A Celebration of Jewelry and the Business Behind the Beauty
Little Twig ring with a 19.99 carat aquamarine offered in 18k yellow, white, or rose gold and platinum by K. Brunini Jewels
Thanks to the De Beers A Diamond is Forever” campaign, white diamonds matched with white metals have been the common for engagement rings for a lot more than 60 years in the United States. Nevertheless, it wasn’t often that way, particularly among the wealthy, royal and popular when tying the knot.
Likoma ring in 18k white gold with a four.18-carat pear-shaped pink tourmaline enhanced with grey, white and golden natural pearls and diamonds by Mellerio dits Meller
In 1796, a 26-year-old up-and-coming soldier named Napoleon Bonaparte presented his wife to be, Joséphine, with a sapphire and diamond engagement ring. The stones, every weighing 1 carat and mounted in gold, rest side by side facing opposite directions. Osenat auction home in Paris sold the ring in March 2013 for far more than $1 million.
Majestic emerald-reduce intense honey citrine and diamond ring by Alexandra Mor
When John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, he did it with a gold Van Cleef & Arpels ring with a two.88-carat diamond and two.84-carat emerald enhanced with baguette diamonds, which were later replaced with round and marquis reduce diamonds.
six.39-carat pear-shaped yellow sapphire ring by Robert Procop
Probably the most well-known colored gem engagement ring is the 18k white gold ring centered with a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by diamonds that Prince William presented to Kate Middleton in 2010 when he proposed marriage. The ring is a household heirloom, belonging to his late mother Princess Diana who received it as her engagement ring.
Eloise ring featuring 3-stone paraiba by Erica Courtney
There are a quantity of contemporary day celebrity couples selecting colored gems for engagement rings. Among them:
Singer and actress Jessica Simpson, who received a gold engagement ring from guitarist Eric Johnson in 2010 centered with an oversized ruby flanked by two diamonds on either side. The ring was developed by Neil Lane, who is known for his operate with celebrities.
Platinum Stack Rings composed of the 5 person rings shown, created by Barbara Heinrich to collect, mix and match with your favorite colored gem and wear as an engagement ring, a wedding band, as a group appropriate-hand ring, or individually
Academy Award winner Halle Berry received a hand-forged gold ring flashing a 4-carat emerald in a 1-of-a-sort setting. Designed by French jeweler, Robert Mazio, the square reduce emerald is flanked by two smaller sized diamonds on each side of the ring. The ring reportedly has symbols and codes that only the wearer could see and tells the story of the really like in between Berry and her one particular-time husband Olivier Martinez. Regrettably, the story did not finish effectively for the couple.
18k white gold ring with an aquamarine center stone surrounded by diamonds by Pasquale Bruni
Australian cricket player Shane Warne proposed to actress Elizabeth Hurley with a 9-carat square-cut sapphire flanked by two trillion-cut white diamonds.
The Valentina 18k yellow gold ring by Anabel Higgins with an 18.74-carat rubellite surrounded by diamonds
There have been attempts by gem dealers, designers and jewelry retailers to bring the appeal of colored gems to bridal jewelry in the U.S., but shoppers never ever took to it. When Kate Middleton, (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) was married with the Ceylon sapphire, Sri Lankan gem dealers had been anticipating a rush to buy similar gems for proposals, but even royal star power couldn’t sway the masses.
18k rose gold Tourmaline Ring by Lucifer vir Honestus
However, in the luxury segment of the jewelry marketplace, jewelers are willing to cater to those who want something various and special. For example, earlier this year jewelry artist, Katey Brunini, unveiled a comprehensive line of bridal jewels (engagement rings and wedding bands) featuring a assortment of colored gems, which includes ruby, sapphire, emeralds and Beryl in hues that run from pastel to bold. The pieces contain classic looks and organic, rough-textured shapes, described as twigs” and vertebrae.”
Rose gold ring with a 6.23-carat emerald and diamonds by Vhernier
Venerable Parisian high jeweler, Mellerio dits Meller, lately released a collection of high jewelry cocktails ring, the Private Collection,” that also could be employed as engagement rings. They are made by Laure-Isabelle Mellerio, the wife of M. Laurent Mellerio, the 14th Mellerio to head the family members owned jeweler because 1613.
