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Wanted to let you know--if you haven't already seen the newest additions to the @shopGEMGOSSIP page, here they all are!  So many gorgeous rings--some fun opals, lots of sparkly diamonds, even a yummy green chyrsoprase.  A few have already been sold and are sitting pretty in their new homes. 

I do offer layaway--if you see something you might want, but don't currently have the money you can put it on layaway. You can pay 1/3 every thirty days for 3 months--no fees!  All purchases this month receive a quartz geode and a Gem Gossip pen. If you follow on Instagram @shopGEMGOSSIP I've also posted videos of all these rings as well--you just need to have the latest version of Instagram to view the sliding image function.

I accept PayPal, money order, checks, Venmo and credit cards. Email sales@gemgossip.com for all inquiries!

 

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

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Hey guys & gals. 

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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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Book Review: Christie's The Jewellery Archives Revealed

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Have you ever dreamed of going into the vaults and archives of the infamous, world-renowned auction house Christie's?! I feel like I dream about that on a daily basis and although I've never gotten my chance, author Vincent Meylan may hold the key to unlocking that door with his latest book called Christie's The Jewellery Archives Revealed. In it, he chronicles some of the most headlining jewelry auctions--from British Royalty jewels, to Elizabeth Taylor's collection, and everything in between. Mr. Meylan had insider's access to the Christie's archives to research for this book, where he brings hundreds of color illustrations, including more than 100 original documents reproduced just for the pages of this tome. 

The history behind Christie's is even more extensive than what I thought--with their first sale being on December 5, 1766! It is interesting to read that during this revolutionary time, the events that took place may have actually benefited Christie's because so many people of royalty were being sent to the guillotine. Chapter two has quite the attention-grabbing title of "Murdered Queens." The extensive stories behind each historical piece are quite fascinating, and I am thoroughly enjoying the paintings of the royals as well as photos of the jewels which illustrate the book. It gives you insight into European royalty as well, including history and intriquing stories behind many of their ill-fated lives. 

Chapter 11 is a favorite, titled "Diamonds are Christie's Best Friends," it chronicles a few of the top-selling, biggest, rarest and most stunning diamonds to ever grace Christie's auction floor. This chapter opens up about how mysterious and extensive their diamond sales were over the past couple centuries. The earliest diamond consignments reveal not much on where they came from...and in the same breadth, where did they end up once sold?  A trio of rubies, for example, went up for auction in 1891. The weight and rarity of any one of these, if they were to resurface, would shatter any record ever set. So astonishing.

Aside from the last chapter, it is noteworthy to check out the Appendix. It lists significant names of pieces/collections that went up for auction by year, starting with the year 1767. It is a great, quick reference as well as a "who's who" amongst those who sold pieces through Christie's.

The auction world is quite mysterious, legendary and totally unique. It is one of my favorite parts of my jewelry hobby. This book encompasses all this and more, and should you find yourself daydreaming of all the jaw-dropping jewels that once passed through Christie's auction house--you might want to buy yourself this book to know exactly how incredible they truly are!

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Five Investment Pieces You Need In Your Jewelry Wardrobe

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I've been collecting fine jewelry for over fifteen years now and it is interesting to look back on pieces that I purchased in the beginning. I like to ask myself if those items were a good investment and part of evaluating that is knowing how much wear I've gotten out of each piece since purchasing. Your investment is only as good as how much joy and wear the piece of jewelry is providing for you--I am a firm believer in that!

But what if you don't know where to start? Let's say you're new to collecting fine jewelry and only own a few odds and ends. You've got to start somewhere and being able to create a look by accessorizing your daily outfits with these pieces is a must. So let's start with a list I've compiled of the five investment pieces you need to have in your jewelry wardrobe. These are staples that are meant to be classics, which never go out of style and will continue to get worn for years to come. These are pieces you should not feel bad for splurging on and rightfully so. These are future heirlooms, diamond encrusted, solid gold, hefty pieces that will be worth the same, if not more later on.

1. Stud Earrings:

If you have your ears pierced, owning a few pairs of stud earrings that flatter your face shape, style and taste are necessary for your jewelry wardrobe. Whether you choose a pair that features gemstones, all gold, or unique shapes, just as long as you feel they are classic for your style. I have a few pairs of different sized pearl studs, some diamond studs in various carat sizes, all gold flower studs, and my diamond X earrings. I wear all these constantly and they have been worth the investment. Every woman, in my opinion, needs a pair of diamond studs!

 

2. Solid gold necklace:

Gold chains are an important accessory to buy and will always be worth the investment. As the years go by and styles go in and out of fashion, different chain lengths will ultimately come and go. I remember when I first started collecting jewelry, long chains were all the rage. Then a few years later everyone was wearing dainty, thin gold chains with pendants. Of course, now long chains are back in style and luckily I still held on to my original 30" chain that I had invested in years ago. So invest in multiple lengths and also a chain that can hold charms easily, with sliding on/off accessible.

 

3. Wide Band:

It seems as though I've created a whole section within my jewelry box that can only be labeled as "wide bands." It is a category of rings that has stood the test of time and has really become my go-to when accessorizing an outfit. I often wear a wide gold band in place of my engagement ring. Another good use for them--pinky rings! There seems to be a perfect way to end a great ring stack, and that's with a finishing touch of a wide gold band on your pinky!

 

4. Hoop Earrings:

Ah, yes hoop earrings. The best way to make a statement on your ears, in my opinion. There are so many different styles out there so my best piece of advice for hoops is to choose a pair that suit your own personal style. Or take the easy way out, like I would, and invest in a few different sizes. A pair of small "huggie" type hoops, a mid-size pair, and a pair that is larger than your average size. It is funny how these size differences can make you totally feel different. I have a few pairs, but personally love my braided hoops. It gives the ordinary hoop some personality and I love a good texture!

 

5. Statement Ring:

It's no secret how much I love rings, but if you don't own a statement ring (also known as a cocktail ring) you are seriously missing out!  Such a simple thing can strike up such pizzazz for any outfit, any occasion. There are so many different styles to choose from, I found some great options for you below to shop. Whether you want to go for a piece that focuses more on the gemstone or a piece that is focuses on the design and structure, either way you can't lose! 

 

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