How to Boost Your Jewelry Sales and Visibility on Social Media

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 Are you a jewelry designer or store looking to try something totally new in terms of sales?  We live in a world that is so tightly connected to technology and social media—if you’re still using sales tactics from 20-30 years ago you will be dust in the wind!  So how does one incorporate an online campaign into their sales strategy?  It is easy!  By partnering with bloggers who have already created an online community of followers and fans who are awaiting their latest “obsession” or “tastemaker picks.”  You see, by collaborating with someone who has built up a large audience, this will eliminate the question of, “will this reach enough people?” You can measure that by asking for statistics on the blogger’s audience and visibly see their follower count throughout social media platforms.  Another tip—not every blogger has strong numbers on each platform, so use that as a strategy when choosing who to partner up with.  For example, someone might have a large following on Pinterest, but not any other social media site—put together a fun promotion or campaign with that blogger on Pinterest only, and find other tastemakers that excel in other areas, like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

With an Instagram following of 46k+ people, I’ve been able to work with jewelry designers and stores across the globe to put together valuable content for both the seller and consumer.  I’ve done lots of creative photoshoots for designers who send me their jewelry, which has garnered sales and followers, two things which are highly sought after in our technology-driven world. My record?  Selling a ring on Instagram only 15 minutes after posting it!  It can be done, and I’m here to help you!

Reach out to me!  Let me know what you're looking for and what you'd like to accomplish.  I'd be happy to put together a strategy for you so you can start gaining more visibility and your jewelry gets the exposure it needs! 

>> Email hello@gemgossip.com

Book Review: Toward an Art History of Medieval Rings by Sandra Hindman

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My latest summer reading is off to a great start!  This week has been nothing but dreary, overcast days--perfect for an afternoon spent reading books. It only has taken me a few sittings to be nearly finished with this one, it is called: Towards an Art History of Medieval Rings: A Private Collection by Sandra Hindman.  The book takes you through a collection of rare medieval rings--35 to be precise.  Each ring has a description and several short paragraphs about it, how it relates to the time period, the symbolism/materials used/etc, and also sometimes gives a references to another ring(s) from other private collections that are similar and compares them. Also referenced are paintings from the time period that reveal clues to how a circa date was put onto the pieces or any other significant connections between the two. What one must understand is this time period has such a scarce amount of examples that are present today that each one is not only a rare piece of history but a primary clue into the time period. 

The first examples of rings date back to the Byzantine Empire, with some examples of early Christian rings. An early Cristian marriage ring is a part of the collection, with an engraved portrait of a facing couple on the front of the ring. The example is roughly from the year 500.  The next chapter depicts Early Medieval rings, with my favorite being the Viking braided ring, which dates back to the 9th century.  The Gothic time period is illustrated next, with cusped rings first showing up during this time period--a derivative of the claw settings.  The 13th-14th centuries producing some great fede rings, intaglios and my favorite from this particular collection--a gothic heart ring. There is also an example of a pendant from the 15th century that is inscribed "sadness is pleasure" on a heart shape, with tears engraved on the other side.  That's amazing!  The last chapter focuses on Renaissance rings, again with an example of a cusped ring, a merchant signet ring and some enameled examples.

The book is organized really well for quick reference and easy reading.  I think that is what I like most about it besides the wonderful photos.  One ring alone can account for 4-6 pages, so you can cover several ring and several pages within an afternoon of reading. This one's going into my bookshelf and I hope it will be in yours too! See below for an easy click away from owning your own copy!

 

Q & A with Market Square Jewelers

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Market Square Jewelers is one of those kinds of antique jewelry stores that is a heart-skipping treasure trove! With four different locations in the Northeast, there's always some kind of road trip begging to be planned, with at least one of their locations as a stopping point. I've been a fan for awhile, even have a piece in my jewelry box from Market Square Jewelers--a date ring, of course!  The year "01" which was a rare find--always fun when the people working at the store get just as excited as you do over jewelry! They have a great crew working over there, with years of experience.

