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Friday, June 24, 2016

JCK Las Vegas A Showcase For Independent Jewelry Designers

The “Breeze Brooch” by Baiyang Jewelry

There were plenty of high quality designers at the JCK Las Vegas trade show, held earlier this month. JCK is the biggest show in North America and some of these designers can get lost among the masses that attend the event. But if you look carefully and invest the time you can find something worthwhile. I chose a dozen designs that exhibited superior artistry or craftsmanship but it could have easily been 30 or 40. 

They are listed as follows:

Graceful curves, light and airy 18k yellow gold, red gold and platinum for this “Breeze Brooch” (top picture) by Baiyang Jewelry


The sliced and hollowed freshwater soufflé pearls serve as baskets for seed pearls and reclaimed rubies for these earrings by Little h.


A 2.1-carat oval-shaped black opal serves as a center stone of this 18k yellow gold ring in a sunburst design by Audrius Krulis, finished with seven white diamond.


Etienne Perret is well-known for his ceramic jewels with diamond embellishments. The Daisy Rings pictured are an example of this work. A white ceramic band centered with a blue colored enhanced natural diamonds surrounded by white diamonds; and a black ceramic band centered with a natural color cognac diamond surrounded by a white diamonds. 


A simple tube shape turns elegant in 18k yellow gold with round openings and a sprinkling of diamonds. The “Holly Pendant” by Dana Bronfman can be worn horizontally or vertically. 


Well-crafted 14k yellow gold ring by Dilamani with three rows of round diamonds.


The “Sleeping Vishnu Mala” necklace by Asbury Adams uses labradorite, turquoise and ebony wood on violet silk cord with labradorite and amethyst beads. 


Scroll cuff (22mm) in 14k yellow gold with diamond by H Weiss.


A bangle with sweeping curves made of brushed 18k yellow gold set with round diamonds by Jyes International.


A golden snake with emerald cabochon eyes slithers around this oxidized silver cuff by Lika Behar.


A textured sterling silver multi-stone cuff by Michou.


18k Royal Couture Collar Peacock Necklace with emeralds and diamonds by Tanya Farah

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Maye Musk Wears Alex Soldier At New York Fashion Events

Maye Musk at the Fragrance Foundation Awards wearing Alex Soldier Astra jewels

Model, author and wellness speaker, Maye Musk, wore Alex Soldier jewelry at the recently held 2016 CFDA Awards and Fragrance Foundation Awards

For the CFDA (Council of Fashion designers of America), Maye chose gold bangles finished with Alex Soldier's signature proprietary metalwork that creates an illusion of a diamond inlay. At the Fragrance Foundation Awards, she wore earrings and ring, paired with a stingray cuff from Alex Soldier's Astra collection. 

Maye Musk at the CFDA Awards wearing Alex Soldier bangles

Handmade in NYC, Alex Soldier jewelry is available at the company’s Alex Soldier Times Square boutique, as well as select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide. 

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Finalists Announced For 2016 JNA Awards



The fifth annual JNA Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence and achievement in the jewelry and gemstone industry, with a focus on the advancement of the trade in Asia.

This year, 39 finalists representing 28 companies from 10 countries and regions were selected, with a third of these finalists either first-time entrants or honorees. More than 100 applications were received.

Wolfram Diener, senior VP of UBM Asia, said, "This year marks the fifth anniversary of the JNA Awards, and we are extremely proud of what the event has achieved thus far in terms of creating awareness and promoting excellence in innovation, leadership and sustainable business models in the jewelry and gemstone industry."

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA, director of Business Development - Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and chair of the JNA Awards judging panel, added, “We have the strongest applications to date. It is encouraging and exciting to see new companies entering the Awards and being recognized for their achievements and advances in the jewelry and gemstone industry."

The independent judging panel consists of five industry experts: Albert Cheng, advisor to the World Gold Council, Far East; James Courage, former chief executive of Platinum Guild International and former chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of the Gemological Institute of America in India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc of Japan.

