Designer Spotlight on Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers

March 7, 2013

IPDC 2012-13 Winner from AdelerWell known for their pearl collection, Jorge Adeler, proprietor and master designer of Adeler Jewelers, unearths some of the seas most beautiful and majestic pearls and brings them to life through his one of kind designs….

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GIA’s 4Cs App Now On Android In English & Simplified Chinese

March 6, 2013

Interactive Diamond Tool Now Available for Android
GIA announces 4Cs app for Android in English and Simplified Chinese
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Feb. 27, 2013 – Owners of Android phones and tablets like the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy can now benefit from GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) free interactive diamond app for consumers and retailers, available in both English and Simplified Chinese. The app engages consumers with interactive features, video content and information on the GIA-created 4Cs (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight) of diamond quality.
“Bringing objective information about gems and jewelry to people when and where they want it is central to GIA’s public-benefit mission,” said Kathryn Kimmel, GIA vice president and chief marketing officer. “The Android 4Cs app puts GIA’s 82 years of innovation and research right on the screens of the most widely used smart phones in the world.” 
Users can explore diamond color across the GIA D-to-Z Color Scale, see typical inclusions on the GIA Clarity Scale, and how cut can make a significant difference in the look of a diamond. The app also explains the GIA Diamond Grading Report, the recognized global credential for diamond quality.
The app provides direct access to GIA Report Check, a secure online database of GIA grading reports, and a new social feature in “My Diamond Wish List,” where users can email, tweet, or share on Facebook the diamonds they’ve saved in their personal wish list.
The free 4Cs app for Android is downloadable in English and Simplified Chinese
The GIA app is also available for iPhone and iPadA retailer version, designed for use at point of sale, is downloadable for free from GIA’s retailer support site www.retailer.gia.eduGIA’s award-winning peer-reviewed quarterly Gems & Gemology is available on the iPad.
About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu
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Future Of Design – Semi Finalists – The Bio’s

March 6, 2013

From the recently announced Semi-Finalists of the Future of Design Business Incubator Contest…we wanted more about the Semi-Finalists!

About G&G Creations:

Design Partner Vahé Ghazarian

Vahé Ghazarian has been immersed in the world of jewelry since the age of 10 when, like his father before him, he began realizing his artistic gifts and calling as a jeweler. Having spent much of his childhood working at his family’s jewelry store, Vahé learned the business of fine
jewelry. After school Vahé would travel to his father’s store and over time he began to realize the hard work his father was impressing upon him fueled his artistic drive, leading him to identify his life’s calling as a skilled artisan. Today, having spent decades as a jeweler, he combines his knowledge, artistic talent and appetite for luxury to produce fine jewelry. As a sculptor and painter, Vahé transforms precious metals into elaborate, one-of-a-kind and limited edition designs. He constantly challenges himself to create innovative jewelry masterpieces that have received national design awards. He designs with a keen eye not only for artistry, but also for style and comfort. Vahé’s firm belief that jewelry is meant to be an extension of the body is a core theme in all G & G Creations designs.

Design Partner Esin Guler

Esin Guler grew up surrounded by art and creativity, and, not surprisingly, developed a sincere passion for jewelry at a young age. As her creativity progressed, she decided to pursue jewelry design as a career. After completing her training at Academie Istanbul, world-renowned jeweler Sevan Bicakci accepted her as his apprentice because he saw hunger, ambition and most importantly, talent in his new student. Following her apprenticeship with Sevan, Esin brought her creative mind, skillful hands, and dream to open her own business to America. Working diligently under the tutelage of Vahé Ghazarian, Esin honed her talents as she listened to unrefined design explanations by customers and designed her works which left her customers speechless. With the encouragement of her customers, Esin soon realized that there was a greater demand for her talent. She approached Vahé, who regards her as his top protégé, about working together more closely
and the pair decided to partner in March 2010 and form G & G Creations, Inc.

Visit their website to learn more about G&G Creations!

