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New Items Added to @shopGemGossip

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New stash alert!

Wanted to let you know--if you haven't already seen the newest additions to the @shopGEMGOSSIP page, here they all are!  So many gorgeous rings--some fun opals, lots of sparkly diamonds, even a yummy green chyrsoprase.  A few have already been sold and are sitting pretty in their new homes. 

I do offer layaway--if you see something you might want, but don't currently have the money you can put it on layaway. You can pay 1/3 every thirty days for 3 months--no fees!  All purchases this month receive a quartz geode and a Gem Gossip pen. If you follow on Instagram @shopGEMGOSSIP I've also posted videos of all these rings as well--you just need to have the latest version of Instagram to view the sliding image function.

I accept PayPal, money order, checks, Venmo and credit cards. Email sales@gemgossip.com for all inquiries!

 

xoxoGemGossip

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Over 70 Items for the Holidays -- @shopGEMGOSSIP

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I've been saving and sorting, hunting and hoarding to bring you an amazing selection of items in time for the holidays! This time of year has some pressure involved with finding the "perfect gift" so I wanted to alleviate that by offering A LOT of antique and vintage jewelry (over 70 items), for great prices (no crazy mark ups like you see elsewhere), and a unique selection (lots of stackers and bold pieces as well). I've been saving many of these pieces all year long and I also went through my personal collection again (after many times, with each inspection learning to let go of more and more). Today is the day the items will start going live over on @shopGEMGOSSIP

At first, many of you voted a few weeks ago, wanting me to release everything at once on the same day. I began to like this idea too, until I realized I had over 70 pieces--so could you imagine someone you're following on Instagram posting 70 photos in one day?! That would be SO annoying, so I've decided to list 10 items each day, which will allow everything to be listed before November 1st, plenty of time before the holidays kick in. Hope everyone likes my selection this year and I'm excited for new customers and happy returning customers.

Just some notes:

 

  • Yes, I do offer layaway! It is for three months and you pay 1/3 each month--no fees!
  • PayPal is the main form of payment I accept, however I also accept checks and money orders. Also now accepting Venmo.
  • International Shipping--I've been using UPS global shipping which is trackable and fully insured. The delivery time is usually 4-8 days depending on foreign clearance. Pricing is $50-100; it varies country by country.

 

All pieces shown above are available--if interested email sales@gemgossip.com to inquire!

 

xoxoGemGossip

Gem Gossip Visits Trademark Antiques in Pennsylvania

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Trademark Antiques has been a favorite of mine since their start, back when I began blogging, in 2008. My #JewelryRoadTrip to Pennsylvania last year had me driving across the whole state, and I couldn't wait to get back to this sparkly region as I had missed visiting with Trademark Antiques when I was there! And boy am I glad I came back with plenty of time to devote. Located in central Pennsylvania, just a half hour from where my Gram lives and minutes away from a few shops and restaurants that I've traditionally visited since I was a baby, I was so surprised to realize how Jessica and Jason are so close to familiar favorites of mine. It came as no surprise though when I was greeted and welcomed with open arms and smiles all around. If you've ever purchased a piece of jewelry from Trademark Antiques, you know how absolutely sweet both are and friendly doesn't even begin to describe it!  

I walked into an antique jewelry wonderland, equipped with my camera and some naked fingers, wrists, ears and neck. Luckily, I prepared well because two large ring trays, tons of necklaces, piles of bracelets and loads of pins awaited me, each displayed with the utmost care.  Trademark Antiques is known for their impeccable conversion pieces, and if you ever want to add an antique enameled flower piece to your collection, just take a look at their inventory! But be quick about it--there are people that collect these highly-sought-after pieces, with some selling out just minutes of posting.  Seeing so many pieces I once ogled over online, now live and in-person was really cool. The garnet headed snake bracelet, the colorful flower brooches, the sweet little charms that immediately made me want to start another charm bracelet...I didn't know where to begin putting a look together. 

Sticking with favorite motifs, I opted for some navettes, large oval-shaped rings and some favorite floral conversion pieces. Figas are another favorite of mine and Trademark Antiques had some outstanding and unique ones. They also carry some really great serpent rings and enamel jewelry, two absolute favorites of mine. If you see something that catches your eye in any of the photos I took from my visit, feel free to email Jessica at Contact@trademarkantiques.com -- you can save the photo and zoom in on your favorite; take a screenshot with your phone, or make a wishlist! There are lots of pieces that aren't listed yet!

