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Full Circle: SOHO GEM


According to sisters Maria Benavides and Irina Ferry, the success of SOHO GEM—a fine yet modern jewelry store in downtown New York City with an emphasis on gemstones—is credited to their dynamic partnership. The sisters’ heritage is deep rooted in fine art, antiques and jewelry, and they quickly learned the family business alongside their parents, collecting, buying and selling unique pieces. It is the synergy of their passions, talents, business senses and visions that has established the store as a New York jewelry landmark for many years. We got the inside scoop from Irina Ferry on how they keep up with…

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Design of the Times: Kaali Designs


Anit Dodhia, founder of Kaali Designs, grew up in a culturally rich Indian community in Momasa, Kenya, and spent a lot of his childhood at his family’s jewelry gallery. This is where he discovered his interest in gems, which would later turn into a passion that has shaped his career for the last 20 years. Today, after becoming a GIA Graduate Gemologist, Dodhia and his company, Kaali Designs – named after the Hindu Goddess Kali, a fierce and powerful warrior – are based in San Diego, CA, where the jewelry is handmade to personify the perfect union of art and…

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JCK Industry Fund: Jewelers Vigilance Committee Update


‘This holiday season, we’re catching up with The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) to see how the JCK Industry Fund has helped them to give back to the jewelry industry through education and guidance. JVC was created in 1917 to provide education and self-regulation for the jewelry industry. It is a non-profit legal trade association that provides members with free education of the complex laws that apply to the manufacturing, advertising and sale of jewelry and is readily available to answer questions about how to apply those laws to everyday business practices. We’re catching up with JVC this month to see…

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WJA Pavilion at JCK Tucson


JCK Tucson and Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) have joined forces to establish the inaugural WJA Pavilion at JCK Tucson 2019. This new destination will leverage the power of WJA’s design community, offering up-and-coming designers a chance to showcase their products to and connect with Tucson’s audience of high-quality retailers looking to restock after the holidays. While you’re busy preparing yourself for the holiday season, take a sneak peek at just a few of the incredible designers set to exhibit at the WJA Pavilion at JCK Tucson 2019. Debra Navarro Best known for her unique styling of natural colored diamonds and 18k…

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Trends to Watch: Take Two


Bicolor Gemstones are Where it’s At There’s nothing quite like a juicy colored gemstone. Except, of course, when that gemstone features more than one color. Sometimes, their colors swirl together, twisting in a helix of succulent shades. Other times, the colors seem to saturate one another, blending together like drops of dye in water. Even still, there are those gemstones that are almost perfectly colorblocked, you can hardly believe this was done by nature. But natural they are, which makes the bicolor (or tricolor, or more!) gemstone all the more miraculous. It depends on the type of gemstone, which determines…

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