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Gem Gossip Visits Long's Jewelers in Boston, MA

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While most stores I visit on my #JewelryRoadTrip are happy and proud to be celebrating 5, 10, maybe even 20 years in business, Long's Jewelers has been a namesake since 1878! When I walked through the door and was first told this, I instantly stopped and had to take that in for a minute. That's pretty incredible. With five locations serving New England (four throughout Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire), it's no wonder northern east coasters know of or often have a memory tied to Long's Jewelers. Their expansive store includes a list of who's who amongst America's favorite jewelry lines (like David Yurman, John Hardy, Gumuchian, Marco Bicego, Roberto Coin, and many more) as well as a large watch selection, giftware and services like custom design, appraisals, and repairs. My focus was solely on their estate section because let's be honest, if I covered all that their store actually offers, I would have to move in for a week.  And I actually would totally be up for that!

I've heard from multiple sources how Long's Jewelers' estate and vintage jewelry is their best kept secret. Let me tell you, that rumor is confirmed to be 100% true. At the Burlington location, hundreds of pieces lined the cases with every birthstone, time period and style you could imagine. The variety is exceptional and new inventory is displayed daily. If I lived closer, I'd be there all the time!  I put together some looks in the photos above--just a small sampling of what they have to offer and pieces I felt styled well with one another. From bold gemstone rings, to Art Deco diamonds, and even a fun carved jade Buddha (which I actually purchased because I thought it was the cutest). Best part?  All five locations carry a different and unique assortment of vintage jewelry.  Now that's a serious #JewelryRoadTrip to hit up all five!

A definite highlight of my entire trip was getting to play with a highly-prized private collection of loose gemstones. As a gem enthusiast and gemologist, I noticed the exceptional quality of the stones as well as the intensity of the colors. Whoever collected these had a trained eye...or just really good taste! The stones are for sale and can be purchased individually--if there's one that catches your attention, feel free to email avalhouli@longsjewelers.com You can even screenshot my photo and circle your favorites to get prices on. I would do anything for that bi-colored tourmaline...and the purple stone is actually a tourmaline.  Wow, I know. 

Hope you enjoyed this look into just one of Long's locations and if you ever find yourself in Massachusetts (or Nashua, NH) make sure to stop by! You can shop my favorites from my visit below--and if you see a piece featured in the photos above, but it is not on the website, feel free to email avalhouli@longsjewelers.com

Also, I have a special discount especially for my readers--use code GEMGOSSIP10 to get 10% off any vintage or estate item from Long's. Shop here >> https://www.longsjewelers.com/collections/estate-jewelry

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(five locations, the above feature is from their Burlington location)

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Ten Facts You Didn't Know About Gem Gossip

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Above features every "logo" aka Banner I've had over the past nine years, from first inception until now. The evolution shows the progression and most recently we dropped our tagline which we've had since day one.

With each passing July, I sit and ponder the beginnings of my blog Gem Gossip--all that it has done and accomplished, and all the potential that lies ahead. It was nine years ago that I first started this website with the sole purpose of connecting with others that love jewelry as much as I do. I never imagined that I would be doing this full-time nine years later and creating my own path. And I have YOU to thank for all this--those who read my blog daily, follow my social media accounts, "like" my photos and send encouraging emails. Thank you. You truly don't know what it means to me and I'm forever grateful. 

To celebrate this year, I'm reminiscing like crazy and sharing with you some facts you might not have known about Gem Gossip!  I thought this would be a fun and personal blog post, and I'd love to hear some interesting tidbits regarding YOU and Gem Gossip. Does a blog post stick out in your memory? How did you find or stumble upon my blog? Did I help you out in a way that I don't know about? I'd love to know! You can email me, write it in the comments below, or share on Instagram--I'll be posting this on there as well. 

PS: There will also be a giveaway coming up, but I have to hit 160k followers on Instagram first, so stay tuned!

The Facts:

1. I started my blog as a result of moving to Tennessee--after uprooting from the only house I had ever lived in my whole life in Upstate NY to TN, I had a lot of time on my hands. I had no job, no car (I sold my car because I didn't want to drive it 11 hours by myself lol), and knew no one in my new town. I finally decided to invest my time and energy into learning about my biggest passion I had been carrying around with me my whole life--JEWELRY!

2. I was in a long distance relationship at the time I started Gem Gossip. It was because of my ex-boyfriend who suggested I should start a blog about jewelry after I had constantly filled his inbox daily with long hyperlinks of jewelry that I thought was "really cool." He told me he didn't care about the jewelry and that I needed an outlet to share my passion with others who felt the same way!

