Sandy Leong: A Commitment That Inspired a Collection

July 26, 2013
Submitted by Samantha Lefkowitz
When it comes to jewelry, few pieces are as significant as those given during a proposal or exchanged at a wedding.  Sandy Leong’s  “Commitment” collection celebrates the love and union between two people. And it was a commitment that inspired the collection, which is crafted in 18k gold with diamond accents.

Designer Sandy Leong was prompted to create the collection when a friend asked her to custom make a piece for he and his loved one. She turned to nature, a theme throughout her collections, for inspiration, as well as the joy in the people and places that make life so special. The natural earth-like texture in the collection demonstrates an important value that  Sandy Leong seeks to infuse into every piece she hand crafts in New York: giving back to our planet.
With her “Commitment” collection, Sandy Leong hopes to bring the warmth, sincerity and uniqueness of her friend’s union to other couples. She has always felt fortunate, since starting her jewelry career, to be able to spread her passion to others. The story and inspiration behind one of her favorite collections is rivaled only by what it represents at its core, the love between two people.

Individually handcrafted in America using 18-karat gold, Sandy Leong’s feminine and tactile jewelry is designed with a focus on natural and organic themes.

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JA New York Summer Preview #JANY

July 17, 2013

JA New York Summer Show
July 28th – 30th 
The Javits Center, New York, NY

Guest writer Michelle Orman
with Last Word Communications

Evocateur: Gold Leaf Fascination
Designer Barbara Ross-Innamorati ofEvocateur was first inspired by an exhibition of paintings by Expressionist artist Gustav Klimt, which captured her imagination. Since then she says she has been passionate about gold leaf- the way it can transform objects into something almost magical. Each piece is made using a centuries-old gilding technique and burnished by hand. The flecks of 22k gold leaf or silver leaf are added to give the collections a vintage look. The new Humphrey’s Safari collection, named after her recent trip to Africa, gives a portion of the proceeds to a school in rural Zimbabwe. Booth #2963

Heather Moore Jewelry Launches Bridal Collection
Heather Moore Jewelry is bringing her new bridal collection to the JA New York Show. Heather was recently awarded first place in the bridal category at the 2013 Couture Design Awards with an engagement ring from her new collection. Inspired by the 13 ladies at her office and studio who are getting married this year, the collection features engagement rings and his and her wedding bands, many of which can be personalized. There are classic and diamond bands available in yellow, white, rose and green gold, as well as palladium. Heather says a baby collection could be next! Booth #3049

Mattioli Unveils the Tibet Collection
Designer Licia Mattioligained inspiration for her new collection from an ancient custom in Tibet. Before a wedding, the mother of the bride fashions a ring for her daughter out of any wiry material that can be found in the village. It can be wire, string or even horse hair. In a sweet ceremony, the mother begins wrapping the material around the bride’s finger to create a ring. Every wrap of the material signifies a year of good fortune in the marriage. When Licia learned of this custom in her travels, she declared “I must make this in gold!” The Tibet Collection of rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants are hand-made in 18k gold and each piece represents a wish of well being and prosperity. Booth #3015

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#SilentSpotlight – On the Designers of Andreoli Fine Jewelry #JWLV

July 17, 2013

Welcome to Silent Spotlight!  Most of these will be designers that I met at the recent Jewelry Week Las Vegas.Complete contact info will be given at the beginning of each post..Shining the Silent Spotlight on:Andreoli Fine JewelryWeb: http://…

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#JWLV – TAKAT GEMS at #LUXURY2013 #WordlessWednesday

July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday#WordlessWednesday look at the stunning world of COLOR at Takat Gems…Takat Website:                …

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More is More: Tony Duquette & Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry to Go On Exhibit

