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.

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.
A photo posted by DANNIJO (@dannijo) on

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.
A photo posted by Kara Ross (@kararossny) on

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.
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