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My Personal Collection Up For Auction via EBTH.com

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Hey Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know something pretty exciting--I took nearly 50 pieces from my personal collection and put them on Everything But the House (EBTH)!  What is so great about this auction website is the amount of unique, highly curated items that go up for bidding every day of the week. You can basically shop estate sales from the comfort of your own home. I can't tell you how many things I've purchased from EBTH--several large gold mirrors (as pictured in my feature), one of my absolute favorite rings, and a lot of rock & mineral specimens. The variety of what you can find is impressive!

Another really great thing, for buyers at least, is that everything starts out at $1! And no reserves on anything! I have some amazing pieces of jewelry that have really high values, up now in its own auction--but HURRY! Bidding ends on February 16th!! 

 

 

You can check out the sale here.


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Jewels at my Doorstep: MATEO New York

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Powerfully creative, remarkably chic--Mateo New York is a line of jewelry created by Matthew "Mateo" Harris, Jamaican born creative who feasts on inspiration and jewelry, 24/7. His creations speak for themselves, often described as minimalistic designs, yet are bursting with feeling, power and innovation. I would never call it "trendy" jewelry--these pieces are staples for the fashionistas, obsessions of the creative geniuses, and everyday classics for the it-girl. I dare you to put on one of his chokers and not feel cool. The tying of the velvet bow that every choker isn't complete without doing so will give you endless possibilities of wearing it--either in the back, off to the side, or be daring and wear the bow toward the front!  

I was so excited to get to spend a few days with Mateo's pieces--I tried them on, wore them out and of course, styled the above looks and put them into a photoshoot. I was inspired by his latest venture--opening up a flagship store in Nolita, NYC, where I felt his style, mixed with big city vibes, created a sleek look. The store is exactly his aesthetic and is a vital part of his brand. Getting customers to walk into the inviting space, see and try-on his pieces, is just the first step in a life-long client for Mateo--and it is something that online shopping lacks. But don't let that stop you from visiting his website and browsing/shopping online! Just know that his pieces are that much more amazing in person! ;)

Picking out the items was tough for me because I pretty much love every single piece that Mateo makes!  If you love geometric jewelry, you'll die over all the endless shapes and Calder-inspired mobile designs. The 14k yellow gold Mobile Shapes earrings were fun, playful and affordable luxury items that set the tone of my shoot. They instantly turned my ear lobes into a work of art. The chokers are a definite favorite and if you're in the market to buy one, I suggest you get one of Mateo's! I've tried on way too many cheap-feeling ones from other designers and his is the real deal! The Semi-Circle Disc earrings created the second look and I felt that wet, slicked hair was necessary for it. Whether it is circles, squares or triangles--Mateo takes ordinary shapes and makes them extraordinary. Hope to own a piece for myself in the future!

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Valentine's Day Picks from KAVADOR

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Launched in 2015, Kavador was created with a main goal in mind: to dig into the vaults of jewelry stores around the country and give these hidden jewels their time to shine online! Jennie Pastor, CEO and Founder of Kavador, and myself have a few things in common. One of them being that we both realize there are so many amazing pieces of jewelry out there belonging to smaller, independent jewelers that don't have the means to promote their inventory online. Websites are expensive and having one that is fully functional with e-commerce capability is often way over a jewelry store owner's head. Just as I like to travel the US, visiting jewelry stores to showcase all that is out there, Kavador does as well! Only they have a whole team dedicated to curating items they find and listing them online, available for purchase. Kavador has quickly become a growing marketplace for stores to sell their pieces and for jewelry lovers to frequent often to find new treasures. And if you glance at their inventory, you'll recognize right away how this website needs to be on your radar and checked regularly! Their SOLD gallery is fun to look at as well, although it is slightly sad because they've already found their forever home.

I'm so excited to partner with Kavador--not only have I gotten the chance to learn more about this amazing company and speak with Jennie (interview below) but I also got to curate my own favorites just in time for Valentine's Day. I've also got a special treat for everyone--have $150 credit on me! Have fun exploring the vaults of Kavador and use code GEMGOSSIP150 from now until the end of February for your $150 credit.

>> Shop my Valentine's Day Picks here! <<

Hope you enjoy my interview with CEO Jennie Pastor--and be sure to follow Kavador here:

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As a kid, I have always been attracted to glitter and sparkle - I made my own accessories, tinkered with colorful nails and clothes and hair... No surprise then that I married into a family of jewelers and gemologists!

My family has been in the fine jewelry business for over 40 years, owning and operating independent retail jewelry stores and developing relationships with jewelry lovers and buyers as they select and maintain jewelry for generations. I've personally watched how dramatically the industry has changed in the last decade, specifically the challenges faced by independent local retailers in the face of changing consumer buying patterns and reduced in-store foot traffic.

