come join us thursday june 20th, 2013 from 7 to 9:30pm for a talk by jeffrey hunt, gemstone designer and director of the green gem foundation.
sustainability is emerging as a movement promising to transform the gemstone industry. we are constantly bombarded with the terms fair trade, fair minded, ethical, ethically sourced, conflict free, traceable, mine to market, giving back, giving forward and more. what does this mean in the developing global marketplace? how do you act locally? green gem has a simple no nonsense approach that goes beyond the marketing and defines the very way we work as artists. jeffrey will discuss his own design work and the recent developments and direction of the green gem foundation.
hosted by the san francisco bay area chapter of women’s jewelry association and zaver & mor jewelry gallery at 2111 vine street suite e, berkeley ca 94709.
$20 member / $25 non-members (but you should become one!)
there are a number of extraordinarily beautiful vintage bridal rings out in the world. being in the jewelry industry, i am fortunate to come across many of those gorgeous pieces. there is something to be said about the moment when you find such rings and pair them together to make something that is nothing short of magical.
1| victorian 14k yellow gold prong set 3 diamond ring – center 0.89ct J color VS2 with 2 side 0.25ct HI VS2/SI1 old european cut diamonds
2| 14k yellow gold with 3 H/I white diamonds (0.12tcw) and 3 blue sapphires (0.18tcw) band
both can be sized up or down
as soon as the calendar turns to february 1st, somehow we can feel that love is in the air. our thoughts turn to heart-shaped candies, pink and red roses, and other tokens to express our affections. however, many of us (myself included) do not quite remember the history or rather, mystery of saint valentine.
one legend has it that valentine was a roman priest who continued to perform secret weddings for young lovers, despite marriage having been outlawed by emperor claudius II. he was punished after his ‘defiant’ actions were discovered. in another version, valentine was an imprisoned young man who fell in love with a jailor’s young daughter. before his death, he allegedly wrote her one last love letter and signed it “from your valentine”, an expression that is still used to this day. valentine’s day letters can be dated to as early as the middle ages – the earliest physical record in existence is a poem written by charles the duke of orleans in 1415. regardless of legend, valentine will forever be known as the hero who cherished, honored and believed in one thing – love.
the lover’s knot or love knot is a victorian symbol associated with both love and friendship. the interlocked knots represent the connection between a couple and the serpent-like ropes symbolize a continuous and unending love. the love knot, aptly, became a well-known theme in victorian-era jewelry and continues to influence contemporary designs today.
this february 14th, give yourself or a loved one a true symbol of love…
victorian 14k yellow gold and diamond love knot pendant on oxidized silver chain
victorian 14k yellow gold enamel love knot ring no a 12k gold shank
by estate of grace fine jewelry by bethany b