Archive | February, 2006

Memorable Jewelry

21 Feb

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Taking a queue from the traditional lockets worn on a chain, photography has merged with jewelry designs to create unique jewelry that also functions as memorabilia. One example of this trend in jewelry and photography is My Life Designs. They offer a line of photo jewelry and accessories including pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and even rings.

From Camera Town.com: "The company's new Professional Photographer Program offers easy ordering through the website, where studios can upload client photos, keeping the process simple to administer. "Our retailers love highlighting their photography through our quality products, and we're excited about expanding our retail market in 2006 through shows like PMA.", says Kimbra Orr, My Life Designs' Owner and Designer.

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In addition to the company's best-selling bracelets and necklaces, the new product line includes pewter belt buckles, sterling cell phone charms, new necklace designs, leather wallets, and sterling cufflinks. Corporate logos, children's artwork and ultrasound photos are some of the many other creative images used to create these memorable gifts.

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"I had this incredible photo of our girls and wanted to have it made into a gift for their Grandmother. Everything I found was so cheesy, and would fall apart in a week. When I saw My Life Designs' pieces, they looked perfect, and turned out to be better than I expected! My mother cried when she opened the gift, and wears it every day. Now I am waiting to receive mine for Mother's Day!" explains customer Gwen Hale."

Baubles, Bangles and Beads

21 Feb

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If you are near Yale University, you may want to swing by to a look at what sounds like a fabulous exhibit: "Baubles, bangles, and Beads: American Jewelry From Yale University, 1700-2005."

From Courant.com: "Yale doesn't have enough room to display jewelry's elaborate and extensive past, but with "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads," Yale University Art Gallery curators hope to chronicle the roles jewelry has played in American culture – from a statement about personal taste, to an indication of a person's affiliations, to the social ritual of mourning.

Many of the pieces in the exhibition – the first of its kind in the gallery's history – have never been shown to the public.

"Everyone has a personal connection to jewelry, and because of the recognition of that personal connection, it sparks curiosity," said Anna Hammond, deputy director of the gallery. "Jewelry weaves in the history of American culture in a very individual way.

"Beyond the value and history of the objects in and of themselves, it's how people look at them and respond to them that makes this such a popular exhibit."

For more about the exhibit, visit the gallery's web page.

Jessica Simpson to Give Jewelry Back

20 Feb

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Nick Lachey wants a divorce from jessica Simpson plus all his jewelry back:

From People.com: "According to his divorce response, Lachey cited irreconcilable differences for the dissolution of the marriage. Also, he asked the court to confirm that "miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects" remain separate property, as well his earnings after the date of separation and additional property assets to be determined."

I haven't been able to find anything specific concerning the jewelry. Is it his? Or was it jewelry he gave to her?

Hot Rox Jewelry Trunk Show

20 Feb

Jewelry artist, Andrea Shweky, will be offering her 2006 Spring line via a trunk show at Henri Bendels in New York City Thursday, March 2nd thru Saturday, March 4th, 2006 10am to 7pm daily.

Here are a few of her unique beaded creations.

Base metal is crocheted with tiger eye, glass, amber, Swarovski crystals, aventurine and topaz to create a choker. This is also adjustable up to 15".

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Copper wire, shell, tiger eye, mookite and jaspers combine to create this lively bangle.

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You can view more Hot Rox Jewelry on her website: www.hotroxjewelry.com.

Pill Jewelry

19 Feb

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I think maybe, just maybe, I've seen it all now? Yes, believe it or not, those are birth control pills in side the earrings and necklace pictured.

From Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland:

"In honor of women, Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland has teamed up with local artist Chris Sweiger of Artifactual Creations in bringing you a new line of jewelry. This fresh, unique jewelry is actually made from expired birth control pills.

Handmade pieces come in a variety of styles that not only accessorize your wardrobe, but make a statement about supporting access to birth control.
With 22 designs, there is sure to be one that fits your style. Whether you choose to keep one for yourself, give it as a gift, or both, wearing this jewelry is sure to spark a conversation. Proceeds help support services offered at Planned Parenthood. "

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You can see more of Chris Sweiger's jewelry here: Artifactual Creations

Anne Maa Jewelry Designs

18 Feb

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I received a press release about a new shop opening up in New York City's Soho fashion called Shecky's Shop. Among many other designers, jewelry designer Anne Maa will have a special collection available at the shop:

"Shecky's Shop will feature a special Anne Maa Designs collection of gorgeous semi-precious rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, as well as some of the designer's limited edition and custom pieces.

