#JWLV – All Roads Lead To A Glittering Las Vegas!

May 21, 2013

It isn’t just the twinkling neon that glitters over the Las Vegas strip following Memorial Day each year…like Tucson in February, the Strip lights up with a Golden Glow and the Scintillating spark of Diamonds!!!!…and there are so many diamonds and …

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#JWLV – A Century of Red Carpet Glamour – Oscar Heyman at Prestige Promenade

May 21, 2013


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#JWLV – John Dyer’s StarBrite™ Cuts Take Center Stage at AGTA Las Vegas at JCK

May 20, 2013

When you hear terms like “Ripple Top” and Zig Zag it may bring school yard bullies to mind (yes I was four eyes!).  Then you add “Super Trillion”, “StarBrite” and “Light Weaver” and you realize that we are talking about Super Heroes!!!!   Gem Cutting Super Hero John Dyer to be specific!

Previewing just a few of the StarBrite™ cuts that will debut at the show!

See you at the AGTA Show inside JCK Las Vegas!  BTW – it opens one day before JCK!

12.21ct Square StarBrite™ Citrine

2.23ct UNHEATED Square StarBrite™ Tanzanite 

The Multiple International Award Winning Gem Cutter will be available at…

    AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show

May 30 – June 3, 2013

Booth #AGTA 1204
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#JWLV – Two Magical Previews from Couture 2013

May 20, 2013


   Couture 2013 Preview-Highlights!

Ivanka Trump Takes us on a Journey
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry is introducing the “Journey,” a new series of collections inspired by Ivanka’s passion for travel, architecture and design. Each collection is directly influenced by Ivanka’s favorite locations around the globe. The voyage begins with “Metropolis” – meaning “mother city”; a line of 18k yellow gold and diamond jewelry, inspired by 1920’s Art Deco architecture, in Ivanka’s favorite city, New York. Each piece in the Metropolis Collection is designed with an ‘IT’ motif, signifying the Greek key – a popular architectural design during the Art Deco period. Born and raised in NYC, Ivanka says, “It was important to me that Metropolis was the first collection in the Journey series…the culture and atmosphere of this city have always been a major source of creative inspiration.” Chambertin II

Mauro Felter’s Path of Flowers
Mauro Felter drew inspiration for his new collection, “The Path of Flowers,” from a valley near his hometown in Northern Italy called Vallecamonica. There are two mountains in this valley, Concarena and Pizzo Badile, where there is a light refraction phenomenon known as the “Spirit of the Mountain” which slowly dissipates with the rising of the sun. The mystical aura of this place influenced Mauro’s use of color in his latest collection. He uses 18k rose and yellow gold with a variety of gemstones such as fire opals, Australian boulder opals, paraiba tourmalines, green turquoise, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds (yellow, brown and colorless). The Path of Flowers was named after a mountain path surrounded by colorful flowers that takes you to the top of the highest mountain in the valley. Design Atelier Salon #15

See you at Couture – to Register: http://www.thecoutureshow.com/

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#JWLV – Art Deco is the Hottest Trend Going It Is Strongest at Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show

May 20, 2013

Head over to the  Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show on Thursday May 30th – Sunday June 2ndat the Paris Las Vegas “in the middle of the strip” – I’ll see you there!- Vivid Diamonds and Jewelry Booth 1041 -PLATINUM DECO BRACELET SET WI…

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#JWLV – B9Creator New CAD/CAM Solution To Debut at JCK Las Vegas

May 20, 2013

B9Creator, a new CAD/CAM solution that enables jewelry designers to achieve detailed precision at a price well below comparable systems, will officially debut in Booth B6272 at the JCK Las Vegas show, May 31-June 3. According to its inventor, Michael Joyce, the B9Creator will enable both retail designers and jewelry manufactures to quickly build high-quality, easily castable models, providing faster production and a powerful sales tool for custom consultations.                    

A DLP-RP (Digital Light Processing-Rapid Prototyping) system, the B9Creator also has already generated excitement among potential users, generating pledges exceeding three quarters of a million dollars through the Kickstarter funding site. (Typically, only about 41% of Kickstarter projects reach their funding goal.) The B9Creator can build objects as large as belt buckles or as detailed as a tiny filigree ring, with precision typically possible only on machines costing three to five times as much. In addition, because DLP technology exposes an entire build layer at a time, total build times for most objects is normally between two to five times faster than other comparable technologies.                   

