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Jewelers of America Supports Retailers at Their First National Convention, with a Spotlight on Washington D.C.

It will happen from July 28-29.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Jewelers of America (JA) is breaking ground with its first National Convention. A trade association dedicated to serving the fine jewelry marketplace, JA is at the forefront of conversations related to responsible business standards. Advocating for independent jewelers, JA’s upcoming program will delve deeply into what is happening in Washington D.C. By bringing leading experts into the room, Jewelers of America is creating a transparent conversation, preparing retailers for happenings on the Hill that could affect their businesses. From July 28-29th, jewelry professionals from around the country will gather at the International Barclay Hotel to focus on steering retail businesses towards growth, while maintaining the ethical standards of membership.

The Jewelers of America National Convention focuses not only on timeliness, but on forecasting and preparing for a multitude of potential retail futures. Accordingly, Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, will keynote Sunday’s lunch with “Election Outlook 2020.” In the presentation, Cook will highlight how the next presidential election is shaping up, and what a win from either side could mean for the retail marketplace. Cook says, “Politics and policy effects businesses. I’ll be previewing the 2020 presidential race from an objective, non-partisan perspective and will be discussing what factors may be most important in a general election.”

“Policy & Retail: Why What Happens in D.C. Matters” is a breakout session presenting a high-level overview of taxes and tariffs. With so many rapid changes and trade agreements, it is essential for retailers to consider all possible outcomes, including what questions they may need to be asking their vendors. Jason Straczewski, vice president of government relations and political affairs at the National Retail Federation (NRF), has partnered with the National Convention to educate store owners about governmental affairs, helping them develop small and large business strategies to support their growth. Hosting an informational overview of NRF’s policies, Straczewsk will cover what could affect the marketplace in the near future. Anticipating change, the session will prep retailers with information to help construct new business strategies for weathering any storm.

Advocating for independent jewelers, David Bonaparte, president and CEO of Jewelers of America, says, “JA fights for the needs of all of our members – large and small. The National Convention’s goal is to bring independent jewelers from across the country together so they can be well-informed about every aspect of their business, ensuring the legacy of family businesses continues to thrive. Their fight is our fight.”

Monday’s keynote, “Economic Outlook: Key Investment Themes,” will consider geopolitics and trade. Presented by Michael Vakin, chief markets economist for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, the discussion will guide retailers on investments to watch, and on how they might be able to incorporate them to help finance, or complement, their business. An expert in global, macroeconomic, and market research, Vakin will share insight on potential short and long-term impacts in consumer spending, as well as detail the overall mood and current health of the industry.

Direct from Washington D.C., “Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Supply Chain: The Kimberley Process & Beyond,” will be presented by Pamela Fierst-Walsh, senior advisor on conflict minerals and U.S. Representative to the Kimberley Process, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Independent retailers will get the inside scoop on the Kimberly Process, as well as on where the certification currently stands. As consumers demand more and more transparency, Jewelers of America supports speakers that help independent retailers knowledgeably answer tough questions in their stores.

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The Jewelers of America National Convention is open to all jewelry professionals, with special pricing for JA members. To learn more about the Jewelers of America National Convention or to register to attend, visit http://www.jewelers.org/convention. For press inquiries, contact Amanda Gizzi at agizzi(at)jewelers(dot)org or 800-223-0673 (ext. 8020), or contact Pietra PR at info(at)pieterapr(dot)com or 212-913-9761.

Speakers: Dave Bonaparte, Jason Straczewski, Michael Vaknin, Pamela Fierst-Walsh, Charlie Cook

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Stuller Introduces New Findings and Metals Catalog

It features new product, improved product images, and more!

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Stuller, Inc. announces the release of its newest catalog, Findings and Metals 2020-2021.

“We’ve added several key improvements to this catalog based off of customer feedback,” says Alissa Talbot, senior findings product manager. “Our biggest improvement to note, is that all products in this book are shown to scale, making purchasing decisions much easier and faster.”

Other new and improved features include:

• Additional product tabs for easier navigation.
• More product relationships identified, making it easier to find like items.
• Semi-set pricing featured throughout.
• Expanded introductions to better identify what’s in each section.

“As you browse the catalog, you’ll also discover an array of new product,” says Talbot. “This book includes our largest expansion of 14 karat rose gold findings to date.”

