I've been saving and sorting, hunting and hoarding to bring you an amazing selection of items in time for the holidays! This time of year has some pressure involved with finding the "perfect gift" so I wanted to alleviate that by offering A LOT of antique and vintage jewelry (over 70 items), for great prices (no crazy mark ups like you see elsewhere), and a unique selection (lots of stackers and bold pieces as well). I've been saving many of these pieces all year long and I also went through my personal collection again (after many times, with each inspection learning to let go of more and more). Today is the day the items will start going live over on @shopGEMGOSSIP
At first, many of you voted a few weeks ago, wanting me to release everything at once on the same day. I began to like this idea too, until I realized I had over 70 pieces--so could you imagine someone you're following on Instagram posting 70 photos in one day?! That would be SO annoying, so I've decided to list 10 items each day, which will allow everything to be listed before November 1st, plenty of time before the holidays kick in. Hope everyone likes my selection this year and I'm excited for new customers and happy returning customers.
Just some notes:
- Yes, I do offer layaway! It is for three months and you pay 1/3 each month--no fees!
- PayPal is the main form of payment I accept, however I also accept checks and money orders. Also now accepting Venmo.
- International Shipping--I've been using UPS global shipping which is trackable and fully insured. The delivery time is usually 4-8 days depending on foreign clearance. Pricing is $50-100; it varies country by country.
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It was the combination of ancient techniques in jewelry making and the high karat gold that had me feeling like I was transported back in time to some place in the Mediterranean while wearing the jewelry of Loren Nicole. Her background lends itself well to her eponymous line of fine jewelry, which debuted this year. Her forte: hand crafted pieces (each one created from vision to finished piece all by Loren herself at her Venice, CA studio), high karat gold (she uses mostly 20k and 22k gold) and Greek goddess vibes (granulation and other ancient Greek techniques are used).
I immediately was drawn to the 22k yellow gold Beechnut collar, which features a wide strip of gold with dangling beechnut charms, and lays up close around your neck like a choker. The piece is just utterly sexy and has a personality of its own. I felt very commanding and on a different level wearing this collar, no matter what I was wearing or doing. The earrings feature that granulation technique I keep mentioning, something Loren has mastered and is becoming her signature. If you sit and stare at each piece that features this, you will soon realize how tedious and patient one must be when employing this ancient technique. I am awed by Loren's background in archeology and ancient civilization studies, as well as her passion for creating handcrafted jewelry. Her pieces are works of art and belong on women worldwide.
Loren Nicole Fine Jewelry has an incredible selection of rings and being the ring guru that I am, I couldn't decide which ones I wanted to feature in this shoot! The two dome rings really appealed to me, along with the leaf ring because all three featured granulation and gave off some serious Mediterranean feels. The wide Etruscan band was a favorite for me because it seemed like one of those pieces that become your second skin, with loads of comfort and major style. I was right, boy was I right. The entire Hellenes collection flows well together and creates quite the look.
Here are the pieces featured in this post:
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Loren Nicole Fine Jewelry.
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Something very odd is happening in my jewelry box. Yes, rings and cocktail rings have always and will always rule--but another category has taken a dramatic increase as of late, charms! I've been enjoying their collectible nature, as many of you know I'm such a collector at heart, so naturally these are a great fit. Whether it is a charm that reminds me of something in my life or just something that appeals to me, I've been gathering quite a few these past few months.
And then I saw these from Jean Jean Vintage and couldn't have fallen more in love! Introducing the Cachet Collection--Cachet being French for a "seal affixed to a document or letter." Each tiny charm is a double sided wax seal stamped nugget of gold, flattened to perfection. They are sentimental, romantic and most importantly adorable. And the subtleness of the charm allows you to wear one or ten! Add is to your favorite necklace or chain...or maybe even a charm bracelet?!
There are 14 different Cachet charms from Jean Jean Vintage--each featuring two original Victorian wax seal stamps, depicting different messages, some even hidden or not as obvious. You can currently purchase all 14 on the Jean Jean Vintage Etsy page in 10k yellow gold, however if you'd like 14k yellow, white or rose gold, even 18k or platinum, custom orders can be done! There are even ways to add diamonds and other gemstones, which creates a whole new dimension to them! With the holidays quickly approaching, the price points on these are great for friends and family gift giving. Each of the 14 designs are special, so be sure to read about each and decipher which one is right for you!
