Trademark Antiques Debuts New Website!

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With a mission to become everyone's go-to jewelry destination, where buying antique and vintage jewelry online becomes the preferred way to shop, Trademark Antiques is one step closer to this goal with the launch of their new website! This website brings together every entity of their business, from their inventory listed on Etsy, to their exciting blog which captures their buying trips and insights into what they sell, to links where you can find all their social media platforms all in one place! Husband and wife team, Jessica and Jason, have been working hard since 2008 to bring to life antique jewelry from the bygone eras. They've built a growing fanbase and a group of loyal customers, so with the debut of their new website, the duo could not be more excited! Jessica says, "We want our website to give our customer an intimate insight into our products and to the creative efforts involved in sourcing and bringing each of our pieces to market.  In short, we hope to make Trademark Antiques more like the corner jewelry store in your hometown where you know us and we know you." 

For most people who know Trademark Antiques, their antique conversion pieces are truly spectacular and the best out there right now. People are obsessed with their colorful enamel flower rings which sell out within minutes of posting. There are even people who specifically collect just those enamel flowers because of Trademark Antiques! As Jessica noted, "Without a doubt, our on-trend conversion jewelry is our most popular and best selling jewelry. We personally design our conversion jewelry line using reclaimed antique and vintage jewelry parts.  These pieces are nearly always unique, one-of-a-kind creations...We were honored this month to have our line of conversion jewelry featured in the March issue of British Glamour Magazine — the #1 Women’s magazine in the U.K." What an amazing accomplishment!

I love starting out a new year talking about goals and being positive, and it seems as though Trademark Antiques is on the same page! Lots of goals this year--like launching a newsletter, a jewelry look book, a YouTube channel with short videos, and forming partnerships with other vintage sellers are all in the works. The husband and wife team also hope to expand so that they are able to double the size of their inventory offering. More jewelry is always a good idea and we are just as excited! Jessica exclaims, "This year is all about expanding our business to meet growing demand for our offerings and exploring new media avenues and partnerships to bring our customers into our world. This summer, our website will begin to incorporate short, yet exciting, videos sharing jewelry advice as well as tips and brief travel clips from our jewelry adventures."

If you'd like to read about how Trademark Antiques came to be, make sure you read my blog post from last year.  I've picked some of my current favorites from their inventory; each can be clicked on for more info and pricing. And be sure to check out their new website and follow their social media channels below!

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Q & A with TrueFacet's CEO Tirath Kamdar

truefacet0329 TrueFacet is the perfect online destination for any jewelry collector like myself, whether you're someone looking to purchase a gift, someone new to jewelry and don't know where to begin, or even the best, seasoned jewelry expert--hundreds of pages of new and preowned jewelry await! This authentic pre-loved jewelry marketplace was first introduced to the world back in May of 2014, and has already served tens of thousands of customers who logged in and clicked "add to cart" with 100% piece of mind knowing TrueFacet's integrity and focus on authenticity. Every item is authenticated and priced at the best value. True to its brand, I've browsed their pages multiple times (with no end in sight as their inventory clocks in at around 40,000 items!!) and have found so many amazing pieces I'd love to add to my personal collection. And pricing is two thumbs up from me!

I wanted to know more about this buyer/seller online haven--who was the force behind such a grand marketplace? I had to find out! CEO of TrueFacet, Tirath Kamdar was gracious enough to answer all my questions, enjoy!q1

Since Valentine’s Day happens to be our second largest holiday, we recently launched our Valentine’s Day Shops page with nine dedicated stores, curated with some amazing gift items for women and men from $150 to $100,000. (www.truefacet.com/valentine)

Our focus is on continuously building the best consumer experience in jewelry shopping and selling. We have so many exciting projects happening in 2016 to help nurture this. For starters, we have launched a concierge shopping service via text-message technology where consumers can text in their requests, and within 24 hours, your personalized concierge rep will help get that piece! All at your fingertips.

We already have a unique real-time pricing engine that gives sellers the best value of their jewelry at any point in time. We will soon allow everyone globally to have access to this amazing offering!

