30 Ways to Incorporate Your Love of Jewelry into Summertime!

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Summer is next week–can you believe it?! Are you ready?! One of my most favorite things to do in the summer is to plan activities that I wouldn’t normally get to do…this involves taking days off from work, surrounding myself with people I love, and living my best life. I also like making lists or a group of goals to complete over the summer–they can be wishful thinking or very, very serious. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 30 Ways to Incorporate Your Love of Jewelry just in time for summer!

1. Pick a gemstone, any gemstone, and learn all about it.

2. Find a gem show that is coming to your area and attend!

3. Have a gem or mineral specimen collection? Reorganize it in a cool way.

4. Plan a trip to go gem mining.

5. Do you have a favorite Instagrammer in our jewelry community? Plan a summer meetup.

6. Pick a state that is somewhat close to you, and research the best jewelry store they have to offer. Plan a visit!

7. Make a cool treat on a hot day–these gem ice trays can be filled with any fruity liquid!

8. Find a gemstone print top, bathing suit or towel and wear it to the beach.

9. Reserve a day at the nail salon and go for a gemstone manicure!

10. Buy that jewelry book you’ve been eyeing and lay by the pool with it!

11. Scout out some amazing flowers in your city, buy them, and take some jewelry photos with them.

12. Find a new way of wearing some of your favorite pieces of jewelry.

13. Take a day to clean your most-worn pieces of jewelry.

14. Plan a SWAP party with friends that also love jewelry.

15. Pick a time period you don’t know as much about as your favorite jewelry period, and learn about it!

16. Spend an entire day “hunting” for antique jewelry online–but do it by a pool.

17. Learn about crystal healing and depending on where you live, schedule an appointment with an expert.

18. Throw a gemstone-themed party!

19. Learn about a new designer you’ve never heard of before.

20. Need a new way to store your jewelry? Splurge on a jewelry cabinet and reconfigure it if necessary.

21. Take a jewelry making class.

22. Decide on creating a charm bracelet or necklace–gather charms, buy some new ones and put it together.

23. Get something very special and sentimental made into a piece of jewelry.

24. Size all of your fingers and keep it written down.

25. Get registered to bid at your favorite auction houses.

26. Put on all your favorite Art Deco jewels and watch a 1920s old movie.

27. Hit up your local estate sales or garage sales. You never know!

28. Tell someone thank you by gifting them a piece of jewelry.

29. Get lost on Pinterest by searching “antique jewelry” or “jewelry.”

30. Pick your favorite medium (water colors, arcryllics, pencil, etc) and try drawing/painting a diamond.

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Why is it so Hard to Find Peridot Jewelry I Like?

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All photos above provided by Market Square Jewelers

Peridot is the birthstone of August, and many of us have come to find that August babies either love it or they hate it. Perhaps the ones that hate peridot haven’t had the same exposure to the gem as myself.

The peridot I know and love is a vibrant yellowish green that pops against yellow gold in such a magnificent and esoteric way. In Ancient Egypt, peridot was known as the Gem of the Sun and rightfully so. A well-cut peridot rivals the beauty of emerald and demantoid garnet, for a fraction of the cost.

In theory, peridot is plentiful and affordable. But while peridot is prized for its lavish and distinct coloring, it can be a struggle finding peridot jewelry that’s worth obsessing over. Unfortunately, so many factors work against peridot becoming an inexpensive jewelry staple like amethyst.

Here are some reasons why it’s so hard to find peridot jewelry I like:

1. Commercial Grade Peridot is Undesirable At Times

As far as amethyst goes, even commercial gems have the ability to be beautiful depending on the cut and hue. In contrast, most commercial peridot on the market looks the same – like small bits of washed out baby food. Too harsh? Based on how many uninformed people hate peridot, maybe not. When the cut is shallow, most of that lovable, vibrant green shade fades to almost clear, and there’s not much left to get excited about.

2. The Lime Green Color Can be Limiting in Design

I can’t recall ever seeing peridot in a white gold design that I liked. Let’s face it, peridot looks best in yellow gold. Most stones have a metal that complements it best, but with peridot, setting the stone in white or rose gold can be absolutely detrimental to the design. If you happen to love peridot in white gold, don’t let me turn you away. But this is why we see less peridot designs on the market than we do more versatile green stones like emerald that happen to look amazing in platinum and rose gold.

