Weekday Wardrobe: 5 Ring Stacks + Necklace Layer Look

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You didn’t think I forgot about the Weekday Wardrobe posts, did you?! Well, to be honest, I almost did. Promise I’ll start being better about rounding up my weekly looks and putting them into blog posts. This month’s ring stacks and jewelry looks have been fun, mixing and matching new finds and playing around more with charms and necklaces. I’m addicted to my black velvet choker and realized how much more chic it can make any necklace look when paired with it! Above, I’m wearing mine with my Starling Jewelry emerald necklace called the Colette Pave necklace. This cutie is so simple and perfect to wear every day. I like the craftsmanship of the piece–it is made really well and the chain is Italian. Emeralds are becoming my obsession. My longer chain holds my sentimental and favorite charms–my two Fox & Bond Minis, representing our wedding day and 1st year of marriage, and my Jean Jean Vintage Cachet Charm, which I’ve developed a habit for holding onto whenever I’m nervous.

Below you’ll find five different ring stacks I’ve worn this week, let’s start with Day One!

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Day One:

14k gold antique thick band, favorite pinky ring, found on eBay

Onyx two-tone gold filigree ring, a Christmas present to myself last year, from Sunday & Sunday Antiques

Garnet and diamond with blue enamel “comet” ring, from Skinner Auctions

10k gold and glass ring that used to be my Gram’s wedding ring

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DIAMOND PROMISE RINGS

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1/8 CT. TW. DIAMOND PROMISE RING IN STERLING SILVER
Promise your love now and forever with this sterling silver ring, which features a dazzling collection of round diamonds weighing approximately 1/8 ct. tw.

STONE DETAILS
Minimum Carat Total Weight:1/8 ctw (0.12 – 0.13)
Center Stone Carat Weight:3.0 pt (0.0295 – 0.0344)
Center Stone Cut:Brilliant / Full
Center Stone Color:I
Center Stone Clarity:I2-I3
Center Stone Nature:Natural
Stone Type:Diamond
Stone Shape:Round
Average Color:I
Average Clarity:I2-I3

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1/10 CT. TW. DIAMOND CLADDAGH RING IN STERLING SILVER
Crafted from sterling silver, this traditional Claddagh ring features an array of shimmering round diamonds on the heart and crown.

STONE DETAILS
Minimum Carat Total Weight:1/10 ctw (0.09 – 0.11)
Center Stone Carat Weight:0.3 pt (0.0025 – 0.0034)
Center Stone Cut:Single Cut
Center Stone Color:I-J
Center Stone Clarity:I2-I3
Center Stone Nature:Natural
Stone Type:Diamond
Stone Shape:Round
Average Color:IJ
Average Clarity:I3

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DIAMOND DOUBLE-HEART PROMISE RING IN STERLING SILVER & 10K GOLD
Nothing says you’ll love her forever like this fascinating sterling silver and 10K rose gold double-heart promise ring that’s adorned with 10 round single cut diamond accents.
STONE DETAILS
Minimum Carat Total Weight:<1/10 ctw (0.00 – 0.08)
Center Stone Carat Weight:1.0 pt (0.0095 – 0.0144)
Center Stone Cut:Single Cut
Center Stone Color:I-J
Center Stone Clarity:I2-I3
Center Stone Nature:Natural
Stone Type:Diamond
Stone Shape:Round
Average Color:IJ
Average Clarity:I2-I3

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Shirley Temple Jewels Highlight Heritage Auction’s December Sale

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Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Heritage Auctions, December 5th 2016

Truly one of the highlights of my career was getting to try on pieces of jewelry that once belonged to Shirley Temple when I visited Heritage Auctions in NYC a few months ago! Well these rare jewels are now finally up for auction at Heritage, where their December sales are jam-packed with some incredible jewelry. The amount and variety they have to offer is astounding. There are over 2,000 items in their Holiday Signature Sale which starts on December 5th at 10am CST. There’s no typo there, no extra zero was tapped when typing! Of the 2,000 and some items, over 80 pieces were once owned by Shirley Temple.

Above are some of my favorites, along with a fun collage of some of the gorgeous loose gemstones that are also included in the sale. Did you know they sell loose gems too?! Many come with certificates and are waiting to be set into something beautiful to be worn.

>> Heritage Holiday Jewelry Signature Auction, December 5th, 2016

Lot 54032: A French diamond, lapis, turquoise clip brooch, Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54637: A Cartier Ceylon yellow sapphire ring, Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54638: A French Victorian turquoise and diamond bracelet (once owned by Shirley Temple), Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 54661: A pair of emerald and lapis dangle earrings, Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 54774: An opal inlay bracelet set with tourmaline, Estimate: $2,000-3,000

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WANT MORE? Check out my visit, where I got to try on some of the jewels of Shirley Temple, being auctioned off December 5th!

