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Men tend to get overlooked with jewelry - Watches and wedding bands are the staples for most men, while signet, diamond and gemstone statement rings as signature statements. Educating consumers with unique selections of gemstones and jewelry has always been a primary focus for Jewelry Navigator. In this Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode, I'm highli…
 
Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy While the COVID-19 crisis and resulting quarantine have challenged many aspects of our lives, finding positive ways to guide us through to the other side have been inspiring. While scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across Missy Graff Ballone’s feed, Wel…
 
I hope you’re staying safe and well, and I’m looking forward to when we can return to our places of work, get our hair cut, nails done, and get back to all those services and shops that are part of regular routines. Part of the normal routine this time of year is shopping for the seasonal celebrations, like Mother’s Day and graduations. But, shoppi…
 
My guest in this Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode is Alain Simic, founder of Alain Simic (pronounced Ah-lawn Si-mich) whose specialty is portraying images of jewelry, fashion, fine art, and portraiture. Alain’s photography speaks through images, allowing his subject’s voice to share stories and impact the lives of those who see his work. Alain ser…
 
This weekend, I chose to share segments of my podcast interview with Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium. . Her formal background in art history, cast her in the unique role to carry on her family’s Byzantine art jewelry business. Gallery Byzantium integrates art and history inspired by one of the most influential cultures, the Byzantine Empire. …
 
Karin Jacobson is a talented jeweler and artist whose open mind and fabrication techniques allows her to interpret visions into beautiful, wearable jewelry art. Her journey and aesthetic have revealed a unique style that has become unquestionably recognizable as Karin Jacobson Jewelry. I’ve been a fan of her jewelry for a few years now, and the evo…
 
Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch Stress. Anxiety. Uncertainty. These are all dark places that become natural responses to stressful and uncertain times, like the COVID-19 health crisis we’re currently experiencing. The reason for this podcast is to invite you to take a step back and use internal cogniti…
 
As we wrap up Women’s History Month in a couple days, today, I share my visit with Noor Shamma, jewelry designer, single mother, and driven career woman. Noor is the epitome of self motivation and drive. She gracefully achieves balance and peace through her persona, jewelry designs, and practices compassion through it all with sustainable practices…
 
Sue Oster is the fearless force behind Feral Jewelry.She shares an interpretation of life’s strength and vulnerabilities using her signature collections created with sustainable and ethically sourced precious materials, combining design elements to celebrate who we are and what makes us unique. She IS the Elegant Rebel, and her MO of highlighting a…
 
As a boy, Stephen Goldsmith had dreams of being a cartoonist. His aptitude for art was innate, but his journey would take a detour to become a master of polishing and finishing national treasures and museum quality jewelry. Stephen Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, and shares his nearly 50 years of knowledge and exp…
 
Jewelry is a powerful touchstone and conduit by which we define ourselves within our life stories, family, and community. Acknowledging this concept with symbolism and icons are reminders that we're connected to a higher power that guides us in how we choose to live our best lives. This week my guest on Jewelry Navigator podcast is Seraphima McLean…
 
Clarity, insight, and wisdom are three qualities I feel this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast guest exhibits naturally. Tonya Powell is founder and creative initiator of Pareure, a collection of jewelry designed for women who define themselves with confidence, and reach beyond limitations. Her classically simple signature circular designs are the e…
 
Telling stories with gems and jewelry is like speaking an enchanted language. Hidden for millennia, gems are treasures that speak a universal language. Cynthia Renée Marcusson is my guest this week understands the hidden language of gemstones. Geologist turned jewelry designer, Cynthia’s adventures began with her curiosity of rock formations and un…
 
Some people keep away from wearing opals, believing the ancient rumor that they cast bad luck on anyone who wears one without it being their birthstone. No one is certain where opal obtained its bad reputation, but in today’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I’m replaying last Halloween’s podcast, “The Not So Scary Truth About Opals With Matt Hopkins, of…
 
Emma Hoekstra is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. Founder of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, and winner of this year’s Halstead Grant, it seems everything is going well for her. While we hope joy and celebration prevail in our lives, loss, grief, healing, and discovery remain unavoidable to the human experience. After the loss of her boyfri…
 
This week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast is unique and exciting! If you love colored gemstone, or want to learn more about them from source to store, you’ll be mesmerized what today’s guest shares on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. My guest has an established gem and jewelry store as well as a successful online gemstone and jewelry business. Steve Moriarty…
 
