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Industry Update: The Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Today Kicks off the 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show with Rapid Reporting from Raymond Lee Jewelers

This year, the Baltimore Convention Center plays host to the Baltimore Summer Antiques show. Running from today through August 28th, this show is completely sold out, making it one of the most exciting antiques show in the country.

Over 550 exhibitors from across the globe are showcasing unique and beautiful collections, in addition to a 70-dealer antiquarian book fair, making the Baltimore Summer Antique Show Maryland’s largest antiques event and the US’s largest indoor antique show.

The Baltimore Summer Antique Show

Sponsored by Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, the Baltimore Summer Antiques show is presented by The Palm Beach Show Group, producers of the Palm Beach Jewelry & Antique Show, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, and the Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show. This year’s show features a lecture series in addition to the more than 200,000 items on display.

the show attracts tens of thousands of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world who travel from as far as Dubai, Brussels and Beijing to purchase from the extensive array of merchandise offered by more than 500 prominent exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields. The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antiques show in the country, offering guests access to aisle after aisle of fine art, furniture, Asian art, American and European silver, jewelry, porcelain, glass, textiles, American folk art and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century.

For more information and updates, please visit the official website of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show.

Royal Wedding vs. “Reality TV Royalty” Wedding

2011 will forever be remembered as The Year of the Royal Wedding. However, one more day of regal nuptials will take place this year, and this particular wedding boasts a decidedly more Hollywood Bride – it’s a reality royalty wedding this Saturday as the queen of unscripted television, Ms. Kim Kardashian weds New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries.

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But ultimately, which K-named bride wins the contest of THE Royal Wedding of 2011?

The ring

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Wedding Rings! Kate’s is a family heirloom imbued with sentimentality, once worn by style icon Princess Diana. It has spurred the creation of thousands of knockoffs, and single-left-handedly created an enormous demand for blue sapphires. Kim’s is mind-blowingly huge weighing in at a whopping 20.5 carats. Kim wins this round, if only because we applaud her ability to keep her left hand from dragging on the ground whilst wearing that thing.

The Groom

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Kate’s husband is a prince. Kim’s is a basketball star…in the midst of an NBA lockout. Although Humphries does boast the better hairline, Prince William’s got the better bloodline. Kate, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wins this round.

Sibling rivalry

This round might at first appear to be a TKO for Kim with sheer numbers on her side, but Pippa’s bringing up the rear (of the bridal party) has surpassed even Kim’s world famous asset in internet searches as of late. Plus, Harry is the roguish younger brother that Disney prince protagonists are modeled after. Namely because he’s an actual prince. We say round 3 is all Kate’s.

Media Spectacle

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On April 29, 2011, an estimated 2 billion people tuned in to watch Kate Middleton marry Prince William. In the months leading up to the nuptials, Royal Wedding fever swept the globe, creating one of the most anticipated events of the decade. Kimmie, despite her best efforts to create “the other royal wedding”, has not licensed the rights for her ceremony to air live on any of the major news networks, and the only people waking up at 4 am to catch a glimpse of her will be the paparazzi. However, she has developed reality spin-offs (of spin-offs, of spin-offs) to cover the planning and events of her big day. Still, 2 billion, with a ‘B’. Kate wins again.

Star Power

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To be fair, The Duke and Duchess did count David Beckham in attendance at their wedding. But there’s no way they can touch the Hollywood turnout sure to be present at Kim and Kris’s. The fashion and jewels alone are sure to be jaw-dropping. We’re imagining luxury watches galore, solid gold wedding presents, and more vintage and heirloom jewels on the bridal party and guests than you can shake a stick at. This round is all Kim’s.

By our powers of addition…it’s a tie! While Kate’s the future queen of England, we’re sure that Kim will still feel like a queen on her big day. What do you think? Which royal wedding has captured your attention more? Would you wear a luxury diamond engagement ring like Kim’s, or prefer vintage bridal jewelry more?

By Raymond Lee Jewelers, your wedding ring resource for new or antique wedding rings!

Gold Briefly Surpasses Platinum In Price on Tuesday

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Will Gold Surpass Platinum?

For a little while on Tuesday of this week, gold was more valuable than platinum! That’s right!

Typically you might find that platinum is roughly twice the price of gold. That’s why platinum members of any group or credit card get more perks, and that’s why recording artist always strive to have their recordings go platinum, not gold.

