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Top Five Pieces I Wanted to Take Home With Me at Couture 2017

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This year the Couture show opened its doors to hundreds of buyers and press from all over the world, while I walked in a day late of opening day, I was quick and eager to dive into all that it had to offer. Each designer stood beaming behind their booths, creativity on full power and all their blood, sweat and tears front and center under the grappling lights. More on the show in general in a few days, but I wanted to focus in on five pieces, from five different designers that I felt stood out to me. These pieces may not be the flashiest or have the biggest gemstones; they are pieces I would want for my personal collection--items I could see myself wearing and enjoying on a daily basis. There are lots of jewels at Couture that were bold, striking and great for editorial shoots--but translating them into every day wear for an average American didn't quite fit in my eyes. Yes these jewels might be fun to drool over, to take a photo of, or to just simply stare at, but as I stood there thinking to myself, "what if I owned a store in Nashville, what would I buy that would fit my audience?" I realized that sort of changed my entire thinking while browsing. Most of the time when I'm in "Gem Gossip mode" I'm one-sided in my thinking, focusing on what pieces would photograph well, what would my followers want to see, what would get the most "likes." So here are my top five pieces that I surely wanted to take home with me at Couture 2017!

1. Anthony Lent Crescent Moonface bangles: being celestial obsessed must be commemorated somehow and these bangles fit the bill in many ways. First off, they are wearable and go with just about anything, for any occasion. Secondly, they are timeless and can be passed down through generations. Best part is they are each hand-made by Anthony Lent himself in his Philadelphia-based studio.

See the Anthony Lent website here. 

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2. Anything in opal from Jacquie Aiche: If you've visited Jacquie Aiche's booth at Couture, you know--every year she outfits her spot in gems and mineral specimens that have you feeling like you've been transported to her world. And once inside, there's no shortage of jewelry--each corner and nook is filled with displays, dripping in jewelry. And that's exactly their mantra--cover yourself in their pieces and style yourself to the max. Every necklace, bracelet, earring, ring and body chain complements one another, and now we know why she has so many devote "tribe" members!

See the Jacquie Aiche website here.

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3. Stackable, easy on-and-off chokers from Suzanne Kalan: ok, we all have realized chokers are still going strong in popularity and if you're really wanting to invest in something that is well-constructed, easy to wear, and gorgeous all-around, I suggest these! Suzanne Kalan is known for her baguette diamond wizardry and she follows through again in the choker design department. At the show, the chokers were displayed in large bunches, stacked together and they looked just as good, if not better when worn! There's no clasp or ties, it is flexible, so you can take it on and off SO easily!

See the Suzanne Kalan website here. 

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4. Enamel surf boards from Tara Hirshberg: I loved all the charms I was seeing at Couture this year and these enameled surf boards were a definite highlight from the debuting designer. I have never surfed before in my life and honestly am frightened beyond belief of the ocean, but even with those pitted against me, I have never wanted a gold surf board more in my life! haha!  I love the colors used, the size of them and the wearability. Creating surf-related jewels came naturally for LA-based designer Tara and her ocean living and ocean loving life. 

See the Tara Hirshberg website here. 

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5. New diamond bow rings from Arik Kastan: I always look forward to seeing the new designs from vintage-inspired Arik Kastan. This year's new bow rings had my head spinning and jaw-dropping.  They are perfect to stack and fit right in with other antique pieces, as seen here stacked with some other fun Arik Kastan rings. Loving all the green agate too! Tough decision though choosing which bow--the top or bottom??

See the Arik Kastan website here. 


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Want more? See my top picks from last year's show!

Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 2017

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Taking on the Las Vegas Antique Show with Becca of BCE Jewelry, with Lenore Dailey at her booth and we ran into Sheri & Trina of Metier

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Both pieces here (left & right) are from DK Bressler and both are more than meets the eye: the dragonfly is En Tremblant and the diamond brooch can convert into other pieces of jewelry

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Two gorgeous booth photos, the left is Platt Boutique Jewelry and the right I cannot remember for the life of me!

