GET THE LOOK…PERFUME – A SENSORY JOURNEY, SOMERSET HOUSE

At the private perfume workshop at Experimental Perfume Club, I learned that scent is a story. Just like a story, it has a beginning, middle and end. Just like a story, the beginning must draw you in with impact. The middle must have imagination and emotion; at the end must stay with you long after you’ve walked away.  My sensory journey through contemporary scent at Perfume Exhibition in Somerset House inspired me to create my own “GEM” perfume,  but also taught me that perfume is becoming a different kind of cultural experience; rather than being like a casual accessory, it is a key to express personality, mood, past and aspirations. Similar to jewellery, perfume takes on narrative, behaving less like an accessory. This multi-sensory exhibition runs until 23 September and features ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years! This exhibition will take you on a journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from the Moroccan desert, a Catholic confessional, a water theme park to a lover’s boudoir. My favourite room is the scent of Paris in spring when lilacs bloom, an abstract interpreation of traditional floral scent. Made for Frederic Malle, the first perfume house to credit the perfumer on the bottle.

Perfume – A Sensory Journey, Somerset House until 23rd of September.

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BRACELET BY IRADJ MOINI

HAT BY BORSALINO

DRESS BY GANNI

PERFUME BY FRÉDÉRIC MALLE EN PASSANT 

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LOEWE Elephant coin purse

LOEWE Elephant coin purse

Solange Hotlips Ring

Solange Hotlips Ring

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Christian Louboutin Lip Colour

Christian Louboutin Lip Colour

Annoushka Alphabet Pendant

N°21 Striped slip-on sandals

N°21 Striped slip-on sandals

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.

*Photographed by Moeez Tali. Art Direction by Liza Urla.

All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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Tips For Responding To (And Avoiding) Jewelry Customer Complaints

In the handmade jewelry business, it can be difficult to avoid taking complaints personally because, as Emily Johnson of EC Design Studio says, “we put so much of ourselves into our business.” As a designer and a maker, one must take a step back and not view a complaint as a personal attack; but as a business owner and a problem solver. This approach will help your business and give you more peace of mind.

Sales Terms are Important

Writing out your terms and conditions (terms of sale, or any other name you give them) won’t be your favorite part of setting up your business, but it may be one of the most important. This little paragraph (or any length you need for your business) should clearly explain to customers what they can expect from you. Emily Johnson says, “it’s all about managing customer expectations.” Once you’ve laid out expectations – whether it’s returns, shipping, sales, custom work – you’ve lessened the likelihood of a complaint based on a misunderstanding.

This can also help to protect your business in a worst case scenario that involves litigation. “If there is nothing in writing, there is no proof,” says Joanna Tall, a commercial lawyer (quoted from The Guardian). Laws may require that you add certain terms, while some are born from protecting the business. Your terms must also evolve. Make sure to pay attention to any laws that may affect your business and learn from your experiences.

Some of the Terms of Service from EC Design Studio
Some of the Terms of Service from EC Design Studio

In the jewelry industry, custom orders can be a critical topic in your written terms. If you want to be known for your custom designs, be sure to protect yourself first. Emily is “very upfront and clear about what [she] can do, what it will look like and what [her] policies are.” These policies are clearly stated both on her website and on printed sales receipts. If you operate a store front, it may be wise to have policies visible for both retail customers and wholesale accounts.

Kelli Vanyek-Greene, the Halstead Marketing Project Manager who comes from an independent jewelry studio background, also suggests providing information on the metals you use. This includes things “from how to clean the jewelry, to how it is made and information about the metal,” she says. Not only will you arm your customer with the knowledge needed to care for your jewelry, but you’ll protect yourself and your business from problems arising from not properly caring for jewelry.

Similarly, if you do not specify returns and repair policies you may have customer expecting resolutions for egregious misuse of the products many years after purchase. Be sure to specify if there is a time restriction for certain repairs . Will you only fix certain issues for free within 30 days and charge after that? The details are up to you.

How to Respond to Customer Complaints

1. Listen

Overwhelmingly, the jewelers I talked to said that listening to a customer’s complaint is important. This does not mean hearing what they’re saying, but truly listening to what they say, their tone and determining the problem. Sometimes, as Kelli says, a customer simply needs to vent and be understood. This may be the first time they’ve complained to you, but they may have had bad experiences with other businesses. So, no matter how upset they are – and whether you think they’re justified or not, remember what these jewelers say:

My #1 tip comes from years of working in the retail industry and it is just excellent customer service and being kind regardless of how you really feel.

Nikki Nation

This is the point in a complaint where a customer can turn irate if it’s not handled properly. Make sure to let them air their grievance; however, if the complaint is online, it may be best to move the conversation to the phone or email. As Kelli points out, online complaints can take a lot of back and forth and therefore a lot of time. Plus, discussions in a public forum are inviting input and review from everyone in your audience. Email is becoming a preferred method of communication for service. But as Emily points out, “it’s so hard to tell tone from an email.” If possible, it can be best to speak over the phone or in person so you can read the customer’s face/voice tone and determine if they’re actually satisfied with what you’re saying.

2. Ask Clarifying Questions

Watermelon Tourmaline & Uvarovite Earrings by Alex Lozier
Watermelon Tourmaline & Uvarovite Earrings by Alex Lozier

Since no one wants an irate customer who walks away dissatisfied, make sure you’re on the same page. Ask questions to clarify anything you’re not sure about. Jeweler Alex Lozier enters a “problem solver” mentality. You can also think of it as being a detective. If you need to get to the bottom of a problem, ask about any missing information.

However, this is not the time to argue or get defensive. And while this is true for any communication method, remember than anything you say and post online can live forever. Don’t think that someone won’t screenshot a reactionary reply and let it live on even if you’ve gone back and deleted your comment. If a customer complaint has you feeling especially hurt, Emily suggests taking some time to formulate your response. You want this to be a productive conversation, so if you need to take time to create a draft a response (or two), do it. Remember though, a complaint should be a priority so don’t let the customer’s anger fester by taking too long to respond.

3. Find a Solution

This is most likely going to be your trickiest step. Your customer may have their own idea of what they want from you, but as artist Stacy Rodgers put it, you need a solution “that is respectful to your business as well as the customer.” Sometimes it will be to your benefit to bend your policies, as maker Nikki Nation suggests. However, only do this in a way that still respects the time, energy and resources that went into your piece of jewelry. Although the customer is usually right, be sure to respectfully stand your ground when they’re not.

