Renowned Jewelry Designer Scott Kay Passes Away

Scott Kay, founder of Scott Kay Inc. has recently passed away after a heart attack on December 4th at the age of 57. He is survived by his wife, Regina and their three children.

The trailblazing entrepreneur – whose career in the jewelry industry spanned almost four decades – will be remembered by many of his colleagues and friends as a vivacious, outspoken personality with a zest for life and a passion for his craft.

That passion was sparked when Kay was just barely a young adult. Walking home one day on the streets of Brooklyn, he picked up a lug nut out of curiosity and spent the next several hours fashioning it into a pinky ring. He knew he had found his calling.

He launched his own fine jewelry design house in 1984. At the time, he was searching for something to set himself apart from many of his other competitors, and he found it through the use of platinum. He was quoted in Florida’s Sun Sentinel years later stating, “Platinum stands for the best of the best. Platinum credit cards, platinum records. Why does it have no presence in our industry?” Nowadays, he is often credited as the man who brought life back to platinum in the jewelry industry.

His personal brand achieved elevated success, driven in large part by his personal philosophy which became his brand’s motto: “never compromise”. The cornerstones of his brand were meticulous attention for the smallest detail, and the incorporation of personal, spiritual and religious themes. Many were drawn to his work for the emotional connections they elicited. He also grew a celebrity following, those who embraced his unique vision: Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Jackson, Heidi Klum, Salma Hayek among those included.

Although he will be dearly missed, his legacy and life’s work still lives on through the brand he created. The Scott Kay Company will continue to uphold his passion and vision, and he will continue to touch and inspire those who connect through his pieces.

Australian Zircon Gem Found to be Oldest Fragment of Earth

ajaxA recent discovery of zircon deposits in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia proves to be the oldest known fragments of Earth, and provides ground-breaking evidence that life on Earth could have formed earlier than previously thought.

Zircons are the gold standard for accurately determining the age of surrounding rocks; due to the fact that they are plentiful in the Earth’s crust, are exceptionally resistant to chemical changes, and have a uranium content sufficient for testing.

graphDr. John Valley and his team of geoscientists chose one very small fragment to test in order to determine its age. The widely accepted uranium-lead dating technique was used first; by determining how much uranium in the zircon had decayed, Valley and his team pinpointed the zircon to be around 4.4 billion years old.

Since this technique can yield false results due to the lead’s ability of movement within and outside of the mineral, a second process was used to verify accuracy. The atom-probe technique found the lead atoms had not moved significantly, confirming the age of the zircon to be 4.4 billion years old.  The significance lies in the fact that Earth itself was formed only 4.5 billion years ago, from a collision that turned it into a fiery, uninhabitable mass. By pinpointing the age of the zircon material, we can conclude that the formation of Earth’s crust was also at least 4.4 billion years ago.

This finding supports the hypothesis of a ‘cool early Earth’, where temperatures were stabilized and low enough to create a hydrosphere to support microbial life. Scientists have estimated the timeframe to be 100 million years after the formation of the crust.

“The discovery that the zircon crystal, and thereby the formation of the crust, dates from 4.4 billion years ago suggests that the planet was perhaps capable of sustaining microbial life 4.3 billion years ago,” Valley said. “We have no evidence that life existed then. We have no evidence that it didn’t. But there is no reason why life could not have existed on Earth 4.3 billion years ago,” he added.