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  • April 5 to 11, 2014 New York--Events in the jewelry industry were all over the map this week, including a cocktail reception to launch a jeweler’s partnership with an art museum in Florida, a press preview in New York and a professional athlete stepping out at a Rado store in London.

    Levinson Jewelers kicked off its partnership with the Young At Art Museum by hosting an event at their flagship store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for donors, board members and gala committee members, as well as a few other notable guests in attendance.

    Meanwhile in New York, fine jewelry brand Armenta held a press preview at the Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, where National Jeweler’s editors got the chance to see pieces the company will launch at the Couture show in Las Vegas next month.

    In London, professional tennis player Andy Murray took time out of his busy training schedule to meet with fans at the Rado Hour Passion store.

    Click through this week’s slideshow to see photos from all three events.

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  • Palladium Spotlight: Todd Reed New York--Based in Boulder, Colo., designer Todd Reed is known for his unique and recognizable work with rough diamonds and gold. But he doesn’t stop there in paving a different path.

    Reed also works in alternative metals and, when it comes to the category, the designer says he was attracted to palladium’s color from the start.

    “The dark gray is sexy and simple, and totally natural,” he says. “I liked the warmth of the metal as opposed to platinum--that felt a bit cold. I liked that (palladium) was light and mined in America. I also felt and now feel that the metal … shows a level of elegance in aesthetics and craftsmanship when done correctly.”

    Reed adds that the finished feel of a palladium piece is “completely unique,” and that his customers are interested in the metal and alternative metals in general.

    “There is a certain level of refinement and uniqueness, discernment and quality that our clients look for when buying jewelry. Alternative metals are exciting to a customer that truly wants something unique and, in many cases, is using our jewelry as a means of self-expression, therefore literally saying ‘I am unique, I am alternative,’” Reed says. 

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  • For men, 10 alternatives to traditional bands New York--If there’s one thing we know about the Millennial bridal consumer, it’s the importance of personalization--having a unique piece of jewelry with a story behind it.

    Enter alternative metals: cobalt, tungsten carbide, palladium and titanium, just to name a few. Each has its own set of characteristics, from durability to aesthetics, and gives consumers an option outside of gold, platinum or silver, at a range of price points.

    This gallery showcases a variety of men’s bands in alternative metals, with and without gemstones, priced from $280 to $2,200 retail.

    Click through to see the designs.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Bochic New York--Bochic is introducing its new Core collection and additions to its one-of-a-kind line for fall 2014, both of which will feature gemstone-laden pieces.

    Creative director and designer David Joseph and co-designer Miriam Salat established the Bochic brand in 2004, drawing inspiration from travels abroad to create jewelry reflective of cultural influences from around the world.

    The brand achieves its distinctive look by combining gemstones with diamond accents and a “vintage feel.”  Bochic features rare stones in its jewelry, including Serbian mammoth, English jet, Chinese jade, tanzanite and North American turquoise, as well as diamonds, rubies, lapis, opaque amazonite, orange sapphire and onyx.

    The Bochic customer is defined as someone who is “the embodiment of independent spirit, confidence, style, adventure and zest for life.” 

    Click through this slideshow to see new pieces from both collections. 

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