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Entries in antique jewelry show (7)

Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 2017

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Taking on the Las Vegas Antique Show with Becca of BCE Jewelry, with Lenore Dailey at her booth and we ran into Sheri & Trina of Metier

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Both pieces here (left & right) are from DK Bressler and both are more than meets the eye: the dragonfly is En Tremblant and the diamond brooch can convert into other pieces of jewelry

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Two gorgeous booth photos, the left is Platt Boutique Jewelry and the right I cannot remember for the life of me!

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I loved these three rings from Excalibur Jewelry, especially the open metal work on the pointer, & the right photo features an incredible Lightning Ridge Opal set in a turn-of-the-century ring from M&C Stevens

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This large pendant/medallion made me smile, from Platt Boutique Jewelry and the photo on the right are my three favorites from Jacob's Estate Jewelry

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Lenore Dailey's booth is just jaw-dropping in its own right, so I always take a photo of it every year -- the photo on the right is an incredible ring box full of the most beautiful pieces from Simon Teakle 

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I think Blue Topaz gets a bad rap--this bracelet is crazy gorgeous, from Clayton Antiques and the photo on the right features a museum-worthy suite of early Victorian jewelry

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I always have to stop and stare at the crowns I see at the show! The right photo features some of the best rings I saw throughout the entire show--these three, from Under the Crown. Favorite stack ever.

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Always a sucker for hearts, I loved this opal brooch from DK Bressler and the photo on the right features three light blue enamel bracelets from Keyamour. Once in a lifetime shot right there!

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I love to see what Joden has and this time around this necklace caught my eye--from the black enamel to the mega gemstones, wow! The photo on the right is a ring tray seen at Mary Ann-tiques 

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The combo of moonstone + rubies is so good, I think that is why I loved this bracelet from Mary Ann-tiques so much. Also this tortoise shell butterfly brooch--wow, so unique and all handcrafted. This one belongs to Platt Boutique Jewelry.

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A box of goodies found at Lucy Verity ... the photo on the right are my favorites from Mary Ann-tiques, some rectangles and ovals!

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Sapphire stack from Excalibur Jewelry and the jewelry box on the right was seen at Lucy Verity--that snake bracelet is to die for and unfortunately a little too big on my wrist. 

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Last photos come from Excalibur--clusters of sapphire and diamonds, which create this amazing bracelet...and the photo on the right are my favorites from Craig Evan Small.

I've always associated the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show with The Paris hotel, however this was the first year in a very long time that that particular location was changed.  This year's show was located at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I didn't know what to expect at all and actually didn't even know where the convention center was located in regards to where everything else is until the day of the show!  To my surprise, I enjoyed the change--but I also will be happy when the show returns to The Paris next year. I attended on opening day and then again the following day, covering as much as I could on day one and attempting to pick up where I left off the next day.  I had good company on the second day--Katie of Vada Jewelry (like last year) and Becca of BCE Jewelry who had never attended before! It was cool to see someone experience the show for the first time and she walked away with an awesome diamond cluster ring. 

For some reason the reoccurring theme for me this year was large, circular pendants aka medallions. It seemed like every booth I visited, I spotted one or was attracted to one. I like how with every show, I'm not sure what I'm going to find or what I will be drawn to...it is always something different. I brought home a really cool medallion zodiac pendant, which I will share in another post!  I also brought back nearly ten pieces to sell for @shopGEMGOSSIP, some of which have already sold but you can certainly browse what is still available. 

From the gorgeous diamond crowns I spotted at several booths, to lots of diamond cocktail rings, there was some major selections going on at this show. Lots of buyers were going full force and commenting on what a great show it was. I noticed an up tick in traffic flow up and down the aisles and saw a lot of buying happening. 

As always, I have the best time roaming the aisles, running into people I know and chatting with my favorite dealers. It is fun catching up with everyone and I can't believe this was my sixth year attending the show. And even after six years, I still relish in finding awesome pieces and the thrill of the hunt definitely still lives on at these shows. I hope that never changes!

Thanks for another great year, Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show...can't wait until next year!

