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New October Opals from Arik Kastan Jewelry

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Let us enchant you with some of Arik Kastan's newest designs featuring October's magical and often obsess-worthy birthstone: OPAL. The brand has been working with opals since the very beginning of launching Arik Kastan and they continue to be a favorite of collectors, and we obviously can't get enough of them ourselves!

Opals can easily transform any design that is created, any outfit we style, or bad moods we're feeling. We love opals set in the signature rose gold just as much as the yellow gold, so we think you can't go wrong picking between the two metals. And as far as gemstones that pair well with opals, we've been obsessing over some cool tones like sapphires, emeralds and moonstones--even pearls! Yes, you must check out the newest pearl + opal ring fresh off the jeweler's bench. You'll flip!

Enjoy checking out the new styles; all are available with a click of a mouse (or touch of a finger on your phone)! 

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Arik Kastan drew from Victorian jewelry to create this stunning pearl and opal cluster ring, which is both bold and has feminine touches. We love it paired with jeans or a dress for fall.

Lyla Ring with opals and pearls, Price: $1,500

 

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These aren't just any ordinary garnets, they are rose cuts which give these earrings a vintage-inspired look. They're nice and large, while still being crazy comfortable.

Pebble Stone Drop earrings with garnet & opal, Price: $1,650


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A hint of blue sapphire sets off this sentimental padlock that can be the layer-ready basis for our collection. Start your stack with this one!

Sapphire + Opal Cluster Padlock, Price: $1,260


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A continued favorite, the signature three-stone ring looks glorious in opal and ready for any October baby to make this her special piece.

Signature Three Stone ring in Opal, Price: $1,320

 

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Quite possibly our newest favorite gemstone combination emeralds and opals! The green really POPS in these earrings; they're quite breath-taking.

Nouveau Oval drop earrings, Price: $2,250

 

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This pinwheel pendant has won our hearts--it's dainty and precious! Again, slaying in our favorite gemstone combo.

Pinwheel pendant with emerald + opals, Price: $1,320


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An instant favorite, combining floral inspiration with geometric vibes, the Mandala ring has us ready for fall.

Framed Mandala ring in sapphires + opals, Price: $2,750


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Some major boldness with this padlock, which we can't get enough of. If you want a hefty, gorgeous piece...this is it!

Stained Glass Window padlock with emeralds + opals, Price: $2,470


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Feeling some boho vibes? Say no more, these are for you! Open metalwork, opals and a wonderful lever back.

Arabesque Drop earrings set with opals, Price: $2,030


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If you're one who loves to stack your heart out, we've got you covered too! Our thin stacking band is easy to wear and pairs with almost anything else.

Thin Stacking ring done in opal, Price: $1,150


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It's hip to be a square and this little padlock thinks so too. Outfitted in opals every square inch and a single moonstone in the center to shake things up a bit!

Square Padlock with opals + moonstone, Price: $1,590

 

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The Isabel ring makes us feel elegant and refined. We love the hint of blue from the sapphire and know you will too!

Isabel ring set with sapphire + opals, Price; $1,760

 

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Just a tip: Arik Kastan padlocks make the most beautiful gifts and yes, there are lots of holidays approaching but I won't name any for the sake of getting virtually slapped!

Horizon Cluster Padlock set with moonstone + opals, Price: $1,370

Doyle & Doyle Debuts Rare Collection of Antique Jewels

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Doyle & Doyle is thrilled to debut pieces from a spectacular cache of rare antique jewels, all acquired from a single collector. Including jewelry from ancient Rome, 17th century Spain, and 19th century France, these are the best examples of their type and many are hallmarked by well known jewelers. Keep reading for a sneak peek of the historic collection before it goes on exhibition at Doyle & Doyle in September

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These exquisite micromosaic pieces date to the mid-19th century and are hallmarked for the Vatican Workshop of the Papal State.The Vatican's mosaic studio was founded in the 16th century, its skilled artisans create artworks commissioned by wealthy patrons and pieces for the Pope to give as gifts.  The Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo, Saint Peter’s Square designed by Bernini, and Raphael’s “The School of Athens” are among the many masterpieces you can discover at the Vatican. Originally founded in the 16th century, the skilled artisans working in the Vatican’s mosaic studio create pieces for the Pope to give as gifts and artworks commissioned by wealthy patrons. They also oversee and maintain the ten thousand square meters of colorful mosaics that adorn Saint Peter’s Basilica. This bangle and brooch are beautifully made, featuring glass tesserae so tiny that the designs look like paintings in shades of red, blue, green, and white. Perhaps a wealthy young man purchased them during his Grand Tour through Europe, or they were gifts to an important Church official. No matter their origin, they are little works of art that display the incredible skill of the Vatican’s workshop.

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The collection includes other ecclesiastical jewels in addition to the Vatican micromosaics, including a variety of gem-set and enameled crosses from many different periods. This striking dimensional crucifix cross is Spanish from the 17th century, detailed with enamel and engraving that resembles wood grain. Although probably not original, we love it worn on the black ribbon choker, especially when layered with antique gold guard chains. Although these are museum quality jewels, they’re definitely wearable!

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There are also charming examples of sentimental and devotional jewelry. The rose cut diamond encrusted heart hangs from a sweet rose gold dove. The diamonds are foil backed and you can see hints of pink, gold, and even green reflecting through the stones. The rare late 17th century Spanish reliquary pendant is a small compartment that holds a tiny bit of a saint’s blood. It’s backed by a hand painted figure of a female saint and framed by emeralds and garnets. This type of jewel was probably a private devotional artwork. Spain being an intensely Catholic country, people believed in the power of saints to affect their daily life. In additional to more traditional liturgy, 17th century Spaniards prayed to their personal saint to intervene and make their lives better.

