10 JEWELLERY INDUSTRY TRENDS TO KNOW: LIZA URLA TALK AT FENINJER, SAO PAULO

Brazil, here I come again! Last time I visited Sao Paulo, we shot the campaign for Botanica jewellery collection for Silvia Furmanovich. I am back in Brazil to celebrate my Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book launch with my Brazilian followers and jewellery lovers alike.

Recently, I was invited to give a talk at Feninjer Jewelry Show Brazil – the largest and most important jewellery industry event in Latin America! This month, Feninjer brought together industry professionals, designers and jewellery lovers for the 69th time in Sao Paulo. Along with five other speakers, I shared my knowledge on the current hot topics and trends in the jewellery industry!

I gave a talk followed by a Q&A session about why jewellery should matter today and shared useful jewellery styling tips for photography as well as for accessorising looks. I also talked through some important trends and tendencies the jewellery market is experiencing right now!

Below are 10 current jewellery industry trends we all should be aware of:

DIGITAL & SECOND-HAND

Traditionally reluctant to fully embrace digital retail, manufacturers and retailers are gradually changing their approach, selling directly to consumers, selling online and through second hand jewellery websites. The share of internet jewellery retailing is set to increase further.

TECHNOLOGY

From product development such as 3D printing and to distribution, digitalisation is the most important trend shaping jewellery industry.

SUSTAINABILITY

Consumers and press started to question where jewellery comes from and how it is made — Fairtrade gold, lab grown diamonds, ethically-sourced stones. More and more consumers are curious about the provenance of each piece of jewellery they buy.

SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

There is growing appreciation of synthetic diamonds. Man-made diamonds, the polar opposite of the organic, benefit the environment, humanity, science and art and are becoming a major concept.

CONSUMER LOYALTY AND CONFIDENCE

There has been an increase in numbers of boutiques, showrooms or pop ups because when it comes to purchasing jewellery consumers want to see and feel before buying. For jewellery brands  and online shops which are primarily online, the main focus is to reinforce consumer loyalty and confidence.

FOCUS NOT ONLY ON MILLENNIALS

While it is important to think about millennials and understand how to keep your business relevant to the next generation of consumers, let’s not forget consumers aged 35-50 have a stronger spending power and desire for authenticity.

SOCIAL PRESSURE

Jewellery sales are set to increase because there is a social pressure to look trendy and good. Social media is playing a major role in this as it makes women more aware of fashion, jewellery and image.

PERSONALISED JEWELLERY

Despite the success of mass-produced high-street fashion, there is a growing demand for personalised and unique jewellery.

AFFORDABLE LUXURY

Demi-fine jewellery and costume jewellery are popular not only among consumers on tighter budgets, but also appeal to the younger jewellery lovers, looking to buy jewellery more often and on-trend.

COSTUME JEWELLERY

The blurring line between fine and costume jewellery using precious metals, refined design and a affordable pricing.

Thank you to all my Brazilian followers and talk guests, who came to support me at this event, I was so happy to see the sparkle in your eyes and your endless enthusiasm for the world of jewellery!

Join me at my next talk I will give together with The Jewellery Cut during London Fashion week on 18th February 2019! Click this link to get your ticket – only a few left!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE: HOW TO STYLE PEARL JEWELLERY

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by pampering ourselves with a little self-love and pearls. Nothing brightens the face quite like the lustrous glow of a pearl. And in the GEMOLOGUE Universe, you’ll find lots of inspiration and pearl style for that perfect gift.

Throughout history, women and pearls have embodied the very notion of glamour and sophistication. With so many symbolic meanings, pearls are hard to neglect. Cleopatra was one of the first women to bring pearls into the spotlight as a symbol of wealth and power. In a bold spectacle of extravagance one night at dinner, she challenged her guests to the most expensive meal ever. She then took off one of her pearl earrings and dissolved it in vinegar before downing the exquisite drink in one go. I’d love to see the look on her guests’ faces at that very moment!

For the women of Venice, pearls were more of a symbol of romance. Brave pearl divers risked their necks looking for these precious gems, just so some beautiful woman could wear a delicate strand of pearls around her fine neck. In later centuries, the women of nobility wore pearls as a symbol of status, elegance and femininity, as noted by the jewellery lovers of my recent Instagram pearl giveaway.

