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The Maltese Cross

What is the Maltese Cross The Maltese cross is a symbol that is most commonly associated with the Knights of Malta. What does it look like? The shape of the Maltese cross is star-like with four V-shaped arms that are joined together at the tips. What’s the history behind the cross? Although the Maltese cross is most famously associated with the Knights of Malta, as well as Malta itself as a country, the symbol originates from Amalfi, which was an Italian republic during the 11th century. What’s the meaning of the Maltese cross? The Maltese Cross formally adopted by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126, stylistically owes its origins to the crosses used in the crusades, when it was...

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Ruby, July Birthstone

Ruby is the birthstone for fortunate folks born in July. And to celebrate July babies and all who can’t resist the luster of the Ruby reds we are highlighting lovely Art Deco inspired rings, sparkling with diamonds and rubies this month.   Ruby represents love, passion, courage and emotion. For centuries this gem has been considered the king of all gems. It was believed that wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. Rubies have been the prized possession of emperors and kings throughout the ages. To this day the Ruby is the most valued gemstone.  

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April Showers Bring May Flowers and The Diamond Birthstone!

The April birthstone, the diamond, in addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage providing the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength. Diamonds have been admired for centuries, and some historians estimate it was traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth’s crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered. But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth and thought to have many healing powers.. You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. In fact, it’s the hardest...

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Meet the man behind Lord Jewelry, interview by JCK

Full Circle With Sinork Agdere Lord Jewelry is “luxurious, timeless, and unique.” It possesses a striking aesthetic that holds a unique vision in the marketplace. Sinork Agdere is the artist who makes it all come to life. With over 40 years of experience, Agdere is recognized in the jewelry industry for his labor-intensive techniques and creative designs. He is also an expert in jewelry enameling. The intricacy of Agdere’s work is breathtaking! His collections are sculpturally bold, yet impossibly delicate; his bright enamels are captivating yet subtle; his themes are historically rich, yet distinctively modern in style. Agdere designs and crafts all the pieces, including the enameling. He has devoted many years to mastering the art of enameling, and his work speaks for...

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JCK Features Lord Jewelry

Gurhan. Sevan Biçakçi. Alp Sagnak. Lika Behar. Our industry just wouldn’t be the same without the influence of these acclaimed Turkish jewelry designers. And now, after a well-received debut at JCK Tucson, Sinork Agdere seems on the brink of joining them with his latest collection for Lord Jewelry, the line he started in 2002 upon arriving in America to begin a new life. After spending decades as a sought-after jeweler in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Agdere relocated his atelier to downtown Los Angeles. His designs bear the hallmarks of traditional Turkish jewelry design—richly textured goldwork, highly detailed sculptural executions, Byzantine references, and intricate patterns rendered in gleaming enamel. But over the years he’s refined this aesthetic, blending old-world techniques with modern, wearable color combinations...

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