Jewels at my Doorstep: JewelStreet.com

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Taking the jewels of JewelStreet to the streets of Nashville! The online luxury jewelry marketplace prides itself as being the UK’s #1 website for designer fine jewelry, with an emphasis on seeking out brands that are doing amazing things with design. Browsing the pages of JewelStreet makes you feel as though you’re traveling the world through the lens of jewelry. Their virtual boutique is set up to feature jewelry designers by country, and this breakdown allows you to see everything from a global perspective. You can delve into Italy and see the rich gold designs from this country featured on JewelStreet, Brazil is fascinating and leading the way with unique design with several artisans featured, France has some great designers…the list goes on and on! Being from the United States, I felt some American pride seeing who is represented on this worldwide jewelry outlet–many names I recognized and familiar faces.

For this Jewels at my Doorstep shoot, I thought it would be neat to feature a few different countries. I chose these really neat pearl geode rings from Little H Jewelry based in the US, a bold out-of-this-world solar system inspired ring by Anakao out of London, UK, and last but not least some long black spinel earrings by MyriamSOS from Cyprus (which I honestly had to look on a map to figure out where exactly that country is located, FYI it’s an island south of Turkey). It is beautiful how jewelry from all over the globe can come together and complement one another, be a staple in someone’s jewelry box, and make memories for a lifetime.

Connecting people to jewelry from all over the globe is what makes JewelStreet so special. Imagine logging into the website from your laptop in a small town, in middle America. JewelStreet connects you with jewelry designers from places in all parts of this large globe we call home, that you may have never known about. So now a pendant from a jeweler in Greece is on its way to your jewelry box thanks to JewelStreet, and it will forever be a part of your story. I love that.

Make sure you check out JewelStreet and immerse yourself in their global world.

And here is the info on the jewels I’m wearing:

The Hallgrimur Earrings by MyriamSOS, 9k rose gold set with black spinel, Price: $990

Devoted Ring in yellow gold by Anakao, 18k yellow gold & diamonds, Price: $2,320

Three pearl ring–Tahitian, keshi, Golden South Sea pearl in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $1,600

Three pearl ring–Fiji pearl, Akoya, Golden South Sea pearl in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $2,500

Single point collection ring with Tahitian Keshi pearl and rubies in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $1,100

Finestrino collection, black diamonds and Tahitian Keshi pearl in 14k black rhodium, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $2,200

 

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Gem Gossip Visits Fox’s Seattle in Seattle, WA

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Gurhan 24k gold necklace, Rings by Todd Reed, Atelier Zobel, Arman Lotus Shield ring, Arman wide hammered ring with black diamonds

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All rings by SUWA

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One-of-a-kind fire opal + Tahitian pearl pendant necklace by Mikimoto

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Rough diamond Octahedron pendants by SUWA, platinum & yellow gold

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Sethi Couture necklaces: diamond bar necklace, fan necklace , rings by Alex Sepkus

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The history behind the next stop on my Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip is quite fascinating. Just a block away from Hotel Vintage where we were staying, the walk to Fox’s Seattle was easy and beautiful. Upon entering the shop I knew it was unlike any other place I’ve been to before.

Open since 1912, the same year the Titanic sank, US suffragettes paraded NYC, and Arizona & New Mexico were admitted into the US as official states, Fox’s opened its doors to the public. The shop sold mostly gems, little knick knacks, and some jewelry, taking a chance at this fortuitous business. It was unfortunately struggling and needed to be sold. It was then purchased by Sid Thal in 1948, keeping its name Fox’s Gem Shop only because the new owners couldn’t afford to paint over the sign.

The store grew over time, eventually becoming the leading retailer in fine jewelry, but had always been a labor of love for Sid Thal and his wife. Sid apparently was quite the character! Known around town in the social scene and iconic for driving around a Classic Austin “London Cab” and sporting a British bowler hat. These attributes were later used to help market the jewelry store. Their daughter, Joy Thal joined the family business in 1975, along with her artistic husband Chai Mann, and have been at it ever since! It was such an honor to meet the pair during my visit. They have a discerning eye when it comes to jewelry as well as being able to articulately create a luxurious space for said jewelry.

