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My Jewel Box: What I Bought In Tucson & Miami 2017

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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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Jewels at my Doorstep: Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Congrats to Greenwich Jewelers, or should I say Greenwich St. Jewelers, who, after 40 years in business, has gotten a new name and a few other "enhancements" to their brand. The rebranding includes a new look to their logo, a new tagline, redesigned website and in-store as well. For the family-run business, these changes have been a long-time coming and both sisters Jennifer Gandia and Christina Gandia Gambale are so excited to unveil everything. "Our parents, Carl and Milly Gandia, opened the store in 1976 and only changed the store's location after the September 11th attacks, when structural damage to their building led to a move onto nearby Trinity Place," says Jennifer, who is now the co-owner of the store, along with her sister, Christina. "The new name honors our roots as a downtown New York City retail brand. But the rebranding also conveys how we have evolved into a 21st century store."

The Greenwich St. Jewelers' new tagline is special and significant, as it truly completes what the store is all about--it reads, "Inspired jewels since 1976."  Jennifer says, "The tagline represents our commitment to curating a killer selection of jewelry from artists that have a distinct point of view, one that views jewelry from a singular, unique perspective. Even the pieces from our private label collection, which errs more classic, push the boundaries of that classification." The evolution and new changes are a great example of how the Gandia sisters' contributions to their family's legacy will pave the way for a successful future.  

I've been wanting to visit Greenwich St. Jewelers for quite some time now. New York City is a place I don't get to travel to quite often and when I do, it is for an quick event, with no time to spare. Lucky for me, Greenwich St. Jewelers came to my doorstep! The rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings all prettier than the next arrived, representing a wide range of inventory the store is known for. Designers from around the world, including their own line of designs, all come together and are able to be mixed and matched with ease. The latest jewelry trends, like lariat necklaces and geometric styles, ear climbers and vintage-inspired pieces, can be found at Greenwich St. Jewelers. 

I couldn't stop wearing the 18k white gold diamond tennis bracelet from Greenwich St. Jewelers' own collection--the clasp on it was unlike any other tennis bracelet I've worn. It is adjustable with chains and a gold movable bead. How smart! It also makes it so much more comfortable than your average tennis bracelet, and at 2.37 carats total, it sure sparkled a lot! I also was starry-eyed over their diamond earrings and felt that stacking them on the same ear rather than wearing them normally was necessary! The earrings total 1.68 carats in diamonds and have an edgy, glam look to them. Most would consider them for fancy wear only, but I say no way, every day wear is a must! 

Other designers that I got to wear from this Greenwich St. Jewelers feature include Arik Kastan, Jennie Kwon Designs, Zoe Chicco, Getana, Sorellina, and Todd Reed. If you didn't think multiple designers could be worn all together at the same time before, think again! Greenwich St. Jewelers has been proving that for years now and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store the next 40 years for them. 

Jewelry used for this shoot:

Earrings:

14k rose gold pentagon stud earrings set with emeralds by Arik Kastan, Price: $1,300

14k white gold diamond earrings totaling 1.68 carats by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $4,600

Rings: 

14k rose gold emerald and rose cut diamond Grand Fleur cocktail ring by Arik Kastan, Price: $3,100

14k rose gold diamond wrap around ring by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $2,500

14k rose gold wrap ring by Jennie Kwon Designs, Price: $920

14k white gold itty bitty triangle stacking midi ring by Zoe Chicco, Price: $200

14k white gold diamond statement Linear ring by Getana, Price: $2,400

14k white gold open cuff ring with a line of diamonds by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $850

Bracelets:

14k white gold geometric cuff bracelet with chain closure by Getana, Price: $2,100

18k yellow gold/oxidized silver diamond Wave cuff by Todd Reed, Price: $8,000

18k white gold diamond tennis bracelet with 2.37 carats total by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $5,100

Necklaces: 

14k white gold four-hexagons pendant necklace by Getana, Price: $1,100

14k rose gold three tiny bullets diamond necklace by Zoe Chicco, Price: $550

18k yellow gold boulder opal necklace set with a halo of diamonds by Getana, Price: $1,200

14k white gold diamond lariat necklace by Zoe Chicco, Price: $700

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Ring Envy Over at Gerard Leon in Los Angeles!

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Los Angeles is home to so many amazing jewelry designers, antique and estate jewelry shops and jewelry artisans. Luckily, I found Gerard Leon who specializes in handcrafted engagement rings, vintage and antique, as well as a talent for hand engraving!

