High Jewelry Made a Big Impact at Paris Couture Week

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Haute couture is one-of-a-kind creations crafted from the finest materials by skilled artisans using century-old techniques. Haute couture had humble beginnings. In 1858, an English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth, established the first haute couture house in Paris championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term “fashion designer” in lieu of the basic dressmaker. Today, haute couture is still synonymous with high-quality materials and workmanship. And when haute couture meets haute joaillerie (high jewelry), the result is transformative! The jewelry becomes an extension of the designer’s vision for his or her collection creating a complete story – one that is truly a work of art!

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI AND ELEUTERI:

Giambattista Valli accessorized his haute couture collection, comprising of ethereal tulle gowns, draped silk chiffon dresses and embellished minis with exquisite vintage jewels from Eleuteri. The jewels focused mainly on bracelets featuring a glorious 1950s French amethyst and turquoise piece as well as a intricate jade and gold design from David Webb and several Tubogas wristwatches from Bulgari.

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GUO PEI AND CHOPARD:

The Chinese designer made a name for herself when she dressed singer Rihanna in yellow couture for the MET’s “China through the Looking Glass” gala and red carpet. For her haute couture collection, she collaborated with Chopard paying homage to the golden era of haute couture and Hollywood icons of the 50s. The results were a perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures, high fashion and exquisite jewels.

The deep jewel toned hues of Pei’s dresses paired effortlessly with Chopard’s the Silk Road collection, which featured an emerald bib necklace, diamond and pearl drop earrings and an amethyst pendant necklace. The Chopard jewels complemented the opulence and extravagance of Pei’s couture collection perfectly.

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Newest Finds from Your Jewelry Finder, June 2017 Edition

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This time of year always seems to provoke a sense of “out with the old, and in with the new!” And by that I don’t mean throw out your antique jewelry and swap it for modern pieces–I mean to take into consideration some of my Spring Cleaning your Jewelry Box suggestions and buy some pieces that really count! Rings that make your jaw drop, necklaces and pendants that make your heart flutter, bracelets that make you feel warm inside and earrings that you know will look amazing on you–that’s what we all need! It seems that Ashley of Jewelry Finds® is not short on remarkable pieces of jewelry. She makes it her mission to bring her customers new acquisitions and is dedicated to working long days and nights to get them up on her website for you! That’s why we’ve teamed up to bring you a monthly digest of all her latest finds, to keep you in the loop and up-to-date. We don’t want you to miss a “piece of a lifetime” or something that you “should’ve, would’ve, could’ve” because as jewelry collectors, we know that happens far too often! So whether you check GemGossip.com religiously or have signed up for our newsletter, be on the lookout for our monthly “new arrivals” post from Jewelry Finds! ® — Something Old. Something New. Something You™

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18k rose yellow gold Victorian 1890’s Blue Sapphire & Old Mine Cut Diamond Bypass Ring, Price: $2,999

14k yellow gold Victorian Sapphire Circa 1880’s Natural Violet Blue Cushion Sapphire Old European Cut Diamond Halo Ring, Price: $3,999

Platinum Antique Sapphire Diamond Circa 1915 Filigree Old European Cut Halo Ring, Price: $7,999

Platinum Art Deco Circa 1930’s Vintage 1.72ct t.w. Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring, Price: $6,500

Platinum Art Deco 1.63ct t.w. Circa 1930’s Vintage Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring, Price: $7,450

14k yellow gold Vintage Yellow Sapphire Circa 1940’s Retro Natural Yellow Sapphire & Diamond Ring, Price: $7,500

Emerald and diamond dinner ring, reserved please inquire, [email protected]

Platinum Art Deco Emerald Engagement Circa 1930’s Vintage 2.53ct t.w. Old Diamond Halo Ring, Price: $4,400

18k yellow gold Vintage Estate 1950’s Cornflower Blue Sapphire Asscher Diamond Halo Ring, Price: $5,999

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top bracelet is reserved please inquire, [email protected]