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The concept of Kavador began at a family dinner - my father-in-law, who owns a number of local fine jewelry stores, was lamenting the outsized expense and poor returns of his recent investment in a new custom website. His expertise is in fine jewelry and in-person sales and customer service; digital marketing and e-commerce are not in his bag of tricks! Our family then began exploring the issue together: how could local independent jewelers reap the benefits of the growth in online jewelry sales without damaging their local brand and bottom line?

And from that dinner, Kavador was born...

We saw a startling need for an online marketplace specifically for fine jewelry which would give local retail jewelers and designers a platform to sell jewelry to a broad, national audience through a trusted brand with digital marketing expertise, and give fine jewelry consumers unique access to these treasures otherwise hidden in local jewelers' vaults.

We launched Kavador in late 2015, and have been happily adding new retail jeweler partners and uniting spectacular jewelry with new owners since!

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Kavador's audience is looking for pieces that speak to their individuality and style - statement cocktail rings, with colored gemstones and intricate designs, continue to be big sellers. More broadly, we have seen a real shift in preferences from mass-produced, generic jewelry from big brands toward vintage and estate pieces with bold colors, interesting settings, and... character.

A few of our most recent sales included:

Isa: a multi-colored pave sapphire bracelet

Phoenix: a 34ct cabochon cut Amethyst cocktail ring

Laksha: 15ct blue Topaz cocktail ring

Keely: a Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond butterfly necklace

We curate just one of each piece, so we shed a happy tear each time one of these standout treasures finds a new home - but we're thrilled that our buyers have found their match!

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These last 18 months have been such an adventure!! But my favorite Kavador treasure hunting memory, the one that really affirmed for me this concept of partnering with local jewelers to bring their treasures online, actually happened shortly before we officially launched.

We were out there pitching the Kavador idea to our family's jeweler network and to local jewelers in our town, trying to convince them to take a chance with us, list jewelry online through our start-up brand as part of our launch collection... And one of those meetings, with a local multi-generation family-owned jewelry business, became less of a new business meeting and more of a jewelry gossip session. His collection included mostly estate jewelry, including some spectacular vintage and antique pieces - and the owner was so excited to talk about the unique design features and histories of every item, even flaws became assets (because it gave those pieces "unique character")!! I think we were there for over three hours, most of it going through his jewelry piece by piece, as if he were a teacher talking about individual students.

This jeweler ultimately became part of our "launch crew" of retail jeweler partners, and we are thrilled to have his special treasures available for an online audience that would never otherwise have the opportunity to see them.

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Kavador recently launched a new and enhanced website in November, and the momentum these last few months has been really exciting! We have been adding new retail partners and new jewelry at a steady clip, expanding our marketing campaigns and social media following, and absolutely LOVE hearing from happy customers - some of whom will soon be helping us curate their favorites on the website!

Our dream is for Kavador to become for small, local jewelers and designers what Etsy has become for independent artists and craftsmen - a trusted marketplace for selling special, standout fine jewelry. Jewelry consumers have a clear appetite for special pieces, and a preference for supporting small businesses. Kavador's mission is to unite these consumers with specially-curated inventory from local jewelers, thus helping these jewelers continue to thrive.

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This sponsored post was brought to you in collaboration with Kavador -- all photography by Gem Gossip.

 

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Gem Gossip Visits J.S. Fearnley in Atlanta, GA

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I hit the road running--with the start of 2017, we have a lot of ground to cover for #JewelryRoadTrip! So far I've visited lots of towns in Texas, big cities in California, both the state of Washington and the capitol DC, NYC, and a few towns/states in between. I wanted to start with somewhere not too far--in fact it is only a 3 hour and 45 minute drive--to a city that is continuously growing, and also has the most requests from people living there, asking me if I have recommendations for antique and vintage jewelry. That city is Atlanta, Georgia! I've visited on numerous occasions but never found a spot I could recommend for amazing estate jewelry--until now. So grateful to have come across J.S. Fearnley, a family-owned company which has a gorgeous showroom in the heart of Buckhead, an affluent part of Atlanta, and conveniently located across the street from the St. Regis Hotel. 

The Beginnings

J.S. Fearnley first began in 1986 and started out as a jewelry shop where their niche was custom design jewelry. Since then, they have evolved into the premier luxury destination for fine antique jewelry with a specialty for Buccellati, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels, just to name a few. Their showroom is by appointment only due to their fully-packed show schedule (more on that schedule below). Should you be so lucky to get some time to spend at the showroom, you'll notice right away the jewelry books that line the shelves. Once you enter the showroom further, you'll see the display cases standing at a perfect level to gaze upon, as I did for a very long time! Each one is themed--differing by gemstone or designer, and grouped accordingly. There's even a case full of Buccellati jewelry, in fact, Buccellati is their specialty (they are one of the largest Estate Buccellati dealers in the country) so there are several cases FULL of this iconic Italian jewelry house.  J.S. Fearnley is constantly taking in new and exciting pieces to bring to their clientele, so their inventory is changing regularly. 

