Favorite Instagram Pictures: late Summer 2014

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robertleemorrisny has one amazing mood board...so much inspiration!

hsternofficial in love with these rings from H. Stern, Brazilian design at its best

karenhsiangjewelry scored a lovely mini squash blossom necklace, which pairs perfectly with her designs

emilyameyjewelry visits the Royal Ontario Museum and captures this incredible shot

wowhannahwow visits an awesome Rock Shop on her Route 66 road trip

theoneilovenyc perfecting a perfect duo: antique stacks and boyfriend jeans

nicholasliufinejewels custom ruby cuff really just goes so well with tattoos and a brown leather watch

alishamiele and her dog Sushi are outta control

circa1700 has the most amazing antique charm collection, with a snake protecting each one

paula_dolubizno playing with jewels and falling hard for this diamond ring from Rahaminov Diamonds

elisasolomon organizing all of her incredible, handmade designs

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lorimcleanjewelry a shop I've been wanting to visit, for obvious reasons

karripsoph showing me her grandmother's ring, which used to be owned by Carole Landis

Party into the Moonlight: Amanda Hunt Two Moon Ring #LoveGold

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With so much fascination lately with the moon, and happenings like the Blood Moon and Super Moon, one could easily say that it has been the Summer of the Moon!  With one more Super Moon set for September 9th, one day after my birthday, I am excited to party into the moonlight!  A Super Moon is a lunar phenomenon where the moon reaches a point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth, where it appears bigger and brighter.  There have been two already this summer, with one last one less than a month away.  

There are many theories out there which try to explain what it mean and elude to Biblical predication--all of which are incredibly fascinating to me.  I needed a ring to commemorate this epic summer...all of its memories, most of my favorites being underneath the starry sky at night watching the moon.  I had to find the perfect moon ring!

Amanda Hunt makes jewelry which depicts myth, symbolism and the collective unconscious, and its connection to ourselves.  Her ring which consists of two moons fit my idea of a dream ring, representing an end to an amazing summer.  The piece is all gold (14k) and has a hammered, hand-made finish.  The big crescent moon curves around my finger perfectly, as if Amanda had my finger at her bench and she made it custom fit me personally.  Not only does it feel awesome on, but it has a bold and edgy look.

Jewelry worn:

14k yellow gold Two Moon ring by Amanda Hunt Jewelry

22k yellow gold navette ring set with lapis, vintage custom finished by Gem Gossip

14k yellow gold blue enamel shield ring, conversion piece restored by Platt Boutique

 

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Casoro Jewelry Safes: Security Never Looked So Good!

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Top of the line security and customized luxury come together in the Casoro Jewelry Safes collection. These luxury jewelry safes are as secure as they are beautiful. Independently tested by Underwriters Labs and ETL Intertek for burglary and fire protection, you can rest assured your valuable collection is secure against any intruder, fire, or other potential threat.

In addition to industry leading security, Casoro Jewelry Safes are uniquely designed to fit your own personal collection. A luxurious pallet of high gloss paints, exotic woods and rich ultrasuedes allow you to create a look deserving of the beauty within. Drawers designed to conveniently organize your jewels, winders to keep your watches in top shape, and interior lighting to show it all off. There is also an optional file drawer to organize your important papers, appraisal records, insurance documents, trusts and more. Be sure to get a safe big enough for your growing collection.

The Casoro line comes in several sizes from the Topaz that is the size of a microwave to the refrigerator sized Ruby. Pricing ranges from the Topaz base price of $2,695 and up. For those who are looking for a lower price point we offer our Classic Series with the same great burglar and fire protection and a few less luxury upgrades starting at $1,695. 

As a family owned and operated business, Shep and Nancy Bryan have a vested interest in providing you the best in product and service. The Casoro team works hard to make the entire process easy and convenient – with white glove support from the initial design of the safe all the way through delivery and placement in your home. Begin designing your safe online today! 

