The Top Jewels that Sparkled in Cannes, 2017

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

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

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

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

CHOPARD:

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

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

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

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

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

Actress Juliette Binoche wore platinum and diamond earrings by Chopard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOUCHERON

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

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

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

De Beers

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

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

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

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

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

Harry Winston

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

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

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Late Summer Update from Gem Gossip

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I’ve been getting ready for a big trunk show that I’m doing up in Boston on September 7th at M. Flynn, so all the new acquisitions are killing me. So many great pieces I want to keep for myself! These three are my current favorites and I think they go SO WELL together.

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I love acquiring pieces that I’m completely obsessed with and love more and more each day–this medallion is certainly one of them! I got it from Oakgem at the show in Las Vegas this year. It is 18k yellow gold and the blue gemstone is sodalite. To my surprise, the zodiac featured is Virgo (I didn’t know it when I first got it) which is my zodiac, so it makes it even more special. Thanks to my Instagram followers who helped me figure out which zodiac it was.

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I guess I’ve been unaware how drawn I am to spheres lately. My latest purchase was this moon lamp that I can’t get enough of–I bought it from The Apollo Box, which has some really unique gift items on their site. The moon is apparently made using 3D print technology with eco-friendly materials. The photo on the right is from Instagram account @theearthsgems and I love everything about it! Look at all the variety of minerals and gems each are made of!

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I had the pleasure of viewing a brand new jewelry line called Oli and Tess, a new venture for Polly Wheatley who started designing jewelry after 15 years in the fashion industry. She received a Victorian opal ring from her husband as a gift, which sparked her love for opals. After having a daughter, she wanted to design an opal ring to celebrate her birth, which is how her line indirectly began. Her work has an heirloom quality and feel, using all hand-selected opals.

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We know how much I’m obsessed with Egyptian Revival jewelry, so this turquoise scarab collection was an awesome find! TBH it was a large pendant and one bracelet–I had my jeweler turn the bracelet into ten different pendants and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! They will be offered for sale over on @shopGEMGOSSIP very soon!

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Some treasures I brought back from my trip to Boston in the left photo–I added a carved Jade Buddha to my charm necklace from Long’s Jewelers and these 14k yellow gold Tuck studs from e scott originals. The photo on the right is from last week at the county fair. I ate way too much fried foods (got super sick actually) and played some games. The games and the baby goats are my favorite part of the fair. Worst part of the fair: ruining your favorite sneakers and getting in the way so you end up being the reason why a sheep escapes. lol

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Some of my newest acquisitions–this Victorian black enamel ring (I think the top piece is Victorian and it was made into a ring) was a really unique find. I’m still adjusting to it and might sell it but I don’t know yet! Sometimes pieces speak to you right away, other times you have to grow to love them. I also got this ’03 date ring from Rusted Anchor Antiques and I think it pair awesome with my big diamond band and gold Saxon chain ring from Walters Faith.

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More favorites from my personal collection — two pieces I want to talk about here: the 9k yellow gold Pacman hoop earrings by Ellie Air Jewellery and the letter D Vadabet charm set with a diamond from Vada Jewelry. Loving these two pieces so much right now.

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I was working hard one day and that sometimes forces me to “disrobe” my jewelry, which is what I did. The pile of rings sitting in my windowsill against the sunlight were perfect in that moment, I had to capture it in a photo. The 1917 date ring was a cool find from Louison Rare & Fine when Angela had a 50% off sale. Yes, that’s why it is important to follow everyone closely on Instagram because you never know when someone is going to have an insane sale.

The photo on the right was snapped in the car on the way back from Kentucky after a day full of antiquing. I somehow created a new collection (not that I need to collect anymore things) which consists of little porcelain dogs. I can’t explain how the collection is not just any porcelain dog–they have to look somewhat cute/creepy in the strangest way possible. It’s a very personal collection lol. The date ring I’m wearing here is from Eddie & Rose and it may be one of my favorite date rings in my collection.

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Latest and greatest ear stack I’ve got going on, here’s what it consists of: Paige Novick ear cuff, tiny huggie hoop from Stacy Nolan Jewelry, Paige Novick‘s newest creation from her Powerful Pretty Things collection the Prism Suspender earring worn upwards, Pacman hoops from Ellie Air Jewellery. My perfect summer ear stack!!

