Thursday, August 28, 2008

Glossy Exposure.


Anton Baretto asked me if I am willing to be featured in Versus, a comparison article between 2 people in Metro Society magazine. I asked whom I am being compared to and was told that it was Ana Rocha. Owner of Rocks by Ana Rocha. She owns a whole lot of other things too but there's too many to mention. Anyway, Ana is a friend of mine and of course, I agreed to be part of it mainly because it is Anton asking.

Anyway, for my millions of fans out there, here's what this VS article says for the the August-September, Luxury Issue, 2008.

To read the interview, you just gotta get your copy! C'mon, don't get cheap on me.


And for the Town and Country September issue, Gretchen Cojuangco graces the cover. Inside, Rorie Carlos produces a section about jewelry and Jul B. Dizon Jewellery is included.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Town and Country, 1st Anniversary.

Event: First Anniversary of Town and Country Philippines
Venue: Rigodon Ballroom, The Peninsula Hotel
Decor: Margarita Fores
Attire: Formal

It was good night. Plenty of drinks and food for everyone. People really dressed up for the event and it is nice to see glamour come back to affairs such as this.

Most of the time, when the invitations says formal, people still come in jeans, simple day dress and sometimes even sandals.

Last night, was really nice. The flower arrangement was gorgeous!!! The table was filled with different kinds of cheese, fruits, nuts, crackers and truffles. My next party, I will definitely have something similar to it.

The night also somehow introduced the new GM Vlad Reyes and his wife, Teresa to Manila's Society. Here they are with the ever beautiful Margie Moran and her daughter.

Entertainment came from Bimbo Cerrudo and Cris Villonco.
Tara Santos, Monique Villonco, Gretchen Cojuangco and Lisa Gokongwei making a toast for one of the best magazines in the country.

Here are the party people looking ravishing!

Love love love this Joel Escober's dress on B.Y.

Ferdie Salvador, Czarina Ledesma, Raul Manzano and your bloggerina.

The Peninsula's Events Manager, Stephanie Chong. A job well done!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More of Blackamoor!

"Morettos" in Italian, these figures usually appear in antique Venetian (though nowadays they can be made anywhere) jewelry as earrings, bracelets, cuff links, and brooches. Some contemporary craftsmen continue to make individual pieces, but it is rare because of the modern issues of depicting Black people as "exotic" and decorative. The blackamoor is depicted with a head covering, usually a Turban, and covered in rich jewels and gold leaf. It's always a man, and usually has white racial features, but enamelled, carved from ebony or painted black to contrast with the bright colours of the embellishments. Depictions are only of the head, or head and shoulders, facing the viewer in a symmetrical pose.

Jul B. Dizon Jewellery made our first Blackamoor in 1994. It was 5 inches big made in blackened silver with a turban filled with gems. At that time, no one really understood what it was and why we would design something that touches a bit of a racial issue. It took a while but they got sold eventually to clients who understood the significance of this design.

14 years later, we have made a total of about 40 blackamoors and all are still one of a kind, wearing different kinds of turbans and clothing.

Here's what Ginny Dizon's take on the brooch that is now in demand in Europe and America.

14 karat yellow gold with black spinel, citrine, garnet and tourmaline with dangling garnet drops and spinel beads, German carved black onyx face.

Silver with yellow gold accents with a headdress of peridot, amethyst, trillions of peridot, garnet and iolite and dress of smokey topaz, citrine, garnet, amethyst, poppy and paraiba topaz and drops of carnelian, turquoise, smokey topaz and black spinel.

Tourmaline wings (11.207 carats) with citrine, iolite and garnet trillions with lemon topaz (23.16 carats), spessartite garnet, mozambique garnet, black spinel, iolite and garnet beads.

Available at Jul B. Dizon Jewellery Salon
The Peninsula Manila
2nd Floor

Friday, August 22, 2008

Buddha Bless You!

When a VIP client of mine buys something, she tends to over do it and buys a whole lot instead of just one or a couple. When she went to Shanghai, a jade market caught her eye and of course, having the tendency to overdo things, she buys a truck load of jade beads and carved Buddha.

When she gets back to Manila, her yaya comes to my store with a sack full of beads that I have to design for her. Seriously now, how many Buddha necklaces does one person really need? So what I did was to put 3 together in one necklace. This way, it creates more of an impact instead of just a single one. The following pictures are only some of the pieces that I have created for this client.

I have still have half a sack full but I suppose this is where the challenge lies.

May Buddha Bless me with more ideas!