Google+ The Daily Jewel: 6/3/12 - 6/10/12


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Chipkos Announces A Pendant To Help Save the Planet

Fashionable and eco-friendly, the Tree of Life pendant by Chipkos lets anyone help save our planet by planting 1 tree with each purchase.
Chipkos introduces the Tree of Life pendant, an iconic jewelry piece for both men and women. In celebration of our planet, the design of this pendant takes inspiration from the lungs of our earth -- trees. For each Chipkos Tree of Life Pendant sold, Chipkos will plant 1 tree. More information available at
The Tree of Life pendant is currently available on the Chipkos web site for $36, however, the company is offering the pendants for $20 as part of the company'scrowd funding campaign for their soon-to-be-launched “curation for a cause” shopping site on IndieGoGo (11 days remaining).
Quote startBy wearing this piece of jewelry both men and women can show their support of nature in the most fashionable of ways.Quote end
To accommodate the dainty to the more aggressive, the Tree of Life pendant comes in two styles. The “refined” version features a smaller sterling silver plated pendant with a chain, whereas the “raw” version features a larger pewter pendant with a black neck rope. Product photography, features, and video available on the Tree of Life product page.
“This piece represents the art and harmony of our earth’s connection to nature,” according to the piece’s highly acclaimed designer, Benjamin Berkowitz. “By wearing this piece of jewelry both men and women can show their support of nature in the most fashionable of ways.”
For those looking for free schwag, Chipkos is also offering a Free Daily Pendant Giveaway where a daily winner gets a free pendant just for helping spread the word through Twitter and Facebook.
Chipkos’ tree planting program is made possible with the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, American Forests. Since 1990, American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program has planted more than 40 million trees to restore forest ecosystems in every state across the U.S. and more than 38 countries around the world.
About Chipkos
Chipkos is a lifestyle-oriented shopping site company that specializes in socially conscious products. Chipkos and its 'Stand for the Planet' environmental campaign have been featured by TIME, NY Magazine, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, AOL, Huffington Post, TreeHugger, Glamour Magazine and many more. Rated #1 Charitable Gift by The Daily Muse.

Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 MTV MUSIC AWARDS - Edgy Looks Abound

Three gorgeous ladies chose Neil Lane Jewelry:
Leighton Meester rocked a Summer look by Christian Cota. She accessorized with Jimmy Choo bag, and Brian Atwood heels, and colored diamond and platinum earrings, diamond and platinum ring and stacks of gold and diamond bangle bracelets by Neil Lane.
Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America
Holland Roden wore diamond and platinum cluster earrings and a diamond and platinum ring by Neil Lane.

Christina Ricci a custom Christian Siriano dress, Casadei shoes, Timex watch and diamond and onyx drop earrings by Neil Lane.  

Source: Christopher Polk/Getty Images North America

Colton Haynes (Hunger Games) is wearing Varvatos from head to toe, and Crystal Bullets by Alice Rabbit jewelry.

Charlize Theron rocked a Lanvin dress and clutch with Jimmy Choo shoes and Cartier jewelry.

British actress, Emma Watson in a Brood dress and strappy Tabitha Simmons shoes, and chunky Givenchy and Hermes cuffs.

Kate Beckinsale paired her Christian Dior dress with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Jessica Robinson jewelry, and a Kotur clutch.

Emma Stone walked the Carpet with real life boyfriend Andrew Garfield in a Martin Grant top and skirt with Tiffany & Co. jewelry, a Fendi clutch, and Brian Atwood shoes.

 Source: Christopher Polk/Getty Images North America
Snow White and the Huntsman actress, Kristen Stewart paired a Guishem dress with Christian Louboutin heels, and a Repossi ring.

Jennifer Aniston was Chic in Leather from Valentino,Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Fred Leighton Jewelry

Jenna Dewan walked the Red Carpet with beau Channing Tatum in a Lublu dress and Sergio Rossi shoes and finished off her look with Norm Silverman jewels and a JustFab purse

Julianne Hough sparkled in a Sally LaPointe dress and Jimmy Choo shoes and finished her look with a Kelly Wearstler clutch and earrings.

