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Jury Members Selected for Prada Feltrinelli Prize





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MILAN – Carlo Feltrinelli, A.M. Homes, Craig Mod and Oscarwinning film director Gabriele Salvatores have been chosen as the Prada Feltrinelli Prize jury members. They will be responsible for selecting the winners of the third edition, who will be named in September.

The new edition of the Prada Feltrinelli Prize welcomed the participation of more than two thousand writers worldwide, who were invited to express their creativity on this year’s theme: “Illuminations, shadows and mirages. Things are not always what they seem.” The storytelling of the third edition evolves into a three-dimensional literary experience through a digital performance featuring the winning stories in a modern “Theatre of Conversation and Exchange.”

The Prada Journal literary contest was launched in 2013 with the aim of creating an independent literary research platform open to new writers from across the world who are able to capture the subtleties and myriad aspects of reality and translate them into the written word.

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Here are the jury biographies provided by Prada:


Carlo Feltrinelli

Carlo Feltrinelli, born in 1962 is President of Feltrinelli Group, leading integrated cultural player operating in the industries of book publishing, retail, television, sociological research. The Feltrinelli Editore Publishing House was founded in 1955 by his father, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. In the retail industry, the Group counts 116 bookstores all over the Italian territory. Since 2001, Mr Feltrinelli is President of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, one of Europe’s foremost centers for scholarly research on social, political and economic thought and history. He is also the author of Senior Service, which has been translated and published in over 10 countries, besides Italy.

A.M. Homes

Amy Michael Homes was born in Washington D.C. and lives in New York. She is considered one of the most innovative American novelists. She has been the recipient of numerous literary awards and appears frequently in “Vanity Fair”, “The New Yorker”, “Granta”, “McSweeney’s”, “Art Forum” and the “New York Times”. She is the author of the novels: This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the best selling memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, along with a travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist’s book Appendix A:

Craig Mod

Craig ( is a writer and designer who splits his time between Tokyo and New York. Previously a product designer at Flipboard, he is also a TechFellow award recipient and a 2011/2012 MacDowell writing fellow. He’s currently an advisor for and the Japan based SmartNews. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, Aeon, Virginia Quarterly Review, New Scientist, Contents Magazine, Codex Journal of Typography and other publications. He is the co-author of Art Space Tokyo and the essay collection, Bokura no Jidai no Hon (The Books of our Generation), published in Japanese (2014) and Korean (2015) and the upcoming photography collection, Less Important Than Sensible Shoes (2016).

Gabriele Salvatores

Gabriele Salvatores was born in Naples in 1950, then moved to Milan where he graduated from the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica of the Piccolo Teatro.

In 1972 he was one of the founders of the Teatro dell’Elfo, where he directed 21 theater productions during the ‘70s and ‘80s. In 1981 he produced a rock musical based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which in 1983 was adapted into his first film. In 1986, alongside Maurizio Totti and Diego Abatantuono, he founded the Colorado Film Production, which achieved immediate success with his second film, “Kamikazen – Ultima notte a Milano” (1987). In 1989 he directed “Marrakech Express” and “Turné”, and then “Mediterraneo” (1991), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In 1992 “Puerto Escondido” was released, followed by “Sud” (1993), “Nirvana” (1996) and “Denti” (2000). In 2001 he directed “Amnésia” and a year later “Io non ho paura” (I’m Not Scared), from Niccolò Ammaniti’s bestselling novel, presented at the Berlin Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar in 2004. The same year he directed “Quo Vadis Baby?”, followed by “Come Dio comanda” (2008), again from one of Niccolò Ammaniti’s novels, and the comedy “Happy Family” (2009). In 2010 he was a member of the jury at the 67th Venice Film Festival and presented the documentary “1960”. In 2013 he released “Educazione siberiana”, adapted from Nicolai Lilin’s book, starring John Malkovich. The same year he also worked on the project “ITALY IN A DAY”, the first collective film shot entirely by thousands of Italian people documenting fragments of their day. His most recent film, “The Invisible Boy”, came out in December 2014.



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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.




