Jewelry Collection Stories: Kate of @LuxCharmJewelry

Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip

This month’s Jewelry Collection Story comes from Kate of @LuxCharmJewelry and it is a good one! Kate is a full-time art teacher and part-time jewelry enthusiast and collector. You may already be following her on Instagram, but if not you must. Her collection is pretty amazing and her story may resonate with many of you. So without further ado, I give you Kate’s collection story:

I’ve always loved jewelry. I have early memories of playing “dress up” and “jewelry store” with my grandmother Louise. She kept her jewelry in the top dresser drawer. Oh how I loved looking inside those little boxes and seeing all the sparkly jewels inside! We would arrange her jewels on top of carefully arranged bits of pretty fabrics and embroidered handkerchiefs and take turns “shopping.” It was so much fun trying on her white dress gloves and high heels and playing with all those pretty things.

When I was around 10 years old, my dad started giving me jewelry every year for Christmas, mostly rings. One year, I received a topaz ring that had the most amazing shade of bright blue. I adored that ring! Another favorite ring given to me by my dad was a gold signet ring that he had monogramed with my initials. I think I was around 15 at the time. It’s a classic look that will never go out of style and one I wear often today.

One of my favorite early jewelry memories was when my family went out to dinner before my high school senior award night. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to win the top artist award in my class, and my parents bought me this beautiful southwestern sterling bracelet and turquoise ring to mark the occasion. For high school graduation, I received a large, modernist sterling and gold ring. At the time, I wasn’t into yellow gold, and these bold sterling pieces were among the most beautiful pieces I owned. Luckily, my parents have continued the tradition of gifting me jewelry for special occasions, and I cherish them all. These pieces help to serve as reminders of special times in my life. My sweet husband has also joined in on the tradition and I have received many beautiful pieces from him now over the years, including my very first (and favorite) Victorian bird bangle bracelet and my beloved antique turquoise and diamond halo ring.

Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip

As a teenager, I was really into second-hand shops–mainly for vintage clothes and small decorative items, but eventually I started picking up inexpensive jewelry and odds-and-ends; like pendants, chokers, chains, etc. At about the same time, I started making beaded jewelry and even gifting and selling pieces to my friends.

Years later, I decided to try my hand at selling handmade jewelry on Etsy. It was a fun, challenging, and creative outlet. Those were the relative early days of Etsy, and I grew as it grew. I did this for a couple of years and slowly started incorporating more and more vintage jewelry components and findings into my pieces. Eventually, the competition increased and my enthusiasm waivered, so I put my shop on hold.

Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip

My love affair with antique jewelry began about eight years ago when my mom and I were antiquing at one of my favorite stores in Richmond, IN. My mom fell head-over-heels for this old gold cameo ring. At first, I was like, “What? Cameos? Ugh, I don’t get it.” Then much to my surprise, my mom professed her life-long love affair with cameos, citing stories from her youth. The shop owner quoted her a low price and my mom quickly bought the ring. She wasn’t one to make fine jewelry purchases on our excursions together, so I was intrigued and wanted to know more. I couldn’t stop staring at this unusual reddish-orange cameo ring on our drive back home; I was fascinated by it. It didn’t look like the girly, pink cameos I was used to seeing. It was more masculine in style and the gold was a rich rose color. The shop owner estimated the ring to be about 120 years old.

To my knowledge, I had never seen a ring that old before and now I wanted one for myself! The more I researched, the more I realized what an amazing deal my mom got on that ring. Sure, it was more than I was used to spending on random antique mall purchases (about $85), but still affordable. This made antique jewelry seem obtainable to me for the first time ever. I started reading jewelry books, researching online, and educating myself on antique jewelry. I liked learning the history behind each piece. It’s a perfect fit for me– combining my love of history, research, sentiment, story, etc.

Inspired by my new passion and focus, I reopened my Etsy shop–selling only vintage and antique jewelry. I absolutely loved hunting for old jewelry, even cameos! Thinking back to that special trip to Richmond with my mom, I believe this was the critical moment that later turned this new interest into a full-blown hobby and part-time job for me.

Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip

Today I have such a deep and sincere appreciation for antique jewelry; I tend to collect a little bit of everything. All in all, I tend to go more for Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco pieces. Rings are probably my favorite type of jewelry to wear and collect. I love everything from dainty to bold, statement rings. I also love antique bangles and Deco necklaces in all sorts of finishes, metals, and styles.

One of my favorite things to collect are watches. My favorite makers are Longines and Bucherer. I have everything from watch pins, watch rings, wristwatches, and pocket watches. And I really love long enamel watch necklaces. My love of watch necklaces probably began when I scored an amazing Bucherer red guilloche enamel watch ball necklace for $60 in a small, local antique shop. I later learned this was a remarkable deal for one with its original enamel chain in perfect condition. I’ve since added about 10 more to my collection over the years. I just can’t stop myself when I see a beautiful one for a good price. I have such a weakness for fine guilloche enamel-work.

In addition, I love bird-themed jewelry and have many bird bangles, lockets, etc. I tend to favor cool-color pieces in general (it must be the Pisces in me!). I am very fond of blue–sapphires, lapis, zircon, and turquoise to name a few. Pale lavender chalcedony, dreamy moonstones, and that particular shade of green commonly used in Art Deco pieces–are all personal favorites. I have a growing collection of snake rings, too.

Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip

I enjoy shopping at small, local places best. The Midwest is a gold mine for antiques of all kinds. The big jewelry enthusiasts seem to live on either coast and being stuck in the middle has its advantages… lower prices and less pickers. But this seems to get harder every year. My favorite display cases and shops seem to be shutting down. The old dealers retire; some pass away. I think part of me has also wanted to open a brick and mortar shop, but the risks are scary.

Currently, I seem to have the most luck shopping at antique shows and online auctions. I’m always on the hunt for new pieces. I would love to own more niello jewelry, antique enamel bracelets, and gutta percha bangles inlaid with gold. I have a thing for portrait paintings but oddly, own no portrait jewelry. I interned at the National Portrait Gallery right after college and it’s a subject I’m really interested in. I would love to find the perfect emerald ring and more “name” or “initial” jewelry to represent the important people in my life.

