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The Ultimate Holiday Wish List from Gem Gossip 2016

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This Holiday Gift Guide features new, designer jewelry only -- if you'd like some antique and vintage finds, check out @shopGEMGOSSIP

If I may brag for a minute, I might want to say this is the best Holiday Gift Guide I've ever compiled in the history of Gem Gossip and I think you'll agree!  It is different than anything I've ever done because not only is it heavily curated, only 15 items from 15 different jewelry designers, but on top of picking out the best out there, I've reached out to each designer and asked for exclusive discounts on each product I've chosen. Move over Oprah's Favorite Things, Gem Gossip's Ultimate Holiday Wish List is here! 

Follow along each day on Instagram as I reveal one item at a time--there will be a teaser photo, which will announce the designer of the soon-to-be-revealed promo item, followed by the item itself. A description of the wish list item will be included, along with how you can claim the discounted price for Gem Gossip readers only. To make things easy, my Instagram bio will house a direct link to claim the discount. 

Each day, this blog post will be updated with the items as well, so if you ever need to reference back it will be here. Links will be included here too! I can't wait for you to see all the great deals and unique items I had the honor of choosing for this year's holiday gift guide, some are so good I own them myself!

Full disclosure: There is a small fee designer's had to pay to be involved in this project. I receive zero commission based on how many pieces of each item sell during this promotion--this is not a commission-based program. 

Laura Medine Jewelry Laura Medine Jewelry

Designer: Laura Medine

Item: 18k yellow gold set with a faceted moonstone with dangles of multi-colored sapphires and tourmaline

Deal: take 30% off, original retail price $1300, now $910

How to Claim Deal: email laura@lauramedine.com, a couple are ready to ship, otherwise made-to-order 6-8 weeks for delivery

LoriAnn Jewelry LoriAnn Jewelry

Designer: LoriAnn Jewelry

Item: 18k yellow gold bezel set pendants, with 14k yellow gold chain from her Water & Ice Collection

Deal: take 20% off, original retail price range is from $700-800

How to Claim Deal: email loriannjewelry@gmail.com or call 203-943-0499, http://bit.ly/2gREw9s

Huis Jewelry Huis Jewelry

Designer: Huis Jewelry

Item: 14k yellow gold snake ring, set with various gemstones (emerald shown above)

Deal: take 20% off, original retail price range is from $650-1,280

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP at checkout, http://bit.ly/2fD8VIm

Starling Jewelry Starling Jewelry

Designer: Starling Jewelry

Item: 14k yellow gold Colette Pave Necklace 

Deal: take $25 off + Free Shipping, original retail price range is from $230-280

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP at checkout, http://bit.ly/2gpwIdS

Jennie Kwon Designs Jennie Kwon Designs

Designer: Jennie Kwon Designs

Item: 14k yellow gold Square Milli Ring

Deal: take 25% off, original retail price of $317, now $237.75

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP at checkout, http://bit.ly/2gNYdP4

Anthony Lent Jewelry Anthony Lent Jewelry

Designer: Anthony Lent 

Item: 18k yellow gold Moonface Stud earrings, 7mm size

Deal: take 20% off, original retail price of $575 for pair, now $460

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP20 at checkout, http://bit.ly/2gMAzj2

Little H Jewelry Little H Jewelry

Designer: Little H Jewelry

Item: 14k yellow gold Pearl Geode Ring, black diamonds and ruby

Deal: take 20% off, original retail price of $2400, now $1920

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP20 at checkout, http://bit.ly/2g7TbM3

TAP by Todd Pownell TAP by Todd Pownell

Designer: TAP by Todd Pownell

Item: 18k yellow gold cable chain necklace with 2 free set round diamonds 0.60-0.75 ctw

Deal: take 15% off, original retail price of $1892, now $1608 -- there are only 5 available!

