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By Amber Michelle
Luxury bridal firm A. JAFFE is expanding its brand with the introduction of a new collection to commemorate the milestones of life, Maps by A. JAFFE. Featuring necklaces, pendants and charms, the collection uses patented technology to create a map in rose gold, white gold or sterling silver of a particular place where a special memory was created. The exact location is then marked with a single diamond. The piece can be custom engraved with any message on the back and may be bordered with diamonds as well. Actress Jennifer Lawrence, along with other bridesmaids at her brother’s wedding, was gifted with a map pendant. The pendants highlighted the place where the bride first met each bridesmaid. Currently available online at the A. JAFFE website, the collection will be accessible to retailers in spring 2015.
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   Some of the most beloved fairy tales are brought to fine jewelry created for children and adults in Faery of Tales. Founder and creative director Susie B., a native of Austria, was inspired by the storytellers of long ago. Growing up, her father read bedtime fairy tales to his daughters. The stories and scenery formed a lasting impression with Susie B., who created three handcrafted jewelry collections around these tales: Snow White, Puss in Boots and The Nightingale. Each piece of jewelry starts with a sketch by Susie B. of the most well-known symbols from the stories. The symbols are then created by artisans in Rhode Island using sterling silver or 18-karat white, yellow or rose gold, some embellished with sapphires or diamonds. Pendants hang from either a chain or silk cord and bracelets feature the charms on leather bands. The collection is currently available through faeryoftales.com.
   For hipsters at heart, ALOR has created statement cuffs by combining stingray with its classic mix of 18-karat gold and stainless steel. Accented with diamonds, the cuffs are bold with a simple, eye-catching aesthetic.
   American jewelry designers have come a long way over the years and to prove their standing in the global market place Vogue Gioiello and Phillips auction house in New York City revealed the U.S. Protagonists at the Night of Contemporary Jewelry event. The Italian magazine, which did a section on American designers, honored them at the cocktail event at Phillips, where their jewelry was displayed. Among the designers showcased were Suzanne Kalan, Sydney Evan, Borgioni, Matthew Campbell Laurenza, Carla Amorim, Katey Brunini and Alexandra Mor.

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