GET THE LOOK…PERFUME – A SENSORY JOURNEY, SOMERSET HOUSE

At the private perfume workshop at Experimental Perfume Club, I learned that scent is a story. Just like a story, it has a beginning, middle and end. Just like a story, the beginning must draw you in with impact. The middle must have imagination and emotion; at the end must stay with you long after you’ve walked away.  My sensory journey through contemporary scent at Perfume Exhibition in Somerset House inspired me to create my own “GEM” perfume,  but also taught me that perfume is becoming a different kind of cultural experience; rather than being like a casual accessory, it is a key to express personality, mood, past and aspirations. Similar to jewellery, perfume takes on narrative, behaving less like an accessory. This multi-sensory exhibition runs until 23 September and features ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years! This exhibition will take you on a journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from the Moroccan desert, a Catholic confessional, a water theme park to a lover’s boudoir. My favourite room is the scent of Paris in spring when lilacs bloom, an abstract interpreation of traditional floral scent. Made for Frederic Malle, the first perfume house to credit the perfumer on the bottle.

Perfume – A Sensory Journey, Somerset House until 23rd of September.

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BRACELET BY IRADJ MOINI

HAT BY BORSALINO

DRESS BY GANNI

PERFUME BY FRÉDÉRIC MALLE EN PASSANT 

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LOEWE Elephant coin purse

LOEWE Elephant coin purse

Solange Hotlips Ring

Solange Hotlips Ring

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Christian Louboutin Lip Colour

Christian Louboutin Lip Colour

Annoushka Alphabet Pendant

N°21 Striped slip-on sandals

N°21 Striped slip-on sandals

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

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THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN: HOW SNAKE PENDANT 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 Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen and how the 18k gold and green tourmaline snake pendant came to life!

OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Ole Lynggaard workshop as a part of my trip to Copenhagen Fashion Week with the Jewellery Room. There are 45 goldsmiths working in the studio of this family-run jewellery brand, making it one of the largest fine jewellery workshops in Northern Europe. With this kind of reputation, it’s no wonder the Lynggaard jewellery brand has the noble distinction of being the appointed jewellery designer for the Royal Danish Court.

Let’s take a look at how the serpent motif began.

“With a nod to the past, old traditions are kept alive and new techniques are born unifying the past and present… bringing proud traditions to the new era… ancient craftsmanship & traditions plus state-of-the-art technology” – Ole Lynggaard.

INSPIRATION BEHIND THE JEWEL

Drawing inspiration from the beauty he finds on his world travels, Ole Lynggaard first fell in love with  the serpent’s beauty and slender elegance during a visit to the Museum of Cairo in 1960. He was captivated by the exquisitely detailed snake ornaments on display and felt the call of the muses to create something special for his lovely wife. Everyone loved the snake design and how it wriggled on the ears, fingers, arms and neck. It was the beginning of the brand’s most beloved Snakes Collection – a sensual emblem embodying the opposites of good and evil, and the eternal struggle to resist temptation.

DESIGN PROCESS

Watching the goldsmith carefully begin his serpent creation, I saw how the design process unfolds. First, he crafts a series of wax moulds by hand, carving each to the design specifications before making a cast. He then grinds, polishes and adds final touches to each sample until he is satisfied with the shape and overall structure of the piece. Before proceeding to the next step creating texture and contrast, the piece goes to Ole and Charlotte Lynggaard for their feedback. Lynggaard believes this step is vital to get the feeling exactly the way he envisioned it.

Ole and Charlotte Lynggaard carefully select the colours of the gemstones for each piece, balancing the tone of the gold with the sparkle of the jewels. These precious stones are then set by the workshop’s skilled goldsmiths, taking the greatest care not to damage the more fragile stones.

This master jewel is now ready for production and will form the prototype for an entire new collection. The production process is a tricky one. Lynggaard uses a multi-layered effect requiring several different moulds and pieces to bring the snake to life. Meticulous evaluation makes sure each jewel follows the same thickness, movement, and feeling as the masterpiece in the collection.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Polishing – is a lengthy part of the process, but Ole Lynggaard believes only traditional methods can create the kind of refinement he wants in his jewellery. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing are no substitute for the work of a skilled craftsman. He needs special tools to create the desired effect, but a skilled craftsman uses his or her hands and responds to the sound and feel of the precious metal as they work with it. The precise measurements of a computer cannot achieve the same effect; the balance feels off so it’s unnatural to the eye. The feel of a piece is all about balance. By polishing and refining the piece by hand, you feel the energy of the craftsman in all the bends and turns of the snake’s body with the same thrill as a rollercoaster!

