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The Ultimate Jewelry Book List

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It is no surprise that I love a good jewelry book. I get so excited when I hear about a new title debuting and often have a long wish list on my Amazon account. At one point, I was acquiring one new jewelry book per month and it was really enticing on many levels as it was a constant reminder to always keep learning. I ran into a few hiccups along my jewelry book journey--the first being not enough room to stack and store them as they continued to accumulate. Lucky for me, resolving that issue was easy, as we decided to move my husband's desk, computers and books into his own office, and I got to have the entire spare bedroom as my office. (Cue spreading out the jewelry books!)  I have four free-standing book shelves that I found at Bed Bath & Beyond for a great price, so now I have plenty of room. The other problem I ran into was a recent discovery and some of you caught on to it as well, as I received a few questions from readers noticing that the large compilation I had been keeping and updating over the past 4+ years suddenly disappeared! When I logged into Amazon, I realized that back in October they discontinued all the "A-stores" which was what that was. At first I was really angry and felt slightly defeated because I had been cultivating this list for so long, both with input from so many readers suggesting book titles, plus my entire book inventory, as well as hours upon hours of research. 

I decided to take a few days to put all the pieces back together, as Amazon has launched a new program called Amazon Influencers.  I applied and got accepted, so now I can keep a running list of all the jewelry books I have and recommend, keeping it all in one place!  Now, if you ever are in need of a jewelry book recommendation, you can link to my Amazon page and browse away!  

I've uploaded all the titles that I currently own, as well as added an abundance of ones that I've been wanting or are on my wish list.  I also was given the entire book list from Whitney Abrams' library, which she has amassed over 30 years. I'm slowly going through the titles and adding the ones that spark my interest!  In fact, I just purchased a title from her list and I cannot wait to read it once I finish this very blog post :)

Here is the link to the Ultimate Jewelry Book List.

Some titles I recommend, pictured above from my personal collection:

 

 

Best Instagram Accounts for Any Jewelry Lover

Instagram has become more than just a social media platform--and it is not just a phase or craze. So many creatives have started careers from this app, earn a living from this app, and are discovered by millions of people on a daily basis.  Anything that interests you has its very own community of Instagram devotees waiting to amuse you and entertain.  If you love jewelry, and I'm guessing you do since you have landed on here at Gem Gossip where it is a jewelry lover's dream, Instagram has its own community of sparkle lovers.  Whether you like fine designer jewelry, antique treasures, or are looking for some tastemakers in the jewelry industry to follow, I've chosen my top five favorites within a few separate categories (was really tough to narrow it down to just FIVE) for everyone to DEFINITELY follow!  Enjoy!

PS: My feed is shown above--sorry, I just couldn't include myself in my own "BEST OF" list...that would be, well...creepy.  But please follow my jeweled diary @GemGossip.

BEST JEWELRY DESIGNER FEEDS:

@MargaretCross

The Labradorite Skeletons... in 14k gold 😱 available in silver on the website and gold upon request!

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@JacquieAiche

Timeless turquoise for my bohemian babes πŸ’ πŸ’™πŸ’  #JACrystals

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@NoorFares

@DanielaVillegasJewelry

@Mociun

BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY FEEDS:

@craigevansmall

Layered up in vintage #Tiffany and #Bulgari gold #necklaces at #CraigEvanSmall!

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@bellandbird

To all the moms out there, Happy Mothers Day! XOXO, B&B #bellandbirdSOLD

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@lenoredailey

@eriebasin

Back from vacation and open 12-4 today. Normal hours resume next week.

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@metiersf

BEST JEWELRY INFLUENCER FEEDS:

@Levi_higgs

It's always worth a trip to the @amnh just for a glimpse at these colorful specimens. βœ¨πŸ’Žβœ¨

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@TreasureGarland

@stephaniegottlieb

@Katerina_Perez

This is what I call statement jewellery! Ametrine and spinels cuff bracelet by JosΓ© Maria Goni @jmgdesigner exhibited at #IJL2017 @jewellerylondon booth S110

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@sunnybondjewelry

@davidwebbjewels + @levi_higgs = a winning combo

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BEST JEWELRY STORE FEEDS:

@jaimiegellerjewelry

When you see your #hoorsenbuhs wrist game on @by_couture and @barneysny #flattered always available at #jaimiegellerjewelry

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@BrokenEnglishJewelry

Put a ring on it πŸ’πŸ˜˜ #ring #stacks #vintage from @brokenenglishjewelry #BrokenEnglishJewelry

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@marissanaples

@loveadorned

@reliquarysf

BEST JEWELRY-RELATED FEEDS:

@crystalariumla

@diamondoodles

@structure_minerals

StructureMinerals.com

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@charmcony

@place8healing

The First Annual Town & Country Jewelry Awards Announced!

