Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dawanda spotlight

Yipee, I have been chosen as designer of the week for the Dawanda homepage
Here is a little image of the feature...
New interview coming soon

Saturday, July 25, 2009

a new feature, a Pretty rock

One on my peridot rings has just been featured on A Pretty Rock,
in an article on picking the right gemstone for birthstone jewelry.
Peridot , a symbol of success, dignity & protection

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ruby - July Gemstone

is a gemstone in the Corundum family.

It exhibits a range of red colors, and the most desired color is pigeon’s blood (pure red with a hint of blue).
On Mohs’ scale of hardness, ruby is 9, which is very hard.

It has a strong luster, like diamonds
Sources of this gemstone include Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Vietnam.

FREE giveaway

Just noticed you can win a free pair of earrings until tonight...
just go to the Satin Doll July Blog Giveaway: Sassy Earrings,
to enter the competition

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kathryn Partington

Just discovered a new artist today,

very beautiful image of her jewellery, which seems made with textiles

Friday, July 10, 2009

Lavish in red

A couple of days ago, inpired by a friend going to the Opera and wearing a nice crushed velvet burgundy dress, I started to play around with some luscious red jade briolettes, and dared marrying them with purple
I added a beautiful waterfall of faceted amethysts and a little ruby.

They turned out looking quite striking

Ideal for a lovely cocktail party or a glamourous evening with the stars

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

10x: Living Through Jewelry's Good Old Days

10x: Living Through Jewelry's Good Old Days
written by Victoria Gomelsky on June 19, 2009

They say creativity thrives during times of financial hardship.
Based on my experiences over the past week, I can't help but agree. In the
span of seven days, I’ve seen more interesting work from up-and-coming
and established jewelers than I typically see in six months of trade
shows, where mainstream buyers lessen the incentive to offer truly
cutting-edge design.

This was hardly the case in London last week, when my brief stopover en route to Geneva happily coincided with the last few days of Coutts London Jewellery Week.
It’s the type of organized, well-promoted effort that should make
designers in any other part of the world emerald-green with envy.
Sponsored by Coutts & Co., an investment bank that traces its roots
back to 1692, when it provided banking services to buyers of its plate
and jewelry supplies, the second annual week-long gathering,
chock-a-block full of lectures, demonstrations and cocktail parties, is
intended to raise the profile of the city’s creative talent and
technical expertise in jewelry making.

My first stop was Treasure, a collection of more than 70 designers selling their wares beneath the soaring ceilings of the Flower Cellars event space in Covent Garden.
There, I met Jig Pattni, a Londoner descended from a long line of Indian goldsmiths. Pattni’s work evokes not the glorious 22-karat gold traditions of his ancestors but the icons of 20th century pop culture. To wit: At Treasure, Pattni
unveiled his new diamond collection, The King, in homage to Elvis Presley. It included two 18-karat gold pendants, one fashioned into a bust of the crooner, complete with a slicked back pompadour, and the other a seductive pair of blue sapphire-studded shoes.

At a neighboring showcase, Nina Koutibashvili,
a London designer who hails from the republic of Georgia, couldn’t have embraced a more different aesthetic (the diversity at Treasure, and at London Jewellery Week, in general, was astonishing). The piece in her showcase that I most coveted was a large linked white gold bracelet covered by a thin layer of black stingray skin (see below), its trademark bubble pattern so beguilingly exotic.

Nina Koutibashvili ray skin bracelet lo-res

Downstairs in Treasure’s sprawling cellar, JeDeCo, the Jewellery Designer’s Collective, a brand new group of more than 20 artist-jewelers, had set up shop.
Guided by the principle that there’s strength in numbers, the group formed just a couple weeks ago, though their professional promotional materials and uniformly high standard of design would suggest otherwise.

By the time I returned to New York on Tuesday, capping three weeks of travel that began in Las Vegas, at jewelry market week, I was fairly sure that no other piece of jewelry would ever hold my attention again.

Yesterday, however, during a daylong blitz of various jewelry events around Manhattan, I stood corrected. At the Jewelry Information Center’s annual fine jewelry luncheon at Vermilion, a six-month-old Indian-Latin fusion restaurant in midtown, I was captivated by a $30,000 silver and gold choker necklace by Todd Reed featuring his trademark rough diamond cubes; a $19,000 carved emerald ring by Christian Tse; as well as a $175 teak wood cuff set with black onyx and deep pink quartz, the work of Zapphire by Kanupriya Khurana.

