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Scott Kay and FIT Announce Winner of Jewelry Design Contest

The winner of the contest was chosen after two rounds of judging.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Scott Kay and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) announced Jewelry Design student Hyelin Lee, the winner of the Scott Kay/FIT Jewelry Design Contest.

For the third consecutive year, Scott Kay has partnered with FIT to hold a brand-inspired contest for Jewelry Design students in honor of the brands’ founding designer. During the fall 2018 semester, FIT Jewelry Design students were asked to create a new collection that has emotive meaning and ties into the Scott Kay brand. As part of the contest, the students were required to design a bridal jewelry set that included an engagement ring and the choice of two from either a bracelet, a necklace, or a pair of earrings. Under the supervision of FIT Jewelry Design faculty member and mentor Alison Nagasue, the students were challenged to express their creativity in designing original pieces for Scott Kay. Along with a detailed inspiration boards, each student presented technical drawings, measurement details, materials, and color options.

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The winner of the contest was chosen after two rounds of judging based on originality/creativity, production viability and the connection to bridal themes, such as love and commitment. The judging panel included: Melissa Rose Bernardo, managing editor of JCK Magazine; Kayla Hayes, fashion & beauty editor of Bridal Guide Magazine; and David Gaynes, VP of corporate product development at Signet Jewelers that owns stores under the name brands such as Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, Kay Jewelers, Zales, Piercing Pagoda, and JamesAllen.com. Representing Frederick Goldman were Jonathan Goldman, CEO, and Rich Makover, executive vice president of sales.

On the evening of February 5, 2019, Scott Kay hosted a dinner with the five finalists, along with the judging panel and key members of Scott Kay and FIT. The evening allowed each finalist to present their final designs to the panel. Scott Kay concluded the night with the announcement of Hyelin Lee as the winner for her design. She was presented with a $3,000 award.

Scott Kay also awarded two second place winners with $1,000 each and two third place winners with $500 each for their strong submissions.

“We are so pleased to be able to continue this great tradition with FIT and the Scott Kay brand. The students bring such passion and enthusiasm to this project, and it is a pleasure to be a part of their process in creating new pieces of bridal jewelry for the line,” said Scott Kay Brand Manager Stephanie Pageler. “This year’s contest has been extremely special as we were able to watch the students develop a new collection theme and specific design codes that express the meaning of love and marriage in their eyes.”

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“This contest represents such a unique opportunity for our students,” said Kim Nelson, chair Jewelry Design. “As a career college we always want the students to be able to take part in experiential learning, and this contest is a way to give our students that opportunity on a high-profile stage.”

To discover more about the artistry of Scott Kay please visit http://www.scottkay.com/ or follow @scottkayusa on Instagram and Facebook.

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Lark & Berry Launches Collaborative Collection in Design Partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ Star, Alicia Agneson

It will debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Disrupting cultured diamonds jewelry brand Lark & Berry is set to debut a new 15-piece fine jewelry range in design partnership with HBO ‘Vikings’ actress Alicia Agneson, aptly named ‘Alicia.’ Lark & Berry’s new Alicia Agneson designed range will feature jewelry crafted in 14k yellow gold, and 18k white gold with the brand’s signature cultured diamonds and sapphires. All new pieces will be available starting December 2019 online at larkandberry.com ,as well as in Lark & Berry’s flagship Marylebone, London location just steps away from Selfridge’s.

Agneson’s keen eye for detail and inventive design has yielded pieces that are sleek in style, with unusual cuts of stones and delicate cultured diamonds. As a compliment to Lark & Berry’s Veto Petals necklaces and earrings, the new Agneson-designed Alicia set also features inspiration from the natural environment, in the form of “leaves” hanging from diamond cut chains, creating a sense of movement.

