Archive | February, 2007

Anne Maa Discount for Jewelry Weblog Readers

28 Feb

Anne Maa Discount for Jewelry Weblog Readers

Anne Maa of Anne Maa Designs recently emailed me with news of her latest collection. She also blogs about her newest rings on her Cool Stones blog:

Whew, seemed like it wasn't gonna happen there for a while but I finally started the next collection and finished it with a photo shoot yesterday. I kept the collection small since I tend to overwhelm people with choices. It was a bit of teeth pulling at first working on new designs but I was surprised to find myself right back in the 'love' of it before long. This should last for the next few months while I pursue the skills I need to work on what I think I want to do.

Along with her email, Anne Maa has offered a discount to readers of The Jewelry Weblog good until 3/31/07. That's right! To get 15% off any purchase on Anne Maa Designs, simple include the code "jewelry" when you check out.

If you've been drooling over her rings and other gemstone and metal creations, now is the time to treat yourself.

Here are a few more pieces from her site which include vermeil, apatite, and aquamarine.

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Crafty Jewelry from Kentucky Crafted

28 Feb

Crafty Jewelry from Kentucky Crafted

Many years ago, I used to sell my jewelry at arts and crafts shows throughout the east coast of Florida. I did this for about eight years before I turned to writing more about jewelry than selling it. My time at the shows was a huge amount of work, but it was a wonderful learning experience as well.

Now I get to be a customer again, and I always have my eye out for that extra special piece of hand-crafted jewelry. The type of jewelry piece that friends will comment on, but alas, they won't be able to get that easily because you bought it from a jewelry artist at a show.

If you live in Kentucky and love craft shows, then you might want to check out the Kentucky Crafted show this March. Here are the details from a press release they send me:

The national award winning Kentucky Crafted: The Market is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The event is open to the general public March 3-4.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market ranked as the number one Art Fair and Festival in the country, according to a national on-line survey conducted by American Style Magazine.

The Southeast Tourism Society has also named Kentucky Crafted: The Market as one of the Top Twenty Events in The Southeast for the twelfth time.

The show features approximately 300 exhibitors of contemporary and traditional craft, two-dimensional visual art, books, musical recordings, and "Kentucky Proud" food products as well as live performances on the Kentucky Cultural Stage and children's educational craft activities (ages 4-12).

Kentucky's craft industry contributes 252 million dollars to the state's economy. An additional impact of 147 million dollars is realized through sales made outside of Kentucky . The Market is a collaborative effort among several state agencies and cabinets, which promote Kentucky 's rich cultural heritage while supporting the state's economy and generates 2 to 3 million dollars in direct sales.

New for the 2007 Market will be a special 25th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit sponsored by silver sponsor Brown-Forman and special lighting designed and furnished by Osram Sylvania. This informative display will feature original and long-time exhibitors of Kentucky Crafted: The Market, an historical overview of how the Market has grown since 1982 and the impact it has had on the growth of Kentucky 's craft industry.

Market shoppers will find 54 new exhibitors this year in six different exhibitor categories. The one-of-a kind Gallery section will be returning featuring more booths this year, totaling 67 exhibitors in this area.

The Osram Sylvania Design Showcase will be created by interior design students from the University of Kentucky in conjunction with KCM and silver sponsor, Osram Sylvania. The students will arrange products from Market exhibitors to feature in room settings, illustrating how Kentucky 's impressive cache of art, craft, and other products can be used in everyday settings.

The Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) will promote the work of artists who have received Kentucky Arts Council Fellowships or who have been accepted into programs such as the Performing Arts on Tour Directory. The KAC booth will include the works of Kentucky artists in the form of recorded music and videos for sale. Live performance will be featured on the Cultural Stage for both Saturday and Sunday.

The Children and Family Traditions area will be presented by the Kentucky Historical Society, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and The Little Loomhouse. This area will offer children ages 4-12 opportunities in weaving, making stringed instruments, Japanese paper folding, and the art of Chinese paper cutting.

