from a Press Release 2018 COUTURE Design Awards AnnouncedAnticipation, Community, and Artistry were Predominant at this High-Energy Event A high-level of anticipation and a strong sense of community filled the Encore Theater last night for the ...

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2018 COUTURE Design Awards Announced at this High-Energy Event

from a Press Release

2018 COUTURE Design Awards Announced
Anticipation, Community, and Artistry 
were Predominant at this High-Energy Event

A high-level of anticipation and a strong sense of community filled the Encore Theater last night for the announcement of the finalists and winners of the 2018 COUTURE Design Awards. 15awards were presented, including Editors’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice.

COUTURE Director Gannon Brousseau greeted the packed house from the stage, “Welcome to another annual COUTURE Design Awards! No matter how many times I'm up here, it never gets less thrilling and it's always more humbling! In fact, the longer I get to know the incredible people in this community, and the more I learn about what it is you do, I am increasingly in awe of all of you.”

The judges this year...
  • Adam Gorman of I. Gorman in Washington DC
  • Jill Newman is the editor of Muse by Robb Report
  • Laura Freedman, the owner of Broken English
  • Victor Velyan, Jewelry Designer
  • Will Kahn, Accessories Director, Town & Country


1st Runner Up - Moksh Fine Unseen Jewels

2nd Runner Up - Noor Fares

"It took a long time, and it took no time, to get here,” enthused Vram Minassian from Vram upon receiving his Best in Debuting at COUTURE Award. “The support the last three days has been incredible, and this is the cherry on top. Thank you so much." 


WINNER - Fernando Jorge

1st Runner Up - Muse X Gemfields

 2nd Runner Up - Sheryl Lowe

In accepting his award for Editors’ Choice, Fernando Jorge emoted, "From the editors that have so much knowledge, that we love, that are working hard to promote our works, to open doors and opportunities for us. I thank each one of you. I also want to thank the COUTURE community. And this is becoming a tradition; I want to thank Stephen Webster, for bringing me here 7 years ago.”

 1st Runner Up - Nancy Newberg
2nd Runner Up - Konstantino

Upon accepting her award for Best in Silver, Heather B. Moore gave an impassioned speech about what this winning piece symbolized, “I travel with my kids around the world, I’m on a quest to make sure they see everything they can. When we were in Africa, we were touched by the animals we needed to protect. Inside of this bracelet is high-polished so you can see your reflection, and it says ‘The Tipping Point.’ We are all leaders in our communities and our actions are very important and we all need to give back!”



1st Runner Up - Akillis

2nd Runner Up - Oh My Got - Cufflinks



 1st Runner Up - Buddha Mama
2nd Runner Up - Moragen



1st Runner Up - Schaffrath
2nd Runner Up - Furrer Jacot



1st Runner Up - VRAM 

 2nd Runner Up - LALAloUNIS



1st Runner Up - Messika

2nd Runner Up - Kavant & Sharart



1st Runner Up - Inbar

2nd Runner Up - Qayten



1st Runner Up - Alessio Boschi

2nd Runner Up - Mariani



1st Runner Up - Venyx 

2nd Runner Up - Margery Hirschey



1st Runner Up - Lauren Wolf

2nd Runner Up - John Apel



1st Runner Up - Arunashi

2nd Runner Up - Mizuki



1st Runner Up - Marie Mas

2nd Runner Up - Silvia Furmanovich

The People's Choice:

1st Runner Up - John Apel

2nd Runner Up - Jorg Heinz


Jeweler to the Stars...#LeVian Forecasts 2019 Trends at Annual Red Carpet Revue, Las Vegas #LUXURYbyJCK #JWLV

from PRESS RELEASE provided by  Le Vian 

Jeweler to the Stars...Le Vian Forecasts 2019 Trends 
at Annual Red Carpet Revue, Las Vegas

Catwalk held in conjunction with Harper's Bazaar US 
Emceed by E! presenter Ross Matthews
Music from Grammy-award winning artist Macy Gray

American jeweler Le Vian's red carpet catwalk Included a performance by Macy Gray and, predicted 12 dazzling trends for the year ahead. The invitation-only event was attended by top retailers and collectors, which Included one individual whose previous purchases included Le Vian earrings for her dog and another who owned over 100 Le Vian pieces.


