Gem Gossip Visits M. Flynn Jewelry in Boston, MA

Come along with me as I take you inside M. Flynn in Boston!

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Such a gorgeous selection of engagement & wedding — these are a mix of Anna Sheffield & M. Flynn’s own bridal designs, shop bridal

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Getting the store tour from co-founder Megan

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some of Page Sargisson zodiac medallions, a best-seller

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I’m wearing some pieces from M. Flynn’s estate selection, the necklace was created out of a collection of vintage hat charms!

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I love the crystal chandeliers and white fixtures–it is its own jewel box!

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Some more vintage pieces from their estate section: antique buttons turned into pendants, a scottie dog, and a stick pin converted into a pendant

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The entire back wall is covered in crystals floating from invisible wire–it is quite magical!

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M. Flynn has all the right studs to create an epic ear stack, shop earrings — and loving the turquoise selection, Mociun + vintage

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Turquoise has taken over a section of this case and we’re not mad at that.

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A fun line of jewelry called Loquet allows you to customize gems and gold trinkets inside a rock crystal dome

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Wearing rings by Misa Jewelry and necklaces by Page Sargisson

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M. Flynn loves working one-on-one with clients to help them find the perfect piece!

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I can’t get enough of these estate pieces!

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The shop has been open since 2009 and is located amongst some amazing restaurants and walking areas.

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Nautical, New England style fully represented in the Turk’s Head collection by AGA Correa

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Fashion jewelry also lines the shelves of the shop, along with jewelry books and other jewel-inspired gifts

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An up-close shot of the necklaces from Page Sargisson & diamond Misa Jewelry

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Shop M. Flynn’s estate collection

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myself with the founders & owners of M. Flynn, sister duo Megan & Moria

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Gorgeous crystal chandeliers are the perfect touch to the light and airy decor

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Vintage charms found at M. Flynn

A dazzling curtain of crystals which doubles as artwork…all the best jewelry books one can fathom…flawless displays…sparkling jewelry of all kinds…and one mascot named Stu. This reads as the ultimate recipe for a beautiful, successful jewelry store, which happens to be a real-life place. It is called M. Flynn Jewelry and the shop is located in Boston, Massachusetts. I was lucky enough to visit the store on my #JewelryRoadTrip, where I learned all about its beginnings, what it has to offer, as well as the two sisters behind the namesake: Megan & Moria Flynn!

Opened in 2009, the store fostered the sisters’ love for all things sparkly. Elizabeth Taylor is a jewelry icon for all of the world, but for Megan & Moria, she is everything! They wanted to create a space where they can serve multiple needs for their clients and the store has evolved over the past several years, growing along the way. Their are a few important features of M. Flynn Jewelry–so let’s break down each one!

Their own line of jewelry: if you need classic, every day wear pieces the M. Flynn line is just what you’re looking for. Gemstone rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings make up the line, including bridal options as well. They also have a collaboration collection called the Gates Collection which they’ve created along with an interior designer/blogger that is highly popular–Erin Gates.

Designer jewelry: M. Flynn has been expanding each year, adding new designers they feel are a good fit for both their store and the Boston area. Some of the best selling and favorites are Adel Chefridi, Page Sargisson, EF Collection, Misa Jewelry, Mociun, Loquet, Kelly Bello, and more.

Bridal jewelry: An ideal destination for all your wedding needs, M. Flynn can create your dream ring! They also have a large assortment of finished pieces from their own designs, as well as top designer engagement rings from Anna Sheffield, Mociun, Misa Jewelry, and Page Sargisson. They also have a selection of men’s wedding bands too!

Estate Jewelry: All periods, all styles–M. Flynn loves it all, so if it is delicate and sentimental or retro and unique, you will find it here. Lots of rings, some earrings and necklaces, and a large assortment of charms. This section is ever-changing and always one-of-a-kind, so check back often!

Fashion Jewelry: I know Gem Gossip does not cover fashion jewelry at all, but it is noteworthy that M. Flynn does carry fashion jewelry–lots of different designers, such as Lizzie Fortunato, Pamela Love, and Alexis Bittar–and great price points for gift-giving season.

Gifts/Accessories: Who knew jewelry-related gifts were so fun?! Gem Water bottles, jewelry travel cases, fragrances, cards, candles, jewelry books…you name it, they have it! I need this store in my life during the holidays!