About Lisa Robin Jewelry

Lisa Adkinson, owner of Lisa Robin Jewelry, had a career as an interior designer and then business consultant before launching her jewelry brand. In her various pre-jewelry business roles she won many awards and accolades for her leadership and strategic thinking. So when she decided to launch Lisa Robin Jewelry, she brought a tremendous amount of business experience to the table. This experience, combined with her lifelong interest in design, has helped her launch her jewelry brand with early success. 

Learn more about Lisa Robin Jewelry at her website.

About Suneera Swarup

Suneera aspires to emanate her love and passion for art, architecture and history through her unique designs. Her background includes education in textile design, teaching textile and surface design to college-level art students in India, and a Masters Degree in Business. Her
experience working with private labels, both before and after opening her own retail store in Los Angeles in 2001 catalyzed her to launch her own label Meus Designs, which she recently changed to SUNEERA Fine Jewelry Designs. 

Visit Suneera’s website here.

About Lisa Crowder

Lisa Crowder always knew she would be a designer. She received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a full-time studio jeweler ever since. Lisa’s self-described ‘delicately industrial’ design ethos is very unique, and she has cultivated a strong base of customers and galleries who carry her work. 

Learn more about Lisa and her work at her website.


About Naomi Blumenthal Studio

Many designers refer to their work as organic, but Naomi’s design career actually began in horticulture – as a garden designer and florist. During her years of owning her own garden design company and working with noted interior designer Bunny Williams, Naomi also created porcelain sculpture that was sold through galleries and to collectors, and she was designing and making jewelry for herself. Her garden design clients – largely owners of estates – began to buy her jewelry for themselves, and Naomi quickly found her work on the red carpet. In 2008 she and her husband Ron – who has a background in high-end interiors and manufacturing – decided to concentrate full time on jewelry design and manufacturing. 

To learn more about Naomi Blumenthal’s work visit her website here.

About Ila & I

Vikas Sodhani took an unusual route to jewelry design; after he finished his undergraduate work at MIT, he spent several years building and selling high-tech companies. After his experiences in the world of venture business, he moved to India and took an apprenticeship at Rosy Blue, where he trained in diamond sorting and buying. He was so inspired by his work there that he enrolled in a jewelry design program in Mumbai, then returned to the U.S. and started Ila & I with his sister, Ila Draksharam. 

Visit their website to learn more about them!

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Future of Design Business Semi-Finalists Announced

March 6, 2013


Future of Design Business Incubator Contest 
Announces Semi-Finalists

The 2013 finalists were announced for the 2013 Future of Design Business incubator Contest this week by contest organizers Andrea Hill and Cindy Edelstein.


The Future of Design is an initiative that aims to promote and nurture emerging design talent in the fine jewelry industry and has, in it’s inaugural year helped boost the careers of six American designers including the 2012 winner, Bree Richey.

The 2013 Semi-Finalists are:
• Vahe Ghazarian and Esin Guler of G & G Creations
• Vikas Sodhani and Ila Draksharam of ila & i
• Lisa Crowder
• Lisa Adkinson of Lisa Robin Jewelry
• Naomi Blumenthal of Naomi Blumenthal Studio
• Suneera Swarup of Suneera Jewelry Design

…see the next post for a more detailed look at the Semi Finalists.

The three finalists will make a live presentation to a panel of judges in front of an audience at
the finale on March 12th at the MJSA Expo at the NY Hilton in NYC.

The winner will be chosen then after the presentations by the judging panel that includes Hill
and Edelstein and this year’s guest judges Hedda Schupak, Editor of the Centurion Newsletter
and Ann Arnold of Lieberfarb and Bruce Pucciarello of Novell Studio.

Unlike most competitions for designers, this one puts the business acumen of the designers on
an equal footing with design. Applicants have to supply information about their business plans
as well as submit examples of their design work.

The process is unique

In addition to other prizes, the semi-finalists win a mentoring meeting with one of the Future
of Design’s Dream Team, six designers with a high profile in the industry. They are
Gurhan, Erica Courtney, Todd Reed, Penny Preville, Lisa Jenks and Robert Lee Morris.

