Fashion Week with the DIC (Part I)

JCK was in full force earlier today at the Diamond Information Center’s gathering at the Bryant Park Hotel. From The Loft we had a wonderful, though wet, view of “The Tents” of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but for those of us present, the real buzz was all about the designers who are “Raising Their Right Hands” to help women make a statement about their lives.

With the launch of Woman of the World, Raise Your Right Hand in 2003 the DIC has aided to bring the female self-purchaser to the fore of retailers minds year-round and not just in October (which is Right-Hand Ring Month).

Even though Tracy Reese has blossomed into one of today’s hippest designers, she never forgets the source of her motivation. Her diamond ring, titled “Family Values,” memorializes her initial foray into fashion. Reese explains: “I designed this ring to remind me of the moment I decided to take my dad’s advice and launch my collection.” With a 14k rose gold, floral pattern band that’s studded with round-cut brilliant diamonds (1/3 ct. t.w.), this ring will inspire you to follow and celebrate your own dreams. (Source)

Nothing offers more inspiration than the success of a life-changing achievement. For Charlotte Ronson, that inspiration takes shape in this stunning diamond ring titled, “Opening Day.” Ronson explains: ”The unveiling of my first store was so rewarding. I felt the same way when I recently opened a shop in Japan — excitement mixed with a little wonder.” This 14k rose gold ring features three rows of princess-cut diamonds (1 1/6 ct. t.w.) set in a checkerboard-pattern. Like Ronson’s opening day emotions, this ring will both excite and inspire you. (Source)

Like the connections between the past and the present, Cynthia Rowley’s yellow diamond ring, ”Generations,” links together her own family history with her present, famed style. Rowley elaborates: ”This ring is based on one passed down among the men in my family. It’s pretty but still tough.” Micro pavé, natural yellow diamonds (1/3 ct. t.w.) adorn one of the links in this 14k yellow gold ring, lending the more masculine, chain-style ring a shimmering, feminine touch. (Source)

This bow-shaped diamond ring, titled “Labors of Love,” draws on Jill Stuart’s experience as both a designer and a mother. Stuart explains: “I gave birth to my third daughter the day before my Spring ‘95 show. I danced down the runway at the show the next day.” With round-cut brilliant diamonds (1/2 ct. t.w.) set micro pavé-style in 14k white gold, this ring is at once both precious and youthfully feminine. (Source)

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