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Stephen M Goldsmith, Master Polisher, Shares His Story and Expertise, From the Crown Jewels to World Famous Jewelry

As a boy, Stephen Goldsmith had dreams of being a cartoonist. His aptitude for art was innate, but his journey would take a detour to become a master of polishing and finishing national treasures and museum quality jewelry. Stephen Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, and shares his nearly 50 years of knowledge and experience as a master polisher with peers and students alike through his trade acclaimed book, Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths, published by Crowood Press. While Stephen has had the privilege of working with jewelry created for royal families and celebrities, his real treasures are created in the classroom and studios where he demonstrates to artisans how to bring their jewelry visions and stories to life. Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths has become a bench Bible of sorts for silversmiths, andStephen very generously shared two copies of his book which he signed personally to give away to two Jewelry Navigator Podcast listeners. To enter the drawing for one of the two signed copies of Stevens book, email brenna@jewelrynavigator.com by December 11 2019. You can find Stephen on Instagram @goldpolisherand as an instructor ay The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

50 MIN3 d ago
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Stephen M Goldsmith, Master Polisher, Shares His Story and Expertise, From the Crown Jewels to World Famous Jewelry

Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium Brings History to Life With Religious and Secular Jewelry

Jewelry is a powerful touchstone and conduit by which we define ourselves within our life stories, family, and community. Acknowledging this concept with symbolism and icons are reminders that we're connected to a higher power that guides us in how we choose to live our best lives. This week my guest on Jewelry Navigator podcast is Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium, a small jewelry design and manufacturing business in Ipswich, Massachusetts, dedicated to conserving and sharing the Byzantine aesthetic in both religious and secular jewelry. As an art history major, Saraphima was a natural fit to re-establish the jewelry design business her father, an Orthodox priest started in 1991.He established Gallery Byzantium to honor the rich history and aesthetic of Byzantium art in jewelry to share and celebrate his faith. As we celebrate our faith through the year, and especially during the Christmas holiday, I felt sharing the story and jewelry of Gallery Byzantium was the perfect time for this week’s podcast as we begin December. You can findGallery Byzantium’s jewelry online athttps://gallerybyzantium.com/and until Monday, December 2, 2019, gwt 15% off with their Black Friday Sale! On Gallery Byzantium’s website, there are comprehensive summaries of the history of Byzantine traditions and art.Below are two. Byzantine History Jewelry “From antiquity jewelry has had a powerful place in culture symbolizing, expressing, and unlocking the mysteries of life and the universe. Gold and silver jewelry set with precious stones expresses and confirms religious conviction, ethnic identity, aesthetic appreciation, and social standings. Christians wear crosses and sacred pendants close to their hearts as tangible signs of their faith and Gods presence in their lives. While this understanding of jewelry has been obscured in modern times by mass-produced synthetics, the discerning eye still yearns for the power and beauty embodied in jewelry of universal design and value.”- Gallery Byzantium website, Byzantine History The Byzantine Synthesis “Byzantium began when the fourth century emperor, St. Constantine, Christianized the Roman Empire and established Constantinople in Byzantium as the capital. During this era a synthesis of classical Greek, Roman, and Christian culture gave birth to unparalleled achievements in art and architecture. Byzantium synthesized the eternal symbols of Christian faith and spirituality, the philosopher’s vision of the universal forms, the mysteries of geometric interrelationships as they apply to art and architecture, and the artisan’s skill which sought a balance between humanistic realism and spiritual abstraction. By the mid-500s this unprecedented and unsurpassed synthesis unlocked and revealed the mysteries of the universe and gave monumental power and beauty to Byzantine art and architecture.”- Gallery Byzantium website, Byzantine History

42 MIN1 w ago
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Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium Brings History to Life With Religious and Secular Jewelry

From Corporate Engineer to Full Time Jewelry Designer With Tonya Powell of Pareure

Clarity, insight, and wisdom are three qualities I feel this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast guest exhibits naturally. Tonya Powell is founder and creative initiator of Pareure, a collection of jewelry designed for women who define themselves with confidence, and reach beyond limitations. Her classically simple signature circular designs are the embodiment of her tagline, “Be Seen. Be Heard, Be Bold”. I’m excited to share Tonya’s story on this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode, and if you’re in the Washington DC Metro area the first weekend of December, you can see and shop her jewelry firsthand at the Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly, VA, December 6-8. You can find Pareure online at pareure.com and on Instagram @pareureofficial.