I'm so happy I got to meet Jessica and Jason of Trademark Antiques--it was such a memorable visit and a good time had by all! I had so much fun delving into all the rings and jewels, stacking and styling to my heart's content. I hope everyone enjoys these photos, some of which were taken by Jason who is such a talented photographer as well. If you scroll through their Instagram page, you can immediately spot the quality of the photos, which makes following them on Instagram even more fun!

 

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More Updates from @shopGEMGOSSIP

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If you follow me over on Instagram, you know I've been rampantly purging rings from my personal collection. Not sure why really. Spring cleaning? Too many to account for? Change? I think a lot has to do with working from home. I used to have to get ready for work everyday--choosing clothes, doing my hair, and picking out a different jewelry look. Now that I work from home, a lot has changed. My tastes have evolved as well, so I also think that is a factor. But I hate to see rings not being worn. And just like clothing--if you can go through your wardrobe and haven't worn a certain piece in years, it might be time to part with it! Finding new homes for my rings definitely feels good! Hope one of these finds its way to you!

To find out which of the above rings featured are still available, check out the full inventory over at @shopGEMGOSSIP 

And yes, the scarab has sold--may have been the hardest to part with and definitely the quickest to sell.

 

xoxoGemGossip

Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2016

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Another year in the books! The Original Miami Beach Antique Show did not disappoint, with this being my fifth visit to the show, no more "rookie" feeling this time around! Funny that with every trip, our itinerary, goals and place of stay has been different every time--but it makes for a good adventure and an easier way of remembering each trip. My partner-in-crime, Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, had a mission of buying new stock before her trunk shows she has coming up--so we were in full-swing buying mode. We had only one full-day at the show and a couple of hours the following day, so we had a lot of work to do in a small amount of time (besides photographing some favorite pieces, catching up with old friends in the aisles and saying hi to new peeps).

After a rough landing in Ft. Lauderdale, we checked into The Raleigh hotel and had dinner with our favorites, Larry and Natasha Platt of Platt Boutique in West Hollywood. Quality Meats is a great restaurant--highly recommend it if you're in Miami. We woke up the next morning and headed to the show. The dealers were ready and eager--nearly 1000 exhibitors this year, YES it's that big. As a buyer and attendee, I noticed lots of new inventory and luckily for us, some of the same pieces as last year because we ended up buying items we photographed in years past, which we regretted not buying! Funny how that worked out!  We were at the show from noon until 6:30/7pm--the longest we've ever stayed! It was amazing to go back to our hotel right after and just LAY DOWN, ohmygod. By the way, we opted for a healthy lunch this year while at the show and found a salad bar just to the left of where the large line forms at the main entrance. It was two thumbs up from a picky eater like me (but I miss those personal pan pizzas I raved about last year). We continued our traditional dinner at The Raleigh with our West-coast counterparts, Sunny and Blair of Fox & Bond, which is always one big round of laughter and fun.

The next morning we woke up, sore and stiff, and headed to the show for three hours catching our departing flight back home.  Someone (ahem...Brooke) was doing SO good with her New Year's resolution, and hadn't drank coffee for the entire month of January! She broke down and had some on day two, and we both were like Mario landing on the flashing star in Nintendo--we breezed through our three hour crunch time and got more done in 30 minutes than we did the entire day before lol. Job well done!

Glad to have another year under my belt. Jewelry highlights of this year?! I would have to say the man-on-the-moon moonstone pendants that I came across; those were so intricate and really unique. I was trying to find my own ring, but I only found a couple and each were similar to the ones I've owned in the past, nothing too special about them. I also can't stop thinking about the little gold coin purse set with sapphires that I found and took a video of. Truly have not seen a piece like that before--just wish something like that had more of a use than being pretty. Can't really wear that on my finger or around my neck. But, man is it beautiful!!

What did I bring home?! I usually bring back one item every year to commemorate the trip--although I've been four times before, I only have two items to show for it (the first year I couldn't afford anything, the second year I bought a teeny tiny diamond band which I have since sold). This year was a little tricky: I bought four rings with the intention of selling three and keeping one, then I got home and couldn't decide which one to keep!!  I will continue deciding (although I did end up selling the lapis inlay scarab within a few minutes of posting it). If you have an opinion on which I should keep, let me know! I'll follow up with a blog post featuring the rings, along with the ones I've purchased from the past shows.

Cheers to next year--and hopefully staying a little longer and saving more $$ to spend! ;) #neverenough 

PS: My dad asked me how much money I was bringing down to Miami to buy with, and when I told him the amount, he said, "That's like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!" As per usual, he was right.