Green Jewelry

#BeTheChange: The Jewelry Industry Summit March 2016

I just returned from the first inaugural Jewelry Industry Summit, March 11-13 2016, in New York City. I came to the Summit thinking that I want to be part of the dialogue about responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry, and was curious about how this conference…

#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…

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…

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

Robert Procop Emerald Collection on Tour

When a group reaches a critical mass of talent, they just have to tour. I’m not talking about a rock band, although ‘The Emeralds’ would be a great name. This time I’m talking about some truly spectacular gemstones, some of which are such rarities they almost defy description…

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…

Welcome New Year: Lucky (20)13

Happy New Year! While I don’t necessarily love all the recapping-ad-nauseam, compulsive-list-compiling, and (probably) fruitless-resolution-drafting that accompany the end of one year and start of the next, there IS something nice about a shiny clean slate…

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Alexandra Hart

Designer and goldsmith Alexandra Hart is deeply committed to ethical sourcing for metals and gemstones for her nature-inspired jewelry designs. Dramatic, yet somehow balanced…