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November 4-5, 2016 Initiatives in Art and Culture: Pioneers

I attended the Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference in April of 2016, and was struck by how singular–and enlightening–the experience was. As a presenter, I had an opportunity to share ideas about social media and responsible sourcing, and as a participant, I heard experts share their thoughts in a relaxed way. Outside of [...]

#idazzletravels: Boston, Harvard, and Quadrum Gallery!

So many exciting projects going on for idazzle and ANZA Gems! I just returned to Seattle from the Portland Jewelry Symposium, where I had a great time catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and participating in some interesting conversations…

Kat Florence and Sarah Jessica Parker Team Up for Jewelry Auction to Benefit Nepal

I’ve been following Kat Florence for a while on social media. I’ve been fascinated by her truly extraordinary jewelry designs and her passion for gems. When I found out about this project — an auction in Hong Kong to benefit victims of the…

JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Tura Sugden and Blackbird And The Snow

JCK published the second in my series of profiles of exciting jewelry designers leading up to the JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show! I love the opportunity to get to know emerging jewelry designers like Tura and Marie-Juilette, and look forward to seeing them soon…

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…

Legacy: An Interview with Ruth Batson, American Gem Society CEO

It is a little bittersweet for the jewelry industry that Ruth Batson, the Executive Director and CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Gem Laboratories, announced that she is retiring in 2017. We’re happy that she has reached a point where she feels it is time to…

#idazzletravels: AGTA GemFair Wrap Up of Gemstone Trends

It is a good thing it’s sunny in Seattle today (yes, that actually happens about 12 days a year), or my post-Tucson funk would be so much worse. After five days of non-stop gem overload in the sunny Sagauro-land of Tucson, it’s hard enough to adjust my eyes…

#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…

#MemoriesofCindy: Remembering Cindy Edelstein

I just returned from the VicenzaOro jewelry trade show in Italy. On our last day at the show, our American press contingency received a text at dinner that our jewelry industry champion Cindy Edelstein—and dear friend to some of us…

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…