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Monday, December 30, 2013

Bohemme - Spanish Jewelry Line to Expand Into North American Market

Mark Gurdus Appointed as President of BOHEMME North America and Luxury Brand Group Retained



Spanish jewelry company, BOHEMME, is pleased to announce expansion into the North American markets and the appointment of Mark Gurdus as the President of BOHEMME North America, which took effect on November 4. 

In addition, BOHEMME North America has retained Southern California-based brand communications and public relations agency, Luxury Brand Group (LBG). LBG will provide public relations, celebrity placement, brand development and digital marketing services.

BOHEMME is based and manufactured in Cordoba, Spain and was founded in 2010 by Spanish designer, Antonio Espaliu. The brand has embarked on an international venture by opening retail stores throughout Europe, Canada, USA, the Caribbean Area, Latin America, UAE (Dubai), Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Malta and South Africa, and plans to continue expanding globally. BOHEMME has appointed Mark Gurdus to head the North American operations.

Mark Gurdus brings over 25 years of experience in both the fine jewelry and luxury watch industries, previously serving as the Vice President of Sales for five years at Jorg Gray 
Timepieces, a watch company based in Southern California. Prior to Jorg Gray Timepieces, Gurdus was the Vice President of Sales for over a decade at Oris Swiss Made Watches based in Basel, Switzerland. Gurdus attended University of Memphis, and resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, California with his wife. He has two adult children. 

“I am excited to spearhead the expansion of BOHEMME in the North American markets,” states, Mark Gurdus. “With Luxury Brand Group’s proven track record for increasing brand awareness, along with their expertise and close relationships in all facets of the luxury and jewelry markets, I’m confident that this partnership will provide BOHEMME the opportunity to further develop the brand and introduce our designs to the masses.”
BOHEMME embraces the world of creativity and transmits aesthetic and innovative designs
into their exquisite jewelry collections. Each jewelry piece is created with high quality materials, using 925 sterling silver, 18 karat gold, diamonds, and precious and semi-precious gemstones, resulting in unique and striking designs. BOHEMME is recognized worldwide as an affordable luxury, which transcends modern fashion, all while exemplifying their motto, “Free Spirit”, in each design. Retail price points range from $250-$5,000 USD.

Frank Proctor, President/CEO of Luxury Brand Group states, “We are looking forward to
working closely with Mark Gurdus and the BOHEMME brand. The BOHEMME collections are cutting-edge, on-trend and fashion-forward, yet come with an affordable price point, which is perfect for today’s price conscious consumer. As Mark brings a great depth of knowledge and experience in fine jewelry and watches, we are looking forward to partnering together to achieve exposure, and ultimately, sales goals in 2014!”

Interested in BOHEMME for your store?  look for them at industry trade shows and events in 2014.  For more information on BOHEMME, visit http://www.bohemme.es or call 855-345-3268. BOHEMME North America is based and distributed from Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

About BOHEMME BOHEMME is based in Cordoba, Spain and was founded by Antonio Espaliu in 2010, a Spanish designer with almost 30 years’ experience in the jewelry industry. The brand is available throughout the most exclusive boutique stores in Spain and continues its expansion with breakneck speed worldwide. BOHEMME has embarked on its new international venture with exceptional design, innovation and the excellence of products “Made in Spain”. BOHEMME is already available at multiple prestigious retailers throughout Europe, Canada, USA, the Caribbean Area, Latin America, UAE (Dubai), Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Malta and South Africa, and continues to expand.   http://www.bohemme.es


About Luxury Brand GroupEstablished in 2004, Luxury Brand Group (LBG) is a full service brand communications agency headquartered in Southern California with a showroom and offices in Los Angeles and satellite offices in New York City. LBG truly understands the fine jewelry industry and luxury consumer, and is respected for its results-oriented, hands-on approach to luxury marketing. The highly talented team has a proven track record of increasing awareness through innovative and compelling brand recognition programs. Agency CEO and president, Frank Proctor, has more than 20+ years experience in the fine jewelry and luxury industries. As the former VP of Marketing of Platinum Guild International (PGI), he and his team were key to platinum’s surge in popularity in North America over the last twenty years, growing the market by more than 2000% in just a 10-year span.   http://www.luxbrandgroup.com/

Saturday, December 21, 2013

#DailyJewel - Cynthia Renee's Wisteria Ring...via Farlang

Cynthia Renée, Inc. Wisteria ring can handle any of your favorite gemstones. This particular one is shown with a 10 ct (!) Lavender Cuprian Tourmaline. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

#DailyJewel - Black Diamonds from the FABULOUS Nan Fusco!

