I own three rings that feature moonstone: clover ring from Fancy Flea Antiques, cluster ring set with one large moonstone surrounded by Montana Sapphires from Lang Antiques, & cluster ring set with a center garnet from Diamond Addiction
One of my favorite moonstone finds on Etsy: Athena cameo from Otherwise Engaged
Absolutely obsessed with this ring from Victoria Sterling on Ruby Lane & this moonstone cluster from Ellen Ring
I’m usually really good about keeping my jewelry clean and organized, neatly putting away what I’ve worn each day back in its place before bedtime. That has NOT been the case these past few weeks! My piles of worn jewels began to stack up–one on the dresser and the other on my nightstand. It got out of hand when I opened up my jewelry box and it looked bare! So I turned on some good music and started to put each item back, one by one. This led to some reorganizing and of course, purging (hence why I added some pieces to @shopGEMGOSSIP).
Whenever I reorganize my jewelry box, I sharpen my aesthetic and narrow my taste. I also notice things I don’t normally notice if I were to keep everything in the same place every time. This particular time I noticed my moonstones glistening in the sunlight. I only own three rings that feature moonstone, but they are surely my favorites! I decided to gather all three for a photo (above) and enjoy the enchanting gemstone for what it is all at once.
I’m asking you to do the same: gather all your moonstone rings and jewels you own and snap a photo. Post it on Instagram and tag #MoonstoneMonday and tag @gemgossip in the photo! I’ll post some of my favorites! I also picked some of my favorite moonstone pieces that are currently online for sale! See above! Happy Monday!!
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Evolving from striking metallic bling to a muted boho feminine soft look, wedding accessories have come a long way in the past few years.
Evolving from striking metallic bling to a muted boho feminine soft look, wedding accessories have come a long way in the past few years. Evoking a softly romantic vintage and boho look, muted tones and softer metallic elements are embellishing the wedding accessories of choice right now. No longer sharp and clear, the jewels of now are muted and soft, the metals are rose gold and antique silver, and the embellishments are pearl, cream and neutral in hue. The softly romantic look is perfect for adding a touch of romance and femininity to the bride and her bridesmaids.
Make a Simple Wedding Gown Gorgeous with Bridal Belts
Taking a simple wedding gown and making it completely unique with elegant touches of color and style is perfect for the boho bride. Allowing brides to choose an unadorned wedding dress and add their own touches of style to make their wedding dress completely theirs without the cost of a couturier is right on trend. The perfect wedding accessory for this look is an embellished bridal belt and boy, is the bridal belt having a big moment right now!
The embellished bridal sash sits around the bride’s waist like a belt would, covered with pearls, Swarovski crystals, metallic thread and colored stones. The bridal belt can be as simple or as over the top as the bride chooses, and they have the choice of the most incredible array of jewels, beads, pearls, threads and sashes to add a complete mix of their own personality to a plain wedding dress. Divine!
Wedding Hair Accessories Go Boho Chic
Brides of now are choosing to bring boho chic to their romantic wedding hair looks too. Romantic wedding hair accessories are most beautifully styled as stunning boho bridal halos embellished to match a bridal belt and add more of a feminine look to bridal hair. A truly wanderlust and bohemian choice, the bridal halo sits firmly as a favorite for brides everywhere right now. Halos embellished with crystals and pearls studded with some fresh flowers to spill over a veil or in place of a traditional wedding veil are the look of choice. Romance is alive and well.
Add Romance with Vintage Styled Wedding Combs
For the brides, who prefer an antique or a vintage styled wedding, the bridal comb is a must have. Perfectly sitting in either an up-do like a classic French roll or bun, or pushed into the side of a romantic long loose haired look, a wedding comb is an easy way to bring vintage romance to your wedding look. The in-trend bridal combs are hand embellished with pearls, crystals and rose gold to match perfectly with your antique or vintage wedding theme.
