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I've never started a blog post like that before. Should I just leave it? Ok, I will.
Here is the long overdue blog post about the items I brought back from my trips to Tucson & Miami. Anytime I go to a jewelry show, I never know what I'm going to find so the energy is always slightly tense and adrenaline is constantly flowing. If I buy something at a show, I never know for certain if I'm going to keep it or sell it--I've realized I have to bring it home and introduce it into my collection, wear it a few times, and decide if it feels like it should be mine forever or not. I can't tell you how I determine that, I just know.
This time around in Tucson, I never knew I would find a piece of jewelry I would love and end up keeping. I was totally focused on buying gems, crystals and random minerals (see second photo) but when I stopped by the Excalibur Estate Jewelry booth at AGTA in Tucson, the ring kind of found me. It didn't help that I had been searching for a special client of mine for something just like this, but it was out of her budget. I bought it anyway. The whole rest of the trip, I treated it as though it was for my client and that I would be saying goodbye to it as soon as I got home. Every time I thought about selling it, I couldn't! I also kept looking at pictures of it (actually the exact photo in this blog post) the whole plane ride home. I had to keep it.
My next trip to Miami was only a week later, so normally I would be like "my budget is DONE" after buying something like that in Tucson. I had some good timing with my EBTH sale being launched the same day Miami started. I took my entire inventory and put it up for auction with EBTH--sort of nail-biting as every piece is sold at no reserve--so yes several pieces went for hundreds less than retail value, but I was able to justify finding and buying three amazing new pieces for my personal collection.
The three rings in the last photo above on the left are my Miami Antique Show finds. The furthest one on the left is from Shelly Storch Fine Jewelry--I found it early on in the day on my last day, I made an offer which wasn't accepted and then came back right before I left at the end of the day. This is one of those rings that you simply can't stop staring at! The turquoise and black enamel ring was found at Haig's of Rochester and I love the contrast of the turquoise with the enamel. I think it may have been a stick pin conversion--while most stick pins are tiny, this one is pretty large, which is what I like about it as well. The last purchase from the Miami Antique Show is the Art Nouveau diamond and black enamel ring from Marlene Wong Alvarado Antique & Estate Jewelry. She is a seller who has been in the business for YEARS and is based out of Corpus Christi, Texas. She told me she personally wore that ring for over 20 years, as it was in her personal collection and this was the first time she was offering it for sale. I told her I would take good care of it! It is marked Syman and I couldn't find much about this maker online. I posted a photo of the ring on a Facebook Group I'm a member of--Antique Jewelry Identification Group--and my friend Jenn believes that it is a Colorado based company from the early 1900s. If you know more about this maker, please contact me!
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I was giving myself a good chuckle yesterday because I've gotten a few comments from people asking why I stopped my YouTube videos--especially my main series Gem Gossip Read & Wear. The point of the series was to try to keep in tact a New Year's Resolution I made last year--which was to only buy one ring per month, and also read one jewelry book per month. As with most resolutions, I started out strong--almost too strong. I knew my demise was near. Sure enough, I couldn't keep up and bought way too many rings. Also my sister who edits and creates all the video content was having health difficulties, so that contributed to my sudden drop off from YouTube as well. Hopefully I'll be back with something new and exciting, so stay tuned.
As the year came to a close (nearly 20 days ago, are you kidding me?!) I kind of went over board with the additions to my collection. So much so that I haven't been keeping up with the My Jewel Box posts--so I'm compiling a bunch of my acquisitions into this one post! Five rings, to be exact--all acquired in November/December. Wanted to share the stories behind and details for those interested--BECAUSE I LOVE READING STUFF LIKE THAT. Hope you do too! ;)
This beauty was my Christmas gift from my husband this year--yes, another antique elongated diamond ring. "Don't you have enough of those kinds of rings?!" Umm, no. I seriously cannot get enough of this style--something about it. This particular ring was found at auction from Hampton Estate Auction. It's platinum and set with Old European cut diamonds, a 1920s piece through and through. Most of my other elongated rings are from earlier than that--so this was fun to add to the collection.
For some reason this opal cluster ring caught my attention like no other! Some might not think it is anything special...10k gold...a few simple opals in a cluster design, nothing groundbreaking. But the glow in these opals, I mean, you can't put a price on something like this! Well, actually you can...and then I'll buy it. I found this baby at Nashville's first ever Big Flea. It was from a booth that had LOTS of items and I spent quite some time looking. When I saw it my heart obviously did that flutter thing--and of course, the lady in charge of the booth was busy with other people--so for a good while I stood there pale as ever, thinking someone would swoop in and grab it lol.
This ring was actually not a ring at first--it came to me as a brooch! There were certain signs I noticed that kind of point to this brooch actually being a ring originally, and I was happy to restore it to its natural state. I was covering the Shirley Temple sale for Heritage Auctions when I came across another sale they were having just a few days after and the amount of amazing lots they had floored me. I automatically thought, "there's no way I'm going to win" upon seeing all the jewelry. Auction day came and it was a late night, constantly checking bids and the proxy bids. I was thrilled to win this brooch and no sooner than I received it, I had it in front of my jeweler, showing him what kind of style band to put on it. I love how it turned out and can't tell you how comfortable it is.
