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Sentimental Jewels Offered in the Upcoming Fellows October Auction

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There's something about sentimental jewelry that makes my jewelry obsession very happy. Hearing stories behind a special piece or knowing that an object has more depth to it than being a material thing is exactly what I'm all about. The upcoming October 12th Antique & Modern Jewellery Sale from Fellows Auction is filled with pieces that beckon to sentiment, both past and future. Some pieces look as though they are filled with harrowing adventure and stories of love and lost love...while others could potentially be attached to warm stories, they're just waiting for a new owner to make that happen.

I've picked my TOP TEN favorite sentimental jewels from next week's sale--and don't forget to SIGN UP to bid and put the auction date in your calendar: October 12th, 2017.

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Lot 8: Lockets always seem to bring the sentiment meter up from zero to one hundred, real quick. I love a good locket and they've been consistently a popular gift-giving item for holidays and birthdays. This locket is especially unique because of the symbolic heart and arrows on the front of it. Set with a heart-shaped ruby cabochon and shot by two diamond laced arrows, this locket screams love. There's even a French engraving that reads, "Mon Coeur Perce" which translates to My Pierced Heart.  

Lot 54: Easily fall in love with this heavily symbolic sapphire and diamond heart ring. Every romantic whim is asking for this ring to be a future engagement ring. The arrows at the top make it even more unique, although it is thought that they were added at a later date (the heart portion being orginal Victorian). The sapphire is of very good quality and is even a color-change one from Sri Lanka. What a gorgeous ring!

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Lot 73: Birds represent an uplifted spirit and often very symbolic. This rose cut diamond swallow brooch immediately caught my attention because it is very sentimental. Swallows go hand-in-hand with representing love, affection and friendship.  How sweet would this brooch be if pinned to a jacket to remember a loved one? Or added to your scarf to commemorate a dear friend? 

Lot 118: Every woman needs a charm bracelet!  It is the perfect extension of yourself, in charm-form. Tell your story with gold charms that become instant sentiments: first vacation, a marriage, a new job, becoming a mom, traveling around the world, birthday surprises, a big move...the charms and milestones are endless. I love this charm bracelet in this lot because it has already been started for you, you now must finish it! Add your story to this ongoing one and wear it happily!

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Lot 130: If there ever were a perfect pair of antique diamond dangle earrings, these would be it! I can picture these as some memorable wedding day earrings that will be passed down to future generations, often borrowed by good friends and continually making memories. They are approx. 3.80 carats total and come with fitted box.

Lot 271: Double horseshoes, giving two doses of good luck for anyone that wears this sentimental brooch by Carlo Guilliano. A rare creation from a celebrated designer and highly collectible. And you may not notice from the photo, but their is rock crystal in the center--it is not open space. What a fantastic piece! 

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Lot 372: I always assume that a two-diamond ring reminds me of my own engagement ring, both very sentimental to me and my husband. This particular ring is an incredibly beautiful take an a moi et toi style, symbolizing you and I. Are your heart strings pulled yet? The diamonds total 2.55 carats and I am truly in love with this one!

Lot 462: One might take a single look at snake jewelry and not realize how much symbolism is entangled in each piece. Those Victorians were highly sentimental and snake jewelry ranked high up in symbolic meaning. This particular necklace is quite the piece! Done in a navy blue enamel and accented with pearls, red gem eyes and holding a locket. The articulated body which composes the necklace is in immaculate condition!

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Lot 472: These earrings grabbed my attention because of their silhohette and striking blue turquoise accents. I could imagine them having a great existence prior to becoming an auction item and I feel like the new owners should keep the adventure going!  Bring these on a fun getaway or dance on the dancefloor wearing them. The possibilities are endless!

Lot 485: More symbolic turquoise blue, this time being a light blue enameled necklace set with pearls and a heart shaped pendant. I love the sentimental heart and knowing that this piece is circa dated to 1860 only makes my head wander even more, thinking of all it has done and seen in its lifetime. Such a lovely necklace!

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Gem Gossip Visits Kathryn Elyse Jewelry in Seattle, WA

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Wearing turquoise & diamond earrings, boulder opal and chrysocolla malachite necklaces

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Pretty pops of color are Kathryn's signature style, rutilated quartz & pink opal are a favorite

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This tassel necklace is done in 18k yellow gold with an adjustable chain (also available in rose or white gold, with a variety of gemstone choices)

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Checking out all the jewelry at Kathryn's studio

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So much color--which is your favorite?!

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Love this sleek look in black onyx and 18k yellow gold

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All the jewelry can be found on her gallery page

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Tassel earrings are WAY fun to wear!

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Time to pick favorites!

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These four look great together, pink opal, rainbow moonstone, labradorite & chrysoprase

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They look good lined up, color-coded and all!

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Speaking with Kathryn and learning about her story

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Never one to mix brown and black, but Smokey Quartz & Onyx?! YES!!

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A rainbow lineup, stones sourced from all over the globe

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Mermaid hair with mermaid rings, that pink opal is calling my name!

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Black & gold is a favorite color combo for Kathryn too!