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I loved these three rings from Excalibur Jewelry, especially the open metal work on the pointer, & the right photo features an incredible Lightning Ridge Opal set in a turn-of-the-century ring from M&C Stevens

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This large pendant/medallion made me smile, from Platt Boutique Jewelry and the photo on the right are my three favorites from Jacob's Estate Jewelry

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Lenore Dailey's booth is just jaw-dropping in its own right, so I always take a photo of it every year -- the photo on the right is an incredible ring box full of the most beautiful pieces from Simon Teakle 

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I think Blue Topaz gets a bad rap--this bracelet is crazy gorgeous, from Clayton Antiques and the photo on the right features a museum-worthy suite of early Victorian jewelry

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I always have to stop and stare at the crowns I see at the show! The right photo features some of the best rings I saw throughout the entire show--these three, from Under the Crown. Favorite stack ever.

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Always a sucker for hearts, I loved this opal brooch from DK Bressler and the photo on the right features three light blue enamel bracelets from Keyamour. Once in a lifetime shot right there!

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I love to see what Joden has and this time around this necklace caught my eye--from the black enamel to the mega gemstones, wow! The photo on the right is a ring tray seen at Mary Ann-tiques 

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The combo of moonstone + rubies is so good, I think that is why I loved this bracelet from Mary Ann-tiques so much. Also this tortoise shell butterfly brooch--wow, so unique and all handcrafted. This one belongs to Platt Boutique Jewelry.

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A box of goodies found at Lucy Verity ... the photo on the right are my favorites from Mary Ann-tiques, some rectangles and ovals!

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Sapphire stack from Excalibur Jewelry and the jewelry box on the right was seen at Lucy Verity--that snake bracelet is to die for and unfortunately a little too big on my wrist. 

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Last photos come from Excalibur--clusters of sapphire and diamonds, which create this amazing bracelet...and the photo on the right are my favorites from Craig Evan Small.

I've always associated the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show with The Paris hotel, however this was the first year in a very long time that that particular location was changed.  This year's show was located at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I didn't know what to expect at all and actually didn't even know where the convention center was located in regards to where everything else is until the day of the show!  To my surprise, I enjoyed the change--but I also will be happy when the show returns to The Paris next year. I attended on opening day and then again the following day, covering as much as I could on day one and attempting to pick up where I left off the next day.  I had good company on the second day--Katie of Vada Jewelry (like last year) and Becca of BCE Jewelry who had never attended before! It was cool to see someone experience the show for the first time and she walked away with an awesome diamond cluster ring. 

For some reason the reoccurring theme for me this year was large, circular pendants aka medallions. It seemed like every booth I visited, I spotted one or was attracted to one. I like how with every show, I'm not sure what I'm going to find or what I will be drawn to...it is always something different. I brought home a really cool medallion zodiac pendant, which I will share in another post!  I also brought back nearly ten pieces to sell for @shopGEMGOSSIP, some of which have already sold but you can certainly browse what is still available. 

From the gorgeous diamond crowns I spotted at several booths, to lots of diamond cocktail rings, there was some major selections going on at this show. Lots of buyers were going full force and commenting on what a great show it was. I noticed an up tick in traffic flow up and down the aisles and saw a lot of buying happening. 

As always, I have the best time roaming the aisles, running into people I know and chatting with my favorite dealers. It is fun catching up with everyone and I can't believe this was my sixth year attending the show. And even after six years, I still relish in finding awesome pieces and the thrill of the hunt definitely still lives on at these shows. I hope that never changes!

Thanks for another great year, Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show...can't wait until next year!

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Read my other posts from the same show, years of the past:

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Gemfields Partners with MUSE, Launching "Friends with MUSE" at Couture 2017

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Gemfields partnered with several designers, creating two incredible charm necklaces--one in all ruby and one in all emerald--here I'm wearing the emerald version in all its glory, along with earrings by Ana Khouri, matching rings by Sylva & Cie, and enamel portrait ring by Holly Dyment.

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The Gemfields' official "map" of Couture made by Diamondoodles, along with two exclusive pins, one ethically sourced ruby and emerald, also made by Diamondoodles

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Another close-up shot of the Gemfields emerald charm necklace -- along with a pair of stunning earrings designed by Holly Dyment Jewelry using Gemfields rubies & emeralds.

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This necklace and pair of earrings were designed by Buddha Mama Jewelry for the Gemfields collaboration. Feeling glamorous AF.

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Zoe Chicco was also a part of the Gemfields collaboration--she chose to design in all emeralds and these earrings prove to be both gorgeous and easy to wear!  Right photo features another designer, Retrouvaí who used Gemfields emeralds in her signature designs.