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Seriously might be my favorite piece in my entire collection–I find it so rewarding to collect something for several years before you can finally piece it all together and make something of it. That’s exactly what my figa collection is; years of collecting and one day randomly putting it together with my gold collar from Arrow & Anchor Antiques. These things were meant for each other. And I highly recommend getting a solid gold, stiff collar necklace for your charm collection. It will change the way you wear charms!

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Here’s a fun project I did over the summer: I took these three near and dear pieces that I hardly ever wear and mashed them together to form a giant long stick pendant. I actually am obsessed with it beyond words. Each is special to me, but the tanzanite pendant is most special of all. It was the first piece of jewelry I ever bought for myself…and I was in 7th grade! I learned about Tanzanite from the home shopping channels and fell in love with the stone. I went to the one and only jewelry store in my hometown mall and found this special pendant–it was $150. That was SO much money to me back when I was 13 years old. I put it on layaway and would do chores around the house and babysit. Eventually I earned enough to buy it and I wore it all the time.

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This is just another styled look from over the summer–a jewelry look that I really liked paired with an off-the-shoulder top that I really love also. I think I’ve already gone over almost every piece that is pictured here, but if you’re wondering about something in particular, let me know!

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Alexis Kletjian Jewelry

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All the April showers have rained down on us all month long and I’m here waiting for the May flowers, which will hopefully be worth the wait! Spring is one of my most favorite times of the year; a time of rebirth, growth, freshness and strength. What better way than to capture all that in our latest Jewels at my Doorstep shoot because it is so fitting with the designer being featured–Alexis Kletjian. Her jewelry is created and designed with the intention of being a part of your every day wardrobe, being passed down, and becoming a part of your legacy. The word legacy is very important to Alexis–it is a word she often thinks of when celebrating milestones, both in life and online. Celebration often goes hand-in-hand with giving/receiving jewelry, and it is exactly that idea which Alexis feels her jewelry line lends itself perfectly with. She also celebrates online anytime her social media platforms hit a special milestone and she gives back by drawing names from anyone who has emailed her with their legacy story! Winner receives $1000 good toward a piece from the Alexis Kletjian collections.

A milestone like a birthday, anniversary or holiday are all ideal moments to share a piece of Alexis Kletjian jewelry–a shield pendant, a hexagon band, or any of her initial charms–there are so many great pieces. I was really excited to see her jewels, as I haven’t seen them in awhile. I also got to experience some never-before-seen pieces she has been busy cooking up! Like the emerald and diamond crossover ring and the opal lotus star pendant with one-of-a-kind boulder opals. Definitely some of my favorite pieces! We can’t forget the Retiarii earrings because those need their own special introduction. Glamorous, sleek and bold–shining bright with diamonds set in the “netting” of the design (a retiarii is an ancient gladiator net used to protect oneself in battle) and dangling with two specially cut chrysoberyls by Top Notch Faceting. These earrings can be customized, as Alexis also makes them in all gold, all diamonds, or all diamonds + moonstone. The bangles were beyond belief, as they came done in 18k gold with three different eternity style gemstone varieties: demantoid garnet, chrome diopside, and tanzanite. Lastly, we must discuss my obsession with these “crystal ball” looking rings because when I look into them, I can see my future. They are actually prehnite cabochons and although you might not have ever heard of that stone before, get familiar! Alexis just put it on the map.

Our shoot was set on a glorious spring morning in Nashville; our location being Belmont University–one of the prettiest schools I’ve ever been to. They are known for their lavish gardens, with over 14,000 tulips (imported from the Netherlands), and over 100 species of trees and shrubs. Efforts have been put in place to keep the campus classified as a tree sanctuary. The photos were shot by Lauren Newman Photography and we used as much of the gardens, plants, trees and flowers as possible in all the shots. We hope you enjoy!

Earrings:

18k yellow gold Retiarii earrings set with diamonds and dangling chrysoberyls cut by TopNotch Faceting

18k yellow gold mini star stud earrings set with diamonds

Bracelets:

18k yellow gold Oscar bangle set with demantoid garnets

18k yellow gold Oscar bangle set with chrome diopside

18k yellow gold Oscar bangle set with tanzanite

Necklaces:

14k yellow gold Lotus shield pendant set with tanzanite and diamonds

14k yellow gold Lucky star shield pendant set with an emerald

18k yellow gold Lotus star pendant set with boulder opals

Rings:

18k yellow gold prehnite cabochon signet rings, in two different sizes

14k yellow gold mini hexagon bands, one in emerald and one in diamonds

14k yellow gold hexagon bands, one in demantoid garnet and one in diamonds

14k yellow gold emerald and diamond crossover ring

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! LXXXVIII

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Fox & Bond packs a puch full of gorgeous antique rings from their inventory

Metier SF decorates a handful of favorites from their cases of the jewel box of a store

Estenza Jewelry believes in sweater weather and bundling up with diamond rings

The Eden Collective proves that a one finger stack is sometimes all you need

Stephanie Gottlieb piles on the Walters Faith rings

Under the Crown Jewelry shows off some favorite elongated diamond rings

Alana Jewelry sports some emeralds, green sapphires and tanzanite for a cool combo

three clusters and a snake from Doyle & Doyle — an ideal match

Isadora’s Antique Jewelry wearing some very old mourning pieces, highly collectible

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Dupuis Important Jewelry Auction set for November 20th, 2016

Lot 29 Lot 37 Lot 68 Lot 71 Lot 92 Lot 110 Lot 322 Lot 323 Lot 386 Lot 387 Lot 433 Lot 455 Lot 461 Lot 464

My favorite Canadian auction house, Dupuis, is ready for their fall/winter sale which is set for November 20th, 2016. With over 550 lots of some of the most beautiful jewels you’ve ever seen! As per usual, I spent an entire afternoon perusing the auction catalog scoping out my favorites. My highlights are below, but make sure you browse the listings yourself because I had a hard time narrowing down my top choices. My weekend checklist includes registering/signing up for the auction and sharpening my pencil, figuring out my highest bids. I wish their Toronto headquarters was closer so I could view the jewels live in person. But luckily I can bid from the comfort of my home and you can too!

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Lot 29: Right off the bat, I opened up my catalog to this amazing elongated ring. It hits all the right points for an absolute favorite for me. The piece is 1920s Art Deco filigree applied to a later 14k yellow gold band. The diamonds are all-original Old European cuts and the sapphire accents are really special. Estimate: $600-900

Lot 37: Emeralds have been catching my attention lately and this ring is no exception. Weighing in at approximately 4.75 carats it holds its own. Diamonds surround the center stone, complementing it well with over a half carat of colorless sparkle. The ring is done in platinum and 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $1,950-2,700

Lot 68: Futuristic and modern in every way, this ring is set with a triangular trillion cut diamond that is approximately 1.50 carats. Clean lines and a simple setting finish off the ring done in platinum. The crease down the center of the metal is everything. Estimate: $5,625-7,125

Lot 71: I know smoking cigarettes is not considered cool anymore, but this 1940s cigarette case is a whole new level of cool, and you don’t even need to put cigarettes in it! Every detail, from the horseshoe, to the Art Deco-esque design on the front, is perfection. It has Russian assay marks and comes with a pouch. Estimate: $3,000-3,750

Lot 92: A Belle Époque sapphire and diamond ring which is truly what dreams are made of! The sapphire weighs nearly two carats and is surrounded nicely by Old Mine cut diamonds. It is offset by a gorgeous Old Mine cut diamond that weighs approximately 0.80 carats. What a stunner! Estimate: $1,350-1,650

Lot 110: Any Egyptian Revival piece of jewelry I am all over–this particular brooch/pendant is really intriguing. The pharaoh faience is set in a Victorian gold and black enamel oval, with beautiful tracery patterns. This is such a unique piece! Estimate: $750-900

Lot 322: I had to include some over-the-top pieces within my highlights and these next few lots are great examples of breath-taking gemstones. This ring features a giant 9.25 carat rectangular cut emerald front and center, which has a GIA certificate stating that it is Columbian origin with moderate clarity enhancement. The trapezoid side diamonds are the finishing touch. Estimate: $45,000-52,500

Lot 323: Were you going to say, “I love this sapphire?!” Same. But we’re both wrong. This is actually a tanzanite! 23.50 carats to be exact! Yes, that is monstrous but I love everything about this ring. The simple setting is perfect for this stone and I love the claw-like prongs. Estimate: $16,500-21,000

Lot 386: Had to include some fancy diamonds too. This radiant cut fancy pink diamond is spectacular–weighing 1.28 carats and comes with a GIA certificate and is a VS-1 in clarity. The ring is set in platinum and we love the marquise cut diamonds form a beautiful halo setting arond the center stone. Estimate: $150,000-187,500

