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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

#DesignerSpotlight - Ornella Iannuzzi - Another Industry Recognition....and it's GOLD!

via Press Release following the 2016 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards

Ornella Ianuzzi. a New Award, a New Online Retailer 
and the successful launch of her New “Kristalik” Collection

Ornella Iannuzzi found her true calling after discovering the Art Nouveau jewels of René Lalique. At that moment, “I discovered what jewelry could be – as a work of art and a form of body adornment,” she says. Iannuzzi finds bottomless inspiration from nature and considers her practice an ongoing investigation of the subject, “There are three different environments, mountain, forest and sea. There’s a lot to do.” 

Iannuzzi’s favorite gemstone is the opal. “I have a special thing for opals and discovered Ethiopian opals in 2009. Since that time, I’ve included them in my collection.” In keeping with her sculptural approach, Iannuzzi works directly in the wax rather than from sketch to mold. My jewelry is like little artworks to wear.” 
This blogger met Ornella at the 2015 Couture Show in Las Vegas where she was one of the Designers in Stephen Webster's Rock Vault.  She was introducing her "Rock It" Collection a fun group of orbs of Ethiopian Opal rolling around in geodesic frames.  A talented and lovely artist --- I expected amazing things and boy has she delivered!

Earlier this year Ornella Iannuzzi won another Gold award at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards - commonly referred to as the “Jewellery Oscars” - for her pendant called “L’exceptionnelle Tanzanite”. 

For a complete list (in .pdf form) of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2016 Honorees - CLICK HERE

Entirely handmade in 18k white gold with a 45 cts natural Tanzanite crystal and diamonds, this pendant is a new addition to her Fine Art Jewellery collection “Les Exceptionnelles”, with which Ornella shares her fascination for geology and mineralogy. 

Launched in 2012, each piece from the collection features a mineral variety in their natural state – or “Nature’s work of art” as Ornella described it, carefully combined with cut stones into architectural compositions. The inspiration behind each piece comes directly from the specimen selected, and Ornella has focussed on the strength of character of each stone, as well as on the details of their crystallization or inclusions. Through the metal work, she enhanced these particularities, continuing the artwork that Nature started billions of years ago.

And last night, the quality of her unusual work was rewarded by a Gold Award in the Jeweller category.

Following the popularity of “Les Exceptionnelles”, Ornella decided to adapt the style to daily wear last year with her fine jewellery ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ collection called “Rock It!”- based on dodecahedron crystallization of gemstones.

This earlier collection is currently available online at PLUKKA

This year, it is the crystallization of emeralds which has inspired Ornella’s new ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ line - called “Kristalik”- which she successfully introduced at Rock Vault last week during London Fashion Week. With a strong architectural look and asymmetric-geometric designs, the new collection bears Ornella’s signature avant-garde style, with a touch of Art Deco. Available in polished or matt 18k gold (in yellow, white, or rose) and set with diamonds, the range is composed of rings (specifically designed for left hand & right hand), pendant, necklace, cufflinks, and earrings which can be combined for a luxurious modern-urban look.

Inspired by the crystallisation of emeralds, my new range has a strong architectural look with "asymmetric-geometric" designs that bear my signature avant-garde style, with a touch of art deco. Available in polished or matt 18k gold (yellow, white, or rose) and set with diamonds, the range is composed of rings - specifically designed for left hand & right hand, pendant, necklace, cufflinks, and earrings.

Ornella Iannuzzi is an established award winning artist jeweller creating mainly one-of-a-kind pieces of high end jewellery. Famous for her unique award-winning pieces, Ornella’s motto (from Ralph Waldo Emerson): "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" feeds her unusual and innovative approach to high-end jewellery.

Fine Art Jewellery by Ornella Iannuzzi on Facebook

#WJALA - Women's Jewelry Association - Los Angeles Chapter Presents "Women at the Top".

The Women's Jewelry Association - Los Angeles Chapter has announced their latest event, "Women at the Top".

This educational and networking event will feature a panel discussion with an audience Question & Answer session with three of today's most accomplished and successful women in the jewelry industry:

Lisa Haddow Shirley, Precious Jewelry Buyer of Neiman Marcus
Susan Jacques, President and CEO of GIA Education
Yancy Smith Weinrich, Senior VP of JCK Events

This is an incredible opportunity to hear these three successful women speak, in a mentor -styled interview panel presentation. 

Get your tickets before they sell out!  Click here for tickets

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity - tickets available here

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#JWLV Yael Designs Pioneers New Fine Jewelry Technique #LUXURYbyJCK

From a Press Release
I first received this Press Release last November on Yael Designs’ pioneering jewelry technique that sets one gemstone inside another. The Sentience Bangle was the first time they used the technique it has a 7ct tanzanite set inside a 26ct aquamarine. 