41 MIN2 w ago
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From Corporate Engineer to Full Time Jewelry Designer With Tonya Powell of Pareure

Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

Telling stories with gems and jewelry is like speaking an enchanted language. Hidden for millennia, gems are treasures that speak a universal language. Cynthia Renée Marcusson is my guest this week understands the hidden language of gemstones. Geologist turned jewelry designer, Cynthia’s adventures began with her curiosity of rock formations and unusual terrain from the car window of her family vacations. As part of her geologic studies, she mapped two of the biggest gem producing mines in the U.S., and has thirty years experience working in the jewelry industry on various professional levels. She discovered jewelry design while selling and presenting colored gems stores and businesses across the country. Now she creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for clients to tell their stories with gems to celebrate the beauty we’re meant to reflect by wearing them. Listen to Cynthia’s story on Jewelry Navigator Podcast TODAY! You can find Cynthia Renée Jewels on her website, cynthiarenee...

37 MIN3 w ago
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Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

From Psychologist to Jewelry Designer - Dana Busch Creates Wearable Gemstone and Sculptural Jewelry Art

Before departing for a creative career in jewelry design, Dana Busch enjoyed a professional career as a doctor in clinical health psychology. After completing a masters program in art therapy, she chose to focus on public health, and spent her career in medical centers creating programs focusing on lifestyle choices for patients with chronic conditions. While she enjoyed helping her patients with programs she developed, she left the corporate politics and bureaucracy behind to reinvent her purpose through her own jewelry design company, Dana Busch Designs. Borrowing the practice in art exhibits, Dana creates collections, and uses descriptive titles for each piece, which are influenced by the colors and patterns in the gems she hand selects for each piece. Each titled piece is a reflection of the natural landscapes for which they’re named. By incorporating picturesque, patterned, and texturally interesting gemstones and fossils, Dana’s jewelry designs combine colorful and sculptural aspects that celebrate the beauty of the desert southwest, scenic reflections of nature, and images influenced through her international travels. You can find Dana’s jewelry on her website, danabuschdesigns.com, as well as at medicinemangallery.com Dana will be hosted by Medicine Man Gallery at the 7th Annual Winter Trunk Show, December 6-8,at Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.

47 MINNOV 8
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From Psychologist to Jewelry Designer - Dana Busch Creates Wearable Gemstone and Sculptural Jewelry Art

The Not So Scary Truth About Opals (Replay Halloween 2018)

Some people keep away from wearing opals, believing the ancient rumor that they cast bad luck on anyone who wears one without it being their birthstone. No one is certain where opal obtained its bad reputation, but in today’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I’m replaying last Halloween’s podcast, “The Not So Scary Truth About Opals With Matt Hopkins, of Hopkins Opal”. . I’ll be back next week with a brand new Jewelry Navigator Episode, featuring Dana Busch of Dana Busch Designs. . DON’T FORGET to check out my WHEELS & SQUEALS virtual trunk show with @crashjewelry

31 MINNOV 1
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The Not So Scary Truth About Opals (Replay Halloween 2018)

Emma Hoekstra of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry Shares Her Story and the Challenges that Led Her to Winning the 2019 Halstead Grant

