Tanzanite – Born From Lightning

A Coffee Table Book by Didier Brodbeck and Hayley A. Henning

Since it’s discovery in 1967, Tanzanite has become one of the most intriguing and desirable gemstones of our time, managing to capture the imagination of jewelry designers and collectors who have fallen in love with it’s mesmerizing color, romantic origin and captivating brilliance.

This book, Tanzanite – Born From Lightning is a compilation of some of the world’s most prestigious brands, designers and jewelry makers, all coming together to showcase their most stunning creations – incredible, one-of-a kind tanzanite jewels, inspired  by their most vivid imaginations and created in their own unique way.  It took Didier Brodbeck and Hayley Henning over two years to bring this together.  Literally hundreds of e-mails and many hours have resulted in almost 200 pages of incredible loose gems and jewels - the first Tanzanite compilation of its’ kind and exceptional in that many of the participating designers and brands are seldom seen page-on-page, alongside one another.  Art direction by Icaro Carlos.

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Keep foreign companies out of the local gem mining industry- President

Altaf Iqbal

The Gem and Jewellery Authority has been directed to keep away foreign mining companies attempting to enter the local gem mining industry through local companies.

The directive was given by President Maithripala Sirisena after he was alerted that foreign companies were already buying up lands through local companies in the Ratnapura district for potential gem mining.

More than 100 acres of land has been purchased by the companies in Dodampe, Paradise Estate in Kuruwita and in the Karangoda area in the district.

Authority Chairman Sanjeewa Welagedara told the Sunday Times that at a meeting with the President on Friday, representatives of the gem industry handed over a detailed report warning about the potential dangers of foreign companies getting involved in the industry.

“We will be keeping a close watch on companies applying for gem mining to prevent foreign companies entering the market via local companies. Before issuing permits for mining we will check on their background first,” he said.

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Theresa Kwong, TK Metal Arts, Voted a Finalist in JCK Design Center Editors' Choice Awards

Theresa Kwong, of TK Metal Arts, has been voted one of three finalists in the Rising Star division of the JCK Design Center's Editors' Choice Awards competition. This is Kwong's first time at the JCK Las Vegas trade show, which takes place from June 3-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Kwong is also one of only 21 up-and-coming designers who were selected for booths in the Rising Star section of the Design Center. She's in booth RS14.

Kwong, a trained architect, creates jewelry with clean lines and sinuous curves. She forms her pieces from flat sheets of recycled gold, silver, and copper, using various hammers. "Each hammer stroke slowly coaxes these thin sheets of metal into strong but delicate looking organic forms," says the artist. "When I create a piece of jewelry, I strive for visual beauty when viewed from different angles. Craftsmanship, proportion, and comfort of wear are all important to me. All pieces are equally inspired by natural and built environments."

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Designer Bella Campbell Wins Her 4th AGTA Spectrum Award

This Year for Best Use of Color

Designer Bella Campbell of Campbellian Collection, Morristown, NJ, is the winner of the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Award for Best Use of Color, a pinnacle award in the prestigious competition. This is the fourth year she has placed as a Spectrum prize winner. 

Her win in 2016 is for a pair of 18k pink gold earrings featuring 17.05 carats of blue-green tourmalines, accented by 4.14 carats of emeralds. Campbell's earrings will be on exhibit as part of the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards Collection in the 1600 aisle of the AGTA GemFair's Preview Promenade. 

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NCDIA Appoints Barbara Wheat as Executive Vice President

January 6, 2016
NEW YORK – The Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA), the leading not-for-profit organization devoted to natural color diamonds, announced today that industry veteran Barbara Wheat has been appointed as Executive Vice President. 
Ms. Wheat’s career spans nearly 25 years in the international diamond, gem and jewelry industry. She served as executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and as adviser on international relations for the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association. She has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University in Sustainability Management and is an Accredited Gemologist (AIGS). 
“Natural color diamonds offer something incredibly unique to consumers who are looking to complement their jewelry wardrobes, which inspires me to work with suppliers and retailers on expanding markets in the United States and worldwide,” said Ms. Wheat.
NCDIA president Jordan Fine said, “Barbara is the ideal choice for NCDIA because she is well known around the world by trade associations, government entities, miners, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers. As NCDIA grows, she is able to assist at all levels of the supply chain, from mine to market. She is also uniquely qualified to address sustainability issues and corporate social responsibility for the organization.”
In her role as executive vice president, Ms. Wheat indicated that she plans to place emphasis on training and education, as well as the benefits for jewelers to carry natural color diamonds. She will be instrumental in providing information on these mysterious gems garnered from collectors, industry professionals and gemologists, and has already begun developing new point-of-sale brochures that explain the wonders of natural color diamonds to consumers. 
Ms. Wheat has already begun meeting with the NCDIA Board and members of the jewelry community. The association has organized membership and prospective member “meet and greet” sessions at the NCDIA office at 22 Rockefeller Plaza on these dates and times:
Tuesday, January 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 9:30- 11:00 a.m.
About NCDIA:
The Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA)’s mission is to educate and promote global awareness and desire for natural color diamonds. Founded in 2003, NCDIA is a non-profit, membership-based organization that includes some of the world's most renowned rough diamond producers, diamond and jewelry manufacturers, designers and retailers.
Jeffrey Post
NCDIA Secretary/Treasurer
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Robert Bentley: By Nature Exhibition

