Diamonds do good to welcome the first Next Gen awards

New York—Diamonds Do Good will celebrate the next generation of industry leaders at its inaugural Next Gen Awards.

The nonprofit organization will host the awards ceremony at its annual gala on June 9 at the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel during Las Vegas Jewelry Week.

“Our goal is to recognize leaders who represent the future of our industry. These individuals span the mining, manufacturing and retail sectors, and we will recognize their achievements in their respective fields and their support of the communities where they do business,” said Diamonds Do Good President Anna Martin.

Prizes will go to Feriel Zerouki, Kealeboga Pule, Kecia Caffie and Alexis Padis.

“The recipients of these awards reflect the importance of engaging the community around the world,” said DDG co-founder and civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.

“Now more than ever, we need to reaffirm and share this commitment with consumers around the world.”

Feriel Zeroukisenior vice president of corporate affairs for the De Beers Group, is the first woman elected new president of the World Diamond Council.

She was instrumental in establishing ethics programs at De Beers to strengthen its sustainability program, DDG said.

“Starting with best practice principles, through provenance initiatives such as Tracr, and developing solutions to bring artisanal miners into international trade through GemFair, Feriel has already left its mark on the industry,” he said. ‘organization.

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Pule of Kealeboga is the founder, manufacturer and bespoke diamond jeweler of Nungu Diamonds, based in South Africa, and a member of Young Diamantaires.

“His commitment to his community goes beyond creating jobs for young South Africans as he seeks to change the global diamond narrative by refocusing the diamond consumer on the ‘why’ of diamonds – where they come from. uniqueness and their impact on the socio-economic development of producing countries and manufacturing centers around the world,” said DDG.

Kecia Caffie is the President of Signet Jewelers, Banter by Piercing Pagoda. Under his leadership, the brand has strived to connect with Millennials and Gen Z customers.

Alexis Padis is the president of Padis Jewelry and the president-elect of the American Gem Society. She received the 2021 Young Holder of the Year award and was also recognized as one of the “20 Under 40” by Jewelers of America.

“She takes to heart the responsibility of the independent jeweler to promote ethical business practices, champion consumer protection and further their jewelry education while supporting their own local community,” said DDG.

Diamonds Do Good, formerly known as the Diamond Empowerment Fund, aims to share the positive impact of diamonds in Southern Africa.

For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit DDG website.

Sarah C. Figueiredo