How to Claim Deal: email info@tapbytoddpownell.com

Ariel Gordon Jewelry Ariel Gordon Jewelry

Designer: Ariel Gordon Jewelry

Item: 14k yellow gold Garland ring set with your choice of gems

Deal: take 25% off, original retail price of $460, now ONLY $345

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP25 at checkout, http://bit.ly/2g5V3BN

Eriness Jewelry Eriness Jewelry

 

Designer: Eriness Jewelry

Item: 14k yellow gold pave diamond Triangle Ear Threads

Deal: take 20% off, original retail price of $470, now ONLY $376

How to Claim Deal: use discount code GEMGOSSIP20 at checkout, http://bit.ly/2gC5GgN

 

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Weekday Wardrobe: 5 Ring Stacks + Necklace Layer Look

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You didn't think I forgot about the Weekday Wardrobe posts, did you?! Well, to be honest, I almost did. Promise I'll start being better about rounding up my weekly looks and putting them into blog posts. This month's ring stacks and jewelry looks have been fun, mixing and matching new finds and playing around more with charms and necklaces. I'm addicted to my black velvet choker and realized how much more chic it can make any necklace look when paired with it! Above, I'm wearing mine with my Starling Jewelry emerald necklace called the Colette Pave necklace. This cutie is so simple and perfect to wear every day. I like the craftsmanship of the piece--it is made really well and the chain is Italian. Emeralds are becoming my obsession. My longer chain holds my sentimental and favorite charms--my two Fox & Bond Minis, representing our wedding day and 1st year of marriage, and my Jean Jean Vintage Cachet Charm, which I've developed a habit for holding onto whenever I'm nervous.

Below you'll find five different ring stacks I've worn this week, let's start with Day One!

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Day One:

14k gold antique thick band, favorite pinky ring, found on eBay

Onyx two-tone gold filigree ring, a Christmas present to myself last year, from Sunday & Sunday Antiques

Garnet and diamond with blue enamel "comet" ring, from Skinner Auctions

10k gold and glass ring that used to be my Gram's wedding ring

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Day Two:

Vintage oval malachite bezel set ring, from Antique Warehouse in Solana Beach

Vintage geometric ring from Miami Antique Show (see its transformation here)

Chrysoprase ring by Fish Head

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Day Three:

my custom trio of coral branch rings NH1500 by Nouvel Heritage

Victorian baby ring (might have been a fancy thimble) found at the Nashville Flea Market

Secret Code diamond pinky ring by Jessie V E Jewellery

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Day Four:

moonstone and diamond enamel "flying saucer" antique ring, from my friend Priscilla

opal cluster found at the Big Flea in Nashville just a few weeks ago

opal evil eye ring by Marta Pia

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Day Five:

mini elongated diamond ring from eBay

bi-colored quartz ring by L Frank Jewelry

sardonyx M signet from a jewelry road trip

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my past Weekday Wardrobe posts

Shirley Temple Jewels Highlight Heritage Auction's December Sale

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Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Truly one of the highlights of my career was getting to try on pieces of jewelry that once belonged to Shirley Temple when I visited Heritage Auctions in NYC a few months ago!  Well these rare jewels are now finally up for auction at Heritage, where their December sales are jam-packed with some incredible jewelry. The amount and variety they have to offer is astounding. There are over 2,000 items in their Holiday Signature Sale which starts on December 5th at 10am CST. There's no typo there, no extra zero was tapped when typing! Of the 2,000 and some items, over 80 pieces were once owned by Shirley Temple. 

Above are some of my favorites, along with a fun collage of some of the gorgeous loose gemstones that are also included in the sale. Did you know they sell loose gems too?! Many come with certificates and are waiting to be set into something beautiful to be worn. 

>> Heritage Holiday Jewelry Signature Auction, December 5th, 2016

Lot 54032: A French diamond, lapis, turquoise clip brooch, Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54637: A Cartier Ceylon yellow sapphire ring, Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54638: A French Victorian turquoise and diamond bracelet (once owned by Shirley Temple), Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54661: A pair of emerald and lapis dangle earrings, Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 54774: An opal inlay bracelet set with tourmaline, Estimate: $2,000-3,000

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WANT MORE? Check out my visit, where I got to try on some of the jewels of Shirley Temple, being auctioned off December 5th!

Decorate Your Ears this Holiday with Arik Kastan 

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Add a little twinkle to your ears this holiday season! The Starlight Drop earrings add effortless elegance to any outfit, whether its your holiday dress or your casual jean and t-shirt look. Set with labradorite in the center, surrounded by garnets.

Starlight drop earrings, Price: $858

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We love these drop earrings done in 14k rose gold and rose cut diamonds. The ornate design of the round floral cluster is a great for a double-take reaction. You'll have heads turning when wearing these, whether it's at a holiday party or New Year's bash!

