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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#WordlessWednesday - Make Your New Year SPARKLE with Oscar Heyman!!!

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...some red, red Rubies for the Holiday!

...and my personal favorite - a suite in Opal

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Very Merry Christmas Balls - Tahitian PEARLS!!!!!

Kojima Pearls

Atelier Leseine
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Nathalie's amazing use of architectural inspiration

Known for her carved pearls....

Atelier Leseine brings carved pearls to her men's collection
....and my personal favorites - TIKI!

....and we can't talk Tahitian with out KAMOKA!
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...and my personal favorite...casual Tahitians!!!

63 Extraordinary and Unique Mineral Specimens Now Living at GIA's Carlsbad Headquarters!

GIA Museum Acquires Highlights of the Joel and Barbara Hauser Mineral Collection
63 extraordinary and unique mineral specimens now in Carlsbad

GIA’s museum has acquired 63 ornamental minerals of exceptional size and quality, made possible through a generous donation by the family of Joel and Barbara Hauser. Many of the pieces are from localities with restricted access or that are no longer producing. These will serve as prime learning tools for students and visitors to GIA about mineral formation and lapidary artistry. The first group of 50 of these minerals went on view at the Institute’s Carlsbad museum beginning Nov. 9.      

Azurite (Bisbee, AZ). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA

For more than 60 years, native Californian Joel Hauser ardently pursued his hobby of collecting agates, geodes, ornamental minerals and petrified wood. His decades of devotion culminated in an impressive and celebrated mineral collection. On one trip in pursuit of mineral marvels, he unearthed a deposit of agate geodes in Riverside County’s Little Chuckawalla Mountains, known today as the Hauser Geode Beds.

Laguna Iris Agate (Mexico). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA   

Hauser was also a skilled lapidary, mastering the art of contour polishing. “His freeform, undulating polishing style adds interest and texture while removing blemishes, without having to grind away more material than necessary. Joel’s expertise, guided by an artistic eye and perspective, revealed the lovely patterns, markings and colors in the minerals,” says Terri Ottaway, GIA’s museum curator. Hauser also designed and modified saws and grinding equipment that could handle the cutting and polishing of even large pieces of petrified wood.

Variscite (Utah). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA

His wife Barbara and their four sons have donated the collection’s finest ornamental minerals to GIA in his memory. The significant acquisition helps the Institute fulfill its mission to educate and inspire students and the public about gems, gem minerals and jewelry.

Petrified pinecone and wood (Argentina and Utah). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA   

About GIA
An 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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gift Guide - Love the Gift Giving Price Points! ...around and under $200

The Friendship Bolo Collection features retail prices under $200 on most pieces. All bracelets are created using sterling silver, and are available in a rhodium, 18kt yellow gold or 18kt rose gold finish

...and we LOVE these reminders of our fur babies from the Kissing Hearts Collection - priced perfectly for one of the eight days of Hanukkah or a sweet  gift from a child.

via the Holiday Catalog at Lustig Jewelers

....or the Sirena Infinity Diamond Collection

#WordlessWednesday - Sparkling Holidays with Omi Prive

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....and my Favorite!!!!

....and catch the Omi Prive booth at the Tucson Gem Show in the AGTA Gemfair Booth #401

#JTV - #JewelryTelevision Launches Exclusive Bella Luce Collection by Stylist Michael O'Connor

From Press Release

Jewelry Television (JTV) announced the debut of its exclusive Michael O'Connor for Bella Luce collection, the first design collaboration with respected celebrity stylist and jewelry expert Michael O'Connor. The national jewelry retailer and broadcast network in partnership with O'Connor will debut the collection on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. ET on JTV. To find JTV in your area, visit the JTV Channel Finder.

O'Connor boasts more than three decades of experience in the jewelry and fashion industry. Currently, he works as one of America's top celebrity stylists and fashion commentators.

"Michael has always been at the forefront of jewelry trends and is someone who has influenced celebrity style for many years," notes Jill Johnson, VP of Marketing, "so we know our customers are going to love each piece in this new collection."

JTV's exclusive Michael O'Connor for Bella Luce collection delivers elegance and style day or night. O'Connor creates stunning jewelry with the look, feel and quality of luxurious red-carpet designs. Each piece is crafted in sterling silver with Eterno™ accents and is stamped with O'Connor's signature logo. Additionally, a pink Bella Luce jewel is tucked within the interior of many of his designs.

"As a brand for passionate jewelry advocates, JTV is the perfect partner for this collection," said Michael O'Connor. "This is an exciting time and I'm looking forward to sharing these pieces with the JTV family."

Tune in to JTV on January 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET to be one of the first to own a piece of this exclusive collection.

