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Saturday, March 2, 2013

2013 - The Year of the Snake This Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year Day was February 10, 2013
The first day of 2013 Chinese Astrology Year is on February 4, 2013 

 2013 is Year of the Snake this year it fell on February 4, 2013.  

The Vipers brooch by Jack du Rose. 
An ancient people, the Chinese have long used their Astrological Animal Charts to predict Fortune in the New Year.  But, did you know that those charts go much farther than the 12 Animals representing the Months.  Chinese Astrology's Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) theory helps to explain people's fortune in 2013 and can help us foresee their "Luck" in the Water Snake year.

According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2013 is the Year of Water Snake . The color of Water in Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2013 is a Black Snake, Water Snake or Black Water Snake year.

"Chinese mythology refers to snakes as a little dragon. They said a dragon fell down from the sky and then became a snake. Therefore, Snakes have Dragon's body without scale and cannot fly. 

Precious Snake by Graziela Gems
Dragon is the 5th animal in the Chinese horoscope order sequence, Snake being the 6th animal. Dragon is the big brother of Snake.

Snake is ashamed to be crawling on it's belly on the ground, making Snake a calm, shy, cautious and low-key. A Snake won't attack its opponent, unless it's disturbed, so as long as we don't fool with Snake, we won't get bitten.

We shouldn't ignore the existence of Snake or underestimate snake's ambitious nature...Snake has the ability to swallow an animal bigger than its size. Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue, and the Chinese treat that spitting tongue as a sign of argument, when in all actuality Snake uses its tongue to smell. But in the Chinese zodiac, the Snake implies the potential trouble of libel, dispute or slander."

Vintage Taxco Snake Bracelet
Chinese Astrology is a Balance Theory of Five Elements. Each animal can be also has an Element that Represents of the Five Elements. Snake contains mainly Fire. It also contains some Metal and Earth. Snake is in the Fire group. 

Vintage Gold Mesh Snake Belt/Necklace
So if you take the Water of 2013 and the Fire of Snake you couple two opposite elements which predicts that most people will have a 2013 year of ups and downs, a mix of good and bad fortune.

Water Snake is Fire under Water. Snake is a calm, shy, cautious and low-key animal in Chinese Horoscope. Snake won't attack its opponent, unless it's disturbed or hungry. If Fire is not your compatible element...keep your distance from Fire in 2013.  You know the warning - if you fool with Fire, you may get burned.

18k white & rose gold with diamonds
and pink sapphires, Supreme Jewelry
Water of 2013 represents your siblings, relatives or same generation friends. You will spend most of your time with them in 2013. Depending on your Water score, either your sibling or friend will provide you good advice whenever you need (if you own a company, your friends or business partners will help your business growing) OR siblings or friends might bring you trouble. In most cases, the trouble will connect with money and you may find yourself spending some money on them.

18k white gold, black rhodium, diamonds
 and tsavorite!  from Supreme Jewelry
The major element of Snake is Fire. Water can overcome the Fire. Fire connects to money or property,  making the major event of 2013 one regarding money, investments and financial issues. Water of 2013 and Fire of Snake are opposite elements. So money luck won't be consistent in 2013 for anyone. Depending on your circumstances, if you first have strong money income, then you might spend it later. On the flipside, if you have money loss first, then you will recover some of it later in the year of 2013.

The Serpenti Collection by Bulgari has been revitalized
The Snake is the 6th animal in the Chinese horoscope order sequence. Six (6) is an even number, Chinese horoscope treats Snake as a Yin (female) animal. However, Snake contains Male Fire , Male Metal and Male Earth . The outside of Snake looks soft, but the inside is tough. 

Male Metal in the Snake is very special. Metal's mother element is Earth and Earth's mother element is Fire. Snake is a birth place of Male Metal. Male Metal will become mature when the Autumn comes. If there are Chicken and Cow in the birth chart, then Male Metal will become very active during the Fall season. Since Fire and Metal are opposite elements, people's fortune may start to change direction after Summer.

Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue. Although, Snake its tongue to smell, people don't like the spitting tongue which is associated with mouth action, possibly argumentation. Therefore, the Snake has the potential to hurt people relationship, especially, when Tiger and Monkey are around.

...are you interested in learning more about your personal Astrological Chart click here

Whether you by into any of this or not - one thing I KNOW!   SNAKES are a huge trend in jewelry and the "Year of the Snake" only gives us even more excuse to wear all the FABULOUS snake jewelry on the market!

...and in closing a small gallery of pieces from my favorite Atelier - those guys at Atelier Minyon are pure Mad GENIUS!

