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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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Jewelry Trends – Spring 2011 – Color

by JewelStruck on Dec.16, 2010, under Jewelry Trends

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Rena Klingenberg has posted about 2011 jewelry trends, which will echo and accent the season’s fashion colors.

“Honeysuckle” – is the Pantone’s color of the year for 2011. According to them – “Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life”

Also here is a sample of the 10 colors posted by Rena according to Pantone’s color palette for Spring 2011

Resource – Jewelry Business Blog

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A Passion for Jewelry. A Passion for Life.

by jessejamesbeads on Nov.04, 2009, under Jewelry Trends

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Why do we create jewelry? And why do we wear it? Do we create something just because it’s pretty? Sometimes…

But the pieces that really hit home and have some drive to them are the ones that are created out of passion. Passion that embodies a necklace or a pair of earrings and let’s the wearer feel like she stands for something when she puts it on (or he, of course!)

Bracelet

The photo shown above is of my new Phillies bracelet that I made during Game 1 of the World Series 2009. I’ve worn it everyday since the start of the Series, it embodies my belief in my team. The Phils are down in the count but boy are they staying alive. I love and have a whole-hearted belief in my team and that is why I wear my bracelet.

What do you wear that strikes your passion? What have you created that has embodied passion for another? As jewelry creators, we have the power to influence our customers, our friends, our families…our jewelry WEARERS’ lives! Tons of people wear jewelry to feel a connection to something. What connection will you bring to the piece you make today?

Passion…Pass it On.

And Go Phils! You can do it boys!


Peace, Love n Beads.
Sarah James
http://www.jessejamesbeads.com

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Swarovski Crystals and tips on purchasing them

by gina on Nov.03, 2009, under Jewelry Trends

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I’m here not only to tell you a story about jewelry but how I was bedazzled by Swarovski.  I started designing jewelry about 5 yrs ago utilizing both glass beads and Czech beads but when I decided to upgrade my jewelry line to fit into the high end market, I switched to semi-precious stones and accented them with Swarovski Crystals.

Swarovski Crystals contains approximately 32% Lead and comes in many shapes and colors. I tend to design with the Bicone shape the most but utilize many colors. They can also come with an Aurora Borealis (AB) application that creates a rainbow effect.

Swarovski is considered to be the highest quality of machine cut and polished crystal. Daniel Swarovski invented a crystal cutting machine in 1892 that generated a precise uniform cut. Add in a 3D Optimized technology, and a special glass compound and you get a perfected crystal with a unique design and brilliance in color. A brilliance that will easily outshine a bead of lesser quality when compared side by side.

Bracelet made with Swarovski Crystals

Bracelet made with Swarovski Crystals

Designers want to make sure you are purchasing genuine Swarovski crystals? Here are some tips that I’ve learned and want to share with you:

  1. Swarovski Crystals are not strung on a string
  2. Pay attention to the packaging. Most come in 10 gross or ½ gross. Packages are sealed with a silver hologram that says Crystallized.
  3. Because each crystal is machine cut they will be exactly the same. The height, width and slope are consistent.
  4. The precision cutting of Swarovski machinery allows each crystal facet junctures to all meet up at the same point which is very similar to diamond faceting.
  5. AB finish Swarovski crystals will have no swirl marks and generally no scratches.
  6. If you see bubbles, it’s an imitation.

If you would like to learn more about Swarovski Crystals go to http://www.swarovski.com and if you would like to see some of my designs with Swarovski Crystals you can go to http://www.ginaventurinidesigns.com

I appreciate your comments and hope to learn what you’ve been doing with Swarvoski crystals too.

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