Tip: I do my best to assure the customer that we can work together to reach a solution that we both feel good about

Alex Lozier

No single solution will work for all customer complaints. Some may take even more creativity than your last design. As Emily says, “an angry customer will often cost you a lot more in the end than doing some free repairs/alterations.” The best scenario is a happy customer who will come back to shop with you. Amy Fortunato of Cowboy’s Sweetheart will sometimes take it an extra step by adding in free shipping, a coupon, or a small gift as a conciliatory gesture. As long as the customer also gets the agreed upon solution, an extra little step may help convince them to try your store again. It’s amazing that customers who complain often end up being your most loyal accounts and enthusiastic advocates if they feel like you listened and took care of them. An uncomfortable situation can become a great opportunity.

Necklace by Stacy Rodgers
Necklace by Stacy Rodgers

4. Summarize Your Conversation Back to the Customer

You’ve listened to your customer and asked questions. Now double (or triple) check that everything is understood. One of the worst things that can happen is incorrectly assuming you’ve got it right only to have the customer come back and say, “this isn’t what I wanted.” Save yourself, and the customer, added frustration. If you spoke on the phone or face-to-face, be sure to follow up with an email confirming what you just discussed in writing.

5. Thank Them for the Feedback

A customer has taken the time to contact you with feedback. Thank them! It is way better than them bashing your brand to anyone who will listen without ever telling you there was an issue. You may even consider making this your first step as Amy does. They are potentially bringing a very problematic issue to your attention. It is easy to express gratitude for positive feedback; but, negative feedback may actually help your business more in the long run. Keep that in mind and be sure to thank clients for taking a moment even if their comments are negative, or “constructive,” feedback. This may also help put an angry customer in a better mood right off the bat.

6. Learn from the Experience

Rings by EC Designs
Rings by EC Designs

Now that you’ve solved the problem and the customer is happy, take a little time to reflect. Are you going to sit in your studio upset with an attitude? Or, will you use it as a learning experience? Maybe you tried something new and it’s not working out how you’d hoped. Maybe a complaint is showing you a weak spot in your product construction or descriptions. One negative complaint can make a lot of positive changes for your business – you just have to be open to them.

Tip: I ask myself, what did I convey or not convey that led them to expect something different than they received.

Amy Fortunato – Cowboy’s Sweetheart

Try Not to Take it Personally

This is a handmade jewelry business that you have put your heart and soul into. So it’s easy to take a complaint as a personal attack. Remember this is not always the case. As Nikki says, “My work is not for everyone…” Most complaints are not a personal attack on your creative designs. There will be people who absolutely love your design and some who won’t. Someone may even love the design, but when they try it on they realize it doesn’t actually work for them.

Complaints need to be addressed quickly, efficiently and positively. This will be very difficult if you’re always hurt by something that is a normal part of running a business. Instead, take a step back and look at the customer complaint objectively to see if you need to change something – a design aspect may not be as feasible as you thought. While this can be sad to admit, ask yourself if it’s something you should address in order to help your business. And if you start getting similar complaints, it may definitely be time for some change.

Tips to Avoid Complaints

Very few businesses will be able to completely avoid customer complaints, but here are some tips on how to minimize the number of complaints:

  • Give the customer as much information as you can before they purchase a piece from you.
  • Make excellent customer service a priority for your business so the customer’s experience is positive from the start.
  • Manage customer expectations so they know what to expect as they work with you – especially for a custom order.
  • Give tips on how to care for your jewelry.
  • Have all sales related policies written out on your website, sales receipts or any where else that makes sense.
  • Approach your business with a positive mindset and use any customer comments as learning opportunities.
  • Follow up with a customer after their purchase – this gives them an opportunity to reach out to you about something good or bad.

Thank you to these jewelers for their advice and tips on dealing with customer complaints!

Emily Johnson – EC Design Studio

Alexandra Lozier

Stacy Rodgers

Nikki Nation

Amy Fortunato – Cowboy’s Sweetheart

Kelli Vanyek Green – Halstead Marketing Project Manager

Read on for more jewelry business tips:

5 Ways to Educate Your Jewelry Customer

Pricing Strategy Tips for Jewelry Business Profitability

Turn Your Jewelry Customers Into Collectors

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THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN: HOW SNAKE PENDANT CAME TO LIFE

We all love the sparkle and lustre of a beautiful jewel, but have you ever wondered how each piece is created from start to finish? GEMOLOGUE is bringing you the craftsmanship series aiming to educate and give you an appreciation of the process and how a spectacular jewel comes to life. While other sectors of industry are losing manual skills to automation, jewellery-making stands true its ancestry. I particularly love brands that invest in age-old jewellery-making workshops, conserving traditional techniques and perfecting new ones. THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF… series will feature design elements, craftsmanship and the labour of love behind every jewel.

Discover The Craftsmanship Of Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen and how the 18k gold and green tourmaline snake pendant came to life!

OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Ole Lynggaard workshop as a part of my trip to Copenhagen Fashion Week with the Jewellery Room. There are 45 goldsmiths working in the studio of this family-run jewellery brand, making it one of the largest fine jewellery workshops in Northern Europe. With this kind of reputation, it’s no wonder the Lynggaard jewellery brand has the noble distinction of being the appointed jewellery designer for the Royal Danish Court.

Let’s take a look at how the serpent motif began.

“With a nod to the past, old traditions are kept alive and new techniques are born unifying the past and present… bringing proud traditions to the new era… ancient craftsmanship & traditions plus state-of-the-art technology” – Ole Lynggaard.

INSPIRATION BEHIND THE JEWEL

Drawing inspiration from the beauty he finds on his world travels, Ole Lynggaard first fell in love with  the serpent’s beauty and slender elegance during a visit to the Museum of Cairo in 1960. He was captivated by the exquisitely detailed snake ornaments on display and felt the call of the muses to create something special for his lovely wife. Everyone loved the snake design and how it wriggled on the ears, fingers, arms and neck. It was the beginning of the brand’s most beloved Snakes Collection – a sensual emblem embodying the opposites of good and evil, and the eternal struggle to resist temptation.

