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GIA Announces 2020 Classes

New to the 2020 schedule are expanded courses available in China.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Aspiring gem and jewelry professionals interested in studying diamonds, colored stones, pearls, jewelry design or other specialties in the gem and jewelry industry can now view the Gemological Institute of America’s global 2020 class schedules. The schedules and other details, including tuition and fees by location, are available at GIA.edu/gem-education/campuses.

“GIA’s robust and experiential gemology and jewelry education prepares people starting a new career or looking for the next step in their profession for success in the gem and jewelry industry,” said Duncan Pay, GIA vice president and chief academic officer. “GIA diplomas and certificates are instantly recognized as world-class professional credentials.”

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New to the 2020 schedule are expanded courses available in China through Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Peking University Resource College.

GIA schools are located in major gem and jewelry centers around the world, with many of the courses taught in local languages. Distance education courses are also available online. US$2 million in scholarships are available for on-campus and distance education courses. The next scholarship application period will begin Feb. 1, 2020. For more information visit GIA.edu/scholarships.

Over the course of GIA’s 88 years, the Institute has educated more than 365,000 professionals worldwide. The GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma program, which focuses on gem grading and identification, is the industry’s highest professional credential.

For press inquiries, contact Nellie Barnett at nbarnett@gia.edu or +1 760-603-4184.

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Bonas Participates in Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

The viewing will be held on February 25-28, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Bonas, the international diamond brokerage and tender firm, announces highlights from the February 2020 polished colored gemstone tender. Comprised of 514 lots, totaling 221,603 carats of precious and semi-precious stones, the sale will feature a strong selection of impressive sapphires, important rubies, vibrant emeralds, aquamarines, spinels, Paraiba tourmalines amongst other fine gemstones from distinguished private collections. Bringing together exceptional highlights, Bonas has joined forces with Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) to hold the polished gemstone tender alongside the Bangkok Gems & Jewellery Fair (BGJF) for the very first time. Tim Denning of Bonas Group said “We are delighted to participate at the show this time, due to its reputation, prestige and its located in Bangkok, which is considered the world’s leading colored gem centre.” He further adds “gemstone tenders are relatively new in Bangkok and we hope by bringing an innovative tender event to the show the market will be provided with an opportunity to purchase a range of different goods.”

The tender includes gemstones that will certainly appeal to connoisseurs and collectors of all levels.

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“We have more unheated goods than in previous tenders. We believe we have goods that will suit jewelry manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers” said Denning. Furthermore, for the first time at a Bonas tender, estimates on selected lots will be provided during the viewings. The indicative pricing for a number of lots will serve to create context for clients that helps them understand what the current market is.

Leading the sale is an exceptional unheated 8.88ct Kashmir ruby (Lot 456). The oval mixed-cut ruby shows no signs of heat treatment and described as pinkish-red according to the condition report from the GRS. Located in the north west of Indian Continent, Kashmir district has been known as one of the most famous localities for blue sapphire, however rubies from this region are particularly rare. Fine quality Kashmir rubies such as Lot 456 are highly valued in the market, and together with its rarity, this ruby is a notable offering of quality and distinction.

Other significant rubies should also attract plenty of attention. Two of which are of Burmese origin and certified by GRS. The first is an unheated “pigeon’s blood” ruby from the Mogok region weighing 5.22cts (Lot 308) and secondly, an attractive 8.29ct heated Burmese ruby (Lot 372). Lot 316 is a 2.99ct heart-shaped ruby of Tanzania origin, with no indications of thermal treatment according to its GRS report. This fine unenhanced natural ruby has been faceted into a heart-shaped showcasing a classic red color, with excellent clarity and lustre. Lastly, two notable unheated rubies from Mozambique are expected to attract spirited bidding given their quality. A cushion-shaped ruby weighing 5.11cts (Lot 454) with exemplary color and good clarity, and an oval cut ruby of 4.02cts (Lot 387) with a GRS report describing the color as vivid red.