What unites all these stories? For women everywhere, pearls are a celebration of self-love that can instantly put a confident smile and a luminescent glow of delight on your face! So celebrate this year’s Day of Love by spoiling yourself to the special gift of pearls. Pearls can be edgy and give you a look of power and confidence, romance and tenderness, as well as elegance and femininity. A pearl will bring out your best qualities and become a gem of self-expression, whatever that might be. Take a look at all the amazing styles below in the GEMOLOGUE shopping gift guide!

Dainty Pearls

My beloved dainty trend is in full swing! Just check out my Instagram curation! Plenty of Annoushka jewellery with beautiful designs featuring pearls. My favourite is definitely the 18k gold butterfly earrings with pearl drops from the same collection as the necklace I wore for my bridal ceremony! Keep an eye out for Maria Tash, who has been perfecting the art of piercing and jewellery-making since 1993. She has some of the cutest pearl designs available on NET-A-PORTER! And finally, one of my favourite designers, Yvonne Léon. There’s just something fabulously Parisienne about everything she touches. I’m so in love with this ear cuff I’ve added it to my personal collection; it makes me feel playful and beautiful!

Pearl Chokers

Pearl chokers are timeless and modern all at the same time. The first choker I have for you is the  David Morris piece with four flexible rows of graduated cultured pearls. I chose this choker for my Sotheby’s Jewellery Curation. It would make any woman look at herself in a different light. The second choker is the absolutely gorgeous vintage Marina B pearl choker with seven strands of pearls, centered by a geometric onyx and rubellite motif embellished with diamonds. I have a lifetime fascination with Marina B chokers! See for yourself on Moda Operandi! As for the natural pearl designs, look no farther than Azza Fine Jewellery of Bahrain. She has the cutest modern chokers!

Contemporary Pearls

Jewellery design is constantly evolving, so peals will never be old-fashioned. Ana Khouri’s sculptural designs are so innovative, she really thinks outside of the box when it comes to creating new ways to wear pearl jewellery. Her high jewellery collection that I discovered during Paris Couture Week is also worth a look! And what about the pearls from the jewellery brand Mizuki, which I tried on at COUTURE in Las Vegas! The fresh pearl designs took my breath away, and their chokers are to die for! Take a look on Net-A-Porter! Designer Melanie Georgacopoulos adds a surprising and fresh approach to her mother-of-pearl jewellery. Check out her Instagram for the most innovative ideas in pearl jewellery. I’ve even added it to my top Instagram accounts to follow!

Hygge Pearls

The Jewellery Room gives you a dazzling array of contemporary pearl jewels with Scandinavian flavour. You’ll find jewellery designers brimming with stunning and creative pearl jewellery ideas, imagined by only the finest Danish craftsmanship. My Jewellery Room curation features designers like MaryLou, Pernille Lauridsen and Ole Lynggaard. My favourite pearl design is this beautiful shooting star ring. It reminds me of women everywhere who have the confidence to reach for the stars!

Fine pearls

Many of my best-loved fine jewellery brands have some beautiful pearl pieces that are youthful and avant-garde. My favourite is the La Perla collection by Mike Joseph, with its sensual shapes and beauty enhancing qualities. Even high jewellery brand Chaumet that I previewed during Paris Couture Week has recently re-imagined it’s Josephine collection to showcase pearls in an unexpected and magical way!

Fashion pearls

If you prefer your pearls to be in the height of fashion, check the Farfertch pearl section! From my go-to Nicholas Kirkwood pearl shoes to a glowing array of pearl decorated bags, sunglasses and even T-shirts, your inner pearl lover will not be disappointed. If you’re looking for budget-friendly pearl options to celebrate your Day of Self-Love, take a look at some costume jewellery brands like Ellery Jewellery, Chloe and Y Project, which I wore at El Lodge Marbella.

Still thirsty for more Valentine’s Day self-love shopping ideas? Make sure to check out my best places to shop for jewellery online!

