Synthetic or Man Made Diamonds
Whether you call them synthetic, artificial, cultivated, cultured, laboratory grown, or laboratory created, synthetic diamonds are made by man using science and not mined from the earth. They are produced in an artificial process, as opposed to natural diamonds from the mines, which are created by geological processes.
Ever since 1879, claims of artificially made diamonds have been made. Although these claims were carefully analyzed, none had been confirmed. In the 1950’s, the General Electric Company made the first commercial man made diamonds. They were called industrial diamonds and used in making tooling devices and cutting equipment. A Synthetic diamond is made by a number of processes. These processes include HPHT (high pressure high temperature) diamonds and CVD ( chemical vapor deposition) diamonds.
Jewelry grade synthetic diamonds came to the markets in the 1990’s and now are becoming more and more prevalent in the industry as time passes. These diamonds, regardless of what they are called, are real diamonds. They are chemically the same as mined stones. Jewelers are generally required to disclose the source of these gems as being created by man.
Will Gem and Colored Diamond Markets Crash?
Will Gem and Colored Diamond Markets Crash? The colored gem and diamond markets have been doing well over the past few years yet many other aspects of the gem economy are troubling The Gemstone Forecaster shows markets slowing in the fall of 2015. Many of the top producers like Burma (Myanmar) show spectacular new goods but demand has slowed dramatically in recent months. The markets have been called a bubble by some, but I wonder if it is a bubble at all in regards to colored diamonds and gems. With the Chinese buyers drying up after years of rampant purchasing of gems this has had an affect across the trade. Many factors are at play of course in this high stakes game of chance, the gems of Mozambique are entering the colored stone markets like never before. The worlds largest ruby deposits are in this African nation. Violence and politics are negatively affecting the development of this resource. by Robert Genis The colored diamond and precious gemstone markets have been top performing assets for over a decade. However, many markets have now been hit hard or even topped. US stock markets are weak and emerging markets are crashing. Many commodities-including white diamonds, gold and silver have sunk in the face of a strong dollar. In the US, with a few exceptions, the residential real estate market never came roaring back despite low interest rates. The reason colored diamonds and certain unheated precious gemstones (primarily from Burma) continue to increase makes sense. They are truly rare, fun to own, can be owned privately, are easily stored, and have an enviable record of appreciation. Every substantial portfolio should have a small portion dedicated to these assets. READ MORE…
Holiday Sales Climbed 3 Percent in 2015
Holiday Sales Climbed 3 Percent in 2015 Sales during the 2015 holiday sales season rose results would encourage me to do more research into what effect this has had on t in 2015 according to the national retailers federation, yet there are conflicting results with the U.S. Commerce Department which registered a 0.02 percent decrease in overall sales. These conflicting results would cause me to be skeptical of them and do a bit more research into how the jewelry retail sector weathered the season. Many folks that I connect with feel that the holiday jewelry season was a wash or losing proposition compared to a year ago. Their margins were smaller and they had to fight hard for the luxury goods sales. The jewelry industry has a tougher time in the retail sales market as the consumers are showing their worry about the economic slowdown taking shape over these last few months. My take on this is that figures are being manipulated to ease the worry of both retailers and consumers over the potential downward trend taking shape, I say potential downward trend as the normal sources that show trends are conflicting with one another to support their individual needs for the market followers they serve. January 19, 2016 Washington–The National Retail Federation wasn’t far off when it estimated in October that holiday sales for the 2015 season would increase 4 percent–the organization revealed Friday sales actually climbed 3 percent year-over-year, to a total of $626.14 billion. The NRF said December retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) fell 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted from November, yet increased 3 percent unadjusted when compared with the same period 2014. “Make no mistake about it, this was a tough holiday season for the industry,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Weather, inventory challenges, advances in consumer technology and the deep discounts that started earlier in the season and that have carried into January presented stiff headwinds as retailers competed with one another and their own bottom line.” READ MORE…
