Google+ The Daily Jewel: 3/18/12 - 3/25/12


Friday, March 23, 2012

RMS Titanic Inc. Teams Up With QVC for 100th Anniversary Collection

RMS Titanic, Inc., a Subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., is the Only Company Permitted by Law to Recover Objects From the Wreck Site of Titanic, Signs First Ever Deal With External Retail Partner to Replicate Artifacts

RMS Titanic, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions. Inc., a leading presenter of museum quality touring exhibitions around the world, announced today that the company will enter into a relationship with QVC(R), Inc., one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. As the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck site of Titanic, RMS Titanic, Inc. will work closely with QVC to design several Titanic-inspired products including jewelry, home goods, giftware and a fragrance, "Legacy 1912--Titanic.(TM)".

A Note About the Inspiration

Legacy 1912 is based upon the perfume oils developed by German-born chemist Adolphe Saalfeld. He was traveling first class on the Titanic to New York in hopes of developing a new line of perfumes in floral and citrus scents. He survived the sinking, but his 65 samples were lost. Recovered from 2-1/2 miles beneath the ocean's surface, many samples amazingly still contained their extraordinary perfumes.

RMS Titanic Inc.'s venture with QVC is the first external retail agreement the company has ever granted the rights to in terms of reproducing Titanic's artifacts or using them as inspiration for additional products.

"As we prepare for the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sole maiden voyage in April, it is a perfect time for RMS Titanic Inc. to create some one-of-a-kind products to commemorate this historic occasion," said Marcy Davis, SVP Retail/Licensing, Venue Operations and Strategic Partnerships. "Teaming up with QVC allows us to bring a little bit of Titanic to viewers nationwide."

Each of the products being sold by QVC will either be an exact replica of an item recovered from the wreck site of Titanic or will be inspired by a passenger's belonging. The full range of prices is covered in beautifully reproduced pieces from this White Topaz & Diamond Filigree Ring...

A Note About the Inspiration

This piece is based on a beautiful, handmade, platinum, 18K gold, and diamond ring that probably belonged to one of Titanic's first-class passengers. During the formal dinners onboard, this ring would've sparkled and danced with an inner fire in response to the glow of electric lights. The gallery design gives it a three-dimensional depth as it highlights the Edwardian love of jewelry in its imitation of lace.                                                             via QVC website

To a stunning reproduction of a First Class Cabin Key:   Sure to ignite conversation, this highly polished slide pendant--inspired by the RMS Titanic--displays a radiant key and a replicated first-class tag. Beautiful on its own, it also adds an element of history to your jewelry box. From the Titanic Collection.

A Note About the Inspiration

Titanic was a floating palace with a full complement of cabins, suites, provision stores, cabinets, and more. Each door had a lock and key. Much as in today's society, the stewards had keys to access the cabins so they could refresh or remove drinking water, flowers, and similar supplies and furnishings.                   via QVC website

The products are scheduled to debut on QVC April 6 at 8:00 PM (ET) as well as on QVC UK on April 10.

The U.S broadcast is scheduled to feature expert guest Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for RMS Titanic, Inc. and the UK show will feature P.H. Nargeolet, director of underwater research for RMS Titanic Inc. Klingelhofer and Nargeolet will provide historical background and context on each product during the broadcasts.

RMS Titanic Inc. hosts six traveling Titanic exhibits, called Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, throughout the world as well as permanent exhibits in both Las Vegas and Orlando (visit for current venues). The Titanic inspired fragrance, "Legacy 1912--Titanic(TM)", and select jewelry and home items will also be sold at as well as in various Titanic exhibit venues around the globe.

RMS Titanic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of Titanic. The Company was granted Salvor-In-Possession rights to the wreck of Titanic by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division in 1994 and has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to Titanic recovering approximately 5,000 artifacts. The Company is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and also serves as a leading presenter of museum quality exhibitions throughout the world. As the recognized leader in developing and displaying unique exhibitions for education and entertainment the Company tours multiple experiences including the blockbuster "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," now seen by more than 25 million worldwide. For more information on RMS Titanic, Inc. please visit . For additional information about Premier Exhibitions, Inc. please visit .
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation, is the world's leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 195 million homes worldwide. The company's website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 25-year history. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

SOURCE: RMS Titanic Inc.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


 Jewelry Featured Throughout Series
Rubellite Earrings worn by Olga Kurylenko,
featuring over 10 carats of emerald cut rubellites.
 LOS ANGELES, CA - Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels were visible in last night's premiere episode of the new Starz series, Magic City.  The renowned Beverly Hills jeweler was commissioned to create pieces that would capture the 'American Glamour' of the mid-20th century period drama. In keeping with the show's featured jewelry, Olga Kurylenko, Magic City's leading female actress, wore Robert Procop rubellite, diamond and rose gold earrings to the premiere.
 "With the show being set in Miami in the late 1950's, I wanted to incorporate color into the sophisticated designs. The pieces, featuring diamonds and gemstones in hues of pink, blue and green, reflect the magnetism of the Miami scene at that time." says Robert Procop, Founder, Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels.

