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Gem Gossip Visits Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry in North Andover, MA

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My last stop on my Boston tour for my #JewelryRoadTrip project took us about 30 minutes outside of the city, to a town called North Andover. Here, a jewelry empire is taking shape and they've only been in business for a few years. Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry began with a sketchbook of designs and Melanie's desire to work with her hands. Her whimsical, antique-inspired rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets are just what every girl dreams of--and if the Instagram likes are any indication of success, she is blowing up! It has been great to watch the growth and finally seeing everything in person is the best part.

Melanie just recently opened her own studio/showroom, a space unitentionally ideal for a growing business, as she has plenty of room to grow. There are two sections that make up the space: the work room and the showroom. The work shop is where jewelers' benches are lined up, a laser welder sits in all its glory, and computers are ready for emails and website updates. The afternoon that I visited, there were four jewelers (all women, yay) working their magic, creating the delicate jewels that will soon be found on their new, forever owners. It was like Santa's workshop in there and you would think they have been a part of this production for several years--but alas, some have just started and Melanie is looking to add more bench jewelers to her team! I never knew this until recently, but you can actually follow @MakersofMelanieCasey on Instagram to see the behind-the-scenes of the studio life.

Changing gears--only a few steps away is the showroom--a definite juxtaposition from the work room, however equally as important. This enchanting space has been furished and decorated with antiques from Brimfield (only an hour and a half away) and displays made by Melanie's dad. The showroom reflects the exact vibes the jewelry gives off, and I love that. The pastel-colored, circular ring boxes are all handmade right in studio and they will be coming soon to the website, available for purchase. To me, they look like macaroons in the best way possible. If you're in the area, you can make an appointment to stop by and have access to all the jewelry so trying things on will be effective and help with decision making. There are also times where there are open showroom hours, so no appointment necessary! To find out when those happen, just follow Melanie Casey Jewelry on social media and/or sign up for their newsletter. 

It's no secret that the Melanie Casey Jewelry line is every bride-to-be's wish list engagement ring. With ethereal styles and unique wedding band options, you can find your perfect ring for your big day. One trend that is major right now for brides is minimalistic engagement rings, and you will find lots of great examples of this from Melanie. Below are my top picks you can shop now and be on the lookout for some new, amazing designs coming soon--I got to see them in early production stages and they are so pretty (hint: butterfly)!

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1007 Osgood Street

North Andover, MA 01845

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Gem Gossip Visits Long's Jewelers in Boston, MA

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While most stores I visit on my #JewelryRoadTrip are happy and proud to be celebrating 5, 10, maybe even 20 years in business, Long's Jewelers has been a namesake since 1878! When I walked through the door and was first told this, I instantly stopped and had to take that in for a minute. That's pretty incredible. With five locations serving New England (four throughout Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire), it's no wonder northern east coasters know of or often have a memory tied to Long's Jewelers. Their expansive store includes a list of who's who amongst America's favorite jewelry lines (like David Yurman, John Hardy, Gumuchian, Marco Bicego, Roberto Coin, and many more) as well as a large watch selection, giftware and services like custom design, appraisals, and repairs. My focus was solely on their estate section because let's be honest, if I covered all that their store actually offers, I would have to move in for a week.  And I actually would totally be up for that!

I've heard from multiple sources how Long's Jewelers' estate and vintage jewelry is their best kept secret. Let me tell you, that rumor is confirmed to be 100% true. At the Burlington location, hundreds of pieces lined the cases with every birthstone, time period and style you could imagine. The variety is exceptional and new inventory is displayed daily. If I lived closer, I'd be there all the time!  I put together some looks in the photos above--just a small sampling of what they have to offer and pieces I felt styled well with one another. From bold gemstone rings, to Art Deco diamonds, and even a fun carved jade Buddha (which I actually purchased because I thought it was the cutest). Best part?  All five locations carry a different and unique assortment of vintage jewelry.  Now that's a serious #JewelryRoadTrip to hit up all five!

A definite highlight of my entire trip was getting to play with a highly-prized private collection of loose gemstones. As a gem enthusiast and gemologist, I noticed the exceptional quality of the stones as well as the intensity of the colors. Whoever collected these had a trained eye...or just really good taste! The stones are for sale and can be purchased individually--if there's one that catches your attention, feel free to email avalhouli@longsjewelers.com You can even screenshot my photo and circle your favorites to get prices on. I would do anything for that bi-colored tourmaline...and the purple stone is actually a tourmaline.  Wow, I know. 

Hope you enjoyed this look into just one of Long's locations and if you ever find yourself in Massachusetts (or Nashua, NH) make sure to stop by! You can shop my favorites from my visit below--and if you see a piece featured in the photos above, but it is not on the website, feel free to email avalhouli@longsjewelers.com

Also, I have a special discount especially for my readers--use code GEMGOSSIP10 to get 10% off any vintage or estate item from Long's. Shop here >> https://www.longsjewelers.com/collections/estate-jewelry

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(five locations, the above feature is from their Burlington location)

60 South Ave.

Burlington, MA 01803

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Gem Gossip Visits M. Flynn Jewelry in Boston, MA

Come along with me as I take you inside M. Flynn in Boston!

