Jewels at my Doorstep: MATEO New York

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Your #1 Holiday Party Essential: An Arik Kastan Ring

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If you want an all-diamond look, the Deco River ring is one of my favorites from Arik Kastan. Bring the ultimate in understated luxury to your finger this holiday season by putting this on your wish list!

Deco River ring, Price: $1,760

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Hey there, Delilah! Sitting pretty with a center sapphire, the Delilah ring from Arik Kastan glistens in any light–whether you’re in the moonlight, sunlight or the strobe lights from a holiday party–this ring is all kinds of YES!

Delilah ring, Price: $1,760

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Fluttering onto your finger, this butterfly-inspired ring will have party-goers asking about it! You can tell them it has rose cut diamonds and inspired by the roaring 20s. Your friends will flip!

Deco Butterfly ring, Price: $2,178

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Combining inspiration from the Art Deco period along with Arabic architecture, the Shiraz ring from Arik Kastan takes shape. I’m am obsessed with its beam of emerald green shining from the center, and all those rose cut diamonds.

Shiraz ring, Price: $1,760

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A dome of sophistication, this latest piece from Arik Kastan takes two time periods and rolls them into one beautiful design. Large rose cut diamonds shine amongst the scrolling details and you’ll be happy it is sitting on your finger this holiday season.

Deco Nouveau ring, Price: $1,804

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Jewels at my Doorstep: JewelStreet.com

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Taking the jewels of JewelStreet to the streets of Nashville! The online luxury jewelry marketplace prides itself as being the UK’s #1 website for designer fine jewelry, with an emphasis on seeking out brands that are doing amazing things with design. Browsing the pages of JewelStreet makes you feel as though you’re traveling the world through the lens of jewelry. Their virtual boutique is set up to feature jewelry designers by country, and this breakdown allows you to see everything from a global perspective. You can delve into Italy and see the rich gold designs from this country featured on JewelStreet, Brazil is fascinating and leading the way with unique design with several artisans featured, France has some great designers…the list goes on and on! Being from the United States, I felt some American pride seeing who is represented on this worldwide jewelry outlet–many names I recognized and familiar faces.

For this Jewels at my Doorstep shoot, I thought it would be neat to feature a few different countries. I chose these really neat pearl geode rings from Little H Jewelry based in the US, a bold out-of-this-world solar system inspired ring by Anakao out of London, UK, and last but not least some long black spinel earrings by MyriamSOS from Cyprus (which I honestly had to look on a map to figure out where exactly that country is located, FYI it’s an island south of Turkey). It is beautiful how jewelry from all over the globe can come together and complement one another, be a staple in someone’s jewelry box, and make memories for a lifetime.

Connecting people to jewelry from all over the globe is what makes JewelStreet so special. Imagine logging into the website from your laptop in a small town, in middle America. JewelStreet connects you with jewelry designers from places in all parts of this large globe we call home, that you may have never known about. So now a pendant from a jeweler in Greece is on its way to your jewelry box thanks to JewelStreet, and it will forever be a part of your story. I love that.

Make sure you check out JewelStreet and immerse yourself in their global world.

And here is the info on the jewels I’m wearing:

The Hallgrimur Earrings by MyriamSOS, 9k rose gold set with black spinel, Price: $990

Devoted Ring in yellow gold by Anakao, 18k yellow gold & diamonds, Price: $2,320

Three pearl ring–Tahitian, keshi, Golden South Sea pearl in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $1,600

Three pearl ring–Fiji pearl, Akoya, Golden South Sea pearl in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $2,500

Single point collection ring with Tahitian Keshi pearl and rubies in 14k yellow gold, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $1,100

Finestrino collection, black diamonds and Tahitian Keshi pearl in 14k black rhodium, by Little H Jewelry, Price: $2,200

 

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DINACCI LUXURY JEWELS


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signs its first luxury jewelry collection. Recount Channel is showing you as European preview. During VICENZAORO JANUARY 2015 this brand, based in South of Italy inside the “Tarì”, known since ever for excellent and Made in Italy manufacture of jewelry frame, has presented its first collection.

The parure is composed by earrings, ring, bracelet and fascinating collier made with white gold, rubies and diamonds signed by Yolanda Yong, a famous Chinese designer well known for her creative collections.

These jewels are bound to lovers of exotic shapes and well-defined design.

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Fratelli Dinacci Brand is famous for its collaboration: the one that stand over with Yamamay. Cohesion between their core business gives life, in 2013, to the “One million dollar swim suite” wear by amazing Miss.

Today thank you to join venture between Flavio Dinacci, Ceo of Fratelli Dinacci, and Yolanda Yong we can enjoy thefirst luxury collection of this brand presented for the first time in Shenzhen.

