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MJSA Expo Seminar Program Announced

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It includes the new ConFab Creative.

(Press Release) From expert discussions about lab-grown diamonds to “how-to” sessions on 3-D printing, bench work and custom design, the 2017 MJSA Expo will explore all aspects of professional jewelry making and design when it returns March 12-14 to the Javits Center in New York City.

This year’s Expo will also debut the first ConFab Creative, a “mini-conference” taking place on the last day of the show. An extension of MJSA’s popular ConFab conference (which offers “profit lessons” for designers), ConFab Creative will feature sessions that go “behind the design” to focus on the inspiration, creativity and technical know-how that goes into each jewelry creation. In addition, it will offer opportunities for members of MJSA’s Designer Collaborative to sign up for free consults with Marlene Richey, author of the award-winningProfiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success (MJSA Press).

The full Expo schedule is outlined below. In addition, two new features — the Expo Demo Corner and Tool Testing Station — will offer attendees more opportunities to learn new techniques, as well as put the latest hand tools through their paces. For more information or to register, go to MJSAExpo.org or call 1-800-444-MJSA.

From Mine to Lab: Where Will Diamonds Go from Here?
10:30 a.m. to noon

The growing availability of lab-grown diamonds and their expanding appeal — especially to the Millennial market — has led to new questions about the future of the diamond industry. How will mined and synthetic diamonds co-exist? Do synthetics pose a threat to natural diamonds, and do they raise the threat of disclosure problems? This panel discussion will explore the changing facets of the diamond market. Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago. Panelists: Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, New York City;Don Palmieri, Gem Certification and Assurance Lab (GCAL)/GEMPRINT, New York City; Dr. Wuyi Wang, Gemological Institute of America, New York City; and Stanley Zale, Stuller Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana.

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MJSA’s At the Bench Live: Finishing and Polishing Made Easier
1 to 2:30 p.m.

You may have at hand all of your finishing and polishing supplies — compounds, buffs, wheels, etc. — but how about other useful tools, such as paper clips, electrical tape and old mandrels? This session will demonstrate tricks and techniques to make the finishing and polishing process go faster and smoother, without sacrificing that final shine. Presented by Joel McFadden, Joel McFadden Designs, Red Bank, New Jersey. Bench & Tool Sponsor: Stuller Inc.

Don’t Blink: The Latest Best Practices for Online Marketing
3 to 4:30 p.m.

Digital marketing is, to paraphrase Mark Twain, like New England weather: It seems to change every few minutes. Learn the latest developments in video ads, mobile marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), social media trends and more. Presented by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago; Matthew Perosi, Sapphire Collaborative, Totowa, New Jersey; and Lake Giles, Thinkspace Jeweler, Portland, Oregon.

Doing Good: Sourcing Metals and Gemstones Responsibly
10:30 a.m. to noon

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Increasingly, consumers want to know the origins of the metals and gems in the jewelry they buy, and to be sure that those materials were mined in an ethical, responsible way. This session will review the industry’s efforts to create chain-of-custody standards, as well as outline the questions you need to ask when sourcing materials. Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago. Panelists: Peter Calvert, Ethical Metalsmiths, Andes, New York; Mark Hanna, The Richline Group, New York City; Larry Bock, Hoover & Strong, North Chesterfield, Virginia; and Toby Pomeroy, TOBY POMEROY, Corvallis, Oregon.

A New Method: Casting Crisp 3-D Printed Patterns
1 to 2:30 p.m.

As printers have gotten smaller and more affordable, more and more jewelry makers and designers have been learning how to work with the printers’ resin-based patterns. This session details a process through which you can fully harden and prepare 3-D–printed acrylic photopolymers to reduce investment degradation and achieve a better surface finishing in the casting. Presenter: Jim Binnion, James Binnion Metal Arts, Bellingham, Washington.

Personal Best: Achieving Excellence in Custom Design
3 to 4:30 p.m.

Stand out from the rest! In this panel discussion, members of MJSA’s newly formed Council of Custom Jewelers will explore how custom jewelers can leverage the trend of personalized jewelry for their financial success. Topics will include methods of highlighting “true custom” to consumers, facilitating effective customer communication during a design’s development, and achieving technical excellence with even the most complicated design. Moderated by Lee Krombholz, Krombholz Jewelers/Just Like You Designs, Cincinnati.

