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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Vegas Prep: Interview with Marion Fasel of The Adventurine

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We are excited to kick off a fun series this week on Gem Gossip — these next five blog features will get you excited and prepped for Vegas Jewelry Week, which is quickly approaching! I’ve asked five people–a mix of designers, editors, and industry insiders–to contribute their insights from this epic event that happens once a year. I’m asking for advice, tips, favorite parts, and much more! Whether it will be your first time attending or you are a professional (and can pack with your eyes closed), these interviews will pique your curiousity and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two! One thing is for sure, we all are SO EXCITED for Vegas.

We are starting the week out with Marion Fasel who is celebrating a big milestone in a few weeks–her online magazine The Adventurine turns one year old at the end of the month. She strategically launched the same day Vegas Jewelry Week began last year and has been covering all kinds of jewelry topics since then (many of which are pictured above). But don’t let the small digit fool you, Marion has been in the jewelry industry for over 25 years. Most notably, she was InStyle’s Contributing Editor of Fine Jewelry & Watches for nearly two decades, has written eight books, and has helped curate several museum exhibitions. It’s no secret I am her number one fan and have been continually cheering her on since I discovered her flipping through the pages of InStyle magazine. Let’s find out more:

How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?

I have been 12 times. I haven’t missed a jewelry week in Vegas since the Couture show relocated from the Phoenician in Scottsdale to the Wynn in 2005.


Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?

I’d give my rookie self a fun tip and a few practical tips.

My fun tip is about gambling. I’d tell myself to gamble. You are in Vegas—some fun must be had. Then I would say, skip the slots. Go in the early evening to the Encore where it can be quiet and find a Black Jack dealer with an empty table. There are usually several. Tell the dealer, you don’t know much about the game but would like to learn. The dealers are incredibly knowledgeable and thrilled to share their tips. If you allow them to guide you about what “the book” says for your hand, you will win. Trust me on this. Just let them tell you how to play.

One practical tip, don’t let the bellhop take your luggage when you check in. Just take it to your room yourself. If you don’t, you have to wait for it. They won’t leave it in your room unless you are there. Sometimes they are fast, but sometimes they take a while which keeps you waiting in your room before hitting the trade show floor or doing anything your heart desires.

Drink lots of water. It’s the desert and you will get dehydrated even indoors.

Oh, and have a clear strategy for who you want to see. There are a lot of great jewelry designers there and you won’t be able to see everyone, so do a careful edit on your agenda and leave breathing room to explore. The time to explore is key.

Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.

I wear heels so I bring Band-Aids. I bring my gambling budget, usually around $200. I bring loads of jewelry, because it’s a jewelry crowd and its Vegas so it’s fun to get decked out. Beyond that it’s pretty standard phone charger, camera, computer. I don’t travel light.

One big difference from last year to this year?

Well, last year I launched my online magazine TheAdventurine.com one day before the Couture show started. The timing was not a coincidence. It’s really the beginning of the formal jewelry season. You see how the trends and designers are shaping up at Couture. I wanted my website anniversary to coincide with the Couture show. I guess the biggest difference is now The Adventurine is humming away.

Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.

Winning at Black Jack. I am kidding. Meeting a talented new designer or just seeing a great new collection from an established designer are my favorite things.

Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.

It is a bit odd being indoors for a week. During the course of the show, it’s not usual for some people to never step outside for more than a few minutes on the terrace off the trade show floor or to walk to the taxi stand to go out to dinner. I try to make my way to La Cave as often as possible to sit in the outdoor café there for lunch, dinner or drinks.

Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.

I won a Vespa at the Couture Awards. It’s probably one of the most wonderful and weird things that has ever happened to me anywhere. I actually like public speaking but when I went on stage to accept the scooter, I was so shocked and happy, I was virtually speechless.

