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The Week In Photos

  • December 7 to 13, 2014 New York--The week started on a sad note, as the industry continued to react and reflect on the news that designer and pioneer Scott Kay died of a heart attack Dec. 4. His family released a statement that it would “forge on” as he would’ve wanted, and his eponymous business re-opened Monday.

    Big stones also topped the news, as Gemfields announced the sale of its 40.23-carat “Rhino” ruby and lab-grown diamond company Pure Grown reported the creation of a 3.04-carat colorless diamond.

    Meanwhile, the record-setting sale of a Cartier “Tutti Frutti” bracelet during Sotheby’s most recent auction in New York pushed the company’s 2014 jewelry sales total to new heights.

    See the week that was, in photos.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Uncommon brides Today’s bride is a very eclectic girl--no longer hemmed in by long-standing traditions she is free to do as she pleases in colored bridal gowns, in avant-garde settings, and with jewels that resonate with her personal style. 

    She’s not locked into needing a perfect white diamond with traditional prongs; she’ll rock a colored stone, a blackened metal or a cluster of raw diamonds and call herself betrothed. 

    This is great news for jewelers, who can have more fun with their bridal inventory and cater to the unconventional bride with a wide assortment of creative ideas. 

    Click through to see 19 rings perfect for a modern bride.  

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  • Cobalt Chrome Spotlight: Sarah Graham Sculptural and tactile, the jewelry of Sarah Graham is inspired by the forms and textures of the natural world, from grasses and pebbles to corals and single-celled organisms. But, despite its organic feel, her work is also deceptively high-tech, with innovative materials and construction.

    Her fingerprint collection, for example, uses in-store scanners, CAD models, and 3-D printing to create the feeling of casual wax impressions.

    Graham’s signature is a velvety oxidized cobalt chrome alloy, which creates a matte-black foil for richly textured 18-karat gold. Each of her collections has a distinct inspiration, yet her unified aesthetic, characteristic palette of metals, and variety of textures encourage collectors to mix and match.

    Click through to the slideshow to see examples of Sarah Graham’s unique creative vision, including an exclusive preview of the soon-to-debut Oakleaf Collection.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Wing fans New York--Wingin’ it is the way to soar through the holidays.

    There are so many interpretations of this motif on the market right now, from demure angel wings to historically referenced putti angels to dramatic birds and romantic butterflies. Wings symbolize flight, freedom, nature and heaven and many people find themselves within the mythology.

    Designers are offering winged jewels in every style from dainty charms to oversized collars, creating something for everyone in this trend.

    See 15 pieces that take a flight of fancy.
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