Jewelry Collection Stories: Danielle of @jasmyntea

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This month’s Jewelry Collection Story comes from a favorite Instagram collector of mine and it’s not because we share the same name, although that helps 😉 It is because Danielle’s style and curation of such a fine collection is unlike any other! She has a fierce eye for what she loves and I’ve been wanting to know her story for quite awhile now. We finally got her story (she is a busy San Francisco dweller, with a full-time job that doesn’t involve jewelry) and she has provided some amazing photos of her personal collection. Let’s dive into her story!

“I have always been a collector. Whether it was collecting vintage jewelry, or vintage clothing, or books on costume and fashion. I’m always looking for unique items that speak to me in some way. I first fell in love with jewelry when I was about 12 and would ride my bike to the thrift store to look for treasures. I always liked vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry and scarves. Old pieces have stories within them. And I always liked to imagine the travels the pieces went through before I became their custodian.

My mother does not really wear much jewelry. Most of the jewelry she wears, except her wedding band, was probably given to her by her sisters or her daughters. She has very few pieces, so I didn’t really grow up surrounded by jewelry. I didn’t know one of my grandmothers as they both passed away before I was born. But I do wear her gold framed glasses from the 1940s every day as my own eyeglasses. I love this connection with my past. My other grandmother didn’t really have much affinity for jewelry either. So I’m not really sure where my love of jewelry and antiques comes from–but I can tell you that I’m obsessed 🙂

When I first started collecting jewelry in high school I liked vintage brooches and small enamel pins. This was what I could afford to purchase. From vintage pins, I branched out to vintage sterling. I always loved going to antique stores and hunting for unusual, inexpensive pieces. My early collection included David Anderson Norwegian pins and bracelets, sterling charm bracelets, bakelite bangles, and funky long beads to layer. I always liked layering, mixing and creating a story with my jewelry. As my style evolved I also liked to support local jewelry artists, so I would go to fairs and stores that sold the work of local jewelry artists and try to pick pieces I liked. My modern collection is made of up certain designers – Marla Aaron, Judy Geib, Gabriela Kiss, Louison Rare and Fine (GemstoneGypsy), Jean Jean Vintage, Gillian Conroy, Variance Objects, Dahlia Khanner, Alberian and Aulde, Amali Jewelry and local San Francisco artists Betsy Barron and Alix Bluh. I tend to gravitate towards jewelry artists versus major designer jewelry. Although one of the first pieces I completely coveted when I was 16 was Tiffany’s Elsa Perreti sterling bean necklace.

In the recent years I have gravitated towards building my antique collection. I love to go to antique fairs and shows, stop in small antique shops when I travel and I follow many antique jewelry sellers on IG. If you are curious, my first IG discovery was Erie Basin and my early purchases were a Toi et Moi Victorian diamond ring and a French link bracelet that many people have asked if they could purchase from me. Finding the antique jewelry community on IG has been very meaningful to me. I feel like I’ve found a crew of fellow jewelry enthusiasts that I can geek out about Georgian jewels, or old cut diamonds, or how to style antique and modern jewelry together. Before IG I never really participated in social media. Finding the IG community of jewelry lovers has been a nice addition in my life, so I don’t drive my husband and sons nuts with my jewelry interests. I’ve also enjoyed meeting fellow IG collectors on my travels.

I can’t really categorize what I collect, because I look for unusual pieces or pieces that resonate for me in some way. I feel like I am the custodian of the pieces I collect. I can’t always articulate why I fall in love with pieces. Sometimes the piece feels sentimental, sometimes the piece will fill an aspect of my collection that I need for a look I’m striving for. On a broad level, I like Georgian and Victorian jewelry. And then I like modern pieces that provide contrast for the more sweet/sentimental antique pieces. I love to mix antique and modern pieces together. Probably my favorite thing to mix are Marla Aaron locks with my antique necklaces, charms and brooches. Mixing and styling jewelry is a creative outlet for me. It’s self-expression—what I’m trying to put out there on a given day. I mix everything: yellow, rose, green gold, platinum and silver. On most days I have on five types of metal. I actually tend to prefer wearing mixed metals versus monochromatic styling. Although sometimes I like to do all gold or all silver or all one kind of gemstone.

