Archive for 2011

great designer panel at the conference
See you at the Rappaport Int’l Diamond Conference in NYC on Sept. 12th
Posted on August 29, 2011
We've been invited to invite all our readers to the next RAPAPORT INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CONFERENCE 2011. It takes place on Monday, September 12, 2011, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at The Times Center, 242 West 41st St. in New York City. The Rapaport International Diamond Conference (IDC) brings together important players in the diamond and jewelryindustry with business experts, government officials and civil societyleaders to learn about and discuss the pressing issues of the day. AGENDA: The Market for Luxury Jewelry     9:00 am - 12:30 pm The Luxury Consumer - Changing Consumer Values and New Marketing Strategies with Pam Danziger, founder of UnityMarketing and internationally recognized expert on consumerbehavior, motivation and psychology. Auctions - Large Diamonds,... Read More
21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series
The Best of Lark 500 Series Debuts! Gorgeous Jewelry book
Posted on July 12, 2011
How exciting when you go out to fetch your mail and something fantastic lands in your hands that you hadn't thought of in a year. That's how I felt when I opened the envelope and viewed the newly published "21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series" by Lark Books.     It's a fantastic compilation from the 10 years of books in the Series that started with "1000 Rings" and soon beget "500 Bracelets," "500 Necklaces," "500 Gemstone Jewels" (the one I was lucky to jury!!) and more. Every fan of the 500 series should get their hands on this hardbound compilation and see what the jurors felt was truly the best of the best.  ... Read More
Need to Change Your Facebook Profile to a Business Page? Migrate it!
Posted on June 14, 2011
 Did you accidentally set your business Facebook page up as a personal page? What a hassle it is to create a new business page and then try to get all your personal page connections to “Like” your new page… right? Well, in April Facebook launched a page migration tool that allows you to transfer that personal page to a business page and automatically convert “friends” into “likes”. Cool. If you’re in that boat, just use the following link:   [thanks to our friends at FruchtmanMarketing for this tip!]   ... Read More
halstead bead grant 2011
One Week Left for the Halstead Bead Grant
Posted on May 30, 2011
Halstead Bead Inc is inviting jewelry designers to enter its 6th annual grant competition for new entrepreneurs in the industry. Deadline is June 6th. The winner of the 2011 business development grant will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise as well as other benefits. The award was previously known as The Jewelry Design Business Development Grant; however, it has been renamed in 2011. The award is sponsored by Halstead Bead Inc., a supplier of wholesale jewelry supplies. Designers utilizing jewelry making techniques such as metalsmithing, lampworking, metal clay, wirework, beading, or casting are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2008. Their design companies must focus on “bridge jewelry”... Read More
A Surprise Find at the Accessories Circuit – Evening Bags like Jewelry
Posted on May 29, 2011
While walking the aisles looking for holiday jewelry trends at the recent Accessories Circuit I was struck by the jewel-like evening purses by Clara Kasavina. Yes, there was some jewelry in her booth -- fabulous faux designs handcrafted by her husband Misha -- but it was the minaudieres and evening purses that made me swoon. Clara was a delight to meet -- she and her husband have been making these amazing accessories for 30+ years since emigrating from Russia. She and Misha adhere to the highest standards and have never waivered through more than one recession, she said. Unlike other manufacturers, Clara Kasavina molds are original, frames hand-cast and the entire bag hand-sewn. All additional production is also completed by hand in New York. For jewelry stores that carry... Read More
Vivienne Westwood Designs a new Palladium Jewels Collection & Debuts in Los Angeles
Posted on March 31, 2011
The Palladium Alliance has been busy gearing up for another round of super promotions for their cool, white metal. And when they start promotin' they do it in style! Their first initiative in their two-year promo campaign was to work with British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood. Dame Vivienne to you and me. The collection was shown to the press two weeks ago but officially launched yesterday in her new flagship store in West Hollywood. The party was a celeb-filled smash but the jewels were just as fabulous. We can't wait to see them in person. They're a walk on the wild side ... with tamer pieces to follow. Read all about it on The   images captured from -- read all about the party there.... Read More
Can you Give an Award TO an Award? Johnson Matthey’s Sustainable Design Awards Deserve Recognition
Posted on March 30, 2011
Kudo's to Johnson Matthey NY; not only did they run a terrific design competition with their first Sustainable Awards but their choice of award has got to be one of the coolest ever. The three winners of the JMNY Sustainable Awards were handed a custom engraved EcoSphere to mark the accomplishment. In keeping with the theme of the contest the glass EcoSphere contains: "active micro-organisms, small shrimp, algae and bacteria, each existing in filtered sea water. Because the EcoSphere is a self-sustaining ecosystem, you never have to feed the life within. Simply provide your EcoSphere with a source of indirect natural or artificial light and enjoy this aesthetic blend of art and science, beauty and balance. Because the living organisms within the EcoSphere utilize their... Read More
MJSA Expo – the trade show for jewelry makers in NYC
Posted on March 13, 2011
Great panel discussion on getting the most from your sub-contractors.   Peggy Jo Donahue of MJSA led the panel of Joel Weiss of Carrera Casting with designers Calla Gold of Santa Barbara and Malak Atut of Zaiken Jewelry and modelmaker Carlos Zamora.   Great info that all stressed the value of highly detailed communication with drawings and not just words.   Patience and respect are vital, too.   Pricing is not that much different from say 1 or 2 of a kind than 50 or 75. Quantity is less a variable than terms. Pay faster and regularly to get the better service and pricing.   Gain valuable advice and networking via great resources. Industry organizations are invaluable for networks and solutions. They gave a big shout out to WJA as well as... Read More
Oscar Jewelry Trends: Yay for Color, Boo for Quantity
Posted on March 1, 2011
It was a very reserved night for the Oscar watching JewelryFanatics. Many took to Twitter for their own live twitter stream (#oscarjewelry) to see the jewels the minute they hit the red carpet. Oooh, the glamour. Oooh, the amazing designs. Many of us were still waiting by the time the carpet was rolled up. But there were some highlights, and here are my favorites and links to some great jewelry bloggers for their round ups.   Natalie Portman in ruby beaded tassels by Tiffany.     Marisa Tomei in Van Cleef & Arpels earrings   Anne Hathaway in Tiffany diamonds     Jennifer Hudson in her favorite Neil Lane diamonds.     Amy Adams' Cartier emerald and diamond wrap necklace and a 30.75-carat carved emerald and diamond... Read More
One of A Kind Show — NYC & Chicago Holiday Sales Applications Ready
Posted on February 26, 2011
Applications are now ready for the 2011 One of a Kind Shows in NYC and Chicago. The New York show has two dates: Nov. 10-13 and 17-20, 2011. Deadline is May 2, 2011. Jeweler's who have done the 2010 NYC show: Anna Ruth Henriques Ambermoda (Poland) Angela Cammarota Cornelia Goldsmith Dana David Judith Haas Jessica Fields Judith Foster Julia Failey Gabriel Ofiesh Rebecka Froberg Victoria Varga Yasuko Azuma Rina Young Erica Zap ....... and others - 57 jewelers in total from US and abroad   Jeweler's who have done the 2010 Chicago show: Alisa Miller Ardith Johnson, Silversmith Amy Buettner Christine Bartling Craig Hagstrom Dana David Donna D'Aquino Devon Driscoll Flying Anvil Jeannie Hwang Jessica Fields JL Walsh John/Christine Design Keith Lewis Margo... Read More