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Entries in earring trends (4)

Weekday Wardrobe: New Favorites

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Since coming back from Vegas and NYC, my days have been long and filled with writing and running all kinds of errands. From Sunday morning brunches, to post office runs, to family dinners, my style has been changing daily and almost always depends on what I have planned. Some days I'm lucky if I get a chance to breathe fresh air outside, while other days I've spent more time on the road in my car than normal...but that is what I like about being self-employed and I'm excited for the summer.

Most recently, I was playing in my jewelry box and for some reason or another a lightbulb went off--I took my collection of figas and strung them on my hardwire gold collar necklace. As soon as I put the necklace on I knew that this was one of my greatest moves I've ever made. I'm obsessed with the look and it totally caters to my collecting mantra by displaying my pieces perfectly.  I actually have 6 more figas that don't have jumprings, so I'm off now to get them put on by my jeweler. 

I've also been experimenting with different kinds of earrings to create a "full" look, meaning ALL the way up my ear. To achieve this look without the pain of multiple piercings, I suggest some comfortable ear cuffs. Some are more comfortable than others and it depends on the craftsmanship, so try them out--see if you're able to wear for a full day before committing to buy. 

In the first photo shown, I'm wearing a pair of ombré amethyst ear studs with jackets by Jewelmak. These are so cool and give me a pop of color, which is perfect for summertime. I kept it simple up top with 14k gold balls studs in various sizes, a Paige Novick diamond ear cuff and a vintage swirl motif ear cuff I found on Ruby Lane. 

The photo below shows off my figa necklace and a carved opal necklace I recently sold. My earring look is simple to recreate; two pearl stud earrings of various sizes and a gold huggie earring from Stacy Nolan. 

Weekday Wardrobe | Gem Gossip

Day One: (spent doing emails all day and typing blog posts, hence the Beavis & Butthead t-shirt)

Elongated lapis and enamel ring, from Sarah's Vintage & Estate Jewelry in Buffalo, NY

Antique diamond & sapphire ring from Excalibur Jewelry found in Tucson this year

Pear-shaped vintage lapis ring that I can't stop wearing because it is so comfortable and bold

Weekday Wardrobe | Gem Gossip

Day Two:

Diamond crossover pinky ring by Halleh Jewelry

"Ring One" from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, since retired

Fringe ring in 14k yellow gold by Ashley Childs

A stack of "Ring One with diamond" from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, since retired

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Day Three:

Oval vintage Mexican ring done in 14k yellow gold

Crescent moon ring in 14k yellow gold by Amanda Hunt Jewelry

Dendritic agate ring from Joden Jewelry in Grove City, PA

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Day Four:

Glass + 10k yellow gold ring, heirloom from my Gram

elongated diamond ring turn-of-the-century from my friend Priscilla

Diamond shaped ring set with old cut brown diamonds, from STORE 5a

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Day 5:

turquoise baby rings, worn as pinky ring and midi ring

Victorian turquoise ring from eBay

Victorian turquoise ring with engraving on entire closed-back, from Gold Hatpin

Turquoise and diamond cluster ring found at the Nashville Flea Market



WANT MORE? Check out my past Weekday Wardrobe posts

The Best Ear Cuffs in the Jewelry Game

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I'd like to officially thank whomever invented the ear cuff--THANK YOU. These little, half-circle pieces of metal often outfitted with gems or sometimes shaped geometrically, have redefined the jewelry game. With the introduction of these often lower cost jewelry items into the industry, fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere began to search for the perfect "Ear Stack." In my eyes, this was amazing because let's be honest, how many rings can I fit on my ten fingers before looking to other body parts to do the same! The ear cuff is also an ideal invention for someone like me who has three piercings in my earlobes but cringes at the thought of getting others anywhere above said lobe. In fact, I actually used to have the very top of my ear pierced--what is that called, a helix piercing?!  Anyway, it hurt like hell and I was having a tough time sleeping because anytime I rolled onto that ear which had the piercing, I would wake up immediately and in pain! It didn't help that a few weeks after it was done, I was performing on my school's dance orchesis team and backstage during a quick wardrobe change it got caught on my shirt. Needless to say, as I ran out on stage to do my final Will Smith, "Wild, Wild West" routine, and blood was slowly dripping down the side of my face, I took that piercing out once and for all that night! I haven't been more satisfied with a rash decision than that incident and couldn't be happier it closed up quickly.

Ear cuffs are the perfect alternative for someone like me--a little sketched out by getting pierced but also not really sure if you're going to want that hole in your ear 10 years from now. Ear cuffs easily "squish on and squish off," as I like to put it. Luckily, all the cuffs I've tried on have some flexibility to them where you can adjust the comfort level once on. Everyone's ears are different, just like fingers, with rings coming in different sizes, ear cuffs usually come one size fits most. Make sure you play around with the ear cuff and begin to feel comfortable with it. I own a few (as shown above) and my Paige Novick double diamond ear cuff is so comfortable I forget I'm wearing it sometimes.

I personally own one from Paige Novick, two from Antoanetta Jewelry, and one from Vada Jewelry featuring grey pearls which is really cool and edgy.  The two tiny huggie earrings worn in the photo are pairs of earrings I've never taken off since receiving them last month--by Stacy Nolan Jewelry, they fit my ear so well. And the long dangle earrings are by Shaesby, my newest summer obsession.  These are my fun, summertime earrings.

I saw some really great ear cuffs while at Couture as well as searching online. I've rounded up some of my favorites here, with clickable links for you to purchase and see details!  Enjoy!

