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Jewels at my Doorstep: Paige Novick

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If there's one piece of jewelry you'll always see me wearing, even if I'm in pajamas and have no other jewelry on whatsoever, it is my Paige Novick diamond ear cuff. Easily the most worn piece of jewelry that I own (yes, even surpasses my engagement ring) for many reasons, one being comfort, and the second without a doubt is its effortless way of making one look pulled together. That's why when I found out Paige most recently launched a new collection called Powerful Pretty Things, I knew it was going to be great.

The inspiration on the new collection? Paige puts it best: "The more we disconnect as a culture through our myriad of devices, the more we will need to connect to something higher. Meditation has gone mainstream. We view this paradigm shift as an opportunity to bring the world of luxury and conscious living together. Hence, the genesis of Powerful Pretty Things—a highly-curated collection of modern relevant pieces with a focus on colored gemstones and their healing properties. By taking the concept of “crystals” out of its usual flower-child context into a luxurious space, we are redefining the category." This adds a whole new dimension to wearing jewelry, and we've talked about the overwhelming popularity and intrigue of crystal healing powers just recently. With the help of some extensive research on Paige's end, she has combined both worlds of jewelry and crystal healing into one, to enveil her new collection.

While mainstream consumers think "birthstone jewelry," Powerful Pretty Things aims at going above and beyond this overly commercialized category and breathe new life into gemstone jewelry. Every piece in the collection is fun, easy-to-wear, sophisticated and on point! I was able to pick an entire look from the new collection and I kept in mind the cystal-healing properties while doing so. For me, I was drawn to pink tourmaline, opal, peridot and garnet--all four of those gemstone spoke to me and I absolutely love the combination of them.

I think you'll love this new collection from Paige Novick. Take a look at the photos shot by Lauren Newman Photography against Nashville's newest mural duo, completed respectively by one east-coast and one west-coast artist.

You can shop my entire look below:

 

 

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Reawaken Your Spring Jewelry Wardrobe with Arik Kastan

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Inspired by one of Arik Kastan's favorite kinds of flowers, the Sunflower ring will brighten your day and your finger! Each petal is adorned with an opal because the designer is all about the details!

Sunflower ring, Price: $1,300

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Feels like instant spring when you add these flower blossom studs to your earlobes. My pick for this season--get them in moonstones! You'll thank me later!

Blossom stud earrings, Price: $924

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If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say I'm just a little obsessed with the newest design--the Lunar ring! Arik Kastan hand-selected the opals and moonstones so it appears as if the phases of the moon are displayed.

Lunar ring, Price: $1,590

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Dreamy in every sense, the Ring Around the Moon padlock necklace features an iridescent moonstone surrounded by emeralds. You better have this on lock for spring!

Ring Around the Moon padlock necklace, Price: $3,180

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The Double Gypsy Cigar band will be your statement piece for spring! It is bold enough to wear on its own and versatile enough to go with just about anything.

Double Gypsy Cigar Band ring, Price: $2,290

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If you want to add one piece to your neck game for spring, let me suggest the gorgeous Evil Eye pendant necklace. It is easy to layer, goes with everything, and is totally unique! The power of protection never looked so good!

Evil Eye pendant necklace, Price: $1,840

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A Rainbow of Jewels at Heritage Auctions December 7th Signature Sale

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Swinging from deep cherry reds, to vibrant orange, on up through mossy green and the moody blues, where one finally lands at the end of the vibrant rainbow of color, this year's December Sale from Heritage Auction takes you on a color-filled adventure with their offerings. Whether you've been searching for a specific color or certain tone or saturation of hue, the plethora of gemstones give you so many possibilities. If I wanted to search for an orange-colored jewel, I may not realize how many options there are from this December Signature Sale from Heritage--I could go with deep and vibrant coral, or light and citrus Topaz, or even a non-nacreous option of a melo melo pearl hanging from an orange-colored silk cord necklace! And to think, most would automatically assume citrine!  So, open up your eyes to the rainbow of options from the December 7th Signature Sale from Heritage Auctions.

Let's start with red and work our way down to violet!

