GEM TALK WITH KENZA EYZAGUIRRE, LUXURY PR & EVENTS MANAGER

The series of interviews with women and men who have personalities, story to tell and their own GEM style. They make it happen for themselves all over the world and follow GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla.

Join me while I interview Kenza at the new Nobu Hotel Marbella, which is practically her home away from home. Kenza is a modern woman with Haiti-American upbringing, European heart and Parisian flair. She is a beautiful person with a kind soul and a passion for art. Her jewellery box is eclectic: from hand-made treasures from all over the world to one-of-a-kind pieces inherited from her family. Her impressive career journey from Chanel to Boucheron has made her into the woman she wants to be, and with Pippa Small for an aunt she is destined for greatness! But what really makes her a unique personality is her all-consuming kindness. Meet Kenza Carlson Eyzaguirre!

Name: Kenza Carlson Eyzaguirre
Alma Mater: American University of Paris
Occupation: PR & Event
Hometown: Marbella, Spain

LOCATION AT TIME OF INTERVIEW: Nobu Hotel Marbella. As for the restaurants in Marbella I love going to Serafina, beach clubs Chiringuito Ibiza and Marbella, MC Beach Marbella Club. My favourite shops are A concept, Lagoon, Ekseption Puerto Banus.

IN THE BEGINNING: I grew up surrounded by artists and designers in my family and therefore my passion for art and history began as a child. As well as my interest in jewellery, as my mother would design and create pieces at home and we have two well-known and admired gemologists in the family. In university in Paris I began studying art history, which was the ideal city to study it, as Paris itself is the best museum. From art history I went on to study marketing and international communications, which I thought would enable me to have a broad choice of career opportunities. My first internship was in Geneva at the UN and then I moved on to the luxury sector in Paris. From there I decided to take a break in Marbella my hometown for a few months and ended up staying. My friends from Paris, the Moretti brothers from the Moretti & Moretti gallery the biggest street art and pop art gallery in the world, decided to open in the Marbella Club Hotel. I was going to help them to take care of the gallery in Marbella, while they were in Paris, and I ended up staying with them and my unknown passion for street art began! I would like to eventually have my own concept gallery with rotating exhibitions of up-and-coming artists.

USA OR EUROPE: I prefer to live in Europe as it is so accessible to travel in between all the cities and I love the old world charm Europe has and history. The US is a fantastic place to visit and I love L.A. however, I prefer Europe to live. I grew up in Marbella always traveling back and forth with my mother to California until the age of 10 and then we moved to Tennessee were I studied in high school. At the age of 17 I moved back to Europe to study at American University of Paris.

PARIS: I lived in Paris for 17 years and after university went on to work for several luxury brands. Now I still go back three times a year during fashion week as the city is at its best during this time, the streets become a circus of colour and interesting characters! My favourite place is Hotel Costes, it has the best ambiance by far.  In winter I love the George V for tea, and the newly renovated Ritz. The rue Cler in the 7ème were I used to live is charming with the fresh fruit and vegetables stands and the best boulangeries, and Le Petit Cler a typical french bistro has the best cuisine! La salad nicoise and omlete au champinions and the fresh rhubarb and pear crumbles! The YSL museum foundation of Avenue Marceau is tiny, therefore more intimate with rotating exhibitions! St. Germain, of course, the Cafe Flor is a must and has one of my favourite tarte tatins! “Apple tart”. Assouline book shop just off of the Eglise de St. Germain is wonderful, I could spend hours there.

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MARBELLA: I was born in Marbella, but left as a child to the States and then to Paris. However, I would always come to visit for the holidays. One has the best quality of life here, wonderful weather, it is safe not overcrowded and the proximity to the mountains and sea is ideal! My favorite places here: La Tienda restaurant in La Virginia, it was one of the first restaurants in Marbella. It has kept its old world charm and Andalusian feel in a beautiful setting. It is very romantic and picturesque! I love Serafina restaurant in Puente Romano, delicious cuisine and you are in the middle of all the action of the plaza of the hotel. Marbella Club in the summer with its patio parties is great fun! They host studio 54 and flower power parties with fantastic decorations and costumes. MC Beach is another favourite, I love the turquoise colours of the beach club, it is my favourite colour. Celicioso the gluten-free cafe for the juices is the best!

VEGANISM: My mother has been vegan her whole life so as a child when I lived with her in the States I was used to eating a plant-based diet. For me its the norm, when I moved back to Spain and then Paris I started eating fish again as seafood in the Mediterranean is essential and so healthy, I honestly think a pescaterian diet is the healthiest, however about two years ago I became more and more conscious of our planet, the environment and sustainability and I cut out all fish and dairy, anything coming from an animal even honey. It is a personal decision of mine and I feel wonderful. I tend to eat raw vegan, nothing processed and no artificial sugars. In winter it is a bit harder so I have plenty of pumpkin, cauliflower soups, sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables. I am constantly researching information about ocean conservation, anti-plastic campaigns and veganism. I am also collaborating with the environmental projects with seminars and hospitality events, which I hope to do more of as I do believe it is the future and want help make the world a better place!

BOUCHERON: I worked for Boucheron in Place Vendome in the PR and marketing department which was a most rewarding experience as Boucheron is the oldest Haute Joaillerie House in France!

CORTO MOLTEDO: At Corto Moltedo back then (the son of the founders of Bottega Veneta), it was a new exciting pop up brand located in Palais Royal with funky 80’s inspired clutches and accessories. I was involved in the marketing and press relations for shoots and events we hosted in-house at the Palais Royal boutique. We had a fantastic Christmas party with his newest models designed with sequence and green and red python Susan clutches. Corto, the designer, has such a charm and way with people/ clients that once you meet him you become enamoured with his brand, he represents cool funk, the latest contemporary trends inspired by the underground music and art scenes resulting in cutting edge designs on classic models.