I picked no.6--the two sides are as follows: side 1 ∙ a dog seated, at attention, in front of a tombstone with an hourglass on top. In French, the phrase reads "le temps passe, l'amitié reste / time passes, friendship remains." side 2 ∙ day of the week, "Samedi / Saturday." Of course I had to pick the one with a dog. I've been wearing mine on a vintage 1950s child's "add a pearl" necklace chain, that is super short, so it is almost a choker on me. I like this charm sitting higher up, but I'm sure I will be changing it up a lot and wearing it often! Thanks Duff of Jean Jean Vintage for creating these amazing charms and gifting me one!
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Whenever I visit NYC, I like to think of Doyle & Doyle as my home-away-from-home. Everything about the store, the jewels inside, the people inside, the neighborhood...it's my favorite! It only felt right to have my first ever meet up there and I was excited to also reunite with Elizabeth & Pamela, the best sister duo in the biz. And of course, I had to see their latest finds--there were even exclusive pieces displayed just for the event, and never seen before!
One of the pieces that had me in a trance was a carved emerald ring (pictured above) in a teardrop shape, with diamonds surrounding it. I don't think it is on their website yet since it was making its debut when I visited, but you can always email the team at the store. Another ring I could have just stared at all day was the opal and demantoid garnet (a bright green colored garnet) ring. That particular ring is actually up on their website, so if you'd like more info, just click here. That ring seriously GLOWS and it surely made a splash on Instagram. Another popular piece that I featured from my visit was a peridot ring with a secret. I say secret because at first glance it looks like any cocktail ring--large, enchanting peridot gemstone, surrounded by some gorgeous diamonds. If you look closer, you will notice two tiny screw mechanisms on each side. These let the wearer remove the top portion of the ring and wear it as a pendant! How cool is that?! Those Victorians sure knew how to trail blaze convertible jewelry.
I just want to say a special thank you to the team at Doyle & Doyle for always welcoming me into their store. And thanks to those who took the time out of their day to come and visit with me, whether it was your first time meeting me or we've been BFF since the very beginning of Gem Gossip, your continued support means the world to me!
Want more?! To check out the store tour of Doyle & Doyle, click here.
Bold and statement-making. Our two favorite jewel attributes! This stunner pairs opals with a center round ruby, mixing geometrics (round shape) with floral patterns. Autumn has never seen a better looking fall staple!
Framed Mandala Ring, Price: $2,266
We love these drop earrings done in 14k rose gold and the cool combo of opal/citrine because they are an unexpected gem duo. The perfect size for a drop, which makes them easy to throw on any day of the week whether you're dressed up or running to the store in your PJs!
Larkspur drop earrings, Price: $1,386
If you don't know which direction you're headed, bring along this opal Compass ring, a favorite of the Arik Kastan collection. Any doubts or feeling like you're lost will vanish once you slip this baby onto your finger. In all seriousness, it renders a type of confidence we've never seen before!
Compass ring, Price: $1,694
Your ears will be fall fabulous with these cluster earrings from Arik Kastan. Something about this juxtaposition between the soft, romantic opals and the edgy, vibrant fire opal has us swooning! Fall foliage doesn't even compare with these beauties!
Blossom post earrings, Price: $1,254
The Sunflower ring perks right up when set with our rainbow of opals, each hand-selected for the design. Something about the combination of rose gold and opals gets us every time! October babies, we got you!
Sunflower ring, Price: $1,144
Ward off evil and look cool doing so! The Evil Eye pendant is a layer-ready, covet-worthy necklace that is done in ruby and opals. A signature beaded chain adds an extra dimension to this great accessory!
Evil Eye Pendant, Price: $1,840
Are you an October baby that just wants a small touch of your birthstone?! This gem set eternity band is just what you're craving! Easily stackable with your other rings or classic enough to stand on its own. Let this be your signature style and celebrate your October birthstone with pride!
Thin Stacking band in opal, Price: $1,144
Arik Kastan took our favorite ruby/opal gemstone combination and created a pair of earrings that will knock your socks off! Inspired by stained glass windows, these earrings are a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection. Spice things up a bit with these hanging from your ears.
