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Entries in vegas jewelry week (5)

Vegas Prep: Interview with Randi & Meaghan of For Future Reference

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We've got double the fun today, as our Vegas Jewelry Week interviews continue--we're talking with Randi Molofsky & Meaghan Flynn Petropoulos (can't wait to ask you to pronounce this for me in Vegas). The duo behind For Future Reference has a lot going on right now, including their first ever booth at Couture (shoutout booth 601), new clients, and a new brick-and-mortar studio located in NYC. Their places in the jewelry industry have evolved over time, but one thing is for certain, both have an intense love for gold, diamonds, gems and the people involved. Also tequila, sequins and vintage...and calling me Poodle. So glad Randi & Meaghan took the time out of their Couture prep schedule to answer our questions:

Randi's Answers

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

My first year was 2001, when the show took place at the Phoenician hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. Back then, everyone went to JCK AND Couture because they didn’t overlap. So if you think it’s exhausting now, it’s nothing compared to the two week slog it used to be! 

Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

Wear flats during the day. Took me about 15 years to let go of my vanity and figure this out. 

Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

Vitamin B tincture, sequins, business cards, Excedrin Migraine, Kloraine dry shampoo. 

One big difference from last year to this year?

We have our own booth! 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Dinner at the SW Steakhouse is definitely up there. But mostly it’s getting to reconnect with everyone in the industry. After doing this for more than 15 years, I can say without question that it’s like a great big family reunion (that you actually want to attend). 

Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Not being able to make it to the Antique show because we’re too busy. It’s devastating!

Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

I legitimately would not know where to begin, I could probably write a book on this very subject. But maybe it was a private dinner with Steve Wynn, followed by walking around the Vegas strip with him while he told us stories about all the hotels he built. Otherwise, being pregnant with my daughter Goldie and not far along enough to tell people. I carried the same half-full cocktail around all night to avoid suspicion! 

Meaghans Answers
How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?


Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.


One big difference from last year to this year?


Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.


Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.






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Vegas Prep: Interview with Marion Fasel of The Adventurine

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We are excited to kick off a fun series this week on Gem Gossip -- these next five blog features will get you excited and prepped for Vegas Jewelry Week, which is quickly approaching!  I've asked five people--a mix of designers, editors, and industry insiders--to contribute their insights from this epic event that happens once a year. I'm asking for advice, tips, favorite parts, and much more!  Whether it will be your first time attending or you are a professional (and can pack with your eyes closed), these interviews will pique your curiousity and you'll definitely learn a thing or two!  One thing is for sure, we all are SO EXCITED for Vegas.

We are starting the week out with Marion Fasel who is celebrating a big milestone in a few weeks--her online magazine The Adventurine turns one year old at the end of the month. She strategically launched the same day Vegas Jewelry Week began last year and has been covering all kinds of jewelry topics since then (many of which are pictured above). But don't let the small digit fool you, Marion has been in the jewelry industry for over 25 years. Most notably, she was InStyle's Contributing Editor of Fine Jewelry & Watches for nearly two decades, has written eight books, and has helped curate several museum exhibitions. It's no secret I am her number one fan and have been continually cheering her on since I discovered her flipping through the pages of InStyle magazine.  Let's find out more:

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

I have been 12 times.  I haven’t missed a jewelry week in Vegas since the Couture show relocated from the Phoenician in Scottsdale to the Wynn in 2005. 

Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

I’d give my rookie self a fun tip and a few practical tips.  

My fun tip is about gambling.  I’d tell myself to gamble.  You are in Vegas—some fun must be had. Then I would say, skip the slots.  Go in the early evening to the Encore where it can be quiet and find a Black Jack dealer with an empty table.  There are usually several.  Tell the dealer, you don’t know much about the game but would like to learn.  The dealers are incredibly knowledgeable and thrilled to share their tips.  If you allow them to guide you about what “the book” says for your hand, you will win. Trust me on this.  Just let them tell you how to play.

