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Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Jewelers for the Gulf" on eBay Giving Works

Prompted by the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, more than thirty of the country’s most talented jewelry artists have come together to support victims of the Gulf Oil Spill through a charity auction on eBay Giving Works ( The “Jewelers for the Gulf” (eBay username JewelersForTheGulf) have contributed original works to be auctioned on the site during September and October, giving jewelry enthusiasts the world over the chance to bid on unique pieces while helping to provide for the Gulf community. Proceeds will benefit Gulf-area residents who have been impacted by the oil spill.

“We designed this event to help shine a light on the fact that many people are now out of work because of the BP Oil Spill, a tragedy that has wreaked havoc on our economy and our ecosystem,” said Patsy Croft, a renowned cloisonné artist who is helping organize the auction.

“The well may be capped, but the damage remains. A lot of people are hurting down here. This event gives people a way to help our fellow Americans while doing something nice for themselves or a loved one at the same time.”

The jewelry being auctioned spans a variety of styles, materials and price ranges. Shoppers will find everything from Fall’s runway trends like chunky cocktail rings and stackable bangles to more traditional, timeless pieces in high-karat gold, sterling silver and gemstones, as well as more artsy, unique works made of materials like glass, moss and even concrete. Several of the artists who have contributed have had their work showcased on the fashion runways, while others have been tapped to design custom pieces for the private collections of prominent models and celebrities.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from each piece listed by JewelersForTheGulf will be donated to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, which has provided food and other assistance to more than 19,000 fishermen and their families since May 1, 2010.

While new artists will be added each week during the months of September and October, some of the confirmed donors include:

  • Kristin Anderson is an award-winning artist and metalsmith, who has spent most of her life learning about and teaching art. She now focuses on designing custom pieces for clients, teaching, and making beautiful works in silver, gold, enamel, and stones.

  • Carolyn Bensinger is a Boston studio jeweler, working in sterling and high karat gold pieces for all occasions.

  • Patsy Croft is an award-winning cloisonné jewelry artist whose work can be seen in art jewelry galleries throughout the country. She focuses on works using brightly colored enamels, high-karat metals and precious stones.

  • Guy Harvey Jewelry by Nautora. Guy Harvey’s famous artworks are now rendered in precious metal to create a singular blend of art and lifestyle jewelry. Pieces include hard fired enamel in spectacular color and original relic styles.

  • Chris Hierholzer is a metalsmith and enamellist who began making jewelry in 1968. His innovative enameling techniques show the influence of world renowned jeweler William Claude Harper, whom Chris apprenticed with for more than ten years. Chris is one of the primary organizers of the Jewelers For The Gulf charity auction.

  • Mary McBride was born and raised in southwest Louisiana, An MFA recipient, she specializes in techniques that incorporate textiles, silver, and unconventional mixed materials, producing an eclectic variety of collectibles.

  • Tom McCarthy has been making jewelry for more than twenty-five years. An MFA recipient, his work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC.

  • Ileana Rojas-Bennett is a Costa Rican jewelry designer who takes her inspiration from the colors and textures of the rainforest. Her fashionable gemstone statement pieces have been chosen by celebrities, and have been showcased on the fashion runways of New York, Miami and soon Boston.

  • Jerry Scavezze is a fine gold jewelry artist from Colorado who specializes in Anticlastic Raising.

  • Mary Timmer has been designing and hand fabricating jewelry since 1998. Her work has been showcased in many fine craft galleries and juried art shows. Her pieces are unique, incorporating a mix of fine metals, pearls and stones.

  • Patricia Tschetter is an award-winning jeweler and metalsmith, whose work has been shown nationally and is carried by galleries and boutiques across the country.

  • Craig Vandeman is a professional Metalsmith and jewelry designer living in the Dallas area. He has participated in multiple collegiate shows, national juried shows and is currently working on a portfolio for admission to Graduate School.

The charity listings are now live and can be found on the JewelersForTheGulf About Me page on eBay. For updates on the auction, funds being raised and new artists being added, stay tuned to Patsy Croft’s Enamel and Goldsmith Blog,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GemstoneTreatmentReport Website Free Industry Resource website becomes free information resource for gemstone industry.

ISG opens the GTR database to assist the world wide industry.

San Antonio, TX, September 1, 2010: Realizing the need for a free information clearing house for gemstone treatments and lab created gemstone identification, the International School of Gemology announced today the restructuring of their Gemstone Treatment Report website to become the industry’s only complete, open-sharing internet database of gemological research and reporting on gemstone treatments.
Located at GemstoneTreatmentReport, this website is now available as a free service to anyone in the gemstone industry for the study, reference, and sharing of gemological information relating to the research and reporting of the latest in gemstone treatment identification methods. This information clearinghouse is being made possible by members of the world wide ISG Community who are responsible for the research and identification of the dyefusion treatment of gemstones such as andesine, tourmaline, and others. The GTR data base currently covers the identification of over 50 of the most often seen gemstone treatments as well lab grown gemstones with ongoing research to provide the industry with the latest updates available free through this single source website.