SHOP CORTO MOLTEDO:

CHANEL: I worked briefly for Chanel and then the buying office Mint on Rue St. Honore. I took care of the U.S. market for Saks Fifth Avenue NY.  At Chanel I worked at several of their boutiques on a temporary contract in client guest relations. During my experience I was able to learn about the intricate details that go into each design and the marketing behind the presentation and packaging is all about an experience unique to Chanel, which is what the customer stays with. Chanel is very smart in targeting the sensory detail of memory and emotion, so when a customer walks into a Chanel he immediately enters the Chanel world: the scent, the presentation, the packaging, the camellia etc. They are meticulous to detail. What most impressed me about Chanel was my interaction with the Asian Market, the Chinese and Japanese would queue every morning in front of the boutiques with a list of pieces they would purchase. They had no limits and the shops would keep track of each client allowing them only to purchase a certain number. It reminded me of a Luxury version of McDonald’s fast shopping, one stop and go. At Mint, the buying office located on rue. St Honore, I learned a tremendous amount of how the buying process and collection selection is made for big department stores such as David Jones Australia, Hudson Bay Canada and Sacks Fifth Avenue US and Mexico. I was in charge of the US market meaning I would organize the buying agendas/ showroom visits, shows and entire fashion week agendas for the US buyers during the four fashion weeks of the year in Paris. We collaborated with Vanity Fair in a few events with upcoming brand presentations and I was lucky to meet upcoming designers, who were just beginning at the time and now have made it big (Haider Ackermann for example, who I am a big admirer of).

ALAIA: I remember my first visit to the Alaia showroom in the Marais, he held a small fashion show luncheon I was accompanying the buyers, I was able to see first hand the labor behind each dress. Alaia himself explained the process behind each creation, what inspired him and then the creativity process itself. One’s perception changes completely, he was indeed a genius!

SHOP ALAIA:

PIPPA SMALL: I love spending time in London helping at my cousin Pippa Small’s beautiful boutique in Notting Hill. Pippa is most admirable as she is first of all an anthropologist and philanthropist. Besides her talent as a jewellery designer she is a UN ambassador for the protection of endangered indigenous tribes among many other humanitarian works she is a part of. Most recently she began a collaboration with Turquoise Mountain, the woman’s foundation in Afghanistan were she designed a collection with the local women, which she has managed to promote and sell wonderfully, all of which brings attention and aid to these most needy area of the world. Pippa’s designs are organic and pay reference to several different cultures, which she then is able to support with proceeds from her sales and collaborations with local craftsmanship etc. I am proud of her continuous devotion to supporting and promoting the talent of those areas of the world that are most in need of help.

SHOP PIPPA SMALL JEWELLERY:

PR: From the gallery project I started assisting the hotel group Puente Romano and Marbella Club with Event Organization, fashion shows, art exhibitions and PR and my work with the group grew to my current role. The group has since partnered with Nobu with two new Nobu Hotels: one in Ibiza, Nobu Ibiza Bay, and a Nobu Boutique Hotel within the Puente Romano resort. I helped launch as well the first private members club of Marbella, called the Owners Club, also located within the Puente Romano resort. I continue to do events and PR for exterior companies.

POWER COMES FROM: From positive people around me, who I gain inspiration from.

ART: I was in Art Basel Miami last year and will return this year with several more new pieces and artists I want to meet! I do like the classics such as Cezanne and then pop art by Andy Warhol. My favourite is the black cat stencil work by Hijak and Konny Steding’s Bridget Bardot, and bright colourful oil on canvas abstract paintings by my mother’s cousin.

GEM STYLE: My jewellery style is a mixture really, I love ethnic Jewellery from Mexico, Turkey and Bali, where I have acquired several pieces during my travels. I love the intricate craftsmanship. I do like bold pieces, but generally for my personal use I like fine refined pieces, mostly gold. Most of my jewellery comes from my mother, they are my favourite pieces! Gold and turquoise and aquamarine. And also the evil eye pendants are my top favourite pieces along with the Kenyan elephant hair bracelets my mother had copied in gold for my father, which I have inherited.

TOPSHOP OR CHANEL: I generally prefer Topshop type brands for everyday wear paired with refined accessories, such as a Chanel purse, Isabel Marant boots and Anine Bing Tortoise sunglasses! Anine Bing and Isabel Marant with Gucci, Haider Ackermann, Ralph Lauren and YSL! My favorite pieces are vintage handed me down from my mother, aunt and godmother.

FIRST JEWELLERY: My first piece of jewelry were gold Cartier stud earrings, when I was two months old. In Spain, where I was born, baby girls have their ears pierced being a few months old. Jewellery design is a passion of mine and I have made several pieces for my own wear and friends and I used to sell locally in a friend’s boutique. The stones indeed must stand out to me, pearls, crystals, semi precious stones, turquoise, etc..

MY EVERYDAY JEWELLERY: My mother’s gold flower ring with a white diamond is my favourite, I never take it off. She had it designed in Tehran, Iran when she was living there as a teenager. My Kenyan inspired elephant hair bracelet in gold designed by mother for my father, I never take off either. My grandmother’s turquoise ring we had redone and mounted in gold in Mexico and my cousin Pippas’s simple gold bangles with a turquoise stone are my second skin!

PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING: Buccellati’s engagement rings, they are feminine and delicate. And one designed by myself, yet to be decided how.

ROLEX OR CARTIER: Cartier is my favorite for watches, I bought my first tank Cartier in Place Vendome after I received a bonus from my first fashion week work at the buying office. They are classic, always elegant and I always add colourful watch bands I change: red, green and turquoise!

MEN JEWELLERY: Watches such as Omega, Blancpain, Audemars Piguet, Patek, Rolex and in Spain the men wear colourful leather or string bracelets and the silver Kenyan elephant bracelets.

JEWELLERY AS AN INVESTMENT: Mostly investing in gold, primarily more so than stones.

FASHION JEWELLERY: I don’t really wear fashion jewelry.

PERFECT GETAWAY: Kenya. I went to Nairobi and Masai Mara to visit charity projects we help sponsor and it was really a life changing experience. The beauty of the Kenyan people, their strength and creativity was inspiring. Also the food was exquisite, unexpected for a vegan like me! They had the best fresh fruit and vegetables! My favourite places in the world: Ibiza, Paris, Los Angeles, Mexico and still many more places I have to travel to and explore!

A PARTY TO REMEMBER: The Enchanted forest Party in Ibiza this summer at a private villa in the middle of the island. It was incredible, the Ettore estate was transformed into a fairytale! With over 1,000 guests everyone had the most elaborate costumes, a laser light show in the trees, a bohemian artisan market was set up with food stands and amazing DJ’s!

MY WEAPON OF CHOICE: Kindness.

WILD WISH: To go to the Cannes film festival, the Met Gala, amfAR and burning man all next year.

