The Daily Jewel - 5 new articles
Couture - the show is touted as the most exclusive and intimate destination for the luxury jewelry and timepiece market. Catering to an elite community of renowned heritage brands, emerging design talent, the finest retailers and award-winning media from around the globe, COUTURE is the premier event where the jewelry industry gathers to connect, collaborate and conduct business.
Boasting more than 4,000 top-tier buyers from the world’s most distinguished retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, London Jewelers, Reinhold Jewelers and Neiman Marcus attend COUTURE each year. This is the only venue in the United States to present an exquisitely curated collection of more than 200 preeminent designers and brands. From Bulgari to Bell & Ross, David Yurman to Victor Velyan and Stephen Webster to Sevan Bicakci, COUTURE caters to the diverse retail community and offers only the best brands that embody the essence of creativity and original design.
KAVANT & SHARART
MARIE MAS - SWINGING STONES
MARIA E LUISA JEWELRY
(love this artist, but there were so many people at the booth
I couldn't get photos - these are via her Facebook page)
GREAT RING - DORYN WALLACH
AGTA Announces the Judges for the
2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is excited to announce its panel of judges for the 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. This year’s judges are:
Arun Bohra, Manufacturer, Arunashi
Cathy Calhoun, Retailer, Calhoun Jewelers
Sherris Cotter-Shank, Lapidary, Gemscapes
Alishan Halebian, Designer, Alishan
Holly Wesche, Retailer, Wesche Jewelers
“This is a power-packed group of judges,” said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “With years of expertise in color, design, craftsmanship and retail, these judges will absolutely provide us with a stellar collection of winners this year!” The 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ will take place in August.
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is the world’s premier colored gemstone and cultured Pearl jewelry design competition with categories in Bridal Wear, Business Day Wear, Classical, Evening Wear and Men’s Wear. AGTA Spectrum Awards™ also features the Platinum Honors™ sponsored by Platinum Guild International and the Gem DIVA Awards™ sponsored by the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA). The AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™ honor loose colored gemstones in everything from Classic Gemstones to one-of-a-kind Carvings, Pairs and Suites to Objects of Art. The competition is open to U.S. and Canadian designers and cutters.
Meet the 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Judges:
Arun Bohra, Arunashi
A native of Jaipur, India, Arun Bohra was destined to design and make jewelry. He is the eighth generation of a family that has been in the jewelry business since 1841, creating exquisite, elaborately detailed pieces for Indian royalty. Arun draws on the rich heritage of both his family and his culture in creating his own signature line Arunashi. Arun began his professional career as a gemstone dealer, where he enjoyed the challenge of finding rare, beautiful stones, which laid the foundation for his profound knowledge of the jewelry industry. In 2004, Arun and his Wife, Ashita, combined their names, talents and experience to create their own line of jewelry, Arunashi, a bold innovative line of luxury jewelry. The collection fuses the finest technical achievements with opulence and sophistication. Unexpected mediums, highly articulated metal work, and an infusion of color gloriously expressed in rare gems are the signature elements of Arunashi. Arun is very passionate about design, and approaches jewelry an art, and each Arunashi piece embodies gemstones of exceptional quality and the finest craftsmanship, weaving together art and fantasy, tradition and innovation, drama and subtlety, bringing a fresh voice to an antique craft. All the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and Arun’s work has limited distribution, thru a handful of retailers around the world, each account carefully selected, that share the same passion and philosophy as that of Arunashi.
Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers
Cathy Calhoun found her way into the jewelry business in an unusual way. A friend of hers fell ill, and she temporarily took over his store while he recovered. And the rest is history! With a background in business and finance from Temple University, Calhoun continued her education at the Gemological Institute of America and the American Gem Society. Calhoun Jewelers, formerly Zenker Jewelers, is proud to be the Royersford, Pennsylvania, area’s best and largest name in fine jewelry since 1951. Calhoun brings an unmatched passion and knowledge to Calhoun Jewelers with years of experience with fine jewelry, as well as custom design, estate jewelry and repairs. In addition to serving as a long-time board member, and president of the American Gem Society (2010-2012), she is proud to be the Pennsylvania Jeweler of the Year (2009). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Jewelers for Children, Diamond Empowerment Fund and Jewelers of America. Calhoun is the recipient of many industry awards, including the 2014 WJA Award of Excellence (Retail Jeweler), and the inaugural Sallie Morton Award from the American Gem Society, which was given to the nominee whose vision and hard work are instrumental in helping the AGS grow its Guilds. Most recently, Calhoun was honored with the AGS’s most prestigious award, the Robert M. Shipley Award, at the 2017 AGS Conclave. The award was in honor of her untiring commitment to the jewelry industry and her dedication to and service to the American Gem Society. Calhoun has a passion for giving back, and has hosted special events at Calhoun Jewelers benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Calhoun has been featured as a jewelry expert on Antiques Road Show, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Travel Channel, CNN Money and HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk” and “You Live in What.”
Sherris Cotter-Shank, Gemscapes
Recognized as one of the world’s most talented gemstone artists, Sherris has a unique gift for looking into the heart of each gem to find its hidden beauty and reveal it to the world. Sherris’ gem sculptures have been sold at Christies in England and acquired by the The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She has won nine AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™ as well as an award from The Competition For The Advancement In Gemstone Engraving in Idar Obertsetin, Germany. Her work is regularly featured in books and magazines, and she has spoken multiple times at AGTA, RJO, and AGS.
