The Top Jewels that Sparkled in Cannes, 2017

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The Cannes Film Festival is arguably one of the best showcases for the top international jewelry houses to showcase their finest and brightest gems and designs for the world to see.

This 12-day festival brings out the most exceptional designs and creations from the likes of Chopard to Harry Winston.

It’s where you can see leading ladies like Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain as well as ingénues like Dakota Fanning and Rihanna parading down the red carpet in the latest couture gowns and decadent jewels.

Here are the best jewels from the most revered jewelry houses that were showcased on the festival’s red carpet.

CHOPARD:

The jewelry house has a deep history with the Festival as it’s been the official partner and designer of the coveted Palme d’Or trophy awarded to the most critically-acclaimed movie. This year, the buzz on the red carpet was their collaboration with music super-star Rihanna.

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Singer Rihanna wore emerald, rock crystal quartz and diamond earrings, a black nephrite and diamond bracelet with a 31.95-carat emerald, three emerald and diamond rings and a floral bracelet set with diamonds, all from the Rihanna Loves Chopard High Jewellery collection, at the premiere of the movie ‘Okja’.

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Model Adriana Lima wore a diamond bib by Chopard at the screening of the film ‘Loveless’.

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Actress Miriam Odemba wore a titanium and white gold necklace with kunzites, beryls, tanzanites and diamonds, and matching earrings, from the Red Carpet collection by Chopard.

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Karolina Kurkova wore a sapphire and diamond necklace from the High Jewellery Collection from Chopard at the premiere of ‘Based on a True Story’.

Actress Juliette Binoche wore platinum and diamond earrings by Chopard.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen wore diamond flower stud earrings by Chopard. We simply adore the placement of these earrings.

de GRISOGONO

This jewelry house showcased some of the best and boldest designs to hit the red carpet with their use of brilliant colored stones.

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Model Hailey Baldwin wore stunning drop earrings set with white and brown diamonds, and edged with citrine briolettes.

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Model Jenaye Noah wore a pair of exquisite de Grisogono chandelier earrings that glowed with oval-cut citrines from their Melody of Colours collection. A perfect compliment to her vibrant blue gown.

BVLGARI

This iconic jewelry house showcased their classic Serpenti jewelry and picked up major press when actress and model Emily Ratajkowski was photographed wearing their pieces both on the red carpet and on her personal Instagram.

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Model Bella Hadid wore a Bulgari High Jewellery Serpenti necklace and bracelet in white gold.

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Model and Actress Emily Ratajkowski combined two Bulgari necklaces, one comprised of pearls, rubellites and diamonds from the High Jewelry Collection and the other pendant necklace made with diamonds, emerald and rubies.

BOUCHERON

The design house had some of the most striking statement-making pieces to hit the red carpet at Cannes. Actress Salma Hayek’s necklace rendered us both breathless and speechless!

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Actress Salma Hayek wore the Baïkal necklace with a 78.33-carat Santa Maria aquamarine, moonstones, Akoya pearls and diamonds from the new Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection by Boucheron

Model Laetitia Casta paired the Lumière de Nuit diamond and pearl earrings from Boucheron’s Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection with her gown at the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories in Cannes

De Beers

The classic diamond jewelry house is known for their slogan “a diamond is forever” .This year, Chinese movie actress and taste maker Fan Bingbing embodies the classic elegance of Hollywood that the brand is synonymous with as she modelled a coveted collection of jewels from the house.

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Fan Bingbing wore the Arpeggia five-line earrings, bracelet and Aria ring at the ‘Amant Double’ premiere.

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At the closing of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, actress Jessica Chastain, Piaget’s International Brand ambassador since 2015, paired her show-stopping gown with earrings in white gold set with diamonds from Piaget’s new High Jewellery collection Sunlight Journey.

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Model CoCo Rocha wore earrings in white gold set with diamonds, blue sapphires and black opal from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Another noteworthy mention is model Naomi Campbell’s earrings, necklace, ring and cuff in white gold set with emeralds and diamonds from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Harry Winston

Known as the “jeweler to the stars” and Nicole Kidman’s ‘go to’ jeweler, Harry Winston notably had Nicole Kidman wear his jewelry on the red carpet. Best bet as she had the most films to debut on the Cannes Red Carpet this year.

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Nicole Kidman wore Secret Cluster diamond earrings, Sunflower ring and diamond bracelet by Harry Winston at ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ premiere.

