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Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 30th - D.E.F. Day at the J.A. New York Summer Show

        Diamond Empowerment Fund Announces
        ‘D.E.F. Day at the J.A. Show’
        Monday, July 30
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is excited to announce it will be at the Jewelers of America show on Monday, July 30. DEF will be housed in a unique ‘pop-up’ space in the Italian Pavilion, showcasing its benefit products, merchandising kit, and message of helping Africans through education, with ways for the industry to get involved.

A highlight of the day will be a 2 p.m. wine and cheese reception at the Inner Circle Lounge at the JA Show.  DEF will host “Conversations with African Leadership Academy Alumni,” featuring graduates of the academy, one of the schools that receives funding from DEF.  ALA Alumni will tell their amazing stories of rising above challenges to become the empowered future leaders of their countries. The students will share their goals for contributing to the economic and social development of their countries – DEF helps support all ALA students from diamond-producing nations. ALA Alumni will also be at the booth throughout the day to meet industry leaders and visitors.

DEF will also be previewing new sales support materials to accompany its upcoming lineup of DEF-benefit products, including the Empowerment Charm, a collector’s edition charm uniquely crafted in sterling silver with genuine Swarovski Elements, offered by the Richline Group; the Empowerment Green Bracelet, an updated version of the original green malachite beaded bracelet with diamond accents on the bezel, offered by Simmons Jewelry Company; and Empowerment Rings, part of Royal Asscher’s Stars of Africa and Shining Stars Collections. These diamonds are encased in a fluid-filled natural sapphire dome, allowing them to flow freely like snowflakes in a snow globe. Retailers are encouraged to give feedback and suggestions for the sales support materials before the final versions are printed. They will be produced in time for the fall selling season.

DEF’s mission is to raise money to fund education initiatives in African diamond-producing nations. Its beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree, boasting an 80% employment rate among graduates.  The second is the African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development on the continent and drawing students from all 54 countries in Africa. It emphasizes leadership skills, entrepreneurial skills, and African history. DEF provides scholarships to all ALA students from diamond-producing nations.  The third beneficiary is the Botswana Top Achievers program that selects the top high school students countrywide in Botswana, and affords them the opportunity to study at a university of their choice anywhere in the world. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development. 

Baccarat Introduces Two New Collections!

New from Baccarat...

International luxury label and purveyor of the French art de vivre since 1764, Baccarat, continues to reinvent its timeless, classic commissions. In tradition with its iconic legacy, the crystal jewelry pays homage to a history of exceptional craftsmanship and innovation. The latest collections, L’Illustreand Riviera, both delve into the historical context of Baccarat, reinventing staple designs with sleek modernity.

L’ILLUSTREGraphic and intimate, the L’Illustre jewelry collection draws inspiration from the signature octagonal tassel found in all Baccarat chandeliers. Made with silver and a palette of crystal colors, L’Illustre transforms crystal into a dewdrop, spherical and reflective of light. The entire collection exudes its poetic charm through its full range of pieces including a plastron necklace, an openwork bracelet, a signet ring and a pair of cufflinks.

RIVIERAAn accolade to indulgent, boundless days of Mediterranean-bound cruises and eternal sun, Baccarat launches the Riviera jewelry collection. Mounted on silver and playing with clear crystal, each piece celebrates the unique light of the Mediterranean. Ever deeper and more intense, the flash of indigo magnifies a range of rings, earrings and necklaces that shimmer like the ocean. The ultimate summer dream, the butterfly-adorned cuff bracelet and large choker necklace draw all the charms of the horizon.

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 Teen Choice Awards - Bringing the Bling!

2012 Teen Choice Awards were held at the Gibson Amphitheatre 
Sunday (July 22) in Universal City, CA

A STUNNING Demi Lovato hosted the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday in Universal City, CA. She rocked an edgy feathered confection from the Falguni & Shane Peacock Spring 2012 Collection on the Red Carpet. Styled with Loree Rodkin jewels and black Christian Louboutin ‘Exagona’ criss-cross platform peep-toe sandals.