Luxcharm | Gem Gossip Luxcharm | Gem Gossip

Recently I celebrated a milestone birthday (hello, 40!) and had been hunting for the perfect aquamarine birthstone piece of jewelry for months. Then it finally happened…a huge, honking, 14-carat, Victorian, pear-shaped aqua ring in 15K gold popped up on my Instagram feed. Its large size, unfussy setting, and perfect pale-blue color, stopped me dead in my tracks. A direct quote from the seller was, “a mesmerizing, dreamy, huge piece of magic.” Indeed it was. I sold three personal collection rings to make room for this special ring, the latest addition to my jewelry box.

Back when I started wearing, selling, and collecting antique jewelry, I was the only one I knew who did. I just bought what I liked and what I could afford at the time. It wasn’t until I joined IG a couple of years ago that I found other like-minded people who loved and appreciated old jewelry as much as I do. Like most sellers/collectors, I am searching for more high quality and unusual pieces nowadays. Lately, there seems to be more competition, more reproductions, and higher prices on the online auction sites, making it harder to “score” a deal. While I may not be selling forever, I know I will be wearing and enjoying my jewelry for the rest of my life. It brings me so much joy. Marking special occasions and making new memories with jewelry are so important to me. Jewelry has a way of keeping our memories alive…providing a tangible reminder… connecting us to the people, places, and significant moments we cherish in life. Happy hunting!

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? Check out the other Jewelry Collection Stories

You can follow Kate –> @LuxCharmJewelry

Source: GossipGem.com

Continue Reading

Q & A and Visit with Emily Stoehrer of MFA Boston

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

After a long and exciting week in Boston, I had a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts set up to feed my jewelry history cravings. One of my favorite things about my love and passion for jewelry is learning! Museum exhibits are such a great way to see and learn, often producing a lifelong impact or memory–especially for me. Whenever there is a headlining jewelry exhibit, I like to try to schedule trips in hopes of catching it before it ends. Lucky for Boston, the MFA has quite an extensive jewelry department that is constantly researching, collaborating, and creating new exhibits. I got to have a private tour with Emily Stoehrer who is not only a wealth of knowledge, but highly dedicated and involved in what she does for the museum. I was fascinated in so many ways, as she brought me through the MFA’s current exhibit Past is Present: Revival Jewelry.

Learn more about Emily as she answers my questions below and make sure you stop by the exhibit before it ends in August of 2018. Can’t wait to visit again!

qq11

I am the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry. It’s a unique role in an American fine art museum, which was established in 2006. I was appointed in 2014, and over the last three years have worked to develop the exhibition program; add extraordinary jewels to the collection; connect with jewelers, designers, and collectors; and collaborate with colleagues across the museum to plan programming and events

Spanning thousands of years of jewelry history, there are more than 20,000 objects in the jewelry collection. Highlights include our ancient collections and contemporary jewelry, but over the last decade have added to our holding of fine jewelry. A great example of this is a gift given by the Rothschild family a few years ago, which included an outstanding pearl and diamond necklace that dates to the late nineteenth century. With large, perfectly matched natural pearls, it’s an extraordinary treasure! Yvonne Markowitz (who is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry Emerita) and I have worked to establish a jewelry resource center for anyone interested in the study of jewelry, and as part of that we have also worked with the Curator of Design to acquire jewelry with related design drawings. Studying drawings from firms like Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin, the manufacturer-jeweler Louis Ferón, and the artist-craftsman Frank Gardner Hale, alongside the jewelry they made, has greatly informed our understanding of jewelry and how the industry operated historically.

We have also worked to add strength to strength by filling in gaps in our historical collection. For example, until recently we did not have anything by Carlo Giuliano. But, this year we added two amazingly naturalistic gold and enamel butterflies to the collection—a Duke of Burgundy and Bath White butterfly, to be specific. They are impossibly thin, and enameled on both sides to show every detail of the butterfly’s body and wings. They are a stunning example of the goldsmith’s art. Another historically important and spectacular ornament that I recently acquired is the Apparitions brooch which was designed by Eugene Grasset and made by Henri Vever for the 1900 Paris Exposition. It’s hauntingly beautiful art nouveau aesthetic won them the Grand Prix.

My favorite part of the job is the research and planning that goes into creating an exhibition—doing research in libraries and archives and taking a deep dive into historical documents, publications, and material culture. Unfortunately, as I run from meeting to meeting, I don’t get to spend as much time doing this as I would like. So, I rely on some a team of volunteers and interns to help with some of it. Once the research has been done, and the objects have been selected, the real fun begins. I have learned so much about the storytelling capabilities of jewelry from working with the MFA’s remarkable exhibition designers, mountmakers, and conservators as we discuss and mock-up how each object will be displayed in the gallery.

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

qq22

As any lover of jewelry knows, the past has consistently inspired jewelers and designers. While interest in historicism was particularly strong during the nineteenth century, there were great revival jewels made before 1800 and after 1900. In the same way the Victorians struggled with the tension between mass-production and hand-craftsmanship, we grapple with digital design and the pace of modern life. So, I see this as a topic that is as relevant today as it was 150 years ago, and if you think about it that way you’ll notice many examples of twentieth and twenty-first century jewelry that engage with a historical narrative. I hope that visitors enjoy seeing traditional “revivalist” ornaments by outstanding jewelers like Castellani and Giuliano, Bapst and Falize and Boucheron, but also some unexpected surprises like a 9-foot titanium python necklace by Munich-based contemporary jeweler David Bielander, and that the juxtaposition makes them question their notion of revival jewelry.

The exhibition highlights four revival styles: Archeological, Classical, Renaissance, and Egyptian. Each case in the intimate space includes a choice group of jewelry aimed to tell a story – travel, nationalism, graduation, cameo, scarabs, and snakes are just a few of the themes explored. If you pay very close attention to the labels, visitors might also be delighted to learn how early some of these objects were added to the MFA collection. Like the Met, the MFA was founded in 1870, and some of these jewels were acquired in the subsequent decades, making them contemporary jewelry when they were donated. A neoclassical necklace and five brooches with mythological scenes in carved shell cameo, and a Castellani necklace, earrings, and brooch commissioned by the amber collector William Buffum are just two examples of the objects that have resided at the MFA for more than one hundred years. Newer acquisitions on view include: a tour-de-force bracelet by the Roman jeweler Ernesto Pierret that features a central bovine head, granulation, and two menacing faces that come together to form the clap; a spectacular early twentieth-century neck ornament by G. Paulding Farham for Tiffany & Co.; and a slithering silver snake belt/necklace, with sapphire eyes, that Elsa Peretti designed for the American fashion designer Halston in the 1970s.

