Doha jewellery and watches show off to glittering start

HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani inaugurating the 12th Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition  at the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday. The exhibition will be open to the public for the next five days starting from noon to 10pm. As in previous years, the exhibition features large collections of  jewellery and watches from many global manufacturers. Apart from the pavilions of the local jewelleries and watch sellers, each of which houses stalls of reputable brands from all across the world, the venue plays host to pavilions of some top jewellers from the region. PICTURE: Thajudheen
 
By Ramesh Mathew
Staff Reporter
 
 
The  annual Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, featuring several prestigious brands from across the world, was off to a grand start at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) yesterday. Held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, the 12th edition of the event was inaugurated by HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim  bin Mohamed al-Thani in the presence of a large number of dignitaries, businessmen, diplomats and senior government officials.
 
The exhibition will be open to the public for the next five days starting from noon to 10pm. As in previous years, the expo features large collections of  jewellery and watches from many global manufacturers. Apart from the pavilions of the local jewelleries and watch sellers, each of which houses stalls of reputable brands from all across the world, the venue plays host to pavilions of some jewellers from the region. At the stalls, artistry, innovation and craftsmanship of the jewellers as well as of the makers of limited edition watches are evident.
 
Besides a number of residents, a large number of business visitors from other parts of the Gulf are also expected at the exhibition in the next five days. While expressing the hope that the exhibition would attract many customers in the next five days, some of the exhibitors, including those from the region, said there would be the usual demand for jewellery from among local customers who have made it a habit to make substantial purchases during the event. “As the exhibition in Doha brings together a host of jewellery and diamonds from different manufacturers, the customers are given a rare opportunity to make their purchases directly from the people who make the products,” said a senior official of a local jewellery group.
 
Speaking to journalists, the director of exhibitions at the Qatar Tourism Authority, Hamad al-Abdan, said: “The Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition has become one of the most anticipated events of the whole region, featuring an amazing array of upmarket products.” He said: “The Qatar Tourism Authority is fortunate to host the world launch of several exclusive jewels and luxury watches during the exhibition.” 
Arrangements will be made from today to ferry visitors from the QNCC car park to the venue of the exhibition, using shuttle buses.

Autumn’s hues will be ‘multi-faceted, androgynous’

New York--Pantone Color Institute has named the 10 shades that will be standouts in the fashion, design and technology worlds this fall.
 
The top colors for fall 2015 as defined by Pantone are: Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, Oak Bluff, Dried Herb, Marsala--which is also the color of the year and expected to be prominent in spring fashion as well--Biscay Bay, Cadmium Orange, Cashmere Rose, Reflecting Pond and Amethyst Orchid.

Pantone said the Fashion Color Report for fall 2015 is the “first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette.”

 
RELATED CONTENT: Marsala jewels for 2015
 
“Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at Pantone. “The fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette.”
 
Pantone’s Color Fashion Reports are released twice a year. The reports coincide with New York Fashion Week, as the hues are pulled from the runway and designers’ upcoming collections. 
 
The February report predicts the colors for autumn, while September’s list names the shades for the following spring. (The shades for spring 2015 can be seen here.)
 
“This fall, designers pay homage to progressive moments in American history, from the seductive ‘20s to the bohemian hippie and modernists of the ‘60s and ‘70s, while stringing together an affection for colors and styling that are innately easy to wear by both men and women,” Pantone said.
 
 

De Beers Group CEO Welcomed Forevermark Partners in New York City

Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive, De Beers Group, welcomed Forevermark partners during a private cocktail event in New York City where he addressed the challenges and opportunities facing the diamond industry. Special focus was given to the strategic reasons behind the emergence of diamond brands and the growth of Forevermark.

 

“Of course, many of us in the diamond industry know that we are selling far more than the most beautiful of gemstones – we are in fact marketing the concept of forever,” stated Mr. Mellier.

Speaking about the US market, Mr. Mellier said, “It is undeniable that the consumer landscape in the US is changing. There has been a clear increase in consumer preference for brands and people are also changing how they engage in the retail process”.

Mr. Mellier continued by highlighting the benefits of the Forevermark proposition, emphasizing how it answers the consumer’s growing desire for branded products that can be trusted and that can evidence their ethical credentials. In order to deliver on this potential he stressed that the industry needs to understand the challenges, identify the opportunities and employ a coherent and future-proof strategy for sustained success.

