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  • Beautiful New Designs

    Stonechat Jewellers
    Ann Chapman
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    While we love the original ‘Lika design’, a stunning, minimalist ring that shows off any gemstone beautifully, we asked Michael to go bigger.  The result is magnificent!  A bold ring with a single emerald cut gemstone – pictured here in 18ct rose gold with a morganite. Now for the best bit… Michael himself will be […]The post Beautiful New Designs appeared first on Stonechat Jewellers.
  • Mixed media and recycled jewelry tutorials

    Beading Arts
    Cyndi L
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Time to Run...both mixed media AND recycled materials!This is probably the biggest and most inclusive category of posts that I have to share with you.  You will find that there is some overlap between this list of mixed media and recycled jewelry and some of the tutorials that have been assigned to other categories.  Well of course...it's unavoidable!  If a project uses found objects and bead embroidery, it will inevitably show up on both the mixed media list and the seed bead list.  There's a lot to share with you, so let's get started:Mixed media earringsChristmas…
  • Titanium Feathers.

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    hansmeevis
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I wanted to experiment with making titanium feathers for my new project called Nest. At first I thought of making them out of silver or copper but the problem is that whether you like it or not, they will always tarnish. So I decided titanium, also because I like the blue that can be made […]
  • Frustrated with Jewelry Show Sales

    Jewelry Making Journal
    Alicia Rivera
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    by Jody Lanham. I make jewelry too (surprise?) and I sell it (usually) at art festivals/craft shows and at some […]
  • PGI's Platinum Innovation Awards in their 5th Year! Submissions Due April 10th

    The Daily Jewel
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    PGI IS HAVING AN ANNIVERSARY!PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL USA ANNOUNCES THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PLATINUM INNOVATION AWARDS SUBMISSIONS DUE APRIL 10thSince its inception in 2010, the Platinum Innovation Awards have served to spark inspiration and excitement amongst the jewelry trade and to increase the passion for platinum design. Platinum Guild International (PGI USA) in conjunction with JCK Las Vegas is pleased to continue the momentum on the fifth anniversary of the competition and announce a call for entries for the JCK 2014 Platinum Innovation Awards. The Awards will be…
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  • CIBJO's Diamond Special Report focuses on synthetics...

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    CIBJO's Diamond Special Report focuses on synthetics,announces conference to examine challenge they pose industry  MILAN, ITALY: April 9, 2014 - With fewer than six weeks to go to the opening of the 2014 CIBJO Congress in Moscow , the third of the CIBJO commissions' Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Diamond Commission, headed by Udi Sheintal, the report focuses on the challenge posed by the influx of synthetic diamonds into the pipeline, and announces that on the first afternoon of the congress, on Monday, May 19, a special conference will be held to examine…
  • Busy, Happy Buyers and Sellers ay IDE's U.S. and International Diamond Week

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    US & International Diamond Week: Industry leaders praise IDE's branding efforts"There are 401 buyers on the floor!" This announcement came through the public announcement system at noontime on the third day of the U.S. and International Diamond Week in Israel, throughout the four buildings of the Israel Diamond Exchange  (IDE) complex in Ramat Gan.  Traffic on the IDE trading floor was very dense and every table  sellers and buyers were hard at work.   "It is a fantastic event, and I usually refrain from speaking in superlatives," IDE president Shmuel…
  • U.S. Antique Shows - Spring Pier Antique Show - March 29 - 30, 2014

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    U.S. Antique Shows - Spring Pier Antique ShowThe Show Will Be Hosted at Pier 94, March 29-30, 2014U.S. Antique Shows announced today that the internationally famed and ever popular Pier Antique Show will once again return to Pier 94 on March 29-30, 2014. Recognized as New York City’s largest antique event, the show will feature more than 400 exhibitors of quality antique furniture, jewelry, decorative and fine arts.“Our exhibitors are really excited to bring a wide range of merchandise back to Pier 94 for our March show,” says Fair Development Director Andrea Canady. “We also have…
  • PGI's Platinum Innovation Awards in their 5th Year! Submissions Due April 10th

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    PGI IS HAVING AN ANNIVERSARY!PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL USA ANNOUNCES THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PLATINUM INNOVATION AWARDS SUBMISSIONS DUE APRIL 10thSince its inception in 2010, the Platinum Innovation Awards have served to spark inspiration and excitement amongst the jewelry trade and to increase the passion for platinum design. Platinum Guild International (PGI USA) in conjunction with JCK Las Vegas is pleased to continue the momentum on the fifth anniversary of the competition and announce a call for entries for the JCK 2014 Platinum Innovation Awards. The Awards will be…
  • Sotheby's Hong Kong Unveils the World's Greatest Jadeite Bead Necklace - Wedding Present to Barbara Hutton from Her Father

    8 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
    SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG UNVEILSTHE WORLD’S GREATEST JADEITE BEAD NECKLACEThe Hutton-Mdivani Necklace– With Qing Jadeite Beads reputedly from the Imperial Court –Is Expected to Fetch in Excess of HK$100 million / US$12.8 millionGIVEN TO HEIRESS BARBARA HUTTON BY HER FATHER,ON THE OCCASION OF HER WEDDING TO PRINCE MDIVANISotheby’s Hong Kong is honoured to present The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace, the Greatest Jadeite Bead Necklace of Historical Importance (Expected to fetch in excess of HK$100 million / US$12.8 million*at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale to take…
 
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  • Not necessarily new news

    Michelle Graff
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    I would like to clear up any confusion about a not-really-breaking news story that seems to have gotten new life lately following an article by The New York Times and the almighty online news machine, where stories get picked up and re-posted ad nauseam. On March 28, the Times ran a story online titled “Women Charge Bias and Harassment in Suit Against Sterling Jewelers,” about a lawsuit filed against Sterling Jewelers by 12 former female employees accusing the Kay and Jared owner of gender discrimination in pay and promotion. (A print version of the story ran on page B1 of the paper’s…
  • Scotches & Watches with Circa

    Hannah Connorton
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Last week I attended Circa’s “Scotches & Watches” event, which gave attendees a glimpse of what both a great scotch and watch collection look like, from entry-level purchases to the top-of-the-line product. The event took place at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC, which sits above the main concourse of the historical and bustling Grand Central Terminal. Scotches are lined up next to their corresponding watches at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC in Grand Central Terminal. Each watch was paired with a scotch of the same caliber, collection-wise. While I’m not one for…
  • Turning the bad into the beautiful

    Brecken Branstrator
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Having a Google alert set for the general term “jewelry” can turn up a lot of results. While not always relevant, it’s good to at least sift through the alerts to make sure we’re not missing any important news stories, and it can be a great resource for interesting tidbits you wouldn’t otherwise find. Not too long ago, one of my alerts turned me on to a really interesting story about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his project to eliminate smog with a new device he’s creating. Roosegaarde and his team of experts at the Studio Roosegaarde, which has locations in the Netherlands…
  • Four thoughts from Basel

    Michelle Graff
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    It’s been a long couple of weeks. I am exhausted from Basel and still in the midst of my not-very-well-thought-out decision to give up alcohol for Lent. What I wouldn’t give for a beer at dinner tonight or even right now; but I digress. This year marked my fourth trip to Basel and so I give you four thoughts on the experience. 1. My personal thoughts on smartwatches. As I arrived at the show last Wednesday, my inbox was flooded with Google alerts linking to stories quoting various Swatch Group executives on the topic of smartwatches. I didn’t see many smartwatches at the show, to be…
  • Is your website living in the 90s?

    Hannah Connorton
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Business Insider posted a slideshow online earlier this month that showed the websites of major companies in 1990s as compared with their domains today. The differences were staggering, to say the least. The 90s versions of the websites–which include McDonald’s, Home Depot and Coca Cola–are primitive, usually single-page sites with one image, blocks of text and little information. But the simplicity of these websites was appropriate at that time, which was more or less the dawn of the World Wide Web. Like Business Insider noted, the sites were built before developers and the…
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  • Court Delivers Blow to Conflict Minerals Rule

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    On April 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule, arguing that compelling a company to declare its minerals conflict-free violates the First Amendment.  On April 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a blow to the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, arguing that compelling a company to declare their minerals conflict-free violates the First Amendment. JCK Staff read more
  • Win Perks by Taking Jewelers of America’s Annual Survey

    lsachon
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Once again, it’s time for the Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business survey for retail jewelers.Results of the confidential survey will be compiled into the 2014 Jewelers of America’s Cost of Doing Business Report.   Once again, it’s time for the Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business survey for retail jewelers. JCK Staff read more
  • Rolex Appoints New CEO

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Rolex S.A. has appointed Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years.The appointment will take place on a “date to be determined,” according to a terse statement from the company’s Geneva headquarters, “in agreement with the company’s standing CEO, Gian Riccardo Marini.”  Rolex S.A. has appointed Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years. JCK Staff read more
  • Michael Bogosian, Michael B. Founder, Dies

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Michael Bogosian, the Armenian designer behind the Michael B. brand, died on April 8 at age 64.  Michael Bogosian, the Turkish designer behind the Michael B. brand, died on April 8 at age 64. JCK Staff read more
  • Christie’s to Auction World’s Largest Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue

    rbates
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    At its May 14 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva, Christie’s will auction the Blue, a 13.22 ct. pear shape it calls the largest flawless fancy vivid blue gem in the worldIt carries a $21 million–$25 million estimate. It is also the largest fancy vivid blue diamond to ever appear at auction, Christie’s says. At its May 14 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva, Christie’s will auction “The Blue,” a 13.22 ct. pear shape it calls the largest flawless fancy vivid blue gem in the world. JCK Staff read more
 
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  • Titanium Feathers.

    hansmeevis
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I wanted to experiment with making titanium feathers for my new project called Nest. At first I thought of making them out of silver or copper but the problem is that whether you like it or not, they will always tarnish. So I decided titanium, also because I like the blue that can be made […]
  • CIBJO’s Diamond Special Report focuses on synthetics…

    Robyn Hawk
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    CIBJO's Diamond Special Report focuses on synthetics,announces conference to examine challenge they pose industry  MILAN, ITALY: April 9, 2014 - With fewer than six weeks to go to the opening of the 2014 CIBJO Congress in Moscow , the third o...
  • Busy, Happy Buyers and Sellers ay IDE’s U.S. and International Diamond Week

    Robyn Hawk
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    US & International Diamond Week: Industry leaders praise IDE's branding efforts"There are 401 buyers on the floor!" This announcement came through the public announcement system at noontime on the third day of the U.S. and International D...
  • #TucsonGemShow – Jeffrey Bergman Brings a Rare Treat To Tucson, Burmese Trapiche Sapphire

    Robyn Hawk
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Jeffrey Bergman has been collecting trapiche sapphires for over a decade and has assembled the largest collection known, rivaling the quality of pieces in the finest museum collections.While the vast majority of trapiche sapphires are either opaque blackish blue with gray spokes or translucent dark gray on light gray, very occasionally, he would acquire a translucent gemmy vivid blue on snow white trapiche sapphire.  The collection  on display at the Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX) in Tucson this year was made up of  is comprised of several dozen of the…
  • #OCBS Orange County Bead Society Presents Their 20th Annual Art of Adorning

    Robyn Hawk
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    This year marks the 20th Annual Art of Adorning It’s a huge sale in the outdoor courtyard, all day long, and its free to browse. The proceeds help support the Bowers, as the Bead Society of OC is an affiliate council of the Bowers. Details are below, help us spread the word about this event.
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  • Court Delivers Blow to Conflict Minerals Rule

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    On April 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule, arguing that compelling a company to declare its minerals conflict-free violates the First Amendment.  On April 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a blow to the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, arguing that compelling a company to declare their minerals conflict-free violates the First Amendment. JCK Staff read more
  • Win Perks by Taking Jewelers of America’s Annual Survey

    lsachon
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Once again, it’s time for the Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business survey for retail jewelers.Results of the confidential survey will be compiled into the 2014 Jewelers of America’s Cost of Doing Business Report.   Once again, it’s time for the Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business survey for retail jewelers. JCK Staff read more
  • Rolex Appoints New CEO