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The Ultimate Holiday Wish List from Gem Gossip 2016

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This Holiday Gift Guide features new, designer jewelry only — if you’d like some antique and vintage finds, check out @shopGEMGOSSIP

If I may brag for a minute, I might want to say this is the best Holiday Gift Guide I’ve ever compiled in the history of Gem Gossip and I think you’ll agree! It is different than anything I’ve ever done because not only is it heavily curated, only 15 items from 15 different jewelry designers, but on top of picking out the best out there, I’ve reached out to each designer and asked for exclusive discounts on each product I’ve chosen. Move over Oprah’s Favorite Things, Gem Gossip’s Ultimate Holiday Wish List is here!

Follow along each day on Instagram as I reveal one item at a time–there will be a teaser photo, which will announce the designer of the soon-to-be-revealed promo item, followed by the item itself. A description of the wish list item will be included, along with how you can claim the discounted price for Gem Gossip readers only. To make things easy, my Instagram bio will house a direct link to claim the discount.

Each day, this blog post will be updated with the items as well, so if you ever need to reference back it will be here. Links will be included here too! I can’t wait for you to see all the great deals and unique items I had the honor of choosing for this year’s holiday gift guide, some are so good I own them myself!

Full disclosure: There is a small fee designer’s had to pay to be involved in this project. I receive zero commission based on how many pieces of each item sell during this promotion–this is not a commission-based program.

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Designer: Laura Medine

Item: 18k yellow gold set with a faceted moonstone with dangles of multi-colored sapphires and tourmaline

Deal: take 30% off, original retail price $1300, now $910

 

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12 of My Latest Obsessions + Words of Wisdom for the Holidays/End of the Year

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1. I’ve added a few new rings to my personal collection over the past couple of months from my recent trips. I met up with a fellow collector while in California and had the opportunity to buy a few pieces from her personal collection like the top row (minus the far left). I even discovered a website I can’t get enough of–The RealReal–where my husband bought me our 1st anniversary gift (the turquoise navette ring above). I knew of the website, but never went to it thinking it was only designer purses and items from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton. I was pleasantly surprised at their fine jewelry selection!

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2. Another obsession of mine since earlier this year has been EBTH.com which stands for Everything But the House! It’s a treasure hunter’s dream come true and this company is killing it right now. They are a virtual estate sale website, which features high quality sales from homes all over the US, in the form of an online auction. Anything from home decor, to clothing, collectibles, cars and even jewelry is featured. I’ve purchased two large gold mirrors, a rock & mineral collection and my best yet, the ring pictured above on my middle finger!

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3. Fun fact about me: I competed in beauty pageants when I was younger and although terribly shy, I would transform into a different person when on stage. Why? All for the love of crowns! I thought the crowns were made of real diamonds and I was obsessed with them when I was little. This is the biggest one I’ve ever won, and I have over 50 of them.

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Platinum on a Budget: 10K Men’s White Gold Wedding Rings

JustMensRings.com’s 10 karat white gold designer men’s rings offer an affordable yet handsome alternative to 14 karat and 18 karat gold. With a classic and timeless silvery white hue that rivals that of platinum, 10 karat white gold lends itself equally well to traditional plain domed and milgrained wedding bands as well as more cutting edge contemporary fashion ring styles.

JustMensRings’ designer white gold rings and wedding bands are available in both traditional and comfort fit options, in a variety of widths and designs. Each ring has the added benefit of a manufacturer backed Lifetime Guarantee, so that when you purchase from this designer collection, you can be assured that your ring will truly stand the test of time.

For everyday low prices on men’s gold wedding rings and men’s rings in platinum, palladium, cobalt chrome, stainless steel, tungsten, Argentium and sterling silver, ceramic and titanium, visit JustMensRings.com. JustMensRings.com carries everything from classic men’s wedding bands to the latest fashion rings for men. Ladies say this is a great place to find a ring for your man!

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Decorate Your Ears this Holiday with Arik Kastan

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Add a little twinkle to your ears this holiday season! The Starlight Drop earrings add effortless elegance to any outfit, whether its your holiday dress or your casual jean and t-shirt look. Set with labradorite in the center, surrounded by garnets.

Starlight drop earrings, Price: $858

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We love these drop earrings done in 14k rose gold and rose cut diamonds. The ornate design of the round floral cluster is a great for a double-take reaction. You’ll have heads turning when wearing these, whether it’s at a holiday party or New Year’s bash!

