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Q & A with Mother/Daughter Duo of Charmco

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There are quite a few jewelry businesses that feature mother-daughter duos in this industry. Each one having a story rich in passion, a love for what they're doing AND for one another, and above all, a special bond you truly can't have with anyone else. Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and jewelry is a wonderful and powerful gift to give any mother--but a charm that has significance and meaning, one that connects you two together will make her heart sing!  Even better if you get that charm from Charmco, a mother-daughter run business that has been deeply connected to charms and promotes this in every way possible!  After hearing their story, you'll not only want to start your own charm collection (if you haven't already), but also buy your mom a personalized charm for her to unwrap on Mother's Day!

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It started with my grandma Boomie’s charm bracelet. I remember when she would visit my sister and I would go over each and every charm and beg her to tell us what they were and she would have fun telling us stories. My mother inherited the bracelet and decided to use a few of these special charms to build a bracelet for us. ​She searched for the rest of the charms to make the bracelets meaningful to us; I lived in NYC and worked in communications while my sister was working on a farm in Bali so you can imagine how different the bracelets could be! It was hard to find great charms to add so it took quite a while. When she gifted us the bracelets, needless to say we were both blown away! Wherever I wore my charm bracelet it seemed to spark a conversation- I even remember showing my charms to a stranger on the subway and going over what each little treasure meant to me. My mother had always been a collector of vintage and antique jewelry and I loved the idea of starting a business where we could help people find great charms so we launched C.H.A.R.M, an acronym for “Charms Have A Real Meaning”. An awesome name for our company but not a great one for a web based retailer so a few years later we became Charmco.

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We started traveling and educating ourselves and collecting and by Spring 2002, we began to work with private clients in NYC by appointment to make custom charm bracelets. Soon after that we developed our first website. It was an informational site which had a questionnaire in a pdf form that was downloaded by customers with questions that were supposed to reveal their true charm nature! We had piles of forms come in and we would build a sampling of their bracelet based on the answers. We were sending charm bracelet all over the US and were featured in a variety of popular magazines and had a great word of mouth business. We started doing trunk shows at Bergdorf Goodman and for about 3 years we sold through Bergdorfs, Neiman Marcus and Fragments showroom and to a variety of boutiques. We moved our focus online in 2005 with an ecommerce site and now Charmco is home to over 700 collection charms all made in NYC, more than 1000 vintage charms, charm bracelets and necklaces to mix and match.

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A charm bracelet or charm necklace is so personal, it tells your story, your travels and your loves- all around. It's a piece of jewelry that's classic so it avoids being on trend one season and out the next. It can be passed down from one generation to the next and get transformed into the next person's wearable life story. The charms I have from my Grandmother are some of my most precious. Charm gifting, in itself, becomes a tradition. We have mothers, husbands, daughters, sisters, friends, grandmothers returning every year on the dot for another charm for their bracelet. Charm bracelets, unlike any other jewelry is a growing reflection of one’s life.

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Some of our all time favorites are also some of the most popular charms. My absolute favorite is our Custom Calendar; a charm where your special date is marked with a Diamond and which is entirely bespoke. Other classics are an engraved monogram disc, retro baby booties that can be engraved with a birth date or a name ​and famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, which we make 4 different ways. Our all time most popular category is travel; a classic charm bracelet theme. ​New styles people are loving include our new martini glass with a Diamond olive and our elephant mom and baby charm. The martini glass is classic and has a fun diamond olive spark to it and the elephant mom and baby gets an “aww” from everyone when they see the mom carrying the little baby with her trunk.

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We see more symbolic charms like unicorns and lightning bolts rising in popularity. The infinity symbol is a charm that's popular at the moment and I think it’s a concept charm that people embrace right now.

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Lisa:

The charm bracelet that inspired our business has evolved through the years. I have custom calendars for each of my two daughter’s birthdays. I paired them with a mini vintage rooster and rat charm to mark their Chinese Zodiac for our three years in Hong Kong. One of my favorite charms is a movable roulette wheel with a little bead that moves with a shake and lands on a winning number. I still test my luck! I also have always cherished my devil that pops out of the martini shaker. I do like a good dry vodka martini! I've just started building a separate travel charm necklace and my favorite piece on this necklace isn't the most "fantastic" charm but it means a lot to me. It’s a golden mountain range of Crested Butte Colorado where I got engaged to my husband. The day I found that charm, I also learned I was pregnant with my first daughter Audrey, so it has super special meaning!