(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:

Best Use of Technology

  • De Beers Group Industry Services
  • Everledger
  • PureJewels

Fashion Fusion

  • Kastur Jewels
  • LeSter Jewelry
  • SoftDream by Laura Galasso

Course Provider

  • Birmingham City University School of Jewelry
  • British Academy of Jewelry
  • De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds

International Jeweler of the Year

  • Isabella Liu
  • ORA Pearls
  • Lucy Quartermaine

Best Bright Young Gem

  • Aurelie Dellasanta
  • Isla Gilham
  • Lingjun Sun

Best Fine Jeweler

  • Clogau
  • Domino Jewelry
  • Raw Pearls

Blogger Award

  • Preeta Agarwal Workroom –
  • 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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Thailand’s Leading Gems and Jewelry Bodies to Take Part in Bharat Diamond Week

Bharat Diamond Bourse signs agreements with major Thai Gem and Jewelry Association for October 14-16 polished diamond sales week.




(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI, INDIA – The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s leading gems and jewelry associations for participation in the Bharat Diamond Week (BDW) which takes place at the bourse from October 14 to 16.

BDB President Anoop Mehta and Vice-President Mehul Shah signed the agreement with Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association President Porntiva Nakasai, and the Gems, Jewelry & Precious Metal Confederation of Thailand (GJPCT) President Somchai Phornchindarak.

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The signing ceremony followed a highly successful visit to the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) by Mr Mehta and Mr Shah where SDE member companies and the exchange’s leadership heard about the benefits of participating in the Bharat Diamond Week.

“The agreements signed with the professional organizations from Thailand are the latest step in ensuring we have an excellent number of visitors to the Bharat Diamond Week,” said Mr Mehta. “I am delighted that our friends and colleagues from Thailand, who we know so well, will be taking part in the BDW.”

Mr Shah, who is responsible for the Bharat Diamond Week and organized the two successful polished diamond events held last year, said: “It is very important that we work with organizations from across the diamond and jewelry world. Our aim is to raise visitor numbers at every show and to learn from the previous event how to be even more successful for the benefit of our small and medium-size company members. Visitors will be able to source literally every type of diamond both at the Diamond Week and from our other 3,000 Bharat Diamond Bourse member companies.

“Close to 90% of all the world’s polished diamonds are manufactured in India, so the variety of goods on offer is vast. In addition, the show falls just before the Diwali festival and shutdown, so many manufacturers will be offering excellent deals on their polished goods.

Mr Anoop Mehta signing the agreement with Gems, Jewelry & Precious Metal Confederation of Thailand (GJPCT) President Somchai Phornchindarak.

“Furthermore, due to the uncertainty of the situation in Hong Kong due to civil unrest with the September Gem and Jewelry Show just weeks away, we believe it is likely that many companies that need to source diamonds will decide to come here instead. The Bharat Diamond Week will act as a perfect venue for companies to source their diamond demands,” said Shah.

The number of companies and individuals who have registered for the show is already far ahead of those for the two previous shows. And, as with the two shows held last year, the BDB will provide selected buyers with complimentary hotel accommodation, with around 150 complementary hotel rooms for foreign buyers. 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. Since trading in synthetic or lab-grown diamonds.

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Bergman, VanderLinden, Fischer & Geolat Join Zillion’s Jewelry Innovation Council

Members have chaired industry boards and organizations.




(PRESS RELEASE) Zillion, the jewelry insurer that offers 1-Click insurance at point of sale, has formed the Zillion Jewelry Innovation Council with venerable jewelry industry leaders Phyllis Bergman, Ronnie VanderLinden, Jeff Fischer and Patti Geolat, as its founding members. Members have served on, and in most cases chaired, industry boards and organizations such as the Jewelers Board of Trade, American Gem Society, 24 Karat Club of NY, Women’s Jewelers Assoc., U.S. Jewelry Council, and the World Diamond Council.

The purpose of Zillion’s Jewelry Innovation Council is to bring industry experts together to discuss opportunities and overcome challenges to providing more transparency and value-added services to the jewelry industry. With its primary focus on better serving the end customer, the council seeks to help the industry create differentiation and better experiences for consumers.

“We are excited about the approach Zillion has taken to provide increased transparency to customers” said Ronnie VanderLinden, president of Diamond Manufacturers & Importers of America. “The industry is ready to expand consumer education, and provide new solutions to an ever changing customer”.

“Council members are interested in promoting the industry they love and to create customer delight in partnership with jewelers and industry stakeholders,” said Adam Black, co-founder and managing director of Zillion. “We are aligned and overjoyed to be in partnership with four industry experts who have dedicated their careers to bettering the jewelry industry.” Phyllis Bergman, former CEO of Mercury Ring added, “We have always been at the forefront of change, and we look to continue our efforts to exceed customer expectations”.

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