While 80% of the works on view are from the MFA collection, there are also some noteworthy loans. From the collection of Susan B. Kaplan, a startlingly lifelike lion speaks to the genius of Castellani’s designers and craftsmen. Unlike other micromosaic workshops, Castellani left the surface of their work uneven to create a glittering effected. Wartski Ltd., of London, loaned a demi-parure (belt buckle, brooch, and bracelet) by Falize Frères. Enameled on both sides, the glorious ornaments use translucent enamel and foil to create a fantastical scene with birds, like those seen in illuminated manuscripts. Generously sponsored by Cartier, the exhibition includes four magnificent twentieth-century ornaments from the Cartier Collection. Made between 1906 and 1928, the garland style medusa necklace, winged scarab belt buckle, Eye of Horus bracelet (that once belonged to Linda Porter), and the diamond chimera bracelet are outstanding examples of French revival jewelry, and the depth of the MFAs ancient collection allows for these dazzling jewels to be exhibited alongside the ancient artifacts that inspired their design.

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

qq33

My path to jewelry was a crooked one. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and had plans to attend law school. But a few years working in the District Attorney’s office, I changed my mind and I began researching graduate programs in fashion. In 2005 I moved to New York City and enrolled in the two-year Fashion & Textile Studies program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Thanks to FIT’s remarkable alumni network I ended up back in my hometown with an internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As an intern I worked with conservators in the Textile Conservation department to relocate the fashion collection.

My first full-time position at the MFA was as a Collections Care Specialist and my responsibilities included preparing more than 10,000 objects from the Asian costume and textile collection for photography – everything from kimono to dragon robes and textile fragments to temple hangings. When that project ended, I became the Curatorial Research Associate reporting to Yvonne Markowitz (then curator of jewelry). For two years I worked with her on the inaugural exhibition in the jewelry gallery, and the book Artful Adornment. Both the exhibition and the book focused on highlights from the MFA’s jewelry collection. Yvonne quickly became a very important part of my life, and has been an extraordinary mentor. She encouraged me to think about a future as a jewelry curator, bringing my knowledge of fashion history to the understanding of jewelry. She enthusiastically introduced me to her contacts and colleagues, took me to conferences, and supported my own research in the field. She also told me to consider a PhD.

During my time at the MFA, I had been teaching courses in textiles and fashion history, and in 2010 I left the Museum and took a position at a small college in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. As Program Director and Assistant Professor, I managed three robust fashion programs with more than 100 students. At the same time I took PhD courses and exams, and began work on my dissertation. My doctoral work focused on the intersection of fashion, jewelry, and media. I examined the vintage jewelry on the red carpet from 1995-2010 using Neil Lane’s collection as a case study.

After nearly 30 years at the MFA, Yvonne retired in 2014 and I was appointed to replace her. Over the last three years, I curated the exhibitions Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen, Past is Present: Revival Jewelry, and smaller installations; planned jewelry related events and trips for the MFA’s Fashion Council; traveled extensively to lecture, visit art fairs and exhibitions, participated in educational opportunities organized by Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA) and Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) trips, attend conferences, visited collectors, galleries, designers, and jewelers. It’s been a whirlwind. Recently I have taken on two leadership roles, joining the board of directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the Boston chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA).

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

qq44

I am immersed in research for two forthcoming exhibitions, and a book related to my doctoral work.

Opening in September 2018, an exhibition of Boston arts and crafts jewelry and metalwork will replace Past is Present in the Stanley H. and Rita J. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery. From the establishment of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts to the disastrous 1929 stock market crash that crippled many artist craftsmen, this exhibition will be the first to focus solely on Boston jewelers, and will include design drawings, jewelry, and hollowware by artists like Frank Gardner Hale, Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Margaret Rogers, and Edward Everett Oakes.

That exhibition will be followed by one on Elsa Peretti, who will be celebrating 50 years as a designer in 2020. Beginning her design career making jewelry and accessories for Giorgio Sant’ Angelo and Halston before joining Tiffany & Co., Peretti has created timeless designs that continue to resonate with modern consumers. Her refined taste has focused, primarily, on silver but the exhibition will feature a diverse sample of her work, as well as her inspirations, and—of course—include a fashion element. An esteemed arbiter of style, fashion icon, and friend of many twentieth century notables, this exhibition will celebrate Peretti’s life and career.

My work at the MFA keeps me very busy, but I am also in the midst of writing a book titled Jewelry in Celebrity Culture: Glamour and the Hollywood Spectacle. It will be published as part of I.B. Taurus’s Dress Culture series (edited by Reina Lewis and Elizabeth Wilson). From the tour-de-force necklace that the American firm Trabert & Hoeffer loaned Colette Colbert to wear in the 1935 film The Gilded Lily to the impact of The Representation Project’s #askhermore campaign, the book will examine how jewelry aids in Hollywood’s production of glamour.

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

qq55

To be honest, the last three years have been a series of highlights. The people I have had the opportunity to meet have been the most memorable. The many conversations and meetings I had with Neil Lane as I conducted research on Hollywood jewelry and his private collection, having lunch with Elsa Peretti in Sant Marti Vell, Spain and discussing her incredible life and work, and spending two days in Wallace Chan’s Hong Kong atelier are at the top of the list!

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

qq66

I look forward to seeing the field grow in new and exciting ways. There are so many M.A. programs that embrace the study of jewelry history, and there remain extensive subjects awaiting scholarly work. Coupled with a G.G. I think there is extraordinary potential for research and writing. I was lucky to have a great mentor, who guided my career path, and if you can find an experienced curator or historian to play that role for you, it’s priceless. This field is so welcoming. I encourage anyone interested in jewelry to find others that share their passion, social media is a great place for this.

Being a museum curator is much more multi-faceted than I realized after leaving graduate school. Even after years working at the Museum, it wasn’t until I was a curator that I realized the diverse requirements of the job—a natural curiosity, a mastery of your subject area and how it connects to other types of art, a vision and strong ideas that you can translate into exhibitions, excellence in building and maintaining relationships with artists and collectors, as well as strong research, writing, and public speaking skills.

I am very lucky that the MFA has such a vibrant jewelry program. My position, the gallery, and the prominence of jewelry at the MFA is all thanks to tremendous generosity Susan B. Kaplan. It is our hope that other American fine art museums will expand their collection, exhibition, and publication related to jewelry. And, that similar positions will emerge at other American museums.

