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David Webb Makes Their Debut at Couture

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Don't ever say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. At nearly 70 years old, David Webb still reigns supreme as an iconic, American jewelry house full of the most exquisite designs. One look at a David Webb piece and you KNOW it is a David Webb piece. From the finest craftsmanship, to the bold enamels and well-known motifs, the jewelry has been delighting since 1948. They have a strong following, a large amount of die-hard collectors and a presence known worldwide; not to mention a showroom/workshop located on Madison Avenue in NYC and a boutique in Beverly Hills. You'd think debuting for the first time at a tradeshow would not be on their agenda. Could such a legendary American brand make a move like that? And if so, how could they "do it their way"?

I was very curious myself...however feeling more excited than any other emotion. I made sure that David Webb was first on my Couture agenda--Villa 112 was the place and I was ready to gawk, gander and swoon. Walking into the Villa, I thought I was in their NYC boutique for a minute. Luxury was brought to the desert and the animal kingdom followed along too. I got to see many of the pieces that hit the red carpet over the past year--like totem necklaces, which one was worn by Nicole Richie back in November and I still can't think of a better look. I love seeing David Webb worn on the red carpet and it is always magical when it happens. Speaking of red carpet, nothing would look more incredible than the turquoise and emerald necklace I got to try on while at Couture--could you imagine that on the red carpet?!  Hopefully it will happen in the future. I also got to revisit some animal favorites--like panthers and cats (rings) and dolphins, fish and snakes (bracelets). 

One new aspect of David Webb which debuted during Vegas Jewelry Week, is a scaled down collection with a lower price point than typical pieces. This new collection, called Motif, features black and white enamel and appeals to all ages.  There are also new entry-level pieces from the Tool Chest collection, which I actually am a proud-owner of from the off-chance I entered my name into the drawing to win a pair of Nail Stud Earrings. I couldn't believe I won! I've obviously been wearing them ever since. (The next day I wore them to the Antique Show, and almost every dealer commented on them!) I've included a photo of the earrings above (last photo) and they are done in 18k hammered gold and are only $680.

Be sure to stop by David Webb if you're ever in the NYC area or Beverly Hills to check the new collection out. If you thought you'd never be able to afford a piece of David Webb, think again--this new collection may be your chance!

Special thanks to Levi Higgs of David Webb for taking the photos!


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Want more? See my visit to their NYC boutique

What the BEST Golden Globes Jewelry Says About Today's Trends

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This year's Golden Globes had us anticipating some knockout jewels, but as with most situations, I tried to set the bar low so I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't. I was pleasantly happy with what I saw on the red carpet. Diamonds glistened one right after the other, and although it seemed like California had their own "white out" going on, it was the few pops of color that we did see that totally stood out. But hey, who can complain about diamonds?! From Sienna Miller's unexpected pearls, to the numerous bold diamond necklaces, and the cherry on top for me was Michelle Williams' black velvet bow around her neck. I loved all these looks I just mentioned and thought they suited each celebrity perfectly. I couldn't imagine any other person rocking those pearls the way Sienna Miller did (well I could, but they would have ended up on my worst jewelry list) and that is what makes these jewelry trends able to translate into the real world. 

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Three Diamond Necklaces

This trio of diamond necklaces seemed to stand out to me. I love how all three are sort of similar in a few ways, yet also very different. The lengths are all mid-size, ranging from 16"-18" and each has a dangling element to it.

Jessica Chastain in Piaget

Take for example the Piaget necklace that Jessica Chastain is wearing. It screams Hollywood glam and is reminiscent of 1950s jewels.

Priyanka Chopra in Lorraine Schwartz

And Priyanka Chopra never seems to disappoint when it comes to the jewelry department on the red carpet. That may be because she has Lorraine Schwartz on her side. This time wearing a mega emerald cut diamond.

Emma Stone in Tiffany & Co.

Emma Stone's necklace may be my favorite though--antique Tiffany & Co. dating back to the turn-of-the-century from Tiffany's archives. It paired flawlessly with her dress, her hair and overall look. I guess it even paired well with her movie and role within the movie, although I have yet to see it!

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Lots of All-Diamond Rings, on every finger!