I spent most of my time while visiting Fox’s with Chai & Joy’s daughter Zoey who officially began working at the store in 2003, where her stint was only supposed to be temporary, but she obviously fell in love with everything about the jewelry world. She was named President in 2013. Most recently Fox’s changed their name from Fox’s Gem Shop to Fox’s Seattle and moved locations to where it situates today, just outside The Fairmount Olympic Hotel. Calling the store beautiful is quite the understatement. My visit lined up well with the unveiling of their newly launched Todd Reed boutique, the only jewelry store to have a mini boutique consisting of Todd Reed anywhere else!

Fox’s Seattle is quite proud of the designers they feature, as they are invested in them emotionally, which radiates through and through! They have been a huge fan and supporter of Alex Sepkus and his work, carrying his jewelry for over 25 years! Fox’s loves Alex Sepkus’ one-of-a-kind pieces and they make certain they get dibs on his very best. I was enchanted by their selection of his pieces–I had to create a cool stack incorporating his work. Fox’s taught me that every piece is finished by hand under a microscope!

I love learning about new designers–the longer I’m in this industry, the less I am actually already familiar with, so finding someone new is exhilarating! Enter SUWA, a Japanese jewelry company known for their precision when setting stones. They follow the facet pattern on every gem to position it in exact alignment with its neighbor. I loved their rough diamond octahedron pendants and totally want one! They do some incredible things with rough diamonds as well as faceted.

Mixing Fox’s designer repertoire was seamless–case in point: my stack featuring Todd Reed, Atelier Zobel, and Arman. Big names, bold looks. Like jewelry a little more on the dainty side? Fox’s Seattle has you covered too! A favorite designer, Sethi Couture bring on the layer-ready delights, each meant to be passed down through generations. Their selection of Gurhan Jewelry is also quite top notch. I died a little over the 24k yellow gold spike necklace. I’m sure it has a legitimate name, but I’m going to call it the spike necklace!

Thanks everyone at Fox’s Seattle for welcoming me into your gorgeous store! It was so great meeting everyone and sharing your passion for a few hours…I can see why you are so proud of the legacy of this store and it will no doubt flourish for years to come! If you’re in the Seattle area, be sure to stop by, you won’t want to miss it!

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Gem Gossip Visits TWIST in Seattle, WA

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GREAT MIX of designers: top left, going down–Ileana Makri, Fernando Jorge, Marc Alary; top right, going down–Spinelli Kilcollin, Marc Alary, Sophie Bille Brahe

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Love the artisan-made cases, organized by designer

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Wearing all Polly Wales

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Trying on some Kothari pieces

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The colorful world of Jamie Joseph, some best-sellers!

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A nice stack of Dorette rings, I’m in love!!

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…and can’t forget the matching Dorette necklace

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All these are by Judy Geib: emerald bracelet, circular band, number ring, emerald ring

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Rings by Marie-Hélène de Taillac

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Checking out the bridal selection, it’s like a store within a store!

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Some of my bridal favorites! Pinky is Rebecca Overmann, ring finger is Mandrel Studio, middle finger is Mandrel Studio, pointer finger both rings by Mallary Marks (awesome necklace in background)

TWIST has been well-known for their incredible selection of fine designer jewelry for years! I realized a few weeks ago that my second blog post I ever wrote on Gem Gossip, I featured some selections from their website, so saying I’ve been a fan for awhile may be an understatement. Those not akin to the Pacific Northwest may not realize that TWIST has TWO locations, one in Seattle, WA and one in Portland, OR. Most are familiar with their popular website twistonline.com where people from around the world can shop their highly sought after curation of designer jewelry from the comfort of their home! I gush as I profess having a love affair with their newsletters. Anytime new designers are added or new pieces are added to their website, an eye-catching newsletter gets sent to my inbox, alerting me to check out what’s new. And for TWIST, anything that they do is one step ahead of the curve. I learn of new, upcoming designers often from TWIST and love seeing how they curate their selection from all that is out there and available. Each piece is special, unique and often tells a story.

Walking into TWIST was like a fantasy becoming a reality. The store is located in Pacific Place shopping center, where some of the best shopping can be done in Seattle. A quick toss of the keys to the valet and off we were where five floors of shops awaited, TWIST being on level one. An aspect that defines TWIST since the beginning is their devotion to artists, so although jewelry now rules their main focus, some eclectic pieces of art (and although jewelry can be considered art) are still a part of the store. Items like sculptures, blown glass and pottery to be exact. Case in point, the giant penguin that stands majestically outside the storefront. It was created by artist Leo Sewell who transforms scrap metal and junk into fun animals. This piece has become iconic to the shop since first opening in 1999.

