Jewelry Articles

Transformations, Contrasts, Juxtapositions

Transformations, Contrasts, Juxtapositions

Can you think of a better thing to do on a gray February day than to catch a train to NYC for a beautiful jewelry exhibit at the  world-renowned Met? Not me.Jewelry: The Body Transformed Just one minor criticism: from my point of view, "transformation" represents a radical change.  Rather, I look at jewelry as an "augmentation".  It takes what you have and adds to your beauty. Diamonds light up your face; silver shines with gray hair; and pearls float softly on the skin.  But then "The Body Augmented" just doesn't sound good.I LOVED the range of jewelry in this...

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Inside the Diamond District

Inside the Diamond District

From a sociological perspective, I would label New York City's Diamond District "an urban micro-economic subculture". Walking down 47th Street, the glitch and glamour of glistening jewels perched in the storefronts up and down both sides of the street is mind boggling. And what we're seeing is really just the tip of the iceberg: the end result of the efforts of craftsmen, merchants, and dealers in the layers of offices above, below, and around the glow of street level.    Since starting the business four years ago, I've learned a bit about how to navigate my way around. With Ann's...

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Gems in the USA

Gems in the USA

On a recent near-spring day, a bit of news caught my attention. It was the anniversary of the finding of the "Punch Jones Diamond" in West Virginia. It started me thinking, where exactly are diamonds found in the USA? The "Punch Jones Diamond is a 34.48 carat bluish-white diamond found in 1928 by a farmer in Peterstown, West Virginia, while playing horseshoes. The family (who had seventeen children) put the stone in a cigar box until it was discovered to be a diamond in 1942. The Jones family sold the stone through Sotheby's in 1984 to an entity in an...

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Pin Diplomacy ~or~ MY EVENING WITH MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

Pin Diplomacy ~or~ MY EVENING WITH MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

"Pin Diplomacy ~or~ MY EVENING WITH MADELEINE ALBRIGHT" Yes, friends.  I have stooped that low.You see, I'd just purchased her book "Read My Pins" at Jewelry Camp in July.  In fact, I was proudly displaying it in the store when it was brought to my attention she was soon to be appearing here, right in our own backyard!  I quickly called, but so apparently had everyone else.  The machine said, "If you're calling about the Madeleine Albright lecture, we're filled up..."   What to do!  I checked StubHub.  No luck.  I took a deep breath and decided I simply must go,...

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All About Enameling

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All About Enameling

Tuesday, April 19th was a beautiful spring day.  Whatever would possess me to trade the magnificent awakening of the bucolic Hudson Valley to trudge by train into a major city filled with lots of people and noise?  And on my day off!?!!This is why:  I am a bonafide jewelry nerd.The reason for my trip was to attend a lecture hosted by The American Society of Jewelry Historians titled, "Twenty Centuries of Enamel in 60 Minutes", presented by William Harper, one of the world's most acclaimed enamel artists.  (Recipient of five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and many other awards,...

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