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JCK Las Vegas to Debut Global Gemstone Neighborhood

It features more than 175 gem dealers from around the world.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT — JCK Las Vegas introduces the Global Gemstone Neighborhood for 2019, a new destination under one roof with the JCK show floor featuring more than 175 gem dealers from around the world.

The expansive 8,300 square-foot neighborhood is inclusive of the member exhibitors of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and dedicated ballroom for Fine Gems, spanning five exhibition areas for gemstones. For the first time, JCK buyers and visitors will have access to gemstone exhibitors from Australia to New Zealand, Poland to the Czech Republic, Germany, Singapore and an impressive list of companies from India, Thailand, Hong Kong and the U.S., all in one place. The Global Gemstone Neighborhood will open on Thursday, May 30, 2019, and remain open throughout the JCK Las Vegas show (Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3).

“The new JCK Global Gemstone Neighborhood provides buyers a one-stop-shop for an extraordinary assortment of colored gems from around the world, all under one roof at JCK Las Vegas,” said Sarin Bachmann, event vice president, JCK & Luxury Events. “We are proud to welcome back many gemstone vendors who have exhibited at JCK Las Vegas for years, and we are excited to present many new international companies to our buyers and visitors, as well.”

Located directly across from the registration area on Level 1, the gemstone neighborhood will feature a wide variety of global colored gemstone suppliers. There will be a Fine Gems ballroom comprised of many of the highest end gemstone dealers in the U.S., known for their fine quality color stones. In addition, for the very first time in Las Vegas, we have assembled select members of the ICA. The ICA ballroom will be playing host to some of the most prominent suppliers, mine owners and cutters of colored gemstones from around the world. ICA members are committed to responsible sourcing, disclosure and transparency of natural colored gemstones.

“The ICA colored gemstone marketplace/exhibition at JCK Las Vegas offers something for all jewelry professionals for various facets of their business, whether they are a designer or a retailer who does custom work in-house,” said Clement Sabbagh, ICA president. “Every ICA member adheres to a strict code of ethics and standards from mine to market, with responsible sourcing of natural colored gemstones, as well as full written disclosure of any known treatments or enhancements to a gemstone. This type of responsibility and transparency ensures the respect, reputation and esteem of the fine jewelry industry and builds both consumer confidence and trust.”

For convenience and ease of navigation, the Global Gemstone Neighborhood will span five locations in close proximity on Level 1 of the Show Floor – Hall G, Sands Meeting Rooms and three consecutive ballrooms. ICA members will exhibit in the Casanova ballroom; Fine Gems will be housed in the Marco Polo ballroom, and additional U.S. and international gemstone vendors will exhibit in the Galileo ballroom, the Sands Meetings Rooms and Hall G. While exploring the neighborhood, attendees can visit the Fine Gems Café in the center of all of the gemstone areas, sponsored by exhibitors of the Fine Gems ballroom for quick bites to eat, coffee and more. See the Global Gemstone floor plan here.

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All Under One Roof – Global Gemstone Exhibitor List (As of May 1, 2019)

Global Gemstone
A. N. Jewels, Inc.
Aldoria Limited
Ammolite by Aurora, LLC (Inland Mercantile, Inc.)
Amphon Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Apple Green Diamond Inc.
Aquaprase/Guman Impex Pvt. Ltd.
Arise Precious Gems
Aster Jewels Inc
Astha Gems India Private Limited
B&F Jewelers (former BB International)
Beautiful Color Stone Co Ltd
Brasil Color Gems
Bright Future Gems Co Ltd
Broken River Mining Pty Ltd
BTC Gems Inc
BV Gems
Colombin Stone Co Ltd
Colorful Gems
Crystal Allies Inc.
Deepam Inc
EC Jewels HK Limited
Eldorado Sapphire Company
Emkay International Inc
Empire Gems International, Inc.
Fine Beads Inc
Fine Colour Gems
Fine Gems (NY) Inc.
Fine Imports Inc
Formica (TH) Co., Ltd.
Gandhi Enterprises Co. Ltd
GD Colors Inc
Gem House USA
Gem Matrix co Ltd
Gemorex Intl Inc
Gems 4 Less
German Salazar
GIL International Trading Co
Godika’s
Green Rock NY, Inc
Green Shine CI
heeralal chhaganlal tank
House of Colors Inc.
INCOCU JEWELLERY LLP
Indo Jewels Inc
Intergems sro
Ishu Gems
Iskkon Ltd
Jacob Levian
Jairaj Gems Inc
Jone Gems
Juliet Gems & Jewelry
Kanchan Gems & Jewellery
Karl Faller e.K.
Kasphul LLC
KHO International Ltd
Ko (Thai) Impex Co Ltd
Madhu Gems USA Inc.
Maluku Sea Farm
MINING & TRADING INTL CORP
Monalisa Fine Jewels
National Facets
New Star Gems
Nice Minerals Inc