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Rolex S.A. has appointed Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years.The appointment will take place on a “date to be determined,” according to a terse statement from the company’s Geneva headquarters, “in agreement with the company’s standing CEO, Gian Riccardo Marini.”  Rolex S.A. has appointed Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years. JCK Staff read more
  • Michael Bogosian, Michael B. Founder, Dies

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Michael Bogosian, the Armenian designer behind the Michael B. brand, died on April 8 at age 64.  Michael Bogosian, the Turkish designer behind the Michael B. brand, died on April 8 at age 64. JCK Staff read more
  • Christie’s to Auction World’s Largest Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue

    rbates
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    At its May 14 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva, Christie’s will auction the Blue, a 13.22 ct. pear shape it calls the largest flawless fancy vivid blue gem in the worldIt carries a $21 million–$25 million estimate. It is also the largest fancy vivid blue diamond to ever appear at auction, Christie’s says. At its May 14 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva, Christie’s will auction “The Blue,” a 13.22 ct. pear shape it calls the largest flawless fancy vivid blue gem in the world. JCK Staff read more
 
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  • Britt’s Pick: Rina Limor’s Carved Amethyst Earrings

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about Radiant Orchid. Pantone historically seems to have the magic touch—from Tangerine Tango to Emerald, its announcement of Color of the Year results in an abundance of that hue, from clothing to housewares to jewelry (see its colorful history here). It was likely Emerald in particular, given its name and our industry’s ownership of the precious stone, that made us eager to embrace the Color of the Year in such an overwhelming way. Green was everywhere on the runways...
  • Color Report 4 of 10: 5 Jewels to Color-Block With Pantone’s Radiant Orchid

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Pantone Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report serves as an overview of designers’ color choices in new clothing collections. The colors are important for jewelers to know so they can help customers successfully color-block accessories. Here are five ways to color-block with Pantone’s Radiant Orchid.PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant OrchidImage courtesy of PantoneRadiant Orchid “reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive...
  • How to Spend Your Tax Refund: 3 Diamond-Studded Options From Jacob & Co.

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tax day either inspires tears of joy or sadness among Americans, depending on amounts owed or anticipated to receive. With wishful thoughts in mind for readers, here’s hoping your wallets will be flush with cash—perhaps enough to spring for one of these diamond-studded one-of-a-kinds from New York City–based Jacob & Co. All are price on request.Bolero in karat gold with diamondsSpider motif ring-to-wrist piece in karat gold with diamonds and a South Sea pearlUpper-arm bracelet in karat gold...
  • Collector Culture: Bruce Meyer on Cars, Watches, and Buying What You Like

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Last Wednesday, less than 24 hours after arriving home in Los Angeles from two solid weeks of business travel, I found myself back on the party circuit at an event hosted by Geary’s (Beverly Hills’ preeminent independent retailer) and Tudor Watch to celebrate the latter’s United SportsCar Championship, held in Long Beach, Calif., this past weekend.I had contemplated flaking out on the cocktail party (so many soirees, so little time!), but I’m so glad that I didn’t. The venue, a private garage...
  • Live From PeruModa 2014: Jewelry Worn on the Runway

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yesterday afternoon at the fair, several PeruModa jewelry exhibitors participated in a runway show where the jewelry (not clothes) took the spotlight. Below are my best snaps from the affair.Almost all the models in the Línea Nuova show wore wild, futuristic-looking belts paired with oversize necklaces. Huge neck pieces like this one from Línea Nuova reminded us what the runway shows are for: fantasy, fun, and unbridled artistic expression. Sissai’s tribal-inspired styles were bold but...
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  • Britt’s Pick: Rina Limor’s Carved Amethyst Earrings

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about Radiant Orchid. Pantone historically seems to have the magic touch—from Tangerine Tango to Emerald, its announcement of Color of the Year results in an abundance of that hue, from clothing to housewares to jewelry (see its colorful history here). It was likely Emerald in particular, given its name and our industry’s ownership of the precious stone, that made us eager to embrace the Color of the Year in such an overwhelming way. Green was everywhere on the runways...
  • Color Report 4 of 10: 5 Jewels to Color-Block With Pantone’s Radiant Orchid

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Pantone Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report serves as an overview of designers’ color choices in new clothing collections. The colors are important for jewelers to know so they can help customers successfully color-block accessories. Here are five ways to color-block with Pantone’s Radiant Orchid.PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant OrchidImage courtesy of PantoneRadiant Orchid “reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive...
  • How to Spend Your Tax Refund: 3 Diamond-Studded Options From Jacob & Co.

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tax day either inspires tears of joy or sadness among Americans, depending on amounts owed or anticipated to receive. With wishful thoughts in mind for readers, here’s hoping your wallets will be flush with cash—perhaps enough to spring for one of these diamond-studded one-of-a-kinds from New York City–based Jacob & Co. All are price on request.Bolero in karat gold with diamondsSpider motif ring-to-wrist piece in karat gold with diamonds and a South Sea pearlUpper-arm bracelet in karat gold...
  • Collector Culture: Bruce Meyer on Cars, Watches, and Buying What You Like

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Last Wednesday, less than 24 hours after arriving home in Los Angeles from two solid weeks of business travel, I found myself back on the party circuit at an event hosted by Geary’s (Beverly Hills’ preeminent independent retailer) and Tudor Watch to celebrate the latter’s United SportsCar Championship, held in Long Beach, Calif., this past weekend.I had contemplated flaking out on the cocktail party (so many soirees, so little time!), but I’m so glad that I didn’t. The venue, a private garage...
  • Live From PeruModa 2014: Jewelry Worn on the Runway

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yesterday afternoon at the fair, several PeruModa jewelry exhibitors participated in a runway show where the jewelry (not clothes) took the spotlight. Below are my best snaps from the affair.Almost all the models in the Línea Nuova show wore wild, futuristic-looking belts paired with oversize necklaces. Huge neck pieces like this one from Línea Nuova reminded us what the runway shows are for: fantasy, fun, and unbridled artistic expression. Sissai’s tribal-inspired styles were bold but...
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  • Court Delivers Blow to Conflict Minerals Rule

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    On April 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule, arguing that compelling a company to declare its minerals conflict-free violates the First Amendment.  On April 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a blow to the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, arguing that compelling a company to declare their minerals conflict-free violates the First Amendment. JCK Staff read more
  • Win Perks by Taking Jewelers of America’s Annual Survey

    lsachon
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Once again, it’s time for the Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business survey for retail jewelers.Results of the confidential survey will be compiled into the 2014 Jewelers of America’s Cost of Doing Business Report.   Once again, it’s time for the Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business survey for retail jewelers. JCK Staff read more
  • Rolex Appoints New CEO

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Rolex S.A. has appointed Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years.The appointment will take place on a “date to be determined,” according to a terse statement from the company’s Geneva headquarters, “in agreement with the company’s standing CEO, Gian Riccardo Marini.”  Rolex S.A. has appointed Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of LVMH brand Zenith, as its third CEO in the last six years. JCK Staff read more
  • Michael Bogosian, Michael B. Founder, Dies

    rbates
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Michael Bogosian, the Armenian designer behind the Michael B. brand, died on April 8 at age 64.  Michael Bogosian, the Turkish designer behind the Michael B. brand, died on April 8 at age 64. JCK Staff read more
  • Christie’s to Auction World’s Largest Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue

    rbates
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    At its May 14 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva, Christie’s will auction the Blue, a 13.22 ct. pear shape it calls the largest flawless fancy vivid blue gem in the worldIt carries a $21 million–$25 million estimate. It is also the largest fancy vivid blue diamond to ever appear at auction, Christie’s says. At its May 14 Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva, Christie’s will auction “The Blue,” a 13.22 ct. pear shape it calls the largest flawless fancy vivid blue gem in the world. JCK Staff read more
 
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  • Cold Connection: Easy Riveted Pendant (Tutorial)

    Rena Klingenberg
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial, we’ll use an eyelet rivet (a rivet with a hole) to fasten two pieces […]
  • Coloring Metal with Alcohol Ink (Tutorial)

    Rena Klingenberg
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    by Rena Klingenberg. We’re going to use two different techniques to color metal with alcohol ink. In Part 1 of […]
  • Frustrated with Jewelry Show Sales

    Alicia Rivera
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    by Jody Lanham. I make jewelry too (surprise?) and I sell it (usually) at art festivals/craft shows and at some […]
  • Colorful Boho Necklaces

    Alicia Rivera
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    by Hande. (Istanbul) Summer is coming and I started to create colorful jewelry already! This boho necklace is only one […]
  • Marcia’s Dangerous Curves

    Alicia Rivera
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    by Marcia Dooly. (Summer Haven, Florida USA) This design (Dangerous Curves) was fun to make. My Irish husband noticed it […]
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  • #TucsonGemShow - Jeffrey Bergman Brings a Rare Treat To Tucson, Burmese Trapiche Sapphire

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Jeffrey Bergman has been collecting trapiche sapphires for over a decade and has assembled the largest collection known, rivaling the quality of pieces in the finest museum collections.While the vast majority of trapiche sapphires are either opaque blackish blue with gray spokes or translucent dark gray on light gray, very occasionally, he would acquire a translucent gemmy vivid blue on snow white trapiche sapphire.  The collection  on display at the Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX) in Tucson this year was made up of  is comprised of several dozen of the…
  • #TucsonGemShow #AGTA - The Tanzanite Foundation Presents The Maasai Ladies Project

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #AGTA - The Tanzanite Foundation Presents The Maasai Ladies ProjectIn the Hall as you enter the AGTA GemFair is what I refer to as the Hall of Learning, Support and Publications...one of the agencies represented is the Tanzanite Foundation.  This year they had a great display of tumbled Tanzanite nugget jewelry that was hand crafted by the local Masai women...a new project to provide a steady income stream for the women and their families.A little bit about the ladies from their website...In the village of Nasinyai - just outside the tanzanite mining area - a…
  • #JCKTucson #TucsonGemShow - JCK Conquers Tucson - The Luxury Floor!

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    One amazing gem after the other - and I am VERY happy to report, lots of COLOR!  A HUGE Trend that I hope to see more of going forward was Cabochon gems...but the slices and rose cuts don't appear to be slowing down at all!The ornate and colorful Bollywood style seems to be holding on for another season and, Desi Girl that I am (in my dreams), I couldn't be happier!Opals of every color and size, traditional gems from new locales and mosaic diamonds are all fun newer trends...BA Gold - Booth 114BA Gold - Booth 114 Aspery & Guldag - Booth 327 http://www.aspery.com/Aspery…
  • #TucsonGemShow - Master Cutter and a "Prospector" on the Weather Channel Display Record Topaz in Tucson

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    One of TV's "Prospectors", Richard Fretterd, Shows Record Topaz in Tucsonby Christine FordA Woodland Park prospector and a Sedona gemologist set the gem and mineral world to talking at the recent Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Richard Fretterd displayed some of his rare apricot-peach colored topaz crystal specimens from his "Angus Dei Tribute Pocket". The biggest one, cut and faceted without computer assistance by gemologist Stephen Kotlowski of Sedona, is the largest faceted topaz from Colorado by 3 times. The finished stone, called "The Agnus Dei Tribute Topaz", weighs 1,345.15…
  • #TucsonGemShow - JTV Talks Tucson Finds - The Rare & The Beautiful

    11 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Jewelry Television Announces Key Finds from the Tucson Gem, Fossil & Mineral ShowJTV showcases upcoming trends from 'Rock Center'Jewelry Television (JTV) announced key trends and product acquisitions made recently at the largest gemstone event in the world, the Tucson Gem, Fossil & Jewelry Show in Arizona. As one of the largest retailers of gemstones in the world, JTV scours the show each year searching for new gemstone materials and unique stones to bring back to eager collectors.Key gemstone buys included: Sphalerite – this gem has four times the light dispersion of…
 
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  • Finding Time for Your Jewelry

    Rena Klingenberg
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    With everything else going on in our lives, it’s easy for jewelry time to be postponed to another day. If […]
  • When a Customer Criticizes Your Handmade Jewelry

    Rena Klingenberg
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Most jewelry customers are supportive of what we do (and sometimes they purchase our jewelry too)! Of course, not everyone […]
  • Pantone 2014 Fall Colors

    Rena Klingenberg
    6 Feb 2014 | 9:53 am
    Pantone has just released its 2014 Fall Colors (shown below). I created this image using the official colors in their […]
  • How Do You String Your Beads?