Town & Country Jewelry Awards

Town & Country announces their first annual Jewelry Awards and I am so excited about this! The jewelry industry needed its own dedicated award ceremony with multiple categories, which focus in on several specific and unique aspects of this industry. I'm not surprised by who took on this challenge, as Town & Country has always been the leading authority in jewelry coverage and continually features the cutting edge of new and upcoming talent in this field. What I like about this awards show, unlike a couple of the other jewelry awards programs, is the variety of categories. There are a total of 15 categories that range from gemstone of the year, to Philanthropist of the year, each just as significant as the other. Below you'll find a full rundown on the 2018 lineup, congrats to you all!  I'm excited to follow this and see it evolve in the upcoming years. Winners will be presented at a live event on March 15th.

RED CARPET AWARD

TIFFANY & CO. - The one-of-a-kind necklace from the Blue Book Art of the Wild collection that Jessica Biel chose for the Oscars took almost a year to make.

IRENE NEUWIRTH - The tiara and matching earrings worn by Ruth Negga were custom made by L.A.-based Neuwirth from Gemfields rubies.

NIRAV MODI - The 103-carat diamond necklace worn by Taraji P. Henson showcased the Indian jeweler’s expertise in procuring rare stones.

COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

BULGARI - The 33-piece New York collection marked the triumphant reopening of the Fifth Avenue flagship and the return of some of the house’s most iconic colors and motifs

TEMPLE ST. CLAIR - The American designer, creator of the wildly imaginative Golden Menagerie collection, became only the third American to have her jewelry in the permanent collection at the Louvre.

SILVIA FURMANOVICH - The hand-painted details of the Brazilian designer’s widely lauded India collection created wearable mini-masterpieces

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

TAFFIN BY JAMES DE GIVENCHY - A pioneer in the use of colored ceramics around even the rarest of stones.

COOMI - The designer is on a constant and singular quest to master ancient techniques and utilize found antiquities. This year’s results represented a profound mixture of past and present.

ALEXANDRA MOR - She discovered and introduced the Tagua seed, which mimics banned elephant ivory, into a sustainable High Jewelry collection.

BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR

LAUREN ADRIANA - She has been a Holy Grail for collectors for several years, but a solo exhibit at Phillips in March puts the young British designer in a new league.

ANA KHOURI - A High Jewelry collection and a new by-appointment-only atelier in NYC put Khouri in the spotlight.

BETH BUGDAYCAY - The enameled cigar band rings she creates under the Foundrae label began adorning hands of jewelry editors a few years ago. They have since become a modern classic.

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

AUDEMARS PIGUET/CAROLINA BUCCI - The young Florentine Bucci brought her trademark gold finish and a newfound subtlety to the classic Royal Oak.

CHOPARD/RIHANNA - What happened when two red carpet powerhouses sat down with sketches and stones? A wildly extravagant and voluptuous High Jewelry collection that is both show-stopping and collectible.

MESSIKA/GIGI HADID - In a year when courting millennials became a focus, the forward- thinking diamond company enlisted Hadid, a generational hero, to see what diamond jewelry looked like to them.

REDISCOVERY AWARD

ANDREW GRIMA - Princess Margaret was a fan—Marc Jacobs too (pictured) — and in September, Bonhams sold the largest private collection of Grima ever presented, introducing a new generation to his cutting-edge designs.

VERDURA'S RAVENNA - A benefit of the Coco Chanel/Fulco di Verdura friendship, the Ravenna Cuff was born in 1932, a few years after the Maltese Cross Cuff, and was made again by Verdura this year for the first time in 80 years.

