BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY – A NEW MONTHLY UPDATE TO OUR WEBSITE!!

12 MONTHS – 12 NEW COLLECTIONS

If you’ve visited karencurtis.com lately you may have seen a few new features and of course a lot of new products. As we keep evolving with the website, our focus is to always update with new collections and styles so starting in June we began to design Selections of Jewelry that incorporate Birthstone Colors.

Prior to each month we will release the new Collection for that month which incorporates not only the birthstone but complimentary colors and faceted shapes that are truly unique.  Expect to see some beautiful new creations that serve as a perfect gift for a loved one!

Examples of  Predominant Colors for Each Month

Examples of Predominant Colors for Each Month

Also New to the Website is an easy to navigate breakdown to all the jewelry. You can now sort by Style or Collection. So say you know that you want a great pair of chandelier earrings, all you need to do is click “Jewelry” and then the NEW subcategory “Chandelier Earrings“.  Super easy to find exactly what you are looking for… quick and efficiently.  Now If you are looking to find a piece of jewelry that matches a certain color then using the “Collection” Category is probably best. Just simply find a collection that is the closest match and then sort through the selection.  Now you can decide whether you want to match with a necklace, bracelet, earrings or mix it up!

We hope you take advantage and enjoy the new features and work that is currently being released.

Here is a quick glance into the upcoming August Birthstone Collection – Available tomorrow only on www.karencurtis.com

Inspiration from the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC

The AD Home Show 2014

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Every year Architectural Digest hosts the home show at Pier 94 in Manhattan. It’s one of the most inspirational design events that I attend, and yesterday didn’t disappoint me at all! This is where you find the newest products by some of the best designers in the world. Though I am gonna take a minute to boast that NYC local designers have a heavy presence in the world of design and I am proud to be friends with many of these talents. Nice Job NYC Designers!!!

Basically I thought I might blog a bunch of cool pictures that I took at the show. I think I should let everyone know that the show has 2 sections to it. The first being larger companies who produce everything from unique tiles for floors and walls to refrigerators, furniture, fire places…. you get the idea. These are all the new lines that are soon to be in a store near you.

The second section is called “made” and it consists of unique artisan’s that produce decor, lighting, wall paper and other items which probably will not be in a store near you. But if you read our blog you would probably love to have some of these creations in your own home.  That is why I will try to make sure to list some of the names of the companies at the end of this post so that you might check out their sites and beautify your spaces, but you can always go to the Architectural digest site to find a list of exhibitors.

The photos are primarily from an exhibit area where interior designers use samples of products from different exhibitors to create luxurious rooms.

That's me if front of this chandelier bursting with Cherry Blossoms!

That’s me in front of this chandelier bursting with Cherry Blossoms!

My Hubby and our friend Moshe Bursuker in his lighting exhibit.

My Hubby and our friend Moshe Bursuker in his lighting exhibit.

www.moshebursuker.com

Cherry Blossom Chandelier Room at AD Home Show 2014

Cherry Blossom Chandelier Room at AD Home Show 2014

Who needs wall paper if you collect postcards?

Who needs wall paper if you collect postcards?

Close up of post card wall! Love it!

Close up of post card wall! Love it!

The retro look was so eye catching!

The retro look was so eye-catching!

Another Beautiful room design

Another Beautiful room design

close up of patterns and textures in the room

The layering of different patterns and textures really made this room so inviting.

Pretty and Elegant

Pretty and Elegant

I loves the backs of the chairs in this room and the color scheme was so soft and pretty. The portraits on the walls were super bazaar half man half woman images.

Awesome table with moss growing down the center of it.

Awesome table with moss growing down the center of it.

I would love to have this as a picnic table. One of the coolest things is the way it is sunken into the ground.

This was such an imaginative design!

This was such an imaginative design!

Cool video images projected onto the walls and having all the different colored chairs was so playful.

Cool video images projected onto the walls and having all the different colored chairs was so playful.

This was one of my favorites, so space aged!

This was one of my favorites, so space aged!

One of the grandest displays in the entire show!

One of the grandest displays in the entire show!

