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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golden Celebrities and Golden Statues #OscarJewelry

Lupita Nyong'o layered on the Gold Jewelry from Fred Leighton

Celebrities who wore gold jewelry to the 86th Academy Awards this year include:

Amy Adams in Gold by Fred Leighton
LUPITA NYONG'O* – Fred Leighton 18k yellow gold and diamond headband., 19th Century yellow gold and diamond coiled snake bracelet, 18k yellow gold and rose-cut diamond spiked crescent earrings​18k yellow gold Frog ring, 19th Century yellow gold, pearl and diamond ring, 19th Century yellow gold and opal ring, 1960's 18k gold, turquoise, and diamond ring. 
 
AMY ADAMS* – Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection 18k yellow gold rhodochrosite, lapis and turquoise earrings with diamonds, Blue Book Collection 18k yellow gold square modified brilliant yellow diamond bracelet, Blue Book Collection 18k yellow gold ring with fire opal, pink sapphire, yellow diamond and spessertite beads and gold Tiffany Metro diamond band rings.

ANGELINA JOLIE* – Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels Collection yellow gold round diamond drop earrings.

CAMILLA ALVES* - Lorraine Schwartz rose gold and pink diamond earrings with rose gold and diamond ring.

LADY GAGA* – Lorraine Schwartz rose gold and 20 carat diamond studs, rose gold and diamond bracelet, and a rose gold and fancy grey diamond ring surrounded by pink diamonds.

KELLY OSBOURNE* – Solange Azagury-Partridge 18k yellow gold and diamond Crinoline earrings, 18k yellow gold and diamond Spaghetti Bombe ring, 18k yellow gold Skeleton square ring, and 18k yellow gold and diamond Offering ring.

COCO ROCHA – Azva 22k yellow gold earrings and 22k yellow gold vine cuff.

BRAD PITT – Robert Procop yellow gold and diamond tuxedo buttons and cufflinks.
Goldie Hawn in Gold from Lorraine Schwartz

PHARRELL – Lorraine Schwartz gold and yellow diamond studs and Be Happy gold bracelets with Ofira Jewels gold ball bracelets with multi color diamonds.

GOLDIE HAWN – Lorraine Schwartz rose gold 14 carat rose cut diamond ring, rose gold and diamond chandelier earrings, and rose gold diamond briolette drop necklace.

SALLY HAWKINS – Fred Leighton antique diamond double drop earrings in gold and old mine diamond ring set in gold.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH – Neil Lane yellow gold and diamond pin wheel earrings, yellow gold chain bracelet, and yellow gold and diamond ring.

Pharrell in Gold by Lorraine Schwartz
LOUISE ROE – Chopard 18k rose gold diamond bangle, champagne brown diamond briolette chandelier earrings set in 18k rose gold, and brown bear Animal World Collection 18k rose gold ring with brown diamonds, onyx, and blue sapphires.

JOHN LEGEND – Gentleman by David Thomas and Jason of Beverly Hills yellow gold and white diamond button cufflinks and yellow gold and white diamond lapel buttonhole.

IRELAND BALDWIN – H.Stern Iris 18k noble gold with diamond earrings and Iris 18k noble gold with diamonds ring.

RYAN SEACREST – Gentleman by David Thomas and Jason of Beverly Hills white gold with onyx button cufflinks.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN – Gentleman Collection by David Thomas and Jason of Beverly Hills white gold star collar.


Jaime King in Shaun Leane Gold Earrings

Celebrities who wore gold jewelry to 2014 Oscar parties include:

ALISON BRIE – Dana Rebecca gold jewelry.

AMY POEHLER – Paolo Costagli 18k gold Brillante earrings with L Frank 18k diamond wrap bangles and 18k gold and aquamarine Kings ring.

HELENA CHRISTENSEN – Pamela Love Fine 18k gold and diamond Arch ring, 18k gold and diamond Arch cuff, and 18k gold and diamond five spike earrings.

JAIME KING  - Shaun Leane 18k yellow gold and white diamond hook earrings.

PATRICIA CLARKSON – Lana gold Lumos drop earrings.


Thank you to the group at Love Gold for all the GOLD 
details!    http://www.lovegold.com/

Monday, April 14, 2014

CIBJO's Diamond Special Report focuses on synthetics...

