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Bracelets: Pascale Monvoisin 9k wire bracelet, Black wrap bracelet
the storefront of Gem Jewelry Boutique with its beautiful gold leaf
I love the vignettes that tell a story; displays that speak louder than words
Some Ruth Tomlinson, Megan Thorne, Gem Token, Satomi Kawakita rings stacked on stacked -- shop rings
Gold elements, mirrors and a window of sunlight; some of my favorite parts of Gem
I love how every piece is displayed! Love the pieces of recycled leather to display the earrings
Ear piercing parties are one of Gem's newest additions--because all these studs need to be worn!
Not only does Gem sell jewelry, but other lifestyle products like candles, bags, scarves, & home goods
owner of Gem, Laura Kitsos and myself
Rings: rough ruby by Emilie Shapiro, twin tourmaline ring by Margaret Solow, watermelon tourmaline + pink sapphire ring by Emilie Shapiro ---- moonstone + sapphire ring by Emilie Shapiro, tourmalated quartz ring by Margaret Solow, opal + pink sapphire ring by Emilie Shapiro
The interior of the store was done by Laura's husband who is a general contractor
I love how everything stacks and coordinates perfectly together--lots of different designers shown here!
Our last stop before heading home from our quick but amazing #JewelryRoadTrip to Chicago was Gem Jewelry Boutique, located a few minutes outside of Chicago in Oak Park. I had to see for myself Laura's talked about and infamous curating skills--both jewelry-wise and display-wise. She is undeniably talented when it comes to putting things together, whether it is an entire store, a single display, an outfit, or a jewelry look. Gem has been open for nearly 13 years, with four different locations over the years. Most recently they moved to a new location which opened in June of 2015 and is what you're seeing in the photos above. It is Laura's most favorite location out of the four she has had, and as you can see, rightfully so! Laura says, "I wanted this location to invoke a sophisticated, calming environment yet with the slight edginess that depicts Gem’s image."
The storefront is a beautiful jewel in its own right (I love the gold-leaf on the windows) and when you walk through the front door, you are immediately met with the open and airiness of the space. It proves to be an ideal jewelry showroom. The gems and jewelry sparkle in the sunlight, and the dark gray walls with mirrored and gold accents make you feel like you're actually inside a jewelry box. The custom sliding cases and the large cabinet against the wall were all created specially for the space, thanks to Laura's husband Michael. Another very sentimental addition to the store--the giant antique gold mirror--which was restored and outfitted with back-lighting, was essentially a wedding present from Michael, but ended up being the perfect focal point for the store. And I can agree! I love the mirror...and I can attest to the fact that jewelry stores NEED mirrors. I think they are essential!
Laura hadn't always been on a clear path to opening a jewelry boutique from the beginning. She was actually the one designing and creating jewelry, teaching herself along the way, taking a couple metalsmithing classes and being inspired. This was back in 1995 when she lived in Portland, Oregon. Before that, it was her grandmother Lucile, who lived to be 101 years old, who infused a passion for jewelry in Laura from a very young age. Laura reminisces, "Each time I’d see her, she’d take me into her bedroom and on the bed we’d lay out all her boxes and jewelry while she told me the story behind each piece. It was heaven to me! And at the end, she’d always give me a piece. I learned how jewelry tells a story."
One fateful day, Laura strolled into Twist in Portland and had an epiphany. In 2004 her first store opened, mainly selling her own designs and some vintage pieces. It goes without saying that the store has evolved very much over the years, especially beginning with what is featured. About two years into having the store, Laura attended a market show in NYC and a whole new world opened up before her eyes. She became passionate about supporting and learning about other designers, especially women artisans. Laura says, "Over the years, the store has evolved in that we now carry more designers than ever and I am focusing on a finer brand. The price point has risen over the years because I am carrying designers that are reputable, unique and are not mass producing their work. I appreciate “hand made” jewelry and especially jewelry made by women. I try to curate with that point of view."
Designers like Vale Jewelry, Brooke Gregson, Emilie Shapiro, Blanca Monros Gomez, Arik Kastan, Megan Thorne, wwake, and Ruth Tomlinson are favorites and staples amongst Gem's lineup. One of their newest additions, Pascale Monvoisin was an Instagram discovery for the store--which proves to designers that you can be discovered on social media! Although the mix of designers is eclectic and spans different countries and different continents, they all flow together and are able to be styled easily for a cohesive look because of Laura's eye. You may see Gem Token as one of the designers featured several times in the photos above--that is the store's own line of jewelry! Gem is also really excited about adding a few more brands to their roster, including Rusty Thought which is coming soon!
I loved visiting Gem and if you're in the Chicago area, you are lucky to have such a great local jewelry store! Whatever your jewelry needs are or if you need a special gift, you will leave happy. I loved seeing a few customers come into the store while I was there and each person had a better day because they chose to come inside Gem. I know I sure did!
