Archive | May, 2009

Dmitriy Pavlov Jewelry

19 May

Handcrafted Precious Metal Jewelry

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Dmitriy Pavlov currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. His successful exhibitions in Finland and Russia, including the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, have earned him an international recognition and art awards. In 1999, Dmitriy and his wife, Galina, immigrated to the United States and in 2002, and started the DP Studio.

18k gold ring
Summer Dream Ring
White Diamonds
18K Yellow Gold
$4455

Dmitriy Pavlov, world-class goldsmith and artist with over 25 years of experience, specializes in handcrafted jewelry, with emphasis on miniature metal art, producing work that is unique and exceptional in both quality and design. Dmitriy's professional journey began in 1981 at Russkiye Samotsvety (Russian Gems) Corporation, where he grew from engraver to leading engraving artist and designer. Besides his independent art, he also works as an Associate Master for Howard Academy for the Metal Arts in Stoughton, WI.

gemstone necklace
Panagea Pendant
Green Chrysophrase
White Diamonds
Green Peridots
$9590

DP Studio Online is an online gallery of exquisitely handcrafted and engraved jewelry. In the process of artwork creation, Dmitriy Pavlov uses the technology of hand-piercing and engraving, which he exclusively developed. The secret know-how consists of the unique techniques and tools, astonishing jewelry shapes and designs, highest quality of metals and gems, and Dmitriy's talented hands. All these give his artworks an incomparable look among the works of other goldsmiths and artists.

yellow diamond ring
Fantasy Flower Ring
18K White Palladium Gold
Yellow Diamonds
White Diamonds
18K Yellow Gold
$7190

Metalsmithing Techniques:
Hand Piercing and Engraving a Ring
The first step of engraving is metal strip drilling. The metal strip, with pre-drawn design pattern, is pierced with the finest drills with diameter of 0.3-0.5mm. Often, the space between the scrolls is so small, that the hole actually touches the scrolls. This process outlines the design of the ring.

Metal Strip Piercing
The finest saw blades 0.18-0.21mm are used for piercing. The process is commonly done under the microscope for insuring utmost precision. After piercing the metal strip, the inner side of each hole is polished and burnished with the dull back side of the saw blade.

Metal Strip Bending
The metal strip with pierced scrolls is bent in a desired ring shape. In order to preserve the fine and fragile scrolls from tearing apart, a lead block, mandrel, and a rawhide mallet are used for accurate shaping.

Ring Soldering
After bending and shaping, the ring is soldered. Only hard solders are used in this process for obtaining the maximal strength of the joint. Now the blank is ready for engraving.

Get more information, including pics, about the metalsmithing techniques Dmitriy uses at DP Studio Online.

Amali Jewelry

18 May

Handcrafted Fine Jewelry

Amali designer Sara Freedenfeld discovered her passion for making jewelry while backpacking through South America. Sara launched her company, Amali, in the spring of 2006, and has quickly become a favorite among celebrities. Most recently, Amali Jewelry adorned Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model, and Tori Spelling on the cover of People Magazine. They are also proud to announce that Amali was selected by a prestigious group of industry leaders as a 2008 Rising Stars.

gemstone necklace
Blue Textile Necklace
• Blue Sapphire, Apatite
• Approx. 15" long
• 18k Gold
$1740

Amali Jewelry offers beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Each piece is handcrafted in Sara's Boston studio using mechanical connections to combine 18 karat gold chains and precious and semiprecious gemstones. Her designs are distinguishable by the intricately woven highly reflective chain used to create rich textures with a lot of movement.

pearl earrings
Pearl Teardrop Earrings
Approximately 2" long
Freshwater Pearl
18k Gold Chain
$1880

In Valparaiso, Chile, Sara learned to combine natural elements with knotted strings to form intricate wearable art. Her design philosophy is centered around the importance of feeling deeply connected to everything she does. She enjoys the challenge of creating complex designs, and gets lost for hours trying to navigate a new design from vision to completion.

chain necklace
Blue Waterfall Necklace
Apatite, Emerald
Approx. 16" long
18k Gold
$4425

In Venezuela, Sara met an artist who taught her the how to link and mold metal. Drawing inspiration from the natural landscapes and vibrant textiles that colored her travels, Sara set out to create a line of jewelry that delicately unites the natural simplicity of handcrafted artistry with the sophistication and glamour of high fashion.

