Q & A with Shelley Gibbs Sanders of The Last Line

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Discovering new jewelry brands that are trailblazing in unique ways is my absolute favorite–that is why I jumped for joy after learning about The Last Line, a new project recently launched by jewelry veteran Shelley Gibbs Sanders. Bold colors, chic and iconic pieces…and, wait for it…AMAZING prices! You might scroll around the website and wonder, how can these prices be so good for REAL jewelry that is 14k gold and genuine gemstones?! The answer is their philosophy of being direct-to-consumer, never having a middle man, selling new pieces in batches called “drops.” Their latest drop is actually TODAY where they’ve added to all the incredible earring styles you always wished you could find. These ear stacks are what dreams are made of and that is exactly what Shelley set out to do when creating The Last Line. Can her goal of being “the last line” you will ever need hold true for many of you?! Let’s find out!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley and we encourage you to check out the website and find your perfect piece!

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The Last Line is a continued project, I have been designing this collection for pretty much my whole life and I’m so excited to finally share it with everyone. We just launched at the end of July with earrings and there is so much more to come: necklaces, rings, and bracelets! The inspiration behind the name of The Last Line is it is the last place you’ll have need to look for fine jewelry and trust me, I plan to live up to our name.

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I’ve had the rare opportunity of being on both the design and the production side of the process, which is so helpful and, in the end I am ultimately a consumer so basically it is the trifecta of intel! My career technically began in New York where I studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design before returning home to California to train with Master Jewelers in San Francisco. After learning the tricks of the trade, I returned to Los Angeles to begin my career as a jewelry designer. Over time (and companies!) my roles evolved and I became the head designer and creative director for dozens of celebrity jewelry brands and high-end jewelry houses, working with everything from gold, diamonds, and precious stones.

When we decided to officially launch The Last Line, it was almost four years ago. I have been designing jewelry for almost fifteen years and in every design job I had, I was always thinking if this was my line, how would I do this, what would I change, etc. I felt like I had seen it all, but really when I started to look there were definite holes in the market. It felt polarizing, there were two distinct buckets: reasonably priced, not-so-great design or great design and quality, outrageous price with nothing in the middle, which as a consumer I found so frustrating. Of course, after that I started to speak to my girlfriends, family, literally, everyone and anyone and I knew I wasn’t alone in that thought. Fast forward to today and voilà, introducing The Last Line.

The brand is two-fold: The Heart and The Soul, everything is designed in Los Angeles where I live with my family. The Heart pieces are the core of the brand and your jewelry box; they’re the staples that you never want to take off and that make you feel instantly put together. The Soul pieces are the jaw dropping, make your girlfriends ask, “where did you get that,” expertly crafted, special pieces you want to treat yourself to. Of course, I believe you need both!

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I did a lot of research before we decided to officially launch, I mean truly did research: price, design, size, color, the list goes on. The symbolism of our brand name The Last Line is that we want to be THE place for all of your fine jewelry wants (and needs!), the last place you’ll ever need to go.

There were a few things that were important for me when launching TLL, one of which was pricing. Fine jewelry shopping can be intimidating, a lot of which can be the result of pricing. Because we are direct to consumer, we can present amazing, quality pieces without the retail mark-up. It was also important for me to be (and stay) hands-on with the line; I think building a relationship from the beginning with your clients is key for any brand’s longevity. Being direct-to-consumer is not only a more personal approach, but it’s service driven, which is important when spending $2,000+ on a piece of jewelry online. All of our pieces focus on craftsmanship, much of the Soul collection being handmade in Los Angeles. Having a background in production (and as I jewelry shopper myself) it was important to use quality materials that look great and merit their cost.

One of the coolest things about the line for me, is the actual assortment of jewelry is personal, I wanted to present options, in each drop you will have classics with a twist and then some really fun special pieces. In the first drop, we have everything from a perfect gold sphere stud (in over 5 sizes!) to our signature flower earring in a variety of stones. In the second earring drop, there are solitaire studs in a variety of stones, lots (!) of diamonds, from line earrings, to ear cuffs, to a perfect tennis drop earring and of course this amazing doubles spiral hoop earring you may have seen Nicole Richie sporting. And in the third earring drop, well that’s a secret for now.