I’m sentimental when it comes to jewelry. I always wear a Marla Aaron lock which to me symbolizes to hold fast to what’s important. I once did post on IG about how my modern jewelry spirit animal is my engraved Marla Aaron lock that has all family initials hidden within the engraved design. If I had to pick an antique spirit animal it would probably either be antique chains or signet rings. My thorn necklace (by Gillian Conroy) symbolizes that life has thorns to deal with but I am strong enough to weather the thorns. My hand bloodstone signet ring from Metier with the word “confido,” which means trust, reminds me to trust myself. And then on any given day, my other jewelry represents other items of importance to me or things I’m trying to stay centered about. My Mizpah ring from TheOneILoveNYC is for my husband and me, and my Souvenir bangle from Lucy Verity hasn’t left my wrist since I got it last year – I look down and remember. My Lenore heart rings: to remember love, my signets: to remember the people who are important to me, my memento mori ring from Nvitblanche: to remember to live in the moment, my ruby locket from Circa 1700 has diamonds in it from my mother-in-law in the amount of Pi carats (ok I’m a definite geek). Recently my husband and I gave each other Gabriela Kiss eye rings to symbolize us watching over each other.

You may wonder what pieces I am on the hunt for next. I try to keep an open mind when I am hunting for jewelry, because you never know what you might find. I always ask myself does this resonate for me, will I really wear it and reach for this piece everyday? I like to purchase pieces that I will wear, I don’t like for jewelry to just sit in my jewelry box. I don’t necessarily keep a running wish list. Although at the beginning of 2016 I did an IG jewelry wishlist post and when I look back on it now, I did end up collecting some of the items on my wishlist during 2016, (like my French cut eternity band from Platt Boutique Jewelry). Right now I’m coveting high carat gold items – 22K gold bands (I just got one from Metier) and poesy rings, a Georgian memento mori ring and chains, always more chains. Recently, I’ve been loving layering a lot of gold watch chains.

In closing, almost every piece I wear holds meaning for me of something I want to remember or a story I want to tell that day with my jewelry. Jewelry wearing and styling is my personal storytelling.”

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Valentine’s Day Picks from KAVADOR

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Launched in 2015, Kavador was created with a main goal in mind: to dig into the vaults of jewelry stores around the country and give these hidden jewels their time to shine online! Jennie Pastor, CEO and Founder of Kavador, and myself have a few things in common. One of them being that we both realize there are so many amazing pieces of jewelry out there belonging to smaller, independent jewelers that don’t have the means to promote their inventory online. Websites are expensive and having one that is fully functional with e-commerce capability is often way over a jewelry store owner’s head. Just as I like to travel the US, visiting jewelry stores to showcase all that is out there, Kavador does as well! Only they have a whole team dedicated to curating items they find and listing them online, available for purchase. Kavador has quickly become a growing marketplace for stores to sell their pieces and for jewelry lovers to frequent often to find new treasures. And if you glance at their inventory, you’ll recognize right away how this website needs to be on your radar and checked regularly! Their SOLD gallery is fun to look at as well, although it is slightly sad because they’ve already found their forever home.

I’m so excited to partner with Kavador–not only have I gotten the chance to learn more about this amazing company and speak with Jennie (interview below) but I also got to curate my own favorites just in time for Valentine’s Day. I’ve also got a special treat for everyone–have $150 credit on me! Have fun exploring the vaults of Kavador and use code GEMGOSSIP150 from now until the end of February for your $150 credit.

As a kid, I have always been attracted to glitter and sparkle – I made my own accessories, tinkered with colorful nails and clothes and hair… No surprise then that I married into a family of jewelers and gemologists!

My family has been in the fine jewelry business for over 40 years, owning and operating independent retail jewelry stores and developing relationships with jewelry lovers and buyers as they select and maintain jewelry for generations. I’ve personally watched how dramatically the industry has changed in the last decade, specifically the challenges faced by independent local retailers in the face of changing consumer buying patterns and reduced in-store foot traffic.

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Why Slowly Opening Jewelry Boxes is Instagram’s Latest Rage

Late Victorian Half-Hoop ring in yellow gold featuring 4 of the chunkiest & juicy Old Mine Cut Diamonds weighing 2.58 Cts. in total. • ?For any inquiries please DM or email [email protected] . . . #plattboutiquejewelry #showmeyourrings #victorian #victorianjewelry #victorianring #antiquering #vintage #vintagejewelry #vintagering #engagementring #oldminecut #oldcut #diamond #bridetobe #love #LA #vintageboutique

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There’s always trends on Instagram. Remember when all those filters were completely necessary to add to your blurry iPhone 3 photo before posting? Then the thick, heavy white borders were very popular a few years ago. Now with Instagram Stories, I feel people are posting less on their feed (at least less unnecessary photos) and opting for a quick shot or video posted in their Story. A consistent “aesthetic” has taken over as the it-word of the time, making each post highly thought out and carefully curated. Some people love this, some people hate it. But whatever your feelings are toward this highly obsessed about app, one thing is for sure: it just keeps getting popular.

