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Gem Gossip Visits Alexandria Rossoff Jewels & Rare Finds in Seattle, WA

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Diamond cluster navette ringFive-stone Edwardian ring

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Edwardian diamond cluster dangle earrings

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Left to right: Emerald ring #1, Emerald ring #2, Emerald ring #3, Green tourmaline ring

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Mid-Century Tiffany & Co. earrings, thick Retro yellow gold snake chain necklace

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Emerald cut diamond ring with sapphire side stones, large sapphire ring with diamond side stones

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Festoon diamond necklace, diamond rose cut dangle earrings

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Pearl, sapphire and diamond bar brooch, Matching Edwardian pearl and diamond bracelet

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Three-diamond Gypsy band, Hexagonal Amethyst ring, Victorian pearl bandsmaller amethyst surrounded by pearls, larger amethyst surrounded by pearls set in filigree

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Round halo ring, cute Old Mine cut ring, domed filigree ring, domed filigree ring on right hand

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Golden Beryl ring, Alexandrite ring, large antique Opal ring, snake ring

Next stop on the Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip was Alexandria Rossoff Jewels & Rare Finds, a stone's throw away from where we were staying, Hotel Vintage. We walked to the shop which is located on 4th Avenue; lucky for us it was a beautiful and sunny summer day in Seattle. If you're planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest, I would highly recommend the summertime. Alexandria's store has been on my radar for quite some time, in fact, back in 2010 when I would write about stores I hope to visit one day, this store was one of my features. I also named Alexandria Rossoff my favorite Facebook "Like" back in 2012. And one of my most favorite people in the jewelry industry, Levi Higgs, actually interned at Alexandria Rossoff's back when he went to the University of Washington for his undergraduate degree. He now lives in NYC and works for David Webb. 

I had so much anticipation going into this visit that excitement wouldn't even begin to describe it! Meeting Alexandria for the first time was like meeting a longtime friend, as she has been in the jewelry business since 1980. She has worked in every aspect of this business and is a wealth of knowledge, as well as being regarded as the antique jewelry expert in the Seattle area. Her business has changed addresses a few times over the years, which has allowed Alex to creatively depict the feel for each storefront and reinvent her brand. Her partner brings a unique aspect to her antique jewelry business, with the ability to design jewelry, hand-engrave and make waxes for casting. This adds a whole new dimension to the store. 

Walking into Alexandria Rossoff Jewels & Rare Finds, you'll notice the elegance of the store paired with some Hollywood Glamour. The floor to ceiling windows allow some glorious sunlight to fill the entire space, easily becoming a selling tool as the gemstones light up with sparkle. The engagement and bridal selection is filled with antique and vintage diamond rings, along with some alternative options, like sapphires, rubies, even pearl suites fit for that stunningly beautiful wedding day look!  I love the display fixtures and how each told a story--whether it was color-coordinated, gem-coordinated or era-coordinated--the vignettes help put together a look. And boy, did I get busy putting together some looks!  Hope you enjoy the photos above, fixed with captions to depict pieces you can easily shop online. If you see pieces I'm wearing that aren't online, simply email alexrossoff@gmail.com

Alexandria Rossoff is a must-see if you're in the Seattle area! Next time you're there, snap some photos and tag me on Instagram--I'd love to see how my visit inspired yours.

 

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Gem Gossip Visits Isadora's Antique Jewelry in Seattle, WA

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These summer days in Nashville were getting too hot and steamy, so another #JewelryRoadTrip was planned and no, I did not throw a dart at a map--it was a no-brainer when I realized how many of my favorite stores I love following on social media actually had one thing in common--they are all located in Seattle, Washington! A trip to the Pacific Northwest was destined to be in my future, I just didn't realize how much of a "near-future" it was going to be! And hey, Southwest just added Seattle to their growing list of nonstop flight destinations from Nashville. As if that didn't steer me in the Seattle direction enough, I found out my favorite hotel chain, Kimpton Hotels, has several great choices with ideal locations in the downtown area, and Hotel Vintage seemed perfectly suited for me!

