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Saturday, March 25, 2017

#JWLV NEW Date Patterns Announced for JCK 2017 Las Vegas Show #JCKLV

From a Press Release

NEW Date Patterns Announced for

JCK 2017 Las Vegas Show 

As previously announced to their customers, JCK and LUXURY will shift their date pattern in 2017. The shift is due to the Shavuot Holiday which is observed by several hundred of JCK's and LUXURY's customers. LUXURY will open Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 to invited retailers then continue to all retailers with the opening of JCK Las Vegas on Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 8 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. 
These dates are a shift to the traditional day pattern of years past. LUXURY will now open on Friday, June 2 and continue through the weekend as JCK opens on Monday, June 5 and closes on Thursday, June 8.
"First and foremost we wanted to acknowledge and respect our community of observers," commented Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President of Reed Jewelry Group. "Additionally, in our conversations with retailers there was support for moving off of Memorial Day weekend, which we hope will allow those with scheduling conflicts around the holiday weekend to attend."

Moshe Klein, Director of Sales of Julius Klein commented on his overwhelming support for the date shift. "As a long time exhibitor at LUXURY, we appreciate the thoughtful decision the JCK Events team made in order to accommodate observing the holiday of Shavuot. The new date pattern will allow the Jewish community that participates to observe the holiday without taking away from the important business that happens at JCK. We look forward to having a successful show and believe the date shift is a refreshing reminder that at JCK, it's not just business, it's personal. We have already seen overwhelming support behind this decision from our staff and many customers."

The 2017 schedule includes:


Friday, June 2 – Thursday, June 8, 2017
(by invitation only June 2 - June 4)

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
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JCK Las Vegas

Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
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Swiss Watch

Sunday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Mandalay Bay Suites
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Sunday, June 4 – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
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JIS Exchange

Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Tropicana Las Vegas
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For more information or to register for JCK's future events, visit:

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

April 5th - WJA Boston and Harvard Museum Host "Do Diamonds Matter?" #WJA #Diamonds

From Press Release

WJA Boston and Harvard Museum 
Host Panel Discussion on Diamonds on April 5

"Do Diamonds Matter?" 
features a distinguished group of scientists and industry experts

The Women's Jewelry Association's Boston chapter, in collaboration with the Mineralogical & Geological Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, is hosting a special event, "Do Diamonds Matter?" on April 5, from 6-9 pm. The panel discussion will take place in the museum's auditorium at 24 Oxford St., adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Including a range of internationally known experts representing the diamond industry, museums, and academia, the panel will explore the future of the world's hardest precious stone. The discussion, which includes a Q&A session, begins at 6 pm, with a reception to follow at 7:30 pm.

Gems, jewels, and specimen from the collection of Mineralogical & Geological Museum, Harvard University. 

Photo courtesy of the museum.

Among the experts on the panel are: Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D., FGA, curator of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University; Alan Bronstein, president of the Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA); Brandee Dallow, president of the international board of the Women's Jewelry Association; Alan Hart, FGA, CDA, CEO, Gemological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A); Adonis Pouroulis, chairman of London-based Petra Diamonds; Gary Roskin, G.G. (GIA) FGA, executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA); and Jennifer Schloss, physics Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University. The discussion moderator is Emily Stoehrer, Ph.D., Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Panelists will consider the continued popularity of the diamond, and its future as an engagement ring gem, as well as the growing popularity of colored diamonds and other gems. The panel will also discuss diamond's fascinating role in a variety of industrial and technological fields, and the introduction of lab-grown diamonds in the jewelry market.

Do Diamonds Matter?

April 5, 2017, 6-9 pm

Mineralogical & Geological Museum, Harvard University

24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

To RSVP for this special free event, go to:

Monday, March 20, 2017


So, you may already know this but I am a big fan of memes - #InMyInbox translates to "my Inbox is overflowing"!  I am bundling some stories that I think you will enjoy or that I think you should know about....enjoy!

Diamonds, they say, are a Girl's Best Friend....maybe not so much, lately they seem to be attracted to the men!

You're all familiar with the Crater of Diamonds Fee Dig in Arkansas....

An Arkansas teenager hit the jackpot Saturday when he found a 7.44-carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

Story & Photo from the AP


A pastor has unearthed a massive gem in eastern Sierra Leone.  Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, who also works as a miner, discovered the 706-carat diamond in Kono district, the government said in a statement.
He handed it over to President Ernest Bai Koroma, who thanked him for not smuggling it out of the country. The President pledged to reward him with some of the proceeds from the sale of the diamond.
more from CNN:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Missing Journalist Finds Her Way Home.... Bead & Design Show and MORE!!! #aflyonthewall #thedailyjewel

Yes - I'm still here - Sorry for the weeks of Silence.

