The Hottest Celebrity Jewelry Trend Happening Now–Hoops!

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Jennifer Lopez may have been one of the originators, but now there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of hoop earrings and celebrities are following suit.

What makes this hoop trend new? Crank the typical thin metal circle hoop earrings up a notch… or 12 notches! We’ve spotted all kinds of luxe versions of the hoop earring — from diamond color coated to encrusted opal slices. Hoops are competing as the new statement earrings on the red carpet.

Not to mention they have a remarkable way of framing the face and are extremely adaptable in size to fit anyone’s face shape. They’re quintessential and dependable. Hoop shaped earrings have been a powerful symbol in numerous cultures throughout history. The oldest earrings archaeologists have discovered belong to Sumerian women who lived in 2500 BC, and favoured the classic gold hoop style.

Hoop earrings are a foolproof, classic staple and if you don’t have a pair of hoop earrings in your jewelry box, check out these celebrity looks for inspiration to add a pair now!

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Hailey Baldwin demonstrating that one pair of hoop earrings is never enough. Hailey wearing 2 pairs of gold hoop earrings from Jennifer Fisher Jewelry at the iGo.live launch event.

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Jennifer Lopez wore Harry Winston three row diamond hoop earrings at the ‘Rei Kawakubi/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ Costume Institute Gala 2017. She also wore a pair of bold gold Samira hoop earrings by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry in her new music video for ‘Amor Amor Amor’.

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Nicki Minaj wore oversized diamond hoop earrings by Lynn Ban at the 2017 MTV VMAs.

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Rihanna prefers colored diamond encrusted hoop earrings. She wore Rihanna Loves Chopard pink sapphire hoop earrings to the LA premiere of Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets. She also wore yellow diamond hoop earrings by Jacob & Co. at the launch of her Fenty Beauty, pictured here.

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Singer Rita Ora wore diamond Tiffany and Co. hoops at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards.

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Sarah Paulson wearing diamond Jasmine hoop earrings by Nirav Modi at the 2017 Screen Actor Guild Awards.

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GET THE LOOK: SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH TH’HABA JEWELRY

I have been longing to explore more jewellery with deep spiritual symbolism, and as luck would have it, the universe has recently rewarded me. A wonderful Kuwaiti jewellery designer and architect in one, Abrar Al Ebrahim, shared the story behind her Th’haba Jewelry and presented me with an opportunity to choose from the delicate jewels from her THAMANIYA and YIELD collections to create an otherworldly look.

My feelings from wearing jewellery with such powerful symbolism inspired me to create a completely white outfit with a feather-like flowing white Teatum Jones dress. I was like a portal open to receive the universal energy and Th’haba Jewelry was enabling this positive energy to flow!

Gazing at the two-finger ring from THAMANIYA collection on my hand I’m suddenly struck with a realisation that it is the accurate representation of a pyramid! The name of the collection itself means eight in Arabic and pays homage to the initial 8-sided design of ancient Egyptian pyramids. Number 8 itself has a strong spiritual reference to infinity and the peak state.

The designer Abrar Al Ebrahim was inspired by the energy she experienced inside a pyramid, when she was on spiritual journey in Egypt. The open disconnected hoop style earrings, the delicate bangle bracelet and the splendid choker that I am wearing are all crafted from 18 kt yellow gold adorned with a brilliant diamond on top of each pyramid structure.

“THAMANIYA collection is a salute to how an 8-sided entity can create a portal, where you are elevated if you use it properly. And 8 is the number you should use for that. Even in the Quran there is a phrase meaning the throne of God is carried by eight. Even in the Quran there is correlation to the number 8 and its spirituality” – Abrar Al Ebrahim

To complete my look I chose one of the rings with Arabic lettering from Th’haba YIELD collection. Translated as “Yield and Surrender”, both words essentially have the same meaning. However, one is to give in for spiritual reason and the other for external reason. During my book-signing and Q&A event in Bahrain we discussed the art of jewellery self-expression. I believe that ring should have a personal meaning. And it is exactly what the “Yield and Surrender” ring is designed for: when the wearer looks at it, he reflects on his current state and decides whether to surrender and let it go or to surrender and let himself go…

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Thanks for stopping by! Do you believe that jewellery can help on your spiritual journey? Leave me a message in the comments below.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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WHAT’S ON HER WISHLIST? BEST HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR A JEWELLERY LOVER

Looking for a Christmas present for a jewellery lover? Say no more, I got you covered. Welcome to GEMOLOGUE annual jewellery holiday gift guide! As all the shop windows in London become sprinkled with Christmas decorations, I have selected 10 gift ideas for her including some from my own jewellery wish list! From surprisingly affordable pieces  to all things luxury you’ll find the perfect gift for any budget and taste!

Scroll down and shop these fabulous gifts by clicking the link in the text! Buying gifts for a jewellery lover has never been easier!

1. OLIVER BONAS JEWELLERY HOLDERS (£5 – £80)

If you’re looking for a present for a jewellery lover you can NEVER go wrong with jewellery accessories. One of my favourite affordable brands Oliver Bonas offers everything one can ever dream of from cute little ring holders and jewellery trays to sophisticated jewellery boxes and stands. I myself own 4 of them and counting.

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2. GEMOLOGUE STREET JEWELLERY STYLES & STYLING TIPS BOOK (£25)

An ultimate present for a fashionista and a jewellery lover in one. Collection of jewellery street style inspiration and archive of beautiful jewellery from all around the world by yours truly has been on the wish list of my Instagram followers since its launch! Now the time has come: sign it with kind wishes and why you admire their love for jewellery for a sweet personal touch!

