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2016/05/03

One of the most surprising jewellery trends to emerge in the past few years was inspired by the global hit TV show Games of Thrones. With the sixth season of the show back on TV screens now, it might be time to get some dragon jewels and designs with gothic undertones at the ready.

 

Pirelli bluestone pendant by Clogau Gold
Pirelli bluestone pendant by Clogau Gold

 

The influence of the TV show and series of books has been phenomenal, and jewellery has been a popular medium for fans to pledge allegiance. Wedding rings have been made engraved with quotes from Game of Thrones – most notably “moon of my life, my sun and stars”; vows taken by characters Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo.

 

Deer tusk, diamond and mandarin garnet earrings by Scottish jewellery brand Jorie
Deer tusk, diamond and mandarin garnet earrings by Scottish jewellery brand Jorie
 
 
Another popular motif in Game of Thrones-inspired jewellery is dragons. For those who have not seen the show or read the books, dragons play a major role and are one of the most iconic images of the stories. Or for fans of characters from The North, jewels depicting wolves are popular – Direwolves are an important link to the Stark family.

 

Dragones de Fuego earrings in white gold and diamonds by Carrera y Carrera
Dragones de Fuego earrings in white gold and diamonds by Carrera y Carrera
 
 
Dragon-inspired bracelet from the Diamond Tree collection by Wendy Yue
Dragon-inspired bracelet from the Diamond Tree collection by Wendy Yue
 
 
Gaelle Khouri's Dragon ring is made from 18ct yellow gold and rust-tone bronze and set with rubies, blue sapphires and tsavorite
Gaelle Khouri's Dragon ring is made from 18ct yellow gold and rust-tone bronze and set with rubies, blue sapphires and tsavorite

 

The general style vibe of the show is Medieval, so any jewels that look as though they could be made from blackened steel or set with rough-cut gems or strung on a leather thong can also tap into this trend. Bones, olde worlde symbols, or even swords and armour references will work too.

 

Bone and precious gems neck cuff by Fabio Salini
Bone and precious gems neck cuff by Fabio Salini

 

While Game of Thrones won’t be a defining trend for the commercial jewellery industry this year, it is certainly a fun theme to play with. And for marketing purposes, it’s a great way to tap into what a lot of your customers will be talking about.

 

Embrace the hype by presenting a selection of jewels that could tap into this trend, and take to social media to jump right on the #gameofthrones hashtag, which at the time of writing (before the first episode of season six aired) had already amassed more than 3.3 million mentions on Instagram alone.


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2016/04/28


This is a tough time to be young and starting a career in retail jewellery.  Too many stores are closing and the competition is fierce.  There are plenty of career advisors who will tell you all of the things you are supposed to do when interviewing for a job.  The advice is always the same: show up on time, be neat and clean, smile, give a firm handshake.  Good advice indeed, although it only scratches the surface.  I hired my first employee over 50 years ago.  Here are some of the down-and-dirty things I look for when I hire.

 

 

 

 

Total, brutal honesty

The jewellery business is based on trust.  As part of my team, you will  be in my closest circle of trust. You need to always be brutally honest...not just to me. Self-honesty is even more important

 

Be yourself

Don’t pretend to be someone else.  If you are hired I will get to know the real you, so give it to me know.  I want to know if you will fit into the personality of my business.  I know you are younger than me and have a different style and way of thinking. If I want my business to be relevant and forward thinking, I need your fresh input.

 

If you have a criminal record, tell me.  I am going to find out anyway, so be honest with me now and you still have a chance. If I find out later, you will be let go.  And I know how to search social media and  I will, so tell me if there is anything that will surprise me.  I do understand youthful mistakes.  I made them too, but they weren’t recorded online for everyone to see. (WHEW!)

 

Personality is more important than training

Gemmological training will certainly help your chances, but that alone will not get you the job. I want to know how you will use that knowledge to create a positive, interesting experience to the patrons of my store.  Wow me, make me want to work with you.  I can teach you anything else I need you to know.

 

Show me something new

There is a lot I can show you  but there is even more I can learn from you. I know you are familiar with technology, but so am I.   My generation invented this stuff but your generation turned it into a living, evolving cultural movement.  I need you to help me understand how to evolve with it.  Don’t be afraid to pull out your phone or tablet to show what-what you like or dislike about my online presence.  That is another aspect of honesty I need; good solid criticism.

 

Working together

In the jewellery industry, knowledge, skills, and ethics are passed down from the elders to the youth.  Traditionally, this has always been a one-way street.  Your generation is changing that.  As elders, we have much to give you,  and we give it freely to keep the old skills and ideas alive.  From you we learn new ways of interacting with the community, both local and global.  Your generation has the innate ability to blend the old with the new in ways my generation never imagined. We need each other.

