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Industry News From 47th Street BID, GIA, Luxury Brand Group, World Diamond Council, More August 10, 2016 (0 comments)


47th Street BID Offers Free Seminar On Terrorism And Active Shooter Events

New York, NY—The 47th Street Business Improvement District is sponsoring an important free seminar on the subjects of terrorism and active shooter events. The seminars will be given by the New York Police Department on Monday, August 29, at 576 Fifth Avenue, second floor.

“Particularly in light of the many violent events the world has recently experienced, these timely seminars by the experts at the NYPD will be valuable for everyone in the jewelry industry,” says Michael Grumet, executive director of the 47th Street BID.

The “Active Shooter” session will be held from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and the “Terrorism Awareness” session will be from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Both sessions are free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Attendees can take one or both classes, but must sign up in advance and specify either the one or both they plan to attend. Please send name, company, phone number and email address to

There will be a half hour break between classes, and free food and refreshments will be provided. Image at left:


Summer 2016 Gems & Gemology: Breaking the Ice on Canadian Diamond Mining

Carlsbad, CA—Canadian diamonds are the focus of the Summer 2016 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), as researchers journey to the subarctic Diavik mine. The issue also examines two exquisite Fabergé figures, and reviews ongoing efforts in responsible mining. GIA’s quarterly professional journal also highlights a colorful and productive era in Colombian emerald mining and examines the process of cutting a 3,019 ct white opal into a museum-quality piece. This issue is now available in print and online.

G&G’s cover story, “Mining Diamonds in the Canadian Arctic: The Diavik Mine,” explores the mine’s discovery, development and operations, and looks to its planned closure in 2024, when the site will be restored to nearly its original condition. GIA’s Dr. James Shigley, Russell Shor, Pedro Padua and Dr. Mike Breeding, along with the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Dr. Steven Shirey and Diavik’s Douglas Ashbury, look beyond the mine’s value as a premier diamond source to its value as a window into the depths of the Canadian Shield. By gathering information from the kimberlites at Diavik, geologists can reconstruct the early history of the North American continent. The article is supplemented with exclusive videos captured at the Diavik mine. 

Jewelry historians Timothy Adams and Christel Ludewig McCanless discuss the design, construction and history of two Fabergé hardstone figures that depict the Romanov empresses’ Cossack bodyguards. The issue’s third article, by GIA’s Jennifer-Lynn Archuleta, provides insight into the colored gem industry’s ongoing efforts to establish ethical, sustainable mine-to-market supply chains.

G&G’s free archive containing every issue from 1934 to present, more in-depth coverage, hundreds of additional photos, and exclusive video footage are available on GIA’s website at


Luxury Brand Group Opens NY Office

New York, NY—Luxury Brand Group, the Southern California-based brand communications, marketing and public relations agency, has opened an office in New York City. The new office, near the city’s Bryant Park, opened in July 2016 and marks a major milestone in the agency’s 12-year history.

Frank Proctor, president/CEO, says, “To enhance our clients’ competitive edge in today’s global marketplace, we needed a unique presence in the editorial media hub of New York City. We are now fully equipped to stimulate brand awareness and consumer loyalty for all of our partners.”

LBG’s East Coast office will enhance media relations with New York-based editors and stylists for all LBG luxury clientele which include, but are not limited to, designer jewelry brands, luxury beauty brands and trade organizations. The new office also will enhance the ease and efficiency of special event planning, product previews, and editorial and product placement opportunities for clients.

For more information, visit or contact Jen Cullen Williams at 562.296.5990 or Arlene Guerrero at

Lobby of LBG's New York office building.


WDC Annual General Meeting To Be In New York Next Month

New York, NY—The World Diamond Council’s 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place September 7-9 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Hosted by the newly formed United States Jewelry Council (USJC), the body that brings together the views and actions of the U.S. jewelry industry trade associations relative to responsible and sustainable sourcing, the meeting is sponsored by Signet Jewelers, the Premier and Gala Sponsor of the event.  Other sponsors include ABN AMRO Bank, Brinks and UL. 

Among the items to be discussed during the AGM are the current agenda of the Kimberley Process (KP), the implementation of the WDC’s first-ever Strategic Plan, and an enhanced communications platform positioning the WDC as the industry voice to respond to KP and conflict diamond-related issues.

Maurice Tempelsman, chairman of the board of Lazare Kaplan International Inc., will make the keynote address at the opening session of the AGM on Sept. 8.  He’ll be joined by a number of high profile speakers from the diamond industry and government. The meeting will also focus on the upcoming KP Plenary meeting later this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The WDC AGM is open to paid WDC members and invited guests only. WDC members can register here. For more information, visit or contact WDC executive director Patricia Syvrud,

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