DESIGN PROCESS

Watching the goldsmith carefully begin his serpent creation, I saw how the design process unfolds. First, he crafts a series of wax moulds by hand, carving each to the design specifications before making a cast. He then grinds, polishes and adds final touches to each sample until he is satisfied with the shape and overall structure of the piece. Before proceeding to the next step creating texture and contrast, the piece goes to Ole and Charlotte Lynggaard for their feedback. Lynggaard believes this step is vital to get the feeling exactly the way he envisioned it.

Ole and Charlotte Lynggaard carefully select the colours of the gemstones for each piece, balancing the tone of the gold with the sparkle of the jewels. These precious stones are then set by the workshop’s skilled goldsmiths, taking the greatest care not to damage the more fragile stones.

This master jewel is now ready for production and will form the prototype for an entire new collection. The production process is a tricky one. Lynggaard uses a multi-layered effect requiring several different moulds and pieces to bring the snake to life. Meticulous evaluation makes sure each jewel follows the same thickness, movement, and feeling as the masterpiece in the collection.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Polishing – is a lengthy part of the process, but Ole Lynggaard believes only traditional methods can create the kind of refinement he wants in his jewellery. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing are no substitute for the work of a skilled craftsman. He needs special tools to create the desired effect, but a skilled craftsman uses his or her hands and responds to the sound and feel of the precious metal as they work with it. The precise measurements of a computer cannot achieve the same effect; the balance feels off so it’s unnatural to the eye. The feel of a piece is all about balance. By polishing and refining the piece by hand, you feel the energy of the craftsman in all the bends and turns of the snake’s body with the same thrill as a rollercoaster!

Satinising technique – another traditional polishing method favoured by Lynggaard to create a refined satin-like effect to the precious metal. It is all done by hand using special tools like a shading engraver. Often Charlotte Lynggaard likes to get inventive with satinising and will design surfaces resembling the bark of a tree or the skin of a snake. The result is this amazing contrast between the polished surface, the satinised surface and the other elements of the piece for a highly sensual finished product.

In the Snakes Collection, Ole Lynggaard imagines the whole anatomy of the snake from its round belly to the curve of the spine as it moves. You can almost feel it moving! The unfinished piece has balance and satinising brings it to life.

Soldering – is part of the assembling process and requires high temperatures to join pieces of this snake pendant together. Lynggaard prefers hot soldering at 700 to 800ºC because you’re working at a molecular level as opposed to working at the surface level gluing pieces together at lower temperatures. It makes for a stronger piece of jewellery.

CRAFTSMEN

Usually it takes several craftsmen to work on one piece of jewellery, but Ole Lynggaard believes in dedicating yourself to the heart and soul of each piece, and encourages his goldsmiths to do the same. The goldsmiths that work at his workshop in Denmark have spent four years in training and another 10 years honing their crafts. They take great pride in owning the entire jewellery-making process and it gives them a great sense of accomplishment. It makes a big difference to the finished piece.

GEMSTONES & GOLD

Ole and Charlotte Lynggaard chose this emerald-coloured heart-shaped cabochon tourmaline for its warmth. It works really well with 18k yellow gold and is cut and carved to capture the maximum amount of light to increase the lustre. For a sparkling touch and to create movement and shimmer in the serpent’s tail, 12 diamonds in 7 different sizes were used from 0.77 mm to 1.30 mm. It all about attention to the smallest details! If the same sized diamonds were used, the piece would loose the movement and fluidity, which makes it so effortlessly beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by! What do you think of these wonderfully wriggly snakes and how they were created? Leave me a message in the comments below. You might also want to discover how is fine jewellery made by Ara Vartanian in his Sao Paulo workshop!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Liza Urla. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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10 FEMALE JEWELLERY DESIGNERS NOT TO MISS FROM COUTURE LAS VEGAS

While the rest of the world celebrates women’s rights and achievements on International Women’s Day, in my home country of Russia we shower the women with tulips in celebration of womanhood.

This year on March 8th, I want to celebrate the design achievements of some of my favourite female jewellery designers and honour their delicate feminine side! I admire them for their ability to create, design and build successful jewellery brands by women for women.

For 10 years now I have been curating jewellery for my devoted GEMOLOGUE followers, and I’ve had the extreme honour of meeting so many extraordinary women jewellery designers. They all have a special place in my heart. For this special International Women’s Day curation, I’m highlighting some exceptional women from the jewellery show at Couture Las Vegas. I got the chance to discover 10 beautiful women and talented designers, and have been saving them for a special occasion.

Let’s take a closer look and get to know these fabulous women and the creativity behind their extraordinary jewellery designs.

SILVIA FURMANOVICH

An extraordinary woman, Silvia is one of most famous Brazilian designers, a lady of great taste in fashion and an amazing mother to her three sons! Difficulties and losses in life have not brought her down, but taught to see the beauty of life every single day. Truly a super human Silvia Furmanovich takes jewellery collectors across the globe. Influenced by global cultures ancestry and exotic materials, her jewelry is perceived as an ‘all seeing’ art.

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Silvia Furmanovich jewels appeal to me with their elegant, yet bold character, accurately reflecting her own personality. I was honoured to become the face of Botanica collection created from marquetry wood and precious gemstones to resemble most beautiful gifts of nature- flowers. I have unparalleled love for Brazil and Silvia Furmanovich jewellery is one of the reasons I adore it so much!

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VIRNA CHAKARDEMIAN OF YEPREM

When Virna enters the room, everyone’s instantly drawn to her. Her distinctive hairstyle and personal take on Lebanese glamour always make a statement and let’s you know who’s the boss! Virna Chakardemian is the female energy and creative director behind Beirut-based brand Yeprem. This legendary powerhouse of a woman is the second generation running the Yeprem family business. Together with her brothers, she’s revived this classical brand and given it a modern touch.

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Today Yeprem celebrates feminine sensuality with jewels becoming diamond sculptural extensions of female hands and ears. Virna has developed a bold take on fine jewellery and has made the marquise cut a signature attribute of Yepremdesigns. She is the queen of diamonds herself!

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CAROL KAUFFMANN

An emerging Brazilian designer, Carol’s fantastic designs bring out her exceptional talent and bright character. Her positive vibe is contagious and she never misses a chance to spot the beauty in everything around her. Everyone smiles in her presence. Carol’s jewellery career embraces a broad array of interests and occupations: sculpting, fashion designing and goldsmithing.

