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My Tips for Stacking Bracelets


Over at Frost Yourself, I gave some tips for stacking bracelets--wanted to share here as well!  Check out my post over at Frost Yourself and be sure to follow the jewelry blog for fun reads!

"Stackable jewelry continues to be a big hit and will stay that way into 2011. Bracelets are fun to stack, but it is often intimidating to do if you’re not sure where to begin. Here are my tips on stacking bracelets. Follow these and you’re sure to get the right look:

1. It’s all about trial and error. Try a combination out, see how it looks, and choose to add or subtract depending how you feel.

2. Don’t be afraid to mix high-end with low-end.  Like an 18k gold Cartier bangle with a red heart silly band….? Yes, it works!

3. Mix in charity bracelets that have a meaning. Or wish bracelets/friendship bracelets.

4. If you are going to wear a bunch of bracelets with color, make sure the color combination has contrast. For example, yellow gold looks good against red and black. I like wearing lilac, grey and bright teal. Brazilian wish bracelets have lots of color to choose from.

5. Make sure once you have all your bracelets on, they are comfortable and non-distracting. If you have a job which involves typing, and your bracelets are preventing you to type efficiently, it’s not going to work!"

My Jewel Box: 14k Black Enamel Band


Good news: I got this thick, black enamel band in 14k yellow gold from Walton's Antique Jewelry.  I like how yellow gold and black compliment each other so well.  


Bad news: I was feeling like the ring looked bare on its own.  

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Solution: Trying to figure out the perfect stack-mates was the next step. My 14k yellow gold textured band and 14k yellow gold panther ring sandwiched the new band perfectly.

FOR SALE: Long Sterling Silver Ring

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FOR SALE: Full-finger Agate Stone ring in sterling silver

Price: $90

Email if interested

New Year, New Gear

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It is always nice to start the new year out right with some new pieces of jewelry. Have you purchased your new gear yet? What did you opt for...a new necklace? New earrings? Below are the details on the jewelry I am wearing above:

Necklace: Labradorite on leather, by KateyLove

Bracelets: 14k vintage engraved hinged bangle, from Walton's Antique Jewelry

Wrap-style Gem Gossip charity bracelet, from Gem Gossip [email to order]

Julie Rofman multi-colored bead bracelet, from Twist

14k yellow gold delicate chain bracelet with red enamel, from Reed's Jewelers

Stingray cuff in grey, from our buying trip to Atlanta Jewelry Show


Happy Two Thousand Eleven! A look back...


2010 has been a great year!  Gem Gossip has grown, 191 blog posts in the past year, all ranging from Art Deco jewelry to favorite charity bracelets.  Let's look back at some highlights of 2010:

1. Started the SHOW ME YOUR RINGS project.  Definitely a favorite of mine and many others, with an entire page now dedicated to the entire project on the right sidebar.  Click here.


2. Finished my Diamonds coursework by going to GIA Carlsbad and taking the Diamonds & Diamond Grading lab class.  So much fun, can't wait for Colored Stones this Spring!



3. Visited Lang Antique Jewelry in San Francisco, California...was amazed by all their antique jewelry and had a great time chatting with owner Suzanne.


4. Checking out the PrimeXpo jewelry show when they came to Nashville, and leaving with this gorgeous Edwardian ring from Jacob's Estate Jewelry.

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5. Being featured in Glossy magazine with an article I wrote about my fascination with antique jewelry.


6. Getting a custom designed ring from FishHead Designs. R009


7. Photoshoot for Walton's Antique Jewelry wearing an Art Deco Cartier dress clip.


8. Going to the Atlanta Jewelry Show with everyone from work.


9.Taking some time off to visit my grandparents and having my grandma show me her original engagement ring.


10. Unwrapping this antique watch for my 26th birthday from my dad.