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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Let me know which of these you want to do! –> @gemgossip
Heather B. Moore’s story starts with love, laughter and family…and fittingly, just as her jewelry often depicts those words both literally and figuratively, she has brought personalization of jewelry to the highest level. After viewing the video displayed below, you see just how hands-on and multi-faceted her business has become. This interview also touches upon how it all came to be, in the most innocent of ideas and forms. Sometimes we are destined for a certain path and it seems as though Heather was meant to bring memories, quotes and cherished words to life through her jewelry designs. Each piece is heavily sentimental and often instant tear-jerkers. As jewelry enthusiasts, we know how special a personalized piece can be–but how about one that is in the exact handwriting of a loved one? Or an exact doodle from your once 5-year-old son or daughter? I know if and when I start a family, Heather B. Moore‘s designs will be first on my list for a little keepsake!
We are currently developing an exciting new series based on personal empowerment called the Sculptural Series. Its foundation stems from personalized themes people were requesting for their designs, which usually fell into four common categories: strength, growth, wisdom, and healing. With that as our guide, we started the Sculptural Series to capture moments that feel personal while complementing our other designs.
While we are only launching with a limited selection, this is just the beginning. The world is full of wonderful symbols that have meaningful messages, and Heather B. Moore jewelry is excited to add more sculptural jewelry to the collection in the future.
I only took one jewelry class in college. At the time my focus was cast glass, Venetian glass blowing, and steel work. My sister Wendy was an anthropology major and had moved to Kathmandu, Nepal where she lived with a jeweler’s family. That’s where I started getting interested in what she was doing! After college, I was working for an artist welding large-scale art installations across the country for Judy Pfaff. On the weekends, my sister Wendy used to ask me to make jewelry for fashion shows and low-budget movies in Los Angeles.
I started off doing chain work and handmade chain, which we still do today. I also integrated glass beads and stones within the chain, and while we still integrate stones into our chain, we moved away from glass beads to focus on precious stones.
In 2004, I started offering personalization on a number of pieces and everything grew from there. Our personalized collection was created on the foundation that timeless designs start with a blank canvas for our customers, then we collaborate to create the perfect piece. We have the capacity to create the steel stamps of people’s handwriting and children’s drawings as well as a wide variety of fonts and layouts.
I started collecting tools when I was 13. I grew up in the steel industry of Cleveland and loved going to my dad’s factories, so craftsmanship was something that I related to.
The first steel tooling stamps that I purchased were from a garage sale at an old machinist’s house. I carried those stamps around with me for 15 years before knew what to do with them! In 1991, I pulled out those stamps and decided to integrate quotes from my friends and family. I stamped them out onto the silver plaques and then framed it with a handmade cast glass frame.
In 1997, my sister Wendy was in a skiing accident and passed away. Before she passed I stamped a quote she gave me into a piece of metal: “I said to my sister and she said to me, come let’s play laughter together.” I remember loving the quote so much that I took the plaque with her quote off the wall, and I put it in my wallet. To this day I look at it and it makes me smile.
After moving back to Cleveland and receiving the Rising Star Award from the JCK trade show, I had an interview with Real Simple Magazine about why a designer from NYC would move to Cleveland.
During the interview the writer asked a series of silly questions like, “what kind of hair care products do I use?” and, “what is in your purse?” At first I was a little confused, but I pulled out my wallet and got the plaque of my sister’s quote, and they loved it. They photographed it and used it as the focal point of the article.
At the time, I was designing for bigger companies like Banana Republic and I was getting tired of doing trendy jewelry that was “in” one season and “out” the next. I thought it was interesting that they loved the little plaque so much, and that made me think about the unique stamps that I had in the basement, and I knew I wanted to make something for myself. So, I stamped my kids names on some silver discs, framed them in gold, and I created my first personalized necklace.
