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Colette Jewelry stacks up some new pieces that are dark yet colorful!

The Gem Hunter showing off some rings of the day, including some that are for sale

The Eden Collective creates a moody feminine vibe with cameos and black hearts

a fist full of Jacquie Aiche jewels some of my favorites in her collections

Roseark wearing Gienia Design + Barry Brinker Fine Jewelry, a winning combination

Doves Jewelry proves that all one color can have a major impact, love it

Logan Hollowell Jewelry creates stacks that are elegant, trendy and downright beautiful

Broken English Jewelry plays with Andrea Fohrman’s celestial rings

stacks and stacks of Sirciam Jewelry on the fingers and on jewelry cases

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Top Five Pieces I Wanted to Take Home With Me at Couture 2017

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This year the Couture show opened its doors to hundreds of buyers and press from all over the world, while I walked in a day late of opening day, I was quick and eager to dive into all that it had to offer. Each designer stood beaming behind their booths, creativity on full power and all their blood, sweat and tears front and center under the grappling lights. More on the show in general in a few days, but I wanted to focus in on five pieces, from five different designers that I felt stood out to me. These pieces may not be the flashiest or have the biggest gemstones; they are pieces I would want for my personal collection–items I could see myself wearing and enjoying on a daily basis. There are lots of jewels at Couture that were bold, striking and great for editorial shoots–but translating them into every day wear for an average American didn’t quite fit in my eyes. Yes these jewels might be fun to drool over, to take a photo of, or to just simply stare at, but as I stood there thinking to myself, “what if I owned a store in Nashville, what would I buy that would fit my audience?” I realized that sort of changed my entire thinking while browsing. Most of the time when I’m in “Gem Gossip mode” I’m one-sided in my thinking, focusing on what pieces would photograph well, what would my followers want to see, what would get the most “likes.” So here are my top five pieces that I surely wanted to take home with me at Couture 2017!

1. Anthony Lent Crescent Moonface bangles: being celestial obsessed must be commemorated somehow and these bangles fit the bill in many ways. First off, they are wearable and go with just about anything, for any occasion. Secondly, they are timeless and can be passed down through generations. Best part is they are each hand-made by Anthony Lent himself in his Philadelphia-based studio.

See the Anthony Lent website here.

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2. Anything in opal from Jacquie Aiche: If you’ve visited Jacquie Aiche’s booth at Couture, you know–every year she outfits her spot in gems and mineral specimens that have you feeling like you’ve been transported to her world. And once inside, there’s no shortage of jewelry–each corner and nook is filled with displays, dripping in jewelry. And that’s exactly their mantra–cover yourself in their pieces and style yourself to the max. Every necklace, bracelet, earring, ring and body chain complements one another, and now we know why she has so many devote “tribe” members!

See the Jacquie Aiche website here.

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3. Stackable, easy on-and-off chokers from Suzanne Kalan: ok, we all have realized chokers are still going strong in popularity and if you’re really wanting to invest in something that is well-constructed, easy to wear, and gorgeous all-around, I suggest these! Suzanne Kalan is known for her baguette diamond wizardry and she follows through again in the choker design department. At the show, the chokers were displayed in large bunches, stacked together and they looked just as good, if not better when worn! There’s no clasp or ties, it is flexible, so you can take it on and off SO easily!

See the Suzanne Kalan website here.

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4. Enamel surf boards from Tara Hirshberg: I loved all the charms I was seeing at Couture this year and these enameled surf boards were a definite highlight from the debuting designer. I have never surfed before in my life and honestly am frightened beyond belief of the ocean, but even with those pitted against me, I have never wanted a gold surf board more in my life! haha! I love the colors used, the size of them and the wearability. Creating surf-related jewels came naturally for LA-based designer Tara and her ocean living and ocean loving life.

See the Tara Hirshberg website here.

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5. New diamond bow rings from Arik Kastan: I always look forward to seeing the new designs from vintage-inspired Arik Kastan. This year’s new bow rings had my head spinning and jaw-dropping. They are perfect to stack and fit right in with other antique pieces, as seen here stacked with some other fun Arik Kastan rings. Loving all the green agate too! Tough decision though choosing which bow–the top or bottom??

