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Dana Seng Jewelry Launches New Signature Birthstone & Number Collection

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Dana Seng Jewelry has been wildly popular since it first launched because who doesn't love personalized, layer-ready jewelry?! Her pieces let the buyer pick the letter that they want and the gemstone of their choice, allowing for double customization. It wasn't long until Dana decided to unleash what the people have been wanting--NUMBERS! Just as letters are so special and important, so are numbers. We all have a lucky number, a favorite number...a date we were born on or celebrate something memorable, so I already know numbers are going to be a huge hit.

For me, it will always be number 8! I was born on the 8th and the number has stayed with me all throughout my life and revealed itself in many ways. I know you--right now--reading this blog post, have a favorite number.  Wouldn't you love to have it hanging from your neck? Or chilling on your finger?  Maybe even draped on your wrist? 

I'm excited to have partnered with Dana to be the one who announces this new birthstone number collection-- and stay tuned for another really FUN blog post coming your way! HINT: I've never done anything like it before!

You can see the full collection and order your own signature birthstone number piece NOW on the official website--they just launched today!

This sponsored post was brought to you in collaboration with Dana Seng Jewelry.

 

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Q & A with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry

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With each collection released and each encounter I have with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry, I am more and more intrigued...spellbound, you could say. From the first concept of the lookbook (which I still have laid out like a coffee table best seller) to her enchanting video launch depicting her vision and a glimpse into her world, Lisa Kim strikes again, this time debuting a new collection called The Seabeast. The concept and inspiration will leave you curious to see what is next and the new pieces are gorgeous. Highly wearable ear climbers, earrings, necklaces and a unique ring make up The Seabeast collection. If you're like me, you want to know more about the pieces and some insights into the designer, so here you go! Hope you enjoy:

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My boyfriend and I love to cook. We were in the kitchen making dinner one day several months ago when he told me about the cockentrice, which originated from the Middle Ages in Europe. A suckling pig and a capon were sewn together to create a whole new beast that was roasted and served on a platter. This was culinary drama designed to amaze and delight guests while feeding them. The idea of a creature made of different parts stuck in my head and it shaped the story behind The Seabeast. Mythological beasts are mash-ups anyway; the unicorn is a horse with a horn, the manticore is a lion with a human head, rows of shark-like teeth, bat wings, and a scorpion tail.

I offer different iterations of the same animal in The Seabeast. The initial release features pendants and earrings that are fusions of scales, fins, waves, and shark teeth. I always like to leave some interpretation up to the viewer so I tend to steer away from literal design; but with this collection I felt compelled to design The Eye of The Beast, which is a departure for me. There are other pieces in the collection with ferocious teeth and spines like the ones you find on crab shells and conch shells.

Did Leviathan really exist? Was there a Kraken that smashed ships to their doom? Did the Midgard Serpent truly wrap itself around the world? Is it still there? Could it be that these myths and tall tales were about one and the same creature that has ruled the deepest and the most secret parts of the Earth all this time? Science would tell us otherwise, but we can't really say for certain that this creature is pure fiction. I like to think that this beast once lived and that its parts were scattered. Once re-assembled, it will live again. I aim to suspend your disbelief. I want you to possess a piece of this creature and take on its power and believe that it is real.

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From an early age I would draw and write stories while listening to music. This led me to my first career as a storyboard artist in animation. It was a fun occupation for sure but I never stopped dreaming stories of heroes in my fantasy world.

I was still working in animation when I signed up for a wax carving course at a small jewelry school here in L.A. One month into the course I committed to becoming a jewelry designer and business owner. I quit my job in 2011.

I took a bench jeweler course at the school. In the following year I interned for fashion designer Michael Schmidt where I got to work on some amazing metal projects for pop artists. After that I went to work for Tony Swatton, a blacksmith, bladesmith, leatherworker, costumer - a truly remarkable maker of all things. If you’ve watched film and tv in the past thirty years, chances are you’ve seen his work. (Remember the Vikings from the Capital One commercials? Tony made all of their gear.) Michael and Tony are two very different guys but they had one thing in common: They made incredible accessories that punched up a performer’s onstage presence. I came away from these places feeling really empowered by the things we worked on. I really wanted to create that feeling with statement fine jewelry.

I had the fortune of studying chasing and repoussé under European masters Valentin Yotkov and Davide Bigazzi. Chasing and repoussé are ancient metalworking techniques that allowed me to create my signature cuff bracelets that remind everyone of Wonder Woman. My bracelets are made by hand using tools and thousands of hammer blows. It’s a more efficient use of metal compared to casting - this means I can go pretty large with my designs and they remain surprisingly light in weight.

I am a member of AGTA and I serve as Communications Chair at WJA Los Angeles. In 2013 I received the Carelle-WJA Grant in Honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath. This was a cash grant of $5,000 that allowed me to produce a look book with my first collection that helped me establish the look of my brand. I feel incredibly blessed to have received this aid from WJA.

