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Swarovski Launches Its Spring/Summer 2019 Collection

It’s Mediterranean inspired.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sunshine is the theme at the heart of Swarovski’s bright new collection, consisting of four programs: Spring, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Summer. Taking inspiration from a journey across the Mediterranean, the collection channels a vacation mood and celebrates the radiance and sparkle as seen throughout Swarovski’s rich 120-year history.

Through this versatile collection that offers brilliance for all, Creative Director Nathalie Colin explores the beautiful interplay of light and crystal, as well as the way sunlight creates joy and illuminates a woman’s inner and outer beauty.

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“Sunshine induces happiness. I love the way it transforms crystal as well as our mood. This collection is about escape, joy and looking at life in a positive way. We invite women to disconnect from the urban craze and reconnect with life and sunshine-filled moments inspired by the Mediterranean. From Tangiers to Thessaloniki, Capri to Corfu, Santorini to Sicily, our designs reimagine treasures found during our journey; amulets and talismans, sea life, ice creams and colorful cocktails.” explains Colin.

Playful, bold, feminine and uplifting jewelry and accessories offer a perfect mix of something new and exciting for the multifaceted modern woman. While cleverly edited trends and exquisite techniques seamlessly combine with a vibrant, sunny palette of delectable shades: strawberry red, candy pink, mint green, golden yellow and intense blue.

Valentine’s Day exudes a brilliant modern romance with a fresh take on symbols inspired by love and the idyllic destinations of Formentera, Capri, Portofino and Stromboli.

Spring into style with Origins, a family that channels a bustling Moroccan market with intricate amulets in warm golden tones that add a sense of ease and meaning to every occasion.

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You are my sunshine is the message for Mother’s Day and sweet, delicate and ultra-feminine designs such as Oxygen bring understated sparkle to everyday looks.

Retro-inspired resort fashion with a hint of Italian Dolce Vita and Riviera style is the flavor of the summer. And lending a little sparkle and sunshine to every day is No Regrets, a fresh and fun depiction of ice cream and fruit in vibrant Swarovski Pointiage.

New styles bring even more brilliance to the versatile, game-changing Swarovski Remix Collection that offers women seemingly endless ways to shine and express themselves.

Associated with hope, joy and confidence, sunshine is the forecast for the season ahead. Swarovski’s new collection looks inject the season with style, sparkle and feel good vibes with jewelry and accessories that will make the day and women around the world feel brilliant and bright.

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JNA Awards reveals 2019 Honorees

There are almost 100 high-quality entries from 15 countries and regions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HONG KONG — Organized by Informa Markets, the prestigious JNA Awards unveiled its highly anticipated list of Honorees across 11 categories for its eighth edition.

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The judging panel has worked diligently over this past month, as their job keeps getting tougher and tougher each year. In 2019, there are almost 100 high-quality entries from 15 countries and regions.

Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards, and director of business development – Jewelry Group at Informa Markets, commented, “Of the 39 Honoree companies that were shortlisted, almost half of them are first-time entrants, indicating a growing interest among quality companies who recognize the importance of this platform. We have also received a record number of entries from Thailand, second in ranking together with India and Hong Kong, reflecting the importance of this market which has been traditionally modest about its accomplishment.”

The 2019 independent judging panel consists of industry experts: James Courage, former CEO of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former chairman of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC); Albert Cheng, former managing director of World Gold Council, Far East (WGC); Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and Middle East; Yasukazu Suwa, chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.; and Mark Lee, research director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS).

Courage shared, “The quality of this year’s entries, along with its diversity in terms of size, type and geography, are worth noting. Despite facing challenges, the industry – through these entries – showed its focus and determination when it comes to investing in innovation, operating systems and consumer research.”

Cheng added, “Just like in the last seven years, Industry Innovation of the Year proved to be the most popular category. The Young Entrepreneur Honorees – whose credentials, professionalism and innovativeness reflect on their outstanding businesses – are equally impressive.”

Lin remarked, “It is surprising and inspiring to know that nearly 100 entries were received – more than half of which are from first-time entrants. The influence and credibility of the JNA Awards is beyond question. It will be a rewarding journey for everyone involved.”

“Having worked with the JNA Awards since 2013, I noticed that the judging process grows more difficult as the entries reach new heights and push the boundaries of excellence year after year,” Bhatt noted.

Suwa expressed, “Entrants to the JNA Awards vary from very big corporations to small ones. I kept in mind to judge them based on their mission and the long-term good they have been doing for people, regardless of the company’s size.”

Lee also added, “The JNA Awards continues to strengthen its role as an excellent platform to showcase the industry’s progress and success. The entries, particularly in the areas of innovation and marketing, are truly impressive.”

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Sy Kessler Launches Latest Diamond and White Sapphire Tester

They are available at only $249.95.

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(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX – GEMORO Superior Instruments division of Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. successfully introduced its latest diamond, moissanite and white sapphire tester called the GEMORO TESTEROSSA. The top-of-the-line, ergonomically designed thermal and electrical conductivity tester features new patented UV-F1 technology for identifying the widest range of moissanite, including the hardest to detect new generation super low electrically conductivity moissanite. With an unprecedented 10-year warranty on the probe tip, the tester is also the world’s only talking tester, which speaks in 9 different languages.

Available from GEMORO’s nationwide network of jewelers supply houses or jewelry equipment distributors at only $249.95. For distributor inquiries, contact Angela Calzada acalzada@sykessler.com or 800.527.0719, ext.137.

Visit gemoroproducts.com/product/testerossa/ for detailed instructional video.

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DCA Receives Grant from GIA for Scholarships

Scholarships will be provided to DCA graduates for continued education at GIA.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Diamond Council of America (DCA), a nationally accredited school that offers jewelers the opportunity to earn professional certifications in diamonds, colored gemstones, and fine jewelry sales through distance education, announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)  to provide scholarships to DCA graduates to enroll in GIA online distance education courses.

DCA has always encouraged students to continue to enhance their career by enrolling in GIA courses after graduating from DCA courses. The grant will allow even more DCA students to continue their education in advanced coursework offered only by GIA. Scholarships are open to DCA members and their employees who are: at least 18-years old, currently employed at a DCA member store, a graduate of at least one DCA course and not already enrolled in another distance education course from GIA.

“We are incredibly appreciative of this grant and the opportunity to work more closely with GIA to have DCA students continue their education and improve their professional profile by taking GIA courses,” said DCA President and CEO Terry Chandler.

DCA will administer the scholarships funded by the GIA grant. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2019, and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships may be applied toward any of the following GIA eLearning courses, based on availability: Jewelry Essentials, Colored Stone Essentials, Diamond Essentials, Pearls, Colored Stones, Diamonds and Diamond Grading and Gem Identification.

Scholarship applications should be submitted to DCA’s New York office either via email to cmiller@jewelers.org or via hard copy to Carey Miller at Jewelers of America, 120 Broadway, Suite 2820, New York, New York 10271.

“GIA is very pleased to build on our support for DCA’s efforts to bring more gemology education to more people,” said GIA vice president of education and chief academic officer Duncan Pay. “This scholarship grant will help DCA members and their employees work toward GIA diplomas, building on the foundation of their DCA education.”

For more information about DCA or to become a member, visit www.diamondcouncil.org.

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