Supplier News: Week of Oct. 1

Diamond Empowerment Fund Donates to Botswana Top Achiever Program

At a dinner reception in New York City on Sept. 24, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) donated $13,000 to the Botswana Top Achiever Program, which awards students across Botswana with the chance to study at premier universities around the world.

The ceremony, which hosted Botswana president Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, took place on the evening of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

A contributor since 2011, DEF asks the students awarded in the program to return to Botswana to contribute to its economic diversification.

“Everyone from Botswana attending this reception tonight in some way benefits from diamonds,” said President Masisi in his remarks during the event. “We thank the Diamond Empowerment Fund for investing in the future of our next generation of leaders.”

For more information on the DEF’s programs, visit

Gold Star Hires New Team of Creative Executives

The U.S. division of Goldstar Group India, Gold Star Jewellery, has announced three new additions to its team of creative executives.

The trio comprises Jeff Shlakman, Jenny Lee, and Tina Moretti, each of whom joins Gold Star with decades of industry experience in the leadership, product development, branding, marketing, and sales departments.

The company also announced that it has added Tateos Tateossian to its team in India.

“The combined talents of Jeff, Jenny, and Tina will greatly complement our very strong team here at Goldstar,” said company president Michael Lerche, in a press release. “Tateos has many years of expertise in bridal manufacturing and will help to increase Goldstar’s total manufacturing capabilities. We are very excited to pursue new growth opportunities for the firm under their creative and manufacturing leadership.”

For more information on the company, visit


Top (from left): Nancy Orem Lyman, Anna Martin, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, First Lady Neo Jane Masisi, Ambassador David John Newman, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis

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