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I truly hope that I am working on The Last Line, forever. I love to design of all types of jewelry and I love to create. I can’t stop—it is my obsession. I want to continue to create pieces that connect with women all over the world, it is important for my pieces to speak to the woman who’s just starting her jewelry collection and also excites the existing jewelry client who has her go-to pieces but is looking for that perfect_______. I want our pieces to become heirlooms; they should feel current but not trendy. For me, it is how a woman mixes her jewelry collection that makes it cool. I wanted to create pieces that can be worn but not worried about. The earrings can all be purchased individually, so mixing it up is fully encouraged!

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My engagement ring was one of the first pieces of The Last Line. My husband actually designed it and worked with the jeweler for months. It’s was something we always talked about it and one day there he was with it and it all took off from there —our marriage, our line, everything.

From the line, my favorite piece right now that I own is a 3-way tie between the diamond teddy flower earring with the pave tsavorite stem from the Goldie earring, the medium rose gold diamond safety pin and a special bracelet inspired by childhood which will drop soon.

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David Webb Makes Their Debut at Couture

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Don’t ever say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At nearly 70 years old, David Webb still reigns supreme as an iconic, American jewelry house full of the most exquisite designs. One look at a David Webb piece and you KNOW it is a David Webb piece. From the finest craftsmanship, to the bold enamels and well-known motifs, the jewelry has been delighting since 1948. They have a strong following, a large amount of die-hard collectors and a presence known worldwide; not to mention a showroom/workshop located on Madison Avenue in NYC and a boutique in Beverly Hills. You’d think debuting for the first time at a tradeshow would not be on their agenda. Could such a legendary American brand make a move like that? And if so, how could they “do it their way”?

I was very curious myself…however feeling more excited than any other emotion. I made sure that David Webb was first on my Couture agenda–Villa 112 was the place and I was ready to gawk, gander and swoon. Walking into the Villa, I thought I was in their NYC boutique for a minute. Luxury was brought to the desert and the animal kingdom followed along too. I got to see many of the pieces that hit the red carpet over the past year–like totem necklaces, which one was worn by Nicole Richie back in November and I still can’t think of a better look. I love seeing David Webb worn on the red carpet and it is always magical when it happens. Speaking of red carpet, nothing would look more incredible than the turquoise and emerald necklace I got to try on while at Couture–could you imagine that on the red carpet?! Hopefully it will happen in the future. I also got to revisit some animal favorites–like panthers and cats (rings) and dolphins, fish and snakes (bracelets).

One new aspect of David Webb which debuted during Vegas Jewelry Week, is a scaled down collection with a lower price point than typical pieces. This new collection, called Motif, features black and white enamel and appeals to all ages. There are also new entry-level pieces from the Tool Chest collection, which I actually am a proud-owner of from the off-chance I entered my name into the drawing to win a pair of Nail Stud Earrings. I couldn’t believe I won! I’ve obviously been wearing them ever since. (The next day I wore them to the Antique Show, and almost every dealer commented on them!) I’ve included a photo of the earrings above (last photo) and they are done in 18k hammered gold and are only $680.

Be sure to stop by David Webb if you’re ever in the NYC area or Beverly Hills to check the new collection out. If you thought you’d never be able to afford a piece of David Webb, think again–this new collection may be your chance!

Special thanks to Levi Higgs of David Webb for taking the photos!


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The Top Jewels that Sparkled in Cannes, 2017

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The Cannes Film Festival is arguably one of the best showcases for the top international jewelry houses to showcase their finest and brightest gems and designs for the world to see.

This 12-day festival brings out the most exceptional designs and creations from the likes of Chopard to Harry Winston.

It’s where you can see leading ladies like Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain as well as ingénues like Dakota Fanning and Rihanna parading down the red carpet in the latest couture gowns and decadent jewels.

Here are the best jewels from the most revered jewelry houses that were showcased on the festival’s red carpet.