List of jewelry tools
Jewelry tools for novice and professional alike should be top quality Here is a list of jewelry tools and we ask that you help us to grow this list and the information about each of these jewelry tools. Feel free to contact us to add to this list… Shaping Pliers Parallel Jaw Pliers Cutting Pliers Jump Ring Pliers Prong Setting Pliers Planishing Hammers Chasing Hammers Rawhide Hammers Brass Hammers Wooden Mallets Chasing and Repose` Tools Pitch Bowls Jewelry Saw Blades Jewelry Saw Frames Stone Tweezers Soldiering EquipmentWax Tools Beading Tools Stamping Clamps Ring Mandrels Bracelet Mandrels Engraving Flex Drills Hand Drills Hand Polishing Equipment Power Polishing Jewelry Tumbling Machinery Centrifugal Casting Equipment Vacuum Casting Equipment Hand Casting Equipment Alcohol Lamps Blow Pipes Gold Testing Kits Touch Stones Diamond Testers Gold Testers Crucibles Carbon Blocks Ceramic Soldiering Blocks Jewelry Files Burnishing Tools Jewelry Production Tools Jewelry Machinery Pin Vise Dapping Tools Benzine TorchGemstone Saws Lapidary Equipment Rolling Mills Draw Plates Drawing Bench Jewelers Bench Moh’s Hardness Testers Jewelers Loop Diamond Lights Microscopes Magnifying Lamps Light Tables Jewelry Designing Software Rings Sizing Set Jewelry Torches
Romancing the Source: Montana Sapphires
Romancing the Source: Montana Sapphires Montana sapphires are making their mark in the gemstone industry , although these wonderful sapphires have been mined in the area since the 1800’s they had not been a big influence in the markets. They have in recent years been growing a clientele through the internet. Three main areas are the source for these spectacular stones. near Helena along the Missouri River, in the Sapphire Mountains at Rock Creek, and near Deer Lodge at Dry Cottonwood. There are a few other areas but the main concentration of sapphires in the state are in these three places. Sapphires are highly valued in the jewelry industry and designers are always looking for new sources and colors to use in their designs. Rough Montana Sapphire Montana’s rich history of gold and sapphire goes back to the late 1800s. A GIA field team traveled to the Rock Creek and Missouri River areas, where sapphire mining is still underway, to document the current industry and collect rough sapphire samples for our research reference sample collection. During our time in Montana we visited three mining operations, each with its own business model and its own exciting story. They all shared some common traits, however: amazing natural beauty and a passion for both the area and sapphires. Join us on this adventure and learn about the legacy of North American gemstones as we travel by speedboat with a mine owner down the Missouri River, witnessing historical mining sites and current operations. Then visit their mine (Spokane Bar Mine) with us, where we document the entire mining process, and feel the thrill at the end of the day when we pull rough sapphires right out of the jig. The Spokane Bar Mine usually mines for tourists, but on this day we had the entire mine to ourselves to collect samples for the GIA reference collection. READ MORE…
Contemporary jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith
Contemporary jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith The recycling of ancient art pieces into jewelry is taking hold in Newfoundland, Canada. The art and designs of jeweler Romilly Saumarez Smith is proving to be both inspirational and innovative. The more than 70 new designs exhibited at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts of re-purposed Roman and Anglo-Saxon metalwork have sparked interest and acclaim in the design world. Although one does not usually think of Newfoundland as a hub of innovation in jewelry designing. At least one jeweler is proving that the remote location is not a hindrance at all. The jewelry pieces are unusual and eye catching as