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Jewelry Collection Stories: @SixthCityStyle

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I'm so excited to bring to you the personal collection of @SixthCityStyle -- a favorite Instagram account of mine, which I've been following for quite some time now. Her taste is impeccable and she always seems to add just the right new pieces to her collection, each seemingly thought out and great additions all around. It is fun to get to know someone through pictures, like on Instagram, however you don't see their entire story until you politely ask to peek inside their jewelry box and share with the rest of the world. I'm so glad she oblidged and loved learning more about @SixthCityStyle:

At my father’s house, in a closet on a high shelf, is my original jewelry collection: giant, dangly, geometric earrings from the ‘80s; slap bracelets in various colors and prints; vintage gold plate and paste treasures gifted to me from my grandmother’s collection; unicorn pins—-so many unicorn pins…; and a month’s worth of enameled ear studs in every imaginable shape and color, all arranged neatly and lovingly in a purple, plastic container. My mother was a geology professor and I was exposed to rocks and minerals from an early age, so in addition to my avid unicorn collecting I enjoyed visiting the empty pit next to my house and picking rocks. I once found a rock that looked like a chewed up piece of gum; it was gross and I was delighted. As an adult, my tastes have definitely evolved. I don’t wear earrings as often as I used to and none of my bracelets glow in the dark, but I still love rocks and minerals.

My current collection consists of mostly rings. In addition to super large cocktail rings (the larger the better!) I always wear midi rings on several fingers and usually a finger chain too. I hardly ever take off my Bittersweets New York skeleton eternity band—I wear it on my thumb. I’m a professional flutist and people always ask me if I wear all those rings while I play. Yes I do! They’re the perfect source of entertainment during rests and long, tedious rehearsals. Lately I have gravitated toward pastels like aquamarine, pink topaz and Paraiba tourmaline, though I love emeralds and other bold colored stones too. Without question my favorite gemstone is my birthstone: opal.

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My taste in jewelry ranges from antique through fresh off the bench. I find the history of old objects fascinating, jewelry most especially as it is deeply personal, having not just been used, but carried around and worn against the skin. I once visited Mozart’s birth house in Salzburg and there, in a glass case amongst other personal items, was a ring that had belonged to his sister, Nannerl. In that moment she became a living, breathing woman. It amazes me that something as simple as a ring can connect people across time.

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I adore beauty and glamour, and am particularly obsessed with the aesthetic of the 1920’s and ‘30s. I have a beautiful set of hand colored Alfred Cheney Johnston photos of the girls of the Ziegfeld Follies, and a collection of books on the subject. When I found this gorgeous Art Deco paste bracelet, I was smitten. I had an instant connection with the seller and through our conversations she revealed that this bracelet had once belonged to a Ziegfeld girl whose identity was confidential. I got one tip though: she had been friends with the Queen of England. That sent me sleuthing!

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I acquired my beloved Victorian rainbow Tassie bracelet from Laelius Antiques, one of my favorite places to buy antique jewelry. They curate an excellent collection and are extremely nice too! It’s such a joyful piece and I wear it almost everyday.

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As much as I love antique and vintage jewelry, life just wouldn’t be the same without modern designers. Studio 1040 has made a lot of pieces for me, some I have “designed” myself (if you can call sending a skilled jeweler random gemstones accompanied by sketches resembling root vegetables.)

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I’ve been following Marla Aarons work for a long time and finally acquired my first piece of hers: a multi sapphire lock. It’s delightfully utilitarian—like a confetti explosion in a hardware store. She is an interesting (and fun!) designer to watch.

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Cheyenne Weil is one of the most gifted artists I have ever worked with, in addition to being smart, kind and funny. I have more pieces by her than any other single artist. Some of my rings are designs she offers in her shop, and a couple (the double peacock ring and the black diamond crowned heart ring) were designed just for me. I feel so incredibly lucky to get to own and wear her work.

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I have also had the great pleasure and privilege to know Todd Pownell, the designer behind Tap by Todd Pownell. The first time I laid eyes on his work was at a party for a colleague that was coincidentally held in his loft. At some point I wandered away to peek in the jewelry cases and saw a ring that blew my mind. I asked every person at the party who made that ring until I found him—I was determined to tell him how incredible he was! And I did. (And yes, I had him make me a ring just like that one.) That was more than a decade ago, and over the years he has been generous, supportive and encouraging to me in all my endeavors. He is a singular artist, a wonderful human, and his work speaks volumes.