Now that you’ve laid your eyes on YOUR perfect Valentine’s Day gift, it’s time to style those pearls! Pearl jewellery can be young, fun, inventive and is anything but old-fashioned or uptight. It’s all about the overall design of the jewellery piece and your attitude to styling it! Don’t be afraid to take risks! Don’t doubt your ability to succeed and show the world the life you live on your terms… in pearls! Inspired by GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book, here are my top five pearl jewellery styling tips:

Pearl Jewellery Styling Tips

  1. Mismatch your pearl earrings for endless, creative possibilities. Try wearing one heirloom stud and one contemporary drop earring from any of above brands! Show the world you’re open to new ideas and ready to go against the flow!
  2. Pierce with pearls. From grunge to delicate pierced earrings, put those pearls close to your ears and be surprised at the turnaround in your vibe! No piercings yet? Consider pearl ear cuffs for a more playful look.
  3. Expand your pearl horizon. Love different colours and shades of pearls? Why not mix it up! A classical white strand will shine in a different light if layered with grey, pink or Tahitian pearls! Check my necklace layering guide for tips.
  4. Add a glow to your ring stack. For a unified palette, add grey pearls to a silver stack, yellow or white to yellow metals and pink freshwater pearls to pink metals. Or mismatch it all and add one or more pearl rings for dainty perfection!
  5. Get trendy in pearls. One of the growing trends is adding pearls to jewellery pieces in subtle, intricate and intriguing ways. Watch out for pearl drop chokers, floating minimalist rings and phalanx or two/three finger rings!

Happy Valentines Day! Now you’re ready to celebrate self-love in style! When was the last time you gave yourself a gift? Let me know in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos and videos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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JEWELLERY STYLING TIPS VIDEO: HOW TO STYLE STATEMENT JEWELS WITH VERDURA

If you are looking for jewellery styling tips and inspiration, I have it covered. Welcome to GEMOLOGUE jewellery styling video series: chic jewellery looks to inspire you based on the top tips from GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book. Time to share beautiful jewellery in action!

1st Jewellery Look – Coco cuffs

The highlight of this look is undoubtedly the gorgeous Fulco Verdura Theodora Cuff created for Verdura’s 75th Anniversary. Inspired by the original Maltese Cross Cuffs that Verdura designed for Chanel in the 1930s, they create an empowering black look! Keep in mind: when you’re wearing big statement cuffs, keep the rings to a minimum (just like I did with one simple Copa Ring in black jade and 18k yellow gold). Italian style black onyx shell earclips are perfect to complete this statement look.

The “Theodora” Cuff, Verdura
Yellow Gold And Black Jade “Copa” Ring, Verdura
Small Black Onyx And Citrine Flat Turban Shell Earclips, Verdura

2nd Jewellery Look – Floral cabochons

Cabochons are what makes this look striking! Matching Stardust Earclips with diamonds and blue star sapphires to beautiful diamonds and fourteen oval cabochon sapphires in Hyacinth Bracelet. Growing up with an exotic garden in Sicily, Verduraa was awed by plant life, later incorporating favourite species in his jewellery designs. Finish off this floral look with an array of cocktail rings if you’re up for an occasion, or go without them for a more relaxed style.

Pair Of Blue Star Sapphire And Diamond “Stardust” Cluster Earclips, Verdura
Sapphire, Gold And Diamond “Hyacinth” Bracelet, Verdura
Gold, White Topaz And Pink Tourmaline “Candy” Ring, Verdura
Yellow Gold, Cabochon Star Sapphire & Russian Emerald “Mosaic” Ring, Verdura
Gold And Sapphire “Basketweave” Ring, Verdura
Vintage Kunzite, Diamond, Gold And Platinum “Two-Blades” Ring, Verdura

3rd Jewellery Look – Golden madness

Mixing metals is very en vogue, however if you go for large statement pieces make sure the metals match! Wearing all yellow gold jewels for my third jewellery look, the matching Verdura caged ring and bracelet are my favourites – inspired by rope work of fishermen nets and willed with faceted rock crystals. Finishing this look with a statement 18k yellow gold Lily Bracelet adored by Marlene Dietrich back in the days.

