Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle
Designer Judith Murat, the force behind the House of Murat, has released a book, Judy’s Journey into the Land of Murat, the tale of a magical land that inspires her gemstone and precious metal jewelry creations. The designer, who resides in Palm Beach, Florida, and summers in Southampton, tells the story of her travels across the ocean, seashore, forest and universe, where she finds gorgeous jewels. The book is sold on Amazon.com. Murat recently held a book signing in Palm Beach to benefit the American Red Cross of that town.
   With silver deemed the metal of the moment by the fashion set, the Silver Promotion Service (SPS) has added some new designer members to its Savor Silver program. Frederic Duclos, Phillip Gavriel and Carolyn Pollack have been inducted into the program’s Designer of Distinction category. The SPS credits designers — and their talent for creating interesting jewelry using this precious metal — as the reason for silver jewelry’s recent increase in popularity.
   Jacob & Co. is making the stars sparkle in diamond jewels once again. This time, the jewelry house custom-designed a tiara for Amber Ridinger, creator of the Lumière de Vie skin care line and daughter of shop.com owners Loren and JR Ridinger. She wore the tiara at her wedding to actor/singer Duane McLaughlin. The $16 million tiara features over 100 carats of diamonds showcasing a 22.73-carat center stone. The tiara was created out of a double-strand necklace set in platinum.
   Dedicated to furthering awareness of the aesthetic value of artistic fine jewelry, The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) has announced the winner and runners-up of its 2013 New Talent Contest. Congratulations go to first-place winner Maressa Tosto Merwarth of Mari Tome Custom Jewelry Design. Based in Dundee, New York, Merwarth brings an architectural approach to making jewelry. As the contest winner, Merwarth receives a free booth in the New Designer Gallery at the summer JA Show in New York City and a trophy created by designer and AJDC member Michael Good. Kudos to the three runners-up in the contest: David Alvarado, Irthly Jewelled Adornments, Los Angeles, California; Bruce J.Hartman, Creek Reflections Jewelry, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Todd Pownell of Tap Studios Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

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