In GEMOLOGUE Podcast, Liza Urla interviews jewellery designers and jewellery community to learn about their exciting journeys, discover their jewellery craft, and gain insight into their lives and success. GEMOLOGUE.COM, a dialogue about gems, launched in 2009 and is a digital storytelling window of Urla’s journey shown through carefully curated fine, costume and vintage jewellery in a lifestyle and travelling context, bringing together creative photography and writing. Urla has collaborated with over 500 jewellery brands in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East including Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari. Some of the topics covered on GEMOLOGUE include ethical sourcing and respect for craftsmanship in all types of jewellery from beaded jewellery in Africa to marquetry jewellery in Brazil to high jewellery in Paris.
GEMOLOGUE Jewelry Podcast with Selim Mouzannar
Today I would like you to meet Selim Mouzannar. I first tried on his jewellery creations inspired by Art Deco and Ottoman architecture during private MATCHESFASHION dinner in London. I love the simplicity of his design and rose-cut diamonds to create a warm glow. Selim collections reflect his passion for the ocean, stars and open air. His star shaped pendant became iconic and in my wishlist.
You launched your jewellery workshop in 1993 in Beirut. How did your brand start?How do your jewels reflect your background as both your father and grandfather were also jewellers?You studied mineralogy and graduated from Paris’s Institut National de Gemmologie. How important is to understand and to play with gemstone colours to create jewels?What are your signature design elements? Are there any unique and special techniques used during the process like enamel and antique Mediterranean crafts?Can you speak more about your iconic pieces, the 7-point star of the collection Istanbul? How are your jewels created?
GEMOLOGUE Jewelry Podcast with Mike Saatji of Mike Joseph Fine Jewellery
I have been fascinated by Mike Joseph since I first tried on his second skin jewellery creations during Couture 2016 in Las Vegas. I love the simplicity of his design, yet it is a complex puzzle of individual pieces attached together replicating organic shapes of feminine curves. Mike Joseph Fine Jewellery stands for unique, innovative and avant-garde jewellery. Mike Saatji, Creative Director of Mike Joseph Jewellery, has dedicated the last 25 years to jewellery design and making of fine jewelry. Born in Armenia to a family of jewelers, he spent every spare moment of his formative years at the jeweler’s bench. He believes jewellery completes the look, and make each one of us unique and sophisticated.
What was your vision when you launched the brand, and does it still remain the same today?You continue to surprise us by pushing the boundaries of traditional jewellery design.Where do you find these bold ideas?I feel that many of your collections have been sketched in Europe. Where do you travel for inspiration when starting a new collection? Your Savage Love collection features tapered baguette diamonds in a stunning presentation of visual texture and implied movement. Is it your latest collection?
GEMOLOGUE Jewelry Podcast with Bea Bongiasca
In this podcast I would like you to discover the journey of a young jewellery designer within the contemporary jewellery design scene in a rapidly changing jewellery landscape. Bea Bongiasco latest jewellery collection is like a miniature fantasy world anyone can immerse in. I met Bea Bongiasco at COUTURE in Las Vegas and interviewed her classmates for GEMOLOGUE KICK GEM - the series of interviews with brilliant women and men who are about to dazzle the jewellery world with their exceptional talent and creativity.
You founded your jewellery brand in Milan the same year you graduated from the Jewellery Design course at Central Saint Martins in London. How did the jewellery degree shaped you as a designer and prepared you to navigate the jewellery industry?What was your vision when you launched the brand, and does it still remain the same today?Your jewels are handmade in Italy. What is your day like at your workshop? How recognisable "Made in Italy" for jewellery? Your inspiration comes from the fascination you have always had with the Eastern countries and traveling. What inspires you to create?Your jewels are cheerful, lightweight and precious. How would you define contemporary jewelry design scene in "the era of playful fine jewellery"? What gave you confidence there is a consumer for contemporary jewellery design?
GEMOLOGUE Jewelry Podcast with Dima Nawbar of L'Atelier Nawbar
In this podcast I would like you to meet Dima Nawbar of L’Ateleier Nawbar, the fourth generation jeweller. I am very excited for you to discover her jewellery brand which she runs together with her sister Tania across the Middle East and recently in London Harrods with the base in Beirut. I first caught a glimpse of L’Atelie Nawbar jewellery during Jewellery Arabia Bahrain at Azza Showroom. Dima was floating between clients and she was always surrounded by crowds of jewellery lovers and clients who could not get enough of her stacking jewellery designs.
How did Atelier L'Nawbar brand start? In 1891 your great great grandfather opened in the Gould souk in Beirut and in 1983 your parents opened a boutique on London Bond Street?
You use ethically sourced materials. You also encourage the use of ecological stones in certain collections and push clients to upcycle there own jewellery reusing their stones and materials. What are your thoughts on recycling or upcycling jewellery as a trend?
What are your signature design elements? Are there any unique and special techniques used during the process
Describe your jewellery travel schedule pre Covid? How has it changed and what have you learned from the lockdown?
GEMOLOGUE Jewelry Podcast with Anthony Lent
I am currently running "United States of Jewels" series on GEMOLOGUE Instagram. Turns out, up to this point my selection was entirely taken over by talented American female jewelry designers, but here is one gentleman I couldn’t leave out! Deeply beloved by you, my gem squad and with almost 50 years of experience in the industry, Anthony Lent Jewelry has become a collection of sculptural works of art conceived in silver and gold. Tony Lent is undoubtedly one of the top American fine jewellery designers working side by side with his sons. He has dedicated his life to the painstaking transformation of visionary images into intricate pieces of wearable art.
How did Anthony Lent brand start?
What inspires you to create? What are your signature design elements?
How a jewellery startup can become successful?
Can you speak more about yourThe Celestial collection? Inspiration, process, manufacturing.
Why jewellery matters?
What are your favourite jewellery books?
GEMOLOGUE Jewelry Podcast with Stephen Webster
British-born Stephen Webster MBE blends a love of traditional craftsmanship with a passion for music, fashion and art to produce jewellery that has to be picked up, worn, held to the light and loved by many jewellery lovers. All Stephen Webster jewellery collections are contemporary with a chic glam-rock twist. His enthusiasm and unmistakable creativity have helped him to win ‘British Luxury Jeweller of the Year’, ‘Diamond Jeweller of the Year’, ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’, ‘UK Jewellery Brand of the Year’, COUTURE Award again and again! So what is it that so many love about his brand? For me it’s the bold and instant iconic style! The bright, colourful and exotic gems are just one of the many elements why we want more of Stephen Webster jewellery in our lives!
How did your jewellery journey and Stephen Webster brand start?Where do you go for inspiration when starting a new collection?What do you think will be the impact of coronavirus on the jewellery world? How is the crystal haze effect achieved?