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Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry Sale Set for April 24, 2017

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133 lots of jewelry top off the upcoming New York sale from Bonhams. This is my first blog post featuring the highly respected auction house which is a global enterprise, having eight different locations worldwide. Their history as an auction house is one for the books, as they’ve been shattering records and facilitating some of the best exchanges in the world. In the US, we have three Bonhams locations, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (primary sales rooms are New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong), with their online presence @BonhamsJewels Instagram which focuses on all things jewelry. It is a delight to look at and with every upcoming sale, the excitement and momentum is contagious. There are some serious lust-worthy jewels in their New York sale, which I’m going to be covering within this blog post.

The sale date is April 24th, 2017 and the start time is 3pm EST. If you want to get in on the fun, be sure to register to bid in advance of the sale date and surely don’t be intimidated by bidding online! If I can do it, you can do it! Let’s talk highlights…

I can’t pinpoint one particular pièce de résistance of the entire sale, so I’m going to choose these four jewels and make them my final answer! One aspect of Bonhams’ sales is the wow-factor. There are always pieces that make you stop and stare–whether they are big diamonds, fancy colored stones, bold sapphires or juicy emeralds–this is exactly what I’m talking about!

Leading Highlights:

Lot 124: If you know a thing or two about fancy yellow diamonds, you’ll realize this ring is IT. The center stone clocks in at 6.32 carats–color rating of fancy vivid yellow and clarity is VVS-1. I can’t even fathom something so remarkable as the center stone, however to make it even more amazing, it also is set in a ring with two diamonds on each side. These said diamonds are GIA certified as well and are a 2.08 ct & 2.07 ct, both F color stones with VS-1/2 clarity. If you want to see this baby on a hand, click here. Estimate: $400,000-600,000

Lot 129: Nothing more chic than a pair of day/night diamond earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. A definite highlight of the sale, these earrings are set with nearly 30 carats of diamonds! Wow! All rounds, pear and marquise cuts which are done in platinum and 18k white gold for a stunning pair. The dangles can be removed to reveal stud earrings for an easy, on-the-go look! Estimate: $60,000-80,000

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Lot 132: Ok, if you’ve been following me lately, you’ve realized I’ve kind of been obsessed over dress clips lately. For some reason, I keep seeing them pop up everywhere, including some great ones at auction. This one is crème de la crème, being signed Cartier and circa 1935. This Art Deco clip is set with a stunning Burmese ruby, over five carats of diamonds and sugarloaf and cabochon cut rubies. Such an elegant piece of history. Estimate: $300,000-400,000

Lot 133: Leading the sale is this catalog cover star–an exquisite diamond riviére necklace. This piece is composed of 63 diamonds which graduate in size; the biggest diamond in the center weighing 3.05 carats. All in all, the grand total carat weight is approximately 44 carats! A once-in-a-lifetime necklace for a very special lady…and if you’re wondering, it’s done in platinum. Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Other Favorites:

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Lot 6: Anytime I see the words “black opal” I know it’s going to be pretty incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever met a black opal I didn’t like. This particular necklace is extra special because it is circa 1915 and attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. The detail in this piece is great as the chain is accented by demantoid garnets and sapphire–and also love the gold filigree. Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Lot 8: An Arts & Crafts necklace that is quite unique–set with a citrine and some diamonds, circa 1915. I love the silhouette of this piece, with the draped chains and dangle. The craftsmanship of the chain sets it apart from others I’ve seen. And the colors–perfect for fall! Estimate: $7,000-9,000

Lot 104: As we’ve seen lately, heart shaped gem cuts are going strong. This pendant necklace is a bold 4.46 carats of a heart cut diamond, done in platinum. The specs on the diamond are VS-1 clarity and D color. I can picture it sparkling from a neck and looking gorgeous. It is simple, however anything but dainty! Estimate: $75,000-95,000

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Rings

Lot 20: I think this is one of the most beautiful rings I’ve seen up at auction in awhile. Mounted in platinum, set with a large 8.36 carat emerald and surrounded by diamonds, onyx and smaller emeralds. I love everything about this ring–from the style, to the gemstone combination, to the width of it. An heirloom that will be treasured for years to come–I am already jealous of whomever places the winning bid. Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Lot 22: This fun Tiffany & Co. ring has a striking color combination made up by the coral and blue enamel. Of course it is from the 1970s, a time period I’m obsessed with–their jewels and music, yes please. Done in 18k yellow gold with some diamond accent to finish off the design, this ring will stop people in their tracks! Bet! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 69: A ring that could single-handedly bring back the marquise cut as the most popular diamond cut! The ring is set with a VVS-2 clarity, I color diamond that is GIA certified. It weighs 6.07 carats and one request–making a major impact on the finger. I also love the fact that it is done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $70,000-80,000

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Miscellaneous

Lot 5: This pendant/brooch is two pieces of jewelry in one! And did I mention the style and design is just breath-taking?! Lozenge-shaped emeralds dazzle with old European cut and old mine cut diamonds are set in this plaque style pendant, set in platinum. Estimate: $9,000-12,000

Lot 17: Of course I had to include another dress clip because I’m smitten with them. This one is more affordable than the amazing Cartier one mentioned earlier–but still just as gorgeous. And this one is also Art Deco, done in diamonds, sapphire, spinel and black onyx, all set in platinum. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 125: THESE. The cuts on these diamonds make them look like real ice–they are pear-shaped rose cut diamonds as petals and then the center of each flower is a fancy pink diamond. Such a great combination. The earrings total 17.59 carats of diamonds and are done in 18k white and rose gold. Estimate: $70,000-90,000

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Tucson Gem Show: Don’t Miss the JOGS Show!

