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2014/12/19

There’s a lot of press regarding smart watches but not so much when it comes to smart jewellery. The products are starting to become available, but you will have difficulty finding them on store shelves—at least for now.

 

Galatea Momento Lotus Pearl with opal nucleus and 14k gold

 

The most recent entry into this realm is also the most promising: Galatea. Chi Huynh, who founded the pearl company, has already proven to be visionary in the jewellery industry through his individually carved pearls, his gem-embedded pearls and his pearl farming methods.

Now he has entered a new phase in artistic pearl development by using near field communication technology. More commonly known as NFC, the company’s Momento Pearl allows users to create a tailored voice message that can be played when the pearl is tapped against a compatible mobile device. It can also store other digital content, such as images and videos.

An NFC chip is implanted inside the pearl. When the Galatea app is downloaded, the user records a message or uploads an audio file. By tapping the pearl against an NFC-enabled mobile device, the audio is played and digital material displayed.

“Despite its high-tech interface, the real interest in the Momento Pearl lies in its ability to summon a voice, a memory and emotion,” Huynh says.

The collection, which will be introduced in January, has 29 pendants, 26 earrings and eight rings in 14k gold with Tahitian and freshwater pearls.

 

Nurture by Reena Galium rings in 18k gold with princess cut colourless
and yellow lab-grown diamonds, from the Moments collection.

 

Someone who’s already staked a claim in this area is Reena Ahluwalia, with her Nurture by Reena designer jewellery brand. The use of lab-grown diamonds has been the biggest news from this venture. What is less talked about is the Quick Response Code (QR Code) technology used in this jewellery.

Users can create a personal written message and add a photo through the Moments app. The message and photo can be read through the same app by the person receiving the jewel. The QR code is located on the back of the jewel, hidden from view.

The collection is offered in colourless, pink and yellow lab-grown diamonds with a starting weight of 0.40 carats. It includes rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets.

 

The Shawish Octopus bracelet in
pink gold, paved with white, brown and yellow round-brilliant diamonds
and centred with a pink pearl.

 

Here is also a link to video I made with the Octopus bracelet lit up

 

Even luxury jewellery houses are getting into this high-tech space. Shawish Geneva produced two pieces of jewellery that combines old world craftsmanship with either new technologies or practical high-tech uses.

The first is the one-of-a-kind Octopus bracelet in pink gold, paved with white, brown and yellow round-brilliant diamonds and centred with a pink pearl. It not only sparkles but it emits colourful light from within that is controlled by the wearer.

 

The Magic Mushroom in the open position is made in pink gold
with 11.35 carats of pink sapphires and diamonds.

 

The second is the bejewelled “Magic Mushroom” collection. The top of each mushroom opens to reveal a USB port, which contains Luxury VIP services based on the owner’s lifestyle and interests. Shawish is calling it the world’s most expensive USB port.

Will these and other types of high-tech wizardry have a future in jewellery? I think yes. However, I am curious to see how big of an impact it will have in the US. Even more importantly, I wonder how independent retailers will respond. They are largely and understandably risk adverse so it will take a leap of faith for them to get on board.

 

 


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2014/12/17

Countdown begins! No matter if it is a cocktail party, annual ball or a gathering at home, dress up well to impress everyone. Gear up into holiday mode and plan ahead on what to wear in attending the year-end events. Let's look at the neckline of the dress and match it with the right piece of jewellery.

 

 

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Bandeau and Low Cuts

The cute bandeau dresses and sexy low cuts leave so much space for putting on a large piece of neckwear. Think big such as a bib style or chandeliers to make a true statement. 

Jennifer Garner in Gucci gown with Neli Lane diamond necklace at the 85th Academy Awards. Alessandra Ambrosio in Alberta Ferretti high-low gown and Chopard’s Bejewelled Choker attending 'La Rancon De La Gloire' premiere at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

Left: Jennifer Garner in Gucci gown with Neli Lane diamond necklace at the 85th Academy Awards. Photo Source: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock;  

Right:  Alessandra Ambrosio in Alberta Ferretti high-low gown and Chopard’s Bejewelled Choker attending 'La Rancon De La Gloire' premiere at the 71st Venice Film Festival. Photo Source: Andersphoto / Shutterstock.com

