SAG Awards Spark New Trends and Some We Hope Don’t Catch On…

January 28, 2013
SAG Awards Spark New Trends and Some We Hope Don’t Catch On…

Depending on who you follow the reports of trends change…I love to gather those trends and add a few of my own…

Jewelry Trend #1 – My friend Nikki Ostin over at the Platinum Guild sent a Trend Alert for Platinum Statement Necklaces…

Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Helen Hunt, and Jennifer Lawrence were spotted wearing major statement necklaces set in PLATINUM at the “19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” tonight in Los Angeles.

Hollywood’s leading actresses choose to showcase their jewels in naturally white platinum settings that truly enhance the brilliance of diamonds and colored gemstones. Platinum is the ideal choice for life’s most unforgettable moments. 
Jennifer Lawrence in Chopard; Helen Hunt in Neil Lane; Jessica Chastain in Harry Winston and Marion Cotillard in Chopard
I want to call out another Platinum Necklace – Amanda Seyfried looked amazing in her long platinum pendant necklace by Lorraine Schwartz.  
I would call this a statement necklace…what do you think? 

BRAVA to Amanda and/or her Stylist for proving that long works with strapless!!!

…and of course we are all hoping for the Necklace Trend to continue!

Jewelry Trend #2 –  Jade – this one was called out by Cheryl Kremkow of Citrine Media, you may know her as @Kremkow…

Fashion Trend – The Fashion Editors are talking about the subtle shift from Black to Midnight Blue important to Jewelers – just think about all the Sapphire opportunities…

…other Fashion Trends like the high leg slit and corseted bodices continue – but this is not a Fashion blog.
So – are you wondering about the Trend “We Hope Doesn’t Catch On”?   take a good look at Jessica Chastain and Morena Baccarin, two of my favorite looks…almost.   Only one piece of jewelry?  SERIOUSLY?  …OK Morena did rock a great brooch in her hair but no earrings, bracelets, necklaces or rings?

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Strong start to Fourth Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair

January 28, 2013

Strong start to Fourth Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair,as buyers arrive from China, Europe, Middle East, Russia and USAAntwerp, Belgium – January 27, 2013:The fourth edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair opened today in Antwerp, Belgium. With score…

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Rapaport Chinese Buyers Group Attends Antwerp Diamond Fair

January 28, 2013
Final touches going on the Entrance to the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair

A Rapaport Buyers Group (RBG) consisting of nine Chinese companies are attending this year’s Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair. The event will host 80 exhibitors at the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, Belgium, from January 27-29. 

Rapaport has invited premium members of RAPNET – The Rapaport Diamond Trading Network – to attend various trade events in India and the U.S. This will be the RBG’s first appearance at a European event. “We are excited to give our members the opportunity to expand their geographic scope and meet Belgian suppliers. As RapNet members, our buyers group already has a global reach and the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair will enable them to interact and reinforce existing relationships with clients,” said Julius Zheng, general manager of Rapaport China. 

International: Shira Topiol +1-702-425-9088 <> Belgium: Lea Retter +32-3-232-3300 <>

Rapaport Shanghai Ltd. is fully owned and operated by the Rapaport Group. It is a Chinese registered company with premises and membership in the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE). Foreign suppliers have sold millions of dollars of loose diamonds to Chinese companies through Rapaport China Diamond Import Service since 2008. In this service, Rapaport guarantees payments to the supplier and delivery of diamonds to the buyer, and takes full responsibility for all import procedures, including the processing and payment of customs and taxation fees. (The fee for the service is 1 percent.) Rapaport Shanghai also provides other marketing and sales support to qualified firms seeking to penetrate the Chinese market. These services include advertising campaigns, pre-import inspection at Rapaport facilities in the SDE and direct import services.

About the Rapaport Group: The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added ‎value services that support the development of free, fair, efficient and competitive global diamond markets. ‎Established in 1978, the Rapaport Diamond Report is the primary source of diamond prices and market ‎information. Group activities include publishing, research and marketing services, internet information and ‎diamond trading networks, global rough and polished diamond tenders, diamond certification, quality ‎control, compliance, shipping, and financial services. Major activities of the group include the development ‎of markets for Fair Trade Diamonds and Jewelry. ‎Additional information is available at‎

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January 20, 2013


New York, NY; January 11, 2013 – Last night at the ultra-hip nightclub LAVO, the Diamond Empowerment Fund joined with the international diamond industry to honor leaders committed to corporate social responsibility and promoting education empowerment and prosperity in Africa, where the majority of diamonds are mined.

