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Ms. Ruchita Sharma joins GJEPC as Executive Director, Marketing & Publicity

Mumbai, January  10, 2018: Ms. Ruchita Sharma joined the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council as the Executive Director, Promotions, Marketing and Business Development. She has over 20 years of experience spread across Marketing, Operations and Communications.

Speaking about her new role at GJEPC, Ruchita Sharma said, “A robust Promotion and Marketing ecosystem is vital for the growth of the Indian gem & jewellery export sector. Over the years, GJEPC has done an excellent job to take this industry to the current stature that it enjoys today through its various promotional activities globally, including participation in international exhibitions, organizing Buyer-seller meets (BSMs), etc. Our focus would be to give maximum mileage by enhancing our reach in the existing markets and tapping new ones, thus furthering the growth of industry.”

Chief Executive Director Mr. Sabyasachi Ray said, “We are happy to have Ruchita Sharma, who has in-depth luxury and premium experience in emerging markets. I am sure that with kind of expertise she comes with, the promotional and business development activates of the council will get a boost in the coming days.”

In the past, Ruchita has worked closely with family run global organizations such as Swarovski, Salvatore Ferragamo, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Taj Hotels Palaces and Resorts. Ruchita understands what makes family businesses successful in emerging markets, maintaining their brand values and ethos and profitability.

Ruchita was named among ‘50 most talented Retail professionals of India by CMO Council as well as 50 Most Talented CMOs of India by World Marketing Congress. She has represented India at India Business Forum at London Business School and other prestigious luxury platforms as well as curated roundtables of Luxury in depth discussions with Altagamma and Comite Colbert MOU with Indian chamber of commerce FICCI which fetched “Make in India” business worth US$ 20 million. Apart from that, she is an avid traveler and freelance writer. Her book ‘Ultimate Luxury’ in association with American Express was released in November 2008.

At GJEPC, Ruchita will be responsible for National Events International Events, Promotions Marketing & Business Development, Logistics, International ventures.

Ruchita is an IIM, Ahmedabad – Essec Paris Luxury Management Graduate; Paris, (Ahmedabad 2010), she completed her MBA in Marketing from Amity, Noida, India 2001; an English literature Graduate from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi. 1995; she has also done a tourism major from IATA-Geneva.

 

VICENZAORO is getting ready for Oscars night… the jewellery ones of course!

The 6th edition of the Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards approaches.

In Vicenza the Oscars are those of Jewellery. On January 19th, the Palladio Theater of the Vicenza Fair will host the awards ceremony for the 9 winners of the most prestigious international award in the sector, as every year with the January edition of VICENZAORO.

The Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards are an international prize dedicated to the excellence of contemporary jewellery in the fields of design, production, retail, communication, CSR and career. It is an event that represents a point of reference for premium jewellery and an instrument aimed at creating synergies among the protagonists of the global sector of gold and jewellery.

Nine award-winning categories: best Italian designer, best international designer, best Italian collection, best international collection, best single-brand store, best communication campaign, company with the most qualified ethical, social and environmental responsibility project, best campaign in the field of new communication and last but not least, the person that has contributed most in his/her career to innovate the world of jewellery, opening new horizons and leaving a significant mark in the field.

The prestigious International jury, which will decide this year’s winners is chaired by Franco Cologni, founder of the Cologni – Mestieri D’arte Foundation and winner of the career award during the previous edition.

Composed by Silvana Annicchiarico, Director of the Triennale Design Museum, Alba Cappellieri, Design Professor of the Milan Polytechnic Jewel, and Clare Phillips, Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the jury will have the difficult task of selecting the nine winners.

All the info on previous editions can be found on: www.vicenzaoro.com/it/andrea-palladio-internationaljewellery-awards

VICENZAORO 2018 THE JEWELLERY BOUTIQUE SHOW

VICENZAORO – THE JEWELLERY BOUTIQUE SHOW is the largest European Show dedicated to the gold and jewellery sectors, a true Business Hub able to foster the meeting among the most authoritative personalities of the gold and jewellery world.

