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Monday, December 11, 2017

Green #Diamonds: Natural Radiance at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

from a Calendar posting



GREEN DIAMONDS:

Brilliance of the Gamma Collection



Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance
December 9, 2017 – April 1, 2018

Some of the world's rarest colorful diamonds are stopping in Los Angeles for a limited time. 

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is hosting a special exhibition Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance, which will add eight cases of bright color and shine inside the Museum’s renowned Gem and Mineral Hall. The vibrant diamonds on display as loose gems and mounted jewelry are part of the Gamma Collection, which was amassed over the course of 20 years and is comprised of more than 60 of the rarest and most prestigious natural colored diamonds in the world. 



NHMLA’s Gem and Mineral Vault welcomes a wide variety of alluring diamonds showcasing natural green radiance. The science behind these diamonds is as mesmerizing as they are!

At the center of Natural Radiance at NHMLA will be “The Mantis”, the largest Vivid Yellowish Green diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, alongside “The Shangri-La”, the finest example of a large vivid green diamond, both of which are mounted in rings. 


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. 

On View December 9, 2017 through April 1, 2018. 

Green Diamonds: Natural Radiance will be complemented by seasonal offerings in the Museum’s Gem Store and an array of public programs, including “All that Glitters,” an all-day winter celebration of Green Diamonds that includes live cabbing demonstrations, tours of the NHMLA Gem Vault, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Where Diamonds Come From




For additional details visit nhm.org.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2018: PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

from Press Release

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2018: 
PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet


Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come



Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of 
X-Rite, Incorporated, and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, today announced PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra-Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

Ultra Violet in Fashion
On the runway or the streets, Ultra Violet is an enchanting purple that provides a theatrical linkage for both men’s and women’s styles. True to the coupled nature of Ultra Violet, created by combining red and blue, Ultra Violet lends itself to unique color combinations in fashion and is easier to pair with all colors on the spectrum than one might think. With golds or other metallics, Ultra Violet becomes luxurious and dazzling; with greens or greys it evokes natural elegance. Similarly, Ultra Violet takes on distinct appearances with different materials. Lush velvets in the color suggest intrigue for evening, but are also unexpectedly modern in athleisure or sneakers. In accessories, jewelry, and eyewear, Ultra Violet suggests the complexities of natural gems, textures, and florals.


About the Pantone Color of the YearThe Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 19 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Friday, December 8, 2017

American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to Co-Locate in Las Vegas

from a Press Release
American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ 
and U.S. Antique Shows to Co-Locate in Las Vegas
Partnership will Mutually Benefit Exhibitors and Attendees

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning in June of 2019. AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas is a destination event that is integral to the vitality of businesses for thousands of retailers, brands, manufacturers, and designers, while for over two decades, the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show has been the largest trade-only event serving the antique and estate jewelry and watch industry. The co-location of these two indispensable industry events will serve to augment and enhance their respective markets through increased access to global buyers, and compellingly cohesive exhibitions.  
“We carefully researched all facets of this partnership prior to making the decision to align with U.S. Antique Shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center,” explains Douglas K. Hucker, CEO of the AGTA. “Through on-going conversations with our members, as well as multiple discussions within the board and in committees, we came to the conclusion that it’s time for an evolution for AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas. The collaboration with Emerald Expositions was a logical choice; not only is the move mutually beneficial to both our exhibitors and attendees, but there is also a commonality in the perspectives and goals of each of our organizations.” 
“We are thrilled to join forces with the AGTA during Las Vegas Market Week,” said Gannon Brousseau, Senior Vice President of Emerald Expositions' Jewelry Group. “As a group, we carefully weigh all decisions that potentially affect the industry as a whole. We firmly believe that AGTA’s vendors and buyers are crucial to the success of our industry, and our Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show vendors cater to a unique and varied group of qualified buyers. There is tremendous cross-promotional appeal between these two autonomous yet complementary events, and this partnership will ultimately contribute to the prosperity of the entire trade.” 

“There are paradigm changes going on in the industry. We see an exciting future for our exhibitors and buyers; the synergy of AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show is incredible. We will have a show that is easy to work, and one where a store owner can find profits at every booth,” enthused Jeffrey Bilgore, President of the AGTA Board of Directors. “Establishing our independence in Las Vegas provides us with so many opportunities for growth and improvement, and partnering with a like-minded organization like Emerald Expositions allows us to provide a vital and affordable show experience for our members, and to expand our resources in strategic and consequential ways.” 