Atelier Minyon

GIA Launches Redesigned Website and Gem Reports

GIA Launches Redesigned Website and Gem Reports
Public benefit institute upgrades online services and information

In mid-March, trusted information on gems and jewelry will be available in a content rich format with the re-launch of GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) website and the Institute’s introduction of a revised format for its global-standard gem grading and identification reports.

Featuring photography from GIA’s unparalleled collection of historic and contemporary images of gems and jewelry, the site will deliver timely and engaging information for visitors of every interest level. Laboratory clients will have secure online access to their GIA identification and grading reports with the enhanced GIA Report Check service. Prospective students will be able to easily find in-depth information about GIA’s globally-recognized diploma programs in gemology, and jewelry design and manufacturing.

Later in the spring GIA will add an exciting collection of gemological information. The public, students, scientists and industry professionals will have ready access to information and insights drawn from more than 80 years of research, study and education, including the latest news from GIA’s research department and the archive of Gems & Gemology, the Institute’s award-winning, peer-reviewed professional journal.

“We are excited to share what we have learned and developed in GIA’s eight decades of public service in this new and engaging way,” said Donna Baker, GIA’s president and CEO. “These advances are the next steps in our continuous effort to serve the global public by bringing the fascinating world of gems, gemology and jewelry to people all around the world and helping to ensure their trust in gems and jewelry.”

Beginning March 15, GIA will issue its gem identification and grading reports in a revised format. The reports will continue to be based on GIA’s rigorous, research-based standards for gem identification and grading. The new format will consume less paper and other materials, and offer enhanced security features, including a unique and durable proprietary paper, that exceed document security industry guidelines.

QR codes printed on each report will verify the document’s authenticity through direct access to GIA’s online Report Check service that now includes all GIA grading and identification reports. There is also a new, streamlined process for consumers and occasional laboratory clients to submit gems for grading and identification services.

“The revised format GIA Diamond Grading Report is half the weight of the previous version, which will reduce storage and postage costs for our clients and further increase the overall efficiency of the Institute’s grading and identification services,” said Tom Moses, GIA’s senior vice president of laboratory and research.

GIA will offer no-cost reissues for reports issued on or after July 1, 2012. Reissues of reports dated Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012, will be available for a nominal fee. The previous reports must be returned to GIA before any reissues can be processed. Laboratory clients may check or contact their GIA client service representatives for further information.

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Revised format of GIA’s Diamond Grading Report.

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

Friday, March 1, 2013

Royal Asscher Introduces Rebel Chique Man Made Diamond Collection

Royal Asscher introduces Rebel Chique Diamonds, 
a new luxury brand for jewelry with man-made diamonds.

No matter where you are in the world, diamonds are socially coveted as the ideal most precious and glamorous accessory and therefore diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. Not only society’s most recognized icon of eternal love, but also its most precious emblem for commemorating special moments. They are priceless because they are scarce. They are timeless because they are indestructible. They are not yet a fixture in the daily conversations taking place around fashion and fashionable accessories. Our new, high-end jewelry brand Rebel Chique aims to change that.


It’s all in the name. By rebelling against the notion that diamonds are once-in-a-lifetime heirlooms, the brand wants to tap into a mindset that embraces diamonds as high-end accessories that can change from season to season. Rebel Chique plans to achieve this by focusing on the inherent advantages that man-made diamonds have over natural ones: they can be cultivated in colors and sizes very rarely encountered in natural diamonds. In other words, they offer a more personalised diamond experience whilst being chemically, physically and aesthetically (optically) exactly the same as natural diamonds – they only differ in the place of origin, and ultimately: they are affordable compared to their natural encountered ones!

This opens a whole new world, the world of diamond jewelry as a unique fashion statement, or as Vogue stated on their Dutch website last week in their story on man-made diamonds; you can now buy “an affordable man-made diamond in exactly the same color as your Louis Vuitton dress.”

The wink of rebellion in Rebel Chique’s launch campaign says it all and leave little doubt as to what type of individual they are appealing to: fashionable and independent women who put a high premium on exclusivity and want to wear jewelry that makes a statement.

“Diamonds have traditionally been an expression of purity and beauty,” says Rebel Chique founder Mike Asscher, 6th generation diamantaire. “We want them to be also about confidence and independence.”

“We have grown up in an on-demand, made-to-order culture,” says Asscher. “We are a generation that wants to create our own icons. And because all our jewelry is hand-made by specialist goldsmiths as well, we can truly promise that all our rings, earrings and pendants are made-to-order.”

