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Original Miami Antique Show 2017

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The biggest change this year: the new location--the Miami-Dade County Expo Center where the fair happens every year

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Left: I always flock to Lucy Verity for her jewel box of treasures--both her original antique displays and wealth of knowledge, paired with her hilarious demeanor always gives me good energy. Right: The back of a pocket watch that I wish I would've bought!

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Left: Spiders creep me out, but this necklace is on a different level! I LOVE it! Right: A box of chocolates has nothing on this box of Jogani jewels!

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Stopped by DK Bressler to "oooh & awe" and this made my heart beat faster! A very early piece with original fitted box.

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These case photos give me life and make me excited for next year!

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Left: We felt amethyst was a huge sensation at the antique show--this relatively inexpensive stone will be trending for sure. Right: Rows of mourning rings from Spare Room Antiques are always so interesting and never macabre.

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Left: I couldn't tell you how many amazing pieces Mary Anntiques had, so if I had to narrow it down to only two, it would be this carved emerald cameo and lapis ring. Right: I zoomed in on a ring I had been trying to track down for forever--but the booth was busy and I was leaving!

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Insane diamonds found at Dover Jewelry--the one on my pointer is nearly 20 carats! This will probably be on a celebrity's finger in the future...just wonder which one?!

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Left: Died for opals at the show--especially this brooch from Gold Hatpin. Right: Ah, this ring. Fit like a glove and is probably the best thing I've ever seen. From Select Antique Jewelry.

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Left: All three of these rings are over-the-top perfect! From Poli Trading Company. Right: If these earrings were just a littttttle lighter, they would be my forever pair. Lapis and the unique gold work is to-die-for.

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More case photos, just teasing you with all the goodies!

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Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, myself and the lovely Lenore Dailey. Her booth is always bustling with fans and friends who have so much love for her!

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Left: Some amazing rock crystal figas from D & E Singer Inc.--the one on the left is now in the hands of Vada Jewelry! Right: Clayton Antiques always has some of the most unique rings--lots of opals and dying for the turquoise and pearl navette one!

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Left: Some pretty emeralds from Gold Hatpin--I love the mix of styles here and showing how they can all work together just because of the common gemstone. Right: Ok, this necklace was insane--the opals are doublets though but the style of it and the long hand-made chain made it incredible.

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If my manicure had a spirit animal, it would be this ring from DK Bressler. So gorgeous.

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Left: I love seeing Michael Goldstein and all his incredible diamonds--like this major portrait rose cut. Right: Loving the style on Madeline who works at Haig's of Rochester--the arm party, the solid gold Kieselstein choker and you can't see her earrings in this picture, but they are amazing!

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Left: Something about these earrings made me stop and stare. Right: Nutty for navettes; all from Jacob's Estate Jewelry.

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More case photos--you may recognize the one on the left being Lenore Dailey's because of how vibrant and gorgeous it is!

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Left: Excalibur Jewelry had this cool opal butterfly wing necklace--you could actually make the wings flutter, it was articulated. Right: Spotted a piece from Jewelry Nerd at a booth manned by Art Adorned. Loved looking at everything!

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Left: I begged to buy the case but got shot down. Vintage and antique ring cases are my weakness. Right: This necklace is just WOW.

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Left: This mourning ring features an urn--a highly collectible motif and it was just in the most immaculate condition. From Clayton Antiques. Right: Another piece that is a great example of portrait jewelry--seems like I've only seen pieces like this in books.

Let's settle in while I come off my Miami high. I always get so, so excited about the Original Miami Antique Show and this year had even more built up about it since a few things were different. For one, the biggest change being the location of the show--entirely different, at the Miami-Dade County Expo Center, a cool 30-40 minute drive from its usual location. The new digs had a lot of people frustrated because us antique lovers usually hate change...we have our traditions, our rituals, our hotel we stay at every year, our restaurant down the street that we go to every year...so unfortunately many people didn't come this year because of this and I'm sad to say they missed out. This was one of the best shows I've ever been to. Another change, for me at least, was the amount of days I spent at the show. In the past this was always a quick trip where I got one full day and a few extra hours the following day before I had to leave and go back home. You can never fully enjoy a show of this magnitude if you constantly feel like you're racing against the clock. This year I stayed three full days at the show and am so glad I did. The last change was something I had remembered my dad saying to me--which I quoted him from last year's blog post--it was in regards to how much money I was bringing to the show.  Last year I didn't bring very much and he told me "That's like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!" So this year I had been saving my money and sold quite a few pieces of jewelry to reinvest. 

