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Designer Spotlight: Alexis Kletjian Jewelry

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For Alexis Kletjian, designing jewelry came about as she saw a void in the market for pieces that custom fit the wearer and had a "never-take-me-off" heirloom feel. Most designer pieces are made as a one-size-fits-all deal, where an "average" wrist may be far from average for most people. In a world where sizes range in the most beautiful way possible and a small may be large to someone or a large might be small, Alexis has come along with a line which solves these sizing issues with a made-to-fit promise and a high-quality feel that you don't get anywhere else. 

Knowing this as being the inspiration behind her jewelry line, meeting Alexis in person sort of ties everything together.  As I approach most days as being 5-foot-1 on a good day, flats are not a part of my life and when people say to me, "Wow you're so tiny," let's just say a response of "Wow you're so average sized" is thankfully not said. Alexis totally can relate because she too is petite, and when she let me try on a few of her custom bangles she makes, I laughed in disbelief, as this was the first time in my ENTIRE life (no exaggeration) that I tried on a bangle bracelet that fit me!  I've always never liked bangles and I fully understand now why I prematurely thought this--I've been trying on all the one-size-fits-all ones at stores, which are way too big for me! Her bangles feel amazing on and have a level of comfort to them I have never realized could come from a bangle. She had me hooked and I wanted to see/know more...

The Alexis Kletjian Jewelry line consists of three collections: Eternal, Lucky Star and Lotus, all handcrafted in 14k & 18k gold. Eternal consists of those incredible bangles I was just telling you about, as well as diamond eternity rings and plain eternity rings (great stackable staples for every jewelry collection). Everything designed with an eternal flow of sparkle as inspiration, enlightening everyone who calls these pieces personal favorites and wears them on a daily basis.

Alexis' Lucky Star collection is inspired by the star motif found in Victorian jewelry, as Alexis is also a collector and admirer of antique jewelry. She says, "I wanted to pay homage to this classic design while also making it modern, and in essence, timeless. By using the historical motif and my own design interchangeably throughout my collection, I have created what I believe to be a classic and iconic design that can be identified and recognized as Alexis Kletjian." Stacking bands is rose, yellow and white gold, as well as shield pendants, circular earrings and heart charms, all featuring the star-motif set diamond are a part of this collection. 

Having the urge to create a modern-day talisman sparked the Lotus collection, which consists of shield pendants in a variety of gemstones and gold choices.  This selection of pieces is more organic than the others, with nature and beauty as a main focus/inspiration. The shield represents protection, but is not all rigid as it may seem, as it is sparkles with gemstones which are set on the front.

As we sat and chatted all night upon our first meet-up, Alexis' love for jewelry and where this all stemmed from was a fun conversation we had. She grew up playing with gems, as her parents owned a jewelry shop in the Boston Jewelers Building. Growing up, she went from playing behind the showcases, to playing with the gemstones and raw materials of jewelry.  She recollects a strong connection to these things and although she went off to school for Fashion Design, jewelry was always present in everything she did. One huge thing fashion design has taught her is the importance of scale, which she incorporates into every design. We also talked about how amazing the Gemological Institute of America is and our classes; GIA prepares one to be a graduate gemologist, which Alexis is currently pursuing (as her daughter delightfully plays with her reference books from her studies when she is not using them). 

Above you will see many of the pieces from her three collections, as well as a few that are not yet up on her website. A new and upcoming Bespoke collection is in the making, which features some special one-of-a-kind gemstones cut by TopNotch Faceting. A large portion of what Alexis does is custom, so if you want to work one-on-one with her, feel free to reach out by sending her an email at

She also curates her collection for retailers' needs--offering flexibility in the creation of each piece through a choice of metals and gemstones, where each customer is offered the opportunity to personalize the design. Her main goal is to create fine jewelry that is destined to become a treasured piece, one that is never taken off, always in constant rotation, "quality, not quantity."

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Museum Exhibit: Hollywood Glamour, Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen

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Museums, both large and small, offer an abundance of inspiration through their special exhibits. They also offer rare glimpses into our past cultures and ancient civilizations. I have made it a point to spend more time in the presence of some of the greatest treasures from our world. There is so much to offer in terms of creativity as artists and individuals. With that in mind, I recently visited the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) in search of renewed inspiration and in doing so captured and sourced images for Gem Gossip and her readers for a two part day-tripping jewel-filled adventure!

My first stop at the MFA, naturally, was the Hollywood Glamour exhibit since it embodies my affection for jewelry, fashion, and photography. Hollywood Glamour celebrates the Golden Days of Hollywood by featuring the iconic style of movie stars from the most glamorous years of film, otherwise known as the Silver Screen.

The term Silver Screen comes from the actual silver content embedded in the material that made up the motion picture screen's highly reflective surface; fabric choices for gowns such as chiffon, silk, and satin translated well into the glitz and glamour curated for black-and-white film. Each gown portrays the visual opulence for which it was created - metal-wrapped threads of genuine silver and gold.

