Hagemeyer GM sets up Time Essentials

Following Hagemeyer Brands Australia decision to exit its ‘lifestyles’ business, Hagemeyer Lifestyle Brands general manager John Papaioannou has decided to continue selling the company’s watch and jewellery collections.

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Hill heads to Monte Carlo

Michael Hill will compete against entrepreneurs from 50 countries in a bid to win the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monte Carlo on May 31.

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JAA defends pink diamond grader

The JAA has defended one of its members, ADGL (Australian Diamond Grading Laboratory), against industry rumours about the laboratory’s incorrect grading of a pink coated diamond as a natural pink diamond.

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Exchange opens in Panama

Leaders of the world diamond and jewellery industry joined Latin American government officials for the official launch of the $200 million Panama Diamond Exchange project.

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Jewellers ‘confident’ about year ahead

Despite an avalanche of grim predictions for the domestic economy in 2009, most Australian jewellery retailers have enjoyed excellent Xmas sales and are ‘confident’ of business success in the year ahead, according to a Jewellery World survey.

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Hong Kong Fair shapes up

The International Jewellery Design Excellence Award, a prestigious event open only to the top prize winners of international jewellery design competitions, will officially debut at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in March.

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Expertise rebrands Oz Fairs

Expertise Events, the organiser of the ‘JAA Australian Jewellery Fairs’ in Sydney and Brisbane, has rebranded and repositioned the fairs to ensure their “future success and continued contribution to the Australian jewellery Industry”.

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Bee lands on the Net

Bee Jewellery, a manufacturer and wholesaler of gold and silver jewellery in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, has launched a website which enables consumers to make online purchases directly from their local Bee stockist.

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Pandora opens more franchises

Pandora opened four new concept stores in Australia last month – in the T2 Terminal at Sydney Airport, the Greenwood Plaza Shopping Centre in North Sydney, the Westfield Shopping Centre in Sydney’s Burwood and the Marina Mirage Centre on the Gold Coast.

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Paz calls for single diamond marketing body

Avi Paz, the president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses, has called on the key players in the global diamond and jewellery industry to launch a single body dedicated to promoting and marketing diamonds to consumers around the world.

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TW Steel welcomes A1GP deal

TW Steel, the official watch and timing partner of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, has welcomed the news that the racing event will be held at Surfers Paradise for the next five years – starting this October.

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McGrath takes over timepieces

After five years working together, Dr Bruce McGrath has taken on the full ownership of Timepieces Australia, the local distributor of Howard Miller, Kieninger, Harrowdene and Ridgeway clocks, from his business partner John Cookson.

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NSW jeweller joins Skillaroos

Eighteen-year-old NSW jewellery apprentice Joshua Fimognari will travel to Calgary Canada this September to compete against 18 other young jewellers from around the globe in the 40th International WorldSkills Competition.

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Howie launches Master Jewellers

John Howie, the former chief executive of the Jewellers Association of Australia, has officially launched Master Jewellers Australia to give quality independent jewellers ‘a voice in an industry dominated by chain stores and existing buyers group’.

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Fair war erupts in New Zealand

The Jewellers & Watchmakers of New Zealand annual trade fair is facing increased competition this year with the announcement that Australian company Expertise Events will be holding its inaugural New Zealand fair at the same time.

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Blue diamond sells for US$24 million

The Wittelsbach diamond, a 17th century cushion-shaped fancy deep grayish blue VS2 diamond weighing 35.56 carats, has sold for US $24,311,190 at Christie’s in London – a world record price for a diamond sold at auction.

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ICA issues collateral damage warning

The United States’ Tom Lantos ‘Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008’, which bars Burmese rubies and jadeite from entering America via third party countries, may cause collateral damage in Burma, according to The International Colored Gemstone Association.

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