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JA New York Announces Mort Abelson New Designer of The Year Award

Hoj’s collection blends modern artistry with ancient techniques.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The excitement was palpable throughout the Jacob Javits Center as the eight designers from the historic New Designer Gallery made their New York City fine jewelry trade show debut. Aimee Petkus, Julie Lamb, Linda Hoj, M.HISAE, Olivia B., Original Eve, Ravit Kaplan and S. Tree each carry collections with signature aesthetics that excited the judges and made for a difficult deliberation. Despite the tough competition, Linda Hoj was declared the 2019 Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year. Hoj’s collection blends modern artistry with ancient techniques and exemplifies the spirit of the New Designer Gallery, as well as the forward-thinking vision of this section’s founder, Mort Abelson.

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In introducing this year’s results, JA New York Group Show Director Drew Lawsky noted, “42 years ago, the visionary Mort Abelson introduced the New Designer Gallery to the JA Shows. By bringing these artists to commercial trade shows, Mort significantly altered the entire fabric of our industry. Many of the designers who exhibited in those first New Designer Galleries went on to become world-renowned brands, and we’re confident that this tradition will continue with this current generation of artists.”

Liz Kantner, who curates the New Designer Gallery section of the show, introduced designer Theresa Kaz, the presenter of this year’s award.

“Theresa Kaz first debuted her collection in the New Designer Gallery one year ago,” Kantner said. “She’s presenting the Mort Abelson award because she is an incredible example of what this platform can do for emerging designers. In the past 12 months, Theresa has grown her business and opened new retail accounts. It all started here and we are thrilled to have her as an advocate and shining example of what Mort and Cindy Edelstein hoped for the New Designer Gallery.”

Kaz then went on to introduce this year’s Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award recipient.

Hoj said, “This is amazing! This is beyond amazing! Thank you all for everything. You’ve all been so supportive and I appreciate you so much!”

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For more information about the New Designer Gallery or the Mort Abelson Award, contact Michelle Orman at (646) 302-5521 or via email at Michelle@lastwordcomm.com.

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Paola De Luca to Join Farah Khan at Book Launches in New York and Mumbai

The two have worked from the inception of the idea for the book to its publication.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Paola De Luca, founder of The Futurist, a luxury creative intelligence agency, will stage conversations in in New York City and Mumbai with celebrity jewelry designer Farah Khan who is launching her new book “FARAH KHAN: A Bejewelled Life”.

The book, published by Rizzoli International and edited by Paola and her team at The Futurist, charts the life and inspiration of Farah Khan as a leading Indian jewelry designer with family connections to Bollywood.

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The book launches, each featuring a conversation between Farah Khan and Paola De Luca, will take place in New York City on April 3, and in Mumbai on April 16.

“I am looking forward to our conversations which I am sure will give a fabulous insight into the unique talent that is Farah Khan,” said Paola, who has worked with Farah closely from the inception of the idea for the book to its publication.

“India, led by design pioneers such as Farah Khan, is now reclaiming its global stature in luxury jewelry design.”

The Futurist is developing visionary editorial projects all over the world, and is now partnering with Rizzoli International for upcoming publications.

The venues and details of the book launches are as follows:

New York:
Wednesday April 3
6 pm to 8 pm
Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway@ 26th Street
New York City

Mumbai:
Tuesday April 16
Mehboob Studios
Bandra (W)
Mumbai

Launch dates are also expected to be announced for London and Hong Kong later in the year.

For press enquiries, please contact David Brough at 44-7990568964.

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The First iPhone with a Tourbillon in the World Was Created

There will only be 99 copies.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Luxury brand of smartphones Caviar introduced new iPhone XS in the collection “Grand Complications”. The model is “complicated” not only with a watch mechanism, but also with the main value and achievement of the watch world – a tourbillon.

Keeping finding an inspiration in the traditions of watch complications, Caviar went further than the idea to combine a mechanic watch with a smartphone and developed a unique model, where the modern iPhone XS is complemented with a tourbillon – a mechanism providing the perfectly accurate time reckoning thanks to the leveling of the gravity impact on the watch work.

