Industry

ASSOCIATIONS

The theme of the American Gem Society‘s April Conclave in Boston will be “revolution,” and speakers will discuss the revolutionary thinking today’s economic climate demands. Speakers include Guy Kawasaki [pictured], founder of alltop.com, who will speak at the opening breakfast on social networking; George Whalin, founder of Retail Management Consultants, who will address running a profitable business; and William Taylor, the co-founder of Fast Company, who will outline 25 companies making radical changes.

IN COURT

EBay was fined by the Paris Commercial Court for the unlawful marketing on its site of Christian Dior, Kenzo, Givenchy, and Guerlain perfumes, according to a press release from LVMH.

MANUFACTURERS

Beadalon, the manufacturer of bead stringing wire and jewelry-making products, recently acquired Artistic Wire, supplier of permanently colored copper wire and tools.

Frederick Goldman announced a distribution agreement with WaldmanDiamond Canada, a Vancouver sales firm. The Canadian company will represent the Goldman brands ArtCarved, Diana, and Triton.

CHARITY

Galatea: Jewelry by Artist donated the first white South Sea and red coral Galatea Mercy Pearl from its new pearl venture in Vietnam to an auction to benefit Friends Without A Border, a charitable organization that supports the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia.

Royal Asscher has made the Diamond Empowerment Fund the first financial beneficiary of Royal Asscher’s Star of Africa philanthropic initiative.

EDUCATION

IAS Training announced that its Train the Trainer courses, conducted by Brad Huisken, will take place in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 23–25; New York, March 2–4; San Jose, Calif., March 9–11; Los Angeles, April 13–15; and Chicago, May 11–13. For more information, visit www.iastraining.com.