Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sandy Leong for Diamonds with a Story™



Rio Tinto is the premiere source for ethically mined diamonds from their Argyle mine in Australia and Diavik mine in Canada.  Diamonds with a Story™ debuted in 2012 with the idea that every diamond has a story to tell; from the beginning it has connected, educated and inspired people with their beautiful diamonds.  

Here is a closer look at the Rain Collection by Sandy Leong for Diamonds with a Story™. 


As a sustainable designer, who uses only 18k recycled gold, it was important for me to know about Rio Tinto's diamond mining practices.  They have a vested interest in the community and businesses in the region and are continually looking for more environmentally friendly ways to mine diamonds and to lessen their environmental impact.  It feels good knowing that the environment and the community are positively impacted by using Rio Tinto Diamonds. 
-Sandy Leong

About Sandy Leong
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Sandy was inspired early on by the mountains in Portland, the wild life in Alaska and the rocky coastline of San Francisco. Sandy spent 11 years traveling the globe as a flight attendant and exploring the world as an artist. During that time, she experimented with photography, drawing, sculpture and painting. 

After moving to Manhattan, Sandy began taking jewelry-making classes at the 92nd Street Y. Fascinated by this new art form, she continued classes at the Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan to perfect her technique. What started out as a journey of self-expression evolved into creating jewelry for friends, then friends of friends, and a new career was born. 

Since 2009, Sandy Leong’s feminine, organic and tactile designs have been handcrafted in America with 18-karat gold. Her effortlessly elegant jewelry has graced the pages of magazines like Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine, InStyle, Glamour and others. Her work as a jewelry designer is about the power of self-expression, as well as being a positive influence on people, resulting in beautiful, inspired pieces.


















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Friday, April 22, 2016

Jennifer Dawes Design for Diamonds with a Story™



Rio Tinto is the premiere source for ethically mined diamonds from their Argyle mine in Australia and Diavik mine in Canada.  Diamonds with a Story™ debuted in 2012 with the idea that every diamond has a story to tell; from the beginning it has connected, educated and inspired people with their beautiful diamonds.  Here is a closer look at the collection by Jennifer Dawes Design for Diamonds with a Story™. 

Jennifer Dawes of Jennifer Dawes Design
My company prides it’s self on using ethical and transparent materials in our work. We are proud to be using Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine diamonds. The diamonds are unusual in their variations of color and beautifully romantic.  Knowing that our diamonds are coming from a respected source gives us and our clients piece of mind.
-Jennifer Dawes


About Jennifer Dawes Design
Jennifer Dawes launched her collection Dawes Design in 2000 and has since evolved to become one of the main proponents of sustainably responsible jewelry while also creating pieces that are magical to wear. Each piece combines her love of ancient civilizations with what is happening right now in culture and design and is hand-made, fabricated and finished at her studio in rural Sonoma County, California. Dawes explains, “I try to let the material speak for itself. I strip the designs back to their essential components and in doing this they become very feminine, subtle and organic. I have built a consumer base that resonates with the simplicity of my work and are able to combine and collect styles from my different lines which express their own individual tastes, desires and lifestyles.”
Before launching the collection, Dawes attended a fine arts program with an emphasis in metalsmithing. “The moment I began touching and feeling metal, I had a profound understanding of what I wanted to do with my life,” she explains. “Learning how to manipulate this hard, shiny material was like magic to me and I have been passionate about it ever since. My hands have to physically manipulate and fabricate in order for the ideas to emerge out of the metal. It’s the physical aspect of the material that is so intriguing to me.”
The second part of development was her rise to the forefront of the green movement in jewelry in 2005, around the time she had her first child. “Becoming a mother was the most meaningful and spiritual experience I have ever known. It changed the way I perceived the future and showed me how important it was to be committed to a socially and environmentally responsible lifestyle.” Since then, Dawes only uses recycled gold and responsibly mined stones wherever possible in her work. The company prides itself on making everything locally and sourcing using sustainable businesses that use recycled products.
Dawes continues to gain both retail and consumer recognition and explains, “It is a priority for me to keep my work accessible to the public who truly appreciate it and for whom it resonates. It helps me realize that I am doing something of value—giving people a chance to feel like they are wearing something meaningful to them and that says a little about who they are.”



















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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NOVA Collection by Gabriel & Co.



Upon viewing the NOVA collection by Gabriel & Co. for the first time I was immediately taken with the unique designs.  The rings have a strong personality with beautiful curves.  The collection was designed  "for couples that wish to reaffirm their vows and restate their devotion, yet do so without discarding the ring that first set their lifelong bond in motion."  The designs incorporate motion and showcase the center diamond in ways not often seen.  

Lately I have been very intrigued with marquise diamonds, I love the mounting below that features a marquise set E/W with a split shank.  I have yet to see something like this and it works well as an engagement ring, but also as a wedding band.  A little further down in the post is an emerald cut with a chain motif shank and two rose gold bands that is absolutely stunning.  The simple high polished rose gold bands add a beautiful pop of color, but don't take too much attention away from the center.   This post offers a small glimpse of the collection; follow the link below to see more. 




















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