Another advantage of this system is that the output resin, unlike that of photopolymers in general, is proven to be directly castable when cured properly.                   

Resolution on the B9Creator is variable by build area. Resolutions in the x/y plane (horizontal) of 50, 75 or 100 microns are possible by adjustment of the projector’s position and focus. Resolutions in the z (vertical) build axis from 101.6 to 6.35 microns are possible via software selection. (The minimum z axis “step” size is 6.35 microns.) At the 100 micron x/y pixels setting, the build area is 102.4 mm (4.03″) x 76.8 mm (3.02″) x 206.4 mm (8.125″). At the 75 micron x/y pixels setting, the build area is 76.8 mm (3.02″) x 57.6 mm (2.27″) x 206.4 mm (8.125″). At the 50 micron x/y pixels setting, the build area is 51.2 mm (2.02″) x 38.4 mm (1.52″) x 206.4 mm (8.125″).                     

The B9Creator will be initially offered in two versions, as a kit which will require user assembly for US$2,990, and as an assembled machine including some consumables and extra parts for US$4,995.                   

And with these features, the B9Creator has proven to be the best answer to current jewelry industry needs. As one early adopter, Gary Swank of Gary Swank Jewelers in Portland, Oregon, noted, “I never expected to have this level of technology available to my jewelry design business at this price. It will bring our production and creativity to the next level.”     

For more details, visit http://b9creator.com/

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Rapaport’s Fair Trade Symposium at JCK – ‘Doing Good IS Good Business’

May 20, 2013

Gleim The Jeweler and Smithworks Fine Jewelry agreed with the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s (DEF) message that ‘Doing Good IS Good Business’ and signed on to the Diamonds for Good Membership Program at the recent AGS Conclave.

The Diamonds for Good Membership Program is designed to highlight a company’s commitment to giving back and supporting DEF’s mission of empowerment through education in diamond-producing nations. Studies have shown that more than 80 percent of consumers care that the companies they do business with give back to the community in some way.  Phyllis Bergman, DEF’s board president, affirms “the Diamonds for Good program allows participating companies to easily and visibly
And it is not only retailers who see the importance of this program from a social and business perspective. Rubel & Ménasché (R-M), part of the Dali Diamond Group, based in Paris and a supplier of specialty high-end small goods also recently signed on “…because we believe in supporting programs which impact communities where our most precious gems originate,” says Elodie Daguzan, the head of communications for R-M.

DEF will be at JCK Las Vegas, booth L-11. The organization’s presentation “Doing Good is Good Business” will be given on Friday, May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Tradewinds EF.

Visit www.diamodempowermentfund.org to download a membership form or contact executive director Nancy Orem Lyman at 212.359.4219,  n.lyman-at-diamondempowerment.org.

About the Diamond Empowerment FundThe Diamond Empowerment Fund is a New York based global non-profit organization (EIN# 20-5967103) that raises money to fund education initiatives in African diamond-producing nations. Its beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree.  CIDA has an 80% employment rate among graduates; the African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development on the continent and drawing students from all 54 countries in Africa, and the Botswana Top Achievers program that provides the top high school students countrywide the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development.  www.diamondempowerment.org.
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May 19, 2013

All Show Attendees can vote – locate a Blue Platinum Innovation marker at your favorite jeweler – text their PT Code in – you have seven chances to vote in the following categories…

Platinum Engagement Ring
Entry Platinum Engagement Ring (semi mounts under $2,500 retail)
Platinum Wedding Bands
Platinum Men’s Jewelry
Entry Platinum Fashion Jewelry (under $3,500 retail)
Platinum Red Carpet Jewelry
Platinum and Colored Gemstone Jewelry

Winners will be announced at their booths on Sunday, June 2nd between 10:30am and 12:30pm during the official PGI Prize Patrol.

Thank you for this opportunity to Platinum Guild International (PGI). PGI is an organization dedicated to inspiring passion for platinum and ensuring that platinum jewelry is the precious jewelry metal of choice. PGI supplies information, practical advice and expertise to help jewelry retailers make informed and inspired decisions.