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Jane Taylor Jewelry chose Gemfields rubies for their collaborative pieces--this ring is just glorious, and they've also outfitted some of their classics in rubies like their stacking rings and bangles.

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And here we have some more designers who were involved in the Gemfields collaboration -- Nancy Newberg transformed pearls with sticks of Gemfields emeralds, Holly Dyment's portrait ring again, and two matching rings by Sylva & Cie, one in ruby and one in emerald.

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An up-close look at the earrings by Ana Khouri set with Gemfields emeralds and the Holly Dyment ring.

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HOORSENBUHS studded their classic Phantom II & Revere Cuff in Gemfields rubies

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Two pairs of incredibly designed earrings using Gemfields emeralds, two different designers: left: Buddha Mama Jewelry, right: TAP by Todd Pownell

Another year is in the books and as the 2017 Las Vegas Jewelry Week comes to a close, a few obvious standouts are buzzing in my mind. The first being how important and vital colored gemstones have become over the years, with bold colors being prominent in setting pieces and designers apart from one another. That's where Gemfields steps in as leader in authority, paving the way we define sustainable and ethical in the gem world. Their rubies from Mozambique and emeralds from Zambia have a clean past, present and future, and they are setting the example while spreading the word. 

Gemfields continued their GEMFIELDSxMUSE collaboration with MUSE (read about 2016) changing things up a bit by working with 17 designers, some represented by MUSE and others who are Friends of MUSE, and releasing even more designs than last year, producing two distinct groups within the capsule collection. The first group features over 75 pieces of fashionable, fine jewelry including earrings, rings and bracelets and the second group is a collection of 75 special ruby and emerald charms created by a plethora of designers hand-chosen by MUSE. The total capsule collection of 150 pieces ranges in prices from $500-10,000. The designers come from all different backgrounds, areas of the world and include both vets and new/emerging artisans. This group of 17 designers include: Ana Khouri, Buddha Mama, Dezso by Sara Beltrán, Elena Votsi, Fox & Bond, Holly Dyment, HOORSENBUHS, Kismet by Milka, Lucifer Vir Honestus, Luis Morais, Michelle Fantaci, Nancy Newberg, Nikos Koulis, Savannah Stranger, Silvia Furmanovich, Sylva & Cie and Tara Hirshberg. These pieces were all seen at Couture, in the MUSE Showroom booth 916. 

Separately, a few other designers incorporated Gemfields gems into exclusive designs, whether it be emeralds or rubies, or both, as they were given access to Gemfields' ethically sourced stones.  The partnership enhanced their initiative to work with both industry vets and rising stars alike, and debuted at Couture. In order for all the pieces to be accounted for, a map was created by Diamondoodles to help navigate the many designers along with their many locations at the show. Even I couldn't get to them all, but I did get to view all the above (in photos). Every designer that I did get to speak to was not only extremely proud to be involved in the collaboration, but I feel it was able to push the limits of several, as well as provide some spectacular gemstones that they may otherwise not get to design with. These designers include: Buddha Mama, Daria De Koning, Elena Votsi, Faberge, HOORSENBUHS, Jade Trau, Jane Taylor Jewelry, Jemma Wynne, Margery Hirschey, Maria Canale, Marian Maurer, Nikos Koulis, Paul Morelli, Retrouvai, Roule & Co, Sarah Hendler, Sylva & Cie, TAP by Todd Pownell, Vanleles, Yasuko Azuma, Yossi Harari, Zaiken Jewelry, and Zoe Chicco.

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Dupuis Important Jewels Auction Set for June 11, 2017

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Canadian auction house, Dupuis, has announced their upcoming Important Jewels sale, set for June 11th, 2017. The sale features over 400 lots of fine jewelry, ranging in time period and price points across the board. From antique and vintage engagement rings to designer hallmarked items, the sale is sure to satisfy any type of collector.  I've highlighted a few of my favorite pieces above, with descriptions below...and I've made sure to already sign up to bid online!  The sale is on a Sunday, so don't forget!

