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Wanted to let you know–if you haven’t already seen the newest additions to the @shopGEMGOSSIP page, here they all are! So many gorgeous rings–some fun opals, lots of sparkly diamonds, even a yummy green chyrsoprase. A few have already been sold and are sitting pretty in their new homes.

I do offer layaway–if you see something you might want, but don’t currently have the money you can put it on layaway. You can pay 1/3 every thirty days for 3 months–no fees! All purchases this month receive a quartz geode and a Gem Gossip pen. If you follow on Instagram @shopGEMGOSSIP I’ve also posted videos of all these rings as well–you just need to have the latest version of Instagram to view the sliding image function.

I accept PayPal, money order, checks, Venmo and credit cards. Email [email protected] for all inquiries!

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Why Slowly Opening Jewelry Boxes is Instagram’s Latest Rage

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

A post shared by Larry Platt (@plattboutiquejewelry) on Aug 25, 2017 at 10:26pm PDT

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

A post shared by Larry Platt (@plattboutiquejewelry) on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:35pm PDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Over 70 Items for the Holidays — @shopGEMGOSSIP

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I’ve been saving and sorting, hunting and hoarding to bring you an amazing selection of items in time for the holidays! This time of year has some pressure involved with finding the “perfect gift” so I wanted to alleviate that by offering A LOT of antique and vintage jewelry (over 70 items), for great prices (no crazy mark ups like you see elsewhere), and a unique selection (lots of stackers and bold pieces as well). I’ve been saving many of these pieces all year long and I also went through my personal collection again (after many times, with each inspection learning to let go of more and more). Today is the day the items will start going live over on @shopGEMGOSSIP

At first, many of you voted a few weeks ago, wanting me to release everything at once on the same day. I began to like this idea too, until I realized I had over 70 pieces–so could you imagine someone you’re following on Instagram posting 70 photos in one day?! That would be SO annoying, so I’ve decided to list 10 items each day, which will allow everything to be listed before November 1st, plenty of time before the holidays kick in. Hope everyone likes my selection this year and I’m excited for new customers and happy returning customers.

Just some notes:

  • Yes, I do offer layaway! It is for three months and you pay 1/3 each month–no fees!
  • PayPal is the main form of payment I accept, however I also accept checks and money orders. Also now accepting Venmo.
  • International Shipping–I’ve been using UPS global shipping which is trackable and fully insured. The delivery time is usually 4-8 days depending on foreign clearance. Pricing is $50-100; it varies country by country.

All pieces shown above are available–if interested email [email protected] to inquire!

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The Ten Best Vintage Engagement Rings from Trumpet & Horn

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Alex Cooper’s July 21st, 2016 Gallery Auction

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The summertime is not typically known as auction season, but the jewelry auctions that do happen should not be missed. This is where some of the best scores can be found, deals to be had and collections to be grown. Why? Because this time of the year most are out of the loop or on vacation! Case in point, Alex Cooper and their July 21st Gallery Auction! The variety of items they have coming up at auction this month is great for all levels of collectors–from beginners to advanced–and of course their heart-stopping center fold: lot number 100, a rare Australian black opal ring from Temple St. Clair. Totally out-of-this-world!

Read more about my top picks from the sale below. Be sure to sign up in advance to bid and mark July 21st on your calendar!

Alex Cooper Gallery Auction, July 21st at NOON located in Towson, MD.

Lot 100: A rare Australian black opal ring from Temple St. Clair–the piece is handcrafted, hallmarked and comes with a certificate from the IGI. Such an exquisite piece and comes with original box! The bezel is set with multi-colored sapphires, fine details like that make this ring so special. The opal itself is incredible in its own right, weighing in at 8.73 carats. Estimate: $40-50,000

Lot 9: Designer pieces of jewelry are smart buys when bidding at auction. Once you buy designer at auction, you’ll never want to pay full price again! Alex Cooper has some great designer pieces in this sale, like this Cartier ring. Done in 18k white gold and set with diamonds, this piece dates back to the 90s and is called the Nouvelle ring. It is a size 6! Estimate: $3,000-3,5000

Lot 21: Another prime example of a collectible designer piece is this ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. Known for their high quality and superb craftsmanship, this piece is done in 18k white gold set with diamonds and a cabochon sapphire. Such a pretty floral-inspired design and such a great starting price for a Van Cleef piece! Estimate: $4,000-5,000

Lot 46: Start your collection off by bidding on a lot like this, where several rings are included! This easily expands or begins your collection and these pieces are great staples. The carved intaglio crest ring done in bloodstone stands out to me, a perfect Victorian piece. The others also from the same time period would stack together seamlessly. Estimate: $200-400

Lot 75: Can you blame me for making sure to include this ring in my favorites?! Bypass style always has my heart–this one is done in platinum with two round brilliant cut diamonds, perfectly matched, both approximately 0.80 carats each. The baguette and round diamond accents are a great complement to this style and finishes off the piece nicely. Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 79: Oh man, I love a good locket and this one is pure dreamy! Art Nouveau 14k yellow gold depicting a woman set with a diamond, the piece is engraved with a beautiful “R” on the back, along with two photos on the inside. You must check out the extra photos on the website! Estimate: $250-400

Lot 89: Wildly geometric, my kind of ring! This piece is done in 14k yellow gold and set with an oval cut diamond and round sapphire. The ring is a size 4.75 and easily would mix and match with any collection. Estimate: $300-500