What do you wear to a Summer Evening Event in Southern CA?  Taylor Swift nailed it in a delicate silk mousseline dress in cream from Maria Lucia Hohan... summery, dressy and young!

Styled in pale pink neutrals...Prada slingbacks, an Edie Parker ‘Lara’ nude pearlescent clutch, diamond-and-rose quartz earrings, plus a white and multi colored bracelet from Lorraine Schwartz complete the head-to-toe neutral look.

The "Pretty Little Liars" actress, Troian Bellisario, paired a Maria Lucia Hohan nude bodysuit from the Fall/Winter 2012 collection with a tulle skirt from the designer. She styled the look with Rene Caovilla shoes, a Tresor ring and Adeler earrings.

Tresor "Interchangeable" 18k Gold Earrings with Citrine Cushion Top and Aqua Briolette
Retail: $1,700,
David Yurman Black Onyx Cushion on Point Ring Retail: $1,150.00
Joined by costars Ian Harding and Sasha Pieterse, the Pretty Little Liars cast took home the Choice TV Show — Drama surfboard!

Sasha wore a Carolina Herrera Resort 2013 dress with Casadei heels. She accessorized with Tresor earrings, David Yurman ring and Salvatore Ferragamo clutch.

Le Vian 14 K Yellow Gold Chocolate Diamond Flower Earrings & Ring

The Pretty Little Liars star, Janel Parrish matched the pink carpet in her Milly dress, Le Vian jewelry and Casadei heels, brought big sister Melissa (who is serving our country in the Army) as her date. 

Lucy Hale glams up the red carpet - the 22-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress wore a Wes Gordon dress,Brian Atwood shoes, Jimmy Choo stingray clutch, Bing Bang gold spike stud earrings, and Giles and Brother bracelets.  

20-year-old "Awkward" actress Ashley Rickards wore a vibrant one-of-a-kind dress from Agua Dulce with “Gilda” earrings from Evil Pawn jewelry.

Vanessa and Laura Marano walk the pink carpet together with ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" actress Vanessa Marano  in a Ted Baker dress, Q by Pasquale shoes, Dogeared bracelets, and an 18k gold and diamond Sunstone Royal Square Erica Courtney necklace. 

"Austin & Ally" star Laura Marano in a hot pink Alice + Olivia dress, Q by Pasquale shoes, and a Platinum and diamond Cheerio Erica Courtney bracelet.

23-year-old actress, Nikki Reed wearing a Contrarian New York corset top and skirt, was up for the Scene Stealer: Female award. Nikki completed her look with Brian Atwood heels, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and jewels by ISTA, Bing Bang and stunning yellow & gray diamond "Cleo" earrings from Sorelina.

Nina Dobrev is wearing a J Mendel dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Kotur clutch, and Coomi jewelry.

Victoria Justice lets her Gomez-Gracia dress billow in the wind  add fabulous accessories - an Effy bracelet, Lauren Merkin clutch and Schutz heels.
Adeler 14 K Rose Gold Amethyst Ring,
Retail: $8988,

Actress Shay Mitchell was in Vivid Yellow, wearing a glorious Amethyst Adeler ring

The 25-year-old Glee actress, Lea Michele is wearing a Versace dress and shoes, a Marchesa bag, and Stephen Webster jewels.

Lea is nominated for two awards tonight for her work on the hit Fox series – Choice Scene Stealer: Female and Choice Actress: Comedy!
The Teen Wolf starlet, Holland Roden, wore an Alice + Olivia dress with Christian Louboutin heels. She completed her look with Neil Lane jewelry and a Lauren Merkin clutch.

Taylor Spreitler hits the pink carpet in a Keepsake top and Naven skirt.  
 She completed her look with jewelry by Vanessa Mooney and Beverly Jill, a clutch by FAB and Chinese Laundry heels.

Miranda Cosgrove shimmers on the pink carpet in a silver Colette Dinigan dress and Stella McCartney shoes paired with a Judith Leiber purse and Stephen Webster jewels.

