Gabriel & Co. Introduces Limited Collection With GIA-Examined Diamonds
New York–based jeweler Gabriel & Co. announced the debut of its Gabriel Limited collection, a line made exclusively with diamonds examined by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The new pieces each come with a certificate of authenticity with a GIA grading report, and Gabriel & Co. offers a lifetime warranty.
According to Gabriel & Co. the collection uses only ethically sourced natural diamonds, with pieces ranging from engagement rings to fine jewelry items in platinum and 18k gold. All diamonds are full cut and feature colors G or higher and clarity VS or higher.
“Gabriel & Co. bridges the transparency gap that consumers face when purchasing their next diamond heirloom. We have always understood the necessity of full transparency as our responsibility,” said CEO and founder Jack Gabriel in a statement. “Every fine jewelry piece created has a unique serial number engraved into it, and through our quality control processes, each piece can be traced from the selection and sourcing of natural diamonds and metals from secure supply chains with full documentation to the retailer who sells it and to the consumer who purchased it. With the added GIA natural diamond grading confirmation, consumers can be 100% assured that only the best natural diamonds were used.”
“Gabriel & Co.’s commitment to providing diamond quality information from GIA’s independent laboratory services for the diamonds they use helps advance GIA’s mission to protect consumers,” said GIA senior vice president Anna Martin in the same release.
The Gabriel Limited collection will be available through authorized Gabriel limited partners with limited distribution, as well as on the Gabriel & Co. website. For more information, visit gabrielny.com/limited.
Brosway Italia Supporting Jewelers For Children With Limited-Edition Bracelet
Italian jewelry brand Brosway Italia has announced its support of Jewelers for Children (JFC) with a limited-edition bracelet that will be used for fundraising by the nonprofit organization.
“Jewelers for Children personifies the good in the jewelry industry,” said Bros USA Corp. CEO Beatrice Beleggia in a statement. “Brosway Italia has always believed it is our ethical duty to give back, and we can think of no better way than to support Jewelers for Children in their fundraising efforts.”
The bracelet, which is made in stainless steel, features a tree of life charm accented with a Swarovski crystal. A tag with the JFC logo is also included. The bracelet will be sold by JFC at fundraising events and through Brosway Italia’s website. All proceeds will benefit JFC.
Brosway Italia will be participating in the annual Facets of Hope gala dinner held by JFC at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 12.
For more information on the bracelet, visit usa.brosway.com.
IGI Introduces New Interactive Online Course
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced the launch of a new, interactive online educational series: IGI eLearning Courses. The series includes lessons for people selling jewelry and also those who want to learn more about diamonds, gems, and jewelry.
“These new eLearning courses are delivered differently than other online education,” said John Pollard, senior director of education for IGI, in a statement. “Users answer questions along the way, verifying the material is understood. Interactive courses have 80% higher engagement than traditional online learning, keeping users interested with points they can use with clients in-store right away. Our industry is evolving rapidly. These courses emphasize the talking points that are useful immediately, whether you’re a seasoned professional or completely new to diamonds.”
Each course, which is available on demand, takes less than 45 minutes to complete, with questions asked along the way and a 12-question quiz at the end. Courses are passed with a score of 80% or better, and once all courses are passed, the learner will receive an IGI Certificate of Completion.
Individual courses—with topics including the 4Cs, natural diamonds, and lab-grown diamonds—start at $50, and packages for six courses cost $250. Custom sales courses for internal operations are also available.
IGI will also introduce a free, consumer-focused course called “How to Buy a Diamond,” designed to educate the public on the basics of purchasing diamonds. Additional courses on gemstones and jewelry will be added in the future.
“As an institution, IGI is dedicated to education and constantly collaborating with our worldwide laboratories and teams to deepen our knowledge and understanding of what’s happening in the market,” said IGI CEO Roland Lorie, in a statement. “A pillar focus for IGI is providing current and practical gemological education for any that choose to enter the industry. We aim to arm jewelry professionals with the latest most relevant information to best serve their clients, as well as consumers seeking reliable, accurate, and trusted information to shop with confidence.”
For more information, visit igi.org/elearning/courses.
Only Natural Diamonds Launches First-Ever Digital Cover
Only Natural Diamonds (OND), the consumer-facing digital platform powered by Natural Diamond Council, launched its first digital cover, featuring supermodel and musician Karen Elson.
The cover accompanies an exclusive interview with its cover star, along with 13 pages of editorial and a video featuring new ideas for stying modern diamond jewelry. The introduction marks newly appointed editor-in-chief Sam Broekema’s first cover for OND. The publication is planning to release a new cover each quarter.
“The standard-bearer of cultural significance is the cover,” said Broekema in a statement. “We’re excited to mark this season with a cover star who naturally embodies the inherent values of natural diamonds. There are few models who have the staying power of Karen Elson, who defined grunge-era cool, then evolved into a runway maven par excellence, and then reinvented herself as a boho songbird. Like a natural diamond, Karen stands outside of the trends and transcends versatility.”
“Karen Elson is a role model who represents self-assured feminine independence and strength mirroring an exciting trend in the current diamond market,” said Kristina Buckley Kayel, managing director of Natural Diamond Council, also in a statement “Female self-purchase of diamond jewelry is officially outpacing the bridal market in terms of sales value. In thinking of that consumer, we wanted our first cover star to epitomize her.”
For more information, visit naturaldiamonds.com.
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