Finally, Rebel Chique’s industry-changing approach also extends to its unconventional distribution strategy, which is exclusively digital via its online store


Since the second world war man-made diamonds have been utilized in technology and machinery for their strength and precision (such as cutting tools and drills). In recent years they have found themselves at the centre of technological applications. In a few years ‘powered by diamond technology’ may very well be the new standard for everything from dental equipment to microprocessors.

Only in recent years, the color, cut, clarity and size of man-made diamonds have reached the standards for making high end jewelry. This has opened a whole new world for jewelry brands.

And there is more. Rebel Chique man-made diamonds will bring a crucial motivator to the fashion-conscious diamond consumer: colors. Unlike natural diamonds, where color is an expensive rarity, man-made diamonds can be cultivated under controlled conditions where colored diamonds can be crafted, making these fancy color diamonds suddenly affordable.

“One of the great misconceptions about man-made diamonds is that they are mass produced. But the production is much closer to craftsmanship,” says Mike Asscher. “Man-made diamond producers can influence and steer the process, but we can’t completely control it. Something magical still needs to happen, but by introducing science and trial and error into the calculation we can cultivate extremely rare and unique diamonds. Chemically, physically and aesthetically (optically) man-made diamonds are exactly the same as natural diamonds – they only have a different place of origin and price. “

Just like natural diamonds, all our diamonds are certified by independent institutes to guarantee quality and transparency and above all to avoid consumer misleading. On these certificates, the origin will be indicated not as country, but as man-made or laboratory grown.”

Royal Asscher - the company behind Rebel Chique and one of the world’s foremost authorities in the diamond industry - is the one of the first diamond companies to apply this innovation to gem-quality diamonds. “Royal Asscher stands for gemological excellence and the magnitude of history and has the expertise and exquisite tradition” says Rebel Chique founder Mike Asscher, 6th generation diamantaire.

“And Rebel Chique opens a new world for a next generation of diamond lovers, tapping into an entirely new mentality and experience.”

A jewel with a diamond in virtually every shape, size and color. A different diamond for every evening dress and weekend pump. Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s the story of every fashion accessory you’ve ever owned.

Founded in 1854, the Asscher family is an Amsterdam diamond dynasty that has been supplying gems to royal families and international celebrities for nearly 160 years. The ‘Royal’ prefix dates back to 1980, bestowed by the then-Dutch Queen Juliana, in recognition of the company’s status and reputation in the diamond industry.

Dubai Diamond Conference Announces Key Speakers

The Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), a Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) initiative, today revealed the key speakers at the two-day inaugural Dubai Diamond Conference 2013.  Set to be the most significant diamond event of the year, the conference will take place March 18 to 19 at Almas Tower in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, home to the DDE, one of the world's leading diamond trading platforms.

The conference will be officially opened by H.E. Dr Saeed M Al Shamsi, UAE Foreign Affairs Minister for International Organisations, Foreign and Humanitarian Aid, Studies & Research Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Dubai Diamond Conference 2013 is also pleased to welcome Varda Shine, the CEO of the Diamond Trading Company (DTC), a De Beers Group company and Eli Izhakoff, the president of the World Diamond Council, as official speakers.
Peter Meeus, the chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange, added: "2013 is a game-changing year for the diamond industry worldwide. For more than 80 years, De Beers, the largest miner in the world, sold its production from London through its subsidiary the Diamond Trading Company. This year it moved all its sales operations to Gaborone in Botswana.  The move will further strengthen Dubai's role in between the producing countries in Africa and the cutting centers in India and the Far East. The fact that DTC's chief executive officer, Varda Shine will be attending the conference highlights the importance of these global shifts."

Centered around the theme of 'the New Silk Route,' Dubai Diamond Conference 2013 will bring together over 450 stakeholders from the diamond industry including government ministers, regulators, policy advisors, jewelers and traders. Attendees will discuss and debate the New Silk Route and how diamonds from producing nations in Africa will utilize Dubai's logistical hub when accessing cutting centers in India and the Far East.

Izhakoff said: "As the gateway for trade flow between the East and West, Dubai is certainly the most appropriate location for an international diamond conference. With the attendance of so many key officials, both from the producing countries and the industry, the Dubai Diamond Conference will enable us to examine together how to optimize the role of diamond resources in the economic development of the region."

Further details on the Dubai Diamond Conference can be found on

Top view of  Almas Tower, home of the DMCC and the DDE, at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, UAE. 

