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My Jewel Box: A Clover, A Gator, & Diamonds!

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After browsing the "My Jewel Box" category, I realized there are quite a few pieces from my personal collection that are missing!  I've always had it as my goal to write about every piece in my collection and file it under this category, but c'est la vie, right?!  Trying to catch up as best as I can in the next few days!  

The first photo features four of my all-time favorite rings along with a pair of costume jewelry clip-on earrings that have a very special meaning.  Let's start from the bottom (cuz now we're here) this ring is from the Jewelry Box of Lake Forest and you can read its full story here. The next ring is insane and I cannot believe what a good deal I got off eBay, you can read its full story here.  The ring set with a web of diamonds and sapphires is my first pawn shop score ever--and to think I almost didn't get it because I had just moved to Tennessee and didn't quite have any money/job...luckily layaway is a thing and this pawn shop offered it!  No matter how much my style has changed since seven years ago--that ring is still one of my favorites. The top ring I bought myself for my 30th birthday, it was an eBay score and a "make offer" deal. The costume earrings were bought by my mom at a garage sale years ago, I remember her buying them and I also remember all the flea markets and garage sales she brought me to growing up.  I think that is where my treasure hunting instinct began.

The second photo features two odd rings from my collection and I say odd because if one would not think of these rings when describing my style.  I actually love these rings and for some reason they easily transport me to feeling very cool. The alligator ring is stamped 14k Italy and is from Joint Venture Jewelry--I spotted it on their website one day while browsing, something I like to do at least once a month.  They always have some neat things!  The gun ring is one of those types of rings that resemble a gumball machine kind of ring--it is even just as lightweight as one, but this one is actually the real deal.  It has a sort of badassness to it.

The last picture is one of my favorite stacks ever and favorite photos ever (it is currently my iPhone background).  I'm wearing a Tiffany & Co. open Atlas ring on my pinky (a gift from Matt for my 30th birthday), my engagement ring, and Edwardian Old Mine cut diamond ring and the newest addition--a natural pearl and diamond clover ring from Joden Jewelers in Grove City, PA--which came home with me from my Pennsylvania Jewelry Road Trip!

What are some new rings you've added to your collection?!  

Gold Gifts for My 30th Birthday #LoveGold

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Monday, September 8th marked a milestone in my life--I turned 30.  And like any other birthday of mine, I had to commemorate it with a piece of jewelry.  But for me, turning 30 is a big deal, so each gift had to have some meaning and significance!  You only turn 30 once!  

For the longest time, probably since I could remember, I've always wanted a charm bracelet.  I've picked up different gold charms along the way throughout travels and special occasions, but never really did anything with them except keep them in my jewelry box.  Well, my day has finally come!  My parents bought me an 18k yellow gold long-linked bracelet that was given to me during my birthday lunch that will become my ultimate gold charm bracelet!  It was given to me empty, except for one charm to start me out.  The charm my mom gave me was her key charm (from previous post) which my dad had given to her on one of their first dates!  I was speechless! The photo above shows the bracelet with some possibilities--I have lots of charms, I just need to get the bracelet going and well balanced.  I am very excited!

I had been searching for a spectacular gift for myself for seems like I find some of my best rings on eBay (this one came from seller  When I came across the Edwardian diamond ring, I was instantly in love.  eBay did the trick again!  These Edwardian diamond rings, with the elongated look to them, and the yellow gold shank, platinum-top are my absolute favorite!  The diamond weight on this thing is insane.  This was no doubt my 30th birthday present to myself!  And if you have never bought yourself something for your birthday, I highly suggest it.  You should love yourself and celebrate another year within your life...especially if you're hardworking and dedicated in many aspects.  You deserve it!

My last birthday gift came from my fiancé.  Since 30 is such a milestone, we decided on a piece from Tiffany & Co. because of its iconic and classic nature; something truly to be passed down and continue to have value.  I have been a fan of the Atlas Collection for quite some time and had my heart set on the open Atlas ring in yellow gold. I loved how the ring was open in between the roman numerals, rather than closed.  One day, I had gone to their website to admire the ring once more, and found that it was no longer available.  I was really sad and searched for answers.  An employee of Tiffany explained that the company likes to release styles in limited quantities for a limited time.  When Tiffany released some new Atlas styles designed by Francesca Amfitheatrof recently, it was again available.  Just in time for my 30th birthday, with a special order for a size 4 in 18k yellow gold.  I love the look of the ring, a real classic style, just what I had hoped for!

My 30th birthday has been an amazing one!  I got three important gifts that will forever be significant in my life, all with one thing in common--gold!  Here's to many more birthdays celebrated with gold!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with LoveGold



Jewelry Road Trip: When in Lahaska, PA

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Oakgem is nestled north of Philadelphia in a quaint historical town.  A fun little getaway that is full of vintage charm and dazzling jewels.  Oakgem has an amazing selection of signed and designer pieces--like Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Gurhan, Ilias Lalaounis, Pomellato, Temple St. Clair and many more! They've been in business for over 30 years, curating jewelry from all over the world.  They are appointment only, so if you'd like to browse their large selection, make sure to call ahead of time.  Or you can visit their online page and shop 24/7! I have stalked their page for a Tiffany & Co. Atlas ring and a Kieselstein-Cord alligator ring because I know they have the best prices on designer pieces like that!  

