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#idazzletravels: NYC for 2017 Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference

April has been a whirlwind month so far: I just got back from Los Angeles–Hollywood!–where I attended the American Gem Society Conclave, and in a few days I head to San Francisco and Sonoma for an Ethical Metalsmiths Board Retreat. Sounds rough, I know, but as a board, we will be working on some really […]

Organic Alchemy: Raw, Rustic Jewelry

Sometimes, you just like it rough. There is a movement, picking up steam, that celebrates jewelry in an organic style. This is not an old-school ideal of precision and alignment, polish and perfection, down to the inclusion-free gemstones so carefully set. This is jewelry with heft and soul, bearing the marks of its creation. Akin […]

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…

#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: 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…

JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Audrius Krulis and Patrick Murphy

In another installment of my series for JCK Online, you can read about my latest obsession: iconic jewelry designers Audrius Krulis and Patrick Murphy of Murphy Designs. This is an excerpt, you can get entire article/interview at jckonline.com.

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: 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…