3. Large Peridot Stones are Significantly More Expensive

Larger peridot stones tend to maintain their deep coloring better than smaller stones. However, the larger the peridot stone, the more expensive it becomes. I can find affordable amethyst stones that weigh more than 4 carats very easily. Trying to find that same size peridot stone will set me back significantly more money, which is very limiting when jewelry shopping. It’s easy to find smaller peridot stones in places like Arizona and China, but the larger sizes are much more scarce globally, thus impacting the market overall.

4. More Awareness = More Demand

As more people become acquainted with that peridot sweet spot – the stones that are vibrant and well-cut – the demand naturally increases. Supply for quality peridot designs doesn’t fully match this new-found demand, which causes an increase in price and scarcity. This means I’ll have to be hunting for peridot jewelry instead of simply browsing for it. Instead of 10 great options, I may only find 5, and even then, I’ll be competing with other buyers looking for the same item.

With all the reasons why I have so few peridot pieces in my collection, I figured it best to reiterate that it’s not impossible to find worthwhile peridot jewelry. In fact, one of our favorite shops Market Square Jewelers, we feel, has the best selection of peridot jewelry! The photos above are provided by Market Square Jewelers and all the pieces are available for purchase! You can check out their website for more peridot jewelry here.

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Ageless Heirlooms Lauren Thomann | I: @agelessheirlooms | W: www.agelessheirlooms.com

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JEWELLERY STYLING TIPS VIDEO: HOW TO STYLE COSTUME JEWELLERY WITH IRADJ MOINI

If you are looking for jewellery styling tips and inspiration, I have it covered. Welcome to GEMOLOGUE jewellery styling video series: chic jewellery looks to inspire you based on the top tips from GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book. Time to share beautiful jewellery in action!

1st Jewellery Look – Pearl Queen

With pearls and costume jewellery coming together, there’s no chance I would’ve missed creating this look! A hint of white and a trace of pearls in each jewel bring different styles together in one classy colour palette as you can never go wrong with white! People crave attention so they decorate themselves with fabulous and eye catching costume jewels, such as those of Iradj Moini.

“Aquamarine & Chalcedony Snake Cuff” with mother of pearl, Iradj Moini
“Star Choker” with aquamarine, amethyst, pearl, lemon quartz and Swarovski crystals, Iradj Moini

2nd Jewellery Look – Costume Statement

Jewellery is a great conversation starter, and Iradj Moini striking costume jewels say it all for you! Wear statement costume jewellery at weddings and evening events to create a stir and to add a playful touch to your evening dress. This works particularly well when dress code rules are strict: costume jewellery will make your outfit shine!

“Fall-Inspired Butterfly Cuff” with fluorite, agate, carnelian and emerald, Iradj Moini
“Aquamarine Branch Necklace” with aquamarine, ruby, Swarovski crystals and 18K gold-plated branches, Iradj Moini

3rd Jewellery Look – Coral Parure

Quality hand-made costume jewellery has become the embodiment of design and craftsmanship rather than intrinsically valuable materials. Since the crazy 1920s flappers styled their outfits with MANY trendy costume jewels of that time because they became widely available and more affordable than fine jewels. That’s why costume jewellery has no rules – and I love it! The more costume jewels you wear the better, and parures are also more than welcome. Just look at this coral set I’m wearing for your inspiration!

“Carnelian Tassel Earrings” with carnelian, lemon quartz, citrine, amethyst and Swarovski crystals, Iradj Moini
“Red Coral Bracelet” with treated coral, fluorite and lemon quartz, Iradj Moini
“Red Italian Coral Bead Choker” with Italian coral, treated coral, amethyst and lemon quartz, Iradj Moini

Thanks for stopping by! You can subscribe to GEMOLOGUE YouTube Channel for more jewellery styling videos, behind-the-scenes and jewellery events!

Which look of my jewellery styling video is your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below.

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

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

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.

*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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JEWELLERY STYLING TIPS VIDEO: HOW TO STYLE COSTUME JEWELLERY WITH IRADJ MOINI

If you are looking for jewellery styling tips and inspiration, I have it covered. Welcome to GEMOLOGUE jewellery styling video series: chic jewellery looks to inspire you based on the top tips from GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book. Time to share beautiful jewellery in action!

