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Friday, December 9, 2016


via the Pantone website....

PANTONE 15-0343

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. 

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Last Week To Submit Entries For JCK 2017 Industry Fund Grant Proposals

JCK Invites Entries for 2017 Industry Fund Grant Proposals
JCK opened its submission process today for its 19th annual Industry Fund. The grants, which are awarded to individuals, groups or associations whose work results in the betterment of the overall jewelry industry, exceeded $293,000 in 2016.

The JCK Industry Fund was established in 1997 to foster development and research of programs that would benefit the jewelry industry. To date, this fund has awarded over $5.5 million in grants to those organizations or individuals who have created programs that enhance the industry's image. The JCK Industry Fund is underwritten by JCK.

“The mission of the JCK Industry Fund is to help aid, assist and improve the jewelry industry," explained Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President, JCK Events. "JCK believes that it is our responsibility to help give back and support the industry through individuals, groups, or associations that continue to make a difference. “

The fund awards grants annually to projects that: (1) improve the image of the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer, and/or (2) aids jewelry industry organizations in addressing serious problems faced within the industry, and/or (3) assists internal organizations and associations in developing training materials.

An Industry Fund Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from JCK, in addition to retailers and manufacturers, selects fund recipients. Award Recipients are chosen based upon their synergy with the overall core goals and intentions of the Fund. For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit:

All submissions are due by Thursday, December 8, 2016. Award recipients will be announced in early 2017.

2016 JCK Industry Fund Grant recipients included:
Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) and their “Diamonds Do Good” campaign drove a consumer confidence building message surrounding how Diamonds Do Good by engaging the millennial consumer with positive narrative around the social impact diamonds have on communities where the industry does business.
Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) and Jewellers Vigilance Canada (JVC) teamed up to host a North American Jewellery Crime Conference in September at the Toronto Airport Marriott. Approximately 100 law enforcement and security personnel were in attendance, learning about unique insights on jewellery crime along with new tools that may assist with investigating criminals who are active on both sides of our borders.
Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) published its new guide “Getting it Right – The Essential Guide to Quality Assurance and Control.” This guide makes it easy for businesses at every level of the trade to incorporate programs to check their products for compliance with the necessary legal requirements. Additionally, JVC increased its activities in government relations along with supporting activities that foster greater consumer confidence.
Jewelers of America (JA) will launch their Consumer Awareness and Marketing Campaign, which will support the industry’s need for comprehensive consumer data and an industry-wide consumer marketing program. The program has begun with important consumer and trade levels of research that will be formatted into a variety of reports and tools that jewelry retailers, designers and manufacturers can use to shape their business models.
Diamond Council of America will use their grant funds to support their Jewelry Career Readiness Initiative, a unique and visionary program in which DCA’s accredited courses in diamonds, colored gemstones, and fine jewelry sales are used to expand and enrich high school curriculums. The goal of this initiative is to provide high school students in the U.S. with knowledge and skills needed for employment in jewelry retailing, and to help prepare the next generation of professionals for the jewelry industry.
About JCK:
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing, or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK Magazine — the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK Events, visit

The Gift Guide For The Girl That Gets Whatever She Wants!!!!!

First up from Vivid Diamonds

Is she dreaming of a yellow diamond?

Platinum and 18k yellow gold ring featuring a 3.05ct radiant cut diamond natural fancy yellow VS1 clarity GIA, flanked by 2 radiant cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.70cts total E-F color VS1-2 clarity. Accented by 182 round brilliant cut fancy yellow diamonds and 68 round brilliant cut diamonds G color VS clarity weighing approximately 1.90cts total.

....and of course you wouldn't want her ring to feel lonely....

Magnificent pair of 5.36ct and 5.01ct Fancy Light yellow radiant cut diamonds VS1 clarity set in to custom made platinum and 18k yellow gold earrings. These dazzling yellow diamonds are surrounded by 24 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 5cts F-G color and VS clarity.

Vivid Diamonds & Jewelry
169 E. Flagler Street, Suite 905
Miami, Florida 33131
(888) 970-4367

.....and for even more color - the king of color - Omi Prive!

A little jewel box of Award Winning color  - Sapphire, Ruby, Opal....anything she wants!

The Holidays just scream for green and this necklace from  TAKAT is a favorite of mine....

....but we can't live on green alone.

