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List of Jewelry Industry Trade Events for 2019

Stay informed with our calendar of the year in trade shows.

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NEED TO KEEP TRACK of the jewelry industry’s many, many trade events? Here’s your resource. See our list of more than 60 industry trade shows, including links to each event website. This list will be updated throughout the year, so check in frequently.

Does your event need to be added here? Email Barbara Moss at barbara@smartworkmedia.com

January

2/10–2/13: IIJS Signature (Mumbai, India)
1/11: 17th Annual GEM Awards (NY, NY)
1/12: 24 Karat Club of the City of New York Banquet (NY, NY)
1/14–1/17: SIHH (Geneva, Switzerland)
1/18–1/23: VicenzaOro (Vicenza, Italy)
1/19–1/21: Jewelers International Showcase (Miami, FL)
1/23–1/26: IJT (International Jewellery Tokyo)
1/26–1/28: RJO Winter Buying Show (Nashville, TN)
1/26–1/30: Centurion Jewelry Show (Scottsdale, AZ)
1/28–1/30: Continental Buying Group (Miami, FL)

February

2/2–2/3: Jewelry Industry Summit (Tucson, AZ)
2/2–2/10: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers Show (Holidome—Tucson, AZ)
2/2–2/13: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers Show (Gem Mall—Tucson, AZ)
2/3–2/6: NY NOW Winter Market
2/4-2/5Metal & Smith : The Winter Edit
2/5–2/10: AGTA Gem Fair (Tucson, AZ)
2/5–2/10: GJX Gem & Jewelry Show (Tucson, AZ)
2/6–2/9: JCK Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
2/6–2/20: Junwex (St. Petersburg, Russia)
2/10-2/13: IIJS Signature (Mumbai)
2/20–2/24: Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (Bangkok, Thailand)
2/22–2/25: Inhorgenta Munich (Munich, German)
2/23–2/26: Independent Jewelers Organization Conference & Buying Show (Phoenix, AZ)
2/26–3/2: HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show (AsiaWorld Expo, Hong Kong)
2/28–3/4: HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)

March

3/2–3/4: SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show (Atlanta, GA)
3/8: GIA Career Fair (NYC)
3/10–3/12: JA New YorkMJSA Expo (NY, NY)
3/15–3/17: Jewelers International Showcase (Miami, FL)
3/21–3/26: BaselWorld (Basel, Switzerland)
3/21–3/24: Istanbul Jewelry Show (Istanbul, Turkey)
3/22–3/23: Stuller Annual Bench Jeweler Workshop (Lafayette, LA)

April

4/1-4/3: Bharat Diamond Week
4/6–4/9: OroArezzo International Jewelry Exhibition (Arezzo, Italy)
4/8–4/10: American Gem Society Conclave (Seattle, WA)

May

5/27–5/30: GLDA Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Show (Las Vegas, NV)
5/29–5/31: Continental Buying Group (Las Vegas)
5/29–6/3: Luxury
5/30–6/3: Couture
5/30–6/3: JIS Exchange
5/30–6/3: AGTA GemFair Las Vegas
5/30–6/3: Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
5/30–6/3: Premier Las Vegas
5/31–6/3: JCK Las Vegas

June

6/20–6/23: Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

July

7/15–7/16: Leading Jewelers Guild (Newport Beach, CA)
7/20–7/23: IJO Conference (Pittsburg, PA)
7/27–7/29: RJO Summer Buying Show (Schaumburg, IL)
7/28–7/29: Jewelers of America National Convention

August

8/10–8/12: SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show
8/11–8/14: JA New Show
8/11–8/14: NY Now Show
8/19 -8/20: Prime Jewelry Show (Boston)

September

9/7–9/11: VicenzaOro September (Vicenza, Italy)
9/8–9/9: Select Jewelry Show (Dallas, TX)
9/15–9/16: Select Jewelry Show (National Harbor, MD)
9/16–9/22: Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair
9/22–9/23: Select Jewelry Show (Foxwoods-CT) 
9/28–9/30: Delhi Jewellery & Gem Fair
9/29-9/30: Portland Jewelry Symposium

October

10/3–10/6: Intergem (Idar-Oberstein)
10/4–10/7: Jewelers International Showcase (Miami)
10/25-10/26: The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference
10/27–10/29: JA Special Delivery New York

November

11/13–11/16: VicenzaOro Dubai (UAE)
11/19–11/23: Jewellery Arabia Bahrain
11/2-11/4: Jewelers International Showcase (San Diego, CA)

December

Check back for updates.

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New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula

Johnkoivulaite, discovered in Myanmar, is a member of the beryl family.

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The new mineral johnkoivulaite is named after renowned gemologist John Koivula, best known for his contributions to inclusion research and photomicrography. Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA.