Our first stop in Seattle was an antique jewelry store I have been acquainted with for a long time, Isadora's Antique Jewelry. Constantly browsing their jewelry selection online from a couple thousand miles away never stopped my jewelry dreams from being crushed as thinking they were "too far away." The mother-daughter team and crew of sales associates does an incredible job of keeping everyone near and far informed on their latest finds, new must-haves and amazing acquisitions. They have a devoted group of clientele who love antique jewelry just as much as owners Laura and Elizabeth, which is by far the duo's favorite part of their business. They say, "Seeing such enthusiasm when someone walks in and buys a piece from us is indescribable! We love our customers and love seeing them wearing our jewels. We don't regret selling so many once-in-a-lifetime pieces because we know we get so much joy seeing our customers happy and oftentimes get to see the pieces regularly as our customers are lifelong clients!" 

There have been so many pieces I've fallen in love with over the years from their store, it was such a delight to walk through their doors and have their virtual world become a reality. First off, their shop's location is undoubtedly the best in all of Seattle. They have a corner storefront located just above Pike Place Market, where the infamous red neon sign lights up just a few steps from their front door. This tourist attraction sees millions of people a year. The history of the market melds perfectly with the antique jewelry which they sell--did you know the market first began in 1907? There are lots of pieces from the early 1900s inside the shop! Isadora's first opened its doors over 40 years ago, with several locations in between, its current and most recent is ideally situated for a day spent checking out Seattle.  There's just something slightly romantic about this area (minus the fish smell that fills the air from fish vendors hurling large fish through the air)! No wonder antique jewelry has been doing well selling in this area for years!

An important aspect of Isadora's Antique Jewelry is how strict and curated their inventory is--every piece is hand-picked by Laura and Elizabeth. They both chuckle, as they realize how similar their tastes have become over the years. And did you know that Isadora's does not sell any new pieces--not even antique reproductions! Everything is either vintage or antique, all-original in design and make. They have a firm commitment to preserving the future and the past, with buying antiques as their main way of building upon this commitment! I love how Laura has passed down the love and appreciation for all things antique to her daughter Elizabeth. 

I had such a fun time experiencing Isadora's, trying on rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets from all different eras.  See something I'm wearing that you can't find online? No worries, just drop the team an email at info@isadoras.com

Below you'll find some of my favorite items from my visit, just click on the items to shop!

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXXV

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Newsflash: There are NO RULES to Engagement Rings, Married or Not!

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My husband's one-finger stack of all his wedding bands, he likes to change out depending on what he is wearing/doing each day

Engagement rings...wedding bands...what is it with these symbolic pieces of jewelry that have so many people embracing the idea of wearing the same ring everyday for the rest of their life?  It is monumental to think about really.  In a world where every person seems to have differing opinions on just about everything, we all can agree to wear a ring on our left hand, ring finger when we decide to marry. But really, it is so much more than just "deciding to marry," and I think that in of itself is the whole meaning behind the ring--what it represents, vows and all. HOWEVER...

The rules of engagement rings and wedding bands have been on my mind a lot lately and I think it is because I am one who eagerly is open to breaking rules, especially conventional ones (I'm still catching snide comments for not changing my last name). My husband and I love our wedding jewelry. My engagement ring is easily my favorite ring I own (which says a lot)...it is incredibly special to me, heavily symbolic and overtime has become its own celebrity. People know me for my ring...it has been Googled thousands of times, which is slightly alarming. My husband's wedding band is very special to him--I bought it shortly after we got engaged and it is the most expensive piece of jewelry I've ever purchased to date (which, again, says a lot). With all that being said, we don't wear our rings every day. And even more so, it's not a big deal. Some days we feel like wearing them, other times we wear no jewelry at all, even crazier, we wear different rings on that left hand, ring finger. In fact, my husband has SEVERAL (noted in the photo above) rings he wears as his wedding band, not just the one we exchanged on our wedding day.  As a couple who enjoys fashion and getting dressed in the morning, anyone else who can understand that and is also passionate about fashion knows that rules are the worst. I say, if you don't feel like wearing something one day, why should you force yourself to wear it?!  Why do we as a society automatically assume someone is in marital troubles when they are spotted without their wedding ring? Why can't they just be having a fashion revelation or just plain didn't want to wear the ring? For someone like me, wearing the same ring every single day is the definition of insanity. I know Albert Einstein said something like that... (lol)

I know I don't have answers to these rhetorical questions I've just posed, but I felt I wanted to get these ideas and words out--maybe start a conversation and get other's opinions. Would love to know what you think about this subject--do you wear your engagement ring and wedding band everyday? If your significant other didn't wear their ring one day, do you get mad? Why?