Nouveau Flower drop earrings, Price: $1,826

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Chic and dramatic, these Pinwheel drop earrings will make her mouth drop if she unwrapped these sparklers. A holiday morning surprise is our favorite kind of treat and these earrings will do just the trick. 

Pinwheel drop earrings, Price: $1,540

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Your ears will be feeling fabulous with these cluster earrings from Arik Kastan. We've combined a labradorite in the center along with some dark blue sapphires to create this edgy and romantic pair of beauties. They are 100% holiday appropriate.

Stargazer drop earrings, Price: $1,220

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Just as dahlias can represent grace and inner strength, these drop earrings were designed based on these beautiful flowers. We've set them with blue sapphires in the center and rose cut diamonds for the petals. Of course, our signature and exclusive 14k rose gold just makes them pop!

Dahlia drop earrings, Price: $1,540

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12 of My Latest Obsessions + Words of Wisdom for the Holidays/End of the Year

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1. I've added a few new rings to my personal collection over the past couple of months from my recent trips. I met up with a fellow collector while in California and had the opportunity to buy a few pieces from her personal collection like the top row (minus the far left). I even discovered a website I can't get enough of--The RealReal--where my husband bought me our 1st anniversary gift (the turquoise navette ring above). I knew of the website, but never went to it thinking it was only designer purses and items from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton. I was pleasantly surprised at their fine jewelry selection!

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2. Another obsession of mine since earlier this year has been EBTH.com which stands for Everything But the House! It's a treasure hunter's dream come true and this company is killing it right now. They are a virtual estate sale website, which features high quality sales from homes all over the US, in the form of an online auction. Anything from home decor, to clothing, collectibles, cars and even jewelry is featured. I've purchased two large gold mirrors, a rock & mineral collection and my best yet, the ring pictured above on my middle finger!

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3. Fun fact about me: I competed in beauty pageants when I was younger and although terribly shy, I would transform into a different person when on stage. Why? All for the love of crowns! I thought the crowns were made of real diamonds and I was obsessed with them when I was little. This is the biggest one I've ever won, and I have over 50 of them.

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4. I'm obsessed with the hunt--anytime there is a big show coming up like Miami or Las Vegas, or if I have a buying trip planned, I get so excited I can't sleep. I couldn't believe Nashville was finally getting their own "Big Flea" and its first show was this past weekend. For one of the very first times ever in my life, I went to a show by myself and didn't run into anyone I know. It was such a relaxing and fun experience and I left with two amazing rings (above).

Jessica McCormack

5. In time for the holidays, Jessica McCormack (one of my favorite British jewelry designers) released this really cool concept. It is called the Taster Menu and it is a beautiful set of 13 mini mismatched earrings which can be styled in multiple ways. The motive behind it boasts the tagline "because you can't just have one" and is perfect for what is currently trending with earring styles.

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6. Shades of purple: a color I've always been drawn to since I was little, I've been obsessed lately with all things purple, including gems. Everything from amethyst, to iolite and even opals with a strong purple play of color. My entire bedroom at one point was all purple. Nowadays, I'll stick with purple jewels!

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7. I'm head over heels for charms and I think we've realized this since my last post and my new hashtag #gemgossipcharms Here are some of my latest favorites--definitely have an Egyptian theme going, a weird-but-cool section, a sentimental section and everything in between. I'll be going to my jeweler this week to finally convert my panther stick pin he found for me. I've also been layering my Dana Seng Jewelry birthstone initial necklace with anything and everything. It is a great base to start with.

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8. An all-gold look will always be a favorite of mine and this look combines another fun trend--geometrics--and takes everything to a whole new level. The ring on my middle finger is what I received for Christmas from my husband last year, it is designed by Osnat Har Noy. The bottom ring on my ring finger is by Tiro Tiro and on top of that ring I've added a stretched out snake ring. The pointer finger are three versions of my RING ONE from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, which I've since retired that style.

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9. If you've ever felt like pearls were too soft and feminine for you, may I present to you this badass pendant necklace by Nektar de Stagni Designs. The moment I laid eyes on this piece, I thought it was the coolest. I was right. I've been wearing it ever since I got it last week, you can get one too >> click here.

