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Brunk Auctions Has An Incredible Spring Sale 

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My auction browsing and bidding is at an all-time high and I have the privilege of introducing you all to an auction house I have never featured before on Gem Gossip, but I have most definitely heard of their positive reputation. They are Brunk Auctions, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina--one of my favorite towns to visit and if you have never been, you must take a trip! They also have an office here in Nashville, which I will have to take advantage of the next time they plan something.

Brunk Auctions has been conducting sales for over 30 years, with a large 26k foot facility where people come to bid on unique items like fine jewelry and watches, furniture, artwork, silver hollowware, antique decorative objects, and much more! Their Premier Catalog Auction is coming up on March 23rd & 24th, 2018 (a two-day event) and consists of 841 items, with a large portion being fine jewelry.

I've picked some favorites from this auction, detailed below--one of them being this exquisite Art Deco sapphire, ruby and diamond necklace that comes from a private collection out of Atlanta. Every detail of this necklace, starting at the clasp and ending at the very last dangle in the center, is refined and simply beautiful. The estimate on that piece is $12k-18k and that is lot #78.

Check out my other picks below:

Lot 68: Talk about stopping you in your tracks! These rare diamond dangle earrings date back to the Georgian Era and total over 21 carats! Of course, being from the 1800s, these earrings convert from day-to-night as they so craftily did back then. I don't think you can get any more unique, rare and stunning with these earrings! Estimate: $50k-70k


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Lot 99: The subtle purple-blue hue of this sapphire caught my attention, as well as the size of it--almost 8 carats! The ring is done in platinum and also set with cushion cut sapphires and diamonds surrounding the center stone. It is stamped BIRKS and comes with an appraisal. Estimate: $6k-8k

Lot 63: Playing off that color of the center stone in the last lot, here is a similar hue but with a different gemstone--Tanzanite! A modern piece, flanked with diamonds on each side, and brilliant as ever. The Tanzanite is approximately 7.18 carats and the diamonds total 1.60 carats. Estimate: $2,500-3,500

Lot 61: This ring made it to my top picks because I thought it was so different--the black onyx details, the cabochon cut amethyst, and then the center diamond set amongst the cabochon--so good! This piece is done in 14k yellow gold and from the side profile is a dome. I like looking for unique pieces when searching through auctions and this ring is quite special. Estimate: $300-500

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Lot 49: A pendant necklace dating back to the 1800s, this diamond piece is set with lots of old mine cut diamonds and some rose cut diamonds, all which total about 4.75 carats! It is set in gold with a silver-top which is typical of that time period. The chain is 10k gold and measures 18 inches in length. Estimate: $2k-4k

Lot 80: Shield motifs are one of my favorites in antique jewelry, so this brooch/pendant combo had to be highlighted! The shield itself is made of onyx and set with pretty old mine cut diamonds...and hangs from an extremely unique chain. You must check out the extra photos of this piece on the Brunk website! Estimate: $1k-2k

Lot 107: A jaw-dropping necklace from every angle--this Ceylon sapphire piece is one-of-a-kind through and through. Set in platinum with a platinum chain, you can see the Edwardian Era come to life with each intricacy. The diamonds total approximately 2.85 carats and the center sapphire comes with an AGL certificate. Estimate: $15k-20k


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Lot 94: Funky old cut stones get me every time and this particular ring is full of them! I also love the black enamel detailing around the center stone. You can easily imagine this worn on a finger and sparkling like crazy! Estimate: $200-400  

Lot 60: Elongated styles are my favorite ring silhouettes and this ring is totally pretty! It is set in 14k yellow gold with five round brilliant cut diamonds going North-South, totaling 0.65 carats. Although it may look antique, this piece is in an "antique style." Estimate: $400-600  

Lot 95: One of my personal favorites that I may just have to bid on myself, this turn-of-the-century emerald and diamond ring! Done in platinum-topped yellow gold and set with the most gorgeous diamonds and an emerald cut emerald. Can't you see it fitting in perfectly with the rest of my personal collection?! Estimate: $2k-4k