Emma Hoekstra is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. Founder of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, and winner of this year’s Halstead Grant, it seems everything is going well for her. While we hope joy and celebration prevail in our lives, loss, grief, healing, and discovery remain unavoidable to the human experience. After the loss of her boyfriend in a tragic car accident, Emma reclaimed her joy and purpose through a process of healing through jewelry design, which eventually led to the winning submission of this year’s Halstead Grant. Using metal smithing and jewelry fabrication as forms of expression and cathartic therapy, Emma worked through her grief, and emerged with an ability to intertwine feeling, aesthetic, and dimension into jewelry collections defined by her signature tagline,, “Confident - Edgy - Unique”. Emma’s courage and focus are inspirational, and her jewelry is unique and captivating. To see her latest collections and bespoke creations, visit emmaelizabethjewelry.com, her Instagram page is @emmaelizabethjewelry Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Emma Elizabeth Jewelry https://www.emmaelizabethjewelry.com/ Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Halstead Grant https://grant.halsteadbead.com/ Halstead Bead https://www.halsteadbead.com/ Lisa Lehmann Designs Grand Haven, MI Julie Sanford Design Grand Haven, MI

44 MINOCT 24
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Emma Hoekstra of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry Shares Her Story and the Challenges that Led Her to Winning the 2019 Halstead Grant

Steve Moriarty Shares His Gem Adventures, Jewelry Journey, Expertise on Gemstone Faceting, and What to Look for When Shopping for Colored Gemstones

This week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast is unique and exciting! If you love colored gemstone, or want to learn more about them from source to store, you’ll be mesmerized what today’s guest shares on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. My guest has an established gem and jewelry store as well as a successful online gemstone and jewelry business. Steve Moriarty is an accomplished gemstone cutter and jeweler in Crown Point, Indiana, about an hour southeast of Chicago. His story begins with early childhood memories of collecting rocks in his wagon near railroad tracks close to his home. His interest and passion in rocks and gems continued into college, when he took jewelry arts classes at Ball State University, then joined his older brother in a small gemstone importing business serving fine jewelry stores. The quality of faceted goods they imported were often poor, so he learned how to cut and facet them himself. From there, he began wholesaling to the industry for twenty years, and has a total of forty years in the business. As his passion and expertise grew with gem cutting, he began sourcing the gem material by traveling to the exotic and far away places, like Bangkok, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. His specialty is colored stones, which thrills me, and even more so, tanzanite. He shared that 40% of his stone business comes from the fine and tanzanite gemstones he facets and heat treats in his shop in Crown Point. He is a generous source of gemstone and faceting information, sharing his expertise on their YouTube channel, More Gems. His legacy will continue, as his family joined him in the business with custom jewelry design, repair, fabrication, marketing, and online services. I loved hearing his adventures in discovering the gemstones he takes home to facet, which you can find on their websites, moregems.com and tanzanitejewelry.com.

49 MINOCT 17
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Steve Moriarty Shares His Gem Adventures, Jewelry Journey, Expertise on Gemstone Faceting, and What to Look for When Shopping for Colored Gemstones

Catering to Established & New Clients in Q4 (and Beyond) for Jewelry Sales Success With Kathleen Cutler - You’ll Be Surprised How Simple It Is!

Now that we’re in the last quarter of the year, we need to capture the attention of our clients and customers to optimize income potential as jewelry brands and businesses. If you haven’t kept ahead of your marketing plans, it’s not too late! Kathleen Cutler of Bespoke Commerce, and CEO of Kathleen Cutler Strategy shared valuable strategies that will be easy to scale to the time and client list you already have. Kathleen is a former bench jeweler and has worked in a myriad of roles within the jewelry industry. We talk about what jewelry designers, brands and stores can do to navigate the current retail climate to merge independent jeweler’s efforts between online, location and connecting with their ideal clients. Kathleen shares 5 simple actions you can take to have a successful holiday sales season to set yourself apart with loyal clients who are happy to provide referrals and return for future jewelry purchases. The underlying purpose and focus of our visit is to show designers and brands how they can - stand out in a sea of online and social media marketing - use what and who is in their immediate circle to increase holiday and future jewelry sales - bridge retail experience between online and brick and mortar For the complete compliment of show notes for this episode, and for a FREE E-BOOK by Kathleen, Turn Window Shoppers Into Collectors - Free Ebook - 3 Key Emails to Send Today visit the post on jewelrynavigator.com

44 MINOCT 11
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Catering to Established & New Clients in Q4 (and Beyond) for Jewelry Sales Success With Kathleen Cutler - You’ll Be Surprised How Simple It Is!

