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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.

Photo of necklaces and earrings from Gurhan display case

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.

Photo of wrist with two bracelets

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!

Photo of blue stone necklace from Gurhan

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.

Photo of hand trying on large diamond pave engagement ring with many trays of rings below hand.

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

Trays of white and yellow diamond engagement rings

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

Photo of iphone taking a photo of diamond necklaces on table full of jewelry

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!

Photo of Zoey and Ray at his booth Ray Griffiths.

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

Photo of blue earrings from Ray Griffiths.

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

Photo of pink necklace forms with blue turquoise necklaces from Ray Griffiths draped all over.

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.

Photo of Couture design award trophies

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

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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.

Outdoor image of Wynn Hotel 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.

Trying on engagement rings at Mark Patterson booth

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!

Zoey with Mark Patterson outside his booth

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.

necklace displayed on the palm of a hand

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!

natural fancy intense purple pink diamond in a display

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.

Arman rings displayed on wooden hand under glass bulb

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

Painting on the wall of the Arman booth with flowers in front

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.

Arman double bird ring on hand

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.

 

Interior at Miziumi at the Wynn Hotel

Stay tuned for Day 3!

 

 

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