Kaleidescope - NEW at the Gallery at Reinstein|Ross

Yellow Cluster Necklace, Donna D'Aquino

This year's exhibition presents jewelry and vessels in a broad spectrum of colors and made from a wide variety of materials and techniques, including enamel, resin, polymer clay, paper, and nylon mesh. Happily pushing the boundaries of bodily adornment, the artists in Kaleidoscope approach jewelry as miniature wearable sculptures. This is not surprising since many of them have come to the field with a background in architecture, performance art, and sculpture.

Participating artists include: Tia Kramer, Donna D'Aquino, Steffi Götze, Michal Lando, Lindsay Locatelli, and Gaetano Pesce.

Kaleidoscope features work that was created specifically for this exhibition. This show will also mark the US debut of German artist Steffi Götze.

At Reinstein|Ross, Goldsmiths, we love celebrating this wonderful season of warmth and friendship. Visit us at Madison Avenue (at 73rd St.) or Gansevoort Street (at Hudson St.), for a wide selection of beautiful, colorful and celebratory jewelry for the people that are important to you - for her, for him, for family and friends (and for yourself!).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winners of the 7th annual International Pearl Design Contest #CPAA

Peter Bazar, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. announces the winners’ of CPAA’S 2016-2017 International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of this year’s competition, entries from 18 countries we received” Mr. Bazar reported.

The judging panel,was: Jean-Francois Bibet, Cartier, Workshop Director Production - Shane Clark, Brides , Senior Fashion & Accessories Editor - Beth Berstein, Author, Jewelry Journalist And Jewelry Consultant - Michelle Graff, Editor-In-Chief, National Jeweler - Cheryl Kremkow, Director, Citrine Media - Jennifer Pearson, VP Marketing, Assael.


President’s Trophy – “Murmuring Stream” Yi-Shiun Tsai of Taipei City, Taiwan .The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.
President’s Trophy- Murmuring Stream, Yi Shiun of Taipei City

Luster Award – “Dentelle” The Pearl Exporting Company of Portland, ME. Most marketable design for retail.
Luster Award – “Dentelle” The Pearl Exporting Company of Portland, ME

Designer’s Award –“Pearl Blossom” Wan-Fang Ting of Taipei City, Taiwan. Given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination.
Designer’s Award –“Pearl Blossom” Wan-Fang Ting of Taipei City, Taiwan

Brilliance Award – “Impact” Ching-Ting Han of Taipei City, Taiwan. Best illustration for spectrum of pearl colors.
Brilliance Award – “Impact” Ching-Ting Han of Taipei City, Taiwan.

Orient Award –“Orbital” Brenda Smith of Woodstock, GA and “Wrapped” Susan Hoge, Campanelli & Pear of Troy, MI. Compelling design esthetic; inspiring a new affinity for pearls.
Co- Orient Award –“Orbital” Brenda Smith of Woodstock, GA

The Visionary Award – “Safe and Sound” Yi-Hsien Lu of Taipei City Taiwan. Redefining the iconic pearl strand; shifting perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.
The Visionary Award – “Safe and Sound” Yi-Hsien Lu of Taipei City Taiwan

The Fashion Award –“Skeletal Pearl Collar” Chelsea Knights of Long Beach, California. Modern, fresh design could be seen on a Paris runway.
The Fashion Award –“Skeletal Pearl Collar” Chelsea Knights of Long Beach, California
Wedding Day Pearls – “IVY” Sameena Anjum. T. Of Bangalore, India. Brides and pearls are synonymous; create a fantasy wedding with pearls.
Wedding Day Pearls – “IVY” Sameena Anjum. T. Of Bangalore, India.

Fantasy Award – “Path-Braker” Murugesh Manickam of Bangalore, India. Conceptual, aspirational design prohibitive to fabricate.
Fantasy Award – “Path-Braker” Murugesh Manickam of Bangalore, India

Commendations were also given to entries which demonstrated high standards of achievement in accordance with the judging criteria.


Hisano Shepherd, Little h Jewelry, Los Angeles, California
Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, Laguna Beach, California
Michael Jensen, Michael Jensen Designs, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
LILLY STREET, Old Brookville, New York
Paula Crevoshay, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elizabeth B. Kirby, Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls, Harbor Springs, Michigan
Randy Coffin, Coffin & Trout Jewelers, Chandler, Arizona
J. Hunter Pearls Fiji, Savusavu Town, Fiji
Barbara Heinrich, Pittsford, New York
Link Wachler, Link Wachler Designs, Troy, Michigan

As the Award and Commendation winners complete their piece, they will be available for viewing on

Thursday, November 24, 2016

#InMyInbox - Winter Reading From #GIA - Recent #BookReviews

Reprinted with links to the full book reviews on the GIA website...
London-based jeweler Graff Diamonds was founded in 1960. Since that time, Graff has become an internationally known and important purveyor of large diamonds of historical renown. With stores around the globe, the Graff name has become synonymous with opulence and rarity in jewelry circles. Graff Diamonds has been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade multiple times, and Graff himself was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2013. This luxurious, large-format book pays homage to the jewelry house in eight lavish chapters.