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Carol Kauffmann jewellery is inspired by art, history and Brazilian gemstones for a marvellous, sparkling energy. Using the best golds for a fresh, wearable, contemporary feel, Carol Kauffmann jewellery is colourful and vibrant.

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TAMARA COMOLLI

German-born designer Tamara Comolli studied Business and worked in consultancy before dedicating her life to an all-consuming passion for jewellery (just like me!). Tamara is one of the most hard-working people I know. Her unbreakable persistence growing and perfecting her personal brand for the past 27 years shows a woman with a clear vision and remarkable endurance.a

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I was obsessed with a bracelet from her legendary colour stories collection even before I launched GEMOLOGUE. Such a special experience meeting her and getting absorbed in a colourful array of cabochon gemstones again!

CAROLINA BUCCI

What we could all learn from Carolina Bucci is to never forget we’re children at heart! I can always see the little girl shining through her eyes as she shows me her beautiful jewels inspired by her childhood stories. Lucky bracelet is just one of her signature designs inspired by those iconic beaded friendship bracelets.

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Carolina Bucci is the fourth generation of Italian craftsmen and goldsmiths and to keep familial traditions alive her jewellery is handmade in a workshop in Florence. Yet, her jewels have a contemporary look and are so playful and delicate. It’s too tempting to just wear all of them and never take them off!

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KIRSTY STONE OF RETROUVAÍ

Kirsty is such a calm and understanding person. No wonder she creates jewellery that every woman dreams of! Growing up in Canada, she used to spend hours making beaded jewels, setting her passion for fun designs early in life. Today her jewellery creations incorporate an array of colourful gemstones in a dainty look, crafted with exceptional quality.

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Kirsty’s sweet and gentle personality is something that helps her speak and connect to women through her jewels, empowering them to self-purchase future heirlooms. Inspired by vintage jewellery, Retrouvai jewels are just fun to wear on a daily basis, they’re a collection of stories for future generations.

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YAEL SONIA

I wish I was always as energetic as Yael with her all-consuming love for what she does. A talented women supporting and celebrating women with her kinetic jewels designed to adjust to the wearer’s unique personality and rhythm. Growing up between New York, Sao Paulo and Paris, since a young age Yael has been designing jewels, drawing inspiration from art and the energy of each gemstone she discovers.

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Always handmade with the greatest care, Yael Sonia’s wearable jewellery resembles small sculptures with free-set gemstones at liberty to move and tinkle inside gold structures. Yael’s creativity continuously blows my mind and her designs are on top of my jewellery wish list!

BROOKE GREGSON

Born in sunny Los Angles, Brooke is naturally a big dreamer and even more of an achiever! Her ambitious personality and courage to do what she loves the most helped establish her brand 12 years ago. Ever since Brooke Gregson  has been designing delicate gemstone jewels, paying great attention to the details and craftsmanship of her pieces.

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Her background in textile and watercolour painting shines through the vibrant colours of her delicate jewels, which are just meant for playful layering and stacking! Just like the women who wear it, Brooke Gregson‘s jewels are independent and sensible in their beauty. Dainty sculptural jewellery with a soul between London and LA!

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MARINA BELOTSERKOVSKAYA OF LIZA BELOTSERKOVSKAYA JEWELLERY

Marina is the beautiful Russian woman and designer behind Liza Belotserkovskaya brand, named after her daughter. This emerging brand beautifully combines design, talent, and motherhood. The whimsical jewels tell a fairytale of a Knight Girl in a world of unicorns, elves and dreams dedicated to her daughter.

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Inspired by Celtic runes and Medieval architecture, Marina is proud of taking long years to meticulously develop her concept and unique style . Her feminine creative spirit seamlessly transfuses into her bewitching and fantastical fine jewellery collections. Pure magic through mother-daughter love!

JACQUIE AICHE

Jacquie Aiche a free-spirited personality with a very strong vision and determination to enhance and uplift women’s nature. Her design philosophy is unmistakable. Born into Egyptian and American roots, she embodies a jewellery heritage of two distinctive cultures. Her jewel creations have this gypsy feel, declaring the wearer a literal goddess.

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With their powerful design and feminine beauty, I feel like Jacquie’s jewels were made to be worn on International Women’s Day. Inspired by the natural sensuality of a woman and designed to enhance it, Jacquie Aiche is a must-have for a magical sexy touch to your individual art of necklace layering.

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy International Women’s Day! Which of these 10 female jewellery designers is your favourite?

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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Pattern & Gallery Wire Guide: The 411

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Pattern wire is fun, versatile, and easy to create with. We sell it in heavier gauges, making it strong and durable for a whole array of jewelry projects. When I first began playing with pattern wire I made bangles, earrings and a tube bezeled ear cuff, just to feel it out and find it’s limitations. The only issue I had was cutting it, since the wire cutters in the Halstead studio weren’t strong enough, but that was easily solved with a jewelers saw. Grab some pattern wire and have some fun, I sure did!

Pattern Wire:

SWG103: Tribal
SWG103: Tribal

SWG1903: Dolphin
SWG1903: Dolphin

SWG1904: Heart
SWG1904: Heart

SWG151: Square Cushion
SWG151: Square Cushion

SWG210: Twist Scroll
SWG210: Twist Scroll

SWG251: Florentine
SWG251: Florentine

SWG307: Greek
SWG307: Greek

SWG314: Twisted Rope
SWG314: Twisted Rope

SWG315: Renaissance
SWG315: Renaissance

SWG361: Diamond
SWG361: Diamond

SWG371: Fleur de Lis
SWG371: Fleur de Lis

SWG415: Hammered
SWG415: Hammered

SWG514: Crossed Ribbons
SWG514: Crossed Ribbons

SWG518: Floral
SWG518: Floral

SWG522: Beaded Edge
SWG522: Beaded Edge

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While gallery wire is necessary, it definitely doesn’t need to be boring. We’ve really bulked up our gallery wire section with the width ranging from 2.5mm to 18mm. Go small or big, we have you covered!