1st Jewellery Look – Pearl Queen

With pearls and costume jewellery coming together, there’s no chance I would’ve missed creating this look! A hint of white and a trace of pearls in each jewel bring different styles together in one classy colour palette as you can never go wrong with white! People crave attention so they decorate themselves with fabulous and eye catching costume jewels, such as those of Iradj Moini.

“Aquamarine & Chalcedony Snake Cuff” with mother of pearl, Iradj Moini
“Star Choker” with aquamarine, amethyst, pearl, lemon quartz and Swarovski crystals, Iradj Moini

2nd Jewellery Look – Costume Statement

Jewellery is a great conversation starter, and Iradj Moini striking costume jewels say it all for you! Wear statement costume jewellery at weddings and evening events to create a stir and to add a playful touch to your evening dress. This works particularly well when dress code rules are strict: costume jewellery will make your outfit shine!

“Fall-Inspired Butterfly Cuff” with fluorite, agate, carnelian and emerald, Iradj Moini
“Aquamarine Branch Necklace” with aquamarine, ruby, Swarovski crystals and 18K gold-plated branches, Iradj Moini

3rd Jewellery Look – Coral Parure

Quality hand-made costume jewellery has become the embodiment of design and craftsmanship rather than intrinsically valuable materials. Since the crazy 1920s flappers styled their outfits with MANY trendy costume jewels of that time because they became widely available and more affordable than fine jewels. That’s why costume jewellery has no rules – and I love it! The more costume jewels you wear the better, and parures are also more than welcome. Just look at this coral set I’m wearing for your inspiration!

“Carnelian Tassel Earrings” with carnelian, lemon quartz, citrine, amethyst and Swarovski crystals, Iradj Moini
“Red Coral Bracelet” with treated coral, fluorite and lemon quartz, Iradj Moini
“Red Italian Coral Bead Choker” with Italian coral, treated coral, amethyst and lemon quartz, Iradj Moini

Thanks for stopping by! You can subscribe to GEMOLOGUE YouTube Channel for more jewellery styling videos, behind-the-scenes and jewellery events!

Which look of my jewellery styling video is your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below.

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

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

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.

*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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THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF ARA VARTANIAN: HOW KATE MOSS EMERALD EARRINGS CAME TO LIFE

We all love the sparkle and lustre of a beautiful jewel, but have you ever wondered how each piece is created from start to finish? GEMOLOGUE is bringing you the craftsmanship series aiming to educate and give you an appreciation of the process and how a spectacular jewel comes to life. While other sectors of industry are losing manual skills to automation, jewellery-making stands true its ancestry. I particularly love brands that invest in age-old jewellery-making workshops, conserving traditional techniques and perfecting new ones. THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF… series will feature design elements, craftsmanship and the labour of love behind every jewel.

Discover THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF…  Ara Vartanian and how these emerald earrings made for Kate Moss came to life!

ARA VARTANIAN

I caught up with Ara Vartanian in his Sao Paulo studio in Brazil. He comes from a long family tradition of fine jewellery-makers, but his vision is more audacious and his unique, bold style ignores market trends. There are 40 people working at the Vartanian showroom and atelier in Sao Paulo, and the workshop is literally three metres from his desk. Vartanian believes it’s important for the team to be able to work in close proximity to each other. You need a close working relationship with the craftsmen, because everything is handmade and everyone is using different techniques and working on different steps of the process.

INSPIRATION BEHIND THE JEWEL

It is Ara’s interpretation of the gemstones that feeds his inspiration to create unique jewellery. Stones are emblematic creations with great visual impact, and “each stone is singular, by the very principle of geological uniqueness.” Capturing the essence of each stone, Ara imagines the jewellery in his drawings:

“It’s not just the beauty of the stones, the challenge is making the piece comfortable to wear. It’s a challenge and I’m always curious to see the outcome. What’s the best way to use these jewels? Each piece is unique, a one-off. So these jewels are not part of a collection. It’s actually a piece I made for Kate Moss for an event we went to together.”