The jewelry sprawls across multiple cases at TWIST, organized by designer and neatly displayed in artisan-made cases. Everyday pieces mixed in with one-of-a-kind, over-the-top…super cool alongside funky and chic, the jewelry is quite endless in terms of possibilities and truly such a fun shopping experience. The moment you think, “where is the engagement rings and bridal selection?,” you stumble upon the tucked away bridal boutique that is just as unique as the rest of the store. Traditional mixed with alternative, with their favorite designers putting a spin on what they would consider bridal, this section reveals much to swoon over. Yes, there are diamonds, but there are also “rustic” diamonds, specially cut diamonds, inverted diamonds, fancy colored diamonds and so much more. I hope my photos above prepared you for some kickass jewelry!

Perusing the jewelry cases with Cullen, store manager and partner of TWIST, proved to be a Who’s Who of the jewelry world. My favorite designers, pieces I’ve been coveting, and works of art I’ve had to stare at for a few minutes to grasp its amazingness, all in one place. Polly Wales and her masterfully-crafted jewelry set off one section of the store–both her staples and her most recent collection was displayed. I got to experience French designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac and her eye-popping colorful designs. She proves how color can be so fun and within one piece, a whole rainbow of spectral colors can be found. Arik Kastan, a brand I’m more than familiar with, was on display–but did you know they create an exclusive matte gold collection just for TWIST?! I’ve actually never seen it before because the pieces go straight to TWIST, so this was so great to see in person. It is funny how just changing one aspect, like the finish of the gold, can create a whole new look. And for the first time ever, I got to experience Judy Geib, a designer who hand-fabricates everything out of her Brooklyn studio. She is a phenomena in her own right, being self-taught, and on top of that, she mainly works with opals and emeralds, two of the most difficult gemstones to work with (very soft stones). There were SO many great designers featured, for a full list check out this link.

I don’t think I can say enough positive things about TWIST, so I’m going to leave you with this idea–if you’re in the area or planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest, make sure you visit either their Seattle or Portland locations. You could easily spend hours in here, so plan accordingly. (I also recommend the wine bar located at Pacific Place, Sixth Avenue Wine Sellers for before or after visiting!) 😉

Thanks Cullen and TWIST for showing me some amazing designer jewelry while in Seattle on my #JewelryRoadTrip, I’ll be catching up in the meantime via newsletter!

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The Guide to the Best Wedding ring styles

A wedding band is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Couples can agonize far too long over choosing the right rings for the wedding, and with so much variety the process can paralyze the mind

A wedding band is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Couples can agonize far too long over choosing the right rings for the wedding, and with so much variety the process can paralyze the mind. How to buy the best wedding ring? One way to cut through this problem is to narrow down your decision to a particular style of a wedding band. This makes your wedding jewelry selection a much simpler process
Wedding bands, and rings, in general, are divided into broad classes. The first obvious class is finger rings for men and rings for women. Men’s rings are usually heavier and thicker, while women’s rings are thinner and lighter. As wedding ring trends come and go, here is a compilation of the latest trends.


Antique rings – These rings you won’t find in a catalog unless you’re browsing antique stores. In the jewelry world, antique rings must be 50-100+ years old depending on who you ask. Your great-grandmother’s wedding band is an example of an antique ring. It is a piece of jewelry from the past. Most people choose an antique ring for family reasons. If you choose an antique ring, make sure that the band’s metal is compatible with your skin. That silver ring from long ago might not wear well on your hands today without adequate cleaning.

Vintage/Retro rings – These are rings made in an antique style, but are modern pieces. They often use modern technology to imitate what master jewelers used to do by hand. Most of the vintage wedding bands can be further divided into specific art periods, such as Art nouveau and Art Deco. Most vintage rings are imitating styles from the 1920s onward.

One of the hallmarks of a vintage ring is the different stone cuts. If you picture a generic wedding ring, the type of diamond you’ll likely see is a princess cut diamond. But this cut didn’t become popular until the 1960s. Rings before this time used cuts that don’t magnify the sparkle so much, such as emerald- or rose-cut diamonds. Colored diamonds or gemstones are also more common in vintage rings, though black diamonds are a modern trend.The most common metals for vintage rings are gold and platinum. Today white gold is increasingly used as a more substitute for silver, which tarnishes easily and can mark the skin.

