Archive | February, 2006

THE OSCARS

28 Feb

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The entertainment awards season is in full swing, and the grand daddy of them all, The Oscars, sometimes known as The Academy Awards, will be airing next Sunday, March 5, on ABC.

Now I know you're wondering who that is in the picture, but instead of revealing that right now, why don't you check out the brief movie clip that the screenshot is from.

This is your chance to see a movie promo clip in advance of the general public.

Creative Weblogging has secured exclusive rights to this clip, which will be shown during the Oscars, but you can view this very funny trailer here first.

What I will tell you is that it's from an upcoming movie from an extremely talented and highly accomplished director/producer/writer, whose previous movies you've certainly seen.

Now you can see what movie industry executives view when they need to make quick decisions about a movie's future.

Click here for Windows PC.

Click here for Mac/Quick Time.

After viewing the clip why don't you post a comment about it and try to guess who it's from.

I will be bringing you more about this, and other Oscar related information this week, so please stay tuned.

via Jim from the Celebrities Weblog!

Get Your Jewelry Heart’s Desire

28 Feb

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If you are still snoozing then you definitely will be losing when it comes to this month's jewelry contest here!

You could win this beautiful heart necklace from Matisse Designs:

"In true Matisse form, the "Assurance" triple-charm fine silver necklace bears meaning beyond being something beautiful. Like a pearl that is cultured from a simple grain of sand, the open silver heart with a single dangling pearl represents the growth of love between two people. The extremely rare faceted green amethyst represents the uniqueness of the recipient. The silver monogrammed disc is customizable and can feature an initial or special date. The three pieces are held together on a 16" sterling silver chain with centered toggle clasp."

Now for the rules:

To be automatically entered into the contest drawing, just sign up for The Jewelry Weblog weekly newsletter. At the end of the contest entry period, a name will be drawn from all newsletter subscribers. Already signed up for it? Excellent, then that means you've already entered to the contest!

Here's how to sign up:

Scroll down and on the right of the screen, you'll see an icon that says "Subscribe." Above this, you'll see an empty box. Just type in your email address, click on the "Subscribe" icon underneath, and voila! You'll be entered automatically into the drawing, and you'll also start to receive our weekly newsletter that will give you the latest and greatest news from The Jewelry Weblog.

Here are the specifics and legal-stuff:
The contest will run from February 1, 2006 until February 28, 2006 midnight est. The winner will be notified by email within 10 days of the final date of the drawing, and the winner will have 10 days after notification to reply in order to receive the prize. Creative Weblogs (and that includes me) will not be responsible for any "lost" emails or technical problems that may occur.

Attention Jewelry Designers

27 Feb

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Those in the know have noticed our monthly jewelry contests here on The Jewelry Weblog. I thought it was time to send an official invitation to you jewelry designers out there who might like to join the fun and sponsor one of our monthly contests. This is a great way to show off your jewelry designs and receive some free PR to boot.

If you'd like more information about how to sponsor up coming contests, just email me at tammy@creative-weblogging.com.

More on Mixed Media Jewelry

27 Feb

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I mentioned in a previous post that I'm a fan of mixed media jewelry. While I know I have a mixed bag of jewelry lovers here, some who make it and some who love it but don't necessary make jewelry, I thought I would still pass on the news – I've just agreed to write another jewelry book for Rockport Publishers, and this one is, you guessed it – on mixed media jewelry. The title will be Making Designer Mixed Media Jewelry.

You can find a complete call for entries posted here: Call for Entries.

If you are a jewelry artist or know of someone who might be interested, feel free to pass on the URL above. To give you an idea of what we are looking for, here is a brief excerpt:

"Projects should be constructed using basic jewelry findings, simple wire-working techniques, or put together with threads, fibers, leather, etc. Projects should integrate current, original, and exciting techniques and unique and interesting materials. Projects must be achievable by a home artist. (The book will not cover hot metal techniques such as soldering, casting, or anything requiring complex metalworking tools. It will also not include polymer clay.)

We are seeking projects in the following categories:

  • fiber and fabric jewelry
  • paper jewelry
  • found object jewelry (incorporating recycled/found materials)
  • jewelry featuring unique and/or unusual combinations of materials (bones, shells, glass, wood, beads, chain etc.)
  • memory jewelry (incorporating photos, charms, imagery)."

Pictured is an optical lens pendant created by mixed media artist (and web-buddy of mine) Cyndi Lavin from Mazeltov Jewelry.

Jewelry at the Oscars

26 Feb

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The Academy Awards are almost upon us and that means glitz, glamour, and of course, major bling. Along with working with designers for evening wear, celebrities will be adorning themselves with some of the most eye-popping jewelry you'll ever see.

From National Jeweler: "With the 78th Academy Awards mere weeks away, jewelry designers have already begun preparing for the big night.

Kwiat has announced plans to host an Oscar suite in conjunction with Kodak from Feb. 27 to March 2. Celebrities and stylists who visit the suite will get an advance look at Kwiat's newest red-carpet designs, including the new "Inspired by" collection featuring one-of-a-kind diamond jewelry inspired by this year's nominees for best actress."

Erica Courtney will also be dressing celebrities in her jewels.

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Claudette Adds 3 New Jewelry Lines

25 Feb

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Spring is in the air and that means lots of jewelry designers are announcing their new lines for spring 2006.