BOUCHERON - The company’s 160th anniversary kicked off with a standout Hiver Impérial High Jewelry collection. The momentum continues with an exhibition at the Paris Mint and the reopening of the Place Vendôme headquarters.

STONE OF THE YEAR

THE ASSAEL PEARLS - Perfectly matched pearls assembled over 40 years by one Tahitian pearl farmer. They are a testament to the power of nature—and to patience.

4 DE FEVEREIRO DIAMOND - The 163-carat de Grisogono stone was the largest D flawless ever to be auctioned. It was sold for $33.7 million at Christie’s, a record.

RED SPINEL (NO HEAT) - Rare, and sometimes mistaken for ruby, it’s a jewelry secret no more. But an unheated 16-carat Burmese spinel could only come via an expert stone hound like Martin Katz.

DIAMOND OF THE YEAR

HARRY WINSTON - When the “King of Diamonds” comes into possession of a perfect 101-carat stone, what’s next? A 22-piece Legacy collection, all with D-color internally flawless diamonds.

REPOSSI - Gaia Repossi grew up in the jewelry world but made her particular mark in diamonds. The ear cuff trend that has brought the stone to a new audience? Credit goes to her.

FERNANDO JORGE - The Brazilian designer’s Brilliant series features his sensual lines, though not his signature colors. It was a worthwhile design risk — Brilliant has already won several awards.

PEARLS OF THE YEAR

MIKIMOTO – The company that discovered cultured pearls imagined a High Jewelry collection in which they shared space with rare stones; a new Mikimoto palette was born.

MIZUKI - The Privé collection used prized pearls Mizuki Goltz had been collecting for years. Their organic shape, however, remains recognizably hers.

NIKOS KOULIS - The Greek designer combined various cuts of diamond, and black enamel, with pearls to create a new jewelry geometry in his Lingerie collection

GOLD DESIGN OF THE YEAR

DAVID WEBB - Webb’s stone-studded animal bracelets can be daunting, but the company has been committed to equally bold yellow gold pieces for decades.

MICHAL KADAR - Michal Kadar’s European and North African heritage is evident in the sculptural lines of her collection. Her work has added new dimension and boldly unexpected shapes to design in gold.

MARCO BICEGO - Bicego trained in Italy’s Veneto region and has, consistently for 17 years, created pieces that are handcrafted and wearable. In fact, that is his mission.

WATCH OF THE YEAR

CARTIER PANTHERE - After decades of passionate requests that Cartier bring the iconic watch of the 1980s back, the Panthère made its return this year. The passion has not abated.

ROLEX PAUL NEWMAN DAYTONA - The mythic timepiece (2017 model, left; original, right) made history this year, selling for $17.8 million in 12 minutes at Phillips in October.

OMEGA 1957 TRILOGY TRIO - How to mark the 60th anniversary of the Seamaster, Railmaster, and Speedmaster? Present them to collectors as one.

FASHION HOUSE HIGH JEWELRY AWARD

CHANEL - The house’s Flying Cloud collection—named after Coco Chanel’s lover’s yacht—expanded Chanel’s palette into rare Afghani lapis.

LOUIS VUITTON - The house underscored its commitment to fine craftsmanship with the High Jewelry workshop at the new Paris Maison and with a series of exclusive rare stone pieces.

DIOR - Victoire de Castellane has earned adulation with her signature sense of color. This year’s Versailles-inspired pieces proved her imagination equally remarkable.

PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

BROOKE GARBER NEIDICH - The co-founder of the Child Mind Institute and Whitney Museum trustee donates all profits from her Sidney Garber collection to charity.

CARLO TRAGLIO - Vhernier's president introduced a limited edition pink opal and gold bangle, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

STEVEN LAGOS - Lagos donates all the profits from his Keep Memory Alive collection to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.

JEWELRY CHAMPIONS OF THE YEAR

MARION FASEL - The longtime editor and author launched a website devoted entirely to jewelry. Fasel, a jewelry historian, has found a winning combination of scholarship and entertainment.

ON THE ROCKS - The semiannual jewelry magazine published in London fills its pages with an artful blend of profiles, and a fusion of jewelry with fashion and contemporary culture that marks an important new point of view.

LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO - This year alone the co-founder of the luxury site Moda Operandi has created an impressive roster of fine jewelers, both online and at Moda’s curated trunk shows. Also, note her Met jewelry look, pictured.

