Archive for July, 2008

Our book launch party at Belenky Gallery NYC
Posted on July 31, 2008
Our book launch party at Belenky Gallery in Soho was amazing! People were out in the street because we filled the gallery with so many friends -- designers, editors, gem dealers and other movers and shakers. It was a blast! Everyone got to see more than 40 pieces from various projects from the American Jewelry Design Council's Museum Collection (that's what I've dubbed the 12 years worth of thematic projects the designers of the AJDC have created). AJDC designer members in attendance were: Jane Bohan, Whitney Boin, Michael Bondanza, Chris Correia, Henry Dunay, Sarah Graham, Susan Helmich, Jose Hess, John Iversen, Scott Keating, Christo Kiffer, Alan Revere, George Sawyer, William Schraft, Tina Segal and Diana Vincent. You can see all the party pictures on... Read More
Publicist Mitzi Zieve Creates a Fantastic Event for Us
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We've been having a crazier time than normal  (if that's possible!) around our offices as we prepared for a week of trade shows, publicity events and even a few parties thrown in. This weekend was the JA NY Show -- the fine jewelry trade show in NYC that showcases over 1000 companies from gem dealers to suppliers and fine jewelry manufacturers and our favorite, the designers. On Tuesday evening, 29th, we had a launch party for our book "BRILLIANCE! Masterpieces from the American Jewelry Design Council" (available through our website and it was quite an event! See the next entries above. The party was an amazing orchestration which began  --- a year ago while we were writing the book -- with Seth Bloomgarden of Belenky Brothers... Read More
Saul Bell Award Winners Feted in Las Vegas
Posted on July 2, 2008
Another great event during the Las Vegas Market week last month was the 8th annual Saul Bell Design Awards. No other design competition honors it's winners quite like the folks at Rio Grande, the sponsor of the Saul Bell Awards. The awards ceremony is a lovely, long dinner with a great video created of and by the winners. The star is the editor of the film who pieces together great responses to pendantic questions. What's your inspiration? How do you describe your hands? The competition invites designers to create original jewelry designs in seven categories. Rio Grande annually awards nearly $30,000 in prizes. This year’s categories and finalists are as follows: Gold/Platinum —Thomas Dailing, Thomas Dailing Designs; Sowon Joo; James Kaya, Solair Jewelers; Patricia... Read More
Eight-Figure Independents – New Report on the Retailers That Sell Designer Jewels
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National Jeweler does a great job with their industry research -- they publish several great reports for different industry sectors -- and they've just updated my favorite. The Eight-Figure Independents,  an elite club of American jewelers doing $10 million or more in a single store (provided they don't own more than seven stores, with one or two exceptions). These store owners -- who sell a lot of brand and designer jewels --  have reported in with unexpected results. The first few months of the year were "surprisingly strong," says Hank B. Siegel, president and chief executive officer of Lawrenceville, N.J.-based Hamilton Jewelers. "I am quite happy to say that we are enjoying strong sales growth so far in 2008." Others, while acknowledging... Read More
Women’s Jewelry Assoc. Celebrates DIVA Design Contest Winners in Las Vegas
Posted on July 1, 2008
The Women's Jewelry Association -- the greatest way to connect with other powerful, amusing, useful and fun women (and men) in the industry -- held it's annual party in Las Vegas during the JCK Show in June. It was a great networking bash and a chance to celebrate the winners of the annual WJA DIVA Design Competition. This year's competition had a Platinum Diva theme with five categories -- bridal ring trio suite below $5k retail and over $5k as well as bridal fashions under and over the same retail pricepoint and a natural color diamond bridal fashion category, too. The winning designs were gorgeous and the contest attracted more than 150 entries. Check out the Women's Jewelry Association website at to learn more about all the great events the WJA... Read More
Gild – A new Trade Event to Help You Meet Fashion Buyers
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The demand from the boutique, fashion and accessories market is growing for finer jewelry. The team that brought you Couture (I'm consulting for them) is working to put you in front of a new and exciting market – the thousands of fashion and accessory buyers and boutique owners who shop the Chicago and LA Fashion Weeks. The new trade shows are called GILD and they're 3-day turnkey booths in the Mart buildings of those two cities. Boutique buyers are learning how important jewelry is to their customers and their profits.  These two shows are perfectly timed to be a part of the LA Fashion Week (in Los Angeles) and StyleMax (in Chicago).  I'm excited about this new venture -- it opens up new markets for the tradition designer jeweler -- and I'm looking forward to... Read More