Gold And Rock Crystal “Caged” Ring, Verdura
Gold “Lily” Bracelet, Verdura
Gold And Ruby “Medusa” Ring, Verdura
Gold And Rock Crystal “Caged” Cuff, Verdura
Gold And Diamond Basketweave Ring, Verdura
Pair Of Gold, Enamel And Diamond “Star” Earclips, Verdura

Which look of my jewellery styling video is your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos and videos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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SIX ENGAGEMENT RING TRENDS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Modern couples are chartering exciting new territory in their search for the perfect engagement ring. Long gone is the belief of following tradition and choosing a classic white or yellow diamond engagement ring. Instead, the search for something different is as important as the design itself.

Choosing an engagement ring is a very personal experience. Some of my GEMOLOGUE followers know exactly what they want, while others haven’t a clue or yearn to be surprised.

Your engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewellery you’ll ever wear, so let me share with you my own experience, as well as the latest trends right now.

My fiancé proposed to me last year in the most romantic city on earth, Venice. Six months later, we were married and had an intimate wedding ceremony on the beaches of the Maldives. For the past ten years, I’ve had a particular engagement ring in mind and I shared my thoughts with my husband. I told him I knew exactly what I wanted – a cushion-cut, yellow diamond, centre stone, framed by micropavé diamonds and set on a micropavé band. If you know exactly what you want, don’t be afraid to tell your future husband or his jewellery designer. It will take a load off his mind and make you the happiest woman alive!

My second choice was a trendy, fashion-forward, open setting like the rings from the Repossi collection. Less formal than a solitaire, Repossi rings make more of a statement. Their open designs combine different cuts of gemstone, as well as different colours in one ring.

A Modern Take On Traditional Engagement Rings

Maybe your choice of engagement ring is dependent on cultural influences. In Brazil, where my husband grew up, it is traditional for the bride and groom to wear plain gold bands with no centre stone. So why not stick with cultural heritage but put a spin on it and go for a stackable engagement ring. Pile on as many bands as you want to represent different milestones with your hubby. Or consider two crown-shaped bands that fit together to form a larger ring is definitely a strong trend in engagement rings right now. Wear one band to show off the design or both bands for a more ornate look.

The same tradition exists in my home of Russia. I still have my parents’ gold, eternity rings as a keepsake.

The traditional look isn’t for everyone. Today’s brides-to-be want an engagement ring with an aesthetic to match their unique personalities, a statement ring. Consider an asymmetrical design. It’s one trend gaining real momentum right now.

Consider A Bespoke Engagement Ring

Our generation loves the entire shopping experience of finding the perfect engagement ring, almost as much as the ring itself! Couples love to visit the jeweller’s workshop and meet the people behind the brand and see the craftsmanship that goes into a beautifully designed ring. Recently, I organised such an experience for a client at the Graff workshop in London’s Mayfair. This kind of in-depth experience makes the purchase much more memorable and extra special.

Men shop for engagement rings differently than women. Some of them prefer online shopping because it’s convenient, and you can easily compare prices while educating yourself about carat, clarity, cut, and colour. There’s so many options online. You can shop for engagement rings from existing collections like those offered by Vashi, London. It’s also not uncommon for couples to start with the perfect gemstone and design the ring together after the proposal.

There’s no right way or wrong way. Just make sure you leave yourself enough time. My engagement ring is engraved with the date, 01.01.2017, as my finance was planning to propose in the Maldives on New Year’s Eve, but he’d ordered the ring from NYC and didn’t receive it in time. So he waited another three months before finding the perfect moment in Venice. He was so happy after I said, ‘I do’, that he didn’t have to carry that ring around in his pocket any longer and live with the fear of losing it! Some of my favourite handcrafted engagement rings are from Buccellati, but a bespoke ring can take as long as three months or longer to finish, so plan well in advance.

What About Antique Engagement Rings?

There is strong demand for antique engagement rings right now. From Art Deco to Edwardian and Victorian styles, an antique engagement ring or heirloom like this is excellent value, not to mention environmentally conscious. So much better than synthetic diamonds.