The honorees or shortlisted companies and individuals in the 10 award categories are:

Brand of the Year - Retail 
Beijing Cai Shi Kou Department Store Co Ltd - Mainland China
DeGem Masterpiece Sdn Bhd - Malaysia
Hiersun Industrial Co Ltd - Mainland China
Pranda Jewelry Pcl - Thailand
Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co Ltd - Mainland China
SK Jewellery Pte Ltd - Singapore

Industry Innovation/Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Beijing Cai Shi Kou Department Store Co Ltd - Mainland China
Gubelin Gem Lab Ltd - Switzerland
Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd - Mainland China
Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd - Mainland China
Shenzhen Foreway Jewellery Group Co Ltd - Mainland China
Shenzhen Ganlu jewellery Co Ltd - Mainland China
Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd - Mainland China
Shenzhen Y&M Jewelry Co Ltd - Mainland China

Manufacturer of the Year - Cutting & Polishing 
Hari Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd - India
Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd - India
RMC Gems India Ltd - India
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd - India

Manufacturer of the Year - Jewellery
KGK Jewellery Manufacturing Ltd - Hong Kong
PANDORA Production Co Ltd - Thailand
Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd - Mainland China

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - ASEAN
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Co - Vietnam
Soo Kee Group - Singapore

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - India
Kapu Gems - India
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd - India

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - Greater China
KGK Jewellery Manufacturing Ltd - Hong Kong
KELA - Mainland China
Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd - Mainland China
Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co Ltd - Mainland China

Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
Beijing Cai Shi Kou Department Store Co Ltd - Mainland China
Chii Lih Coral Co Ltd - Taiwan
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Co - Vietnam
Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co Ltd - Mainland China
SK Jewellery Pte Ltd - Singapore

E-tailer of the Year
China Stone Co Ltd - Thailand
Hattons (HK) Ltd - Hong Kong

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Tsan Kwan Chau, Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd - Mainland China
Karim Merchant, Pure Gold Jewellers LLC - United Arab Emirates
Zhou Wang, Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co Ltd - Mainland China

The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be nominated by the Awards organizer, and the announcement will be made at a later date.

This year's recipients and honorees, will be feted at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, being held on September 14 at the InterContinental Hong Kong during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. 

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Mineral, Gem & Fossil Asia Opened Thursday


The second edition of Mineral, Gem & Fossil Asia organized by UBM Asia opened Thursday at the Convention Hall of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Fair welcomes traders, media, private collectors, the general public, students and families who want to source or learn about the world of minerals, gems and fossils. The four-day fair combines trading, learning and fun family activities.

The event runs concurrently with the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair at the same location.

Exhibitors come from many countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Uruguay and the United States. Exhibits include a variety of rough gemstones and polished stones, fossils, art pieces and rare mineral specimens. 


“The fair offers the general public a rare opportunity to see up close a wide variety of rare mineral specimens and invaluable fossils from around the world,” said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia. “Industry experts will host seminars that will cover interesting topics such as mineral collecting. Workshops by the Stephen Hui Geological Museum of University of Hong Kong offer students a special program to entice tomorrow’s consumers and into learning more about minerals and possibly become mineral collectors themselves. ”

Among the highlights of the fair are:

* 150-Million-Year-Old fossils unearthed from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone

* Renowned suppliers of gemstones and mineral specimens return to the “Treasures World” zone. They include Kristalle, Granada Gallery, The Collector’s Edge and Henn GmbH

* Special fossil display zone to showcase invaluable fossils, including Moonfish. 

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June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair Opens With Record Number Of Exhibitors


The 29th edition of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair opened Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Occupying more than 70,000 square meters of exhibition space, the four-day fair runs until June 26. USM Asia, organizers of the annual fair, said the fair attracted a record number of exhibitors—in excess of 2,200 companies from 41 countries and regions.

“During an economic slowdown, companies choose to exhibit in reputable trade events that attract quality buyers. This edition of the June Fair is seeing many repeat exhibitors. This shows the June Fair offers genuine benefits to them,” said Celine Lau, director of jewelry fairs at UBM Asia.

