Google+ The Daily Jewel: 4/29/12 - 5/6/12


Saturday, May 5, 2012

PartyPOP to feature Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers

Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers 
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Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers showcase their products on the largest party, wedding and event planning network, recently announced free wedding invitations and an RSVP website for any engaged couple in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The company has re-purposed their 2012 marketing budget in hopes of building brand awareness and loyalty. According to reports from within the Southern California based company, it’s working. features over 2 million highly accomplished and professional companies in the event planning industry. One of these companies is called: "Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers."
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers creates a lifetime relationship with each customer by offering unique, custom jewelry designs coupled with a lifetime warranty. Daniel Spirer has been serving the Boston area for over twenty five years and is a member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Jewelers of America (JA), and Jewelers Securities Alliance (JSA).

Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers uses only the highest quality gem materials, Lazare Kaplan ideal cut diamonds, natural color and heated rubies, sapphires, fancy color sapphires and an assortment of other fine gems including South Sea pearls, tourmalines, opals and fresh water pearls. Most designs are available in environmentally sound recycled gold and are always distinctive and elegant.
Beyond stunning jewelry and design elements, Daniel R. Spirer is a full service Jeweler offering custom work, repairs, and appraisals. With over 30 years of jewelry appraising experience and almost 40 years in the industry, the company knows which approach is best and when no approach will work at all. Most repairs are guaranteed for two years and as an additional service, unlimited lifetime cleaning is offered on any jewelry from Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers. More information can be found online at

About the largest party, wedding and event planning online network:
Before the Internet era, the professionals at were successful hands-on party planners and special event producers. For more than a decade PartyPOP has translated 30 years of party planning experience onto the Internet. Millions of vendors are listed on the network consisting of 60+ websites and tens of millions of customers have used the network to plan their parties, weddings and events. also provides party and event related tips, themes and ideas, as well as a free full wedding planning software called Seating Arrangement.
About Free Printed Invitations by
PartyPOP provides every bride and groom across the USA, Canada and the U.K. with free beautifully designedwedding invitations printed on 80lbs card stock paper with matching envelopes and wedding website. Even door to door shipping is included at no cost. There are no hidden fees, no obligations to buy and no strings attached!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Celebrity Jewel: April Wrap Up!

Scarlett Johansson sparkled in PLATINUM jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Avengers" on April 11th:

Scarlett selected a pair of platinum and round diamond stud earrings (1.5 carats each).

photo credit: Harry Winston

Leighton Meester sparkled in PLATINUM jewelry by Harry Winston at the "Grand Opening of Harry Winston's Shanghai Pavilion, the largest Harry Winston salon in the world" on April 27th:

-Platinum and diamond cluster bracelet
-Diamond River earrings set in platinum
-Platinum and diamond Feather ring
-Platinum and diamond Straight Line necklace
Platinum is popular with celebrities since it holds diamonds and colored gemstones most securely, and makes them sparkle.

To download the latest platinum jewelry designs and press materials, visit 

Source:  Platinum Guild International

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jewelry Week in Las Vegas...JCK Las Vegas

"JCK Las Vegas is the most comprehensive jewelry gathering in the country, offering you a superior experience for business and networking. Share your passion and join the celebration at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino from June 1-4, 2012."

From the announcements in March about the increased Watch presence to today's informative "How To Shop The Show" webinar...the BUZZ is building!

...and proving that Timelines aren't just on Facebook...lets check out the announcements so far...

Utilize the wonderful tools available to you on the Show Website:


Find everything you're looking for (and more!)

With so many exhibitors featuring loose diamonds and diamond jewelry, it's important to plan ahead and map out your route.My JCK Show Planner, our online planning tool, you won't miss any of these must-see exhibitors.