It is an international platform representing the main access to European, Russian and Middle Eastern markets. The ideal Show to promote business transactions and relations.

With various events throughout the year, VICENZAORO is the reference point for the sector and is the place where new trends, styles and designs come to life.

Over 4,500 companies work with the VICENZAORO System, 35% of which is foreign. Over 96,000 visitors come from over 130 countries along with the key presence of the 3,800 top buyers, all hosted thanks to the collaboration with the Ministry of Economic (MISE) and the Italian Trade Agency (ICE).

VICENZAORO – THE JEWELLERY BOUTIQUE SHOW hosts 5 Shows globally and participates to 10 among the most prestigious events internationally. In 2018, key events will be in Vicenza, Hong Kong, Arezzo, Las Vegas, Dubai, Mumbai.

www.vicenzaoro.com

CORRADO FACCO ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF CIBJO

The Managing Director of Italian Exhibition Group was elected at the annual congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, held in Bangkok, November 5-7.

Vicenza, 10th November 2017 – Corrado Facco, the Managing Director of Italian Exhibition Group, has been elected Vice President of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation. His nomination was confirmed by a vote of the CIBJO General Assembly on November 7th, meeting on the last day of 2017 CIBJO Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the session, CIBJO General Assembly re-elected Gaetano Cavalieri as President of CIBJO, and for the first time in the Confederation’s history, elected three Vice Presidents: Corrado Facco, Italy; Roland Naftule, USA; and Eli Avidar, Israel. Marc-Alain Christen, Switzerland, was confirmed as CIBJO’s Chief Financial Officer of the Confederation, and a new Board of Directors was elected.

CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri, assigned specific responsibilities to each of the three Vice Presidents. Mr. Facco will concentrate on matters relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the sustainability of companies in the jewellery and gemstone sector, with a particular emphasis on advancing the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as helping maintain relationships with international bodies, such as the United Nations and the Global Compact. This assignment, Dr. Cavalieri said, is in recognition of the relationship between IEG and CIBJO, and more specifically of the associated activities carried out in the recent years by Mr Facco with the United Nations and its Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Corrado Facco said: “I am immensely honoured to have been entrusted with this position, which, first and foremost, signals how IEG and VICENZAORO’s role as internationally recognized interlocutors for spreading the values and best practices of Corporate Social Responsibility along the jewellery distribution chain is so greatly appreciated. Business ethics, transparency, sustainability, respect for people and the environment are the key themes for the entire global economy, especially in the luxury sector. During the CIBJO congress, VICENZAORO was actually cited as an example of a marketplace that actively promotes CSR in its sector of reference.

VICENZAORO, one of the world’s leading gold and jewellery Shows, organized by Italian Exhibition Group, has been committed to promoting CSR within the international jewellery industry for several years. Thanks to this effort IEG received formal accreditation, through CIBJO, at ECOSOC, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, for promoting and implementing activities relating to Corporate Social Responsibility along the jewellery and gemstone chain of distribution.

The annually-held CIBJO Congress assembles members of national jewellery and gemstone associations, as well as representatives of leading commercial bodies and international organizations operating in the greater jewellery business worldwide.

The 2017 congress brought together in Thailand some 150 official delegates and 300 participants, and tacklied a wide range of topics, including harmonization of industry standards and nomenclature in the diamond, coloured gemstone, pearl, precious metals, coral and gemmological sectors; responsible sourcing; and Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability, especially in the coloured gemstone industry.

The Managing Director of IEG, Corrado Facco, was one of the speakers on a panel at the congress dealing with the strategic importance of ensuring the integrity of the chain of distribution in the luxury sector, particularly in view of the latest macro-trends, dictated by younger Millennial and Generation Z consumers, who pay a great deal of attention to sustainability when making their luxury purchasing decisions.

With these dynamics in mind, Mr. Facco suggested formulating a “sustainability charter”, which members of the industry could sign and abide by.