For some cultures, there are mixed feelings about antique engagement rings. From the energy aspect, rings with hundreds of years of history can give off negative vibes for some. But if you love the style, many brands offer antique settings with a modern twist like Jessica McCormack. Always a luxurious experience and using the best diamond dealers, Jessica McCormack recently launched their first engagement ring and bridal collection. And if you’ve already chosen your engagement ring, you’ll want to check out their line of Party Jackets. “What could be more fabulous than a diamond wearing a diamond!” These rings open up a whole new way of dressing up your engagement ring to give you a different look, and make the ideal anniversary gift.

Coloured Diamonds And Gemstones

I’ve always dreamed of a pink diamond but I was very fortunate to find a beautiful fancy yellow diamond engagement ring. Many brides want a little colour in their jewels and prefer sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and even morganite, a more affordable alternative to pink diamonds. This form of beryl (the same mineral as emeralds and aquamarines) comes in an array of pastel pinks. Synthetic pink diamonds is another affordable option and as demand for these grows, the price will drop.

Though diamonds last forever and are more durable for everyday wear, you can add colour by choosing the right setting. A trilogy setting with three stones representing the couple’s past, present and future, is one idea worth considering. A beautiful emerald banked by two diamonds is a good look. Sapphires are my favourite and loved by the Royals. Just look at Kate Middleton’s gorgeous 12-carat sapphire engagement ring.

Two Engagement Rings

Some lucky women are fortunate enough to own two engagement rings – one for more formal occasions and the other for work and play. In some countries, opulent jewellery larger than one carat is considered inappropriate for the corporate world, so two engagement rings makes a lot of sense. Learn which engagement rings are worn by my gem squad! 

Floral Motifs And Other Trends

Engagement rings are blooming right now with flowers, petals, vines and other natural motifs. Leaf detailing adds whimsical detail to a classic setting.

More modern couples are choosing smaller centre stones in a simple setting for a dainty and feminine feel.

Another modern look that I love is hexagonal halos and unique designs like those from NYC-based Eva Fehren, whose jewellery I had a chance to present in London.

I hope my tips and trends will help you find your perfect engagement ring. Would love to hear about your proposals and engagement rings. Share your story with me on Instagram @GEMOLOGUE.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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WITH LOVE AND LONGING: FORGET-ME-NOT BY HARRY WINSTON

Imagine for a minute the most exquisite proposal a girl could wish for – an invitation from your boyfriend to go look for engagement rings! You’re overflowing with excitement and your special man is eager to see what you choose. So you agree to meet up on Old Bond Street before dinner at the glamorous Isabel. But to your surprise, he guides you to the newly renovated Harry Winston boutique instead.

Like a true gentleman, he holds open the door for you and your heart starts to beat faster and faster, as you step inside the world of Harry Winston diamonds and exquisite jewellery. Puzzled, you take his hand as he leads you to a private room upstairs. Opening the door, you are met with the fragrance and beauty floor-to-ceiling flowers. Then he gets down on one knee and utters the words you’ve been longing to hear, “Will you marry me, my love?”

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What a romantic proposal that would be! Followed by, of course, the words – “Choose whatever you like my love.” Are you still with me? If so, check out my favourite Harry Winston engagement rings from my previous visit.

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Let’s return to reality and talk about the secret garden on Bond Street at Harry Winston. It’s the perfect setting to unveil their latest floral-inspired collection called, Forget-Me-Not by Harry Winston.

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Nature has given us so many beautiful things like white diamonds and colourful gemstones, but flowers have to be one of the most fascinating, especially to me. Floral motifs in jewellery are so feminine and precious that artists, designers and great minds like Mr. Winston have spent their lifetime paying tribute to their splendid beauty. An enchanting and enduring muse, flowers will always capture the imagination of the Harry Winston designers and inspire beautiful, timeless, feminine jewellery collections.

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The Forget-Me-Not is a symbol of true love. It’s delicate blue colour signifies true love and loyalty, making it the perfect gift for someone you love. With a famed tradition of bringing the beauty of nature and the magnificence of gemstones together in exquisite jewellery, Winston designers, under the creative direction of the late and legendary Maurice Galli, have immortalized the forget-me-not in this new collection.

