GIA Names Crimmin VP-Lab Operations

The Gemological Institute of America has appointed Matt Crimmin as vice president of Laboratory Operations.

Crimmin, who helped lead operational aspects of GIA’s international lab expansion from 2006 to 2009, brings valuable experience with global management and strategic initiatives to the role.

“As a member of our growing team, Matt Crimmin will help improve operations at GIA’s laboratories,” said Tom Moses, executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer for GIA.

“He made a significant contribution to the development of lab processes as GIA expanded, and has since gained experience in cross-functional management on a global scale. I’m confident that Matt will again make a significant contribution as we work to meet the expanding demand for services while maintaining our quality standards.”

Crimmin joins GIA from multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble. From 2010 to 2011, he served as GIA’s director of Laboratory Strategic Initiatives; prior to that he worked as consultant for GIA and other consumer and luxury goods companies. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Crimmin began his current tenure with GIA on April 8 and will report to Tom Moses. He will oversee regional laboratory operations, focusing on Africa and the Middle East.

For more information about GIA, visit the website at www.gia.edu.

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Gala Gains Major Support

Major leaders spanning the breadth of the diamond and jewelry industry have joined as Sponsors of the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s Diamonds in the Sky Las Vegas gala including: Premier Presenting Sponsors: Rio Tinto, Signet Jewelers Ltd., The De Beers Group of Companies; Premier Partner Sponsor: Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited; Premier Patron Sponsors: KGK Group, Le Vian Corporation, Tiffany & Co.

Anna Martin of Standard Chartered Bank and D.E.F board member said, “The immediate embrace by these global leaders of the ‘Diamonds in the Sky Las Vegas’ gala signifies a momentous coming together of the industry in support of D.E.F’s Diamonds Do Good mission.”

Concurs Philippe Mellier, CEO, The De Beers Group of Companies, “We are a founding partner and proud supporter of the Diamond Empowerment Fund. In our 45th year of partnership with the people of Botswana, we are delighted to be part of this special occasion honoring the country’s unique record of success in transforming its natural resource into sustainable, broad-based development.

The elegant affair will bring together a unique mix of the international diamond jewelry industry, government officials from diamond producing nations, and celebrities from fashion and entertainment. The proceeds will benefit D.E.F.’s recently expanded mission that supports diamond communities around the world.

Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Managing Director, Rio Tinto Diamonds says, “With this expanded mission D.E.F has become the industry organization that is taking the role to communicate to the consumer all the good things that diamonds do today and will continue to do tomorrow. We are honored to support this endeavor.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery notes, “We are proud to be part of an industry that gives back. We salute the good works of H.E. President Khama, the Government of Botswana and the role D.E.F is taking to communicate this to consumers around the world.”

Phyllis Bergman, President of D.E.F.’s board of directors concludes; “We are thrilled to welcome such an esteemed list of industry leaders as Premier Sponsors of Diamonds in the Sky Las Vegas.”

The Premier Sponsors are joined by Benefactor Sponsors; Arjav Diamonds, Blue Star Diamonds, Dali Diamond Co., Diacore, Diarough, Eurostar Diamond Traders, Julius Klein Group, M. Suresh Company, Pluzcenik, Rosy Blue, Shree Ramkrishna Exports, Sustainer Sponsors; American Gem Society Laboratories, Christopher Designs, Crossworks Manufacturing, Dalumi Group, Dominion Diamonds, GIA, Interjewel, JCK, Leo Schachter, Niru Group, Rapaport Group, Taché, Y.Dvash and Empowerment Circle Partners; Forevermark, Dalumi Group, Malca-Amit, Brilliant Earth, Exelco, Leo Schachter, Sarine Technologies, Tiffany & Co.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund was co-founded by Russell Simmons and leaders in the diamond industry in 2007. For more information on tickets, journal ads and sponsorship opportunities please contact Executive Director Nancy Orem Lyman at n.lyman@diamondempowerment.org or visit diamondsintheskylasvegas.org.

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Sponsors Sign On for Rings of Strength Bike Event

To date, TAG Heuer, JCK Events, Rio Tinto Diamonds, Blue Nile, Brinks, the Harmon Group, Jewelry Creations, Coast Diamonds, Leo Schachter Diamonds, Malca-Amit, and Freeman have signed on to sponsor the Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength Tour bike-run event that takes place on Thursday, May 29.

Participants can bike—with their own cycles or with a rented one—either a 50k route through Red Rock Canyon or a 15k route that snakes along local roads in clearly defined bike lanes. Runners and walkers, meanwhile, can work a 5k route at their own pace.

