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  • August 16 to 22, 2015 New York--A Parisian jewelry brand opened its first U.S. store on Madison Avenue in New York this week, while color authority Pantone announced it has added more than 200 shades to its palette.

    London Jewelers announced it is selling the Apple Watch Edition in two of its stores, making it the lone U.S. specialty jeweler to do so, while over in Arkansas, another independent retailer is inviting customers to see an 8-carat stone found at a nearby state park get cut before it’s set and sold.

    Also, Tiffany & Co. announced that it will open a new store in Auckland, New Zealand late next year, and the Jewelers Board of Trade said President Dione Kenyon is set to retire sometime in 2016, dependent on when the organization finds and transitions a replacement.

    It’s the week that happened, in photos.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 2 For week two of our alternative bridal trends, we’ve got even more unusual stones and unique settings.

    If you don’t show more than traditional bridal rings, you won’t be getting the new customer who isn’t as interested in the 4Cs as with their own personal fashion statement. They might want to try something that speaks to their generation. For many of the alternative bridal choices, the emphasis is in responsibly-mined stones and metals, and that customer base is growing.

    Here is another batch of rings that can make the off-beat customer’s heart melt.

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  • Copper Spotlight: John S. Brana It was a customer request for a piece of copper jewelry that got John S. Brana working in the material.

    “Ever since, I have favored the metal,” the San Francisco-based designer said. “Its rich color is easily confused with rose gold, and at a fraction of the price, has proved to be one of my hottest-selling lines.”

    Brana said copper is an ideal metal for jewelry design because it is malleable, ductile and resilient, perfect for fold forming, anticlastic raising, forging and corrugating. The metal also can be fused, making chain necklaces and bracelets a “breeze to fabricate.”

    Brana said his clients very much enjoy copper jewelry.

    “Since the introduction of (my copper line) in 2007, I’ve found that my customers buy copper jewelry simply because they like the look of copper, are looking for a more affordable alternative to rose gold jewelry, (are) seeking unique gifts for the seventh wedding anniversary, or are interested in copper jewelry for perceived health benefits,” he said.

    Click through the gallery to see 10 pieces of handmade copper jewelry from John S. Brana. All prices listed are retail.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Unhada New York--While Jocelyn Prestia’s journey into gemstones started as a way to learn about them in order to sell antique jewelry, her belief that she could tell their story through jewelry brought her into the design realm.

    Prestia, the winner of the 2015 Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award, started Unhada while she was living in Bangkok. She creates mostly one-of-a-kind pieces, setting unique stones that she has found on her travels in 18-karat gold.

    “I would discover a gem and just envision the world it came from,” Prestia said. “I try to mix up different times and places to create a unique aesthetic while usually focusing on a trifecta of inspirations--my life in Asia, antique jewelry, and fairy tales and fantasy."

    Among her collections are the “Dynasty” line, inspired by the Chinese dynasty period; the “Fringe” collection, inspired by the late Victorian period but with a modern-day take; and the “Diadem” collection, blending the old world European tiaras with the architecture and decors of Thailand’s monasteries and temples.

    Click through the slideshow to see 10 Unhada pieces. All prices listed are retail. 

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