Victorian Necklace with Emeralds and Single Cut Diamonds by Jatin Gems, India

Left: Natural Rutile Quartz & Fresh Water Pearl Gemstone 925 Sterling Silver Adjustable Necklace by India Gems D/B/A Jewelery Unlimited Inc, USA;

Right: Emerald Polki Necklace by Monalisa Jewelry Inc, USA

Left: Ruby Necklace and Earrings Set by Ginza Jewellery, Singapore; Right: Burma Ruby Necklace Set by Manoj Ornaments Pvt Ltd, India

Shift Dress and Turtle Neck

If your choice is a shift dress, turtle neck or a cowl back, a long chained necklace, probably with dangling gemstones or pearls will be the perfect touch up. It will flatter your overall height and body. 

A model walks on the Rosa Clara bridal collection 2015 catwalk during the Barcelona Bridal Week runway


A model walks on the Rosa Clara bridal collection 2015 catwalk during the Barcelona Bridal Week runway. Photo Source: catwalker/ Shutterstock.com  

 

 

 

18K White Gold Diamond Set by Artman Jewellery Limited, Hong Kong

Elegant Ceylon Blue Sapphire in Classic Design Silver Necklace by Prouwi Co Ltd, Thailand

Left: Pearl Necklace in 925 Sterling Silver by Henna Jewellery Company, Hong Kong;

Right: Blush Collection Chain (36 inch, yellow gold chain with Mother of Pearl and Spiny Oyster inlay stations and diamond stations) by Kabana, USA 

U-Neck and Square Neck

Decent and stylish, a squared neck dress in velvet with a simple diamond choker exudes sophistication. 

Uma Thurman wearing Dolce & Gabbana black dress and Tesiro diamond jewellery at the 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' premiere - 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Uma Thurman wearing Dolce & Gabbana black dress and Tesiro diamond jewellery at the 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' premiere - 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
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Antique 78.50ct Diamond 18k Gold Necklace Circa 1930's by Dover Jewelry & Antiques Inc, USA

Left: Diamond Necklace by Double Arts Jewellery Manufacturer Limited, Hong Kong;

Right: 18K White Gold Diamond Necklace by Profit Gem Jewellery (Group) Limited, Hong Kong

V-Neck and Wrap Dress

The dress with a V-neck elongates your neck, drawing all attention to your face and the clavicle. The wrap dress type allows for a more slender look while a pair of diamond dangles will definitely add brilliance and make your total look count. 

Fiammetta Cicogna attended the amfAR Milano 2014.

Fiammetta Cicogna attended the amfAR Milano 2014. Photo Source: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com

Lady's Necklace by Binder, Friedrich GmbH & Co KG, Germany

Left: Colombian Emerald and Diamond Earring by Joseph Gad Inc, USA;  

Right: Fierce - 18K Diamond Earrings by L' Dezen Jewellery Co Ltd, Hong Kong

Rose Cut Diamond Earrings by Bayco Jewels, USA 

Halter-Neck Tops

Unless properly embellished, halter-neck or cross-neck dresses are not suitable for wearing any necklaces because its cluttered features aim to highlight (or hide) the neckline. Stud earrings resting on the ear lopes achieve the right balance with the cross neck fabric for an elegant evening look.

Emmy Rossum in Andrew Gn dress and jewellery from Harry Winston at the premiere of

Emmy Rossum in Andrew Gn dress and jewellery from Harry Winston at the premiere of "Beautiful Creatures" at the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood. Photo Source:  Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Golden Pearl Earrings with diamonds by Ellagem, USA

18KW Diamond Earrings by Aphro Jewellery Company Limited, Hong Kong

Left: 14K Gold Diamond Earrings by Dong Long Ju (D. L. J. )Co. Ltd., Taiwan; 

Right: 18K White Gold Earrings with Diamonds by Chase Jewellery Manufactory Ltd, Hong Kong


 

Got the right dress for the festival?  
Stay tuned for the next edit on embellished touches on your hands. Happy Holidays!

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2014/12/17

One week to go for this selling season and it should be busy. The last week before Christmas often accounts for more than 50% of the holiday sales. For some stores that is about one quarter of the year’s revenue. It is an important week and you need to make the most of it.

 

Enjoy the festive moods and strong sales but never forget that the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for retail jewellers. Review your security policies every morning at your staff meeting. When it is really busy assign one person to be a watcher, casually walking the store and observing from all angles. You can never be too vigilant.

