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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: 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…

The Jewelry Industry Summit March 2016

I had a very enjoyable and informative discussion with Lisa Bridge, of Ben Bridge Jeweler, in her office in downtown Seattle. As we passed a room full of watchmakers working on customer repairs, Lisa explained the roots of the family business…

Announcing…ANZA Gems

I have an exciting project I’m finally ready to announce officially–ANZA Gems! Many of you know that I have traveled to East Africa several times since 2014. You can read about my adventures going into a mine, buying rough gemstones, and why you need to pack toilet paper. I was struck by the passion and [...]

CJDG In The Studio with Jennifer Dawes

As the Editor of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group website, I’m excited about our new “In the Studio” series! Combining travel and jewelry is my favorite thing to do, and visiting jewelry designers in the spaces where they create…

Beautifully Sustainable Diamonds: Avilan Storied Diamonds

Do you want stunning design in diamond jewelry, and complete confidence in how the diamond and metals were sourced? If the word sustainable is more than a buzzword in your life, you need to know about Avilan Storied Diamonds

Global Good: An Interview with Dorothée Gizenga of The Diamond Development Initiative

As the Editor of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group’s website, I have the opportunity to profile some incredible jewelry designers as well as write about issues that are important to the artisan jewelry community…

Designer Engagement Ring Event at Greenwich Jewelers

If you’re in the market for an engagement ring or wedding band, there’s an event that you should know about. At one of my fav retailers, Greenwich Jewelers in NYC, they are bringing in expanded collections of three…

It Takes a Village: Designing Moms

I recently had the privilege of speaking to some amazing moms who also happen to be very talented jewelry designers. Since I regularly have meltdowns related to balancing work and my family…

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Ideas: Estate of Grace Jewelry

I read that something like 35-40% of women would like to receive jewelry for Valentine’s Day. Of course, who wouldn’t want to get jewelry for ANY occasion? I always think that something highly personal is the best gift…