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The other half of this incredible collection is comprised of museum quality Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau jewelry. The Arts & Crafts Movement was a direct response to the mechanization and poor working conditions engendered by the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century. Adherents looked to the Middle Ages, nature, and popular folk art for inspiration, seeking to return to an idyllic time before mass production. Shying away from precious materials, Arts & Crafts jewelers favored readily available gemstones, such as garnet, amethyst, citrine, opal, and moonstone. The delicate gold pendant is British, comprised of hand wrought wirework set with bright blue turquoise and glowing moonstone. 

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By the end of the century, Art Nouveau artists took the theme of nature to the next level. Art Nouveau jewelry often incorporated idealized female forms with swirling, whiplash hair framed by sensuous flora, like this striking silver mirror locket. Dating to 1900, this lovely piece is hallmarked for French jeweler Lucien Coudray. Coudray specialized in engraving medals and won several prizes for his artistry. Another popular form was a winged female with gossamer enamel wings studded with tiny gems or pearls. This statuesque dragonfly woman was created around 1900 and bears the hallmark of noted Art Nouveau jeweler, Gaston Laffitte. The light filters through the translucent green plique-a-jour enamel wings, creating a delicate stained glass effect.

This is just a small preview of the incredible historic collection - want to see it all? Doyle & Doyle is putting on a public exhibition in September. Email info@doyledoyle.com for more information and to get on the invite list!

Update: The owner of this beautiful collection has generously decided to sell it to raise funds for flood relief. The new theme for Doyle & Doyle's upcoming Vault jewelry exhibition is Jeweled Talismans, curated by Elizabeth Doyle and opening Thursday, September 28. Email info@doyledoyle.com if you'd like to attend the opening night party! 

This post was contributed by Juliet Rotenberg of Doyle & Doyle, thank you!!

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Want more?! To check out the store tour of Doyle & Doyle, click here.

Etsy Shop: Hollywood & Vine

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I love a good treasure hunt involving jewels, but with busy schedules, we often don't get a chance to venture out on the hunt.  What better solution than to have Etsy shops like Hollywood & Vine.  Even better is this shop comes with a story--one that involves a Hollywood starlet named Shirley who led a jewel-filled and glamorous life. Shirley traveled the world, being involved in the film industry and becoming friends with stars like Barbra Streisand, Doris Day and Lucille Ball. Some of her jewels are worn by her family whom she passed them down to, while others are for sale over at Hollywood & Vine.  The prices are great, with the pieces being offered at half their appraised value.  So take a look and find a treasure...

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Q & A with Jewelry Designer Susan Foster

susanfosterjewelry Susan Foster designs some amazing jewelry--she’s been doing so for over 12 years. And things are just getting more and more exciting in her world. This November Susan Foster haute couture collection launches, with very little clues as to what these jewels are going to look like. Judging from past collections, the new designs are going to be nothing less than breath-taking. Gem Gossip will be sure to cover all the details when the designs are revealed in November. Until then, check out this quick interview with Susan Foster: speechbubble01

It was great.  I would highly recommend a budding jewelry designer to study at GIA, as one cannot fully create nor understand the physics of a piece of jewelry without knowing and appreciating the materials involved.  I gained a wealth of information at GIA and I cant image having moved forward in my jewelry career without studying there first.   I wanted so badly early on to work with a spectrum of rare gemstones but I needed the knowledge to back it up......with eventually lead to confidence in my decision making!  susanfosterr bubble1

hmmm, that is really hard to say.  I would have to look back in previous collections to answer that.  Once I'm done with a collection I truly move on and cannot remember what sold over the years. I've been designing over 12 years so it's hard to remember. In my current collection everything is selling very well and I'm very happy with everything 2010.    susanfoster2 q3

There are a few.   Many years ago, all in the same month Neiman Marcus picked up my line, my jewelry was on the the cover of InStyle, and Stevie Nicks came over to my one bed apartment at the time for my private jewelry party.  Stevie was also wearing my jewelry in the inside of that very same issue coincidentally.   Equal to that was when Maria Shriver (years later) asked me to restore numerous pieces that were heirlooms, given to her by her grandmother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.  It was wonderful working on Rose Kennedy's jewelry for the 1920's.

 

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I love this opal handmade bangle which clasps in the front that I designed.   Diamonds surround the opal in front and it's just dreamy.  It is in 18k rose gold, which is my favorite gold and I love opals.  I love handmade. susanfoster3 speechbubble02  

Ah, I wish I could tell...... but it's a secret for now.  

 

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Laura Gibson and her Tiny Black Diamonds

I am really liking these tiny black diamonds I've been seeing in lots of necklaces.  The facets make them sparkle, and the their size makes them dainty and sweet.  I recently tried on a necklace that featured the tiny black faceted diamonds and 14k gold bars in between each one.  The necklace was at least 22 inches long, and was around $1200 at a small gem & fossil shop in California. 

Laura Gibson, jewelry designer out of Arizona, uses tiny black diamonds in a few of her pieces from her collection.  Check out her entire collection by looking at her website.  She also has several trunk shows across the United States, which would be interesting to attend.  Here are her designs--love the bracelet.  What do you think?

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