Uneek’s Benjamin Javaheri Wins Four Design Awards
Los Angeles, CA—Benjamin Javaheri, award-winning founder and designer of Uneek Jewelry, has won four INSTORE Design Awards this spring, bringing his total number of industry design accolades to 21.
“I feel blessed! It’s quite an experience having the industry notice my work. It’s both encouraging and inspiring for all of us here at Uneek. This fuels our passion to continuously do more, push beyond limits, and take on technical challenges to innovate and create aesthetically pleasing, heirloom-worthy jewelry pieces,” says Javaheri.
A ring titled “Le Pur Et Simple” (above left) won first place in INSTORE’s “Engagement/Wedding Jewelry Over $5,000” category. The engagement ring features a French-pave split shank 18k white gold setting with a five-carat certified cushion-cut white diamond center, from the company’s popular Signature Collection.
The “Retailers’ Choice Award for the Colored Stone Over $10,000” category goes to Javaheri’s “The Rio Elbaite” necklace. The 18k white gold pendant necklace is a tribute to its Brazilian heritage for its indicolite tourmaline center and a celebration of “El Grande Brasil!” A spectrum of greens and blues make the nine-carat center stone stand out with accents of kite and shield-shaped diamonds.
Finally, two awards were bestowed on “The Jaxson Bleu Ring,”which won both third place and the Retailers’ Choice Award in the “Platinum Jewelry” category. The one-of-a-kind sapphire and diamond platinum ring is a design inspired by the birth of Benjamin’s first son. The ring features an eight-carat royal blue oval sapphire perched atop a 4.54 ctw oval diamond eternity band. The oval diamonds appear like floating ovals on the finger, and are intentionally comfortable and low profile due to its buttercup setting.
See these award-winning pieces and other UNEEK designs at salon LUX1221 of the Luxury/JCK Shows, May 29to June 3. For more information, e‐ mail email@example.com call (1‐888) BE‐UNEEK.
Rahaminov Launches New Website, New Las Vegas Show Booth, Obtains Trademark
Los Angeles, CA—Rahaminov Diamonds, which recently announced the launch of its new advertising campaign, continues its brand refresh with a new website and redesigned exhibit space for Las Vegas.
“We felt the move to the Sands allowed for the perfect opportunity to start fresh in many aspects of our brand,” said Melanie Goldfiner, Rahaminov’s director of business development. “We spent a considerable amount of time reviewing our existing touchpoints and how we could take them to the next level to better serve our retailers and their end consumers.”
The new website will showcase imagery from its new ad campaign but beyond a new look, the major notable feature to the brand’s website is the inclusion of a library of product images. Previously, only teasers of images existed. There will be a selection of images of signature Rahaminov pieces, updated on a regular basis. The site will provide product information, including design options, but will not have e-commerce capabilities.
“All inquiries from the website will continue to be driven to our exclusive network of retailers,” confirmed Goldfiner.
The look and feel of the new site will come to life at the brand’s exhibit space at LUXURY at JCK. A larger footprint than the brand’s previous space, the concept is made to make guests experience a “homey, inviting feel”, in line with the brand’s foundation of making customers a part of their extended family. Neutral tones of gray, bronze and whites will be utilized throughout furniture, wall coverings, and carpets, allowing the eye to focus on the jewelry.
Rahaminov will be exhibiting at LUXURY and JCK in Salon 622. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melanie Goldfiner at Melanie@rahaminov.com.
Separately, the brand also has been awarded a trademark for its signature Movál diamond, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A modified, elongated oval shape, the specialty cut possesses many characteristics of a marquise cut, with the soft curves of an oval. Each diamond is sculpted based on the unique features of the rough; no two Movál diamonds are alike.
“For many of our retailers, Movál has become synonymous with our brand,” says Goldfiner. “As a result, we felt our next step was to ensure our legal standing of the trademark to avoid future potential infringement.”
Harry Kotlar Introduces Plasmare Collection
Los Angeles, CA—Harry Kotlar announces the Plasmare collection, featuring an artistic bending of platinum prongs.
Double prong, hand-pulled metal heads are a signature design of the Harry Kotlar brand, which specializes in old-world artistry and crafting techniques. The double-prong metal heads are an old-world technique of hand pulling and hand shaping metal and fashioning it into prongs, and the new Plasmare Collection expands on this.
Plasmare means “to fashion” or “to give life to” in Italian. The collection revives the lost art of shaping platinum wires. But instead of simply hand-pulling the platinum and shaping it into double prong heads, Harry Kotlar’s master artisans form a surprise motif on the gallery. Click here or on the image below to watch a video of the technique in action.
Due to its intricacy and sophistication, this method can only be done in platinum, with its strength and durability. The platinum wires form the head of the ring, and serve the important function of cradling the center stone in a delicate silhouette, without compromising the durability of the prongs.
The Plasmare Collection is available in four- and six-prong heads. Four-prong heads can accommodate round or fancy shape center stones; six-prong heads are available for round center stones. Each motif comes in platinum heads with either platinum, 18k white, yellow, or rose gold shanks. For more information, visitharrykotlar.com.