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Signet Signs as Premier Presenting Sponsor of Diamonds in the Sky Gala

Feb 4, 2014 10:43 AM   By D.E.F.
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Press Release: Signet Jewelers Ltd. – the largest specialty jewelry retailer in the U.S. and U.K., trading primarily under the store brands of Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry in the U.S. – will support the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) as the first premier presenting sponsor of the “Diamonds in the Sky” gala event on May 29, 2014,  at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event will bring together a unique mix of the international diamond jewelry industry, government officials from diamond producing nations, dignitaries and celebrities from fashion and entertainment. The proceeds will benefit D.E.F’s Diamonds Do Good mission of providing higher education scholarships for youth from diamond producing countries.

Presentation of the Diamond Empowerment Fund 2014 Global Diamond Industry Achievement Award will be made to Botswana's President Ian Khama and the government  in recognition of their global leadership and contributions to democracy, sustainable economic development and the growth and expansion of the international diamond industry.  “On behalf of the Republic of Botswana, we are grateful for this global recognition by the Diamond Empowerment Fund,” said Tebelelo Seretse, the Ambassador of  Botswana to the United States.

Michael Barnes, the CEO of Signet, said, “We have been supporters of D.E.F. and its mission from its founding in 2007 and are honored to be a premier presenting sponsor. We look forward to joining others in honoring  President Ian Khama and the representatives from the government of the Republic of Botswana.”

Phyllis Bergman, the president of D.E.F’s board of directors, said, “We are thrilled to congratulate Signet as the first premier presenting sponsor for D.E.F on this occasion. We encourage other industry leaders to consider sponsorship opportunities of this important event which celebrates the ‘good diamonds do’.”

The D.E.F. was co-founded by Russell Simmons and leaders in the diamond industry in 2007. For more information on sponsorship opportunites at Diamonds In The Sky Las Vegas, please contact the executive director, Nancy Orem Lyman, at or visit

About Diamond Empowerment Fund
D.E.F. is a global non-profit organization based in New York City that raises money to fund education initiatives in diamond-producing nations. Beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university offering a four-year business degree; African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development, and the Botswana Top Achievers program that provides the top high school students the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide and then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic diversification and growth.

About Signet Jewelers Ltd.
Signet is the largest specialty jewelry retailer in the U.S. and U.K. Signet's U.S. division operates over 1,400 stores in all 50 states primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. Signet's U.K. division operates approximately 500 stores primarily under the name brands of H.Samuel and Ernest Jones. Further information on Signet is available at See also,, and

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