Tracee Ellis Ross in various designers like L’Dezen by Payal Shah, Noudar, Hueb, Yeprem, and Kavant & Sharart

At first as a jewelry enthusiast you might be like, "wait--no necklace, no earrings, no bracelets on the red carpet??" But then one glance at Tracee Ellis Ross' fingers and you'll quickly bite your tongue. And the poses she was striking kind of says it all. Rings on every finger make you feel like a queen! And I love the variety of designers.

Drew Barrymore in Harry Winston

Sparkling like a hippie goddess Drew Barrymore turns up the gorgeous factor wearing these diamond baubles by Harry Winston. I loved her entire look and posted a Twitter poll asking if people thought her look needed a necklace. 86% of people said no, her look was perfect!

Hailee Steinfeld in Forevermark Diamonds

Hailee's dress color outshined them all and was a perfect backdrop for her all-white diamond look wearing Forevermark diamonds. The rings are various designers, like Rahaminov, Memoire, and Imagine Bridal, but all using ethically sourced and mined, Forevermark diamonds. The diamond choker is exclusively created by Forevermark using 18.08 carats of their diamonds. Wow!

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Stand Outs, Something Different

Mandy Moore in Neil Lane Jewelry

Everyone gasped when they saw how elegant Mandy Moore looked at the Golden Globes. Her earrings dazzled and had people asking, "what gemstone is that?!" Neil Lane revealed that they were in fact Kunzites--50 carats!

Jessica Biel in Neil Lane Jewelry

Another who stood out to me was Jessica Biel and I instantly knew her jewels were antique. My guess was confirmed when I got the memo from Neil Lane--Victorian elongate foliate earrings and a slew of bracelets. It was also mentioned that a ruby and diamond bypass ring was worn and I wish I got to see a close-up!

Ruth Negga in Fred Leighton x Gemfields

The dress surely looked out of this world--sort of space age chic and the head-turning bracelet was all I ever wanted to be paired with it. It is a custom created Fred Leighton piece set with a Gemfields ruby which weighs 25.51 carats and ethically sourced in Mozambique. A powerful statement made in one bracelet.

*all photos via Getty Images, and/or supplied by the jewelry brands themselves

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Florence Welch in Gucci Jewelry at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards

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The Grammy Awards may have been almost a month ago, but this look is still buzzing in my head--and maybe yours too! And not just because one of the new Gucci rings features a bee, but because how perfect the Gucci dress goes with all four rings...and I was cheering when Gucci annouced Florence Welch as their latest ambassador. She is perfect for the job, as she is a magpie herself, wearing rings on every finger during her performances and stunning crowds with her jewelry choices. Creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, is doing wonders for the brand--mixing his gothic revival style and love for adornment--making jewelry not just an accessory, but a focal point. And hey, if I could have both Florence and Alessandro in one room with myself, I think I would freeze up and not know what to say, because there's way too much thanks and praise to be said. 

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Monday, February 15th, 2016 at The Staples Center, Los Angeles and I was in California on my #JewelryRoadTrip, completely oblivious to what was going on in the real world. I would have loved to have seen this look live on the red carpet. Luckily, I received an email from Gucci's PR and when I opened it, it was love at first sight. I had to make sure I posted this epic look on Gem Gossip, even if it were weeks later!
 
Florence Welch wore a Gucci Pre-Fall 2016 pale pink silk chiffon long sleeve gown with ruffle neckline, sequin trompe l’oeil belt detail with star, heart, moon and dragonfly embroideries with nude leather platform high heels with cat head detail. She completed her look with a Le Marché des Merveilles ring with Bee motif in 18kt yellow gold, an Icon ring in 18kt yellow gold with citrine quartz, London topaz, pink and green tourmalines and two Gucci Flora rings in 18kt gold, diamond and blue sapphires. Perfection.

 

 

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Gem Gossip Visits with Sylvie Collection + Interview

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While out in Los Angeles on my Jewelry Road Trip, I got to see a large portion of Sylvie Collection at Luxury Brand Group's showroom. Although based in Texas, this jewelry line fits right in with the Hollywood glamour of LA, that's for sure! Everything from Sylvie's statement-making rings, to red carpet ready bracelets and earrings, mixed in with everyday wearables like stacking rings, pretty engagement ring styles and much more! I had the best time playing around with Sylvie's designs and I wanted to learn more, so I sat down and got the inside scoop on what she does, how she came to be a designer, and what's next for her future! Enjoy!

