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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

This sponsored blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Real is a Diamond.

 

Best Instagram Accounts for Any Jewelry Lover

Instagram has become more than just a social media platform--and it is not just a phase or craze. So many creatives have started careers from this app, earn a living from this app, and are discovered by millions of people on a daily basis.  Anything that interests you has its very own community of Instagram devotees waiting to amuse you and entertain.  If you love jewelry, and I'm guessing you do since you have landed on here at Gem Gossip where it is a jewelry lover's dream, Instagram has its own community of sparkle lovers.  Whether you like fine designer jewelry, antique treasures, or are looking for some tastemakers in the jewelry industry to follow, I've chosen my top five favorites within a few separate categories (was really tough to narrow it down to just FIVE) for everyone to DEFINITELY follow!  Enjoy!

PS: My feed is shown above--sorry, I just couldn't include myself in my own "BEST OF" list...that would be, well...creepy.  But please follow my jeweled diary @GemGossip.

BEST JEWELRY DESIGNER FEEDS:

@MargaretCross

The Labradorite Skeletons... in 14k gold 😱 available in silver on the website and gold upon request!

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@JacquieAiche

Timeless turquoise for my bohemian babes πŸ’ πŸ’™πŸ’  #JACrystals

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@NoorFares

@DanielaVillegasJewelry

@Mociun

BEST ANTIQUE JEWELRY FEEDS:

@craigevansmall

Layered up in vintage #Tiffany and #Bulgari gold #necklaces at #CraigEvanSmall!

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@bellandbird

To all the moms out there, Happy Mothers Day! XOXO, B&B #bellandbirdSOLD

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@lenoredailey

@eriebasin

Back from vacation and open 12-4 today. Normal hours resume next week.

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@metiersf

BEST JEWELRY INFLUENCER FEEDS:

@Levi_higgs

It's always worth a trip to the @amnh just for a glimpse at these colorful specimens. βœ¨πŸ’Žβœ¨

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@TreasureGarland

@stephaniegottlieb

@Katerina_Perez

This is what I call statement jewellery! Ametrine and spinels cuff bracelet by JosΓ© Maria Goni @jmgdesigner exhibited at #IJL2017 @jewellerylondon booth S110

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@sunnybondjewelry

@davidwebbjewels + @levi_higgs = a winning combo

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BEST JEWELRY STORE FEEDS:

@jaimiegellerjewelry

When you see your #hoorsenbuhs wrist game on @by_couture and @barneysny #flattered always available at #jaimiegellerjewelry

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@BrokenEnglishJewelry

Put a ring on it πŸ’πŸ˜˜ #ring #stacks #vintage from @brokenenglishjewelry #BrokenEnglishJewelry

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@marissanaples

@loveadorned

@reliquarysf

BEST JEWELRY-RELATED FEEDS:

@crystalariumla

@diamondoodles

@structure_minerals

StructureMinerals.com

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@charmcony

@place8healing

The Best Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

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My latest article for The Knot touches upon a fiercely popular bridal trend that has everyone saying YES I NEED MORE COLOR. Have you noticed brides opting for gemstones other than a diamond for their engagement rings? We have! We decided to explore these non-diamond options and weigh in on the subject with our gemologist expertise. This led us to picking the top gemstones that make the best alternatives, usually based on hardness. Take a look by clicking the link below:

https://www.theknot.com/content/non-diamond-engagement-rings

xoxoGemGossip

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Top Five Jewelry Moments in Movies

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Who else finds warming satisfaction when a strong female protagonist hits the big screen donning some breathtaking jewels? One of most inspiring qualities in a female role is a strong sense of self, unabashedly confident in expressing her feminine side. A trinket may not make the woman, but it can help the woman embrace and reflect qualities like beauty, grace and sophistication — all of which should be celebrated.

Sure, it’s easy to think of lavish jewelry as unnecessary, ostentatious or vain, but those who only think in such boxed-in terms are missing some integral points. Jewelry may at times reflect things like status, but at its heart, it is art and it is precious. It is sentimental and it is transcendent. Perhaps that’s why I like jewelry in movies. It can be more easily admired in relation to the women that wear it, however complex those women are.

Whether you love jewelry with a story or you just like jewelry, perhaps you’ll enjoy this list of my top five favorite jewelry moments from the movies. They all just so happen to include antique jewelry in one form or another.

Titanic

Kate Winslet’s character, Rose wears some stunning jewelry in Titanic. But none are more regarded than the Heart of the Ocean, which is a fictional blue diamond necklace not to be confused with the Hope Diamond. The necklace used in the movie was made with CZs by Asprey & Garrard.

Gone with the Wind

In the 1938 film, Gone with the Wind, Vivien Leigh’s character, Scarlett has more jewelry moments than I can count. If you’re up for a Google search, find the mourning scene where she wears a large cameo brooch on her collar. The heirloom was borrowed from the costume designer’s mother and depicts a figural riding atop a bird. Amazing.

Moulin Rouge

Set in 19th century Paris, Moulin Rouge is perhaps the most decadent on this list. I mean, look at that necklace! Nicole Kidman’s character, Satine is wearing a gorgeous Belle Epoque festoon necklace with just over 1,300 diamonds. The fictional necklace was made by Stefano Canturi.

Marie Antoinette

Historical and poignant, Kirsten Dunst does a fine job humanizing Marie Antoinette in this film, as directed by Sofia Coppola. It’s worth noting that many argued the film didn’t fairly portray how overly and unnecessarily decadent the royal family was. All the antique jewelry you see is by Fred Leighton.

The Great Gatsby

Art Deco fans rejoice! Whoever was in charge of costume design for the recent adaptation of The Great Gatsby did a marvelous job capturing the era. Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy, is seen wearing vintage jewelry from Tiffany & Co.

What are your favorite jewelry moments from movies? Let us know in the comments!

 

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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.

xoxoGemGossip

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