Angelina Jolie Opens School in Afghanistan Funded By Her Jewelry Collection

Angelina Jolie has reportedly said that the all-girls school she is building in Afghanistan has opened, funded by her eponymous jewelry collection.

The actress and philanthropist told E! News that the school located outside of Kabul educates from 200 to 300 students. It was funded by the Style of Jolie jewelry line—a collection of jewelry created by Jolie and Robert Procop, a gem expert, private jeweler and jewelry designer. She told E! that the new school will be one of many girls schools that will be built and funded through the proceeds from the jewelry collection.

The high jewelry pieces for the Style of Jolie collection are known for using statement gemstones cut in the shape of tablet, an exclusive feature. Procop told me in an interview published in January that Jolie wanted something with an historical message and spent a great deal of time studying how a tablet is held. Together they designed the shape.

All proceeds from the sales are used to build schools for girls in impoverished countries through the Education Partnerships for Children of Conflicts, co-founded by Jolie.

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Napoleon's Engagement Ring to Joséphine Fetches $948,000 At Auction

The engagement ring that Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his future wife Joséphine in 1796 sold for more than $948,000 (730,000 euros) (not including commission and other fees) at auction in France on Sunday—shattering its high estimate of $20,000.

The gold ring, with an origin listed as 18th Century, is adorned with two pear-shaped stones (also described as “tear shaped” in media reports), a blue sapphire and diamond that rest side by side facing opposite directions. Each gem weighed one carat each, according to the auction house.

Bidding at the Osenat auction house in Fontainebleau opened at 10,000 euros but the first bid was for 50,000 euros and quickly went up to $130,000 euros, then pacing itself to $450,000. Several bouts of laughter were heard during the bidding as seen through the auction house’s live website. Right before the hammer fell at 630,000 euros someone pushed it to 640,000 which produced more laughter.

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Jewellery Show Draws Record Number of Buyers Emerging Market Buyers Up 18 Per Cent

11 March 2013 – The 30th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which closed its five-day run Saturday, 9 March, attracted more than 42,000 buyers from some 140 countries and regions, a new buyer record. This year’s buyer total was up nearly 11 per cent over last year, with emerging market buyers up 18 per cent. 
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau was encouraged by the response, especially from emerging markets. “The number of buyers from the Chinese mainland was up 24 per cent over last year, while Indian and Russian buyers both increased by 16 per cent; ASEAN buyers were up 11 per cent,” he said. “The continuing expansion of the middle class and the rapid development of sales channels in emerging markets are fuelling consumer demand for luxury goods.”

Survey Spotlights Prospects
More than 3,300 exhibitors from 49 countries and regions participated in this year’s fair, a new exhibitor record. During the show period, an independent body was commissioned to interview some 800 buyers and exhibitors to understand their views on market prospects, export outlook and product trends.

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Reality Series on Gemstone Mining to Debut in ‘13

Beginning in March, a group of Colorado gemstone miners will be the latest group to have their lives, and jobs, profiled on reality TV. The Weather Channel is set to begin airing a show with the working title of “Prospectors.” The program follows the lives of a group of colored gemstone miners who hunt for topaz, aquamarine and rhodochrosite 14,000 feet up, in the Rocky Mountains.

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Jewelers Ethics Association Tucson 2013 Schedule

Jewelers Ethics Association Tucson 2013 Schedule

Be sure to visit the JEA Booth #9 at the AGTA GemFair.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday Feb. 5:

  • 10:00am Wholesale shows open
  • 7:00pm Robyn Hawk: “Using Social Media to promote your business” – DoubleTree Reid Park

Wednesday Feb. 6:

  • 8:00am JEA annual membership meeting – DoubleTree Reid Park
  • 10:00am – 6:00pm wholesale shows

Thursday Feb. 7:

  • 10:00am – 6:00pm Wholesale shows
  • 7:00pm Lisa Elser: “Marketing Custom Cut Gems” – DoubleTree Reid Park

Friday Feb. 8:

  • 10:00am – 6:00pm Wholesale shows
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm David Stanley Epstein will be signing copies of his newly revised “The Gem Merchant” – JEA Booth #9 at AGTA

Saturday Feb. 9:

  • 10:00am – 6:00pm Wholesale shows
  • 6:30pm JEA 2nd Annual Industry Reception: Cactus Rose North Room – Doubletree Reid Park
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm David Stanley Epstein: Book Signing

Sunday Feb 10:

ISSP Conference 2013

ISSP will host its next face-to-face summit of ISSP members and other sustainability professionals from May 8–10, 2013 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Building on the success of the first ISSP Conference held in Portland, Oregon in 2011, the ISSP Conference in Chicago will once again be structured around these three themes:

  • Stories from the Field featuring presentations of on-the-ground implementation from organizations worldwide.
  • Emerging Strategies for building the business case, engaging employees and developing cultures of sustainability.
  • Sustainability Tools that will demonstrate the latest sustainability assessments, reporting standards and more.