 

Be patient with your customers. The holidays can be stressful. Offer them refreshments and allow them to relax a bit before getting down to serious selling. You want your store to feel like a calm, safe haven from the insanity of the malls. Once they have mellowed out you can encourage them to stay a bit longer by suggesting gift ideas for distant family members, friends and colleagues.

 

Always watch for that tired guy stopping in on his way home from work. If he is coming in this late in the season, he desperately needs your help. All he wants is someone to make him a hero as quickly and painlessly as possible. Guide him to that special gift and then follow it up by solving all of his other gift needs. Provide a one-stop solution to his holiday shopping and he will be ecstatic.

 

Your employees are working their hearts out for you. Make sure there is always a supply of snacks, soft drinks and a hot lunch. If the season has been kind to you, be generous with your team. Almost everyone that works in a jewellery store has their eye on a special piece for themselves. Find a way for them to own it. A deep discount and payment plan may be one way or even an outright gift, if appropriate to the situation and budget. They will share their own excitement of wearing a beautiful jewel with their customers and make better sales so it is a win-win for everyone.

 

The last weekend before the holiday is traditionally the busiest for jewellery stores. Falling in the middle between Christmas and New Year; the following weekend may be just as strong, if not stronger. The festive atmosphere will continue to drive sales well into January. Keep the energy going and don’t slow down. This year it is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

I wish everyone a joyous and profitable season no matter which holiday you celebrate.

 


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2014/12/17

The 2014 jewellery auction season didn’t end with a bang or close with a whimper. Instead, it faded quietly into the night. Colourless and coloured diamonds as well as coloured gems and signature pieces all shared a prominent place on the podium last week during the final US sales for the year at the major auction houses.

 

The most interesting item wasn’t close to making the highest sale of the week but it has artistic flair and a rare provenance. It was an antique jewellery suite of sapphires, demantoid garnet and enamel attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany’s. It sold for $161,000 (including premium), soaring past its high estimate at Bonhams Fine Jewellery auction in New York.

 

Suite of sapphire, demantoid garnet and enamel attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany sold for $161,000

Suite of sapphire, demantoid garnet and enamel
attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany sold for $161,000

 

The suite, created for Tiffany & Co., circa 1920, includes a pendant centred by an oval, irregularly-domed cabochon sapphire. It sits within a scrolling frame suspending a flexible swag, accented by circular and oval-cut demantoid garnets and sapphires, highlighted by enamel floral sprays and suspended from a chain of floral links. It is completed by a box clasp set with circular-cut sapphires, pendant earrings en suite; chain and pendant earrings.

 

The Bonhams sale was dominated largely by rare sapphires, emeralds and other coloured gems, an ongoing trend, said Susan Abeles, Bonhams director of US jewellery.

“Fine quality emeralds and sapphires are commanding great prices,” she said. “I’ve seen the switch from colourless diamonds to coloured gems.”

 

89.23-carat, pear-shaped D-colour VVS1 diamond sold for nearly $11.1 million

89.23-carat, pear-shaped D-colour VVS1 diamond
sold for nearly $11.1 million

 

For big, bold, expensive pieces Christie’s New York was the place to be. The top lot was an 89.23-carat, pear-shaped D-colour VVS1 diamond that sold for nearly $11.1 million (including premium). The diamond, mounted in a platinum setting, sold at $124,000 per carat.

 

Pear-shaped fancy light yellow diamond ear pendants of 52.88 and 51.46 carats sold for more than $5.4 million

Pear-shaped fancy light yellow diamond ear pendants of 52.88 and 51.46 carats
sold for more than $5.4 million

 

Other top sellers included pear-shaped fancy light yellow diamond ear pendants of 52.88 and 51.46 carats that sold for more than $5.4 million; and a 5.25-carat Burmese ruby ring by Harry Winston that fetched

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.65 million.

 

Meanwhile, the Sotheby’s sale included a variety of signature jewels from well-known estates.

