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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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Love Out Loud

A More Confident You = a More Loving You

A More Confident You - Jewelry Activist Every Valentine’s Day, we are reminded to think of those we love. It is also the time that many people experience despair…as they think about their desire to be loved more. We hear it said by experts all the time: we will be loved more if we learn to love more. However, learning to love more is not top of mind for most of us and it is certainly not a quick fix for those in despair; it is a lifelong journey. There are, however, many people, places or things that can provide inspiration and can help us on our journey. When I give thought as to how I can love more, I visualize the ultimate symbol of love- a Diamond. Every woman who receives a Diamond as a gift of love treasures that Diamond Moment for her lifetime. The Diamond says what every woman wants to hear and what many men cannot articulate with words. Yet women also treasure the intrinsic qualities and beauty of the actual Diamond as much as the meaning that the Diamond holds. For this reason, woman today often purchase Diamonds themselves, because wearing diamond jewelry makes women feel more beautiful, more confident and lovable. With that in mind, it is understandable that every woman wants a diamond that is brilliant and sparkles for all to see. Yet a diamond has to go through many phases to reach that point in its outward beauty. We know that most diamonds have inclusions, flaws and rough edges that require polishing. Master diamond cutters do not see these natural diamond characteristics as defects, but rather areas for attention or improvement. Centuries ago, the prolific English writer Daniel Defoe of Robinson Crusoe fame wrote: “The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished … or the luster of it will never appear.” When women purchase and wear diamond jewelry, the feeling reminds us that we are lovable, we are beautiful and most importantly, we are on a wonderful journey. Isn’t it easier to love others when we are at peace and confident with ourselves? Love (like a Diamond) is both reflective and refractive. But in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which is only days away, I suggest we do more than quietly reflect love onto others. I suggest we LOVE OUT LOUD! This means we should love visibly and openly. Send out your love from a more confident you! This means we should demonstrate our love for humanity as loud and as openly as possible. That love will not go unnoticed and will continue to reflect and refract onto others ..and then from others to more. Also, if we wear Diamonds, we are not only telling the world that we are loved, we are reminding ourselves of our own beauty and internal love…and we will be confident and motivated to focus on loving others. There are so many ways you can enjoy Diamond Jewelry in your life! Diamonds can express every personality and occasion perfectly. Look at all these different options for finely made, high quality, diamond jewelry!  

For Spectacular Diamond Earrings it's Hard to Beat these Sunflower Earrings from Harry Winston.

Anne Sportun Ruby and Diamond Earrings

These Beautify Ruby and Diamond Earrings from Anne Sportun Put a Contemporary Twist on a Classic Look.

Sandra Muller Love Potions Heart

The "Love Potions" Heart Collection from Sandra Muller is both Playful and Elegant.

Samantha Louise Jewelry The Perfect Girlfriend or Daughter Gift

These Sweet Diamond Stackers from Samantha Louise Jewelery are a Perfect Gift for a Daughter, a Sister, or a Beloved Girlfriend!

OmiGems Diamond and Ruby Earrings

These Spectacular Diamond and Ruby Earrings from Omi Prive Represent the Best in Fine Diamond and Colored Gemstone Jewelry.

Elizabeth Garvin Fine for a less traditional look

This Natural Colored Diamond Pendant from Elizabeth Garvin Fine is the Perfect Statement for the Confident Woman in Your Life!

Walt Adler

Walt Adler Weaves Diamonds Through His Designs for a Bolder Look

Jennifer Dawes

Jennifer Dawes Offers Diamond Designs for a More Organic Look. There is Truly a Diamond for Every Woman!

Ippolita bracelet turquoise silver diamonds

Can't You See this Diamond and Turquoise Bracelet from Ippolita on Your Mom?

Greenwich Jewelers Valentine's Proposal

Greenwich Jewelers is Featuring this Rosy Little Statement as a Valentine's Engagement Ring.

For the more earthy girl - Barbara Michelle Jacobs

This Diamond Ring from Barbara Michelle Jacobs' Botanicals Collection is Perfect for the Gardening, Hiking, Never-comes-indoors Woman in Your Life!

Tiffany Solitaire Pendant

A Diamond Solitaire is an Essential Part of your Wardrobe. This Pendant from Tiffany is Simply Perfect.