Stained Glass drop earrings, Price: $2,560
Grande Navette ring, Price: $1,620
Vintage-inspired and ready for your wrist! The Victoria bangle suits any style and any outfit, but we prefer to stack it with other bracelets and bangles, even pair it with your everyday watch. Done in Arik Kastan's signature 14k rose gold and set with the most mesmerizing opals.
Victoria Bangle, Price: $4,444
We may know her as @Thing_Finder but in real life she is Jen Lord, a last name fitting for her because she may very well be the "lord of the rings." One of the few Canadian antique jewelry collectors we have in our tight-knit Instagram community, and she brings her antique loving style to everyone daily on her Instagram page, as well as her Etsy shop. A newly wed, whom we all celebrated as she tied the knot on her wedding day and gave us followers glimpses into her private ceremony via Instagram. As she curates and collects more jewels, she learns about every aspect of each piece she owns, even if it means doing some extensive research, I wanted to get a peek into her jewelry box and see what defines Jen as a collector. Let's see what she has to say:
"My passion for collecting started young, very young. My earliest jewellery memories were those with my Gran and Nana, both of whom share a love of jewellery, and fine jewellery at that. I always volunteered to “clean their rings,” which for me meant a soapy dish, a small toothbrush and a labour of love. These quiet moments allowed me to study the stones, the mountings, and work to bring out their most brilliant shine. These early stolen moments with jewels, would create an insatiable appetite, a lust never quite quenched."
"When I hit about 12 years of age, babysitting and “picking” afforded me a modest jewellery budget. I used to walk from school to all the thrift stores, and then home via Victoria’s Antique Row, selling what small finds I could to the local dealers. Perhaps they took pity on a this small child peddling her wares, but I started to develop relationships with the dealers and the learning was immense, not to speak of the small profits it afforded."
"My first love in jewellery was Art Deco. Those clean lines, architectural elements and elegant touches, I lusted for it like nothing else. Boys, couldn’t hold my interest the same way a finely crafted diamond cocktail ring could, there wasn’t a hope! These days I would say I go through “jewellery phases.” It isn’t that I ever lose love for one period or another, but I tend to collect in waves and then cull. Jewellery to me is a life long love affair.
Good jewellery makes my heart race, my voice sing, and fills my mind with wonder and excitement. Jewels are talismans of our journey through life. In birth and in death, in marriage and in loss, jewelry in tied to some of the most important milestones and experiences in our lives. To that end, the most meaningful jewellery for me, is that linked to these times. Mourning jewellery has to be one of the most compelling and romantic of all collecting genres for me. I feel so honoured to be able to own such sentimental and deeply personal artifacts of the past. I think only those who feel as I do about antique jewellery can really understand the feeling of awe and respect that these pieces impart on us."
"As for where I find my jewellery, the more important question is where do I not?! I literally will go anywhere, search anywhere to find what I am looking for. Stinky thrift stores, dusty pawn shops, web sites with poor images bring it on, I am game!"
On how she thought of the Instagram handle "Thing Finder:"
"It comes from this Pippi Longstocking quote:
“I don’t know what you are going to do,” said Pippi, “but I know I can’t lie around and be lazy. I am a Thing-Finder, and when you’re a Thing-Finder you don’t have a minute to spare.”
“What did you say you are?” asked Annika.
“What’s that?” asked Tommy.
“Somebody who hunts for things, naturally. What else could it be?” said Pippi as she swept all the flour left on the floor into a little pile.
“The whole world is full of things, and somebody has to look for them. And that’s just what a Thing-Finder does,” she finished.
“What kind of things?” asked Annika.
“Oh, all kinds,” said Pippi. “Lumps of gold, ostrich feathers, dead rats, candy snapcrackers, little tiny screws, and things like that.”
"My collection is quite varied, from my oldest piece, a memorial ring from 1716 to statement rings from the mid 20th century. I’m inspired by nature, the rare and unusual, and of course other collectors! To me jewellery is my favourite way to express myself and I have been known to change up my jewellery several times in a day. I feel very lucky to have found a great jeweller, Roger, who works with me to create conversion and one of pieces to further expand my collection. I never really know what direction my collecting with take next, but I do know, it doesn’t stop here!"
