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Five Investment Pieces You Need In Your Jewelry Wardrobe

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I've been collecting fine jewelry for over fifteen years now and it is interesting to look back on pieces that I purchased in the beginning. I like to ask myself if those items were a good investment and part of evaluating that is knowing how much wear I've gotten out of each piece since purchasing. Your investment is only as good as how much joy and wear the piece of jewelry is providing for you--I am a firm believer in that!

But what if you don't know where to start? Let's say you're new to collecting fine jewelry and only own a few odds and ends. You've got to start somewhere and being able to create a look by accessorizing your daily outfits with these pieces is a must. So let's start with a list I've compiled of the five investment pieces you need to have in your jewelry wardrobe. These are staples that are meant to be classics, which never go out of style and will continue to get worn for years to come. These are pieces you should not feel bad for splurging on and rightfully so. These are future heirlooms, diamond encrusted, solid gold, hefty pieces that will be worth the same, if not more later on.

1. Stud Earrings:

If you have your ears pierced, owning a few pairs of stud earrings that flatter your face shape, style and taste are necessary for your jewelry wardrobe. Whether you choose a pair that features gemstones, all gold, or unique shapes, just as long as you feel they are classic for your style. I have a few pairs of different sized pearl studs, some diamond studs in various carat sizes, all gold flower studs, and my diamond X earrings. I wear all these constantly and they have been worth the investment. Every woman, in my opinion, needs a pair of diamond studs!

 

2. Solid gold necklace:

Gold chains are an important accessory to buy and will always be worth the investment. As the years go by and styles go in and out of fashion, different chain lengths will ultimately come and go. I remember when I first started collecting jewelry, long chains were all the rage. Then a few years later everyone was wearing dainty, thin gold chains with pendants. Of course, now long chains are back in style and luckily I still held on to my original 30" chain that I had invested in years ago. So invest in multiple lengths and also a chain that can hold charms easily, with sliding on/off accessible.

 

3. Wide Band:

It seems as though I've created a whole section within my jewelry box that can only be labeled as "wide bands." It is a category of rings that has stood the test of time and has really become my go-to when accessorizing an outfit. I often wear a wide gold band in place of my engagement ring. Another good use for them--pinky rings! There seems to be a perfect way to end a great ring stack, and that's with a finishing touch of a wide gold band on your pinky!

 

4. Hoop Earrings:

Ah, yes hoop earrings. The best way to make a statement on your ears, in my opinion. There are so many different styles out there so my best piece of advice for hoops is to choose a pair that suit your own personal style. Or take the easy way out, like I would, and invest in a few different sizes. A pair of small "huggie" type hoops, a mid-size pair, and a pair that is larger than your average size. It is funny how these size differences can make you totally feel different. I have a few pairs, but personally love my braided hoops. It gives the ordinary hoop some personality and I love a good texture!

 

5. Statement Ring:

It's no secret how much I love rings, but if you don't own a statement ring (also known as a cocktail ring) you are seriously missing out!  Such a simple thing can strike up such pizzazz for any outfit, any occasion. There are so many different styles to choose from, I found some great options for you below to shop. Whether you want to go for a piece that focuses more on the gemstone or a piece that is focuses on the design and structure, either way you can't lose! 

 

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Q & A with Dana Seng Jewelry

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The Instagram likes are no lie--people love Dana Seng's jewelry designs. Whether it is the stackable appeal or the fashionable looks each piece has, Dana is doing it right. It is hard to win over millennials in this fast-paced society we live in, however this new company has been working hard at creating jewelry that is fun, has a good value and can be worn by all ages. And just like that, people are catching on and wanting their own Dana Seng Jewelry pieces. The personalized birthstone initials are one of Dana's most popular designs (I have my own sapphire D necklace) and it is easy to understand why. The personalization of both the gemstone used, as well as the initial chosen, is unique because of the two-step process. Most items only have one element that can be personalized--this has two!

I caught up with the designer herself to see what she has been up to:

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I am currently working on designing new styles to add to my Eternity Collection for this Spring/Summer season. I am very anxious to share these new designs because I am putting in my all in each and every one of them. I am also sharing my signature Birthstone & Initial collection with many of our fans out there.

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I started working at my husband’s wholesale company as an engagement ring designer. I was and still am very skillful at jewelry designing. So, I began my own Dana Seng Jewelry line. I use my passion and knowledge to create exceptionally unique styles that are rarely to be found.

