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What I like about my work is that I am able to recreate something from the past. Something of value, a lost jewel and then I get to bring the gem back to life. Carole Lombard was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies... Continue Reading →
Repairing the Crown from one of my favorite films The Young Victoria was just plain fun! The Young Victoria was released in 2009. Several years later the Getty Museums and Swarovski of Los Angeles, sponsored the lecture - Designing Victoria: Visual Sources for Historical Costume. Sandy Powell and Deborah Landis were the guest speakers. While attending the lecture... Continue Reading →
A recent trend in engagement ring design is to use your birthstone. Check out the chart above. Saved from a cherished issue of Town and Country - my favorite magazines for years. If you are set on your using birthstone please keep in mind, all birthstones are not created equal. You want to wear your ring everyday and last... Continue Reading →
The Women's Jewelry Association Maker's Project, is a fundraiser for the WJA San Diego Chapter. This event benefits the local and national WJA scholarship fund. Each designer receives a “gem" from a fellow WJA Maker. The challenge is to use the "gem" and create a wearable jewelry design. WJA Maker's II theme is "She Inspired Me..." There are many females in my life that... Continue Reading →
Beautiful showcase for beautiful jewelry. Hemmerle at TEFAF Maastricht. Not all of the works on exhibit are from contemporary designers. Below are two of my favorite images. Rich gold with gorgeous gems are the highlights shown in these pieces. The exhibitors list for 2016 includes a total of 269 exhibitors. TEFAF aims to show works by “living... Continue Reading →
I have been attending the annual International Tucson Gem Show since I was a buyer for a design studio in Oakland, in the early 90's. Seems like ages ago. But I never grow tired of the amazing sights to behold, tables piled high with gems and pearls. This mega show (45 separate shows) is a wonderful place to meet industry peers (55,000... Continue Reading →
She is one of my a favorite designers, bold and adventurous, two characteristics that I admire. Lydia Courteille’s jewellery collection tells the tale of a Native American legend, thru the use of vibrant gemstones and amazing metalwork. Lydia Courteille is based in Paris. She has been in the jewelry business for over 30 years. This... Continue Reading →