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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! XC

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jhadleyjewelry and her amazing one-finger wonder, the mani is everything too

lynn_ban shows how color can be powerful and so is the phrase "more is more"

jessicamccormackdiamonds gets in the spirit of Valentine's Day with rubies

amygreggjewelry sets free form opals and bold gems into her amazing designs

roseark combining several designers--Selin Kent, Christina Magdolna Jewelry, Amy Gregg & Queen Vee

lfrankjewelry does a good triple stone and of course major cluster

diamondsinthelibrary found another twinned heart ring at the Miami Antique Show but didn't buy it

luckandlockets has the blues in the best way possible--Georgian blues

oldgoldobsession has an amazing collection of portrait miniatures--the furthest on the right is from the Miami show}

 

Q & A with Dana Seng Jewelry

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The Instagram likes are no lie--people love Dana Seng's jewelry designs. Whether it is the stackable appeal or the fashionable looks each piece has, Dana is doing it right. It is hard to win over millennials in this fast-paced society we live in, however this new company has been working hard at creating jewelry that is fun, has a good value and can be worn by all ages. And just like that, people are catching on and wanting their own Dana Seng Jewelry pieces. The personalized birthstone initials are one of Dana's most popular designs (I have my own sapphire D necklace) and it is easy to understand why. The personalization of both the gemstone used, as well as the initial chosen, is unique because of the two-step process. Most items only have one element that can be personalized--this has two!

I caught up with the designer herself to see what she has been up to:

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I am currently working on designing new styles to add to my Eternity Collection for this Spring/Summer season. I am very anxious to share these new designs because I am putting in my all in each and every one of them. I am also sharing my signature Birthstone & Initial collection with many of our fans out there.

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I started working at my husband’s wholesale company as an engagement ring designer. I was and still am very skillful at jewelry designing. So, I began my own Dana Seng Jewelry line. I use my passion and knowledge to create exceptionally unique styles that are rarely to be found.

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I would say that by showing my Birthstone & Initial Collection out there to our fans and the fact that they absolutely loved it was a proudest moment of my jewelry career. 

Also opening up my own showroom and launching the website were huge highlights so far. My showroom is located in downtown Los Angeles and I just love how beautiful it is!  Everything came together.

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To be honest, I create every piece of my design out of passion. I use a pen and a paper to scratch out all the ideas that I have and put them together. So my future goal is to continue to design unique and comfortable jewelry pieces with high quality materials and sell them at an affordable price point to our consumers.

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I would have to say an initial necklace that my grandmother gifted me when I was a teenager. ​I am very thankful and so grateful for this particular gift because it inspires me to figure out many unique designs.

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Leslie of @PinkPirahnah

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This month's Jewelry Collection Story comes from someone I've actually met in person, which doesn't happen too often since so many people from our lovely Instagram community are from all parts of the world. Leslie came to the GIA Alumni meeting when I spoke in DC last summer and I recognized her right away because of the opal ring she was wearing! Funny how sometimes that happens. It has been fun getting to know her on Instagram and am so excited she agreed to share her personal collection story with us--take it away Leslie:

"I am a total museum junky by nature and my love for classical art and history runs deep. However, jewelry as art was not on my radar until about 12 years ago when I found my first vintage piece, the pretzel ring. Yes, I had a few token pieces of mall jewelry but I never really thought there was much substance to jewelry until I discovered the vintage and antique world. A golden pretzel with diamond salt appealed to my sense of humor and art. It was also meaningful to me as a Speech Pathologist working with my special needs children on requesting items, one of those items was actually pretzels! I can’t tell you how many kiddos have actually tried to lick it over the years! This one ring started an obsession but also introduced me to my friend Lara from Icon Style in NYC. I learned so much from her over the next few years and with her help I really grew my collection and love for all eras.

My current collection includes Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau. Art Deco, Vintage and a few Georgian pieces. I don’t necessarily have a preferred era but I think the biggest appeal of antique and vintage jewelry is how unique and detailed the pieces can be. Color is a big factor for me but most importantly I like quirk. If it’s funny or unique, I have to have it! I love to mix and match eras and pile it on pretty thick. Certainly, no one would accuse me of neglecting my jewelry.

One thing I wear every day is obviously my Art Deco engagement ring. I had always assumed I would get a Victorian cluster ring but when I tried this piece on I fell hard for its lively black opal.