About American Gem Trade Association:
American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. The AGTA serves the industry as “The Authority in Color” and has its headquarter office in Dallas, TX.

About U.S. Antique Shows:
U.S. Antique Shows, producer of the industry’s most anticipated events, serves the unique needs of the antique and antique jewelry marketplace with shows in Las Vegas, Miami and New York. The group’s events offer a broad range of antiques as well as vintage and estate jewelry and watches, and annually draws more than 50,000 consumers and 3,000 dealers from 28 countries worldwide.
U.S. Antique Shows are owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with its oldest show dating back over 110 years. The company operates more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Emerald Expositions’ events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy over 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. The company has been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect industry leadership as well as the importance of its shows to the exhibitors and attendees they serve.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2018 Chinese Five Element Astrology - Year of the Brown Dog


2018 Chinese Five Element Astrology 

Year of the Brown Dog


The 2018 Chinese New Year Day is on Friday, February 16, 2018, in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 05:06 on 16-Feb-18 in China's time zone.

Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin-Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2018 is the Yang Male Earth Dog. Brown is connected to Earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called Brown Earth Dog Year.

The first day of the Brown Dog is not the Chinese New Year in Chinese Astrology. The first day of the Tigermonth is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2018 Chinese Brown Dog starts on February 4, 2018, in China's time zone. That means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Brown Dog Year. If a baby is born February 5, 2018, then baby's zodiac sign is the Dog, not Chicken.


Sharing some really fun Jewelry honoring the DOG:




Alex Woo

Dog Fever

...and this is one of my favorites, a memorial necklace from Ivy by Design


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jewelry Television The Sisk Gemology Reference, 3 Volume, Professional Edition #JTV #GemBook

JTV introduces The Sisk Gemology Reference, Professional Edition at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

Jerry Sisk was a Gemologist, as well as the co-Founder and Executive Vice President at JTV.  With the Tucson Gem Shows just around the corner, and the info for this post sitting in my Inbox, I found myself procrastinating getting this info up.  I didn't know Jerry Sisk well but we knew each other to say hi as we passed each other walking across the street to get from the Tucson Convention Center to the GJX Show.  The few times we sat down to talk, usually about my Tucson Gem Show - Live!  blog.  I couldn't help but notice the passion Jerry had for the Industry and Oh Boy did the Industry love him!  I used to get a giggle watching this big guy dressed in a black suit with a dozen or more guys vying for his attention, all talking at the same time.

About the Author, Jerry Sisk:



It takes a village....In 1993, Sisk co-founded what would become Jewelry Television together with two partners and longtime friends, Bob Hall and Bill Kouns. The new home shopping channel was broadcast from a small studio in Greeneville, Tennessee, utilizing just one television camera.  From its humble start, Jewelry Television, which calls itself the largest retailer of loose gemstones in the United States, employed more than 1,200 people at the time of Sisk's unexpected death.

These are the people, his family, who took on the Herculean task of making Jerry's dream come true...they published his book.



The Sisk Gemology Reference, Professional Edition    By Jerry Sisk. A three-volume set, The Sisk Gemology Reference, Professional Edition, is a gemstone library at your fingertips. Featuring over 1, 000 pages and more than 2, 000 photos, it will delight all, from those relatively new to the amazing world of gemstones to professional gemologists and jewelers long established in their careers. 

This comprehensive reference guide was the ultimate labor of love and a longtime mission of beloved late Jewelry Television Co-Founder Jerry Sisk, whose undeniable passion for gemstones never waned but only grew stronger with time. 

Jerry's untimely passing left the task of completing the reference guide to our highly skilled team of gemologists and scientists. 




Volume 1, Prominent Gems
...delves into the history, science, lore, sources, treatments, and varieties (if applicable) of more than 100 well-known gems, including diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, and tanzanite. Also included is an easy-to-comprehend study of gemstones and their properties. 









Volume 2, Noteworthy Gems ...explores over 100 other rare and exotic gemstones, such as danburite, kyanite, pezzottaite, and sphene. 