Le Vian sent 13 models down the runway wearing jewelry with a combined retail value in excess of $20 million and dresses by designers including Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Jason Wu. Harper's Bazaar Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor, Avril Graham, presented 2019's top fashion trends calling herself an honorary member of the Le Vianfamily. To a packed room of 500 seated guests, 10 members of the LeVian dynasty presented Le Vian's LOVE acronym – Legend, Originality, Value, and Everlasting. 

When CEO Eddie LeVian announced the company would donate $175,000 to Jewelers for Children and invited guests to pledge, one collector raised his hand and said he would donate $250,000. He received a standing ovation.

Le Vian unveiled the following 2019 trends:

Design Of The Year:  Milestones – celebrating life's milestones with graduated sizes and colors of gemstones

Diamond Of The Year:  Nude Diamonds™ – the first time in a decade Le Vian has announced a diamond of the year

Color Trend:  Nude Palette™ – enabling women to choose jewelry as they choose beauty products

Gold Flavor 
Of The Year:  Tri-Colors in Gold – different flavors of gold combined with Le Vian's Nude Palette™

Of The Year:  Royalty – it's time for women to embrace their inner princess

Fall Color Trend Of The Year: Royal Blue and Royal Flush – gems include Cornflower Ceylon Sapphire™ and Blueberry Zircon™

Spring Color Trend Of The Year:  Multi-color Peacock and Multi-color Rainbow - combining blue and green for an air of majesty

Of The Year:  Adjustability – fashion conscious, one-size-fits-all looks

Of The Year:  Fancy Color Sapphires – Madagascar hues in purple, pink, blue, 
orange and green

Cut Of The Year:  Baguette Frenzy – with cluster settings and innovative cuts

Item Of The Year:  The Open Ring – Le Vian's instantly recognizable iconic design

Animal Of The Year:  The Dog – celebrating the Chinese Year of the Dog and everyone's best friend

The Newest Gem On Earth:  Peacock Aquaprase™ – a blue-green chalcedony discovered by Yianni Melas (@gemexplorer)

Some Interesting Facts About LeVian:

💎  Le Vian has a history dating back to 1746 when their family's ancestors guarded the Koh-I-Noor diamond and other royal jewels for Persia's Nadir Shah.  It started in the year 1746, when the Persian ruler Nadir Shah conquered India, he chose the LeVian family to guard the royal jewels he had plundered, including the legendary Koh-I-Noor diamond, currently owned by the Queen of England.

💎  Today Le Vian is a firm favorite with Hollywood royalty including Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna.

💎  The world's exclusive sellers of Chocolate Diamonds®, and is the world's only company with the right to emit a chocolate scent in a jewelry store.
💎  Le Vian owns over 1 million copyrighted design, 200 trademarks and 5 patents including the recently issued patent for jewelry with gradient gemstone patterns for several of Its Ombré designs.
💎  Le Vian is one of the most proactive certified members of the Responsible Jewelry Council.

💎  Le Vian's core belief in philanthropy is evident with its mandate to donate 10% of all pre-tax profits to charity.  In fact, the 2018 Red Carpet Revue raised over $425,000 for Jewelers for Children charity


Quick Update - So Excited About Christopher Designs I Couldn't Wait #JCKLasVegas #JWLV #LUXURYbyJCK

First thing today I went over to the Christopher Designs booth armed with a tiny bit of knowledge about the brand - they have a proprietary diamond-cut called a ""Crisscut Cut" and within that a variation they call L'Amour.

I have always been a big fan of the Crisscut Diamond - but after meeting with Michael O'Connor (you all know the @stylingspy)  I am even more in love...

According to Michael the new L'Amour Diamonds "face-up" 60% larger than the average diamond of the same size.

This example is a 5+ carat next to his own 5+ carat diamond ...

