By Ashley Davis
Syra Boutique is a burgeoning Thai design brand that National Jeweler saw this month at the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair.
New York—A new mineral species named for a GIA researcher, Peter Smith’s exercise in failure in order to succeed and new jewelry design talent spotted in Bangkok were among last week’s headlines.

1. Squirrel Spotting: To Make Change, You Must Do the Damn Work
Sit down with your team and outline what’s needed to succeed while being honest about potential pitfalls, Peter Smith writes.

2. 8 Things to Know About That Next Generation … Z
They want to change the world, live authentically and celebrate diversity.

3. Meet Thailand’s Freshest ‘New Face’ of Jewelry
Syra Boutique is a passion project from a young designer that was on display at the recently-concluded Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair.

4. This $2M Yellow Diamond Is Shrouded in Black
An artist made one of LJ West’s stones “disappear” to make statements on contrast, value and the monopolization of materials in the art world.

5. Meet the New Member of the Beryl Family, Johnkoivulaite
The new mineral species has been named in honor of renowned microscopist and researcher John Koivula.

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