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News Article | February 23, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rapaport Auctions, the world’s leading recycler of diamonds, opened its melee auction this week with over 120,000 carats of diamonds. The auction offers a broad range of recycled and finely assorted premium quality diamond parcels in all shapes, qualities and sizes. The recycled diamonds are sourced from retailers, pawnshops and refineries from around the world. Viewing is taking place in Rapaport’s New York office from February 21-23 and at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong from February 28 - March 1. The wide variety of merchandise offered and the opportunity for buyers to purchase such large quantities of diamonds has generated overwhelmingly positive buyer interest. Viewing is by appointment only and limited spaces are available. “We are excited to be auctioning over 120,000 carats of melee diamonds in Hong Kong at one of the largest jewelry shows of the year. The diamond markets have stabilized over the past few months and developed a positive momentum. Prices for larger size diamonds are recovering after an extended period of decline. While demonetization in India drove melee prices down in December, the market is adapting to the new regulations and recovering. We believe the new policies will have a healthy long-term positive impact on the Indian diamond market and international trade. "Markets are in recovery mode with improving U.S. and Chinese demand. However, increased rough supply and tight profitability in the manufacturing and wholesale segments are of concern,” said Ezi Rapaport, Director of Global Trading, Rapaport Group. To participate in Rapaport Auctions, companies are invited to visit: www.rapaportauctions.com, contact Auction Support via email: auctions@rapaport.com or call their local Rapaport office. The Rapaport Group operates in compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act and OFAC regulations. Rapaport Auctions is the leading reseller of diamonds globally and provides an excellent opportunity for the diamond trade to buy and sell diamonds at fair market value cash prices. The large quantities and wide variety of merchandise offered attract competitive bids from a broad range of international buyers. Rapaport Auctions is committed to addressing the needs of the international diamond community for enhanced liquidity while presenting unprecedented buying opportunities. The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of ethical, transparent, competitive and efficient diamond and jewelry markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Price List is the primary source of diamond price and market information. Group activities include Rapaport Information Services, Rapaport Magazine, and Diamonds.net, providing research, analysis and news; RapNet – the world’s largest diamond trading network; Rapaport Laboratory Services provides GIA gemological services in India, Belgium and Israel; and Rapaport Trading and Auction Services specializing in recycled diamonds and jewelry. The Group supports over 20,000 clients in 121 countries and has offices in New York, Las Vegas, Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Mumbai, Surat, Dubai and Hong Kong. Additional information is available at www.Diamonds.net.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Katherine Jetter announces the opening of an exhibition of opals from around the globe at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, of which she is the guest curator. The Wonderful World of Opals features cut and uncut stones from Australia, Mexico, Ethiopia and Peru, as well as some set opal jewels from Jetter’s own collection. A one-of-a-kind rough opal specimen from Australia that weighs over 160 pounds is also part of the show. Grand opening events for the public include short talks, displays, and demonstrations at the museum on Feb. 10, and Feb. 11, 2017. Jetter was approached by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs in 2016 and worked to produce a collection of over 50 specimens, some of the finest in the world, one of which is encased in a fossilized dinosaur bone. Jetter collaborated with some of the world’s foremost opal miners, two of who will be present at a private reception on February 9: Bill Kasso of Eagle Creek Opals and Charlie Alsen of Opal Country. Other contributing miners include Andrew and Damien Cody of Cody Opal, Juergen Schuetz of Emil Weis and Susan Cooper of Broken River Mining. Jetter was recently selected by jewelry historian Olivier Dupon as one of his top picks of 35 contemporary jewelers in the world, featured in his newly launched book Fine Jewelry Couture: Contemporary Heirlooms. "This is an exceptional collection of opals curated by a leader in the opal industry,” said Margie Marino, director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. “The Museum is very proud to be able to work with world-wide partners to bring this exhibition to the people of New Mexico. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to the Museum to see a whole opal in its raw state and examine how it is formed,” she said. A number of collaborative and educational events have been scheduled for the opening weekend to enhance the visitor experience. Events Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 Free with Museum Admission 10am to 3pm: Rock, mineral and gem demonstrations and displays by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club/Museum Lapidary Studio FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES (including images and information about the private reception on February 9): Jennifer Hobson-Hinsley Jennifer(@)jlhmedia(.)com 505 603 8643 ### ABOUT KATHERINE JETTER LTD: Katherine Jetter was born in Melbourne, Australia and spent her youth in England, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. After attending SevenOaks School in Kent, UK, Katherine received a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Psychology from University College of London followed by an analyst position at JP Morgan. After attending the globally renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and receiving certification as a Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Designer, Katherine put her expertise to use by working for various international, high-end designer jewelers, including De Beers. Launching Katherine Jetter Ltd. in 2008, her collection was immediately picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus after showcasing at the prestigious Couture Jewelry Show in 2009. Katherine’s beautiful collections are featured in numerous retailers worldwide from Moscow to China including a selection of Neiman Marcus stores and high profile independent retailers across the U.S. Katherine and her husband, Daniel Burrell, moved to Santa Fe in 2010. They are active philanthropists in the community, with a key focus on furthering education for young people in New Mexico and have formed a foundation to support these efforts, the New Mexico Leadership Institute (NMLI), of which Katherine is President. NMLI partners with The University of New Mexico (UNM), New Mexico State University (NMSU) and top business leaders to provide New Mexico high school students with training and mentoring designed to develop effective leadership skills. Katherine is also on the Executive Board for NDI (New Mexico Dance Institute), and ran the Garfield Street Foundation on behalf of Rosemont Realty for 3 years. Katherine and Daniel have a daughter, Dylan, who is two years old. ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE: The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic monuments, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest state cultural agency in the nation.


News Article | March 3, 2017
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HONG KONG, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The JNA Awards, one of the world's most prestigious awards in the jewellery and gemstone industry, is now calling for entries for its sixth edition. Organised by JNA, the annual JNA Awards is set to further advance and propel Asia's jewellery and gemstone sector by recognising and honouring companies and individuals that have exhibited innovation, excellence, best business practices and outstanding business performance. There is no fee to enter the prestigious international award. Qualified companies and individuals, including past entrants, from around the world are invited to self-nominate or nominate others in the following categories: 1.   Brand of the Year -- Retail 2.   Industry Innovation of the Year 3.   Manufacturer of the Year -- Jewellery 4.   Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- ASEAN 5.   Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- Greater China 6.   Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- India 7.   Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below) 8.   eSupplier of the Year 9.   Sustainability Initiative of the Year 10. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below) The Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient will be nominated by the Awards organiser and further announcement will be made at a later date. Entries will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of five international industry experts, namely Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council and former Managing Director, Far East (WGC); James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC); Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc. Since the Awards is gaining wider recognition and higher participation rate, the organiser said more interviews or site visits will be conducted as part of the judging process.  Entrants who submit their nominations or register early would likely increase their chances of being interviewed or visited by members of the judging panel to gain a better understanding of their operations and business models. Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Chairperson of the JNA Awards and Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, "The JNA Awards is a powerful channel for companies to showcase their businesses. We find it very promising to see past Recipients and Honourees leveraging the value of the Awards to raise their profile among the most respected and admired names in the industry, and gain recognition within the trade." The JNA Awards 2017 is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook (CTF), together with the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) serving as Honoured Partners. Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China, said, "The JNA Awards has become an important platform for the gem and jewellery industry to come together, share successes and generate new ideas. Rio Tinto is delighted to have been a supporter of the Awards from the beginning, and to help nurture its growth, together with the organisers and the other awards partners, into one of the most important events in the industry calendar. We look forward to another successful year for the Awards in 2017." "Over the last few years, it has been exciting to witness various innovations from our peers to enhance their competitiveness, which have resulted in tremendous advancements in the jewellery industry amid a challenging operating environment. We look forward to having more outstanding participants bringing new insights to the industry and striving together to drive the jewellery industry forward," said Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group. To enter the JNA Awards, interested parties must complete and submit the entry form on or no later than midnight (Hong Kong time) of 5 May 2017. The Honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on 22 June 2017 at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors. Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world's leading diamond producers and operates a globally integrated mine-to-market diamond business. For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world-class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik). Rio Tinto's diamond sales and marketing activities, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, are supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. Rio Tinto believes in supporting consumer confidence in its diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues surrounding product integrity and sustainable development. It is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. The iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. premium diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group's stature as a diamond expert in the industry. The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 POS of Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States, as well as a fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-shop and other e-tail accounts on major online shopping platforms. The Group's sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive distribution channels. Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry. Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province. Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers. The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets. The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China. The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex. GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project", is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world. Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff. With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks. UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country. UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