I fell in love with it because my kids would sit on my lap and flip through the charms and look for their names. That is when it hit me: personalization has more value than the material that it’s on, because personalization is forever. Telling your story is not a trend; it’s a keepsake, an heirloom, and one-of-a-kind… just like the person wearing it.
That is when I knew I was on the right track. I was putting something into the marketplace that I had actually created in 1992… it’s like it all became a full circle.
It’s amazing to think I was so young, but I’m also very proud to say that now we create our own stamps in our steel shop. It’s fun to have the opportunity to create special tooling for each individual customer.
Left: the plaque Heather made, with her sister’s special quote Right: a necklace Heather wears almost everyday–it features her new Buddha charm
I think my proudest moment was winning the Town & Country International Gold Award at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas.
This is a show where all designers get together and showcase their pieces to stores across the country. Town & Country magazine had sponsored the event, so it was super fancy that year. Most people were in black tie… but I didn’t know that! I showed up late to the party in flip-flops, jeans, a t-shirt and messy hair!
When I thought about designing something for the Gold category, I wanted something no one had yet documented. One topic that came up was that we had never documented someone’s letter, and I had the perfect one. It was a whimsical thank you note from my sister Wendy. She had sent it just days after Christmas and she spoke of the importance of family and new traditions. This was the first year I didn’t spend Christmas with my family because I was with my husband’s family in Canada, so it really hit home for me. It was the last letter I ever got from her. She passed away shortly after Christmas.
We stamped this whole letter on a big yellow gold cuff, with a rose gold frame on the outside and a green gold frame on the inside, then we covered the frame in diamonds.
We arrived late to the awards show party and had already begun to announce the winners, so we quickly grabbed a glass of wine and snuck into some seats just as the announcer said, “And the Gold Award goes to a designer from the city of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame…”
…I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, there’s another designer here from Cleveland,” but then they called my name!
In a broad sense, my hopes, dreams, and goals are to make sure I can continue to create beautiful pieces for people and documenting their stories. I love that we have the opportunity to work with customers hand-in-hand.
And with the sculptural collection, there are so many amazing symbols that empower people. I just love the direction we are going with that!
I have so many pieces I love and adore! We have a wide variety of designs within the collection, and I truly love all of them. I have many iterations with my children’s names (Henry, Leo, Oliver and Coral). They are my proudest creation!
I have a yellow gold bangle with their names on it, a leather bracelet with with their names on it, and a necklace where they each have their own charm! I actually named the frames after them. The Henry frame is a braid like the Nantucket braided bracelets. The Leo frame has a granulation frame for him because he really loves the arts. Then there’s the Oliver frame. He’s really an organized child so I did a spiral frame for him. Coral’s got a bubbly personality, so her frame kind of looks like bubbles!
I like to wear my cuff bracelet that has my sister’s letter with jeans and a t-shirt, but I also wore it to the Beastie Boys black tie Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction.
My sister Halley and I both have a charm with Wendy’s phone number on it. She never had business cards, which we always thought was hilarious! We made it in green gold because her birthday was on Saint Patrick’s Day.
My new favorite necklace has a bunch of charms on it, and it’s a story about my boyfriend Jason and me. We went to high school together so I have one charm that says “You were worth the wait,” and another charm that says “Home is when I’m with you.” And I have a little single initial J charm for his name… and a diamond, of course!
I have a 4mm square cuff bracelet that grounds me–it says “When you look at life through the right lens, everything comes into focus.” Life certainly does throw you some curveballs sometimes… so that helps me through those challenges. The fact that I’m a photographer kind of makes it perfect! My dad gave me my first camera when I was 14 and then shipped me off to Africa with 13 rolls of film. I have been an avid photographer ever since.
I will end with this one:
I have this fantastic ring that has been dubbed “the hockey ring.” It’s my good luck ring for my boys’ games. If it’s not on my finger it’s in my wallet waiting for the next game. I did not put any personalization on it with words… and it’s really quite thick. We call it The Pope Ring at the studio! So when I’m photographing the hockey games (because all three boys are in hockey) if something happens like a goal or a good defensive play, I can bang on the glass with my ring, and I wont hurt my hand! Because of all the banging, overtime it has collected quite a few, great dents! It is essentially personalized from all the dents!