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3. L’ÉCOLE, THE SCHOOL OF JEWELRY ARTS COURSE (£35 – £315)

EVERY passionate jewellery lover wants to know more about jewellery. An immutable truth. Specially for this occasion Jewellery School L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels offers gift certificates for everything from regular lectures to a visit to the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels Maison accompanied by a skilled craftsman. If your special someone  is spending holidays in Paris, you’ve just found the perfect gift!

4. SMYTHSON LEATHER NOTEBOOK (£45 – £ 215)

New Year – New Me resolution has to be documented and there’s no better place to do it than in a brand new gorgeous notebook! My personal favourites are metallic designs, a good way to please a lover of all things sparkly.

5. MARCUS MCCALLUM LOOSE GEMSTONE (PRICE PER CARAT)

In Hatton Gardens Marcus McCallum gemstone shop you can either choose a perfect loose stone or go extra mile and select a perfect bead for a one-of-a-kind personal jewellery gift. I just bought a beautiful string of kyanite for myself and I love it! Rare, unique and approved by jewellery blogger Liza Urla, what could be better?

6. STRANGELOVE NYC PERFUME OIL NECKLACE (£195)

Exquisite yet affordable gift for a person with a passion for perfumes and jewellery that stands out. Enhanced with the wearer’s natural body warmth the fragrance can be used anytime anywhere. And with citrusy top notes of Bergamot and Ginger, middle accords of rich Dark Chocolate and sweet Ylang Ylang and an earthy base of Orris Butter and Sandalwood it would definitely appeal to your special one. Once the fragrance runs low get a refill or fill the little bottle with mini versions of their favourite gemstones!

7. FORNASETTI JEWELLERY TRAY (£198)

This shimmering gold toned tray by my favourite Italian brand deserves a special attention if your receiver is a ring addict. Exquisite and playful ring adorned hand drawing speaks for itself!

8. NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD PEARL DECORATED SHOES (£420 –  £ 2,790)

How to surprise a jewellery lover, who seems to have everything already? Go for pearl adorned shoes! From trendy slippers to sexy pumps and winter boots this talented designer challenges the boundaries of traditional footwear design. I own a pair and as a jewellery lover I can sincerely share: I am obsessed!

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9. SILVIA FURMANOVICH MARQUETRY JEWELLERY BOX (FROM £1000)

If your lucky recipient follows @GEMOLOGUE Instagram, then this iconic marquetry creation by Silvia Furmanovich is 100% on their holiday wish list! Featuring two layers of organising compartments it is a unique and safe place to store most precious jewels. Think no more and click to buy it, they’re selling out fast!

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10. ICONIC CARTIER WATCH (£3,450 – £30,300)

No better timeless gift than a classic chic timepiece! For our wedding, my family has spoiled my fiancé and I with beautiful Cartier watches that we will cherish forever. A sophisticated gift for someone special to be forever thankful!

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Happy Holidays! Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment below and discover my last year’s Christmas gift guide jewellery for even more jewellery gift ideas for her!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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Get Creative With Pre-Made Jewelry Components!

This past March, Metalwerx got together with artist-instructor, Paulette Werger to design a workshop that focused on methods for modifying and integrating pre-made components into jewelry in exciting ways. This not only saves you time, but also keeps your work looking unique.  We put together a handful of the inspiring design ideas covered in that class so you can use to take your work to a new level and discover inventive ways to use off-the-rack elements in your jewelry!

Tips and creative uses for a few Halstead Pre-Made Components:

Item #2200 Bead Chain

Cut up that Bead Chain!

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  1. Cut up bead chain and solder in your own fused and forged custom links or elements!
  2. Add a segment of bead chain to an earring as a decorative element like our student, Stephanie Ellis did!
From left to right: Bead Chain from Paulette's class demonstration; Soldering the bead chain; Earrings by Stephanie Ellis featuring bead chain element
From left to right: Bead Chain from Paulette’s class demonstration; Soldering the bead chain; Earrings by Stephanie Ellis featuring bead chain element

Item # 21606EF Drawn cable chain 

Add elements onto, into, and through a Drawn Cable Chain!

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  1. Ball up wires through each link in a chain to add dimension and movement! To do this: first, ball up one end of a short piece of wire. Feed the straight un-balled end of the wire through one of the links in a cable chain (the ball on the other end should be big enough so it does not fall through), and then ball up the other end!  Add a bunch of these for a dramatic effect!  NOTE: It’s easiest to ball up a bunch of wires at the same time. (Image: Necklace by student, Sarah Demers. Rest are class demos)
  2. Pre-drilled discs can be hung from a chain with a jump ring so they dangle and move.
Left: Demos from Paulette's class; Far right: Necklace by student Sarah Demers
Left: Demos from Paulette’s class; Far right: Necklace by student Sarah Demers

A few (of the many) pre-made components you can alter:

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  • Halstead Item #SUL223
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    Pre-made parts can be altered – hammer, keum boo, bend, and more!

    1. Keum boo on part of a premade component while it’s flat (such as a leaf or disc) (Image: Disc earrings by student, Cheryl Curran).
    2. Try using a bending brake or vise to fold a disc in half.
    3. Use the cross peen end of a riveting hammer to add texture and/or ruffle the end of a leaf shape!