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JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show is one of the leading jewelry events in North America, let alone the annual Tucson Gem Shows. It brings approximately 40,000 visitors to the Tucson region annually, including international and national dealers from across the globe. Jewelry manufacturers, miners, stone cutters, carvers, jewelry designers, importers and treasure hunters from 26 countries make the trek to Tucson every year! This annual show is an absolute must for jewelry hunters chasing unique jewelry and gems masterpieces, stunning new jewelry lines that manufacturers were preparing all year long for the JOGS Show buyers, making JOGS perfect event for restocking for the new year.

I would recommend checking out the JOGS Show for at least 2 or more days—why?? Because it features more than 800 booths! They also offer cool things like jewelry making classes and seminars (over 200 possibilities with classes taught by world renowned designers and craftspeople). The atmosphere is friendly and inviting, just an overall upbeat and warm place. You never know who you might run into—new business contacts, stone collectors, miners, and jewelry designers. Those are just a few special reasons to love and attend the JOGS show. Other reasons include amazing deals (liquidation prices mean you could buy a ring for under $100 and see that very same ring at a store or mall a few months later for $100s), be ahead of the trend forecast (much of what is offered will become the next upcoming trends), and other perks like free parking, free shuttles and complimentary brunch buffet for qualified buyers.

JOGS gained popularity by having diverse international and domestic pavilions: Amber Jewelry – direct manufacturers and designers from Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Indonesia and Columbia with large variety of amber cameos, carvings, beads and designer jewelry; Southwest/Native Americans – handmade Native American Jewelry, Southwestern/Indian Arts and Crafts reflect the mastery of techniques; Major miners and dealers with finished sterling silver jewelry, cabochons, beads and rough from the world’s best turquoise mines; Indonesian/Bali Jewelry Manufacturers – direct manufacturers and designers of sterling silver and gold jewelry with semi-precious stones, shells, wood, pearls and corals, handmade from Bali and all around Indonesia; Silver Manufacturers​ – superior selection of finished sterling silver jewelry presented by the largest silver jewelry manufacturers and famous jewelry designers from USA, India, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Italy and other countries; Nepal Group – ethnic tribal handcrafted jewelry, crafts and gifts from Nepal and Tibet; International ​Jewelry ​Designers; ​International ​Gemstones – international dealers bring their stocks of gemstones, precious and semi-precious from low to exceptional quality; rarest colored stones, cut stones, specimen, cabs, rough, fossils and beads from Thailand, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Columbia, Africa, Russia, Bolivia, and other countries and Stone/Mineral Decor – finished gemstone products, rough materials for decor purposes: sculptures, luxury fountains, stone and petrified wood furniture, onyx decorative home and kitchen decor, hand carved interior decorations from China, Madagascar, Brazil, Africa, and much more.

Registration is already open. To save time in line, pre-register now, just follow the link here.

JOGS Tucson Show is a not to be missed gem and jewelry event of the year!

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Show Dates: Jan 26 – Feb 6, 2017

10 am – 6 pm, last day Feb 6 10 am – 4 pm

Address: Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714

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>> P.S. JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show 2017 will host the biggest clam in the world!!!! from Volker Bassen (Volker Bassen will be showcasing it at JOGS Tucson Show along with other unique pieces).

He found the clam personally in East Africa. Once cleaned and polished it weighted 355 kg, making it the biggest giant clam in the world! It took him a week to clean out the giant clam as it was full of calcified lime stone, almost as hard as cement. To his surprise, he found a blister pearl the size of a tomato followed by a smaller one, 2 pearls in one clam! He called the largest of the pearls ‘Pearl of Noah’ and the smaller pearl ‘Pearl of Siv’ (names of his sons). Being 1256 carats, the Pearl of Noah is the largest T.Gigantea pearl ever found while the Pearl of Siv being 758 carats, making it the second largest T.Gigantea pearl in the world. The pearls are now in Switzerland to be dated, estimated age between 200,000 to 240,000 years old, making them the oldest baroque pearls ever found. The clam is absolutely unique and largest one and will be presented exclusively at JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show only.