This sponsored blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Heather B. Moore.
My very last stop while in Boston, hours before my flight took off, I had planned the best parting gift–a visit to Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History! Sounds dreamy, right?! Well it is and then some. An entire room filled with thousands of minerals and gems is open to the public on Harvard’s campus, and Raquel Alonso Perez was there to give me a full tour, including some majorly fun behind-the-scenes stuff. I honestly think my one-on-one time with Raquel had taught me more in one hour than my entire Freshman year at college! I didn’t want to leave! I got to hold pieces of gold that came out of the ground looking like sculptures, play with rough diamonds, see some incredible gemstones, and the highlight of my day was getting to spend some time with the Hamlin Necklace–rare and notable because of its gigantic tourmalines it showcases, which are all from the same mine in Maine!
Raquel’s hospitality, warmth and passion to share with me what she does at the Mineralogical & Geological Museum was accepted with much gratitude and I had so much fun! Here’s some insight into what Raquel does, illustrated with photos from my visit! Enjoy!
I serve as the Curator of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum (MGMH). Our collections date back to 1798! After 230 years of collecting, the MGMH is one of the oldest, largest and continuously operated mineralogical and geological museum, built for the nation and world-renowned for its fine quality collections, broad representation of species, unique occurrences and large number of type, described, and illustrated specimens. Our repository has become a true library of the earth with over 400,000 objects divided in 4 main collections: minerals, gems, meteorites and rocks. My role as Curator is to provide access to the world-class Earth Science collections at Harvard University, encouraging its use for teaching, research and public education. The favorite part of my job is research and all teaching and academic related activities, in addition to working with the dedicated team of people at the MGMH, the Earth and Planetary Science Department and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, HSMC, where our public gallery is located.
In total, the museum has around 400,000 objects divided in 4 main collections: minerals, gems, meteorites and rocks and ore deposits. Only 3550 individual mineral specimens are on display at the Museum, 145 of these include a gemstone of the same variety. My favorite examples are in the wider variety of crystals and gemstones. For example, the beryls, we have a whole case of them displaying 40 specimens full of light and color. I also love the tourmalines, with all of the different kinds displayed with bi-color and watermelon elbaites from Maine, USA. As you can imagine, we have a strong collection of New England minerals, gems, and rare species. We receive a lot of donations, but we couldn’t display our entire collection, even if we wanted! Space is a major constraint, but not the only one. We also have to make hard choices about what to share in order to fulfill the Museum’s mission. Our museum is not only about highlighting aesthetics. We also need to prioritize the display of specimens that will also serve reference and research purposes.
I am a geologist by training specialized in mineralogy, gemology, geochemistry and petrology. There are too many “logy’s” in there! These branches of Earth Sciences come together in a fascinating way, giving color and texture to the world we inhabit. In 2006 I completed my PhD at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, where I studied how the earth crust is formed, by comparing it with artificial rocks produced in the lab. After graduation, I took a short break to have my two children, Marco and Amaya, and returned in 2009 to professional life to work as a research assistant at the Earth and Planetary Science Department, Harvard University. A year later I was hired as Assistant Curator to take care of the rock collection at the MGMH and got appointed head Curator of the entire MGMH collections in 2011.
I’ve always wondered why minerals acquire a color and not other colors. We know so little about the chemistry and the physics involved! My passion, stimulated by my daily encounter with Harvard’s amazing collections, is to uncover the story behind nature’s color choices! My work in the past 2 years has been focused in tourmalines and beryls. The most common color of elbaites from Main, USA is green but they also come in blue, yellow, pink, colorless and with many different hues and tones. With the use of non-destructive analytical techniques, I was able to determine the chemical distribution, trace element patterns and color correlation in a suite of elbaites from Maine, Hamlin Collection. In addition, this non-destructive dual-technique used in this study (Confocal Micro Raman Spectroscopy and LA- ICPMS, laser ablation-induced coupled plasma-mass spectrometry) has great potential to be applied to other gemmological materials to also distinguish provenance, natural versus synthetic materials and treatments. My current project aims to better understand the formation of emeralds, and is focused on the geology of the emerald deposit of Irondro, Madagascar. In fact, I mostly focus on rocks from Madagascar, which is a blessing, since the MGMH is quickly becoming the main repository of minerals, rocks and gemstones from this part of the world. I also benefit from the museum’s vast network. I sometimes end up requesting research material from friends, donors and supporters of the Museum from faraway lands! However, my main priority and where most of my work goes is into ensuring that the MGMH’s collections are curated according to the highest standards of museum best practices for their preservation in perpetuity and use by future generations. Digitization plays an important role to achieve these goals and our ambition to open them up to a wider audience, especially those concerning research, education and public outreach, which will result in an online database of our collections sometime in the fall of 2017.
Every day, in the environment I am, could end up being a highlight and making you proud of the work you do, especially when it can impact other people life’s. I would like to share with you a portion of an e-mail I received from one of the female students attending my class at the Harvard Summer school as a beautiful example. “..Here again I want to say thank you for bringing me my best summer ever. I really enjoyed the lecture. Every time when listening to the lecture, I really feel I’m being educated and have more knowledge on mineralogy and gemology. The happiness of gaining knowledge is hard to express; it’s like seeing the moon coming out of the clouds and lighting up a street in the dark midnight. Also, I love the labs. I feel so good identifying minerals by myself, putting everything I learnt into use. I’m also fascinated by the gemstone experiments. I can’t wait to get a full set of tools and practice in the gem markets back in China. What I really want to appreciate is that for all your support for me to do more microscope experiments. I know that doing the experiment before class means you have to skip lunch, I’m really sorry. The experiment is so incredible, I never see those features before, and I couldn’t fully understand everything without doing the actual experiment. The image is fantastic. I gasp that people ever create those ways for examine stones. What I like most is the field trip. The behind the scene of the museum is awesome. I never thought that museum work would be so interesting. There are so many stories behind every collection! I also really really like the field trip to mine. You became my idol when you drove the van packed with all of us and fed us snacks. Working in the field is so different and I think I need more field work to really become a geology people. I sometimes feel so shame that I learned so much knowledge but still like a baby when put in the field. However, going to the field makes a lot of knowledge easier to understand. In the mine, when I saw you standing on the shiny mica mountain, I feel like you are one of the best women in the world—- a woman who could stand in the field with knowledge, and explore the earth, go right after the unknown, a kind of woman I really want to be. It is this summer that I, for the first time in forever, really willing to go to university; not because it is what everybody do, but because all the knowledge and skills I could get, all the resource I could access, and all the fantastic professors in the future I will meet to motivate my life..”
My best piece of advice for anyone in general is to follow their passion, work hard, overcome challenges, focus and don’t give up! The combination of passion and perseverance will bring you where you want to be.
WANT MORE? You can follow Raquel on Instagram —> @raquelalonsoperez
We are kicking off our May Is Gold Month partnership with a fun video to introduce you to what we’ll be covering over the next month and get you pumped! I know I love all things karat gold, so I’m totally excited.
What I love most about May Is Gold Month and our partnership is that we both share the same ideas, goals and purposes. We’re here to educate you about karat gold, talk about it, lust over it, and give you some different perspectives. Like for example, the view of the “maker” otherwise known as the designer or artisan. What do they love about gold? What draws them into using gold when creating something?
Another perspective: the wearer. That’s me and you! I want to create a space where we can share our collections, show how we wear and style our gold jewelry and give you ideas for future purchases. That’s why we’ve made it easy by creating the hashtag #showmeyourgold — similar to #showmeyourrings and easy to remember! I’ll give you a prompt every Saturday so you know what type of gold we’re focusing on for the week!