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Diamonds Shined at Couture 2016

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Wearing Paige Novick’s Diamonds With A Story collaboration pieces

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Wearing Sandy Leong’s Diamonds With A Story collaboration pieces, inspired as “sound waves in metal”

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Wearing Paige Novick’s Diamonds With A Story collaboration pieces, inspired by traceable curves

Diamonds. Did you see more this year at Couture or less than years in the past? Do you feel as though designers are using diamonds more and more in designs or turning to other colored gemstones? I set out this year to hit the ground running and answer those exact questions, doing my own research. Diamonds have been and possibly will forever be the number one selling gemstone. But with all the fuss over conflict-free, “recycled,” eco-conscious and several other trendy names people are putting on responsibly mined diamonds, has that begun to shift the love and allure for diamonds?!

For me, I will always love diamonds–probably even more than any other gemstone. The majority of my personal collection is made up of diamonds. I will never, ever buy or be interested in synthetic diamonds (frankly, I wish they would cease creating them) and that goes for other imitations like moissanite. The rarity and allure of owning a real diamond, whether it is ethically mined or an antique diamond, far outweighs any other desire for an alternative.

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Wearing Jade Trau’s wrap rings that are becoming iconic to her line

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Polly Wales has created LOTS of new, stunning pieces using diamonds. Her signature style continues to be a favorite and oh so unique.

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Wearing Kavant & Sharart Designs who are both inspired by Art Deco and Avant Garde styles

Now, a diamond’s journey can be tricky. That’s why programs like Diamonds With A Story have recently been created to ensure a diamond’s origins and its sustainability. Diamonds With A Story came about in partnership with Rio Tinto, as they partnered with a few designers using the ethically sourced diamonds. The capsule collections were created utilizing ethically sourced white and natural color diamonds from Austrailia’s Argyle Mine. This year’s designer participants attending the Couture Show include Paige Novick, Suzanne Kalan, Sandy Leong and Matthew Campbell Laurenza. The pieces created using these diamonds from the Argyle Mines are innovative and extremely wearable. It was neat to see how the designers interpreted the stones differently with their own design aesthetic and contrasting against their collections.

Other research has been done on Millennials and their response to diamonds. This age group, which I am a part of, includes those who were born in the early 1980s and up through the 90s…some even including those born in the beginning of 2000. Most recently, the Diamond Producers Association revealed its newest campaign targeting this age group after extensive research on their views of diamonds. The campaign takes the idea of “Real is Rare” and hopes to build connections with this and diamonds. The Diamond Producers Association states, “The platform emerges from deep insight work with the millennial audience revealing that while diamonds do have appeal for this generation, relevance and emotional engagement can be heightened via new concepts…The opportunity exists for diamonds to represent the rare, precious and real connections that millennials crave. “Real is Rare” redefines diamonds for the 21st century, giving them new meaning as a symbol to celebrate the real connections we choose to make.”

I’m excited for these new platforms that are emerging and promoting the love for diamonds. I think it starts with learning to appreciate such rarity, and to know where and how diamonds are produced. Jewelry designers can easily foster the enchantment of diamonds, as I saw at Couture this year. Innovative designs and creations that make your jaw drop are just the start of creating such desire.

Below are some of the best examples of artists and designers using diamonds in the most innovative and alluring ways:

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Wearing Eva Fehren’s rings which use diamonds to create some incredible geometric looks. Many larger, central diamonds are specially cut in their own geometric shape, further creating a unique, one-of-a-kind ring.

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The display at TAP by Todd Pownell–truly should be known as a diamond artist, along with jewelry designer. I don’t think I’ve ever been more in awe of the way diamonds are set/aligned/patterned/strung. It’s insane.

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Wearing Lana Jewelry who recently added black diamonds to their line up

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Wearing Suzanne Kalan, another game changer in the industry, using baguette cut diamonds in the most innovative way

I loved seeing and experiencing diamonds at Couture. Being aware of seeing which designers used them, talking with stores and buyers at the show and getting their opinion on diamonds in the marketplace has been really informative. I know diamonds are here to stay and it is up to us to continue to keep it this way.