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With the Forget-Me-Not Collection, the graceful silhouette of the flower is brought to life through an enchanting medley of round brilliant, pear-shaped and marquise-cut diamonds. You have your choice of delicate daytime jewels – necklace, pendant, earrings, bracelet, ring, and a complementing charm. The collection is one of the legendary Galli’s last creations and a beautiful reminder of everything he inspired for the House of Harry Winston.

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Forget-Me-Not by Harry Winston will be available at Harry Winston salons worldwide beginning in May 2017.

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GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla.

All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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HOLIDAY DIAMOND GEM CROSSWORD

This year GEMOLOGUE is bringing you a special gift!

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Following GEMOLOGUE Christmas tradition, I have prepared a Christmas present for all my jewellery lovers: a challenge for those of you that are ardent lovers of all the sparkly gems… DIAMONDS! 

Be the first person to solve GEMOLOGUE jewellery crossword by New Year’s Eve and you will receive something extra special from me! Solve the crossword and email your answers to [email protected] with CROSSWORD in the subject line! Best of luck to you all and Merry Christmas!

Download GEMOLOGUE Diamond Crossword.

Extra bonus points to  those, who solve my previous Gemstone Crossword and Pearl Crossword as well.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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JEWELRY & FASHION-FORWARD PACKING, EL LODGE HOTEL SIERRA NEVADA, GRANADA SPAIN

If are looking for ideas for a chic city break or for an exotic destination, I’m going to have it covered. Here is my jewellery & fashion diary from the latest trip to El Lodge Hotel Sierra Nevada, Spain.

GETTING THERE

I love to travel every year somewhere new to ski and to enjoy local food, snow and fun après-ski ambiance. For this year I picked Spain as I had never been here before to ski. El Lodge Ski & Spa is the southernmost ski resort in Europe with more than 100 km of pistes! I really wanted to see sunshine and not to freeze on the slopes!

El Lodge Hotel is a 2-hour drive from Malaga Airport and 33 km from Granada. The hotel is located at the foot of the slopes and, at an altitude of 2,100 m, meaning there is direct access from El Lodge to Maribel, one of the main ski runs of Sierra Nevada.

FIRST IMPRESSION

Just like other Small Luxury Hotels of the World, El Lodge offers a welcoming environment (and a fast check-in!) with modern and quirky interior decoration by Andrew Martin. Owned by the infamous Marbella Club, El Lodge offers only 20 guest rooms – 12 of which are suites – arranged over three floors with the first floor with an open-air heated pool, a sauna and a Finnish hot tub. At the bar you will find lamps made from Campari Soda bottles, restaurant and lounge with an Eighties games console.

ROOM

My penthouse suite at El Lodge had a breathtaking view of picturesque Sierra Nevada. The contemporary, Nordic-style decoration that so characterizes El Lodge made me feel right at home. With its two independent bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living and dining room as well as three large terraces, one of them with an outdoor jacuzzi.

The room was spacious, exclusive and sophisticated with electronically operated bedroom curtains and lights. My favourite space in the hotel are bathrooms; at El Lodge they are spacious with powerful showers and Natura Bissé toiletries.

BREAKFAST

Surprisingly, many healthy options were available for breakfast. Delicious papaya – a true delicatessen in Europe – and oat porridge made with water and berries was my breakfast of choice. Breakfast buffet serves an abundance of Spanish treats, as well as healthy options, from pastries and cheese, to smoked salmon and fresh fruit.

SPA

After a day of skiing, hammam, sauna and massage is a dream. I was pleasantly surprised how professional my massage was: it definitely made my day.

HEATED POOL 

The outdoor heated pool is the highlight of the resort; there’s also an outdoor sauna and whirlpool tub to enjoy a glass of bubbly at après-ski!

SLOPES

You can ski out directly from the hotel via the Maribel piste down to the main station. Sierra Nevada is the second highest mountain range in Western Europe after the Alps. The maximum height is reached at the peak of the impressive Mulhacen at 3,483 meters. In 1986 it was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and in 1999, it became a National Park due to its biodiversity and natural beauty.