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10. If there's anything more perfect, it is finding an antique baby ring that fits either your pinky or your mid-section of any finger exactly. I've acquired quite the bunch over the last several years of collecting. They definitely make me happy and I've started a hashtag for them as well: #gemgossipbabyrings but there's a catch: you have to reveal 5 fun facts about your childhood when you post. It is so fun to read everyone's!

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11. After admiring Circa1700 and her Eternal Love Snake Charm Holder for a few years, I am so stoked to finally have my own! Problem is, it is so cool I am intimidated by which charms to put on it--only the best will do! Above, I'm attempting to maybe add these but I'm not certain. If you'd like to order your own just email info@circa1700.com -- they come in two sizes-- 1" or 1/2" and choose either yellow or rose gold and pick your gemstone eyes!

Husband's Charm Collection

12. Lucky enough to have a husband that also appreciates jewelry and collects it as well! Here is his charm collection...as you can see he loves medallions. Hoping to find him a really unique medallion this holiday season--if you are a seller and have any round medallions, let me know!

I was really pleased with my last 12 Latest Obsessions post I did and had a really great response from others as well. For one reason or another, that post resonated with people and that is exactly what I was wanting. Here I am again creating another installment--this time with some words of wisdom just before the holiday season gets under way, and some things to keep in mind with the closing out of another year. The end of the year is a great time to focus, get inspired and reevaluate things. I've also revamped my entire Pinterest page, which took SO LONG, but I've been trying to not ignore that page anymore. Sometimes it is hard to transfer what you have going on in your head into a website layout or a Pinterest page, but hopefully with the reorganization I did, you can better connect with all the best features of Gem Gossip. Let me know your feedback! One of my favorite new boards is the #GemGossipFigas board (I've embedded it below).

And speaking of better connecting, I've got a really exciting announcement this week...it involves singing up with your email (found on the sidebar) so get to it! ;)

Words of Wisdom for the Holidays/End of Year:

1. Declutter and reorganize just before the holidays! This is the best way to evaluate what you have, what you constantly use or wear, and to figure out what you might want to ask for for the holidays. Whenever it gets close to this time of year and family asks me what I want, I almost get clueless as to what to say. If there are things in your closet you haven't worn in over a year, you might want to pitch them. It is also a great time of year to donate!

I got rid of lots of clothes, shoes, purses and even went through the dogs' toys. Go through things in your office and bathrooms too. 

2. Make memories by putting down your iPhone. I need to be more aware of this, especially around Thanksgiving, where every year I say I want to learn how to cook the turkey, but end up on my iPhone looking at pictures people are posting of their turkey spread.  This year, choose to live in the moment--hide your phone somewhere and make memories. Have conversations, look at old pictures, and reminisce. This time of year only happens once every 365 days, so make sure you enjoy and remember it!

3. Start your holiday shopping early and set a budget. Making a list helps--start by listing everyone you need to buy for and start jotting down ideas. It is ok to ask people what they want. I always like to gift my mom and dad something special each year. Last year I got my mom a KitchenAid mixer, something she has wanted since they were invented, and I've never seen her be so surprised and happy over a gift! It was awesome. Budgeting is also important, so I like to either use cash or debit when Christmas shopping. I'm still paying off a credit card from last year--bad mistake!

4. Learn a new recipe to make and share. Seems like a constant similarity within everyone's holidays is FOOD. I've been finally getting into cooking and this year I'm looking forward to finding a great recipe to make and bring with me. If you don't have enough time to do this from now until Thanksgiving, plan ahead for Christmas, Hanukah, or New Years. 

5. Reflect on the positives of the year and start to plan for the next year! Sure, everyone has bad things that happened within the past year, but focus on all the positives and only the positives. What made this year special? What was an unforgettable moment? Plan for the new year with these on your brain and try to remember that the best is yet to come. 2017 is going to be an amazing year!

 

xoxoGemGossip

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Dupuis Important Jewelry Auction set for November 20th, 2016

Lot 29 Lot 37 Lot 68 Lot 71 Lot 92 Lot 110 Lot 322 Lot 323 Lot 386 Lot 387 Lot 433 Lot 455 Lot 461 Lot 464

My favorite Canadian auction house, Dupuis, is ready for their fall/winter sale which is set for November 20th, 2016. With over 550 lots of some of the most beautiful jewels you've ever seen! As per usual, I spent an entire afternoon perusing the auction catalog scoping out my favorites. My highlights are below, but make sure you browse the listings yourself because I had a hard time narrowing down my top choices. My weekend checklist includes registering/signing up for the auction and sharpening my pencil, figuring out my highest bids. I wish their Toronto headquarters was closer so I could view the jewels live in person. But luckily I can bid from the comfort of my home and you can too!