Nouveau Flower drop earrings, Price: $1,826

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Chic and dramatic, these Pinwheel drop earrings will make her mouth drop if she unwrapped these sparklers. A holiday morning surprise is our favorite kind of treat and these earrings will do just the trick.

Pinwheel drop earrings, Price: $1,540

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Your ears will be feeling fabulous with these cluster earrings from Arik Kastan. We’ve combined a labradorite in the center along with some dark blue sapphires to create this edgy and romantic pair of beauties. They are 100% holiday appropriate.

Stargazer drop earrings, Price: $1,220

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Just as dahlias can represent grace and inner strength, these drop earrings were designed based on these beautiful flowers. We’ve set them with blue sapphires in the center and rose cut diamonds for the petals. Of course, our signature and exclusive 14k rose gold just makes them pop!

Dahlia drop earrings, Price: $1,540

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Evolution of a Necklace design

A while back I was talking to a friend – an artist and a graphic designer who is a guest lecturer in my department and we were looking a series of drawings that he was working on. He then told me that out of 35-40 images that he had drawn so far he found 5 to be good

A while back I was talking to a friend – an artist and a graphic designer who is a guest lecturer in my department and we were looking a series of drawings that he was working on. He then told me that out of 35-40 images that he had drawn so far he found 5 to be good. Frankly, I had found all of them to be beautiful.
That remark has stayed in my mind ever since, that how as artists and designers we have to work on, evolve and many a times reject an idea before we can create something that is worthy of being, just created. It is true the outside world only sees the fabulous finished products which would be only 50% of the our actual trials and perhaps imagine us to be extremely creative masterminds who can churn out workable and wonderful ideas but the minute. Only us and maybe our family members, see the hundreds of trials, UFOs and experiments that we create in the process.
Let me recount a tale of the evolution of necklace that I remade 4 times (attempted to make atleast 15 – 20 times) before it has reached its final avatar.

Evolution of a Necklace design
The Story of a blue and yellow Necklace

It all started when I got a strand of Lapis Lazuli and Tiger eye beads and wanted to loop them to together into a necklace. It remained as a simple looped bead – tassel necklace for a couple of months adorning the statue of my favourite God, Narasimha. I never got around to taking a picture of it as I thought I would take one before/while wearing it.

I never got to wear it! nor did I sell it!!
Then the Stringing jewelry guidelines for Winter 2017 were out and one of the stories was Earth Form which required us to create a necklace inspired by nature’s four elements: water, earth, air, and fire. We had to use colors like gray blue, yellow ochre and mineral blue and rough cut gemstones and earthy gemstone beads. My eyes were immediately drawn to this necklace and I proceed to take it apart to create one that would suit this theme.
After many trials and many hours trying to work with the existing and new beads I came up with this design – slightly asymmetrical and with a pop of color just like how editors like it. It was ready to go with the creators note.

lapis lazuli tiger eye necklace

I let it be for a few days before I took it apart again. Why? because I thought that I should practice what I teach – there was no unity or harmony in the piece and I knew better than to send it. You see when two of the five principles of design go missing in a design, you shouldn’t wait for somebody else to tell you that it is a bad design. So I went back to my computer and looked at loads of inspiration images and read the given brief more than 20 times when I realised that I had rough cut sapphire connectors with me that I could use. I removed all the tiger eye beads and blue glass briolettes and replaced them frosted glass spacers, faceted clear glass and crystal beads and dyed agate beads. I added some chain as a tassel (as an ode to my first version of the design) and was happy with how it turned out. It was rhythmic, balanced asymmetrically, fluid and had movement in it, had a focal point of emphasis and had come together as one design despite all the different colors, materials, and textures. I quickly sent it to the editor of JS along with 2 other designs (for other themes) feeling quite pleased with myself.

earth form sapphire necklace

I was sure that it would get selected – but it didn’t, while another design was selected for the Winter wonderland theme. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed that after so many trials I couldn’t make a piece that got an editor’s approval. So I literally chucked it to the bottom of my bead bag feeling bitter, as I knew that with the expensive sapphire connectors I could never sell it in India.

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My Jewel Box: I’m Suddenly Charmed by Charms

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Most of my personal collection of charms consists of pieces I’ve had since I was little or items that were passed down to me. Like my Baptismal medal and my dad’s Italian horn. The green enamel fish and heart key charm were from my grandparents’ and were gifts from different trips to Italy.

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I walked into Ocean Beach Antique Mall with no necklaces and left with my new favorite trio–these three go together in the best way possible. California has the best vintage 50s/60s jewelry. Also, tiki tribal guy needs a name and turns out, is not bad luck as first assumed.

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Only have one chain? Go for it! Adding your entire collection to one chain is COOL. And I recommend it!

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