Lot 98: And I couldn’t talk about designer jewelry without including a piece from Tiffany & Co.! A very vintage Tiffany & Co. crossover ring done in 18k yellow gold set with sapphires. This style is very 1950s/60s and truly transports you back in time when Hollywood starlets wore pieces like this on set. Such a cool piece paying homage to a nostalgic time period. Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 99: Need an upgrade? This will do! A three carat stunner set in a classic vintage fishtail setting which is done in platinum of course! The baguette diamonds do a perfect job of complementing the center stone. This ring sure does sparkle and would make a great engagement ring destined to be passed on through generations! Estimate: $25,000-30,000

Lot 104: Four vintage rings, one lot…and one bid to win them all! A great collection featuring two solitaire rings, one lapis signet ring and one opal quatre foil cluster. The cool thing about auction lots that include several rings is if there are pieces that don’t fit your style, you could always sell the ones you don’t want. Estimate: $200-400

Lot 110: A dazzling old mine cut diamond sits at the center of this gorgeous bar pin circa 1920s. The piece is entirely platinum and in excellent condition. Just how big is that center diamond? Approximately 1.50 carats! Estimate: $800-1,000

Lot 128: Couldn’t help but include this cute ring–another bypass style, this time using floral motifs. The diamonds are marquise cuts with a round cut for the center. White and yellow diamonds, with the yellow diamonds most likely heat-treated. Estimate: $2,500-3,000

Lot 131: This ring caught my eye! I love a good dome ring and this one is particularly unique. Done in 18k yellow and white gold, the yellow gold is used brilliantly to make the design really pop! The diamonds are also used in an exceptional way, baguettes and rounds to create a weaved look. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

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The Guide to the Best Wedding ring styles

A wedding band is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Couples can agonize far too long over choosing the right rings for the wedding, and with so much variety the process can paralyze the mind

A wedding band is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Couples can agonize far too long over choosing the right rings for the wedding, and with so much variety the process can paralyze the mind. How to buy the best wedding ring? One way to cut through this problem is to narrow down your decision to a particular style of a wedding band. This makes your wedding jewelry selection a much simpler process
Wedding bands, and rings, in general, are divided into broad classes. The first obvious class is finger rings for men and rings for women. Men’s rings are usually heavier and thicker, while women’s rings are thinner and lighter. As wedding ring trends come and go, here is a compilation of the latest trends.


Antique rings – These rings you won’t find in a catalog unless you’re browsing antique stores. In the jewelry world, antique rings must be 50-100+ years old depending on who you ask. Your great-grandmother’s wedding band is an example of an antique ring. It is a piece of jewelry from the past. Most people choose an antique ring for family reasons. If you choose an antique ring, make sure that the band’s metal is compatible with your skin. That silver ring from long ago might not wear well on your hands today without adequate cleaning.

Vintage/Retro rings – These are rings made in an antique style, but are modern pieces. They often use modern technology to imitate what master jewelers used to do by hand. Most of the vintage wedding bands can be further divided into specific art periods, such as Art nouveau and Art Deco. Most vintage rings are imitating styles from the 1920s onward.

One of the hallmarks of a vintage ring is the different stone cuts. If you picture a generic wedding ring, the type of diamond you’ll likely see is a princess cut diamond. But this cut didn’t become popular until the 1960s. Rings before this time used cuts that don’t magnify the sparkle so much, such as emerald- or rose-cut diamonds. Colored diamonds or gemstones are also more common in vintage rings, though black diamonds are a modern trend.The most common metals for vintage rings are gold and platinum. Today white gold is increasingly used as a more substitute for silver, which tarnishes easily and can mark the skin.

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More Updates from @shopGEMGOSSIP

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If you follow me over on Instagram, you know I’ve been rampantly purging rings from my personal collection. Not sure why really. Spring cleaning? Too many to account for? Change? I think a lot has to do with working from home. I used to have to get ready for work everyday–choosing clothes, doing my hair, and picking out a different jewelry look. Now that I work from home, a lot has changed. My tastes have evolved as well, so I also think that is a factor. But I hate to see rings not being worn. And just like clothing–if you can go through your wardrobe and haven’t worn a certain piece in years, it might be time to part with it! Finding new homes for my rings definitely feels good! Hope one of these finds its way to you!

To find out which of the above rings featured are still available, check out the full inventory over at @shopGEMGOSSIP

And yes, the scarab has sold–may have been the hardest to part with and definitely the quickest to sell.

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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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A Jewelry Instagram You Can Shop!

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Although I haven’t officially announced this over on here, I’d like to take the time to do just that! The Instagram account @shopGEMGOSSIP launched just before the holidays and became a quick and easy way to list items both from my inventory and personal collection that I have for sale. I get so many questions on my original Instagram (@GemGossip) of prices on items that are a part of my personal collection and not for sale, so I decided to make a whole new page. This new page is intended to be a running inventory of items I have for sale, with full descriptions and prices listed–so no time wasted emailing to learn a ring size or price, it is all right there! I love shopping on Instagram as well, but saw how difficult it was on some pages to get information or pricing, as well as not knowing if items were for sale or already sold. I am making sure @shopGEMGOSSIP is up-to-date and clearly labeled SOLD the moment something sells!

Hope you all enjoy! Check out the page —> @shopGEMGOSSIP

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