Next up, Mother Nature’s finest work makes a triumphant return to the spotlight as turquoise and mother of pearl jewelry pieces are set to become hot fashion property for 2020. The Hidden Gem collection takes classic jewelry elements, turquoise and mother of pearl and reinvents them with a contemporary makeover by teaming them with statement chunky chains and bold signet rings. This modern take on classic jewelry pieces will have you carrying a slice of nature with you wherever you go.
Inspired by the latest fashion trends, Ania Haie is paving the way for affordable sterling silver jewelry that combines exquisitely made pieces without compromising on quality. With each collection inspired by key catwalk trends, Ania Haie is fast becoming the hottest destination for young style-savvy consumers. Each unique jewelry piece is designed to layer up to create your own individual look yet striking enough to wear as standalone pieces. Each piece of Ania Haie jewelry is delicately crafted from 925 sterling silver with rhodium or 14kt gold plating.
For Jim Woodard, owner of Woodard’s Diamonds & Design in Tullahoma, Tenn., when it was time for a moving sale, there was only one company to help with the event: Wilkerson. “They brought in the right team for us,” he says, remarking about the sale’s extraordinary results, including a nearly 500% monthly sales increase compared to the previous year. “I wanted to have the best in the industry. And that’s the main reason why I contacted Wilkerson.”
(PRESS RELEASE) MJSA Press has published a new trade book, At the Bench Vol. 2: Tips, Techniques, and Step-by-Step Projects for Jewelers of All Skill Levels, offering instruction and insights from renowned jewelers.
The 150-page book features dozens of articles (and more than 300 photos) that together cover all aspects of bench work, from basic techniques to step-by-step breakdowns of advanced skills. The articles are organized by task (sawing and piercing, soldering, stone setting, etc.), with the tasks identified by color-coded tabs for easy reference. Each article is labeled with its skill level: basic, intermediate, or advanced.
The book is based on the popular At the Bench column that appears monthly in MJSA Journal, the award-winning trade magazine dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. Begun in 1999, the column has featured over the past two decades some of the industry’s most notable jewelers and educators, many of whom appear in the book. They include the earliest At the Bench columnists (Alan Revere, Charles Lewton-Brain, Jurgen Maerz) as well as more recent contributors, such as Ann Cahoon, Gary Dawson, Helen Driggs, Mark Maxwell, and Joel McFadden. McFadden, a third-generation jeweler who lectures frequently at industry trade shows, also served as technical editor of the book.
The Prime Sponsors of At the Bench Vol. 2 are Hauser & Miller, a refiner and metal supplier based in St. Louis, Missouri, and Albuquerque, New Mexico–based Rio Grande, one of the world’s largest trade suppliers serving jewelers, metalsmiths, and artisans.
The book costs $34.95 and is available through Amazon and leading industry distributors, as well as through MJSA, the trade alliance that since 1903 has helped jewelry manufacturers, designers, and trade suppliers achieve professional excellence. MJSA members receive a 15% discount when purchasing directly from MJSA.
(PRESS RELEASE) For over 50 years VAHAN has crafted unique luxury jewelry desired by women everywhere. It is a family owned and operated company with a lineage of designers going back several generations. To celebrate their milestone anniversary, VAHAN Jewelry has re-launched its website with a brand-new look and functionality.
The new homepage greets people with a featurette that introduces the consumer to the brand and what it stands for, including interviews from the family who created it. The site also offers a digital look book, new collections, 360° rotating product shots, and details about what makes VAHAN jewelry different and so desirable. The most significant new feature of the website is the e-commerce shopping cart. The site offers a variety of new features centered around VAHAN’s retail partners, including in-store pickup incentives and generous revenue sharing on purchases. For more information visit: www.vahanjewelry.com
The masterpiece cradles the 18.92 carat diamond, showcases the heritage of Oklahoma with its impeccable ring design.
(PRESS RELEASE) OKLAHOMA — Harry Kotlar stole the show on November 14, 2019. This multi-sensory, invitation-only red carpet event in Oklahoma City brought all Harry Kotlar owners and special guests to the downtown BC Clark Jewelers location to witness the reveal, discover pieces from the Harry Kotlar’s Vault Collections, learn the history and creative process, create their own masterpieces and more.
Harry Kotlar was commissioned by BC Clark to create a handcrafted jewel incorporating their 18.92 carat Heart of Oklahoma diamond, created to honor the store’s founding year of 1892 as well as celebrate the great state of Oklahoma. The Internally Flawless, Fancy Intense Yellow diamond symbolizes the intense and colorful sunsets that stretch for miles over the Oklahoma plains. The Harry Kotlar masterpiece, which cradles the 18.92 carat diamond, showcases the heritage of Oklahoma with its impeccable ring design.
The Heart of Oklahoma Diamond was placed in a ring setting with a geometric design reminiscent of a steam locomotive’s pilot grills with the use of tapered baguette diamonds. This elegant piece represents a piece of BC Clark’s history as Oklahoma’s oldest business under the same family ownership.
“BC Clark is honored to have partnered with Harry Kotlar to create this masterpiece,” said Coleman Clark, president of BC Clark Jewelers. “Unveiling the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond Ring at such an elegant and interactive event with Harry Kotlar at our flagship downtown store with some of our most loyal customers has been a moment I will always remember.”
Guests were given a behind the scenes look at the design process of the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond set in a Harry Kotlar masterpiece as well as the opportunity to create their own Harry Kotlar pieces with a Harry Kotlar illustrator on site. Guests were able to discover a spellbinding museum-style exhibition of Harry Kotlar’s iconic collections including its hallmark design, the Artisan Pavé, the Kotlar Cushion and jewels worn on the red carpet curated to guide the audience of the brand’s depths of expertise in its craft and history.
Blue is the perfect complement to yellow tones, and 101 Park Avenue building’s atrium was awash in azure hues and stars twinkled in the ceiling with the use of innovative lighting. The color gave the space a dreamlike atmosphere, pulling elements from an artwork by one of the greatest post-impressionists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh. “The transformation is not just about making the film and exhibit space look theatrical, it was about forging emotional, artistic and historical dialogues,” says Czarah Cabrera, brand director for Harry Kotlar. “It’s about bringing forward the artists’ emotional intensities as they create masterpieces, while paralleling B.C. Clark Sr.’s journey to Indian Territory, as well as our founder’s determination for safe passage from WWII full of love, passion and tenacity.”
A three-minute film highlighting the creation of the masterpiece accompanied the unveiling. The film turned back time by showing the closely-guarded techniques of Harry Kotlar’s master artisans as well as Oklahoma’s and BC Clark’s history. It depicted how artisans create this masterpiece steeped in history and the personality of the human touch.
As a surprise element, a ballet performance was incorporated for the big reveal reinforcing the importance of the masterpiece cradling the rare diamond and illuminating human emotions. Right after the reveal, the lights magically shifted from deep blues to vivid yellow hues. It was the perfect way to introduce the Harry Kotlar Masterpiece.
The unveiling of the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond in a Harry Kotlar Masterpiece presented a fusion of two great legacies. “Harry Kotlar and BC Clark have enjoyed a close business relationship for almost 30 years,” said David Weiner, president of Harry Kotlar. “This masterpiece is a great symbol of our shared history.”
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