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Friday, June 21, 2013

#JWLV - Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show #LVAJW

There is no location in Las Vegas more perfectly suited to the show it hosts than the Paris Hotel partnership with the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show!

From the vintage feel of the decor to the opulence of their stunning chandeliers this place just feels like you are taking a step back in time.

I would love to share some of the highlights for me!  ...for those wanting a little more there is a photo album on The Daily Jewel page on Facebook that has all the photos I took...


Joden World Resources has what is believed to be the largest and rarest collection of the work of Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895).

The bracelet itself is a fully hinged bangle, as we would call it. It is in 18 karat yellow gold gem set with square sapphires, rubies and trimmed in diamonds which is typical of the time period.  Carlo Giuliano is considered among experts to be the master of all jewelers who ever lived. Notably a personal friend and often private jeweler to Queen Victoria. 
...more on this Designer on the Tumblr - Historic Gems & Jewelry

Even more impressive is that it comes in it's original custom designed presentation box!

Also from Joden - this gorgeous mosaic suite - you just don't see much antique mosaic that doesn't show signs of loss...and again "in the original box"!


18k Silver on Gold Bow Brooch in the original box from a London Jeweler.
30ctw Natural Blue Sapphire framed with 5ctw of Rose Cut Diamonds.  Weights are approximated.
Vivid Diamonds is a Miami based company that initially specialized in cutting rough diamonds to manufacture fine white and rare natural fancy colored diamonds and diamond jewelry. 

I don't have the specifics on this stunning Art Deco Bracelet - check their website for info...
Over 5ctw in Orange Diamonds! WOW!

Today Vivid Diamonds' gem and jewelry collections encompass virtually every facet of the gem and jewelry industry - they have created their own designer jewelry line - they carry a full assortment of natural colored gemstones and gemstone jewelry - and most recently, they have added unique and beautiful vintage estate pieces. Today Vivid Diamonds' gem and jewelry collections encompass virtually every facet of the gem and jewelry industry.

I found this line on their website and I have to say that I totally agree!  "What is even more impressive is their success at making every customer feel elated to have met and dealt with Vivid Diamonds."


Silver on Gold Necklace to Tiara conversion piece complete in custom presentation box with all of the hardware intact
This UK based company was founded by three brothers descending from a line of jewellers, the business began as a stall in the Portobello Road Antiques Market.

From their gallery in a beautiful Edwardian building on Maddox Street in the heart of Mayfair, an area rich in the history of the antiques trade of London, today the company is at the pinnacle of their trade, with clientele across the US, Europe and the Far East.

There was quite literally, beauty in every direction at this show...

Fouquet at Marjan Sterk 

Stunning Demantoid Garnet Brooch - that is a snake I would certainly wear! from J. S. Fearnley

Chaumet - Persian Turquoise Parure from Eric Originals and Antiques

...and from Ely & Co.
 (whose exquisite blue diamonds didn't photograph well), an amazing presentation of blue, pink and yellow diamond rings that included a stunning Tiffany & Co. Blue Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring!

He also showed a really lovely collection of vintage and antique watches - some limited edition pieces (I particularly liked the one with the Maharajah Hunting Scene on the face)...

And this exquisite gold Audemars Piguet, skeleton front and back, that clips to the wearers belt.

JCK's Design Center Announces Top 50 Retail Stores

JCK's Design Center Announces Top 50 Retail Stores

The Design Center at JCK Las Vegas held its 10th annual Designer Retailer Awards on Sunday, June 2 during JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Week. 1st place went to ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA, with 2nd place going to I. Gorman Jewelers, in Washington, D.C. and 3rd to Worthmore Jewelers, in Atlanta, GA. All 50 recipients were honored in the celebratory ceremony, culminating 3 days of enthusiasm for the Design Center's offerings and strong buying.

"This is truly a remarkable accomplishment, realizing that many of the recognized retailers have been in the business for generations," said Zdena Jiroutova of ZFolio. "ZFolio is new and fresh, and we are happy to represent over eighty designers from around the world."

The Design Center's Designer Retailer Awards were created to spotlight retail stores who have exceeded the standards of excellence in the promotion, merchandising, and sales of designer jewelry. The specific criteria for which the top 50 were chosen include: educating the consumer on the quality and value of designer jewelry; displaying and merchandising designer products for maximum salability, and finally, their commitment to fair business practices.

Rounding out the Top 5 Designer Retailers are: I. Gorman Jewelers in Washington, D.C.,Worthmore Jewelers in Atlanta, GA, Blue Stone Jewelers in Tahoe City, CA, and Amethyst in Bethesda, MD.
Rounding out the Top 10 Designer Retailers receiving honors are: Max's, St. Louis Park, MN;Sabbia, Chicago, IL; Steve Quick Jeweler, Chicago, IL; The Wedding Ring Shop, Honolulu, HI;Terra Firma Gallery, Sonoma, CA.

The following recipients were recognized as part of the Top 50 Designer Retailer Awards presentation: TWIST, Portland, OR; Greenwich Jewelers, New York, NY; Aspen Jewel Box, Aspen, CO; The Gifted Hand, Wellesley, MA; Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry, Annapolis, MD; DBS Jewelers, St. Michaels, MD; Dolphin Galleries, Wailea, HI; Good Inc., Boston, MA; Manika Jewelry, San Francisco, CA; Pagéo, Boston, MA; Roseark, Los Angeles, CA; Sharfmans Jewelers, Worcester, MA; Sterling Jewelers , Wethersfield, CT; Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, CO; The Laughing Dog Gallery, Vero Beach, FL; Squash Blossom, Vail, CO; A Thousand Faces, Nashville, TN; Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, D.C.; The Art Stop, Tacoma, WA; The Golden Tulip, St. John's, NL, Canada; Skyline Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ; R. Grey Gallery, Boise, ID; Pinnacle Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; Mystique, Alexandria, VA; Ladyfingers Jewelry, Carmel, CA; Left Bank Gallery, Wellfeleet, MA; La Galleria, Truckee, CA; Lux Bond & Green, West Hartford, CT; John Mays Jewelers, Fort Smith, AR; J.C. Sipe Jewelers, Indianapolis, IN; Gold Bug, Pasadena, CA; Gallery of Jewels, San Francisco, CA; Design House, Waco, TX;Day's Jewelers, Waterville, ME; Henry's Trading Post, Cape May, NJ; Lionshead Jewelers, Vail, CO; Marilyn's Style, Pentwater, MI; The Nautical Rooster, Old Saybrook, CT; Uno Alla Volta, North Branford, CT.

