Sixth Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair Opens in One Week

With one week to go until the opening of Sixth Edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair), the organizers are completing the last preparations before Antwerp's diamond quarter will be welcoming the many hundreds of buyers who have registered for the fair. 

On Sunday, February 1, the doors of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, the Diamond Club of Antwerp and Antwerp's Rough Diamond Bourse will open, offering visiting buyers access to the show booths of more than 90 of Antwerp's leading diamond firms, which will be displaying a truly dazzling choice of diamonds, in all sizes, quantities, prices and qualities. 

"Advance registration will start on Saturday afternoon, January 31, at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel," Nicole Decombes, member of the organizing committee said. "From Sunday morning and onward, registration will continue in the lobby of the Kring, at Hoveniersstraat 2, the main street of the diamond quarter. This year, the visitor identification tags will also include a head-and-shoulder shot of the visitors," she continued.

A highlight of the three-day event's programme is the "Antwerp Diamond Night" offered by the AWDC on Sunday night. On Monday February 2, the diamond consultant and author Marijan Dundek of Graff, London, will talk about "The Magic World of Diamonds" during his breakfast meeting seminar, at the Radisson Blue Astrid. The breakfast seminar of Tuesday morning will feature Dr. Katrien De Corte, Chief Officer of Education at HRD, who will present an overview of the latest developments in diamond grading and identification. 

As has become tradition, during the fair lunch is served in the restaurants of all three trading halls. "The ADTF is the world's only by-invitation-only trade fair for diamonds," Ms. Decombes said. "We do our best to make sure that once our guests arrive, they are taken well care of, so that they can concentrate on what they come to do: business, in a warm, secure and welcoming environment!" Outside the halls, however, it will be cold as during the fair days temperatures will hover around the freezing point. 

Invitations to the ADTF can be obtained directly from the organizers, either through referral by one of the ADTF exhibitors, or through registering on the website of the Fair at www.antwerpdiamondfair.com

The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is powered by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

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Rona Fisher Will Participate in MJSA Online Challenge

Rona Fisher, of Rona Fisher Jewelry Design in Philadelphia, has been selected as to participate in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge.

For the sixth consecutive year, the jewelry industry organization is hosting the online-only project. Each year, nine designers are supplied with a fictional scenario involving a special piece of jewelry to be designed around a particular stone. Every month from January through September, MJSA Journal will present the design of one of the nine participating designers in its online version. The ideas behind each design will also be included. Fisher’s design entry has been chosen for January.

In October, the public will be invited to vote, and the winning design will be featured in the December 2015 print issue of MJSA Journal.

This year’s Design Challenge, titled “A Little Piece of Home,” is centered around a natural, 4.59-carat purple sapphire available from the project’s sponsor, Omi Gems in Los Angeles. The fictional scenario involves a father who wants to give his daughter a special piece of jewelry upon her college graduation and before she leaves home to begin her career.

Fisher met the challenge by designing a palladium ring that includes elements representing ideas meaningful to the fictional characters. Her design, along with her remarks about how she approached the challenge, can be viewed here .    

 

For more information about the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge, see here.

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Mike Floskis is New VP-Finance at Frederick Goldman

Frederick Goldman Inc. has named Mike Floskis as Vice President Finance & Controller.

Most recently Mike was an Executive Finance Leader at Tiffany & Co for over 10 years.  Prior to that, he worked at Hasbro, Inc., a global branded play consumer goods company for 19 years where he served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration – U.S. Toy Group.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley College and an MBA from Babson College. He is also a Rhode Island Certified Public Accountant. With his vast financial leadership experience and strong educational background, Mike will be responsible for Inventory Control, Cost Accounting, Cash Operations and Treasury Operations in his new role as Vice President Finance & Controller at Frederick Goldman, Inc. 

 

“With Mike’s diverse financial background in fine jewelry and consumer goods, he brings an ideal blend of credentials, proven leadership capabilities and experience” says Jonathan Goldman, Frederick Goldman, Inc., Chairman & CEO. “Mike’s appointment continues to strengthen our management team as we look toward future growth.”

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Thistle & Bee Opens First Retail Store

New York-based Thistle & Bee will celebrate the opening of its first branded retail store, Thistle & Bee Too, with a Silver Promotion Service co-sponsored evening on February 11th. 

The event will celebrate Sterling Silver and Thistle & Bee’s new foray into a branded retail space. 

Thistle & Bee Too, at 1382 Third Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side, offers a selection of its luxury sterling silver jewelry collections in both standard and extended sizes to serve both the traditional and plus sized fashion community. 

The Thistle & Bee Too flagship will offer many of the bold, beautiful and classically inspired Thistle & Bee designs in an extended range of sizes, including a unique selection of styles tailored for the plus size woman.

Addressing a void in the fine designer jewelry market, the Thistle & Bee Too selection includes rings in sizes 6-12, bracelets in S-XL, and necklaces in a variety of extended lengths.

“We are thrilled to have the Silver Promotion Service as our co-sponsor. They have long been dedicated to building awareness and enhancing the image of fine Sterling silver jewelry - and we are grateful for their sponsorship and the support they have provided over many years” says Richard Castagna, President of Thistle & Bee and Thistle & Bee Too. 

“Our new retail store is an exciting venture for us on multiple levels”, Castagna continues.

“Having established Thistle & Bee as an international brand through our partnerships with our network of independent retail jewelers, we’re looking forward to complementing that wholesale business with our first branded retail store” he adds. 

“While fashion brands are increasingly recognizing the need to offer fine clothing to the plus-sized woman, fine jewelry brands have largely ignored that plus-sized consumer. Our new Thistle & Bee Too flagship represents a new era in fine jewelry, as we have carefully curated our sterling silver collection to appeal to both the traditional and plus-sized audience.” 

 

Thistle & Bee Too is open Monday through Saturday.

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Synchrony Financial Invests in GPShopper

Synchrony Financial has invested in GPShopper, an innovative developer of mobile apps with a focus on the retail industry.

The investment enables Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage, to complement its proprietary mobile offerings, which currently include account acquisition, management and reward redemption.

An expanded suite of solutions for retailers will integrate credit more easily into the shopping experience with personalized offers, mobile payment capabilities, loyalty programs and other key features.

“We’re making strategic investments that align with the needs of retail partners and consumers. Partnering with GPShopper builds on our existing mobile platforms for credit applications and account servicing with easy account management functionality and new ways to engage with shoppers and enhance value for them,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial.

Synchrony Financial research confirms consumers are increasingly using their mobile device to research and apply for credit and manage their accounts.

In fact, more than 40 percent of shoppers surveyed report using a mobile device while they are in-store. At the same time, Synchrony Financial continues to see rise in mobile credit applications, which more than doubled year-over-year, while mobile service grew by more than 50 percent.

GPShopper’s platform can connect credit and loyalty with in-store and mobile shopping, to create a branded and seamless customer experience.

Terms of the investment were not made available.

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