Satinising technique – another traditional polishing method favoured by Lynggaard to create a refined satin-like effect to the precious metal. It is all done by hand using special tools like a shading engraver. Often Charlotte Lynggaard likes to get inventive with satinising and will design surfaces resembling the bark of a tree or the skin of a snake. The result is this amazing contrast between the polished surface, the satinised surface and the other elements of the piece for a highly sensual finished product.

In the Snakes Collection, Ole Lynggaard imagines the whole anatomy of the snake from its round belly to the curve of the spine as it moves. You can almost feel it moving! The unfinished piece has balance and satinising brings it to life.

Soldering – is part of the assembling process and requires high temperatures to join pieces of this snake pendant together. Lynggaard prefers hot soldering at 700 to 800ºC because you’re working at a molecular level as opposed to working at the surface level gluing pieces together at lower temperatures. It makes for a stronger piece of jewellery.

CRAFTSMEN

Usually it takes several craftsmen to work on one piece of jewellery, but Ole Lynggaard believes in dedicating yourself to the heart and soul of each piece, and encourages his goldsmiths to do the same. The goldsmiths that work at his workshop in Denmark have spent four years in training and another 10 years honing their crafts. They take great pride in owning the entire jewellery-making process and it gives them a great sense of accomplishment. It makes a big difference to the finished piece.

GEMSTONES & GOLD

Ole and Charlotte Lynggaard chose this emerald-coloured heart-shaped cabochon tourmaline for its warmth. It works really well with 18k yellow gold and is cut and carved to capture the maximum amount of light to increase the lustre. For a sparkling touch and to create movement and shimmer in the serpent’s tail, 12 diamonds in 7 different sizes were used from 0.77 mm to 1.30 mm. It all about attention to the smallest details! If the same sized diamonds were used, the piece would loose the movement and fluidity, which makes it so effortlessly beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by! What do you think of these wonderfully wriggly snakes and how they were created? Leave me a message in the comments below. You might also want to discover how is fine jewellery made by Ara Vartanian in his Sao Paulo workshop!

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. 

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

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10 FEMALE JEWELLERY DESIGNERS NOT TO MISS FROM COUTURE LAS VEGAS

While the rest of the world celebrates women’s rights and achievements on International Women’s Day, in my home country of Russia we shower the women with tulips in celebration of womanhood.

This year on March 8th, I want to celebrate the design achievements of some of my favourite female jewellery designers and honour their delicate feminine side! I admire them for their ability to create, design and build successful jewellery brands by women for women.

For 10 years now I have been curating jewellery for my devoted GEMOLOGUE followers, and I’ve had the extreme honour of meeting so many extraordinary women jewellery designers. They all have a special place in my heart. For this special International Women’s Day curation, I’m highlighting some exceptional women from the jewellery show at Couture Las Vegas. I got the chance to discover 10 beautiful women and talented designers, and have been saving them for a special occasion.

Let’s take a closer look and get to know these fabulous women and the creativity behind their extraordinary jewellery designs.

SILVIA FURMANOVICH

An extraordinary woman, Silvia is one of most famous Brazilian designers, a lady of great taste in fashion and an amazing mother to her three sons! Difficulties and losses in life have not brought her down, but taught to see the beauty of life every single day. Truly a super human Silvia Furmanovich takes jewellery collectors across the globe. Influenced by global cultures ancestry and exotic materials, her jewelry is perceived as an ‘all seeing’ art.

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Silvia Furmanovich jewels appeal to me with their elegant, yet bold character, accurately reflecting her own personality. I was honoured to become the face of Botanica collection created from marquetry wood and precious gemstones to resemble most beautiful gifts of nature- flowers. I have unparalleled love for Brazil and Silvia Furmanovich jewellery is one of the reasons I adore it so much!