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You’ve Gotta Have Heart

G&G Creations Heart But This Heart Jewelry Takes Design to a Much Higher Level

Hearts are one of the most common shapes found in modern jewelry, and for good reason. Jewelry is the go-to gift for romance and special occasions! If you’ve become a bit tired of the typical heart motif, let me stir your heart with a few very fresh takes on this wonderful tradition! Heart Jewelry from G&G Creations My favorite hearts this season are designed and hand-crafted by G&G Creations in Boston. The entire G&G line is beyond beautiful – all museum quality jewelry that feels good on and really draws attention! So it’s no surprise that their new collection of hearts is sophisticated and of the highest quality. Every piece they make is unique, just like the individual hearts to whom each piece will be gifted.  

Or is Vintage Heart Jewelry More Your Style?

Just Jules Locket

If the thing that makes your own heart go pitter-pat, you’ll love what designer Julie Romanenko does with vintage heart lockets. She shops antique shops all over the world looking for only the most beautiful and unique lockets she can find. After she redesigns them to include new or handmade chains, gemstone elements, and other lovely touches, you have a locket that is both traditional and stylish. Like the hearts from G&G, every locket Julie creates is a one-of-a-kind, which is such a nice touch for any gift associated with romantic love.  

Diamond Heart Jewelry

De Beers Heart

Of course, diamonds are still a girl’s best friend. Maybe the heart for you is something dainty that you can wear on your sleeve, like this sweet little diamond heart bracelet from De Beers.  

Molina Fine Jewelers

            Or perhaps this heart will capture yours  …with over 17carats of diamonds on the outside and almost 3carats of pink sapphires on the inside, there is nothing tiny about this breathtaking pendant. The  3inch, three dimensional heart is suspended from a diamond pave chain and is only a heartbeat away at    

  Heart to Heart…

Remember that fine jewelry hearts such as these will never go out of style – and may become some of your favorite heirlooms.  So, In the spirit of Valentine’s Day:
  1. Tweet Sweet
  2. Blow Kisses
  3. Spread some Kindness
  4. Roll-out the Red Carpet for a Friend
  5. Form a Strategic Partnership
  6. …and Have a Heart!

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This Holiday, Give Gifts of Meaning

Give Gifts of Meaning and Lasting Value

We all seem to be in search of the more meaningful Holiday . . . less stuff, more value. Some of this is economic; currencies worldwide are depreciating and in many places times are tough. And some of it is emotional – we all want to focus more of our energy on gifts of meaning rather than just giving things.  My strong belief is that we should only purchase those gifts that hold or increase their value while expressing the strongest emotions . . . gemstones and jewelry of course.

Diamond Studs an Essential Part of a Jewelry Wardrobe At the Top of My List . . .

For women . . . diamonds still take a woman’s breath away like no other gift, and of course, a Diamond is Forever. Pearls are also a classic choice that I have always loved, as did my mom.

What’s in Your Jewelry Wardrobe?

All women should have a basic jewelry wardrobe – and this is a necessity for any woman in business! So when choosing gifts of meaning  for the woman in your life this year, in addition to Quality and Value, Versatility should lead the way. Here are my recommendations:
  • A beautiful timepiece
  • Pearl necklace or pendant
  • Pearl stud earrings
  • Diamond stud earrings
  • Diamond ring (’tis the season for engagements and anniversary bands! But it’s also always a good time for a right-hand ring).
  • Diamond pendant or necklace
  • Fine jewelry brooch (diamonds or pearls, or a brooch with both)

What about the men in our lives?

Watches are the easy choice, but I’m always shocked when I see a man dressed with a fine timepiece, but with shirt cuffs (peeking from his sleeve) closed with plastic buttons. Where is the fine pair of cufflinks? It’s always the little details that matter, and for me cufflinks are as important to a man’s polished look as his shoes. If you want to see a truly different collection of cufflinks made of the highest quality gemstones and hand-crafted in the United States, check out what Seaman Schepps has to offer. Men are also buying more accessories, and the selection of fine men’s bracelets has never been better! When you stop in at your independent retailer, make sure you look at men’s jewelry. The offerings from designer lines like David Heston, Todd Reed, David Yurman, Scott Kay and more are genuinely exciting and look terrific with a magnificent Italian suit or jeans and a jacket.   I suspect we’re all at the point in our lives where we’d rather have one beautiful, meaningful gift of lasting value than 10 – or even 20! – lesser gifts whose pleasure will fade quickly.  Remember, it’s not just Diamonds that are Forever . . . it’s also the true thoughtfulness that goes into selecting them. Happy Holidays my friends!