Lot 387: Another radiant cut fancy diamond, this time a fancy light blue that weighs 2.30 carats. The setting is really unique and uses pear-shaped diamonds and small round fancy pink diamonds to create the design. This is such a fun and elegant ring, it also comes with a GIA certificate. Estimate: $225,000-262,500

Lot 433: Just for you, a fun and flirty pair of amethyst and diamond earrings set in 18k yellow gold. These stood out to me because they are bold and unique–love the star design, the cabochon cuts and the dangles. These would light up someone’s outfit! Estimate: $375-525

Lot 455: Speaking of amethyst, this Art Nouveau necklace has all the right shapes and silhouettes. Set with four oval cut amethysts entirely done in platinum, this necklace flows and hangs in the most feminine way. The delicate openwork of the metal makes it even more amazing. Estimate: $3,450-3,750

Lot 461: A Victorian turquoise bracelet unlike any other! A rare piece of history set with calibre cut turquoise set immaculately in circular patterns. I love the old cut diamonds included in this pieces, making it fabulous in every way possible. Done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $450-600

Lot 464: And to the winner of the bracelet just previously mentioned, these earrings would be a great match. Flower clusters made of turquoise, pearls and rose cut diamonds dangle from the ears. You will get heads turning and people staring in these! Estimate: $225-300

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Five Designer Rings that Flaunt December’s Stunning Blue Birthstones

Most months are assigned to just one birthstone, but those born in December are privileged with having a choice between numerous precious jewels – topaz, turquoise and tanzanite! These vibrant precious stones each exhibit a mesmerizing blue color that seem to echo the delightfulness of the holidays and the enchantment of winter. Fashionistas celebrating their birthday this month can pick and choose which precious stone they’d like to brandish with their personal style this season, as their hues provide versatility. For a show-stopping presence, a statement designer birthstone ring is an ideal accent for jazzing up a casual or formal outfit.

As a treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one, obtain an authentic designer ring that boasts the beauty of turquoise, topaz or tanzanite. Below are our top five statement designer birthstone ring picks from our jewelry inventory specials.

The oval shaped tanzanite stone set in the center of the 18K Yellow Gold Diamond & Tanzanite Ring for $6,865 is surrounded by baguette diamonds that produce a striking aura for a classy and elegant appeal. With this ring perched on the finger, every gesture is bound to be noticed as the design glimmers with every movement in the light. The unique 18K yellow gold frame showcases a cross between a vintage and regal feel.

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For an exotic vibe, the snake-like formation of the Tubogas 18K Yellow Gold Topaz Ring by Bvlgari for $2,300 will add glamorous allure to any ensemble. A teardrop topaz stone sits atop a rivulet of 18K yellow gold slivers that curve three times for a sleek and snug appearance.

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Ladies who prefer a romantic and feminine look will adore the Pin Up 18K Rose Gold Topaz & Pink Sapphire Ring by Pomellato for $3,729. The bulky, 18K rose gold setting exhibits an eye-catching cushion-shaped topaz stone that seems to burst with color. A small pave of diamonds and pink sapphires complete the design to display charming elegance.

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The Crystal Haze 18K White Gold Turquoise & Diamond Band Ring by Stephen Webster for $3,600 presents an avant-garde design that offers an astonishing bravura. A luminescent turquoise gemstone is encased by sharp 18K white gold edges that are paved with glimmering diamonds for a dazzling effect.

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Twinkling diamonds and effervescent turquoise stones are also paired together in the design of the Bijoux Bague Gaia 18K White Gold Diamond Turquoise Ring by de Grisogono for $8,000. Like icebergs floating in the North Atlantic Ocean, each turquoise stone seems to drift amongst a sea of diamonds, all set in 18k white gold. Ladies can don this statement ring to emphasize glitzy opulence in their style.

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These statement designer rings will speak volumes in terms of fashion, as well as represent the month of December. Which one is your favorite? To view more topaz, tanzanite and turquoise ring designs, visit our vast designer jewelry selection.

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Earring Envy in Upcoming Heritage Auction Signature Jewelry Sale

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I’ve been staring at earrings for days on end. Why, you may ask?! Well it is the last piece of the puzzle for my wedding day look that has yet to be decided upon, and the earrings will be the pièce de résistance. I’ve had my eye out for some dramatic, long drops and I couldn’t help but notice how many amazing pairs of drop earrings are in the upcoming Signature Sale this month from Heritage Auctions. In fact, out of the 535 lots in September’s sale, there are 155 which include earrings. Some of these pieces are the most exquisitely crafted items I’ve seen–earrings from Cartier, Bvlgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, to name a few. The assortment that caught my eye, seen above, all have a drop style to them, as well as some mesmerizing colors. Bold yellows thanks to citrine and yellow diamonds, soft blues thanks to sapphire, tanzanite, apatite, turquoise and chalcedony. Any of these pairs of earrings would be great contenders for my wedding day look. Whomever is the high bidder of these will have some timeless earrings that will surely give anyone Earring Envy!

