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Entries in miami jewelry show (4)

Original Miami Antique Show 2017

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The biggest change this year: the new location--the Miami-Dade County Expo Center where the fair happens every year

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Left: I always flock to Lucy Verity for her jewel box of treasures--both her original antique displays and wealth of knowledge, paired with her hilarious demeanor always gives me good energy. Right: The back of a pocket watch that I wish I would've bought!

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Left: Spiders creep me out, but this necklace is on a different level! I LOVE it! Right: A box of chocolates has nothing on this box of Jogani jewels!

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Stopped by DK Bressler to "oooh & awe" and this made my heart beat faster! A very early piece with original fitted box.

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These case photos give me life and make me excited for next year!

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Left: We felt amethyst was a huge sensation at the antique show--this relatively inexpensive stone will be trending for sure. Right: Rows of mourning rings from Spare Room Antiques are always so interesting and never macabre.

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Left: I couldn't tell you how many amazing pieces Mary Anntiques had, so if I had to narrow it down to only two, it would be this carved emerald cameo and lapis ring. Right: I zoomed in on a ring I had been trying to track down for forever--but the booth was busy and I was leaving!

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Insane diamonds found at Dover Jewelry--the one on my pointer is nearly 20 carats! This will probably be on a celebrity's finger in the future...just wonder which one?!

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Left: Died for opals at the show--especially this brooch from Gold Hatpin. Right: Ah, this ring. Fit like a glove and is probably the best thing I've ever seen. From Select Antique Jewelry.

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Left: All three of these rings are over-the-top perfect! From Poli Trading Company. Right: If these earrings were just a littttttle lighter, they would be my forever pair. Lapis and the unique gold work is to-die-for.

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More case photos, just teasing you with all the goodies!

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Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, myself and the lovely Lenore Dailey. Her booth is always bustling with fans and friends who have so much love for her!

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Left: Some amazing rock crystal figas from D & E Singer Inc.--the one on the left is now in the hands of Vada Jewelry! Right: Clayton Antiques always has some of the most unique rings--lots of opals and dying for the turquoise and pearl navette one!

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Left: Some pretty emeralds from Gold Hatpin--I love the mix of styles here and showing how they can all work together just because of the common gemstone. Right: Ok, this necklace was insane--the opals are doublets though but the style of it and the long hand-made chain made it incredible.

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If my manicure had a spirit animal, it would be this ring from DK Bressler. So gorgeous.

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Left: I love seeing Michael Goldstein and all his incredible diamonds--like this major portrait rose cut. Right: Loving the style on Madeline who works at Haig's of Rochester--the arm party, the solid gold Kieselstein choker and you can't see her earrings in this picture, but they are amazing!

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Left: Something about these earrings made me stop and stare. Right: Nutty for navettes; all from Jacob's Estate Jewelry.

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More case photos--you may recognize the one on the left being Lenore Dailey's because of how vibrant and gorgeous it is!

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Left: Excalibur Jewelry had this cool opal butterfly wing necklace--you could actually make the wings flutter, it was articulated. Right: Spotted a piece from Jewelry Nerd at a booth manned by Art Adorned. Loved looking at everything!

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Left: I begged to buy the case but got shot down. Vintage and antique ring cases are my weakness. Right: This necklace is just WOW.

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Left: This mourning ring features an urn--a highly collectible motif and it was just in the most immaculate condition. From Clayton Antiques. Right: Another piece that is a great example of portrait jewelry--seems like I've only seen pieces like this in books.

Let's settle in while I come off my Miami high. I always get so, so excited about the Original Miami Antique Show and this year had even more built up about it since a few things were different. For one, the biggest change being the location of the show--entirely different, at the Miami-Dade County Expo Center, a cool 30-40 minute drive from its usual location. The new digs had a lot of people frustrated because us antique lovers usually hate change...we have our traditions, our rituals, our hotel we stay at every year, our restaurant down the street that we go to every unfortunately many people didn't come this year because of this and I'm sad to say they missed out. This was one of the best shows I've ever been to. Another change, for me at least, was the amount of days I spent at the show. In the past this was always a quick trip where I got one full day and a few extra hours the following day before I had to leave and go back home. You can never fully enjoy a show of this magnitude if you constantly feel like you're racing against the clock. This year I stayed three full days at the show and am so glad I did. The last change was something I had remembered my dad saying to me--which I quoted him from last year's blog post--it was in regards to how much money I was bringing to the show.  Last year I didn't bring very much and he told me "That's like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!" So this year I had been saving my money and sold quite a few pieces of jewelry to reinvest. 

I don't think the weather could have been any better as well--that weekend was warm and sunny, to the point where I was contemplating moving to Florida. The new location had three main buildings: one large building which housed the Arnold & Fuchs Halls--two very large sections of booths, the second building housed Edwards Hall, and the third building which wasn't connected but not too far housed the Pavilion. As you may have guessed, walking was even more involved than before because how spread out everything was, but you only noticed it once you got back to your hotel room and were falling asleep as soon as you sat down. After attending the show for five years and getting used to where certain dealers were located and things like that, I have to admit I was struggling the first day. By the second day though, I had already relearned the floor plan and off to a great start. It actually did have a few benefits to being in a whole new layout and location because I looked at everything with fresh eyes. The two pieces I bought for myself were from dealers I had never worked with or seen before, so I was really happy.

