Supplier News: Week of Dec. 30

Conflict Mineral Legislation to Be Discussed at Jewelry Seminar

With regulations of minerals from contentious areas of Africa set to take effect in 2014, jewelers are interested to see how this will impact their businesses. An upcoming conference sponsored by Fiera di Vicenza, the Responsible Jewellery Council, the World Jewellery Confederation, and Confindustria Federorafi is set to discuss these impeding issues.

On January 20, 2014, jewelers will congregate at Fiera di Vicenza in Vincenza, Italy, to plan and implement a strategy for the international jewelry industry. In a press release, the Responsible Jewellery Council explained a potential ruling that states that publicly traded companies in the U.S. will have to file a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission tracing their supply chain. Moreover, a proposal on conflict minerals is being developed in the European Union to build on existing efforts.

For further information, visit responsiblejewellery.com.

IJM winnersIndian Jeweller Magazine Announces Winners of Jewellers’ Choice Design Awards

After receiving 500 entries, Indian Jeweller magazine revealed the winners of its second annual Jewellers’ Choice Design Awards during an evening gala last Friday in Jaipur, India.

Designers, retailers, and manufacturers from across India submitted their entries to the 24 categories, including a new Corporate Excellence category. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests were treated to a fashion show featuring models wearing glimmering gold and diamonds.

The show’s host, actress Mona Singh, entertained the crowd, which included Ministry of Commerce Joint Secretary Siddharth Singh, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council chairman Vipul Shah, and BJP leader Ashok Parnami.

The true stars of the evening were the acclaimed jewelers who were awarded for their craftsmanship and creativity. The top honors for Corporate Excellence went to Hazoorilal Jewellers for Independent Retailer of the Year, to Kalyan Jewellers for Multiple Retailer of the Year, and to Kisna Diamond Jewellery for Jewellery Brand of the Year.

For more information on innovative and exotic jewels featured in Indian Jeweller, visit indianjeweller.in.

Treasure Hut Creates Clever New ClaspTreasure Hut clasp

New York–based jeweler Treasure Hut has unveiled a ground-breaking magnetic jewelry clasp for necklaces and bracelets.

Created by experienced inventor and business owner Harry Stewart, the magnetic clasp was developed over three years and is made out of sterling silver with a coat of rhodium finish.

The perfect solution for those who struggle to fasten their jewelry, the clasps are simple to use and connect in a flash. The clasps are available in three patterns: a leaf, rose, and dragonfly, and Treasure Hut will produce custom designs per request.

See more at treasurehutjewelry.com.