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Jewelers’ Son Wins at Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

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(Press Release) DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Nick Boulle, the 27-year-old son of Denis and Karen Boulle of de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, has claimed victory in the 55th Annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the Prototype Challenge Class. 

The No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09 finished 22 laps ahead of its closest rival in the 24-hour classic, despite the rain and cold. The car features an open-cockpit and technology such as a carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes and sequential gearbox. Weighing in at 1990 pounds, the PC car reaches top speeds of around 190 mph with more than 450 horsepower.

Boulle drove alongside Performance Tech Motorsports drivers James French (23), Kyle Masson (19) and 17-year-old Patricio (Pato) O’Ward, one of the youngest in the history of the race. Each driver had his turn leading the PC class. 

“I cannot say enough about how well the team all performed,” said Boulle, whose debut last year at the 54th Annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona resulted in a second-place finish in the Prototype Challenge Class.

“Taking the class win in the ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona is a dream come true for drivers across disciplines of motorsports from NASCAR, WEC and Indy car,” Boulle said. “There’s no such thing as an easy ride at a race like this, but everyone performed flawlessly. We did take a few risks to win, but our strength was in our preparation and consistency. I can’t wait to see what else this result for de Boulle Motorsports, Clover Partners, McFadden & Miller and Palmares Energy leads to next.”

Winners of the race receive special engraved stainless steel Rolex Daytona watches. The 2017 edition of the luxury watch features both gold and stainless steel with an oyster face. The watch was designed to meet the demands of the professional racing driver. 

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The de Boulle location in Dallas carries Rolex timepieces.

De Boulle Motorsports has partnered with several prominent Texas companies: Clover Partners, McFadden & Miller and Palmares Energy. The race is the first major auto race of the year, and it brought some of sport’s biggest names, including Jeff Gordon, Scott Dixon, Buddy Rice and Graham Rahal.

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Challenging the Standard, the Gold: Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence, Conference Comes to New York in April

It will be highlighting Brooklyn makers in a panel exploring the parallel consumer and the creator paradigm shift.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The collective surrounding gold—a precious metal beloved through time, is vast. Communities have risen to mine, melt, manufacture, and mold it into beautiful forms. Exceptionally creative minds imagine and conceptualize its use in jewelry, home décor, and other luxury objects. For the ninth year in a row, Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) has created a two-day gathering of experts and visionaries working across various fields related to gold. From journalists and jewelry designers, to environmentalists and government regulators, an international gathering of those passionate about gold will discuss challenges the precious metal and its surrounding industries face today. Hosted on April 4 and 5, 2019 “Gold: Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence” will be held at Bohemian National Hall in New York City.

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Mark Hanna, CEO, Richline Group, Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway Company, says “We often equate gold to wealth; the gold conference always has and always will provide the wealth of information important to gold…in every dimension from resource to responsible.”

Stephen Webster, founder and creative director for Stephen Webster, will speak about his admiration for gold in a talk entitled “Goldstruck,” discussing his design process and career. From the manufacturing end, Ted Doudak, founder and CEO of Riva Precision Manufacturing, will share his vision regarding the company’s new workspace, as a leader in fine jewelry product development. Chief Visionary Officer and Creative Director for Flourish and Thrive Academy, Tracy Matthews, will discuss how jewelry designers can stand out and find their voice and aesthetic in a saturated landscape.

Lisa Koenigsberg, president and founder of Initiatives in Art and Culture, who established the Annual International Gold Conference nine years ago, observes, “Initiatives in Art and Culture is honored once again to bring together a ‘Who’s Who’ in the gold community—including makers, miners, retailers, journalists, financiers, regulators, and environmentalists—to focus on specific, contemporary challenges from mine to market and how we can best meet them. Approaches and solutions to these challenges are building blocks, and our collective attention to them can ensure that society’s use of gold is driven by respect for materials, craft, and authentic, artistic expression, and a mindfulness for ethical sourcing and responsible practice.”