well, making a statement of how to take the old even ancient and modernize it. The designers world can find new directions in many uncommon sources but sometimes a new way of looking at the old creates the new. Newfoundland Sat 5 Dec 2015 – 10 April 2016 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich Newfoundland is an exhibition of work by contemporary jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith and artist Verdi Yahooda. Each of the 70+ pieces in the exhibition are unique and have at their core Roman, Anglo-Saxon or Mediaeval metalwork, dropped or discarded hundreds of years ago. In 2011, Romilly became fascinated by the amazing availability of these antique objects, which she discovered on eBay – the finds of metal detectorists who scour the countryside in search of lost treasure. She quickly recognised the inherent beauty of buttons, pins, thimbles and metal buckles which arrived in the post, tightly wrapped. Originally these objects were everyday domestic things, but lost in the ground and buried in time they have become particular and special. READ MORE…
True North Begins Mining in Greenland
True North Begins Mining in Greenland Greenland continues to show the world that they have vast new resources for precious gems and metals. With the award of a mining license to begin mining Rubies and Pink Sapphires from what will be an open pit mining operation. This is the early stages of development of Greenland’s tremendous resources. Rubies are becoming more rare in places like Myanmar formerly known as Burma. New discoveries and mining operation that produce quality gemstones will likely do well in the markets around the world. Greenland’s extreme climatic conditions make recovering gems there difficult at best but the vast reserves that appear to be present then the conditions can be overcome. The beauty of the land combined with the climatic conditions and awesome potential resources for the worlds gemstone industry are something to behold. December 4, 2015 Aappaluttoq Ruby Mining beginning operations in Greenland Vancouver, B.C.–True North Gems has initiated mining operations at the Aappaluttoq ruby and pink sapphire open-pit mine in southwestern Greenland. The company contracted LNS Greenland, a joint venture partner in Aappaluttoq, as the mine operator. LNS Greenland’s mining extraction plans were submitted to the board of True North and it has attained approval to begin pit operations. The Vancouver-based True North said the gemstone recovery system currently is being shipped to Greenland, and the planned fourth quarter 2015/first quarter 2016 extraction will create a sufficient stockpile of ore to feed the processing plant once it has been commissioned. READ MORE… Jewelry Designers Resource Center is now officially affiliated with The Jewelers Resource Bureau a tremendous resource for all interested in the gem and jewelry business. Take a few minutes to learn more…
The Frontier of China’s Gem and Jewelry Industry
Shenzhen: The Frontier of China’s Gem and Jewelry Industry… It is hard to believe the tremendous changes that have taken Shenzhen from a provincial fishing village to a world class economic and business zone. This has taken more nearly four decades and along the way a thriving gem and jewelry industry has grown and taken real root. Jewelry designs abound throughout the region, gem and jewelry manufacturing have found a long term market there. GIA has taken notice and started keeping the demographics up to date. There are now thousands of jewelry and gem dealers registered and it is expanding still. As one who is into the jewelry industry for these same decades has watched this phenomenon take shape. To see these humble beginnings grow into a world class destination for jewelry manufacturing and sales is an amazing journey to behold. The reforms that began in the 1980’s and were furthered along in the early 2000’s has taken this village to the top of the jewelry world. INTRODUCTION Over the past 35 years, Shenzhen has transformed from an extremely poor fishing village to one of the most economically developed cities in China, witnessing countless advances along the way. In May of 1980, the city was designated one of China’s first special economic zones, acting as a cradle for many start-ups. Today, it is China’s biggest jewelry manufacturing and trading hub. Over the years, Shenzhen has been at the forefront of pioneering trade reform. The “China Jewelry Index” (CJI) was initiated, born, and maintained in Shenzhen. It