In our jewelry community on Instagram, there’s one obvious kind of post that has been sweeping everyone off their feet and giving mini heart attacks to jewelry lovers nationwide. I’m talking about the videos where someone opens up a jewelry box ever so suspensefully and ever so slowly, for a BIG REVEAL. I really don’t know who or what started this; it is hard to trace back to a particular person. I feel like Larry of Platt Boutique Jewelry has definitely been doing it the longest and has made an impact because he quite often uses this tactic in his daily postings! Larry says, “When I meet people who follow me, they say they always look forward to seeing a box video because they know it’s going to be something special.” He also states that his clients love how natural the videos feel–the item in the jewelry box is glittering away in the sunshine, untouched by photo editing and as real as it gets!

The video below is one of Larry’s all-time record holding posts, clocking in at over 98k views! This proves my inclination of how easily these types of posts can quickly become viral, which this post did just that!

Edwardian era 5-Stone Old Mine Cut Diamond #ring is boxed up and ready to go to NYC with me where it will be hand delivered to its new owner. . If you’d like to see more antique & vintage rings then come say hello to me + @thekitvintage this Saturday & Sunday @acurrentaffair vintage show in Brooklyns @industrycity . . #plattboutiquejewelry #showmeyourrings #sold #specialdelivery #nyc #brooklyn #vintage . . @nattyplatt @blanconewyork @laurelstearns @arrowandanchorantiques @circa1700

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Others have joined in on this trend, creating some gorgeous videos of jewels being revealed by opening a box. If I had to guess why this trend is so popular, I would say that it easily resonates with people because it is almost as if they are opening the box themselves, envisioning this as a beautiful gift they are receiving. The suspense factor also plays an important part in why this is trending on Instagram.

Another antique jewelry dealer that has taken part in posting “unboxing” videos is Ismael Khan of Ishy Antiques. He is based in London and finds that these types of videos perform well for his Instagram too. Ishy says, “I’ve done five box opening videos and all five are in my overall top twenty ‘posts’ based on impressions, insights and likes for the past year. My 2 most liked posts are box openings.” If that is not clear evidence to how impactful these kinds of posts are, I don’t know what is! He also adds, “From a social media growth point of view, I believe these types of posts are popular because people have to wait to see what’s inside the box which registers views and impressions, and therefore increases engagement.”

Standing in the yogurt aisle at the supermarket filming jewellery ? This 18ct gold Art Deco onyx and diamond ring is new in today. Wouldn't it make an amazing engagement ring? UK K (US 5 1/8) and sizeable. Please DM for more information #IshyAntiques

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So the next time you’re stumped over what to post on Instagram, try your hand at the big box reveal! I’d like to recommend practicing opening the box a few times while filming FIRST before you film and post immediately. I’ve seen a few FAILS that were posted on Instagram and not done in the best way. I won’t give any examples because that would be quite rude, but I’m sure we’ve all seen them! You can even ask a friend to film while you use both hands to open the box OR get a tripod for steady filming. Not everyone has coordination and that’s ok! There’s ways of going about to help with that!

That’s what I did with the video below–I set up my camera on a tripod so I could use both hands. That seemed to work better for me at least. Another necessary part to this is getting some interesting antique boxes! I’ve seen these become quite scarce lately, but there’s always some on Instagram and eBay, although some are priced high because the seller knows how rare they’ve become! I found the hot pink one in my video below at a random antique shop in Kentucky. Talk about getting lucky in Kentucky! Always have your eyes peeled!

If you want to look down at the prettiest ring you’ve ever seen sitting on your finger, say no more. This babe is available — priced at $3200 ♥️??? Details over at @shopgemgossip

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Have you seen this BOX REVEAL trend on your feed? Let us know a seller who does this that you enjoy watching in the comments section, I’d love to see!

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Gem Gossip Visits Heritage Auctions in NYC

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What is so special about all of these pieces?! They were once owned by Shirley Temple! Heritage Auctions has a collection of Shirley Temple’s jewelry that will go up for auction December 5th-6th

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Outside the Heritage Auctions offices in NYC

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I loved getting to preview these jewels before they went up for auction in September’s Signature Sale

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Heritage Auctions is one of my favorites to bid for luxury items because I know they are authentic and what they offer is pretty incredible! I even fell for some of their high-end designer bags!

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This necklace is 18k white gold by Mattia Cielo and the earring are by Vhernier done in chalcedony. Both were auctioned off in the September Sale.

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Three items from Shirley Temple–this charm bracelet is exquisite, made up of platinum and diamond charms! And wow, these diamond rings!

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A closeup of the jewels once owned by Shirley Temple–the Tiffany & Co. bracelet was custom made for her, as her favorite color was orange!

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A fun and flirty lapis drop pendant with added pearls which create a tassel. And yes, I’ve said it before tassels are in! This once belonged to Shirley Temple

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Channeling Wonder Woman with these cuffs by Van Cleef & Arpels. These were gifts from Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

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Feeling these two together, both in Heritage Auctions’ September Signature Sale.