Top left: Keum boo earrings by student Cheryl Curran; Top right: textured washers; Bottom left: Textured and fold-formed leaves; Bottom right: Washers linked together
Top left: Keum boo earrings by student Cheryl Curran; Top right: textured washers; Bottom left: Textured and fold-formed leaves; Bottom right: Washers linked together

Item # SL129 Moon Disc  

Make a link from something unexpected – like this moon disc!

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  1. Form (dap) and solder the ends of this moon disc together to create links in a chain! The entire chain could be made out of altered discs or just a few links as the focal point of a necklace as in this demo piece by Paulette.

Paulette's demonstration on turning a moon shaped disc into a focal point for a necklace.
Paulette’s demonstration on turning a moon shaped disc into a focal point for a necklace.

Discs and Bars with or without holes

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  • Connect links in a new way!
    1. Instead of connecting pre-drilled discs or bars to a commercial chain, here’s a way to use balled up wire as the chain or connection! Some links have two holes and some have one in these pieces
  • Add a disc or bar to tubing as a decorative element, transforming that tube into a cool bead!
    1. Solder a disc, bar, or other part onto a piece of cut up tubing. These can be strung onto a necklace or used in an earring, as shown in Paulette’s demo pieces.
Bar findings take center stage in these demo designs from Paulette's class.
Bar findings take center stage in these demo designs from Paulette’s class.
Various sizes of disc and bar blanks ad fun touches to these demo designs.
Various sizes of disc and bar blanks ad fun touches to these demo designs.

Interested in getting hands on at the Metalwerx studio with Paulette? Join her for her upcoming workshop The Chain Gang: Unique Chains and Links on March 8 – 10, 2019.

More About Metalwerx

Metalwerx  is  here  to  help  you  learn  new  jewelry,  metalworking  and  business  skills,  find  inspiration  among  like-minded  people,  discover  tools  that  will  support  your  artistic  development,  and  welcome  you  into  and  encouraging  and  supportive  community  where  you  can  thrive.  Located  just  outside  of  Boston  Massachusetts,  novice  and  professional  jewelers  can  attend  one  to  five  day  workshops  and  weekly  classes  suited  to  their  needs,  schedule,  budget,  and  interests.  Our  studio  also  provides  workbenches,  equipment,  and  space  for  28 studiomates, a  passionate  group  of  makers.  In  addition,  the  annual  Marketplace  Symposium  presents  inspiring  educational  seminars  and  showcases  materials,  tools,  and  service  vendors  from  all  over  the  country  who  can  help  attendees  determine  the  best  investment  for  their  professional  development.

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Find more inspiration for pre-made findings:

Inspired By Findings: Guest Blog By Katie Hacker

Eva Sherman’s Spectacular Soldered Rings

Riveting Techniques From Gwen Youngblood

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Kate of @LuxCharmJewelry

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This month’s Jewelry Collection Story comes from Kate of @LuxCharmJewelry and it is a good one! Kate is a full-time art teacher and part-time jewelry enthusiast and collector. You may already be following her on Instagram, but if not you must. Her collection is pretty amazing and her story may resonate with many of you. So without further ado, I give you Kate’s collection story:

I’ve always loved jewelry. I have early memories of playing “dress up” and “jewelry store” with my grandmother Louise. She kept her jewelry in the top dresser drawer. Oh how I loved looking inside those little boxes and seeing all the sparkly jewels inside! We would arrange her jewels on top of carefully arranged bits of pretty fabrics and embroidered handkerchiefs and take turns “shopping.” It was so much fun trying on her white dress gloves and high heels and playing with all those pretty things.

When I was around 10 years old, my dad started giving me jewelry every year for Christmas, mostly rings. One year, I received a topaz ring that had the most amazing shade of bright blue. I adored that ring! Another favorite ring given to me by my dad was a gold signet ring that he had monogramed with my initials. I think I was around 15 at the time. It’s a classic look that will never go out of style and one I wear often today.

One of my favorite early jewelry memories was when my family went out to dinner before my high school senior award night. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to win the top artist award in my class, and my parents bought me this beautiful southwestern sterling bracelet and turquoise ring to mark the occasion. For high school graduation, I received a large, modernist sterling and gold ring. At the time, I wasn’t into yellow gold, and these bold sterling pieces were among the most beautiful pieces I owned. Luckily, my parents have continued the tradition of gifting me jewelry for special occasions, and I cherish them all. These pieces help to serve as reminders of special times in my life. My sweet husband has also joined in on the tradition and I have received many beautiful pieces from him now over the years, including my very first (and favorite) Victorian bird bangle bracelet and my beloved antique turquoise and diamond halo ring.

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As a teenager, I was really into second-hand shops–mainly for vintage clothes and small decorative items, but eventually I started picking up inexpensive jewelry and odds-and-ends; like pendants, chokers, chains, etc. At about the same time, I started making beaded jewelry and even gifting and selling pieces to my friends.

Years later, I decided to try my hand at selling handmade jewelry on Etsy. It was a fun, challenging, and creative outlet. Those were the relative early days of Etsy, and I grew as it grew. I did this for a couple of years and slowly started incorporating more and more vintage jewelry components and findings into my pieces. Eventually, the competition increased and my enthusiasm waivered, so I put my shop on hold.