Gallery Wire:

SWG135: Flower
SWG135: Flower

SWG297: Open Dolphin
SWG297: Open Dolphin

SWG340: Perforated
SWG340: Perforated

SWG356: Fleur
SWG356: Fleur

SWG397: Perforated
SWG397: Perforated

SWG508: Art Deco Vine
SWG508: Art Deco Vine

SWG512: Circle Deco
SWG512: Circle Deco

SWG513: Open Pointed Flower
SWG513: Open Pointed Flower

SWG516: Flower
SWG516: Flower

SWG918: Open Quatrefoil
SWG918: Open Quatrefoil

SWG953: Loop
SWG953: Loop

SWG1956: Greek
SWG1956: Greek

SWG1974: Open Daisy
SWG1974: Open Daisy

You will also enjoy these Halstead articles on how to use pattern wire and gallery wire:

Soldering Half Round Wire & Pattern Wire for Rings

How to Buy Bezel Strip Wire

3 Ways to Set Raw Crystal Points using Sterling Silver Findings

How to Buy Ring Making Material

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30 Ways to Incorporate Your Love of Jewelry into Summertime!

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Summer is next week–can you believe it?! Are you ready?! One of my most favorite things to do in the summer is to plan activities that I wouldn’t normally get to do…this involves taking days off from work, surrounding myself with people I love, and living my best life. I also like making lists or a group of goals to complete over the summer–they can be wishful thinking or very, very serious. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 30 Ways to Incorporate Your Love of Jewelry just in time for summer!

1. Pick a gemstone, any gemstone, and learn all about it.

2. Find a gem show that is coming to your area and attend!

3. Have a gem or mineral specimen collection? Reorganize it in a cool way.

4. Plan a trip to go gem mining.

5. Do you have a favorite Instagrammer in our jewelry community? Plan a summer meetup.

6. Pick a state that is somewhat close to you, and research the best jewelry store they have to offer. Plan a visit!

7. Make a cool treat on a hot day–these gem ice trays can be filled with any fruity liquid!

8. Find a gemstone print top, bathing suit or towel and wear it to the beach.

9. Reserve a day at the nail salon and go for a gemstone manicure!

10. Buy that jewelry book you’ve been eyeing and lay by the pool with it!

11. Scout out some amazing flowers in your city, buy them, and take some jewelry photos with them.

12. Find a new way of wearing some of your favorite pieces of jewelry.

13. Take a day to clean your most-worn pieces of jewelry.

14. Plan a SWAP party with friends that also love jewelry.

15. Pick a time period you don’t know as much about as your favorite jewelry period, and learn about it!

16. Spend an entire day “hunting” for antique jewelry online–but do it by a pool.

17. Learn about crystal healing and depending on where you live, schedule an appointment with an expert.

18. Throw a gemstone-themed party!

19. Learn about a new designer you’ve never heard of before.

20. Need a new way to store your jewelry? Splurge on a jewelry cabinet and reconfigure it if necessary.

21. Take a jewelry making class.

22. Decide on creating a charm bracelet or necklace–gather charms, buy some new ones and put it together.

23. Get something very special and sentimental made into a piece of jewelry.

24. Size all of your fingers and keep it written down.

25. Get registered to bid at your favorite auction houses.

26. Put on all your favorite Art Deco jewels and watch a 1920s old movie.

27. Hit up your local estate sales or garage sales. You never know!

28. Tell someone thank you by gifting them a piece of jewelry.

29. Get lost on Pinterest by searching “antique jewelry” or “jewelry.”

30. Pick your favorite medium (water colors, arcryllics, pencil, etc) and try drawing/painting a diamond.

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Let me know which of these you want to do! –> @gemgossip

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Why is it so Hard to Find Peridot Jewelry I Like?

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All photos above provided by Market Square Jewelers

Peridot is the birthstone of August, and many of us have come to find that August babies either love it or they hate it. Perhaps the ones that hate peridot haven’t had the same exposure to the gem as myself.

The peridot I know and love is a vibrant yellowish green that pops against yellow gold in such a magnificent and esoteric way. In Ancient Egypt, peridot was known as the Gem of the Sun and rightfully so. A well-cut peridot rivals the beauty of emerald and demantoid garnet, for a fraction of the cost.

In theory, peridot is plentiful and affordable. But while peridot is prized for its lavish and distinct coloring, it can be a struggle finding peridot jewelry that’s worth obsessing over. Unfortunately, so many factors work against peridot becoming an inexpensive jewelry staple like amethyst.

Here are some reasons why it’s so hard to find peridot jewelry I like:

1. Commercial Grade Peridot is Undesirable At Times

As far as amethyst goes, even commercial gems have the ability to be beautiful depending on the cut and hue. In contrast, most commercial peridot on the market looks the same – like small bits of washed out baby food. Too harsh? Based on how many uninformed people hate peridot, maybe not. When the cut is shallow, most of that lovable, vibrant green shade fades to almost clear, and there’s not much left to get excited about.

2. The Lime Green Color Can be Limiting in Design

I can’t recall ever seeing peridot in a white gold design that I liked. Let’s face it, peridot looks best in yellow gold. Most stones have a metal that complements it best, but with peridot, setting the stone in white or rose gold can be absolutely detrimental to the design. If you happen to love peridot in white gold, don’t let me turn you away. But this is why we see less peridot designs on the market than we do more versatile green stones like emerald that happen to look amazing in platinum and rose gold.

3. Large Peridot Stones are Significantly More Expensive

Larger peridot stones tend to maintain their deep coloring better than smaller stones. However, the larger the peridot stone, the more expensive it becomes. I can find affordable amethyst stones that weigh more than 4 carats very easily. Trying to find that same size peridot stone will set me back significantly more money, which is very limiting when jewelry shopping. It’s easy to find smaller peridot stones in places like Arizona and China, but the larger sizes are much more scarce globally, thus impacting the market overall.

4. More Awareness = More Demand

As more people become acquainted with that peridot sweet spot – the stones that are vibrant and well-cut – the demand naturally increases. Supply for quality peridot designs doesn’t fully match this new-found demand, which causes an increase in price and scarcity. This means I’ll have to be hunting for peridot jewelry instead of simply browsing for it. Instead of 10 great options, I may only find 5, and even then, I’ll be competing with other buyers looking for the same item.

With all the reasons why I have so few peridot pieces in my collection, I figured it best to reiterate that it’s not impossible to find worthwhile peridot jewelry. In fact, one of our favorite shops Market Square Jewelers, we feel, has the best selection of peridot jewelry! The photos above are provided by Market Square Jewelers and all the pieces are available for purchase! You can check out their website for more peridot jewelry here.

