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Jordan Alexander

Theresa Bruno has always had a love for beauty and artistry. Theresa spent her childhood and early adult years training to be  a classical musician. She believes playing a magnificent sonata or designing a stellar piece of jewelry is all about the same thing—creating something beautiful. She believes it comes so naturally because of her Southern heritage. She was highly influenced by her beautiful and sophisticated Mother and Grandmother, whose soft, Southern style is reflected in her jewelry designs.

Theresa strives to create a look that combines her mother’s and grandmother’s classic approach with her edgier sense of design. She refers to her look as Boho Chic. She adores pearls but wouldn’t feel like herself in traditional pearls. So she pairs big, baroque pearls with chunky mine-cut diamond pieces, and an unexpected tying method. That design gave her the juxtaposition of elegance and hipness she was looking for and was the beginning of the Jordan Alexander Collection.

Most of the designs for Jordan Alexander are produced in LA. However, Theresa Bruno has stayed close to her Southern roots and their home office is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Theresa and her business partner each have two sons, the name of the line combines the names of their two oldest children, Jordan and Alexander.


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Sydney Evan

Since it’s inception in 2001, Sydney Evan has become one of the leading trend-setting designers.

Rosanne Karmes, the creator of Sydney Evan, celebrates the uniqueness of our lives, from spiritual protection, to luck and good fortune.

True to her personal philosophy and values, Karmes dedicated Sydney Evan to her family, and named the collection after her two children and her father “SY”. The success of the line can be attributed to Karmes’ ability to unite her deepest source of inspiration, reflecting timeless concepts of spirituality, sentiment, and personal expression.

Sydney Evan has developed in to a highly coveted collection by the finest boutiques worldwide, magazines and celebrities alike.


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SLANE

The design team of sisters Landon and Heath Slane bring us one of the hottest new trends in jewelry. Distinctive finishes in both their sterling silver and 18 karat gold designs characterize their collections. Drawing inspiration from a myriad of sources, each symbolic to one or the other, the sisters have defined a look that seamlessly complements the wardrobes of all women.

Worn individually, mixed or matched, SLANE’s Collections are appreciated both for their understated elegance as well as for their playful exuberance.


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Kwiat

“This is the first step in the next 100 years of our brand,” says Greg Kwiat, a fourth-generation member of the 100-year-old diamond company that bears his last name. Kwiat is talking about the impending opening of the first Kwiat store, on New York City’s Madison Avenue, set to coincide with a yearlong celebration of the company’s centennial. Well, it’s actually not the first store. Back in 1907, when Greg’s great-grandfather Sam Kwiat founded the company, he opened a store on Canal Street that specialized in selling vintage diamonds.

In fact, the history and evolution of the Kwiat brand mirrors the progress of the fine-jewelry business in the U.S. in many ways. Sam Kwiat’s son David eventually took over, building the family business into a manufacturer and vendor of high-quality diamonds for New York City’s jewelry market�and in doing so, helping to found the 47th Street diamond district in the 1950s. David also began making diamond jewelry for retailers, and in 1955 he put out a jewelry catalog, one of the first, to reach smaller markets around the country. “Private label really was our business,” explains Greg. “We cut something like 50 pear-shaped diamonds for Harry Winston.”

About six years ago, the Kwiat family, including David’s two sons Lowell and Sheldon, decided it was time to transform Kwiat into a brand. They hired veteran fine-jewelry designer Janice DeBell away from Tiffany & Co. in 2004 and introduced collections that ranged in price from $1,000 to several million dollars. Today DeBell creates up to five collections a year in addition to a line of bridal pieces and important one-of-a-kind items. The jewelry often turns up on the red carpet on celebrities like Natalie Portman, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson. To celebrate the centennial, DeBell delved into the company’s archives and created the Decades Collection, which consists of 10 pieces, each representing a decade since the company was founded. There’s a 21.86-carat diamond and platinum Art Nouveau tiara that has a special place in Greg Kwiat’s heart: his wife wore it on their wedding day last winter.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1659346_1659345_1658229,00.html#ixzz10aWhrlF6


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Gemveto – Gemlok

Thirty-three years ago, a young French jeweler landed in New York with three wedding rings in his pocket that would change the face of the bridal market. The then patented “bar” setting, later trademarked as Gemlok, was an innovative setting technique. It not only afforded an original, elegant new look, but also a “technically” more secure and snag-proof way of setting diamonds and precious stones.

The Gemlok setting made such an impact on the wedding ring market that many tried to copy the technique and look (but never with any real success). The secret of the Gemlok technique remains with its originator, Jean Vitau. With the nationwide success of the Gemlok wedding bands, Jean and his wife, Irene Vitau, expanded the Gemlok collection to include a complete line of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings in 18 karat yellow gold and platinum set with high quality diamonds and vibrant color gemstones.

Gemlok and Jean Vitau Creations are treasured for their intrinsic beauty and exceptional quality. Each precious stone used is painstakingly selected and color matched to create pieces of infinite splendor.

Jean Vitau jewelry is often imitated but never duplicated. The owners of Jean Vitau jewelry know that they are wearing tomorrow’s classics today and forever.