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A lapis and diamond necklace by Salvador Dali

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These cuffs sold for over $162,000! Amazing!

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These Cartier panther earrings are everything!

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Love the diversity of what Heritage Auctions offers–here are three bracelets, three very different price points and different eras!

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All my favorite rings from the September Signature Sale–that moonstone is amazing! It is by Paula Crevoshay

Heritage Auctions always has something exciting going on, whether it is a celebrity’s jewels going up at auction or a fun preview touring across the US, or sales taking place at one of their multiple locations of Dallas, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Florida, Houston, and Beverly Hills (also a few worldwide). That’s what I like about Heritage Auctions…their ongoing reach at finding pieces to sell is incomparable, they are the experts. The company is a collector’s best friend, as they encourage the hobby of collecting but also want curation to be an important aspect for all collectors, so selling is just as important. Heritage is here to do both of these aspects for you–to help you buy and to help you sell–and their specialized categories are numerous, so whatever you are interested in, Heritage probably has a department for you! I like to focus on jewelry, so for me Heritage is great because not only do they have their Signature Sales, three per year, and Tuesday night auctions, which happen every Tuesday night, so jewelry lovers are fully satisfied.

I visited their headquarters last January in Dallas and got to see the facility first-hand, as well as try on some amazing pieces. This time around when I visited NYC, I got to checkout their east-coast location in the city that never sleeps. Just as suspected, the jewels were incredible and if you want to get excited for an upcoming sale, their December Signature Sale will be an event not to be missed! A lot of the pieces I tried on were from yesterday’s September Signature Sale, where bidders were setting records and auction hammers were flying. A significant lot featuring a pair of matching 18k yellow gold cuffs by Van Cleef & Arpels, were gifted on a wedding day by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her step sister and sold for $162,500! Being able to wear them and photograph them myself is an honor in and of itself.

Heritage Auctions continually is a dominant source for designer jewelry–like Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Blvgari, David Webb, amongst many, many others. Their December Signature Sale, slated for December 5th-6th as a two-day event, has numerous designer pieces. But what you may not realize when glancing at a Tiffany & Co. bracelet or a Blvgari suite in that particular sale is who those pieces once belonged to. Heritage Auctions is so excited to be offering the jewels of Shirley Temple in their December sale! There are several pieces, many of which I got to try on in the photos above. Although the stories behind the jewels, like where or who they are from, when did she wear them, what were her favorites, may not be known, the fact that they were once hers make them that much more special.

Take a look at December’s upcoming catalog, more jewelry will be added as it becomes available:

8.43 carat Emerald cut diamond ring set in platinum, once owned by Shirley Temple

Lapis and pearl tassel necklace, once owned by Shirley Temple

Tiffany & Co. orange enamel and turquoise bracelet, once owned by Shirley Temple

Art Deco platinum charm bracelet featuring 15 charms, once owned by Shirley Temple

Matching pair of Blvgari rings, one in ruby and one in emerald, once owned by Shirley Temple


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Jewelry Collection Stories: Sunny’s Charm Collection

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Excited to share this collection story because it is unique–just as the person behind it is and she is unique in all the right ways! Sunny Bond is one of those jewelry friends you can’t get enough of and I sadly only get to see her a few times a year. But when I do see her, she usually has a new piece she is wearing that we can talk about or we are at an antique show, both in the zone, hunting down treasures. Sunny can usually be found hunkered over a bin of some sort, sifting through things, in hopes of uncovering a cool charm she has yet to lay eyes on. Her charm collection is extensive and truly a work of art! I’ll let her tell you the rest! 😉

“My Collection Story is definitely individual, just like a collection should be. I have an obsession with charms. I’ll never get over how something so small, perfect, and articulated, can be made out of gold and precious materials.”

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“Seeing and playing with a tiny charm transports me back to childhood. I would play with my Mom’s charm bracelets, built for her by my grandmother, and marvel at these tiny little toys. The mousetrap, the mini deck of cards, and the tiny Ferris wheel were always among my favorites.”

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“For my 7th birthday my Mom began my charm story. The Art Nouveau women, a favorite motif of hers, and the Egyptian charms, a favorite of mine, are a constant. Over the years, my husband and I have added to this bracelet with some of our life’s milestones.

The first year Gordon and I were married we decided to start a new tradition together. Every Christmas, Gordon finds a vintage charm for me that symbolizes our year together. The first was a bride and groom from the 1950s.”

