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  • April 19 to 25, 2015 Big diamonds dominated the headlines this week, with Sotheby’s selling a 100-carat, internally flawless D color diamond for $22 million and two mining companies reporting big rough finds.

    In addition, many headed down to New Orleans for American Gem Society Conclave 2015 while others were east-bound, for the first Vicenzaoro show in Dubai.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Jordan Alexander New York--Today’s shoppers, while appreciative of the pearls that have been used in jewelry created generations before them, are looking to designers to give them an updated, stylish look to go with contemporary fashions.

    Enter Theresa Harper Bruno, designer and president at the Jordan Alexander jewelry brand, who was indeed inspired by the estate jewelry collections of both her grandmother and mother but has added a bohemian, contemporary aesthetic to her designs.

    By mixing the feminine with the edgy, the polished with the rough, and setting them with diamond pave accents in 18-karat gold, Bruno has created pearl pieces for the modern women who wants classic pieces with edge.

    Click through the slideshow to see 12 designs from Jordan Alexander.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Going green Happy Earth Day! This is the day in our business when we talk about green jewelry practices and try to help consumers understand that there are ways our industry can help make a smaller footprint on Mother Earth.

    Sustainable mining, recycling materials, greener manufacturing processes and renewable resources are all key to a growing generation of green jewelers.

    Here are 11 new styles that remind you to manufacture responsibly in a most beautiful way. All prices listed are retail.

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  • Alternative Materials Spotlight: Ceramic New York--Perusing the cases and displays at jewelry stores, customers generally expect to see staple metals: 18-karat gold, silver, platinum, perhaps titanium or palladium. There’s one material, however, that consumers may have to seek out: ceramic, used by designer Etienne Perret.

    “Ceramique is my gem ceramic jewelry collection made from zirconia ceramic, an extremely hard high-tech material that is ideally suited for many industrial, medical and jewelry purposes,” Perret says. He first saw the material about 25 years ago when visiting Baselworld, at the booth of Swiss watch company Rado.

    “It immediately struck me that if one could make watches from this material, one could make jewelry,” he says. 

    Perret said there is a large learning curve when working with zirconia ceramics, as opposed to other materials commonly used to make jewelry. “Unfortunately it is a brand-new material that does not have 5,000 years of craft history. Much of the knowledge is in high-tech industrial manufacturing or in the dental industry. I try to find others that have the same passion for the material, and share what we know.”

    Click through this gallery to see 10 pieces from Ceramique. All prices listed are retail.

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