See the Arik Kastan website here.


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YES! I CAN buy that! — Jewelry Under $500

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I asked for feedback…you gave it…and I listened! Someone requested I feature more budget-friendly jewelry, so I put together a list of 20 items all under $500 that I would want to have in my own jewelry box! I made sure to gather a good mix of both modern and vintage/antique–so some of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and once sold, they are gone! Going on a virtual shopping spree is my favorite thing to do (well, besides the real thing) so I hope you enjoy this post just as much as I have putting it together! So without further ado, here are the goods!

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Best of the Couture Show 2016

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Jacquie Aiche drew in buyers and press with window displays rich in colors, jewels and crystals from Tucson Gem Show. Inside, displays were already styled in layers and layers (the way her jewels are meant to be worn) making it easy for merchandisers to choose what to buy!

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Stopped by Suzy Landa Jewelry to get a dose of COLOR–her juicy gemstones always brighten my day and so does the designer herself! So awesome!

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Ilias Lalaounis’ tradition of bold gold pieces is wonderfully carried out through his four daughters who now are continuing his legacy. Every year I enjoy seeing his designs, as they immediately transport me to Greece and his heyday of accessorizing stars. I couldn’t pick a favorite!

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Neha Dani wowed and inspired–I felt like I was back at the MET looking at the JAR exhibit for a second. The technicolored gold, hand-set diamonds, intricate work, where each mechanism, each stone, each design is precisely thought-out. Loved all!

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Loved all the shapes, patterns and colors seen at Kavant & Sharart! This young husband and wife duo have really been cultivating their styles and merging them flawlessly. I want so many pieces from their line!

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Pamela Love tapped into every night sky watcher’s dreams with the creation of this Lapis & diamond moon phase collar necklace. It feels so good in person too! I love her rings–the opal arrowhead was killer and the play-of-color on it was just right. And bet you didn’t realize the ring on my pointer finger flips!

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Jordan Alexander Jewelry first grabbed my attention at the Nashville Fashion Show. Now a year later, they’ve put their focus from pearls to diamonds and other gemstones. And I love all the use of gold!

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I believe this is Anthony Lent’s third year exhibiting and although I have a rule to see new designers every year, he is the only one to break this rule! Seen three years in a row and will never not be captivated by his designs.

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Eva Fehren’s geometric designs were amazing to see for the first time in person. Loved her display as well, as seen above.

“Danielle, please call you grandmother. She’s worried about you. And did you make it to Vegas? You never even told us.” I immediately deleted the voicemail from my iPhone, which was hot to the touch because of all the charging and photo-downloading it incurred while at the jewelry shows in Vegas. Something about Vegas every year I find it liberating to block out everything going on in my personal life and back home, and truly immerse myself in the four-day jewel fest called Couture. Excuse me, five-day jewel fest–I just had to look it up, and wow, really? Five days? A little excessive? NOPE. Never. In fact, this year I spent the most time I’ve ever spent at Couture and still felt like I needed more time.

Couture 2016: Venni Vetti Vecci. And the best year yet. Remember that time I forgot my business cards? Ah, yes rookie mistake, but not this year. Remember that time I spent only six hours at Couture? Massively stupid mistake, but no, not this year. I came prepared, I packed my bags efficiently, and made a handful of appointments (enough I could count on both hands–not too many where I felt like I had planned way too much in such short of time). This year was all about enjoying my time, having fun and learning. Sometimes events like these can be stressful and far too often taken way too seriously. What is the fun in that?

This year, Couture was upbeat–the designers, the buyers, the atmosphere–even all my “whoops, I’m sorry I didn’t make an appointment” appointments. I loved seeing people whom I haven’t seen in forever and reconnecting with those who I sometimes talk to on a daily basis.

Some highlights for me are shown above. One of them being finally meeting Jacquie Aiche and experiencing her alluring booth full of layer heaven. I can easily see how and why people like Rihanna are die-hard fans of her jewelry–it is a lifestyle, not just a jewelry line. For a second year in a row, I clamored over Ilias Lalaounis’ designs as if I were in Greece and happened to stumble upon his boutique. It reminds me of my life goal of going to Greece and visiting both the Lalaounis museum and stores. Someday.

