Written by Published in Designers/Jewelry

On Monday, when I checked my Instagram, I saw this post from fine jewelry designer Simon Alcantara: “Rest in peace. You will be missed. Our Dominican Treasure who inspired us every day. I’m grateful and honored to have known him. Oscar de la Renta.”

Written by Published in Designers/Jewelry

One of the great luxuries of working on INSTORE and INDESIGN is seeing new, fresh-from-the-bench pieces and meeting with their designers. The kicker is that often I don’t have to leave the office to meet with them (or their proxies); they’ll come to me. These meet-ups (“desksides” in the lingo of the editorial world) have many advantages, not least among them is the chance to talk outside a busy trade show setting. Last week my calendar was full of deskside appointments, and I’m sharing a few of my favorite things.

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This fall, in my blogs, I’ve pointed to three key jewelry trends taking shape at this time, which are sure to be big for spring: big hoop earrings, modern tribal designs, and seventies inspired styles—pretty much in that order, too. Well . . . thank you, Angelina—this morning, in my e-mail inbox, I saw a photo of Ms. Jolie, at an event several weeks ago, wearing a gigantic pair of thin gold hoops, which really epitomizes all three trends.

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Summer has gone and taken the prime dates for weddings with it, but that only means it’s time to start planning for next year’s nuptials. Bridal runway shows for fall 2015 have been in full swing for the last week, and the latest frothy white dresses fall into categories that are likely jewelry trends, too. Don’t be surprised if couples come looking for engagement rings along the following lines.

Written by Published in Customer Service

A study released this week by Emory University economics professors Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon determined that men who spent between $2,000-$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to get divorced than men who spent between $500-$2,000. (The study also showed that spending less than $500 on a ring led to higher divorce rates.)

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Since the Las Vegas jewelry shows, I’ve been making mental notes about new collections I’m seeing that focus on gems with honey hues—especially citrine. While citrine’s far from uncommon in mass produced lines, it’s been somewhat surprising to see it spotlighted by an exceeding number of artisanal brands. In fact, from my recollection, it’s probably more than a decade since the sunny, affordable gem has brightened so many luxe market lines.

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Each September there’s a lull in Manhattan when a phalanx of press departs for Europe to see ready-to-wear collections in London, Milan and Paris. And though the roving editors have returned to the US, the talk of trends is more muted than it’s been in a very long time. It seems that after a decade when heels couldn’t be too high or handbags too extravagantly priced, we’re in a moment of palette cleansing when it comes to style.

Written by Published in Best Practices

I talked to Greg Stopka, owner of JewelSmiths in Pleasant Hills, CA, recently, while I was working on a last-minute holiday advice article that’s scheduled to appear in the November issue of INSTORE.

Written by Published in Guest Blogs

Ignoring Facebook and Social Media is much easier than I thought it was going to be. I don’t actually miss it, and now I’m beginning to wonder how many things on my “To Do” List were left undone. (I wonder how many things were never even put on that dang list in the first place...)