...and since we are talking Jewelry Week in Las Vegas...

Yael Designs Pioneers New Fine Jewelry Technique
Designer debuts groundbreaking jewelry where two gemstones are set as one

Multi-Award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs pioneers a groundbreaking technology that allows a gemstone to be set inside another gemstone.

Yael Designs premiered the never before seen technique in a one-of-a-kind $119,000 “Sentience” bangle that features a 7-carat deep blue tanzanite set inside a 26-carat aquamarine. This is the first time a gemstone has ever been set inside another gemstone in a way where the two appear entirely seamless and translucent. The Sentience bangle represents a bold innovation in an art form that is centuries old.
As we know, it all starts with a design
As the first piece in a collection that will launch in 2016, the bangle was designed by the founder of Yael Designs Yehouda Saketkhou and crafted with the help of legendary gem cutter Glenn Lehrer. Together, they used a gem cut that allows a hole to be carved in the middle of a gemstone, a technique known as the TorusRingTM Cut, which was developed earlier by Lehrer. With Saketkhou’s vision, they took the technique to the next level by combining two gemstones in a way where the way they are held together is invisible.

You want me to put that Tanzanite where?
“When Yehouda approached me with his audacious vision of an invisibly set stone-within-stone piece, I was intrigued by the challenge,” said Lehrer from his studio in California. “It was like jumping from a Prius into a Ferrari. Yehouda’s vision stretched me to think outside the box of what was possible.”

Even though the gemstones are held together by tiny platinum wires, the unique cut creates a mirror effect, making the setting completely invisible. In the Sentience bangle, the cut allows the deep blue color of the pear-shaped tanzanite to shine through the cushion cut aquamarine. The bangle is set in 18kt white gold with diamonds and moonstones.

“To paraphrase Neil Armstrong, this bangle is one small step for Yael Designs and a giant leap for the jewelry industry,” said Saketkhou from Yael Designs’ headquarters in San Francisco. “Our city prides itself on innovation and I’m extremely excited to bring something novel to the jewelry industry that is steeped in centuries of tradition.”

Yael Designs (Booth 401) will launch a collection of gemstone-within-gemstone jewelry at the annual JCK Luxury Show in Las Vegas in June 2016.

...and that my dear readers is why I am running this piece now -  if for nothing more than to see this beauty and a collection based on it.

About Yael DesignsYael Designs is an award-winning design house widely recognized for bold, opulent fine jewelry. Founded by designer Yehouda Saketkhou in 2001, our collections and custom pieces are inspired by art from around the world – from Turkish carpets to pre-Colombian gold statuettes to Gaudi’s playful architecture in Barcelona. Our innovative vision has led our company to win numerous AGTA Spectrum Awards and JCK Jewelers Choice Awards as well as receive wide recognition among top publications and on the red carpet. Yael Designs is headquartered in San Francisco and available instores throughout the country. More information can be found on

Friday, April 15, 2016

EARTH DAY IS NEXT WEEK - Great Opportunity to look at Responsible Sourcing Initiatives in the Industry


I was just reminded that Earth Day is just weeks away....and it is such a great opportunity to talk about the the Responsible Sourcing initiatives in our Industry!

A recent conversation with reps from Forevermark unveiled some great info and video resources highlighting the Forevermark efforts to protect nature, give back to the local communities and take a responsible look at resourcing their diamonds.  So take a moment to look at the links in the statement below....

"With Earth Day coming up as well, I also wanted to share some info and videos on our site about some of our responsible sourcing initiatives including the protection of nature, supporting women, and the integrity of the journey of our diamonds. Additionally, this past year, celebrated nature photographer Annie Griffiths visited Africa and experienced the journey of our diamonds first hand. You can watch a video of her experience here: Behind the Lens: Annie Griffiths."

This Video from Annie Griffiths is stunning:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

#JWLV - Why Las Vegas? Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show #LVAJWS Of Course! #DesignerSpotlight

Photos from previous events....

The  Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show #LVAJWS is held annually at the Paris Hotel and I have to say they couldn't have chosen a more perfect spot.  The Paris Hotel celebrates old world charm, carpets and stunning chandeliers....

Antique means incredible pieces from every era and glorious carved gems!
Chaumet, Graff, Van Cleef & Arpels....and so much more!

Register for the  Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show #LVAJWS

Monday, April 11, 2016

#JWLV - Why Las Vegas? #LUXURYbyJCK of course! #DesignerSpotlight

Photos from previous events....

If you've never done LUXURY, you've missed out on one of the best kept secrets in Las Vegas.  Attendance at LUXURY is invitation only - however if there was ever a time when bringing a new Designer Brand in store worked it would be for the Holiday Season so make plans to visit your favorites.....and bring the LUXURY to your store for the Holidays!