Registration Opens For CIBJO Congress 2013

Registration opens for CIBJO Congress 2013 in Tel Aviv,
dedicated website launched 
MILAN, ITALY: FEBRUARY 26, 2013 - Registration is now open for the 2013 annual congress of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation.  A dedicated 2013 CIBJO Congress website has been launched at, and it enables participants to register directly, as well as reserve hotel rooms at preferential congress rates.

The 2013 CIBJO Congress will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 7-9, 2012, with pre-congress meetings beginning on May 5. It will be hosted by the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies and will take place at the Dan Panorama Convention Centre.

In addition to the registration and booking module, the CIBJO Congress website includes a preliminary congress programme, information about traveling to Israel, and registration for the complimentary tours of Jerusalem and Jaffa that will be provided to persons accompanying CIBJO Congress delegates.

There are two congress hotels from which to select, the David Intercontinental Tel Aviv and the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv. Both are located on the Tel Aviv seafront and are within short walking distance from the congress venue. Both hotels are offering special rates during the event, and these will be obtained automatically when booking via the congress website.

Serving as the official venue for meetings of the CIBJO Assembly of Delegates, the 2013 CIBJO Congress will gather in Tel Aviv the members of national jewellery and gemstone associations from more than 40 countries and representatives of many of the industry's most important commercial bodies. The congress also serves as a forum for CIBJO's professional commissions, and is the venue at which its Diamond, Coloured Stones, Pearl, Precious Metals and Gemmological Blue Books are discussed and updated.

KPC Numbers of Diamonds From Brussels Airport Robbery

EU releases Kimberley Process Certificate numbers
of diamond stolen in armed robbery at Brussels airport

The European Union has released the Kimberley Process certificate numbers for parcels of rough diamonds that were stolen by gunmen from the hold of a Swiss-bound aircraft at Brussels International Airport on February 18.

The EU and the World Diamond Council are urging members of the trade who may be offered diamonds carrying these associated KP certificate numbers to immediately contact the authorities in their countries, and report the possibility of stolen merchandise being located in their jurisdiction.

The following Kimberley Process certificate numbers are associated with parcels of rough diamonds stolen in the heist:


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Support CPAA & Win A Chance To Visit An Exotic Pearl Farm

The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces a major fund raising event that will provide a unique opportunity for its members and non-members alike to provide a chance of a lifetime to a privileged customer, a friend, a family member or yourself.

Win a trip for two to “Flower Island” in the Philippines. Lavish in the sun and tour a Golden South Sea cultured pearl farm. 
See things that few have ever experienced.  You will be dazzled by the beauty of the region and the once in a lifetime chance to visit a working pearl farm.
All The DEETS!
The Cultured Pearl Association of America and Jewelmer of the Philippines have joined together to provide this wonderful opportunity to you.

Ticket sales started at the AGTA show in Tucson (over 1000 sold) and will end at the JCK Show in Las Vegas in June of 2013. The winner will be drawn at the end of the show. You need not be present to win. 

But remember - there is a LIMITED number of tickets!  We only have 5,000 tickets!

Ticket Price:

$10.00 each ticket

Member SPECIAL 6 tickets for $50.00 
(Buy FIVE and keep ONE for you.)

Tickets are printed on thick, glossy paper and are worthy as a souvenir by themselves. 

All you have to do is send via email or phone 401-432-9990 and the tickets will be sent to you along with instructions. $10.00 a ticket or as a special to you as a member 6 tickets for only $50.00. Please order at least two tickets to help defray cost of mailing.  Accepting Cash, Check or Credit Cards for payment. 

We will send the tickets to you. We will fill them out as to your instructions or you can have them sent to you and then send in the ticket stub.

This is a HUGE opportunity for CPAA.  This donation by Jewelmer of this once in a lifetime trip will enable the CPAA to realize our goals and the day to day working expenses of the organization. 

Remember only 5,000 tickets will be sold. 

The odds of winning are better than any lottery in the world.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

L.A. Jewelry District to Host L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show!

Nation’s Largest Jewelry District to Host L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
Major Producer of Antique Shows Brings Latest Event to Los Angeles 
March 22-24, 2013

