Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SUSAN SARANTOS

Sterling Silver Dragonfly Pendant Necklace
One of the few functioning, hand-carved carousels is located in Rhode Island’s Crescent Park Amusement Park.

Built 120 years ago by Danish craftsman Charles I.D. Looff, the carousel boasts 61 horses; 56 of which are in jumping poses.

Rhode Island is also home to featured jewelry designer Susan Sarantos.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

REGINA PIERALLINI JEWELRY DESIGN

18K Gold Vermeil Teardrop Blue Quartz Earrings
With a powerful eruption that buried two ancient cities with ash, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius is a must-see!  

Paintings excavated from Pompeii, one of the buried cities, are remarkably well-preserved.

For those who climb the volcano’s summit will be awe-struck by the view of that city.  Italy is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Regina Pierallini.

JEWELRY TELEVISION'S ROCK STAR DESIGNER FINALE!

In the finale episode, after a final design challenge the judges choose the first winner of Rock Star Designer!

Monday, September 28, 2015

SHAMILA JIWA

Marquise Lale Lapis & Sapphire Earrings
with 18K Gold Accents
At over eight hundred years old the majestic Qutb Minar mosque stands prominently in India’s capital city Delhi.  

With a height of 238 feet it is the tallest mosque in the world, and is also renowned for its stunning blend of “Indo-Islamic architecture.”  India is also the ancestral home to featured jewelry designer Shamila Jiwa.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | DANNIJO | SEPTEMBER 2015

Seven-year-old jewelry brand DANNIJO is an extension of the personal style of its founders, sisters Jodie and Danielle Snyder.  It is a brand characterized by a diverse collection of stylishly edgy, bold and elegant trinkets.
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A photo posted by DANNIJO (@dannijo) on

A photo posted by DANNIJO (@dannijo) on

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ADVA PUNIN & TAL MANNING | MEZI|

Dunaway Cuff Bracelet with Crystal Flower
and Box Chain
With a kinetic nightlife, nature park tours and unusual cuisine Darwin, Australia has something for everyone.

Australia is also home to featured jewelry design team Adva Punin and Tal Manning.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HIROTAKA INOUE

18K Gold Vermeil Camouflage Leaf
Insect Ring
The 17th century Nijo Castle, located in Kyoto, Japan, is a marvel of ancient architecture.

Completed in 1626, and covering 2 acres of land, the structure consists of multiple palaces and castles including the Honmaru Palace which houses the one-time living quarters of Shoguns.  Japan is also home to featured jewelry designer Hirotaka Inoue.

EPISODE 7 OF JEWELRY TELEVISION'S ROCK STAR DESIGNER

The judges critique the finalists' creations from the design challenge, and one will go home!

Monday, September 21, 2015

LARISSA LANDINEZ

Sterling Silver and Oxidized Silver
Cuttlefish Bangle Bracelet
Located in the Venezuelan state of Sucre, the town of Cumana is rich with historical architecture that includes 17th and 18th century buildings.  Venezuela is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Larissa Landinez.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | JENNIFER FISHER JEWELRY | SEPTEMBER 2015

Entering its tenth year Jennifer Fisher Jewelry is a sophisticated, modern alternative to the often cutesy world of charm and personalized jewelry.  Boasting over 4,000 charms that include skulls and complex crests the brand has a palpable vibe of female strength and edge.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MARY MARGRILL | M2

14K Yellow Gold & Turquoise 3rd Chakra
Pendant Necklace
from Chakra Collection
An enduring symbol of friendship, New York’s Statue of Liberty remains one of the state’s most visited landmarks.

Overlooking the Hudson River, the monument stands over 100 feet high and was created by French architect Frederick Bartholdi.  New York is also the hometown of featured jewelry designer Mary Margrill.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RUBEN and GILDA PEREZ

Sterling Silver Quetzal Shadown Jade
Earrings
Sacred ruins, historical architecture, and majestic natural scenery are captivating sights to experience in Antiqua, Guatemala.  

The visual ruins of ancient churches including the Los Remedios and San Jeronimo, along with the adventure of hiking up the active Pacaya Volcano will make lasting memories.  Guatemala is also home to featured jewelry designer Ruben and Gilda Perez.