Ara draws all his designs by hand, making an exact technical drawing of the piece. He imagines the proportion of the piece,  adding lines and triangles to distribute weight, all of which influences his design. But the stones always come first. The technical sketch is then sent to the workshop to prepare the elements for the entire design to come to life.

DESIGN PROCESS

The stones are delicately and carefully analysed before the creative process begins. Ara felt the best option for these stones were a pair of earrings because the emeralds were such a perfect set. They are large and heavy emeralds, so comfort was an utmost concern. Ara chose a certain style of hook to balance the weight of the stones. It allows for movement and doesn’t pull on the ear. Together with the diamonds, the complete piece is quite large, but it wears extremely well.

Ara has been working with his craftsmen long enough that they understand how he works. But each step in the jewellery-making must be precise and followed with intense accuracy. This process starts with a metal alloy adjusted with high precision torches and tools to create the structure for the jewellery piece. Each stone requires a case for the setting and these are made by hand. They are then rough polished, rhodium plated and soldered together before the setters set the stones. Setting is done with hand tools under a microscope, then laser-soldered as heat could damage an emerald. After a final, delicate polishing of the stones, the setting is complete.

Four to six people were involved in making these emerald earrings: the designer, the goldsmith, the setter, the polisher, the engraver and sometimes the cutter. Or we should say seven people if you include Sabrina, Ara’s wife, who gets the lucky task of trying on the jewellery for the first time!

Every piece is numbered on the back by engraving. The number indicates the whole DNA of the piece, which is catalogued together with photographs of Ara designing the jewellery.  If you have proof it was made and designed in his atelier, it will fetch a higher price at auction 30 years down the line and can be passed down through the generations.

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CRAFTSMANSHIP

Inverted Diamonds – There are a lot of Ara’s signature techniques in these emerald earrings. The invertedly set diamonds and grey diamonds are very unusual and avant-garde and all part of Ara’s signature style.

Hook – To balance the weight of the emeralds, Ara used his technique of hook earrings which are made in gold and covered in gems. The hook style works with the angles and movement of the piece. The stones control the piece and dominate the overall design because all the settings are hidden behind.

CRAFTSMEN

It’s been 13 years since Ara moved into this workshop and over the years, he noticed some friction between the goldsmiths and setters, because one tended to damage the work of the other. So Ara changed the process and suggested they work together and focus on the beauty of the final piece, which is the main objective. The team members are dependent on each other. The designer sources the stones, but without the craftsmen, the piece wouldn’t come alive. It’s a collaborative environment and the designer is like a soccer coach: he doesn’t play like the players, but he designs and learns from the inner process. Ara loves working with the machines, discovering breakthrough techniques, and being a part of all the important stages.

GEMSTONES & GOLD

These emeralds came from a set of large Zambian emeralds that were recut. Large, round emeralds are quite rare. This fact motivated Ara Vartanian to work with this particular cut. He found the colour particularly inspiring and beautiful. Ara trusts his supplier who guarantees ethically mined gems.

The precious metal used in these emerald earrings was white and yellow gold purchased from the Gold Exchange in Sao Paulo. Rhodium can’t be used in settings with emeralds because they’re too fragile and the rhodium can affect them.

Thanks for stopping by! What do you think of these beautiful emerald earrings and how they were created? Leave me a message in the comments below.

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

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

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 Liza Urla. 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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10 JEWELLERY INDUSTRY TRENDS TO KNOW: LIZA URLA TALK AT FENINJER, SAO PAULO

Brazil, here I come again! Last time I visited Sao Paulo, we shot the campaign for Botanica jewellery collection for Silvia Furmanovich. I am back in Brazil to celebrate my Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book launch with my Brazilian followers and jewellery lovers alike.

Recently, I was invited to give a talk at Feninjer Jewelry Show Brazil – the largest and most important jewellery industry event in Latin America! This month, Feninjer brought together industry professionals, designers and jewellery lovers for the 69th time in Sao Paulo. Along with five other speakers, I shared my knowledge on the current hot topics and trends in the jewellery industry!

I gave a talk followed by a Q&A session about why jewellery should matter today and shared useful jewellery styling tips for photography as well as for accessorising looks. I also talked through some important trends and tendencies the jewellery market is experiencing right now!