To learn more about diamonds and experience diamonds in every way possible, check out 1001 Diamonds. Here are all their platforms:

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Gem Gossip Favorites: Earring Stacks from Iconery

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Creating an earring look is so much more than just grabbing and going. If you’ve ever tried, you know there is almost an art to it, where balance is important and symmetry is everything. To make matters even more intense, everyone’s ears and earlobes are quite different and everyone’s hair styles are too. I’ve styled three different earring stories with my personal taste, factoring in what works for me (both my hair and number of holes I have in my lobes). Iconery has a fantastic selection of earrings, especially since each one is hot and covetable at the moment. The online haven of unique jewels just launched last year and has been on my radar. Their hashtag #KeepItReal says it all–“Because life’s too short to wear fake jewelry.” Finally someone who has read my mind and gets it!! This has been my mantra since I knew the difference between the two (I would say roughly 7th grade). Iconery is also changing the game by bringing 3D printing into the mix and adding pieces they’ve designed themselves to their website. You MUST check out their site because I assure you, you will discover pieces and designers you will LOVE! Besides, the two founders, Andrea Linett and Ivka Adam, are like a Who’s Who amongst cool girl-bosses.

There truly are so many different combinations one could create using Iconery‘s inventory. So sit back and have fun picking out your next new earring look that you’ll be wearing all the time!

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The first look I’ve styled starts off with some points that I’ve learned and figured out about my personal style with earrings. The first being I love studs! Studs are extremely comfortable and since I have three holes, I can easily stack three smaller, less expensive earrings to create one big look. Another important tip is to try to create a theme–here I’ve used black diamonds as my theme. Another thing, which is probably most important and has been consistent throughout all my three looks, is to use a long or elongated earring in the first hole. With my face shape and hair style, this look has always stayed tried and true. I love the elongated look of the Elisabeth Bell Thorn earrings in 14k yellow gold. For the black diamond ensemble, I went with a simple line of black diamonds in the ear climber by Anne Sisteron paired with the Mara Carrizo Scalise diamond pave earrings.

Earrings used:

Elisabeth Bell Thorn earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $495 for a pair

Anne Sisteron black diamond ear climber in 14k yellow gold, Price: $130 for a single

Mara Carrizo Scalise diamond pave earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $540 for a pair

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My second earring look is an instant favorite! I just recently tried threader earrings for the first time and I’m completely obsessed. These gold horn and diamond threader earrings by Anne Sisteron are killer. So edgy from the get-go, the only way of making them any cooler than they are–adding a very small hoop stud, like these Luv AJ beaded hoop earrings. I’ve been on the hunt for a small pair of hoop studs after wearing a pair I stole from my mom’s jewelry box back in college that were costume jewelry that looked almost identical to these! I wore them everyday! And sometimes two is better than one, so in this case I stacked two of the same hoop earring side-by-side. Love this look.

Earrings used:

Anne Sisteron threader earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $545 for a pair

Luv AJ beaded hoops in 14k yellow gold, Price: $295 for a pair

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My third earring stack infuses a trend that I’ve been incorporating more and more into my look–it basically takes one ear and loads it up, leaving the other ear bare. This is what I had in mind for this third look. To accentuate the ear that is loaded with earrings, I would pin up tightly one side of my hair to show off my earring look and leave the other half long, oftentimes covering up the bare lobe. I love the juxtaposition of the long, pointed dangle of the Brady Legler pencil drop earrings done in 14k gold and diamonds, and the diamond hardware stud earrings by Anne Sisteron. Again, I’ve gone with the long earring in the first hole and two studs in the others–edgy yet sophisticated.

Earrings used:

Brady Legler Pencil Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold and diamonds, Price: $4,100 for a pair

Anne Sisteron diamond hardware studs in 14k yellow gold, Price: $310 for a pair

All earrings can be found at Iconery. This post was brought to you in collaboration with Iconery.

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Gem Gossip Visits ESQUELETO in Oakland, CA

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My #JewelryRoadTrip started off with a bang in 2016–I planned on visiting San Francisco and found a ton of amazing stores and designers. I couldn’t wait to see what this city had in store for my jewelry adventures!

The first stop had me venturing across the Bay Bridge, although not in San Francisco–but in Oakland (just a 20 minute car ride) the side track was totally worth it. ESQUELETO is nestled in the coziest spot, their location is dreamy in every way imaginable. So much to SEE, the shop is filled with artwork, jewelry, rock and mineral specimens, neat objects, and lots of gifts, so browsing in one spot might take awhile and you STILL might miss something! Filled with treasures, although not feeling cluttered at all, the white walls lighten up the small space along with the large windows which let in tons of sunlight. The ambiance is like a desert oasis meets jewelry boutique, and owner Lauren Wolf has been curating items for ESQUELETO since its opening in 2011. I could’ve looked for hours!

