Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from our Family to Yours!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great New Book for Your Collection

Elizabeth Irvine Bray

Paul Flato
Jeweler to the Stars
Elizabeth Irvine Bray
Antique Collectors’ Club ٠ 9781851496242
$85.00 Hardback ٠ 10x13 inches ٠ 224 pages
A tribute to the life and work of the original Hollywood
jeweler - Paul E. Flato (1900-1999)
Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars celebrates the work of Hollywood's
first celebrity jeweler. The lavishly illustrated book will feature
stunning examples of the jewels as well as the stars, socialites
and heiresses who wore them. At the height of Flato's career, he
was more famous than Tiffany & Co. or Harry Winston.
Branching into motion pictures at the pinnacle of Hollywood's
Golden Era, Flato designed jewelry for a total of six films,
including Holiday (1938) with Katherine Hepburn and the
disastrous flop, Two Faced Woman (1941), the last film Greta
Garbo ever made. But, in 1943 at the peak of his celebrity, Flato
found himself facing financial ruin and heading "up the river" to
Sing Sing Prison as his career and reputation plummeted. Now,
more than a half-century later, Flato's distinctive jewelry, still
fresh and chic, has reemerged to a new audience and jewelry
connoisseurs alike. The book will be a tribute to one of
America's greatest jewelers.
As well as images of the jewelry, sourced from auction houses
and private collections, this book includes never-before-seen
photographs from the Flato family archives, important New York
and Hollywood clients wearing Flato’s designs, film stills, studio
Publishing October 2010
A Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in New York, Elizabeth Irvine Bray was a
jewelry specialist with Christie's auction house for over 7 years. She is currently a consultant and appraiser
based in Los Angeles.
Press Contact

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Oz. Pt added to design contest prize

New York—Metal supplier and refiner Johnson Matthey NY is adding one troy ounce of pure platinum to the prize package offered for its new platinum jewelry design contest.

The ounce, which is the equivalent of 20 pennyweights, is intended to help the contest winners—three will be chosen in total—craft the piece they sketched out to enter. The ounce is an addition to the $30,000 in prizes already on the table for the contest's trio of victors.

The "Johnson Matthey Sustainable Design Award" contest is open to American-based emerging designers—those with less than five years' design experience, postgraduates or those in their final year of school—whether independent or working for a manufacturer or retailer. Designers who wish to enter should submit a drawing or image of a unique, wearable and sustainable piece in 950 ppt platinum to Though stones and other materials can be included, the design should be predominately platinum.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 25. Only the three competition winners selected by the judges will have to make their pieces. Winning pieces will be on display at an invitation-only cocktail party during the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America's (MJSA) Expo on March 15 in New York City.

For more information on Johnson Matthey NY sustainability, visit For contest questions, e-mail Johnson Matthey's Mark Danks at or call (212) 245-6790.

Award sponsors include Platinum Guild International, Rare Creative, Carrera Casting Corporation and media sponsor MJSA.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Womens Jewelry Association Holiday Party

 If you haven't registered for the Women's Jewelry Associations annual holiday party time is running out!  Just click on the link to get started. 

See you there!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2000-2010: GIA’s Fall Gems & Gemology Reviews

Have you registered for The Jewelry Camp Day at FIT?
$295.00-January 23, 2011
9 am to 6 pm
Includes Luncheon
Tom Burstein of Harry Winston and Nicolas Luchsinger of VCA
Contact Sandy 631.471.1922

2000-2010: GIA’s Fall Gems & Gemology Reviews
Decade of Gemological and Industry Developments

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nov. 2, 2010 – The Fall 2010 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), now available, focuses on major industry developments that shaped the millennium’s first decade. This special edition of the quarterly scientific journal, published by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), features a retrospective on changes in marketing and distribution, gem localities, treatments and analytical techniques.

The lead story, by Russell Shor and Robert Weldon, examines the milestone events that impacted the way diamonds, colored stones and pearls were bought and sold in the past decade. From De Beers’ abandonment of its single-channel distribution role, to the rise of online retail and the controversies surrounding “blood” diamonds, the article covers the most significant industry trends.

Another G&G story, by Dr. James Shigley and coauthors, summarizes the new diamond, colored stone and pearl sources of the millennium, as well as known localities that remain active. The article includes a stylish wall chart of major world gem-producing regions, a comprehensive table of colored stone localities, and supplemental resources in the online G&G Data Depository. 

A decade that began with high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) color enhancement of diamonds also witnessed the beryllium diffusion of sapphire and many other challenging and controversial processes. Shane McClure heads a report on the sophisticated new gem treatments of the 2000s and methods of identifying them.

The final article, by Dr. Christopher M. Breeding and coauthors, examines the technological innovations that have shaped gemology in recent years. These include chemical microanalysis techniques, real-time fluorescence and X-ray imaging, and nanoscale analysis.

“These four retrospective articles deliver timely knowledge for every gem and jewelry professional,” said G&G editor-in-chief Alice Keller. “In chronicling the past decade, they offer essential insight on the state of the industry today.”

In addition, a retrospective article on synthetics and simulants will appear in the Winter 2010 issue of G&G.

To purchase the Fall 2010 G&G or to subscribe, visit, contact circulation coordinator Martha Rivera at or call toll-free (800) 421-7250, ext. 7142. From outside the U.S. and Canada, call (760) 603-4000, ext. 7142.