Gemstones

#idazzletravels: VICENZAORO The Boutique Show

I am leaving my first VICENZAORO jewelry show with that singular mix of exhaustion and exhilaration. The exhaustion is likely from trans-atlantic travel and an exciting pace of activities that VICENZAORO show organizers set up. The exhilaration is most certainly due to the breadth, depth and quality of the jewelry I saw. VICENZAORO The Boutique [...]

#idazzletravels: VICENZAORO in Italy!

In one week, I’ll be on Italian soil. About an hour from Venice, there is a town with an illustrious goldsmith tradition: Vicenza, Italy. This city is now synonymous with an international jewelry tradeshow: VICENZAORO. I’m so excited and honored to be able to attend and see a truly international view of jewelry design. From [...]

#idazzledesires: Robert Procop and Angelina Jolie Necklace

Have you read the recent Vanity Fair article about Angelina Jolie? According to the author, as the ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, she shows up early to UNHCR meetings, ready to take notes. She travels to some…

#idazzledesires: Malak Atut ZAIKEN Jewelry

Graceful transition is a theme for Malak Atut of ZAIKEN Jewelry. Personally, she embodies modern transition through her roles as jewelry designer, mom, business owner, and President of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group. She spends her days…

#idazzledesires: Just Jules Ruby and Diamond Earrings

It’s hard not to love Julie Romanenko of Just Jules. She has a vibrant personality and flawless style (and plenty of baked goods at her trade show booth). I especially admire the way she re-purposes vintage jewelry that is unloved or unworn, by giving it new life in rings, pendants…

#idazzledesires: 100 Good Deeds Gemfields Bracelet (as seen on Mila Kunis)

For this Holiday Season, I will be featuring a different designer, experience or idea each day. Over the six years of this blog, I’ve done jewelry gift ideas under $500, and Luxury lists, and everything in between. This year is about…

#idazzletravels: 2014 Arusha Gem Show in Tanzania

“Karibu!” This word means welcome in Swahili, and welcomed I was throughout my visit to Tanzania. The word feels like a hug when spoken by the generous residents of Arusha. I traveled to Tanzania for the November 2014 Arusha Gem Fair

idazzle.com Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Manya & Roumen Jewelry

I first became acquainted with Manya & Roumen a few years ago when I wrote this piece on bird jewelry. Their jewelry designs–dimensional, capricious–usually involve animals with character. Animals you might want to spend quality time with…

There Is No Such Thing As A Semi-Precious Gem

We need to ditch the semi-precious phrase. Stat.

In our overwhelming human need to stratify and rank, the jewelry industry ended up with a few arbitrary jewels crowned as the pinnacle. “Precious” gemstones: ruby, sapphire, and emerald. The rest: lumped…

WJA Northern California and Designers by the Bay

I so wish I was in NoCal this week. A veritable knock-out line-up of some of my favorite jewelry designers are together in San Francisco, on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 for Designers by the Bay. All gathered for one night at the beautiful and historic Shreve and Co…