Mila Kunis wore a chic Fendi dress, Jimmy Choo shoes,Christian Dior clutch, and Christian Dior jewels.
Jessica Biel was white hot in a chic Chanel dress, Barbara Bui green nubuck “Biker” sandals, and Giles and Brother cuff bracelet.

Source: Christopher Polk/Getty Images North America

Thursday, June 7, 2012

#JewelWKLV - Kelly Osbourne & Pamela Anderson - Celebs Shine in Palladium!

Kelly Osbourne was radiant in Palladium Jewelry this weekend while she was in Las Vegas for the annual Couture Show. The Fashion Police star met with designers, retailers, and fans at Palladium Alliance International’s booth. Kelly arrived wearing a Jonathan Simkhai skirt, striped top and Giuseppe Zanotti heels in which she paired with Palladium earrings by Jacob & Co. and an exquisite Palladium necklace and rings.

The fashion expert explained that Palladium is always her go-to because it is so lightweight. She raved, “I’m a tomboy and I move around a lot, so I need jewelry that moves too!” Osbourne added, “I love big earrings, but I don’t want huge holes in my ears, so if I’m wearing big earrings, they’ve got to be Palladium!”

The Fashion Police star also commented on Palladium’s Biggest Jewelry design contest ever, which includes over $1,000,000 in prizes. What piece would she design? “I want to do a jewelry line goes from day to night easily, that includes a clip to change up the look of the pieces, with the recessions you get two looks for the price on one – that can also keep up with ever changing trends.”

Also spotted at the Palladium Alliance International booth was actress Pamela Anderson. The former Baywatch babe was welcomed to Las Vegas by swarms of fans who could not wait to get a glimpse of her. Anderson expressed her love for Palladium because it enables her to add statement pieces to her simple looks without feeling too weighed down. She explain that she always wears jewelry – even to the beach.

When asking the ultimate beach babe what her must have accessory is she doesn’t hesitate to say belly chains stating, “I’m gonna make my next belly chain out of Palladium and I’m so excited!”

Kelly Osbourne perused the Palladium Jewelry collection including designs from Todd Reed and Sholdt, but what caught her eye was the an amazing Palladium spider broach by Alishan stating, “Spiders are my biggest fear! But not this spider, I love this! Anything sparkly is my friend”. She was such a fan of the Palladium by Alishan design that she will be wearing it to the Miss USA Pageant where she will be a judge this weekend.

The fashionista looked better than ever and explained that she owed it all to eating right and working out, “Your muscles have muscle memory, so it’s important to always switch up your exercise routine” Kelly’s routine includes cardio, yoga, and pilates.

But even more important than her amazing physique was the newest addition to her family - brother Jack’s new daughter Pearl. The proud new aunt raved, “She is the most perfect baby in the world, she is seriously the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.”

Photo credit: IS Photography/ 
Photos Courtesy of: Palladium Jewelry


Increased attendance, exceptional product 
and positive show experience translate into big sales

Photo via JCK Events
Las Vegas, NV (June 7, 2012) - JCK Las Vegas 2012 came to a close this past Monday after 4 days of impressive numbers, a 21% increase in attendance over two years. The Show featured over 2,500 exhibitors and welcomed retailers and media from around the globe. By Show's end, exhibitors across the board reported an atmosphere of positivity and robust buying.

The Show's return to Mandalay Bay proved successful in the key areas of attendance and product. With support from JCK's leading anchors, AGTA GemFair™, Hong Kong, Plumb Club, Prestige Promenade, VICENZAORO Italian Club as well as exhibitors from 22 countries. In addition, international buyer attendance increased with delegations attending from Australia, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Russia as JCK Las Vegas continued to solidify its position as a global brand.

