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Fred Leighton Moves into E-Commerce

Fred Leighton launched NET-A-PORTER this week, marking the brand’s first entry into e-commerce.

Known for their collection featuring beautiful works and signed pieces by the great makers in jewelry history, it’s an exciting entry that it will extend Fred Leighton's curatorial narrative to a much wider audience than ever before; the launch includes NET-A-PORTER’s US, Asia and European platforms.

The jewelry includes a curated assortment of Fred Leighton estate pieces ranging from Victorian designs to mid-20th century, as well as contemporary Fred Leighton Collection which combine the design aesthetic of the past with the finest materials and craftsmanship available today.

Stuller’s Conference Series Plans Fourth Season

Looking ahead to its fourth season, Stuller’s Bridge conference series provides attendees with profitable solutions for the changing retail landscape.

Exploring contemporary areas of potential improvement for traditional jewelry stores, Bridge blends educational seminars and group dialogue discussing a range of topics including being highly connected to customers, innovative, and more profitable.

Touching on three main themes, customization, in-store experience and retail challenges and opportunities, the 2013 conference series helped independent jewelry retailers identify potential problem areas within their businesses and proactively develop innovative solutions. These themes will continue to be the conversation drivers in 2014.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I feel from attending the Bridge event hosted by my new friends at Stuller,” says Ted Blais of Ted’s Creative Jewelry in Southampton, MA. “I came away with a new feeling for the trade that I have never experienced before. Seeing the new innovations and the eagerness for your company to make sure I succeed was short from miraculous.”

“Today, jewelers are collaborating more than ever, propping each other up with ideas that work. And this is what’s happening at Bridge,” says Ken Dugas, Stuller’s executive director of events. “After a powerful Bridge series in 2013, Stuller is ready to share even more in the coming year.”

The 2014 Bridge conference series dates are as follows:

  • April 13-15 (Canadian customers)
  • May 18-20
  • June 23-25
  • August 10-12
  • August 25-27
  • September 7-9
  • September 15-17
  • October 12-14

For more information on Bridge and to request an invitation, visit, call 866-751-5692 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

GIA Names First Liddicoat Post-Doc Fellow

Dr. Karen Smit, Gemological Institute of America’s first postdoctoral associate.

Continuing its decades-long history of advanced gemological research and education, Gemological Institute of America has selected the first associate in the Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research program.

Participants in the program will examine fundamental issues related to diamonds, colored stones, pearls and instrument development; each position will be tailored to focus on the associate’s expertise and interest.

The prestigious research position is named in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, GIA’s former president widely considered the “Father of Modern Gemology.” The Institute’s first postdoctoral associate, Dr. Karen Smit, began her tenure at the New York laboratory on Feb. 3.

“The postdoctoral program enhances GIA’s research initiatives by pairing the Institute’s experienced researchers and gemologists with highly motivated academic researchers who have obtained their Ph.D. in a scientific field,” said Dr. Wuyi Wang, GIA’s director of Research and Development.

“This program will afford the research associates access to GIA’s fully-equipped laboratories for their studies. Dr. Smit’s research will help advance our understanding of the science of gems and gem formation, expanding our ability to serve both the global public and the international gem and jewelry industry.”

Smit obtained her Ph.D. in the Diamond Research Group at the University of Alberta in Canada, and gained experience using geochemical and isotopic techniques to research the origin of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle and its diamonds. In addition to three peer-reviewed publications, she has experience working in field mapping in Greenland and as a geologist in Tanzania. Smit also holds degrees from the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch, both in South Africa.

Research Associate appointments are for one full calendar year and may be extended upon request. The positions are fully funded; GIA will also facilitate access to outside research facilities. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a related scientific field, preferably obtained within the last three years. For more information and for additional applicant requirements, visit

Global Gem and Jewellery Fair Comes to Dubai

A joint initiative of India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and DMCC, Dubai’s and the region’s global gateway for commodity trade and enterprise, the India, will host the Global Gem & Jewellery Fair for the first time in Dubai, March 20-22.

With over 130 exhibitors participating from India and the GCC, the Global Gem & Jewellery Fair will provide an ideal platform for international buyers and sellers as they seek to trade top quality gems and couture jewellery during the three-day event.

Visitors from across the globe, including GCC, KSA, Egypt, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Singapore, Eastern Europe, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia, will take part.

Speaking at a press conference Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said: "It is vital to continuously create new opportunities to nurture key international relations with strong trading partners such as India. That is why we are collaborating with the GJEPC to introduce the inaugural ‘Global Gem & Jewellery Fair’ to the region and the GCC market. We are proud to host this event and to welcome industry participants from across to the globe to Dubai."

