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PREMIER Introduces Added Value Initiatives for Exhibitors and Attendees

“Speed Mentoring” and idea labs deliver enhanced experience to market week.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — With just a few weeks until the launch of PREMIER at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), May 30th to June 3rd, show organizers introduce the launch of several key initiatives intended to add value to both the exhibitor and attendee experience. Throughout the show, three casual discussions, called “Idea Labs,” will take place in the lounge of the PREMIER X Designer area of the show. Led by passionate experts in their fields, these discussions will focus on a number of topics relevant to both exhibitors and attendees. On Saturday morning, an hour prior to show open, “Speed Mentoring” is being introduced. Several industry insiders, including retailers, press and brand strategists, are being paired with PREMIER X Designer brands that have opted to participate in the program. In brief, 15-minute sessions, the experts will meet with the designers in their respective booths to provide feedback on their collections, and answer any questions the designers may have.

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“Our job as show organizers does not stop when we sell an exhibitor their booth space,” explains Drew Lawsky, PREMIER’s show director and group show director for JA New York Shows. “In addition to working diligently to generate attendee registration, we have developed programs that will add value to the overall show experience. These Idea Labs, along with our Speed Mentoring program, serve to create a sense of community inside of these shared experiences, and that will continue beyond the five days we spend together in Las Vegas.”

The first Idea Lab is being led by Monica Stephenson of ANZA and will be centered on the power of collaboration. PREMIER designer, Jennifer Maxwell of Leigh Maxwell, as well as gem cutter Beth Stier will join Monica to discuss elevating and supporting artisans. On Saturday, brand advocate, influencer and consultant to fine jewelry designers, Ben Guttery of @ThirdCoastGems will lead a discussion on building community through social media. On Sunday, Grace Lavarro, owner of Jewels by Grace, will share her foundation of knowledge of estate jewelry, as well as offer insight into how she incorporates beloved estate pieces into her contemporary designs. All Design Lab discussions will take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm and will include a prosecco toast.

The Speed Mentoring program was just announced to brands last week, and has already been enthusiastically received by the majority of brands exhibiting in the PREMIER X Designer section of the show. Twenty experts in their field have already volunteered to participate as mentors, including Paul Schneider from Twist, Paula Lee from O Magazine and Sara Yood with Jewelers Vigilance Committee. More mentors are signing on each week.

To be considered as a volunteer mentor, or for more information about PREMIER, which is taking place alongside AGTA GemFair Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show, May 30th to June 3rd, please contact Michelle Orman at Michelle@LastWordComm.com.

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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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