The People

Steven Fearnley is the man behind it all and since starting into the jewelry biz in the 80s, hasn't looked back. A fascination with geology and rocks sparked his interest, and he attended the Gemological Institute of America right out of school. His son Alex is following in his footsteps, taking on many of his roles, including getting his graduate gemology degree as well and hitting the road for every tradeshow. Emily Waterfall brings her expertise from working for Sotheby's auction house in NYC to J.S. Fearnley where she now calls Atlanta home for the past five years. Another member of the team not pictured in this photograph is Mr. David McKeone. His many years of successful business ventures and jewelry buying have added another much needed role with J.S. Fearnley. Everyone is very passionate about jewelry and gemstones and it is abundantly clear from the moment you walk into J.S. Fearnley!

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Besides exhibiting at shows and having a showroom in Atlanta, J.S. Fearnley also has a large online presence, with their website jsfearnley.com The site is updated regularly with new arrivals and any inquiries on the items are encouraged by the team at J.S. Fearnley! Anyone can view the latest inventory on the website and contact directly by calling (404-812-6464) or emailing (info@jsfearnley.com). As you can see, their inventory runs the gamut, from anything like a Cartier rolling ring, to an Art Deco diamond and platinum chain, to a Tiffany Schlumberger ring, on up through a big Columbian emerald ring. You can also check them out on 1stdibsSo, if antique jewelry interests you and you can't make it to any of their shows or visiting in Atlanta isn't in the near future--be sure to save their website and check back frequently. 

Trade Show Schedule

Jewelry show season has just begun--February showcases a long haul of shows, starting with Miami, Naples, Palm Beach and in the beginning of March, Hong Kong. Here are the show dates and cities:

February 2 - 5, 2017 Miami Beach Jewelry & Antiques Show, Booth 410

February 9 - 11, 2017 Atlanta Cathedral Antiques Show, Booth 9 

February 10 - 13, 2017 The Original Miami Antique Show, Booth 5907 

February 15 - 21, 2017 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Booth 300 

February 24 - 28, 2017 Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Booth 100 

March 2 - 6, 2017 Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, Booth CEC CH-P05

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Let's Face It: Face Jewelry is All the Rage!

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If someone says to you, "face jewelry is my latest obsession," you might think they mean those decals and metal parts hanging from eyebrows and on foreheads a la Givenchy and their Fall 2015 runway looks. Or you might think they mean cameo jewelry. I'm actually talking about new, designer jewelry that depicts faces as a main design motif. For one reason or another, I've always been drawn to faces in jewelry--whether they are beautiful, scary, happy or horrified...or all the above, like Anthony Lent's Emotions eternity band. As of recently, I realized that there are quite a few "face jewelry" superstars on today's market. I wanted to collect several here and display them within this blog post, but most importantly--I want to get your feedback on face jewelry. Do you like it? Which piece is your favorite? And do you know of any others (I KNOW I'm missing some)?

King of faces (and hands, and butts, and lips...) Anthony Lent's moonfaces are a jolly kind of face jewelry. This photo depicts the assortment of sizes, styles and options that his iconic sculpted design is available in.

Clockwise, starting at the top:

Peculiar pendants by Fraser Hamilton which combine the abstractness of the face with the style of his work--totally love them

Hannah Blount created this Lioness diamond lady ring using white and gray diamonds--this piece was inspired by Art Nouveau cameos and is handmade by Hannah in her Boston studio

My newest discovery--Rush Jewelry Design--does this awesome face pendant done in 18k yellow gold, called the Beast of Burden 

I instantly became obsessed with this necklace by Amsterdam Sauer, a Brazilian jewelry company founded in the 1940s. This piece is a part of their Tribes Collection, along with a few other face jewels.

Lady of the Cosmos earrings by Cleopatra's Bling will totally brighten anyone's day! I love this design--the faces are almost cartoony but I wouldn't put them in the same category as emoji jewelry. This is a new level!

Of course, as mentioned in the beginning paragraph, the Emotions ring by Anthony Lent will amaze you and yes, you're seeing multiple emotions in one ring. And notice that the faces share eyes...now wrap that around your brain and try to reflect of what this ring could possibly symbolize!

Another piece by Hannah Blount, this one more well-known--her signature Grey Lady ring done in yellow gold, which comes in three different sizes, little, medium, big!

Last but not least, in the middle hangs a quirky little pendant, tribal mask dude slurping up some diamond drool. Probably the best thing you'll see all year. This cool design is by dmdmetal!

 

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