A Robert Bentley strand of tourmaline crystals and a Reinstein|Ross Isabella necklace with Bentley tourmaline.


An artist reception celebrated the opening of the "Robert Bentley: By Nature" exhibition at the Reinstein|Ross gallery last night in New York City. The exhibition features approximately 60 examples of Bentley’s gemstones as well as a smaller collection of Bentley’s work, as incorporated into finished jewelry by the Reinstein|Ross workshops. The exhibition continues through November 22nd at the gallery’s Ganesvoort Street location. 



A Robert Bentley strand of tourmaline crystals and a Reinstein|Ross Isabella necklace with Bentley tourmaline.

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Bangkok Gems Jewelry Fair – September 2015

The 56th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) welcomed gems and jewelry traders from around the world at its September show. Despite a global economic slowdown, and the recent bombing in Bangkok, visitors to the show were not deterred.

Organized by the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA), the BGJF is promoted as a launch pad for Thailand as the newly dubbed, “AEC gem and jewelry capital.” 



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CIBJO–The World Jewelry Confederation has signed on as a sponsor of the Jewelry Industry Summit.

CIBJO–The World Jewelry Confederation has signed on as a sponsor of the Jewelry Industry Summit. As well as giving financial support, the organization said it will urge its members to participate in the event.

“CIBJO’s mission is fully aligned with the goals of the Jewelry Industry Summit,” said president Gaetano Cavalieri.

“Engaging in responsible sourcing is a basic and universal value for all CIBJO members – and this summit presents a rare opportunity for every sector to work together to create actions for all businesses to sustain the supply chain and ensure the success of our businesses in the 21st century. CIBJO will do everything it can to ensure that the summit is a success.”

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Grand Opening For Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Fair

The 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair got off to a great start with H.E. General Prayuth Chanocha, Prime Minister of Thailand, presiding over the opening ceremony. Other distinguished guests included Somchai Phornchindarak, President of the Gems, Jewelry and Precious Metal Confederation of Thailand and the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association; Suttipong Damrongsakul, the CEO of the Bangkok fair; Apiradi Tantraporn, Minister of Commerce; and Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, Director General Department of International Trade Promotion.


Tiffany and Dior reviving Aussie opals, but can Lightning Ridge and Coober Pedy maintain supply?

Australia’s rich red dirt is home to an array of resources, none more colourful than the country’s national gemstone, the opal, which is enjoying a renaissance as Europe’s top fashion houses compete to capture its beauty.

The opal, sometimes known the “mystery stone”, has become a desirable feature in high-end jewellery, according to opal wholesaler Chris Price. Diamonds once dominated the high end of the market, he says, but that focus has shifted and people are seeking colour.

“For people who can have everything, (with opals) they can have something no one can duplicate … opals are personal. It is nice to have something that no one else has,” Price says. “Each stone, whether you are talking about a $20 stone or one of value, is different. Opals don’t come back on the estate market, they stay in families and they are not resold. It’s a real sense of personal treasure.”

Damien Cody, director at Cody Opal, says the French fashion houses have rekindled their love affair with the opal. “It has also triggered demand throughout the world, because if the big fashion houses are using opal it drives demand elsewhere,” he says.

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RESP Launches International Consultation on Sustainability of the Coloured Gems Industry

On 8 June 2015, the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP) launched an international consultation process that will assist in the identification of key sustainability-related priorities for the coloured gemstones industry.

This consultation is the first of its kind and will seek to contribute to the development of a sustainability framework for artisanal and small scale mining of coloured gemstones and provide initial elements to assess its potential implementation through an international standard.

