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Jennifer Lopez is back in the news, but it isn’t for her music or acting. She recently got engaged to former Batman actor, Ben Affleck, and the engagement ring became a center of attention for paparazzi and fans alike.

Some love it, and others think it’s an eyesore—especially compared to her first Harry Winston pink engagement band from the Argo director. But what does the jewel say about her relationship with Affleck?

Lopez’s new ring is an 8.5-carat emerald-hued masterpiece set in a platinum ring. The specimen’s estimated cost is somewhere in the neighborhood of five-to-ten million dollars. Sources say the gemstone came from Ilan Portugali of Beverly Hills.

Despite the controversial hue, apparently J-Lo couldn’t be happier. According to the “Jenny from the Block” singer, green is her lucky color, and bears special significance in her life.

People think about the Four Cs when talking about precious diamond stones. While underground, the rock lied in proximity to a natural source of radiation, and therefore gives Lopez’s engagement diamond a rare green hue.

The stone absorbed the radioactive bombardment, leading to an emerald transformation. People sometimes assume that a white stone is considered more precious, but clearly this green gem proves otherwise. 

When it comes to determining cut, clarity, color, and carat size, also known within the industry as “The 4 C’s”, human gemology inspectors rely solely on a microscope to grade and certify gemstone value.  In contrast, official jewelry stores turn to labs like Sarine Technologies.

Sarine is a publicly traded corporation (SGX: U77) that develops, produces, and sells technologies for the diamond industry. The company’s hardware and advanced artificial intelligence driven software is used to analyze over 100 million diamonds annually and subsequently upload their characteristics to the blockchain.  

Sarine’s high-tech laboratory enhanced scanners are used by jewelers globally for the purpose of producing reports and certification.  While the 4Cs primarily rank gems by their white clarity, the market has a very special appreciation for rare stones of fancy colors. 

John Wellen is the owner of Wellen Jewelers. He explained how the market operates in relation to quality and price. “You’ve probably heard the term ‘fancy’ in relation to gemstones.  A fancy ‘cut’ is any shape other than round. These are typically less expensive gemstones. Then you have fancy colors, of which blue, green, red, purple, pink and blue are the most sought-after.”

Mr. Wellen went on to explain pricing. “Unlike white diamonds which are at the top of the color scale, fancy diamonds can often be more expensive depending on their strength of their color”.

When choosing a fancy diamond, it is crucial to consider every characteristic of the gemstone such as the purity of the color, carat weight, and clarity.

Couples looking to get engaged will eventually have to go through the diamond shopping process, and therefore it’s a good idea they request a Sarine Diamond Report of their chosen gemstone before having it placed into a ring.  The Sarine certificate will ensure they are receiving the equivalent value for their money spent. 

Experts in the field of gemology agree Sarine’s high-tech technology far supersedes the abilities of human eyes under the best microscopes. 

Claire McKenzie is a gemologist at Forence, a company specializing in designing expensive jewelry. She claims, “The GIA 4Cs are the industry standard, but you wouldn’t want humans issuing certifications.”  Claire explains, “Labs are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable. Digital analysis is a game-changer in our field, and every piece that passes through our labs undergoes deep scanning performed by Sarine’s labs.”

J-Lo’s new treasure is not only a powerful statement about Affleck’s love and devotion, but it also symbolizes a special, personalized meaning to the singer.  Gemstone shoppers should always make their engagement gift extra special by attaching a meaning of endearment to it.

So, whether it’s a white or colored stone, getting the right engagement diamond for a fiancé should be carefully explored and considered.  More importantly, a certification of the gemstone from Sarine Technologies or an authorized jeweler using their hardware and advanced AI software should accompany diamond purchases to validate the 4C characteristics of the gem and its’ subsequent intrinsic value.

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Great Resignation

The world was forever changed in late 2019 when the Coronavirus made its appearance. Countries shut down. Streets were empty. Companies held as best they could or were forced to close their doors. Many would believe that such an event would lead to employees wanting to hold on to their jobs. Typically, large numbers of resignations signify a good economy and abundant availability of jobs allowing people to follow passions instead of necessity.

Post-COVID employee experience is much different.

For two years, and some a bit more, people were forced to spend time alone, realigning the importance of human interaction, well-being, and happiness. This drive for more personal fulfilment, satisfaction, and growth stemmed The Great Resignation.

No longer were employees basing staying with jobs out of need or comfortability. Now they look for work-homelife balance, greater satisfaction and better employee experiences, or they will leave. So how do companies face this? How do they increase employee retention and improve employee engagement?

The secret is in employee experience.

Holistic Employee Experience

There are, of course, no quick fixes for the Great Resignation, small wins can motivate and drive longer-term goals for your organization. The Great Resignation—and COVID by extension—taught many employees that life meant so much more. That the daily grind working in offices with long commutes, stress, lack of rest or relaxation, and the hustle of strenuous work weeks while normal was not conducive to happiness and mental well-being.

