Conversations, Video

Worst Jewelry Gifts Revealed! Are You an Offender?

NEW YORK. What constitutes a horrible jewelry gift? In this episode, New Yorkers hold forth on the worst pieces they’ve ever received and speak their minds about offending givers. Hint: faux diamonds are often a bad idea.

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Personalities, Video

Designer Spotlight: Masaaki Takahashi

NEW YORK. This Tokyo-based artist visited the U.S. this winter to share his design style and techniques. A trained architect, Masaaki Takahashi traded stainless steel structures for wearable designs to follow in the footsteps of his jeweler father. Part of the lure: utilizing the YoseMono jewelry-making technique, using gofun, or ground seashell mud, to shape individual plated-brass-and-Swarovski-crystal styles. (Karat gold and sterling silver designs are made in more traditional fine jewelry methods.)

“It’s a technique that has been passed down through generations and can’t be learned in school,” explained Takahashi from an uptown hotel suite. “It helps to keep the integrity of design sturdy.”

Takahashi’s signature style, meanwhile, speaks to his university training—some of it spent in Finland. Minimalist linear designs feature marquise-cut stones, ample high-polish finishes, and neuron-and-synapse-inspired silhouettes along with the occasional and unexpected nature motif like giant koi on bubble-esque chain. Suggested retail prices start at $120 in his e-shop, and for an extra-fanciful treat, don’t miss his tiaras.

 

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Getting Personal

Tokyo-based designer Masaaki Takahashi works with little-known jewelry-making techniques and precious materials, but outside of his profession, he’s just like the rest of us. Here, Takahashi dishes on what he does when he’s not making jewelry. Do you know what he stocks in his refrigerator? Click on the image (which links to a video) to find out.

Japanese jewelry designer Masaaki Takahashi

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Conversations, Video

‘Where Do Emeralds Come From?’ and Other Questions Answered by Gem Experts

TUCSON, Ariz. Every year in Tucson, Arizona, professional and hobbyist rock hounds descend on the desert to shop for gemstones. That’s because more than 40 individual shows dot the landscape at varying times from Jan. 25 to Feb. 13, offering loose gems, minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, and more for sale to store owners and some non-trade enthusiasts.

Before this year’s show, the JH team took to the streets of New York City to find out what burning questions collectors had about gemstones. Then we headed to the most prestigious of all the gem shows—the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair Tucson, held Jan. 31 to Feb. 5—to get answers from some of the most well-respected gemological experts in the country. Tune in to this episode to learn more.

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