    Rena Klingenberg
    27 Jan 2014 | 3:23 pm
    When you make a bead bracelet or necklace, what direction do you go as you string your beads? On bracelets, […]
  • Using Contrast in Jewelry Designs

    Rena Klingenberg
    13 Jan 2014 | 12:28 pm
    After stringing the beads for this sunny multi-strand choker, I realized they needed some kind of contrasting element. So I […]
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  • MTV Movie Awards: Jewelry, Fashion, & Beauty Trends

    Lanya Trypupenko
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The MTV Movie Awards took place just this past weekend. Didn't have time to watch? No worries! We're here to bring you photos and conversation about the awards red-carpet trends. As usual, we scoured the carpet for the brightest and biggest jewels, but we're also fashion and beauty fiends. Here are three jewelry, fashion, and beauty trends we spotted.Rihanna at the MTV Music AwardsEarring Bling: Dig out your dangly earrings! This year earrings were plentiful at the MTV Movie Awards. Jessica Alba rocked a pair of long black earrings and a second pair of cross earrings from Graziela Gems. If…
  • $33 Million Faberge Egg Found!

    Lanya Trypupenko
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A Midwest metal dealer purchased a rare gold Faberge egg worth $33 million at an antiques mart. Yes you read that right - the egg is worth $33 million. It gets even better, the metal dealer meant to melt down the egg for scrap!$33 Mil Faberge Egg, Photo Credit: www.nydailynews.comLuckily, he googled the words "egg" and "Vacheron Constantin," and found an article on surviving Faberge eggs that quoted Kieran McCarthy, Director of London antique dealer Wartski, and showed a photo of his egg. Google knows all!McCarthy commented, "[The egg] contained a Vacheron Constantin watch, so [the metal…
  • Kate Middleton Requests Special Jewelry From New Zealand Jewelers

    Lanya Trypupenko
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Baby George are officially on tour in New Zealand, and the Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing as usual, just stepping off the plane in a double-breasted red military-style coat by Catherine Walker. We don't know about you, but post-flight we're lucky to look even remotely stylish in our yoga pants, hoodie, and sneaks.Kate, William, and George arriving in NZ, Photo Credit: www.dailymail.co.ukWe all know that Kate had her choice of any of the Queen's jewels for the tour (lucky!), but in true Kate-style, she showed some local love to New Zealand jewelers Tory…
  • American Country Music Awards Best Dressed

    Lanya Trypupenko
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The Academy Country Music Awards (ACMA's) took place this past weekend and guess who was watching - that's right, we were! Even if country music isn't really your thing (don't knock it until you try it!), you have to admit that the ACMA's are always fun to watch. Who doesn't love checking out the latest red carpet looks and trends? We chose our top three favorite best-dressed (jewelry is what really wins us over) and threw in a worst-dressed just for good measure.Taylor Swift, Photo Credit: www.justjared.comTaylor Swift, Photo Credit: www.justjared.comBest-dressed: The pretty and…
  • April is Diamond Month: Celebrate With Every Girl's Best Friend

    Lanya Trypupenko
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Diamond jewelry is the perfect way to beat the winter-blues. The weekend is over, it's a gloomy Tuesday – we know all too well how you feel, but let’s see if we can look on the bright side of things. Today is April 1st (Diamondmonth!), which means beach-weather is just around the corner (well in two months, but who’s counting?).Imagine yourself here! Photo Credit: www.wallpick.comYou know what always cheers us up? That’s right – diamonds, bright and shiny diamonds. They certainly are a girl’s best friend.We’ve selected a few of our favorites from our Shades of Diamond…
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  • NGI Plans a Second Northwest Jewelry Conference in August

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Press Release: The history, science and artistry of fine jewelry will be highlighted at the second annual Northwest Jewelry Conference , August 15 to 17, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington.
  • GIA Exhibit Brings to Life Iconic Gem Photographs

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    "The Beauty of Science: Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80 Years, Featuring the Artistry of , offers visitors a unique opportunity to see stunning pieces of historic and gemological significance side-by-side with their iconic photos.
  • Wishing Stone moving into old Fabric of Life store location

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Edmonds jewelry, rock, fossil and mineral shop, previously at 317 Main St., is relocating to the former Fabric of Life store at 523 Main Street.
  • Visionaries

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Bill Boyajian, former president of the Gemological Institute of America , recalls an event at which three of the institute's most notable luminaries -Richard T. Liddicoat, G. Robert Crowningshield and Bert Krashes - were present.
  • Highway to GIA

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Building a career is a long and winding road that can sometimes take an unexpected turn that catapults one in directions that hadn't ever been considered.
 
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  • Color Report 4 of 10: 5 Jewels to Color-Block With Pantone’s Radiant Orchid

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Pantone Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report serves as an overview of designers’ color choices in new clothing collections. The colors are important for jewelers to know so they can help customers successfully color-block accessories. Here are five ways to color-block with Pantone’s Radiant Orchid.PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant OrchidImage courtesy of PantoneRadiant Orchid “reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive...
  • How to Spend Your Tax Refund: 3 Diamond-Studded Options From Jacob & Co.

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tax day either inspires tears of joy or sadness among Americans, depending on amounts owed or anticipated to receive. With wishful thoughts in mind for readers, here’s hoping your wallets will be flush with cash—perhaps enough to spring for one of these diamond-studded one-of-a-kinds from New York City–based Jacob & Co. All are price on request.Bolero in karat gold with diamondsSpider motif ring-to-wrist piece in karat gold with diamonds and a South Sea pearlUpper-arm bracelet in karat gold...
  • Live From PeruModa 2014: Jewelry Worn on the Runway

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yesterday afternoon at the fair, several PeruModa jewelry exhibitors participated in a runway show where the jewelry (not clothes) took the spotlight. Below are my best snaps from the affair.Almost all the models in the Línea Nuova show wore wild, futuristic-looking belts paired with oversize necklaces. Huge neck pieces like this one from Línea Nuova reminded us what the runway shows are for: fantasy, fun, and unbridled artistic expression. Sissai’s tribal-inspired styles were bold but...
  • Live From PeruModa 2014: More New Silver Jewelry From the Fair

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    On day two of the PeruModa lifestyle fair, I encountered more variety of silver styles—from inlay to bold and modern to antique inspired. Here are three more firms and some of their offerings.SissaiHeadquarters: Lima, PeruCompany age: 3 yearsU.S. accounts: 3 stores, including 1 in Los AngelesTrade fairs: PeruModa and a show in CopenhagenMinimum buy-in: $1,000My takeaway: Fresh interpretations of Amazon-inspired motifs and geometrical formsNecklace in silver and cuff in silver with obsidian and...
  • Live From PeruModa 2014: New Silver Peruvian Jewelry

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wasn’t really sure what to expect at the PeruModa show. I didn’t know much about the design aesthetic of Peruvian jewelry, but I’ll admit that I anticipated it to be kind of ethnic: maybe colored beads, some hammered effects. I didn’t have a clear picture in my mind of what the jewelry would look like, because I’ve had limited exposure to Peruvian designs. But with one day down, I now have a better idea of Peru’s jewelry situation, which primarily includes silver, good craftsmanship,...
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  • Jewelry gifts for moms-to-be

    jewelryguru
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    All the expecting fathers get ready to include another important day on your gift giving list as Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Of course, you will be pampered on Father’s Day but this is the time for expecting moms who are suffering from pregnancy blues. Sleepless nights, morning sickness, sacrifice of favorite junk food and all the stress, nine months of pregnancy is a difficult time for any mom-to-be. Therefore, she deserves the pampering. Undoubtedly, the little angel is lifetime achievement; a couple of sparkles would be nice to thank her for being so brave. Women love…
  • Celebs Love Aquamarine Jewelry!

    jewelryguru
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:52 am
    The aquamarine gem is perfectly said to exhibit the beauty of the ocean water. The gemstone has beautiful clarity and is extremely versatile. It dazzles brilliantly and this is the reason why the gorgeous Hollywood actresses have time and again showed off their love for this gem. The mentioned gems are available in a number of colors as blue, green and the greenish blue. This quality makes them apt to be studded in any metal. Some people may like it to get them studded in white metals as platinum or white gold to have a cool effect. The ones who are in love with colors may choose yellow gold.
  • Five Wearable Fashion Trends for Spring 2014

    jewelryguru
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I love fashion weeks and award events. They really help me in knowing the best of upcoming fashion trends. Whether it's the runway style, red carpet look or the street style of attendees, there is always a chance to trace out the best of upcoming trends to plan out the outfits. Here I have put together five upcoming spring trends for you. Pretty Pastels Love the soft springtime shades of rainbow? Now is a time to put them on. The most flattering thing about pastel trends is that you can wear them with any silhouette. From blushing pink gowns to minty-green shorts and lilac dresses, the sky…
  • Best of Oscars 2014 Fashion Trends

    jewelryguru
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:38 am
    It’s always great to watch the Academy Awards, the most prestigious and anticipated Hollywood award event. Held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, the event this year was very special as it had some landmark moments. While the funny host Ellen DeGeneres entertained the guests with her perfect comic timing, ’12 Years a Slave’, a film featuring one of the most controversial and serious topics, won the best film. It was the first time when the work of a black director received the Hollywood’s biggest honor. While those were the few highlights from the theatre, we…
  • Latest Fashion and Trends of Jewelry

    jewelryguru
    19 Feb 2014 | 4:23 am
    The world of gemstone jewelry is very large and the trends and fashion of them keep changing from time to time. Some trends come and fade away in no time, while others create a special niche for themselves. The online jewelry store Angara.com keeps a vigilant eye on the new and upcoming trends in gemstone jewelry and hence is ever ready with the latest styles and designs of rings, earrings and the pendant necklaces. The stackable rings and the Taj Mahal Collection are some of its most loved collections and have got fantastic customer reviews. New Fashion Styling Trends The store uses the…
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  • Mixed media and recycled jewelry tutorials

    Cyndi L
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Time to Run...both mixed media AND recycled materials!This is probably the biggest and most inclusive category of posts that I have to share with you.  You will find that there is some overlap between this list of mixed media and recycled jewelry and some of the tutorials that have been assigned to other categories.  Well of course...it's unavoidable!  If a project uses found objects and bead embroidery, it will inevitably show up on both the mixed media list and the seed bead list.  There's a lot to share with you, so let's get started:Mixed media earringsChristmas…
  • Bead crochet yourself a happy bracelet!

    Cyndi L
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I realized it had been a couple of years since I sat down and made some crocheted bead bracelets, and now I had the perfect opportunity!  The bright pink rubberized faceted glass beads from Fire Mountain Gems were the inspiration.Using a #4 crochet hook and some C-Lon cord from Marion Jewelry in Fiber, I strung on all of the FMG beads plus some size 6/0 seed beads in between.  Then I sat down to crochet while a certain show that I won't admit to watching was playing in the background :-)I found that one stitch was fine for each of the seed beads, but I needed to add an…
  • heART beats from other blogs!

