Fabergé for fidgeters: Grant Robinson’s kinetic jewels

April 15, 2015
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Grant Robinson designs and constructs kinetic jewelry, usually in the form of animals or plants that spring to life when you push their buttons. His pieces are kinetic in the literal sense: moving only when manipulated, high-karat push-puppets with hidden springs that transform when compressed. But his toys have to work as jewelry first....

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Juicy jewels on the block: what “precious” gems really look like

April 9, 2015
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Part of a pair of tourmaline and agate camellia and agate brooches by JAR (Christies Images Ltd.)

As we wait for the Magnificent Jewels to appear in New York – Christie’s preview opens tomorrow – let’s pause for a peek at the Geneva sale next month, which includes a scrumptious pair of JAR camellias. This is where the big rocks come...

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Buccellati: jewels inspired by nature and haute couture

April 7, 2015
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Few jewels are more quintessentially Italian than those from the house of Buccellati, with its emphasis on textured gold, bold-colored gems, and nature themes. With both nature and gold peaking in popularity again, Buccellati jewels from all eras are looking mighty toothsome and bringing...

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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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Paul Flato: jewels with heart and humor

March 17, 2015
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A famous jewel is coming up for auction at Christie’s New York in April, the heart brooch designed by Paul Flato for Millicent Rogers, Standard Oil heiress and fashion...

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Seed chic: jewels from the garden

March 13, 2015
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Botanical jewelry in the design gallery of the Philadelphia Flower Show, largest in the world, turns chickpeas into pearls and leaves to precious metal. Flower show jewels are judged...

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How to clean your jewelry and keep it like new

March 5, 2015
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If you have rings you haven’t taken off in a while, you may notice they’ve lost their sparkle. Soap, lotion, dirt and powder leave a film that dulls the...

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My new webinar: social media strategy for jewelry designers

March 3, 2015
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Ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels on social media? Can’t handle another platform, let alone maintain the ones you’re on? It might be time for some strategy. My...

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Unzipped: Van Cleef & Arpels statement necklace steals the show

February 24, 2015
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Margot Robbie wears a Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace at the Academy Awards Show on February 22, 2015

At the Oscars Sunday night, statement necklaces and earrings ruled the red carpet, but many jewelry aficionados agree Margot Robbie stole the show with a Van Cleef & Arpels...

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Jewelry & watch auctions in 2015

February 20, 2015
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Silver and Shakudo bracelet, 19th century, estimated at $1,500-2,000 at Doyle New York on Feb. 24, 2015

Here it is: our calendar of this year's most important jewelry and watch auctions around the world, updated regularly as dates are announced and e-catalogs are posted.

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A little JAR for the ears: getting radical with pavé

February 2, 2015
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Who says a bespoke jewelry designer can’t be a rebel? Joel Arthur Rosenthal is proof that you can be both subversive and incredibly popular with the world’s uber-wealthy. Two...

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International jewelry trade & antique fairs in 2015

January 19, 2015
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Whether you deal in contemporary or antique, if you’re in the trade and want to find the best jewelry at the best value, sometimes you have to hop on...

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Free admission to International Gem & Jewelry shows in 2015

January 15, 2015
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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...

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Best craft shows in the U.S. in 2015

January 13, 2015
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Here are some of the best craft shows open to the public in the U.S. for unique, finely-crafted jewelry and, sometimes, gems, beads and materials to make your own....

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Jewelry trade shows & antique fairs in the U.S. for 2015

January 6, 2015
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JANUARY Jan. 13 – Feb. 16, 2015: Tucson Gem Shows, Tucson AZ Jan. 16 – 19, 2015: American Made Show (formerly Buyers Market, Philadelphia), Walter E. Washington Convention Center,...

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Verdura & Dalí: bejeweled metamorphosis

December 23, 2014
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You may know Verdura as one of the designer flagships along the glitziest couple blocks of Fifth Avenue, but the original Verdura was an Italian aristocrat-turned-jeweler who collaborated with...

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Trying on necklaces at Christie’s: a love story in pictures

December 18, 2014
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As some of you may have gathered by now, trying on jewels at auction previews is a hobby of mine. It’s the ultimate jewelry-shopping experience. The women behind the...

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: jewels, lamps and holiday windows

December 11, 2014
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Oh, the bustle, the glitter, the animated window displays. Is there anything better than Manhattan at holiday time? Well, maybe  Manhattan with a couple jewelry previews thrown in. I...

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8 secrets for buying a woman jewelry (redux)

November 26, 2014
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With the holidays fast approaching, men everywhere are facing that age-old problem: what to get the jewelry-loving women in their lives. Here, some tips from experts – and a...

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Smoking Cartier: a major retrospective on display in Denver

November 17, 2014
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A glorious retrospective of Cartier jewels opened Sunday at the Denver Art Museum, with 250 rare jewels produced between 1900 and 1975, heyday of that legendary jewelry house. Among...

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7 JAR jewels & world’s 4th largest polished sapphire on the block

November 4, 2014
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It’s not the record-breaking 18-piece JAR collection that went on the block last year or the legendary 17 actress Ellen Barkin sold off in 2006, but seven rare jewels...

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Wonder Woman, Skyler White and me: power of the warrior bracelet

October 28, 2014
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I was at a Mexican restaurant not long ago, surrounded by a dozen women sipping margaritas and talking at once. I was wearing my new bracelet, a chain-mail cuff....

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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,...

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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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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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