Other highlights include seeing the guys of Anthony Lent Jewelry who continually put the enchantment back into jewelry, as most designs have lost that aspect over time, especially all that is made now in factories or mass produced items. I love that everything he makes, he creates himself in his studio in Pennsylvania. Neha Dani was also a great highlight–such stunningly beautiful designs that easily wow. Huge fan of the technicolor gold she uses as well. Pamela Love had such a great line-up at her booth, of course the pièce de résistance for me was the lapis and diamond moon phase collar necklace that we took outside to photograph. Once posted on Instagram, it got 6,500+ likes–the most I’ve ever gotten in my 4+ year Instagram lifetime.

Loved seeing everyone at Couture this year–if I didn’t get a chance to swing by your booth, I’m SO sorry. Time was short but I will make a valiant effort next time around. Can you believe that I am totally stoked for next year already?! I am.

Can’t get enough of Couture? Read what I had to say from the years past: 2013, 2014, 2015

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The Best Ear Cuffs in the Jewelry Game

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I’d like to officially thank whomever invented the ear cuff–THANK YOU. These little, half-circle pieces of metal often outfitted with gems or sometimes shaped geometrically, have redefined the jewelry game. With the introduction of these often lower cost jewelry items into the industry, fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere began to search for the perfect “Ear Stack.” In my eyes, this was amazing because let’s be honest, how many rings can I fit on my ten fingers before looking to other body parts to do the same! The ear cuff is also an ideal invention for someone like me who has three piercings in my earlobes but cringes at the thought of getting others anywhere above said lobe. In fact, I actually used to have the very top of my ear pierced–what is that called, a helix piercing?! Anyway, it hurt like hell and I was having a tough time sleeping because anytime I rolled onto that ear which had the piercing, I would wake up immediately and in pain! It didn’t help that a few weeks after it was done, I was performing on my school’s dance orchesis team and backstage during a quick wardrobe change it got caught on my shirt. Needless to say, as I ran out on stage to do my final Will Smith, “Wild, Wild West” routine, and blood was slowly dripping down the side of my face, I took that piercing out once and for all that night! I haven’t been more satisfied with a rash decision than that incident and couldn’t be happier it closed up quickly.

Ear cuffs are the perfect alternative for someone like me–a little sketched out by getting pierced but also not really sure if you’re going to want that hole in your ear 10 years from now. Ear cuffs easily “squish on and squish off,” as I like to put it. Luckily, all the cuffs I’ve tried on have some flexibility to them where you can adjust the comfort level once on. Everyone’s ears are different, just like fingers, with rings coming in different sizes, ear cuffs usually come one size fits most. Make sure you play around with the ear cuff and begin to feel comfortable with it. I own a few (as shown above) and my Paige Novick double diamond ear cuff is so comfortable I forget I’m wearing it sometimes.

I personally own one from Paige Novick, two from Antoanetta Jewelry, and one from Vada Jewelry featuring grey pearls which is really cool and edgy. The two tiny huggie earrings worn in the photo are pairs of earrings I’ve never taken off since receiving them last month–by Stacy Nolan Jewelry, they fit my ear so well. And the long dangle earrings are by Shaesby, my newest summer obsession. These are my fun, summertime earrings.

I saw some really great ear cuffs while at Couture as well as searching online. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here, with clickable links for you to purchase and see details! Enjoy!

>> And be sure to send me your ear stack photos once you’ve added some cuffs to your look. Just tag me and hashtag #GemGossipEarStack

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14k yellow gold Cuffling® with pearls by Marla Aaron, Price: $525

18k yellow gold black or white diamond cuff by Maria Nilsdotter, Price: $629.20 or $972.40

10k yellow gold safety pin ear cuff by Ileana Makri from Stone & Strand, Price: $150

14k yellow gold pearl ear cuff (white or grey pearl) by Vada Jewelry, Price: $220

14k yellow gold wide/skinny ear cuff by Alexa Leigh, Price: $500

14k yellow gold and diamond triangle cuff by Kismet by Milka from Stone & Strand, Price: $400