Alishan Halebian, Alishan
Halebian is one of the most original artists creating and pursuing his own vision in jewelry. Being a self-taught goldsmith, his treatment of precious metals is masterly. Using sophisticated techniques, he creates seemingly weightless pieces, capturing metal’s beauty in a luxe look with textures set to thrill and inspire. Alishan’s Armenian heritage brings the philosophies of two world cultures, East and West together, which burst into creative expression of style in his distinctive collections. His discerning clientele are attracted to his designs for their notably individual characteristics and emotions, confronting line and form. Contemporary designs, merged with classical art elements bring exquisite style to his jewelry collection, which sell at the finest retail jewelry stores. Alishan’s jewelry has been worn on red carpet awards by celebrities and his one of a kind pieces have been exhibited in several museums and art galleries.
Holly Wesche, Wesche Jewelers
Holly Wesche is the third generation of a jewelry family, and is the owner of Wesche Jewelers. She is a Graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and holds the advanced title of Certified Gemologist which is awarded by the American Gem Society. She is a Past President of the Florida Jewelers Association and was a Jewelers Education Foundation Speaker for several years. She currently serves on the Jewelers of America Board of Directors and is a Vice Chair of the JA Executive Committee. Wesche Jewelers is Brevard County’s largest independent jeweler with a professional staff that includes a Certified Gemologist, a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, two talented jewelry designers, and a master goldsmith. They also have a fully accredited gemological laboratory. In August 2007, Wesche Jewelers was featured as one of “America’s Coolest Stores” by INSTORE magazine, a leading jewelry industry trade publication. Wesche Jewelers was one of the national winners of the 2007 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. In April 2007, Wesche Jewelers was listed as one of the 50 Most Influential Businesses in Brevard by Space Coast Business magazine.
ENTER TODAY! The deadline for mail-in entries is June 30th; the New York Drop-off for Spectrum entries is Tuesday, July 11th at the offices of Intercolor USA, 48 W. 48th St., Ste. 800, New York.
The American Gem Trade Association is a not‐for‐profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. The AGTA serves the industry as "The Authority in Color" and has it’s headquarter office in Dallas, Texas.
What an amazing array of gems gems gems....I will be taking a closer look at some of these vendors in the next few days, but I thought you might like to check out the place!
I couldn't believe how deep tthe color of this Rubellite was!
This carved starfish caught my eye on my way to check out Columbia Gem House....
Sustainable, Ethically Sourced Columbia Gem House
These Intarsia carved pieces were gorgeous
....a new company for me - but so much fun to talk to Krishaili Gems from New York....Radha is a delight and her brother is a wealth of information on the mining in Madagascar
Just a couple of their fabulous Liddicoatite Slices
Just cruising down the aisle and saw this stunning display - that front gem is the size of my fist!!!
An AGTA post isn't complete with out a visit to John Dyer Gems
....and the Trapiche KINGS at Mayer & Watt
Loved the cat's eye Siberian Jade!
There was beauty all around....
Looks like TAKAT Emeralds to me
One of the best surprises was seeing Lithographie in the Lobby in front of the show floor
with their new "Diamond" book!
If I didn't use the name of your company with your photo please correct me in the comments....
It is always exciting when new information comes to ground - and if you are anything like me, you gobble it up!!! ....and it seems there is new info every day!
I have three favorite go to references - 1.) Mindat.org, 2.) Secrets of the Gem Trade by Richard Wise and 3.) my library of Walter Schumann, Renee Newman, Fred Ward & Antoinette Matlins books.
So when I found out there was a new Revised 2nd Edition of "Secrets of the Gem Trade" I knew I needed to get my hands on it - WOW - am I glad I did!!!
Usually, a new edition comes out and you pull the old one off the shelf to replace it with the new one - but in this case....hold on to the old one, the info is still good (and the format is more conducive to travel - make it your gem show edition) and the new expanded 2nd Edition is almost entirely new!
The largely expanded 2nd edition of "Secrets of the Gem Trade" has been completely rewritten with major revisions. This new 2nd edition is one third larger with 11 new chapters, 5 new introductory essays and more than 161 additional images.
offers an Introduction and well thought out Overview of the topic featuring two new chapters one on Moonstone (12) and one on Sunstone (13)
Following an Introducton and Overview there are two new Chapters....Colorless Diamonds (18) and Golconda or Type IIa Diamonds (19)
This section shows off the extensive knowledge of the author on the topic - for those who don't already now it, Richard Wise is also the author of the "The French Blue" - if you are a history buff or lover of all things diamonds - Pick up a copy!!!!
In the Garnet Group the new chapter is brilliant!
an entire section on NATURAL Pe arls with an Introduction and Overview and two new chapters....Natural Nacreous Pearls (24) and Conch Pearls (25).
A new chapter on Peridot (29) covers this gem from Biblical Times to today.
a topic dear to the author's heart features an Introduction and Overview as well as a new chapter on that finest of Jades, Jadeite (34) I learned more from this single chapter than I've learned from some books.
In the Fancy and Colored Diamond section you will find a new Violet Diamonds (51) chapter.
featuring an Introduction and Overview and two new chapters on Red Spinel (53) and Cobalt Blue Spinel (54).
....and remember there are 43 re written Chapters from the original edition.....like this gem!
This book is a must for jewelers, gemologists and laymen alike....YOU MUST GET YOUR HANDS ON A COPY!!! Check out the author's website for more info and a free chapter to read....