So, like I said in the video…
Get ready, get excited and let’s celebrate GOLD all month long with May Is Gold Month!
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This sponsored post was brought to you in collaboration with May Is Gold Month.
I like to call Elisa Solomon‘s jewelry designs “collectible” jewels, as they are an up-and-coming category that is creating waves in the biggest way possible. What I mean by this is simple: certain designers whose creations look best worn in multiples, all together. There is something so enchanting about stacking and collecting her designs. Each one plays off the other and the bohemian vibe that her jewelry gives off is even stronger when more is worn. Elisa uses motifs like butterflies, flowers, peace signs, hearts and animals to convey her style, along with bright, vibrant colors using multi-hued sapphires, diamonds, and other gemstones. Elisa is definitely a color-wizard when it comes to creating the right color combos using gemstones. Many of her designs have an ombré pattern, where multiple gems and shades of color are used. She also has coined the term “tie dye” with some of her pieces featuring a tie dye effect with colored gemstones. Gems like turquoise, opals, Paraiba tourmaline, multi-colored sapphires and rose cut diamonds have been some of her latest favorites to work with.
I loved every moment I had playing with Elisa’s ring designs. Choosing ten favorites was hard, but I narrowed it down to a few of her staples within her collection and added in a couple one-of-a-kind pieces. One thing I noticed right away was how happy her jewels made me feel. As soon as I put on one of her pieces, I already had a smile on my face. I seriously don’t think you could have a bad day wearing Elisa’s jewelry! The butterfly and flower rings were really cool. They were able to stack with others, but if you’re looking for your first Elisa Solomon ring purchase, those are great contenders as they are bold enough to wear alone. Adding bands like the custom turquoise eternity or the disk cuff rings are perfect stackable pieces. If you love color, you will love her multi-gem pieces and the more color, the brighter and happier the stack got!
Hope the above photos give you some stacking inspiration and goals. It would be an awesome tradition to add a piece of Elisa Solomon Jewelry to your collection each milestone or year to celebrate something special. Before you know it, you’ll have an amazing collection of sparkling, bohemian jewels. Check out each piece below for more details:
1. The peace sign has been an iconic symbol since the late 50s. Elisa’s version of the peace sign glitters in a rainbow of gems set in 18k yellow gold. Although small, it packs a powerful punch and stands for something great! It easily stacks or fits perfectly in between her cuff rings. I personally think it would make the coolest pinky ring! Price: $680
2. These cuff rings are one of Elisa’s latest designs and they make creating a stack easier by being awesome fillers. Lots of rings are able to pair well with the cuff rings because the design has a void in the middle, ready to be filled by another ring. This one is done in 18k yellow gold and rose cut diamonds. Price: $1,720
3. If you know me, you know I have a thing for hearts. I LOVE this heart ring from Elisa Solomon! It is dainty yet bold, set with a bright blue turquoise and ombré colored pink sapphires. The combination of blue and pink is super cute! It could represent many things and can be a symbolic piece in you collection. Price: $780
4.This ring is called the Magic Flower ring for a reason! It is truly magical! It is one of those pieces that can go with everything–just add it atop of any stack, and it tops it off in the best way possible. Take a boring ring that you have in your collection and add this ring on top of it–automatic upgrade! The opals are mystical and the band is special because it is set with rose cut diamonds and aquamarine all the way around. Price: $1,210
5. Probably one of Elisa Solomon’s most romantic rings–this rose cut diamond heart ring set in 18k yellow gold beckons for a love story. I can see the handcrafted elements of it, which makes it slightly rustic, for those bohemian brides out there. The ideal engagement ring for sure! Price: $2,940
6. This ring is all about flower power! The center starts with a Paraiba tourmaline in the purest blue color. Each petal is set with a multitude of colored gemstones, all unique and sparkly. Such a fun ring, definitely holds its own, so you can wear it alone without stacking–BUT it can happen. Love this for a pinky ring. Price: $1,350
