Delegates from India visit UK to promote India International Jewellery Show (IIJS)
• GJEPC to host 36th India International Jewellery Show between 8-12 August
• Over 1,300 exhibitors and 2,500 + booths at this year’s show
• Exhibitors from over 800 cities in India and 80+ countries will participate
London, June 23, 2019 - A delegation from India's gem and jewellery export promotion arm, GJEPC, is visiting London this week to host a dinner to develop business ties with the UK trade and introduce the Mumbai IIJS Premiere trade show.
India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), one of the most prestigious jewellery shows, will be held from 8 – 12 August 2019, in Mumbai, India.
“India has one of the most skilled and dynamic workforces,” Mansukh Kothari, Convener, National Exhibitions, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said.
“Over the last three decades, this prestigious jewellery show has become a perfect platform to showcase and offer the best of India’s expertise and craftsmanship in all segments of the gems and jewellery sector.
“IIJS Premiere showcases the latest Indian jewellery designs and the best "Made in India" gold and silver jewellery, as well as polished diamonds and coloured gemstones, for both the domestic and international markets.
“We are expecting delegations from Australia, UK, USA, China, Sri Lanka, Iran along with Bangladesh and Malaysia at the show.”
Gem and jewellery exports are a USD 40 billion a year industry, contributing 7% to India’s GDP. The sector also plays a big role in generating employment, with 5 million people currently employed in the sector.
"We will be hosting a dinner for interested representatives of the UK jewellery and gem trade at a hotel in Isleworth on Friday June 28 to build trade relationships with UK retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and dealers," said Mehul Lodhiya, GJEPC's UK representative. Mansukh Kothari and senior GJEPC official Vikrant Pradhan, who play leading roles in organising IIJS Premiere, will lead the delegation.
Apart from British Asian buyers, the delegation is hoping to attract more native UK buyers to IIJS Premiere, and to its "Buyer Seller Meetings", specially curated events staged regularly at key trading centres in India.
U.S. buyers increasingly turn to handcrafted gem-set Thai jewelry, showcased at JCK Las Vegas 2019
By David Brough
LAS VEGAS, June 2019 - Thailand’s Showcase at JCK Las Vegas highlighted handcrafted silver and custom cut gem-set jewelry that is becoming increasingly sought-after in the U.S. market.
Thailand, with the support of the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), presented a pavilion at JCK Las Vegas, from May 31 to June 3, showing off the best of handcrafted Thai jewelry, notably custom cut gemstones.
Many of Thailand’s leading jewelry suppliers will exhibit at the 64th edition of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, which will take place from September 10-14, 2019, celebrating the theme “Thailand's Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making”Kwanapa Phivnil, Executive Director of Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles reveals that US market looks for jewelry that is outstanding both in quality and uniqueness and jewelry from Thailand can meet this expectation. “As we can see from the Thailand Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas this year, we have received high attention from the buyers, especially in the part of silver jewelry created by Thai craftsmen as well colored gemstone jewelry.”
“In addition, smart jewelry or jewelry that has technology combined are more interesting in US market. Thai craftsmen are already renowned for their sophistication and outstanding production skills. If they are able to combine beauty design with functionality into unique jewelry, it would make Thai jewelry brands more interesting and they could meet more needs of modern consumers," she adds.
The manufacturers exhibiting in the Thailand Showcase at JCK Las Vegas all had their own handcrafted specialities.
“We cut mother-of-pearl piece by piece and we do intricate mosaic and inlay work,” said Katapon Lervisit, a director of Nida Factory, a Bangkok-based manufacturer of silver and pearl jewelry at JCK Las Vegas.
“For us craftsmanship is the most important thing: we do everything by hand.
“Our U.S. buyers look for great value and exceptional quality. Many types of buyers come to us, from department stores, shops and TV shopping channels.”
Silver jewelry from Thailand is a major U.S. import, accounting for $553 million by value in 2018, up 9.3 percent from the previous year.