Jewelry Sale at Netaya.com

17 May

Designer Gemstone Jewelry

Each and every piece of Netaya Jewelry is created by highly trained craftsmen, using the latest manufacturing technologies to ensure your unconditionally guaranteed satisfaction. Their number one goal is making your shopping experience a memorable one. Netaya's management team are experts who possess in excess of 50 years experience in the fine jewelry industry.

yellow diamond ring
14K White Gold Yellow Diamond 3-Stone Ring
A dazzling symbol of love, this gorgeous diamond ring is crafted of 14K gold and is set with 2.00 carat of diamonds.
$1370

amethyst earrings
14K Yellow Gold Pink Amethyst & Diamond Earrings
A breathtaking combination of gemstones and diamonds! These stunning earrings are crafted in 14k yellow gold and each features an 8.5ct pink amethyst (total carat weight 17ct) with diamond accents (.05ctw) in bead settings.
$295

diamond pendant
10K Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Pendant
Crafted in 10K yellow gold and features a enthralling diamond heart design, has a French Rope chain and closes with a spring ring clasp. This pendant features 33 round and princess cut shape diamonds in channel and pave settings.
$174

gemstone bracelet
14K Gold Mint Green Quartz & Pink Tourmaline Bangle
The yellow gold features a radiant scissor cut 25 x 12mm mint green quartz stone, four round cut 2mm pink tourmalines in bezel settings at the sides of the center stone. There are also 64 round single cut diamonds in pave settings also at the sides of the center stone. The charcoal and mint green quartz weights are both 15.40ct, pink tourmaline weight is 0.12ct and the total diamond weight is 0.25ct (all approximate). Has a slide insert with a double safety clasp.
$831

gold collar necklace
10K Yellow Gold Fashion Bismarck 17" Necklace
Beautiful, thick, and luscious! Treat yourself to this amazing row necklace, designed with polished and hammered 10K gold.
$475

tanzanite ring
Sterling Silver Ring with 1.00 Carat Tanzanite
Add color to your jewelry collection with this Sterling Silver and Tanzanite Ring.
$50

diamond earrings
14K White Gold 1.0 Carat Diamond Hoop Earrings
A splash of brilliance will keep your style sizzling! Crafted in high polished 14K white gold, each earrings features round cut diamonds and have posts and snap for extra security.
$430

gold pendant
10K Gold Two-Tone Snowflake Pendant & Chain
Add some style to your winter wardrobe with this elegant snowflake pendant. Crafted of yellow and white 10K gold, if features a reflective diamond cut design adding radiant sparkle. It is suspended from an 18" chain.
$100

ruby bracelet
Sterling Silver Created Ruby & CZ Heart Bracelet
This beautiful designer bracelet features a dimension heart charm which has created rubies on one side and sparkling cubic zirconia on the reverse side. It features an attractive toggle closure and a polished finish.
$50

gemstone necklace
14K Yellow Gold Citrine Lariat Necklace
Crafted in polished 14K gold, this lariat style necklace features two briolette drop shape 7 x 10mm citrine stones in drill settings. The total citrine weight is approximately 6.00 carat. The round cage chain measures 17"L x 1/3"W and has a lobster claw clasp. Made in Italy.
$238

Have a great week!
Maggie

Antica Murrina Italian Jewelry

15 May

Murano Glass Jewelry

The new antica Murrina Spring/Summer 2009 jewelry collection is quite amazing for the wonderful color combinations and refined details, a precious mix of creativity and modern design. Fascinating transparencies capture the light. Glass is shaped in form and color. Antica Murrina and its glass jewelry was born back in the 60s from the idea of two young Venetian brothers, Achille and Francesco Voltolina, starting with crystal and blown glass lamps.