Dupuis Important Jewels Auction >> November 20th, 2016

Lot 29: Right off the bat, I opened up my catalog to this amazing elongated ring. It hits all the right points for an absolute favorite for me. The piece is 1920s Art Deco filigree applied to a later 14k yellow gold band. The diamonds are all-original Old European cuts and the sapphire accents are really special. Estimate: $600-900

Lot 37: Emeralds have been catching my attention lately and this ring is no exception. Weighing in at approximately 4.75 carats it holds its own. Diamonds surround the center stone, complementing it well with over a half carat of colorless sparkle. The ring is done in platinum and 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $1,950-2,700

Lot 68: Futuristic and modern in every way, this ring is set with a triangular trillion cut diamond that is approximately 1.50 carats. Clean lines and a simple setting finish off the ring done in platinum. The crease down the center of the metal is everything. Estimate: $5,625-7,125

Lot 71: I know smoking cigarettes is not considered cool anymore, but this 1940s cigarette case is a whole new level of cool, and you don't even need to put cigarettes in it!  Every detail, from the horseshoe, to the Art Deco-esque design on the front, is perfection. It has Russian assay marks and comes with a pouch. Estimate: $3,000-3,750

Lot 92: A Belle Époque sapphire and diamond ring which is truly what dreams are made of! The sapphire weighs nearly two carats and is surrounded nicely by Old Mine cut diamonds. It is offset by a gorgeous Old Mine cut diamond that weighs approximately 0.80 carats. What a stunner! Estimate: $1,350-1,650

Lot 110: Any Egyptian Revival piece of jewelry I am all over--this particular brooch/pendant is really intriguing. The pharaoh faience is set in a Victorian gold and black enamel oval, with beautiful tracery patterns. This is such a unique piece! Estimate: $750-900

Lot 322: I had to include some over-the-top pieces within my highlights and these next few lots are great examples of breath-taking gemstones. This ring features a giant 9.25 carat rectangular cut emerald front and center, which has a GIA certificate stating that it is Columbian origin with moderate clarity enhancement. The trapezoid side diamonds are the finishing touch. Estimate: $45,000-52,500

Lot 323: Were you going to say, "I love this sapphire?!" Same. But we're both wrong. This is actually a tanzanite! 23.50 carats to be exact! Yes, that is monstrous but I love everything about this ring. The simple setting is perfect for this stone and I love the claw-like prongs. Estimate: $16,500-21,000

Lot 386: Had to include some fancy diamonds too. This radiant cut fancy pink diamond is spectacular--weighing 1.28 carats and comes with a GIA certificate and is a VS-1 in clarity. The ring is set in platinum and we love the marquise cut diamonds form a beautiful halo setting arond the center stone. Estimate: $150,000-187,500

Lot 387: Another radiant cut fancy diamond, this time a fancy light blue that weighs 2.30 carats. The setting is really unique and uses pear-shaped diamonds and small round fancy pink diamonds to create the design. This is such a fun and elegant ring, it also comes with a GIA certificate. Estimate: $225,000-262,500

Lot 433: Just for you, a fun and flirty pair of amethyst and diamond earrings set in 18k yellow gold. These stood out to me because they are bold and unique--love the star design, the cabochon cuts and the dangles. These would light up someone's outfit! Estimate: $375-525

Lot 455: Speaking of amethyst, this Art Nouveau necklace has all the right shapes and silhouettes. Set with four oval cut amethysts entirely done in platinum, this necklace flows and hangs in the most feminine way. The delicate openwork of the metal makes it even more amazing. Estimate: $3,450-3,750

Lot 461: A Victorian turquoise bracelet unlike any other!  A rare piece of history set with calibre cut turquoise set immaculately in circular patterns. I love the old cut diamonds included in this pieces, making it fabulous in every way possible. Done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $450-600

Lot 464: And to the winner of the bracelet just previously mentioned, these earrings would be a great match. Flower clusters made of turquoise, pearls and rose cut diamonds dangle from the ears. You will get heads turning and people staring in these! Estimate: $225-300

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dupuis Auctions. 

