Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 2017

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Taking on the Las Vegas Antique Show with Becca of BCE Jewelry, with Lenore Dailey at her booth and we ran into Sheri & Trina of Metier

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Both pieces here (left & right) are from DK Bressler and both are more than meets the eye: the dragonfly is En Tremblant and the diamond brooch can convert into other pieces of jewelry

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Two gorgeous booth photos, the left is Platt Boutique Jewelry and the right I cannot remember for the life of me!

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I loved these three rings from Excalibur Jewelry, especially the open metal work on the pointer, & the right photo features an incredible Lightning Ridge Opal set in a turn-of-the-century ring from M&C Stevens

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This large pendant/medallion made me smile, from Platt Boutique Jewelry and the photo on the right are my three favorites from Jacob’s Estate Jewelry

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Lenore Dailey’s booth is just jaw-dropping in its own right, so I always take a photo of it every year — the photo on the right is an incredible ring box full of the most beautiful pieces from Simon Teakle

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I think Blue Topaz gets a bad rap–this bracelet is crazy gorgeous, from Clayton Antiques and the photo on the right features a museum-worthy suite of early Victorian jewelry

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I always have to stop and stare at the crowns I see at the show! The right photo features some of the best rings I saw throughout the entire show–these three, from Under the Crown. Favorite stack ever.

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Always a sucker for hearts, I loved this opal brooch from DK Bressler and the photo on the right features three light blue enamel bracelets from Keyamour. Once in a lifetime shot right there!

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I love to see what Joden has and this time around this necklace caught my eye–from the black enamel to the mega gemstones, wow! The photo on the right is a ring tray seen at Mary Ann-tiques

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The combo of moonstone + rubies is so good, I think that is why I loved this bracelet from Mary Ann-tiques so much. Also this tortoise shell butterfly brooch–wow, so unique and all handcrafted. This one belongs to Platt Boutique Jewelry.

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A box of goodies found at Lucy Verity … the photo on the right are my favorites from Mary Ann-tiques, some rectangles and ovals!

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Sapphire stack from Excalibur Jewelry and the jewelry box on the right was seen at Lucy Verity–that snake bracelet is to die for and unfortunately a little too big on my wrist.

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Last photos come from Excalibur–clusters of sapphire and diamonds, which create this amazing bracelet…and the photo on the right are my favorites from Craig Evan Small.

I’ve always associated the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show with The Paris hotel, however this was the first year in a very long time that that particular location was changed. This year’s show was located at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I didn’t know what to expect at all and actually didn’t even know where the convention center was located in regards to where everything else is until the day of the show! To my surprise, I enjoyed the change–but I also will be happy when the show returns to The Paris next year. I attended on opening day and then again the following day, covering as much as I could on day one and attempting to pick up where I left off the next day. I had good company on the second day–Katie of Vada Jewelry (like last year) and Becca of BCE Jewelry who had never attended before! It was cool to see someone experience the show for the first time and she walked away with an awesome diamond cluster ring.

For some reason the reoccurring theme for me this year was large, circular pendants aka medallions. It seemed like every booth I visited, I spotted one or was attracted to one. I like how with every show, I’m not sure what I’m going to find or what I will be drawn to…it is always something different. I brought home a really cool medallion zodiac pendant, which I will share in another post! I also brought back nearly ten pieces to sell for @shopGEMGOSSIP, some of which have already sold but you can certainly browse what is still available.

From the gorgeous diamond crowns I spotted at several booths, to lots of diamond cocktail rings, there was some major selections going on at this show. Lots of buyers were going full force and commenting on what a great show it was. I noticed an up tick in traffic flow up and down the aisles and saw a lot of buying happening.

As always, I have the best time roaming the aisles, running into people I know and chatting with my favorite dealers. It is fun catching up with everyone and I can’t believe this was my sixth year attending the show. And even after six years, I still relish in finding awesome pieces and the thrill of the hunt definitely still lives on at these shows. I hope that never changes!

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

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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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Weekday Wardrobe: Accessorizing Rings & Clutches

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Lately I’ve been all about wearing my newest addition to my necklace collection–this 14k yellow gold thick collar that I picked up from Arrow & Anchor Antiques. We did a trunk show together and of course, ended up buying something from her gorgeous selection. When you’re a jewelry lover (addict?) you tend to do that.

I’ve also been sorting through my vintage clutch collection, mostly which came from eBay and antique shops from my travels. Getting them out and pairing them up with different rings has been a fun thing to do, especially over the holidays. Wearing festive attire usually isn’t my thing, but I want to add something fun and different to what I normally wear when I attend holiday parties, so having these clutches is perfect for my style. I thought it would be cool to incorporate them into my Weekday Wardrobe post for this month since I promised more of these posts. Hope you enjoy!

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Day One:

Navy blue enameled shield conversion ring (used to be a stick pin) — enamel refinished by Platt Boutique Jewelry

18k yellow gold Lapis ring from Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry — enamel and side stone repair by Platt Boutique Jewelry

14k yellow gold linked rings created by myself using scrap gold items and bracelet safety chains

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Day Two:

Victorian trio opal ring found at Brimfield in 2014

Retro flower ring with diamond, my first ever Ruby Lane purchase back in 2008 (still one of my favorites)

Opal flower cluster ring found at Nashville’s first ever Big Flea

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Day Three:

14k yellow gold Victorian thimble ring found at the Nashville flea market

14k yellow gold boulder opal ring specially made by BCE Jewelry for me 🙂

14k yellow gold Gemini Twins enamel ring found on eBay

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Day Four:

Star sapphire and enamel antique ring found from OakGem at the Miami Antique Show in 2015

Victorian dendritic agate ring found at Joden Jewelry

Victorian turquoise and diamond ring found at the Vegas Antique Show in 2013

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Day Five:

Edwardian diamond ring found on eBay

Platinum and diamond ring found from Hampton Estate Auction (my Christmas present from Matt this year)

14k white gold three stone diamond ring from eBay (one of my very first purchases off eBay, it originally had a ruby in the center)

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Why Slowly Opening Jewelry Boxes is Instagram’s Latest Rage

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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!

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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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Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show 2016

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First stop, Lenore Dailey’s booth–always. Great jewelry, great gossip and a feast for the eyes.

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Excalibur Jewelry always has some stunners–like these opals and gigantic emerald. OakGem had this malachite Egyptian Revival pendant I flipped over.

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Sky Gems boasting this fabulous tray of various corundum and emeralds. The trio of crowned hearts from Lowther Antiques is SO special!

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Lenore Dailey’s booth had this jaw-dropping faceted amethyst pendant, I couldn’t stop staring! And this opal ring is INSANE–I snapped this photo just as I was leaving and don’t remember whose booth it is from.

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Both these photos are from Key Amour, owner Dana is so nice! I love the opal pendant it just glowed. And the stack of rings from her booth was fun to create.

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A booth shot of Mary Ann-tiques’ booth, always full of great items, you gotta look long and hard. The next photo is actually me with a bunch of antique reproductions and I appreciated the vendor immediately disclosing this as soon as I asked about them!

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Ann Marie Stanton always has some really interesting pieces! Love this Egyptian Revival pendant and carved opal brooch.

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Had to stop by Jogani’s booth and be immediately mesmerized by his diamond rings. His handmade ring boxes wowed me too!

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Lucy Verity had the cutest little Victorian ring box, nestled with the daintiest Victorian rings! We also loved the snake wrapped around the crescent moon brooch found at Under the Crown.

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My next stop was Jacob’s Estate Jewelry where I oogled over all the jewelry, especially these artisan-made earrings set with really interesting opaque gems. Sugilite is the funky, deep-purple colored gem used in the one pair.

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Prepare to be amazed by this huge emerald ring, weighing in at 19.86 carats! Found at Pat Saling’s booth. The other photos is LOTS of diamond Art Deco rings from Lenore Dailey’s booth.

