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Saturday, January 31, 2015

#DesignerSpotlight Pascal Lacroix It All About the Leaves of Gold... #DailyJewel


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#GIA - Dreher Gem Carving Dynasty from Germany to Exhibit in California

From Press Release by GIA

Dreher Gem Carving Dynasty from Germany to Exhibit in California
Intricate animal carvings to go on view at GIA in Carlsbad, Feb. 19

Carving by Patrick Dreher, 12 x 12 x 13 cm,
 from a single piece of strawberry quartz 
with zones of amethyst and rock crystal. 
Courtesy of the Larson family. 
Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIA
Over 20 intricately carved and lifelike animal sculptures by world-renowned gemstone carvers Gerd and Patrick Dreher will go on exhibit at GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA beginning  Fenruary 19th. The Dreher family, whose legacy dates back five generations, is part of the 600-year gemstone carving tradition in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, a major center for the cutting and carving of gems. “Generations of Mastery: Gemstone Carvings by Dreher” will be on view through summer 2015.  

“Pieces by the Dreher family are among the most admired gemstone carvings in the world,” said Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA Museum. “Their sophisticated designs and artistry have been refined and passed down through generations. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to share the Dreher family’s extraordinary craftsmanship.”

Known for its one-of-a-kind gemstone carvings, particularly animal sculptures, the House of Dreher has created celebrated pieces since the late 1800s. In the mid-twentieth century, the family gained further acclaim for their work with design house Fabergé. Today, their carvings can be seen in museums around the world and in private collections. Dreher creates sculptures using many different gem materials, but a favorite of the design house is natural agate from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

The more than 20 gem carvings in GIA’s “Generations of Mastery: Gemstone Carvings by Dreher” exhibit depict lifelike animals such as a chameleon, a starfish, and a frog perched on a lily pad. The Drehers are known for their extensive study of animals and other creatures, drawing from as many as 500 photos of each subject to create the superb detail in their works of art. Pieces in the exhibit include jasper, agate, tourmaline, ruby in zoisite, smoky quartz and grossular garnet.

Carving by Gerd Dreher, 10.5 x 10 cm, in grossular garnet with shale.
Courtesy of the Larson family. Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIA
The pieces exhibited are on loan from the Larson family of Fallbrook, CA. Bill Larson, owner of Pala International, is a well-known collector and connoisseur of gems, minerals and carvings. 

Carving by Patrick Dreher, 7x5 cm, from a single crystal of smoky quartz.
Courtesy of the Larson family. Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIA

“Generations of Mastery: Gemstone Carvings by Dreher” will be on display from Feb. 19 through summer 2015. GIA’s museum is free and open to the public Mondaythrough Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance by emailing or calling 800-421-7250, ext. 4116 or 760-603-4116
For more details about the museum, visit GIA’s website.

Carving by Gerd Dreher, 17x10 cm, from a single piece of multicolored agate. 
Courtesy of the Larson family. Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIA

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#SilentSunday #DesignerSpotlight Jack Hovsepian's DANHOV

Jack Hovsepian developed creative skills early and was able to master a technique that  married precision with art...and in 1984 he founded Danhov.

Located in Hollywood, California, Danhov is known for award-winning,  handcrafted fine jewelry and bridal.

...and now, to commemorate 30 years of leading bridal trends and creating elegant, innovative jewelry, Danhov introduces Trenta. 

This fine jewelry collection is an extension of the modern minimalist lines and shapes for which Danhov is known. Italian for thirty, Trenta is perfect for a wedding day - or any day.

Photos: from Jewelry Week in Las Vegas 2014  - thank you to Kevin my reluctant hand model ;)


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Prepare To Be Inspired - 2015 Is The Year of The Green Wooden Sheep

* Info - Chinese Horoscopes site

2015 is the Year of the Sheep 

The first day of the Year of the Sheep arrives on February 4, 2015 in China Standard Time. That is the first day of the Chinese astrology year on the day of Start of Spring when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac at 12:00 at noon on February 4, 2015. 

Chinese New Year's day is on February 19, 2015 in China Standard Time, the new moon day of the first lunar month and the new moon time is at 7:48 A.M. of February 19, 2015 in China Standard Time.

The Start of Spring in US Eastern Standard Time is at 23:00 P.M. on February 3, 2015, and in the US Pacific Standard Time is at 20:00 P.M. on February 3, 2015. Therefore, the 2015 Sheep year starts on February 3, 2015 in US time zones.

