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Supplier News: Week Of Dec. 13


Rocket Box Creates Memory Box for West Point Class of 1960 Reunion

Packaging and display company Rocket Box shared the news it had been selected to design and manufacture a memory box for the 60th reunion of the West Point Class of 1960, which was held virtually this spring.

Embossed with the 1960 class crest and designed in black, the memory box contained a 16 GB flash drive holding more than 300 photographs, a full-length video, and 20 personal videos from the former cadets’ four years at West Point.

“Colleges pride themselves on their alumni and the acronyms that that follow their names—Ph.D., CPA, M.D., and so on,” said Andrew Kaplan, vice president for Rocket Box, in a statement. “West Point’s alumni have many of the same acronyms. KIA (Killed in Action) is one acronym that in most cases is sadly unique to West Point and the other service academy; it follows the names of far too many graduates from West Point. I was humbled and touched by John Denton and Steve Waldrop’s recognition of Rocket Box’s efforts and the plaque given to me on behalf of West Point Class of 1960. Providing the packaging, our time, and assistance for the West Point Class of 1960’s 60th reunion was an honor for me, for our president Michael Kaplan, and for Rocket as a company. It was our way to say, ‘thank you for your service!’ ”

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GSI Becomes First Gem Lab to Join the Plumb Club

Gemological Science International (GSI) announced its new membership in the Plumb Club, making it the first-ever gemological laboratory to be invited to join the organization.

“GSI is thrilled to become a member of the Plumb Club,” said GSI president and cofounder Debbie Azar, in a statement. “We are honored to join this prestigious organization that is recognized for its leadership and positive impact on the diamond and jewelry industry.”

The Plumb Club’s board just recently decided to allow fully vetted service suppliers to join its organization, which has been composed of responsible jewelry and watch suppliers since 1983.

“The Plumb Club is thrilled to welcome GSI to our membership roster,” said executive director Lawrence Hess, also in a statement. “With our board’s recent decision to open membership to service providers, GSI will become the very first gem lab to join.”

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VO Vintage Returning to VicenzaOro in January 2022

After the success of its second edition in September 2021, VicenzaOro announced its VO Vintage event will return to the VincenzaOro show in January 2022, offering the public, collectors, and enthusiasts access to vintage watches and jewelry as the demand for “luxury vintage” grows.

VO Vintage will be hosted in the foyer on the first floor of the Expo Centre Jan. 22–24 with three core aspects: business, information, and high-level training. Guests expected to attend include Stefano Mazzariol, one of the world’s top Rolex Daytona experts, as well as Carlo Pergola, coauthor with Mazzariol of the book Rolex Daytona: A Legend Is Born.

VO Vintage will also offer educational sessions with trainers from CAPAC Polytechnic in Milan, teaching the basics of mechanical watchmaking. Courses will be open to all attendees, and no previous expertise is required.

Brands specializing in vintage and high jewelry, including Ela Antichità and Montegrandi, will also be in attendance.

For more information on the event, visit

Top: John Denton (West Point Class of 1960, U.S. Army, Retired) presenting the plaque to Rocket Box’s Andrew Kaplan, vice president sales, and Mike Kaplan, president

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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