Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Diamond Snowflake

Perhaps snow and wind today in Manhattan?
Happy New Years Eve!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Queen of Spades Pave Diamond Earrings

A lady recently told me that she wanted to purchase my Diamond Pave Stud Spade Earrings because the spade card was her good luck card. I thought, what spade earrings? The only Diamond Pave Stud Earrings that I have designed thus far are my Fleur-de-Lis Earrings. Apparently, they DO resemble the spade! I had never intended this in my Nouveau Mannerist version of The Katrina Kelly Fleur-de-Lis Earring. So whether you want a good luck earring or a Fleur-de-Lis version they are quite versatile. I will certainly dedicate my future “Queen of Hearts/Spades” Jewelry Collection to this inspirational lady. My mind is vehemently racing with ideas for this collection already.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Fanatic Fauves

My January 2009 issue of Arts and Antiques just arrived. Considering the cover focus is on Great American Silver I dove right in to read about the silversmiths that made the striking cover metalworks. However, I came across a page depicting a wild effervescent painting that pounced right out at me like a wild beast; ahhh must be The Fauves-yes. The title that captured me was “The Forgotten Fauves”. My thoughts began to spin like a color wheel! I recalled my college art history classes and our studies of The Fauves which lead my thoughts then to a trip I took to the The Orsay Museum in Paris, Derain, Matisse, Bulging eyes, more color, primary color schemes, children’s toys, gemstones, rubies, citrines, sapphires-then, I thought of the Paris metro, then Parisian cafes, wine, more Parisian cafes, more wine, dizzy…Such are these thoughts that have altered my ability to read. I hope that my mind can settle down now to read my magazine.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Night before Christmas-Merry Christmas To All

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads..."

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Israeli Gold Rush

I am incessantly searching for interesting and important stories and I believe I found one. Here is one fine find. It is just one mere paradigm that illustrates how jewelry stands the test of time. A 2000-year old Roman era earring was found about one month ago outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. And Sunday, in the same area 260 Byzantine gold coins depicting emperor Heraclius were unearthed in a dig. This reminds me of just how many civilizations and religions have occupied these lands. No matter what era, age, civilization or religion gold remains a perpetual form of adorning oneself and bartering. Gold and Diamonds do last forever!

Monday, December 22, 2008

This picture is of my sister doing some simple technical rope scaling-down a waterfall in Costa Rica. She has just made it back safely, thankfully. So while I was here in NYC trying to survive as a luxury Jewelry Designer my sister was trying to survive out in the wilderness. She successfully made it through a rigorous and treacherous Outward Bound Adventure. Thoughts of hungry crocodiles have been bombarding my thoughts while she was out there rafting on The Pacuare River. So finally, my thoughts may calm down and I can concentrate on becoming a Diamond Jewelry Ice Queen.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Precious Gold Metal is a Treasure

I am happy to read more optimistic news regarding my profession! Gold sales are up and up. Investors have begun to increase their exposure towards gold. Besides its rich history and stunning beauty investors see its allure as well. Perhaps for a more monetary than aesthetic merit however. The World Gold Council stated that investors are leaning towards gold as a safer option in this capricious economy. WGC CEO, James E. Burton stated, “The rise in demand for gold bars and coins has been impressive, as has the record rise in gold ETF inflows. Perhaps most encouraging is the return to positive jewellery buying, which has been absent for several quarters due to the high levels of price volatility.” Burton said gold's appeal as a safe haven should continue, given the uncertainty of the global economy. Well, Good for Gold.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Wittelsbach Diamond Sold at Auction

Oh my! I just read that Graff Diamonds purchased the Wittelsbach Diamond at a Christie's auction. The diamond is an impressive 17th-century, cushion-shaped, deep grayish-blue 35.56 carat VS2 stone. Price of $683,667 per carat! I read that Fran├žois Curiel the chairman of Christie's Europe and the sale's auctioneer, noted: “In the midst of these challenging times, we were thrilled to achieve an historic price for an historic diamond. At $24.3 million, the 35.56-carat Wittelsbach blue diamond, dating to the 17th century, has become the most expensive diamond sold at auction, topping the previous record of $16.5 million for a 100-carat diamond in 1995 in Geneva. It was purchased by the leading international jeweler Laurence Graff, bidding against Aleks Paul of Essex Global Trading, a professional of Russian origin based in New York.” Yes again, Diamonds are a girl’s best friend-And apparently a boy's best friend as well.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend STILL

I just met with a fellow jewelry designer. And of course we chatted about the economy and the future of our fine luxury product. She also incorporates stunning diamonds and gold in her jewelry. I feel the New Year will be a more accurate gauge of what is to come in fine jewelry. Jewelry has such an intrinsic value that I think it will stand the test of time and so many buyers see it as an investment. Diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend.

Jewelry Designer Katrina Kelly Begins Blog!

I am anxiously starting my jewelry blog today! My goal in this blog is to inform, entertain, network, discuss my jewelry designs, current jewellery news, my inspirations, jewelry events, have fun and perhaps simply babble a bit. This is quite new to me so I will learn as this evolves on how this works and transforms. Let the fun begin...