Posts tagged jewellery
Visiting the Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2018

SIJE 2018 began a couple of days ago.

I was there to visit some dealer friends and to take in the general mood and atmosphere.

Most of the exhibitors were in the jewellery business and I found myself with relatively fewer stalls to visit for loose gemstones.

Nevertheless, there were some really beautiful pieces:

A selection of vibrant Burmese Spinels

A selection of vibrant Burmese Spinels

Star Sapphires

Star Sapphires

Lot of Unheated Blue Star Sapphires. Absolutely love the colour!

Lot of Unheated Blue Star Sapphires. Absolutely love the colour!

Lot of Faceted Sapphires of Multiple Colours

Lot of Faceted Sapphires of Multiple Colours

More updates coming up (after the last day)... :)

We are Exhibiting at the October Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair!

We will be exhibiting at the upcoming Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair from 27 - 30 October!

Not only that, we are partners with the organisers to provide Gem Jar Juniors as door gifts for all visitors to the SJGF!

Of course, we are still keeping some surprises for you at our booth - G114.

So, come any time from 11 am - 8 pm (5 pm on 30th Oct) and say 'Hi!' You'll be glad you did. :)

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Review on Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

I just finished a book by Aja Raden entitled Stoned. It speaks of desire and envy - powerful forces that drive human behaviour, affects entire nations and, by extension, shaped the history of the world.

The author expounded on historical occurrences from so many parts of the world that it is a wonder that  the research was ever finished. 

Through her explanations I learned more about the story of Manhattan being 'sold' for glass beads, that it wasn't as unfair a deal as it has often been made out to be. I also got an insight into the Romanov family and the jewelled eggs from Fabergé. I also learned more about Mikimoto and the cultured pearl industry.

Above all these stories, the author spoke of the enormous con job that De Beers pulled over the world. It truly is remarkable - how a few individuals turned an abundant supply (and the stockpile is getting larger by the day) of near-worthless stones into a 'must-have' for the common man (and woman). 

This is a book of intrigue, romance, history, psychology, geology and economics all melded together in a smooth-flowing format.

By the end of the book, I delved into the Internet for more information and stories linked to those told by the author. Some of them are still entrenched deeply in my mind.

This is a book I highly recommend!

Image taken from Amazon.com

Image taken from Amazon.com

 

 

 

Today Marks the Beginning of the 59th Bangkok Gem and Jewelry Fair 2017

Ah, the biannual gem fairs at Bangkok.

One of the things I tell gem lovers that I meet in Singapore is to visit at least 1 Bangkok gem fair as soon as they get the opportunity.

It's not that prices there are particularly good, though some of them are, but the sheer volume and variety of gems from all over the world that makes the trip worthwhile.

My first trip there was eye-opening. I had no idea of the scale of the gem and jewellery industry in Thailand before that. After 3 full days there, I hadn't even finished visiting every booth at the fair.

The contacts I made there have been valuable and I have done business with some of the dealers since then. I'm glad to know that I can look them up if I need anything.

The 59th Bangkok Gem and Jewelry Fair is scheduled to run from 22 - 26 Feb at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani. 

Truly, I wish I was there right now.

 

 

Ten Questions to Ask to Get You Started on Your Gem Buying Journey

An excerpt from our upcoming book - A Gem of a Deal. This checklist helps to narrow your search and gives more information to the person searching for your gem for you.

Whether you are buying to create a special piece of jewellery, to collect, or simply for a bit of fun, you need to be clear on why you are buying a gemstone, especially if it’s a high-price one.

If you are thinking of buying only so you can re-sell it later for a profit, don’t. Unless you are already an experienced buyer, it’s more likely that you will end up paying much more than you have to. Remember, if the deal is too good to be true, it is.

So let’s look at the possible reasons you are buying a gem and what you may be looking out for:

Generic questions for gems

1) What type of gem are you looking for? E.g. sapphire, aquamarine, peridot, ruby, etc.

2) Is there a specific colour range that you like? E.g. blue, pink, red

3) What kind of quality (top, high, medium, commercial) do you need?

4) What type of jewellery are you making? (Rings usually require more durable gems due to  their increased chances of getting knocked about)

Generic questions for jewellery

5) What type of material do you want? Gold, silver, gold alloy (white gold, rose gold, purple gold), platinum?

6) What kind of jewellery do you intend to create? E.g. a ring, pendant, or necklace?

7) How often will you wear it? (Jewellery you wear daily will require more durable gems)

8) Do you have a general style that you like? E.g. ethnic, modern, vintage, industrial, minimalistic?