    Cyndi L
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Blue Glass Sculpture With Glass Beads Cherie makes a glass sculpture with dollar store beads, bud vases, and blue charger plates.Mixed Media ArtistCyndi puts the finishing touches, including beads, on a small slashed and woven quilt.Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty PeepsFind directions for everything from unique Easter eggs to holiday table décor and jewelry at The Artful Crafter.Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!Jean reviews PATINA by the wonderful author Matthew Runfola! What a book!Art Bead SceneTake a peek at Mary's etsy picks, inspired by this month's…
  • Seed bead artist profiles

    Cyndi L
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mary TafoyaWe've met so many wonderful seed bead artists over the years, creating both wearables and non-wearables.  I think you're going to be very very inspired by this bunch!Tlingit arts in AlaskaSarah SequinsLeslie RogalskiDyane BradleyElizabeth CogliatiJodie AthertonKaren WhiteduckNancy Dunitz Karen Williams Roxan O'BrienCarolyn TurnerVictoria PearmanVal EndersBeverly Ash GilbertNancy PetersonJean HutterKathryn lane BerkowitzSylvia WindhurstPaula Motsinger Meyncke Susan Sorrell Annika deGroot MaryLou HolvenstotCheri MeyerDawn Dalto Paula…
  • Book review: Enameling Made Easy

    Cyndi L
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A small hand-held butane torch...that's not so scary, is it?  You don't have to have a large torch set-up or a kiln to made gorgeous enamel projects, thanks to Anat Silvera and her new Kalmbach publication, Enameling Made Easy. This is a great book for beginners because Anat starts with the absolute basics.  But not just enameling basics: metalworking techniques too!  There is so much more than just basics, though, and every technique is backed up by an included DVD!!  The book also has a clever spiral-bound design so that you can leave it open as you work through the…
 
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  • The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

    Winterson
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Opening this weekend is the V&A’s major Spring show, ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2104′. Charting the rise of Italian fashion over the last 70 years, the exhibition follows the pivotal events, production innovations and individuals that have created an industry feted today for its glamour, sophistication and luxury. The curator of the exhibition, Sonnet Stanfill who is also curator of 20th century and contemporary fashion at the V&A, has drawn together over 100 ensembles and accessories by many of Italy’s famous fashion houses. Visitors to the…
  • Three Pearl Trends For 2014

    Winterson
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:19 am
    The world of the cultured pearl is always changing, with each year bringing a new set of pearl trends to discover as pearl farmers adapt their production and develop new techniques. Our buying team recently returned from Asia with a stunning selection of the highest quality pearls for our collections of jewellery at Winterson, being carefully chosen for their lustre, colour and beauty. But there were a few surprises too. Here are our reflections from the visit and a prediction of pearl trends for the coming year: SMALL SIZES… Pearls above 11mm in diameter command a significant premium for…
  • Who Was Botticelli’s Famous Venus?

    Winterson
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    Born in Florence, Italy in 1445, little is known of the life of Sandro Botticelli. Perhaps even less is known about one of is most famous paintings ‘La Nascita di Venere, The Birth of Venus’, which is displayed today at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The painting depicts a vision of Venus, the goddess of love, emerging naked from the sea as a fully grown woman standing in a scallop shell on the seashore. This sublime fantasy has been admired throughout the years for its themes of love, beauty and spirituality. One of the mysteries of the painting, commissioned by a wealthy…
  • Mystery Surrounds The Cheapside Hoard

    Winterson
    12 Feb 2014 | 2:25 am
    Mystery still surrounds the jewels of the Cheapside Hoard. Why were these striking jewels originally buried deep beneath the cellar of a building in London’s Cheapside and what was the purpose of many of the objects that the Hoard contained? The Cheapside Hoard was discovered in 1912, the most significant find of its kind, during the redevelopment of Cheapside, a medieval street between modern day St. Paul’s Cathedral and Bank. This bustling market route was famously described by Charles Dickens Jr. as ”the greatest thoroughfare in the City of London”. The…
  • The Friday Late Rules of Adornment

    Winterson
    28 Nov 2013 | 11:06 am
    The regular Friday Late event at the V&A this week features The Rules of Adornment, an evening of workshops, films and performances exploring the question of why we choose to wear what we do. Inspired by the V&A and Qatar Museums Authority’s current Pearls exhibition, this popular regular event promises to mix guest DJs with fashion and graphic design, as well as presentations and installations on music, tattoos and jewellery. Amongst the events exploring the links between adornment, status and personal expression are a number that are related to pearls. Here is our selection:…
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    Splendor: A Celebration of Jewelry Designers

  • RUTH BALL

    Carlotta STM
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Sterling Silver and EnamelShoreline Pendant Necklace with DiamondsA one-time “sleepy fishing village” Brighton, England is the place to be.  The pebble beach locale is known for its spring festivals, unique shopping goods and spectacular sunsets.  England is also home to featured jewelry designer Ruth Ball.Read more »
  • PHILIP SAJET

    Carlotta STM
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Hybrid Necklace with Seashells,Horn and GoldHolland’s smallest city, Madurodam, has plenty of big surprises to offer. Founded just sixty-two years ago, the locale is ripe with a variety of architectural styles, and is home to the wooden shoe factory Klompen Fabriek.  Fifteen shoe makers produce 800,000 pairs of wooden shoes painted yellow with red patterns.  The Netherlands is also home to featured jewelry Philip Sajet.Read more »
  • FAB DESIGNER JEWELRY IN FEATURE FILMS and TELEVISION (VIDEO)

    Carlotta STM
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Jewelry in film often impacts movie goers on a subliminal level. Jewelry is used to underscore a characterization or is central to a story line. The following feature films (and television series) highlight various styles of designer jewelry.
  • CAT HAMMILL JEWELLERY

    Carlotta STM
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Yellow Gold Heritage LoveBracelet SetA trip to Australia would be incomplete without a visit to Surfer’s Paradise. Located along the Gold Coast in the State of Queensland this bustling area has plenty to offer the beach bum that includes jet skiing, fishing and of course surfing, wake-boarding and body surfing.  Australia is also home to featured jewelry designer Cat Hammill.Read more »
  • NORA ROCHEL

    Carlotta STM
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Black and White Sterling Silver NecklaceLocated between German cities Bingen and Koblenz is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rhine Gorge. Situated smack dab in the center of Rhine Valley it consists of mainly slate rocks from the Devonian Period.  Germany is also home to featured jewelry designer Nora Rochel.Read more »
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    Honey from the Bee Artisan Jewelry inspired by Nature and Romance

  • The Birds and the Bees are Back Doing It

    Janet Bocciardi
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pride of Maderia Echium fastuosumSpring arrived early here in northern California.  Daffodils started blooming in January and our flowering plum did, too.  However, it seemed some plants and the birds and the bees weren't all that confused by the weather and stuck to their annual schedule.  Here are some shots I took over the last couple of weeks that quite pleased me, some in sunshine and others in fog.Bees Doing ItI was really tickled with the chestnut-backed chickadees.   They are not very afraid of me I guess because I've been putting out seed for them every winter for…
  • Worktable Wednesday: Poppies go from the Ground to the Wall

    Janet Bocciardi
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    After a recent share of my hooked poppy rug on Facebook, I heard a unanimous voice of "Don't even think of letting anyone put their paws on your new rug!"  So although these kinds of wool hooked rugs last a very long time when used as rugs, I will listen to the masses and hang it somewhere in my home.  I do love all the bright colored poppies and will be able to admire it more frequently than if I relegate it to a guest bedroom.You can still find antique hooked rugs in shops, but I do have to agree they are often pretty worn and stained.  I'm sure many of these hookers of yore…
  • East Blends with West in Belgrade Architecture

    Janet Bocciardi
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Here's another post from our Danube cruise from Budapest to Bucharest.Belgrade, Serbia is one of the oldest European cities and has been a crossroad for traffic between Eastern and Western Europe since ancient times.  Today about 1.6 million people call it home.The architecture of its buildings reflect this confluence.  When we were visiting we had gray skies so I especially loved the color used on some of their more interesting buildings.Hotel MoskvaDid you know that Belgrade played a pivotal part in the history of the Western world?  The fate of Christendom was likely…
  • Are You ever Too Old for Granny Boots?

    Janet Bocciardi
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Yeah, I think so.I sure loved wearing mine, but these days I prefer boots I don't have to lace up.  They also are cutest with dresses or skirts anyway and I don't find myself wearing either all that much anymore, at least in the winter.  They remind me of when I worked in an office environment.  Although I loved it when I was doing it I do not miss the alarm clock nor the deciding what to wear.Some of you may have wondered where my posts have been.  Well, my focus has been more on living than writing.This past year I was hit up side of the head, or more accurately my hip,…
  • My New Love: Argentium Silver

    Janet Bocciardi
    17 Feb 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I'm back from another weekend workshop taught by the fabulous Joe Silvera.  Sunday I fell in love with Argentium Silver and forging.On Sunday we were introduced to Argentium Silver and took advantage of its unique properties.  After the time spent creating chain with Sterling Silver and having worked with it in the past, I'm seeing my future in metalwork in a new exciting and magical light.  I guess I like a little magic in my materials.  It's why I was attracted to the metal clays.The relative ease of forging and fusing these rings was very exciting.  It's still…
 
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  • Jewellery school – Getting ready for the new term

    Vicky Forrester
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Have you signed up for your jewellery course at Flux yet? We had a prep / play-date  today in the studio….Here’s a little sneak peak at one of the projects we have designed for the Married Metals course. Developing new skills is necessarily part of our remit as craftsmen and teachers. All grist to the mill for our dedicated tutors, in their unceasing commitment to delivering the most exciting / challenging / rewarding jewellery courses you are likely to find here in London! Last few places available on our 10 week courses starting next week  - book here for Married Metals…
  • Creative Stone Setting for jewellers

    Vicky Forrester
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    Gemstones to jewellers are like sweeties to a child -    once introduced to their beautious delights, collecting them can become quite an obsession and there are not many jewellers I know who don’t have more stones in their box than they know what to do with!                             If your box is full of beautiful, unset stones; if you too have a conscience weighed down by excess carats, or perhaps, less obsessively, you have one stone you would love to set, our advanced stone setting course could be the…
  • How to improve your soldering skills

    Vicky Forrester
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:14 am
    Here at Flux Studios we pride ourselves on our creative approach to jewellery making. Always mindful of – but not bound by – tradition, this gives the freedom to explore creative outcomes through process and experimentation. Quality is something we always strive for and to tap into this creative freedom it is essential to have some mastery of the core jewellery skills - cutting, filing, soldering. If soldering is your bugbear; if you find yourself avoiding the saw; if filing sets your teeth on edge then perhaps it is time to face your demons….this term we have the perfect…
  • Turning scrap silver into covetable jewellery

    Vicky Forrester
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:23 am
    Delighted to see that our students are getting very adept at recording their processes when making work; this week Juliette is our featured Tuesday Maker! Starting with some beautiful shell forms to make moulds, here you can see how Juliette has prepared the sprue and airways in the upper part of the mould. All that scrap silver she has collected has been put to good use here; the next tricky job is to cut away the sprue     After much cutting and filing here is the final, fantastic result. After filing and matt finishing her 3 shell forms, Juliette oxidized the silver to accentuate…
  • Casting silver with stone and gem inclusions

    Vicky Forrester
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:41 am
    When casting silver into a delft clay mould you have to be open to all manner of success; opening the mould is always a breath-holding moment! There wasn’t much time for taking photos this week – but the Tuesday highlight goes to Lynn, who successfully cast a silver ring with a quartz inclusion                             As you might imagine there was a chorus of delight when she opened the mould. There’s quite some cleaning up to do on this one, but the final result will be worth it      …
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  • Marilyn Monroe's Rhinestone Earrings Fetch $185,000 at Julien's Auctions

    pricescope
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    By Erika Winters Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but rhinestones can command top dollar at auction, especially when they were worn by the one of the world's most iconic celebrities. A pair of shoulder-dusting rhinestone earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe garnered a whopping $185,000 at Julien's "Hollywood Legends" auction on April 11 and 12 in Beverly Hills.read more
  • Pricescope GTG Door Prize Sneak Peek: 2 Gift Certificates from David Atlas!

    pricescope
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Erika Winters We are happy to share our latest door prize sneak peek for the 4th Annual Pricescope Get-Together that we are hosting this May in Las Vegas! The prizes have all been donated by our featured sponsors and contributing forum vendors, and we can't thank them enough for their generosity! Up this week we have a lovely donation from independent jewelry appraisal company D. Atlas & Co.! read more
  • Jewel(s) of the Week - Stunning Fireball Pearl Jewels!

    pricescope
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    By Erika Winters Fabulous Jewelry Shared by Pricescope Members This week we are featuring unique fireball pearl jewels shared by pinkjewel and bsomlo! Pinkjewel's new pearls are actually diamond-studded. (So gorgeous!) And bsomlo's new necklace was made with a stunning statement pearl with lovely iridescence. Thanks everyone for sharing your gorgeous jewelry in the Show Me the Bling and Pearls forums!read more
  • 100-Carat "Graff Vivid Yellow" Diamond to be Auctioned at Sotheby's Geneva

    pricescope
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    By Erika Winters The 100.09-carat "Graff Vivid Yellow" diamond is expected to fetch between $15 and $25 million at Sotheby's Geneva. Image: Sotheby'sread more
  • Pricescope GTG Door Prize Sneak Peek: 2 "Diamonds" Books from Crafted By Infinity and High Performance Diamonds!