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Top Ten Rings from STORE 5a in Columbus, OH

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I learned of STORE 5a when on my #JewelryRoadTrip last month in the Ohio area. The shop caught my attention because they are all about selling pre-owned items–things like designer handbags, watches, and of course fine jewelry. It is stores like STORE 5a where you can find hidden gems and that one piece you’ve been missing from your collection, easily. Luckily they have two locations, both in Columbus, Ohio–one being in the Easton Market and the other in Short North. Taking the word pre-owned and putting their own spin on it, STORE 5a shows how you can save money, be socially responsible and own a piece of fashion history, all while shopping at their store.

I hope to someday get to visit one of their stores, but in the meantime, their jewels came to me! Here are my TOP TEN favorite rings from their current inventory:

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1. 14k yellow gold solitaire rutilated Kunzite ring, Price: $2,750

I don’t know but for some reason I went from not liking pink to being ALL ABOUT pink! This kunzite ring is vibrant, glowing and pouring out color in every direction. What is neat about it this particular piece is that it features some rutile inclusions that have become a part of the unique look of the stone. Rutile thin fibers of another mineral that often get in the cross path of another mineral when forming underground. The result is often really cool, like in this ring!

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2. Platinum and 18k yellow gold tourmaline and diamond ring, Price: $2,999

The center gemstone in this ring immediately caught my attention and you wouldn’t realize how different the setting is until you saw the side profile view, above! The flattened shank is actually really comfortable–now I know why so many men have a square wedding band. The tourmaline is such a pretty blue-green color, accented perfectly with a rubellite (just another word for red/pink tourmaline).

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3. 14k white gold diamond and sapphire bubble ring, Price: $3,950

A cluster of geometric goodness consisting of diamonds and sapphires, this ring is bold and beautiful! There’s quite a lot of diamond weight here–nearly three carats! It sparkles like crazy and the way the ring is designed, it has a comfort fit where the shank meets the front. I love how elongated it is and takes up quite a lot of space on the finger! A must in my book.

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4. 14k yellow gold diamond and sapphire owl ring, Price: $1,960

Something about owls that people just love–my gram collected owls for years…had them all over her house! I would have preferred this owl ring over a house full of owls any day! The eyes are two glowing sapphires and there are also diamonds which form its classic scowl. I love the detail of the texture of the gold–makeshift feathers right there! Such a cool piece.

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5. 18k yellow gold and platinum emerald and diamond ring, Price: $2,999

This ring is all about the details! From the gilded, scrolling shank, to the contrasting metals, and even the details of the “petals,” it checks every box. It also doesn’t hurt that it is very photogenic! It is bold and earthy, with lots of vintage vibes going on. Maybe you’re a May baby and need a birthstone ring that you’ve been hunting for?! This may be it!

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6. 18k yellow gold old mine cut diamond and sapphire flower ring, Price: $1,450

Perfect for spring, or really, any time of year for that matter–this flower ring is the cutest! It is set with one center old mine cut diamond that is approx. 0.40 carats, surrounded by gold petals with sapphire accents. I’ve always loved the combination of yellow gold, blue sapphire and diamonds. This little vintage beauty is a definite favorite!

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7. 18k white gold filigree synthetic sapphire and diamond ring, Price: $998

Ah, the classic three-stone filigree ring–a staple in every antique jewelry collector’s jewel box. I remember purchasing mine when I first started collecting–since then I upgraded by removing the center stone and replacing it with a diamond. This could easily be done with this one too, but I do love the contrast of the blue and the white gold/white diamonds. Such a precious piece with a great price!

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8. Platinum irraditated yellow pear-cut diamond set with accent diamonds, Price: $7,150

If anything is becoming as of late, it is these incredible pear-cuts that are thankfully trending. I love a good pear cut and this particular diamond has some intense yellow color to it, enhanced through a process called irradiation. I love its design and silhouette–it looks as though it is two rings, but it is all one seamless ring. And it sparkles like crazy!

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9. 14k yellow gold amethyst and pink tourmaline ring, Price: $1,662

I love a juicy color combo and this is amethyst/pink tourmaline duo is pretty incredible! Besides the fact that the design is really stunning in its own right, I simply can’t get enough of this ring. I can picture it being paired with a very casual t-shirt and jeans look, and make a big impact. Make this your statement ring that people recognize you by!