Hollywood Glamour presents sixteen gowns from the top couture designers of the time, displaying jewels and movie set paraphernalia. Alongside the gowns are curated window boxes with alluring portraits of the awe-inspiring stars from the Silver Screen wearing the exhibit's possessions. All of this nostalgia takes place underneath moody chandeliers while snippets from the subject film loops on a big screen, keeping the dream alive.

The Golden Age of Hollywood commenced with the end of the silent era in American cinema (the late 1920's) and extended through the early 1960's. This Golden Age created affairs of the heart that centered on passion, emotion, and romantic involvement of main characters - the leading man and his lady. Golden Age films were meant to transport you to another world, provide escapism from the despairing reminders of the Great Depression and convey hope to overcome one's difficulties by enjoying an on screen happily ever after, sealed with a kiss.

Fine jewelry of this time was also designed with versatility in mind, as pieces would generally serve more than one purpose. A multi-use necklace, just one extravagant piece from the collaboration of American jeweler Trabert & Hoeffer and Parisian house Mauboussin, (once owned by Jean Knight and on loan through Neil Lane) converted into separate brooches, bracelets and rings! Hollywood actresses not only wore their incredible jewelry on and off screen, it was also an integral element of the meticulously crafted character for each star by the studio. Joan Crawford has been famously quoted saying : "I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door."

While standing in a room full of girl next door's, speculating on each star's distinct air, I am aware nothing in the Golden Age is as it seems, especially for Mae West. Standing only five feet tall, she wore ridiculous shoes, constructed to mislead admirers, and therefore adding 8 and a half inches to her frame! Neil Lane, who has generously loaned the Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet once belonging to Mae West, acquired it through the purchase of the estate of her former lover and bodyguard, Paul Novak, thirty years her junior. He is said to have "loved her so much" he stored all her jewels in a safe deposit box, the contents of which were only sold after his death.

Edith Head, the only costume designer to win eight Academy Awards referred to this time as "luxury that once existed before the era of budgets and economy." I am reminded of this opulence among Coco Chanel, Elsa Shaparelli, Carole Lombard, Betty Grable, and Marlene Dietrich. This is not only an important exhibit marking Hollywood's history, and a modest collection of jewels ranging in worth of $60,000 - $3,000,000, but it also highlights the illusory veil created to provide hopefulness and happiness (if only for a brief hour) through our most strenuous times. Hollywood Glamour not only captures and celebrates life and our romantic past, it is a poignant reminder that this is what jewelry, and the art of adornment, is all about.

Hollywood Glamour : Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen, sponsored by Neil Lane, is located in the Loring Gallery of Textiles at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Exhibit runs September 9, 2014 through March 8, 2015.


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Jewelry Store: Quadrum Gallery in Boston, MA

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While I was covering the streets of London, Gem Gossip Correspondent Alexis Kletjian had the pleasure of visiting Quadrum Gallery on my behalf--a truly distinctive shop in Boston, Massachusetts with some of the prettiest jewelry! I will let her explain:

Quadrum Gallery, referring to the Latin noun meaning square, originally started as a gallery representing artists within the medium of canvas and paint.  After a few short years, gallery owner Cynthia Kagan fell in love with artisan jewelry and the exploration of unique expression through precious metals and colorful gemstones.  Today, Quadrum Gallery celebrates 35 years and is the oldest store to reside within the prestigious Mall at Chestnut Hill in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  

Quadrum has set a high bar in terms of showcasing the very finest representation of artisan jewelry from all over the world. Within their museum-like setting of dramatically lit jewel-box display cases lies a carefully curated range of exclusive artists with exceptional skill and vision –  each piece is highly intricate and of an unparalleled beauty. Quadrum offers handmade jewelry within various price points that is covetable and refined, and their customer service is unparalleled.  You will be met with the ultimate satisfaction that comes with gifting a beautiful piece of jewelry.  

Sia Maravelias has been the director of Quadrum Gallery for the past 15 years, and she is devoted to supporting established designers such as Barbara Heinrich, (who has enjoyed a thirty year representation with Quadrum and was presenting a trunk show while I was there) as well as hand selecting talented and exciting emerging designers such as Todd Pownell.  

We had a great time mixing designers Anne Sportun and Polly Wales for a colorful collaboration. I learned that customers return to Quadrum often in search of Anne Sportin's newest gemstone wrap bracelets to add to their collection.  Quadrum collectors who love color and and bold gems may choose from collections by Jaime Joseph, Lola Brooks, Joseph Murray and Maria Beaulieu to name a few.

In true Gem Gossip fashion, of course, I had to add an item to my personal wish list, which was the spiked cuff from designer Estyn Hulbert that I mixed with Gabriella Kiss, Pat Flynn, Reinstein and Ross, and Todd Reed.  It is this harmonious co-mingling of multiple aesthetics and unique vision that make up the core essence of what the Quadrum customer represents. 

I enjoyed my afternoon at Quadrum with Sia and her team, and feel blessed I was welcomed into their Gallery to collaborate with them for this feature.  It is clear to me that if a designer has been chosen for representation among the handpicked artists, not only has such a designer “arrived”, but she will enjoy the devoted team and elegant spirit that only QUADRUM can provide.

