Leading jewelry industry magazine JCK held two jewelry design competitions at this year's Las Vegas show: the annual Luxury Design Awards and JCK Design Center Editor’s Choice Awards (click "Read the full article" to see the designs).
Chow Tai Fook has announced its partnership with native New York designer Vera Wang on a fine jewelry collection launching October 19, 2018 in Mainland China. "Bringing together the foremost Chinese-American designer in the fashion industry and the renowned fine jewelry company in Greater China," the announcement reads, the new collection will "cater to the modern Chinese bride, who has begun to incorporate diamond jewelry into traditional engagements," moving beyond the traditional gold and jade usually worn by brides in China.
Dominion Diamond Corporation has announced that La Pierre Précieuse Inc. from Montreal, Quebec is the winner of the 2017 CanadaMark Jewellery Competition award. The competition honors jewelry pieces with the highest level of creativity and excellence in quality and style, showcasing CanadaMark certified diamonds. The winning pendant features a 0.40 carat, round brilliant CanadaMark certified stone centered in a warm rose gold maple leaf setting with a Canadian maple wood background.
The Antwerp diamond industry this year is celebrating its 570th anniversary. A document recently discovered in the City Archive identifies the first signs of a diamond trade in the city dating back to 1447.
Organizers of the CARAT+ "Diamond Event" trade show to be held in Antwerp from May 7 - 9 have announced an agreement with "Bond Girl" Caterina Murino (Casino Royale, 2006) to be a guest of honor, and has announced an exclusive media partnership with The Rapaport Group. Murino, playing the sultry Solange Dimitrios, became the 71st member of one of the most celebrated and exclusive clubs in movie history, known as "the Bond Girls".
Hearts On Fire® has announced the launch of a diamond jewelry collaboration with London-based jeweler Stephen Webster. This is the first ever partnership between these two brands, and the first designer collaboration for Hearts On Fire, whose design team is led by Italian native Ilaria Lanzoni. The first collection of Hearts On Fire by Stephen Webster is called “White Kites” – taking inspiration from magnificent birds of prey.
"The industry has been working with 3D technology in fine jewelry for some time," writes Rachel Taylor for The Jewellery Editor, "yet breakthroughs in technology now mean that we can print a variety of 3D objects at home - including solid gold jewelry." Computer-aided design (CAD) allows jewelers to make sketches using computer programs rather than by hand, which can then be fed into 3D printing machines that build 3D models of the jewel.
What better way to kickoff the evening of the 50th Super Bowl (American football championship game) than by taking a glimpse inside the company that has designed and made the majority of the diamond-studded rings awarded to the victors? Vice President of Jostens Sports Division Chris Poitras said, "We created the first Super Bowl ring for Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in 1966 and we've continued on. We've done 31 of the 49 Super Bowls." The first Super Bowl ring for the Packers had a simple design - 40 grams of gold and a one-carat diamond in the center.
“The stone tricks the eye, so I have to outsmart it. I can see its flaws and angles. There are elements I want to hide and elements I want to bring out. I am chasing its light ... When I saw the [507ct Cullinan Heritage diamond], I felt my spirit leaving my body and returning. I looked at that rock for three years before I touched it ... I want to leave a legacy. Chinese jewelry has a history of 6,000 years, and I want to be part of it.”
- Hong Kong jewelry designer/artist Wallace Chan, from a NYT portrait of the artist, "Becoming the Gemstone"
Pantone, the global authority on color, has announced Serenity and Rose Quartz, as its Colors of the Year for 2016. It is the first time the company has unveiled two colors of the year. The combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity "challenges traditional perceptions of color association," the firm said in a statement. "In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design.
Diamonds and lingerie...we (at least some of us) at The Diamond Loupe would be hard-pressed to come up with a finer combination. A grand centerpiece of lingerie has been a longstanding tradition at Victoria’s Secret for nearly two decades, with glitzy iterations adorning famous runway walkers like Claudia Schiffer and Gisele Bündchen. Now, after 685 hours of labor and more than 6,500 precious gems, the Fireworks Fantasy Bra is finally here.
Tomoko Kodera (Japan) won first prize and $10,000 at the recent 17th edition of the HRD Antwerp's International Diamond Jewelry design competition, "A la carte: A Culinary Diamond Journey". It is internationally recognized as one of the world's most important jewelry design competitions, its goal being to inspire and promote creativity in the design of contemporary diamond jewelry and extend the limits of modern diamond jewel and avant-garde ideas.
Toronto-based, multiple award-winning jewelry designer and artist, Reena Ahluwalia, writes that the essence of diamonds, their identity and desirability, is only revealed when people attach personal meaning to them, one that is perhaps best expressed in an art form. "Diamond as a commodity may not deliver on that promising idea.
The four Cs have ruled the day for diamond assessment and desirability, but as Sarah Royce-Greensill writes, contemporary jewelry designers are finding the beauty in imperfect stones, whether cloudy, rough-cut, included or sliced. Slices, polki diamonds – polished yet uncut stones - and "the understated glamour afforded by unfaceted diamonds" are the new rage in diamond jewelry design. Indeed, "modern designers are not just accepting but celebrating the character of these so-called 'bad' stones," says Royce-Greensill.