Jewelry highlights of the year?! The buzz around the show could be summed up into a few words shared by quite a few people I talked to; "wow this year is really good, so many great pieces of jewelry." And I couldn't agree more. It seemed like every booth had several really special items and highly sellable pieces. This year I thought it would be smart to caption my photos above, so you can not only see all my jewelry highlights but know where each is from--just in case you see something that strikes your fancy you can at least attempt to contact the dealer. 

What did I bring home from the show?! Oh man. I went overboard this year, so I feel like that should be a separate blog post. But if you're too eager to find out, you can click here. I revealed my finds on Instagram. I will blog the details later and be sure to follow @shopGemGossip on Instagram where I will be listing a couple items for sale!

Again, I will be counting down the days until next year and so funny to read last year's post and see how it says that I hope to stay longer and bring more money next time. I'm glad these posts are keeping me accountable and are like my virtual diary entries. Cheers to next year!!



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Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2013

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The Miami Beach Antique Show was a fun and memorable trip this year! This was the first time ever going to a jewelry show on the first day of opening rather than the tail end of the event. The show had a large turnout--with crowds of people gathering at each booth and lots of deals being made. I was enjoying all the gorgeous jewelry of times past and admiring the art/furniture as well. With aisles and aisles of eye-candy, hours and hours passed quickly. My legs and feet ached from all the walking, but I couldn’t wait to nestle in my hotel bed and wake up, to do it all over again! I met some awesome people and saw old friends...special thanks to Julie for VIP access tickets, all the exhibitors for their hard work, and the Miami Beach Show for providing me this opportunity. As always, I can’t wait until next year!

>>My trip last year and in October

{Some highlights from my trip pictured above:

typical entrance shot from Day two...ready to go!

gorgeous display from an exhibitor--awesome cuff and beutiful necklace

quick SHOW ME YOUR RINGS shot before going into the show--me and Brooke

obsessed with this booth, especially the ring in the lower right corner

I really loved this rose cut diamond and ruby ring--but didn't buy

our accomodations: the James Royal Palm

which ring would you pick? so many choices!

LOVE Elizabeth Dmitrova and ALL her rings she wears--she is the perfect role model #mein30years

opals that display red flashes of play-of-color are most valuable--perfect example

this exhibitor is from upstate NY #hometownrepresent

how amazing is this mirror?

Victorian jewelry at its finest!

Good morning Miami! my hotel view

loved this ring, have yet to find the perfect crowned-heart ring

a purchase is necessary--this was my choice, diamonds and pearl in a shield motif circa 1930s}


Miami Antique Jewelry Show October 2012

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After experiencing Miami for the first time earlier this year, I said I couldn't wait to go back. Well, I did--I attended the October show of Miami Beach Antique Watch & Jewelry Show. Had so much fun going with my friend Brooke where we explored every aisle of antique jewelry for hours! Above is my mini photo diary of the trip and for the details, follow me over on Instagram [gemgossip] or Twitter! The last photo captures the one treasure I brought home with me; a tiny 18k white gold diamond band.  Perfect for stacking!  

Miami Antique Show 2012

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The Miami Antique Show was extremely amazing and fun in so many ways. Around every corner there were the most beautiful things you've ever laid eyes on! From the rows and rows of antique rings, to a booth full of huge fancy colored diamonds, to unbelievably priced art, beautiful Louis Vuitton trunks, and of course the antique furniture. My boss and I were on a mission to find some gorgeous antique engagement rings and some diamond earrings.  We also enjoyed the local flavor like the Art Deco District (we stayed at the Cardozo hotel), great seafood (Joe's Stone Crab), and partying at the Clevelander.  This trip was dedicated to finding some great jewelry for the store, so unfortunately I didn't buy anything for myself.  But seeing as it was my first time going to the show, I now know that the trip is totally worth it!  I can't wait to go again.

Pictured above:

{after a long flight, a night on the rooftop at the Clevelander is what I needed

breathtaking antique Tiffany & Co. ring we bought; 1.25 carat center, VS-1 G, c. 1920s

our hotel we stayed at, the Cardozo hotel, built in the late 1930s located in the Art Deco district

another ring we bought, BIG and elegant; 3.30 carat center, SI-1 JK, c. 1920s

some beautiful rings for sale, I tried on the navette style sapphire and diamond ring, loved it

another ring we bought, very Art Deco in platinum; 1.60 carat center, SI-1 J, c. 1920s

I wanted this vintage trunk so bad!

another ring we bought, my favorite cushion cut; 3.57 carat center, VS-2 JK, c. 1910s

this vendor sold all vintage Louis Vuitton, I sounded like a dying cat when I saw each one

this last ring we bought, nature-inspired motifs; 2.03 carat center, VS-1 I, c. 1930s

and lastly, the diamond earrings we bought--so beautiful!}