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“Our second year, a tiny gold record, meant to symbolize his steadily growing obsession, and a crate of California Oranges as a We moved to California and lived to tell the tale charm. Last year it was a book of diamonds that swings open to reveal “I LOVE YOU”, symbolizing the year of work that went into launching Fox & Bond (www.foxandbond.com). Along with those special memories, together we add love tokens that carry meaning for us; a hot water bottle, playing cards, a David Bowie lightning bolt, a martini shaker (you know, Bond)… little treasures that make up our love story.

The best aspect of charm collecting is that they tell your life story, show your travels, your memories, constant reminders of where you’ve been, the times that you treasure most and want to hold close forever.”

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“My personal project and latest obsession has been my Charm Necklace. Like any charm collection, I’m not sure if it will ever be finished, but I feel ready to share it with the world! It’s a combination of family pieces and large scale charms I’ve found along the way. One of my major inspirations was the fabulous Sally Morrison, who has an incredible Charm Necklace! The open Russer Capricorn, the fully functional Ferris wheel, and the almond locket are among my current favorites. It’s such a bold piece and when I wear it, I feel fierce!”

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“Last but not least is the piece I wear everyday, with my most sentimental favorites. Charm bracelets can be tricky to wear daily, but a simple charm story is easy just to throw on and go!

The star is my F&B Hand Painted Pet Portrait with my beautiful pup Fanny. We make them custom, hand painted with your furry best friend, and trust me, they are seriously incredible. Alongside Fanny is my Art Deco DEAREST charm, given to me by Gordon on our wedding day, my Victorian red glass heart locket, Fanny’s and my BFF charms, hand-engraved with her name (hers hangs on her collar), and three F&B Mini’s that hold sentimental value to me; a Diamond Rose Gold Mini engraved with our wedding date “June 1st, 2013”, a Diamond White Gold Mini engraved with my in-laws’ wedding date “11.26.75” (my mother-in-law has a matching one), and a special Tsavorite Garnet Mini symbolizing mine and my mother’s January birthdays.

A lifetime charm obsession has fueled our buying for Fox & Bond. We have a devoted collection, The Charm Shop, as well as The Pet Portraits, and The Mini’s. They are incredibly personal and sentimental mementos and can be worn on their own, or together, building your life story.

These precious little treasures mean so much to me, and I’m sure you jewelry lovers out there feel the same way.”

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Mia from The One I Love NYC

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Undoubtedly in love with jewels, Mia launched The One I Love NYC in 2013, a place where fellow jewelry lovers can go to shop for fine vintage and antique jewelry all from the comfort of their home. Her jewelry collection story is shaped by the people she loves, both family and friends, and even people in the biz who have become her family and friends over these past few years. Excited to share Mia’s personal collection story with you today:

“Ever since I can remember I‘ve had a love affair with jewelry. As a child, I would rummage through my grandmother’s jewelry box and try on every single piece, until there was no more room left around my arms, fingers or neck. This infatuation carried on into my adulthood, when I began collecting antique rings during college.

That being said, I’ve always had more of a dealer’s mentality when it came to my own purchases, meaning that I barely ever buy pieces for myself. My love of jewelry stems from an appreciation of its sentimental value before all else. I fell in love with the rituals of the Victorian and Georgian era, and the belief that every milestone, happy or sad, should be decorated with adornment. Antiques are a piece of history; a legacy that carries on the story of those before us, and our story, long after we’re gone.

My jewelry obsessions tend to mature over time. I have a strong admiration for Georgian era jewelry, particularly pieces that are embellished with flat top garnets and rose cut diamonds, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t? The workmanship of this era is beyond comparison: being forged by hand, and under candlelight no less! It’s impossible to look at a piece of Georgian jewelry with all its intricate detail, and not be amazed that these pieces have withstood the test of time.

As for motif, I am drawn towards snakes, skulls, and pretty much all symbolism of eternal life. I have an affinity for cards, which most definitely comes from my grandfather, who taught me every game in the book.

One basic theme throughout all my jewelry is that every single piece holds the memory of a moment in time, and was given to me as a token of love and friendship by someone I hold dear to my heart. Jewelry memorializes those we love, as it has for centuries before now, and that’s what has always driven my passion for adornment.

Of course, my love of all things jewelry grew into a need to understand the details of stones, metals, and fabrication. Understanding the details of such things adds not only to the personal value of each piece, but the ability to truly respect its creation.

When it comes to modern jewelry, I tend to be geared towards designers who are inspired by my favorite eras. The majority of our Designer Collection at The One I Love is filled with pieces I saw and loved, then wanted to carry. Almost every designer piece I own, I also sell, because I honor and respect the craftsmanship of the designs and the history they symbolize.”

Pictured above: My grandfather’s wedding band & my grandmother’s class ring. Their bond symbolized the sweetest love I’ve ever known. Alongside it is my grandmother’s diamond necklace, given to me right after she passed. It is the only piece that never leaves my body.”