Leslie:

I tend to think in themes and Diamonds are my birthstone. One of my favorite charm bracelets is packed with Diamond charms I have collected over the years. The light bulb charm literally “lights” up with all my good ideas! My Sputnik bracelet features five vintage gem-filled Sputniks inspired by the 1950’s space satellite. My main charm bracelet is like a short bio of my life with quirks and all. I have a vintage crystal photo globe charm with a photo of my ex husband (father to my daughters) on one side and my husband of the past 35 years on the other! I also have a vintage troll doll, which represents my era that I love and a taxi meter that rotates from vacant to occupied to forever - A classic love charm.

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Top-left: Lisa's Travel Necklace -- Top-right: Leslie's Sputnik charm bracelet

Bottom-left: Lisa's main charm bracelet -- Bottom-right: Leslie's main charm bracelet

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12 of My Latest Obsessions + Words of Wisdom for the Holidays/End of the Year

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1. I've added a few new rings to my personal collection over the past couple of months from my recent trips. I met up with a fellow collector while in California and had the opportunity to buy a few pieces from her personal collection like the top row (minus the far left). I even discovered a website I can't get enough of--The RealReal--where my husband bought me our 1st anniversary gift (the turquoise navette ring above). I knew of the website, but never went to it thinking it was only designer purses and items from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton. I was pleasantly surprised at their fine jewelry selection!

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2. Another obsession of mine since earlier this year has been EBTH.com which stands for Everything But the House! It's a treasure hunter's dream come true and this company is killing it right now. They are a virtual estate sale website, which features high quality sales from homes all over the US, in the form of an online auction. Anything from home decor, to clothing, collectibles, cars and even jewelry is featured. I've purchased two large gold mirrors, a rock & mineral collection and my best yet, the ring pictured above on my middle finger!

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3. Fun fact about me: I competed in beauty pageants when I was younger and although terribly shy, I would transform into a different person when on stage. Why? All for the love of crowns! I thought the crowns were made of real diamonds and I was obsessed with them when I was little. This is the biggest one I've ever won, and I have over 50 of them.

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4. I'm obsessed with the hunt--anytime there is a big show coming up like Miami or Las Vegas, or if I have a buying trip planned, I get so excited I can't sleep. I couldn't believe Nashville was finally getting their own "Big Flea" and its first show was this past weekend. For one of the very first times ever in my life, I went to a show by myself and didn't run into anyone I know. It was such a relaxing and fun experience and I left with two amazing rings (above).

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5. In time for the holidays, Jessica McCormack (one of my favorite British jewelry designers) released this really cool concept. It is called the Taster Menu and it is a beautiful set of 13 mini mismatched earrings which can be styled in multiple ways. The motive behind it boasts the tagline "because you can't just have one" and is perfect for what is currently trending with earring styles.

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6. Shades of purple: a color I've always been drawn to since I was little, I've been obsessed lately with all things purple, including gems. Everything from amethyst, to iolite and even opals with a strong purple play of color. My entire bedroom at one point was all purple. Nowadays, I'll stick with purple jewels!

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7. I'm head over heels for charms and I think we've realized this since my last post and my new hashtag #gemgossipcharms Here are some of my latest favorites--definitely have an Egyptian theme going, a weird-but-cool section, a sentimental section and everything in between. I'll be going to my jeweler this week to finally convert my panther stick pin he found for me. I've also been layering my Dana Seng Jewelry birthstone initial necklace with anything and everything. It is a great base to start with.

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8. An all-gold look will always be a favorite of mine and this look combines another fun trend--geometrics--and takes everything to a whole new level. The ring on my middle finger is what I received for Christmas from my husband last year, it is designed by Osnat Har Noy. The bottom ring on my ring finger is by Tiro Tiro and on top of that ring I've added a stretched out snake ring. The pointer finger are three versions of my RING ONE from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, which I've since retired that style.

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9. If you've ever felt like pearls were too soft and feminine for you, may I present to you this badass pendant necklace by Nektar de Stagni Designs. The moment I laid eyes on this piece, I thought it was the coolest. I was right. I've been wearing it ever since I got it last week, you can get one too >> click here.

