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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2018: PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

from Press Release

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2018: 

PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come

Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of 
X-Rite, Incorporated, and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, today announced PANTONE 18-3838, UltraViolet, as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 UltraViolet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive UltraViolet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Complex and contemplative, UltraViolet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of UltraViolet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 UltraViolet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to UltraViolet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

UltraViolet in Fashion
On the runway or the streets, UltraViolet is an enchanting purple that provides a theatrical linkage for both men’s and women’s styles. True to the coupled nature of UltraViolet, created by combining red and blue, UltraViolet lends itself to unique color combinations in fashion and is easier to pair with all colors on the spectrum than one might think. With golds or other metallics, Ultra Violet becomes luxurious and dazzling; with greens or greys, it evokes natural elegance. Similarly, Ultra Violet takes on distinct appearances with different materials. Lush velvets in the color suggest intrigue for evening, but are also unexpectedly modern in athleisure or sneakers. In accessories, jewelry, and eyewear, UltraViolet suggests the complexities of natural gems, textures, and florals.

About the Pantone Color of the YearThe Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 19 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Friday, December 8, 2017

American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to Co-Locate in Las Vegas

from a Press Release
American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ 
and U.S. Antique Shows to Co-Locate in Las Vegas
Partnership will Mutually Benefit Exhibitors and Attendees

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning in June of 2019. AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas is a destination event that is integral to the vitality of businesses for thousands of retailers, brands, manufacturers, and designers, while for over two decades, the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show has been the largest trade-only event serving the antique and estate jewelry and watch industry. The co-location of these two indispensable industry events will serve to augment and enhance their respective markets through increased access to global buyers, and compellingly cohesive exhibitions.  
“We carefully researched all facets of this partnership prior to making the decision to align with U.S. Antique Shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center,” explains Douglas K. Hucker, CEO of the AGTA. “Through on-going conversations with our members, as well as multiple discussions within the board and in committees, we came to the conclusion that it’s time for an evolution for AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas. The collaboration with Emerald Expositions was a logical choice; not only is the move mutually beneficial to both our exhibitors and attendees, but there is also a commonality in the perspectives and goals of each of our organizations.” 
“We are thrilled to join forces with the AGTA during Las Vegas Market Week,” said Gannon Brousseau, Senior Vice President of Emerald Expositions' Jewelry Group. “As a group, we carefully weigh all decisions that potentially affect the industry as a whole. We firmly believe that AGTA’s vendors and buyers are crucial to the success of our industry, and our Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show vendors cater to a unique and varied group of qualified buyers. There is tremendous cross-promotional appeal between these two autonomous yet complementary events, and this partnership will ultimately contribute to the prosperity of the entire trade.” 

“There are paradigm changes going on in the industry. We see an exciting future for our exhibitors and buyers; the synergy of AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show is incredible. We will have a show that is easy to work, and one where a store owner can find profits at every booth,” enthused Jeffrey Bilgore, President of the AGTA Board of Directors. “Establishing our independence in Las Vegas provides us with so many opportunities for growth and improvement, and partnering with a like-minded organization like Emerald Expositions allows us to provide a vital and affordable show experience for our members, and to expand our resources in strategic and consequential ways.” 

About American Gem Trade Association:
American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. The AGTA serves the industry as “The Authority in Color” and has its headquarter office in Dallas, TX.

About U.S. Antique Shows:
U.S. Antique Shows, producer of the industry’s most anticipated events, serves the unique needs of the antique and antique jewelry marketplace with shows in Las Vegas, Miami and New York. The group’s events offer a broad range of antiques as well as vintage and estate jewelry and watches, and annually draws more than 50,000 consumers and 3,000 dealers from 28 countries worldwide.
U.S. Antique Shows are owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with its oldest show dating back over 110 years. The company operates more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Emerald Expositions’ events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy over 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. The company has been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect industry leadership as well as the importance of its shows to the exhibitors and attendees they serve.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2018 Chinese Five Element Astrology - Year of the Brown Dog

2018 Chinese Five Element Astrology 

Year of the Brown Dog

The 2018 Chinese New Year Day is on Friday, February 16, 2018, in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 05:06 on 16-Feb-18 in China's time zone.

Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin-Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2018 is the Yang Male Earth Dog. Brown is connected to Earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called Brown Earth Dog Year.

