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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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Jewelers Block Insurance Specialists Surya and AIB Merge

The combined businesses will continue under the Surya and AIB names.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — Surya Insurance Services, LLC is merging with Associated Insurance International Brokers Inc (AIB). The combined businesses will continue under the Surya and AIB names, both offering jewelers block insurance and other specialized insurance for the diamond and jewelry industry. Janak Dave will continue as Surya CEO and AIB founder Elan Manham will join Surya as President.

“The combined strength of the two companies will allow Surya to continue to grow to provide even better service to all of our customers,” Dave says. “In addition to growing our jewelers block insurance business, we plan to offer more insurance products specifically tailored to the needs of the industry’s top diamond and jewelry professionals, including covering the risks of rough processing, repolishing and the setting of important diamonds and gemstones.”

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Surya Insurance Services is dedicated to serving the insurance needs of the diamond and jewelry industry. Surya was founded in New York in 2005 by Surya Capital to serve the diamond and jewelry industry. AIB was founded by Elan Manham in 1993 to provide jewelry and diamond wholesalers and retailers with Jewelers Block Insurance.

“The financial strength of Surya will give us better relationships with underwriters and enable us to better serve our customers and offer enhanced coverage,” Elan Manham says. “I look forward to working with the Surya team to grow the business.”

The combined companies will be able to provide A+ rated custom insurance solutions tailored to the individual needs of each client, including on premises, in transit, worldwide travel, trade and trunk show, unattended auto, bank vault and memo coverage.

Surya and AIB customers include more than 300 diamond wholesalers, jewelry manufacturers, jewelry retailers, pawnbrokers, and fine arts dealers, from small independent companies to some of the world’s most important diamond sightholders.

For more information about Surya and AIB insurance products and services, contact a specialist at 800-242-7766 or visit www.suryains.com.

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Diamonds Do Good Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Millennial-Focused Proposal Contest

Finalists will be flown to Canada to see the real impact of natural diamonds.

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(PRESS RELEASE) In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Diamonds Do Good announced the winners of the second annual ‘Real Stories. Real Diamonds. Real Impact’ video proposal contest. A third year of the proposal contest is now being planned.

The winning couple of this year’s contest, Nicole and Isaiah, hail from North Carolina and were engaged during a trip to Ireland. “I love simple and natural… surrounded by the natural beauty of Ireland, the natural beauty of the diamond and my beautiful fiancé, our proposal story is one I will never get tired of telling” says Nicole.

Nicole and Isaiah will experience the natural beauty of the Northwest Territories of Canada, the third largest producer of natural diamonds. There they will see firsthand the impact natural, mined diamonds have had on the country and to share their experiences through social media.

Videos were judged by digital media influencers @thediamondsgirl, @weddingdiary and @roamaroo with combined followers numbering over 2,000,000.

“The contest is helping boost consumer understanding of the real, positive impact for communities of natural, mined diamonds,” says Executive Committee member Rebecca Foerster, president of Alrosa USA.

D.E.F President, Anna Martin, senior vice president of GIA, echoes, “Educating the younger generation on the good diamonds do and inviting them to engage in this narrative will help boost consumer confidence in, and ultimately demand for, diamonds.”

The winning video can be seen on DiamondsDoGood.com/myproposalcontest.

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Fortuna Completes First Sale of New Decade

It featured a diamond that brought $40,625.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On February 6, 2020, Fortuna held its first sale of the new decade with exciting results that set the NY-based jewelry and watch auction house apart from current jewelry sale trends. The Fine Jewels sale offered a well-rounded selection of fine estate diamond jewelry and designer pieces, and achieved a nearly 70% sell-through rate—a great feat for this time of year.

The sale brought in bidders and consigners from around the world, featuring items consigned from countries like Spain, and bids coming all the way from Kuwait. It was also the first of Fortuna’s auctions to be streamed live on Facebook, highlighting the boutique auction house’s global reach.

Among the sale highlights sold was a 4.13-Carat Emerald-Cut Loose Diamond. This fine diamond came accompanied by a GIA diamond report stating the stone as possessing G color and VVS1 clarity. This particular diamond, which any jeweler would be thrilled to turn into an engagement ring, achieved $40,625 at auction. Most of the important stones in this sale came with a GIA certificate, which industry insiders trust as the ultimate stamp of verification of quality.

The sale also featured rarely seen designs, like that of a Tiffany & Co. Aquamarine Morganite and Diamond Drop Necklace. The piece, which was the property of a lady, had never been worn and was in excellent condition. The stunning lot which was crafted in platinum in a spectacular cascading design, achieved an impressive $30,000 at auction—more than double its starting bid.

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The next Fine Jewels auction on Fortuna’s calendar is set for March 19 at 1PM EDT, and is still accepting consignments. If you have jewelry or watches you would like to submit for auction, visit our website at www.FortunaAuction.com or call our office at (212)389-9040 for a free valuation.

Tiffany Co. Morganite Aquamarine Necklace

4.13ct Emerald Cut Loose Diamond

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