I don't think the weather could have been any better as well--that weekend was warm and sunny, to the point where I was contemplating moving to Florida. The new location had three main buildings: one large building which housed the Arnold & Fuchs Halls--two very large sections of booths, the second building housed Edwards Hall, and the third building which wasn't connected but not too far housed the Pavilion. As you may have guessed, walking was even more involved than before because how spread out everything was, but you only noticed it once you got back to your hotel room and were falling asleep as soon as you sat down. After attending the show for five years and getting used to where certain dealers were located and things like that, I have to admit I was struggling the first day. By the second day though, I had already relearned the floor plan and off to a great start. It actually did have a few benefits to being in a whole new layout and location because I looked at everything with fresh eyes. The two pieces I bought for myself were from dealers I had never worked with or seen before, so I was really happy.

Jewelry highlights of the year?! The buzz around the show could be summed up into a few words shared by quite a few people I talked to; "wow this year is really good, so many great pieces of jewelry." And I couldn't agree more. It seemed like every booth had several really special items and highly sellable pieces. This year I thought it would be smart to caption my photos above, so you can not only see all my jewelry highlights but know where each is from--just in case you see something that strikes your fancy you can at least attempt to contact the dealer. 

What did I bring home from the show?! Oh man. I went overboard this year, so I feel like that should be a separate blog post. But if you're too eager to find out, you can click here. I revealed my finds on Instagram. I will blog the details later and be sure to follow @shopGemGossip on Instagram where I will be listing a couple items for sale!

Again, I will be counting down the days until next year and so funny to read last year's post and see how it says that I hope to stay longer and bring more money next time. I'm glad these posts are keeping me accountable and are like my virtual diary entries. Cheers to next year!!

 

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My Personal Collection Up For Auction via EBTH.com

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Hey Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know something pretty exciting--I took nearly 50 pieces from my personal collection and put them on Everything But the House (EBTH)!  What is so great about this auction website is the amount of unique, highly curated items that go up for bidding every day of the week. You can basically shop estate sales from the comfort of your own home. I can't tell you how many things I've purchased from EBTH--several large gold mirrors (as pictured in my feature), one of my absolute favorite rings, and a lot of rock & mineral specimens. The variety of what you can find is impressive!

Another really great thing, for buyers at least, is that everything starts out at $1! And no reserves on anything! I have some amazing pieces of jewelry that have really high values, up now in its own auction--but HURRY! Bidding ends on February 16th!! 

 

 

You can check out the sale here.


And my article explaining my TOP TEN TIPS for VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOPPING.

 

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Valentine's Day Picks from KAVADOR

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Launched in 2015, Kavador was created with a main goal in mind: to dig into the vaults of jewelry stores around the country and give these hidden jewels their time to shine online! Jennie Pastor, CEO and Founder of Kavador, and myself have a few things in common. One of them being that we both realize there are so many amazing pieces of jewelry out there belonging to smaller, independent jewelers that don't have the means to promote their inventory online. Websites are expensive and having one that is fully functional with e-commerce capability is often way over a jewelry store owner's head. Just as I like to travel the US, visiting jewelry stores to showcase all that is out there, Kavador does as well! Only they have a whole team dedicated to curating items they find and listing them online, available for purchase. Kavador has quickly become a growing marketplace for stores to sell their pieces and for jewelry lovers to frequent often to find new treasures. And if you glance at their inventory, you'll recognize right away how this website needs to be on your radar and checked regularly! Their SOLD gallery is fun to look at as well, although it is slightly sad because they've already found their forever home.

