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TV TALK VOJ20:
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF DIAMONDS ?

Bridging consumers culture to the traditional trade

Saturday, January 18th, 2020
10.30 a.m.
Tiziano Room Hall 7.1

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WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF DIAMONDS ?

Bridging consumers culture to the traditional trade

 

Among the top events in the Vicenzaoro programming calendar for January 2020, TV Talk will explore the diamond industry that is currently experiencing a deep crisis due to the great changes in society and values.

The topics to be addressed include the reduction of natural resources in the near future, the growing popularity of laboratory-grown diamonds and new generations of modern consumers that include the values of Millennials, including sustainability, luxury and savings.

While the traditional sector seems still to struggle with this new target, cultural diversity, experiential luxury, storytelling, digital cultures seem particularly appreciated by the traditional way of selling diamonds.

In this direction, Trendvision Jewelry + Forecasting is creating a platform to bring together the needs and backgrounds of new consumers with the corporate world of diamonds, with new opportunities for traders who will seize new market opportunities.

 

Panelists:

  • Paola De Luca, Creative Director & Founder Trendvision Jewellery + Forecasting;
  • David Brough, Editor e Co-founder of Jewellery Outlook;
  • Esther Ligthart, Founder of bizzita.com;
  • Thierry Silber, CEO and Founder of Madestones®;
  • Tomasz Donocik, Designer;
  • Stephen Lussier, Executive Vice President Consumer & Brands - De Beers Group;
  • Pramod Agrawal,  GJEPC Chairman;
  • Ash Allibhai, Fashion Director - ASBO Magazine.

PAOLA DE LUCA

CREATIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER TRENDVISION JEWELLERY + FORECASTING

Paola De Luca, in 2012, together with Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A. – organizer of VICENZAORO, one of the world’s leading international Jewellery Show – co-founded TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting, an independent observatory focusing on trend forecasting for the jewellery industry where she supports the project as its Creative Director.

Starting her career in New York in 1989, she landed her first job as a designer for Fendi Jewellery and Watches. She later collaborated with leading luxury brands, such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Harry Winston, and Swarovski among other prestigious associations.

David Brough

EDITOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF JEWELLERY OUTLOOK

David Brough is Editor and Co-Founder of digital magazine Jewellery Outlook. He was a Reuters correspondent and editor for more than 30 years, including 16 years as a foreign correspondent, and covered commodity markets extensively. David won the United Nations A.H. Boerma Award in 2002-3 for his reporting on hunger issues. He graduated from St. Andrews University in Scotland with a MA (Hons) in Economics and French, and has a Certificate in Financial Markets from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Esther Ligthart

FOUNDER OF BIZZITA.COM

Esther Ligthart has worked for over 25 years within the jewelry industry. Mainly in sales and marketing B2C and B2B. Today, she writes for several international trade magazines and runs a consultancy business for both jewelry retailers and brands. She also is the founder of Bizzita.com, a popular jewelry blog with a unique perspective on jewelry: https://www.bizzita.com

Thierry Silber

CEO AND FOUNDER OF MADESTONES®.

Thierry Silber is the CEO and founder of Madestones®. As a third-generation diamond trader, he began his career in 1978 on the factory floor. In 2009 he came across laboratory grown diamonds for the first time, and immediately saw the potential they had to innovate and grow the diamond industry. In 2015, he created the Madestones® brand. Madestones® is his personal vision for marketing laboratory grown diamonds, entering a world of new luxury that combines the brilliance and beauty of diamonds with the growing customer need for sustainability and social responsibility.

TOMASZ DONOCIK

DESIGNER OF FINE JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES

Tomasz Donocik is a multi-award-winning designer of fine jewellery and accessories. Born in Poland, raised in Austria, he lives and works in London, England. He graduated with a BA from Central Saint Martins in London, followed by an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing and Jewellery Making from the Royal College of Art in London. Having designed for some of the most prestigious international jewellery houses such as De Beers,Garrardand Stephen Webster, he launched his own company in 2008.Since then, he has been feted as one of the most talented jewellers of his generation.

STEPHEN LUSSIER

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CONSUMER & BRANDS - DE BEERS GROUP

Stephen Lussier is Forevermark Chairman and Executive Vice-President, Consumer and Brands, De Beers Group and a member of De Beers Group Executive Committee. After a number of roles in the company since 1985, in 2009 Stephen took up his role as Chief Executive Officer, Forevermark and Executive Vice President – Marketing, De Beers Group, and grew Forevermark into a truly global brand. Forevermark is present in 26 markets, with more than 2,331 retail stores across five continents. In April, Stephen stepped away from his role as CEO of Forevermark, to increase his focus on shaping De Beers Group’s strategy at the consumer level in his role as Executive Vice-President of Consumer & Brands.

ASH ALLIBHAI

FASHION DIRECTOR - ASBO MAGAZINE 

Ash Allibhai is an International Trend Commentator, Forecaster and Fashion Editor.Ash Allibhai is an International Trend Commentator, Forecaster and Fashion Editor.As the International Fashion Director for ASBO magazine, Ash shapes the fashion editorial direction of the magazine. He also coaches and mentors a team of budding stylists, fashion photographers and writers.
Ash says’ “it’s my mission to make ASBO the platform to showcase aspiring young creatives from all four corners of the globe, I truly believe creativity is something that connects people and starts conversations”. 
In addition to working with ASBO, He is also the Head of Fashion for 100% Studios where he produces and leads creative projects for fashion and jewellery brands and consults for US fashion trend agency TrendCouncil.

PRAMOD KUMAR AGRAWAL

GJEPC CHAIRMAN

Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman of Derewala Industries Limited, started his career in Jaipur, in silver Jewellery during the year 1986 with one artisan and one customer. His father was in the business of gemstones and gold Jewellery but Mr. Agrawal started his own venture. With this humble beginning his company has evolved into a multi vertical company and today it is employing 1500 people across 4 units and producing & supplying gold jewelry, silver jewelry, and imitation fashion jewelry in India and abroad.
Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman of Derewala Industries Limited, started his career in Jaipur, in silver Jewellery during the year 1986 with one artisan and one customer. His father was in the business of gemstones and gold Jewellery but Mr. Agrawal started his own venture. He has worked as a Member of Committee of Administration in GJEPC for many years and was Regional Chairman of GJEPC –Rajasthan Region before getting elected as Chairman at National level. He has also looked after the GJEPC’s institute -Indian Institute of Gem and Jewellery, Jaipur for almost 5 years as its Chairman. During his Chairmanship of the institute he successfully garnered support of the Govt. in getting the hostel building of institute constructed. Today the campus of the IIGJ Jaipur is the largest campus among all IIGJs. Apart from this he was associated with other trade bodies like GJF, Jewellers Association, Jaipur. During his convenorship of the Jewellers Association Show – JAS, the show achieved many landmarks. 

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