The Fair features 16 specialty themed pavilions, including the Diamond Pavilion, one of the largest diamond pavilions in the world, with about 500 local and overseas diamantaires. The Gemstone Pavilion meanwhile has more than 500 international gemstone suppliers.

The top 10 sources of pre-registered visitors are: Hong Kong, mainland China, India, Taiwan, the United States, the Philippines, Australia, Japan, Korea and Thailand, which account for 86 percent of the total pre-registered visitors. 

GRS Lab and the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong will host seminars on timely industry topics. On 25 June, the GRS Lab will discuss its new book, “Pigeon Blood Valley” and share the latest market intelligence about rubies from the city of Mogok, Myanmar. The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong will discuss the technology for identifying laboratory-grown diamonds. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The 10 Best Jewels From The ‘Luxury’ Trade Show

 Ipanema bracelet by Nanis

The invitation-only Luxury trade show in Las Vegas had a bit of a more open feel as there were more visitors and exhibitors participating this year. The three-day show, which serves as a preview of the JCK Las Vegas trade show, hosted plenty of independent designers mixed in with manufacturers. 

Designs ranged from interesting takes on charms and pendants to high jewelry creations. There were fashion-forward looks and, surprisingly, plenty of color, as this show is traditionally big on white diamonds and bridal—both being the backbone of the jewelry industry. My top 10 picks are below: 

It’s easy to be charmed by Laura Bicego, the founder of the Italian jewelry brand Nanis, but she has the creativity and innovative designs to back her personal appeal. Among those at her busy booth was Jack Mitchell, the successful independent apparel and jewelry retailer who is chairman of the family owned Mitchell Stores in Connecticut and the west coast. One of the many designs that stood out was the 18k gold Ipanema bracelet (top photo), which reflects, speaks to the colors of the South American resort beach using a variety of colored gems, aquamarine, labradorite, rutilated quartz, yellow sapphires, amazonite and diamonds.


Zorab Creation’s gem-centric designs are a favorite of Jewelry News Network. This 18k gold and palladium earrings with orange sapphires, yellow and white diamonds and tsavorite has all of th4 details that the designers are known. 


Galaxy Collection Shooting Star Earrings featuring purple amethyst and diamonds set in Recycled Gold by Arya Esha


A ring centered by a moonstone with sides sprinkled with bright pink spinels by Yael Designs


A total of 45 varying sized spherical green tourmaline beads, with a combined weight of 509 carats, matched with 17.7 carats of diamonds and 19.6 carats of garnets mounted on 18k white gold by London designer, Fei Liu. The feather centerpiece can be worn separately as a brooch. 


A rose gold necklace featuring a cluster of baguette-shaped diamonds by Borgioni 


An 18k white gold pendant necklace centered with a 30.10-carat London blue topaz surrounded by 76 diamonds by PeJay Creations


The Bull and Bullfighter ring by Wendy Brandes features 429 diamonds (350 black and 79 white) set in 18k gold that depicts an oversized bull inside an arena. Inside the ring is a portrait of a bull fighter.


Openworked 18k yellow gold ring with sapphire and paraíba by Erica Courtney


LovePendants by Color Story offers a variety of 12mm round gems engraved with personal sentiments and then set in either vermeil, silver or 14k gold that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or charm. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Introducing The ‘Graff Vendôme’ 105-Carat D Flawless Diamond


Graff Diamonds has unveiled the “Graff Vendôme,” a 105.07-carat D flawless pear shaped diamond, celebrating the opening of its new store on Place Vendôme in Paris. 

The diamond was created from a 314-carat rough unearthed at a mine in the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho. 


Following a computerized 3D mapping of the rough diamond, Graff’s master cutters took “many months” to laser-cut and hand polish the gem. The resulting diamond is the largest cut and polished diamond of its kind in Graff’s history.  

An additional 12 “satellite” diamonds were created from the rough with the largest being 17.10 carats and nine having D flawless quality, the highest color and clarity grading for a colorless diamond. 


The new Graff Place Vendôme boutique opened in early June and is located next to the Ritz Paris. It’s the brand’s first boutique in Paris. 

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