“The contest has the competitive entrepreneurial feel of TV’s “Shark Tank” coupled with the
industry- nurturing of the fashion world’s CFDA/Vogue Fund,” says Edelstein. “We’ve mixed
together our own recipe by bringing together colleagues from every facet of our business.
Our judges bring expertise in entrepreneurship, manufacturing, marketing, salesmanship and
technology.

Our Dream Team offers hard- earned wisdom learned on the road to success. And our
sponsors provide critically-important industry exposure and credibility. Altogether, this puts the
equivalent of a lifetime of knowledge into the hands of a relative newcomer.”

The Future of Design online application started the entrants off with a rather indepth
questionnaire that gives the designers the chance to examine every corner of their business
and learn more about strategy and analysis. For many, the process of filling it out will likely be
educational and enlightening. Completing the form could greatly help them write a business
marketing plan, or a better one if they already have one.

Prizes

Each judge will provide a key element to the stunning prize package: Andrea Hill and her team
of business analysts will offer counsel on strategic organizational, financial and technology
issues; Bruce Pucciarello will give manufacturing services and/or support while Ann Arnold will
offer financial advice; Cindy Edelstein will showcase the designer in her globalDESIGN show
and a suite of marketing tools and services from JewelersResource.com. All five judges will
also serve as mentors to the winner.

“As I shared our vision for this contest,” commented Cindy Edelstein, “everyone I talked with
was eager to help. The team at MJSA immediately offered space for our event and editorial
support for the contest. Dan Kisch of INDESIGN was an early supporter and generously
offered our winner a three-month ad campaign in INDESIGN. Whitney Seilaff of the Nielsen
Jewelry Group offered online support via NationalJeweler.com and Drew Lawsky offered a gratis booth in the JA Designer Showcase. Ron Saltiel of RSP Media immediately donated his photography and graphic design team to help our winner – the industry’s latest design’preneur — create an exciting, effective ad campaign.”

The 2013 sponsor list also include: Platinum Guild (which will supply technical and
marketing support), Jewelers of America and the Jewelry Information Center which will give the winner publicity in their national media tours. The winning designer will also receive memberships in several industry organizations including the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group, Jewelers of America and the Jewelers Vigilance Committee which is offering a full Compliance Kit in addition to membership.

The application, rules and regulations for 2014 plus info on all the judges, the Dream Team
and the sponsors are available on www.FutureofDesignContest.com.


ABOUT JEWELERS RESOURCE BUREAU

JRB is a niche marketing firm specializing in the designer sector of the jewelry industry. JRB produces globalDESIGN: showcase of exceptional jewelers; JewelryDesignerFinder.com, an online marketing intelligence resource; and various seminars, trade show pavilions and special events. The company’s mission is to “help designers grow and prosper” using whatever means possible in its arsenal of communication tools.

ABOUT STRATEGYWERX

Led by respected business leader and strategist Andrea Hill, StrategyWerx (formerly Hill Management Consulting) helps small business owners gain competitiveness. No business can afford to waste resources, but insufficient staff, lack of cash and poorly organized projects take a toll every day. StrategyWerx can analyze your business, uncover root problems and develop practical solutions, and then either implement them or transfer the knowledge so the company can do it on its own.




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GIA Now Accepting Applications For Fall Scholarships

March 6, 2013


GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is now accepting scholarship applications for its Fall 2013 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Applications are available through April 30 on the Institute’s website.
Scholarship recipients are eligible to participate in laboratory classes in the U.S., international distance education eLearning courses, and the Institute’s campuses in Hong Kong, the Middle East and Taiwan. Additional scholarship details are availablehere.
A number of $1,500 awards for eLearning courses and $1,000 awards for U.S.-based lab classes are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings.
The second GIA scholarship application period is June 15 through Oct. 31. For more information, call (760) 603-4131 or emailscholarship@gia.edu.
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E-Ring Trend – Double Halo!!