CIBJO's Diamond Special Report focuses on synthetics,
announces conference to examine challenge they pose industry  

MILAN, ITALY: April 9, 2014 - With fewer than six weeks to go to the opening of the 2014 CIBJO Congress in Moscow , the third of the CIBJO commissions' Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Diamond Commission, headed by Udi Sheintal, the report focuses on the challenge posed by the influx of synthetic diamonds into the pipeline, and announces that on the first afternoon of the congress, on Monday, May 19, a special conference will be held to examine the issue, featuring several of the leading experts in the field and a cross section of the industry's leadership.
  
"To successfully position the industry, so that gem-quality synthetic diamonds can be absorbed into the product mix without threatening the integrity and status of natural diamonds, we need a panoramic strategy, which addresses a variety of elements and disciplines," writes Mr. Sheintal. These include research and technology into the methods used to create synthetic diamonds and the instruments and systems required to detect them, legal and ethical questions that are raised, including sanctions that could be imposed against those who do not disclose that diamonds are synthetic, and methods of marketing that enable consumers to differentiate between natural and synthetic diamonds. 
  
"As is always the case in CIBJO, the ultimate yardstick as to how our industry should address the challenge of synthetic diamonds, or any other challenge for that matter, is what is the strategy that will best serve the interests of consumer confidence, both in the products we produce and sell, and in our industry itself," Mr. Sheintal writes.
  
To download a full copy of the report, PLEASE CLICK HERE .

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The 2014 CIBJO Congress will take place in Moscow, Russia, May 19-21, 2014, with pre-congress meetings on May 17 and May 18. The congress will be hosted by the Russian Jewellers' Guild, whose headquarters will also serve as the main congress venue.

Busy, Happy Buyers and Sellers ay IDE's U.S. and International Diamond Week

US & International Diamond Week: 
Industry leaders praise IDE's branding efforts

"There are 401 buyers on the floor!" This announcement came through the public announcement system at noontime on the third day of the U.S. and International Diamond Week in Israel, throughout the four buildings of the Israel Diamond Exchange  (IDE) complex in Ramat Gan.  Traffic on the IDE trading floor was very dense and every table  sellers and buyers were hard at work.   



"It is a fantastic event, and I usually refrain from speaking in superlatives," IDE president Shmuel Schnitzer said. "There is a great mood on the trading floor, and this represents the optimism we generally feel in the diamond and jewelry business worldwide. We have hundreds of buyers on the floor who have arrived from all corners from the world, and this is very encouraging. The U.S. and International Diamond Week in Israel is a most important effort to brand our exchange in particular and the Israeli diamond industry and trade at large," he added.



Roberto Coin, the renowned Italian jewelry designer, manufacturer and retailer, said he was impressed with the IDE's effort to brand Israeli's diamond trade. At the conclusion of the Diamond Week's first day, he gave the event's participants a fascinating talk on branding. He summarized his address in a taped interview which is featured below.



Reuven Kaufman, president of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York emphasized - also in a taped interview - the importance of the close cooperation between the IDE and the DDC. "Our bourses and the respective memberships complement each other and together create great business opportunities that are win-win scenarios and add significant value, to the members of both our exchanges. The format of the U.S. and International Diamond Week in Israel is proving itself once again to be very beneficial for the international diamond business," Kaufman said.   

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

U.S. Antique Shows - Spring Pier Antique Show - March 29 - 30, 2014


U.S. Antique Shows - Spring Pier Antique Show
The Show Will Be Hosted at Pier 94, March 29-30, 2014



U.S. Antique Shows announced today that the internationally famed and ever popular Pier Antique Show will once again return to Pier 94 on March 29-30, 2014. Recognized as New York City’s largest antique event, the show will feature more than 400 exhibitors of quality antique furniture, jewelry, decorative and fine arts.
“Our exhibitors are really excited to bring a wide range of merchandise back to Pier 94 for our March show,” says Fair Development Director Andrea Canady. “We also have several new exhibitors that will be showcasing collections never before seen in the New York area. We feel that the addition of these new dealers, along with the many returning dealers, creates anticipation and enjoyment for our attendees.” 