"ROCK The Beach!" 2012 Performers:

Remember to extend your stay through Sunday, June 3 for JCK Rocks the Beach with OneRepublic!JCK Rocks the Beach is back and bigger than ever, Sunday, June 3 at the Mandalay Bay Beach. Celebrate the "Good Life" with old friends, new friends and our headlining entertainment, OneRepublic!
View more information on the event and OneRepublic here »

Extended Dates Announced:
Open one day earlier than JCK Las VegasPlan to arrive to shop these areas on Thursday! These locations will be opening one day earlier, May 31 – June 4 to accommodate your needs! 
View ETS Exhibitors here »
View AGTA GemFairTM Exhibitors here »

Special Events Include:

Daily Happy Hours in the Watches Lounge (Cash bar)Enjoy daily Happy Hours in the Watches Lounge, Bayside Exhibits, Level 1. Stop by from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. Spend time face-to-face getting to know your suppliers and peers in a more personal environment. View the full special events schedule »
What's a wedding without the diamond!
Join us as we celebrate all things that sparkle during our champagne toast and wedding cake tasting on Saturday, June 2 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Bridal Lounge, Shorelines, Level 2.
View all of JCK's Special Events »

Reminder, LUXURY & Elite Enclave are open to all JCK badge holders – June 1 - 4View LUXURY & Elite Enclave Exhibitors here »

Press Release - April 2012:

JCK Show Intensifies Watch Focus for JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Week 2012

Norwalk, CT (April 5, 2012) - JCK Events will have an increased watch presence, both in terms of exhibiting watch brands and attending watch buyers, at this year’s show.  The new focus is in response to the category’s overall growth and increased interest from buyers (in a pre-show survey, over 50% said they were interested in both jewelry and watches when thinking about planning their appointments for JCK). Watch brands will exhibit at LUXURY, Swiss Watch, and Watches at JCK – the newly renamed Hall of Time.  Together the three arenas will cover the full range of product offerings in the industry.  full report:

Announcing AGTA GemFair Las Vegas 2012 for the Colored Gemstone Fans:

....and last but not least - check in often:

Spotlight on JCK Newsletter Archive

View our "Spotlight on JCK" newsletter. Each week leading up to JCK Las Vegas 2012 we'll highlight key features, planning tools, education sessions, events and much more...I love the Tips!
...look for more info as announcements cross my desk!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mirror Diamond Necklace to be Auctioned at Bonham's

(Reuters) - A "Mirror Diamond" necklace bearing five Mughal empire pendant diamonds with emerald drops has been offered for private sale at a price of $20 million, auction house Bonham's said on Monday.
It said the Mughal Mirror Diamond necklace was an extraordinary example of the colourless, rough diamonds discovered in the ancient Golconda mines in India during the height of the Mughal empire across the Indian Subcontinent in the 16th and 17th centuries, which were reserved for royalty.
At 28 carats, the central stone is the largest mirror or table-cut diamond known to survive, and the five diamonds (ranging from 16 to 28 carats) are the largest known matching set of table-cut diamonds from the Mughal 17th century. It is most likely that the diamonds belonged to a Mughal emperor.
"The presentation of the Mughal Mirror Diamond necklace, containing five extraordinarily well matched mirror diamonds, is causing great excitement in the world of jewellery scholars as well as potential buyers," Bonhams CEO and International Head of Jewellery Matthew Girling said in a statement.
To both Mughal emperors and Indian maharajas, the quality and size of the gem were of paramount importance, and table-cut diamonds were valued for their clarity and size above all else.
At the time, gem-cutters only sought to remove areas with cracks and inclusions, so the shape of the rough gem determined the final outline of the polished stone. As a result, gems had an irregular and asymmetrical form as the cutter was striving for the maximum size possible.
Weighing approximately 96 carats in total, the skilfully rendered table-cut diamonds were designed to emphasise the beauty of the stones without sacrificing their size.
The table-cut description refers to a thin diamond section with a flat top and bottom, where the diamonds have also been faceted around the edge. This faceting acts as a border around the irregular shape of the diamond, to produce a refractive brilliance.
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has speculated that the five near colourless diamonds were cut from the same crystal.
The Columbian emerald drops were added at a later date, probably late 18th/ early 19th century.
Pendants such as the necklace were an important element of Mughal jewellery and were used as turban ornaments and armbands.
With changing political regimes, tastes and fashions it is remarkable that the Mughal Mirror Diamond necklace has survived, even with its old setting intact, Bonham's said.
Many of India's royal pieces of jewellery were subjected to the 19th and early 20th century fashion for replacing and recycling old jewels with new, Western settings or re-cutting into brilliant diamonds. And as the Mughal Empire weakened and collapsed, many of the royal jewel collections were dissipated or lost.
(Reporting by Paul Casciato; Editing by Steve Addison)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Gems & Gemology Goes Digital...