March 5, 2013

Halos – few of us are chaste enough to be able to claim one – but one Halo has caught on like a wildfire…the Diamond Halo Engagement Ring!Well, if one Halo makes your diamond pop – what would happen with TWO!!!Trending NOW!  Double Halo Engageme…

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Weekend #VendorSpotlight – the Stars of EFFY Jewelry

March 3, 2013

Star light, star bright, in your EFFY Jewelry you’re going to shine all night!From twinkling stars in a glittering cosmos, to spiny skinned sea stars from Neptune’s depths…EFFY has created collections of other worldly stars in an array…

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2013 – The Year of the Snake This Chinese New Year!

March 3, 2013

Chinese New Year Day was February 10, 2013The first day of 2013 Chinese Astrology Year is on February 4, 2013  2013 is Year of the Snake this year it fell on February 4, 2013.  The Vipers brooch by Jack du Rose. An ancient peop…

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GIA Launches Redesigned Website and Gem Reports

March 2, 2013

GIA Launches Redesigned Website and Gem Reports
Public benefit institute upgrades online services and information
In mid-March, trusted information on gems and jewelry will be available in a content rich format with the re-launch of GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) website and the Institute’s introduction of a revised format for its global-standard gem grading and identification reports.
Featuring photography from GIA’s unparalleled collection of historic and contemporary images of gems and jewelry, the site will deliver timely and engaging information for visitors of every interest level. Laboratory clients will have secure online access to their GIA identification and grading reports with the enhanced GIA Report Check service. Prospective students will be able to easily find in-depth information about GIA’s globally-recognized diploma programs in gemology, and jewelry design and manufacturing.
Later in the spring GIA will add an exciting collection of gemological information. The public, students, scientists and industry professionals will have ready access to information and insights drawn from more than 80 years of research, study and education, including the latest news from GIA’s research department and the archive of Gems & Gemology, the Institute’s award-winning, peer-reviewed professional journal.
“We are excited to share what we have learned and developed in GIA’s eight decades of public service in this new and engaging way,” said Donna Baker, GIA’s president and CEO. “These advances are the next steps in our continuous effort to serve the global public by bringing the fascinating world of gems, gemology and jewelry to people all around the world and helping to ensure their trust in gems and jewelry.”
Beginning March 15, GIA will issue its gem identification and grading reports in a revised format. The reports will continue to be based on GIA’s rigorous, research-based standards for gem identification and grading. The new format will consume less paper and other materials, and offer enhanced security features, including a unique and durable proprietary paper, that exceed document security industry guidelines.
QR codes printed on each report will verify the document’s authenticity through direct access to GIA’s online Report Check service that now includes all GIA grading and identification reports. There is also a new, streamlined process for consumers and occasional laboratory clients to submit gems for grading and identification services.
“The revised format GIA Diamond Grading Report is half the weight of the previous version, which will reduce storage and postage costs for our clients and further increase the overall efficiency of the Institute’s grading and identification services,” said Tom Moses, GIA’s senior vice president of laboratory and research.
GIA will offer no-cost reissues for reports issued on or after July 1, 2012. Reissues of reports dated Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012, will be available for a nominal fee. The previous reports must be returned to GIA before any reissues can be processed. Laboratory clients may check GIA.edu or contact their GIA client service representatives for further information.
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Revised format of GIA’s Diamond Grading Report.
About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu
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Royal Asscher Introduces Rebel Chique Man Made Diamond Collection

March 1, 2013

MAN-MADE DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S NEW BEST FRIEND
Royal Asscher introduces Rebel Chique Diamonds, 
a new luxury brand for jewelry with man-made diamonds.

No matter where you are in the world, diamonds are socially coveted as the ideal most precious and glamorous accessory and therefore diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. Not only society’s most recognized icon of eternal love, but also its most precious emblem for commemorating special moments. They are priceless because they are scarce. They are timeless because they are indestructible. They are not yet a fixture in the daily conversations taking place around fashion and fashionable accessories. Our new, high-end jewelry brand Rebel Chique aims to change that.