Platinum ring with two.11-carat blue oval sapphire solitaire set in a diamond filigree mounting by Alishan
Making use of colored gems is a way to develop a ring that a lot more fully describes the story of your marriage.
Blue Topaz and diamond Sea Leaf” ring by Miseno
Dearest” enamel stack ring by Alison Lou
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Friday, November 25, 2016
An Arizona jeweler became so disheartened with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States that she decided to develop a campaign to donate half of her company’s sales to causes that she fears will be neglected when the new administration starts.
No one is more surprised by this initial success than Mahlia.
I (cold-known as) the presidents of these organizations saying ‘I do not know what I’m doing but I’m seeking for aid to make it work’ and everybody known as me back,” Mahlia stated.
The name of the campaign is We Can ” and the impulsive nature of it shows as it is incorrectly listed as Our Way,” on the Mahlia Collection website. It has since been corrected. The campaign is scheduled to run till December 31 but she may possibly extend it. Mahlia also purchased the domain for We Can” and is in the approach of creating a committed net presence for the campaign.
For Mahlia, this isn’t a marketing and advertising ploy to enhance sales or brand awareness. If I get any income out of this it will be a miracle,” she said.
The campaign is being managed directly by means of the Mahlia eCommerce web site. When a person purchases a solution, proper prior to paying a pop up window comes up with the list of companion organizations. Purchasers can direct half of the expense of the product to the non-profit of their option. Every single organization has devoted space on their web site for the campaign for accountability and credit to donors for tax purposes (donations are tax deductible).
Buyers can also choose to opt out of directing the money to any organization.
Eventually, she says she hopes to construct a network of folks who have the exact same issues as she.
I hope it inspires others to step up the plate to do anything that is civic minded and empowering,” she says. Hopefully, we can create an affiliation of like-minded individuals and know that you’re not just huddled in your planet depressed at the demise of the globe that is on the way.”
Thursday, November 24, 2016
A. Lange & Söhne released a unique edition of the Lange 1 Time Zone in honey gold to celebrate the 22-year anniversary of the very first Lange collection of the company’s modern day era.
The watch was released October 24, on the same date in 1994 when the German watchmaker held a press conference in the Dresden Residential Palace to unveil its initial watches since the re-forming of the company.
A. Lange & Söhne’s founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, is credited with helping to create a watchmaking sector in the German city of Glashütte close to Dresden in 1845. The company’s watchmaking facility was bombed in the course of Globe War II and the post-war Soviet administration expropriated the company’s house. That’s when the Lange brand ceased to exist.
Following the collapse of the East German government, Walter Lange, the excellent-grandson of the company’s founder, and his partner Günter Blümlein re-formed the firm in 1990 and presented its very first timepieces four years later.
The clearly organized dial of the Lange 1 Time Zone supplies a reading of the property time and the time in a second time zone. The time zone is set with a lateral pusher. It advances the rotating city ring with the 24 spot names from west to east. On the ring, Dresden—instead of Berlin as in the normal version—represents Central European Time. In addition, the hour hand on the small subsidiary dial moves forward by one step with every use of the pusher. A synchronization mechanism tends to make it attainable to transfer the zone time on the subsidiary dial to the principal dial.
Subtle color modifications in the design of the city ring differentiate it from the standard version. The dots among the city names and GMT are blue instead of red. The previously black peripheral ring of the second time zone has the same blue hue as well.
The 41.9mm case is created of 18k honey gold, A. Lange & Söhn’s proprietary gold alloy. The watch is powered by the hand-finished in-home caliber L031.1 with a 3-day energy reserve.
Limited to one hundred pieces, it is obtainable exclusively in the 17 A. Lange & Söhne boutiques worldwide.
It is merely named, Cuore, the Italian word for heart, and this certain heart has a beat.
The distinguishing function of the Cuore Ferragamo timepiece is a heart on the dial above six ‘clock. The heart beats by opening and closing after per second, powered by a Swiss quartz movement. The user controls the patented function by pressing the crown. The time is set with a button at two ‘clock employing a unique heart-shaped tool. The off-centre hours and minutes indicator is embellished by a circle of diamonds or an engraved Clou de Paris motif, a guilloché pattern of hollowed lines that intersect to type tiny pyramidal shapes. The Ferragamo” logo seems on the dial at 3 ‘clock.
