Google+ The Daily Jewel: 10/25/09 - 11/1/09


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pearlescent Skin from Honora and Bare Escentuals

Honora and Bare Escentuals Team Up

For New Product Launch

October 28, 2009 – New York City – Honora has teamed up with Bare Escentuals, the makers of the #1 mineral makeup in the world, to create an exciting new selection of pearl products.

Much like Honora’s focus the top 3% of the Freshwater Pearl Harvest, Bare Escentuals is committed to only using the purest ingredients in their 100% pure bareMinerals. This mutual dedication to high quality was the initial inspiration for the collaboration between these two brands.

“We always strive to introduce new and innovative products featuring our Freshwater Pearls,” says Ralph Rossini, President of Honora Industries, Inc. “Having the opportunity to partner with a world-class company like Bare Escentuals to create a new and exciting product is everything we could hope for.”

What began as a request from Bare Escentuals CEO Leslie Blodgett for pearl powder to incorporate into their new Beautiful in Pearls Kit quickly became a full-fledged product concept. Honora CEO Joel Schechter and Ralph Rossini decided to create an exciting new color collection of pearls called Barely Blush to coordinate perfectly with Bare Escentuals’ newest selection.

Beautiful in Pearls makeup and the Barely Blush Pearl Collection will be unveiled on Saturday, November 7th beginning with a new Today’s Special Value from Bare Escentuals on QVC. Be sure to check out Honora.TV the first week of November to learn more about this unique pairing of makeup and jewelry.

About Honora

With a history of over 60 years in the jewelry industry, Honora now stands as the largest Freshwater Pearl Jewelry company in the United States. Honora’s focus on creating colorful and affordable pearl jewelry has helped open pearls up to the largest audience in the 100+ years of cultured pearls. The Honora brand is available at fine jewelry locations worldwide and select e-commerce platforms. For more information, please visit us at: -

The Honora Blog –

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Modern Silver Posts Schon Interview with Sam Patania

an interview with

by Marbeth Schon

Rio Plata cuff Sterling silver


Sam Patania, as the third generation of Patania artisans, has followed very much in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him. He began his apprenticeship at the Tucson Thunderbird Shop when he was a young teenager. For the next decade, his after-school training would be a major part of his daily routine. But Sam followed his own path, too, having sought instruction outside the traditions of the shop. In his 1977-78 school year, Sam enrolled in a jewelry-making course at Catalina High School where he explored new approaches to his craft. In 1979, he became a full-time employee of the Thunderbird Shop. To feed his desire for knowledge, he attended the University of Arizona in 1988-89, where he met jewelry instructor Michael Croft.

Sam tries to keep within the traditions with which he was raised, honoring his father and grandfather, and other artisans as well, including well-known silver designer William Spratling.

Sam’s personal philosophy as a jewelry artist reflects this aesthetic: “A desire to learn drives my work,” he says. “New techniques, symmetry, asymmetry, materials—all are areas which continue to drive my designs. Color captures my eye and the thought of the beautiful women who will wear my work keeps me inspired.”

Sam’s talents shine like his one-of-a-kind creations, such as the one that is currently in the permanent jewelry collection of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C..

Sam's studio is housed in the old Thunderbird Shop. He calls his company, “Patania Sterling Silver Originals” to honor the creative spirit that has earmarked this family’s heritage for three generations. The strength and character of the Patania name and tradition show no sign of weakening—doubtlessly, this is a family whose standard of excellence will survive and thrive well into the future.

(taken from "Patania: 70 Years of Excellence, Part II" by Shari Watson Miller,MODERN SILVER magazine, April - May, 2001)

Click here for Marbeth Schon's brilliant Interview with this amazing 3rd generation artist of the Patania family of artisans on Modern Silver.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SoCal: 42nd Annual AOS OPAL & GEM SHOW

The American Opal Society proudly presents its:

42nd Annual OPAL & GEM SHOW

Come visit the Biggest Opal Show in the USA!!!


* Dozens of Opal and Gem Dealers from around the

USA and Australia.

* Rough and Cut Opals, Opal Jewelry, other

gemstones, books, tools, etc.

* Huge Raffle with many prizes of opals, gemstones,

jewelry, lapidary tools, etc.

* Free Seminars on opals, jewelry making, mining

and more on Saturday and Sunday.

* Free Demonstrations on gemstone cutting, jewelry

making, etc.


Saturday, 10am-6pm, November 7, 2009

Sunday, 10am-5pm, November 8, 2009


New Location!

Whitehouse Event Center
White House / West Wing Event Center

1238 S. Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Located within the Hobby City / Adventure City
southeast corner of Beach Blvd. and Ball St.

Whitehouse Event Center Map

Click here for Google Directions


Adults $3.00, children under 15 FREE.

Plenty of FREE Parking.

One FREE raffle ticket is included

with each paid admission.

American Opal Society, Inc., P.O. Box 4875

Garden Grove, CA 92842-4875
Contact e-mail:

The American Opal Society is a non-profit organization,
educational in nature, whose primary purpose is
promoting interest and knowledge of the precious gemopal.


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