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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Save Your Precious Moments In An #NFC Pearl From Galatea

Press Release from Galatea

Patented Momento Pearl™ Saves Your Precious Moments in a Pearl

The NFC-empowered Momento Pearl™ from Galatea: Jewelry by Artist is the first cultured pearl to contain near field communication technology, allowing a user to create a tailored voice message that can be played when the pearl is tapped against a compatible mobile device. Taking smart jewelry to a completely new, emotional level, the patent-pending Momento Pearl (U.S. Patent No. 14/517.827 and Trademark 86/434,536) can also store a variety of digital content including images, messages and videos.

Galatea gives Momento jewelry its voice by implanting an NFC chip deep inside the pearl. The tiny computer runs without a battery by induction energy. When the Galatea app is downloaded, the user records a message or uploads an audio file. By tapping the pearl against an NFC-enabled mobile device, the audio is played and other digital material displayed. From words of love and encouragement to wedding vows and Biblical passages, the emotional connections the Momento Pearl can make are truly endless.

The Momento Pearl Ad:

“This is where the future of jewelry begins,” says inventor and Galatea founder Chi Huynh. “A person can ‘live’ in this pearl forever, as it holds the voice and memories of a loved one.” Despite its high-tech interface, the real interest in the Momento Pearl lies in its ability to summon a voice, a memory and emotion, says Huynh, who plans on introducing more NFC-enabled jewelry to include gemstones and diamonds over the coming months.

The Cultured Pearl Revolutionary
Though the Momento Pearl is unique, Huynh says it’s just a natural extension of Galatea’s revolutionary work with pearls and pearl culturing over the last 20 years. Known for its hand-carved cultured Tahitian and freshwater pearls (the Momento Pearl collection features only hand-carved pearls), Galatea also owns a number of patents for its unique pearl and gemstone jewelry. In 2005, the company introduced the Galatea Pearl™ (U.S. Patent 7,062,940 B2), a pearl that is cultured using a colored stone bead. After the pearl’s nacre is carved away, the color can be seen below its surface. It’s been called the most significant breakthrough in pearl culturing since Kokichi Mikimoto patented the process in the early part of the 20th century.

The complete collection of Momento Pearl jewelry includes 29 pendants, 26 earrings and 8 rings in 14k gold with Tahitian and freshwater pearls. Manufacturer Suggested Retails begin at $350. The Momento Pearl Collection will be available at Galatea authorized retail jewelers in January 2015, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

About Galatea: Jewelry by Artist ( With an uncompromising artistic vision, Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea, has created some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual jewelry collections--collections that rely upon pearls and other gemstones that have been transformed by proprietary and patented processes. A poet, painter and humanitarian, Galatea, founded in 1994, employs over 150 people in the U.S. and Vietnam. Contact Chi Huynh or Barbara Moss at 909-592-0877 for interviews or additional information.

Monday, December 22, 2014

#LinkLove: The Business of Craft

How About A Little Easy Monday #LinkLove

* this is a reprint of an older post - I am hoping that the links are still all good!  Please leave any additional info in the comments.

Calls for Entry:

Cafe: Call For Entry

Show Listings:

Craftin Outlaws:

Festival Network Online

Craft Sales Sites:



NEC Store Fixtures/Displays

Store Supply Warehouse

Thunderbird Supply:

Photography Tips:

You Are My Sunshine ($5 Photo Studio)

#SilentSunday - Pantone's Color Of The Year Is....Drumroll Please! MARSALA!!!!

Explore all things Marsala on the Pantone Website

Recent Fine Jewelry #Auction at Bonham's Brings in Over $4 million....

Bonham's Shares A Few Of Their Favorite Things From the Fine Jewelry Auction

According to Bonham's, there was intense online bidding and a quick 
competitive telephone bidding throughout the afternoon, bringing the Fine Jewelry auction at Bonhams New York to a triumphant close, with sales totaling over $4 million.

Colored gems, classic designs, and signature pieces performed fantastically, and Susan Abeles, Vice President and Director of the Jewelry at Bonhams North America, said: 'Contemporary signed jewels continue to thrive in the auction environment. The sale was dominated by colorful pieces which were well received by an international audience.'

Notable highlights of the afternoon include:

 An exquisite diamond ring by Cartier, weighing 8.45 carats, which realized $293,000.

Kashmir sapphire & diamond ring, made $118,750, almost twice the high estimate.
 A late Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet (c. 1935), with a total diamond weight of 
                                               14.00 carats, which sold for $106,250.
   Sapphire (3.20 ct) and Old European Diamonds (6.85 ctw) brooch with a combined 
           weight of 10.05 carats, which realized $112,500: 9 times the high estimate. 

Renaissance Revival suite of sapphire, demantoid garnet and enamel jewelry (c. 1920),   fashioned by Louis Comfort Tiffany, soared past its high estimate making $161,000.

   Colombian emerald cabochon ring weighing approximately 50 carats, surrounded by 
      diamonds. It achieved $106,250, over 3 times the high estimate.
 A pair of natural button pearl diamond ear studs, each over 10mm,  mounted in 18k white gold.  Accompanied by GIA report #5161602019, dated October 8, 2014, stating: "the pearls are of natural origin, saltwater, no indications of treatment."   Achieved  $45,000

Earlier in December.... there seemed to be a resurgence of ruby-adorned jewelry at the London auction...a fact quickly confirmed with the crazy results from a pair of Art Deco, ruby and diamond clip brooches made by Cartier around 1930. They achieved an astonishing £482,500 after pre-sale estimates of £80,000-120,00 - followed by two ruby rings which far exceeded their pre-sale estimates.

First, a single-stone ring set with a large Burmese ruby, fashioned by the renowned jewelers Van Cleef & Arples in 1923, rose past the estimate of £80,000-100,000 to make $548,163. 
Burmese ruby, in a setting made around 1930, and set with a cushion-cut stone weighing over 6 carats, fetched $548,462  after it was set to achieve £50,000-80,000.

As if the bidders needed more convincing, a beautiful belle époque ruby and diamond necklace made more than twice its top estimate, selling for $191,688, while another pair of Art Deco, ruby and diamond pendent earrings by Cartier more than doubled their lower estimate to achieve £72,100.

It was not all rubies, however, as sapphires also per
formed strongly, with a Cartier Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring making $323, 131, and an octagonal-cut sapphire and diamond ring realizing £146,500, twice its estimate.

Jean Ghika, Head of Jewelry UK and Europe, said: 'We achieved some outstanding results in the sale, particularly for period jewels and colored gem stones. The collection of Burmese rubies performed exceptionally well, proving that these rare gems continue to have an enduring appeal.'

It was a very busy December for Bonhams and the next Fine Jewelry sale in New York will be April 2015, and a selection of jewelry from the estate of Lauren Bacall will be offered as part of The Lauren Bacall Collection on March 31 and April 1 2015.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to


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