Dubai has quickly emerged as one of the leading global centers for trade of gold, diamonds and precious stones. Combine that strength with the Emirate’s ideal location between the producing and consuming nations along the ‘New Silk Route’ and its unrivalled infrastructure including world-class cargo facilities, ports and airports that connect to over 220 destinations – the Emirate is all set to host the GGJF 2014.

Mr. Pankaj Parekh, Vice-Chairman, GJEPC, said: “India’s central role as the sourcing centre for diamonds and precious stones jewellery is renowned world-wide. For years traders and visitors to India have enjoyed the craftsmanship, quality, design and cost efficiency – now it’s time we return the gesture and bring the source to Dubai - the most promising destination for the gemstones and jewellery trade in recent times.

“GJEPC is pleased to collaborate with DMCC - it has established itself as the largest free zone in the UAE and the international leader for commodities trade and enterprise in just over a decade. It is DMCC’s unrivalled track record combined with the determination to succeed that secured Dubai the inaugural Global Gem & Jewellery Fair 2014.”

India is the world leader in production of cut and polished diamonds, emeralds and tanzanites and with 14 out of 15 the world’s diamonds cut and polished in India. Products of the highest quality including loose diamonds, loose coloured gemstones, plain gold jewellery as well as diamond and coloured stone-studded jewellery, are expected on display at the GGJF 2014.

“The GGJF presents a great opportunity to consolidate India’s exemplary gem and jewellery manufacturing expertise with Dubai’s status as the premier gold, diamond and precious stones jewellery hub to foster and further promote global trade.

Spread over 3,100 sq/m and with over 170 booths, around 130 exhibitors will showcase the very best in diamond, gold and colour stones.

Being a premier invitation-only international trade fair, some 500 select buyers from across the globe will no doubt liaise with exemplary manufacturers and establish ample business opportunities,” said Mr. Saunak Parikh, International Exhibitions Convener, GJEPC.

GGJF 2014 Participants added: “Since it is a strictly business-to-business show, I am confident that it will pull in potential business partners from different Gulf regions. As the show is being held on a large scale, both the experienced trade show partners, the GJEPC and DMCC, will market it well to draw potential buyers. Dubai offers a hassle-free, conducive atmosphere for conducting business. We will come prepared with many collections and I am confident that this show will be a great success for us”, said Mr. Shreyans Kapoor, Vice President, Kashi Jewellers, Kanpur.

“The GGJF is providing us with an exciting opportunity to explore new markets in Dubai and the Gulf region. Preparations are on to showcase new collections in 21-karat gold revolving around the region-specific aesthetics. I am working on a special collection for the show, and I am hoping to meet new clients from Pakistan, Malaysia, the entire Gulf region, Singapore and Sri Lanka”, said Mr. Mansukh Kothari, Proprietor, Vasupati Jewellers, Mumbai.

The UAE is a global hub for the gold bullion and jewellery trade, with gold jewellery consumption estimated at US$ 2.5billion, making it one the top five in the world amongst China, India, the United States and Russia. The UAE alone accounts for 40 per cent of India’s Gem and Jewellery Exports. Home to thousands of the world’s renowned brands and products; Dubai has quickly emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis hence offering the ideal platform for the prestigious GGJF 2014.

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Indian Groups Will Cooperate on Detection of Synthetics

India’s Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council and the International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research, a division of De Beers Group of Companies, have agreed to work together to maintain consumer confidence in diamonds and more specifically support the industry in the detection of synthetics.

As part of this initiative, the IIDGR will be providing their state-of-the-art Automated Melee Sorting machines to the GJEPC. The machines are expected to be available within three months. They machines will be operated by the Diamond Detection and Resource Centre, which is part of the Gemmological Institute of India, in the Bharat Diamond Bourse premises.

The AMS machines can rapidly detect synthetic stones in parcels of small diamonds ranging from 0.01 - 0.20 carats in a cost effective manner. This addresses a market need for rapid and affordable detection equipment for smaller sized diamonds, which will be of immense benefit for India. DDRC will enable smaller traders, to get their parcels tested at an affordable cost

DDRC has been providing Detection services for all parcels received. The centre also offers resources for creating awareness about lab grown diamonds and testing methods. It also provides services to diamond companies including technical and on-the-job training of their staff in detection methods.

GII has already taken up the task of educating people and eliminating the fear of lab-grown diamonds from the minds of the people through seminars in Surat, at Opera house and BKC in Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Cambay and are planning to hold seminars in other Diamond Centres as well.

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