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Friday, December 23, 2016

Very Merry Christmas Balls - Tahitian PEARLS!!!!!

Kojima Pearls

Atelier Leseine
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Nathalie's amazing use of architectural inspiration

Known for her carved pearls....

Atelier Leseine brings carved pearls to her men's collection
....and my personal favorites - TIKI!

....and we can't talk Tahitian with out KAMOKA!
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...and my personal favorite...casual Tahitians!!!

63 Extraordinary and Unique Mineral Specimens Now Living at GIA's Carlsbad Headquarters!

GIA Museum Acquires Highlights of the Joel and Barbara Hauser Mineral Collection
63 extraordinary and unique mineral specimens now in Carlsbad

GIA’s museum has acquired 63 ornamental minerals of exceptional size and quality, made possible through a generous donation by the family of Joel and Barbara Hauser. Many of the pieces are from localities with restricted access or that are no longer producing. These will serve as prime learning tools for students and visitors to GIA about mineral formation and lapidary artistry. The first group of 50 of these minerals went on view at the Institute’s Carlsbad museum beginning Nov. 9.      

Azurite (Bisbee, AZ). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA

For more than 60 years, native Californian Joel Hauser ardently pursued his hobby of collecting agates, geodes, ornamental minerals and petrified wood. His decades of devotion culminated in an impressive and celebrated mineral collection. On one trip in pursuit of mineral marvels, he unearthed a deposit of agate geodes in Riverside County’s Little Chuckawalla Mountains, known today as the Hauser Geode Beds.

Laguna Iris Agate (Mexico). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA   

Hauser was also a skilled lapidary, mastering the art of contour polishing. “His freeform, undulating polishing style adds interest and texture while removing blemishes, without having to grind away more material than necessary. Joel’s expertise, guided by an artistic eye and perspective, revealed the lovely patterns, markings and colors in the minerals,” says Terri Ottaway, GIA’s museum curator. Hauser also designed and modified saws and grinding equipment that could handle the cutting and polishing of even large pieces of petrified wood.

Variscite (Utah). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA

His wife Barbara and their four sons have donated the collection’s finest ornamental minerals to GIA in his memory. The significant acquisition helps the Institute fulfill its mission to educate and inspire students and the public about gems, gem minerals and jewelry.

Petrified pinecone and wood (Argentina and Utah). Photo by Orasa Weldon; © GIA   

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, Clarity, Cut 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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gift Guide - Love the Gift Giving Price Points! ...around and under $200

The Friendship Bolo Collection features retail prices under $200 on most pieces. All bracelets are created using sterling silver, and are available in a rhodium, 18kt yellow gold or 18kt rose gold finish

...and we LOVE these reminders of our fur babies from the Kissing Hearts Collection - priced perfectly for one of the eight days of Hanukkah or a sweet  gift from a child.

via the Holiday Catalog at Lustig Jewelers

....or the Sirena Infinity Diamond Collection

#WordlessWednesday - Sparkling Holidays with Omi Prive

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....and my Favorite!!!!

....and catch the Omi Prive booth at the Tucson Gem Show in the AGTA Gemfair Booth #401

#JTV - #JewelryTelevision Launches Exclusive Bella Luce Collection by Stylist Michael O'Connor

From Press Release

Jewelry Television (JTV) announced the debut of its exclusive Michael O'Connor for Bella Luce collection, the first design collaboration with respected celebrity stylist and jewelry expert Michael O'Connor. The national jewelry retailer and broadcast network in partnership with O'Connor will debut the collection on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. ET on JTV. To find JTV in your area, visit the JTV Channel Finder.

O'Connor boasts more than three decades of experience in the jewelry and fashion industry. Currently, he works as one of America's top celebrity stylists and fashion commentators.

"Michael has always been at the forefront of jewelry trends and is someone who has influenced celebrity style for many years," notes Jill Johnson, VP of Marketing, "so we know our customers are going to love each piece in this new collection."

JTV's exclusive Michael O'Connor for Bella Luce collection delivers elegance and style day or night. O'Connor creates stunning jewelry with the look, feel and quality of luxurious red-carpet designs. Each piece is crafted in sterling silver with Eterno™ accents and is stamped with O'Connor's signature logo. Additionally, a pink Bella Luce jewel is tucked within the interior of many of his designs.

"As a brand for passionate jewelry advocates, JTV is the perfect partner for this collection," said Michael O'Connor. "This is an exciting time and I'm looking forward to sharing these pieces with the JTV family."

Tune in to JTV on January 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET to be one of the first to own a piece of this exclusive collection.

About Jewelry Television® Jewelry Television® (JTV) is the leading retailer of jewelry and gemstones in the United States. Privately-held with a proven 23 year history, JTV leverages an omni-digital strategy designed to elevate the customer experience through holistic, digitally-driven touch points, including broadcasting live programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 86 million U.S. households, an industry leading mobile optimized e-commerce platform, and a robust social media presence. As part of its commitment to the development and distribution of educational content and consumer satisfaction the company employs numerous Graduate Gemologists and Accredited Jewelry Professionals. The company's website,, is one of the largest jewelry e-commerce websites in the country according to Internet Retailer's Top 500 list for 2015. Visit for more information or socially connect with JTV at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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