HONG KONG, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The annual JNA Awards celebrates its sixth year with a stellar panel of judges consisting of five distinguished experts from the jewellery and gemstone industry. Organised by JNA, the JNA Awards recognises and honours companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and outstanding business performance to shape the growth and development of Asia's jewellery industry. An independent panel of industry leaders representing key sectors of the jewellery trade is carefully selected to ensure that the judging process is independent, robust, transparent and intellectually rigorous. The judges for JNA Awards 2017 are: Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development - Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel, remarked, "The judging panel is an integral part of making the JNA Awards an authoritative, fair and successful event. These individuals have been chosen not only for their expertise in the jewellery and gemstone industry, but also for their dedication and contribution to the advancement of the sector." "Although we saw a seven-year low for jewellery demand in 2016, we have witnessed the resiliency of the jewellery sector - thanks to the gradual corporatization of family-owned companies, and the adoption of state-of-the-art management know-how and IT application by enterprise owners and their teams to their manufacturing, retailing and marketing processes. We encourage these forward thinkers and innovators to share their best business practices through the JNA Awards," added Albert Cheng, Advisor to the WGC and former Managing Director of WGC - Far East. James Courage commented, "It has been a privilege and a responsibility to have been involved in the judging of the JNA Awards for the last five years since its inception. I have observed increased levels of investment and engagement by our industry in developing employees, improving environmental considerations, raising standards and making technical advancements, which are all well-covered by the focus of the JNA awards." Courage is currently a consultant to the jewellery industry, having recently retired from his roles as Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council and Chief Executive of PGI. "It's my honour and pleasure to serve as a judge and contribute to the JNA Awards for the sixth consecutive year. In the past five years, I've witnessed marked progress in terms of the quality of participants, the attention it has attracted, and the positive influence it has wielded in the industry as a whole. I believe that the JNA Awards will continue to surprise, delight and impress me in new ways," added Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the SDE. Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA for India and the Middle East, said, "Year after year, the JNA Awards has grown in stature and become synonymous with recognising excellence in the jewellery and gemstone industry. This platform encourages businesses to share their best practices that contribute towards accelerating the pace of innovation in the industry. It has been my honour to be associated with JNA Awards since 2013." Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc, added, "I am grateful to share the same passion and commitment with my fellow judges in promoting best business practices in the jewellery and gemstone industry. We hope that this year's awards will continue to see more qualified entries and first-time entrants joining our community." JNA Awards 2017 is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook (CTF), together with Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) as Honoured Partners. A complete description of the award categories, as well as a detailed explanation of the judging criteria and entry rules, may be reviewed after registering online. Entry submission will start in early March and the deadline for the submission of nominations is on 5 May 2017. For more information, visit http://www.JNAawards.com or contact: JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors. Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world's leading diamond producers and operates a globally integrated mine-to-market diamond business. For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world-class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik). Rio Tinto's diamond sales and marketing activities, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, are supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. Rio Tinto believes in supporting consumer confidence in its diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues surrounding product integrity and sustainable development. It is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. The iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. premium diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group's stature as a diamond expert in the industry. The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 POS of Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States, as well as a fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-shop and other e-tail accounts on major online shopping platforms. The Group's sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive distribution channels. Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry. Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province. Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers. The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets. The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China. The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex. GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project", is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world. Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff. With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks. UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country. UBM Asia was awarded "Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award" in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.


