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Monday, December 28, 2015

CAROLE SHASHONA UNVEILS LATEST BLACK DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION


from website information....

LAST WEEKEND JEWELRY DESIGNER AND FENG SHUI GURU, CAROLE SHASHONA UNVEILED HER LATEST BLACK DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION AT BARNEY'S NEW YORK IN BEVERLY HILLS....



CAROLE SHASHONA
Spirit & Style Designer Carole Shashona is the creator of “Meditation-on-the-Go”, an effective way to meditate and quickly de-stress with her Luxurious, Black by Carole Collections. Carole’s approach focuses on the Art of Being…Spirit, Mind, and Body. Her unique Sensory Design technique interlocks all the senses to maximize the Power of Wellness.

Carole is recognized as the only Asian trained American Grand Master in Feng Shui; she was trained in both the Compass and Black Hat Tantric Buddhist Schools. Following her training, Carole partnered with Louise Hay and Barbara Brennan to establish the Center of Living in New York, a destination promoting health and wellness.



She broadened her scope assisting her clients with wardrobe styling, authored the book “Feng Shui Chic”, and had a column in Feng Shui for Modern Living Magazine in London. The Carole Shashona Black Diamond Jewelry Collection is available exclusively at Barneys New York.



Carole's book is available here: Feng Shui Chic: Change Your Life with Spirit and Style.


CAROLE SHASHONA - THE BLACK DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION


Spirit & Style designer Carole Shashona redefines the purpose of statement jewelry by combining aesthetic beauty with “The Power of Wellness.” From the visual side, the luxe “Black by Carole” collection has symbolic meaning, as the pieces are rooted in the art of Feng Shui and designed to bring harmony, protection, love, health, and overall positive energy to the women who wear them.


Black by Carole, Jewelry Collections feature a signature coin with black diamonds, whether attached to the piece or as a separate charm. This special coin is a personal amulet, and fashioned to assist with meditation at home or “on the go”.


“My jewelry was inspired and designed to evoke and maintain those same meditative qualities in whomever wears it, to follow them throughout their day, and to remind them of their dreams and desires,” says Carole. “Like all of my designs, every piece in my Black Diamond Collection works like a life compass, keeping the wearer on course toward personal happiness.”





Jewelry at Barney's New York:  
Jewelry Website:  http://blackbycarole.com/
Facebook:               https://www.facebook.com/caroleshashona
Carole Shashona Brand Website:  http://www.caroleshashona.com/






Monday, December 21, 2015

Fall 2015 Gems & Gemology: Colombia’s One-of-a-Kind Trapiche Emeralds

 Press Release via GIA

Fall 2015 Gems & Gemology: Colombia’s One-of-a-Kind Trapiche Emeralds
HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds, Lesotho’s renaissance, and white nephrite origin study

FA_2015 GG coverThe Fall 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), GIA’s quarterly professional journal, offers a comprehensive look at a stone that intrigues many gemologists – Colombia’s one-of-a-kind trapiche emerald. The issue, which is now available in print and online, also investigates recent breakthroughs in colorless to near-colorless HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds, how Lesotho’s Let¹eng-la-Terae diamond mine became one of the world’s richest, and the provenance of dolomite-related white nephrite jade using a new method of statistical analysis.

G&G’s cover story “Colombian Trapiche Emeralds: Recent Advances in Understanding Their Formation” presents a comprehensive paper on the unique trapiche emeralds from Colombia. In fine specimens, the combination of rich, gemmy green color with the six-spoke pattern is particularly striking. The article, headed by UCLA postdoctoral researcher Isabella Pignatelli and Gaston Giuliani, director of the French Institute of Research for Development, reviews the geology of trapiche emerald, provides 3-D petrographic examination of crystals along with spectroscopic and chemical analyses, and proposes a new formation model informed by their recent work.

Next, a team led by GIA research scientist Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson investigates the gemological properties of 44 colorless to near-colorless HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds recently produced by a Russian firm, New Diamond Technology. Ranging up to 5.11 ct, these HPHT synthetics show dramatic improvement in size, color, and clarity. The issue’s third article, by GIA’s Russell Shor and Robert Weldon and three leading diamond researchers, profiles the Let¹eng mine in Lesotho to explain how the operations have been adapted to promote recovery of the mine’s biggest diamonds and increase profitability. In the fourth and final paper, Zemin Luo, Mingxing Yang and Andy Shen from the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan apply a new statistical analysis method to the provenance of dolomite-related white nephrite. This technique could prove useful in accurately determining the geographic origin of other gemstones.