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I love watches, and my Rolex Daytona was a gift from my family when I graduated college. On the back it is inscribed with “You Are My Sunshine”, a song my grandmother would sing to me as a kid. Pictured beside it is a French Victorian sterling silver chain bracelet.

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Pictured is a Victorian onyx and turquoise Figa with gold detail. This was given to me by Edon (@littlewolfcollective), my dear friend and photographer. Also, a Victorian agate specimen set in 15K gold, once a brooch turned into a pendant. Lastly, an antique coin found by my friend Elizabeth, who fabricated the 14K gold setting herself.

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These two pieces are my every day necklaces. The Pave Ruby Wishbone is a staple piece from The One I Love, and the pave lightening bolt is from my friend and designer, Christina Albina.

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Ahh, the cards! Perhaps my most swoon worthy pieces. The bracelet is a Georgian era charm bracelet, hand fabricated in 22K gold with cards painted on ivory. The detail on this piece is absolutely incredible. A gift from a wonderful friend and colleague, and since it’s too delicate to wear I’m actually having it framed in a shadow box. Call me crazy but I could literally stare at it for hours; that is art! The necklace is a vintage card charm that rarely comes off my neck.

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The skull eternity band (by @vulpeculajewelry) was also a gift from my friend Elizabeth. She had it engraved with “E.K. to M.M. with love.” Something I did not realize until far after it was given to me! The @Nvitblanche All Seeing Eye Ring is a piece I’ve been obsessed with for a long time, and was designed by my friend and mentor, David Hines. Funny story: There is a super talented little old man who does the enameling for the eyes, and let’s just say that asking him for specific colors should be considered a suggestion rather than an requirement. You may go in there with a vision, but you never quite know what you’re leaving with. Somehow, it always comes out looking perfect in its own right. The Art Deco emerald eternity band is set in 14K gold, and was a birthday gift from two of my closest girl friends. The Ouroboros ring, a friendship ring between me and my BFF (people still do that, right?), is adorned with sapphires, diamonds, and rubies. She shares my love of pretty much everything, but particularly all things shiny and old.

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Pictured are pieces that were given to me by Angela (@gemstonegypsy). She’s a very talented designer, and created the rad snake ring and safety pin earring. She gifted me the safety pin earring on my 29th Birthday, and I wear it almost daily. The vintage J.O.B. ring was given to me because I’m “married to my job,“ and to know me is to know that this holds more truth than I care to admit! Something I laugh about every time I wear it.

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The Victorian turquoise and rose cut diamond flower ring was given to me by my parents, and is one of my favorites because the craftsmanship is incredible, especially on the petals! This was purchased from one of my favorite stores, @metierSF. The Georgian flat top garnet ring was given to me by a client, and at my own trunk show too! This was a purchase from @vulpeculajewelry. I love how the stones are all set at different angles.

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Superstition Blog Hop – Nalla neram

Sometime back Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard, challenged us jewelry lovers to create jewelry that was based on superstition. Though I fear the number13, black cats, propped up ladders and the dristhi of the evil eye, I found them too common to write about and Tammy expressed her desire to know about something ‘Indian’

Sometime back Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard, challenged us jewelry lovers to create jewelry that was based on superstition. Though I fear the number13, black cats, propped up ladders and the dristhi of the evil eye, I found them too common to write about and Tammy expressed her desire to know about something ‘Indian’. After a lot of brainstorming, I have picked the Indian concept of “auspicious Time” or Nalla neram. This exactly isnt a superstition but more of a belief based on scientific calculations. But since I have not found such a concept in western civilisations I thought that it would be interesting to write about it.

Here is a small background on how time is calculated as per vedic traditions. Hindu days start at sunrise and end at sundown and the timings are studied to figure out the good and less auspicious times for activities throughout the day. They are published at the start of every year (which begins on April 13th or 14) in almanacs called the Gowri Panchangam and Paambu Panchangam in the south. ‘Panch’ means five and ‘angam’ means attributes. Thus these almanacs talk about 5 attributes of time like – Vaaram -day of the week, Tithi – Phase of moon – i.e the number of the day in the month starting from new moon to full moon, nakshatram – star, yogam – time and karanam – half of a tithi. Find today’s hourly analysis below calculated for IST using the Drikpanchang website. If you are curious you could enter your city’s name in the location box there to figure about auspicious times for anyplace in the world.