Sarine and GGTL Laboratories Cooperate to Take Gemmological Grading Technology to the Next Level Sarine and GGTL Laboratories recently have signed a collaboration agreement to research new and advanced approaches to gemmological challenges facing the diamond industry. Sarine Technologies Ltd ("Sarine") (U77:SI), and GGTL Laboratories ("GGTL") are pleased to announce that they have entered into a collaboration agreement to research new approaches to diamond grading and authentication. The cooperation between GGTL and Sarine is a merging of leaders in the diamond industry. GGTL is a renowned gem lab providing diamond grading and authentication services to prestigious clients including important international jewellery brands and the major brands of Swiss haute horlogerie. Sarine is the world's foremost developer of technologies for the diamond industry. Sarine's technological expertise combined with GGTL's standards of gemmological excellence create a powerful partnership that will drive the industry forward. Sarine and GGTL recently signed a cooperation agreement, which outlines the intention of the two companies to work together to address current and upcoming industry needs. One of the issues the partnership will focus on is the detection of lab grown diamonds of all sizes. Sarine and GGTL share in the belief that the use of technology can enable full transparency and disclosure that will benefit all players across the diamond pipeline. According to Uzi Levami, Chief Executive Officer of Sarine, "We are honoured and proud to collaborate with GGTL Laboratories, and are positive that this will leverage our ability to keep on delivering advanced solutions for our customers' needs. The authentication of naturally grown diamonds versus diamonds that are lab grown is a complex process that demands extremely high levels of expertise in various knowledge spheres, and is one example of how our collaboration with GGTL will benefit the market. Furthermore, Sarine's experience in the development of Artificial Intelligence with the use of advanced learning machines such as our automated and objective grading of a polished diamond's Clarity and Colour - see our announcement of 10 November 2016, places us in an ideal position to resolve challenges facing the diamond industry. The cooperation with the two owners of GGTL, Dr. Thomas Hainschwang and Franck Notari, who have many years of proven achievements, and with their team, is a privilege for Sarine and opens many opportunities. With a joint focus on strengthening the industry, the two companies will continue to work closely together to facilitate positive change in our challenging field." About Sarine Technologies Established in 1988, Sarine Technologies Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced evaluation, planning, processing, and finishing systems for diamond and gemstone production. Sarine products include diamond Cut, Color and light performance grading tools, the Galaxy(TM) family of inclusion mapping systems, rough diamond planning optimisation systems, laser cutting and shaping systems, laser-marking and inscription machines and polished diamond visualisation systems. Sarine systems have become an essential gemmology tool in every properly equipped gem lab, diamond appraisal business and manufacturing plant, and are today considered essential items by both diamond dealers and retailers. For more information about Sarine and its products and services, visit http://www.sarine.com. About GGTL Laboratories GGTL Laboratories is a well-respected independent gemmological institution that was formed through the merging of two gemmolgical laboratories in 2010: GemTechLab, founded in 1996 by Franck Notari in Geneva, Switzerland and GEMLAB (Liechtenstein), founded in 1996 by Dr. Thomas Hainschwang in Balzers, Liechtenstein (see below). By way of this merger, GGTL Laboratories has realised solutions with capabilities on a level incomparable with other labs. The combination of its principals' vast experience in gem testing and the research and design of gem testing equipment prototypes thus creating a considerable suite of unique analytical equipment, has made GGTL Laboratories an important player in the world of gem testing. For more information about GGTL Laboratories, visit http://www.ggtl-lab.org Dr. Thomas Hainschwang is a Director and co-founder of GGTL Laboratories. Dr. Hainschwang has been working on the analysis of diamonds - particularly fancy coloured diamonds - for the past twenty years, and is a respected expert in the field of gemmological diamond research. His PhD in Physics at the University of Nantes (France) thesis was on the subject of Type Ib diamonds, one of the key elements of synthetic diamond analysis. Franck Notari, is a Director and co-founder, of GGTL Laboratories. He is a research gemmologist and a university lecturer and instructor. Prior to founding GemTechLab in 1996 Merged into GGTL