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CAD Lab: Where Art Meets Innovation

One of the most under-appreciated merits of technology is its ability to transform the way we create art. Yes, while some jewelers lean on machines to automate production and churn out identical pieces that lack soul and the human touch, at TACORI we use technology to take our art to the next level.

In our California Design Studios, creation is driven by a passion for the craft and a love for the process of design, which brings cutting-edge technology and slow hand-craftsmanship together in a b

Life Lessons from my Sailboat

Last week, we had no electricity because our sailboat’s inverter was broken. No lights, no space heater, nowhere to charge a phone. The prognosis for the inverter was grim, because we knew nothing about how the heck it worked or how to fix it.

We lived in the dark, literally and metaphorically.

To an untrained eye (such as mine), sailboats are a means of minimalistic living. They have small, ergonomic layouts. They are powered by the wind. They float like a rubber ducky.

While we boat shopped

The Best Weekender Backpack: How I Packed For A Weekend Getaway to Amsterdam in Just One Bag

Packing for weekend travel is easy when your backpack is designed to hold 2-3 day’s worth of clothes. But this past November, when my husband and I decided to take a spontaneous weekend getaway to Amsterdam, I wasn’t totally sure that my favorite backpack (a Knack Pack of course!) would fit my bulky winter clothes and - since I needed to work on the trip - my entire mobile office.

Traveling overseas with just one backpack each was the true test of the Knack Pack’s abilities, and luckily, it exc

Look Closely - Inside TACORI's Gemology Department

The closer you look at something, the more you notice. In our California Design Studios, our intensely specialized artisans can spot the most diminutive nuances; a full room of setters peer through 10x microscopes to ensure even spacing between prongs, down to the nanometer. Our quality control team casts a deliberate 42 point quality review on each piece. The entire TACORI team - from the designers to the artisans - knows the value of looking closely.

This is exceptionally true of Ketan, who a

Zero Waste with Grandma

After forty years in the same kitchen, my grandma’s potato peeler finally broke. It wasn’t a particularly interesting peeler — what kitchen utensil really is? — but it had a pastel yellow handle reminiscent of its 1975 glory days, and only one blade because the other had recently broken off.

My grandma had worked that potato peeler hard, because like any good German grandmother, she made a lot of potato salad. The peeler had skinned thousands of potatoes; potatoes that fed my great grandmother,

Remote Work And Travel According To The World Pursuit

Has a long, monotonous day at the office ever prompted you to Google “I want to work remotely and travel?”

As we move deeper into the cold months of winter, it’s hard not to dream about working remotely from a warm kopi (i.e. coffee) shop in Bali. So this week, we were lucky enough to talk with bloggers, travelers, and Knackpackers Natasha and Cameron, who have who turned that dream of remote work into a reality.

Living in Banff for half of the year and traveling for the other half, these two

Surfing, But Make it Green

Surfing is one of the best ways to develop a personal connection with the ocean. So it stands to reason that most surfers are keenly aware of the environmental issues facing our great blue planet - from plastic pollution to the noxious runoff of human industry. Unfortunately, the very sport that makes us care about these issues has an ugly environmental footprint of its own. It doesn’t seem like the planet's health pulled any weight in the design of surf products.

Grad to Pro: Your Guide to Thriving in the Corporate World

Transitioning from college to career? Explore essential young professional advice for thriving in the corporate world. From professional etiquette to work-life balance, discover how Knack makes this significant shift seamless and stylish.

If you’re transitioning from campus to cubicle, this leap into the next chapter promises personal growth as you adapt to a new mindset, responsibilities, and daily routines. And while you’re probably familiar with the idea of the corporate world - and perhaps

Van Life Kinda Sucks, But So Does Society

After living in a 1981 Ford Econoline with my boyfriend for one year, I learned to seek comfort in the small, boxy space. My boyfriend had lined the walls with cedar planks, installed a raised platform for a bed with storage underneath, and built out a countertop complete with a manual pump sink and a stove. I had my own cubby by the back door for my clothes, and a Yeti cooler sat behind the driver’s seat.

We had a small fan in the roof, which pumped in cool air efficiently when the wind was bl

The Best Size of Backpack For Travel

What size backpack do you need for travel?

When you’re shopping for a backpack online, it can be really difficult to tell what size backpack you need for traveling - especially when backpacks come in such a huge range of sizes. You don’t have the bag in front of you, so how do you figure out which bag is going to fit all of your travel stuff?

In this guide, we’re going to help you figure out the backpack size that’s not too big and not too small, but just right for your travels.

How to choose

These Green Companies Could Make You Rich

Money may be the root of all evil, but it also makes our modern world go round. And while we’d like to vote with our dollars, the stock market is overrun with greedy, environmentally-draining corporations that make half-a$$ attempts to greenwash their actual motivations.

But there are a few guys on Wall Street that might actually be making the world a better place. If you’re going to play the market, consider investing in the following better companies that are capitalizing on earth-friendly in