I love jewelry. From old to new, it is capable of expressing a kaleidoscope of sentiments. It’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it’s for everyone.

 

 

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Sentimental Jewels Offered in the Upcoming Fellows October Auction

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There's something about sentimental jewelry that makes my jewelry obsession very happy. Hearing stories behind a special piece or knowing that an object has more depth to it than being a material thing is exactly what I'm all about. The upcoming October 12th Antique & Modern Jewellery Sale from Fellows Auction is filled with pieces that beckon to sentiment, both past and future. Some pieces look as though they are filled with harrowing adventure and stories of love and lost love...while others could potentially be attached to warm stories, they're just waiting for a new owner to make that happen.

I've picked my TOP TEN favorite sentimental jewels from next week's sale--and don't forget to SIGN UP to bid and put the auction date in your calendar: October 12th, 2017.

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Lot 8: Lockets always seem to bring the sentiment meter up from zero to one hundred, real quick. I love a good locket and they've been consistently a popular gift-giving item for holidays and birthdays. This locket is especially unique because of the symbolic heart and arrows on the front of it. Set with a heart-shaped ruby cabochon and shot by two diamond laced arrows, this locket screams love. There's even a French engraving that reads, "Mon Coeur Perce" which translates to My Pierced Heart.  

Lot 54: Easily fall in love with this heavily symbolic sapphire and diamond heart ring. Every romantic whim is asking for this ring to be a future engagement ring. The arrows at the top make it even more unique, although it is thought that they were added at a later date (the heart portion being orginal Victorian). The sapphire is of very good quality and is even a color-change one from Sri Lanka. What a gorgeous ring!

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Lot 73: Birds represent an uplifted spirit and often very symbolic. This rose cut diamond swallow brooch immediately caught my attention because it is very sentimental. Swallows go hand-in-hand with representing love, affection and friendship.  How sweet would this brooch be if pinned to a jacket to remember a loved one? Or added to your scarf to commemorate a dear friend? 

Lot 118: Every woman needs a charm bracelet!  It is the perfect extension of yourself, in charm-form. Tell your story with gold charms that become instant sentiments: first vacation, a marriage, a new job, becoming a mom, traveling around the world, birthday surprises, a big move...the charms and milestones are endless. I love this charm bracelet in this lot because it has already been started for you, you now must finish it! Add your story to this ongoing one and wear it happily!

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Lot 130: If there ever were a perfect pair of antique diamond dangle earrings, these would be it! I can picture these as some memorable wedding day earrings that will be passed down to future generations, often borrowed by good friends and continually making memories. They are approx. 3.80 carats total and come with fitted box.

Lot 271: Double horseshoes, giving two doses of good luck for anyone that wears this sentimental brooch by Carlo Guilliano. A rare creation from a celebrated designer and highly collectible. And you may not notice from the photo, but their is rock crystal in the center--it is not open space. What a fantastic piece! 

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Lot 372: I always assume that a two-diamond ring reminds me of my own engagement ring, both very sentimental to me and my husband. This particular ring is an incredibly beautiful take an a moi et toi style, symbolizing you and I. Are your heart strings pulled yet? The diamonds total 2.55 carats and I am truly in love with this one!

Lot 462: One might take a single look at snake jewelry and not realize how much symbolism is entangled in each piece. Those Victorians were highly sentimental and snake jewelry ranked high up in symbolic meaning. This particular necklace is quite the piece! Done in a navy blue enamel and accented with pearls, red gem eyes and holding a locket. The articulated body which composes the necklace is in immaculate condition!

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Lot 472: These earrings grabbed my attention because of their silhohette and striking blue turquoise accents. I could imagine them having a great existence prior to becoming an auction item and I feel like the new owners should keep the adventure going!  Bring these on a fun getaway or dance on the dancefloor wearing them. The possibilities are endless!

Lot 485: More symbolic turquoise blue, this time being a light blue enameled necklace set with pearls and a heart shaped pendant. I love the sentimental heart and knowing that this piece is circa dated to 1860 only makes my head wander even more, thinking of all it has done and seen in its lifetime. Such a lovely necklace!

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New October Opals from Arik Kastan Jewelry

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Let us enchant you with some of Arik Kastan's newest designs featuring October's magical and often obsess-worthy birthstone: OPAL. The brand has been working with opals since the very beginning of launching Arik Kastan and they continue to be a favorite of collectors, and we obviously can't get enough of them ourselves!