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10. If there's anything more perfect, it is finding an antique baby ring that fits either your pinky or your mid-section of any finger exactly. I've acquired quite the bunch over the last several years of collecting. They definitely make me happy and I've started a hashtag for them as well: #gemgossipbabyrings but there's a catch: you have to reveal 5 fun facts about your childhood when you post. It is so fun to read everyone's!

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11. After admiring Circa1700 and her Eternal Love Snake Charm Holder for a few years, I am so stoked to finally have my own! Problem is, it is so cool I am intimidated by which charms to put on it--only the best will do! Above, I'm attempting to maybe add these but I'm not certain. If you'd like to order your own just email info@circa1700.com -- they come in two sizes-- 1" or 1/2" and choose either yellow or rose gold and pick your gemstone eyes!

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12. Lucky enough to have a husband that also appreciates jewelry and collects it as well! Here is his charm collection...as you can see he loves medallions. Hoping to find him a really unique medallion this holiday season--if you are a seller and have any round medallions, let me know!

I was really pleased with my last 12 Latest Obsessions post I did and had a really great response from others as well. For one reason or another, that post resonated with people and that is exactly what I was wanting. Here I am again creating another installment--this time with some words of wisdom just before the holiday season gets under way, and some things to keep in mind with the closing out of another year. The end of the year is a great time to focus, get inspired and reevaluate things. I've also revamped my entire Pinterest page, which took SO LONG, but I've been trying to not ignore that page anymore. Sometimes it is hard to transfer what you have going on in your head into a website layout or a Pinterest page, but hopefully with the reorganization I did, you can better connect with all the best features of Gem Gossip. Let me know your feedback! One of my favorite new boards is the #GemGossipFigas board (I've embedded it below).

And speaking of better connecting, I've got a really exciting announcement this week...it involves singing up with your email (found on the sidebar) so get to it! ;)

Words of Wisdom for the Holidays/End of Year:

1. Declutter and reorganize just before the holidays! This is the best way to evaluate what you have, what you constantly use or wear, and to figure out what you might want to ask for for the holidays. Whenever it gets close to this time of year and family asks me what I want, I almost get clueless as to what to say. If there are things in your closet you haven't worn in over a year, you might want to pitch them. It is also a great time of year to donate!

I got rid of lots of clothes, shoes, purses and even went through the dogs' toys. Go through things in your office and bathrooms too. 

2. Make memories by putting down your iPhone. I need to be more aware of this, especially around Thanksgiving, where every year I say I want to learn how to cook the turkey, but end up on my iPhone looking at pictures people are posting of their turkey spread.  This year, choose to live in the moment--hide your phone somewhere and make memories. Have conversations, look at old pictures, and reminisce. This time of year only happens once every 365 days, so make sure you enjoy and remember it!

3. Start your holiday shopping early and set a budget. Making a list helps--start by listing everyone you need to buy for and start jotting down ideas. It is ok to ask people what they want. I always like to gift my mom and dad something special each year. Last year I got my mom a KitchenAid mixer, something she has wanted since they were invented, and I've never seen her be so surprised and happy over a gift! It was awesome. Budgeting is also important, so I like to either use cash or debit when Christmas shopping. I'm still paying off a credit card from last year--bad mistake!

4. Learn a new recipe to make and share. Seems like a constant similarity within everyone's holidays is FOOD. I've been finally getting into cooking and this year I'm looking forward to finding a great recipe to make and bring with me. If you don't have enough time to do this from now until Thanksgiving, plan ahead for Christmas, Hanukah, or New Years. 

5. Reflect on the positives of the year and start to plan for the next year! Sure, everyone has bad things that happened within the past year, but focus on all the positives and only the positives. What made this year special? What was an unforgettable moment? Plan for the new year with these on your brain and try to remember that the best is yet to come. 2017 is going to be an amazing year!

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? You may also enjoy all my Inspiration Boards I've created over the years.

My Jewel Box: I'm Suddenly Charmed by Charms

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Most of my personal collection of charms consists of pieces I've had since I was little or items that were passed down to me. Like my Baptismal medal and my dad's Italian horn. The green enamel fish and heart key charm were from my grandparents' and were gifts from different trips to Italy.

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I walked into Ocean Beach Antique Mall with no necklaces and left with my new favorite trio--these three go together in the best way possible. California has the best vintage 50s/60s jewelry. Also, tiki tribal guy needs a name and turns out, is not bad luck as first assumed.

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Only have one chain? Go for it! Adding your entire collection to one chain is COOL. And I recommend it!

