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Entries in gold rings (19)

Gem Gossip Featured in InStyle.com Interview

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A perfect way to end 2014, an interview on InStyle.com!! I answer questions on a topic that is my expertise, RINGS! InStyle's Contributing Editor of Fine Jewelry and Watches, Marion Fasel, asks some thought-provoking questions about rings, with the interview below.  For the full feature, including Marion's picks for the perfect "Ten Golden Rings" for gifting OR receiving, check out this link.

Why do you think gold rings make a great gift?
Rings are very personal. Giving a ring as a holiday gift guarantees a special memory. You look at your rings throughout the day on your hands which is a constant reminder of the joyous moment when you received them.

You have hundreds of gold rings, but for someone who is just beginning their collection what style would you recommend?
I would say stick with the classics—a nice signet ring or stackable band. Ten years from now when you’ve grown your collection along with your evolving tastes, you will still love and treasure those pieces.

What gold ring do you wear most often? 
Besides my engagement ring, I’ve been wearing my 30th birthday present, which is the Tiffany Open Atlas ring in 18k yellow gold. It is so comfortable.

Do you have any favorite contemporary gold rings you would recommend? 
I have a couple of rings from Elisa Solomon’s beautiful collection. And I’m dying for a custom ring from L. Frank. I love her aesthetic.

The Ultimate Ring Wish List, Part 2 #LoveGold

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My ultimate ring wish list continues with a second part, since my idea this year of a gift guide came in the form of a hashtag, with each morning bringing a new piece to the world.  If you haven't caught part one, click here. Any of these gold rings would be the perfect gift!  Did you find any of these #gemgossipwishlist rings under your tree this year?!

14k yellow gold Chasse Rope ring by Anna Sheffield

14k yellow gold Emma Fringe ring by Ashley Childs Studio

18k yellow gold Barcelona plique-a-jour ring by Bagués Masriera

14k yellow gold turquoise and diamond ring by B.C.E. Jewelry

18k rose gold baguette champagne diamond navette ring by Suzanne Kalan

14k yellow gold Super Nova ring set with diamonds by Carmen Diaz Jewelry

18k yellow gold trio of amethyst, chalcedony and rose cut diamond rings by Gabriella Kiss available at Quadrum Gallery

18k yellow gold lucky clover ring set with emerald, tsavorite, peridot & alexandrite by Elisa Solomon

18k yellow gold Collier de Chien ring by Hermes

18k yellow gold Free Form ring set with yellow diamonds by Etho Maria

18k yellow gold hand ring engraved AMICITIA which means Friendship by Gabriella Kiss available at Quadrum Gallery

18k yellow gold marquise icicle ring set with diamonds by JJ Number 8

18k yellow gold New York Reflection ring by Jessica McCormack

14k yellow gold Arabesque Candy ring by Jessica Winzelberg

14k yellow gold Floating Triangle ring by Karma El-Khalil available at Roseark

18k yellow gold dangle caged pearl ring by iKuria

18k yellow gold custom matrix opal with tsavorite garnets, emeralds & diamonds by Kimberlin Brown

9k yellow gold Saturn ring with grey pearl by Michelle Oh Jewellery

14k yellow gold diamond & chrysocolla shooting star ring by Andrea Fohrman available at Twist

14k yellow gold white sapphire pear duo ring by MIRLO

14k yellow gold curved triangle ring set with turquoise by Mociun

18k yellow gold Arabic Calligraphy ring by Nadine Kanso available at Plukka

14k yellow gold Lina ring set with diamonds by One Jewelry

18k yellow gold Solstice ring set with tourmalines by Ruifier

18k yellow gold Arabesque Deco ring by Ralph Masri

14k yellow gold Large Marquise ring by Sharon Z Jewelry available at Zaver & Mor

18k rose gold, black rhodium Shield ring set with diamonds by Diane Kordas 

14k yellow gold topaz cage ring by SheBee Gem available at Twist

14k yellow gold Hanabi ring by Nora Kogan

14k yellow gold Diadem ring set with emeralds by Scosha

 

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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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The Ultimate Ring Wish List #LoveGold

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This year, my holiday gift guide came in a different form--a hashtag, which became incredibly fun to procure each morning.  It became a game, where suddenly I held a magic genie lamp and got to wish for a gold ring upon waking up.  I made sure to pick rings that I truly would want, and then I posted them on Instagram, with the hashtag #gemgossipwishlist ...I have been doing this since October and have compiled quite the ultimate list!  I will continue to do this until Christmas, however here is a round up of all the gold rings up until a couple days ago that have been featured:

18k yellow gold Memphis Chevron enamel ring by Alice Cicolini

18k rose gold Sonny Gold ring by Spinelli Kilcollin 

14k rose gold smokey quartz and sapphire navette ring by Arik Kastan for Anthropologie

18k yellow gold Hawthorn ring by Shaun Leane

14k yellow gold ring THREE by Gem Gossip Jewelry

14k yellow gold Mini Ella Twist ring by Ilana Ariel Jewelry

14k yellow gold Wave ring by The Heart Department

18k yellow gold Boulder Opal Ellipse Twist ring by Brooke Gregson

14k yellow gold Eclipse ring by Uma K

14k yellow gold sapphire evil eye ring by Kismet by Milka

18k yellow gold Blood Red ring set with ruby and red lacquer by Solange Azagury-Partridge

14k yellow gold Amina buckle ring by Workhorse Jewels

14k rose, yellow & white gold Bloom Petal stacking rings by Sandy Leong Jewelry

14k yellow gold Scarlett ring set with a faceted onyx by Katie Diamond Jewelry

18k yellow gold World ring by Artelier MX

14k yellow gold Tourmaline and Chrysoprase cuff ring by Melissa Joy Manning available at Greenwich Jewelers

18k yellow gold Le Cage Champagne ring by Coléoptère exclusive to Stone & Strand

10k yellow gold Lapis ring by The Mania Mania available at Love Adorned

18k yellow gold Fluid ring by Fernando Jorge

14k yellow gold Link ring by Kiel Mead

18k rose gold black diamond horsebit ring by Gucci available at Levinson Jewelers

14k yellow gold diamond crown ring with boulder opal by Michelle Fantaci

14k yellow gold Lindsay Allison cocktail ring set with abalone and diamonds by Dana Rebecca Designs

14k yellow gold Nefertiti ring with green tourmaline by Daniela Villegas

18k yellow gold Mini Octo ring with emerald by Holly Dyment

18k yellow, rose and white gold black enamel bands by HOORSENBUHS

14k yellow gold Caillou diamond slice ring by Vale Jewelry

14k yellow gold Eye Piercing ring with pearl by Delfina Delettrez 

14k yellow gold Lace Crown ring & Beaded Crown ring by Grace Lee Designs

14k yellow gold Rainbow South Sea Pearl ring by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

18k yellow gold Moonstone Shield ring by Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry

14k yellow gold Flower Seed rings by Blanca Monros Gomez

14k yellow gold malachite and diamond ring by Jacquie Aiche

14k yellow gold Third Eye ring in Onyx and white Agate inlay by Makers Circle

 

 

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Obsession: Gold Antique Date Rings #LoveGold

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Like they always say, it just starts with one!  That "one" was the 1922 date ring listed on The Eden Collective's Etsy shop, and for some reason I fell in love with it.  I noticed I was beginning to wear it everyday, stacking it with other Victorian rings that complemented it...or just wearing it by itself.  As one who protests people who wear the same rings everyday, I was starting to realize this was more than just a ring I liked--it was the whole concept behind date rings and what they commemorated that I loved. As an appraiser, dating jewelry we always use the term "circa" meaning approximately.  If I'm stating that a piece of jewelry is circa 1920s, I am meaning that it displays characteristics of the early Art Deco Era, and was made anywhere from 1920-1929. Engravings offer exact clues that help tremendously with circa dating, and date rings are somewhat similar in that aspect because it says an exact year.  That concept is pretty cool to me--I can look at my 1937 date ring and know that it commemorates that exact year!

The mystery of these date rings lies in what actually is being commemorated.  Most are class rings and represent the year in which graduation was completed.  Some are from world's fairs from that particular year or were made to celebrate a milestone.  Others were sort of a souvenir for the New Year.  The collector in me hopes and wishes to collect one from every year--sort of a challenge and fun mission to entertain my current ring collection.  So far, I have collected nine date rings and a few overlapping dates which I am willing to trade with anyone who has a date that I don't have yet!  Here are the ones I have; a few are shown above:

 

 

If you have any date rings, feel free to share yours with me!  I'd love to see! Also, if you couldn't already tell, I kind of cleaned out James McHone Jewelry of all their date rings the owner had been collecting for over 20 years!  If you ever get a chance to visit his store in Harrisonburg, Virginia, YOU MUST!! 

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