Full Review at:

The Swiss gemologist Dr. Edward J. Gübelin (1913–2005) will be forever linked to the study of inclusions in gems. His work revolutionized gemology: As a result of his groundbreaking research and photomicrography, these internal features are now recognized for their diagnostic value, as indicators of a gem’s identity, geographic source, treated or untreated condition, and natural or synthetic origin.
This book, written by several family members, chronicles Edward Gübelin’s 65 years of pioneering research but also provides insight into his profound humanity. Even though the work of a research gemologist is often solitary, Dr. Gübelin touched thousands of lives through his prolific writings and photomicrographs, his extensive travels, the work of his laboratory, the educational organizations he helped establish, and the important gem collection he assembled.

Full Review at:

Beth Bernstein’s If These Jewels Could Talk is a lush visual treat for anyone interested in the history of cinema, important jewelry and gemstones, and the place of powerful women in Western culture. The timeless jewelry pieces, by some of the biggest names in the jewelry industry, almost outshine the celebrities who owned and wore them.

Full Review at:

The Hellenistic period refers to the era between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the rise of ancient Rome circa 30 BC. The spread of Greek culture through Alexander’s invasion of eastern lands, from the Mediterranean basin to modern-day Pakistan, influenced many indigenous cultures of these regions and left a significant mark on the region’s history, arts, science, and literature.

Full Review at:

This volume is a pleasing combination of coffee-table book, reference book, and guide to a museum collection. It is the 25th anniversary revised edition of the authors’ Gems and Crystals: From the American Museum of Natural History (1990). There is a certain sense of continuity conveyed by having the same authors still working in the field adding to the collection and knowledge base.

Full Review at:

With the September 2015 release of “A Heritage in Bloom,” the world’s most expensive diamond necklace, Chinese jewelry designer Wallace Chan returned to center stage. The exquisite necklace showcases the 104.27 ct D-color, internally flawless Cullinan Heritage diamond, together with 23 D–IF stones cut from the same rough, pink diamonds, white diamonds of different sizes, mutton-fat nephrite jade, and green jadeite. The piece is considered a milestone for Chow Tai Fook, the world’s largest jewelry retailer; it also symbolizes a new height of his design career, a path outlined in the recently released Wallace Chan: Dream Light Water. Written by Juliet Weir de La Rochefoucauld and Chan himself, the book takes readers on a colorful tour of the designer’s master works over the past 42 years. Through the 86 pieces selected, one reaches a better understanding of Chan’s life and design philosophy.

Full Review at:

Stoned is an approachable and entertaining web of stories that sheds light on epic jewellery lore while unravelling some of the most notorious and familiar legends. Author Aja Raden takes a classic yet playful American point of view, concentrating on value and worth over the artfulness of the jewellery itself.

Full Review at:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Patent Protection Granted for Ring Jacket Design - Murray's Jewelers

Todd Murray has been designing and selling jewelry for 42 years at his Muncie, Indiana store...Murray's Jewelers.  This is the first time he has looked into patenting a design

According to the Star Press - Murray has designed a ring jacket or as the Patent Abstract states “a jewelry ring configuration having interchangeable elements.” Murray said he noticed that with many rings that had jackets, or outer bands, the center ring would slip and rotate around the finger. So, he created a jacket that would lock that center ring in place. With a multi-sided shape in the center, the interchangeable center ring doesn’t shift. He describes it as working like a puzzle piece."

Jewelry designs rarely seek or receive patent protection because designs are usually copyrighted, but Murray's design was actually a utility piece.

"There are three major things you look for when you (are) getting a patent,” Patent Lawyer Ritchison said. “It needs to be new or novel, useful and not obvious as to other things that are out there."

Murray came up with his concept in 2013, and then he started the process for obtaining the patent. He received official documentation Sept. 13. The store now has patents pending in 28 European countries, which if they go through, would allow the store to manufacture the product overseas.


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