Thursday, November 26, 2009

Brazilian Gemstones & Custom Heirloom Jewelry


I am really pleased to have a new supplier of precious gem stones here in Bali. This valuable contact , Rafael, is bringing the stones in directly from the mines in the Northeast of his native country Brazil. The beautiful stones on offer consist of emeralds, diamonds, paraiba tourmalines, aquamarines, citrines, amethysts and crysoberyl's to name a few. There are also many more on offer.

Rafael also has beautiful black/green/grey A grade quality 8-9mm Tahitian pearls which he acquired on a working holiday there.

All these stones and pearls are of excellent quality at amazingly affordable prices!

Custom Heirloom Jewelry

In November I returned to Bali from a quick business trip to Jakarta where I met with certain Ambassadors wives to discuss custom jewelry work and also some maintenance on precious family heirloom pieces. We spent quite some time designing custom rings featuring emeralds and diamonds which were supplied by my new Brazilian contact Rafael. The ladies absolutely loved the gems and I am planning a return visit early in the New Year as the stones were so well received the ladies are already planning to have me design more custom pieces for them.


BWA Bazaar

While in Jakarta I also attended the BWA Bazaar. My collections were a sell out with the most popular items being from the Root, Kupu Kupu (Butterfly) and Carved Lotus Collections. Charms, always popular, were a big seller too.

Flashback to Fashion Week Sept NYC

Nagicia Jewellery seen on a certain infamous hair-stylist to the stars Pearson Knight. He was spotted backstage at Ports 1961, Jason Wu, Rodarte and Argentina sporting pieces from the Nagicia Dragon Collection featuring Black Sting-Ray.

Also spotted on models Ranya, Shu and Yulia was the Nagicia Faux Gold Swan earrings with briolette drops in carnelian, rose quartz and moonstone.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

LEELA NYC


NYC in september was wonderful, catching up with family, friends and making new contacts. I especially enjoyed a weekend in the Hamptons with my friend Eric Pettigrew who has begun his homeopathic practise. Time was tight so the people I didn't catch up with on this trip I plan to make up for on my next round.

I had the great fortune to connect with Soma Choudhury of Leela Showroom in Soho. We met on ASW.com and stayed in touch. Luckily for me she fell in love with my new Butterfly and Root Collections and is now representing me in the States and Europe.
She will be presenting the Nagicia Collection to Buyers and Press in NYC - Nov 2 - 11 and in Los Angeles - Nov 17 - 18. For more info please call Soma or Giorgio at 212.334.6865
580 BROADWAY
SUITE 711
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10012

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Golden Buddha... Condom (!)

from the island of the gods to the city of angels

Looking at the string bean thin sky scraper tall palms that line the streets of the city of angels, we understand how Dr. Seuss may have been inspired.



There were several highlights to my trip last month to the City of Angels and one of them was the 'artwalk' through Chinatown. The first saturday of every month the city's art galleries stay open late and its legal to walk around carrying alcoholic beverages! There was a lot of provocative art on display but one show really stood out for me. 'World Condom Project I : Natural Feelings' by Uudam Nguyen at Sabina Lee Gallery showcased larger than life sized condoms with flags painted on them. This show pushes the fine border between love and war, identity and power. The suspended ring of penises is like a crown or halo daring anyone to stand in the center and feel the endless / mindlessness of ego's and partriotism at its extreme. What really stopped me in my tracks was the 'little' condom with a golden Buddha painted on it... I had to question that... which lead to a theosophical conversation with Sabina Lee on why she was a catholic; she said Catholicism and Buddhism were the same and I should re-read the bible. I can't say I agree. Amen.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jakarta



I have been embracing the quiet and simple kampung (village) life-style in Bali for the last eleven years, but being a city gal at heart welcome a healthy dose of hyper city activity every once in awhile. I have begun to go on sales trips to Jakarta this past year to sell at the AWA and ANZA bazaars. I must thank my dear friends Suzanne D' Angelo (Zann jewelry) and Gillian Arnold (China Blue jewelry) for introducing me to Jakarta. I love staying in Gillian's home in Kemang because it is full of beautiful and curious objets, books and framed pictures covering every wall space. She also puts on a proper afternoon tea and has a revolving door policy that brings an endless flow of guests dining at her table.


In early May the AWA bazaar happened to coincide with the premiere of "Mengejar Ombak" (Chasingwaves.com) a surf / doc directed by David Arnold, Gillian's 27 -yo son! It was nominated for 3 and won 2 awards at Sundance Film Festival. Gede Suryana is a 23 - yo Javanese who stays true to his humble origins despite all the limelight. Watch the film and see for yourselves this young surfer with the enigmatic smile is going to go far! In June David will take the film to Spain for the San Sebastian film festival!


Sidenote: Gillian drives everywhere, very elegantly I must add, see the pic of parking space we slipped into at Hero Supermarket, not for the handicapped but for LADIES!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Flores / Komodo another kind of Paradise






One of the Upsides of living in Paradise, is the easy access to other Paradise Islands since Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of thousands of islands! In March I was lucky to have the opportunity to go to Flores / Komodo with a few friends. Leslie (www.jewelrygalboutique) and partner Ricky (aka Ramat owns Good Karma Cafe, Gili Trewangan), being a native of Flores had made all the arrangements. After a simple 1.5 hour flight, we landed and were whisked away on a boat adventure. The captain was a childhood friend of Ricki's and we stopped at deserted pink beaches, swam, snorkeled, hiked and dined on fresh seafood to our hearts content. I felt blessed to have this chance to experience one of nature's gorgeous pristine spots... although there was plastic on the journey. Stay tuned on how we tackle the trash problems in Paradise in an up-coming blog.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Color me Paradise


Aqua/Turqoise
Originally uploaded by Sofia Katariina

If you were to put a color to Paradise, what would it be?

Flores / Komodo
Pink Beaches, Turquoise waters, Golden Dragons