Milenyum Mining Gets Csarite Trademarks

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted two trademarks to Milenyum Mining Limited for the gemstone Csarite.

Ethically sourced and responsibly mined at its sole known source deep in the mountains of the Anatolia region of Turkey, the Csarite trademark will allow greater consumer recognition for this gemstone, but also help distinguish it from synthetics and simulants entering the market through unscrupulous dealers and retailers.

With the trademark now approved and registered, MML has stepped up its efforts to combat theft and illegal mining at the mine site by working closely with Turkish ministeries and army to monitor illegal activity and take immediate legal action when necessary. The Milas County Courts recently approved the first conviction of an illegal miner who will face 12 months in prison and substantial financial fines. Some 35 other individuals are being sued and more convictions will follow.

“As this lovely gemstone grows in popularity, it’s especially important that the quality and purity of natural Csarite is protected,” states Murat Akgun, president of Milenyum Mining Limited. “With the granting of the name and slogan trademarks, our already transparent supply chain instills even greater confidence for our buyers”.

Akgun urges consumers interested in purchasing Csarite, and especially those traveling to Turkey, to only buy the gem from MML’s authorized retailers and distributors, which can be found on the web site

He urges all buyers to check the web site frequently, as MML is constantly monitoring its distributors and the list may change due to their strict screening policy.

Csarite will be available for wholesale purchase at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, AWE #10U31. For appointments contact

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Date Set for Michigan Retailers Breakfast

The Michigan Retail Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers is pleased to host the 2014 Michigan Retailers Breakfast on Wed., Sept. 17 in the Regency Room at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street in Birmingham, MI.

The event begins with registration, networking and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by two informative sessions featuring special guest speakers Matthew P. Cullen, President & CEO of Rock Ventures LLC and Robert A. Ficano, Wayne County Executive.

"There is a positive vibe and undercurrent of change in Wayne County and the City of Detroit,” said Michael Stozicki, Chairman of the Michigan ICSC Retail Committee. “This year's Retailers Breakfast will highlight this with two speakers, Matt Cullen and Robert Ficano. As leaders in their respective areas, Mr. Cullen and Mr. Ficano will present informative updates on current successes and challenges. This event is sure to be of great interest to commercial real estate professionals, as well as others interested in Southeast Michigan business and politics."

Advanced registration is $60 for ICSC members and $75 for non-members. On-site registration is $75 for members and $90 for non-members. Payments may be faxed to +1 732 694 1800, made online at, or mailed to International Council of Shopping Centers, PO Box 26958, New York, NY 10087-6958. Payments made by check should be made payable to International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.

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XCEL Buys Judith Ripka Brands

Xcel Brands, Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with KGK Jewellery Manufacturing Limited to take over the wholesale jewelry business under the Judith Ripka brands. This agreement will give KGK the license to manufacture, source, sell and distribute jewelry, including fine jewelry, diamond jewelry, and bridal jewelry, under the Judith Ripka label. Distribution to include luxury retailers, better departments stores as well as specialty fine jewelers worldwide.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xcel Brands, Inc. said, “I am very excited to partner with KGK Jewellery. This is a powerful alliance for Xcel & KGK with strong growth potential for the wholesale jewelry business under the Judith Ripka brands.”

Judith Ripka, Chief Design Officer, Judith Ripka, said “I am delighted that KGK has been chosen as our licensee for the wholesale jewelry component of Judith Ripka businesses. Having worked with KGK for over 30 years, I have tremendous respect for the Kothari family. They have demonstrated loyalty, courtesy and the best business practices while operating a very successful and vertically integrated business. I am pleased to join forces with a company that is not only one of the largest DeBeers site holders but which also has access to the highest quality colored gem stones. I look forward to designing jewelry which will continue to be made by the best craftsmen, using the finest materials and workmanship that my customers have come to expect.”

Mr. Sanjay Kothari, Vice Chairman, KGK Group, said, "We are thrilled to partner with Robert D'Loren and Xcel Brands. The partnership will give us the opportunity to combine Judith's distinctive designs with our unrivaled product development and bring exemplary quality product to the marketplace under the Judith Ripka brand. At KGK, our aim is to make & sell the finest jewelry possible with the best in class manufacturing and the finest, rarest of gemstones. We are currently undergoing a vertical integration, getting closer to consumers with our retail ventures and closer to our supply chain by acquiring mines.”

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GE Capital Changes Name to Synchrony Bank

On June 2, GE Capital Retail Bank changed its name to Synchrony Bank and became part of the Synchrony Financial business, formerly GE Capital Retail Finance. The largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States (based on purchase volume and receivables), Synchrony traces its roots back to 1932. Through more than 300,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada, Synchrony offers customers a variety of credit products to finance the purchase of goods and services. Offerings include private label credit cards, promotional financing and installment lending, loyalty programs and Optimizer+plus branded FDIC-insured savings products.

GIA Sponsors Talk on Planetary Gemology

Gems have held symbolic significance in many cultures for centuries. Richard S. Brown, a leading expert in planetary gemology, will discuss ancient astrological gems and talismans during Gemological Institute of America’s next Gemstone Gathering in Bangkok on Aug. 27.

“Ratna-para-vidya,” or planetary gemology, is an ancient Vedic belief system and practice based on the relationship between nine categories of gems and nine planets recognized as most important in Vedic astrology. Brown will discuss planetary gemology, based on the "Navaratna" or “Nine Gems” philosophy of Vedic birthstones.

Brown, a GIA graduate and founder of Astral Gemstone Talismans and the Planetary Gemologists Association, has more than 30 years of experience studying gems in relation to astrology. While living at a north Indian monastery, he encountered Sanskrit translations that related fine gems and astrology, and has spent the years since studying the topic. Brown is the author of 13 books and more than 240 articles and has appeared in numerous television segments in Thailand.

GIA’s Gemstone Gathering, a free event, begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 27 in the “Crowne Room 1-3” on the 21st floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lumpini Park in Bangkok.

Due to limited seating, please RSVP to; the GIA laboratory in Bangkok at 02-632-4090; or call the Thailand campus at 02-632-4590. For more information, visit

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