I've also been actively searching for a more "user-friendly" engagement ring for everyday wear, as mine is so delicate (being Victorian, characteristically thin for the style of it) and I've had a few "close calls" banging it around and getting it caught on things. I still want to wear it as much as possible, but I've found an alternative and I'm really excited about it. I wanted a sapphire cluster for an alternative engagement ring and when I saw the one pictured above posted by MaeJean Vintage, I knew it was the one.  I love the tear-drop shape of it, as I had been set on a large oval cluster (like Princess Diana's, now Princess Kate's ring). For some reason, the look was not "me." This one sang its own tune when I slipped it on my hand.  Next plan of action is to get a genuine sapphire cut to replace the current synthetic.  I'll keep you along for the transformation journey! And thanks MaeJean Vintage, you girls have some serious treasure hunting skills!!

 

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A Review of Forevermark Diamonds

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Consumers are constantly evolving. Those interested in buying diamonds are wanting more questions answered than ever before: where did my diamond come from? Was it sourced ethically? Is my diamond worth what I paid for it? How will I know this exact diamond is mine?  Exclusivity and rarity are becoming more and more important, as well as the feeling of confidence in what is one buying. All this added up to the creation of Forevermark and their authentic promise to each and every client who buys a diamond. Forevermark launched in January of 2011 with over 128 years of diamond expertise being a part of the De Beers Group. I wanted to learn more myself about Forevermark and their diamonds, so I got the full experience from my nearest local retailer who carries them--King Jewelers in Nashville, TN. Turns out, King Jewelers was one of the first to adopt Forevermark Diamonds into their repertoire--as David King explained, "Forevermark stands for rarity, something desired by a new group of clients that has recently been growing in the last few years."  Only sold through a select group of "authorized" jewelers, Forevermark is discerning in every step of the process.

What is cool in a nerdy, gem way is Forevermark's diamond inscription which I got to see first-hand with a special inscription viewer which King Jeweler's displays at their store. It was so interesting to learn that less than 1% of the world's diamonds can become a Forevermark diamond. What's more is once a diamond’s provenance and quality have been confirmed, it is inscribed with a unique number that represents the Forevermark promise: that the diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Only then does it become a Forevermark diamond! The inscription is invisible to the naked eye, but with the viewer, you can see the unique number, along with the Forevermark logo. The inscription is 1/20th of a micron deep – 1/5,000th the depth of a human hair – and is placed on the table facet of the diamond, using confidential, proprietary technology. After purchasing a Forevermark diamond, you can register your diamond using the unique number so it is tied to your name forever.

A diamond's journey from beginning to end is typically characterized by a lot of unknowns. With Forevermark, hand-selection and quality control define each step, with no unknowns. It starts with sourcingwhere every Forevermark diamond comes from a mine that has been carefully selected and approved according to strict criteria. Forevermark, as part of The De Beers Group, gives back to the communities where its diamonds are minedFor every acre of land used for mining, five acres are dedicated to the conservation of nature. Additionally, Forevermark, as part of The De Beers Group, contributes to the provision of good quality healthcare and education, and supports women entrepreneurs and their businesses. 

Next, the rough that was mined gets sorted by their experts, with color and clarity being at the forefront. Cutting and polishing come next, where strict standards are held for the craftsmen who carry out this task. Each facet is carefully planned out and will unlock the beauty of the diamond. Now the diamonds are off to be selected and graded, where the Forevermark Diamond Institute has a rigorous 17-step procedure, which includes hand grading. Any Forevermark diamond over 1/2 carat also receives a Forevermark Grading Report which certifies its grade. Those 10 points or larger are then inscribed with a unique number and the Forevermark logo. This careful selection process ensures you end up with a diamond that you can be really proud to give or wear forever, a true value when you are purchasing a diamond.

Ready for consumers, the last step of the journey is to be sold by an authorized Forevermark jeweler as a loose stone or set in a piece of jewelry. Forevermark jewelry, is designed and manufactured by select design partners.