Custom design: Besides all the above amazingness, M. Flynn also can custom design your dream piece. Whether you bring in family stones or have nothing at all except for a few slight ideas, they are here to help with that. You will be loving the finished result and coming back for more.

Hope you enjoy browsing the above photos from my visit–I know you will have heart-emoji eyes while doing so. Megan & Moria are truly so nice and have such a passion for what they do–I also have major respect for Megan getting her gemology degree at GIA. Not many store owners do so and I think that’s amazing! Next time you’re in Boston, pop in and say hi–make sure to pet Stu for me!

M Flynn

40 Waltham St.

Boston, MA 02118

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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?

I am blogging about my dreams and passions for the Club Mahindra #DreamTrails activity at BlogAdda. You can get a Club Mahindra Membership to own your holidays!

I hope you found it interesting
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Introducing Sayuri

I thought hard and long about how to title this post and “Introducing Sayuri” seemed to be the most intriguing of the lot.

I thought hard and long about how to title this post and “Introducing Sayuri” seemed to be the most intriguing of the lot. Most of you know what Sayuri is – A Handmade jewelry brand that focuses on creating one of a kind mixed media thematic designs. Do read my About me page to know more about me and my brand. But who is Sayuri?
Many (including friends, family, and strangers I meet) have asked who Sayuri is. Some have wondered if she has something to do with Nitta Sayuri of “Memoirs of Geisha” while many others (who don’t know me) have assumed that Sayuri is, in fact, my name. Many have also asked me why I chose a Japanese name and not an Indian one when my brand so clearly focuses on Contemporary Indian jewelry.


It has been in the back of my head, for the past many years to give form to this fictional character with metaphorical meanings of life, creativity, passion, and achievement. Though I have doodled avatars, I never really like any of them. That is until I went to Coorg.
Earlier this year near the Bylakuppe monastery (a large Tibetan settlement) near Coorg, I found a few stores selling Japanese lady paintings, patchwork, and dolls. It was the patchwork that caught my attention first, followed by the bamboo paintings as my mom used to make them when I was a kid. She would spend hours working on the patterns, fabrics, their folds and passed on her love for Japanese culture to me. This was the time when Oshin, a super popular Japanese TV series was telecasted in India and wherever I went people thought that I looked like the child actresses from Oshin. I guess that answers the “why Japanese” question as it was the first culture that I was exposed to apart from Tamil Culture.

Bylakuppe monastery

Coming back to Bylakuppe, when my mom and I looked at the Japenese geisha dolls, we turned to each other and grinned and she said “Hey look…” and I completed the sentence with “Sayuri”. We decided to buy one. There were many of them clad in bold colors and ostentatious patterns – red, black, orange, Fuschia and blue. Some played the flute, while others had fans or flowers in their hand. Some had very elaborate hairdos and decorative clothing. Normally I would have picked one of them, but I wasn’t happy and my eyes kept darting back to this simple figure wearing blue and pink and reading a note. Light blue and pink are colors I usually dislike and this figure was plain – a simple Kimono, a basic obi, and a small fan on her head. But she felt right – She felt like Sayuri and here she is.


Once I brought her home, I dressed up her a bit. I added ribbon roses and Kanzasi flowers on her her head along with a butterfly and head pins to act as hair sticks. I added a ribbon belt and a flower to her Obi and placed a fan I bought at the Sa Paper Handicrafts in Chiang Mai. I made her travel ready with a handmade match box suitcase (that I originally made for my Navratri kolu in 2015) and a guide book with a customised bird cover.

So who is Sayuri? She is a mixture of who I am, and who I want to be. She could be any and all ofyou. She is fair (in every sense of the term), well read, well travelled and very comfortable with who she is. She has eclectic tastes and her heritage is what paves way for her modern thinking. She is independent, industrious, strong and sensible. She loves standing out of the crowd, is quiet, yet shows no hesitation when it comes to making friends. And yes, she could be my ideal client (PS: you do not have to be Japanese to wear my creations, though Japanese clients are definetly welcome!!).