>> And be sure to send me your ear stack photos once you've added some cuffs to your look. Just tag me and hashtag #GemGossipEarStack 

Ear Cuffs | Gem Gossip

14k yellow gold Cuffling® with pearls by Marla Aaron, Price: $525

18k yellow gold black or white diamond cuff by Maria Nilsdotter, Price: $629.20 or $972.40

10k yellow gold safety pin ear cuff by Ileana Makri from Stone & Strand, Price: $150

14k yellow gold pearl ear cuff (white or grey pearl) by Vada Jewelry, Price: $220

14k yellow gold wide/skinny ear cuff by Alexa Leigh, Price: $500

14k yellow gold and diamond triangle cuff by Kismet by Milka from Stone & Strand, Price: $400

14k yellow gold Morse three-row Ear Cuff by Jade Trau, Price: $1,225

18k yellow gold French Lace ear cuff by Sara Weinstock, Price: $1,610

14k yellow gold double row diamond ear cuff by Paige Novick (as seen on me), Price: $620

14k rose gold Stardust ear cuff set with rustic diamond by Xiao Wang at TWIST, Price: $660

18k yellow gold black and white diamond 5-row Izzy ear cuff by Melissa Kaye Jewelry, Price: $1,980

14k yellow gold aquamarine bezel ear cuff by Jacquie Aiche, Price: $1,075

14k yellow gold double bar and diamond ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $225

14k yellow gold single, plain ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $95

18k yellow gold trio (plain, Montana sapphire, diamonds) of ear cuffs all handmade by Katharine Walker, Price: $500, $800, $1,500 respectively



Book Review: I Love Those Earrings by Jane Merrill & Chris Filstrup

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I Love Those Earrings by Jane Merrill & Chris Filstrup, Schiffer Publishing

This book is an ode to earrings, praising them for their existence and complimenting them on their beauty.  The authors have the same passion for earrings as I do for rings, so reading these 200+ pages was very familiar for me and quite fun!  The journey begins with the historical importance of earrings, and then continues by going through segments of time.  Many fine examples of early paintings with women depicted wearing earrings, are illustrated and discussed.  From the Early Romans, to the daintiness of the Renaissance earring, and then to the extravagance of the 17th Century long dangles, the authors illuminate the history and importance within each period.  Through and through, the reader is reminded of the timelessness and universal goodness of earrings.  The book reads, "Regardless of the time period, geographic region, and cultural heritage, earrings can be seen to have crossed all borders, making a universal statement of beautifully crafted adornments." (p.21)

In my opinion, earrings can really make an outfit. From the way you style your hair, to the shape of the dangle, earrings frame your face which is where everyone looks when conversing.  Unlike most pieces of jewelry or adornment for that matter, earrings cannot be seen by the wearer once worn (unless you look in the mirror). So the effect of earrings is truly for other people to see!  

One of the very last chapters within the book steps away from factual information and talks candidly with women about earrings.  I absolutely love this chapter!  Several different women give you their take on earrings, whether it is their favorite pair or a funny story involving is quite entertaining.  Since these women shared their stories, I will share my own earring story:

I would say earrings are my second favorite type of jewelry, behind rings in first place.  Earrings always fascinated me and I was never afraid of getting my ears pierced.  I was four years old, begging my mom to take me.  The first ear piercing went smoothly, and then when the woman went to pierce my other ear, I automatically jumped in anticipation of the pain.  I was left with an earring going through the bottom part of my ear, rather than straight-through.  We took the earring out, and I went several months as a four-year-old with one earring.  After the mistake had healed, I got repierced and they've never looked symmetrical...but that did not matter to me!  I was so happy to have earrings.  I had a list made of all the earrings I wanted from the local jewelry shop.  My first pair of earrings were 14k yellow gold teddy bears.  I got my second holes pierced when I was in Middle School on my birthday.  That event was sort of a "rite of passage" for me where I was finally growing up and learning my own style.  My third hole piercing I got with my old roommate from college.  We both got them pierced at the same time by a co-worker who also worked part-time at the gold jewelry kiosk in the mall.  

A favorite pair of earrings of mine are these gold branch-like dangle earrings made by Barrett Ford. They feature briolette quartz and really make a statement when I wear them.  Any other pairs of earrings that I own are all studs, so these are really different and actually make me feel totally different when I wear them!  (Earrings are pictured on the inside cover of the book)

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Trend Spotting: Flower Power!

Earrings can really make a difference in an outfit or a look.  There are so many styles to choose from: hoop, dangle, stud, chandelier... you can go bold or dainty, gemstone or gold.  More overwhelming than you thought? 
Well, one trend that has a unique look is a bold flower, which nearly covers your entire earlobe.   This actually catches your eye and draws your attention to the face.  It looks great with your hair up or down, and really balances your entire look.   Less jewelry worn in other places is usually a good idea when wearing earrings this bold.  Don't have your ears pierced or don't like earrings?  I have a great option for you too!  Check out below.


Vintage Tiffany & Co. from 1960, with ten rubies totaling .33 carats and two diamonds, total. These can be purchased from the Ross-Simons Estate Collection for $1276.


If you want to do the flower trend without going so bold, these earrings are for you. From Israel Rose, these are made of rubies and 18k yellow gold. Price: $750


Poppies are what inspired these earrings--add some pearls and 18k yellow gold, and you got yourself some great earrings. Ross-Simons let's you choose whether you want clip or post style earrings, at a price of $355. The color and style would be easy to dress up or down.


From 1950s, these lovely earrings feature rubies and 18k yellow gold. They measure 1.25 inches all around, so they are a perfect size for this trend. These are from Israel Rose, a jewelry company who calls the heart of NYC's diamond district its home. Price: $1900


And for those who do not have pierced ears or like earrings? Don't worry, I've got you covered. Show some flower power with this amazing necklace designed by Elisa Solomon. The daisy is front and center, all in 18k yellow gold and diamonds for $909. Making the necklace even more special is the ancient beads that are used. How could you have a bad day wearing this?!