(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) researchers, in collaboration with scientists from the California Institute of Technology, recently confirmed a new mineral species, johnkoivulaite, named in honor of the renowned microscopist and GIA researcher John Koivula. The 1.16 ct crystal – accepted by the International Mineralogical Association as a new mineral species – was found in the Mogok Valley of Myanmar by local gemologist Nay Myo. GIA Senior Research Scientist Aaron Palke will present the newly-named mineral at the Geological Society of America (GSA) conference on Sept. 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“We are privileged to be able to name this mineral after John Koivula who has contributed so much to science and the gem and jewelry industry as a prominent gemologist and innovator in photomicrography,” said Tom Moses, executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer. “Discoveries such as this remind us of the importance of our mission-based research and of the numerous important contributions John has made in his more than four decades of scientific work.”

Johnkoivulaite has a hexagonal crystal structure that is very similar to beryl and other members of the beryl group, such as pezzottaite. Standard gemological testing gave an RI of 1.608, with a birefringence too small to accurately measure, an SG of 3.01, a hardness of 7½, a conchoidal fracture, vitreous luster, and no reaction to long-wave or short-wave UV. This mineral is especially unique due to the strong pleochroism it shows from deep violet to nearly colorless when observed with polarized light.

A specimen of the new mineral now resides in the GIA museum collection, located at the Institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

Koivula has more than 40 years of industry experience in research and photomicrograghy. In 1986, Koivula co-authored with Edward J. Gübelin the immensely popular Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones, followed by two additional volumes. Koivula also wrote The Microworld of Diamondsand co-authored Geologica with Robert Coenraads. His many contributions have received broad acclaim. He’s received AGS’s Robert M. Shipley Award, AGA’s Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology, GIA’s Richard T. Liddicoat Award for Distinguished Achievement, won first place in Nikon’s Small World Photomicrographic competition in 1984 and was named one of JCK magazine’s 64 Most Influential People in the Jewelry Industry in the 20th Century.

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Consumers Stress Importance of Independent 3rd Party Verification of Diamond Social and Environmental Impact Claims

67% of respondents said they would be more loyal to a retailer or brand that sells diamonds verified by an independent 3rd party company.

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(PRESS RELEASE) AUSTIN, TX — A large majority of consumers consider independent 3rd party verification of diamond retailer, brands and manufacturer claims about social and environmental impact to be important, according to a research study by MVI Marketing LLC. Key findings from the research include:

• Over 85% of jewelry purchasers responded that independent 3rd party verification of chain of custody and social and environmental impact claims is Very or Somewhat Important for any diamond they want to purchase
Consumers of both mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds in the study cited higher credibility, transparency to all parties and independent quality control as the top three reasons for this preference.

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“Retailers and brands should take notice of this growing trend among jewelry consumers and get on board early to establish credibility for any claims they make to position their brand above the competition,” stated Liz Chatelain, president of MVI.

Asked whether they would be more loyal to a retailer or brand that sells diamonds verified by an independent 3rd party company, 67% of respondent said Yes.

“We know from other studies that diamond consumers are becoming increasingly concerned and interested in the country of origin of the diamonds they purchase,” Chatelain continued. “This new study further confirms the need for claims of origin, as well as claims of social and environmental impact, to be independently verified. This is particularly important for claims related to sustainable production and responsible mining,” she added.

Asked how much confidence they would have if a company created its own standards for claims of social and environmental responsibility and then self-reports, consumers were not impressed. However, when asked if those same claims were also backed up by an independent 3rd party verification, consumers were much more confident.

“Independent 3rd party verification of origin, safety, environmental and quality claims is standard practice in industries from food to cosmetics to automobiles. This research confirms that it’s time for the diamond industry, both mined and lab-grown, to give consumers what they want. At a time when the diamond industry is struggling to reassure the next generation of consumers, independent 3rd party verification will reinforce that trust,” notes Chatelain.

This MVI research study was completed in July 2019 by 1,506 fine jewelry consumers (77% from the U.S. and 23% from Canada) with household incomes over US$50K, and between the ages of 23 and 55.

The complete report can be downloaded here.

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Online Jewelry Brand Raises $6.2M in Funding

Ross-Simons has taken a majority stake.

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CRANSTON, RI — Luca + Danni Inc., a online jewelry brand based in Rhode Island, has closed on $6.2 million in funding, with Ross-Simons Inc. becaming the majority investor in the deal.

PJC, a Boston-based VC Fund and early investor in Luca + Danni, will retain a stake in the company.

The investments “create a powerful partnership between an iconic jewelry company and three-year-old digital brand,” according to a Luca + Danni press release.

Fred Magnanimi, founder of Luca + Danni, will remain as CEO and board member.

“I started this brand to honor my family’s 50+ year heritage in US made handcrafted jewelry and help others embrace the journey of life as I learned to do after losing my brother to leukemia,” said Magnanimi. “With the amazing resources and strategic support of Ross-Simons and PJC, I am confident we will help millions embrace their own journey and continue to build our community.”

Ross-Simons, also based in Rhode Island, has a long history in retail and direct-to-consumer jewelry sales.

“Luca + Danni is a digitally native brand rapidly taking market share in the jewelry space,” said Jim Speltz, president of Ross-Simons. “Our resources, product expertise, and go-to-market experience matched with Luca + Danni’s powerful brand will foster meaningful growth in the evolving e-commerce world.”

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