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  1. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  2. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  3. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  4. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  5. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  6. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  7. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  8. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  9. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  10. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  11. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  12. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  13. 205 CARAT FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS | 11 MAY 2022
  14. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  15. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  16. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  17. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  18. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  19. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  20. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  21. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  22. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  23. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  24. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  25. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  26. Press Release: BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BRUUN RASMUSSEN AUCTIONEERS – DENMARK’S LEADING AUCT
  27. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  28. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  29. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  30. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  31. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  32. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  33. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  34. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  35. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  36. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  37. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  38. De Beers Boosts Production
  39. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  40. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  41. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  42. Gift Guide for CNY
  43. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  44. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  45. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  46. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  47. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  48. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  49. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  50. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  51. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  52. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  53. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  54. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  55. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  56. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  57. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  58. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  59. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  60. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  61. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  62. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  63. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  64. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  65. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  66. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  67. Basel fair cancelled again
  68. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  69. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  70. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  71. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  72. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  73. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research
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HIGHLIGHT

  1. US market unfolds changes and potential
  2. The queen of gems, the gem of queens
  3. Classics return

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When chic meets comfort

Technological innovation is the order of the day in the jewellery industry where big players have been striving to achieve the best in design and wearability. For instance, two family-owned companies received US design patents for their user-friendly design granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year. Half decade-old Italian brand Picchiotti has awarded a 20-year patent for its Xpandable technology and the Perfect Fit design by New York-based jewellery manufacturer Just Perfect MSP covers two patents. 

Stretchable band 

Hidden in Xpandable collection’s rings and bracelets is a mechanism invisible to the eye allowing the bands to stretch and fit wearer’s knuckle with ease. Rings may stretch up to three sizes, allowing wearers to put a ring on any finger and therefore ring resizing is no longer necessary. Picchiotti added: “On the romantic side, a man can surprise his fiancée without knowing her ring size, being sure that the ring will fit her without spoiling the big surprise.” Xpandable bracelets work the same way. Wearers can avoid the cumbersomeness brought by clasp as the technology for bracelets is set all-round. Any popular materials, namely white gold, yellow gold and platinum and any cuts of diamonds, coloured gemstones and semi-precious stones can be mounted on bands featuring the revolutionary technology.  

Debuted in 2016 at the Couture show in Las Vegas, Xpandable line merely included 60 designs. The family-owned company enhanced the mechanism for a better snap-back-into-place efficacy after the collection has been sought after. Giuseppe Picchiotti, founder and president of the family-owned company told Hong Kong Jewellery: “From the very beginning, we understood the enormous potential of this technology, and we wanted to make it as perfect as possible. It was, and still is, very labour-intensive and time-consuming, but it was worth every single effort. All the goldsmiths in the Picchiotti workshop have mastered the technique, so that the pieces can be manufactured by all of our highly trained workers.” The collection now comprises over 200 designs. 

Picchiotti said the only limitation is that Xpandable does not work for necklaces. The family will couple Xpandable with highest quality stones available and more sophisticated designs. He disclosed: “Some novelties that we will present in due course, and those might turn into another jewellery revolution.” 

Centre-stone stays centred

The largest machine-set jewellery manufacturer, Just Perfect MSP obtained two patents for its Perfect Fit technology. Just Perfect told Hong Kong Jewellery that the average size of the centre stone in halo rings has risen 40 percent. The popular trend indicates that the weight of the top of the ring will get heavier than ever. “As today’s rings get heavier on top, women are faced with the dilemma of having their diamond engagement rings ‘focal point’ fall to the side, or alternatively having the rings sized to fit tightly in order to prevent this from occurring,” Just Perfect MSP president Edward Zylka explained his inspiration behind the ring design. He added that wearer may have the rings sized to fit tightly in order to prevent the spinning, which was unpleasant. 

The mechanism is an ergonomically sculpted design which places counterbalance weight at the bottom of the shank to prevent top-heavy rings from spinning and falling to the side to keep the centre-stone position on top of the finger and the sides are smoothed for comfortability. Perfect Fit collection is available in seven settings and styles: preconfigured, channel, prong, engagement, bar, multi row and colour stones with nine sub-categories. The wholesale for mounting starts at an appealing US$200 with over 1,200 styles of rings from engagement rings to fashion stack rings. Both large volume orders and individual items are welcome and delivered within five business days.

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