14k yellow gold Art Deco Bracelet Peridot Lattice Bangle Filigree Circa 1930’s Hinged Bangle, Price: $1,450

18k & 14k yellow gold Antique Art Nouveau 2.71ct t.w. Sapphire Rose Cut Diamond Hinged Bangle, Price: $4,999

Platinum Art Deco Diamond Bracelet Circa 1930’s Old Antique Cut Diamond Filigree Geometrical Tennis Bracelet, Price: $8,999

Platinum, 14k yellow gold Antique Edwardian 1920’s Old European Cut Rose Cut Diamond Filigree Heavy Bracelet, Price: $4,499

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Platinum & 18k Large Antique 1900’s 2.95ct t.w. Antique Cut Diamond Bow Necklace, Price: $6,250

14k white gold Vintage 1940’s 12.80ct t.w. Early Retro Persian Turquoise & Transitional Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant Necklace, Price: $5,999

14k & silver Antique Victorian 1880’s Old Mine Cut Diamond Pendant, Price: $4,200

Platinum & 14k white gold Estate Large 5.60ct t.w. Solid Black Opal & Diamonds By The Yard Necklace, Price: $4,999

Emerald cut diamond necklace, reserved please inquire, [email protected]

14k white gold Vintage Art Deco Circa 1930’s Filigree Carved Crystal Old European Cut Diamond Pendant, Price: $799

18k white gold Vintage Aquamarine Diamond Pendant Circa 1970’s Aquamarine Pear Shape Diamond Necklace, Price: $3,800

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Platinum Edwardian 1920’s Cultured Pearl & Old European Cut Diamond Ring, Price: $1,899

Platinum, 14k gold Art Deco Double Diamond Ring Circa 1930’s 1.28ct t.w. Old European Cut Diamond Ring, Price: $5,500

Platinum Vintage 8.46ct t.w. Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring Circa 1940’s Diamond Ring, Price: $3,999

onyx ring, reserved please inquire [email protected]

18k white gold Art Deco Vintage 1930’s Aquamarine Diamond Ring, Price: $1,199

Platinum & 18k Edwardian Diamond Navette Ring Circa 1915 Blue Lab Sapphires & Old Rose Cut Diamonds, Price: $1,995

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14k yellow gold Victorian Sapphire Ring Circa 1880’s Natural Violet Blue Cushion Sapphire Old European Cut Diamond Halo Ring, Price: $3,999

14k yellow gold & platinum Vintage 5.60ct t.w. Emerald Cut Amethyst Circa 1940’s Jones & Woodland Ring, Price: $1,599

14k yellow gold Victorian Enormous 7.03ct 12mm Cabochon Moonstone Ring, Price: $2,999

18k yellow gold Unique Rose Cut Ring Pave’ Diamond Serpent Wrap Cocktail Unique Statement Ring, Price: $5,999

18k yellow gold Vintage Art Deco 1930’s Old European Cut Diamond Milgrain Navette Cocktail Ring, Price: $3,999

14k yellow gold, silver Antique Art Nouveau Peridot Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring Circa 1900’s Floral Statement Ring, Price: $4,400

Opal ring reserved please inquire, [email protected]

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Platinum Art Deco Old European Cut Diamond Sapphire Chandelier Earrings, Price: $15,000

Vintage Diamond Art Deco Earrings Circa 1930’s Filigree Old European Cut Single Cut Diamond Chandelier, Price: $4,500

18k yellow gold Estate Large Clover Shaped Multi Colored Cabochon Pink & Green Tourmaline Diamond Chandelier Earrings, Price: $3,500

Platinum, 18k gold Vintage 4.15ct t.w. Art Deco Emerald Diamond Earrings Circa 1930’s Chandelier Earrings, Price: $9,950

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18k yellow gold Vintage H.Stern Estate 1980’s Aquamarine Diamond Pendant, Price: $4,200

Art Nouveau 1900’s Antique Old Rose Mine Cut Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Platinum Locket, Price: $2,000