MFA Boston | Gem Gossip MFA Boston | Gem Gossip

xoxoGemGossip

WANT MORE? You can follow Emily on Instagram —> @jewelcurator

More GGem

Continue Reading

GEMOLOGUE JEWELLERY GIVEAWAY: BAHRAIN

Jewelry Giveaway! Thank you for participating in my GEMOLOGUE Jewellery Giveaway from Marbella and GEMOLOGUE Jewellery Giveaway from Dubai! 

Holiday season is just around the corner and I would like to spoil you with an early gift! You know that I have always appreciated natural pearls for their unique delicate glow. My aim is to raise awareness about pearls and to change their universal perception in the hope to give pearls the recognition they deserve and to showcase them for the natural wonders that they truly are. You can help me achieve my dream by telling me: why do you love pearls?

As a thank you, I am giving you a chance to win a stunning natural pearl choker by Azza Fine Jewellery! This Bahraini brand is walking hand in hand with the new generation led by women. The natural Bahraini pearl choker, worth £1,140  is a beautiful and versatile piece of contemporary jewellery and a great addition to any wardrobe! Adorned with 9.98 grams of 18k yellow gold, which traditionally highlights the hues in natural pearls it makes a perfect gift for yourself or someone you love!

Ready to win it? Only three conditions to follow on my Instagram giveaway post:

1. Like the giveaway post on GEMOLOGUE Instagram
2. In one comment please tell me why do you love pearls and tag two friends
3. Follow @gemologue and @azzashowroom

I will randomly choose one lucky winner on the 1st of December and publish the process in stories!

gemologue jewellery giveaway_jewelry giveaway_jewellery blogger_bahrain giveaway_jewellery arabia bahrain_giveaway_jewelry giveaway_gemologue_giveaway instagram

gemologue jewellery giveaway_jewelry giveaway_jewellery blogger_bahrain giveaway_jewellery arabia bahrain_giveaway_jewelry giveaway_gemologue_giveaway instagram

gemologue jewellery giveaway_jewelry giveaway_jewellery blogger_bahrain giveaway_jewellery arabia bahrain_giveaway_jewelry giveaway_gemologue_giveaway instagram

gemologue jewellery giveaway_jewelry giveaway_jewellery blogger_bahrain giveaway_jewellery arabia bahrain_giveaway_jewelry giveaway_gemologue_giveaway instagram

gemologue jewellery giveaway_jewelry giveaway_jewellery blogger_bahrain giveaway_jewellery arabia bahrain_giveaway_jewelry giveaway_gemologue_giveaway instagram

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

Jewellery Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

1. Key Dates. Start Date and time: 20/11/2018 12:00, End Date and time: 01/12/2018 12:00 Any entries received before / after these dates won’t be counted.
2. Restrictions. Only open to people who are 18 years or over at the date of their entry.
3. One winner will be selected by electronic random draw on 01/12/2018. They will be contacted personally (as soon as possible and must provide us with their address within 7 days or another winner will be chosen).
4. We may use the winners name and Instagram to publicly announce the winner of this competition. By entering this competition should you be the winner you are authorising us to use your name on media such as, but not limited to, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our website.
5. Data Protection. By entering the competition, you are automatically consenting to receiving marketing communications from us via email. You can opt out of this at any time. We never share any of your details with third parties.

The post GEMOLOGUE JEWELLERY GIVEAWAY: BAHRAIN appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading

THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP JEWELLERY ONLINE

We all love shopping for jewellery from our plush beds, browsing unhurriedly through all that what is on offer, and imagining how each jewel would look when worn. May I remind you to not forget to celebrate your achievements by treating yourself to an exquisite jewel: there is no more satisfying way to reward yourself! Sophie Lauren said in her autobiography ” Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life as a Fairy Tale” :

“Each piece had reminded me not only of the movies that I’d worked on, but all of the emotions at the time. I could relive everything by wearing a necklace around my neck or a ring on my finger.”

Here, I have put together a list of my favourite online stores selling gorgeous, exquisite and contemporary jewels from all over the world: just a little source of inspiration for your future shopping!

FARFETCH

Are you looking for a much-coveted piece of costume jewellery by Lanvin, but it is sold out everywhere in your country?! Then Farfetch.com is the online shopping destination for you. If you are after something that you cannot find in your hometown, then have a browse on Farfetch.com: you can shop at faraway independent boutiques from your comfy sofa without the need or the expense to travel! On  Farfetch.com you will also find the best individually curated collections consisting of well-known names, as well as emerging designers.

MODA OPERANDI

Moda Operandi is the place to shop for jewellery months ahead of anyone else: here, you will be able to get a piece of the new collection straight from the trunk show! Alternatively, if you looking for a that special piece right now, you can browse through their boutique section.

Upcoming designer trunk shows include GEMOLOGUE’s favourite designers Sybarite and Vickisarge. You can read the full article about Liza’s visit to Sybarite at Arts Club and interview with Vicki Sarge at her boutique on Elizabeth Street in London.

JEWEL STREET

Jewel Street is the newest online shopping destination for jewellery lovers where you can source fine jewellery directly from over 300 luxury designers and independent boutiques from four corners of the world. Jewel street gives you the ability to purchase big-ticket or one-of-a-kind items from some of the most talented fine jewellery designers all around the world, some of whom you’ve never heard of. In a nutshell, this is a global fine jewellery boutique at your fingertips!

MATCHESFASHION

MATCHESFASHION.COM is GEMOLOGUE’S favourite online store for fine designer jewellery. All fashionistas know that MATCHESFASHION.COM is the go-to destination for contemporary luxury fashion, with an excellent curation of hot-off-the-runway looks and currently most-wanted accessories. I also love the site’s clean layout and their impeccable customer service!

NET-A-PORTER

Net-A-Porter.com is my jewellery paradise as it offers even high jewellery, meaning one off pieces with exceptional craftsmanship and the best stones the world has to offer. We are talking £50,000-£100,000 in one click! The wide selection of their contemporary jewellery designs and carefully curated jewellery designers makes the jewellery discovery and browsing a pleasure from the comfort of your phone.

WOLF & BADGER

Much beloved by many London fashionistas, Wolf & Badger has several beautiful stores in the city, including Notting Hill and Mayfair. Wolf & Badger stocks an array of eclectic and quirky jewellery, so this online store is worth looking at if you are after something different and affordable; here, you will not find your standard commercial selection of pieces, but something infinitely more interesting.