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You can bring your neck game and charm party to a whole new level by an easy DIY. Buy some black velvet at a craft store (I have three different thickness sizes) and sew some velcro to the ends for easy adjusting. Chokers are great layer-ready pieces and velvet allows you to pin and hang other jewelry from it!

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Another look at my personal charm collection. Vintage medals are a favorite of mine, although I only have one, they make a big statement by themselves. The doll is in a category of its own!!

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Although I mostly sell rings, lately I've been offering some great charms and necklaces over on @shopGEMGOSSIP

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See what I mean?! The more the merrier!

I've admired charms for a very long time, they just never were something I focused on or absolutely loved. I went several years without wearing a single necklace, let alone a charm dangling from a chain. It was safe to say my neck felt the "no jewel" love and over time things started to change. I began appreciating charms for their sentimental value and enjoyed the many possibilities of what kinds of charms are out there. Of course, vintage and antique charms were always my cup of tea. After converting a few stick pins into charm rings over the last few years and not wearing them that much, I realized that charms may be meant for the neck and hang from a chain, as they should. 

As I finally let myself obsess over charms for the first time ever, I of course began traditions and yearly acquisitions. Like the Fox & Bond Mini became my anniversary celebration piece, adding one every year of marriage to my newly growing charm collection. I started with the diamond set Mini with my wedding date engraved on the inside shank, along with our initials. After just celebrating our first year of marriage, I added another, this time randomly choosing an amethyst (I think I'm going to randomly choose the gemstone set for each year just by whatever gem I'm feeling at the time) and "1 year" engraved on the inside. 

I'm also still obsessing over the Jean Jean Vintage Cachet Collection charm and will probably add another to my fam.  As you can tell, charms become more and more addicting as you immerse yourself into their collectible world. So many Hollywood starlets had a charm bracelet, which they collected charms on--like Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie O. 

I would love to see your charm collection! Use hashtag #gemgossipCharms on Instagram--I will be posting some of my favorites all week!

 

xoxoGemGossip

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My Jewel Box: A Peg Doll Charm from the 1930s

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This might be my favorite thing I ever bought. The story of how I acquired this kooky charm is definitely worth its own blog post!  If you read my blog, you may have seen that I visited Sarah's Vintage & Estate Jewelry in Buffalo, NY on my quick trip back home. I loved visiting the store, meeting the owner Sarah and everything about that day--it was magical.  What happened afterwards when I got home to Nashville, you could say, was also magical and somewhat mysterious.

So here is what happened...

I was going through photos on my iPhone as I do every weekend, trying to delete things from the previous week and organize my life. When I visit stores, I take photos with a professional camera and barely use my iPhone.  I did however take a couple pictures with my iPhone during my visit--I remember trying to see what the best angle would be to shoot images without getting a ton of reflection from the windows--so I was "test shooting" photos. A few of these test shots captured some pieces of jewelry I overlooked on my visit, the main being the above 14k yellow gold Peg Doll charm. I was scrolling through the photos and there she was clear as day amongst all the other blurry shots. I was like, "What is this?! This is amazing!!" 

I knew I had to reach out to Sarah and ask about the charm, hoping it was still in her store. I envisioned her response being like, "A doll charm? I have no idea what you're talking about, I've never had something like that before" ...and it being a twilight zone situation. haha But sure enough, she still had it and the rest is history! 

I posted a photo of the charm earlier today and asked if anyone knew any information on this unique piece. Special thanks to Eden of The Eden Collective who had a similar charm at one point and did some digging on it. She called it a "Peg Doll" charm most likely from the 1930s, originating in Germany. These peg doll charms were very popular back then.  If anyone knows anything else, I'd be happy to hear! And also would love to see any interesting or unique charms in your collection too! 

 

xoxoGemGossip

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Angela of Gemstone Gypsy

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We are ringing in the New Year today with an inspiring and gorgeous Jewelry Collection Story from Angela, or what we may like to call her "Gemstone Gypsy." I find her collection entirely intriguing and I love how sentimental and closely tied to her heritage many of the pieces are. Let's get right into it:

"I've loved jewelry since I was a child. My maternal grandmother is a serious collector who worked for Tiffany and Hermes and taught me how to appreciate everything from major Victorian rings to beautiful Chanel costume pieces. She’s real, old New York – always in head to toe black, purple Chanel lipstick and Ferragamo shoes – and I idolized her as a child! I would sit with her in her apartment, riveted, while she showed me what things were made of and explained why they were valued. She really impressed upon me the importance of quality construction, too, and how to spot it. My paternal side is Brooklyn Italian, and they love their gold! So since an early age I had lots of adornment around me.

