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#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…

There Is No Such Thing As A Semi-Precious Gem

We need to ditch the semi-precious phrase. Stat.

In our overwhelming human need to stratify and rank, the jewelry industry ended up with a few arbitrary jewels crowned as the pinnacle. “Precious” gemstones: ruby, sapphire, and emerald. The rest: lumped…

Las Vegas Jewelry Week 2014: My Favorite Jewels

It’s hard to describe Jewelry Market Week to the uninitiated. I’m sorry, but the JCK Vegas Show and the Couture Event are just NOT the same as a trade show for…soap, or office products. How to articulate the sparkle, the catch in the throat? How to describe the…

Designer Jewelry Spotlight: Shamila Jiwa Wins Centurion Emerging Designer Award!

Shamila Jiwa is a talented independent jewelry designer that I have met a number of times over the past few years. I was so happy to see her recognized with an Emerging Designer Award…

Top 5 Engagement Ring Trends for 2012

The 2010 post on the Top 5 Engagement Ring Trends is one of the most popular posts ever on idazzle.com. Here is a round up of top engagement ring trends for 2012.

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Colette Jewelry Interview

nternational jewelry designer Colette Steckel is a master of stones. Gems, that is. Drawn to them at an early age, she has a mission to showcase gems in settings that reveal their true beauty…

Holiday Gift Ideas: Personalized Jewelry

It is only human that people want to give a gift that is meaningful and deeply personal. That’s why jewelry works so well as a gift. Jewelry that is personalized, through initials, dates or other means…

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Jordan Alexander Jewelry Interview

I love it when an emerging jewelry designer hits a home run right from the start. Jordan Alexander Jewelry is a new designer jewelry company…

Zultanite: New Gem Discovered by Amazing Jewelry Designers

Even if current jewelry design is quite modern, the materials are very ancient: most precious gems were discovered and used long ago in the age-old ritual of human adornment. So when a new gem is discovered…

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Meus Designs

I get a lot of suggestions and submissions about new designers from a variety of sources. It’s what makes my job interesting. But every once in a while, I see something that makes me drop my boots off the desk…