Google+ The Daily Jewel: 6/29/14 - 7/6/14


Friday, July 4, 2014



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Fiera di Vicenza, the world ambassador of “Made in Italy” jewelry, cultivated an international jewelry display at the JCK Las Vegas Show from May 30 to June 2, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The VICENZAORO Italian Club Pavilion housed 130 international exhibitors, many of which were Italian, and promoted their jewelry and products. For the ninth consecutive year, VICENZAORO Italian Club, Fiera di Vicenza’s travelling exhibition, provided an authentic and powerful experience of Italian craftmanship that was displayed during the event. The VICENZAORO Italian Club once again included the Glamroom, a curated area featuring up-and-coming fashion jewelry designers. On Friday and Sunday,during JCK, a fashion parade and presentation showcased 32 innovative designers’ jewelry lines while 10 models paraded throughout the venue; cocktail receptions followed the fashion parades. During JCK Las Vegas, VO+ Magazine America, the special edition of VO+ Magazine, highlighted the Italian trends and was distributed during the show.

TRENDVISION Jewellery+Forecasting, the independent and global forecasting observatory of Fiera di Vicenza, offered an overview of international trends with a focus on the general luxury sector of the American market throughout the JCK Show event located in the TRENDVISION Area. Here, buyers, designers and professionals of this sector viewed displays of future jewelry design trends, market and consumer trends. The TrendBook 2015+, a global reference for the jewelry and watch sector was available for purchase at the TRENDVISION Area. This informational publication contains trends, which are predicted to become dominant early in 2015 based on extensive market research.

I love the romance and originality of the TrendVision Trends and Descriptions
TRENDVISION Jewellery+Forecasting explains the perspective of the macro-trends and related styles that will dominate the market. This enables the players of this luxury sector to formulate appropriate production, purchasing and marketing strategies. The four macro-trends for the American Market are as follows: Abstract Minimalism - an elementary expression, re-establishing a serene timelessness, focused on distinctive geometric and minimalist shapes, Avant-Garde Exoticism - exotic fantasies and avant-garde visions blend harmoniously into a multi-cultural elegance, Vintage Flavor - delicate laser cut-out ethereal looks and dark moods, and Digital City - ultra-modern ideas and futuristic cybernetic styles evolved into a luxury dimension.

TRENDVISION Jewellery+Forecasting establishes itself as a key player and reference point for all topics concerning future trends in the jewelry, watch and accessories fields. Through its research, TRENDVISION has developed distinctive expertise in analysing trends in the jewelry sector allowing it to promote Italian savoir-faire through VINCEZAORO Italian Club.

GIA Scholarship Applications Now Available

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) began accepting scholarship applications online on Sunday, June 15 for its 2015 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.

A number of awards for international eLearning courses (up to $1,500) and awards for U.S.-based lab classes (up to $1,400) are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. Scholarship highlights include:

·         The inaugural Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship will award full tuition for an on-campus student in Mumbai to pursue their Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma, including the required Diamond Grading, Colored Stone Grading and Gem Identification lab classes

·         To recognize the many important contributions by Bert Krashes and Eunice Miles to further gemological knowledge during their careers at GIA, full scholarships for the U.S on-campus and eLearning Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma program have been created in their names

In Jan. 2014 the Institute awarded its Fall 2013 scholarships to 151 students in 29 countries. The scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, align with GIA’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals.

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

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

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Saul Bell Design Award Jewelry Design Winners

Saul Bell Design Award Jewelry Design Competition

The Saul Bell Design Award is a jewelry design competition that challenges jewelry artists
 to push the limits of jewelry design and imagination. 

Designers choose from among seven categories and create a piece that tells a story,
states their unique vision and encompasses the depth of their skill. 
You are encouraged to innovate. Play. Entertain & surprise us all!
2014 Categories

2014 Saul Bell Design Award Jewelry Design Winners

Alternative Metals/Materials: The predominant material can be any non-traditional metal (not covered in another category, including base metals and reactive metals) or material (including resin, glass, wood, found objects and textiles).

          First Place-Alternative Metals/Materials
          "Celestial Winds" 
          Zoltan David
          Bee Cave, Texas, USA

         Second Place-Alternative Metals/Materials
         "It Begins" 
         Elysha Roberts
         Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA

Silver/Argentium Silver:  The predominant metal is silver or Argentium® Silver or a combination of both.
May be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques.

                First Place-Silver/Argentium® Silver
                "The Cynosure II"
                Valerie Jo Coulson
                Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA

          Second Place-Silver/Argentium® Silver
          "Carnelian Wave"
          Bruce Hartman
          Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Metal Clay:  The predominant material is metal clay (silver, gold, bronze, copper, etc.) and may include gemstones and other findings as desired.

              First Place-Metal Clay
              "Doors To My Dreams"
              Christi Anderson
              Marana, Arizona, USA

                  Second Place-Metal Clay
                  "Slavic Tales: Leshy"
                  Anna Mazon
                  Kraków, Poland

Enamel:  The predominant surface material must be glass-based enamels and may be fired on any type of metal.

              First Place-Enamel
              "Bobcat Secret" 
              Merry-Lee Rae
              Freedom, California, USA

                            Second Place-Enamel
                            "Luminous Ring-Mandarine Fish" 
                            Artem Kutyrev
                            Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Hollowware/Art Objects: Includes vessels and non-wearable objects made of precious metal constructed primarily from milled stock using one or more metal forming techniques. Decorative cast components may be incorporated.