The event kicks off at 5:30 a.m. to avoid the heat of the day, and rest stops along the route will ensure that everyone stays hydrated and energized to help raise funds for children in need.

Sign up as an individual or a team at ringsofstrength.org, and create your own fund-raising page and URL that can be forwarded to encourage others’ support.

Participants can visit www.ringsofstrength.org to sign up.

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Trent West Gains Injunction against Bijoux Max

Trent West, owner of nine patents related to the concept and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide rings in the United States, has gained an injunction against Bijou Max LLC of Los Angeles, California, prohibiting sales of Tungsten Carbide rings.  

Bijou Max LLC sells under the brand names Metal Masters Co., Ultimate Metals Co., and Bonndorf. Bijoux Max LLC is believed to be one of the largest Internet sellers of Tungsten Carbide rings.

West has sued more than twenty sellers of infringing Tungsten Carbide rings as part of an ongoing campaign to stop the unlawful infringement of his patents being distributed and/or sold without a license. West is seeking permanent injunction against all defendants from further infringement and is also seeking monetary damages due to the infringement.

”We are extremely pleased with the injunction. This injunction is another major development in recognizing the validity of Trent West¹s patents and his ability to enforce his rights to protect his patent rights,” states West¹s attorney, Edward King of King & Kelleher, LLP. 

“This ruling should send a clear message to violators who infringe on these patents. The nine patents cover all Tungsten Carbide rings in the U. S. market.”

 

Representing 32 percent of the men¹s wedding band market, Tungsten Carbide has become one of the most popular contemporary metals used in wedding bands. As one of the hardest materials used in the manufacturing of rings, Tungsten Carbide is also the most scratch-resistant metal on the jewelry ring market, ranking behind a diamond on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

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Schiffman’s Jewelers Names NC Family Business of the Year

Schiffman’s Jewelers has been named the 2014 North Carolina Family Business of the Year in the Century Category by Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business North Carolina.

The venerable firm, which marked its 120th anniversary in Greensboro last year, will be honored at the North Carolina Family Business of the Year awards celebration in Charlotte on May 8.

“We’re honored to have been named a North Carolina Family Business of the Year,” commented Lane Schiffman. “Family is the heart of everything we do. Every generation has made a unique contribution to our success: our great-grandparents set the foundation for our business; our grandfather grew it and helped to establish our statewide reputation; and our dad expanded it beyond the state borders. My brothers and I strive to continue their legacy.

“We’re very hands-on: we each oversee different areas of the business, and at any given time can be found in one of our stores assisting clients. We were fortunate to have the experience of working with and learning from our grandfather, and still have the luxury of working with our dad.”

The North Carolina Family Business of the Year Awards are presented annually by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center.

Winning businesses are named in four categories: Century, Large, Medium and Small. To be nominated for the Family Business Awards, a business must have its headquarters in North Carolina. Businesses are evaluated based on innovative business strategies and practices, business growth and development, contributions to the community and industry, involvement by family members and generation, and commitment to family well-being.

The Schiffman family has been deeply committed to welfare of the community since Simon established the firm.

He was an active member of community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Greensboro Merchants Association, and was an early supporter of the North Carolina Female College (now UNC Greensboro).

His sons, grandsons and great-grandsons have followed suit. Three generations of the Schiffman family have served as Chairman of the Greensboro (now Guilford) Merchants Association–Arnold (1923), Tony (1974) and Lane (2007).

In addition to the Schiffman’s personal activities, Schiffman’s Jewelers supports many organizations in the Piedmont Triad region including The Junior League, Family Service of Greensboro, The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, The Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greensboro Sports Council.

Schiffman’s Jewelers was established in 1893 when Simon Schiffman opened the doors to his first jewelry shop at 303 South Elm Street in Greensboro.

Today Schiffman’s Jewelers is an independent, luxury jeweler owned and operated by the fourth-generation of the Schiffman family. Schiffman’s Jewelers stores are located at Friendly Center and 225 South Elm Street in Greensboro and at Stratford Village in Winston-Salem. The Schiffman family also owns and operates Sylvan’s Jewelers (est. 1897) in Columbia, South Carolina; Keller & George Jewelers (est. 1875) in Charlottesville VA; Schwarzschild Jewelers (est. 1897) in Richmond VA, and Shreve & Co. (est. 1852) in San Francisco and Palo Alto CA and Portland OR.

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