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Harry Kotlar Stuns at Heart of Oklahoma Diamond Meets the Art of a Handmade Masterpiece Event

The masterpiece cradles the 18.92 carat diamond, showcases the heritage of Oklahoma with its impeccable ring design.

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The Heart of Oklahoma Diamond meets The Art of a Handmade Masterpiece Event

(PRESS RELEASE) OKLAHOMA — Harry Kotlar stole the show on November 14, 2019. This multi-sensory, invitation-only red carpet event in Oklahoma City brought all Harry Kotlar owners and special guests to the downtown BC Clark Jewelers location to witness the reveal, discover pieces from the Harry Kotlar’s Vault Collections, learn the history and creative process, create their own masterpieces and more.

Harry Kotlar was commissioned by BC Clark to create a handcrafted jewel incorporating their 18.92 carat Heart of Oklahoma diamond, created to honor the store’s founding year of 1892 as well as celebrate the great state of Oklahoma. The Internally Flawless, Fancy Intense Yellow diamond symbolizes the intense and colorful sunsets that stretch for miles over the Oklahoma plains. The Harry Kotlar masterpiece, which cradles the 18.92 carat diamond, showcases the heritage of Oklahoma with its impeccable ring design.

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The Heart of Oklahoma Diamond was placed in a ring setting with a geometric design reminiscent of a steam locomotive’s pilot grills with the use of tapered baguette diamonds. This elegant piece represents a piece of BC Clark’s history as Oklahoma’s oldest business under the same family ownership.

“BC Clark is honored to have partnered with Harry Kotlar to create this masterpiece,” said Coleman Clark, president of BC Clark Jewelers. “Unveiling the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond Ring at such an elegant and interactive event with Harry Kotlar at our flagship downtown store with some of our most loyal customers has been a moment I will always remember.”

Guests were given a behind the scenes look at the design process of the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond set in a Harry Kotlar masterpiece as well as the opportunity to create their own Harry Kotlar pieces with a Harry Kotlar illustrator on site. Guests were able to discover a spellbinding museum-style exhibition of Harry Kotlar’s iconic collections including its hallmark design, the Artisan Pavé, the Kotlar Cushion and jewels worn on the red carpet curated to guide the audience of the brand’s depths of expertise in its craft and history.

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Blue is the perfect complement to yellow tones, and 101 Park Avenue building’s atrium was awash in azure hues and stars twinkled in the ceiling with the use of innovative lighting. The color gave the space a dreamlike atmosphere, pulling elements from an artwork by one of the greatest post-impressionists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh. “The transformation is not just about making the film and exhibit space look theatrical, it was about forging emotional, artistic and historical dialogues,” says Czarah Cabrera, brand director for Harry Kotlar. “It’s about bringing forward the artists’ emotional intensities as they create masterpieces, while paralleling B.C. Clark Sr.’s journey to Indian Territory, as well as our founder’s determination for safe passage from WWII full of love, passion and tenacity.”

A three-minute film highlighting the creation of the masterpiece accompanied the unveiling. The film turned back time by showing the closely-guarded techniques of Harry Kotlar’s master artisans as well as Oklahoma’s and BC Clark’s history. It depicted how artisans create this masterpiece steeped in history and the personality of the human touch.

As a surprise element, a ballet performance was incorporated for the big reveal reinforcing the importance of the masterpiece cradling the rare diamond and illuminating human emotions. Right after the reveal, the lights magically shifted from deep blues to vivid yellow hues. It was the perfect way to introduce the Harry Kotlar Masterpiece.

The unveiling of the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond in a Harry Kotlar Masterpiece presented a fusion of two great legacies. “Harry Kotlar and BC Clark have enjoyed a close business relationship for almost 30 years,” said David Weiner, president of Harry Kotlar. “This masterpiece is a great symbol of our shared history.”

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Borsheims Sells Out of Gift Boxes During Weekend of Giving

For $10 shoppers could take home a box with a surprise gift inside.

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(PRESS RELEASE) OMAHA, NE – Shoppers purchased every one of the more than 1,500 boxes on Borsheims’ Giving Tree by Sunday afternoon during Borsheims’ annual Weekend of Giving. For $10, all of which went to Partnership 4 Kids, shoppers could take home a box with a surprise gift inside – anything from jewelry to home décor to Borsheims gift cards. Borsheims also donated a percentage of all instore sales during the Weekend of Giving to Partnership 4 Kids, a goal setting and group mentoring program that builds hope for under-served students in the Omaha metro area.

