Supplier News: Week of Oct. 2

The Divinity Emerald From Takat

Family-owned jeweler Takat unveiled its Divinity Emerald, a 44 ct. Colombian emerald originating from the Muzo mine in Boyacá, Colombia. Making its debut at the LUXURY by JCK show in Las Vegas this past summer, the stone bears certifications from labs such as GRS, Gubelin, GIA, and AGL.

“This remarkable gemstone possesses a cut and finish that instills an overall charm that is difficult to quantify,” said AGL president Christopher Smith, in a press release from Takat. “Such a combination of quality factors, large size, absence of treatment, and origin determination, as present in this exceptional Colombian emerald, is very rare.”

Named the Divinity Emerald for a black inclusion in the stone resembling the Arabic representation for God, it’s this “mark of God” that the company says inspired the name for the rare gem. “To have such a classic Arabic symbol of the Muslim faith that expresses God in the Arabic language is a once-in-a-lifetime find,” said Takat CEO, Rayaz Takat, also in the press release. “While Takat has handled some of the finest gemstones on earth, this particular stone inspires special reverence.”

For more information on Takat, visit takat.com.

Designers From Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery Mumbai Present at IIJW

Six designers from Mumbai’s Institute of Gems and Jewellery opened day two of the seventh edition of India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) presented by the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The show, powered by GIA and copartnered by Forevermark and Platinum Guild International (PGI), took place at the St. Regis in Mumbai, on September 23 and 24.

Presenting designers included Manali Bansal, showcasing a collection of designs inspired by maps; Neel Pethe, with a nature-inspired collection of jewelry; Sayali Chalke, whose collection was inspired by tribal culture; Shubham Barali, with a collection inspired by nature as a tribute to flora and fauna; Vaishnavi Mahajan, also with a nature-inspired collection of flowers and insects; and Swati Samala, featuring a collection of birds and flowers that included an intricate hairband.

“IIJW is an initiative to showcase the finest in made in India jewelry,” said GJEPC chairman Praveenshankar Pandya in a press release. “Be it design or innovation, or top-of-the-line craftsmanship, technology, and quality, Indian jewelers are comparable to the best in the world. IIJW is an extravaganza, a celebration and a bonanza for jewelry lovers who can get a sneak preview of the most extraordinary, exquisite, and extravagant collections for this festive season.”

Kiran Gems Wins International JNA Award for Oustanding Enterprise of the Year

Diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems was honored with the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India award by Jewelry News Asia (JNA), which recognizes “independent, robust, transparent, and intellectually rigorous” businesses. The award was given on September 14 in Hong Kong.

For more information on Kiran Gems, visit kirangems.com.

Diamond Empowerment Fund Announces New Beneficiary

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) has announced a new beneficiary of its trust program: Graça Machel, former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, and widow of the late Nelson Mandela.

The Graça Machel Trust, which was started in 2010, seeks to improve the lives of African women and children by helping to strengthen the networks and organizations that help those women and children, and in turn drive social and economic change across the continent. “I’ve always seen myself as someone who is here to serve by working with others—never alone,” said Machel.

The partnership comes on the heels of D.E.F.’s 10-year anniversary. “The Graça Machel Trust is the perfect partner with which to continue our 10-year legacy of giving back to the youth from diamond communities around the world,” said D.E.F. president Anna Martin, in a press release. “The Trust’s work is a reminder that ‘Diamonds Do Good.'”