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Thursday, August 8, 2013

#JWLV - Yael Designs and The Best Things About Industry Tradeshows...

In some industries people dread the dreary Tradeshows and endless mind numbing lectures and rubber chicken dinners at Award Shows....

BUT - in the Jewelry Industry the upcoming Show is the Designers' "Call To Action"...the Retailers may have the only dread -the dreaded finding room in your "open to buy", but only because they know they will see far more beauty than they will ever be able to afford.

...and then we come to the Press covering these events - and I have tell you I would much rather be covering a Jewelry Tradeshow than a small appliances event - though I have to say Electronics would be fun also.

Now we come to the Yael Designs part of this post...this is a Designer that steps up their game for EVERY show - introducing a NEW piece or collection at each event!


Award-winning fine jewelry design house Yael Designs debuts Serendipity Collection for Fall 2013 at JCK Luxury Las Vegas.

Highlighting vibrant, vintage-inspired rose cut faceted emeralds of rare quality, Serendipity Collection includes earrings, cocktail rings and pendants set in 18K white and yellow gold and accented with diamonds.

Since visiting emerald museums in Colombia two years ago, CEO of Yael Designs Yehouda Saketkhou has been inspired to create an emerald collection and has been searching for a source of high quality emeralds that could be cut into slices without compromising the stone’s look.

“I was about to give up my search when Pantone announced emerald as the color of 2013,” said Saketkhou. “And right then, I suddenly came across my emerald source. It was so serendipitous that we immediately knew how to name this collection.”

The emeralds in Serendipity Collection have good clarity and rich green color that is offset by lustrous diamonds and gold setting to give the pieces an organic, yet luxurious feel.

“We shared our early designs with our fans on Facebook and received a tremendously positive response,” said Yael Designs’ marketing director Stefan Patashvili. “We’re very excited to bring this fashion collection to life.”

Debuting at JCK Las Vegas in June, the Serendipity Collection features bold, sophisticated statement pieces that will work well with blacks, greys and jewel tones trending for Fall 2013.

“We wanted to bring emerald slice jewelry to luxury buyers looking to add this beautiful, high fashion stone to their collections,” said Saketkhou.

The price for Serendipity Collection starts at $3,000. Photos of the collection can be found on

For JA New York

It was this stunning 36 carat Ametrine piece - don't you love the touch of whimsy in what would traditionally be a serious classic piece of jewelry?

...and at most shows they are displaying some of my favorite of my personal favorites are the incredible dancing yellow diamonds in the Luna Collection

I don't know about you but I can't wait to see what this amazing company brings to the rest of the shows this year - looks like Chicago is next on Yael's calendar!

One more thing about Yael Designs - they aren't afraid to show jewelry from other Designers - it takes a lot of experience for a Designer to realize that your customer shops other names and to be secure enough to show the work of other Designers...confident in the knowledge that your goods stand up next to them...for an eyeful of gorgeous things from Yael and many more, follow the Facebook page of this amazing Designer

So go out and discover new designs - new designers - new beauty - go to an Industry Tradeshow.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#JWLV - 5 Favorites from the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

Your Wednesday dose of major jewelry - in this case Antique Jewelry!!!

My top 5 (in no specific order) from the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show....Contact info accompanies each photo!

This Demantoid stunner stopped me in my tracks

Gorgeous piece from Vivid Diamonds

Joden went above and beyond - educating me on the Guilloche and Fine Jewelry of Carlo Giuliano more on this jeweler to the Queen at:

This amazing Tiara was outstanding!  from the always top shelf Yafa Signed Jewels -

Necklace to Tiara Conversion with all the hardware in the original contoured presentation case...from Morelle Davidson

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beyond Bollywood - Manish Arora for Amrapali

As a worldwide phenomenon on the fashion runway this year, Manish Arora for Amrapali enthralled audiences with its innovation and craftsmanship. 

Revitalizing its archive of traditional tribal jewelry from India, the Manish Arora for Amrapali exclusive collection is inspired by the decadence of Indian royalty, combining fierce animal forms and nature motifs with a vibrant palette of enamel and bold colored gemstones. 