135 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60301
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Just as many would associate deep dish pizza with Chicago, I like to associate Gold Hatpin as the windy city staple which abundantly feeds my sparkle appetite. A literal hidden gem--the store is tucked away in the back of an antique shop--owner Diane Richardson has been in business for over 30 years. I've been visiting Diane every time I'd attend the Vegas or Miami antique shows, as she has continually set up at both, including the Baltimore show which I have yet to see (which she won't be attending this year). What is fun about her store in Oak Park is that her entire inventory is there--so you'll see way more jewelry when you visit her in Chicago than seeing her at a show!
Jewelry slowly came into Diane's life and antique jewelry became her passion overtime. Although not her main path in the beginning, she ultimately was destined for a life of learning, treasure hunting, dealing and showcasing antique jewelry, all of which her lifelong clients know her for and love her for. Piece by piece things came together--from her love of colorful fabrics from Home Economics studies, to an interest in archaeology and antiques, to a deep connection with a sentimental heirloom that had ties to the California Gold Rush, a topic she had coincidently just learned about in school at the time, everything fell into place.
The Gold Hatpin stands out to me as a shop you cannot miss for several reasons. One is its treasure hunting vibe--what I mean by this is it has a very large amount of inventory, which you could look at for hours, leave for lunch, and then come back again and still see "new" things you missed the first time around. Another reason, and one of the most important--Diane's amazing prices. If this shop were in LA or NYC everything would be at least double the price. I like buying from shop owners that are fair and reasonable, two things which Diane gets gold stars for. Other qualities include trustworthiness, sweetness & kindness, and always fun to talk to! I also am continually stunned by the variety of jewelry that Gold Hatpin has--from rare Georgian pieces, to sentimental Victorian items, sparkly Art Deco engagement rings, a large assortment of wedding bands, unique mid-century jewels, and even some modern pieces. I tell people, no matter what era of jewelry you're into or if you're hunting for something very specific, chances are, if you visit Diane at her store or at a show you won't leave empty-handed!
Speaking of not leaving empty-handed, I found a very unique turquoise ring while on my visit to Gold Hatpin that had to come home with me! It's in a few of the photos above--I couldn't resist the unusual coloring of the turquoise (it has a yellow-blue color) and also a long engraving on the inside, behind the stone not on the shank. The engraving reads, "Cherished Memories 17 Aug 1918 Eddie to Cal" Can't leave something that special behind! I also had serious contemplations with A LOT of the jewelry I featured above--so if you're feeling the same way, feel free to call Diane to ask about a piece at 708-445-0610 or go to www.goldhatpin.com (you can send one of the photos from above of any of the things you're interested in).
Some of my favorite pieces from Diane's current inventory include the carved lapis necklace and earrings set from the 1940s (the necklace clasp is also a piece of carved lapis), and the onyx and rock crystal chandelier style earrings made in Italy and done in 18k white gold. I could have played with just the rings for hours and hours. Like the coral and onyx bypass ring is such a cool piece and it sure is photogenic! The lapis ring selection was plentiful--a gemstone that I seem to gravitate toward and really love. I also wear a lot of black and onyx is one gemstone I can't seem to get enough of--when I saw that geometric shaped, calibre-cut onyx ring I immediately knew it was something special! That ring belongs in an eclectic collection, for sure! The serpent necklace, the amethyst Erté ring, the diamond navette rings...my wish list goes on and on.
Next time you are in the Chicago area, make certain you set aside some time to visit Gold Hatpin. You won't be disappointed!
Downtown Oak Park
125 N Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
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Amethyst dangle earrings: Lot 11
Georgian emerald bracelet: Lot 4
Peridot necklace (comes with matching earrings): Lot 27
Blue topaz collar necklace: Lot 247
Blue enamel (made to look like lapis) and diamond brooch: Lot 54
Peridot necklace and matching earrings suite: Lot 27
Moonstone Y-Necklace: Lot 17
Cartier cigar band: Lot 214
Gothic Revival bracelet: Lot 9
I couldn't tell you how much I was looking forward to meeting the jewelry team behind the Fine Jewelry Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, IL. I've been in touch with the infamous windy-city based auction house since finding them online a few years ago. It started off with me registering to bid online at a few of their highlighted jewelry auctions, then I started to feature some of my favorite picks right here on Gem Gossip...then last year I consigned a ring of mine for Leslie Hindman to sell at auction. I was so pleased with how the whole experience panned out, from beginning to end, that I yet again consigned another ring from my personal collection. And what a treat it was to visit in person! Looking through auction catalogs is probably one of my most favorite activities, and to have that experience come to life is a dream come true.