...and then there was one... One-of-a-kind triple wrap bracelet/necklace with pave bezeled ruby, diamond roundels and magnetic clasp.  $1,375

N A N  F U S C O
LAGUNA BEACH CA


Thursday, December 19, 2013

“A Designer’s Celebration” from FARLANG at David Nygaard Jewelers



FARLANG and David Nygaard Jewelers present “A Designer’s Celebration”, 
a designer showcase with close to 150 pieces of fine jewelry 
created by award-winning designers flown in for this exclusive holiday event.

Gordon Aatlo Signature Ring - more at  http://www.farlang.com/profiles/gordon-aatlo-designs
An emphasis was placed on showcasing a diverse range of designs, techniques, 
All are one-of-a-kind or limited edition,
 on display at this location through December 30th.

Hand carved cameo Rose from Rainforest Designs
http://www.farlang.com/profiles/rainforestdesign
The focus of this event is to “help find that perfect piece of jewelry”, 
FARLANG’s mission statement - allowing guys to bring a photo of their lady 
so an expert can point out pieces that compliment her signature style and ladies can get help to tie together an outfit with fine jewelry 
or spruce up their New Year’s outfit: NOW is the time to prepare for 2014. 

A grand opening with a jazz band outside, and hors d’oevres inside will take place on Saturday the 21st with an Open House on Sunday the 22nd - 
but the pieces are for sale in the store every day through December 30th.

Different Seasons Jewelry featuring rare gems
http://www.farlang.com/profiles/mark-anderson



FARLANG is one of the world’s larger international online communities of curated fine jewelry & rare gemstones. FARLANG started as a marketplace, based in Silicon Valley but now works globally and increasingly focuses on creating personalized experiences for and recommendations to the end consumer. This is accomplished both online using machine learning (a type of artificial intelligence), algorithms or offline in private sales or in partnership with a retailer using different technological tools and methods. 
http://www.farlang.com


David Nygaard is a Master Gemologist Appraiser™ and jeweler. 
David has been a contributing editor of Jewelers Circular Keystone Magazine and In Store Magazine, serves on the Board of Governors for the Jewelers Education Foundation, and is a frequent jewelry speaker both in and out of the industry.

David Nygaard Jewelers 

754 First Colonial Road

Virginia Beach

(757) 965-3337 

#DailyJewel - Jean Noel Soni - ParaTraditional Design

Sunstone (Oregon, USA) • 9.96 Carats, 16.35mm x 16.00mm

One-of-a-kind, ParaTraditional design & faceting by Jean-Noel Soni. Created without computers!



Check out this great article by Jean Noel Soni for InStore Magazine...

The Business: Bring Back the Wonder

Use custom-cut stones to create heirloom-worthy pieces

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

#DailyJewel - Claudia Endler Designs


I use the power of proportion, attention to detail, and the omission of the non-essential elements to bring each piece to its minimum and purest form." - ce 

I have been a Claudia Endler fan for a couple years now - thought I would share a little with you!




