Author: Brittany Siminitz

Heart to Heart

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It can be—and has been—argued that hearts for Valentine’s Day are cliché. But really, is there anything wrong with that? This symbol, so simple yet unfailingly classic, a staple time and time again in many a showcase and personal collection, still has the power to surprise. It can be as perfectly plain as a sleek metal silhouette, as intricate as a gem-laden, filigree-detailed find, or as grand as a rare, fancy colored diamond ring. So yes, stock up for Valentine’s Day, for those lovestruck (or, at the very least, lust-struck) shoppers. But also, pay extra-special attention to this icon for…

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Heavy Metal

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These JCK Tucson Designers Get Creative—Minimal Gems Required For a week of events typically dedicated to gemstones, it might seem odd to talk about Tucson and stoneless designs in the same breath. But that’s just what I’m about to do, considering a great many designers getting ready to show off their creations at JCK Tucson feature styles that require little to no additional adornment. Though the designs shown here today don’t celebrate rare gemstones or bright color, that absence goes unnoticed. What they do showcase is an art form: Awesome attention to detail, brilliantly realized design features, and creative thinking….

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Desert Vibes

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Soon To Be Hot At JCK Tucson Though temperatures in Tucson are forecasted to be in the high 50s to low 60s in the coming weeks (hey, a lot could change by then), chances are, that may still be an improvement over where you’re coming from. Sure, you can leave the shorts and tank tops at home, but where heat is concerned, there will be plenty of it on the show floor. No, I’m not talking about a malfunctioning AC system (the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa promises to be quite comfortable, I’m sure of that): I’m referring…

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That Design Life: Jewels Made By People You Want to Know

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Farm-to-table. Small batch. Shop local. As more and more consumers demand to know not only where their goods are coming from but who is making them, designer jewelry (that is, jewelry truly dreamt up and realized by individual designers) is more important than ever. In a share-everything society, we often feel as if we know celebrities, athletes, and fashion designers, because we’re privy to an insider’s look at their lives (or at least, the lives they want us to see)—a rarity, if it existed at all, even 10 years ago. But these jewelers—yes, you may call them celebrities, as it…

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2017: The Year of Peridot

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Thanks to Pantone’s Greenery Though Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year was met with mixed reactions, you can’t deny that, after a year of muted, pastel colors, Greenery is a lively choice. “A fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew,” according to Pantone, Greenery is the pop of color I think many of us need as we enter the New Year. Yes, I did liken it to a certain slimy substance brought to popularity by Nickelodeon (and I stand by that), but I also think that makes it…

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