 

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I was born into a diamond family in Antwerp, Belgium, the center of the world’s diamond trade. In 1994, I began working in the fine jewelry and diamond industry alongside my husband who owned a diamond and jewelry wholesale company, Spectrum Diamonds. In 2007, after over 12 consecutive years of hard work, dedication and company growth, my husband and I decided to venture out and launch Sylvie Collection – my own branded collection of bridal engagement rings, bands and fashion jewelry. We now own and run both Spectrum Diamonds and Sylvie Collection.

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Being born and raised in the diamond industry, I joined the diamond business at an early age. When I started in the business I was mostly focused on the diamond side of the business, but the design aspect became a natural extension of my journey in the industry.

I am not a formally trained jewelry designer, as I have never attended design school. However, for many years I continuously worked in various departments of the diamond business. I’ve always been creative, as well as an avid lover of art and style; therefore, designing came naturally especially, with a keen understanding of the technical aspects of creating a piece of jewelry. Designing, manufacturing and running a jewelry business is a culmination of my many years working the fine jewelry and diamond industry.

After over a decade of working along side my husband and selling very simple, basic bridal jewelry, I started receiving requests for more custom and unique designs. As that side of our business grew, I wanted to come up with a beautiful and complete collection that was personal to my own style and personality. As engagement rings are truly personal and special to each couple, I wanted to add my personal touch to each design I created, knowing how much joy it would bring to a couple one day. I’m a very open and friendly person, so having the opportunity to create something personal for someone else is the part of my job that inspires me every single day.

The name of my company is named after me and it’s because each piece is personal to me. I want to be part of the excitement and joy of an engagement, wedding or special occasion.

Thus far, I have designed over 1,400 engagement ring styles and countless fashion jewelry pieces. My designs are currently in over 200 stores across North America, and it’s an honor and pleasure to be worn by women across the globe.

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I design bridal rings because it is such a sentimental product, signifying a unique and monumental event in one’s life. Knowing that I have made a difference in a beloved couple’s life is the primary reason behind my passion for designing. The majority of my orders are customized, allowing a bride-to-be the opportunity to personalize her ring exactly the way she wants it. It touches my heart so deeply when my customers tag “Sylvie Collection” on their social media platforms, as it allows me to openly see the impact and joy my clients are experiencing because of my designs.

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I am currently working on the final touches of my 2016 collection, which will be unveiled at the Centurion Show in late January. I am also working on expanding the fashion jewelry side of the Sylvie Collection, focusing on staying true to our brand while being aware of trends and price points as well as feedback from my retailer partners.

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When it comes to bridal and engagement rings: solitaire styles followed by halo styles remain at top, and it’s been that way for many years. Next would be vintage-inspired designs and then two-tone metal designs of white gold and rose gold or white gold and yellow gold.

One category that is greatly increasing is unique, mix and match stackable bands. Brides seem to be more open to different bands that don’t perfectly match their engagement setting. This is a great way for brides to add individuality to their engagement ring finger.

In the fashion jewelry category, asymmetrical earrings and pendants tend to be the top sellers.

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A few notable career highlights include my nomination and wins for Platinum Guild International’s Annual Design Awards, as well as my recent nomination by Women’s Jewelry Association for the Award for Excellence in design and manufacturing. It is a major honor to be nominated and recognized by such prestigious organizations, as well as my industry peers.

Our company mission is to serve our clients with excellent customer service and offer the best quality product in our market. It makes me beyond proud to hear feedback from our retail partners that we continue to exceed their expectations. My proudest moments are when my retail customers personally tell me that they love the collection and so do their customers. When my retail partners tell me stories of how much their clients love their Sylvie Collection rings, it reminds me of why I do what I do. In addition, I’m very proud when my retailers tell me that the craftsmanship on my product is outstanding.

I’m always proud of the entire Sylvie Collection team, and all the time and detail we invest into each piece we create.

