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  • Wearable technology – new methods to keep women safe

    Jewelry has been used as a form of protection since time began. But boy, has it evolved! There are now simple, powerful and wearable devises that can be clipped on women’s clothing or worn as a necklace that can notify someone instantly if you’re in harm’s way.

    The Athena Device (from Roar’s collection) is about the size of a half dollar. It’s made of a flexible, durable elastomer material with a lightweight aluminum backing.

    Everyday, women face the possibility of harassment, assault and violence. A simple piece of safety jewelry could make all the difference in the world. A shout-out to Roar for ingenuity!

     

  • The Largest Gold Jewelry Market is…?

     

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    As the United States wavers economically in several key markets around the world, its interesting to note the flux of the gold jewelry market globally.

    According to The Motley Fool:

    The World Gold Council reported world jewelry demand was up slightly in Q1 2017, driven largely by India, where gold jewelry demand increased 16% year over year to 92.3 metric tons.

    Nonetheless, it’s China that remains the largest market. In the first quarter of 2017, China’s gold jewelry demand was 176.5 metric tons, while global demand for the same period was 480.9 metric tons.

    How does the United States rank? Despite the U.S. reporting its strongest first quarter since 2010, its demand — 22.9 metric tons — pales in comparison.

    Historically, gold is a symbol of luxury and wealth in China, even though for years, ownership of the precious metal was illegal. Since 2004, the ban (since the 1950’s) was lifted and since, gold purchases have experienced a sharp and dramatic resurgence.

    The future is uncertain but one thing is for sure: gold has maintained a high degree of popularity for thousands of years and shows no sign of holding its powerful reign.

  • The White of Wimbledon (with only a touch of Jewelry)

    Smack dab in the center of the most exciting tennis match in the world, let’s take a moment to look at the dress code of the Wimbledon players…because it’s strict. And no wonder why: the dress code dates back to the 1800s.

    So why all white? For practical reasons. The sight of sweat spots on colored clothing appeared unseemly back in the day, so “tennis whites” became the way to go.

    And by white, we’re talking white. The All-England Club takes this rule very seriously:

    • “White does not include off-white or cream.”

    • “There can only be “a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter.”

    • “Any [colored] undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration)” are not allowed.”

    Many players have claimed that this rule is too strict. And many have tried to bend and/or break the rules. But most happily adhere in order to be part of such a privileged event.

    As far as jewelry? While we can’t find any rules dictating the wearing of jewelry, from what we see, a few female players don a simple pendant necklace (which also looks great against a fashionable all white backdrop!).

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    Petra Kvitová

  • How Nicole Kidman (and you) can protect your jewelry

    We are big advocates on choosing jewelry that is just right for you. This includes factoring in your lifestyle as part of your jewelry decision making. Activities (in this case, clapping hands) can affect the overall wear and tear of your jewelry.

    It’s important to do a thorough inventory of your daily activities and choose your piece of jewelry accordingly. If you live a more high impact lifestyle, pick a piece that reflects the strength you need. OR choose your dream jewelry regardless of your lifestyle, and like Nicole, wear for special occasions or with caution…even if it means clapping a little funny.

     

     

  • The Largest (and Most Expensive) Diamond Drop Earrings of 2016

    We love drop earrings and offer beautiful ones of our own. Our custom design drop earrings are often distantly inspired by pieces that simply take our breath away, like the Miroir de l’Amour (Mirror of Love), a pair of pear-shaped D color, flawless type IIa diamond earrings.

    Created by Boehmer et Bassenge, these gorgeous earrings sold for nearly $17.7 million at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale in November, making them the world’s largest perfect pear-shaped diamond drops ever to be offered at auction.

    Remember: we can recreate drop earrings that give you that auction-quality feel for a fraction of the price (because let’s face it, who has 17 mill just hanging around, right?)

    Source: Forbes

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  • Jewelry Auction Recap 2016

    Throughout 2016, we shared a copious amount of juicy auction information in our blog: celebrity jewelry, fancy colored and rare gems and of course, the exorbitant price-tags and bidding wars that leave us all a little breathless.

    Yet auctions have their ups and downs like any other business and 2016 was no different. Records were set (pink and blue diamonds continued to pull in the highest bids) while other gems failed to generate the expected interest (like Shirley Temple Blue, a 9.54-carat fancy deep blue, owned by the child actress with an estimate of $25 – $35 million).

    But blue gems still pulled their weight (sorry Shirley), namely The Oppenheimer Blue which pulled in top dollar for 2016. Looking at it, we can only sigh and see why.