Thanks Forevermark for giving me the opportunity to learn more about your beautiful, important cause. The next time you or myself will see these on the red carpet or at an authorized jeweler, I will be happy to know so much more than just the name. Diamonds are indeed wonderful, but knowing you have a responsibly sourced, rare and high-quality diamond makes that much of a difference. De Beers coined the term, A Diamond is Forever, and its authenticity and allure couldn't be more real! 

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Alex Cooper's July 21st, 2016 Gallery Auction 

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The summertime is not typically known as auction season, but the jewelry auctions that do happen should not be missed.  This is where some of the best scores can be found, deals to be had and collections to be grown. Why? Because this time of the year most are out of the loop or on vacation! Case in point, Alex Cooper and their July 21st Gallery Auction! The variety of items they have coming up at auction this month is great for all levels of collectors--from beginners to advanced--and of course their heart-stopping center fold: lot number 100, a rare Australian black opal ring from Temple St. Clair. Totally out-of-this-world! 

Read more about my top picks from the sale below. Be sure to sign up in advance to bid and mark July 21st on your calendar!

Alex Cooper Gallery Auction, July 21st at NOON located in Towson, MD.

Lot 100: A rare Australian black opal ring from Temple St. Clair--the piece is handcrafted, hallmarked and comes with a certificate from the IGI. Such an exquisite piece and comes with original box! The bezel is set with multi-colored sapphires, fine details like that make this ring so special. The opal itself is incredible in its own right, weighing in at 8.73 carats. Estimate: $40-50,000

Lot 9: Designer pieces of jewelry are smart buys when bidding at auction. Once you buy designer at auction, you'll never want to pay full price again! Alex Cooper has some great designer pieces in this sale, like this Cartier ring. Done in 18k white gold and set with diamonds, this piece dates back to the 90s and is called the Nouvelle ring. It is a size 6! Estimate: $3,000-3,5000

Lot 21: Another prime example of a collectible designer piece is this ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. Known for their high quality and superb craftsmanship, this piece is done in 18k white gold set with diamonds and a cabochon sapphire. Such a pretty floral-inspired design and such a great starting price for a Van Cleef piece! Estimate: $4,000-5,000

Lot 46: Start your collection off by bidding on a lot like this, where several rings are included! This easily expands or begins your collection and these pieces are great staples.  The carved intaglio crest ring done in bloodstone stands out to me, a perfect Victorian piece. The others also from the same time period would stack together seamlessly. Estimate: $200-400

Lot 75: Can you blame me for making sure to include this ring in my favorites?! Bypass style always has my heart--this one is done in platinum with two round brilliant cut diamonds, perfectly matched, both approximately 0.80 carats each. The baguette and round diamond accents are a great complement to this style and finishes off the piece nicely. Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 79: Oh man, I love a good locket and this one is pure dreamy!  Art Nouveau 14k yellow gold depicting a woman set with a diamond, the piece is engraved with a beautiful "R" on the back, along with two photos on the inside.  You must check out the extra photos on the website! Estimate: $250-400

Lot 89: Wildly geometric, my kind of ring! This piece is done in 14k yellow gold and set with an oval cut diamond and round sapphire. The ring is a size 4.75 and easily would mix and match with any collection. Estimate: $300-500

Lot 98: And I couldn't talk about designer jewelry without including a piece from Tiffany & Co.! A very vintage Tiffany & Co. crossover ring done in 18k yellow gold set with sapphires. This style is very 1950s/60s and truly transports you back in time when Hollywood starlets wore pieces like this on set. Such a cool piece paying homage to a nostalgic time period. Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 99: Need an upgrade? This will do! A three carat stunner set in a classic vintage fishtail setting which is done in platinum of course!  The baguette diamonds do a perfect job of complementing the center stone. This ring sure does sparkle and would make a great engagement ring destined to be passed on through generations! Estimate: $25,000-30,000

Lot 104: Four vintage rings, one lot...and one bid to win them all!  A great collection featuring two solitaire rings, one lapis signet ring and one opal quatre foil cluster. The cool thing about auction lots that include several rings is if there are pieces that don't fit your style, you could always sell the ones you don't want. Estimate: $200-400

Lot 110: A dazzling old mine cut diamond sits at the center of this gorgeous bar pin circa 1920s. The piece is entirely platinum and in excellent condition. Just how big is that center diamond? Approximately 1.50 carats! Estimate: $800-1,000

