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Jeweler Nick Boulle to Compete in Rolex 24

The race takes place on January 26 – 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) DAYTONA BEACH, FL — The Park Place Motorsports #73 Porsche GT3R lineup of Patrick Long, Matt Campbell, Patrick Lindsey and Nick Boulle (of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston) is gearing up for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT Daytona class. The race takes place Jan. 26-27.

This year’s field includes just under 50 cars spread across the four classes of competition: Daytona Prototype international (DPi)- for factory-supported prototype sports cars, teams and drivers; Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)- for Pro-Am driver lineups; GT Le Mans (GTLM)- the most competitive form of GT racing in the world with factory teams, drivers and race cars; and GT Daytona (GTD)- ultra-fast GT cars built to international GT3 technical specifications fielded by professional teams with Pro-Am driver lineups. 25 GTD entries vie for the win at North America’s ultimate endurance race.

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Many of the world’s best-known sports car racers will be in the driver’s seat. Their names have been etched on everything from the Bishop-France Trophy to the back of Rolex 24 At Daytona winners’ watches, and in record books from the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the 12 Hours of Sebring. Joining them will be Formula 1 World Champions, NASCAR race winners, Indy 500 winners, champions from various other forms of motorsport, and much more. Fifty-one previous Rolex 24 at Daytona winners will be competing; Boulle secured his win in 2017.

After a solid run at the opening Roar Before the Rolex 24 earlier this month, the whole squad walked away with an enormous amount of data, as well as a better understanding of the car and the team working together, largely for the first time. The #73 Porsche finished in 9th place in GTD in final practice. The drivers felt confident with the setup changes made throughout the two days of testing and will have the car in a competitive state at the start of the grueling 24-hour race.

This year, in addition to record-setting competition and a host of world-famous drivers competing, NBC Sports has come on board to broadcast the race to the world. Over the course of the 24-hour race, the channel will include 17 commentators from a variety of motorsport arenas. Names will include Leigh Diffey, AJ Allmendinger, Calvin Fish and more.

Race coverage will start on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. CST on NBCSN and continue throughout the race until 2 p.m. the following day. NBCSN will be the exclusive avenue for IMSA Competition on TV, and it will also be shown online.

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Vibrant Gemstones Make a Splash in Gems & Gemology

Summer issue features chart of inclusions in natural, treated, imitation and laboratory-grown opal.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Dive into the Summer 2019 Gems & Gemology (G&G), GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) quarterly professional journal, for insights into Mozambique ruby, Madagascar sapphire, black nephrite from China, pearls and opal inclusions. The latest G&G is available in print by subscription and in the GIA Store, and digitally – at no cost – on GIA.edu.

GIA field gemologist Wim Vertriest and senior manager of identification Sudarat Saeseaw open the issue with a review of ruby from Mozambique that explores a decade of production, distribution, gemological characterization and the most common treatment processes applied to material from this locality. Billie Hughes of Lotus Gemology and Rosey Perkins with Fura Gems present their findings of low-temperature heat treatment experiments on sapphire from Madagascar and the means for separating unheated from heated stones. Also, lead author and PhD student of mineralogy at Tongji University Qian Zhong shares the study of black nephrite jade from Guangxi, southern China that appears to be part of a large-scale jade formation belt in the region.

Pearls are the focus in two of the articles in the summer issue. Jean-Pierre Gauthier from the Gemological Research Center of Nantes and his coauthors characterize “flame structure” in 37 pearls from bivalves of the Tridacnidae family that revealed evidence of rotation during growth. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, and GIA’s New York and Bangkok laboratories share a pearl identification challenge, where two pearls could not be positively identified at any of these gemological laboratories.

In the final feature, GIA manager of colored stone identification Nathan Renfro and coauthors present a large and colorful opal inclusions chart that is also available as a laminated wall chart from the GIA Store online. Lab Notes includes a rough diamond with fake green “radiation stains,” a study on the separation of kornerupine and prismatine, and the first report of a color-change spessartine garnet examined by GIA.

The issue is rounded out with the regularly occurring features G&G Micro-World, Diamonds from the Deep and Gem News International.