Feminine Wedding Accessories
With all the romance of muted undertones and a pop of color overtone, wedding accessories are following the overarching trend of feminine wedding themes. Boho, wanderlust, antique, and vintage have ruled the wedding scene for a couple of years and we’re seeing the muted tones of wedding accessories in blush, pearl, cream, rose gold and ivory to fit.
If you’re looking to bring femininity to your wedding style, choose neutral undertones and overtones in encrusted accessories to your heart’s content to get the look that suits you perfectly, and runs right on trend as feminine and beautiful for your wedding day.
Kathryn Porritt is the owner of Bridal Style Inc., your feminine online wedding shop filled with a curated collection of bridal accessories, wedding lingerie and wedding gowns to buy online. A celebrated author on all things weddings and parties, and an experienced wedding planner and stylist, Kathryn’s unique feminine wedding style is brought to her customers through her beautiful online wedding collections.
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An incredible trio of opal jewelry, spanning different time periods, yet look wonderful together–these are offered back-to-back in lots 85, 86 & 87 on day one of the September sale featured at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
I couldn’t be more excited for the September sale from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers! One reason might be because something from my personal collection will be auctioned off in this sale–can you believe that?! My first time ever consigning a piece of jewelry to an auction house! More on that later, but there are so many other reasons to be excited too. Starting with the incredible assortment of jewelry to hit the auction block–ready for the next treasure hunter, jewelry dreamer, or obsessive collector. The Chicago-based auction house has a two-day event for their expansive sale of 1,335 pieces of jewelry! The sale has been divided into two separate days–Sunday, September 11th starting at NOON CST and the following day, Monday, September 12th beginning at 10am CST. I will be tuning in via online live-bidding, sitting on the edge of my seat, rooting for lot 97, and bidding on some favorites.
So what sets this auction apart from the rest?
Alexander Eblen, Director of the Fine Jewelry Dept. at Leslie Hindman, explains, “It will be a feast for enthusiasts who enjoy seeing an eclectic unbroken timeline of different jewelry aesthetics and construction offered at auction with inclusive and attainable starting estimates. Think everything from platinum, diamond and seed pearl tassel pendants from the “flapper” period to bold, idiosyncratic sculptural jewels from the 1960’s, aesthetics all over the map.”
In particular, two large estates–Property from the Estate of Robert and Lois Orchard, St. Louis, Missouri and Property from the Estate of Rebecca Cook Schoonmaker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–both with prominent pieces have contributed a large amount of sparkle to this exciting sale. Eblen says, “The Schoonmaker and Orchard estates in particular have allowed us to bring incredible curated yet broad selections from the Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Retro eras all the way to the 1960’s, 1970’s and more contemporary.”
I’ve picked my favorites and of course, had to include the ring I consigned with Leslie Hindman. My experience consigning the ring was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done! I sent off pictures, immediately heard back from Alex via email…we discussed the fine print, then was sent a mailing label prepaid and ready to go! Hope this is the beginning to many more items being sold at auction in the future!