I wish I could be just like her and travel the world. I have been wanting to attend Beadfest for over 3 years now but the financial aspect of it is just mind boggling. I do wish that I get some sponsorship or an opportunity to partner with a tool, supplies or beads or publication business or any design service at beadfest or before that will help me pay for some of my expenses.Or maybe other participants with whom I could stay or split costs with. If you do know of any such opportunity, please inform me. And yes do tell me what you think of “My Sayuri”.

I hope you found it interesting
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We’re All Ears – Floral button earrings

Welcome to the We’re All Ears, May reveal and our inspiration for this month is Tea parties, China patterns, tea stains and more for Ms.

Welcome to the We’re All Ears, May reveal and our inspiration for this month is Tea parties, China patterns, tea stains and more for Ms. Erin has left it pretty open ended. Her inspiration pictures were from Getty images and as I couldn’t figure out how to post them for free, I picked some Tea pot/china design from an Amazon store called Gracie China Coastline imports.
This theme got me really excited for I am an avid tea drinker. My Friend (or rather her mother) making a model of the “I am a little tea pot” rhyme for a school display in kinder garden was how I was introduced to tea and tea pots. I started drinking tea by the time I was nine as it was supposed to help with my frequent colds and lung inflammations. I ended up loving tea, hating coffee and in the process becoming an outcast in my coffee crazy family.


Indian tea, that is made at home, could be strong or light, bitter or sweet, thick (with more milk) or watery (just a spoon of milk), with or without spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom or even pepper, often with a slightly sour after taste. It could be with milk or black, it could be lemon tea, ice tea, green tea and only occasionally the stereotypical Masala chai. It could be served in Stainless tumblers with a deep dish saucer called “Davara” or plastic tea cups, with ceramic cups often reserved for guests.
Here, Tea drinking is a social habit – it is integral to a group conversion. Meeting, discussions, interviews and even dates rely very heavily on countless small paper cups filled to their brims with hot tea. Almost every street, in every state of India will have a “Tea Kadai” (a tea shop), a normal petty box store selling everything from newspapers, weekly magazines, fried snacks, biscuits, fruits like bananas, cigarettes and ofcourse the quintessential strong acidic milk tea. It would be made by the tea master using a milk boiler and served in cut glass tumblers, giving the tea the unique name of “cutting chai”. Its a place where men – both young and old gather together to gossip, talk politics, discuss women and everything else under the sun. You would rarely see a group of women there as they would prefer not to stand at a street corner while sipping tea, but I prefer them over restaurants for a quick drink. Take a look at my friend and miniature sculptor Shilpa Mitha’s mini Tea Kadai model on her page Sueno Souvenir to see what I am talking about.

Floral button earrings

Though I have never had tea in a “fine China cup” I have always been fascinated by China patterns – landscapes, floral branches, geometric shapes, dots and stripes. Some are reminders of art and design movements of the bygone era. Some are reminiscent of colonial invasion, rule or domination. Whatever be the case, kitchenware and tableware tell stories of the times, the local culture, places, the people who lived there and most importantly how they lived. Of all available patterns I am most drawn to English Floral designs in Fine China. I fell in love with them when I was first exposed to Calico fabrics in the second year of college.

Floral button earrings


Though it was Vasco Da Gama and eventually the Dutch, who created and exported Calico fabric (muslin) from South of India, it was the British who added the floral motifs to them to make them for saleable and attractive to British Citizens. On one hand it plagued the Indian fine muslin industry so much so that it became almost extinct but on the other hand it added another form, motif and aesthetic to the repertoire of the Indian printer/fabric painter.

For this challenge, I picked flower wooden buttons and made them into statement earrings with a simple wire wrap. They are quite big but relatively weightless. As an afterthought, I made a couple of more beaded earrings using ceramic beads with floral patterns. Both the patterns are very different from the usual ones you find in the Indian market as these beads have smudged – water-colorish patterns. They look wet, as would motifs on a real tea cup as you wipe spilled over tea off them.

As opposed to some of the other months of this challenge, this month I focused more on my tea memories and less on my design process. The earrings are very simple, easy to make, and are meant for everyday wear – perhaps exactly like tea.
Tea rejuvenates me, it helps me think and focus, What about you? Do share your “tea memories” and how the sights, smells, sounds and tastes associated with tea help you design. Visit the reveal page to see what the other participating artists have come up with
I hope you found it interesting
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Swap and hop Reveal

Vanakkam, Vandanam, Namasthe to all the folks visiting JewelsOfSayuri for the Bead peeps swap and hop reveal.

