Category: Design of the Times

Designer Dish: Angela George & Earth Below Sky Creations

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Design of the Times

Last week I put the spotlight on two very talented designers, Angela George and Earth Below Sky Creations – both are showcasing their collections at JCK Tucson located at the beautiful JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort February 3-7, 2016. Angela George is a woman of few words, and I was immediately impressed with her humility. Her jewelry could be classified as little works of art. I find this really exciting given her extensive manufacturing background. The designer got her start working for major fashion houses and then had a short stint in advertising before getting involved with her family’s jewelry manufacturing business….

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Vasant Designs & Squash Blossom

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JCK Tucson (February 3-7,2016) is 8 weeks away and it’s been rewarding to not only share what talent will be there, but WHY. Business should be personal and in the JCK community it is. It’s important to get up close and personal with our artists that are attending or showcasing their collection. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with retailer Squash Blossom and a Design Center ballroom exhibitor, Vasant Designs. Both companies have a like-minded philosophy in fostering and helping emerging designers. John and Patti Cogswell are the owners of Vail, Coloardo based Sqaush Blossom and they have…

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Aaron Faber Gallery & Dana Bronfman

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you’re feeling guilty about all that turkey, please remember this. I am a self-proclaimed jewelry geek, and that is a large part of why I was chosen to be this year’s JCK Design Ambassador. Since my jewelry journey inception in 2006, I’ve been following and admiring many a jeweler and retailer and last week I dished on two at the top of my list: The Aaron Faber Gallery and Dana Bronfman. We are honored to have Patricia Faber on our advisory board this year for JCK Tucson. She is helping us curate…

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Designer Dish: Alexis Barbeau & Alishan

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Last week, I dished on two industry heavyweights who will be showcasing their eclectic collections at JCK Tucson (February 3-7,2016). Alexis Barbeau Designs and Alishan are true artisans who both manufacture and hand make their jewelry from idea to finished product in their studio.  Charmed by the ocean and nature, Alexis Barbeau uses lost wax casting and fabrication to create designs of texture and shape and adds precious stones to create sparkling glimpses of intrigue. Alishan’s treatment of precious metals and exotic materials is masterly, being a self-taught goldsmith.  The combination of high polished metal and hand textured ornamentation bring out the beauty…

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Designer Dish: Susan Wheeler and Michael Jensen Designs

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Last week I put the spotlight on  Susan Wheeler  and Michael Jensen Designs in my column, Design of the Times, a blog focused on JCK Event’s designers.  These two designers craft each piece with the utmost integrity and are showcasing their collections at JCK Tucson. As they set trends, take risks, and maintain their unique point of view, they are redefining jewelry design and that’s something to celebrate! The story their collections represent are different, Susan Wheeler’s point of view goes back to how everything in nature is formed. Michael Jensen Designs collections showcase jewelry history and archaeology.  Below is my sit down with them…

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