Flavio Dinacci, in this video, is telling us this unusual but exciting adventure. These jewels are symbol of Made in Italy and of its incredible potentiality.fratelli dinacci (6)
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, at the end, are jewelry locks able to change the shape of every single object: they allow to switch the earring to two different and the same action is allow on the ring. It means that everyday you can change your luxury fitting key to your personal look.

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Gem Gossip Visits Kathryn Elyse Jewelry in Seattle, WA

Wearing turquoise & diamond earrings, boulder opal and chrysocolla malachite necklaces

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Pretty pops of color are Kathryn’s signature style, rutilated quartz & pink opal are a favorite

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This tassel necklace is done in 18k yellow gold with an adjustable chain (also available in rose or white gold, with a variety of gemstone choices)

Checking out all the jewelry at Kathryn’s studio

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So much color–which is your favorite?!

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Gem Gossip Visits Shamila Fine Jewelry in Seattle, WA

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While a majority of my Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip was spent in the downtown area of Seattle, I was able to change the scene up a bit with my next visit. Shamila Fine Jewelry has called Seattle home for several years, with a private design studio tucked away in Fremont–an artsy district, where the views are captivating and the inspiration is flowing. For Shamlia, her extensive travels and worldwide thinking have shaped her collections and it is no surprise that she has clients that live all over the globe. Her customers end up being collectors and obsessed with her pieces, with the first purchase never being the last! I’ve met Shamila at tradeshows in the past but had only seen a couple pieces of her work at a time – she always wears her gold stacking rings or a cocktail rutilated quartz ring. I was so excited to not only get the chance to see her collection in its entirety, but to also catch up for more than just a few minutes with this warm-hearted soul. She is one of those types of people that you want to be around, with a contagious positive spirit!

Shamila’s background is quite interesting, she was born and raised in Tanzania, then moved to Canada as a teenager where she had the opportunity to live in both Toronto and in Vancouver, and has since called Seattle home. This however, was not before spending an exciting year living in the West Indies, where a work assignment with the UN and the WHO sent her to the Island where wonders never cease – St.Lucia! She has lived in many parts of the world, as she describes herself as “comfortable out of her comfort zone.” Her studies brought her to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Affairs. In 2009 she apprenticed for many weeks in Instanbul where she learned from the best. Seattle has been a great place to call home for Shamila, as an easy gateway for her jetset life, ideal food destination for her foodie habit, and the weather pairs perfectly with her obsession with shirt dresses!

For Shamila, designing jewelry began as a hobby about 14 years ago when she first moved to Seattle. It started off with beads from a local bead store and when that didn’t satisfy her, she began looking for bigger and better. Shamila’s drive lead her to seek out rare stones, like specially Labradorite from Madagascar. Her hobby continually grew and brought her more and more happiness than she ever thought. Keyword here is hobby, so still this wasn’t a full-time thing for her. Alas, she was at a crossroads where many passionate people find themselves—choosing what you love vs. being realistic and sticking with her day job, she vividly remembers what made her decide to put everything on the line with jewelry. She says that choosing jewelry would be, “A career that would allow me to travel the world, to find beauty in the often overlooked, to make deep and lasting connections with those I worked with, while being able to give back on many different levels.” That was it—she was choosing jewelry, and yes, this decision came right at the brink of the recession. But she was ready for the challenge and it was the best decision she has ever made.

Inspiration abounds for Shamila when designing jewelry. She says, “When I am designing pieces I am thinking about who is going to wear them, sometimes the clients are such muses, especially when they are collectors, you get to know what they love and like. Quality is of utmost importance. I like to offer luxury in the details. The weight of the piece, the curvature of the shank, the subtle polish of the metal, the way the stones are cut, and how the light reflects off of them.” Design ideas pop into her head frequently, without warning. Travel is a huge inspiration, although there is a time and a place for these ideas. There is an art to holding onto inspirations and releasing them when they are ready. I think Shamila has mastered this, especially when she says, “Creating is not linear to me. It is like a careful yet chaotic orbit of paths; I just do what feels right for the stone and for the experience I am having at that point in my life.” All her designs are proudly handmade in Seattle. Having everything created locally is extremely important to Shamila and her objective, as well as keeping everything as ethically sourced as possible.

One thing I love so much about her designs is how she showcases the gemstone’s beauty above all else. A rutilated quartz is poised gracefully within a setting, while a labradorite is captured ideally to show off its unique labradorescence. Shamila loves using gems that are specially cut, which takes her collections to a whole new level.