One practical tip, don’t let the bellhop take your luggage when you check in.  Just take it to your room yourself.  If you don’t, you have to wait for it.  They won’t leave it in your room unless you are there.  Sometimes they are fast, but sometimes they take a while which keeps you waiting in your room before hitting the trade show floor or doing anything your heart desires.  

Drink lots of water.  It’s the desert and you will get dehydrated even indoors.

Oh, and have a clear strategy for who you want to see.  There are a lot of great jewelry designers there and you won’t be able to see everyone, so do a careful edit on your agenda and leave breathing room to explore.  The time to explore is key.


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

I wear heels so I bring Band-Aids.  I bring my gambling budget, usually around $200.  I bring loads of jewelry, because it’s a jewelry crowd and its Vegas so it’s fun to get decked out.  Beyond that it’s pretty standard phone charger, camera, computer.  I don’t travel light.  


One big difference from last year to this year?

Well, last year I launched my online magazine one day before the Couture show started.  The timing was not a coincidence.  It’s really the beginning of the formal jewelry season.  You see how the trends and designers are shaping up at Couture.  I wanted my website anniversary to coincide with the Couture show.  I guess the biggest difference is now The Adventurine is humming away.  


Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Winning at Black Jack.  I am kidding.  Meeting a talented new designer or just seeing a great new collection from an established designer are my favorite things.  


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

It is a bit odd being indoors for a week.  During the course of the show, it’s not usual for some people to never step outside for more than a few minutes on the terrace off the trade show floor or to walk to the taxi stand to go out to dinner.  I try to make my way to La Cave as often as possible to sit in the outdoor café there for lunch, dinner or drinks.  


Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

I won a Vespa at the Couture Awards.  It’s probably one of the most wonderful and weird things that has ever happened to me anywhere.  I actually like public speaking but when I went on stage to accept the scooter, I was so shocked and happy, I was virtually speechless.  




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Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show 2016

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First stop, Lenore Dailey's booth--always. Great jewelry, great gossip and a feast for the eyes.

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Excalibur Jewelry always has some stunners--like these opals and gigantic emerald. OakGem had this malachite Egyptian Revival pendant I flipped over.

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Sky Gems boasting this fabulous tray of various corundum and emeralds. The trio of crowned hearts from Lowther Antiques is SO special!

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Lenore Dailey's booth had this jaw-dropping faceted amethyst pendant, I couldn't stop staring! And this opal ring is INSANE--I snapped this photo just as I was leaving and don't remember whose booth it is from.

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Both these photos are from Key Amour, owner Dana is so nice! I love the opal pendant it just glowed. And the stack of rings from her booth was fun to create.

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A booth shot of Mary Ann-tiques' booth, always full of great items, you gotta look long and hard. The next photo is actually me with a bunch of antique reproductions and I appreciated the vendor immediately disclosing this as soon as I asked about them!

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Ann Marie Stanton always has some really interesting pieces! Love this Egyptian Revival pendant and carved opal brooch.

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Had to stop by Jogani's booth and be immediately mesmerized by his diamond rings. His handmade ring boxes wowed me too!

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Lucy Verity had the cutest little Victorian ring box, nestled with the daintiest Victorian rings! We also loved the snake wrapped around the crescent moon brooch found at Under the Crown.

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My next stop was Jacob's Estate Jewelry where I oogled over all the jewelry, especially these artisan-made earrings set with really interesting opaque gems. Sugilite is the funky, deep-purple colored gem used in the one pair.

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Prepare to be amazed by this huge emerald ring, weighing in at 19.86 carats! Found at Pat Saling's booth. The other photos is LOTS of diamond Art Deco rings from Lenore Dailey's booth.

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The most glorious opal rings from The Gold Hatpin, seen here. And another piece from Pat Saling, set with an abundance of colored gemstones, creating a rainbow burst for your wrist!

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Platt Boutique had a great lineup of really interesting, noteworthy bracelets. I love the heavy gold ones. And the urn mourning ring was an awesome find, from Lowther Antiques!

