Indiana Jewelers Meet, Present Awards

The Indiana Jewelers Association met for their annual conference on October 26 at the Country Club of Indianapolis. This conference hosts multiple educational speakers and held the state’s annual jewelry design competition. The speakers for this year’s conference were Tanner Justice of Federated Insurance and James Porte of Porte Marketing.

The Jewelry Competition had multiple categories. The winner for the category of $2,001 - $5,000 retail value was Brent Selke & Andrea Guy of Reis-Nicols Jewelers (Indianapolis) with a stunning labradorite, sapphire and diamond ring.

The winner for the category for $5,001 - $10,000 retail value was Brandon Justice of Stall & Kessler's Diamond Center (Lafayette) with a breath-taking palladium pendant with a 6.04ct fancy blue zircon and 34 diamonds.

Lisa Perantoni of Khamis Fine Jewelry (Indianapolis) was our winner for the $10,000+ retail value category with a beautiful diamond ring with a center 2.02 cttw VS2, J color Asscher cut diamond, all hand carved.

People's Choice Award went to Brent Selke of Reis-Nicols Jewelers (Indianapolis) for a very impressive ruby suite.

Winners from the state jewelry associations will receive automatic entry into the final judging of The Case Awards.

Jewelers of America will hold its annual national retailer design competition (The Case Awards) at the New York Winter Show in March 2015. The CASE Awards honor the talented jewelry designers found in Jewelers of America-member jewelry stores nationwide.

winner of Indiana Jewelers awards

Lisa Perantoni of Khamis Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis won for the $10,000+ retail category.

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Marshall Pierce Plans Move to Magnificent Mile

An artist's rendering of the new Marshall Pierce & Company store on Chicago's Miracle Mile.
Marshall Pierce & Company, a Chicago based, family-owned fine jewelry and timepiece retailer, will move to Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile in the spring of 2015.

Marshall Pierce & Company will vacate their current location in Jewelers Row, 29 East Madison Street, and relocate to the One Mag Mile Building, 980 North Michigan Avenue, located on the corner of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue.

"The decision to move to a new location after 86 years was a difficult one but ultimately in the best interest of the company. The new location will allow Marshall Pierce & Company to grow and experience a level of visibility beyond what the Jewelers Row location offers," said Evan Bern, Vice President of Marshall Pierce & Company

"Although we are sad to be leaving the location we have called home for nearly a century, we are looking forward to the future and are excited to join the retailers that comprise Chicago's Magnificent Mile," said Jerry Bern, President of Marshall Pierce & Company

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GIA Delegation Travels to Malawi Mine

In 1958, a ruby and sapphire deposit was discovered about 145 kilometers south of Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe on Chimwadzulu Hill.

Although this is one of the oldest known gemstone deposits on the African continent, very little has been published about its production in recent years.

In late September, GIA Field Gemologist Vincent Pardieu, videographer Didier Gruel and expedition guest Stanislas Detroyat journeyed to Malawi to collect samples for GIA research activities, and to document and share their findings from the deposit.

During the expedition, the team learned that rubies from the Chimwadzulu deposit are associated with amphibole, mica and feldspar.

“We discovered that this deposit shares a very similar metasomatic type geological environment with the Montepuez ruby deposit located in nearby in Mozambique, as well as Winza, Tanzania and Didy, Madagascar,” said Pardieu. While the Chimwadzulu deposit is known for its rubies and orange sapphires, it produces mostly pale green, blue and yellow sapphires.

In 2008, Nyala Mines Ltd. began to work the deposit, while Colombia Gem House Inc. took charge of cutting, marketing and selling of the stones.

In 2013, Malawian national Abdul Mahomed acquired of 80 percent of the mining operation. According to Mahomed, the acquisition process is expected to be completed soon and the Malawi government and a local consortium will hold the remaining 20 percent.

Since then, the mining operation has been renovated and the areas originally worked in 1958 have been further explored. Production is expected to begin in 2015.

In an effort to support the local community, Columbia Gem House has set up the Dzonze District Development Fund and is supporting two villages near the mine through a school at Kandoma and a hospital in Katsekera.

In keeping with its mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry, GIA regularly conducts research field trips to important gem and jewelry centers around the globe, incorporating findings into research practices and education programs and providing information to the trade and public. GIA appreciates the access and information provided during these visits; however, they should not be taken as or used as a commercial endorsement.

Findings from the Malawi field trip will be featured in an upcoming issue of G&G, as well as in field reports and video documentaries on www.gia.edu.

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Jennifer Lopez Launches Endless Jewelry Line in U.S.

Jennifer Lopez and Endless Jewelry have agreed to a long-term partnership to introduce a special exclusive collection of bracelets and charms bearing the Jennifer Lopez trademark in the U.S.

Endless Jewelry is known for its colorful bracelets in quality leather and a wide range of classic and modern charms which has swept through the markets in Europe and North America.

Endless and Jennifer Lopez are joining forces to introduce a brand new collection of fine jewelry, unique bracelets and charms, all reflecting the glamour of Jennifer Lopez and the quality of Endless Jewelry.

The collection is available exclusively in fine jewelry stores across the United States and Canada.

Jennifer Lopez said “My exclusive collection with Endless Jewelry embraces the attitude of being fun and elegant at the same time. It is also about letting each woman express her personality through her jewelry. The collection will let women celebrate what is unique and beautiful about themselves.”

CEO and Founder of Endless Jewelry, Jesper Nielsen, is equally thrilled about the agreement, “Endless Jewelry is all about being yourself, positivity and daring to show your colors whether you wish to be elegant, discrete or stand out. We offer women a way to personalize her jewelry by letting her mix and match classic and modern charms with her choice of color or colors of the day.

“It’s simple yet unique, and Jennifer Lopez’s extraordinary style and charisma perfectly represent the new collection. We are proud and delighted to be in this long-term relationship with Jennifer Lopez.”

Endless Jewelry and Hannoush Jewelers are pleased to announce a new brand relationship, placing Endless Jewelry's colorful collections of leather bracelets and modern charms into more than 60 Hannoush and Giftology retail stores throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

"We are extremely proud to enter a partnership with Hannoush Jewelers and I believe that it will be a win-win for our brand and the prestigious Hannoush stores," said CEO and Founder of Endless Jewelry Jesper Nielsen.

"Endless has gone through a speedy and massive growth in Europe over the past year, and our collections have been extremely well received in the US market, as well as with retailers. 

Hannoush is important to our brand growth with their regional and geographical reach and our shared commitment to deliver high quality product, service and focus on the individual customer."

Hannoush Jewelers' Camile Hannoush agrees, "To say that Hannoush Jewelers is excited about Endless Jewelry is an understatement. Our consumers are always looking for the latest trends in fashion jewelry and the impressive line from Endless Jewelry presents an entirely new concept to customers looking for something different - with both fashion and edge- in a market flooded with copycats."

The Endless Jewelry collection features a range of colorful leather wrap bracelets and hundreds of unique, hand-made charms created especially for the line and appealing to today's modern woman.  Designs are created to appeal more to a mindset than a particular age and are trendsetting, not following. The charms are forged in sterling silver, some of which are plated with 18K yellow and rose gold.

"This line really creates an affordable luxury designed to cater to today's women and their multitude of fashion lifestyles," said Hannoush.

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