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXXVI

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Gem Circus giving us a dose of her personal collection, all beautiful antique pieces

Melanie Casey Jewelry, located 30 mintues outside of Boston, is quickly becoming a favorite of everyone

Market Square Jewelers has such a large assortment of vintage and antique jewelry, I love this photo

did you know these are Paraiba Tourmalines?! these Marie Helene de Taillac gems are so dreamy

Sydney, Australia-based Joeys Jewellery is a fun account to follow, these are some rings from her personal collection

Gold Adore has been a favorite seller of antique jewelry for awhile now, some current favorites from her shop

Cellini Jewelers in NYC has some amazing jewelry, like these opal rings

keeping the opal streak going, Copper Canary located in Carlsbad, CA has me drooling with these rings

Duvenay always stuns with her collection and I just love this photo!}

Leslie Hindman Auction Set For December 4th & 5th, 2016

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Lot 38 Lot 39 Lot 41 Lot 44 Lot 49 Lot 54 Lot 56 Lot 90 Lot 94 Lot 372 Lot 418 Lot 491

Wow, am I really wrapping up the last few jewelry auctions of the year?! I guess so. And if the auction world still hasn't convinced you that you should be bidding, just relish in all the records that were broke in this year alone. So many amazing collections were sold, items from celebrity owners big and small, rare diamonds of all colors, and bidders happy to celebrate adding some incredible, once-in-a-lifetime pieces to their jewelry hoards. This year for me has been very successful with auctions--I've added a few pieces to my collection that I could have never found or purchased solely online or through dealers or stores. I even tried my hand at consigning and absolutely loved the experience--in fact, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was who I went through selling my first piece at auction, and I was so happy with the outcome that I decided to sell another. The ring I'm consigning is actually in this very sale which I'm about to talk about (and of course, it is in my top picks)! Like I say every year, the December sales are always my favorite and include some of the best jewels. It is like a grand finale for every auction house as they close the year out with a bang.

The Important Jewels Auction at Leslie Hindman is one I've been waiting for since their September auction. I'm counting down the days almost like a child waiting for a holiday, and their auction catalog just debuted Monday night, so I've been happy-go-lucky all week.  As per usual, Leslie Hindman has a two-day event, kicking off on December 4th where 541 items will be auctioned off the first day alone. On the second day, there are 900 items! I don't have to tell you to prepare yourself and register to bid, you know how important it is! ;)

Below are my top picks from Day One only: Leslie Hindman Auction, December 4th, 2016

Lot 38: Right from the start these stud earrings stood out to me. I'm always looking for a pair of diamond studs that aren't plain 'ole diamond studs. Fitting the bill nicely are these because for one they are antique--both Old European cut diamonds and two, they are set in a unique sunburst-like setting. I bet these look amazing on! Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 39: This Art Nouveau piece sparked my interest as soon as I saw the opal displaying its gorgeous colors. The black enamel details, the unique handmade chain, the polychrome detailing on the chain...too many good things in one piece. Although the opals do show some signs of crazing, if taken care of and not exposed to direct light or the sun, they won't be further damaged. Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 41: Bright blue aquamarine just glows from this unique Art Deco ring up for auction. I love the blue and black enameling on the ring and the two diamond accents. Looks like this piece is in great shape which is amazing considering its age in conjunction with the delicate enamel work. Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 44: I may be playing favorites with this ring and that's because this is the piece I have put on consignment from my personal collection!  Right away I fell for the uniqueness of the marquise cut diamonds set east-west and how bright white the center Old European cut diamond is. Most Old Euros I've seen are J-K in color or lower--this one is a G! I hope it finds a good home and maybe even a ring finger because I think it would make a great engagement ring! Estimate: $700-900

Lot 49: How incredible are these giant citrine ear pendants?! You can't even call them earrings, they're ear PENDANTS! These are the type of accessory you let pull off your entire look. Statement-making and head-turning for sure. I would wear them around my house on a Sunday and be so happy. Estimate: $200-300

