Google+ The Daily Jewel: 9/11/11 - 9/18/11


Friday, September 16, 2011

Roberto Coin Collection To Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Roberto Coin & London Jewelers Support Lustgarten Fdn.
Celebrating the launch a new collection of signature bracelets with proceeds going to the Foundation

On Thursday, September 8th, a private reception was held to launch a new collection from Italian jewelry designer, Roberto Coin, being sold exclusively in conjunction with London Jewelers. 

The collection, a trio of signature bracelets, will benefit The Lustgarten Foundation in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Among the attendees were Pilar Coin, Global Marketing Director for Roberto Coin.

(from left to right): Marcia Lustgarten of The Lustgarten Foundation, Pilar Coin of Roberto Coin, Mark Udell of London Jewelers, Martha Webster of Roberto Coin, Candy Udell of London Jewelers & Dr. Robert Vizza of The Lustgarten Foundation

The three newly designed bracelets are available in 18K yellow gold, Sterling Silver and a silver purple oxidized version. The sterling silver and 18K yellow gold versions are designed with a magnetic clasp that has an amethyst stone on one side.  The retail price for the purple oxidized piece is $275 with $100 being donated to the foundation.  Retail price for the sterling silver is $450 and $150 will be donated to the foundation.  Lastly, the yellow gold design is $1600 with $500 being donated to the cause.  The collection is available London Jewelers’ and online at or by calling 877-607-9924.

About Roberto Coin
Roberto Coin has been an icon in the jewelry industry for over 30 years. His designs include his signature Appassionata Collection and the Roberto Coin Cento Diamond Collection.  His collection is available in over 400 stores nationwide including better jewelry and specialty stores and now features supermodel Christy Turlington Burns as the face of his new advertising campaign. His designs have also been worn by such celebrities as Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, Brooke Shields, Jennie Garth, Jenna Fischer, Demi Moore, Melissa Etheridge, and Jennifer Hudson.   

About The Lustgarten Foundation
The Lustgarten Foundation, based in BethpageNew York, is America’s largest private foundation working solely on pancreatic cancer research. The Foundation provides critical support in the search for better diagnostics and treatment of pancreatic cancer, and to date more than $38 million to more than 125 research projects at some of the world’s most prestigious medical and research center. To learn more , visit

Long island legend for 85 years, London Jewelers offers the world’s foremost designers of fine jewelry, prestigious time pieces and fine giftware. From dazzling selection of fine jewels to the most exquisite diamonds, the rarest gemstones and the finest time pieces, London Jewelers is dedicated to the highest standard of excellence, innovation and quality in luxury jewelry and watches. For more information

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2012 Cutting Edge Awards - Entries Due Soon!

Time to get those entries in! Deadlines...
Deadline for entry is Friday, September 23, 2011.  No exceptions will be made.

Deadline for the New York Drop-Off Program is Tuesday, October 4, 2011.  If you plan to hand-deliver your piece on this date, all paperwork and payments are due to the Dallas office September 23.  

Cutting Edge AwardsThe AGTA Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art in U.S. and Canada. A panel of judges will evaluate entries in the Cutting Edge Awards. 

Categories include:
Classic gemstones – Limited to outstanding examples of ruby, emerald and sapphire with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.

All other faceted gemstones – Open to outstanding examples of any gemstone that is faceted with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.

Phenomenal gemstones – Open to outstanding examples of any phenomenal gemstone (stars, cat’s eyes, opals, etc.) with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.

Pairs & Suites – Two or more gemstones to be judged as a set.

Innovative Faceting – Innovative faceting and lapidary techniques

Carving – Carving of any natural gem material in any style.

Objects of Art
– Carvings, bowls, sculpture, intarsia, etc., of gem materials not intended to be worn. These may or may not incorporate metal, wood or other non-gem materials as base, frame or decorative component.

Entries in Classic, All other faceted, Phenomenal and Pairs & Suites may have been created anywhere in the world, but must be submitted by U.S. or Canadian companies. Entries in the remaining Cutting Edge categories must have been created and submitted by lapidaries in the U.S. or Canada. They will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished industry judges based on originality, overall beauty, quality and technique of lapidary work, and quality and rarity of the gem material.

Entry forms on the AGTA Website...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Celebrity Jewel: Carter & Amy Building A Life Together

Popular DIY Carpenter from TLC's Trading Spaces and his own show "Carter Can", Carter Oosterhouse will be building a new life with actress Amy Smart.