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Idea

The Grand Complications Collections is the most technically complicated and unusual Caviar collection for today, as its idea is the “complication” of iPhone XS with the mechanisms and elements that give the brand new functionality to the device. This unusual alliance demonstrates a meeting of innovations and traditions, classics and technologies and intensifies both ideas mutually – both the modern achievements and the heritage of the past.
Tourbillon is indeed a special height in the watch world – a tiny mechanism, called “vortex” in French, with its movement compensates the gravity error in the accuracy of the clock rate and ensures the perfect preciseness of the time reckoning.

Design

The design Caviar Grand Complications Tourbillon is inspired by the synthesis of the astronomy, physics and philosophy and presents stylistically rethought images of planets with their orbits. To embody the design, the composite stone of black and white color, as well as gold covering were used; the spectacular geometry transforms the body’s space and gives unique inner logic to it.
In the center a clock face is located; the hour marks are applied in form of Roman numerals, and some of them come out of the face’s border and surrealistically “fly” around becoming a part of the orbit of the depicted planed. In the “six o’clock” position the tourbillon opened to eyes is placed.

Watch and Tourbillon

The smartphone’s body is complemented with a mechanic watch with a manual winding (19 stones, 28 880 vph) with the power reserve of 30 hours.
In the “six o’clock” position the one-minute tourbillon (making 1 rotation about itself in 1 min)
The mechanisms are developed according a special order for Caviar by a well-known European manufacturer whose name has not yet been disclosed.

Model Caviar Grand Complications Tourbillon released in limited edition, will be released only 99 copies. The cost starts from $8 350.

Also, it should be noted in the Swiss watch industry the average price for a model with tourbillons is a figure of 15,000 francs. Therefore, the price set by Caviar is unique to this kind of product. The brand plans to present its development at the exhibition in Basel.

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Sri Lanka’s Gem and Jewelry Industry Focuses on Ethical Mining

The country ‘boasts a true mine-to-market industry.’

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sri Lanka is one of the countries with the oldest gem and jewelry industries in the world. The country was also one of the first to begin the process of mining back in the 1900s. Most of the country’s gem deposits are in an area known as the Highland Complex, extending northeast to southwest and containing high-grade metamorphic rocks.

Sri Lanka boasts a true mine-to-market industry, both domestically and for export. A fascinating aspect of this is the harmonious and productive blend of tradition, experience and modernization. Mining is done primarily by use of traditional methods, and is small-scale by choice and design as such mines are considered to be less harmful to the environment and a more stable source of employment for more people, numbering 60,000 to 70,000 miners at present. The industry functions through two bodies, the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Association and the National Gem and Jewelry Authority. The SLGJA acts as the apex body that interacts with the Government of Sri Lanka as the industry representative in issue resolution and development of the sector. The latter officiates in terms of regulatory decisions.

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As a pioneering mining country, Sri Lanka leads the board in advocating ethical mining practices from as early as the 1900s. The issuance of mining license was initiated during this time, making the island probably the first country to do so. A very important clause — children below the age of 18 years are strictly prohibited from participating in any mining-related activities — was included at the very first regulatory compilation. The regulatory bodies continue to focus on developing the human aspect in the industry, which is the primary capital since manual labor is the main method used in mining. In addition, the NGJA provides an insurance scheme that compensates mining-related accidents, injuries and casualties, which are few and far between.

On an environmental aspect, one of the main concerns is the covering of the pit once mining is completed. The responsibility lies with the mine owner. However, to ensure the closing, the Authority collects a refundable deposit when a license is issued. This fund is used for the closing of the mine, in case it is not done. The appointment of a mine inspector was another initiative made in the 1900s in order to guarantee the smooth, humane process in the mine as well as safeguard the environment.

This growing industry that thrives because of its ethical practices brings one of the highest revenues to the country. Historically Sri Lanka is world renowned for its gems, mainly the blue sapphire. At present the fame has grown far and wide through the extensive marketing initiatives conducted by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Association and NGJA. The FACETS International Gem and Jewelry Exhibition is the key annual event that has promoted the industry worldwide.

For the past 29 years the FACETS has been the perfect platform to experience the Sri Lankan Gem and Jewelry Industry in all its glory. Held annually in September, the exhibition showcases a wide range of gems and jewelry and has become a focal point for both local and international buyers and sellers. The exhibition also draws attention to the lapidary and educational aspects of the industry. Over the years FACETS has earned a significant amount of global recognition and is known for being the home for the very best of Sri Lanka’s topmost resource. Every year the exhibition draws more and more interest from experts and enthusiasts all across the globe.

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