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An Exceptional Take on the Zipper Necklace
July 15, 2014
By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor
It was the Duchess of Windsor who, in 1938, first suggested to Renée Puissant, Van Cleef & Arpels’ ­then–­artistic director, that the maison create a piece based on the humble zipper. It took the...
From Mine to Store: The Story Behind Daniela Villegas' Stunning Black Opal Ring
July 15, 2014
By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor
Jewelry designer Daniela Villegas wasn’t looking for a black opal when her gem buyer showed her the colossal dark gem at the center of this whimsical scarab ring. “I saw it and said, ‘Okay, I don’t...
July 9, 2014
By JCK Staff
The colored stone market continues to see prices rise on increasing demand in world markets. Natural fine quality sapphire has reached a price plateau that eliminates the vast majority of customers...
A $10 Million 100+ Carat Ruby Necklace by James Currens for Fai Dee
May 29, 2014
By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor
It took more than 100 years to collect the pigeon’s blood Burmese rubies in this dazzling piece. Created by contemporary designer James W. Currens for Fai Dee specifically for Sotheby’s Magnificent...
Colored Stones: A Ruby and Sapphire Guide, Loretta Castoro’s Lips Jewelry & More
May 29, 2014
By JCK Staff
Source MaterialIn 1997, Richard W. Hughes, American gemologist and gem trade personality, published Ruby & Sapphire, a widely read technical account of corundum intended for his fellow...
From Mine to Store: Zorab Atelier de Creation’s Crazy Horse
May 29, 2014
By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor
In Chinese Astrology, 2014 is the Year of the Horse, which is said to usher in oodles of good luck and fortune. The auspicious year—and its majestic animal spirit—inspired this one-of-a-kind equine...
An Interview With Gemfields CEO Ian Harebottle
May 26, 2014
By Rob Bates, Senior Editor
South Africa–born Ian Harebottle became CEO of Gemfields in 2009, after previously heading Tanzanite-­One. Since coming on board, he has laid out an ambitious agenda to make the London-based mining...
May 26, 2014
By JCK Staff
At the wholesale level of the colored stone market, dealers continue to express optimism as the industry gears up for the JCK Las Vegas show. In the United States, demand is centered on a relatively...
Take a Spin on a Carousel Ring From Lord Jewelry
April 28, 2014
By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor
How to mount a spinning carousel on a ring? Very deliberately, says Sinork Agdere, who created this majestic merry-go-round ring for his Los Angeles–based firm, Lord Jewelry.
Cartier Pays Record $27 Million for Jadeite Necklace at Sotheby’s
April 8, 2014
By Rob Bates, Senior Editor
On April 6, Cartier beat out eight bidders to pay a world record $27.44 million for a legendary jadeite necklace at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Hong Kong—in a sale that also set a world-...
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