The 2014 release of the Diamond Insight Report published by the De Beers Group showed survey results that diamond jewelry takes the top place in the US market where 74 percent of Forevermark retailers reported that their overall diamond jewelry sales were equal to, or greater than, the prior year. Authorized Forevermark retailers grew by 18 percent over the last year with demand amounting to over 350,000 inscribed diamonds.

Mr. Mellier also addressed progress within the De Beers Group in diamond investment and development projects in producing countries around the world.

 

Trends in Gemstones and Treatments

Prized for their unique character and intrinsic beauty, gemstones are a major part of today’s fine jewellery. They come in all types, sizes, shapes, and colours. And, sometimes to enhance their beauty, they are subjected to various types of treatments. To learn more about the ever-changing landscape of trends in gemstones and their enhancements, as well as other issues facing the industry, we visited the very modern and prestigious Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT, a public organization) during a recent trip to Bangkok. Here, we caught up with the very gracious and very busy Dr. Pornsawat Wathanakul, Director of the GIT.

Interview conducted by Cynthia Unninayar

Dr. Pornsawat Wathanakul
CIJTC: As a gem expert yourself, and as Director of the GIT, what changes have you seen in the types of gemstones used in jewellery over the last few years?
 
Dr. Pornsawat Wathanakul: We have seen a shift in the nature of gems being used in jewellery. The most notable is the move towards what we might call a “natural” approach to gemstones. This started with the appearance of the so-called “sliced diamonds” that came to market several years ago. Lesser quality diamonds were cut into slices that clearly showed their inclusions and other “defects.” Jewellery designers were very creative in turning these “gem lemons” into delightful and delicious lemonade by actually highlighting the inclusions as something distinc- tive and individual to the stone. Surrounded by other gems or diamonds, these diamond slices became quite popular and appreciated in the world of fine jewellery.
Following the diamond slices, we now see more gem dealers slicing emeralds, sapphires, and other stones. These examples show the stones in their more “natural” state, you might say. Other gems moving into the world of fine jewellery are geodes, jasper, agates including dendritic agates, fossilized coral, various quartzes, and even “precious” stones in matrix set in creative designs. But, the precious and rare gems still remain highly prized by jewellers and consumers.
Over the last few years, we have seen increasing interest from China, traditionally a jade mar- ket, for coloured stones, but especially Pigeon's Blood rubies and Royal Blue sapphires.

Read more: Trends in Gemstones and Treatments

Dona Mary Dirlam, Director of GIA’s Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center to Receive AGA Lifetime Achievement Award

AGA President Stuart Robertson announced, “The Accredited Gemologists Association is pleased to present Ms. Dona Mary Dirlam with the AGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.” This marks only the second time in the association’s history that this award has been presented. “Ms. Dirlam is recognized for incomparable contributions to the gemological community through an enduring commitment to securing and safeguarding the written works of researchers and scholars, both past and present, for the benefit of the global gemological community of today and tomorrow,” said Robertson.

Under her leadership—which now spans more than three decades—the library has expanded from a 2,000-book installation to a state-of-the-art facility. Over 16,000 books and 1,800 videos are in circulation, along with CD-ROMs, audio CDs, and subscriptions to more than 230 periodicals in numerous languages. These remarkable reference collections are accessible to on campus students and to those in the gemological field and the general public who are able to visit the GIA Carlsbad campus. The Cartier Archives and Rare Book Repository Collections, which houses the 14,000 volume Sinkankas collection, currently consists of more than 41,000 resources. Dirlam personally negotiated acquisition of the Sinkankas collection, a process that took four years to complete. 

Read more: Dona Mary Dirlam, Director of GIA’s Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information...

Gemprint Debuts on CSI

New York, NY 2014: Angelo Palmieri, President of Gemprint Corp. proudly announces that the latest version "GEMPRINT" instrument made its debut on the CBS hit crime drama, CSI: Las Vegas on November 23, 2014.
 
The episode entitled, "Road to Recovery" centers around the mysterious and tragic death of an expensively dressed young woman with a four carat diamond ring on her hand. With no identification at the scene or fingerprints on file and no missing person report filed, the only physical evidence that can lead to an identification is the diamond. 
 