Day One//September 11th, 2016:
Lot 91: Reminiscent of my engagement ring, this particular diamond ring features two diamonds in a bypass design–you may call it a moi et toi style. Unlike mine, this one is done in platinum and white gold. One diamond is approximately 0.92 carats, while the other is 0.81 carats. Love this style for obvious reasons and this piece would make a wonderful engagement ring. Estimate: $2500-3500
Lot 94: The Edwardian period is probably my most favorite jewelry time period, so no wonder I am infatuated with this ring. Set with one central emerald that is a round mixed cut and then surrounded by intricately done diamonds in the typical garland style of the time period. Platinum-topped gold is the metal of this ring and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Estimate: $1000-2000
Lot 97: OMG! It’s my ring! Looking elegant as ever in its professional photo–I feel like a proud mother. Yes, this ring is from my personal collection and for the first time ever I decided to consign something to auction. I created this ring out of two stick pins, combining two different time periods into one with this unique design. The pearl is pretty insane and for most pearl enthusiasts, highly collectible. I can’t wait to see how it does! Estimate: $1500-2500
Lot 99: This ring stands out to me because of the unique design and the interesting coloring of the diamonds used. Most would strive for exact color matches when it comes to multiple diamonds within a single piece of jewelry. This ring is different because the diamond colors are all over the scale, even including a light champagne colored diamond. I actually love that! It gives the piece some vibrancy and whoever wins this ring is very lucky! Estimate: $4000-6000
Lot 102: Another very fine example of the Edwardian period shown here with this pendant necklace. You can see all the intricate openwork within the platinum metal and the lacey details. The diamond in the center is a nice 2.08 carats, with a handmade chain and pearl accents. This is as good as it gets! Estimate: $12000-18000
Lot 106: Tassels seem to be all the rage right now in “top trending” jewelry. This tassel proves how timeless this design can be because it was made nearly 100 years ago. Done in platinum with seed pearls with 0.64 carats total of diamonds. Perfect from every angle! Estimate: $3000-5000
Lot 114: Something about this lariet necklace I just love! I think it is the combination of pearls and black onyx hearts that make it elegant but not too elegant. The strand is an impressive 42 inches in length, topped off with diamond and platinum accents. This would love amazing styled with a blouse and wide leg pants. I can see it now! Estimate: $300-500
Day Two//September 12th, 2016:
Lot 597: Day two provides some great jewels, including this Art Deco ring, a throwback to an amazing era. Set with a total of 2.76 carats of diamonds, this sparkler is an ideal right hand ring with an heirloom feel. It is done in platinum and I love the elongated silhouette of this ring. Estimate: $3000-5000
Lot 729: I can never have a list of top picks without throwing in a snake ring. This one is really cool! Everything from the coiled body, to the texture of the gold and the unique marquise cut diamond makes this ring really special. It is a size 8 and I can’t forget to mention the emerald eyes! Estimate: $300-500
Lot 883: Here are your summer time earrings right here! These speak volumes to me–fun, flirty, and can ultimately transform any outfit. They are statement-making in their own right, just toss your hair up and put on these and you’re good to go. The earrings are done in 18k yellow gold and ready to party. Estimate: $400-600
Lot 1011: Another neat pair of 18k yellow gold earrings–these hammered studs with diamonds. Domed in design and four-prong set with a 0.10 carat diamond in each, these are fun everyday earrings that are something “more than just a diamond stud.” I love them. Estimate: $150-250
Lot 1139: I can never turn down a blue enamel backdrop ring. The color sets the tone for the overlay of diamonds in the best way possible. The elongated style of the ring makes it a sure thing for me. The diamonds total nearly one carat and I bet it looks even better when worn! Estimate: $600-800
Lot 1157: A multi-gem ring as colorful as a rainbow–such a great floral patterned ring. The gemstones are tourmaline, peridot, citrine and diamond and stamped 18k gold. The details of the gold finish around the bezels allow the texture to make the ring even more unique. A ring like this will brighten your day, any day. Estimate: $200-300
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
Hey guys, I am running around hither and thither trying to plan for and arrange my 2 week Learn-a-cation. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of bridal flower jewelry that I made in July and August so far
Hey guys, I am running around hither and thither trying to plan for and arrange my 2 week Learn-a-cation. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of bridal flower jewelry that I made in July and August so far. Please excuse me for any delay in replying to your comments, messages or emails for the next 2 weeks. Any and all fresh orders, reorders will be taken up only in the second week of September.
Green and gold ribbon rose bridal set
Bridal set for a prewedding event made with ribbon roses in 2 shades of green and acrylic gold beads. Set includes – a short necklace, a long raanihaar, earrings, bracelets (hath phool) and a half matha patti (forehead ornament)
Red rose and pearl set
This set is slightly different take on my most requested red rose set, with curly roses instead of bud roses with pearl beads. It was made for a Godh Bharai function (a North Indian traditional baby shower which means filling up the mother’s lap with Abundance)
Set includes – a short bib necklace, a long necklace, earrings, bracelets (hath phool), armlets, anklets, a waistband and a maang tikka (forehead ornament). You can see the beautiful mother to be wearing it here.