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VIRNA CHAKARDEMIAN OF YEPREM

When Virna enters the room, everyone’s instantly drawn to her. Her distinctive hairstyle and personal take on Lebanese glamour always make a statement and let’s you know who’s the boss! Virna Chakardemian is the female energy and creative director behind Beirut-based brand Yeprem. This legendary powerhouse of a woman is the second generation running the Yeprem family business. Together with her brothers, she’s revived this classical brand and given it a modern touch.

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Today Yeprem celebrates feminine sensuality with jewels becoming diamond sculptural extensions of female hands and ears. Virna has developed a bold take on fine jewellery and has made the marquise cut a signature attribute of Yepremdesigns. She is the queen of diamonds herself!

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CAROL KAUFFMANN

An emerging Brazilian designer, Carol’s fantastic designs bring out her exceptional talent and bright character. Her positive vibe is contagious and she never misses a chance to spot the beauty in everything around her. Everyone smiles in her presence. Carol’s jewellery career embraces a broad array of interests and occupations: sculpting, fashion designing and goldsmithing.

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Carol Kauffmann jewellery is inspired by art, history and Brazilian gemstones for a marvellous, sparkling energy. Using the best golds for a fresh, wearable, contemporary feel, Carol Kauffmann jewellery is colourful and vibrant.

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TAMARA COMOLLI

German-born designer Tamara Comolli studied Business and worked in consultancy before dedicating her life to an all-consuming passion for jewellery (just like me!). Tamara is one of the most hard-working people I know. Her unbreakable persistence growing and perfecting her personal brand for the past 27 years shows a woman with a clear vision and remarkable endurance.a

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I was obsessed with a bracelet from her legendary colour stories collection even before I launched GEMOLOGUE. Such a special experience meeting her and getting absorbed in a colourful array of cabochon gemstones again!

CAROLINA BUCCI

What we could all learn from Carolina Bucci is to never forget we’re children at heart! I can always see the little girl shining through her eyes as she shows me her beautiful jewels inspired by her childhood stories. Lucky bracelet is just one of her signature designs inspired by those iconic beaded friendship bracelets.

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Carolina Bucci is the fourth generation of Italian craftsmen and goldsmiths and to keep familial traditions alive her jewellery is handmade in a workshop in Florence. Yet, her jewels have a contemporary look and are so playful and delicate. It’s too tempting to just wear all of them and never take them off!

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KIRSTY STONE OF RETROUVAÍ

Kirsty is such a calm and understanding person. No wonder she creates jewellery that every woman dreams of! Growing up in Canada, she used to spend hours making beaded jewels, setting her passion for fun designs early in life. Today her jewellery creations incorporate an array of colourful gemstones in a dainty look, crafted with exceptional quality.

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Kirsty’s sweet and gentle personality is something that helps her speak and connect to women through her jewels, empowering them to self-purchase future heirlooms. Inspired by vintage jewellery, Retrouvai jewels are just fun to wear on a daily basis, they’re a collection of stories for future generations.

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YAEL SONIA

I wish I was always as energetic as Yael with her all-consuming love for what she does. A talented women supporting and celebrating women with her kinetic jewels designed to adjust to the wearer’s unique personality and rhythm. Growing up between New York, Sao Paulo and Paris, since a young age Yael has been designing jewels, drawing inspiration from art and the energy of each gemstone she discovers.

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Always handmade with the greatest care, Yael Sonia’s wearable jewellery resembles small sculptures with free-set gemstones at liberty to move and tinkle inside gold structures. Yael’s creativity continuously blows my mind and her designs are on top of my jewellery wish list!

BROOKE GREGSON

Born in sunny Los Angles, Brooke is naturally a big dreamer and even more of an achiever! Her ambitious personality and courage to do what she loves the most helped establish her brand 12 years ago. Ever since Brooke Gregson  has been designing delicate gemstone jewels, paying great attention to the details and craftsmanship of her pieces.

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Her background in textile and watercolour painting shines through the vibrant colours of her delicate jewels, which are just meant for playful layering and stacking! Just like the women who wear it, Brooke Gregson‘s jewels are independent and sensible in their beauty. Dainty sculptural jewellery with a soul between London and LA!

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MARINA BELOTSERKOVSKAYA OF LIZA BELOTSERKOVSKAYA JEWELLERY

Marina is the beautiful Russian woman and designer behind Liza Belotserkovskaya brand, named after her daughter. This emerging brand beautifully combines design, talent, and motherhood. The whimsical jewels tell a fairytale of a Knight Girl in a world of unicorns, elves and dreams dedicated to her daughter.