Locally, Initiatives in Art and Culture will be highlighting Brooklyn makers in a panel exploring the parallel consumer and the creator paradigm shift. Alisha Blechman, Head of Studio Operations, Catbird; Beth Bugdaycay, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Foundrae; Ted Doudak; Leigh Plessner, Co-Creative Director, Catbird; Ronny Vardi, Owner, Catbird; and Elle Hill, CEO, Hill & Co. Fine Jewelry Launch and Growth Experts, will converse and offer unique perspectives spanning design, manufacturing, retail, and business strategy for creating and marketing to an audience that is following the borough’s signature aesthetic.

The panel titled “Washington Update,” will consider regulations and legislation relating to gold. The panelists include: Mark Hanna; Linus Drogs, Owner and President, Au Enterprises; Elizabeth Orlando, Economic Officer, Bureau of Economic Affairs, Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures, US Department of State; Tiffany Stevens, President and CEO, JVC. The panel will be moderated by Andrea Hill, Owner, Hill Management Group, LLC.

“The trade of the goldsmith and silversmith faces new challenges every day. Now more than ever it is important to share knowledge and collaborate with international partners to ensure our trade thrives well into the future. The Goldsmiths’ Centre is therefore pleased to partner with IAC and present at the highly regarded annual Gold Conference, sharing experiences as the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, silversmiths, and the allied trades. We are delighted to share our experience and perspective at ‘Gold: Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence,’ and look forward to a dynamic meeting of minds and to working together to develop solutions presented by the future,” says Peter Taylor, Director of The Goldsmiths’ Centre.

With sustainability at the forefront, IAC has also assembled leaders to discuss sourcing in a panel called “Building Blocks for our Future: The Foundations of Ethical Sourcing, Transparency, and Responsible Practice.” Panelists include: Brad Brooks-Rubin, Managing Director, The Sentry/Enough Project; Lara Crampe, Pure Earth, Director, Community Outreach; Lara Koritzke, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA); Joanne Lebert, Executive Director, IMPACT; Elizabeth Orlando; and Michael Peters, CEO, Trusted Gems & Founder, Panjshir Valley Emeralds, a Trusted Gems Company; the panel will be moderated by Rob Bates, Senior Editor, JCK.

Other speakers and moderators include: Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London; Alan Craxford and Castro Smith, British Master Engravers and Jewelers; Glenn Adamson, Author, Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects and Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art; Jeffrey M. Christian, Managing Director, CPM Group; Stewart Grice, Vice President, Mill Products, Hoover & Strong; Stuart Harmon, Director, The Money Stone; Robert Lang, Director, The Shadow of Gold; Amy Hill, Executive Director, Amazon Aid Foundation; and Christina Miller, owner, Christina T. Miller Consulting; Co-Founder, Ethical Metalsmiths and Chair of its Advisory Council.

Thursday evening, Initiatives in Art and Culture will host a Champagne reception, followed by a conversation with Mimi So, who will be discussing her story as an American jewelry designer, as well as luxury today. She will be in conversation with Alli McCartney, Managing Director, Private Wealth Management Alignment Partners, UBS Financial Services Inc.

Sponsors of “Gold: Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence” include: The Goldsmiths’ Centre, The Goldsmiths’ Company, Panjshir Valley Emeralds, a Trusted Gems Company, Signet Jewelers, Riva Precision Manufacturing, Hoover & Strong, AU Enterprises, JCK Las Vegas, DMIA, Society of North American Goldsmiths, and Anza Gems.

Register for “Gold: Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence” directly on Eventbrite by clicking here.

To learn more about Initiatives in Art and Culture, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the Gold Conference, visit http://artinitiatives.com, call 646-485-1952, or email info(at)artinitatives(dot)com. For press or media coverage inquiries, images, speaker quotes, or interviews, contact Pietra PR at 212-913-9761 or email info(at)pietrapr(dot)com.

