This year, my holiday gift guide came in a different form--a hashtag, which became incredibly fun to procure each morning. It became a game, where suddenly I held a magic genie lamp and got to wish for a gold ring upon waking up. I made sure to pick rings that I truly would want, and then I posted them on Instagram, with the hashtag #gemgossipwishlist ...I have been doing this since October and have compiled quite the ultimate list! I will continue to do this until Christmas, however here is a round up of all the gold rings up until a couple days ago that have been featured:
18k yellow gold Memphis Chevron enamel ring by Alice Cicolini
18k rose gold Sonny Gold ring by Spinelli Kilcollin
14k rose gold smokey quartz and sapphire navette ring by Arik Kastan for Anthropologie
18k yellow gold Hawthorn ring by Shaun Leane
14k yellow gold ring THREE by Gem Gossip Jewelry
14k yellow gold Mini Ella Twist ring by Ilana Ariel Jewelry
14k yellow gold Wave ring by The Heart Department
18k yellow gold Boulder Opal Ellipse Twist ring by Brooke Gregson
14k yellow gold Eclipse ring by Uma K
14k yellow gold sapphire evil eye ring by Kismet by Milka
18k yellow gold Blood Red ring set with ruby and red lacquer by Solange Azagury-Partridge
14k yellow gold Amina buckle ring by Workhorse Jewels
14k rose, yellow & white gold Bloom Petal stacking rings by Sandy Leong Jewelry
14k yellow gold Scarlett ring set with a faceted onyx by Katie Diamond Jewelry
18k yellow gold World ring by Artelier MX
14k yellow gold Tourmaline and Chrysoprase cuff ring by Melissa Joy Manning available at Greenwich Jewelers
18k yellow gold Le Cage Champagne ring by Coléoptère exclusive to Stone & Strand
10k yellow gold Lapis ring by The Mania Mania available at Love Adorned
18k yellow gold Fluid ring by Fernando Jorge
14k yellow gold Link ring by Kiel Mead
18k rose gold black diamond horsebit ring by Gucci available at Levinson Jewelers
14k yellow gold diamond crown ring with boulder opal by Michelle Fantaci
14k yellow gold Lindsay Allison cocktail ring set with abalone and diamonds by Dana Rebecca Designs
14k yellow gold Nefertiti ring with green tourmaline by Daniela Villegas
18k yellow gold Mini Octo ring with emerald by Holly Dyment
18k yellow, rose and white gold black enamel bands by HOORSENBUHS
14k yellow gold Caillou diamond slice ring by Vale Jewelry
14k yellow gold Eye Piercing ring with pearl by Delfina Delettrez
14k yellow gold Lace Crown ring & Beaded Crown ring by Grace Lee Designs
14k yellow gold Rainbow South Sea Pearl ring by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
18k yellow gold Moonstone Shield ring by Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry
14k yellow gold Flower Seed rings by Blanca Monros Gomez
14k yellow gold malachite and diamond ring by Jacquie Aiche
14k yellow gold Third Eye ring in Onyx and white Agate inlay by Makers Circle
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Museums, both large and small, offer an abundance of inspiration through their special exhibits. They also offer rare glimpses into our past cultures and ancient civilizations. I have made it a point to spend more time in the presence of some of the greatest treasures from our world. There is so much to offer in terms of creativity as artists and individuals. With that in mind, I recently visited the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) in search of renewed inspiration and in doing so captured and sourced images for Gem Gossip and her readers for a two part day-tripping jewel-filled adventure!
My first stop at the MFA, naturally, was the Hollywood Glamour exhibit since it embodies my affection for jewelry, fashion, and photography. Hollywood Glamour celebrates the Golden Days of Hollywood by featuring the iconic style of movie stars from the most glamorous years of film, otherwise known as the Silver Screen.