The upcoming 2015 year of the Sheep is the inspiring period; it will try to leave behind any unstable affair and connections with the aim to carve a new more honest pattern of relations.

Chinese Astrology uses one's birthday and birth time to predict their fortune. The astrological birth chart is built by the Chinese Astrology Calendar, which is a combination counting system of Yin-Yang Five Elements and 12 animals. The Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. The twelve animal are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Year of 2015 is Wooden Sheep. Because Wood (tree) is connected to the color of Green. Therefore, 2015 is the Year of Green Wooden Sheep

 Wood   Sheep  Female wood

Personality of Sheep (Ram, Goat) 

The Sheep, oddly enough, is thought to be the most feminine sign of the zodiac, perhaps because this is a very creative sign. The Sheep is artistically talented, and has a great sense of fashion. Chances are that this type will prefer to be a designer or painter, or go into the kind of profession where he can make the most of his gift for creating beautiful things. 

Considerate - Artistic - Creative - Sensitive - Wanderers -  Can be Obstinate & Insecure

Hattie Carnegie Ram Bracelet - Available on Ruby Lane

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Save Your Precious Moments In An #NFC Pearl From Galatea

Press Release from Galatea

Patented Momento Pearl™ Saves Your Precious Moments in a Pearl

The NFC-empowered Momento Pearl™ from Galatea: Jewelry by Artist is the first cultured pearl to contain near field communication technology, allowing a user to create a tailored voice message that can be played when the pearl is tapped against a compatible mobile device. Taking smart jewelry to a completely new, emotional level, the patent-pending Momento Pearl (U.S. Patent No. 14/517.827 and Trademark 86/434,536) can also store a variety of digital content including images, messages and videos.

Galatea gives Momento jewelry its voice by implanting an NFC chip deep inside the pearl. The tiny computer runs without a battery by induction energy. When the Galatea app is downloaded, the user records a message or uploads an audio file. By tapping the pearl against an NFC-enabled mobile device, the audio is played and other digital material displayed. From words of love and encouragement to wedding vows and Biblical passages, the emotional connections the Momento Pearl can make are truly endless.

The Momento Pearl Ad:

“This is where the future of jewelry begins,” says inventor and Galatea founder Chi Huynh. “A person can ‘live’ in this pearl forever, as it holds the voice and memories of a loved one.” Despite its high-tech interface, the real interest in the Momento Pearl lies in its ability to summon a voice, a memory and emotion, says Huynh, who plans on introducing more NFC-enabled jewelry to include gemstones and diamonds over the coming months.

The Cultured Pearl Revolutionary
Though the Momento Pearl is unique, Huynh says it’s just a natural extension of Galatea’s revolutionary work with pearls and pearl culturing over the last 20 years. Known for its hand-carved cultured Tahitian and freshwater pearls (the Momento Pearl collection features only hand-carved pearls), Galatea also owns a number of patents for its unique pearl and gemstone jewelry. In 2005, the company introduced the Galatea Pearl™ (U.S. Patent 7,062,940 B2), a pearl that is cultured using a colored stone bead. After the pearl’s nacre is carved away, the color can be seen below its surface. It’s been called the most significant breakthrough in pearl culturing since Kokichi Mikimoto patented the process in the early part of the 20th century.

The complete collection of Momento Pearl jewelry includes 29 pendants, 26 earrings and 8 rings in 14k gold with Tahitian and freshwater pearls. Manufacturer Suggested Retails begin at $350. The Momento Pearl Collection will be available at Galatea authorized retail jewelers in January 2015, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

About Galatea: Jewelry by Artist ( With an uncompromising artistic vision, Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea, has created some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual jewelry collections--collections that rely upon pearls and other gemstones that have been transformed by proprietary and patented processes. A poet, painter and humanitarian, Galatea, founded in 1994, employs over 150 people in the U.S. and Vietnam. Contact Chi Huynh or Barbara Moss at 909-592-0877 for interviews or additional information.

Monday, December 22, 2014

#LinkLove: The Business of Craft

How About A Little Easy Monday #LinkLove

* this is a reprint of an older post - I am hoping that the links are still all good!  Please leave any additional info in the comments.

Calls for Entry:

Cafe: Call For Entry

Show Listings:

Craftin Outlaws:

Festival Network Online

Craft Sales Sites:



NEC Store Fixtures/Displays

Store Supply Warehouse

Thunderbird Supply:

Photography Tips:

You Are My Sunshine ($5 Photo Studio)


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