9) What specific designs do you have in mind?

10) What are your reasons for making this jewellery? See 10a, b and c below.

10a) To create a special piece of jewellery

Is it for yourself?

Is it for someone else?

Does the piece have a special significance? Perhaps to commemorate a special event or occasion?

Are you making an engagement ring?

10b) To collect (and wear) / just for fun

What type of collection categories are you creating? E.g. rings from / inspired by different parts of the world, unusual designs, vintage collections, a particular brand

Do you intend to widen these categories in the future?

What are the characteristics of a gem or jewellery item that makes you like it? E.g. a thin band (esp. for stackable rings), milgrain details, floral-inspired patterns etc.

10c) For future resale

Is there a specific country of origin for your desired gem? E.g. a Burmese ruby, a Sri Lankan sapphire or an Australian opal?

Is there a specific colour you want? E.g. A pigeon-blood ruby, a cornflower blue sapphire, a Santa Maria coloured aquamarine?

Do you require a gemological certificate from one of the large gemological laboratories like GIA, GRS etc. or will a local gemological laboratory do?


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Concluding Gem Hunt 1 of 2017

We just concluded a Gem Hunt in Bangkok and we got a few interesting quartz specimens, a number of colourful gemstones and we are awaiting a delivery of new jewellery that we had made there.

We'll be delivering orders by the beginning of next week, so hang tight! You'll get your orders soon. :)

While in Bangkok, we noticed a large drop in the supply of certain gems that we intended to work with this year. It seems that they have either been bought up or new supplies have not been arriving consistently.

On the other hand, there is a significant increase in the availability of other gems.

We will be talking to our suppliers and doing a little more research before we confirm work on our new season of jewellery for 2017.

Until that update, here's a couple of the quartz pieces we bought. They have extremely picturesque inclusions and we really like them!

Our Vision for Singapore Begins in 2017!

A year ago, Loupin Jewels was merely a concept - a thought in the aethers of the mind. There were doubts and questions that could not be answered. There was little support from others. 

We marched past all of that.

We have a vision - that Singapore will be a blazing star in the gemstone and jewellery industry, alongside our neighbours Thailand and Hong Kong.

Education, collaboration, marketing, entrepreneurship and branding. We see these as the means to achieve that vision. Singapore already has a reputation for security and affluence, the bedrocks upon which a whole industry can stand.

By building Singapore as a hub of gem trading, it will make more gems from around the world readily available here, increasing variety, improving quality, and lowering prices. 

You won't need to depend on chain jewellery stores for important occasions anymore. You can easily find, craft or create jewellery according to your preferences. We will have more home-grown designers and a new form of art to be proud of.

The die is cast. 

We are forging forward and we invite you to journey on with us.

Are you ready for 2017?

One Last Post for 2016

It's been quite a year, 2016.

We launched our site, our online store, our social media platforms - Facebook and Instagram - and we have started discussions on collaborations for the coming year.

In 2017, we are looking forward to bringing education on gemstones - how to appreciate them, how to purchase them (without getting ripped off), how to handle them - to schools as well as to adults. We're going to be holding workshops and showcases, presentations and more. So much to do!

We are also looking at some new jewellery designs, producing our next collection, and tweaking systems to make them all more easily accessible to you. 

We're going to be taking the feedback you have given us and we'll be improving ourselves to serve you better.

There are also going to be Gem Hunts in a number of gemmiferous countries. We are going to Thailand and making plans for Cambodia and Myanmar as well as, possibly, Sri Lanka. Really exciting times ahead!

So, on this day, the 31st of December 2016, we at Loupin Jewels wish you a Happy New Year!

May you be ever brilliant!

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Exciting New Developments in November!

We are very excited with the new developments that we're working on.

As a quick summary:

1) You are about to fall in love with our new line of products (to be unveiled very, very soon).

2) We are negotiating for showcase space in a shop along a busy area of Singapore.

3) You will be able to see us in the upcoming pre-Christmas art markets.

4) We will be collaborating with a prominent local education institute on bringing gemology education specially designed for the local market.

5) We are working with a jewellery designer company from overseas to bring their designs into the local market.

As 2016 comes to a close, we are moving fast forward to place a solid gift in your hands and those of your loved ones this coming Christmas.

A New Day!

The official launch of the website of Loupin Jewels has arrived. It has been some time in the making, but here we are!

There are still a number of things to work on, so stay tuned for more updates, pictures and blog posts.

Thank you for the kind words and comments thus far. We will continue to make improvements so we can give you a smooth, streamlined experience, both online and in-person.

Signing off, until the next post!

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