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Inspired by Celtic runes and Medieval architecture, Marina is proud of taking long years to meticulously develop her concept and unique style . Her feminine creative spirit seamlessly transfuses into her bewitching and fantastical fine jewellery collections. Pure magic through mother-daughter love!

JACQUIE AICHE

Jacquie Aiche a free-spirited personality with a very strong vision and determination to enhance and uplift women’s nature. Her design philosophy is unmistakable. Born into Egyptian and American roots, she embodies a jewellery heritage of two distinctive cultures. Her jewel creations have this gypsy feel, declaring the wearer a literal goddess.

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With their powerful design and feminine beauty, I feel like Jacquie’s jewels were made to be worn on International Women’s Day. Inspired by the natural sensuality of a woman and designed to enhance it, Jacquie Aiche is a must-have for a magical sexy touch to your individual art of necklace layering.

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy International Women’s Day! Which of these 10 female jewellery designers is your favourite?

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 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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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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THE JEWELS OF: NAYIBE WARCHAUSKY, SUSTAINABLE ART JEWELLERY, GEMOLOGUE AWARD WINNER ARTISTAR JEWELS

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 Nayibe Warchausky.

THE DESIGNER:

Nayibe Warchausky is an architect with a Master’s degree in Jewellery Design from the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milano. Born in Venezuela to Russian and Lebanese parents, who both fled their countries to be free from wars and religious laws, Nayibe is truly a global citizen and a third culture child.

Her own jewellery brand that she began 10 years ago beautifully reflects her multicultural influences. Drawing inspiration from the cities where she lived, Nayibe’s breathtaking contemporary jewels encompass the glassmaking tradition of Murano and the architecture style of Russian Constructivism. Almost like micro-sculptures, sustainable and beautifully fragile, her rings leave admirers in a complete awe! And I was no exception! I can’t think of a better designer and beautiful soul to win my first-ever GEMOLOGUE award at Artistar Jewels!

“Honored to be selected by Artistar Jewels, a project dedicated to the international scouting of talents of Contemporary Jewelry. I am happy to exhibit alongside so many talented designers from all over the world and be part of this amazing “Artistar Jewels” Book. Truly in shock when I received the GEMOLOGUE PRIZE, so grateful and excited about this mention, thank you Liza Urla for choosing me, this is a magical time” – Nayibe Warchausky

THE DETAILS:

So much originality in these rings by Nayibe Warchausky, I just love them! She revitalises notions of the Venetian Murano glassmaking tradition by blending age-old techniques with modern technology, creating optical depths and tridimensional facets. With a passionate dedication towards experimenting and exploring the properties of Murano crystal, Nayibe has spent long hours learning from the best Venetian glassmakers. Her ultimate signature technique is a sublime mixture of exaltation for the glass and its voluptuous, geometrical and luxurious nature.

The crystal rings are created by melting and cooling silicate mixtures to give the same depth and quality as a diamond. Using different faceting and cutting techniques on various compositions of transparency, hues and settings, Nayibe creates visual depth and ethereal beauty that changes with the light. All of Nayibe’s rings are fused and sculpted in Italy from the millenary wisdom inherited by the best Venetian glassmaking families. The 18k gold logo attachés add the final exquisite touch to all of her jewels.

WHY I LOVE IT:

Whenever I encounter beautiful jewellery made of glass, it’s a special experience. Glass jewels have a powerful symbolism; they are a metaphor of life – precious and fragile, just like the world we live in. This fragility is very attractive to me. I have always been passionate about Murano glass and the ability of the craftsmen who create these beautiful jewels. Nayibe has also developed a unique mixture combining glass and precious stones like lapis lazuli for an extra shot of colour and a beautiful shade of blue.

Another reason to love it: this GEMOLOGUE award winner supports local artisans of Murano island and also uses recycled glass, making her jewels not only an extraordinarily attractive embellishment, but also a sustainable choice. It’s so rewarding to be a part of Nayibe’s jewellery journey and give her wonderful sculptural jewels the exposure they deserve!

Deconstructed Universe ring – a flawless balance between matter and form. Handcrafted with Murano crystal and embellished with 18k rose gold and lapis lazuli gemstone.