The coloured gemstone industry has a global reach with mining operations in 47 countries across the world. The industry accounts for around USD 10 billion per year and unlike diamonds which are controlled by a few major mining companies, the coloured gemstone depends on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) for a staggering 80% of its total global output. For this reason, the industry is increasingly important for the livelihoods of millions of people around the world.

However, the industry contains a complex set of sustainability issues which are only beginning to be understood. In recent years a number of initiatives have begun trying to clarify the sustainability landscape of the coloured gemstones industry, but the lack of an agreed international sustainability framework has become a major challenge to finding common ground from where to begin a structured discussion.

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Antwerp World Diamond Centre Saves 15% on Energy Bill (2)

Public authorities at all levels are appealing to businesses and individuals to be more aware of their energy consumption in order to avoid any power shortages. In the context of the City of Antwerp’s project, “Energy for the heart of Antwerp”, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre is implementing several energy-saving measures. As a result of these measures, we will save 30,000 euro annually on our energy bill.

The City of Antwerp is promoting more sustainable work, and with CityLab2050 (Stadslab2050) has initiated a new pathway, together with several Antwerp companies and industries, whereby it will accelerate progress with regard to energy savings and a sustainable energy supply.

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre commissioned an energy audit from which it appeared that with better use of the existing installations, more than 15% savings could be achieved on the cost of cooling and heating. Together with the other users, these installations are responsible for 200,000 euro in electricity expenses annually. As a result of this initiative, the energy bill was reduced to 170,000 euro.

“We have made several adjustments in recent years, so that major investments were unnecessary,” says Ari Epstein. “By means of a number of simple interventions – such as a new scheme for cooling and heating, proper coordination of the new installations and automatically turning off the vending machines – we will already be much more energy efficient.”

Factor4, a company that specializes in supporting business that wish to make their building more energy efficient, conducted the energy audit and set up an action plan in consultation with the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. This action plan will run for a period of two years, enabling Factor4 to implement the measures and provide guarantees about the results achieved by means of an energy performance contract.

If the costs incurred are not recuperated by the savings measures, the AWDC will be refunded a percentage of the costs. On the other hand, both parties agree to share any profit that is made.


Rio Tinto sells Murowa Diamond Mine and Leaves Zimbabwe

The Murowa Diamonds mine.

(Image fromMining.com archives)

Cecilia Jamasmie of Mining.com

Mining giant Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) is leaving Zimbabwe after agreeing to sell its 78% stake in the Murowa Diamonds mine and its 50% holding in the Sengwa Colliery mine to its former local unit, RioZim Ltd.

"Rio Tinto believes that future of these assets can be best managed by entities with existing interests in Zimbabwe," the world’s second-largest miner said Friday.

The move doesn’t mean that Rio Tinto is giving up on diamonds, Alan Davies, head of the diamond and mineral unit, said in a statement.

“Rio Tinto remains committed to the diamond industry and is focused on operating its two world-class underground mines whilst obtaining the approvals for its advanced diamond project in India,” Davies noted.

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How To Protect Your Reputation Before It Gets Damaged

Merrick, NY—It’s no secret that luxury consumers care more about sustainability issues than ever before, and they demand their brands and retailers do business in a way that supports their beliefs in social and environmental responsibility. They’re also not shy about heaping public shame on a company they believe deserves it, even if it’s by mistake—and increasingly, jewelers are a favorite target.
The best defense is to not let it happen in the first place, says Barbara Wheat, CEO of Gemalytics LLC, an expert in sustainability management for the jewelry industry. Wheat holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University, is an adjunct professor teaching sustainability courses at the State University of New York-Empire State College, and is a GRI Reporting Practitioner (Global Reporting Initiative). Formerly a jewelry trade editor in Asia and the executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association, she now provides consulting services in sustainability to the jewelry industry.
In an exclusive interview, The Centurion asked Wheat to address sustainability for every jeweler.
The Centurion: There’s so much talk of social responsibility, sustainability, conflict diamonds, and so forth, that jewelers might not understand what each means or what they’re supposed to do about it.
Barbara Wheat: Sustainability for jewelers is concerned with resource extraction, supply chain management, traceability, labor practices, and human rights, just to name a few. In very basic terms, it’s about managing risk. An annual sustainability assessment or report can help companies identify vulnerable areas before they’ve become front-page news because some outside source identified an area of vulnerability that might end up being controversial or damaging to their reputation.

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