>> Thanks Jen for sharing your passion and jewels with us! Follow her on Instagram for everyday musings: @Thing_Finder
Earlier this year I finally did something every American needs to do at least once in their lifetime: I visited Washington DC and the Smithsonian. I could have spent the entire day, from open until close, in the National Museum of Natural History--their National Gem & Mineral Collection is one of the best, not to mention some of the most exquisite finished pieces of jewelry, each with such incredible history. When I found out about the newest book release from the Smithsonian, I knew it was going to be comprehensive and chalk-full of colorful examples of all things I love (gems and jewels). And hey, I was right. I've been flipping and stopping, gawking and reading all day.
First off, the breakdown. The Introduction highlights the basics, because whether you're a student or a novice, a professional or a graduate gemologist, we all need to review the foundation. The best part about the intro is the photos--vibrant depictions of each term and visually appealing on every level. The next section brings Native Elements to life: gold, silver, platinum, copper, bronze and diamonds, mixed in with some special vignettes about important and noteworthy pieces. The largest section, speaking in terms of breadth and depth, is all about Gemstones! From Agate to Zircon and everything in between, each stone is given a description, scientific specs, and gorgeous examples featuring the particular gem in different forms (rough, faceted, carved, set in jewelry, etc). Rocks and Minerals make up the final section of the book, before the very end--a very handy directory, glossary and index.
Hopefully my photos will give you an idea as well of what this amazing book is all about! I think it is perfect for every gem lover, jewelry enthusiast, or person who loves to learn. This book needs to be in the libraries of every middle school and high school! If I happened upon this when I was in middle school, my future in the gem and jewelry industry may have started even earlier than it did. My jewelry book library is pretty extensive, but this particular title is unlike anything out there. I love it!
*Full disclosure, I received my press copy for free.
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Pippin Vintage Jewelry storefront -- and off to the left, which you can almost see, Pippin Home which is their sister store, full of vintage decor, clothes and knick knacks
What you see as you walk in the doorway--just like rummaging through a treasure hunter's best kept secret!
Some easy favorites from their fine jewelry case.
A look into the jewelry case! Wow, so many treasures!
Besides the two large fine jewelry cases, the store is a mix of costume jewelry neatly displayed, vintage purses and other items, as you can see here.
Pippin Vintage has some really gorgeous antique engagement rings; their price points are amazing too!
A fun mix of vintage fine rings from Pippin Vintage--and look at that display! Such a cool idea!
Love these vintage purses!
Some more favorites currently available from Pippin Vintage!
The costume jewelry displays on this side of the store are so fun!
I've never loved a trio more than these three! That coral navette is so cool!
Two stunning antique diamond brooches from Pippin Vintage.
Another look into the fine jewelry case! See anything you like?!
These diamond earrings belong on a beautiful bride!
Was enchanted by this charm display--three tiers of charms and the best part, it closes, folding into a box.
Pairing the onyx with the elongated sapphire and diamond ring is a match made in heaven! And that rose cut diamond cluster?! Yes!
So many rings, so little time!
Pippin Vintage is located on a cozy street in Chelsea, NYC
If you love vintage purses and handbags, like the one above, you gotta check out Pippin Vintage--they have quite a few stashed all around the store.
With each season and holiday, Pippin Vintage changes their decor. I arrived just as the Autumn leaves were going up for their Fall displays.
Two very special pieces, this amethyst brooch and this bold quartz ring!
Lots of ladies in Pippin Vintage, makes the place even prettier!
If you're on the engagement ring hunt, be sure to stop by Pippin Vintage Jewelry.
So much goodness in one photo!
An extraordinary sapphire and diamond ring from Pippin Vintage.
The girls of Pippin Vintage (not pictured, owners Stephen & Rachel)
Just can't get enough of this combo! If you see any here you like, contact Pippin Vintage!
I love finding hidden gems--those stores you might walk right by and never have known what treasures await inside. Pippin Vintage Jewelry is exactly one of those stores! Think of it like a long lost treasure trove or attic which once belonged to a group of the coolest, hippest girls of the past, now transformed into a store for all to rummage through! And that's exactly what owners Rachel and Stephen set out to create, a space that inspires adornment, an eclectic collection for those who love jewelry and things of the past, right in the heart of Chelsea. You can tell from my photos that Pippin Vintage is one of those stores that you can spend quite some time in and not realize the hours slipping by, while at the same time you are transported back in time with every item you see. From the entire wall filled with vintage costume jewelry, to the antique clutches and purses, even fashionable hats from the bygone eras, the entire store is a whimsy.