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My love affair with antique jewelry began about eight years ago when my mom and I were antiquing at one of my favorite stores in Richmond, IN. My mom fell head-over-heels for this old gold cameo ring. At first, I was like, “What? Cameos? Ugh, I don’t get it.” Then much to my surprise, my mom professed her life-long love affair with cameos, citing stories from her youth. The shop owner quoted her a low price and my mom quickly bought the ring. She wasn’t one to make fine jewelry purchases on our excursions together, so I was intrigued and wanted to know more. I couldn’t stop staring at this unusual reddish-orange cameo ring on our drive back home; I was fascinated by it. It didn’t look like the girly, pink cameos I was used to seeing. It was more masculine in style and the gold was a rich rose color. The shop owner estimated the ring to be about 120 years old.

To my knowledge, I had never seen a ring that old before and now I wanted one for myself! The more I researched, the more I realized what an amazing deal my mom got on that ring. Sure, it was more than I was used to spending on random antique mall purchases (about $85), but still affordable. This made antique jewelry seem obtainable to me for the first time ever. I started reading jewelry books, researching online, and educating myself on antique jewelry. I liked learning the history behind each piece. It’s a perfect fit for me– combining my love of history, research, sentiment, story, etc.

Inspired by my new passion and focus, I reopened my Etsy shop–selling only vintage and antique jewelry. I absolutely loved hunting for old jewelry, even cameos! Thinking back to that special trip to Richmond with my mom, I believe this was the critical moment that later turned this new interest into a full-blown hobby and part-time job for me.

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Today I have such a deep and sincere appreciation for antique jewelry; I tend to collect a little bit of everything. All in all, I tend to go more for Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco pieces. Rings are probably my favorite type of jewelry to wear and collect. I love everything from dainty to bold, statement rings. I also love antique bangles and Deco necklaces in all sorts of finishes, metals, and styles.

One of my favorite things to collect are watches. My favorite makers are Longines and Bucherer. I have everything from watch pins, watch rings, wristwatches, and pocket watches. And I really love long enamel watch necklaces. My love of watch necklaces probably began when I scored an amazing Bucherer red guilloche enamel watch ball necklace for $60 in a small, local antique shop. I later learned this was a remarkable deal for one with its original enamel chain in perfect condition. I’ve since added about 10 more to my collection over the years. I just can’t stop myself when I see a beautiful one for a good price. I have such a weakness for fine guilloche enamel-work.

In addition, I love bird-themed jewelry and have many bird bangles, lockets, etc. I tend to favor cool-color pieces in general (it must be the Pisces in me!). I am very fond of blue–sapphires, lapis, zircon, and turquoise to name a few. Pale lavender chalcedony, dreamy moonstones, and that particular shade of green commonly used in Art Deco pieces–are all personal favorites. I have a growing collection of snake rings, too.

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I enjoy shopping at small, local places best. The Midwest is a gold mine for antiques of all kinds. The big jewelry enthusiasts seem to live on either coast and being stuck in the middle has its advantages… lower prices and less pickers. But this seems to get harder every year. My favorite display cases and shops seem to be shutting down. The old dealers retire; some pass away. I think part of me has also wanted to open a brick and mortar shop, but the risks are scary.

Currently, I seem to have the most luck shopping at antique shows and online auctions. I’m always on the hunt for new pieces. I would love to own more niello jewelry, antique enamel bracelets, and gutta percha bangles inlaid with gold. I have a thing for portrait paintings but oddly, own no portrait jewelry. I interned at the National Portrait Gallery right after college and it’s a subject I’m really interested in. I would love to find the perfect emerald ring and more “name” or “initial” jewelry to represent the important people in my life.

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Recently I celebrated a milestone birthday (hello, 40!) and had been hunting for the perfect aquamarine birthstone piece of jewelry for months. Then it finally happened…a huge, honking, 14-carat, Victorian, pear-shaped aqua ring in 15K gold popped up on my Instagram feed. Its large size, unfussy setting, and perfect pale-blue color, stopped me dead in my tracks. A direct quote from the seller was, “a mesmerizing, dreamy, huge piece of magic.” Indeed it was. I sold three personal collection rings to make room for this special ring, the latest addition to my jewelry box.

Back when I started wearing, selling, and collecting antique jewelry, I was the only one I knew who did. I just bought what I liked and what I could afford at the time. It wasn’t until I joined IG a couple of years ago that I found other like-minded people who loved and appreciated old jewelry as much as I do. Like most sellers/collectors, I am searching for more high quality and unusual pieces nowadays. Lately, there seems to be more competition, more reproductions, and higher prices on the online auction sites, making it harder to “score” a deal. While I may not be selling forever, I know I will be wearing and enjoying my jewelry for the rest of my life. It brings me so much joy. Marking special occasions and making new memories with jewelry are so important to me. Jewelry has a way of keeping our memories alive…providing a tangible reminder… connecting us to the people, places, and significant moments we cherish in life. Happy hunting!

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GEMOLOGUE BOOK SIGNING, JEWELLERY ARABIA BAHRAIN: THE ART OF JEWELLERY SELF-EXPRESSION

Can’t believe this is my second book signing already and what perfect place to host it but at Jewellery Arabia Bahrain – pearl central! Thank you all so much for coming and making your way through the labyrinth of jewellery displays to find me! It’s a long way away from London and my first book signing at Sotheby’s, but just as much fun. Many of you also tuned into my Instagram Live feed and my takeover of Jewellery Arabia Bahrain Instagram, and I’m so grateful.