Wanting to know more, I got to hear from Elizabeth, second-generation within this family-run business and newly married, about how everything began and what she's been up to lately!  Of course we had to talk about memorable pieces and future plans.  

Visit their website >> www.marketsquarejewelers.com

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When traveling to Antiqua as a teenager in the early 70s, my father purchased a number of shell necklaces from native craftspeople. When he came back to Cape Cod, he found himself, tanned and bare chested, walking his hometown beaches reselling the necklaces! He always said, as simple as it is, this was where Market Square Jewelers was born!

As for me, I was born into this company! I grew up taking naps in the back of the stores, and then working in them, and learning gems/jewelry and business first hand from the time I could walk and talk. After I finished college, I attended the GIA to formalize my education and get my Graduate Gemology degree, but really, there was never a time when I thought I’d be doing anything else. Antique jewelry and rare gems are in my blood.

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I’d say there’s two main things that make us a little different than the average jewelry shop. First off, we’ve been in our locations for so long, we really know the customers and clients well. They’ve become friends and family members, and we’re able to really have an awesome relationship with them, finding just the right piece engagement ring for a young man who used buy Mother’s Day gifts with his allowance. Things like that.

What really sets our jewelry apart? It’s all unique. We take these wonderful old mountings and settings that are so beautifully crafted, and we restore them, often with gems that were never heard of when the mounting was made! Have you ever seen a tanzanite in an Art Deco mounting? Tanzanite wasn’t around when that mounting was made, and yet, it’s perfect!

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Market Square Jewelers began in 1984 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and we’re still in the same spot. It’s a beautiful shop, right on the corner downtown, with huge picture windows floor to ceiling on two sides of the building. The light is amazing in that store! It’s a great place to browse, there’s plenty of room and it’s a very mellow atmosphere.

We have been in downtown Portsmouth location for over 20 years, again, in the same location all that time, right on the corner in Market Square! Portsmouth is kind of like walking into your grandmother’s jewelry box. The shop is smaller, but it is PACKED with goodies, especially the windows, which are a local landmark. Everyone knows those windows displays!

In 2007, Market Square Jewelers opened our storefront in Downtown Dover, NH. We bought the whole building this time, and turned it into our hub. This is where our offices are, and our goldsmithing studios, and our repair people, and our designers, this is our production center, as well as a retail site, and it gives the place a different feel than the other shops. It’s a great energy, it really feels like we fit right in with the Dover vibe.

We’ve been wanting to open in Portland for years! The Downeast charm is so enticing, especially in the district of the Old Port. In 2014 we found the perfect location on Exchange Street, a shop with wonderful tin ceilings and old wood accents that already felt like home. It took a lot of work, but we not only opened the shop in record time, but found the perfect antique jewelry displays and cabinets so that it all looks like the shop was built to be ours, a hundred years ago!

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Definitely the first sale on our website, marketsquarejewelers.com. Launching our site was a huge endeavor: refining our look, inventory management, perfecting product photography, blog content, copy writing, etc. I remember the first sale that we made: a pair of simple gold earrings. I ran down the hall of the office giving the gals high fives. We all hugged and were so excited and had been working so hard to see it happen! We were all smiles! Our work had finally paid off!

As a woman who is also expecting her first baby, one of the greatest challenges is being a mother and a business woman. I have so many goals for this business, including expanding our online presence, developing a collection of MSJ original reproduction pieces, and continuing ways to give back to the communities that we live and work. My biggest challenge and goal is to be a great mother and a great boss!

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It is hearsay that the GIA has only seen 10 taaffeites in all the years they have been identifying gemstones; we own one of them. Being nerdy, when it comes to rare and unusual gemstones, finding this gem and having the opportunity to buy it has been one of the most exciting moments.