What have I been up to?   well,  Saturday I went the the Bead & Design Show in Costa Mesa, CA!

I tend to attend local shows about every other year because they tend to have the same vendors - this one was a surprise - I found some new things that I haven't seen before and some gorgeous cut gems.

A full report should be up on my AFlyOnTheWall Views & Reviews Blog....but here's a little teaser..

These "halo'd" beads seemed to be a huge trend and is an easy way to get the micro pave look....

I fell hard for those Chrysoprase strands

This woman's coin pearls are some of the cleanest and most lustrous I've seen in awhile. 

I need to find this vendor's name but this was extremely black labradorite - the vendor wasn't able to tell me
the source country, but the contrast is dramatic!

I LOVED this vendor - Joseph with The Good Medicine Shop - Moldavite, natural gems and some wonderful carvings

Carvings from The Good Medicine Shop....I WANT that two headed Dragon - they form a heart!!!

It seems we can't talk jewelry without talking tassels....Beads U Need had them!
This tassel (or bead) cap stopped me - very different from most I've seen .
It inspired me to try my hand at creating a hammered tassel cap...what do you think?

Monday, March 13, 2017



One of a pair of Byzantine gold bracelets adorned with silver 
ornamentation and pearls, amethyst, sapphire, glass, quartz 
and "emerald plasma," ca. AD 500–700; overall dimensions: 3.7 x 8.2 cm. 
Inv. 17.190.1670, gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Registration is now open.

This SoCal favorite is named for one of the most distinguished and revered figures in gemology and mineralogy, the Sinkankas Symposium is a one-day event featuring presentations by noted specialists working in diverse gem-related disciplines. Each year a specific gem is featured and the theme of the Fourteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium is Sapphire.

The Sinkankas Symposium has been described as the most important gemological conference in North America by respected authorities on gemstones. Organized by Roger Merk for 13 years (2003–2015), the annual event is co-sponsored by the Gemological Society of San Diego and GIA (Gemological Institute of America), which has provided the Symposium venue every year. Bill Larson has been a generous supporter and speaker at the event since its inception. 

So clear your Calendars for Saturday, April 8, 2017

At - the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) 
World Headquarters and The Robert Mouawad Campus

5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
 Registration is now open through April 2 or until tickets are sold out. 
 Registration for the one-day event includes refreshments, lunch and a copy of the 2017 Sinkankas Symposium volume, which features selected papers on Sapphire.

Registration: Register online (no paper forms, no on-site registration)

Cost: $95.00 per person through April 2 (or until sold out).


Recognized specialists in fields ranging from geology and mineralogy to history, treatment, cutting, collecting and selling will make presentations on Sapphire.

Edward Boehm – Sapphire Origin Determination: Past and Present

Dr. John Emmett – All the Colors of Corundum

Dr. George Harlow – Syenite-Hosted Sapphires – What's Going On

Alan Hart – Sapphires in the Crown Jewels

Richard Hughes – Sapphire Around the World

Carl Larson – A Collector's Perspective: Sapphire Crystals from Worldwide Localities

Glenn Lehrer – The Art and Science of Faceting and Carving Sapphire

Shane McClure – Sapphire Treatments and Their Detection

Nathan Renfro – The Microworld of Sapphires

Dr. George Rossman – Added Attractions on Color in Corundum

Dr. William "Skip" Simmons – Mineralogy and Crystallography of Sapphire

Lisbet Thoresen – Archaeogemology of Sapphire

* Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#WordlessWednesday #DesignerSpotlight - Erica Courtney at AGTA GemFair Tucson #TucsonGemShow

My Erica Courtney FAVS  that crown ring 
and these new rose quartz drops ....

Can't wait to see a collaboration here ....Erica in conversation with Faceter Jean Noel Soni

Friday, February 10, 2017

#SilentSaturday Spotlight on Heart's Desire Jewelry...

I thought a quick look at the NEW Heart's Desire website was in order - being so close to Valentine's Day but she sealed the deal when she sent this email...

.....anyone who references The Princess Bride 
AND makes gorgeous, wearable jewelry is top of my list!

Ode to the Ancients Necklace!

Origami Earrings

Spectacular Chunky Labradorite Necklace

....and the obligatory heart for Valentine's Day

...and I LOVE her new logo!

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