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shopGEMGOSSIP Updates!

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Happy January! As a way to celebrate the new year, we're having a sale on all garnet jewelry that is available at shopGEMGOSSIP. The first photo above illustrates every garnet item we have--so take your pick! This rich gemstone is a favorite of mine and I love it paired with burgundy nails. Every garnet item is 15% off all month long.

We're also striving to add new pieces once per month to keep things fresh and on a schedule. The holidays were a different story, but I wanted to provide as many jewels as possible during that time of year. We sold over 50 items and couldn't thank you enough for the support. My jewelry box is oddly looking bare, it is the strangest thing.

If you place an order in January or February, you get a FREE GIFT! This also includes if you've had a layaway, and your final payment is in either January or February.

Excited for what is to come and hope that I will find YOU that something special for your jewelry collection. As always, if you have anything you've been searching for--feel free to drop me an email. We have a couple buying trips planned for January and February.

All items shown above are AVAILABLE! To shop click here.

 

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXXVII

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underthecrownjewelry is mainly known for their beautiful diamond rings, but yes they carry gemstone favorites

Metier always killing it with gorgeous, lustworthy ring shots from their curated inventory

hurryupwait works on Catbird but spotlights as a magpie when trunk shows pop up in NYC

eatjewels has some drool-worthy pieces in her collection

Levy's Fine Jewelry celebrates opals--this may have been from October, but we should celebrate opals everyday

thegemdiaries piles on some Gabriella Kiss rings and yes they look amazing 

Stephen Webster Jewellery makes a beautiful photo with his designs and a sexy backdrop

Trademark Antiques has an eye-catching assortment of diamond rings, loving them

sixthcitystyle has an awesome collection, we need her to contribute her Jewelry Collection Story!!}

 

I'm a Starling Darling!

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While in NYC last September, I met up with Chelsey, co-founder of Starling Jewelry, to work on a fun project--a feature on their newly relaunched website and blog platform. The company has fundamentals I believe in and Chelsey is as cool as they get, a combination rare and beautiful in this day and age. Starling was created to offer people highly wearable jewelry, minus all the markups that usually come with this luxury item. The company was created with the future in mind; a place where we can invest in jewelry for generations to come and pass down pieces that we are proud of (and haven't broken the bank to acquire). 

Chelsey's background in the industry is really interesting too--she has worked in jewelry production for several high end jewelry designers for the past 10 years and even holds a graduate gemologist degree from GIA. As a fellow alumni, we bask in the memories of taking our 20-stone exam and exchange advice on conquering the Tucson Gem Show.  In fact, Chelsey even contributed a blog post back in 2015 about attending the show. Good times. 

The feature kicks off Starling's new series on their blog: Starling Darlings, where they spotlight females that are authetic and driven, and peek inside their jewelry boxes while asking some great questions. In the interview, I answer questions about my most sentimental jewels, jewelry memories, superstitions, and tell a story about the first time I got my ears pierced. Although I don't usually bring much jewelry with me when I travel, I think I had enough favorites with me for the feature. The interview and photoshoot (done at Yotel in NYC) was a ton of fun--until we got kicked out for sitting on chairs incorrectly and not ordering food/drinks lol.  Totally worth it in the end.  All the beautiful photographs are by Becky Zeller.

I'm wearing long dangle earrings by Shaesby, gold huggie earrings by Stacy Nolan, diamond ear cuff by Paige Novick, wide gold ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry, and dainty necklaces from Starling.

 

Click here to read the full interview.

Shop my necklace look below: 

 

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One to Follow: @DanaRebecca

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Dana Rebecca Designs is a Chicago-based jewelry company founded by Dana Gordon who has diamonds in her DNA! She is third-generation jewelry industry raised and can boast that she launched her first collection at the age of 16. I absolutely love that! It was May of 2007 when Dana Rebecca Designs officially came on to the jewelry scene, and since then these designs have been on hundreds of magazine covers, coveted by lots of celebrities, and built up a large following on social media. I've partnered with the company to bring their gorgeous designs to your heart-emoji eyes every month for the past six months and have loved my audience's response. 

The overall consensus--you love Dana Rebecca Designs! And so do we! Every stackable ring, every trend-worthy earring, long necklace layers and everything in between! I also love the fact that each piece is named after someone important and special in Dana's life...if you look online you can see rings named, "Rochelle Jo" and "Cynthia Rose." Love that aspect. That's why she is featured as our One To Follow, so make sure you're following if you haven't already.