                   First Place-Hollowware/Art Objects
                   "Silver Filigree Vanity Mirror" 
                   Aleksandr Maryaskin
                   Yorktown, Virginia, USA

                         Second Place-Hollowware/Art Objects
                         "Oil Can Teapot" 
                         Sue Aygarn Kowalski
                         Carver, MA

Gold/Platinum:  The predominant metal is gold or platinum group metals including palladium or a combination.  May be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques.

                     First Place-Gold/Platinum
                     "Golden Kinematic: Ring"
                     Igor Salnikov
                     Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation

                          Second Place-Gold/Platinum
                          Andrea Koenig-Carnahan
                          Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Emerging Jewelry Artist:  Reserved for young designers, 18 years of age or younger, this category places no limitation on media used and requires only that the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment and fabricated by the entrant.

                            First Place-Emerging Jewelry Artist
                            Luis Figueroa

                            Quito, Ecuador

                          Second Place-Emerging Jewelry Artist
                          "Renoir’s Desire"
                          Aneka Hausmann
                          Auburn, Washington, USA

                           Third Place-Emerging Artist
                           "Oriental Grace"
                           Inbum Yu                           Carrollton, Texas, USA

Gemological Science International Inaugurates Indian HQ in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

GSI, Gemological Science International inaugurated its new Indian Head Quarters at Trade
Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai on 09th June 2014.  Speaking on the occassion, Mark Gershburg, CEO of GSI said that the new office will offer state-of-the-art facilities and services, advanced technology and convenient delivery options for our clients enabling better productivity. Hence, resulting in faster turnaround times.

On the occasion, prominent figures from the industry and media graced the inaugural function to convey their best wishes and continuous success to GSI. Neeta Shah, VP Indian Operations adds, "It was a happy moment for the entire GSI family as they celebrated together with their clients and thanked them for their continuous support and commitment towards them. "

Over all the social gathering created an enthusiastic and positive atmosphere in the new office. The event was concluded with a sumptuous lunch hosted by GSI for its special guests and employees.

About GSIGemological Science International (GSI) was established in New York City and within a very 
short period of time became one of the world’s largest gemological laboratories with the offices in India, Israel, and Belgium. GSI is the most technologically advanced gemological laboratory in the world that delivers superior and reliable services to the diamond and fine jewelry industry worldwide. GSI is known for its integrity and innovations and its commitment to highest CSR standards.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Robert Procop Unveils New Platinum Pieces from his Exceptional Jewels Collection

Robert Procop Unveils New Platinum Pieces from his Exceptional Jewels Collection

Master jewelry designer and gem expert Robert Procop is revealing his newest platinum jewelry designs from his Exceptional Jewels gem collection. The collection is comprised of only the finest natural gemstones, all no treatment, set in platinum. Each piece is expertly and precision set by master artisans.

“Platinum has always been the most prestigious of precious metals to sculpture fine jewels,” says Procop. “My finest Master Craftsmen treat platinum as their precious canvas when fabricating our pieces. Platinum is not only the most precious metal but is the most durable to hold jewels for centuries to come. Therefore, while serving Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth and other Royal families, I have and will only use platinum to create the most important treasures.”

Procop cites the artistry of Parisian workshops in the 1920’s and 30’s as the inspiration behind some of his work. While each piece is extraordinary and unique, this influence is evident through stunning creations flaunting brilliantly colored stones and diamonds with classic art deco elements.

Procop’s platinum jewelry will be on display at select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue locations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Simon G Soiree Rocked The Doors Off!

Simon G. Jewelry celebrated style and design with their annual Simon G. Soiree at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 31. Celebrity attendees included Jaime King, Chris Noth, Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Brittny & Lisa Gastineau, Melissa Rycroft  & Tye Strickland, Heather McDonald, and Gilles Marini, who were all seen wearing their favorite Simon G. Jewelry pieces, mingled with the crowd and sipped on specialty drinks before watching a special poolside stage performance by Michael McDonald.

The night of festivities kicked off with comedian and host Heather McDonald, who looked gorgeous in her David's Bridal dress and Simon G. jewelry, taking the stage to welcome the guests. Heather roused the crowd with her hilarious impressions and sketches, which can be seen through new show, Lipshtick at The Venetian Hotel in Vegas on Friday, July 18th. Guests were treated to delicious cocktails and bites while viewing a poolside showcase of Simon G.'s latest pieces.  
Dancing with the Stars co-stars Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas danced up a storm to the tunes of Michael McDonald classics like "What a Fool Believes" and "Minute by Minute". Cheryl looked radiant in a David's Bridal peplum little-black-dress and Simon G Jewels.

New parents Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickand enjoyed a night out while gushing about their kids and newest addition, one-month-old Thomas.

Photo Credit: Al Powers Imagery

Jamie King at the Simon G Soiree wearing Simon G Jewels Katie Ermillo dress, Kurt Geiger shoes, a Charlotte Olympia clutch

Cheryl Burke in Simon G. Jewels and David¹s Bridal Dress at Simon G Soiree; Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke at Simon G Soiree

Brittny Gastineau in Simon G Jewels at Simon G Soiree; Lisa Gastineau, Brittny Gastineau and Melissa Rycroft  in Simon G Jewels at the Simon G Soiree in Las Vegas

Chris Noth, Gilles Marini and Simon G at the Simon G Soiree

Melissa Rycroft and Cheryl Burke (in David¹s Bridal) show off their Simon G Jewels at the Simon G Soiree; Brittny Gastineau and Heather McDonald (wearing David¹s Bridal) at Simon G Soiree


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