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May Is Gold Month, Celebrate with Some Gold Trends!

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The allure of gold is unlike any other metal--it conjures up so many feelings when I look at my favorite yellow gold bracelet brought back from Italy by my grandparents over 20 years ago, or when I wear my gold hoops that I purchased when I graduated from high school. I can sense the power, the value and the weight of the gold, but I can also feel the memories, the sentiment, and the love behind each piece. Celebrating gold is something I do everyday, as it is hands-down my favorite metal used for jewelry, so having an entire month dedicated to GOLD and promoting everything about it makes me happy!  Over at May Is Gold Month, they have committed to spreading the knowledge of karat gold, promoting the wearability of gold with weekly trends, even providing some deals and contests for readers as well. For me, it's a passion I can stand behind too, right there with them!

My love for karat gold jewelry has brought me on so many journeys with my #JewelryRoadTrip and working with LoveGold for two years, I've put on some miles all in the name of gold. I love the fact that gold has been found on every continent and it is my lifelong dream to be able to pan for gold and actually find some! I like to relate my quest for finding and featuring gold jewelry stores/designers on my blog as being similar to the gold miners of the big Gold Rush of 1849. In fact, it is one of my most favorite things to research and learn about. The power of gold is depicted best in situations like the California Gold Rush, where hundreds of thousands of gold-seekers put everything on the line in search of one thing. Gold's impact reached far greater than just the discovery of it alone and it will always remain the number one selling metal for luxury and jewelry items.

How you wear and style karat gold jewelry is a whole different realm of gold. My biggest tip would be to try new ideas and trends--don't ever wear the same pieces of jewelry every single day for the rest of your life! If you need some suggestions, May Is Gold Month has put together some weekly trends that you can easily focus on and I'm here to help suggest ways of taking each and making them your own.  Let's start from the top!

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Trend #1: GOLD HOOPS

A gold jewelry staple that will never go out of style, gold hoops are a piece of karat gold jewelry you must own! Thick or thin, large or small...the style and size does not matter, it's how you wear them and what you wear them with that is most important! I like to wear mine stacked on one ear, with each being similar in size and style. I left my other lobe bare to give it a dramatic effect. Karat gold hoops can really add a spice to your style--a small addition with a big impact. 

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Trend #2: LIGHTLY LAYERED

This is a great trend because you can combine lots of small, karat gold jewels to create one big, impactful look. I've always had a thing for tiny gold bracelets and each one has a unique style. Some are from Italy from my grandparents so they are very sentimental to me, while one I bought from a gold kiosk in the middle of the mall, and another is from Kay Jewelers. Wearing them all together is fun and every time my arm moves, they move around with me. The small karat gold rings are fun to stack and layer as well, so both types of jewelry play off one another. 

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Trend #3: GOLD RINGS

This trend comes way too natural for me--I don't ever leave the house with just ONE gold ring. However, there's a skilled art to stacking rings and piling on whatever you have just won't cut it. I like large, elongated rings to go on the biggest finger--the middle finger--and that works as a good starting point. Combine rings that have a special meaning with pieces that are trendy. I love the geometrical trends that are happening right now, so I opted for a lightweight, but still 14k solid gold version of this trend to cut the cost. One thing is for certain though, whenever you buy a piece of karat gold jewelry, it is an investment that you won't regret.

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Trend #4: SYMBOLISM

Gold jewelry is often highly symbolic, whether it's a talisman, a good luck charm or a piece of jewelry that means something more than what meets the eye. For me, I have many karat gold charms in my life that hold a symbolic meaning like my Figas, and my lucky locket passed down to me by my Gram. My newest additions are the lapis scarab (if you follow me on Instagram, I've sold two large lapis scarab pieces recently and sort of regretted selling--and then I found like mini version of it just recently on my trip to DC, from The Antique Guild) and a gold heart ring box that holds an almost identical miniature version of my engagement ring, recently purchased from A.Brandt + Son. The charm is so neat because it opens and closes, and the craftsmanship is impeccable. 

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Trend #5: WRIST BLISS

What a dueling pair of wrists! My bracelet style is quite bipolar--I love a great karat gold Victorian hinged bracelet but then I also can go very modern, chunky with a large, heavy men's Cuban Link chain. Talk about opposites! I love both for different reasons, but that's the beauty of having different styles and karat gold jewelry has SO many styles. I've collected the Victorian gold bracelets over the years from my job being an appraiser, but the Cuban Link chain is my husband's! I hope to own a matching one some day...one that actually fits though! His is huge on me!

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Trend #6: NECK CANDY

Necklaces are the type of jewelry I own the least of, but surprisingly that has been changing lately! I think it's because I like wearing necklaces that are more than just a chain and a pendant or charm. That's when I got the bright idea of turning my gold cross charm bracelet into a necklace by adding a gold bracelet to each end and extending the length. It easily transforms it into a close-fitting statement necklace that everyone asks about...and even better, each cross has a story. I've also added my Fox & Bond Mini necklace to the mix to make the look more interesting.  The Mini is a miniature solitaire ring which features a special engraving on the inside. 