Since 2009 when I started GEMOLOGUE, I’ve been dedicated to inspiring my dear readers with beautiful jewellery and captivating photography. I wanted to show jewellery lovers and enthusiasts how to be creative and experiment with their own gem style. My new book, GEMOLOGUE: Jewellery Street Style & Styling Tips does just that. Showcasing some of my favourite looks, it’s packed full of engaging jewellery styling tips, the ultimate guide for jewellery lovers and enthusiasts and one that’s long deserved. With so many books about jewellery and fashion street style, I wanted to create something unique, fun, and engaging.

A special thank you to my gracious host (four years in a row!) – the lovely Azza Al-Hujairi of Azza Showroom at Jewellery Arabia Bahrain. How time flies! Last year we were presenting from her pink boutique at Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2017, this year, we’re having a book signing. But not before a quick Q&A, and a great conversation about jewellery and pearls.

My eternal love for pearls has only grown over the past nine years, since I launched GEMOLOGUE. One aim of mine was to give pearls the recognition they deserve and showcase them for the natural wonders they truly are. Worn by the kings and queens of noble empires across the globe, and the rich and famous of Hollywood and the silver screen, pearls have always been a symbol of luxury.

My goal has always been to revive the perception of pearls, like this massive poster behind me clearly demonstrates. This is the look I wore to London Fashion Week to change the conversation from fashion to jewellery. We’ve been wearing jewellery long before we’ve been wearing clothes. My #jewelleryface went viral on social media and is featured in GEMOLOGUE: Jewellery Street Style & Styling Tips.

The first-ever natural pearl I saw up close was in Bahrain. For Bahrain, the pearl has a deeper meaning and holds a special place in the history, tradition, culture, and heritage of the Kingdom. This is why Bahrain speaks to me and I want to educate people and eliminate misconceptions about natural pearls. So I’m holding my first natural pearl choker giveaway to help raise awareness. You could win this stunning piece of contemporary jewellery before 1st December 2018! Click the link to learn how.

If you still haven’t got your copy of GEMOLOGUE: Jewellery Street Style & Styling Tips, you can order it on Amazon International.

In the meantime, here are a few jewellery styling tips from the Q&A. Everyone wanted to know the three most desirable pieces of jewellery every woman should own. Any jewellery lover instinctively knows that the more jewellery you have the better. But in the interest of time, I kept it to the absolute essentials and just three pieces.

1.  A SPECIAL RING TO TRANSPORT YOU

Besides your engagement and wedding rings, choose a ring you can wear every day that triggers some emotion or evokes a special memory. A ring is personal and could represent a mantra that means something to you or symbolize an attribute that empowers you. A ring should bring joy every time you touch it and hold it, transporting you to a better place.

2.  A NECKLACE TO EXPRESS YOURSELF

Express yourself with a necklace and think about what you want to say to the outside world. Only those looking at you can see the necklace you wear, so make a statement and choose carefully. What kind of impression do you want to make?

3.  EARRINGS TO ENERGIZE YOU

I personally adore statement earrings. The bigger the better! However, the size of your earrings is often influenced by the culture. In Brazil, women love huge earrings, but in the U.S., they prefer smaller earrings, and in Europe, they’re practically non-existent! Everyone loves studs, right! The trick with styling smaller earrings is to experiment with different styles like ear jackets, ear cuffs, and alternative designs. Earrings are an essential finishing touch to your look.

Diamond earrings are grand, but so too are many other beautiful and colourful gemstones, and let’s not forget pearl earrings. When it comes to earrings, it’s all about attracting energy and vibrations to yours ears, so choose a gemstone or pearl to match your inner rhythm.

I could have gone on talking about jewellery forever. The only way to find your perfect essential jewellery pieces is to look around. Browse GEMOLOGUE Instagram, discover stones you love, and find a style that fits you personally. Jewellery is a form of self-expression and individual style. So don’t let me tell you what you should wear, rather let me inspire you to experiment and try something new.

I hope my book, GEMOLOGUE: Jewellery Street Style & Styling Tips will inspire you to discover your own unique style.

Thanks for stopping by. What do you feel like my book shows? Please feel free to leave me a message in the comments below.

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I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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JEWELLERY ARABIA BAHRAIN SOCIAL MEDIA TAKEOVER 2018

I have been taking over Instagram accounts of COUTURE and JCK Luxury as well as jewellery brands such as Diane Kordas and Azza Fine Jewellery. It’s always such a fun and creative experience! Hope you will enjoy my curation of the best jewels of Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018 in my latest social media takeover!

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Today jewellery blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE will be taking over our account to share her jewellery curation of Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018. See the show through Liza’s eyes and join us on her journey! #gemologuebook #jewelleryarabia #bahrain #gemologue #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury #luxurylifebahrain #fashionaccessories #jewellerylover #jewelleryaddict #watches