The forensic experts discover that, of all the high tech, expensive, advanced, scientific, crime solving tools available to them, the only one that is capable of solving this mystery is Gemprint. The victim's ring is placed in the Gemprint, and with images and graphics flashing, we learn that the diamond had indeed been Gemprinted and was registered in the international database to the husband of the dead woman. Although there are the requisite twists and turns in the story line, the crime is solved thanks to the Gemprint technology.

Read more: Gemprint Debuts on CSI

GSI to Participate at Dubai International Jewellery Week 2014

Gemological Science International (GSI) a full-service, high-tech lab designed specifically to meet the rapidly changing needs of the jewelry industry will be participating at the Dubai International Jewellery Week, scheduled from December 3rd until December 6th 2014.
This is the first time GSI will be part of the Dubai International Jewellery Week and looks forward to meet the show exhibitors and visitors to showcase GSI’s services and reports. This will be the perfect platform to meet the regional and international leaders from the gems and jewelry industry.
 
Mr. Mark Gershburg, CEO of Gemological Science InternationalAccording to Mr. Mark Gershburg, CEO of Gemological Science International, “We are very pleased to participate, as the event promises to be an unmissed opportunity. GSI will present and highlight the laboratory’s advanced innovative technology, proprietary software, highest and uniformed grading standards and flawless services to the audience. Dubai is an important market that offers the ideal gateway to develop new business contacts within the industry.” “In the last few years GSI experienced tremendous growth worldwide and this year opened in Botswana and Surat in order to better serve the market and to meet the growing demand of GSI certification”, added Mr. Mark Gershburg.
 
The show is organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre and will boast more than 400 exhibitors from approximate 23 countries by consistently attracting over 20,000 visitors each year. Dubai International Jewellery Week provides leading international & regional brands and is the largest and most influential jewelry event in the Middle East.
 
The GSI booth will be located in the Hall No. 4 (Booth C4-33)
 
 
 
 
 

Milenyum Mining Facets World’s Largest CSARITE®

Press Contact: Patricia Syvrud, President, Joia Consulting, LLC. T:  info(at)joiaconsulting.com 

Milenyum Mining Limited is excited to announce the discovery and cutting of the world’s largest known faceted CSARITE® gemstone.

The 121.65 carat pear shape rarity was cut from recently recovered rough of approximately 430 grams from the world’s only CSARITE® mine.  Previously, the largest known faceted CSARITE® was an 88.49 carat pear shape that took home a coveted 2014 AGTA Cutting Edge Award.  The only other large CSARITE® gemstones of a similar size have been cabochon gems that exhibit the cats eye and color change effect.

Read more: Milenyum Mining Facets World’s Largest CSARITE®

Warsaw’s Gold Silver Time Fair

In many ways the history of the Polish jewellery industry is also the history of Poland. Like the Polish people, it’s an industry that has risen from unbelievable devastation and horror to become a highly competitive world-class centre for design and manufacturing. 

By Diana S. Zimmerman

Brooch in silver and gems by Bogumil BytomskiMore than 6,000 visitors from across the globe attended Warsaw’s three-day Gold Silver Time (GST) show Oct 2–5, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland.

Statement necklace in gold-plated silver and by Arkadiusz Wolski.It’s a fair, as well as a city, that is definitely worth visiting. 2014 marked a dual celebration honouring the 15th anniversary of GST along with 25 years of hard-fought Polish freedom. The transformation is both profound and stunning.

Perhaps Monika Szpatowicz, the curator of the 25 for 25 – Jewellery in the Time of Freedom exhibition summed it up best: “The last 25 years have been extremely interesting for Polish jewellery.The political transformations have had a clear impact on the development of the jewellery market, while changes in the way of thinking have brought about new trends and new artists.”

Amber and driftwood pendant by Amberwood

This highly inspirational commemorative display within GST featured more than 100 pieces by 25 selected designers and manufacturers, each of whom have contributed significantly to post-1989 development—the year Poland won its freedom from Soviet Russia.The fair, overall, featured more than 300 exhibitors showcasing original jewellery, silverware, and watches in a wide range of price points and metals that included silver, gold, titanium, and steel, as well as a variety of unusual materials such as acrylic and resin.