Kristen Stewart appearing with both Taylor Lautner & Robert Pattinson is wearing Roberto Cavalli with a Melinda Maria sliced ring.

Lead Singer of No Doubt, Fashion Designer and Super Mom, Gwen Stefani rocks out in Black & White and a Sethi Couture Black and White Diamond Criss-Cross Ring! 

Enter Jordin Sparks wearing a Chagoury Couture dress, Prada shoes, jewels by Simon G, and a bracelet by Jason Derulo on the carpet, but changed before she hit the stage during the show putting on a bright yellow haltered dress.

On the Pink Carpet, Carly Rae Jepsen wore Karine Sultan earrings, Kabana rings and Cora bangles later the "Call Me Maybe" singer rocked the stage wearing an Ani Lee playsuit with, a Lenora Dame bicycle necklace, and POParazzi earrings.

Birthday wishes were in order as Selena Gomez took the stage to accept a Surfboard for her band and was surprised with a Birthday Cake topped with Sparklers! Her Dsquared² Resort 2013 dress looked flawless entering the matching "Pink" Carpet at The Teen Choice Awards.

Styled in a Lana Jewelry Lumen Bangle and Flash Hoop earrings that could have been the sparklers on her cake...brilliant! Cream strappy Herve Leger by Max Azria sandals added the finishing touch to a breezy summer look!
Le Vian 14 K Strawberry Gold BlackBerry Diamond Earrings
Retail: $2647; Le Vian 14 K Strawberry Gold BlackBerry Diamond 
Bracelet, Retail: $3647,

Ellen Degeneres and Portia DiRossi walked the Pink Carpet - Potia in matching LeVian Chocolate Diamond Hoop Earrings and Bangles. 

Hellmuth 18K Rose Gold Drop Earrings with Diamond Retail: $4,979Hellmuth Gold Croco Pattern Bangles with Diamond Retail: $4,850 

The next generation Kardashians hit the pink carpet - Kendall Jenner in a Katie Ermilio dress, YSL shoes,  earrings by Hellmuth and  bracelets from LeVian.

Kylie's dress was by dress Cameo with Phillip Lim shoes and Loud Love jewelry

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Brumani's Brazilian Soul!

Brumani 2012 Collection

Brazilian Soul 

Inspires Jewelry

Once again, Brumani continues to celebrate life and the beauty of Brazil through their new 2012 collections. 

At the core of their jewelry,Brumani interprets the influence of the Brazilian soul, feminity, the exuberance of nature and the intersection of cultures.The Brazilian culture is one of many facets and colors with a certain 'savoir vivre,' which is often difficult to understand and explain--it must be experienced.  

The Balalaika Collection is derived from the asymmetrical shapes of the stringed Balalaika instrument from Russian folklore. Comprised of black quartz and white and opaque quartz; the contrast between color and shape gives movement to the classic pieces.

The Nude Collection gives tribute to ethnic diversity with "nude" tones that vary from white, beige to rose and brown to black. Brumani interprets this through the combination of beautiful rose-gold, brown diamonds, rose opals, faceted morganites and cabochon cut from white cachalong.

The Celebration Collection is part of the "savoir vivre;" it means renewal, a new life and hope. The yellow and orange sapphires combined with white and brown diamonds mimic the colorful fireworks illuminating the skies of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro for the arrival of the New Year.

The Confetti & Streamers Collection is inspired by the tradition of how confetti and streamers have become part of the Brazilian spirit of commemorating the Carnival. This collection takes us through its sinuous and sensual forms with multicolored pink and yellow sapphires and rose quartz in delicate cuts.

The Panache Collection exudes exactly what it means; it's distinctive in stylish elegance and the mixture of white and brown diamonds with morganite and multicolored sapphires display the luxury connotations it evokes.

The Nude Glacial Collection expands on the Nude Collection by incorporating similar design and exploring the colors of the crystal blue water of Brazil by using blue topaz, striking turquoise, diamonds and sterling white pearls.