We can thank the economy and its pending threat to dip again for this, as investors have been hesitant to invest in many things, they have turned to gold and gold has responded like a champ. I didn’t think I’d ever write this sentence, “Gold is 1,782.50 an ounce”. But I did, and I may not be done writing new things yet!

Several industry experts have chimed in on the phenomenon. Lee Josephson, VP of Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton isn’t one that believes this will affect the retail sales of jewelry,  however. “There is still a certain allure to buying platinum,” Mr. Josephson said. “So, it’s not the price that affects consumers as much. There is still the perception that platinum is more prestigious.” And we agree.

Byron King, senior analyst of Agora Financial in Baltimore says, “When you travel to the Middle East, every town and mall of any significance has a ‘gold souk,’ where the merchants gather to buy and sell gold items. I’ve never seen a ‘platinum souk,'”

Some precious metals dealers, such as James DiGeorgia, believe that since platinum mainly serves as an industrial metal, it could eventually take a second seat to gold in light of the economic situations on a global scale.

Rapid Reporting: Gold Bullion made a bad batch! Jamie Campany

Gold Bullion made a bad batch!

In a world of economic turmoil, downgraded status, and the U.S. dollar sinking faster than the Titanic, many of us are scrambling to find a secure, safe and reliable means of investing our monies.  Precious metals, such as gold bullion gives us that security we are all craving.  However, here is a “BUYER BEWARE” scam that is sweeping the nation.  There are “brokers” running around and targeting our senior citizens to quickly invest their savings into these precious metals, but only taking the money, not bringing back the metals they “invested”.  As with anytime you are looking to invest, due diligence is required to fully investigate any and all companies!

Gold - Bullion Bars

In Florida, these precious metal exchange stores were going up faster than Starbucks, Walgreens and medicial dispensaries combined!  Most recently, Gold Bullion Exchange founder, Jamie Campany, plead guilty to fraud.

 He was one of many who took client’s money with no intent to purchase the precious metals he promised.  Ok, that’s the bad news.  Good news, is now this under regulated commodity is now over-sought by US Commodity Futures Commission.  If the trade of monies to bullion isn’t finalized (metal being delivered to the original buyer) within 28 days, that is a violation of the new law and the federal government prosecute.Lee Josephson, of Raymond Lee Jewlers suggests, “It is always a good time to buy precious metals. As the currency continues to get weaker precious metals continue to rise.” Raymond Lee Jewelers buys Bullion and Gold.

IWJG: The International Watch & Jewelry Guild embarks on the LARGEST show ever in NY! July 27th and 28th at the Metro Pavilion

Sold Out IWJG Show in NY

International Watch & Jewelry Guild

Beginning today, IWJG (The International Watch and Jewelry Guild) hosts its largest show in New York… ever! From July 27th – 28th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, NY.  The best of the best in fine vintage jewellery, luxury timepieces and diamonds have gathered from all around the world for the sold-out show.

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The sold-out IWJG Show has attracted jewelers from all around the world, as we heard from our VP yesterday, who chatted with a few other exhibitors who had flown from Asia to be part of the incredible event. While the event coordinators provided exhibitors with their badge and security essentials yesterday, visitors crowded around in an apparent foreshadowing of the record-breaking turnout!

Raymond Lee Jewelers at the Largest IWJG in NY Show... Ever!

Raymond Lee Jewelers at the Largest IWJG in NY Show... Ever!

From the expert, himself…

We predict the hottest items at this show will be Patek Philippe watches, Rolex Watches, loose diamonds and signed designer jewelry.Lee Josephson, Vice President

About the International Watch and Jewelry Guild (IWJG)

Since 1985, the IWJG has been conducting 12 annual cash and carry trade show events throughout the US. The members only shows are supported by over 5,200 of the world’s foremost professional watch and jewelry dealers from 57 countries. The IWJG members and shows stake claim to billions of dollars in watch and jewelry inventory. For general questions or information on becoming a member visit our website www.IWJG.com or call toll free 800-554-4992.

Visit The IWJG on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theiwjg

Follow The IWJG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/iwjg

 

‘Rapid Reporting’ JA New York’s new designers | National Jeweler Reports on JA NY Summer Show

Rapid Reporting

JA NY Summer Show

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Raymond Lee Jewelers ‘Rapid Reporting‘ takes a surprise turn today,

with time to visit the JA NY Summer Show!