Visit and revel in the visual delights of Quadrum's website, blog, and Instagram pages.  It is there you will learn about exciting trunk shows, upcoming events and the exquisite designers that make Quadrum the trusted curator of the rare and refined elegant woman.



Jewelry Road Trip: Shreve, Crump & Low in Boston, MA

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Well, Alexis pulls through again with another fabulous jewelry store visit, this time to Shreve, Crump & Low in Boston, Massachusetts!  Alexis is the ultimate Gem Gossip Correspondent by doing all it takes to get some great pictures for Gem Gossip readers, even if it means digging deep into vaults that not many ever get a chance to see! Special thanks to Shreve, Crump & Low for being an amazing store and letting us in on this rare glimpse of your beautiful jewelry!  

Once again, take it away, Alexis:

When you hear the words Shreve, Crump & Low you must learn to associate it--if you don't already--with some of the rarest and prestigious fine estate jewelry collections and timepieces a discerned collector could hope for.  If you are from Boston, you want that dark blue velvet box which bares the Shreve, Crump & Low crest when he is on one knee, for they are America's oldest jeweler.

Originally established in 1796 by John McFarlane, a watchmaker and silversmith, the jeweler later merged into Shreve, Crump & Low, our beloved Boston brand.  Although their famed history started across the street from Paul Revere's silversmith shop in the 1800's, the prestigious brand was revived through new ownership in 2006, currently has two locations with plans to open a third boutique in Greenwich, CT later this year.

I was lucky enough to tour their vault at the famed Boston's jeweler's Chestnut Hill location, which I am told it is an honor bestowed upon few.  It is possible these fine examples of high end estate jewelry may never be publicly seen and the exquisite sculptures, such as Buccellati bears and owls are showcased for private enjoyment inside this treasure trove - a magical store within their store.

Deep inside the vault, the walls are lined with drawers which hide special treasures that were once gifted to, and worn by, some of the finest society ladies from the past, as well as old mine cut diamonds from the most prized periods in the history of jewelry.  I enjoyed listening to detailed descriptions of each piece among the hundreds of vintage pins fashioned into American flags, bees, and bows - and even a unicorn!  Viewing many original antique jewelry boxes with the jewels inside, in the most pristine condition, as if in 1910 she placed it there herself, created an atmosphere that filled me with a romantic hope that the vast collection of pins will be re-purposed and circulated to be enjoyed once again.

Shreve, Crump & Low also carried fine gifts and distinct European timepieces.  They service local and international clientele at their new three level Boston Flagship store on Newbury Street.  If you are soon to be wed, they also have an exclusive bridal registry lounge.  However, if you are not in the market for an engagement ring, a Swiss watch, or red carpet jewelry, you must stop in to see some of their revolving estate pieces of signed jewelry from top notch jewelers such as David Webb, Cartier, and Tiffany.

Here's my tip : plan ahead for the annual trade-in event for an upgraded gift to yourself through their special financing or a grab a pre-owned watch for your guy.

If you cannot make it to one of their locations, you can peruse their on-line inventory (don't skip their newest acquisitions category) and drool over the ever updating Instagram feed.


Jewelry Road Trip: Fancy Flea Antiques in Lexington, MA

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The new year has brought some new and exciting segments to Gem Gossip--and this is one of them! My Jewelry Road Trip Map cannot possibly be completed with just me (although quitting my job and traveling the country on a nonstop jewelry adventure would be my ultimate dream!) So I've asked a few jewel enthusiasts who share my same passion for antique jewelry to give me a hand!  They are called my Gem Gossip Correspondents!  Alexis had the opportunity to visit Fancy Flea Antiques in Lexington, MA on behalf of Gem Gossip. With hours of fun, jewelry gossip and of course, in true Gem Gossip fashion, leaving the store with a new bauble for her collection, she has come away with some awesome info for Gem Gossip readers.  

Take it away, Alexis:

In the beautiful town of Lexington, Massachusetts, resides a bustling antique jewelry shop quaintly named Fancy Flea Antiques.  A hidden gem for over thirty-five years, the curator/owner Marge Perlman has been providing New England and collectors worldwide with fine estate jewelry and antique treasures from bygone eras.

I spent the afternoon perusing their cases with endless trays of cameos, diamonds, and gold jewelry; I held almost every time period, even rare Georgian earrings and pearls.  During my time at Fancy Flea, I enjoyed their gracious style while fielding referrals and chatting with their customers as we shared in the excitement of their new purchases before they left the shop. 

Fancy Flea Antiques has a great website, although not everything in their cases can be inventoried online. Nonetheless, they welcome you to stop by and play with their treasures!  They have a very generous layaway plan which makes it easy to collect, as well as a unique trade in or trade up policy if something else should strike your fancy while you are still making payments towards your coveted item.  Contact them for specific details.  I did, I will admit, reserve a beautiful item for myself. 

If you can’t travel to Lexington, Massachusetts to visit Fancy Flea in person, give them a call, visit their website, or follow them on Instagram!  Since providing excellent customer service is natural for them, a simple phone call or email will allow you to discover the next great treasure for your jewelry box.

Thank you to Fancy Flea Antiques and Jewelry, I will be back!