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: Could’t be happier today because of my official social media takeover with @jewelleryarabiabahrain! It’s so nice to meet you all! Together let’s discover some breathtaking jewels! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: I am delighted to invite you to my book signing and a jewellery talk with Azza of @azzashowroom! My book GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips is the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. Do not miss it as I will sign the first 20 copies for you! I am looking forward to seeing you all at 5 p.m. in the entrance hall! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: This splendid emerald earrings at @azzashowroom C15 is definitely made it to my jewellery curation of Jewellery Arabia 2018! Show-stopping creation! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: To me pearls are miracles of nature! Their mesmerising glow, their timeless elegance and rarity enchant millions of jewellery lovers around the world. This choker by @almahmoodpearls adorned with Bahraini natural pearls is just absolutely breathtaking! SWIPE 👉 #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: If you are in Bahrain today you are probably one of the 50,000+ visitors of Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018! With all jewellery creations on sale being one-of-a-kind, it is important not to miss @azzashowroom C15 booth and take your chance to see this diamond necklace transformer @mikejosephjewellery with your own eyes! SWIPE 👉 #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: I am so lucky to visit Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018 and see its jewellery wonders with my own eyes! Strolling through the sparkly pavilions @azzashowroom booth caught my eye with these limited edition marquetry jewellery boxes by @silviafurmanovich #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: One thing I love the most about Jewellery Arabia Bahrain is that it brings so many jewellery lovers, designers and industry professionals in one place! Happy to enjoy this celebration of fine jewellery trying on these charming diamond and ruby chokers by @azzafinejewellery ! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: What a magnificent @boucheronbah Plume de Paon rose gold diamond ring and malachite Serpent Boheme necklace! I’m sure you’re all holding your breath right now! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: My advice to all jewellery designers displaying their wonderful jewellery creations at Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018: Be proud of yourself for how far you’ve come and never stop pushing to be the best you can be! This Macri Giglio cuff by @buccellatimilan is another fascinating example of the craftsmanship talent behind each piece on display today! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: Love wearing these eye-catching diamond studs with rubies by @picchiotti_fine_jewellery SWIPE 👉 #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: In this two fingers ring by @ara_vartanian marries the intense colour of Paraiba Tourmaline making it one of my most favourite pieces I have seen today! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: These marvellous expandable creations by @picchiotti_fine_jewellery radiates in an explosion of rubies, sapphires and emeralds. It’s so beautiful to photograph! SWIPE 👉 #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: How beautiful is this jewellery photo of @fernandojorge earrings set with mother of pearl and diamonds? If you like how this picture preserves the colour and original sparkle of gemstones, you might find a few jewellery photography tips by @gemkreatives useful for showcasing your jewellery creations from the best angle! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Instagram takeover by Liza Urla of @GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger and digital jewellery tastemaker: Thank you for following my Instagram takeover and my curation of finest jewellery creations of Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018! My jewellery journey is about relationships, knowledge, expertise and understanding! Follow my jewellery journey around the world at @gemologue and my insider advice for jewellery industry at @gemkreatives! #JewelleryArabiaBahrainXGemologue #jewelleryarabia #gemologue #jewelleryarabiabahrain2018 #bahrain #saudiluxury #bahrainluxury 📸 @gemkreatives @juliaflitphotography

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Thanks for stopping by! Which photo do you like the most from my social media takeover of Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018 Instagram account? Leave me a message in the comments below.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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Q & A and Visit with Emily Stoehrer of MFA Boston

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After a long and exciting week in Boston, I had a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts set up to feed my jewelry history cravings. One of my favorite things about my love and passion for jewelry is learning! Museum exhibits are such a great way to see and learn, often producing a lifelong impact or memory–especially for me. Whenever there is a headlining jewelry exhibit, I like to try to schedule trips in hopes of catching it before it ends. Lucky for Boston, the MFA has quite an extensive jewelry department that is constantly researching, collaborating, and creating new exhibits. I got to have a private tour with Emily Stoehrer who is not only a wealth of knowledge, but highly dedicated and involved in what she does for the museum. I was fascinated in so many ways, as she brought me through the MFA’s current exhibit Past is Present: Revival Jewelry.

Learn more about Emily as she answers my questions below and make sure you stop by the exhibit before it ends in August of 2018. Can’t wait to visit again!

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I am the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry. It’s a unique role in an American fine art museum, which was established in 2006. I was appointed in 2014, and over the last three years have worked to develop the exhibition program; add extraordinary jewels to the collection; connect with jewelers, designers, and collectors; and collaborate with colleagues across the museum to plan programming and events

Spanning thousands of years of jewelry history, there are more than 20,000 objects in the jewelry collection. Highlights include our ancient collections and contemporary jewelry, but over the last decade have added to our holding of fine jewelry. A great example of this is a gift given by the Rothschild family a few years ago, which included an outstanding pearl and diamond necklace that dates to the late nineteenth century. With large, perfectly matched natural pearls, it’s an extraordinary treasure! Yvonne Markowitz (who is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry Emerita) and I have worked to establish a jewelry resource center for anyone interested in the study of jewelry, and as part of that we have also worked with the Curator of Design to acquire jewelry with related design drawings. Studying drawings from firms like Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin, the manufacturer-jeweler Louis Ferón, and the artist-craftsman Frank Gardner Hale, alongside the jewelry they made, has greatly informed our understanding of jewelry and how the industry operated historically.

We have also worked to add strength to strength by filling in gaps in our historical collection. For example, until recently we did not have anything by Carlo Giuliano. But, this year we added two amazingly naturalistic gold and enamel butterflies to the collection—a Duke of Burgundy and Bath White butterfly, to be specific. They are impossibly thin, and enameled on both sides to show every detail of the butterfly’s body and wings. They are a stunning example of the goldsmith’s art. Another historically important and spectacular ornament that I recently acquired is the Apparitions brooch which was designed by Eugene Grasset and made by Henri Vever for the 1900 Paris Exposition. It’s hauntingly beautiful art nouveau aesthetic won them the Grand Prix.

