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Industry News: Las Vegas Galas; Lab Finds Synthetic Sapphire In Melee; More June 19, 2019 (0 comments)


Glam And Giving In Vegas: Party Pictures From D.E.F. And JFC’s Annual Galas

Las Vegas, NV—In addition to big merchandise launches, the Las Vegas shows are an opportunity for the industry to come together and do good as a whole. Both of the industry’s two main nonprofits, Jewelers For Children and the Diamond Empowerment Fund, hold their annual galas in Las Vegas. (Left: Michael Pollak, CEO of Hyde Park Jewelers, at the Diamonds Do Good gala.)

This year’s Diamonds Do Good gala, hosted by the Diamond Empowerment Fund, was held Thursday, May 30 at the Venetian. Honorees included Russian diamond miner ALROSA, for its community, environmental, and social impact programs, and the Luxury Jewelers Resource Group, which received the Community Building Award for their efforts at fostering positive social programs in the neighborhoods in which their stores are located. The evening also included a reprisal of last year’s successful “Balloons For Good” Auction, a sellout hosted by Peter Engel of Fred Meyer Jewelers. Read full coverage of it here.

Related: Doing Well By Doing Good Was Key Theme Throughout Las Vegas Shows

On Sunday, June 2, Jewelers for Children hosted its annual Facets Of Hope gala, also at the Venetian. This year’s event honored Judy Fisher, senior vice president of merchandising for Reeds Jewelers, and David J. Bonaparte, president and CEO of Jewelers of America. Guests were also treated to a performance by 16 year-old Aniya, who had her wish granted when she got to meet performer Jessie J., and heard from Jackie, who aged out of the foster care system and is now in college. The evening also included a watch give-away as well as a silent and live auction. Read full coverage of it here.

Here’s a look back at both events:


Left: Botswana Top Achiever student and recent Stanford University graduate, Moratwa Chamme, represented D.E.F’s Student Scholars at the Diamonds Do Good gala. “This [scholarship] is not just college tuition. To my country, Botswana, it is an investment in its human capital and evidence of the positive impact of diamonds.”  Right: 16-year-old Aniya, through Make-A-Wish, performed at the Jewelers For Children Facets of Hope dinner.

D.E.F.'s second annual Balloons for Good auction, emceed by Peter Engel of Fred Meyer Jewelers, raised more money for the organization, above. Below, some D.E.F. board members gather for a photo-op.

Pamela Mortensen, chair of Jewelers For Children, introduces the Facets of Hope honorees and special guests. Below, cocktails and networking at Facets of Hope, top, and Diamonds Do Good, bottom.


GSI Finds Synthetic White Sapphire In Diamond Melee

New York, NY—A piece of jewelry tested recently at Gemological Science International (GSI) was found to have synthetic white sapphires mixed with diamond accents.

GSI co-founder and president Debbie Azar called the occurrence highly unusual; normally if a piece or parcel containing melee were going to be mixed with anything it would be lab-grown diamonds, she told National Jeweler.

Salting parcels and pieces with lab-grown diamonds remains the far greater problem, says Azar, citing continual advances in growing technology that make lab-grown diamonds more difficult—though not impossible—to spot. 

Read more here.


Ninth Annual Madison Avenue Watch Week Held June 10-15

New York, NY—Madison Avenue Watch Week has become an annual tradition as premier watch retailers offered a “first look” at the timepieces launched earlier this year at the 29th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the 2019 Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show. 

Related: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Baselworld 2019

Timed this year to coincide with Father’s Day gifting, the event was held Monday, June 10 - Saturday, June 15 in participating watch boutiques. This year’s roster of watch brands included A. Lange & Söhne, Apple, David Yurman, De Beers JewellersF.P. Journe, Hublot Boutique, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Smythson and Vacheron Constantin. 

A highlight of the weeklong event was the Masters Watchmakers Panel, held June 11, followed by a guided Watch Week Collectors Tour. 

A sampling of Watch Week events:A. Lange & Söhne hosted presentations by a master watchmaker of select 2019 novelties, inviting guests to learn about complications such as the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds. Apple offered workshops to navigate and customize the Apple Watch. Jaeger- LeCoultrehosted watchmaking Master Classes along with an exclusive tasting of Louis XIII cognac, and more. Madison Avenue Watch Week is presented by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), supported by The Wall Street Journal and the Horological Society of New YorkLearn more here:

Special events were held at watch boutiques along Madison Avenue. Here, at David Yurman.


Watches, Global Design To Take Bigger Role At VICENZAORO September 

Vicenza, ItalyAn expanded watch pavilion is scheduled to be part of the September edition of Vicenzaoro, organized by Italian Exhibition Group, and scheduled for September 7-11.The Watch Room will be located in a more prominent, elegant, and functional position along the central colonnade within the LOOK community, the section of the fair that focuses on fashion jewelry. 

12 new different brands—Swiss, German, and Japanese—will be featured. Highlights include the debut of Corum, the high-end Swiss brand that has been a forerunner in introducing new shapes for dials, Luminox, the California-based brand offering military watches for men renowned for resistance and night-time luminosity, Victorinox, the well-known Swiss knife brand that also offers military-inspired timepieces, and German manufacture Junghans, among others.

In the jewelry sector, the fair will offer a selection of the best of Italian and global design, from The Design Room to Trendvision, the independent research centre that forecasts global jewellery trends ahead of time, The Design Room, located inside the ICON community Hall, will be a forge of ideas and the maximum expression of experimentation with an accurate selection of 12 top independent designers from all over the world, such as Marie Mas, Lydia Courteille, Alessio Boschi and, in the fair’s ICON District, Stephen Webster, the well-known English “rockstar” designer whose customers include such notables as  Kate Moss, Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, and Madonna, for whom he has designed several rings.

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