glass charm bracelet
Murano Glass Heart Charm Bracelet Watch
A delicate and feminine watch by Antica Murrina also doubles as a charm bracelet with handmade Murano glass beads and heart charms making it a perfect accessory for any occasion. A heart-shaped watch face has Japanese movement.
$137

The biggest step for them was taken in 1988 when they added to their business one of Venice's oldest and most important traditions, a unique method of creating glass arts. The rebirth of this historic procedure was a great success, and a few years later the company was given its current name, Antica Murrina Veneziana. Because of their immense efforts to recover one of Venice's lost treasures, the brothers were given a medal of gratitude from the city's administration.

bead necklace
Coco Murano Glass Bead Necklace
Adorn yourself with Antica Murrina's elegant and unique charm necklace showcasing oblong gold links with dangling handmade Venetian glass beads in diverse shapes and bold colors. Also available in black.
$182

The Murrina technique of glass making was discovered in ancient Roman times but it became really popular in the 18th century, when the technique was so evolved that it allowed designs to be very elaborate and complicated. Long canes of glass are cut into tiny pieces and put together to form a design. The shape is then heated in the oven until it melts into one piece, to create the famous Murrina.

Murano glass necklace
Sofia Aqua Murano Glass Bauble Drop Necklace
Unique Murano glass necklaces, handmade in Venice, have modern sophistication with authentic personality to highlight your charm and personal style.
$168

In 1989, the Voltolina brothers registered their Antica Murrina brand and they immediately focused on fashionable glass jewelry with two new collections every year. In 2006, they opened their first Antica Murrina flagship store on St. Mark's Square in Venice and launched their project to open single brand boutiques, which now number fifty around the world and more ready to open.

Monica Vinader Jewelry

14 May

Handcrafted Gemstone Jewelry

Monica Vinader's unique gemstone jewelry collection features fabulous pieces in gold vermeil and sterling silver vermeil. Monica Vinader was born in Spain and now designs and makes beautiful contemporary jewelry from her 16th Century barn in Norfolk, England. Including stackable hammered bands and cocktail rings set with chunky semiprecious stones, this collection features smoky quartz, moonstone, black onyx, and pink opal.

gemstone stack rings
Monica Vinader Embellished Stack Rings
These stone-embellished 18-karat gold-plated stacking rings will add a touch of bohemian opulence to all of your spring looks. Candy ring has a mottled finish and beer quartz stone, Medina mini square ring has a mottled finish and a smoky quartz stone, and Medina round ring has a smooth finish and a Labradorite stone.
$390

Monica Vinader's jewelry is always unexpected, always unique, and always a touch extravagant. Her pieces tell the story of the life she has lived, collecting curiosities and tales the world over. From her native Spain, to Mexico, and across South America, Monica finds inspiration in color, adventure, and culture. From this inspiration come pieces of hand-cut stones showcased in gold, silver, and vermeil – all hallmarked in the UK.

textured gold pendant
Monica Vinader Marie Necklace
Bring your look to a luxe finish with the Marie necklace. 24 karat gold plated Arabic script necklace with a single Aventurine faceted ball charm, and a lobster clasp at the back to fasten.
$390

Armed with a degree in the Decorative Arts from City Guild in London, Monica began creating her collection in 2002, and it has been showcased across the UK and Europe. Her designs combine 925 Sterling Silver, 24 and 18 karat gold plate with colored gemstones and unusual cuts. Monica Vinader jewellery is available through prestigious shops internationally.

gemstone cocktail ring
Monica Vinader Moonstone Cocktail Ring
Embellish every new season ensemble with this delectable 18-karat gold-plated moonstone cocktail ring with rectangular off-white faceted moonstone center, and a gold bevel.
$335

Always inspired by her travels, jewelry designer Monica Vinader spent eight years working in Mexico and South America before launching her line in 2002. Influenced by nature and a love of gemstones and pearls, her collections are full of color and custom-cut semiprecious stones. Using these materials, her creations are one step above costume jewelry.

