Events & Awards

IGI Names Yates & Co. As Its ‘Jeweler On A Mission’ Grant Winner

Events & AwardsDec 02, 2021

IGI Names Yates & Co. As Its ‘Jeweler On A Mission’ Grant Winner

The Modesto, California retailer will receive $5,000 in credits to work toward carbon neutrality.

The International Gemological Institute has announced that California retailer Yates & Co. is its “Jewelers On A Mission” campaign grant winner.
New York—The International Gemological Institute has announced the winner of its $5,000 grant in sustainability.

Jewelers On A Mission is IGI’s continuing campaign dedicated to highlighting leaders in the sustainability movement and sharing actions the trade can take along the supply chain.

Part of the campaign is a $5,000 grant, the winner of which is California retailer Yates & Co. Jewelers.

The company will be mentored by IGI and work with SCS Global Services, which does third-party certification of environmental and sustainability claims, to offset its carbon emissions.

The company will start with an evaluation of greenhouse gas output.

“Utilizing ethically sourced materials for our fine jewelry has always been top priority and continues to be, but we are ready to do more,” said Yates & Co. Manager Ashton Yates-Woolley.

“With the help of IGI and SCS, we will transform our operations, furthering our environmental stewardship.”

IGI’s United States division is also aiming to become carbon neutral itself. Once it achieves carbon-neutral status, it will be the first gemological laboratory to do so.

“We are thrilled by the passionate responses from jewelers seeking to advance their environmental efforts,” said IGI North America President Avi Levy.

“We recognize that taking on carbon neutrality and other best practices may be challenging to implement. As a leader, we are determined to take what we have learned and empower others to take action where they can.”

For more information about Jewelers On A Mission, visit

 Related stories will be right here … 
Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

The Latest

CollectionsJan 21, 2022
Piece of the Week: Emily P. Wheeler’s Heart Necklace

It’s a whimsical update to a classic riviere.

SourcingJan 21, 2022
Stephen Lussier to Retire After 37 Years With De Beers

Tiffany executive Mark Jacheet will succeed Lussier, who officially steps down in April.

Recorded WebinarsJan 21, 2022
Watch: What the Industry Can Expect for Tucson 2022

National Jeweler chats with three colored stone dealers on recent buying activity and what that could mean for the upcoming gem shows.

Brought to you by
Melee the Show Launches Tucson Event, Returns to New York in 2022

The boutique tradeshow, happening first in Tucson then New York City, brings together upscale designers from around the world.

SourcingJan 21, 2022
HK Designs Named ‘Great Place to Work’

The Indian jewelry manufacturer joins Signet Jewelers, Target, and other companies who earned the certification.

Weekly QuizJan 21, 2022
This Week’s Quiz
Test your knowledge of the latest jewelry news with this quick test.
Take the Quiz
FinancialsJan 20, 2022
Signet Raises Guidance After Strong Holiday Sales

The jewelry giant’s holiday season revenue was up 30 percent year-over-year.

SourcingJan 20, 2022
Tara Pearls Is Ready to Unveil Its ‘Most Significant Acquisition’

With a retail price tag of $1 million, the special pearl will be unveiled at the upcoming Centurion show.

Brought to you by
Rare & Forever Can Help You Tell A New Story At The Counter And Close More Sales!

A.I. technology is revolutionizing the jewelry business through more accurate and consistent diamond grading.

MajorsJan 20, 2022
Robbins Brothers Eyeing Expansion, Adds New VP of Stores

CEO Marc Friedant discusses what’s next for the jewelry chain following management’s move to buy it back from a private equity firm.