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Such a gorgeous selection of engagement & wedding -- these are a mix of Anna Sheffield & M. Flynn's own bridal designs, shop bridal 

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Getting the store tour from co-founder Megan

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some of Page Sargisson zodiac medallions, a best-seller

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I'm wearing some pieces from M. Flynn's estate selection, the necklace was created out of a collection of vintage hat charms!

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I love the crystal chandeliers and white fixtures--it is its own jewel box!

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Some more vintage pieces from their estate section: antique buttons turned into pendants, a scottie dog, and a stick pin converted into a pendant

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The entire back wall is covered in crystals floating from invisible wire--it is quite magical!

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M. Flynn has all the right studs to create an epic ear stack, shop earrings -- and loving the turquoise selection, Mociun + vintage

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Turquoise has taken over a section of this case and we're not mad at that.

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A fun line of jewelry called Loquet allows you to customize gems and gold trinkets inside a rock crystal dome

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Wearing rings by Misa Jewelry and necklaces by Page Sargisson

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M. Flynn loves working one-on-one with clients to help them find the perfect piece!

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I can't get enough of these estate pieces!

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The shop has been open since 2009 and is located amongst some amazing restaurants and walking areas.

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Nautical, New England style fully represented in the Turk's Head collection by AGA Correa

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Fashion jewelry also lines the shelves of the shop, along with jewelry books and other jewel-inspired gifts

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An up-close shot of the necklaces from Page Sargisson & diamond Misa Jewelry

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Shop M. Flynn's estate collection

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myself with the founders & owners of M. Flynn, sister duo Megan & Moria

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Gorgeous crystal chandeliers are the perfect touch to the light and airy decor

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Vintage charms found at M. Flynn

A dazzling curtain of crystals which doubles as artwork...all the best jewelry books one can fathom...flawless displays...sparkling jewelry of all kinds...and one mascot named Stu. This reads as the ultimate recipe for a beautiful, successful jewelry store, which happens to be a real-life place. It is called M. Flynn Jewelry and the shop is located in Boston, Massachusetts. I was lucky enough to visit the store on my #JewelryRoadTrip, where I learned all about its beginnings, what it has to offer, as well as the two sisters behind the namesake: Megan & Moria Flynn!

Opened in 2009, the store fostered the sisters' love for all things sparkly. Elizabeth Taylor is a jewelry icon for all of the world, but for Megan & Moria, she is everything!  They wanted to create a space where they can serve multiple needs for their clients and the store has evolved over the past several years, growing along the way. Their are a few important features of M. Flynn Jewelry--so let's break down each one!

Their own line of jewelry: if you need classic, every day wear pieces the M. Flynn line is just what you're looking for. Gemstone rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings make up the line, including bridal options as well. They also have a collaboration collection called the Gates Collection which they've created along with an interior designer/blogger that is highly popular--Erin Gates.

Designer jewelry:  M. Flynn has been expanding each year, adding new designers they feel are a good fit for both their store and the Boston area. Some of the best selling and favorites are Adel Chefridi, Page Sargisson, EF Collection, Misa Jewelry, Mociun, Loquet, Kelly Bello, and more. 

Bridal jewelry: An ideal destination for all your wedding needs, M. Flynn can create your dream ring! They also have a large assortment of finished pieces from their own designs, as well as top designer engagement rings from Anna Sheffield, Mociun, Misa Jewelry, and Page Sargisson. They also have a selection of men's wedding bands too!

Estate Jewelry: All periods, all styles--M. Flynn loves it all, so if it is delicate and sentimental or retro and unique, you will find it here. Lots of rings, some earrings and necklaces, and a large assortment of charms. This section is ever-changing and always one-of-a-kind, so check back often!

Fashion Jewelry: I know Gem Gossip does not cover fashion jewelry at all, but it is noteworthy that M. Flynn does carry fashion jewelry--lots of different designers, such as Lizzie Fortunato, Pamela Love, and Alexis Bittar--and great price points for gift-giving season.

Gifts/Accessories: Who knew jewelry-related gifts were so fun?! Gem Water bottles, jewelry travel cases, fragrances, cards, candles, jewelry books...you name it, they have it! I need this store in my life during the holidays!

Custom design: Besides all the above amazingness, M. Flynn also can custom design your dream piece. Whether you bring in family stones or have nothing at all except for a few slight ideas, they are here to help with that. You will be loving the finished result and coming back for more.

Hope you enjoy browsing the above photos from my visit--I know you will have heart-emoji eyes while doing so. Megan & Moria are truly so nice and have such a passion for what they do--I also have major respect for Megan getting her gemology degree at GIA. Not many store owners do so and I think that's amazing! Next time you're in Boston, pop in and say hi--make sure to pet Stu for me!