Scaglie Caviar ring – micro sculptural symmetry. Handmade with Murano crystal by melting and cooling mixtures of silicates, finished with crystal gold caviar and 18k gold emblem.

What do you think of these glass gems? Let me know in the comments below.

You might also like to discover The Jewels Of: Freywille crafted with fire enamel and The Jewels Of: Wallace Chan and his experiments with titanium!

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 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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GET THE LOOK…THE KENSINGTON LONDON

From time to time, I love to indulge in an afternoon tea at the Kensington, served on gorgeous tableware by open fires in light-filled ground floor drawing rooms. Atmospherically, this is perhaps one of the best venues in London for afternoon tea! The menu features a great selection of teas and a choice of traditional favourites: delectable pastries, scrumptious scones, and tasty sandwiches.

The Kensington has been one of my favourite hotels in London for a long time. Situated in the heart of Kensington, this delightful hotel is full of charm and character. With its sleek contemporary interiors integrated into gorgeous Victorian architecture, the Kensington exudes timeless glamour.

JEWELLERY BY FREYWILLE

JACKET BY STELLA MCCARTNEY

SERPENTI FOREVER BAG BY BULGARI

JEANS AND SHIRT BY ZARA

SHOP THE LOOK:

LOEWE Elephant coin purse

LOEWE Elephant coin purse

Solange Hotlips Ring

Solange Hotlips Ring

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

SMYTHSON Mara croc-effect leather jewelry case

Futuro Remoto Gioielli Earrings

Futuro Remoto Gioielli Earrings

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Smythson Make It Happen Notebook

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Annoushka Mythology Globe Amulet

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Annoushka Alphabet Pendant

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

DIPTYQUE Tubéreuse scented candle

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 at the Kensington by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Emily of @GemCircus

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We are kicking off July with an incredible jewelry collection story from Emily, also known as @GemCircus. If you’re a part of the jewelry Instagram community, you’ll easily recognize some of the jaw-dropping pieces in Emily’s personal collection. From the way she styles her necklace layers, to ring stacks, arm parties, and everything in between, we love her taste and enthusiasm for antique jewelry. I’m so excited she has agreed to share her story with us, so let’s sit back and enjoy:

My love for vintage and antique collecting started when I was a teenager, after my family moved to Vancouver, Canada, from Hong Kong in the early 1990s. I remember it was July when we arrived and I would walk to the nearby library every other day to borrow books to read (our container didn’t arrive almost a month later so all I have in my room were merely a bed, a built-in closet and my backpack). I started to notice our neighbours’ garage sales in my walks and I was amused at the things people were selling – from snow cone machines to music records, jewelry to stuff toys. That summer of looking through other people’s belongings and engaging in rapports gave me a sense of belonging and connection to the community. Ever since then I have become a frequent visitor to community flea markets, thrift shops and antique shows.

My jewelry obsession started around early twenties with vintage jewelry, in particular charms and silver filigree bracelets. I love to style them on mixed metal chains and I still love styling them now.

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I wasn’t picky and didn’t have a favourite period at that time so I usually picked up quirky little things like brooches, pins, jewel “plaques” (which I found out they were called “clasps” later) etc. Even though my collecting seemed to be random at that time, I was already drawn to jewelry that have motifs, like this brass crescent with hand and arrow and the clasped hand ring that I found in a thrift store. Looking back, I believe my love for antique sentimental jewelry originates from this pair!

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A lot of my Instagram followers already knew that I adore Georgian and Victorian sentimental and mourning jewelry, as well as portrait jewelry. This probably relates to my “innate sensitiveness” (as Carl Jung coined it) and the way I see jewelry as not merely an adornment but also a medium for expression, an art, an identity of who we are.

After I started reading books on lover’s eye, portrait miniature and mourning jewelry, I became obsessed with researching stories behind the jewelry that I collect. I realized that the brass crescent and the hand motif ring are not ‘funky little things’ as I thought in my teenage days, they actually carry specific meanings – love, new relationship and friendship – in the Victorian era. As my jewelry collection matures over time, I began to search for jewelry with motifs or meanings, like the urn, masquerade (masked lady), hand (figa, clasped hand, claddagh), heart (double-heart, flaming heart), star and crescent, buckle, swallow, snake, fern, acoutistic (“REGARD” and “DEAREST”) and Halley’s comet etc.