The issue also features G&G’s regular Lab Notes and Gem News International sections, which include informative entries from contributors around the world. The second installment of the G&G Micro-World column features descriptions and photomicrographs of remarkable inclusions.

G&G’s free archive containing every issue from 1934 to present, more in-depth coverage, hundreds of additional photos, and exclusive video footage are available on GIA’s website at http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology.  



About GIA
cid:image001.jpg@01D0558D.CBE8DD90An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bring in the Holidays with Vivaan! #DesignerSpotlight


The happiest of holiday greetings from Vivaan....

There is a difference in our world,
for your presence adds the wonder.
Desire to thank you, 
your kindness touches us.  
Just as the river thanks its shores,
we thank you ever so more !

Website:     http://www.vivaan.us
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vivaanbyyny


From pieces featuring stunning Carved Gems...

...to glorious diamond slices...

and my personal FAV - this sweet paisley pendant.



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#Christie's Winter Jewels - Magnificent Jewels Auction and Christie's Online Boutique #AuctionJewels


CHRISTIE'S WINTER JEWELS
IN NEW YORK, DECEMBER 2015

• MAGNIFICENT JEWELS: THE AUCTION, DECEMBER 10 
•RARE AND UNIQUE JEWELS FROM THE ESTATE OF CARROLL PETRIE 
• CHRISTIE’S ONLINE JEWELS BOUTIQUE, DECEMBER 11-21

Christie’s schedule of Winter Jewelry sales in New York, started out with a BANG with the live saleroom auction of Magnificent Jewels December 10th, that included the introduction of a companion online boutique of Holiday Jewels from December 11 – 21.  Offering a multitude of outstanding jewels at every price level, including fancy colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, natural pearls, and signed creations from the most coveted jewelry houses. 


THE SALES TOTAL FOR ALL THREE SESSIONS: $59,685,125 (USD)


The top lot was the ‘Victory Diamond’,  
a D color rectangular-cut diamond ring of 31.34 carats, 
which realized $4,309,000 or $137,492 per carat.

Additional top prices were achieved for:


CUSHION-CUT DIAMOND RING OF 43.79 CARATS IN D COLOR 
SOLD FOR $4,029,000


103.66 CARAT SOLITAIRE DIAMOND PENDANT SET IN PLATINUM
ON A FINE NECKLACE OF PLATINUM  BROUGHT IN $3,749,000


28.28 CARAT RECTANGULAR-CUT DIAMOND RING 
OF D COLOR  REALIZED $3,413,000

Christie’s is proud to report impressive prices for large white diamonds and colored gemstones, which further supports the collecting trends we have seen all season in Geneva, Hong Kong and in New York. A large D color diamond of 28.28 carats set a new house record for any jewel sold to an online bidder. Strong prices were also achieved for signed iconic pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and Schlumberger, among others.

December's Magnificent Jewels auction featured over 500 lots, including signed pieces from Boucheron, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, and prominent private collections.  Featuring some of the most important jewels to be offered this season, with jewelry from the estate of New York philanthropist and socialite Carroll Petrie and after the auction a private preview of 
Christie’s Jewels Online Boutique closed the evening session.



PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CAROLL PETRIE
(from the Christie's Auction Catalogue)
The collection of the late New York socialite Carroll Petrie was 90% sold by lot, and inspired late-evening bidding wars in the saleroom for her most-coveted necklaces, including a fabulous multi-gem Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. and a truly unique Tony Duquette design from the royal Collection of the Duchess of Windsor. 

In total, 11 lots realized over $1 million, and four fetched over $3 million.

From a young age, Carroll McDaniel Petrie had a strong passion for beauty and great design and an early inspiration came when her first marriage to the Marquis de Portago brought her to Paris. There she became enamored with the fashions of Christian Dior, and even collaborated with the designer in the creation of her wedding dress. Her great love of beauty and keen eye allowed Mrs. Petrie to build a remarkable collection of fine and decorative art, haute couture, and jewels.

From the late-1950s, Mrs. Petrie established herself as an icon of international society and philanthropy, living and mingling among the elite in Paris, Hong Kong, and New York. Many of the pieces presented in this sale were worn during her meetings with notable figures such as President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, just to name a few. Carroll Petrie patronized many of the great jewelers of the twentieth century, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Jean Schlumberger, and David Webb, all were represented in the auction.



