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Italian Trade Agency Launches The Extraordinary Italian Jewelry Website

Houston. Jan. 5, 2021. The Italian Trade Agency, an Italian government agency that supports the business development of Italian companies abroad, has unveiled a digital hub to promote jewelry that is made in Italy. The new site is called Extra ITA Jewelry and is part of The Extraordinary Italian Jewelry Project, which debuted in 2015 to bolster Italian jewelry entrepreneurship and a stronger presence in the U.S.

Extra ITA Jewelry online is an interactive website and a tribute to the excellence of Italian craftsmanship. Viewers can tour Italy to see where traditions of craftsmanship and innovation originate, access export data, see the works of established brands and emerging talents, discover jewelry trends, and see industry news. The project also has a presence on social media.

The move comes as a result of the importance of the Italian jewelry export business, which is valued at $1.54 billion. Plus, the U.S. represents an 8.9% market share—the third largest market for Italian jewelry exports.

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CPAA Extends Deadline for Entries to 11th Annual International Pearl Design Competition

New York City. Oct. 9, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) is extending the deadline for entries to its 11th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC). The new deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

The live judging portion of the contest happens in a restaurant in New York City during the last week of October. However, because of Covid-19, lack of a vaccine, and concerns surrounding indoor dining, CPAA does not feel it is safe for judges and staff to meet in person. CPAA is extending the deadline for entries to Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. At that time, CPAA will assess any citywide Covid-19 restrictions to move forward with the rest of the competition, including live judging. We apologize for any inconvenience this change causes but know that CPAA is concerned for the safety of individuals who participate in live judging.

For information about entering the contest, please click here. To purchase an entry, please click here. A reminder: This year, the cost to enter is $175 for your first two entries. Third entries and beyond (up to five total) are $150 apiece.

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Editor’s Note: Jennifer Heebner works part time for CPAA.

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AGTA Announces 2020 Spectrum Awards Judges

Dallas. Oct. 5, 2020. The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) recently announced judges for the 2020 AGTA Spectrum Awards. Judges are Michael Johnson, Eiseman Jewels; Monica Kitt, The Arkenstone, Ltd.; Clare Adams Kittle, Clare Adams Kittle Company; Chris Pampillonia, Pampillonia Designs; and Ray Zajicek, Equatorian Imports, Inc.

“We are so grateful this amazing panel of judges have volunteered their services,” said Douglas Hucker, AGTA CEO, to the press this week. “They have an outstanding level of expertise in all areas of our industry, and I am excited to see how they work together.” 

Because of the coronavirus and travel restrictions, AGTA is hosting the competition in the Dallas area, as opposed to its typical live event location in Manhattan. Social distancing measures will be in place. Plans for a virtual press day are in the works.

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Gismondi 1754 Opens Made in Italy Concept Store in Milan

Milan, Sept. 25, 2020. Italian Jewelry brand Gismondi 1754 has opened a Made in Italy concept store in the Brian & Barry building, a 12-floor department store in Milan. Available collections in this shop-in-shop include Dedalo, Aura, Prato Fiorito, and Noi, while the brand’s one-of-a-kind pieces will remain exclusively at the Baglioni Hotel Carlton boutique. The seventh generation of the Gismondi family now runs the brand, which was founded in Genoa and is known for its elevated timeless designs that are made in Italy.

“This opening represents an opportunity to strengthen our presence in the Milanese city,” said Massimo Gismondi, CEO of the historic Genoese brand, to the press this week.

Gismondi 1754 jewelry can be found worldwide, including in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.

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