A Coffee Table Book by Didier Brodbeck and Hayley A. Henning
Since it’s discovery in 1967, Tanzanite has become one of the most intriguing and desirable gemstones of our time, managing to capture the imagination of jewelry designers and collectors who have fallen in love with it’s mesmerizing color, romantic origin and captivating brilliance.
This book, Tanzanite – Born From Lightning is a compilation of some of the world’s most prestigious brands, designers and jewelry makers, all coming together to showcase their most stunning creations – incredible, one-of-a kind tanzanite jewels, inspired by their most vivid imaginations and created in their own unique way. It took Didier Brodbeck and Hayley Henning over two years to bring this together. Literally hundreds of e-mails and many hours have resulted in almost 200 pages of incredible loose gems and jewels - the first Tanzanite compilation of its’ kind and exceptional in that many of the participating designers and brands are seldom seen page-on-page, alongside one another. Art direction by Icaro Carlos.
Theresa Kwong, of TK Metal Arts, has been voted one of three finalists in the Rising Star division of the JCK Design Center's Editors' Choice Awards competition. This is Kwong's first time at the JCK Las Vegas trade show, which takes place from June 3-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Kwong is also one of only 21 up-and-coming designers who were selected for booths in the Rising Star section of the Design Center. She's in booth RS14.
Kwong, a trained architect, creates jewelry with clean lines and sinuous curves. She forms her pieces from flat sheets of recycled gold, silver, and copper, using various hammers. "Each hammer stroke slowly coaxes these thin sheets of metal into strong but delicate looking organic forms," says the artist. "When I create a piece of jewelry, I strive for visual beauty when viewed from different angles. Craftsmanship, proportion, and comfort of wear are all important to me. All pieces are equally inspired by natural and built environments."
This Year for Best Use of Color
Designer Bella Campbell of Campbellian Collection, Morristown, NJ, is the winner of the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Award for Best Use of Color, a pinnacle award in the prestigious competition. This is the fourth year she has placed as a Spectrum prize winner.
Her win in 2016 is for a pair of 18k pink gold earrings featuring 17.05 carats of blue-green tourmalines, accented by 4.14 carats of emeralds. Campbell's earrings will be on exhibit as part of the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards Collection in the 1600 aisle of the AGTA GemFair's Preview Promenade.
An artist reception celebrated the opening of the "Robert Bentley: By Nature" exhibition at the Reinstein|Ross gallery last night in New York City. The exhibition features approximately 60 examples of Bentley’s gemstones as well as a smaller collection of Bentley’s work, as incorporated into finished jewelry by the Reinstein|Ross workshops. The exhibition continues through November 22nd at the gallery’s Ganesvoort Street location.
A Robert Bentley strand of tourmaline crystals and a Reinstein|Ross Isabella necklace with Bentley tourmaline.
The 56th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) welcomed gems and jewelry traders from around the world at its September show. Despite a global economic slowdown, and the recent bombing in Bangkok, visitors to the show were not deterred.
Organized by the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA), the BGJF is promoted as a launch pad for Thailand as the newly dubbed, “AEC gem and jewelry capital.”
CIBJO–The World Jewelry Confederation has signed on as a sponsor of the Jewelry Industry Summit. As well as giving financial support, the organization said it will urge its members to participate in the event.
“CIBJO’s mission is fully aligned with the goals of the Jewelry Industry Summit,” said president Gaetano Cavalieri.
“Engaging in responsible sourcing is a basic and universal value for all CIBJO members – and this summit presents a rare opportunity for every sector to work together to create actions for all businesses to sustain the supply chain and ensure the success of our businesses in the 21st century. CIBJO will do everything it can to ensure that the summit is a success.”
The 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair got off to a great start with H.E. General Prayuth Chanocha, Prime Minister of Thailand, presiding over the opening ceremony. Other distinguished guests included Somchai Phornchindarak, President of the Gems, Jewelry and Precious Metal Confederation of Thailand and the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association; Suttipong Damrongsakul, the CEO of the Bangkok fair; Apiradi Tantraporn, Minister of Commerce; and Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, Director General Department of International Trade Promotion.
Australia’s rich red dirt is home to an array of resources, none more colourful than the country’s national gemstone, the opal, which is enjoying a renaissance as Europe’s top fashion houses compete to capture its beauty.
The opal, sometimes known the “mystery stone”, has become a desirable feature in high-end jewellery, according to opal wholesaler Chris Price. Diamonds once dominated the high end of the market, he says, but that focus has shifted and people are seeking colour.
“For people who can have everything, (with opals) they can have something no one can duplicate … opals are personal. It is nice to have something that no one else has,” Price says. “Each stone, whether you are talking about a $20 stone or one of value, is different. Opals don’t come back on the estate market, they stay in families and they are not resold. It’s a real sense of personal treasure.”
Damien Cody, director at Cody Opal, says the French fashion houses have rekindled their love affair with the opal. “It has also triggered demand throughout the world, because if the big fashion houses are using opal it drives demand elsewhere,” he says.