Visitors can look forward to acquiring pieces from the 18th century through 1980s at the upcoming March Pier Antique Show. Items include a wide variety of kitchen and home d├ęcor, paintings, antique jewelry, art glass, ceramics and more. A varied selection of vintage clothing, jewelry and handbags will also be available.

Harry Greenberger of HG Limited has exhibited at the Pier Antique Show for more than 20 years. “Our theme for the March show is April Showers Bring May Flowers and we’re bringing a collection of mid-century umbrella stands. We also specialize in American handmade hammered aluminum from 1930s to 40s.” He continues, “We return to the Pier Antique Show every year because there’s no market like New York…It’s the most exciting and all the major buyers are located there. It’s the only show we do and we bring new collections each time!”

Show times are Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $20 and is valid for reentry both show days. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, call 239.732.6642 or visit www.PierAntiqueShow.com
About U.S. Antique ShowsThe Pier Antique Show is produced by U.S. Antique Shows, a division of GLM. U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s largest producer of indoor antique shows, focuses on presenting a wide range of antiques as well as antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches to 50,000 consumers annually. The company is the only producer that serves the unique needs of the antique and antique jewelry industry supporting sales in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Miami Beach and New York. Their shows host internationally recognized dealers promoting the purchase of rare and unusual historic merchandise to antiques collectors, novice enthusiasts,socialites and celebrities. U.S. Antique Shows draws more than 3,000 dealers from 22 countries worldwide exhibiting their signature collections in 400,000 net square feet across nine shows.

For more information: 
visit www.USAntiqueShows.com,

like them on Facebook:Facebook.com/PierAntiqueShow

follow them on Twitter: @USAntiqueShows 

and explore their Pinterest: pinterest.com/USAntiqueShows. 

...and check out their new blog at www.USAntiqueShows.com/TheQuill.aspx.


Monday, March 10, 2014

PGI's Platinum Innovation Awards in their 5th Year! Submissions Due April 10th


PGI IS HAVING AN ANNIVERSARY!

PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL USA ANNOUNCES 
THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY 
OF THE PLATINUM INNOVATION AWARDS SUBMISSIONS DUE APRIL 10th

Since its inception in 2010, the Platinum Innovation Awards have served to spark inspiration and excitement amongst the jewelry trade and to increase the passion for platinum design. Platinum Guild International (PGI USA) in conjunction with JCK Las Vegas is pleased to continue the momentum on the fifth anniversary of the competition and announce a call for entries for the JCK 2014 Platinum Innovation Awards. The Awards will be held at JCK Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, May 30 through June 1, 2014. The deadline to submit design information and images is April 10, 2014 and complete platinum product submissions are due April 25, 2014. Exhibitors from JCK, as well as the LUXURY, Elite Enclave and AGTA Shows are welcome to participate.



The fifth year of the competition welcomes new elements. PGI-USA is pleased to collaborate with the American Gem Trade Association who will sponsor the Platinum and Colored Gemstone category open to AGTA members only. Additionally, to commemorate the fifth year of the competition, PGI USA is introducing a new anniversary themed design challenge category where designers are encouraged to design one platinum piece inspired by the traditional five-year anniversary gift of wood. The category offers designers a true opportunity to express their individuality and creativity by exploring the theme however they see fit.

The full list of categories is as follows:
Fifth Anniversary Platinum Innovation Awards Challenge
Platinum Engagement Ring
Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (settings under $2500 retail)
Platinum Wedding Band
Platinum Men’s Jewelry
Everyday Platinum Fashion Jewelry (women’s)
Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry
AGTA Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry

Entrants for the Platinum Innovation Awards can log on to the site at http://platinumguild.com/en-US/news-press/platinum-innovation-awards to view guidelines, FAQs, and to submit.

Entrants are welcome to submit up to one design per category and will automatically become “nominees” into this year’s competition upon submission. All supplied photos will be featured on PGI USA’s press websitewww.pgi-press.com. Awards will be granted twice in each category, based on one Editor’s Choice and one Buyer’s Choice Award. One special Best in Show award will go to the design that receives the highest, cumulative number of votes. Judging will begin on May 6th at an exclusive Editor Preview Event in New York City. Editor’s choices will not be revealed until after the buyers have voted at the shows.