This and every issue of G&G since 1934, including full articles, lab notes, photo galleries and exclusive video footage, is available at no cost on GIA’s website GIA.edu/gems-gemology.

Additional research articles are available at GIA.edu/gia-news-research.

Print subscriptions and copies of back issues are available at http://store.gia.edu/.

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Jewel-Craft Announces RJO Award for “Vendor of the Year”

Award comes less than one year after Jewel-Craft completed a very large expansion of their facility.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ERLANGER, KY – Jewel-Craft Inc, industry leaders in jewelry repair and manufacturing, have been named Vendor of the Year by RJO in the category of “Service/Specialty Goods.” The award comes less than one year after Jewel-Craft completed a very large expansion of their facility, introducing new technology, improved workflow efficiencies and new workspaces for their employees. Jewel-Craft is a proud member of RJO and the award comes as a true surprise. The RJO awards are selected by the retail membership and are given to draw attention to and award outstanding members for excellence in sales, service and support. This marks the second time in ten years Jewel-Craft has been given this recognition from RJO, the first being in 2009.

“We’re surrounded by the best in the industry in our category and we’re humbled to be among them. To win is just so exciting!” says Stefanie Wesdorp Hatfield of the Jewel-Craft founding family.

Jewel-Craft is not only proud to have won the award, but they are also proud of the independent jewelers who have contributed so much to their success. Their customers are more than just an important part of their business, they’re part of the family.

Although Jewel-Craft is known for jewelry repair and manufacturing, additional services also include setting, sizing, casting, appraisals, restringing, and more.

For more information about Jewel-Craft, Inc. or the company’s 70 plus year history, visit www.jewel-craft.com or call 859-282-2400 or 800-525-5482.

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GIA Jewelry Career Fair and Open House Returns to Carlsbad

It happens Friday, Oct. 11.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Professionals and visitors looking to delve into the world of gems and jewelry are welcome to visit the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) World Headquarters in Carlsbad, California on Friday, Oct. 11, for the GIA Jewelry Career Fair and Open House. This free event has something for everyone – lively panel discussions, career coaching and recruiting for people new to the industry and professionals looking for a career change; classroom demonstrations for aspiring gemologists, jewelers and jewelry designers; and unique museum exhibits for anyone captivated by the splendor and beauty of gems. GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair and Open House is the one time of year when the public can visit without a prior appointment from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit GIA.edu/career-fair-carlsbad-day-at-a-glance.

The event kicks off with inspiring panel discussions featuring notable gem and jewelry leaders:

  • Job Success in Today’s Market 8:45-10:00 a.m.
    Moderated by Susan M. Jacques, president and CEO of GIA. Panelists include Mitchell Binder, King Baby; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Douglas K. Hucker, American Gem Trade Association (AGTA); and Meghan Simmons, Omi Privé.
  • Creative Careers 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and JCKonline.com. The conversation will focus on unique careers by panelists Baba Blumkin, Luxe Jewelry and Loan; Wade Clar, Julez Bryant; Alexandra Hart, Alexandra Hart; and Jenny Luker, Platinum Guild International USA.

Job seekers can connect with recruiters from all over the country who represent local and global brands – including Brilliant Earth, The Real Real and Diamonds Direct – looking for top talent in all areas of the industry. Employers interest in recruiting at this year’s event can sign-up atGIAevents.eventsair.com/career-fair-carlsbad/recruiter-registration/Site/Register.

Open house guests are invited to explore the many beautiful museum exhibits featuring more than 1,000 pieces – the newest exhibit, Jewels of Hollywood, showcases pieces linked to Hollywood royalty of decades past – and to visit the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, the world’s largest for gem and jewelry, which includes the Cartier Rare Book Repository. There will also be classroom demonstrations of the many education courses offered on campus and the GemKids program that offers students ages 9 to 12 an engaging introduction into gemology.

GIA hosted its first Jewelry Career Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. Since then, the event has expanded, linking gem and jewelry companies with future employees at more than 68 events in California, India, Las Vegas, London and New York. Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.

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