I'm so excited to partner with Kavador--not only have I gotten the chance to learn more about this amazing company and speak with Jennie (interview below) but I also got to curate my own favorites just in time for Valentine's Day. I've also got a special treat for everyone--have $150 credit on me! Have fun exploring the vaults of Kavador and use code GEMGOSSIP150 from now until the end of February for your $150 credit.

>> Shop my Valentine's Day Picks here! <<

Hope you enjoy my interview with CEO Jennie Pastor--and be sure to follow Kavador here:

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As a kid, I have always been attracted to glitter and sparkle - I made my own accessories, tinkered with colorful nails and clothes and hair... No surprise then that I married into a family of jewelers and gemologists!

My family has been in the fine jewelry business for over 40 years, owning and operating independent retail jewelry stores and developing relationships with jewelry lovers and buyers as they select and maintain jewelry for generations. I've personally watched how dramatically the industry has changed in the last decade, specifically the challenges faced by independent local retailers in the face of changing consumer buying patterns and reduced in-store foot traffic.

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The concept of Kavador began at a family dinner - my father-in-law, who owns a number of local fine jewelry stores, was lamenting the outsized expense and poor returns of his recent investment in a new custom website. His expertise is in fine jewelry and in-person sales and customer service; digital marketing and e-commerce are not in his bag of tricks! Our family then began exploring the issue together: how could local independent jewelers reap the benefits of the growth in online jewelry sales without damaging their local brand and bottom line?

And from that dinner, Kavador was born...

We saw a startling need for an online marketplace specifically for fine jewelry which would give local retail jewelers and designers a platform to sell jewelry to a broad, national audience through a trusted brand with digital marketing expertise, and give fine jewelry consumers unique access to these treasures otherwise hidden in local jewelers' vaults.

We launched Kavador in late 2015, and have been happily adding new retail jeweler partners and uniting spectacular jewelry with new owners since!

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Kavador's audience is looking for pieces that speak to their individuality and style - statement cocktail rings, with colored gemstones and intricate designs, continue to be big sellers. More broadly, we have seen a real shift in preferences from mass-produced, generic jewelry from big brands toward vintage and estate pieces with bold colors, interesting settings, and... character.

A few of our most recent sales included:

Isa: a multi-colored pave sapphire bracelet

Phoenix: a 34ct cabochon cut Amethyst cocktail ring

Laksha: 15ct blue Topaz cocktail ring

Keely: a Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond butterfly necklace

We curate just one of each piece, so we shed a happy tear each time one of these standout treasures finds a new home - but we're thrilled that our buyers have found their match!

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These last 18 months have been such an adventure!! But my favorite Kavador treasure hunting memory, the one that really affirmed for me this concept of partnering with local jewelers to bring their treasures online, actually happened shortly before we officially launched.

We were out there pitching the Kavador idea to our family's jeweler network and to local jewelers in our town, trying to convince them to take a chance with us, list jewelry online through our start-up brand as part of our launch collection... And one of those meetings, with a local multi-generation family-owned jewelry business, became less of a new business meeting and more of a jewelry gossip session. His collection included mostly estate jewelry, including some spectacular vintage and antique pieces - and the owner was so excited to talk about the unique design features and histories of every item, even flaws became assets (because it gave those pieces "unique character")!! I think we were there for over three hours, most of it going through his jewelry piece by piece, as if he were a teacher talking about individual students.

This jeweler ultimately became part of our "launch crew" of retail jeweler partners, and we are thrilled to have his special treasures available for an online audience that would never otherwise have the opportunity to see them.

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Kavador recently launched a new and enhanced website in November, and the momentum these last few months has been really exciting! We have been adding new retail partners and new jewelry at a steady clip, expanding our marketing campaigns and social media following, and absolutely LOVE hearing from happy customers - some of whom will soon be helping us curate their favorites on the website!