July 16, 2013
More is More: Tony Duquette & Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry to Go On Exhibit
Iconic pieces to be featured at GIA’s World Headquarters in California
CARLSBAD, Calif. – July 16, 2013 – More than fifty emblematic jewelry creations by Hollywood design legends Tony Duquette and Hutton Wilkinson make up the duos’ first-ever all-jewelry exhibit, “More is More: Tony Duquette – Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry,” which debuts on Oct. 10 at GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. The acclaimed body of work, which will be on display through March 2014, embraces a wide variety of styles, periods and palettes often showcasing unusual gemstones paired with rare materials in whimsical designs.
“Duquette and Wilkinson’s jewelry make a show-stopping statement. Someone wearing these pieces would not go unnoticed,” said Terri Ottaway, curator of the GIA Museum. “It is amazing to see the unusual gemstone choices they made – and astonishing to see how well these unconventional materials work together.”
Duquette – the first and only American to be honored with a one-man show at the Louvre in Paris – worked with business partner and design collaborator Wilkinson for more than 30 years prior to his death in 1999. The Duchess of Windsor, Doris Duke, Buddy Rogers, J. Paul Getty and Elizabeth Arden were among their many famous clients. Their bold and theatrical jewelry designs draw inspiration from their notable work as costume and set designers during the Golden Age of Hollywood. “If it’s not fabulous, it’s meaningless,” Wilkinson has said of their design aesthetic.
“They chose color for inspiration rather than searching for perfection in the gems,” Larry Larson, a gemology instructor at GIA, added. “They always seemed to go for strength rather than the merely pretty.”
Wilkinson continues to create pieces for the “Tony Duquette Collection” using their favorite materials such as malachite, pearls, emerald and coral. Wilkinson describes these jewelry designs as bold, theatrical, extravagant, Byzantine and sometimes even barbaric.
Pieces exhibited are on loan from personal collectors and The Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation for the Living Arts. “More is More: Tony Duquette – Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry” will be on display from Oct. 10, 2013through March 2014. For more details, visit GIA’s website or call 800-421-7250.
“Floral Wreath” Necklace
The Duchess of Windsor-style necklace is made of citrine, tourmaline and mabe pearl set in 18K gold. Following the1951 exhibit at the Louvre, the Duchess of Windsor commissioned Duquette to make a gold wreath of vines and flowers, which she often wore to evening events. Prior to the debut of this necklace, it was customary to wear only platinum after 5 p.m.
“Homage to Elsie De Wolfe” Jeweled Box
The small lapis lazuli box featuring cameos is a homage to Duquette’s early mentor, Elsie De Wolfe – later Lady Mendl – the “first Lady of Interior Decoration.” 
“Imperial Dragon” Cuffs
A pair of antique 18th century carved white jade Foo Dogs set in their original 18K gold enamel are grasped by diamond tipped claws. The 18k gold cuffs feature tsavorite garnet, green tourmaline and citrine. The cuffs represent an eclectic mixture of old and new. 
“Dreams of Klimt” Bracelet
Square sugarloaf cut cabochons, tourmaline and diamond.
“Paisley River” Earrings
A pair of carved tourmaline, yellow sapphire and diamond earrings set in 18k gold.
“Othello” Brooch
Ruby, diamond, South Sea cultured pearl and tourmaline blackamore “dressed figures” are a mix of modern and ancient designs.
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
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India’s Bridal Fashion Week to go International in 2014

July 11, 2013

For the next few weeks we will be seeing India’s Bridal Week from such exotic local as Mumbai and this year in the nation’s capital Delhi. However, 2014 will see a huge change…Vijay Singh, managing director, Fashion One International, is reported to…

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Call for Entries: 2014 Niche Awards

July 11, 2013

Call for Entries:2014 NICHE Awards CompetitionTavern Mug by Jack Mauch. Penland School of Craft. Category: Metal, FunctionalNICHE magazine is now accepting applications for the 2014 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence …

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The Opal Jewels of the Prince of Siam – Sotheby’s Fine Jewels Auction Tomorrow

July 10, 2013

The Story of the 17 year old English girl that married Prince Bira of Siam is the stuff of Hollywood movies – tumultuous (they divorced and married three times) and of course filled with gifts of amazing jewels – see the entire story here from the Dail…

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100’s Get First Exposure To GIA Careers At Africa Education Week