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My number one goal for 2016 is to continue opening more Sylvie Collection retail partners throughout North America, and still service our clients stellar customer service and product quality.

I am involved in many aspects of the business other than just designing and creating, and I hope as I grow the business to surround myself with passionate people that will help in that development. My hope is to remain very hands-on and involved within every (facet) of the business, yet still find a balance to spend time with my family – my husband (outside of work) and our two sons. One is away at college and the other will be heading to college next year! I want to spend all the time I can with my boys!

My dream is to design more “dream rings” and to have my designs on the fingers of more and more women!

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Best Jewelry Looks of the 2015 Grammy Awards!

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I haven't "live tweeted" an awards show at all in 2015, mainly because if you've done it in the past five years, you pretty much are bored by the jewelry scene on the red carpet.  Same names over and over again, with even safer looks in terms of jewelry--with only a select few of celebrities actually giving credit to their jewelry by naming the jewelry designer as part of their "what are you wearing?"  I'm dying for someone to choose the jewelry first and foremost, and then plan their red carpet look based off that. Or maybe wear an incredible and very interesting piece of jewelry, only to have it be created by some designer that no one has ever heard of before (at least the masses). Now THAT would be red carpet history!  And that would be talked about for weeks!  But no, everyone seems to continue to wear jewelry that is predictable or what their stylist was given or some other lame reason.  

I've decided to recap some of my favorite jewelry looks from the Grammys this year because I felt each one of these looks struck a chord with me--I enjoyed these looks the most!  Of course, not pictured is Rhianna who can do no wrong in the jewelry category and will forever be on my best dressed jewelry list.  I love how she always has on multiple earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets--always stacked high, and if the look is more minimal, it is still very striking.  She also isn't afraid to mix and match the best jewelry designers out there.  

My favorite jewelry look of the night would have to be Bonnie McKee not only because she is wearing vintage/antique Neil Lane but also because she is wearing my favorite color of the season.  I love the long gold and diamond necklaces mixed with the large cross necklace, especially with this neckline and dress style.  One big, bold gold cuff is worn on her left arm and then a mixing of five rings, some of them set with amethyst to go along with her dress color.  I love this look and I can see myself wearing it, which is why I think I like it so much.

The next jewelry look I loved--emphasis on jewelry look--because of the wide variety of rings and also because they are worn on every finger!  The ear climber also made a statement, especially because of the hair style, although I don't really like the hair or dress.  Zendaya wore an Amrapali gold ring, Carrera y Carrera gold ring, Leticia Linton citrine ring, and a Jack Vartanian gold ring and ear climber.  Love the mixing of multiple designers!

Beyonce's performance jewels were really quite special!  The layering of two somewhat similar diamond necklaces is genius!  The necklaces juxtapose one another brilliantly and each has an interesting story.  The diamond tie necklace is designed by Messika and is from the Silk High Jewelry Collection.  Called the "Miss Hepburn" necklace, it consists of over 40 carats of diamonds and is unique because you can fold it up into the palm of your hand like a wad of silk!  The other diamond necklace is an exclusive one-of-a-kind Monique Péan open collar cascade necklace set with rose cut and pear shaped diamonds mounted in 18k white gold. The necklace was made exclusively for Christie's x Latest Revival curated collection.

Katy Perry never disappoints when it comes to large cocktail rings on the red carpet. The ring is a fancy Harry Kotlar canary-yellow diamond worth $2 million. I love how it photographed with the dangles coming off of her dress onto her hand.  

That choker necklace on Jennifer Hudson looked amazing on both her and the red carpet! I also love that it is from Marli, a fairly new company which is great to see.  The ring is also amazing--Jorge Adeler lemon lime quartz ring with diamonds.  No word on the designer of the other really cool ring worn by Jennifer--but I think it compliments her other jewelry perfectly.

Giuliana Rancic wore Jack Vartanian snake ear climbers, Le Vian diamond rings, and Chimento diamond rings and I am only highlighting this jewelry red carpet look because I love what was worn and love the emphasis on lot of rings with nothing else except a bold ear climber earring.  If she would have worn a necklace and bracelets, I think the look would have been ruined!  Well done!

To read my favorite Grammy look in 2011, click here.