Below are 10 current jewellery industry trends we all should be aware of:

DIGITAL & SECOND-HAND

Traditionally reluctant to fully embrace digital retail, manufacturers and retailers are gradually changing their approach, selling directly to consumers, selling online and through second hand jewellery websites. The share of internet jewellery retailing is set to increase further.

TECHNOLOGY

From product development such as 3D printing and to distribution, digitalisation is the most important trend shaping jewellery industry.

SUSTAINABILITY

Consumers and press started to question where jewellery comes from and how it is made — Fairtrade gold, lab grown diamonds, ethically-sourced stones. More and more consumers are curious about the provenance of each piece of jewellery they buy.

SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

There is growing appreciation of synthetic diamonds. Man-made diamonds, the polar opposite of the organic, benefit the environment, humanity, science and art and are becoming a major concept.

CONSUMER LOYALTY AND CONFIDENCE

There has been an increase in numbers of boutiques, showrooms or pop ups because when it comes to purchasing jewellery consumers want to see and feel before buying. For jewellery brands  and online shops which are primarily online, the main focus is to reinforce consumer loyalty and confidence.

FOCUS NOT ONLY ON MILLENNIALS

While it is important to think about millennials and understand how to keep your business relevant to the next generation of consumers, let’s not forget consumers aged 35-50 have a stronger spending power and desire for authenticity.

SOCIAL PRESSURE

Jewellery sales are set to increase because there is a social pressure to look trendy and good. Social media is playing a major role in this as it makes women more aware of fashion, jewellery and image.

PERSONALISED JEWELLERY

Despite the success of mass-produced high-street fashion, there is a growing demand for personalised and unique jewellery.

AFFORDABLE LUXURY

Demi-fine jewellery and costume jewellery are popular not only among consumers on tighter budgets, but also appeal to the younger jewellery lovers, looking to buy jewellery more often and on-trend.

COSTUME JEWELLERY

The blurring line between fine and costume jewellery using precious metals, refined design and a affordable pricing.

Thank you to all my Brazilian followers and talk guests, who came to support me at this event, I was so happy to see the sparkle in your eyes and your endless enthusiasm for the world of jewellery!

Join me at my next talk I will give together with The Jewellery Cut during London Fashion week on 18th February 2019! Click this link to get your ticket – only a few left!

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.

*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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JEWELLERY STYLING TIPS VIDEO: HOW TO STYLE STATEMENT JEWELS WITH VERDURA

If you are looking for jewellery styling tips and inspiration, I have it covered. Welcome to GEMOLOGUE jewellery styling video series: chic jewellery looks to inspire you based on the top tips from GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book. Time to share beautiful jewellery in action!

1st Jewellery Look – Coco cuffs

The highlight of this look is undoubtedly the gorgeous Fulco Verdura Theodora Cuff created for Verdura’s 75th Anniversary. Inspired by the original Maltese Cross Cuffs that Verdura designed for Chanel in the 1930s, they create an empowering black look! Keep in mind: when you’re wearing big statement cuffs, keep the rings to a minimum (just like I did with one simple Copa Ring in black jade and 18k yellow gold). Italian style black onyx shell earclips are perfect to complete this statement look.

The “Theodora” Cuff, Verdura
Yellow Gold And Black Jade “Copa” Ring, Verdura
Small Black Onyx And Citrine Flat Turban Shell Earclips, Verdura

2nd Jewellery Look – Floral cabochons

Cabochons are what makes this look striking! Matching Stardust Earclips with diamonds and blue star sapphires to beautiful diamonds and fourteen oval cabochon sapphires in Hyacinth Bracelet. Growing up with an exotic garden in Sicily, Verduraa was awed by plant life, later incorporating favourite species in his jewellery designs. Finish off this floral look with an array of cocktail rings if you’re up for an occasion, or go without them for a more relaxed style.