Bridal Party favours
An old client wanted some fun yet traditional bridal favours made and I made 22 of these ribbon rose matha pattis for her. They have ribbon roses in two tints of yellow strung together with white pearl beads
Probably my most asked question is always in regards to Instagram–what are my biggest tips, how does one utilize hashtags efficiently, when is the best time to post, what type of content is most engaging? From large companies to small tech blogs, I’ve given my two cents all over the place, yet the questions still remain. So, rather than regurgitating my advice time and time again, I’ve decided to create this blog post. It now lives on my site so it can act as a reference, a place to turn to, a link you share and advice you take seriously. This will also make my life easier because the next time someone from such-and-such publication emails me to ask for tips on how jewelry stores and designers can use Instagram, all I have to do now is send them this hyperlink! 😉 So here are my top pieces of advice, in no particular order!
1. The point of Instagram is VISUAL–it is rooted in the concept of photo-sharing, so that idea must be the first and foremost important aspect of how YOU should utilize Instagram. Post photos that are visually appealing…be picky about it…and create your own idea of how you want your jewelry store, jewelry line or designs to be portrayed. Vibrant photos, edited photos, YES! Never post a blurry photo! Never add so many filters you can’t seem to remember what the photo originally looked like! (When I mention edited photos, please be aware that there is a healthy balance of editing–overly edited photos are not good either!) You most definitely should crop…you most definitely should remove those jewelry store tags…and you most definitely should ask someone for help if you don’t know how to do any of those things!
This photo above is a typical “Gem Gossip” photo I would post on Instagram–it is visually appealing, makes someone stop from scrolling to get a better look and features what I’m passionate about.
2. Posting consistently may be the biggest piece of advice I can give. I’ve done this since day one of signing up for Instagram and couldn’t stress enough how important it is. This not only keeps your followers engaged but keeps them wanting and coming back for more! If you are a jewelry designer or store, I would recommend at least once per day. If you choose once per day, a designated time which you continually post may be the key so followers know and expect something from you. I post at least four times per day, maybe a little less on the weekends, or more if something exciting is going on.
3. Use relevant hashtags! Figuring this out is easy–find other accounts that you would consider “successful” in the jewelry industry and take a look at what hashtags they are using. Also take a look at what you are posting and figure out the main keywords that describe it, then use those as hashtags–for example: are you posting a photo of an emerald ring? Then use hashtag emerald or hashtag emerald ring. So– #emerald #emeraldring
But beware! My pet peeve is overuse of hashtags. I would advise no more than ten hashtags per photo. Most people don’t agree with me, but I think too many hashtags looks sloppy.
The hashtag I created #showmeyourrings is very popular and should be used when posting a photo of lots of rings! I’ve noticed some people using it for every picture they post!! That’s so not right! With that said, use hashtags purposefully, not simply copy/paste a list of 20+ popular hashtags. I’ve seen selfies with the hashtag #showmeyourrings lol not cool.
Another typical “Gem Gossip” photo I would post on Instagram–in terms of hashtags, I would first and foremost use #showmeyourrings then maybe #antiquerings #ringsofinstagram and throw in #personalcollection so people know they are not for sale.
4. Interact and engage with your followers! Again, another reason and main purpose of this app: to connect with others that have the same passion as you. Before I signed up for Instagram, I had been writing my blog for several years and had a few friends who I connected with through email. We both shared a passion for antique jewelry and were in our 20s at the time…a very small group of people fit this description and I wished/hoped for more people out there to connect with. Once I established myself on Instagram, I found so many others who love antique jewelry just as much as myself. I got really excited. It became a place where we all could “gather” and share our interests openly and connect on many levels–we became our own little community.
With that said, interaction in the sincerest form is amazing and much needed on Instagram. Sure there are those out there who like to comment/like every post possible in order to gain followers, not friends…but those who truly ask questions, comment sincerely–those are the people whom you need to be engaging with!