3. The name "Gem Gossip" was conceived after a brainstorm session with my sisters on what to name my future jewelry blog. I knew I couldn't have my URL be daniellemiele.com because NO ONE knows how to pronounce my last name. It had to be catchy, simple, relate to jewelry and easy to say. I was looking at my sister's fashion magazines and saw one of the actresses from Gossip Girl on the front cover (that show was the most popular around that time). I whispered aloud, "Gossip Gem" ... and then "Gem Gossip" and it all clicked!

4. One of my first emails I've ever received from a jewelry designer was from Carolyn Tyler, after I had featured some of her work on my brand new blog. Her email was so encouraging and the excitement that I felt from receiving positive feedback was worth more than gold to me in that moment. I will never forget that kind exchange.

5. On the flipside of that, I've received several negative emails over the past nine years. One that called me Southern white trash (I'm from NY, so nice try) and a few that poked fun of my features that included photos of me modeling jewelry. This is both alarming on many levels but also quite comical, in my opinion.

6. The first seven years of writing Gem Gossip were all done part-time on weekends or after work. I was a nanny for the very first year and a half when I moved to Tennessee, and then eventually worked full-time at an antique jewelry store for five years. I would sit behind a microscope Tuesday through Saturday, with a pile of jewelry in a room without windows and crank out appraisals...and then come home bursting with creative energy, not wanting to do anything else except work on my blog.

7. One of my first big writing gigs was for LoveGold--I had no idea at the time how much I would learn in such a positive way from the 2 1/2 years of working with them. I produced exactly 100 pieces of exclusive content for LoveGold and traveled thousands of miles. And I still can't get enough of yellow gold.

8. I once had a meeting with a very prestigious celebrity stylist.  After learning I lived in Nashville she asked me about my love of country music.  I told her I hated country music and she kept saying, "So you don't like Taylor Swift? Not even Taylor Swift??" and I was adamant about not liking Taylor Swift. It was then and there that I realized I could have easily changed my answer to better fit our conversation; for her to "like" me. But I didn't. I am who I am and I'm not changing for anyone. It is a memory that still sticks with me to this day...and it was with me a few weeks ago when I had some big meetings in NYC. 

9. My #JewelryRoadTrip project involves a lot of travel, appointment making and on-the-spot creativity when visiting stores and designers' work spaces. My husband Matt usually is the photographer behind all my #JewelryRoadTrip features but there was one big trip he couldn't make--all my Pennsylvania coverage. My mom ended up coming along with me and taking all the photos. She was SO nervous and wanted to do a good job. I think she did great and it is still such a memorable trip for both of us. It was one of the first literal road trips where we drove my Prius up from Nashville and across the entire state of Pennsylvania over the course of four days. My car surpassed the 100k mileage mark on that trip and we celebrated by eating Arby's (my favorite road trip fast food place...wait, maybe I am white trash?? See #5). 

10. One of my most proud moments was being a co-curator at the Doyle & Doyle Vault series, where the NYC-based antique jewelry store put on their version of a month-long museum exhibition. I chose the topic of Sentimental Rings and several of my personal pieces, including my grandparents' wedding bands and my grandma's engagement ring were a part of the exhibit. In order for her ring to get to me, my grandma had to mail me her beloved ring. We both were so nervous for this feat--I had been tracking the package every step of the way. On the day of delivery, it was pouring rain. My alerts told me it had been delivered at my doorstep, but it was nowhere to be found.  I was having a full-on panic attack over this. I ran outside in the rain in search of the package. To my surprise, it was sitting on the stoop of my neighbor a few doors down from me. It wasn't just any neighbor...it was our neighbor that we were in a fully committed "poop war" with. What could I possibly mean by this? Well his dog would go to the bathroom in our yard almost daily...so my husband would take the dog poop and put it on their porch. Dumbest thing ever, but we were totally into it at the time lol. I grabbed the package off their porch and ran back home. That day ended the "poop war" and they moved shortly afterward, so all crisis averted. (By the way, my grandma's Italian handwriting is the reason for the incorrect delivery--insert Italian hand gesture meaning WTF).

 

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! XCII

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Colette Jewelry stacks up some new pieces that are dark yet colorful!