Furthermore, Mr. Facco underlined the need to develop an industry-wide education programme aimed an implementing the principles of sustainability.  This programme could be created on-line under the auspices of CIBJO’s UN-recognized educational arm, the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF). Mr. Facco highlighted the importance of making the tools developed to promote sustainability available to all industry participants, and of comparing notes with other organizations like the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

The Managing Director of IEG was also part of a selected delegation, headed by Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, which officially received the Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha; Mrs. Apiradi Tantraporn, the Thai Minister of Commerce; and other high-ranking government officials, who attended the opening ceremony of the 2017 CIBJO Congress.

DUBAI’S NEW POWER COUPLE! VOD DUBAI INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY SHOW JOINS FORCES WITH ARAB FASHION WEEK

Best of fashion and jewellery unite as the region’s biggest jewellery extravaganza partners Dubai’s first unique platform for pre-collections and ready-couture

 Dubai, UAE – 25 October 2017: Salt and pepper, peaches and cream – some things just work better together. In the latest power pairing, VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show has signed a landmark partnership with the Arab Fashion Council, organiser of Arab Fashion Week, to bring the most impressive curation of luxury gem, diamond, precious metals and ready-to-couture fashion collections to the well-heeled of Dubai’s glamorous society.

With VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show and Arab Fashion Week both taking place in Dubai this November, the partnership links the region’s leading fashion and jewellery events will connect both industries and encourage dual event attendance via shared awareness activities and targeted cross-promotions.

VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show will position the emirate as a focal point in the global jewellery supply chain when it debuts at Dubai World Trade Centre from November 15-18.

THE MUSEO DEL GIOIELLO IN VICENZA PRESENTS “PRECIOUS LINKS. THE CHAIN BETWEEN FUNCTION AND ORNAMENT”

Chain as the most versatile jewel in the history of jewellery where craftsmanship, creativity and manufacturing intersect, organized by Alba Cappellieri.

 Vicenza, 25th October 2017 – On 27th October next, the new temporary exhibition “Precious Links. The chain between function and ornament” at the Museo del Gioiello jewellery museum in Vicenza will be opened to the public.

Open until 25th March 2018, “Precious Links. The chain between function and ornament” will be displaying a wide selection of chains, considered as the most common and versatile element in the history of jewellery. This exhibition presents 80 chains that, from the end of the eighteenth century to present day, have inspired every jewellery context and represent the strength and identity of Italian manufacturing, especially in the Veneto Region and Tuscany, from industrial semi-processed goods to valuable artisan work. A fascinating itinerary that shows how extraordinary jewellery, capable of uniting the past and future in the name of creativity, beauty and innovation, can be brought to life by a simple functional element.

Heart of the Jewelry Industry Beat in Istanbul!

Istanbul Jewelry Show – October 2017, hosted 15.514 visitors from 109 countries!

Istanbul International Jewelry, Watch and Equipment Fair – Istanbul Jewelry Show brought for the 45th time between 12 – 15 October 2017, products and services of over 800 brands and companies to 15.514 local and international visitors. Compared to the October 2016 Exhibition, October 2017 Exhibition saw an 18% increase in the number of foreign visitors. The biggest international buyer delegation of the Turkish exhibition industry comprising over 1000 buyers were hosted throughout the exhibition. Business meetings held during the exhibition helped realize around 80% of the Turkish Jewelry Exports.

Organized by UBM Rotaforte Uluslararası Fuarcılık A.Ş., the Turkey office of UBM Asia which is the biggest exhibition organizer in the Asian continent and recognized as the 5th biggest international jewelry exhibition in the world, Istanbul Jewelry Show brought together the professionals of the jewelry industry for the 45th time at CNR Expo, Istanbul Fair Center. As part of the International Buyer Delegation Program, over 1000 buyers from the target countries of the jewelry industry were hosted at the exhibition.

Visitors from 30 new countries, and 18% increase in number of international visitors compared to previous year…

The exhibition which is being organized by UBM Rotaforte twice a year for the last 32 years, featured over 800 local and international jewelry companies and brands representing a wide range of product groups and sectors including gold, jewelry, diamonds, colored stones, precious and semi-precious stones, pearls, silver, silver accessories and silver household items, gold mounters, refinery, watches, molds, shop window decorations, machinery and equipment side industry, safes, software, and logistics and lighting product groups.

