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Diamonds Are Called “Ice”

sitting Throughout pop culture, including several “007” movies, Diamonds are called “Ice”. Notwithstanding  the popularity of using “Ice” to describe a Diamond, if  you touch a Diamond to your lips, it will feel ice cold, because (counterintuitive, as it sounds) the diamond conducts heat away from us.  So, for lots of reasons, I simply could not resist a visit to the famous and original IceHotel in Kiruna, Sweden …wearing Diamonds, of course!   

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Time to Bid Farewell

Sparkling Signs of Life

Yellow walking Maybe It is time to bid farewell and try to shake-away from the doldrums that are often caused by a winter season filled with months of early morning chills, frost, ice storms,  power-outages  and personal or family challenges.   Now is the time to enjoy the sunshine, clean out our closets and feed our soul by focusing on all the Sparkling Signs of Life … the Sparkling Signs of Spring!

Spring Equinox

Each year, in late March or April, the first signs of winter’s departure …

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NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK

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I’m No Fashionista (you know I’m all about Sparkle)…but I do know that most women have Go-to Black Basics.  You may have a little black dress (I have a go-to-black-dress that is not so little). We all have a basic black PURSE, basic black PUMPS, basic black FLATS, basic black PANTS, a basic black SWEATER or JACKET, and at least one basic BLACK BUSINESS SUIT (three for me, since I have lots of NYC biz meetings). Our list of black basics can fill this page.   Well, I’m wearing and sharing these NOT-SO-BASIC-BLACK and Diamond earrings….. because they perfectly flirt-up any basic black in your closet! I like flirting as much

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Diamonds as Gifts or Self-Purchase?

Just as every woman owns/wants at least one little black dress  or several black dresses (e.g. mine are in several sizes), every woman deserves, wants or owns a Diamond.  Actually, it is a Diamond Wardrobe that we all want and need. Unfortunately, most women think they need to receive their first Diamond  or all Diamonds as Gifts, not via Self-Purchase.  Sidebar: a Diamond received as a Gift of Love, still takes my breath away!  BUT…a woman’s Diamond Journey should not be dependent on the tradition of a Diamond Engagement Ring.  A Diamond can be treasured as a Gift or Self-Purchase… both are possible and they are not mutually exclusive.

Diamond Heart JA Why Not from Mom or Dad…

When I supported the DeBeers Group for ten years, I had access to valuable consumer research…showing the motivations and buying habits of consumers.  Oh, was it disturbing and sad to see that only 20% of women were comfortable buying diamond jewelry for themselves!  Well, the JOY OF WEARING a Diamond need not depend on a man.  Sidebar#2:  remember, a Diamond received as a Gift of Love is still desirable and a magical Diamond Moment!  Why doesn’t a woman’s Diamond Journey  begin, however,  when she receives her first diamond from her Mom or Dad? Why not from an her aunt or uncle?   A woman can also start her Diamond Journey!

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Gemstones, Technology …Beauty, Sparkle & Color

Just as technology and scientific advances have changed every aspect of our daily lives, it has also altered what type of  jewelry and gemstones are  available to us.   Fine jewelry enhances how we look and feel and it all begins with the allure of gemstones.  While rarity is a component of the pricing of gemstones, the allure or love of gemstones is primarily about their Beauty, Sparkle and Color …created by Mother Nature. Technology, however, is altering the supply and color of gemstones, in addition to maybe altering our definition of a “Gemstone”.

Gemstones & Beauty

Gemstones/rocks too soft to be cut or faceted into gemstones (in the not so distant past) are now heavily marketed and popular with many women.  For example: Precious Gemstones (i.e. Diamonds, Sapphires & Rubies) are still treasured, but the category of  Semi-Precious gemstones has expanded to include stones like “Drusy” (a type of quartz that to me,  sounds like one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs) and “Chrome Diopside” (Doesn’t that sound like a dangerous chemical?).  So, there are many beautiful gemstones, not as durable and not as sparkling as a Diamond, for example,…but it terms of beauty, well beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. 

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More is Merrier

AAA image ‘Tis the season for giving gifts of meaning and lasting value, because we don’t need any more meaningless things to clutter our life. So, do we need more jewelry?  Well, quality fine jewelry not only communicates the strongest emotions, it retains or increases in value….so more is merrier! First, of course, every woman needs a basic jewelry wardrobe, which has the graceful versatility to go from morning errands to important meetings and elegant evenings.  BTW: for those of you who need some help with your holiday shopping list, I identify the key jewelry items for a basic jewelry wardrobe…

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Sustainable Jewelry – What Should You Look For?

Sustainable Jewelry – Buzzword or The Real Deal?

Green Bracelet2 We’re all concerned with creating a cleaner world with a brighter future, and that starts with each one of us. For those of us who love (love love) jewelry, this may be a concern a of yours. The making of jewelry starts with mining minerals and metals from the earth, can involve harsh chemicals during the manufacturing process, and might take\ place in the poorest countries with the worst worker safeguards.  So what is a jewelry loving person like me (&  you!) to do? Thankfully, we have many options today that didn’t exist even ten years ago.

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In Case You Missed Emmy’s

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In case you missed the  Emmy’s last night, the news is spreading that the memorial tributes (I think there were 6 highlights in addition to their usual slide show) prompted headlines:”Saddest Emmy’s Ever”.  Oh, there were some laughs as Tina Fey never disappoints, Michael Douglas was surprisingly funny and the upbeat Host Harris tried his best… but, it definitely needed more Sparkle!

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NYC Jewelry Shows Here I Come

So excited that NYC will be filled with my industry friends this coming week during  3 Jewelry Shows!  Visions of a big apple will be replaced with big diamonds ….and I can’t wait to scout for hot new designs and catch-up with industry insiders!  There will be lots of parties and after-parties, too; after all it is NYC!

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Flawless Diamond Sets Record Price Per Carat

When it Comes to Price Per Carat – This Diamond Sets New Records!

While we were paying attention to the New York auction, another diamond set a record-breaking $239,352 price per carat at auction this week in Hong Kong! This round brilliant diamond was originally expected to sell for as much as $5.8 million, but at auction it reached $6.9 million, topping all expectations. Why do diamonds sell for so much in the auction houses? Because diamonds remain one of the world’s most precious products, they have artistic, romantic and financial value, and at these ever-increasing price per carat ranges, you can see they are a terrific investment as well!

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