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Vegas Day 3

Day 3 in Las Vegas starts out with a glowing golden circle in the sky, and glowing golden circles at Gurhan in the form of these stunning 24k gold hammered disc earrings.

Gurhan is best known for his mastery of pure 24k gold, but several years back, he started mixing in sterling silver, and the result was incredibly fun and versatile. Below, Zoey stacks a Gurhan bracelet made of sterling silver, 24k gold, druzy quartz, and onyx with her platinum link Alex Sepkus bracelet.

Gurhan also does stunning work with gemstones, particularly opals. This incredible necklace of opal, kyanite, blue topaz, and moss aqua set in 24k gold came home to Seattle with us!

The next stop is at Harry Kotlar, another 3rd generation family-owned business like Fox's. Kotlar is best known for their signature - and incredibly beautiful - Kotlar cushion diamond, but this lovely oval really caught our eye.

Kotlar is also known for their artisan pave and meticulous craftsmanship. So many engagement rings to choose from!

We can't resist snapping a few pictures to remember these classic pendants by when we are back home.

Our last appointment of the day is with our friend Ray Griffiths. We had the pleasure of having Ray at our store a few months ago, and he is such a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. He couldn't resist getting silly with Zoey's baby bump!

We couldn't resist this row of beautiful blues! Aren't the tassels fun?

We love all of Ray's work, but turquoise mixed with his signature 18k yellow gold crownwork is such an eye-catching combination.

The last event of the day is the Couture awards, to honor the pieces of jewelry from the show that are particularly noteworthy in design and workmanship.

We head home early to compare notes and rest up for our last day at the show.

Vegas Day 2

Rise and shine! It's Day 2 of the Couture show in Las Vegas. Day 2 is always much harder to wake up for than Day 1, because our feet always hurt from the day before! Chai likes to start his day with a dip in the Wynn Hotel's beautiful pool.

Our first appointment of the day is with Mark Patterson. Mark's engagement rings and bands are the epitome of classic, timeless bridal jewelry. We have been carrying his jewelry for over 20 years, and it just doesn't go out of style.

Mark's signature is that all of his engagement rings are made so that the wedding band fits perfectly flush with the engagement ring. Zoey loves his channel-set baguette setting so much that she chose it for her engagement ring!

Our second stop of the day is at Kwiat. We feel a kinship with Kwiat because they are a third generation family owned business, just like us. Kwiat is also known for their stunning ideal cut diamonds. Their jewelry is all handmade in New York City, and their signature is simple, elegant designs that make the diamonds appear to be floating.

Kwiat always has extremely special and rare diamonds to show us, and this year we got to see this natural fancy intense purple-pink diamond!

Our last stop of the day is at Arman Sarkisyan. Arman and his wife, Louiza, are both artists in their own right, and their booth is always decorated beautifully.

This year, there were gorgeous canvases painted by Louiza, still lifes of jewelry in domed apothecary jars, and vases of lush peonies.

We first discovered Arman at Couture four years ago and still swoon over his whimsical, intricate jewelry in 22k gold and oxidized silver. This year, our favorite piece was this lovely bird ring.

That evening, we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Mizumi, one of the restaurants at the Wynn Hotel. Mizumi specializes in award-winning Japanese cuisine and looks out over private Japanese gardens, a koi pond, and a 90-foot waterfall.

 

Stay tuned for Day 3!

 

 

Vegas Day 1

Every year, a team from Fox's goes to Las Vegas in June (average high temperature: 100 degrees) to attend the Couture jewelry show. The best jewelry designers in the world all gather at the luxurious Wynn Hotel to show their newest collections. It's just like being a kid in a candy store, except all of the candy is jewelry!

If you've never been to the Wynn, it is a beautiful hotel and such a feast for the eyes before you even see any jewelry. They are known for their elaborate floral arrangements, and this year there was a hot air balloon made entirely of flowers in the lobby!

The show begins at 10am, and our first appointment is always with Alex Sepkus. We have been carrying Sepkus for 25 years, and his jewelry is so timeless and unique. There are always many one of a kind pieces, and the early bird gets the worm!

Zoey and Chai pore over stacks and stacks of rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets until they find the pieces that are just right for us. Each of these rings contains a one of a kind gemstone.

Zoey and Chai admire Alex Sepkus's famously detailed workmanship. Each piece is finished by hand under a microscope. If you look closely, you may see whimsical creatures, bicycle chains, or numbers hiding there!

The next stop is Todd Reed. We discovered Todd Reed at the Couture show 5 years ago and have been in love with him (and his jewelry) ever since. He has such a wonderful energy and is a pioneer in the use of raw diamonds in fine jewelry. Here is Zoey with Todd on the left and our Todd Reed rep, Jeff Hayzlett, on the right. If you look closely, Zoey is wearing her brand new necklace that she designed with Todd, featuring her children's birthstones. It was finished just in time to be hand carried by Jeff to the show!

It is always a treat to see the new designs that Todd has come up with. This year we saw some lovely raw diamond cabochons.

Getting to try on all of the jewelry is the most fun part of going to Couture. Zoey couldn't resist this stunning new Todd Reed bracelet design.

Here is a little pile of our favorites. Some of these beauties will be showing up at Fox's soon!

Our last official stop of the day is at Mikimoto. The founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, discovered how to grow cultured pearls in 1893. Since then, Mikimoto has been revered for having the finest pearls in the world. Kokichi Mikimoto once said, "My dream is to adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls." Today, a strand of pearls is synonymous with classic elegance that never goes out of style.

In the Mikimoto suite, Zoey, Chai, and Joy admire cases of stunning South Sea pearls. This suite of golden baroque pearls and diamonds was a real showstopper!

Zoey and Chai inspect a pearl bracelet up close. Mikimoto is known for perfection, and each pearl is matched in color, size, shape, and quality. For more rare pearls, it can take 15 years to collect enough to make a perfectly matched necklace!

Perusing a tray of black pearls. See how many color variations are available, from silver to peacock!

With those three appointments, the day is officially over but can we tear ourselves away yet? No! One of the most fun parts of Couture is browsing. This is how we discover new designers, or maybe a special one-off piece for the store. Here Chai admires a piece that has caught his eye.

After a long day on our feet, Vegas nightlife has no allure and a bed has never looked so good. Stay tuned for the recap of day two!