You may have noticed that a lot of my new acquisitions are rarely from eBay (like they always used to be)! I've fallen off the eBay bandwagon and haven't found anything good on it in awhile--I used to search daily, and now I'm down to maybe once a month and I'm usually disappointed. This fun turquoise ring is actually from eBay--the rare occurrence I went on there and actually came away with something decent. I truly miss the good ole eBay days where everything was amazing and authentic...and most of all, cheap! Now it is riddled with knock offs from India and sketchy sellers, along with the same items that haven't sold in 5 years.
The last ring I'd like to highlight has been in the "pipeline" for a couple months and I've been clearly obsessed with it because if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen this a lot! ;) It is designed by Becca of BCE Jewelry and when we met up over dinner in Nashville late last summer, she brought along some major drool-worthy jewels and some loose stones. I fell in love with three opals that magically looked as though they belonged together. We went back and forth on the configuration (I even posted two different versions and asked for YOUR opinion) and in the end, I settled on what Becca had originally designed for the layout. I love her aesthetic and style of her jewelry designs, and so pumped to finally own something from her. Can't wait to see what is in store for her future!
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I easily gravitated toward Anya's Instagram feed when I first discovered "GemFever" and caught my own gemstone fever because of it. Her taste is truly refined and she has a great eye! So many of her sold archives are pieces I had wished I pounced on when they were first listed...and incidently her jewels she does sell often become "sold" faster than you can email her. It was a surprise to meet her in person at my GIA Alumni presentation in DC and let me just say, it was like talking to someone I had known my whole life! So happy that she is sharing her collection with us today:
Jewelry has always drawn me in, I love having wearable treasures and I’m addicted to gemstones. I chose the name “gem fever” to identify myself on various online platforms because that’s how gemstones make me feel – feverish, excited, passionate.
The pieces I currently have in my jewelry box I’ve collected over the last six years or so. I discovered Etsy in 2010 and loved finding shops with one of a kind handmade pieces that I’d never find in a local jewelry store. Though recently I’ve concentrated on fine vintage jewelry, I still wear a few pieces from Etsy artists that I really treasure (for example the pomegranate pendant from Winged Lion and the scrimshaw ring from Linda Layden).
Since I sell vintage jewelry, quite a few pieces have transitioned from my shop to my personal collection, and vice versa. I’ve noticed that the pieces that stick around tend to be the ones that sweep me off my feet unexpectedly. I may find them when I’m looking for something else and the jewels pick me to be their caretaker. This happened with my most beloved piece – my Old Mine Cut diamond earrings. I was browsing at Intergem, more or less looking for a vintage diamond ring. I stopped by the booth of the vendor Efim Gilin and asked to see a few things. Elena, who is a very friendly and talented seller, pulled out these earrings even though I hadn’t been asking about earrings at all. The moment I saw them, they took my breath away. I don’t think I’d ever felt such a rush from buying a piece of jewelry before, I just had to have them. They were above my budget so I put them on layaway, then worked and reworked my budget so I could pay them off as soon as possible. When the time came, my husband and I took a trip to New York to pick them up, and had a fantastic time. We’ve made quite a few trips together to check out jewels around the country, or to go to shows, and it’s always great fun.
I love going to antique shows to check out jewelry in person. But my absolute favorite place to look for vintage pieces is still eBay – I love the treasure hunt. Shopping on eBay is a skill, you have to get a feel for the condition of pieces, watch out for fakes and reproductions, avoid shady sellers with fake listings, and so on. If you’re willing to put in the time to search and take the risks, eBay can really pay off.
My personal collection is constantly evolving, and I like to keep it fairly small. I tend to wear a few favorites regularly, and go through phases of favorites (currently my emerald ring gets the most wear). My ongoing obsession is vintage diamonds, I’ve been on the hunt for the “perfect” old cut for years. I love that no two vintage diamonds are exactly alike. I’ve temporarily owned a few stunning stones, but ended up selling each one because the excitement of the search is addictive. One day, I’ll commit to a vintage diamond engagement ring, but for now I’m wearing a French cut diamond band that I had custom made using vintage diamonds from a cocktail ring I found on eBay, set into a platinum bezel band by the talented designer Caysie van Bebber from CvB Inspired Design. When it comes to metals, I enjoy both rich yellow gold and the coolness of platinum. Overall, I’d say I keep pieces in my personal collection when they fill me with joy.
In the future, I’d like to add more gemstones to my collection. There is an opal and spinel ring in the works. I am craving more emeralds, plus a blue sapphire that would draw me in like the vast starry sky (a girl can dream!). I would love a vintage diamond cocktail ring like Danielle’s incredible Edwardian pieces.
And of course, I’m excited to see which jewels will find me unexpectedly and change my collection in ways I can’t yet imagine.