ANNOUSHKA

Annoushka is a classic, quintessentially British place to shop for fine and contemporary jewellery. Annoushka designers herself, as well as carrying an interesting curation of handpicked fine jewellery designers who otherwise tend to be available only offline like Ilgiz Fazulzyanov in Moscow and Lydia Courteille in Paris. You can read GEMOLOGUE feature about Ilgiz Fazulzyanov and Lydia Courteille.

I think that  Annoushka is the perfect place for a man find a beautiful and affordable gift for his wife, mother or sister. Many pieces can be personalised making them more special, and all jewellery comes in gorgeous packaging making such a gift even more special.

LIBERTY LONDON

Liberty London is my favourite London’s department store – and one of England’s oldest – and their online store is the continuation of their vibrant mix of designer, fine and vintage jewellery. Have a browse online at what they have to offer, and then make your way to Soho’s most beautiful store.

Liberty stocks our one of our all-time favourite queen of vintage, Annina Vogel, and the widely popular costume jewellery brand Dannijo!

ETSY

The heart and soul of Etsy is our global community: the creative entrepreneurs who use Etsy to sell what they make. If you are after something special Easy is the online market for you.

Where do usually shop for jewellery? Leave me a message in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

The post THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP JEWELLERY ONLINE appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading

GET THE LOOK: AS SEEN IN VOGUE BRAZIL

I am sure you haven’t forgotten my excitement about the making of Silvia Furmanovich jewellery campaign for the new Botanica collection in Sao Paulo. I was not only modelling but also art directing the shoot. I had an opportunity to create several striking jewellery looks from the stunning jewels of Silvia Furmanovich and I’m happy to say it was a hit!

This green Amazonia look is one of my favourite recent looks! You have probably noticed I have my hair loose all the time. Even though I never put my hair up, I absolutely loved this particular hairstyle. Inspired by divine Brazilian nature I felt it was in tune with 3 dimensional forms of Silvia Furmanovich earrings from the Botanica collection.

Here I am wearing one of the best Brazilian designer brand Paula Raia in incredible green hues – in line with Brazilian DNA of the shoot. The open back top has a beautiful and delicate design in light green colour, which goes perfectly with the skirts’s darker shade of green.

If I was asked what was my favourite design from Botanica SF, I would have a hard time answering. What I can say for sure is that I didn’t want to take off these 18k gold orchid earrings encrusted with diamonds and a rubellite in the center! Light as feather and carefully crafted with signature Silvia Furmanovich marquetry technique, they add a tropical touch to any look.

EARRINGS AND RINGS SILVIA FURMANOVICH

TOP AND SKIRT PAULA RAIA

One of these photos made it to Vogue and Bergdord Goodmans magazines. Can you guess, which one? Leave me a message in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

The post GET THE LOOK: AS SEEN IN VOGUE BRAZIL appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading

20 SPARKLY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR IG FEED

There are so many inspiring Instagram accounts, but how not to get lost and choose the good one to follow if you’re a jewellery admirer or designer? I scanned my own feed and handpicked for you my favourite luxury Instagram accounts to follow. I would spend hours discussing jewellery and fashion with these people! What makes them ideal for your feed? Strong aesthetic and appreciation for creativity, travel, art and, of course, jewellery!

Here are my 20 aesthetic Instagram accounts to follow: best jewelry Instagram accounts like Boucheron and Silvia Furmanovich, industry enlighteners like L’École Van Cleef & Arpels,  jewellery advocates like The Adventurine and Gem Gossip, and fashion trendsetters like Chriselle Lim and Margaret Zhang! Scroll down to see all.

Maria Dueñas Jacobs

View this post on Instagram

Rainy day pick-me-up courtesy @glennspirojewels. This Jahanara ring is a 40.51 carat white diamond, color D, internally flawless, from the Golconda mine in India ✨ tag a friend looking for an engagement/diamond ring 😘

A post shared by Maria Dueñas Jacobs (@mduenasjacobs) on

L’École des Arts Joailliers

View this post on Instagram

🇫🇷 L’exposition organisée par L’École conte l’histoire des diamants acquis par Louis XIV auprès du négociant et voyageur Jean-Baptiste Tavernier en 1668 : une reconstitution historique de vingt diamants exceptionnels. . 🇺🇸 The exhibition at l’Ecole tells the story of the diamonds acquired by Louis XIV from the travelling merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in 1668 : the reproduction of these twenty exceptional stones will be revealed here for the first time. . Entrée libre du 23 au 31 janvier / Free entrance January 23-31 du lundi au vendredi – 10h-18h / Monday- Friday – 10AM-6PM 31 rue Danielle Casanova 75001 Paris . Photo © @bureau_142

A post shared by L’École des Arts Joailliers (@lecolevancleefarpels) on

Silvia Furmanovich

View this post on Instagram

“Do your practice and all is coming” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois #RiadNour @adrianabittencourtstore

A post shared by Silvia Furmanovich (@silviafurmanovich) on

Melanie Georgacopoulos

View this post on Instagram

Pearly details @burberry ! #lfw #lonfonfashionweek #pearlsinfashion

A post shared by Melanie Georgacopoulos (@melaniegeorgacopoulos) on

SUITCASE Magazine

View this post on Instagram

FOMO? It’s never too early to start planning next year’s breaks. You know where to find the link… #SUITCASEtravels ⠀

A post shared by SUITCASE Magazine (@suitcase) on

Peter McKinnon

View this post on Instagram

CANON EOS R. Used it extensively in the mountains for a week. Just posted my experience with the new camera and why I’m switching to it. Check out the new video on my channel! With the battery grip it almost looks like the 1dx2 doesn’t it! Ha. K see ya.

A post shared by Peter McKinnon (@petermckinnon) on

Julia Flit

View this post on Instagram

These emeralds took my breath away! @harrywinston over £1m @jewelleryarabia2017 @gemologue #bahrain

A post shared by Julia Flit (@juliaflitphotography) on

MATCHESFASHION.COM

View this post on Instagram

A new coat may come to define your look for the rest of the season, so make sure you choose well. In this week’s issue of #TheStyleReport, we explore how, and where, to find your own perfect piece. Head to the link in bio to read more, plus tap to shop 👌

A post shared by MATCHESFASHION.COM Woman (@matchesfashion) on

Margaret Zhang

View this post on Instagram

GROWTH STORIES film still 🎀🎬

A post shared by Margaret Zhang 章凝 (@margaret__zhang) on

Etho Maria Haute Joaillerie

View this post on Instagram

So be curious. Swipe left to discover pieces from our Diamonds In Red Collection. Available in select @saks @neimanmarcus and @londonjewelers locations. You can also email us at [email protected] for more details.

