Inspired by Design
              Love to love you, Baby!
               New Bridal Creations for June 2010

Welcome to the June issue of  Inspired by Design, a monthly email from the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group highlighting fabulous new work from some of our members.
Summer is here and it makes its entrance with the marrying month of of June! Our designers have fallen in love with gemstones and diamonds of all colors that inspire their unique creations. No matter your taste or style, be it a traditional solitaire, a band of mixed metals hand-forged in an inseparable union of color, or a ring that is so unique it will reflect your special relationship, CJDG designers make the perfect talismans for tying the knot. 

Take a look at the eight designers in this month's Inspired by Design. You can contact each of the designers directly for more information about their work. And remember, this is just a sampling of the over 50 fine jewelry designers that you will find on our website,
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Many thanks.

Jeanne Johngren
President, Contemporary Jewelry Design Group
Aaron Henry Designs: Seasons of Love
ahenry_celebrationThe third generation of a family of jewelers, Aaron Furlong creates exceptionally crafted fine jewelry.  Inspired by nature and all its forms, Aaron Henry Designs are versatile, precious and sophisticated. The sunlight playing across a field of wildflowers; the Ocean after a rainstorm and the moon rising over a snow capped mountain range inspire the Seasons Collection. The forces of nature and vistas that have inspired poets, painters and writers for ages come together in these elegant jewels.  Choose any combination of diamonds and colored sapphires for a truly unique wedding or commitment ring.

Multi-Color Seasons Rings
Two and Three Row 18k Yellow Gold Rings Set with
any Combination of Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds and Diamonds, also available in a series of stackable rings.

Contact: Aaron Furlong
Ellie Thompson & Co.: Through Time & Space
elliethompsonEllie Thompson feels that "Good design has a broad sensual appeal.  It is aesthetically balanced, interesting to touch, yet comfortable.  It has a conceptual component that transcends function such as an allusion to movement that suggests time and space."  

These rings, part of her Time & Space Collection are truly unique and elegant. The wide bands are inlaid with diamonds. A large center stone, bezel set to eliminate prongs, will make a dramatic statement.

Time + Space Ring, 18K gold
4.00ct Rubellite Tourmaline, 0.50ct diamonds, 10mm wide
Time + Space Band 18K gold, 0.55ct diamonds, 10mm wide
Contact: Ellie Thompson
Ellie Thompson & Co.

George Sawyer: Pattern Recognition
George Sawyer is one of the masters of Mokume, the art of forging different layers of gold, silver and copper into sheets of metal that appear to have a wood grained pattern. Inspired by ancient
Japanese swordsmiths and the traditions of sculpture to make beautiful patterned metalwork, George Sawyer combines the elements of sculpture, pattern and color that become a harmonious whole when symmetrical patterns accentuate the shape. Rings can be mirror images of each other.

The Bell Collection Mokume Engagement rings
Symmetry Mokume bands with inlaid gold and inlaid diamonds, will accomodate different sizes of center stones.

Contact: George Sawyer

J. Petet Designs: Expressive Relationships
john petet rings2Beauty is an expression of the heart.  And through J.Petet Designs, an experienced professional releases his artistic voice.  John Petet creates designs that combine clean lines with texture and color.  J.Petet Designs offers the wearer an opportunity to share in John's vision and expression of the heart. Many designers make beautiful jewelry.  The heart of John Petet's jewelry is about creating relationships: shape and form, clean lines and texture, artist and wearer.

Contact: John Petet
J. Petet Designs

Megan Thorne: Something Old, Something New
megan thorne scallopMegan Thorne began her artistic life in the fashion industry, and her interest in fabrics shows in her jewelry design. Many of her designs are evocative of damask and the fine edges on lace. This engagement and wedding ring set is an exquisite example of Megan's eye for fine details; the scalloped edging might remind you of the embellishments on your wedding gown or the decorative icing on your wedding cake, while the bezel set center stone provides a fresh modern edge and look. In the tradition of the old world jewelers, Megan casts, fabricates and hand finishes each piece, which imbues the Megan Thorne fine jewelry collections with a very personal touch.

Scalloped Bezel ring in 18K yellow gold with rose cut blue/green tonal sapphire, shown with Ribbed Scallop band in 18K yellow gold with blue sapphire, iolite, and tanzanite.

Contact: Megan Thorne

Sholdt Design: Family & Tradition
sholdt_editedFor over 75 years the Sholdt family has been making jewelry in their Seattle area workshop. In four generations the business has grown from a repair bench to an internationally recognized design house for wedding and engagement rings. A Sholdt ring is a perfect blend of artistry, beauty, and emotion. As more and more American companies ship their production overseas, the Sholdt brothers still insist on keeping all production at home in Seattle. In their extensive catalog you are certain to find the perfect ring, one that can be passed on in your new family.

Engagement Ring mounting available in Platinum, Palladium, 14K and 18K Gold.
18 mellee total weight of 31 points. Can be customized for any size center stone.

Contact: Brian Sholdt
Sholdt Design

Tracey Janule: Eternally Yours
tracyjanule2A 2010 AGTA Spectrum Award Winner for Best Use of Platinum and Color, Tracy Janule brings her unique style to Bridal. Dramatic and elegant, this eternity band can fulfill many roles, as an engagement ring, a wedding or commitment band or an anniversary band. Tracy  was inspired to do something unique with an eternity look and incorporated a french shank into the design. "I wanted to bring as much light into the ring as possible so I designed the setting to leave lots of open space - setting the stones in platinum with just enough metal to hold them in place so there is no distraction." 
Aquamarine and Diamond Eternity Style Ring in Platinum with 8.45cttw in princess cut aquamarines, 1.5ct approximate center princess cut diamond, G in color, SI in clarity, entirely set in Platinum. Available in an array of gemstones.
Contact: Tracy Janule


Zaffiro: A Husband & Wife create a Tuscan Garden Blooming in Gold
The husband and wife, award winning design team of Jack and Elizabeth Gaultiere of Zaffiro, create gorgeous jewelry using the art of granulation with 22 and 18k gold and rose gold alloys that they make themselves.

Elizabeth says "This is my favorite granulation style to create because it is flowing and serendipitous - the exact opposite of the geometric patterns that are more traditional in granulation.  I love the fact that when I start on a piece I don't know exactly how the pattern is going to turn out.  To me, it's the most meditative style of granulation I do."

Tuscan Garden Ring: This custom designed wedding ring is entirely hand fabricated in 22ktyg with an 18ktyg inner sleeve and is embellished with 22ktyg and platinum granulation as well as 22ktyg filigree.  The center stone is a 2.01ct oval diamond and is flanked by two small round diamonds (.12tcw).  The filigree and granulation pattern is in our signature "Tuscan Garden" style and create delicate vines, grape clusters and florets that encircle the band.  Platinum granules punctuate the center of florets and the curling tendrils of vines. 

Contact: Elizabeth Gualtieri

The Contemporary Jewelry Design Group
Executive Board 2010-2012
Jeanne Johngren, President
Marylouise Lugosch, Executive Director
Vicente Agor, Vice President
Mark Schneider, Treasurer
John Petet, Secretary
Pam Ford, Board Member At-Large 

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The Contemporary Jewelry Design Group is a national association of professional jewelry designers dedicated to creative jewelry design and committed to the highest standards of integrity and ethics in business and in design.
In This Issue
Aaron Henry Designs
Ellie Thompson
George Sawyer
John Petet Designs
Megan Thorne
Sholdt Design
Tracy Janule
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