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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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NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — will provide live streaming coverage of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. This year, de Boulle Motorsports and Boulle have partnered with several prominent companies, including Concepta Labs, Circle Y Holdings, McFadden & Miller, Meridian Veterinary Capital, Blue Lion Capital, Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano and de Boulle.

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DPA Announces New CEO

Lieberherr to step down at year end, with ex-Ralph Lauren marketing executive to become new DPA CEO.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced that Jean-Marc Lieberherr has decided to step down from his role as CEO at the end of his current contract period on December 31, 2019. David Kellie will join the organization in December 2019, enabling a smooth transition of leadership.

Jean-Marc has filled key leadership positions at the DPA since it was formed in December 2015, initially as its first Chairman, then as its CEO.

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David is a highly experienced marketer with a track record of success at a range of consumer brands, including 14 years at Ralph Lauren where he held a number of positions, including corporate senior vice president, global marketing & advertising. He has most recently been with Watches of Switzerland, which has provided him with valuable insight into the needs and opportunities for diamond category marketing.

Jean-Marc Lieberherr said: “This is an emotional moment for me after four years of association with the DPA, but I am proud of what has been achieved since the DPA was created, and especially since it received increased funding from June 2017. The DPA now has strong teams and foundations in place to capture the opportunities that lie ahead and it is time for a new leader to take the organization through its next phase of development. I am confident that the DPA will play a critical role in the diamond sector in the years to come and am grateful to the DPA teams and Members for supporting me through what has been a life-changing adventure.”

David Kellie said: “I am delighted to be joining the DPA at such an exciting time, both for the organization and for the diamond sector. As people search for authentic products with enduring meaning, there are outstanding opportunities to grow consumer demand for diamonds. A growing number of women are buying for themselves, there are already high levels of acquisition from younger consumers, and the number of middle class households around the world is growing rapidly, so there is a very bright future ahead of us. It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to work with such a magical product, a true miracle of nature, in such a fascinating industry.”

Stephen Lussier, Chairman of the DPA, said: “Jean-Marc was one of the DPA’s founding members and helped steer the development of the organization from the beginning. On behalf of the entire board we thank Jean-Marc for his leadership, his commitment to the mission of the DPA and his energy in building the organization during its formative years.

“We are very pleased to have someone of David’s calibre to take over as DPA CEO, especially given the organization’s key marketing role. David brings extensive experience to the DPA having led traditional and digital marketing programs across the major global markets. He is extremely well equipped to lead our marketing teams as we seek to inspire ever more consumers of all ages across the world with the ‘diamond dream’.”

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Stuller Introduces Modern Brilliance

New lab-grown diamond jewelry collection now available.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA — Premiering just in time for the holiday season, Stuller announces the launch of its brand new lab-grown diamond jewelry collection, Modern Brilliance.

“With the rise in popularity of lab-grown diamonds, we felt the demand and need for a lab-grown diamond jewelry collection,” says Alisse Gregson, diamond fashion product manager. “This collection offers both essential styling as well as bold on trend fine jewelry at accessible price points.”

Modern Brilliance has approximately 50 finished jewelry styles, including earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, all of which are available in 14K white, yellow and rose gold. It also offers bigger looks, such as line bracelets, for a better value.

“This collection truly sets itself apart by offering trendy lab-grown fine jewelry to the industry,” says Alix Gonsoulin, vice president of fine jewelry, bridal, and findings. “By carrying lab-grown diamond jewelry, business owners can expand their customer base with not only a new story to tell, but the accessible price points for those who may otherwise not buy diamond jewelry at all.”

To view the Modern Brilliance Collection visit, www.stuller.com/modernbrilliance

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Lark & Berry Launches Engagement Rings Collection

It offers cultured diamonds made in the UK with 100% renewable energy.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sustainable luxury jewelry brand Lark & Berry announces a collection of direct-to-consumer engagement ring options to meet increasing customer demand. Lark & Berry is the first brand in the world to offer cultured diamond engagement rings made in the UK with 100% renewable energy.

Lark & Berry offers a selection of curated, classic engagement ring designs with customizable options including metal selection such as 18K gold and platinum and stone sizes that range from 0.5ct up to 5 carats. Prices start at $2,380 for a 0.5ct ring and $4,700 for a 1ct ring. Customers can also choose from a wide range of diamond cuts from the classic round to princess, emerald and cushion cuts among others. Lark & Berry will continue to offer bespoke engagement ring services.

“Since our launch in 2018, luxury fans have been asking us for engagement rings,” states Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez. “At Lark & Berry, we very much champion cultured diamonds jewelry as the “now” option that allows independent women and men to gift themselves—but of course, when wedding bells begin to chime in our fans’ lives, we want to be there for them, and give them the exact cultured diamonds rings they desire to compliment their everlasting love for their partners.”

“For these new cultured diamond engagement rings, I’m thrilled to announce that our customers can choose diamonds made in a UK lab that grows them with 100% renewable energy,” continues Laura Chavez. “It’s amazing to see that cultured diamonds are always moving towards becoming the most sustainable they can be, and it is only a matter of time before all labs use most, if not all of their energy from renewable sources. This debunks the argument that a lab grown diamond produces more carbon emissions than mining does. A cultured diamond will always be the most sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly option when it comes to diamonds.”

Lark & Berry’s new engagement rings are now available online here, in its Marylebone, London flagship store as well as by appointment in the Central district of Hong Kong.

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