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    The Oppenheimer Blue, a 14.62-carat fancy vivid blue rectangular-cat diamond snatched a world record for any jewel sold at auction (more than $58 million!) at Christie’s in May.

     

    Source: Forbes

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  • Jewelry and the Millennial Movement

    When you think of a millennial, you probably don’t think in terms of diamond buyers. Their lives are too transient, too tech-based…right? Well perhaps its for those reasons that diamond sales tend to be on the slow and steady climb with this demographic.

    According to Bloomberg:

    So-called millennials now account for 68 percent of diamond jewelry sales by value in the world’s most-populous country — worth $6.76 billion last year, according to research by De Beers SA, the world’s biggest diamond producer.

    Millennial women — defined by De Beers as those aged from 18 to 34 — spent about $26 billion on diamond jewelry in 2015 in the world’s four main markets, acquiring more than any other generation.

    But here’s the catch: this isn’t about ever-lasting love but status and practicality:

    For Chinese millennials, diamonds are more of a fashionable mark of achievement instead of a symbol of everlasting love, said Joan Xu, Shanghai-based associate planning director at J. Walter Thompson, an advertising agency.

    According to one unmarried grad student:

    “We don’t have to passively wait to be gifted a diamond by a man,” the unmarried college graduate said. “Diamond jewelry is a natural way to express ourselves. It’s a far better investment than most fashion items as it won’t only gain value, but can also be passed down through the generations.”

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  • Dip in Jewelry Sales this Holiday

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    Jewelry is a fluctuating market but during the holidays, it tends to stabilize. Why? Because jewelry is the go-to gift. But this year highlights a trend in cheaper jewelry, meaning customers are moving away from higher end items and looking toward more affordable pieces:

    According to CNBC:

    While many on Wall Street view those types of challenges as transitory, some have expressed concern that the critical millennial shopper does not have an interest in fine jewelry. Instead of investing in a classic piece they can wear every day, some argue, they prefer to scoop up a larger quantity of costume pieces. That way, they can easily — and cost-effectively — update their wardrobes.

    Diamond alternatives are on the rise, as eco-conscious shoppers discover their cost-savings and quality. We provide an extensive of affordable diamond alternatives, including moissanite for any of your custom made jewelry needs.

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  • Emerald Cut Fancy Intense Pink Diamond – the Shade is the Thing

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    The emerald cut 8.73 carat Fancy Intense Pink Diamond VVS2 Image: Sotheby’s

     

    Sotheby’s (like the rest of us) has an ongoing love affair with pink diamonds. Last month in Geneva, there was an incredible array of these pink-hued gems, waiting to be awarded to the highest bidder. But all pink diamonds are not created equal. Note here how the different shade of pink creates such a range in the auction estimates.

    According to Naturally Colored:

    The first Fancy Intense Pink diamond is a beautiful 8.73 carat Fancy Intense Pink VVS2 emerald cut diamond set in a ring. The auction house has set its estimate between $2.5 million to $4.5 million, or $286k to $515k per carat. Considering the prices that Sotheby’s estimated for the other Fancy Intense Pink diamonds for the evening, and considering the enormous spread between its high and low estimate, it leads us to speculate as to what is going on here with the price.

    We presume that either the color is a very light or weak Fancy Intense, making it look more like a Fancy Pink, and that the diamond will break its lowest estimate by a large margin. Alternatively, the color may be strong indeed and the high estimate may be an undervaluation.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Beyond Bling – When Jewelry and Art Meet

    A ring that Bernhard Schobinger made in 2010 by impaling a chunk of smoky quartz on a countersink nail.

     

    We would love to check out the latest installation currently running at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (but it’s a long drive from Scottsdale). It’s called “Beyond Bling” and presents jewelry worthy of the status of art, not mere adornment. This includes a ring that Bernhard Schobinger made in 2010 by impaling a chunk of smoky quartz on a countersink nail [pictured above].

    Beyond Bling showcases an extraordinary assemblage of contemporary studio jewelry from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The exhibition, which features a selection of 50 works from the gift of over 300 pieces from collector Lois Boardman, explores the use of nontraditional materials and techniques, the ways jewelry can communicate personal or political messages, and the medium’s potential to shock and delight. The collection is the first of its kind to enter a museum on the West Coast.”

     

     

     

     

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Today, Joseph Schubach builds upon his family's experience and continues the tradition with Joseph Schubach Jewelers, offering both intimate jewelry brokering in his Scottsdale, Arizona showroom and full-service online sales to clients from around the world, where he has maintained that personal customer connection in the virtual world.

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