My favorite part of the job is the research and planning that goes into creating an exhibition—doing research in libraries and archives and taking a deep dive into historical documents, publications, and material culture. Unfortunately, as I run from meeting to meeting, I don’t get to spend as much time doing this as I would like. So, I rely on some a team of volunteers and interns to help with some of it. Once the research has been done, and the objects have been selected, the real fun begins. I have learned so much about the storytelling capabilities of jewelry from working with the MFA’s remarkable exhibition designers, mountmakers, and conservators as we discuss and mock-up how each object will be displayed in the gallery.

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As any lover of jewelry knows, the past has consistently inspired jewelers and designers. While interest in historicism was particularly strong during the nineteenth century, there were great revival jewels made before 1800 and after 1900. In the same way the Victorians struggled with the tension between mass-production and hand-craftsmanship, we grapple with digital design and the pace of modern life. So, I see this as a topic that is as relevant today as it was 150 years ago, and if you think about it that way you’ll notice many examples of twentieth and twenty-first century jewelry that engage with a historical narrative. I hope that visitors enjoy seeing traditional “revivalist” ornaments by outstanding jewelers like Castellani and Giuliano, Bapst and Falize and Boucheron, but also some unexpected surprises like a 9-foot titanium python necklace by Munich-based contemporary jeweler David Bielander, and that the juxtaposition makes them question their notion of revival jewelry.

The exhibition highlights four revival styles: Archeological, Classical, Renaissance, and Egyptian. Each case in the intimate space includes a choice group of jewelry aimed to tell a story – travel, nationalism, graduation, cameo, scarabs, and snakes are just a few of the themes explored. If you pay very close attention to the labels, visitors might also be delighted to learn how early some of these objects were added to the MFA collection. Like the Met, the MFA was founded in 1870, and some of these jewels were acquired in the subsequent decades, making them contemporary jewelry when they were donated. A neoclassical necklace and five brooches with mythological scenes in carved shell cameo, and a Castellani necklace, earrings, and brooch commissioned by the amber collector William Buffum are just two examples of the objects that have resided at the MFA for more than one hundred years. Newer acquisitions on view include: a tour-de-force bracelet by the Roman jeweler Ernesto Pierret that features a central bovine head, granulation, and two menacing faces that come together to form the clap; a spectacular early twentieth-century neck ornament by G. Paulding Farham for Tiffany & Co.; and a slithering silver snake belt/necklace, with sapphire eyes, that Elsa Peretti designed for the American fashion designer Halston in the 1970s.

While 80% of the works on view are from the MFA collection, there are also some noteworthy loans. From the collection of Susan B. Kaplan, a startlingly lifelike lion speaks to the genius of Castellani’s designers and craftsmen. Unlike other micromosaic workshops, Castellani left the surface of their work uneven to create a glittering effected. Wartski Ltd., of London, loaned a demi-parure (belt buckle, brooch, and bracelet) by Falize Frères. Enameled on both sides, the glorious ornaments use translucent enamel and foil to create a fantastical scene with birds, like those seen in illuminated manuscripts. Generously sponsored by Cartier, the exhibition includes four magnificent twentieth-century ornaments from the Cartier Collection. Made between 1906 and 1928, the garland style medusa necklace, winged scarab belt buckle, Eye of Horus bracelet (that once belonged to Linda Porter), and the diamond chimera bracelet are outstanding examples of French revival jewelry, and the depth of the MFAs ancient collection allows for these dazzling jewels to be exhibited alongside the ancient artifacts that inspired their design.

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My path to jewelry was a crooked one. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and had plans to attend law school. But a few years working in the District Attorney’s office, I changed my mind and I began researching graduate programs in fashion. In 2005 I moved to New York City and enrolled in the two-year Fashion & Textile Studies program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Thanks to FIT’s remarkable alumni network I ended up back in my hometown with an internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As an intern I worked with conservators in the Textile Conservation department to relocate the fashion collection.

My first full-time position at the MFA was as a Collections Care Specialist and my responsibilities included preparing more than 10,000 objects from the Asian costume and textile collection for photography – everything from kimono to dragon robes and textile fragments to temple hangings. When that project ended, I became the Curatorial Research Associate reporting to Yvonne Markowitz (then curator of jewelry). For two years I worked with her on the inaugural exhibition in the jewelry gallery, and the book Artful Adornment. Both the exhibition and the book focused on highlights from the MFA’s jewelry collection. Yvonne quickly became a very important part of my life, and has been an extraordinary mentor. She encouraged me to think about a future as a jewelry curator, bringing my knowledge of fashion history to the understanding of jewelry. She enthusiastically introduced me to her contacts and colleagues, took me to conferences, and supported my own research in the field. She also told me to consider a PhD.

During my time at the MFA, I had been teaching courses in textiles and fashion history, and in 2010 I left the Museum and took a position at a small college in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. As Program Director and Assistant Professor, I managed three robust fashion programs with more than 100 students. At the same time I took PhD courses and exams, and began work on my dissertation. My doctoral work focused on the intersection of fashion, jewelry, and media. I examined the vintage jewelry on the red carpet from 1995-2010 using Neil Lane’s collection as a case study.

After nearly 30 years at the MFA, Yvonne retired in 2014 and I was appointed to replace her. Over the last three years, I curated the exhibitions Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen, Past is Present: Revival Jewelry, and smaller installations; planned jewelry related events and trips for the MFA’s Fashion Council; traveled extensively to lecture, visit art fairs and exhibitions, participated in educational opportunities organized by Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA) and Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) trips, attend conferences, visited collectors, galleries, designers, and jewelers. It’s been a whirlwind. Recently I have taken on two leadership roles, joining the board of directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the Boston chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA).

