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Gem Gossip Visits LFrank Jewelry in Venice, CA

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I've been a fan of LFrank's jewelry designs since the early days of my blog, and while I was in LA last month with LoveGold, a drive to Venice to visit the store was a "can't be missed" opportunity.  Located in the eclectic town of Venice, California, LFrank sits nestled amongst some cool shops on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.  

Walking into Liseanne's store, you first notice her second passion--interior design--and begin to correlate decorating walls with adorning your hands with jewels.  The store is gorgeous...and I couldn't wait to see the jewelry!  I was intrigued...

The jewelry cases were reminiscent of a woodland fairy's treasure chest--moss-lined wooden trays, draped with the finest gems, all of which were mostly set in 18k matte gold.  The color combinations were bold and bright, like they were plucked from a rainbow, and contrasted perfectly with the alluring gold.  Liseanne definitely knows how to pick gemstones!  I love how she embraces gems with inclusions, and says that they shouldn't be seen as "flawed."  In fact, it is exactly what gives that stone character and is proof of nature's beauty.  

Emeralds, rubies, sapphires, moonstones, tourmalines and opals all appear in her fascinating designs.  The fun part is seeing which combinations of these stones she chooses for each piece, as well as the shapes and sizes.  A ring that caught my eye was creatively set with several different shades of tourmaline, as well as two pearls--one silvery white and the other a dark grey.  Such unique stone choices!  

18k gold is an important aspect of LFrank's jewelry designs, whether it is yellow, white or rose gold. The rich color of the hue is just as prominent as its rich history.  Each piece is finished off with a matte finish, which is done by hand.  I feel the matte finish appropriately completes Liseanne's jewelry’s aesthetic and I love how enthusiastic I felt after leaving her store! I had fallen for her designs and I cannot wait until I can own a special ring from LFrank someday!

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the designer behind all the pretty jewels, Liseanne Frankfurt and myself in her store in Venice, California

an amazing triple tourmaline and ruby ring, 6-stone vertebrate ring in diamonds, and a double trillion diamond ring

an assortment of LFrank jewels--earrings, necklaces, rings--all on a bed of moss

Liseanne-- Show Me Your Rings!!

these are perfect examples of the beauty of matte gold!  Love these statement rings

beautiful gemstone rings, hand-selected with all of Liseanne's expertise

working at LFrank is a dream, you can wear any ring you'd like--these are definitely my favorites

LFrank also has some long, drapes of gemstone, vintage glass bead and shell necklaces

some shades of sapphires combine to create this magnificent cluster ring, and a few other diamond rings

unique shades of tourmaline and two pearls create this incredible ring

LFrank also does stackable rings!  You can create your own colorful stack

I packed up all my jewelry in one of LFrank's newest brown suede satchels!}


This post was brought to you in collaboration with LoveGold



Favorite Rings from TWISTonline

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TWISTonline has been a favorite jewelry destination of mine since I knew it existed.  I always love to browse through their jewelry and check out their Facebook Page updates.  One time I even won one of their infamous jewelry giveaways.  Here are some rings I've really been liking over at TWISTonline:

Cathy Waterman branch and scallop band, Price: $4400

Nak Armstrong tourmaline and gold double band ring, Price: $2500

L Frank three part band and diamond bead, Price: $1350

Jeanine Payer golden band with quote, Price: $1100

June Gloom

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busted out the acrylic paints again this month--this is my inspiration

turn any tank top into something amazing by adding two chains draping at the shoulder

really into architectural rings lately, especially this one from L Frank

love this image, makes me wonder how many ancient treasures are out there yet to be found

two bangles, two rings, and a Jesus piece = essentials

really liking newly launched LYON JEWELRY, especially the Thera ring

big bold cuffs are all you need for a summer event or wedding}

Trend Spotting: Gold Stud Earrings

Gem Gossip has been spotting more and more stud earrings being worn than any other type of earring. What is great about stud earrings is that there are so many different and unique styles out there.  They are also easy to wear, light weight on the ears, and go with any look you are putting together.  I've compiled a few of my favorite styles as of late.  Let me know if you find any unique pairs or if you own a favorite pair!



These studs are designed by Lauren Wolf and feature slices of Montana sapphires. They are done in 14k yellow gold and are $260.



What is this emerald cut gemstone? It is actually gold! I love this concept and these are done by Metalicious. Most designs are shown in silver or gold-tone, however 14k solid gold can be made to order for $168!




I really love these white topaz and diamond earrings designed by Janna Conner. They are done in 14k yellow gold with a 7.46 carat white topaz cut in an interesting shape. Pave diamonds encircle the topaz as well. Price: $1425



Designer Sandy Leong has a wonderful signature collection consisting of curved discs of gold.  I wonder what these would look like on; I have a feeling they are perfect!  Such a classic look yet very modern and sleek. These are done in 18k yellow gold and priced at $500.



These black diamond earrings are designed by L Frank of southern California. Black diamonds are becoming increasingly popular and a pair of stud earrings like these are a great way to try this trend out. These are done in 18k yellow gold and the total carat weight is 3.38, with a unique three-prong claw setting. Price: $3850

I like Rare things...including Vertically Designed Rings

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I'm sorry, but I can't get enough of these vertically designed rings. Love these three in particular. From top to bottom: labradorite ring in 18k yellow gold designed by Brooke Gregson from Broken English Price: $4600, turquoise, diamonds and cabochon ruby ring done in 18k yellow & white gold designed by Nicole Khristine from Broken English Price: $4360, lastly black diamond ring done in 18k yellow gold designed by L Frank from Twist Price: $2200