Category Archives: Jewelry Products

After selling sham jewelry for 16 years, culprit finally comes clean

According to National Jeweler Magazine, a 47 year old New York Jeweler, Paul Blarr, admitted to selling counterfeit jewels at his two businesses: RSNP Diamond exchange and Amherst Diamond exchange. Blarr pleaded guilty as charged with 1 count of “scheme to defraud” and 10 counts of “grand larsony.” $630,000 and 89 victims later, he now faces up to 50 years in prison. There will be further investigation into the case along with  jewelry which was trusted to Barr to sell or repair being returned to the proper owners. His attorney spoke out and said that the judge recognizes his bravery for speaking out and realizing that he is not running away from the situation. The attorney also mentioned that the $630,000 could have been inflated due to using appraised values.

Five Star Gems brings Alexandrite from India to Tucson Gem Show

Five Star Gems AlexandriteWhen you spend your professional life surrounded by beautiful gems and jewelry, it is all too easy to get a little jaded (sorry for the pun). What might draw ‘Ooohs’ and ‘Aaahs’ in any other circumstances, can begin to bring just a raised eyebrow, if even that. So, like the many thousands from around the world who flock to Tucson for the annual Tucson Gem &Mineral Show, I keep my eyes peeled for the unique or the extraordinary.

Luckily, this year I found a number of rare, unusual and exotic stones in tucked away corners of the show. One of the exhibitors in one of these corners this year is Ikram Ahmed from Five Star Gems who is exhibiting at the end of one of the grand halls of JOGS Gem & Jewelry show. What’s so special about this exhibitor’s offerings? Well, he has some excellent examples of a pretty rare stone sourced in an unexpected place—Alexandrite from India; and boy, is it nice!

I took a few minutes of Mr. Ahmed’s time, and asked him about his gems, and will share with you what I learned from him.

High Quality Alexandrite PileFound only in small pockets, veins and mines of Alexandrite being nearly unheard of, the beautiful gems Mr. Ahmed brings to Tucson are sourced by his buyers from small villages in rural India. Rarely measuring more than a few carats in size “Larger stones are too rare, no one finds large 10 carat Alexandrite of good quality.” Even though they have been known for about 400 years now, and deposits outside of Russia have been found in Brazil, and more recently in India, this is one of the rarer stones available on the market.

These wonderful stones exhibit the green to red shift characteristic of the dichroic Alexandrite; which is the trait which draws so much interest to them. It was explained to me that the percentage of change, whether it be 20% or 90% was one of the most important aspects of this precious gem, and that care should be taken when examining them under different lights. High Quality Alexandrite “White light will show off the green color, which should be a deep green with some browns or reddish tints. These other colors will help you determine how much ‘shift’ will occur when you look at the stone under yellow light or in sunlight. When away from white light, you want to look for bright flashes of red, and a nice overall reddish tint to the stone.”

As the conversation turned to valuing the stones, and insuring that the buyer or designer doesn’t overpay, some guidelines from Mr. Ahmed were very helpful. For ‘average’ stones, that is stones with a 20-35% shift in colors, weighing less than 3 carats, you should expect to pay between $3-500 per carat. Higher quality stones, those with say, 80-90% shift in color are much more dear, with 1 carat stones fetching about $3,500 a carat, 3-4 carat stones bringing $7,000 per carat, and nearly unheard of 10 carat and higher stones bringing $15,000 per carat or better due to their rarity.

– James S.

Didaj Jewelry at the JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show Winter 2013

Didaj Jewelry Booth#: W223

NATURAL TURQUOISE BEAUTY

My name is Alyona and I am a jewelry designer and founder of DIDAJ Jewelry and Fashion.

I’ve been creating my unique designs for many years. It is my passion and gives me a great deal of satisfaction, especially when I see what joy it brings to my clientele, all over the world.

Although my customers vary in age and interests, they all share a common love for jewelry and a desire for beautiful things.My background, from a very young age, was in artistic expression through dance. I received a Masters Degree in Artistic Direction and Choreography, from the Kiev State Art University and was a professional performer while living in the Ukraine.