Pippin Vintage Jewelry first began before it was an actual store. Back during the times of the old Chelsea Flea Markets, Stephen would sell his preloved treasures found at auctions in the Northeast, and when I say treasures, I mean a little bit of everything! Jewelry was a part of the equation, but a small part, and it needed more attention than what it was getting. Rachel noticed this right away, she always had a penchant for jewels, especially the antique kind. With some organization and a woman's touch, jewelry soon became their best seller. Eventually the Chelsea Flea Markets closed down for good and the duo found themselves looking for a space to rent with a dream to open a store. In 2006 they happened upon the most ideal spot and in the spring of 2007, Pippin Vintage opened its doors for the first time.
One thing is for sure, Pippin Vintage Jewelry has thrived upon their enthusiastic and dedicated customers. They love their NYC people--to the owners, being a part of the city that never sleeps is their favorite part of this business. One thing I noticed is their approachable pricing. For many, buying things in the city is just so darn expensive. But not here. Pippin Vintage accounts value as one of their most important parts of their business model. They even encourage trades amongst their fine jewelry clients who may have some fine jewelry they don't wear anymore, but may have found something they want amongst the cases. And yes, there are two whole cases within their fine jewelry selection. Lots of rings, charms, earrings, necklaces and bracelets from many different time periods. Their price points are great too; you can find items like small gold charms for a couple hundred dollars, while also displayed next to a diamond Art Deco bracelet for $25,000. That's what I love about this shop, it is a true treasure hunt in the heart of NYC.
I've enjoyed my time while visiting and even more so while emailing with Rachel. Her stories intrigue me, like the one about her experience with an estate of a "hoarder" who lived in the Bronx. She was a seamstress during the 1920s/30s and had hoards of buttons, jewelry and collection of Bakelite jewelry. Rachel said you walked in the door and everything was jam packed from floor to ceiling of stuff! I'm sure it was an unforgettable experience.
If you get the chance to visit NYC, make sure to put Pippin Vintage Jewelry on your itinerary! The neighborhood that the store is located in is just the cutest and their home goods store is also a must see--Pippin Home--which sells vintage and antique furniture, home decor, trinkets and some clothes. It is just right next door. May I also suggest the Mexican restaurant across the street--Serenata. One of the best lunches I've ever had!
Thanks Pippin Vintage for having me! I will be back next time I'm in town!
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Family jewels: sisters Christina and Jennifer, owners of Greenwich St. Jewelers
Greenwich St. Jewelers loves their Beverley K. Collection--perfect if you love an antique look but want something brand new
The Greenwich St. Jewelers storefront, in the heart of the financial district in NYC
Wearing all Single Stone rings, how amazing are these?!
Todd Reed's designs mix metals with rough/raw diamonds
All of these bands are by Single Stone...I can see anniversary gifts written all over these!
Getting a tour of the cases, they are organized by designer.
A multi-color party of Polly Wales, who is a favorite at Greenwich St. Jewelers
Another look at the Single Stone rings available
A peek into the Arik Kastan section of the jewelry cases.
Halo lovers rejoice! Greenwich St. Jewelers has the best ones, from DanHov Jewelry
Rebecca Overmann rings also call Greenwich St. Jewelers home
Your view as you walk into the door!
Pretty, delicate layers from Jennie Kwon Designs
Some colored stone action from Beverley K. Collection
Engagement ring bliss from Sylvie Collection
Wearing this diamond crescent moon necklace and earrings by Jade Trau.
Newly added Erika Winters bridal line has been a perfect addition to Greenwich St. Jewelers.
Greenwich St. Jewelers' own collection of stunning rings
Here's a more up close photo of them, all by Greenwich St. Jewelers
Wearing Todd Reed--love the two necklaces
Classic with a twist, Jade Trau's bridal line is what every NY girl covets
Jamie Joseph a cult favorite calls Greenwich St. Jewelers home
From one Seattle-based designer to the next, Sholdt creates some forever gorgeous wedding rings, like these.
The full Jennie Kwon Designs look--sometimes you have to wear it all!