If you are a jewelry store or designer and someone asks, “what stone is that?” or “is this piece still available?” make sure to answer in a timely manner! Sometimes I see jewelry store accounts where no one has responded and it has been several days, even weeks,with no response and that makes me sad. Such a missed opportunity for displaying customer service in a virtual atmosphere, which may be just as important as greeting someone who walks into your store. Don’t miss those opportunities!
A perfect example of how to make a sale through Instagram: I posted these three pendants each individually on my feed and received lots of likes/feedback but no one actually purchased them. A few months later, I posted THIS PHOTO ABOVE with the same items styled, shown worn, and they sold within hours.
5. If you want to include parts of your personal life into your feed it is a great way to connect even further with your followers. I like to include my two dogs into the mix of jewelry posts. I used to post LOTS of personal photos, but overtime realized that that’s not what my followers were following me for–they want to see the jewelry! With that said, sometimes too many personal photos, selfies, or party photos can steer your brand in the wrong direction. Have a good balance of this by making sure what you’re selling or focusing on always comes first.
Well, I hope these five tips help give you a general idea of the most important pieces of advice I could give. The Instagram app is pivotal for the jewelry industry because it is so visual. Find ways to make it your own and work for you!
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1. My diamond collection: diamonds make me happy and so does my collection of antique elongated rings. Just looking at these brings me joy and satisfaction–I see hard work, long hours and lots of dedication. I love my new antique ring box given to me by Sarah of Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry from my latest #JewelryRoadTrip adventure.
2. Luckily for me, my office (where I sit and complete almost every single blog post) is incredibly inspiring to me. My walls are filled with treasures I’ve collected over the years–like these gold frames. I’ve turned an entire wall into a gallery wall which houses them. The other walls feature a gallery of gold mirrors, book shelves filled with jewelry books, and the last and final wall is in the works. Can’t wait to reveal that one soon!
3. Speaking of jewelry books, they are definitely an obsession. I’ve been loving my latest favorite–Wartski: The First 150 Years by Geoffrey Munn, given to me by Mr. Munn himself. I pinch myself sometimes reminiscing about visiting that store in London back in 2014. You can read the blog post from that visit here and you can order the book here.
4. My crystal point collection makes me happy as it is eye-catching in every way possible. It is one of my newest collections, so watching it grow has been fun– it has been slow but steady. My first ones I ever got came from my trip to Raleigh when I went to a local gem show that happened to fall on the same day I was making an in-store appearance at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Such a special memory.
My trip to Seattle had me traveling all over this beautiful city located in the US’s Northwest in search of the best jewelry to be seen! I quickly discovered that Seattle may be nicknamed the “Emerald City,” but it sure had a lot of amazing DIAMONDS. Thanks to 1001 Diamonds, I put together a list of the TOP FIVE best shops in Seattle to find diamonds. Whether you’re looking for your perfect engagement ring, a right hand ring with diamonds, a diamond necklace or bracelet, or even a pair of diamond earrings, these places have it all. Let’s start with number five:
Isadora’s Antique & Estate Jewelry —
A store certainly not short on diamonds, Isadora’s had the most amazing selection of vintage and antique pieces. If an antique diamond is what you’re seeking, this is the place to go! Anything from antique rose cuts to Old European cuts, their cases were full. The store also had an impressive selection of antique earrings, which is a niche not normally covered well by other antique jewelry shops. The photo above depicts a brilliant selection of what they have to offer. That antique diamond necklace is insane! The rings range from late 1800s to early 1930s, and each truly is so unique. To read more about this shop click here.
Alexandria Rossoff Rare Jewels & Finds —
Antique and modern engagement ring selection here is two thumbs up! The price range lets you find something no matter your budget, and Alexandria’s experience in the business will allow you to customize what you want if necessary. From bold solitaire diamond styles, to antique clusters and everything in between, this shop is a must see. The diamonds’ cut, clarity and color also is shown in a wide variety, which is what I like as well. A diamond with a low color? Yes, you can find that here, but you can also find high ranking colors too. No discrimination here–as long as it sparkles. That’s important!