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The Best Jewelry from the 2018 Oscars

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I was excited to see gowns, glamour, and most importantly JEWELS at the Oscars this year! As I tuned in from my computer, trying to decipher which live feed wouldn't fail on me mid-tweet, I quietly recalled a time when I had full cable access and channel surfed freely. But I didn't let that stop me from enjoying the celebrities, the proactive conversations, and falling in love with Rita Moreno, who at the age of 86, walked the red carpet like she was the latest It-girl. Truth be told, I made sure to bust out my night cream and applied it vigorously before bed last night, because these women are killing it and making age seem like nothing but a number.

For me, I like to focus on five favorite looks, because if I begin to show you an unlimited amount, my plate gets too full and I overwhelm both myself and you the reader! So let's focus in on my five favorites of the night, although what seemed like the most daunting task was to narrow down just five. So hey, I'm shooting myself in the foot anyway!

1. Zendaya: I saw a sneak peek of Zendaya's Oscar jewelry look on Bvlgari's Instagram page and couldn't hold my horses to see her on the red carpet! The all-diamond look was a beautiful choice with her dress, as she wore some platinum and diamond pendant earrings by Bvlgari and three insanely beautiful bracelets from their archives. (above)

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2. Gal Gadot: The neckline of this sparkly dress lent itself wonderfully and provided the most ideal framework for the show-stopping Tiffany & Co. necklace. At first glance, I thought it was an antique piece from the Art Deco period, which is exactly where Tiffany got its inspiration from when designing and creating it. Named the Blue Ice necklace, it is a part of the Tiffany Blue Book Collection of jewels. On Instagram, Tiffany & Co. also posted a behind-the-scenes photos of Gal wearing the necklace layered with a nearly matching choker, and THAT look would have been bananas if she wore them together for the Oscars.

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3. Greta Gerwing: Another amazing Tiffany & Co. red carpet appearance was made with director Greta Gerwing, as she wore a piece from the Tiffany archives collection. The festoon necklace had draping chains and accented with moonstones, a gem we don't typically see on the red carpet, but obviously should see more of! I absolutely love the contrast of the dress color with this particular necklace.

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4. Camila Alves: I know I cropped out Matthew McConaughey from the one photo, but if you saw their full look on the red carpet, you may have noticed the colored gemstones in the necklace matched the bowtie he was wearing. The necklace is SO stunning! I don't know the details on it, but the purple/red color combo made it slide into my top five!

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5. Sofia Carson: One of the first people to walk the red carpet on Oscars evening, however I honestly didn't know who she was and had to Google her! I just thought the red flowing dress paired with this Chopard collar necklace that looked like hundreds of snowflakes intertwined was so beautiful it deserved to be in my top five! I also liked how the look featured a pair of giant diamond stud earrings (long dangles wouldn't really work with the collar necklace and no earrings at all would just be boring)!


*all photos via Getty Images, and/or supplied by the jewelry brands themselves


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PS: if you don't follow our jewelry tribe's LIVE TWEETS during red carpet sessions, you're truly missing out! So much fun. Here some favorite tweets:

Guest Appearance on "Inside the Jewelry Trade" Podcast from Four Grainer

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It's always fun to be asked to make an appearance on a podcast and I was extremely grateful when Rod Worley invited me on the "Inside the Jewelry Trade" podcast a few weeks ago! It was a fun experience and I reveal something I've been keeping a secret since September, so take a listen. You might want to get some snacks and pull up a comfy chair, because it is over 40 minutes.

Four Grainer has been a trailblazer in the podcasting realm, and with a focus on the jewelry industry, it is truly one-of-a-kind. They've interviewed SO MANY great people and what sets their podcast apart are the multi-layered and well researched questions. This interview style is their thing and each answer follows suit, providing some great listening material. You will find some unparalleled information with all the interviews from Four most people would pay to learn!