Bonhams Fine Jewelry Auction set for October 17, 2013

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Bonhams is honored to feature a fine selection of jewelry from the estate of Margaret Nielsen Stiegele (1922-2013) in the Fine Jewelry auction at the Madison Avenue galleries on October 17. Ms. Stiegele was the daughter of Arthur C Nielsen, the creator of the television ratings system that became the industry standard. She was a noted jewelry collector whose passion for stylish pieces with beautiful craftsmanship was informed by her extensive world travels.

"Margaret Nielsen Stiegele was a woman with a zest for life. She adored jewelry and  assembled a superb collection which she wore proudly," said Virginia Salem, the Director of the Jewelry Department in New York. 

The auction will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013.  I enjoyed looking through the catalog and picking my favorite pieces which will be going up to the auction block!  How amazing is that 8.06 carat fancy light pink pear-shaped diamond on the cover?!

Jewelry Camp 2013 in Atlanta, GA

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Jewelry Camp was a fun experience for a first-timer like myself, with others who have continually gone every year, I think I may follow in their path!  The speakers were great and incredibly informative, and the participants included a slew of jewelry lovers, appraisers, and shop owners with interesting stories and an obvious passion.  It is fun to be in a room full of people who share the same love for antique jewelry.  

The three days I was there I sat in on 12 different lectures, ranging from topics on: Identifying Georgian & Early Victorian Jewelry, to an overview on Tiffany & Co., and even a class on Antique Diamonds!  A favorite lecture of mine was called, “The Daguerreotype & Early Photographic Jewelry.”  I was excited to sign up for this one because lately I’ve been obsessing over portrait jewelry, and the speaker was not only extremely knowledgeable on the subject, but his passion for it was apparent!  There also was a class called Accelerated Antique Assessment which basically taught you how to quickly look at a piece of jewelry in 60 seconds!  It reminded me of what I do on a daily basis at work, and it was the perfect class for any appraiser.  We were given 25 pieces to look at and assess using the five categories outlined by speaker Louis Scholz.  It was fun and fast paced!

Here are the classes I attended and one/two facts that I personally learned:

Georg Jensen: Defined by Design
*There were many designers under Georg Jensen--a favorite of mine was Tuk Fischer, 1963, who designed the 18k yellow gold necklace above.  Many Jensen pieces have hidden clasps that are so hidden, it takes several minutes to sometimes find them!

The Jewelry of Tiffany & Co.
*Mary Todd Lincoln received a Tiffany & Co. seed pearl parure from her husband to wear at his inauguration.  
*Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti & Paloma Picasso are the only three designers Tiffany let’s sign their pieces with their names.

Identifying Georgian & Early Victorian Jewelry
*Pauline Bonaparte is the epitome of 1800s jewelry with Greek/Roman influence.
*During the 1830s earrings were extremely long--up to four inches in length!

Antique Diamonds: A to Z
*An Old Mine cut (antique cushion cut) diamond is not round and has an open culet.  Having an I color or better is RARE.  Although they do face up whiter than they actually are because of its open culet (it helps disperse color, as opposed to a closed culet which concentrates the color).

The Diamond Market
*Global demographics are causing many diamond companies to move Far East--populations there have high numbers for potential diamond customers (48% of India’s population is 25 and under).

Auctions: Are They the Best Way to Buy & Sell
*85% of the items listed on eBay are “Buy It Now” which defeats the point of being an auction site.
*Aquamarine has lost its salability due to the Blue Topaz.  It is very unpopular right now.

The Daguerreotype & Early Photographic Jewelry
*The techniques involved in creating a daguerreotype take hours, and starts off with a hand polish of the Sheffield plated copper.
*Overexposed photos turn blue--which ironically sometimes pictured a blue sky within the black & white photograph.
*Families that posed for daguerreotypes often brought with them an object of importance.  There are daguerreotypes of children or people who passed away, not in a morbid way, but it was the family wanting to capture one last glimpse of the person before they were buried.

Gothic Revival Jewelry in France & England 
*Poissarde earrings are highly collectible and in French, means “fish wife”
*Jewelry design was heavily influenced by Medieval buildings.

Periods: Styles from Georgian to Retro
*Tiger claw jewelry was quite popular during the mid-1800s--it was manufactured by native craftsmen for the English tourist market in India--souvenir jewelry.
*Queen Alexandra always wore a choker, which in turn made them en vogue.  Historians speculate she may have had a tracheotomy and was hiding her incision.  

Faux & Fabulous--Jeweler to the Stars--Joseff of Hollywood
*Joseff was known as “Jeweler to the Stars” and designed numerous costume pieces for stars like Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis to name a few.

Accelerated Antique Assessment
*If you had 60 seconds to look at a piece of jewelry, here are five categories you need to  assess: old or new?, marked?, metal?, gemstones?, any other important details (missing stones, condition, repairs)?

(photos courtesy of AskMediaProductions, Google Images, and myself)