was launched in October, 2014, after three years of preparation. The Index, like Rapaport’s diamond report, was the first national-level database to provide comprehensive information on China’s gem and jewelry industry. Considered a milestone of business development, CJI is fully supported by the local Shenzhen government, with intellectual support from the Gem and Jewelry Trade Association of China. The city’s GDP rose from 1.96 million Chinese renminbi (RMB) in 1979 to 1,600.20 billion RMB (US $267 billion) in 2013. The growth rate in Gross Domestic Product was 8.8 percent from 2013 to 2014, which was higher than the overall growth rate for all of China. This fast growth attracted new migrants from all over the country and the world. The permanent population grew from 30,000 in the early 1980s to about 18 million today. Its demographic consists of 99 percent migrants, although the exact population has never been consistent or easy to count. READ MORE…
Seeking the Legacy of Australian Sapphire
Seeking the Legacy of Australian Sapphire Australian sapphire is little known in most markets because of the relationship the Australian mines have with the Thailand gemstone trade. Australia is a major supplier of Basalt hosted Sapphires and has large deposits being worked since the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s. The markets have had little knowledge of the existence of these Australian mining operations because they were often sold as being sourced from other areas such as Cambodia. These source of high grade sapphire in Australia and the relationship with Thailand’s gem industry have had a direct affect of the current markets in the gem and jewelry trades. Large amounts of these stones are cut and sold from Thailand and they often end up in Russia’s fine jewelry markets. Australian sapphire has more iron content than those from places like Myanmar, which is the reason for its rich deep blue color. The Australian sapphire mining operations were never mechanized until the 1960’s and 70’s so they had limited supply’s of rough stone coming out of the mines. Many operations are of alluvial nature and surface mined. It seems that no one is yet mining the main source of these alluvial stones at there volcanic source. The moment I held that stone up to the sun and saw a deep vibrant royal blue color throughout the sapphire…I knew I was hooked. —Peter Brown, Sapphire Miner and Mine-to-Market Entrepreneur Author:Tao Hsu, Andrew Lucas, and Vincent Pardieu Sapphire was discovered in Australia during the 1850s gold rushes and 1870s tin mining. One of the earliest written records is from 1851, when sapphire was found in New South Wales. Though the long history of sapphire mining and commercial production spans at least the past half century, Australian sapphire has not received the recognition it warrants from either the global gem and jewelry industry or the consumer market. The top-quality Australian stones were sold as being from other sources, such as “Pailin” from Cambodia. Australia’s sizable commercial-quality sapphire production and its contribution to the rest of the world, especially the current corundum trading center of Thailand, are under-recognized. The trade between the Aussies and the Thais led to the global sapphire industry’s current dynamics. To enrich GIA’s global corundum research and learn the full story of the Australian sapphire industry, the Institute sent a group of field gemologists to explore the most important sapphire gem fields in eastern Australia. The group was led by GIA senior field gemology manager Vincent Pardieu and composed of field gemologist Andrew Lucas, Gems & Gemology technical editor Tao Hsu, assistant field gemologist Victoria Raynaud, and field cameramen Didier Gruel and Didier Barriere Doleac. The Institute’s field gemologists have covered all important sapphire fields in Australia—earlier this year another team led by Vincent Pardieu visited Tasmania’s sapphire fields. READ MORE… Jewelry Designers Resource Center is a proud affiliate of The Jewelers Resource Bureau
Silver has been used in jewelry for centuries Silver has been used by jewelers for centuries. Combined with gold they are the two most popular in today’s modern world. Used with gold both as an accent but also as a alloying medium in the creating of white gold. Silver is highly malleable and ductile. It does tarnish however in recent years the newest alloying technology has help reduce the tarnishing of new silver jewelry to a minimum.
