Designer Rotenier Introduces DVD Courses

Paris-trained jewelry designer and teacher Rémy Rotenier of Rémy Design has introduced two DVD courses.

The first, Counter Sketching Jewelry, teaches how to make black and white custom design sketches on paper in front of a client.

The second, Color Rendering of Jewelry, instructs how to render jewelry designs into finished paintings that can be presented to customers. The two courses encapsulate classes that Rotenier has taught at jewelry and design schools for years, and incorporate skills he has learned in 30 years as a professional designer.

Course 1: Black and White Counter Sketching

In Counter Sketching Jewelry, Rotenier teaches pencil and paper sketching to quickly capture ideas and bring to life a design concept in front of a client. He explains the materials jewelers need to sketch, and how to organically draw gemstones and jewelry in three dimensions. He also teaches how light hits opaque, metallic, and transparent objects differently as they are drawn. Concepts such as perspective, values (shades of color from light to dark), and shadows are thoroughly covered.

"It's really important if you sell custom jewelry to learn how to draw a little bit," says Rotenier. "Even in this era of so many digital design options, the ability to free-hand draw is impressive. You're able to get into clients' heads and really deliver the individualized design they want. When you sketch in real time, you also gain their trust that you have skills as a jewelry artist. You've shown them that you're not afraid to grab a piece of paper and start drawing. It gives clients a greater level of respect for the complexity and detail that go into creating a piece of jewelry. And there's no question it will help you close more sales."

Retail sales associates, students, jewelry makers, and designers can all benefit from Counter Sketching Jewelry's lessons. A special section of the DVD offers Rotenier's advice on working with custom clients, gained through many years of personal experience. He offers insight into many customers' fears and worries about the design process and costs. Jewelers also learn how to set up a comfortable space to relax clients and establish trust. The designer coaches custom jewelers in how to subtly observe a customer's style, talk about budget, and listen carefully.

Course 2: Color Rendering of Jewelry

In the second course, Color Rendering of Jewelry, Rotenier teaches the classic European tradition of color hand rendering, which he himself learned in Paris. The course takes students though basic techniques, and on to the higher level art of rendering metals and gemstones into professional-quality gouache presentation paintings.

"Though CAD renderings are amazing, there is something romantic about having the ability to design a painting of exceptional realism, vitality, and sparkle," says Rotenier. "Gouache paints are heavier and more opaque than simple watercolors, and have been used by jewelry artists and the great jewelry design houses for centuries. To present such a gift to your clients is to enhance their experience of buying something hand made. It also links them with jewelry's long history and commemorates their own personal journey in buying a bespoke object, in a sublimely memorable way."

Rémy Design's DVDS were produced in collaboration with Blaine Lewis, founder of the New Approach School for Jewelers, Franklin TN. They employ the same advanced, high-magnification video and multiple camera angles that Lewis uses to teach his jewelry making classes. Each two-disc course includes downloadable digital files of helpful worksheets and design guides developed specifically for the DVDs.

"Rémy takes viewers carefully through the drawing process, building skills layer-upon-layer in a very easy-to-follow manner," says Lewis. "One of the reasons I love to have him teach at New Approach is that he is such a dynamic teacher and breaks down concepts with such clarity and simplicity. You can take a beginner and truly build confidence using this style of teaching. These DVDs are an instructional breakthrough in that regard. Also, while many electronic sketching courses attempt to cover the subject in just an hour, Rémy's DVD courses are more than three hours in length each, and are much more in-depth."

Rotenier has been working for international jewelry houses in Paris and the United States for 30 years. The designer currently creates collections from the most affordable to the high end, and accepts custom design commissions. He also teaches at leading design and jewelry schools across the United States and trains designers and sales associates at major jewelry companies and retail stores, along with tutoring and mentoring private students.

Each DVD can be purchased for $175 through the Rio Grande catalog at

For more information about Rémy Design, visit

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Late Scott Kay’s New Collection to Debut on Sunday

The one-hour premiere of “Scott Kay Jewelry Designs” is scheduled to be broadcast live on QVC Sunday, February 1 at 9 AM (ET) with a second one-hour show at 3 PM (ET) the same day.

Tiffany Kay, Scott Kay’s daughter and co-creator of the unique collection, will present the pieces on air.