“The Platinum Innovation Awards have become an industry trademark amongst those who are passionate about working in platinum” says PGI-USA CEO Huw Daniel. “With each contest, we see increased ingenuity and a sense of pride in participation. We are excited to see what the new element in the competition will inspire and anticipate that we will see the greatest level of innovation in platinum design to date.”

Winners in each of the eight categories will be announced on June 1, 2014, and will receive a generous promotional benefits package.

For complete details and to submit your best platinum designs, please visit www.platinumguild.com. The deadline for all entries is April 10, 2014.

About PGI-USA:
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its, pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade. PGI has offices in each of the world's major jewelry markets, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information please visitwww.platinumguild.com

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sotheby's Hong Kong Unveils the World's Greatest Jadeite Bead Necklace - Wedding Present to Barbara Hutton from Her Father

SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG UNVEILS
THE WORLD’S GREATEST JADEITE BEAD NECKLACE

The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace
– With Qing Jadeite Beads reputedly from the Imperial Court –
Is Expected to Fetch in Excess of HK$100 million / US$12.8 million

GIVEN TO HEIRESS BARBARA HUTTON BY HER FATHER,
ON THE OCCASION OF HER WEDDING TO PRINCE MDIVANI


Sotheby’s Hong Kong is honoured to present The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace, the Greatest Jadeite Bead Necklace of Historical Importance (Expected to fetch in excess of HK$100 million / US$12.8 million*at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale to take place on 7 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace has the most illustrious provenance spanning   members of Western nobility and Imperial China since the turn of last century, and is widely recognised as the most important piece of jadeite jewellery known to the world. This jadeite bead necklace, with an innovative clasp by Cartier, comprises 27 gigantic jadeite beads of magnificent green colour, excellent translucency, extremely fine texture and majestic proportions, with diameters ranging from 19.20 mm to 15.40 mm. A fine complement to the prominence of its past owners, this jadeite bead necklace offers a unique collecting opportunity for jewellery and jadeite connoisseurs.

The Cartier archive records the beads being in their possession in 1933 when an innovative clasp was designed especially for the Hutton family. The necklace was then presented as a wedding gift in the same year to Barbara Hutton from her father on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Mdivani. It was first worn publically by Barbara Hutton at her 21st birthday party, and remained in the Mdivani family for over five decades until it was first sold at auction in 1988 for US$2 million / HK$15.6 million and made news headlines as the most expensive piece of jadeite jewellery in the world. Six years later in 1994 it was offered at auction again in Hong Kong, this time doubling its previous price to achieve US$4.2 million / HK$33 million and once again bringing the price of jadeite jewellery to a new level.

QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman and Head of Jewellery Department, Sotheby’s Asia, said, “We are most honoured to be entrusted to offer in our upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace, the greatest jadeite bead necklace in the world. Of the finest quality and striking proportions, this jadeite bead necklace with a storied past is an epitome of the mysterious and captivating beauty of jadeite, the most revered oriental gemstone, and evokes the glamour of distinguished style icons of both China and the West at the turn of the last century. It stands as the most important piece of jadeite jewellery known to the world and is set to engage keen competition from jewellery cognoscenti.”

Barbara Hutton (1912 – 1979) – A Fabled Heiress and Iconic Collector

Socialite and heiress Barbara Woolworth Hutton was among the few in the West known for her love for jadeite. Heiress to the retail tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth, Hutton was one of the wealthiest women in the world when she turned 21, and known for her distinguished taste, lavish lifestyle as well as elegance and beauty. A great patron of the renowned jewellery houses, her collection encompassed unique commissioned pieces by the most celebrated jewellers, as well as important royal and noble jewels, among them a pearl necklace formerly belonging to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.


The World’s Greatest Jadeite Bead Necklace 
of Supreme Historical Importance

Widely known as the most important piece of jadeite jewellery to date, this necklace comprises 27 highly translucent beads of perfectly matched colour, extremely fine texture and extraordinary majestic proportions ranging from 19.20 to 15.40 mm in diameter, as well as a patina and polish consistent with the fine craftsmanship from the late Qing period. The proportions alone render them highly unusual and impressive, as top-quality jadeite boulders normally yield beads of no more than 5 to 10 mm in diameter due to their extreme scarcity. To fashion a strand of matching jadeite beads, all the beads must be carved from the same boulder and as many as thrice the desired number of beads are often needed from which to select the most suitable ones. With the immense wastage involved, jadeite bead necklaces rank among the most valuable and sought-after forms of jadeite jewellery.