Lot 128: Couldn't help but include this cute ring--another bypass style, this time using floral motifs. The diamonds are marquise cuts with a round cut for the center.  White and yellow diamonds, with the yellow diamonds most likely heat-treated. Estimate: $2,500-3,000

Lot 131: This ring caught my eye! I love a good dome ring and this one is particularly unique. Done in 18k yellow and white gold, the yellow gold is used brilliantly to make the design really pop! The diamonds are also used in an exceptional way, baguettes and rounds to create a weaved look. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

 

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Alisa of Erstwhile Jewelry

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Today's Jewelry Collection Story comes from one half of the Erstwhile Jewelry duo, Alisa Klusner. Inheriting a love for gems and antiques from both her grandmother and mother, Alisa is now enchanted by gems and antiques found by her husband Jared.  The married team have a great eye for beautiful, drool-worthy pieces--anything from a sapphire and diamond Art Deco ring, to a retro ruby and diamond piece, they have all the best. More recently the two collaborated on their own vintage-inspired line By Erstwhile, which features wedding bands, engagement rings, a really cool ear cuff, and some pendants.  Excited to share Alisa's story:

"I’ve been collecting my whole life. My grandmother and I would thrift and go to flea markets together every weekend. She had little boxes of gems found at flea markets and brought from the mother land, Russia. I loved how carefully she cared for these little treasures. I think, for me, the romance began there. My collecting began probably from my grandmother’s first few little gifts that were small but very sweet. My mother has always been a lover of fine jewels and over the years she’s also gifted me with jewels commemorating special occasions."

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"Now my husband, an antiques dealer, gifts me with gems. So my collection consists mostly of jewels he’s given me, little relics from my childhood, and pieces I “borrow” from Erstwhile."

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On her favorite motifs...

"Anything that brings about a feeling of nostalgia I love. My favorite motifs are found in Georgian and Victorian Mourning rings. They’re jewels made and worn to remember lost loved ones. Usually inscribed with the name of the deceased and date and place of death. These were worn to remind the wearer of mortality as in those days it was a constant threat. Many times you can find ‘memento mori' inscribed on these jewels, a Latin expression meaning ‘remember death’. Typical motifs and looks were black jet (the stone in the ring below), black and white enamel on yellow gold, and painted weeping willows."

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"I am passionate about bringing back the concept of treasuring your possessions. Everything in our culture is so disposable now. I get caught up in it myself. But you get on that merry go round and forget to appreciate the things you have. Unlike my grandmother, who treasured those few bright little jewels. Many of the rings we find may have gotten scraped or melted and lost. When you see 100 rings at once, all thrown together, they can lose their individual luster. The work comes when you need to spot those special pieces and put them in a context/curate them in a way that let’s their light shine. And instead of someone buying a disposable trendy piece of jewelry, they can buy this special piece, hand made using precious metals and gems over 100 years ago. A piece that can and should be loved for a lifetime. That’s my passion, the possibility that these jewels will outlast all of us. And we’re just stewards of them for now."

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"I like to join Jared on shopping trips to London, Paris, and even Upstate NY. Antique jewelry shows are fun too! Treasure hunting for jewelry has massively changed in the last few years with the internet and Instagram. It used to be that you could find amazing jewels in pawn and antique shops in little towns around the US. But everything’s online now and the romance of the hunt has gone a bit."

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"My engagement ring is my most special and favorite piece. Jared just happened upon it and immediately knew it was for me. Surprisingly he didn’t agonize over dozens of rings. It was just this one from the start. And it’s perfect."

 

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YES! I CAN buy that! -- Jewelry Under $500

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I asked for feedback...you gave it...and I listened! Someone requested I feature more budget-friendly jewelry, so I put together a list of 20 items all under $500 that I would want to have in my own jewelry box!  I made sure to gather a good mix of both modern and vintage/antique--so some of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and once sold, they are gone! Going on a virtual shopping spree is my favorite thing to do (well, besides the real thing) so I hope you enjoy this post just as much as I have putting it together!  So without further ado, here are the goods!

