January, 2014

BYOTP or Tips for Travel in Africa

I was very lucky, preparing for my trip to Africa with Sharing the Rough jewelry documentary, to have expert guidance from Roger Dery. Roger has been to Africa something like nineteen times, and has assembled extremely helpful information…

Guest Post: Rachel Dery, The Magic of a Picture

I am so thrilled to announce my FIRST EVER GUEST POST for idazzle.com! I can’t think of a better inaugural post than this account from Rachel Dery. Rachel is the daughter of very special people in the industry, Ginger and Roger Dery, gem cutter, dealer, and philanthropist…

Sharing the Rough Day One: The School That Gems Built

Do you ever have the sense, as you’re living it, that an experience has the power to change your perspective completely? My first full day in Africa was like that. This first day in Tanzania, we took a trip to a Maasai primary school, located a short distance from a ruby mine…

To Africa, With Love

I’m not sure anything or anyone can fully prepare a westerner for a trip to Africa. I went in to this adventure thinking I knew what to expect. And then I arrived. East Africa is a land of contrasts and contradictions. There is no infrastructure. I had expectations of spotty wi-fi, iffy cell coverage. We [...]

idazzle Goes to Africa: First Days and Impressions

As I was on my way to Africa to join the crew making Sharing the Rough, I had some thoughts about making a trip to Africa that was focused on the gem mining trade. I’ll be posting more about what I’ve actually experienced…

On My Way…idazzle Goes to Africa

Ok, this is it! In a few hours I am boarding a plane that takes me, eventually, to Tanzania. From there, we’ll go on to Kenya. Some of the film crew from Sharing the Rough are already there, so you get a sneak peek below of what I will be seeing once I arrive on [...]

Happy New Year from idazzle.com!

I’m still a little in awe of how things and people came together for me, personally and professionally, in 2013. This past year, I interviewed and profiled no fewer than 17 jewelry designers…