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I like to think that every piece of antique jewelry carries its own story of those before us, and I’m a custodian carrying on its legacy while creating my story with my collection. I love styling and always try to mix and match, experiment with different stacking and mixed metal, and do simple conversions to make every piece wearable. You can see from my Instagram photos that I’ve worn a big opal crescent brooch with another monkey brooch in the middle, stacked seven Art Deco wedding bands to make a statement ring, wrapped my wrist with antique chains and added a micromosaic brooch on top, stacked an Art Deco paste bracelet with a Hermes red enamel bangle, wore brooches on hats, and layered antique gold chains with watch chains. The fun is endless!

I shop everywhere but recently it’s largely online as there aren’t any antique jewelry shops in Hong Kong. I love the Instagram community as I’ve met so many wonderful souls (many of whom have become friends for life) around the world that share my obsession in antique jewelry. I always visit antique and jewelry shops when I travel too. It has been a tradition to bring back a piece of jewelry from each city that I visit.

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One of my obsession is Georgian masquerade jewelry: masked lady ring with ruby bonnet and rose cut diamonds from @karendeakin.antiques ; locket from @abrandtandson and the most recently acquired oval ring from @bijouxvictim

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Ring stacking is a daily essential for me: Georgian blue enamel rose cut diamond urn ring from @lenoredailey ; the moonstone on the mourning ring was a gift from my jeweler in Vancouver (he has kept it for 40 years!) and it fits perfectly on the bezel of the once empty mourning ring; flat cut garnet band from @antiqueanimaljewelry

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Mourning rings and figas: these enamel mourning rings are too big to wear so I usually wear them on gold chains as pendants. The twin coral figas were acquired from different continents yet they look so much alike. The one with emerald and diamonds was found in a UK auction and the one with seed pearl top was found in an antique show in Vancouver.

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE: HOW TO STYLE PEARL JEWELLERY

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by pampering ourselves with a little self-love and pearls. Nothing brightens the face quite like the lustrous glow of a pearl. And in the GEMOLOGUE Universe, you’ll find lots of inspiration and pearl style for that perfect gift.

Throughout history, women and pearls have embodied the very notion of glamour and sophistication. With so many symbolic meanings, pearls are hard to neglect. Cleopatra was one of the first women to bring pearls into the spotlight as a symbol of wealth and power. In a bold spectacle of extravagance one night at dinner, she challenged her guests to the most expensive meal ever. She then took off one of her pearl earrings and dissolved it in vinegar before downing the exquisite drink in one go. I’d love to see the look on her guests’ faces at that very moment!

For the women of Venice, pearls were more of a symbol of romance. Brave pearl divers risked their necks looking for these precious gems, just so some beautiful woman could wear a delicate strand of pearls around her fine neck. In later centuries, the women of nobility wore pearls as a symbol of status, elegance and femininity, as noted by the jewellery lovers of my recent Instagram pearl giveaway.

What unites all these stories? For women everywhere, pearls are a celebration of self-love that can instantly put a confident smile and a luminescent glow of delight on your face! So celebrate this year’s Day of Love by spoiling yourself to the special gift of pearls. Pearls can be edgy and give you a look of power and confidence, romance and tenderness, as well as elegance and femininity. A pearl will bring out your best qualities and become a gem of self-expression, whatever that might be. Take a look at all the amazing styles below in the GEMOLOGUE shopping gift guide!

Dainty Pearls

My beloved dainty trend is in full swing! Just check out my Instagram curation! Plenty of Annoushka jewellery with beautiful designs featuring pearls. My favourite is definitely the 18k gold butterfly earrings with pearl drops from the same collection as the necklace I wore for my bridal ceremony! Keep an eye out for Maria Tash, who has been perfecting the art of piercing and jewellery-making since 1993. She has some of the cutest pearl designs available on NET-A-PORTER! And finally, one of my favourite designers, Yvonne Léon. There’s just something fabulously Parisienne about everything she touches. I’m so in love with this ear cuff I’ve added it to my personal collection; it makes me feel playful and beautiful!

