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Entries in couture vegas (4)

Top Five Pieces I Wanted to Take Home With Me at Couture 2017

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This year the Couture show opened its doors to hundreds of buyers and press from all over the world, while I walked in a day late of opening day, I was quick and eager to dive into all that it had to offer. Each designer stood beaming behind their booths, creativity on full power and all their blood, sweat and tears front and center under the grappling lights. More on the show in general in a few days, but I wanted to focus in on five pieces, from five different designers that I felt stood out to me. These pieces may not be the flashiest or have the biggest gemstones; they are pieces I would want for my personal collection--items I could see myself wearing and enjoying on a daily basis. There are lots of jewels at Couture that were bold, striking and great for editorial shoots--but translating them into every day wear for an average American didn't quite fit in my eyes. Yes these jewels might be fun to drool over, to take a photo of, or to just simply stare at, but as I stood there thinking to myself, "what if I owned a store in Nashville, what would I buy that would fit my audience?" I realized that sort of changed my entire thinking while browsing. Most of the time when I'm in "Gem Gossip mode" I'm one-sided in my thinking, focusing on what pieces would photograph well, what would my followers want to see, what would get the most "likes." So here are my top five pieces that I surely wanted to take home with me at Couture 2017!

1. Anthony Lent Crescent Moonface bangles: being celestial obsessed must be commemorated somehow and these bangles fit the bill in many ways. First off, they are wearable and go with just about anything, for any occasion. Secondly, they are timeless and can be passed down through generations. Best part is they are each hand-made by Anthony Lent himself in his Philadelphia-based studio.

See the Anthony Lent website here. 

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2. Anything in opal from Jacquie Aiche: If you've visited Jacquie Aiche's booth at Couture, you know--every year she outfits her spot in gems and mineral specimens that have you feeling like you've been transported to her world. And once inside, there's no shortage of jewelry--each corner and nook is filled with displays, dripping in jewelry. And that's exactly their mantra--cover yourself in their pieces and style yourself to the max. Every necklace, bracelet, earring, ring and body chain complements one another, and now we know why she has so many devote "tribe" members!

See the Jacquie Aiche website here.

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3. Stackable, easy on-and-off chokers from Suzanne Kalan: ok, we all have realized chokers are still going strong in popularity and if you're really wanting to invest in something that is well-constructed, easy to wear, and gorgeous all-around, I suggest these! Suzanne Kalan is known for her baguette diamond wizardry and she follows through again in the choker design department. At the show, the chokers were displayed in large bunches, stacked together and they looked just as good, if not better when worn! There's no clasp or ties, it is flexible, so you can take it on and off SO easily!

See the Suzanne Kalan website here. 

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4. Enamel surf boards from Tara Hirshberg: I loved all the charms I was seeing at Couture this year and these enameled surf boards were a definite highlight from the debuting designer. I have never surfed before in my life and honestly am frightened beyond belief of the ocean, but even with those pitted against me, I have never wanted a gold surf board more in my life! haha!  I love the colors used, the size of them and the wearability. Creating surf-related jewels came naturally for LA-based designer Tara and her ocean living and ocean loving life. 

See the Tara Hirshberg website here. 

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5. New diamond bow rings from Arik Kastan: I always look forward to seeing the new designs from vintage-inspired Arik Kastan. This year's new bow rings had my head spinning and jaw-dropping.  They are perfect to stack and fit right in with other antique pieces, as seen here stacked with some other fun Arik Kastan rings. Loving all the green agate too! Tough decision though choosing which bow--the top or bottom??

See the Arik Kastan website here. 

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Want more? See my top picks from last year's show!

Arik Kastan Launches New Designs at Couture

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Arik Kastan has been busy debuting some new designs and collections out in Vegas earlier this month! The team was so excited to show off new pieces in front of thousands of buyers, press and journalists.

Take a look at the photos here, taken at the tradeshow...can you spot the new designs?  New favorites?!

>> Didn't attend the event, no worries--here's some things you missed! 

Vegas Favorites

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A padlock on a thin chain is all you need for a night out in Vegas! And this particular piece has a surprise--one side is moonstone, the other is labradorite. Hey, there's your day to night change-up right there! ;)

Double-sided padlock, Price: $2,398

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We've added lapis to our lineup and have never looked back! Completely obsessed with how this deep, opaque blue looks with all that is trending in fashion right now. Don't forget to stack for full potential.

Signature Three-Stone ring in Lapis, Price: $990

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We've got the case of the blues, in the best way possible--we've introduced a whole lineup of aquamarine beauties while in Vegas! As you can see, this one is gorgeous on its own or stacks nicely.

Oval Eternity band in aquamarine, Price: $1,240

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Feeling the summer heat over here in Vegas, which goes perfectly with our Blossom Stud earrings. We opted for the gemstone combo shown here, onyx and aquamarine--a little edgy, a little flirty. Definitely our kind of Vegas vibes.