The exhibitors showcased their special products and collections to the delight of 15.514 sector professionals from 109 countries. Compared to the exhibition of October 2016, the exhibition of October 2017 hosted visitors from 30 new countries. Again compared to the last exhibition, this year’s exhibition saw an 18% increase in the international visitors and 56% of the visitors were from Turkey while 44% were international visitors.
20 countries visiting Istanbul Jewelry Show – October 2017
Country
Number of visitors

Turkey                                           8.750
Iran                                                1.869
Algeria                                              418
Lebanon                                           353
Saudi Arabia                                    256
Russia                                               230
Jordan                                              205
United Arab Emirates                    196
Iraq                                                    174
Azerbaijan                                        172
Ukraine                                             166
Syria                                                   158
India                                                   154
Israel                                                  144
Greece                                               139
Egypt                                                 128
Bulgaria                                             120
Tunisia                                               117
Morocco                                            104
Palestine                                           101
Other                                              1.560
Total                                              15.514

The biggest buyer delegation of the Turkish exhibition industry has been hosted at Istanbul Jewelry Show!

The exhibition featured an “International Buyer Delegation Program” coordinated with support from the Ministry of Economy of Turkish Republic and organized by General Secretary of IMMIB-Istanbul Minerals and Metals Exporters Association, Jewelry Exporters’ Association (JTR) and UBM Rotaforte with the goal of supporting exports, finding new markets and preserving the market share. As part of the program over 1.000 professionals of the sector from Europe, Middle East, America, North Africa and Far East have been hosted at the exhibition. The business meetings held during the course of the exhibition have helped generate around 80% of Turkey’s jewelry exports.

The latest designs of 2018 have been debuted at Istanbul Jewelry Show!
Turkish Jewelry Industry, which recently managed to get rid of its label as the jewelry contract manufacturer in the world, and increased its reputation with unique jewelry designs, has launched trendy designs from the 2018 Winter and Spring jewelry collections for the taste of global jewelry buyers via special shows and promotional activities.

Supported by The Ministry of Economy of Turkish Republic, IMMIB – Istanbul Minerals and Metals Exporters Association, Jewelry Exporters’ Association of Turkey (JTR) and KOSGEB, and possessing quality certificate from UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and Quality Management System ISO – 9001 certification, Istanbul Jewelry Show brings together over 47.000 professionals of the sector and over 845 exhibitors from Turkey and the world at a 90.000 sqm venue every year in March and October.

Next Istanbul Jewelry Show will be organized at CNR Expo, Istanbul Fair Center between 22 – 25 March 2018 for the 46th time.www.istanbuljewelryshow.com

Peace Diamond – a diamond set to make the world a better place

The government of Sierra Leone has announced it will auction a 709 carat rough diamond, which it has named the Peace Diamond, for the benefit of its people, on 4 December in New York. While 65% of the world’s diamonds come from Africa, the Peace Diamond will be instrumental in making the world a better place. The Peace Diamond is being marketed by the Rapaport Group which is offering its services pro bono. Fifty per cent of proceeds from the sale of the Peace Diamond will go directly towards bringing clean water, electricity, schools, medical facilities, bridges and roads to the community where the diamond was discovered and its local people, where 250,000 people live.
The Peace Diamond is the third largest diamond found in Sierra Leone and the 14th largest rough diamond ever found worldwide. It was discovered in river sediment by five artisanal miners in Eastern Sierra Leone in the village of Koryardu.
“The Peace Diamond has many diamonds within it and it’s a very complicated stone,” said Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group. “It is so much more than a 709 carat diamond. We are talking about a diamond that will make the world a better place and I hope the price it fetches will reflect that value too. I believe in the positive energy of the Peace Diamond and the great good it will do for the people of Sierra Leone. This is a diamond with spiritual sparkle.”