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Kathryn's latest earring designs, they are SO GOOD, I stacked them together

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Jewelry designer Kathryn and I stopping to pose for the camera

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The sheen on this Labradorite ring is unlike anything I've seen!

My last stop on my Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip was color-filled and very inspiring! The jewelry studio of Kathryn Elyse Jewelry took me into her faceted world, where this new, first-time mother is head-over-heels in love with gems! Her studio is as picturesque as you could get in a city that looks like a postcard from every angle.  I was so excited to meet Kathryn and spend some time with a young and aspiring designer, to get some perspective on being a newcomer and see some fascinating gems.

Kathryn Elyse Jewelry wasn't always on the path to a jewelry-centric life. After graduating from college, she took a job as a personal banker. As I read in this shocking interview, Kathryn was robbed at gunpoint just weeks into her first "real world" job. It was then and there she realized life was too short to not follow your dreams and passion. She had always loved jewelry; growing up making earrings and necklaces out of beads, artistically prompted by her mother who fostered Kathryn's creativity as she was a school teacher. Soon after she realized she wanted to take her jewelry designing to a serious level, she enrolled at the prestigious Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts located in San Francisco. There she learned all the skills her jewelry-making soul was craving.  

Equipped now with the capabilities of a jewelry designer and creator, she took her lifetime of design inspiration and put it to work! Kathryn developed an entire line rich in color, texture and high-wearability for customers and clientele hungry for just that. Seeing her jewelry in person, it comes off as very elegant, with an underlying playfulness that you have to bring out by wearing the pieces! Each piece can go with so many looks--dressed up or dressed down. I think that's what makes her line so unique--it is so versatile and fun. 

Kathryn is looking forward to what is next for her young, budding company. With trips to the Tucson Gem Show already under her belt, she is continually designing new pieces and finding inspiration everywhere she travels. Thought it would be a fun way to get to know Kathryn through a list of FAVORITES of hers below.  And thanks to Kathryn for welcoming me into your studio and sharing your beautiful world with me!


Gemstone to wear?

I tend to have a gemstone du jour – daily gravitating to a new beauty. My most sentimental gemstone is now emerald as it’s my son’s birthstone. Even with emerald’s vibrancy, I treat the vivid pop of color like a neutral mixing with other hued gemstone pieces and my attire.

Gemstone to work with?

I love playing and contrasting various color and texture. Like accenting saturated opaque (chrysoprase) or iridescent (labradorite and rainbow moonstone) gems with the brilliant refraction of diamonds. I definitely gravitate to stones with unique, one of a kind properties like inclusions (beryls) or asymmetrical formations (Australian boulder opals). Because of this, I actually prefer “perfectly imperfect” sapphires and emeralds, for example, that have interesting inclusions over highly transparent ones. Variations and fissures can’t be replicated giving the specimen unparalleled character. The variety of rainbow and texture is a testament to Earth’s miraculous geology and what draws me to each stone I hand select to work with and enhance.


Just as gemstones come from all over the globe, the best way for me to recharge and ignite creativity is through travel. The colorful rooftops of Lisbon, geometric precision of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and jewel toned sunsets in Santorini were invigorating experiences I’ll cherish forever. When I don’t have the luxury of physically travelling, admiring the world’s beauty through another perspective is stimulating. I can’t get enough of the @dailyoverview Instagram feed and am eagerly anticipating their upcoming book.

Must haves?

Rose gold – it complements any skin tone gorgeously! I made both my husband and my wedding bands in the radiant metal.

Guilty pleasure?

Magazines! Leisurely flipping through glossy prints brings me so much pleasure but unfortunately I don’t have enough free time and I feel guilty when subscriptions pile up.


Anything live! My latest concert was Adele – which is unlikely to ever be topped.

Furry friend?

Rowy, my one year old Australian labradoodle and real life teddy bear. Everyone swears he is part human based off his affectionate and spunky personality.

Part about being a mom?

Nothing is more heartwarming than gazing at my most beautiful creation and hearing his giggle!

Local Seattle restaurant?

I love how diverse and constantly expanding the Seattle food scene is. Altura is my ultimate favorite for intimate and romantic occasions; Canon’s creative cocktails, Westward’s waterfront ambience, The Walrus and the Carpenter’s oysters, Stateside and Revel’s Asian fusion; The London Plane’s brunch, and everything at Deru Market (especially the chocolate peanut butter cake)

Local Seattle store?

Mario’s and La Ree are the best for investment pieces and basics alike; Totokaelo’s modern minimalist store aesthetic, and Essenza for the most delicious fragrances, candles and gifts

Local Seattle activity?

Anything and everything on the water – boating Lake Washington, waterfront dog parks, and ferrying across the sound



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Jewelry Collection Stories: Sheri of Metier SF

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Continuing with our week of Jewelry Collection Stories, today's collection features Sheri of Metier SF. If you don't know, Metier is a boutique store located in San Francisco which went from selling mostly clothing and some jewelry, to mostly jewelry and some curiosities. Sheri and Trina curate some of the finest antique jewels you will ever lay your eyes on, so I knew the moment I asked Sheri to share her personal collection with Gem Gossip, it was going to be great!  Take it away, Sheri:

"I am a collector of jewels of all kinds. I like that they are a testament to the past and beautiful reminders of events or people, or particular moments when you put them on. I like that they decorate the way you talk. I’m fond of mingling antique pieces with modern gems, the ethos of craftsmanship binding the different time periods and jewelry styles. I’m obsessed with references to natural forms in jewelry. I love snakes and animal motifs, and am drawn to unusual natural stones, old diamonds, coral, emeralds, turquoise and agates of all sorts. I mix my metals and adore stacks of gold bands and bracelets.