Gems & Gemology Turns a New Digital Page

GIA’s quarterly journal available free on iPad

The Spring 2012 issue of G&G is now available on iPad. Image © GIA. 
CARLSBAD, Calif., – April 24, 2012 – All of the peer-reviewed research on diamonds, colored stones and pearls presented in Gems & Gemology (G&G), the leading journal in its field,  is now available on the iPad. The new G&G app complements GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) award-winning quarterly journal with enhanced digital content and is downloadable for free on iTunes.
The launch of this digital version makes G&G’s research accessible to a broader audience and more appealing to scientists eager to publish their own research findings. In addition to the latest gemological information, the app is enriched with exclusive content including gem-related videos and interviews with industry experts.
“Research on peer-reviewed journals shows that those available electronically have the potential to significantly increase their impact,” said Donna Baker, president and CEO of GIA. “By reaching a broader readership, we can have a greater influence on the field of gemology.”
The Spring 2012 issue is the first G&G available on the app and features articles and digital content on a recently discovered emerald deposit in northern Brazil and a review of properties and durability of a recent diamond imitation, coated colorless cubic zirconia. It also includes coverage of this year’s Tucson shows and the results of the Dr. Edward J. G├╝belin Most Valuable Article Awards, as well as the G&G Challenge quiz which gives readers a chance to test their gemological knowledge.
“The interactive and intuitive nature of this app, combined with its portability, makes keeping up with gemology fun and easy,” said Jan Iverson, editor-in-chief of G&G. “The print issue will remain, so the iPad app is really an extension of our educational outreach.”
G&G will continue to offer a print edition; subscriptions are now available. A free desktop version is planned for release later this year.
For more information about G&G, visit the GIA website or contact customer service at 800-421-7250 ext. 7306.  

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Sotheby’s New York, 24 & 25 September 2012



Sotheby’s New York auction of Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor – beloved philanthropist and legendary figure in New York society – will be held on 24 & 25 September 2012. The sale will comprise fine and decorative art from Mrs. Astor’s Park Avenue apartment in New York City and her Westchester County estate, Holly Hill, as well as a selection of jewelry from her personal collection. The approximately 800 items in the sale will be on exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 17 September.

In keeping with her unwavering commitment to numerous New York institutions and causes, Mrs. Astor selected a number of charitable organizations to benefit from her estate, including The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Animal Medical Center of New York, and New York City Schools, in addition to various charities in Maine.

Jewelry from the Personal Collection of Brooke Astor
“If I go up to Harlem or down to Sixth Street, and I’m not dressed up or I’m not wearing my jewelry, then the people feel I’m talking down to them. People expect to see Mrs. Astor, not some dowdy old lady, and I don’t intend to disappoint.”

– Brooke Astor

Assembled primarily in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Mrs. Astor’s personal collection of jewelry evokes her role as a renowned New York social figure, with pieces appropriate for every occasion both day and night. 

In addition to examples by each of the best designers of the 20th century – including Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, Cartier, Buccellati, David Webb, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari – the September auction will also feature a strong group of stones.  Highlights will include an Emerald and Diamond Ring set with a Colombian emerald weighing 22.84 carats (pictured right, est. $100/150,000), an Emerald and Diamond Necklace, circa 1965 (pictured right, est. $250/350,000), and the wonderful articulated 18 Karat Gold, Fancy Colored Diamond, Coral and Ruby Lion Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, New York (pictured above, est. $20/30,000).

About Sotheby's:
Sotheby’s has long recognised that great works of art, as well as the collectors interested in consigning and acquiring them, inhabit the global sphere. We were the first international auction house to expand from London to New York in 1955, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong and the then–Soviet Union. Today we maintain 90 locations in 40 countries and we conduct 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories. In addition to our four principal salerooms, the company, recognising the potential in new markets, also conducts auctions in six other salerooms around the world, further expanding our global reach. Through BidNow, clients can also watch all Sotheby’s auctions live online and place bids in real time, from anywhere in the world. And through the ever-enriching content on, the oldest publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (BID) continues to be fresh and current, while always mindful of its historic roots.


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