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Q & A with Shelley Gibbs Sanders of The Last Line

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Discovering new jewelry brands that are trailblazing in unique ways is my absolute favorite--that is why I jumped for joy after learning about The Last Line, a new project recently launched by jewelry veteran Shelley Gibbs Sanders. Bold colors, chic and iconic pieces...and, wait for it...AMAZING prices! You might scroll around the website and wonder, how can these prices be so good for REAL jewelry that is 14k gold and genuine gemstones?! The answer is their philosophy of being direct-to-consumer, never having a middle man, selling new pieces in batches called "drops." Their latest drop is actually TODAY where they've added to all the incredible earring styles you always wished you could find. These ear stacks are what dreams are made of and that is exactly what Shelley set out to do when creating The Last Line. Can her goal of being "the last line" you will ever need hold true for many of you?!  Let's find out!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley and we encourage you to check out the website and find your perfect piece!

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The Last Line is a continued project, I have been designing this collection for pretty much my whole life and I’m so excited to finally share it with everyone. We just launched at the end of July with earrings and there is so much more to come: necklaces, rings, and bracelets! The inspiration behind the name of The Last Line is it is the last place you’ll have need to look for fine jewelry and trust me, I plan to live up to our name.

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I’ve had the rare opportunity of being on both the design and the production side of the process, which is so helpful and, in the end I am ultimately a consumer so basically it is the trifecta of intel! My career technically began in New York where I studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design before returning home to California to train with Master Jewelers in San Francisco. After learning the tricks of the trade, I returned to Los Angeles to begin my career as a jewelry designer. Over time (and companies!) my roles evolved and I became the head designer and creative director for dozens of celebrity jewelry brands and high-end jewelry houses, working with everything from gold, diamonds, and precious stones.

When we decided to officially launch The Last Line, it was almost four years ago. I have been designing jewelry for almost fifteen years and in every design job I had, I was always thinking if this was my line, how would I do this, what would I change, etc.  I felt like I had seen it all, but really when I started to look there were definite holes in the market. It felt polarizing, there were two distinct buckets: reasonably priced, not-so-great design or great design and quality, outrageous price with nothing in the middle, which as a consumer I found so frustrating. Of course, after that I started to speak to my girlfriends, family, literally, everyone and anyone and I knew I wasn’t alone in that thought. Fast forward to today and voilà, introducing The Last Line.

The brand is two-fold: The Heart and The Soul, everything is designed in Los Angeles where I live with my family. The Heart pieces are the core of the brand and your jewelry box; they’re the staples that you never want to take off and that make you feel instantly put together. The Soul pieces are the jaw dropping, make your girlfriends ask, “where did you get that,” expertly crafted, special pieces you want to treat yourself to. Of course, I believe you need both!

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I did a lot of research before we decided to officially launch, I mean truly did research: price, design, size, color, the list goes on. The symbolism of our brand name The Last Line is that we want to be THE place for all of your fine jewelry wants (and needs!), the last place you’ll ever need to go.

There were a few things that were important for me when launching TLL, one of which was pricing. Fine jewelry shopping can be intimidating, a lot of which can be the result of pricing. Because we are direct to consumer, we can present amazing, quality pieces without the retail mark-up. It was also important for me to be (and stay) hands-on with the line; I think building a relationship from the beginning with your clients is key for any brand's longevity.  Being direct-to-consumer is not only a more personal approach, but it’s service driven, which is important when spending $2,000+ on a piece of jewelry online. All of our pieces focus on craftsmanship, much of the Soul collection being handmade in Los Angeles. Having a background in production (and as I jewelry shopper myself) it was important to use quality materials that look great and merit their cost.  

One of the coolest things about the line for me, is the actual assortment of jewelry is personal, I wanted to present options, in each drop you will have classics with a twist and then some really fun special pieces.  In the first drop, we have everything from a perfect gold sphere stud (in over 5 sizes!) to our signature flower earring in a variety of stones.  In the second earring drop, there are solitaire studs in a variety of stones, lots (!) of diamonds, from line earrings, to ear cuffs, to a perfect tennis drop earring and of course this amazing doubles spiral hoop earring you may have seen Nicole Richie sporting.  And in the third earring drop, well that’s a secret for now.

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I truly hope that I am working on The Last Line, forever. I love to design of all types of jewelry and I love to create. I can’t stop—it is my obsession. I want to continue to create pieces that connect with women all over the world, it is important for my pieces to speak to the woman who’s just starting her jewelry collection and also excites the existing jewelry client who has her go-to pieces but is looking for that perfect_______. I want our pieces to become heirlooms; they should feel current but not trendy. For me, it is how a woman mixes her jewelry collection that makes it cool. I wanted to create pieces that can be worn but not worried about.  The earrings can all be purchased individually, so mixing it up is fully encouraged!

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My engagement ring was one of the first pieces of The Last Line. My husband actually designed it and worked with the jeweler for months. It's was something we always talked about it and one day there he was with it and it all took off from there —our marriage, our line, everything.

