The life of an entrepreneur: forever in motion, on the go, and fast-paced. Sometimes you need your jewelry to be that way too! I'm always on the hunt for something I know I can throw on and automatically look good, something I can style with a variety of different outfits, and something that is timeless and will withstand a hectic lifestyle. The piece of jewelry that does it for me is my Dana Seng birthstone initial charm necklace, without a doubt! It goes with just about anything...when I put it on I already feel put together...and the best part is that it was made for me! I picked out the letter I wanted and the gemstone I wanted--D for Danielle (my first name) and sapphire for my birthstone (and luckily blue is a color that goes great with almost my entire wardrobe).
Dana Seng Jewelry prides itself on creating jewelry that fits this exact remedy--for "every style" and for "every woman." I thought it would be fun to see how three different women style their own Dana Seng Jewelry pieces, so I took three Nashville entrepreneurs (myself included) and without any direction, told everyone to style their piece with what fits their lifestyle and how it fits in their everyday look. It was so interesting to see how a simple initial gemstone necklace or ring could be worn in different ways, suit unique styles and become a staple to someone's wardrobe. One thing is for sure, we all agreed how simple, yet statement-making our birthstone initial pieces are and how much they've become an everyday occurrence within our style.
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By day, I'm writing my blog Gem Gossip, editing photos, pulling ideas and planning my next move...by night, I'm cooking the latest Blue Apron, catching up on Shameless, playing with my dogs and most likely ripping out carpet somewhere in my house. Even if there are days where I don't leave my office, I like to at least throw on a piece of jewelry that makes me feel good and oftentimes it is my Dana Seng Jewelry initial necklace. My style is casual, always pants (I've never been a dress-wearer, but I'm trying) and I love a good blouse, like the one I'm wearing. I mostly wear vintage or antique jewelry, and my initial necklace from Dana Seng fits in perfectly.
When she's not busy building her photography empire, Lauren Newman, a Florida-born, California-dreaming entrepreneur is exploring Nashville, always on the lookout for new places to shoot. Photography is her passion and so is traveling. Her style is romantic with an edge, often pairing a pretty dress with a leather jacket. Her Dana Seng Jewelry is an initial birthstone ring--she chose an L for her first name, done in garnets for her birth month of January. It pairs perfectly with her other gold, delicate rings and is exactly her jewelry style. She likes wearing rings when she's out on a photoshoot because every time she clicks the camera, they sparkle!
You can follow Lauren on Instagram here.
Documenting her daily outfits and inspirations has been something that has come natural for Nashville fashion blogger Alyssa. She has been writing Dreaming Trees since 2014 where her creativity flows and her bohemian style is put front and center. Her Dana Seng birthstone initial charm necklace easily transitions from her nine to five day job, to her photoshoots she executes for her blog. She chose an A for her first name set with Peridot for her August birthday in a necklace. As you can see, mixing her initial necklace with her usual Southwestern silver rings and other delicate gold necklaces fits her style and she makes it her own! Whether Alyssa is wearing a vintage dress or a new trendy designer, her Dana Seng necklace can blend with either and easily layer with other jewelry.
You can follow Alyssa on Instagram here.
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All photos by Lauren Newman Photography.
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Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry has been lighting up Instagram since posting their gorgeous, eco-friendly pieces of jewelry. With stacks and stacks of delicate bands and gemstone rings, each photo immediately went "viral" earning thousands of likes. I was thankful to collaborate with Melanie Casey and helping her promote her brand.
This year is special for Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry because in 2017 they are opening their doors of their North Boston showroom for appointments. If you're looking for an heirloom quality piece of jewelry that will make your heart flutter for years and years, stop by the Melanie Casey showroom--just a 30 minute drive outside of Boston--and pick your jewels in person. I recommend this way of shopping because you will be able to try-on everything and create your own stacking story. The collection complements and builds upon itself, so the more the merrier.
Jewelry started out as a side hobby for Melanie Casey--an activity where she could use her hands and be creative, with her background in a not-so-creative field of Finance. We are all grateful she made the leap to full-time jewelry designer, boasting a growing team of creatives with everything done in-house. I hope to visit sometime this year and bring my lovely readers an inside look! Stay tuned!
