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Raw and Marketable

July 30th, 2009

The Jew­el­ers of Amer­ica show at the Jacob Jav­its Cen­ter in Man­hat­tan is always a col­lage of influ­ences and a patch­work of pur­poses. It is in equal mea­sure bazaar, trade show, and parade of designer goods wait­ing for orders or edi­to­r­ial — whichever comes first. But some­times you dis­cover a dia­mond in the rough too. There […]

Contemporary Silversmithing, a New Exhibit At Aaron Faber

June 22nd, 2009

The ancient craft of sil­ver­smithing has some­thing new to say in an exhi­bi­tion at Aaron Faber Gallery that begins tomor­row, Tues­day, June 23rd and runs through August 8th. The firm has long been the cham­pion of both master-contemporary and up-and-coming stu­dio arti­sans. The group of about one hun­dred pieces was worked by thirty-four sil­ver­smiths whose […]

Rough And Tumble

June 12th, 2009

Things have been a lit­tle rough around here, hence my recent attrac­tion for Dara Dubinet’s raw stone designs. Accord­ing to her press, she has stud­ied the art of Feng Shui at the Black Hat Tibet­ian School where she learned the restora­tive power of gem­stones. Which ones cure a head cold? Would love to know. What I […]

Met Gala 2009: Model Bright

May 13th, 2009

Last week’s Met Gala at The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum of Art in New York was its usual photo-op affair for celebri­ties and mod­els, with empha­sis on those taller-than-thou since they were the focus of the new exhi­bi­tion, Mod­els as Muse: Embody­ing Fash­ion. Vet­eran designer and model men­tor, Azze­dine Alaia, was not included in the show and […]

Cartier’s One Hundred American Years

May 3rd, 2009

Note: This is a long post, and my last until next week — I’m off to Jack­son, Mis­sis­sippi where I will be lec­tur­ing and book sign­ing (see Upcom­ing Events below for details). If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello when I’ll be sign­ing my book at Juniker Jew­elry. __________________________________________________________ Last […]


March 16th, 2009

Pretty pink paper-chains on the Louis Vuit­ton run­way last week in Paris. Mais, c’est un papier lune, Mon­sieur Jacobs…oui? Paper — pli­able, light, communicative…what else do you know that has such sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics? Jew­elry that looks like it came from the stuff of trees, or even recy­cled news­pa­pers; the con­cept has inspired stu­dio artists. There […]

Reflections On Paris Fashion: 1980s…All That Glittered Was Gold

March 12th, 2009

Circa 1980, gold and dia­mond “rivet” bracelet (pri­vately owned), visit for other great exam­ples! There was a lot of bow­ing at the alter of the 1980s in Paris this past week. Well…if we are look­ing back to the era of the strong shoul­der and glitz, there is some­thing to be said about the jewelry […]

From the Red Carpet to London Fashion Week

February 26th, 2009

And now for some­thing com­pletely different…London Fash­ion Week. With all the incred­i­ble stu­dio jew­el­ers in Lon­don, it would seem to be a nat­ural fit for British design­ers to really per­son­al­ize their looks with a few well cho­sen, or even custom-made, items. Not sure why more of them don’t — there was very lit­tle by way […]

Gurhan Adds Silver To His Golden Palette

January 16th, 2009

The jew­elry designer, who is know for his use of pure (24-karat) gold in his antiquity-inspired pieces, has now taken a shine to ster­ling sil­ver. The new designs are quin­tes­sen­tial Gurhan in fla­vor and approach; sil­ver is used both dark­ened and bright, either oxi­dized or rhodium-plated black (which gives the piece a gor­geous fin­ish), and […]

Innovative Jewelry Insiders Launch A New Business Model

December 16th, 2008

If the reces­sion has done one thing, it has piled enough “manure” on the old “it’s-about-me” busi­ness model to bury it. In its place, though, is now fer­tile soil for a new par­a­digm to grow and get a healthy start. Coop­er­a­tion across and between related indus­tries sim­ply makes entre­pre­neur­ial sense; there is power in numbers […]

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