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Favorite Instagrams: Summer 2015

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hibbatrix and the most perfect color palette ring boxes from Gilt Jewelry

annasheffield posts this incredible photo of the talented artist Berndnaut Smilde

bellflowerbay and a dreamy snapshot from her wedding day held at The Bell House in BK

circaoncedros snaps this photo of some of their ring inventory, I can't seem to pick a favorite!

minsunkimyoo with her really cool ring designs hanging with her mom for this sweet photo

levi_higgs taking a rainy day advantage at The Morgan Library with a lot of options

jessicamccormackdiamonds got lucky and found these books at an antique fair

sandrinemerle makes me want NEED a vintage Bulgari watch like the one above

tinyjewelboxdc posted this incredible one-of-a-kind antique blackamore gold necklace

maelgwns_muse is reading Fashion Victims: Dreass at the Court of Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette

jewelsdujour is a sucker for a good collage, especially one that involves Jean Schlumberger renderings and jewels

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How Our Favorite Designer Rings Got Their Names

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What's in a name?! -- The famous quote uttered by Juliet in Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet may be one of the most well known quotes of all time. When we truly think about it, what IS in a name and how important is it for jewelry designers when creating a moniker for their collections. Are they a make or break for how well the collection sells?!

When I created my jewelry line three years ago, I knew one thing for sure--I didn't really want to name my pieces. I've always been into numbers and when I decided I wanted to create my own line of rings, it was easy deciding on the question of, well, how many? Five fingers on each hand = five rings in the collection. I decided to name each ring using the numbers one through five. I wanted the designs to be more about what each looked like rather than what they were named. With my background in literature, I've always found myself preferring poems that were titled "Untitled" or quotes written by "Anonymous." Is that weird?! No, it's just me. The simplicity of being named a number fits myself and the collection. But don't worry, I would never pull a Seinfeld and name my daughter Seven.

I got curious in names and decided to do some research. Turns out, now more than ever designers are naming their pieces based on the most simplistic way of describing something--like, if you didn't have any experience in the field of jewelry, but rambled off the name of the piece, you could identify it easily out of a group of jewelry. Examples like, "Diamond bar ring" or "Pyramid onyx ring" or "Gold spike ring." I would say more than half of jewelry is named in this way.

But what about the creative names...pieces that were essentially the "diamond bar ring" but now have a name called Goddess Cleopatra...or something exotic like that. I wanted to find out from designers who put in some brain power and meaning into their naming and see what they had to say! So I asked five designers to tell me the inspiration behind a specific piece and how each came up with the name of it. Here's what they had to say:

 

Name: The Aztec Chain Ring

Designer: Khai Khai Jewelry

Explanation: "The Aztec Chain Ring is part of the Aztec Collection. This collection was inspired by a trip I took to Mexico years ago during which I visited a Mayan Temple ground. When I began sketching the concepts and layering different lengths of lines on top of one another, it had a clear resemblance of these Aztec temples. To think that these immense, elaborate structures were built by bare hands in the 14th to 16th century with such intricate detail really just stuck in my mind and that's what triggered me to design an entire collection based on that unique architecture."

 

Name: the Meredith ring

Designer: Suneera

Explanation: "All pieces are inspired by and named after woman in history, stories, and folklore. I love the idea of bringing a piece of history and mystic from the past to present with her designs. Inspired by the spirit of her elegant and stylish Indian heritage, Suneera brings precious jewels that can be called modern heirlooms. The design aesthetic is an eclectic mix that reflects personality and individuality.

Meredith is a name that comes from an old folklore, meaning the protector of the sea. I enjoy working with opals as each one is so unique. When I saw this Australian opal, I fell in love with how the surface has waves and a magical depth like the ocean. For this piece, I designed with 18k yellow gold and champagne diamonds. The rich yellow of the gold beautifully compliments the cobalt’s and greens in the opal."

 

Name: Benares Spot Ring

Designer: Alice Cicolini

Explanation: "Inspired by the fine gold thread weaving traditions of Benares, the pattern is drawn from an 18th century sari border. This joyful ring also nods to the style of Carlo Giuliano, who was working in London around the mid 19th century."