Dupuis Important Jewels Auction >> June 11, 2017

Lot 54: Emerald and diamond antique ring, circa 1850 has topped my favorites list so far--this ring immediately caught my attention due to its age and how great of condition it is in.  The emerald is approximately three carats with a closed-back setting, typical of the time period. Estimate: $3,655-5,117

Lot 94: Very unique diamond and colored diamond pendant/brooch which depicts the Roman Goddess Diana, a huntress with a bow and arrow.  The diamonds are yellow, pink and colorless and form a really neat look when aligned with the outline of the figure. Estimate: $3,655-5,117

Lot 114: This vintage lapis and diamond bracelet steals the show in design and gemstone combination. The piece measures 6.5 inches in length and done in 18k yellow gold. Each lapis is set individually in a plaque-style and the bracelet easily articulates. Estimate: $1,901-2,632

Lot 142: Beauty and elegance; nothing like a Belle Époque piece. This brooch is set with an aquamarine and surrounded by diamonds, portraying a bow. I love the long length of it, as most bows are shorter and wider. By the way, this is all done in platinum! Estimate: $1,316-1,608

Lot 150: I made sure to include this aquamarine ring in my roundup of favorites because it is downright glowing from within!  The intense aqua color is striking and I am also a fan of the split-shoulder setting. Can you guess how many carats the aquamarine is?!  Try approximately 43! Crazy. Estimate: $9,503-11,696

Lot 173: A great example of a highly unique engagement ring--this ring features a 2.37 carat center diamond with a hexagonal frame around it. The ring is done in 18k yellow gold, is a size 5 and you may not be able to tell from the photo, but the shank is square not round! Estimate: $7,310-10,234

Lot 183: The radiating fire of this black opal is dynamic and striking to say the least!  I love the design, as I feel it suits the play-of-color. I've learned that opals which exhibit red flashes and red play-of-color are most valuable, so this is truly a rare piece!  It is mounted in 18k yellow gold and is an antique piece. Estimate: $1,462-1,901

Lot 184: Another radiant opal, this piece is a pendant that dates back to the early 1900s. It features some diamonds and demantoid garnets (green) and is done in platinum. Such a stunning piece! Estimate: $2,924-4,386

Lot 188: I went for the bold and bright colors on this ring! I also expected this piece to be a signed piece, but I don't think it is. We've got amethyst, pink sapphires, and diamonds mounted in 18k gold. A bold look for a colorful woman! Estimate: $1,462-1,901

Lot 212: Sea shells fit for an enchanted mermaid--these earrings are made entirely out of gemstones and gold! We've got tourmalines, peridot, topaz, and cabochon sapphires here...set in 18k yellow gold and signed by Fochtmann and numbered 0066. Definite masterpieces! Estimate: $1,462-2,193

Lot 254: The amount of funky designs I am thinking up using these unmounted tourmalines has my head spinning! What unique colorings?!  Pastels at their finest--what would you create using them?  The pale pink round tourmaline and minty blue round tourmaline are a great pair, but when you add in the bi-colored cushion cut, it makes the lot! Estimate: $1,462-2,194

Lot 274: Big and bold; this modern take on an asymmetrical engagement ring design keeps us on our toes and wanting me unique designs! The old marquise cut diamond weighs approximately 1.90 carats and is truly one-of-a-kind. Estimate: $5,117-6,579

Lot 328: I also like this engagement ring because it is both modern and chunky at the same time. The round center diamond is about three carats and is safely set in a bezel of 14k white gold. There are also ring guards done in yellow gold, which turns up the design element. Estimate: $13,158-16,082

Lot 383: A large and rare no-heat sapphire that is pear-shaped and totally gorgeous.  The sapphire weighs 10.32 carats and set beautifully amongst a necklace of 18k yellow gold and a wonderful design. Between the pinwheel style of the main design and the attention to detail, this necklace will surely fly off the auction block! Estimate: $23,392-26,316

Lot 395: It doesn't get much better than antique Tiffany & Co. and this ring is the epitomy of grace and style! Set with a center emerald cut sapphire weighing 4.65 carats, flanked on each side by a pair of old pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 2.50 carats, finished in platinum. A stunning piece of history, that is just as beautiful today. Estimate: $87,720-109,650

Lot 397: Large and in charge--this diamond solitaire ring is not playing around! Weighing in at a lofty 6.35 carats and set in 18k white gold. I like the simple, classic mounting with the six-prong setting.  It is perfect for a diamond like this! Estimate: $43,860-58,480

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James D. Julia Auction Features 60 Jewelry Items in Upcoming Sale


Hey Gem Gossip readers!  As many of you know, writing about upcoming auctions is one of my favorite topics--I've written nearly 100 blog posts on this topic throughout the past almost nine years of having this blog!  I live it, breathe it, and am constantly talking about jewelry auctions. I love discovering new auction houses and I'm excited to be writing about James D. Julia Auction house today since I never have featured them before. They have an upcoming sale on June 16th, 2017 that is called "June Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction" which is of interest, particularly the 60 lots of fine jewelry items which is at the very beginning of the sale.

