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Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

The Ethisphere Institute (EI) has named the Gemological Institute of America one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2013, recognizing the GIA’s efforts to build and maintain a superior ethics and compliance program.

“As a public benefit organization, we strive to apply the strictest ethical standards each day and to adhere our core principles in serving the public interest in every country and city where we operate. We’re honored that EI has recognized GIA, the only organization of its kind to receive this designation, as one of the most ethical companies in the world,” GIA President and CEO Donna Baker said.

Founded in 2007, the research-based EI is an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. The organization is headquartered in New York.

To be included in the annual list of the World’s Most Ethical companies, organizations must demonstrate an active role in promoting ethical business practices internally and exceeding legal compliance standards.

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JA Jewelry Show Final Day

My final observation on the JA Jewelry Show and most surprising takeaway was the continuation of the rise of Silver Jewelry firms replacing many of the better Diamond Jewelry Manufacturers. Certainly more an economic driven trend than anything else. Classic diamond pieces, elegant drop earrings and sparkling bracelets were among the most popular looks spotted on the red carpet Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards.A few celebrities, including past Oscar winner Halle Berry and Naomi Watts, a nominee this year, also donned blackened metal pieces and edgier designs, a trend predicted prior to the show.For men, watches reigned supreme, ranging from sportier multiple-time zone timepieces to watches with diamond-set dials.

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JA Fine Jewelry Trade Show in New York City

The semi annual  JA Fine Jewelry Trade Show concluded its three day run this afternoon here in New York. It was one of the better events I’ve viewed in my 25th year of attendance.The show’s updated design and impressive turnout were positive developments, aided by the reasonable weather conditions at this tricky time of year.The convention center was bustling with three other significant fashion related trade shows running simultaneously.

Those shows were the ENK-produced Coterie, which features apparel, Sole Commerce, a show dedicated to high-end footwear and handbags; and Accessories the Show. The Fine Jewelry Show featured trends that include sideways, or east-west, pendants in a multitude of shapes, edgier designs depicting snakes and spiders, and, on the other end of the spectrum, delicate necklaces spelling out a simple four-letter word: Love. My favorite innovation was a new designer ‘square’ allowing up and coming talent to be viewed in a concentrated area. I will put out an additional blog after my final show visit.

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NYC’s JA Fine Jewelry Trade Show


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