About Jewelry Television® Jewelry Television® (JTV) is the leading retailer of jewelry and gemstones in the United States. Privately-held with a proven 23 year history, JTV leverages an omni-digital strategy designed to elevate the customer experience through holistic, digitally-driven touch points, including broadcasting live programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 86 million U.S. households, an industry leading mobile optimized e-commerce platform, and a robust social media presence. As part of its commitment to the development and distribution of educational content and consumer satisfaction the company employs numerous Graduate Gemologists and Accredited Jewelry Professionals. The company's website,, is one of the largest jewelry e-commerce websites in the country according to Internet Retailer's Top 500 list for 2015. Visit for more information or socially connect with JTV at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Addition of JFine and Three More US Companies Expands Argyle Select Atelier™ Network in U.S. Market

via Press Release

JFine Expands Argyle Select Atelier™ Network 

in U.S. Market

Retailers View Argyle Pink Diamond Tender’s Rare Pink, 
Red and Violet Diamonds in New York 

The Daily Jewel sends congratulations to Jordan Fine and his JFine Jewelers, Michael Pollak of Hyde Park Jewelers, London Jewelers, and Traditional ...

This Fall, JFine, in conjunction with Argyle Pink Diamonds, announced the expansion of a pioneering luxury jewelry program in the U.S. market, featuring the iconic Australian pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s renowned Argyle Diamond Mine. Exclusive to only the best-in-class U.S. retailers, the group has been awarded the status of an “Argyle Pink Diamond Select Atelier,” ensuring a regular supply of rare Argyle pink diamonds for their jewelry collections.

In recognition of this milestone, a $20m showcase of these limited edition jewelry collections was presented to an exclusive group of journalist and jewelry influencers at JFine’s corporate office in New York; along with a private viewing of the hero diamonds from the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.

“When it comes to fine jewelry, Argyle pink diamonds are in a class of their own, much like the Ateliers that now carry the Argyle branded pink diamonds,” noted Jordan Fine, President of JFine Diamonds. “The Ateliers will partner these rare miracles of nature with metal and master craftsmanship to produce inspirational jewelry unlike any other.”

Access to the full range of rare Argyle pink diamonds will provide the opportunity for these Ateliers to create the ultimate statement designs that will be heirlooms for future generations. From extremely rare and collectable bespoke pieces, to more fashion-oriented looks such as stacking bands, pendants and rings, the range of collections created with Argyle pink diamonds will delight a broad range of fashion sensibilities during the upcoming year.

The U.S. Select Ateliers welcomed to the program at the event were London Jewelers, Hyde Park and Traditional, adding to the existing Ateliers, Barmakian, Bachendorfs, Americus, Betteridge, Rosenberg Diamonds and Tappers. Each of these retailers has a stellar reputation both within the industry and within their communities. These Ateliers contribute to the design of a number of jewelry pieces, and carry limited collections in their stores including the popular Azalea and Diamond Halo (photo below) collections.

“We could not be more thrilled to join this international network of exclusive jewelers who have a direct relationship with Argyle Pink Diamonds,” said Michael Pollak, CEO of Hyde Park Jewelers and Traditional Jewelers, newly elected Select Ateliers of Argyle. “Being an Atelier allows us to meet the ever-increasing demand from our discerning clientele for exquisite fine jewelry with ethically sourced pink diamonds. Our clients will also respond to the fact that the chain of custody from mine to our store cases is unbroken.”

A statement ring was unveiled at the event, named the Divine Lotus, the bespoke piece features a 1.45ct Fancy Intense Pink oval diamond, the third largest tender stone, from the 2015 Tender. Valued at over $1,000,000, the Divine Lotus ring features over 3.54 carats of pink diamonds and one carat of blue diamonds from the Argyle mine. The Divine Lotus will go on a national tour to each Select Atelier over the upcoming months.

The 2016 Tender featuring 63 one-of-a-kind diamonds with a total weight of 58.24 carats, is an unprecedented spectrum of color, size and clarity. On display at the event were the five “hero” diamonds selected for their unique beauty, including The Argyle Violet™, a 2.83 carat Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet oval—the largest violet diamond unearthed from the Argyle mine-- and Argyle Thea™, a 2.24 carat Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink radiant.

Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson said, “The ever increasing rarity of Argyle pink diamonds continues to drive global demand from those in search of incomparable beauty. We are thrilled that the U.S, as the largest jewelry market in the world, is represented by the highest caliber of luxury jewelry retailers with a national footprint, and supported by our Authorised Partner, JFine.”

...and our favorite at "The Daily Jewel...the Pink Princess!

About JFine:JFine is a New York based boutique diamond company specializing in rare fancy color diamonds. The company is an Authorized Partner of Argyle and has been at the vanguard of developing limited edition Argyle pink diamond jewellery collections for the US market, working with a handful of Ateliers to showcase these gems to consumers.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Pantone Effect, and Three Collections in the Gem & Jewelry World

This week Pantone announced their "Color of the Year" for 2017 and, like it or not this will seep into the Jewelry World - thus also the Gem World.

So let's look at some designer pieces from three of my favorite women...these work in the new color range...and offer some great Color Pairings!


The Intrigue Collection

The "Greenery" in this fashion forward beauty is a rare green Oregon Sunstone

....the Whimsy of Lydia Courteille
The "Greenery" in this Tiara is Tsavorite Garnet combined with Rubies, Sapphires, and that stunninng Opal!
I love the Green Garnet and Amethyst combination in these earrings from Lydia's "Surreal" collection

A triple dose of  Greenery - Green Garnet, Green Sapphire and a soft Green Moonstone

....and last but not least Erica Courtney Jewelry
Trapiche Greenery

#ShowMeYourRings - the "Greenery" Edition

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