You can find my interview here or you can listen in the embedded version below:



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Leland Little Auctions Important Spring Sale 

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March is around the corner and spring is in the air--I could smell it yesterday and easily got spring fever. This is also a time when people start spring cleaning and getting rid of things they don't want anymore! Spring is a great season for auctions as some of the best items can show up in a line up without one knowing, so you always want to be on the lookout! Speaking of, I was browsing the upcoming Leland Little auction and was pleasantly surprised by their Important Spring Sale they have coming up on March 3rd, 2018. The sale has just over 480 items, with the first 70 lots being dedicated to fine jewelry and watches. 

This is my first time writing about Leland Little Auctions, a North Carolina-based auction house that has been making collectors happy for over 20 years. They specialize in art, furniture, jewelry, decorative arts, coins, fashion, wine and collectible automobiles. Throughout the years, I've been closely following many of their sales via liveauctioneers and have actually bid on a few pieces. 

I hope you take the time to create an account over on the Leland Little website so you're able to bid on March 3rd! There is also an online-only sale, which runs February 21-28, 2018 and yes that means you can bid all throughout those dates. This online-only sale is separate from the Important Spring Sale, so there are some great jewelry lots which aren't shown in my top picks here--you'll have to check out that sale on your own!

And without further ado, here are my top picks for the March 3rd sale:

Lot 1: We are all rejoicing that the 80s are back (at least some jewelry trends of that era, not all) and in this case, auctions are the best places to find those pieces we are now coveting again. The best example of this is the thick gold collars, like lot one! This particular piece is exceptionally made--I can tell by the curvature and it is stamped 18k. The designer is Michael Good and I can easily see pendants and enhancers sliding on and off this piece, changing the look of it on a daily basis! Such a great staple to have!

Lot 11: We are all charm obsessed, what can I say?!  If you're a little behind, you should bid on a full charm bracelet like lot 11. Take your collection from zero to one hundred with a bracelet that has already been made, with significant and unique charms, there are 17 on this particular piece. I love the eclectic mix here--there's a figa, a fob, a key, several medallion shaped charms and even a hookah charm. The bracelet is 18k gold and the charms are various karats, some gold-filled.


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Lot 15: I love a good all-gold bracelet and I think every collection needs to have one! Particularly, one that is a unique link or an extra-wide design. This bracelet from lot 15 is such a great option--it is easily wearable and goes with anything, while making a statement. This bracelet is 18k yellow gold and measures 8 inches in length. You should most definitely bid on it if you don't have an all-gold bracelet in your line-up!

Lot 18: I am always a sucker for old cut diamonds and black enamel, so this pendant struck me from the get-go. The diamonds actually total just over 2.50 carats, so this isn't a tiny, little thing. This piece can be worn as either a brooch or a pendant, and lucky for you can go with just about anything! How would you wear this piece?!


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Lot 22: There's something to be said about Madiera citrines--the deep orangish-brown color paired with yellow gold is something I've been coveting for many years. This Victorian bracelet is the epitome of chic, set with a Madiera citrine weighing nearly 30 carats! Imagine this bauble floating on your wrist! Make sure you bid on this lot, it will be an investment.

Lot 29: I love when a ring strikes my fancy and lot 29 is certainly something you don't see everyday! If you're not too sure what you're looking at, it is a rock crystal embedded with a bezel set cabochon cut emerald! The clearness of the quartz makes the cabochon look like it is floating. This ring is truly one-of-a-kind and the diamonds surrounding the piece are just gorgeous as well!  I want it!


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Lot 44: This gorgeous diamond ring made me stop and scroll back again--the design is quite unique and something I've never seen before. Once I clicked on the listing, I learned that the center diamond isn't fully mounted in the ring. This actually gave it an advantage because it could be precisely weighed and well as give the winner the option of getting it mounted in the same mounting or find/design something new!

