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Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence 2015

On a balmy New York evening on July 27th, I attended the annual Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence Gala. I was nominated for an Award for Excellence in Editorial Media. For the third time. I joked that I was the Susan Lucci of jewelry editors…

Come See Jewelry Bloggers at #JCKTalks in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Jewelry Week. The phrase that strikes awe (first- or even second-timers), abject anxiety (designers frantically finishing collections) or high-voltage excitement in the hearts of jewelry industry people. It’s now less that 2 weeks from opening day…

Contemporary Jewelry Design Group Tastemaker Interview: Marion Fasel

“Jewelry is the most personal thing we own, we have. Jewelry tells a story.” –Marion Fasel
I had the recent pleasure of meeting with Marion Fasel, author, jewelry expert, and Contributing Editor for InStyle Magazine. As an admirer, and also as an editor, I wanted to…

#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…

#idazzletravels: VICENZAORO in Italy!

In one week, I’ll be on Italian soil. About an hour from Venice, there is a town with an illustrious goldsmith tradition: Vicenza, Italy. This city is now synonymous with an international jewelry tradeshow: VICENZAORO. I’m so excited and honored to be able to attend and see a truly…

#idazzledesires: Anabel Higgins Bracelet for Breast Cancer Charities

Anabel Higgins began making jewelry while recovering from breast cancer. Her jewelry originally featured vintage sporting medals from Britain, and has evolved into a fully-realized collection incorporating vintage jewelry with 18kt gold and fine silver. This bracelet…

Sharing the Rough: Into the Mine!

I am on the precipice. Can I do it? The sun beats down on my uncovered head, dazzling my eyes against the dark hole yawning about seventy feet down below. I’m standing on the edge of a gemstone mine in Kenya, with a decision to make. It is now or maybe never. The mouth of [...]

Engagement Ring Trends: Beautiful Designer Engagement Rings Under $2000

I read recently that most Americans (58% to be exact) don’t want to spend more than $2000 for an engagement ring. An engagement ring is a highly personal exchange between two people who are committing to each other…

Engagement Ring Trends: A New Setting for Old Diamonds, Erika Winters Bridal Jewelry

I feel so lucky to know a rather large network of jewelry writers and bloggers. All of these authors have their own voice and expertise, and add something elemental to the stories of jewelry. I love celebrating their successes and new…

Sharing the Rough Uncut: Adventures in Rough Gemstone Buying

Our days are dense with experiences…

Today we’re on location at a local gem dealer’s office in Voi, Kenya! It’s an exciting day, to say the least. Not only are we on set, we’re in front of the camera!
The filming process is…