The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career

The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career Anastasia is as lovely and captivating as her jewelry! I found her background and story fascinating, and felt the dramatic aesthetic of her jewelry is a perfect fit for October! I’m so grateful for her taking the time with me to visit for both the podcast and in person in her studio, because she’s a VERY busy woman! For jewelry images and show notes to the show, be sure to find the blog post on jewelrynavigator.com Besides her jewelry projects, Anastasia’s most recent costume and set design can be seen in a unique presentation of Synetic Theater’s wordless interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on a stage of water! You have to see it to understand - so please see the links in bio for more, and if you’re in the DC area, and love dance and theater, consider attending one of the performances - through October 20. Synetic Theater is in Arlington, VA, and I’ll post links and show notes in the blogpost, which will publish soon. Thanks so much for joining me today for today’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast - I know you have a choice in podcast, and truly appreciate your support! We’re getting closer to 10,000 downloads of the podcast, and look forward to celebrating that milestone, so would you be sure to share Jewelry Navigator with your friends, family and co-workers who would enjoy listening as much as you do? And, if you’re a jeweler, jewelry designer, jewelry collector or fanatic, reach out to me on IG or through e-mail with questions, podcast topic suggestions, to be featured as a guest on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, or just to say hello! I love connecting with my listeners! Next week, I’ll be back with Kathleen Cutler, a Business Mentor for Fine & Antique Jewelers with more tips for designers and jewelry brands on how to reach their ideal clients, while focusing on catering to the consumer in and out of e-commerce. So, until next time, cross check your sparkle, and now that we’re approaching coat and sweater weather, get your ring prongs checked! Talk to you next time! bye bye!

40 MINOCT 3
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The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career

Latest Episodes

Stephen M Goldsmith, Master Polisher, Shares His Story and Expertise, From the Crown Jewels to World Famous Jewelry

As a boy, Stephen Goldsmith had dreams of being a cartoonist. His aptitude for art was innate, but his journey would take a detour to become a master of polishing and finishing national treasures and museum quality jewelry. Stephen Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, and shares his nearly 50 years of knowledge and experience as a master polisher with peers and students alike through his trade acclaimed book, Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths, published by Crowood Press. While Stephen has had the privilege of working with jewelry created for royal families and celebrities, his real treasures are created in the classroom and studios where he demonstrates to artisans how to bring their jewelry visions and stories to life. Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths has become a bench Bible of sorts for silversmiths, andStephen very generously shared two copies of his book which he signed personally to give away to two Jewelry Navigator Podcast listeners. To enter the drawing for one of the two signed copies of Stevens book, email brenna@jewelrynavigator.com by December 11 2019. You can find Stephen on Instagram @goldpolisherand as an instructor ay The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

50 MIN3 d ago
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Stephen M Goldsmith, Master Polisher, Shares His Story and Expertise, From the Crown Jewels to World Famous Jewelry

Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium Brings History to Life With Religious and Secular Jewelry

