Supplier News: Week of Feb. 18

Leo Ingwer Announces the Addition of Loose Diamonds

Leo Ingwer has announced the addition of loose diamonds to its already-extensive custom bridal jewelry offerings. The stones, ranging in shape from round brilliant to cushion-cut, will be offered in half carat to three carat sides, and will be certified with GIA certificates.

“Retailers searching for the perfect stone for a client need look no further,” said Todd Ingwer, lead designer and a third generation Ingwer at the company’s helm, in a statement. “In addition to providing fully customizable mountings, we now offer a large selection of loose stones, available immediately, at competitive prices.”

“We pride ourselves on offering the very best service and customized experience to our retail partners,” said Danielle Ingwer, vice president of Leo Ingwer. “Therefore, adding loose diamonds to our repertoire enables us to reinforce this commitment.”

For more information, visit leoingwer.com.

 

Ashok K. Sancheti Honored at the IDCA Gala

The New York-based Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association hosted its grand gala event on Feb. 7, during the AGTA GemFair, at the Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson, Ariz. President of Pioneer Gems, Ashok K. Sancheti, was honored by the IDCA with the Outstanding Achievement Award.  

Sancheti began his career in the wholesale diamond business, and in October 1982, finding inspiration in emeralds, founded Pioneer Gems. Ashok began designing a few jewelry pieces a year in 2002, selling through major auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s. He continues to be sought after for his exquisite creations by both auction houses and high-end retailers.

Over the past 20 years, Ashok has served as treasurer and vice president of the IDCA, vice president of the AGTA, director of the Rajasthan Association of North America, and a trustee of Siddhachalam Jain Tirth and the Jain Center of America. He now serves as an advisor of the Akshaya Patra foundation.

For more information from the event, visit idcany.org.

Centurion’s 2013 Emerging Designers Announced

Three global talents have been announced as winners of the Centurion 2013 Emerging Designer competition, sponsored by Stuller. The three designers— Austalia’s Alessio Boschi, U.S.-based Erika Bertin, and Shar-Linn Liew of Thailand— were chosen out of nearly 70 entries.

“We recieved a record number of entries this year, and they were all amazing,” said Centurion president Howard Hauben in a statement. “We’re proud to be able to offer the winners an unparalleled opportunity to meet the top prestige jewelers in the United States, and we’re equally proud to offer our Centurion attendees this level of outstanding global talent as an exclusive first introduction.”

Information about the designers:

Alessio BoschiAustalia-based Alessio Boschi, born in Italy, was fascinated by jewelry even as a child. The designer has received numerous jewelry awards, including the Charles Perroud award, and even holds a Guiness World Record for the design of the Millennium Sapphire, the largest blue corundum ever engraved. Boschi places an emphasis on eco-friendly jewelry made with ethical, conflict-free stones.

In 2008, designer Erika Bertin set up the New York-based Peppermint Inc. as a Erika Bertinconsultant to European brands on American distribution. Until 2011, its largest client was the Gucci Group, for whom Bertin consulted in the distribution of fine jewelry for the wholesale channel as well as fine jewelry design and merchandising worldwide. For the 2013 Centurion show, Bertin returned with her own new line, Alasia.

Shar-Linn LiewDesigner Shar-Linn Liew grew up in Singapore, with a clothes designer mother who fueled her passion for fashion and antiquity. It was her husband who introduced Liew to the world of gemstones, encouraging the designer-to-be to enroll as a GIA student in Carlsbad, Calif. Liew’s own collection, Sharart Design, includes Asian-inspired pieces blended with Old European allure.

 

To learn more about the designers and see more creations, visit centurionjewelry.com.