LVMH invests in Repossi Brand Jewelry
The Italian luxury Jewelry Brand Repossi has a new investor in the LVMH who has also acquired the Bulgari Brand, and owns a number of other luxury brands. The Repossi brand has only two stores one in Paris and one in Monte Carlo. This new move is designed to develop distribution worldwide. The brand is available in 90 retailers around the world. This seems to be an effort to expand throughout the jewelry retail world. The jewelry industry is tightly intertwined with the fashion trends and this move will be a big boost to the brand name Repossi… “The LVMH Group announced Monday that it will take a minority stake in luxury jewelry brand Repossi. The Italian company is led by Artistic and Creative Director Gaia Repossi, who took the lead at the company her great grandfather founded in 2007, at only 21 years old.” Under the direction of her father, Alberto Repossi, the brand opened its only two stores so far in Monte Carlo in 1977 and Paris in 1985. The line is available at about 90 retailers worldwide, including Barneys and Opening Ceremony in the U.S. The size of the investment was not disclosed” Read More…
FLA Best Jewelry Designer: Jennifer Meyer
FLA Best Jewelry Designer: Jennifer Meyer Here we are again with an article about a famous successful Jewelry Designer who started off with no experience and masterminded a solid popular designer line of fashion jewelry. Read about how a young aspiring designer was hesitant to begin her endeavors in design. Her story fits thousands of young designers looking for the courage and correct moment to jump into the jewelry designing fray. I take pride in my designs but I never found the success of some, this never deterred me from trying and failing, although with some successes along my way. If you are a frustrated designer and afraid to begin or have no idea where to start. Look though our free resources for support and resources for all levels of design skills and access to the entire world for inspiration. Look forward always forward, take baby steps towards your ultimate goal and learn all you can along the way, you never know when you may use that in a design. Read about fashion trends, color trends, gemstone trends. Take it in like a sponge soak it in and retain as much as you can, dont worry about what leaks out. Keep in mind your one final goal of designing and creating jewelry for others to enjoy. Never let the success or skill of other intimidate you into giving up or not even trying, that would be a tragedy. Jennifer Meyer She’s the mastermind of one of the most successful L.A.-based brands to emerge in the past decade, but Jennifer Meyer’s approach to jewelry has mass appeal that extends far beyond the borders of her native Hollywood. How did you learn to make jewelry? I taught myself! I always wanted to do it, but when I started out, I didn’t know what I was doing. At the time, there was no Instagram—you couldn’t go online and see what other people were doing. You had to focus on yourself and your own vision. I was scared to put myself out there. When people began to wear and love my pieces, my life changed. To get credit for being part of the L.A. fashion world gives me chills. What are the benefits of working in L.A.? All my best friends, my family, my husband [Tobey Maguire], and my children are here, so I get to enjoy my personal life, which is more important to me than anything. Look at L.A.! The weather is perfect, it’s green, you’ve got the beach, the mountains…it’s constantly inspiring. I have incredibly talented friends. L.A. breeds talent—people who are excited to create. I get to be around them every day. It’s amazing. Which friends were helpful when you launched? A million of them! Around the time I launched, I was doing celebrity public relations for Ralph Lauren. I was really young and loved doing it, but something was missing. My boyfriend, who became my husband, kept on saying, “What do you want to do? What’s your passion?” I finally said, “I want to do jewelry.” He used that Star Wars quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.” I had moved in with him by that time, and I saved my own money for my company. Over months and months, I saved about $7,500. READ MORE… We are proudly affiliated with The Jewelers Resource Bureau Learn more about them and their services click here…
Safe Jewelry Shipping Advice from Jeweler’s Mutual
Safe Jewelry Shipping Advice from Jeweler’s Mutual Jewelers Resource Bureau With shipping losses currently affecting several Jewelers Mutual policyholders-with recent claims attributed to address errors, lack of communication between shipper and recipient and improper packaging–the organization has issued important precautionary measures. 1. Place merchandise in a medium-sized cardboard box and seal with tape. Label this box with your return address (using non-jewelry-related words) and the tracking number. This will serve as identification if the outside container or mailing label is destroyed in transit. 