NRI Gems Inc
Opal Pacific Ltd.
Panjshir Valley Emeralds
Pearl Exporting Co
Pha-A-Tit Precious Co., Ltd,
PLUM COLORS CO., LTD.
Praveen Imports Inc.
Precious Colour (Thai) CO., LTD
Precious Pebbles Inc
Prima Jewels USA
Primus Jewels Inc.
Quality Diajewels Inc
R H & Company
Rainbow Ratan Co Inc
Rajender Gems
Rajender Gems HK Limited
RMC Gems Inc
Roally Gems Inc
Royal Beauty
Royal Gems Inc
Royal Touch LLC
RS Importing Co Ltd
Rubin’s Gem & Jewelry
S R GEMS EXIM
Saphireandgems.com
Scenario Gems
Selective Gem House Inc.
Shimada Trading Co Ltd
Shining Star
Shirin LLC
Shivam Imports
Shree Gems Inc
Shrey International
Shwet Ratan Impex
Sokolowski Beata Sokolowska
Sparkle Gems Limited
SPB Gems/SPB Creations
Suncrystal Mining LLC
Sunny Gem Co
Ta Pearls
Taj Company
Tavisha Gems Inc
Temple Trading Company
Tosco International Inc
Tresor Collection
Tricolor Gems Inc
Vaibhav International Co Ltd
Viva Gems USA Inc.
Wild & Petsch Lapidaries

Fine Gems
4 G’s Trading Corp
A Kleiman & Company
A&D Gem Corp
Akiva Gil Company Inc
Amba Gem Corp
Asian Gem Centre
Atlantic Gem Corp
B & B Fine Gems
Brilliant Colors Inc
Colorline Inc
Crown Color US LLC
D Elian Corp
Emco Gem / Diamond Distributors
Evan Caplan

FEI
Hakimi A & Sons
Ijadi Gem Inc
Intercolor USA
Joel Price Inc.
Malhotra Inc
Michael GAD Emerald A GAD International Company
NIG Corp
Original Gems Inc
Pala International Inc
Premier Color Source Inc
RareSource
Sara Gems
Shaun Gems International
Takat, Rare & Unique Jewels
The Rare Gem LLC
Trillion Emerald Inc.

ICA
Abouchar SA Diastar
Advanced Quality Acc Ltd
Anjali Jewels Co Ltd
Belmont Mineracao Ltda
Ben Sabbagh Bros
BGC – Brasil Gem Commerce
China Stone Co
Claudia Hamann Edelstein GmbH
Clifton Opal Pty Ltd.
Cody Opal Australia
D.B. Enterprise Ltd.
Duarte & Bastos
Enchanted Designs Ltd
Fine Gems Collection Co LTD
Gem India Exports
Gem Stones Ltd.
Gembras
Gems by Nomads
Gemstones Corporation
Geometa Ltd.
Hopkins Opal
JK Gems
JS Gems
Komatsu Cutting Factory
Krish Creations Co Ltd
Lunawat Gems Corporation
Manoel Bernardes
Miranda Group Co.
Moragen Co. Ltd.
Nash James Enterprises
Nomands
Noor Gems Japan Co. Ltd
Peter Valicek Gems
Potentate Mining LLC
Ramos & Campos
Rocks n Beauty Ltd
Sant Enterprises
Sapphire Creations
Seven Fines Gems
Sparkles and Colors USA Inc. / Lakhi Gems Group
Sunlight Gem Co.
Sunny Gem Co.
Tavares Gems
Thai gem Centre Co. Ltd.
The Opal Corporation Pty. Ltd.
True Blue Opals Pty Ltd.
Yes Hajaa Gems

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In addition to an exciting offering of gemstone resources, there are a number of JCK Talks education sessions on Thursday, May 30, dedicated to gemstones including 2019 Gemstone Trends and Changing Lives in Gemstone Communities led by Gemlegacy. To view JCK Talks and education schedule, click here.