The Peace Diamond was brought to Sierra Leone’s president by Pastor Emmanuel Momoh in the village of Koryardu. The very public and transparent sale of such a large diamond is a step change for Sierra Leone and the result of the humility and patriotism of Pastor Momoh and the honesty of Sierra Leon’s President Ernest Bai Koroma. Over the last two decades, Sierra Leone has suffered in a bloody civil war and outbreaks of Ebola. When the president saw the stone, he immediately announced it would be sold via a transparent international auction.  it is hoped this will encourage other poor artisanal diggers to come forward in the future, should they make similar discoveries, in the knowledge their honesty will be rewarded. In the coming weeks, Rapaport will transport the diamond from Tel Aviv, to Antwerp and New York prior to the December sale.

“I hope we see much more of this,” says 77Diamonds managing director Tobias Kormind. “Sierra Leone is following Botswana’s example. Botswana was once one of Africa’s poorest nations but today thanks to its diamonds, Botswana has a literacy rate of over 80% and child mortality rates have plummeted by more than 70% since the 1960s when diamonds were first discovered there. The sale of the Peace Diamond, a partnership between the Sierra Leone government and the Rapaport Group, is a model with integrity and vision.”

Mujeres Brillantes: A success story with a promising future

The international group of women in the jewelry and watchmaking industry, Mujeres Brillantes, has just over a year since its founding. During this time, the organization has achieved worldwide recognition. On this occasion, within the framework of the Annual Meeting of Mubri, members of the distinguished group traveled to participate in the Fair of VicenzaOro.

The space in Italy gave room to applaud Mubri’s achievements and to present future projects for 2018. Led by the president, Ali Pastorini, this meeting greatly strengthened the mission of these women. The participation of Pastorini was characterized by a strong speech where she expressed that the industry will not change course if the women do not modify their mentality and their way of positioning themselves professionally. She also spoke about the evolution of Mubri and demonstrated the rapid growth of the group worldwide.

In the event, there were also individual presentations by representatives of each of the countries that make up Mubri and the exchange of experiences resulted in plans for 2018 that include the participation of the commercial, educational, social and governmental sector. The need for alliances in the market brought to the table the discussion of Business Relationship to strengthen the presence of the group in the market.

Additional results include the opening of a new chapter in Italy, becoming the eighth country to join Mubri. This new chapter accompanies Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Panama, Portugal and Turkey in the mission for the empowerment of women in the goldsmith industry.

“I am very happy with the commitment each member showed during the encounter, it was a great learning experience for everyone and an excellent opportunity to show that when women work together for the same goal, we are invincible,” said Pastorini. “We will not wait for the industry to decide when it is time to recognize women, we are already implementing regional and international actions for 2018 that will empower us.”

In addition to Mubri members, Corrado Facco, General Director of the Vicenza Fair, was present, and offered a few words about the advantages of similar encounters like VicenzaOro, the importance of networking and the alliance with Mujeres Brillantes for future occasions.

Associations from Colombia and Portugal also attended with the purpose of evaluating potential projects with Mubri.

Although the venue for the next Annual Meeting of Mujeres Brillantes has not been defined, some proposals are already being considered. Undoubtedly, the women members of this group are pioneers in an important mission on women’s empowerment. Every one of them has in their hands a success story with a promising future worth following. Contact : info@mubri.com

 

 

JNA Awards 2017 applauds industry trailblazers

HONG KONG, 14 September 2017 – The sixth annual JNA Awards, one of the most prestigious international awards in the jewellery industry, successfully held its gala event at the InterContinental Hong Kong on 14 September.

Thirty-five Honourees or shortlisted candidates that serve as shining examples of the best that the gemstone and jewellery sector has to offer were proudly recognised while Award Recipients across 10 categories were revealed in an exclusive ceremony attended by key industry decision-makers and influencers. The gala celebration, one of the most important events on the annual jewellery trade calendar, received the full support of business leaders and various government representatives.

The JNA Awards honours industry leaders who represent excellence, innovation and success

Organised by UBM Asia, the JNA Awards champions best business practices in the jewellery and gemstone community by recognising and promoting companies and individuals that demonstrate brilliant leadership, innovative thinking, and successful sustainable and socially responsible strategies.