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I would say that by showing my Birthstone & Initial Collection out there to our fans and the fact that they absolutely loved it was a proudest moment of my jewelry career. 

Also opening up my own showroom and launching the website were huge highlights so far. My showroom is located in downtown Los Angeles and I just love how beautiful it is!  Everything came together.

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To be honest, I create every piece of my design out of passion. I use a pen and a paper to scratch out all the ideas that I have and put them together. So my future goal is to continue to design unique and comfortable jewelry pieces with high quality materials and sell them at an affordable price point to our consumers.

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I would have to say an initial necklace that my grandmother gifted me when I was a teenager. ​I am very thankful and so grateful for this particular gift because it inspires me to figure out many unique designs.

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Weekday Wardrobe: Accessorizing Rings & Clutches

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Lately I've been all about wearing my newest addition to my necklace collection--this 14k yellow gold thick collar that I picked up from Arrow & Anchor Antiques. We did a trunk show together and of course, ended up buying something from her gorgeous selection. When you're a jewelry lover (addict?) you tend to do that.

I've also been sorting through my vintage clutch collection, mostly which came from eBay and antique shops from my travels. Getting them out and pairing them up with different rings has been a fun thing to do, especially over the holidays. Wearing festive attire usually isn't my thing, but I want to add something fun and different to what I normally wear when I attend holiday parties, so having these clutches is perfect for my style. I thought it would be cool to incorporate them into my Weekday Wardrobe post for this month since I promised more of these posts. Hope you enjoy!

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Day One:

Navy blue enameled shield conversion ring (used to be a stick pin) -- enamel refinished by Platt Boutique Jewelry

18k yellow gold Lapis ring from Sarah's Vintage & Estate Jewelry -- enamel and side stone repair by Platt Boutique Jewelry

14k yellow gold linked rings created by myself using scrap gold items and bracelet safety chains 

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Day Two:

Victorian trio opal ring found at Brimfield in 2014

Retro flower ring with diamond, my first ever Ruby Lane purchase back in 2008 (still one of my favorites)

Opal flower cluster ring found at Nashville's first ever Big Flea

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Day Three:

14k yellow gold Victorian thimble ring found at the Nashville flea market

14k yellow gold boulder opal ring specially made by BCE Jewelry for me :)

14k yellow gold Gemini Twins enamel ring found on eBay

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Day Four:

Star sapphire and enamel antique ring found from OakGem at the Miami Antique Show in 2015

Victorian dendritic agate ring found at Joden Jewelry

Victorian turquoise and diamond ring found at the Vegas Antique Show in 2013

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Day Five:

Edwardian diamond ring found on eBay

Platinum and diamond ring found from Hampton Estate Auction (my Christmas present from Matt this year)

14k white gold three stone diamond ring from eBay (one of my very first purchases off eBay, it originally had a ruby in the center)

 

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Jewelry Trends and Favorites for 2017

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These were my top three most favorite acquisitions from the past year. I can't get enough of enamel, Native American Zuni pieces and geometric details.

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As I look into my own jewelry box, I can predict some jewelry trends based off what I've been into lately--diamonds, opals, cool colors reign supreme.

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Sentimental charms and charms with a theme are going to be huge for 2017. I have one common theme all on one bracelet--cross charms. Although bracelets are a great option, we are going to be seeing charms being worn more on necklaces.

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Statement rings are huge for the new year--more specifically navette styles. As a long-time collector of this design, they are going to be in demand in every size--small, medium and large.

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Continuing its comeback, PINKY RINGS! I seriously can't leave the house with one and I think it totally balances a ring stack. I used to look back on my old stacks and say, "cool but I really could've used a pinky ring to balance out the look."

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Layers upon layers of necklaces, choker styles and some dangling with charms. Got tangles? That's ok!

As with everything in life, time goes on and the world continues to spin...but as we said goodbye to 2016, did we also say goodbye to some jewelry trends? And what is in store for 2017? Most of you are doodling in your journals or freshly purchased 2017 calendars the words, "new year, new me!" in your best handwriting. I'm here to help you make that wish happen and make sure you are totally in the know with what's going on in the world of jewelry trends.