Lot 54058: Most would think of ruby red, but these tourmalines exhibit the prettiest shades of red and dark pink, sprinkled with diamonds in a domed style.  Set in 18k yellow gold, these earrings are made to flatter and contain an impressive carat weight of pink tourmaline--over 50 carats! Be a lady in red with these! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 54360: An enticing and enchanting ruby ring, perfect in every way! Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, featuring one cushion cut ruby weighing approximately 3.80 carats, surrounded by diamonds totaling six carats! The ring is set in platinum and 18k yellow gold, truly special. Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Lot 54142: One word in the notes section for this listing and sure sums up everything about these platinum and coral earrings--stunning! And we all can agree, if only to see these in person and try them on! The coral is precisely cut and the craftsmanship is high, marked with maker's mark Cicada. Estimate: $8,000-10,000

Lot 55278Bold carved coral creates this orange sensation for a jewelry suite--featuring a ring and pair of matching earrings.  Very modern in style, maybe even slightly futuristic, this set includes some sparkle thanks to diamonds, a total of one carat all together. Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 54269As bright as the sun, this gigantic yellow sapphire which weighs 20.56 carats, mounted in a fabulous platinum and diamond setting. The split-shank style of the ring offsets the boldness of the large gem, giving it a more dainty feel. Such a stunner. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 54743The glowing orangey-yellow of Topaz makes these 18k white gold stud earrings shine. Set amongst round cut and baguette cut diamonds, the earrings have a fun style, and are great for any occasion! Very versatile! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 54095: The color green of Tsavorite garnet is unlike any other green! It gives me holiday vibes and that is perfect this time of year. These hoops are something else--pave through and through, all set in 18k white gold with a black rhodium finish. Love them! Estimate: $3,500-4,500

Lot 54408This necklace stopped me in my tracks. The beads are carved green beryl, dispersed with black onyx and diamond in 18k white gold. Such a unique, one-of-a-kind piece, destined to be treasured forever. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54138Navettes are nice, especially when they are set with a gorgeous 3.50 carat sapphire! This ring pulls out all the stops, from its platinum setting, to superbly matched and set diamonds, it has it all. I can picture this making someone very happy Christmas morning! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54278Another moody blue for our rainbow of gems is this lot, featuring a central pear-shaped sapphire surrounded by others in oval. The ring is all set in 14k white gold and is such a classy look. You can't go wrong with sapphires, let's be honest! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54096: To represent our indigo color in this rainbow-filled blog post, a light-pastel colored sapphire with no heat treatment does the job! This beautiful ring features a 7.43 carat sapphire which comes with a certificate from GIA. The setting has a halo of diamonds and is a sizable 7, in 14k white gold. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54640: Had to include the royal purple exemplified by amethyst and this pieces is my favorite from the sale.  A round mixed cut amethyst set in a crowned garland platinum and white gold brooch. A relic from the early 1900s past, I love how stylish it can be in today's time. Estimate: $1,800-2,400

 

 

 

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Q & A with Megan of Baker & Black Jewelry

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As my style evolves and grows with age (read: wisdom) I've been more and more drawn to COLOR. Not in a wardrobe sense, don't worry, I haven't gone too crazy...but with a mostly monochrome uniform, vibrant accessories are necessary. I love when jewelry designers play with color and use it to their advantage, breaking down barriers and mesmerizing people all at the same time. This is exactly what Megan of Baker & Black has been doing in her jewelry career. Her creations are works of art on a small scale, seemingly meant for floods of gawkers ready to admire at an art gallery.  Gold is sculptural, gemstones are like paints and creativity is on overload for her with these mediums.  I'm obsessed.

Instinctively, I had to know more about this curiosity-inducing designer.  Take a look at what I found: 

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So much! I am focusing on adding more earrings and necklaces to the collection. I am also in the very early stages of designing some jewels incorporating enamel. I love to use lots of color so I am excited to expand my palette.

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I have been making jewelry since high school (grade school if you count friendship bracelets!) but after college I started to consider creating a cohesive line. I worked at Doyle & Doyle for a few years and it was really an education in gemology and jewelry history. I was able to learn in a hands-on way. I worked with Jessica Bavier, who now owns Bavier Brook,and she would always pull me aside when something special came in. When an unusual stone came in, we would loupe it. When a masterfully constructed piece came in, we would examine the fabrication and maybe wear it around the shop.

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It's perhaps a little too early in my career to pinpoint a single moment, but I feel very satisfied with how the story of Baker & Black has developed. I created Baker & Black with my husband and we have done almost all of the work ourselves or with the help of talented friends. After all of the hard work, it has been incredibly rewarding to have had such a positive response from all who have seen the jewelry. It makes me excited to continue growing the brand and to share it with more people.

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Baker & Black is still in its infancy so A LOT! Right now I am focusing on expanding our retail presence and client base. Creatively, I want to start working with larger gemstones and I would like to experiment more with colored sapphires and spinel. And one day, I would love to create a piece centered around an antique demantoid garnet, a larger specimen with a perfect horsetail inclusion.