A post shared by Etho Maria Haute Joaillerie (@ethomaria) on

The Haute Pursuit by Vanessa Hong

View this post on Instagram

Through the veil #dohosuh

A post shared by Vanessa Hong (@thehautepursuit) on

The Adventurine by Marion Fasel

View this post on Instagram

The first big jewelry book of the season is by Liza Urla of @gemologue 📚 Click the link in bio to find out about the cool publication ‘Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips’ published by @accartbooksus – how Liza has seen the jewelry landscape change while she has been covering it for the last 9 years and what she wants to do next in her coverage of the jewelry world 🌎 Photo by Julia Flint, GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE 💎 #jewelrybook #jewelryinfluencer

A post shared by Marion Fasel (@theadventurine) on

Gem Gossip

View this post on Instagram

Day 19 of 20: #gemgossipjewelbox Photo from one of my favorites @jeanjeanvintage 💥

A post shared by GEM GOSSIP™ (@gemgossip) on

Chriselle Lim

View this post on Instagram

Nothing is what it seems on social media. My last outfit photo I posted in this dress.. I got a flood of DMs and comments on “how do you look this good a week after giving birth?”. The fact is I don’t. I literally threw on this dress (that I’ve been waiting to wear after my pregnancy) for a photo and realized that it still doesn’t zip up. I still can’t wear pants… in fact I barely fit into my maternity jeans. Chloe keeps asking me if I’m pregnant again because of my belly. 99.9% of the time I’m in a nursing bra and a robe at home (with nursing pads sticking out all over the place.. like in this photo).And I’m totally ok with that… all good things take time and I’ve learned to love my postpartum body. 💪🏻 #1weekpostpartum

A post shared by Chriselle Lim 🌟 임소정 (@chrisellelim) on

Park & Cube by Shini Park

View this post on Instagram

Une Femme Est Une Femme—Style editorial: coming soon [DON’T SMOKE KIDS] photography @shini.park

A post shared by Park & Cube by Shini Park (@parkncube) on

5 Inch and Up by Sandra Hagelstam

View this post on Instagram

Wore what might just have been the most gorgeous earrings I’ve ever seen at yesterday’s @messikajewelry #messikamovesnyc party hosted by @gigihadid ✨ Swipe to see the beautiful pair 💎 #MessikabyGigiHadid

A post shared by Sandra Hagelstam (@5inchandup) on

Boucheron

View this post on Instagram

Green leaves VS white ceramic This series playfully mixes the graphical and geometric aesthetics of Quatre with the wilderness of nature, which has always been an inspiration for Boucheron. #BoucheronQuatre

A post shared by Boucheron (@boucheron) on

FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

View this post on Instagram

Could not be more excited that our favorite @retrouvai lollipop rings are included in this year’s @wsjoffduty #offduty50! Thank you to @becky_malinsky for the 🍭❤!

A post shared by FOR FUTURE REFERENCE (@for_future_reference) on

Valerie Desmurs

View this post on Instagram

Please do not message me asking me to wear your jewellery, shoes, garments against a retribution. I am NOT interested, this is NOT my thing and I am NOT a (paid) influencer. I only wear what I LOVE and would certainly not expect to be paid to wear what I LOVE anyway| I am very specific. And…I will never wear things I do not love ! No more messages, thank you | #notmything

A post shared by Valerie Desmurs (@valerydemure) on

Wills Note Book by Will Kahn

View this post on Instagram

#willsnotebook @silviafurmanovich

A post shared by Will Kahn (@willsnotebook) on

Feeling inspired? Then share YOUR most inspirational accounts that brighten your feed with me in comments!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

The post 20 SPARKLY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR IG FEED appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading

GEMOLOGUE BOOK SIGNING, SOTHEBY’S: KEEPING THE MAGIC OF JEWELLERY ALIVE

Delighted so many of you could make it to my book singing and talk with the Head of Sotheby’s jewellery department. I was worried people wouldn’t be able to make it on a Friday afternoon, so I’m really grateful we had a full room. Many of you who couldn’t make it in person tuned into my Instagram Live. So a big thank you to everyone for finding time to join me. I enjoyed giving this talk; the questions you raised during the Q&A touched upon so many interesting topics with regards to the world of jewellery, it was a joy.

If you want to catch my next jewellery talk and future book signing, subscribe to my newsletter below.

I love travelling to places where jewellery is as much a part of the conversation as politics. But quite often I encounter communities where the people are not crazy about jewellery, I think, because they’re not aware of its extraordinary history and powerful symbolism. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Taurus that I have such a strong and emotional bond to beautiful works of art. I am drawn to the beauty of an object and I find great comfort in its magnificence.

I’ve always dreamed of owning precious objects of sculptural beauty, not as a show of extravagance but to be close to something of great mastery. As I’m typing this blog now sitting on the train from Paris, the sun’s rays from the window hit my diamond rings and beautiful sparkles dance and play all around me. It’s so magical. It’s the way jewellery catches the light that captivates me and I love watching how other people’s jewellery sparkles with flashes of different colours. Were not pearl earrings and diamond tiaras meant to be worn in candlelight to illuminate the face and create allure?

It’s easy to compare jewellery to art, but the art world has its own niche and code of conduct. Jewellery takes you into another circle of talented individuals, each as artistic as the next. It defines you in a society where jewellery has become democratized and more of a statement of style than status. No need to seal a letter with your signet ring; we use password protected emails now. No need for physical possessions when you’re away from home travelling the world, experiencing different cultures, tasting exotic foods and engaging in inspiring activities. No need to keep jewellery when you can buy synthetic diamonds with no lasting value. Even I wonder whether my children will want my jewellery as heirlooms. Our notion of jewellery is getting destroyed. So my goal is to keep that dream alive by featuring such amazing jewellery designers and experts the world has to offer. It’s a beautiful sparkly world and I’m so proud to be a part of it and share it with you.

I am very sentimental about my jewellery – the gifts I’ve received from loved ones, my engagement ring, my anniversary ring, my first pair of Tahitian pearl earrings that I bought for myself from Goldman Sachs with my first pay cheque, to me jewellery captures the memory of a special occasion much like a photo. Every time I wear these sentimental items, I’m transported back in time to a memory I’ll treasure forever. It’s magical!