As with the release of most catalogs, customers can participate in a catalog interaction contest for the chance to win a Stuller account credit. To learn more about Findings and Metals 2020-2021 and the Change Up Challenge Catalog Contest visit Stuller.com/FindingsCatalog2020.

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Antonini Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN — Antonini celebrates its century-spanning history with a significant collection in terms of both its wide and the bold choice made in the use of materials. Faithful to its history, which has seen the exclusive use of gold and diamonds for the ‘ready to wear’ collections, Sergio Antonini – the creative director of the brand – when designing the collection, he had in mind the malleability of gold and its most striking feature, which since antiquity and over the centuries has made it an immediately recognizable element: its sheen.

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold, be it yellow gold or white gold, embellished with subtle waves of diamonds that underline the sensual profiles or some hidden details of the jewels. Soft and supple shapes recall those of the ‘Anniversary’ collection – one of the most iconic and successful collections in the brand’s recent history, designed in 2009 for the company’s 90th anniversary. Very long chains, rings and earrings that shine amongst garments and hair and reveal even brighter stones set at a 45-degree angle. In the more luxe version, in white gold, the surface is completely covered with valuable F-color diamonds that are exceptionally brilliant and sparkly.

Antonini’s dual soul is reflected in the two variants that each of its collections are organized into: yellow gold and white gold, to meet the taste of their markets of reference. From the US that loves white gold and imposing sizes, to Japan that prefers minimal jewelry, passing through the countries of the Russian area where the more traditional yellow gold triumphs.

Since 1919 in the heart of Milan: this is the Antonini story, a company which for three generations has been making jewelry with a unique and recognizable design, directly influenced by the motivation that the city offers, architecture, design and contemporary art, all passions that Sergio Antonini enjoys in his daily life. Beauty and culture are distinctive elements of the showroom in Piazza Borromeo 12: a place of a poignant artistic enchantment, a circle of extraordinary frescoes from the fifteenth century situated in an architectural context that has its roots in the history of the city. In a district where the medieval guilds had their own laboratories, giving the neighborhood its well-known street names: via Orefici, via Moneta, via Zecca, via del Bollo, via Spadari, via Armorari… In such a context, only exclusive creations such as those of Antonini can be made.

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French Association of Gemology Announces Speakers for 18th Gemological Symposium

It takes place on September 9, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PARIS, FRANCE – The Association Française de Gemmologie (the French Association of Gemology) has announced the line-up of speakers for the 18th Paris Gemological Rendez Vous, its prestigious annual gems symposium, which will take place on September 9, 2019, at: l’ASIEM, 6 rue Albert de Lapparent, Paris, France.

The speaker list in alphabetical order is:

  • Alan Bronstein, President of the Natural Color Diamond Association
  • Aurélien Delaunay, director of the French Laboratory Of Gemology (LFG)
  • Richard Duffy : CEO of Petra Diamonds
  • David Fisher, Principal Scientist, De Beers Technology
  • Stéphane Fischler, President of the World Diamond Council
  • Peter Karakchiev, Head of the International Relations Department, ALROSA
  • Jim Pounds, Executive Vice-President Diamonds, Dominion Diamond Mines
  • Martin Rapaport, Chairman, Rapaport
  • Eddy Vleeschdraeger, Director at the Scientific and Technical Research Center for
    Diamonds (WTOCD – Belgium), author of “Hardness 10”
  • Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice-President of International Relations and Ethical Initiatives, De Beers

The moderator of the symposium is Didier Giard, president of the French Association of Gemology and a member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences. “This year’s symposium will be taking a comprehensive look at diamonds,” said Giard. “During a period of many challenges to the natural diamond industries including synthetics and a volatile international market, we are very proud to host such distinguished members of the diamond industry. They will be giving us their considered views, backed by years of experience, on the diamond industry from many different angles.

“This is a one-day event (9.15 am to 6.00 pm) that will give the audience plenty of food for thought, from diamond mining, the current state of the market, and colored diamonds to the scientific, gemological and historical aspects of natural diamonds. I would urge members of the trade to register as soon as possible in order to secure a place at the symposium since there are a limited number of places available. The symposium will have simultaneous French and English translation.”

To register, please send a mail to: gemmes7@orange.fr

For further information, contact Didier Giard at: giard.didier@gmail.com

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