Lauren is also a jewelry designer herself, where she creates beautiful jewelry using black and grey diamonds with her signature claw prongs and other designs inspired by nature. Lauren Wolf Jewelry fits right in with what is on display at ESQUELETO; each designer and artist complements one another in the best way possible. Their “Stack of the Week” is a true testament to this statement, where different rings from their inventory are stacked together and photographed, showing how different artists and even different time periods can mix and mingle together. Speaking of time periods, they’ve added lots of antique and vintage jewelry to their lineup and it has been really fun for them. To read more about this, check out my blog post featuring their antique and vintage jewelry.

Many of the designers featured at ESQUELETO are local, like Sarah Swell Jewelry, Jessica Winzelberg, Nick Engel, Ursa Major, all who live in San Francisco. Other artists and designers are people Lauren loves and feels that his or her work is a good fit for the store. Anthony Lent Jewelry is featured at ESQUELETO, a favorite of mine, and I learned Lauren took a class from Anthony and considers him one of the greatest. So many favorites–check out their designer page to see the full list!

If you’re looking for a store that will transport you to someplace beautiful, where you will “want everything,” then you must visit ESQUELETO in Oakland! Stay tuned for more San Francisco recommendations!

Here are some of the pieces I tried on and loved while visiting:

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Onyx cameo ring, size 6.5, Price: $975

18k gold large cluster diamond ring, size 5, Price: $9,000

Victorian Almandite garnet ring, size 5, Price: $500

Victorian pearl cluster ring, size 4, Price: $750

Turquoise and pearl band ring, size 6, Price: $900


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Opal and diamond vintage ring, size 8, Price: $2,600

Rhombus Signet ring by Lauren Wolf in 14k yellow gold, Price: $1,100

The Prism ring set with three shield cut diamonds in 18k rose gold by Lauren Wolf, Price: $5,800

Fancy Teardrop cluster ring by Polly Wales, Price: $6,100

Inverted marquise diamond ring by Rebecca Overmann, Price: $4,000

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Vintage garnet fan earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $3,600

Barnacle dangle hoop earrings in 18k & 14k yellow gold by Johnny Ninos, Price: $3,185

Medium barnacle stud in 18k yellow gold and black diamonds by Johnny Ninos, Price: $375/single

Bronze Stag Beetle by Biological Jewels, Price: $125

Five square diamond antique band ring, Price: $1,600


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18k white gold grey center diamond ring by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $4,000

Four diamond antique band size 5, Price: $500

Large starburst necklace in silver by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $315

Diamond claw ring set with a 2.17 ct gray/green diamond by Lauren Wolf Jewelry, Price: $12,000

Black diamond barnacle ring by Johnny Ninos, Price: $1,415


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482 A 49th St.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Gladiator Ring from Doryn Wallach Jewelry

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Gladiator ring

I’ve had this blog post planned for awhile now–couldn’t wait to share the amazing black diamond Gladiator ring that my sister-in-law received over the holiday from designer Doryn Wallach. Every time I was about to publish, something came up or another deadline was moved ahead, putting this sometimes to the backburner. I had finally decided that Monday would be the day to post, and as I sat Sunday afternoon typing up this very blog post, I heard the news of the untimely passing of Cindy Edelstein. I was incredibly saddened and completely in shock. In this day and age, with technology at our fingertips, and Cindy always being on the up-and-up of technology (heck, she was the only person I was following on Periscope who ever actually broadcast anything) I raced over to her Twitter page, her Facebook and Instagram because I just couldn’t believe it…I thought for sure she had just favored a tweet of mine or liked a post. This couldn’t be happening.

It was Cindy who introduced me to Doryn Wallach, whose incredible designs have now become a favorite and even became a part of my sister-in-law’s jewelry collection. It was Cindy who called me last year to tell me about my nomination for the WJA Award for Excellence. It was always her smile and embracing kindness we will forever remember and never forget. So many people in the jewelry industry are tremendously grateful for the work she has done throughout her career, including myself. I looked back to see what the last Tweet in which Cindy “favorited” of mine, and it was one from my wedding day–the one about getting married on the same date as my grandparents got married back in 1956. That’s so special, as she was. I will miss her.

*Seen above, the black diamond gladiator ring was made just for my sister-in-law within a matter of days for a special event, all thanks to Doryn Wallach.

