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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

At Gem-A There Is Never A Dull Moment ...of Websites, Forums, CEO's, and an Award Comeback!

At Gem-A There Is Never A Dull Moment
...of Websites, Forums, CEO's, 
and an Award Comeback! 

NEW Gem-A Website
The new site delivers vast improvements on our previous one, and, as we become fully live and operational over the coming months, will be user friendly and inspiring to our many audiences. We have worked hard to deliver an improved interface and provide better access to Gem-A services for our members, the wider gemmological community and anyone interested in pursuing our leading gemmology courses. Please be aware that as with all website launches there are several areas still under construction, but we are working towards delivery of the full website soon. As is always the case with such a complex undertaking we welcome any suggestions for improvement over the next couple of months — please email with your comments and feedback.
Web-Based Global Forum
Accessible via the new website, the new web-based global forum replaces the old Mailtalk system. The new global forum will be easy to use and will provide an online meeting point for our collective expertise, questions and discussions — a fantastic resource and service for members. The service will be moderated carefully, hoping to develop it so it flourishes as before. 

NEW CEO Appointed
Gem-A recently announced the appointment of Alan Hart FGA DGA as the new CEO of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).

A former member of the Gem-A Council, Hart is currently Head of Earth Sciences Collections at the Natural History Museum, London. With a wealth of experience in the gem and mineral trade, Hart started his career at the Natural History Museum in 1981 as Assistant Minerals Scientific Officer, progressing to his current position of Principal Curator of Gems and Minerals and Head of Earth Sciences Collections in 2012. Hart is Chair of the Museum’s Collections Committee and serves on various science executive boards, providing strategic and operational goals to improve standards, best practices and operational efficiencies.  
Hart will join the Association on 1 June 2016.
Of his appointment, Hart said: “I am truly excited at the prospect of being the CEO at Gem-A. Having been associated with Gem-A for many years and having worked alongside many of the staff and the Trustees, I am fortunate in knowing that they are as passionate about their work as I am. I want to ensure we continue to thrive by using all of our collective expertise to continue as the centre of excellence that is leading the way in delivering the highest quality gemmological education and training.” Hart continued: “It is an exciting time for me and an exciting time for Gem-A — I look forward to the challenges and the successes we will share together.”

In a statement from the Gem-A Council, newly-appointed Chair Miranda Wells FGA DGA said: “Alan is an accomplished leader, with an innate ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds together through his collaborative and communicative approach. His professional background also provides broad experience in both mineralogical and gemmological circles, as well as a clear and deep understanding of the structure and position of Gem-A as an organization and premier educational institution. The Council were unanimous in choosing Alan, and we are looking forward to working with him and realizing his exciting vision for the future of Gem-A.”

About the Gemstone:
  • Heliodor, a 10.46ct golden beryl. Sourced from award-winning gem cutter, John Dyer, known world-wide for his artistic ability and passion for precision. 
  • Dimensions L:17.8 x W:10.5 x D:8mm 
  • Hardness 7.5 – 8 
  • Fantasy Cut
Relaunch of the Gem Empathy Award
Gem-A are pleased to announce the relaunch of the Gem Empathy Award, in partnership with International Jewellery London (IJL). The award, open to all those exhibiting in the Design Gallery at this year’s IJL, will be presented at the show — to be held at Olympia, London, from 4–6 September 2016.

Gem-A will provide a breathtaking 10.46 ct Fantasy Cut heliodor (also known as golden beryl), sourced from award-winning gem cutter John Dyer, around which applicants will be encouraged to create a design that they feel shows the stone to its best advantage.

Gem-A Marketing and Events Manager, Elaine Ruddie DGA, commented: “There have been some incredible winners of the Gem Empathy Award over the years but we want to open the competition up, to make it more accessible and inspire creativity. To do that we knew that we had to provide a very special stone and it’s with great thanks to John Dyer that we’ve been able to do exactly that.”

The judging panel will be made up of four representatives from Gem-A and IJL, and will evaluate submitted designs based on the relationship between stone and design, the practicality of the design and the style and beauty of the overall design. Sam Willoughby, Event Director at IJL and a member of the judging panel, said: “This competition will undoubtedly inspire some beautiful designs featuring this exceptional stone by our Design Gallery exhibitors. The new criteria opens up the Gem Empathy Award to so many more designers and will make for a stunning display for visitors to the show. We are extremely appreciative to Gem-A for this creative initiative.”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

#DesignerSpotLight - #SilentSunday Looks At The Secret Garden Collection from Gumuchian

Gumuchian's Latest  "Secret Garden Collection"

Wherever you go in life, we want it to be fabulous. Your entry sets the tone for all adventures. Introducing the Secret Garden CollectionIn the garden, we hear the secrets of the universe. A place where magical and transformative things take place...carbon becomes a diamond, metal becomes art and you shine as your most radiant self. Make a statement with your entrance with our new collection. Pass through the gates. Arrive in style. 

