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Fit for a dog: collars of diamonds and gold

August 26, 2015
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You can buy diamond dog collars for $150,000, but bespoke dog ornament is nothing new. Nineteenth-century London was full of eccentric dog owners who loved to walk their pups around in bespoke collars and high-karat dog collars date to antiquity.

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Time travel: highlights from NY Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

July 30, 2015
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Come with me on a time-traveling tour of the best of NY Antique Jewelry & Watch sale, from Victorian England to wartime Paris to swinging sixties serpents.

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A short history: the delicate art of carved opal jewels

July 22, 2015
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Stickpin (detail) of opal, ruby, diamond and gold by Wilhelm Lucas Von Cranach, c. 1900 (courtesy Tadema Gallery, London)

Carving and setting opal is like sculpting stained glass. Not only is the opal fragile and unpredictable, it dictates form. Making jewelry from it requires patience, flexibility, and a taste for living on the edge.

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In memory: Tino Hammid, gem photographer extraordinaire

July 16, 2015
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Oregon opal shot by Tino Hammid

Tino Hammid was one of the world's top jewelry photographers, and probably the top gem photographer. He was a sweet, smart, funny, generous-spirited specialist in his field. I considered...

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Gay bride parade: a guide to wedding rings for same-sex couples

July 14, 2015
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"We're so excited! We won! Uh...what do we do now?" Designers and jewelers say LGBT couples are starting to set their own ring exchange protocol.

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Rock star: gem artist and diamond counterfeiter John Hatleberg

July 7, 2015
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John Hatleberg has done just about everything imaginable with rare gems: pasting them on naked women, making vegetables out of pearls, counterfeiting diamonds. When I first met him in...

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Guy ornament: demand for men’s jewelry is on the rise

June 29, 2015
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New research shows demand for men's jewelry is rising, especially for bracelets and necklaces. But the biggest demand is for men's rings - especially wedding rings. With the legalizing...

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Jewelry events worldwide in 2015

June 25, 2015
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Best of The Jewelry Loupe’s popular event calendars are combined here: my picks for the most important jewelry auctions and fairs worldwide. Scroll down for individual calendars focusing on...

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Tools rule: secrets behind Carolyn Morris Bach’s jewelry

May 29, 2015
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Carolyn Morris Bach earrings

In this day of mass production, with high-end craft galleries shuttering at an alarming rate, studio jewelers feel a mounting pressure to rely on the well-made production line. But...

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Tools rule: secrets behind award-winning jewelry

March 24, 2015
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Rebecca Myers Monarch

If you talk to studio jewelers about their jewelry, you wind up discussing technique. And it’s impossible to talk about technique without getting into the tools behind it. Tools...

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Designers’ holy grail: getting jewelry on celebs, TV, movies

February 18, 2014
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Jennifer Lopez wearing Judith Bright in the movie, The Backup Plan (LupRocks.com)

Ever wonder where costume designers go to find the jewelry they use in movies and television shows? Jessica Cohen is one of the first people many of them contact,...

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Heart-shaped jewels on the block

January 14, 2014
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A woman has to be sentimental or wildly in love to appreciate heart-shaped jewelry – unless, of course, it’s just utterly fabulous. As it happens, prime examples of the...

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Hendrik Hackl: art from ammonite

January 7, 2014
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Ammonites are more than the raw material and focal point of Hendrik Hackl’s art. You might say they’re his muse. Hackl is an artist based in Mannheim, Germany, who...

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15 most popular jewelry tips for the new year

December 19, 2013
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Yes, you all like to read about the hot jewelry designers, but the most-read posts on this site are the ones where experts share their secrets. I’m fortunate to...

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Top 10 jewelry designers on the Loupe in 2013

December 17, 2013
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Poppy brooch of diamond, tourmalines, and gold by JAR, 1982 (private collection/photo courtesy Christie’s Images)

What I learned compiling the year’s most-read designer profiles (which come from Google’s own Analytics): • Most of your favorite designers are, or were, expats – including three still...

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More ancient gold jewelry you can buy for $3,000 or less

December 5, 2013
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Carnelian carved with the head of a philosopher mounted in a modern gold setting (est. $3,000-5,000, Christie's NY, Dec. 10, 2013)

A few years ago, we heard from G. Max Bernheimer, head of antiquities at Christie’s, that we can own a piece of ancient gold jewelry for $1,500 to $3,000,...

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Sailing the 4Cs: new dangers to avoid when buying diamonds

December 3, 2013
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Antoinette Matlins at International Gemmological Conference in London, 2009

Holiday season is one of the most popular times for marriage proposals, so there is some serious ring shopping going on. Anyone who has ever shopped for diamonds, whether...

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Movie classics: three jewel heist films worth watching

October 21, 2009
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Grace Kelly + Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief

Whether it's fifties Hitchcock or seventies caper movies, jewels (especially diamonds) always make for the best Hollywood-style heist. Three classics that pack glamour, suspense and a nice payoff: To...

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