PERSONALIZED CHIC

It’s all in the name. By rebelling against the notion that diamonds are once-in-a-lifetime heirlooms, the brand wants to tap into a mindset that embraces diamonds as high-end accessories that can change from season to season. Rebel Chique plans to achieve this by focusing on the inherent advantages that man-made diamonds have over natural ones: they can be cultivated in colors and sizes very rarely encountered in natural diamonds. In other words, they offer a more personalised diamond experience whilst being chemically, physically and aesthetically (optically) exactly the same as natural diamonds – they only differ in the place of origin, and ultimately: they are affordable compared to their natural encountered ones!

This opens a whole new world, the world of diamond jewelry as a unique fashion statement, or as Vogue stated on their Dutch website last week in their story on man-made diamonds; you can now buy “an affordable man-made diamond in exactly the same color as your Louis Vuitton dress.”

The wink of rebellion in Rebel Chique’s launch campaign says it all and leave little doubt as to what type of individual they are appealing to: fashionable and independent women who put a high premium on exclusivity and want to wear jewelry that makes a statement.

“Diamonds have traditionally been an expression of purity and beauty,” says Rebel Chique founder Mike Asscher, 6th generation diamantaire. “We want them to be also about confidence and independence.”

“We have grown up in an on-demand, made-to-order culture,” says Asscher. “We are a generation that wants to create our own icons. And because all our jewelry is hand-made by specialist goldsmiths as well, we can truly promise that all our rings, earrings and pendants are made-to-order.”

Finally, Rebel Chique’s industry-changing approach also extends to its unconventional distribution strategy, which is exclusively digital via its online store www.rebelchiquediamonds.com.

MAN-MADE DIAMONDS

Since the second world war man-made diamonds have been utilized in technology and machinery for their strength and precision (such as cutting tools and drills). In recent years they have found themselves at the centre of technological applications. In a few years ‘powered by diamond technology’ may very well be the new standard for everything from dental equipment to microprocessors.

Only in recent years, the color, cut, clarity and size of man-made diamonds have reached the standards for making high end jewelry. This has opened a whole new world for jewelry brands.

And there is more. Rebel Chique man-made diamonds will bring a crucial motivator to the fashion-conscious diamond consumer: colors. Unlike natural diamonds, where color is an expensive rarity, man-made diamonds can be cultivated under controlled conditions where colored diamonds can be crafted, making these fancy color diamonds suddenly affordable.

“One of the great misconceptions about man-made diamonds is that they are mass produced. But the production is much closer to craftsmanship,” says Mike Asscher. “Man-made diamond producers can influence and steer the process, but we can’t completely control it. Something magical still needs to happen, but by introducing science and trial and error into the calculation we can cultivate extremely rare and unique diamonds. Chemically, physically and aesthetically (optically) man-made diamonds are exactly the same as natural diamonds – they only have a different place of origin and price. “

Just like natural diamonds, all our diamonds are certified by independent institutes to guarantee quality and transparency and above all to avoid consumer misleading. On these certificates, the origin will be indicated not as country, but as man-made or laboratory grown.”

MEET THE ROYALS
Royal Asscher – the company behind Rebel Chique and one of the world’s foremost authorities in the diamond industry – is the one of the first diamond companies to apply this innovation to gem-quality diamonds. “Royal Asscher stands for gemological excellence and the magnitude of history and has the expertise and exquisite tradition” says Rebel Chique founder Mike Asscher, 6th generation diamantaire.

“And Rebel Chique opens a new world for a next generation of diamond lovers, tapping into an entirely new mentality and experience.”

A jewel with a diamond in virtually every shape, size and color. A different diamond for every evening dress and weekend pump. Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s the story of every fashion accessory you’ve ever owned.

Founded in 1854, the Asscher family is an Amsterdam diamond dynasty that has been supplying gems to royal families and international celebrities for nearly 160 years. The ‘Royal’ prefix dates back to 1980, bestowed by the then-Dutch Queen Juliana, in recognition of the company’s status and reputation in the diamond industry.

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