Just as Leslie Hindman Auctioneers seeks out the finest in art, furniture, decorative arts and jewelry, their loyal clients have been bidding with the auction house for years, and have a distinct eye for the best too! Imagine my excitement as I entered the building to find a live auction going on right in front of my eyes--can you believe I've never actually been to an auction in real time (besides the car auctions with my dad, but those are outside and umm, unrefined to say the least)?! I received the grand tour and timing was great because all the furniture, fine art and decorative pieces that were currently selling in the auction room were neatly displayed between two large, sun-filled rooms. It looked like walking through an interior decorator's portfolio. I spotted some gold mirrors and portrait paintings that I couldn't stop staring at, but headed toward the jewelry department to get down to business.
Leslie Hindman's Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department consists of Alex Eblen, graduate gemologist and director, James Wallace, graduate gemologist and timepieces specialist, two account specialists Madeline Schroeder & Katie Meyer, another graduate gemologist Meredith Derman, and finally, a cataloguer and jewelry specialist Jamie Henderson. Everyone had set up my favorite jewels in a large spread, front and center of the jewelry department, waiting for their time to shine. This experience for me, is comparable to visiting a dog adoption center--these pieces of jewelry were once loved, worn, and for whatever reason need to find new homes. Just like a dogs, I can't help but want to take everything home with me! Instead of "cute and cuddly," the jewels are so gorgeous and jaw-dropping.
Speaking of the jewelry I got to see, everything will be auctioned off on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 starting at noon CST with the second round starting the following day at 10am, and ultimately complete when the last lot is sold. This auction features 1,238 lots of some of the best pieces of fine jewelry, loose gemstones and timepieces. I've gone through and picked my favorites, which are seen here in these photos--a neat glimpse into seeing what the jewelry looks like on! I know every cataloguer in the game does the utmost to fully describe each item, including measurements of how wide and long pieces are, but it's the buyers that can often overlook those details. I've been guilty of this myself--the garnet comet ring I bought at auction surprised me so much when I received it in the mail. It was WAY bigger than what I had thought it would be, even though the millimeter size of the stone was given. It ended up being a good surprise--and I hope these photos help put into perspective what each piece would look like on and how they could potentially fit into your collection!
Here's all the important links you need to know if you plan on bidding at this sale.
Date: Day One April 23, 2017 NOON CST, Day Two April 24, 2017 10am CST
Have questions? email someone from the jewelry department directly at email@example.com
1338 W Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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A look into one of Sunday & Sunday Antiques' ring boxes
Diamonds rings and pocket watch chains are just some of their specialties
Cameos are one of Carolyn's most favorite kind of jewelry
This Topaz is beckoning you to dive in!
Lots of diamond rings and two bangles
Some of my personal favorites, all are available!
Where shall I begin???
Just a cool cat cameo, shop him here
One of the most intricate and fancy blackamoors I've ever seen!
Sunday & Sunday has a great selection of signet rings
A diamond and sapphire Art Deco brooch/necklace pendant, so stunning!
A closer look into the ring box...
Which elongated diamond ring is your favorite?!
Putting Ohio on the Jewelry Road Trip map was a goal of mine for this year, and I'm so happy that it started out with an adventurous and jewel-filled excursion to the Northeastern portion of this great state. Carolyn & Ed are a husband and wife dream team that are known as Sunday & Sunday Antiques. With nearly 35 years in the antique business, they are ones you'll want to bookmark and constantly check their inventory, because with their experience, collectors' eye and connections, they find some amazing pieces. For me, it all started when I first connected with Carolyn a couple Decembers ago. I stumbled upon an onyx ring with tri-colored gold details from the 1920s and had to have it. I usually discover virtual shops and jewelry to buy via Instagram, and this was an Etsy-browse find--so I made sure to encourage Sunday & Sunday Antiques to join Instagram! A few years later, Carolyn has been hooked since the day she joined and boasts over 31k followers.
I knew visiting with Sunday & Sunday Antiques was going to be fun--lots of inventory (with the best part being that most of it is actually listed, ready to purchase), lots of laughs, and lots of stories. Growing up, Carolyn had always been attracted to shiny things and she even worked at a jewelry store briefly before meeting her sparkliest treasure--her husband Ed! He had grown up in the business, having his dad as his apprentice, learning how to fix and restore watches, as well as repairing jewelry since he was a teenager. While most kids were out running around causing chaos, Ed was tinkering at flea markets and finding things that caught his eye. Once Carolyn & Ed were married, they formed Sunday & Sunday Antiques and set up at antique shows all across the US. They would travel all around, buying and selling, making memories and friends along the way.