7. I posted a video of this ring in my Instagram Story because it deserved to be spotlighted! With every turn, it gets better and better. The eternity style of it starts with a marquise cut turquoise set horizontally, but don’t let the front fool you! The ring is asymmetrical, with different sized stones which make up the band. What makes it even more magical is how a combination of opals, diamonds and turquoise create the band. Price: $1,760
8. Pretty little rose cut diamonds make up this beautiful ring. Dainty and elegant is written all over this piece, done in 18k yellow gold. Best part is how easily it pairs with bands and rings, making it possible to find a wedding band with ease should you choose this as your engagement ring! Price: $2,420
9. Butterflies are the only insect I like–and one covered in gems is even better! Elisa’s butterfly ring is set with an array of colorful gemstones in 18k yellow gold. It’s such a sweet ring that easily fits into any jewelry wardrobe. Price: $950
10. Geometric shapes are quite popular and definitely trending–I love Elisa’s take on a circular disc ring. She loaded up the color and gems to create this design. The ring is done in 18k yellow gold and stacks really well with her cuff rings. Can you imagine a row of four of these rings on one hand?! So cool! Price: $1,060
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Elisa Solomon Jewelry.
1. My diamond collection: diamonds make me happy and so does my collection of antique elongated rings. Just looking at these brings me joy and satisfaction–I see hard work, long hours and lots of dedication. I love my new antique ring box given to me by Sarah of Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry from my latest #JewelryRoadTrip adventure.
2. Luckily for me, my office (where I sit and complete almost every single blog post) is incredibly inspiring to me. My walls are filled with treasures I’ve collected over the years–like these gold frames. I’ve turned an entire wall into a gallery wall which houses them. The other walls feature a gallery of gold mirrors, book shelves filled with jewelry books, and the last and final wall is in the works. Can’t wait to reveal that one soon!
3. Speaking of jewelry books, they are definitely an obsession. I’ve been loving my latest favorite–Wartski: The First 150 Years by Geoffrey Munn, given to me by Mr. Munn himself. I pinch myself sometimes reminiscing about visiting that store in London back in 2014. You can read the blog post from that visit here and you can order the book here.
4. My crystal point collection makes me happy as it is eye-catching in every way possible. It is one of my newest collections, so watching it grow has been fun– it has been slow but steady. My first ones I ever got came from my trip to Raleigh when I went to a local gem show that happened to fall on the same day I was making an in-store appearance at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Such a special memory.
Visually caught up in the moment, I stumbled upon Onirikka Fine Jewelry one day while browsing Instagram and immediately got swept up in their feed. I was drawn in by the pops of color given off by the bright bubble gum topazes and quartz gems featured in the Klasica rings, all set in 18k yellow gold. I dug deeper to find a few more collections, each unique and stunning. Like the Prisma Collection, which mixes all the right colors of sapphires and sprinkles in some white diamonds for good measure. The Trinity Collection is all diamonds, mostly bezel set in clusters of three, all done in 18k gold. It’s classic with a twist. And finally, the Unika Collection is just as you would suspect–one-of-a-kind designs that let designer Gloria Rank create freely.
Each piece is handmade in New York City, keeping in mind the mantra of the line–jewelry is a legacy. The creativity is never-ending for the El Salvador born Rank, who finds inspiration everywhere she goes.
Such fun and unique designs led me to a few questions, wanting to know more about the designer behind these jewels and what’s in store for the future. Hope you enjoy my Q & A with the Gloria, creator of Onirikka Fine Jewelry:
I’m always working on new pieces for the next collection, so I’m looking forward to showing some new designs in exciting materials. But what I’m really most excited about is showing Onirikka at an upcoming jewelry show. Stay tuned for details!