MORE Gumuchian at:

#DesignerSpotLight - #SilentSunday Looks At Yael Designs at the LUXURY by JCK in Las Vegas


YAEL Designs is a design center for cutting edge, elegant and expressive jewelry. An award-winning fine jewelry design house based in San Francisco, California
Each collection is designed to celebrate life and the bounty
of beauty that this world has to offer. This is what inspires us. This is what ignites our passion. This is what drives us to deliver unforgettable pieces that exude intrigue and extraordinary quality.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

REMINDER: Jennifer Trask – Cabinet of Curiosities at Aaron Faber Gallery

From a Press Release

Aaron Faber Gallery Spotlight: 
Jennifer Trask – Cabinet of Curiosities
Only Through the End of the Month!

I wanted to remind you about the great Summer 2016 exhibit at Aaron Faber Gallery - take a moment to enter jewelry artist Jennifer Trask’s Cabinet of only have through the end of the month!

Like the wunderkammern for which her early 2000s collection references, Trask marshals together a divergent assortment of crushed gems, peacock feathers, butterfly wings, powdered pigments and curiously unidentifiable objects to create artist jewelry as fantastically atypical as the women they adorn.
18K and 22K gold and silver crystal-covered round cases are locked together and redefined as wearable cabinets to lock away Trask’s miscellany of nature’s marvels – which include dyed beetles, Salamis parhassus wings, crushed shells, sulfur, leaf skeleton, and the occasional eyeshadow. 

“Like that cabinet of curiosities, these colorful, wearable and inviting jewels provoke a range of responses upon close examination, from delight to caution to discomfort, that tell-tale frisson of our not-always-easy relationship with nature and our role in it,” saysPatricia Faber, curator and co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery. “This is the territory that Trask explores in her jewelry collections: yes, breathtakingly beautiful…but is it ours to see, to have, to own? Judging from the many avid private collectors and public collections that have acquired Trask’s work, the answer is yes.”

Jennifer Trask’s Wunderkammern Collection will be available at Aaron Faber Gallery through July and August. 2016.

Aaron Faber Gallery is committed to providing a voice to new artists in metal and showcasing the ever-changing work of established studio jewelry artists. We are inspired by educating new collectors as well as assisting established collectors to develop their expertise.

Friday, August 12, 2016

BrilliAnt®, the 8th edition of the ADTF, Goes International

from a Press Release

BrilliAnt®, the 8th edition of the ADTF, 
Goes International

The Antwerp Diamond Bourse, The Antwerp Diamond Club, The Antwerp Diamond Kring and the AWDC are pleased to announce that BrilliAnt®, the 8th edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair (January 29-31, 2017), is opening its doors to international exhibitors. The Diamond Kring's beautiful trading hall, located in the heart of Antwerp's diamond district, will host foreign exhibitors for the first time.

"The diamond trade is a global market," says Thierry Polakiewicz, member of the Fair Organizing Committee. "Most diamonds pass through Antwerp two times: first as rough, and then as polished stones. The biggest diamond firms in the world are headquartered in the diamond district, making it the ultimate platform, where diamond dealers, polished diamond wholesalers and members of the jewelry industry and trade meet each other."

"As international diamond center, it is only natural that our annual trade fair welcomes exhibitors from the world over. The choice of diamonds will be even larger and the offering more competitive! This makes it more likely that the Fair will satisfy jewelers' demands," Polakiewicz adds.

Applications to exhibit in the International Pavilion of BrilliAnt at the January 2017 edition will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. "We will accept companies of repute whose owners are members of any of the 30 bourses affiliated with the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. This is an opportunity for companies operating in niche markets to increase their visibility in Antwerp," Polakiewiczconcluded.

The Fair organizers will assist non-European/overseas diamond firms with the import and export formalities of their merchandise. For further information and registration, please visit: Applications to exhibit at BrilliAnt®, the 8th Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair, should be sent

The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is powered 
by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ "Platinum Honors" Winnners #AGTA15

Earlier I introduced you to the winning entries in the Summer AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards™ - now we have the photos for all the winners. Enjoy!

Platinum Honors™, sponsored by Platinum Guild International, recognizes 
outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or pearl jewelry in the five 
Spectrum Awards categories and for the Best Use of Color and Platinum. 
Platinum Honors™ has added: 
Entry Platinum Honors – Bridal Wear under $2,500 (semi-mount only), 
Platinum Honors Innovation – Classical under $3,500 
and Platinum Honors Innovation – Day Wear under $2,000.     All prices retail.

