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Thursday, October 22, 2015

ALROSA’s Andrey Polyakov Named Vice President of World Diamond Council At Conclusion of AGM

from a release provided by representatives of the World Diamond Council

World Diamond Council Annual General Meeting Concludes;
ALROSA’s Andrey Polyakov Named Vice President
The World Diamond Council (WDC) concluded its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Moscow, Russia during which the WDC Board unanimously approved Mr. Andrey Polyakov of ALROSA as Vice President of the WDC.

WDC’s Corporate Secretary Mr. Udi Sheintal, Treasurer Mr. Ronnie Vanderlinden, 
Vice President Mr. Andrey Polyakov, Executive Director Ms. Patricia Syvrud,
and President Mr. Edward Asscher

Mr. Polyakov, VP for ALROSA, fills the position left vacant by Mr. Andrew Bone’s recent retirement from De Beers and the WDC Board. Per the WDC Bylaws, Mr. Polyakov will
succeed Mr. Edward Asscher, current WDC President, when Mr. Asscher’s two year term as
President expires in May of 2016.

“I look forward to continuing to ensure the mandate of the WDC, which is to prevent conflict
diamonds from entering the supply chain, through the WDC’s critical role of representing the industry at the Kimberley Process,” stated Mr. Polyakov.

Mr. Asscher stated “I am confident that the WDC will continue to lead the fight against conflict diamonds under the future strong leadership of Mr. Polyakov, who will succeed my presidency in May 2016. The Board congratulates Mr. Polyakov in this important role.”

The meeting opened with the participants of the AGM being addressed by ALROSA President Mr. Andrey Zharkov, and the Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia Mr. Alexey Moiseev. Also at the meeting Mr. Erik Jens, head of Diamond and Jewellery Clients for ABN Amro Bank and Mr. Andrew Bone, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council gave presentations on financing and responsible sourcing in the diamond supply chain.

During the WDC Board meeting, which took place alongside the AGM, Mr. Udi Sheintal, WDC Corporate Secretary, was named WDC General Counsel, replacing Cecilia Gardner, who stepped down from the role in June of this year. 

The meeting also focused on the upcoming Kimberley Process Plenary meeting which will take place in Luanda, Angola in November; members discussed the situation in the Central African Republic and the recently created KP Monitoring Team for that country. It was agreed that under no circumstances will the WDC accept that any conflict diamonds from CAR enter the rough diamond pipeline.


from News released on


Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweler, brings its high and fine jewelry including the Imperial and much-loved Heritage collections to Dorfman, Boston from October 2015.

Shoppers were stunned and surprised a week ago, when an 
armored car dropped off a #NEW Fabergé egg Wednesday morning.  The first in 99 years, the Spring Egg is one of a collection of four new Imperial-class Eggs called the Four Seasons, the collection can be had for a mere $2.96 million. 

#NEW Fabergé egg at Dorfman's in Boston jewel via CBS Boston.
Spring is made up of 138.36 karats of emeralds, 36 princess cut Paraiba tourmalines, and 5,638 round white diamonds, set in 18 karat rose and white gold.

According to an in depth article by Logan Sachon at JCK:  “Part of the mission of the company is to create Fabergé again as it was in the early 1900s, having that level of prestige,” Jon Omer,U.S. vice president in charge of wholesale for Fabergé tells JCK.“When Gemfields bought the brand, we say our project was to rescue it from a black hole, to re-create everything: image, design, marketing. And one of the last parts has been to begin creating the Imperial-class Eggs again.”
Fabergé was reintroduced as a prestige luxury brand, and the brand was realigned with the Fabergé family when Pallinghurst sold the majority of its stake to Gemfields in 2012.  It is a point of particular pride that members of the Fabergé family have endorsed the effort.
“Tatiana Fabergé and Sarah Fabergé, great granddaughters of Peter Carl Fabergé, are part of our board, they look at everything we are making and put their blessing on it, and when you purchase a piece from Fabergé, you receive a certificate of authenticity from the two sisters,” says Omer.

The first Imperial-class Egg under the new Fabergé regime was created in collaboration with, and purchased by, the pearl collector Hussain Al-Fardan and presented at Baselworld in February 2015. The Fabergé Pearl Egg featured 139 white pearls, 3,305 diamonds, carved rock crystal, and mother-of-pearl set on white and yellow gold. The “surprise” inside the egg, a hallmark of the original Fabergé Imperial Eggs, was a 12.17 ct. gray pearl. (In the Four Seasons collection, the buyers are invited to choose the surprise they want inside each egg, Omer says.)
“Once these eggs are sold, we will start on a new egg,” he says. “We will do what Carl did and produce a new egg each year.”

