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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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As I've been taking the time to truly curate my personal collection (by selling some of my rings all here) I also took the time to step back and look at what pieces make me most happy and figuring out what I really need in my collection--what is missing? One realm of my collection that puts a smile on my face is my antique baby rings. I've hunted these down in various locations all over the US, and on eBay...they are usually inexpensive so impulse buying is ok, and they are able to accumulate faster and without regret more easily than other types of jewelry. So many positive about them! I've been looking through my baby rings and also keeping up on eBay with what is currently available. I pulled out some of my wider pieces and took some photos, along with my many monogrammed baby rings--mostly M's, D's, or random initials.
I've also been wearing necklaces lately after going through a period where I never wore a single necklace for years! I would have to thank Fox & Bond Jewelry as well as The Dowry for my wedding gifts which made me fall back in love with necklaces. These two necklaces have been a part of my wardrobe day after day. I realized I wanted another gold chain to pair with the rather dainty ones that mostly make up my necklace inventory. One that had some more weight to it and an interesting link--not like a rolo chain or snake link. Luckily this stamped date necklace came across my screen while checking emails one day! Sherri of Great Smoky Mountain Estate Jewelry remembered that I collect date rings--and although not a date ring exactly, the necklace featured in the last picture had its very own hand-stamped 1926 on it. I caved and bought it, now wearing it almost daily. It is such a substantial piece and it was clearly something I've been missing from my collection all along.
What new pieces have you added to your collection lately?!
More and more lately I've been drawn to bold gold statement necklaces that really enhance an outfit. I've put my dainty chain necklaces and little charms off to the side for the moment in order to really wear something that is bold and memorable. With big gold necklaces, beauty is all in the details, so wearing neutral colors like black, navy and gray are ideal for this look. I've picked my current three favorites, each incredibly different in their own ways, but all fit the same category of being a BOLD GOLD STATEMENT NECKLACE:
1. 14k yellow gold Victorian serpent necklace, circa 1880s. This necklace definitely makes a statement and even better, it has history. I wore this necklace to the GEM Awards in NYC and received lots of compliments, and it was a piece of jewelry that provoked conversation. I would show people the enamel work on the snake head and flip over the dangling heart to show a compartment where hair resides. It is so mysterious and incredible! I paired it with a black and gold sweater dress, with minimal earrings and lots of stacking rings.
2. 18k yellow gold twisted rope chain, circa 1980s. Fast forward 100 years from the Victorian serpent necklace, and you have this heavy looking rope chain. At first, you make think that the style is out-dated and totally Mr. T, however just by doubling up the length and wearing a chic outfit, you can turn this into a sought-after look. I wore this necklace to Couture last year, pairing it with a plain grey V-neck tee and a black frindge skirt.
3. 18k yellow gold Cleopatra-inspired fringe necklace, circa 1940s. This type of necklace can make any outfit look incredible, and best part--it even makes you feel incredible! No matter what type of neckline it just works! I've worn it a lot with ripped jeans and a vintage rocker tee and it adds the perfect amount of drama. I may just bring it to Couture this year and dress it up on a night out!
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This Jewels at my Doorstep can also be called "Jewels in my Suitcase" because these gorgeous Phioro jewels flew in from Dubai and were immediately packed into my luggage, bound for Los Angeles. Not only did I get the chance to borrow these beauties for the LoveGold event at the Selma House, honoring Lupita Nyong"o, but I also had some personal photography time with them. These pieces are extremely photogenic and statement-making!
The richness of the orangey-yellow hue of the citrine stones was so fiery, it would compliment any neutral. I chose to wear a white vest with black detailing, with sheer black cutouts. The vest was tucked into a pair of wide-leg black pants, perfectly pressed and tailored. The Venus necklace and earrings instantly glamorized my menswear look. The Venus collection was inspired by the Roman Goddess of Love & Beauty. The prongs were stylized to imitate claws, giving the jewelry a "grasping for power" feel. Their signature Phi ring in 18k yellow gold was the perfect delicate ring to place on my finger.
Phioro is luxury jewelry with a refined sense of sophistication. The newly launched line, which is all 18k gold and gemstones, is turning heads in Dubai where Phioro calls home. The young designer behind the brand, Clare Pardoe, is both beautiful and talented! Read my Q&A with the designer here.
Venus Citrine Pendant in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, Price: $6,275
Venus Citirine Earrings in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, Price: $6,145
18k yellow gold Phi ring, Price: $895
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An amazing giveaway for Gem Gossip readers this week! It comes from Sydney Evan and we are honored to be giving away a Pure Love Necklace from her collection. The necklace is done in 14k yellow gold, measures 16 inches in length, and the chain is so unique--a delicate heart-link chain! It is a $750 value!