• jewelry is art

    Jewelry is art

    But only valuable when emotion is added

    Esther Ligthart, jewelry blogger

The perfect jewelry gift for Christmas: here are my 5 tips!

The perfect jewelry gift for Christmas: here are my 5 tips!

Whilst magazines and tv commercials overwhelm us with what we should buy, in order to make our loved ones feel special this Christmas, there is nothing quite like jewelry underneath the Christmas tree. I have 5 special tips that will help you to find that right piece.

Marketing the myth: For consumers, Amsterdam is still Europe’s top diamond city

Marketing the myth: For consumers, Amsterdam is still Europe’s top diamond city

We are proud to present our first guest blogger on Bizzita! Ya'akov is Communication Director at World Diamond Mark and the Antwerp Diamond Trade fair. 

In 2017, Amsterdam, the city where the modern diamond industry struck its first roots more than four and a half centuries ago, has no major significance as a diamond trading center, and certainly no significance in diamond manufacturing.  Its bourse, which is the second oldest diamond exchange in the world, is small, and many of its 100-odd members are retailers. Any Dutch diamantaire will tell you that Antwerp is the world’s undisputed diamond hub.  

So how come consumers around the world think that Amsterdam is still the world’s diamond capital?

Must see jewelry! Colorful beetles and bugs turned into fairytale jewelry

Must see jewelry! Colorful beetles and bugs turned into fairytale jewelry

Levon Bliss is a photographer who spends hours and hours photographing the tiniest, but most colorful and amazing creatures on the planet: bugs and beetles.​ Bugs, beetles and other tiny animals that, when you look as close as he allows you to look with his stunning photography, blow away your mind! The details, the colors, they are full of amazing details. A bug is a bundle of smart nature in a beautiful fascinating form.

And how could they not be an inspiration for jewelry designers? We may not be the cuddly creators we all adore, but oh boy, how beautiful they are!Come see Daniela Villegas, a designer who created perhaps the largest and perhaps even most beautiful jewelry collection with bugs as her inspiration. But come see all those other ideas, shapes, designers, creativity and color in this blog about fairytale jewelry that you simply must see!

Stunning jewelry from the 16th and 17th Century. Find out why this era was so exciting!

Stunning jewelry from the 16th and 17th Century. Find out why this era was so exciting!

Whilst some of us think that everything new and exciting happens only today and jewelry is more ‘’bling”, daring and bold than ever, think again. Our history is filled with magical moments of discoveries and new techniques. New worldwide economies and expanding adventures on the oceans opened the route to new countries, new trades, and new cultural influences and arts slowly spread across the Europe. The part of the world that came to rise in the 16th century. Jewelry became very detailed in those days; mini-sculptures, enameling and more. Books from the great Benvenuto Cellini gave us an insight into jewelry and the making process.

This jewelry is special and deserves to be looked at again with fresh 21st Century eyes, and why not; taken as an inspiration for modern jewelry!

When jewelry meets architecture, wonderful designs and amazing similarities

When jewelry meets architecture, wonderful designs and amazing similarities

Jewelry design and architecture, there are so many similarities. It's not a coincidence that the star architect, Zaha Hadid, designed also a lot of jewelry. In this blog, it is all about the nobility of creating quality. Norman Foster, a star architect of many buildings, including the Apple Headquarters, said this about it: ''it's not just about money, time and creative energy, but about how you use your resources wisely. Jewelry that reminds us of architecture. Architecture that resembles elements of a ring, bracelet or necklace. Come and discover jaw-dropping gorgeous designs and amaze yourself about the similarities between the two worlds: Architecture and Jewelry!

 

NO MORE FUR! Thank you, Gucci!

NO MORE FUR! Thank you, Gucci!

