Although there are many tools aimed towards beaders and jewelers, here are some I recommend:
IMPRESSART- Stamping supplies made out of metal(with blanks)
CRAFTOPTICS- Greatest lenses and magnifiers(including prescription) ever.
COILING GIZMO- Any coils you could ever need!!
RIO GRANDE- Many different products including clay tools.
Gone, but never forgotten
Yesterday, 5/21/14, a dear member of the jewelry community whose absolute and utter passion for his work and great, friendly personality stood out like no other. Robin Rotenier, a Paris-born jeweler, had taken his own life according to various news sources yesterday in New York. Rotenier was know for his thorough, passionate craftsmanship found in all of his jewelry, especially his sterling silver cuff links which he made with absolutely amazing detail. Aside from his vast toy car collection complete with all sorts of cars and trolleys showcased in his office and his many great relationships with friends, Robin’s family meant the world to him. He spoke of his children in a way that shows true love like no other.
Rotenier was truly a diamond in the rough. Although there are shows coming up this weekend and everyone will be having a great time, we must not forget this great man who was one of us.
Awesome ring idea to celebrate your marriage along with your birth
Envy overwhelms many when they see another person with a giant ring carrying a huge diamond. Nowadays, big rings with a giant center stone are becoming popular. Glistening birthstones have caught the fancy of many throughout history along with famous fashion collectors who believe that missing birthstone jewelry renders a collection incomplete. There are many cool ways to wear birthstones on rings, as they don’t need to be large to stand out. A few cool ways to go about this would be to mark an important date for the couple, have two stones on the groom’s ring marking the brides and the groom’s birth months. Another way would be to use the birthstones as accents, arrange them around the diamond. Finally, two birthstones can fill the heart or infinity sign to link the couple forever. Each one of these special stones has a deep meaning that looks beautiful attached to any ring.
Is the vast popularity of using recycled gold morally correct?
Recycled gold and silver have been used by many ethical jewelers, heavily in North America, for many years. Using recycled silver may be the way to go as under 10 pounds are available monthly, gold however is a different story. Recycled gold is cheaper than using mined gold and therefore generates more profit. This is great in all but the problem is that jewelers think they are being “Eco Friendly” when in fact, the mining industry will continue to mine gold regardless of this recycling process or not and it does nothing to help these ethical mining communities. The reason that Fairtrade gold is so expensive in the USA is because we have to import it from over seas. This is not only expensive but also inconvenient. We need to have these Fairtrade gold casting houses here in America to level the price and make it convenient for jewelers. This is already starting in England, casting houses are popping up and to do a cast in this ethically correct gold would only be $30 to a wedding ring cost. Fairtrade will be offering gold early this fall in North America because of its’ strong brand name and great reputation among clients. With its’ new program, it will be easy and free for smaller jewelers to sell fairtrade gold. This would benefit thousands of small time miners if we can get this program to become mainstream in North America.
We need to find a way to make Fairtrade/Fairmined gold more popular than recycled gold to make it cheaper for smaller jewelers who would want it.
This lightweight, stylish, and inexpensive jewelry component will keep you looking absolutely gorgeous
A bead doesn’t have to be a pearl or some other semi-precious stone in order to keep you looking stylish. Nowadays, there are many beautiful acrylic beads that you can pick up without burning a hole in your pocket. Another important factor is that they are extremely lightweight, even the larger beads, and the holes come in all sizes for all stringing projects. You don’t have to use them for absolutely everything, although they are a great addition. If you are buying them online, make sure to look closely for imperfections in the picture, there are many crummy ones out on the market as well.