1) 14k yellow gold pink sapphire, diamond, and amethyst ring from Ross-Simons, Price: $389

2) 10k yellow gold citrine three-stone vintage ring from The Eden Collective, Price: $375

3) 14k yellow gold diamond curved bar bracelet by Zoe Chicco, Price: $500

4) 14k rose gold (comes in white or yellow too) diamond V-tip ring by Jacquie Aiche, Price: $365

5) 14k yellow gold shaker necklaces with shattered sapphires by Elisa Solomon, Price: $440

6) 14k yellow gold agate Figa charm set with peridot from CHARMCO, Price: $495

7) 14k white gold diamond and opal Moon Flower earring by Catbird, Price: $448 (for just one earring)

8) 14k yellow gold short sheer drop earrings by Lana Jewelry, Price: $500

9) 14k yellow gold Victorian ACROSTIC ring spelling out REGARD from Fox & Bond, Price $400

10) 14k yellow gold velvet choker with emoji charm (you choose from numerous colors and charm options) by Alison Lou, Price: $250


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11) 14k yellow gold diamond spiral "Carly Brooke" ring by Dana Rebecca Designs, Price: $330

12) 10k yellow gold Ethiopian opal vintage solitaire ring from Market Square Jewelers, Price: $445

13) 14k rose gold (also comes in yellow) "Charing Cross" vintage-inspired ring from Trumpet & Horn, Price: $475

14) 14k yellow gold circle stud earrings with black diamond briolette by Stacy Nolan Jewelry, Price: $365

15) 14k yellow gold (comes in rose and white also) diamond and ruby dagger single earring by Louison Fine, Price: $350

16) 18k yellow gold Moonface stud earrings (7mm) by Anthony Lent Jewelry, Price: $460

17) 9k yellow gold Antique Victorian locket with enamel from Metier SF, Price: $468

18) 14k yellow gold moonstone skull ring by Margaret Cross Jewelry, Price: $485

19) 14k yellow (comes in rose and white also) diamond and opal drop studs by Jennie Kwon Designs, Price: $295 (just for one earring)

20) 10k yellow gold Ray studs in your choice of blue opal or mother of pearl by Ursa Major Jewelry, Price: $380

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Gem Gossip x Vada Jewelry Collaboration

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The second ring has dropped in my designer ring collaborations--this one I've teamed up with Vada Jewelry to launch an edgy, cool piece with black enameling. Katie, designer behind Vada, loved the idea and was totally on board and we are so proud to finally release it!

THE CONCEPT: good vs. evil is encountered on a daily basis, in this ring the good is represented by the gold, while the black is evil. Eventhough at times it may seem we are surrounded by evil, we can overcome it, be the bigger person and make better choices. This is what this ring represents in our eyes as we created this concept, however you can interpret it however it fits your life!  This ring is bold, hefty and easily stackable (as you can see in the stylized photo). 

We wanted to offer some options, so you can choose to have the black enameling as we originally designed it, or no enameling at all!  Please allow 4-6 weeks for orders, as each is custom made.  Both our logos are stamped on the inside, the Vada Jewelry logo as well as GG for Gem Gossip, along with the 14k hallmark. We hope you enjoy this ring as much as we do!

xoxo Gem Gossip & Vada Jewelry

Vada x Gem Gossip

TO ORDER:

Vada x Gem Gossip Ring
size 4

Gem Gossip Turns EIGHT Years Old!

#gemgossipturns8

I don't know how this happened, but Gem Gossip celebrates another year in July! Turning 8 years old is a huge milestone--the number 8 is crazy significant in my life and I hope this will be the best year yet! I'm so thankful for all that has come out of creating Gem Gossip and I still vividly remember writing my first blog post like it was yesterday. My taste has grown, my knowledge has grown, my friends and acquaintances have grown...so much positive has come out of this blog; more than I could have ever expected.

As a way of saying thanks, I'm hosting EIGHT, yes EIGHT, giveaways all month long. I can't wait for you all to see the prizes that could be yours--I've spent a long time putting the perfect items together, with personal favorites amongst them. 

I also like to ask YOU as a reader, follower, fan...what do you want to see more of?  See less of? Please leave some feedback because I like to listen. After all, you are most important in this equation!  So let me know--you can tweet me, email me, or comment in the comment section!

Thanks everyone and cheers to turning 8!

xoxoGemGossip

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