Stephanie Albertson Jewelry

13 May

Designer Fine Jewelry

New York jewelry artist Stephanie Albertson loves the whimsical, magical, and expressive powers of jewelry. Stephanie handcrafts each piece in pure 24K gold that is alloyed to her signature 22K Gold formula. The gold is then made into sheet or wire, from which each piece is carefully crafted into its final form. Stephanie has developed a loyal following among fashion insiders and a growing list of celebrities. Her designs combine an appreciation of the classical principles of jewelry making and a strong sense of elegant and timeless fashion. Because each piece is handmade and each stone is carefully chosen, no two pieces in the line will ever be exactly the same.

Peridot earrings
Mini Alex Earrings
Handcrafted 22K gold & peridot mini 'Alex' earrings. Bezel set faceted peridot gemstones set upside down in a bezel. The artist's signature setting style features a bezel set stone with the culet facing up dangling from a French wire.
$799

gemstone necklace
22K Gold Lacy Chain & White Topaz Pendant
Rich 22K gold Lacy chain (17" in length) holds a cushion cut White Topaz "Cocktail" pendant, which is detachable. Stone measures 17mm wide and 15mm in length.
$3495

gold stack rings
Dome Ring Set
22K gold nestling dome rings. Sold as a set of two. Available in full and half sizes 5 – 9.
$4800

Stephanie was trained as a metalsmith at New York's Jewelry Arts Institute, focusing on the classical principles and techniques of jewelry making as it was done in the Byzantine era. What is innovative about her work is that she has applied these ancient techniques to her modern aesthetic, taking classical principles out of their traditional context and making them fresh, modern and timeless. Each piece is polished before and after the stones are set, although not to a high shine. Stephanie prefers the natural beauty and surface texture of gold, and these slight variations in the metal are characteristic of her work.

JJ Singh Jewelry

12 May

Metalsmith and Jewelry Designer

In recent years, the surge of independent designers has seen an all-time high. From hand-knit scarves to commissioned furniture, artisans who know their craft and can identify with a client's need for something unique, continue to pave the way for the latest and greatest must-haves. Jewelry designer Jennifer "JJ" Singh is no exception. Drawing inspiration from ancient civilizations, Singh's pieces are unique and very historical.

designer ring
JJ Singh Etruscan Signet Ring

An apprenticeship with Goldsmith Robert Smith in Virginia led to continued studies in metalworking and jewelry design. Jennifer is a Certified Precious Metal Clay Instructor through Rio Grande. Jennifer's specialties are: fabrication, precious metal clay, granulation, and resin enamels. Her favorite materials are fine silver, sterling silver, 24k gold plating, and semiprecious stones.

silver necklace
JJ Singh Kundalini Necklace

JJ Singh is a Virginia-based jewelry designer, whose collections can be found in upscale boutiques and fine jewelry stores across the country. Her work is regularly featured in magazines including Lucky, Modern Jeweler, Washington Life, Virginia Living, and Glamour magazines.

textured silver ring
JJ Singh Deco Ring

Artist Statement

After graduating from high school, I asked my parents for metalsmithing lessons. Relieved I wasn't asking for a car, they called our local goldsmith and made arrangements. He graciously obliged and those lessons turned into an apprenticeship where I learned the fundamentals of working with precious metals. Manipulating metal into beautiful objects is an endless journey, and there is always something new to learn.

Each piece [of jewelry] is a combination of balancing the technical challenges with the desired aesthetic of the piece. Working in my studio is my meditation. It takes me to a place where I lose track of time and feel a deep sense of satisfaction. When I'm away from the studio, I have symptoms of withdrawal. It is my passion.