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10. 14k white gold diamond snowflake ring, Price: $1,225

This ring most resembles a snowflake to me, but could be open for interpretation. It features both princess cut and round brilliant cut diamonds to create the design, every stone being bezel set. This would be an ideal ring for every day wear. The diamonds total approx. 1.21 carats and whether you love the winter or love the concept of snowflakes each being totally unique, this ring is for you!

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Gem Gossip Visits Sunday & Sunday Antiques, NE Ohio

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A look into one of Sunday & Sunday Antiques’ ring boxes

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Diamonds rings and pocket watch chains are just some of their specialties

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You can shop these: turquoise, opal & garnet, opal cluster

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You can shop these: Rhodolite garnet dangle, opal cluster, rhodolite and pearl dangle

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Cameos are one of Carolyn’s most favorite kind of jewelry

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This Topaz is beckoning you to dive in!

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Lots of diamond rings and two bangles

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You can shop these: opal & garnet, turquoise, opal cluster

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Shop my necklaces here & here

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Some of my personal favorites, all are available!

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Where shall I begin???

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Shop these from left to right: here, here, here, here

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Just a cool cat cameo, shop him here

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Love these three dainty necklaces, shop these here, here, here

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One of the most intricate and fancy blackamoors I’ve ever seen!

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Sunday & Sunday has a great selection of signet rings

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A diamond and sapphire Art Deco brooch/necklace pendant, so stunning!

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A closer look into the ring box…

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Which elongated diamond ring is your favorite?!

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Love the variety of turquoise rings, shop here, here, here

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Shop the snake ring, synthetic ruby navette, lava cameo

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Shop the onyx & diamond, blue wedgwood

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Putting Ohio on the Jewelry Road Trip map was a goal of mine for this year, and I’m so happy that it started out with an adventurous and jewel-filled excursion to the Northeastern portion of this great state. Carolyn & Ed are a husband and wife dream team that are known as Sunday & Sunday Antiques. With nearly 35 years in the antique business, they are ones you’ll want to bookmark and constantly check their inventory, because with their experience, collectors’ eye and connections, they find some amazing pieces. For me, it all started when I first connected with Carolyn a couple Decembers ago. I stumbled upon an onyx ring with tri-colored gold details from the 1920s and had to have it. I usually discover virtual shops and jewelry to buy via Instagram, and this was an Etsy-browse find–so I made sure to encourage Sunday & Sunday Antiques to join Instagram! A few years later, Carolyn has been hooked since the day she joined and boasts over 31k followers.

I knew visiting with Sunday & Sunday Antiques was going to be fun–lots of inventory (with the best part being that most of it is actually listed, ready to purchase), lots of laughs, and lots of stories. Growing up, Carolyn had always been attracted to shiny things and she even worked at a jewelry store briefly before meeting her sparkliest treasure–her husband Ed! He had grown up in the business, having his dad as his apprentice, learning how to fix and restore watches, as well as repairing jewelry since he was a teenager. While most kids were out running around causing chaos, Ed was tinkering at flea markets and finding things that caught his eye. Once Carolyn & Ed were married, they formed Sunday & Sunday Antiques and set up at antique shows all across the US. They would travel all around, buying and selling, making memories and friends along the way.

Carolyn made a really smart move by being an early adopter of the Internet. In the antique jewelry world, 8-10 years ago NO ONE was really on the world wide web–only a few big names that have continued to lead the pack had a website, if anything. Sunday & Sunday is a proud member of Ruby Lane, with a platinum status since joining in 2000. They also are on Etsy, which they joined in early 2009. The husband and wife duo complement each other in terms of putting their strengths to work to run their online antique business. Carolyn has got the photography down to a science, with a position-shoot-next method that will turn heads. She also is in charge of listing, answering emails, shipping and appraising. Ed does a lot of the buying and meticulously restores and checks each piece before listing. He has a knack for perfection and in a business like this, customers appreciate that. Transitioning their business from traveling shows to strictly online-only has been a great leap of faith, but one they are enjoying to the fullest and very thankful for every step of the way. And don’t mention the word retirement to either of them–antiques are a way of life!