Hope that you enjoyed the behind the scenes look of the 2014 Architectural Digest Home show. I am gonna list and link to some things that I thought were very cool and if you get a chance check them out. Everyone loves unique things and many of the people making this work are emerging talents or lifelong artists from the U.S.  As someone who understands the etiquette of artist exhibitions I did not take photos of people’s work in their booths but rather talked to the artists and took their contact info so that I could share with you the websites of the things I liked!

Big Chill refrigerators www.bigchill.com

Creative Touch Rugs www.creativetouchrugs.com

William Couig www.furthurdesign.com

Custom Furniture Studio www.johnson3llc.com

Beautiful Wallpaper www.hyggeandwest.com

The Chair Market www.thechairmarket.com

French Accents www.farugs.com

Cheers,

Karen

What Is So Special About Swarovski Crystal

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Who is Swarovski Crystal Company?

Swarovski crystal is a brand name and is regarded as the finest quality manufacturer of cut crystal.  The company which is located in Austria began developing machine cut crystal in 1895 under the name A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co. later changed to K.S. & Co.  Armand Kosmann was the financial backer to the new company while Daniel Swartz was the man who  figured out how to cut and manufacture  a superior product while simultaneously rocking one of the greatest hipster mustaches before hipster was even a thing : ).

Swarovski Daniel 1895

Daniel Swarovski 1895

As people began to recognize the quality and inventiveness their designs the company grew, building generations of collectors as well as providing a resource for the finest independent designers in the world.  We don’t know why, but Daniel later changed his last name to  Swarovski and that would be what the company goes by to this day.

 You will find Swarovski crystal being used in everything from purses, hats, shoes, wedding gowns, jewelry and chandeliers additionally the company produces figurines, ornaments and home decor.  Many of the worlds leading designers in all mediums use the Swarovski company’s products including Christian Louboutin, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors…. I mean the list goes on and on and the price of their work hikes every time you find Swarovski in their products.  Take for instance Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50 boots that regularly sell for around $600. The newest 50/50 boot celebrating their 20th anniversary on gilt was encrusted with Swarovski Crystal and commanded a $10,000 price tag because of it.

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$10,000 50/50 boots

Oh I forgot to mention one of the coolest things made with Swarovski Crystal is the Star on top of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center!!!!

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So now that we know a brief little history on the company lets dip into the actual product they produce and why it has such an allure.  Different from natural earth crystals mined from regions around the globe, man-made crystal is essentially a form of glass.  Crystal in this case refers to a glass that is produced with a concentration of lead in the chemical formula.  Lead assists in creating a glass which is clearer and more sparkly.  Referred to as the refractive index, it is a way of measuring the degree to which a substance separates light into its full color spectrum or the prism effect which is about 13% greater than normal glass.  The lead in the glass also creates slightly more weight to the crystal and believe it or not actually maintains a colder temperature to the pieces (by holding glass in 1 hand and crystal in the other there is a noticeable difference).  Quick disclaimer that lead within a crystal will not harm you by wearing it, now if you decide to chew and eat them this is a totally different story in which I think the least of your worries being the lead in the crystal.

Through out the existence of the Swarovski Company they continuously develop new colors, shapes and facet techniques introducing new lines of their elements for designers to use.  The new direction of the company is to produce only Non-leaded crystal as they strive to create glass formulas that have a similar look and clarity.  These pieces are often less symmetrical and just a bit funkier then the vintage crystal.  But as someone who works primarily with the vintage crystal there is definitely a difference on how clean and crisp the edges are on the older material.  I guess that’s what we like about them and why we spend so much time trying to acquire unused quantities of the vintage crystal.  Now here are some examples of the Newest jewelry collection for spring 2014, I personally LOVE this color combination and you will find me wearing this winter,spring,summer and fall!

jewelry collection by Karen Curtis NYC

Swarovski crystal bracelet by Karen Curtis NYC

Crystal earrings by Karen Curtis NYC

triple drop earrings all swarovski crystal Karen Curtis

We hope you’ve enjoyed a brief history on the Swarovski Company as well as a look into what Swarovski has provided designers like ourselves to accomplish in our fields.

-Karen