Alana Jewelry —
One of the most shopped at Seattle jewelry stores for many reasons, Alana Jewelry always carries LOTS of diamonds because they are in demand! Many of their customers walk into the store because it is located in a busy mall and end up leaving with diamonds, never planning on it beforehand. The heavy foot traffic allows for their diamond inventory to be constantly changing and consistently well-versed. In order to appeal to many different tastes, they have all sorts of styles, eras, shapes, sizes and price ranges. Alana Jewelry sells both antique and modern jewelry, with appraisals on all their diamonds.
Wanting something more unique but brand new? TWIST has you covered! Their wide variety of fine jewelry, with designers specializing in diamonds in particular will leave you breathless. So many new innovations are coming to the forefront and TWIST is always the first to release them. Inverted diamonds? They have them! Black, grey, brown and other “rustic” diamonds? Yes, they have them! A quick glance at their bridal selection will have you wanting something unlike anyone else, thanks to their fine curation of stunning jewels. Shop diamond specialists like TAP by Todd Pownell, Mandrel Studio, Rebecca Overmann, Mallary Marks, Cathy Waterman, and SO MANY more!
If you have ever walked into a fashion, art or design school library, chances are that you would have come across the “Basics Series” by Ava Publishing.
If you have ever walked into a fashion, art or design school library, chances are that you would have come across the “Basics Series” by Ava Publishing. From Advertising to Typography, they have about 19 main titles and innumerable subtitles providing in-depth knowledge of all art, design, and fashion related industries. The Book “Jewellery design by Elizabeth Galton” is a part of the Fashion series (book no. 10) and is a must read for all jewellery designers, artists, managers, retailers and instructors.
The book is divided into seven main chapters which cover everything from the history of jewellery to jewellery styles and ethical practices, from research, Design development, realisation and marketing to introducing case studies of different jewellers, artists and designers from across the world. This 184-page book offers a 360 perspective of the jewellery industry making the reader want for more. Elizabeth gives an insight into the lives of jewelry designers like Stephen webster, Anne Kazuro Guinnet,Theo Fennell and Shaun Leane through expert interviews that offer real advice. Answers to questions like “What do you look for in a junior designer?” or “How do you identify a target market?” are particularly enlightening. Though this book was published in 2012, I think its valid even today. But I do hope for a newer edition soon discussing new media opportunities in design.
The first two chapters are set in a design school process based subject style with lots of input on fashion basics, terminology, fashion through ages and style identification. Discussion of the styles of various designers are thought provoking and opens up new vistas of thinking. You also get input on ethical design and fair trade policies.
The next chapter offers insight on basic design process methodology used by most designers. It talks about the need for trend research, how to create a mood board and discusses modes of research.
The fourth chapter begins with a description of a design brief and talks about how designers use them to ideate, generate forms and come up with concepts. The book talks about the importance of pencil or rough sketches, the requirement of technical drawings, how the final designs are selected and how they are converted into CADs for production. The chapter details range design, project management, recording and review of the collection in addition to CAD-CAM which I found fascinating.
Chapeter seven details the various career aspects that a jewelry design aspirant might have and details grants available, schemes, awards and corporate projects. The book ends with a solid glossary, a fantastic list of references and a few more interviews. At the very end, we see a teaser from another Basics – fashion design series “working with ethics” which is quite thought provoking.
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Wearing turquoise & diamond earrings, boulder opal and chrysocolla malachite necklaces
Pretty pops of color are Kathryn’s signature style, rutilated quartz & pink opal are a favorite
This tassel necklace is done in 18k yellow gold with an adjustable chain (also available in rose or white gold, with a variety of gemstone choices)
Checking out all the jewelry at Kathryn’s studio
So much color–which is your favorite?!