Anyone who knows me also knows that I'm hugely sentimental, so apart from the aesthetic aspect of jewelry, I love what it means in a personal sense. In the end, regardless of material, a piece’s value is truly in the story it carries, and what it becomes in the eye of the beholder. The simplest, most inexpensive thing can become hugely meaningful if it is loved or given with love, and I find that so magical."

Above: My collection of vintage + antique yellow gold Italian/Catholic protection charms, shown on top of pictures of my grandmothers in Brooklyn in the early 1920s-30s. A Gold Rush-era gold nugget lock, American Victorian 10k carnelian cross, and Victorian goldfill locket.

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"My personal jewelry collection is not enormous (though my husband would definitely disagree!) but it is pretty varied - everything from Georgian gold rings to Mexican silver pieces from the 70s. I've also built up a fair amount of contemporary, handmade pieces as well, many of them made by jewelers I know personally and count as friends. It makes the pieces that much more special! I do have certain themes I stick to – eras, styles and stones I love.

I’m drawn to sapphires because they are my husband’s birthstone. I love rubies, just because. Georgian, Victorian + Art Deco are my favorite eras to collect. I always go for big, statement rings over anything else. And, if given the choice, I’d pick any of what I call the “soft stones” – agates, turquoise, lapis, coral – over diamonds (though a few diamonds never hurt anyone ;)"

Above: My wedding jewelry: Bands - Vintage 18k split band, Art Deco 18k and french cut sapphire eternity band from @duvenay, Art Deco 14k-lined platinum engraved band from Metier SF; My engagement ring, a 1920s sapphire + mine cut diamond target ring from London, and my wedding gift, a Georgian rose/old cut diamond cluster ring, also from London.

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"My solid gold safety pin earrings from my Jewels for Gypsies line are one piece I literally wear every single day and never take off. They’re like a great combo of a stud and a hoop – you can sleep in them comfortably, they look chic if you want to dress them up but also have just the right amount of rocker edge to lend to any outfit."

Above: L-R: My Jewels for Gypsies 14k Safety Pin Earrings, Vintage 18k white gold and diamond safety pin pendant from @GoldAdore, 18k + Sapphire Indian Snake Hoops from @lisajshuler_apocketofrocks.

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"Another favorite would be my necklace of Italian protection and religious charms – some I’ve had since childhood, some which my husband has given me or I’ve collected over the years. I wear them every day and rarely take them off, and all the women in my family do too – we’re very superstitious! If the necklace doesn’t match what I’m wearing (rare!) I’ll pin a few to my underwear, just in case."

Above: My everyday neck game: Jewels for Gypsies large 14k feather pendant in yellow gold with pavé rubies, a french-cut ruby and gold cross I bought in London, my 1940s 18k ruby + diamond A. Augis "I Love You More Every Day" pendant (a gift from my husband), and a 14k + ruby dagger, which is probably the piece people most commonly try to buy off my neck (I say no every time)!

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Above: Victorian sterling, 14k gold, diamond and mother of pearl Miraculous medal - my 30th birthday gift from my husband, purchased from @theoneilovenyc.

One of my favorite pairs of earrings - diamond + 14k talons by my hugely talented friend Noriko Sugawara (of N+A New York). She's probably the best jeweler I know and she taught me how to make jewelry way back when.

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Above: Assorted stick pin necklaces I made (l-r): a Georgian collet-set diamond, a 14k Tiffany & Co. Fishhook (formerly a tie tack of my dad's), and a platinum + diamond "J" for my husband, from @ishyantiques. The Victorian garnet is from @theoneilovenyc.

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"I have a Victorian Garnet cabochon ring with a halo of opals that my husband gave me one birthday early on in our relationship that’s really special to me. Garnet is my birthstone, and I love the symbolism of fidelity it carries with it. It’s the first antique, and the first ring he ever gave me, so it holds a lot of meaning for me. I even make a point to wear it to weddings and family occasions to lend love and positive symbolism to the event."

Above: Symbols of Love: A Victorian garnet + opal halo ring, a 1930s band inscribed "Amor Vincit Omnia" (love conquers all, also from my husband), and a ring I made from a Georgian garnet lace pin I added a hand-carved 18k band and foil back aquamarine to.