The best part of the event? Editors were asked to place their business cards in a bowl for a series of giveaways that the JIC’s Helena Krodel and Amanda Gizzi (just back from maternity leave, looking marvelous) had organized. I couldn’t believe my good fortune when my name was called. I won an 18-karat white gold Kir Royale ring, set with a 12.56-carat amethyst accented by diamonds and rubies, by Gumuchian (see below). Oddly, this was the second Gumuchian cocktail ring I have won—the first is an 18-karat yellow gold and Tahitian pearl ring that I wear every single day. I’m thrilled to be the New York jeweler’s walking, talking billboard.

Gumuchian R695 AM

Slightly dazed by my good luck, I ventured further uptown, to the Kara Ross
showroom on East 60th Street, where I promptly fell in love with a cuff from Ross’s new capsule fine jewelry collection. Known for her chic use of exotic animal skins, Ross wrapped this 18-karat gold and pavé-sprinkled number in purple stingray skin (see below). I’m now officially obsessed with the material.

Kara Ross Purple Stingray Cuff_1 lo-res

My final appointment of the day brought me to the Upper Eastside showroom of Camilla Dietz Bergeron, the estate dealer. The sight of so many vintage Deco, Retro and Seventies baubles made me feel a bit delirious. So many rings, so little time. I circled the round wooden table at the heart of the showroom like a vulture. From a classic Seaman Schepps rock crystal frog brooch dappled with cabochon emeralds, to scores of whimsical 1940s-esque gold charms (harem slippers dangling teeny tiny akoya pearls, a miniature house complete with a garage and moving car, a lamppost pointing the way to Place Vendôme), the vintage treasures on display were each more charming than the last. I was tempted to laud the “good old days” of jewelry design, such is the temptation to
idolize the past at the expense of the present, but then I recalled my
day and my week and realized that the good old days are now.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

no dirty gold

Beautiful and desirable, few people see beyond the sparkling surface of gold. This is true of both jewellers and the public. The many down sides of this fabulous metal are not commonly known. One of the most devastating is the toxicity and volume of the waste produced by the mining process.

Only 0.00001% (one hundred thousandth of 1 percent) of ore is refined into gold - the rest is waste.

In the US, metals mining was the top polluter in the most recent data.Creating 46% of all toxic waste of ALL industries combined. 96% of arsenic emissions and 76% of all lead emissions.

Some toxins come from the ore itself e.g. heavy metals like mercury,arsenic, selenium and lead often drain out of the piles of waste rock. Others are introduced intentionally during extraction. Called 'heap leaching' the ore is crushed, piled into heaps and sprayed with cyanide. This trickles through the ore bonding with the gold. This solution is then processed to separate the gold and cyanide which gets stored in industrial ponds for reuse. This is an ongoing process with one layer of ore being layered over the other. This goes on for decades and results in the almost inevitable contamination of the surrounding environment.

Tailings a slimy highly toxic waste product is disposed of by pouring it into makeshift dams, which get enlarged as the waste levels rise. This results in an often unstable structure and tailings dam failures account for 3/4 of all major mining accidents over the last 25 years.

Some mines don't even bother with tailing dams and choose instead to pump them directly into nearby rivers, technically known as 'riverine tailings disposal'. This poisons the aquatic ecosystem, clogs rivers and can disrupt entire watersheds. This is banned in many countries, but continues illegally. Dumping into the oceans however is still practiced freely. US owned Minahasa mine in Indonesia dumped over 4 million tones of waste into Buyat Bay in the 7 years it was producing. This suffocates coral reefs, poisons fish and in local communities children have tested dangerously high lead and cyanide levels. As a result of public outcry, many mines have simply moved further out into the ocean and now dump in deeper water.

All this waste and pollution is only the first phase of the journey gold takes before it reaches you and the above only just touches on the issues and destruction involved. If you would like to find out more about what gold goes through before it reaches you, please click here to go to Earthworks' No Dirty Gold campaign.

Thank you to Michelle at avasarah for permission to reproduce this article

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Feature on the Carrotbox

What a surprise today as a jeweller friend congratulates me on being selected and showcased on the Carrotbox blog

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