Opals can easily transform any design that is created, any outfit we style, or bad moods we're feeling. We love opals set in the signature rose gold just as much as the yellow gold, so we think you can't go wrong picking between the two metals. And as far as gemstones that pair well with opals, we've been obsessing over some cool tones like sapphires, emeralds and moonstones--even pearls! Yes, you must check out the newest pearl + opal ring fresh off the jeweler's bench. You'll flip!

Enjoy checking out the new styles; all are available with a click of a mouse (or touch of a finger on your phone)! 

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Arik Kastan drew from Victorian jewelry to create this stunning pearl and opal cluster ring, which is both bold and has feminine touches. We love it paired with jeans or a dress for fall.

Lyla Ring with opals and pearls, Price: $1,500

 

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These aren't just any ordinary garnets, they are rose cuts which give these earrings a vintage-inspired look. They're nice and large, while still being crazy comfortable.

Pebble Stone Drop earrings with garnet & opal, Price: $1,650


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A hint of blue sapphire sets off this sentimental padlock that can be the layer-ready basis for our collection. Start your stack with this one!

Sapphire + Opal Cluster Padlock, Price: $1,260


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A continued favorite, the signature three-stone ring looks glorious in opal and ready for any October baby to make this her special piece.

Signature Three Stone ring in Opal, Price: $1,320

 

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Quite possibly our newest favorite gemstone combination emeralds and opals! The green really POPS in these earrings; they're quite breath-taking.

Nouveau Oval drop earrings, Price: $2,250

 

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This pinwheel pendant has won our hearts--it's dainty and precious! Again, slaying in our favorite gemstone combo.

Pinwheel pendant with emerald + opals, Price: $1,320


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An instant favorite, combining floral inspiration with geometric vibes, the Mandala ring has us ready for fall.

Framed Mandala ring in sapphires + opals, Price: $2,750


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Some major boldness with this padlock, which we can't get enough of. If you want a hefty, gorgeous piece...this is it!

Stained Glass Window padlock with emeralds + opals, Price: $2,470


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Feeling some boho vibes? Say no more, these are for you! Open metalwork, opals and a wonderful lever back.

Arabesque Drop earrings set with opals, Price: $2,030


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If you're one who loves to stack your heart out, we've got you covered too! Our thin stacking band is easy to wear and pairs with almost anything else.

Thin Stacking ring done in opal, Price: $1,150


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It's hip to be a square and this little padlock thinks so too. Outfitted in opals every square inch and a single moonstone in the center to shake things up a bit!

Square Padlock with opals + moonstone, Price: $1,590

 

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The Isabel ring makes us feel elegant and refined. We love the hint of blue from the sapphire and know you will too!

Isabel ring set with sapphire + opals, Price; $1,760

 

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Just a tip: Arik Kastan padlocks make the most beautiful gifts and yes, there are lots of holidays approaching but I won't name any for the sake of getting virtually slapped!

Horizon Cluster Padlock set with moonstone + opals, Price: $1,370

Why Slowly Opening Jewelry Boxes is Instagram's Latest Rage

There's always trends on Instagram.  Remember when all those filters were completely necessary to add to your blurry iPhone 3 photo before posting? Then the thick, heavy white borders were very popular a few years ago. Now with Instagram Stories, I feel people are posting less on their feed (at least less unnecessary photos) and opting for a quick shot or video posted in their Story. A consistent "aesthetic" has taken over as the it-word of the time, making each post highly thought out and carefully curated. Some people love this, some people hate it. But whatever your feelings are toward this highly obsessed about app, one thing is for sure: it just keeps getting popular.

In our jewelry community on Instagram, there's one obvious kind of post that has been sweeping everyone off their feet and giving mini heart attacks to jewelry lovers nationwide.  I'm talking about the videos where someone opens up a jewelry box ever so suspensefully and ever so slowly, for a BIG REVEAL. I really don't know who or what started this; it is hard to trace back to a particular person. I feel like Larry of Platt Boutique Jewelry has definitely been doing it the longest and has made an impact because he quite often uses this tactic in his daily postings!  Larry says, "When I meet people who follow me, they say they always look forward to seeing a box video because they know it's going to be something special."  He also states that his clients love how natural the videos feel--the item in the jewelry box is glittering away in the sunshine, untouched by photo editing and as real as it gets!

The video below is one of Larry's all-time record holding posts, clocking in at over 98k views! This proves my inclination of how easily these types of posts can quickly become viral, which this post did just that!