The event will be held at and will be held in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center , South Wing B.

The Market is produced by Kentucky Craft Marketing, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. For more information, call 888-KYCRAFT (592-7238), local (502) 564-3757, or visit our web site at: www.kycraft.ky.gov .

Come celebrate 25 years of quality and style!
Public Days March 3 – 4

Saturday, 9am – 6pm – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, (EST)

Adults $8 Children (ages 15 and under Free) Parking $5

Jewelry and Fashion Blogsphere 02/26/07

26 Feb

Jewelry and Fashion Blogsphere 02/26/07

Sorry for being a tad late on my first of the week jewelry and fashion blog round up. I've been grading papers! Ugh!

But now to something fun – these gem like colors of make-up spotted by Style Hive. Givenchy's Prismissime Arty Collection will get you ready for spring with a blast of color inspired by an artist's palette.

Bag Snob gives you a sneak preview of Anya Hindmarch's Fall 2007 bags!

Beauty Addict test drives a new smile sensation and accidentally bleaches her lips in the process.

Blogdorfgoodman has 40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Brand Reviews begins! Day 2 focuses on Awake.

Coquette introduces Parisian atelier, Locher's saucy embroidered sayings on flirty femine tops. Look nice and be naughty at the same time!

eBelle5 discovers the perfect designer handbag for the "Party Girl" who is "Down2Night"

Meet David Wolfe of The Doneger Group, the premier fashion trendspotting firm, in a Fashiontribes video interview about the biggest fashion trends for Fall 2007.

Girlawhirl finds her very own Stylist Essentials Kit.

LA Story – The tricks that make-up artists use to keep celebs looking fabulous both on and off camera are available for consumers too.

My Fashion Life reviews Avsh Alom Gur at London Fashion Week

Marquita Harris of Papierblog reviews the outrageous designs of Gareth Pugh at London fashion week photo gallery included.

That's Amore! Second City Style has your Milano Fashion Week Coverage for Fall '07.

SheFinds: Are You Hard to Fit?
Big Calves, Short Legs, Slender Soles, Long Hems — We tell you where to shop for special sizes

StyleBakery.com finds 8 pairs of chic and comfy ballet flats starting at only $20 (and all of them under $60)

Sit down with designer Jason Wu as Stylebites chats with him during NY Fashion Week

Trashionista finds out what Sarah Morrison (NYLON Magazine's latest "it-girl"), is wearing at 5AM.
patent leather Marni bag.

You've your very little black dress. Now for spring double-oh-seven, your K says invest in a big black hole of a [TITLE]

Looking to buy some beautiful hand-crafted beaded jewelry and help out a cause at the same time? The Jewelry and Beading blog has the scoop on the latest Bead for a Cure Auction.

Jewelry Finds at the Oscars

26 Feb

Jewelry Finds at the Oscars

I continue to see a trend in bracelets and long dangle drop-style earrings at the celebrity awards shows, and the 79th Annual Academy Awards last night was no different.

Some of this is probably due to the fact that the gowns might not work right with certain styles of necklaces, such as this one worn by gwyneth paltrow. So, her bling is limited to her ears and wrists .

Again also seen is platinum all over the place. Here's some info from a press release from I received from Platinum Guild International about who was wearing what bling and from whom:

From link bracelets and stackable rings, to cufflinks and shirt studs, the world's hottest film stars will sparkle in millions of dollars worth of pure Platinum bling at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Jewelry and style expert Michael O'Connor notes that "bold statement pieces of jewelry including colorful bangles and drop earrings set in Platinum are in vogue this season." O'Connor adds that "A-listers choose Platinum jewelry because it holds their gemstones more securely than any other metal and makes their jewelry sparkle from afar, which is very important on the red carpet and on stage." [...]

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Following is a list of Platinum baubles that celebrities are expected to wear on the red carpet and at parties tonight (retail prices are provided when available):

Masriera Art Nouveau Jewelry

25 Feb

Masriera Art Nouveau Jewelry

I've long appreciated jewelry from the Art Nouveau period – the use of colors, metals, gemstones, and the whole nature mets fairy idea appeals to me. Even though it's the 21st century the designs from master jewelry designers such as Masriera still endure.