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Read my other posts from the same show, years of the past:

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

Video Series: Gem Gossip Read & Wear for January 2016

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Hey friends!  So I've decided to make a video series and although I'm new to this and very unfamiliar with speaking in front of a camera, I realize that I should just go for it and hopefully improve along the way--so this is my first ever video (so please be nice).  

The point of the series is to document a New Year's resolution of mine--which is to be more selective when buying for my personal collection.  With that, I decided to also go through my personal collection and sell some pieces that I haven't worn in awhile, even if I still love them.  Every collector should come to a point where they fine-tune and heavily curate their collection. It took about seven years for me to finally realize I should go through and start selling some pieces that don't strike me anymore. The New Year's resolution put a number on how many pieces I can buy in 2016--I decided to limit myself to one ring per month! If I buy three in one month for example, that will count as three months! This doesn't count if it is a gift.

To go along with this resolution, I've been wanting to read and educate myself more, so I've also decided to read/purchase one book monthly. I will share the book in these "Read & Wear" videos in a sort of book talk fashion without revealing too much and provide links to purchase on Amazon, or wherever it can be found!

Excited to share this idea with you all and here is the first in a series of 12: January! Hope you enjoy!

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January's ring purchase: Georgian aquamarine solitaire purchased at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show from Lucy Verity

January's book purchase and current read: Guy Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings

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Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2016

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Another year in the books! The Original Miami Beach Antique Show did not disappoint, with this being my fifth visit to the show, no more "rookie" feeling this time around! Funny that with every trip, our itinerary, goals and place of stay has been different every time--but it makes for a good adventure and an easier way of remembering each trip. My partner-in-crime, Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, had a mission of buying new stock before her trunk shows she has coming up--so we were in full-swing buying mode. We had only one full-day at the show and a couple of hours the following day, so we had a lot of work to do in a small amount of time (besides photographing some favorite pieces, catching up with old friends in the aisles and saying hi to new peeps).

After a rough landing in Ft. Lauderdale, we checked into The Raleigh hotel and had dinner with our favorites, Larry and Natasha Platt of Platt Boutique in West Hollywood. Quality Meats is a great restaurant--highly recommend it if you're in Miami. We woke up the next morning and headed to the show. The dealers were ready and eager--nearly 1000 exhibitors this year, YES it's that big. As a buyer and attendee, I noticed lots of new inventory and luckily for us, some of the same pieces as last year because we ended up buying items we photographed in years past, which we regretted not buying! Funny how that worked out!  We were at the show from noon until 6:30/7pm--the longest we've ever stayed! It was amazing to go back to our hotel right after and just LAY DOWN, ohmygod. By the way, we opted for a healthy lunch this year while at the show and found a salad bar just to the left of where the large line forms at the main entrance. It was two thumbs up from a picky eater like me (but I miss those personal pan pizzas I raved about last year). We continued our traditional dinner at The Raleigh with our West-coast counterparts, Sunny and Blair of Fox & Bond, which is always one big round of laughter and fun.

The next morning we woke up, sore and stiff, and headed to the show for three hours catching our departing flight back home.  Someone (ahem...Brooke) was doing SO good with her New Year's resolution, and hadn't drank coffee for the entire month of January! She broke down and had some on day two, and we both were like Mario landing on the flashing star in Nintendo--we breezed through our three hour crunch time and got more done in 30 minutes than we did the entire day before lol. Job well done!

Glad to have another year under my belt. Jewelry highlights of this year?! I would have to say the man-on-the-moon moonstone pendants that I came across; those were so intricate and really unique. I was trying to find my own ring, but I only found a couple and each were similar to the ones I've owned in the past, nothing too special about them. I also can't stop thinking about the little gold coin purse set with sapphires that I found and took a video of. Truly have not seen a piece like that before--just wish something like that had more of a use than being pretty. Can't really wear that on my finger or around my neck. But, man is it beautiful!!