Platinum pearl and diamond ring & plat. diamond band | Silver scrimshaw ring from Linda Layden on Etsy | Onyx and blue zircon ring in 14k yellow gold | Whimsical baroque pearl ring in yellow gold | Buckle ring from the wonderful @jewelleryhannah on Instagram
Victorian yellow gold locket | White gold, diamond, and White South Sea pearl earrings that are surprisingly versatile and wearable | Victorian miniature portrait brooch that looks great on anything | Yellow gold griffin that I fell in love with and named George | Silver and white topaz pendant, a present from my mom.
My Victorian bohemian garnet collection, I love the earrings especially.
(left) These vintage silver, marcasite, and etched glass earrings were an eBay find that I instantly fell in love with. I’ve never been able to wear long earrings until I tried on these beauties. I get compliments on them every single time I wear them!
(right) A few of my favorite rings :) Custom made French cut diamond band, vintage diamond eternity | Emerald and diamond ring won at auction on eBay (I held my breath for a week waiting for this auction to end!) | Old European cut diamond halo ring – the first diamond halo in my collection, the one that made me change my “no halos” mindset. I love jewelry that surprises me and makes me rethink previous notions.
(left) Jewels that make me feel beautiful and feminine – earrings and my Beautiful Lady brooch.
(right) My current favorite – vintage emerald ring.
(left) Both my husband and I fell in love with this piece from Winged Lion on Etsy and hubby gave it to me as a present. I treasure it.
(right) My beloved Old Mine Cut diamond earrings, and French cut diamond band. I’m a huge nerd when it comes to vintage diamonds and these two pieces are the stars of my collection.
You can follow Anya --> @gemfever
I own three rings that feature moonstone: clover ring from Fancy Flea Antiques, cluster ring set with one large moonstone surrounded by Montana Sapphires from Lang Antiques, & cluster ring set with a center garnet from Diamond Addiction
One of my favorite moonstone finds on Etsy: Athena cameo from Otherwise Engaged
I'm usually really good about keeping my jewelry clean and organized, neatly putting away what I've worn each day back in its place before bedtime. That has NOT been the case these past few weeks! My piles of worn jewels began to stack up--one on the dresser and the other on my nightstand. It got out of hand when I opened up my jewelry box and it looked bare! So I turned on some good music and started to put each item back, one by one. This led to some reorganizing and of course, purging (hence why I added some pieces to @shopGEMGOSSIP).
Whenever I reorganize my jewelry box, I sharpen my aesthetic and narrow my taste. I also notice things I don't normally notice if I were to keep everything in the same place every time. This particular time I noticed my moonstones glistening in the sunlight. I only own three rings that feature moonstone, but they are surely my favorites! I decided to gather all three for a photo (above) and enjoy the enchanting gemstone for what it is all at once.
I'm asking you to do the same: gather all your moonstone rings and jewels you own and snap a photo. Post it on Instagram and tag #MoonstoneMonday and tag @gemgossip in the photo! I'll post some of my favorites! I also picked some of my favorite moonstone pieces that are currently online for sale! See above! Happy Monday!!
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Do you get excited when people you follow on Instagram post an incredible high-res image of a beautiful ring?! Well I do! And these 14 rings set off the "like" scale with big numbers. Some landing on our wish lists, some ending up on our jewelry bucket lists, while others immediately sold and were one-of-a-kind. Goes to show how an incredible ring can come to life on Instagram! Here are my favorites that were posted this year!
Bario Neal created this unique cluster ring and it has everyone stopping in their tracks (also comes in other gemstone combinations)
Leviev Diamonds posted this incredible diamond ring--the various diamond shapes and colors make for a unique presentation
Meredith Kahn debuted her twist ring this year in all gold with a chevron engraved motif, definite wish list
@homeoftheland posted this vintage Navajo ring from the 1970s signed Dar H. which she has been on the hunt for
Gemstone Gypsy posted this insane turquoise and pearl antique ring from Fourtane and everyone agrees it couldn't be more perfect
Erie Basin uncovered this custom made Masonic diamond ring from the 1950s at an estate sale and we're like WOW
Glorious Antique Jewelry posted and sold one of the few rings which started my pink gold and yellow gold obsession
@thirdcoastgems posted this Spinx ring by Line and Hue and it immediately went on my wish list
Erica Weiner gave this epic mourning ring to her business partner Lindsay for Christmas last year, wonder what this year will bring?!
Jewels by Grace posted this insane peridot and enamel ring by Rene Lalique in all its Art Nouveau glory
Mikkel Brogger Jewelry designed this geometric dream called the Susanna Ring
@JeObloy posted this amazing moonstone and diamond ring from Lawrence Jeffrey, and yes, this used to be a brooch
Margaret Cross designs this ring which has been on my wish list for far too long, need it now! Those are Herkimer Diamonds
URSAMAJOR designs this Striped Cushion Inlay ring--this one features lapis, jet and mother of pearl!