The first day of the Brown Dog is not the Chinese New Year in Chinese Astrology. The first day of the Tigermonth is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2018 Chinese Brown Dog starts on February 4, 2018, in China's time zone. That means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Brown Dog Year. If a baby is born February 5, 2018, then baby's zodiac sign is the Dog, not Chicken.

Sharing some really fun Jewelry and Gem Carvings honoring the DOG:

Alex Woo

Dog Fever

...and this is one of my favorites, a memorial necklace from Ivy by Design

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jewelry Television The Sisk Gemology Reference, 3 Volume, Professional Edition #JTV #GemBook

JTV introduces The Sisk Gemology Reference, Professional Edition at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

Jerry Sisk was a Gemologist, as well as the co-Founder and Executive Vice President at JTV.  With the Tucson Gem Shows just around the corner, and the info for this post sitting in my Inbox, I found myself procrastinating getting this info up.  I didn't know Jerry Sisk well but we knew each other to say hi as we passed each other walking across the street to get from the Tucson Convention Center to the GJX Show.  The few times we sat down to talk, usually about my Tucson Gem Show - Live!  blog.  I couldn't help but notice the passion Jerry had for the Industry and Oh Boy did the Industry love him!  I used to get a giggle watching this big guy dressed in a black suit with a dozen or more guys vying for his attention, all talking at the same time.

About the Author, Jerry Sisk:

It takes a village....In 1993, Sisk co-founded what would become Jewelry Television together with two partners and longtime friends, Bob Hall and Bill Kouns. The new home shopping channel was broadcast from a small studio in Greeneville, Tennessee, utilizing just one television camera.  From its humble start, Jewelry Television, which calls itself the largest retailer of loose gemstones in the United States, employed more than 1,200 people at the time of Sisk's unexpected death.

These are the people, his family, who took on the Herculean task of making Jerry's dream come true...they published his book.

The Sisk Gemology Reference, Professional Edition    By Jerry Sisk. A three-volume set, The Sisk Gemology Reference, Professional Edition, is a gemstone library at your fingertips. Featuring over 1, 000 pages and more than 2, 000 photos, it will delight all, from those relatively new to the amazing world of gemstones to professional gemologists and jewelers long established in their careers. 

This comprehensive reference guide was the ultimate labor of love and a longtime mission of beloved late Jewelry Television Co-Founder Jerry Sisk, whose undeniable passion for gemstones never waned but only grew stronger with time. 

Jerry's untimely passing left the task of completing the reference guide to our highly skilled team of gemologists and scientists. 

Volume 1, Prominent Gems
...delves into the history, science, lore, sources, treatments, and varieties (if applicable) of more than 100 well-known gems, including diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, and tanzanite. Also included is an easy-to-comprehend study of gemstones and their properties. 

Volume 2, Noteworthy Gems ...explores over 100 other rare and exotic gemstones, such as danburite, kyanite, pezzottaite, and sphene. 

Volume 3, Gallery of Gems a pictorial compilation of incredible gemstones, jewelry, and mineral specimens sure to leave you breathless as each page is turned. 

The Professional Edition comes to you encased in a protective slipcase to ensure years of use and enjoyment. Jerry's passion for gemstones is evident as you begin reading Volume 1 and soon find yourself engrossed and will continue as you peruse Volumes 2 and 3. The first edition set is available in limited quantities and only for a limited time. We extend this personal invitation to immerse yourself by taking a delightful foray into the world of gemstones!

Gemstone Reference Book; 3 Volume; Professional Edition With Slip Case By Jerry Sisk. The Set Includes Volume 1 Prominent Gems, Volume 2 Noteworthy Gems, Volume 3 Gallery Of Gems. 

For All Non-north American Orders Please Please Contact Customer Care At 1-800-619-3000.



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Sunday, December 3, 2017

#SilentSunday At Reinstein|Ross...and an Invitation For New Yorkers

 From an email announcement

The Holidays at Reinstein|Ross are, it seems, STACKED with perfect presents for all -  filled with beauty, color, light, and joy. 
Reinstein|Ross would love to help you find the perfect gift from their beautiful selection of jewelry in both of their Manhattan stores --Madison Avenue (at 73rd Street) and downtown on Gansevoort Street (at Hudson Street)

Please join us
 at our Gansevoort Street location on Friday, December 8th from 3-7pm, as we celebrate the season, shop for jewelry, sip some bubbly and welcome the artist, Chiara Scarpitti, to the RR Gallery.


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