Supplier News: Week of May 13

Picchiotti Granted 20-Year Patent for Its Xpandable Technolgy

Italian jeweler Picchiotti has announced that it’s been granted a 20-year U.S. jewelry patent for its Xpandable collection, which features technology that allows both precious gemstone bracelets and rings to expand and contract. The technology enables the size of the pieces to vary without actually having to size rings or change the clasp on bracelets.

“My family and I are incredibly proud to have been awarded a rare and meaningful U.S. jewelry patent,” said president and founder Giuseppe Picchiotti in a statement. “We knew from the beginning that the genius of this technology was special and that it would ensure long-lasting comfort for our customers. The patent now sanctions the originality of our invention and ensures that Xpandable customers can be confident they are getting a genuine Picchiotti creation.”

Debuted in 2016 with about a dozen styles, the Xpandable line now features more than 200 designs and is available at fine jewelers nationwide and distributed through the Picchiotti U.S. office in Atlanta. The patent is intended to protect consumers against counterfeits.

To see how the technology works, you can view a series of videos here. For more information, visit


A&D Gem Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary

Jeweler A&D Gem is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having been established in 1969 by brothers Abe, David, and Johnny Kordvani.

A family business with a second generation now joining the team, A&D specializes in loose gemstones, while its counterpart, Dvani, offers finished jewelry.

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Top: Xpandable ring in white gold with emerald and diamonds, price on request, Picchiotti

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