Venue: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Country: New York, United States Of America
Start Date: 24-JUL-11 End Date: 26-JUL-11
Exhibitors: 810 Visitors: 1,500
Industry: Gems & Jewellery

JA New York Summer Show

JA New York Summer Show

For more than 100 years jewelry professionals like you, have looked to JA New York to keep them competitive in the jewelry retail marketplace.  And in today’s market, staying competitive, relevant and separating yourself from the crowd can make all the difference! With an estimated 13,000 jewelry industry professionals attending, and more than 1,200 of the world’s finest jewelry and luxury gift suppliers exhibiting…

Strategically Located in the Jewelry Capital of the World…JA New York means business.
With more than fifty percent of jewelry retailers located in the northeast corridor of the U.S., there is no better location to serve the jewelry industry than New York City! Accessible by car, train or plane, JA New York is the most comprehensive, cost-effective and convenient jewelry show for your business.

It’s all about location, convenience and cost.  
JA New York Summer Show is situated in the most convenient and accessible location for domestic and international retailers.  Over 78% of Northeast retailers surveyed said they will not travel outside of the region for their buying in 2009.* There’s no reason to go anywhere else other than New York City, especially if you are in the jewelry business. Information Courtesy of: http://www.ja-newyork.com

Raymond Lee Jewelers at JA Summer Show

Introducing JA New York’s new designers | National Jeweler

National Jeweler published an article featuring the emerging jewelry designers that will be featured at the JA Summer Show, currently taking place at The Javits Center, New York, NY.  With enough time in between the NY Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and the IWJG Show, we were able to sneak in some time at the JA Summer Show.  Lucky us, we’ll have a sneak peak at the up and coming hottest trends in jewelry, and be able to say a quick hello to some vendors we’ve worked with in the past.

JA Summer Show

Of the jewelry designers featured in the article,G & G Creations stood out with some of the most incredible approaches to jewelry design that I’d ever seen. In fact, I’ve written fan mail already…

With a combined seven decades of experience in jewelry design and manufacturing, the newly formed Boston-based G&G Creations is a force to be reckoned with. In 2010, Vahe Ghazarian and Esin Guler and master gem setter Mihran Guler banded together to launch G&G Creations, a fabricator of high-end silver and karat gold designs.

Collections to date total four: Imprint features organic-looking lily pad shapes; Scroll features timeless swirl effects; Nyx, named for the Greek goddess of the night, showcases contrasting dark and light motifs (like skulls set with yellow gold accents); Faith pieces pay homage to religion. Couture or one-off pieces are also available.

All merchandise is made in the United States and starts at less than $1,000 retail. G&G currently has two retail accounts, including Boston’s Barmakian Jewelers. Fun fact: Sevan Biçakçi is a family friend of Esin and Mihran! – JCK 

G&G Creations JA NY

Masculine Monday: NY Antique Jewelry and Watch Show (and Tell)

 

 

Masculine Monday: Give Your Rolex Watch Away

Good Morning Everybody!  Hope that you’ve all rested up over the weekend, and that a case of the ‘Monday’s’ is not setting the mood for your day.  With Monday being reserved for our Masculine Monday Entries, today’s Masculine portion will come to you in a varied delivered way…

Today, Gents, our advice for some serious Girlfriend/Wife/Best Friend bonus points… give the lady your wristwatch.

Preferably, give her your Gents Rolex wristwatch!

Rolex GMT

We touched on this trend just as it was sparked a few months ago, where Jennifer Aniston and her men’s Rolex wristwatch was featured in our entry, ‘Breaking the Mold‘.  As time has passed, more and more gals are wanting a gents wristwatch, as opposed to a ladies model.

Along with the other most prevalent trends being shown by consumers at the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, which we’ll touch on later, many women are looking for Gents Rolex models for themselves. It has become one of the strongest trends withing the watch industry.

“Many women are looking for gents Rolex models for themselves. That is the new trend.” 

This comes straight from the source, the Raymond Lee Jewelers VP, who is currently exhibiting a carefully chosen selection of Raymond Lee Jewelers Antique Jewelry and Luxury Watches at the famous US Antique Show.

Being a true modern gentlemen with style and substance does require the ability to choose the perfect gift for the one you love. When the next Birthday or Anniversary rolls around, consider picking up your gal a Gents Rolex to light up her face with glee.

Better yet, find yourself a new timepiece to liven up the life on your wrist, and give her your current gents wristwatch as a gift. This will be both sweet and sentimental, and you’ll be thanking me in no time.

Julia working with clients at NY Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

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