Jewelry of Carnet

For any gemstone lover or collector this will be a book to add to your collection. The words above belong to master jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal (aka JAR) and, appearing as in a poem, are from the concise but evocative foreword he has written for Carnet by Michelle Ong, a forthcoming title from Thames & Hudson. Waiting…

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Moonstone 3rd birthstone June

June babies have a lovely trio of birthstones. Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. Moonstone is probably the best known of the feldspar group of gemstones. Feldspars are the most widespread minerals in the earth’s crust, as well as some of the most diverse. You can pick up a rock anywhere in the world, and you’ll probably…

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Show-stopping designs at the Vegas jewelry show by JCK

The JCK jewelry show in Las Vegas is a big deal and a place where designers can show off their creations and get the kind of exposure they need especially if they are new. It also showcases and awards the top designers and the competition is fierce. I picked a few of the pieces and…

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Alexandrite June birthstone

Alexandrite is another birthstone assigned to June. This is an extremely rare stone. The stone was first discovered during the time of Czar Nicholas of Russia, in the Ural mountains. The story is rather romantic compared to the discovery of other stones. Since the stone changes color under certain lighting condition, it has been called…

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JCK Vegas Showing

JCK is in Vegas with trunk showings of so many designers and style it’s hard to keep up with. For sure, the fun is being able to try some of these exquisite pieces on. Ring in white gold with fancy-cut aquamarine, square emeralds, and round diamonds, price on request; Gamma Creations, another stunning piece. There were…

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Christie’s Auction, E-Commerce, and Heart Shapes

Bubble gum pink diamond ring sold for $7.5 million. The diamond is 3.4 cushion cut and the color is so rich it looks like a child’s pink bubble gum. This is a natural pink stone without treatment, mind-boggling. The ring has pear-shaped pink and marquis cut white diamonds. The breakdown is $2.8 million a carat…

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End of the week news in retail and jewelry

For the first time, radiocarbon age dating is being used on a freshwater pearl that is going to the auction block at Christi’s in Geneva on May 15, 2019. Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF used radiocarbon age-dating to pinpoint the provenance of the historic Ana Maria Pearl. The carbon- 14 analysis revealed that the 30.24-carat saltwater…

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JA to target younger consumers interested in jewelry

A poll of retailers and suppliers decided that it was time to target a younger audience to boost their interest in jewelry. This is a fairly large segment of potential jewelry customers. The campaign will focus on women in their 30’s who already have an affinity for jewelry and women in their 20’s who are…

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