 

Name: Skipping Stone Ring

Designer: Emilie Shapiro

Explanation: "This ring is created by water casting -- a free form casting technique where you throw molten metal into water to create spontaneous shapes. This technique dates back to an Eastern European tradition called molybdomancy, where they interpret the shapes of the water casting to tell your fortune. Although I'm not a fortune teller, I love interpreting the shapes after casting, and allowing the wearer to interpret that shapes and instill their own meaning in the piece. To me, this piece really shows the process and resembles stones skipping and creating ripples."

 

Name: Sacred Windows

Designer: Ralph Masri

Explanation: "My new Sacred Windows collection is inspired by the arch windows and stained glass artwork of cathedrals and churches - hence the name Sacred Windows! It focuses primarily on simple silhouettes reflective of the arch structures set with an array of colored gemstones reflecting the stained glass patterns you usually see in those windows."

 

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Xiao Wang Jewelry's element collection rings are SO insanely cool

Erica Weiner sharing some of their English mourning rings, the one with the pearls is engraved, "In Memory of Wee Duncan"

Alexandra Lippin stacking up her favorites from Workhorse Jewelery

Keshett Jewellery proving one can't go wrong mixing up an Edwardian/Art Deco dinner ring look

Kavant & Sharart wearing two incredible Art Deco-inspired rings from their line, yellow diamonds and fancy sapphires

Nora Kogan Jewelry donning my favorites from her line plus a little antique action

Isadora's Antique Jewelry pulling through with an all floral theme with these antique dreams

LFrank Jewelry casually reading a book while sporting the sparkle she's best known for

BCE Jewelry showing off her amazing turquoise ring designs, so killer


My Jewel Box: Gold Marquise Ring by Sharon Z Jewelry

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It was love at first glance when scrolling through my Instagram feed.  Isn't that something you hear quite often now?!  Words one would have never of thought to utter a few years ago.  Instagram is THE place to fall head over heels for jewelry...even clothing, accessories, food...someone's life!  I first laid eyes on the gold Marquise ring designed by Sharon Z Jewelry while browsing through my feed.  San Francisco-based jewelry boutique Zaver & Mor posted a photo featuring four of these rings--one in 14k gold, two in oxidixed silver and gold, and one in silver.  I was immediately drawn to the gold one, with the design being so boldly eye-catching.  I added the ring to last holiday season's popular hashtag #gemgossipwishlist and as with any item on that list, I truly hoped to own it one day.

That day has finally come!  Adding this ring to my collection and owning something from Sharon Z Jewelry is like taking a piece of her creativity into your own life.  When I wear the ring, I immediately can see and feel what inspires her handcrafted works of art--things like geometric lines, free-flowing energy, and modern architectural elements.  Sharon says, "Jewelry is the one art form that people interact with directly on a daily basis. It connects the wearer and the maker in a tactile and sensual relationship. This intimacy with art is what most interests me.”  She is totally right.  The wearer and the maker become connected on a unique level.  Although I've never met Sharon in person before, I seemingly understand her a bit through her pieces she handcrafts. This can only be said for designers who hone their craft and put their heart and soul into each piece. I can tell, this is apparent in Sharon's everyday life.

I mixed the organic shape and flowing lines of the gold Marquise ring by Sharon Z Jewelry with some vintage favorites--even a Victorian garnet stickpin I converted into a ring myself by bending the stick into the best hoop-shape possible without any tools! The makeshift ring added a splash of richness with the garnet hues and bright green enamel leaf.  Being such a bold design, the brushed gold of the Marquise ring lends a softness to it, which made it ideal to pair it with the muted blush color of angelskin coral.  I'm excited to see what else I can mix and match this ring with, even though it is amazing on its own I like creating some unexpected combinations.  I will definitely treasure this ring forever!

To purchase your own gold Marquise ring by Sharon Z Jewelry, click here.

