Ada Diamonds Launches As World’s First High-End Jeweler Of Exclusively Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

Silicon Valley-Based Company Creates Custom Diamond Jewelry and Designs Using Superior Cultured Diamonds

Ada Diamonds, in September of this year, was launched as the world’s first custom fine jeweler using exclusively conflict-free, laboratory-grown diamonds. All of Ada’s diamond gemstones are cultured in high-end laboratories and are chemically and optically identical to Earth-extracted diamonds. With the strong belief that powerful technology and fresh ideas can revitalize the diamond industry, Ada Diamonds is forming a brighter future with its one-of-a-kind, sustainable jewelry pieces.ada-diamonds-2

Ada Diamonds is delighted to offer the most meaningful diamond jewelry in the world by combining cutting-edge technology, innovative design and superlative craftsmanship,” said Ada Diamonds‘s CEO Jason Payne.

Understanding The Difference In Diamonds: Lab-grown diamonds represent a true victory for the environment, human rights and diamond supply chain transparency. Mining diamonds is an energy intensive and ecologically invasive procedure, affecting fragile ecosystems across the globe. Customers can be assured that Ada’s lab-grown diamonds are vegan and sustainable, grown in controlled environments without contributing to conflict. Dedicated to only selling cultured diamonds, Ada provides customers peace of mind that their jewelry comes from known origin.ada-diamonds

Ada Diamonds is named after Lady Ada Lovelace, a 19th century mathematician, mother, musician, socialite, and computer scientist who was affectionately known as the Enchantress of Numbers. “Ada Lovelace envisioned a future of beautiful art and music emerging from technology and aptly coined the phrase ‘poetic science,'” says Payne. “Ada Diamonds supports initiatives in Lovelace’s honor to advance computing and women in STEM such as the Lovelace Medal and Ada Lovelace Day.”

Ada Diamonds was co-founded by Silicon Valley husband-wife team Jason Payne and Lindsay Reinsmith who were early adopters of cultured diamonds in their engagement ring in 2011. At the time, the process was confusing and access to the stones was limited. As the technology and diamonds improved, Payne and Reinsmith decided to affect a change in the industry.

We deliver custom fine jewelry that brightens the world, not just the customer’s world,” said Ada’s CEO Jason Payne. “Anything our customers can imagine, we can create.”

Ada Diamonds launched with over 100 fashion and bridal collection pieces ranging from simple studs and pendants to intricate high jewelry. All of Ada’s jewelry collection pieces are fully bespoke and made-to-order through its unique high-touch concierge program conducted nearly entirely online.

Additionally, Ada Diamonds offers fully bespoke diamonds through their signature Lavoisier Process. Customers can commission the growth of diamonds from any carbon-containing mementos such as flowers, photos, papers and wood to brilliantly celebrate a marriage, graduation, birth, or milestone. The donor material is then graphitized, purified and grown into Lavoisier Diamonds, the ultimate choice in truly custom, meaningful diamond jewelry.

A true marriage of high technology, remarkable craftsmanship, and sustainable luxury, Ada’s cultured diamonds are grown to perfection in high pressure, high temperature diamond presses; the result of over 65 years of research and development in extreme-pressure technology. Using only the most superb materials, Ada Diamonds offers exceptional quality diamonds in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes.

In addition to creating fine jewelry, Ada Diamonds partners with other luxury brands for unique installations of its spectacular diamonds. Ada has worked with iconic automotive brands such as Koenigsegg Automotive, to place lab-grown diamonds in the interiors of supercars. Ada’s latest diamond bespoking effort, an Agera RS named ‘Naraya’, was awarded Most Sensational Supercar at the 2016 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance.

Ada is also an affinity partner of superlative brands including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars creating commissioned jewelry for owners, supporting events, and styling product specialists at events, auto shows and photo shoots. Most recently, Ada Diamonds held a pop-up boutique in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Pebble Beach Villa during the 2016 Monterey Car Week.

Prior to founding Ada Diamonds, Payne founded and led the Philanthropy Engineering Team at Palantir Technologies. I am passionate about corporate philanthropy and have made social responsibility a core part of Ada’s mission,” says Payne. Ada Diamonds has pledged to give 6% of all profits to six causes as part of their Sixth Element Program.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Presents New Art from Greater China That Explores the Concept of Place through Storytelling

Second Exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative Features Works Commissioned for Guggenheim Collection

Exhibition: Tales of Our Time

Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

Location: Tower Levels 4 and 5

Dates: Now through March 10, 2017

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Tales of Our Time, an exhibition featuring nine newly commissioned works by artists born in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. This is the second exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, a long-term research, curatorial, and collections-building program at the Guggenheim Museum.