Platinum & 14k Edwardian Vintage .75ct t.w. Circa 1920’s Old European Cut & Rose Cut Diamond Star Motif Pendant, Price: $2,999

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Art Deco Wedding Band Platinum Three Stone Baguette Diamond 1930’s Stacking Ring, Price: $995

Platinum Vintage Diamond Wedding 1940’s Seven 7 Stone Diamond Wedding Band, Price: $699

18k white gold Art Deco 1930’s 0.20ct t.w. Ten Diamond Vintage Wedding Band, Price: $599

Platinum Art Deco Circa 1930’s 1.16ct t.w. Old European Cut Diamond Filigree Ring, Price: $3,499

Platinum Antique Diamond Filigree Engraved Wedding Band Circa 1920’s 8 Stone Single Cut Bead Set, Price: $1,350

18k yellow gold Antique Circa 1890’s Victorian 5 Stone Opal Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring, Price: $1,850

18k yellow gold Art Deco Five Stone Wedding Band Circa 1930’s, Price: $2,600

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Just in Time for Easter: Fabergé Eggs from A La Vieille Russie

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Miniature white enamel egg set with a red enamel coin of Elizabeth I and four cushion-cut sapphires. By Fabergé, ca. 1895.

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Miniature egg with white enamel stripes and set with a turquoise. By Fabergé , workmaster A. Hollming, ca. 1900.

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A jouré yellow and green gold egg, punctuated with rose diamonds around the center. By Fabergé , workmaster A. Hollming, ca. 1900.

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A two-color gold-mounted egg-form aventurine quartz hand seal on brilliant translucent green enamel base. By Faberge, St. Petersburg, ca. 1900.

Legendary Fabergé eggs–eggs so popular, that almost everyone knows what you’re talking about when you mention their name. For me, these were my first obsession above all other types of jewelry. I remember going to my local public library and wanting to check out a book on making crafts out of egg cartons–I saw the recommendation on Reading Rainbow! Instead, I found my way to a book on Fabergé eggs and was infatuated. In fact, for the first time in my life, I loved the book so much I never returned it. I didn’t care it was wrong because this book lit up my life! My second run in with Fabergé eggs happened when I was in high school. I became obsessed with watching Joan Rivers on QVC and admired her love of Fabergé eggs. Back then, she had created her own jewelry line with bundles of three eggs per chain of her own miniature versions of “Fabergé eggs.” I ordered my first trio of eggs and was hooked. I can’t remember how many I collected over the next few years, but after graduating college, I was able to pay for my trip to study abroad from selling my Joan Rivers Egg Collection. It was quite a few. I honestly wish I still had those eggs, but I wouldn’t trade my overseas experience for anything!

It is no myth that Fabergé eggs are enchanting, often mysterious, and full of intrigue. If you were married to a Russian tsar, the ideal Easter gift would be a Fabergé egg designed by none other than Carl Fabergé himself. The first ever Fabergé egg was made in 1885 and presented to Alexander III. Since then, it varies as to how many are apparently out there, but some sources say 65 Imperial eggs were made, some say 50, some say 52, but it is known that only 43 have survived–there is a really comprehensive table that describes each, citing where the egg is now. A few are cited as “Lost” and it is with lots of hope that they will be recovered someday.

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Circular aquamarine and diamond Imperial Presentation brooch with an Imperial crown decoration. By Fabergé, workmaster A. Hollming, St. Petersburg, ca. 1913.

Natural pearl and diamond floral brooch with blue enamel border. By Fabergé, Moscow, 1896-1908.

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Diamond and green garnet necklace mounted in platinum. By Fabergé, ca. 1900.

Natural pearl ruby and diamond necklace set in platinum and gold. By Fabergé, ca.1900.

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Fabergé gold-mounted lozenge-form brooch, set with diamonds and red enamel wreath over white guilloché enamel ground. By Fabergé, St. Petersburg, ca 1890.