You can find out some great historical information about this artist and the movement as well as an explanation of the processes used to create this wonderful jewelry on the Masriera web site.

The pieces pictured in this post are from the web site of the Geoffrey Roth Ltd Gallery, located in Sedona, Arizona.

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Glass Jewelry for the Home

24 Feb

Glass Jewelry for the Home

Glass is so versatile, one of the reasons I've been drawn to it myself in my own jewelry making. I especially love playing with fused glass techniques. Before jewelry, however, the home was a place for glass to really show its stuff, and that has not changed. In fact, it's a growing trend now to use glass as a embellishment for the home, and this article from Glass on the Web actually refers to it as a type of jewelry for the home:

Glass tiles are colorful, reflect light and add an artful sophistication to the trophy kitchen, spa bathroom and any area that cries out for attention. Architects, designers and skilled do-it­yourselfers are going for the glass look on backsplash­es, countertops and floors. They're surrounding fireplace mantels and covering supporting pillars in high-rise condominiums.

Make no mistake. Glass tiles are pricey. Uninstalled tiles typically cost $30 to $60 a square foot and can go as high as $350 for custom applications. But diehard fans insist the result is well worth the cost. 'Glass tile is strikingly beautiful in so many differ­ent ways,' says Patricia Hart McMillan, a South Flori­da designer and co-author with her daughter, Katharine Kaye McMillan, of the new book 'Glass Tile Inspirations for Kitchens and Baths' (Schiffer, $19.95). 'It's a material that tile designers can work with to change the colors, textures and patterns. It has unlim­ited possibilities for con­stant invention. The design potential is inexhaustible. No wonder people are total­ly intrigued by it.'

This ancient material new technologies have allowed tile designers to produce it in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures. The choices are as varied as decorating styles. There's cast glass, enameled glass and fused glass. You can find pastels, neutrals, jewel tones and metallics as well as black and white. Finishes are frosted, crackled, gloss, gold flecked, iridescent, matte and opaque. Textures are fused, molded or tumbled. Besides looking good, those made out of recycled glass are ecologically correct.

Lari Jewelry Company Recall

23 Feb

Lari Jewelry Company Recall

It seems like these jewelry recalls due to lead found in the jewelry will never end. Here's another one. If you are a big lots customer then you may want to read this press release from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers
should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise
instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see
CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030904/USCSCLOGO)

Name of Product: "Claudia Jublot" Children's Rings
Units: About 115,000
Importer: Lari Jewelry Co., of New Orleans, La.
Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic
if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None.
Description: The recalled rings are silver in color with red paint and a
simulated diamond cluster on the top. The ring's packaging is a yellow
card with "Claudia Jublot" printed on the front and UPC #
"1524100121266045" on the back.
Sold at: Big Lots! stores nationwide from October 2004 through January
2006 for about $3.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take this jewelry away from children.
Consumers should return the recalled jewelry to the store where purchased
for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lari Jewelry Co.
toll-free at (866) 524-0024 anytime or visit the Big Lots! Web site at
http://www.biglots.com.

FOR A PHOTO OF THIS PRODUCT, GO TO HTTP://WWW.CPSC.GOV.

Firm's Recall Hotline: 866-524-0024
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Here's an image of the ring:
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Clay Bug Jewelry

23 Feb

Clay Bug Jewelry

The ideas that jewelry designers think up continually amazes me. There really is a niche for everyone out there. The key is to finding that customer niche and going for it. Kim Detmers has done just that in her jewelry business called Clayworks, a unqiue blend of bug and clay.

I looked high and low for her actual web site, but alas, I could only locate her in a directory listing for local businesses in Utah.

I found out about this buggy jewelry artist from this article posted, in of all things, the Pest Control Technology web site:

Talk with just about any pest management professional and you'll discover that most of these individuals, at their core, are "bug people," with an appreciation for the beauty and unique features of insects.

