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Original Miami Beach Antique Show to Host Annual Jewelry History Series

It’s taking place on January 3 – 4, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Jewelry History Series will once again take place in tandem with the Original Miami Beach Antique Show (OMBAS), January 3 – 4, 2020. The two days of programming features venerable jewelry experts and historians who will present on a variety of topics, such as How to Understand Jewelry Like a Historian, The Jewelry and Art of Frida Kahlo, and What’s Hot, What’s Not. The series also includes daily meals and opportunities for networking with fellow jewelry enthusiasts, as well as a guided tour of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show during set up on January 3rd, the day before the show officially opens to the public.

The Jewelry History Series is organized by Elyse Zorn Karlin and Gail Brett Levine, both of whom are world-renowned within the antiques jewelry community. “Each year, we plan our content based on trends that are generating the greatest amount of excitement and interest within the market, as well as on feedback that we receive from past years’ attendees,” explained Zorn Karlin. “One of the most gratifying components of organizing the Jewelry History Series each year is seeing the friendships that form among the attendees during our event, and how those relationships continue to thrive throughout the years.”

“We are always so excited to partner with the organizers of the Jewelry History Series in offering this incredible content to our attendees,” said Katrina Canady, Show Manager for U.S. Antique Shows. “Elyse and Gail, and each of the speakers that they line up, continue to elevate the experience for this series, which is why we see the same loyal attendees who come from near and far each year to attend this event.”

The Jewelry History Series, along with other education initiatives taking place throughout the Original Miami Beach Antique Show, will provide attendees with a foundation of knowledge that allows them to strategically shop the show floor in the curation of their personal collections. Attendees traditionally run the gamut, from those who simply have a passion for the art form of jewelry, to those whose careers are within the jewelry industry and want a deeper understanding of its history. A complete line-up of speakers can be found here and tickets for The Jewelry History Series can be purchased here.

The Jewelry History Series is taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center January 3rd and 4th. The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center January 4th-8th, 2020. For more information, to arrange an interview or to receive high-resolution images, please contact Michelle Orman at (646) 302-5521 or via email at Michelle@LastWordComm.com.

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GN Diamond Appeals to Millennials with an In Store Cool Factor of Virtual Reality

They can actually view a diamond on its journey from the mine where it was unearthed to the store.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Virtual Reality is particularly geared toward millennials as they can actually view a diamond on its journey from the mine where it was unearthed to the store. It’s a unique and inspiring experience for clients to feel a more personal connection to the diamond they will purchase. Couples appreciate a diamond when they know its story, and they get a better understanding of what makes two diamonds different – along with their prices – even though they may seem identical.

GN says the Light Performance Technology, paired with virtual reality immersion, turns shopping into a sensational experience.

Asaf Herskovitz, CEO, of GN Diamond believes that, “By creating a unique shopping experience for millennials, baby boomers and customers of all ages, retail stores create a point of distinction for themselves especially when competing against on-line internet sites.”

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Retailers have another great in-store selling tool with GN’s Diamond Hunt, which allows stores to put GN’s loose diamond inventory of more than $70 million on their own website, including the store’s logo and markup. Videos of the diamonds, the Light Performance score and the certification of the diamonds are included.

“Everyone craves a pleasant, lifetime memory when making major purchases. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality fulfills this goal and expectation.,” Mr. Herskovitz adds.

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Phillip Gavriel Kicks Off Holiday Season By Giving Back to Community

It donated $25,000 worth of jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Phillip Gavriel participated in the New York City based Housing Works’ annual benefit, Fashion for Action. The company donated $25,000 worth of jewelry.

Jewelers have a long tradition of supporting charitable organizations, and both Royal Chain and Phillip Gavriel have a history of giving back, both directly and through partnerships with retailers over the years. This year, Phillip Gavriel contributed to his own local community in New York City with a $25,000 donation of jewelry. Housing Works is a pillar of New York City’s philanthropy efforts, and since it was founded in 1990 it fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services.

Every fall, Housing Works hosts the Fashion for Action event and invites various designers to give back in a charitable shopping experience. Event guests have the opportunity to shop donated apparel and jewelry from hundreds of brands while sipping champagne and mingling with New York’s most stylish individuals. Last night was no exception, Phillip Gavriel Jewelry was in the company of fashion’s most important brands such as Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and COACH to name a few. The roster of New York’s celebrity guest appearances included actress Patricia Clarkson, 2019 Emmy winner Billy Porter and Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field.

This year’s Fashion for Action is currently taking place November 14th-16th, 2019. The Opening Reception took place last night and Phillip Gabriel Maroof himself attended to not only display some his pieces but to shop other brands for a good cause. The public sale will be held, November 15th and 16th from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the original Chelsea Thrift Shop. The designer pieces will continue to be sold through the season while they last.

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New Governors Add Expertise to GIA Board

They will help steer the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) welcomed two new members to the Institute’s Board of Governors at its regularly scheduled meeting in Carlsbad, CA. The new Governors, Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, research geologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Tammy Storino, a finance and operations executive with experience in global consumer brands, will – with 15 other GIA Governors – help steer the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives. The board bid farewell to Governor Thomas T. Yang, managing director and partner at PrimeGenesis, who completed his term with nine years of service.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have these two dynamic leaders join the GIA Board of Governors. Their expertise will be an invaluable asset to GIA’s consumer protection mission, helping to ensure that the Institute remains a leader in research and innovation while delivering excellence in education and laboratory services,” said Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO.

Post is the curator-in-charge for the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In addition, during his more than 35 years at the Smithsonian, he served as chairman of the department of mineral sciences and lead curator for the renovation of the geology, gems and minerals exhibit. Before joining the Smithsonian, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of geological sciences at Harvard University. Post’s many accolades include the Carnegie Mineralogical Award, Jewelers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and Mineralogical Society of America Public Service Medal.

Storino has extensive experience as a global operations and finance leader focused on growth and business results in global consumer brands. Her career spans more than 25 years with companies such as Walt Disney in California and Hong Kong, St. John Knits International Inc. and Too Faced Cosmetics. Storino is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

The week before the Board meeting, nearly 60 experts – including GIA staff (more than 20 with doctoral degrees); GIA Governors Barbara Dutrow, Jeffrey Post and John Valley, who are all recognized for their academic research; and specialized outside experts – gathered at the Institute’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California, for the 13th annual research meeting. During the three-day meeting, researchers reviewed the latest discoveries in diamonds, colored stones, pearls, laboratory-grown diamonds and instruments. Topics included advances in diamond, colored stone and pearl identification; the scientific matching that supports GIA’s new Diamond Origin Report service; detection of advanced treatments and other aspects of GIA’s extensive research program.

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