EPISODE SIX OF JEWELRY TELEVISION'S ROCK STAR DESIGNER

Tensions continue to rise as the three remaining finalists have a new design challenge: implementing "unconventional materials" in their jewelry creations.

Monday, September 14, 2015

CYNTHIA SERRANO | TALLER SERRA

24 Gold Plated Brass Upsala Volcano
Pendant Necklace
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, or Los Cabos, is a premier tourist attraction where breathtaking natural scenery and sumptuous cuisine are major highlights.

Located on the Baja California Peninsula visitors can enjoy whale watching, snorkeling, sunbathing and parasailing.  Mexico is also home to featured jewelry designer Cynthia Serrano.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | ALEXIS BITTAR | SEPTEMBER 2015

After selling vintage jewelry in New York's East Village at age 10, by age 22 Alexis Bittar became interested in working with Lucite.  His desire to treat "plastic like it was a precious metal" started a jewelry brand that turned an ordinary material into an unapologetic vision of full-on glamour.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

RUTH DORON DESIGNS

Gold Vermeil White Opal Pendant
Although relatively small the Israeli city Netanya is full of surprises!  “Burial caves from the Byzantine era” can be found during tours of the Beit Aharon Reservation, as well as soft-shell turtles.

Hiking trails, beaches, and museums each provide a variety of stimuli to the senses.  Israel is also home to featured jewelry designer Ruth Doron.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

JANE GOWANS

18K Rose Gold Hitch Pendant Necklace
Dumfries, Scotland is a historic city replete with medieval castles (Castle Douglas), and beautiful scenery like the Threave Gardens, and Galloway Forest Park.  Scotland is also home to featured jewelry designer Jane Gowans.

EPISODE FIVE OF JEWELRY TELEVISION'S ROCK STAR DESIGNER

The remaining finalists feel the tension when the judges choose who best captured the essence of their design challenge.

Monday, September 7, 2015

JOANNA CAMPBELL

Sterling Silver & Gold Vermeil
Reptile Lace Cuff Bracelet
Although Milford Sound Fjord is among the “wettest places in the world” it is visited annually by a little more than half a million people!

Located in South Island, New Zealand the fjord can be accessed via boat tours and sightings of seals, dolphins and penguins are common.

New Zealand is also home to featured jewelry designer Joanna Campbell.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | KARA ROSS | SEPTEMBER 2015

New York-based designer Kara Ross' love affair with semi-precious and precious minerals began 37-years ago during a trip to Africa.  After becoming a certified gemologist, she embarked on a career in jewelry making where she excels in both ready-to-wear and custom pieces.
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A photo posted by Kara Ross (@kararossny) on
A photo posted by Kara Ross (@kararossny) on

CHRISTINA KARAKALPAKI

Leather Waves Necklace from
Skin on Skin Collection 
Known for its kinetic nightlife and picturesque beaches Mykonos, Greece is a quintessential hot spot.

Mykonos, however, also has a subdued side with “romantic” seaside villas and 16th century windmills.

Greece is also home to featured jewelry designer Christina Karakalpaki.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WADARAT SUPASIRISUK

Sterling Silver Floral Fantasy
Half Hoop Earrings
Sukhothal, Thailand is a UNESCO World Heritage site best explored via bicycle tours.

Ancient ruins that include buildings with splendid reliefs and a Buddha statue are surrounded by picturesque lakes.

Thailand is also home to featured jewelry Wadarat Supasirisuk.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

QUOTABLE GEMS | COLIN FARRELL


JEWELRY TELEVISION'S FOURTH EPISODE OF ROCK STAR DESIGNER!

With one finalist gone, the remaining four finalists have a  new challenge: to build designs around seasonal color palettes and corresponding female archetypes.  Game on!

ELEUTERIO ANTUNES | ELEUTERIO

18K Yellow Gold Earrings with
Rose-Cut Diamonds
The 18th century structure Casa de Mateus and Gardens is one of Portugal’s stunning visuals.

Located in the picturesque valley near the Douro River the site is known for its lovely, blooming almond trees and wine.