Check Presentation: Members of the DEF board pose with five students who graduated from two of three DEF-beneficiary schools (the Botwsana Top Achievers Program or African Leadership Academy) and who now are enrolled in various universities in the United States. L to R: student Tebogo Maruping, student Gomolemo Modise, DEF board member Ed Hrabak, DEF president Phyllis Bergman, DEF co-founder Russell Simmons, student Dhavni Tombush, student Joseph Munyambanza, DEF board member Ellen Haddigan, and student Kabo Kula.
DEF’s GOOD Awards were given to diamond industry legends Tiffany & Co. and Leo Schachter Diamonds (creator of the Leo Diamond), and to international model and humanitarian Noella Coursaris Musunka.
Russell Simmons, music mogul/entrepreneur and co-founder of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, emphasized the importance of the diamond industry to give back and empower the communities where their precious resources are found. “A strong Africa is an educated Africa. For the diamond industry to be sustainable in the future, empowerment of youth through education is essential.” 

A distinguished and varied audience convened for the GOOD Awards, including celebrities from the music, film, and fashion worlds. Along with Simmons, the event drew celebrities Estelle, Jeffrey Wright, and Selita Ebanks; global industry leaders Varda Shine and Stephen Lussier of De Beers, Mike Kowalski of Tiffany & Co., Mark Light and Mike Barnes of Signet (parent company of the Kay and Jared retail brands); and African ambassadors from the diamond producing countries of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.  

Varda Shine, Executive Vice President of Global Sightholder Sales, De Beers Group and another co-founder of DEF, added, “Education and the incubation of leaders of the future must always be our social priority, as it is this that leads to sustained progress, economic growth, and prosperity. Providing unrestricted access to schooling is the first step in creating a virtuous circle of development.”

Good Awards Party: New York’s hip nightclub LAVO was the site of the second annual GOOD Awards, a successful event honoring Tiffany & Co., Leo Schachter Diamonds, and African model/humanitarian Noella Coursaris Musunka.
Phyllis Bergman, DEF board president, said, “We are encouraged by the fabulous success of the 2013 GOOD Awards. This bodes well for the industry’s future.”
The event was kicked off with an African ceremonial dance by native Botswana dancers. The festivities continued after the Awards presentation by a passionate performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Estelle, and music continued throughout the evening with famed DJ M.O.S.

GOOD Awards sponsors for the evening included Tiffany & Co., Exelco and JCK, and Empowerment Circle inaugural sponsors, the Dalumi Group, Malca-Amit, Sterling Jewelers, and Leo Schachter Diamonds. The Empowerment Circle is DEF’s new annual partnership program.

About the Diamond Empowerment Fund
The 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.
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Introducing…Madstone – Give In To The Dark!

January 19, 2013

Madstone fine jewelry delves into designer Kerri Halpern’s dark side. From her black minimalist uniform to her residence above a cemetery, Halpern’s fascination for skulls, superheroes, cowboys and rock & roll culminate in her first jewelry collection. 

Mysteriously eccentric and imaginatively gothic, Madstone mixes cool colors, unusual stone setting and master metalsmithing to create an edgy and evocative collection fit for any wardrobe.

Madstone’s signature Bubble collection boasts hand-cut gemstones that mirror a magnum of champagne and other effervescent cocktails while the designs of the La Cage collection mimic that of a champagne bottle cork encasement. 

Playing with unusual angles and contours, the Octagon collection revisits bangles, hoops and stackable rings through hard angles and octagonal shapes. The Carre collection carefully crafts pieces to mimic the square-shaped parks nestled in New York City’s urban jungle through an array of custom-cut gemstones including amethyst, quartz, citrine and fire opal.

Tongue-in-check sister collections, MadAnimals and MadSkulls, channel Madestone’s sinister side. 

Covet thy gemstone with ruby, tsavorite, blue topaz, amethyst, citrine, garnet and diamond-encrusted skulls, spiders, beetles and bats set in blackened, rose or yellow gold.

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January 17, 2013


NEW YORK, January 11, 2013 – Leading Platinum bridal design house Jeff Cooper Designs ( has named industry veteran Matt Broerman as the company’s Northeast Regional Sales Director.
Company President David Cooper stated, “With over twenty-five years of industry experience, we believe that Matt will not only grow the business of existing Jeff Cooper customers, but will also successfully form new relationships throughout the Northeast region.” Cooper added, “We are thrilled to have him on the team and excited to see what 2013 will bring with his presence.”
Broerman, who has represented brands such as Christian Bauer and Raymond Weil in his extensive career, said, “I could not be happier, and look forward to working with everyone involved with the Jeff Cooper brand.”

About Jeff Cooper Designs
In 1976, after honing his craft working with his hands at a jeweler’s bench in Manhattan’s Bowery District, Jeff Cooper founded Jeff Cooper Designs. In 2000, Jeff’s eldest son, David Cooper, joined the company full time, bringing with him a wealth of gemological experience and creativity. By creating each ring by hand and under one roof here in the United States, Jeff and David have total control over quality and precision, and are able to create anything a client desires. Jeff and David draw their inspiration from their daily lives and love of family, as well as the excitement they understand can be achieved with the right ring for the right person. For more information or to open an account, please email
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RIP Jerry Sisk – You Will Be Missed

January 16, 2013

JTV Photo – Jerry Sisk, JTV Co-Founder, greeting well wishers in Arusha Tanzania.
From the Jewelry Television Blog:

Gerald D. Sisk, Jr., Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Jewelry Television®, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, January 13, 2013. His death was unexpected. Jerry Sisk, 59 years old, is survived by his wife Karen, his mother, a sister and several other relatives. 

