Google+ The Daily Jewel: 1/13/13 - 1/20/13


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Introducing...Madstone - Give In To The Dark!

Madstone fine jewelry delves into designer Kerri Halpern’s dark side. From her black minimalist uniform to her residence above a cemetery, Halpern’s fascination for skulls, superheroes, cowboys and rock & roll culminate in her first jewelry collection. 

Mysteriously eccentric and imaginatively gothic, Madstone mixes cool colors, unusual stone setting and master metalsmithing to create an edgy and evocative collection fit for any wardrobe.

Madstone’s signature Bubble collection boasts hand-cut gemstones that mirror a magnum of champagne and other effervescent cocktails while the designs of the La Cage collection mimic that of a champagne bottle cork encasement. 

Playing with unusual angles and contours, the Octagon collection revisits bangles, hoops and stackable rings through hard angles and octagonal shapes. The Carre collection carefully crafts pieces to mimic the square-shaped parks nestled in New York City’s urban jungle through an array of custom-cut gemstones including amethyst, quartz, citrine and fire opal.

ue-in-check sister collections, MadAnimals and MadSkulls, channel Madestone’s sinister side. 

Covet thy gemstone with ruby, tsavorite, blue topaz, amethyst, citrine, garnet and diamond-encrusted skulls, spiders, beetles and bats set in blackened, rose or yellow gold.

Thursday, January 17, 2013



NEW YORK, January 11, 2013 – Leading Platinum bridal design house Jeff Cooper Designs ( has named industry veteran Matt Broerman as the company’s Northeast Regional Sales Director.

Company President David Cooper stated, “With over twenty-five years of industry experience, we believe that Matt will not only grow the business of existing Jeff Cooper customers, but will also successfully form new relationships throughout the Northeast region.” Cooper added, “We are thrilled to have him on the team and excited to see what 2013 will bring with his presence.”

Broerman, who has represented brands such as Christian Bauer and Raymond Weil in his extensive career, said, “I could not be happier, and look forward to working with everyone involved with the Jeff Cooper brand.”

About Jeff Cooper Designs
In 1976, after honing his craft working with his hands at a jeweler's bench in Manhattan's Bowery District, Jeff Cooper founded Jeff Cooper Designs. In 2000, Jeff's eldest son, David Cooper, joined the company full time, bringing with him a wealth of gemological experience and creativity. By creating each ring by hand and under one roof here in the United States, Jeff and David have total control over quality and precision, and are able to create anything a client desires. Jeff and David draw their inspiration from their daily lives and love of family, as well as the excitement they understand can be achieved with the right ring for the right person. For more information or to open an account, please email

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

RIP Jerry Sisk - You Will Be Missed

JTV Photo - Jerry Sisk, JTV Co-Founder, greeting well wishers in Arusha Tanzania.
From the Jewelry Television Blog:

"Gerald D. Sisk, Jr., Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Jewelry Television®, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, January 13, 2013. His death was unexpected. Jerry Sisk, 59 years old, is survived by his wife Karen, his mother, a sister and several other relatives. 

Jerry Sisk was a Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.), a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and served as a Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference committee member. 

A frequent guest speaker, he was honored to be chosen as one of the five most powerful people in the world of gems and gemology on the JCK 2012 Power List. 

His book, Guide to Gems & Jewelry, has sold more than 15,000 copies and is in its second printing.  

Please visit our memorial page for Jerry to share your thoughts and remembrances for his family and friends. "

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry's name to Beads of Courage

From the Beads of Courage Jerry Sisk Memorial Page:

"Jerry was a tremendous supporter and friend to Beads of Courage and we are humbled to receive donations in his honor."

The on - air announcement was made during Scott & Casey's Show....

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Some Of The Biggest Diamond Events of 2012

Sharon Sussman has returned to write another blog post...FUN!!

The Biggest Diamond and Gemstone Events of 2012

Diamonds are supposed to be forever, but the reality is that economic and environmental factors influence their presence in our lives. 2012 was a year that was punctuated with jewelry highs and lows, but trade experts agree that it was an exciting year indeed for the business and for people who simply love jewelry. Let’s take a look at some of the more significant diamond and gemstone events of the past year.

The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair

If there is anything that 2012 showed to the world, it’s that Asia has firmly established itself as a formidable force in the jewelry industry. Hong Kong had this annual jewelry and gem fair in September, and guests were pleased to find the A-Zs of precious stones (from amber to zircon) were available on display. China stands at the forefront of this boom in the jewelry trade given its economic growth, but other Asian nations such as Indonesia and India have also contributed to satisfying results in the region’s trade shows and fairs. Many economists attribute this to the swelling of the middle class in many Asian countries, and the resulting desire to accumulate luxury items as investment.

Hong Kong has always been a busy place for the jewelry trade because of its lenient duty regulations. The result is that serious jewelry shoppers go to Hong Kong to get the best value for their money, and jewelry trade shows offer the best opportunities to do so.    

“The Perfect Diamond” auctioned at Christie’s

In April of 2012, Christie’s held its “Magnificent Jewels” auction. Easily one of the most anticipated jewelry auctions, many collectors had their sights set on a remarkable stone dubbed “the Perfect Diamond”. The Clark Pink, a very rare and valuable 9-carat pink diamond set in a ring, has been hidden away in a bank vault since the 1940s and was included only last year in a Clark family estate sale. It was part of the collection of the family’s heiress along with 16 other jewelry pieces, which were speculated to fetch no less than $12 million.    

Discovery of “The Diamond Planet”

Science fiction made it possible for us to suspend our disbelief and dream of planets made of platinum, gold, and diamonds. Last year, the discovery of 55 Cancri, a planet twice the size of our own and with perfect conditions for creating diamonds, made these dreams more probable to realize. The planet’s chemical makeup includes surface temperatures of up to 2,150 degrees Celsius and an abundance of diamond’s most important ingredient: carbon. While this discovery may not necessarily make a significant impact in the jewelry industry, scientists are nevertheless excited over the possibility of an entire planetary system that is carbon-rich, unlike ours. (Also, further studies on 55 Cancri can contribute to the study on synthetic diamonds).

The unexpected appeal of non-traditional engagement rings and wedding bands
Round emerald and diamond engagement ring on white gold from Brilliance

Diamonds on engagement rings and wedding bands held sway for many decades. Last year, however, couples became more emboldened to wear colored gemstones denoting birthdays, anniversaries, and other special dates on their bridal finger bling. Reasons ranged from sentimental (birthstones have their own meaning and traits) to practical (engagement and wedding anniversaries are easier to remember with colored stones). 2012 definitely saw plenty of non-traditional rings on brides and engaged couples. The trend was mostly evident in diamond and birthstone combinations, but there were also a lot of rings which used colored gems as the central stone.

Guest author Sharon Sussman is currently the Director of Products at Brilliance, a jewelry company which specializes in certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and custom-made jewelry. A graduate of Touro College, she is also a gemologist and jeweler whose articles and advice columns have been published on notable fashion and finance blogs and sites. She can also be found on Google + and can be reached at


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