Blossom Stud earrings, Price: $1,334

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If we could have one wish out here in Vegas, it would be to spend some time by the pool! This ring will help with that--one glance leaves you feeling cooled off and in a tranquil state. Thanks turquoise and emeralds!

Pebble Stone ring, Price: $1,725

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Last but not least, we couldn't help but add a little spice to our repertoire with these earrings! Bold and beautiful, set with garnets in a floral motif. Turn heads with these babies on!

Stained Glass Drop earrings, Price: $1,496

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The latest favorite TRIO, with two brand new designs--the MOSAIC band on the very top and COMPASS ring right below. Look out for them to hit the website soon! Can't wait? Email


Gem Gossip Covers The Couture Show in Vegas, 2015

IMG_0651 IMG_0769 IMG_0654 IMG_0821 IMG_0646 Checking out @arikkastan 's newest designs at #couture2015 loving the colors!! #celebratecouture #gemgossipdoesVegas #showmeyourrings norakoganjewelry moritzglik mattiolijewelry A celestial wake-up call, good morning Vegas!! @andreafohrman will always amaze me year after year with her designs, a definite highlight of #couture2015 #celebratecouture #showmeyourrings Really excited about #phynebypaigenovick @paigenovick and her edgy pieces--collars set with pearls & diamonds...and ear climbers set with moonstones! #couture2015 #celebratecouture #gemgossipdoesVegas Sapphires & emeralds from @ethomaria #couture2015 #celebratecouture #gemgossipdoesVegas #showmeyourrings Such a treat to be able to see @iliaslalaounis legacy be carried on by his daughters and see these beautiful gold designs in person! I loved meeting Maria Lalaounis--what a great memory from #couture2015 !! @lovegoldlive #lovegold #gemgossipdoesVegas I loved the colors of @ileanamakri 's designs and display. So many big things coming out of Greece! #couture2015 #celebratecouture #gemgossipdoesVegas Always love stopping by the @finnjewelry booth at #couture2015 to put together an ear party! Which one do you like best?! All are new designs! #gemgossipdoesVegas Savoring the goodness of @buddha_mama jewelry! Lots of rich, yellow gold. @lovegoldlive #lovegold #couture2015 As I dangle the Morpheus pendant from @anthonylentjewelry from my hand, I can feel there's something more powerful than meets the eye! Made of 18k yellow gold, platinum, diamonds and a great contrasting lapis lazuli drop. #couture2015 #gemgossipdoesVegas Gets me every time!! @brookegregson and her knack for creating designs fit for Earth's greatest treasures. So magical! #couture2015 #gemgossipdoesVegas Omg. I want it all. Loved meeting @dianekordasjewellery def one to watch!! #couture2015 #gemgossipdoesVegas #showmeyourrings Make sure to wish this babe -- @necessaryexcess -- a happy birthday today! She's wearing the sickest @buddha_mama hand bracelet mixed with her own jewels & @michellefantacijewelry hand on the left is wearing @michellefantacijewelry taken at #c No one does luxury quite like @kararossny and I love her penchant for gemstones--she is a gemologist!! Lovely meeting you!! #couture2015 #gemgossipdoesVegas Going for it...much love for @spinellikilcollin at #couture2015 #gemgossipdoesVegas @lovegoldlive

Can you believe it?!  Another year at Couture is over?!  The craziness of Las Vegas jewelry week has come and gone, but the memories and amazing jewelry last forever.  My last leg of the trip was spent at Couture, where I packed as much jewelry into six hours as I possibly could.  Warning: I would not try this next year!  This was my first year I attended Couture for only one day and I do not recommend doing so!  There's just way too much to see to do that to yourself!  But I made the most of it, and saw some pretty incredible pieces.

One of my goals this year was to visit with exhibitors I've never met with before.  This goal was hard because it meant I missed out on visiting with old friends and designers I had worked with in the past.  But I thought it was great to widen my circle and explore more, which led me to new designers that I am extremely excited about, like Mattioli Jewelry, Etho Maria, Phyne by Paige Novick and Diane Kordas Jewellery.  These four topped my list of designers I couldn't wait to meet and see their jewelry for the first time in person.  I was truly blown away by all four, each for different reasons.

Mattioli Jewelry was one of the first Couture appointments I made.  Those enamel and gemstone face rings is what I had been dreaming about since I first laid my eyes on them one day while on Facebook.  Seeing them in person is totally a different story!  They are inspired by a 16th century Italian painted named Arcimboldo who created masterpieces entirely out of objects like fruit, vegetables, and flowers. That totally amazed me, not to mention I wanted to get familiar with some Italian designers for my upcoming trip to Italy (!!! yes, you heard it here first!).