...and the latest is this stunning cushion cut!!!

Thanks for the time Michael!

Visit Christopher Designs at
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GIA Brought It! Array of Offerings at #JCKLasVegas

from Press Release....

GIA Brought It! Array of Offerings at JCK Las Vegas
Laboratory services, hands-on lab, presentations and more made  available

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) presented an extensive lineup at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas show.  In their booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of the Mandalay Bay Resort from June 1 to 4 they haeld valuable presentations, new product demonstrations, show specials and the chance to connect with GIA staff and alumni. There will also be an exhibit celebrating the 100th year of Richard T. Liddicoat – the Father of Modern Gemology and past GIA president. 

GIA highlights at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas Show included:

GIA Show Service Laboratory
Room Palm G, Level 3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
May 31-June 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Submit and Pick Up)
June 4: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pick Up Only)

Show Attendees will have convenient access to GIA Colored Stone Identification Reports for all colored stones and GIA Colored Stone Identification and Origin Reports for ruby, sapphire, emerald, Paraíba tourmaline and red spinel. Report services for diamonds and pearls will not be available. For more information, call +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4517 or +1 760 603 4517 (if outside the United States or Canada), or contact the laboratory.

Educational Seminars
GIA will offer two advanced educational seminars – Identifying Synthetic Diamonds, and Ruby: Country of Origin Determination. Tuition for each is $225. Previous gemological training and/or experience is recommended and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminars below, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4001 or +1 760 603 4001 or contact us.

Identifying Synthetic Diamonds
Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Through interactive, guided discussion and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructor(s), this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamonds.

Ruby: Country of Origin Determination
Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Friday, June 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Utilizing specimens from GIA’s country of origin sample collection, students will learn the fundamentals of determining the country of origin for ruby. They will use microscopes during the lab session to identify inclusions in the actual samples used by GIA.

Popular In-Booth Briefings - In the GIA booth 
Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby - Booth L99 
of Mandalay Bay Resort Event Center

Popular In-Booth Briefings
Booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort

GIA experts will share insights on some of the industry’s most relevant topics during 20-minute presentations. Visit the GIA booth for any updates or changes to the schedule.

India’s Gems and Jewelry Industry – Growth Opportunities
Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of GIA India and Middle East
Friday, June 1, 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 3 p.m.

Marketing Tools for Retailers: How to Up Your Game, Get Noticed, and Win Customers
Tali Nay, GIA manager of retailer support program; Cathryn Ramirez, GIA director of global business development
Friday, June 1, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.

The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
James Shigley, Ph.D., GIA distinguished research fellow
Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 11 a.m.

Russell Shor on "Shocking Pink: 
Will We See the End of Argyle’s Pink Diamond Tenders in 2020?"

Shocking Pink: Will We See the End of Argyle’s Pink Diamond Tenders in 2020?
Russell Shor, GIA senior industry analyst
Friday, June 1, 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m.

The Latest on Blue Diamonds
John King, GIA chief quality officer
Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Six Ways to Make Your Gem and Jewelry Photographs Stand Out
Robert Weldon, GIA library director
Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.

GIA at JCK – Special Presentations
Tradewinds F on the Pool Level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Sunday, June 3
Throughout the day on June 3, GIA experts presented updates on the Institute’s research, new programs and education topics...offering an inside look into what is new at GIA.

GIA Research Update
Dr. Wuyi Wang, GIA vice president of research and development
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Evan Smith, GIA research scientist
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Matt Crimmin, GIA vice president of product development
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Staying Current with GIA Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Education
Elizabeth Brehmer, GIA director of Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Operations
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Panoramic View of GIA Education: Gemology
Dr. Tao Hsu, GIA manager of global education professional development
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

JCK Talks Education Program
The Showcase Stage, Bayside, Level 1
Friday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. 

John King, GIA chief quality officer, spoke on “Powerful Symbols: The Unique World of Colored Diamonds.” In this presentation, King explored the allure of colored diamonds and what gives these diamonds their value and today’s market availability.