Firmin Robert Wan, the “Pearl Emperor of Tahiti,” and Jacques Branellec, a pioneer in the cultivation of the golden South Sea pearl, were the recipients of the 2017 JNA Awards’ highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award. This also marked the first time that the awards programme presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to two individuals.

Wan, founder of the Robert Wan Group, is widely credited for bringing the Tahitian pearl at the forefront of the fine jewellery industry. Branellec, who co-founded Jewelmer with Filipino entrepreneur Manuel Cojuangco, is known for his groundbreaking work in the cultivation of golden South Sea pearls.

 

The 18 Award Recipients across 10 categories are:

  1. Brand of the Year – Retail
    Goldendew Co Ltd – South Korea
    Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K K – Japan
  2. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
    SK Jewellery Pte Ltd – Singapore
  3. eSupplier of the Year
    Kela – China
    Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd – India
  4. Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
    KGK Group – Hong Kong
    Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd – China
  5. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN
    Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company – Vietnam
  6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
    HIERSUN – China
    Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co Ltd – China
  7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
    Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd – India
  8. Industry Innovation of the Year
    3D Jewellery Company Ltd – China
    Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd – Hong Kong
    Gübelin Gem Lab Ltd – Switzerland
    Shenzhen Lingchengben Technology Co Ltd – China
  9. Sustainability Initiative of the Year
    PANDORA Production Co Ltd – Thailand
  10. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
    Mr Zhang Guo Tao, Shenzhen Darry Jewelry Co Ltd – China
    Mr Chau Tsankwan, Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd – China

 

Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, commented, “Our Honouree companies and individuals this year have all demonstrated extraordinary leadership, and serve as brilliant examples of what can be achieved if one is bold enough to break new and innovative grounds. Every single company or individual who participated in this year’s Awards has shown the core values that make our industry great, and for that, they truly deserve our most heartfelt congratulations.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, remarked, “Being a JNA Awards Headline Partner for six consecutive years, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to drive the jewellery industry forward. Together with our fellow Partners, I believe that we can foster the sustainable development of the jewellery industry by upholding best business practices and encouraging creativity and innovation.”

 

Lin Qiang, President & Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange, added, “SDE is very proud to have been a solid partner of the JNA Awards since its inception six years ago. We believe our industry becomes stronger when we work together to achieve our common goals. The JNA Awards provides a great showcase of these common goals by recognising excellence, promoting high standards and upholding best business practices. These are the key elements to keeping the jewellery industry robust and prosperous.”

In addition to the Headline Partners, KGK Group, Rio Tinto Diamonds, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited supported the JNA Awards 2017 as Honoured Partners.

 

For more information, visit http://www.JNAawards.com/ or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)

AIGS and NCDIA Announce Cooperation

15 September 2017

 

The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) announced today a cooperation with the Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA) in launching NCDIA Asia, which will be located at the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok. AIGS will be the natural colored diamond hub in Asia serving as a base for expanding activities for current NCDIA members, attracting new members, as well as broadening and strengthening the appreciation and understanding of natural colored diamonds to consumers in the region.

In a statement from NCDIA, President Alan Bronstein said, “NCDIA is pleased to announce that we are expanding our outreach through affiliation with the AIGS to form NCDIA Asia. Through this collaboration, AIGS will be our hub in Asia for expanding our education and relationships with wholesalers, retailers and consumers.”

AIGS President Barbara Wheat, who will head up NCDIA Asia, is the former Executive Vice President of NCDIA and is well prepared to lead the initiative.

“AIGS looks forward to providing support for NCDIA in promoting natural colored diamonds in Asia, where consumers are already showing keen interest throughout the region. NCDIA’s educational efforts are in line with AIGS’s plans for increasing our work with natural colored diamonds,” Wheat said.

NCDIA members will be receiving information on how NCDIA Asia will support them in the region, as well as keeping them informed about industry events.

For further information on NCDIA Asia or AIGS contact Barbara Wheat at: barbara@aigsthailand.com

About AIGS: The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences operates a gemological school and laboratory in Bangkok’s Jewelry Trade Center. AIGS was established by the Henry Ho in 1978 and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018.