Vanakkam, Vandanam, Namasthe to all the folks visiting JewelsOfSayuri for the Bead peeps swap and hop reveal. Our Hostess Linda had put together a list of 53 magnificent jewelry blogs and bloggers early this year for a bead swap and now its time for the reveal. My Partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxeestyx- The travelling Sideshow and to see what we sent each other, check out the swap intro post here.
The beads were all so gorgeous and the colors – green and blue, and fitting perfectly in my comfort zone. I assumed that it would be extremely simple and I would churn out pieces by the dozen.
Since most of my customers prefer pieces with an Indian traditional look, I hardly get to experiment with very modern, western arrangements. Hence, for this reveal, I decided that I would make a piece that was completely western. After some brainstorming and word association, I settled on the following words – Rustic, frosted, mouldy, dreamlike to guide my design process.

Ceramic and metal necklace by Sayuri


Of the Yore Necklace: The idea here was to use the copper domed disc, the ceramic (?) tube and the bone sort of piece as the focal component(s) by marrying them together with wire. This simple process proved to be extremely frustrating because of the sound that arises when ceramic/frosted glass/natural components/chalk strike metal. Metal on metal is even worse! (You should see me when my colleagues eat lunch with their metal spoons 🙁 ) It was this minuscule sound that drove me absolutely mad and my teeth start grinding even when I just think of it. I somehow powered through it and finished the piece but I did not even want to touch it, so I took it apart and remade it using embroidery thread.To avoid any more friction and the resultant noise I replaced the beads at the neck with a strand of leather cord and cotton cord each – in brown and blue respectively to bring out the colors of the main components.

Ceramic and metal necklace by Sayuri

The bone piece and the sea glass still feels chalky to touch and I am wondering if coating it with some sort of a sealant will help? Any Suggestions? I love how this piece looks and really want ot wear it

Neel – Gulab Earrings (Blue and pink earrings): For my second piece, I made a quick pair of wire earrings with the carved fan shaped blue sea glass beads and rose quartz beads to match a new printed pink, blue, and beige cotton shirt. I cheated a bit and wore them both to work on Tuesday 🙂 before the reveal.

sea glass earrings by Sayuri

When I saw Peeps disclosing that they had made 3 -8 pieces for the hop, I made another pair of earrings but gave them away to my cousin without photographing it, so I decided to do one more using the packaging paper.

Misty Moor – I made a recycled paper pendant with foil encasement on the sides and add patina inks for more depth. It started off as shrapnel sort of form, very modern looking. But I wasn’t really happy with it, so I added some rhinestone and ball chain to it (Okay, I gave in and Indianised it!). After these pictures were taken, I have poured resin into it. I used the green nuggets and the patterned beads from the beads that Kelly sent me and finished it with organza ribbon. It feels a little imbalanced, ( I am unable to put my finger on what is wrong!). Maybe the pendant is shimmery and the beads look a little dull? I might restring it after the hop – design/color/material suggestions are welcome.

beaded neckalce with paper pendant by Sayuri beaded neckalce with paper pendant by Sayuri

Those are the pieces that I made, I still have lots of goodies left and hopefully you would see them in future designs. So what did Kelly make with the goodies that I sent her? Visit her blog the travelling Sideshow to find out. Special thanks to Linda for hosting this hop with amazing artists. Please do take time out to visit blogs of other participants of the Bead peeps swap and hop II. Happy Hopping!