Ah, another year in Las Vegas for the annual jewelry shows has come and gone! I arrived late the night before in Vegas and made sure I had a hearty room service dinner to prepare for the next day spent at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show, opening day! This year I tagged along with Katie of Vada Jewelry who was buying unique pieces to add to her finely curated antique and vintage jewelry selection of Vada. The vibe on opening day was busy and bustling--seems year after year the show gets more crowded on the first day, and then it tapers off. Day two was by far less busy. I'm a huge fan of how laid back the antique show is compared to other jewelry shows in Vegas. The fact that it opens at 11am rather than 9:30am also is pretty cool in my book. 

Rumor has it that next year's antique show will not be at The Paris, so I'm trying to see how this settles with me, as next year's Original Miami Beach show is also supposed to be located somewhere other than where it has been for ages! Change--I guess that's the theme for next year and for people in the antiques industry, we don't like change! ha!

Two full days at the antique show proved to be ideal (as I learned from last year)--I was able to get some great photos for both my blog and some other projects I was working on. Some shopping was done, bought a couple things for @shopGemGossip and if you've been reading my blog since the beginning, I always have to commemorate the trip with a purchase for my own personal jewel box. More on that in a separate post! ;)

Just want to take the time to thank all the wonderful people of the antique jewelry world for making my trip year after year more fun than the last! Check out the captions and above photos for a play-by-play of my two-day antique excursion. 


Thanks for another great year, Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show...can't wait until next year!



Gem Gossip Covers the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show, 2015

Trio 18437416235_3cd52953d6_k Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled I think everyone knows whose booth this belongs to....gorgeous pieces with so much sentiment, and yay, I finally got to meet her--miss @lenoredailey xoxo #gemgossipdoesVegas #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Untitled Good morning! This is just me missing the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry show and making note that attending one day instead of my normal two was a bad decision!! These rings were from @lenoredailey 's booth. 😍😍 #gemgossipdoesVegas #lasve Untitled Ok, so I know I always pick my favorite piece out of the entire show each year--here's this year's winner: 18k yellow gold plique-à-jour turquoise scarab cuff! This piece is not antique, but vintage and was made by a Florida man who recently passed away. Amazing carved sapphire and diamond pendant from @underthecrownjewelry Thanks for letting me play! #GemGossipdoesVegas #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow I love stopping by @jacobs_estate_jewelry and catching up with Jacob & Rigoberto.  They are Instagram obsessed, so make sure to give them a follow!! 👉👉 @jacobs_estate_jewelry #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Keep your eyes peeled!! 👀👀 #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow #gemgossipdoesVegas 18k gold French piece circa 1840s the birds are actual feathers!! Amazing! @lovegoldlive #lovegold #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled A day at the Vegas Antique Jewelry Show is not complete without a visit to @plattboutiquejewelry !! #showmeyourrings #gemgossipdoesVegas #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Treasure hunting today! YES. @jewelrygurl @lovegoldlive #lovegold #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow I hit my own Vegas jackpot today! 🎰 My date ring collection just got massive. Thanks Vegas Antique Jewelry Show! The one on my pinky is extra special--1921 Year of the Monkey, and has a little monkey on the side, gratefully sacrificed out of

Every year, the anticipation of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show is high--even more so this time around, for me at least!  With a packed schedule of appointments at the other shows, I was truly looking forward to some unwinding time at the antique show, with no appointments in sight...just me and the jewels!  I got to walk the show with my friends Sunny of Sunny S. Bond Jewelry and Lauren aka By Gold Girl who are so much fun to be around, and the fact that we are all around the same height makes us a great little trio!  Ha!  There totally was a "tall girls club" going on at these shows this past week, and for someone has has to exaggerate by adding on that one inch when you tell someone how tall you are, this was great!  

The vibe of the show was great this year--although I was pretty bummed for missing opening day, where I heard the line out the door before the show opened was crazy long.  Many of the vendors noted that Friday (the day I attended) was slower than normal, but also crediting the opening of the JCK show as to most likely why. As a buyer/attendee, I welcomed the fact that the aisles were less congested and I could easily walk up to a booth and converse with the booth owners without being interrupted.  Another topic of conversation was how as a community of antique jewelry lovers, everyone felt that the goods are getting harder and harder to find, hence why prices were definitely higher than normal.  As a collector, I do see a definite increase and the demand for antique jewelry, so it will be interesting to see where the industry goes in the future.  