COLORED GEMSTONES
As in recent auctions, Christie's presented an impressive selection of exceptional emeralds, rubies and sapphires this December. Key highlights include rare sapphires from the Estates of Beatrice Goelet Manice and Gladys (Patsy) Pulitzer Preston, an important ruby and diamond ring from Harry Winston and an extraordinary cabochon emerald of over 50 carats.



NATURAL PEARLS
Natural pearls formed part of every royal and state collection for centuries and continue to remain in high demand. The Magnificent Jewels auction provides beautiful examples of necklaces from Cartier and Tiffany & Co., matched drop earrings and an elegant antique brooch formerly owned by Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, the first woman elected to serve in the British Parliament.




DIAMONDS

Christie’s continues its reputation for offering the most important historical and rare diamonds available in the market today. We are proud to offer once again the famous “Victory” diamond, named to commemorate the Allied victory in World War II. The “Victory” was last offered at Christie’s in 1984 as part of the famous Collection of Florence J. Gould. Other notable stones include the “Petrie” diamond ring, a D color stone of 24.34 carats by Harry Winston, and a beautifully cut diamond pendant of 103.66 carats as well as an impressive selection of fancy colored pinks, blues, oranges and yellows.



SIGNED JEWELS
Unique signed pieces from top international designers including Boucheron, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and more are among the key highlights of the sale. A top lot from the selection includes an iconic art deco coral bracelet by Cartier, with additional highlights including a diamond and gold ballerina brooch designed in arabesque pose, and two ‘Mystery Set’ flower brooches by Van Cleef & Arpels.



CHRISTIE’S JEWELS ONLINE BOUTIQUE, FEATURING FRED LEIGHTONDECEMBER 11 - 21, 2015
Christie’s Jewels Online Boutique

Following the Magnificent Jewels live auction, Christie's will offer a beautiful selection of contemporary jewelry for purchase online in Christie's Jewels Online Boutique. Just in time for the holiday season, the sale will include jewelry ranging from classic diamond earrings to an impressive assortment of vintage-inspired pieces by Fred Leighton. The online sale is open until December 21 at www.christies.com/jewelsboutique

About Christie’sChristie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2015 that totalled £2.9 billion / $4.5 billion. In 2014, Christie’s had global auction and private sales that totalled £5.1 billion/$8.4 billion, making it the highest annual total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Christie’s has a global presence with 54 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Z├╝rich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

#Pantone #ColorOfTheYear....the Blending of Two Shades!

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY


PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919



A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.
More from Pantone at: http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

Saturday, December 5, 2015

2016 #AGTA Spectrum Awards - "Best Of..." #AwardWiinner #JewelryDesign #SpectrumAwards

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Best of Show and 1st Place
Carving

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA
Suite of Paraiba Tourmalines (58.07 ctw.) Nautilus shell carvings .



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Best Use of Color
Classical

Bella Campbell
Campbellian
Morristown, NJ
18K yellow gold earrings featuring blue-green Tourmalines (17.05 ctw.) 
accented with Emeralds (4.14 ctw.).

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Best Use of Pearls
Classical

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY
Strand of freshwater baroque cultured Pearls with 18K white gold and Diamonds 
and a freshwater baroque cultured Pearl pendant.


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Best Use of Platinum and Color
Evening Wear

Andrew Costen
Costen Catbalue
Vancouver, BC
Platinum "Symphony of Colour" bracelet featuring a 3.85 ct. green Tourmaline, a 4.88 ct. yellow Zircon, a 4.68 ct. Indicolite Tourmaline and a 3.52 ct. Rubellite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.70 ctw.).


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Best Use of Silver and Color
Evening Wear

William Travis Kukovich
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC
Oxidized silver and mixed gold pendant 
featuring a 4.74 ct. brown Diamond accented with rose cut Diamonds (.40 ctw.).



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Editors' Choice
Business/Day Wear

Eclat Jewels
Eclat Jewels, Inc.
New York, NY
18K yellow gold and enamel cuff featuring a 105 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds.