The term Silver Screen comes from the actual silver content embedded in the material that made up the motion picture screen's highly reflective surface; fabric choices for gowns such as chiffon, silk, and satin translated well into the glitz and glamour curated for black-and-white film. Each gown portrays the visual opulence for which it was created - metal-wrapped threads of genuine silver and gold.
Hollywood Glamour presents sixteen gowns from the top couture designers of the time, displaying jewels and movie set paraphernalia. Alongside the gowns are curated window boxes with alluring portraits of the awe-inspiring stars from the Silver Screen wearing the exhibit's possessions. All of this nostalgia takes place underneath moody chandeliers while snippets from the subject film loops on a big screen, keeping the dream alive.
The Golden Age of Hollywood commenced with the end of the silent era in American cinema (the late 1920's) and extended through the early 1960's. This Golden Age created affairs of the heart that centered on passion, emotion, and romantic involvement of main characters - the leading man and his lady. Golden Age films were meant to transport you to another world, provide escapism from the despairing reminders of the Great Depression and convey hope to overcome one's difficulties by enjoying an on screen happily ever after, sealed with a kiss.
Fine jewelry of this time was also designed with versatility in mind, as pieces would generally serve more than one purpose. A multi-use necklace, just one extravagant piece from the collaboration of American jeweler Trabert & Hoeffer and Parisian house Mauboussin, (once owned by Jean Knight and on loan through Neil Lane) converted into separate brooches, bracelets and rings! Hollywood actresses not only wore their incredible jewelry on and off screen, it was also an integral element of the meticulously crafted character for each star by the studio. Joan Crawford has been famously quoted saying : "I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door."
While standing in a room full of girl next door's, speculating on each star's distinct air, I am aware nothing in the Golden Age is as it seems, especially for Mae West. Standing only five feet tall, she wore ridiculous shoes, constructed to mislead admirers, and therefore adding 8 and a half inches to her frame! Neil Lane, who has generously loaned the Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet once belonging to Mae West, acquired it through the purchase of the estate of her former lover and bodyguard, Paul Novak, thirty years her junior. He is said to have "loved her so much" he stored all her jewels in a safe deposit box, the contents of which were only sold after his death.
Edith Head, the only costume designer to win eight Academy Awards referred to this time as "luxury that once existed before the era of budgets and economy." I am reminded of this opulence among Coco Chanel, Elsa Shaparelli, Carole Lombard, Betty Grable, and Marlene Dietrich. This is not only an important exhibit marking Hollywood's history, and a modest collection of jewels ranging in worth of $60,000 - $3,000,000, but it also highlights the illusory veil created to provide hopefulness and happiness (if only for a brief hour) through our most strenuous times. Hollywood Glamour not only captures and celebrates life and our romantic past, it is a poignant reminder that this is what jewelry, and the art of adornment, is all about.
Hollywood Glamour : Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen, sponsored by Neil Lane, is located in the Loring Gallery of Textiles at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Exhibit runs September 9, 2014 through March 8, 2015.
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We have another incredible GIVEAWAY for Gem Gossip readers! It comes from HALLEH Jewelry, who was the first jewelry designer to be a part of my Jewels at My Doorstep segment, and now one year later, HALLEH is celebrating new designs and Gem Gossip is celebrating 25k followers on Instagram! This bracelet features the hamsa design and is done in solid 18k yellow gold! The retail value is $450!!
To enter: follow @HALLEHjewelry on Instagram and then head over to Halleh.com where you will be prompted to fill out your name and email address for a chance to win! We will be choosing a winner on December 1st! Good luck!
I was incredibly excited to contribute to Etsy's blog for the second time! On this occasion I selected some gorgeous antique sentimental rings that I felt would make great and memorable holiday gifts! To read the full article, head over to Etsy's blog.
