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GIA NY Career Fair — Designers Mentoring other Designers
Posted on September 13, 2008
Every summer I volunteer at GIA's Career Fair to mentor and lend advise to budding jewelry designers. It's always such a great day -- and this year was no exception. The room is always packed for my sessions because there's no better way to learn than from those who have walked the walk before you. And I always get such great volunteers! This year's generous, informative panelists are seen below from left: Sandy Baker, Alex Woo and Joseph Murray. These designers have been running their own businesses for years and they shared sage advice, tips, tricks and wisdom with the crowd. TIP: If you're in need of mentoring, advice or information on running a designer business you can always email me a question or two AND read the open pages on our website,... Read More
Trends from Couture designers — #1 gem slices
Posted on June 13, 2008
Large, flat gemstones cut in slices was one of the most fun trends seen at this year's Couture. Designers set all kinds of stones from diamonds in an array of colors to colored stones both transparent and opaque. Here's the first of probably many images...... Pippa Small's bracelet of brightly colored flat cut stones of  Carnelian and Pink Tourmaline. And here's a set of diamond slice stacking rings by Melissa Joy Manning -- a huge hit at the show. ... Read More
Handmade at NYGift Show – designer report
Posted on February 6, 2008
Traffic at the Handmade section of the NY Gift Show was slower than last year, said many, but the popular designer lines still had a good show. And we had fun visiting with so many great friends. Trends spotted at the show: GREEN Jewelry is gaining a real toehold in our industry (see early post on Fair Jewelry Summit) and the latest to take the concept and run with it was Cynthia Gale of GeoArt. Her new Go Green campaign was attracting a lot of attention. That's Cynthia on the right.                          Another great green initiative is Julie Bergstein's (on the left) new locket collection for her eponymous line Just Jules. She combines vintage lockets, watch fobs and other trinkets... Read More
When will this Affect Jewelry Design Knockoffs?
Posted on August 18, 2007
U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Nail Design Thiefs by Renata Espinosa on www.fashionwiredaily.comAugust 09th, 2007 @ 12:06 AM - Not so fast, "fast" fashion – if a new design piracy bill that U.S. senators just introduced passes, companies hawking copies of an original design registered by a designer with the U.S. Copyright Office may find themselves dealing with a copyright infringement lawsuit.  Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the bill in Washington D.C. last Thursday, August 2.  Under the bill, called the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, designers... Read More