Created by Maitri Lab-Grown Diamonds and graded by IGI, it’s slightly bigger than the record-setting lab-grown diamond GIA just examined.
Jewelry Brand to Know: Perez Bitan
L.A.-based Rachel Perez Bitan’s architecture background helps her to think outside the traditional jewelry box.
Los Angeles--If you’re a follower of L.A. boutique Roseark, the barometer for cool, independent West Coast jewelry design, then you’re likely familiar with Perez Bitan. The brand is featured in many an Instagram post and is instantly recognizable for its large-scale, geometric creations.
Designer Rachel Perez Bitan took up metalsmithing in high school, but it was her master’s in architecture that inspired her to think outside of the traditional jewelry box.
Today she has a metal studio in her home in Los Angeles where, rather than sketching, she creates three-dimensional models of design ideas out of whatever materials she has on hand before creating sterling silver versions by hand.
A behind-the-scenes designer for custom jewelry for a few local small businesses, Perez Bitan launched her eponymous line about two years ago at Roseark.
She has four collections so far. “Queen of the Cosmos” is inspired by a fictional character Perez Bitan created, and has spinning and interlocked spheres in rings, necklaces and even a tiara.
“Line and Shadow” features the designer’s signature three-dimensional triangles worn as rings and bracelets that are a play on traditional ideas of proportion and wearability.
“Diamonds for Lunch” is based on the designer’s best-selling snake design and breaks her typical geometric mold in favor of curving lines, while her latest venture, “Mountains and Valleys,” is a return to the theme with juxtaposed triangles that feel folded and origami-like. The starting price point for the collection is $315 for a sterling silver cuff.
Perez Bitan works largely in 18-karat gold and sterling silver, allowing for a wide range of prices. A sterling silver ring will start around $100 while certain one-of-a-kind pieces will go upward of $15,000.
The marketing agency has integrated its first C-suite.
The jewelry trade show also will debut educational content centered around social media.
The most trusted diamond report, available in print or the GIA App.
One of the three new collections was inspired by the legend of a woman who traded her mansion to Cartier for two strands of natural pearls.
Rob Ballew will be tasked with communicating the jewelry giant’s plans and financial performance to investors.
With the app, customers receive a 15-day insurance offer on new purchases while their coverage needs are being evaluated.
Navigate origin determination with Continuing Education seminars offered by the GIA Alumni Collective™.
It is in House of Showfields, a bazaar-style retail space in the borough’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
From consumer trends to retail technology, these are the JCK Talks sessions that should be on attendees’ radar.
Signature pieces from Cartier and David Webb will appear in the June jewelry auction.
They will be celebrated at the annual dinner dance and gala in the fall.
Gemologists have long used machines in diamond grading but technology has made it possible for them to “learn” how to do it on their own.
Supplier Spotlight Sponsored by IGI
Watch retailers Jeffery Bolling and Bobby Bengivengo discuss employee training, customer education and the sticky subject of future value.
The company has plans to revamp the Movado brand and offer less expensive watches this year.
Set with a 118-carat unheated Sri Lankan sapphire, it just sold for $3.4 million at Phillips jewelry auction in Hong Kong.
Sponsored by Noam Carver
As cybercrime incidents threaten the industry, jewelers need to know what they’re up against and the best ways to protect their businesses.
The Pittsburgh jeweler is redoing the lighting and showcases, and adding a full hospitality bar as well as new shop-in-shops.
The Yurman Family Crystalline Pass is inside the museum’s brand-new Richard Gilder Center.
Zale has more than 40 years’ experience in the diamond industry, including 17 years as Stuller’s VP of diamonds and gemstones procurement.
The Strip is full of new restaurant and entertainment offerings.
National Jeweler’s senior editor covering fashion, trends, and design highlights the latest looks in the market.
From what ChatGPT is to how to use it, this is the explainer tailored to jewelers.
The D-color, internally flawless, Type IIa stone will be offered without reserve.
When it comes to pricing jewelry repairs, you should start by asking a simple question about the piece at hand, Peter Smith writes.