Category Archives: JEWELLERY BRANDS
Co-founded by global business entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons along with leaders in the diamond industry including De Beers, the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission is to provide higher education opportunities for youth in diamond producing countries in Africa. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, noted civil rights and business leader and fellow co-founder of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, Phyllis Bergman, DEF board president, and Nancy Orem Lyman, DEF executive director will be at the New York debut to discuss the global impact of DEF’s vision.
Donna Distefano will present her new line of “Illumination” bracelets depicting symbolic African designs in sterling silver with diamonds. Each bracelet represents core values of DEF: transformation, tranquility, and strength. Collaborating with Russell Simmons for the benefit of D.E.F. is a natural fit for Distefano’s business. Says Simmons, “I share these designers’ vision of transformation. It is important to support and encourage the youth of Africa to make a positive change in the world. DEF Empowerment Jewelry will contribute to this vision.”
Lita Asscher of Royal Asscher will present the DEF Green Tsavorite and Diamond Pendant, part of the Shining Stars of Africa Collection by Royal Asscher. This stunning and unique pendant contains green tsavorite and diamonds encased in a fluid-filled natural sapphire dome allowing the jewels to fall freely like snowflakes in a snow globe. The design won ‘best in show’ at the world famous JCK jewelry show and is an example of the Asscher family’s long-standing commitment to integrity, quality and giving back. With every pendant purchase, a $125 donation is made to the Diamond Empowerment Fund.
About Diamond Empowerment Fund
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a global, non-profit organization focused on supporting education initiatives in diamond-producing African nations. With the help of our international partners, we strive to empower the next generation of African leaders.
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is supported by and works exclusively with jewelers that adhere to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and System of Warranties.
Applications Now Available For GIA Scholarships
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will begin accepting scholarship applications online beginning Saturday, June 15 for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website.
- The GIA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans will award three scholarships of up to $1,500 each
- GIA will award two full scholarships* of up to $17,850 each for the new on-campus Jewelry Design & Technology program
- GIA will award two full scholarships* of up to $21,089 each for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program
- GIA will award one full scholarship* of up to $19,260 for the new on-campus Graduate Jeweler program
- Two scholarships will be offered in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, former GIA president considered the “Father of Modern Gemology.” One full scholarship for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program (up to$21,089), and another toward the eLearning Graduate Gemologist program (up to $9,000)
Buyer’s Choice: Designs by Vatche platinum and diamond engagement ring $3200
Editor’s Choice: Mercury Ring “Halo Twist” platinum -diamond engagement ring $2500
Buyer’s Choice: Sylvie Collection platinum -diamond floral halo engagement ring $2170
Editor’s Choice: Parade Designs platinum milligrain-etched art deco inspired wedding band with marquise-shaped diamonds $$5225
Buyer’s Choice: Dora International Spartan Collection platinum men’s band with laser-edge designs $3289
Editor’s Choice:Erik Stewart platinum and colored diamond Hollein earrings $3500
Buyer’s Choice: Harout R. platinum and diamond “cupcake” earrings $1859
Editor’s Choice: Simon G platinum earring with round white diamonds and emerald cut green tourmaline
Buyer’s Choice: Oscar Heyman platinum, colored diamond and unheated colored sapphire necklace $300,000
|From left: Alex Popov; Zvi Amram, vice president of the Borsa D’Italia; and Yair Sahar at the annual congress of CIBJO – the World Jewellery Confederation, held earlier this month in Tel Aviv.|
|Image © GIA|
Pearls: Are They or Aren’t They?
Just a few of my favorite things from the Fine Jewelry Auction at Skinner yesterday…
Art Nouveau Opal, Diamond, and Enamel Brooch, Marcus & Co., centering an opal matrix cabochon within a scrollwork frame, and suspending a conforming drop, set with seventy-six old mine- and old European-cut diamonds, approx. total wt. 4.00 cts., platinum and 18kt gold mount, lg. 3 3/4 in., signed, (restoration, enamel loss).
Art Nouveau 18kt Rose Gold and Alexandrite Pendant Brooch, Marcus & Co.
Art Nouveau 18kt Rose Gold and Alexandrite Pendant Brooch, Marcus & Co., centering a cushion-cut alexandrite weighing approximately 7.43 cts., within a peacock-style frame with bezel-set old mine-cut diamonds and green enamel accents, suspending a drop, signed.
14kt Gold Gem-set Snake Necklace, Eric de Kolb, with green hardstone eyes, sapphire melee accents, completed by articulated scale links, 128.9 dwt, lg. 17 1/2 in., signed.
Arts & Crafts Platinum, Moonstone, and Sapphire Pendant, Tiffany & Co.,set with a cabochon moonstone measuring approx. 30.00 x 20.40 x 12.20 mm, framed with Montana sapphires and scrolling wirework, suspended from a fancy link chain, lg. 2 1/4 and 21 in., signed, (alterations).
Art Deco Jade, Enamel, and Diamond Pendant Watch, Cartier, the circular cream-colored dial with Roman numeral indicators enclosing a European Watch & Clock Co. 18-jewel movement, with black enamel bezel and top, suspended from a black cord with a black enamel and rose-cut diamond slide, joined by a jade ring, no. 13494, 22247, 23 mm, dial and slide signed, (losses).
Edwardian Demantoid Garnet and Diamond Spider Brooch
18kt Gold Cuff, Mario Buccellati
18kt Gold Cuff, Mario Buccellati, designed as a finely textured leaf, interior cir. 6 3/4 in., signed, boxed.
Fine Carved Emerald and Diamond Pendant, India, set with a carved emerald tablet depicting flowers, foliage, and Islamic script, measuring approx. 31.00 x 21.44 mm, framed by rose-cut diamonds, and suspending a carved emerald drop measuring approx. 29.00 x 15.90 mm, flanked by pearls, high-karat gold mount, the reverse pierced and finely enameled, 3 7/8 x 2 in.
Gold, Tourmaline, and Gem-set Suite
Gold, Tourmaline, and Gem-set Suite, comprising a 22kt gold pendant/brooch bezel-set with a bicolor tourmaline slice, cultured pearl and diamond accents, suspended from a flexible gilt torque; a pair of 14kt gold earstuds, each set with a bicolor tourmaline slice, diamond melee accents; and a 14kt gold ring set with a bicolor tourmaline slice, circular-cut pink tourmaline accent, lg. 1 3/8, 17, and 3/4 in., size 8 1/4.
18kt Gold, Plique-a-jour Enamel, and Gem-set Figural Pendant/Brooch, Masriera, designed as a nymph with plique-a-jour enamel wings, sapphire and diamond melee accents, applied green enamel body suspending a pearl drop, lg. 2 1/8 in., no. C-1468-C, signed, boxed, with papers.
Carved Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring, Sevan Bicakci
Carved Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring, Sevan Bicakci, c. 2005, bezel-set with a cabochon pink tourmaline with a Maltese cross carved within, further framed and set with diamond melee, 24kt gold and oxidized silver mount, size 8 1/2, signed, boxed.
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