Google+ The Daily Jewel: 6/5/11 - 6/12/11


Friday, June 10, 2011

Have You Heard? JCK Rock Stars...

OK just had to share this with you!!!!   I think this is one of the most innovative contests in awhile, for several reasons...

First - it forces Designers of Fine Jewelry to think of ways of incorporating Swarovski Gems in their pieces and in fact the 5 featured Designers are building a piece based entirely on Swarovski!

Second - it draws attention to 5 very talented young designers in the Jewelry Industry and who would love to be crowned JCK Rock Star!!!  ...with great judges and FAB prizes (which includes exposure at the JCK Las Vegas Show in 2012) this should be a huge hit!

Third - it is a brilliant marketing tool to bring viewers to the Brand New JCK Online website as you follow these designers in monthly videos posted on the website:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ethics Link Nat'l Assoc of Goldsmiths & Brit Jewellers' Assoc...

National Association of Goldsmiths & British Jewellers’ Association Join Forces For Ethical Standards

The British Jewellers’ Association this week demonstrated it’s commitment to assist members in achieving ethical supply chains by uniting with The National Association of Goldsmiths Ethics Working Committee initiative.

Realising that many small businesses are faced with substantial challenges when trying to assess ethical credentials of suppliers, the BJA and NAG have together taken the step towards bridging the gap between British jewellers and international small scale producers.

Both associations have connections with RJC and CIBJO and are mindful of their contribution to the debate, but act in the best interests of their respective members.

The launch of Fair Trade Gold has heralded a surge in demand from jewellers who are eager to embrace Fair Trade and ethical values throughout their supply chain.

However, many find themselves in a quandary as to how to integrate a traceable or credible system for selecting suppliers and for giving assurances to consumers. 

The NAG & BJA‘s ethics working committee will assess the feasibility of a system of auditable standards covering the following areas:
  • Mining
  • Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Manufacturing
  • Retailing.

Experts from each field will be called upon to assess and comment on the standards, in order to develop a robust system which can be accessed by NAG & BJA members in the future. Vivien Johnston, founder of ethical jewellery brand Fifi Bijoux, has been appointed to steer the project.

Greg Valerio, the force who brought Fair Trade gold to market, has pledged his support for the realisation of the standards.

Valerio and Johnston have both created ethical brands which use exclusively ethical materials, and have first hand knowledge of the complexities involved.

The ethics committee will use collective industry knowledge to drive forward greater transparency from suppliers and to provide members with an accessible system of assessment. The routes to connect with producers who are working to high standards of social and environmentally are currently inaccessible to many jewellers and the Ethics Working Committee seeks to enable relationships between both parties.

Sunday, June 5, 2011



Platinum Guild International USA Awards Eight Outstanding Platinum Designs at JCK Las Vegas 2011

WHO:  Platinum Guild International USA, the worldwide marketing arm for the platinum jewelry industry

WHAT:  PGI-USA announces the winners of the 2nd annual JCK 2011 Platinum Innovation Awards. Winners were chosen in six different design categories, as well as two overall categories – “Best in Show” and “Editors’ Choice.” To select the winners, an impressive 180 entries were first reviewed by editors from the nation’s leading bridal and fashion publications and then voted on by retailers during the JCK Las Vegas Show. Entries were up more than 200% over last year's competition.

PGI awarded each winner with a prize package valued at approximately $50,000.

WHERE: Winners were announced at an official press conference on Sunday, June 5 at JCK Las Vegas

Entry Platinum Engagement Ring 
(semi-mounts under $2,500 retail):
§ UNEEK FINE JEWELRY COLLECTIONS: Platinum engagement ring featuring a diamond halo and shank (.21 ct. tw)

Retail Price: $2,495; Price does not include center stone

Modern Platinum Engagement Ring
§ STULLER: Platinum engagement ring with diamond melee (.625 ct. tw)

Retail Price: $3,666; Price does not include center stone

Vintage-Inspired Platinum Engagement Ring
§ LIEBERFARB: Platinum engagement ring featuring a double-halo design and pave diamonds (.31 ct. tw)

Retail Price: $3,710; Price does not include center stone

Platinum Wedding Band
§ CARLEX BY CROWNRING: Platinum 11 mm band with 100 diamonds

Retail Price: $10,000

Platinum Fashion Ring
§ JOHN APEL: Platinum flower ring with rose-cut, old miner and full cut micro-pave diamonds from the Fleurette Collection

Retail Price: $22,000

Platinum Fashion Earrings
§ A JAFFE: Platinum floral motif earrings with diamonds

Retail Price: $15,000

Editors’ Choice
§ PARADE DESIGNS: Platinum engagement ring featuring a cushion cut diamond center stone with interlaced diamonds (.30 ct. tw)

Retail Price: $2,495; Price does not include center stone

Best in Show
§ STULLER: Platinum engagement ring with diamond melee (.625 ct. wt)
Retail Price: $3,666; Price does not include center stone

 About Platinum Guild International:
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade.  PGI has offices in each of the world's major jewelry markets, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information please visit

Couture Design Awards - The Winners!

Last night in a star studded room filled with the elite of the Jewelry Industry dressed in their finest the prestigious Couture Design Awards were handed out...

You will get to see better photos later - but here's the list - photos from the event are on the Couture Facebook Page at:

...I couldn't resist the photo of the Pearl Winner from Sevan Bicakci...Congrats to all of the Winners!!!!

Pearl Winner: Sevan Bicakci 
Silver Winner: Atelier Zobel/Peter Schmid
Gold Winner: Elena Votsi
Platinum Winner: Isabelle Fa
Bridal Winner: Stefan Hafner
Diamond Under $20,000 Winner: Moritz Gilk
Diamond Over $20,000 Winner: La Reina
Colored Gemstone Under $20,000 Winner: Federica Rettore
Colored Gemstone Over $20,000 Winner: Shaun Leane
Watches Winner: Gurhan
Technical Excellence Winner: Speake-Marin
Watch Innovation Winner: Claret
Debuting At Couture Winner: Kamofie
People's Choice Winner: Arman Sarkysian
Human Spirit Award Winner: Cathy Tivol


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