Volume 3, Gallery of Gems 
...is a pictorial compilation of incredible gemstones, jewelry, and mineral specimens sure to leave you breathless as each page is turned. 








The Professional Edition comes to you encased in a protective slipcase to ensure years of use and enjoyment. Jerry's passion for gemstones is evident as you begin reading Volume 1 and soon find yourself engrossed and will continue as you peruse Volumes 2 and 3. The first edition set is available in limited quantities and only for a limited time. We extend this personal invitation to immerse yourself by taking a delightful foray into the world of gemstones!


Gemstone Reference Book; 3 Volume; Professional Edition With Slip Case By Jerry Sisk. The Set Includes Volume 1 Prominent Gems, Volume 2 Noteworthy Gems, Volume 3 Gallery Of Gems. 


For All Non-north American Orders Please Please Contact Customer Care At 1-800-619-3000.


A QUICK GLANCE AT THE 3-VOLUME SET:




 





Website:         http://www.jtv.com/
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

#SilentSunday At Reinstein|Ross...and an Invitation For New Yorkers

 From an email announcement

The Holidays at Reinstein|Ross are, it seems, STACKED with perfect presents for all -  filled with beauty, color, light, and joy. 
Reinstein|Ross would love to help you find the perfect gift from their beautiful selection of jewelry in both of their Manhattan stores --Madison Avenue (at 73rd Street) and downtown on Gansevoort Street (at Hudson Street)
  
HOLIDAY INVITATION

Please join us
 at our Gansevoort Street location on Friday, December 8th from 3-7pm, as we celebrate the season, shop for jewelry, sip some bubbly and welcome the artist, Chiara Scarpitti, to the RR Gallery.




Saturday, December 2, 2017

#Galatea #MomentoPearl Interactive Momento Jewelry Now Compatible with iPhone 7, 8 and X

from Press Release
#NFC Galatea Momento Jewelry, 
Formerly Only Interactive With Android,
Now Compatible With Apple's iPhone 7, 8, and X


Exciting news for iPhone lovers and the jewelry industry at large: Galatea Jewelry by Artist’s patented, NFC-empowered MomentoTM Pearl, Gem and Diamond jewelry now works with the Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Momento jewelry had previously been compatible only with Android phones and tablets. The Galatea Momento NFC app is now available for download on Apple’s App Store.



Momento #NFC jewelry, first introduced by Galatea in 2014, is the world’s only truly interactive fine jewelry. It contains a near field communication (NFC) chip, allowing a user to play messages, or view texts or images when the pearl, gemstone or diamond jewelry is tapped against a compatible mobile device. Galatea has applied for seven patents for Momento, four of which have been granted. The Momento Collections currently include over 75 unique jewelry styles. Apple unlocked the NFC portion of its operating system for app developers in September, the same time it introduced its new iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X.


"We’ve been waiting for Apple to allow us to adapt our technology for the iOS operating
system since we debuted this product three years ago,” says Huynh. “We invested heavily in the technology and the patents because we believe this is the future of fine jewelry."

Despite its high-tech interface, the real benefits of Momento, says Huynh, lies in its ability
to summon a voice, a memory and evoke an emotional response. Of special interest is the
Momento Diamond, “The World’s First Interactive Engagement Diamond.” Sold as semi-mounts, the engagement rings offer a new twist on the meaning of a diamond. “It can hold everything from a proposal to wedding vows and images and video links to the ceremony. Think about the enormity of that,” says Huynh.



The Momento PearlTM contains an NFC chip to play a voice message as well as a variety of digital content.

The Jewelry RevolutionaryThough Momento is unique, Huynh says it's just a natural extension of Galatea's revolutionary work with gemstones, pearls, and pearl culturing over the last 20 years. 
Known for its hand-carved cultured Tahitian and freshwater pearls (the Momento Pearl collection features only hand-carved pearls), Galatea also owns a number of patents for its unique pearl and gemstone jewelry. In 2005, the company introduced the Galatea PearlTM (Patent 7,062,940 B2), a pearl that is cultured using a colored stone bead. After the pearl's nacre is carved away, the color can be seen below its surface. It's been called the most significant breakthrough in pearl culturing since Kokichi Mikimoto patented the process in the early part of the 20th century.