From the line, my favorite piece right now that I own is a 3-way tie between the diamond teddy flower earring with the pave tsavorite stem from the Goldie earring, the medium rose gold diamond safety pin and a special bracelet inspired by childhood which will drop soon.

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Q & A with Onirikka Fine Jewelry


Onirikka | Gem Gossip Visually caught up in the moment, I stumbled upon Onirikka Fine Jewelry one day while browsing Instagram and immediately got swept up in their feed. I was drawn in by the pops of color given off by the bright bubble gum topazes and quartz gems featured in the Klasica rings, all set in 18k yellow gold. I dug deeper to find a few more collections, each unique and stunning. Like the Prisma Collection, which mixes all the right colors of sapphires and sprinkles in some white diamonds for good measure. The Trinity Collection is all diamonds, mostly bezel set in clusters of three, all done in 18k gold. It's classic with a twist. And finally, the Unika Collection is just as you would suspect--one-of-a-kind designs that let designer Gloria Rank create freely.

Each piece is handmade in New York City, keeping in mind the mantra of the line--jewelry is a legacy. The creativity is never-ending for the El Salvador born Rank, who finds inspiration everywhere she goes. 

Such fun and unique designs led me to a few questions, wanting to know more about the designer behind these jewels and what's in store for the future. Hope you enjoy my Q & A with the Gloria, creator of Onirikka Fine Jewelry:


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I'm always working on new pieces for the next collection, so I'm looking forward to showing some new designs in exciting materials. But what I'm really most excited about is showing Onirikka at an upcoming jewelry show. Stay tuned for details!

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I can truly say that my love for jewelry started in childhood, always feeling a special connection to it. Then I studied design at Le Arti Orafe in Florence where I was able to nurture and express my passion for jewelry design. About midway through my career, I married my husband and 13 years later, we have two children in my hometown of San Salvador, El Salvador. For a few years, I put my jewelry career on pause for a little while but am excited to now be back doing what I love. I jumped back in with an intensive jewelry design course at GIA in New York. My first collection came out in 2011 and flourished by privately selling in El Salvador. A few years after that, I launched a proper label to tap into other markets and now the brand stands where it is today.

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I feel a great sense of pride every time I am recognized from a jewelry industry expert. I am still learning and finding my voice through jewelry, which I suspect will continue to evolve throughout my career. And with every step forward, every single accomplishment, as small as it may seem, is a step closer to reaching my goals.

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I am very guided by my goals and dreams. In fact, the name Onirikka comes from Oneiric, which means "From Dreams." My ultimate dream, and where I see the company going, is to be sold in five major retail stores, creating enough brand awareness to open an Onirikka Fine Jewelry flagship store in major cities. I also hope to launch a kids line and ultimately, to create a foundation that supports performing arts in my native country, El Salvador, and in other countries where dance, theatre and art are not taken seriously.

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As we know, jewelry is a very emotional business. So my absolute favorite piece of jewelry is not the coolest or trendiest. Instead, it's a vintage gold and diamond brooch that hangs from a pearl necklace, which I received as a gift from my grandmother, when I turned 18. I love everything about it; it's intricate, delicate and meaningful. I still vividly remember the day she gave it to me, and her happiness when she handed it over. Two other favorite pieces are my vintage engagement ring, which belonged to my husband's grandmother, and a black and white frog ring, designed by myself, inspired on balance.

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New Collection from Jennie Kwon Designs #LoveGold

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While the fashion world is trying to figure out if skinny jeans are still in style or so last year, the jewelry world has their own skinny goddess--Jennie Kwon, and she reins supreme forever!  Her signature thin, minimalistic style has garnered her jewelry line quite a following, with fashionistas collecting and piling it on, and teenage girls saving all they can in order to buy their first piece of fine jewelry.  Jennie Kwon's debut collection featured stackable rings in yellow gold, small stud earrings, open airy designs, a wonderfully popular spider web, and lots of bezel set gems.  Her new collection expands of these designs and adds some fresh newcomers, sure to be making their way into everyone's jewelry boxes and wish lists.  

The ear has been a part of the body that has seen lots of new and interesting designs lately--from "ear climbers" to unique jackets that attach to studs...and now an "ear cuff."  Jennie Kwon's ear cuff is basically a golden strand of hair you tuck behind your ear.  The Mini Dagger Ear Cuff is her newest addition to the ear cuff family, set with five tiny graduating diamonds up top, and a dagger motif set with one diamond at the bottom. I loved putting my hair up, out of my face and placing the ear cuff on.  It really makes a statement with or without other earrings on.  If you like decking out your ear and have tried all the new trendy earrings and even got a few new piercings--the ear cuffs from Jennie Kwon should be next on your list!  Best of all, no new piercing necessary!  Phew!