What is your favourite piece  from Kenza’s jewellery collection? Leave me a comment below! Thank you!

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

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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 Anastasia Zanadvorova & Liza Urla. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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Halstead Lab Testing for Quality Control

Lab testing and quality control are extremely important to all of us at Halstead. We want you to buy sterling silver, 14 karat gold and gold-filled supplies with confidence that you won’t receive anything less than the federally allowed tolerances for precious metals.

The most common fear we hear from customers is buying findings as precious metal and then finding out they were fraudulent; for example, a “sterling silver” chain that ends up being base metal with silver plating. Many of our clients have experienced such an encounter in the past when they bought items from an unknown supplier at an event or ordered from a sketchy marketplace seller online. One negative experience can put you on guard for the rest of your career.

Halstead’s Quality Assurance

Seth Foreman, Halstead’s Purchasing Specialist, oversees our precious metals quality control. Each quarter, he selects a random sample of items to send for lab testing. We cycle through our  vendors so all suppliers and product categories undergo testing at regular intervals. Stock from new suppliers is extensively tested before it goes on the shelf for sale. Hilary Halstead Scott says,

“We take our responsibility seriously to be transparent and accountable when it comes to product quality.”

Many of our manufacturers perform their own lab tests for quality control, so this is often a second verification. Hilary says, “We source carefully from reputable suppliers. But, as the old saying goes – trust but verify.” We approach all our sourcing relationships as long-term partnerships. Quality control is just one area that we work on in cooperation with our manufacturers.

There are a small number of mills that process precious metal alloys or gold-filled into the wire, sheet and grain raw materials for manufacturers to purchase. This makes the quality control much simpler than if we were dealing with dozens of options and many more variables.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) oversees truth in advertising compliance and establishes the guidelines for precious metal sales in the United States. Over the years, we have only found a few cases of tolerance shortfalls. If something comes back below the FTC requirements, we pull the rest of the stock from shelves and send additional samples for testing. We then inform the vendor and ask them to independently investigate the problem on their end. We follow up with more frequent lab testing in the future to ensure it’s not an recurring problem.

Gold-filled metal is created by fusing gold with a base metal, typically brass, which means the outer layer can be polished too much and remove some of the gold. This is why we recommend you take care when polishing gold-filled material in your studio. A couple of times we’ve had vendors change their polishing media or process and it has had a negative impact on material. This kind of problem is easily solved as soon as it’s identified.

Sterling silver issues have occurred on items with extensive granulation, and therefore a lot of solder that brings down the pure silver ratio on the finished items. Other testing problems have been traced back to testing samples that still included internal steel springs, for example.

Lab Testing Basics

Two main tests determine the quality of precious metal. Both of these lab testing processes are considered highly accurate. Fire assay, widely recognized as the standard for gold analysis, melts the precious metal and concentrates it in a lead button. Once the metal is cool, it is separated from the lead and weighed. The second most common lab testing process is gravimetric, or wet chemistry. There are various material specific techniques in gravimetric testing, but they are all chemical-based reductions and precipitations of the precious metals in a solution in order to weigh the mass changes.

Melting Metal

Halstead uses Advanced Chemical lab testing for our quality control. Before each test, they will X-ray the sample to get an idea of what they’re testing. This is a preliminary step and x-ray is never relied on for a definitive result. Along with each material test, they also run a proof alongside it. These proofs are 99.9999% pure metal to act as a control so they know exactly what is happening with the sample.

If you are sending in samples for testing, it is important to remember to remove any non-precious metal parts such as stones, hinges, springs, or bezels made of steel or other metals. These can affect the results. Even after years of experience, we have still made this mistake from time to time. Items such as clasps, leverbacks, and hoops contain tiny steel components for mechanism durability over time.

At Halstead, we use both fire assay and gravimetric lab testing processes. If a result is suspicious for any reason, we will have a retest performed for verification. If you are submitting your own lab tests, make sure you send enough material just in case.

Are all Tests Equal?

X-ray fluorescence is frequently used for testing outside metallurgical labs because the equipment is easy to purchase and operate. By bathing the sample in x-rays, the equipment will measure the unique energy level given off in the light fluorescence by the sample.  This is non-destructive and quick, with results available in just minutes. However, Advanced Chemical does not recommend using the x-ray test for final results as they are not always as accurate as fire assay or gravimetric.

What do the Results Mean?

By nature, precious metals should have the following purity.

  • Sterling silver: .925 (92.5% silver)
  • 12/20 Gold-Filled: .025 (2.5% gold)
  • 14/20 Gold-Filled: .0292 (2.92% gold)
  • 14kt solid gold: .583 (58.3% gold)

Halstead Earring Findings

Any manufactured material is subject to minor variance between batches. The FTC established the following precious metal tolerances based on the National Stamping Act.

  • Sterling silver: .921 on unsoldered items, .915 on soldered items
  • 12/20 Gold-Filled: .022 on unsoldered items, .018 on soldered items
  • 14/20 Gold-Filled: .0262 on unsoldered items, .0192 on soldered items
  • 14kt solid gold: .58 on unsoldered items, .5763 on soldered items
Halstead Jewelry Chain

If a sample returns with .901 silver results, it is no longer “Sterling Silver.” A sample with .015 gold is not “gold-filled.”

If you would like to start testing your own metal, here is a list of labs to start your research:

  • Laboratory Testing Inc
  • NSL Analytical
  • Advanced Chemical
  • FAI Materials Testing

We want you to buy, create, and sell responsibly! To learn more about precious metals used in jewelry, read about the Types of Silver and Types of Gold most commonly seen in jewelry making.

References:

https://www.labtesting.com/services/nondestructive-testing/x-ray-inspection/

https://www.911metallurgist.com/blog/gold-fire-assay-process

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallurgical_assay

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravimetric_analysis

https://www.mgsrefining.com/gold-refining-process/testing-methods/melting/x-ray-assay/

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5 Reasons to Choose Laboratory-Grown Diamonds and Colored Stones

Laboratory-grown diamonds and gemstones are the perfect alternative to natural mined stones. They can make the perfect, and affordable, addition to your jewelry line – even sterling silver collections!

What are laboratory-grown stones?