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Inside Design Inspiration
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

In this session, several designers will share the inspirations that led to some of their favorite pieces, and how they were able to navigate the sometimes tricky path from concept to completed piece. Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago. Panelists: Elizabeth Garvin, Elizabeth Garvin Fine Jewelry, New York City; and Amy Roper Lyons, Amy Roper Lyons Jewelry & Enamels, Summit, New Jersey.

Celebrating the American Jewelry Design Movement
10:45 a.m. to noon

The names are familiar today — Henry Dunay, Michael Good, Jose Hess, Todd Reed, Robert Lee Morris, David Yurman — but 40 years ago they paved the way for contemporary American designers to be an integral part of the jewelry world. Join Marlene Richey as she celebrates the life and work of these pioneers, charting a journey of exquisite design that will leave you feeling inspired, proud, and with a better understanding of what goes into a creative life. Presented by Marlene Richey, art/business consultant.

Design Consults with Marlene Richey
12:30 to 2 p.m.

Open to members of the MJSA Designer Collaborative; 15-minute sessions by appointment. Marlene Richey will offer individualized sessions in which she’ll review your work, offer design suggestions, and provide insights into how you can best merchandise your jewelry to enhance sales. These free sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A sign-up sheet will be available on-site starting on Tuesday morning.

To learn more about MJSA Expo and to register, go to MJSAExpo.org.

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IIJS Signature Successfully Kicks Off 2020 Buying Season at Big Mumbai Event

The event was expected to attract more than 18,000 visitors.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) presented the global trade with two opportunities to commence the 2020 buying season with the 13th edition of IIJS Signature and the 7th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME), held Feb 13-16 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon, Mumbai.

IIJS Signature was inaugurated by Mr. Subhash Desai, Hon. Minister for Industries & Mining, Maharashtra State, along with Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal (Chairman, GJEPC); Mr. Colin Shah (Vice Chairman, GJEPC), Mr. Mansukh Kothari (Co-Convener Exhibitions and COA Member, GJEPC), Mr. Kirit Bhansali (Co-Convener Exhibitions & COA-Diamond Panel, GJEPC), Mr. Sabyasachi Ray (Executive Director, GJEPC), Mr. Shailesh Sangani (Member, National Exhibitions Sub-Committee, GJEPC), Mr. Russell Mehta (former VC and Advisor to Chairman, GJEPC) and Mr. Ashok Gajera (Regional Chairman, GJEPC) amongst others.

The dignitaries also unveiled the IIJS Signature 2020 and IGJME catalogue, as well as the Jewellery Manufacturing Excellence Handbook, a compilation of the 20 papers presented during the India Jewellery Manufacturing Excellence Symposium.

IIJS Signature 2020 was billed as a showcase of premium jewelry from India to launch the new buying season.

The event hosted more than 700 exhibitors and 1,300 booths and was expected to attract more than 18,000 visitors (with 12,000 pre-registered) from over 325 cities and towns in India and more than 55 countries globally.

One highlight of this year’s event was the brand-new “Jewellery Startup Zone” in Hall 6, which was created to promote emerging designers and female entrepreneurs.

Addressing the inaugural session, Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “IIJS Signature, a show of international stature, is the first trade show of the calendar year and regarded as the nerve centre of jewelry design and technology. IIJS Signature is now seen an integral part of Indian jeweler’s business cycle. Participants at each stage of the supply chain — from raw material suppliers to manufacturers, designers, wholesalers and retailers — are growing and consolidating their business. This year, IIJS Signature has a Jewellery Startup Zone, which features the work of 16 handpicked women entrepreneurs and 16 budding jewellery designers to encourage talent and enterprise. Two coinciding events Design Inspirations and The Artisan Awards will elevate design consciousness.”

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GJEPC is also launching a new show in Jaipur called India Gem & Jewellery Show, which will be held from 1 to 3 April 2020. The event focuses on international buyers.

Regarding some common concerns of the Indian jewelry industry, Agrawal said: “We have been pursuing our government constantly with few concerns which requires immediate attention.”

These include a reduction in import duty on precious metals from 12.5% to 4%; reduction of import duty on cut and polished diamonds and gemstones from 7.5% to 2.5%; and an amendment in taxation laws enabling the sale of rough diamonds in Mumbai’s special notified zone (SNZ). Said Agrawal: “This is very important to give a level playing field to our traders in global market.”

IIJS Signature provides the country’s leading manufacturers and retailers an opportunity to exchange market insights and knowledge, as well as offering business networking opportunities.

