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Friday, October 20, 2017

RockHer Innovates Online Engagement Ring Shopping - Introducing AI-Enhanced Digital Gemologist ROSI

From Press Release by RockHer Haute Jewels

RockHer Introduces AI-Enhanced 
Digital Gemologist ROSI
Los Angeles jeweler innovates online 
engagement ring shopping at

Los Angeles-based jewelry company RockHer Haute Jewels today announced the launch of, an artificial intelligence-enhanced bespoke luxury engagement ring site featuring the world's first intelligent diamond search engine. is powered by ROSI, a personal digital gemologist that simplifies the overwhelming process of diamond engagement ring shopping and helps consumers create the perfect made-to-order ring handcrafted at RockHer's Los Angeles, California studio.

ROSI, an acronym for Rational Octahedron Selection Intelligence, uses a proprietary algorithm and artificial intelligence enhanced by IBM Watson to find the best diamonds available in the wholesale global marketplace at the best price. ROSI's revolutionary search engine analyzes more than 25,000 top GIA-certified diamonds and conducts millions of calculations to make recommendations for a center stone. ROSI's evaluation goes to the micro level, analyzing 30 different diamond properties that go much deeper than the basic measurements of the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color, and carat).

Link to how ROSI works:

"RockHer is using modern technology to bring a century of diamond expertise and fine craftsmanship to online bespoke engagement ring shopping," said RockHer President and CEO Jim Vernon, an industry-leading diamantaire. "We are perfecting the creativity and the science behind diamond selection with a personal digital gemologist that expertly guides you through what could otherwise be an overwhelming shopping experience."

It was the personal frustration felt by tech visionary Adam Stein when shopping for an engagement ring that served as the inspiration for ROSI. Stein, founder and CEO of global tech company Advantageous Systems (ADS), found the traditional diamond buying process antiquated and overly confusing and turned to technology to find a solution.

"Buying an engagement ring can be harrowing and very confusing. ROSI streamlines the process to take the stress out of diamond shopping," said Stein. "It gives consumers an innovative method to apply rational logic to what can be an emotional and daunting purchasing decision."

RockHer simplifies an often-overwhelming shopping experience with a user-friendly, AI-enabled website that eliminates doubt and instills consumer confidence. The user experience requires shoppers to input only their budget and diamond shape, and weigh their primary considerations of price, size or quality. ROSI's sophisticated search engine evaluates more than a million data combinations to determine the best product for the price. "During development, we put ROSI up against the most skilled human gemologists until her selections outshined them," said Stein.

RockHer's modern technology is fueled by a century of diamond expertise. CEO Vernon has decades of experience in the diamond industry. He started his career at his father's company, Frank Vernon Diamond Brokers Wholesale Jewelers, taking over the company in 1984 as president. A leading expert in the diamond business, Vernon served on the managing board of the American Gem Society Laboratories from 1997 to 2011 and helped develop a system for evaluating the cut of polished diamonds that is still used today.

About RockHerRockHer is a high-end, bespoke engagement ring company based in Los Angeles, California. The company employs the industry's best designers, craftsmen and diamond experts to skillfully create brilliant, custom-made jewelry. RockHer'sworkshop is a tribute to old-world artistry and uses the latest technology in 3-D rendering and printing and microscopic setting equipment to produce extraordinary luxury jewelry.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

#IMI - In My Inbox - Mid September....Denver was FABULOUS!!!!

So for the last two weeks I have been in Denver for the showcase of gem, mineral and fossil I haven't posted some of the great things in my inbox are a few.

First - from Rocket Box
In our 100 years in business we have seen many forms of unfortunate events that disrupt one's business.
We understand and would like to help you rebuild yours.

From The Centurion.... 

The Centurion Video Series: Dealing With An Angry Customer |  September 27, 2017 (0 comments)

Merrick, NY--The longer you are in business, the greater the chance you’ll encounter an angry customer. With the right approach, you can not only diffuse the situation but possibly even turn the customer into one of your biggest fans if you resolve the issue well.

The #PARISFASHIONWEEK Debut of Elizabeth Chambrun

The Fall Collection from Zeades Monte Carlo....