I traveled the world for five years, until I immigrated with my family to the United States, in 1993.

During my first few years there, I used my experience and education to its fullest, teaching in many of the top academies and dance schools, in the Chicago area. I also helped produce and choreograph shows for a number of ice skaters and ice dancers, some of whom went on to become the top skaters in the US.

I look to many of my life experiences for inspiration. From my fascination with art history, to my observations of nature, I draw upon a wide variety of shapes, textures, and materials, to create something unique and exciting. All the products I offer are my unique and original creations. I carefully oversee every facet of production, to give you unmatched, world class quality. I stand behind each and every product and offer my personal quality guarantee.

My new Collection brings together colorful Italian leather, Silver and Peacock Baroque Pearls, various colors of Coral, Turquoise, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Aquamarine, and Tourmaline. I very proud of this new collection and hope you find it as exciting as I do.


More Products from Didaj Jewelry:

HIGHLIGHTS OF BAROQUE PEARLITALIAN LEATHER & PEARL ITALIAN LEATHER GEMS
NATURAL BEAUTY OF PEARL OPALCORAL PEARL TURQUOISE THE QUEEN OF GEMS
Visit us online at www.didaj.com

JOGS Tucson Jewelry & Gift Show September 6-9, 2012 Pre-registration NOW OPEN!

Pre-Registration NOW OPEN!

Buyers and Visitors can now register to the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show September 6-9, 2012. Whether your need is restocking, discovering new jewelry products or looking for that special piece that sets your store apart, JOGS Tucson Jewelry and Gift Show 2012 has what you are looking featuring over 100 designers and manufacturers.

Come see Tucson’s favorite exhibitors with their largest stock:

 A.G. Japan LTD
 Absolute Jewelry
 Al-Zuni 
 Alex Simkin 
 Amber Dreams 
 Amberman 
 Arts Kindom Jewelry Co., LTD
 Amy Simon Jewelry 
 AV Jewelry & Designs
 Bali Designs
 Benefit Import and Export
 Blake Brothers
 China Mountain Turquoise
 Chinese American Art 
 Cleia Renata L. Oliviera 
 Commercial Resources Corp
 Didaj Jewelry
 Empire Gems 
 Fantastic Deals/Stable Bridge
 Fashion Accessories 
 Fashion Jewelry LA 
 Fivestar Jewelry 
 Gadsden Express 
 Gem Cutters
 Goddess
 Golma Raja Co. LTD
 Indian Touch of Gallup 
 Infinity Trading 
 Instyle Trading
 J-Good-In Inc 
 JBC Trading
 Jewellennium 
 JJ Jewelers
 KingD Jewelry
 Kybelle Sterling 
 La Nazar
 Larimar Conlight
 Maria Belen Nilson 
 Mythology Company 
 Neotric Gems Inc 
 Oriental Crest Inc 
 PRS Jewelry 
 Rajbhandari Trade Links Nepal
 Rocio Co.
 Sam Davis Designs 
 Silver Planet 
 Skyline Business Ltd 
 Starborn Creations 
 Sunwest Silver Co., Inc
 Talia Jade 
 The Boys Silver 
 Tiger Tiger
 Trans Pacific USA 
 Tres Moi
 Twan Kee Co
 Twin Palace LLC 
 Y. S. USA Trading Co. 
 Yong Jia Co. 
 Yuan J LiuPlus many MORE!

Over 100 favorite Tucson Exhibitors from around the globe! Importers, Manufacturers, Designers and Wholesalers of:
Gold, Diamonds, Gems, Sterling Silver, Fine Jewelry, Finished Jewelry, Pearls, Loose Diamonds, Beads, Bead Strands, Swarowski Crystals, Amber, Opals, Cabochons, Lampwork, Glass beads, Findings, Bridal Jewelry, Native Jewelry, Watches, Accessories, Home Decor, Ethinc Jewelry and Crafts, Southwestern Jewelry, Jewelry from U.S., Thailand, India, China, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Poland, Germany, South America, Turkey, Nepal, Africa, Russia, Australia, Philipines and much more!
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