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One to Follow: @newtwiststore

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I've been noticing more and more jewelry stores across the US starting to focus solely on social media, a category of business that once was not thought of as being serious, let alone needing a full-time, specialized department for it. But now more than ever, with brick & mortar stores closing regularly, it is those stores that are developing their Instagram pages, revamping websites, setting up e-commerce shops, as well as holding down their brick & mortar stores, that are rising above the rest and doing better than ever!  

NewTw!st has done just that and more! Their website has been recently redesigned, giving it a user-friendly experience with lots of dynamic photos of product, and they've taken on their Instagram account full-force by having the most colorful, stop-in-your-tracks photographs. NewTw!st carries some unique designer jewelry and I love how the photos capture the personality of each piece in the way that it deserves. Playful earrings spread out in an almost delicious way, ring stacks that are well thought out, jewelry groupings that are color-coded and pleasing to the eye...their expertise in merchandising reaches far beyond an in-store jewelry display. 

I'm hoping to get a chance to visit NewTw!st in person--located in Eugene, Oregon up in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully soon enough!  In the meantime, you'll be like me and totally enjoy following on Instagram

 

Click here to follow NewTw!st on Instagram.

 

xoxoGemGossip

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Vegas Prep: Interview with Yves of Spinelli Kilcollin

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Yves Spinelli may be the hardest working designer in the biz--world traveling all in the name of trunk shows, perfecting his designs and creating new ones, continually at the top of every editor's wish list, getting ready for one of the biggest jewelry shows (Couture)--and if that's not overwhelming, he even got married last year all in the midst of it. The bridal collection just launched, and I love how it incorporates the orginal concpet of the Galaxy rings.  Spinelli Kilcollin is a brand and dream child of Yves, and although simple in concept, when you get into the design, the fit, the combinations, it gets much more complex. When you see it, you know it...when you wear it, you don't take it off. This will be the third year for the brand to be at Couture and if you've never experienced trying on a Galaxy Ring or held a conversation with the warm and kind-hearted Yves, I suggest you put Design Atelier booth #4 to your MUST SEE list!

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

This will be my third. 


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

Don’t stay out too late on the first night!! And drink A LOT of water. I still need to remind myself of both of these, by the way. 

 

Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

A suit

Healthy snacks for the booth - we drive out so it’s easy to pack a bag

A stapler - very important!!

My favorite pens

Last time we packed a humidifier for our room :)

    

One big difference from last year to this year?

I’m leaving a few days early this year to take a long-anticipated vacation. 

 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

I like seeing all of my designer friends. Sometimes it feels a little like summer camp. 

 

Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

That you don’t go into natural sunlight for about five days.  

 

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

Last year I corralled about 20 people to go to eat at German beer garden off the strip. Since there were so many of us, we opted for a stretch monster Hummer complete with flat screen monitors, neon lights and stripper poles. It cost about $8 per person. It’s always a good idea to leave the strip to see what’s going on in Las Vegas. It’s a very unique city.  

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

You can follow Yves --> @spinellikilcollin

 

Vegas Prep: Interview with Randi & Meaghan of For Future Reference

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We've got double the fun today, as our Vegas Jewelry Week interviews continue--we're talking with Randi Molofsky & Meaghan Flynn Petropoulos (can't wait to ask you to pronounce this for me in Vegas). The duo behind For Future Reference has a lot going on right now, including their first ever booth at Couture (shoutout booth 601), new clients, and a new brick-and-mortar studio located in NYC. Their places in the jewelry industry have evolved over time, but one thing is for certain, both have an intense love for gold, diamonds, gems and the people involved. Also tequila, sequins and vintage...and calling me Poodle. So glad Randi & Meaghan took the time out of their Couture prep schedule to answer our questions:


Randi's Answers

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

My first year was 2001, when the show took place at the Phoenician hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. Back then, everyone went to JCK AND Couture because they didn’t overlap. So if you think it’s exhausting now, it’s nothing compared to the two week slog it used to be! 


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

Wear flats during the day. Took me about 15 years to let go of my vanity and figure this out. 


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

Vitamin B tincture, sequins, business cards, Excedrin Migraine, Kloraine dry shampoo. 


One big difference from last year to this year?

We have our own booth! 


Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Dinner at the SW Steakhouse is definitely up there. But mostly it’s getting to reconnect with everyone in the industry. After doing this for more than 15 years, I can say without question that it’s like a great big family reunion (that you actually want to attend). 


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Not being able to make it to the Antique show because we’re too busy. It’s devastating!


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

I legitimately would not know where to begin, I could probably write a book on this very subject. But maybe it was a private dinner with Steve Wynn, followed by walking around the Vegas strip with him while he told us stories about all the hotels he built. Otherwise, being pregnant with my daughter Goldie and not far along enough to tell people. I carried the same half-full cocktail around all night to avoid suspicion! 


Meaghans Answers
How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

THIS IS MY 6TH SHOW
 

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

DON'T STRESS THE DETAILS. REGARDLESS OF YOUR PREPARATIONS, SETUP DAY WILL BE THE WORST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.  


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

1) BLING GUARDS 2) CHANGES OF CLOTHES. I DON'T BELIEVE IN DAY TO NIGHT OUTFITS. 3) HYDRATING TONER 4) A FLASK OF TEQUILA, JK, BUT SERIOUSLY I ALWAYS HAVE A WATER BOTTLE AND COFFEE QUITE CLOSE. 5) ARGAN OIL
 

One big difference from last year to this year?