About The Design Center: A part of the JCK Las Vegas show, The Design Center is THE destination for unique handcrafted pieces from up and coming designers and the latest collections from established jewelry artists from around the world. The Rising Star program in the Design Center showcases five jewelry designers making their debut in a major North American jewelry show. The Design Center Top 50 Retailer Awards is sponsored each year by Berkley Asset Protection, a leader in insurance solutions for the industry.

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 YorkJuly 29 - 31, 2013 - New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
--LUXURY Privé PanamaAugust 26 - 28, 2013 - Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
--JCK TucsonFebruary 3 - 8, 2014 - Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort
--LUXURY and Elite EnclaveMay 27 - 29, 2014, by invitation only, and then continues as the events
open their doors to all JCK retailers May 30- June 2, 2014 - Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay
--Swiss Watch: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental
--JCK Las Vegas: May 30 - June 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NYC - This Thursday (June 20th) DEF Debuts "Empowerment Jewelry" At Donna Distefano Atelier


Continuing the momentum generated by the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) at JCK last month, DEF is showcasing its new line of Empowerment Jewelry alongside each product’s Designer Ambassador. The New York City debut will take place on June 20th from 5:00-8:00PM at 37 West 20th Street, suite 1106. Donna Distefano from Donna Distefano Ltd, Lita Asscher from Royal Asscher and Derrick Holmes from Banneker Watches will be present to share their connection to DEF as designer ambassadors, showcase the new jewelry and watches created as ongoing fundraisers for DEF, and share their vision for how they can further DEF’s mission.

Co-founded by global business entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons along with leaders in the diamond industry including De Beers, the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission is to provide higher education opportunities for youth in diamond producing countries in Africa.  Dr. Benjamin Chavis, noted civil rights and business leader and fellow co-founder of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, Phyllis Bergman, DEF board president, and Nancy Orem Lyman, DEF executive director will be at the New York debut to discuss the global impact of DEF’s vision.

Donna Distefano will present her new line of “Illumination” bracelets depicting symbolic African designs in sterling silver with diamonds. Each bracelet represents core values of DEF: transformation, tranquility, and strength. Collaborating with Russell Simmons for the benefit of D.E.F. is a natural fit for Distefano’s business. Says Simmons, “I share these designers’ vision of transformation. It is important to support and encourage the youth of Africa to make a positive change in the world. DEF Empowerment Jewelry will contribute to this vision.”  

Lita Asscher of Royal Asscher will present the DEF Green Tsavorite and Diamond Pendant, part of the Shining Stars of Africa Collection by Royal Asscher. This stunning and unique pendant contains green tsavorite and diamonds encased in a fluid-filled natural sapphire dome allowing the jewels to fall freely like snowflakes in a snow globe. The design won ‘best in show’ at the world famous JCK jewelry show and is an example of the Asscher family’s long-standing commitment to integrity, quality and giving back. With every pendant purchase, a $125 donation is made to the Diamond Empowerment Fund.  

Derrick Holmes of Banneker, Inc. will present three new Benjamin Banneker watches designed to raise awareness and funds for DEF. These watches feature a Royal Asscher diamond at 12 O'Clock, green crystals on the face and bezel, and natural Ebony wood from Indonesia or Mahogany wood from Madagascar on the face and band. All Banneker watches contain real wood as a way of paying homage to our namesake Benjamin Banneker who, in 1753, engineered and built the first working clock in America constructed entirely from parts he carved of wood. Benjamin Banneker is an American Legend and these watches are designed to help educate about his numerous amazing achievements. 

About Diamond Empowerment Fund 
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a global, non-profit organization focused on supporting education initiatives in diamond-producing African nations. With the help of our international partners, we strive to empower the next generation of African leaders.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund is supported by and works exclusively with jewelers that adhere to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and System of Warranties.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Get Your Gemology ON!!!! Applications Now Available For GIA Scholarships

Applications Now Available For GIA Scholarships

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will begin accepting scholarship applications online beginning Saturday, June 15 for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website.

Scholarships are available for distance education eLearning courses and for classes at the Institute’s campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York and Taiwan; and at the GIA branch in Dubai. Additional scholarship details are available here.

A number of awards for international eLearning courses (up to $1,500) and awards for U.S.-based lab classes (up to $1,300) are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. U.S. scholarship highlights include:

  • The GIA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans will award three scholarships of up to $1,500 each
  • GIA will award two full scholarships* of up to $17,850 each for the new on-campus Jewelry Design & Technology program
  •  GIA will award two full scholarships* of up to $21,089 each for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program
  • GIA will award one full scholarship* of up to $19,260 for the new on-campus Graduate Jeweler program
  • Two scholarships will be offered in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, former GIA president considered the “Father of Modern Gemology.” One full scholarship for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program (up to$21,089), and another toward the eLearning Graduate Gemologist program (up to $9,000)

For more information, call (760) 603-4131 or email

*Full scholarships cover the cost of tuition, books and other materials.


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