Laboratory-grown stones are diamonds and gemstones created in a laboratory mimicking natural growing conditions. These exact processes can vary, but there are 2 main ones: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). The “ingredients” for diamonds or gemstones are placed in a crucible and left to run through one of these processes until crystals have formed. This can take as little as 10 days or as long as a year! They have the same physical, chemical, and visual properties as a mined stone and to all but the highly trained eye will look no different than a mined stone. The main difference is usually seen in the price and/or color intensity. For some stones, the price difference between laboratory-grown and mined stones could be significant.

Creating a laboratory-grown diamond

Halstead Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

There are 2 popular processes to create laboratory-grown diamonds: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). HPHT uses extremely high amounts of

pressure and extremely high temperatures to grow diamond crystals from diamond seeds. This combination of pressure and temperature mimics the Earth’s internal processes that create natural mined diamonds by allowing molten materials to dissolve a high purity carbon source. This carbon is then attaches to the diamond seeds and precipitates a large diamond.

In the CVD process, scientists expose methane gas to high-energy plasma radiation. This energy breaks the atomic bonds of the methane (CH4) and allows the carbon to attach to the diamond seeds. In this method, diamond growth occurs under much lower pressures and over larger areas.

Halstead now offers beautiful laboratory-grown diamonds from .015 Ct to .10 Ct in the GHSI color and clarity range. Halstead’s diamonds are created under the HPHT method.

Comparison: CZ, lab grown, mined natural, moissanite

The most popular alternatives to a mined diamond are laboratory-grown, cubic zirconia, and moissanite. When compared to CZs and moissanite, it’s easy to see that laboratory-grown diamonds and natural mined diamonds are nearly indistinguishable.

Creating laboratory-grown colored stones

Halstead Laboratory-Grown Gemstones - Ruby & Emerald

Scientists create laboratory-grown gemstones a little differently. They start with a naturally mined slice of crystal placed in a crucible chamber. A liquid mix of ingredients to feed crystal growth is put in the chamber then subjected to extremely high temperatures of at least 1,100 degrees Celsius. These chambers are then sealed for 6 months to a year under controlled conditions meant to simulate the conditions the stone grows in inside the Earth. Barring any lengthy loss of power, the gemstone crystals are nearly identical to one found in nature; sometimes they may even have better color saturation.

Halstead now offers laboratory-grown gemstones in Alexandrite, Sapphire (blue, yellow, white, and Padparadscha), Emerald, and Ruby.

How to describe and market laboratory-grown stones to customers

Some customers will already understand the benefits of a laboratory-grown diamond or gemstone. And some will actively seek out and only purchase laboratory-grown stones. If a customer is unsure about purchasing laboratory-grown stones, here are a few ways to explain their benefits.

Environmental impact of mining

Victor Mine - http://thegreenerdiamond.org/conflict-diamonds-2/environmental-impact/
Photo of Canadian Victor Mine from thegreenerdiamond.org

Mining of all kinds have come under fire for destroying local environments and ecosystems and the diamond industry is no exception. Land that was previously rich farm land has become littered with patches of abandoned mining pits. Soil erosion and deforestation have caused many local populations to relocate.

Pits used to mine diamonds can be up to a couple miles deep. It takes moving almost 2,000 tons of earth to find a 1ct rough diamond. Once mining operations cease, few governments have regulations to return the area to its original state. But it is nearly impossible to return the land and ecosystem completely back to normal.

Laboratory-grown diamonds take up far fewer of Earth’s natural resources and are far more likely to keep communities and ecosystems intact.

Mining labor conditions

Over half of the world’s diamonds come from African nations. Many of these populations live in poverty, with some earning less than $1 a day – even while mining for diamonds. These miners often work in unsafe conditions without proper tools and safety equipment. The risk of accidents, such as landslides or collapses, is extremely high for these miners. In addition, some reports state that as many as 46% of the workers at a particular mine are under the age of 16 and have left school to help their families by working in the mines.

Laboratory-grown stones are created in a scientific lab, providing a much lower level of danger for workers. It would also be very unlikely to have child labor in the process.

Diamonds and stones from conflict zones

Customers may have heard about “blood diamonds” or “conflict diamonds” but may not fully understand what this means. In many diamond mining countries, rebel groups use profits from diamond mines to finance their movements against their government. In reality, this also includes violence and human rights violations against many miners. The Kimberley Process was setup in 2003 to try and stop the trade of these diamonds by providing certificates for “conflict-free diamonds”. However, counterfeit certificates are not unheard of. This mandate also only takes into account diamonds whose profits are used to fund rebel movements. The narrow definition of conflict has allowed diamonds from mines with violence and human rights violations to be certified as adhering to the Kimberley Process.

Laboratory-grown diamonds are one of the few ways to be absolutely sure that a diamond has not come from a conflict zone.

Transparency and full disclosure

Laboratory-grown diamonds and gemstones ensure that a jeweler can provide full disclosure about a stone from start to finish. There are very few other ways for a jeweler to be 100% certain that a stone is truly conflict-free, created under fair working conditions, and as environmentally friendly as possible.

Beautiful heirloom quality stones

Halstead Laboratory-Grown DiamondsDon’t fear that a laboratory-grown stone won’t last as long as a natural mined stone! In some cases, they can be even more durable since there are fewer inclusions in many stones. It’s important for a customer to realize that just because a stone didn’t come from the Earth and take many years to grow doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful stone worthy of passing down. To an untrained eye, most laboratory-grown stones will look exactly like a mined stone. It takes training and equipment to be able to detect differences.

Alternatives to natural mined stones, especially diamonds, are becoming more and more popular. As consumers realize the true price of their diamond, many are turning to guaranteed non-conflict stones. Don’t be afraid to help them find a way to have their sparkle and enjoy it too!

Shop Halstead’s selection of laboratory-grown diamonds and laboratory-grown gemstones.

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MIKE JOSEPH DIAMOND NECKLACE REVIEW, COUTURE DESIGN AWARDS 2018

Can’t tell you how exciting it is to walk into a show like COUTURE Las Vegas, knowing you’re going to be trying on some of the most bold and daring jewellery you can find. All that diamond sparkle and glittering gold gives me a rush of adrenaline and my heart starts to thump-thump against my chest so loud everyone can hear it!

Well, today my happy jewellery lovers, I’ve found something sexy and fascinating to show you: a cool and sophisticated diamond necklace designed by Armenian jewellery Designer Mike Saatji of Mike Joseph Jewellery. Winner of the Couture Design Award for Best in Diamonds Above $20,000, you won’t believe the craftsmanship that went into this fascinating design.