Above are the rings I chose to be featured in the article:
Antique flower setting ring with an Old Mine cut diamond, from MSJewelers
Victorian mourning ring with navette shape hair compartment, from ErinAntiques
Antique fede gimmel ring in 18k gold with hearts, from TheDeeps
Victorian Jet ring set with pearls, from Worn2Perfection
Victorian rose cut diamond cluster ring, from ShopFiligree
Black enamel, widow's mourning ring set with rose cut diamonds, from MagWildwoodsCloset
Victorian black enamel, diamond and pearl mourning ring with inscription, from ErisVintage
Purple enamel flower ring with diamond, from TheEdenCollective
Victorian garnet ring with diamonds set in 9k gold, from HeartofSolidGold
Victorian antique band with inscription and engraved initials, from AgelessHeirlooms
Antique double heart ring set with turquoise and diamonds in 18k gold, from ArtifactVintage
Victorian diamond and turquoise forget-me-not ring, from GADantiques
I don't normally get excited about pocket watches, but these are an exception! Fellows Auction House has their Pocket Watches & Accessories sale coming up November 24th, 2014, and while browsing through I found some gorgeous pocket watches. What sets these apart from an "average" pocket watch is the detail, the enameling, the guilloche, the markers, the dial...everything! Such detail is put into each one. They are all ladies' pocket watches, each being special in its own way. Above are my favorites from the sale:
Lot 29: Although this P.Reynaud pocket watch has some enamel damage to the beautiful scene on the backside, it still is one of the prettiest I've seen! The white dial features roman numerals and I love the hands--long and slender with circular ends.
Lot 36: A gorgeous example of guilloche work on the backside of this gilt open face pocket watch. The burgundy color is a perfect contrast with the white pearls, which surround the front and back. This one is unsigned, with Arabic numbers for markers and a white dial. The fleur de lis on the back is also a fun addition.
Lot 85: An 18k gold open face pocket watch, with heavily detailed enamel work on the backside. The dial is a white enamel with black roman numeral markers. I love the colors of the enamel on the back--black, white and an electric blue.
Lot 154: A 14k gold open face pocket watch, with an intricate enamel purple pansy on the backside. The white enamel dial features Arabic numbers, with the movement being 15 jewels. It is unsigned.
Lot 169: A ladies open face watch by Horus. The backside shows incredible blue enameling, with a gold flaming heart, which I love. The watch is stamped 18k/750 and has baton hour markers, quarterly applied Arabic numerals.
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It all began with a road trip down south, I stumbled upon what most would call a, "diamond in the rough," but I like to say "jack pot" of a store. Levy's Fine Jewelry sits downtown in Birmingham, Alabama with a surprisingly large showroom and incredible inventory of fine antique and estate jewelry. Visiting the store was so much fun and I left, of course, with a few new pieces of jewelry to add to my personal collection. That was almost one year ago--within that year Levy's has continued to grow and most recently, relaunched their website, and update their Facebook and Instagram with mouth-watering jewelry pictures. It has been fun to follow and watch! Makes it easy if you aren't a road trip away, like myself, to venture online and have the jewelry store opens its virtual doors on your laptop or computer!
The new website layout (with snapshots captured above) is incredibly eye-appealing. I love the colors and vignettes of jewelry which represent each product category. Everything from the font to the black-and-white sketch of the building is so polished, I love it. With an official launch this month, Levy's Fine Jewelry is gearing up now for the holiday season, where it is their time to shine. Bridal and engagement rings are their biggest sellers, along with antique and estate rings.
Other exciting news for the 92-year-old shop include an article in November's issue of JCK Magazine! The article features an interview with Rhoda Denaburg Link, second generation co-owner of Levy's, along with third generation Jared Nadler and Todd Denaburg, who currently run the day-to-day happenings at the store. The interview reveals that the store is still going strong, with Rhoda, even at age 79, still willing to clean the toilets if necessary! That's the spirit! With an owner as good-spirited as her and still as much involved with the store, it's no wonder Levy's has and continues to succeed.
