DIAMONDS AT FIT: Devotees of diamonds and their lore will have an opportunity to meet the authors of a new book on the gems and see an important piece of jewelry featured in the book during a reception and lecture Nov. 12 at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
“Diamonds: A Century of Spectacular Jewels” covers the history and design of diamond jewelry from 1887 to the present. Authors Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel are noted jewelry historians who collaborated on an earlier book, “Hollywood Jewels.” Their talk will be accompanied by a slide presentation.
On view will be the uncut canary diamond ring designed by Henry Dunay and worn by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 1992 Inaugural Ball.
Copies of the book will be on sale, and tickets are available through the Jewelry Information Center at (212) 398-2319. Tickets are $20 for center members, $30 for nonmembers.
HUNSICKER GETS RUFF: Dallas jewelry firm Foree Hunsicker Inc. has signed a licensing deal with Ruff Hewn for a collection of bridge jewelry carrying the sportswear maker’s label.
The line was introduced during the International Apparel Mart’s recent market week in Dallas. Wholesaling from $8 to $40, the collection is made mostly of sterling; there is some bronze, copper, buffalo horn, fake ivory and fake pearls. Motifs include Mexican prayer charms and reproductions of antique medallions and sports medals strung on bead ball and link chains.
The Ruff Hewn collection is being sold through Hunsicker’s corporate showrooms in New York and Dallas and at the Ruff Hewn sportswear showroom in Atlanta. Heading sales is Margo Shoemaker, formerly vice president of men’s wear leasing at the Dallas Market Center.
Hunsicker, known for sterling reproductions of Victorian luggage tags, has annual sales of roughly $4 million.