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Latest Feminine Wedding Accessories – a guest post

Evolving from striking metallic bling to a muted boho feminine soft look, wedding accessories have come a long way in the past few years.

Evolving from striking metallic bling to a muted boho feminine soft look, wedding accessories have come a long way in the past few years. Evoking a softly romantic vintage and boho look, muted tones and softer metallic elements are embellishing the wedding accessories of choice right now. No longer sharp and clear, the jewels of now are muted and soft, the metals are rose gold and antique silver, and the embellishments are pearl, cream and neutral in hue. The softly romantic look is perfect for adding a touch of romance and femininity to the bride and her bridesmaids.

Make a Simple Wedding Gown Gorgeous with Bridal Belts
Taking a simple wedding gown and making it completely unique with elegant touches of color and style is perfect for the boho bride. Allowing brides to choose an unadorned wedding dress and add their own touches of style to make their wedding dress completely theirs without the cost of a couturier is right on trend. The perfect wedding accessory for this look is an embellished bridal belt and boy, is the bridal belt having a big moment right now!

The embellished bridal sash sits around the bride’s waist like a belt would, covered with pearls, Swarovski crystals, metallic thread and colored stones. The bridal belt can be as simple or as over the top as the bride chooses, and they have the choice of the most incredible array of jewels, beads, pearls, threads and sashes to add a complete mix of their own personality to a plain wedding dress. Divine!


Wedding Hair Accessories Go Boho Chic

Brides of now are choosing to bring boho chic to their romantic wedding hair looks too. Romantic wedding hair accessories are most beautifully styled as stunning boho bridal halos embellished to match a bridal belt and add more of a feminine look to bridal hair. A truly wanderlust and bohemian choice, the bridal halo sits firmly as a favorite for brides everywhere right now. Halos embellished with crystals and pearls studded with some fresh flowers to spill over a veil or in place of a traditional wedding veil are the look of choice. Romance is alive and well.

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Add Romance with Vintage Styled Wedding Combs
For the brides, who prefer an antique or a vintage styled wedding, the bridal comb is a must have. Perfectly sitting in either an up-do like a classic French roll or bun, or pushed into the side of a romantic long loose haired look, a wedding comb is an easy way to bring vintage romance to your wedding look. The in-trend bridal combs are hand embellished with pearls, crystals and rose gold to match perfectly with your antique or vintage wedding theme.

Feminine Wedding Accessories
With all the romance of muted undertones and a pop of color overtone, wedding accessories are following the overarching trend of feminine wedding themes. Boho, wanderlust, antique, and vintage have ruled the wedding scene for a couple of years and we’re seeing the muted tones of wedding accessories in blush, pearl, cream, rose gold and ivory to fit.
If you’re looking to bring femininity to your wedding style, choose neutral undertones and overtones in encrusted accessories to your heart’s content to get the look that suits you perfectly, and runs right on trend as feminine and beautiful for your wedding day.

Author Bio:
Kathryn Porritt is the owner of Bridal Style Inc., your feminine online wedding shop filled with a curated collection of bridal accessories, wedding lingerie and wedding gowns to buy online. A celebrated author on all things weddings and parties, and an experienced wedding planner and stylist, Kathryn’s unique feminine wedding style is brought to her customers through her beautiful online wedding collections.

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Why it is smarter to buy Gemstones in Thailand

Whether you are a precious jewelry designer who is looking to buy gemstones for your collections, a patron of gemstone jewelry or a collector of colored stones, Thailand is your go to marketplace.

Whether you are a precious jewelry designer who is looking to buy gemstones for your collections, a patron of gemstone jewelry or a collector of colored stones, Thailand is your go to marketplace. The internet is full of stories of gemstone scams but having seen the gemstone industry firsthand in Thailand, I can safely say, that you can get a very good deal if you what you are looking for and where to buy it. Here are a few reasons why it is smarter to buy Gemstones in Thailand.

It’s a Cutting Hub
Thailand has been famous for its gemstones for centuries, especially dark red ruby (July’s Birthstone) and sapphires mined in Chanthaburi and blue sapphires from Kanchanaburi. With the Depletion of local mines most of the raw stones are imported today; Thailand, however, continues to maintain its reputation as one of the biggest hubs for precious colored gemstones in the world. Chanthaburi, situated 250+ kilometers from Bangkok is a major cutting, manufacturing, and treatment center for color stones. Here, millions of gemstones are imported, cut, polished, sold, and exported every day. Thai craftsmen are considered the world’s best cutters and are skilled in cutting Burmese Rubies and sapphires in pure precision.


