Archive for March, 2011
A special thanks to Bonnie Cohen for introducing us to this event and for her flawless organization of it.
The New York Magazine Wedding Show last evening exceeded all of our expectations. Held at the elegant Metropolitan Pavilion, the overall setting and atmosphere was just as chic as the venue. Vendors from every specialty of the wedding industry gathered and displayed their best work. A full house, women and (a few men) flocked to get a peak at the top vendors of each trade. Indulging on wine and appetizers, they glided through the pavilion with immense intrigue. The event was absolutely nothing short of pure class, beauty, and sophistication.
It was truly a great honor and wonderful opportunity for us to be present at the show. We were even lucky enough to be placed across an unnamed caterer who offered the most delicious hors d’ oeurvres. Though, I never did make it to the bar due to the overwhelming amount of people that gathered by our display, showering us with oohs and ahhas. We were pleasantly surprised at this, given what we perceived to be our lack of preparedness.
We had the distinct pleasure of becoming acquainted with various vendors, including wedding planners Cheryl from Cheyl J. Weddings & Events, and Candice Benson from The Finishing Touch Events, both whom we hope to work with in the future.
Another special treat was meeting Desma Holcomb from Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York’s statewide civil rights and advocacy organization. Ms. Holcomb is running a campaign for NY Businesses to support same sex marriage, which we have joined. For a long time I wanted to design wedding sets for same sex couples and meeting Ms. Holcomb gave me inspiration to proceed with my project/
We finally had the pleasure of speaking with Kristyn Mangiamele and Antonia Baker from Women’s Entertainment Channel. Even as a straight man, I actually enjoy watching WE. I love Fraiser reruns and one of my kids (who aspires to be a chef) likes the Amazing Wedding Cakes show. Our Marketing Director, Olga T., also informs me that she’s hooked on Ghost Whisperer and pretty much every wedding show.
Weddingchannel.com offered an instant win contest for a $5,000 shopping spree. We didn’t expect to win, but we did think it was a cool idea.
Meeting all the vendors and (festively intoxicated) attendees definitely left a wonderful lasting impression. As a first year participant of the show, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We will definitely be back next year!
P.S. The answer to last post’s riddle is fortune cookies. We had customized with funny wedding theme messages. Here are a few:
Size does matter! (When it comes to diamonds
Esposas: Spanish for “handcuffs” and “spouses.”
Wedding transactions: Credit card = groom → bride; Bills = bride → groom.
If you’re a Bridezilla, we have your wedding Ringzilla.
China: an affluent and rapidly developing influence in our world will have an impact on just about every industry. Jewelry is no exception. Currently, China’s buying rate of diamonds and gems is growing exponentially; as Asia is growing richer, she is going on a shopping spree.
What does this mean for you? Well, although the US is still a major market for jewelry, the center is shifting toward Asia. This means that with the increasing affluence of Asians, the diamond/jewelry market is getting hot and demand is increasing. However, the supply remains static. Therefore, the price will be increasing for quality gemstones. These will be natural unenhanced quality larger stones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. They will become so scarce that in certain price groups these stones will be simply unavailable.
Diamond prices will certainly also increase due to the high demand from Asia. After all, 1 billion people in China are certainly an elephant on the market that cannot be ignored.
So, dear readers, get the stones while supplies last and you can still afford them.
March 30th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, we will be participating at the NY Magazine’s New York Weddings Event, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. A variety of jewelers, caterers, photographers, bridal fashion designers, venue liaisons, planners, etc. will all be under one roof. We’re all being hoarded into one place to aid the newly engaged (as well some die hard wedding fans) in planning the wedding.
Aside from Leon Megé and an exhausting list of vendors, there will be some notable participants including Kate Spade NY, Bloomingdales, WE TV and the Women’s Channel.
So, yes it will be mainly women, and of course a few stray men who were dragged there by their fiancés. So why are we going to be there you might ask? Yes, we are well aware that the people there will probably all already have an engagement ring. Well, our target rests in those needing wedding bands and earrings as we’ll be relentlessly giving out brochures. Oh, and yes the free wine and beer are a plus! (Come to think about it, I might just leave Perry Chen with the display and stick by the bar.)
Our products and of course diamonds will be on display. So if you want to meet me, Leon Megé and my Diamond Concierge Perry Chen, or are just after free alcohol as you look at luxury jewelry, then stop by even if you’re not engaged.
You’ll have the good fortune of getting a special treat from Mr. Chen. Can you predict what it is? If you paid attention, you’ll realize we already gave you the answer. If not, then go to the event or wait for our future blog next Thursday to find out what it is.
The Metropolitan Pavilion is at 125 W 18th St. (Between 6th and 7th avenues).
For more info go to: http://nymag.com/weddingsevent/
A few months back, Harry Winston created a new design for a necklace which will set with the Hope Diamond. The design was voted on by the people (out of a choice of three candidates). They of course chose the ugliest design. Why is it ugly you might ask? Well, for those of you that aren’t familiar with my minimalism philosophy, the whole point of a piece of jewelry is to showcase the center stone.
This necklace doesn’t present or enhance the Hope Diamond. It overshadows it and is simply out of style. Take a look at the picture, where is the Hope Diamond? The necklace simply features one of its stones as the Hope Diamond. You don’t see the diamond; you see the necklace. This design would work well for a boulder, but certainly not for a stone with a rich history like the Hope Diamond.
This necklace is currently on display at the Smithsonian. They mask it as a new mounting for the Hope Diamond. However, it was created for mere publicity reasons. What Harry Winston will do now is let it sit at the museum for a while. Then they will remove the Hope Diamond and set it back in its former setting. They will then set another stone in the necklace and attempt to sell it as the Hope Diamond necklace.
Aside from this tacky publicity stunt, this event illustrates perfectly why design shouldn’t be led by committee. Unlike in social life, democracy has no place in art. That is why the best art was created under monarchs and dictators, allowing artists to answer to one person only and not an entire country.
Art is beautiful because it was born in the artist’s mind as a result of influences around him that he interpreted and turned into a creation.
I had a terrible disease starting from an early childhood. I could never be quiet. I never did grow out of that awful condition. It’s simply impossible for me to be quiet, even when it goes against my business interest (which my Marketing Director never fails to scold me for).
In my past life I’m sure I must have been writing obituaries for Russian’s Farmer’s Digest. I always wanted to vent my thoughts and that was partially why I started my website, artofplatinum.com. Well, shortly after, I realized that I was actually saying useful things –things that people like reading. So, as a good psychiatrist my Marketing Director suggested I get all my thoughts out by putting them in a blog. While this won’t cure my disease, it will certainly prevent further damage.
So, I figured I’d kill two birds with one diamond and start a blog. I get to not have a nervous meltdown, and you dear readers, will get valuable information which you will actually enjoy. Really, this is more about you than me.