This year I only had time to devote one full day at the antique show, where I normally spend two days. After doing this, I would say spending two days at the antique show is ideal, especially if you have a task or certain piece you need to find for a client.  It is always nice to spend one day getting things done and then still have a whole extra day to browse and enjoy--you usually find the best things when you are browsing for fun.  

As many of you know, I'm always on the hunt for date rings--my collection seen here.  They are extremely tough to find and although I didn't set out thinking I'd find any at the show this year, I had forgotten where I was after all--VEGAS!  Yes, I struck date ring jackpot in Vegas!  The first one came from Platt Boutique Jewelry, straight out of owner Larry Platt's personal collection--there's the type of man that will give you the shirt off their back, and then there's the type that will give you the ring off their finger!!  There's a difference! ;)  What is special about this ring is the year it represents, 1921, being the Year of the Monkey and having a monkey on the side of the ring.  That is quite awesome!  The other EIGHT date rings came from the same seller, who told me that the entire collection came from the same person--someone who collected every date, also known as my long lost twin.  How crazy is that?!  Boy would I have loved to sit down with whomever that is/was.  Also, only slightly heart-breaking to learn that there were lots more, which were sold throughout the years.  Funny to think that the entire collection was intact--but I guess that wouldn't make it such a fun hunt as it has been!

I did buy one other ring besides all the date rings, which I will reveal/talk about soon!  Stay tuned!

Vendors pictured above:

Jacob's Estate Jewelry

Platt Boutique Jewelry

Found Collected 

AM Stanton

Lenore Dailey

DK Bressler

Under the Crown Jewelry

Kenneth James Collection

Clayton Antiques

D. Tenenbaum Inc.


Elizabeth Dmitrova


Thanks for another great year, Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show...can't wait until next year!



Gem Gossip Covers JCK Luxury in Las Vegas, 2015

jck IMG_0351 IMG_0550 IMG_0395 Tanzanite makes for a great accent stone! Love this ring from @andreolifinejewelry and the bejeweled flower brooch in the background is made of titanium! Super light-weight for its size! #LUXURYbyJCK #GemGossipdoesVegas #SofraGem sitting pretty. #LUXURYbyJCK #GemGossipdoesVegas The prettiest jaw-dropping diamonds found at @davidmorjewelry 😎 #LUXURYbyJCK #GemGossipdoesVegas Mother of pearl rings from @kabanajewelry --the darker purple stones are spiny oyster shell and come in a few different colors depending on what the oyster's diet consists of! You are what you eat! #showmeyourrings #LUXURYbyJCK #GemGossipdoesVegas Learning how to photograph a diamond from @naderkashinternational @thezenobia Genius! Why did I ever buy olloclip?! #LUXURYbyJCK #GemGossipdoesVegas The ring Michelle Obama wore to a dinner party at Buckingham Palace, paired with individual stacking rings all by @dicksonyewn #LUXURYbyJCK #GemGossipdoesVegas #luxeinteligence An eye-opening, educational personal tour through the life and jewelry designs of @scottkayusa -- I'm wearing a fringe pearl, diamond and ruby tassel necklace hand made by Scott Kay himself of deerskin. Love this #quote said by him as well! #LUXURYbyJCK # Finally got to meet @sethicouture at #LUXURYbyJCK  Their new Heritage collection is very touching, you've got to hear their story of visiting India and being inspired by everything around them!! I captured this photo in between listening.... (Stacking has My first day at #LUXURYbyJCK and I go straight for a 15.54 ct fancy brownish yellow diamond -- internally flawless!! From @jackkelegejewelry #GemGossipdoesVegas IMG_0521

My first time ever attending a JCK show in Vegas this year—I made sure to prepare for lots of jewelry, glitz and glamour, interesting characters and some fun!  JCK Luxury kicked off on Tuesday, May 26th and ran through Monday, June 1st.  I was there on opening day and also the following day, since making my rounds to over 200 exhibitors couldn’t be done in just one day!  With an elegant setup and incomparable events planned throughout the week, JCK Luxury is not to be missed.  I think it is perfect for a store who is looking for a few mainstream lines to be the lead-sellers within their store.  The show is made up of designers and manufacturers that do just that!  