In their booth (Booth L99) on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort, GIA staff walks you through the use of commonly used and new gemological tools...

GIA iD100™
This new instrument distinguishes natural diamonds—mounted and loose, rough and cut—from synthetic (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants in the colorless to near-colorless range, in sizes starting from 0.9 millimeters in diameter.

GIA UV Lamp and Viewing Cabinet - Preview
UV lamp output variation can significantly affect fluorescence color and intensity observed in diamond. This prototype device utilizes a very stable, narrowband UV LED (365 nm) whose output will not fluctuate over time compared to traditional mercury-based UV lamps.

GIA Polariscope - Preview
The GIA Polariscope is used to test the optical properties of gemstones and determine whether a stone is singly refractive, doubly refractive or is an aggregate. Doubly refractive stones may be divided further as to whether they are uniaxial or biaxial. Diamond cutters use the polariscope to determine the strain characteristics of diamonds.

Retailer Support Program (RSP)
Booth L99 on Level 1 of the Bayside Lobby of Mandalay Bay Resort

GIA’s RSP has a new 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool that helps jewelers educate their customers about the 4Cs of diamond quality. This tool includes scales for each of the 4Cs, matte metal sliders for highlighting individual grades and expanded 4Cs definitions on the back side of the display.

The Passion of Colored Gemstones, a newly published 48-page book, covers colored stone quality factors, geographical source and treatment information with lore and beautiful images for 18 of the most popular colored stones. GIA will be giving away a complimentary copy while supplies last, the book and 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool will also be available through the RSP  site

The 4Cs Interactive Counter Tool helps educate customers
about the 4Cs of diamond quality and includes sliders that 
can be moved to show where a particular diamond’s quality 
characteristics fall on their respective scales. 
Expanded 4Cs definitions are on the back side of the display.

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism. Visit

#JWLV #LUXURYbyJCK PREVIEW: V'tse, Erica Courtney, and so much more...

If you’ll be attending JCK’s annual LUXURY show in Las Vegas for the first time, you’re in for something special! A plush, intimate setting; row upon row of the finest, glittering jewels; exclusive events. There’s a lot of goodness to take in and we’re excited for you to experience it.
If you’re a LUXURY veteran, you’re in for a treat, too! New for 2018 is a number of curated neighborhoods within LUXURY, all designed to bring you a wide array of styles from around the globe. You’ll be enamored with this stellar collection of spectacular jewelers in our Design@LUXURY pavilion to the first Greek Jewels @ LUXURY. Add the new brands and designers showcasing within the main LUXURY show, and you’re sure to enjoy unparalleled access to fresh finds.
I have a tradition of visiting the same jeweler first every year at LUXURY. I see it as my personal celebratory welcome to Las Vegas. (I love to check in with the people and ogle their amazing jewelry.) 

This was written by the PR Reps for JCKEvents but I have the same "Must See First" is V'tse (#LUXURYbyJCK #403) - she loves the cool and rare, but mostly because... she "RespectsTheGem":


But after that? So many options! And now there are even more to tempt me—and you! That’s a good problem to have.
So whether you’re a first-timer at LUXURY—or you’re coming back for your second, fifth, or tenth time—there’s something new and wonderful waiting for you. Here’s an exclusive preview.

I am using the JCKEvents Press Release but the Brands represented are my personal favorites...and the intro to a few of  "The NEW"!

Siera Jewelry Inc. 
At Siera, variety is the spice of life. Innovative, sophisticated, Siera offers a vast selection of merchandise that stands apart from other jewelry...
  • PavilionLUXURY  -  
    • LUX-327

    Erica Courtney 
    Drop Dead Gorgeous
    1. PavilionLUXURY - 
    2.  LUX-801

    A& D Gem Corp.
    DVANI: Hollywood's Favorite Jeweler!
    1. PavilionLUXURY  -  
      • LUX-335

    Aero Diamonds 
    "If You Love Diamonds ... Set Them Free!"
    1. PavilionLUXURY  -  
      • LUX-702


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