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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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Stuller Now Certified Member of Responsible Jewelry Council

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Prime manufacturer, Stuller, announces that it is now a certified member of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), the foremost standard setting and certification organization for the jewelry industry.

“Ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, workplace safety and other similar issues, are of increasing concern to more and more consumers and businesses,” says Stanley Zale, vice president of diamond and gemstone procurement. “The RJC Code of Practices helps the jewelry industry meet these challenges, and we knew we needed to be a part of it.”

RJC Executive Director Iris Van der Veken said, “It is with great pleasure to announce that Stuller has achieved certification against the RJC Code of Practices. We are proud that our membership continues to reflect companies of all sizes from across the supply chain. We commend their commitment to responsible business practices and the positive impact this has on the jewelry industry.”

“Stuller is committed to responsible jewelry practices,” says founder and CEO Matt Stuller. “When joining the RJC in 2016 our ultimate goal was to show our unwavering commitment to our customers and employees. It is truly an honor to be a part of such an important organization in this industry.”

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Bharat Diamond Bourse Announces 2019 Bharat Diamond Week

It will be on October 14-16, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI, INDIA – Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai, India, has announced to host the 2019 edition of its Bharat Diamond Week from October 14-16, 2019. Thus, BDB will be building on the huge success of the two Bharat Diamond Week events held in 2018.

The second edition of 2018 saw more than 1,000 visitors from India and across the world who did business with 125 Indian exhibitors of polished diamonds.

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Bharat Diamond Bourse Vice-President Mehul Shah, who heads the Bharat Diamond Week, said: “We are looking forward towards the launch of 2019 edition of the Bharat Diamond Week, 14 to 16 October. BDW invites buyers across the globe as well as within India. Selected buyers will be allotted complimentary hotel accommodation. Members of Bourses affiliated to WFDB will be always at a priority. This is also an inter-bourse show which proved to be such a successful concept last year. We are building on those first two shows to take it to the next level with higher numbers of exhibitors and many more buyers. As with the 2018 shows, we want to create maximum coverage for our small and medium-size companies.”

Above all the guest of honor to BDW 2019 is the vice president of WFDB and president of Shanghai Diamond Exchange Lin Qiang with the Members of SDE.

BDB President Anoop Mehta said: “The inaugural shows and the high level of demand from visitors and exhibitors alike showed that we had to stage a show in 2019. The exhibitors will again be treated to typical warm and welcoming Indian hospitality as we show them that our diamond companies can supply them with absolutely any diamond they need in any shape, size or color.

“Each Indian company that wins the right to display at the Bharat Diamond Week is entitled for one booth only. Trading of Synthetic or Lab Grown Diamonds are banned in BDB, therefore there is no room for synthetics or lab grown diamonds in BDW.”

Mr Mehta added: “These inter-bourse events have proven their value at other diamond exchanges also, and it is only right that India, as the world’s primary cutting and polishing centre, should hold a fair to showcase the diamonds that we have available for sale. The Bharat Diamond Week puts buyers directly in touch with suppliers in a convenient setting, saving time and expenses as the exhibitors and their goods can be easily and quickly found, thus making the fair an efficient visit. We will be announcing further details in coming weeks.”

The biggest attraction for the show is that being a pre Diwali time, it’s the perfect opportunity for best buying deals.

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NCDIA Appoints Advisory Board 2019

It will support and guide the executive board and contribute to the success of NCDIA’s endeavors through their experience and knowledge.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NCDIA announces the formation of its Advisory Board 2019, a strategic committee of esteemed advisors, comprising of trusted leaders in our industry.

The primary focus of the association is to educate the trade from retailers to the end consumer on natural color diamonds. As ambassadors of NCDIA, this group will support and guide the executive board and contribute to the success of NCDIA’s endeavors through their experience and knowledge.

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The Advisory board members for 2019 are:

1. Henry Ho, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences
Henry Ho, established the AIGS in 1978 and operates a gemological school and laboratory in the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok.

2. Matthew Tratner, Director Global Business Development, GIA (Gemological Institute of America)
Matthew joined GIA in January 2018. He had served as Director of membership and sales at Jewelers of America from 2013 and a publisher of National Jeweler since 2015 when JA took over the publication.

3. Cecilia Wun, US Branch Manager, UBM LLC
Cecilia has been with UBM since 2015 in charge of all the Hong Kong show’s North American exhibitors.

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