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International Jewelry London Announces New Leading Lights Awards Shortlist

The winners will be announced at the UK’s leading jewelry trade event, Olympia, Kensington 1-3 September 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON — International Jewelry London (IJL), the global meeting place for the jewelry industry, has announced the shortlist for its Leading Lights Awards, a new feature initiative for IJL 2019, created to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship, design and distribution of fashion forward talent across the globe.

IJL has teamed up with the respected publication, Jewelry Outlook, to offer the opportunity of gaining recognition for contributions to a forward-looking global jewelry industry.

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There are eight categories, with entries submitted by organizations or individuals themselves, or nominated by a third party. The winners will be announced in a special ceremony at IJL 2019.

Katie Morris, events director, International Jewelry London (IJL) said: “IJL is very excited to launch this new set of awards for IJL 2019. We know there is a huge amount of innovation, creativity, and outstanding educators in the industry and we want to recognize these as movers and shakers, future proofers and stars of their sector. As with many industries, jewelry and watches as verticals are experiencing new challenges and opportunities and showcasing those who are embracing change and innovating through it is vital if we’re to inspire the next generation of jewelers and keep the industry performing at its optimum. A huge congratulations to everyone on this fantastic shortlist!”

David Brough, Editor of Jewelry Outlook, said: “The quality of the applicants was extremely high. We look forward very much to the announcement of the winners at IJL.”

The Shortlist are:

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  • Everledger
  • PureJewels

Fashion Fusion

  • Kastur Jewels
  • LeSter Jewelry
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Course Provider

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  • British Academy of Jewelry
  • De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds

International Jeweler of the Year

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  • ORA Pearls
  • Lucy Quartermaine

Best Bright Young Gem

  • Aurelie Dellasanta
  • Isla Gilham
  • Lingjun Sun

Best Fine Jeweler

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  • IJL is an unrivaled opportunity for the international jewelry trade to network and find out about the latest industry trends and market developments which will help retailers and suppliers make the right commercial decisions.

For buyers, the show is the once-in-a-year chance to shop for the widest range of gems, jewelry, packaging and services, and to find out about the most topical issues in the industry. IJL also offers buyers the largest variety of gemstones under one roof in Britain today.

IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewelers, and the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council.

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NAJA Offers Scholarship for Gemology Students

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019.

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The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) announces that it will award an ACE It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 53rd Annual ACE It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on February 2 – 3, 2020 in Tucson AZ.

This opportunity gives the gemology student a first hand experience of networking with appraisal professionals by attending the highly regarded NAJA educational experience during a time when Tucson devotes itself to gems, jewelry, and minerals. The scholarship, which covers the conference fee only, requires a resume, photo and an essay explaining the reason why the gemology student would choose to become a gems and jewelry appraiser. NAJA believes that becoming a gems and jewelry professional appraiser is a viable career option for gemological students.

Applications can be obtained at http://najaappraisers.com/ScholarshipApp2019.pdf. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 and the final selection by the NAJA Scholarship Advisory Board will be announced December 1, 2019.

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CIBJO Releases Marketing and Education Special Report, Analyzes ‘Next Great Jewelry-Buying Generation’

Generation Z ‘is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality.’

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With fewer than 10 weeks to go until the opening of the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on Nov. 18, the first of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, the report returns to what has been defined as the next great jewelry-consuming group, Generation Z, providing a breakdown of what the industry needs to consider if it is to ensure that jewelry remains a favored purchase.

Generation Z refers to consumers who currently are 15 to 25 years of age.

“Gen Z is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality,” writes Kendall. “Its members are forecast to spend a whopping $143 billion this year alone. So we better get them on our side if we want to enjoy a rosy future. In fact, the future success of the jewelry industry will depend on our understanding the needs and wants of Generation Z. Get this right and we can all look forward to strong profitable years moving forward. Get it wrong and we could be destined for the scrap heap – not overnight maybe, but ultimately.”

Communicating largely via social media, Generation Z is more environmentally conscious and gender neutral than any generation that preceded it, studies show. It celebrates authenticity, diversity and human imperfection. It is more likely to heed the advice of a friend rather than a celebrity.

“Gen Z is prepared to splurge, but it must be worth it. The more added value the better, and that can come from its environmental credentials or its social value,” says Kendall.

To download a copy of the CIBJO Market & Education Commission’s special report, click here.

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Gem Legacy Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

It launched in September 2018.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy is celebrating the successes of its 1 year anniversary after launching in September 2018 by founder Roger Dery. Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in East African colored gemstone mining communities.

The first year has boasted many successes, thanks to industry partners and donors. Roger Dery, founder and executive director of Gem Legacy looks back on the first year: “Lives are deeply affected because we’re ensuring that a group of widowed miners will find Tsavorite Garnet, 28 orphans will get a full education, kids are getting full nights of sleep on new mattresses, and young adults are entering the gem industry with knowledge in gemology and gem faceting. They have hope because we, the jewelry industry, are saying ‘we see you and we believe in you.’”

Other highlights from Gem Legacy’s first year include the formation of its advisory board (Christina Clover-Field, Ben Smithee, and Monica Stephenson) and its Leadership Council (Omi Gems and Parle Jewelry Designs). The leadership council is growing to be a consortium of the industry’s top leaders dedicated to sharing Gem Legacy’s mission and activating a united industry-wide effort to support the mining communities in Africa.

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