It's not uncommon for pest management professionals to have live insect collections, dabble in insect photography and some even have own insect apparel, including insect jewelry. Yes, that's correct – clay insect jewelry. This creepy crawly artform was a huge hit at the New England Pest Management Association's (NEPMA's) recent annual training seminar.

Each year, NEPMA sells various items to raise money for its scholarship fund. Hot items this year were clay insect jewelry made by Salt Lake City, Utah-based Clayworks by Kim Detmers. "They went so fast that they were sold out within the first 15 minutes of the conference," said Rod Kreimeyer, owner Best Pest Control Services, Somerville, Mass. It was Kreimeyer whose idea it was to sell the jewelry as a fundraiser after he came across and purchased the insect jewelry while visiting Salt Lake City last fall.

The woman behind this non-traditional apparel is Kim Detmers, a Salt Lake City-based artist and mother of three. Detmers used to paint murals, but about four years ago began dabbling in polymer claywork because it was easier for her to do this type of work from home. The process involves using a pasta machine to blend two ore more colors and make designs. "Little by little I got better at it," Detmers said. "I started with Beadwork and jewelry. One day I was flipping through a (art) magazine and saw people making bugs and I thought they were wonderful. I thought they were really whimsical and funny looking."

And cool they are. Here are a few more from the same article.

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Luxury Jewelry

22 Feb

Luxury Jewelry

I like all kinds of jewelry, from the high-end gold and platinum that I get now and then for special gifts from my husband, to the fun and funky beaded or wire jewelry that I make myself or often buy at craft shows. Jewelry, no big surprise, is a big deal in the retail world, and that is especially true of the world of luxury goods.

From HARRY WINSTON, BUCCELLATI AND CARTIER TOP THE LIST OF LEADING LUXURY JEWELRY BRANDS:

According to the New York City-based Luxury Institute's 2007 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey of Luxury Jewelry, ultra-wealthy consumers rate Harry Winston the leading brand by a wide margin. Buccellati ranks second, slightly above third-place Cartier, among the 20 luxury jewelry brands surveyed.

Brands rated, in alphabetical order, include: Asprey, Blue Nile, Boucheron, Buccellati, Bulgari, Carrera y Carrera, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, David Yurman, DeBeers, Dior, FRED, Graff, Gucci, Harry Winston, Mikimoto, Piaget, Tiffany, and Van Cleef and Arpels.

[...] The proprietary Luxury Brand Status Index is the only measure available of the value and equity of leading luxury brands to affluent Americans. A nationally representative sample of ultra-wealthy American consumers, with a minimum household income of US$200,000 and a minimum household net worth of US$5 million, was surveyed online.

Men’s Jewelry from Heavenly Treasures

21 Feb

Sponsored Post: Men's Jewelry from Heavenly Treasures

The market for men's jewelry continues to grow as evidenced by the new men's jewelry section at Heavenly Treasures.

We are no longer limited to the basic cuff link and money clip, though they have those as well, but today's fashion conscience male is also interested in bracelets, necklaces, and rings.

Elements to make jewelry designs a tad more masculine include leather, a mixture of metals, especially white gold, and dark stones such as onyx.

Pictured left is bracelet on leather with 18kt gold, carbon fiber, and stainless steel.
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The Tiger Eye gemstone (10x8mm) is the center attraction to this 14k gold ring with CZ gemstones. There's a white gold Eagle on each side with a yellow gold star.
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This band is crafted of aircraft grade Titanium, measures 6mm wide & weighs approx 6 grams. This Titanium ring has a tension set diamond weighing approx .16 carats. 18K gold inlay goes around the entire band
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Men's Cross Pendant: Designed in Italy. Stainless Steel Cross pendant accented with solid 18K Gold showcases a Carbon Fiber design. Comes on a Stainless Steel 20" adjustable chain.
Sponsored: Heavenly Treasures