Participant List with blog links

1. Linda Anderson28.Rosantia Petkova
2. Natalie Davidson29. Claire Fabian
3. Marcy Lamberson30.Inge von Roos
4.Kathy Lindemer31.Rachel Mallis
5.Dita Basu32.Sam Waghron
6.Andrea Glick33.Lori Schneider
7.Kristina Peck34.Fay Wolfenden
8.Shai Williams
9. Catherine La ViteSeed Beaders
10. Christina Hickman35.Suse Stelljes
11. Gloria allen36.Ginger Bishop
12. Teresa Schurter37.Nelly May
13.Maria Rosa Sharrow38.Rebecca White
14. Susan Kelly39.Sheila Prosterman
15. Jenny Kyrlach40.Catherine King
16.Michelle McCarthy41.Pallavi Asher
17. Terry Jeanette Carter42.Krafty Max
18.Lee Koopman43.Renetha Stanziano
19. Laurie Vyselaar44.Becky Pancake
20.Marianne Baxter45.Katy Heider
21.Divya N (You are here)46.Deborah Apodaca
22. Kelly Hosford Patterson (my partner)47.Heather Richter
23.Johana Nunez48. Tami Norris
24. Kari Asbury49. Brandy Scozzari
25.Robin Reed50. Kathleen Breeding
26.Kristina Hahn Eleniak51.Veralynne Malone
27.Robin Lynne Showstack52.Bobbie Rafferty
53. Lori Blanchard

I hope you found it interesting
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Top Content ideas for Guest posts in design blogs

If you are a designer, a fashion writer, a jewelry enthusiast, a stylist or an expert in all matters of accessorization or body adornment, I would love to have your views on my blog. Learn all about guest posting from my previous articles in this Guest posting series and be a guest writer here!So what can you write about?Getting down to specifics, here are the eight different broad categories I want posts in

If you are a designer, a fashion writer, a jewelry enthusiast, a stylist or an expert in all matters of accessorization or body adornment, I would love to have your views on my blog. Learn all about guest posting from my previous articles in this Guest posting series and be a guest writer here!
So what can you write about?
Getting down to specifics, here are the eight different broad categories I want posts in. It doesn’t mean that I’ll only post articles like these, so brilliant out of the box ideas that are still relevant to my blog are welcome. It would be great if they fall into any of the following categories as it would be easy for me to label and promote them.Be sure to click the examples clicks in each of the topics to see previously written articles in that category.

 

 

1. DIY Tutorials: I love a good DIY any day. Blogs are all about creating content that offers value to the reader and tutorials offer quite a good bang for the buck. So jewelry Tutorials are on the top of my list. Each tutorial must come with a material list and step wise instructions. It must have atleast 2 images of the finished item or product created using the steps listed and several step wise pictures. Please look at my existing tutorials to get an idea of what exactly is that I am looking for.

2. How to: Very similar to tutorials, how to articles tell you “how to do something”, for example how to clean your jewellery, how to make earn from your blog or they could just be a set of tips that be easily followed by readers. The difference between a tutorial and a how to article is that there is no end product or final design that is created by the writer using the instructions he or she has written. They are just curated ideas.

3. History, culture and Traditions (and how it relates to jewelry of accessories): I am a girl who is very proud of my culture and heritage and I really like learning about practises and traditions from other parts of the world too. So If you have an unique culture or a a piece of jewelry that carries history with it, do write in to me. I would love to read about it and post it here. My Bridal series which discusses bridal jewelry from across the globe does just that.

4.Technical or scientific information: I welcome expert metalurgists, gemmologists, gemstone dealers or jewellers to share their expertise on my blog. I love to know about casting metals or how emeralds look green. It could be about how gold jewelry is moulded or how to buy sapphires. I do have a separate gemstone and metal section for you to get an idea of what has already been covered

5. Interviews of crafters, artists and designers: I love getting to know more people through my blog but unfortunately I seldom have the time to interview someone myself and format the written content. So if you are budding journalist and would like to feature your interview of a new or established designer or artist who is doing fabulous work then I would be very interested in having you on board. I would like the interviews to ideally be an hybrid format though straight question and answers are welcome too.

6. Design Inspiration and Fashion trends: Inspiration is what really keeps the design world going and when inspiration is combined with trend forecast or predictions then they became a carefully planned idea that can be utilised to great great products. So fashion writers, so send in your articles regarding accessory and jewelry trends. Be specific, cite your sources in case of a forecast and hustle up images to go with your write up.

7. Blogging and Social media: In my experience as a teacher, I find that only a few artistically inclined people can write, fewer can write well and even a lesser number are aware of the requirements of modern day blogging. The world of SEO, conversions and insights can be a hard thing to keep up with and I am sure that most bloggers (yes even the successful ones) would appreciate blogging tips, ideas and suggestions on blogging and social media that would simplify their lives.