The passion that both Ed & Carolyn have for antiques and antique jewelry resonates throughout every part of their life. It was awesome to connect with such great people and get an inside look into their world. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing it as well through my eyes and be sure to check out more from Sunday & Sunday Antiques around the web:

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Five Important Things I Learned from Being a Jewelry Appraiser

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Never in a million years did I ever think I would have a profession such as “jewelry appraiser.” It was something that I fell into by chance and I’m grateful/thankful everyday for that–because although I never thought it would be something I would do, there wasn’t a day that went by which I didn’t learn something new during that time. My mind was like a sponge during the first few months of picking up the skills of jewelry appraising–from measuring, to formulating, comparing and researching–everything came almost naturally for me. Market values and research were aspects I really enjoyed about the job. Things like checking out auctions results, following market trends, and so on–these are things I still do to this day although I don’t appraise jewelry on a regular basis anymore. From the moment I picked up the profession and for five years straight, I appraised piles of 10-25 pieces on a weekly basis–that is, fully written up, documented appraisals for insurance purposes. I’ve worked with clients of all walks of life, even traveling to rural Illinois to appraise an entire estate of about 100 items.

Being a jewelry appraiser is a fun job and very rewarding, but also has its downfalls. For me, personally, I worked in an office with no windows. The days were long when you had piles of jewelry to appraise–just you and a microscope. My eyesight has never been the same, but obviously aging will also do that to you. I enjoyed breaking stereotypes of a “typical appraiser.” Young women usually aren’t the ones getting pulled from the back of a jewelry store when someone has a question about their jewelry. I remember a customer telling me, “wait you’re the appraiser? I was expecting an older man!”

I’ve been putting together this list for awhile now and wanted to share my top insights/important things I’ve learned from my five years of being a jewelry appraiser–let’s start from the top:

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1. While most appraisals I’ve done were dealing with happy clients that were getting insurance on their items to hopefully prevent anything bad from happening so they could potentially be covered–I also dealt with the opposite. So many disgruntled clients who were stolen from or lost an item that they deemed “irreplaceable” only to have it vanish. It happens–jewelry gets stolen, jewelry gets lost. I couldn’t recommend getting your jewelry appraised enough! I have never heard so many of the same stories of how things got stolen–the caregiver, the plumber, a son/daughter’s friend that came over, the list goes on. Bottom line, if you frequently have people coming in/out of your house–your jewelry items need to be insured and hidden.

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2. I’ve also appraised lots of items that were randomly found by people–whether it was on the ground, inside an old house that was being renovated, or at garage sales in a junk pile–dreams do come true and treasure is still out there!! My favorite story comes from a lady who was renovating a house that was recently purchased. She was moving an old, tall grandfather clock that was left with the house, when she noticed something behind the pendulum part of the clock. It was a ring box with a solitaire ring inside. She thought for sure it was fake, but sure enough it was an Old European cut diamond that was 1.50 carats and worth $10k!

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3. There are a lot of appraisers out there that aren’t doing it right. They think putting a crazy high value on a retail replacement appraisal will make their customer happy because it is nowhere near what they paid for that same item. So, this in turn makes the customer incredibly satisfied, thinking they got a steal of a deal. It is crazy because I honestly can’t even find comparables or a way to justify valuing some jewelry items so high. In the end, it doesn’t really help anyone because the customer ends up paying higher deductibles on insurance and also when they go to sell their jewelry, they have this clouded value of what they think that item is worth. Find an appraiser that is putting reasonable values on things and not outlandish replacement values.

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4. If there is any type of jewelry that I feel doesn’t hold its value over time, it would have to be watches. I know so many people are going to hate me for saying this, including my husband who invests in Rolexes (not smart lol), but it is true. Resale values on watches are usually less than 1/3 of what you paid for it. That is relatively speaking though. And yes, there are some watches that age like fine wine and hold, if not increase, their value.