“It will be an honor to continue my father’s legacy and the exciting new journey we have with QVC,” said Kay. “He had a story to tell with a message of faith, deep-rooted dedication, and to never compromise.  I can’t wait to personally connect with the QVC customer and share the stories that inspired each design.”

“Other jewelry brands have enjoyed greater consumer awareness through their presence on QVC. We’re excited about the opportunity to expand the reach of Scott’s incredible fashion designs and the halo effect it brings to our bridal jewelry,” commented David Minster, Scott Kay CEO.

The Scott Kay collection at QVC includes a wide range of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings that are crafted in sterling silver and set with gemstones and Diamonique simulated gemstones. The line was created with the hope to inspire the lives of QVC's customers with the messages that shaped every design. 

“We are eager to share Scott Kay’s vision with our customer,” said Diane Paccione, QVC’s vice president of merchandising for beauty and jewelry. “Having Tiffany present the collection and share her father’s inspiration will resonate with our viewers who value the stories behind the pieces they see on QVC.”

For more information about Scott Kay’s collection on QVC please visit

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Rona Fisher Will Participate in MJSA Online Challenge

Rona Fisher, of Rona Fisher Jewelry Design in Philadelphia, has been selected as to participate in the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge.

For the sixth consecutive year, the jewelry industry organization is hosting the online-only project. Each year, nine designers are supplied with a fictional scenario involving a special piece of jewelry to be designed around a particular stone. Every month from January through September, MJSA Journal will present the design of one of the nine participating designers in its online version. The ideas behind each design will also be included. Fisher’s design entry has been chosen for January.

In October, the public will be invited to vote, and the winning design will be featured in the December 2015 print issue of MJSA Journal.

This year’s Design Challenge, titled “A Little Piece of Home,” is centered around a natural, 4.59-carat purple sapphire available from the project’s sponsor, Omi Gems in Los Angeles. The fictional scenario involves a father who wants to give his daughter a special piece of jewelry upon her college graduation and before she leaves home to begin her career.

Fisher met the challenge by designing a palladium ring that includes elements representing ideas meaningful to the fictional characters. Her design, along with her remarks about how she approached the challenge, can be viewed here .    


For more information about the 2015 MJSA Online Design Challenge, see here.

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Sixth Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair Opens in One Week

With one week to go until the opening of Sixth Edition of the Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair), the organizers are completing the last preparations before Antwerp's diamond quarter will be welcoming the many hundreds of buyers who have registered for the fair. 

On Sunday, February 1, the doors of the Antwerp Diamond Bourse, the Diamond Club of Antwerp and Antwerp's Rough Diamond Bourse will open, offering visiting buyers access to the show booths of more than 90 of Antwerp's leading diamond firms, which will be displaying a truly dazzling choice of diamonds, in all sizes, quantities, prices and qualities. 

"Advance registration will start on Saturday afternoon, January 31, at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel," Nicole Decombes, member of the organizing committee said. "From Sunday morning and onward, registration will continue in the lobby of the Kring, at Hoveniersstraat 2, the main street of the diamond quarter. This year, the visitor identification tags will also include a head-and-shoulder shot of the visitors," she continued.

A highlight of the three-day event's programme is the "Antwerp Diamond Night" offered by the AWDC on Sunday night. On Monday February 2, the diamond consultant and author Marijan Dundek of Graff, London, will talk about "The Magic World of Diamonds" during his breakfast meeting seminar, at the Radisson Blue Astrid. The breakfast seminar of Tuesday morning will feature Dr. Katrien De Corte, Chief Officer of Education at HRD, who will present an overview of the latest developments in diamond grading and identification. 

As has become tradition, during the fair lunch is served in the restaurants of all three trading halls. "The ADTF is the world's only by-invitation-only trade fair for diamonds," Ms. Decombes said. "We do our best to make sure that once our guests arrive, they are taken well care of, so that they can concentrate on what they come to do: business, in a warm, secure and welcoming environment!" Outside the halls, however, it will be cold as during the fair days temperatures will hover around the freezing point. 

Invitations to the ADTF can be obtained directly from the organizers, either through referral by one of the ADTF exhibitors, or through registering on the website of the Fair at

The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair is powered by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre.

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