Established by the Kordvani Brothers, Abe, David, and Johnny, in 1969, A&D Gem quickly emerged as New York’s premier source for fine precious stones. Famously known in the industry as the “Kings of Emeralds”, A&D has created their niche in the industry. With the irreplaceable knowledge of Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Tanzanites, and Alexandrites, it is no wonder why A&D has risen as the leaders in fine precious gemstones. ....AND NOW DAVANI  JEWELRY!

TRESOR JEWELRY - Based in New York, Tresor Jewelry Inc. was established in 2011 by Pankaj Jain. Then, as now, Tresor Jewelry Inc. is jewelry manufacturer showing a huge collection of Jewels and Jewelry at every level and most price points. Their work embodies the limitless energy & creativity of their talented workforce.        

VIANNA BRASIL -For centuries the gold and gemstones of Brazil have been highly sought after...and for four generations the Vianna family has been producing jewelry from these rare and high quality natural resources.   Most of the gold and gemstones were found, and still are, in an area that today constitutes the state of Minas Gerais – Portuguese for “General Mines”. It is in this state that the Vianna family has manufactured fine jewelry with colored gemstones in Brazil.

Where but LUXURY would you be able to try on a gargantuan Paraiba Tourmaline...

....and these green & red tourmaline earrings just scream Christmas party!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Jewelry Through the Ages" - NEW Two–Day Estate Event on Gem Shopping Network

From Press Release

Gem Shopping Network Presents Jewelry Through the Ages

Two–Day Event Offers a Historical Look at Estate Jewelry from 1714-1950

Estate jewelry has always been a big part of what makes Gem Shopping Network distinctive. In keeping with that uniqueness, the leading TV jewelry shopping network presents Jewelry Through the Ages, which offers viewers a historical look at estate jewelry from 1714-1950. The network will offer a series of historical segments around each era of jewelry—from Antique (Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian) to Art Nouveau and Art Deco to Retro. The hosts will discuss eventsarchitecture and art that were prevalent and influenced the designs in jewelry at that time. Jewelry Through the Ages premieres on Thursday, April 21 from 3-9 p.m. ET andSunday, April 24 from 3-9 p.m. ET.

Item 198-119144
40.00ctw Diamond Platinum 93.00gr Necklace Circa Deco 15"

Glamour and romance from each period will be centerpieces of the presentation on estate jewelry. The network will showcase relevant photos and video of the arbiters of fashion, architecture, art and other influencers on jewelry fashion and jewelry design of the time. Gemstones, gem cuts and treatments of the period will also be highlighted, as will technical styles for gem cutting and jewelry creation for the period. Collections will be presented by models to show how the styles are relevant for today.

Item# 480-6016
Cartier Estate 15.10 ctw Blue Sapphire Multi-shape & 13.50 ctw Diamond Round 18K Yellow Gold Necklace GIA Lab Report Approx. Wt. Length 18

A few of the exquisite pieces that are featured on Jewelry Through the Ages are a Cartier estate 18” necklace with 15.1 ctw blue sapphire and 13.5 ctw diamond set in yellow gold; a David Webb estate brooch with 40 ctw of rubies and 14.75 ctw diamonds set in yellow gold from the retro period; an estate diamond necklace with 40 ctw of diamonds set in platinum from the art deco period; anestate ruby and diamond bow bracelet with 22 ctw of rubies and 31.5 ctw of diamonds in platinum from the retro period; a platinum natural pearl 1.4ct yellow diamond; and a 1.3ct white diamond ring from the Bella Epoque.

About Gem Shopping Network
For almost 19 years, Gem Shopping Networkhas offered a curated experience of rare gemstones and fine, exquisite jewelry and estate pieces from around the world exclusively to its customers. As a leading TV shopping company, the network specializes solely in jewelry and offers viewers the opportunity to purchase a vast collection of one-of -kind pieces from around the world. Gem Shopping Network’s knowledgeable hosts combine expertise, entertainment and education while presenting unique gemstones and fine, exquisite jewelry. The network offers mostly 14k-24k gold, higher graded accent diamonds, fine to finest quality colored stones as well as precision craftsmanship. The network does not sell any man-made or synthetic gemstones and it has in-house jewelry artisans, award-winning gemstone cutters and a staff of graduate gemologists.

Gem Shopping Network is a 24/7 channel seen in 62 million households. Gem Shopping Network is available on DirecTV Channel 228, DISH Channel 229, AT&T U-verse 430/1430, Verizon Fios and Time Warner (check your local listings).  Watch the network via its Live Stream anywhere, anytime at


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