But this shift can be used as a blueprint for better employee experience!

Companies who work on being human-centric in ideals, strategies, and decision-making can improve greatly their chances of stemming mass exodus. Post-covid employee experience is now the new golden standard, and it looks at taking a more comprehensive and holistic view of experiences.

How can you be more holistic and how does it help?

  1. Think beyond probationary periods – Your employees are more important than the first 30, 60, or 90 days of employment, and yet many companies stop professional development and training after these dates. Normalize career growth, evaluations, employee 360 reports, and feedback loops to keep learning and advancement in the scope of your employees. While doing this, you’re also keeping your strategies and Key Performance Indicators—KPIs—fresh as you go.
  2. Communication is key – Talk to your employees about what they need, want, desire, and what their ambitions may be. Learn your people like you want them to learn your company. With transparent and open communication, you are engaging with your employees and creating an environment of consistency, openness, and inclusion—aspects employees’ desire.
  3. Employee-centric Corporate Culture – It may seem like the best idea is to center your company culture around the company’s values, vision, and strategies, but this is only half the battle. Integrating employee experience into the fabric of company culture ensures the company is as focused on their employees’ happiness as their own. It creates a bond to grow engagement, which has an effect on employee satisfaction and experience. As these rates increase, so to can employee retention numbers and customer experiences.
  4. Life and work-balance Erasure – Should your employees have to ask for more work-life balance? No, they shouldn’t. When built directly into work environments or expectations, it becomes something standard instead of something to be sought after. Examples of this could be:
    1. Flex hours
    1. Unlimited PTO
    1. Work-from-home or hybrid offerings
    1. Expanded benefits to include mental health and free resources
    1. Altered work hour schedules

Rise of Human Experience

Human Experience is a viewpoint that blends aspects of customer experience with employee experience, important in a post-COVID world. Instead of viewing them as separate entities entirely, companies can connect metrics and measurements of both to view a more comprehensive experience. Employees are customers—or potential ones—and as such, so too can customers become employees. With this view, it refocuses employee experiences in direct answer to the needs stemming The Great Resignation.

Ways you can use CX strategies within EX:

  1. Employee Journey Mapping – Like in customer experience, companies can work on mapping journeys for positions within the company overall, building in professional development and growth from the outset. They can then alter these journeys through personalization when an employee fills that role.
  2. Monitoring metrics – connect goals, milestones, and trajectories with metric directly linked to KPIs. Think employee net promoter score (eNPS), employee experience (EX), employee satisfaction (ESAT), and employee engagement (EE), for example, as they can correlate with operational success as well as customer success with your organization.
  3. View of employees – view your employees with the importance you view your customers. You cannot survive without either, and just as you court customer loyalty for more profitable relationships, so to can employee relations boost revenue, growth, and expansion.

Remote and Hybrid Work

One of the lasting effects of COVID was the desire to work from home or have the flexibility to. According to Gallup, nearly half of full-time working Americans—45%—are still working remotely.  White collar workers have even higher percentage, coming in at 70%. After the shutdown, many leaders were surprised to find employees still wanted to work remotely. The Pandemic exposed an internal need for conducive work environments and flexibility.

The office and all it entailed wasn’t as attractive as some leadership believed.

It was agile leadership who switched to maintaining remote or hybrid options who won out against competitors. Record job openings only further highlight how living is more important, and work can no longer be focused on only paying bills. Organizations who shift better with their employees retain talent better.

Remote work is not the only fix, but it does show how views of work’s place have vastly changed.

Act on Meaningful Feedback

Closing the loop between you and your employees is more important than ever before. Simply hearing them is not enough. Active, empathetic listening pair with actions on a consistent basis is the wining combination. Employees not only want to know they are heard but that their input is valued.

Regularly checking in with your employees, and not only attaching it to their performance, creates a culture of partnership.

Ways to gain meaningful feedback to inspire data-driven action:

  1. Employee 360 Review [LN1] [SP2] – not to be confused with an employee evaluation, the 360-degree review is a way for all employees to gain feedback from peers, subordinates, and managers to assist employee self-evaluation.
  2. Pulse checks – a powerful anonymous survey tool. Pulse checks are in between annual reviews and keep the feedback coming for HR initiatives, but it can also inform business strategies that are employee-focused as well.
  3. Surveys – From satisfaction to engagement, the best thing you can do is ask your employees. Working from assumptions can lead you down costly mistakes. By asking directly you can get their true opinions—think of using anonymity to influence candid responses.

Final Thoughts

The biggest takeaway from this is: employee experiences is an important part of operational success. The evolution of its importance and what it means cannot be discounted. Doing so can led to higher employee turnover rates and you won’t retain your best talent. As employee experience continues to change, the forward-thinking companies with innovative leadership will make it to the top.


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