I’m very sentimental and wear a curb­link chain with collected antique and Philip Crangi charms everyday. Without this talismanic necklace I feel naked. French angel charms with the names and birthdates of each of my children and a beautiful parrot locket filled with family pictures are among my most treasured pieces. 

I collect bangles and love Etruscan Revival next to Victorian next to Mid­Century. The diamond snake bangle was given to me by husband for my 35th birthday and the pair of wedding bangles were an anniversary gift. The silver floral bangle with rose gold edges was one of the first pieces I ever bought more than 20 years ago.

Ever drawn to contrasting shapes and textures, my wedding day cameo necklace pairs unexpectedly with vintage branch coral or the Gabriella Kiss ivy necklace and rough emerald earrings from Variance Objects.

Fashion always plays a big part in how I style my jewelry. Lately larger earrings for day have been calling out to me and my carved antique horn urns or intricate studded hoops from Philip Crangi again feel very au courant.

Last are my beloved rings. I’m drawn to stones and styles that seduce the mind and the eye. Two are snake rings, one a wedding band and the other a Gemstone Gypsy snake, twin to one my teenage daughter wears. My work partner, Trina and I recently bought each other the Gabriella Kiss eye rings. My mother’s diamond was set by Gillian Conroy and the extra­wide rose gold wedding band and turquoise pave navette ring have remained among my very favorite rings since I began collecting. These rings and all of my pieces are the lovely keys to my life."

You can check out her store in San Francisco or online, here. Special thanks to photographer Rebecca Goldschmidt for photos.

Metier SF

546 Laguna Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Q & A with Designer Behind Mociun





There is no doubt how creative Caitlin Mociun is as a designer. With a formal training in textile design and sculpture, jewelry design has been something she has quite frankly, stumbled upon. Her custom work has won the hearts of brides-to-be and her jewelry line has trend-setters swooning. Mociun's style and aesthetic is like no other, leading her career to excel.

I am a huge fan and so happy I got a chance to catch up with Caitlin, the designer behind Mociun and brain behind the brand:









I'm working on so many exciting projects right now! I am always designing new custom jewelry for private clients and special pieces for my store. I am getting ready to open a new space sometime mid to late next year. I have a couple of books I'm starting to outline with two different people. I like to keep myself busy :)

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I don't have any formal background in jewelry. I studied textile design. My thesis project had a lot of small sculpture in it so I feel like I have anyways had an affinity for small objects like jewelry.

I had a clothing line for six years and then started adding hand made pieces (made from crystals, shells, brass, and string) a few years in. Then working with someone to make a jewelry line in gold and silver. The first collection was kind of a disaster! I didn't know what I was doing. After another year I got the hang of how to best design in gold and precious stones and made three collections, most of those early pieces are still part of our collection. I am currently getting a gemology degree and will pretty much talk to anyone to absorb more knowledge about jewelry! I just love it. Mociun rings sb

Pretty much anything can inspire me. I often find I am just sitting there and it comes to me. Not sure if you have ever heard the Radio Lab show that mentions how Tom Waits talks to the creative process like its a thing/person/muse. But I kind of relate to that. I don't actually talk to 'her' but have come to realize that I am not the kind of person that can't force great things. I just go about my business and when the 'thing' comes to me it comes to me. I feel blessed that she comes to me often! tumblr_mf5u34beZE1qmxhtqo2_r1_1280 4454991248_9aaeeb37e7

I am really excited about continuing to expand my business. Another space- different from the current store. Not ready to reveal what that is yet. I also am excited to keep learning more about gems and jewelry. Expanding my customer base so I can continue to work with more and more wonderful stones.

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This one is a hard for me. I love both the Moon and Stars Ring- it was one of the first turquoise and diamond pieces I made so it has a special place in my heart because of that. And the Stacked Sapphire Ring. I just love it and wear it everyday. Well, I wear both of them every day!

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Obsession: Yellow Gold & Turquoise

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I love turquoise--the color, and the gemstone; I even have a bright turquoise chest of drawers in my bedroom. When it is paired with the buttery, golden hue of yellow gold it is even better. The bold greenish blue color pops against yellow gold in such a good way. Above are my favorite picks of turquoise and gold rings right now.

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a snapshot of my rings, with the turquoise and gold ring standing out above the rest

turquoise and 10k bow ring from Erica Weiner, price: $875

Mociun's curved triangle ring--the other half of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, Brooke, has this ring, Price: $534

Mociun's Moon & Stars ring on a single band, price: $734

Mociun's Turquoise & Triangles band with diamonds, price: $2277

Mociun's Zig Zag ring, special order