2. Place this box in a strong, oversized shipping box (i.e., 12 inches by 12 inches by four inches). If possible, use a packaging box from a delivery service. If you do not have a box from a delivery service, disguise your shipment in a sturdy box from a different product. Never use an envelope or a box marked with any jewelry-related words. Also avoid using old boxes that lose strength. 3. To prevent the inner box from rattling, tape or glue it to the shipping box. Fill the remainder of the shipping box with packing material to help protect it during transit. Do not use jewelry catalogs or ads. 4. Seal the shipping box with reinforced mailing tape, pressure-sensitive shipping tape, tamper-evident tape or stamp over the tape so that any tampering is evident. Do not use string, masking tape or cellophane tape to seal the box. 5. Confirm and double-check the correct address. 6. Address the package clearly. Do not indicate that the package is coming from or going to a jewelry-related business. Use a name that does not contain jewelry terms and do not use abbreviations that could be misunderstood. Change the name regularly. Disguise the return address in a similar fashion. Use the name of a business associate (with their permission), such as your accountant or attorney, who is at a different location, not in a jewelry district or with a prominent jewelry zip code. READ MORE…
Sri Lanka: From Mine to Market
Sri Lanka: From Mine to Market Following the GIA travel logs is a great way to learn about the far flung emerging and established gem markets of the world. Sri Lanka is a unique place in the world where many types of gems abound the landscape. The centuries have taught the Sri Lankan gem miner how to take his goods from mine to market with as few steps as possible. In recent years the changes in import export rules for the gemstone industry have helped them expand and bring in large amounts of foreign stones for cutting and processing into jewelry for the world. With the mining, trading, cutting, treatment, jewelry manufacturing, and retail sectors all on fire, the future is looking good. Sri Lanka has massive deposits of a variety of gemstones, The gravels yield sapphire, ruby, cat’s-eye and other chrysoberyls, spinel, garnet, beryl, tourmaline, topaz, quartz, and many other gemstones. The ability of cutters from Sri Lanka to orient a stone for cutting is legendary and among the natural talents of this centuries old trade. Gem cutting skills are well established in this island nation. The color orientation is key to the presentation and light penetration of any gemstone. The natural eye of these stone cutters is a huge asset to the gem markets in Sri Lanka. Still using traditional methods of stone orientation for cutting are still employed in this modern day, this is because it works and needs no changes. These traditions have serve well the gem cutting industry in Sri Lanka and it is slow to change with modern tools and techniques. Gemstone deposits in Sri Lanka are based in gem-bearing gravels called illam. To visit Sri Lanka is to experience one of the great gem sources and trading centers in the world. This country has a rich, almost unparalleled tradition and remains vitally important to the modern gemstone market. Sri Lanka has a true mine-to-market industry, both domestically and for export. Its evolution over the last two decades blends the best of traditional practices with modern technologies and business models. In this field report, we take you on an expedition to this magnificent island and its remarkable mine-to-market industry. An Amazing Island Traveling in Sri Lanka, you realize it is a large island with very diverse environments. Most of the terrain consists of flat or rolling hills, but there are beautiful mountains in the southern central interior. Agriculture is a constant presence as you drive around the country, with intense green rice fields and rubber tree plantations. In Elahera’s rice fields, there are treehouses for agricultural workers to climb into when a herd of wild elephants passes through. In Ratnapura, Elahera, and Balangoda, green rice fields also enclose small pit-mining operations, sometimes covered with V-shaped roofs for a little protection from rain and sun. Gaining elevation, you encounter beautiful tea plantations where it is common to see workers picking tea leaves by hand. Driving along the coast offers views of Sri Lanka’s beautiful coastline and fishing industry. READ MORE… We are proud affiliates of the Jewelers Resource Bureau take a few moments to look at the resources they offer to the jewelry industry
Gemological Laboratories American Gemological Laboratories Founded in 1977, and located in the heart of New York’s gem and jewelry district, American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) is an international gemstone testing facility specializing in comprehensive colored gemstone analysis. International Gemological Laboratories IGL Laboratories are respected diamond grading laboratory. We have pioneered the development of the first scientific system used to evaluate how well a diamond has been cut. A diamond’s cut is the most important C of all of the four C’s. EGL Each EGL USA Gemological Report provides a clear, concise view of your stone. So, it’s more than an exceptional document. GIA Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.
