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Newest Finds from Jewelry Finds®, October 2017 Edition

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I bet you've mentioned it to someone lately or maybe you've even started already, but it is time for holiday shopping! I highly respect those who have already gotten a few presents set aside and for those who haven't even thought about it yet--let this be a fair warning! Every year the holidays sneak up on us and we try to promise ourselves we'll do better at preparing the following year. Those in the jewelry industry are busy stockpiling some amazing pieces for this crazy time of year, when people will often wait until the very last few hours of Christmas Eve to find something.

Luckily for those who are antique and vintage jewelry obsessed, Ashley & Janet of Jewelry Finds are more than ready, with over 200 pieces of newly acquired jewels. Every item is listed with detailed descriptions and easy one-click access to a virtual shopping cart. They even have a Youtube channel where many of their pieces can be viewed in action, giving you a full 3D look at the piece from every angle. I suggest getting out a blanket and curling up to your computer screen, while checking out Jewelry Finds' inventory, having a handy wish list available to jot down favorites. And don't forget that new pieces are added every week!

If you love their jewelry, you will be happy to know you can see everything in person at their first ever jewelry show appearance, coming up Friday, November 10th to Sunday, November 12th at the 50th Anniversary International Gem & Jewelry Show in Washington DC called InterGem. Details below as well and you can buy tickets to attend the show here. If you live in the DC area, you can't miss this show! Over 100+ pieces will be saved in order make their debut at the show.

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One to Follow: @DanaSengJewelry

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Dana Seng Jewelry is the highly personalized jewelry line out of LA that has admirers hitting "like" after every Instagram post. The stacks on stacks on stacks theme is heavily used throughout Dana's feed and keeps people coming back for more. As an owner of TWO of her necklaces, I can easily see why--I wear my lucky #8 necklace and D initial necklace layered amongst old and new pieces, as it goes with just about anything.

If you're not following Dana Seng Jewelry on Instagram already, we highly recommend as this month's One To Follow. Look out for fun stacking posts that will get you inspired and get you adding pieces to your wish list. We'd like to thank Dana for partnering with us and we are happy to spread the word of your gorgeous line with others!

 

Click here to follow Dana Seng Jewelry on Instagram.

 

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October's Theme: #GemGossipCharms Giveaway!

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We've teamed up with Erica Weiner, NYC's double-location antique jewelry mecca and favorite of ours, to help celebrate our charm theme we've been running all month long since October 1st! If it isn't obvious, CHARMS are the hottest thing to collect right now and everyone is looking for special ones to tell their story. Whether it's little enameled pieces, movable parts, or ones that are highly symbolic...we've been coveting charms while treasure hunting and have been finding loads. But a common and reoccurring theme for collectors is needing a better way of wearing them. Our jewelers are so over us bringing in handfuls of charms with very specific places to solder them onto our bracelets...only to want to remove them months later. Our thin gold chain isn't cutting it, as the more we pile on, the weaker it becomes! And I'm sure you've heard this one before, "I want a unique chain, something sort of heavy, but I don't want to spend a lot of money." Meanwhile, every antique chain is usually VERY heavy and VERY expensive. So what's a collector to do?!

Introducing the newest creation from Erica Weiner, designed specifically for charm addicts. It is a chain that features a handclasp and large spring ring, ready to be loaded up with charms. The spring ring allows you to add charms and remove them instantly, so you can collect and go, changing up your themes and talismans depending on mood. We love details and if you collect antique jewelry, I bet you already noticed that the hand is wearing a tiny diamond ring. The necklace measures 20" in length and is done in 14k yellow gold with the hand being done in 10k. The retail price is $725.

