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Romance in Metal – Valerie Ostenak Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Nov.20, 2011, under News & Events

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Just checked gorgeous jewelry created by Valerie Ostenak. Her work is an on going dialogue between her blacksmith forging techniques, her silversmith craftsmanship and her design skills in art jewelry is superb.

Romance in Metal - Valerie Ostenak Jewelry

Romance in Metal - Valerie Ostenak Jewelry

Her collections celebrate the contours and shapes suggested by all sorts of complex forms found in nature. Her Elemental Collection features silver, argentium silver, 14k gold, freshwater pearls, gemstones and Swarovski crystals in myriad curvilinear designs. Also, one can see Art Nouveau influences in her work.

Romance in Metal - Valerie Ostenak Jewelry

Romance in Metal - Valerie Ostenak Jewelry

But most of all, this artist infuses her work with the essence of romance. And you can’t go wrong with Romance. To check out more of her jewelry you can visit her website.

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Stylish and affordable pieces of Jewellery by Danon Jewellery

by JewelStruck on Nov.17, 2011, under Handmade Jewelry, Reviews

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Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Danon have been creating Jewellery since 1976. The Jewellery they make are made out of pewter (tin alloy) or mazak (zinc alloy). I loved their Silver Jewellery collection the most, its really eye catching and priced very reasonably. Specially I loved the silver heart hook earrings in their collection, which looks simple but elegant and great for everyday wear.

Danon Hook Earrings With Silver Heart

Danon Hook Earrings With Silver Heart

If you are looking for affordable, yet stylish Jewellery for everyday wear, Danon Jewellery is for you. Go checkout! :-)

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Jewelry News: Global Gold demand reaches an all-time high in Q3 2011

by JewelStruck on Nov.17, 2011, under Jewelry Trends, Reviews

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According to the World Gold Council, Global gold demand saw an increase of 6% in third quarter 2011, compared to same period in last year. Gold demand in the third quarter of 2011 reached 1,053.9 tonnes equating to US$57.7bn, an all-time high in value terms.

Gold demand by category in tonnes and gold price

Gold demand by category in tonnes and gold price

Marcus Grubb, Managing Director, Investment at the World Gold Council commented:

“Unsurprisingly investment demand for gold was a key driver during the third quarter. Increasing levels of inflation, the US credit rating downgrade, a worsening eurozone sovereign debt crisis and the lacklustre performance of many assets drove investors to increase holdings in gold in order to protect their wealth. Given gold’s proven risk mitigation properties, it is likely that investors will continue to seek protection from economic uncertainty, which shows no signs of abating.”

Gold demand by sector

Gold demand by sector

India, the largest jewellery market, experienced a 26% fall in tonnage demand as high and volatile gold prices, at an inauspicious time in the Hindu calendar,15 deterred consumers. A similar reaction was seen across the globe, with markets in the Middle East, South East Asia and the West generating weaker levels of demand in the face of record high gold prices and difficult economic conditions. Exceptions were China, where gold jewellery demand continued on its healthy growth path, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia.

Jewellery demand by country, % change

Jewellery demand by country, % change

Source: World Gold Council (http://www.gold.org)

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Justin Beiber Jewellery

by JewelStruck on Nov.16, 2011, under News & Events

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Canadian singing sensation Justin Beiber was wearing two gold chains, one with a gold skull Pendant dangling at its centre. He completes his outfit with an Yves Saint Laurent Brooch. He looked great with these accessories at the MTV video Awards in Los Angeles.

Justin Beiber Jewellery

Justin Beiber Jewellery


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Rio Tinto Diamonds Announces Winners of Global Design Competition

by JewelStruck on Nov.14, 2011, under News & Events

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Rio Tinto Diamonds announced the winners of Global Design Competition, awarded by an elite panel of eight judges from the fashion and jewelry industries. According to judges and style editor Mr Michael O’Connor, “I was extremely impressed with how each of the designers interpreted the challenge and came up with unique and beautiful jewelry pieces that highlight the use of Rio Tinto’s diverse diamonds portfolio.” One Of The Winning Design:

Rio Tinto Diamonds Announces Winners of Global Design Competition

Rio Tinto Diamonds Announces Winners of Global Design Competition

The judging panel, at an event at the Kristin Hanson Gallery, selected nine winners from a record number of entries from the US, Canada, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong, across four categories of jewelry design: Champagne, Silvermist, Canadian Diamonds and Sustainable Jewelry.As a result of their efforts, the nine winning designers will have many opportunities for significant exposure to the US jewelry industry, including their designs being showcased at a suite at the 2012 Academy Awards.

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