Join us for Jewelers Mutual's
Annual Community Event
Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Earl G. DeLong Auditorium
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group
24 Jewelers Park Dr., Neenah
Doors open at 6 p.m., Presentation begins at 7 p.m.
Synthetic diamonds have hit the jewelry industry by storm, marketed as environmentally friendly and a cost-effective alternative to naturally-created diamonds. But, are they really?
Join presenter Jon Phillips from Corona Jewellery Company as he provides clarity to the creation process of synthetic diamonds and how they fit into the jewelry industry today.
Are you considering the purchase of a diamond in the future? Join us to get the facts to make an educated purchase.
Prior to the presentation, you'll be able to tour the R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals, test your diamond knowledge with a natural vs synthetic station, and enjoy wine, beer, soda, and appetizers. Plus, the event will include a giveaway for a pair of half carat total weight stud earrings!
RSVP today for this free community presentation. Space is limited!
About the Presenter
Jon C. Phillips has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years and worked in all of its “facets.” He is currently the Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. Part of Jon’s responsibilities includes managing the rough to polish systems for Canadian Diamonds including purchasing of the rough directly from mining companies to working with diamond polishing factories to produce the final product.
Jon is also the lead instructor for Corona and travels worldwide to promote Canadian diamonds and gold. Jon also does presentations on diamond market conditions and on synthetic diamonds in the jewelry industry. He is Corona’s first contact for anti-money laundering (AML) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) compliances.
He has worked for BHP Billiton Diamonds as a Marketing Manager in both Vancouver and Antwerp and as a service Manager for Birks in Vancouver. He is a part time instructor at Vancouver Community College in the Jewellery Art and Design program. Jon and his wife Carol ran their own custom jewelry business in Vancouver for fifteen years which is where Jon obtained his training as a journeyman goldsmith.
Jon is a Certified Gemologist (CG) from the American Gem Society (AGS) and a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Jon also currently sits on the Accreditation and Certification committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and is a past member of the Standards Committee. Jon is a past vice-president of the diamond commission for CIBJO and currently sits on the board of Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct Committee (CDCC) and is on several committees for the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA).
Sponsored as a community service by Jewelers Mutual Group.