The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace is also remarkable for its design. Jade was incorporated into Western jewellery design in the early 20th century. As Cartier embraced this unique oriental gemstone, carved jade became a notable element in the brand’s signature Art Deco designs and a novel expression of luxury. The jadeite beads on the necklace were set by Cartier to a ruby and diamond clasp of clean and geometrical design. The red colour of rubies, whilst auspicious in Chinese culture, is also a fine example of the colour palette of the Art Deco period against the luminous green colour of the beads.

Qing Jadeite Beads Reputedly from the Imperial Court

Classic and elegant, the jadeite bead necklace is among the most popular forms of jadeite jewellery and favoured by the likes of Empress Dowager Cixi of China, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and Madame Wellington Koo, wife of the famous Chinese diplomat V.K. Wellington Koo.



As a result of political instability in the late 19th century, Imperial treasures were removed from the palace and many of them redesigned into various forms of jewellery. Like many lost treasures, the precise origin of the jadeite beads on this necklace is unknown. Nonetheless, since the beads were of supreme quality and had already found their way to Europe and been customised into a piece ofhaute joaillerie by Cartier by the early 1930s, they can be dated at least to the late 19th or early 20th century.

The prominence of the original owner of the beads is sufficiently reflected by their supreme quality. Since its introduction as a tribute to the Qing Imperial court in the 18th century, jadeite of various forms was exclusively worn by the ruling class. Imperial court necklaces in particular were worn only by Qing emperors and senior officials. Considering the impressive size and quality, it is likely the beads on the Hutton- Mdivani Necklace would have been presented to the Imperial court. An Imperial jadeite bead necklace acquired in the early 20th century by Oei Tiong Ham, a successful Chinese businessman in Indonesia, from Beijing’s leading jadeite dealer, Tieh Bao Ting, was sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2010. While the 30 jadeite beads on the Oei Tiong Ham necklace - originally from a Qing Imperial court necklace - measure 13.40 to 13.30 mm in diameter, the beads on the Hutton-Mdivani Necklace currently offered are far superior in colour, texture, translucency and size, which indicates an equally, if not more distinguished original ownership.


Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in nine different salesrooms, includingNew York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids in real-time from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, as well as Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and
is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium and prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Diamond Services Identifies 0.14 ct. Type 1Aab Gem as Synthetic Using the DiamaTest System



Diamond Services Ltd., the Hong Kong-based firm that markets cutting-edge technological solutions to the diamond, gem and jewellery industry and trade, announced its newly developed DiamaTest machine had been instrumental in identifying the nature of a 0.138 carat, type 1Aab diamond as a synthetic stone. However, when it was tested by a DiamondSure device, the stone got a reading as a natural stone. This is the second time a non-type IIa synthetic stone is identified after the one reported by GIA a few months ago. 

"Recently, we acquired a parcel of synthetic diamonds from one of the growers, for research purposes," Yossi Kuzi, owner of Diamond Services recalled. "One of the stones in the parcel, a 0.138-carat stone, turned out to be a type 1Aab synthetic diamond. The DiamaTest machine easily identified it as synthetic. However, the DiamondSure identified it as a natural stone!  While the tested stone did not show phosphorescence, the typical, square growth lines of a synthetic diamond were observed in a DiamondView test," he explained.




Kuzi, who is also the owner of the Hong Kong-based EGL Asia gemological laboratory, said he will be glad to make the stone available for further testing and research to any of the large, international gemological laboratories that will express an interest.

The DiamaTest system will be launched next month during the upcoming International Hong Kong Jewellery Show (Asia World Expo, Hall 9, booth M07) and will be available thereafter via service stations worldwide. The first service stations will start operating from March 2014 both in Hong Kong and in Israel.

"A well known industry commentator wrote recently that 'the key to resolving the challenges presented by synthetic diamonds is our ability to differentiate natural diamonds from synthetic diamonds,' and that we need to employ the 4Ds: Differentiation, Detection, Disclosure and Documentation. We hope to be making a significant contribution toward that important goal," Kuzi concluded.

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