“I made the decision a year back to be more environmentally conscious. It resulted in me taking the decision to never again wear newly made clothes. That led to Lark & Berry and me finding each other,” Agneson states. “With Lark & Berry, I share the same love for the smaller beauties in life but with a conscious mind along the way. Designing the Alicia collection has been a hugely exciting from start to end, with all the hours spent in the studio finding what represents both me and the brand. I’m proud over what we’ve accomplished, and I hope we can together open eyes to cultured stones. We can be beautiful and save the planet at the same time, bit by bit.”

Lark & Berry’s 3 new high-jewelry pieces are crafted in 18k white gold and feature beautiful, elongated cultured forest green quartz paired with grey cultured pearls. This includes is a unique new radiant pearl necklace with forest green quartz and diamond clasp, designed to give the wearer the option to self-style the piece in multiple ways.

The open cocktail ring from this range sits well alongside the 14K yellow gold cocktail rings, including a 11.4ct violet sapphire in an emerald cut with double talon claws and a 6.1ct burnt orange sapphire ring with stunning diamond set leaf detail in the setting.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such a creative, prestige-actress as Alicia joining us to design a collection. Alicia’s love of nature and sustainable fashion inspired the naturalistic features of this new collection,” said Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez.

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Gem Legacy Offers Year-End Giving Opportunities

Jewelers can demonstrate to clients their commitment to colored-gem supply chain sustainability.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI — Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization launched in 2018 and dedicated to supporting gem mining communities in East Africa, is offering members of the gem and jewelry industry a quantifiable and tangible avenue for making year-end charitable donations. Those who contribute will be supporting a cause that positively impacts small colored-gem miners and their communities.

Contributors will also be given pre-written materials to immediately announce their donations to their clients during the holiday giving season.

Year-end giving opportunities include:

  • A $750 sponsorship for young adults to receive a four-month training program in gem faceting, gemology and gem identification
  • A $550 scholarship for secondary school fees for Kenyan orphans in gem sourcing communities
  • A $200 donation to adopt an in-need family in a gem sourcing community for the holidays

Industry members who make a donation to any of these initiatives will receive a pre-written message and photo they can use for email or social media posting. The materials will reference the gem-mining location and initiative that will benefit.

Gem Legacy gives 100% of donations directly to its initiatives, which are located in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. All focus on entrepreneurship, education and in-need children in gem mining locales. Other kinds of donations and fundraising ideas can be found on gemlegacy.org/partners and interested parties can create their own fundraising efforts from the templated materials.

“We are so excited to provide this opportunity to the global gem and jewelry trade: giving back to those who have given us the foundations of our businesses,” said Roger Dery, executive director of Gem Legacy. “Gem Legacy is committed to exponentially expanding the positive impact of gemstones on sourcing communities and sharing a public image of how gemstones are improving lives within these often challenged areas.”

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Alisa Announces New Ownership

It’s effective the beginning of 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Alisa, best known for its versatile and affordable fine jewelry products in sterling silver, 18K gold and diamonds for 25 years, will be under new ownership effective the beginning of 2020. Industry veterans Marci and Adam Staub will head the company as its new principals. “We are delighted that the Alisa brand will continue to be available to our many loyal retailers through such highly talented people,” say current owners Lisa and Fred Morgan. “We know Marci and Adam very well for more than a decade. They are true professionals in our industry ̶ knowledgeable, innovative, energetic, and customer service oriented ̶ and they will be fabulous for the brand’s ongoing success.”

Marci and Adam have 35 years of extensive experience in the fine jewelry industry, including design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Adam is a Graduate Gemologist – GIA and a member of the 24K Club in the Southeast region. “Adam and I are excited to continue the tradition of Alisa’s well designed Italian-made fine jewelry while creatively expanding the product line as we go forward,” says Marci. “The company’s high quality exclusive jewelry, with its distinctive signature style, has a classic and timeless appeal for many U.S. retailers and their discriminating customers.”

The Morgans will be assisting Marci and Adam during the ownership transition, which is expected to be seamless. To find out more about Alisa and their fine jewelry products, log on to alisadesigns.com. For additional information regarding the change of ownership, please call 888.253.6600 or contact marci@alisadesigns.com or adam@alisadesigns.com.

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