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JCK Las Vegas Designer Dish: Tura Sugden and Blackbird And The Snow

JCK published the second in my series of profiles of exciting jewelry designers leading up to the JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show! I love the opportunity to get to know emerging jewelry designers like Tura and Marie-Juilette, and look forward to seeing them soon in the re-imagined Design Center. These are excerpts from the interviews, [...]

#idazzletravels: Come See Me at the Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference!

This has been an exciting (and poignant) year so far. There is a lot going on in the jewelry world, and I’m trying to participate where I can. In addition to writing about interesting designers and traveling to trade shows to see the latest collections…

#MemoriesofCindy: Remembering Cindy Edelstein

I just returned from the VicenzaOro jewelry trade show in Italy. On our last day at the show, our American press contingency received a text at dinner that our jewelry industry champion Cindy Edelstein—and dear friend to some of us…

idazzle + JCK

It’s been a while since my last post. A whirlwind of summer events and travel has segued into a Fall full of new adventures. There’s some really exciting developments in the works! I have been asked by JCK Events, the entity that runs the JCK jewelry trade shows in a variety of locations around the [...]

#idazzletravels Gemstone Adventures: a Mine in Kenya

On a recent Monday, I saw a posting on Facebook by Gichuchu Okeno, a miner, gem dealer and all-around Kenyan Renaissance man about progress at his tsavorite garnet mine in southern Kenya. Me, making a (relatively idle) Facebook comment…

“Everyone Is a Writer”

I had a situation this week that made me question–at least for a few angsty moments–idazzle.com and what I do with my time. A month or two ago, I made a proposal to an organization. They must have liked my idea: they did almost exactly what I proposed…

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Grandmother’s Hands

I’ve been thinking a lot about my Grandma lately. Not so much about the last few years of her life, though she was still lucid and vibrant until the very end at age 92, but about when I was still a child. Her house. Her piano, never silent at family gatherings…

On My Way…idazzle Goes to Africa

Ok, this is it! In a few hours I am boarding a plane that takes me, eventually, to Tanzania. From there, we’ll go on to Kenya. Some of the film crew from Sharing the Rough are already there, so you get a sneak peek below of what I will be seeing once I arrive on [...]

Happy Holidays from idazzle.com!

The children are nestled all snug in their beds… I need to go be Santa now, but wanted to wish everyone a wonderful, healthy, happy holiday season. Here’s to hope, peace, art, reflection, beauty, joy and love now and in the New Year. XOXOXO, Monica

Musings: What Children Know That Grown-ups Could Learn From

I hope that you can allow me a bit of a departure. To preface this, you should know the following. Here is how I think I spend my time: Here is how I actually spend my time: So there are a couple of things that are very important in my life: jewelry and my children. [...]