We are giving away one of these necklaces and here's how to enter! (Click here & follow rules on Instagram post)

🚨🚨SURPRISE ALERT 🚨🚨 Ok, I hinted about a surprise and here it is! All month long we’ve been posting #gemgossipcharms & the response has been amazing! Everyone has lots of charms BUT what I’m finding is people are searching for a necklace they’re able to put charms on easily that is unique. @ericaweiner noticed that too which is why they’ve created this 14k gold necklace—it has a jumbo spring ring where one can easily slide on charms and close it, finished off with a hand clasp done in 10k gold (and yes the hand is wearing a diamond ring) 👉🏼 We’re giving away one of these necklaces & here’s how to enter: 1️⃣ follow both @gemgossip & @ericaweiner 2️⃣ tag 3 charm obsessed friends that would love this necklace in the comments below 3️⃣ winner announced on the last day of #gemgossipcharms month, October 31st at 5pm CST *charms pictured not included, just necklace

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Tips on How to Go from Passion Project to Full-Time

Gem Gossip How to go from passion project to full time career

We all have a passion--something that we've loved since childhood that brings us pure joy when we think about it, talk about it, or do it! Or maybe it is a passion that has developed later on in life--like a newfound love for eating and cooking healthy, or an obsession with all things motherhood. For me it was always jewelry, it just took me a few years to figure out that it was an industry I needed to be a part of rather than the teaching career I had set out to do. And for you, the possibilities are endless as to what passion you have and want to explore...luckily we have the internet and social media to easily connect with hundreds, if not thousands, of others who also share this same passion. 

Having that small idea sparked everything for me--I simply wanted to share my passion for jewelry with others who also love jewelry because at that moment in my life I was the only person I knew who loved jewelry. That idea was the sole purpose for starting Gem Gossip. I never thought in a million years it would end up becoming my brand, my career and my 24/7 life...but here I am, and here we are. 

I've put together some tips, ten of them to be exact, that will chronologically guide you if you are also looking to make your passion project your career. I use my situation in a lot of these and hope you find my advice useful! Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments section.

1. Define your passion

This may seem redundant or the simplest of tasks on this list, but it is most important. It is essential that you define your passion, knowing exactly what that encompasses and what it leaves out. Especially with starting a blog, having a very specific subject is important--being too broad can sometimes hurt you in the long run.

2. Don't quit your day job

Your passion project should always start out as a part-time "thing on the side" gig, because in most cases you won't be earning money from your passion project in the very beginning stages. For some, it may take months, years, even several years before any money can start being obtained from your passion project. For me, it took about five years to score my first big collaboration, but that still didn't allow me to quit my day job. 

3. Work hard towards goals

Once I realized that collaborating on projects, writing sponsored blog posts and Instagram posts, as well as creating content for jewelry designers could pay me about the same if not more than what I was currently making, that's when I knew I could potentially quit and be my own boss. I made sure to first set some goals--for me this was setting aside a certain amount of money before I could quit my job. I had a number in my head and worked hard everyday at chipping away. It is often very hard to quit a job and doing so can be quite scary, but you'll know when the timing is right--you'll get a feeling that is indescribable and walking out the door will be euphoric. I know it was for me!

4. Build your audience

Your audience is everything. They become your value, your reason for continuing to create content. Without them, you have no brand. Every single follow or like should be considered similar to a customer walking through your store. It's important to build audiences on several different platforms, like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter...even LinkedIn, Google+, and other social media websites.

5. Don't ever sell out or do things that don't align with what you believe in

Once you build your brand, it sometimes can be easy to veer off from a path you thought was once straight and narrow, easy and consistent. You should know your limits and stick to them. For me, since day one I have never featured fashion jewelry like silver or gold-plated items and that has been easy to stick to (people often praise my decision for sticking with this). On the other hand, I've also drawn the line with synthetic gemstones and vowed since day one to only feature genuine gems, nothing man-made like moissanite or sythetic diamonds. This has been more challenging lately because of all the synthetic diamond companies popping up and offering $$. They are heavily marketing this topic and I have stood my ground. (No thanks, move on to someone else who is easily swayed by $.)