Yellow gold and diamond LOVE necklace (no brand) $550 diamond heart pendant in rose gold (no brand) $595

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My family business has been in the jewelry industry for over 40 years as manufacturers of some of the most well known designer and unsigned pieces. I spent over 8 years in my family business working across marketing and design. Over the course of eight years, I observed firsthand the daily struggles customers encountered both online and offline, with such an opaque experience for consumer. It was there that I came to understand the key elements it takes to keep jewelry-buying consumers happy, and envisioned a platform which can do it all for people everywhere.

Later, these became the core brands values on which I created TrueFacet with my partner and friend, COO, Chris Chan. They include:

1. Fair prices: You may not offer the cheapest price but being able to justify and explain WHY goes a long way with consumers.

2. Trust: Earning trust doesn’t come overnight. It comes with an open line of communication and the management of expectations from the start.

3. Experience: Offer a pleasurable and memorable shopping experience without intimidation.

4. Authenticity: One fake is too many. Our company is based on the knowledge that the goods are 100% real. Our jewelry and watch experts have over 50 years of combined authentication expertise, ranging from scientific analysis to antique, contemporary, and classic authentication.

5. Transparency: Be honest through every step of the shopping and buying process.

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There have been a few exciting moments that continue to infuse excitement and evoke pride!

In 2015, we were able to raise our second round of venture capital funding. TrueFacet has raised a total of $4.8 million across two funding rounds from investors Maveron and FreeStyle Capital and others, and this allowed to build our plans effectively to service over 10’s of thousands of consumers in 2015, bringing designer ‘authentic’ products to them without paying retail.

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Our dream is to become the number one online destination globally for all fine jewelry and watches! Each month over month, we continue to grow 120%+ and will bring this offering to global markets including China, EU, and other’s.

Our goals are many! We will soon be dedicating more resources to our Concierge Program. At the end of 2015, we launched our very cool and timely Concierge Service whereby clients can text, live chat, email or (of course) call us with any fine jewelry or watch need. Requests are fielded for both gifts and self-purchases in affordable and expensive price-ranged watches or jewelry. The best part? The service costs nothing. We do all of the work, because people are busier than ever. We have helped over 1200 people via the Concierge Service and plan to help endless more people this year.

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First ask yourself the following questions:

-Do you have any sentimental attachment to the piece?

-Have you worn this item in the past 12 months?

-Does this item make you feel happy and confident when worn?

If you answered no to any of these questions, perhaps it is time to sell.

The first step is to have the item evaluated by an expert and know it’s transparent value. At TrueFacet our in house experts will tell you not only what an item is worth but WHY? This way, clients come to understand why something is more or less valuable, and the reasons behind it – transparency always!

We currently offer two ways to sell on TrueFacet: Consign or List. When consigning, the Concierge team is committed to delivering the most transparent experience and highest value for your item(s). We value, authenticate, refurbish, photograph and securely ship free of charge. The client simply fills out the form here: https://www.truefacet.com/consignment/ and a concierge expert gets in touch. When the item sells, we pay 80% of the value, more than any other company on or offline.

The second option is listing in our marketplace, for the person who likes to take matters into their own hands. By filling out this simple and easy to use form here https://www.truefacet.com/additem/ clients can get up to 85% of the retail value of the item when it sells, with our authenticity + real-time pricing helping to ensure you have a transparent experience.

This year look out for more bells and whistles in terms of seller functionality via a real-time jewelry and watch pricing-engine. Through a proprietary system, sellers will be able to click a series of buttons and find out how much their jewelry or watch is worth in real time and perhaps then list it on our site. Talk about a resource and time saver!

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Video Series: Gem Gossip Read & Wear for January 2016

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Hey friends!  So I've decided to make a video series and although I'm new to this and very unfamiliar with speaking in front of a camera, I realize that I should just go for it and hopefully improve along the way--so this is my first ever video (so please be nice).  

