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Meet the New Designers of 2010 at the JA NY Show – July 25-28th
Posted on July 25, 2010
Come to NYC this week to see these designers make their industry debut at the JA NY Show at the Javits Center in NYC. Sunday July 25 through Wed. July 28th.Two dozen of our Couture designers will be there, too, along with nearly 100 designers in the Designer Showcase area. This is the trade show to attend when you need a wide variety of jewels from designer to findings and basics and gems to watches and so much more. The New Designer Gallery is always a highlight of the JA Show. It's where so many designers launched their careers -- dating back to the first time in 1987 when David Yurman made his industry debut.   Since then the Gallery has been home to the likes of Penny Preville, Charles Krypell, Tom Kruskal, Paul Morelli, Steven Lagos, George Sawyer,... Read More
Neil Lane Debuts Bridal Line with Kay Jewelers
Posted on July 20, 2010
Celebrated jewelry designer Neil Lane and Kay Jewelers today announce the launch of Neil Lane Bridal™, a collection of 36 vintage-inspired engagement and wedding rings. Each ring is designed by Neil Lane and hand crafted, assembled, and finished by skilled artisans, with diamonds that were hand selected by Kay, said the press release. “We are thrilled to launch the new Neil Lane Bridal collection at Kay Jewelers,” said Mark Light, President and CEO, Kay Jewelers. “Partnering with Neil Lane, we have created a one-of-a-kind bridal collection for our Kay customers that reflects Neil’s immense talent for intricate design and passion for style and glamour.” The Neil Lane Bridal collection features 36 engagement and wedding rings, grouped in the following themes:... Read More
David Tishbi Adds Multi-Colored Spinner Rings and Bright Gemstones for Spring 2010
Posted on May 31, 2010
2010 is the Year of Silver as many designers seek to make affordable jewels that will keep the customers coming into their favorite jewelry stores. Designer David Tishbi has always favored silver for his iconic, organic designs and this year he's added even more texture, colored metal accents and more attention-getting gemstones.JCK Magazine featured the "simple but chic" lemon quartz charm ring from the Candy Collection in their April Issue. Yellows and greens are quite popular this year. In the May issue, the meditation spinner rings from the Eternity Collection were described as "perfect for any occasion from anniversary to wedding or just the perfect gift!" The addition of rose and yellow gold and the blackened roller-pressed design in the... Read More
Lark Books 500 Gemstone Jewels ready for pre-order on Amazon
Posted on February 22, 2010
So happy to have juried this book... it's beautiful.So says the publisher:Gems are the rarest and most enticing material a jeweler can work with, and this newest entry in the acclaimed 500 series showcases a rainbow of stones, from rough and natural to fully-faceted precious jewels.  The pieces include rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and even a tiara, and they’re set in every imaginable kind of material, both precious and non-precious: gold, glass, platinum, palladium, iron, resin, silver, and more. The work ranges from Christo Kiffer's delicate and expressive "Tourmaline Moth Brooch," with its rich green tourmalines and sparkling diamonds, to a devastatingly beautiful necklace by master jeweler Daphne Krinos.   THE... Read More
Memo system cited as major factor in Henry Dunay filing for Chapter 11
Posted on June 24, 2009
“Memo is one of the main reasons I had to do this,” he said. “I don’t mind if somebody calls me and says I have a customer looking for something special. But when it sits in the store for a few months just to fill in the window, that is killer," said Henry Dunay in an exclusive interview with Rob Bates of JCK Magazine.Read the whole interview here.Also declaring Chapter 11 this week is David Webb, Madison Avenue jewelry house extraordinaire.In case you haven't been keeping up in the designer financial news, Michael Beaudry and JPPS Inc., the parent company for Penny Preville, also filed Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection this month. Doris Panos filed at the end of April.Henry is the first one to mention memo as part of the problem -- but I've got to wonder... Read More
Couture Design Awards 2009 – Great jewelry designs and designers celebrated
Posted on June 16, 2009
Couture Design Award winners really enjoyed their evening! So many great winning pieces -- and designers -- you can see them all at here are gold category winner Barbara Heinrich dancing with Atelier Zobel's owner Peter Schmid, who won for the pearl category (and was a finalist in the silver category, as well).Also having a great evening was bridal category winner (and gold category finalist) Pamela Froman with this year's MC, uber-stylist Rachel Zoe.And who would have expected a kickline to form with the ASPECTS designer group members and friends: Seen dancing were Jose Hess, Susan Sadler, Peter Schmid, Bernd Munsteiner, Tom Munsteiner, Petra Class and Couture newcomer awardee Elena Votsi.   ... Read More
Loree Rodkin Looking to Sell — Being Known as Michelle Obama’s Jewelry of Choice Should be Lucrative
Posted on May 2, 2009
The Wall Street Journal reports that Loree Rodkin "has been telling friends that she would be willing to sell her company," Well-connected in Hollywood and rocker circles, she has jetted to widespread fame as a jewelry designer since becoming Michelle Obama's go-to jeweler. Now, Ms. Rodkin is ready to cash in, says the article. "Recession or no, the dream of selling one's brand lives on in the luxury business. Investors can offer designers the joys of creativity without the headaches of operations and can bankroll global expansions. Louis Vuitton made luggage and ran his company until his death in 1892, when he passed it on to his son George. But these days, who wants to labor as an artisan into old age?"... read the whole article at ... Read More
Artistic Entrepreneurship considered now viable career path, said New York Times
Posted on December 16, 2008
“I am committed to destroying the myth of the starving artist,” stated Larry Thompson president of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., in a New York Times article recently. Thanks to Connie Mettler's blog,,  that alerted me to this article. Students at this school can now major or minor in a program called “The Business of Art and Design.”  Thompson, the school’s president, said he was inspired to create the program when he read about Dan Pink’s book, “A Whole New Mind,” which popularized the notion that artists, especially those who can marry left and right brain skills, the analytical and the creative, will be in high demand in the coming years.Rather than seeing art as something to pursue in the... Read More
jewelry_cycle exhibition: Artists Discover Hidden Sparkle in the Discarded
Posted on November 2, 2008
Holy Mother Board, Batman... it's jewelry! Jewelry_cycle is an educational showcase of wearable treasures made from re-cycled circuit boards on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design until January 4, 2009. Circuit boards contain precious metals, such as copper, silver and gold, which add a precious element to what would otherwise be considered e-waste. The curators, Christine Dhein and Christophe Koch, along with invited artists Shana Astrachan, David Casella, Reed Easley, Aimee Golant, Kelly Nederman and emiko oye discover the hidden potential and transform these materials to create brilliant, sparkling jewels. Christine hopes that this recycled jewelry collection will “inspire visitors to appreciate the potential value of discarded objects in a new... Read More
Erica Courtney, Kwiat, Neil Lane and others Rock the Emmys
Posted on September 23, 2008
The Primetime Emmy Awards were fun to watch this year (what to say about Jennifer Love Hewitt's look?) I was going to blog about all the great jewels but... JCKstyle has beat me to it! They've collected most of the jewelry shots in their 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards coverage! Missing from those pages though are all the celebs dressed by the goddess Erica Courtney! So here you go... the endless list of stunning celebrities who wore Erica Courtney:Jenna Fischer from “The Office”, Lisa Edelstein from “House”, Kathy Griffin from “My Life on the D- List”, Michael Emerson from “Lost”, Carrie Preston from “True Blood”, Kathy Joosten from “Desperate Housewives”, Katee Sackhoff from “Battlestar Galactica”, Lauren Velez from “Dexter”, Marin... Read More