Another Thai exhibitor at JCK Las Vegas was Formica (Th) Co, which supplies silver jewelry and a wide variety of synthetic stones.
“Because of Thailand’s reputation for craftsmanship, a lot of stones come to Thailand,” said Alexander Lee, Formica sales executive.
“We get a lot of interest from buyers who are jewelry manufacturers located across the Americas wishing to produce color variety.”
Bangkok-based Bella Jewelry Factory produces custom cut gemstones, crafted by around 15 artisans, set in gold and silver jewelry that is greatly in demand by U.S. jewelry designers.
“We work closely and very well with designers. We adapt to their requirements. Some 60 percent of Bella’s production is sold to the United States,” said Director Chaiyanan Suwanamas.
Key Gems, another JCK exhibitor, which prides itself on cutting gemstones by hand, is seeing buoyant U.S. demand for its 18-carat gold jewelry set with rubies and sapphires, said sales executive Sally Choksoontornlert.
Thailand is the number 1 source of polished rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other gemstones to the U.S. market, accounting for $303 million by value in 2018, up 24.57 percent from the previous year.
Vatana has consistently sold its contemporary fine custom cut gem-set jewelry to the U.S. market, having exhibited at JCK every year for the past two decades, said company owner Theeravat Kanokkul.
He said he can supply gold jewelry, depending on a customer’s requirements, in 18-, 14-, or 10-carat.Plan your business and leisure time when you visit Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair during September 10-14, 2019 at: https://www.bkkgems.com/
India silver & fashion jewellery “Buyer Seller Meet” welcomes buyers
Jaipur, June 15, 2019 – The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) staged the India Silver & Fashion Jewellery Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) in Jaipur, Rajasthan from June 12-14, 2019.Commenting at the inauguration, Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC, said: “The BSM has been organised with the objective to meet the current business needs of the silver jewellery industry and to further establish and strengthen new business opportunities and to promote business globally.“The 3-day business matching programme will be an ideal opportunity to showcase India’s strength and capabilities in manufacturing silver jewellery which is in demand due to its exclusivity and craftsmanship, whether it’s machine- or hand-made.“’Made in India’ silver jewellery has gradually made a mark in international markets with remarkably good designs, bold use of diamonds and coloured gemstones, thereby adding more value.”India’s gross exports of silver jewellery for the period April 2018 – March 2019 accounted for US$ 837.81 million.
CMJ supplier Just Diamonds to offer non-certified melee and larger diamonds
May 29, 2019 - Just Diamonds, a Birmingham-based supplier of certified diamonds with unique buying software, has extended its range to include non-certified polished melee diamonds from 0.75mm upwards.Just Diamonds has started to supply UK and EU-based companies, targeting small businesses such as manufacturers and workshops.“All grades and qualities are available. On delivery the diamonds are sorted as per customers’ requirements. We are also able to offer ‘old cut’ diamonds, which are seeing an increase in demand,” Just Diamonds’ director Dinesh Parekh said.
Last year Just Diamonds became a supplier to the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), the UK and Ireland’s largest buying group.Since then, Dinesh has travelled to India and Hong Kong, established a network of new supplier contacts and increased the company’s range of diamonds on offer, all at highly competitive prices.“I have an exceptional supply of diamonds, both certified and non-certified, and deliver in one to eight working days,” he said.Just Diamonds’ software allows customers visiting a brick-and-mortar jewellery shop to choose from a huge variety of certified white polished diamonds for extraordinary value.Most of the certified diamonds offered by Just Diamonds, have GIA reports. Some stones are certified by IGI, or HRD, and the range includes some EGL-certified diamonds.Just Diamonds also supplies high-quality ring mounts and finished jewellery, mainly bespoke items requested by existing customers.For press enquiries, please contact Dinesh Parekh at tel. 0121 236 8809, and mobile 07903839085.www.just-diamonds.com
Bjorn Diamonds supplies exceptional, on-trend Salt and Pepper diamonds
By David Brough
LONDON, May 28, 2019 – Hatton Garden-based Bjorn Diamonds supplies exceptional Salt and Pepper diamonds, which are increasingly sought-after by bespoke jewellery designers, manufacturers and retailers.
Salt and Pepper diamonds, featuring black and white inclusions giving a grey tone, are becoming very fashionable as part of a celebration of “Imperfection” seen across jewellery and fashion design trends.
They also have the advantage of being much cheaper than traditional white goods.
Bjorn Diamonds specialises in Salt and Pepper Diamonds, supplying Full cuts In Round and Fancy shapes, which are very difficult to find as a steady source.
Bjorn Diamonds will be exhibiting at the PREMIER show, Booth 3721, at Las Vegas Convention Center starting on May 30.
“We are consistent and only stock what we can repeat again,” says Bjorn Halpern, founder and CEO of Bjorn Diamonds.
“Salt and Pepper diamonds are considerably cheaper (than white goods.)
The idea is almost the same concept as why people are going for rough diamonds: with rough diamonds, one can get a large stone, say a 2-carat, and still have some life (in the stone), also stressing the beauty of nature untouched, and the same applies with Salt and Pepper diamonds.”
Bjorn added: “One can get a lively, 2-carat stone and be mesmerised by the fire of the diamond together with the inclusions, forming a greyish look stressing the beauty of nature.” http://www.bjorndiamonds.com1.02ct radiant Bjorn Diamonds1.21ct cushion Bjorn Diamonds1.52ct oval Bjorn Diamonds1.25ct emerald Bjorn Diamonds1.58ct round brilliant Bjorn Diamonds
AIGS adds 360-degree video gem view to reports
BANGKOK, May 2019 – The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) Lab Co has added a 360-degree video gem view to its Full Reports and Master Gemstone Reports for stones weighing more than 5 carats.
“This is a great tool for our clients as the 360-degree view makes it easier for them to sell their gemstones,” said Kennedy Ho, Chairman of AIGS.The AIGS Lab, which is based in the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok, serves the gem and jewelry industry and the public with a comprehensive range of gemstone and jewelry analysis reports, including rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
The Lab grades, when possible, colored gemstones and diamonds for quality and produces reports to enable both the trade and public to assess their quality for potential purchase.
The AIGS belongs to The Gem Alliance, an informal grouping of gem identification labs, launched by Kennedy Ho, which encourages sharing of research and information.
The members of the Gem Alliance are:
Kennedy Ho, Chairman, Asian Institute of Gemological Science, Bangkok, Thailand; Franck Notari, Director, GGTL Laboratories Switzerland, Geneva, Switzerland; Dr. Thomas Hainschwang, Director, GGTL Laboratories Liechtenstein, Balzers, Liechtenstein; Masaki Furuya, President, Japan Germany Gemmological Laboratory, Yamanashi-ken, Japan; Aurelien Delaunay, Director, Laboratoire Francais de Gemmologie, Paris, France; and Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch, Professor, Universite de Nantes and Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel, Nantes, France.
Presidium seeks reviewers for its solution to diamond identification issue
April 2019 - As diamond suppliers, manufacturers and retailers are warned to improve transparency to consumers around lab-grown and natural diamonds, Presidium, an industry-leading manufacturer of diamond and gemstone testing devices, is seeking industry reviewers for its ASSURE-certified Synthetic Diamond Screener (SDS II).Presidium’s SDS II is a portable, affordable option for companies that want to ensure that the diamonds they sell are clearly identified as either mined or lab-grown. It has been awarded the coveted ASSURE Tested Certification Mark and is the only ASSURE diamond verification instrument that retails for less than US$1,000 and delivers 100% accuracy on the synthetic diamond referral rate. It is suitable for both loose and mounted stones, including melees as small as 0.02ct, and can detect lab-grown from mined diamonds in just two seconds.The recent launch of the ASSURE program comes as news agency Reuters has reported that the US Federal Trade Commission, which investigates allegations of deceptive advertising, has sent warning letters to eight companies to insist they distinguish in advertisements between diamonds from mines and those made in laboratories.
Speaking about the ASSURE program, DPA CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr said: “Through the ASSURE program, we will support the diamond trade, from independent jewellery retailers to large diamond manufacturers, to make informed decisions on how to ensure that undisclosed laboratory-grown diamonds do not enter their natural diamond supply chain.”The ASSURE programme is a joint collaboration between the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and Signet Jewelers. Each instrument is tested on the ASSURE core sample, a highly contaminated sample made up of 1,000 natural diamonds and 200 synthetic diamonds including very challenging synthetic stones, some of which are not yet available on the market.Established in 1979, Presidium was the first company in the world to launch numerous gemmological instruments, and is committed to researching and developing state-of-the-art instruments for the benefit of the industry. Its market-leading products include innovative diamond testers, coloured gemstone testers, gemstone gauges and portable carat scales.Presidium is looking for testers specifically across Europe, the Americas and Asia, and the SDS II machines is available for a one-month free road test in return for a review that the company can post online. If you are interested in taking part, please contact FACETS on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese traders join AIGS Ruby and Sapphire Buying Course
April 2019 - Twenty Chinese gemstone dealers completed a special five-day Ruby and Sapphire Buying Course at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) in the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok.The course in March included three days of theory on how to source and trade gems, and an exclusive day of meetings with brokers, in which students engaged in authentic transactions from a big range of gems offered by the Asia Gem Center, including stones from mines which have closed.The students were able to request various types and sizes of gemstones from the brokers.The Asia Gem Center allows clients to compare stones from over 2,000 registered merchants within one location inside the Jewelry Trade Center.“As AIGS is located in the Jewelry Trade Center, the heart of Bangkok’s gem district, students gained a unique opportunity to get practical experience after their classes,” said AIGS Chairman Kennedy Ho.“The course was a great networking opportunity to build ties between the Chinese students and trade contacts here. It was also a very useful exercise for the students because many of them required more gemological knowledge.”As part of the course, the Chinese students joined a field trip to Chanthaburi, around 250 km from Bangkok, to visit the World Sapphire Center, and the famous gem market and gem mining area.AIGS is planning similar courses at the Jewelry Trade Center later this year, possibly in June and July, and is looking to improve the content further to give students additional skills and knowledge.
The Vintage Ring Company launches in the UK ‘The home of the vintage engagement’
Ethical jeweller Arabel Lebrusan and jewellery journalist Claire Roberts are delighted to announce the UK launch of The Vintage Ring Company (thevintageringco.com). A sleek, user-friendly website selling affordable vintage and vintage style engagement rings, it features a diverse collection of covetable pieces curated by Arabel and Claire, all of which are priced under £2,000.
Identifying a gap in the market for budget-friendly vintage rings that you can buy online with confidence, Claire and Arabel joined forces in 2018 to build the newly launched platform. With Claire’s previous experience as Managing Editor of The Jewellery Editor and Arabel’s thriving website selling ethical jewellery to clients all over the world, they knew exactly what was needed: a clean, easy-to-browse portal offering insight into the world of vintage engagement rings, populated with beautifully curated close-ups and videos to show what pieces look like when worn.Championing transparency and honesty with each purchase, The Vintage Ring Company provides the Certificate of Authenticity with each ring, issued and signed by The Goldsmiths’ Company and differentiating them from others in the market. “This was very important to us right from the start,” says co-founder Claire Roberts. “For many women, a vintage engagement ring is the first piece of vintage jewellery they will own. This often makes shopping for a ring, particularly online, a daunting experience because you are never 100% sure that what you are buying is genuine. With our certificates, we are able to give our customers complete peace of mind. The certificate shows the size of the diamonds and gemstones, the carat count of the precious metal and the era in which the ring was originally made. It is our guarantee that each ring has been professionally assessed and is exactly as described.”
The website is divided into three sections: Antique Engagement Rings (pre-1940s), Vintage Engagement Rings (1940s-1970s) and Vintage Style Engagement Rings (1980s onwards). Arabel Lebrusan comments, “while many of the rings are from the popular Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco eras, there are also some mid-century classics alongside a selection of vintage style rings selected because they share the same charming attributes as their vintage sisters. All the classic gems favoured for engagement rings are featured, from diamonds to rubies, sapphires and emeralds. We are confident there is the perfect match for every couple”.Before they are added to the website, all rings are thoroughly inspected by a goldsmith, repaired where necessary and cleaned and polished. The Vintage Ring Company also offers a free ring resizing service and if you order by midnight on Monday you will have the ring by Friday, ready for that all-important question at the weekend… all you need now, is a ‘yes’!All rings available at www.thevintageringco.com
De Beers Group supports trade in providing enhanced transparency with “Diamonds from DTC” provenance claim
April, 2019 - De Beers Group announced that it is to support the diamond trade in providing enhanced transparency regarding diamonds purchased from its Sight sales by introducing a “diamonds from DTC” source of origin claim*.
The claim will serve as a factual statement about provenance that Sightholders and Accredited Buyers can use for diamonds purchased from Sights.
For diamonds purchased from the third Sight of 2019 onwards, subject to entering into a licence agreement, Sightholders and Accredited Buyers will be able to apply the claim to their Sight-sourced diamonds and pass it on to their customers along the value chain.
In turn, subject to meeting certain criteria, trade participants will be able to use the “diamonds from DTC” provenance claim across the value chain down to the consumer level, and will be able to provide assurance on its validity through certifying the claim under the Responsible Jewellery Council standards, or through an independent third-party audit.
The “diamonds from DTC” provenance claim will offer greater significance than many other industry provenance claims, as it not only states corporate provenance, but is also supported by the provision of sustainability performance and transparency information on each of the mines of origin via a refreshed www.dtc.com website.Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “We are proud of where our diamonds are discovered, how we recover them responsibly and the role our activities play in building thriving communities.
“By enabling our customers to share the source of origin of our diamonds, we hope to drive further transparency throughout the diamond value chain.”
More information on “diamonds from DTC” and the provenance claim is available on www.dtc.com.
Note: *In Canada, the term “diamonds from Diamond Trading Company” will be licensed for use instead of “diamonds from DTC”.
WEBINAR - Customer service key as jewellers regroup in response to coronavirus
By David BroughMarch 24, 2020 - Delivering exemplary customer service will be at the heart of rebuilding and rebranding jewellery businesses around the world in response to coronavirus, consultant Helen Dimmick said in a Jewellery Outlook webinar.Link to Webinar replay: Outlook with Helen DimmickAddressing ways for the jewellery industry to tackle the lockdown and move forward as businesses, Helen, a former retailer and former interim business leader of the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), a buying group, said delivering an authentic, demonstratively different, customer-focused identity was crucial.Helen’s message was part of a media-driven digital effort to support the global jewellery industry, with Jeweller Outlook in the vanguard.In the first of a series of webinars on Jewellery Outlook, this taster session celebrated the need to make bold business decisions in the face of adversity triggered by the pandemic.As jewellery stores are shuttered, how to positively utilise what feels like a new surplus of time, will be at the forefront of jewellers’ minds.“Isolation should not spell the end of innovation,” Helen said.“Virtual and digital technologies can facilitate collective communications and opportunities to ‘think out of the box’ in addressing the fundamental changes ahead, in preparation for a return of footfall to the high street amidst a potential burst of pent-up demand.”Helen addressed an audience of almost 200 people from the global jewellery trade in the Jewellery Outlook webinar, presenting a UK branding case study to encourage dialogue and innovation, ideas and hope, as many retailers switch immediately from an in-store to an online drive.“Crucially this is just the beginning. The platform has sought and received feedback to direct future content strategically,” Helen said.Jewellery Outlook will be staging more webinars on specific themes relating to the industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks from Helen and other industry leaders.Here is a link to the recorded webinar:https://jewelleryoutlook.com/?wswebinars=outlook-with-helen-dimmick