I want to inspire others to feel the same way I do about jewellery. The moment I began GEMOLOGUE, it became obvious to me just how many women have no interest in jewellery – about 7 out of 10, I’d say. So my objective became to attract more people into the jewellery world by educating them in a fun, approachable way, and showcasing different styles of jewellery like the ones you can find in my new book. I want to show people that jewellery is not only a shiny possession but something of great historical and cultural value, dating back centuries. I hope my book will inspire everyone to be a jewellery lover and look at jewellery in a different light.

Let’s bring jewellery back into the candlelight. Tell all your friends about the GEMOLOGUE jewellery book and let’s keep the magic of jewellery alive!

Would love to hear why you’re interested in jewellery and what it means to you. Please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave me a message in the comments below.

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

The post GEMOLOGUE BOOK SIGNING, SOTHEBY’S: KEEPING THE MAGIC OF JEWELLERY ALIVE appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading

GEMOLOGUE JEWELLERY CURATION, SOTHEBY’S FINE JEWELS ONLINE

Such an honour to be at Sotheby’s auction house to curate some beautiful jewellery pieces for their Fine Jewels Online auction (September 17, 3pm). So many amazing treasures to be had at a fraction of the price. Before you decide which pieces to bid on, check out my last Sotheby’s jewellery curation and how to bid at an online jewellery auction.

I’m going to show you some of my favourite lots from the upcoming Fine Jewels Online to give you a sneak peek at some of the stunning pieces up for auction. You can find the full catalogue online at Sotheby’s.

To kick off this beautiful collection of Fine Jewels Online, I will be at Sotheby’s to talk about jewellery with Sotheby’s head of jewellery department and to sign my latest book, Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips.

Please RSVP early to reserve a seat.

Lot 127: CULTURED PEARL CHOKER, DAVID MORRIS
ESTIMATE: £4,000–£6,000

DESCRIPTION: Designed as four flexible rows of graduated cultured pearls, inner circumference approximately 310mm, signed David Morris.

You know how much I love pearls, so naturally I chose this beautiful contemporary choker by David Morris to kick off this jewellery curation. I love it so much, you just might have to outbid me!

Lot 77: GEM SET AND DIAMOND BRACELET, FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
ESTIMATE: £8,000–£12,000

DESCRIPTION: Designed as a series of plaques depicting floral and foliate motifs, pierced and millegrain-set with calibré-cut buff top rubies, pink and blue sapphires, emeralds and amethyst, pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds, length approximately 185mm.

Time for tennis bracelets to move over and make room for these stunning diamond bracelets. What a dream to own one of these pieces. So much more edgy than the tennis bracelet and looks great with a T-shirt and jeans. Rock your diamonds!

Lot 46: CITRINE AND DIAMOND RING, GRIMA, 1965
ESTIMATE: £4,000–£6,000

DESCRIPTION: Set with a faceted citrine, to a square diamond accent, within an abstract multiple rectangular panel mount, size L, British hallmarks and maker’s mark.

Don’t you just love this ring! I have always had a weak spot for Grima jewellery! With such a rich British history, this ring is definitely a collector’s item. A conversation starter! In the 1960s and 70s Andrew Grima was known as a revolutionary designer, a trained engineer who got into jewellery after serving in Burma for five years.

You can read more about Grima in my blog GRIMA ART ANTIQUES SHOW KENSINGTON GARDENS LONDON.

Lot 48: DIAMOND RING, GRIMA, 1968
ESTIMATE: £3,000£4,000

DESCRIPTION: Open work abstract design, set with single-cut diamonds, size Lυ1/2, signed Grima, British hallmarks and maker’s marks.

If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail ring, Grima is your answer. Are you familiar with this brand? Let me know in the comments below.

Lot 112: PAIR OF EARRINGS, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, 1970s
ESTIMATE: £6,000–£8,000

DESCRIPTION: Each designed as flattened textured loop, post and clip fittings, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered.

Van cleef & Arpels is so close to my heart and these elegant gold earrings are no exception. Solid gold earrings like this are heavy to wear though, so bear that in mind before you bid.

Lot 208: FIVE PAIRS OF COLOURED DIAMOND EARRINGS
ESTIMATE: £15,000–£20,000

DESCRIPTION: Each claw-set with a coloured brilliant-cut diamond, post fittings, one pair with French assay and maker’s mark for Van Cleef & Arpels, fitted case stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.

Everyone needs some beautiful diamond studs in their jewellery box and adorning your ear lobes is so on trend. What could be better than a whole collection of unique and rare coloured diamonds to rock every day!

Lot 129: DIAMOND BANGLE, ‘JUSTE UN CLOU’, CARTIER
ESTIMATE: £3,000–£4,000

DESCRIPTION: Designed as a nail, the head and point highlighted with brilliant-cut diamonds, inner circumference approximately 160mm, signed Cartier, numbered, Swiss assay and maker’s mark.

An iconic item of jewellery from Cartier, this statement bangle is instantly recognisable and available at Sotheby’s in several variations. Check out my review of the Juste Un Clou bangle here.

Lot 110: LADY’S EVENING BAG, ‘MELONE’, BULGARI, 1970s
ESTIMATE: £8,000–£12,000

DESCRIPTION: Of fluted design with a hinged handle to one end, the thumb piece collet-set with a cabochon sapphire, opening to reveal a mirror,  signed Bulgari, Italian maker’s mark, gross weight approximately 400 grams.

What a treasure! Bulgari itself from the 70s! I think I’m in love! It has the cutest mirror inside. An important feature for fashionable women!

Lot 58: LAPIS LAZULI BRACELET, CARTIER, 1940s
ESTIMATE: £12,000–£15,000

DESCRIPTION: Designed as an articulated line of rotating cylindrical links set to each end with cabochons of lapis lazuli, inner circumference approximately 160mm, signed Cartier, numbered, gross weight approximately 187 grams.

Such an unusual design, I just love it! A chunky bracelet from 1940 Cartier! What a rare find!

Lot 115: GEM SET, CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH, NARDI
ESTIMATE: £3,000–£4,000

DESCRIPTION: Designed as a bust of a figure wearing a turban, the face of carved amber, set with an oval and cabochon sapphires, circular-cut rubies, sapphires and emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds, the turban set with a cultured pearl, signed Nardi.

I recently visited Nardi in Venice, Italy and will be posting an article about my jewellery discoveries soon, so watch this space! I just adore the historical significance and symbolism of love in these brooches depicting the Shakespearean world of Othello and the refined goldsmith’s techniques of 18th-century Venice.