From Carl Bucherer

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer recently celebrated the launch of its new monobrand Moscow boutique in the exclusive Smolensky Passage Shopping Mall, located in the historic, cultural and business center of Moscow. This important step allows Carl F. Bucherer to offer their Russian clients an even richer brand experience and more comprehensive service.
Carl F. Bucherer timepieces are currently sold in multibrand boutiques across Russia. The Swiss watch manufacturer, known for its history of exceptional quality and continuity, has now opened its first monobrand boutique in Moscow, located in the exquisite Smolensky Passage Shopping Mall, which is known for the premiere caliber of its international brands and high-end designers.

From Bejeweled:

It was apparent that the swirling curves of the earrings and chokers at the Prabal Gurung’s spring 2018 Show were fine jewelry, set with lustrous pearls and diamonds. On trend with the movement towards pearls as modern statements of style, the capsule group is the result of Gurung’s collaboration with Japanese jewelers Tasaki, (Prabal Gurung x Tasaki).

OK that should keep you busy for a bit.....

OH - did I forget to mention that Gem Gossip is home from New Orleans?

We're back from New Orleans!

As we make our way around the US on our #JewelryRoadTrip we were excited to visit New Orleans most recently as it came highly recommended as both a fun getaway and historic treasure trove for antique jewelry. Both of these statements were absolutely correct! We ended up planning a couple's vacation for this trip, as our friends Becca (of BCE Jewelry) & Sean were headed for the Big Easy on their yearly road trip, so timing was perfect. They both had been twice before and Matt & I had never visited, so we were happy to tag along as beginners and eat our way through New Orleans!  SO much good food.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

During Fashion Week In Paris....Introducing Elizabeth Chambrun #FashionWeekParis

 I have to say I am so disappointed to miss the debut of Elizabeth Chambrun during Paris Fashion Week while covering the shows in Denver....

Established in 2004, ELIZABETH DE CHAMBRUN is a luxury jewellery brand HAND MADE in Jaipur.

Passionate about India and the Art world, Elizabeth de Chambrun made her dream come true : finding there her source of inspiration and having her jewels made with the ancestral craftmanship of the artisans of Jaipur.

This real passion began at school where Elizabeth discovered India through the charistmatic personnality of Jawaharlal Nehru thanks to a photo that caught her eye during a history course and which transformed her life.

Extensive travelling first throughout Europe and then to India since 28 years shaped her taste and her determination to have her jewellery made in Jaipur.

After many years working as a press attachée in Paris at Yves Saint Laurent and the Opéra de Paris, Elizabeth left everything, moved to Italy, took her degree in gemology at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and created her first collection of jewellery entirely hand made in 22ct gold and coloured stones which she presented for the first time in 2004.

Since then, Elizabeth combines her passion for India and her fascination with beauty and the Art world, to create simple and timeless models.

The stones are chosen one by one and the gold is melted and crafted by hand using ancestral methods.

Each jewel is like a unique piece. 

"The East and the West are constantly searching for each other, eventually they will meet"

.... one of her favorite quotes adapted from Rabindranath Tagore.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Deadline Looming for GIA's 2018 Scholarships - Over $2 Million Being Offered!

From Press Release

GIA Offers Over $2 Million in Scholarships for 2018

Applications Deadline September 30, 2018

GIA has been accepting scholarship applications since Aug. 1 for its 2018 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. GIA scholarships, which total over $2 million for 2018, align with the Institute’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals. Applications for the current scholarship cycle will be accepted through Sept. 30 and are available at

Since 2010, GIA has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships to more than 1,500 students globally. Funded by the GIA endowment fund and several private donors, the scholarships supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. Beginning with the 2018 application cycle, applicants can apply for scholarships every calendar year. GIA offers on-campus and distance education (eLearning and lab classes) scholarships.   Scholarships are available for distance education eLearning courses and for classes at the Institute’s campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York and Taiwan; and at the GIA branch in Dubai. For more information, call +1(760) 603-4131 or contact us at

About GIAAn independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit

Friday, September 1, 2017



Awards season has started early for the jewelry industry with Platinum Guild International USA being awarded a bevy of prestigious awards for their recent video series. Produced by Elias World Media, PGI’s Behind the Scenes with Platinum Designer and Editor Series took home several coveted Telly Awards, which honor excellence in video and television across all screens each year.