Jewelry is a powerful touchstone and conduit by which we define ourselves within our life stories, family, and community. Acknowledging this concept with symbolism and icons are reminders that we're connected to a higher power that guides us in how we choose to live our best lives. This week my guest on Jewelry Navigator podcast is Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium, a small jewelry design and manufacturing business in Ipswich, Massachusetts, dedicated to conserving and sharing the Byzantine aesthetic in both religious and secular jewelry. As an art history major, Saraphima was a natural fit to re-establish the jewelry design business her father, an Orthodox priest started in 1991.He established Gallery Byzantium to honor the rich history and aesthetic of Byzantium art in jewelry to share and celebrate his faith. As we celebrate our faith through the year, and especially during the Christmas holiday, I felt sharing the story and jewelry of Gallery Byzantium was the perfect time for this week’s podcast as we begin December. You can findGallery Byzantium’s jewelry online athttps://gallerybyzantium.com/and until Monday, December 2, 2019, gwt 15% off with their Black Friday Sale! On Gallery Byzantium’s website, there are comprehensive summaries of the history of Byzantine traditions and art.Below are two. Byzantine History Jewelry “From antiquity jewelry has had a powerful place in culture symbolizing, expressing, and unlocking the mysteries of life and the universe. Gold and silver jewelry set with precious stones expresses and confirms religious conviction, ethnic identity, aesthetic appreciation, and social standings. Christians wear crosses and sacred pendants close to their hearts as tangible signs of their faith and Gods presence in their lives. While this understanding of jewelry has been obscured in modern times by mass-produced synthetics, the discerning eye still yearns for the power and beauty embodied in jewelry of universal design and value.”- Gallery Byzantium website, Byzantine History The Byzantine Synthesis “Byzantium began when the fourth century emperor, St. Constantine, Christianized the Roman Empire and established Constantinople in Byzantium as the capital. During this era a synthesis of classical Greek, Roman, and Christian culture gave birth to unparalleled achievements in art and architecture. Byzantium synthesized the eternal symbols of Christian faith and spirituality, the philosopher’s vision of the universal forms, the mysteries of geometric interrelationships as they apply to art and architecture, and the artisan’s skill which sought a balance between humanistic realism and spiritual abstraction. By the mid-500s this unprecedented and unsurpassed synthesis unlocked and revealed the mysteries of the universe and gave monumental power and beauty to Byzantine art and architecture.”- Gallery Byzantium website, Byzantine History

42 MIN1 w ago
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Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium Brings History to Life With Religious and Secular Jewelry

From Corporate Engineer to Full Time Jewelry Designer With Tonya Powell of Pareure

Clarity, insight, and wisdom are three qualities I feel this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast guest exhibits naturally. Tonya Powell is founder and creative initiator of Pareure, a collection of jewelry designed for women who define themselves with confidence, and reach beyond limitations. Her classically simple signature circular designs are the embodiment of her tagline, “Be Seen. Be Heard, Be Bold”. I’m excited to share Tonya’s story on this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode, and if you’re in the Washington DC Metro area the first weekend of December, you can see and shop her jewelry firsthand at the Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly, VA, December 6-8. You can find Pareure online at pareure.com and on Instagram @pareureofficial.

41 MIN2 w ago
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From Corporate Engineer to Full Time Jewelry Designer With Tonya Powell of Pareure

Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

Telling stories with gems and jewelry is like speaking an enchanted language. Hidden for millennia, gems are treasures that speak a universal language. Cynthia Renée Marcusson is my guest this week understands the hidden language of gemstones. Geologist turned jewelry designer, Cynthia’s adventures began with her curiosity of rock formations and unusual terrain from the car window of her family vacations. As part of her geologic studies, she mapped two of the biggest gem producing mines in the U.S., and has thirty years experience working in the jewelry industry on various professional levels. She discovered jewelry design while selling and presenting colored gems stores and businesses across the country. Now she creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for clients to tell their stories with gems to celebrate the beauty we’re meant to reflect by wearing them. Listen to Cynthia’s story on Jewelry Navigator Podcast TODAY! You can find Cynthia Renée Jewels on her website, cynthiarenee...

