My Jewel Box: Garnet & Diamond "Comet" Ring

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Getting this ring was truly a heart-stopping moment, both when opening it up and seeing it for the first time, as well as live bidding at auction. This ring was acquired through March 18th's Fine Jewelry Sale at Skinner Auction House in Boston. I had browsed the lots in order to write a piece about the upcoming auction, only to spot this ring and fall in love.  It was then I decided to not just write about the auction, but become a bidder myself! 

The ring is 14k yellow gold, set with a large round brilliant garnet, measuring about 14mm in diameter! The diamonds, which are a combination of Old European cuts and a few full cuts, along with a triangular cut, all form a "Comet" shape. Blue enameling outlines the perimeter and along the sides. The age of the piece is difficult to pinpoint. It almost looks as though it is late 1800s or turn-of-the-Century, however the futuristic shape and triangular cut diamond are throwing me off. Victoria Bratberg, Director of Jewelry for Skinner, says that "the ring is composed of diamond elements from the 1920’s that were reconfigured with later added diamond-set shoulders probably in the 1950’s." This makes more sense considering all of the elements within the ring. It hails from a private New York collector and I hope they will know I will treasure it for many years to come!

The March 18th Fine Jewelry auction at Skinner was quite intimidating for a buyer like myself. I diligently watched as many of the first few pieces sold quickly to aggressive bids. Three rare pieces of jewelry by Pablo Picasso, each on the block for the first time, stole the show! Estimated hammer prices ranged from $15,000-20,000 so it was an incredible showdown to watch as all three sell for $386,250 total and most importantly, all selling to the same buyer!

All this happened before my beloved Garnet ring was up on the auction block, and I have to admit, I was a little aprehensive at that point. Plus, bidding online from Skinner Live! leaves you unaware of what it looks like over in Boston, where all the action is taking place. The stars aligned during the quick bidding in lot 282, and I was so excited to be the last bidder on my second or third bid (can't remember because of the adrenaline rush)! My experience with Skinner has been nothing but positive! I am looking forward to taking part in more jewelry auctions in the future and maybe even someday visiting their facility in Boston!

Favorite Instagram Pictures: Spring 2014

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hillarymacklowe offers this incredible Art Nouveau Chief ring that I am obsessed with

scosha layers necklaces with grunge tees, which is a perfect combo

jacobandco putting the beginning touches on a ladies watch with a mother of pearl dial

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by_couture shares this insane pearl ring by Lucifer fir Honestus

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lorinya witnessed the most incredible Native American charm bracelet while in Texas

shopfiligree has an amazing collection and some great pieces for sale in her shop

Delfinadelettrez is my muse and obsession

Kanibalhome is a shop in Jersey City with some amazing vintage finds

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Antique Shopping Destination: Ruby Lane



I've been shopping on Ruby Lane since 2008, although the company first began back in 1998.  My first experience with the site catered to my collecting spirit, and helped feed my desire to continue my hunt for a good deal on antique and estate jewelry!  The website allows you to easily contact Shop Owners and create a dialog between buyer and seller, just as if you had walked into a real store.  Ruby Lane is the world's largest marketplace where vintage and antique collectibles are showcased, with over 200k items listed under the Jewelry category!  Items are added everyday from sellers across the globe!

Below are a few of my favorite shops:


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From Robbins' Roost, located in Nashville, TN specializing in Georgian and Victorian jewelry as well as English smalls.  With buying trips frequently to England, she offers some amazingly unique pieces!

15k yellow gold, Turquoise, Citrine, and Pearl Earrings, Victorian $950

Mourning Jewelry, Memorial ring with Black Enamel, 18k Rose Diamond & Pearl ring $750

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From Jewelry Finds, located in Maryland and curated by Ashley who says "Something Old, Something New, Something YOU!"

Exquisite Edwardian Sapphire, Pearl & Old Mine Cut Diamond Cocktail Ring 14k $3299

Flawless Colorful Green Tourmaline, Opal & Diamond Ring 18k $2450

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From Circa1700 located in California where collecting and hunting down treasures for the shop is Susan's specialty!  She loves converting antique findings and stick pins into wearable necklaces and rings, which are all extremely unique.

Edwardian Enamel Shield Necklace 10k & 14k $395 Exquisite 3 Carat Victorian Marquise Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring 14k $2895

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From Red Swallow Antiques located in Virginia, where an eclectic mix of jewelry is offered.  