 

Cycles of Life, Rings from the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection

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Selected from the private collection of one of today's leading gem dealers, experts, and connoisseurs, this exhibition of over 40 exceptional, museum-quality rings on view and for sale will detail the enduring allure of certain styles, settings, gems, and cutting techniques. Spanning from the 3rd century A.D. through to the later part of the 19th century each ring has its own story. Renowned for its breadth and depth in precious colored stones and diamonds, most of the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection has been on loan to the Walters Art Museum since 1985. Celebrating the timeless allure of rings as symbols of power, prestige, passion, and personal identity, many of these superb selections boast sterling provenances, including the de Clercqs and the Rothschilds.

Organized around themes encompassing the cycles of life from birth to death, the vast array of styles on display will include: 

•       Signet rings ranging from the 3rd-17th centuries

•       Ancient Roman friendship and engagement rings

•       Medieval Posy rings

•       Renaissance and Baroque wedding rings

•       Jewish marriage rings from the 17th-19th centuries

•       Memorial and Memento Mori rings from the 17th-19th centuries

 

Exhibit is held at Les Enluminures NY from October 31 - December 6, 2014.

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Obsession: #DiamondDoodles by Hannah Becker

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Whether you're working hard or hardly working, sometimes you stumble upon the coolest idea ever.  That's kind of how #DiamondDoodles was born...Hannah Becker, a Graduate Gemologist and jewelry designer, was busy sorting diamonds one day and her creative brain couldn't help but go into overdrive with this tedious task.  It is now my favorite thing to check out on her Instagram feed, with all the doodles soon to be posted on her website (hannahsbecker.com)  

If you're loving this project just as much as myself, you can have Hannah feature a piece of jewelry (if you're a designer) in an original drawing!  You can reach out to her through email (hannah.s.becker@gmail.com)

I'm thinking postcards...stationery...stickers! The possibilities are endless and can't wait to see more! The above first photo is Hannah's version of some Gem Gossip!  A #DiamondDoodle she made just for me!


Say "I Do" with Arik Kastan Alternative Bridal

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Make your wedding day memorable by being different!  It is boring to have a wedding full of cliché things--like your typical diamond solitaire ring, a big poofy princess dress, a typical venue, all while celebrating with an over-budget, over-the-top wedding.  Instead, break the mold and plan things that are meaningful and make you happy!  Arik Kastan creates pieces that are just as unique as yourself, so why not use them as an alternative bridal solution.  Whether you opt for a cluster of rose cut diamonds as your engagement ring, or a wedding band set with your birthstone or your new husband's birthstone--Arik Kastan has some great options.

My solution?  Here are four destinations for you to grab your love and runaway to elope and make some joyous memories.  

Grab your passport and head over to the beautiful scenery of Lake Como, Italy.  Your honeymoon is already built in to your special occasion and the ambiance has never been more romantic!  A lightweight sheer wedding dress paired with stackable Arik Kastan rose cut diamond bands are perfect for this getaway.  The wider rose cut diamond band would be your engagement ring and the thinner, matching rose cut diamond band would be the wedding band.  A dynamic duo.

The mountains and mid-west have been calling your name since you've been talking about being engaged!  Why not run off and get married under the sunset, while wearing a lace halter dress with flowing bottom.  The sunlight will compliment your citrine engagement ring from Arik Kastan, which is surrounded by a ring of rose cut diamonds.  The rustic look with the rose gold is picture perfect.

A beach wedding is on everyone's dream wedding destination lists.  The Gulf of Mexico provides a sandy and warm climate with an ocean as pretty as a painting.  If that deep blue hue of the water is important to you, Arik Kastan's sapphire rings are reminiscent of this scenery.  A sapphire cluster ring would make a great alternative engagement ring.  Pair it with a two-piece wedding dress and show some skin!