 

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Instantly Increase Your Antique & Estate Jewelry Inventory with memoGEMS

 

One of the hardest parts of creating and maintaining an estate jewelry business is the constant need of cash flow for inventory.  Sometimes what you've invested in just isn't selling and it then becomes an issue of, "how long can I sit on these pieces before getting them to move?!"  Whether you already have a jewelry store or just have a deep passion for antique and estate jewelry, memoGEMS may very well be the answer to all your prayers!  Seemingly too good to be true, this program owns up to everything you think it is and more!  So what is memoGEMS?  And how did it start?

With over 100 years of experience in the jewelry business, Marcus Chait and his father Joseph, owners of 66mint in San Francisco, have a well-established business and a wealth of knowledge in the field of jewelry. With so many businesses riding the wave of technology and creating dynamic e-commerce websites, Marcus thought it was necessary to create their own, so 66mint.com was born.  It became apparent that the world's habits of consumption were changing--not only are we buying everyday products off the internet, but fine jewelry too.  And not just any fine jewelry, items like a $32,000 diamond tennis bracelet or a signed piece from Cartier or Tiffany & Co. from reputable estate jewelry stores was now not such a "crazy" thing to purchase online.  

This was when the idea of memoGEMS came to fruition.  Why not take all of 66mint's inventory, worth anywhere between $5-7 million depending on the day, and offer it to other stores or individuals to try and sell--kind of like a virtual catalog of the finest antique and estate jewelry, without having to invest any money into the pieces themselves?!  Once you sign up for memoGEMS (all you need is a logo, an email, a phone number, and a target client list), the tech gurus at memoGEMS will create your own landing page where you can feature all the pieces from 66mint that you choose to be on your custom page, ready to be purchased by your patrons. This brilliant idea empowers those who sign up with the ability to sell jewelry and make a nice profit (average 30% on each sale).  Features like a 10 day return policy, where the buyer gets a full refund, just as long it comes back in the same condition, are what drives customers to feeling confident when buying.  It also allows you to offer your customers a curated selection, where you set your own prices.  So although the inventory is quite large, with about 20 new pieces being added each week, you can pick and choose which you'd like to sell on your own page. And setting your own prices allows you to gage your own profit margins, with pricing comparables given so you can see what that piece is selling for on 66mint's website.  Chait believes this is a smart feature to allow memoGEMS retailers to set their own pricing.  After all, you know your customers better than they do and it also allows for competitive, quick sales. There is also a handy "reserve" feature for those who may be interested but need 24 hours to think.  This will update across all parties, so other people that have that same piece on their site will know it is on "hold."

Launched late last year, memoGEMS has already created side businesses for many people, from boutique owners, to stylists, to trend setters--even women who started having "jewelry parties" using their own landing pages they curated with all the jewelry they think their friends and family would love.  Do you own a business that sells high-end products, but never knew how to get into selling high-end jewelry?!  This is perfect for you!  Even if you don't know how to tell the difference between a real and fake diamond, you have the experience, credibility, and guarantee of 66mint that everything you're selling is authentic. If you are a retail jewelry store that only sells new designer pieces and always wondered what it would be like to venture into the antique and estate world, this is a great opportunity!  Potential retailers invest a $900 deposit, which is fully refundable once you achieve $5,000 in sales in the first 6 months.  Marcus says, "Our goal is not to build a bunch of sites that are going to sit around stagnant, but rather to engage with companies and individuals who take the opportunity seriously, and intend to genuinely utilize the platform. We have no interest in collecting numerous $900 security deposit fees, but prefer to empower people via the memoGEMS platform to sell tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry."

For more information and to sign-up for memoGEMS, check out memogems.com

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Six Gemstones You Might Not Know About But Should!

