I have always been around women wearing pearls ever since I was a little girl. My mom always wore beautiful long strands of Japanese cultured pearls that my dad had bought during one of his business trips to Japan at Mikimoto back in the early sixties. My sisters who were much older then me received a pearl strand each when they were 18. By the time I finally turned 18, I received my long awaited pearl strand. It was mine, I could hold it, stare at it, wear it and keep it close to my heart. A few years later I became a jewelry designer and I designed a lot of clasps that would hold multi strands of pearls. I would mix different sizes of cultured japanese pearls in every strand. My passion for pearls just grew with time, I became picky, I only wanted to work with the best quality. A few years later I started to fall in love with south sea pearls, especially baroque, and lately Tahitian. When I have to purchase pearls I look at the shape, the color, and the luster almost like a diamond. Purchasing Tahitian pearl is a big challenge, the range of color is pretty wide and my favorite ones are silver, beige, light blue and light grey. Colors that can go with your jeans and can make you look as glamorous as the women who wore Japanese cultured pearls in the fifties.
It’s always nice to come back to New York a city I left almost 7 years ago to Southern California.
It was all work from the minute I landed to the minute I left. I was able to squeeze 2 shows that I enjoyed very much the first one was the exhibition of the Jewels by JAR or Joel Allen Rosenthal at the Metropolitan Museum. Jar is a native New Yorker who went to France and became a famous bespoke jewelers making objects of Art and stretching the boundaries of the art of making jewelry. As soon as you walk into the room you feel like you are walking into a jewelry box, the lighting, the fabric on which the pieces are displayed and the intensity that emanates from each piece. You almost forget that you are at the Met.
The second exhibition, at the Brooklyn Museum, entitled “From the sidewalk to the catwalk” shows some of the work of famous French designer Jean Paul Gaultier who made the men skirt and the corset famous. Do you remember Madonna touring with costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier featuring a Corset and large conical breasts? Over the years he has succeeded in challenging us in the way we think of fashion.
My next blog will be about the art of buying multi-colored Tahitian pearls.
It all starts with getting engaged. Once the proposal had been accepted, it’s time to plan your dream wedding! Amid all of the excitement, it’s easy to forget about your wedding bands. But you shouldn’t leave this purchase to the last minute, you need to give it some consideration.
Women often know what type of band they desire once they see their engagement ring, but for most men their wedding band will be their first (and maybe their last) jewelry purchase for themselves! It can be a difficult decision for men since most have never worn a ring before… One of the most important things to consider when selecting the right men’s band is to find one with the best width for your finger. A ring that you feel most comfortable wearing will be the best choice. Once you settle on a width, you can chose the metal color, yellow, pink or white, gold, palladium or platinum, maybe a mix of two colors, the texture, hammered, engraved, satin, florentine etc…. Your lifestyle might influence your choice of color and possibly even the addition of diamonds to your wedding band. If your completely lost, consider your favorite watch and find elements of it’s style to match up with your band selection.
Men, always remember the wedding band you select is a symbol of your marriage, so make sure to fall in love with the one you choose!
It’s been a while since our last post…..the year went by so fast and it was a challenging one! We introduced a new collection of colored sapphires, tsavorites and diamonds, Tango. We were challenged to design for our clients’ incredible colored stones. We added more engagement rings to our Promise™ Collection with some great new men’s wedding bands featuring different textures. We won an AGTA Honorable Mention in the classical division. We are part of the American Jewelry Design Council exhibition at the Forbes Museum in New York City. Wish you all very Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year…..Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us!
One of my favorite gemstones is the “Paraiba Tourmaline”. I love that incredible “Windex” color, there is nothing like it. Copper in high concentration is responsible for the neon blue that is coveted by so many. A truly rare stone, Paraiba Tourmaline was first discovered in the 80′s in Paraiba, Brazil. Within a very short time, the world market soaked up the modest supply of gemstones. In 2001, more of these stones were found on the African continent, specifically, Nigeria and Mozambique. Interesting enough both stones had the same chemical composition where copper and manganese were present.
Over the years we have bought a few of the African Paraiba Tourmalines. It’s a thrill to shop for the perfect stone. The best cut, and the most brilliant with enough saturation will give you a high when you lay your eyes on it.
Valentine’s! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow……
Oh how I remember all those Valentine’s Days…. Elementary school Valentine’s days, Middle school Valentine’s days and High School when real Valentines were around……and evolved into College when my boyfriend always had something and then my husband….who never forgets Valentine. One year it might be some awesome chocolates, one year it might be some unusual flowers and one year it might be a symbolic piece of Jewelry, but everytime I feel that he is expressing more of his love. This year I will be celebrating my 30th Valentine with my husband and I LOVE to be surprised!
Emerald green 2013 color of the year! It took me by surprise…. such a classic lush color, especially after last year’s bold Tangerine Tango . According to the official announcement on their website the color is “Lively. Radiant. Lush…A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” So I asked myself why would Pantone land on this hue to represent 2013, when researching for this post I really fell in love with the color and all its different shades. At the Presidential inauguration Beyonce seems to be the right ambassador of the Pentone Institute. I guess we will see a lot of this lush color this year.