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Selling my first piece – a custom rubelite ring in 18k gold. My passion lies in bespoke pieces for fierce and independent women. You know who they are –they’re the ones who speak up and turn heads whenever they enter a room.

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I aim to grow this collection over the coming months. You can expect to see more parts of the beast. There will be one-of-a-kinds with colored stones, pearls, and diamonds.

I would like to partner with more retailers. Consumer values have been changing a lot these past few years and retailers have had to evolve with this. I strongly believe brick-and-mortar stores are still incredibly important despite the rise of e-commerce. Women know what they want more than ever before. They will always want a place where they can experience jewelry in person and connect with it.

From the very beginning my goal has been to create magic in metal. This is my raison d’être. Running a business involves wearing all kinds of hats which I love, but at the end of the day all I want is bad-ass jewelry for our bad-ass selves.

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My cavansite ring. It’s the one piece I made for myself so far. It looks magical and everyone always asks about it. It has heft like all my other designs. My pieces aren’t just pleasing to look at - they have to feel substantial and luxurious, too. My jewelry has presence just like the women who wear it.

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This post was brought to you in collaboration with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry.

 

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Check out Diamonds in the Library, who also is featuring the new collection today as well!

My Jewel Box: Diamond Cage Ring by ChinChar Maloney

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I've never had a jewelry designer tell me that they were inspired by me and my style when designing a specific piece, until now!  Meet the Diamond Cage ring, a part of ChinChar Maloney's newly launched Diamond Deco Collection.  I pretty much think they nailed it on this one!  If you can see from the above photos, if you turn the ring, you get a different look each time.  I can come up with three different looks based on how it is worn--I love that!  I have it stacked with another ring of theirs as well, the Lock & Key ring, which warms my heart just glancing at it!

ChinChar Maloney is excited to launch this labor of love of theirs--the Diamond Deco Collection--which mixes simple elegance with an Art Deco feel.  Like their other collections, many of the pieces in the Diamond Deco line-up are able to mix and match, with stacking possibilities that are endless.  Lots of angles and contouring lines, with dashes of diamonds mixed in! Check out the entire collection here.

Another favorite is ChinChar Maloney's natural colored diamond engagement ring selection. For those that want something incredibly unique, a diamond that is natural and uncut is quite spectacular.  With engagement season in full-swing, and future brides wanting things to be more and more "one-of-a-kind," these are the perfect fit!  Check out the entire natural diamond engagement ring collection here.

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Q & A with Designer Kara Ross

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While Kara Ross has been formally designing jewelry since 2003, her passion for gemstones and minerals started when she was just a little girl. A huge reason I am such a fan is the fact that she has a graduate gemologist degree from GIA and continues to give back and support the GIA.  I also love following her rock hunting adventures during Tucson, where her rock hound tendencies come to life.  With the opening of her very own boutique on Madison Avenue late last year and her new collections launching soon, I knew I had to catch up with the busy designer (who also designs some cool handbags) and see what she is up to:

 

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We are working on many exciting projects right now: we have created a brand new fine jewelry collection that includes more than 50 pieces – all completely new styles! We will present these to the press at a private dinner in New York next month; afterwards they will travel to the Couture Show in Las Vegas, and then to Los Angeles for the celebrity stylists to see. Finally, we will present the collection to the international press in Paris for the first time, during the Couture shows in July. To coincide with the collection, we are launching a new brand campaign that I’m very proud of – it features my daughter Avery as the face of the brand, because she conveys the quintessential Kara Ross customer! I hope the campaign will remind people that I am, first and foremost, a fine jeweler. karaross

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When I was a teenager, my parents took me on a trip to Africa where I bought some loose gemstones. When I returned to Philadelphia I designed my first ring around them – ever since I’ve been in love with jewelry. I attended the Gemological Institute of America over 20 years ago, and became a certified gemologist just prior to opening my business.

(below are two photos I took while studying at GIA of the pieces of jewelry by Kara Ross that were on display)

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I am lucky to have many proud moments! One of the most recent was when I opened the first Kara Ross store on Madison Avenue last fall. I have also had the tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the White House, creating official gifts of state.

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I think this is a fabulous moment for fine jewelry – it seems that the sky is the limit, with strengthening sales and all the new social media opportunities! I want to make the most of it while remaining true to my vision along the way.

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I confess that my opinion changes from time to time. At the moment I am in love with my new Pangea ring, which pays tribute to the earth. Without getting too technical. . . Pangaea was the name of the enormous landmass formed by the world’s continents hundreds of years ago, before they were broken up into the seven separate masses.

The bezel of the Pangea ring is set with an enormous cabochon stone that represents the world. A diamond (positioned like the North Star) on the very top is drilled to allow the “earth” to spin inside its setting, mimicking the rotation of the solid Earth around its own axis. Jagged rows of pavé diamonds reflect the shifting continents fusing together, and I like to think that despite the drift all the pieces remain enveloped in one mass, continuing to come together and forming a harmonious whole. The gemstone mosaic shapes on the sides of the ring represent the cultures and ethnicities of the world all living peacefully together.

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