Lot 54: A jaw-dropping piece in its own right, this Renaissance Revival opal pendant/brooch is quite incredible. Sought after for more than one reason, it is actually a piece designed by Paulding Farnham who worked at Tiffany & Co. during the turn-of-the-century. His work is rare and highly collectible, which makes this piece even more special. This particular brooch was featured in the hardcover book Paulding Farnham: Tiffany's Lost Genius which is the only publication featuring this American designer. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 56: This Arts & Crafts necklace made me immediately think of the Richard Driehaus Museum and the wonderful Maker & Muse exhibit. This necklace belongs in the exhibit! Composed of turquoise and freshwater pearls, this is a piece of art. I can imagine it draped on someone's neck in the most sophisticated way. Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 90: I've been into these bright blues lately and this piece is certainly the brightest. A nice blue zircon electrifies this brooch, which is also set with nearly a carat of diamonds. From the photo alone you can tell how doubly refractive the zircon is!  What a neat piece to add to your collection! Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 94: Elongated rings are my jam and this ring has a lot of great features! The Art Deco ring is set with two Old European cut diamonds with some step cut sapphires dividing both. It is done in platinum and demands attention in the best way possible. Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 372: An exquisite Cartier piece of history, this ring is set with sapphires and Old Mine cut diamonds all in platinum.  It is stamped Cartier and is one of the prettiest Cartier pieces I've ever seen! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 418: Aside of bright blue gemstones, another favorite of mine is multi-color, almost rainbow-like, pieces--like this ring. Done in 18k yellow gold, this ring is designed by Christian Dior and is set with amethyst, citrine, garnet, iolite, peridot, pink tourmaline, and green tourmaline. What a line up of gems! And what a cool design! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 491: Turquoise and lapis is my new favorite combo! These earrings are seriously the coolest. Plus everyone loves a good turquoise domed cluster. Done in 18k yellow gold and encircled with a perfectly circular piece of lapis, these earclips are the ultimate accessory. Estimate: $700-900

 

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New One-of-a-Kind Collection from Sarah Swell Jewelry

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After years of wanting to create special one-of-a-kind rings, jewelry designer Sarah Swell decided to go for it and let her creativity flourish. The rings featured in the above tranquil video are the direct results of her desire to break up the monotony and do something different. This is the first edition batch of rings and she will be creating more editions which will build off from this grouping. All rings are 18k yellow or rose gold with various rose cut and full cut diamonds. Each one was entirely hand carved in wax and no mold was made, making them each unique and truly one of a kind. Sarah says, "I wanted them to retain the feel of a handmade piece, so while I kept the lines clean and sculptural, there is a decidedly hand crafted feel to them."

The entire nine-ring collection can be found here on her website.

 

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My Jewel Box: Secret Code Diamond Ring from Jessie V E Jewellery

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Jessie V E Jewellery does it again! Another collection to obsess over and, just like her Constellation Collection, something unique and fun, because diamonds should never be boring. And these diamonds in her "Feel the Love" Collection hold a secret! That's right, they have their own hidden message, spelling out whatever your heart desires using diamonds set right side up and upside down. Jessie has created her own braille using diamonds and we love it.

There are three different rings within the "Feel the Love" Collection--each having a certain number of characters for the hidden message you'd like. You can choose either eight, six or two characters and the ring will have three rows of diamonds of either four, twelve or sixteen columns. The eight character ring is perfect for a date--like a wedding date or birthdate, like 10-21-2015. The six character ring is great for dates as well, 10-21-15, or six letter words or names. The "signet" ring has two characters, where initials are ideal and I know there are some two letter words out there, which could be perfect for this hidden message ring. 

I chose the two character Signet ring, with my initials being my hidden message "DM." I liked the fact that DM could stand for my name Danielle Miele OR it could be Danielle + Matt (my husband's name). The first row of diamonds is entirely turned upside down, so my design is already really cool.  I chose my ring to be pinky size so I could easily wear it on my pinky or as a midi ring, making it even more wearable and interchangeable. So far, I've worn it several different ways and was really surprised by how great it pairs with just about anything. My favorite combination though was with the rings shown above--my antique platinum and diamond Art Deco ring, a Victorian teardrop aquamarine and my Gram's old wedding ring with her elusive glass stone. It gave off an "icy" vibe which I was totally feeling. 

If you want your own Feel the Love ring, I've got a special discount code for you: GEMGOSSIP20 will take 20% off your purchase, which includes anything from Jessie V E Jewellery's website. So you may also still be pondering my other favorite from her, the Constellation ring, and that code is good for that as well! Happy shopping!

Discount code: GEMGOSSIP20

 

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