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The most glorious opal rings from The Gold Hatpin, seen here. And another piece from Pat Saling, set with an abundance of colored gemstones, creating a rainbow burst for your wrist!

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Platt Boutique had a great lineup of really interesting, noteworthy bracelets. I love the heavy gold ones. And the urn mourning ring was an awesome find, from Lowther Antiques!

Ah, another year in Las Vegas for the annual jewelry shows has come and gone! I arrived late the night before in Vegas and made sure I had a hearty room service dinner to prepare for the next day spent at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show, opening day! This year I tagged along with Katie of Vada Jewelry who was buying unique pieces to add to her finely curated antique and vintage jewelry selection of Vada. The vibe on opening day was busy and bustling–seems year after year the show gets more crowded on the first day, and then it tapers off. Day two was by far less busy. I’m a huge fan of how laid back the antique show is compared to other jewelry shows in Vegas. The fact that it opens at 11am rather than 9:30am also is pretty cool in my book.

Rumor has it that next year’s antique show will not be at The Paris, so I’m trying to see how this settles with me, as next year’s Original Miami Beach show is also supposed to be located somewhere other than where it has been for ages! Change–I guess that’s the theme for next year and for people in the antiques industry, we don’t like change! ha!

Two full days at the antique show proved to be ideal (as I learned from last year)–I was able to get some great photos for both my blog and some other projects I was working on. Some shopping was done, bought a couple things for @shopGemGossip and if you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, I always have to commemorate the trip with a purchase for my own personal jewel box. More on that in a separate post! 😉

Just want to take the time to thank all the wonderful people of the antique jewelry world for making my trip year after year more fun than the last! Check out the captions and above photos for a play-by-play of my two-day antique excursion.

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

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Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2016

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Another year in the books! The Original Miami Beach Antique Show did not disappoint, with this being my fifth visit to the show, no more “rookie” feeling this time around! Funny that with every trip, our itinerary, goals and place of stay has been different every time–but it makes for a good adventure and an easier way of remembering each trip. My partner-in-crime, Brooke of Arrow & Anchor Antiques, had a mission of buying new stock before her trunk shows she has coming up–so we were in full-swing buying mode. We had only one full-day at the show and a couple of hours the following day, so we had a lot of work to do in a small amount of time (besides photographing some favorite pieces, catching up with old friends in the aisles and saying hi to new peeps).

After a rough landing in Ft. Lauderdale, we checked into The Raleigh hotel and had dinner with our favorites, Larry and Natasha Platt of Platt Boutique in West Hollywood. Quality Meats is a great restaurant–highly recommend it if you’re in Miami. We woke up the next morning and headed to the show. The dealers were ready and eager–nearly 1000 exhibitors this year, YES it’s that big. As a buyer and attendee, I noticed lots of new inventory and luckily for us, some of the same pieces as last year because we ended up buying items we photographed in years past, which we regretted not buying! Funny how that worked out! We were at the show from noon until 6:30/7pm–the longest we’ve ever stayed! It was amazing to go back to our hotel right after and just LAY DOWN, ohmygod. By the way, we opted for a healthy lunch this year while at the show and found a salad bar just to the left of where the large line forms at the main entrance. It was two thumbs up from a picky eater like me (but I miss those personal pan pizzas I raved about last year). We continued our traditional dinner at The Raleigh with our West-coast counterparts, Sunny and Blair of Fox & Bond, which is always one big round of laughter and fun.

The next morning we woke up, sore and stiff, and headed to the show for three hours catching our departing flight back home. Someone (ahem…Brooke) was doing SO good with her New Year’s resolution, and hadn’t drank coffee for the entire month of January! She broke down and had some on day two, and we both were like Mario landing on the flashing star in Nintendo–we breezed through our three hour crunch time and got more done in 30 minutes than we did the entire day before lol. Job well done!