Our dream is for Kavador to become for small, local jewelers and designers what Etsy has become for independent artists and craftsmen - a trusted marketplace for selling special, standout fine jewelry. Jewelry consumers have a clear appetite for special pieces, and a preference for supporting small businesses. Kavador's mission is to unite these consumers with specially-curated inventory from local jewelers, thus helping these jewelers continue to thrive.

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Let's Face It: Face Jewelry is All the Rage!

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If someone says to you, "face jewelry is my latest obsession," you might think they mean those decals and metal parts hanging from eyebrows and on foreheads a la Givenchy and their Fall 2015 runway looks. Or you might think they mean cameo jewelry. I'm actually talking about new, designer jewelry that depicts faces as a main design motif. For one reason or another, I've always been drawn to faces in jewelry--whether they are beautiful, scary, happy or horrified...or all the above, like Anthony Lent's Emotions eternity band. As of recently, I realized that there are quite a few "face jewelry" superstars on today's market. I wanted to collect several here and display them within this blog post, but most importantly--I want to get your feedback on face jewelry. Do you like it? Which piece is your favorite? And do you know of any others (I KNOW I'm missing some)?

King of faces (and hands, and butts, and lips...) Anthony Lent's moonfaces are a jolly kind of face jewelry. This photo depicts the assortment of sizes, styles and options that his iconic sculpted design is available in.

Clockwise, starting at the top:

Peculiar pendants by Fraser Hamilton which combine the abstractness of the face with the style of his work--totally love them

Hannah Blount created this Lioness diamond lady ring using white and gray diamonds--this piece was inspired by Art Nouveau cameos and is handmade by Hannah in her Boston studio

My newest discovery--Rush Jewelry Design--does this awesome face pendant done in 18k yellow gold, called the Beast of Burden 

I instantly became obsessed with this necklace by Amsterdam Sauer, a Brazilian jewelry company founded in the 1940s. This piece is a part of their Tribes Collection, along with a few other face jewels.

Lady of the Cosmos earrings by Cleopatra's Bling will totally brighten anyone's day! I love this design--the faces are almost cartoony but I wouldn't put them in the same category as emoji jewelry. This is a new level!

Of course, as mentioned in the beginning paragraph, the Emotions ring by Anthony Lent will amaze you and yes, you're seeing multiple emotions in one ring. And notice that the faces share eyes...now wrap that around your brain and try to reflect of what this ring could possibly symbolize!

Another piece by Hannah Blount, this one more well-known--her signature Grey Lady ring done in yellow gold, which comes in three different sizes, little, medium, big!

Last but not least, in the middle hangs a quirky little pendant, tribal mask dude slurping up some diamond drool. Probably the best thing you'll see all year. This cool design is by dmdmetal!

 

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How to Edit your Jewelry Collection & Know When to Sell

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My jewelry collection has gone through SO MANY changes this past year. As a collector, it is important to edit your collection no matter what it is that you collect. My ring collection, for example, has shrunk by at least fifty rings recently and normally this would freak me out, but I actually feel really good about this decision. I recently came across this photo of my collection and was astonished by how many rings I actually had. A more recent photo is shown above, and you can see the amount that has been edited. This decision has allowed me to refine and be precisive about what I like, allowed me to purchase items that I thought were out of my budget, and allowed me to grow my collection in a new way (even though I was subtracting from my collection). You might be wondering how you can do the same, so I've put together some tips and recommendations on how you can do just that! And as always, happy collecting!

1. Although I've never read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I've spoken with people who have and read a few blogs about this decluttering strategy. A part of me fears this technique, since I live in a world where I love my things and have way too many things, while another part of me thrives off of getting rid of stuff. It is a never-ending battle--but just as Marie teaches in her book, you must take each item and ask yourself if it sparks joy? Do this with your jewelry collection! You'd be surprised at what items you've been holding on to for the most random reasons, and how they actually spark the opposite of joy. 