Robert Procop creates exclusive collections and customized designs that are as extraordinary as the individual who wears them.  From his Creative Studio in Beverly Hills, to his Gemstone Laboratory in Geneva and other international locations, Robert has assembled an elite team of cutters, gemstone experts, designers and the world's most skilled craftsmen.   His goal:  to provide his clients with the world's rarest jewels which he will transform into truly unique jewelry masterpieces.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twisted - Screwed - New From Erica Miller

With a passion for blending past and present together in beautiful balance, Erica Miller Designs introduces a signature new line of handcrafted jewelry with timeless, personalized appeal. The collection - including rings, bracelets, cuffs, pendants and earrings - comes in an array of sterling silver and 14k gold pieces, and features distinctive details like twisted wire, tiny screws, inspiring messages, crystals and gemstones. 

Each jewelry piece is handcrafted, tumbled and hand-burnished for perfect shine and finish. In ordering many of the pieces, the purchaser can make the call about its features: an initial for a child, loved one, your own monogram or favorite gemstone makes the design special and completely your own. Some of the highlighted Erica Miller Designs which allow you to choose your own metals and vintage stones are: Luck Horseshoe Ring & Pendant ($115), Champagne Hope Ring ($240), Love Monogram Ring ($275), and the whimsical Wish Bracelet ($132). The Love Celebration Pendant, engraved with your desired year or initials, is the perfect keepsake - ideal for an anniversary present or a personal memento. 

Adding a classic French twist to everyday jewelry staples, the Plaque de Muselet (champagne cap) designs are the collection favorite. Inspired by the twisted wire and cap on a champagne bottle, Erica created numerous pieces that feature this clever nod to the finer things in life - and each piece can even be customized with monogrammed initials or signs to reflect any moment in the wearer's life journey. With your one-of-a-kind custom touches, a piece from this collection becomes a truly unique reflection of personality and purpose. 

Hailing from the Mile High City of Denver, Erica Miller infuses her love of family into all her works - from her first creation, a champagne cap and wire welded together by her husband to form a ring, to her daughter's fairy wand that influenced her Wish collection. Each of these and more are available for purchase on the website. Finding inspiration in the world and people around her, the designer uses everyday objects as the foundation of her craft, whether it's a champagne cap, screws out of her husband's tool closet, or her grandmother's antique wedding ring. The collection can also be found in select boutiques.

More at

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yogo Sapphires' Mike Roberts Found In Mine

It is with a heavy heart that I report, according to an article from the Great Falls Tribune, Yogo Sapphire Mine Owner/Operator, Mike Roberts was killed in a mining accident.

"A mine accident near Utica killed a Great Falls man sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to the Judith Basin County Coroner's Office.
Deputy Coroner Dick Brown said in a press release that Michael Duane Roberts, 54, was killed in a Sapphire Mine accident that was reported early Tuesday morning. The exact time of the accident is unknown, Brown said. Roberts was the only person in the mine at the time and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death is under investigation."

 I am posting this with a photo of Mike doing what he loved...from the Yogo Website.

"He smiles. “I love it down here. It’s like a mansion,” he says. His grin is lit by his headlamp. “But my wife wouldn’t live in a hole in the ground.” He laughs."   from an interview with Explore Big Sky in June of 2011

This is extremely sad news for many in the local community who shared an evening with Mike & Laura just a couple nights ago at the "Art and Yogo Gala" benefiting Special Olympics.

A good time, a good cause and an education on Montana's famous sapphires came together at the Holiday Inn - the event raised money for Special Olympics.

"It's a cause dear to our hearts," said Laurie Roberts of the Roberts Yogo Co. near Utica. She described the basics of Yogo mining, including the absolute darkness in the shafts and the filthy laundry that results, during the event.

Mike Roberts said the sapphires are nicer to mine than gold. "Everybody in Montana likes Yogos," he said.  The evening was a huge success!

That is how the Great Falls Tribune reported it.

But this page from the Special Olympics Event Program says so much about the man...
click for a larger image...
Thank you to Dick Hughes for posting this information on his Ruby-Sapphire page on Facebook 

Meet Kimmy & Put Your Best Spring Cocktail Ring Forward!

Kimmy's Winning Entry!
Meet Kimberley Cramer AKA UniqueKimmy - Kimmy was the winner of the very first CrowdJewel Design Contest...this collection brings to mind the saying "like a kid in a candy store"!  That is what it must be like everyday for Kimmy!
PB Cups and M&Ms

1. Tell me a little about you and what drew you to Jewelry Design?

: )   well my name is kimberly cramer i am 21 years  old and i have always loved to make jewelry.  i have a picture of me when i was 4 years old beading a neklace. Even when i was little I used to go to my neighbors houses and sell them my creations.