Platinum Honors
Bridal Wear

Whether gracing the bridesmaids or donning the bride, herself, this category captures all looks coming down the aisle. Engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and tiaras should be considered.

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc.  

Century City, CA
Platinum "Royal Blue" ring featuring a 12.00 ct. blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (2.59 ctw.). The ring features a detachable 18K yellow gold "Quilt" jacket featuring Turquoise accented with Diamonds (.43 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.16 ctw.). 

Entry Platinum Innovation
Bridal Wear
Whether gracing the bridesmaids or donning the bride, herself, this category captures all looks coming down the aisle. Engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and tiaras should be considered.

William Travis, William Travis Jewelry,  
Chapel Hill, NC
Platinum band featuring blue Sapphires (.54 ctw.), cognac Diamonds (.18 ctw.) and colorless Diamonds (.18 ctw.). 

Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear
Stylish, yet practical jewelry, for work, shopping or play. Entries should have simple elegance for a woman on the move.

John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford
Galveston, TX
Platinum "Mirror" ring featuring a 3.65 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (.69 ctw.). 

Entry Platinum Innovation
Business/Day Wear
Stylish, yet practical jewelry, for work, shopping or play. Entries should have simple elegance for a woman on the move.

Jill Maurer, Jill MaurerRaleigh, NC
Platinum "Verge" ring featuring a 11.19 ct. golden Zircon accented with natural colored Diamonds (1.23 ctw.). 

Platinum Honors
Traditional looks and timeless designs prove superior here. References to consider might be your grandmother’s pearls, a three-stone ring or an elegant pendant – all with a fresh twist for modern-day beauty.

Zoltan David, Zoltan David, LLC
Austin, TX
Platinum pendant featuring a 35.63 ct. marquis Moonstone cabochon set in blue patina bronze on a strand of cabochon Moonstones (18.20 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.20 ctw.). 

Entry Platinum Innovation
Traditional looks and timeless designs prove superior here. References to consider might be your grandmother’s pearls, a three-stone ring or an elegant pendant – all with a fresh twist for modern-day beauty.

Lindsay Jane, Lindsay Jane DesignsPaso Robles, CA
Platinum ring featuring a 7.77 ct. Moonstone accented with purple and blue Sapphires (0.97 ctw.). and Diamonds (0.52 ctw.). 

Platinum Honors
Evening Wear
Jewelry in this category should fall nothing less of spectacular. Whether brazenly bold or softly subtle, each submission should strive for red carpet fabulous, stunningly chic or delicately delicious all with exceptional color.

John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford
Galveston, TX
Platinum "Electric Blue" necklace featuring black Opal (197 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (6.27 ctw.). 

Platinum Honors
Men's Wear
Men’s fashion is heightened by the savvy style of the modern man who sports jewelry. Rings, bracelets, pendants, cufflinks, tie and lapel pins, stud sets and belt buckles are just a few of the ways a strong man can express himself.

Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 8.76 ct. Maw Sit Sit accented with black, white and yellow Diamonds (2.27 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.93 ctw.). 

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

PHOTO CREDIT: All AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Award Winner photos by Brian Moghadam Photography.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

YES! an #Olympic #Jewelry Story! It Happened In The Pool #JewelryMoment

First - allow me a moment to introduce Kathleen Baker, 2016 Women's Olympic Swim Team.  This is a video she did earlier this year for USA Swimming.

In the piece the nineteen year old headed to Rio with the 7th fastest time in the world and a fiercely competitive nature from a very young age.

In a recently published New York Times piece  she reflects on "coming out" about her battle with Chron’s disease and the nay-sayers that said she couldn't swim competitively.

She also brings up her superstitions surrounding swim meet attire, which usually includes “blue sparkle Uggs” and her connection with pearls and the pearl earrings she wears to every meet.

Following her qualifying round it was brought to her attention ( while she spoke to the poolside interviewer) that one of her trademark pearl earrings was missing!  Had she lost it during the celebration in the pool following the prelims?  ...or on the deck while lining up for the obligatory post event interviews?

The staff at the Olympic Swimming venue went above and beyond to recover the missing pearl earring...  see the video here:

They found it!

Continuing to surprise people, Cal Sophomore Kathleen Baker, won the Silver medal in the women’s 100 Back final on Monday night.   

Her hometown paper, The Charlotte Observer quoted her as follows: 
"A giddy Baker first described the race afterward like this: “So incredible! I mean I went a best time and just got a medal! I couldn’t even put into words how happy I am and how grateful for the amount of support I have here from the teammates and coaches along the way. It just takes a village for everyone to get me here and I couldn’t be happier.”

...and due to the diligence of the Olympic venue she appeared on the podium to accept her Silver Medal in her pearl earrings.

I am loving Kathleen's style her nail polish ROCKS and all us "pearly girls" need to stick together.


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