This impressive collection is infused with modern and contemporary fashion-forward design and includes necklaces, earrings including spectacular ear cuffs, bracelets, rings, hair, and hand jewelry. 

About Manish Arora for Amrapali:

Manish Arora for Amrapali is the collaborative fine jewelry collection by fashion designer Manish Arora and renowned Indian Jeweler Amrapali.

Amrapali is one of the premier luxury jewelry brands internationally renowned for its beautiful and modern interpretations of the best classical jewelry from India. Amrapali creations have a rich heritage and is ever mindful of tradition with a passion and vision for re-introducing long forgotten Indian jewelry designs and techniques to the world. The result of their effort is evident. From simple beginnings, Amrapali now employs more than 2,000 skilled artisans, is a favorite of nobility, has been worn by some of Hollywood's biggest starlets, as well as is a brand often seen on the fashion runway.

For more information, please visit

Submitted by Erin Shiba

Monday, August 5, 2013

Israel Diamond Exchange Overwhelmed Working To Streamline Import Procedures

I think by now we all know that International Diamond Week is coming up...but I really love the Save The Date video from the Israel Diamond Exchange...

Interest for International Diamond Week overwhelming,
organizers to accommodate more than 350 companies
IDE working with authorities to streamline diamond import procedures 

Ramat Gan, Israel - July 23, 2013: With the August edition of the US & International Diamond Week in Israel just a month away, the event organizers are gearing up to welcome and accommodate more than 350 representatives of diamond companies arriving to the event, and to facilitate the arrival of significant quantities of diamonds that will be traded during this unique, four-day-long diamond trading festival.

"The number of registrants to this summer's US & International Diamond Week continues to rise daily," Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) president Yair Sahar noted. "At the same time, we are taking all the necessary steps and measures, not only to arrange for the smooth arrival of the participants, but also to assure that necessary import and export procedures of the goods that will be traded at this unique diamond trading festival will be seamless!"

Sahar reported that the IDE management had liaised with the office of the Diamond Controller (the director of the Diamonds, Precious Stones and Jewelry Division, Ministry of Economy) as well as the shipping, forwarding and logistics providers of the upcoming Diamond Week, requesting that they prepare themselves for the arrival of unusually large shipments of diamonds that will be offered for sale at the event.

"I asked the Diamond Controller, Schmuel Mordechai, to intervene personally and coordinate with his colleagues at customs, not only at Israel's borders, but also abroad, to ascertain that the diamonds arriving at our borders will be processed effectively," Sahar said. In his response, Mordechai noted that his office will offer all the assistance necessary to make the event a success. "This is an important marketing effort for the Israel diamond industry and we will do all we can to help make this a resounding success," the Diamond Controller stated.

Meanwhile, the efforts to accommodate buyers' delegations continue. In addition to a large delegation of American diamond buyers headed by Reuven Kaufman, president of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York, efforts are under way to receive additional accredited diamond buyers from the USA. In cooperation with the Israel Diamond Institute, a focused, global marketing campaign has already resulted in a substantial increase of applications from participants worldwide.

"The summer edition of the US & International Diamond Week in Israel is the continuation of the long-term marketing efforts undertaken by the Israel Diamond Exchange," Sahar noted. "By creating additional marketing tools for the members, the IDE board and management fulfill a crucial commitment to IDE members and to the Israeli diamond industry and trade at large: the strengthening of Israel as a world diamond manufacturing and trading center, and the creation of value-adding marketing tools for its members."

Go here to the dedicated US & International Diamond Week web site:

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts Finds a New Home

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts Finds a New Home
San Francisco’s Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts has found a new home in the city’s classic Humboldt Bank Building. After a six-month transition, the California approved jewelry school has reopened its doors at 785 Market Street, across the street from its former location.
Completed shortly after the 1906 earthquake, the Humboldt Bank Building’s copper topped beaux art dome is the architectural gem of Market Street. The new location is a perfect match for a jewelry school that stresses traditional quality, design and fine craftsmanship.