Speaking of specially cut gemstones, her carved citrine and amethyst minaret stacking rings are what dreams are made of! A week later and I’m still thinking about them. If you’re unfamiliar with what a minaret is, it is found in Islamic architecture and is a distinctive feature, where prayer is called out–oftentimes similar to a tower. Shamila’s Lokum Lale Luxe collection features these minaret carved gemstones in different styles, not just rings! I’m wearing a few in the photos above, like the lariat necklaces and dangle earrings. I especially love the variety of gemstones that this carving style comes in–like Pyrite?! So amazing to see pyrite not only used in fine jewelry but carved into a shape like that. Other stones besides the citrine and amethyst include lapis, turquoise, black spinel, lemon quartz, London blue topaz, smokey quartz, chalcedony, rose quartz, carnelian, rock crystal quartz and green onyx.

Another collection that blew me away, Shamila’s stacking rings made of specially cut gemstones–round and square checkerboard, honeycomb and rosecut faceted stones. Pops of color are huge for accessorizing and these rings are ideal to pull off some colorful looks. These rings are the kind you just can’t have one of, so the more the merrier. I’ve stacked several in the photos above. They are so fun to wear and have a loyal, local collector base! Want something unique and gets people wondering, “What kind of gemstone is that?!” Then you HAVE to check out her Flèches d’Amour collection which uses rutilated quartz and rutilated topaz. Not many gemstones feature inclusions that make them even more beautiful than they already are! These gemstones are so unique and Shamila does a great job of enhancing their beauty!

I want to thank Shamila for welcoming me into her design studio and allowing me to learn about her as a designer, while experiencing her jewelry first-hand. I hope you are now familiar with her work if you weren’t already–and if you’d like to get a chance to see her designs in person yourself, she has many upcoming shows where she exhibits. Like this Saturday & Sunday in Glencoe, IL at the Glencoe Festival of Art…as well as August 13th & 14th in Los Gatos, CA at Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes. Be sure to continually check back on the EVENTS page of her website or sign up for her jewel-laden newsletter to know before anyone else! More dates, especially during the holidays, will be announced soon.

>> If you’re interested in any of the pieces shown, please contact Shamila.

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Gem Gossip Visits D&H Sustainable Jewelers in San Francisco, CA

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I was really excited to stop by D&H Sustainable Jewelers in San Francisco on my #JewelryRoadTrip! The name of the shop comes from the first letters of both owners’ last names–Lindsay Daunell and Shawn Higgins. Another very important word is in the name–Sustainable–the foundation on which they’ve built everything around since day one. Every facet within D&H Sustainable Jewelers is done with an eco-conscientiousness in mind, and the jewelry is just the beginning! The duo first opened in 2011 and since then, a buzz has been created of how they are doing things differently and doing them right. Case in point, these three aspects of D&H Sustainable: ethical artisan jewelry, custom design, and wine bar! Yes, a wine bar! It was one of the first things I noticed when I visited the store–along the backside of the shop, up a few stairs, a dedicated area to wine and relaxation (a great contrast to how most people visualize jewelry shopping to be like) where the Rose Cut Wine Bar sits in all its glory. D&H is proud to call their wine bar one of the only featured in a luxury jewelry store in the US. And this is where the word “sustainable” comes into play again, because the wine is organic, the actual wine bar itself is made from a fallen sycamore tree and that jewelry case you were just browsing in, also made from recycled materials!

Their shop is located on Market St. and has a great selection of jewelry. D&H Sustainable Jewelers has two large, separate cases for bridal jewelry–one for men’s and one for women’s. There are lots of options, including vintage and antique choices, even custom designs which you can help create yourself during a design consultation. Their men’s selection is one of the most diverse I’ve ever seen–so many really unique and distinctive bands, lots of 18k yellow gold, different finishes and even bands with wood! I really liked their diamond size depiction that is displayed in the bridal jewelry case–the model shows diamond sizes illustrated with various shaped CZs. Not only does it look cool but it is a good reference to use when showing customers who don’t know what a two carat vs. a four carat diamond would look like on a finger in terms of size. I made sure to take a photo of it (shown above).

D&H Sustainable also carries some designer jewelry as well as vintage and antique. Jacquie Aiche is one of their featured designers–pieces that are set with shark teeth, trilobites, and arrowheads are amongst their favorites, including mine! Elliot Gaskin Jewelry is also another featured artist who also happens to be based in San Francisco. As with all antique jewelry, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. The selection featured at D&H Sustainable was great–I loved their retro snake ring set with an onyx and their Victorian black enamel ring, shown in a stacked photo above. Their selection of new designer jewelry mixed really well with what they had available in vintage and antique. I was also drawn to their custom made signet rings–the originality of them and the gemstones chosen made them really special. Lapis, turquoise, black jade…some with diamonds, some without; really nice, timeless rings.

If you’re ever in the San Francisco area on Market St., you must visit D&H Sustainable Jewelers and see how this store is changing the way jewelry is made and purchased one ethically sourced item at a time!

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2323 Market St.

San Francisco, CA 94114

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