APRES-SKI AT THE SUN DECK

Ski-in from the slopes to The Sun Deck restaurants, Sierra Nevada’s only ski-in/ski-out restaurant. Order pumpkin soup in from the fusion menu, delicious grilled meat or even sashimi salad. I loved the availability of the signature cocktails to enjoy while literally sun bathing on the terrace, heaven on earth!

DINING

Cheese fondue is featured on the lunch and dinner menus, in addition to fresh grilled fish. It is not your traditional mountain resort, the access to variety of fresh ingredients makes it worth a foodie like me to visit and enjoy.

FASHION & JEWELLERY

Be ready for the changing weather: we are in the mountains. It can be snowing and windy and in a second the sun is shining bright and you would want to dress down to enjoy its warming rays. Read on to view my chalet vacation wardrobe essentials!

THE VERDICT

El Lodge has the feel of a chalet in a picturesque location with stunning mountain views, with winter feel and sunshine for a romantic getaway or holiday with kids. It is absolutely perfect to throw a private party or even a winter wedding. I recommend to combine it with the stay in Nobu Hotel Marbella to experience both sunshine and skiing in one trip.

What did you think of my experience at El Lodge Hotel Sierra Nevada? I would love to hear what you think by leaving me a comment below. Thank you!

Get your festive dress and adopt it to lower temperatures with the pearl boots by Nicholas Kirkwood. Parties in the mountains are not to be missed, so get playful with Wolford tights! 

I just couldn’t part with my Cartier watch, a memorable wedding gift. Statement earrings are a must for me at any destination! I picked costume jewellery pearl earrings by Y Project – safe to travel and fun to style.

In the mountains Natura Bissé SPF and quality sunglasses are a must! Add a touch of style and sophistication with Bottega Veneta shades.

Every girl has that pair of comfy go-to trousers. Mine is from Calzedonia and I’m ready for adventures on the slope in style.

Adding some colour to the surrounding winter hues with this funky rainbow cashmere sweater from Lagoon Concept Store. Keeping me warm in style with my favourite Sevan Bicakci and Solange rings! 

There’s no trip I’d go to without white sneakers! Complementing every look this pair from Crime London is always with me.

No mountain vacation is complete without treating yourself to an outdoor jacuzzi. I love beautiful swimming suites! Blending in with Agua De Coco one piece. 

Discover more Jewellery & Fashion-Forward Packing hotel reviews on GEMOLOGUE.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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GET THE LOOK: DAY TO NIGHT WITH MIKE JOSEPH JEWELLERY, AZZA SHOWROOM BAHRAIN

During Jewellery Arabia Bahrain 2018 I had an opportunity to create jewellery looks from hundreds of stunning jewels on display in Azza Showroom: the top showroom for fine and contemporary jewellery designers in the Middle East led and curated by Azza Al-Hujairi.

I have been fascinated by the Armenian jewellery designer Mike Joseph since I first tried on his second skin jewellery creations during Couture 2016. And how lucky I was to get a chance to style a whole outfit with rose and black gold jewellery designs from his Bubble collection in Bahrain! In this rare case I specifically picked clothes in order not to overpower the jewellery: a chic De La Vali dress, Aquazzura high heels, a classic Chanel bag and Jimmy Choo sunglasses. With certain pieces of jewellery you want to feel playful and to wear light materials such as silk.

The jewels of Mike Joseph feel like second skin: they fit fluidly by replicating organic shapes of feminine curves. Wearing 18k rose and black gold diamond rings, bracelet and fabulous earrings makes me feel light, precious and … genuinely happy! Jewellery styling tip of the look: if you’re wearing simple, yet elegant jewels don’t be afraid to go for the full set, just like I added a final touch with a matching double layer choker by Mike Joseph Jewellery glistering with white diamonds.