Alan Revere designed the new studio and classroom incorporating traditional benches and tools, plus state-of-the-art video and studio equipment. A new 70” flat-screen TV enables students to see up close from across the room, as their instructor demonstrates intricate procedures. Following the European workshop model wooden benches are fitted with a torch, task light, flex shaft and all the hand tools needed to fashion jewelry. The studio is complete with a rolling mill, laser welder, polishing lathe, flattening hammer, shank bender, fume hoods, forging stumps, anvils, vices, and much more.
The Academy’s summer session, which runs through October 13, 2013, includes a selection of classes from beginner to advanced, in a range of jewelry related subjects such as fabrication, stone setting, engraving, gemology, design, metalsmithing, repair, casting, and more. This fall, Revere will offer its two-month Jewelry Technician Intensive Diploma Program in the new location from October 15 through December 13, 2013. Classes are taught by professional jewelers and experts in the field. Students come from around the globe to learn at Revere.

The Revere Academy is a professional jewelry trade school where seasoned masters share their skills and passion with students at all levels. Schedules and information are available upon request.

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts 
785 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103.  
Web Site:   
Tel: 415-391-4179    Fax: 415-795-1407

Sunday, August 4, 2013

JTV’s Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge - Win Cash & Prizes!

JTV’s Jewel School 

Designer Showcase Challenge Returns

Jewelry Making Enthusiasts to Win $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

Jewelry Television’s annual Jewel School design contest is back and bigger than ever. With $10,000 in cash and prizes to award, the Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge is looking for the best fresh and unique designs. Jewelry-making enthusiasts may enter a one-of-a-kind, custom jewelry design based on their category of choice for a chance to win. The entry period ends Aug. 21
“Jewelry making is a natural extension of our business,” said Trisha Condra, vice president and general merchandising of gemstones at JTV. “As the world’s largest retailer of loose gemstones, we love providing a platform for our customers to create unique jewelry designs that express their individuality.”
Entrants may enter one of three categories: 
  •     Mixed-Up Media: Any techniques utilizing the following mediums as the focus of the design: Kumihimo, leather, concrete or polymer clay.
  •     Metal-Art Play: Transforming metal and/or wire into a finished piece using the following techniques/tools: metal smithing, wire work, Viking knit, art clay, chainmaille, cold or hot connections, metal forming, weaving or firing plates.
  •     Blissful Beading: Includes any of the following techniques that utilize beads as the focus of the design. Techniques include knotting, beading wire and seed bead looming.
An expert panel of judges will select five finalists from each category to be voted on by the public. On Sept. 4, the finalists will be announced, and the public will be able to vote online through Sept. 18. A judge’s pick, grand prize winner and three category winners will be awarded live on air on Sept. 22.
“Whether you are an experienced jewelry designer or attempting your first piece, this is the perfect opportunity to express yourself through the age-old art of jewelry making,” said Condra.
The grand prize winner and judge’s pick will receive Jewel School products and cash totallling $3,500. All category winners will receive Jewel School products and cash valued at $1,000.
For more information and to enter the Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge, visit
As the world’s largest retailer of loose gemstones, we love providing a platform for our customers to create unique jewelry designs that express their individuality.

About Jewelry Television® Jewelry Television® (JTV) is one of the largest multichannel retailers of jewelry and gemstones in the U.S. appealing to fashion-conscious women, jewelry-making enthusiasts and private collectors. The privately-held shopping network broadcasts high definition programing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to more than 80 million U.S. households. Committed to consumer education, the network employs numerous Graduate Gemologists and Accredited Jewelry Professionals. offers the most comprehensive jewelry and gemstone Learning Library on the internet, and is the third largest jewelry website according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for 2012.

JCK's LUXURY Privé New York and Press Events Illuminate Manhattan

JCK's LUXURY Privé New York and Press Events Illuminate Manhattan
 A Series of Exclusive Events Showcase over 65 Luxury Jewelry Collections in
 Time for Holiday 2013 & Allow for Matchmaking at It's Best

JCK Events held their 3rd annual LUXURY Privé New York show earlier this week at the luxurious Pierre Hotel. The event brought a new designer balcony featuring the most coveted brands, played matchmaker between upscale retailers and exhibitors and introduced scores of media to the collections just in time for the holiday. 