An engagement represents a time of celebration and unity. The engagement ring is what defines and captures such a joyous occasion, and becomes the symbol of love. This grand gesture is something two people will remember for a lifetime and the ring (hopefully) for generations to come. What makes the ring special is the story behind it, and at Gerard Leon, their rings always tell a story. Their slogan is, "Your ring, our tradition" which beautifully represents the relationship between jeweler and customer.

Engagement rings have become more and more unique and one-of-a-kind as of late. Gerard Leon acknowledges this and wants to help you make your engagement ring dreams come true!  Some may have dreamt of the fairytale wedding and the diamond ring fit for a princess, while others may prefer vibrant emeralds or sapphires, round or cushion shapes. The 1930’s French Art Deco inspired Diamond Halo was a very popular ring style in it’s time, and while trends have come and go, this diamond ring will stay forever as a classic. Gerard Leon recognizes that while diamonds lead the way as the most popular center stone, gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds have also emerged as viable and lovely choices for an engagement ring. With the endless options of gemstones and designs, the world of engagement rings has never been so infinite.

There is an art to making each piece special. This is demonstrated by the artful design of the ring, from the cut of the stones to the shape and fit itself. With attention to skill and craftsmanship, Gerard Leon’s history in the art of engagement rings allow for all of their pieces to be made by true artisans. When you know your ring is made by those truly akin to their craft, it makes you appreciate, value and cherish your ring even more than you already do. Whether you choose a sapphire or a diamond, your ring will be created for you to love forever.

Any lover of jewelry will tell you that a diamond ring set in beautifully crafted solid gold is a well-valued possession. For example, the Art Deco Old European Diamond Solitaire Ring in 14k White Gold is considered vintage, but with it’s handmade and artfully crafted past, it has withstood time. The hexagonal shape of this ring has many angles and can be viewed in an array of forms. Both yellow gold and white gold compliment the diamond center stone. In fact, they make the stone stand out by accentuating its brilliance. 

When shopping at Gerard Leon, you will find their expertise, craftsmanship and reliability are all you need when selecting the perfect engagement ring. With such skilled artisans and endlessly beautiful designs, the ring of her dreams can be found here. Be sure to check them out if you are in the LA area!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Gerard Leon.

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Skip Roses This Mother's Day & Opt for Rose Cut Diamonds From Arik Kastan

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Go bold with this choice of rose cut diamonds set in Arik Kastan's signature rose gold, fit for a queen!  As you can see, this one is gorgeous on its own or stacks nicely.

Petal Ring, Price: $2,640

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Does your mom like to stack rings?! This one is ideal for her, all hand-carved and set with rose cut diamonds with a laid-back feel. The comfort level of this one is a TEN.

Daisy Band, Price: $1,870

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If your mom is a trendsetter and has her own sense of style, a rose cut navette ring will suit her! Slip this baby on, and your fingers automatically look elegant and elongated. So chic!

Grande Navette Ring, Price: $1,740

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Want to give your mom flowers but the kind that last forever?!  The Sunflower ring by Arik Kastan is a piece she can look down at for years to come and remember the special occasion. A true future heirloom.

Sunflower ring, Price: $1,056

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This ring is on another level! It is set with rose cut diamonds, lots of them, in a horizontal marquise shape for those moms out there that like to go big or go home!

Horizontal Marquise ring, Price: $2,860

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Last but not least, we at Arik Kastan realized there may be someone thinking on the same wavelength as us, needing an entire DOME of rose cut diamonds!  Yes!!! You have to see this one to believe!

Pavé Round ring, Price: $3,080

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXVIII

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Jean Jean Vintage tries out some of her newest arrivals before they all head to her Etsy shop

luxcharmjewelry showing her most favorite five rings in her personal collection, we are in love

Samantha Knight Jewelry with a fist-full of rings, including a few pieces from her collection

Erica Weiner using her time wisely while manning her shop in NYC by stacking some favorites

larawright78 took the Gem Gossip Challenge a year ago and I'm still swooning

ringsfordaze stacks pieces from her personal collection, the eye portrait is a newly commissioned piece by Mercurysmoon

Roseark rocking ripped jeans and some of the coolest designs--featuring Jill Hoffmeister, Elizabeth Street, Yakirona

Metier SF does it again as being leaders of "keepers of the old" with some new acquisitions

LuckandLockets is inspired by this Georgian silhouette as she wears rings of the same time period}