The exhibition’s title refers to the 1936 book Gushi xin bian (Old Tales Retold) by the influential Chinese modernist, social activist, and literary giant Lu Xun. In the book, Lu reinvents Chinese legends, as he considers these tales to be not only a literary genre, but also a strategy for critiquing social conditions and reconstructing history through storytelling.guggenheim-museum-logo

Though diverse in subjects and strategies, the works are united by the artists’ use of storytelling to propose alternative ways of looking at place. Working in drawing, animation, video, photography, sculpture, installation, and participatory intervention, the artists in the exhibition address the concept of geography and territory in ways as specific as where they are based or as big as China itself, which they see as a concept constantly being questioned and reinvented. These artists freely cross divides to examine the tensions between past and present, myth and fact, reality and dreams, rationality and absurdity, and individuality and collectivity.

The artists represented in Tales of Our Time are Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao.

Tales of Our Time is organized by Xiaoyu Weng, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art, and Hou Hanru, Consulting Curator, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. Kyung An, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, provides curatorial support. The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative is part of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative, directed by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts. All commissioned works will enter the Guggenheim’s collection.

Curators Xiaoyu Weng and Hou Hanru have taken a dynamic and collaborative approach, as they worked closely with the commissioned artists to explore the questions and insights that drive these art practices. We hope that these works will inform new understanding of global contemporary art through the lens of Chinese culture today,” stated Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “The Guggenheim is grateful to The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation for its sustained commitment to this effort.”

Ted Lipman, CEO of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, congratulated the commissioned artists and noted, “Contemporary Chinese art, along with the dialogue around it, is a dynamic and increasingly important force shaping the global cultural landscape. The Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim is designed to offer a fresh perspective on Chinese culture and its relationship with contemporary society. The Foundation hopes the impact of this initiative will be a lasting one.”

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Chia-En Jao (b. 1976, Taichung, Taiwan). Arms no. 31, 2016. Cast aluminum, textile patchwork, display case with fabric swatches, and paper handout with text. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. © Chia-En Jao. Installation View: Tales of Our Time. Photo: David Heald

The artists represented in Tales of Our Time vary greatly in their practices and viewpoints,” says Xiaoyu Weng. “But they share a broad perspective, one that places China’s culture, history, and social reality in the context of the wider world. And like so many artists today, they register acute discomfort with the tension between the personal experiences of regular people and the dominant narratives and conventions of power.

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Sun Xun (b. 1980, Fuxin, Liaoning Province), Mythological Time, 2016 (details). Two-channel color HD animated video, with sound, and ink, graphite and acrylic on mulberry bark paper. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. © Sun Xun

Tales of Our Time is installed on two Tower Levels of the museum. Visitors may enter Tower Level 4 through a passageway lined with fantastic visions inspired by the natural world, drawn in the classical Chinese style on traditional bark paper by Sun Xun (b. 1980). Sun’s installation Mythological Time (2016) centers on his hometown of Fuxin in northeastern China, a coal-mining town that was once the pride of modern-era Chinese industrialization, but which the artist portrays as merely a fleeting scene over many millennia. A second monumental wall-size painting by Sun Xun depicting a surreal prehistoric landscape is also on view. Two video streams are projected onto its surface, sending animated creatures cavorting next to those drawn on paper with ink and acrylics.

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Chia-En Jao (b. 1976, Taichung, Taiwan), Taxi, 2016, Color UHD video, with sound. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. © Chia-En Jao

Taxi (2016), a video installation, presents conversations conducted by the artist Chia-En Jao (b. 1976) with taxi drivers in Taipei. The artist asked drivers to take him to historically contested destinations in the city, such as a branch of Chang Hwa Bank where a mass protest was suppressed by Chiang Kai-shek’s military regime in 1947, the Presidential Office Building, the Grand Hotel, or the National Taiwan Museum. Recorded documentary style, the conversations meander through difficult memories of the Japanese occupation and martial law to present-day concerns. The artist has also created a flag for the installation, a traditional coat of arms representing many aspects of Taiwanese society, including its aboriginal communities. Through this investigation into the powerful connection between history and storytelling, Jao creates a mental map of Taipei that honors individual memory and experience.

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Zhou Tao (b. 1976, Changsha, Hunan Province), Land of the Throat, 2016 Installation with two-channel color HD video, with sound. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. © Zhou Tao

Nearby Taxi on Tower Level 4 is a futuristic, pod-like video installation by Zhou Tao (b. 1976). Land of the Throat (2016) evokes a phenomenon characteristic of China’s urbanization today: the construction of the new and the consequential transformation of the land. Two synchronized videos composed of footage recorded in Guangdong, China and Arizona are projected onto opposite sides of an enclosed structure in the gallery space. A cow chained to an abandoned industrial washing machine moos in an otherwise silent, desolate landscape; workers pour out of construction sites; children play aimlessly; dogs and rats roam near fishing holes; and rescue workers in Shenzhen care for survivors injured in the city’s 2015 landslide. Continue reading

Luke Bryan to Bring High-Energy Performance to Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, December 30

The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will close out 2016 with a high-energy, can’t-miss performance by two-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan Friday, Dec. 30. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

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Luke Bryan to Bring High-Energy Performance to Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, December 30

Tickets priced at $75, $100, $135 and $165, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at MGMGrand.com, AXS.com or at any MGM Resorts International box office or Concierge desk. Tickets also can be purchased through the MGM Resorts Call Center at 866.740.7711.