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I am immersed in research for two forthcoming exhibitions, and a book related to my doctoral work.

Opening in September 2018, an exhibition of Boston arts and crafts jewelry and metalwork will replace Past is Present in the Stanley H. and Rita J. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery. From the establishment of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts to the disastrous 1929 stock market crash that crippled many artist craftsmen, this exhibition will be the first to focus solely on Boston jewelers, and will include design drawings, jewelry, and hollowware by artists like Frank Gardner Hale, Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Margaret Rogers, and Edward Everett Oakes.

That exhibition will be followed by one on Elsa Peretti, who will be celebrating 50 years as a designer in 2020. Beginning her design career making jewelry and accessories for Giorgio Sant’ Angelo and Halston before joining Tiffany & Co., Peretti has created timeless designs that continue to resonate with modern consumers. Her refined taste has focused, primarily, on silver but the exhibition will feature a diverse sample of her work, as well as her inspirations, and—of course—include a fashion element. An esteemed arbiter of style, fashion icon, and friend of many twentieth century notables, this exhibition will celebrate Peretti’s life and career.

My work at the MFA keeps me very busy, but I am also in the midst of writing a book titled Jewelry in Celebrity Culture: Glamour and the Hollywood Spectacle. It will be published as part of I.B. Taurus’s Dress Culture series (edited by Reina Lewis and Elizabeth Wilson). From the tour-de-force necklace that the American firm Trabert & Hoeffer loaned Colette Colbert to wear in the 1935 film The Gilded Lily to the impact of The Representation Project’s #askhermore campaign, the book will examine how jewelry aids in Hollywood’s production of glamour.

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To be honest, the last three years have been a series of highlights. The people I have had the opportunity to meet have been the most memorable. The many conversations and meetings I had with Neil Lane as I conducted research on Hollywood jewelry and his private collection, having lunch with Elsa Peretti in Sant Marti Vell, Spain and discussing her incredible life and work, and spending two days in Wallace Chan’s Hong Kong atelier are at the top of the list!

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I look forward to seeing the field grow in new and exciting ways. There are so many M.A. programs that embrace the study of jewelry history, and there remain extensive subjects awaiting scholarly work. Coupled with a G.G. I think there is extraordinary potential for research and writing. I was lucky to have a great mentor, who guided my career path, and if you can find an experienced curator or historian to play that role for you, it’s priceless. This field is so welcoming. I encourage anyone interested in jewelry to find others that share their passion, social media is a great place for this.

Being a museum curator is much more multi-faceted than I realized after leaving graduate school. Even after years working at the Museum, it wasn’t until I was a curator that I realized the diverse requirements of the job—a natural curiosity, a mastery of your subject area and how it connects to other types of art, a vision and strong ideas that you can translate into exhibitions, excellence in building and maintaining relationships with artists and collectors, as well as strong research, writing, and public speaking skills.

I am very lucky that the MFA has such a vibrant jewelry program. My position, the gallery, and the prominence of jewelry at the MFA is all thanks to tremendous generosity Susan B. Kaplan. It is our hope that other American fine art museums will expand their collection, exhibition, and publication related to jewelry. And, that similar positions will emerge at other American museums.

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GEMOLOGUE JEWELLERY GIVEAWAY: BAHRAIN

Jewelry Giveaway! Thank you for participating in my GEMOLOGUE Jewellery Giveaway from Marbella and GEMOLOGUE Jewellery Giveaway from Dubai! 

Holiday season is just around the corner and I would like to spoil you with an early gift! You know that I have always appreciated natural pearls for their unique delicate glow. My aim is to raise awareness about pearls and to change their universal perception in the hope to give pearls the recognition they deserve and to showcase them for the natural wonders that they truly are. You can help me achieve my dream by telling me: why do you love pearls?

As a thank you, I am giving you a chance to win a stunning natural pearl choker by Azza Fine Jewellery! This Bahraini brand is walking hand in hand with the new generation led by women. The natural Bahraini pearl choker, worth £1,140  is a beautiful and versatile piece of contemporary jewellery and a great addition to any wardrobe! Adorned with 9.98 grams of 18k yellow gold, which traditionally highlights the hues in natural pearls it makes a perfect gift for yourself or someone you love!

Ready to win it? Only three conditions to follow on my Instagram giveaway post:

1. Like the giveaway post on GEMOLOGUE Instagram
2. In one comment please tell me why do you love pearls and tag two friends
3. Follow @gemologue and @azzashowroom

I will randomly choose one lucky winner on the 1st of December and publish the process in stories!

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

Jewellery Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

1. Key Dates. Start Date and time: 20/11/2018 12:00, End Date and time: 01/12/2018 12:00 Any entries received before / after these dates won’t be counted.
2. Restrictions. Only open to people who are 18 years or over at the date of their entry.
3. One winner will be selected by electronic random draw on 01/12/2018. They will be contacted personally (as soon as possible and must provide us with their address within 7 days or another winner will be chosen).
4. We may use the winners name and Instagram to publicly announce the winner of this competition. By entering this competition should you be the winner you are authorising us to use your name on media such as, but not limited to, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our website.
5. Data Protection. By entering the competition, you are automatically consenting to receiving marketing communications from us via email. You can opt out of this at any time. We never share any of your details with third parties.

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