Gemstone Buying Price and Prejudice
Choosing a Gemstone Price and Prejudice Many factors and prejudices come into play when choosing a gemstone for a jewelry design. The 4 C’s are always a factor but some other factors are at in the mix as well. Popular fashion trends can have a great affect on what color gemstones are losing or gaining popularity as accents to fashion. Many gems have funny names and this alone can make it sell less, some designers come up with new fancy sounding names for gems to make the sound more exotic and appealing to the retail customer. As always trends in color change and return to the classics over and over with some variations. There are many factors to consider when buying a new gem for hardness and fracture resistance should always be considered especially for rings and bracelets because of possible impact damage. Colors like brown have been slow to catch on but occasionally a spectacular brown diamond will appear with a name like cognac and it sells and makes a stir. Price and Prejudice For Jane Austen, matrimony was as much a financial transaction as an emotional one, with everyone trying to get the best possible bargain. Buying a gem is also the beginning of a life-long relationship and the price you pay is part of the deal. Understandably, you don’t want to pay too much. So how can you tell if you are paying the right price? First of all, don’t ask how much you should pay for a one-carat ruby. A one carat ruby can be worth ten dollars or it can be worth $10,000. Quality makes the difference. Fortunately you can see differences in quality if you look at a lot of rubies side-by-side. Better color costs more, a lot more. Better clarity costs more. Better cut may cost a little more but it is worth it! The bigger the stone, the more it is per carat. Within each variety, prices are based on these four Cs, with color as the most important factor. There is a more detailed explanation in the judging quality section. READ MORE… We at JDRC are proud affiliates of the Jewelers Resource Bureau please take a few moments to look at becoming a member.
12 Jewelry Trends for 2016
12 Jewelry Trends for 2016 Each year predictions of new trends in jewelry design emerge, although not always accurate they do offer good insight into the markets up and coming trends in colors and design. The fashion industry does influence the color and design trends in both gemstones and jewelry. Vintage designs are making a comeback in some jewelry markets, they are also influence modern design variations of classic designs from the past. This recycling of design concepts is bringing new designers into the jewelry business. Welcome to another year of jewelry predictions! This post marks the fifth year for our list of buying guidelines based on red carpet jewelry trends, runway fashions, and industry-specific jewelry and gemstone offerings. And with 45,345 page views—a drop of 0.04 percent over last year—we thank you for the continued support of clicks and shares. Best wishes for a robust year of sales in 2016. READ MORE… Top trending gemstones in the 2015 market were the perennial Blue Sapphire but is was edged out by Morganite in a pressurizing rise to fame, also included where Opal, and Tourmaline. Diamonds as always are in the favorites but colored stones have surged forth in recent years. The fashion industry has affected this positive trend to subtle colors like in Morganite, as well as the brilliance of the Sapphires they use as accents to their designs. The types of jewelry styles that have trends is varied as well, some of the favorites have been chokers, Asymmetric stone settings on rings and new very black Rhodium designs with white stones. New interest in Eco friendly and ethically mines gemstones is another factor in driving recent jewelry trends. Fancier gem cuts are showing up with new and old designers. Special cut gems have a new popularity coming along in this past few months. Take a few moments to look at The Jewelers Resource Bureau as a source of support in the design and making of jewelry.
Diamond Fun Facts
Diamond Fun Facts GIA (Gemological Institute of America) was establish as a non profit resource for gemology in 1931. They are the leading diamond authority in the world. Below is a clip from a very well written article on diamond facts. Did You Know? Diamonds can be burned. To burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290 Diamonds were used to engrave gemstones in India by 300 BCE. 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. House fires and jewelers’ torches can sometimes reach that temperature. D-to-Z color diamonds are the most widely used in jewelry, but diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. For natural colored diamonds, blue, green, orange and red are the rarest; yellow and brown are the most common. READ MORE.