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5. You’re only slightly offending your appraiser when you ask to be present while appraising your jewelry. This was my number one request I would get asked when people would make an appraisal appointment. It was hard to make exceptions for people and allow them to come back into normally-closed-quarters for the public. But at the same time, I could relate and understand where they were coming from. I can’t imagine leaving my engagement ring with someone for several days to get appraised. So while it may easily be taken offensively from an appraiser’s point of view, looking at it from a concerned client’s point of view helps. And yes, I would make exceptions–but no, not everyone does!

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I dream of Travel

80’s -90’s kids in India might remember watching “I dream of Jeannie” (in color) a fantasy comedy starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden. With the Naivety only eight-year-olds could muster, I told my friends that I liked the show – how the Jeannie travels or conjures up things with a blink of an eye I was teased as “Jeanie (Genie)” for the rest of my school life

80’s -90’s kids in India might remember watching “I dream of Jeannie” (in color) a fantasy comedy starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden. With the Naivety only eight-year-olds could muster, I told my friends that I liked the show – how the Jeannie travels or conjures up things with a blink of an eye I was teased as “Jeanie (Genie)” for the rest of my school life. So much so that I got the confidence to wear a single ponytail once again only in my late 20’s. Jokes aside, I have always been drawn towards the exotic, the Jeannie, treasures, magic carpets and the works; a calling that could be fulfilled only through travel.

I have friends and relatives who shop obsessively for silk sarees, designer jeans and dresses or gold jewelry. There are those who splurge on suits, cars, watches, and shoes. Though I do like having fine things in life much as the next person (A pair of solitaire earrings or a Chanel bag would be welcome gifts) I wouldn’t mind wearing basic tees or kurtas bought five years ago and jewelry made up of orphaned beads to save money for travel. A lot of them consider me crazy for living this way, but they fail to understand that while shopping brings momentary pleasure, traveling fills you with memories that last a lifetime. Only a few understand that I want to be a traveller and not just a tourist.

I am fortunate to be raised by parents (and grandparents) who believed that traveling is the truest form of education. All through my childhood, I saw my mother travel like a local and my father always traveled in comfort. My style is, therefore, a mixture of both – I splurge on one aspect of the trip, focus on comfort for another but act like a local for rest of the trip.
My travels – whether they involve a ride around the Icy Himalayan mountains of Nepal, dancing in Rajasthan, playing with tigers in Chiang Mai or shopping in the colorful Gujarat markets they always include a learning of some sort particularly with regard to art, craft, and design. They also always have a bead, gemstone or jewelry purchase or skill training tied up with them. These travels and the purchases are a sort of coming age symbols in my life.


I remember buying a Shell brooch in Mysore (at the age of 9) for my mother and my first pearl earrings (at 11 after saving money for almost a year) in New Delhi. I bought my first precious gemstone in Columbo and my first silver jewelry in Nepal.
Sayuri bloomed as a business in the early days mainly due to the fact that I would travel to markets across the country (and yes later abroad) to buy beads and supplies that were not available locally. I was never afraid to experiment with materials that were foreign to me and combining them with local skills and ideas is what enabled me to become a mixed media artist.

As a kid, I wasn’t interested in visiting Europe or America but was very curious to explore the east – Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. Having done 3 out of 6, now I am extremely interested in the west. I would love to

– Go for cycle rides in Amsterdam and look at the tulips and windmills
– Walk around the street of Rome and soak up both culture as well as Fashion. Well, Let’s throw in Greece (gorgeous Santorini), Barcelona ( to see Antonio Gaudi’s work) and Paris into the itinerary while I imagine myself in Europe
visit Kutch during the full moon in January, The temples, forts and palaces in Madhya Pradesh and the North East a month after the rains when it’s dry yet green
Last but not the least Visit AmericaLas Vegas casinos, Grand Canyon, Manhattan and yes Disneyworld. I know, that is a strange combination yet it is completely acceptable to the child in my adult body. As the fifth avenue is way beyond my budget, even in my dreams, I‘ll exchange them for the shoppable (is that even a word?) Michaels and vintage stores. And most importantly attend Beadfest or the bead and button show and CHA. I want to take up lots of classes, shop, and meet all my blogging and designer friends from the US.


