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Calling all gemstone lovers — be prepared to be dazzled!


For the last 35 years, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has been recognizing the talent at work in the jewelry world by presenting winning designers with a prestigious AGTA Spectrum Award. And for the last few years, we’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to a press preview of all the gorgeous entries. No one can really prepare for such a display of dazzle. Imagine walking into a room and being gobsmacked by a mutli-gold mermaid ring set with a South Sea baroque pearl accented with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. […]

Say I do to Hayley Paige’s new bridal jewelry collection


Few things in life raise our happiness quotient more than a wedding. And no one knows that better than wedding dress designer Hayley Paige who has channeled her dazzling down-the-aisle style into two bridal gown labels (JLM Couture and Blush by Hayley Paige), the YouTube series “Just Got Paiged, and as a regular on the long-running TLC hit “Say Yes to the Dress” and it’s new spin-off “Say Yes to the Dress America” (debuting January 2020). “I love my job. I love […]

Why we love our student interns

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Around this time of year, I get a little misty. Along with picnics and concerts in Central Park and lingering sunsets over the Hudson River, summer also means graduation when we cheer our interns to go out into the world — but also lament that we can’t hold on to them for a little while longer. I’m always heartened to hear that they leave DPA with new skill sets that they can add to their resumes. As Peyton Tiblier, our latest graduating intern told me: “I definitely […]

The Artist’s Way — The Brilliance of Todd Reed


It’s taken nearly three decades for the jewelry industry to catch up to Todd Reed’s vision of conscientious design. Not only has the Colorado-based designer been crafting jewelry with humane and environmentally sustainable origins for the last 27 years, his work is more than just beautiful — it’s art. We caught up with Todd while he was in New York where you can see and buy his unique pieces at the recently-opened Neiman Marcus store at Hudson Yards.

DPA: How do you prepare yourself to be creative?

TR: I look […]

A brilliant designer: Gina Ferranti


Since making her debut as a jewelry designer, Gina Ferranti left a few careers behind: boutique owner, gemstone appraiser for David Yurman and sales associate for an antique jewelry gallery. It was her stint with Yurman that “got her juices going to design” and encouraged her to get certified as a gemologist. Now, after only three and a half years, she has created a stir in the high jewelry world with seven dazzling collections for her brand GiGi Ferranti which has won the attention of thousands of social media and […]