Event visitors were also able to witness IGJME, Asia’s largest gem & jewelry technology fair. IGJME is a strategic initiative of GJEPC planned to help manufacturers to witness new ideas, check out emerging technologies and learn new production techniques. Technologies exhibited at the show could improve the quality of the products while minimizing raw material wastage. The use of the latest equipment and technology will be a crucial component of India’s vision of becoming the leading jewellery hub in the world.

IGJME lets visitors interact with leading suppliers of machinery, tools, components, packaging accessories and allied products from all over the globe, including laser machines, computerized yield planning machines, advanced bruiting lathes, diamond impregnated scaife, and more.

For more details, visit the websites for IIJS Signature and IGJME.

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Bonas Participates in Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

The viewing will be held on February 25-28, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Bonas, the international diamond brokerage and tender firm, announces highlights from the February 2020 polished colored gemstone tender. Comprised of 514 lots, totaling 221,603 carats of precious and semi-precious stones, the sale will feature a strong selection of impressive sapphires, important rubies, vibrant emeralds, aquamarines, spinels, Paraiba tourmalines amongst other fine gemstones from distinguished private collections. Bringing together exceptional highlights, Bonas has joined forces with Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) to hold the polished gemstone tender alongside the Bangkok Gems & Jewellery Fair (BGJF) for the very first time. Tim Denning of Bonas Group said “We are delighted to participate at the show this time, due to its reputation, prestige and its located in Bangkok, which is considered the world’s leading colored gem centre.” He further adds “gemstone tenders are relatively new in Bangkok and we hope by bringing an innovative tender event to the show the market will be provided with an opportunity to purchase a range of different goods.”

The tender includes gemstones that will certainly appeal to connoisseurs and collectors of all levels.

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“We have more unheated goods than in previous tenders. We believe we have goods that will suit jewelry manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers” said Denning. Furthermore, for the first time at a Bonas tender, estimates on selected lots will be provided during the viewings. The indicative pricing for a number of lots will serve to create context for clients that helps them understand what the current market is.

Leading the sale is an exceptional unheated 8.88ct Kashmir ruby (Lot 456). The oval mixed-cut ruby shows no signs of heat treatment and described as pinkish-red according to the condition report from the GRS. Located in the north west of Indian Continent, Kashmir district has been known as one of the most famous localities for blue sapphire, however rubies from this region are particularly rare. Fine quality Kashmir rubies such as Lot 456 are highly valued in the market, and together with its rarity, this ruby is a notable offering of quality and distinction.

Other significant rubies should also attract plenty of attention. Two of which are of Burmese origin and certified by GRS. The first is an unheated “pigeon’s blood” ruby from the Mogok region weighing 5.22cts (Lot 308) and secondly, an attractive 8.29ct heated Burmese ruby (Lot 372). Lot 316 is a 2.99ct heart-shaped ruby of Tanzania origin, with no indications of thermal treatment according to its GRS report. This fine unenhanced natural ruby has been faceted into a heart-shaped showcasing a classic red color, with excellent clarity and lustre. Lastly, two notable unheated rubies from Mozambique are expected to attract spirited bidding given their quality. A cushion-shaped ruby weighing 5.11cts (Lot 454) with exemplary color and good clarity, and an oval cut ruby of 4.02cts (Lot 387) with a GRS report describing the color as vivid red.

The most significant Padparadscha featured in the tender includes a stunning oval shaped Padparadscha sapphire, one of the rarest varieties of sapphires named after the color of the “lotus blossom,” that features a delicate mixture of pink and orange. Unheated and weighing 23.74 carats, Padparadscha’s availability in large crystals is uncommon, making this piece (Lot 226) exceptional with its perfect mixture of color and alluring shade of pinkish orange.

A wonderful selection of unheated blue sapphires will also be on offer, including a cushion cut Royal blue sapphire weighing 10.33cts from Madagascar (Lot 30). This cushion cut Royal blue sapphire stands apart not only for its substantial size and clarity, but also for its Royal blue color. Other unheated blue sapphires include Lot 59, a Burmese oval sapphire weighing 14.33cts and two of which are unheated, of Sri Lankan origin, and certified by GRS (Lots 58 & 61). Amongst blue sapphires, a fine unheated, natural purple-pink sapphire is also a star lot of the sale (Lot 285). It’s large size (12.76 cts), attractive shape and sultry purple hue combine to make this a desirable piece.

