#JWLV – TAKAT GEMS at #LUXURY2013 #WordlessWednesday

July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday#WordlessWednesday look at the stunning world of COLOR at Takat Gems…Takat Website:http://www.takatgems.com/http://takat.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakatJewels                …

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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 www.gia.edu
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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.

For more information about GIA education in Africa, visit www.gia.edu, or email giaeducationafrica@gia.edu,cnel@gia.edu or ebokaba@gia.edu.   
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New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Returns to The Metropolitan Pavilion

July 9, 2013
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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 NYAntiqueJewelry.com.

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.

For more information, visit us online at USAntiqueShows.com.
Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/NYAntiqueJewelry,
Follow us on Twitter: @USAntiqueShows and Pinterest: pinterest.com/usantiqueshows

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NAJA’s Mid-Year ACE-It Conference in Pittsburgh August 10-13th

July 8, 2013

ACE™ It Conferences by NAJA
Appraisers Continuing Education
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers announces its 40th Annual Mid-Year Conference to be held in Pittsburgh  PA, August 10 – 13, 2013 at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. 
The appraisal organization dedicated exclusively to gems and jewelry presents an outstanding program to assist the professional appraiser’s continuing education and an unparalleled networking experience. 

This unprecedented four day conference has overall themes – Workshops, Antique Jewelry, Jewelry and Appraisals!  Every session is an experience on various aspects of the focused topics – a real service for appraising gems and jewelry.  THIS is what every professional gemologist/appraiser needs!

Saturday – August 10, 2013 – Simultaneous Hands-On Workshops
Hands-on with Ivory & the Look Alikes – Bobby Mann

Rolex 101: Identifying Counterfeit or Replica Rolex Watches and Parts – John Brozek


Sunday, August 11, 2013 – Jewelry!

Let There Be Light – Illuminating the Crown of Light Brand – Tammy Cohen, Asaf Nahum & Lauren Strachan

Beauty or The Beast – Cutting Corners Cutting Gemstones – Geoffrey Dominy, FGA

50 Amazing Ways to Energize Your Appraisal Business and Maximize Your Time While Enjoying Life – Jeff Averbook, GG


Accelerated Antique Assessment – Louis Scholtz

Monday, August 12, 2013 – Antique Jewelry

 Stop Wasting Time! (Helpful Information When Appraising Timepieces) – Dean Powell

 World Hallmarks-Europe (A Refresher and Update Session) – Danusia Niklewicz, GG

 A Sneak Peek into World Hallmarks – Volume 2 (Hallmarks – the World Outside Europe) – Danusia Niklewicz, GG

Faberge and Russian Gold & Silversmiths: Mid 19th –early 20thCentury- given – Joseph DuMouchelle, GG

Oscar Heyman- 100 Years of American Craftsmanship- given – Melinda Adducci, GG

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – Appraisals – What Matters

Estate Appraisals – As Unavoidable as Death & Taxes! – Martin Fuller, GG

 USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) and the Personal Property Appraiser – Lee Robinette, ASA

Uh-oh! What Do I Do Now? (Panel) – David Atlas, GG

To receive a conference brochure or for further information and conference reservations, contact: 
Gail Brett Levine, GG, 
Executive Director, 
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers,  


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‘Fancy Royals’ collection by Royal Asscher® Honors The "House Of Orange"

July 8, 2013

‘Fancy Royals’ collection by Royal Asscher®
Honors The “House Of Orange”

Earlier this year, to honor the coronation of King Willem-Alexander, Royal Asscher® launched a grand, new jewelry collection. The aptly named ‘Fancy Royals’ collection is set with the most lively orange diamonds and sapphires in honor of the Dutch Royal family (The House of Orange). 

The line features three unique rings available in 18 carat gold set with orange and white diamonds and silver with orange sapphires and white diamonds. Prices start at  $2.575

Over the years, Royal Asscher® has always had a close knit relationship with various Royal families throughout the world. 

In 1908 the Asscher brothers from Amsterdam cut the biggest diamond in the world: the Cullinan. The Cullinan I (530cts) was so large that 9 sizeable diamonds were cut from it and mounted in the cross of the Scepter, the Cullinan II (317crts) is mounted in St. Edward’s Crown. Both are part of the Royal Crown Jewels and on permanent display in the Tower of London. 

In 1980 Her Majesty Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted the Asscher Diamond Company the Royal title as acknowledgment to both the company and family’s leading role in the diamond industry. In 2011 this Royal title was extended for another 25 years so in honoring the House of Orange they also pay homage to their own history.

Styles presented in the photos above:
-Fancy Royal ring 18ct white gold with 1.50 ctw orange diamonds and 0.70 ctw white diamonds
Price $7675
-Fancy Royal ring 18ct yellow gold with 1.50 ctw orange diamonds and 0.70 ctw white diamonds
Price $7675

-Fancy Royal ring silver with 1.99 ctw orange sapphires and 0.70 ctw white diamonds 
Price $2575



Connect with Royal Asscher:

Website:  http://www.royalasscher.com



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The Buzz Is Growing For International Diamond Week – Following An Exciting JCK Las Vegas

July 7, 2013

If the excitement about the demand for polished diamonds at the JCK Las Vegas show is an indication, the upcoming US & International Diamond Week in Israel in August is going to be extraordinary, both for the foreign visitors and for the Israeli di…

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