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January 25 to 31, 2015

January 25 to 31, 2015  New York--The week began with two shows: one that involved a red carpet and another that centered on Italian jewelry. The second big Hollywood awards show of the season, the Screen Actors Guild, took place Sunday night, with celebrities walking the red carpet in pieces by familiar names, including Martin Katz, Fred Leighton and Harry Winston. Meanwhile, in Italy, the January edition of Vicenzaoro, which debuted a new format this year, was Read More »

Gemstone Spotlight: Lauren Harper

Gemstone Spotlight: Lauren Harper New York--Lauren Harper credits having had three daughters with influencing the way she approaches designing and creating her jewelry. Knowing that she wants to teach them a sense of independence, the designer says that she infuses every piece with the strength, passion and fierceness that she wants to instill in her girls, and that she sees in her customers as well. The edgy-yet-feminine pieces in Harper’s collections feature g Read More »

GIA updates colored stone and pearl reports

GIA updates colored stone and pearl reports Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America has revised its colored stone and pearl reports, adding features meant to allow for better images, more current terminology and consumer-friendly information. The changes will be effective on Feb. 1. GIA’s colored stone and pearl reports now will feature a layout in portrait orientation, and a new paper will be used to support higher-quality photos, the Carlsbad Read More »

Scott Kay to make QVC debut on Super Bowl Sunday

Scott Kay to make QVC debut on Super Bowl Sunday This Scott Kay sterling silver bangle with three stations and pave diamond accents, which comes in small, average, and large sizes, is one of the exclusive products that Scott Kay will offer on QVC on Sunday. Teaneck, N.J.--When the Scott Kay jewelry brand makes its debut on QVC this weekend, it will be Tiffany Kay who steps into the shoes of her late father to present the pieces live on air. Scott Kay Inc. will Read More »

Vicenzaoro buyer attendance up 13 percent

Vicenzaoro buyer attendance up 13 percent The new Boutique format of the Vicenzaoro show grouped like companies together into sections that were then designated by color, such as the “Creation” (orange) and “Look” (purple) zones, both of which contained exhibitors selling jewelry. Vicenza, Italy--Vicenzaoro’s reformatted show closed Wednesday in Italy with show organizers reporting a double-digit increase in buyer attendance.  According to Fiera di Vicenza, 18, Read More »

MJSA brings live bench sessions to Tucson

MJSA brings live bench sessions to Tucson Attleboro, Mass.--MJSA again will present its signature At the Bench Live program during the AGTA GemFair, which runs from Feb. 3 to 8. The interactive demonstrations will run twice daily in the Tools, Technology, and Supplies pavilion, offering advice and insights for jewelers of all skill levels, from beginners on the bench to experienced professionals. The schedule for At the Bench Live is as follows. Tuesday, Read More »

Turquoise treats

Turquoise treats Stuller’s 18-karat vermeil turquoise chandelier earrings retail for $324. Print Turquoise treats From Tacori’s “Barbados Blue” collection, this pendant features faceted clear quartz layered over neolite turquoise below an 18-karat gold gem sea Read More »

Gold Spotlight: Michelle Fantaci

Gold Spotlight: Michelle Fantaci In chess, the queen is the king’s protector. She can move in any direction, making her versatile and effortlessly powerful. She’s also the inspiration for the latest jewelry collection by Michelle Fantaci. A New York designer who studied metalsmithing in Florence before launching her line in 2007, Fantaci’s creations feature unusual forms that are surprisingly wearable. Fierce yet delicately refined, pieces in her Chess Queen Read More »

Rocks On: Turquoise’s upward trend

Rocks On: Turquoise’s upward trend Much of the new turquoise in the market comes from the southwestern U.S., like the Red Mountain turquoise set in this cuff by Angie Reano Owen. It was included in the “Turquoise, Water Sky” exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in New York. New York--While the rarity of many top colored gemstones often is touted, one not always named among the most valuable is finding itself increasingly in demand--turquoise. Alr Read More »

Signet rings

Signet rings From Doyle & Doyle in New York, this circa 1920 signet ring is 14-karat gold set with old round-cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.09 carats ($1,200). Print Signet rings Also from Doyle & Doyle in New York, this Victorian era 18-karat gold ring Read More »

The History Behind … Signet rings

The History Behind … Signet rings It’s signet rings like this circa 1920 14-karat gold piece with old round-cut diamonds that have survived until today. This particular ring is from Doyle & Doyle in New York.  New York--Signet rings have been around since ancient civilization, worn as protective amulets, for betrothal or as early form of branding and currency. But, primarily, they were used to seal deals (literally) and communicate rank. “I love how personally Read More »

Gold price forecast to decline in 2015

Gold price forecast to decline in 2015 New York--Though gold is expected to decrease in price again throughout the year, 2015 could end with a slight uptick, setting the stage for a price recovery next year. London-based analyst Andrew Leyland, the manager of precious metals demand at Thomson Reuters GFMS, told National Jeweler that they are predicting an average gold price of $1,170 per ounce this year.  He also noted that gold has gotten off to a very stron Read More »

Cindy’s TrendTracker: A Cut Above the Rest

Cindy’s TrendTracker: A Cut Above the Rest New York--Sometimes a gemstone should take a walk on the wild side. It can be good to give up the straight angles and symmetrical curves, and instead bust out in wild, irregular angles and patterns, especially since there always will be a customer for these uniquely cut, rough-and-tumble specimens. For the customer who wants something one-of-a-kind, show them a gemstone design that’s as unique as a snowflake and get r Read More »

Designer debuts instructional DVDs on custom design

Designer debuts instructional DVDs on custom design Rémy Rotenier has released two DVDs, priced at $175 each, to teach the skills of custom designing jewelry to help retailers bolster that part of their business. New York--Rémy Rotenier has released two courses on DVD, Counter Sketching Jewelry and Color Rendering of Jewelry, incorporating the custom-design skills he has learned in his 30 years at the bench. In the Counter Sketching Jewelry course, Rotenier tea Read More »

Pasquale Bruni

Pasquale Bruni One of the most stunning pieces the brand had on display at Vicenzaoro was this one-of-a-kind collar-style necklace from the Ghirlanda collection. It is 18-karat yellow and white gold set with 28.40 carats of white diamonds and 50.60 carats of heliodor.  Print Pas Read More »

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