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Italian Trade Agency Launches a Spectacular Jewelry Website

By Ileana / February 23, 2021

Just last month, in January 2021, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) launched a superb jewelry website showcasing remarkable designs from various domestic brands.  ITA is an Italian government agency that supports business ventures of Italian companies abroad with this latest project being one of them.  The website is called EXTRA ITA Jewelry and is part…

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Berber Jewelry

The Mysterious Beauty of Berber Jewelry

By Ileana / January 26, 2021

There is something oddly curious about Berber jewelry.  It has the rare intensity that captivates instantly.  But as electric as it is, it transcends the visual.  Perduring through centuries of geopolitical conquests and colonization, it survived the test of time and it stands as a cultural symbol of its community.  And more than adornment, it’s…

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Pearl Jewelry Trends 2021

Four Hottest Pearl Jewelry Trends for 2021

By Ileana / December 14, 2020

“Pearl is a queen of gems and a gem of queens” and 2021 knows it! Not only are pearls “alive and well”, but they are turning out to be the biggest jewelry trend in the upcoming year. The revival of pearls kicked off a couple of years ago when they started making headlines after a…

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Opal

Opal: The Rainbow-like Gemstone

By Ileana / October 12, 2020

No other gem has ever been described in so many ways as opal has.  Writers have compared it to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks.  Gem connoisseurs have pointed out its similarities to jellyfish, lightning, and cosmos.   Admirers praised it with poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress.  This reputation opal largely owes to…

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Foxy Pearl Jewelry Soon to Launch Its Own Brand

By Ileana / September 3, 2020

A few months back, I took the decision to start the project that has been on my mind for a while now. I decided to launch my own jewelry brand. While it was never a secret that my dream was to design jewelry, I did not share much about it other than occasional posts on…

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Eight Cool Minimalist Jewelry Brands to Know About

By Ileana / August 18, 2020

With summer slowly fading away and fall knocking at our door, we are bound to step into a new season by reinventing our look and style.  Cleaning out our closets in search of a warmer wardrobe can be therapeutic in these challenging times of travel cancellations, homeschooling, and social isolation.  But so can refreshing our…

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Breaking the Misconceptions of Clip-on Earrings and Discovering the Benefits of Wearing Them

By Ileana / August 4, 2020

Did you know that between 10 and 20 percent of American women do not have their ears pierced?  This was reported by Chicago Tribune in one of their 2005 issues.  For someone who has multiple ear piercings, I found this statistic surprising at first.  But on second thought, it made a lot of sense.  It…

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AYAM Africa – Where Jewelry and Humanitarianism Meet

By Ileana / June 19, 2020

As I’ve said many times, there is something immensely deep about tribal jewelry.  It goes beyond what meets the eye.  Its profoundness lays in civilizations it comes from, cultures it represents, people it celebrates.  In a way, it is a history book wrapped in a work of art.  And AYAM Africa is a true representation…

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OfR Jewelry, Rosa Collection

Interview with Olga Kosica, the Creator of OfR Jewelry

By Ileana / May 11, 2020

When my friend first told me about OfR Jewelry, I immediately got curious.  A brand that uses 3D printing to create jewels, draws inspiration from supernatural worlds, and plays with mysticism in its designs is sure an exciting find for any jewelry lover, and it certainly was for me.  I wanted to know more.  And…

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Iskin Sisters – Innovative Jewelry for Modern Day Woman

By Ileana / April 28, 2020

When it comes to jewelry, especially present-day jewelry, few things make more of a statement than well-played geometric shapes. Finding new ways to display old forms is a skill, but creatively combining art with science is a craft of its own. Such is the story of two Argentinian born sisters with Brazilian roots, who gave…

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