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Why the journey of VicenzaOro is one to watch!

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

In the heart of Italy, VicenzaOro has become my biannual pilgrimage—a journey that intertwines my past with the present, revealing the evolving face of a trade show that has filled the void left by BaselWorld. It's more than just a fair; it's a testament to the enduring allure of jewelry, a realm where creativity and business converge, constantly reinventing itself and pushing towards a promising horizon. Here's a glimpse into my personal odyssey with VicenzaOro, a show that's not just breaking records on its 70th anniversary but capturing hearts.

A Journey to the Heart of Sri Lanka's Gemstone Marvel with Ruwanpura Gems

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

Embarking on a sparkling journey to the sapphire mines of Ruwanpura Gems in Sri Lanka was an experience that filled my friends, peers, and even myself with anticipation and a touch of envy. The adventure began with a conversation missed during the pandemic with Fura Gems about visiting their ruby mines in Mozambique. This chat evolved into an exciting invitation from Tracey Ellison while wandering the beautiful streets of Arezzo. Before I knew it, we were planning our trip at the JCK Las Vegas show, leading me to board a plane from Schiphol airport to Colombo, filled with expectations and excitement.

World's largest Gem-Quality Ruby ever found, the Estrela de FURA 55.22, will be auctioned at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on the 8th of June 2023

I am thrilled to share the incredible story of FURA Gems' historic discovery of the world's largest gem-quality ruby ever found. In September 2022, the news of this remarkable gemstone unearthed from FURA's ruby mine in Mozambique captured global attention and sent shockwaves through the gemstone market.

The record-breaking VicenzaOro shows why they are Europe's leading jewelry trade show.

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

The term "record-breaking" sounds so promising! VicenzaOro, the January 2023 Discover More Edition, was a huge success. Does this mean that 2023 will be the best year in jewelry sales? Discover more:

Why chinchillas should be more important than gold.

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

For centuries chinchillas have been hunted until near extinction. 

With much-needed protection, they are slowly returning to one of the most remote and desolate places in Chile. And guess what? There is also gold in this area, and mining companies want it.

REBUS creates handcrafted signet rings and shares why these rings are so personal

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

It is true; we love symbolism and personalizing our jewelry. There are many ways to do so, and signet rings have always played their part. The world has a newfound love for them as trends develop and our fondness for dedicated or personalized jewelry grows. Rebus is a company specializing in signet rings and cufflinks. I sat down with Emmet Smith talking about his lovely company.

FURA' Gems has plunged into Australian sapphires

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

FURA Gems have plunged into the Australian sapphires. New origin, forgotten gem. Read all about how Dev Shetty, the talented president and CEO of FURA Gems, lays the ground for a new narrative. "This new luxury product creates long-term growth opportunities in the jewelry industry,'' he says. Let's see why!

Jewelry Talks in the Garden with Dogs - part 1

| Esther Ligthart | News & Stories

From Sweden to the Netherlands with love. This is a new and returning item on I am so excited to exchange letters about life, dogs, and jewelry with one of the most lovely people from the jewelry industry. And certainly one of the most appreciated jewelry writers I know! Kina Andersson and I love to chat about many things. Join us! 

About me

Hi there! I am Esther, and welcome to the beautiful world of jewelry! My jewelry journey started 30 years ago, and it never stopped enchanting me. My long international career in the jewelry industry gives me a unique perspective, and my never fading enthusiasm is what I love to share with you here. I hope you are as curious as I am; by exploring blogs and images, you might discover jewelry you didn't even know existed! For the jewelry professionals among you, there are lots of blogs with tips, tricks, and insights. Happy reading!

XXX Esther

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