CHOPARD:

The jewelry house has a deep history with the Festival as it’s been the official partner and designer of the coveted Palme d’Or trophy awarded to the most critically-acclaimed movie. This year, the buzz on the red carpet was their collaboration with music super-star Rihanna.

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Singer Rihanna wore emerald, rock crystal quartz and diamond earrings, a black nephrite and diamond bracelet with a 31.95-carat emerald, three emerald and diamond rings and a floral bracelet set with diamonds, all from the Rihanna Loves Chopard High Jewellery collection, at the premiere of the movie ‘Okja’.

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Model Adriana Lima wore a diamond bib by Chopard at the screening of the film ‘Loveless’.

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Actress Miriam Odemba wore a titanium and white gold necklace with kunzites, beryls, tanzanites and diamonds, and matching earrings, from the Red Carpet collection by Chopard.

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Karolina Kurkova wore a sapphire and diamond necklace from the High Jewellery Collection from Chopard at the premiere of ‘Based on a True Story’.

Actress Juliette Binoche wore platinum and diamond earrings by Chopard.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen wore diamond flower stud earrings by Chopard. We simply adore the placement of these earrings.

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This jewelry house showcased some of the best and boldest designs to hit the red carpet with their use of brilliant colored stones.

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Model Hailey Baldwin wore stunning drop earrings set with white and brown diamonds, and edged with citrine briolettes.

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Model Jenaye Noah wore a pair of exquisite de Grisogono chandelier earrings that glowed with oval-cut citrines from their Melody of Colours collection. A perfect compliment to her vibrant blue gown.

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This iconic jewelry house showcased their classic Serpenti jewelry and picked up major press when actress and model Emily Ratajkowski was photographed wearing their pieces both on the red carpet and on her personal Instagram.

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Model Bella Hadid wore a Bulgari High Jewellery Serpenti necklace and bracelet in white gold.

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Model and Actress Emily Ratajkowski combined two Bulgari necklaces, one comprised of pearls, rubellites and diamonds from the High Jewelry Collection and the other pendant necklace made with diamonds, emerald and rubies.

BOUCHERON

The design house had some of the most striking statement-making pieces to hit the red carpet at Cannes. Actress Salma Hayek’s necklace rendered us both breathless and speechless!

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Actress Salma Hayek wore the Baïkal necklace with a 78.33-carat Santa Maria aquamarine, moonstones, Akoya pearls and diamonds from the new Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection by Boucheron

Model Laetitia Casta paired the Lumière de Nuit diamond and pearl earrings from Boucheron’s Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection with her gown at the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories in Cannes

De Beers

The classic diamond jewelry house is known for their slogan “a diamond is forever” .This year, Chinese movie actress and taste maker Fan Bingbing embodies the classic elegance of Hollywood that the brand is synonymous with as she modelled a coveted collection of jewels from the house.

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Fan Bingbing wore the Arpeggia five-line earrings, bracelet and Aria ring at the ‘Amant Double’ premiere.

Piaget

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At the closing of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, actress Jessica Chastain, Piaget’s International Brand ambassador since 2015, paired her show-stopping gown with earrings in white gold set with diamonds from Piaget’s new High Jewellery collection Sunlight Journey.

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Model CoCo Rocha wore earrings in white gold set with diamonds, blue sapphires and black opal from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Another noteworthy mention is model Naomi Campbell’s earrings, necklace, ring and cuff in white gold set with emeralds and diamonds from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Harry Winston

Known as the “jeweler to the stars” and Nicole Kidman’s ‘go to’ jeweler, Harry Winston notably had Nicole Kidman wear his jewelry on the red carpet. Best bet as she had the most films to debut on the Cannes Red Carpet this year.

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Nicole Kidman wore Secret Cluster diamond earrings, Sunflower ring and diamond bracelet by Harry Winston at ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ premiere.

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Gem Gossip Visits J.S. Fearnley in Atlanta, GA

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Designer Wedding Jewelry Sale!