Lozenge brooch with a central cabochon moonstone, set with rose diamonds, and white enamel. By Fabergé, workmaster A. Hollming, St. Petersburg, ca. 1900.

Fabergé eggs created for the general public, not just zsars, continued being the company’s most popular pieces. In the year 1900, the House of Fabergé was completed which literally was a large building which centralized all the operations–bringing together workshops, artisans, a design department, even Carl Fabergé’s own place of residence, in one large building. Throughout the turn-of-the-century, Fabergé turned out elaborate pieces of jewelry, decorative drinking cups and bowls, items for writing, miniature hardstone animals, a wide variety of photo frames (as Kodak launched its first camera), and much, much more. He employed hundreds of craftsmen under conditions that were very superior, with great pay. As success continued, expansion happened, until the first World War broke out in 1914. The House of Fabergé lost a lot of workers to the draft, precious metals were haulted to use, so the items that were produced during this time were created from materials like copper, nephrite, brass, and silver. Carl Fabergé ultimately fled Russia and died in 1920.

Many of the pieces of jewlery and decorative arts which Fabergé created during its height of success are highly collectible. A La Vieille Russie, a shop in NYC, has specialized in Fabergé since opening in 1961. You’ll be amazed by these authentic, one-of-a-kind Fabergé items, including some eggs that ALVR currently has in their inventory. If you haven’t read the blog post featuring my visit to ALVR, you must! Here is the link.

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White enamel and two-color gold hanging bellpush. Contained in original fitted hollywood box. By Fabergé, St. Petersburg, workmaster H. Wigström, ca. 1915.

Carved two-color jasper miniature egg in the form of a Kingfisher with diamond eyes. By Fabergé, Moscow, ca. 1900.

Gold-mounted brilliant pink guilloché enamel egg-form pendant locket, the opening set with rose diamonds. By Fabergé, workmaster M. Perchin. St. Petersburg, ca. 1895.

Anyway, I thought the quick history on Fabergé paired with some pieces that are available would make my readers very happy on Easter! Hope you enjoyed!

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Valentine’s Day Picks from KAVADOR

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

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

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

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

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How to Buy and Care for Antique Jewelry

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Purchasing antique jewelry means buying something truly special. Each necklace, watch, earring, and brooch has a long history behind it that makes the piece unique, even if it was just one among hundreds when it was new. Learning to recognize and appreciate quality antique jewelry comes with time and practice, but we’ll begin with some basic knowledge to get you started.

First off, let’s clear the air about something. The terms “antique” and “vintage” are not one and the same. “Antique” has a legally defined meaning, whereas “vintage” does not. While both terms are often thrown around imprudently, the US Customs Agency defines an antique as something that is at least 100 years old and less than 50 percent restored. The term “vintage” merely describes an item that was popular in another era, though some trade specialists apply a 50- to 100-year age bracket to the term.

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What to Look For:

Every antique belongs to an era, and you might discover that you prefer one over the other. Learn the styles and distinctions of the Georgian (1790-1831), Victorian (1837-1901), Edwardian (1901-1915), and other eras famous for their distinct styles of jewelry. Many of these eras contain smaller periods when specific themes gained popularity.

Familiarize yourself with the designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques of the desired era and period. Victorian Romantic period jewelry typically features animals, flowers, and other nature-related themes, while the Grand Victorian era was known for large, dark gemstones, silver, and engravings of the Queen, for example.

If you must inspect an antique engagement ring yourself, invest in a loupe. A loupe is a small magnifying glass used by jewelers and watchmakers. Look for workshops in your town or even online to train your eye on what to look for and how to use it. Be sure to check the piece’s condition. Search for rust and discoloration, solder where the piece might have been broken and put back together, and other forms of wear and tear.

Where to Buy:

You can purchase antique jewelry from several types of merchants, but your knowledge and skill in recognizing fakes and appraising genuine pieces will largely govern where you should shop. We’ll list a few types of outlets here from the lowest to highest degree of knowledge required.