Lot 46: I love enamel jewelry and lot 46 is truly an enameled masterpiece! Bright blues, reds, yellows, and greens highlight the vibrant snake that this bracelet depicts. It is done in 14k yellow gold and it fits a 7" wrist. This is perfect for all those snake jewelry collectors out there or for someone wanting a statement piece--a love for snakes is not necessary!


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Lot 50: Again with the awesome comeback 80s jewelry--lot 50 is another gold collar necklace but very different from the first lot. This type of necklace is called an omega and these were quite popular in the 80s. You can wear it alone or paired with a favorite pendant or enhancer for a bold statement. I love the width of this piece and it measures 15.5" in length. It is 14k yellow gold and ready to be your favorite piece!

Lot 51: The last highlight from this auction is lot 51 and I had to include this chunky bracelet because I've been loving heavy links lately. Not for the faint of heart, when I casually say heavy, I mean it! Weighing in at 26.6 pennyweights, you'll unconsciously know when you're wearing this bracelet or not. But what I love most about hefty jewelry pieces is that they become one with you once you get used to them. 


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Need to Fix Some Broken Jewelry? I Recommend Quick Jewelry Repairs 

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For most people, the Internet and Instagram have opened up a whole new world with buying and selling vintage and antique jewelry. You don't have to blame where you live as to why you can't find some amazing pieces of jewelry because with Instagram, it is as simple as following some great sellers and dealers, and you can now buy things directly with a click of the mouse or iPhone. If you live in a remote area or a city or town that doesn't have access to a jewelry store with a good repair shop, I hear you! I'm constantly getting asked this question, so I made it my mission recently to scope out a solution for you! I found something VERY promising and completely convenient--I've tested it out myself from start to finish and have lots to share!

The company is called Quick Jewelry Repairs and they make repairing jewelry their priority, while making it 100% easy and trackable on your end! For me, there's always something that needs to be repaired, so using their services, even though I have a local jeweler I work one-on-one with, will be something I'll be doing monthly because it is fast and convenient. I had a stick pin I purchased from a local antique shop a few years ago that had been sitting on my desk since then--it always got put on the back burner of my repair jobs I needed to get done.

I decided to send it in to Quick Jewelry Repairs and all I had to do was fill out a quick description of what I wanted done, I was then sent a FedEx shipping label which I printed out and mailed my piece off. I was able to track the progress of my repair online and as soon as it was finished, it was mailed back to me. Everything from start to finish was so fast and most importantly, the repair was done right!

Below you'll find a quick interview I did with the founder of Quick Jewelry Repairs, Jason Yakubovich. You can also watch the video which takes you through the steps on how everything works! Before you know it, you'll be sending off all your repairs that have been clogging up your creativity and collections...and start wearing pieces that were once useless or broken!

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My family has been in the jewelry business for over 40 years, and repairs have been a big part of our business model for the last 20 years. In this day of digital transformation, we found a huge opportunity to help people get their jewelry repaired and serviced from anywhere and via any electronic device.


We have four pillars that sets us apart.

1. Convenience: With our services, there's no need to travel to a local jeweler. Consumers can get started on fixing their jewelry from anywhere and on any device.

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3. Speed - We are called quick for a reason and are very clear on the turnaround time from the second you work with us.

4. Professionalism- We work with incredible craftsman (and women) who know everything about jewelry to provide our customers with the best ways to fix, replicate or enhance their pieces.

Our customers can explain it as well, here's a message we received yesterday: "I just wanted to thank you for the excellent job you did on the resizing and re tipping of my engagement ring. The work you did is impeccable—it looks better than it did before, and all my concerns about the prongs were addressed. The packaging was lovely, and I very much appreciated your fast turnaround time, rapid shipping, and excellent service.I will definitely return next time I need jewelry repair!"


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Being that our company is a jewelry manufacturer we have the resources to handle almost anything. However, we do not work with Titanium and certain alternative metals.

This sponsored blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Quick Jewelry Repairs.

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