Entries in conversion rings (3)
We've updated the @shopGemGossip page with a few items--two of them being these brooch conversion rings which I've just gotten them back from my jeweler yesterday. I love the way they turned out because most importantly, it is all about comfort with these conversion pieces. I've been seeing a lot lately that don't look so comfortable or even reasonable to wear--pointy ends, seed pearls, or too gigantic for a finger. These are what I would call Goldilocks style--just right!
I also picked up this 18k yellow gold ankh bracelet that I thought was killer. I love the look of it, especially stacked with a gold watch and other bracelets. Egyptian Revival is one of my favorite types of jewelry, which is why I had to have this bracelet for my shop.
All items are listed on my separate Instagram page, check it out @shopGEMGOSSIP
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Trademark Antiques has been a favorite of mine since their start, back when I began blogging, in 2008. My #JewelryRoadTrip to Pennsylvania last year had me driving across the whole state, and I couldn't wait to get back to this sparkly region as I had missed visiting with Trademark Antiques when I was there! And boy am I glad I came back with plenty of time to devote. Located in central Pennsylvania, just a half hour from where my Gram lives and minutes away from a few shops and restaurants that I've traditionally visited since I was a baby, I was so surprised to realize how Jessica and Jason are so close to familiar favorites of mine. It came as no surprise though when I was greeted and welcomed with open arms and smiles all around. If you've ever purchased a piece of jewelry from Trademark Antiques, you know how absolutely sweet both are and friendly doesn't even begin to describe it!
I walked into an antique jewelry wonderland, equipped with my camera and some naked fingers, wrists, ears and neck. Luckily, I prepared well because two large ring trays, tons of necklaces, piles of bracelets and loads of pins awaited me, each displayed with the utmost care. Trademark Antiques is known for their impeccable conversion pieces, and if you ever want to add an antique enameled flower piece to your collection, just take a look at their inventory! But be quick about it--there are people that collect these highly-sought-after pieces, with some selling out just minutes of posting. Seeing so many pieces I once ogled over online, now live and in-person was really cool. The garnet headed snake bracelet, the colorful flower brooches, the sweet little charms that immediately made me want to start another charm bracelet...I didn't know where to begin putting a look together.
Sticking with favorite motifs, I opted for some navettes, large oval-shaped rings and some favorite floral conversion pieces. Figas are another favorite of mine and Trademark Antiques had some outstanding and unique ones. They also carry some really great serpent rings and enamel jewelry, two absolute favorites of mine. If you see something that catches your eye in any of the photos I took from my visit, feel free to email Jessica at Contact@trademarkantiques.com -- you can save the photo and zoom in on your favorite; take a screenshot with your phone, or make a wishlist! There are lots of pieces that aren't listed yet!
I'm so happy I got to meet Jessica and Jason of Trademark Antiques--it was such a memorable visit and a good time had by all! I had so much fun delving into all the rings and jewels, stacking and styling to my heart's content. I hope everyone enjoys these photos, some of which were taken by Jason who is such a talented photographer as well. If you scroll through their Instagram page, you can immediately spot the quality of the photos, which makes following them on Instagram even more fun!
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Any guy that can post a "Show Me Your Rings" photo on Instagram and have better-looking hands than some women, is a winner in my book! That's why Ismael Khan, you can call him Ish, has been racking up followers and customers over on Instagram (you can follow him @IshyAntiques) and finding his jewels landing in so many collectors' jewelry boxes (including mine). His attitude about antique jewelry and making sure customers come first is apparent. It is easy to spot his dynamic prices, which are set to sell items and allow people to build a collection, rather than go bankrupt. Ish's room for profit is very minimal, and he genuinely believes that jewelry should be accessible for everyone! The 24-year-old states, "It's a great feeling to help people add pieces which they thought might have been out of reach for them!" He also takes risks with old pieces of jewelry and parts, and turns them into more wearable pieces of jewelry--like rings and necklaces. He says, "I was happy to take on the risks of anything going awry during the conversion process, such as a stone breaking or cracking, or the whole thing collapsing due to dodgy old unseen repairs, because that was better than the pieces being kept in a vault and not enjoyed by anyone." You can't find that same attitude anywhere else--it is almost as rare as a red diamond!
Ishy Antiques began just last year and is currently a side project for Ish and one he is very passionate about. He first started out with a collection of just a few pieces of jewelry and had the idea of selling all of them in hopes of buying something bigger and better! He visited a local auction house called Wellers in Guildford (which those two photos with loads of rings on his hands are from there) to consign his items, where he learned more than he ever imagined and ended up enchanted by the thrill of bidding at auction, which convinced him to pursue this further. After his first auction experience he left with more items than he ended up selling, but lucky for him he found his calling!
By starting out very small--as in finding things for friends and family only--his side business Ishy Antiques began to grow and grow. Like a snowball, it has turned into what it is today. With a newly launched collaboration with Jewellery Hannah, also a favorite amongst us antique jewelry lovers in the Instagram community, he hardly had many pieces left for the actual launch date (which was this past weekend) because of high demand. Incredible rings are still left--like a heart-shaped moonstone surrounded by rubies and several super cute gemstone clusters. I was eyeing up the navy blue enamel star ring set with the craziest Old Mine cut diamond you could imagine! Little did I know it had a twin and a big brother--the pieces were a suite, with the ring I ended up with already being a finished item. The others were just stars without a purpose--until now! Jewellery Hannah did what she does best and turned them into wonderful rings that didn't last long on Etsy.
Regarding the collaboration, Ish says, "I really admire Hannah's work which is always really fun and high quality so I approached her to see if she was up for collaborating as a one-off special project. We talked a lot on Instagram and I was keen to keep any work I do within the Instagram community. I sent off my ideas but let her have free reign and complete control over any design decisions because I trusted anything she made would be great. It helped that I wasn't under any time constraints or deadlines which made the whole process a really fun experience. Conversions are only a small part of Hannah's business, so doing all these pieces together as a collaboration - and as a collection - was a really satisfying project for us both."
To view the whole collection along with Ishy Antiques' Etsy shop, click here.