Married Saturday in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, Smart is known for her roles inThe Butterfly Effect and Varsity Blues.

Smart walked down the aisle sparkling in 6-carat diamond and platinum chandelier earrings and a diamond and platinum bracelet from Neil Lane. 

About the Neil Lane collection
The Neil Lane collection features world-renowned, beautiful works of art that are a direct reflection of Neil Lane, both as a celebrated designer, and respected curator of important, period jewels. From trend-setting rough-cut diamond sautoirs that sparkle on the red carpet to the most elegant engagement and bridal rings, every piece of jewelry designed by Neil Lane is a stunning fashion statement. The Neil Lane collection also includes some of the finest period jewels and designs from all over the world. Unique historical pieces have been hand-selected from the magnificent houses of Cartier, Boucheron, Mauboussin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and other manufacturers and exclusive sources worldwide. All of the glamorous one-of-a-kind Neil Lane designs, as well as the antique and estate jewels, are rare and rich with heritage.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

International Gem Tower Progressing Rapidly

Construction is progressing rapidly at the International Gem Tower which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. 

You can track the progress and view recent construction photos at their website at  

...and now you can meet representatives from the International Gem Tower Team at the Hong Kong shows...

The International Gem Tower sales team announced it will be returning to Hong Kong for the AsiaWorld Expo from the 19th to the 23rd of September, and the Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center from the 21st to the 25th of September. 

During their trip, the members of the IGT sales team will be available for meetings and to discuss why owning your own office at the International Gem Tower is the best investment you can make for your business.

IGT highlights include:
       - Owning your own office
       - Availability of financing options  
       - Prime jewelry retail opportunities
       - Exclusive amenities and services
       - State-of-the-art security

Monday, September 12, 2011

Celebrity Jewel: Stars Glitter in COLOR at the Creative Arts Emmys

What you may ask are the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys?  Well this is the description given on the Emmys website:

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, traditionally held the weekend before the live Primetime Emmys telecast, are largely dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production: art direction, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts and more.
Awards are also handed out for animation, commercials, reality series and other programming, as well as some acting categories and special honors.

Stars were there decked out in some of the finest jewels the Industry could offer!   From Presenters to Actors & Actresses that were present to support the people who actively support them on a day-to-day basis.

Rebecca Romijn –  Rode the Color Wave in Neil Lane Jewelry Garnet, Diamond and Gold Chandelier Earrings, Garnet, Diamond and Gold Large Cocktail Ring and Garnet and Gold Bracelets.

Actress Alfre Woodard wore a pair of hoop earrings with colored diamonds by MICHAEL M. to the “2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards” in Los Angeles on September 10th.

About MICHAEL M.Founded in 2008, Michael M. is a uniquely modern diamond jewelry brand featuring one-of-a-kind creations. The collection is inspired by nature and consists of rough, natural colored diamonds in many motifs, including animal and floral representations. Every piece is handcrafted in the company’s Los Angeles design studio using the finest diamonds and metals including platinum and 18k white and yellow gold. 

Cara Buono – Pink Tourmaline, Diamond and Platinum Drop Earrings and
a Pink Tourmaline, Diamond and Platinum Cocktail Ring.

About the Neil Lane collectionThe Neil Lane collection features world-renowned, beautiful works of art that are a direct reflection of Neil Lane, both as a celebrated designer, and respected curator of important, period jewels. From trend-setting rough-cut diamond sautoirs that sparkle on the red carpet to the most elegant engagement and bridal rings, every piece of jewelry designed by Neil Lane is a stunning fashion statement. The Neil Lane collection also includes some of the finest period jewels and designs from all over the world. Unique historical pieces have been hand-selected from the magnificent houses of Cartier, Boucheron, Mauboussin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and other manufacturers and exclusive sources worldwide. All of the glamorous one-of-a-kind Neil Lane designs, as well as the antique and estate jewels, are rare and rich with heritage.

Just a taste to get you ready for the Primetime Emmys Show September 18th!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Julien's Auctions "Legends" Auction in Macau

Update - The Legends Auction is pleased to feature a matched collection of gem quality emeralds worn by Angelina Jolie for the Kung Fu Panda 2 (Dreamworks Animation, 2011) photocall at Cannes Film Festival in May, 2011.  Both the emerald tablet bracelet and emerald cushion ring are accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Angelina Jolie and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each item will benefit children living in regions affected by conflict or the devastation of natural disasters.
Julien’s Auctions and The Ponte 16 Resort Presents the “Legends” Auction in Macau China, Saturday, October 22, 2011

Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment auction house, announces their 2nd annual Legends Auction on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Macau China at Ponte 16, a world-class entertainment resort.