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Fashion Forward
Evening Wear

Brian Cook
Nature's Geometry
Tucson, AZ
24K yellow gold "Wheel of Light" numinous pendant featuring an 825 ct. Quartz, 
Paraiba Tourmaline, Hauyn, Ruby, Spessartite Garnet, golden Rutilated Quartz and Fire Agate beads.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

#Trailblazers IAC ANNOUNCES 17TH FASHION + DESIGN CONFERENCE: “TRAILBLAZERS” NOVEMBER 13 & 14, 2015, NEW YORK, NY

Trailblazers

Initiatives in Art and Culture

Friday, November 13, 2015  8:15 AM  

Saturday, November 14, 2015  5:30 PM 

New York, NY


Register at EVENTBRITE



IAC ANNOUNCES 17TH FASHION + DESIGN CONFERENCE: 
“TRAILBLAZERS” NOVEMBER 13 & 14, 2015 NEW YORK, NY 


Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) recently announced the agenda for its roster of presenters at its 17th Annual Fashion + Design Conference, entitled “Trailblazers,” taking place November 13 & 14, 2015. 



Launching with a Thursday, November 12, evening reception that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Staley-Wise Gallery (560 Broadway, FL 3) in celebration of the exhibit “Ron Galella: 55 Years a Paparazzi.” The event also will feature a reception and viewing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at Featherstone Fine Jewelry Atelier (17 Vestry St.).

“IAC is constantly amazed with the sheer genius that is being unleashed in the highly creative fields of fashion and product design,” said Lisa Koenigsberg, Founder, IAC. “Nothing could be more exciting than giving those involved in trailblazing innovation a showcase to present their stories. We are honored to be able to offer these presentations and hope they set off many more creative sparks.” 


Formal sessions for this event will be held at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (365 Fifth Avenue) with presenters from every area of the design field.



#AuctionJewels Once in a...Blue Moon Diamond Leads Sotheby's Geneva Sale



















Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva, is currently on view from Saturday 7 November until the sale on Wednesday 11 November. The sale will be headlined by the spectacular 'Blue Moon', a sensational 12.03-carat fancy vivid blue internally flawless diamond.


The Blue Moon Diamond is a true marvel, proof of the powerful beauty that is created when nature and human ingenuity work together harmoniously. Internally flawless, the Blue Moon has been christened “one of the rarest gems in the world,” and the GIA has declared that its Fancy Vivid hue might be so unique as to be indescribable. This spectacular gem will be offered as a major highlight of Sotheby’s  Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on 11 November 2015. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

VICENZAORO DUBAI AT THE MIDDLE EAST GEMS and JEWELLERY FORUM 2015

press release via VOD

VICENZAORO DUBAI AT THE MIDDLE EAST GEMS 
and JEWELLERY FORUM 2015
Presentation of the Super Show dedicated to the world gold and jewellery trade, the result of a joint venture between Fiera di Vicenza and the Dubai World Trade Centre, scheduled for 14 - 17 April 2016
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 5 NOVEMBER 2015:VICENZAORO DUBAI,the Super Show dedicated to world gold and jewellery trade organised by DV Global Link - a joint venture between Fiera di Vicenza and the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) - was at the Middle East Gems & Jewellery Forum 2015 (MEGJF), held in Dubai, 1-2 November, in its capacity as a partner.
The MEGJF is an exclusive, invitation-only event, organised by the Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC). It brings together major international experts in terms of trends, consumer preferences and marketing opportunities for the gold and precious stone trade in the Middle East. The presence and involvement of VICENZAORO DUBAI marks the growing status of this new business and relational platform dedicated to international jewellery, astrategic hub for the markets of the Middle East, Africa, Central and South-east Asia, and Russian-speaking nations.
 
