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Industry News: Paola De Luca Headlines Couture Education; JSA Warns Of Cut Power Lines; More May 28, 2019 (0 comments)


Analyst Paola De Luca To Assess Impact Of Digital Era On Jewelry Design At COUTURE

Las Vegas, NV—Leading trend forecaster and analyst Paola De Luca (left), co-founder of luxury market intelligence agency The Futurist, will speak at COUTURE about the effects of the digital era and globalization on culture and design directions for the jewelry sector. Aformer jewelry designer, De Luca has over 20 years experience as a leading luxury and jewelry industry creative director and strategist.

“Our seminar will give clear messages about howfast-moving changes in digital society will impact on jewelry design trends,” said De Luca. “The talk will link consumer behavior and social changes for the jewelry and luxury segments and their effects on product directions, purchasing and communication, with a focus on seasons 2020-21.”

The seminar will take place Friday, May 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Petrus 1 ballroom at The Wynn Las Vegas.


JSA Warns Of Rash Of Burglaries By Cutting Power Lines

New York, NY—Thieves have accessed more than 30 jewelry stores by cutting the power lines to disable the stores’ alarm systems. Incidents have occurred in California, Canada, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, and Utah.

Thieves wait until the store has closed for the evening, then cut the power lines and watch to see if there’s a response by the owner, police, or alarm company. If not, they proceed with the burglary, sometimes cutting through a wall or the roof. 

The Jewelers Security Alliance recommends the following actions:

Jewelry stores that have had their power lines cut are asked to please notify JSA, which is working with law enforcement regarding these burglaries. Call JSA at (800) 537-0067.


GEM Awards Accepting Nominations Through June 28
New York, NY—Jewelers of America (JA) is accepting submissions in four categories for the 18th Annual GEM Awards, which will be held on January 10, 2020, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The GEM Awards honor the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches. 

The GEM Awards Committee is now seeking suggestions for 2020 GEM Awards nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence, Retail Excellence and Watch Excellence. Companies and individuals can submit themselves or others for consideration through June 28, 2019, by clicking here.

The committee will review all submissions and select the 2019 GEM Awards nominees and/or honorees. After the nominees are announced and supporting materials are collected, the committee will vote to determine the winner in each category. An independent auditing firm tallies the votes to keep winners confidential until a live reveal during the ceremony on January 10, 2020. 

A Lifetime Achievement recipient will also be selected by the GEM Awards Committee, which is presented to a single honoree announced prior to the event.  

Olivier Stip will once again lead the 2020 GEM Awards Committee as Chair. The Committee 2020 GEM Awards Committee Members are:  Randi Udell Alper, London Jewelers; Sarin Bachmann, JCK & LUXURY - Reed Jewelry Group; Stephane Barraque, Timeless Distributions; David Bonaparte, Jewelers of America; David Bouffard, Signet Jewelers; Gannon Brousseau, Jewelry Group - Emerald Expositions; Stephanie Evans Greene, Hearts On Fire; Marion Fasel, The Adventurine; Michelle Graff, National Jeweler;Will Kahn, Town & Country; Roberta Naas,; Russell Pagliughi, Marina B.; Matthew Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box; Steven Kaiser - Chairman Emeritus, Kaiser Time Inc.

For the complete list of the GEM Awards Committee, to secure sponsorships or tickets, or to learn more about the January 10, 2020 gala, visit

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