The Legends Auction returns with a showcase of film and music memorabilia from some of the world’s most admired superstars including legendary film icon Marilyn Monroe and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  Other iconic pieces to be offered include personal effects from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Madonna, Her Royal Highness, Diana Princess of Wales and many others.
Marilyn Monroe seduced on-screen and film going audiences with her performance as Kay Weston in River of No Return.  Monroe conjured a saloon hall vixen to perform “I’m Gonna Stake My Claim.”  The provocative green gown she wore during this song and dance routine is offered for sale along with Monroe’s personal phone book, pearl necklace, medical prescription orders and a rare painting created by the iconic actress.

In 1985, Her Royal Highness Diana, Princess of Wales, was honored by the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers.  Diana wore a stunning gown of white taffeta and black velvet designed by Murray Arbeid, and this will also be offered in the Legends auction. This gown was previously auctioned at the "Dresses from The Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales” charity auction shortly before her tragic death.  The gown returns to the auction block as one of the few Diana dresses made available for public sale.

In 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.  A selection of these award winning costumes are offered for sale.  The intricate costume pieces, some comprised of textiles that are over 100 years old, and are works of art in their own right. 

In the tradition of period films examining the relationships of Eastern and Western cultures, Julien’s offers ten costumes from the film The Last Samurai.   An impressive riding costume worn by the character Ujio as he rides into battle includes full body costume armor and stunt swords as seen in the film.  Battle costumes, stunt weaponry and ninja attire from the film are also offered for sale.

Science Fiction heroes and villains also share the spotlight in this very special auction.  The third incarnation of Batman in Batman & Robin pitted George Clooney’s Batman against Arnold Schwarzenegger’s evil Dr. Freeze. For the villainous, The Batman Return’s Red Triangle gang costumes, Neon Circus costumes and Jim Carrey’s Riddler bodysuit will be sold. Also to be offered are costumes from Dennis Hopper’s portrayal of Deacon in Waterworld, Alfred Molina’s wayward tentacle as Doctor Octopus from Spiderman 2 and a nefarious Thuggee costume from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom blockbuster.

Julien’s Auctions will also offer an extraordinary opportunity to own some very special pieces that pay tribute to Elvis Presley. On March 19, 1955 Elvis Presley’s first live performance was recorded at The Eagle’s Hall in Houston Texas.  The recording master’s and the copyright to market and reproduce this recording are offered for auction for the first time.  Along with the five song recording is a seven-minute interview with the young Presley from 1956 and a 15-minute interview with guitarist Scotty Moore discussing his relationship with Elvis.

Other Elvis items featured in this auction are an acoustic guitar inscribed to one of his fan club presidents, a handwritten set list from an engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, a prop gun given to Presley for luck by MGM executives as he began his concert series in Las Vegas and a handwritten note from Presley to Col. Parker.

Among the unique Beatles memorabilia being offered is a note signed by John Lennon, a Paul McCartney signed Hofner bass, handwritten lyrics from the bands first bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe, and a rare 1963 Beatles concert poster.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson will again take center stage at this highly anticipated global auction.  From early Jackson 5 photographs, career spanning “gold” and “platinum” record awards as well as stage worn clothing.  The Wiz offered a new way for Jackson to showcase his talents.  Not only a musical star, The Wiz made Jackson a film star as well.  Julien’s will auction a make-up model of Jackson from his role as The Scarecrow created by Stan Winston, used by the make-up crew to assure continuity.  Jackson again took on acting and complicated make-up as he starred in the video for his hit song “Thriller.”  In the beginning of the video, as Jackson played a high school student who morphs into a “Werecat” before his shocked girlfriend’s eyes, different latex masks were used to create the affect.  Three different masks and an unused latex mask formed to fit Jackson’s face will be sold.

Other Jackson items included are stage worn costume pieces from the Destiny tour of 1979-1980 and 1984’s Victory tour.  The bead work, mirrors and sequins on these costumes allowed the massive crowds to follow Jackson on stage, even from a distance.  Among the items are a red lame jacket with rhinestone covered collar, a white two-piece mirrored costume designed by Bill Whitten and a rhinestone belt worn by Jackson.