Portugal is also home to featured jewelry designer Eleuterio Antunes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

ADRIANA SOTO JEWELRY

Rock Crystal & Garnet Pomegranate Pendant
with 14K Gold-Filled Chain
A registered, historical landmark since 1986 Texas’ Fair Park, located in Dallas, is a 277 acre public park replete with a cultural district.  

The district includes the Leonhardt Lagoon, which once provided a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.  Texas is also home to featured jewelry designer Adriana Soto.

Friday, August 28, 2015

ROS MILLAR

High Polish Silver Dagger
Necklace with Gold Vermeil
Detailing
The Irish city of Limerick is known for its cosmopolitan ambience; but Limerick also holds sites of historical relevance.  

The Irish Palatine Museum and the Hunt Museum respectively offer exhibitions of 18th century German settlers, Irish artifacts, and the works of Da Vinci.  Ireland is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Ros Millar.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | KENDRA SCOTT | AUGUST 2015

A former advertising exec Texas-based Kendra Scott started her brand with a small collection of  items she handcrafted that she kept in a tea box.  Aware of women with tight budgets, Scott built an affordable costume jewelry line with semi-precious gemstones and structural integrity.
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A photo posted by Kendra Scott (@kendrascott) on
A photo posted by Kendra Scott (@kendrascott) on

JEANETTE LAI THOMAS | MORATORIUM

14K Gold Vermeil Asymmetric Angle
Earrings
The Chinese city Wuhan is one of the country’s most densely populated cities.

Wuhan is perhaps best known for three distinctive attractions: the 13th century, five story observatory Yellow Crane Tower; the breathtaking architecture of the 17th century Guiyuan Temple; and the fascinating antiquities of the Hubei Provincial Museum.

China is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Jeanette Lai Thomas.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

JESSICA DE LOTZ JEWELLERY

18K Yellow Gold Vermeil Shooting Love
Crest Pendant Necklace
Providing a stunning backdrop to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, St. Paul’s Cathedral, located in London, England, is a top tourist attraction.  

Constructed of Portland stone the structure holds the third largest pipe organ, and a crypt with “over 200 memorials.” England is also home to featured jewelry designer Jessica de Lotz.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

JEWELRY TELEVISION'S THIRD EPISODE OF ROCK STAR DESIGNER!

The Results Are In!  After Completing Episode 2's Design Challenge, Episode 3 Of JTV's Rock Star Designer Sees The Elimination Of One Jeweler.

BEATRICE PONCE

Royal Blue Tassel & Jade Stone
Lariat Necklace
The Venezuelan city Porlamar is the island of Margarita’s largest.

Due to its size and natural beauty, Porlamar is a hot spot replete with a vigorous nightlife, great cuisine, and even museums for the studious type.

Venezuela is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Beatrice Ponce.

Monday, August 24, 2015

LEYLA ABDOLLAHI

18K Yellow Gold Ianthe Ring with Amethyst,
Green and Purple Sapphires
Though the ancient Iranian city Persepolis stands in ruins, the city’s greatness is still palpable.

Sites like the Gate of All Nations and the Tomb of the Kings are awe-inspiring as they represent the country’s legendary art and architecture.

Iran is also home to featured jewelry designer Leyla Abdollahi.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | SATYA JEWELRY | AUGUST 2015

Inspired by the spiritual journeys of its founders Satya Scainetti and Beth Torstrick-Ward Satya Jewelry is a brand steeped in the healing properties of gemstones, and empowering symbolism.  The brand covers many price points too from gold vermeil and sterling silver to 18-karat gold.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

KELLY CIMBER | CIMBER DESIGNS

14K Gold Filled Paragon Necklace with Druzy
Rectangle and Pyrite Chain
The closely packed sand of Daytona Beach, Florida is what sets its shorelines apart from others.

Its unique sands allow for motorsports activities, where there are designated areas, which draw the interest of many.

Daytona Beach also provides many water activities including deep sea fishing and kayaking.  Florida is also home to featured jewelry designer Kelly Cimber.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

KATE McCOY JEWELLERY

14K Rose Gold Vermeil Linearis Cuff Bracelet
Located near the shores of the Gulf of St. Vincent, Adelaide, Australia is renowned for its German-influenced vineyards.  