Professional jewelers and consignment stores: Brick and mortar stores with professional staff and reputations to lose are the safest bet for buying antique jewelry if you don’t have time to invest in learning the ins and outs of the trade yourself. Experts can make recommendations, and you can see each piece in person.

Online retailers and professional marketplaces: The best deals can often be found online from reputable ecommerce outlets. While you don’t get a hands-on look at each piece, these e-stores usually include multiple photos, detailed descriptions, and sometimes even live support staff to answer any questions you might have. 1stdibs is an excellent option for online antique jewelry shoppers.

Online from reputable merchants: Online consumer-to-consumer marketplaces like eBay can offer great deals on antique jewelry, but make sure to thoroughly check the merchant’s rating, customer reviews, and return policy. Compare prices at multiple vendors, and always remember: if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Estate sales and auctions: At this point, you’re pretty much on your own for verifying and appraising a piece of jewelry. Bring your loupe and be ready to do some research. Don’t count on the merchant to be knowledgeable or honest about what they are selling.

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Cleaning & Care:

Now that you’ve bought your antique bracelet, spend some time keeping it in good condition. Store jewelry in a soft-lined container at a moderate temperature with multiple compartments. Apply beauty products like makeup and hairspray prior to putting on your jewelry, as the chemicals in these products can cause harm. Don’t wear your jewelry when bathing, exercising, or cleaning, as chemicals and sweat can cause corrosion and discoloration.

If you notice a stone is loose or some other malfunction, take the piece to a jeweler who is experienced in handling antiques. Don’t use ultrasonic cleaners and beware of dip cleaners that can eat away at enamel and other coatings. Jewelry polishing cloths are a good all-around solution. It’s always better to under-clean than to over-clean.

Every type of metal, coating, and stone have different cleaning and storage requirements, so invest some time researching what’s best for your piece. Sterling silver should be stored somewhere airtight, for example, while pieces containing pearls should be stored somewhere breathable.

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Trademark Antiques Debuts New Website!

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With a mission to become everyone’s go-to jewelry destination, where buying antique and vintage jewelry online becomes the preferred way to shop, Trademark Antiques is one step closer to this goal with the launch of their new website! This website brings together every entity of their business, from their inventory listed on Etsy, to their exciting blog which captures their buying trips and insights into what they sell, to links where you can find all their social media platforms all in one place! Husband and wife team, Jessica and Jason, have been working hard since 2008 to bring to life antique jewelry from the bygone eras. They’ve built a growing fanbase and a group of loyal customers, so with the debut of their new website, the duo could not be more excited! Jessica says, “We want our website to give our customer an intimate insight into our products and to the creative efforts involved in sourcing and bringing each of our pieces to market. In short, we hope to make Trademark Antiques more like the corner jewelry store in your hometown where you know us and we know you.”

For most people who know Trademark Antiques, their antique conversion pieces are truly spectacular and the best out there right now. People are obsessed with their colorful enamel flower rings which sell out within minutes of posting. There are even people who specifically collect just those enamel flowers because of Trademark Antiques! As Jessica noted, “Without a doubt, our on-trend conversion jewelry is our most popular and best selling jewelry. We personally design our conversion jewelry line using reclaimed antique and vintage jewelry parts. These pieces are nearly always unique, one-of-a-kind creations…We were honored this month to have our line of conversion jewelry featured in the March issue of British Glamour Magazine — the #1 Women’s magazine in the U.K.” What an amazing accomplishment!

I love starting out a new year talking about goals and being positive, and it seems as though Trademark Antiques is on the same page! Lots of goals this year–like launching a newsletter, a jewelry look book, a YouTube channel with short videos, and forming partnerships with other vintage sellers are all in the works. The husband and wife team also hope to expand so that they are able to double the size of their inventory offering. More jewelry is always a good idea and we are just as excited! Jessica exclaims, “This year is all about expanding our business to meet growing demand for our offerings and exploring new media avenues and partnerships to bring our customers into our world. This summer, our website will begin to incorporate short, yet exciting, videos sharing jewelry advice as well as tips and brief travel clips from our jewelry adventures.”