My NYC jewel fest was taken downtown, to the financial district to be exact, where Greenwich St. Jewelers has been keeping the city sparkly since 1976. The evolved version of what the store was and where it began has become the new Greenwich St. Jewelers, all the while staying true to its passion and commitment to fine jewelry. The family-run store is definitively THE place to shop at for all your wedding jewelry needs, whether you are looking for an engagement ring or wedding band. I got to experience both aspects of the store (wedding jewelry and everyday jewelry) and excited to share what I found with you!
Visiting Greenwich St. Jewelers has been a long time coming! Co-owners and sisters, Christina and Jennifer, have always been so good to me with their support and being trail blazers with trying out new ideas with a jewelry blogger like myself, even when I had a few followers. They gave me the opportunity to curate fall favorites back in 2013, sent me jewels to play with even before "Jewels at my Doorstep" was officially a concept, and even invited me out to NYC to attend a Todd Reed trunk show (which I had to decline only because I was closing on buying my first house and had thoughts of skipping out on it just so I could visit them lol). It is safe to say we've both come a long way and this visit was that much more fun because I had been mentally preparing for it for years! Ha!
Walking into Greenwich St. Jewelers, an immediate warmth and comfort comes over you. The store itself is inviting and so is the entire staff. I was surprised by how curated their inventory is--every jewelry line had a purpose, a reason, for being present and available, and everything was on-point. It was like someone created a jewelry tutorial on how to achieve the best jewelry look, and took everything needed and placed it in Greenwich St. Jewelers! They've got their basics covered: stud earrings, tennis bracelets, lots of everyday diamond jewelry. Then, you've got some fun and trendy collections, like Jennie Kwon, Zoe Chicco, Getana, and a few others. Do you love colorful gems and handcrafted, unique designs? They've chosen some of the best out there: Polly Wales, Arik Kastan, Jane Taylor, and Jamie Joseph. And we can't stop there, the most important part: wedding day jewels like engagement rings, wedding bands and the related, all cream of the crop designers including their very own rings designed by themselves are available. You can't get much better than that! Have you ever visited a jewelry store and thought to yourself--wow, everything is so good?! There's not one thing I wouldn't love.
Let's break down the bridal jewelry options that are available from Greenwich St. Jewelers (most are photographed above, just check out the captions, along with their links to learn more). You'll notice their inventory is expertly curated to include the best classic, modern, vintage-inspired and alternative bridal styles. If you still can't find what you had in mind, they also have an on-site custom design service that will bring you through the design process from beginning to completion. All diamonds and gemstones are responsibly sourced and if you've inherited a family heirloom diamond and want it reset, they specialize in that too! Their on staff gemologists will even appraise and grade your diamond.
Beverley K. Collection: if you love a vintage or antique inspired engagement ring, but want the ring's story to begin with you, brand new, then Beverley K. is perfect for you! Their line takes femininity and makes it into a ring. They also make some really amazing right hand rings that I think would make great alternative bridal pieces. No wedding band necessary!
Danhov: So many classics from Danhov, polished to perfection, and sparkling with every diamond, facet or curve. I loved the swirl designs, where the center stone sits atop of a swirl of pave. If you're obsessing over a halo style, I suggest you come to Greenwich St. Jewelers and try on their Danhov halos! You'll want them all!
Erika Winters: The newest addition to the Greenwich St. lineup, Erika Winters offers wedding bands and engagement rings that will make everyone stop and stare! Her signature Thea design is an incredible choice. Matte gold or shall I call it, "brushed" finish, whether its rose, white or yellow gold, makes these designs stand out. You have to see these in person!
Greenwich St. Ceremony: Years of experience having a jewelry store has led Greenwich St. Jewelers to create their own line, taking classics and making them look effortless and gorgeous. Eternity bands with major sparkle is their specialty.
Jade Trau: Wedding and engagement rings that can stack and fit together like a puzzle?! That's definitely what Jade Trau has done with her designs, along with some classics and beautiful bands. Pear shapes set on an angle, round brilliants popping up by the band...the options are really cool! And coming from a family in the diamond industry, her standards are set pretty high for what she sets into her jewels.
Megan Thorne: Like artwork, Megan Thorne's engagement ring designs frame the central diamond with a setting done in a Victorian-inspired way. Other designs are lacey, while others show off her take on classics. You'll find something special with this line, that's for sure.
Rebecca Overmann: Natural forms, subtle hues and rustic diamonds depict the style of Rececca Overmann's bridal line. Lots of great alternative bridal choices, including classics her way. Her bands complement so many styles as well, and yes she makes bands for men too!
