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The Week In Photos
March 1 to 7, 2014
It was a coast-to-coast kind of week. Saturday, the JA New York Winter show kicked off in Manhattan while Sunday night was the Academy Awards, which is huge for both film and jewelry placement on celebrities.
In West Hollywood, as a nod to the Oscars, Italian brand Bulgari celebrated decades of red carpet jewelry with a private cocktail party hosted by actress Naomi Watts.
In the middle of the week, the action returned to the East Coast, with the Women’s Jewelry Association’s annual conference and awards dinner taking place in New York on Wednesday.
Flip through this week’s slideshow to see it all. More »
A dozen jewels from the Oscars
New York--Per usual, big and bold diamond pieces were the most-seen jewels adorning celebrities at the 86th Academy Awards held Sunday in Los Angeles.
Diamond drop earrings, rings and bracelets were the go-to choice for celebrities (or their stylists, rather), which is expected because the Oscars traditionally features more conservative apparel, versus the Golden Globes, where attire is oftentimes a little riskier.
From Chopard and Forevermark to Brumani and Stephen Webster, truly red-carpet-worthy bling was rolled out for the awards show. As predicted earlier this year, statement pieces have begun to gain popularity over multiple smaller pieces, as stars take a break from layering.
Click through these 13 slides to see 12 pieces of jewelry, and one watch, celebrities wore to the Oscars. Read more »
Gemstone Spotlight: Victor Velyan
New York--With a penchant for metallurgy and an attraction to gemstones with the best color saturation, designer Victor Velyan has created a collection of pieces with a very distinct look that he describes as “primitive but sophisticated.”
Velyan started in the jewelry industry at a young age as a diamond setter and then a jeweler’s apprentice, and in 1995 opened his own manufacturing shop in Los Angeles to produce pieces for other designers.
He eventually created his own collection when he began experimenting with metals to create the looks now seen across his pieces.
In addition to crafting jewelry in gold and silver, he has developed a patina line, produced using his own recipes of mixing acids and metals such as copper, iron, zinc and cobalt to see the reactions and colors produced.
When talking about the process of making the colored patina, Velyan says, “a lot of designers are afraid of using anything but gold or platinum or metals like that. I’m not afraid to use any metal because all metals are beautiful in their own way,” adding that he is inspired by designers like Joel Arthur Rosenthal, better known as JAR, who uses aluminum and titanium in his pieces.
Velyan draws inspiration for the way he makes the jewelry--the hammered, bent and textured looks--from old world architecture, while the beauty of Europe and Africa inspire his designs.
Click through the slideshow to see 10 pieces by Victor Velyan.Read more »
Platinum Spotlight: LX
New York--The idea behind Laurence Bruyninckx’s bridal jewelry is to keep customers coming back for years to come.
The Antwerp-based newcomer is the creator of LX, a line of bridal jewelry divided into four collections: Embrace, Enthrall, Entwine and Enrapture.
All inspired by the joining of two people, the rings evolve as a couple’s relationship grows over time. Customers can start with a simple solitaire and build upon it, adding diamond-set ring guards and pavé eternity bands to mark life’s milestones, such as the birth of children or significant anniversaries.
All of the rings designed by Bruyninckx (pronounced BROO-nicks) are available in platinum as well as 18-karat rose, white or yellow gold.
The diamonds are, at minimum, F or G color, VS2 clarity, and the collection is distributed by Chicago-based IGC Brand Services, a division of Belgian diamond company IGC Group, a De Beers sightholder. IGC Brand Services donates a portion of all sales to Washington-based Global Giving, an organization that funds high-impact social and environmental programs in the developing world.
For more information, visit Bruyninckx’s website, LX-Antwerp.com, or contact Helen Shelton at Finn Partners, email@example.com or 212-593-6443.
Click through this slideshow to see LX’s designs. Prices given are retail prices for the rings in platinum. Unless otherwise noted, the prices given do not include the center stone as sizes can vary depending on the customers’ desire. Read more »