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With the goal in mind to give you a bigger dose of gemstone knowledge, we've teamed up with Amelia, who is also a Graduate Gemologist like myself, to provide some blog posts featuring gems.  We are excited to have her on board and introduce her to all my readers.  A little bit about Amelia:

 

Raised in Los Angeles and Woodstock, Amelia Kaminsky studied Russian literature and collage art at Hampshire College. After working in the fine art and jewelry industries in New York City, she went back to school to become a gemologist.  A recent Nashville transplant, stay tuned for her Egyptian revival inspired jewelry line!


1. BIXBITE

Red Beryl

Mohs Hardness: 7.5 - 8

Refractive Index: 1.566 – 1.572

Specific Gravity: 2.66 – 2.70

Element: Earth

Chakras: Root, Heart

Where you can find it: Utah

Bixbite, also known as red beryl, is the rarest form of beryl and is found only in the Wah Wah Mountains of southwestern Utah. It was discovered by Maynard Bixby in 1897, and is often referred to as “red emerald” (emeralds are also a species of beryl). It’s beautiful and highly saturated raspberry red color comes from manganese and other trace elements within its crystal structure. It aids in all kinds of healing work, especially harmony and cooperation with others because it protects against negativity. Red beryl is an excellent stone for wedding or engagement jewelry because it stimulates passion, and nurtures affectionate, lasting love.

 

2. CARNELIAN

Carnelian Chalcedony

Mohs Hardness: 6.5 – 7

Refractive Index: 1.535 – 1.539

Specific Gravity: 2.60

Element: Fire

Chakras: Root, Sexual/Creative, Solar Plexus

Where you can find it: Brazil, India, and Uruguay

Named after the cornel cherry, carnelian is a light orange to dark reddish orange chalcedony. Chalcedonies are made up of quartz crystals that are too small to see with the unaided eye; this is called a cryptocrystalline aggregate. They are plentiful, semitransparent to opaque stones that are commonly used for carving and engraving, and have been used in jewelry for almost 3,000 years! Carnelian is an extremely warm and energizing stone, revitalizing the mind and body while stimulating creativity. It helps foster inner confidence and courage, and is especially helpful in aiding those who are looking to overcome difficulties or make positive life changes.

 

3. SUNSTONE

Sunstone Oligoclase Feldspar

Mohs Hardness: 6.5 – 7

Refractive Index: 1.539 – 1.547

Specific Gravity: 2.65

Element: Fire

Chakras: Sexual/Creative, Solar Plexus

Where you can find it: Oregon

There are many sunstone varieties, but I find Oregon sunstone to be the most spectacular. It’s a transparent feldspar with glittery copper inclusions called aventurescence, which create a reddish or golden sheen. This type of sunstone belongs to the species Oligoclase and is in the monoclinic crystal system. It’s a stone of light and energy, bringing luck and good fortune, assisting in the manifestation of prosperity and expanded self-awareness. Sunstone bestows strength, helping the wearer feel optimistic and enthusiastic.

 

4. WATERMELON TOURMALINE

Parti-colored Tourmaline

Mohs Hardness: 7 – 7.5

Refractive Index: 1.624 – 1.644

Specific Gravity: 3.06

Element: Water

Chakras: Heart

Where you can find it: Africa, Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka, and United States

Tourmaline comes in just about every color, and while they all share the same basic crystal structure, each have somewhat different chemical and physical properties. They are allochromatic, which means trace amounts of various chemical elements cause its color. Generally, gem quality tourmalines are elbaites (comprised of sodium, lithium, aluminum, and on occasion copper) that form in pegmatites (an igneous rock where concentrated amounts of lithium of sodium are found). One of my personal favorites is watermelon tourmaline, also called parti-colored, which gets its name from its strong pink and green color zoning. Watermelon tourmaline is a stone of harmony, creativity, and love that assists in calming the mind and wild emotions. It works with the heart chakra to cleanse and remove blockages, as well as balance yin and yang energies. Watermelon tourmaline is also an excellent stone for connecting with nature and mother earth.

