Supplier News: Week of Feb. 10

Lafonn’s necklace seen on TV, IEG joins with Arezzo Fiere e Congressi

Diamond Empowerment Fund Holds New York Screening of A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom, the movie that chronicles the true love story of Botswana’s Prince Seretse Khama and his British wife, Ruth Williams, as well as the early years of Botswana’s rise from poverty to the world’s second largest producer of diamonds, had its first U.S. showing at the Roxy Hotel Cinema in New York City on Jan. 12. The film, which stars David Oyelewo as Seretse and Rosamund Pike as Ruth, opens to the general public on Feb. 10.

The exclusive premiere held by the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) hosted guests including David John Newman, ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States; Charles T. Ntwaagae, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations; and Dr. Edgar Sisa, counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Botswana to the United Nations.

“Botswana is a perfect example to share with colleagues and customers alike how much Diamonds Do Good,” said newly elected DEF president Anna Martin in a press release. “This positive message needs to be the cornerstone of industry communications to the public so that a more balanced narrative surrounding diamonds can prevail.”

For more on the Diamond Empowerment Fund and its Diamonds Do Good initiative, visit

Lafonn Necklace Worn on Post–Super Bowl Fox Show

Lafonn on 24 | JCK Supplier News

Fans of Lafonn may have recognized its necklace on the Sunday night premiere of Fox’s 24: Legacy, which aired after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Worn by actress Miranda Otto, the necklace features citrine and simulated diamonds and retails for $265. It can be purchased from any of Lafonn’s authorized retailers in North America. For more information, visit

Italian Exhibition Group and Arezzo Fiere e Congressi Join to Oversee Italian Jewelry Shows

The Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), organizer of VicenzaOro, has signed an agreement with Arezzo Fiere e Congressi to create a single organization to represent the entire Italian gold and jewelry industry, with the aim of developing and internationally promoting its Made in Italy economic initiative. Under the agreement, IEG will oversee the organization of OroArezzo and Gold/Italy, beginning with the May and October 2017 shows, respectively, both of which are held in Arezzo.

“Establishing one single interlocutor for institutions, associations, companies, and traders will lead to a more effective development of a national and international promotion and communication strategy for the entire Italian gold and jewelry district, directing and using resources and investments to the best possible advantage,” a press release from IEG said.

The Italian gold and jewelry industry is reportedly made up of 10,000 companies and employs 40,000 workers, and in 2016 generated 4.8 billion euro ($5.1 billion) in Italian exports.

“We are extremely satisfied about signing this agreement, the result of transparent and constructive talks with Arezzo Fiere e Congressi, to whom I extend my thanks,” said IEG president Lorenzo Cagnoni in a press release. “The agreement is important not only because it creates one single organization for Italian gold and jewelry shows with a view towards industrial systematization, but also because it strengthens Italian Exhibition Group’s mission, that is, to act as a platform for other organizations and to thus contribute to developing and boosting the Italian trade show system.”

For more information on Italian Exhibition Group, visit, and for Arezzo Fiere e Congressi, visit

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