Christie’s Auction blows Sotheby’s Auction out of the water by setting a new world record
Sotheby’s Geneva Show brought in a whopping $141 million dollars from there auction setting the world record for most money made during a jewelry auction. Overnight, Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale on May 14 blew this number out of the water by bringing in an out-of-this-world $154 million. The main attraction at this spectacular show was a 13.22 ct. flawless, pear-shaped blue diamond that drew in $24.2 million. The Stone came with a special letter from the Gemology Institute of America stating that is was the largest fancy, blue diamond that the lab has ever laid eyes on. Jewelry specialist Jean-Marc Lunel described the rock as “almost a dream” due to its heavenly clarity and purity. Harry Winston, a Swatch group-owned retailer, purchased this diamond at the show and renamed it “Winston Blue.” This is a great addition to the collection along with the 101.73 ct. “Winston Legacy,” a D flawless stone that the Swatch-group retailer purchased at last years show for $27 million. The sale for this fancy blue diamond scored another record for the show while selling the stone at $1,799,953 a carat, which is the largest amount ever for a blue diamond. The overall price however falls just below the price paid for the blue diamond at Wittelsbach in 2011, 35.56 ct. for $24.3 million. Other extravagant stones at Christie’s auction brought in $21.93 million.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Comes to TimeCrafters Boasting it’s amazing new collection
Jaeger-LeCoultre will be showing off its new Hybrid Artistica collection at TimeCrafters, a show boasting luxury watches, May 15-18. The collection was first introduced in Geneva at the SIHH show, now it is at TimeCrafters for there New York premier, next the Shanghai Int’l Film festival, then London for the Masterpiece Fair, and finally Hong Kong for the Watches and Wonders show. This unique new collection boasts 12 exquisite, exceptional timepieces featuring exclusive watch craftsmanship combined with outstanding artistic ideas. The company stated, “Each of the 12 models in the Hybris Artistica collection represents an unprecedented blend of design, technical construction, watchmaking art, and exquisite craftsmanship to achieve the point of equilibrium that dramatically expresses [Jaeger-LeCoultre’s] mastery and style.”
Pictured: The Master Gyrotourbillon I, one of the fine timepieces in this extravagant collections
What is in deed a perfect Diamond??
In order to find the perfect diamond for you, you must consider the 4 c’s: clarity, cut, color, and carat weight. The more you educate yourself about these, the more satisfied with your final product you will be. The perfect diamond would be an IF(Internally flawless) diamond and would have absolutely no color(D-grade colorless). These stones have no visible imperfections and are completely see-through. They are the most perfect, cleanest diamonds. Obviously stones of this nature demand a hefty premium, up to 40% for the same size stone a grade below. This brings up the next question, how far below from perfect are you thinking about going? The Diamond grading scale invented by the Gemological Institute of America, groups[D,E,F] together as colorless, [G,H,I,J] are near-colorless. With the obvious difference in color between D-J, a J grade stone will have a whitish tint to it. The color is graded face-down from one of the sides where the color is more visible and quite frankly it is immensely difficult to tell color flaws between stones with a difference of 1-2 grades. When it comes to clarity, IF(Internally Flawless), VVS(Very Very slightly included), VS(Very slightly included), SI(slightly included). These stones have imperfections that cannot be noticed by the human eye, therefore in some cases, a VS1 diamond could seem as clear as an IF diamond, but not always. The best thing to do is be practical, because of the small differences between grades, it is best to buy a diamond that fits your budget and with overall beauty that appeals you. Just make sure that you receive a GIA certificate and that your diamond is graded correctly and the value not exaggerated.
Thinking about buying gold? This tip will save you money and get you on the right track!!
The main factor to consider while buying gold is how many karats(stamped on the piece as ‘k’ or’kt’) the gold jewelry you are buying is. Gold usually comes in 10,14,18 and 24 karat gold. 24 kt being the purest, most expensive and shiny but simultaneously the most malleable. My recommendation would be to buy 18 kt gold. 18 kt gold is the perfect mix between pure gold and other alloys to help keep it strong and prevent malleability. The lower the karat, the less gold and more metal is mixed in(ex. 12 kt gold is 50% gold and 50% other metals). 18 kt is perfect for jewelry such as wedding rings and earrings due to its high gold content which will prevent allergies for almost all, and the bolts and hooks will not come loose because the alloys in place will help them stay. 18kt gold will be easier on your pocket and on your rings and timepieces. When you see the ’18k’ or ‘750’ stamp on a piece of jewelry you know you are on the right path!! Shopping for gold and diamond jewelry can get exhausting, but with the above information, success in your purchase will be yours!!
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.