 

5. TANZANITE

Tanzanite Zoisite

Mohs Hardness: 6.5 - 7

Refractive Index: 1.691 – 1.700

Specific Gravity: 3.35

Element: Wind

Chakras: Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown, Soul Star

Where you can find it: Tanzania

In 1967, a Masai tribesman came across transparent blue crystals in the Merelani Hills of Northern Tanzania and showed them to a local fortune hunter thinking they were sapphires. By 1969, they had been identified as a new variety of zoisite, a mineral consisting of silica, calcium and aluminum and shortly thereafter Tiffany & Co. named it “Tanzanite”. Known for its strong trichroism, appearing blue, violet, and purplish red or colorless when observed at different angles, Tanzanite is usually brown if left untreated. In fact, 95% of all tanzanite on the market today was heat treated to improve its color! Tanzanite aligns the heart and mind, creating balance and harmony. Particularly effective when worn as jewelry, it helps the wearer feel more grounded and centered, preventing them from dwelling on emotional stresses.

 

6. CHAROITE

Mohs Hardness: 5 – 6

Refractive Index: 1.550 – 1.559

Specific Gravity: 2.68

Where you can find it: Russia

Element: Wind

Chakras: Root, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, Crown, Soul Star, Earthstar

Named after the Chara River in Siberia, Charoite is a rare silicate mineral discovered in 1940, but unknown to the outside world until 1978. Although a relatively new gemstone, it is often described as having an unnatural beauty; it’s distinct purple body color and swirling fibrous inclusions with sheen have led some to question whether it’s been enhanced or synthesized. Charoite is a stone of transformation, dispelling negative energy while summoning restorative energy. It promotes protection and healing, aiding in powerful dreams.   

 

>> Be sure to follow Amelia on Instagram: @the_egyptian_revival

 

Weekday Wardrobe: 5 Rings Stacks + Earring Look

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Ever notice, if you're a jewelry lover, that it is the accessories that take the longest to pick out every morning?! Heck with the clothes!  I could care less what I'm wearing.  If I have a great ring stack going on, mixed with some flawless earrings and some Victorian bracelets--I'm good.  I decided to document five days of different ring looks--my "Weekday Wardrobe" if you will.  Most fashion bloggers document their outfits each day, well I'm here to document my jewelry look.  If you're wondering what I'm wearing clothing-wise in each photo...well, you should be reading a fashion blog! ;)  Here is my above earring look I wore all week.  Most times if I have a really good earring look, I'll wear it for at least an entire week.  I don't change my earrings as much and I don't own nearly as many earrings as I own rings, so this was a solid look that went with all outfits.  

Earring details:

Jennie Kwon whole ear cuff with diamonds and daggers

Jennie Kwon single diamond ball stud earring

PHYNE by Paige Novick double row diamond ear cuff 

Two diamond stud earrings in a martini setting

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Day One:

Amanda Hunt Jewelry Two Moon ring in 14k yellow gold

Antique wide black enamel band in 14k gold from the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show, 2014

Fierce lion with diamond in its mouth charm converted into a charm ring

Double onyx navette style ring with pearls in the center from Fancy Flea Antiques

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Day Two:

14k yellow gold turquoise feather ring from Charlie & Marcelle

14k yellow gold vintage enameled snake ring from Levy's Fine Jewelry

Victorian real beetle brooch with gold legs/antenae

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Day Three:

14k rose gold double rectangular onyx ring from Tiny Diana

14k yellow gold onyx ring by Zoe Chicco

18k yellow gold double ram head ring from Burgeson Jewelers

14k yellow gold onyx signet ring with the letter M

Gem Gossip ring stacks day four

Day Four:

Elongated diamond ring from Jewelry Box of Lake Forest

Elongated diamond and pearl brooch converted into a ring

Platinum and diamond Art Deco oval filigree ring

Gem Gossip ring stack day five

Day Five:

14k rose gold garnet bow ring

14k rose gold double rectangular onyx ring from Tiny Diana

14k rose gold rose cut garnet band

14k rose gold serpent ring