The other feature of the dial and the silver 39mm case is the subtle appearance of the iconic Ferragamo Gancino, the shape of a hook utilised as the symbol of the fashion brand.
The watch was introduced in March at the Baselworld watch and jewelry show and was available considering that June. Nonetheless, events had been held in cities about the planet to formally introduce the solution. Wednesday was the U.S.’s turn as the watch was introduced during an event held at the Hotel Eventi in New York.
The watch is obtainable with a bi-colour gold plated bracelet or a crocodile print calfskin strap in yellow, black, red, purple, pink and grey. It can be bought at Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques, authorized retailers or on-line from the Ferragamo site The cost runs from $1,595 to $two,995.
Paolo Marai, president and CEO of the Timex Group Swiss Luxury Division—which manages the watch company for luxury brands Salvatore Ferragamo and other luxury fashion brands, through licensing agreements—says the watch is designed to be presented a present, which is in line with the trends for style watches, in which far more than than 50 percent are purchased as gifts.
It also is in line with the trend to put on watches as an accessory, he says.
Brands such as ours, fashion brands, the design is far more relevant than the movement inside,” he said.
Paolo Marai, president and CEO of Timex Group Swiss Luxury Division
The prestigious Hall 1 of Baselworld could have far more empty space than originally planned as four style watch brands are the most recent to pull out of the 2017 edition of the world’s largest watch and jewelry show.
The Timex Group Swiss Luxury Division—which manages the watch organization for luxury brands Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Versus and Nautica via licensing agreements—is the most current to announce that it is leaving the annual fair held in Basel, Switzerland.
Paolo Marai, president and CEO of the division of the Timex Group, in an exclusive interview, mentioned the $3 million investment into the show could be much better spent in other places of its international business. The 4 brands occupied Hall 1.1, the second floor of the hall committed to global” watch and jewelry brands.
I believe that Baselworld is a large investment for everyone and is in my opinion losing some effectiveness,” he mentioned. It utilised to be quite important in diverse levels. Initial, it was a great chance to meet journalists but they’re coming significantly less and much less to Baselworld. And even these who come are decreasing the time they are staying—running from one particular appointment to the next.”
He continued, Second, in the past we used to meet a lot of retailers. This year not a single single nation sent retailers. So what you meet in Baselworld are distributors. But we know the distributors. I don’t need to go to Baselworld for that.”
Baselworld Hall. 1.1 (Photo Courtesy of Baselworld)
Marai says the changing luxury company demands that luxury brands, especially fashion brands, want to be closer to the customer. He argues Baselworld isn’t an effective way to do this.
Baselworld is becoming a lot more of a location to show off. I am there simply because I want to show that I’m at Basel rather than carrying out something that is really successful toward the end customer,” stated Marai, a native of Milan who now lives in Lugano, Switzerland, where the Timex Group Swiss Luxury Division is situated. We need to have to move the needle and be close to the finish consumer…. I can put in the same quantity of funds to be closer to the finish consumer and be far more effective…. It is a expense I do not think we can afford any longer.
He added, I’m not the only one (leaving) Baselworld. Plenty of brands have decided to step out of there. When the marketplace is suffering I believe you want to attempt anything new. It is worth it for us to do one thing diverse.”
In Could, luxury watch brands, Ulysse Nardin and Girard-Perregaux, announced that they have been exiting Baselworld to exhibit at the Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which is held January in Geneva. Each brands—owned by Kering, the French luxury goods holding company—occupied the most prestigious space at Baselworld, Hall 1., the first floor of the Worldwide Hall exactly where the most prestigious independent and corporate-owned watch brands are situated.
Watch, jewelry and gem companies have been leaving Baselworld considering that the trade show unveiled its $454.5 million upgrade to the Messe Basel fair complex in 2013. The new renovations came with hefty value increases for exhibition space as the trade show began positioning itself as a luxury occasion. In response, in 2013 there have been 355 fewer exhibitors, mostly smaller sized players and these who supply goods and services within the trade. Nevertheless, a few massive brands also balked at the new asking value. International jewelry brand, David Yurman, was maybe the most higher-profile company to leave the fair in 2013.