Claudia Endler is passionate about jewelry, art, architecture, design, and self-expression. "Ever since I was little you could not drag me away from jewelry store windows." So, after a successful career as a designer representative in the fashion industry, Claudia's passions and talents collided, culminating in the formation of Claudia Endler Designs: one of Los Angeles' leading contemporary jewelry design enterprises.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

#DailyJewel - Ladden Ledbetter's Southwest Engraving

From Pro Bull Rider to Engraver - I love the tooled leather look of Ladden Ledbetter's work...what a perfect Southwestern take on the traditional wedding set...for more http://www.laddan.com/




Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Ladden spent most of his time wrapped up in the rodeo world as a professional bull rider. He became interested in silver work by spending time in Terry Starnes’ workshop. After being encouraged by Brody Bolton (3B Leather work), I attended Johnny Weyert’s School of Engraving for Beginners in February 2009. Following the class, Laddan continued to pursue as many learning tools as possible and began making contacts within the world of engraving. During that time, Laddan was allowed the opportunity to learn from many amazing engravers such as Stewart Williamson, Wilson Capron, Russell Yates, and Mike Pardue, who have all made, and continue to make a huge impact in his work.

Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series at the U.S. Antique Show

U.S. Antique Shows Debuts Educational Jewelry Series at World’s Largest Indoor Antique Show
The Original Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series 
Held at Miami Beach Convention Center, Jan. 28-29, 2014


To fulfill a consistent interest from national and international show attendees to further their antique jewelry education, U.S. Antique Shows premieres The Original Miami Beach Antique Jewelry Series. Beginning two days prior to the opening of The Original Miami Beach Antique Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the jewelry conference, Jan. 28-29, 2014, will showcase notable jewelry experts with extensive knowledge on selected areas of jewelry history.

“U.S. Antique Shows is uniquely positioned to provide ongoing education to jewelry collectors, buyers and enthusiasts in conjunction with attending one of the world’s best known antique events. Many of our attendees come to the show annually, but by simply making arrangements to come a bit earlier, they’re able to fit two great events into one trip,” said Dan Darby, GLM vice president and U.S. Antique Shows group director.

Elyse Zorn Karlin
U.S. Antique Shows has partnered with Elyse Zorn Karlin, co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA), and Gail Brett Levine, executive director of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) to plan and execute this new educational event.

“Gail and I are very pleased to have been asked to co-direct the first ever jewelry series as an adjunct to The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. The show is known as the "crème de la crème" of shows for those who want to see a great quantity of high end antique and period jewelry in one place. We hope to be a part of this series for many years to come,” said Karlin.

Here’s a list of speakers scheduled for the jewelry series:
January 28
·         Kimberly Klosterman, Breaking the Mold Artist Jewelers of the 1960s and 70s
·         Harrice Simons Miller, The Inside Story: Fashion Jewelry – The Collection of Barbara Berger
·         Emily Banis Stoehrer, Louis Feron: Life and Legacy
·         Patricia Faber, Out of Nowhere: Mid-Century Modernist Jewelry

Gail Brett Levine
January 29
·         Elyse Zorn Karlin and Gail Brett Levine, Split Personality: Two Different Views of Jewelry
Along with a variety of sessions featuring authors, graduate gemologists and jewelry historians, the two-day conference will also include a complementary tour of the David Webb Exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art and the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

In addition, jewelry series attendees will be among the first to see The Original Miami Beach Antique Show before it opens with a tour of select jewelry exhibitor booths on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This tour will allow attendees a preview of the magnificent pieces available for purchase.

For a complete conference schedule, descriptions of the sessions, and details on registration costs, visitwww.MiamiBeachAntiqueShow.com.

About U.S. Antique Shows
The Original Miami Beach 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 us on Facebook: Facebook.com/OMBAS, follow us on Twitter:@USAntiqueShows and explore our Pinterest: Pinterest.com/USAntiqueShows. Check out our new blog at www.USAntiqueShows.com/TheQuill.aspx.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dec 11th - Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels New York

MAGNIFICENT JEWELS AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK 
  December 11, 2013, Featuring:

RARE EGYPTIAN-REVIVAL JEWELS BY CARTIER 

JEWELS FROM DISTINGUISHED FAMILY AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS 


December 11th, Sotheby’s will hold their auction of Magnificent Jewels in New York, with a public exhibition beginning December 7th in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries. 