The point of the series is to document a New Year's resolution of mine--which is to be more selective when buying for my personal collection.  With that, I decided to also go through my personal collection and sell some pieces that I haven't worn in awhile, even if I still love them.  Every collector should come to a point where they fine-tune and heavily curate their collection. It took about seven years for me to finally realize I should go through and start selling some pieces that don't strike me anymore. The New Year's resolution put a number on how many pieces I can buy in 2016--I decided to limit myself to one ring per month! If I buy three in one month for example, that will count as three months! This doesn't count if it is a gift.

To go along with this resolution, I've been wanting to read and educate myself more, so I've also decided to read/purchase one book monthly. I will share the book in these "Read & Wear" videos in a sort of book talk fashion without revealing too much and provide links to purchase on Amazon, or wherever it can be found!

Excited to share this idea with you all and here is the first in a series of 12: January! Hope you enjoy!

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January's ring purchase: Georgian aquamarine solitaire purchased at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show from Lucy Verity

January's book purchase and current read: Guy Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings

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Four Significant Themes in February 11th Antique & Modern Sale at Fellows

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I'm excited to get back into the auction game after taking a break from bidding due to the holidays. The upcoming Antique & Modern Jewellery sale from Fellows is the perfect auction to go for it! I've been looking through their catalogue and I am highly intrigued by all that is offered this month. I even noticed a few significant themes occurring in the line-up, all which I covet: Victorian star motif, piqué tortoise shell jewelry, sapphire and diamond cluster rings and floral jewelry. See these lust-worthy jewelry themes more in depth:

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THEME: Victorian Star Motif

Lot 110: This late 19th century locket features that ever-elusive Victorian enamel star that I've been loving lately. The locket opens to reveal a photo of a man on one side and a lock of hair on the other. What a treasure!

Lot 247: Another star motif, this time on an incredible mid-Victorian bracelet. This piece is in amazing condition, with all the quintessential Victorian intricacies--cannetille and geometric details. Love it.

Lot 447: The star motif here is done in old cut diamonds in this fun 18k gold ring. The dome shape makes it unique, along with the navy blue enamel. Want this ring!

Lot 538: Star motif done in diamonds again, this time front and center on a gorgeous pair of Victorian earrings. This piece also includes another favorite motif of mine--tassels. Also loving the large carbuncle garnets. Just splendid. 

THEME: Piqué Tortoise Shell Jewelry

Lot 451: Piqué is a technique where metal, like gold, is applied on top of tortoise shell. Some pieces look like works of art and I would love to own a piece in my collection. Surprisingly this auction has several pieces--like these earrings.

Lot 453: A late 19th century piqué brooch with foliate detail and geometric border. A classic and beautiful piece! It should be helpful to know the diameter on this brooch is 3.8 centimeters.

Lot 455: Another piqué tortoise shell brooch, this one very unique with an oval dangling from a bow motif. The gold is applied on top the tortoise shell and is very ornate, quite breath-taking.

Lot 460: Love the patterns on this gold piqué tortoise shell brooch. Again, round in shape with a diameter of 3.4 centimeters.

THEME: Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Rings

Lot 17: This sapphire and diamond cluster ring resembles more of a flower than the others, set in 18k gold and looking radiant. This ring is vintage, circa 1998 and features 1.20 ctw of diamonds, surrounding a lovely oval cut sapphire. So pretty!

Lot 131: This sapphire and diamond cluster ring has more of a cushion shape in general, with some bright, gorgeous stones. The diamonds total approximately 0.75 ctw. and the ring is in good condition. I love the prongs on the center sapphire, they are perfect!

Lot 436: I love the detail in this sapphire and diamond cluster ring--the sapphire is oval cut, surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds--each set with milgrain detail on the metal. I love this detail and it makes the pieces that much more special! The total weigh of the diamonds is approximately one carat.

Lot 528: A ring worthy of royalty--this piece reminds me of Princess Diana's ring, with a gorgeous blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds in a bold way. The diamonds total 1.75 carats and are bright white. The ring is all set in 18k gold with hallmarks from Birmingham. So stunning!

