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designerDAY 2013 Features Speakers, Learning Stations & a Swap-n-Shop
Posted on February 6, 2013
designerDAY 2013 is ready to roll -- we're so excited for this year's line up of speakers and for the two new features we've added.  The theme is KNOWLEDGE IS POWER and we're tacking some of the most troublesome issues plagueing design'preneurs this year. First -- we'll have a session by Belinda Pruyne of Business Innovation Group about finding your ISP -- innovative Selling Proposition. Belinda is a business coach who has worked with a lot of artists and creative businesses and she's expert at helping you articulate what makes you and your jewelry unique. Next we delve into the issue of appraisals and what happens when a customer brings your jewelry to an appraiser who isn't famiilar with your work or the designer concept and appraises it for basic scrap costs. And your... Read More
Editors spent the morning looking at jewelry and trying it on and taking lots of photos for use sometime later in their stories. That's the purpose of these events -- relaxed editorial planning.
The Press Preview at the Fragments Showroom Gives Editors a Visual Treat and Access to Amazing Jewels
Posted on September 1, 2012
 The annual Fragments Press Breakfast is always a great event -- a lovely breakfast with lovely folks looking at lovely jewels. What a better way to start a day.   Fragments showroom began 28 years ago out of a love for jewelry and a  passion for jewelry designers. Janet Goldman has been finding new designers and bringing them to a very wide roster of boutiques, department stores and other stores. She has been their cheerleader, their mother bear and their friend for nearly 3 decades.   And it's been our delight to share in her pride and her passion for jewelry.   The Press Event is the chance for the publicity team, led by the fantastic Danielle Gadi (wish I had a photo of her) to show off the dozens of designers to dozens of editors, bloggers and writers of all... Read More
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Business Advice for Designers Entering the US Fine Jewelry Market
Posted on August 27, 2012
A few months ago Lilian Raji of the Lilian Raji Agency created a very comprehensive series of events in NYC for the government of Quebec's export division featuring 14 fine jewelry designers. The Jewelry Artists of Quebec event was phenomenal --a monthlong exhibition at the beautiful Aaron Faber Gallery that started with a VIP party and press appointments. It was an organizational tour de force and Lilian did an amazing job. I am proud to have been a part of the designers' educational events; we had a terrific business panel with several esteemed colleagues and then I spent two days doing one-on-one consultations with most of the designers. It's my favorite thing to do -- get to know a designer, their inspiration and their work and help them figure out how it should fit... Read More
Design Competition Deadlines Coming Up — Niche, Spectrum, DIVA, Palladium
Posted on August 12, 2012
Quick catch-up for designers who like to enter design competitions: Cultured Pearl Association of America's Third International Pearl Design Competition deadlines Sept. 3rd. The AGTA Spectrum Awards deadline is Sept. 21st. The Women's Jewelry Association's DIVA Design Competition deadline is Sept. 21st (WJA also has a category in the AGTA Spectrum Awards, too) Palladium Alliance Design Contest deadline is Sept. 21st. The Niche Awards deadline is September 30th. ... Read More
Cultured Pearl Contest Winner 2011
CPAA Announces Third International Pearl Design Competition
Posted on June 18, 2012
Earlier this month, the Cultured Pearl Association of Americaofficially kicked off its Third International Pearl Design Competition 2012–2013.    Images of design entries (sketches or finished pieces) highlighting any pearl variety may be submitted through Sept. 3. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1, and receive press recognition as well as display space for completed pieces at the CPAA booth at the AGTA Tucson GemFair and JCK Las Vegas in 2013. For complete contest details visit or call 888-31-PEARL. View last year’s winners.   [source:]... 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
globalDESIGN show of exceptional jewelers to the trade — Philly Feb. 18-20
Posted on February 10, 2011
1000 rings book
Lark Books Curating second “500 Rings” book
Posted on January 17, 2011
500 Rings, to be juried by Bruce Metcalf, is second collection of juried rings in the 500 series. Following the widely popular 1000 Rings (Lark Books, 2004), this encore installment will be a 420-page, full color survey of contemporary rings created after 2000. This international collection will be beautifully presented and widely distributed throughout the world in Spring 2012.They  welcome outstanding images of rings made from any materials and in all design styles. Jewelers whose work is selected for inclusion will receive full acknowledgment in the book, a complimentary copy, and discounts on the future purchase of books. Artists retain copyright to their work. Lark accepts high-quality digital images, transparencies, and slides. No entry fee is required. Submissions... Read More
Top 10 PANTONE Colors for women’s fashion chosen by New York designers for spring 2011
Posted on September 14, 2010
How will these relate to jewelry??? Tell us your plans. ... Read More
JA Show New Discovery — Jamie Kayam, Shapes of the City
Posted on July 25, 2010
Jamie Kayam is making his industry debut this week at the JA NY Show in NYC. He has a long history as an artist and has mastered many artforms but jewelry seems to be his true calling. His debut collection are based on a signature style of easy-to-know geometric shapes, he says. The jewels are made in NYC and all of the gemstones are handset. The collection is available in sterling and vermeil with a wide variety of crystals and some gemstones.You can meet Jamie at the JA Show and see his whole collection [qualified retailers are invited to the show with the proper identification -- read more on] and consumers can see more on his Etsy store site at expect great things from this new designer.  ... Read More