Sholdt: Bezel settings, classic four-prongs, clean lines...that's totally Sholdt. Love the different finishes, like the ribbed bands, called the "fern finish." The heavy, half bezel setting is a great one too! You must see the full line up!
Single Stone: Many of the designs from Single Stone are true replicas of vintage and antique pieces. Another fun fact is that they use antique diamonds in their designs, that means Old Mine cuts, Rose cuts, and Old European cut diamonds! You will surely fall in love with their work.
Sylvie Collection: With over 1400 engagement ring styles, the work of Sylvie Collection spans multiple looks and styles. Dainty, yet bold...classic, yet unique. You can set your family heirloom in one of her designs or have Greenwich St. Jewelers find you one with the specs you desire!
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Window shopping in NYC is great, but you MUST check out the inside, don't be afraid! Tell them you saw this blog post!
Wow, first things I lay my eyes on after walking into the door--this incredible opal necklace.
The interior is just as magnificent as you would have imagined the iconic ALVR to be!
OMG! I knew I was going to see some amazing jewelry at ALVR--these two were my top picks!
Queen for a minute! This crown was really fun to wear, diamonds set in silver with a chicken feather
Another exquisite piece with unknown origins, but we do know it is Edwardian and American!
Browsing and enjoying every minute of it!
Quite the stack--all rings available from ALVR
A look into one of their curio cabinets of jewels.
Probably the most incredible articulated and enameled snake necklace I've ever seen! Everything is immaculate and the snake looks so life-like!
I had to try it on! You could wear it in so many different ways!!
This brooch is most likely from the Russian Crown Jewels--wow!
Playing with some more rings, all available from ALVR
A pair of very sweet emerald antique earrings
Hearing the stories Mr. Peter Schaffer has to tell, I could listen for hours!
Ah, rings...my favorite part! You can check out the ring selection online from ALVR here.
Cream of the crop Art Deco right here! This brooch pulls apart to become two dress clips
Always looking, scanning, browsing...my advice is to look more than once!
Have you ever seen a pair of jade wasp earrings carrying a diamond briolette pollen drop?!
Probably my favorite bracelet from their extensive collection, this well-made Victorian turquoise and diamond piece
These earrings are not for the faint of heart--I can't get enough of the imperial Topaz
Are you convinced you need to stop in yet?!
Having all the jewels at my fingertips is scary and amazing at the same time! ;)
The holidays are around the corner--put a bow on it! Or two!
Myself with Sharon and Mr. Peter Schaffer
It's 2016 and dreams still do come true. How many people have walked by, zoomed passed in a taxi, or trotted on in a horse/carriage (which should be banned, I think) by the iconic shop that specializes in rare antique jewelry, Faberge, and decorative arts, not to mention Russian treasures of all sorts?! A La Vieille Russie is its name and since 1961 the store has stood across from Central Park, on the corner of 5th Avenue and E. 59th Street. Most every part of NYC is busy, however this area is even more so, especially with tourist foot traffic. I've been hoping, wishing, praying I would get the opportunity to visit this gallery and more importantly, take enough time to fully enjoy every piece and hear the stories that had to be told by Mr. Peter Schaffer himself.
A La Vieille Russie opened its doors to me and want to do the same for you! With some jewelry shops, intimidation for whatever reason, can sometimes prevent one from visiting and taking the time to walk inside the store. People often would rather stare at the windows and not go inside. The staff and owners of ALVR want to let you know that they encourage visitors, curious minds and drooling jewelry fans. The history of their store is important and rich in many senses, but that does not mean they aren't ready and willing to help a gazing customer.
I experienced SO many once-in-a-lifetime pieces of jewelry while visiting A La Vieille Russie. Again, like I said, dreams do come true. The crown was a memorable moment, as well as the labradorite carved monkey ring. The pair of snakes are both incredibly rare, to begin with, and then to experience two very similar ones at the same time...?! I've never felt a piece of jewelry before that was made with such superiority. And so life-like...one could think it is real if the situation were right. From the cabinets of jewels, to the vitrines of Faberge, the collection of cufflinks, and the window of bold pieces, ALVR was the perfect visit for a beautiful day in NYC.
Next time you're in NYC, make sure you stop by--you can say I sent you!
781 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
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