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Industry News: JFC’s Vegas Afterparty; JA Offers HR Help To Members; GIA To Host Synthetic Seminar May 09, 2018 (0 comments)


Calum Scott To Perform At JFC Facets of Hope After-Party 

Las Vegas, NV--For the third year in a row, Hallmark Jewelry will sponsor the after-party immediately following the Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope event on Sunday, June 3, at Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel Casino. The after-party begins at 9:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the Facets of Hope dinner and program. The after-party is open to all attendees at the Facets of Hope dinner, and those who are unable to attend the dinner may join the afterparty for $150.

Dessert and themed drinks as well as entertainment will be part of the -party and participants will be able to sign special Hallmark cards that will be delivered to children in need through JFC’s charity partners.

“The Facets of Hope after-party has grown every year and Hallmark Jewelry is proud to be the continuing sponsor of the event. Said Katy Briggs, Sr. Licensing Manager for Hallmark Global Brand Licensing. It’s a great opportunity for us to reinforce the Hallmark Jewelry brand and educate the attendees about our involvement with JFC.”

Bulova will sponsor a special appearance by artist and songwriter Calum Scott (above left), whose debut album, Only Human, hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 countries. Tracks from the album, out now on Capitol Records, have over 1 billion combined streams and his new single, “You Are The Reason” is certified Gold. Scott was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single, for his poignant version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” which is now platinum in five countries.

Bulova works with Scott through its collaboration with Universal Music Group for their Tune of Time project, a short-form video series focusing on a selection of some of today’s most promising emerging artists, exploring how they spend their time creating, performing and following their music dreams. 

“Callum is a true talent that Bulova is proud to work with," said Jeffrey Cohen, Bulova president. "Making him available for an appearance at the Facets of Hope after-party will be an honor for us and a real highlight of the evening.” Scott will perform a three-song set at the start of the after-party, and a local dance band will provide additional music afterwards throughout the duration of the after-party.

For information on the Facets of Hope dinner, the after-party, or to purchase tickets, contact Jewelers For Children.


JA Partners with TriNet to Offer HR Solutions to Its Members

New York, NY—Jewelers of America (JA) announces a new strategic partnership with TriNet, a professional employer organization, to offer JA members preferred pricing for human resources services and access to comprehensive benefit packages, including medical, dental, vision and more. TriNet’s HR solution helps small and mid-size businesses mitigate their exposure to employer-related risk, provide payroll and tax administration, and HR guidance.

“For a majority of our independent members, complete benefit packages and HR support is a costly or unavailable option, and Jewelers of America has been working for some time to find a nationwide option for members. JA uses TriNet as our own HR and payroll solution, and we believe their depth and range of services are a great solution for our members,” says David J. Bonaparte, JA president and CEO.

The partnership allows business owners to focus on growing and succeeding in the jewelry business by handing off administrative tasks to TriNet, which will offer industry-specific services delivered by an expert team of HR professionals, and managed through a cloud-based technology platform.

For more information, click here or call JA Member Services at (800) 223-0673.


GIA Research Scientists To Offer Advanced Synthetic Diamond Seminar

Carlsbad, CA—Research scientists from GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will offer a new synthetic diamond seminar at GIA locations around the world, beginning in Hong Kong just prior to the Hong Kong Gem Show in June. This high-level one-day program will combine lectures with practical lab instruction, including the latest GIA instrumentation for differentiating natural diamonds from CVD and HPHT synthetic diamonds and diamond simulants.

“GIA examined and characterized the earliest gem-quality synthetic diamonds nearly 50 years ago. Since then, we have continued to build the Institute’s expertise in identifying synthetics through robust, published research into their properties. This combination of decades of experience in delivering quality, relevant education and in-depth independent research into natural and synthetic diamonds is unique to GIA,” said Dr. Wuyi Wang, vice president of research and development. “As the public becomes more aware of gem-quality synthetic diamonds – including melee sizes – it is imperative that the industry is prepared with training and expertise to address consumer concerns.”

The first seminar will be offered June 19 at the GIA school in Hong Kong on June 19. GIA senior research scientist Dr. Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson will present the seminar, along with bilingual GIA education staff. The cost of the Hong Kong seminar is HK $6,000 and registration is limited to 15 participants. Those interested in registering for the full-day seminar should contact GIA in Hong Kong (telephone +852 3166 7001; email

Seminar participants will gain hands-on experience with the GIA iD100T, which can distinguish natural diamonds (mounted and loose, rough and cut) from both HPHT and CVD synthetic diamonds, and diamond stimulants, in the colorless to near-colorless range, in sizes starting from 0.9 millimeters in diameter. Photo by Emily Lane/GIA.

Seminar participants will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced diamond identification techniques and will have hands-on experience with current production synthetic diamonds and the latest detection technology. The combination of lecture and lab will leverage the expertise of GIA research scientists and the education skills and experience of GIA instructors. The GIA research scientist presenting the seminar will have expert knowledge of synthetic diamond as a material, its identification and gemological characteristics, along with the processes used by GIA’s laboratories to separate synthetic from natural diamonds.

The seminars will cover the most important topics related to diamond identification.

The seminar will be offered at other GIA locations later in the year. The date, length, specific topics and cost of the seminar will vary by location.

Without proper knowledge and equipment, it is impossible to differentiate between a natural diamond (on the left) and a synthetic diamond (on the right). Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA.

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