The most significant Padparadscha featured in the tender includes a stunning oval shaped Padparadscha sapphire, one of the rarest varieties of sapphires named after the color of the “lotus blossom,” that features a delicate mixture of pink and orange. Unheated and weighing 23.74 carats, Padparadscha’s availability in large crystals is uncommon, making this piece (Lot 226) exceptional with its perfect mixture of color and alluring shade of pinkish orange.

A wonderful selection of unheated blue sapphires will also be on offer, including a cushion cut Royal blue sapphire weighing 10.33cts from Madagascar (Lot 30). This cushion cut Royal blue sapphire stands apart not only for its substantial size and clarity, but also for its Royal blue color. Other unheated blue sapphires include Lot 59, a Burmese oval sapphire weighing 14.33cts and two of which are unheated, of Sri Lankan origin, and certified by GRS (Lots 58 & 61). Amongst blue sapphires, a fine unheated, natural purple-pink sapphire is also a star lot of the sale (Lot 285). It’s large size (12.76 cts), attractive shape and sultry purple hue combine to make this a desirable piece.

Precious Paraiba Tourmalines also figure prominently in the tender. Highly prized for its vivid glow, two neon-bright Paraiba Tourmalines of Brazil origin are accompanied by DSEF certification. Firstly, a Paraiba Tourmaline weighing 5.40cts (Lot 230) and a cushion cut Paraiba Tourmaline of 2.43cts (Lot 231), both examples would look sensational mounted as a ring or pendant. Another Paraiba Tourmaline includes a vivid trilliant fancy-brilliant cut of 5.26 carats from Mozambique (Lot 242) with good brilliancy and a precious electric blue color.

The viewing will be held during Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th February at the Bangkok Gems & Jewellery Fair in Jupiter Room 14, IMPACT Challenger Center, Bangkok from 09.30 to 17.30 each day. Due to the tender being held at the fair, a high number of walk-in customers will be expected. It is therefore highly recommended that you make an appointment to view the goods.

The sale will close on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 15:00 Bangkok (ICT) time/ 09:00 Antwerp (CET) time and will be an online highest bid tender. Bids can be placed online via www.bonascolouredgems.com.

To pre-register and to schedule a viewing, please contact Bonas office (Tim Denning) on +44 7930 333977 or by e-mail Bonascolouredgems@bonasgroup.com.

Highlights:

  • Lot 30 Blue Sapphire, Cushion, Madagascar, Unheated, 10.33 cts.
  • Lot 111 Chrysoberyl Cat’s eye, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, GRS/SSEF, 32.51cts.
  • Lot 226 Padparadscha, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, SSEF, 23.74cts.
  • Lot 230 Paraiba Tourmaline, Brazil, DSEF, 5.40cts.
  • Lot 231 Paraiba Tourmaline, Cushion, Brazil, DSEF, 2.43cts.
  • Lot 242 Paraiba Tourmaline, Trilliant, Mozambique, ICA, 5.26cts.
  • Lot 372 Ruby, Oval, Burma, Heated, GRS, 8.92cts.
  • Lot 454 Ruby, Cushion, Mozambique, Unheated, SSEF, 5.11cts.
  • Lot 456 Ruby, Oval, Kashmir, Unheated, GRS, 8.88cts.
  • Lot 33 Blue Sapphire, Cushion, Madagascar, Unheated, Lotus cert, 8.80cts.
  • Lot 58 Blue Sapphire, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, GRS, SSEF, 14.90cts.
  • Lot 59 Blue Sapphire, Oval, Burma, Unheated, GRS, SSEF, 14.33cts.
  • Lot 61 Blue Sapphire, Oval, Sri Lanka, Unheated, GRS 13.15cts.
  • Lot 285 Purple Sapphire, Octagonal, Madagascar, Unheated, GRS, 12.76cts.
  • Lot 308 Ruby, Cushion, Burma, Unheated, GRS, 5.22cts.
  • Lot 316 Ruby, Heart, Tanzania, Unheated, GRS, 2.99cts.
  • Lot 387 Ruby, Oval, Mozambique, Unheated, GRS, GIT, AIGS, 4.02cts.
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Rembrandt Charms Helps to Inspire Young Minds at AJS