Scott Kay is fully represented at JCK Luxury, a brand most know of when you hear the name.  We can thank the designer himself for this, as he was a pioneer in taking things to the next level and pushing the boundaries.  His bridal designs are the best selling amongst all of others sold in stores across America.  To see his legacy before my eyes was a really touching experience, surrounded by his designs, quotes from his life, and even hand-carved wax pieces, things he was very proud of.  

Other highlights from JCK Luxury include meeting Payal Shah, designer behind L'dezen, trying on pieces by Andreoli Fine Jewelry, speaking with the designer behind Kabana Jewelry, and stopping in my tracks after every HUGE fancy colored diamond I saw.  The show was truly unreal.   

I had been a fan of Payal Shah for such a long time—her jewelry designs are pieces of art using diamond slices in various colors.  I even named her a “Jewelry Designer to Watch in 2014” in a blog post.  It was awesome to finally get to meet her and also hear about her new InstaJewel app which is free to download.  Such a cool idea! 

Andreoli Fine Jewelry is a family-run jewelry company which first began in 1845 in Valenza, Italy.  The Italian heritage is seen throughout each and every one of their designs.  I first fell in love with a pair of coral and emerald tassel earrings I saw at Luxury Privé in NYC last year.  It was amazing to get to see so many pieces from their collection at JCK Luxury in Vegas—my favorites are the elongated ring accented by trillion tanzanites and the carved emerald and diamond necklace/earring suite I got to try on.  There are SO many others!

I also got to meet the sisters behind Sethi Couture—Pratima and Prerna, a line I’ve had a crush on for so long!  I loved learning about their journey to designing jewelry and about their new collection called Heritage which was inspired by a visit to India where everything they were surrounded by influenced them tremendously.  Photographing some of their new pieces was so much fun.

Like I said before, BIG fancy colored diamonds made a huge impact on all of my senses when walking the aisles.  I almost always stopped dead in my tracks to check out the stones.  David Mor Jewelry and Jack Kelege Jewelry had some of the most impressive, photographed above.  Could you imagine owning one of those?!

Kabana Jewelry was a delightful stop in between running around, with an incredible hand-painted back-drop and colorful theme going on.  I never realized how interesting and lust-worthy mother-of-pearl jewelry can be!  The colors were so vivid and bright, where the secret to that is actually diet.  The spiny oyster shell displays its color based on what the oyster’s diet consists of—I guess they are right, you are what you eat!   

Other highlights and photos above:

a snapshot of what many booths look like, these colors caught my attention

sapphire and diamond rings that are over-the-top from David Mor Jewelry

Payal Shah showing off her designs, like this incredible ear cuff and full-finger ring

Andreoli Fine Jewelry titanium flower brooch in the background, with my favorite tanzanite accent ring worn

Sofra Gem has some really pretty gemstone rings and earrings

a pair of jaw-dropping fancy yellow diamond rings from David Mor Jewelry

great new designs from Kabana Jewelry featuring mother-of-pearl and spiny oyster shell

at the Nader Kash booth learning how to photograph a loose diamond--a loupe and an iPhone

Dickson Yewn is a designer from Hong Kong, with this square shape ring actually being worn by Michelle Obama

at the Scott Kay event celebrating his legacy and quotes of his life, wearing a multi-dangle pearl necklace

stacking up my favorite rings from Sethi Couture, love their new Heritage collection

this incredible 15.54 ct. fancy brownish yellow diamond, internally flawless from Jack Kelege Jewelry

wearing this carved emerald and diamond suite from Andreoli Fine Jewelry

>> Thanks so much, JCK Luxury!!