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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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#DesignerSpotlight - Christine Huber Debuts Voyage Collection - Take Her There!

 It's that time of year when thoughts turn to LOVE!

Whether you're looking to treat a loved one or treat yourself, 
this Valentine's Day, say it with jewelry!

Designer Christine Huber will debut her Voyage Collection at Lovecraft this weekend!!!!

"Celestial motifs floating across rings of deep lapis blue. A stylized compass in high karat gold crafted with the detail of an old-world jeweler, stack and statement rings dotted with star patterns with the twinkle of tiny diamonds..." This is what you can expect from the Voyage Collection.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

#InMyInbox - Some Amazing Jewels at IIJS - Signature, Mumbai! #SilentSunday

IIJS - Signature - Mumbai

February 6th - 9th

Bombay Exhibition Centre,
Off Western Express Highway,
Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400063, India

Organizers : The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council 

This is a “Trade Only” show. Visitors under 18 are not admitted. All retailers, manufacturers*, wholesalers, importers & exporters from the jewellery industry worldwide are welcome.

Features:  Precious metal jewellery both plain and studded, loose stones including diamonds, precious and semi-precious colored gemstones and synthetic stones, & Couture jewellery

Friday, January 27, 2017


from a Press Release


Inspiration from a younger generation provides modern take 
on the family-entrenched brand’s storied classics

As the saying goes, the apple does not fall far from the tree. This is clearly demonstrated in the halls of Rahaminov Diamonds’ modern DTLA global headquarters. The brand will debut a collection of modernized classics at this weekend’s Centurion Show in Phoenix, Arizona. Comprised of chokers, stackable bangles, wearable hoops and on-trend minimized stud earrings, the new pieces are inline with the brand’s customary high quality diamonds and meticulous craftsmanship. Yet they exude a younger, more modern and edgy appeal than the brand’s tried and true staples, for which they are known.

A selection of pieces to debut at Centurion.

Nicol Goldfiner Barlev, the brand’s second-generation designer explains, “the new pieces
are still within the essence of Rahaminov, but they are designed with a younger clientele
in mind.”
She continues, “She is someone who understands the value and appreciates the
craftsmanship, but wants something slightly different from her mother when building her
own collection.”

Mrs. Goldfiner Barlev understands this new client, as she embodies her. Working side by
side with her mother, company co-founder, Tamara Rahaminov Goldfiner, the two
partner on developing and designing the brand’s latest offerings. It has been two years
since Nicol joined the family business, and her intuition and influence are now clearly on
display with this new collection. 

Keeping within the family affair, Mrs. Goldfiner Barlev’s sister, Melanie, focuses on the
brand’s sales, and marketing, which will also be given a fresh direction with a new
advertising campaign to be shot this spring, debuting at JCK Las Vegas. “We recognize
the need to evolve the collection to meet the desires of a new generation of consumers,
while still remaining true to our brand,”
Melanie comments. From a merchandising
perspective, family dynamics will also be visible at the brand’s Centurion salon. “We will
be showcasing our classics, juxtaposed against the new modern versions, for a mother-
daughter retrospective type presentation,”
Ms. Goldfiner explains.

The latest collection offerings are the yield of a strong prior year, which included the
launch of the uber-achieving Movál collection and a successful retailer-marketing
program. “2016 was a stellar year for our brand,” shares Amir Goldfiner, the brand’s co-
founder. “We look to continue that success at Centurion with a sneak peek of the more
design-focused collection, to be fully presented at JCK Las Vegas in June.”

ABOUT RAHAMINOV: Rahaminov Diamonds is an internationally recognized diamond house known for its timeless jewelry and impressive diamond inventory. Our 
exquisite designs showcase rare and important diamonds, brought to life through unparalleled craftsmanship with attention to detail. We believe that the diamond is as rare 
as the woman who wears it; a sentiment that stems from the fact that our pieces are designed for women by women. At Rahaminov Diamonds, the diamond inspires the design. 
For more information, visit

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 is the Year of the Red Female Fire Chicken...

via Chinese Fortune Calendar

"2017 Chinese New Year Day is arriving on January 28, 2017. That is the 4714th Chinese year. The zodiac sign of 2017 is Chicken or Rooster. According to  the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to the fire. Therefore, 2017 is also called the year of the Red Chicken or Red Fire Chicken.
According to the Chinese Horoscope theory, Chicken is a Female Metal. Female Metal is related to gold, precious gem or jewelry. That means Chicken implies luxury, beauty, and wealth. Red Fire of 2017 is related to the light bulb. When the light comes on the top of jewelry, Chicken can show more value from its outlook. That implies we will deal with financial events in the year of the Chicken."
The first day of Fire Chicken year is on February 3, 2017

c robinson design on etsy

out of space jewelry on etsy

Cicada Jewelry has a couple of great chick pieces!

...and then there is this stunning Rooster from Gerd Dreher.