The one motif that I am magnetically drawn to is snakes. I can spot a serpent in a jewelry case like a shark scenting blood in the water. In fact, I found my tiny snake earrings despite their purposely discreet location in my friend’s display case. In the histories of various civilizations, snakes have come to symbolize many ideas but my favorite is that of eternal love. Symbolism aside, snakes have the unique visual impact that I find hard to resist.

Charms are another obsession I have. I try to limit myself but I just love some of the funny and super detailed pieces you can find. My favorite charm is my vintage gold ghost. He is perfectly crafted and has the most beautiful brown marquise diamond eyes that peek from behind his sheet.

Another style of jewelry I desperately love is Art Deco era “pools of light.” Layering these rock crystal orbs is addictive but also causes some serious neck strain. I have several pieces but the most interesting one is a rock crystal orb the size of a jaw breaker. It is completely encased in an open silver work shell depicting bunnies paddling in canoes.

Rings are my go-to to buy and again I don’t discriminate. I collect a variety of stones, styles, and metals. One thing I don’t like to do is size my rings. I have a few exceptions but in general I try not to alter the finger bling that comes into my collection. If one is too big I simply stack it with gold bands to adjust the fit.

When I was first collecting I would shop at Icon Style in NYC and I would go to all the big NYC shows religiously. Having relocated to the DMV area I have had more opportunities to go to antiquing in rural areas but also go to the bigger shows like the DC flea and the Baltimore Antique Show. I don’t shop online much but I have found several lovely pieces through the Instagram community."

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Gem Gossip Visits Marissa Collections in Naples, FL

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After a full weekend filled with jewelry at the Miami Antique Show, there was nothing I needed more than, well--MORE jewelry! I've been dying to visit Marissa Collections in sunny (more like ALWAYS sunny) Naples, Florida. It is just a short jaunt from Miami across the Florida Everglades along Alligator Alley (legit name) for about two hours. The juxtaposition of Miami and Naples couldn't be anymore stronger, but that's what makes them both great destinations. After spending most of the day at Marissa Collections, I flew back home to Nashville. I never know how each #JewelryRoadTrip feature is going to come out until I sit down and start editing the photos, and formulate everything I just experienced into words. For me, I feel like being highly impressed may be an understatement--but this store truly is in a category of its own. See what I mean:

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It's 2017 and yes, people shop differently. But it's not always as cut and dry as some may have you thinking. There are articles out there that say brick-and-mortar stores are headed on the way out and that more and more people are shopping online. Well that's not the full story. Today, shoppers want an experience--something unique, genuine and something that keeps them coming back for more. At Marissa Collections, the shopping experience they've created for their clients has been happening for over 40 years. It is exclusive in so many ways that it eliminates the store from ever being put into categories with other jewelry stores or retail shops. So what are the qualities about Marissa Collections that set it apart from the rest? What are they doing that has continually made them a success story, unlike other jewelry stores whose headlines read differently?

Marissa Collections has developed their own secret sauce, starting with the store covering 10,000 square feet of posh. When you first walk in, besides immediately being offered a beverage, you may notice the obvious sections that the store is set up within. Notice I didn't use the word "divided" because although there are definite sections, they all fuse and flow together. 

Whether you're visiting to shop for a special occasion or wanting to browse, you'll come to find the store feels like one big dressing room. It is noted that a good amount of jewelry sales are made in their dressing rooms because the simple fact that jewelry is necessary to top off any outfit! It just makes it that much better. And the jewelry that Marissa Collections hand-selects for their cases is quite special in its own right. 

The Designers

Wanting to create a line-up of jewelry designers that didn't overlap, each having a sense of individuality was very important to Marissa Collections. If a designer specializes in 22k yellow gold designs, there won't be others offered in store that look or feel similar. The curation extends from all parts of the world, each producing amazing pieces, some comparable to pieces of art. If you like big and bold, trendy and layer-ready, sentimental and celebratory, Marissa Collections' selection is extensive. 

Designers like Silvia Furmanovich--a Brazilian powerhouse who uses ancient techniques paired with bold designs and color. Often incorporating organic materials like wood and shells, her jewelry fits right into the Florida style of Marissa Collections.