Now that we’re in the last quarter of the year, we need to capture the attention of our clients and customers to optimize income potential as jewelry brands and businesses. If you haven’t kept ahead of your marketing plans, it’s not too late! Kathleen Cutler of Bespoke Commerce, and CEO of Kathleen Cutler Strategy shared valuable strategies that wi…
 
The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career Anastasia is as lovely and captivating as her jewelry! I found her background and story fascinating, and felt the dramatic aesthetic of her jewelry is a perfect fit for October! I’m so grateful for her taking the tim…
 
Laryssa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Jewelry Marketing Shares Tips for Successful Holiday Marketing For Jewelry Brands Laryssa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Jewelry Marketing is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. She shares what small brands and designers can do to get in front of their ideal customers in time for the upcoming holiday gift season usin…
 
Tracy Trainor became a jewelry designer and maker as she meandered across the globe, and uses inspirations from her formative years in Japan, to the countryside of Ireland, where she currently resides. What captures my attention with Tracy’s jewelry is the movement she coerces from wax carving, to casting, down to the texture. When challenged to ma…
 
Nayla Shami Shares Life’s Experiences Through Her Jewelry Designs In last week’s episode, I mentioned a few jewelry destinations for upcoming podcast stories. Today’s jewelry designer’s story is influenced by traditional hand fabrication methods passed down from generation to generation of Lebanese goldsmiths and jewelers. Nayla Shami is a delightf…
 
Even though it’s small, jewelry carries big meaning and represents connections from our past, into our present, and future. In this episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I talk about showing your school spirit with jewelry, and I shared how I wear color and theme relevant jewelry to the Penn State football games with pieces by CRASH Jewelry, Emily …
 
Elizabeth Moore’s New Collections Redefine Her Passion as an Independent Jewelry Designer Our conversation starts from a mention she made I picked up on during our meeting at JA, where she mentioned the concept of the Circle of Fifths as an element in her new collection. Elizabeth’s new collection explores a deeper meaning of symbols she feels stre…
 
Jewelry Navigator Summer Jewelry Adventures: From Florida to New York Jewelry Week Between summer vacations, I visited jewelry designers this summer, and this video shares my jewelry adventures with them! There is a coordinating video on Jewelry Navigator’s website, as well as on YouTube. Jewelers, Designers, & Stores included in my adventures are:…
 
Today, I’m sharing my visit with Pam Waill, of Petite Baleine Jewelry, She’ll be showing at the New York Now Show next month, August 10-14 at the Javits Center in booth 1442. Pam’s jewelry design business precipitated from her marketing background and an affinity for artistic creativity. A serendipitous visit to a local boutique in her hometown of …
 
This week, my guest on Jewelry Navigator Podcast Guest is Asia Nail of iRock Gems! . She’s an active advocate for diversity and inclusion, and shares how it’s become her passion project. . After celebrating our independence, focusing on diversity is perfect timing. . As a working mom of two littles under 3, Asia is gracious, generous, and beautiful…
 
Melissa Dusenberry presents informative gem and jewelry information in welcoming and interesting formats on her website and Instagram Feed, All the Brilliants. Her Gem Information Series on pearl caught my attention on her Instagram Feed. With the help of Eve Streiker, or Original Eve Designs, Melissa shared how pearls form, what makes them unique,…
 
In this second of a two part episode, “Debra Navarro's Leap of Faith Into an Award Winning Designer", Debra continues from how her Barefoot Collection ties in to the theme of her Watu Collection. Debra Navarro LInks Arms With Gem Legacy In this second part of my visit, Debra shared her connection with Gem Legacy, and how her East African gem excurs…
 
I usually publish new episodes on Thursday. This week, my guest is Debra Navarro. In February, 2019, she earned JCK’s Industry Choice Award for her Vincent Ring - a rough, but elegant statement ring set with a green berylj, sprinkled with natural color diamonds from her signature Watu collection. Then, just recently, this Spring, InStore Magazine a…
 
Gigi Ferranti, Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Designer: How Fashion, Architecture, & Italian Heritage Influence Gigi Ferranti Jewelry From an early age, Gigi has been influenced by Italian architecture and jewelry design. As a fashion marketing and business major, Gigi began her career in management within a large retail clothing chain. She owned …
 