It’s the Treatment Hub

Purists may not like treated gemstones, but in this day and age, with ever changing fashion trends, treated stones provided the much need cost advantage without compromising on the look and style of the piece. Thai craftsmen are considered the experts in the heat treatment of rubies and sapphires which permanently modify the natural inclusions, increasing the color and clarity of the stone. For e.g., the “geuda” sapphire of Sri Lanka on processing turns from a milky hue to corn flower blue. They are also said to use specialised diffusion treatments that turn corundum into low-cost yellow sapphire, create irradiated topaz, glass-filled rubies, and oiled emeralds. If you are looking for natural, untreated stones, be very specific to the dealers as this region is famous for its stone treatments. While purchasing expensive stones, ask for a certificate. If the stone is not certified, it is a good idea to get it certified.

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Q & A with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry

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With each collection released and each encounter I have with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry, I am more and more intrigued…spellbound, you could say. From the first concept of the lookbook (which I still have laid out like a coffee table best seller) to her enchanting video launch depicting her vision and a glimpse into her world, Lisa Kim strikes again, this time debuting a new collection called The Seabeast. The concept and inspiration will leave you curious to see what is next and the new pieces are gorgeous. Highly wearable ear climbers, earrings, necklaces and a unique ring make up The Seabeast collection. If you’re like me, you want to know more about the pieces and some insights into the designer, so here you go! Hope you enjoy:

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My boyfriend and I love to cook. We were in the kitchen making dinner one day several months ago when he told me about the cockentrice, which originated from the Middle Ages in Europe. A suckling pig and a capon were sewn together to create a whole new beast that was roasted and served on a platter. This was culinary drama designed to amaze and delight guests while feeding them. The idea of a creature made of different parts stuck in my head and it shaped the story behind The Seabeast. Mythological beasts are mash-ups anyway; the unicorn is a horse with a horn, the manticore is a lion with a human head, rows of shark-like teeth, bat wings, and a scorpion tail.

I offer different iterations of the same animal in The Seabeast. The initial release features pendants and earrings that are fusions of scales, fins, waves, and shark teeth. I always like to leave some interpretation up to the viewer so I tend to steer away from literal design; but with this collection I felt compelled to design The Eye of The Beast, which is a departure for me. There are other pieces in the collection with ferocious teeth and spines like the ones you find on crab shells and conch shells.

Did Leviathan really exist? Was there a Kraken that smashed ships to their doom? Did the Midgard Serpent truly wrap itself around the world? Is it still there? Could it be that these myths and tall tales were about one and the same creature that has ruled the deepest and the most secret parts of the Earth all this time? Science would tell us otherwise, but we can’t really say for certain that this creature is pure fiction. I like to think that this beast once lived and that its parts were scattered. Once re-assembled, it will live again. I aim to suspend your disbelief. I want you to possess a piece of this creature and take on its power and believe that it is real.

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From an early age I would draw and write stories while listening to music. This led me to my first career as a storyboard artist in animation. It was a fun occupation for sure but I never stopped dreaming stories of heroes in my fantasy world.

I was still working in animation when I signed up for a wax carving course at a small jewelry school here in L.A. One month into the course I committed to becoming a jewelry designer and business owner. I quit my job in 2011.

I took a bench jeweler course at the school. In the following year I interned for fashion designer Michael Schmidt where I got to work on some amazing metal projects for pop artists. After that I went to work for Tony Swatton, a blacksmith, bladesmith, leatherworker, costumer – a truly remarkable maker of all things. If you’ve watched film and tv in the past thirty years, chances are you’ve seen his work. (Remember the Vikings from the Capital One commercials? Tony made all of their gear.) Michael and Tony are two very different guys but they had one thing in common: They made incredible accessories that punched up a performer’s onstage presence. I came away from these places feeling really empowered by the things we worked on. I really wanted to create that feeling with statement fine jewelry.

I had the fortune of studying chasing and repoussé under European masters Valentin Yotkov and Davide Bigazzi. Chasing and repoussé are ancient metalworking techniques that allowed me to create my signature cuff bracelets that remind everyone of Wonder Woman. My bracelets are made by hand using tools and thousands of hammer blows. It’s a more efficient use of metal compared to casting – this means I can go pretty large with my designs and they remain surprisingly light in weight.

I am a member of AGTA and I serve as Communications Chair at WJA Los Angeles. In 2013 I received the Carelle-WJA Grant in Honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath. This was a cash grant of $5,000 that allowed me to produce a look book with my first collection that helped me establish the look of my brand. I feel incredibly blessed to have received this aid from WJA.

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Selling my first piece – a custom rubelite ring in 18k gold. My passion lies in bespoke pieces for fierce and independent women. You know who they are –they’re the ones who speak up and turn heads whenever they enter a room.

