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Latest Obsessions for Fall 2017

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My love for the color blue continues, even through fall when oranges & browns are en vogue. I've become obsessed with the blue carved lapis ring that I have had listed for sale so much that I've decided to move it into my personal collection. I might still let it go but I'm not sure--I think seeing a very similar one in Erie Basin's sold archives made me want to keep it. Side note: does anyone else just blow through 2-3 hours browsing through Erie Basin's sold archives?? lol

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I want to say I've probably sold about 100+ pieces of my personal collection since I decided to get more organized and curated with my collection. I'm quite happy with where my collection is at right now, although I'm still hunting for an epic man-on-the-moon moonstone ring and a kunzite piece. I'll probably sell more from my collection but in the meantime, these are my faves.

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Speaking of being obsessed with blue...my 33rd birthday happened earlier this month and this aquamarine and black enamel beauty from Laurel Stearns became mine! Obviously it was purchased by myself, for myself. Haven't I made it any more clear, year after year, that everyone should buy themselves a birthday gift?! Anyway, I've seriously worn it SO much since I got it and I'm incredibly lucky to have scored this ring late on a Saturday night, within minutes of her posting it.

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I've been changing up my ear stack since acquiring these David Webb nail earrings and I gotta say I'm fully obsessed with my newest addition, the Vada Jewelry ear hanger. It slides behind your ear and gives the illusion of having some of the more unique piercings done. I've got three holes in both ears and I think that's all I can handle. Ear cuffs & ear hangers for life!

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I brought along some of Arrow & Anchor Antiques' inventory with me when I went to Boston and continued playing with it when I got back. I don't think most people appreciate the amazingness that is moss agate, pictured in the center. I have a thing for dendritic agate and this combo of rings is just UGHHHHH SO GOOD.

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Photo on the left features pieces from my personal collection and the photo on the right features rings that are for sale! For details on those: instagram.com/shopgemgossip

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BCE Jewelry spent a few days in Nashville and I showed her around town! She also came over to play in my jewelry box and I played with her jewels (seen above). Every year she takes a country-wide road trip and clients secure a spot to view her one-of-a-kind pieces. She usually starts with a full plate of jewels and heads back to California on empty, leaving her to work on some new pieces!

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These "animals on wire" rings are just the cutest and I suggested that they could also be worn on chains as pendants, but this was the first time I actually tried my own suggestion. And omg I am in love!! All three are available and are $55 each. The wire is 14k solid gold.

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The Hottest Celebrity Jewelry Trend Happening Now--Hoops!

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Jennifer Lopez may have been one of the originators, but now there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of hoop earrings and celebrities are following suit.

What makes this hoop trend new? Crank the typical thin metal circle hoop earrings up a notch... or 12 notches! We've spotted all kinds of luxe versions of the hoop earring -- from diamond color coated to encrusted opal slices. Hoops are competing as the new statement earrings on the red carpet.

Not to mention they have a remarkable way of framing the face and are extremely adaptable in size to fit anyone's face shape. They're quintessential and dependable. Hoop shaped earrings have been a powerful symbol in numerous cultures throughout history. The oldest earrings archaeologists have discovered belong to Sumerian women who lived in 2500 BC, and favoured the classic gold hoop style.

Hoop earrings are a foolproof, classic staple and if you don't have a pair of hoop earrings in your jewelry box, check out these celebrity looks for inspiration to add a pair now!

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Hailey Baldwin demonstrating that one pair of hoop earrings is never enough. Hailey wearing 2 pairs of gold hoop earrings from Jennifer Fisher Jewelry at the iGo.live launch event.

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Jennifer Lopez wore Harry Winston three row diamond hoop earrings at the 'Rei Kawakubi/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between' Costume Institute Gala 2017. She also wore a pair of bold gold Samira hoop earrings by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry in her new music video for 'Amor Amor Amor'.

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Nicki Minaj wore oversized diamond hoop earrings by Lynn Ban at the 2017 MTV VMAs.

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Rihanna prefers colored diamond encrusted hoop earrings. She wore Rihanna Loves Chopard pink sapphire hoop earrings to the LA premiere of Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets. She also wore yellow diamond hoop earrings by Jacob & Co. at the launch of her Fenty Beauty, pictured here.

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Singer Rita Ora wore diamond Tiffany and Co. hoops at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards.

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Sarah Paulson wearing diamond Jasmine hoop earrings by Nirav Modi at the 2017 Screen Actor Guild Awards.

 

PICTURE credit all GETTY, with the exception of Rihanna photo via WIRE IMAGE

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Jewelry Collection Stories: @homeoftheland

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Today's latest installment of Jewelry Collection Stories comes from Jemima who we all know in our jewelry community as @homeoftheland. I love her taste in jewelry and her personal collection reflects just that! She isn't afraid to wear bold pieces and I've enjoyed connecting her with the seller of one of her most exquisite pieces--the elongated diamond ring. I'll let her tell you about her collection, take it away:

I inherited the jewelry fever from my mother who is pragmatic and no-nonsense in most every other way but still wants her jewels. My father was happy to oblige her with some beautiful antique pieces they picked out together for special occasions and she has no qualms about filling the gaps in her collection herself. She recently bought an outrageous Edwardian emerald and diamond three stone ring at the Hillsborough Antique Show that I lust after constantly. I collected vintage Gucci bags from the 1960's and 1970's for many years (I still own and love them) before I started to transition more to jewelry over a decade ago when I could afford some of the pieces I wanted.