We’re having a sale on all our designer wedding bands and engagement rings from your favorite brand names! Check out some highlights and make sure to browse the full sale at the bottom of this post:

Damiani Wedding Jewelry

Damiani is a popular name in wedding jewelry thanks to plenty of celebrity fans and their unique range of designs. For some celeb gossip, this brand made headlines after a conflict with Brad Pitt over their wedding ring design for his then wife Jennifer Aniston. They eventually settled their dispute and became friends again, with Pitt going on to design jewelry for them (for the full story, click here). Check out a couple of a range of Brad Pitt designed rings below, along with a selection of rings showcasing Damiani’s distinct designs.

Damiani Brad Pitt Wedding Bands

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Damiani Engagement Rings

Judith Ripka Wedding Jewelry

Award winning jewelry designer Judith Ripka has a life long passion for jewelry that brings classical and modern looks to her collections. For her engagement rings, she focuses on white gold with a delicate and traditional aesthetic.

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Judith Ripka Wedding Jewelry

Tiffany & Co Estate Wedding Jewelry

If you’re looking for an ring you be hard to find these days from a popular brand, check out our estate wedding jewelry from Tiffany & Co. All the examples below feature platinum which is much more resilient than gold. So you know these older rings have and will continue to stand the test of time.

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Tiffany & Co Estate Engagement Rings

Odelia Wedding Jewelry

Odelia is known for the diamond pave settings, which is blindingly apparent in the white gold eternity bands and setting rings below.

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Odelia Engagement Rings

Carrera y Carrera Wedding Jewelry

Renowned Spanish jewelry house Carrera y Carrera is known for their exotic designs. Our wedding bands from their Mi Princesa Collection is return to a formal look that can appeal to any taste. Each features a groove running along a gold band which can be set with diamonds.

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Pomellato Wedding Jewelry

Milan-based Pomellato is known for bridging the gap between high-end and casual jewelry. This ability can be seen in their Lucciola wedding bands below that feature simple designs and variations. This also includes the use of brushed gold, giving a more informal look you won’t find in most wedding jewelry designs.

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Natalie K Wedding Jewelry

Natalie K specializes in diamond engagement and wedding rings and is also known for her trademarked Natalie K diamond “Ideal Cut”. So we always have a nice selection from her in stock, with plenty more options than the four seen below in white gold and platinum.

Natalie K Wedding Jewelry

Natalie K Engagement Rings

For pricing and more rings, visit our full Designer Wedding Jewelry Sale.

 And for more new and on-sale jewelry, click here.

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Odelia Jewelry Summer Sale Top 10

For those not familiar with the name, Odelia is a famed New York based jewelry house that specializes in pave diamonds and mixed gold. That means anything they make will shine brightly in the sunny days through the warm nights this summer. Lets take a look at 10 favorites on sale now:

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Gem Gossip Visits Jessica McCormack in London!

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Walking into Jessica McCormack‘s “Jewelry House,” as I’ve coined it last year when it first opened its doors, was like walking on water. Did I ever think I would get the chance to be here and meet such a beloved jewelry designer?! Never! The whole time I couldn’t tell if I loved the jewelry or the space more. I can presume it was a combination of both, and now that I’m back from my London calling, Jessica’s incredible designs and her New Zealand charm have surely won me over. Also, as stated before, her jewelry designs are truly in a league of their own and seeing them in person was quite the treat.

Getting the chance the stack diamond upon diamond, and lust after big emerald rings and even bigger yellow diamond rings was once in a lifetime moment for me! Her cases house some pretty jewels nestled atop of crushed velvet-lined insides. The most elegant antiques are hung on the walls and displayed throughout. Jessica’s Love Letters collection is creatively displayed, with each letter of the alphabet on a card, along with the equivalent gemstone written alongside, and a mini-bowl filled with each gem. One is invited to spell out a message or word with the gemstones, similar to an antique Regard ring from the Victorian Era, but with a more modern feel. One girl had her maiden name spelled out in a ring, as well as her new married last name in another. I thought that was such a cool idea!

Thanks to Jessica for such a fun and surreal day and for letting me sit and photograph until my heart’s content. And thanks to Susan Farmer and LoveGold!