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I aim to grow this collection over the coming months. You can expect to see more parts of the beast. There will be one-of-a-kinds with colored stones, pearls, and diamonds.

I would like to partner with more retailers. Consumer values have been changing a lot these past few years and retailers have had to evolve with this. I strongly believe brick-and-mortar stores are still incredibly important despite the rise of e-commerce. Women know what they want more than ever before. They will always want a place where they can experience jewelry in person and connect with it.

From the very beginning my goal has been to create magic in metal. This is my raison d’être. Running a business involves wearing all kinds of hats which I love, but at the end of the day all I want is bad-ass jewelry for our bad-ass selves.

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My cavansite ring. It’s the one piece I made for myself so far. It looks magical and everyone always asks about it. It has heft like all my other designs. My pieces aren’t just pleasing to look at – they have to feel substantial and luxurious, too. My jewelry has presence just like the women who wear it.

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Leslie Hindman Auction Has Some of the Prettiest Rings Ever! December 6 & 7, 2015

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Are you a ring junkie like myself?! Well look no further for your holiday wish list because the upcoming Important Jewelry sale at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has some of the prettiest pieces I’ve seen, ever! The Chicago-based auction house has been gearing up for this two-day sale that includes over 1,000 lots of jewelry and gemstones. The sale begins at noon on Sunday, December 6th and continues the following day for the second half, beginning at 10am CST. As most conoisseurs are eyeing up the three main themed arenas that have sprung up while putting this auction together (colored stones, signed jewelry and rare diamonds), I’ve put my own spin on the sale, because what else would I look for other than rings?! Bold Art Deco diamond stunners, flashy opal decadance, and a Georgian enamel and garnet ring fit for a queen. Take a look at my favorites!

First half: Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Lot 19: Pristine condition and gorgeous enamel/gemstone combination, this Georgian ring may date back to the 1800s, but its wear and tear is minimal. In the center is an octagonal cabochon garnet and dispersed rose cut diamonds. The ring is a size 7 1/2, with white, blue and gold enameling throughout. Estimate: $800-1,2000

Lot 33: This black opal ring caught my attention right away–the vibrant play-of-color is undeniable, practically every color of the rainbow is shown. It is no wonder the high quality of this piece because it is signed Tiffany & Co. It also features six Old European cut diamonds and is a size 6. Property of a private collector. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 60: Eye-popping platinum, diamond and sapphire ring with a geometric style featuring calibre cut gemstones. The different tones of sapphire are played up here to their advantage, using the lighter and darker to create a pattern. The center diamond is approximately 1.25 carats, set in a milgrain bezel mounting. Such a gorgeous ring! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 71: Such a fine and fun example of the power enamel can have on a piece of jewelry–white enamel accents the design work on this particular ring, a color not often used solely alone, often being paired with other colors or used sparingly as an accent. The central cabochon cut sapphire is glowing amongst the concentric circles of rose cut diamonds and white enamel. What a striking piece! Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 82: Another Art Deco geometric stunner–this one features calibre cut emeralds and onyx, along with an insane old cushion cut diamond in the center that is approximately 2.37 carats! I love the black and green combination, along with the design–this is such a special ring. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Lot 121: This elongated Art Deco ring is set with one central Old European cut diamond, flanked North-South by square step cut sapphires, all surrounded by a rectangle of smaller Old European cut diamonds. My favorite part is the open metal-work on the shoulders of the piece–very simple lines, very 1920s. Love it. Estimate: $800-1,200

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The second half: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Lot 633: Maybe because this ring reminds me of my “something blue” that I wore on my wedding day, I love this one just as much! Set with a heart-shaped aquamarine in the center surrounded by white and colored diamonds (most likely irradiated to enhance their color), the ring is done in platinum and 18k gold. Let’s embrace hearts! Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 763: A cute serpent ring done in 14k yellow gold with lime green and black enameling. The snake’s eyes are rubies and an opal is set in its head. Such an electric piece! Estimate: $150-250

Lot 859: A tablet of onyx never looked so sharp! A halo of diamonds surrounds the black onyx and set on a really unique shank. Done in yellow gold and ready to wear! Estimate: $200-300

Lot 908: Amethyst–a stone that I need more of in my personal collection, this just may be it! The oval cut amethyst is surrounded by two rows of diamonds in a two-tone setting with a large cocktail feel. Estimate: $400-600

Lot 951: Another vintage ring, this time an all-diamond look! The shape of this ring is so sweet, featuring a central Old European cut diamond that measures approximately 0.81 carats surrounded by various sized round brilliant and single cut diamonds. Would love to see this paired with other antique and vintage rings, or even stacked! Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 999: A beautiful oval of diamonds and sapphires creates this Art Deco ring done in platinum. I could see this being someone’s “something blue” on their wedding day. Dainty yet bold at the same time, this will truly be one of those rings you treasure forever. Estimate: $300-500