LEGEND OF THE YEAR

DAVID YURMAN - He has achieved global domination while keeping his independence and creating a design so iconic that a book was dedicated to it: David Yurman Cable.

SABINA BELLI - One of the few women leading a major jewelry brand, she has maintained Pomellato’s artisanal tradition while expanding and overseeing a stellar 50th-anniversary collection of one-of-a-kind rings.

JIM KERWIN - An industry insider who, for more than 25 years, has been an invaluable guide to navigating the media landscape, for both jewelry legends and those new to the market.

xoxoGemGossip

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Metiersf always serves up some dreamy ring inspo and I'm loving this eclectic mix of new and antique

Pebble & Polish is sporting a wintry mix of antique diamond rings and we love it

Graziela Gems has a fun Instagram account to follow and I love this shot of their Everest ring

Eden Presley Jewelry stacking to the fullest with some of their latest pieces, lots of pearls

Sofia Kaman sparkly bright with some pieces from their vintage and antique selection of their California store

Market Square Jewelers goes bold with this jumbo stack of ten rings!

Colette Jewelry mixes leopard print and diamonds and we approve

M.Spalten Jewelry shows off some radianting opals from their collection 

Logan Hollowell Jewelry poses in front of a mesmerizing sunset with some beautiful staples}

 

The Best Jewelry from the 2018 Golden Globes

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This year's Golden Globes were a first of its kind. While most would feel appalled to have shown up wearing a color that overly-dominated the red carpet, this year wearing the same color as everyone else was celebrated and necessary for a greater cause. Both women and men wore black to stand in solidarity for so many injustices women face, gender inequality and multiple other issues that are hot topics. Hopefully by shedding some light, these topics won't go unchallenged or unchanged.

The color black served as a beautiful backdrop for bold jewels, sparkly gems and unique silhouettes. I was slightly disappointed in the amount of jewelry that I saw on the red carpet this year. So many wrists were left bare, necklines gleamed with no jewelry and some jewelry choices seemed too minimal for my taste. Even a few heavy-hitters like Debra Messing and Jennifer Aniston, who are often seen stacked and loaded with jewels on the red carpet, showed up with a toned down look.

I did, however, love all the diamonds that I saw, as the April birthstone dominated this year by far. Wearing black didn't allow much room for color at all, so when color was added it was mostly done through accessories like jewelry! We saw pops of color with mostly emeralds, which was surprising, as it seemed like everyone was in on the black + green color combo. But if you dig deeper into the meaning of these green gems, you'll find that they served more of a purpose than just being a bold contrast against black. Emeralds signify hope, renewal and growth, and inspire an ongoing search for meaning, justice, compassion, and harmony. Here are my top five favorite looks of the Golden Globes 2018:

1. Zoe Kravitz wearing mega-bold emerald cut emerald earrings. The earrings are by Lorraine Schwartz and the emeralds total 130 carats and are set in black jade!! (above)

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2. Dove Cameron dripping in diamond waterfall earrings, as well as some diamond rings which couldn't be seen too well in photos, only live on the red carpet.

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3. Katherine Langford has me seeing stars--wearing Prada and shining in Chopard diamonds on her ears and fingers. She has a pop of pink color in one of her bold rings on her pointer finger. I also love the diamond dangle earring worn on the upper part of the ear!

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4. Jessica Biel's jewelry is just gorgeous--as most women were bare on their wrists, Jessica is a breath of fresh air with this Bvlgari diamond bracelet stack. The earrings are also Bvlgari and cascade downward, creating a beautiful look. They seem to be 1940s or 1950s in style, but I haven't confirmed any details yet since this post is so early.

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5. Issa Rae was easily one of my favorites the moment I saw the bright green emerald hanging from a lengthy and bold diamond chain. The necklace from Lorraine Schwartz was a perfect red carpet stunner, especially with the dress she chose. The stud earrings are also a good choice, in my opinion, as most would have maybe left the ears without any earrings and I'm glad she is wearing something subtle rather than nothing at all.

 

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

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my past red carpet rundowns

PS: if you don't follow our jewelry tribe's LIVE TWEETS during red carpet sessions, you're truly missing out! So much fun. Here was my most popular live-tweet: