Pure Grown Diamonds Sets Record with 3-Carat Stone

Pure Grown Diamonds has announced a new milestone in the creation of a 3.00 ct., K color, SI1 clarity, round brilliant-cut grown diamond.

“We are ecstatic to once again celebrate technology and innovation in grown diamonds” said Lisa Bissell, new President and CEO, adding, “It is very gratifying to break our own records and reach the three carat milestone”.

Previous records set by the company include a 1.29-carat E color, VVS2 emerald-cut diamond, followed by a 1.78-carat G color, SI1 clarity princess-cut stone announced in November of 2013.

Since April 2013, Pure Grown Diamonds (formerly Gemesis Inc.) has made steady advancements in the field of grown diamonds, in size, color, and clarity.


In the nearly 60 years since the first diamonds were grown, the technology used to create diamonds has seen significant and positive growth. Pure Grown Diamonds is proud to share this newest achievement with their customers and the gemstone industry.

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INSTORE Names Ten Coolest Jewelry Stores

Ten jewelry stores have been chosen “America’s Coolest” by INSTORE, “The Magazine for the American Jewelry Store Owner,” in its 13th annual contest. 

The America’s Coolest Stores Contest highlights the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America. They are judged by a panel of retail experts on the basis of business practices, history, online presence, interior decor and curb appeal. This year saw a total of 126 entries.

“Every year we feel privileged to bring our readers the best of the best in our industry,” said Ralf Kircher, INSTORE’s executive editor. “Winning stores often have amazing product lineups and are impressive to look at. But a store wouldn’t really fit our ‘cool’ criteria if it weren’t for such aspects as innovative marketing, creative retail environment and a unique work culture.”

The top five winners in two divisions split by the number of full-time employees are given trophies and featured in the August issue of INSTORE and at instoremag.com. Honorable Mention stores are featured as monthly Cool Stores in issues of INSTORE from September 2014 through June 2015. 

This year's list of winning stores includes: 

Big Cool

  • Grogan Jewelers, Florence, AL
  • G. Thrapp Jewelers, Indianapolis, IN
  • Mervis Diamond Importers, Washington, DC
  • Feldmar Watch Company, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Wedding Ring Shop, Honolulu, HI

Small Cool

  • Alchemy, Portland, OR
  • Kelly Mitchell, Dallas, TX
  • Bruno Fine Jewelers; Diamonds by the Waterfall, Mercer, PA
  • Gem Jewelry Boutique, Oak Park, IL
  • Artful Eye, Jewelry Design Center, Prescott, AZ 

Previous No. 1 Winners in the America’s Coolest Stores Contest:

  • 2013 Silverado Jewelry Gallery, Bend OR (Big); T Lee Custom Designer Jewelry, Minneapolis, MN (Small)
  • 2012 Green Lake Jewelry Works, Seattle, WA (Big); R. Grey Gallery, Boise, ID (Small)
  • 2011 Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, DC (Big); Max’s, St. Louis Park, MN (Small)
  • 2010 O.C. Tanner, Salt Lake City, UT (Big); Don Muller Gallery, Northampton, MA (Small)
  • 2009 London Jewelers, Manhasset, NY (Big); Zoltan David, Bee Cave, TX (Small)
  • 2008 Lee Read Jewelers, Meridian, ID (Big); Zachary’s Jewelers, Annapolis, MD (Small)
  • 2007 Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, CA
  • 2006 Underwoods Jewelers, Fayetteville, AR
  • 2005 Bigham Jewelers, Naples, FL
  • 2004 Wattson & Wattson Jewelers, Marquette, MI
  • 2003 Clodius & Co., Rockford, IL
  • 2002 Decatur City Jewelers, Decatur, GA
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GJEPC collaborates with DDC to present India Diamond Week in NYC

Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council, India and Diamond Dealers Club, New York will presents India Diamond Week at DDC, New York, from 11th to 14th August.

Around 100 diamantaires both from DDC and GJEPC are expected to participate in the meet.

A GJEPC and DDC joint initiative, India Diamond Week will provide a platform for Indian Diamantaires in USA to fortify the business relationship at one of the largest buying hub of diamonds.

This meet will see networking between major Diamond wholesalers/ manufacturers from New York and India; Diamond Dealers who are the members of DDC and trade diamonds at NY and Buyers from other states.

Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said: “The gem and jewellery industry strongly believes that USA will continue to be a strong global trading partner as US has already shown early signs of positive economic growth. GJEPC in its effort to promote the Indian gems and jewellery industry is continuously looking for opportunities to create a distinctive platform and has collaborated with Diamond Dealer Club to organise a unique and first time ever India Diamond Week (Buyer Seller Meet) in New York.”

This is the first time that such a diamond week is done by Indian diamantaires in any part of the world. It is expected that India Diamond weeks may be organized in future with other diamond exchanges in the world.

The list of leading Indian manufacturers participating at this significant event will include D. Navinchandra Exports Pvt.Ltd.; J. B. Brothers; KamaSchacther; Kiran Gems; H. K Designs; Rosy Blue; Mohit Diamonds; Interjewels; and M. Tarun.

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Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair Concludes On a High Note

The June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair ended successfully on 22 June at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Fair, which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year, featured 1,894 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions. They showcased a wide range of quality fine jewellery and jewellery-related materials in over 70,000 square metres of exhibition space.

The Fair welcomed 26,103 visitors from 117 countries and regions over its four-day run. Both exhibitor and visitor numbers are new records for the Fair.

A number of the theme pavilions, including the Gemstone, Diamond and Pearl Pavilions, were re-located this year to respond to the demand for more exhibition space.

“The growth in exhibition space is a milestone of the June Fair. By accommodating more exhibitors, the June Fair’s position as a diverse mid-year marketplace is further strengthened. The encouraging visitor figures further confirm the popularity of the Fair in international markets,” said Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia.

“The roughly 10-percent growth in the number of visitors from Asia compared to last year’s edition shows that the region continues to be the engine of growth for the luxury jewellery market,” she said. “The growth in the number of visitors from mainland China and India remained at double-digits this year. This proves these two markets are still robust and growing. We also noticed an increase in the number of buyers from markets outside Asia; Mexico, Tanzania and Colombia were among these markets. This illustrates development of jewellery markets in various regions.”

Below is a detailed account of the visitor numbers at the Fair from 19 to 22 June:

  • The total number of unique visitors over four days reached 26,103. These visitors, from 117 countries and regions, made 48,248 visits during the Fair period.
  • Hong Kong-based visitors totaled 9,332, accounting for 36 percent of the total number of visitors. The rest of the visitors, 16,771 or 64 percent of the overall total, were from overseas.
  • The largest group of visitors from outside Hong Kong came from mainland China, the number recorded being 9,362. The mainland was followed by India, with 1,037; Taiwan, with 805; the Philippines, with 624; Thailand, with 608; Japan, with 511; the United States, with 440; Korea, with 421; Indonesia, with 291 and Australia, with 274.

For more information, see exhibitions.jewellerynetasia.com.

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