Don’t miss these earrings and many other lots in Heritage Auctions’ Signature Sale which takes place September 28th, 2015! You can bid at their Dallas showroom in person or online. Check out this page for more details on how to bid.

Lot 54015: This pair of earrings takes one of my favorite earring motifs–the domed, gemstoned design–and makes it twice as nice with two domes full of gems. The smaller dome is positioned on the ear lobe as the larger dome dangles below. The earrings are set with a unique combination of gemstones–topaz and tsavorite–which are cut in multiple shapes (ovals and rounds), all set in 18k pink gold. Such a stunning pair! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54089: A waterfall of cascading sapphires and diamonds create the look of this pair of earrings by Chanel. They are from the La Pluie Collection and are set with multi-cut colored diamonds and sapphires done in 18k pink gold! Also good to note that these are designed as clip-ons, so no need to have your ears pierced to wear them. Estimate: $25,000-35,000

Lot 54144: Designed by Palmiero, this ultra-modern pair of earrings takes a forever-known motif–the heart–and puts a fun spin on it. All these colors you are seeing are diamonds, believe it or not, and they are set in an abstract way giving the earrings splashes of color. Set in 18k white gold and designed for pierced and non-pierced ears, so the option is beneficial for everyone! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 54155: Some Italian flair with these earrings by Bvlgari–set in 18k white gold and cabochons of bold colors. The gemstones are pink tourmaline, blue topaz, citrine, peridot and of course, diamonds! What a killer combination! Love the design and they are sure to flatter any ear. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54161: I picture these stunning earrings worn on a snowy holiday night out! The black diamonds and white diamonds cascade down from a central “snowflake” and measure 3.5 inches long. They are set in 18k white gold and are by Palmiero. Total diamond weight is 7.12 carats approximately and includes both black and white. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Lot 54171: An electric pair of sapphire and diamond dangle earrings by Piranesi. What makes the sapphires pop so much is the blackened 18k gold used. The total diamond weight is approximately 0.92 carats and the sapphire total weight is an eye-catching 10.21 carats! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54180: A punchy blue pair of bold dangle earrings will surely make you the center of attention. What gemstone is causing this incredible blue hue?! That is apatite! A gemstone that is lesser known to the public, but for gemstone collectors, they know this color far too well. Even Set in 18k gold and totaling approximately 32 carats!! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54235: Three-tiers of beauty form this pair of long dangle earrings which measure 2 3/8 inches in length. The gemstones are chalcedony, tanzanite, and diamonds–such a soft and pretty combination. I can picture these looking fabulous in any season! Estimate: $3,000-4,000

Lot 54316: Bows are BIG–as in very popular, and these earrings set the tone with a feminine bow at the very top. All done in diamonds and 18k white gold by Frei. End-caps of teardrop shaped turquoise hang at the bottom, extending the earrings to a total length of 3 1/8 inches. These are for pierced ears only. Estimate: $3,500-4,500

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SHOW ME YOUR RINGS! Special VicenzaOro Edition

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Sutra Jewels featuring opals and tanzanite and diamonds, set in blackened white gold

love the width and feel of these diamond rings from Casato

Casato’s newest collection called Noor featuring rings in sapphires and emeralds

these rings look like candy to me–all from Roberto Coin

Casato‘s Hold Me Tight collection–can you spot the dangling briolette diamond?! My favorite part!

seeing hearts with Otto Jewels heart collections–some have the diamonds set invertedly because sometimes love hurts!