Other auction highlights include a Madonna signed “Sex” book,  a stage worn gold bustier from her Who’s That Girl tour, images of Madonna by Herb Ritz signed by the superstar, an early model headshot with information sheet, and a recording of Madonna singing “Simon Says” with her band The Emmy’s. 

The Legends Auction at Ponte 16 in Macau, China is expected to set a new worldwide record and will be a fitting tribute to the musical and entertainment icons who continue to play an important role in the lives of every fan. For more information on the Legends Auction in Macau China go to

The Future of Design Business Incubator Contest for Jewelry Designers

ANNOUNCING: The Future of Design Business
Incubator Contest for Jewelry Designers
Produced by
Jeweler’s Resource Bureau & StrategyWerx
Are you the worlds next greatest jewelry design'preneur? 
For the first time, a competition evaluating both
your designs and business plan
offers you the opportunity to win a prize package valued at over $250K!


Described as a game changer, the Future of Design Business competition seeks to discover, promote and catapult the next great jewelry designer into the market.
Applications begin Sept 7th and the winner will be selected during a “Shark Tank”-like live presentation at MJSA Expo New York in NYC on March 13, 2012. 

Submissions include our business plan-like application, marketing materials and visuals of your jewelry line. The application includes an in-depth questionnaire that teaches you about strategy and marketing planning along the way -- and gives you plenty of time to compose your answers.
Applicants will be judged on their business concept, market feasibility, saleability and aesthetic impact. The winner will be the "total package" destined for greatness.

This is an unprecedented competition with a vast level of industry participation, unique judging process and a dream prize package.

Do you have what it takes?
Read more and learn about the application process

Every entrant gets feedback and advice from the judges

     Six semi-finalists win:
  • a mentoring date (by phone if in-person isn't possible) with one of our Dream Team designers
  • a feature on

     Three finalists also win:
  • trip to NYC to participate in the finale

The winner also receives:
  •  a year of manufacturing services by Fusion Jewelry
  •  a year of sales representation by Viewpoint
  •  sales training and retail introductions by Performance Concepts
  •  consulting on strategy, financials and technology by StrategyWerx
  •  a booth in globalDESIGN
  •  premium membership on
  •  a suite of marketing products from Jeweler's Resource
  •  a booth in the Designer Showcase at the JA NY Show
  •  an ad campaign in INDESIGN magazine
  •  photography and ad campaign creation by RSP Media
  •  inclusion in three celebrity award suites with Michael O'Connor
  •  mentorship by all the judges
  •  promotion and publicity throughout the process
  •  more prizes to be added as new sponsors are secured!
  • Application process opens Wed. Sept. 7th
  • Application deadline is midnight PST Dec. 1st
  • You can work on your online application in a stop-and-start fashion till Dec. 1
  • Winner selected March 13, 2012

    • It's a business contest, not just a design contest
    • The application process walks you through critical business strategies
    • Every applicant gets a professional critique of/advice on his/her business plans
    • Winner gets more than $250,000 worth of goods and services
    • Six semi-finalists get prizes and mentoring with a Dream Team member
    • Three finalists are flown to New York for final judging
    • Live finale, “Shark Tank”-style, at MJSA Expo New York in NYC on March 13, 2012
    • All are welcome to attend by registering for an MJSA EXPO show badge
    • Unique judging process:
    • Business plan submitted as well as designs 
    • In-depth business questionnaire akin to a marketing plan 
    • Judges interview six semi-finalists live via conference video 
    • Three finalists make live pitch in front of judges & audience in NYC 
    • Vast level of industry participation, probably unprecedented

      • Cindy Edelstein - Jewelers Resource Bureau /
      • Andrea Hill – StrategyWerx /
      • Kate Peterson - Performance Concepts
      • Mendel Rotenberg - Fusion Jewelry 
      • Jim DeMattei - ViewPoint  
      Mentoring Dream Team are: 
      • Gurhan
      •  Erica Courtney
      •  Todd Reed
      •  Penny Preville
      •  Lisa Jenks
      •  Robert Lee Morris

      •    Jeweler's Resource Bureau
      •    StrategyWerx
      •    Performance Concepts
      •    Fusion Jewelry
      •    ViewPoint
      •    MJSA
      •    JA NY Show
      •    National Jeweler
      •    INDESIGN magazine
      •    RSP Media
      •    Michael O’Connor / Style&Substance
                                           ...... and more coming!

      See website for eligibility and to sign-up for future information from
      The Future of Design
      keep checking back to the site -- and subscribe to our newsletter --
        for more advice, tips and possible prizes! 


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