SICIS Opens Parisian Flagship Store
It takes between 200 and 500 mosaic tiles to make one square centimeter of micro-mosaic, and requires hundreds of hours of work. That’s why, when SICIS unveils its 1,001 mosaic in its new Parisian flagship, it’s a big deal.
Spanning two floors in the heart of Paris’ Triangle d’Or, the new boutique was inaugurated on Nov. 15. The space has been totally transformed—into a larger-than-life jewelry box—housing the brand’s trademark jewelry and watch collections made in micro- and nono-mosaic, furniture, works of art, and more.
SICIS was founded in 1988 by Maurizio Leo Placuzzi in Ravenna, Italy, the birthplace of mosaics. After 25 years, the company still strives to reinvent the know-how to revive mosaics and has become a leader in mosaic arts.
For more information on SICIS Jewels, go to sicisjewels.com.
Leibish & Co. Secures Unprecedented 25 Percent of Argyle Pink Diamond Tender
Natural-color diamond company Leibish & Co. proved successful at this year’s Argyle Pink Diamond Tender, coming away with 17 Argyle stones—nearly 25 percent of the tender.
“Each exquisite stone we have secured is literally one in a million and we are proud to have won such a large number of them, including an extremely rare colored Argyle Allure,” said Shmulik Polnauer, chief diamond buyer for Leibish & Co. “The demand for Argyle Diamonds has significantly increased over the last few years, for collectors as well as for investors, and we look forward to introducing our customers to these stones.”
The Argyle Mine is the world’s largest supplier of diamonds, accounting for approximately one-fifth of the world’s natural diamond production. Argyle Pink Diamonds are among the rarest and most valuable stones in the colored diamond industry, and with the Argyle Mine projected to close by 2018, such stones are poised for significant appreciation. This year, Argyle offered 75 lots of its very best pink, red, and blue stones mined during the past two years.
Titanium-Jewelry.com Releases New Line of J.R. Yates Cobalt Rings
Online retailer Titanium-Jewelry.com has announced the arrival of its newest line in men’s cobalt wedding bands from designer and company CEO-founder J.R. Yates. “I really wanted to create modern men’s wedding bands in this exciting new metal, cobalt. Styles that are interesting yet affordable,” Yates said of his new collection. “So we got to work, and as a result we’re very proud to release this new line and add them to our Titanium-Jewelry family.”
The new line is Yates’ answer to growing retail trends and includes variations of designs with diamonds, with both satin and high-polish finishes, and rope and tread patterns. “Consumer benefits of cobalt are its hypo-allergenic properties,” said Yates. “[It is] formulated primarily from the elements cobalt and chromium. As a result, it will not tarnish and is safe for those who normally have difficulty wearing jewelry due to sensitive skin allergies. Further, the color of cobalt is a very bright white, nearly indistinguishable from platinum, but at a fraction of the cost.”
The J.R. Yates line is not available for wholesale. The private and exclusive collection is available only at Titanium-Jewelry.com and at its brick-and-mortar location, Yates & Co. Jewelers in Modesto, Calif.
To check out the collection, visit titanium-jewelry.com.
Nomination Italy Introduces New Collections
Nomination Italy introduced some exciting new collections for fall 2012, including Paradiso and Romantica.
The Paradiso collection, featuring ornate designs in stainless steel accented with white Swarovski zirconia and pavé CZ, is inspired by the spiritual symbol of perfection: heaven. Each pendant, created to adorn the necklaces, bracelets, and earrings of the Paradiso collection, is a celebration of Italian craftsmanship, with intricate detail and heart and fleur-de-lis shapes.
The Romantica collection is abundant with the symbol of love and romance: the heart. In sterling silver and rose-gold plate, the collection features necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, with interlocking heart patterns. The collection also is available in basic sterling silver, sans rose-gold plate.
Charriol USA Teams with Paramount Pictures for Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
Charriol USA has partnered with Paramount Pictures to support the upcoming theatrical release of Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away. The company, known for its cable jewelry creations, will offer a gift-with-purchase opportunity at 50 select fine jewelry retailers. From Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, customers will receive two free movie tickets to Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3-D with any Charriol purchase.
“We are excited to partner with this amazing film. This partnership provides us the opportunity to give the great fans of Charriol USA a special gift during the holiday season,” said Charriol vice president Ori Zemer. “By offering exclusive experiences to our fans, we not only allow them to continue their love for the Charriol USA brand with their purchase of a special item, but to continue their experience through one-of-a-kind events.”
The brand also will offer a grand-prize drawing at participating independent retailer locations featuring a $2,000 Charriol shopping spree, film-themed prizes, and a private screening of the movie. The opportunity to enter ends Dec. 26.
For more information on the film and on Charriol USA’s contest, visit charriolusa.com.