It sponsors this year’s Kids Jewelry Camp at the Atlanta Jewelry Show.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Atlanta Jewelry Show Kids Jewelry Camp nurtures a community where children and teens discover, develop and express their imaginative vision for jewelry in an age-appropriate environment. They are devoted to building the foundation for future generations by inspiring enthusiasm, fostering creativity, and encouraging leadership to produce fully dimensional artisans, designers and businesspeople. These young hearts and minds will determine the future success of the jewelry industry, therefore the mission of AJS Kids Jewelry Camp is to cultivate capable and passionate leaders eager to pursue a career path in the jewelry business.

“Our priority is to welcome and inspire future generations of jewelers, and provide opportunities to build upon for a lifetime,” states Libby Brown, executive director, Atlanta Jewelry Show. “No camps are alike! The specialized curriculum changes for each session, which means each camper will learn something new whether it is their first or fourth time attending.” During the camp, children of industry professionals, ages 7-12 and 13 & up, will live life as a jewelry designer, metalsmith and entrepreneur for two days in a jewelry studio. The campers will work with the same equipment and materials as professional jewelers and learn a variety of techniques from skilled instructors, taking their own design from concept to exhibition.

“It is our responsibility as leaders in the jewelry industry to inspire future generations,” states Eric Lux, vice president, Rembrandt Charms. “As a second-generation business owner, I was inspired by my father’s dedication to creating a quality product that would stand the test of time. Hard-work and innovation are ideals that I will pass along to my own children. The AJS Kids Jewelry Camp is the perfect platform to pass along invaluable information to the jewelry professionals of the future.”

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Inaugural Select Tucson Show a Success

It provided buyers the opportunity to meet with well-known fine jewelry designers and top-tier manufacturers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Select’s inaugural Tucson Jewelry Show on February 2-3 was a big success garnering accolades from buyers and exhibitors alike. Select Tucson segued smoothly into the AGTA GemFair which opened Tuesday, February 4. It did not interfere or overlap with the main Tucson shows and provided buyers the opportunity to meet with well-known fine jewelry designers and top-tier manufacturers before the other shows for better use of their time.

The show was held at the luxurious Westin La Paloma Resort. The two-day event featured 63 renowned designers and brands including; A. Link, A&D Gem/DVANI, Aaron Henry, Abbott Jewelry Systems, Afarin, Alex Sepkus, Artistry Ltd, Asher, Ava Couture, Breuning, Charles Krypell, Color Masters, Daniella Design, David Connolly/Jabel, Debra Navarro, Dilamani, Eichhorn, Eli Jewels, Erica Courtney, Frederic Sage, Gemveto, Gem + Jewel, Gem Platinum, Gordon Company, Graymoor Lane Designs, Gumuchian, Gurhan, Hari Jewels, Heera Moti, Henderson Collection, House of Baguettes, Hulchi Belluni, Jennifer Dawes Design, John Atencio, John Varvatos, JudeFrances, Jye’s Luxury Collection, KC Designs, Kimberly Collins, Lauren K, Lika Behar, Luca Lorenzini, Makur, Mastoloni Pearls, Mazza Company, Mémoire, NEI Group, Oscar Heyman, Pe Jay Creations, Peter Storm, Picchiotti, Platinum Born, Pohl Jewelry Design, Precision Set, Royal Pearl, Style Gems, Suna, Suzy Landa, Tanya Farah, Toby Pomeroy, William Levine, With You, and Zeghani.

Tucson is a new addition to the Select series of successful fall trade shows held at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. Washington DC, and Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut. Select Jewelry Shows are smaller, intimate shows featuring approximately 60 better brands, highly regarded designers and top-tier manufacturers. For the convenience of store owners and buyers the shows are just two days, Sunday and Monday.

For more information about the upcoming fall shows contact the show manager Jordan Brockhaus-Spears at 844-285-1103 or email info@selectjewelryshow.com.

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