Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines


By Amber Michelle
RAPAPORT... Award-winning jewelry designer Barbara Berk will bring her unique jewelry-making technique to a new audience when she teaches “Weaving With Metal” at the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz in Cupertino, California, February 6 through March 27, 2007. The workshop-style class, which meets Tuesday evenings once a week, will use demonstrations, slides, discussion and hands-on work to present a variety of weaving techniques that can be used to create jewelry, sculpture, functional objects and wall art. All levels of experience are welcome. A materials kit will be included. For more information on Weaving With Metal, call 831.427.6600; refer to course #20065-001.

Designer Susan Helmich has introduced the Promise Angel pendant to support the Angels Among Us network, a group of volunteers who raise money for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University in North Carolina. Each part of the Angel has significance: The crossed wings represent trust, the interior of the wings represents the flame of hope and the dual-sided design represents the continuing efforts of the tumor center at Duke and its supporters. The Promise Angel was unveiled at Jolly’s Jewelers and Silversmiths in Raleigh, North Carolina, where store owner Frank Ragsdale donated 50 percent of the proceeds from sales to the Angels Among Us network. The Promise Angel is available in sterling silver, 14-karat gold and gold with diamonds. It is available to any retailers who wish to support this cause or any institution that supports research on brain cancer or brain tumors. To find out more, visit angelswithattitudes.com.

The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is offering a new scholarship contest. The San Francisco, California-based academy will award the contest winner a full scholarship for any of its three-day classes scheduled throughout the year. The scholarship is open to anyone who has not previously attended the Revere Academy. Applicants must write a statement of why they want to attend the Revere Academy and send examples of previous artwork or handwork in any medium. The winner will receive full tuition, airfare from anywhere in the U.S., lodging, meals and kit fees. Application deadline is February 15. For more information and an application, visit revereacademy.com.

Colored diamond purveyor Amgad is getting ready for Valentine’s Day with the ultimate gift…colored diamond jewelry. The company offers all shades and sizes of colored diamonds. Company principal Amnon Gad got his start dealing emeralds and is still fascinated by green gemstones, so he makes it a point to acquire as many green diamonds as possible for his collection, which is expanding to meet the growing demands of the market.

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