Inside Jewelry Trade Shows & Marketing With Liz Kantner, Curator & Designer Consultant for the Premier Show Liz Kantner is the designer consultant to rising, independent designers for Emerald Exposition’s jewelry trade shows, JA New York, and is heading up their debut Premier Show in Las Vegas, May 30 through June 3rd, 2019. A few of the designers …
 
Jewelry designer, William Travis Kukovich, of William Travis Jewelry is my guest on the Podcast today. He’s earned over twenty industry awards for his designs using colored gemstones, unique design elements, and metal combinations. His jewelry is unique on its own, and is difficult to pin down with a description, and appeals to both men and women a…
 
Paul Bierker - Renaissance Jeweler & Founder of Geek Jewelry-featured image Paul Bierker is the founder of Paul Michael Jewelry in Pittsburgh, as well as Geek Jewelry, a line of super hero and science fiction inspired jewelry. A kind of modern day renaissance jeweler, with equal parts inventor and anthropologist, Paul shares his insight on how he m…
 
Besides Mother's Day and Father's Day, spring often brings many other reasons to celebrate, like graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and the birth or adoption of a baby.When given or received as a gift, or purchased for ourselves, jewelry allows us to reflect on our life celebrations long after the cake is gone, and streamers are torn down. Do yo…
 
This podcast shares how you can save thousands of dollar with jewelry that’s been abandoned or forgotten in your jewelry box, as well as the jewelry items you wear on a regular basis. Spring is the time of year we start fresh by cleaning inside and out, and clearing out old, worn out items. The same should go with then contents of your jewelry box.…
 
Custom design jewelers, like Mary van der Aa, create jewelry to reflect your unique style characteristics, with your gem, and metal specifications. . The beauty of working with jewelers like Mary, is that not only does she do all the casting, setting and finishing work herself, but she also has access to custom-cut gemstones by her partner, Todd Wa…
 
Sarah Hodson of Sarah Michiko Designs, and CADs by Sarah Michiko shares how she brings fresh perspective to her family’s 3rd generation jewelry business. At the time of this podcast, bridal season in full swing, she also shares rising trends with engagement rings, changes for men’s wedding bands, and advice for women starting out in the jewelry ind…
 
Spring vacation is here, and part of enjoying your travels includes knowing your belongings will be safe. Making sure your jewelry and valuables are safe while traveling is as necessary as having your passport and credit cards. In this episode, I share tips from a few of my travel and safety professional friends and crew members on how you can stay…
 
Bella Campbell overcame the challenges of language barriers when she arrived in the States over thirty years ago. Originally from Georgia, the former republic of Russia, she arrived with a degree in physics, and transitioned into the fashion and jewelry career stream, starting as a buyer for Macy’s jewelry department, then a buyer for a major gemst…
 
This month is the one year anniversary since the start of the Jewelry Navigator Podcast. Jewelry Navigator remains on a course to connect shoppers to unique jewelry and share the stories of the designers who create it. The episode explorations and destinations have been: Jewelry made from luxury cars, like Ferraris and Maseratis, with Christi Schim…
 
Kate Hubley is the designer and goldsmith behind K8 Jewelry. Based in Montreal, Canada, Kate holds the prestigious FGA gemmology designation from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Originally a professional within advertising, Kate began taking courses in design and jewelry gold smithing. Kate is a delight to visit with, and she creates…
 
Jewelry Navigator’s Adventure at the 2019 Tucson Gem Show Every year in February, thousands of rockhounds, jewelers, gemologists, and artists attend gem shows in Tucson. Since its beginning, the show has grown to over 40 separate shows. For jewelers and fine gemstone buyers, the shows are in venues, like the AGTA Gemfair, in the Tucson Convention C…
 
Whether you love jewelry and gems as much as I do, you may wonder sometimes about where the gems are found. Knowing where gems are found is traceable Knowing who finds the gem crystals, and exactly where to look is harder, and has been more difficult to trace - until now, and unless you make that your mission. Today, I’m very excited and honored to…
 
Is your jewelry covered by accurate and legitimate appraisals? If you lost your engagement ring tomorrow, would it be adequately covered by your insurance for it to be replaced as close to the original? These are questions that are answered with a proper appraisal that is current and accurate. Part of why I share the information related to jewelry …
 
Julie Lamb is a fun and highly experienced jewelry designer in New York City. She’s been making jewelry since childhood. After attending an art magnet school in the city, she began her jewelry career and journey working as project manager and marketing specialist for big name companies. Her jewelry company, Julie Lamb Fine Jewelry, contains a versa…
 
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