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    9 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    By Erika Winters Each week we are showcasing fabulous door prizes for our 4th Annual Pricescope Get-Together this May in Las Vegas! The prizes come courtesy of our featured sponsors and contributing forum vendors, and we can't thank them enough for their generosity! This week's Sneak Peek comes from two companies that work together to produce and retail gorgeous ideal-cut diamonds, Crafted By Infinity and High Performance Diamonds! read more
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  • Engraved Dog Tags: Let the Jewelry do the Talking!

    Shea Morgan
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Come check out our new line of engraved dog tags! Express yourself! Sticky Jewelry now has a brand new line of jewelry! Most are engraved dog tags with a few keychains thrown in the mix! They have inspirational quotes to get you through the day, and others are fitness themed with lines such as “I don’t sweat, I sparkle” and “no pain, no gain – shut up and train”. Looking for the perfect gift for a fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym coach or gym lover? Even if it’s just to get out of those last few extra push-ups, we have hilarious engraved…
  • Mothers Day Gift Ideas: Engrave Your Baby’s Footprints on Jewelry!

    Shea Morgan
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Let’s talk mothers day gift ideas. So, you’re an amazing husband, right? You’re sitting there at your computer thinking “what should I get the mother of our children who vacuums our house, irons my clothes, cooks our meals, cleans our toilets, makes homemade organic baby food, buys countless ninja turtle and princess band aids…” (can you tell a mom is writing this?)  Keep in mind this is also an awesome gift for anyone and from anyone! Grandmas, aunts, friends or anyone who has a special child in their life! Here we have one of the most versatile and best…
  • Autism Jewelry gets PAWpular

    Kylie Thigpen
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    April is known for bringing showers, pollen, and for many families Easter. But at Sticky Jewelry we want April also to be about Autism Awareness! Most people feel confident that they know a little bit about Autism because they’ve known someone on the spectrum. The reported diagnosed rate of Autism has grown to 1 of every 68 children, so it’s easy to know someone! But, there’s a saying in the Autism community that if you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met ONE person with Autism. Autism is classified as a spectrum disorder because it’s not just one all-inclusive condition;…
  • Rethink Medical Bracelets for Spring

    Jillian Ponek
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Some medical bracelets are not decorative at all. Others may have been great for one season, but not so great for another. For example, what works in the winter time may not be the best choice in the spring or summer time. Aside from that, spring is a time for change and the best place to start is with your medical needs. Since some medical issues are seasonal, anyhow, you already have one reason to want to get a new bracelet or two, but you should also consider the points below: Many medical issues can benefit from fresh air and healthy eating, both of which can be obtained through…
  • What’s in a Ring?

    Jillian Ponek
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Rings carry many different meanings, some of which are born out of the simple design of a circle. Other more personalized rings carry the symbol of the circle along with other, more specific meanings to the recipient. Let’s take a look at what a ring really means. Strength The circle is the symbol of strength because its shape and related shapes are difficult to break and can stand great pressure from the outside. This is why eggs made of thin shells can protect the young. It’s also why circular arches are used in architecture. Full Circle The circle is sometimes used as the…
 
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  • Congratulations! Now, Panic!

    Robert Irwin Jewelers
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Image courtesy of Gabriel Harber, A Practical Wedding) “I haven’t found a greeting card that says ‘Happy Engagement! I’m so excited for you, but I also want you to know that it’s okay to freak out a little on the inside. That’s normal and I still love you and your partner still loves you, too. And that’s what matters.’” Engagements are exciting! Suddenly, you’re officially committed to your partner in a new and more exciting way than before! But the chances are you’ll be a little nervous! And that’s okay! Maybe you get butterflies every…
  • What About My Bridesmaids?

    Robert Irwin Jewelers
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Photo courtesy of Kara Schultz, A Practical Wedding) How on earth do you pick your bridesmaids? You have sisters, cousins, friends, roommates – how do you even choose? Your friends are pregnant/absent/out of the country/financially unstable. How do you expect them to partake in all sorts of time consuming/potentially expensive wedding extravaganza? Courtesy of A Practical Wedding, here is some advice for (tactfully) choosing your bridesmaids.
  • Would You Wear It?

    Robert Irwin Jewelers
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    It has come to our attention that J. Crew has recently began to sell a lacy wedding jumpsuit. From the website: “Who says you have to wear a gown on your big day? This jumpsuit is a fun alternative to traditional bridal looks, but it’s still feminine and pretty in delicate lace (we sourced it from a family-owned Rhode Island-based mill that’s been making lace since 1859). We love the little details like sheer sleeves and pockets for extras like lipstick or tissues. Plus, it’s finished with bows down the back to tie everything together. Even better? It’s a…
  • Is It Bad That I’m Not Excited For My Wedding?

    Robert Irwin Jewelers
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    “I got engaged in June and am planning a wedding for next summer. I have no doubt that I love my fiancé and that we have been building a very solid relationship together. I am struggling, however, with the fact that neither of us are able to feel super excited about being engaged or planning a wedding. This was really driven home for us yesterday when his best friend got engaged and called my fiancé up, totally over the moon, to tell him. That phone call put my fiancé into a daylong slump. He was sad because he never felt that way… … Around our two-year anniversary I decided…
  • We All Have THAT Friend – Wedding Photobombs

    Robert Irwin Jewelers
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Image credit to Lindsey P. ) Everyone knows somebody who just loves to pop into photos where they don’t belong – the dreaded “photo bomber”. Most of the time, they just look silly. However, once in a blue moon, they show some true skill and really end up making the shot. Here are some of the funniest wedding photo bombs. (Just remember, there is a reason photographers take multiple shots!)  
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  • M.C. Radiant Cut

    Joe
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Related posts: K.R. Custom Made Radiant Cut Wedding Set G.C. 11x9mm Radiant + Tapered Baguettes Three Stone Engagement Ring A.F. & S.’s 1.79ct Two Tone Radiant Cut Yellow Diamond Video
  • Bochic Moves Beyond Jewelry to Handbags

    Joseph Schubach
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    While it seems like a natural extension, we don’t often see jewelers moving into the world of creating high-end handbags. Bochic took that leap to some beautiful results. Jewelry brand Bochic will introduce a line of evening clutch bags in September, marking the brand’s first extension beyond fine jewelry. Bochic will introduce the handbag collection at the Westin Hotel Paris during Paris Fashion Week, after which it will be available worldwide through events such as trunk shows and on the Bochic website. Price points start at $2,500. The bags in the  initial collection are called…
  • I couldn’t.be.happier.

    Joe
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    And I think the overall ring is JUST GORGEOUS! You guys really nailed the look of the pictures I sent you. I love its daintiness and vintage-ness. I think you guys just did a beautiful job recreating it and I couldn’t.be.happier. Related posts: Got the ring and it is beautiful, I could not be happier with it. “Did your mother raise you to be so sneaky?” you just don’t find this great quality on the web
  • Nicki Minaj’s Toned-down Look for MTV Movie Awards

    Joseph Schubach
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Nicki Minaj is known for her over-the-top costumes and award ceremony outfits.But at the MTV Movie Awards last night, she chose a more subdued and sophisticated look.We like it because its a great example of jewelry perfectly paired with a sleek black dress with clean lines.Take note of the cage necklace, drop-hoop earrings, multiple arm cuffs and bracelets, and statement rings. Related posts: Platinum Dominates the 2011 Emmy Awards The Hottest Jewelry at the Grammys Top 10 Jewelry Gifts for Women
  • Smog Rings Clear Air for Beijing

    Joseph Schubach
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Daan Roosegaarde found a way to incorporate a noxious mixture like pollution and fog to create a high-end designer product, the smog ring. Credit Studio Roosegaarde   More and more eco-friendly jewelers are coming up with pieces that contribute to a cleaner world, whether using recycled materials, or in this case, smog. “It’s weird how the city [Beijing] is covered in smog and no one is doing anything,” Daan Roosegaarde remembers thinking. What started as a common — albeit worrying — observation, soon became a quest for the designer: He wanted to find a way to incorporate the…
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  • How to Sell Jewelry: Best Business Practices

    GemstonesAdvisor
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    So far in our guide to selling jewelry, we have already talked about a number of different aspects of running a jewelry business. We have discussed where you can sell your handcrafted jewelry online and offline and we have also talked about setting up shipping and returns policies which allow you to communicate clearly with your customers and also protect your business. Our third section was on pricing and how to choose wholesale and retail prices for your jewelry which are fair and acceptable to both you and your customers (as well as the broader crafting community). Best Practices For a…
  • How to Sell Jewelry: Pricing

    GemstonesAdvisor
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    In our previous two installments, we talked about where you can sell your handmade jewelry online and offline, and how to establish shipping and returns policies. One of the tougher aspects of selling jewelry is deciding on how to price your work. It isn’t easy to price jewelry for the simple reason that value is largely a subjective attribute when it comes to art, and jewelry is wearable art. It also doesn’t help that turning to your competitors may not lend you much practical advice at all. Many jewelry artists routinely under-price their own work for the simple reason that they…
  • How to Sell Jewelry: Shipping and Return Policies

    GemstonesAdvisor
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    If you are planning to sell your jewelry online, you will need to cover your bases legally as far as basic matters like shipping and returns. The shipping policies will not apply if you are selling your jewelry in real life, but you will still want to have some kind of a returns policy in place. Returns policies are even more essential online, since people who purchase your work have no chance to examine your jewelry in person before they buy it. Having these policies in place helps to clarify customer expectations and protect you should a customer have a complaint. If you do not have clear…
  • How to Sell Jewelry: Where to Sell

    GemstonesAdvisor
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    So you’ve decided to start selling jewelry. Maybe you are a wire-wrap artist, or maybe you work with a forge. Perhaps you do macramé or polymer clay or resin jewelry. No matter what technique you use, there is a growing market for handmade jewelry. There is also a growing pool of artisans offering their creations, which means that promoting and selling jewelry is becoming very challenging. To get started, you will need to know your venue options.More from the How to Sell Jewelry series:IntroductionWhere to sell your jewelryHow to create an airtight shipping and returns policyHow to…
  • How to Sell Jewelry: Introduction

    GemstonesAdvisor
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
    We recently posted a couple of comprehensive guides about jewelry making here on the site, Learn to Make Jewelry, and our Free Beginner’s Guide to Wire WrappingIn the first guide, we teach you about different techniques for making jewelry and how you can use them to set your gemstones for wear. Our wire-wrapping guide delves in-depth into one age-old technique for making jewelry which is becoming increasingly popular again today.Once you actually start making jewelry, though, what do you do with it? You will probably have far more than you can possibly wear or gift away if you really…
 
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  • 15 Amazing Facts about Diamonds