James D. Julia Inc. is located in Fairfield, Maine and has been in business for over fifty years. The company began in 1965 by Arthur Julia as a small country auction house which quickly grew over the years. Current owner James D. Julia purchased the company from his father in 1974 after graduating college. Always staying current with the times has been a key to the success of this auction house--state-of-the-art catalogs, photos and descriptions as well as an easy interactive website where bidding can take place from anywhere in the world have allowed an auction house located in Maine compete with world-known names. They are currently ranked as one of the top ten antique auction houses in North America. 

The June 16th auction features 60 lots of jewelry items--pieces from the low 100s on up to six-figure digits--so a pretty large assortment. Diamond rings, lots of emeralds, a high-end Breitling watch, jewelry suites, pearls, gorgeous every day jewelry, and everything in between. One of my favorite lots is the last one in the jewelry section--a group of 40 jewelry books!  I am such a jewelry book nerd and this lot features a bunch of rare, out-of-print titles. It is definitely worth checking out and the people of James D. Julia were kind enough to create an interactive catalog (embedded above) which features all 60 of the jewelry lots! It is also worthy to note, many of the pieces, starting with lot #1019 as noted in the catalog, are from a private Texas Estate collection which is completely unreserved and thus could result in some excellent buying opportunities.

Here are some of my favorites highlighted:

Lot 1005: A stunning all-diamond bypass style ring, set in 14k white gold and an estimated 1.78 carats total. I love the bypass style, with this piece having three diamonds set at a diagonal. If you're thinking of a unique alternative engagement ring, this would be a great choice! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 1007: The most expensive/highest estimate piece in the sale--this 10.02 carat natural fancy intense yellow diamond ring!  This rare and unique stone is VS-1 in clarity and comes with a diamond certificate from GIA. To accompany the center stone, it is beautifully flanked on each side by bullet shaped diamonds, VVS/VS clarity and FG in color. The ring is done in platinum and 18k white gold. Estimate: $130,000-160,000

Lot 1016: Elegant and charming, this diamond pendant necklace features gorgeous bright white diamonds set into a Art Nouveau treasure. It features a dangling bezel set diamond at the bottom and hangs from a 16" chain. Nothing like a piece of history. Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 1020: A vintage Cartier ring of finest quality--composed of one center emerald cut diamond and two emerald cut emeralds on each side. The ring is done in platinum with 18k yellow gold settings. Center diamond weighs 1.98 carats and the emeralds are Columbian. Can't get much better than that! Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 1023: I like this ring because it has a bypass style but it also has sort of a serpent look to it! The ring is set with a modified-fan cut emerald and lots of diamond accents, 1.75 carats to be exact! This ring is trendy and classic at the same time. I could easily pair with other pieces for a fun look. Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Lot 1035: If you love a good multi-gemstone piece of jewelry, this one is my pick for you! This cuff is done in 18k yellow gold and bezel set with multiple gemstones of all colors!  We've got rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and an unidentified yellow stone...all of various shapes and sizes. A truly well-made and exquisite piece! Estimate: $500-800

Lot 1052: This necklace caught my attention the first time I ever looked at this catalog.  It consists of a multi-serpent pendant that hangs from a gold toggle necklace--the various gemstones are peridot, garnet, amethyst, and citrine. The layers of serpents graduate in size, as do the gemstones. I've never seen a pendant quite like this one before and I've always been drawn to serpent jewelry. Estimate: $600-900

Lot 1060: Remember the lot of jewelry books I talked about above--this is the lot!  It features 40 different jewelry reference books, including several out-of-print titles. 100 Years of Collectible Jewelry, Cameos Old & New, Jewelry in America 1600-1900, and The Art of Fine Jewelry are definitely intriguing me and I feel like I will be bidding on this lot come auction day!

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