Snakes! (l-r) A French Art Deco gold and diamond snake, Victorian garnet + opal snake from @heartofsolidgold, and a Victorian garnet snake scored from Ebay (!), which I wear every day.

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"My antique ring collection is still growing - I have about 40 antique rings total, though to be honest I mostly just wear a few favorites daily. I've been collecting pieces my whole life, but really only seriously for about 3-4 years."

Above: Turquoise dreams (l-r): An Art Deco 22k pinky ring, 18k + Persian turquoise Late Victorian band from @_butterlaneantiques, an American Victorian turquoise ring, and a ring I made from a Victorian square-cut turquoise + old-cut diamond horseshoe pin.

Love Gold! (l-r): 1920s 18k "William Tell" signet from @_butterlaneantiques, 14k gold + sapphire class ring circa 1917 (my grandmother's birth year), a Victorian 18k + diamond Gypsy Ring, and a hand-sawn 1946 Half Penny pyramid ring made by my very dear + talented friend @racheleardleysomerset, whose work reminds me that you can still be a quality maker in today's world.

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"The best story I have about a personal piece would have to be the one behind this funny Edwardian Sapphire and Diamond ring I inherited. My friends and I refer to it as "The Cat Eye Mask" ring because that's what it reminds us of. My mom found it in the bottom of a box full of trash in my grandfather’s apartment, right before he died. It almost got thrown away! She gave it to me a few years ago and I rarely wear it, but I would never sell it because I just think I was meant to own it. My cousin and best friend even wore it in her wedding as her “something blue,” just in case the good luck attached to it rubs off."

Above: The infamous "Cat Eye Mask" Edwardian diamond + sapphire ring that was rescued from the trash, in its original box.

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"My favorite places to treasure hunt are with special dealers I have met over the years and love to hang out with and buy things from here in New York City. I also try to make the trip to London when I can to visit friends and shop at Portobello road at least once a year. As far as non-secret spots, I love Etsy – there are beautiful, quality pieces there at all price points, and a lot of really cool new handmade stuff as well. The Pier Antique Shows in Manhattan are great, too, and open to the public – I recommend going with a friend or two for second opinions! I personally always try to shop with at least one of my girls: Jenn (@bellflowerbay) and Christy (@this_is_ferro) – they’re my posse, and I can barely make decisions without them! As far as brick-and-morter stores, my favorite is Metier in San Francisco – they’re tiny but perfectly stocked with old and new; I always try to pop in while I’m in town!"

Above: My collection of agates (l-r): A Victorian dendritic agate ring from @decemberanchor, an 18k bloodstone intaglio "A" ring I got years ago on Ebay, an amazing Victorian bloodstone statement ring from Metier SF, an Art Deco moss agate dinner ring from Ruby Lane, a 1920s banded agate stunner from @eriecanalcollectors, and my first Instagram purchase - a Victorian moss agate ring from my friend Lauren of @agelessheirlooms.

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Above: Part of my collection of silver bracelets (top to bottom): a coin souvenir bracelet from all the countries my filmmaker grandfather visited, made for my mom when she was a child, a vintage sterling silver buckle bracelet, a vintage Taxco Mexican silver buckle bracelet, a Victorian sterling Albertina watch chain bracelet (each individual link is hallmarked!).

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"My dream piece? This is tricky – I want so many antique gems, the list is a mile long! I guess if I had to settle on something, it would be the Hermes Boucle Sellier silver bracelet. They reissued a huge version of it three or four years ago, and I’m totally obsessed. I have a vintage Chain d'Ancre (one of the early, super heavy ones) that I inherited from my grandmother, and have since built a stack of beautiful Indian and Mexican sterling bracelets around it, that I wear constantly. My dream has always been to be one of those fabulous old ladies with bracelets up to my elbows, and that bracelet is definitely a piece that I feel like I really NEED to complete my collection. I was visiting the jeweler who apprenticed me not long ago, and he was polishing one for a private client. I was completely transfixed and could not stop staring until he finally let me try it on. All I could think was, “Could I make it out the door in time?” but that thing is so heavy, it would probably drag me down as I ran off with it!"

Above: The two prizes of my bracelet collection: A vintage Hermes sterling silver chaine d'ancre bracelet I inherited, and a vintage 14k + diamond curb chain I bought to celebrate an accomplishment.