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Archduke Joseph Diamond Auction at Christie’s

The Archduke Joseph Diamond Auction at Christie’s is Almost Here

The most exciting diamond auction in decades – the Archduke Joseph Diamond – is about  to take place, and of course I’ll be there. I couldn’t miss it!   On November 13 – right after my interview on CNNE – I’ll be catching a flight for Geneva to take part in this historic event. Christie’s beautifully prepared auction catalog details the history and pedigree of the amazing Archduke Joseph Diamond. It is very well-written and the photography is lush. Here’s a link so you can enjoy it too. I can’t wait to  get there, to see the Archduke Joseph Diamond again, and to share my experiences with you!

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Philanthropical in Pink: Show Your Breast Cancer Awareness in Style

Omi Prive

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink is the color of breast cancer awareness. If you didn’t notice pink rubber awareness bracelets throughout the year, you’ll have a hard time missing them during this month. Purchases of those bracelets provides income for  breast cancer research and support, so here’s an example of how a rubber bracelet can claim a type of quality all its own – the quality of philanthropy. But if you want to give back while wearing something with more fine jewelry appeal,  you have several options. First, stop by your local independent jeweler. Many independent jewelers create their own cause jewelry and donate a percentage of each purchase to research. Ostbye in Minneapolis offers a 14k two tone pendant with diamond melee that makes a simple, delicate . . . and fine statement of support. Studio 2015 Jewelers in Woodstock, Illinois designs a new breast cancer awareness piece each year that is auctioned off for breast cancer research and is available for sale through the store. Chances are very good that an independent jeweler in your area is doing something special too. Jewelry designers create cause pieces as well. Tacori’s 18k pink gold pendant with diamonds is a beautiful statement piece, and at the other end of the price spectrum Sara Blaine designs a series of silver dog tags in her “It’s the Journey” series supporting breast cancer research. My point, as always, is that quality can be part of every jewelry purchase.  Of course, my preference for pink this month would probably be Omi Prive’s amazing pink tourmaline ring – with a personal donation to breast cancer research on the side.

Studio 2015 18k White Pendant

Tacori 18k Rose with Diamonds

Ostbye 14k 2-Tone Pendant

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True Luxury- Jewelry Activist Diane Warga-Arias

The heart and soul of the luxury business is the understanding that luxury is inexpressible, because it is aesthetic based….captivating all of our senses. That is why a simulant or synthetic gemstone doesn’t make it. No matter how beautifully it is described and no matter how good it looks at first glance or on TV, a fake has nothing to do with luxury. The reason is simple: Natural gemstones captivate us emotionally, physically and mentally. If we know we are wearing a fake or if we see our faux gemstone next to the real thing…we will feel differently. In other words, the luxury experience will also be simulated and fall short.

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Quality is Not About Price or Perception

Many marketers feel that Quality is all about perceived value. In fact, it is “value” that is perceived… when the quality of something is thought to be worth its price. There are true standards of Quality …that have little to do with price and nothing to do with perception. In the past, when a fine jeweler sold a Diamond, it was real, natural and untreated…NOT necessarily today. In the past, the words “Fine Jewelry” distinguished real, quality jewelry from the fake….but NOT today. I have worn and promoted quality diamond jewelry valued in the millions of dollars …and I also promote sterling silver jewelry that is under $50. Quality is not about the price, but it is based on reality! I remember wearing a beautiful $100,000+ diamond necklace and matching $25,000 diamond ring for an important industry gala….and they both scratched my skin and constantly tangled my hair (OK, my hair is always a bit long). I personally own and often wear another expensive diamond ring that never scratches my skin and never catches my hair or any fabric of my clothes…I don’t even feel it; it is part of me. Most recently, I promoted and wore a Sterling Silver Necklace with diamond accents, which was so well crafted and manufactured that it felt like silk on my fingertips. It was quality. Quality jewelry is first and foremost about craftsmanship! Quality, like Luxury also has an aesthetic and an emotional component… both quality and luxury can engage us emotionally. A home, a car or an item of jewelry are some of the most emotionally loaded purchases we can make. I think it is funny, that people commonly say we should never buy a home based on emotion, but diamond sellers and jewelry sellers generally agree that they are selling emotion. Well, I love that I am emotional about what I buy …. I love to “feel” right about a purchase. That does NOT mean that I do not need expertise and experience to validate the quality of which I am emotionally drawn. And therein lies the rub. I am motivated to share my expertise and inside information on this site to: 1. Help those that want real quality jewelry…so they don’t settle for less. 2. Demonstrate that quality jewelry is available for everyone, at every price point. 3. Honor those jewelry sellers & manufacturers that offer real quality gemstones and jewelry.  

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