Laboratories in 2010), he was Research Manager and Laboratory Manager at GIA Switzerland for two years. Today he is also Head of Scientific Research and a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Institute of Gemmological Sciences (AIGS), Bangkok (since 2016). Dr. Thomas Hainschwang and Franck Notari have published numerous articles and lectures on many topics related to gemmological research. Their main research interest pertains to diamond synthesis, treatments, etc., but also to coloured stones and pearls. They design and manufacture high-tech analytical equipment for gemmological research and industrial applications, among others the DFI Deep-UV Laser+, a non-automated screening instrument for the efficient distinction of mounted and unmounted synthetic (CVD and HPHT) and natural D-Z colour diamonds in all shapes and sizes. Contact: GGTL: GGTL Laboratories Liechtenstein Gnetsch, 42 LI - 9496 Balzers LIECHTENSTEIN Dr. Thomas Hainschwang Managing Director Tel: +423 262 24 64 GGTL Laboratories Switzerland 4bis route des Jeunes CH - 1227 Les Acacias, Geneva SWITZERLAND Franck Notari Managing Director Tel: +41 (0) 22 731 58 80 Sarine: APAC IR Cyrus Capital Consulting Mr. Lee Teong Sang Tel: +65-9633 9035 North America IR MS-IR LLC Ms. Miri Scharia-Segal Tel: +1-917-607-8654 Sarine Technologies Ltd Ms. Tamar Brosh, Marketing & Communications Tel: +972-9-7904148


News Article | February 28, 2017
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1,900+ Exhibitors Showcase Dazzling Collections at AsiaWorld-Expo; International Jewellery Show to Open on Thursday at HKCEC The International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show opened today and continues through 4 March at the AsiaWorld-Expo. This fourth edition of the show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), welcomes more than 1,900 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions to showcase raw jewellery materials including quality diamonds, precious gems, semi-precious stones and exquisite pearls. On Thursday (2 March), the 34th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show will begin its five-day run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The International Jewellery Show, which is dedicated to finished jewellery products, along with the International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, feature a total of about 4,480 exhibitors from 52 countries and regions, forming the world's largest jewellery marketplace for sourcing and networking. "The outlook for the jewellery industry is positive, based on signs of recovery in the United States economy while emerging markets such as the Chinese mainland and ASEAN are displaying a sustained demand for jewellery," Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC, said. "However, with fierce competition in the market, jewellery manufacturers and retailers have to stay ahead of the curve by seeking out the best suppliers and keeping up with market trends by understanding the latest materials, technological advancements and the needs of buyers and consumers. Our fairs are designed to address these issues." - Quality diamonds and gems from around the globe - Dedicated zones facilitate convenient sourcing of various product categories. The Hall of Fine Diamonds gathers top-of-the-range diamond suppliers from around the world showcasing high carat and top quality diamonds. Exhibitors include Dharam Creations (Booth no.: 2-L24), Kiran (Booth no.: 2-K02) and Novel Collection (Booth no.: 2-R02) from Hong Kong, NIMESH GEMS (Booth no.: 2-T10) and Venus Jewel (Booth no.: 2-R08) from India, SwissDiam (Booth no.: 2-Q06) from Switzerland, Kristall (Booth no.: 2-S21) from Russia, Gemstar (Booth no.: 2-T17) from Israel and DBS Diamond (Booth no.: 2-S12) from the US. Treasures of Nature features a variety of precious gemstones. As well as popular emeralds, rubies and opals, rarer precious stones such as Ceylon pink sapphires, light red spinels and Paraiba gems are also on show. Treasures of Ocean presents natural precious pearls that offer top quality and value. The Rough Stones & Minerals zone, which was launched last year, returns to present unpolished and uncut precious stones and gems to buyers. Aside from product zones, 22 group pavilions including Australia, Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Thailand and the US showcase different jewellery raw materials. Prominent jewellery trade organisations have also set up their own pavilions, including Antwerp World Diamond Centre, International Colored Gemstone Association and Tanzanite Foundation. - One-stop platform for buying missions - The HKTDC organised more than 110 buying missions comprising over 7,400 buyers from some 70 countries and regions. Aside from gaining insights into the latest products and sourcing opportunities worldwide, buyers can also participate in seminars under a variety of themes. GIA experts are invited to