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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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Obsession: Gold Antique Date Rings, Part II

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Last November I professed my love and obsession for antique date rings. These rings are typically class rings and represent the year in which graduation was completed.  Some are from world's fairs from a particular year or were made to celebrate a milestone.  Others were sort of a souvenir for the New Year. Ever since, I've been hunting down year by year, checking them off my list.  These old things are tough to come by! Most have been melted down by younger generations who inherit them, thinking that these years are not significant in their life, so why bother keeping them?!

Most people in the industry know of my obsession and have been so helpful--pointing sellers who have any in my direction or even giving up ones within their very own personal collection.  Yes, you heard that right--Larry of Platt Boutique Jewelry has had a 1921 date ring in his personal collection for awhile.  It is a particularly special date ring--the year represents the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese New Year equivelant.  It features the year on the front, along with a cheeky monkey on the left side and vines wrapping around the entire shank, leading back to the date. It was such an incredible gesture of kindness on Larry's part and speaks to his character.  There's the type of man that will give you the shirt off their back, and then there's the kind that will give you the ring out of their own collection!  That's saying something!!

The other various date rings have been recently added to my collection since my last post and wanted to include them in an updated blog post.  All of these were purchased, believe it or not, from the same dealer at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show!  Talk about hitting the jackpot in Vegas!  I'm still continuing my hunt for more, so if you have any, please feel free to reach out and show me what you've got!  You can email hello@gemgossip.com

1898, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1899, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1900, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

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1909, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1910, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1911, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1915, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1921, from Platt Boutique Jewelry

 

To read the first segment of my date ring collection post, click here.