For Your Wrist, Chips in Platinum
For Your Wrist, Chips in Platinum Kate Unsworth, techno jewelry designer Jewelry design with high technology functionality is becoming more popular all the time. Jewelry designer Kate Unsworth has made it fashionable and functionality built in. This will continue to trend as technology evolves and design becomes a driving force with the buying public. A new market category is emerging and is extremely exciting as it opens doors in jewelry design that were un-imagined just a few years ago. Connectivity is the buzz word now with the new tech jewelry designers coming forth. Imagine beauty and connectivity with your iPhone or Android phone to make you know what is happening in your world. A bracelt or pendant that vibrates when a message comes in. In bedded with platinum and a chip it is leading edge stuff for the jewelry world. The possibilities are enormous and unlimited in scope this is a new way of thinking and could even be a new category of jewelry market. Design and functionality are integral and they are making advances in this regard in leaps and bounds. It is a rapidly evolving new market and the excitement is just beginning to build. What will come next will be spectacular and will continue to change the face of the jewelry design world. The integration of technology with the design industry will be an exciting thing to watch, dont be afraid to look into it all. LONDON — Jewelry is continuing to undergo a technological revolution of its own with the debut of Altruis, a collection that features a gemlike centerpiece of zirconia ceramic with an embedded chip that vibrates to alert the wearer to texts, calls and other iPhone alerts. Unlike some other tech-connected pieces with rubber wristbands or fluorescent fittings, the Altruis necklaces, rings and bracelets are plated in precious metals like platinum and rose gold, so there’s little wonder they drew the attention of fashion-forward boutiques like Browns in London and Fivestory in New York, which, along with Altruis’s own website, began selling some of the pieces in mid-December. “Altruis challenges what fashion is, and is creating its own category,” Holli Rogers, chief executive of Browns, said. Kate Unsworth, the 28-year-old founder and chief executive of Vinaya, the tech start-up behind Altruis, said that the idea had come to her because “I want to break the bad habit of checking our smartphones for the sake of it. I want to silence the digital noise but still be connected to the most important communication tools.” READ MORE… We are proud to be affiliated with the Jewelers Resource Bureau take a look they may be just what you need as a resource. Great resources that compliment anyone in the jewelry industry.
The polishing of platinum is more difficult than silver or gold due to it;’s hardness.
7 Trends to Watch in 2016
7 Trends to Watch in 2016 Trends come and go but if your designing jewelry for fun and profit you should at least follow trending designs and add your own twist to them. Of course it is still alright to be totally original in design but following trends in gemstones and metals used in current trends will help you to increase your sales. Also following the fashion trends for clothing can give you an edge over other jewelry designers. Finding jewelry designer resources that offer this information will give you an advantage over designers who do not. Keep your eye on what colored gems are becoming popular and incorporate them into your design concepts, try new things as often as you can. This will increase your creative juices and expand your scope of jewelry designing. Try following the articles of the National Jeweler I find it very informative and timely on following trends in design color, gems and much more. this online magazine is a super resource for jewelry designers amateur or professional. Aspiring designers can learn much from the designer resources of publications like this. Many amateur jewelry designers lack simple resources to have their designs turned into jewelry. This was an issue for me way back in the 1970’s when I first began to design and create jewelry I found that I was paying far too much for professional services like wax carving and casting. Also my limit knowledge caused me to be far too dependent on the limited resources in my area. If you are an aspiring jewelry designer don’t let your limited knowledge or local resources be a problem, if you don’t find what you need on your own just ask I will be happy to assist you in locating your supplies, tools and services that will make your designs into the finished piece you envision. In other words just get started and do it, there is no longer any reason to fail in creating your beautiful jewelry designs. January 04, 2016 | By Brecken Branstrator Mixed metals in bridal, like this 18-karat rose and white gold ring set from LX Antwerp, will continue to be popular next year. New York–It’s going to be an exciting year in jewelry design. Trends have been taking new and innovative turns, and now spread across the country faster than ever, as social media and the Internet allow everyone to see and adapt to them in a short period of time. Because of this, retailers need to adapt to the trends more quickly or even be out ahead of them, said Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events at Jewelers of America. Here are the trends that the experts think will be popping up, and staying put, in the fine jewelry market in 2016. 1. Stackables/layering. This trend isn’t going anywhere, especially for pieces that are personalized or allow for the sentimental. In jewelry, this includes layering delicate necklaces together as well as stacking rings and bracelets. “It’s really important (for retailers) to have and buy these pieces to drive in the younger generation,” Gizzi said. “It’s a buy-one-today, add-one-tomorrow mentality.” READ MORE… Jewelry Designers Resource Center is a proud affiliate of the Jewelers Resource Bureau take a moment to look at becoming a member. CLICK HERE…
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