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Lark & Berry Partners With One Tree Planted to Save the Environment

Five trees at a time…

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON — Beginning immediately, Lark & Berry will donate five trees to be planted per purchase made.

Lark & Berry’s charitable mission is made possible through a partnership with U.S. based One Tree Planted, a leading nature-aiding non-profit since its inception in 2014. One Tree Planted will match each Lark & Berry item sale, whether by online purchase or from their Marylebone, London brick-and-mortar, with the planting of five trees in different continents, including Africa, where the devastating effects of diamond-mining have hit hardest.

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“Diamond mining has taken an enormous toll on environments around the world, nowhere more than Africa,” said Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez. “We’re talking huge, permanent holes dug into the earth, polluted ground waters, wildlife displacement — the list goes on. One Tree Planted shares our concerns for Earth’s future and is thrilled by the opportunity to help us help our planet by planting fresh trees.”

A visit to the “Tree Facts” section of the One Tree Planted website reveals alarming realities:

  • “80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed.”
  • “70% of the world’s plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation.”
  • “The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has had adverse impacts on bio-sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, along with damage to habitat, biodiversity loss, and aridity.”
  • “If forests are destroyed through logging or burning, their carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, a climate-changing greenhouse gas.”

“Our Lark & Berry customers already aware of our partnership with One Tree Planted are positively thrilled,” says Chavez, “and it’s imperative Lark & Berry gets the word out regarding our eco-efforts to as many as we can, so that others may join in our mission. We believe wholeheartedly in sustainability—in every possible avenue.”

“I started a cultured-diamond luxury jewelry brand to make a change; to disrupt the century-old and ongoing damage the diamond-mining industry has done by creating safer, fairer-priced and superior diamond jewelry. We always want Lark & Berry to shine different, and disruption isn’t always enough. We are taking a further step in helping sustain our planet by sharing the benefits of our product sales to aid reforestation—5 trees at a time.”

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Made in a laboratory-controlled environment which mimics the process of diamond formation deep in the Earth’s mantle, Lark & Berry’s cultured diamonds sit within the purest category of diamonds on the market, with only two percent of their mined counterparts having the same superior quality. The process leads to less waste, less water loss and less impact on the environment. The stones are also conflict-free since no mining and associated exploitation of local communities takes place.

Lark & Berry’s precious metal collections set with cultured diamonds—perhaps better known as lab created diamonds—are delicate yet bold, classic and playful. Lark & Berry’s artfully crafted pieces combine the shimmering brilliance of diamonds with covetable design. Design is at the core of the brand along with sustainability and exceptional quality a given. Prices range from £200 for the demi-fine 14K gold collections and £3,000 to £100,000 for fine jewelry and wedding collections in 18K gold and platinum.

Fans of the brand are invited to join the conversation on social media using @larkandberry #diamonddisruptors #shinedifferent

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GSI Announces EIAC Accreditation

It’s valid in all UAE.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gemological Science International (GSI) a leading laboratory of America announced its EIAC accreditation. The accreditation is valid not only in Dubai where the GSI laboratory is located but in all seven United Arab Emirates.

GSI is the first and the only international gemological laboratory to achieve this accreditation in UAE. This accreditation upholds GSI’s commitment to professional integrity, transparency, and forward-looking processes and procedures.

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Parcel Pro Launches Partnership with MJSA

This provides MJSA Premier-level members with exclusive rates for insured transportation.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Parcel Pro, a UPS Capital company, announced a partnership with Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) that provides MJSA Premier Members access to innovative technology and insured shipping at a time when the industry is experiencing rapid e-commerce growth.

Online sales of luxury goods continue to flourish with growth of 24% in 20171. According to the 2018 Luxury E-commerce Report, six out of 10 of the fastest growing luxury websites surveyed were jewelry and watch companies. Jewelry represented 13.4% of the 130 companies’ online sales.

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Additionally, consumers continue to express an interest in custom-designed jewelry. In fact, custom now represents 40% of the $10 billion bridal market2. With jewelers selling more online goods, the need for reliable, insured transportation is crucial to meeting customer demand.

“E-commerce retail revenue is expected to top $4.88 trillion by 20213, so it is no surprise we are seeing more luxury goods shipments,” said Parcel Pro President Manuel Valdez. “Our solutions and capabilities will help MJSA members meet the growing needs of their customers whether they’re shipping $1 million or $500 million in goods a year.”

“Our members require safe, secure shipping options—particularly given the high value of jewelry shipments—and MJSA is excited to be partnering with Parcel Pro to meet that need,” said David W. Cochran, MJSA president/CEO. “Parcel Pro’s international reach their tools to reduce risk, and their commitment to customer service have earned them a world-class reputation.”

Parcel Pro offers:

  • Secure pickup and delivery in key jewelry markets including New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
  • Proactive package monitoring and carrier communications to minimize delivery delays and risks.
  • Myriad technology resources, including web tools for shipping, tracking, APIs, a mobile app, and integration with a Magento store.
  • Loss and damage protection for commercial shipments valued up to $150,000 in the U.S. and $100,000 to select countries and territories.

Parcel Pro makes it less risky to transport high-value goods. The company’s risk management and shipping procedures have been proven to reduce losses.

By endorsing Parcel Pro, MJSA provides Premier-level members with exclusive rates for insured transportation. “All of those members rely on us to provide the support and resources needed to help them to grow and to run their businesses efficiently and profitably,” said Cochran.

Parcel Pro is part of the MJSA Member Protection Package, a portfolio of leading business providers offering a spectrum of best-in-class services.

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Jewelry Designer Mark Schneider Wins 40th Spectrum Award

His philosophy of jewelry is to create designs as wearable art.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Mark Schneider, American award-winning fine jewelry designer, recently returned from the Spectrum Awards Gala at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show where he was awarded his 40th AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) Spectrum Award for 2nd Place in the Men’s Wear division.

Each year a panel of experts at AGTA honors designers based upon the merits of their innovative designs. Having won 40 Spectrum Awards in divisions such as Men’s Wear, Business Day Wear, Bridal Wear, and Objects of Art, Schneider is one of the most recognized American designers of our time. He has had many of his pieces on display in museums throughout the country.

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Best known for his contemporary engagement rings, unique colored gemstone jewelry, and custom jewelry designs, his jewelry creations are known for their simplicity and clean, fluid lines. Schneider’s philosophy of jewelry is to create designs as wearable art. His out of the box thinking and skilled craftsmanship makes him a highly sought-after custom jewelry designer. Schneider’s designs are handcrafted on-site in his design studio in Long Beach, California.

From his bold color pieces to his unique bridal designs, Schneider pushes the conventional ideas of jewelry design and constantly strives to challenge himself in creating unique jewelry and designing with his customers in mind. His distinct perspective on jewelry making has earned him some of the most coveted design awards and honors within the jewelry industry. View his designs on his website at www.MarkSchneiderDesign.com.

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