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New Orleans Fashion Week 2018
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New Orleans Fashion Week 2018

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The term “High Fashion”, for most, connotes images of private showrooms, prestigious clientele’ and sleek haute couture shows in the quintessential high fashion meccas of New York, London, Paris, and Milan. Although I have traveled the world modeling for a myriad of designers, perhaps my fondest memory is serving as the debut model for New […]

L.A. Fashion Week 2018
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L.A. Fashion Week 2018

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Although New York, London, Paris, and Milan have gained notoriety as the “Big 4” by fashion industry insiders, Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) has rapidly become a tour-de-force in the fashion industry, drawing thousands of prestigious designers, retailers, models, media, and overall couture enthusiasts from across the globe. Ateliers, both mainstream and emerging, ranging from […]

JTV at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
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JTV at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest showcase of gems, fossils and minerals in the world. JTV has been attending for nearly three decades, and this year was no exception. In fact, JTV sent more than 20 employees to the show in 2018 — each with different goals and expectations. From newbies to […]

Golden Memories of Italy: Splendido Oro
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Golden Memories of Italy: Splendido Oro

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A few summers ago, we (Patience and I) had the opportunity of a lifetime: to study abroad in Italy for a summer. And one of our favorite memories from the trip was wandering into small jewelry shops in the streets of Venice, Florence, and Rome. These pieces were made of the highest quality gold and […]

Winter Getaway Must-Have Jewelry
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Winter Getaway Must-Have Jewelry

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Brr! The temperatures are dropping, and I am dreaming of sandy beaches and the sound of waves. Right about now I could really go for a winter getaway. When I plan outfits for a vacation, I definitely want to incorporate those bright, cheerful colors that come with summertime. Turquoise, Coral, and gold make any outfit […]

Buyer’s Report: May is Gold Month
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Buyer’s Report: May is Gold Month

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Italy… think fabulous fashion, food, architecture, and a rich history of creating gold jewelry. Don’t have a trip to Italy penciled in your day? No worries – I (unfortunately) don’t either, but we have the next best thing! JTV’s buyers travel the world to bring you the most extraordinary jewelry, and one of our buyers, […]

Gem Journey:  Out of Sri Lanka and on to Bangkok!
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Gem Journey: Out of Sri Lanka and on to Bangkok!

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Sapphire mining near Ratnapura in Sri Lanka was a high.  Little did I know what lows would await me leaving the mine and returning to Colombo. In an earlier post, I mentioned the native wildlife in Sri Lanka.  We kept on the lookout for any menacing signs as we departed the mine site and headed […]

Gem Journey: Deep Dive into Sapphire Mining
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Gem Journey: Deep Dive into Sapphire Mining

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Waking early to go to the rough stone market in Nivithigala left a lot of time after the market closed to travel to the sapphire mine for a pre-arranged journey down into the mine shaft to explore the mine itself.  This was one of the most exciting days of our trip, and I was certainly […]

Gem Journey:  Rough Stone Street Market in Nivithigala
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Gem Journey: Rough Stone Street Market in Nivithigala

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Apart from the cut stone market in Ratnapura, a distinctly different market operates in a smaller town, Nivithigala, about 19 km away.  It’s distinctly different in several respects – one, no cut stones are traded there and, two, the traders expect cash (no credit cards) for payment.  I would learn the hard way what it […]

Gem Journey:  Cut Stone Market in Ratnapura
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Gem Journey: Cut Stone Market in Ratnapura

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If the highway from the airport to Colombo reminded me of a modern U.S. interstate highway, I’d need to go back a few years to think of a similar road that would describe the road we took from Colombo to Ratnapura.   About 90 km away, Ratnapura is east and slightly south of Colombo and […]

Gem Journey:  On to Gem Island!
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Gem Journey: On to Gem Island!

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From the fabulous reception of our vendors to the fun interactions with the JTV team on the ground in Mumbai, our positive experiences made the days pass all too quickly.  Truly it was hard to leave Mumbai. At the same time, we were very excited for the next destination on our gem journey – Gem […]

Gem Journey:  JTV Teams at Work in Mumbai
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Gem Journey: JTV Teams at Work in Mumbai

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During my visit to Mumbai, it was a pleasure to spend time with the India-based personnel of Jewelry Television as well as employees from our Knoxville office. One purpose of our visit was to engage with our jewelry buyers on new styles and selections for upcoming shows!  The buyers scheduled many meetings with a variety […]

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