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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Weekday Wardrobe: New Favorites

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Since coming back from Vegas and NYC, my days have been long and filled with writing and running all kinds of errands. From Sunday morning brunches, to post office runs, to family dinners, my style has been changing daily and almost always depends on what I have planned. Some days I’m lucky if I get a chance to breathe fresh air outside, while other days I’ve spent more time on the road in my car than normal…but that is what I like about being self-employed and I’m excited for the summer.

Most recently, I was playing in my jewelry box and for some reason or another a lightbulb went off–I took my collection of figas and strung them on my hardwire gold collar necklace. As soon as I put the necklace on I knew that this was one of my greatest moves I’ve ever made. I’m obsessed with the look and it totally caters to my collecting mantra by displaying my pieces perfectly. I actually have 6 more figas that don’t have jumprings, so I’m off now to get them put on by my jeweler.

I’ve also been experimenting with different kinds of earrings to create a “full” look, meaning ALL the way up my ear. To achieve this look without the pain of multiple piercings, I suggest some comfortable ear cuffs. Some are more comfortable than others and it depends on the craftsmanship, so try them out–see if you’re able to wear for a full day before committing to buy.

In the first photo shown, I’m wearing a pair of ombré amethyst ear studs with jackets by Jewelmak. These are so cool and give me a pop of color, which is perfect for summertime. I kept it simple up top with 14k gold balls studs in various sizes, a Paige Novick diamond ear cuff and a vintage swirl motif ear cuff I found on Ruby Lane.

The photo below shows off my figa necklace and a carved opal necklace I recently sold. My earring look is simple to recreate; two pearl stud earrings of various sizes and a gold huggie earring from Stacy Nolan.

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Day One: (spent doing emails all day and typing blog posts, hence the Beavis & Butthead t-shirt)

Elongated lapis and enamel ring, from Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry in Buffalo, NY

Antique diamond & sapphire ring from Excalibur Jewelry found in Tucson this year

Pear-shaped vintage lapis ring that I can’t stop wearing because it is so comfortable and bold

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Day Two:

Diamond crossover pinky ring by Halleh Jewelry

“Ring One” from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, since retired

Fringe ring in 14k yellow gold by Ashley Childs

A stack of “Ring One with diamond” from my Gem Gossip Jewelry line, since retired

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Day Three:

Oval vintage Mexican ring done in 14k yellow gold

Crescent moon ring in 14k yellow gold by Amanda Hunt Jewelry

Dendritic agate ring from Joden Jewelry in Grove City, PA

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Day Four:

Glass + 10k yellow gold ring, heirloom from my Gram

elongated diamond ring turn-of-the-century from my friend Priscilla

Diamond shaped ring set with old cut brown diamonds, from STORE 5a

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Day 5:

turquoise baby rings, worn as pinky ring and midi ring

Victorian turquoise ring from eBay

Victorian turquoise ring with engraving on entire closed-back, from Gold Hatpin

Turquoise and diamond cluster ring found at the Nashville Flea Market

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My Jewel Box: Black Diamonds from Henri Daussi

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

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

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Weekday Wardrobe: 5 Rings Stacks + Earring Look II

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Welcome back to Weekday Wardrobe—I love putting together these posts because they show off how one can style different rings. I also enjoy putting together an earring look as a bonus—last time I posted a Weekday Wardrobe blog, my earring look received a lot of applause. Someone even went out and got a third-hold piercing because of my look! I’m quite flattered and will try my best to keep the momentum going! I love styling jewelry and have really gotten into the styling realm lately. So, without further ado, here are my five jewelry looks from the past five days (one which you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram because Sunday was #LenoreParty !!)

Earring Details:

PHYNE by Paige Novick double row diamond ear cuff

Vada Jewelry grey pearl ear cuff

pair of matching grey pearl stud earrings

Zoe Chicco black diamond double-finger bar ring I had made into a bar earring

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Day One:

Rectangular Dendritic Agate ring from MaeJean Vintage

Citrine modern cut dangle ring (converted from a pendant) from Jewelry Television

Two elongated Dendritic Agate rings from Joden Jewelry

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How to Create Your Own Gem Gossip Jewelry Cabinet

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I was really excited and proud to launch my first-ever Gem Gossip video just before the holidays. The video gives viewers an inside look into my typical day as a jewelry blogger and collector. To think, it all started with a love for jewelry, and with six and a half years of hard work and dedication I’ve created an enormous amount of information in this field on GemGossip.com.

