Supplier News: Week of Sept. 2

VicenzaOro Adds New Brands to Its Icon Neighborhood

For its upcoming September 2019 show, VicenzaOro has announced new brands to its list of exhibitors in the Icon community, a section dedicated entirely to international luxury jewelry brands.

Brands set to exhibit include Crivelli, Damiani, Roberto Coin, Fope, Palmiero, Picchiotti, Annamaria Cammilli, and Chantecler, among others.

The Icon district also features an area called the Design Room, which, according to a statement, is “a unique and exclusive experimentation and creativity area where the latest international market trends contend.”

The show runs September 7–11 in Vicenza, Italy. For more information, visit vicenzaoro.com.

Diamond Club West Coast Attends GIA Monthly Luncheon

Members from Diamond Club West Coast (DCWC) attended the August luncheon meeting hosted by Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Los Angeles, where Phillip Yantzer, vice president of laboratory operations for GIA, gave a comprehensive update on GIA’s laboratory activities.

Topics of Yantzer’s discussion included the qualitative measures taken by GIA to maintain the high standard of grading set by the lab. The audience also discussed inconsistencies in diamond reports, perceived inconsistencies between stones emerging from differing GIA labs, the results produced by tech machinery compared to human graders, the need to create more distinction between natural and lab-grown diamonds, and questions about emerging technologies for more subjective grading (cut, make, and inclusions).

“GIA reports must go farther to distinguish between natural and lab-grown diamonds in order to allow the consumer to make the best decision that is aligned with their interest,” said DCWC president Moshe Salem in a statement.

For more information on GIA events, visit gia.edu.

(Top image via: vicenzaoro.com)

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