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VOD Dubai International Jewelry Show Has Come to Conclusion

Organizers are already looking forward to next year’s show.

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(PRESS RELEASE) DUBAI, UAE — VOD Dubai International Jewelry Show (VOD DIJS), an event organized by DV Global Link, a joint-venture company between Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), has come to an end after hosting local, regional and international exhibitors from 21 countries, showcasing over 25,000 jewelry pieces and holding trade and consumer lifestyle events. Following the success of this year’s show, VOD DIJS organizers are already looking forward to next year’s show, which will take place from November 13 to 16, 2019.

The hosted buyers program saw international retailers and wholesalers being paired with exhibitors to ensure access to unique collections, competitive advantage, and the chance to build new relationships in the industry. The 2018 visitor figures have affirmed the international influence of the show, with the presence of over 80 countries, with UAE, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia, Kuwait and China at the top of the charts. Some new entries from central Africa have been recorded as a result of a promotional roadshow focused on sourcing new buyers for the exhibitors.

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Commenting on the conclusion of the four-day event, show director, Luca Veronesi said, “The consolidation of the new format, which started last year and continued on for this installment, confirms it is the most strategic, optimum and suitable considering the market dynamics. The impact of such a beneficial B2B and B2C showcase will provide a boost for Dubai’s jewelry industry, and that of the entire MENA region, going forward into 2019.”

Industry experts were present to tackle the highest trending topics across the globe. Paola de Luca, the co-founder of TrendVision Jewelry + Forecasting, gave an overview of TrendBook 2020, unveiling an extract of their latest forecast for the upcoming seasons, consumers insights, and product directions in diamonds, gemstones and gold jewelry. International Gemological Institute (IGI) led a seminar on “Emeralds: A Royal Gem” with the aim of deciphering the mystery and history behind this jewel and why women, from Cleopatra to Kate Middleton, will continue to be fascinated by this green legend.

In addition, The new jeweler hosted the Middle East Jewelry Designer’s Forum 2018 which explored the “Era of Design”, with respected resource speakers discussing the dynamic design movements, its value in the market now and how it will continue to shape, in particular, the future of the Middle Eastern gem and jewelry sector. Finally, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) gave a talk on identifying synthetic diamonds.

The promotion of local designers also played an integral role in the show as VOD DIJS, in collaboration with Dubai-based diamond studio 55FIFTY7, hosted an Independent Designer’s Space and Children’s Competition – two initiatives primarily focussed on nurturing, enlightening, and inspiring local jewelry talent. Organizers also welcomed participants from Qelada, a government program that provides an empowering platform for people of determination to employ their creative talents to design beautiful jewelry pieces, which proved popular and sought-after throughout the four days. Overall, the visitors were treated to the most unique and latest selection of jewelry pieces, special offers and 19 fashion shows.

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With positives to take away from VOD DIJS 2018, anticipation will be paramount for next year’s show at DWTC. Stay tuned and check out https://www.jewelryshow.com/ over the coming year for updates, announcements and information.

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Rembrandt Supports Hurricane Michael Recovery with Exclusive Charm

It features the hashtag #850strong.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – To support recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle in October, leveling homes and businesses, Rembrandt Charms has created an exclusive engraved charm for Smith and Smith Jewelers.

Smith and Smith Jewelers is a family-owned business serving historic downtown Marianna, FL, for over 20 years.

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Rembrandt’s custom charm features the hashtag #850strong, adopted by the residents to symbolize their determination to overcome the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. Wearing this charm and charm bracelet shows support for recovery efforts and reflects the powerful bond, as well as the courage, the members of this community share as they work together to rebuild their lives.

“We were deeply saddened by the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected,” said Eric Lux, vice president, Rembrandt Charms. “The opportunity to help strengthen a community affected by such a tragedy is something we value and will always support.”

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Canadian Jewelers Association Begins Management Transition

He will continue to be involved with the CJA as a freelance writer.

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(PRESS RELEASE) TORONTO – The Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) announced that it has initiated a transition of its management personnel.

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Following the completion of his scheduled 18-month contract as executive director, Mr. Brian Land recently left that role and the association. He will continue to be involved with the CJA as a freelance writer. Ms. Carla Adams, currently a manager in the association office, will discharge the duties of executive director on an interim basis until a successor to Mr. Land is named, likely by mid-January.

“Brian Land was engaged primarily to assist in managing the amalgamation of the Canadian Jewelers Association with Jewelers Vigilance Canada,” said Mr. Marco Miserendino, chairman of the CJA Board of Directors. “The knowledge and skill he brought to that file was of great assistance. The successful completion of that assignment now enables both Brian and the association to determine and pursue their respective future directions,” Mr. Miserendino added.

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TrueFacet.com and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Partner On Boutique

It’s open in time for the holidays.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SILICON VALLEY, CA/NEW YORK – Luxury digital marketplace TrueFacet.com has partnered with independent jeweler Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry to present a collaborative retail boutique in Silicon Valley.

The TrueFacet and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry boutique is located in the Silvers’ second boutique space at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort in Menlo Park, CA, which officially opened on Nov. 14. The boutique is stocked with TrueFacet’s selection of pre-owned watches and fine jewelry collections from luxury brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Patek Phillipe, Panerai and Audemars Piguet.

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With this collaboration, TrueFacet will gain access to the Silvers’ network of Silicon Valley clientele and international collectors, while Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry can effectively scale its fine jewelry, estate jewelry and rare collectible timepiece offerings while harnessing TrueFacet’s digital reach and consumer insights.

TrueFacet Co-Founder Tirath Kamdar stated: “Silicon Valley is TrueFacet’s third-largest market, and we saw the potential for even more growth by partnering with the demonstrated leader in offline shopping experiences in the area, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry. We see our partnership as a merger between the physical and the digital space. It’s something we are very excited about, that has never been attempted in this industry. There is a real synergy between our companies, with Stephen Silver’s expertise in rare estate pieces, and our leadership in the Certified Pre-Owned category, offering thousands of products unavailable anywhere else.”

Since its founding in 2014, TrueFacet.com has crowdsourced much of its pre-owned watch and fine jewelry inventory through customer trade-ins, consignments and customer sales, growing its marketplace inventory to over 140,000 items. Each item is authenticated and refurbished in-house or directly by brands through TrueFacet’s groundbreaking Brand Certified Pre-Owned program, launched in August of 2018.

TrueFacet has relationships with Brand Certified Pre-Owned partners like Zenith, FENDI Timepieces, Faberge and Roberto Coin. The digital marketplace has also recently partnered with Messika to power a branded U.S. e-commerce site for the international jewelry brand.

Stephen and Jared Silver, a father and son team, have earned a reputation among Silicon Valley’s VC community as early adopters of new technology. Where other jewelry and watch retailers have seen e-commerce marketplaces as competition, the Silvers saw an opportunity to invest in TrueFacet, a data-driven, tech-forward digital marketplace, and eventually took on an advisory role with TrueFacet.

Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry President Jared Silver saw an opportunity to expand the relationship with TrueFacet as luxury retail partners.

“TrueFacet makes an ideal digital partner because the company’s high-touch service and impressive global reach complement our own strengths,” he said, “and through this partnership, we will also gain access to TrueFacet’s wide selection of certified pre-owned inventory.”

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