These are my dream travel plans and I hope that a very important one among them comes true very very soon. Do share with me your dream travel plans and destinations. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you?

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Freeman’s Auction: May 2nd Jewelry & Watches Sale

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An exciting jewelry sale is coming up and every jewelry collector and enthusiast needs to know about it! Freeman’s has set their spring sale date, May 2nd, 2016, and also released their catalogue which depicts all 237 lots. The first 200 or so items come from various consignors, with the last 17 lots being of significant provenance–a distinguished collection of jewels from the Estate of Julia Sands Chase. Many of these pieces feature portraits of them being worn or handwritten receipts, all of which make them even more special than they already are.

So who did these jewels once belong to?! Freeman’s Specialist, Virginia Salem writes,

“Julia Sands Chase was a descendant of a prominent Newport, Rhode Island, naval family, instrumental in making it the yachting center it is today. Her great-grandfather, Dr. Austin Ledyard Sands, was an original incorporator of the medical board of the Newport Hospital in 1873 and traveled the world extensively until his death in Cairo in 1877. It was during these trips that Dr. Sands purchased many jewels in London for his wife, Julia, and the original receipts that accompany some of this jewelry are clearly marked, “Mrs. Austin Sands, London 1883-1894.” Dr. Sands left his fortune to his only son, Frederic Parker Sands, Julia’s grandfather, who was instrumental in organizing the Newport Yacht Racing fund.

The jewels offered in Freeman’s May 2 auction of Jewelry & Watches would have been purchased by Dr. Sands, bequeathed to Frederic, and worn by Mary Sands, Julia’s grandmother, who married Lorillard Spencer in Newport’s historic Trinity Church in 1905.”

My favorites from the sale span many different eras and styles, including the last four items which hail from the noteworthy Estate of Julia Sands Chase. I seriously can’t get over the diamond and emerald ring (lot 233)–just spectacular! Hope you enjoy my picks and make sure you REGISTER to bid–May 2nd is coming up quick!

Lot 73: 14k yellow gold bracelet with large rectangular links, held together with smaller diamond links–measuring 7.5 inches in length. The charm that hangs from the bracelet really makes this the stand-out piece, which depicts a cityscape (not sure if it is of a particular city) made of diamonds! I can feel the energy of the bustling city brought to life by the sparkle of the diamonds! Estimate: $2,500-3,500

Lot 134: This 18k yellow gold and aquamarine necklace just screams glamour to me! I also think I like it so much because it slightly reminds me of the necklace in the movie Titanic. Measuring 14.5 inches in length, this choker-style jewel is set with an astonishing 75 carats (approximately) of a heart-shaped aquamarine! It is signed Mellerio. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Lot 147: I’ve never met a black opal ring I didn’t like, however this one is exceptionally amazing. A bold design, centering around a large oval shaped black opal surrounded by 2.10 carats of diamonds, this ring isn’t for the faint-hearted. Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 176: This breath-taking sapphire and diamond pendant brooch, set with sparkling Old European cut diamonds is definitely a show-stopper from this auction. The piece comes with a certificate from AGL declaring it Ceylon in origin, with no evidence of heat treatment. Makes it even more spectacular! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 194: The design on this ring is very unique, which is why it caught my attention. Marquise diamonds can create a fun, geometric style in jewelry design, and this ring surely captures that. The ring is a size 5.5 and all the diamonds total approximately three carats. Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 200: Kite-shaped diamonds are something you don’t see everyday, which is why this particular ring is going to be such a hot item. How amazing would it be to have this as your engagement ring and be able to stare at it all day! The diamond comes with a GIA certificate which states clarity VVS-2, color G and carat size 6.10 carats! It is also important to note that it has been treated; HPHT processed. Estimate: $25,000-30,000

From the Estate of Julia Sands Chase:

Lot 223: Victorian diamond and silver-topped gold pendant brooch designed as a Maltese cross centering an old mine-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.60 carats and set throughout with old mine-cut diamonds; estimated total remaining diamond weight: 17.00 carats; accompanied by original receipt from Charles J. Hill, London, dated October 6th, 1887. Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Lot 229: A remarkable stomacher brooch, circa 1905 set with diamonds and emeralds all done in platinum and gold. Emerald carat weight–37 carats and diamond weight totaling 8 carats! This piece has significant provenance and also features a portrait painting of Mary Sands wearing this exact piece. Estimate: $40,000-60,000

