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WFDB Mourns the Passing of Former ExCo Member Sergey Oulin

He was 69.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ANTWERP, BELGIUM – World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) mourns the passing away of Sergey Oulin on December 31, 2019 at the age of 69 years. President Ernie Blom has, on behalf of the entire organisation, expressed sadness at the loss of a colleague and friend.

Oulin was the president of the Diamond Chamber of Russia and former member of the WFDB executive committee (ExCo).

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Paying glowing tributes Blom said: “Sergey Oulin was a long-standing colleague at the WFDB and a member of its Executive Committee. He contributed immensely to the growth of the international diamond industry through the years he was associated with the industry, particularly in his role as the Vice Chairman of the World Diamond Council (WDC) during the early days of the Kimberley Process.”

Mr. Oulin was closely associated with the diamond industry in Russia for nearly two decades, holding many different positions of responsibility in industry bodies both within the country and internationally.

“Sergey played a key role in developing the system of checks and balances that ensured that conflict diamonds did not enter the diamond pipeline, and was closely associated with the establishment of the KP mechanism within his country,” Blom added.

The WFDB President noted that Mr. Oulin was also one of the early advocates of an apex industry body that brought together stakeholders from across the pipeline on a common platform to discuss and act together on common industry issues.

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Born in Moscow in 1950, Mr. Oulin graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and after serving as the deputy chairman of the USSR Youth Organizations Committee, specializing in world economics and international relations, became associated with the diamond industry in 1990.

From 1990-92, he served as deputy chief of the State Repository for Precious Metals and Gems (Gokhran of Russia) when his association with the diamond industry first began. He was appointed Vice President of ALROSA in 1995, and remained with that organisation until 2010. Mr. Oulin was also President of the Diamond Chamber of Russia (Russian Diamond Bourse) since it was established in 1996, and a member of the Board of the Russian Jewelry Manufacturers’ Guild.

An analyst and thinker, Mr. Oulin has published a number of works on the economics of the diamond industry and conflict diamonds in reputed Russian and foreign publications.

Blom said: “His association with the diamond industry ended in 2014, but he always remained a close friend.”

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Royal Chain Releases New Spring 2020 Collection

New release highlights the highly sought-after paperclip chain.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Fresh for the new year comes Royal Chain’s Spring 2020 Collection, featuring a litany of new products in gold.

Riding the wave of a strong holiday season for gold, Royal Chain is making some new additions to gold that they hope will help bump up sales just in time for Valentines and Mother’s Day.

The new release highlights the highly sought-after paperclip chain. These chains are available in several gauges, lengths, and colors, including gold & silver. The company has been holding off on releasing this chain, after numerous requests before and during the holiday season because they sought to create a proprietary version. They forecast it will quickly become a best seller. Other updates include a new “mirrored” chain, vintage inspired looks, as well a “southwest” themed collection.

The retail prices start at $95 in gold and $30 in silver, perfect for this time of year and all year round.

The collection is debuting this month at the CBG and RJO’s shows, and will continue to be sold throughout the year. Retailers who wish to access it sooner can call the company to place orders – 800.622.0960. Preordering is also available on their website, and inventory will be shipped the third week in January.

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Gem Legacy Taps Craig Selimotic Danforth for Advisory Board

He brings his 25-plus years of training, sales, marketing, and finance experience.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI — Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to colored gemstone mining communities, announces Craig Selimotic Danforth has been added to its Advisory Board.

Danforth is vice president of client solutions for Jewelers Mutual Group, where he helps enhance the company’s core offerings, and expand its emerging businesses and services to strengthen and grow the jewelry industry. He is passionate about building relationships and also brings his 25-plus years of training, sales, marketing, and finance experience to his position on the board of directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association. Danforth is a member of the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California, and the 24 Karat Club of the Southeastern United States, sitting on the latter’s scholarship committee. He also actively supports several local charities in his hometown of Charlotte, NC.

Gem Legacy’s Advisory Board guides Executive Director Roger Dery on communications, public relations, and initiative planning. Danforth will join Chris Clover of Field’s Jewelers; Peggy Jo Donahue of Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer; Ben Smithee of The Smithee Group; and Monica Stephenson of Anza Gems and idazzle, on the board.

“We’ve asked Craig to join us because his varied experiences and deep understanding of the many aspects of our industry make him a priceless asset to our mission,” says Dery. “We are thankful to have him working on our Advisory Board to add his wisdom and perspective to Gem Legacy’s mission. We are confident that their collective passion, drive, and vision will give Gem Legacy exponential growth in 2020 and beyond.”

“I’m honored to join the Advisory Board of Gem Legacy, champion its philanthropic mission, and further expand awareness of its vision,” said Danforth. “It is exciting to be a part of an organization dedicated to fundamentally changing the lives of the often overlooked, yet extremely hard working individuals (and their families) who are so critical to the success of our industry. I’m also grateful to Jewelers Mutual for supporting me in advocating worthy causes I’m passionate about. Giving back has been at Jewelers Mutual’s core for over 100 years.”

For more information or to donate, please email info@gemlegacy.org or visit gemlegacy.org. To learn more, follow Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy and on Facebook @thegemlegacy.

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Centurion Announces Free Tucson Gem Educational Event for Sunday, February 2, 2020

Begin your Tucson 2020 with a detailed market update.

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Featured Speakers: (Left to right, top to bottom) Edward Boehm, Rare Source, Chattanooga, TN; Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gem House, Vancouver, WA; Evan Caplan, Evan Caplan, Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan Farnsworth, Idaho Opal & Gem, Pocatello, ID; Joseph Menzie, Joseph Menzie, Inc., New York, NY; Jaimeen Shah, Prima Gem, New York, NY; Shekhar Shah, Real Gems, New York, NY; Monte Zajicek, Equatorial Imports, Dallas, TX.

(PRESS RELEASE) TUCSON, AZ — For those who are coming in for the Tucson Gem Shows, CENTURION has collaborated with eight major gemstone experts to create a special “Gem Market Update” educational event:

10:00 AM-3:30 PM — AC By Marriott Tucson Downtown (lunch and refreshments provided) — A gemstone market update from some of the brightest minds in the gemstone business. Colored gemstones are an important part of your business. And what better way to begin your Tucson 2020 expedition than to experience a detailed market update from a fantastic group of experts on many of the key gemstone categories you will be shopping while in town.

Here are the topics to be covered:

• Very high end & exotic gemstone market update
• East africa gemstone market update
• Emerald market update
• Ruby market update
• Sapphire market update
• Designer gemstone market update

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click here or follow the web address below.

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