8. Jewelry Business – At its very core, Jewelsofsayuri is about jewelry promotion and business and instead of shying away from that fact, I want to embrace it. So if you have got ideas of how to increase jewelry sales, how to setup up processes, streamline sources and vendors and do better inventory management, I am all ears. Jewelry Business articles with specific simple ideas would be more appreciated than grand generic suggestions.

Finally a Writing tip

Many people who have no trouble expressing their ideas when it comes to speaking, struggle when they have to write. They get all worried about the language, tone, grammar and it becomes a chore that they no longer enjoy. This issue has a very simple solution – Write your first draft like how you would you talk with a friend on the topic. Edit it (three times) by first correcting grammar and spelling errors and then restructuring the paragraphs to make more sense and finally tinkering with the voice, tone and style to make it interesting.

I hope that you find these content ideas interesting. Most of these topics aren’t restricted to my blog alone. Editors and bloggers across the world would love to accept well researched and written articles in most of these categories. So try your hand at guest posting today. Before you send in your posts, do check out my posts on Guest Posting Dos and don’ts and How to write a fantastic Guest post
If you would like more writing and editing and tips, do mention in the comments and I’ll compile a post with those soon.

 

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Top Five Diamond Jewelry Moments of Gem Gossip

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I was recently asked by Diamond Information Center to reminisce about my top five diamond moments in my jewelry career. This task immediately began a lengthy brainstorming session and a trip down memory lane. The Diamond Information Center is a platform for all things diamonds, including promoting diamonds both big and small. They are your source, both literally and figuratively, for diamonds! If you know me you know that diamonds are a favorite gemstone of mine, if not THE favorite gemstone. When I look into my jewelry box, it is the most abundant gem in my collection.

Naturally, that had to be one of my top five moments–all my favorite diamond rings I’ve collected throughout the years all together in one family photo. I’ve got old cuts and round brilliants…some excellent color, some off-color. Either way, I love them all the same. Some diamonds are incredibly significant, while others were spur-of-the-moment purchases with no meaning whatsoever. One band including six diamonds was hand-selected and matched by myself, as I’ve spent hours upon hours matching, sorting, cleaning and grading diamonds in my career. And one ring used to be a favorite and is now for sale (furthest front on the right). Most importantly, my diamonds tell my story and that’s all that really matters!

Fancy yellows have always intrigued me and I’ve never seen such a large selection all in one location than the one time I visited Zadok Jewelers in Houston, TX. I had so much fun looking at each one and seeing the different intensities of the yellow color. My engagement ring definitely leans toward the yellow side on the color-grading scale, but it is not considered a fancy. Be sure to learn about the variations in color and what they’re worth by doing some research!

Antique jewelry is always going to be high on my list of memorable moments and this diamond brooch took my breath away like no other pin has. I spotted it while on my #JewelryRoadTrip in Austin, TX at Abercrombie Gems. I immediately pictured it on a bride on her wedding day and then eventually passed down through generations, so every female bride in the family would wear this special brooch. I love a good dangle, and not only does this brooch have that, but it is a fancy yellow diamond–something a little unexpected. I also love the time period this brooch was made–turn-of-the-century Edwardian, a favorite time period of mine to collect.

I couldn’t leave out my most favorite British diamond encounter–meeting Jessica McCormack was amazing for so many reasons aside from the jewelry, but really–THE JEWELRY. These rings were over the top, absolute favorites. I only dream of owning a piece from her one day. And yes, the Brits can do diamonds like no other.

Lastly, I wanted to include some LOOSE diamonds into the mix since that is an important step in the life cycle of a diamond. Before you can become a piece of jewelry, you have to shine and sparkle in your own way. These two creations were made by Perpetuum Jewels, based out of San Francisco and NYC. They are known for their incredible selection of old cut diamonds–like the rare 18th century Peruzzi cuts that are mixed in within these collages. The heart is 44 carats and the butterfly is 40 carats. Perfection!

 

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Weekday Wardrobe: 5 Rings Stacks + Earring Look II

Earring Stack Gem Gossip

Welcome back to Weekday Wardrobe—I love putting together these posts because they show off how one can style different rings. I also enjoy putting together an earring look as a bonus—last time I posted a Weekday Wardrobe blog, my earring look received a lot of applause. Someone even went out and got a third-hold piercing because of my look! I’m quite flattered and will try my best to keep the momentum going! I love styling jewelry and have really gotten into the styling realm lately. So, without further ado, here are my five jewelry looks from the past five days (one which you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram because Sunday was #LenoreParty !!)