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If you know me or read my blog, it is apparent that I love jewelry, especially rings. When it comes to fashion--like clothing and accessories--I'm the type of person to look for a deal or purchase online at places that feature trendy clothing mostly under $100, often called "fast fashion." I look at jewelry as investment pieces, and I know fashion and accessories can be as well, but I have a tough time putting my money into cotton fabric and other materials. Gold is gold and diamonds are diamonds!
In that same breadth, I've been really into buying shoes lately and experimenting with different styles. They truly can change an entire look, from a simple outfit to a memorable one! I'm obsessed with these two pairs I recently got from Tobi.com -- the Alie Nude Lucite Peep Toe Booties & the Faye Feather Ankle Strap Heels. I took a pair of fishnet socks and wore them underneath the lucite booties to give the look some texture--and the feathers are just so pretty. I love feathers in fashion; like a splash of feathers on a shoe like this or a small clutch purse done in feathers--totally statement-making.
Thought this would be a different take on my normal Weekday Wardrobe posts and hope you like it! Here are the details on my two ring looks and you can shop my shoes below by clicking on the photos!
Lucite Look Rings:
- elongated diamond ring from Miami Antique Show 2017
- sapphire and diamond alternative engagement ring from Maejean Vintage, stone cut by TopNotch Faceting
- gold wave ring from Cleopatra's Barge Fine Jewelry in Naples, FL
- diamond elongated ring from Hampton Estate Jewelry
- wide Eye of Warrior ring from Communion by Joy
- various baby rings used as pinky rings and midi-rings
Feather Heel Rings:
- tiny cameo ring from eBay
- mid-size cameo ring from Ageless Heirlooms
- different sized baby rings on one pinky
- "Feel the Love" pinky ring by Jessie V E
- large Victorian onyx brooch converted into a ring
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Alex Cooper is one of my favorite auction houses to keep up with, as I'm constantly checking their auction calendar in hopes of their catalog going live. Good news--I'm here to alert you to an upcoming auction and my favorite picks so you don't have to be clueless! Alex Cooper has their spring Gallery Sale set for April 6th & 8th, 2017 with nearly 200 lots of fine jewelry, spanning all eras and styles. All jewelry lots are scheduled for an April 6th sale date and I've got the lowdown on all my top picks, featured above.
Lot 30: I've been seeing a lot of these dress clips that are truly gorgeous and over-the-top resurfacing. I feel like they are having their second wind, as I've seen them reimagined, styled in different ways never before seen. This one is an example of one of the prettiest I've seen--done in platinum, diamonds and sapphires. If you look closely, there are bullet-shaped and half-moon diamonds, making it truly special. Estimate: $1,000-1,500
Lot 43: A ring so enchanting it needs both views shown! I love this enamel dream--set with old European cut diamonds and bright blue enamel--it carries itself with its bold look. It is done in 14k yellow gold and currently a size 7 1/4. I can picture this styled with so many different looks; a fashionista's fantasy. Estimate: $700-900
Lot 46: This brooch caught my eye because of the calibre cut aquamarine that is set in it, along with the diamonds. This piece is really unique and I love a few things about it--one being the size of it (2.5 inches in length, not too big or too small), two being the color combo (light blue of the aquamarine and the white of the diamonds), and three being that it is a brooch (can be incorporated into your wardrobe in so many ways). Just pin and go! Estimate: $700-900
Lot 47: I said "omg" upon seeing this circular medallion pendant! Not only do I love a good medallion, but the subject being an Egyptian pharaoh has won me over. On top of all that, the details are all colorfully enameled with white, blue, red and green. And I felt it was totally necessary to show off the back with the extra photo because it is THAT good. Look at that winged goddess on the back, such a cool design. Estimate: $1,000-1,500
Lot 60: One of my most favorite purchases last year was a solid gold wire choker. It was something that gets A LOT of wear, almost daily. I love it because it is so versatile (I can wear it alone, layered, add a pendant to it...) and totally on trend. These two gold wire necklaces up for auction are both 14k gold and I love the groove in the center, ready for pendants or enhancers to be added. Estimate: $500-700
Lot 78: I picked these 14k white gold diamond snowflake dangle earrings because I have a very similar pair of stud earrings which I love. These immediately transport me to a pretty wintertime setting, with snowflakes falling and holiday happiness. These earrings feature two carats total of diamonds. Estimate: $300-500
Lot 86: As many of you know, I have a special place in my heart for bypass rings. This one is pretty unique--with the crossover design and including a swirl of diamonds intertwined. The two main diamonds weigh approximately 0.78 carats and 0.82 carats. Estimate: $3,000-3,500
Lot 93: With the rarity of these pairs of wedding bracelets getting tougher and tougher to find, this makes lot 93 that much better. You've got an immaculate pair of wedding bracelets and both are present. I love the buckle motif of these gold plated bracelets and the best part is the black enamel details! Estimate: $200-400
Lot 114: I love lots like these where you get a few rings, not just one! They often complement each other so whomever wins the lot already has a ring stack ready to be worn! This particular lot features a tiger's eye ring, a Victorian pearl ring and a lemon quartz ring. What a great grouping! Estimate: $80-200
Lot 119: Lastly, this cameo and intaglio pair stood out to me--a Grecian beauty and fair maiden! Just as a cameo is the opposite of an intaglio, these two couldn't be anymore different. I love the juxtaposition between them. The black onyx intaglio is done in 9k gold and the cameo is 14k gold. Estimate: $100-300
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A look into one of Sunday & Sunday Antiques' ring boxes
Diamonds rings and pocket watch chains are just some of their specialties
Cameos are one of Carolyn's most favorite kind of jewelry
This Topaz is beckoning you to dive in!