The Gem Hunter showing off some rings of the day, including some that are for sale

The Eden Collective creates a moody feminine vibe with cameos and black hearts

a fist full of Jacquie Aiche jewels some of my favorites in her collections

Roseark wearing Gienia Design + Barry Brinker Fine Jewelry, a winning combination

Doves Jewelry proves that all one color can have a major impact, love it

Logan Hollowell Jewelry creates stacks that are elegant, trendy and downright beautiful 

Broken English Jewelry plays with Andrea Fohrman's celestial rings

stacks and stacks of Sirciam Jewelry on the fingers and on jewelry cases}

 

Weekday Wardrobe: New Favorites

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Since coming back from Vegas and NYC, my days have been long and filled with writing and running all kinds of errands. From Sunday morning brunches, to post office runs, to family dinners, my style has been changing daily and almost always depends on what I have planned. Some days I'm lucky if I get a chance to breathe fresh air outside, while other days I've spent more time on the road in my car than normal...but that is what I like about being self-employed and I'm excited for the summer.

Most recently, I was playing in my jewelry box and for some reason or another a lightbulb went off--I took my collection of figas and strung them on my hardwire gold collar necklace. As soon as I put the necklace on I knew that this was one of my greatest moves I've ever made. I'm obsessed with the look and it totally caters to my collecting mantra by displaying my pieces perfectly.  I actually have 6 more figas that don't have jumprings, so I'm off now to get them put on by my jeweler. 

I've also been experimenting with different kinds of earrings to create a "full" look, meaning ALL the way up my ear. To achieve this look without the pain of multiple piercings, I suggest some comfortable ear cuffs. Some are more comfortable than others and it depends on the craftsmanship, so try them out--see if you're able to wear for a full day before committing to buy. 

In the first photo shown, I'm wearing a pair of ombré amethyst ear studs with jackets by Jewelmak. These are so cool and give me a pop of color, which is perfect for summertime. I kept it simple up top with 14k gold balls studs in various sizes, a Paige Novick diamond ear cuff and a vintage swirl motif ear cuff I found on Ruby Lane. 

The photo below shows off my figa necklace and a carved opal necklace I recently sold. My earring look is simple to recreate; two pearl stud earrings of various sizes and a gold huggie earring from Stacy Nolan. 

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Day One: (spent doing emails all day and typing blog posts, hence the Beavis & Butthead t-shirt)

Elongated lapis and enamel ring, from Sarah's Vintage & Estate Jewelry in Buffalo, NY

Antique diamond & sapphire ring from Excalibur Jewelry found in Tucson this year

Pear-shaped vintage lapis ring that I can't stop wearing because it is so comfortable and bold

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Day Two:

Diamond crossover pinky ring by Halleh Jewelry

"Ring One" from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, since retired

Fringe ring in 14k yellow gold by Ashley Childs

A stack of "Ring One with diamond" from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, since retired

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Day Three:

Oval vintage Mexican ring done in 14k yellow gold

Crescent moon ring in 14k yellow gold by Amanda Hunt Jewelry

Dendritic agate ring from Joden Jewelry in Grove City, PA

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Day Four:

Glass + 10k yellow gold ring, heirloom from my Gram

elongated diamond ring turn-of-the-century from my friend Priscilla

Diamond shaped ring set with old cut brown diamonds, from STORE 5a

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Day 5:

turquoise baby rings, worn as pinky ring and midi ring

Victorian turquoise ring from eBay

Victorian turquoise ring with engraving on entire closed-back, from Gold Hatpin

Turquoise and diamond cluster ring found at the Nashville Flea Market

 

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Reawaken Your Spring Jewelry Wardrobe with Arik Kastan

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Inspired by one of Arik Kastan's favorite kinds of flowers, the Sunflower ring will brighten your day and your finger! Each petal is adorned with an opal because the designer is all about the details!

Sunflower ring, Price: $1,300

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Feels like instant spring when you add these flower blossom studs to your earlobes. My pick for this season--get them in moonstones! You'll thank me later!

Blossom stud earrings, Price: $924

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If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say I'm just a little obsessed with the newest design--the Lunar ring! Arik Kastan hand-selected the opals and moonstones so it appears as if the phases of the moon are displayed.

Lunar ring, Price: $1,590

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Dreamy in every sense, the Ring Around the Moon padlock necklace features an iridescent moonstone surrounded by emeralds. You better have this on lock for spring!

Ring Around the Moon padlock necklace, Price: $3,180

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The Double Gypsy Cigar band will be your statement piece for spring! It is bold enough to wear on its own and versatile enough to go with just about anything.

Double Gypsy Cigar Band ring, Price: $2,290

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If you want to add one piece to your neck game for spring, let me suggest the gorgeous Evil Eye pendant necklace. It is easy to layer, goes with everything, and is totally unique! The power of protection never looked so good!

Evil Eye pendant necklace, Price: $1,840

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