Jewelry Travel

#idazzletravels: Kenya and Tanzania Part One: The Gems

I find myself saying “Asante” to people instead of thank you, and, like a narcoleptic, fall asleep mid-sentence after 8pm. I must be home from Africa.
I just returned from my 6th trip–in about 30 months–to Kenya and Tanzania. After so many trips…

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…

#idazzletravels: Come See Me at the Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference!

This has been an exciting (and poignant) year so far. There is a lot going on in the jewelry world, and I’m trying to participate where I can. In addition to writing about interesting designers and traveling to trade shows to see the latest collections…

Larger than Life: A Tribute to Gichuchu Okeno

I am numb. Stunned. Two weeks ago today I was FaceTiming with Gichuchu Okeno, gem dealer, mine owner, father, husband, and friend. And today he is gone. I’ll never hear his laugh again. It’s hard to reduce a life down to its essence, to mere words. Okeno…

#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…

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…

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 [...]

Sharing the Rough Documentary Coming to Seattle–and a Theater Near You!

Movies are brilliant. They capture our imagination as nothing else can: we’re transfixed by the big screen and stereo sound, and time passes unnoticed. Maybe that is why I’m so excited that there is a full length documentary devoted to…

#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…