Lisa Hubbard, Chairman, North & South America, Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division, said: 

“Sotheby’s has broken world auction record after world auction record in our jewelry sales this fall in both Hong Kong and Geneva, establishing new benchmark prices for any diamond, any jewel and any jewelry auction. Our December sale in New York is distinguished by a number of true masterpieces, including five extremely rare Art Deco Egyptian-revival jewels designed by Cartier, and an iconic Boucheron bracelet of African inspiration that was first exhibited at the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale in Paris. We also are offering two important private collections: one from the family of an American heiress, whose jewels have spent most of the last 60 years secreted in a bank vault and testify to a glamorous lifestyle in the first half of the 20th century, and the other a contemporary collection of sensational emerald jewels and fancy vivid yellow diamonds."

MAGNIFICENT JEWELS FROM A DISTINGUISHED FAMILY COLLECTION 
More than 30 jewels from a Distinguished Family Collection provide a fascinating look at the taste of an American heiress who lived in Europe in the 1930s–50s. She favored Cartier, 
Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels for her own jewels, and refashioned others inherited from her mother. The group offered in December represents only a portion of the original collection, as Sotheby’s previously sold jewels from the collection in 2009 and 2011. 

The group is led by a Magnificent Platinum and Diamond Ring, set with a 24.48 carat D-color, VS1 clarity emerald-cut diamond (left, est. $1.5/2.5 million), as well as an Indian inspired Important 18 Karat Gold, Emerald and Diamond Necklace, Cartier, London, special ordered in 1947 and set with more than 100 carats of Colombian emeralds (above, est. $600/800,000). 

Also from Cartier, London is a Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Emerald, Ruby and Diamond Earclips, circa 1940 (est. $75/100,000), inspired by the lush flora and fauna of India. Complementing the Cartier jewels is a Gold, Emerald, Diamond and Ruby Brooch, circa 1945, encasing a 41.20 carat Colombian emerald in an ornate diamond frame . A selection of Art Deco evening bags, fine gemstone rings and decorative jewels complete the collection. 

RARE EGYPTIAN-REVIVAL JEWELS 

The discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 ignited a blaze of Egypt-mania and the 
instantaneous introduction of decorative elements from Egyptian culture into fine arts, interior design, fashion and jewelry. At this time, Louis Cartier, a collector of Egyptian antiquities, had the novel idea of reincarnating some of his ancient Egyptian faience fragments by mounting them into modern settings using platinum, diamonds and colored stones. 

It is believed that Cartier produced only 150 such Egyptian-revival jewels in the mid-to-late 1920s, and several very rare examples are featured in the December auction. The Magnificent and Rare Egyptian-revival Faience and Jeweled Brooch, Cartier, London, circa 1923 (right, est. $300/500,000) is designed as an Egyptian fan centering an ancient green glazed bust of the goddess Sekhmet, set against the lapis lazuli sky twinkling with diamond stars – one of only two fan-shaped brooches ever made by Cartier, London. This particular brooch was exhibited in 1924 at the French Industrial Exposition, Grand Central Palace, New York. 

Sotheby’s also will offer property formerly from the Estate of Iya, Lady Abdy, which includes four Egyptian-Revival jewels – two signed by Cartier. Lady Abdy was a leading light of Parisian society in the 1920s-30s, a friend of Coco Chanel and Jean Cocteau, and a style icon in her own right. She was much photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, and for Vogue by George Hoyningen Huene. Her remarkable collection at Sotheby’s includes the Rare and Important 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Faience, Diamond, Colored Stone and Enamel ‘Sekhmet’ Brooch, Cartier, Paris, circa 1925 (left, est. $200/300,000) and the Platinum, Gold, Diamond, Faience and Colored Stone ‘Pylon’ Brooch, Cartier, London, circa 1923 (est. 
$50/70,000). Lady Abdy was photographed wearing the latter jewel for American Vogue in 1928. 