You may have guessed, some of the things you've let go or sold for scrap gold are coming back. But this isn't groundbreaking news. This tends to happen in many aspects, including fashion and home decor. Those mom jeans everyone made fun of are suddenly all you are wanting to get your hands on...and those brass fixtures your grandma used to scatter around her house are now in demand. If this has you thinking you're suddenly trapped in the Twilight Zone, look no further than the necks of fashionistas. Chains upon chains with a sort of Mr. T theme are sweeping the trend forecast here on Gem Gossip--and yes, I've just ordered myself a choker-length heavy figaro chain. What am I, back in 8th grade dressing like my former wankster boyfriend?  Yes. You are. 

I'm ok with that because the look is amazing and speaks to my aesthetic of more is more. As a maximalist through and through (have you seen my office?!) I tend to fill up spaces, including my body, with the most of everything I love. An empty white wall? Omg no--fill it with a hundred gold frames from top to bottom. A bare neck?  What are you crazy? Drape every chain you have in your jewelry box and create a look. You may wonder about my dismay when people buy things and don't enjoy them or put them away for a "special time." That's craziness to me. 

Besides the 80s chains/90s choker styles, there are several other jewelry trends for the new year. I've highlighted a few above using pictures to illustrate as best as I can. Are there any trends you think will be big for 2017 that I haven't mentioned?  Make sure you email or tweet me!  I'd love to hear your take. 

And jewelry trends I hope to see go -- I know so many of you are going to hate me for this but, dainty jewelry! It is still so strong with sales, jewelry designers and are often some of the top photos with most likes on Instagram, but I am so over dainty jewelry. I don't know where this sudden Texas mantra of "bigger is better" is coming from out of me, but that has become my slogan. At least in the ring department. Earrings and necklaces are a different story I guess.

And finally, I wanted to do a fun New Years-like countdown of my TEN favorite rings to RING in the New Year. Corny, right? So corny but so necessary. These are the foundation of what is on my wish list for the future and what I'm currently feeling at this very moment in time. Enjoy!

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10. This funky mashup created by Erie Basin, which is part spaceship part intergalactic fantasy. Anything funky or out-of-this-world seem to be high on my list of demands. This is so YES.

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9. Obsessing over anything Bario Neal creates in their store/studio located in Philadelphia. Their incredible gemstone pops of color mixed with interesting details and combinations is something I am loving right now. It also doesn't hurt that everything is thoroughly ethical in every way possible.

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8. When Steven Sher Antique Jewellery posted this ring I couldn't keep my eyes off it. The backstory of it makes it even cooler--they basically gave their jeweler a bag of emeralds and created this from five he chose out of the random bag. Creativity like this just comes naturally for some people and this jeweler has it!

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7. A ring that looks like it is featured in a museum from an archeological dig, this piece caught my attention when I found out it is a brand new piece designed by HHD Jewels, also know as Henry Dakak Jr Jewels. Henry is a Lebanese designer who not only designs jewelry, but furniture, lighting and home accessories.

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6. We all know my obsession with antique diamond elongated rings. This one from Trademark Antiques had me swooning as soon as I saw it. Every year I usually add at least one to my growing collection of these and I'm excited to see which one I will add in the upcoming year.

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5. When I look at this ring I instantly smile. That's what I love most about this Harika Fine Jewelry design. I also can't get enough of face motifs in jewelry and this one is definitely a unique spin on that.

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4. A statement ring is something you keep hearing me say over and over in this trend forecast and this is the ultimate statement ring! Designed by Emily P Wheeler using an incredible 2.67 carat garnet cut by TopNotch Faceting--I love how she added diamonds and moonstones in varying sizes to surround the stone.

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3. Since the day I visited David Webb in NYC and got my own private tour I've been obsessing over and saving up for my very own special piece. I have no idea what I want but when the time comes (probably years from now) I will hopefully know exactly which it will be. In the meantime, I'll continue to obsess, like over this panther ring.

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2. Voiage Jewelry continually posts the most lust worthy jewels but for some reason this particular ring grabbed my attention the most. I love when a designer can balance lots of color, which this ring totally does, but it also balances several different shapes. It also features a trend that I actually haven't mentioned here yet, but geometrics and modern design--both heavily apparent in this piece.

