April 09, 2014

Spring 2014 - Varsatile Nature Colors
AGTA - By Deborah A.Yonick
Colors for Spring 2014, as proclaimed by the Pantone Color Institute during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, represent a balance of soft pastels and vivid brights that are familiar yet versatile. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, the palette's top 10 include a vibrant Dazzling Blue and Radiant Orchid, 2014 Color of the Year; very adaptable pastels in Placid Blue, Violet Tulip and Hemlock Green; vivid brights in Cayenne Red, Yellow Freesia, and Celosia Orange; and dependable neutrals in Sand and silvery Paloma. MORE

Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace Fetches World Record $27.4 Million
Jewelry News Network
For once diamonds wasn't the top seller at a major jewelry auction. A Cartier jadeite bead, ruby and diamond necklace owned by Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton sold for more than $27.4 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Auction. The sale set world auction records for a Jadeite jewel and for a Cartier jewel, the auction house said. It was also sold for more than double its estimate of HK100 million. MORE

Fire Down Under
Five years ago, a prospector named Peter Piromanski was trucking the bush in Western Australia when his vehicle got bogged down to the axles and could not move. He decided to camp for the night, lit a fire, saw things sparkling and realized he was sitting in the middle of an opal field.MORE

You Know It's Red Alert For Jewelry, Right?
Instore Magazine - AGTA Member
Certainly, the color red goes in and out of fashion—with more consistency, say, than the color, purple, for example-despite Radiant Orchid being Pantone's pick as the 2014 Color of the Year. But this fall, particularly, every shade of crimson, sangria, and rouge is capturing the jewelry, fashion, and beauty worlds. MORE

16 Multicolor Jewels for Your Brightest Sales Season Yet
JCK - AGTA Member
Make sure you take a look at AGTA Members, Alex Sepkus, ZDNY & Co., Goshwara, Pamela Huizenga Jewelry and A&Z Pearls. Right now we're all feeling very, very blue. And pink. And green. I still have not fallen for Pantone's Radiant Orchid, so purple, in my opinion, is in the eye of the beholder. Feel free to disagree. Bottom line, color is where it's at. MORE

Exhibit Review: "Jewels by JAR" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
GIA - AGTA Member
Since November 20, 2013, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has hosted the "Jewels by JAR" retrospective, marking the Met's first-ever show dedicated to a living contemporary jeweler. Bronx-born Joel Arthur Rosenthal, known professionally as JAR, is known to be very particular in his dealings with the outside world. He does not lend his designs for magazine shoots or make red carpet appearances. Nevertheless, his jewelry is among some of the most sought after at auction, frequently fetching multi-million-dollar bids. The JAR retrospective, curated by Jane Adlin and displaying 395 pieces, is located in the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Gallery on the museum's first floor, in its Modern and Contemporary Art galleries, which also house Matisse, Klee, and Picasso paintings. MORE

Baselworld 2014 innovations propelled by social media
Luxury Daily
Each year at Switzerland's Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show jewelers, watchmakers and fashion houses gather to showcase their latest creations to capture consumer attention by reaching new levels of innovation. From Graff Diamonds to Giorgio Armani, all exhibitors at this year's Baselworld, March 27 through April 3, aimed to wow consumers by going above and beyond expectations to show dedication to horology and craftsmanship. Social media played a pivotal role this year as brands pulled back the curtain on some of the happenings. MORE

The Top 15 Social Media Marketing Strategy Mistakes to Avoid
Business 2 Community
Social media is the most popular online activity, so it makes perfect sense for businesses to want to tap into that audience to try and increase sales. Right now, more than 90 percent of businesses use social media in one form or another. But, simply opening an account or sending out some tweets is not enough to make social media platforms a viable and profitable part of a marketing strategy. By avoiding some basic missteps, many businesses have the ability to increase ROI and create more opportunities from social media accounts. MORE