Edwardian One carat total Rose Gold Diamond Ring $1750

Edwardian Beauty: Sapphire and Pearl Gold and Platinum Pendant $1375


Jewels at my Doorstep: Alberian & Aulde #LoveGold

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With this past winter being as long and bone-chilling as it was, spring has never looked better! We are welcoming the warmer weather with smiles and open arms. The Gaia Jewelry Collection from Alberian & Aulde are the ideal jewels for this season. They are like spring blossoms for your fingers and ears!

Using 18k yellow and green gold and rich enamels, the duo behind Alberian & Aulde design whimsical nature-inspired pieces that are both collectible and fun. The colors of enamels allow the designers to create a vibrance unlike any gemstone.  The inspiration behind the photo session was evident--anything bursting with warmth and color!  The tricky part was timing.  The blossoms in Tennessee are only this beautiful pink color for a few weeks, and the spring-time weather is as unpredictable as ever! 

Alberian & Aulde's stud earrings are right on trend, with each one seamlessly able to mix and match. Flowers and petals, mini-hoops and dangles, all are so cute! When styling for the photoshoot, I chose six different earrings for my three holes. I love the cluster of flowers and the tiny green enamel leaf stud. The dainty necklace features a Pinwheel Flower in peach and pink enamel on an 18k green gold chain.  All the stacking rings prove power in numbers, with the more you stack, the bigger your look!  Combinations of peach, pink, blue, and green enamels convey spring time cheeriness and freshness.  They will instantly brighten up your day anytime you look down at your fingers!

Jewelry Details:

Mix/Match stud earrings:

14k green gold Kali stud earrings with enamel and emerald

14k green gold Beehive dangle earrings with blue enamel and blue topaz

18k yellow gold Gaia stud earrings with blue enamel and diamond

18k yellow gold Gaia stud earrings with red enamel and diamond

18k yellow gold Gaia trio stud earrings with green enamel

18k yellow gold Pinwheel flower earrings with pink enamel and diamond

18k yellow gold Leaf stud earrings with green enamel

18k green gold Gaia mini-hoop earrings with brown enamel


18k green gold Pinwheel flower pendant with pink/peach enamel on a dainty chain


18k green gold Jewel flower ring with blue enamel and diamond

18k green gold Gaia single flower ring with red enamel and diamond

18k green gold Floral stacking ring with green & blue enamel and diamond

18k green gold Floral stacking ring with red & peach enamel and diamond

18k green gold Gaia flower and leaf ring with peach & blue enamel and diamond

18k green gold Gaia flower and leaf ring with red & blue enamel and diamond



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New Fall/Winter 2014 Jewelry from Jennie Kwon Designs

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When you're so in love with a designer's debut jewelry line, it is all eagerness when checking out the new new. Staying true to her aesthetic, Jennie Kwon reveals all new stacklabe/collectible rings, elegant architectural necklaces, dainty chain necklaces, cool cuffs and bangles, and a really unique ear cuff. With select pieces being customizable in 14k yellow or rose gold, they will surely mix in well with your current collection whether it is new or vintage. I've got my eye on the Stacked Diamond & Pearl cuff ring in 14k yellow gold.  So cool!

Some pieces featured from her above LookBook, Fall/Winter 2014:

14k yellow gold Diamond Web Bracelet, $950

14k yellow gold Diamond Stretched Hexagon ring with a textured finish, $655

14k yellow gold Half Round two diamond Cuff ring, $620

14k yellow gold Stacked Diamond Cuff ring, $1600

14k yellow gold Stacked Diamond & Pearl Cuff ring, $1665

14k yellow gold Black Diamond Sotto Voce ring, $575

14k yellow gold Onyx and Diamond cuff, $836

>> All are available on 

Q & A with Designer Kara Ross


While Kara Ross has been formally designing jewelry since 2003, her passion for gemstones and minerals started when she was just a little girl. A huge reason I am such a fan is the fact that she has a graduate gemologist degree from GIA and continues to give back and support the GIA.  I also love following her rock hunting adventures during Tucson, where her rock hound tendencies come to life.  With the opening of her very own boutique on Madison Avenue late last year and her new collections launching soon, I knew I had to catch up with the busy designer (who also designs some cool handbags) and see what she is up to:



We are working on many exciting projects right now: we have created a brand new fine jewelry collection that includes more than 50 pieces – all completely new styles! We will present these to the press at a private dinner in New York next month; afterwards they will travel to the Couture Show in Las Vegas, and then to Los Angeles for the celebrity stylists to see. Finally, we will present the collection to the international press in Paris for the first time, during the Couture shows in July. To coincide with the collection, we are launching a new brand campaign that I’m very proud of – it features my daughter Avery as the face of the brand, because she conveys the quintessential Kara Ross customer! I hope the campaign will remind people that I am, first and foremost, a fine jeweler. karaross


When I was a teenager, my parents took me on a trip to Africa where I bought some loose gemstones. When I returned to Philadelphia I designed my first ring around them – ever since I’ve been in love with jewelry. I attended the Gemological Institute of America over 20 years ago, and became a certified gemologist just prior to opening my business.

(below are two photos I took while studying at GIA of the pieces of jewelry by Kara Ross that were on display)

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I am lucky to have many proud moments! One of the most recent was when I opened the first Kara Ross store on Madison Avenue last fall. I have also had the tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the White House, creating official gifts of state.



I think this is a fabulous moment for fine jewelry – it seems that the sky is the limit, with strengthening sales and all the new social media opportunities! I want to make the most of it while remaining true to my vision along the way.



I confess that my opinion changes from time to time. At the moment I am in love with my new Pangea ring, which pays tribute to the earth. Without getting too technical. . . Pangaea was the name of the enormous landmass formed by the world’s continents hundreds of years ago, before they were broken up into the seven separate masses.

The bezel of the Pangea ring is set with an enormous cabochon stone that represents the world. A diamond (positioned like the North Star) on the very top is drilled to allow the “earth” to spin inside its setting, mimicking the rotation of the solid Earth around its own axis. Jagged rows of pavé diamonds reflect the shifting continents fusing together, and I like to think that despite the drift all the pieces remain enveloped in one mass, continuing to come together and forming a harmonious whole. The gemstone mosaic shapes on the sides of the ring represent the cultures and ethnicities of the world all living peacefully together.

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Gem Gossip Visits Roseark in West Hollywood, CA

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My trip to California was jam-packed busy, so a pit stop at Roseark was totally necessary to CHILL OUT and thoroughly enjoy the zen vibe, paired with the incredible selection of jewelry they have.  Roseark is located in a serene bungalow, situated on a corner lot in West Hollywood.  The all-white buidling is wrapped with greenery and gardens, making it just as beautiful as the jewelry on the inside!  

Each designer featured in Roseark has been chosen by Kathy & Rick Rose, store owners, with high standards and specific vision.  Designers like: Elizabeth Bell, Arik Kastan, Karma El-Khalil and Queen Vee shine in the glass cases, as the sunlight flows through the open space.  Crow's Nest Jewelry's finger-length feathers are a hit with Roseark's exclusive clientele.  They love Amy Gregg's unique gemstone rings and Daniela Villegas' bejeweled bug jewelry.  Roseark also has its own jewelry line, with the Rosebud cuffs and rings, and Saffron cuffs and rings being huge sellers!  Kathy's inspirations from Native Americans, animals and talismans are all at the core of her line, Kathy Rose.

A special moment for me was seeing my jewelry line, Gem Gossip Jewelry, displayed in the cases at Roseark. It was an amazing feeling! Meeting Kathy was also a huge highlight--she is such an inspiration and an amazing designer/business woman/mother/superstar!  I had so much fun at Roseark, make sure to book your appointment for an incredible and unique jewelry shopping experience, with a special thanks to Brooke!!

Read my Q&A with Kathy here.

Above photos:

the outside of Roseark, located at 1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA

me checking out some of the jewelry cases

love these earrings and these rings from Yakira Rona are on point!

another room within Roseark, perfect for lounging and talking jewelry!

obsessed with the incredible earrings designed by Hanut Singh, and some more jewelry from Yakira Rona

the first large jewelry case you see when you walk into the door at Roseark!

Gem Gossip Jewelry all set up in the case (!!) and gorgeous turquoise pieces from Mociun

Brooke modeling Mason Stanley & her amazing engagement ring and fell in love with Elizabeth Bell's rings



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Berganza London trying on trays and trays of gorgeous Art Deco and Edwardian rings

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Ring Stack Style Guide: Gem Gossip Recent Looks #LoveGold

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With experience comes perfection!  Not that my stacks are perfect, but I've learned a thing or two about how to create a lust-worthy ring ensemble over the years.  Anything from what color manicure you have to the gemstones you mix and match have a large effect over the overall look.  

