Archive for November, 2007

Creating a World Jewelry Center
Posted on November 8, 2007
Last night I attended a lovely soiree at the Waldorf Hotel in Manhattan to learn more about the  World Jewelry Center -- an amazingly ambitious new project in Las Vegas. The World Jewelry Center is a 50+ story tower planned in a new area of Vegas called Union Park. Most of the building will be business-to-business office condo's offering jewelry companies from around the world state-of-the-art office space. Internationl firms as well as domestic businesses are expected to fill the building with companies of all sectors from gems to manufacturers to designers and more. They've gotten more than 100 signed letters of intent to buy office space. A retail center is planned too -- giving some of the manufacturers in the tower the chance to have retail of their own. An... Read More
New Wave Craft Movement – something to talk about?
Posted on November 7, 2007
According to a post on the ACC Policy Discussion Forum  the American Craft Council has added a new section in their show for New Wave Crafters. One "old wave" master, James Aarons, questioned this and wanted an explaination of "New Wave." I found the reply interesting and in line with some research I did two years ago when putting together a talk on "Trends in Craft" and I thought about all the 20-somethings who make "stuff" and sell it. Yet don't relate to the traditional "craft" world. I found a host of cool websites that were fresh, young and "crafty" in a a new way. Guess the movement is growing.Mary Fichter  of the ACC replied: The Council has identified several exceptional self-proclaimed "new... Read More
Ethical Jewelry Summit
Posted on November 6, 2007
It has been just about a year (maybe 2) that we've heard mention of ethical jewelry MAKING practices and fair trade issues. We've always worried about ethical deals (think retailers switching stones, manufacturers underkarating, etc.) but ethical creation? A new concept that has just started to take hold as witnessed by the first-ever Ethical Jewelry Summit last month in Washington, DC. This event brought together a broad spectrum of industry leaders and Represented at the conference was World Bank, Ethical Metalmiths, JA, Cartier, ARM, Tiffany, DeBeers, CJRP, GIA, Rapaport, as well as major suppliers, such as The Bell Group and Hoover and Strong. Some of the retailers and manufacturers included: Leber Jewelers, Brilliant Earth, Toby Pomeroy, Lori Bonn, Cred Jewelers,... Read More
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Henry Dunay Jewelry Book Signing — Celebrating 50 years of Design
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Famed Designer Henry Dunay had a wonderful party this evening to celebrate the debut of his first coffee table book "Henry Dunay A Precious Life." The book is beautiful, filled with dozens and dozens of photos of Henry's masterpieces from the past 50 years. Marion Fasel and Penny Proddow wrote the text and the photos were taken over the years by Dallas jewelry photographer  extraordinaire John Parrish.It's an inspiring read for any designer.  ... Read More