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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 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


Jewelry Road Trip: Antoinette's Antique Jewelry in Salt Lake City, UT

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Maura of ShopFiligree recently got to visit Salt Lake City, Utah and was eager to find the best antique jewelry the city had to offer!  Luckily, she hit the jackpot at a beautiful shop called Antoinette's Antique Jewelry and has brought us along for the ride!

A bright, quiet, welcoming oasis set in the heart of scenic Salt Lake City, Antoinette’s Antique Jewelry serves up one-of-a-kind and high-quality antique treasures in impeccable condition -- truly, a collection worthy of the eye and hand of Marie Antoinette, herself.

37 years-strong, their motto -- “Spectacular art shouldn't just hang on your walls; it should adorn you. At Antoinette's we specialize in rare pieces of antique, handcrafted jewelry as unique as you are,” concisely conveys the shop’s unique caliber of jewels as well the team’s dedication to understanding their customers’ needs and…wants…well, OK, must-haves.  

Here you’ll find endless fodder for #showmeyourrings and beyond...One of the most breathtaking, irresistible and tightly curated antique jewelry selections (I’ll specifically call out rings…not that I had tunnel vision!) that I’ve come across in the country so far (it’s a bold claim, but I’m willing to testify with evidence, when and if the time should come).  Like a miniature, upscale candy shop for antique zealots and jewelry enthusiasts alike.  What did I purchase?  I was unable to leave the store without claiming the most charming Victorian gold and diamond clover ring…you know, just for good luck on the flight back home.
Of course attention to detail doesn’t end with the product -- the shop is regally decorated to support the namesake – a white settee in the window, ornate gold mirrors hang the wall, a Grecian bust to the counter-side, glimmering chandeliers, etc…But the team is far from pretentious or offstandish.

Tanya and Kerry are the third owners and curators of this fantastic bijouxterie… with a devoted (international!) cult following and even some New York clientele who travel cross-country to frolic in fields of bauble.  Together as a team, they possess a sophisticated understanding and passionate eye for the antiques they curate and the clientele who adore them.  The duo exudes authenticity, patience and clear knowledge of each individual piece and its vintage, (as evident by our long conversation discussing the significance and romance of mourning jewelry in a pre-social network universe and its importance despite the often thought “creep factor").

Established in 1977, the original location stood on State Street in SLC before moving to E Broadway.  Open six days a week, with no appointment necessary – their flexible hours are conducive to a leisurely browse should you find yourself in town for the day.  BUT...even if you can't make it out to gorgeous Utah, fear not -- for you can shop Antoinette's stellar collection online, too at where you can imagine yourself browsing with the scenic Wasatch mountain range as your backdrop.

Whether you’re looking for gentle guidance identifying the perfect engagement ring, or just hunting for something nobody else will have but you, Antoinette’s flaunts service and selection you can’t (and won’t) find anywhere else.

Jewelry Road Trip: Silverman Galleries Antiques in Alexandria, VA


We have another segment of Jewelry Road Trip from Maura of ShopFiligree from her travels in Alexandria, Virginia!  This time she headed to Silverman Galleries Antiques, on North Saint Asaph Street.  Let's hear what she has to say:



"Centrally set in the fantastically charming Old Town Alexandria, VA, Silverman Galleries Antiques is one of the D.C. area’s longest-running (50+ years) and well-established antique shops (and still under original ownership, no less!)  Maurice and Angela Silverman have come across some astounding acquisitions over the years, (a Victorian 1.33 CT emerald and two 1.65 CT diamond ring; a European 1900s “Luckenbooth” (twin heart) rose gold, sapphire and diamond ring; a European 1910 Edwardian platinum filigree and nearly 1.5 CTs total diamond ring that will knock you into next Tuesday) just to name a few.

Perfectly happy to assist with whatever your eye may seek during your particular visit, yet likewise easy-going and relaxed enough to allow for a thorough browse around their fascinating counters and cabinets filled with true antique show-stoppers and treasures.  Each piece is featured (in my opinion, as it should) uncluttered, clean and highlighted within its own space so one can truly appreciate it for its own particular merits and place in history.  Knowledgeable and friendly team hosting wonderfully curated and diverse finds, Silverman Galleries is a “must” on your list of antique stops if you’re in the D.C. area."

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Jewelry Road Trip: The Antique Guild in Alexandria, VA

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We've got another exciting road trip destination, this time from Maura of shopFiligree who recently visited Alexandria, Virginia and came back with some great antique jewelry finds from The Antique Guild!  Take it away, Maura!

I just can’t say enough wonderful things about the crew at Old Town Alexandria’s (VA) Antique Guild.  Owner Mara (33+ years strong in the biz), and her associates Katie and Laryssa are themselves treasures amongst endless, irresistible and unique finds in Mara’s carefully curated and magically merchandised shop of antique jewelry and fine wares for self and home.  My first time entering the shop, I could tell Mara and I were kindred spirits…loads of gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian jewelry with tons of personality…great flora and fauna motifs, a perfect blend of quintessential period pieces mixed alongside some truly unusual designs from the turn-of-the-century that make you do a whirling double-take (and then ask “how much?!”) 

Asking for a few favorite and beloved styles in the shop, Mara showed me a fabulously detailed pair of 1930s gold and enamel, anatomically correct peacock earrings made in Spain that she acquired in Buenos Aires.  Another stunner, an 1850s British 15K yellow gold, turquoise and garnet-eyed serpent necklace truly takes my breath away, the condition and quality is fabulous…the design, way ahead of its years.   They are each at once humorous yet enviably indicative of a by-gone standard of craftsmanship that begs your attention and full inspection.

Not that it really need be said if you know me already, but a personal weakness includes researching rings, wearing rings, buying rings, and other assorted ring-related debauchery.  If you, yourself, are looking to stock up (and get stacked high), The Antique Guild’s certainly got your fix.  While I could have easily spent all day, the team was kind enough to steward me through a roughly 5-hour day of antique jewelry “dress-up” I could have only fantasized about previously in my most glittery of dreams.

While they also boast elegant and intricately patterned silverware with loads of local historical relevance, irresistible European porcelain and figurines (folks and pups alike), I can say in full confidence that Mara’s sweet spot is Victorian and turn-of-the century antique jewelry that truly speaks for itself (though I didn’t mind for a moment getting filled in on my favorite pieces’ varied resumes.)

If you’re ever in the area, do yourself a favor and pop by The Antique Guild to visit the charming Mara, Katie and Laryssa and their exceptional selection of one-of-a-kind antique and vintage wonders.