Women of Mad Men: inspired by mid-century movie stars (Joan)

April 15, 2014
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Many have speculated that Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant based certain female characters on famous celebrities of the period. In an episode early on, the Sterling Cooper creative department comes up with an ad concept based on the fact that women are one of two types: Jackie Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe. They have...

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Women of Mad Men: Megan Draper & sixties glam

April 8, 2014
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This Sunday, Mad Men launches into its seventh and final season, wrapping up a journey through the swinging sixties that began in 1960 with their pilot, aired in 2007, and looks like it will end just as the seventies begin. Our first glimpse into the mad cap world of Madison Avenue ad men –...

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Spotlight on New York jewelry house Marcus & Co.

April 1, 2014
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We’re all familiar with Tiffany & Co. but Marcus & Co.? Not so much. Unless you collect antique jewelry – in which case, you should have this one in your sights. Current evidence: this Marcus & Co. brooch sold for $66,000 at Skinner last year. Next month, it’s expected to bring $70,000 to $100,000...

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Designing outside the box: my essay from a new book on earrings

March 25, 2014
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A fun new coffeetable book on earrings just hit the stands, tracing our fascination with ear ornament from medieval times through the 20th century. I Love Those Earrings: A Popular History from Ancient to Modern was written by Jane Merrill and Chris Filstrup with contributions by jewelry aficionados such as Newark Museum curator Ulysses...

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And the Oscar goes to… 5 jewelry trends to watch in 2014

March 7, 2014
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There’s nothing more frustrating for jewelry mavens than seeing a star step onto the red carpet with a beautiful gown and no noticeable jewelry – no necklace at the plunging neckline, no bracelet on the slender arms. Minimalism became a frustrating norm for a few years. Not so this year. Big, bold jewelry is...

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Jewelry & watch auctions 2014

February 20, 2014
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Here it is! Our list of the most important jewelry and watch auctions around the world, updated regularly as dates are announced and e-catalogs are posted.

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

February 18, 2014
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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, especially when it comes to jewelry. She’s a good person to know – and she just launched a cool new website that makes it easy...

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Trending on Pinterest: color, layers, bib necklaces, vintage style

February 11, 2014
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How can you predict what people want to buy before they buy it? Look at what they’re pinning. Pinboards have become the new hope chest – shared publicly. Jewelry designers and retailers are examining what we post on Pinterest with rabid interest. Our boards are not only wish lists and style statements but indicators...

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Free admission to International Gem & Jewelrys shows in 2014

February 4, 2014
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Jewelry lovers – and makers with or without wholesale I.D.s who want gems and beads – can now get free admission to the popular Intergem shows. Founded four decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry to the public, with the broad selection and prices (from...

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Join me for live webinar: Building a site on Jewelspan or Market Square

February 3, 2014
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Good news! My webinar on how to build a website for your jewelry on Square Market and Jewelspan is back by popular demand – and revised to cover changes in both platforms in recent months. Join me live this Wednesday, February 5, at 1 pm ET by registering at the Interweave Store. I’ve been...

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Valentine’s Day gifts for him, Game of Thrones style

January 28, 2014
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Guys often get overlooked on this lovers’ holiday. Hey, I love chocolate, flowers, and heart-shaped baubles as much as the next gal. But Valentine’s Day is about celebrating sweethearts, gender aside. Maybe this year, we should surprise them with tokens? After all, this holiday began as a celebration of a guy – a dangerously...

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Inspired by nature: organic jewelry sweeps Niche Awards

January 20, 2014
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Twigs and vines are nothing new in jewelry design. René Lalique reinvented art jewelry 120 years ago with wearable leaves and vines. Carolyn Morris Bach has been using the woodlands around her home as inspiration for decades, and artists such as Karen Gilbert and So Young Park are known for designing jewelry around the...

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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 jaw-dropping variety are heading for the auction block just in time for Valentine’s Day – what a coincidence! Let’s start with two pieces selling across...

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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 makes jewelry and sculpture out of – or inspired by – fossils, especially that iconic spiral we know as ammonite. I met Hendrik at the...

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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 have the ear, on occasion, of international experts on gems and jewelry – auction specialists, museum curators, jewelry photographers, costume designers, authors, appraisers, and Antiques...

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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 living and working in Paris, Bali and the Caribbean. • On this blog, contemporary studio jewelers vie with 20th-century artistic legends and internationally-famous jewelry houses...

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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, less than we might pay for a designer bauble. As Christie’s prepares to unveil its 15th annual ancient jewelry sale in Rockefeller Center, I’m going...

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

December 3, 2013
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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 for an engagement ring or a design of your own, knows there are 4 Cs to look out for: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight....

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