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Stuller Now Certified Member of Responsible Jewelry Council

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Prime manufacturer, Stuller, announces that it is now a certified member of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), the foremost standard setting and certification organization for the jewelry industry.

“Ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, workplace safety and other similar issues, are of increasing concern to more and more consumers and businesses,” says Stanley Zale, vice president of diamond and gemstone procurement. “The RJC Code of Practices helps the jewelry industry meet these challenges, and we knew we needed to be a part of it.”

RJC Executive Director Iris Van der Veken said, “It is with great pleasure to announce that Stuller has achieved certification against the RJC Code of Practices. We are proud that our membership continues to reflect companies of all sizes from across the supply chain. We commend their commitment to responsible business practices and the positive impact this has on the jewelry industry.”

“Stuller is committed to responsible jewelry practices,” says founder and CEO Matt Stuller. “When joining the RJC in 2016 our ultimate goal was to show our unwavering commitment to our customers and employees. It is truly an honor to be a part of such an important organization in this industry.”

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DPA Announces New CEO

Lieberherr to step down at year end, with ex-Ralph Lauren marketing executive to become new DPA CEO.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced that Jean-Marc Lieberherr has decided to step down from his role as CEO at the end of his current contract period on December 31, 2019. David Kellie will join the organization in December 2019, enabling a smooth transition of leadership.

Jean-Marc has filled key leadership positions at the DPA since it was formed in December 2015, initially as its first Chairman, then as its CEO.

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David is a highly experienced marketer with a track record of success at a range of consumer brands, including 14 years at Ralph Lauren where he held a number of positions, including corporate senior vice president, global marketing & advertising. He has most recently been with Watches of Switzerland, which has provided him with valuable insight into the needs and opportunities for diamond category marketing.

Jean-Marc Lieberherr said: “This is an emotional moment for me after four years of association with the DPA, but I am proud of what has been achieved since the DPA was created, and especially since it received increased funding from June 2017. The DPA now has strong teams and foundations in place to capture the opportunities that lie ahead and it is time for a new leader to take the organization through its next phase of development. I am confident that the DPA will play a critical role in the diamond sector in the years to come and am grateful to the DPA teams and Members for supporting me through what has been a life-changing adventure.”

David Kellie said: “I am delighted to be joining the DPA at such an exciting time, both for the organization and for the diamond sector. As people search for authentic products with enduring meaning, there are outstanding opportunities to grow consumer demand for diamonds. A growing number of women are buying for themselves, there are already high levels of acquisition from younger consumers, and the number of middle class households around the world is growing rapidly, so there is a very bright future ahead of us. It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to work with such a magical product, a true miracle of nature, in such a fascinating industry.”

Stephen Lussier, Chairman of the DPA, said: “Jean-Marc was one of the DPA’s founding members and helped steer the development of the organization from the beginning. On behalf of the entire board we thank Jean-Marc for his leadership, his commitment to the mission of the DPA and his energy in building the organization during its formative years.

“We are very pleased to have someone of David’s calibre to take over as DPA CEO, especially given the organization’s key marketing role. David brings extensive experience to the DPA having led traditional and digital marketing programs across the major global markets. He is extremely well equipped to lead our marketing teams as we seek to inspire ever more consumers of all ages across the world with the ‘diamond dream’.”

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Stuller Introduces Modern Brilliance

New lab-grown diamond jewelry collection now available.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA — Premiering just in time for the holiday season, Stuller announces the launch of its brand new lab-grown diamond jewelry collection, Modern Brilliance.

“With the rise in popularity of lab-grown diamonds, we felt the demand and need for a lab-grown diamond jewelry collection,” says Alisse Gregson, diamond fashion product manager. “This collection offers both essential styling as well as bold on trend fine jewelry at accessible price points.”

Modern Brilliance has approximately 50 finished jewelry styles, including earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, all of which are available in 14K white, yellow and rose gold. It also offers bigger looks, such as line bracelets, for a better value.

“This collection truly sets itself apart by offering trendy lab-grown fine jewelry to the industry,” says Alix Gonsoulin, vice president of fine jewelry, bridal, and findings. “By carrying lab-grown diamond jewelry, business owners can expand their customer base with not only a new story to tell, but the accessible price points for those who may otherwise not buy diamond jewelry at all.”

To view the Modern Brilliance Collection visit, www.stuller.com/modernbrilliance

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Lark & Berry Launches Engagement Rings Collection

It offers cultured diamonds made in the UK with 100% renewable energy.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sustainable luxury jewelry brand Lark & Berry announces a collection of direct-to-consumer engagement ring options to meet increasing customer demand. Lark & Berry is the first brand in the world to offer cultured diamond engagement rings made in the UK with 100% renewable energy.

Lark & Berry offers a selection of curated, classic engagement ring designs with customizable options including metal selection such as 18K gold and platinum and stone sizes that range from 0.5ct up to 5 carats. Prices start at $2,380 for a 0.5ct ring and $4,700 for a 1ct ring. Customers can also choose from a wide range of diamond cuts from the classic round to princess, emerald and cushion cuts among others. Lark & Berry will continue to offer bespoke engagement ring services.

“Since our launch in 2018, luxury fans have been asking us for engagement rings,” states Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez. “At Lark & Berry, we very much champion cultured diamonds jewelry as the “now” option that allows independent women and men to gift themselves—but of course, when wedding bells begin to chime in our fans’ lives, we want to be there for them, and give them the exact cultured diamonds rings they desire to compliment their everlasting love for their partners.”

“For these new cultured diamond engagement rings, I’m thrilled to announce that our customers can choose diamonds made in a UK lab that grows them with 100% renewable energy,” continues Laura Chavez. “It’s amazing to see that cultured diamonds are always moving towards becoming the most sustainable they can be, and it is only a matter of time before all labs use most, if not all of their energy from renewable sources. This debunks the argument that a lab grown diamond produces more carbon emissions than mining does. A cultured diamond will always be the most sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly option when it comes to diamonds.”

Lark & Berry’s new engagement rings are now available online here, in its Marylebone, London flagship store as well as by appointment in the Central district of Hong Kong.

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