Read more: Warsaw’s Gold Silver Time Fair

Colin Cowie, World Famous Stylist, On Luxury Retailing Today

Internationally renowned stylist and event planner Colin Cowie delivered a rousing morning seminar address at Centurion 2014.

 
Sponsored by the Platinum Guild International, Cowie addressed the present and future state of the luxury market. He pointed out similarities between luxury jewelry and luxury party planning: both are in a crowded market with stiff competition, and both are built around fantasy.
 
But in recent years, luxury lost a lot of its luster, Cowie said. “It used to be a big deal to get Dior or Dolce & Gabbana. Now you can get it at the airport. Louis Vuitton used to be made in France, now its Speedy bags are made in China.”
 
It wasn’t just about the recession, either, although for the last five years since the recession, there has been somewhat of a taboo about luxury as those who could afford it didn’t want to be seen as conspicuous.
 
“When you ride the crest of the wave, everything is easy. When you’re in the trough, you learn best business practices and how to be more creative,” he said.
 
“When the economy fizzles, luxury sizzles. And the luxury in this room is all bespoke, done with special detail.”
 
Now that the economy is recovering, luxury is poised to take off. Platinum was the fastest-growing jewelry category in the United States last year, he said. CNBC recently reported that coveted shoe designer Christian Louboutin is launching a men’s shoe line, American Express reported the demand for luxury is stronger than ever, and Neiman Marcus’s stock has rocketed.
 
Contrary to what some may think, the high-end customer is younger, too, said Cowie. “60% of [global] luxury sales are to 24-year-old women. In China, the average Ferrari buyer is a woman under 40.”
 
“People are much savvier, smarter, and more discerning. It’s much more difficult to engage Millennials than the customer of five years ago,” he said.
 
Millennials are eco-friendly, focused on philanthropy, sustainability, and giving back. There’s also a gender twist in that men often behave like women and women like men when shopping. This is what’s led Louboutin, as well as Jimmy Choo, to introduce men’s shoes, and why Coach is selling man bags like crazy in China.
 
Overall, said Cowie, Millennials, are much more demanding and difficult to deal with than an older customer, he added.
 
The future of luxury. True luxury today is curated, edited, and personalized. “Great style comes from ruthless editing,” said Cowie. And it’s all about customer service, he added. “A restaurant can have the best chef and the best décor, but if the service isn’t good, it will kill the whole experience.”
 
 

India: Jewels that Enchanted the World

India: Jewels that Enchanted the World, the most comprehensive exhibition of Indian jewellery ever staged, will take place at the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin from 12 April to 27 July 2014.  The exhibition examines the legacy of five hundred years of Indian jewellery, from the 17th century to the present day.  More than 300 pieces of jewellery and jewelled objects generously loaned from over 30 museums, institutions and private collections from around the world are brought together for the first time to showcase the beauty of Indian craftsmanship, the magnificence of gemstone setting and the aesthetic refinement of Indian taste.  Many of the items have never been exhibited before.

Lenders to the exhibition include the al-Sabah Collection, the British Museum, the Doha Museum of Islamic Art, the Khalili Collection, the Musée Barbier-Mueller, and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the world’s greatest jewellery houses such as Cartier, Chaumet, Mauboussin and Van Cleef & Arpels.  The 21st century is represented by two of India’s leading jewellery houses – Munnu Kasliwal’s creations for The Gem Palace and Bhagat – both famous for their exquisite designs, fine craftsmanship and consummate glamour.

India: Jewels that Enchanted the World is the joint undertaking of the State Museums of Moscow Kremlin, headed by Dr Elena Gagarina, and the Indo-Russian  Jewellery Foundation, founded by diamond and jewellery connoisseur Alex Popov.  The exhibition has been conceived by Dr Gagarina and Alex Popov who brought together scholars and enthusiasts from India, UK, Switzerland and the USA to realise this ambitious project.  Presented in two beautiful spaces, The Belfry and the One-Pillar Hall, the pieces are arranged thematically in sections relating to regions and periods, and according to typology and sources of inspiration.  For many centuries, the jewels and gemstones of India have stunned the world and this exhibition explores the history of this rich heritage and the continuity of design, artistic sensibility and craftsmanship.