Gem Gossip is also happy to announce we have partnered with Levy's Fine Jewelry, and the store is our newest sponsor! So, for a quick link to their website, look no further than my right sidebar! And be sure to follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
If you haven't already discovered, Anthropologie is not only a destination for the ultimate outfit, complete with an incredible shoe selection, and while you're at it--some housewares you can't live without, but they have added one more department they are about to dominate! The ever-evolving company has spread its wings into jewelry, and we're not talking only fashion jewelry--we're talking fine jewelry: gold, diamonds, and genuine gemstones. Arik Kastan is so excited and proud to be an exclusive partner with Anthropologie, bringing you a collaboration to die for! The designer worked closely with the Anthropologie team, coming up with the designs that will only be found through their website and stores. Modifying old favorites, adding new gemstone combinations, and designing new looks is how the collection took shape. Right before their eyes, everything came together and both Arik Kastan and Anthropologie couldn't be happier!
Some exclusive pieces, like the Trinity ring, in your choice of garnet, labradorite, or moonstone, is a petite version of our signature three-stone rings. A continued favorite among collectors, now in different sizes. The daintiest necklace ever done, takes the timeless navette shape, turns it on its side, and hangs delicately from a rose gold chain! These necklaces are causing quite the buzz, also coming in two sizes--regular or "grande." How lovely would they look layered together?! Another exclusive design only found at Anthropologie are these round cluster stud earrings in garnet. The size of these allows for enough ear coverage to make a big statement! The garnet color is perfect for fall/winter. Speaking of perfect colors, we can't get over the smokey quartz and sapphire combination which lends its colors to the boldest ring in the collection. I must say, these Anthropologie-exclusive pieces couldn't be any more extraordinary!
As always, each piece of Arik Kastan jewelry is hand-crafted in Tel Aviv, Israel using fine rose gold, with particular attention being paid to expert artistry and gemstone selection. Each heirloom is made to not only suit your style, but to be passed on to future generations. It is important to mention that these designs are limited through Anthropologie, so get yours now!
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If you need another invitation from someone other than myself, Dupuis Auctions invites you to the exciting world of bidding at auction! I've raved about bidding/winning/losing at auction numerous times. The excitement, the thrill, the defeat--all are such a fun rush of emotions and makes for a whole new aspect of buying a piece of jewelry. I'm excited to share a new discovery with everyone, an auction house located in Canada, with amazing pieces of jewelry ranging from contemporary, signed pieces to antique treasures which date back to the 1800s. Dupuis is located in Toronto and has been organizing successful auctions for over 25 years now. A record boasting total sales of over $50,000,000 to date and a passion to continue to achieve are what makes Dupuis a notable auction house!
I've been ogling over their color catalog for the past few nights, as it sits on my night stand and makes for some good nighttime reading. I chose some favorite above and made sure I signed up to bid! The sale begins on November 23rd and has both a morning and afternoon session, breaking up the first 411 lots in the early session and continuing on the rest through 754 in the afternoon! That's A LOT of jewelry! I'll be "there" online! ;)
Lot 20: This incredible, one-of-a-kind Tiffany & Co. necklace circa 1900s is set with opals and diamonds in platinum-topped gold. I love the elongated opal set East-West, with the "negligee" style drops. Such an amazing piece of jewelry!
Lot 55: The bypass style of this poppy with blossom and bud set is what draws me to this retro ring. The bold red color of the synthetic ruby and the juxtaposition of the platinum and gold really show its high craftsmanship and design.
Lot 113: Nothing like a bold sapphire and diamond navette ring! This one features approximately 2.35 carats total of Old European cut diamonds and a large central sapphire measuring 1.50 carats. All set in yellow gold!
Lot 198: These fun earrings are quite rare! Circa 1870, set with lava cameos each depicting traditional theatrical masks representing Comedy and Tragedy. I love the style of the tassel-like chains, such a unique pair of earrings.
Lot 223: Pink diamonds surround this large 4.02 carat radiant cut diamond and makes for a show-stopping ring. The ring is signed Chatila, a Switzerland-based company of over 150 years.