If you’d like to read about how Trademark Antiques came to be, make sure you read my blog post from last year. I’ve picked some of my current favorites from their inventory; each can be clicked on for more info and pricing. And be sure to check out their new website and follow their social media channels below!

 

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Antique & Estate Jewelry Now Available at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

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One of my favorite stores in all of America is unveiling a brand new section to their online world–yes, that’s right, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry who recently introduced antique and estate jewelry to their inventory in-store is now doing the same online! Something that the antique jewelry community has been wanting for awhile now–a new resource for great pieces to curate their collections, and with over 100 pieces currently up for their launch, it is a must-see! Hop on over to BaileyBox.com and click on Antique & Estate in the upper tabs and see for yourself. Above, I’ve picked my favorites (there are quite a few since everything is so good!) which are clickable and bring you right to the details and pricing for each.

I was fortunate enough to visit their store at their Cameron Village location and experience their Estate Jewelry Event which happens a couple times each year. To read about my visit, click here. If you’re in the area or plan to be this coming week, you’re in luck because Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is having another Estate Jewelry Event starting on November 3, 2015 at their Rocky Mount location. It then travels to their Greenville location on November 4th–and then Crabtree Valley Mall location on November 5th. The grand finale takes place at their Cameron Village location and goes from Friday, November 6th to Saturday, November 7th!

As always, you can now stay up to date with Bailey’s Fine Jewelry antique and estate selection by frequently checking their website for new inventory updates, as well as follow on Instagram @baileysestatejewelry

Gem Gossip has also teamed up with Bailey’s to bring you a week-long extravaganza of jewelry giveaways, which has never been done before! I’m so excited about this and if you want to stay up-to-date on everything and enter the giveaways, be sure you’re following @gemgossip on Instagram for instructions on how to enter! First contest begins on Monday! Be there.

Congrats Bailey’s for launching antique and estate jewelry online! Can’t wait to see more!!

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You’re Newest Antique & Vintage Jewelry Obsession: Gleem & Co.

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Aimed at being a premier online destination that features, “a more accessible, enjoyable, and personal place for jewelry to be traded,” Gleem & Co. has hit the jewelry scene just this past summer and is already making their mark. Think of it as your inner circle of treasure hunters that are out there finding great deals and bringing them to you, the jewelry collector! Another cool aspect of Gleem is their consignment service. So, you (yes, you!) can email photos of pieces you no longer want and Gleem will sell them for you. I was so surprised by their prices, which trump many leading competitors in several categories of certain items that I collect. I’m delighted to find another resource to help curate my personal collection of fine jewelry and I’m even happier to pass this knowledge along to fellow collectors.

Their selection runs the gamut, with samplings from the Victorian Era–like bird motif necklaces and brooches–to modern day classics, like a pair of Chanel earrings or an Hermes cuff. Latest trends, like runway fringe or 60s glam, can easily be found amongst their inventory which is ever-changing. Bold, juicy gemstones like green tourmaline, citrine, amethyst and sapphire are always available in a wide variety of styles, and all appraised so you know you’re buying a genuine gemstone. Not only am I am huge fan of their great prices, but Gleem & Co. has a surprisingly abundant collection of 1960s/70s era jewelry–a known favorite of mine. Make sure you hop on over to their website to view their inventory.

So, what makes Gleem & Co. so special?! I like how their pricing is paired with an appraisal value, so you can see before you buy what the appraised value of the piece is. All appraisals are done by a Master Gemologist Appraiser–a title held by only 46 appraisers in the world! And when you purchase an item from Gleem, you receive a copy of said written appraisal for your records.