M Flynn

40 Waltham St.

Boston, MA 02118

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Gem Gossip Visits e. scott originals in Boston, MA

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Minutes outside of Boston, in a town called Somerville, e. scott originals is a jewelry shop and studio where owner and maker Emily Scott Surette and her sidekick Mayble (an adorable Boston Terrier) make dreams come true. For Emily, this space is perfect in every way possible--it fosters her love for interacting with customers and clients, the studio provides endless moments to create, and Mayble gets to greet everyone as they walk through the door! That's exactly what the dog did when I entered the shop, wonderfully sweaty from the heat wave that followed us up to Boston from Tennessee. I immediately fell in love with the layout and how Emily has decorated e. scott originals. She has incorporated some antique furnishings and decor into the jewelry displays, with some gold frames and mirrors...even an antique chandelier. 

There are a few things that make e. scott originals tick, and working with clients one-on-one, making custom pieces from a very personable interaction, is at the top of the list. Emily loves creating new heirlooms from old, passed down jewelry, diamonds and gemstones. She also uses mainly reclaimed, antique diamonds and recycled metals within all her designs, which we all can appreciate. Custom engagement rings are a big part of what she does, especially with clients who want something local, made by hand and feel like they are a part of the creation process. Emily's warm personality and welcoming demeanor is just what the jewelry-creating process needs, not to mention her skills and expertise. 

Another large part of what e. scott originals does and creates is their own line of highly wearable jewelry. Items that can easily fit with your every day look, like layer-ready necklaces, unique and fashionable earrings and fun gemstone rings. These fill the shelves and cabinet cases of the store and are ready for purchase. They are also ready for other stores, as Emily is looking to expand her wholesale market.  Her target audience is ideal for any self-purchasing woman, gift-giving ease, and the price points are great. I did a little self-purchasing myself when I was there--after trying on the long Tuck studs in 14k yellow gold, I loved the look of them and how they could be worn stacked with other earrings I already own. I had to have them!

Before I left, Emily showed me an "inner circle" box that is presented to every couple who purchases an engagement ring/wedding bands from e. scott originals. The box features local businesses that come highly recommended to help easily plan your wedding day. Anything from cake makers, to photographers, and everything in between. You can see the full list here -- I love this idea and I feel it shows what kind of business Emily is running: one full of gratitude, creativity and soul!  And in case you're wondering, she is an awesome recommender, as her restaurant suggestions were top notch! 

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199B Highland Ave.

Somerville, MA 02143

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Gem Gossip Visits Laura Preshong in Boston, MA

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As you may know, this was my first time ever visiting Boston. I have to confess, I didn't know much about the city or neighborhoods until I landed and drove around. Boston's South End, including Tremont Street, was a favorite area of mine right away. In the heart of this fabulous area is Laura Preshong Ethical Fine Jewelry. The shop opened in May of 2005, where Laura soon found her niche of providing ethically sourced, handmade jewelry for the Boston area before anyone really even knew you could source things like diamonds, gemstones and gold responsibly. Being at the forefront of this "movement" has proven to be quite successful for Laura's business as well as helping to provide awareness of choosing eco-conscious jewelry in Boston and elsewhere. 

Nestled amongst some really great restaurants, Laura Preshong is situated on the bustling, busy street called Tremont. As soon as you enter through the front door (beneath their iconic "Laura Preshong" sign seen in their Instagram photos) you can see the nature-inspired jewelry cases, where the jewelry is displayed. Every piece is made by hand in small batches, purposefully giving the utmost attention to every detail. I spotted several unique gemstone pieces, like stacking rings, small stud earrings, and delicate necklaces, each set with gems like Iolite, Tanzanite, Topaz, Aquamarine, Tourmaline and many more. I love the daintiness of each piece and how perfect they are for everyday wear. 

Laura Preshong specializes in ethically sourced engagement rings that are trend, in style and flatter every finger. There are so many design choices, all which you can try on right there in person--like I did above! There's a fun secret behind these engagement rings: all the center stones are actually not diamonds! The center diamonds are sourced after choosing the style you want, and it can fit your budget and diamond wishes. Laura also adds, "One of the main reasons we do this is because every one of our engagement rings is custom made, one at a time, to fit the exact diamond, sapphire, or whichever stone that you choose. We make sure each ring design is perfectly proportionate to the center stone." Every diamond is ethically sourced from either Canada or Botswana, where origin is easily tracked and can be guaranteed conflict-free. Every piece of jewelry made by Laura Preshong that features diamond melee will contain certified Canadian conflict-free melee (smaller accent stones). The metals used to create the jewelry are also certified as recycled gold, platinum or silver. So every step of the process in creating your special engagement ring or jewelry will be eco-conscious.

As you can tell, I certainly enjoyed my visit--from meeting Laura and her team, to learning about her line of jewelry. Luckily you can shop all her pieces online if you can't make it to the store in Boston, so check out some of my favorites below:

 

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558 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02118

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