U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, announced today that the L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will be held March 22-24, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The Show is expected to draw hundreds of connoisseurs to more than 100 of the top, industry-leading dealers in the antique jewelry business.
The Show is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in the most coveted antique and estate jewelry in the world. Some of the collections that will be presented at the Show include rare and unique jewelry and watches from famous brands including Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Suzanne Belperron, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe and Van Cleef & Arpels to name a few. Signed pieces previously owned by celebrities and royalty will also be presented as well as cameos, rings, decorative necklaces, brooches, gemstones and pendants represented by all eras of jewelry history from the Renaissance to the Art Deco era.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring together dealers and antique jewelry enthusiasts in the market that boasts the largest jewelry district in the country,” said Dan Darby, group fair director. “For more than 50 years, our shows have been well received in some of the most vibrant cities in the United States, so it only made sense for us to bring our show to Los Angeles. We look forward to introducing local antique collectors to some of the most unique pieces ever offered on the West Coast.”
Dealers from across the country will present their top-selling selections, including:
• Raymond Lee Jewelers features a collection of diamonds and gemstones, including a 12-carat internally flawless fancy yellow ring, an 18 karat unheated Ceylon sapphire and diamond platinum cocktail ring, and a vintage Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. diamond ring. Rare and vintage luxury watches round out an impressive selection.
• Jerome Heidenreich Inc. introduces a vast collection of vintage bridal rings from their new division, Trumpet & Horn, as well as rare Art Deco diamond bracelets and jewelry.
• J.S. Fearnley unveils a variety of platinum pieces set with various precious gems, including an Art Deco platinum and diamond pendant by Tiffany & Co., as well as a large selection of antique rings.
“We are excited to be part of the L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and see this opportunity as another chance for us to increase our visibility in the industry,” said Jerome Heidenreich, owner of Jerome Heidenreich, Inc. “U.S. Antique Shows has done a tremendous job in bringing a variety of the latest antiques to key markets at each and every show and we look forward to future shows.”
The L.A. Antique Jewelry and Watch Show will provide unprecedented exposure to exhibitors and collectors dedicated to this thriving industry. Show times are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on March 22 – 23 and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 24. Admission is $20 to attend all three days. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please call (239) 732-6642 or visit 
About US Antique Shows
A division of GLM Shows, US Antique Shows is the nation’s leading producer of antique and antique jewelry and watch shows for the consumer and trade markets. With shows in Miami Beach, Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles, US Antique Shows draw annually more than 1,500 dealers exhibiting merchandise to more than 28,000 consumers. Additional information is available online at
About GLM Shows
The L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is produced by GLM®. GLM is a leading producer and marketer of consumer product tradeshows in North America, serving industries as diverse as antiques, jewelry, art, giftware, home furnishings, social stationery, home textiles, tabletop, gourmet housewares, contemporary furniture, personal care, surf, skate, water sports, swim and resorts. Additional information about GLM is available online at For additional information, visit

Monday, February 25, 2013



Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) in conjunction with JCK Las Vegas announces a call for entries for the third annual JCK 2013 Platinum Innovation Awards, held at JCK Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, May 31 through June 3, 2013. The deadline to submit design images is April 10, 2013 and final product submissions are due April 25, 2013. Exhibitors from JCK, as well as the LUXURY, Elite Enclave and AGTA Shows are welcome to submit designs. The competition acknowledges innovation and skill in platinum design in both bridal and fashion jewelry and will designate awards in the following categories:

  • Platinum Engagement Ring
  • Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (semi-mounts under $2500 retail)
  • Platinum Wedding Band
  • Platinum Men’s Jewelry
  • Entry Platinum Fashion Jewelry (under $3500 retail)
  • Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry
  • Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry

The call to entry coincides with the relaunch of PGI’s trade-facing website:

The revamped site offers a more enticing new look and user-friendly navigation.  

On, visitors can browse platinum news and press,  marketing materials and sales support. Entrants for the Platinum Innovation Awards can log on to the site at to submit.   

Entrants are welcome to submit one product per category and will instantly become “nominees” into this year’s competition. All nominees will have their designs professionally photographed and featured on PGI-USA’s consumer website,, and press website,, as they await the chance to win the Platinum Innovation Awards’ prize package. Awards will be granted twice in each category, based on one Editor’s Choice and one Buyer’s Choice Award.  One special Best in Show Award will be given as a culmination from all votes. Judging will begin on May 7th at an exclusive Editor Preview Event in New York City. Editor’s choices will not be revealed until after the buyers have voted at the shows.

“The Platinum Innovation Awards have created an infectious buzz within the platinum jewelry industry for the past three years,” says PGI-USA CEO Huw Daniel. “With each contest, we see innovation in design reach a new level, highlighting the extraordinary versatility of platinum. We anticipate that this year will raise the bar even higher.”

Winners in each of the seven categories will be announced on June 2, 2013, and will receive a generous promotional benefits package.

For complete details and to submit your best platinum designs, please visit  The deadline for all entries is April 4, 2012. 

About PGI-USA:
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its, pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade.  PGI has offices in each of the world's major jewelry markets, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information please visit


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