Jewelry Sale2 at Amazon.com

11 May

Fine and Fashion Jewelry

Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. By giving customers more of what they want – low prices, vast selection, and convenience – Amazon.com continues to grow and evolve as a world-class e-commerce platform. Shop earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, journey pendants, bridal party jewelry at Amazon.com. Gorgeous black and pink diamonds, colorful semiprecious gemstones, and precious metals – Amazon has every style of jewelry at affordable prices.

gemstone bangle
Yellow Gold Overlay Sterling Silver Multi-Gemstone Bangle Bracelet
From the Amazon Collection. Topaz, Citrine, Garnet, Peridot, and Amethyst.
$80

yellow and white gold hoops
14k Yellow and White Gold Crossover Hoop Earrings
These hoop earrings feature tubes of yellow and white gold that crossover one another. Both fun and elegant, these 14k gold earrings are perfect for any occasion. The posts are on a hinge and snap into a "U" shaped fixture on the back of the earring – forever relieving worries about lost earring backs.
$149

black diamond necklace
10k White Gold Black Diamond Cross Pendant
Black and white diamonds decorate this elegant infinity cross pendant. Crafted in 10 karat white gold, it has a graceful marquise-shaped loop design with arms that taper to a point. A total of 62 black and white diamonds (1/3 tcw) are prong-set along the front of the pendant. These include .17 carat of black diamonds, and .16 carat of white diamonds. The cross comes on a delicate 18-inch rope chain.
$160

gemstone ring
Sterling Silver Created Emerald & Peridot Gecko Ring by Cheline
Let this adorable gecko wrap your finger in sparkling style. Crafted from fine quality sterling silver, it shimmers with simulated peridot stones, in a pave setting of yellow gold overlay. This darling creature is beautifully detailed, right down to its simulated emerald eyes. The ring has a smooth polished interior, for a comfortable fit and feel.
$69

white gold necklace
10k White or Yellow Gold Diamond Dragonfly Circle Pendant
Diamond-studded dragonflies are gathered into a beautiful wreath shape in this attractive pendant, available in your choice of 10 karat white or yellow gold. A total of 60 genuine diamonds (1/4 tcw) are set into the dragonfly wings and framed by milgrain borders. Swooping curves of smooth polished gold make up the dragonfly bodies and provide a bright contrast to the sparkling diamonds. This lovely pendant comes on an 18-inch rope chain finished with a spring ring clasp.
$120

amethyst link bracelet
Yellow Gold Over Sterling Silver Amethyst Pear-Shaped Bracelet
Add a splash of color to your wrist with this gorgeous purple amethyst bracelet, featuring a full circle of pear-cut amethyst gemstones. The stones display a beautiful clarity and an attractive medium purple color. They are mounted in four-prong settings of gold-dipped sterling silver. The 7 1/4-inch bracelet is finished with a traditional box clasp and safety catch.
$199

diamond ring
10k White or Yellow Gold Diamond Anniversary Stack Ring
Fire up the romance with this beautiful diamond anniversary stack ring. Available in your choice of 10 karat white or yellow gold, it shimmers with 11 round diamonds, prong set inside a channel and bordered with elegant milgrain detailing. The diamonds have a total combined weight of 1/6 carat.
$120

silver bracelet
Yellow Gold Over Sterling Silver Swirl Bracelet
Gold-Overlay, diamond, sterling silver. 7.25 inches long. Lobster claw clasp.
$80

designer gemstone necklace
Yellow Gold Over Sterling Silver Multi-Gemstone Pendant
Sterling Silver, Gold-Overlay, Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet, Citrine, and Topaz. 1.125 inches long.
$30

pearl bracelet
14k Yellow Gold Saltwater Cultured Akoya Pearl Bracelet
A pearl bracelet – beautiful on its own or paired with a diamond bracelet or watch – is always a class act. This bracelet shines with lustrous AA quality Akoya cultured pearls, hand-knotted on matching silk cord. These are fine quality 7.5-8mm round pearls, well-matched for size, shape and color, with light blemishing and a beautiful deep luster. The 8-inch bracelet is finished with a 14 karat yellow gold ball clasp.
$250

Have a great week!
Maggie

Jamie Wolf Jewelry

11 May

Gold and Gemstone Fine Jewelry

Jamie Wolf Fine Jewelry began five years ago when the designer's love of design and fashion led her to leave the New York City Ballet to focus on what had been, until then, just a hobby. The ten years she spent as a dancer influenced the aesthetic of her designs – Jamie believes that femininity is timeless, and that beauty is often found in the finest details. Jamie Wolf Jewelry is handmade in New York City. The collection is made from 18k yellow, rose, and white gold. Custom pieces are available by special order.