Lot 35: PAIR OF SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLIP BROOCHES, TIFFANY & CO, CIRCA 1938
ESTIMATE: £2,000–£3,000

DESCRIPTION: Of bi-coloured design set with calibré-cut sapphires and single-cut diamonds, one signed Tiffany & Co.

You may have never seen a clip brooch like this before, but in the 1930s it was a must-have item of jewellery. Now they’re making a comeback into our modern jewellery boxes! Get your hands on this 1938 Tiffany treasure before it’s gone!

Which item of jewellery is your favourite? And which ones will you bid on? I will take them all, thank you Sotheby’s!

I would love to hear what you think by leaving me a comment below. Thank you!

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews.

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit at Sotheby’s Bond Street. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Make up by Viorela Coman. 

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

The post GEMOLOGUE JEWELLERY CURATION, SOTHEBY’S FINE JEWELS ONLINE appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading

The Top Jewels that Sparkled in Cannes, 2017

Rihanna Chopard All photos via Getty Images

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.

Chopard | Gem Gossip

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’.

Chopard | Gem Gossip

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

Chopard | Gem Gossip

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.

Chopard | Gem Gossip Chopard | Gem Gossip Chopard | Gem Gossip

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.

de GRISOGONO

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

deGRISOGONO | Gem Gossip deGRISOGONO | Gem Gossip

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

deGRISOGONO | Gem Gossip deGRISOGONO | Gem Gossip

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.

BVLGARI

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.

BULGARI | Gem Gossip BULGARI | Gem Gossip

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

BULGARI | Gem Gossip BULGARI | Gem Gossip

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!

BOUCHERON | Gem Gossip BOUCHERON | Gem Gossip

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.

debeers | Gem Gossip debeers | Gem Gossip

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

Piaget

Piaget | Gem Gossip Piaget | Gem Gossip

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.

Piaget | Gem Gossip Piaget | Gem Gossip

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.

Harry Winston | Gem Gossip Harry Winston | Gem Gossip

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

All above photos via Getty images.

This post was contributed by:

wwwdaily Laura Lee Fulham | T: @WhoWoreWhatDly | W: www.whoworewhatdaily.com

Thanks to Gossip Gem

Continue Reading

SUMMER JEWELLERY TREND: DIY SEASHELLS EARRINGS

All you world travellers are in luck, because the unexpected trend this summer is seashells, and I don’t know about you, but I always manage to find a few unique seashells on the shores of my beach destinations and can’t resist bringing them home. So now’s your chance to gemify those shells and wear them with pride! I’m going to show you how.

When I was six years old, I used to love collecting seashells. I’d spend hours on the beach, choosing the perfect shells to make necklaces and bracelets for my mermaid fantasy! It is one of my earliest jewellery memories.

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Seashells are lucky charms for travellers, which makes this current trend all the more exciting. From costume and fashion jewellery to fine jewellery, seashells are on trend this season. Even the fashion world has taken notice this summer.

So fun predicting and catching jewellery trends. This seashell motif tells us a lot about the direction jewellery is heading in. Combining natural and organic materials with precious metals and rare gems is something you’ll see more and more, as it attempts to bring fine jewellery into the world of everyday, wearable jewellery.

I’ve found some amazing costume and contemporary jewellery with seashells at a few of my favourite online shops – Matchesfashion, Farfetch and Moda Operandi. Two designers in particular caught my attention, Rebecca De Ravenel and Tohum Design.

Tell me what you think about this seashell trend in the comments below. Did you see it coming? What seashell jewellery do you like the best?

SHOP SEASHELLS JEWELLERY & FASHION:
Rebecca De Ravenel Ophelia Shell Clip-On Earrings

Rebecca De Ravenel Ophelia Shell Clip-On Earrings

TOHUM shell bracelet

TOHUM shell bracelet

Ancient Greek Sandals Clio Shell-Embellished Sandals

Ancient Greek Sandals Clio Shell-Embellished Sandals

Heimat Atlantica Eloise Shell-Embellished Necklace

Heimat Atlantica Eloise Shell-Embellished Necklace

Staud Rio Shell-Trimmed Ribbed-Knit Dress

Staud Rio Shell-Trimmed Ribbed-Knit Dress

Sanayi 313 Iris Shell And Tassel-Embellished Slides

Sanayi 313 Iris Shell And Tassel-Embellished Slides

Heimat Atlantica Shell Choker

Heimat Atlantica Shell Choker

Rebecca De Ravenel Olympia Shell And Gold-Plated HoopS

Rebecca De Ravenel Olympia Shell And Gold-Plated HoopS

Sanayi 313 Iris Shell Slipper Shoes

Sanayi 313 Iris Shell Slipper Shoes

Being in jewellery for over nine years, my tastes and cravings are rather exotic, but even I find myself succumbing to this seashell jewellery trend. So I channelled my five-year-old self and created a pair of statement earrings in Klein Blue from seashells I found in Cape Town. Just a little souvenir from my trip and something I can wear as a talisman. The heatwave in London has me in a summer mood and I’m ready for my DIY seashell earrings.

GEMOLOGUE DIY SEASHELL EARRINGS:

Shop my favourite  brands for seashell jewellery, or follow my lead and create one yourself!

You will need:
  1. Seashells (not too heavy or too big)
  2. H&M hoops
  3. Super glue
  4. Watercolour spray

STEPS

  1. Arrange the shells around your chosen hoops to envision how your earrings will look.
  2. One by one, glue the underside of the seashells to a thick hoop earring. Use a generous amount of glue to make sure the shells are secure.
  3. When the glue is dry, flip the earrings over to show the underside of the glued shells. Now glue another row of seashells on top of the first one.
  4. Once the glue is dry, spray a thin layer of watercolour paint in a colour of your choice. Leave to dry overnight.
  5. You’re ready to rock your statement earrings! Just remember to handle with care as shells are delicate.

SHARE YOUR DIY SEASHELL EARRINGS ON INSTAGRAM BY TAGGING @GEMOLOGUE AND #DIYWITHLIZA

 

I would love to hear what you think by leaving me a comment below. Thank you!

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews.

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Liza Ura. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. Sketch by Yuliya Dan.  All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

The post SUMMER JEWELLERY TREND: DIY SEASHELLS EARRINGS appeared first on Gemologue.

Continue Reading