Pearl Chokers

Pearl chokers are timeless and modern all at the same time. The first choker I have for you is the  David Morris piece with four flexible rows of graduated cultured pearls. I chose this choker for my Sotheby’s Jewellery Curation. It would make any woman look at herself in a different light. The second choker is the absolutely gorgeous vintage Marina B pearl choker with seven strands of pearls, centered by a geometric onyx and rubellite motif embellished with diamonds. I have a lifetime fascination with Marina B chokers! See for yourself on Moda Operandi! As for the natural pearl designs, look no farther than Azza Fine Jewellery of Bahrain. She has the cutest modern chokers!

Contemporary Pearls

Jewellery design is constantly evolving, so peals will never be old-fashioned. Ana Khouri’s sculptural designs are so innovative, she really thinks outside of the box when it comes to creating new ways to wear pearl jewellery. Her high jewellery collection that I discovered during Paris Couture Week is also worth a look! And what about the pearls from the jewellery brand Mizuki, which I tried on at COUTURE in Las Vegas! The fresh pearl designs took my breath away, and their chokers are to die for! Take a look on Net-A-Porter! Designer Melanie Georgacopoulos adds a surprising and fresh approach to her mother-of-pearl jewellery. Check out her Instagram for the most innovative ideas in pearl jewellery. I’ve even added it to my top Instagram accounts to follow!

Hygge Pearls

The Jewellery Room gives you a dazzling array of contemporary pearl jewels with Scandinavian flavour. You’ll find jewellery designers brimming with stunning and creative pearl jewellery ideas, imagined by only the finest Danish craftsmanship. My Jewellery Room curation features designers like MaryLou, Pernille Lauridsen and Ole Lynggaard. My favourite pearl design is this beautiful shooting star ring. It reminds me of women everywhere who have the confidence to reach for the stars!

Fine pearls

Many of my best-loved fine jewellery brands have some beautiful pearl pieces that are youthful and avant-garde. My favourite is the La Perla collection by Mike Joseph, with its sensual shapes and beauty enhancing qualities. Even high jewellery brand Chaumet that I previewed during Paris Couture Week has recently re-imagined it’s Josephine collection to showcase pearls in an unexpected and magical way!

Fashion pearls

If you prefer your pearls to be in the height of fashion, check the Farfertch pearl section! From my go-to Nicholas Kirkwood pearl shoes to a glowing array of pearl decorated bags, sunglasses and even T-shirts, your inner pearl lover will not be disappointed. If you’re looking for budget-friendly pearl options to celebrate your Day of Self-Love, take a look at some costume jewellery brands like Ellery Jewellery, Chloe and Y Project, which I wore at El Lodge Marbella.

Still thirsty for more Valentine’s Day self-love shopping ideas? Make sure to check out my best places to shop for jewellery online!

Now that you’ve laid your eyes on YOUR perfect Valentine’s Day gift, it’s time to style those pearls! Pearl jewellery can be young, fun, inventive and is anything but old-fashioned or uptight. It’s all about the overall design of the jewellery piece and your attitude to styling it! Don’t be afraid to take risks! Don’t doubt your ability to succeed and show the world the life you live on your terms… in pearls! Inspired by GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book, here are my top five pearl jewellery styling tips:

Pearl Jewellery Styling Tips

  1. Mismatch your pearl earrings for endless, creative possibilities. Try wearing one heirloom stud and one contemporary drop earring from any of above brands! Show the world you’re open to new ideas and ready to go against the flow!
  2. Pierce with pearls. From grunge to delicate pierced earrings, put those pearls close to your ears and be surprised at the turnaround in your vibe! No piercings yet? Consider pearl ear cuffs for a more playful look.
  3. Expand your pearl horizon. Love different colours and shades of pearls? Why not mix it up! A classical white strand will shine in a different light if layered with grey, pink or Tahitian pearls! Check my necklace layering guide for tips.
  4. Add a glow to your ring stack. For a unified palette, add grey pearls to a silver stack, yellow or white to yellow metals and pink freshwater pearls to pink metals. Or mismatch it all and add one or more pearl rings for dainty perfection!
  5. Get trendy in pearls. One of the growing trends is adding pearls to jewellery pieces in subtle, intricate and intriguing ways. Watch out for pearl drop chokers, floating minimalist rings and phalanx or two/three finger rings!

Happy Valentines Day! Now you’re ready to celebrate self-love in style! When was the last time you gave yourself a gift? Let me know 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]

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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 and videos 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

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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!

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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!


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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

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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!

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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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