With a roster of the nation's top stores in attendance, including Underwoods, FL; Lux Bond & Green, CT; Lee Michaels Jewelers, LA; R.F. Moeller Jewelers, MN; Mednikow Jewelers, TN; Long's Jewelers, MA; Cornell Jewelers, NY; Gleim the Jeweler, CA, the mood was vibrant and buying was at a record high. In spite of all that took place, however, the confines of Privé remained a relaxed and intimate atmosphere to conduct business amidst the chaos of New York Jewelry week.  

The LUXURY Privé New York experience began with a decadent welcome event, a Gatsby-themed cocktail party at the Pierre, setting the tone for the 3-day long show. Monday's show began with the 'Meet the Retailer/Meet the Designer' matchmaking event and seminar facilitated by The Edge Retail Academy's Becka Johnson Kibby. 

Following the useful tips and introductions, retailers got down to business, visiting the salons and selecting merchandise for the all-important holiday season. The new 'Designer Balcony', was a particularly alluring destination, featuring collections from newcomers Lisa Black, Ed Levin and Meredith Marks. Also new, Stephanie Kantis' selection of showstoppers drew much attention; while BG Art Jewelry's unique stackable bands were a huge hit for their gift-ability.

Karen Goracke and Amy Dudzik from Borsheims, attending their first Privé show, remarked on the overall ease of the show and the great variety of brands represented. "The show has a stress free vibe, making it easy to find brands you might ordinarily miss at the larger shows. We missed Ed Levin at the JCK show but were happy to have found him at Privé. We also fell in love with Stephanie Kantis' collection of fine designer, yet reasonably-priced, fashion jewelry. The trip was definitely worth our while and we're already looking forward to next year."

From the brand side, many exhibitors gave testament to the strength of the show, relationships and buying atmosphere:

Jack O'Neil of Spark Creations commented, "We had a great show which should lead to an exciting end of this year. Retailers had confidence in the economy and are buying more color as a result."

Ray Mastoloni of pearl powerhouse, Mastoloni Pearls shared "Wonderful show! It was a great experience. We opened a number of new accounts in addition to seeing some old 'friends'. Some retailers were finishing up what was started in Vegas; this show gave them the perfect opportunity to work in a more relaxed environment, which was conducive to doing great business."

As if the excitement on the salon floor wasn't enough, JCK's adjacent press events brought brands face to face with key media contacts who were actively working holiday jewelry stories. Brands such as Temple St. Clair, Rina Limor and Denise James sent in merchandise for the 'Iced Tea' blogger and editor events. Top jewelry and fashion bloggers attended the morning portion of the July 30thevents, sipping tea while ogling 'iced' creations and ultimately selecting their top picks for an on-site photo shoot. Editors from the jewelry industry's leading publications, as well as fashion, luxury and lifestyle books, perused the collections in the afternoon, noting the trends for Holiday 2013 and earmarking selections for gift guides. 

At day's end, 10 bloggers, including iDazzle, Ms. Fabulous and Diamonds in the Library, and 30 editors from Vogue to Martha Stewart Weddings, had attended.

In addition to the Privé show and its unique press events, JCK was pleased to work closely with both the Women's Jewelry Association and the American Gem Society on their own events throughout the week; WJA's Awards for Excellence Dinner and AGS's Circle of Distinction Dinner.  

LUXURY Privé New York closed on Wednesday with strong buying and a robust media presence. Contracts for 2014 are already underway and the unique show will host its next event in Panama City next month with LUXURY Privé Panama.

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, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events, and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

--LUXURY Privé PanamaAugust 26 - 28, 2013 - Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
--JCK TucsonFebruary 3 - 8, 2014 - Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort
--LUXURY and Elite EnclaveMay 27 - 29, 2014, by invitation only, and then continues as the
   events open their doors to all JCK retailers May 30- June 2, 2014 - Four Seasons, DELANO,
   Mandalay Bay
--Swiss Watch: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Mandalay Bay, DELANO, Four Seasons and Mandarin
--JCK Las Vegas: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
--LUXURY Privé New YorkJuly 28 - 30, 2014 - New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue


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