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  • January 25 to 31, 2015  New York--The week began with two shows: one that involved a red carpet and another that centered on Italian jewelry.

    The second big Hollywood awards show of the season, the Screen Actors Guild, took place Sunday night, with celebrities walking the red carpet in pieces by familiar names, including Martin Katz, Fred Leighton and Harry Winston. Meanwhile, in Italy, the January edition of Vicenzaoro, which debuted a new format this year, was taking place.

    See it all, and more, in this week's slideshow.
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  • Gold Spotlight: Michelle Fantaci In chess, the queen is the king’s protector. She can move in any direction, making her versatile and effortlessly powerful.

    She’s also the inspiration for the latest jewelry collection by Michelle Fantaci. A New York designer who studied metalsmithing in Florence before launching her line in 2007, Fantaci’s creations feature unusual forms that are surprisingly wearable.

    Fierce yet delicately refined, pieces in her Chess Queen Collection nest and reflect each other in a way that compels stacking and layering. They are designed to be worn together and with everything else in your jewelry wardrobe.

    Click through to the slideshow to see examples of Michelle Fantaci’s work, which ranges in retail price from $500 to $8,000 with most styles between $1,000 and $2,000.
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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Lauren Harper New York--Lauren Harper credits having had three daughters with influencing the way she approaches designing and creating her jewelry.

    Knowing that she wants to teach them a sense of independence, the designer says that she infuses every piece with the strength, passion and fierceness that she wants to instill in her girls, and that she sees in her customers as well.

    The edgy-yet-feminine pieces in Harper’s collections feature geometric shapes with intricately-cut colored gemstones and details, all combining to create instant classics.

    Here are 10 of Harper’s latest designs. 

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: A Cut Above the Rest New York--Sometimes a gemstone should take a walk on the wild side.

    It can be good to give up the straight angles and symmetrical curves, and instead bust out in wild, irregular angles and patterns, especially since there always will be a customer for these uniquely cut, rough-and-tumble specimens.

    For the customer who wants something one-of-a-kind, show them a gemstone design that’s as unique as a snowflake and get ready to talk gemology. Irregular gem cuts also offers a challenge for designers, forcing them to take their game up a notch.

    Here are 13 examples of the wide diversity of gem cutting, and even not cutting.
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