idazzle.com Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Manya & Roumen Jewelry

Manya and Roumen Wren Ring

I first became acquainted with Manya & Roumen a few years ago when I wrote this piece on bird jewelry. Their jewelry designs–dimensional, capricious–usually involve animals with character. Animals you might want to spend quality …

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There Is No Such Thing As A Semi-Precious Gem

We need to ditch the semi-precious phrase. Stat.

In our overwhelming human need to stratify and rank, the jewelry industry ended up with a few arbitrary jewels crowned as the pinnacle. “Precious” gemstones: ruby, sapphire, and emerald. The rest: lumped…

WJA Northern California and Designers by the Bay

I so wish I was in NoCal this week. A veritable knock-out line-up of some of my favorite jewelry designers are together in San Francisco, on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 for Designers by the Bay. All gathered for one night at the beautiful and historic Shreve and Co…

American Jewelry Design Council AJDC Exhibit Goes to Kent State University

The inspiring “Variations on a Theme” exhibit of one-of-a-kind creations by forty of America’s most influential jewelry designers is moving on. After spending seven successful months at the venerable Forbes Galleries…

idazzle.com Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Find Yourself in Colette Jewelry’s Blue Drift

One of the highlights of the Couture Jewelry Show is getting to visit Colette Jewelry and see what is new. Because there is always something very new: one-of-a-kind jewels, new collections, and jewelry…

Ten Things I am Stealing from France

No, I didn’t actually stuff the Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture in the overhead compartment. (But I wanted to.) If the Instagram feed wasn’t still there, I would think that I had dreamed my trip to France. But no, I can see that I really was in Paris, living in the Marais. I doubt that [...]

idazzle.com Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Arman Sarkisyan Jewelry

Elaborate. Byzantine. Exquisite. I can try and come up with a word that describes Arman Sarkisyan’s jewelry creations, but words, for once, seem inadequate. His jewelry surprises with intricate details. In his work, gemstones speak with authority…

“Everyone Is a Writer”

I had a situation this week that made me question–at least for a few angsty moments–idazzle.com and what I do with my time. A month or two ago, I made a proposal to an organization. They must have liked my idea: they did almost exactly what I proposed…

#idazzletravels: Paris

Five weeks in Paris. It sounds luxurious, to say it out loud, or write it down. Our family is in Paris for five weeks, and in France for seven weeks total: mostly for work, but partly for pleasure. We’re two weeks into our trip, and feeling just a little like we live here. We have [...]