Lot 230: A pair of natural pearl drop earrings suspended from a cluster of old antique cut diamonds. Keeping with the time period, these earrings serve more than one purpose or look, where the dangles can be removed, leaving stud earrings. So exquisite! Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Lot 233: Ah, finally my favorite piece of the sale! This belle époque antique diamond and emerald ring is just so incredible. It features an almost four-carat Old Mine cut diamond and a luscious green emerald weighing approximately 1.70 carats. I can’t stop staring! Estimate: $20,000-30,000

 

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Favorite Instagrams: Early Spring 2016

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therockhuntress adoring some agates from her collection

marteau.co says the heat is on with her coral ring collection, mixed in with a few others

decemberanchor has an epic date ring collection, love this photo

baliplatform shows off a customer photo, wearing ruffles and gold necklaces, great combo

kentshire reveals the most perfect antique bangle, enamel, lines and a buckle

margeryhirschey visited Tucson and shot this awesome vignette of some yellow sapphires as bright as the sun

janetaylorjewelry puts the O! in COLOR, love the purple and yellow combo

bulgariofficial has probably my most favorite watches, even though I hardly wear watches

jhadleyjewelry piles it all on, lots of pink and lots of sparkle

alexbluhjewelry custom created these beauties–I’m a huge fan of the signet ring

juliewolfdesign playing with design and antiques

metiersf puts a spin on your typical hat–just add an antique brooch!

jeanjeanvintage is entranced by this vintage Hermes scallop ring in 18k yellow gold

sarahandsebastianjewellery shoot a photo of their Nimbus ring matched up with a large black diamond pin ring

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Q & A with TrueFacet’s CEO Tirath Kamdar

truefacet0329 TrueFacet is the perfect online destination for any jewelry collector like myself, whether you’re someone looking to purchase a gift, someone new to jewelry and don’t know where to begin, or even the best, seasoned jewelry expert–hundreds of pages of new and preowned jewelry await! This authentic pre-loved jewelry marketplace was first introduced to the world back in May of 2014, and has already served tens of thousands of customers who logged in and clicked “add to cart” with 100% piece of mind knowing TrueFacet‘s integrity and focus on authenticity. Every item is authenticated and priced at the best value. True to its brand, I’ve browsed their pages multiple times (with no end in sight as their inventory clocks in at around 40,000 items!!) and have found so many amazing pieces I’d love to add to my personal collection. And pricing is two thumbs up from me!

I wanted to know more about this buyer/seller online haven–who was the force behind such a grand marketplace? I had to find out! CEO of TrueFacet, Tirath Kamdar was gracious enough to answer all my questions, enjoy!q1

Since Valentine’s Day happens to be our second largest holiday, we recently launched our Valentine’s Day Shops page with nine dedicated stores, curated with some amazing gift items for women and men from $150 to $100,000. (www.truefacet.com/valentine)

Our focus is on continuously building the best consumer experience in jewelry shopping and selling. We have so many exciting projects happening in 2016 to help nurture this. For starters, we have launched a concierge shopping service via text-message technology where consumers can text in their requests, and within 24 hours, your personalized concierge rep will help get that piece! All at your fingertips.

We already have a unique real-time pricing engine that gives sellers the best value of their jewelry at any point in time. We will soon allow everyone globally to have access to this amazing offering!

Yellow gold and diamond LOVE necklace (no brand) $550 diamond heart pendant in rose gold (no brand) $595

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My family business has been in the jewelry industry for over 40 years as manufacturers of some of the most well known designer and unsigned pieces. I spent over 8 years in my family business working across marketing and design. Over the course of eight years, I observed firsthand the daily struggles customers encountered both online and offline, with such an opaque experience for consumer. It was there that I came to understand the key elements it takes to keep jewelry-buying consumers happy, and envisioned a platform which can do it all for people everywhere.