Once known for its wetlands, the area is currently a bustling city with annual art fairs, and awe-inspiring natural landscapes like the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Australia is also home to featured jewelry designer Kate McCoy.

Monday, August 17, 2015

MISA HAMAMOTO | MISA JEWELRY

14K Gold Vermeil Journey Steps Necklace
Known for its blend of Japanese and Chinese cuisine and exotic marine life, Okinawa, Japan is a playground for the senses.  

Consisting of islands Okinawa’s Moon Beach is among the top tourist destinations with its white sand, coconut trees, and a plethora of water activities.

Japan is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Misa Hamamoto.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | STEPHEN WEBSTER | AUGUST 2015

At the tender age of sixteen British jewelry designer Stephen Webster  embarked on a journey into the sparkly, glittery world of jewelry making!  By 1999 his varied style approach that included both elegant and bold statement pieces became popular with Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Taylor and Ozzy Osbourne.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SASKIA DIEZ

Gold Chan and Pearl Boule Necklace
Built during the mid-17th century, Germany’s Nymphenburg Palace is arguably Munich’s most popular attraction.  

Having undergone a number of expansions and redesigns, the majestic structure includes a park, decorative mansions, and an orangery.  Germany is also home to featured jewelry designer Saskia Diez.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MORGAN CARRIER and SHIRA LAYE | LACAR Jewelry

Sterling Silver Men's Crater Ring 
with Turquoise
Characterized by their spiky glaciers the Canadian Rockies mountain ranges extend out through British Columbia and Alberta.  

Five national parks lie at the base of its peaks with Jasper National Park being the largest, and Banff National Park the oldest.

Canada is also home to featured jewelry design duo Shira Laye and Morgan Carrier.

Monday, August 10, 2015

APARNA

Sterling Silver Splendor Necklace with Purple
Composite Turquoise
Standing within the East Indian town of Uttarakhand is the ominous mountain Thalay Sagar.

With terrain that is steep and rocky the mountain is considered the most difficult to ascend; yet climbers from around the globe are eager to travail along its unforgiving peak.

India is also home to featured jewelry designer Aparna.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

JEWELRY TELEVISION DEBUTS REALITY COMPETITION SHOW FOR JEWELRY DESIGNERS

In case you didn't know Jewelry Television debuted its jewelry designer, reality competition show JTV Rock Star Designer.  Be sure to check it out.

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | MELINDA MARIA JEWELRY | AUGUST 2015

In 2005, following successful stints as a make-up artist, and a contestant on the Hollywood Squares game show, Melinda Spigel launched her popular, affordable jewelry line.  For Spigel making women feel beautiful is her brand's central motivation.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ANDRES GALLARDO and MARINA CASAL | ANDRESGALLARDO

18K Gold Plated Brass & Handcrafted
Porcelain Broken Myths Necklace
with Spanish Bovine Leather
A small but popular destination of Andalusia, Spain is the city of Marbella.

Boasting two main beaches, the Playa de la Bajadilla, and the Playa de Fontanilla, the city’s seaside location is a feast for the eyes.  Spain is also home to design duo Andres Gallardo and Marina Casal.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DANA ARBIB and FARAH MALIK | A PEACE TREATY

Gold Plated Brass Remi Spiked Cuff Bracelet
Today we travel to two destinations.  Our first stop is the North African country Libya where we sojourn to the historic town Dirj.  An annual art festival, known as the Dirj Tourist Festival for Arts and Heritage, is a highlight. 

Now we travel to the town of Chitral, located in Pakistan.  Rich with history Chitral is known for its majestic architecture that includes the Palace of Mehtar, and the Jami Mosque.  

Today’s feature is the jewelry design team of Libyan Dana Arbib and Pakistani Farah Malik.

Monday, August 3, 2015

DARIO SCAPITTA | DSA

3D Printed Red, Black and Blue Polyamide
Sparkling Cuff Bracelet
Touted as the second tallest mountain in Europe, Mount Etna is also known for its numerous eruptions.