Jerry Sisk was a Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.), a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and served as a Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference committee member. 

A frequent guest speaker, he was honored to be chosen as one of the five most powerful people in the world of gems and gemology on the JCK 2012 Power List. 

His book, Guide to Gems & Jewelry, has sold more than 15,000 copies and is in its second printing.  

Please visit our memorial page for Jerry to share your thoughts and remembrances for his family and friends. “

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to Beads of Courage

From the Beads of Courage Jerry Sisk Memorial Page:

Jerry was a tremendous supporter and friend to Beads of Courage and we are humbled to receive donations in his honor.”

The on – air announcement was made during Scott & Casey’s Show….

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Some Of The Biggest Diamond Events of 2012

January 13, 2013

Sharon Sussman has returned to write another blog post…FUN!!

The Biggest Diamond and Gemstone Events of 2012

Diamonds are supposed to be forever, but the reality is that economic and environmental factors influence their presence in our lives. 2012 was a year that was punctuated with jewelry highs and lows, but trade experts agree that it was an exciting year indeed for the business and for people who simply love jewelry. Let’s take a look at some of the more significant diamond and gemstone events of the past year.

The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair

If there is anything that 2012 showed to the world, it’s that Asiahas firmly established itself as a formidable force in the jewelry industry. Hong Kong had this annual jewelry and gem fair in September, and guests were pleased to find the A-Zs of precious stones (from amber to zircon) were available on display. Chinastands at the forefront of this boom in the jewelry trade given its economic growth, but other Asian nations such as Indonesiaand Indiahave also contributed to satisfying results in the region’s trade shows and fairs. Many economists attribute this to the swelling of the middle class in many Asian countries, and the resulting desire to accumulate luxury items as investment.

Hong Kong has always been a busy place for the jewelry trade because of its lenient duty regulations. The result is that serious jewelry shoppers go to Hong Kongto get the best value for their money, and jewelry trade shows offer the best opportunities to do so.    

“The Perfect Diamond” auctioned at Christie’s

In April of 2012, Christie’s held its “Magnificent Jewels” auction. Easily one of the most anticipated jewelry auctions, many collectors had their sights set on a remarkable stone dubbed “the Perfect Diamond”. The Clark Pink, a very rare and valuable 9-carat pink diamond set in a ring, has been hidden away in a bank vault since the 1940s and was included only last year in a Clarkfamily estate sale. It was part of the collection of the family’s heiress along with 16 other jewelry pieces, which were speculated to fetch no less than $12 million.    

Discovery of “The Diamond Planet”

Science fiction made it possible for us to suspend our disbelief and dream of planets made of platinum, gold, and diamonds. Last year, the discovery of 55 Cancri, a planet twice the size of our own and with perfect conditions for creating diamonds, made these dreams more probable to realize. The planet’s chemical makeup includes surface temperatures of up to 2,150 degrees Celsius and an abundance of diamond’s most important ingredient: carbon. While this discovery may not necessarily make a significant impact in the jewelry industry, scientists are nevertheless excited over the possibility of an entire planetary system that is carbon-rich, unlike ours. (Also, further studies on 55 Cancri can contribute to the study on synthetic diamonds).

The unexpected appeal of non-traditional engagement rings and wedding bands

Round emerald and diamond engagement ring on white gold from Brilliance

Diamonds on engagement rings and wedding bands held sway for many decades. Last year, however, couples became more emboldened to wear colored gemstones denoting birthdays, anniversaries, and other special dates on their bridal finger bling. Reasons ranged from sentimental (birthstones have their own meaning and traits) to practical (engagement and wedding anniversaries are easier to remember with colored stones). 2012 definitely saw plenty of non-traditional rings on brides and engaged couples. The trend was mostly evident in diamond and birthstone combinations, but there were also a lot of rings which used colored gems as the central stone.

Guest author Sharon Sussman is currently the Director of Products at Brilliance, a jewelry company which specializes in certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and custom-made jewelry. A graduate of TouroCollege, she is also a gemologist and jeweler whose articles and advice columns have been published on notable fashion and finance blogs and sites. She can also be found on Google + and can be reached at


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Weekend Designer Spotlight – Two New Collections from Miseno

January 11, 2013

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Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair Launches Facebook Page

January 10, 2013

Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair launches Facebook page  Antwerp, Belgium – January 8, 2012: The organizers of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair have launched the fair’s own Facebook page ahead of the fourth edition of the event which t…

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