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Pearls and Diamonds – The Gemstone Duo for an Alluring Holiday Glow

Quick! The holidays are almost here! That means it’s time to bring out the sequins, black satin, red velvet, plaid – and, of course, diamonds and pearls. When you put together your holiday outfit for spreading Christmas spirit and holiday cheer, adding a classic pairing of pearls and diamonds will enhance your style by providing an elegant presence. What makes the two gemstones mesh so well is the effect of the pearl’s luster on the sparkle of the diamonds, which pleasingly softens the harshness of the bling. No matter what precious metal they are both set in, they combine flawlessly to produce a timeless appeal.

What diamonds and pearls will you flaunt this season? Perhaps one of these luxury jewelry designs will tickle your stylish fancy.

As the headquarters for all things pearl, Chanel cleverly unites 18K yellow gold with diamonds and oversized pearls for a mesmerizing radiance. The 18K Yellow Gold Diamond & Pearl Band Ring for $8,900 features three large pearls as the main focus of the design, with small diamonds set amongst a spherical pattern of 18K yellow gold. The ring is ideal for creating a romantic or vintage vibe on a cozy, formal ensemble.

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Another gorgeous diamond and pearl design by Chanel is the Perles et Etoiles 18K White Gold Collar Necklace for $20,319, which dons a modern look. A chain made of 18K white gold is linked to three different diamond-embellished stars with Tahitian and South Sea pearls placed in between.

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Like treasures trapped in ice, a diamond-paved 18K white gold setting encircles three white pearls in the design of the 18K White Gold Diamond & Pearl Swirl Pendant Necklace by Roberta Porrati for $10,500. Every inch of the enchanting necklace design, from the pendant and chain, all the way to the clamp, is covered with gleaming diamonds. Worn with a long-sleeve turtleneck or a formal sweater dress, this necklace is sure to make a statement.

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The 18K Yellow Gold Diamond & Pearl Necklace by Christian Dior for $15,500 flips the gemstone pairing around by shifting the main element of the design to diamonds. Two lustrous strands of pearls carry an 18K yellow gold diamond-paved pendant in the shape of the brand’s logo. The necklace is the definition of both elegant and classic fashion couture.

PEARL&DIAMONDS3Sapphires accompany diamonds and pearls in the design of the 18K White Gold Multi-Gem Fire Flower Pendant Necklace by Maggioro for $9,245 for a vibrant aura that is eye-catching. The exotic flower pendant is made of 18K white gold and a large white pearl is set in the center. The opulent petals are each paved with a mixture of sapphires, black diamonds and white diamonds to create a fading color effect in the design.

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Bring the holiday glow to your outfit by accenting it with diamond and pearl jewelry designs crafted by top labels of the fashion industry. Visit our jewelry inventory specials for more effervescent pearl and diamond jewelry models, from earrings and bracelets to rings and necklaces.

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My Jewel Box: Black Diamonds from Henri Daussi

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There is an art to mixing modern with antique and vintage, and when it comes to jewelry, I’ve had plenty of practice! I will let you in on a little secret–it is all about color and textures. Take for example the gem-set designs of Henri Daussi. These modern pieces of bridal and wedding bands can easily be mixed in with your current look, keeping in mind my two tips. I gave it a shot first hand when I received this beautiful black diamond and rose gold twisted band from Henri Daussi recently. I’ve been intrigued by black diamonds since they became popular to use in jewelry, and I’ve been slowly building up a collection. I think black diamonds look amazing when worn as a grouping. The twisted band is a great design–very cool, slightly edgy and definitely modern–customizing it in rose gold with black diamonds puts it in a whole new category of awesome. The quality of the ring is impeccable, which can be expected from a company who has been in business for over 60 years. The ring is comfortable and almost begs to never be taken off!

Mixing the new Henri Daussi black diamond band with my personal collection of antique and vintage jewelry was fun! Again, I kept two things in mind: color and texture. I chose some of my favorite “darker” rings, like a large oval onyx, and paired some fun texture of snake scales from my serpent ring stacked on top. The wide antique baby ring I’ve been wearing on my pinky has been a constant for me lately, as well as my engagement ring and wedding band of course! To add some more texture to the look, I wore a Gem Gossip Jewelry ring with a heavy matte finish on my pointer finger to complete my ensemble. Black nails to go with the black diamonds and a cozy winter outfit for good measure.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Henri Daussi.

To purchase your own black diamond, rose gold twisted band, check with your local Henri Daussi retailer by clicking on the image:

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