I love selling and customer service and the entire aspect of running a buisness .
2. OK this is the important part!  Where can we find your goods online? 

in my Etsy Shop:

3. Are you using Social Media?  do you think it is beneficial? ...and show us your Social links!

i love social media!  i love connecting with customers its the future of networking!
find me on Facebook at:

Gum Balls and Gummy Bears

4. I am personally loving the flash mob feel of CrowdJewels quickie Contests - what are your thoughts?

 I like the contest and i love the rush you get seeing the votes climb higher and higher its like a great sports game...and of course winning feels great!

5. As the "Crowd" Winner - what technique do you feel helps you get the contest out to the largest group of your followers?

i think updating your followers and being connected with people gave me a slight advantage in this contest.  i always make sure to post fun things on Facebook to keep my followers interested. 
Networking is what i love to do and i love to spread the word about Bakery Bling Jewelry.

Check out the beta launch of the CrowdJewel website! After months in the works, the site will host its first contest starting   Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12pm PST.

Spring Cocktail Rings

Our inaugural challenge on the CrowdJewel site is Spring Cocktail Rings! 

Contest Brief

CrowdJewelers know how to rock a look and aren't afraid to make a statement. Your task is to translate one of Spring's major color stories or graphic trends--Neons, Pastels, Art Deco, Tribal, Under the Sea--into a bold cocktail ring to die for.
We're doing things a little differently from our previous contests held on Facebook. Submissions will last 5 days. After the submission period closes, approved submissions will be open to voting, which lasts 5 days, allowing each designer to have the same amount of time for voting. Submissions will not be available to view or vote on until the submission period closes. Be sure to submit in time!

What are you waiting for? Check out the site, create a profile and start submitting!

Monday, March 19, 2012

AGTA Spectrum on Design Inspiration

Brilliant information on inspiration and design from the American Gem Trade Assoc. and the Spectrum Awards!

Montblanc, Stella McCartney and Tiffany & Co.Honored at Luxury Briefing Annual Awards

Marketers and designers including Harrods, Burberry, Montblanc, Stella McCartney and Tiffany & Co. were honored by London-based publication Luxury Briefing at its 16th annual Luxury Briefing Annual Awards earlier this week.
Held at the Corinthia Hotel in London, the awards recognized luxury brands for achieving excellence in 2011 throughout various categories. The awards consisted of 11 newly-designed categories including best designer, breakthrough brand and men’s and women’s brand of the year.
“All the winners are authentic in what they do, there’s nothing fluffy,” said Kate Patrick, editor for Luxury Briefing, London.
“It’s about deciding what you stand for and seeing that through with immaculate attention to detail, hard work, craftsmanship [and] putting your values at the very heart of what you do,” she said. “Sophisticated luxury customers know the difference between authenticity and marketing fluff.”
Several Awards were handed out...including Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and more...for the Full Story:  

Sunday, March 18, 2012

GIA Accepting Fall 2012 Scholarship Applications

GIA Accepting Fall 2012 Scholarship Applications
Richard T. Liddicoat scholarship winners announced

CARLSBAD, Calif. – March 1, 2012 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will accept scholarship applications for the remainder of 2012, downloadable on its website, beginning March 1 through April 30. Scholarship recipients are eligible to participate in laboratory classes in the U.S., a variety of eLearning courses worldwide and the Institute’s campuses in Hong Kong, London, the Middle East and Taiwan.  

A number of $1,500 awards for eLearning courses and $1,295 awards for U.S.-based lab classes are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. 

“As part of our mission to provide education in gems and jewelry, we believe it’s instrumental to make opportunities available to those that require a financial boost,” said Bev Hori, vice president and chief learning officer of GIA. “The Institute has educated more than 300,000 professionals worldwide, and we look forward to growing this number.” 

Richard T. Liddicoat 2012 Scholarship Winners
GIA recently announced the 2012 Richard T. Liddicoat (RTL) Scholarship recipients: Soha Javaherian of Madison, Wis., and Casey Sharpe of Los Angeles, Calif. The RTL Scholarship awards two full scholarships for the Graduate Gemologist program each year.

Javaherian, recipient of the on-campus scholarship, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His grandfather is an eighth generation jeweler in Tehran, Iran, and he plans to share in his long family history by using his GIA education to immerse himself in the industry.

Sharpe, recipient of the distance education scholarship, is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Currently working as a jewelry designer, Sharpe will continue in this role as she pursues her gemological education to enhance her gemstone knowledge.

The RTL Scholarship program was created by the GIA Alumni Association in 2003 to honor Liddicoat, the Institute’s former longtime president and chairman.

The second GIA scholarship application period is June 15 through Oct. 30. For more information, call (760) 603-4131 or

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, Cut, Clarity 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  


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