The Gemstone Treatment Report actively seeks sharing and information contributions from other gemological organizations, laboratories, schools, dealers, retail jewelers, consumers, and any other interested party who has information to share and contribute to the information database.

The Gemstone Treatment Report was originally a production of the International School of Gemology’s Registered Gemologist course program titled: Identification of Synthetic Gemstones. Due to the urgent need for quality information regarding gemstone treatments, the ISG has opened this database to the industry as a free support service. All Gemstone Treatment Report subscribers will be given the option of a subscription refund or other consolations. For more information please contact the ISG office at 210.877.5816 or email to

Monday, August 30, 2010

Platinum and Colored Stones Make Emmy Statement!

There was a day when all you found in Platinum was the finest whitest of diamonds...last night's 62nd Emmy Award Show in Hollywood showed just how much that has changed!

Platinum is now a "trendy" metal! Once thought too pricey and out of reach...skyrocketing gold prices has jewelry designers started looking to add platinum to their designlines.

Last night's Emmy arrival showed platinum on celebrities of every age, and even some edgier looks in "blackened platinum"!
The appeal of platinum is obvious when you see the list issued by Platinum Guild of the celebrities that chose platinum for the 62nd Emmy Show!

Which were your favorites? mine? definitely Kim Kardashian's White & Champagne Diamond Bracelet and Kyra Sedgewick's stack of colored gems in platinum!

Following is a list of stars that celebrated tonight's achievements in PLATINUM:

Lea Michele: Platinum and multi-colored mesh diamond necklace, two platinum and champagne diamond bracelets, and a pair of platinum and champagne diamond stud earrings (10 carats) by Lorraine Schwartz.

Emily Blunt: Platinum and diamond bangle, platinum and diamond ring, platinum and diamond flower hair pin, and a pair of platinum and diamond stud earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. Emily's jewelry complemented her platinum engagement ring and wedding band by Neil Lane.

Kim Kardashian: Platinum cuff with champagne and white diamonds (80 carats), platinum and diamond stud earrings (15 carats), platinum and diamond pinky ring (8 carats), and platinum and diamond hair pins by Lorraine Schwartz.

January Jones: Platinum and diamond stud earrings (10.12 carats of flawless diamonds), and a platinum and yellow diamond ring by Cartier.

Kelly Osbourne: Platinum bracelets with black and white diamonds, and a pair of platinum earrings with black diamonds (14 carats each) by Martin Katz.
Amy Poehler: Platinum and diamond drop earrings, bracelet and ring by Stephen Russell.

Julie Bowen: Platinum and diamond stud earrings and bracelets by Neil Lane.

Dianna Agron: Platinum earrings with 246 brilliant-cut diamonds and 2 briolette diamonds (2.54 carats) by Cartier.

Jessalyn Gilsig: Platinum and brown diamond ring (8 carats) by Chopard.

Elisabeth Moss: Platinum and diamond earrings (33 carats), two bracelets (179 carats total), and two rings by Chopard.

Tina Fey: Platinum and black diamond tassel bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz.

Kyra Sedgwick: Platinum bracelets with multi-colored gemstones, platinum ring with rubellite (60 carats) and diamonds, and a pair of blackened platinum drop earrings by Ofira.
Lauren Graham: Blackened platinum and diamond star earrings, platinum and diamond bangle, two platinum and diamond rings, and a platinum ring with black agate and diamonds by Ofira.

Heather Morris: Platinum and diamond stud earrings, and bracelet by Kwiat.
Cheryl Hines: Platinum and diamond bracelet (37 carats) by Chopard.
Jenna Fisher: Platinum and natural rough diamond ring (45.61 carats) by Diamond In The Rough.
Keri Russell: Platinum jewelry by Cathy Waterman.

Jennifer Carpenter: Two platinum and diamonds bracelets, and drop earrings by Martin Katz.

Connie Britton: Platinum and diamond earrings, lariat necklace, and cocktail ring by Neil Lane.

Holland Taylor: Platinum and diamond earrings (9 carats) by Chopard.

About Platinum Jewelry
Platinum is the ideal choice for bridal and fashion jewelry because it holds diamonds and precious gemstones more securely than any other metal. It is not only the highest quality metal, but its density makes it one of the most durable and enduring precious metals. Platinum is also naturally white, unlike white gold, which means it will not cast any tint onto a diamond or gemstone, allowing the stone's genuine color to sparkle brightly. Platinum is also pure and hypoallergenic, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

To learn more about platinum jewelry and to view jewelry styles at a variety of price points, please visit


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