I can truly say that my love for jewelry started in childhood, always feeling a special connection to it. Then I studied design at Le Arti Orafe in Florence where I was able to nurture and express my passion for jewelry design. About midway through my career, I married my husband and 13 years later, we have two children in my hometown of San Salvador, El Salvador. For a few years, I put my jewelry career on pause for a little while but am excited to now be back doing what I love. I jumped back in with an intensive jewelry design course at GIA in New York. My first collection came out in 2011 and flourished by privately selling in El Salvador. A few years after that, I launched a proper label to tap into other markets and now the brand stands where it is today.
With a mission to become everyone’s go-to jewelry destination, where buying antique and vintage jewelry online becomes the preferred way to shop, Trademark Antiques is one step closer to this goal with the launch of their new website! This website brings together every entity of their business, from their inventory listed on Etsy, to their exciting blog which captures their buying trips and insights into what they sell, to links where you can find all their social media platforms all in one place! Husband and wife team, Jessica and Jason, have been working hard since 2008 to bring to life antique jewelry from the bygone eras. They’ve built a growing fanbase and a group of loyal customers, so with the debut of their new website, the duo could not be more excited! Jessica says, “We want our website to give our customer an intimate insight into our products and to the creative efforts involved in sourcing and bringing each of our pieces to market. In short, we hope to make Trademark Antiques more like the corner jewelry store in your hometown where you know us and we know you.”
For most people who know Trademark Antiques, their antique conversion pieces are truly spectacular and the best out there right now. People are obsessed with their colorful enamel flower rings which sell out within minutes of posting. There are even people who specifically collect just those enamel flowers because of Trademark Antiques! As Jessica noted, “Without a doubt, our on-trend conversion jewelry is our most popular and best selling jewelry. We personally design our conversion jewelry line using reclaimed antique and vintage jewelry parts. These pieces are nearly always unique, one-of-a-kind creations…We were honored this month to have our line of conversion jewelry featured in the March issue of British Glamour Magazine — the #1 Women’s magazine in the U.K.” What an amazing accomplishment!
I love starting out a new year talking about goals and being positive, and it seems as though Trademark Antiques is on the same page! Lots of goals this year–like launching a newsletter, a jewelry look book, a YouTube channel with short videos, and forming partnerships with other vintage sellers are all in the works. The husband and wife team also hope to expand so that they are able to double the size of their inventory offering. More jewelry is always a good idea and we are just as excited! Jessica exclaims, “This year is all about expanding our business to meet growing demand for our offerings and exploring new media avenues and partnerships to bring our customers into our world. This summer, our website will begin to incorporate short, yet exciting, videos sharing jewelry advice as well as tips and brief travel clips from our jewelry adventures.”
If you’d like to read about how Trademark Antiques came to be, make sure you read my blog post from last year. I’ve picked some of my current favorites from their inventory; each can be clicked on for more info and pricing. And be sure to check out their new website and follow their social media channels below!
TrueFacet is the perfect online destination for any jewelry collector like myself, whether you’re someone looking to purchase a gift, someone new to jewelry and don’t know where to begin, or even the best, seasoned jewelry expert–hundreds of pages of new and preowned jewelry await! This authentic pre-loved jewelry marketplace was first introduced to the world back in May of 2014, and has already served tens of thousands of customers who logged in and clicked “add to cart” with 100% piece of mind knowing TrueFacet‘s integrity and focus on authenticity. Every item is authenticated and priced at the best value. True to its brand, I’ve browsed their pages multiple times (with no end in sight as their inventory clocks in at around 40,000 items!!) and have found so many amazing pieces I’d love to add to my personal collection. And pricing is two thumbs up from me!
I wanted to know more about this buyer/seller online haven–who was the force behind such a grand marketplace? I had to find out! CEO of TrueFacet, Tirath Kamdar was gracious enough to answer all my questions, enjoy!
Since Valentine’s Day happens to be our second largest holiday, we recently launched our Valentine’s Day Shops page with nine dedicated stores, curated with some amazing gift items for women and men from $150 to $100,000. (www.truefacet.com/valentine)
Our focus is on continuously building the best consumer experience in jewelry shopping and selling. We have so many exciting projects happening in 2016 to help nurture this. For starters, we have launched a concierge shopping service via text-message technology where consumers can text in their requests, and within 24 hours, your personalized concierge rep will help get that piece! All at your fingertips.