Later, these became the core brands values on which I created TrueFacet with my partner and friend, COO, Chris Chan. They include:

1. Fair prices: You may not offer the cheapest price but being able to justify and explain WHY goes a long way with consumers.

2. Trust: Earning trust doesn’t come overnight. It comes with an open line of communication and the management of expectations from the start.

3. Experience: Offer a pleasurable and memorable shopping experience without intimidation.

4. Authenticity: One fake is too many. Our company is based on the knowledge that the goods are 100% real. Our jewelry and watch experts have over 50 years of combined authentication expertise, ranging from scientific analysis to antique, contemporary, and classic authentication.

5. Transparency: Be honest through every step of the shopping and buying process.

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There have been a few exciting moments that continue to infuse excitement and evoke pride!

In 2015, we were able to raise our second round of venture capital funding. TrueFacet has raised a total of $4.8 million across two funding rounds from investors Maveron and FreeStyle Capital and others, and this allowed to build our plans effectively to service over 10’s of thousands of consumers in 2015, bringing designer ‘authentic’ products to them without paying retail.

Bulgari ring Chanel swivel ring diamond_sapphire, $15,000 and De Grisogono blue sapphire and diamond ring $6,500

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Our dream is to become the number one online destination globally for all fine jewelry and watches! Each month over month, we continue to grow 120%+ and will bring this offering to global markets including China, EU, and other’s.

Our goals are many! We will soon be dedicating more resources to our Concierge Program. At the end of 2015, we launched our very cool and timely Concierge Service whereby clients can text, live chat, email or (of course) call us with any fine jewelry or watch need. Requests are fielded for both gifts and self-purchases in affordable and expensive price-ranged watches or jewelry. The best part? The service costs nothing. We do all of the work, because people are busier than ever. We have helped over 1200 people via the Concierge Service and plan to help endless more people this year.

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First ask yourself the following questions:

-Do you have any sentimental attachment to the piece?

-Have you worn this item in the past 12 months?

-Does this item make you feel happy and confident when worn?

If you answered no to any of these questions, perhaps it is time to sell.

The first step is to have the item evaluated by an expert and know it’s transparent value. At TrueFacet our in house experts will tell you not only what an item is worth but WHY? This way, clients come to understand why something is more or less valuable, and the reasons behind it – transparency always!

We currently offer two ways to sell on TrueFacet: Consign or List. When consigning, the Concierge team is committed to delivering the most transparent experience and highest value for your item(s). We value, authenticate, refurbish, photograph and securely ship free of charge. The client simply fills out the form here: https://www.truefacet.com/consignment/ and a concierge expert gets in touch. When the item sells, we pay 80% of the value, more than any other company on or offline.

The second option is listing in our marketplace, for the person who likes to take matters into their own hands. By filling out this simple and easy to use form here https://www.truefacet.com/additem/ clients can get up to 85% of the retail value of the item when it sells, with our authenticity + real-time pricing helping to ensure you have a transparent experience.

This year look out for more bells and whistles in terms of seller functionality via a real-time jewelry and watch pricing-engine. Through a proprietary system, sellers will be able to click a series of buttons and find out how much their jewelry or watch is worth in real time and perhaps then list it on our site. Talk about a resource and time saver!

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Be Bold with a Men’s Brasilia

Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.

So say the experts at Color-Wheel-Pro.com at least, but we are inclined to agree with them, especially when it comes to brilliant red-orange leather strap that holds the Ebel Brasilia watches for men. Now, we realize that we recently covered other Ebel watches, including the Brasilia, but could not see this leather number go away into obscurity.

Make no mistake, this watch is for men. Do not let the encrusted 106 white diamonds sway you into needlessly doubting the timepiece’s gender. This Brasilia model is for men, but not for those who allow silly conventions to rule over their lives. Reread the various abstractions that orange represents: creativity, determination, attraction, success. If these words mean anything to you (and we think they do), the leather strapped Brasilia men’s watch is guaranteed to confirm that. Be your own man. Be your own person, and opt for an Ebel watch in time for the new year!

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