Meticulously crafted from gold and diamonds by 14 craftsmen in the Mike Joseph Jewellery Bangkok workshop, this statement necklace took six months to finish. It is a work of precision and harmony, with 2367 diamonds (39.59 carats) balanced precisely with 18k gold chains. My favourite part is that it doubles as a choker. Simply remove the tail and you have another piece of jewellery you can wear with a variety of outfits and different occasions.

I love the simplicity of this design, yet it is a complex jigsaw puzzle of individual numbered pieces attached separately together. The effect creates a statement necklace with fluidity that gracefully moves and sparkles with your every movement.

The inspiration for this piece came to Mike Saatji one evening when he was enjoying a glass of wine out on a restaurant patio at sunset in Paris. He saw a lady wearing a beautiful vintage Hermès scarf and he loved the fall and folds of the piece. He sketched a rough design on a napkin and later met with his technical team to discuss how they could achieve such a daring necklace without compromising on comfort and wearability. The result is this bold, award-winning necklace I’m wearing now. Pure perfection.

Are you surprised, looking at the photos, how much work goes into a piece of jewellery like this? Let me know in the comment 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]

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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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Jewelry Collection Stories: Lindsey of @ParkAvenueAntiques

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I’ve followed Lindsey of Park Avenue Antiques for a very long time! My first interaction with her was sort of humorous–I remember being on my way out the door to go antiquing for the day with my mom and sister. I was waiting on a ring to go up on the auction block so I unpleasantly made them wait until it did, not realizing it wouldn’t be until another 45 minutes. I can’t remeber exactly why I lost out on the ring, but while in the car finally on our way, I took a screenshot of the ring and posted it on Instagram with the caption, “Who outbid me on this portrait ring?! Confess!!” Lindsey was sweet enough to message me to tell me she had been the final bidder on it and graciously offered it for sale. A story too good to be made up, I’ve treasured that ring ever since! Over the years, we’ve continued to follow each other–even one point I tried meeting up at an antique show, but kept missing her! Hopefully meeting will be in the cards for us in the future, but until then…let’s check out her amazing jewelry collection!

Like many of you, I have been attracted to sparkly things for as far back as I can remember. As a little girl, I collected rocks and minerals, little buttons and sea glass. My father was an antiques dealer and the two of us were always on an “antiquing adventure”. One of our favorite places to visit was Roycroft Antiques in East Aurora, NY. They had a wooden whisky barrel filled with buttons and beads and I would dig through that barrel until my hands were black! Who knows what I thought I’d find in there! It was all about the hunt….

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I share this silver filigree necklace with my daughter Cameron. The three Edwardian silver bears represent her and her two brothers.

Around the age of 5, we moved to Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was a difficult transition. My parents both worked two jobs and I was home alone a lot. My mother always found ways to show me how much I was loved and that she was thinking of me. She came up with a hide and seek game we called “Rubber Legs” which involved hiding a yellow plastic figure. Before she left for work in the morning, she would hide Rubber Legs somewhere for me to find. Then I would hide him somewhere for her. I almost always hid him in her antique spool cabinet/jewelry box. It was a magical place where I wasn’t supposed to “dig around” but I couldn’t help myself! There were sparkly rings, beautiful strings of trade beads, flapper necklaces and cameos. She had all kinds of treasures but my favorite piece was a little gold acorn charm that rattled when shaken.

Once we moved to Hershey, adventures in antiquing with dad still continued. He opened an antique lighting shop in Adamstown, PA in the Black Angus Antiques Mall. Most Sundays I would tag along to help him but really spent most of my days with other dealers. I was fascinated with their knowledge in various fields and eager to hear their stories. This is where my love for jewelry and antiques really started.

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LEFT: Georgian sapphire and rose cut diamond bow brooch in silver topped gold, purchased at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

When collecting jewelry became a serious passion, I invested in books. Jewelry books on private collections, construction, symbolism, intaglios, various periods and markings. My jewelry library has helped me to educate myself and develop a true respect for the craftsmanship and symbolism that these pieces hold. I try to add one book to my collection every month. I would encourage any aspiring jewelry collector to do this as well.

RIGHT: Eight years ago, I was newly divorced and the only jewelry I had was my and my grandmothers wedding ring. I put some money aside and decided I’d like to create a piece of jewelry that would represent my family. I hoped to create a ring that could be passed on to one of my children. The first jeweler I went to was a rather unpleasant experience. I nearly gave up on my idea but decided to give it one more try. This is when I met Skip Colflesh, the owner of The Jeweler’s Bench in Hershey, PA. He helped me create the perfect ring. We used the diamonds in my grandmothers wedding ring, my engagement ring and each of the children’s birthstones. The first time I saw the ring it was an emotional experience. It was a perfect representation of my life’s journey. The diamonds no longer felt like the loss of a loved one or a failed marriage – they were now something beautiful and very personal. But more than that, I was so grateful for the friendship that had come out of designing the ring together. Skip has become one of my dearest friends and also my mentor. Friends make all the difference.

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I really don’t have a specific type of jewelry or period that I collect. I am mostly drawn to gemstones and figural pieces but my collection is quite varied. My most heavily worn pieces of jewelry are my watch chains. I love connecting them together for different looks and wearing them with various pendants.

Here are a few of my favorite necklaces:

LEFT: Painted enamel mourning locket depicting a young girl and her dog. It reads “Mary Rutherfurd Prime April 16, 1810 – Died September 9, 1835”

SECOND FROM LEFT: Opal pendant from Arts & Crafts Movement. This pendant reminds me of my favorite spring flower, lilac, and the opals are absolutely electric. I bought this in an antique store in England.

THIRD FROM LEFT: Not easy to pick a favorite, but if I had to, this would be it! Raj Era moonstone pendant from @saintespritofchelsea Beautifully crafted in silver and gold with huge shimmering moonstone cabochons.

CENTER: 19th c Kerosang with faceted white zircon.

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Here are a few of my favorite rings:

Victorian era amethyst and pearl serpent ring was purchased from David Ashville of Ashville Fine Arts.

The kunzite and diamond ring I bought from @blackamooruk. I believe this ring was originally an early 20th century brooch that was carefully converted. I love the size of the kunzite and it fits my finger perfectly.