Are the red rocks of the desert mid-west your ultimate backdrop? Then Sedona, Arizona may be just the place to jet to for your epic elopement.  A strappy wedding gown with see-thru cutouts will be your go-to wedding day attire.  Inspired by the red rocks, Arik Kastan bands with rubies make for an ideal wedding ring, with an engagement ring consisting of one knockout rose cut diamond set in an engraved rose gold design.  Ravishing red is a great theme!

>> For more alternative bridal options from Arik Kastan, visit arikkastan.com

Vintage Motifs: Gold Padlocks & Keys #LoveGold

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I received a beautiful gift in the mail from Chinchar Maloney, a husband and wife duo who love design and being creative.  Their jewelry line features dainty, stackable rings with a motif on each end, and space in between--with my favorite being--the lock & key ring.  I was naturally drawn to that design and upon further examination into my jewelry box, and also showing my mom, I realized that gold padlocks and keys have a deeper meaning to me than I realized!  

My first key motif piece of jewelry came to me from my grandparents, brought home from a trip to Italy visiting family. My sisters and mom each received a piece of gold jewelry from them upon arriving home from their trips to Italy, and out of all the items, I got the 18k yellow gold key charm.  I wore that pendant almost everyday in 9th grade--until one day I almost lost it in a gym locker and never wore it again.  I felt better that it was tucked away in my jewelry box, away from danger.

My second padlock themed piece of jewelry was purchased shortly after I got my first job and had some money of my own to spend.  I bought it on a family trip to Florida, where going to flea markets was our favorite Saturday afternoon pasttime.  While my younger sisters bought clothes and fake designer belts, I was rummaging through a jewelry dealer's "junk" section where he had a pile of broken parts and unwanted trinkets--all real gold.  I found the padlock and talked him down on the price and ran off happily with my new purchase. I've had it affixed to an old Victorian gold bracelet ever since.

Receiving this gold lock and key ring from Chinchar Maloney served as a symbol for a new beginning for me. With new hopes of spending more time with family and focusing more on my blog by only working four days a week now, this ring couldn't have arrived at a better time.  It will remind me of my goals and keep me focused.  

When I showed my mom the ring, her face lit up.  She immediately showed me her gold key pendant set with a ruby that my dad gave her when they first started dating.  It fit in perfectly with my pieces and completed the symbolism for me full circle.  From now on, I will be more aware of this motif and make sure to search it out!

 

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Broken English Opens New Store in New York City

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New York City just got cooler.  With Broken English opening up a store in New York City's own Soho neighborhood, owner Laura Freedman adds a bit of west coast chill with a dash of gemstone sparkle to this area, and everyone is excited.  Known for her impeccable taste and her LA store, which opened back in 2006, the timing was right to finally make the commitment of being bi-coastal.  

“I knew I wanted to be in Soho,” she recalls, “with the cobblestones and the neighborhood feel and the brands that are already there. I wanted a luxury environment that was still welcoming.” 

The shop is located at 56 Crosby Street, behind AllSaints' current location, occupying 500 square-feet of lush jewelry heaven!  With an ambiance made up of gemstone specimens, brass and marble vintage jewelry displays and antique Chesterfield chairs, the space doesn't hold back from perfection.  

“There isn’t another stand-alone jewelry store that represents this level of designers. It’s really something fresh for New York. I see this as an opportunity to bring these creative people into the lives of those who appreciate this work.”  

An eclectic mix of over 50 contemporary designers each can call Broken English "home" which is what Laura wants each of her customers to feel like upon entering.  

“I think that’s what’s so disarming about Broken English,” she notes. “You feel like you’re coming into someone’s living room and they’re showing you all their special things.” 

Not only does Broken English carry some of my favorite jewelry designers, like Anita Ko, Deborah Pagani, Michelle Fantaci, but also lots of vintage and estate pieces.  Anything from a 1940s curb link bracelet that is totally retro, to a Victorian engraved locket ready to be treasured for many more years to come!  Whether I'm in NYC or LA, I must stop by Broken English--two coasts, one amazing store!