Wendy Yue does pretty pink in the coolest way possible–bold, elongated rings

Roberto Coin‘s onyx, green onyx and gold plaque rings give a bold geometric style

Casato‘s Miss Chi collection features striking diamond styles for head-turning looks

Pasquale Bruni‘s Bon Ton collection featuring specially cut gemstones with pave diamonds set underneath them

Pasquale Bruni all diamond petals that are perfectly placed for a unique look

Roberto Coin bracelets and rings that mix and match for everyday wear–white, rose or yellow gold

Wendy Yue tempts with deep green emeralds and bold, elongated styles

Casato bracelet and ring combos featuring amethyst and blue topaz

Pasquale Bruni petals and butterflies layered across the hands with these unique, comfortable rings

Source: GossipGem.com

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Q & A with Market Square Jewelers

Market Square Jewelers is one of those kinds of antique jewelry stores that is a heart-skipping treasure trove! With four different locations in the Northeast, there’s always some kind of road trip begging to be planned, with at least one of their locations as a stopping point. I’ve been a fan for awhile, even have a piece in my jewelry box from Market Square Jewelers–a date ring, of course! The year “01” which was a rare find–always fun when the people working at the store get just as excited as you do over jewelry! They have a great crew working over there, with years of experience.

Wanting to know more, I got to hear from Elizabeth, second-generation within this family-run business and newly married, about how everything began and what she’s been up to lately! Of course we had to talk about memorable pieces and future plans.

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When traveling to Antiqua as a teenager in the early 70s, my father purchased a number of shell necklaces from native craftspeople. When he came back to Cape Cod, he found himself, tanned and bare chested, walking his hometown beaches reselling the necklaces! He always said, as simple as it is, this was where Market Square Jewelers was born!

As for me, I was born into this company! I grew up taking naps in the back of the stores, and then working in them, and learning gems/jewelry and business first hand from the time I could walk and talk. After I finished college, I attended the GIA to formalize my education and get my Graduate Gemology degree, but really, there was never a time when I thought I’d be doing anything else. Antique jewelry and rare gems are in my blood.

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I’d say there’s two main things that make us a little different than the average jewelry shop. First off, we’ve been in our locations for so long, we really know the customers and clients well. They’ve become friends and family members, and we’re able to really have an awesome relationship with them, finding just the right piece engagement ring for a young man who used buy Mother’s Day gifts with his allowance. Things like that.

What really sets our jewelry apart? It’s all unique. We take these wonderful old mountings and settings that are so beautifully crafted, and we restore them, often with gems that were never heard of when the mounting was made! Have you ever seen a tanzanite in an Art Deco mounting? Tanzanite wasn’t around when that mounting was made, and yet, it’s perfect!

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Market Square Jewelers began in 1984 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and we’re still in the same spot. It’s a beautiful shop, right on the corner downtown, with huge picture windows floor to ceiling on two sides of the building. The light is amazing in that store! It’s a great place to browse, there’s plenty of room and it’s a very mellow atmosphere.

We have been in downtown Portsmouth location for over 20 years, again, in the same location all that time, right on the corner in Market Square! Portsmouth is kind of like walking into your grandmother’s jewelry box. The shop is smaller, but it is PACKED with goodies, especially the windows, which are a local landmark. Everyone knows those windows displays!

In 2007, Market Square Jewelers opened our storefront in Downtown Dover, NH. We bought the whole building this time, and turned it into our hub. This is where our offices are, and our goldsmithing studios, and our repair people, and our designers, this is our production center, as well as a retail site, and it gives the place a different feel than the other shops. It’s a great energy, it really feels like we fit right in with the Dover vibe.

We’ve been wanting to open in Portland for years! The Downeast charm is so enticing, especially in the district of the Old Port. In 2014 we found the perfect location on Exchange Street, a shop with wonderful tin ceilings and old wood accents that already felt like home. It took a lot of work, but we not only opened the shop in record time, but found the perfect antique jewelry displays and cabinets so that it all looks like the shop was built to be ours, a hundred years ago!

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Definitely the first sale on our website, marketsquarejewelers.com. Launching our site was a huge endeavor: refining our look, inventory management, perfecting product photography, blog content, copy writing, etc. I remember the first sale that we made: a pair of simple gold earrings. I ran down the hall of the office giving the gals high fives. We all hugged and were so excited and had been working so hard to see it happen! We were all smiles! Our work had finally paid off!

As a woman who is also expecting her first baby, one of the greatest challenges is being a mother and a business woman. I have so many goals for this business, including expanding our online presence, developing a collection of MSJ original reproduction pieces, and continuing ways to give back to the communities that we live and work. My biggest challenge and goal is to be a great mother and a great boss!

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It is hearsay that the GIA has only seen 10 taaffeites in all the years they have been identifying gemstones; we own one of them. Being nerdy, when it comes to rare and unusual gemstones, finding this gem and having the opportunity to buy it has been one of the most exciting moments.

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