The modify did attract some luxury brands, most notably Graff Diamonds, which started exhibiting at Baselworld in 2014 at Hall 1.1.
Baselworld Hall 1. (Photo Courtesy of Baselworld)
Meanwhile, UBM Asia established Jewellery & Gem Fair – Europe” in 2014 in Freiburg, Germany. The dates and location line up nicely with Baselworld. Freiburg is significantly less than an hour away from Basel, Switzerland. Several of the jewelry, gem and watch trade organizations that used to exhibit at Baselworld now exhibit at the new show.
In spite of the problems, Baselworld remains the world’s largest watch and jewelry fair. It is also the most essential watch and jewelry show in the globe for new solution introductions and for international exposure. Show officials mentioned in 2016 attracted 145,000 attendees—who contain representatives from exhibiting firms, purchasers and other visitors—a three % decline from 2015. There have been about 1,500 exhibitors. The number of journalists covering the occasion improved three percent to about 4,400 from 70 nations.
It’s not just Baselworld. Massive and tiny jewelry and watch trade shows throughout the world have been struggling to locate their footing. The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the world’s biggest fine jewelry trade fair, reported attendance declines for two consecutive years. In the U.S., JCK Las Vegas (the largest jewelry trade show in North America and at a single time the largest in the planet) has never totally recovered from the 2008-2009 international recession. SIHH, recognized for its exclusivity, has opened its doors to a lot more watch exhibitors and buyers.
Marai says driving this move is a alter in the way that buyers relate to brands. This has prompted his push to locate new techniques for his organization to get closer to its buyers by means of its advertising and marketing practices and sales. The search for these new practices is further complex by the a variety of financial and geopolitical troubles all through the globe that are affecting distribution and sales. This ranges from the steep decline in sales from the after booming China and Hong Kong marketplace, to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the Western financial sanctions imposed on Russia and the surprise victory of Donald Trump as U.S. president.
He says the brands he manages via the Timex luxury division are performing better than most since they are a smaller sized and newer to the industry. The Versace and Versus element of the business was founded in 2004 and the Ferragamo and Nautica company 3 years later. Even so, he says it’s required to be proactive.
In difficult moments you have to be more active. The market place is suffering, the economy is not best everywhere. We are nonetheless quite satisfied with what’s happening this year but I have to admit the industry is not undertaking well,” he said. We’re still displaying development since we are reasonably modest. We can still develop but in common the industry is not performing nicely.”
Portion of getting active is embracing what Marai calls the new digital revolution” with a shop now, purchase now” mentality.
Every little thing is going digital at this moment and we’ve been struggling the previous two years attempting to embrace it. Due to the fact we operate below license so we have some constraints. The brands cannot go in that direction just for watches. But more and far more all luxury brands need to comprehend this digital revolution and need to have to handle it.”
This calls for a far more direct connection by brands with shoppers by means of social media and via the availability of their items. This strategy, in and of itself, is not new to those in the luxury market. Nonetheless, attaining this partnership has been difficult for established luxury and fashion brands.
Those who have the cash in the subsequent ten years require to be reached in a entirely various way,” he said. Conventional communication is more than. These with the capacity to comprehend and to translate this into the market will be a lot more efficient.”
Marai is interested in making use of the Internet as a tool to communicate straight with consumers and present their merchandise and brand. As an eCommerce tool, he nevertheless says standard retail will nonetheless be primary source of sales, noting the data indicates that that eCommerce will account for 20 percent of total luxury sales in 2025.
There is a extended way to go still. I’m fairly sure traditional distribution is frightened by the Web and they need to not be simply because it is employed a lot more as an information tool rather than just a acquiring tool. (Even so) it is the very best way to present your goods. You can have your best show, your greatest shop where you can present all of your items exactly as you want them to be presented.”
Marai also is conscious that on the internet buying is a quickly and hassle-free way for shoppers to buy goods.