For more information regarding the JCK Las Vegas show, the new Global Gemstone neighborhood, visit jcklasvegas2019.com/gems.

Interested in exhibiting at any of JCK’s shows throughout the year? Sign up to learn more here.

For more information, visit jcklasvegas2019.com.

Register for JCK Las Vegas 2019 here.

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Bharat Diamond Bourse Welcomes Joint Diamond Trading Events

Each company that wins the right to display at the Bharat Diamond Week is entitled to one booth only.

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President of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) Lin Qiang will be the guest of honor at the 2019 Bharat Diamond Week.

(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI, INDIA – The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai has welcomed the announcement from the Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) that it will be holding a specially organized buyer-seller meeting at around the same time as the third edition of the Bharat Diamond Week (BDW) which takes place at the bourse from 14 to16 October.

The GJEPC will be holding its 3rd India Diamond Week Buyer-Seller Meet in Mumbai from October 15-17.

“I am delighted that the GJEPC event will be taking during the time of the Bharat Diamond Week,” said Bharat Diamond Bourse Vice-President Mehul Shah, who heads the BDW. “It is critical for the Indian diamond industry that we have these two special events taking place. The fact that they are taking place at more or less the same time creates a great deal of excitement and many business opportunities. We are delighted to welcome all visitors to the GJEPC event to take part in the Bharat Diamond Week where their entry will be smoothly organized.”

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BDB President Anoop Mehta is also upbeat about the two large events taking place in Mumbai. “The Bharat Diamond Bourse and the Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council are the two largest and most important organizations representing our trade in India and promoting it abroad. I am very happy that these two events will be taking place during the same week as it helps us create a critical mass of attendees. We welcome all visitors and buyers to the Bharat Diamond Bourse.”

Registration for the BDW opened at the end of last month, with scores of companies from India and across the world already registered. The 2019 BDW follows the first two such diamond fairs held last year, and will host delegations of buyers from China, Australia, and various Asian countries, which will greatly increase the number of visitors and buyers taking part, the organizers said.

The second edition of the Bharat Diamond Week last October hosted more than 1,000 visitors from India and across the world who did business with 150 Indian exhibitors of polished goods.

Mr Shah said: “We will be hosting delegations of foreign buyers as well as buyers from Israel, Dubai, some European countries and India. Our guest of honor will be the president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) Lin Qiang who is also the vice president of WFDB. He will be leading a delegation of members from the SDE, and he will open the fair. I believe this is another step in broadening our links with the Shanghai Diamond Exchange which is an important part of the global diamond family.”

He added that, as with the two previous shows, the Bharat Diamond Bourse will provide selected buyers with complimentary hotel accommodation. “The Bharat Diamond Week provides members of the BDB with the opportunity to show the world the very large range of diamonds it can supply. We want to connect buyers and suppliers in a comfortable and relaxed environment in order to save them time and money. We will be allocating around 150 complementary hotel rooms for foreign buyers, so I would suggest that members of the diamond industry in India and worldwide register straight away. Priority will be given to visitors who are members of bourses affiliated to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), but all members of the diamond trade across the world are welcome to participate.”

Each Indian company that wins the right to display at the Bharat Diamond Week is entitled to one booth only. Trading of synthetic or lab-grown diamonds is banned in the BDB, so there will not be any such diamonds traded at the BDW.

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U.S. Buyers Increasingly Turn to Handcrafted Gem-Set Thai Jewelry, Showcased at JCK Las Vegas 2019

Handcrafted silver and custom cut gem-set jewelry were highlighted in the show.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS — Thailand’s showcase at JCK Las Vegas highlighted handcrafted silver and custom cut gem-set jewelry that is becoming increasingly sought-after in the U.S. market.

Thailand, with the support of the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), presented a pavilion at JCK Las Vegas, from May 31 to June 3, showing off the best of handcrafted Thai jewelry, notably custom cut gemstones.

Many of Thailand’s leading jewelry suppliers will exhibit at the 64th edition of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, which will take place from September 10-14, 2019, celebrating the theme “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making”.