Glad to have another year under my belt. Jewelry highlights of this year?! I would have to say the man-on-the-moon moonstone pendants that I came across; those were so intricate and really unique. I was trying to find my own ring, but I only found a couple and each were similar to the ones I’ve owned in the past, nothing too special about them. I also can’t stop thinking about the little gold coin purse set with sapphires that I found and took a video of. Truly have not seen a piece like that before–just wish something like that had more of a use than being pretty. Can’t really wear that on my finger or around my neck. But, man is it beautiful!!

What did I bring home?! I usually bring back one item every year to commemorate the trip–although I’ve been four times before, I only have two items to show for it (the first year I couldn’t afford anything, the second year I bought a teeny tiny diamond band which I have since sold). This year was a little tricky: I bought four rings with the intention of selling three and keeping one, then I got home and couldn’t decide which one to keep!! I will continue deciding (although I did end up selling the lapis inlay scarab within a few minutes of posting it). If you have an opinion on which I should keep, let me know! I’ll follow up with a blog post featuring the rings, along with the ones I’ve purchased from the past shows.

Cheers to next year–and hopefully staying a little longer and saving more $$ to spend! 😉 #neverenough

PS: My dad asked me how much money I was bringing down to Miami to buy with, and when I told him the amount, he said, “That’s like going to a casino to gamble and bringing a twenty!” As per usual, he was right.

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Obsession: Gold Antique Date Rings, Part II

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Last November I professed my love and obsession for antique date rings. These rings are typically class rings and represent the year in which graduation was completed. Some are from world’s fairs from a particular year or were made to celebrate a milestone. Others were sort of a souvenir for the New Year. Ever since, I’ve been hunting down year by year, checking them off my list. These old things are tough to come by! Most have been melted down by younger generations who inherit them, thinking that these years are not significant in their life, so why bother keeping them?!

Most people in the industry know of my obsession and have been so helpful–pointing sellers who have any in my direction or even giving up ones within their very own personal collection. Yes, you heard that right–Larry of Platt Boutique Jewelry has had a 1921 date ring in his personal collection for awhile. It is a particularly special date ring–the year represents the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese New Year equivelant. It features the year on the front, along with a cheeky monkey on the left side and vines wrapping around the entire shank, leading back to the date. It was such an incredible gesture of kindness on Larry’s part and speaks to his character. There’s the type of man that will give you the shirt off their back, and then there’s the kind that will give you the ring out of their own collection! That’s saying something!!

The other various date rings have been recently added to my collection since my last post and wanted to include them in an updated blog post. All of these were purchased, believe it or not, from the same dealer at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show! Talk about hitting the jackpot in Vegas! I’m still continuing my hunt for more, so if you have any, please feel free to reach out and show me what you’ve got! You can email [email protected]

1898, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1899, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1900, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1908, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1909, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1910, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1911, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1915, from Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show

1921, from Platt Boutique Jewelry

To read the first segment of my date ring collection post, click here.

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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.

OakGem

Elizabeth Dmitrova

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

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Gem Gossip’s Top Ten Moments of 2014

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As I look back on this past year, the memories and excitement of my favorite events get me hyped up for what is to come in 2015. Almost every memorable moment involved some sort of travel, so I am hoping to do more of that in the New Year! This list also helps with knowing what I need to work on, as well as some goals to set for myself. Like getting better with responding to emails and cleaning up my inbox. I can’t wait for another new year, with new projects and new partners…new rings, new adventures and in July, the 7th year of Gem Gossip!

Here are my Top Ten Moments of 2014:

10. Co-curating Doyle & Doyle’s The Vault series and attending the preview party in NYC

9. Finally going to Brimfield, MA and antiquing

8. Another successful trip to Vegas and meeting lots of new people at Couture

7. Working with lots of designers on projects for Gem Gossip, especially Jewels at my Doorstep

6. Meeting Pamela Love

5. Going to LA with LoveGold and visiting Platt Boutique

4. Attending the GEM Awards in NYC

3. Winning the incredible garnet and diamond ring from Skinner Auction

2. Getting Frankie!

1. Trip to London (one of my favorite pictures is the above photo of a jewelry store down the street from our flat, which had some amazing rings behind bars)

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Ask Gem Gossip, Volume Three!