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Back-to-Back Fine Jewelry Auctions in September at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has a pair of back-to-back auctions slated for September 16th, 17th & 18th which you surely do not want to miss! The jewelry action starts off with a sale featuring pieces from the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld which goes live Wednesday, September 16th at 5:30pm CST, followed by a large Important Jewelry Auction the next day, which is broken into a two day affair. You know an auction is going to be good when it has to be broken down to two days! Just how good?! Try 1,293 lots of beautiful, stunning and unique pieces of jewelry!! That’s a lot! So you can imagine my dismay as I tried to pick out my favorite lots and narrow it down…

Let’s start with the first auction, scheduled for September 16th featuring the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld. Mrs. Hassenfeld was an accomplished ballerina in her youth and later a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian. She married the late Harold Irwin Hassenfeld, a member of the founding family of Hassenfeld Brothers, also known as Hasbro Industries (manufacturer of Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nerf, Play-Doh and Trivial Pursuit). Mrs. Hassenfeld’s jewelry collection encompasses everything from significant signed pieces and important diamonds to playful uses of colored stones. The sale will consist of numerous sessions showcasing important signed jewelry from leading designers including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Belperron, David Webb, Harry Winston and Seaman Schepps. One such highlight is a superb Art Deco platinum, emerald, diamond, onyx and enamel lapel watch / necklace by Cartier. Another is an impressive platinum and diamond ring by Harry Winston, containing a pear shape brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 9.12 carats of D color and VS2 clarity.

Lot 37: This carved gemstone ring is truly unique–made completely out of aquamarine and set with diamonds in white gold. Since sizing is impossible, make note that this ring is a size 6 1/2. The diamonds total approximately 1.10 carats.

Lot 38: A pair of earrings fit for a queen–these are set with round mixed cut aquamarine (believed to be set into the Victorian mountings recently) and accented by some Old Mine and European cut diamonds. A bold look indeed.

Lot 40: Love this 18k yellow gold Tiger’s Eye ring designed and signed by David Webb. This ring is perfect for any David Webb collector or anyone who loves 1960s/70s inspired design. I also am a huge fan of the black enamel details.

Lot 85: Colors of a sunset are captured in this brooch, set with citrine and diamonds. The different tones of orangey yellow are shown off here within this piece–would be beautiful attached to a fall scarf or a neutral colored big-brimmed hat.

Lot 196: A pair of designer earrings from Nicholas Varney, this abstract 18k yellow gold wonderment features 16 upturned briolette cut purplish red sapphires, along with some diamonds and rubies. Not only are the gemstones unique, but the silhouette and style make these amazing.

Lot 243: This stunning Edwardian pendant necklace is set with one round amethyst, some diamonds and a pearl for good measure! The necklace has a true to form Edwardian style, with platinum-topped gold and a garland style typical of turn-of-the-century.

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Two Jewelry Designers Take-On Tucson Gem Show 2015

AGTA - Montana Sapphires AGTA - SAPP PARCELS Pueblo - Crystal Room Pueblo - Quartz Crystals GIGM - labordorite  GWL - Separtian Nodules GWL - faceted rosecuts large! Pueblo - Spanish Coral Room GIGM - Watermelon Slices GJX - ROUGH AFRICA Pueblo - ROugh copy GJX - Fantasy AQUA CUT AGTA - AMYTHEST NECK GJX - Fantasy Cuts

This year, instead of getting down knowing that the Tucson Gem Show and the Miami Antique Jewelry Show were nearly the same week, I made sure the fun gem hunting excitement was covered by some jewelry friends! First, we had Lori Leven do an Instagram Takeover while in Tucson, now we have a fun gem story featuring Chelsey Kantor and Jane Pope, both jewelry designers who decided to make the trip to Arizona together. Their insights are candid glimpses from a first-timer and second-timer checking out this legendary massive exhibition. If you are planning on going, this will be a great read to help plan your trip!

Take it away, Chelsey & Jane:

The Tucson Gem Show feels like the center of the gemstone and jewelry world. It is totally overwhelming, beautiful and inspiring. As we were told on our first day there – this is “heaven for pirates.” Gearing up for the show we did a bit of research. There is a list of over 30 shows on the Tucson Gem Show website! These happen all over the city. We knew of the main shows for wholesale only and then asked some friends who have been going for many years for some hints on what they recommend as “must-sees.” In 3 days we made it to only 7 shows! But with hundreds of vendors in each show we saw a lot!!!