The Victorian topaz ring was purchased from @ishyantiques.

The art deco moonstone ring is one of my favorites. It was purchased from Brad Wilson of Wilson’s Estate Jewelry in Philadelphia, PA.

The massive cameo ring I created using a 19th century cameo from @antiquestoreinwayne and a custom gold setting created by Skip Colflesh @thejewelersbenchofhershey.

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LEFT: Agate tree ring – This is one of my creations. I used an agate sourced from an old cufflink mounted in a setting made by @thejewelersbenchofherehey Victorian chrysoberyl and gold band @westandsonjewellery

RIGHT: This is my most recent purchase. My dear friend Will @martindaleasianarts recently took me on a day trip to a quaint town about an hour outside of London where I found it in an antiques shop.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I am honored to be a part of the Instagram jewelry community. Your posts have greatly enhanced my knowledge and appreciation for all types of jewelry and the friendships that have developed because of our shared passion for jewelry are priceless to me.

xoxoGemGossip

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GET THE LOOK FROM THE MALDIVES: SUNSET IN VICKISARGE EARRINGS

As my day of art directing the jewellery campaign for a GEM Kreatives client in the Maldives was coming to an end, I just couldn’t resist taking my last opportunity to experience the feeling of a warm breeze in my hair and golden sand underneath my feet. Strolling on the beach, while taking these sunset photos, and admiring the paraiba tourmaline blue of the ocean as the waves splashed onto the sand… Moments like this make me feel grateful and lucky to have an opportunity to travel to magical places all around the globe. This always reminds me that living and enjoying the moment is just so rewarding!  

My look in these Maldives sunset photos will surely nourish my soul on a cold day in London. The Teatum Jones skirt I’m wearing is from the first chapter of AW18 collection, inspired by the feeling of intense joy. How accurately this explosive red and passionate pink palette describes my mood! My bright and juicy earrings from Vicki Sarge London enrich the outfit with tropical vibes. 

You can instantly tell I have a special love for statement earrings. Travelling the world and spending time in exotic places like Brazil made statement earrings rub off on my jewellery identity, and Vicki Sarge’s boutique in London is a treasure trove for them! Being one of my favourite costume jewellery brands, VICKISARGE has dedicated her life to jewellery and creates hand-crafted, quality pieces of jewellery art, and compared to fine jewels, are safe to take on my overseas adventures.   

I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t complete the outfit with bespoke detail. The 18k gold ring from Mike Joseph fine jewellery is definitely not your usual ring. Detailed with diamonds and 33 grey pearls, it curls effortlessly around my thumb, giving it a modern look.  

The more you travel, the more open-minded and experimental you become. Hope this look gives you a beach photoshoot inspiration, so next time you travel open your jewellery box and let your craziest creative ideas out!

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Thanks for stopping by. Which jewellery pieces are always with you on your travels? Leave me a message in the comments below, let’s discuss our precious travel essentials!

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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.

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

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HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT ANNIVERSARY GIFT

Of course, an anniversary gift absolutely has to be jewellery! Ideally, a piece that exudes timeless elegance to be treasured forever! In this article I am sharing my tips on how to pick the perfect anniversary gift, and why gift giving is important for your relationship. A must-read for you and your boyfriend. The inspiration behind this article was my own anniversary last week with my fiancé, which I’ll also tell you about.

I am surprised at just how many people underestimate the power of gift giving, and the effect it can have on a relationship. Gift giving is one of the special ways to convey love between two people, because it lets your partner know you are thinking of him or her, even when you are not together! This crucial part of a relationship is often overlooked, especially by men. Gift giving is something that should not be a chore. It must come from the heart. Doesn’t it give you great pleasure to surprise and delight your special someone?

Ladies, do not forget to share this article with your significant other. Gift giving is important because it will make your woman feel truly special, knowing you took the time and effort to find her the perfect gift. So, start thinking about how to make her feel happy!

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT ANNIVERSARY GIFT

1. Think carefully about your partner and what she likes. When you’re together, be more attentive and listen to her hints and remarks about what she likes or wants.

2. Don’t leave it until the last minute. For me forced gifts are never good or meaningful enough. Personally, I prefer finding gifts without adhering to any particular deadline, because I know they’ll love it no matter what the occasion.

3. Choose your budget. Remember: a gift does not necessarily have to be expensive, but it should be thoughtful.

4. Go for a timeless gift. Right now, I like chunky jewellery and minimalistic design. But in the future, my tastes will change. An anniversary gift needs to be a significant piece that I can still wear in 10-15 years time.

5. Do your research online before going shopping. Here are my favourite online boutiques to give you some inspiration.

6. I am not a big fan of sharing wish lists with my partner. But I feel a gift card from somewhere like MatchesFashion would be a very nice way thing to give. Or try picking out something together.

7. Think of brands you have recently come across online or seen on Instagram, Pinterest and jewellery blogs.

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Remember how good it feels to be on the receiving end of an anniversary gift you put a lot of time and thought into. Your lady will be over the moon and you’ll feel a sense of overwhelming fulfillment seeing how happy you’ve made her. That kind of feeling has no monetary value. The joy you get from opening a gift is only temporary, but giving the perfect gift gives you the pleasure of a memory that will last forever.

For me, an anniversary gift has to be emotionally significant rather than trendy. I was so impressed when I learned how much effort my fiancé put into finding a gift for me this year. He browsed Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Harrods in London after work for five hours! He was determined to find something special for me and I was pleasantly surprised by how much trouble he went through. We all know how much men dislike shopping. Later he told me how he knew how much I’ve been talking about butterflies and metamorphosis lately, so he was inspired to find that special something for me with that theme. I loved his limited edition post card art with butterfly. He also purchased a cute butterfly pendant from the collection he saw me wearing during my Annoushka social media takeover in the Maldives. I felt that this gorgeous butterfly pendant would make an amazing birthday gift but not an anniversary gift. Even though it was not trendy, it did not have much significance behind it.

Together, we chose to go for a jewellery piece from H.Stern, a Brazilian jewellery house close to my heart that I visited when I was in Rio and whose pieces I love wearing for weddings. I wore a pair of dazzling H.Stern star earrings to my own engagement party  at South Kensington Club in London. A lucky girl like me can pull fabulous pieces to wear on a special occasions and trips!