After receiving lots of feedback on the video, I noticed an overwhelming amount of questions about how I store all my rings. Whether you want to call it a jewelry closet, jewelry cabinet, an armoire, or jewelry cupboard, my way of storing my rings has caused a lot of stir! I’m here to answer all those curious minds about what you just saw!

My secret is the Lori Greiner mirrored jewelry cabinet. This solution keeps one very important piece of advice in mind that I have for people—if it is out of sight, it is out of mind! Each piece of jewelry stored in this cabinet is visible. If you have one of those jewelry boxes that has tiny compartments or you keep your pieces in boxes hidden from sight, I say ditch those! There is nothing that I hate more than a piece of jewelry that gets no wear! I bought mine off of QVC several years ago and as a jewelry connoisseur, have yet to fill it up completely! (Yes, there is THAT much room!) Of course, I’ve tweaked mine the best way possible for my own needs, which involved ripping out shelves, some hot glue and creativity. I bought velvet ring liners that had ring slots and cut them to size. I then used some hot glue and laid each down, and waited for it to dry. These new ring slots took the place of necklace hooks, but since I don’t wear too many necklaces and alternative space for necklaces on the door, it has allowed me for better use of the cabinet space! Might even rip out one more row for more rings (which I actually did, video shown above)! I also love the earring racks which allow you to not take the backs off each earring when storing them away. Another perk is the variety of color the jewelry box comes in–black, white, cherry, walnut and antique oak.

Here are all the links you need to create your own jewelry cabinet:

Lori Greiner stand-up mirrored jewelry cabinet from QVC

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The Ultimate Ring Wish List #LoveGold

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This year, my holiday gift guide came in a different form–a hashtag, which became incredibly fun to procure each morning. It became a game, where suddenly I held a magic genie lamp and got to wish for a gold ring upon waking up. I made sure to pick rings that I truly would want, and then I posted them on Instagram, with the hashtag #gemgossipwishlist …I have been doing this since October and have compiled quite the ultimate list! I will continue to do this until Christmas, however here is a round up of all the gold rings up until a couple days ago that have been featured:

18k yellow gold Memphis Chevron enamel ring by Alice Cicolini

18k rose gold Sonny Gold ring by Spinelli Kilcollin

14k rose gold smokey quartz and sapphire navette ring by Arik Kastan for Anthropologie

18k yellow gold Hawthorn ring by Shaun Leane

14k yellow gold ring THREE by Gem Gossip Jewelry

14k yellow gold Mini Ella Twist ring by Ilana Ariel Jewelry

14k yellow gold Wave ring by The Heart Department

18k yellow gold Boulder Opal Ellipse Twist ring by Brooke Gregson

14k yellow gold Eclipse ring by Uma K

14k yellow gold sapphire evil eye ring by Kismet by Milka

18k yellow gold Blood Red ring set with ruby and red lacquer by Solange Azagury-Partridge

14k yellow gold Amina buckle ring by Workhorse Jewels

14k rose, yellow & white gold Bloom Petal stacking rings by Sandy Leong Jewelry

14k yellow gold Scarlett ring set with a faceted onyx by Katie Diamond Jewelry

18k yellow gold World ring by Artelier MX

14k yellow gold Tourmaline and Chrysoprase cuff ring by Melissa Joy Manning available at Greenwich Jewelers

18k yellow gold Le Cage Champagne ring by Coléoptère exclusive to Stone & Strand

10k yellow gold Lapis ring by The Mania Mania available at Love Adorned

18k yellow gold Fluid ring by Fernando Jorge

14k yellow gold Link ring by Kiel Mead

18k rose gold black diamond horsebit ring by Gucci available at Levinson Jewelers

14k yellow gold diamond crown ring with boulder opal by Michelle Fantaci

14k yellow gold Lindsay Allison cocktail ring set with abalone and diamonds by Dana Rebecca Designs

14k yellow gold Nefertiti ring with green tourmaline by Daniela Villegas

18k yellow gold Mini Octo ring with emerald by Holly Dyment

18k yellow, rose and white gold black enamel bands by HOORSENBUHS

14k yellow gold Caillou diamond slice ring by Vale Jewelry

14k yellow gold Eye Piercing ring with pearl by Delfina Delettrez

14k yellow gold Lace Crown ring & Beaded Crown ring by Grace Lee Designs

14k yellow gold Rainbow South Sea Pearl ring by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

18k yellow gold Moonstone Shield ring by Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry

14k yellow gold Flower Seed rings by Blanca Monros Gomez

14k yellow gold malachite and diamond ring by Jacquie Aiche

14k yellow gold Third Eye ring in Onyx and white Agate inlay by Makers Circle

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Gem Gossip Visits Roseark in West Hollywood, CA

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My trip to California was jam-packed busy, so a pit stop at Roseark was totally necessary to CHILL OUT and thoroughly enjoy the zen vibe, paired with the incredible selection of jewelry they have. Roseark is located in a serene bungalow, situated on a corner lot in West Hollywood. The all-white buidling is wrapped with greenery and gardens, making it just as beautiful as the jewelry on the inside!

