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Jewelry Road Trip: When in Seattle…

Seattle is a beautiful city in the northwest corner of the United States. Any tourist can visit the popular space needle, ride some ferries, check out the aquarium–but the jewelry treasure hunters know to head to Alexandria Rossoff for rare, antique jewels.  Owner Alexandria… Read More

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Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry: Gem Gossip Inside Look

My adventure in California was a whirlwind.  It culminated with me passing my 2-stone diamond grading test at GIA on Friday, followed by a road trip to San Francisco.  I knew I had to stop by Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry since I have been… Read More

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Jewelry Road Trip: When in New York City…

New York City has so much to offer, it is pretty sad that the last time I was in NYC I was in Middle School and went to watch my sister’s gymnastics meet.  I am well overdue for a trip and this summer may be the year to do… Read More

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Jewelry Road Trip: When in Philadelphia…

Taking your jewelry hunting on the road is my most favorite thing to do.  This week we take a look at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where A.Brandt + Son is making a name for themselves.  Owner Annette Brandt has experience selling jewelry for over 25 years.  Her current… Read More

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Antique & Treasure Hunting in Southern California

A fun portion of my trip to California was spent antiquing.  We went to two areas--Solana Beach and Ocean Beach, both near San Diego, both totally different. Solana Beach was sort of in an upscale area, while Ocean Beach was right on the ocean and had more of a surfer-dude vibe. It is interesting to compare the two after spending a day antiquing in each. I thought I would be able to find more jewelry in Solana Beach than Ocean Beach--but I was wrong! Solana Beach has its own "Design District" full of amazing shops and boutiques.  In Solana, we focused mainly on one large antique place since time was limited. It is called the Antique Warehouse, known to have over 101 vendors inside. The amount of items was overwhelming, but in a good way. They have about ten large glass cases full of fine, antique jewelry. At the time, nothing jumped out at me and items that I did sort of like were priced higher than I was willing to spend. I always make sure not to buy for the sake of buying when it comes to jewelry--I have to REALLY like something before I purchase. That is the biggest tip I have when it comes to antiquing. After looking for a whole solid hour, I went back to this velvet jewelry box from the '70s that I thought was so amazing. I like the color and especially the golden puma on top. I loved that the bottom had "Made in Italy" in gold written, which sealed the deal for me. My grandparents would be proud. Antique Warehouse 212 South Cedros Avenue Solana Beach, CA 92075 The final antique trip was made to Ocean Beach a few hours before my plane was set to leave. At this point I had not purchased any jewelry yet! Newport Avenue is full of antique shops and neat places to grab a bite to eat. We started with several shops, and left disappointed at each one. My departure was quickly approaching, but we were told that Empire Enterprises had "a lot" of estate and antique jewelry. And wow, did we hit the motherload! I was in heaven and it was nice to find out that this place had been owned for over 30 years by the same people who enjoy buying and selling items people don't want anymore. The neatest thing was something I spotted and had to ask about. It was a large treasure chest full of rings--just piles of them, about 200 I'm guessing. If a customer would like, they can go to town looking through the entire treasure chest and "treasure hunt" themselves. Each item in the chest was priced incredibly well. It took me about 15 minutes to go through all 200 rings, but I came out with three that I love. [10k white gold onyx ring 14k yellow gold, filigree rhodolite garnet solitaire ring 18k yellow gold curved diamond band] Empire Enterprises Antiques 4926 Newport Avenue San Diego, CA 92107 Read More

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HOORSENBUHS: Gem Gossip Inside Look

Brand Liaison, Kether Parker showing off some designs Gem Gossip hit up the west coast and was graciously invited to check out the jewelry design studio of HOORSENBUHS, located just outside of Los Angeles. Greeted by Designer & Owner, Robert Keith and Brand Liaison, Kether Parker, we walked into the 1940s Quonset Hut, where HOORSENBUHS calls home. One would never expect this hut to be a jewelry designer’s stomping grounds, yet it serves as a great decoy for the looming paparazzi when some of their celeb clientele stop by; people such as Paris Hilton, Rosario Dawson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Navarro, amongst others. HOORSENBUHS jewelry studio Jeweler's Work Bench, Where all the magic happens Gem Gossip had an inside look into how this high-end jewelry company is doing things differently and easily succeeding, while catching everyone’s attention. We also got a feel for how each customer gets their very own personalized jewelry buying experience when walking through these doors. left, Kether Parker, Brand Liaison, right, Robert Keith, Designer & Owner A “customer” is the wrong word to describe someone who purchases a piece from HOORSENBUHS. The experience of buying is so hands-on, you get “play around” with the jewelry, and choose what metal you prefer, what diamonds you want. Designer Robert Keith and Brand Liaison Kether Parker are passionate about what they do and want you to feel the same way. You basically walk into a whole new dimension of jewelry design with a whole new level of personalization. me falling in love with their rings At HOORSENBUHS, this is where you take control, and Robert & Kether are there to guide you and make the experience fun! Make an appointment, stop in, hit up the punching bag, play a diddy on the guitar or bang on their drum set, all while customizing any of their classic Tri-Link motif jewelry pieces. Now, that’s much better than talking to a stuffy sales associate at any jewelry store, right? the leather wrap-around bracelet makes a great headband And there’s so many goodies to choose from. Want to shine like Rihanna? Then pick the Phantom ring...Rihanna has two! Or go for a classic and get the Quad Link...Snoop Dogg never takes his off, I don’t think you will either! My favorite? The Phantom ring, customized in 18k yellow gold with black diamonds! A ring this fierce can change the way you look, entirely. The fast-selling, leather wrap-around bracelet is killer and made to fit. HOORSENBUHS on every finger! Gem Gossip cannot wait to get a glimpse of the jewelry set for Fall 2009. From what Robert & Kether described, the style and uniqueness will be unprecedented. I can already imagine the designs on runways. Be sure to check out some upcoming important dates for HOORSENBUHS, such as the trunk shows for Barneys New York.  To learn more, click here. The latest happenings at HOORSENBUHS: an Elle magazine editorial coming out in their September issue C magazine is doing a piece on the new Atelier for their September issue Read More