14k yellow gold Morse three-row Ear Cuff by Jade Trau, Price: $1,225

18k yellow gold French Lace ear cuff by Sara Weinstock, Price: $1,610

14k yellow gold double row diamond ear cuff by Paige Novick (as seen on me), Price: $620

14k rose gold Stardust ear cuff set with rustic diamond by Xiao Wang at TWIST, Price: $660

18k yellow gold black and white diamond 5-row Izzy ear cuff by Melissa Kaye Jewelry, Price: $1,980

14k yellow gold aquamarine bezel ear cuff by Jacquie Aiche, Price: $1,075

14k yellow gold double bar and diamond ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $225

14k yellow gold single, plain ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $95

18k yellow gold trio (plain, Montana sapphire, diamonds) of ear cuffs all handmade by Katharine Walker, Price: $500, $800, $1,500 respectively


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Gem Gossip Visits D&H Sustainable Jewelers in San Francisco, CA

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I was really excited to stop by D&H Sustainable Jewelers in San Francisco on my #JewelryRoadTrip! The name of the shop comes from the first letters of both owners’ last names–Lindsay Daunell and Shawn Higgins. Another very important word is in the name–Sustainable–the foundation on which they’ve built everything around since day one. Every facet within D&H Sustainable Jewelers is done with an eco-conscientiousness in mind, and the jewelry is just the beginning! The duo first opened in 2011 and since then, a buzz has been created of how they are doing things differently and doing them right. Case in point, these three aspects of D&H Sustainable: ethical artisan jewelry, custom design, and wine bar! Yes, a wine bar! It was one of the first things I noticed when I visited the store–along the backside of the shop, up a few stairs, a dedicated area to wine and relaxation (a great contrast to how most people visualize jewelry shopping to be like) where the Rose Cut Wine Bar sits in all its glory. D&H is proud to call their wine bar one of the only featured in a luxury jewelry store in the US. And this is where the word “sustainable” comes into play again, because the wine is organic, the actual wine bar itself is made from a fallen sycamore tree and that jewelry case you were just browsing in, also made from recycled materials!

Their shop is located on Market St. and has a great selection of jewelry. D&H Sustainable Jewelers has two large, separate cases for bridal jewelry–one for men’s and one for women’s. There are lots of options, including vintage and antique choices, even custom designs which you can help create yourself during a design consultation. Their men’s selection is one of the most diverse I’ve ever seen–so many really unique and distinctive bands, lots of 18k yellow gold, different finishes and even bands with wood! I really liked their diamond size depiction that is displayed in the bridal jewelry case–the model shows diamond sizes illustrated with various shaped CZs. Not only does it look cool but it is a good reference to use when showing customers who don’t know what a two carat vs. a four carat diamond would look like on a finger in terms of size. I made sure to take a photo of it (shown above).

D&H Sustainable also carries some designer jewelry as well as vintage and antique. Jacquie Aiche is one of their featured designers–pieces that are set with shark teeth, trilobites, and arrowheads are amongst their favorites, including mine! Elliot Gaskin Jewelry is also another featured artist who also happens to be based in San Francisco. As with all antique jewelry, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. The selection featured at D&H Sustainable was great–I loved their retro snake ring set with an onyx and their Victorian black enamel ring, shown in a stacked photo above. Their selection of new designer jewelry mixed really well with what they had available in vintage and antique. I was also drawn to their custom made signet rings–the originality of them and the gemstones chosen made them really special. Lapis, turquoise, black jade…some with diamonds, some without; really nice, timeless rings.

If you’re ever in the San Francisco area on Market St., you must visit D&H Sustainable Jewelers and see how this store is changing the way jewelry is made and purchased one ethically sourced item at a time!

