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Vegas Prep: Interview with Randi & Meaghan of For Future Reference

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We've got double the fun today, as our Vegas Jewelry Week interviews continue--we're talking with Randi Molofsky & Meaghan Flynn Petropoulos (can't wait to ask you to pronounce this for me in Vegas). The duo behind For Future Reference has a lot going on right now, including their first ever booth at Couture (shoutout booth 601), new clients, and a new brick-and-mortar studio located in NYC. Their places in the jewelry industry have evolved over time, but one thing is for certain, both have an intense love for gold, diamonds, gems and the people involved. Also tequila, sequins and vintage...and calling me Poodle. So glad Randi & Meaghan took the time out of their Couture prep schedule to answer our questions:


Randi's Answers

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

My first year was 2001, when the show took place at the Phoenician hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. Back then, everyone went to JCK AND Couture because they didn’t overlap. So if you think it’s exhausting now, it’s nothing compared to the two week slog it used to be! 


Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

Wear flats during the day. Took me about 15 years to let go of my vanity and figure this out. 


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

Vitamin B tincture, sequins, business cards, Excedrin Migraine, Kloraine dry shampoo. 


One big difference from last year to this year?

We have our own booth! 


Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Dinner at the SW Steakhouse is definitely up there. But mostly it’s getting to reconnect with everyone in the industry. After doing this for more than 15 years, I can say without question that it’s like a great big family reunion (that you actually want to attend). 


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Not being able to make it to the Antique show because we’re too busy. It’s devastating!


Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

I legitimately would not know where to begin, I could probably write a book on this very subject. But maybe it was a private dinner with Steve Wynn, followed by walking around the Vegas strip with him while he told us stories about all the hotels he built. Otherwise, being pregnant with my daughter Goldie and not far along enough to tell people. I carried the same half-full cocktail around all night to avoid suspicion! 


Meaghans Answers
How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

THIS IS MY 6TH SHOW
 

Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

DON'T STRESS THE DETAILS. REGARDLESS OF YOUR PREPARATIONS, SETUP DAY WILL BE THE WORST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.  


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

1) BLING GUARDS 2) CHANGES OF CLOTHES. I DON'T BELIEVE IN DAY TO NIGHT OUTFITS. 3) HYDRATING TONER 4) A FLASK OF TEQUILA, JK, BUT SERIOUSLY I ALWAYS HAVE A WATER BOTTLE AND COFFEE QUITE CLOSE. 5) ARGAN OIL
 

One big difference from last year to this year?

WE HAVE OUR OWN BOOTH! 
 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

CATCHING UP WITH PEOPLE WE ONLY SEE ONCE A YEAR 


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

WHEN I MEET PEOPLE WHO CALL WHITE GOLD, 'SILVER.'
 

Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENS EVERY 14 SECONDS OR SO IN VEGAS, SO THERE'S TOO MANY TO LIST. ALSO, I DON'T WANT TO GET SUED.

 

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

You can follow For Future Reference ---> @for_future_reference

Gemfields at Couture 2014

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My first day at Couture was jam-packed with "ooohh's" and "ahhh's" followed by no lunch and no breaks, and ended with an appointment with Gemfields in the Fairway Villas.  It was a good thing I'm not a man and I actually asked "where are the Fairway Villas?" ...because I would have been not only late by at least 20 minutes, but lost for sure!  

Gemfields was set up in their own mini oasis, further away down the yellow brick road and up an elevator, and when I arrived I surely was not in Kansas anymore.  I had entered my own fantasy Emerald City and these were the best kind of emeralds because they have all been mined ethically!  My sluggish feelings completely vanished and a constant flow of green with envy reenergized my entire body.  

The beautiful Randi Molofsky showed me around, and I got to see pieces of jewelry that were made from collaborations between Gemfields and some incredible designers--like Zaiken Jewelry, Jemma Wynne, Shaun Leane, and Jacquie Aiche.  Gemfields' newest partnership--Marina B--was debuting that day and I was floored at how incredible an emerald could make me feel.  Every design was reminiscent of Marina B of the late 1970s, but in a bold and modern way. Trying on that necklace was a memorable moment I will have forever!  

Also debuting at Couture for Gemfields was the 100 Good Deeds project Amethyst bracelet from Mary Fisher. The concept behind the bracelet is innovative and extremely admirable--you wear the bracelet, and for every anonymous good deed you do for others you would move the rubber band up onto the next bead, until you reach the goal of 100 Good Deeds!  The bracelet represents goodness in every way and is a good tool for an everyday reminder.  

Above photos:

the Gemfields setup at Couture in the Fairway Villas of the Wynn hotel, Las Vegas

trying on this wonderful emerald and diamond elongated ring from Gemfields

Randi Molofsky helping me try on this breath-taking emerald & diamond necklace designed by Diamond Envy for Gemfields

Loving the upbeat designs of Jacquie Aiche for Gemfields

some more emerald rings--the far left is designed by Shaun Leane and other two are Diamond Envy

this Jemma Wynne necklace set with Gemfields emeralds was a favorite of everyone

I got to try on the Marina B emerald and diamond necklace--I feel like $1million because it is $1million

the necklace again, in all its glory designed by Marina B for Gemfields

I think these are free samples??  wonder what they will be...

 

Favorite Instagram Pictures: May 2014

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emilyameyjewelry some of the most amazing bespoke malachite, turquoise and chrysocolla rings

jfisherjewelry beautifully models some new designs, diamond Talon hoops

bellflowerbay can spot a snake from a mile away, whether it is a ring or on the Brooklyn Library

shopfiligree always has a brimming stash of new rings for happy customers

randimolofsky captures this emerald Bulgari necklace in the best light *dreamy*

aesajewelry no contest--best specimen ever

topnotchfaceting finished off his hand-cut masterpiece of Nigerian sapphire in this cool 18k gold design

brookegregson has the loveliest sketchbook...no wonder her jewels are glorious

lfrankjewelry ...and Liseanne has the prettiest showroom

marionfasel posted this 1960s photo of Elizabeth Taylor wearing Tiffany & Co. pearls

jennifergandia picked up some rare gem books while in Tucson

perryssouthpark are we the only ones that can't get enough of Moss Agate right now?!

melissajoymanning scored big time in Tucson as well, finding these 1903 lithographs of minerals

jennifergandia snapped my favorite photo from Tucson--this amazing gem display