 


Above four pieces, available at Broken English:

 

Vine Hoop Earrings in 18k gold and diamonds, by Jamie Wolf, Price: $5500

 

Three Stack ring in 18k gold and black diamonds, by THIRTEEN31, Price: $6000

 

Button earrings set with spinel, labradorite, white sapphire & aquamarine, by Nak Armstrong, Price: $1530

 

Endless Knot ring set in 18k gold and diamonds, by C Greene, Price: $9000

 


Rago Arts Jewelry Auction Set for September 12, 2014

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With the auction catalog yet to debut (should be up on August 22nd) I am so excited to give everyone the first look of Rago Arts' September auction!  I have been following Rago Arts' jewelry auctions since 2008, where every December hundreds of incredible lots hit the block in Lambertville, New Jersey, with eager bidders logging on from their computers worldwide. Rago Arts typically has a jewelry sale every December, and since introducing an extra sale in April back in 2011, the success has led to this scheduled sale in September for the first time!  This unprecedented sale should be your opportunity to sign up and bid live if you've never attempted before!  It is so easy and so much fun!

How do you sign up?  It's simple--follow the steps as outlined by Eliane Talec, Chief Administrative Officer at Rago Arts in the video, shown here.  

Some of my favorite lots in the upcoming Unreserved Jewelry, Silver & Coins auction set for September 12th, 2014:

Lot 1: Straight off, the opening lot featuring this late Victorian suite of earrings and matching brooch is to-die-for. The bloomed finish of the 18k yellow gold is exquisite--one of my favorite features of Victorian jewelry. Estimate: $400-600

Lot 4: Start your own ring collection by winning this entire lot! Each antique ring is unique, from tourmaline, garnet, sapphire...to banded agate!  Lots of options--keep all, or trade a few...up to you!  Estimate: $350-450

Lot 8: Love this Victorian archeological rivival pendant featuring seed pearls and turquoise, circa 1870s. Estimate: $400-600

Lot 9: If you love antique heart jewelry, this lot is for you!  A crowned heart ring circa 1840 a size 7, set with foiled backed stones and black & white enameling throughout.  The seed pearl heart pendant is precious too! Estimate: $700-900

Lot 17: A charm bracelet, perfect for anyone who has always wanted a charm bracelet and needs a head-start on collecting!  Some of the charms include an Eiffel tower, Viking ship and a horse drawn carriage. Estimate: $450-550

Lot 73: A lot of five retro gold and diamond rings--one which resembles my grandmother's engagement ring!  I think that is why I love this lot so much.  Such a great selection with rings ranging from 14k to 18k, one with a French hallmark. Estimate: $800-1200

Lot 100: An Art Deco-style ring with diamonds and sapphires, truly a stand-out piece!  It's 18k with a platinum-top, typical of the style but with round brilliant cut diamonds, dating it to just 30 years ago.  Estimate: $800-1200

Lot 150: The Arts & Crafts Era is one that is so peculiar to me and I love the rarity and style of it.  This turquoise and pearl necklace from that time period is extra special because it is engraved, "Grace from Pearl, August 6th, 1907" how amazing! Estimate: $600-800

 

SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LIX

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by_couture posting this amazing shot of Nikolaos Koulis Jewelry

candylane showing off some rings from her personal collection 

gemaporterblog wearing covetable Diane Kordas Jewellery rings

jessicaseaton wearing diamonds, turquoise and a signet in the mist

lorimcleanjewelry with a fresh batch of favorites for the shop

metiersf knows how to bring you the best when it comes to turquoise and diamonds

sarahswelljewelry on her beautiful wedding day wearing the sweetest jewels, some are her designs of course

stoneandstrand double trouble--Elena Votsi and Ray Griffiths rings

susancampbelljewelry showing how pink and red are a match made in heaven!}