Pair Of Blue Star Sapphire And Diamond “Stardust” Cluster Earclips, Verdura
Sapphire, Gold And Diamond “Hyacinth” Bracelet, Verdura
Gold, White Topaz And Pink Tourmaline “Candy” Ring, Verdura
Yellow Gold, Cabochon Star Sapphire & Russian Emerald “Mosaic” Ring, Verdura
Gold And Sapphire “Basketweave” Ring, Verdura
Vintage Kunzite, Diamond, Gold And Platinum “Two-Blades” Ring, Verdura

3rd Jewellery Look – Golden madness

Mixing metals is very en vogue, however if you go for large statement pieces make sure the metals match! Wearing all yellow gold jewels for my third jewellery look, the matching Verdura caged ring and bracelet are my favourites – inspired by rope work of fishermen nets and willed with faceted rock crystals. Finishing this look with a statement 18k yellow gold Lily Bracelet adored by Marlene Dietrich back in the days.

Gold And Rock Crystal “Caged” Ring, Verdura
Gold “Lily” Bracelet, Verdura
Gold And Ruby “Medusa” Ring, Verdura
Gold And Rock Crystal “Caged” Cuff, Verdura
Gold And Diamond Basketweave Ring, Verdura
Pair Of Gold, Enamel And Diamond “Star” Earclips, Verdura

Which look of my jewellery styling video is your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below

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

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

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

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

*Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos and videos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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THE JEWELS OF LITTLE H, PEARLS FILLED WITH CARATS OF LUSCIOUS GEMSTONES, JCK 2017

The Jewels Of… is a new series by GEMOLOGUE, featuring my latest discoveries from the world’s most exciting jewellery designers and their spectacular creations – stunning jewels you will want to add to your own personal jewellery collection. Discover why I love The Jewels Of Hisano Shepherd, creator of Little H pearl jewelry.

THE DESIGNER:  Hisano Shepherd launched Little H in 2011. Based in Los Angeles, Shepherd cuts and polishes the pearls, and sets the gemstones within. Shepherd grew up between Los Angeles and Tokyo, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing, as well as a Master’s Degree in Jewellery. Her innovative and provocative pearl designs showcase her artistic side and delicate craftsmanship. Pearls are close to Shepherd’s heart, much like her husband who also works with pearls.

THE DETAILS:  Pearls are one of the most exciting jewels of the sea and Hisano Shepherd has a unique approach to working with them! In Little H  Grotto and Finestrino collections, Hisano Shepherd carefully slices each cultured pearl, revealing an opening that she smoothes out and fills with carats of luscious rubies, diamonds, or sapphires of all colors, shapes and sizes. Inspired by nature’s own geodes and imagining wondrous, little caves full of precious jewels, these luxurious pieces are one-of-a-kind.

“I create pearl jewelry that’s unique and intimate. Every piece is one-of-a-kind and the gemstones are selected to complement a pearl’s shape, color and luster. I strive to create pieces that invite you in to take a closer look,” Hisano Shepherd

WHY I LOVE IT:  Little H pushes the boundaries of what we expect from pearl jewellery, her pieces are unique but still very wearable. Hisano Shepherd uses reclaimed stones from vintage jewellery in her creations and combines pearls with gemstones and crafts them into unusual shapes and designs.

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Little H Ruby Grotto Pendant

Little H Ruby Grotto Pendant

Little H Ruby Grotto Earrings

Little H Ruby Grotto Earrings

Little H Finestrino White Gold Pendant

Little H Finestrino White Gold Pendant

Little H Sapphire Grotto Ring

Little H Sapphire Grotto Ring

Little H Ruby And Seed Pearl Necklace

Little H Ruby And Seed Pearl Necklace

Little H Sapphire Grotto Earrings

Little H Sapphire Grotto Earrings

Little H Ruby And Seed Pearl Necklace

Little H Ruby And Seed Pearl Necklace

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.*

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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The Top Jewelry Trends Seen at Couture 2017

Yael Sonia | Gem Gossip

After acclimating to normal life, and when I say normal I mean not having to take 700+ photos per day while meeting one jewelry designer after the other all while trying to look like I haven’t just slept for 4 hours and only eaten a diet that could sustain a person for a brief moment, I am happily enjoying my quiet reflection time from the Couture show. Happy to be tucked away in laid back Nashville, far from the dry air, noisy crowds and thick cigarette smoke of Vegas. But don’t get me wrong, there is a large part of me that absolutely loves everything about Vegas Jewelry Week--including all that is complained about.