After much deliberation, we decided on the Genesis H.Stern Ring for my anniversary gift. This ring celebrates H.Stern’s 70 year history and is a return to an old classic. The collection revives the star and represents a host of fascinating celestial bodies. It’s like a journey through time to a place where men were seduced by the wonders and mystery of the skies.

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I felt that H.Stern would be perfect for me because of its versatile nature. I was initially sceptical about their cognac diamonds but in combination with their signature colour of gold, noble gold, and antique feel, it looked perfect! I loved how it looked on, complementing my engagement ring. This is also a piece that I can wear on a daily basis in London.

My Brazilian fiancé loved the story behind the ring about Halley’s comet that crossed paths with the earth in 1986. Even though he was only three years old at the time, he vividly remembers it being a big deal with his family in Brazil and all of them watching it. We loved the idea to celebrate Halley’s comet next time it passes the Earth in 2061. So silly and romantic! I do like to plan things in advance and create special memorable moments!

We are also planning to have this ring engraved to make it an even more special anniversary gift. My engagement ring is engraved with the word Serendipity, the meaning of which I will tell you in my next article.

If you are looking for a special anniversary gift and need extra help, please drop me an email at [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.

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

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Necklace Lengths Guide

With fashion changing throughout the year, the latest trends are hard to keep up with but don’t let that dissuade you when you’re choosing a necklace. Once you become familiar with the different styles, matching the necklace to the neckline will be a piece of cake. What’s the best necklace to wear with a v-neck? How about a turtleneck?

One thing you’ll want to remember when choosing a necklace is that you never want it to compete with the style of neckline you’re wearing. For instance, if you are wearing a strapless top you wouldn’t want to match it with a 20-inch matinee or 24-inch opera length necklace, yet a 14-inch collar or 16-inch choker would hang perfectly. The graphic below shows the most popular styles of necklines in women’s fashion.

Necklace Length Guide

Now that you know the names of the necklines, you can match them up with the necklace lengths below. Feel free to print this guide so you can have it on hand for quick necklace and neckline matches.

Choker length necklaces

The choker and collar names are often used interchangeably, with various lengths in inches listed for each. It is a minor distinction, but we contend that the choker would go high around the neck while the collar would rest on the collarbone.

Collar Necklace Length

Princess Necklace Length

Matinee Length Necklaces

Opera Length Necklaces

Rope Necklace Lengths

Lariat Necklace Lengths

Of course, various body types and bust sizes will affect the visual length and drape of jewelry on the torso. And each person has unique preferences. It’s always a good idea to use string to take a measurement so you can find the sizes that you like the most. Or, simply use a ruler to measure your favorite necklaces in your jewelry box so you know what to buy. 

At Halstead, we sell finished chain necklaces in lengths from 14 inches to 36 inches. Or, you can always make custom length chains with the link styles you prefer. We can special order different finished lengths for higher volume orders if you are willing to wait longer for delivery. We have hundreds of chain styles to choose from on our website. To browse more quickly, look for the results filter by length. On your PC computer, it will be in the left-hand column of the product listing pages. On your mobile device, it is a red drop-down menu at the top of your screen called Narrow Results.Chain Length Group

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GET THE LOOK FROM THE MALDIVES: GREEN HUES IN SEVAN BICAKCI RINGS

As you might have seen my wedding ceremony took place in the Maldives earlier this year. I recently went back to this dreamy destination for the first time since that wonderful trip.  This time I came to my beloved Maldives to shoot a jewellery campaign for a Gem Kreatives‘ client.

I had just a few minutes to capture my Maldives gold jewelry look in the beautiful surroundings of the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli. My green hued outfit from the London-based Ukrainian knitwear designer Kukhareva blended in perfectly with the St. Regis Maldives design. You already know my love for craftsmanship, so this is why I like Kuchareva’s pieces: you can tell how much effort she puts into fabric creation in her London workshop.

You might have noticed that I’m obsessed with green at the moment. One of my favourite Sevan Bicakci rings with intaglio carved in the stone and painted inside to give this ring a light green colour was just meant to be worn in Maldives. This is one of Sevan Bicacki‘s sculptural rings, and it features three doves as a symbol of hope inspired by the Noah and the Ark story.

I completed my jungle look with H Stern gold ring crafted with diamonds and noble gold, unique to H Stern jewellery collection. This Genesis H.Stern Ring looks much softer against the skin due to the champagne colour of its diamonds.

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TOP AND SKIRT BY KUKHAREVA

GENESIS GOLD RING WITH DIAMONDS BY H.STERN

GOLD RING WITH YELLOW DIAMONDS BY SEVAN BICAKCI

Thanks for stopping by. Do you like colourful accents in jewellery? 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.

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

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Q & A with Heather B. Moore Jewelry

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Heather B. Moore’s story starts with love, laughter and family…and fittingly, just as her jewelry often depicts those words both literally and figuratively, she has brought personalization of jewelry to the highest level. After viewing the video displayed below, you see just how hands-on and multi-faceted her business has become. This interview also touches upon how it all came to be, in the most innocent of ideas and forms. Sometimes we are destined for a certain path and it seems as though Heather was meant to bring memories, quotes and cherished words to life through her jewelry designs. Each piece is heavily sentimental and often instant tear-jerkers. As jewelry enthusiasts, we know how special a personalized piece can be–but how about one that is in the exact handwriting of a loved one? Or an exact doodle from your once 5-year-old son or daughter? I know if and when I start a family, Heather B. Moore‘s designs will be first on my list for a little keepsake!

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We are currently developing an exciting new series based on personal empowerment called the Sculptural Series. Its foundation stems from personalized themes people were requesting for their designs, which usually fell into four common categories: strength, growth, wisdom, and healing. With that as our guide, we started the Sculptural Series to capture moments that feel personal while complementing our other designs.

While we are only launching with a limited selection, this is just the beginning. The world is full of wonderful symbols that have meaningful messages, and Heather B. Moore jewelry is excited to add more sculptural jewelry to the collection in the future.

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I only took one jewelry class in college. At the time my focus was cast glass, Venetian glass blowing, and steel work. My sister Wendy was an anthropology major and had moved to Kathmandu, Nepal where she lived with a jeweler’s family. That’s where I started getting interested in what she was doing! After college, I was working for an artist welding large-scale art installations across the country for Judy Pfaff. On the weekends, my sister Wendy used to ask me to make jewelry for fashion shows and low-budget movies in Los Angeles.