 

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Egyptian Revival Jewelry from Joden Jewelry

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Distant and exotic civilizations inspired many creations during the early 1920s and onward to spur a movement called “Egyptian Revival,” which characterized the type of jewelry that was influenced by ancient Egypt. In November of 1922, the efforts of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter culminated in the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamun, which was located in Egypt within the Valley of the Kings. Their incredible discovery was esteemed as one of the most valuable archaeological finds of the 20th Century! This completely enthralled and aroused much interest throughout the world. Although Egyptian influence had already begun decades prior, the Egyptian Revival movement was heaviest following that particular discovery. Prior to that, author Vivienne Becker explains, “Ancient Egypt had been a design inspiration throughout the 19th century, particularly in France, from the time of Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt in 1798, although the effect was really only felt in the jewelry world in the 1860s, following discoveries of ancient Egyptian ornaments by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette, and around the time of the opening of the Suez Canal, by the Empress Eugenie, in 1869″ (Becker, Vivienne. “Five Rare Egyptian-Revival Jewels” Sotheby’s Magazine. November 2013.)

Pyramids, sphinxes, obelisks, palmettes, lotus flowers, scarabs, hieroglyphics, and hieroglyph imitations became all the rage in jewelry design and motif. Egyptian dieties like Isis, the falcon god Horus, the lion goddess Sekmeth and a few others also became popular. Ankhs symbolized eternal life and scarabs represented rebirth. The upheaval of Egyptian motifs actually paired really well with the Art Deco aesthetic at the time–things like Egyptian blue colored faience, lapis and carnelian inlay, colored enamel work, and bright yellow gold. Faience is a sintered quartz ceramic, like ancient pottery in a way, it was used to create scarabs and other Egyptian objects and amulets. Big names like Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels followed suite and designed multiple piece during the early 1920s/30s typical of Egyptian Revival theme.

When I visited Joden Jewelry in July, located in Grove City, Pennsylvania, I was blown away by their extensive inventory. So many eras all in one place–so many niches for any and every collector. I knew they would have quite a collection of Egyptian Revival jewelry, and I was right! From micromosaics to real scarab beetles, and a few things in between–even spanning different time periods of the movement as well. These seven pieces featured from Joden Jewelry will enamor any Egyptian Revival collector, whether you’re just a beginner or have been collecting for years!

Round circular brooch featuring a micromosaic pharaoh: this spectacular piece was created using over 1,000 tiny pieces of thin, tile-shaped glass or stone to create this image of an Egyptian pharaoh. The gold surrounding frame holds the micromosaic which consists of a white background, Egyptian blue outline, and multitonal hues of reds, greens, and flesh-tone tiles. Price: $3,000 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Enamel and diamond winged pharaoh brooch: another unique piece of Egyptian Revival jewelry, handmade through and through, down to the dangling bell-shaped detail. The white and blue enamel are some of the Egyptian colors consistently used with revival jewelry. There are rose cut diamonds along the wings and a lovely pharaoh in the center. Price: $5,685 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Bloodstone scarab ring: scarabs are carved from many different gemstones sometimes even faience which is not a gemstone. Bloodstone is such a unique gemstone to carve a scarab into–you don’t see too many like that! It should be noted that this piece is finely detailed, down to the legs of the scarab being distinctly carved as well. The scarab is set using a pin through the stone and held in place with two small gold beads. The ring is currently a size 7.5 and done in 14k yellow gold–it can easily be sized up or down! Price: $800 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Intricate and striking micromosaic brooch: a masterpiece of tiny glass and stone tiles, this brooch has multiple elements of Egyptian Revival jewelry going on–the pharaoh is first and foremost, then the Etruscan detailing, followed by the motifs of serpents and hieroglyphics depicted throughout. The colors are bright and warm, and the black is a great contrast. This is an example of an earlier Egyptian Revival piece, taking its place during the Victorian Era. Price: $11,375 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Real beetle fringe necklace: if you want something that will surely strike up a conversation, this real beetle fringe necklace is an ideal piece! It dates back to the Victorian Era during which the first round of Egyptian influence began in the world of jewelry. There are 16 actual scarabs with iridescent green carapaces–and no two are exactly the same! I like to call these Cleopatra’s ornaments! CALL FOR PRICE/PURCHASE