Irene Neuwirth jewelry is a favorite--what's not to love of her colorful gemstones, one-of-a-kind designs and sea-inspired looks. Marissa Collections is proud to house many outstanding pieces from this California-based designer.

Nikos Koulis brings Greek radiance to Marissa Collections with his striking and colorful designs. His sharp aesthetic has created a large following with only a few years in business.

Arunashi will inspire and make your jaw-drop with his luxurious and extremely unique designs. I was surprised by the light-weight titanium used in his pieces--the colorful metals and rare gemstones, all mixed into one bold and beautiful jewel. 

I loved learning about designers I was unfamiliar with until seeing and experiencing them at Marissa Collections. Designers like Tamara Comolli, Inbar, Shamballa Jewels, all whom I wasn't familiar with and easily fell for once I saw and learned of their work. Seeing some Gem Gossip favorites like Shay Jewelry, Todd Reed, Sylva & Cie, Victor Velyan, Dana Rebecca Designs, Wendy Yue, Spinelli Kilcollin, and Alison Lou, all whom Marissa Collections proudly carries. 

The Family

Marissa Collections' legacy begins in 1975 with Marissa & Burt Hartington, husband and wife team, who opened the store with one goal in mind: to help clients develop their individual style. The creativity and eye for curation of Marissa has lead to the store continually growing over the years. Their dedicated retail space for jewelry is just nearly 10 years old, which their son Jay has taken the reigns of. The designers chosen for Marissa Collections are both equal parts ideal for the store's clients and all around great additions to outfits which the store is known for. Jay says it is important to show women how to wear the pieces they offer. Cultivating great style begins with exploring different ways of wearing things and learning how to accessorize with jewelry.

Not Just Jewelry

Although my main focus on this #JewelryRoadTrip feature is obviously the jewelry, I would be leaving a big part out if I didn't mention what else Marissa Collections offers. The specialty shop is truly a destination store where people come from all over the world to experience something quite like this. Fashions from high end designers (like Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Brunello Cucinelli), shoes, handbags, menswear, couture gowns and even a makeup studio are all features of the store. The staff is equipped with experienced stylists who are at the forefront of fashion and can help you find the perfect outfit whether it is for a very specific special occasion or for everyday wear.  Marissa Collections prides itself on the relationships it grows between their clients and stylists; connections that run deeper than any other store-to-shopper bond.

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Original Miami Antique Show 2017

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The biggest change this year: the new location--the Miami-Dade County Expo Center where the fair happens every year

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Left: I always flock to Lucy Verity for her jewel box of treasures--both her original antique displays and wealth of knowledge, paired with her hilarious demeanor always gives me good energy. Right: The back of a pocket watch that I wish I would've bought!

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Left: Spiders creep me out, but this necklace is on a different level! I LOVE it! Right: A box of chocolates has nothing on this box of Jogani jewels!

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Stopped by DK Bressler to "oooh & awe" and this made my heart beat faster! A very early piece with original fitted box.

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These case photos give me life and make me excited for next year!

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Left: We felt amethyst was a huge sensation at the antique show--this relatively inexpensive stone will be trending for sure. Right: Rows of mourning rings from Spare Room Antiques are always so interesting and never macabre.

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Left: I couldn't tell you how many amazing pieces Mary Anntiques had, so if I had to narrow it down to only two, it would be this carved emerald cameo and lapis ring. Right: I zoomed in on a ring I had been trying to track down for forever--but the booth was busy and I was leaving!

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Insane diamonds found at Dover Jewelry--the one on my pointer is nearly 20 carats! This will probably be on a celebrity's finger in the future...just wonder which one?!

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Left: Died for opals at the show--especially this brooch from Gold Hatpin. Right: Ah, this ring. Fit like a glove and is probably the best thing I've ever seen. From Select Antique Jewelry.

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Left: All three of these rings are over-the-top perfect! From Poli Trading Company. Right: If these earrings were just a littttttle lighter, they would be my forever pair. Lapis and the unique gold work is to-die-for.

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More case photos, just teasing you with all the goodies!

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Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, myself and the lovely Lenore Dailey. Her booth is always bustling with fans and friends who have so much love for her!

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Left: Some amazing rock crystal figas from D & E Singer Inc.--the one on the left is now in the hands of Vada Jewelry! Right: Clayton Antiques always has some of the most unique rings--lots of opals and dying for the turquoise and pearl navette one!