The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the use of platinum and to educate
consumers about the benefits of choosing platinum when making self-purchases or gifting
fine jewelry. The 9-part series featured day-in- the-life vignettes of notable jewelry designers
and fashion editors, including Wendy Brandes, Myriam Gumuchian, Deirdre Featherstone,
Engagement 101’s Severine Ferrari and Brides’ Shane Clark.

PGI and Elias World Media won three Bronze Telly Awards in the following categories:

Bronze Telly Award
Category – Craft: Videography/Cinematography

Bronze Telly Award
Category - Craft: Editing

Bronze Telly Award
Category - People’s Telly Award

In addition, PGI and Elias World Media won two platinum Hermes Creative Awards, which
honor outstanding achievement and service to the communication profession administered
and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Founded in
1995, the AMCP’s mission is to foster and support the efforts of marketing and communication professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations.

PGI and Elias World Media won in the following two categories:  

Platinum Hermes Award
Category - Educational

Platinum Hermes Award
Category - Documentary

“It is an honor to be recognized for our work by an organization outside of our industry and
in categories that feature such an amazing array of nominees,” said Jenny Luker, President of
Platinum Guild International USA. “We are proud to share this award with our featured
design partners, editors and Elias World Media.

“In today’s cluttered visual world it is imperative to push the creative boundaries when developing a successful video content strategy,” shared Monica Elias, CEO + Founder of Elias World Media. She continued, “The ability to think outside the box and to take creative risks is a “must” especially for the fine jewelry and watch industries that have generally opted to use more conventional mediums. Video content is fundamental when creating conversation and engagement and with the right “know-how” it can be especially powerful when connecting with today’s millennial consumer audience. Our work with PGI is a testament of how a fresh, partner-minded approach that is proactive, innovative, and discerning can be incorporated while continuing to excel at the tried-and-true techniques of
the past.”

To view PGI’s award-winning videos, please visit

About Platinum Guild International:
Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade. PGI has offices in each of the world major jewelry markets, providing information, assistance, and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. For more information, please visit

About Elias World Media (EWM):
Elias World Media (EWM) is an award-winning full-service multimedia company specializing in video content production and distribution. EWM excels in the areas of strategy, creation, and placement of branded video content for television and the web. EWM’s clients and expertise span vast industries which include fine jewelry and watches, luxury, fashion, beauty,
healthcare, automotive, finance and technology. With its strategically assembled team, the company’s powerful network is also adept at supporting global multimedia content production and distribution needs. EWM offerings are comprised of video, digital, live broadcast and radio services which include satellite media tours, video content integration with media, website and content channel development, campaign videos, product launch videos, news videos, corporate identity videos, documentaries, spokesperson alignment, and more. For more information, visit

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dona Dirlam Retires as Director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center

From a Press Release

Dona Dirlam Retires as Director of the Richard T. Liddicoat
Gemological Library and Information Center

Robert Weldon named Library Director

We will miss this smile...
Dona Dirlam, here thumbing through volumes from GIA's rare book archives, built the Liddicoat Library
and Information Center into the largest, most comprehensive resource of its type in the world. Photo: Michael Justice