Claudette Elizondo is serious about this spring, offering up three new jewelry lines: The Wrapture Collection, The Bridal Collection, and The Tree of Life Collection.

From a company press release: "Claudette jewelry is grounded in organic expression with a modern aesthetic. Coils of silver or gold-filled wire are lit with the wonderful colors of semi-precious stones. The inspiration? It comes from the melding of Spanish fire with French chic. The pieces are inspired by the timeless and emotional traditions of these two cultures long admired for their sense of style and proud identity. The result? A cosmopolitan hybrid that makes a statement that is enhancing, but not overpowering."

From The Wrapture Collection

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From The Bridal Collection

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From the Tree of Life Collection

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Mixed Media Jewelry for Spring 2006

24 Feb

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I hope this trend report from the Today show is true because I love mixed media jewelry, and while I know of a good number of jewelry designers making it, I can't say that I see a lot of jewelry lovers wearing it.

What is mixed media? Well, it's pretty much what the name implies – mixing up different mediums like leather, glass beads, metals, found objects, and yup, just about everything but the kitchen sink.

Anyway, this is a nice overview article about what we should be seeing in fashion trends this next season, and here's a blurb about jewelry:

"Mixed media

Whether you're wearing a lace sundress or a business suit, the trendiest spring jewelry is a "mixed media" combination of natural elements – beads, wood, leather, charms and ribbons – sometimes with a touch of gold. We love this trend because it gives you so much room to express your personal style! The key piece is the long and/or layered necklace which often ties at the neck with a pretty ribbon. That versatility allows you to create different looks – double it, wear it long, wear the bow in front – experiment!

Trend tip: The "mixed media" trend includes several different color palettes, so take your pick: neutrals such as bone, wood and leather, Mediterranean-inspired mixes of coral and turquoise, or very feminine mixes centered around pearls and gemstones.

Some Earring History

23 Feb

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Who would have thought there is so much history behind a simple pair of earrings? But, of course, most jewelry fanatics know how important earrings are for a total look. It seems the Egyptians and Romans agreed.

From "All You Ever Wanted To Know About Earrings But Were Afraid to Ask" written by John Lewis of Love2Have and Earrings UK.

"The oldest earrings ever found by archaeologists were discovered in royal graves in Iraq and date back to around 2500 BC. Gold, silver and bronze hoop earrings have also been found dating back to 2000 BC in Crete. [...]

In the 2nd century during the Roman Empire, earrings became a popular way for rich women to show off their wealth and the use of precious gemstones in the jewellery also became more popular."

Major Jewelry Reminder!

22 Feb

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Don't forget about our February jewelry contest.

You could win this beautiful heart necklace from Matisse Designs:

"In true Matisse form, the "Assurance" triple-charm fine silver necklace bears meaning beyond being something beautiful. Like a pearl that is cultured from a simple grain of sand, the open silver heart with a single dangling pearl represents the growth of love between two people. The extremely rare faceted green amethyst represents the uniqueness of the recipient. The silver monogrammed disc is customizable and can feature an initial or special date. The three pieces are held together on a 16" sterling silver chain with centered toggle clasp."

Now for the rules:

To be automatically entered into the contest drawing, just sign up for The Jewelry Weblog weekly newsletter. At the end of the contest entry period, a name will be drawn from all newsletter subscribers. Already signed up for it? Excellent, then that means you've already entered to the contest!

Here's how to sign up:

Scroll down and on the right of the screen, you'll see an icon that says "Subscribe." Above this, you'll see an empty box. Just type in your email address, click on the "Subscribe" icon underneath, and voila! You'll be entered automatically into the drawing, and you'll also start to receive our weekly newsletter that will give you the latest and greatest news from The Jewelry Weblog.

Here are the specifics and legal-stuff:
The contest will run from February 1, 2006 until February 28, 2006 midnight est. The winner will be notified by email within 10 days of the final date of the drawing, and the winner will have 10 days after notification to reply in order to receive the prize. Creative Weblogs (and that includes me) will not be responsible for any "lost" emails or technical problems that may occur.

Native American Jewelers Ripped Off

22 Feb

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Native American artistry has long been lauded as one of the few elements of their wonderful culture that still exist today. In fact, many Native Americans continue to make a living with their art work, using skills handed down from generation to generation. This is especially true when it comes to jewelry. They are known for their mastery of creating Native American jewelry, often mixed with sterling silver and natural turquoise.

But it's no news that copy-cats abound, and to help the discerning shopper distinguish between faux Native American jewelry and the real thing, new legislations is being considered:

"Rep. Patricia Lundstrom's bill would set aside funding for the state Licensing and Regulation Department to study and propose rules to establish a certification stamp for arts and crafts made by Indians in New Mexico. The aim is to boost sales and ensure the expanding market isn't tainted by fakes.

One other state, Alaska, sponsors a similar program guaranteeing buyers that items bearing a ''Silver Hand'' seal are handcrafted by an Alaskan Eskimo, Aleut or other Indian artist.

The New Mexico legislation stems from complaints about imitation art sold in Santa Fe and Gallup, which is known as a hub for collectible jewelry produced by artists from nearby Zuni Pueblo, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi reservation in eastern Arizona."

Read more: Fakes flooding Indian arts