Each egg takes 25 artisans approximately one year to produce."
This teaser for one of the Four Seasons Eggs was published by the Jewellery Editor
What do you think? ...they changed their minds and decided on Green for Spring?
(Ruby egg, which when opened reveals a mechanically powered presentation podium)
With a history bridging three centuries and the richest of operatic narratives, intricately woven with romance, intrigue, opulence and the fall of an empire, Fabergé perfectly understands the importance of history, heritage, legend and legacy. Each Fabergé object today, an enduring heirloom, marks a moment in time that will last for generations to come.

Sean Gilbertson, Fabergé’s CEO, said:
“We are delighted to see Fabergé landing in Massachusetts’ capital. Boston played such an important part in the nation’s founding and with revolutions in both our histories we have something in common. We are excited to begin this new chapter in the USA. For nearly four decades, the Dorfman family has presided the premises at 24 Newbury Street. With Jonathan and Douglas, still overseeing the family’s salon, much like the original Fabergé brothers did, we are sure their local and international clientele will welcome Fabergé’s unique fusion of exceptional workmanship and design with beautiful gemstones.”

24 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
+1 617 536 2022

For more information, visit:
Fabergé collections are available online or in the international boutiques.

Monday, October 19, 2015

#GalleryOpening The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross Honors The Gem Visions of Robert Bentley!

The Gallery at Reinstein & Ross Invites you to the opening of their new show...Robert Bentley Gems! 
"Robert Bentley: By Nature" -- Opens October 22nd (with an Artist Reception 6-8pm) and continues through November 22nd. The exhibition will feature approximately 60 examples of Bentley’s gemstones as well as a smaller collection of Bentley’s work, as incorporated into finished jewelry by the Reinstein|Ross workshops. Truly an artist, Bentley works to allow the unique and natural character of the stones to exhibit themselves to the world."

This is my opinion but I am sure you will agree...whether it is his "Plate" cuts or basic cabochons (is there anything "basic" about a Robert Bentley Gem)...there is no one doing what Robert Bentley does.

Plate Cut Beads
From the more formal shaped plate cut beads to the frenzy of the thinner front to back drilled plates.

Hex Faceted Tubes 
These – especially in Tourmaline and Aquamarine – are my favorites. They look like raw tourmaline and aquamarine crystals that are shaped, faceted (in long facets following the tube shape) and polished. They also offer this shape with hexagonal facets.

Faceted Beads
These are some of the most dynamic beads – big beads with large free-form facets that, when used in a necklace would send light to the face.

Hammered Beads
Huge gemmy chunks of gemstone with a rough hammered finish – yet still clear, clean and polished!


...and hammered Chalcopyrite!

Crystal clear round lentil shaped beads of some of the gemmiest (is that a word?) material. This is the grade of gem that usually gets sent to the faceters for use in individual cut stones.

RARE – this isn't just rare stones, but stones that are rarely cut into beads! ...strands of watermelon tourmaline...

...and then there are the beads that honor the inclusions!

"Robert Bentley began his love affair with gemstones while accompanying his grandfather to rock hound meetings in the 1950’s. He graduated from Pratt Institute in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. While he continued to paint and sculpt (he still does today), his fascination with gemstones took precedence and The Robert Bentley Company showroom was opened in New York City in 1994.

For nearly twenty years, The Robert Bentley Company has been working with an international community of talented stone cutters to provide the fine art jeweler with better, gem-quality colored stones. The extensive inventory spans a broad spectrum, from fine facets and uniquely crafted cabochons to natural crystal structures, distinctive crystal surface pieces, fine beads, druseys, and an array of phenomenal inclusions. "

Downtown Store, Workshop and Gallery
30 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014



Gallery Facebook:

#YourLocalJeweler The Golden Touch and Galerie de la Terre Celebrates Beach Opening in #CoronadelMar!

#YourLocalJeweler The Golden Touch 
and Galerie de la Terre Celebrating 
Beach Opening in #CoronadelMar!

Ethiopian Opal Beauties by Christie...

If you live in the Southland - I hope - you've been by Nevada Mineral & Books (342 S Tustin St., (714) 633-1549) in the city of is not only a great resource for books and minerals, but Walt is an amazing source of knowledge to new rockhounds or someone who may have inherited a collection.

Stunners from the Oceanview Mine in Southern California dressed up in designs by Christie!
In the front corner of the shop there has been a small Fine Jewelry Corner featuring Christie's stunning designs...well, now there is an entire shop to view and shop her collections...from gems from local mines to a spectacular Bridal line!

BRIDAL!  are you serious?  I don't think I could make a decision! but that first Vintage Look is calling!

You will find the new Fine Jewelry Store and Natural History Gallery in the quaint little city of Corona del Mar, between Laguna and Newport Beaches!

They have already held two "Meet The Designer" Trunk Shows featuring International Award Winner Philip Zahm and Celebrated Jeweler Randy Polk with many more planned! Follow their Facebook so you know what is going on!  

Where: Golden Touch Jewelers/Galerie de la Terre
3645 E. Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Websites: Golden Touch Jewelers/Galerie de la



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