By combining JCK Las Vegas' with its upscale offerings, LUXURY, Elite Enclave and Swiss Watch, 850 high-end and international retail stores were attracted to the Show for it's all encompassing breadth, variety and one-stop shopping. Swiss Watch, held in the suites at Mandalay Bay, THEhotel and Mandarin Oriental hosted 30 leading watch brands including Breitling, Christian Dior, GUCCI, Hermes, Hublot and Tag Heuer. Members of the media turned out as well, taking advantage of the Show's "Press-Friendly" initiative, which delivered an efficient show experience.

Of the Show's luxury component, convenience and attendance, Lisa Cochin of Forevermark explained "Elite Enclave was the ideal setting for Forevermark to exhibit during Las Vegas Jewelry week. The setting was exclusive, yet inviting, and was very convenient for our partner suppliers to bring their clients to visit the salon from the main Show floor. It was great to utilize the lounge for impromptu meetings, with its first-class service and accommodations."

Jennifer McCullough of Smyth Jewelers shared "We were very impressed with the breadth of collections available at the Shows. The combination of LUXURY and Elite Enclave with the larger show allowed us to shop each category and price point that appeals to our customer base."

On the product front, buyers and media alike reacted favorably to the extensive and varied new products being showcased. Recognizable trends included color, both in gemstones and metals, alternative bridal, (though classic and vintage were certainly not absent) and new metals. Exhibitors experimenting with different metals and proportions delivered varying price points across all product categories.

Aida Alvarez of Birks and Mayors commented "The Show delivered for us in a big way this year. The broad categories represented from luxury to fashion and everything in between made for a very convenient and fruitful shopping experience. The exhibitors really understood the market this year and presented diverse products and price points that were on trend."

Shail Madhvani of Simplex Diam added "JCK did an exceptional job attracting buyers who were looking for favorable pricing. We opened many new accounts and found the overall mood to be very optimistic."

Mark Moeller of RF Moeller added "I couldn't be happier with my JCK experience this year. JCK did a great job making the show extremely easy to navigate. We were able to meet with all our key vendors and meet many new exhibitors as well. There is no other show that allows us to gauge the future for new ideas and products then JCK."

Regarding the overall show experience, JCK Las Vegas made major improvements to the program, increasing amenities and services, or "creature comforts". In addition to providing GPS and mobile planning solutions, abundant food options, including Kosher, beauty and relaxation treatments, educational seminars and kosher prayer services were part of the Show's offerings. In the entertainment department, JCK Las Vegas proved to be a hotbed of activity throughout the week boasting numerous celebrity sightings, sponsored daily fashion shows, hosted parties at Mandalay Bay including TAG Heuer, who's private event at Mix featured Sheryl Crow and the high-energy 'JCK Rocks the Beach' party which hosted 4,000 buyers and exhibitors.

Moshe Klein of Julius Klein remarked "JCK went out of their way to accommodate our needs and truly took the Kosher dining to another level. We had over 500 people join us for Shabbats services and allowed us to carry on our traditions in the midst of our show."

Finally, Phyllis Bergman of Mercury Ring shared "We had our best show in 19 years, when we began exhibiting at JCK Las Vegas. The time spent strengthening relationships and beginning new dialogues has allowed us to bring our product to millions of consumers via our retail customer network. As a veteran exhibitor at this Show, I can say that JCK has truly become a multi-faceted brand with no shortage of opportunities to take advantage of, from the thrill of the tradeshow experience to their yearlong programs such as JCK Marketplace and JCK TV."


JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:
LUXURY Privé New York: July 30 - August 1 - New York, The Pierre Hotel - Fifth Avenue
JCK Toronto: August 12-14 - Toronto, Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Center- South Hall
-LUXURY Privé Panama: October 22-24 - Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita

Raspberry Sapphires & Rustic Diamonds - Michael M. ROCKED The Gracies...

"For 60 years, the Alliance for Women in Media (formerly AWRT) has served as the voice and resource for women in the media. And for more than three decades, the Foundation has been a leader in celebrating and honoring programming created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry. The Gracies strive to encourage the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs."