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Silver Promotion Service Survey Shows 10th Consecutive Year of Silver Jewelry Sales Growth

Younger consumers proved to be key demographic with gifting and female self-purchase as the best selling opportunities.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Silver jewelry sales in the United States were strong in 2018 with 52% of jewelry retailers reporting increased sales according to a survey conducted on behalf of the Silver Institute’s Silver Promotion Service (SPS). The results also confirmed that silver jewelry continues to be a leading merchandise category for retailers, both in driving sales and providing margin.

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Highlights from the 2018 survey include:

  • The average store growth in 2018 for silver jewelry sales was 16%.
  • Retailers said their silver jewelry sales, as a percentage of their overall jewelry sales, were on average 24% of their unit volume and 18% of their dollar volume.
  • 51% said silver experienced the best inventory turnover rate in 2018; 12% said diamond; 14% said bridal and 12% gold.

The best maintained margins during the Holiday Season were:

  • Silver Jewelry 40%
  • Diamond Jewelry 23%
  • Bridal Jewelry 17%
  • Gold Jewelry 15%
  • Platinum Jewelry 5%
  • 84% of retailers say they are optimistic that silver jewelry sales will continue to grow.

SPS Director Michael Barlerin commented, “The Silver Promotion Service is obviously gratified by what the survey demonstrated. We are also enthused that the optimism for silver’s ongoing performance remains so strong.” The survey, conducted by INSTORE, was fielded in February this year. This was the 10th consecutive year that SPS has commissioned such a survey.

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OROAREZZO 2019 Is Ready

This year also reaches the milestone of its 40th anniversary.

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(PRESS RELEASE) – Everything is ready for the next edition of OROAREZZO, the event that promotes the best Italian goldsmithing production internationally, which this year reaches the important milestone of the 40th anniversary.

The quintessential appointment of the Made in Italy goldsmithing sector, managed by Italian Exhibition Group and scheduled from April 6th to 9th at Arezzo Fiere e Congressi, brings together some of the best Italian manufacturing companies through exhibitions dedicated to jewelry, silverware, semi-finished products and stones.

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Innovation, stylistic and technological research; state-of-the-art products that, according to tradition, follow the rules of industrial production.

These summarize the distinctive features of the proposals that will be presented at OROAREZZO.

Tradition and innovation are combined, for example, with the elegance and quality of Coar’s creations, which stands out on the market for both massive and empty chains that come to life through the various phases of the production process: from casting to continuous casting passing from threading to beating to diamonding and silvering.

Constant innovation in products and production techniques is the basis of the jewels produced by Giordini which uses electroforming, a complex procedure that requires numerous steps and the use of latest-generation machinery. This production technique is the only one that allows the creation of voluminous, articulated forms, with a sculptural plasticity, moved in space and at the same time extremely light.

An innovative nanotechnology treatment for silver that constantly maintains its natural splendor characterizes the silver chains of Karizia Spa which also offers models with customized “sliding components”.

Even more traditional proposals, albeit in a “modern” and revisited perspective, will be presented at OROAREZZO 2019: from the most beautiful hand-engraved cameos on shells of Cameo Italiano -company from Torre del Greco – which was able to reinvent the cameo jewelry design dissolving the boundaries between classic jewelry and current fashion, to arrive at the contemporary tradition of Golden Corals jewels, where coral and cameo are the common thread that links the many collections of jewelery and bijoux.

The event also includes dedicated areas such as Cash & Carry, a dynamic and innovative space that offers companies the opportunity to sell to the market or the Tech area, which will occupy an entire pavilion, dedicated to more technological processing systems.

Here we will alternate specialized machinery for the deformation and transformation of metal of various kinds as well as equipment for stamping and cutting, such as the solutions proposed by the company STIL MEC, as well as technologically advanced scanners and 3D printers, for which 3DZ – the leading company in the sector – stands out.

In addition to important names such as Sisma, Fabo, CIMO, Italimpianti, Ombi, the proposals by Legor Group stand out, specializing in the two complementary worlds of metallurgy and metal chemistry for jewelry and fashion, which will present new innovative alloys at OROAREZZO. a galvanic process of white bronze for surface finishing, particularly relevant for the Fashion Accessories sector.

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