DAY ONE:

Our first day was at the G&LW. This show is actually 2 shows in one – the holidome and the gem mall. It feels like a mini city on it’s own, composed of huge tents (and I mean like football field big!). There are all sorts of vendors – from finished jewelry, to parts, to pearls, to minerals, to fossils, to cuts stones of all shapes and sizes and beads! Do not forget the beads!! Sooo many beads!! We looked at a bunch of vendors…I was looking for turquoise and some cool new non precious stones and discovered Septaian Nodules! These are super cool concretions formed 50 – 70 million years ago, sort of like fossilized mud cracks, but actually the way they are formed is a mystery. Sometimes they are known as Dragon’s Stone. Jane was on the hunt for a bridesmaid earring and some pearls. She found some amazing faceted rose cut labadorite and sapphire sets for her bride to pick from.

At the end of day we had a burst of energy and decided to hit up one of the public shows, the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show which is at a hotel. There are vendors set up in the courtyards, parking lots and inside hotel rooms. It has much more of a funky treasure hunt vibe! Your never know what you might see in the next room. There were giant crystals (like 7 foot tall Amethyst) and a room filled entirely with glowing quartz crystal balls the size of a ginormous balloon. There were crystal skulls and lamps and bathroom sets. An interior designer would probably go nuts here! There were also venders with rough and cut gem material. So fun to the crystals as they are grown by Mother Nature.

DAY TWO:

Our second day was big – tackle AGTA and GJX, the premier shows for designers and jewelers. Both have very strict entry policies and it’s no wonder–they are filled with top dealers in the world! The AGTA show (American Gem and Trade Association) is located at the Tucson Convention Center. There is a section for tools and a section for gems; they also display the year’s Spectrum Award winners. This is the place for lust-worthy gems. Tons of mega-sized diamonds and colored stones. There are also lots of melee, sapphire and diamonds! Both Jane and I bought gray diamonds to use! We looked at some beautiful Montana sapphires; they come in a wide range of blue, green, yellow and oranges, mostly small sizes and are still mined in Montana. We stumbled upon some huge Emeralds, a little bigger than our budgets this year.

As an added bonus there were some major fan girl moments–seeing some of my favorite designers like Ted Mulehing and Christian Hemmerle.

GJX (Gem and Jewelry Exchange) is right across the street and has some more variety with finished jewelry, gemstones, gem carvings and rough stones. The highlight is definitely the fantasy cut gemstones and Idar-Oberstein section. Idar-Oberstein is German town world renown for their lapidary work for over the last 200 years. We saw some amazing specimens, including the jaw dropping Paraiba cabochon and massive fantasy cut Aquamarine. There was also some beautiful tourmaline and topaz rough from African dealers and Jane found a gorgeous Emerald for a special project. We also discovered a gem called Diaspore. Mined now only in Bauxite, Turkey it is unique and rare color-changing gem, light-green in daylight and pinkish-orange in incandescent light.

DAY THREE:

Our third day was spent doing a little more exploring. We stopped by the JCK show and enjoyed the desert scenery up in the hills outside the main downtown. The JCK show is filled with beautiful jewelry collections from designers all over the world, not really our market but we were definitely inspired.

The last stop was The GIGM or Howard Johnson Gem Show – it’s of course at a Howard Johnson. Similar to the Pueblo show, the parking lots, courtyards and rooms are filled with lively vendors. There were more huge mineral specimens and tons of rough gems – crates of large black tourmaline chunks and steel drums of little rough aquamarine crystals. Plus fossilized Ammonites made into sinks and soap dishes, florescent pink and purple dyed geodes and the best rough and polished Labradorite chunks. We found the most delightful Brazilian stone dealer, who cuts beautiful Watermelon Tourmaline slices! Our bags were a bit heavier on the way home but we left wanting more and discussing plans for us next year!!

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Zoccai Italian Jewelry on Sale – Up to 65% Off!

Starting as a small goldsmith in Venice in 1839, Zoccai has grown into a global brand known for their high-quality gold designs and colorful gemstones. We’re currently having a big sale on our whole stock at up to 65% off and have rounded up some favorites from the sale below:

Zoccai Jewelry Sale

Amethyst & Diamond Pendant Necklace

The rich, alluring purple glow of amethyst is a favorite of Zoccai’s designers and it’s easy to see why. our first piece is a rose gold chain and pendant set that shows off a large amethyst gemstone. The main stone is accented with several small amethyst for a total of 13 carats, along with .07 carats of diamonds.

Zoccai Amethyst & Diamond Pendant Necklace

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Gemstone & Diamond Rings

Here are just two faceted gemstone examples of many beautiful rings we have from their Venice workshop. One features a large amethyst and the other a deep blue topaz stone, both set on rose gold with diamond accents.

Zoccai Amethyst & Diamond Ring

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