Gemstones

#idazzletravels: On my way to #JCKTucson

I’m in a candy-colored swirl getting ready for Tucson. If you haven’t read my post about the insane Tucson Gem Shows and the strange vortex you enter, this post captures it pretty well. I have a term I’ve coined for the Tucson experience: CISO, Color Induced Sensory Overload. This time, I’m even more excited to [...]

Ciao Bellas! Attending VICENZAORO January 2016 #idazzletravels

I leave tomorrow for Italy, to attend the January VICENZAORO jewelry show! I attended last year, and was thrilled that they asked me to come back again! You can read about my 2015 adventures here, where I explored their brand new layout and the…

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…

Happy New Year! Words, Numbers and Intentions

Wow, 2015. A blur of beauty, experiences and great moments, from my first week in January at the GEM Awards and then faceting my own gemstone, to winning the Award for Excellence in Media from the Women’s Jewelry Association, to ending the year officially launching…

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 Get To Know Sia Maravelias of Quadrum Gallery

There’s a new feature on the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group’s website called Get To Know. We will be interviewing the best, most innovative jewelry retailers, galleries and ateliers in the country! To kick this off, I interviewed Sia Maravelias…

#idazzletravels: #ChasingBijoux, A Jewelry Tour of Paris with Bijoux Society

I think it’s no surprise that I love Paris. If you follow my Instagram, you likely saw a recent lovefest stream of artfully cropped images of architecture, art, parks, and, of course, wine. Just looking at Paris feeds my aesthetic side. When I found out…

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…

What’s New, Wendy Yue? Wendy Yue Jewellery at the Couture Show

One of my favorite jewelry designers to see at the Couture Show is Wendy Yue. It might be the colors, layers, fantastic forms, each piece more intriguing than the last that draws me. It’s a little like entering Wendy’s dream world…

The Year (Decade?) of Magical Thinking

Do you ever have that vortex-of-time thing happen to you? Where hours go by while you are with someone or doing something, and it’s never enough time? This happened to me about a week ago, when Jennifer Dawes of Dawes Design was visiting Seattle. Jennifer is a talented…