We already have a unique real-time pricing engine that gives sellers the best value of their jewelry at any point in time. We will soon allow everyone globally to have access to this amazing offering!
My family business has been in the jewelry industry for over 40 years as manufacturers of some of the most well known designer and unsigned pieces. I spent over 8 years in my family business working across marketing and design. Over the course of eight years, I observed firsthand the daily struggles customers encountered both online and offline, with such an opaque experience for consumer. It was there that I came to understand the key elements it takes to keep jewelry-buying consumers happy, and envisioned a platform which can do it all for people everywhere.
Later, these became the core brands values on which I created TrueFacet with my partner and friend, COO, Chris Chan. They include:
1. Fair prices: You may not offer the cheapest price but being able to justify and explain WHY goes a long way with consumers.
2. Trust: Earning trust doesn’t come overnight. It comes with an open line of communication and the management of expectations from the start.
3. Experience: Offer a pleasurable and memorable shopping experience without intimidation.
4. Authenticity: One fake is too many. Our company is based on the knowledge that the goods are 100% real. Our jewelry and watch experts have over 50 years of combined authentication expertise, ranging from scientific analysis to antique, contemporary, and classic authentication.
5. Transparency: Be honest through every step of the shopping and buying process.
There have been a few exciting moments that continue to infuse excitement and evoke pride!
In 2015, we were able to raise our second round of venture capital funding. TrueFacet has raised a total of $4.8 million across two funding rounds from investors Maveron and FreeStyle Capital and others, and this allowed to build our plans effectively to service over 10’s of thousands of consumers in 2015, bringing designer ‘authentic’ products to them without paying retail.
Our dream is to become the number one online destination globally for all fine jewelry and watches! Each month over month, we continue to grow 120%+ and will bring this offering to global markets including China, EU, and other’s.
Our goals are many! We will soon be dedicating more resources to our Concierge Program. At the end of 2015, we launched our very cool and timely Concierge Service whereby clients can text, live chat, email or (of course) call us with any fine jewelry or watch need. Requests are fielded for both gifts and self-purchases in affordable and expensive price-ranged watches or jewelry. The best part? The service costs nothing. We do all of the work, because people are busier than ever. We have helped over 1200 people via the Concierge Service and plan to help endless more people this year.
First ask yourself the following questions:
-Do you have any sentimental attachment to the piece?
-Have you worn this item in the past 12 months?
-Does this item make you feel happy and confident when worn?
If you answered no to any of these questions, perhaps it is time to sell.
The first step is to have the item evaluated by an expert and know it’s transparent value. At TrueFacet our in house experts will tell you not only what an item is worth but WHY? This way, clients come to understand why something is more or less valuable, and the reasons behind it – transparency always!
We currently offer two ways to sell on TrueFacet: Consign or List. When consigning, the Concierge team is committed to delivering the most transparent experience and highest value for your item(s). We value, authenticate, refurbish, photograph and securely ship free of charge. The client simply fills out the form here: https://www.truefacet.com/consignment/ and a concierge expert gets in touch. When the item sells, we pay 80% of the value, more than any other company on or offline.
The second option is listing in our marketplace, for the person who likes to take matters into their own hands. By filling out this simple and easy to use form here https://www.truefacet.com/additem/ clients can get up to 85% of the retail value of the item when it sells, with our authenticity + real-time pricing helping to ensure you have a transparent experience.
This year look out for more bells and whistles in terms of seller functionality via a real-time jewelry and watch pricing-engine. Through a proprietary system, sellers will be able to click a series of buttons and find out how much their jewelry or watch is worth in real time and perhaps then list it on our site. Talk about a resource and time saver!
This post was brought to you in collaboration with TrueFacet.