37 MIN3 w ago
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Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

From Psychologist to Jewelry Designer - Dana Busch Creates Wearable Gemstone and Sculptural Jewelry Art

Before departing for a creative career in jewelry design, Dana Busch enjoyed a professional career as a doctor in clinical health psychology. After completing a masters program in art therapy, she chose to focus on public health, and spent her career in medical centers creating programs focusing on lifestyle choices for patients with chronic conditions. While she enjoyed helping her patients with programs she developed, she left the corporate politics and bureaucracy behind to reinvent her purpose through her own jewelry design company, Dana Busch Designs. Borrowing the practice in art exhibits, Dana creates collections, and uses descriptive titles for each piece, which are influenced by the colors and patterns in the gems she hand selects for each piece. Each titled piece is a reflection of the natural landscapes for which they’re named. By incorporating picturesque, patterned, and texturally interesting gemstones and fossils, Dana’s jewelry designs combine colorful and sculptural aspects that celebrate the beauty of the desert southwest, scenic reflections of nature, and images influenced through her international travels. You can find Dana’s jewelry on her website, danabuschdesigns.com, as well as at medicinemangallery.com Dana will be hosted by Medicine Man Gallery at the 7th Annual Winter Trunk Show, December 6-8,at Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.

47 MINNOV 8
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From Psychologist to Jewelry Designer - Dana Busch Creates Wearable Gemstone and Sculptural Jewelry Art

The Not So Scary Truth About Opals (Replay Halloween 2018)

Some people keep away from wearing opals, believing the ancient rumor that they cast bad luck on anyone who wears one without it being their birthstone. No one is certain where opal obtained its bad reputation, but in today’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I’m replaying last Halloween’s podcast, “The Not So Scary Truth About Opals With Matt Hopkins, of Hopkins Opal”. . I’ll be back next week with a brand new Jewelry Navigator Episode, featuring Dana Busch of Dana Busch Designs. . DON’T FORGET to check out my WHEELS & SQUEALS virtual trunk show with @crashjewelry

31 MINNOV 1
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The Not So Scary Truth About Opals (Replay Halloween 2018)

Emma Hoekstra of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry Shares Her Story and the Challenges that Led Her to Winning the 2019 Halstead Grant

Emma Hoekstra is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. Founder of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, and winner of this year’s Halstead Grant, it seems everything is going well for her. While we hope joy and celebration prevail in our lives, loss, grief, healing, and discovery remain unavoidable to the human experience. After the loss of her boyfriend in a tragic car accident, Emma reclaimed her joy and purpose through a process of healing through jewelry design, which eventually led to the winning submission of this year’s Halstead Grant. Using metal smithing and jewelry fabrication as forms of expression and cathartic therapy, Emma worked through her grief, and emerged with an ability to intertwine feeling, aesthetic, and dimension into jewelry collections defined by her signature tagline,, “Confident - Edgy - Unique”. Emma’s courage and focus are inspirational, and her jewelry is unique and captivating. To see her latest collections and bespoke creations, visit emmaelizabethjewelry.com, her Instagram page is @emmaelizabethjewelry Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Emma Elizabeth Jewelry https://www.emmaelizabethjewelry.com/ Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Halstead Grant https://grant.halsteadbead.com/ Halstead Bead https://www.halsteadbead.com/ Lisa Lehmann Designs Grand Haven, MI Julie Sanford Design Grand Haven, MI

44 MINOCT 24
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Emma Hoekstra of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry Shares Her Story and the Challenges that Led Her to Winning the 2019 Halstead Grant

Steve Moriarty Shares His Gem Adventures, Jewelry Journey, Expertise on Gemstone Faceting, and What to Look for When Shopping for Colored Gemstones

This week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast is unique and exciting! If you love colored gemstone, or want to learn more about them from source to store, you’ll be mesmerized what today’s guest shares on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. My guest has an established gem and jewelry store as well as a successful online gemstone and jewelry business. Steve Moriarty is an accomplished gemstone cutter and jeweler in Crown Point, Indiana, about an hour southeast of Chicago. His story begins with early childhood memories of collecting rocks in his wagon near railroad tracks close to his home. His interest and passion in rocks and gems continued into college, when he took jewelry arts classes at Ball State University, then joined his older brother in a small gemstone importing business serving fine jewelry stores. The quality of faceted goods they imported were often poor, so he learned how to cut and facet them himself. From there, he began wholesaling to the industry for twenty years, and has a total of forty years in the business. As his passion and expertise grew with gem cutting, he began sourcing the gem material by traveling to the exotic and far away places, like Bangkok, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. His specialty is colored stones, which thrills me, and even more so, tanzanite. He shared that 40% of his stone business comes from the fine and tanzanite gemstones he facets and heat treats in his shop in Crown Point. He is a generous source of gemstone and faceting information, sharing his expertise on their YouTube channel, More Gems. His legacy will continue, as his family joined him in the business with custom jewelry design, repair, fabrication, marketing, and online services. I loved hearing his adventures in discovering the gemstones he takes home to facet, which you can find on their websites, moregems.com and tanzanitejewelry.com.

