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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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GSI Announces EIAC Accreditation

It’s valid in all UAE.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gemological Science International (GSI) a leading laboratory of America announced its EIAC accreditation. The accreditation is valid not only in Dubai where the GSI laboratory is located but in all seven United Arab Emirates.

GSI is the first and the only international gemological laboratory to achieve this accreditation in UAE. This accreditation upholds GSI’s commitment to professional integrity, transparency, and forward-looking processes and procedures.

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Parcel Pro Launches Partnership with MJSA

This provides MJSA Premier-level members with exclusive rates for insured transportation.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Parcel Pro, a UPS Capital company, announced a partnership with Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) that provides MJSA Premier Members access to innovative technology and insured shipping at a time when the industry is experiencing rapid e-commerce growth.

Online sales of luxury goods continue to flourish with growth of 24% in 20171. According to the 2018 Luxury E-commerce Report, six out of 10 of the fastest growing luxury websites surveyed were jewelry and watch companies. Jewelry represented 13.4% of the 130 companies’ online sales.

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Additionally, consumers continue to express an interest in custom-designed jewelry. In fact, custom now represents 40% of the $10 billion bridal market2. With jewelers selling more online goods, the need for reliable, insured transportation is crucial to meeting customer demand.

“E-commerce retail revenue is expected to top $4.88 trillion by 20213, so it is no surprise we are seeing more luxury goods shipments,” said Parcel Pro President Manuel Valdez. “Our solutions and capabilities will help MJSA members meet the growing needs of their customers whether they’re shipping $1 million or $500 million in goods a year.”

“Our members require safe, secure shipping options—particularly given the high value of jewelry shipments—and MJSA is excited to be partnering with Parcel Pro to meet that need,” said David W. Cochran, MJSA president/CEO. “Parcel Pro’s international reach their tools to reduce risk, and their commitment to customer service have earned them a world-class reputation.”

Parcel Pro offers:

  • Secure pickup and delivery in key jewelry markets including New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.
  • Proactive package monitoring and carrier communications to minimize delivery delays and risks.
  • Myriad technology resources, including web tools for shipping, tracking, APIs, a mobile app, and integration with a Magento store.
  • Loss and damage protection for commercial shipments valued up to $150,000 in the U.S. and $100,000 to select countries and territories.

Parcel Pro makes it less risky to transport high-value goods. The company’s risk management and shipping procedures have been proven to reduce losses.

By endorsing Parcel Pro, MJSA provides Premier-level members with exclusive rates for insured transportation. “All of those members rely on us to provide the support and resources needed to help them to grow and to run their businesses efficiently and profitably,” said Cochran.

Parcel Pro is part of the MJSA Member Protection Package, a portfolio of leading business providers offering a spectrum of best-in-class services.

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Jewelry Designer Mark Schneider Wins 40th Spectrum Award

His philosophy of jewelry is to create designs as wearable art.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Mark Schneider, American award-winning fine jewelry designer, recently returned from the Spectrum Awards Gala at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show where he was awarded his 40th AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) Spectrum Award for 2nd Place in the Men’s Wear division.

Each year a panel of experts at AGTA honors designers based upon the merits of their innovative designs. Having won 40 Spectrum Awards in divisions such as Men’s Wear, Business Day Wear, Bridal Wear, and Objects of Art, Schneider is one of the most recognized American designers of our time. He has had many of his pieces on display in museums throughout the country.

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Best known for his contemporary engagement rings, unique colored gemstone jewelry, and custom jewelry designs, his jewelry creations are known for their simplicity and clean, fluid lines. Schneider’s philosophy of jewelry is to create designs as wearable art. His out of the box thinking and skilled craftsmanship makes him a highly sought-after custom jewelry designer. Schneider’s designs are handcrafted on-site in his design studio in Long Beach, California.

From his bold color pieces to his unique bridal designs, Schneider pushes the conventional ideas of jewelry design and constantly strives to challenge himself in creating unique jewelry and designing with his customers in mind. His distinct perspective on jewelry making has earned him some of the most coveted design awards and honors within the jewelry industry. View his designs on his website at www.MarkSchneiderDesign.com.

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