    Celeste Perron
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
      Diamonds are the birthstone for the month of April, meaning that April-born ladies have an extra reason to ask for gifts of sparkling diamond jewelry (or buy diamonds for themselves). To celebrate these dazzling gemstones, we’ve rounded up fifteen interesting facts and bits of lore about diamonds’ origins and history:   1          The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars, and Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and…
  • Gemstone Engagement Rings

    Celeste Perron
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Gemstone engagement rings highlighting sapphires or other colorful gems as the focal point are both beautiful and stylish. Although for most of the past century diamond rings have been the most common choice for engagement rings, colorful gemstone rings have always had devoted fans, and are growing increasingly popular. With rich hues and a distinctive yet timeless appeal, beautiful gemstone engagement rings are winning the hearts of brides-to-be everywhere.   The Appeal of Colored Gemstones   Sapphires, among the earliest known gemstones, are an ideal choice for gemstone engagement…
  • 7 Great Something Old Ideas for Weddings

    Celeste Perron
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Planning a wedding requires a daunting number of decisions, some fun (cake tasting anybody?), many more tedious (things like choosing a bus company to take guests to the reception). But here’s one decision that shouldn’t be an afterthought: Selecting “something old” to carry down the aisle. This tradition allows you the chance to bring a little piece of history with you as you enter the next stage of your life. Of course, at Brilliant Earth we think a piece of vintage jewelry makes a gorgeous something old. Here are a few ideas on how to wear it, plus some other heartfelt “something…
  • The Four Main Kinds of Blood Diamonds

    Greg K.
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What are “blood” diamonds? How often are diamonds linked to violence or exploitation? The answers to these questions aren’t as straightforward as you might think. Everything depends on the definition. In fact, when it comes to blood diamonds, there are four definitions that frequently get used.   Some of these meanings overlap and intersect—which is why it’s helpful to take a look each definition, one-by-one, on a Venn diagram. (Note that the circles in this diagram are just rough approximations and not drawn to scale.)   1.) Conflict Diamonds (KP definition)  …
  • The Pros and Cons of Designing a Custom Engagement Ring

    Celeste Perron
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:38 pm
    If you’re about to propose, or recently did and are now ready to choose a ring, you might want to consider creating a custom design. Here are some of the very good reasons to consider designing a custom engagement ring:   The ring will be totally unique. Many couples are drawn to the idea of owning an engagement ring that’s one-of-a-kind.  Since your love isn’t quite like any other, your ring can reflect that.   You can bring a vision to life. If you have a specific idea in your head of what your dream ring looks like, but you can’t find it at a jeweler, our design team can…
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  • Floral Diamond Rings That Feel Like Spring

    Seren Diamond
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Do you feel that? The extra little bounce in your step, the happy hum on your lips, the gentle breeze in your hair – all indicators that spring is finally here! It’s time to throw open your closet, dust off, … Continue reading →
  • $55M Fancy Color Diamond Watch Steals the Show at Baselworld 2014

    Seren Diamond
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Opening day at Baselworld 2014 did not disappoint. Each spring, the prestigious watch and jewellery show attracts over 90,000 visitors and journalists from around the world that come to the city of Basel, Switzerland prepared to be wowed by top … Continue reading →
  • Color Diamond Investments – The Best Investment You Can Wear

    Seren Diamond
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:59 am
    There are many wise and sound reasons to invest in color diamonds and we have written them all down here, here, and here. The main advantages of color diamond investments are their increasing value and asset appreciation, high demand vs. … Continue reading →
  • Heigh-Ho It’s Off to Crater of Diamonds State Park We Go

    Seren Diamond
    22 Mar 2014 | 1:44 am
    Everyone is familiar with the “Heigh-Ho” song from Walt Disney’s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but did you know that the seven dwarfs sang the song on their way work in a diamond mine? Well now is … Continue reading →
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall Who is the Rarest Colored Diamond of Them All?

    Seren Diamond
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:51 am
    What makes a colored diamond rare? Natural color diamonds are extremely rare and represent approximately 0.1% of all colorless diamonds mined each year. Out of the roughly 110 million carats of diamonds mined yearly less than a quarter of them … Continue reading →
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  • Get Ready for Spring Equinox with our Spring Themed Jewelry

    blingblog
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Today marks the first day of Spring — a season filled with warm weather, budding flowers and brighter colors. Do some spring cleaning and swap our your darker and muted colors for some freshness. Colorful gemstone jewelry or colored cz jewelry is a great way to add some interest to your look. Our flower jewelry is a great buy because it works year round. Buy a pair of colorful flower earrings for spring, or try a pair of simple silver studs that you can wear for every season. Butterfly jewelry, dragonfly jewelry and ladybug jewelry makes great Mother’s Day gifts and is perfect for…
  • Spring Jewelry: Flower Jewelry Tops Our List

    Loren Wilkes
    25 Feb 2014 | 10:02 am
    Fresh for spring is our amazing collection of flower jewelry. Ditch the dark winter shades for something bright and flirty. Flower shaped jewelry goes perfectly with white, pastel or bright clothing. Try a pair of flower stud earrings for every day or make a statement with a large cuff bracelet. With jewelry that pops this much be sure to wear just one piece with accent jewelry such as a simple chain or basic studs. It’s never to early to start your spring shopping. Usher in warmer weather with something that will pop, and don’t forget to shop for your friends too! Need some…
  • Valentine’s Day Gifts Decoded: What Does His Gift Mean?

    Loren Wilkes
    30 Jan 2014 | 9:26 am
    Ever received a Valentines Day gift and wondered what it means? Are those chocolates a last minute buy or did he really take his time picking out your favorite flavors? Is that beautiful jewelry really heartfelt or did he have someone else pick it up for him? Bling Jewelry has researched and put together a synopsis of what his gifts to you really mean. Go here to see the full report and check out our Valentine’s Day infographic. Shop Valentine’s Day jewelry Shop our heart jewelry
  • Win Bling by Voting in our Valentine’s Day Poll!

    Loren Wilkes
    24 Jan 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Vote in our Valentine’s Day poll to win some Bling! Just tell us what would you rather get for Valentine’s Day: Jewelry, flowers, candy, dinner / night out or a Valentine’s Day card. Three winners will be chosen at random, one of each who will win a $50 Bling Jewelry gift card, a 925 Sterling Silver Cutout Hearts Bracelet, or a Heart Locket and Heart Threader Earring Set. Cast your vote and enter to win here on our website! http://www.blingjewelry.com/contest-giveaway.html
  • Gaga for Garnet, January Birthstone Jewelry

    Loren Wilkes
    4 Jan 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To all those January birthdays out there, (or those girls that just love the deep, romantic hue of red garnet) now is your time to shine in January birthstone jewelry! The rich red of garnet gemstone jewelry is perfect for any season. Wear it in winter to add some color to your winter wardrobe or adorn your brighter, more colorful outfits in summer time. Burgundy is the perfect accent color for winter when jewel tones are all the rage. Red is the perfect representation of passion and love, making garnet jewelry a great Valentines Day gift as well. If you know a woman born in January, or…
 
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  • Nina Dobrev Jewelry Line for Charity

    Raymond Lee Jewelers
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nina Dobrev has risen to stardom through her role on The Vampire Diaries. With her rise to fame, she has … Read More → The post Nina Dobrev Jewelry Line for Charity appeared first on Designers and Diamonds.
  • Web Roundup: What Women Want

    Lizrlj
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is UP? Aside from oodles and oodles of interesting auction news, this week was remarkably hot in jewelry news. … Read More → The post Web Roundup: What Women Want appeared first on Designers and Diamonds.
  • It’s Time To Talk About the C Word

    Raymond Lee Jewelers
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Readers, it’s time for some real talk. We are here today, to talk about the c-word. Clarity enhancement. Like that … Read More → The post It’s Time To Talk About the C Word appeared first on Designers and Diamonds.
  • Web Roundup: Winter is Coming

    Raymond Lee Jewelers
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring … Read More → The post Web Roundup: Winter is Coming appeared first on Designers and Diamonds.
  • It’s Official: Google is on the Smartwatch Bandwagon

    Raymond Lee Jewelers
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Samsung and many other companies have already tried their hand at creating smart watches. There are tons of watches out … Read More → The post It’s Official: Google is on the Smartwatch Bandwagon appeared first on Designers and Diamonds.
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  • Harry Winston Gives $1 Million to UCLA Children’s Hospital To Establish Fellowship Fund

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Honorees Maureen Stockton and Bryan Stockton attend the second annual Kaleidescope Ball.Harry Winston, Inc. presented a $1 million gift to the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute, part of the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, to establish the Harry Winston Fellowship Fund.The gift was presented April 10 at the second annual Kaleidoscope Ball – Designing the Sweet Side of L.A. at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which benefits the children’s hospital. Hosted by Maria Menounos, the star-studded event honored Emmy Award-nominated Julianne Hough and Emmy Award-Winning Derek Hough…
  • The Montblanc Meisterstück Turns 90

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Meisterstück 90 Years Collection 149 fountain pen with guilloche engravings coated with black lacquer, mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem, red gold-plated fittings and gold nib engraved with a “90.”The Meisterstück is almost certainly the best known and most sought after writing instrument in the world. It is used by statesmen and dignitaries; writers and artists. It is the pen used to mark historical moments as it serves as a symbol of personal success and aspiration. It is also the identity of Montblanc. The company sells luxury timepieces, leather goods and men’s and women’s…
  • UBM Asia’s Shenzhen Fair Sets Attendance Record

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    The 12th edition of the China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shenzhen (held February 26 – March 1) welcomed 12,828 unique visitors from 76 countries and regions, up 103.5 percent from last year, according to UBM Asia, which organizes the annual jewelry trade fair at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. The total number of visits (including revisits) rose by 90.2 percent to 14,620. Celine Lau, UBM Asia director of Jewellery Fairs, attributed the dramatic increase in visitor traffic to the repositioning of the fair as a multi-faceted…
  • Buccellati Unveils $485,000 iPad Case at Baselworld 2014

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    As I noted in February, Buccellati is undergoing an image update. The Italian luxury jeweler revealed this new look at Baselworld 2014 by unveiling products for a 21st Century consumer while maintaining the traditional craftsmanship that is the hallmark of the company’s identity. It was one of the few companies that used the recently concluded watch and jewelry show to make bold product statements. The Italian haute jeweler unveiled its first ever engagement ring collection, a bespoke timepiece program and introduced its new logo at Baselworld 2014. The company also plans to relocate…
  • April 17 Deadline for 2014 JNA Awards

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    The deadline for the JNA Awards is arriving fast for those individuals and companies who are still considering whether to enter the largest and most important jewelry awards event in Asia. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight (Hong Kong time) April 17. The JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held September 17 at the InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.Application forms and criteria can be accessed by visiting our website at www.JNAawards.com. Similar to last year, all entry forms are in English and…
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  • Inspiration from the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC

    karen curtis
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    The AD Home Show 2014 Every year Architectural Digest hosts the home show at Pier 94 in Manhattan. It’s one of the most inspirational design events that I attend, and yesterday didn’t disappoint me at all! This is where you find the newest products by some of the best designers in the world. Though I am gonna take a minute to boast that NYC local designers have a heavy presence in the world of design and I am proud to be friends with many of these talents. Nice Job NYC Designers!!! Basically I thought I might blog a bunch of cool pictures that I took at the show. I think I should…
  • Top 5 Best Fashion Statements from the 2014 Oscars

    karen curtis
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:35 am
    Got Style? The celebrities that showed up last night to the Oscars sure do, from nude colored gowns with embroidered crystal to 1970′s plunge necklines and yes even the gents added some flare to the night with Matthew Mcconaughey in a sharp white tuxedo or Channing Tatum’s maroon jacket…. and I am finally coming around with Pharrell’s hat, I’m probably not going to buy one for my husband but Pharrell can really rock it! Here are my top 5 looks from the red carpet Cate Blanchett wearing Giorgio Armani 2014 Oscars Red Carpet Fashion Jenna Dewan Tatum in Reem Acra…
  • What Is So Special About Swarovski Crystal

    karen curtis
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    Who is Swarovski Crystal Company? Swarovski crystal is a brand name and is regarded as the finest quality manufacturer of cut crystal.  The company which is located in Austria began developing machine cut crystal in 1895 under the name A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co. later changed to K.S. & Co.  Armand Kosmann was the financial backer to the new company while Daniel Swartz was the man who  figured out how to cut and manufacture  a superior product while simultaneously rocking one of the greatest hipster mustaches before hipster was even a thing : ). Daniel Swarovski 1895 As people…
  • 2014 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR HER

    karen curtis
    7 Feb 2014 | 9:17 am
    “I didn’t want jewelry for Valentine’s Day” – Said NO Woman EVER! It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to” gift for Valentine’s Day.  And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love.  For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom.  That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her.  A colorful,…
  • VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR HER

    karen curtis
    7 Feb 2014 | 4:05 am
    “I didn’t want jewelry for Valentine’s Day” – Said NO Woman EVER! It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to” gift for Valentine’s Day.  And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love.  For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom.  That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her.  A colorful,…
 
