We are just back from the famous Gem Show in Tucson and can’t wait for you to see all the new gemstones we discovered! Over the next few months, please stay tuned for many WOW’s. It takes a few months to really bring these finds to you because we have to make sure that the quantity and quality are what you expect, design the jewelry to complement the stones, and then manufacture the different styles.
I just saw the entire layout of merchandise for the upcoming 24th Anniversary Big Bonanza Silver Sale and there are so many fabulous pieces! You will be taken on a tour of the finest silver from around the world including Italy and Israel. Throughout the day, keep on the lookout for a few very special Artisan-Crafted pieces, incredible new looks from Or Paz and VicenzaSilver, and new bold statement sterling pieces.
I have to mention a few of my favorites. The first-ever bracelet watch from Ecclissi (J266630) in 18K rose gold-plated or sterling is fabulous.
For the first time, there is a reversible omega necklace from UltraFine (J266588). The brand new UltraFine chain is beautiful and will surely become an everyday classic.
I also have to tell you about the gorgeous Artisan-Crafted Mabe pearl earrings (J266815). The pearls are extremely lustrous and an unbelievable 13.5 mm.
One of my favorite stones, Labradorite, is in a beautiful pendant (J262707) from VicenzaSilver, that only the Italians could produce.
Here's a quick note about the history behind Bonanza. March 1, 2012 is the 155th anniversary of the discovery of the richest silver strike in North America, the Comstock Lode. It was found in Virginia City, Nevada and was so enormous, it helped make silver more affordable for the world. At QVC, this is a day-long celebration of all new, all specially-priced sterling silver jewelry.
It is estimated that the Comstock Lode produced over $400 million of gold and silver, the greatest single mineral strike in history. The early miners were only concerned with gold, and didn't realize that the blue stuff that interfered with their search for gold was not sand or lead, but silver. It was only after a miner sent a sample to California for testing did they find out it was pure silver. The Comstock Lode was named for Henry T P Comstock who bluffed his way into a partnership with the two Irishmen who actually discovered the claim. Comstock's nickname was Old Pancake because supposedly, he was too lazy to make bread.
To my Ripkanista Friends: I met with Judith last week and saw the magnificent final sketch for the April surprise. WOWWEE!!!
K9Meow, I hope you found lots of great pieces during Carolyn's recent visit on February 14th. She is so talented and sweet.
Passerby, Thanks for the kind words. I had my review a few days ago, and I made sure that my boss knows that.
Autumnsunset, I just spoke with Allison, the buyer, and she said it will be on order for the August show.
Dodger Lady, I met with Christy, the buyer, and she is going to discuss this with Danny and Hagit. We love the idea.
LKauf, Bhavesh is so talented and a wonderful person. He is working on more pieces for 2012 and beyond.
I am currently in Thailand and then off to Nepal, but I'll return to the States on February 29th, and then I'm off again, but this time, to Louisiana to celebrate my mother’s 88th birthday.