Saturday, July 24, 2010

Jewelry Information Center's Fine Jewelry Luncheon & Preview 2010

The Jewelry Information Center (JIC) Fine Jewelry Luncheon took place on June 23rd, 2010 at Vermilion Restaurant.

Event Sponsors include the American Gem Trade Association, Cultured Pearl Association of America, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and World Gold Council.

I had the privilege of attending last year's JIC luncheon for the first time, and this year I have found it to be even better, with more beautiful, stunning pieces of jewelry.

What made this year's luncheon even more special is that I won one of the raffle items! I won 14K yellow gold drop earrings with aquamarine and cultured freshwater pearl (retails for $250), by deJonghe Original Jewelry. Was I ever surprised when my name was called! These earrings are the perfect size for me!

Adam Graham, Marketing Manager of the American Gem Trade Association, was happy to present me with the
deJonghe Original Jewelry earrings.

Other raffle items included an Alberian & Aulde 18k floral stacking ring (retails for $510), Sara Blaine Egyptian Collection sterling silver "Cleopatra" cuff (retails for $550) and "Cleopatra earrings (retails for $170), TRU Jewellery Brioche Agate floating pendant (retails for $160), Retailers' Reference Guide (retails for $100), Jewelmer Signature "Stella" 30th Anniversary necklace (retails for $800) and a iPod Touch (retails for $499).

The gift bag included rock candy from AGTA, soap from Carved Solutions, polished South Sea Golden pearl shells from CPAA, Crane & Co. stationary, canvas tote from Dogeared Jewels & Gifts, card holder and cloth from Jewelers Mutual and
Jane Basch Designs sterling silver and pearl long drop earrings (retails for $225).

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the preview:

Left: Pamela Froman "Royal Crush" 18k pink and yellow gold necklace with diamonds and a crackly fire opal center stone (retails for $8,800)
Michelle Farmer "Lexi" chocolate pearls and leather necklace (retails between $1,800-$3,500)
Lorinczi opal and pavé diamond "Talon" necklace in 14k green gold pendant with opal and pavé set diamonds, on 14K white gold faceted ball chain (retails for $995)

Left: Todd Reed 18k yellow gold, silver with patina, rose-cut diamond and white and black brilliant cut diamonds (retails for $18,700)
Center Front:
Sevan 24k gold and sterling silver ring with black diamonds, green diamonds and yellow diamonds with more than a carat of white diamonds featuring 2 citrine carvings on each side of the ring (retails for $340,627)
Leeza Braun 18k and platinum ring with center stone with pink and white pavé diamonds surrounding (retails for $44,000)

Left: Robin Koffler 18k yellow gold with faceted labradorite (retails for $4,200)
Rina Limor 18k multi-hued color and rose-cut diamonds (retails for $11,600)

Back: The Pearl Exporting Company Akoya keshi pearl necklace, Japanese akoya keshi pearls, 333 sapphires with an 18k gold clasp (retails for $14,000)
Center Front: Yael Designs "Mosaic" collection fused with Pacifica 18k two tone gold, tanzanite with black diamonds and white diamonds (retails for $16,914)

Luxuriator Collection sunglasses in 18k yellow gold (retails for $7,500)

- Kim Weling

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