gemstone earrings
18k Wind Chime Earrings with Blue Topaz & Diamonds
18k yellow gold wind chime earrings with pave Diamond flowers and Blue Topaz drops. Earrings measure 2 1/4" in length.
$895

white gold necklace
18k White Gold Rose of France Flower Necklace
18k white gold & Diamond Clover chain with an amazing 26.65 carat Rose of France center stone – unbelievably gorgeous lavender color. 8 clovers with Diamond centers continue around the stone and raise it up 1/2". Pendant is 1 1/8" long and 6/8" wide. Diamonds surround the bale and there is a Diamond on each of the 16 clovers on this necklace, with a delicate 16" chain.
$3595

tourmaline earrings
18k Gold Green Tourmaline Four Leaf Earrings
18k Yellow Gold four-leaf earrings with Diamonds on each leaf. Three Green Tourmaline briolette drops. Earrings are 2" in length and are 1" wide at the widest part.
$1295

Jamie Wolf's fine jewelry collection is inspired by royal tiaras. Her passion for the tiara's old world aesthetic is embodied through the use of engraving techniques, ethereal details, and impeccable craftsmanship. Her 18k Gold Collection includes signature motifs such as flowers, leaves, and fleur-de-lis, all accented with diamonds and gemstones. Penelope Cruz, Terri Hatcher, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are all fans of Jamie's work. Jamie Wolf's aim as a designer is to translate femininity and detail into pieces that are chic and relevant.

Cynthia Bach Jewelry

8 May

18K Gold Fine Jewelry

Cynthia Bach is a Los Angeles jewelry designer whose classical, yet innovative work has been featured at Neiman Marcus stores nationwide since 1991. Her work is influenced by European regalia, art, and architecture that is inspired by living in Germany for thirteen years. Bach spent two years apprenticing in Europe and studying metalworking. Afterwards, she returned to the US to complete her BA in Fine Arts in Texas.

gold earrings
Cynthia Bach 18K Butterfly Earrings
18k gold hoops with adorable pave Diamond butterfly charms – .22ct diamonds.
$1950

Cynthia's five metalsmithing techniques include: brocade work, gadrooning (grooves), hand engraving, granulation (beading), satin finishing, and a distinctive filigree process in her most recent Gitan collection. The jewelry is handcrafted almost entirely of 18-karat yellow gold, with a sprinkling of platinum and rose gold pieces.

diamond ring
Cynthia Bach 18K Tiny Empress Diamond Tiara Ring
18k gold 'Tiny Empress' tiara ring with .60 ct Diamonds
$2995

Bach has dressed stars on their special nights, such as the unforgettable Cate Blanchett on Oscar night covered in ornate 18k body jewelry. Other well known Cynthia Bach fans include A-list actresses such as Sex in the City star Kim Cattrall, Halle Berry, Samuel & LaTanya Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, and many more. She is constantly introducing new styles and concepts, and her work reflects the most current fashion trends while maintaining a timeless design integrity.

pearl earrings
Cynthia Bach 18K Hoops with Pearl Crown Charms
18k small gold hoops with Pearl crown charms.
$1375

Bach's foray into the realm of heraldic jewelry began in the same year, when a customer commissioned Cynthia to design a crown brooch for an anniversary present. Her ensuing series of miniature crown paintings served as the designs for her original crown brooch collection that was then sought out by Neiman Marcus. Bach's jewelry designs include crown brooches, rings, bracelets, and earrings as well as scepter and orb inspired charms.

While attending college in Texas, Cynthia apprenticed with master jeweler Jim Matthews. In 1981, she and Matthews opened a jewelry store and workshop in Abilene, which they ran together for ten years. In 1991, the two were courted by Van Cleef & Arpels, and relocated to Beverly Hills. Matthews ran the company's West Coast fabrication department, and Cynthia designed pieces for an elite clientele.