 

What some people call flaws in a diamond, others think of as unique characteristics.   I know you can shine and sparkle or you would not be interviewing with me.  Don’t hide your flaws under a prong. (You know I’ll use my loupe and find them anyway) Show me your flaws, those characteristics that make you unique right at the start.  Be honest about them. That is what I am looking for.


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2016/04/27

Companies like to attach their brand to people of influence, such as performing artists or sport heroes. The World of Diamonds Group, one of the world’s largest privately held diamond corporations, is taking the opportunity to tap into the international star power of British-American actress Jane Seymour.

 

On Monday the organization will unveil “The Jane Seymour”, a platinum ring set with a rare 2.08-carat cushion-cut fancy vivid blue diamond, during a private dinner party honouring her at CÉ LA VI Singapore.

 

From the mining of the diamond in Russia, to the crafting of the jewel in Geneva, all of the work was done by the international diamond company.

 

Blue diamonds of this size and saturation are among the rarest and most sought after gems in the world, commanding extremely high prices at auctions the past few years. However, World of Diamonds Group claims this ring is priceless due to its association with the multitalented actress, producer, philanthropist, painter and businesswoman. The jewel is accompanied by a handcrafted leather “treasure chest.”

 

“The Jane Seymour,” a platinum ring set with a rare 2.08-carat cushion-cut fancy vivid blue diamond
“The Jane Seymour,” a platinum ring set with a rare 2.08-carat cushion-cut fancy vivid blue diamond

 

“The invitation to behold this creation would rather you not compare The Jane Seymour to anything else in the high jewellery world,” said Karan Tilani, director of World Of Diamonds Group. “It is a celebratory treat, more comparable to a mega-yacht or a ticket to the moon.”

 

At the same event at the restaurant and nightclub Seymour will receive an amethyst (her birthstone) weighing more than 20 carats.

 

Seymour is in Singapore to star in the British Theatre Playhouse’s production of “The Vortex” by Noel Coward, at Jubilee Hall Theatre inside Raffles Hotel. As a key supporter of the play, World of Diamonds Group will host a VIP showing on April 29, followed by the “Art For Charity” gala at Raffles. The event is titled “Great Gatsby, Red Carpet Glamour,” and guests include Singapore President Tony Tan and his wife, Mary Tan, the EU Ambassador to Singapore, Michael Pulch, and the British High Commissioner Scott Wightman.

 

At the event Seymour will wear the Ville de Genève diamond necklace, boasting an18.18-carat Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond. The handcrafted 18k white gold jewel, modelled after coniferous trees in the Alps, is additionally adorned with 456 round brilliant diamonds, (D-F, VVS, 37.70 total carat weight); and 55 marquise brilliant diamonds, (D-F, IF-VVS, 1.65 total carat weight). The necklace is valued at approximately $24.3 million, according to the company, which again was involved in every stage of creating the jewel.

 

Ville de Genève 18k white gold and diamond necklace, boasting an18.18-carat fancy vivid pink diamond
Ville de Genève 18k white gold and diamond necklace, boasting an18.18-carat fancy vivid pink diamond

 

The World Of Diamonds Group specializes in the mining, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of diamonds and diamond jewellery. It is based in Russian with offices for its various operations throughout the world.

 

As a result of its efforts in Singapore, the organization is receiving international publicity, earning face time with well-heeled potential customers and showcasing their skill at producing one-of-a-kind jewels with rare gems.

 

Seems like a good marketing strategy to me.


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2016/04/26

It was a strange week of jewellery auctions in New York. Blue, the hottest colour among gems at auction the past few years suddenly went cold and was replaced by red. Sales, which had been strong throughout the shaky global economy, suddenly went flat.

 

The big news of the week was that the much hyped and anticipated auction of the Shirley Temple Blue Diamond failed to attract a buyer.

The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond that failed to sell
The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond that failed to sell

 

Bidding on the 9.54-carat gem stalled at $22 million when Lisa Hubbard, who led the auction, abruptly ended the sale then quickly left the floor with Sotheby’s staff members. About 30 minutes later the auction house issued a formal statement:

 

“The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond is an exceptional stone in quality, rarity and provenance. It has been an honour to share its story with collectors, connoisseurs and Temple’s loyal fans over the past few months. Unfortunately, tonight wasn’t its night in the salesroom, but we remain fully confident that it will find a buyer.”