THEME: Floral Jewelry

Lot 187: A stunning floral brooch, dating to early 20th century--features diamonds, sapphires all set in silver and gold. The diamonds total nearly two carats and are various cuts, from modern to old. Such a pretty piece, I can envision it on a lapel or bag.

Lot 205: Another floral themed piece, this time a pair of earrings! These are superb--I love the combination of pearl with banded agate. The earrings actually come with a fitted, original box as they date back to late 19th century. 

Lot 269: The leaves/petals on this floral diamond ring are priceless! Such a delicate and gorgeous ring, set with rose cut diamonds and in really good condition. Love the elongated style of the ring as well.

Lot 411: This floral suite featuring a collar necklace and pair of matching earrings is every modern girl's dream. These style necklaces are currently trending and this one is over the top! Lots of diamonds and lots of sapphires. Anywhere from four-five carats is what the estimated total is--insane!!

 

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Get Your Love Locked Down with Arik Kastan

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Girlfriend, wife, best friend, YOURSELF... 

These whimsical heart padlocks from Arik Kastan are a must!

We know what you're craving for this Valentine's Day and luckily HEARTS are here in a big way. A long-standing symbol for love, Arik Kastan couldn't resist creating his own take on this special motif. The heart as a padlock is shown above in our four different necklaces which are our current favorites:

 

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Favorite Instagrams: Winter 2016

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sunnybondjewelry admiring these Egyptian Revival earrings in all their glory from Excalibur Jewelry

nicholaslieoufinejewels boasts an incredible arm stack: vintage platinum diamond bracelet fit for a king plus a Masonic vintage watch

diamondsinthelibrary adds to my carved moonstone man obsession by finding these pendants at the Lueur Show in NYC

levi_higgs previewing the Leslie Hindman sale and lusting after this Art Nouveau bracelet, NYC backdrop for good measure

randimolofsky visiting Jeff Koons at The Broad in downtown LA

abeautifulmess shares her inspring glassware collection in all the colors of the rainbow

structure_minerals serioiusly has the most swoon-worthy gem collection and most are available for sale 

itsjohnfoster is a talented artist who blew up Pinterest with his rainbow irridescent side table, this is awesome too

catbirdnyc dazzles everyone with the release of their latest Moon Flower Collection, so stunning

limkina is an amazing artist who paints -- you really must check out this Russian beauty's feed

egyptian_revival spotted this incredible amulet necklace from Christies archives

ouvra is another great artist with an intriguing medium--she also paints these and calls them Crystal Codex

adornmentality found a jewel that captures everyone's favorite old saying, and it is adorable!

cartier posts a photo that couldn't be more perfect and grand, but really the emeralds are the stars

Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2016

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Another year in the books! The Original Miami Beach Antique Show did not disappoint, with this being my fifth visit to the show, no more "rookie" feeling this time around! Funny that with every trip, our itinerary, goals and place of stay has been different every time--but it makes for a good adventure and an easier way of remembering each trip. My partner-in-crime, Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, had a mission of buying new stock before her trunk shows she has coming up--so we were in full-swing buying mode. We had only one full-day at the show and a couple of hours the following day, so we had a lot of work to do in a small amount of time (besides photographing some favorite pieces, catching up with old friends in the aisles and saying hi to new peeps).

After a rough landing in Ft. Lauderdale, we checked into The Raleigh hotel and had dinner with our favorites, Larry and Natasha Platt of Platt Boutique in West Hollywood. Quality Meats is a great restaurant--highly recommend it if you're in Miami. We woke up the next morning and headed to the show. The dealers were ready and eager--nearly 1000 exhibitors this year, YES it's that big. As a buyer and attendee, I noticed lots of new inventory and luckily for us, some of the same pieces as last year because we ended up buying items we photographed in years past, which we regretted not buying! Funny how that worked out!  We were at the show from noon until 6:30/7pm--the longest we've ever stayed! It was amazing to go back to our hotel right after and just LAY DOWN, ohmygod. By the way, we opted for a healthy lunch this year while at the show and found a salad bar just to the left of where the large line forms at the main entrance. It was two thumbs up from a picky eater like me (but I miss those personal pan pizzas I raved about last year). We continued our traditional dinner at The Raleigh with our West-coast counterparts, Sunny and Blair of Fox & Bond, which is always one big round of laughter and fun.