49 MINOCT 17
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Steve Moriarty Shares His Gem Adventures, Jewelry Journey, Expertise on Gemstone Faceting, and What to Look for When Shopping for Colored Gemstones

Catering to Established & New Clients in Q4 (and Beyond) for Jewelry Sales Success With Kathleen Cutler - You’ll Be Surprised How Simple It Is!

Now that we’re in the last quarter of the year, we need to capture the attention of our clients and customers to optimize income potential as jewelry brands and businesses. If you haven’t kept ahead of your marketing plans, it’s not too late! Kathleen Cutler of Bespoke Commerce, and CEO of Kathleen Cutler Strategy shared valuable strategies that will be easy to scale to the time and client list you already have. Kathleen is a former bench jeweler and has worked in a myriad of roles within the jewelry industry. We talk about what jewelry designers, brands and stores can do to navigate the current retail climate to merge independent jeweler’s efforts between online, location and connecting with their ideal clients. Kathleen shares 5 simple actions you can take to have a successful holiday sales season to set yourself apart with loyal clients who are happy to provide referrals and return for future jewelry purchases. The underlying purpose and focus of our visit is to show designers and brands how they can - stand out in a sea of online and social media marketing - use what and who is in their immediate circle to increase holiday and future jewelry sales - bridge retail experience between online and brick and mortar For the complete compliment of show notes for this episode, and for a FREE E-BOOK by Kathleen, Turn Window Shoppers Into Collectors - Free Ebook - 3 Key Emails to Send Today visit the post on jewelrynavigator.com

44 MINOCT 11
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Catering to Established & New Clients in Q4 (and Beyond) for Jewelry Sales Success With Kathleen Cutler - You’ll Be Surprised How Simple It Is!

The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career

The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career Anastasia is as lovely and captivating as her jewelry! I found her background and story fascinating, and felt the dramatic aesthetic of her jewelry is a perfect fit for October! I’m so grateful for her taking the time with me to visit for both the podcast and in person in her studio, because she’s a VERY busy woman! For jewelry images and show notes to the show, be sure to find the blog post on jewelrynavigator.com Besides her jewelry projects, Anastasia’s most recent costume and set design can be seen in a unique presentation of Synetic Theater’s wordless interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on a stage of water! You have to see it to understand - so please see the links in bio for more, and if you’re in the DC area, and love dance and theater, consider attending one of the performances - through October 20. Synetic Theater is in Arlington, VA, and I’ll post links and show notes in the blogpost, which will publish soon. Thanks so much for joining me today for today’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast - I know you have a choice in podcast, and truly appreciate your support! We’re getting closer to 10,000 downloads of the podcast, and look forward to celebrating that milestone, so would you be sure to share Jewelry Navigator with your friends, family and co-workers who would enjoy listening as much as you do? And, if you’re a jeweler, jewelry designer, jewelry collector or fanatic, reach out to me on IG or through e-mail with questions, podcast topic suggestions, to be featured as a guest on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, or just to say hello! I love connecting with my listeners! Next week, I’ll be back with Kathleen Cutler, a Business Mentor for Fine & Antique Jewelers with more tips for designers and jewelry brands on how to reach their ideal clients, while focusing on catering to the consumer in and out of e-commerce. So, until next time, cross check your sparkle, and now that we’re approaching coat and sweater weather, get your ring prongs checked! Talk to you next time! bye bye!

40 MINOCT 3
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The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career
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