Do you like critters in your jewelry? Many of this year’s entries to the Couture Design Awards had a quirky feel and inspirations from the world of nature. While the entries ran the gamut in terms of styling, I saw enough in these four motifs (or in the case of Art Deco, a design style) to call them trends or at least an incredible case of simultaneous inspiration. Because the awards were conducted in a blind-vote style, I do not have designers credited – this was just me and my iPhone camera -- but we will have a full run-down of the Couture Design Awards winners in the July/August issue of INDESIGN.
There was a true nod to creativity at this years shows as designers pulled out the stops and delved deep into their imaginations to offer a small world of gems, motifs and inspirations from around the globe.
The Business column in our upcoming July edition features a well-known jeweler announcing that he is shutting the doors of his store after 40 years in the business. (I won’t tell you his name – breaking the news here would be pretty poor form, and besides, we want you to look out for the July edition.) This jeweler’s column isn’t an attempt to shift blame for a business failure, or a bitter farewell, but a happy accounting of a lifetime spent in the jewelry industry. It’s an uplifting piece, celebrating the relationships, the ethics, the passed-on knowledge and the satisfaction to be had from making customers happy.
The rules are simple: fill in the blank and then sit back and enjoy as hundreds and hundreds of responses from other jewelers flow in. (Okay, responses from three other jewelers and editor David Squires. That's a hint, jewelers. Participate. It's fun!)