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Bryan has placed 16 singles at No. 1, selling nearly 8 million albums and 30 million digital tracks combined. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 – his third album to do so – and Top Country Albums charts. He closed 2015 with the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. Bryan’s new music is Farm Tour…Here’s To The Farmer, his first-ever Farm Tour EP, was released Friday, Sept. 23.

For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Bryan’s Official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events and is known for hosting legendary events such as world championship boxing featuring the legends of the sport – Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and many more. The venue also has been home to many premier UFC fights. Music lovers have experienced some of the industry’s biggest stars at the Grand Garden Arena including performances by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The Arena also hosts a variety of special events and sporting events annually including major awards shows, college basketball, pre-season NHL and NBA games, among others. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 14,000 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound.

The Grand Garden Arena is operated by a joint venture, the interest of which is owned 50% by a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International and 50% by a subsidiary of AEG that also owns and operates the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Give The Gift Of Pure Luxury With Ada Diamond’s Latest “Delicate” And “Strong” Jewelry Collections

Ada Diamonds, best known for bespoke, high-end cultured diamond jewelry, unveiled its latest jewelry collections featuring soft and bold pieces for both women and men, perfect for the holiday gift giving season.ada-diamonds-2

Cultured in high-end laboratories, Ada Diamonds offers the most meaningful diamond jewelry across the globe, combining cutting-edge technology, unmatched craftsmanship and sustainable designs. Especially knowing Ada’s lab-grown diamond process brings no harm to the environment, ecosystems or wildlife, the company presents customers the chance to wow their loved ones with 100% conflict free, luxury jewelry pieces sure to impress everyone on their list.

Launching the Delicate and Strong Collections the first week of November, Ada Diamonds celebrates its laboratory-grown diamonds through the creation of these spectacular pieces brightening the holidays for anyone who receives them.

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Ada Diamonds’ new Delicate Collection. www.adadiamonds.com.

Ada DiamondsDelicate Collection boasts modern, timeless pieces that take the guesswork out of gift giving. Offered in a setting of 14kt white, yellow or rose gold, this gorgeous set of necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets are ready to wear and feature up to 0.24ctw of cultured diamonds. Retailing at just $500, the Delicate Collection launches with 30 different pieces and is ideal for the holidays, graduation and bridesmaid gifts and even as a personal, well-deserved treat.

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Ada Diamonds’ new Strong Collection. www.adadiamonds.com (PRNewsFoto-Ada Diamonds)

In contrast to the Delicate Collection, Ada Diamond‘s Strong Collection gives customers the opportunity to wear something extraordinary. Each ring in the Collection is made of millions of cultured diamonds permanently fused together under a million PSI and under temperatures of over 1500 degrees Celsius. The polycrystalline diamond material, Polydiamond, possesses incredible strength and is the ultimate expression of unbreakable, long-lasting love for both men and women. The striking black color is a result of these millions of diamond crystals pressed together in non-symmetrical orientation, thus absorbing light rather than light passing through as it does a single diamond crystal. The durable, unscratchable nature of the Strong Collection makes it an excellent choice for men’s wedding bands, starting at $1,500.

We all have people on our holiday lists that we want to impress this season – look no further than Ada Diamonds and our two latest collections that are daily wear and ready to wear,” says Jason Payne, CEO of Ada Diamonds. “Jewelry pieces from both the Delicate and Strong Collections ship in one to two weeks.”

Lands’ End’s “Won’t Let You Down Coat” Has Been Chosen To Be Featured in The 2016 “Oprah’s Favorite Things” Gift Guide

Lands’ End announced that their “Won’t Let You Down Coat” will be featured in the 2016 edition of “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” an annual list of the season’s ultimate gift items which are featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (hits newsstands Nov. 8, 2016).

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The Lands’ End Won’t Let You Down Coat has been selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. The women’s warm down coat is available at www.landsend.com and starts at $189.

The Won’t Let You Down Coat provides fashionable and functional protection from winter weather. The coat features an innovative HyperDRY™ interior that repels water and continues to insulate even when wet. It has cozy fleece-lined pockets, plus a rib-knit collar and cuffs to keep frigid temperatures out. With its hood and 100% polyester water-resistant shell, you are sure to keep warm and dry. The coat comes in four fashionable colors and ranges in size from Women’s Regular, Petite, Tall, Plus and Petite Plus, starting at $189.Tempur Sealy named in The Oprah Magazine December 2016 Issue

“Lands’ End offers an incredible assortment of warm and stylish outerwear and it’s a great honor to have one of our favorite coats of the season be featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things,” said Joseph Boitano, Co-interim Chief Executive Officer, Lands’ End. “As the holiday shopping season begins, you can never underestimate the gift of warmth.”Lands' End Inc Logo

“No one wants to put on a puffer and feel…puffy. That’s why I appreciate this toasty down jacket with a water-resistant shell, major insulation, and a removable hood: It’s snug but sleek,” said Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director, O, The Oprah Magazine.

The Won’t Let You Down Coat is available at www.landsend.com and at the “Oprah’s Favorite Things” specialty shop on Amazon.