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My Personal Collection Up For Auction via EBTH.com

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Hey Everyone! Just wanted to let you all know something pretty exciting--I took nearly 50 pieces from my personal collection and put them on Everything But the House (EBTH)!  What is so great about this auction website is the amount of unique, highly curated items that go up for bidding every day of the week. You can basically shop estate sales from the comfort of your own home. I can't tell you how many things I've purchased from EBTH--several large gold mirrors (as pictured in my feature), one of my absolute favorite rings, and a lot of rock & mineral specimens. The variety of what you can find is impressive!

Another really great thing, for buyers at least, is that everything starts out at $1! And no reserves on anything! I have some amazing pieces of jewelry that have really high values, up now in its own auction--but HURRY! Bidding ends on February 16th!! 

 

 

You can check out the sale here.


And my article explaining my TOP TEN TIPS for VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOPPING.

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? See more from my jewel box!

SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXXVI

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Gem Circus giving us a dose of her personal collection, all beautiful antique pieces

Melanie Casey Jewelry, located 30 mintues outside of Boston, is quickly becoming a favorite of everyone

Market Square Jewelers has such a large assortment of vintage and antique jewelry, I love this photo

did you know these are Paraiba Tourmalines?! these Marie Helene de Taillac gems are so dreamy

Sydney, Australia-based Joeys Jewellery is a fun account to follow, these are some rings from her personal collection

Gold Adore has been a favorite seller of antique jewelry for awhile now, some current favorites from her shop

Cellini Jewelers in NYC has some amazing jewelry, like these opal rings

keeping the opal streak going, Copper Canary located in Carlsbad, CA has me drooling with these rings

Duvenay always stuns with her collection and I just love this photo!}

Gem Gossip Jewel Box Photos

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I became obsessed with pictures of LOTS of rings in ring trays or velvet ring slots sometime last year.  Just like my Show Me Your Rings project, I tried finding as many pictures as possible, only to be disappointed by the scarcity of what I found. So, I posted the ones I did find and snapped some of my own!  I then asked others to do the same...and that's how #gemgossipjewelbox was born!  The hashtags on Instagram for some reason have not been a very reliable place to keep all of the pictures. I've been trying to post and save as many as possible, with this Pinterest board below the main place to house all the pictures. 

If you'd like to contribute a picture, be sure to tag me @gemgossip as well as use the hashtag #gemgossipjewelbox and if you'd like to keep up with these, follow on Pinterest!

My Jewel Box: Elongated Antique Diamond Ring Obsession

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One look at these photos and you will realize my growing obsession for elongated antique diamond rings. I can't even remember really where or why it all started, but each one is incredibly unique, thoughtfully intricate and immaculately designed. Most of these types of rings are from the Edwardian period, where the tops are done in platinum and the shank and setting is done in yellow gold. The diamonds are almost always imperfectly perfect--wonky cuts, usually Old Mine cuts mixed with some Old European cuts, maybe even a single cut where the tiniest stones lay. The shapes and silhouette can be worn either way, so there's no "upside down" side to these pieces! Some tend to be more geometric than others, while some have lacy attributes. Some look like a diamond creature, while others look very floral and feminine. I've noticed these diamonds tend to be high on the clarity scale, but often are very low on the color scale, sometimes even playing off the different levels of yellow-ness within the design itself. 

Oddly enough, I've found most of my entire collection of these particular rings on eBay! While in Las Vegas, I added another to my collection (the one on my pointer finger in the above photos). It was a surprisingly good find and per usual, fell into place...as I was wrapping up my last full day at the show and was about to head out, I stumbled upon it!  It was sold to me by Bluestone Trading Company based out of Cleveland, Ohio. It was love at first sight and definitely a happy moment when I realized I hadn't found anything for myself the past two days at the shows yet. The worst would have been if I bought something else that I totally wasn't in love with and spent my money, and then found this afterwards! That's my worst nightmare!  haha It was a great way to commemorate the trip, as it was one of the most busy/hard-working weekends of my life! 

I've seen some amazing auction archives with gorgeous examples of elongated Edwardian diamond rings. Sad that I missed out on them, but excited that they may resurface onto the market someday. These kinds of rings are an investment piece, that's for sure! So, you either have to continually save so when you do find one, you are able to buy it.  Or buy it on credit and pay it off eventually over time or sell a few smaller rings to pay for one large one like these. I never thought I would have a collection like this back when I started my blog in 2008.  It is crazy to see how far my love for jewelry has come and how many miles I've traveled all in the name of jewels!!

 

xoxoGemGossip

Video Series: Gem Gossip Read & Wear for January 2016

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Hey friends!  So I've decided to make a video series and although I'm new to this and very unfamiliar with speaking in front of a camera, I realize that I should just go for it and hopefully improve along the way--so this is my first ever video (so please be nice).  

The point of the series is to document a New Year's resolution of mine--which is to be more selective when buying for my personal collection.  With that, I decided to also go through my personal collection and sell some pieces that I haven't worn in awhile, even if I still love them.  Every collector should come to a point where they fine-tune and heavily curate their collection. It took about seven years for me to finally realize I should go through and start selling some pieces that don't strike me anymore. The New Year's resolution put a number on how many pieces I can buy in 2016--I decided to limit myself to one ring per month! If I buy three in one month for example, that will count as three months! This doesn't count if it is a gift.

To go along with this resolution, I've been wanting to read and educate myself more, so I've also decided to read/purchase one book monthly. I will share the book in these "Read & Wear" videos in a sort of book talk fashion without revealing too much and provide links to purchase on Amazon, or wherever it can be found!

Excited to share this idea with you all and here is the first in a series of 12: January! Hope you enjoy!

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January's ring purchase: Georgian aquamarine solitaire purchased at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show from Lucy Verity

January's book purchase and current read: Guy Ladrière Collection of Gems and Rings

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