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Ilias Lalaounis, A Greek Made of Gold #LoveGold

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My fascination with Greek gold and the picturesque country of Greece is even stronger after doing some research on one of my most favorite Greek designers, Ilias Lalaounis.  His career started in the late 1950s with his first collection called, The Archeological Collection, which was inspired by Classical & Hellenistic art and architecture.  He created his own niche, mostly using all gold (18k & 22k) within his designs, while others used an abundance of gemstones.  Lalaounis was also known for being quite the academian.  He would spend hours researching topics like nature, science, animal and plant cells, constellations, and even biosymbols...these topics were then translated into jewelry and captivated jewelry enthusiasts around the globe.  

At the height of his career, Ilias Lalaounis was an expert at the artistic techniques of hand hammering, granulation, hand weaving, repoussé, and filigree.  Each technique is still used in many designs today from his brand, which is now in the hands of his four beautiful daughters--Aikaterini, Demetra, Maria, and Ioanna.  He has created over 17,000 pieces of jewelry in his career, with over 50 different collections.  To learn more about each collection, head over to the main website and click on Collections--it will take you through each name, chronologically!  

That leads anyone to say, "his designs belong in a museum!" Well, he has his own museum--the Ilias Lalaounis Museum, founded in 1993 and open to the public--located in Athens, Greece.  The museum holds over 4,000 pieces from Lalaounis' collection.  Would love to visit someday!

Five artistic techniques of Lalaounis:

Hand-hammering: this ancient technique which involves tiny hammers with multiple strikes was revived during the 1960s by Lalaounis. This technique takes a lot of time, creating subtle indentations and producing an overall hammered finish.  Best done on 22k gold.

Granulation: this technique uses teeny tiny beads of gold, and fuses them onto a surface of jewelry, creating a pattern.  Dating back to the third millennium BC, each gold grain no bigger than a millimeter is individually created and placed onto the jewelry surface.  Lots of concentration and patience is needed for this, but the overall outcome is beautiful! 

Hand Weaving: mainly regarding chains and necklaces, this technique dates back to the Hellenistic period, and is used to create multiple types of chain.  Gold wire made up of uniform links are combined by hand to form a chain of gold--based on the technique used, different patterns and styles can be made.  Some incredible necklaces were created by Lalaounis using hand weaving, especially during the 1960s.

Repoussé: means "to push back" ...this technique takes the reverse surface of a piece of jewelry in gold and is hammered to create a relief design.  Dating back to the Bronze Age, the finished look is a raised design and is very sculptural in appearance.

Filigree: there are two types of filigree--the first kind is open filigree, mostly associated with 1920s jewelry, and then there's surface filigree, where wire is twisted, curled and shaped, and placed on top of the jewelry surface. Lalaounis excelled at surface filigree and really made it a staple of his design elements.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: HALLEH Evil Eye Bracelet

1390934596309 IMG_9421 Evil Eye We have an awesome GIVEAWAY for Gem Gossip readers this week! It comes from HALLEH Jewelry, who was the first jewelry designer to be a part of my Jewels at My Doorstep segment, where I fell in love with the richness of her gorgeous designs. This trendy bracelet is done in 18k yellow gold and is set with turquoise and diamonds! The retail value is $726!!

As part of the giveaway, I invite you to check out HALLEH's newly launched site, where you can now purchase directly in the SHOP section. There you will find all the rings I am wearing in the above photo. I still have the "Olympic Ring" on my wish list. And the "Shooting Star" ring is to-die-for!

To enter: follow @HALLEHjewelry on Instagram and then find the giveaway photo on my page and comment in the comment section! We will be using the hashtag #HALLEHgiveaway and choosing a winner at the end of the week! Good luck!

Obsession: Sidney Garber Jewelry

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If I ever get another chance to visit Chicago, I will head straight for Sidney Garber's flagship store on East Delaware Place. The iconic domed, rolling bracelets made of 18k gold are calling my name! Celebrities like Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen & Cosmopolitan's Editor in Chief Joanna Coles are just the few who wear these gorgeous bracelets. The company was first started by current owner/designer Brooke Garber Neidich's father who launched the business in his 20s in the year 1946. Brooke has eloquently carried on the family name which boasts some amazingly crafted jewelry--coiled snake rings and bracelets, panther rings, the rolling bracelets, and numerous other statement pieces.  Which all can be found at Barney's or Just One Eye.

Drape Chain Charm Bracelet

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{14k yellow gold drape chain bracelet
14k yellow gold St. Anthony Medallion charm}

{14k yellow gold textured band
10k yellow gold antique panther ring}

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A Gem Gossip "Do-It-Yourself:"

How to get the drape chain, charm bracelet look:

1. Get three very fine 14k gold chains (these came with pendants I've purchased that seem too thin to wear on a necklace alone)
2. Clasp them together, so that one clasp connects to the other's end ring, and do the same with its other end
3. Wrap around your wrist and add a round medallion charm

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