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#JWLV – Five Fiery Previews – Engagement Rings at Prestige Promenade at JCK

May 19, 2013

Prestige Promenade is an impressive collection of 61 of the world’s leading designers, nestled inside the Shorelines Pavilion at the JCK Show…these are just a few of the engagement ring offerings!For a complete lookbook click here – Prestige Pro…

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WJA Announces 2013 Awards For Excellence Honorees and Nominees

May 19, 2013

WJA’s 2013 Awards For Excellence Honorees and Nominees Announced

Deserving Women and Men in our Industry to be Honored at Annual Gala

The Women’s Jewelry Association named its Hall of Fame honorees for the association’s annual Awards of Excellence gala, to be held Monday, July 29, 2013, at Pier 60 on the
Chelsea Piers in New York City.

The three honorees are:
* Hall of Fame Award: Candy Udell, London Jewelers.
Candy Udell, who serves as president of London Jewelers, began her career there in 1973, the same year she married Mark Udell, son of Fran and Mayer Udell and grandson of Charles London, founder of the family business in 1926. London Jewelers is a Long Island, NY-based jewelry and watch retailer.

Through the years, Udell has been the recipient of numerous awards, including WJA’s Award for Excellence/Retail, Jeweler of the Year by the New York State Jewelers Association, and AGS Triple Zero Award.

* Ben Kaiser Award: Darwin Copeman, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Darwin Copeman is the president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Headquartered in Neenah, WI, Jewelers Mutual is the only insurance company in the U.S. and Canada that specializes exclusively in protecting the jewelry industry and individuals’ jewelry.

Copeman joined Jewelers Mutual in May 2009, bringing more than 30 years of insurance experience to the company. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Copeman has continued his education, earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

* Corporate Award: Standard Chartered Bank.

Standard Chartered PLC is a British multinational banking and financial services company
headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Despite its UK base, around 90% of its profits come from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Standard Chartered has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has secondary listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

“WJA is honored to have the opportunity to recognize three deserving recipients,” says Tryna Kochanek, president of the Women’s Jewelry Association.“These individuals and organizations have made substantial contributions to the jewelry industry, and they also embody WJA’s mission as an organization to empower women to reach their greatest potential.”

At the July 29th event, WJA also will present Awards for Excellence in retail, design, manufacturing/supplier, sales, marketing and communications,  editorial/reporting/publishing, and special services. 

The 2013 Nominees are:

CATEGORY I. DESIGN– Fine Jewelry & Watches 
1. Coomi –Coomi
2. Pamela Froman –Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
3. Irene Neuwirth –Irene Neuwirth, Inc.
4. Alex Woo –Alex Woo

1. Lita Asscher –Royal Asscher
2. Danielle Ingwer Cohen –Leo Ingwer, Inc.
3. Laurie Watt –Mayer & Watt

CATEGORY III. RETAIL –15 Doors or More 1. Linda Bridgewater –Fred Meyer
2. Vida Farwana –Saks Fifth Avenue
3. Patricia Watkins—Western Stone/Shane

CATEGORY IV. RETAIL –Fewer than 15 Doors 
1. Shannon Daly –Robbins Bros.
2. Cynthia Gould –Gould’s Diamonds and Jewelry
3. Ellen Lacy –Lacy’s
4. Joanne Teichman –Ylang23

CATEGORY V. RETAIL –Non-Traditional
1. Jessica Herrin –Stella & Dot
2. Angelina Chen –Circa
3. Amy Jain & Daniella Yacobovsky –Bauble Bar
4. Aslaug Magnusdottir –Moda Operandi

1. Candace Edelman –Alex Sepkus, Inc.

2. Andrea Galella –Hermes of Paris   
 3. Amy Jackson –Fragments 
 4. Jennifer O. Calleri –MJ Christensen  
 1. Caryl Capeci –Hearts On Fire   
 2. Amanda Gizzi –Jewelers of America  
 3. Rebecca Moskal –Communique  
 1. Melissa Colgan –Martha Stewart Weddings  
 2. Michelle Graff –National Jeweler  
 3. Claudia Mata –W Magazine  
 4. Monica Stephenson –idazzle  
 1. Brenda Gamba –Jewelers Board of Trade  
 2. Debbie Hiss –Training Consultant  
 3. Kristie Nicolosi –The Kingswood Company  
Established in 1984, the WJA Annual Awards for Excellence dinner is one of the most well attended and highly anticipated events in the jewelry industry each year.

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