Dona Dirlam, director of GIA’s library and information center, retired August 25 after 38 years of service to GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) mission of ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry. She was largely responsible for establishing and expanding the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, now the world’s leading resource center for gems, gemology, and jewelry. Dirlam’s successor will be Robert Weldon, who has been the manager of photography and visual communications for GIA since 2006.
Dirlam has long been recognized for her innovation and contributions to the industry. She received the Outstanding Gemologist Award from the Association of Women Gemologists in 1989 and GIA’s Staff of the Year award in 1991. In 2004 she received GIA’s highest honor, the Richard T. Liddicoat Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2015 she received the Accredited Gemologists Association Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 was honored with the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Award for Excellence in Special Services. She has coauthored more than a dozen articles for GIA’s quarterly professional journal Gems & Gemology (G&G), five of which received a G&G Most Valuable Article award.
Over Dirlam’s tenure, she expanded the collection to more than 57,000 books, 700 journal and magazine titles, 198,000 digital images and 1,800 video recordings. With the addition of the 14,000-volume John & Marjorie Sinkankas Gemological Library in 1987 and the creation of the Cartier Rare Book Repository & Archives in 1998, she has helped to build the world’s largest library for information on gems and jewelry. Her commitment to providing greater access to GIA’s rare books led to a significant project to digitize the collection’s rarest holdings and make them available for free to the public and global gem industry. Since the project launched in 2015, more than 300 books have been scanned and are available at
“Dona’s groundbreaking efforts on behalf of the Institute’s research, education, and outreach capabilities have kept GIA at the forefront of gemological scholarship,” said Susan Jacques, president, and CEO of GIA.
“Cultivating our library’s collection and creating accessibility for the public has been the library’s main goal,” said Dirlam. “It takes dedicated individuals to handle the projects that come through our door and for that I am honored to have worked with a phenomenal team. What we have accomplished in the past decades will continue under the leadership of Robert Weldon.”
Robert Weldon named Director of the Richard T.
Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information
Center.    Photo: Judy Colbert/GIA
Weldon assumed responsibilities as library director on Dirlam’s retirement. He plans to carry on Dirlam’s legacy of expanding GIA’s collection and making it available to students, the trade, and the public.
Dirlam holds a Master of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). She began her career as an earth sciences teacher before following her passion for minerals and gems to GIA’s Santa Monica campus in 1979. Upon completion of her GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma, she joined the Institute as a staff gemologist and later was offered the opportunity to build the Institute’s library by Liddicoat himself. She began as a GIA research librarian in 1980 and became the director of the library in 1995. She also served as abstract editor of G&G from 1981-1994 and has given more than a hundred lectures on a variety of historical topics.
Weldon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). After receiving his GIA GG in 1987, Weldon spent three years working in the GIA library for Dona Dirlam. In 1990, he joined JCK magazine as colored gemstone editor; he later joined Professional Jeweler as a senior writer. Since returning to GIA in 2006, his photographs and articles have been featured in numerous gemological, jewelry and consumer publications. He has authored or co-authored more than half dozen articles in G&G and his photographs have appeared on 31 of its covers.

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit

Alan Revere to Retire in December 2017. The #RevereAcademy is Currently for Sale.

Alan Revere to Retire in December 2017. 
The Revere Academy is Currently for Sale.

"It has been a wonderful journey so far. 
And the journey continues, just in a different direction."
After nearly 40 years, Alan Revere has decided to retire from teaching and directing the school that he founded in San Francisco. The Revere Academy is currently for sale. Classes will continue as scheduled through 2017. This is a great opportunity to take more classes right now.
"My goal has always been to share my love of goldsmithing and bring traditional jewelry techniques across the millennium," says Revere, who is looking forward to quieter days roaming the west in his VW camper. "With thousands of graduates creating jewelry around the globe, I feel satisfied that my efforts have been successful. Now, we are looking for the right person to purchase The Revere Academy and lead it into the future."

Regarding the sale of the school, Revere believes it's a unique opportunity for someone to own an iconic, thriving fixture in the jewelry world and carry its traditions of excellence into the future. The school offers 100 classes in traditional and contemporary jewelry making skills each year. The Revere Academy offers certificates for individual classes, such as fabrication, repair, design, and gemology and diplomas for longer programs, all of which are authorized by The State of California, Department of Education, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. 

Revere established The Revere Academy in San Francisco in 1979, bringing European-style jewelry training to the Bay Area. Since then the school has trained more than 10,000 students. Many graduates are working as bench jewelers and designers around the globe, sitting at benches every day using the skills they learned at the Revere Academy.
Please direct purchase inquiries to Paul Terry at
Many classes are still open. Register at
From a Press Release


Video tops more than 2.2 million views within days of release

Genevive, the New York-based designers of attainable luxury jewelry, had a starring role in a new music video that has garnered more than two million views on YouTube during its launch week. Shot
on site at EAST Miami over the course three days, the video for Indian pop sensation Dasu’s Turn Back Time, featuring reggae artist Charly Black, showcased a bevy of models wardrobed in Genevive. From a multicolored gemstone choker to all-white chandelier earrings, the jewelry fits seamlessly into the visuals, adding a heightened element of glamour to the video’s steamy South Beach vibe.