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There is something I love in every era but I always look for big, evocative, narrative pieces. I did visuals for retailer Anthropologie for a very long time and jewelry is an integral part of my bougie-boho aesthetic. Dainty pieces just disappear on me (although I love admiring them on other people). I love figurative animal jewelry and have acquired everything from Victorian snakes to a 1980's Kieselstien-Cord alligator ring to my contemporary Elsa Peretti scorpion necklace. Another one of my favorite pieces is a long Edwardian diamond ring that I first lusted over on a fellow Instagramer. When Danielle at Gem Gossip posted that the owner was letting it go, I jumped on it.

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There have been studies that people get more gratification from spending money on experiences rather than objects. To me beautiful jewelry is both an object and an experience every time you wear it. Rings are my favorite because you can admire them while you wear them. I love the craftsmanship- the touch of the hand. There is an emotional connection to a piece that was exquisitely made. I also love that jewelry speaks to the time and place that it was made whether it be from the Victorian era or the Dynasty/Dallas 1980's.

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I fell in love with snake jewelry because of the baby sitter that stayed with my brother and I when my parents went off on their world travels. She was an original hippie Deadhead with an old BMW 2002. She had this amazing jeweled gold Victorian snake coil bracelet that she inherited. She'd casually wear it on her upper arm with jeans and a beat up tank top. I convinced her to let me borrow it for my senior prom. I hated my dress and my date, and the hairstylist screwed up my updo but it was worth it because I got to wear the snake.

 

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Gem Gossip Visits Keil's Antiques in New Orleans, LA

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An iconic New Orleans shop since 1899, Keil's Antiques is truly a treasure trove! My visit to the Big Easy over the weekend was my first time ever and I didn't realize how much culture, good food and sticky weather I was about to encounter, while eagerly taking it all in! Every storefront in the French Quarter is incredibly unique and equally historic, with Royal Street being my favorite! That's where Keil's Antiques is located and they offer some of the most exquisite antique jewelry, 18th & 19th century chandeliers, European furniture and objets d'art. The shop was founded by Hermina Keil, a female trailblazer who opened her own business during a time where it was a rare occurrence for a woman to do so. It has stayed in the family over the last 100+ years and is currently run by granddaughter Andrée Keil Moss and her sons Peter and Keil Moss. I had the pleasure of meeting Peter, as well as Donna & Maggie who both work with the jewelry at Keil's and are passionate about it!

I was enchanted the moment I walked through the front door, after first longfully gazing into the front windows and at the black wrought iron details. As you can see from the photos above, you know what I mean! The selection of fine antique jewelry is both broad and selective, spanning several artistic time periods and including several price ranges. Keil's has pieces that have been hand-selected from over in Europe as well as local estate items that have been New Orleans' heirlooms for several years and are now available in store. You never know what you're going to find and I love how the shop caters to both serious antique jewelry collectors, offering extremely rare pieces and museum-worthy items, as well as the novice collector, offering staples like intaglios, signet rings, serpent jewelry and cameos. 

Every piece I tried on I sort of felt faintish and lost my breath upon putting on--from the Victorian handmade gold chains that wrapped around my neck, to the sparkle fest on my fingers from every beautiful ring, and the dangly drops of antique goodness hanging from my ears. I also noticed how their selection of cuffs and bracelets was by far the most I've seen in my travels. So many styles and matching pairs of bracelets, I was loving them all--ranging from the Art Deco diamond encrusted ones to the delicate Victorian tracery bangles. I know there are some readers who love micromosaics, so I made sure to photograph the one I found at Keil's depicting an Egyptian pharaoh. I love the colors and the intricacies of the brooch. Keil's offers a few more micromosaics as well. And if you're in the market for an antique engagement ring, how romantic would it be to take a trip to New Orleans to pick out your forever ring at Keil's?! I know you will find a ring of your dreams there, the selection is impeccable and there are so many options. 

I want to take the time to thank the amazing staff of Keil's for welcoming me to their store and working with me on this unique kind of "advertising" as it was a first for them in their 100+ years of business. I love shedding light on stores like Keil's, giving you a glimpse into their world whether you're a New Orleans local, live 8 hours away or a continent away, I hope that this blog feature provokes you to want to visit. As always, if you see ANYTHING featured in this blog post from Keil's that you may be interested in and want to know details and pricing, feel free to email keilsantiques@aol.com

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325 Royal Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

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Enter To Win This Antique Lion Charm Ring!

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I've recently partnered with Kelly, creator of Velvet's Edge--a Nashville-based lifestyle blog that has been a personal favorite of mine for quite some time!  I don't always eat, sleep, breathe jewelry...I love learning about ways to do makeup, hair and finding great clothes, and Kelly has such a great style, as well as personality.  I love having her blog and Instagram feed as a source of inspiration when I'm wanting to take a break from the jewelry world I live in.  

The giveaway ends TODAY at 5pm CST and to enter to win this antique lion charm ring from my personal collection all you have to do is follow the rules in this Instagram post >> http://bit.ly/2xfJoN9

Good luck and hope you win!!

 

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