We offer a huge thank you to our sponsors for the Crazy About Color reception in Las Vegas.
Nilesh Sheth, president of Nice Diamond, donated a 0.54 carat natural color brown diamond valued at $2,000 for the champagne toast.
The winner of the champagne diamond toast was Kanae Fukuhara. She is in the process of creating her first line of jewelry and the diamond she won will be part of that new line. The piece she designs will then be donated to the NCDIA.
Thank you to all of our reception sponsors:
Nice Diamond – Premier Sponsor
Brinks Global Services
Julius Klein Group
Kanae is a native born Japanese from Osaka, Japan. She has many accomplishments including working on a team with Panasonic Corp. marketing and training for the Technics musical instrument division. Kanae was on a team that traveled worldwide organizing world music festivals for Technics. She also demonstrated and instructed piano and other keyboard instruments and electric organ. She is an accomplished pianist. Kanae also directed the design and production for Technics and Panasonic catalogs.
In 2007 Kanae began to pursue stone sculpture and began attending a sculpture symposium in Marble, Colorado each summer. Kanae attended 8 consecutive symposium sculpting marble on the old Marble mill site. This high mountain mill is where most of the marble for the Lincoln Memorial was quarried and milled. It is now abandoned for almost 100 years. Madeline Weiner, a highly regarded Colorado marble sculptor organized a symposium in the mountains almost 30 years ago. This symposium now has over 50 attendees at most sessions, all sculpting, learning, teaching, and camping out together at 8000 feet altitude.
In 2014 Greg Neeley attended his first symposium at Marble. There Kanae and Greg met. They began to communicate via Skype and email and developed a very close, loving relationship. In 2015 they moved to Austin Texas where they were married. The couple has side by side studios in south, downtown Austin where we both design jewelry and sculpt. Kanae is presently in the process of creating her first line of jewelry and the diamond she won will be part of that new line. It will then be donated to the NCDIA.