Etho Maria is a European company which fuses a designer brand with a manufacturing company to create exquisite pieces.  I love the boldness and the gemstone colors use in their pieces. Sold worldwide, they have a global reach and universal fan base--I could also easily see many of their pieces on the red carpet.

Phyne by Paige Novick recently launched, although the namesake designer has been designing costume jewelry for several years.  I had been a huge fan of her costume pieces, but here on Gem Gossip, I don't write about costume jewelry so I never featured her designs.  Now with the launch of her 14k gold collection I can proudly write about her as a designer and I love the pieces she has put together for the Phyne collection.  Paige was also recently inducted into the CFDA!

Diane Kordas Jewellery caught my attention several months ago on Instagram.  I chose one of her rings as a part of my #gemgossipwishlist this past holiday season.  I couldn't wait to see her pieces in person and it was so great meeting her!  The three rings I took a photo of I cannot stop thinking about--totally obsessed.  Her pieces are casual and classic, yet have this understated cool-factor to them.  Love it!

Photos above:

myself at the Mattioli Jewelry booth wearing pieces from their African Queen collection

Phyne by Paige Novick two-finger rings stacked up make for a cool look

wearing an 18k cuff and two rings from Mattioli's Urban Animals collection

two versions of Ileana Makri's evil eye rings done in diamonds and sapphires

imitating an image from Mattioli's lookbook, love these two rings

checking out Arik Kastan's new pieces, some great bold looks with tempting gemstone combinations

designer Nora Kogan showing me her jewels, love that emerald, and her famous T & A rings

Moritz Glik diamond shaker rings are so incredible--MUST SEE in person

these enamel & gemstone rings by Mattioli Jewelry were inspired by Arcimboldo a 16th century painter who created masterpieces entirely out of fruit, vegetables, etc

celestial happiness created by Andrea Fohrman, these are her newest pieces using manganese sulfide 

love these gold collars accented by pearls and diamonds & the ear climber too, by Paige Novick

can you see why Etho Maria was on top of my list of must-see designers?!

meeting Maria Lalaounis was such a treat, ilias Lalaounis is one of my all-time favorites, all the way from Greece

a peek into the brightly colored display of Ileana Makri and her new Art Deco collection

Finn Jewelry had some really clever new pieces and these earrings stole the show for me

nothing like some bold gold from Buddha Mama Jewelry, so great to finally meet these rad ladies

Incredibly daunting and mysterious, the Morpheus pendant by Anthony Lent Jewelry

love Brooke Gregson and her insane opals, a gemstone lover at heart you can totally see it in her work

Diane Kordas Jewellery topping off my wish list with these three solid rings right here!

a little bit of Buddha Mama Jewelry mixed with some Michelle Fantaci Jewelry, great pairing

juicy gemstones from Kara Ross, so bold and luxurious 

dripping in gold with Spinelli Kilcollin who won two design awards at Couture!  Congrats!


Thanks for another great year, Couture! Read 2013 & 2014.



Obsession: Ancient Coins set in Gold #LoveGold

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Since seeing the collection at Couture this year in Las Vegas, I’ve been continually obsessed with coin jewelry.  The history behind each coin that 1884 Collection uses within their jewelry designs is intriguing and combines two aspects of jewelry into one.  Synthesizing antique with modern is a largely difficult task to pull off in the jewelry world, and these ancient coins set in modern, shiny settings is done impeccably well.  The exclusivity aspect is pretty high for 1884 Collection, since every piece is one-of-a-kind, using ancient coins each having their own story.  From when and where it dates back, to how it survived along its journey, to its current location on your finger or hanging around your neck!  


Talking with founder and designer Alberto Petochi only solidifies more as to why this collection is so coveted.  He explains how each Roman coin is over 2,000 years old and was used for currency in Italy, with 18k yellow gold being an important metal used as the basis for many of his designs.  And each design is as timeless as the coin that is at the center of it all.  A jewelry line that infuses history, Italian heritage and beauty all in one, I just can’t get enough of 1884 Collection!


Jewelry Descriptions:



MADDALENA COLLECTION - The Maddalena Archipelago, known for its pristine waters and natural beauty, offers a mesmerizing backdrop for this new collection. Shown are the necklace and earrings in 18k yellow gold.


BURANO COLLECTION - Named as one of the most colorful cities of the world, the Burano collection takes direct inspiration from the multi-colored houses that populate this small fishing village. Shown are the ancient coin rings with a halo of diamonds set in 18k rose gold and/or yellow gold.


RAVELLO COLLECTION - A shelter against the barbarian invasions, the scenic hill town of Ravello, situated on the Amalfi Coast, marked the end of the Western Roman Empire. A place of battle and a test of strength, the Ravello collection exudes this direct sense of power and edge. Taking the finest materials of 18K gold and diamonds and juxtaposing them with spiked designs, the collection itself dares you to stand out. Shown are the cufflinks and necklace, with the spiked details.



This post was brought to you in collaboration with LoveGold