Other new, amazing designs from Jennie Kwon just released:

Stretched Oval Band Ring (Retail $1175) – Contoured 17mm oval. 1.4mm band. Eighteen 1mm white diamonds. Satin finish.  In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Diamond Bar Choker (Retail $1370) – Handcrafted 1mm wire. Ball and hook closure. 20mm bar paved with 14 1mm white diamonds.

Diamond Cage Cuff Ring (Retail $985 white diamonds/$895 black diamonds) – Handcrafted of 1mm wire. Six 1.8mm diamonds. Available with black or white diamonds in 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Round Garnet Deco Ring (Retail $1150) – Bezel set 6mm garnet flanked by five 1mm white diamonds; milgrain detail. Square band paved with six 1mm white diamonds. Point of stone exposed. In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Square Band Ring (Retail $870) – Contoured 8mm square. Eleven 1mm white diamonds. Satin finish. In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Square Garnet Deco Ring (Retail $1055) – Bezel set square garnet flanked by six 1.33 white diamonds; milgrain detail. Point of stone exposed. 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Square Ribbon Ring (Retail $1078) – Contoured 8mm square. Sixteen 1mm white diamonds. Satin finish. In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Diamond U Necklace (Retail $655) – 15mm arc. Band paved with nine 1mm white diamonds. Hangs from 16” cable chain. In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Black Diamond Deco Ring (Retail $835) – Bezel set 4mm black diamond flanked by eight 1mm white diamonds; milgrain detail. In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

Diamond 4 Bezel Choker (Retail $1550) – Handcrafted of 1.3mm wire. Four bezel set 1.5mm white diamonds. In 14K yellow/rose/white gold.

 

 

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Designer Discovery: Marli New York #LoveGold

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I get excited when I discover new jewelry lines, especially one that is extremely wearable and on point with today’s fashion and trends.  When I walked by Marli’s booth at Luxury Prive’s preview event this past week, I stopped in my tracks and needed a closer look.  I was surprised by the amount of yellow gold I saw--with all pieces done in 18k yellow gold shown in the cases (although everything can be customizable choosing either 18k yellow, white, or rose).  

Marli debuted this year and has SO many on-trend pieces, whether you need a yellow gold statement ring, a super trendy ear cuff with diamonds, a multi finger ring, or a lariat style necklace.  Each collection is inspired by the fashion and the frenzy of NYC and the everyday, modern woman that lives in the city that never sleeps.  Marli prides itself on sculpting pieces for fabulous females, being architects of imagination for those who enjoy reinventing themselves.  

I had lots of fun pulling my favorite pieces to try on and photograph.  It was also a pleasure meeting the creative team behind the brand, while being in the city that inspires it all!  

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The Dahlia ring, in 18k yellow gold and diamonds: inspired by the interplay of shadow and light of New York City’s architecture

The Blink Executive slip-on cuff: inspired by a professional look and feel, with an executive style

The Quinn Y-necklace: inspired by intelligence, someone who knows fashion

The Alibi multi-strand ring: inspired by fierce independent women who can get away with anything!

The Rock Candy Trix cuff earring: inspired by gems reimagined in new designs

The Cleo multi-finger ring: inspired by power, passion and daring young Cleopatra

The Bowie asymmetrical earring: inspired by classic menswear with a twist

The Alibi post earrings: when you are wearing these, you can get away with anything!

 

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Hinting Season: Gemfields x Jacquie Aiche Collaboration #LoveGold

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Stone & Strand just launched an exclusive collaboration with Gemfields, the world's leading producer of ethically-sourced rare colored gemstones.  The first in a series of ongoing collaborations with different designers is with Beverly Hills-based and Coveteur alum Jacquie Aiche, who counts celebrities like Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz among her clientele.  Jacquie has re-imagined a number of her signature creations including body necklaces and ring-bracelets with Gemfields emeralds for Stone & Strand and created a new one-of-a-kind amethyst necklace.  There are a total of six pieces in 14k rose and yellow gold in this capsule collection and it is the first time Gemfields is doing more accessible and wearable pieces (prices start $1,738-$6,600).  

The collection is exclusive to Stone & Strand and just launched for the holiday season! Keep an eye out for this collaboration because it will continue throughout next year with more contemporary fine jewelry designers offering up fresh, limited-edition styles!

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“Free Form Rough Shaker necklace” features diamonds and a large, incredible one of a kind rough cut ethically-mined Gemfields amethyst set in 14K yellow gold. Price: $6600

“Seven Emerald Finger bracelet” features seven ethically-mined Gemfields emeralds set in 14K yellow gold. Price: $1738

“Emerald Shaker Finger bracelet” features ethically-mined Gemfields emeralds that are bezel set in 14K yellow gold. Price: $2970

“Five Emerald Spaced Out necklace” features five ethically-mined Gemfields emeralds set in 14k yellow gold. Price: $1760

“25 Emerald Shaker necklace” features 25 ethically-mined Gemfields emeralds set in 14k yellow gold. Price: $5170

“Five Emerald Body Chain” features five ethically-mined Gemfields emeralds set in either 14k rose or yellow gold. Price: $3850

 

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