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Ageless Heirlooms Lauren Thomann | I: @agelessheirlooms | W: www.agelessheirlooms.com

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THE JEWELS OF: NAYIBE WARCHAUSKY, SUSTAINABLE ART JEWELLERY, GEMOLOGUE AWARD WINNER ARTISTAR JEWELS

The Jewels Of… is a new series by GEMOLOGUE, featuring my latest discoveries from the world’s most exciting jewellery designers and their spectacular creations – stunning jewels you will want to add to your own personal jewellery collection.

Discover why I love The Jewels Of Nayibe Warchausky.

THE DESIGNER:

Nayibe Warchausky is an architect with a Master’s degree in Jewellery Design from the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milano. Born in Venezuela to Russian and Lebanese parents, who both fled their countries to be free from wars and religious laws, Nayibe is truly a global citizen and a third culture child.

Her own jewellery brand that she began 10 years ago beautifully reflects her multicultural influences. Drawing inspiration from the cities where she lived, Nayibe’s breathtaking contemporary jewels encompass the glassmaking tradition of Murano and the architecture style of Russian Constructivism. Almost like micro-sculptures, sustainable and beautifully fragile, her rings leave admirers in a complete awe! And I was no exception! I can’t think of a better designer and beautiful soul to win my first-ever GEMOLOGUE award at Artistar Jewels!

“Honored to be selected by Artistar Jewels, a project dedicated to the international scouting of talents of Contemporary Jewelry. I am happy to exhibit alongside so many talented designers from all over the world and be part of this amazing “Artistar Jewels” Book. Truly in shock when I received the GEMOLOGUE PRIZE, so grateful and excited about this mention, thank you Liza Urla for choosing me, this is a magical time” – Nayibe Warchausky

THE DETAILS:

So much originality in these rings by Nayibe Warchausky, I just love them! She revitalises notions of the Venetian Murano glassmaking tradition by blending age-old techniques with modern technology, creating optical depths and tridimensional facets. With a passionate dedication towards experimenting and exploring the properties of Murano crystal, Nayibe has spent long hours learning from the best Venetian glassmakers. Her ultimate signature technique is a sublime mixture of exaltation for the glass and its voluptuous, geometrical and luxurious nature.

The crystal rings are created by melting and cooling silicate mixtures to give the same depth and quality as a diamond. Using different faceting and cutting techniques on various compositions of transparency, hues and settings, Nayibe creates visual depth and ethereal beauty that changes with the light. All of Nayibe’s rings are fused and sculpted in Italy from the millenary wisdom inherited by the best Venetian glassmaking families. The 18k gold logo attachés add the final exquisite touch to all of her jewels.

WHY I LOVE IT:

Whenever I encounter beautiful jewellery made of glass, it’s a special experience. Glass jewels have a powerful symbolism; they are a metaphor of life – precious and fragile, just like the world we live in. This fragility is very attractive to me. I have always been passionate about Murano glass and the ability of the craftsmen who create these beautiful jewels. Nayibe has also developed a unique mixture combining glass and precious stones like lapis lazuli for an extra shot of colour and a beautiful shade of blue.

Another reason to love it: this GEMOLOGUE award winner supports local artisans of Murano island and also uses recycled glass, making her jewels not only an extraordinarily attractive embellishment, but also a sustainable choice. It’s so rewarding to be a part of Nayibe’s jewellery journey and give her wonderful sculptural jewels the exposure they deserve!

Deconstructed Universe ring – a flawless balance between matter and form. Handcrafted with Murano crystal and embellished with 18k rose gold and lapis lazuli gemstone.

Scaglie Caviar ring – micro sculptural symmetry. Handmade with Murano crystal by melting and cooling mixtures of silicates, finished with crystal gold caviar and 18k gold emblem.

What do you think of these glass gems? Let me know in the comments below.

You might also like to discover The Jewels Of: Freywille crafted with fire enamel and The Jewels Of: Wallace Chan and his experiments with titanium!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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Halstead’s Preferred Studio Schools

If you are looking to expand your skill set or meet more makers in your community, we suggest you check out one of these educational studios. Each of these programs offers regular class schedules on technical jewelry skills as well as masters workshops. Most have bench rental options or memberships available. Check out our map graphic to find a location near you or scroll down to our alphabetized list.

Halstead Recommended Jewelry Studio Schools

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

https://www.academyart.edu/

The Academy’s jewelry design school helps you cultivate your artistic voice as you create innovative pieces. Our Jewelry & Metal Arts degrees equip our students with various techniques ranging from the traditional in jewelry skills, to the latest, utilizing laser cutters, electronics and 3D modeling.

Armory Art Center

West Palm Beach, FL

https://www.armoryart.org/

Housed in a historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events.  Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 12 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.

Baltimore Jewelry Center

Baltimore, MD

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The Baltimore Jewelry Center is an educational nonprofit building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalsmithing and art jewelry. We educate and inspire new and established artists, as well as promote metalsmithing and art jewelry to the general public through exhibitions, community and educational outreach.

Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin

Austin, TX

http://creativeside.org/

Creative Side offers a comfortable, fun, professional and creatively inspiring studio space where anyone can come learn and develop their skills in the ever expanding craft of jewelry making. Students enjoy coming to Creative Side to immerse themselves in the studio and get hands-on with instructors. Offering weekend, week long, evening, and daytime courses that cover a wide array of techniques, students can develop their own approach and style on their schedule. Whether you are a serious hobbyist, looking for employment with a jeweler or planning to start your own business, Creative Side’s curriculum will get you proficient in the craft.

Danaca Design

Seattle, WA

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Danaca Design is a small-scale metal-working and jewelry fabrication studio located in the University District of Seattle. We sell artisan jewelry and tools for jewelers, and offer a full schedule of classes in the art of decorative metal work and jewelry design. Our goal is to give every student the opportunity to be productive and creative at their comfort level, to hone skills and gain new abilities, to stretch, grow and experience achievement.

