Supplier News: Week of Oct. 13

Jewelry Designers Create the Charm Opener

With the demand for charm bracelets greater than ever, jewelry designers Cathy Barouch and Lara Korhammer of Caterina Jewelry are delivering on the need for a tool that makes it easy to wear them: the Charm Opener.

Portable and easy to use, the Charm Opener enables jewelers and customers to easily open charm bracelets, necklaces, and locked beads, where clasps and beads have proven to be difficult. “We were tired of experiencing too many frustrating moments trying to put charm bracelets on and off customers and ourselves,” said Barouch in a press release. “We’ve heard from fellow retailers that they would receive customer complaints about how difficult it is to open charm bracelets, necklaces, and locked beads. So we came up with the perfect solution.” The Charm Opener works on all jewelry brands and retails for $25. To see how it works, watch the video below.

 

For more information about the product, visit Caterinajewelry.com.

Becky Beauchine Kulka Diamonds Adds LVE Diamonds to Collections

Michigan-based Becky Beauchine Kulka Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is expanding its collection of bridal and fashion jewelry to include LVE Diamonds, a line that currently is carried by only 10 jewelers in the U.S.

Each LVE engagement ring features a thread of precious metal that wraps the diamonds mounted to the band, representing the infinite circle of a couple’s love and the journey on which they embark. LVE bridal rings are available in a variety of styles and in platinum, 18k white, yellow, and rose gold, while the diamond fashion collection features 18k yellow, white, and rose gold settings.

“LVE Diamonds brings a visual element of transcendence to engagement jewelry design,” said store owner and CEO Becky Beauchine Kulka in a press release. “Their simple yet elegant design symbolizes the love that binds a couple together. We are thrilled to be able to offer these exceptional rings to our customers.”

Visit Bbkfinejewelry.com and Lvediamonds.com for more on both the retailer and diamond band.

Mercury Ring 2015-16 catalogMercury Ring Releases 2015–2016 Catalog

Phyllis Bergman for Mercury Ring has released her new look book/catalog for 2015–2016. The leading bridal manufacturer has created a catalog that nods to clean lines, structure, and tradition. The 70-year-old company, which is led by the third generation of the Bergman family, is dedicated to tracking bridal trends around the globe and bringing those new trends to market early. Mercury Ring has a stellar reputation for its customer service and appreciation.

For more information on the new catalog, visit Mercuryring.com.

Ritani Expands E-Commerce Platform With Debut of Its Designer Collection

Engagement ring and fine jeweler Ritani is set to debut the Ritani Designer Collection, a new offering of luxury products from well-established brands and designers, as well as up-and-comers, offered on a new platform on Ritani.com.

Visitors to the site can browse and purchase from brands such as Hulchi Belluni, Erica Courtney, Kara Ross, Soho Jewelry, Mimi So, Omi Privé, and Slane, then have the items shipped to their homes or to a trusted local jeweler in the Ritani network for pickup. Boutique designers Jose Hess, Stephanie Occhipinti, Nghi Nguyen, Alison Nagasue, and April Karavani are also joining the lineup of available offerings.

Alongside the new platform is the announcement of Ritani’s partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to support, cultivate, and showcase talented alums from the New York City–based school of design. The first six alums will receive a prime position on Ritani’s web store, coupled with production and manufacturing facilities to bring their collections to the public. The first class of the Ritani/FIT partnership includes Daseul Lee, RJ Tan Bassa, Han Lin, Linda Koh, Ja Yong Shin, and Lan Zhang.

“With this unique project, Ritani has proven themselves to be front-runners,” said FIT’s  jewelry design department chair Michael Coan in a press release. “In terms of design inspiration, they understand the need for these new voices to be heard.”

For more information on the new platform, visit Ritani.com.

GemOro Introduces New LED Diamond Grading LampGemOro Horizon LED diamond grading lamp

GemOro presents its new Horizon LED lamp, featuring natural daylight illumination that makes it ideal for diamond and gemstone color grading. The company also suggests placing the lamp on jewelry counters, for presenting jewels to customers under its bright yet cool high-power LEDs. The lamp, which is priced at $119.95, also comes with a USB for charging a smartphone or other gadgets.

For more information, visit Gemoroproducts.com.