Lots of diamond rings and two bangles
Some of my personal favorites, all are available!
Where shall I begin???
Just a cool cat cameo, shop him here
One of the most intricate and fancy blackamoors I've ever seen!
Sunday & Sunday has a great selection of signet rings
A diamond and sapphire Art Deco brooch/necklace pendant, so stunning!
A closer look into the ring box...
Which elongated diamond ring is your favorite?!
Putting Ohio on the Jewelry Road Trip map was a goal of mine for this year, and I'm so happy that it started out with an adventurous and jewel-filled excursion to the Northeastern portion of this great state. Carolyn & Ed are a husband and wife dream team that are known as Sunday & Sunday Antiques. With nearly 35 years in the antique business, they are ones you'll want to bookmark and constantly check their inventory, because with their experience, collectors' eye and connections, they find some amazing pieces. For me, it all started when I first connected with Carolyn a couple Decembers ago. I stumbled upon an onyx ring with tri-colored gold details from the 1920s and had to have it. I usually discover virtual shops and jewelry to buy via Instagram, and this was an Etsy-browse find--so I made sure to encourage Sunday & Sunday Antiques to join Instagram! A few years later, Carolyn has been hooked since the day she joined and boasts over 31k followers.
I knew visiting with Sunday & Sunday Antiques was going to be fun--lots of inventory (with the best part being that most of it is actually listed, ready to purchase), lots of laughs, and lots of stories. Growing up, Carolyn had always been attracted to shiny things and she even worked at a jewelry store briefly before meeting her sparkliest treasure--her husband Ed! He had grown up in the business, having his dad as his apprentice, learning how to fix and restore watches, as well as repairing jewelry since he was a teenager. While most kids were out running around causing chaos, Ed was tinkering at flea markets and finding things that caught his eye. Once Carolyn & Ed were married, they formed Sunday & Sunday Antiques and set up at antique shows all across the US. They would travel all around, buying and selling, making memories and friends along the way.
Carolyn made a really smart move by being an early adopter of the Internet. In the antique jewelry world, 8-10 years ago NO ONE was really on the world wide web--only a few big names that have continued to lead the pack had a website, if anything. Sunday & Sunday is a proud member of Ruby Lane, with a platinum status since joining in 2000. They also are on Etsy, which they joined in early 2009. The husband and wife duo complement each other in terms of putting their strengths to work to run their online antique business. Carolyn has got the photography down to a science, with a position-shoot-next method that will turn heads. She also is in charge of listing, answering emails, shipping and appraising. Ed does a lot of the buying and meticulously restores and checks each piece before listing. He has a knack for perfection and in a business like this, customers appreciate that. Transitioning their business from traveling shows to strictly online-only has been a great leap of faith, but one they are enjoying to the fullest and very thankful for every step of the way. And don't mention the word retirement to either of them--antiques are a way of life!
The passion that both Ed & Carolyn have for antiques and antique jewelry resonates throughout every part of their life. It was awesome to connect with such great people and get an inside look into their world. I hope you've enjoyed seeing it as well through my eyes and be sure to check out more from Sunday & Sunday Antiques around the web:
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