Angela Kinsey selected a ring from MICHAEL M. for her final look of the evening, while hosting the "37th Annual Gracie National Awards" on May 22nd in Los Angeles:

Ring style SR1003P

8 carats of oval and pear-shaped faceted raw sapphires, 
with diamond accents
Retail price: $930

Tia Mowry selected jewelry from MICHAEL M. for the "37th Annual Gracie National Awards" on May 22nd in Los Angeles:
Earrings Style ER192

Enchanting celestial earrings featuring 8.19 carats fancy rustic diamonds, yellow & white diamonds
Retail $26,000
Total carat weight 8.19ct

Bangles Style BR110

Sparkling Diamond Eternity Bangles
Retail $6,710 Each
Total carat weight 2.34ct each

About Michael M.
Founded in 2008 by father and son Michael and Peter Meksian, Michael M. prides itself on designing fashion and bridal jewelry collections with an edgy yet sophisticated twist. All pieces are one-of-a-kind, and hand-crafted by skilled artisans in the their downtown Los Angeles workshop, using the finest quality precious metals and sparkling gemstones. Michael M. designs appeal to trendsetting women who want longevity from their fine jewelry purchases.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Liam Hemsworth Proposes...

...and Miley Cyrus Said YES!!!  

I would have too - Liam seems like a ground guy and it looks like he makes Miley happy!

Hunger Games Premiere
March 11, 2012 - Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America
I know you want to see the close up on the  3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond ring, handcrafted by Neil Lane Jewelry in 18-karat gold with intricately carved diamond floral motifs in an art nouveau pattern. And the center stone is extra special: it’s an antique dating back to the late 19th century.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

#JewelWKLV - Platinum Innovation Awards

PGI-USA Announces 
The Platinum Innovation Awards

Just before I got in the car to drive home yesterday I went to one last event...The presentation of the winners of the Platinum Innovation Awards were announced at a special press conference at JCK Las Vegas.

This year two awards were given in 7 categories - one was chosen at an Editors event that included editorial staff from all of the respected Jewelry and Fashion Publications, Blogs and Organizations. 

Alishan's case showing the "Text to Vote" reminders

The second was chosen from the show floor at JCK Las Vegas by the Buyers attending.  In a voting system much like Dancing With The Stars, various pieces throughout the show were marked with labels that instructed shoppers to text an identifying number to the PGI phonebank where the votes were tallied and announced Sunday night.

The event was beautiful - the models stunning and the winning jewels spectacular!!!

The room buzzed with the excitement of Press, Designers and Industry leaders present.  I caught a few shots of the winning pieces from the announcement event and will share them with you - professional shots will be coming soon.

Here are the details from the Platinum Guild International (PGI)...

PGI-USA announces the winners of the 3rd annual JCK 2012 Platinum Innovation Awards. Winners were chosen in 7 different design categories. An “Editor’s Choice” and “Buyer’s Choice” were chosen in each design category, as well as “Best in Show” Award which was selected as a culmination of all votes.

 The winners in each category are:
Platinum Engagement Ring

· Editor’s Choice: Uneek Fine Jewelry Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring-
MSRP $336,452

· Buyer’s Choice: Lieberfarb Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring-MSRP $3207

Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (semi-mounts under $2500 retail)
· Editor’s Choice: Alishan Platinum and Diamond Semi-Mount Engagement Ring- MSRP $2490

· Buyer’s Choice: Designs by Vatche Signature Engagement Ring-MSRP $2400

Platinum Wedding Band
· Editor’s Choice: A. Jaffe Platinum Twisted Eternity Band-MSRP $3180

· Buyer’s Choice: Omi Prive Platinum Diamond and Sapphire Eternity Band- MSRP $12,500

Platinum Men’s Jewelry

· Editor’s Choice: Pioneer Gems Platinum Moonstone, Sapphire and Diamond Cufflinks-MSRP $45000
(photo above - Designer with Model wearing cuff links)

· Buyer’s Choice: Novell Platinum and Black Diamond Ring-MSRP $5435

Entry Platinum Fashion Jewelry (under $3500 retail)
· Editor’s Choice: Simon G Platinum and Diamond Pendant-MSRP $2750