This is Borsheims’ 14th annual Weekend of Giving, held in conjunction with jewelry and engagement designer trunk shows. The Giving Tree is always a big draw for Borsheims customers who love buying multiple boxes and giving them as gifts or even trying to win the big prizes themselves. The top prize this year was a $2,700 14k white gold diamond-by-the-yard necklace. Other featured gifts were jewelry from LAGOS, Pesavento, Alex Woo, Phillips House, and Robin Haley.

“Our Giving Tree has become such a big part of our customers’ holiday shopping traditions,” said Borsheims CEO Karen Goracke. “We love that our customers can have such a fun Borsheims experience and feel good about donating to this great local child-focused charity at the same time.”

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Uneek Jewelry Launches “Every Love is Uneek” Campaign

The film depicts that special moment when the man is about to pop that question until that ever-thrilling reaction of an “I do.”

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(PRESS RELEASE) LOS ANGELES — Uneek Jewelry, the Los Angeles-based brand founded by designer Benjamin Javaheri, the most awarded jewelry designer in the industry, launches its new campaign, Every Love is Uneek, with an endearing wedding proposal film. Watch it here.

The film depicts that special moment between a couple from when the man is about to pop that question until that ever-thrilling reaction of an “I do.” It highlights the 10-carat cushion set on a three-row shank with a rose gold middle row and filigree on the basket accent with Natural Pink Diamonds (LVS1066) — A Benjamin Javaheri exclusive and a part of Uneek’s Silhouette Collection.

Another star of the film is the Blue Sapphire Pear Ring (LVS1067BS) on her right hand. Embraced with diamond halo, the magnificent Blue Sapphire ring is also an original piece from the Royal Blue Collection that belongs in the roster of Uneek’s award-winning jewelry design. “The film brings out the emotions of a special moment that inspires me to design one-of-a-kind pieces that come to life.”, Javaheri shares.

The campaign hashtag, #EveryLoveIsUneek, is an addition to Uneek’s bold tagline, #DareToBeUneek, as a part of its ever-growing social media presence.

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Jewelers Mutual Donates Seven Damaged Synthetic Diamonds to Diamond Durability Lab for Research

Differences were observed between natural diamonds and synthetic diamonds.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — Jewelers Mutual Group, as part of its continuing support of the jewelry industry, has donated seven synthetic diamonds to the Diamond Durability Laboratory.

Each of these diamonds had been damaged and was sent to Jewelers Mutual as part of its policyholder claims process. Jewelers Mutual worked with the policyholders’ jeweler of choice to replace the stones with synthetic diamonds of the same kind and quality.

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About the synthetic diamonds:

  • The donated, damaged synthetic diamonds ranged in size from 0.64 carat to 2.27 carat weight.
  • Each of the synthetic diamonds were worn in an engagement ring by a Jewelers Mutual policyholder.
  • The length of normal wear of the donated, damaged synthetic diamonds varied from 43 days to less than 2 years.
  • Jewelers Mutual and DDL have been collaborating for more than a year to better understand damaged diamonds – both natural and synthetic – and their relationship to several physical characteristics with the goal of creating a more predictive model for potential damage during wear.

Jewelers Mutual’s Kay Kostelny and Mitzi Rietveld, Graduate Gemologists (GIA), studied the damaged synthetic diamonds and shared their observations with DDL that “the damage to the synthetic lab grown diamonds are not characteristic of damage to natural mined diamonds.”

When Jewelers Mutual observed the differences in the damage between their typical natural damaged diamonds and the synthetic damaged diamonds, they reached out to DDL for discussion. The idea of the donation was in part supported by the lack of a secondary resale market for synthetic diamonds.

DDL plans a complete evaluation of the donated synthetic diamonds. The donation from Jewelers Mutual will deepen the understanding of synthetic diamond durability, a subject that has not been studied with any rigor. As the only diamond lab that focuses on diamond durability, DDL is well positioned to learn from these diamonds.

Additionally, DDL CEO Thomas Gelb has served as the technical adviser to the ASSURE Program and its development of a universal standard for synthetic diamond screening or detection services.

“We appreciate this donation from Jewelers Mutual and we are excited to use the stones to further our research and contribute to the industry knowledge about synthetic diamonds,” Gelb said. “Our collaborative research relationship with Jewelers Mutual is extremely important, and we hope by adding these synthetics to our knowledge base we can learn even more.”

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