Corrado Facco, Vice President of DV Global Link and Managing Director of Fiera di Vicenza, was at the Forum to present the second VICENZAORO DUBAI, scheduled for 14-17 April 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.Matteo Marzotto, President of Fiera di Vicenza was also present at theMEGJF, at the round table dedicated to "Future Trends" in the industry, where he spoke on new trends in the relationship between fashion and jewellery.
Corrado Facco said: "VICENZAORO DUBAI has opened a new chapter for the world gold and jewellery industry, in an area that is strategic for its high-end consumption and its capacity to absorb luxury goods. The results of the first show have further boosted our desire to continue to invest in this project. Starting with the next edition in 2016, which has various new features in store to meet the needs of exhibitors and buyers, including a range of seminars on new trends, business meetings, conferences and workshops, it above all offers a panorama of the very latest in the jewellery and gold production value chain, devised by businesses for the target markets of VOD. Between now and April, we have a packed programme of Road Shows to present the event in 23 different countries, to involve new buyers and present them with our significant business opportunities".
The first VICENZAORO DUBAI was attended by over 6000 professional visitors from 110 countries, who were able to see the new product lines of 500 different brands from 25 nations. Exhibitors were able to create new business relations with buyers from all over the world, while business dealshighlighted VICENZAORO DUBAI's capacity as a strategic platform for international supply and demand.
The VICENZAORO DUBAI 2016 format will be organised into four main communities: Global Brands (leading and most innovative firms in the trade);Fine Jewellery & National Pavilions (unbranded collections that stand out for their variety and creativity); Gemstone & Diamonds (community dedicated to precious and semi-precious stones); Packaging & Supply (reserved to packaging and visual merchandising).
The Road Show to promote the event will be in 23 countries and 31 cities: UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.
Due to its importance VICENZAORO DUBAI has the support of top levelstrategic partners, including Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC), government organisation promoting trade in the region, the Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group (DGJG), association aiming to develop and support the status of Dubai as "City of Gold" and essential destination in the world jewellery trade, L'Azurde, leading Saudi jewellery retailer in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) area, and The Gem Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), an organisation with over 5.300 members, involved in promoting Indian jewellery on international markets.

Yael Designs Pioneers A First In Their Fine Jewelry Line - Two Gemstones Set As One



Yael Designs Pioneers New Fine Jewelry Technique

Designer debuts groundbreaking jewelry where two gemstones are set as one

Award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs pioneers a groundbreaking technology that allows a gemstone to be set inside another gemstone.


Yael Designs premiered the never before seen technique in a one-of-a-kind $119,000 “Sentience” bangle that features a 7-carat deep blue tanzanite set inside a 26-carat aquamarine.  This is the first time a gemstone has ever been set inside another gemstone in a way where the two appear entirely seamless and translucent. The Sentience bangle represents a bold innovation in an art form that is centuries old.

As the first piece in a collection that will launch in 2016, the bangle was designed by the founder of Yael Designs Yehouda Saketkhou and crafted with the help of legendary gem cutter Glenn Lehrer. Together, they used a gem cut that allows a hole to be carved in the middle of a gemstone, a technique known as the TorusRingTM Cut, which was developed earlier by Lehrer. With Saketkhou’s vision, they took the technique to the next level by combining two gemstones in a way where the way they are held together is invisible.

Glenn Lehrer's TorusRing cut via Rio Grande
“When Yehouda approached me with his audacious vision of an invisibly set stone-within-stone piece, I was intrigued by the challenge,” said Lehrer from his studio in California. “It was like jumping from a Prius into a Ferrari. Yehouda’s vision stretched me to think outside the box of what was possible.”

Even though the gemstones are held together by tiny platinum wires, the unique cut creates a mirror effect, making the setting completely invisible. In the Sentience bangle, the cut allows the deep blue color of the pear-shaped tanzanite to shine through the cushion cut aquamarine. The bangle is set in 18kt white gold with diamonds and moonstones.

"To paraphrase Neil Armstrong, this bangle is one small step for Yael Designs and a giant leap for the jewelry industry,” said Saketkhou from Yael Designs’ headquarters in San Francisco. “Our city prides itself on innovation and I’m extremely excited to bring something novel to the jewelry industry that is steeped in centuries of tradition.”

Yael Designs will launch a collection of gemstone-within-gemstone jewelry at the annual JCK Luxury Show in Las Vegas in June 2016.



About Yael Designs
Yael Designs is an award-winning design house widely recognized for bold, opulent fine jewelry. Founded by designer Yehouda Saketkhou in 2001, our collections and custom pieces are inspired by art from around the world – from Turkish carpets to pre-Colombian gold statuettes to Gaudi’s playful architecture in Barcelona. Our innovative vision has led our company to win numerous AGTA Spectrum Awards and JCK Jewelers Choice Awards as well as receive wide recognition among top publications and on the red carpet. Yael Designs is headquartered in San Francisco and available in stores throughout the country. More information can be found on www.yaeldesigns.com.

Friday, November 6, 2015

#IDW2016 Save the Date for the Winter Edition of the International Diamond Week in Israel!

from a press release by the IDE


Save the Date for the Winter Edition
of the International Diamond Week in Israel!
 