Can you mix metals?  YES.

Can you mix gemstones? Yes and no.

How many is too many?  Never limit yourself with numbers!

There are lots of questions when it comes to stacking rings, but here are a few useful tips to act as a ring-stack style guide.  The photos above serve as great teachable tools to help point out the key ideas:

Photo one: Pairing unique and striking designs is a must!  Both of these rings are bold and can hold their own if worn alone, however pairing them together makes them that much more eye-catching.  The Victorian turquoise ring has a bright blue color and also pairs well with the clear stones in my grandmother's oval ring. 

Photo two: Playing with colors that go together or contrast well is a key element!  Make sure to not only choose your gemstones wisely, but your manicure color too.  I like using reds or a black color on my nails, which act as a good neutral when wanting to focus on your ring stack.  If you have crazy or wild nail decals or colors, it often takes away from the jewelry or looks too busy! Tacky colors can also cheapen your look.

Photo three: Create a color story using all the same gemstone!  In my photo I created a fun stack using all wine-colored gemstones, mostly garnets and one carnelian ring.  You can do this with any color, just make sure to collect many rings of a similar color.  Blues, for example, can be used and different saturations of blue would make the look even more unique.  Yellow gold can also be done and I love the idea of creating a stack a rings in various designs of all yellow gold, no gemstones!

Photo four: Mix old and new!  Antique rings and new designer pieces now, more than ever, go hand-in-hand (no pun intended).  My pinky ring is a bypass style diamond twist ring from Halleh Jewelry that can pair wonderfully with any antique diamond ring or even a Victorian cameo, like shown.  And these ruby eternity bands in yellow gold are very modern, but when worn side-by-side with my grandmother's wedding band, they look like one very wide band.  Don't be afraid to mix antique with modern, it just takes practice to get the right look!

Photo five: Try wearing a ring on every finger!  Choose longer rings for the middle and ring fingers, and shorter rings on the ends.  I'm wearing a coiled snake on my middle finger that was purposefully uncoiled so it unfurls up my finger, from Gem Gossip Jewelry.  The ring on my ring finger is from Karen Hsiang Jewelry and beautifully elongates the finger.  


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My Jewel Box: Snake Bracelet + Tortoise Shell Cuff

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This past week I went three days in a row without wearing a jacket!! This is incredible news to everyone, seeing as this winter seemed to be one of the coldest I can remember. Bracelets are quite tricky to wear with long sleeves and jackets. I almost always never wear bracelets in the winter. I can't even remember my go-to stack from last fall, so I've come up with my new favorite trio of bracelets since spring has sprung. It uses a bracelet that I've had for awhile, and two new ones acquired over the long winter. Now I can wear them and feel good!

1. my Forstner snake bracelet: an iconic piece and highly collectible. I am through and through fine jewelry all the way. This gold-filled bracelet is my only exception. It is easy to slip on and stack with any bracelet combination and it immediately makes me feel slightly Victorian in all the right ways.

2. my Tortoise shell cuff: tortoise shell is actually what the jewelry industry calls when describing jewelry or trinkets made from the Atlantic hawksbill sea turtle. It was highly popular in the Victorian Era, although it has been used for thousands of years. Tortoise shell is soft but fairly tough, so a cuff like this can withstand everyday wear. With many imitators out there, how can you tell it is truly tortoise shell? Either sticking it with a hot point (it will smell like burning hair) or immersing it in hot water (it will smell like wet fur or wet hair) unlike plastic.

3. my Jet beaded snake bracelet: this was a rare find and it took me awhile and I actually had to ask, if it were a snake? It was thrown in a case of antique jewelry at Scotts Antique Market in Atlanta and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it. Jet is another organic material popular during the Victorian Era. Jet forms from fossilized wood of certain types of trees that once dead, often end up as driftwood that gets swept out to sea. From driftwood it became waterlogged debris, sinking and eventually being buried under many layers of mud, decaying organisms and other aquatic detritus. Under great pressure for millions of years and with all of the requisite elements, jet forms. Jet is extremely lightweight and has a high luster and polish.