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Ring Stack Style Guide: Gem Gossip Recent Looks #LoveGold

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With experience comes perfection! Not that my stacks are perfect, but I’ve learned a thing or two about how to create a lust-worthy ring ensemble over the years. Anything from what color manicure you have to the gemstones you mix and match have a large effect over the overall look.

Can you mix metals? YES.

Can you mix gemstones? Yes and no.

How many is too many? Never limit yourself with numbers!

There are lots of questions when it comes to stacking rings, but here are a few useful tips to act as a ring-stack style guide. The photos above serve as great teachable tools to help point out the key ideas:

Photo one: Pairing unique and striking designs is a must! Both of these rings are bold and can hold their own if worn alone, however pairing them together makes them that much more eye-catching. The Victorian turquoise ring has a bright blue color and also pairs well with the clear stones in my grandmother’s oval ring.

Photo two: Playing with colors that go together or contrast well is a key element! Make sure to not only choose your gemstones wisely, but your manicure color too. I like using reds or a black color on my nails, which act as a good neutral when wanting to focus on your ring stack. If you have crazy or wild nail decals or colors, it often takes away from the jewelry or looks too busy! Tacky colors can also cheapen your look.

Photo three: Create a color story using all the same gemstone! In my photo I created a fun stack using all wine-colored gemstones, mostly garnets and one carnelian ring. You can do this with any color, just make sure to collect many rings of a similar color. Blues, for example, can be used and different saturations of blue would make the look even more unique. Yellow gold can also be done and I love the idea of creating a stack a rings in various designs of all yellow gold, no gemstones!

Photo four: Mix old and new! Antique rings and new designer pieces now, more than ever, go hand-in-hand (no pun intended). My pinky ring is a bypass style diamond twist ring from Halleh Jewelry that can pair wonderfully with any antique diamond ring or even a Victorian cameo, like shown. And these ruby eternity bands in yellow gold are very modern, but when worn side-by-side with my grandmother’s wedding band, they look like one very wide band. Don’t be afraid to mix antique with modern, it just takes practice to get the right look!

Photo five: Try wearing a ring on every finger! Choose longer rings for the middle and ring fingers, and shorter rings on the ends. I’m wearing a coiled snake on my middle finger that was purposefully uncoiled so it unfurls up my finger, from Gem Gossip Jewelry. The ring on my ring finger is from Karen Hsiang Jewelry and beautifully elongates the finger.

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Diamond Diva #LoveGold

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Wondering what to spend all your Christmas cash on now that the holidays are over?! With gift-giving season gone, it is time to treat yourself! Here are eleven enchanting gifts you won’t have to feel guilty about getting–we’re talking YELLOW GOLD and a whole ‘lotta diamonds!

1 – nothing looks better with yellow gold and diamonds than some exquisite white leather, from Shopbop.com

2 – love the geometric daintiness of the Izel Pendant set with diamonds in 14k yellow gold by Lito, from Twist

3 – the inspiration for this ring is clearly Art Deco lines, set in 14k yellow gold by Carbon & Hyde, from Jaimie Geller

4 – this ring is heart-stopping in person, the prive bar ring in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, from Jemma Wynne

5 – Kataoka is my newest Japanese jewelry muse, her designs are incredibly unique, from Ylang 23

6 – I’ve pulled off my earrings and replaced them with ear cuffs, the new must-have! by Jill Hoffmeister from Roseark

7 – obsessed with this 14k yellow gold spiral ring with hearts, moons & stars, from Madyha Farooqui

8 – everyone needs a ring that is so unique, people can’t help but ask about it, like a Gem Gossip ring ONE, from Gem Gossip Jewelry

9 – these ingenius “flip” rings actually flip to reveal a different design on each side, perfect for the girl that can’t make up her mind!, from Zaiken Jewelry

10 – Golden sunburst mirrors are always on my treasure hunting/wish lists, I collect them and hang them up my stairwell

11 – the perfect cuff, a feather set with diamonds in 18k yellow gold called the Blow Bracelet by Daniela Villegas

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