Each 24 hour day is split into 60 naazhigais, each being 24 minutes long. Thus two and a half nazhigais constitute one modern hour which was known as horai or hora. Hours in a day are divided into different yogams – Amirdha, Dhanam, Uthi, Laabam and Sugam are good and Rogam, Soram and Visham, should be avoided.
Within any given day, there are also certain time periods that are inauspicious. Two of these are Raahu Kaalam and Yama Gandam. The scriptures say that it is ideal if we can use these times totally for worship and not for material activities. It is recommended to avoid inauspicious times while starting something new or important because even with your best efforts, the results may turnout unfavourably. A lot of people light lamps for certain deities during these hours. There is also a time period called “Muhurtam or muhurat or nalla neram” which means auspicious time when new beginnings are favoured. Weddings, house warming ceremonies, naming ceremony, engagements, baby showers, and even some pujas like the Lakshmi puja for Diwali are observed only during Muhurtam times.
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Arik Kastan: New Designs, New Gemstone Combinations!

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Arik Kastan has been hard at work, designing and plotting their next move, and it’s a BIG one! The biggest and boldest designs yet, using the most sought after gemstones to date. Debuting in Las Vegas at the highly acclaimed Couture show last month, Arik Kastan and team are proud to give you the first official glimpse here and in your inbox this morning! (sign up at the bottom right corner of page)

What’s new?

New gemstone combinations:

Introducing Carnelian!

This semitransparent to opaque stone has an undeniable fiery orange color that is hard to not notice. We wanted to add a bold, pop of color and what better way to do it than introducing carnelian into the Arik Kastan lineup. Used in jewelry for over 3,000 years, we gave it a little modern flair by pairing it with turquoise. Carnelian is widely known for boosting courage and confidence and there’s no doubt our Arik Kastan pieces already do that on their own!

Smokey quartz paired with moonstone!

This combination gives a cool urban vibe with a color palette earthy and subdued. It will have you painting your nails in all shades of “nude” and easily transitioning to fall in no time! We’ve become obsessed and will gladly pass the torch. Smokey quartz is said to be very centering and can clear oneself of any negative vibes. Pair it with moonstone, which is known for aiding intuition and protection, and you’ve got your own winning team.

Turquoise paired with garnet!

A color combination quite frankly only seen in vintage and antique jewelry, we thought we had to bring back this deep, rich color combination! And the verdict is in–everyone is swooning over it. From editors, to stylists, and tastemakers alike, this is the hottest combo we’ve ever created. You’ll be sure to see it hitting your nearest Arik Kastan retailer soon. Turquoise is well known as a powerful healing stone and helps with self-acceptance. Paired with garnet, which is a powerful protecting stone, this combination has you feeling safe and looking gorgeous.

New designs:

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The “Mandala” ring:

Our inspiration for this new design brought together nature and the concept of spiritual wholeness. We created our own version of a Mandala, with a floral twist! Finishing it off with a bright gemstone pattern was fitting, with turquoise being our anchor color and accented that with colors of garnets for one design and carnelian for another. Garnets and turquoise gave off an antique vibe, so we decided on turquoise and carnelian for its boldness and newness. These circular rings represent a woman of today’s spiritual journey in a modern world.

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The “Nouvelle Marquise” ring:

Our navette-shaped rings have defined our brand and what better way to continue with our favorite silhouette than to recreate another version! This one holds nothing back–we’ve used a large turquoise cut in a marquise shape and decorated it with some rugged diamonds to give it the understated luxury feel. Bold enough to wear alone or amongst your everyday ring look, that is exactly what we were going for when designing this newest ring.

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Padlocks on dainty chains:

Arik Kastan’s signature padlocks are now available on thin chains, an addition that has made dainty jewelry lovers VERY happy! The new chain size allows for even more layering combinations and gives our beautiful vintage-inspired padlocks more prominence in the collection. So layer both the bold and the beautiful padlocks, with the delicate and intricate, for a dynamic look. Seeing all the fun, new arrangements everyone is creating has been delightful. Send us your Arik Kastan necklace look on Instagram, @arikkastan #arikkastan

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Gem Gossip Covers the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show, 2015

Trio 18437416235_3cd52953d6_k Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled I think everyone knows whose booth this belongs to....gorgeous pieces with so much sentiment, and yay, I finally got to meet her--miss @lenoredailey xoxo #gemgossipdoesVegas #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Untitled Good morning! This is just me missing the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry show and making note that attending one day instead of my normal two was a bad decision!! These rings were from @lenoredailey 's booth. 😍😍 #gemgossipdoesVegas #lasve Untitled Ok, so I know I always pick my favorite piece out of the entire show each year--here's this year's winner: 18k yellow gold plique-à-jour turquoise scarab cuff! This piece is not antique, but vintage and was made by a Florida man who recently passed away. Amazing carved sapphire and diamond pendant from @underthecrownjewelry Thanks for letting me play! #GemGossipdoesVegas #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow I love stopping by @jacobs_estate_jewelry and catching up with Jacob & Rigoberto.  They are Instagram obsessed, so make sure to give them a follow!! 👉👉 @jacobs_estate_jewelry #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Keep your eyes peeled!! 👀👀 #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow #gemgossipdoesVegas 18k gold French piece circa 1840s the birds are actual feathers!! Amazing! @lovegoldlive #lovegold #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled A day at the Vegas Antique Jewelry Show is not complete without a visit to @plattboutiquejewelry !! #showmeyourrings #gemgossipdoesVegas #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Treasure hunting today! YES. @jewelrygurl @lovegoldlive #lovegold #lasvegasantiquejewelryshow I hit my own Vegas jackpot today! 🎰 My date ring collection just got massive. Thanks Vegas Antique Jewelry Show! The one on my pinky is extra special--1921 Year of the Monkey, and has a little monkey on the side, gratefully sacrificed out of