THE COLLECTION OF MARIA MONET MARKOWITZ 

The Collection of Maria Monet Markowitz comprises 40 elegant pieces dating from the 19th to mid-20th centuries. Markowitz is actively involved in the acclaimed Jewelry Arts Institute in New York, which teaches the ancient technique of granulation and more modern approaches to jewelry-making. Her curated collection focuses on period timepieces and the chronological progression of jewelry design.  Highlights on offer include the Platinum, Colored Stone and Diamond Lapel Watch, Udall & Ballou, circa 1930 (est. $20/30,000), and a Pair of Platinum, Colored Stone and Diamond Clips by Tiffany & Co., late 1920s (right, est. $30/50,000) – purported to be the only known example of Tiffany & working in the ‘Tutti Frutti’ style. 



CUSTOM BULGARI EARRINGS 
BENEFITTING THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR AIDS FOUNDATION 

Bulgari will offer a custom-designed exclusive Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Spinel, Turquoise and Diamond Earrings (left, est. $18/22,000) inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and her film CLEOPATRA, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In tribute to Ms. Taylor, Bulgari will donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of the earrings to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in support of her courageous life’s work in raising awareness and providing care for those affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. 



ADDITIONAL AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS 

Seminal designs by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. from a Distinguished American Collector include the 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond ‘Morning Glory’ Necklace (detail right, est. $100/150,000), an example of which was most recently presented in Vivienne Becker’s book The Impossible Collection: The 100 Most Important Jewels of the Twentieth Century. 

Also featured in Becker’s book is the 18 Karat Gold, Malachite, Purpurine and Ivory Bracelet, Boucheron, Paris, circa 1931 (est. $150/250,000). An iconic modernist jewel which exemplifies the influence of African art and artifacts on jewelry design, this bracelet 
was exhibited by Boucheron at the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale in Paris. 


FOR MORE NEWS FROM SOTHEBY’S 
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Join: www.facebook.com/sothebys & www.weibo.com/sothebyshongkong 
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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, including New 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. 

2013 Rebel Chique Design Competition Winners

Announcing the 2013 Rebel Chique Design Competition Winners


Rebel Chique, the new subsidiary of legendary diamond house Royal Asscher, announced the the winners for it’s first international design competition. 



Among the winners are Americans Annie Fensterstock and Allison Nagasue -- both of whom have won several industry awards in recent years and gained much recognition for their imaginative work. Georgina Teng of the Philippines won two categories in this year’s competition while Amelia Rachim of Italy and Bimal Koley of Dubai rounded out the international roster of design stars. Designers from 11 countries entered this inaugural competition and they represented companies large and small with a few being total amateurs while others having created award-winning designs for decades.

These designers “took on the challenge of rebelling against staid diamond designs to create chic jewels that show off the innate beauty and glamour of Rebel Chique’s man-made diamonds (physically, chemically and optically the same as Mother Nature’s stones) in a dazzling array of colors,”  said Mike Asscher, vice president of Royal Asscher Diamond Co. and CEO of its Rebel Chique subsidiary. 

“It was quite difficult for our judges to choose from among the many great designs for our first ever Winners Collection, The designs will be put into production and available for sale on www.RebelChiqueDiamonds.com soon. Our manufacturing team has begun working with the designs to create the most sellable interpretations of these great ideas.”

The judges were: Royal Asscher’s US president and designer, Lita Asscher; famed “red carpet jeweler” Erica Courtney; jewelry blogger Monica Stephenson; international design stars Reena Ahluwalia and Gitta Vandenbroeck and jewelry editor/creative director Talya Cousins. 

The Winners: 

Earring Category ~ Winner:  Bimal Koley,  Dubai ~ 
Honorable Mention: Sonam Shah, Mumbai

Necklace Category ~ Winner:   Georgina Teng, Philippines ~ 
Honorable Mention: Annie Fensterstock, USA

Ring Category ~ Winner:  Amelia Rachim, Italy ~ 
Honorable Mention: Remy Rotenier, USA

Bracelet Category ~ Winner: Annie Fensterstock, USA ~ 
Honorable Mention: Vijayshree Sovani, India

Menswear Category ~ Winner: Georgina Teng, Philippines ~ 
Honorable Mention: Brenda Smith, USA

Rebelwear Category ~ Winner:  Alison Nagasue, USA ~ 
Honorable Mention: Scott Cusson, USA

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