able to brush-up her own training.

Suzanne Faske from J.H. Faske Jewelers in Brenham, TX brought two of her children. “One thing is for sure — they LOVED it!! We had so many laughs that evening listening to them talking about what they learned.”

“I really enjoyed learning about Amber. It is pretty cool that leaves, bugs, and tree bark can be trapped inside of Amber. I also liked learning about the hardness scale of gemstones. It was fun to scratch the stones together and see which gemstone is harder.” — Caleb Faske, age 7

“One of my favorite parts of the class was using the flashlight to see the different things in a gem. We saw a rainbow, a star, a cloud, glitter and light. It was also fun to see and feel the different textures of rocks.” — Sophia Faske, age 8

“IJO will continue to investigate a varied array of programs to present to our kids”, Palmer added, “with the hope that these classes will inspire them to attain a love of gemology and perhaps one day carry on the family tradition!”

“GemKids is a beautiful example of how we are giving back to the community, giving children around the world a first look at the fascinating science behind all we do,” said GIA Director of Institute Relations Shahdeh Ammadi. “This is part of our mission; Our commitment to educate and ignite passion for gemology reaches far beyond the trade.”

For information on IJO membership contact Penny Palmer at 800.624.9252.

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Vibrant Gemstones Make a Splash in Gems & Gemology

Summer issue features chart of inclusions in natural, treated, imitation and laboratory-grown opal.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Dive into the Summer 2019 Gems & Gemology (G&G), GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) quarterly professional journal, for insights into Mozambique ruby, Madagascar sapphire, black nephrite from China, pearls and opal inclusions. The latest G&G is available in print by subscription and in the GIA Store, and digitally – at no cost – on GIA.edu.

GIA field gemologist Wim Vertriest and senior manager of identification Sudarat Saeseaw open the issue with a review of ruby from Mozambique that explores a decade of production, distribution, gemological characterization and the most common treatment processes applied to material from this locality. Billie Hughes of Lotus Gemology and Rosey Perkins with Fura Gems present their findings of low-temperature heat treatment experiments on sapphire from Madagascar and the means for separating unheated from heated stones. Also, lead author and PhD student of mineralogy at Tongji University Qian Zhong shares the study of black nephrite jade from Guangxi, southern China that appears to be part of a large-scale jade formation belt in the region.

Pearls are the focus in two of the articles in the summer issue. Jean-Pierre Gauthier from the Gemological Research Center of Nantes and his coauthors characterize “flame structure” in 37 pearls from bivalves of the Tridacnidae family that revealed evidence of rotation during growth. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, and GIA’s New York and Bangkok laboratories share a pearl identification challenge, where two pearls could not be positively identified at any of these gemological laboratories.

In the final feature, GIA manager of colored stone identification Nathan Renfro and coauthors present a large and colorful opal inclusions chart that is also available as a laminated wall chart from the GIA Store online. Lab Notes includes a rough diamond with fake green “radiation stains,” a study on the separation of kornerupine and prismatine, and the first report of a color-change spessartine garnet examined by GIA.

The issue is rounded out with the regularly occurring features G&G Micro-World, Diamonds from the Deep and Gem News International.

This and every issue of G&G since 1934, including full articles, lab notes, photo galleries and exclusive video footage, is available at no cost on GIA’s website GIA.edu/gems-gemology.

Additional research articles are available at GIA.edu/gia-news-research.

Print subscriptions and copies of back issues are available at http://store.gia.edu/.

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