One of my most favorite things to do when Couture is over is go through all my photos, take in all that I just saw and narrow down all the goodness into a small list of top jewelry trends. It is no simple task and I like to keep my trend categories somewhat pinpointed, so they are not so broad. Tracking trends and observing how these trends evolve is some science mixed with a heavy dose of anthropology, and no I don’t mean the lifestyle/clothing store.

So here are the five jewelry trend categories I’ve come up with that were the most dominate in the best way possible from Couture 2017. They are in no particular order and are illustrated using just ONE example of designers I had appointments with–there are several other pieces and designers that also captured these top jewelry trends too!

Jane Taylor Jewelry

1. Rainbow Waves:

I was seeing SO MUCH rainbow around Couture; color everywhere! I was totally loving it. This trend was best exhibited by Jane Taylor Jewelry whose designs get more and more colorful every year. Every ROYGBIV fan out there can spot the gemstone that represents each spectral color. Designers are embracing color and incorporating all colors into their designs. Buyer and jewelry lovers are searching for pieces that are vibrant, colorful and play off one another while still displaying a rainbow of hues.

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2. Shoulder-Duster Statement Earrings:

We’ve seen earrings trend all across the board in the past few years–from simple studs, to ear jackets, to ear climbers/crawlers…even ear cuffs. This year was all about the bold, shoulder-dusting statement earrings. Long in length, sleek in style, and statement-making in their own right. Above, I clearly saw some great examples of this trend at Lydia Courteille. These pieces were quite breath-taking and feature her signature black rhodium and rainbow of gems (which ties in with the first trend). I love Lydia’s gem choices and color combinations. We recommend this trend with pulled back hair and no necklaces.

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3. Modern Geometric:

Perhaps one of my favorite trends, the modern, sculptural pieces that have a hint of geometry to them. This trend is easily showcased best by Brazilian designer Yael Sonia. Her designs exude a futuristic feel, very 3017. She uses Brazilian gemstones and each item is handcrafted in Brazil. I love the 3D cubes, spheres and the use of movement that is also incorporated into her pieces.

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4. Gold Wire Necklaces:

Chains took a backseat this time around at Couture–it was all about the solid gold wire. Whether it was plain or decorated in gemstones, the wire collar can exquisitely flatter any neckline, all while making a statement. I think the gold wire has gained popularity lately because it almost resembles a choker, has the same capabilities as a regular chain, yet it is heavy, rigid and substantial. Above, one of my favorite gold wire collar necklaces found at Couture 2017–this one is by Zoe Chicco and features bezel set diamonds of various cuts set throughout the piece. It is elegant and edgy at the same time! So good!!

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5. Charms:

I was not expecting charms to be such a highlight and hit at Couture 2017, but they totally were and as a charm collector, I was loving all the interpretations I was seeing! Each designer had their own take on charms–their own motifs and ideas came to life in colorful and gem-set renditions. The most well-known being the Gemfields x MUSE collaboration charm necklace, as people are STILL talking about it! I loved Sydney Evan‘s charms (shown above) as they were quirky, fun and very colorful. Her signature motifs, like the evil eye, the word “Love,” wishbone, lips, etc. were brought to life as charms. The trend is great for many reasons–low price points, easy to collect, and the wearer can choose to wear them any way they want!


Couture 2017

Want more? See my top picks from last year’s show!

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Gem Gossip Visits Quadrum Gallery in Boston, MA

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Quadrum Gallery resides inside a mall called The Shops at Chestnut Hill

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The most mouth-watering stack I’ve ever created, all rings are by Lilly Fitzgerald, shop here

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Mesmerized by Paul Morelli’s designs, love the moonstones! shop here

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Director of Quadrum Gallery, Sia Maravelias, shows me around as I’m entranced by all the gorgeous jewels

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California-based designer Julez Bryant is one of Quadrum’s newest additions, shop here

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the work of Lilly Fitzgerald inside one of the cases

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Last year, Quadrum added Spinelli Kilcollin to their repertoire and it has been one of their best sellers, shop here

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I love when designers’ work complements one another–here I’m wearing Moritz Glik & Sorellina

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Quadrum understands that one can never have too much Gabriella Kiss Jewelry, so they keep a heavy stock! shop here

