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#idazzletravels: Kenya and Tanzania Part Two: The Mines

As I described in Part One, I’m obsessed with the gems I find in East Africa, both mineral and of the human variety. But I’m not gonna lie. Seeing the gem mines is a huge reason that I travel to East Africa. Who knew that I’d tolerate cargo pants and snarled hair and red dirt [...]

#idazzletravels: Kenya and Tanzania Part One: The Gems

I find myself saying “Asante” to people instead of thank you, and, like a narcoleptic, fall asleep mid-sentence after 8pm. I must be home from Africa.
I just returned from my 6th trip–in about 30 months–to Kenya and Tanzania. After so many trips…

A Gem’s Journey: Muzo Emeralds from Colombia to Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels

I recently had the pleasure of attending a special event in Los Angeles. It’s hard to resist the allure of gems, especially when those gems are the most vivid green and sought-after emeralds in the world, from the famed Muzo mine…

Kat Florence and Sarah Jessica Parker Team Up for Jewelry Auction to Benefit Nepal

I’ve been following Kat Florence for a while on social media. I’ve been fascinated by her truly extraordinary jewelry designs and her passion for gems. When I found out about this project — an auction in Hong Kong to benefit victims of the…

JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Judi Powers and Baiyang Jewelry

I’m so glad that JCK Events asked me to profile a few prominent designers leading up the JCK Las Vegas jewelry show. This time, I had the pleasure of interviewing a friend I’ve made in the past couple of years, Judi Powers, and discovering a new-to-me inspiring artist, Baiyang…

JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Audrius Krulis and Patrick Murphy

In another installment of my series for JCK Online, you can read about my latest obsession: iconic jewelry designers Audrius Krulis and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Designs. This is an excerpt, you can get entire article/interview at jckonline.com.

JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Tura Sugden and Blackbird And The Snow

JCK published the second in my series of profiles of exciting jewelry designers leading up to the JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show! I love the opportunity to get to know emerging jewelry designers like Tura and Marie-Juilette, and look forward to seeing them soon…

#idazzletravels: Come See Me at the Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference!

This has been an exciting (and poignant) year so far. There is a lot going on in the jewelry world, and I’m trying to participate where I can. In addition to writing about interesting designers and traveling to trade shows to see the latest collections…

JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Amy Glaswand and Doryn Wallach

he JCK Las Vegas team asked me to get to know a few of the Rising Star Designers in the JCK Design Center. For the whole article, you can click here for jckinsider.com/designofthetimes. I am excited to share these emerging designers with you here on idazzle…

Larger than Life: A Tribute to Gichuchu Okeno

I am numb. Stunned. Two weeks ago today I was FaceTiming with Gichuchu Okeno, gem dealer, mine owner, father, husband, and friend. And today he is gone. I’ll never hear his laugh again. It’s hard to reduce a life down to its essence, to mere words. Okeno…