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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

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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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Favorite Instagram Pictures: August 2014

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suzannekalan known for having some amazing stack rings, she proves necklaces are no feat as well

mociun now carries Makers Circle rings although I’m dying to have one in solid gold (these are gold plated)

hannahmlondon and her incredible engagement ring, looks so modern and stylish

carrerasjewelers if I could pick another engagement ring for myself, this would be it!

sunnysbondjewelry is obsessing over opals and gold…so are we!

freemansauctions dying over these Cartier rings and this diamond collar from their auction back in May

vikavickyvictoria having fun at BaselWorld checking out Chopard’s capsule collection

vintagejewelboy I love this shot, with the cup immaculately engraved with the frames in the background

randimolofsky has an emerald friend, along with her gorgeous rings from Jacquie Aiche, Zaiken Jewelry & Di Modolo

juliewolfdesign has a new lineup of necklaces she has put together for sale, love them!

heartofsolidgold displays her personal collection in an antique ring holder, just beautiful!

martkatthemuseum incredibly captures Ingres’ Comtesse d’Haussonville out of his textbook

lfrankjewelry knows how to set a bold, chunky gemstone, these are breath-taking

icecreamcandy designed a modern version of the crowned heart ring with these gorgeous gemstones

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Gemfields at Couture 2014

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My first day at Couture was jam-packed with “ooohh’s” and “ahhh’s” followed by no lunch and no breaks, and ended with an appointment with Gemfields in the Fairway Villas. It was a good thing I’m not a man and I actually asked “where are the Fairway Villas?” …because I would have been not only late by at least 20 minutes, but lost for sure!

Gemfields was set up in their own mini oasis, further away down the yellow brick road and up an elevator, and when I arrived I surely was not in Kansas anymore. I had entered my own fantasy Emerald City and these were the best kind of emeralds because they have all been mined ethically! My sluggish feelings completely vanished and a constant flow of green with envy reenergized my entire body.

The beautiful Randi Molofsky showed me around, and I got to see pieces of jewelry that were made from collaborations between Gemfields and some incredible designers–like Zaiken Jewelry, Jemma Wynne, Shaun Leane, and Jacquie Aiche. Gemfields’ newest partnership–Marina B–was debuting that day and I was floored at how incredible an emerald could make me feel. Every design was reminiscent of Marina B of the late 1970s, but in a bold and modern way. Trying on that necklace was a memorable moment I will have forever!

Also debuting at Couture for Gemfields was the 100 Good Deeds project Amethyst bracelet from Mary Fisher. The concept behind the bracelet is innovative and extremely admirable–you wear the bracelet, and for every anonymous good deed you do for others you would move the rubber band up onto the next bead, until you reach the goal of 100 Good Deeds! The bracelet represents goodness in every way and is a good tool for an everyday reminder.

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the Gemfields setup at Couture in the Fairway Villas of the Wynn hotel, Las Vegas

trying on this wonderful emerald and diamond elongated ring from Gemfields

Randi Molofsky helping me try on this breath-taking emerald & diamond necklace designed by Diamond Envy for Gemfields

Loving the upbeat designs of Jacquie Aiche for Gemfields

some more emerald rings–the far left is designed by Shaun Leane and other two are Diamond Envy

this Jemma Wynne necklace set with Gemfields emeralds was a favorite of everyone

I got to try on the Marina B emerald and diamond necklace–I feel like $1million because it is $1million

the necklace again, in all its glory designed by Marina B for Gemfields

I think these are free samples?? wonder what they will be…

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Jewelry Collection Stories: @Karripsoph

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One of the main reasons for starting Gem Gossip was so I could connect with others that share a love for jewelry, just like myself. Whenever I find other people that love jewelry and have amazing collections, it is so fun and refreshing to talk about jewelry and what makes it so alluring.

One thing I wanted to do in the new year is to connect with other fellow jewelry collectors, and share their passion, their stories, their collections–not just mine.

Up first, is Kari (@karripsoph) who I’ve enjoyed connecting with on Instagram. Her love for jewelry was obvious, so I had to know more about her collection and share it with everyone! Hope you enjoy this new series!

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I love jewelry because there is usually a story behind it. Growing up I remember playing in my mom’s jewelry box as well as my grandma’s. I loved hearing their stories of where the pieces came from and where they were worn. Jewelry lasts longer than accessories or clothing so it can be passed down through generations so the stories can live on. I also love that people can be drawn to pieces of jewelry for different reasons. Wearing those pieces can give someone a feeling of comfort and connection and even good luck! It is also fun to see how different people style the same designer’s jewelry in so many different ways. I’m most inspired by seeing how people style jewelry so I’m obsessed with Instagram!

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