Read more: India: Jewels that Enchanted the World

Charles Garnier Paris Supports Jewelers for Children Fundraising

As part of the launch of their new Britannia 958 Heritage Collection (TM), Charles Garnier Paris is donating 17 pieces of the collection to Jewelers for Children to be used for fundraising during a silent auction at the upcoming Centurion Jewelry Show in Scottsdale, AZ.  The collection is premiering at the Charles Garnier Paris Salon # 107 at Centurion February 2nd - 4th, 2014 at the Phoenician Hotel.

"Britannia 958 is our premier collection for silver, said Julie Franco," Charles Garnier Paris Sales Manager.  Introducing the collection at the Centurion Show and coupling it with a donation to Jewelers for Children just made so much sense for us.  We're thrilled to associate our exciting product launch with the industry's charity." 

"We're so excited to have the donation from Charles Garnier," said Jewelers for Children Executive Director, David Rocha.  We've never had a company donate an entire new line for a silent auction.  Coupled with the donations from other Centurion exhibitors, the silent auction will certainly be a destination for participants."

Read more: Charles Garnier Paris Supports Jewelers for Children Fundraising

JA New York Winter Show

February 24 - 26, 2013
The Javits Center, New York, NY

 

   

Gumuchian: New Additions to G Boutique  
Gumuchian is introducing new pieces to their lower priced G Boutique collection, which launched in 2008. “No one wants to flaunt big jewelry in difficult times,” says designer Patricia Gumuchian. Currently there are eighty-five styles within the G Boutique, a collection of 18k white, yellow, and rose gold with diamonds. The new Floating Flower rings will feature three different flower motifs: Daisy, Lotus, and Kelly. While it's just one band, the ring fits between two fingers. Patricia says, “They’re comfortable to wear and fun.”
Booth #1833

 

 

YNY Jewels Introduces the Pristine Collection
YNY Jewels is debuting their new Pristine Collection at the JA New York Winter Show. This one-of-a-kind collection is made of gemstones and natural colored diamond slices in unique shapes and spring hues. Designer Yogendra Sethi draws inspiration from the colorful lands of India. His philosophy is that "Life is a rainbow. The more color you infuse, the more you enjoy it." He utilizes the spectrum of colors found naturally in diamonds for a mixture of contemporary and art deco styles.
Booth #1753

 

 

 

 

  Dana Faith's Ocean Inspiration
New York City designer,Dana Faith, unveils a new collection this winter inspired by the natural colors and movement of the sea. In her recent "hippy chic" designs, Dana uses coral cabochons to represent the coral in the ocean, sky blue topaz to symbolize the colors of the water, and the trending "Gypsy" tassels to reflect the flow of the waves. Dana Faith is also known for her handmade twisted wire jewelry using precious metals mixed with semi-precious stones to create a variety of unique pieces. This featured Sophia ring is available in 14k white, yellow, and rose gold. 
Booth #2066K

 

‘2 Shows 2 Venues’— 2014 New Concept Surpasses Splendor

Hong Kong – Following years of resounding success and ever-increasing demand for exhibition space, the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show introduces a brand new concept of ‘2 shows 2 venues’ in 2014. A record of over 3,500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and regions are expected in 2014 to showcase a greater variety of products to double buyers and exhibitors business opportunities.

The 2014 fair will be transformed into two shows at two venues. The HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show (HKIDGPS) leads from 3- 7 March at the AsiaWorld-Expo, showcasing jewellery raw materials, while the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (HKIJS) follows from 5- 9 March at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, continue in exhibiting the most exquisite jewellery collections.

Astonishing Collections Showcased at the Newly Decorated Hall of Extraordinary
Both exhibitors and buyers greatly appreciated as the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show has generated numerous opportunities from previous years. “We have exhibited at the show since 2007. The Hall of Extraordinary is the best place to promote our unique and exclusive jewellery to the right buyers, we were able to meet with quality buyers from the Chinese mainland, Indonesia and Vietnam,” said Alan Chun, Director of Gaily Jewellery Company Limited, Hong Kong, speaking at the last edition.

Read more: ‘2 Shows 2 Venues’— 2014 New Concept Surpasses Splendor