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Vegas Prep: Interview with Katerina of KaterinaPerez.com

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To close out our Vegas Prep week of interviews, I've asked fellow jewelry lover and blogger Katerina Perez to participate!  She makes the journey all the way from London every year to partake in Vegas Jewelry Week, although last year she sent people on her behalf since she just had her first baby! Now he is one year old and Katerina is excited to be back.  I met Katerina two years ago when we participated in the JCK Talks presentation together.  It was awesome getting to know someone who does something similar and thinks about jewelry 24/7 like me. She is excited to be launching a brand new KaterinaPerez.com very soon, as she has been blogging since April of 2013. Stay tuned for that!

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

This is going to be my 4th time!


Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

Go and see newcomers first to discover new talent and then visit the established brands after.

 

Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

My smartphone, my camera, my business cards, a variety of nail varnishes and tons of moisturising lotion  

 

One big difference from last year to this year?

This year I get to Judge The Couture Design Awards (so excited :) !!  

 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

The saturation of jewellery talent in one place!  

 

Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Constant fight with getting dry skin because of the amount of air conditioners. OR having to walk all the way to the reception at the Wynn and back when you realise your room key stopped working. 

 

Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

Nothing weird happened for now, just lots of fun moments!  

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

You can follow Katerina --> @katerina_perez

Shirley Temple Jewels Highlight Heritage Auction's December Sale

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Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Truly one of the highlights of my career was getting to try on pieces of jewelry that once belonged to Shirley Temple when I visited Heritage Auctions in NYC a few months ago!  Well these rare jewels are now finally up for auction at Heritage, where their December sales are jam-packed with some incredible jewelry. The amount and variety they have to offer is astounding. There are over 2,000 items in their Holiday Signature Sale which starts on December 5th at 10am CST. There's no typo there, no extra zero was tapped when typing! Of the 2,000 and some items, over 80 pieces were once owned by Shirley Temple. 

Above are some of my favorites, along with a fun collage of some of the gorgeous loose gemstones that are also included in the sale. Did you know they sell loose gems too?! Many come with certificates and are waiting to be set into something beautiful to be worn. 

>> Heritage Holiday Jewelry Signature Auction, December 5th, 2016

Lot 54032: A French diamond, lapis, turquoise clip brooch, Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54637: A Cartier Ceylon yellow sapphire ring, Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54638: A French Victorian turquoise and diamond bracelet (once owned by Shirley Temple), Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54661: A pair of emerald and lapis dangle earrings, Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 54774: An opal inlay bracelet set with tourmaline, Estimate: $2,000-3,000

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WANT MORE? Check out my visit, where I got to try on some of the jewels of Shirley Temple, being auctioned off December 5th!

Jewels at my Doorstep: Loren Nicole Fine Jewelry

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It was the combination of ancient techniques in jewelry making and the high karat gold that had me feeling like I was transported back in time to some place in the Mediterranean while wearing the jewelry of Loren Nicole. Her background lends itself well to her eponymous line of fine jewelry, which debuted this year. Her forte: hand crafted pieces (each one created from vision to finished piece all by Loren herself at her Venice, CA studio), high karat gold (she uses mostly 20k and 22k gold) and Greek goddess vibes (granulation and other ancient Greek techniques are used).

I immediately was drawn to the 22k yellow gold Beechnut collar, which features a wide strip of gold with dangling beechnut charms, and lays up close around your neck like a choker. The piece is just utterly sexy and has a personality of its own. I felt very commanding and on a different level wearing this collar, no matter what I was wearing or doing. The earrings feature that granulation technique I keep mentioning, something Loren has mastered and is becoming her signature. If you sit and stare at each piece that features this, you will soon realize how tedious and patient one must be when employing this ancient technique. I am awed by Loren's background in archeology and ancient civilization studies, as well as her passion for creating handcrafted jewelry. Her pieces are works of art and belong on women worldwide.

Loren Nicole Fine Jewelry has an incredible selection of rings and being the ring guru that I am, I couldn't decide which ones I wanted to feature in this shoot! The two dome rings really appealed to me, along with the leaf ring because all three featured granulation and gave off some serious Mediterranean feels. The wide Etruscan band was a favorite for me because it seemed like one of those pieces that become your second skin, with loads of comfort and major style. I was right, boy was I right. The entire Hellenes collection flows well together and creates quite the look.

Here are the pieces featured in this post:

22k yellow gold "Beechnut" collar necklace, Price: $10,700

22k yellow gold "Granulated Leaf" post earrings, Price: $1,500

20k yellow gold wide Etruscan band, Price: $1,125

20k yellow gold "Granulated Dome" ring, Price: $1,375

20k yellow gold "Granulated Dome" ring with blue diamond, Price: $2,500

20k yellow gold "Granulated Leaf" ring, Price: $1,140

 

All photography shot by Lauren Newman for GemGossip.com

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Loren Nicole Fine Jewelry.

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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 

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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


 

xoxoGemGossip

Q & A with Shaesby Fine Jewelry 

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I love catching up with jewelry designers--seeing what's new, their latest collections and what tricks they have up their sleeve for the future. Shaesby Scott is a designer I've been keeping tabs on since 2011. I was even lucky enough to visit his studio on my #JewelryRoadTrip while in Austin, TX. From elongated lines to geometric shapes, Shaesby's jewelry all has one thing in common: it is instantly flattering. I can't get enough of his ring designs and after much deliberation, have finally decided on a pair of earrings for my own personal collection--stay tuned to see what I chose!

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Since we met last Spring, we’ve launched our celestial-inspired, mixed-metal Isla Collection, and now have several exciting projects in the works. Our new Diamond Slice Collection has just been released. It’s comprised of delicate earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings with one-of-a-kind slices of raw diamonds. Each piece is created with the most simple, hand-carved bezel design to showcase the natural beauty of each stone. They catch the light in a very unique way. We are also working on our new bridal collection, expected to launch in the coming months. Stay tuned...


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Austin has turned into a creative hot spot with many talented designers working in a variety of mediums. Inspiration can be found all around. We love calling Austin our creative community!

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Seeing my jewelry worn by others, each piece takes on a life of its own. Building and working alongside a team of extremely talented people I consider family.

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We want to continue adorning women with heirloom quality jewelry. We are extremely fortunate to have customers that value our craft and retail partners that share our passion for assisting in their selection. We will continue to push our creative process.

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A bolo tie my grandfather gave me.

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