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Entries in vegas jewelry week (6)

David Webb Makes Their Debut at Couture

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Don't ever say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. At nearly 70 years old, David Webb still reigns supreme as an iconic, American jewelry house full of the most exquisite designs. One look at a David Webb piece and you KNOW it is a David Webb piece. From the finest craftsmanship, to the bold enamels and well-known motifs, the jewelry has been delighting since 1948. They have a strong following, a large amount of die-hard collectors and a presence known worldwide; not to mention a showroom/workshop located on Madison Avenue in NYC and a boutique in Beverly Hills. You'd think debuting for the first time at a tradeshow would not be on their agenda. Could such a legendary American brand make a move like that? And if so, how could they "do it their way"?

I was very curious myself...however feeling more excited than any other emotion. I made sure that David Webb was first on my Couture agenda--Villa 112 was the place and I was ready to gawk, gander and swoon. Walking into the Villa, I thought I was in their NYC boutique for a minute. Luxury was brought to the desert and the animal kingdom followed along too. I got to see many of the pieces that hit the red carpet over the past year--like totem necklaces, which one was worn by Nicole Richie back in November and I still can't think of a better look. I love seeing David Webb worn on the red carpet and it is always magical when it happens. Speaking of red carpet, nothing would look more incredible than the turquoise and emerald necklace I got to try on while at Couture--could you imagine that on the red carpet?!  Hopefully it will happen in the future. I also got to revisit some animal favorites--like panthers and cats (rings) and dolphins, fish and snakes (bracelets). 

One new aspect of David Webb which debuted during Vegas Jewelry Week, is a scaled down collection with a lower price point than typical pieces. This new collection, called Motif, features black and white enamel and appeals to all ages.  There are also new entry-level pieces from the Tool Chest collection, which I actually am a proud-owner of from the off-chance I entered my name into the drawing to win a pair of Nail Stud Earrings. I couldn't believe I won! I've obviously been wearing them ever since. (The next day I wore them to the Antique Show, and almost every dealer commented on them!) I've included a photo of the earrings above (last photo) and they are done in 18k hammered gold and are only $680.

Be sure to stop by David Webb if you're ever in the NYC area or Beverly Hills to check the new collection out. If you thought you'd never be able to afford a piece of David Webb, think again--this new collection may be your chance!

Special thanks to Levi Higgs of David Webb for taking the photos!


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Want more? See my visit to their NYC boutique

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?

THIS IS MY 6TH SHOW
 

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

DON'T STRESS THE DETAILS. REGARDLESS OF YOUR PREPARATIONS, SETUP DAY WILL BE THE WORST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.  


Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

1) BLING GUARDS 2) CHANGES OF CLOTHES. I DON'T BELIEVE IN DAY TO NIGHT OUTFITS. 3) HYDRATING TONER 4) A FLASK OF TEQUILA, JK, BUT SERIOUSLY I ALWAYS HAVE A WATER BOTTLE AND COFFEE QUITE CLOSE. 5) ARGAN OIL
 

One big difference from last year to this year?

WE HAVE OUR OWN BOOTH! 
 

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

CATCHING UP WITH PEOPLE WE ONLY SEE ONCE A YEAR 


Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

WHEN I MEET PEOPLE WHO CALL WHITE GOLD, 'SILVER.'
 

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

SOMETHING WEIRD HAPPENS EVERY 14 SECONDS OR SO IN VEGAS, SO THERE'S TOO MANY TO LIST. ALSO, I DON'T WANT TO GET SUED.

 

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

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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 TheAdventurine.com 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.  

 

 

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year 

You can follow Marion --> @marionfasel & @theadventurine

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!

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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. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #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!! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰ @jacobs_estate_jewelry #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Keep your eyes peeled!! ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€ #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! ๐ŸŽฐ 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.

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Elizabeth Dmitrova

 

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

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