The International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI) Committee
invites you to register for the winter edition  
held at the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) 
February 14-18, 2016 
Register HERE
 
Moti Fluk, the IDWI's parting chairperson, said he expected the February edition to bring more members of bourses - from the USA, Europe and Asia - onto the IDE trading floor than ever before. "We'll be encouraging members of additional bourses affiliated to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) to come and join us, making this the most diverse and valuable 'interbourse' diamond trading event that has been held up to now," Fluk said. As has become tradition, members of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York (DDC), the Antwerp Diamond Bourse and the Bharat Diamond Bourse of Mumbai will be joining the event.
Watch the concluding video of the Israel Diamond Week in New York
made by Doron Benita, IDE's Social Media coordinator


IDE President Shmuel Schnitzer said he was looking with optimism toward the coming holiday sales season. "Forecasts made by research groups in the USA indicate that jewelry will be one of the best performing categories in the luxury consumer product segment. Of course, in Asia, there is also still significant growth and especially in China, the year-end celebrations have become an important time for jewelry sales. That prospect offers us a lot of encouragement and will hopefully lead to good business in February, when traders and jewelers will be restocking." 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

#MJSA’s BEaJEWELER and North Bennet Street School Cultivate the Next Generation of Jewelers #BEaJEWELER

Press Release from MJSA

MJSA’s BEaJEWELER and North Bennet Street School Cultivate the Next Generation of Jewelers

NBSS Open House to recruit new jewelers: November 20-21, 2015


There is a career opportunity in the United States that pays well, offers tremendous psychological benefits, is in both the manufacturing and the fashion sectors, and regularly has more job openings than candidates to fill them. It’s a career in making jewelry, and both MJSA and North Bennet Street School in Boston are committed to recruiting the next generation of bench jeweler talent.

MJSA launched the BEaJEWELER initiative this year to help jewelry schools and businesses connect with that new generation and to maintain a competitive industry workforce. This month, North Bennet Street School and MJSA will team up for two exciting days of jewelry-making presentations and demonstrations at NBSS’s inspiring 65,000 sq. ft. career-training facility at 150 North Street in Boston’s North End. The Open House will take place Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.

Successful industry professionals will share their stories of how they developed their skills and established fulfilling careers in jewelry making and repair. NBSS staff will show live demonstrations of how to turn raw metal into wearable, beautiful jewelry.


NBSS alumni presenters will include:

Emily Scott: Owner of E Scott Originals in Somerville, MA, Emily’s jewelry was featured at the 2015 Emmy Awards and on ABC’s The Fosters.

Kate Dumont: Kate is part of the elite team that produces the master models for Tiffany’s jewelry.

Eva Martin: Winner of several international design awards, including the Saul Bell Design Award, Eva serves a worldwide clientele of custom jewelry buyers.

Ann Cahoon: An NBSS faculty member, writer, and maker of fine jewelry, Ann has produced several jewelry instructional videos, presented research at the prestigious Santa Fe Symposium, and was a finalist in the Saul Bell Design Award competition.

Jock Gifford: One of the few Grand Masters of jewelry engraving, Jock teaches engraving at NBSS.

Rosemary Trainor: Head of the NBSS jewelry department.

For more information about North Bennet Street School and the Open House, go to  nbss.edu.

For more information about the BEaJEWELER initiative, go to BEaJEWELER.com. The initiative is funded in part by a grant from the 2015 JCK Jewelry Industry Fund.

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What:   NBSS Open House in conjunction with MJSA’s BEaJEWELER outreach program

When:  Friday and Saturday, November 20-21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day

Where: 150 North Street in Boston’s North End

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About MJSAMJSA is the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of the association community, MJSA members find the expertise, connections, and resources needed to make and sell great jewelry, profitably.
http://www.mjsa.org


About North Bennet St. School
Located in Boston, North Bennet Street School (NBSS) offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery, and commitment to excellence. The school's reputation for excellence and value attracts students from around the world.     nbss.edu


About the BEaJEWELER Initiative
MJSA’s BEaJEWELER outreach initiative, launched in 2015 through a partnership between MJSA and the New Approach School for Jewelers, introduces young people to the field of jewelry making and design. In collaboration with jewelry schools and businesses, it promotes the advantages and rewards of the jewelry-making field, and provides the educational and professional opportunities needed for a successful career as a jeweler. The initiative is funded in part by a grant from the JCK Industry Fund.     BEaJEWELER.com

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