Hoover & Strong Will Stock Fairmined Gold

After three successful purchases of Fairmined gold from AURELSA, a Fairmined certified mining community in Relave, Peru, independent U.S. jewelers and Hoover & Strong commit to a new sourcing model.

Hoover & Strong will purchase and stock Fairmined gold in a variety of forms for on demand ordering to begin January, 2015.

Ethical Metalsmiths’ recent proposal to Hoover & Strong to increase access to and create convenient purchasing of certified Fairmined gold is the backbone for new commitments by H&S. In January 2015 H&S will be stocking Fairmined gold. 

"We appreciate Ethical Metalsmith’s vision and coordination to bring Fairmined metal to the U.S. We feel it is a viable effort that will benefit many small mining communities around the world." Torry Hoover, Hoover & Strong. 

Available products will be grain, sheet and round wire in 14K, 18K and 24K yellow Fairmined gold and additional Fairmined products may be offered based on customer needs. Fairmined silver will also be available in casting grain. 

"This is an exciting and much needed development in increasing jeweler and consumer access to Fairmined gold. In the pilot phase customers had to pre-pay and wait for group purchases of Fairmined gold, with the new model customers will be able to simply call Hoover & Strong and place their order." Christina Miller, Ethical Metalsmiths. 

Through sourcing Fairmined gold any jeweler can help transform mining into an active force for good. "By buying Fairmined gold you help us to improve our methods, protect the environment and improve our performance in social responsibility." Rosa Reyes, AURELSA, Peru. 

Jewelers interested in purchasing Fairmined gold and silver from Hoover & Strong should establish an account with H&S and become a Fairmined licensee. Between now and January H&S is purchasing Fairmined certified gold and silver in preparation for the first round of January orders.


To help the miners plan their year and H&S make the right purchasing and product development decisions, please take 3 minutes (estimated survey completion time) and complete the Fairmined Gold (and silver) Demand Assessment Survey at (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1794542/Fairmined-Gold-Demand-Assessment). 

For more information, contact: 

Ethical Metalsmiths
Christina Miller, Executive Director, cmiller@ethicalmetalsmiths.org

Hoover & Strong
Torry Hoover, President


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JCK Adds Special Luxury Event

JCK is pleased to introduce the addition of LUXURY one2one, a new concept event, which is a unique hosted buyer summit that offers elite jewelry retailers a more personalized opportunity to meet with new solution providers to fulfill their business' needs.


The inaugural LUXURY one2one will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort, in Tucson, Arizona. This precedes JCK Tucson happening February 2-7, 2015 in conjunction with Tucson Gem Week.

"This one-day format creates a highly productive and dynamic experience unlike any other jewelry industry event. It focuses on solving business challenges and fulfilling needs in a highly personalized and curated environment. This format is similar to speed networking with eleven 30 minute meetings and networking events throughout the day in a breathtaking resort setting," said Yancy Weinrich, Group Vice President, JCK Events.

This face-to-face experience will bring together 25 solution providers with 50 pre-qualified domestic and international retail stores. Retailer delegates will be matched with new suppliers that have product or services to fit their needs.

LUXURY one2one will commence on Saturday, January 31, 2015 with an innovative evening keynote followed by an introductory meet and greet reception. Sunday, February 1 will begin a full day of eleven, 30 minute peer-to-peer meetings between matched delegates and solution providers along with curated networking dining experiences. Sunday night will be capped off by a festive Super Bowl viewing party as the one2one event comes to a close.

For more information on LUXURY one2one, visit jckonline.com.

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Chicago Jewelers’ Assn. Celebrates 140th Year

The Chicago Jewelers’ Association celebrates its 140th anniversary with a gala event of the season, to be held on December 6th in the Red Lacquer Ballroom of the Palmer House.

The CJA is the oldest jewelers association in the United States, celebrating 140 years, and marks Chicago as a venerable thoroughfare for the jewelry industry at large.

Chicago has served as a centrally-located hub throughout its history, and brought in from surrounding states many jewelers and jewelry-related industries.

Still today, Chicago supports suburbs and surrounding states in the manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing of watches and fine jewelry. Some of our attendees and sponsors to the gala event are companies that have been in existence for many decades, ranging from 80-140+ years – including Jewelers Mutual, Brinks, Ball Watch Company, Rockford Watch, just to name a few.

There will be 250 guests in attendance at the gala, including keynote speakers Susanne Jacques, the President of Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and Martin Rapaport of the Rapaport Group.

The event will feature a jewelry design contest, an auction of the winning jewelry piece, displays of fine jewelry made in the USA, historical photographs, a video interview series with longstanding figures in the Midwest jewelry industry, and other surprises celebrating a theme of old and new.


For additional information, contact Myriam Tashey at Professional Gem Sciences Laboratory by phone at 312-920-1541.

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Israel Diamond Week Underway in New York City

Diamond buyers arriving at the Diamond Dealers Club of New York for the Israel Diamond Week in New York can take part in a special raffle and a chance to win a free flight and guaranteed, free hotel accommodation for the next edition of the Israel Diamond Week that will take place February 8-12, 2015, at the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) in Ramat Gan.

"The Israel Diamond Weeks are recurring events that offer diamond buyers the opportunity to source their diamonds in an inviting, secure environment, with access to an unusually wide choice of polished diamonds," said IDE President Shmuel Schnitzer.

"The formula for the Diamond Weeks - now in its third year - has proven very successful and therefore we're making efforts to plan further ahead and set the dates for upcoming events," Schnitzer continued, adding that the busy, annual industry calendar meant "this is not an easy task." 

He added: "The raffle we will be holding at the DDC in New York serves not only to attract buyers to the Israel Diamond Week in New York in November but also to draw attention to future events."


The third edition of the Israel Diamond Week in New York, to be held November 10-13, 2014, is a bi-annual diamond sales event jointly organized by the IDE and DDC. It has proven not only to be successful platform for trade between the members of the largest diamond exchanges in the western world, but also a pro-active effort to open the DDC's doors to diamond buying jewelry manufacturers and jewelry retailers who usually do not visit the club.

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