Real beetle earrings: of course you must own the earrings if you buy the necklace–OR if you want to try out the real beetle jewelry look but don’t want something too large, these earrings are the right idea! They are handmade set in gold frames (of an unknown karat) and use wire to recreate legs and antenna that are visible from the front and continue on the backs. CALL FOR PRICE/PURCHASE

Double serpet scarab brooch: this is one of my favorites! Two serpents go head-to-head creating coiled tails, and encircling a scarab. I love the wings on this brooch–it is already such a powerful piece of symbolizism with the snake representing protection and the scarab representing rebirth and life, and the wings just make it that much more special. A strong piece with a story to tell! Price: $5,750 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

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144 South Broad Street
Grove City, PA 16127
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Gem Gossip Visits The Eden Collective in Philadelphia, PA

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I’ve been such a fan of The Eden Collective since she first launched her Etsy shop back in 2013 which she started as a hobby. Not even two years later, her five-year plan has now turned into a budding business and she is transitioning to making antique jewelry her full-time gig! And it is not a bad gig, considering it is her passion and she has been surrounded by antiques her whole life–it is only fitting! Her taste in all things old and vintage is impeccable–every piece in her inventory is incredibly covetable and her natural knack for curating great pieces is perfect for her fans and followers who can’t wait to see what she finds next. I am right there with them! Whether it is a trip to Brimfield or a day spent bidding at auction, antique jewelry collectors are left clamouring at what she will bring to her online shop.

I couldn’t have been more excited to meet my virtual antique-loving friend and get the opportunity to see her inventory in person. Lining Philadelphia’s straight, gridiron streets, an iconic row house was the setting for our meetup. Built during the early 1900s and fully decorated and restored with treasures Eden has picked up throughout her life. I was greeted by her adorable dog Darla and a few of her cats strolled in from time-to-time. She had several trays full of rings, which immediately had my attention! One tray with all conversion pieces, one tray with engagement rings and alternative engagement options, and another tray with a wide variety of all-original antique pieces–like signets, large onyx rings, gemstone rings, REGARD rings, portrait rings, intaglios and lots of gorgeous agate pieces. I surely was in heaven! I got to try on some of her pieces and style a few different looks.

Eden is excited about her bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces that are a part of her limited edition, original designs based on the pieces she has gathered over the years. Some great examples are her bug midi-rings and her Amor ring, which is cast in recycled 10k yellow gold with a warm rose tint, after a vintage ring found in Merida in the Yucatan Penninsula! More pieces are being added to the collection. She specializes in alternative engagement rings, not to mention customer service, with emphasis placed on the idea of repurposing and rediscovering the value of things once loved, giving them new purpose and new appeal.

The Eden Collective recently reached a milestone on Instagram, gaining 5k followers and is hosting a really great giveaway to celebrate. Up for grabs is a 10k gold Amor ring from Eden’s original designs collection. All you have to do to be entered is follow @theedencollective on Instagram, find the Giveaway photo and repost it, hashtag your entry #amor5000 and tag 3 friends! The contest ends at the end of this month!

Links to pieces featured above from my visit:

Rings:

14k yellow gold split shank antique Essex Crystal dog ring, Price: $1575

14k yellow gold oval onyx ring with rose cut diamond flower on top, Price: $850

14k yellow gold Victorian love knot coversion ring, Price: $585

10k yellow gold antique Australian boulder opal ring, Price: $495

10k yellow gold Victorian dendritic agate ring, Price: $275

10k yellow gold oval Turquoise conversion ring, Price: $475

14k rose/yellow gold Old Mine cut diamond engagement ring with side stones, Price: $1850

10k yellow gold onyx Odd Fellows foiled ring, Price: $425

10k yellow gold Victorian flower foiled carnelian ring, Price: $550

10k yellow gold Victorian turquoise cluster ring, Price: $425

Bracelet:

10k bi-color gold sweet Victorian flower bracelet, Price: $325

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