6. Do things for free, eventually ask for pay

I easily noticed my first several clients were ones I had always been writing about, featuring, or Instagramming since the very beginning when I did everything for free and on my own dime. You have to start somewhere, you have to see results so you can show your "worth," so doing things for free in the beginning is essential. Some of my best clients are people I've randomly featured one day, and then they suddenly get 300+ followers and a few orders and realize, hey this type of advertising might be something I should try! Working with "influencers" or bloggers is very new to so many people, so taking things slow is usually necessary but the impact is big. When pay becomes involved, for bloggers it is necessary to cite that it has been paid for--making certain that content says #sponsored quite visibily is both necessary and shows your audience you comply with guidelines.

7. Know your worth

It may be hard to put a dollar amount on your work, after all sometimes creativity can't be priced, but you'll have to formulate some sort of fees for what you do if you do decide to be self-employed. For me, it was trial-and-error when it came to pricing...sometimes I would complete a job that took way longer than expected, but I had set a fee prior to beginning. You learn from mistakes and don't be afraid to make them!  Another important point would be to be sure you work with people that you align well with--only offer your services to those who you truly believe in yourself.

8. Explore different networks, avoid becoming predictable

It's important to branch out, especially if you end up working from home and are comfortably facing everyday tasks in your own little world. Connect with others that are both in your realm and out of your realm by collaborating and working together. A few ways I've done this was by hiring a PR company to help get my name out there--they planned a trip for me to come to NYC and have meetings with People Style Watch, the Observer, The Knot, Cosmo, and Barney's. I was able to share my world with those and branch out. I've also collaborated with some fashion bloggers.

As it is always important to have something you're known for, too often than not it isn't good to be so predictable. Do things differently, change up routines, add an intern, try a new photographer...there are so many ways of stirring the pot in a positive way because the moment you become predictable is the moment you become boring!

9. Give back and interact with your audience

Once you've established yourself and are feeling confident as a self-employed being, I think it's really important to give back, especially toward what helped you along the way or to charities that are close to your heart. I also think it is vital to interact with your audience, so no matter how busy I may be, I make time in my schedule to answer comments, DMs and emails.

10. Plan for the future

As a self-employed entrepreneur, you never know what can happen especially living in a society where one thing can be hot one day and the next it's so over. It's important to plan for the future, whether that means saving money, investing in other ventures, learning new skills, or continually network...all these are vital. For me, being self-employed means no 401k plan and I went without health insurance for the first three years. I've learned to make sacrifices in order to be my own boss, and I will continue to do so in the future!

 

 

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Top Five Online Antique Jewelry Shops, Part Two

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This is my updated list of the top five online antique jewelry shops, which I blogged about back in 2013. I figured the list needs some updating as a couple of the shops I've listed are inactive now and I also had eBay on my list, however I would not recommend eBay anymore because the jewelry that is on there now is either junk or overlypriced items that have been on there for years. There are also a lot of Georgian reproductions on eBay and it is difficult to police. 

One thing remains true: I've continued to grow my personal collection mostly because of online finds. Since 2013, a lot has changed and the popularity of Instagram has really garnered a lot of antique jewelry fans to connect on there, where trading and showing off latest finds has been quite extensive. You can quickly learn where the top spots are to find or buy antique jewelry, however the best spots remain secretive to most collectors!

Below are my current TOP FIVE FAVORITES:

1. EBTH -- this website is auction-based, however it is like searching out the best estate sales from around the US in the comfort of your home

2. Fox & Bond -- love their curation and everything is beautifully photographed, constantly updated

3. MetierSF -- their inventory continually is top-notch and I want literally everything they have

4. Maejean Vintage -- an awesome mix of fashion and fine jewelry, perfect for gift-giving season too!

5. Ruby Lane -- I prefer Ruby Lane over Etsy personally as I have found more deals on there, a lot of seasoned veterans sells on Ruby Lane

 

 

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