The company’s DavinChi Cut Collection, which was awarded an International Patent in 2012, introduced a new way of setting a gemstone in jewelry so it could absorb the colors of its surroundings. And Galatea’s newest Galaxia Collection features a patent-pending bonding process that adheres minuscule lab-grown diamond druzy to precious metals or pearls without a noticeable setting.

The complete collection of Momento Pearl, Gemstone and Diamond jewelry features
Manufacturer Suggested Retails beginning at $350.



About Galatea: Jewelry by Artist (www.galateausa.com): With an uncompromising artistic vision, Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea, has created some of the world's most beautiful and
unusual jewelry collections--collections that rely upon pearls and other gemstones that have been transformed by proprietary and patented processes. A poet, painter and humanitarian, Galatea, founded in 1994, employs over 150 people in the U.S. and Vietnam. 

Website:       http://galateausa.com/
Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/GalateaJewelrybyArtist/
Pinterest:     https://www.pinterest.com/galateajewelry/

Friday, December 1, 2017

#GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Internship Opportunities

From Press Release



Postdoctoral Research Fellowships & Internships
Opportunities available at GIA California and New York

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) invites qualified candidates to apply for the Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at its Carlsbad, California and New York City locations. The one-to-two year fellowships encourage early-career scientists to pursue full-time academic research on fundamental scientific problems in gemstone geology, defect physics and diamond synthesis; and other fields related to gemology – the study of diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls and their treatments. A paid research internship program is also available for students pursuing a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in related fields.

Karen Smit, a postdoctoral researcher for GIA from 2014-2016, is a research scientist at GIA. She is using a Scanning Electron Microscope to image a sample's shape or composition and see the internal growth structure of diamond. Photo by Jian Xin (Jae) Liao/GIA.

 “GIA’s fellowship and internship programs provide unique opportunities for researchers to fully perform specialized research in their areas of interest and expertise,” said Dr. Wuyi Wang, vice president of research and development for GIA. “Researchers are given full access to in-house research instruments and information including FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR absorption, Raman, photoluminescence and EPR spectrometers; an SEM microscope equipped with EDS and CL spectroscopy and imaging; laser ablation ICP-MS and a CVD diamond growth lab with laser cutting and polishing facilities.”

The start date of each fellowship is flexible, but accepted candidates should begin the program by Jan. 31, 2019. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date, and preferably within the last three years. Candidates should be willing to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend, research funding and approved travel subsidies. Benefits include full health, dental and vision insurance, and the potential reimbursement of relocation expenses. Appointments are for one year.

The internship program is a paid one-to-two month period working on an agreed-upon project focused on a specific gemology topic. Work will include using instruments, analysis and data processes to determine a conclusion by the end of the internship. Interns will receive ongoing mentoring from experienced GIA scientists and gemologists.

Fellowship applications are due by April 30, 2018 and must include curriculum vitae with a publications list, a three-to-five page research proposal and at least two letters of reference. Internship applications are due by May 31, 2018. National and international students are welcome to apply for either program. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information about the application process, the Liddicoat Postdoctoral Fellowships, the research internship program, GIA’s facilities and current and past research projects visit GIA.edu/research-careers.

The Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and the internship program are funded by the GIA endowment fund.

There have been a total of six current and former research associates who have been part of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The opportunities offered in this program makes advanced research attainable for early scientists. Former GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith and coauthors published a cover story in the December issue of Science magazine on the origins of big diamonds and what those diamonds tell us about the earth’s mantle.



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 www.GIA.edu

Monday, November 27, 2017

NOW SHOWING - In The Gallery At Reinstein | Ross

from an email notification



NOW OPEN! Poetic Adornments presents jewelry and scarves by Italian artist Chiara Scarpitti. This exciting exhibition features collections of Scarpitti's work from the past seven years, including her most recent, Anthropocene.  Each handmade piece is a result of extensive research into themes pertaining to anthropology, nature, and poetry. 



Shop all of this year's exhibitions on Artsy and visit the gallery for a selection of past works.
https://www.artsy.net/the-gallery-at-reinstein-ross



Join us in the gallery on Friday, December 8th from 3-7pm  to meet the artist and celebrate the season.
The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross

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