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1. And finally, number one is this collection from Polly Wales wonderfully photographed by stockist New Twist. It's bright, it's fun, it's bold--so many features which scream new beginning, fresh start. So if you're looking for a ring which will bring you luck and happiness into the new year, Polly Wales' Ourika Collection has you covered!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Greenwich St. Jewelers

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Congrats to Greenwich Jewelers, or should I say Greenwich St. Jewelers, who, after 40 years in business, has gotten a new name and a few other "enhancements" to their brand. The rebranding includes a new look to their logo, a new tagline, redesigned website and in-store as well. For the family-run business, these changes have been a long-time coming and both sisters Jennifer Gandia and Christina Gandia Gambale are so excited to unveil everything. "Our parents, Carl and Milly Gandia, opened the store in 1976 and only changed the store's location after the September 11th attacks, when structural damage to their building led to a move onto nearby Trinity Place," says Jennifer, who is now the co-owner of the store, along with her sister, Christina. "The new name honors our roots as a downtown New York City retail brand. But the rebranding also conveys how we have evolved into a 21st century store."

The Greenwich St. Jewelers' new tagline is special and significant, as it truly completes what the store is all about--it reads, "Inspired jewels since 1976."  Jennifer says, "The tagline represents our commitment to curating a killer selection of jewelry from artists that have a distinct point of view, one that views jewelry from a singular, unique perspective. Even the pieces from our private label collection, which errs more classic, push the boundaries of that classification." The evolution and new changes are a great example of how the Gandia sisters' contributions to their family's legacy will pave the way for a successful future.  

I've been wanting to visit Greenwich St. Jewelers for quite some time now. New York City is a place I don't get to travel to quite often and when I do, it is for an quick event, with no time to spare. Lucky for me, Greenwich St. Jewelers came to my doorstep! The rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings all prettier than the next arrived, representing a wide range of inventory the store is known for. Designers from around the world, including their own line of designs, all come together and are able to be mixed and matched with ease. The latest jewelry trends, like lariat necklaces and geometric styles, ear climbers and vintage-inspired pieces, can be found at Greenwich St. Jewelers. 

I couldn't stop wearing the 18k white gold diamond tennis bracelet from Greenwich St. Jewelers' own collection--the clasp on it was unlike any other tennis bracelet I've worn. It is adjustable with chains and a gold movable bead. How smart! It also makes it so much more comfortable than your average tennis bracelet, and at 2.37 carats total, it sure sparkled a lot! I also was starry-eyed over their diamond earrings and felt that stacking them on the same ear rather than wearing them normally was necessary! The earrings total 1.68 carats in diamonds and have an edgy, glam look to them. Most would consider them for fancy wear only, but I say no way, every day wear is a must! 

Other designers that I got to wear from this Greenwich St. Jewelers feature include Arik Kastan, Jennie Kwon Designs, Zoe Chicco, Getana, Sorellina, and Todd Reed. If you didn't think multiple designers could be worn all together at the same time before, think again! Greenwich St. Jewelers has been proving that for years now and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store the next 40 years for them. 

Jewelry used for this shoot:

Earrings:

14k rose gold pentagon stud earrings set with emeralds by Arik Kastan, Price: $1,300

14k white gold diamond earrings totaling 1.68 carats by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $4,600

Rings: 

14k rose gold emerald and rose cut diamond Grand Fleur cocktail ring by Arik Kastan, Price: $3,100

14k rose gold diamond wrap around ring by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $2,500

14k rose gold wrap ring by Jennie Kwon Designs, Price: $920

14k white gold itty bitty triangle stacking midi ring by Zoe Chicco, Price: $200

14k white gold diamond statement Linear ring by Getana, Price: $2,400

14k white gold open cuff ring with a line of diamonds by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $850

Bracelets:

14k white gold geometric cuff bracelet with chain closure by Getana, Price: $2,100

18k yellow gold/oxidized silver diamond Wave cuff by Todd Reed, Price: $8,000

18k white gold diamond tennis bracelet with 2.37 carats total by Greenwich St. Collection, Price: $5,100

Necklaces: 

14k white gold four-hexagons pendant necklace by Getana, Price: $1,100

14k rose gold three tiny bullets diamond necklace by Zoe Chicco, Price: $550

18k yellow gold boulder opal necklace set with a halo of diamonds by Getana, Price: $1,200

14k white gold diamond lariat necklace by Zoe Chicco, Price: $700

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