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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 […]

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: 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…

#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…

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…

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…

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…