 

Inside Sotheby’s New York salesroom during bidding on the Shirley Temple blue diamond. Photo by Anthony DeMarco
Inside Sotheby’s New York salesroom during bidding on the Shirley Temple blue diamond.
Photo by Anthony DeMarco

 

It was the last item of Sotheby’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale of 300 lots that took in more than $29.8 million. It was less than half of what Sotheby’s New York April 2015 auction achieved. Many items went unsold, and several times it seemed as if they were pulling items from the sale quickly in order to get to the Shirley Temple Blue, which turned out to be the ultimate disappointment.

 

A day earlier at Bonhams New York auction house, two “exceptional” Kashmir blue sapphires didn’t sell. The auction’s top lot, an 8.07-carat sapphire on a ring with diamonds had an estimate of $400,000 - $600,000; and a 3.49 sapphire from Black, Starr & Frost, billed as America’s oldest jeweller with an estimate of $250,000 - $350,000.

 

The winner of the week was a 15.99-carat Burmese ruby, known as the “Jubilee Ruby,” that fetched more than $14.1 million at Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale, the most expensive coloured gemstone ever sold at auction in the U.S.

 

The “Jubilee” ruby that more than $14.1 million, a U.S. record coloured gemstone ever sold at auction
The “Jubilee” ruby that more than $14.1 million, a U.S. record coloured gemstone ever sold at auction

 

The price for the gem—set in an 18k gold ring within a circular-cut diamond and polished gold surround designed by Verdura—includes auction commission and other fees. The hammer price was $12.5 million, on the low end of its $12 to $15 million estimate.

 

It wasn’t an easy sale. Bidding for the gem began at $10 million and those inside the mostly filled saleroom turned quiet while Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International head of Jewellery, coaxed a few phone bidders slowly past the low estimate.

 

Christie’s was also the winner among the auction houses for the week. The statement ruby was the last of 255 lots that took in more than $57 million and was one of nine lots that fetched more than

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million. All of the remaining top lots were diamonds.

 

However, even with this success a number of lots went unsold.


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2016/04/26

The sustained slowdown in global economy, especially in the US and China has taken heavy toll of India’s gems & jewellery exports during recent years. If sources are to be believed, the industry has registered steady growth, but 2015-16 shows a 15% decline in exports.

 

The Indian government, worried by such dismal export figures, recently increased allocations for export incentive schemes across the economy, including the diamond and jewellery sectors, in the current financial year to $3.2 billion (Rs. 21,000 crore). The government is still considering giving more incentives to promote the dwindling exports. Jewellery is key area to boost exports as India's share in the global market is very small. Due to wide differences in duty paid and duty refunded, exporters are shying away from tax refund scheme.

 

India may announce measures to boost jewellery exports
India may announce measures to boost jewellery exports

 

India’s Commerce Secretary Ms. Rita Teaotia had recently convened an inter-ministerial meeting in New Delhi during which some measures such as making available duty-free gold in smaller denominations to jewellery exporters were discussed.

 

It may be noted here that a delegation led by Chairman of India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) Mr. Pravinshanker Pandya had met the Union Commerce Minister to seek redressal of issues faced by the G&J industry during which it (the delegation) suggested that the government undertake certain initiatives to lighten its burden. These included a level playing field with regard to China and allowing the industry to include gems and jewellery industry in Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) as well as allowing goods to enter the country on a consignment basis for manufacturing.

 

The Indian government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allege each other for sabotaging country’s export growth. The Centre claims that exports are being throttled to death by the RBI which refusing to devalue the rupee to make it competitive against its other emerging market peers. RBI Governor Mr. Raghuram Rajan has strongly refuted centre’s allegation, arguing that it is not the rupee but other factors that are responsible for the exports decline.

 

Industry analysts feel that indirect cause for a slowdown in global trade is a slowing global economy. But breakdown of export figures shows that it is crude oil that is the main culprit that has fired the fatal shot. Petroleum products, which account for over one-fifth of India’s exports, were down by 47% between April 2015 and January 2016 as compared to the previous year. While the demand for petroleum products was impacted by slowing demand, the sharp cut in crude oil price has also affected the value of Indian exports.

 

It was also discussed during the inter-ministerial meeting about the steps like supply of duty-free gold under the replenishment scheme to the jewellery exporters, as and when required. The industry circles here expect paperwork may be reduced for gold jewellery exporters to promote ease of doing business in this area and at the same time, exporters may be allowed to ship jewellery on notional rate basis for the purpose of claiming incentives. But, they will have to tell the actual value within 180 days of the shipment.

 

Under the new scheme, the nominated agencies will also be able to transfer gold from one port to another, giving flexibility to the nominated agency. India’s Commerce Ministry has also hinted that the jewellery exporters can avail duty-free gold on exports done from Jan 2013-Feb 2014.


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