· Buyer’s Choice: Mercury Ring Platinum and Diamond Earrings- MSRP $2500

Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry
· Editor’s Choice: Oscar Heyman Platinum, Opal, Emerald Bead and Diamond Necklace-
MSRP $200,000

· Buyer’s Choice: Erik Stewart Platinum, Diamond and Sapphire Ring-MSRP $16,500

Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry

· Editor’s Choice: Goshwara Platinum and Emerald Bead Flower Earrings- Price upon request

· Buyer’s Choice: Stuller Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Ring-MSRP $3446

This ring will forever change the picture in your mind when you hear the name Stuller - the most amazing color of Sapphire in a simply elegant design!  

Best in Show

· Designs by Vatche Signature Engagement Ring

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

* Click on photos to enlarge

Platinum Guild International (PGI) is an organization dedicated to inspiring a passion for platinum that ensures it is the precious jewelry of choice. We supply information, practical advice and expertise to help jewelry buyers make informed and inspired decisions. We also offer the jewelry trade specialist knowledge and resources, with the aim of providing customers a high level of help and advice in store. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Various Show Events Still to Come 
Las Vegas, NV (June 3, 2012) - JCK Las Vegas, now in its 3rd day, is midway through its 2012 run. The show, which features 2,500 exhibiting jewelry companies, is boasting an increase in attendance over last year through Saturday. Buyers have reacted favorably to the quality of designs presented, as well as the show's overall program. With a closing date of Monday, June 4th, JCK Las Vegas still has a full schedule of events to put forward.

According to attendees from the media and retail sector, including international retailers, many trends and themes have been visible on the show floor, including classic and alternative bridal, organic designs incorporating varied shapes, cuts and stones and the use of versatile metals such as Palladium and Platinaire®, a high-end, yet cost effective metals.

Marc Bigelow, Owner of Bluestone Jewelry in Tahoe City, CA explained "We try to procure unique jewelry for our clients. JCK is the place to be to find the best of the best and bring it back to our store. Because of challenges in the past few years, exhibitors are becoming even more creative with their collections, adding more metal choices and meeting more market needs."

Retailers from Toronto, Canada, Carmen and Chris Valente of Valente Jewelers, shared "We decided to visit JCK Las Vegas for the first time this year hoping to expand our business and build relationships with new exhibitors and suppliers. The scope of the show is impressive, with lots to see and many doors to be opened."

In addition to the positive feedback on product and business, buyers have enjoyed the show's features and the celebratory atmosphere. In recognition and celebration of emerging design talent, JCK Magazine announced up and coming designer Walt Adler as the winner of 'JCK Rock Star', the original video series sponsored by Swarovski.

In the show's final two days, the JCK Las Vegas team has more in store by way of special events. Sunday holds in store the annual LeVian® Fashion show, known for its high energy and glamorous runway looks. The event will take place in the Lagoon Ballroom with cocktails at 4:30pm and the show itself commencing at 5:15pm. The Design Center will hold its annual Top 50 Retailer Awards, honoring the industry's best in selling, merchandising and displaying jewelry at 2:30pm in the Design Center and JCK Rocks the Beach will take place Sunday evening at the Beach at Mandalay Bay, featuring the star power and musical talents of OneRepublic. JCK Rocks the Beach is a first-come first-serve event and badges are required for entry.


JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of buying opportunities:
-LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 29 - 31, by invitation only, and then continues as the events open their doors to all JCK retailers Friday, June 1 - Monday, June 4 - Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel
-Swiss Watch: June 1-4 - Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Mandarin Oriental
-JCK Las Vegas: June 1-4 - Mandalay Bay Convention Center
LUXURY Privé New York: July 30 - Aug. 1 - New York, The Pierre Hotel - Fifth Avenue
JCK Toronto: Aug. 12-14 - Toronto, Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Center- South Hall
-LUXURY Privé Panama: October 22-24 - Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita

In 2012, Equipment, Technology & Supplies (ETS) and AGTA GemFair™ will open early to its customers to complete their shopping and sourcing experience. These events take place from May 31- June 4 at Mandalay Bay.


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