With a background in fashion and design, Anne Maa's sense of style and attention to detail is evident in each eminently modern and alluring piece of jewelry she creates, and both celebs and fashionistas are taking notice. As one of only 35 designers chosen to participate in Shecky's Shop, Anne Maa's jewelry joins a group of the hottest independent designers."

"I'm thrilled to debut my semi-precious jewelry line as part of Shecky's Shop showcase here in its trendsetting Soho boutique," said designer Anne Maa. "I look forward to joining all of the other talented designers who are participating in this fashion-forward venture."

Gorgeous gleaming cocktail rings with beautifully colored stones and chunky, bohemian chic bracelets made with both gemstones and pearls are both among the current must-have items in Maa's collection. Each piece is a work of art unto its own, as evidenced by the runaway success and demand for Maa's necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring creations."

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Of course, I had to go take a virtual shopping trip to see Anne Maa's work on her website. Wow! Loved the chunky and the pearls and the prices weren't too bad either.

Diamonds Get an “A”

17 Feb

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Most jewelry connoisseurs have heard of the four C's of diamonds: cut, clarity, color, and carat.

Jewelry designer, Richard Alan, takes the grading process a step further for us in his article, The educated jewelry buyer, Part III:

"Clarity, to me, is one of the most important factors in the process of choosing a diamond. This "C" is basically how internally clean (or in some cases, externally clean) or full of inclusions, imperfections and/or flaws the diamond or gem possesses.

You will find I constantly refer to the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America) charts for the grading of diamonds because they are simply the best and I have trusted their expertise for over 25 years."

Harry Winston Top Jeweler

16 Feb

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I was a little surprised to hear that Harry Winston beat out Tiffany & Co. in this recent poll. What could the rich folk be thinking?

From National Jeweler: "In a recent survey of luxury consumers, Harry Winston was the jewelry brand named most prestigious, with Tiffany & Co. and Cartier tying for second place and Mikimoto coming in third.

The Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI), New York-based Luxury Institute's survey of high-end jewelry, polled a representative sample of more than 400 households with a minimum gross annual household income of $200,000 and $5 million minimum household net worth (including home equity). Luxury brands that were rated alongside mainstream brands for comparative purposes, were: Asprey; bailey, Banks & Biddle; Blue Nile; Boucheron; Buccellati; Bulgari, Carrera y Carrera; Cartier; Chanel; Chopard; David Yurman; De Beers; Dior; Graff; Gucci; H.Stern, Harry Winston; Jacob & Co.; Mikimoto; Piaget; Tiffany & Co.; Van Cleef & Arpels, and Zales."

Read more: Winston 'most prestigious' jewelry brand, survey finds

Jewelry Contest Reminder

16 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:

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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.

Shrews and Hearts Jewelry

15 Feb

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Designer Jon Wye introduces his latest jewelry design, "Petruchio Sea Heart Necklace."

Available at Unsung Designers, the website describes it as follows:

"It's made of bamboo beads, limpets, and sea hearts; some of nature's most stuborn children. Bamboo grows like a weed and is strong enough to be used in everything from furniture to flooring. Limpet's are mollusks that adhere to rocks of tidal areas, against crashing waves. Sea Hearts or Columbus Beans are seeds that come from trees or vines that grow along tropical shores and fall into waterways around the world only to follow current and find a new home. Supposedly the Sea Heart inspired Columbus to search for new land in the west. And it is a Gulf Stream of Sea Hearts that he followed. The center of the necklace is a Sea Heart, a tough little critter traveling hundreds of miles to find a home. They are the ugly duckling of the seed world when you first find them, but after 2 months of grinding and polishing in a tumbler they take on a rich chocolate color. This necklace is litterally months in the making."

Read more about the designer: Designer really uses his bean