Dubai Diamond exchange signs strategic partnership with Stargems to connect international diamond miners and manufacturers

Dubai, UAE (PRWEB) February 18, 2018

DMCC, the world’s leading Free Zone for trade and enterprise, announced that its Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) signed a strategic partnership today with Stargems, specialized in the sourcing and supply of the finest diamonds, to host a series of rough diamond tenders in 2018.

The agreement enables international members, miners and suppliers to trade and distribute rough diamonds at Stargems events hosted at DDE’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Almas Tower, Dubai, the only World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) accredited exchange in the Middle East.

“Dubai has fast emerged as one of the world’s top three diamond centres, and we are always looking at ways of nurturing and growing this footprint by connecting producers with buyers along the Dubai – Africa axis and beyond. The Stargems collaboration is of course a welcome initiative as it further underscores Dubai and DDE’s position as the global destination of choice for the diamond industry,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC.

One of the world’s top three diamond hubs, the DDE sits at the centre of Dubai’s diamond trading industry valued at 26 billion USD in 2016.

“This is an exciting chapter for Stargems and we are thrilled to partner with the DDE, a facility that is synonymous with the highest possible industry standards,” said Shailesh Javeri, Chairman, Stargems Group.

“The business case is clear. Diamond tenders are an increasingly important sales mechanism for us, through these tenders, we hope to bridge the gap between the diamond producing nations and the manufacturing units in Asia. This partnership will guarantee a secure and transparent tendering process in a regulated environment provided by the DDE.” Mr. Javeri added.

DDE hosted tenders attended by over 130 international buyers in 2017 with the opening of Almas Diamond Services DMCC – the UAE’s first state of the art diamond polishing facility – in November further elevating the Dubai Diamond Exchange’s global standing.

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Mario Lopez Announced As Host To The ‘Splash of Love’ Gala Fundraiser At Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) February 18, 2018

FEB. 19, 2018 – Well-renowned television personality, Mario Lopez, will host Splash of Love, an annual gala and fundraiser event, presented by popular brand integration Colure and Diamond to benefit the P.S. I Love You Foundation's Love4Life learning program. The event is set to take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. and will be held at the newly renovated Proud Bird Food Bazaar and Events Center in the Grand Ballroom at 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045.

Guests can expect to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, heavily passed hors-d'oeuvres, whiskey pours, and premium wine tastings from fan-favorite distilleries and boutique wineries, and will have opportunities to network among local business and restaurant owners, bartenders, celebrities, and leaders in the youth healthcare and well-being industry. A silent auction will take place to raise support and awareness for Love4Life, a social and emotional life-skill learning program that works with students to increase confidence, self-acceptance, and public speaking skills.

Founded by Patricia Scelza-Jones in 1998, the P.S. I Love You Foundation will celebrate their 20 years of mentorship and support programs in schools throughout Southern California. "It's important to teach and provide opportunities for our youth," says Patricia. "Through programs such as Love4Life, we're able to give our youth a better outlook on life that will in-turn strengthen our community and gives us all a better and successful future."

Tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite for $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. The VIP room includes premium whiskey and wine pouring paired with imported chocolates and cheeses, with a special guest appearance from Mario Lopez. Early entrance check-in begins at 5:30 P.M. Guests must be 21+ to attend.

About P.S. I Love You Foundation

Established in 1998 by founder, Patricia Scelza-Jones, the P.S. I Love You Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to nurturing at-risk youth in Southern California. Their mission is to provide social and emotional educational programs to mentor and empower children to think, act and live with healthy confidence and decision-making skills to improve their outlook and quality of life. P.S. I Love You currently reaches 700-1200 children each year and operates strictly from volunteer work. To raise money for their education and community outreach programs, P.S. I Love You hosts several events throughout the year. To learn more or to find out how you can get involved visit http://www.psiloveyoufoundation.org.

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About Colure and Diamond

Colure and Diamond is a members only, business to business firm that assist small to large businesses with exclusive sales, marketing, and distribution strategies in the areas of electronics, clothing goods and accessories, retail, restaurants, wine, and spirits, auto manufacturers, and other lifestyle brands. Its B2B partnerships are carefully curated to maintain its reputation as a premier lux-branding firm. Colure and Diamond is located in Southern California. http://www.colureanddiamond.com

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Hilary Musser Collection Achieves Excellent Results at Kaminski Auctions

BEVERLY, Mass. (PRWEB) February 18, 2018

Kaminski Auctions February 3rd and 4th two-day auction of Hilary Musser Interiors LLC, of Palm Beach, Florida collection achieved excellent prices across all collecting genres. The sale featured decorative furnishings from Ms. Musser’s personal collection and European and Early American antiques from her former antique shop, “Federal Antiques” at 20 Federal Street in Nantucket, MA.