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Left: Some pretty emeralds from Gold Hatpin--I love the mix of styles here and showing how they can all work together just because of the common gemstone. Right: Ok, this necklace was insane--the opals are doublets though but the style of it and the long hand-made chain made it incredible.

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If my manicure had a spirit animal, it would be this ring from DK Bressler. So gorgeous.

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Left: I love seeing Michael Goldstein and all his incredible diamonds--like this major portrait rose cut. Right: Loving the style on Madeline who works at Haig's of Rochester--the arm party, the solid gold Kieselstein choker and you can't see her earrings in this picture, but they are amazing!

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Left: Something about these earrings made me stop and stare. Right: Nutty for navettes; all from Jacob's Estate Jewelry.

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More case photos--you may recognize the one on the left being Lenore Dailey's because of how vibrant and gorgeous it is!

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Left: Excalibur Jewelry had this cool opal butterfly wing necklace--you could actually make the wings flutter, it was articulated. Right: Spotted a piece from Jewelry Nerd at a booth manned by Art Adorned. Loved looking at everything!

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Left: I begged to buy the case but got shot down. Vintage and antique ring cases are my weakness. Right: This necklace is just WOW.

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Left: This mourning ring features an urn--a highly collectible motif and it was just in the most immaculate condition. From Clayton Antiques. Right: Another piece that is a great example of portrait jewelry--seems like I've only seen pieces like this in books.

Let's settle in while I come off my Miami high. I always get so, so excited about the Original Miami Antique Show and this year had even more built up about it since a few things were different. For one, the biggest change being the location of the show--entirely different, at the Miami-Dade County Expo Center, a cool 30-40 minute drive from its usual location. The new digs had a lot of people frustrated because us antique lovers usually hate change...we have our traditions, our rituals, our hotel we stay at every year, our restaurant down the street that we go to every year...so unfortunately many people didn't come this year because of this and I'm sad to say they missed out. This was one of the best shows I've ever been to. Another change, for me at least, was the amount of days I spent at the show. In the past this was always a quick trip where I got one full day and a few extra hours the following day before I had to leave and go back home. You can never fully enjoy a show of this magnitude if you constantly feel like you're racing against the clock. This year I stayed three full days at the show and am so glad I did. The last change was something I had remembered my dad saying to me--which I quoted him from last year's blog post--it was in regards to how much money I was bringing to the show.  Last year I didn't bring very much and he told me "That's like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!" So this year I had been saving my money and sold quite a few pieces of jewelry to reinvest. 

I don't think the weather could have been any better as well--that weekend was warm and sunny, to the point where I was contemplating moving to Florida. The new location had three main buildings: one large building which housed the Arnold & Fuchs Halls--two very large sections of booths, the second building housed Edwards Hall, and the third building which wasn't connected but not too far housed the Pavilion. As you may have guessed, walking was even more involved than before because how spread out everything was, but you only noticed it once you got back to your hotel room and were falling asleep as soon as you sat down. After attending the show for five years and getting used to where certain dealers were located and things like that, I have to admit I was struggling the first day. By the second day though, I had already relearned the floor plan and off to a great start. It actually did have a few benefits to being in a whole new layout and location because I looked at everything with fresh eyes. The two pieces I bought for myself were from dealers I had never worked with or seen before, so I was really happy.

Jewelry highlights of the year?! The buzz around the show could be summed up into a few words shared by quite a few people I talked to; "wow this year is really good, so many great pieces of jewelry." And I couldn't agree more. It seemed like every booth had several really special items and highly sellable pieces. This year I thought it would be smart to caption my photos above, so you can not only see all my jewelry highlights but know where each is from--just in case you see something that strikes your fancy you can at least attempt to contact the dealer. 

What did I bring home from the show?! Oh man. I went overboard this year, so I feel like that should be a separate blog post. But if you're too eager to find out, you can click here. I revealed my finds on Instagram. I will blog the details later and be sure to follow @shopGemGossip on Instagram where I will be listing a couple items for sale!

Again, I will be counting down the days until next year and so funny to read last year's post and see how it says that I hope to stay longer and bring more money next time. I'm glad these posts are keeping me accountable and are like my virtual diary entries. Cheers to next year!!

 

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