JEWELLERY MIKE JOSEPH JEWELLERY

DRESS DE LA VALI

HEELS AQUAZZURA

BAG CHANEL

SUNGLASSES JIMMY CHOO

Thanks for stopping by! Do you think it’s essential to own some elegant day-to-night jewels? Leave me a message in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Flit Photography.  Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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GET THE LOOK: SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH TH’HABA JEWELRY

I have been longing to explore more jewellery with deep spiritual symbolism, and as luck would have it, the universe has recently rewarded me. A wonderful Kuwaiti jewellery designer and architect in one, Abrar Al Ebrahim, shared the story behind her Th’haba Jewelry and presented me with an opportunity to choose from the delicate jewels from her THAMANIYA and YIELD collections to create an otherworldly look.

My feelings from wearing jewellery with such powerful symbolism inspired me to create a completely white outfit with a feather-like flowing white Teatum Jones dress. I was like a portal open to receive the universal energy and Th’haba Jewelry was enabling this positive energy to flow!

Gazing at the two-finger ring from THAMANIYA collection on my hand I’m suddenly struck with a realisation that it is the accurate representation of a pyramid! The name of the collection itself means eight in Arabic and pays homage to the initial 8-sided design of ancient Egyptian pyramids. Number 8 itself has a strong spiritual reference to infinity and the peak state.

The designer Abrar Al Ebrahim was inspired by the energy she experienced inside a pyramid, when she was on spiritual journey in Egypt. The open disconnected hoop style earrings, the delicate bangle bracelet and the splendid choker that I am wearing are all crafted from 18 kt yellow gold adorned with a brilliant diamond on top of each pyramid structure.

“THAMANIYA collection is a salute to how an 8-sided entity can create a portal, where you are elevated if you use it properly. And 8 is the number you should use for that. Even in the Quran there is a phrase meaning the throne of God is carried by eight. Even in the Quran there is correlation to the number 8 and its spirituality” – Abrar Al Ebrahim

To complete my look I chose one of the rings with Arabic lettering from Th’haba YIELD collection. Translated as “Yield and Surrender”, both words essentially have the same meaning. However, one is to give in for spiritual reason and the other for external reason. During my book-signing and Q&A event in Bahrain we discussed the art of jewellery self-expression. I believe that ring should have a personal meaning. And it is exactly what the “Yield and Surrender” ring is designed for: when the wearer looks at it, he reflects on his current state and decides whether to surrender and let it go or to surrender and let himself go…

JEWELLERY TH’HABA JEWELRY 

DRESS TEATUM JONES

PUMPS GIANVITO ROSSI

GLASSES FENDI EYEWEAR

Thanks for stopping by! Do you believe that jewellery can help on your spiritual journey? Leave me a message in the comments below.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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GET THE LOOK: NATURE ORNAMENTS WITH LUISA ROSAS, AZZA SHOWROOM BAHRAIN

During Jewellery Arabia Bahrain I had an opportunity to create jewellery looks from hundreds of stunning jewels on display in Azza Showroom: the top showroom for fine and contemporary jewellery designers in the Middle East led and curated by Azza Al-Hujairi.

We are all hippies at heart, so Luisa Rosas’ divine, nature-resembling jewellery was just perfect to create a 70s inspired outfit. With the help of Adriana Degreas trousers and top, gold-plated Elie Saab glasses and sparkly flats by Pretty Ballerinas I am ready to embrace the celebration of life.

A flower child look wouldn’t be complete without this beautiful gold tiara and diamond cuff earrings from Luisa Rosas SKIN collection of reversible gold jewellery. Adding a natural touch with texture gold jewellery, these two ESSENCE collection rings represent the wood and the stone elements. Jewellery styling tip of this outfit: put on Luisa Rosas bracelet and yellow gold diamond pendant from the TRIBE collection to show you’re one with the universe!

“A piece of jewellery can totally change or complete your look and communicate who you are. If you choose to wear a super minimalist piece of jewellery or a more traditional one, it changes the way people see you and for sure the way you feel” – Luisa Rosas.

JEWELLERY LUISA ROSAS JEWELLERY

TOP AND TROUSERS ADRIANA DEGREAS

FLATS PRETTY BALLERINAS

SUNGLASSES ELIE SAAB

Thanks for stopping by! What is your favourite style of the 20th century? Leave me a message in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello [email protected]

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

Click Product to Zoom Fred Leighton Cushion Cut White Topaz Collet Drop Earrings

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and art direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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