Located in Sicily, Italy the surrounding land is nutrient-rich due to lava ejections; and because of the land’s abundance of various critters it is a declared wildlife sanctuary.

Italy is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Dario Scapitta.

QUOTABLE GEMS | BROOKE SHIELDS


Thursday, July 30, 2015

ANNE MAA DESIGNS

Amethyst Geode Slice Necklace
with Gold-Filled Wire
A great place to regroup from life’s daily stressors is California’s Balboa Park located in San Diego.

Equipped with a zoo, ten museums, and lovely gardens it is a location that caresses the senses with its educational yet gentle attractions.

California is also home to featured jewelry designer Anne Maa.

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | JACQUIE AICHE | JULY 2015

Los Angeles-based designer Jacquie Aiche delicately combines Egyptian and Native American aesthetics to produce dainty trinkets that are great for layering!
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A photo posted by Jacquie Aiche (@jacquieaiche) on

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MARIE PONIATOWSKI | STONE PARIS

18K White, Black & Rose Gold
Gatsby Rings with Diamonds
Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus hails from the picturesque city Torun in Poland.

Filled with numerous historic sites, such as Old Town and St. John’s Cathedral, the city is renowned for its unique beauty.

Poland is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Marie Poniatowski.

Monday, July 27, 2015

SAINAMPHUNG CHUNTAKOWSOL

Sterling Silver Fun Earrings
Known for its beautiful interior and outer structures Thailand’s Grand Palace, located in Bangkok, is a key attraction.

Within the walls of the 18th century palace stands the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; a European-styled reception area; and an inner court where royalty resided.

Thailand is also home to featured jewelry designer Sainamphung Chuntakowsol.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

INSTAGRAM THURSDAY | TODD REED | JULY 2015

See what designer jewelry brands are up to at Instagram in my first Instagram Thursday post!  Today’s feature is 40-year-old, self-taught jeweler Todd Reed.  Reed began creating jewelry 23 years ago and is known for his stunning work with raw, conflict-free diamonds.
A photo posted by Todd Reed (@toddreedjewelry) on

A photo posted by Todd Reed (@toddreedjewelry) on

A photo posted by Todd Reed (@toddreedjewelry) on

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ELSA SARANTIDOU | ELSA ART

18K Pink Gold Vermeil Destiny Leaf
Texture Bracelet with Brandy Diamonds
Known for its beaches and constant sunshine Greece’s Rhodes Island is the largest island in the country.

Visitors flock to its beaches Faliraki, Lindos or Ladiko where they engage in either snorkeling; diving or surfing.

Greece is also the ancestral home to featured jewelry designer Elsa Sarantidou.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

STEFANIA LUCCHETTA

Titanium Crateri 25 ring
In the mind of many Italy’s Island of Capri evokes a romantic rendezvous amidst gorgeous scenery, and they would be right.  

The isle has an almost magical aura filled with lovely backdrops that include crystal clear waters and historic structures like the Garden of Augustus.  Italy is also home to featured jewelry designer Stefania Lucchetta.

Monday, July 20, 2015

SARA ENGBERG

So Little Time Burning Heart Sequin Piece
The Uppsala Domkyrka, located in Uppsala, Sweden, is the largest church structure in the country and Uppsala is the fourth largest city.

Additionally, the neighboring 13th century Uppsala University is the oldest of its kind “in all of the Nordic countries.”

Sweden is also home to featured jewelry designer Sara Engberg.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SARA SILVIO HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY

24K Gold Vermeil Grounded Glamour Bracelets with
Deer Hide Leather and Metallic Beads,
Located south of Lake Ontario in Upstate New York is the wine region Finger Lakes AVA (American Viticultural Area).

Spreading out across 11,000 acres the collection of vineyards is the biggest wine-producing area in the state of New York.

New York is also home to featured jewelry designer Sara Silvio.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

JANE DODD

9K Gold & Sterling Silver Prey Brooch Pin
Paihia, New Zealand is a locale ripe with natural beauty and cultural wonders.

The town’s picturesque beaches are a great place to kick back, relax or explore scenic adventures like swimming with dolphins.

New Zealand is also home to featured jewelry designer Jane Dodd.
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