Every year, the anticipation of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show is high–even more so this time around, for me at least! With a packed schedule of appointments at the other shows, I was truly looking forward to some unwinding time at the antique show, with no appointments in sight…just me and the jewels! I got to walk the show with my friends Sunny of Sunny S. Bond Jewelry and Lauren aka By Gold Girl who are so much fun to be around, and the fact that we are all around the same height makes us a great little trio! Ha! There totally was a “tall girls club” going on at these shows this past week, and for someone has has to exaggerate by adding on that one inch when you tell someone how tall you are, this was great!

The vibe of the show was great this year–although I was pretty bummed for missing opening day, where I heard the line out the door before the show opened was crazy long. Many of the vendors noted that Friday (the day I attended) was slower than normal, but also crediting the opening of the JCK show as to most likely why. As a buyer/attendee, I welcomed the fact that the aisles were less congested and I could easily walk up to a booth and converse with the booth owners without being interrupted. Another topic of conversation was how as a community of antique jewelry lovers, everyone felt that the goods are getting harder and harder to find, hence why prices were definitely higher than normal. As a collector, I do see a definite increase and the demand for antique jewelry, so it will be interesting to see where the industry goes in the future.

This year I only had time to devote one full day at the antique show, where I normally spend two days. After doing this, I would say spending two days at the antique show is ideal, especially if you have a task or certain piece you need to find for a client. It is always nice to spend one day getting things done and then still have a whole extra day to browse and enjoy–you usually find the best things when you are browsing for fun.

As many of you know, I’m always on the hunt for date ringsmy collection seen here. They are extremely tough to find and although I didn’t set out thinking I’d find any at the show this year, I had forgotten where I was after all–VEGAS! Yes, I struck date ring jackpot in Vegas! The first one came from Platt Boutique Jewelry, straight out of owner Larry Platt’s personal collection–there’s the type of man that will give you the shirt off their back, and then there’s the type that will give you the ring off their finger!! There’s a difference! 😉 What is special about this ring is the year it represents, 1921, being the Year of the Monkey and having a monkey on the side of the ring. That is quite awesome! The other EIGHT date rings came from the same seller, who told me that the entire collection came from the same person–someone who collected every date, also known as my long lost twin. How crazy is that?! Boy would I have loved to sit down with whomever that is/was. Also, only slightly heart-breaking to learn that there were lots more, which were sold throughout the years. Funny to think that the entire collection was intact–but I guess that wouldn’t make it such a fun hunt as it has been!

I did buy one other ring besides all the date rings, which I will reveal/talk about soon! Stay tuned!

Vendors pictured above:

Jacob’s Estate Jewelry

Platt Boutique Jewelry

Found Collected

AM Stanton

Lenore Dailey

DK Bressler

Under the Crown Jewelry

Kenneth James Collection

Clayton Antiques

D. Tenenbaum Inc.

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Elizabeth Dmitrova

Thanks for another great year, Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show…can’t wait until next year!

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Gem Gossip Wedding Date Set with a Special Ring

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Wanted to share some special news with my Gem Gossip readers, as this almost seven-year journey of creating, writing and sharing of my blog has somewhat created its own little community, people who have been with me since the beginning and others who just recently discovered my website. Since it is somewhat like a family-unit we’ve assembled through our love for jewelry, both antique and new, I feel like you all should have some insight into my personal life as well–especially when it comes to important life events!

What better way to commemorate a life event than with jewelry! We jewelry lovers know this! So, with this announcement comes a piece of jewelry for the big reveal. We are excited to say that we’ve set a wedding date (finally) which will take place on October 21, 2015. This is a very special date because it is the same date my grandparents got married 59 years ago in Italy, so we will share the same wedding date. Was so excited to get the date hand-stamped on a very special 14k gold cuff midi-ring made by Sarah Davida. Shown above, I had the month spelled out, rather than the number “10” and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

Excited to share this news with everyone and will be even more happy to share more wedding details on Gem Gossip in the upcoming months! Thanks for following and being a part of my Gem Gossip family!

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