Supplier News: Week of June 16

Rahaminov Diamonds Wins Design Challenge at JCK’s Platinum Innovation Awards

Rahaminov Diamonds Platinum Innovation Award-winning ring, 2014Luxury jewelers Rahaminov Diamonds won the 5th Anniversary Design Challenge at JCK’s Platinum Innovation Awards.

Vibrant Bloom, left, a ring with eight GIA-certified, natural, fancy colored diamonds, was the winning piece. Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) challenged designers to construct a platinum piece inspired by the traditional five-year anniversary gift of wood. According to a press release, Vibrant Bloom’s nature-inspired colored palette helped it earn top marks.

“It was such a great achievement to have won this award, considering this was the first year we entered the Platinum Innovation Awards competition,” said Amir Goldfiner, CEO of Rahaminov Diamonds.

The internationally renowned design house was previously awarded the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award two years in a row for its outstanding work.

See a selection of jewels from Rahaminov on JCK Marketplace.

 

Robert Procop Debuts New Designs From Exceptional Jewels Collection

Gem expert Robert Procop unveiled a sample of his newest platinum jewelry from the Exceptional Jewels collection during an exclusive event in New York City on June 10.

Inspired by the artistry of Parisian workshops in the 1920s and 1930s, the collection includes fine, natural gemstones set in platinum by master artisans.

“Platinum has always been the most prestigious of precious metals to sculpture fine jewels,” said Procop in a press release. “My finest master craftsmen treat platinum as their precious canvas when fabricating our pieces. Platinum is not only the most precious metal but is the most durable to hold jewels for centuries to come. Therefore, while serving Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth and other royal families, I have and will only use platinum to create the most important treasures.”

Admire Robert Procop’s jewelry collections at robertprocop.com.

 

Florida Retail Federation Names Montica Jewelry Owners Outstanding Retailer Leaders of 2014

The Florida Retail Federation named John and Marichi O’Rourke Outstanding Retail Leaders for 2014.

The association honored the owners of Montica Jewelry for their strong business practices and unwavering commitment to their community, customers, and employees.

“We are thrilled to be honored by this group,” said Mr. O’Rourke in a press release. “It represents a deep appreciation from our community and our peers—those who we have so gratefully served for more than 30 years.”

In addition to the Outstanding Retail Leaders Award, Montica Jewelry was named “Jewelry Leader” two years in a row by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

For more information about the company, go to montica.com.


Leibish & Co. Partners With Kela as Exclusive Fancy Diamond Provider

Diamond e-tailers Kela and Leibish & Co. announced their long-term partnership, which will make Leibish & Co. its exclusive provider of fancy colored diamonds on its diamond e-tail platform.

On June 19, the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair will host an official ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention Center, where the partnership will be formally announced by the presidents of Kela and Leibish & Co.

“Combining our expertise in the fancy colored diamond market and e-commerce with Kela’s large customer base and expertise in the region will create a bounty of opportunities for the average consumer in Asia to finally have access to high-end natural fancy colors,” said Leibish Polnauer, president of Leibish & Co. in a press release. “We are mutually confident that this partnership will benefit first and foremost the clients, but also solidify Kela as the principal provider of diamonds and diamond jewelry in Asia, with Leibish & Co. as its top source for colored diamonds.”

Visit JCK Marketplace for looks from Leibish & Co.