July 10, 2013
GIA Exhibits at Africa Education Week for the First Time
Institute introduces 1,000+ students to gem education
More than 1,000 African students were introduced to gem and jewelry education opportunities at the Career Indaba trade show in Johannesburg, June 20-22, as part of the seventh annual Africa Education Week. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) exhibited at the event for the first time, building on its endeavors bringing industry-leading gemological and design education to the nations that produce diamonds and other gems. The Institute’s representatives met with prospective students, handing out education materials and discussing gemology and jewelry program options.
GIA, a global independent organization dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry through research, education and laboratory services, was the only organization of its kind to exhibit at Career Indaba. Attendees learned that a passion for gems and a keen eye are the two most important prerequisites to embark on an education with the Institute, which offers courses in diamonds, colored gems, pearls and jewelry design.
“GIA was new and exciting to the students, and responses about our education programs have been pouring in since the event,” said Elizabeth Bokaba, GIA’s manager of alumni and client relations in South Africa. “Africa Education Week is an outstanding opportunity to reach students who wish to enrich their studies. We absolutely plan to return in the future.”
Since 2008, GIA has expanded its presence in Africa, opening two full-time laboratories and offering classes in Gaborone and Johannesburg, establishing partnerships with government agencies and universities throughout the continent, and maintaining a global network of active alumni. Today, there are more than 800 alumni and two GIA Alumni Chapters in Africa.  
Many students and schools were also interested in GIA’s Junior Gemologist Program™, which gives students from ages of 10-15 the opportunity to discover the world of gemology through hands-on, practical training. Plans are currently underway to expand the program, which was introduced to Africa in 2012.

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New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Returns to The Metropolitan Pavilion

July 9, 2013
Look for Raymond Lee Jewelers in NY

New York City, home to the renowned New York Diamond District, and many famed jewelry enthusiasts who will shop aisles and aisles of one-of-a-kind merchandise at the upcoming New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show. U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s leading producer of indoor antique shows which focus on antiques, including antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches, announces today that it will host its 7th Annual New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show at The Metropolitan Pavilion, July 26 – 29, 2013.

More than one hundred of the most prestigious dealers in the industry will showcase their unique antique and estate jewelry and watches to New York’s celebrities, artists, musicians, residents and visitors during the annual show. “Not only is New York City the fashion and media center of the world, it’s also the jewelry capital,” said Dan Darby, GLM vice president and U.S. Antique Shows group director. “And celebrities, VIP’s and industry insiders from around the globe come to the city to attend the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show to discover extraordinary, one of a kind pieces. It’s the perfect occasion for them to connect with the most prominent dealers in the jewelry and watch community.”

This year during recent award shows movie stars and pop royalty dazzled the crowd and viewers at home while wearing one-of-a-kind, precious jewelry and timepieces from around the world. Jennifer Garner was stunning in a designer dress and diamond-studded necklace while Kristen Stewart wore rose gold and old mine cut diamond necklace, with 91 graduated diamonds, approximately 10 carats. Other celebs known for their sophisticated NYC jewelry and watch style include Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine and the queen of New York fashion, “Sex and the City’s” Sarah Jessica Parker.

In its seventh year, the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show offers an intimate setting for attendees to walk the Show floor and search for that one of a kind timepiece while learning about the fascinating world of antique jewelry from industry experts. Elegant and distinctive signed pieces from famous designers names including Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe, Van Cleef & Arpels and many others will infuse the show floor at The Metropolitan Pavilion. Additionally, all categories of jewelry such as cameos, tennis bracelets, rings, decorative necklaces, brooches, gemstones and pendants will be available. These stunning collections represent all eras of jewelry history from the Georgian to Art Deco era.

Show times are Friday, July 26, 1:00pm – 7:00pm; Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, July 28, 11:00am – 7:00pm and Monday, July 29, 11:00am – 4:00pm. Admission is $20 to attend all four days. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please call (239) 732 – 6642 or visit

About U.S. Antique Shows
The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is produced by U.S. Antique Shows, a division of GLM. U.S. Antique Shows is the world’s largest producer of indoor antique shows that focus on antiques, vintage and estate jewelry and watches, including The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, the world’s largest indoor antique show, Miami National Antique Show, and shows focused on antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches. U.S. Antique Shows produces events in major markets including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Miami Beach and New York and brings together well established dealers with a targeted audience of antiques collectors as well as novice enthusiasts to promote the purchase and appreciation of rare and unusual historic merchandise. U.S. Antique Shows annually draws more than 2,400 dealers and represents 22 countries that exhibit rare and signature collections to more than 50,000 consumers from around the world.

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