As I prepare for the JCK show in a few weeks, I came across the May 2012 edition of JCK Magazine. My heart stopped as I saw a page I had marked: the one with the fabulously gorgeous and gorgeously fabulous Sharon Khazzam mosaic cuff bracelet. I am always telling my friends that jewelry is truly an art form, and this one-of-a-kind piece demonstrates that in spades.
The story by Melissa Rose Bernardo, Managing Editor of JCK Magazine, details how Khazzam crafted the piece. She had the idea years before she began executing it for a client. The lucky client received not only the bracelet but a book detailing the process of its creation.
The cuff is comprised of 434 stones in 54 different varieties. With stones from aquamarine to yellow tourmaline and dozens in between, one can imagine it would be tricky to keep clean. While you may not have a cuff quite this complex, you probably do have jewelry made from a variety of stones and metals. It is safe to clean these pieces; you just need to use a cleaning formula safe for the most delicate stone in the mix. Gentle cleaning formulas like we produce at The Kingswood Company are safe for even the most delicate stones. Because they are non-ammoniated, you can use such a formula for a quick soak followed by buffing with a polishing cloth. Cleaning your favorite pieces routinely will keep them looking gorgeous. Dirty jewelry usually gets left forlornly in your jewelry box. So keep it clean and wear it often!
The designer of this stunner explained that she searched through thousands of stones to create the piece. “I’m always looking for new stones, trying to find one that no one has ever seen. It’s almost an obsession.” Obsession? I get it. You might even say I am obsessed with clean, sparkling jewelry!