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A Conversation with Jewellery Designer Gearry Suen

A Conversation with Jewellery Designer Gearry Suen

A Young Jewellery Designer with Exceptional Style and Great Promise Once in a while a young jewellery designer comes along who completely shakes our perceptions about what art jewellery should look like and gives art jewellery a completely new path to go on. Gearry Suen is one such jewellery designer. Gearry Suen, Winner for Overall Excellence from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and RCA Jewellery and Metal Designs, MA, crafts stunning jewellery pieces that are at once highly creative…

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A Conversation with Gemmologist Lauriane Lognay at Rippana Gems

A Conversation with Gemmologist Lauriane Lognay at Rippana Gems

A Gemmologist with a Love for Lapidary Art and Jewellery Design I have always been fascinated with gemmology. This is a science and it deals with gemstones which, in my books is both exciting and very glamourous. In my eyes, gemmologists are part gemstone and jewellery detectives and part explorers. So, when I got an opportunity to interview Lauriane Lognay, President at Rippana Inc., as you can imagine, I was completely thrilled. Rippana Inc. is a coloured gemstones wholesale company…

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Hanashinju, Gorgeous and Brilliant Pearls

Hanashinju, Gorgeous and Brilliant Pearls

The Story of the Art of Pearl Faceting Fascinated, utterly and completely, is how I would describe myself when I saw my first faceted pearl. This was innovation, a completely novel idea which had given pearls something of a “make-over.” Like a gemstone with so many different surfaces and planes, a faceted pearl has the ability to reflect light and create a scintillating and resplendent luminosity that is hard to ignore. The thing with faceted pearls is that you cannot…

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A Conversation with Jewellery Designer Christopher Walling

A Conversation with Jewellery Designer Christopher Walling

Jeweller Par Excellence and a Trail Blazer in so many ways It is rare to come across a fine jewellery designer whose design repertoire is as panoramic as that of Christopher Walling. From very modern, contemporary and edgy pieces all the way to jewellery designs evoking the romance of bygone times, Christopher’s fine jewellery pieces are breathtaking in every sense of the word. His influence on modern jewellery is undeniable. Described by Sotheby’s as “undoubtedly one of the most exciting…

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A Converation with Jewellery Designer Hiroko Uchida at LENA International

A Converation with Jewellery Designer Hiroko Uchida at LENA International

The words that come to mind when you see Hiroko Uchida’s exquisite jewellery creations are: Edgy, Stylish and Exciting! Hiroko, Owner and Jewellery Designer at LENA International in Tokyo, has had a long and very illustrious career. Her design roots are in fashion which she has melded very elegantly into her jewellery designs. Introducing beautiful, organic baroque pearls in fine jewellery, when only perfectly round pearls were the accepted standard, Hiroko is a trail blazer and has led the way…

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A Conversation with Michael Hajjar at Belpearl Auctions

A Conversation with Michael Hajjar at Belpearl Auctions

Belpearl Auctions is the world’s leading auction in gold, black and white South Sea pearls. Each and every pearl presented for sale at Belpearl Auctions is from traceable origin producers across the Pacific. In fact, Belpearl Auctions provides an integrated platform for South Sea pearl producers to auction their harvests directly to the world marketplace. Today, Belpearl Auctions has in excess of twelve auction partners spread across four countries and conducts private auctions events in Hong Kong on a quarterly…

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A Conversation with Peggy Grosz at Assael

A Conversation with Peggy Grosz at Assael

Last week I had the opportunity to interview Peggy Grosz, Senior Vice President at Assael . Peggy has worked in the jewellery industry for over thirty years and very few people come close to the extensive and in depth knowledge she has about the jewellery industry in America and about fine and high jewellery, precious gemstones and especially pearls. Just a day before I was scheduled to interview her, Peggy had an Instagram Live talk with award winning jewellery insider…

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A Conversation about the National Antique & Arts Dealers Association Of America, with Peter L. Schaffer at A La Vieille Russie

A Conversation about the National Antique & Arts Dealers Association Of America, with Peter L. Schaffer at A La Vieille Russie

Since its founding in Kiev in 1851, A La Vieille Russie (ALVR) has been a family enterprise. Today, under the direction of brothers Paul and Peter L. Schaffer and Paul’s son, Dr. Mark Schaffer, A La Vieille continues its tradition of dealing in fine art and antiques at their present location, 745 Fifth Avenue, New York. Peter L. Schaffer has spent over thirty-five years working at A La Vieille Russie and is a former member of the board of directors…

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