 

Helen Hay Whitney necklace with four diamonds ranging from F to H colour, and weighing 27.48, 15.53, 13.08 and 8.91 carats respectively, sold for nearly $3.2 million

Helen Hay Whitney necklace with four diamonds ranging from F to H colour,
and weighing 27.48, 15.53, 13.08 and 8.91 carats respectively,
sold for nearly $3.2 million

 

A platinum-topped gold and diamond necklace presented to philanthropist Helen Hay Whitney on the day of her marriage in21902 was the top lot, selling for nearly $3.2 million. It features four diamonds ranging from F to H colour, and weighing 27.48, 15.53, 13.08 and 8.91 carats respectively.

 

Collections from Estée Lauder, Evelyn H. Lauder and Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia also were among the most sought after jewels from bidders.

 

Evelyn H. Lauder “Tutti Frutti” bracelet by Cartier, circa 1928 sold for more than $2.1 million, a world auction record for any Tutti Frutti bracelet by Cartier.

Evelyn H. Lauder “Tutti Frutti” bracelet by Cartier, circa 1928 sold for more than $2.1 million,
a world auction record for any Tutti Frutti bracelet by Cartier.

 

 

Thirty-two jewels from the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder—sold to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation—were led by a “Tutti Frutti” bracelet by Cartier, circa 1928, that sold for more than $2.1 million, a world auction record for any Tutti Frutti bracelet by Cartier.

 

There was a time not so long ago when colourless diamonds ruled the auction houses. That is now a memory as sophisticated buyers of rare jewels and gems are looking beyond large white diamonds and instead are searching for provenance, rarity, craftsmanship and beauty—whether or not it involves colour.

 

 


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2014/12/16

The global diamond industry witnessed a historic moment when two top political leaders of Asia’s two great nations graced the recently concluded World Diamond Conference India (WDCI) in New Delhi. No industry in the world is lucky enough to have two governmental heads present together in its event.

 

Presence of India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin at the inaugural session of the WDCI has given greater impetus and importance to the global diamond industry and especially to the Indo-Russian diamond trade. Both the veteran leaders have given top priority to enhance bilateral diamond trade between the two countries and by virtue of it India has taken a step ahead in direction of becoming diamond trading hub in near future.

 

During two days’ deliberations of the WDCI, almost every issue of the diamond and jewellery industry was comprehensively discussed by the industry leaders, ministers and bureaucrats. It would not be possible to cover all topics of the Conference in one single blog of limited words. But let’s have focus on the most important event of the WDCI which is expected to have greater bearings on the Indian diamond industry.

 

During his address to the august gathering of the industry people, Mr. Narendra Modi reiterated his government’s commitment of establishing Special Notified Zone (SNZ), first in Mumbai and then in Surat that would help miners to bring roughs on consignment basis to display and book orders from local buyers. India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) plans to conduct weekly auctions of rough diamonds in collaboration with Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) at Mumbai. The main objective is to provide producers direct access to Indian market and vice versa.

Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi at WDCI

 

Russia’s mining giant Alrosa finalized three year-agreements for direct rough supply to India’s 12 diamond companies beginning effective from 2015. The contracts were signed by Mr. Illya Raschin, Acting President of Alrosa with the respective heads of all of the 12 companies in the presence of Mr. Siddharth, Joint Secretary, Dept. of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The 12 companies selected as cliental of Alrosa are: Rosy Blue, Diamond India Ltd, Jasani, Kiran Gems, Shree Ramkrishna Exports, Hari Krishna Exports, KGK, Dimexon, Venus Jewel, Karp Impex, Sheetal Manufacturing and Asian Star. During the new contract period, the estimated direct sales from Alrosa to Indian companies would be about US$ 700 million, and the total for the three year period would reach US$ 2.1 billion. This represents a massive fivefold hike in the current direct supplies of rough from Alrosa to India and will provide a huge boost to the Indian manufacturers.

 

During the two days’ deliberations, banks and the gems and jewellery industry together also pledged to maintain greater transparency in the business practices.

 

Mr. Modi also announced a first-ever in the history of global diamond industry Introduction of outsourcing of polishing services by India to cater to the needs of the global diamond industry.

 

Summing up the two-day Conference organized by the GJEPC in association with India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the World Diamond Mark Foundation (WDMF), GJEPC Chairman Mr. Vipul Shah said,

"I am glad to note that the first ever World Diamond Conference India has been well received. It is a proud moment for us as India brought the global diamond industry together at one platform, for creating the common objective for generic market. I am hopeful that the impetus provided by the Conference will help the industry aim towards better and a brighter tomorrow."

 

 


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