Click here to follow Dana Rebecca on Instagram.

 

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Q & A with Leeorah of Lulu & Shay Jewelry

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Leeorah Betan-Hartman is naturally talented in many ways, but we are so ever thankful she has chosen to hone her skills with jewelry design with Lulu & Shay. Her creations are enchanting. Her finishes are unfinished perfection. Her style is effortless cool. And I want so many of her pieces! I got the chance to meet her and her husband at Metal & Smith in September, happily trying on my favorites and seeing everything in person for the first time. Excited to catch up with her and see what she has going on in the new year!

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I am always working on new pieces for not only my next collection, but I find that I often return to the collections that are the foundation of my jewelry line, adding a nuance or a different take on the theme. Right now I am working on some new pieces for my Luna Diaries Collection- an intimate look into Victorian inspired jewelry. Victorian jewelry is rich with meaning. The carved symbols and motifs are not just pretty embellishments; each have hidden symbolism and even the gemstones have multiple meanings. I am so intrigued and amazed by the romanticism of the jewelry of that era. I feel that the rich history of these pieces mix well with the natural and flowing feeling of my pieces that are influenced by nature and our surroundings – completing a full thought and story when layered and worn together.

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Even as a young child I had a deep affinity for jewelry. I would sneak into my mom’s jewelry box and try on each of her pieces of jewelry, gazing at all the different stones and colors. I also made my own jewelry as a child- first with beads and with polymer clay and then evolving into more intricate bead and wire wrap pieces. In college I earned a B.F.A. in film and pursued a fulfilling career in editing film trailers, but I missed working with my hands. I started taking classes in metal-smithing and wax carving in NYC. Wax carving allows me the opportunity to create not only more finely detailed pieces but also freer flowing and organic ones. I just love the freedom and creativity I have while working with wax.

Once I had a cohesive collection, I launched Lulu & Shay. I wanted a name that had personal meaning like the jewelry I was creating. Lulu is a nickname I had as a child, and Shay is my husband's childhood nickname. My two passions -- jewelry and film -- are joined as I use the story telling nature of film to apply a narrative element in my jewelry line. Editing films requires distilling a big picture into its key elements, and I strive to mirror that in my jewelry making. Each piece can tell a story of its own while striking a personal connection with the wearer.

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I would say my proudest moment is when I design a custom-made engagement or wedding ring.  It is humbling to be part of such a significant and special moment in a couple's life and to capture their connection in the jewelry I create.  I enjoy the process of collaborating with my clients, hearing their stories of love, and finding ways to create a ring that embodies how they envision their relationship.  Throughout the process, as the designs evolve from sketches to hand carved wax to the final piece, I have a sense of solidifying, both literally and figuratively, their commitment and love. It is such an honor to know that they will have those rings for life, unique pieces to cherish and pass down. I’ve done rings that also match one another, whether it is the texture or motif. Being trusted with creating a symbol of love and longevity, knowing someone saw that potential in my work, makes this the moment I feel proud of what I create. 

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I am so excited to continue to expand my business. I look forward to partnering with more retailers, both jewelry stores as well as lifestyle stores. I am also working on expanding my online presence and client base, including my work on more bespoke and one-of-a-kind pieces. I am, of course, always continuing to push my creative process while still sculpting, inventing and carving my pieces by hand. It is so important to me that I make all of my jewelry with a dedication to ethical manufacturing. I am approached by more and more people who are looking for unique and one of a kind pieces that truly reflect their values and personal taste. I find that more people are conscious of the environmental impact they make and they want to make sure that the jewelry they wear represents their desires for a more eco-friendly world. I strive to create pieces that reflect this inner core value not only through the appearance of the piece, but through the entire process of making the jewelry itself.

As I continue to grow, I am exploring more options of how I can insure that all aspects of my business follows that standard.

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My favorite piece of jewelry I own is my initial ring pendant necklace. My personal necklace has a ring for everyone in my family. Each ring has our 3 initials on it (first, middle, last). I like that the initials are subtle and you have to look closely to see them making it even more personal. I also have a ring on the necklace that has 7 diamonds in it, one for each member of my family as well as our rescue dog Lulu. She came with the name and owned it so well I just forfeited my nickname ;). I wear my Precious Leaf earrings in 18K Yellow Gold almost daily. They are so light and effortless and remind me of my favorite season Fall. I tend to change my rings that I wear almost daily, but of course I have favorites too! Lately, I like to wear several stacking rings topped with the Beatrix Ring with diamonds.

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