The next morning we woke up, sore and stiff, and headed to the show for three hours catching our departing flight back home.  Someone (ahem...Brooke) was doing SO good with her New Year's resolution, and hadn't drank coffee for the entire month of January! She broke down and had some on day two, and we both were like Mario landing on the flashing star in Nintendo--we breezed through our three hour crunch time and got more done in 30 minutes than we did the entire day before lol. Job well done!

Glad to have another year under my belt. Jewelry highlights of this year?! I would have to say the man-on-the-moon moonstone pendants that I came across; those were so intricate and really unique. I was trying to find my own ring, but I only found a couple and each were similar to the ones I've owned in the past, nothing too special about them. I also can't stop thinking about the little gold coin purse set with sapphires that I found and took a video of. Truly have not seen a piece like that before--just wish something like that had more of a use than being pretty. Can't really wear that on my finger or around my neck. But, man is it beautiful!!

What did I bring home?! I usually bring back one item every year to commemorate the trip--although I've been four times before, I only have two items to show for it (the first year I couldn't afford anything, the second year I bought a teeny tiny diamond band which I have since sold). This year was a little tricky: I bought four rings with the intention of selling three and keeping one, then I got home and couldn't decide which one to keep!!  I will continue deciding (although I did end up selling the lapis inlay scarab within a few minutes of posting it). If you have an opinion on which I should keep, let me know! I'll follow up with a blog post featuring the rings, along with the ones I've purchased from the past shows.

Cheers to next year--and hopefully staying a little longer and saving more $$ to spend! ;) #neverenough 

PS: My dad asked me how much money I was bringing down to Miami to buy with, and when I told him the amount, he said, "That's like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!" As per usual, he was right.

 

Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry Launches Video -- THE METAL MYTHOLOGIST

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Prepare to be captivated and inspired; Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry artistically takes it up a notch again (first time was with a look book unlike any other, shot in the desert and made into a hardcover book). The Metal Mythologist video demonstrates a grand juxtaposition between the maker and the muse, the finished and the work in progress. It shows off the beautiful jewelry she creates, while giving a backstory and inspirational vignettes into the world of Lisa Kim. I love this video for so many reasons!

Be sure to watch and let me know what you think in the comments below--I'd love to hear! For more from Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry:

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Gladiator Ring from Doryn Wallach Jewelry

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I've had this blog post planned for awhile now--couldn't wait to share the amazing black diamond Gladiator ring that my sister-in-law received over the holiday from designer Doryn Wallach. Every time I was about to publish, something came up or another deadline was moved ahead, putting this sometimes to the backburner. I had finally decided that Monday would be the day to post, and as I sat Sunday afternoon typing up this very blog post, I heard the news of the untimely passing of Cindy Edelstein. I was incredibly saddened and completely in shock. In this day and age, with technology at our fingertips, and Cindy always being on the up-and-up of technology (heck, she was the only person I was following on Periscope who ever actually broadcast anything) I raced over to her Twitter page, her Facebook and Instagram because I just couldn't believe it...I thought for sure she had just favored a tweet of mine or liked a post. This couldn't be happening. 

It was Cindy who introduced me to Doryn Wallach, whose incredible designs have now become a favorite and even became a part of my sister-in-law's jewelry collection. It was Cindy who called me last year to tell me about my nomination for the WJA Award for Excellence.  It was always her smile and embracing kindness we will forever remember and never forget. So many people in the jewelry industry are tremendously grateful for the work she has done throughout her career, including myself. I looked back to see what the last Tweet in which Cindy "favorited" of mine, and it was one from my wedding day--the one about getting married on the same date as my grandparents got married back in 1956. That's so special, as she was.  I will miss her.

*Seen above, the black diamond gladiator ring was made just for my sister-in-law within a matter of days for a special event, all thanks to Doryn Wallach.

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