introduce natural IIa diamonds, while a buyer forum will analyse the opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative. Exhibitors and buyers will be able to exchange ideas while appreciating exquisite gems. Business matching services are also provided for buyers to meet with potential suppliers to enhance sourcing efficiency. - International Jewellery Show opens Thursday - The 34th edition of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show will kick off at the HKCEC on 2 March. The show is set to offer finished jewellery products, including elite jewellery collections, premier brands, antique jewellery as well as new designer brands etc. The synergy between the two shows will generate more effective and convenient business exchanges among raw material suppliers and finished jewellery brands. The International Jewellery Show will provide a diverse sourcing opportunity, featuring the Hall of Fame devoted to the elegance of popular brands; Hall of Extraordinary with rare and top-tier jewellery pieces; Design Galleria that showcases innovative creations; World of Glamour spotlighting Hong Kong-based exhibitors; as well as Treasures of Craftsmanship where jewellery and art converge. A number of networking receptions will also be organised during the International Jewellery Show. Events include the Gala Dinner on the first day (2 March) sponsored by Tanzanite Foundation, where invited guests will enjoy a menu prepared by Chef Robert Fontana, ASEAN Chairman of Disciples Escoffier International Asia, while appreciating jewellery parades and other performances. The culinary and visual pleasure will surely enrich the night already full of networking opportunities. During the fair period, jewellery parades will allow buyers to examine selected items from exhibitors. Themed seminars will furnish industry players with the latest product trends, market information and technological advancements. During the concurrent fair period a free shuttle bus service will be provided between AsiaWorld-Expo (Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show) and downtown areas (including HKCEC). Please visit the fair website for more details. Fair Websites: HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: http://www.hktdc.com/hkjewelleryshow HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show: http://www.hktdc.com/hkdgp Photo Download: http://bit.ly/2lOO9XM Media Registration: Media representatives wishing to cover the event may register on-site with their business cards and/or media identification. To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc (Photo:) Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR Government, officiates the opening ceremony of the International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show. About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:


News Article | February 27, 2017
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Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers joined other well-established companies at the 2016 Jewelry Career Fair & Open House, organized annually by the Gemological Institute of America. The event was held at the Institute’s Robert Mouawad campus in Carlsbad, California. The event traditionally attracts job seekers and jewelry lovers alike, and 2016 was no exception. Visitors could participate in one-on-one career coaching sessions, attend two panel presentations and demonstrations, and also enjoy more than 1,000 gems on display at the GIA Museum. Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers was one of the industry recruiters at the fair, seeking candidates for the following positions: Estate Buyer, Sales Assistant, Sales Professional, Processor and Master Bench Jeweler. As a recurrent recruiter at GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers is happy to reach out to Graduate Gemologists and other gem and jewelry specialists from the area. Faithful to its credo, the company employs Graduate Gemologists and other personnel with relevant experience so as to ensure all work stays in-house, from price estimation to repairs. ‘’We always look for dedicated professionals to join our team. We nurture a sense of togetherness and familiarity, both within the company and towards our customers. Just like our master jewelers have been instrumental in the company’s long-lasting success, so was our sales team. That is why each new staff member is like a family member here at Leo Hamel's,’’ said Leo Hamel, owner and CEO. About Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers: Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers is one of the leading full-service jewelry stores in San Diego. Family-owned and operated for 36 years, the company adopts a fully personalized approach to customers throughout San Diego, welcoming them to the Leo Hamel family. The company reaches out to the wider community through its jewelry buying locations in San Diego, La Mesa, Solana Beach, Oceanside and Rancho Bernardo. Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers boasts honors such as San Diego’s Best Wedding Rings in 2013 and 2014 in the San Diego A-List contest, San Diego’s Best Jeweler in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Best Pawn/Resale Shop in 2014 and 2015 in the Union Tribune’s San Diego’s BEST polls, as well as Best Jewelry Store in Citybeat’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 Readers Poll.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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SBTech has won one of the betting industry's most important accolades - the title of Sports Betting Supplier of the Year at the annual GIA Award. In the company of all the world's major iGaming operators and technology providers at London's ExCeL, SBTech was honoured for its commercial success in a wide range of international markets, beating out competition from Amelco, Digital Sports Tech and OpenBet. Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, comments: "Winning this award is a fitting tribute to the diligence and dedication of every SBTech employee. We have invested heavily to grow the business over the past 12 months, expanding our regulatory footprint by entering Portugal, Romania, Spain and Italy. We're now looking forward to an even stronger year, with numerous launches planned in additional regulated markets. We are also building on our expertise in big data analytics, personalisation and delivering a seamless Omni-channel experience, as we continue to grow SBTech into a true global heavyweight." In reaching their decision, the judges considered criteria including increased turnover, competitive edge, achieving biggest market share for clients, innovation of betting features, range of regulated markets and offering balance between fully managed and semi-managed sportsbook solutions. SBTech's breadth of sports event coverage and live betting, vast range of bet types, uniquely configurable core features, best-in-class Chameleon360 iGaming platform, superb Omni-channel solution and its excellence in big data analytics for bet encouragement all contributed to the company's latest success, confirming its status as an industry-leading supplier of sports betting technology in regulated markets. - ENDS - SBTech is an industry-leading provider of fully managed and semi-managed sports betting solutions and services in regulated markets, thanks to the world-class coverage of its sportsbook, unrivalled multi award-winning in-play betting, complete Omni-channel solutions and its innovative and uniquely configurable Chameleon360 iGaming Platform.


Northeastern Fine Jewelry, located in Albany and Schenectady, New York, is excited to announce the beginning of the exclusive, month-long, “Buy One Get One Free” wedding band sales event. Lasting from February 11th to March 11th, this sale offers Northeastern Fine Jewelry customers the once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive a free band with the purchase of any wedding band (of equal or lesser value). This event carries a limit of one free band per customer. When asked about the event, NEFJ Vice President Gregg Kelly said, “Everyone here is pretty excited about this great opportunity. Starting on February 11th and ending March 11th, there’s still time for some of Valentine’s lovebirds to take advantage of this truly amazing deal.” In addition to this once-in-a-lifetime “Buy One Get One Free” deal, extended to customers of the Albany and Schenectady showrooms of Northeastern Fine Jewelry is 90-day interest free financing, as well as complimentary engraving on all wedding bands purchased. For individuals interested in taking advantage of this exclusive promotion, Northeastern Fine Jewelry strongly suggests that guest call 1.800.795.NEFJ, or stop into either of their state-of-the-art showrooms and make an appointment. Established in 1980, Northeastern Fine Jewelry is the source in the greater Capital Region area for designer engagement rings, wedding bands, fashion jewelry, luxury Swiss-made timepieces, and GIA-certified loose diamonds. Located in Schenectady and Albany, New York, Northeastern Fine Jewelry extends a number of fine jewelry services including full-service jewelry and timepiece repairs, custom jewelry design services, as well as professional appraisal services done entirely on-site. For more information on the sales, promotions, events, and products available at Northeastern Fine Jewelers, please visit NEFJ.com, call 1.855.795.NEFJ, or visit either of their Schenectady or Albany, New York, showrooms today.


A GIA-certified 6.77-carat modern Champagne diamond ring slipped onto a new finger for $31,000 and a monumental figural hall bench, attributed to R. J. Horner (N.Y., 1853-1922), gaveled for $28,320 at Ahlers & Ogletree's Jan/ 14-16 auction.

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