gemstone jewelry

Ode to Las Vegas Jewelry Week: A Love Letter

Beginning. #vegasshoes packed, outfits sorted. Business cards and chargers and advil, but always always one thing forgotten. Eyes bright, voice fresh, words come easily. Never mind that we’ve never met; we are united in beauty, humbled by gems. A day measured in increments: 5 carrot sticks, 3 pees, 1 cakepop, 40 images, not enough Instagram […]

Organic Alchemy: Raw, Rustic Jewelry

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…

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Socially Conscious: Jewelry Gifts That Give Back

The shopping days are winding down for the 2016 Holiday season, but you don’t have to panic yet. I have a few ideas that are not only perfect for last minute, but they give back in some way or another, too! The Gift of Education…

#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…

#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…

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…

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…

What’s New, Wendy Yue? Wendy Yue Jewellery at the Couture Show

One of my favorite jewelry designers to see at the Couture Show is Wendy Yue. It might be the colors, layers, fantastic forms, each piece more intriguing than the last that draws me. It’s a little like entering Wendy’s dream world…

#idazzletravels: VICENZAORO The Boutique Show

I am leaving my first VICENZAORO jewelry show with that singular mix of exhaustion and exhilaration. The exhaustion is likely from trans-atlantic travel and an exciting pace of activities that VICENZAORO show organizers set up. The exhilaration…