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2. Go through all your jewelry items and remove pieces that need repairs--these could be rings with missing stones, jewelry that you've always hated but wanted to give a "makeover" to, pieces that rarely get worn, or items that you've been meaning to convert into something else. Removing these from your main jewelry box will allow you to focus on what you have that is wearable and you often see things in a different light when there is less.

Once you've removed these items, put them in little baggies or envelopes and write on them what needs to be done to each piece so that you are able to love it again and wear it again. Is it a ring sizing? Write down "size ring to 5 to fit my ring finger" and then place it in a pile. If you're redesigning pieces you own, feel free to draw to the best of your ability your design idea.

Now that you have all your "repair" items, find a reputable jeweler that you know and trust. Hopefully you've worked with him or her before so you know what to expect and know their capabilities. Set a goal of dropping off 2-3 items per week until all your repairs are finally finished. You'll get momentum going once you've picked up your first batch of finished items--it's like getting a new piece of jewelry all over again! 

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3. Certain gemstones turn me off and you have to get comfortable with yourself as a collector to realize that. This means buying things at one time that you realize aren't for you or just simply don't like anymore. There are a few gemstones and gemstone colors that I'm not a fan of, but I used to be--colors that don't really go with my skintone or aren't pleasing to my eye as much as another color family. The point is to recognize this, either sell or repurpose these items to "edit" your collection, and then take the money you've made from selling these items to buy jewelry that fits within your new editing parameters.

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4. Trends come and go, but in the world of jewelry--certain trends stay longer than most disposable fashion trends. Also, like many trends, they can resurface several years from now and those items you "wish you had that you sold years ago" could be the next coolest thing. So, if you have a piece of jewelry that may be considered "trendy" but you honestly love it, but wearing it today may not necessarily fit with what you're wearing now--I would think twice about selling something like this! 

A prime example of this for me and my collection was the dainty jewelry trend (which is still actually very strong today). I liked this trend at first and it also fit with my budget a few years ago. I started gravitating toward bigger, bolder pieces and have never been able to look at a dainty ring the same again. I ended up selling most of my dainty rings and found that selling like five dainty rings could get me one bold piece, which was music to my ears. The bigger pieces bring me more joy and hopefully that doesn't change anytime soon! ;)

Another examples of this is gold chains. Growing up, I received a lot of gold chains from my grandparents as gifts from Italy. I went through a phase in college where I only wore this one chain of my dad's with a medallion of St. Anthony on it (my dad gave me both), so I sold every other chain I owned because I simply never wore anything else. Today, I would kill to have some of those chains now--there was some really cool pieces which now would be very trendy with the chain layering trend that is happening today.

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5. Knowing when, what and how to sell is a big task that has some complications here and there, but luckily if you purchased your items you want to now sell at the right price back then, it should be able to yield the same price if not more today. Jewelry is great like that because gold and gemstones are almost always valuable (I'm not talking about fashion jewelry or costume pieces). 

If you haven't worn a piece of jewelry for over five years, I think it is safe to say you should sell it--or at least ask yourself, why haven't you worn it?  Once you've gathered pieces that you feel ok with selling, now you have to figure out what platform you'd like to sell them.

Sites like eBay, Etsy and Ruby Lane are all great options if you have a large amount of pieces you'd like to sell. If you open a shop on any of these sites and you're not a formal antique seller, it is important that you state that in your bio/about section. There is a big difference between a dealer and a collector who has lots of items and just wants to sell them. Be open to making mistakes and allowing to accept returns if it is your first time selling. 

If you're a collector on Instagram and a part of the Instagram Antique Jewelry Community (idk why I capitalized that lol) then selling some items on your Instagram page is a fast and easy way to accomplish that. It is also fee-free, whereas with the sites I mentioned above take a fee if you sell through them. But this option is only as good as the size of your audience. Etsy, eBay and Ruby Lane have thousands and thousands of visitors everyday, whereas your Instagram page might be short of that number.

You can also TRADE -- I started the hashtag #gemgossipSWAP for those interested in posting items they're willing to part with and find others' who want to trade as well. I've personally used the hashtag myself and am now the proud owner of a ring I traded with someone.

 

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