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  • Tricky Sales Tactics: Part 1

    prosumerdiamonds
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:03 pm
    When you step inside a jewellery store, more than likely you’re going to encounter good cop bad cop, red herring, and high-pressure selling. In this tutorial, I’ll be talking more about the specific tricky sales tactics that I’ve come across when shopping for diamonds. Tactic #1: Seeing is Believing The … read moreThe post Tricky Sales Tactics: Part 1 appeared first on Prosumer Diamonds.
  • How to Protect Your Diamond with Insurance

    prosumerdiamonds
    4 Feb 2014 | 5:15 am
    One of the things that all diamond owners should think about is how to protect their jewellery. Apart from learning how to pick a setting that helps physically protect your diamond from damage and loss, getting insurance for your diamond can provide you with the peace of mind you need … read moreThe post How to Protect Your Diamond with Insurance appeared first on Prosumer Diamonds.
  • How to Take Idealscope, ASET, and Hearts Images

    prosumerdiamonds
    6 Dec 2013 | 6:53 am
    In the previous tutorial, we looked at how to take pictures of diamonds whether it was for aesthetics or for online assessment. I concluded that it was very difficult to take a picture that is good enough for the purpose of forming a valid assessment of a diamond’s light performance … read moreThe post How to Take Idealscope, ASET, and Hearts Images appeared first on Prosumer Diamonds.
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  • World’s Largest Single Crystal of Gold Found Recently

    GemFind
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
      Scientists are calling it the largest gold crystal to have ever been found. It was found by an unidentified collector in Venezuela and given to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The crystal was received by an Ohio scientist who stated that the collector had it for decades. Source   Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory estimate the gold crystal’s value to be $10,000, however, ‪because of its golf ball like size, and weight of 217.78 grams, it has an estimated worth of $1.5million.   Source “The structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals…
  • Celebrities and Jewelers Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

    GemFind
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Jewelry brands and celebrities are teaming up this month in support of Autism Awareness Month. Together they are displaying and spreading the word with heart warming jewelry and social media campaigning. Breitling watches and Persona charms are donating a portion of their sales to foundations in support of autism and autism research. The Persona charm brand joined with the Autism Speaks and hosted a bead contest in search of new design ideas for the Persona Autism Speaks collection. The contest was promoted via social media and the winning design was a dangle heart bead from Beverly Muzzy…
  • The History and Power of the Diamond

    GemFind
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Courtesy of Diamond Direct. Birthstone History Gemstones became connected to specific months far back in history creating the birthstones we know and love. Wearing the stone of the month was thought to bring good luck and many people would even wear all twelve birthstones, alternating them for each month of the year. The American National Association of Jewelers designed official birthstones, a list dedicating different gems to various months, in 1912. Birthstones were once thought to just feed commercialism but are now widely accepted. Courtesy of ShutterStock.com. April’s Birthstone…
  • Connect with GemFind at The Smart Jewelry Show Chicago

    GemFind
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    Join GemFind at The Smart Jewelry Show in Chicago April 4-7, 2014. Get all the Smart Jewelry Show event details here. Don’t miss these informative presentations for the jewelry industry from the GemFind team: Chief Executive Officer Alex Fetanat “Why My Website Isn’t Converting” Friday, April 4th, 10:15am Chief Technology Officer Tyler Mathews “2014 Website Trends” Friday, April 4th, 11:30am Chief Online Marketing Officer Suereea Mathews “Building Your 2014 Digital Marketing Strategy” Friday, April 4th, 11:30am Chief Online Marketing Officer…
  • Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Engaged. See the Ring!

    GemFind
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:43 am
    That ’70s Show former costars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged. The couple was rumored to be dating in 2012 and sources report marriage has been in the cards for a while now. Kutcher’s divorce from Demi Moore was finalized in November, nearly two years after the ex-couple separated. We’re still waiting on engagement ring details, but so far the gorgeous ring looks to be a platinum or white gold band with a single large diamond. source   Connect with GemFind: GemFind on Facebook . GemFind on Twitter .  Gemfind on Pinterest .  Gemfind on Google+
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  • Beautiful New Designs

    Ann Chapman
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    While we love the original ‘Lika design’, a stunning, minimalist ring that shows off any gemstone beautifully, we asked Michael to go bigger.  The result is magnificent!  A bold ring with a single emerald cut gemstone – pictured here in 18ct rose gold with a morganite. Now for the best bit… Michael himself will be […]The post Beautiful New Designs appeared first on Stonechat Jewellers.
  • Colour is the new white! Choosing a coloured gemstone for your engagement ring

    Ann Chapman
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:52 am
    If you are looking for a really unique engagement ring adding colour can be a beautiful way to achieve it.  Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but coloured gemstones will add more than sparkle to your ring.  Here are a few tips on what to consider when choosing the perfect gemstone for your engagement […]The post Colour is the new white! Choosing a coloured gemstone for your engagement ring appeared first on Stonechat Jewellers.
  • Behind the scenes with Helena Malone…

    Ann Chapman
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    I’m a little late for International Women’s Day but that’s no reason not to celebrate the wonderful female talent we have on display in Stonechat! Helena Malone has been designing and creating beautiful jewellery since she first started her business in 2007 and I’m delighted to have stocked her work since I first opened the doors […]The post Behind the scenes with Helena Malone… appeared first on Stonechat Jewellers.
  • How Diamonds Came to Float…

    Ann Chapman
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
      I visited Niessing’s workshops in Vreden before opening Stonechat and I was lucky enough to see first-hand the unique process involved in making a tension ring.  This style of ring has been copied by many but few have done it successfully.  Customers are always fascinated by this unique design and how it came about […]The post How Diamonds Came to Float… appeared first on Stonechat Jewellers.
  • My Top 5 Wedding Ring Choices

    Ann Chapman
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:30 am
    Some Extra Special Wedding Rings Following on from my post on tips for choosing a wedding ring I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourites… The one thing that I always tell customers in a wedding ring consultation is that there are no rules.  It doesn’t have to look like a […]The post My Top 5 Wedding Ring Choices appeared first on Stonechat Jewellers.
 
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  • My Article in Adore Jewellery Magazine

    Michael Abraham
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    I was asked this past Fall to write an article for Adore Gems and Timepieces magazine about my life as a gemologist. Adore is the Jewelry publication which is part of the Prestige Singapore lifestyle magazine. I was really happy to contribute to the magazine, and share a bit about myself. Here is the article (click on the photos and they will enlarge. Full text on bottom for easier reading): It’s a gem of a life Coming of Age as a GemologistIn 2002, sitting at my computer terminal, on a recently redeveloped formerly Soviet Airstrip, in what was East Germany, I made a decision that would…
  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2014

    Michael Abraham
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:08 pm
    2014 - February. Another visit to the yearly Tucson Gem and mineral show.  Having gone every year for the past 14 years I have gotten quite good at cruising through the show, seeing what's new, and catching up with industry friends. For those who don't know, the Tucson gem show, held every February in Tucson, Arizona, is the worlds largest and greatest gem, and mineral show. At nearly 40 venues, the show's massive size takes over the small city for the better part of 3 weeks, making an exciting and energetic time for all those attending.The show's various venues showcase a variety of…
  • Some Photo Updates to Online Jewelry Pieces

    Michael Abraham
    28 Jan 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I finally was able to shoot some photos of our pendants on a model's neck. These were important to get a sense of the delicate size and look to the pieces. They are being added to the store along with the other photos.
  • Do I Need a Perfect Diamond? What is a Perfect Diamond?

    Michael Abraham
    13 Jan 2014 | 10:59 am
    I work on many engagement and anniversary diamond rings with just about every price point imaginable. But regardless of price point most customers want something just a little bit larger or better.  Most people have some idea of the 4 C's (Color, Clarity, Cut, & Carat Weight), but less knowledge of how each of these things affects the final product - the ring you wear on your finger.D FLAWLESSThe first instinct by many is to look at what's considered "The Best" in white diamond - the D Flawless, or more accurately the D Color (Pure Colorless)  IF (internally Flawless) gem. …
  • Big Trip - Thailand, Myanamar, Japan, Korea, and Australia

    Michael Abraham
    20 Dec 2013 | 8:31 am
    This most recent trip was a big one – traveling all over Asia, and ending my trip with 3 days in Sydney, Australia. I have to say, I was really happy to go, but even happier to come home. December is a great time to get back to New York City, with the festive spirit and colorful Christmas decorations. While I love heat and warm weather, this is the best season to enjoy the cold.BANGKOKMy trip started with my usual visit to Bangkok, where I spent a few days meeting friends, looking at some local market stones, and getting caught up with the local gemstone gossip. It’s also a time to follow…
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  • All in One – ‘The Perfect Blue’, ‘The Ocean Dream’ and ‘The Rajah’ at Christie’s

    Noam Flint
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Only few days after Sotheby’s built up the excitement and expectations in regards to the 100 carat “Graff Vivid Yellow Diamond”, and while we are still anxiously waiting to the April Christie’s NY auction that will feature Harry Winston 6.10 carat pink diamond and other magnificent jewelry – Christie’s does it again and makes headlines with “The Blue” which has also earned the name – “The Perfect Blue“. What makes ‘The Blue’ Perfect? While the auction’s catalog was not fully released yet, we now know that on…
  • A Trip to the State Park Earned her $20,000 Canary Yellow Diamond

    Noam Flint
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    There is ONE place in the world where you can go out, have some fun and… find diamonds. Better yet, as they say on their site – “KEEP WHAT YOU FIND“. The Lucky Find Back in October 2013, Tana Clymer found a 3.85 carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas and named it “God’s Jewel”. The only place in the world (besides maybe Antartica) that one can go exploring nature and… dig for diamonds. Diamonds that are found at the Crater of Diamonds are usually colorless or with a brownish or yellowish tone. As can be seen from the image,…
  • Sotheby’s is Painted in Pink with a World Record Candidate

    Noam Flint
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    It is no secret that over the last couple of years natural color diamonds are becoming the “hottest items” to watch for at the auctions. And it is no surprise that in the upcoming Sotheby’s magnificent jewels auction that will take place on April 29th the trend continues. As with Sotheby’s tradition, the auction itself is truly an exhibition of extra ordinary items including Jewels From The Estate of Eydie Gorme, a growing number of rare gems such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires (including a $5 Million sapphire and diamond ring!) and regular diamond jewelry that are…
  • Spotlight on The Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction April 2014

    Noam Flint
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    With the transition into the new season, colored diamond investors and enthusiasts are likely looking to breathe new life into their collections. Spring is the perfect time to consider adding a few stones in some rare hues that will get them excited about the sunnier seasons. That’s just what attendees will get at Christie’s New York’s Magnificent Jewels Auction, a two-session event held at the flagship Rockefeller Center saleroom on April 16. 3.60 carats Intense Green Diamond Ring Image via http://instagram.com/christiesinc With more than 250 jaw-dropping gems, diamonds and…
  • The Rainbow Colored Diamonds Collection