Precious Paraiba Tourmalines also figure prominently in the tender. Highly prized for its vivid glow, two neon-bright Paraiba Tourmalines of Brazil origin are accompanied by DSEF certification. Firstly, a Paraiba Tourmaline weighing 5.40cts (Lot 230) and a cushion cut Paraiba Tourmaline of 2.43cts (Lot 231), both examples would look sensational mounted as a ring or pendant. Another Paraiba Tourmaline includes a vivid trilliant fancy-brilliant cut of 5.26 carats from Mozambique (Lot 242) with good brilliancy and a precious electric blue color.

The viewing will be held during Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th February at the Bangkok Gems & Jewellery Fair in Jupiter Room 14, IMPACT Challenger Center, Bangkok from 09.30 to 17.30 each day. Due to the tender being held at the fair, a high number of walk-in customers will be expected. It is therefore highly recommended that you make an appointment to view the goods.

The sale will close on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 15:00 Bangkok (ICT) time/ 09:00 Antwerp (CET) time and will be an online highest bid tender. Bids can be placed online via www.bonascolouredgems.com.

To pre-register and to schedule a viewing, please contact Bonas office (Tim Denning) on +44 7930 333977 or by e-mail Bonascolouredgems@bonasgroup.com.

Highlights:

  • Lot 30 Blue Sapphire, Cushion, Madagascar, Unheated, 10.33 cts.
  • Lot 111 Chrysoberyl Cat’s eye, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, GRS/SSEF, 32.51cts.
  • Lot 226 Padparadscha, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, SSEF, 23.74cts.
  • Lot 230 Paraiba Tourmaline, Brazil, DSEF, 5.40cts.
  • Lot 231 Paraiba Tourmaline, Cushion, Brazil, DSEF, 2.43cts.
  • Lot 242 Paraiba Tourmaline, Trilliant, Mozambique, ICA, 5.26cts.
  • Lot 372 Ruby, Oval, Burma, Heated, GRS, 8.92cts.
  • Lot 454 Ruby, Cushion, Mozambique, Unheated, SSEF, 5.11cts.
  • Lot 456 Ruby, Oval, Kashmir, Unheated, GRS, 8.88cts.
  • Lot 33 Blue Sapphire, Cushion, Madagascar, Unheated, Lotus cert, 8.80cts.
  • Lot 58 Blue Sapphire, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, GRS, SSEF, 14.90cts.
  • Lot 59 Blue Sapphire, Oval, Burma, Unheated, GRS, SSEF, 14.33cts.
  • Lot 61 Blue Sapphire, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, GRS 13.15cts.
  • Lot 285 Purple Sapphire, Octagonal, Madagascar, Unheated, GRS, 12.76cts.
  • Lot 308 Ruby, Cushion, Burma, Unheated, GRS, 5.22cts.
  • Lot 316 Ruby, Heart, Tanzania, Unheated, GRS, 2.99cts.
  • Lot 387 Ruby, Oval, Mozambique, Unheated, GRS, GIT, AIGS, 4.02cts.
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Rembrandt Charms Helps to Inspire Young Minds at AJS

It sponsors this year’s Kids Jewelry Camp at the Atlanta Jewelry Show.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Atlanta Jewelry Show Kids Jewelry Camp nurtures a community where children and teens discover, develop and express their imaginative vision for jewelry in an age-appropriate environment. They are devoted to building the foundation for future generations by inspiring enthusiasm, fostering creativity, and encouraging leadership to produce fully dimensional artisans, designers and businesspeople. These young hearts and minds will determine the future success of the jewelry industry, therefore the mission of AJS Kids Jewelry Camp is to cultivate capable and passionate leaders eager to pursue a career path in the jewelry business.

“Our priority is to welcome and inspire future generations of jewelers, and provide opportunities to build upon for a lifetime,” states Libby Brown, executive director, Atlanta Jewelry Show. “No camps are alike! The specialized curriculum changes for each session, which means each camper will learn something new whether it is their first or fourth time attending.” During the camp, children of industry professionals, ages 7-12 and 13 & up, will live life as a jewelry designer, metalsmith and entrepreneur for two days in a jewelry studio. The campers will work with the same equipment and materials as professional jewelers and learn a variety of techniques from skilled instructors, taking their own design from concept to exhibition.

“It is our responsibility as leaders in the jewelry industry to inspire future generations,” states Eric Lux, vice president, Rembrandt Charms. “As a second-generation business owner, I was inspired by my father’s dedication to creating a quality product that would stand the test of time. Hard-work and innovation are ideals that I will pass along to my own children. The AJS Kids Jewelry Camp is the perfect platform to pass along invaluable information to the jewelry professionals of the future.”

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