Click HERE...for where to find more Brazilian romance from the team at Brumani!

Retailers - visit the Brumani website 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Donald Huber - Inspired By Nature

Donald Huber is an award-winning collection of vibrant, handcrafted fine jewelry inspired by spirituality and nature.  

As a socially and environmentally conscious company, Donald Huber only uses the finest in materials, including conflict-free diamonds, natural gemstones along with 18 karat white, yellow and rose gold. These one-of-a-kind designs are as unique as they are stunning.
"For nearly twenty years, Donald Huber has pursued his passion for creating fine jewelry inspired by the sculptural forms of the ocean and the beauty of nature. The movement of the waves, the shapes of shells and leaves and the changing colors of the sky over the ocean deeply influence his jewelry design."
With price points ranging from $1,500 to $300,000+, Donald Huber is as diverse and all-encompassing as nature itself.

Donald Huber can be found at select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue locations, as well as fine independent retailers across North America.

About Donald Huber

A Florida native, Huber began collecting gemstones as a child. His appreciation of fine luxuries and brilliant gems led him to New York City where he studied product development at Parsons School of Design. He went on to be a lead designer of exquisite fine jewelry at Van Cleef & Arpels and The Vivid Collection before establishing Donald Huber New York with his sister Stacy Huber in 2002.
All of his jewelry is hand crafted by gifted artisans in New York City. Donald Huber is constantly travelling the globe looking for new inspiration, as well as spending time with his customers at select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores across the country.
Click through to his website for a list of retailers:

Monday, July 23, 2012

LeMay Museum Chooses Custom V8 Jewelry By Hi-Octane

LeMay Museum Selects Custom V8 Earrings and Necklace, Designed for Women Who Love Hot Rods, Muscle Cars and Good Old American Horsepower

Called "America's Car Museum", the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington has chosen a custom V8 design of sterling silver earrings and matching necklace by Seattle jewelry designers Alicia Hanson and Brad Johnson of Hi Octane Jewelry for inclusion in its museum store collection.

No self-respecting, hot rod, muscle car, fuel injected, crazy horsepower woman has ever said the words "I coulda had a V6". Nope. Never. Unh unh.
Quite simply, V8s rule. And the women who own, show, drive, admire, or have serious American V8s in the family garage, have a connection to these iconic engines that goes waaayyy beyond casual. But for all of these dedicated followers, how (other than the secret V8 owners handshake - which absolutely was not mentioned here) do they spot other kindred motorheads?
Well, they can wear a set of custom V8 earrings or the matching V8 necklace from Hi Octane Jewelry. The recently opened LeMay Museum selected this original design – a silver 8 superimposed above two silver wrenches in the shape of a V – for inclusion in the collection of nostalgic automobile oriented gifts for its new museum shop.
This very cool V8 insignia is just the latest from the creative minds of artists Alicia Hanson and Brad Johnson. Their original designs have been seen in car shows, swap meets, hot rod gatherings and classic car events all up and down the west coast for years. They have men's and women's silver rings, necklaces, belt buckles, bracelets and special custom designs, including cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
Check out their web site. Where else, can someone find a Cobra next to a Desoto? Or a Peterbilt alongside a Porsche? There are lots of classic rods like Mercs, Chevys and Fords. Rings for big blown hemi engines, rat rods, woodies, 50s Cadillacs and tons more.
This wearable art is very affordable, and a lot easier to cruise with than a '50 Merc with carburetor trouble. And even if there isn't a Deuce Coupe in the garage at home, it's still easy to show a love of classic iron with some classy silver. Especially the V8 insignia. It's the one common connector to most of the great American marques that can be found in the LeMay Museum. And chances are pretty good that anyone wearing one won't be quizzed on the secret handshake (oops).

Hi Octane Jewelry is a jewelry production and design company that specializes in hot rods, muscle cars, classic vehicles and vintage autos. Artists Alicia Hanson and Brad Johnson have designed an array of cool car jewelry, and also create custom pieces made to order. Their jewelry has been featured in major movies and national ad campaigns.


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