What did I bring home?! I usually bring back one item every year to commemorate the trip--although I've been four times before, I only have two items to show for it (the first year I couldn't afford anything, the second year I bought a teeny tiny diamond band which I have since sold). This year was a little tricky: I bought four rings with the intention of selling three and keeping one, then I got home and couldn't decide which one to keep!!  I will continue deciding (although I did end up selling the lapis inlay scarab within a few minutes of posting it). If you have an opinion on which I should keep, let me know! I'll follow up with a blog post featuring the rings, along with the ones I've purchased from the past shows.

Cheers to next year--and hopefully staying a little longer and saving more $$ to spend! ;) #neverenough 

PS: My dad asked me how much money I was bringing down to Miami to buy with, and when I told him the amount, he said, "That's like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!" As per usual, he was right.

 

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2015

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Since my first trip back in 2012 until now, the world of antique jewelry has evolved so much and so have my tastes, along with the goals of each trip.  Last year was the only year I did not attend, so I was even more excited to go since my Miami hiatus was finally starting to get to me!  This was the first time we decided to stand in the infamous long line before opening day, as we felt like two bargain hunters on the eve of Black Friday. If I could guess, I think this year boasted record-breaking numbers in terms of attendance. As most every year, the Original Miami Beach Antique Show stretched across Halls C & D, as well as a bonus room with even more sparkly things in the "Flamingo Room."  If you have never been, it truly is hard to fathom how large of a show this is...what may help would be to glance at this Floor Map of the show. It is quite easy to get caught up in the rows upon rows of antiques and get this glazed look usually only seen on teenage boys playing video games all day. We hit the first day hard by standing in line for 45 minutes pre-show opening time and leaving around 7! It may be an understatement to say that we were tired! Looking back though, I think it is the best way to do it and to take advantage of this once a year show. Also as I look back, I am craving those personal pan pizzas that they sell at their consession stands so badly--those are some good pizzas! Our nightly routine consisted of eating dinner and looking at all the jewelry we bought and then sleep!  Day two went about the same as day one, with looking in the morning with fresh eyes only to realize you should have left the day before way earlier to avoid the zombie-buying episodes. Once you pass five hours of being at the show nonstop, you start buying things you normally wouldn't buy or skip booths that shouldn't be skipped. It's ok, it happens to the best of us.  

Some highlights of the trip were meeting OakGem, one half of MetierSF, the women of Rago Auction house roaming the aisles of the show, also meeting The Three Graces, and a few random people that passed me by and were like, "Hey you're that Gem Gossip girl!"  Enjoyed seeing old friends like Craig Evan Small, Jacob's Antique & Estate Jewelry, my friends at Excalibur Jewelry, Jewels du Jour, and meeting up with Sunny S. Bond. Of course, I always miss out on connecting with people that I've been meaning to, but you can always reach out via email!  

Jewelry highlights of the trip, I tried getting pictures of things that really stood out to me, shown above. I loved Sue Brown's eclectic taste and it was awesome seeing her inventory in person rather than the smaller selection online. One ring that I fell in love with online was the three colored sapphire ring pictured above--set with the most luscious yellow, pink and blue sapphires.  Such a cool design too!  DK Bressler had some incredible pieces as well--things that deserved to be photographed for an exhibit or basically my dream jewels all in one place! Every ring I tried on there was tiny and could fit my little fingers by the way...so I was like, is this real life?

Every year I try to bring home one ring for my personal collection, which has been tradition (except for my first trip ever, I left empty-handed--which looking back, is just as devastating today as it was back then). This year I brought home an early 1900s star sapphire ring set with single cut diamonds and black enamel from OakGem. It fits right in with my other elongated, geometric rings which have been my ultimate favorites from my collection.  Thanks OakGem!

As always, the trip was too short with not enough sunshine...and as per usual, the bathing suit was an unnecessary suitcase addition.  Can't wait until next year!! 

Las Vegas Jewelry Show Purchases for Waltons

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Shot some photos when I had the chance on Friday at work.  The jewelry show in Vegas was amazing, overwhelming, fun and a huge success.  We bought the best antique earrings possible.  We also accomplished our goal of finding a 2 carat diamond engagement ring.  More about the show and what I purchased for myself later!