Lot 267: This textured 15k yellow gold snake bangle is so cool! The diamond eyes and hissing tongue make it complete, and would look amazing on any wrist.
Lot 270: Talk about a statement necklace! This 18k yellow gold piece is set with rectangular cut topaz, which graduate in color--from a light brown to a darker tone. At the center reigns a large decagon shaped topaz, so superb!
Lot 282: A necklace and bracelet set made up of 18k yellow gold and gorgeous blue lapis gemstones. These pieces are very Greek-inspired and have scrollwork throughout. One of my favorites!
Lot 324: Another negligee style necklace, this time all diamonds! The diamonds total 1.10 carats with the piece dating to around 1895, with the chain most likely being added later and is more modern.
Lot 330: An antique platinum and diamond dinner ring, circa 1920s. For a bold statement, this ring is for you! The center diamond is approximately 1.50 carats and are all Old European cuts. Divine!
Lot 331: Such a gorgeous example of a turn-of-the-century diamond wreath-style necklace. All set with beautiful diamonds--Old European cuts, one briolette, and one trillion. Lots going on here, and so pretty!
Lot 546: This striking ring is very interesting--set with a high relief cameo of amethyst. I love the blue enamel accent, all in yellow gold. A truly remarkable piece!
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On December 7, 2014, Rago Arts and Auction Center will auction the largest near-round natural saltwater pearl discovered to date. It is the central element of a brooch described by Sarah Churgin, who directs the Jewelry department at Rago, as “a pearl the size of a quail egg on a cracker of diamonds." We now refer to it as the Putilov Pearl Brooch.
About the Putilov Pearl Brooch
GIA Pearl Identification Report #2165503254 describes the Putilov pearl as a drilled natural saltwater pearl of the Pinctada species of oyster measuring 19.08 x 18.88 x 16.50mm. with no indication of treatment; near-round; white body color; orient overtone. The pearl is full-drilled with nacreous plugs, one now detached.
The 19th century oval brooch onto which the pearl is set measures 2" x 1 5/8". It is framed by 16 near colorless old mine cut diamonds , approximately 28 carats total weight, in cutback collets, and by numerous smaller rose cut diamonds set in silver topped gold. Detachable pin findings orient either horizontally or vertically. The frame bears the unrecognized scratched marks KAM and N677. It weighs 19.7 pennyweights.
History of the Putilov Pearl Brooch/Origin of the Name
Using family records and public research tools, Sarah Churgin and Katherine Van Dell, a jewelry specialist at Rago, have reconstructed the history of the Putilov Pearl Brooch back to the early 20th century.
Alexei (also written as Alexey, Aleksei and Alexis) Putilov, a Russian financier and industrialist, brought the brooch from Russia in the spring of 1918, crossing the Soviet-Finnish border and proceeding to Paris. Putilov had been a powerful man in Russia prior to the Revolution, connected in business and government circles, both in Tzarist Russia and Asia. His family founded the Putilov Metal Works Company, a major supplier of railway products for the Russian government and artillery for the Imperial Russian Army. Historians cite strikes at a Putilov mine in February of 1917 and a subsequent speech delivered at the mine by Lenin as events that contributed directly to the Russian Revolution. After the Revolution, Lenin himself signed a decree confiscating all Putilov's real and personal property. Putilov fled Russia. He resumed his banking career in Paris under a Gallicized name.
The consignor is the great grandchild of Putilov and his wife, Vera. Her surname is Anglicized. The brooch was inherited by her mother, who was born and reared in France and emigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s. It is family lore that this pearl was part of an earlier necklace.
The Putilov Pearl brooch did not come to the auction house directly. It arrived through the offices of an honest jeweler. The consignor brought him the brooch to raise family funds for elder care. While he did not know the true value of the piece she placed in his hand, he saw that it was exceptional. Rather than take advantage, he directed them to Rago. Believing that the pearl was natural, the Rago jewelry department had it certified and then derived the provenance described.
>> More on Rago's epic December 7th, 2014 sale SOON!