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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 [...]

#idazzletravels: Gem Hunting or Why I Go To Africa

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…

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…

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…

Las Vegas Jewelry Week 2014: My Favorite Jewels

It’s hard to describe Jewelry Market Week to the uninitiated. I’m sorry, but the JCK Vegas Show and the Couture Event are just NOT the same as a trade show for…soap, or office products. How to articulate the sparkle, the catch in the throat? How to describe the…

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…

Jewelry Gift Ideas: Vicente Agor Bracelets #HintingSeason

I have published all sorts of gift guides in the five year history of idazzle.com. I’ve done gift guides by price range, and gift guides for jewelry essentials and designer jewelry. Actually, the entire site functions as one giant gift guide…

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Sevan Bicakci

Sevan Bicakci is an artist. He is a sculptor creating artwork through stone carving. It just happens to be of a scale that can be called jewelry…

#idazzled: New Body Jewelry by Colette Steckel

A trend to watch this Fall is the creative Art Deco interpretations that some jewelry designers are inventing. I’m calling it post-Deco. This new body jewelry by Colette Steckel exemplifies this trend, plus my current preoccupation for jewelry that wraps and drapes…

#idazzled: Sevan Bicakci Crocodile Ring

I was charmed and #idazzled by this crocodile ring that sidled up and wrapped neatly around my finger. The crocodile’s lower jaw was ever-so-slightly articulated, so it looked like he was about to speak something wise and wonderful…