WE HAVE OUR OWN BOOTH! 
 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

CATCHING UP WITH PEOPLE WE ONLY SEE ONCE A YEAR 


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

WHEN I MEET PEOPLE WHO CALL WHITE GOLD, 'SILVER.'
 

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

SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENS EVERY 14 SECONDS OR SO IN VEGAS, SO THERE'S TOO MANY TO LIST. ALSO, I DON'T WANT TO GET SUED.

 

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

You can follow For Future Reference ---> @for_future_reference

Vegas Prep: Interview with Marion Fasel of The Adventurine

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We are excited to kick off a fun series this week on Gem Gossip -- these next five blog features will get you excited and prepped for Vegas Jewelry Week, which is quickly approaching!  I've asked five people--a mix of designers, editors, and industry insiders--to contribute their insights from this epic event that happens once a year. I'm asking for advice, tips, favorite parts, and much more!  Whether it will be your first time attending or you are a professional (and can pack with your eyes closed), these interviews will pique your curiousity and you'll definitely learn a thing or two!  One thing is for sure, we all are SO EXCITED for Vegas.

We are starting the week out with Marion Fasel who is celebrating a big milestone in a few weeks--her online magazine The Adventurine turns one year old at the end of the month. She strategically launched the same day Vegas Jewelry Week began last year and has been covering all kinds of jewelry topics since then (many of which are pictured above). But don't let the small digit fool you, Marion has been in the jewelry industry for over 25 years. Most notably, she was InStyle's Contributing Editor of Fine Jewelry & Watches for nearly two decades, has written eight books, and has helped curate several museum exhibitions. It's no secret I am her number one fan and have been continually cheering her on since I discovered her flipping through the pages of InStyle magazine.  Let's find out more:

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

I have been 12 times.  I haven’t missed a jewelry week in Vegas since the Couture show relocated from the Phoenician in Scottsdale to the Wynn in 2005. 


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

I’d give my rookie self a fun tip and a few practical tips.  

My fun tip is about gambling.  I’d tell myself to gamble.  You are in Vegas—some fun must be had. Then I would say, skip the slots.  Go in the early evening to the Encore where it can be quiet and find a Black Jack dealer with an empty table.  There are usually several.  Tell the dealer, you don’t know much about the game but would like to learn.  The dealers are incredibly knowledgeable and thrilled to share their tips.  If you allow them to guide you about what “the book” says for your hand, you will win. Trust me on this.  Just let them tell you how to play.

One practical tip, don’t let the bellhop take your luggage when you check in.  Just take it to your room yourself.  If you don’t, you have to wait for it.  They won’t leave it in your room unless you are there.  Sometimes they are fast, but sometimes they take a while which keeps you waiting in your room before hitting the trade show floor or doing anything your heart desires.  

Drink lots of water.  It’s the desert and you will get dehydrated even indoors.

Oh, and have a clear strategy for who you want to see.  There are a lot of great jewelry designers there and you won’t be able to see everyone, so do a careful edit on your agenda and leave breathing room to explore.  The time to explore is key.

 

Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

I wear heels so I bring Band-Aids.  I bring my gambling budget, usually around $200.  I bring loads of jewelry, because it’s a jewelry crowd and its Vegas so it’s fun to get decked out.  Beyond that it’s pretty standard phone charger, camera, computer.  I don’t travel light.  

 

One big difference from last year to this year?

Well, last year I launched my online magazine TheAdventurine.com one day before the Couture show started.  The timing was not a coincidence.  It’s really the beginning of the formal jewelry season.  You see how the trends and designers are shaping up at Couture.  I wanted my website anniversary to coincide with the Couture show.  I guess the biggest difference is now The Adventurine is humming away.  

 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Winning at Black Jack.  I am kidding.  Meeting a talented new designer or just seeing a great new collection from an established designer are my favorite things.  

 

Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

It is a bit odd being indoors for a week.  During the course of the show, it’s not usual for some people to never step outside for more than a few minutes on the terrace off the trade show floor or to walk to the taxi stand to go out to dinner.  I try to make my way to La Cave as often as possible to sit in the outdoor café there for lunch, dinner or drinks.  

 

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

I won a Vespa at the Couture Awards.  It’s probably one of the most wonderful and weird things that has ever happened to me anywhere.  I actually like public speaking but when I went on stage to accept the scooter, I was so shocked and happy, I was virtually speechless.  

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

You can follow Marion --> @marionfasel & @theadventurine

Gems of Knowledge Podcast Appearance! 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I know I don't normally put out a new blog post on Saturday/Sunday, but I just had to share this as it was just posted an hour ago.  I made an appearance as the first special guest on the newly launched Gems of Knowledge, a cool concept that combines podcast and Youtube video into one!  Watch as I speak with the host David Bellman of Bellman Jewelers located in New Hampshire, along with Justin Krall and Rachel Putney.  We talk about how Gem Gossip was born, my Jewelry Road Trip project, my ring collection and about becoming a Graduate Gemologist. You can also witness someone interrupting the podcast ;)

Just want to thank Gems of Knowledge for having me as their first guest and hope I can visit Bellman Jewelers someday soon!

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