Kwanapa Phivnil, executive director of Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles reveals that US market looks for jewelry that is outstanding both in quality and uniqueness and jewelry from Thailand can meet this expectation. “As we can see from the Thailand Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas this year, we have received high attention from the buyers, especially in the part of silver jewelry created by Thai craftsmen as well colored gemstone jewelry.”

“In addition, smart jewelry or jewelry that has technology combined are more interesting in US market. Thai craftsmen are already renowned for their sophistication and outstanding production skills. If they are able to combine beauty design with functionality into unique jewelry, it would make Thai jewelry brands more interesting and they could meet more needs of modern consumers,” she adds.

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The manufacturers exhibiting in the Thailand showcase at JCK Las Vegas all had their own handcrafted specialities.

“We cut mother-of-pearl piece by piece and we do intricate mosaic and inlay work,” said Katapon Lervisit, a director of Nida Factory, a Bangkok-based manufacturer of silver and pearl jewelry at JCK Las Vegas.

“For us craftsmanship is the most important thing: we do everything by hand. Our U.S. buyers look for great value and exceptional quality. Many types of buyers come to us, from department stores, shops and TV shopping channels.”

Silver jewelry from Thailand is a major U.S. import, accounting for $553 million by value in 2018, up 9.3 percent from the previous year.

Another Thai exhibitor at JCK Las Vegas was Formica (Th) Co, which supplies silver jewelry and a wide variety of synthetic stones.

“Because of Thailand’s reputation for craftsmanship, a lot of stones come to Thailand,” said Alexander Lee, Formica sales executive. We get a lot of interest from buyers who are jewelry manufacturers located across the Americas wishing to produce color variety.”

Bangkok-based Bella Jewelry Factory produces custom cut gemstones, crafted by around 15 artisans, set in gold and silver jewelry that is greatly in demand by U.S. jewelry designers.

“We work closely and very well with designers. We adapt to their requirements. Some 60 percent of Bella’s production is sold to the United States,” said Director Chaiyanan Suwanamas.

Key Gems, another JCK exhibitor, which prides itself on cutting gemstones by hand, is seeing buoyant U.S. demand for its 18-carat gold jewelry set with rubies and sapphires, said sales executive Sally Choksoontornlert.

Thailand is the number 1 source of polished rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other gemstones to the U.S. market, accounting for $303 million by value in 2018, up 24.57 percent from the previous year.

Vatana has consistently sold its contemporary fine custom cut gem-set jewelry to the U.S. market, having exhibited at JCK every year for the past two decades, said company owner Theeravat Kanokkul.

He said he can supply gold jewelry, depending on a customer’s requirements, in 18-, 14-, or 10-carat.

Plan your business and leisure time when you visit Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair during September 10-14, 2019 at bkkgems.com.

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Edge Retail Academy Announces First Winner of William (Wag) Wagner Award

Roman jewelers are honored for business excellence.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Edge Retail Academy (ERA), the leading retail jewelry business advising company, announced that Sophie Shor and Lucy Zimmerman of Roman Jewelers have been awarded the first annual William (Wag) Wagner Business Excellence Award.

Roman Jewelers of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey is a family-owned retailer of more than 30 years with a passion for designing custom jewelry across 4 generations.

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Sherry Smith, ERA director of business development and business advisor, has worked with Roman Jewelers for 2 years. Sherry commented “Sophie and Lucy were very open-minded to implement industry best practices. They focused extensively on improving the margins of their sales team through a new compensation plan.”

Roman Jewelers found gross profit increased 16% in one year with the new plan.

Sophie Shor was excited to learn about winning the award. “My daughter Lucy and I never would have believed we were capable of accomplishing our margin goals without the guidance of Sherry and the Edge Retail Academy. They have made a measurable impact to our business.”

This is the first year that Edge Retail Academy has presented the William (Wag) Wagner Business Excellence Award. The award will be presented annually.

“The Award has two goals: (1) to acknowledge business excellence from independent retailers and (2) to honor the memory of long serving ERA Advisor William (Wag) Wagner whose service, loyalty and advice went well beyond the expectations of our clients, his work colleagues and our company,” said David Brown, President of ERA. “We honor Wag’s enormous integrity, sense of fair play and friendship.”

Wag passed away in September, 2018.

Edge Retail Academy presented Sophie and Lucy with the award and a check for $1000.

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