Flux Metal Arts

Mentor, OH

https://www.fluxmetalarts.com/

Flux Metal Arts is a small-scale metalworking and jewelry design studio serving Greater Cleveland with jewelry, metalsmithing and enameling classes and workshops, open studio time, tools and supplies for students and experienced artists of all levels. Our professionally equipped metal working studio offers a one-of-a-kind environment to nurture your passion, and inspire your creativity.

Harold Studio

Phoenix, AZ

https://haroldstudio.com/

Jewelry making and metalsmithing classes and workshops. Harold Studio offers private and group instruction. With fun activities for a night out or party with friends, you will always walk away with a piece of jewelry you made and can be proud of at Harold Studio.

Jewelry Creations Workshop

Miami, FL

https://www.jewelrycreationsworkshop.com/

At JCW we educate individuals in the art of jewelry making and empower originals under a creative and collaborative workspace where students, designers, and professionals can come together to LEARN, CREATE, and SHARE. Our studio offers jewelry classes which are tailored to each student. Classes are taught by trained professionals, our director, Steven Brownlee, resident instructors, and visiting instructors on a rotating basis that cater to all levels and interests. If you’re a student, experienced or aspiring jewelry designer in need of a creative home JCW also offers shared and private workspace membership options in our fully-equipped studio.

Lillstreet Art Center

Chicago, IL

https://lillstreet.com/

At Lillstreet’s esteemed Metalsmithing & Glass department you will find courses that allow you to explore a variety of different metalsmithing & glass techniques including soldering, fusing, enameling, bead making, kiln casting and sculpture. We give you access to create original accessories like earrings, rings, necklaces, glass beads and more! The department boasts four large metal studios and one glass studio. Lillstreet offers an atmosphere appropriate for novice and expert alike. Students can join a class confident that they will learn the basic skills required to complete a few one-of-a kind pieces.

Metalwerx

Waltham, MA

https://metalwerx.com/

Metalwerx promotes the art of jewelry and metals through exceptional classes, workshops, studio space, outreach programming and events for professional and personal enrichment within a supportive community of artists and learners.  Our innovative school and community studio provides jewelry making instruction on topics ranging from introductory classes to professional level courses, in a well-equipped, supportive, and enthusiastic environment. Weekly classes are cutting edge and varied, and continue for three to ten weeks. Our workshops are geared to both professionals and beginners, and run one to five days, or over an intensive weekend.

Michael Sturlin Studio

Scottsdale, AZ

http://www.michaelsturlinstudio.com/

My goal is to help perpetuate the traditional crafts of goldsmithing and silversmithing though teaching and transmitting what I have learned and experienced in my studio practice, with the desire to enable others to gain skill with our tools, fluency with our materials and greater success in our field. I currently devote my time and energy to teaching applied techniques in the arts of goldsmithing, jewelry making, and professional development for studio artists.

Sawtooth School of Visual Arts

Winston-Salem, NC

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Sawtooth School for Visual Art is a community art school in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, NC featuring 15 spacious studios that teach classes and workshops in media from drawing and painting to ceramics, glass, photography, metals, printmaking and more. The Metals Studio features jewelers benches, soldering stations, roll mills, a hydraulic press, bench shear, kilns and equipment used for forming, fabrication, lost wax casting, enameling, metal clay and newly-added lapidary arts. Students take part in the quarterly classes, open studios times, and workshops taught by local and visiting artists in the Metals Studio.

The Smithery

Grandview Heights, OH

https://shopthesmithery.com/

The Smithery was founded as a working metalsmith studio and artist-made shop.  Specializing in contemporary jewelry and modern craft, The Smithery provides a retail storefront showcasing a curated collection of fine handmade goods.  We offer workshops, hands-on events, artist trunk shows and provide a pressure free environment for purchasing thoughtful gifts, commemorating important life events, and adding to your own collections.

Studio JSD

Grand Haven, MI

https://www.studiojsd.com/

Studio JSD is a unique jewelry design gallery, store and studio offering artisan jewelry, tools and materials, and jewelry fabrication classes and workshops. Our schedules include multi-week class sessions and single technical or project based workshops. Studio JSD is also a makerspace, providing local jewelry entrepreneurs private and shared studio space in a collaborative environment with shared equipment, resources, and meeting places.

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Farmington, PA

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Touchstone Center for Crafts is a unique three-seasons craft school located only 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This unique craft school includes contemporary and experimental techniques in addition to traditional and historical methods in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals & jewelry, glass, mosaics, fiber arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. As Pennsylvania’s premier craft school, Touchstone offers both beginners and seasoned artists week-long and weekend courses taught by some of North America’s finest artisans.

Worcester Center for Crafts

Worcester, MA

https://www.worcester.edu/wcc/

Worcester Center for Crafts offers instruction in the skills of craft, in the art and aesthetics of craft and creativity, and in the appreciation of the handmade aesthetic object. Hands-on discovery of making, collecting, appreciating is encompassed in all of our programs. Our 2,000-square-foot Metals Studios space provides access to an extensive variety of metal working tools, enabling our students to fully explore metal craft in our courses. Our studio space includes all of the necessary tools and equipment for forming and fabrication, polishing, casting, enameling, and blacksmithing.

For further educational opportunities, be sure to check out our preferred teacher class list and upcoming jewelry retreats and symposiums list.

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10 CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY DESIGNERS ON THE VERGE OF WEARABILITY, ARTISTAR JEWELS

So many fantastic jewellery events happening around the world during fashion weeks, it’s just too exciting. From Copenhagen Fashion Week and Scandi jewellery at The Jewellery Room to Milan Fashion Week and 140 contemporary, emerging jewellery artists and designers at Artistar Jewels 2019. Who will win the GEMOLOGUE Jewellery Award at Artistar Jewels this year?

More than 400 modern jewellery artists from all over the world entered to win the Artistar Jewels Award Italy 2019. Together with other jury members, I had the difficult task of narrowing the winners down to just three amazing designs.

Congratulations to Brazilian designer Bia Tambelli, Korean sculptor Sowon Joo and Russian artist Veronika Kuryanova. The winners were chosen based on the artistic value, technical skills, design, originality and technological innovation. The winners’ designs will be available for sale online at artistarjewels.com. I’ve already laid my eyes on some beautiful jewels!

For the winner of the GEMOLOGUE jewellery award, I focused on the originality of the design, technique, skill, unique craftsmanship, and wearability, as well as sustainability and the life and soul behind the jewel. Stay tuned for my next article dedicated solely to the Artist Jewels 2019 GEMOLOGUE award winner!