“We are always looking for unique ways to reach our target audience and attract new eyes to our brand,” explained Victor, Chief Marketing officer, for Genevive. “Collaborating with Dasu on this video for Universal Music allowed for the opportunity to showcase the collection in a unique manner, beyond traditional public relations initiatives, introducing it to an entirely new group of potential
brand loyalists.” He continued, “The lifestyle element of this video was the perfect setting for Genevive to shine.”

All of the pieces featured in the video are available on Genevive’s website,

To see Genevive’s cameos in the video, visit

About Genevieve:
Genevive was a vision that began to take shape more than 60 years ago. It was founded in 1950’s by European jewelers who eventually settled in New York City. With years of experience designing and creating exquisite jewelry, they realized there is a need for classic, cosmopolitan and carefully made jewelry that could be acquired by most women without sacrificing workmanship and quality. Genevive is inspired by the sophisticated cosmopolitan woman - strong and unique yet feminine and elegant. Multi-faceted, she is versatile in whatever she chooses to do and wear, while always coming back to the theme of being perfectly stylish at all times. Attainable luxury designed in New York City.
To learn more about Genevive, visit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Around The Neck" the Latest Publication from the Preeta Agarwal Workroom


a jewellery coffee table book
A visual treat on trending necklaces...

~ Oodles of breathtaking jewellery ~
~ Necklace trends with design and manufacturing tips~
~ Features 55 internationally renowned jewellers ~
~ International team of researchers and writers ~
~ Published by New York based Crystal Art Publication ~
~ Being sold worldwide through book stores, jewellery shows and Amazon ~

...and authored by yours truly - Preeta Agarwal
Read more about the book here
For purchase and feedback, do write to me at

#WordlessWednesday featuring Gem Cutter Dalan Hargrave

Today's Featured Artist -  
Gem Cutter Extraordinaire, Dalan Hargrave of GemStarz

I know - it's supposed to be Wordless - but these aren't my words.... 

"American Brilliant Series. It a lot of fun since there are so many possibilities for more artistic gemstone art. I’ve been doing similar style pieces for 19 years now since there wasn’t anyone going that direction at the time I began focusing on gemstone cutting. It is my artist creed to never copy or even emulate the work of those who have paved the pathway of this modern fantasy cut gemstone movement.

Even if I don’t place in a competition, the process of competing pushes me to try new things and develop new tooling to accomplish them. The American Brilliant Series is just reapplication of known techniques borrowed from the crystal glass industry and used in gemstone art. The name is simply a way of showing respect to that movement that flourished from the late 1800s to the early 1900s in the glass industry here in America. Multiplying patterns by using internal reflections like a kaleidoscope is something I’ve added to the art form.

The yellow orange stone is actually a nice tourmaline (14.6 cts.) from a relatively recent find in Tanzania and large fro it kind. The tricolor Ametrine is a very rare slice of an Ametrine crystal that had a clear area and was handpicked for me by Ramiro who owns the mine in Bolivia. The sunstone is from one of the Dust Devil claims called the Snakebite Claim and the rough was very recently found by a close friend."

....and more from the Master!

...and my personal favorite

Now you've seen his American Brilliant Series... check out the range this cutter has.

Praisiolite & Citrine

Canyon Survey- 265 cts natural blue topaz on petrified wood. 
Celestial City Series- Phantom quartz on angelite inset with black opal,
turquoise, lace agate and kyanite planets. The fountain is lit with led
lights that pass through filters made of cherry opal, yellow opal,
tourmaline and topaz.
Mounted on a black walnut root ball base. 17.5cm in height.

Rose quartz from the Hogg Mine. via Doug Malby, Starlight Cut, Zig Zag Cut and Snowflake Cut.

Tools of the Trade...

or his Facebook Page

While you're in Denver this Fall, 
you can check out some of his pieces at:
The Crown Collection 4433 W. 29th Ave Denver, CO 80211


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