 

Others have joined in on this trend, creating some gorgeous videos of jewels being revealed by opening a box. If I had to guess why this trend is so popular, I would say that it easily resonates with people because it is almost as if they are opening the box themselves, envisioning this as a beautiful gift they are receiving. The suspense factor also plays an important part in why this is trending on Instagram. 

Another antique jewelry dealer that has taken part in posting "unboxing" videos is Ismael Khan of Ishy Antiques. He is based in London and finds that these types of videos perform well for his Instagram too. Ishy says, "I’ve done five box opening videos and all five are in my overall top twenty ‘posts’ based on impressions, insights and likes for the past year. My 2 most liked posts are box openings." If that is not clear evidence to how impactful these kinds of posts are, I don't know what is! He also adds, "From a social media growth point of view, I believe these types of posts are popular because people have to wait to see what’s inside the box which registers views and impressions, and therefore increases engagement."

 

So the next time you're stumped over what to post on Instagram, try your hand at the big box reveal! I'd like to recommend practicing opening the box a few times while filming FIRST before you film and post immediately. I've seen a few FAILS that were posted on Instagram and not done in the best way. I won't give any examples because that would be quite rude, but I'm sure we've all seen them!  You can even ask a friend to film while you use both hands to open the box OR get a tripod for steady filming. Not everyone has coordination and that's ok! There's ways of going about to help with that!

That's what I did with the video below--I set up my camera on a tripod so I could use both hands. That seemed to work better for me at least.  Another necessary part to this is getting some interesting antique boxes!  I've seen these become quite scarce lately, but there's always some on Instagram and eBay, although some are priced high because the seller knows how rare they've become!  I found the hot pink one in my video below at a random antique shop in Kentucky.  Talk about getting lucky in Kentucky!  Always have your eyes peeled!

 

Have you seen this BOX REVEAL trend on your feed?  Let us know a seller who does this that you enjoy watching in the comments section, I'd love to see!

 

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Why I Wear Diamonds: A Look Inside My Diamond Jewelry Collection

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After collecting jewelry for most of my life, I’ve recently realized the reason why the majority of my collection consists of diamonds. I have gone through phases where I buy and acquire, collecting several pieces at once…followed by a breakthrough period where I sell, purge and stash away. Through all of this, I’ve noticed my favorite pieces, ones I would never consider selling and never tire of, are my diamonds. There is something unique about diamonds that is slightly magical — the rarity of one single stone alone is quite breathtaking. Thinking about how it formed deep within the Earth, how it came to be, how it was mined, how it was cut, how it was sold and how it was made to fit a design; all of this fascinates me. Which is why partnering with Real is a Diamond to tell you this story seemed like a no-brainer to me — their platform has been created to educate about diamonds, their rarity, their romance and all that they stand for. As our world is forever evolving, I feel like this message can stop time, just for a moment at least, and initiate people of all walks to evaluate what is rare and authentic in their own lives. One would immediately realize that these are the best parts of our world and we should foster and protect them, as we should diamonds.

My diamond jewelry collection is easily one of the most precious things in my life. Many of my rings date back to the turn-of-the-century, so the diamonds are mostly old mine cuts and old European cuts, which take their rarity to new heights. Heirlooms like these make me stop and think what kind of legacy do I want to leave behind and what items will I pass down. Diamonds are perfect mementos that stand the test of time--they are ideal heirlooms.

Several rings shown above in my collection have been purchased or received to comemorate a special occasion or milestone in my life. As soon as I look at these particular pieces, I automatically am brought back to that moment. My 30th birthday for example, I bought myself an Edwardian diamond ring off of eBay that was probably way more money than I should have been spending at that moment, but looking back now, it was one of the best purchases ever. The ring to me is timeless in every sense, so I wear it all the time--diamonds are like that, they can be worn on any occasion. Another ring was a Christmas gift from my husband, several were to comemorate a trip or jewelry jaunt, and others were from very special people purchased by myself from their personal, private collections. These rings have so many stories to tell and that's solely with my possession of them--I can't imagine what their full stories reveal.

Of course the most prominent ring in the bunch is my antique diamond engagement ring. It’s the most worn of them all and most dear to me. It symbolizes my relationship with my husband, our promise to one another and is just as real and rare as our love for one another. There are over 7 billion people on this planet, and we chose each other; and while there are so many kinds of diamonds, I chose this ring as a representation of our love.

We want to know what diamond jewelry is rare and precious to you? What pieces mark a special occasion or milestone in your life? Tag them using the hashtag #RealisRare

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