For more contemporary jewellery from last year, check out my previous visit to Artistar Jewels exhibition in Milan.

After careful consideration  I would like to share with you my GEMOLOGUE curation of the top 10 contemporary jewellery designers at Artistar Jewels:

BIA TAMBELLI 

If you’ve read my “10 Things to Know about Brazilian Jewellery Style”, you could instantly see the strong signature and powerful energy in the jewels of Bia. We have a lot of things in common: love for Brazil and a passion for beautiful stones and jewels since childhood. Bia pays homage to the symbolic value of the gemstones in her creations, placing them at the centre of the jewel’s balanced aesthetic.

This Trindade Bracelet instantly attracted me, due to my love for spiritual jewellery! The 18k gold and diamond pyramid structures with mini citruses on top express an intellectual and spiritual order, invigorating the wearer with a feeling of clarity, so fundamental for spiritual growth.

ANASTASIA DUBROVA

Still a student at the prestigious Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts at the Art Metal Department, Anastasia has already shone at several Russian competitions and has now debuted at Artistar Jewels 2019. A young and talented jewellery designer, she has shaken up the competition with two sleek minimalist rings.

Her Roly-Poly doll-toy-inspired ring is the quintessence of smoothness and fluidity with polished metal and a spherical stone playing with light to create the unity of form and content. In contrast, Anastasia’s Portal ring is a harmonious marriage of opposites: sleek and edgy forms in a single whole whole.

FRANCESCA PAOLIN

A skilled designer from Latin America, Ecuador with work experience in the UK and a mind-blowing creative flow, Francesca’s style is unmistakable! Combining 3D technologies and handmade craftsmanship, her work presents an avant-garde aesthetic halfway between Brit Pop and tropical exotics.

Crafted from nylon and metal alloy and dyed by hand, these red Circle Feather earrings have a futuristic look and other-worldly vibe, yet they are a mix of inspiration stemming from ancient Mayan cultures and the Amazonia rainforest to Venice and the delicate art of lacemaking. A modern statement and light as a feather!

STANISLAV DROKIN 

This Ukranian designer, jeweller, gemologist and engraver has drawn me in with his titanium works. In a search for new forms and colour combinations his workshop becomes a creative laboratory producing one-of-a-kind contemporary design pieces with an abundance of sparkling gemstones!

This Nest ring with quartz, diamonds and sapphires evokes my love for the striking titanium jewellery of Wallace Chan. The inspiration behind this ring explores the meaning of homeland and the borders that divide us. Art has no limits and transcends these boundaries, touching the lives of other cultures.

NAYIBE WARCHAUSKY

The proud winner of my GEMOLOGUE Award at Artistar Jewels 2019! An architect and jeweller by profession, Nayibe strives for the breathtaking balance between matter and form. Her jewellery encompasses so many layers of cultural significance: the way she experiments with Italian Murano crystal, how she’s inspired by the architectural movement of Constructivism, and how it all ties into her Russian origins developed in Venezuela.

These rings just blow my mind! Handmade and created by melting and cooling silicate mixtures, these crystal rings have tridimensional facets for a boundless, intergalactic effect. A balanced mix of craftsmanship and modernity, almost like wearable micro-sculptures, whose extraordinary detail had me entranced.

ANNA MACCIERI ROSSI 

With an impressive history of working with big brands like  Cartier, Bulgari and Tiffany & Co. Watches, Anna is perhaps the most experienced designer of all. Only recently has she decided to create her own line using the finest materials to create these jewels of elegant modernity. Her jewellery designs and beautiful colours sent my imagination into a spin of dancing jewels!

This ring is just one example from a stunning array of dreamy jewels showcased at the Artistar Jewels competition. Crafted from white gold, mother-of-pearl, labradorite and diamond, this ring tells the story of a wolf howling at the moon, representing strength and unity between nature and living beings.

JESSICA PASS

Of course I couldn’t leave out a British designer with a love for nature-inspired jewels! Growing up in Peak District, Jessica found inspiration in her beautiful surroundings, drawing and painting the birds and insects that inhabited it. Her talent derives from a natural fascination with the mechanics of things that reflects well in her jewels. She loves the hidden details and creating unseen elements.

Just look at this elaborate Cicada necklace! All metalwork from sterling silver, yellow gold plate, black ruthenium and  golden beryl, the body of an insect opens to reveal a miniature figure inside. The Flying Cicada ring complements this piece perfectly and sits dramatically on the hand looking almost alive.

ANASTASIA KUCHERENKO

I was delighted to see so many talented artists from my home country Russia exhibiting their unique creations at Artistar Jewels 2019! Anastasia started her journey as a jewellery artist and designer at a young age, later becoming a professional in art and design and creating her own brand of custom jewels. Her work is all about resourceful creativity and developing an idea, rather than focusing solely on the materials.

These Pomegranate earrings with cabochon garnets, sapphires and diamonds look just so natural and organic to me. An array of gemstones sparkling in the sun as if I have just cut a slice of ripe pomegranate, rich and red, to adorn my ears!

NINA OIKAWA

Tokyo born and Melbourne based jeweller, Nina has studied Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Nina is a jewellery artist at heart, whose passion for drawing and designing began in early childhood. She brings a fun, noble character and eccentricity to her jewellery designs.

This is definitely not your average cocktail ring, but a statement I could definitely pull off at an exquisite party! Yet, the idea behind this opulent lapis lazuli, ruby and Akoya pearl ring is delicate and tender. The visual movement represents the soft warm spring winds bringing beautiful cherry blossoms to life.

DENIS SOZIN

To cap it all off, Russian contemporary jewellery artist Denis Sozin blew me away with his creativity! Expressing his worldview in jewels, he creates a whole new realm of thoughts, senses, feelings, dreams and wishes. His works are true art, making you wonder and actively seek explanation to every meticulously crafted detail.

Glasses necklace is a creative experiment, showing an ordinary object in the new light and giving me this extraordinary steam punk feel. Using sterling silver, titanium, steel, leather, lattes, Swarovski crystals and enamel, Denis turns it into glasses of childhood, where unconditional happiness and colourful fantasies rule our imagination!

Thanks for stopping by! Which contemporary jewellery designer of these 10 is your most favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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