I started off doing chain work and handmade chain, which we still do today. I also integrated glass beads and stones within the chain, and while we still integrate stones into our chain, we moved away from glass beads to focus on precious stones.

In 2004, I started offering personalization on a number of pieces and everything grew from there. Our personalized collection was created on the foundation that timeless designs start with a blank canvas for our customers, then we collaborate to create the perfect piece. We have the capacity to create the steel stamps of people’s handwriting and children’s drawings as well as a wide variety of fonts and layouts.

I started collecting tools when I was 13. I grew up in the steel industry of Cleveland and loved going to my dad’s factories, so craftsmanship was something that I related to.

The first steel tooling stamps that I purchased were from a garage sale at an old machinist’s house. I carried those stamps around with me for 15 years before knew what to do with them! In 1991, I pulled out those stamps and decided to integrate quotes from my friends and family. I stamped them out onto the silver plaques and then framed it with a handmade cast glass frame.

In 1997, my sister Wendy was in a skiing accident and passed away. Before she passed I stamped a quote she gave me into a piece of metal: “I said to my sister and she said to me, come let’s play laughter together.” I remember loving the quote so much that I took the plaque with her quote off the wall, and I put it in my wallet. To this day I look at it and it makes me smile.

After moving back to Cleveland and receiving the Rising Star Award from the JCK trade show, I had an interview with Real Simple Magazine about why a designer from NYC would move to Cleveland.

During the interview the writer asked a series of silly questions like, “what kind of hair care products do I use?” and, “what is in your purse?” At first I was a little confused, but I pulled out my wallet and got the plaque of my sister’s quote, and they loved it. They photographed it and used it as the focal point of the article.

At the time, I was designing for bigger companies like Banana Republic and I was getting tired of doing trendy jewelry that was “in” one season and “out” the next. I thought it was interesting that they loved the little plaque so much, and that made me think about the unique stamps that I had in the basement, and I knew I wanted to make something for myself. So, I stamped my kids names on some silver discs, framed them in gold, and I created my first personalized necklace.

I fell in love with it because my kids would sit on my lap and flip through the charms and look for their names. That is when it hit me: personalization has more value than the material that it’s on, because personalization is forever. Telling your story is not a trend; it’s a keepsake, an heirloom, and one-of-a-kind… just like the person wearing it.

That is when I knew I was on the right track. I was putting something into the marketplace that I had actually created in 1992… it’s like it all became a full circle.

It’s amazing to think I was so young, but I’m also very proud to say that now we create our own stamps in our steel shop. It’s fun to have the opportunity to create special tooling for each individual customer.

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Left: the plaque Heather made, with her sister’s special quote Right: a necklace Heather wears almost everyday–it features her new Buddha charm


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I think my proudest moment was winning the Town & Country International Gold Award at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas.

This is a show where all designers get together and showcase their pieces to stores across the country. Town & Country magazine had sponsored the event, so it was super fancy that year. Most people were in black tie… but I didn’t know that! I showed up late to the party in flip-flops, jeans, a t-shirt and messy hair!

When I thought about designing something for the Gold category, I wanted something no one had yet documented. One topic that came up was that we had never documented someone’s letter, and I had the perfect one. It was a whimsical thank you note from my sister Wendy. She had sent it just days after Christmas and she spoke of the importance of family and new traditions. This was the first year I didn’t spend Christmas with my family because I was with my husband’s family in Canada, so it really hit home for me. It was the last letter I ever got from her. She passed away shortly after Christmas.

We stamped this whole letter on a big yellow gold cuff, with a rose gold frame on the outside and a green gold frame on the inside, then we covered the frame in diamonds.

We arrived late to the awards show party and had already begun to announce the winners, so we quickly grabbed a glass of wine and snuck into some seats just as the announcer said, “And the Gold Award goes to a designer from the city of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame…”

…I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, there’s another designer here from Cleveland,” but then they called my name!

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In a broad sense, my hopes, dreams, and goals are to make sure I can continue to create beautiful pieces for people and documenting their stories. I love that we have the opportunity to work with customers hand-in-hand.

And with the sculptural collection, there are so many amazing symbols that empower people. I just love the direction we are going with that!

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I have so many pieces I love and adore! We have a wide variety of designs within the collection, and I truly love all of them. I have many iterations with my children’s names (Henry, Leo, Oliver and Coral). They are my proudest creation!

I have a yellow gold bangle with their names on it, a leather bracelet with with their names on it, and a necklace where they each have their own charm! I actually named the frames after them. The Henry frame is a braid like the Nantucket braided bracelets. The Leo frame has a granulation frame for him because he really loves the arts. Then there’s the Oliver frame. He’s really an organized child so I did a spiral frame for him. Coral’s got a bubbly personality, so her frame kind of looks like bubbles!

I like to wear my cuff bracelet that has my sister’s letter with jeans and a t-shirt, but I also wore it to the Beastie Boys black tie Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction.

My sister Halley and I both have a charm with Wendy’s phone number on it. She never had business cards, which we always thought was hilarious! We made it in green gold because her birthday was on Saint Patrick’s Day.

My new favorite necklace has a bunch of charms on it, and it’s a story about my boyfriend Jason and me. We went to high school together so I have one charm that says “You were worth the wait,” and another charm that says “Home is when I’m with you.” And I have a little single initial J charm for his name… and a diamond, of course!

I have a 4mm square cuff bracelet that grounds me–it says “When you look at life through the right lens, everything comes into focus.” Life certainly does throw you some curveballs sometimes… so that helps me through those challenges. The fact that I’m a photographer kind of makes it perfect! My dad gave me my first camera when I was 14 and then shipped me off to Africa with 13 rolls of film. I have been an avid photographer ever since.

I will end with this one:

I have this fantastic ring that has been dubbed “the hockey ring.” It’s my good luck ring for my boys’ games. If it’s not on my finger it’s in my wallet waiting for the next game. I did not put any personalization on it with words… and it’s really quite thick. We call it The Pope Ring at the studio! So when I’m photographing the hockey games (because all three boys are in hockey) if something happens like a goal or a good defensive play, I can bang on the glass with my ring, and I wont hurt my hand! Because of all the banging, overtime it has collected quite a few, great dents! It is essentially personalized from all the dents!

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