Fine art entries saw a Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), landscape, oil on board sell for $8,500, while a portrait of a lady in a white dress, oil on canvas by the Russian painter Ilya Repin sold for $7500.

A watercolor painting of two nudes signed Rodin with the provenance stamp of the Dominion Gallery Montreal and the Darius Tale Yar Khan Gallery London, was finally hammered down for $6,000. While a Leon Bakst (Russian, 1866-1924), watercolor painting of a costume design sold for $5,000.

Furniture in the auction brought excellent results as well. The top- selling lot was an Italian hand-painted terracotta dining table on a wrought iron base measuring 92 inches long that was originally custom-made in Italy. It sold to the audience for $6,000. A pair of Victorian walnut twin beds with inlay and matching nightstands sold for $3,500 to an Internet bidder, while a late 19th-century Sheraton-style Bigelow-Kennard grandfather clock in a mahogany case, with lion-form feet and Westminster chimes sold for $3,500.

Italian marble sculptures continue to do well at the Kaminski sales. An 18th/19th-century Italian marble sculpture of a skull wearing Roman robes was finally hammered down for $3,500 with spirited bidding from the audience and Internet bidders. The second sculpture, a 19th- century Italian marble sculpture of Caracalla the Roman emperor from AD198 to 217, a member of the Severan Dynasty sold for $2,500.

Venini glass continues to bring strong prices at Kaminski as well, with a Carlo Scarpa "Murrine Romane" vase measuring 5 inches high selling for $2,700.

Most of the top lots of the sale made their way across the block on day two with an exceptional Steinway grand piano as the focal point of the collection. The Steinway was advertised heavily in Europe and the United States. Internet buyers and phone bidders from across the globe registered to bid. The rare piano was finely inlaid with cupids, floral decoration, and musical instruments and executed in exotic woods. Built by the Steinway Company in 1922, the piano was originally purchased from Maximilian's House of Grand Pianos and is fitted with a CD player. Strong competition for the rare piece drove the price to $41,000 plus twenty percent buyer’s premium.

A pair of small, early 20th century Gorham sterling shellfish trays caught the attention of Gorham and fine silver collectors. The dishes came into Kaminski Auctions gallery black with tarnish. A thorough polishing revealed their exquisite detail of shells and intricate coral decoration. The pair were hallmarked and numbered 735 with approximately 12.2 troy oz TW of silver. Measuring one inch high by six inches in diameter they were finally hammered down for $6,000.

A stunning pair of 19th century cast lead dogs on marble bases that resembled golden retrievers purchased originally from Wayne Pratt Antiques sold for $5,000 to the phones.

Ms. Musser was an avid collector of Majolica and at one time owned one of the finest collections in the world. Included in the sale was an antique French majolica tree trunk pedestal with trailing ivy and a white cockatoo perched on the side. It measured 43 inches high by 20 inches wide. Originally purchased from the Au Fond de la Cour Gallery, Paris, it sold for $4750. A 19th C. Majolica tiered revolving oyster server with figural fish and serpent finial, sold for $3,000.

Her collection of ceramics included a 19th-century scroddleware figural steer that serves as a wine cask. It was purchased from the Kentshire Galleries and sold at Kaminski for $4,000. An important pair of Delphin Massier polychrome faience pottery vases with figural butterfly handles, also purchased from the Au Fond de la Cour Gallery, Paris sold for $3250. The vases were and pictured in 'Massier, L'Introduction de la Ceramique Artistique Sur La Cote d'Azur'catalog and the catalog accompanied the lot.

Two steamer trunks brought strong prices with a Louis Vuitton trunk, circa 1870s/80s, #20741, owned by W. B. Housley, Bute Court Hotel, Belgrave Blvd, Torquay, U.K. and a Goyard steamer trunk marked "Malles Maroquinerie," both selling for $3250 each.

An exceptional silverplate and antler flatware service for twelve with an assembled collection of additional serving pieces sold for $3,000.

Kaminski Auctions is pleased to announce its next auction will be a two-day sale Saturday and Sunday, March 3 & 4, 2016. Day one will feature an outstanding collection of paintings, furniture, and jewelry from the estate of Dr. Carl Katz of Cinncinati, Ohio, while Day two features a collection of designer rugs from various Palm Beach, Florida estates. All rug lots are sold unreserved. There is a huge selection of rugs including famous names like Stark, palace size oriental rugs including Oushaks, Kerman’s, Tabriz’s, Serapis, Sultanabad’s, Portuguese needlepoints, fine custom Aubussons and much more. Preview days for this auction are Monday–Friday, February 26-March 2, 2018, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM and day of sale beginning at 8:00 AM at the Kaminski Auctions gallery, 117 Elliott Street, Rt. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts. Preview is open while auction is live. For more information go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.

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