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I fell in love with these whimsical gemstone charms handmade by Maria Beaulieu, shop here

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Wearing two gorgeous diamond necklaces by TAP by Todd Pownell, shop here

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Anthony Lent Jewelry is another new addition for Quadrum, shop here

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Jewelry by Sorellina both left and right photos, shop here

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Moonstone magic, all jewelry by Paul Morelli, including the engagement ring

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the unique earring display for the work of Maria Beaulieu

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Spinelli Kilcollin rings piled on…they go perfect with my star boots

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Lilly Fitzgerald jewelry–the necklace is made of apatite, shop here

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Jamie Joseph is always popular and her work is highly collected, shop here

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Quadrum is an ideal place to shop for your engagement ring, look at the variety of styles! Shop more here

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These watermelon tourmaline earrings by Lilly Fitzgerald were a favorite, shop here

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We’ve got a mix of Sorellina, Moritz Glik, and Paul Morelli

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You can stop by Quadrum Gallery any day of the week! Love that about the store…if I lived closer, I would be there all the time 🙂

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More Gabriella Kiss, this time on my hands! shop here

Quadrum | Gem Gossip

Gabriella Kiss designs lots of unique pieces, all shown here

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Wearing Julez Bryant–check out my geometric ear stack! shop here

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Up close shot of the two Moritz Glik rings (“shaker” diamonds) and Sorellina band

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The outside of Quadrum Gallery, where you can easily spend hours gasping and coveting.

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Another shot of the Spinelli Kilcollin rings, shop here

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Gabriella Kiss rings lined up all in a row, ready for new homes!

Quadrum | Gem Gossip

For over 39 years Quadrum Gallery has paved its own way, formed its own niche, and outshined ordinary jewelry stores both locally and across the US. There’s something to be said about a store that can march to the beat of its own drum and their success is because of this. Cynthia Kagan – the owner of Quadrum – had the passion and vision of creating this space known for its unique and exciting mix of artisans and jewelry designers. The artists represented can easily wow with a single glance. I was laughing as I was going through the photos taken from my very fun visit to Quadrum early on a Wednesday morning–every photo of myself I have my mouth open in a state of euphoria, most likely verbalizing the words WHOA or WOW, because that’s all I could say. The jewelry is just as special as each designer’s story is–what inspires them to create, where they are based, how they started…Quadrum is full of magic and I’m excited to share my visit with you all!

Sia Maravelias has been director of Quadrum for over 12 years, with 18 years total of working at the store, and has an enormous passion for jewelry. I also met with Amy Renneisen, assistant director who is equally addicted to jewelry as well. Playing with jewelry all day is just a tiny fraction of what these women do on a daily basis. One of their most favorite things is interacting with their dedicated clients who follow profusely on Instagram, print out their own wish lists from scrolling through the website, and are counting down days until their favorite designers host a trunk show at the store. Sia recalls, “Our Gabriella Kiss trunk shows create some large crowds in our store…it is always so much fun!”

Quadrum is exclusively designer-centered, meaning they don’t create their own in-house line of jewelry or have a repair shop on site. With the focus being on the artists, the store has become a destination. The selection is one of the most unique and distinct out there, having formed some of the longest-running relationships with certain designers. A great example of this is they’ve carried Barbara Heinrich for over 32 years, John Iversen, Reinstein/Ross, and Pat Flynn all over 20 years! Every year the Couture show is a tradeshow the team looks forward to and is often when they scout out a select few new additions to their artist lineup. This year they’ve added Anthony Lent, Sorellina, Moritz Glik and Julez Bryant.

Another aspect that I highly admire about Quadrum is something I just learned of when I visited. They do all their own photography, as well as their website and social media. All photography has been self-taught and it is honestly some of the best I’ve seen. Jewelry photography is no easy feat and those in the business know this quite well. I also love how both Sia and Amy have their own Instagram pages aside from the main Quadrum Gallery page. Both of their Instagrams are dripping with inspiration, whether it is how to stack or style some of the pieces from the store or new arrivals headed to the cases. You can follow Sia at @jewelry_maven and Amy at @thegemdiaries

Thanks so much for having me and I will forever be dreaming of all the incredible jewelry I saw while visiting.

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