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VicenzaOro Winter

The Future. Now.” is the theme of the three opening International Summits at the 2013 editions of VICENZAORO.

VICENZAORO affirms itself as a trade and content platform, a qualified reference point for world jewellery and precious metals. In order to discover and understand what the future holdS for jewellery, Fiera di Vicenza has organised a series of International Summits for 2013 appropriately named “The Future. Now”.

Events which will be held in correspondence with the opening of the three VICENZAORO International Shows to be held in January, May and September. The Summits will give the main players in the sector, representatives from design, production, communication and distribution, a chance to meet and discuss structural themes which personal and company visions are now obliged to include: the global market, the evolved consumer, new social-economic sustainability.

The first event is scheduled for Saturday, 19th January with the Opening Summit of the VICENZAORO Winter, International Gold and Jewellery Exhibition, the sector's first trade fair of the year, which will close on 24th January 2013.

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A one stop resource for the ingredients of global cuisine

Stop and ask someone what job they would choose if they could do anything they wanted to, and you might not be surprised to hear "Tony Bourdain!" Indeed, Anthony Bourdain, the witty host of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations" and the new CNN show "Parts Unknown” that will debut this spring, has easily one of the coolest jobs on the planet. He gets paid to do two of the best things in life: travel and eat. It is an enviable position, particularly for those who have a fondness for food and adventure, like Jim Feldman, The Ingredient Finder. Feldman has managed to achieve this ultimate lifestyle by making it his business to hunt the globe for the finest ingredients of international cuisine, and he brings it all to the home cook in one handy website.  read more...

Murder, Corruption, and Greed

The Bridges' Continuing Fight for Justice

On the morning of August 5, 2009, Kenya's Foreign Minister Moses Masika Wetangula addressed a packed conference room at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Introducing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mr. Wetangula referenced a meeting held by Secretary Clinton and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.

"President Kibaki and his team assured the Secretary of State that reforms are on course, that the war against impunity in the country is on, that the war against corruption is on, and all sanctuaries of corruption will be destroyed to make Kenya a cleaner and safer place to do business . . ."

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Fracking the Great Lakes

 The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. According to an article from Environmental Health News—Great Lakes Legacy Contaminants Decreasing, But Newer Ones on the Rise—legacy contaminants are decreasing more quickly than previously reported in three of the Great Lakes, but have stayed virtually the same in two other lakes, according to new research. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), the pesticide DDT and other banned compounds dropped about 50 percent in fish in Lakes Michigan, Ontario and Huron from 1999 through 2009, although there were no significant changes in Lakes Superior and Erie fish, according to the study to be published this month in Science of the Total Environment. read more...

Burma Sanctions Lifted—Except on Rubies and Jade

Despite warming relations between Burma and the United States, importing Burmese rubies or jade remains illegal.

On Nov. 16, the State and Treasury Departments lifted sanctions on a variety of products from Burma—but left ruby and jade off the list.

The removal of sanctions “does not affect the existing prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of jadeite and rubies mined or extracted from Burma, and on articles of jewelry containing them,” said a State Department release. “We are committed to working with the Government of Burma to address these concerns.”  read more ...

Luxury Jewelry & Cultural Center to Open in Shenzhen

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New York, NY— The Gems Cube Jewelry & Jade Creative Cultural Park, known as Gems Cube, is a luxury jewelry and cultural complex that is due to open in Shenzhen at the end of 2013.
Gems Cube was developed by the Shenzhen MKH Group under the guidance of the local Bao’an government in order to support Shenzhen’s growing importance as an international gem and jewelry hub. The main facilities at Gems Cube include a Jewelry and Cultural Exhibition Hall, Creative R&D Building, Jewelry Identification Center, and Gems Cube Hotel.

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