    Noam Flint
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    What could be better than one remarkable colored diamond? A collection of 300 fancy colored diamonds, such as Belgian diamantaire Eddy Elzas’ Rainbow Diamond Collection. This array of diamonds is truly unique, and will be the centerpiece at the upcoming U.S. & International Diamond Week. According to Rapaport News, this is the 57th time that Elzas has exhibited his rare collection. Attendees will find it in the Israel Diamond Exchange’s main trading hall at the upcoming Israel Diamond Exchange from April 6-10. Rainbow Diamond Collection featuring 300 colored diamonds Image via…
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  • Berber Women of Morocco – Exhibition is on display at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris

    Tolis Papageridis
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    PARIS — Eighteen shiny silver coins, 20 turquoise beads and a square of coral — and that is merely for the headdress of a Berber bride. Worn across the chest of the tribeswoman are silver chains, circlets attached to more chains, chunks of amber inset with egg-shaped silver baubles and glass beads in red, green, yellow and black, colors that symbolize fertility. Can jewels be about empowerment as well as adornment? That is the question posed by a fascinating exhibition here that focuses on North Africa. “Berber Women of Morocco,” at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent until…
  • Tiffany Kashmir Sapphire Gold Ring May Bring $175,000 at Heritage Auctions in New York

    Tolis Papageridis
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    - A Tiffany & Co. Kashmir sapphire diamond platinum-topped gold ring could sell for $175,000+ to lead Heritage Auctions’ Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction April 29 in New York. The auction is a mosaic of unique creations spanning the Georgian era to the present day. Jill Burgum, Heritage’s Senior Director of Fine Jewelry, said experienced jewelry connoisseurs can expect a robust selection of estate jewelry, rare colored gemstones, and name brand designs both contemporary and vintage. “White and fancy colored diamonds from 2.00 to 11.00 carats also play an impressive role in the…
  • “A. Link” Wins 2014 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award

    Tolis Papageridis
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Since 1904, A. Link has been renowned for creating elegant and timeless diamond jewelry, pleasing the most discerning diamond lovers who search for a perfect mix of unparalleled design and superior craftsmanship. Shared Prong Halo Ring won the Centurion 2014 Award for the Bridal Category For over 100 years, A. Link jewelry collections have been designed with one guiding characteristic that still holds true today; make the diamonds perform. Deco Curve Ring A. Link announce its 2nd prize win of the year. A. Link won the Centurion 2014 Designer Award for the Bridal Category and is now a 2014 JCK…
  • Patek Philippe Watch Breaks World Record at Sotheby’s HK Important Watches Spring Sale

    Tolis Papageridis
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    - A Patek Philippe watch topped the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Spring Sale. The timepiece created a world auction Record for a Patek Philippe Wristwatch selling for $866,667. The auction was held on 8th April and achieved total revenues worth $16.7 million. The Patek Philippe timepiece Ref. 5207P-001, the brand’s third-most complicated watch, is characterised as a minute-repeating instantaneous perpetual calendar tourbillon piece. It has an indicator for the leap year and day/night. The watch of 41 mm and made in platinum in 2013 features a dial in honey-gold colour, reports…
  • Botswana Hopes De Beers Won’t Start Selling Synthetic Diamonds

    Tolis Papageridis
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    - The Government of Botswana is hoping that its diamond industry partner won’t decide to sell synthetic diamonds for jewelry purposes, fearing such a move would negatively impact upon its profit margins, Rough and Polished reports. Gaborone is said to have sought out assurances to that effect from diamond giant De Beers, with which it has a 50% partnership in Debswana, the largest diamond producer in the world by value. De Beers also owns Element Six, a division which manufactures artificial diamonds, but at present these are sold for industrial purposes only. According to the Botswana…
 
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  • DUBAI GOLD SOUK – A GLITTERY PARADISE

    Emperesse
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Whether you are looking for wedding jewelry or a unique wedding band or want to buy gold just for investment, Dubai is the best place for you. The gold jewelry from the Dubai gold souk has some magic and charisma associated with them. The latest jewelry collections from the jewelry stores and the newest bridal jewelry trends in Dubai are really spell-binding. Read the article to know more about Dubai gold souk and emerge in the golden mist of one of the largest jewelry markets in the world.   DUBAI GOLD SOUK – AT A GLANCE   Located in the heart of Dubai’s district in Deira,…
  • Is A Platinum Wedding Ring Worth The Price Tag?

    Emperesse
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    In the recent years, platinum with its sheer beauty and elegance has become a modern trend for wedding rings. Many couples have turned to platinum, due to its lavish and luxurious look. But for some individuals it is still a concern that why choose platinum ring though it is so expensive, especially when other white metals available are less expensive and give similar looks? It’s really a good question and definitely worth an answer. Therefore, let’s plunge into and have a closer view at some of the factors that make platinum special and unique.     What Makes Platinum…
  • White Gold or Yellow Gold – What’s Your Choice?

    Emperesse
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Nowadays, gold comes in different colors and carats. Over the years, White gold and Yellow gold have gained a huge momentum for choices in wedding rings. With increasing popularity and numerous available designs, it becomes tricky to pick the best ring for a wedding day. In the article below, we will go through some of the pros and cons of each type, which will help you decide between these two materials before you spend your buck.   Classic and Versatile Yellow Gold   Pros: Original luster that never fades There are many people who love the simple look of yellow gold. If you are an…
  • Wedding Rings: Hottest Trends of 2014

    Emperesse
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    A wedding ring symbolizes eternal love, commitment and fashion. Today varied styles and designs are available in the market, and therefore you need to be specific and know the right style while finding the perfect ring for your partner. If you are the one whose wedding is planned this year, and are on the quest to find a perfect ring for your big day, then we are here to help you. Here we are sharing with you the most popular and latest wedding ring trends of 2014. Fashionistas’ Favorite: Rose Gold Diamond Rings With its beauty and warm glow, Rose gold has gained a huge popularity and is…
  • All That Glitters Today Is Rose Gold!

    Emperesse
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:46 pm
    When someone talks about gold and diamond jewelry, you immediately think of a lustrous yellow or a white or a platinum piece. First, it was silver and white gold and then yellow gold was back in trend. But nowadays, the pinkish hue of rose gold has become really popular and a Rose gold diamond ring is the newest jewelry trend among fashionistas across the globe.   Giving the gold a warm tint, Rose Gold Jewelry can range from a soft pinkish to a deep, glowing red color- depending on how much copper is used. This pinkish hue of rose gold jewelry is universally flattering to suit every…
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  • Accessorizing Your Maids for the Big Day

    mallofstyle
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Just picking out your bridesmaids’ dresses isn’t enough. Their accessories also need to be picked out, to prevent any unwanted clashing on the big day. If your bridesmaids are sporting matching outfits, their jewelry need not match, and they can experiment with their look within a certain range. It is important that their accessories are congruous to their outfit and to each other. You don’t want one bridesmaid to sport crystal earrings while another to sport feather ones. Yes, harmony is essential. Another essential is simplicity. Let’s look at some ideas you can follow for…
  • Spot Fake Murano Glass Jewelry

    mallofstyle
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    What is Murano Glass? Murano glass is a beautiful, special kind of glassware that is found only on a small island that is located less than 2 kilometers north, off the coast of Venice – it is native to Murano, Italy and it is manufactured nowhere else. Murano is part of a series of smaller islands that is located in the Venetian Lagoon, and it can be reached by bridge or boat. Murano glass is famous worldwide, with a rich history that stretches back til the early 1200’s, when trade from this region initially began to flourish. It is so famous and expensive mainly because it is of such…
  • African American Fashions for 2014

    mallofstyle
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Due to a rich heritage with deep roots that date back centuries before the first European, Portuguese or Dutch slave ship set sail for the motherland, Africa has a big impact on all aspects of fashion.  Whether wearing apparel, hairstyles or facial cosmetics, racial connotations persist in trendy product features. Of course, this is natural because manufacturers are not in business to go broke or break even.  Rather, the primary motive is maximum profit by investing finite resources for highest return.  As such, it is no wonder why cultural fixation on vanity has a very high correlation…
  • Color Palette for Spring 2014

    mallofstyle
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Spring is here with its own range of cool hues. This spring sees a return of some really earthly colors and shades of pastel. After winter palette brought on a range of vivacious colors, including brighter hues and bolder colors, spring brings on a wave of subtle and soothing colors. Pantone defines this season as one of colorful equilibrium. The light colors and pastels compliment the brighter shades. It’s the season of ceremonial oranges, cultural blues and digital neutrals. It celebrates ecological greens and homely browns, nature’s yellows and recreational chambrays, along with the…
  • Signs to Differentiate Real Pearls from Fake

    mallofstyle
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When buying pearls there is a lot you need to know – and one of those most important things is how to tell real pearls from fake. Unfortunately this isn’t as easy as turning it over to read the little “made in China” tag or feel around until you meet with a nasty little plastic spoke that’s half-heartedly hidden under some tacky bauble – no, sometimes, it’s virtually impossible to tell real pearls from fake. Usually, if you’re buying it from a high-end retailer, you will be rest assured that it’s the real deal. Let’s say however, you are looking for natural pearls, and…
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  • Birthstones and Mystic Gems in Jewish History

    birthstones
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Birthstones & Mystic Gems in Ancient Jewish History From the East, that fertile pasturage for vivid imaginations, originated the fictions about precious stones, which, transmitted through after ages, with all the embroidery of oriental fancy, set the brains of ancient story-tellers in a blaze of delightful bewilderment. Throughout the East the belief in mysterious powers resident in jewels has been always universal. Form and system were all that it required under the magianism of Persia and of Babylon, but it was with this systematized shape that the western nations became acquainted…
  • Japanese Cultured Pearls or Mikimoto Pearls

    birthstones
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Cultured Pearls Japanese Cultured Pearls or Mikimoto Pearls - When once the nature of pearls was understood, it was but natural that many experiments should; be made to produce the precious objects at will. In fact much attention has been paid to this: very problem by scientific men, and they are still at work upon it. Of course we do not here refer to the manufacture of «artificial pearls» such as the so called «Roman pearls», «Venetian pearls» etc., which are not pearls at all, but are made of glass and painted with fish-silver; rather what is referred to are the attempts to make…
  • Burmese Ruby

    birthstones
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Burmese Ruby - Up to the time of the annexation of Upper Burma to the British Empire, in 1886, no description of the Ruby district had been written by an Englishman; and the only accessible account of the mines was one by the Padre Guiseppe d’Amato, an Italian Jesuit Missionary in Burma, whose description was published in the «Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal», for 1833. Within the last few years, however, our knowledge of the Burmese Ruby has grown rapidly, and at present we are in possession of so large a body of information respecting the character of the country and the…
  • Ancient Stone Rings

    birthstones
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Stone Rings History Ancient Stone Rings - Rings cut out of the solid stone were in common use among the Romans of antiquity, just as Carnelian rings are among their female descendants of the present day, who wear them now as a species of amulet to keep off sickness a notion derived from the medireval idea of the protective virtue of the Sard. These ancient rings were formed out of various substances, but most frequently of Calcedony, a tough and firm material. It is most probable that the first idea of these stone-rings was borrowed by the Romans from the Persian conical and hemispherical…
  • The Burning Of Precious Stones

    birthstones
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Burning And Coloring Of Precious Stones Certain kinds of Precious Stones are often burnt or subjected to a high temperature, the heat exercising a very peculiar influence upon many stones, and in some cases modifying or utterly changing their color. Thus, the Oriental Carnelian owes its beautiful tint to artificial exposure to heat. The Pink Brazilian Topaz, too, derives its remarkable color from burning. One way of burning Precious Stones is to roll them up in a piece of sponge or tinder, and set fire to the enveloping material. Another method is to place them in a crucible, with either…
 
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