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This will have to be a tie. My husband gave me an antique gold locket the first Christmas after we were married and I wear it every day. If it doesn't match what I'm wearing, I just tuck it in my shirt. I love lockets and definitely want to start designing them. The other would have to be the first Baker & Black piece, the Caduceus Ring with pink spinel. I wear it all the time and have been told that it is reminiscent of H.R. Giger's designs for the movie Alien. I was surprised the first time someone said it because his work is very dark with a strong sci-fi vibe and the ring is pink and sparkly. I hear it all the time and am always humbled because Giger was such an accomplished and influential artist.

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Gem Gossip Attends VicenzaOro September 2015 in Italy

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From September 5th-9th, 2015 VicenzaOro opened its innovative doors to more than 20,000 buyers, press and others from the jewelry industry of over 120 different countries and the excitement spread throughout the 4-day event. My first-time ever at this show, I was unaware of what to expect and actually made sure not to research too much into the show so that I could experience it as organically as possible! 

I learned quite quickly as day one began with a Press Conference held by Matteo Marzotto, President of Fiera di Vicenza and Corrado Facco, Managing Director of Fiera di Vicenza, articulating how much of a forward-thinking tradeshow VicenzaOro is with two strategic thinkers at the helm of it all. VicenzaOro is not just a tradeshow--it is an entire unit consisting of a website, social media channels, show guides, an official app., newsletters, a host of seminars, workshops and exclusive events, as well as conferences, network meetings, etc. VicenzaOro also has its own magazine, VO+, and a branch which forecasts trends called TRENDVISION which recently debuted a book called Trendbook 2017+ at the show.  The book delves into upcoming jewelry trends and creates labels for different types of consumers in a visually sensual hardcover book.  It is truly a collector's item and beautifully done! VicenzaOro has also created its own awards show--the Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards (more on that later) and a young jewelry talent contest called Next Jeneration.  So, as you can see, MUCH more than just a jewelry show!

The U.S. Press team consisting of myself, Tanya Dukes of InStore Magazine, Jen C. Williams of Luxury Brand Group, Natalie of Jewels du Jour, and Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America spent three full days buzzing around the show floor. The setup and organization of the jewelry show is fairly new, just launched last January and features six "communities" within this jewelry city of a show. A wheel of colors helps signify and represent each of the six groups--ICON, CREATION & LOOK (jewelry districts focusing on jewelry, both small and large companies, trendy section called Glamroom), ESSENCE (gemstones, manufacturing, components, chains, clasps, etc), EXPRESSION (packaging and visual merchandising), and EVOLUTION (a place where I got lost several times).  

Besides the layout, what struck me the most was walking into the show and realizing that every jewelry designer/brand has created their own miniature version of a store. Their visual branding is far more sophisticated than any show I've ever been to!  Some designers had small windows where jewelry was displayed, and then you could walk into their booth where they had private tables/chairs set up for buyers/clients. Definitely not your average backdrop plus display case only. 

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Highlights of the show for me were:

Visiting the Pasquale Bruni booth and seeing the diamond crescent moon man pendant, trying on pieces from their Bon Ton collection, getting the wear the earrings that Alessandra Ambrosio recently wore the week before, and meeting Eugenia Bruni--creative director of Pasquale Bruni.

Getting to meet Beppe Callegari of Otto Jewels and seeing his full collection in person, rather than online! Such a fun up-and-coming line that is playful and affordable!

Spotting Roberto Bravo on the back cover of the VicenzaOro show directory and having to find them at the show! I love their houndstooth collection which uses the technique of hot enameling with the houndstooth pattern and displaying it on multiple designs.

Falling for Vianna B.R.A.S.I.L. and her bold gemstone designs--lots of color and lots of flair.  I was bowled over by the insane necklace I tried on featuring lots of colorful tourmalines and diamonds.  Her paraiba tourmaline pieces were electrifying.

Playing with the artistically enchanting and whimsical designs of Wendy Yue. Her long, finger-covering rings are what I live for!! The darkened metal also makes everything stand out.

Getting to meet Roberto Coin and work with his team taking some pictures and learning of his multiple collections. His animal pieces are insane!

Discovering Casato and getting to try on their edgy pieces--love their inspirations and every diamond piece they create!  All made in Rome, Italy.

Seeing Yoko London's game-changing use of pearls! They are taking pearls to a whole new level and it was fun getting to see and try on their creations.

Finding an Italian jeweler to make the new top-spot of my wish list: Gabriella Rivalta who hand-paints each piece. I want one of her white tiger pieces!

Stopping in my tracks after seeing such a cool piece by Marco Dal Maso of Marco Ta Moko Jewelry who is redefining men's jewelry. He has created a lapel pin featuring an Afro Man with beads of precious stones as hair.  It is the coolest thing!

>> Thank you VicenzaOro for taking care of our stay in order to attend the show!