Three months after President Obama renewed the ban on rubies and jade from Burma, three pieces of Burmese ruby jewelry made the top 10 sellers at Christie’s Hong Kong on November 26th, 2013, and one set a world record.
September 30, 2014
Dealers on 47th Street don't always agree on what it takes to get ahead. Manhattan's Diamond District can be a fiercely competitive place. But the businesses that survive and prosper here for decades are usually run by smart people with a reputation for being reliable and fair.
Fima Kandinov maintains straight shooting is the key to survival in the Diamond District. “Honesty and integrity are the keys to any business,” Kandinov says, and business conducted on 47th Street is no exception.
Many dealers on 47th Street take a somewhat more cutthroat approach. But Kandinov, primary appraiser and founder of Luriya, is not the only one to reach this conclusion.
September 23, 2014
A stroll through San Telmo, oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, is a welcome respite from the Argentine capital’s hectic inner-city streets. With colonial architecture and cobbled streets lined with shops, cafés and tango parlors, San Telmo is the primary destination for antique hunters. Anyone on the prowl for vintage and period jewelry will find treasure tucked in just about every corner of this laid-back barrio.
At the moment, San Telmo's antique shops appear untouched by the current economic struggles in Buenos Aires, but owners say business is down. For antique jewelry lovers looking for bargains, now is a great time to negotiate deals. Inventory is there but demand has dropped and the exchange rate for Americans is good and getting better – particularly if you bring cash and take advantage of the unofficial “blue market” rate (currently 15 pesos to the dollar).
September 09, 2014
By Sarah Hucal
Hold onto your Jimmy Choos: New York Fashion Week is in full swing, with over 80 runway shows, presentations and special events through September 11.
Emerging jewelry trends for fall 2014 point to stacked cuffs and chokers in simple forms and bold colors to offset fashions heavy on pattern and embellishment. Jewelry lines debuted so far at the Mercedes-Benz sponsored event range from wearable tech by Rebecca Minkoff to chokers by Coach and DKNY.
September 02, 2014
From an obsession with oversize drop earrings to gold bracelets and black diamonds, the jewelry trends we spotted at the Late-August award shows packed some serious star power.
Held in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, MTV’s annual Video Music Awards turned the spotlight on bold styles favored by the young and ultra-hip. The next day in New York City, the celebrity world was on display again as the 66th Emmy Awards honored primetime stars dressed to impress. Examined together, these two events give a good indication of the jewelry trends to watch in coming seasons.
As always, big-name designers like Fred Leighton and Lorraine Schwartz dominated the red carpet at both events, but lesser-known brands such as Beladora, Doves and Ofira Jewels, also had their moments. Here are four standout looks.