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Van Cleef & Arpels Estate Jewelry on Sale

French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels’ illustrious history stretches back to 1896 when it was founded by Alfred Van Cleef and his father-in-law Salomon Arpels. The expanded with boutique around France before winning the grand prize at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925. This recognition continued to grow through the years, with celebrity fashion icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly noted fans of their creations. They also went on to become the first French jewelry house to open boutiques in China and Japan. Now part of the Richemont group, they continue their effervescent style that often features fairies, wild animals and exotic flowers. What we’re lucky to have is a selection of estate jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels, meaning you’re going to get a great deal on a truly unique or vintage piece. Lets take a look below.

Pearl & Gemstone Flower Pendant Necklace

Lets start off with a necklace that has an exquisitely vintage style. Using a classic white pearl strand necklace, it’s fitted with a yellow gold flower pendant decorated with 1.5 carats of diamonds and 4 carats of rubies.

Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Pearl Necklace (estate)

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Damiani Jewelry Summer Sale – Up to 70% Off!

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, famed Italian jewelry house Damiani is still going stronger than ever with plenty of industry awards and celebrity fans. To start off the summer, we’re having a sale on Damiani jewelry, with up to 70% off! Check out some highlights below and visit the full sale at the bottom for pricing and more pieces.

Diamond Pave Flower Pendant Necklace

To catch your eye right off the bat, check out this gorgeous flower-shaped pendant (.75”). Made with white gold and pave-set with 0.85 of diamonds, it uses rose accents in the inner bezel for a nice contrast. It’s fitted with a thin white gold chain.

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Pomellato Jewelry on Sale at Luxury Bazaar

We’re now have a small selection from one of the biggest selling European jewelry houses, which we happy to have on sale for up to 50% off! Pomellato started in only 1967 in Milan, but quickly grew thanks to their mission to make jewelry a daily accessory and not just a luxury. They always specialized in colored stones and chains, which make up what we have on sale to offer:

Pomellato Yellow Gold Link Chain Necklaces

Starting off with three essential link chains made of 18-karat yellow gold in different sizes. The first measures 36’’ long, the second 30” long and the last 25”. This gives three favorite lengths to fit a special pendant of your choice from Pomellato below or from our huge selection of pendant jewelry.

Pomellato Long Gold Link Chain

Pomellato Medium Gold Link Chain

Pomellato Petite Gold Link Chain

Pomellato Amethyst Pendant

Weighing in at 12 grams total and backed by 18-karat yellow gold, this pendant shows off a huge faceted purple amethyst stone, which will fit perfectly with one of their gold link chains.

Pomellato Amethyst Pendant

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Pomellatto Crucifix Pendants

Right now we have two crucifix pendants in stock made of 18-karat yellow gold. One is set with diamonds, the other with blue sapphires.

Pomellatto Blue Sapphire Crucifix Pendant

Pomellatto Diamond Crucifix Pendant

Pomellatto Multi-Gem Crucifix Bracelet

To match either of the pendants above, we have this 18-karat yellow gold charm bracelet made also with crucifixes. It features tsavorite stone, pink and blue sapphires and 0.40 carats of diamonds.

Pomellatto Multi-Gem Crucifix Bracelet

Pomellatto Long & Petite Diamond Necklace

This long but slim necklace is made of 18-karat yellow gold and measures 39.5”. It features rope textured links and a tiny cute Pomellatto pendant with a single diamond stamped on it.

Pomellatto Long & Petite Diamond Necklace

Pomellatto Long & Petite Diamond Necklace

Pomellato Onyx Pendant Necklace

For an bold looking pendant necklace, we have this 18-karat rose gold chain, featuring an black onyx rod as its pendant.

Pomellato Onyx Pendant Necklace

Pomellato Smokey Topaz Earrings

One set of earrings we have in stock are made with 18-karat yellow gold and are set with elegant smokey topaz stones.

Pomellato Smokey Topaz Earrings

Pomellato Moonstone Starfish Ring

Our last piece to share is this fun starfish ring, made of 18-karat yellow gold and set with tiny moonstones.

Pomellato Moonstone Starfish Ring

For more details and pricing, visit our Pomellato Jewelry Sale.

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