Gucci, the world-famous Italian brand, part of the Paris-based luxury group KERING, has made a wonderful statement during the Kering Talk at The London College of Fashion on Wednesday 11th of October. No more fur in any of the Gucci products from 2018 onwards. This is the kind of news we love and the kind of news that gives us hope for a better future for the luxury industry. In fact, I think the luxury industry should listen even better to what people want these days! Transparency and conflict-free products and services!

Must see rings by 6 fantastic jewelry designers!

Must see rings by 6 fantastic jewelry designers!

Six fantastic jewelry designers, all wonderful in their very own way. Today not a long blog, but just beautiful rings. Rings to drool over, rings to die for, rings that will make your heart jump. Rings ladies, rings!

 5 ideas to launch your jewelry store into the future

5 ideas to launch your jewelry store into the future

For magazines and out of pure interest, I regularly dive into the world of retail. A now rapidly changing world, after decades of minor changes. Is it the Millennial changing the game or the technological developments that seem to spin out of control sometimes.

However much one reads, it is almost impossible to stay up to date and informed about the latest developments. How is the jewelry retail changing? What will it mean and will it all come true? What do you need to do? And what if you just continue to give the best service possible? In this blog, I will try to give an idea for jewelry retailers on how to go to the next step.

3 wonderful jewelry brands you want to check out!

3 wonderful jewelry brands you want to check out!

Every week I see a lot of news about jewelry. Furthermore, many brands contact me in order to inform me about the latest jewelry, trade show, anniversary and more. For this blog, I have taken three of those brands that stood out. For very different reasons. But I like to show them to you and hear what your thoughts are about them! Three jewelry brands, three very different jewelry brands...which one charms you most?

Magical jewelry and furniture for children and dreamers!

Magical jewelry and furniture for children and dreamers!

The magical world of children. Anyone fortunate enough to become a parent knows exactly what it means! There are furniture brands that love to translate the imagination of children into something called Magical furniture. But we at Bizzita love to think that there is no limit for childlike wonder and we believe strongly that grown-ups are just children who forgot how to play! Therefore we have created a blog, mixing the world of magical jewelry with childlike fun with the world of magical furniture!

Tabbah, jewelry from Lebanon

Tabbah, jewelry from Lebanon

Tabbah is a Lebanese jewelry house with a long history. Today Nabil and Nagib Tabbah run the company. 

Jewelry in the Netherlands, a perspective on jewelry retail

Jewelry in the Netherlands, a perspective on jewelry retail

Jewelry in the Netherlands. Last year the World Diamond Mark asked me to give my view on my own homeland's jewelry retail market and a personal vision of what the future might look like with the arrival of the Millennial consumer on the market. Today, I would like to share that article with you. 

Esther Ligthart

Esther Ligthart

Hi, I am Esther and on this blog I simply love to inspire you! My own passion for jewelry was born in the years I have spend in Valenza, Italy. The world’s capital of handmade fine jewelry by the greatest craftsmen. For me, jewelry has everything to do with art, love, craftsmanship and creativity on one side. And on the other side: with joy, emotions, capturing memories, and playfulness. Once I was asked to give a quote about my personal view on jewelry. Here is how I see it:

‘’A piece of jewelry is often a piece of art. But it only becomes valuable when emotions are added to it’’

I have worked for 25 years in jewelry, mostly in international sales and marketing, but also running a jewelry store for over 6 years in Italy. Bizzita.com started in 2013. First, I hoped it to be a source of inspiration for jewelry lovers, but it quickly grew much bigger. Bizzita.com has become a consultancy company for jewelry brands and jewelry stores all over the globe. We have created a store locator and business directory! And I write personally for several international jewelry trade magazines.

Want to know more? Drop me a line! We would love to know, I mean, really LOVE to know what you think of Bizzita.com and what you would like to see on this website! But also; what do you think about jewelry? Do you have a special story that you want to share? Are you a creative designer that has come up with something exciting? We would LOVE to get in touch with you!

Thank you SO very much for coming to Bizzita.com! :-* Esther

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