Carolyn made a really smart move by being an early adopter of the Internet. In the antique jewelry world, 8-10 years ago NO ONE was really on the world wide web--only a few big names that have continued to lead the pack had a website, if anything. Sunday & Sunday is a proud member of Ruby Lane, with a platinum status since joining in 2000. They also are on Etsy, which they joined in early 2009. The husband and wife duo complement each other in terms of putting their strengths to work to run their online antique business. Carolyn has got the photography down to a science, with a position-shoot-next method that will turn heads. She also is in charge of listing, answering emails, shipping and appraising. Ed does a lot of the buying and meticulously restores and checks each piece before listing. He has a knack for perfection and in a business like this, customers appreciate that. Transitioning their business from traveling shows to strictly online-only has been a great leap of faith, but one they are enjoying to the fullest and very thankful for every step of the way. And don't mention the word retirement to either of them--antiques are a way of life!
The passion that both Ed & Carolyn have for antiques and antique jewelry resonates throughout every part of their life. It was awesome to connect with such great people and get an inside look into their world. I hope you've enjoyed seeing it as well through my eyes and be sure to check out more from Sunday & Sunday Antiques around the web:
North East, Ohio
I hit the road running--with the start of 2017, we have a lot of ground to cover for #JewelryRoadTrip! So far I've visited lots of towns in Texas, big cities in California, both the state of Washington and the capitol DC, NYC, and a few towns/states in between. I wanted to start with somewhere not too far--in fact it is only a 3 hour and 45 minute drive--to a city that is continuously growing, and also has the most requests from people living there, asking me if I have recommendations for antique and vintage jewelry. That city is Atlanta, Georgia! I've visited on numerous occasions but never found a spot I could recommend for amazing estate jewelry--until now. So grateful to have come across J.S. Fearnley, a family-owned company which has a gorgeous showroom in the heart of Buckhead, an affluent part of Atlanta, and conveniently located across the street from the St. Regis Hotel.
J.S. Fearnley first began in 1986 and started out as a jewelry shop where their niche was custom design jewelry. Since then, they have evolved into the premier luxury destination for fine antique jewelry with a specialty for Buccellati, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels, just to name a few. Their showroom is by appointment only due to their fully-packed show schedule (more on that schedule below). Should you be so lucky to get some time to spend at the showroom, you'll notice right away the jewelry books that line the shelves. Once you enter the showroom further, you'll see the display cases standing at a perfect level to gaze upon, as I did for a very long time! Each one is themed--differing by gemstone or designer, and grouped accordingly. There's even a case full of Buccellati jewelry, in fact, Buccellati is their specialty (they are one of the largest Estate Buccellati dealers in the country) so there are several cases FULL of this iconic Italian jewelry house. J.S. Fearnley is constantly taking in new and exciting pieces to bring to their clientele, so their inventory is changing regularly.
Steven Fearnley is the man behind it all and since starting into the jewelry biz in the 80s, hasn't looked back. A fascination with geology and rocks sparked his interest, and he attended the Gemological Institute of America right out of school. His son Alex is following in his footsteps, taking on many of his roles, including getting his graduate gemology degree as well and hitting the road for every tradeshow. Emily Waterfall brings her expertise from working for Sotheby's auction house in NYC to J.S. Fearnley where she now calls Atlanta home for the past five years. Another member of the team not pictured in this photograph is Mr. David McKeone. His many years of successful business ventures and jewelry buying have added another much needed role with J.S. Fearnley. Everyone is very passionate about jewelry and gemstones and it is abundantly clear from the moment you walk into J.S. Fearnley!
Besides exhibiting at shows and having a showroom in Atlanta, J.S. Fearnley also has a large online presence, with their website jsfearnley.com The site is updated regularly with new arrivals and any inquiries on the items are encouraged by the team at J.S. Fearnley! Anyone can view the latest inventory on the website and contact directly by calling (404-812-6464) or emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org). As you can see, their inventory runs the gamut, from anything like a Cartier rolling ring, to an Art Deco diamond and platinum chain, to a Tiffany Schlumberger ring, on up through a big Columbian emerald ring. You can also check them out on 1stdibs. So, if antique jewelry interests you and you can't make it to any of their shows or visiting in Atlanta isn't in the near future--be sure to save their website and check back frequently.
Trade Show Schedule
Jewelry show season has just begun--February showcases a long haul of shows, starting with Miami, Naples, Palm Beach and in the beginning of March, Hong Kong. Here are the show dates and cities:
February 2 - 5, 2017 Miami Beach Jewelry & Antiques Show, Booth 410
February 9 - 11, 2017 Atlanta Cathedral Antiques Show, Booth 9
February 10 - 13, 2017 The Original Miami Antique Show, Booth 5907
February 15 - 21, 2017 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Booth 300
February 24 - 28, 2017 Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Booth 100
March 2 - 6, 2017 Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, Booth CEC CH-P05
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87 West Paces Ferry Rd NW # C
Atlanta, GA 30305
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