#idazzletravels: Gem Hunting or Why I Go To Africa

Rough tsavorite garnet gemstone

I’m just back from my latest trip to Africa. I wish that I could post relatively live from Tanzania and Kenya, but it turns out that WIFI there is short for “Works In-Frequently and Intermittently”. I have some souvenirs: Maasai beadwork and some impressive bug bites. Despite …

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CJDG In The Studio with Rebecca Overmann

As most of you know by now, I love to travel. And I love jewelry. So when I can combine the two, it’s pretty much perfection. We’ve launched a new series over on the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group’s website, called “In The Studio” where I get to visit…

Come See Jewelry Bloggers at #JCKTalks in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Jewelry Week. The phrase that strikes awe (first- or even second-timers), abject anxiety (designers frantically finishing collections) or high-voltage excitement in the hearts of jewelry industry people. It’s now less that 2 weeks from opening day…

Thoroughly Modern Mother’s Day Jewelry

Sorry that it has been a while since you’ve heard from me. It seems that #idazzletravels got a little out of control, but if you follow me on Instagram, you generally know where in the world I’ve been in the past weeks. In my travels, I have seen a few fun ideas for Mother’s Day, [...]

Diamonds With A Story: New Designer Collections from Dawes Design, Sandy Leong, Suzanne Kalan, and Matthew Campbell Laurenza

While I was in New York City recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Diamonds With A Story Press Preview. The origin of jewelry–where it comes from–is always a theme I am interested in…

Engagement and Commitment Ring Trends: Erika Winters Fidelia Wedding Bands

I am so happy to announce that Erika has just launched a collection of bands with her singular style. The designs, like the name of the collection, Fidelia (which means “faithful”) manage to be both classic and familiar, but with an angle…

Contemporary Jewelry Design Group Tastemaker Interview: Marion Fasel

“Jewelry is the most personal thing we own, we have. Jewelry tells a story.” –Marion Fasel
I had the recent pleasure of meeting with Marion Fasel, author, jewelry expert, and Contributing Editor for InStyle Magazine. As an admirer, and also as an editor, I wanted to…

Curious About Ringly, The Connected Ring? Here’s My Ringly Review…

Ringly has arrived. I was so excited to see that box, after months and months of teaser emails (“more delays in securing our required stone quality…”), that I may or may not have shredded the cardboard getting into it. I placed my order for Ringly after reading significant…

Colors and Trends from AGTA and the Tucson Gem Show

Tourmaline, tsavorite, Paraiba, beryl. Druzy, rutile, slabs of agate. Specimens as big as a couch. Jewelry designers in tshirts and sunglasses, spending their entire budget in their first 5 hours at the show. Famous jewelry personalities eating tacos from food trucks…