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@paragonofperfection asks: Career question-I think I’m remembering this correctly from your old bio (forgive me if I’m not!) What made you switch from education/English to jewelry? I’ve always been curious about how you knew you wanted to leave your degree/field and move into your passion/other passion. I find it really inspiring that you did and would love advice/ the story on what your experiences were through the whole process. Fun question–what is your favorite amethyst ring you’ve ever seen?

GemGossip answers: Making the switch from teaching to jewelry was one of the biggest and hardest decisions I ever made. Luckily, the switch was sort of gradual now that I look back, but I had to realize teaching wasn’t right for me (even though I spent LOTS of money on a degree and yes, even a Masters degree). I knew teaching wasn’t for me when every time I had to get ready to go to work in the mornings, I felt sick to stomach with nervousness and not knowing what the day may bring me. Most teachers say one of the best things about teaching is that every day is unpredictable and you never know what is going to happen! Well, for me, I hate that. It was hard to realize that and also recognize that I got into teaching because I love children and being a positive role model, and although being a teacher involves those things, it is SO much more.

Bonus question–Favorite amethyst ring I’ve ever seen is the one pictured above from Carreras Jewelers. The fantasy cut amethysts and the black enamel, paired with yellow gold–brilliant!

 

@thirdcoastgems asks: What started your passion and love for antique/estate jewelry? Did you have a relative or someone you looked up to that introduced you to the world of jewelry?

GemGossip answers: I’ve always loved jewelry, but what started me with antique jewelry was stumbling upon an antique diamond and sapphire filigree ring at a local jewelry store in my hometown. For more on that experience, read this blog post.

My grandmother who was born and raised in Italy would visit Italy once every two years and bring me back a piece of gold jewelry, but other than that, no one else in my family was/is really into jewelry. Growing up, my parents always brought my sisters and me to flea markets and I remember driving around to people’s houses who responded to their ad in the newspaper “we buy Barbies and G.I. Joes” –two things my parents collected. So I’ve always had an appreciation for older things and also “the hunt.”

 

@missdewalt asks: What’s the best way to start collecting? What are your feelings on gold plate/fill/solid? If I wanted to buy some beautiful vintage gold earrings/ring in the LA area/online where would you direct me?

GemGossip answers: The best way to start collecting is right now! The sooner you decide to start, the quicker and larger your collection will become. I recommend starting a wish list or inspiration board in which you can search online for styles that you like or certain pieces you love, print them out and have them all in one place and to help you define the sort of styles you like.

Most people who read my blog know that I only collect/write about/ feature pieces of jewelry that are solid gold–10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, etc. (or platinum). Not a fan of gold fill or silver–I have lots of reasons why which I won’t get into, but I like what I like.

LA area jewelry shops for vintage earrings/rings: Platt Boutique, Beladora.com, Craig Evan Small, I know I’m leaving some out..??

 

@kitkajewel asks: Do any “alternative” materials peak your interest (in 50 years time what will folks be thinking is retro)?

GemGossip answers: Not too many “alternative” materials peak my interest–I am traditional gold and gemstones, through and through! I do think wood is kind of cool for jewelry, but I rarely see it done well.

 

@missklawrence86 asks: How did you go about customizing your fab jewelry cabinet to make it store so many extra rings?

GemGossip answers: I realized my typically large mirrored jewelry box was getting too small for my growing collection. It would have been pointless to get a new jewelry box, so that is when I decided to alter the one I have! It has lots of space for necklaces–hooks on the inside and more hooks on the door, and I don’t have too many necklaces, so I felt I could go without those. I moved all my necklaces to the door section, and unscrewed the hooks and ripped it off. I then ordered these velvet ring inserts and hot glued/epoxied them into the jewelry box, making sure I measured for size beforehand. I did the same again, adding another ring insert below the already installed one, which tripled the amount of rings the jewelry box originally holds! I love it because they are all in plain sight when I open the door, and makes it really easy for picking and choosing what to wear each day!

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