Supplier News: Week of July 13

Diamonds Do Good Includes the Brave of Heart Fund in 2020 Grant

Diamonds Do Good has announced that it will include support of the Brave of Heart Fund, which provides relief for eligible family members of frontline health care workers and health care volunteers who have lost their lives to COVID-19, in its 2020 grant giving.

Through cash grants, the Brave of Heart Fund, which was created by New York Life Foundation and Cigna Foundation, provides basic and continuing financial support for families’ common needs including funeral costs for the lost family member, medical care, counseling, food, educational expenses for children and other dependents currently in school, mortgage or rent payments, and immediate living expenses.

“While DDG’s mission is and continues to be benefiting people in diamond communities and helping to share the stories of the positive impact of natural diamonds, these are unprecedented times,” said DDG president Anna Martin, in a statement. “To help the families of those who are working to keep all of us safe from COVID-19 is not only the right thing to do, it’s also another example of how the diamond industry has a beneficial impact on the world at large.”

Support for the fund will come from voluntary donations for DDG’s Virtual Global Conference, which will be held at 11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET on July 30. The live, interactive event will include viewpoints from De Beers’ Bruce Cleaver, Signet’s Gina Drosos, Alrosa’s Sergey Ivanov, Rosy Blue’s Russell Mehta, and Chow Tai Fook’s Kent Wong. Diamonds Do Good cofounder and civil rights advocate Dr. Benjamin Chavis will give the opening remarks, and magic artist David Blaine will be making a special appearance.

While the event is free, donations are greatly welcomed, and those of $50 or more will receive a Green Bracelet as a thank-you gift. Early sponsors of Diamonds Do Good include De Beers, Chow Tai Fook, JCK Industry Fund, GIA, IGI, and Jewelers of America.

For more information and to register for the event, visit diamondsdogood.com.

Plumb Club Announces 2 New Podcasts for July

The Plumb Club has announced that two industry experts will lend their voices to its July podcast: watch and jewelry industry writer, journalist, and speaker Barbara Palumbo and president and CEO of Performance Concepts, Kate Peterson.

In 10 Tips to Strengthen Your Social Media, WhatsOnHerWrist.com and Adornmentality’s Barbara Palumbo will share why Instagram is “the king” of social media and cover elements ranging from consistency, engagement, hashtags, and more, providing information and advice on boosting a social media presence across all platforms.

With Clicks & Mortar—Staying Relevant in Today’s Marketplace, Kate Peterson looks to provide insight on the evolution of consumer behavior and how retailers need to innovate to stay relevant. With a shifting “information balance” between consumer and retailer, Peterson’s tips and tools will help retailers to meet—and keep—today’s customers.

Both podcasts are available on the Plumb Club’s website now—new ones are added monthly, and an archive of all podcasts are kept on the website’s resources page. Visit plumbclub.com/resources to listen.

ARMS, Logic Mate, and Multidev Technologies Partner With Zillion for 1-Click Jewelry Insurance

California-based insurer Zillion has announced its partnership with ARMS, Logic Mate, and Multidev, three leading point-of-sale systems for the jewelry industry. The companies have joined forces with Zillion to offer an integrated experience for retail jewelers, enabling them to offer their customers 10 days of immediate insurance protection with a simple text to their phone.

“Zillion’s point-of-sale integration provides differentiation for jewelers, and we are so excited to welcome ARMS, Logic Mate, and Multidev as integration partners,” said managing director for Zillion, Adam Black, in a statement. “These prominent point-of-sale software companies are at the forefront of innovation with creative solutions that align well with our reinvention of personal jewelry insurance. At a time when competing insurance solutions require a lengthy application and payment prior to protection, Zillion is dramatically changing the customer experience for the better and enhancing a jewelers’ service value.”

For more information, visit myzillion.com.

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