Chicks by Brazilian Artist Peter Muuller

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 Emerging Designer Winners Announced By Prestigious Centurion Show

Re-Published from the Centurion Newsletter

The Centurion Jewelry Show is pleased to announce Marla Aaron, Alexis Mazza, and Alison Nagasue as the winners of the Centurion 2017 Emerging Designer Competition, sponsored by Stuller.  All three designers will make their U.S. jewelry tradeshow debut at the Centurion Scottsdale Show, set for January 28 – Feb. 1 in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Centurion Emerging Designer Competition is limited to independent designers who have never shown at a U.S. fine jewelry trade show. Each year, hopeful entrants from around the world vie for one of three coveted spaces at the Centurion Scottsdale Show. This year’s competition drew more than 100 entries.
Centurion president Howard Hauben says, "Every year Centurion brings together the top prestige jewelers in the United States with an outstanding collection of high-end manufacturers. We're proud to also introduce such a high level of innovative new talent that adds to our tradition of bringing the best retailers and designers together under one roof."
Ashley Brown, Stuller’s executive director of marketing and public relations, says, “Stuller has been proud to sponsor the Centurion Emerging Designer Competition for the last five years. We know that innovation and creativity are essential to the future of the jewelry industry, and finding new talent is where it begins.”
A panel of expert judges from the jewelry industry narrowed down the entries to 15 finalists. This year’s first-round panel of judges included Maren Rosen, vice president of bridal and jewelry merchandising for Stuller, Shelley Brown, editor for The Knotand veteran sales executive and blogger Barbara Palumbo of Adornmentality and What’sOnHerWrist.
The Centurion Retailer Advisory Board reviewed the finalists and voted for the three winners who each will receive a free exhibit space at the Show and a $1,000 merchandise credit from Stuller.
These are the three Centurion Emerging Designer Competition winners for 2017:
Marla Aaron (Salon ED-1)
After spending nearly 25 years as a global communications executive serving in senior roles for publishers and advertising agencies in Europe and the United States, Marla Aaron launched her eponymous collection in 2013 when her combined obsessions with bridges, hardware, and jewelry could no longer be ignored.
What began with one jeweled lock is now an entire collection designed to be worn in infinite ways and used as “jewel tools” with individuals’ own collections—to redefine with individuality the “precious” in jewelry. Although recognized for its streamlined, industrial look, Aaron’s collection is deeply rooted in the personal and emotional jewelry of the Victorian and Georgian eras.
Left: 14k gold lock with 421 1-mm diamonds (2.15 ctw) on an 18” Medium Curb chain in 14K gold.  Right: Green gold "Stoned Heart" lock with turqoise on 6.5" mega-curb bracelet with green gold loops. Below, rose gold "Twisted" series lock on a green gold hard hook bracelet.
Her collection ranges from $89-$20,000, allowing for collectors at all price points. The entire collection was recently on display at the Museum of American Finance in New York City, in its exhibit, "Gold: Worth its Weight." Her collection is proudly made and finished by hand in New York City. See more at

Alexis Mazza (Salon ED-2)
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, in a well-known jewelry family, Alexis Mazza attended The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to study both jewelry design and accessories design. Upon graduation, not only did she gain experience by working alongside her family’s company, but broadened her skills by working for other companies in the jewelry industry as well. Although she is a sixth-generation jeweler bearing the Mazza name, her experiences ultimately aided in her final decision to branch out and follow her own signature look, rather than join the family firm.
LexiMazz Designs by Alexis Mazza is a New York based fine jewelry line that incorporates diamonds, pearls, and other colored gemstones in 14K and/or 18K gold. Alexis’s pieces are inspired by the quality she learned from her father, Jeffrey Mazza. His appreciation for the art of jewelry design influenced her to begin creating her own line, LexiMazz Designs, d a combination of sleek lines and chic drapery. Beginning with a contemporary touch, she infuses a bit of edge into her designs meant for everyday wear. Alexis Mazza’s work embodies a look that allows the average Millennial to express her creativity and style through clothing and accessories. 
A selection of LexiMazz jewelry, left, and as modeled by the designer, right.

Alison Nagasue (Salon ED-3)
As a multiple-time international jewelry design award winner and a successful professional fine jewelry designer and product developer, Alison Nagasue’s work may be familiar to retailers even if her name hasn’t been until now. For more than 25 years she has consulted with many major jewelry companies and retailers. She has appeared on QVC, HSN, and Shop Channel Tokyo with her own collections. She has won major design awards in the United States and internationally, including DeBeers Diamonds International Award, World Gold Council-Virtuosi, Women’s Jewelry Association DIVA Award, Royal Asscher RebelChique, and more.
For Centurion, she introduces her copyrighted signature Gingko Collection. Classic yet modern, fabricated in 18K green gold with white diamonds and, in a few cases, Paraiba tourmaline, it features her iconic textural surface treatment with matte and polished accents resulting in a feminine unique look. Alison's attention to detail is a core characteristic of her artistry: even the backside of her gingko leaves are as finished as the front side with continuance of texture.
Nature is Nagasue's inspiration and additional themes in her collection include animals, flowers, birds, and leaves. She delivers a wearable, aesthetically true vision of her statement of what jewelry women like herself should wear and feel beautiful and special in. See more at


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