Earring Details:

PHYNE by Paige Novick double row diamond ear cuff

Vada Jewelry grey pearl ear cuff

pair of matching grey pearl stud earrings

Zoe Chicco black diamond double-finger bar ring I had made into a bar earring

Weekday Wardrobe with Gem Gossip

Day One:

Rectangular Dendritic Agate ring from MaeJean Vintage

Citrine modern cut dangle ring (converted from a pendant) from Jewelry Television

Two elongated Dendritic Agate rings from Joden Jewelry

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How to: Clean Mixed Media Jewelry

From Romani style beads and baubles, silk threads and silver accents to textured fabrics, epoxy clay, and brass sheeting – there’s really no limit to the materials you find used in mixed media jewellery today.

From Romani style beads and baubles, silk threads and silver accents to textured fabrics, epoxy clay, and brass sheeting – there’s really no limit to the materials you find used in mixed media jewellery today. Moving away from the typical delicate accessories and edging towards bolder costume jewellery, mixed media pieces are fun, quirky, and are fast becoming the hottest jewellery trend.
However, there are still a few people who are a little nervous about trying out mixed media jewellery. Not because of the bold styles, but because this trend can make cleaning jewellery more difficult.
With silver jewellery, it’s simple – you look up tips on how to clean silver. With beaded jewellery, it’s simple – you look up tips on how to clean beads. But how do you clean jewellery that contains a wide range of different materials, and how do you ensure that you don’t damage the piece?
If you love mixed media jewellery, here’s everything you need to know about keeping it in good condition

 

How to: Clean Mixed Media Jewelry

 

 

Cleaning Mixed Media Metals
If your mixed media jewellery has a silver chain, you may find that it begins to become dirty over time. It may also darken in colour. This is completely normal, but it can leave your jewellery looking a little dull, rather than shiny and sparkling. You may have heard a lot about how to clean silver, but what are the best methods? Many techniques recommend using toothpaste or baking soda, but due to the soft nature of silver, these products can easily leave marks or scratches.
Silver cleaning solutions usually do a great job but are not without their problems either. You normally dip your jewellery into these cleaners so that they are fully covered and this means that any parts of your mixed media jewellery that are not silver will also be put in the liquid. This can cause damage to more delicate parts of your jewellery and even ruin the item of jewellery. Cleaning solutions may cause beads or gemstones to become loose. Alternatively, liquid could become trapped in your jewellery and weaken it.
For mixed media jewellery, the best tip for how to clean silver is to simply use a soft polishing cloth designed to remove dirt but protect the surface of the metal. If your silver jewellery is in very bad condition then you can find more great tips on how to clean silver at Cleanipedia. It’s the same for any wire that might be included in your jewellery – wipe it regularly with a cloth to remove any elements like soap, salt water, and chlorine that might create damage or cause the wire to change colour.

 

 

 

Cleaning Mixed Media Fabrics & Fibres

Silk cord, ribbon, cotton, wool… whatever fabrics and fibres you have as part of your mixed media jewellery, there’s nothing to worry about. These materials are all commonly used for clothing – clothing that gets washed regularly – so they’re able to withstand a little soap and water. However, remember that more delicate fabrics, like silk and wool, need a little extra care and attention.

If your fabric cords or material accents are beginning to look a little dirty, fill a bowl with some warm water but not too hot as this could cause the fabric to shrink. Add a normal amount of soap – either hand soap or a sprinkle of washing powder – and dip as much of the material as you can into the solution.

 

How to Clean Mixed Media Jewelry

Be careful to keep any beads, gemstones, or settings away from the liquid and gently rub the material with your hands. Allow to dry naturally.

Care & Prevention
While it’s actually very simple to keep your mixed media jewellery looking bright and vibrant, you’ll notice that some of the more intense cleaning treatments aren’t recommended for jewellery that contains settings, beads, gemstones, and so on. This is why it’s so important to try to protect your pieces as best you can to prevent them from becoming very badly dirty or darkened.
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