By way of digital you can provide your buyer with whatever he wants so when he comes to us for a various dial or distinct strap it is extremely basic (to fulfill that order). We have to try to produce a bridge in between the traditional distribution and the new tools that are presented by means of eCommerce in order to be much more effective with the finish customer.”
Usually overlooked Marai says is that a lot more than 50 % of watches are purchased as a gift. This signifies the presentation wants to be a lot more luxurious, more than the solution itself often.”
In addition, he says watches from style brands are regarded as an accessory and a automobile of self expression and must be additional addressed by luxury watch brands.
Brands such as ours, fashion brands, the style is far more relevant than the movement inside. We have a excellent chance at the moment. Who cares today what is inside? The new generation they do not consider watches high-finish technology.”
1 piece of technology that muddled the watch market place was the wise watch, Marai says, which right after their initial success have failed preserve the interest of buyers. Even so, it did trigger damage by making confusion with consumers and within the industry. He said the rush by traditional watch makers to produce their personal digital watches was a error.
Apple was a huge achievement in the initial phase but individuals that purchased it do not use it,” he stated. It has produced confusion for the end customer and the distribution channels. Everybody wanted to be the first to create the product and I think it was a mistake. It was a little bit too early.”
Marai says the luxury watch sector is nevertheless a relatively rich industry,” meaning that compared to other industries the margins are higher. But he hinted that this could change down the road as brands continue to market place and sell straight to customers.
The distributor buys the item from the industry and then sells it to the retailer. (This) is not one thing that will final forever. The market has to come closer to the distribution and turn out to be a lot more direct and far more effective, lowering a lot of the expenses in distribution and (therefore) producing a far more powerful proposition to the end customer.”
He added, Some activities would have to possibly disappear.”
These are just some of the causes Marai and other people are reconsidering their commitment Baselworld.
The China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shanghai opened Friday at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center and will run till November 21. The fair attributes about 250 exhibitors from 18 nations and regions. Exhibits contain completed jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, raw supplies, tools and packaging, luxury and antique timepieces, and arts and crafts.
The Asia-Pacific Jewellery & Watch Expo, debuts in this edition. The new fair, which will be held concurrently with the Shanghai Fair, is a result of UBM Asia’s strategic alliance with the Shanghai NIU International Exhibition Co Ltd. Exhibitors offer a wide variety of arts and crafts, timepieces and jewelry items, which includes embroidery, noble antique silverware from the east and west, and classic China’s palace art from Beijing.
Seven other pavilions debut as effectively. They are: the Beijing Arts and Crafts Association, Guangzhou Light Business Arts and Crafts Enterprise, Hunan Embroidery Investigation Institute, Committee of Collection and Research of China Horologe Association, Shanghai Gem and Jade Trading Center Co Ltd, Shanghai Timepiece Trade Association,and the Shanghai Jade Carving Culture Association.
Retail sales in China in April 2016 grew by about ten percent year-more than-year, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics show. China’s jewelry retail industry remained steady in the 1st eight months of 2016, with information showing sales of gold and jewelry products totaled about $28.5 billion during the period.
We see a lot of opportunities in China. There is nevertheless considerably space for growth specially given the Chinese government’s efforts to shore up domestic consumption,” stated Joe Ho, UBM Asia’s Fair Manager in China. Wages have risen we have an enormously massive population base, and millions of Chinese have moved into the cities from the countryside. I really feel confident about China’s economy and the consumers’ spending power. I am also confident that the Shanghai Fair will do its job of serving the industry by matching our local and overseas exhibitors with serious purchasers from the China marketplace and beyond.”
Other Attractions include:
Sri Lanka Pavilion – showcases the world renowned Ceylon Sapphire and a vast array of rough and polished gemstones
Taiwan Pavilion – specializes in Grade A fei cui jewelry and coral and gemstone jewelry
Korea Pavilion – offers a variety of fashion jewelry with trendy and revolutionary styles well-known among teens
India Pavilion – showcases India’s jewelry craftsmanship in gold jewelry manufacturing and diamond cutting and polishing
Unique Events – Jewelry design and style award ceremony, jewelry and craft auction, and educational seminars give buyers the chance to find out and network.
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