Why Slowly Opening Jewelry Boxes is Instagram’s Latest Rage

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

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There’s always trends on Instagram. Remember when all those filters were completely necessary to add to your blurry iPhone 3 photo before posting? Then the thick, heavy white borders were very popular a few years ago. Now with Instagram Stories, I feel people are posting less on their feed (at least less unnecessary photos) and opting for a quick shot or video posted in their Story. A consistent “aesthetic” has taken over as the it-word of the time, making each post highly thought out and carefully curated. Some people love this, some people hate it. But whatever your feelings are toward this highly obsessed about app, one thing is for sure: it just keeps getting popular.

In our jewelry community on Instagram, there’s one obvious kind of post that has been sweeping everyone off their feet and giving mini heart attacks to jewelry lovers nationwide. I’m talking about the videos where someone opens up a jewelry box ever so suspensefully and ever so slowly, for a BIG REVEAL. I really don’t know who or what started this; it is hard to trace back to a particular person. I feel like Larry of Platt Boutique Jewelry has definitely been doing it the longest and has made an impact because he quite often uses this tactic in his daily postings! Larry says, “When I meet people who follow me, they say they always look forward to seeing a box video because they know it’s going to be something special.” He also states that his clients love how natural the videos feel–the item in the jewelry box is glittering away in the sunshine, untouched by photo editing and as real as it gets!

The video below is one of Larry’s all-time record holding posts, clocking in at over 98k views! This proves my inclination of how easily these types of posts can quickly become viral, which this post did just that!

Edwardian era 5-Stone Old Mine Cut Diamond #ring is boxed up and ready to go to NYC with me where it will be hand delivered to its new owner. . If you’d like to see more antique & vintage rings then come say hello to me + @thekitvintage this Saturday & Sunday @acurrentaffair vintage show in Brooklyns @industrycity . . #plattboutiquejewelry #showmeyourrings #sold #specialdelivery #nyc #brooklyn #vintage . . @nattyplatt @blanconewyork @laurelstearns @arrowandanchorantiques @circa1700

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Kate of @LuxCharmJewelry

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This month’s Jewelry Collection Story comes from Kate of @LuxCharmJewelry and it is a good one! Kate is a full-time art teacher and part-time jewelry enthusiast and collector. You may already be following her on Instagram, but if not you must. Her collection is pretty amazing and her story may resonate with many of you. So without further ado, I give you Kate’s collection story:

I’ve always loved jewelry. I have early memories of playing “dress up” and “jewelry store” with my grandmother Louise. She kept her jewelry in the top dresser drawer. Oh how I loved looking inside those little boxes and seeing all the sparkly jewels inside! We would arrange her jewels on top of carefully arranged bits of pretty fabrics and embroidered handkerchiefs and take turns “shopping.” It was so much fun trying on her white dress gloves and high heels and playing with all those pretty things.

When I was around 10 years old, my dad started giving me jewelry every year for Christmas, mostly rings. One year, I received a topaz ring that had the most amazing shade of bright blue. I adored that ring! Another favorite ring given to me by my dad was a gold signet ring that he had monogramed with my initials. I think I was around 15 at the time. It’s a classic look that will never go out of style and one I wear often today.

One of my favorite early jewelry memories was when my family went out to dinner before my high school senior award night. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to win the top artist award in my class, and my parents bought me this beautiful southwestern sterling bracelet and turquoise ring to mark the occasion. For high school graduation, I received a large, modernist sterling and gold ring. At the time, I wasn’t into yellow gold, and these bold sterling pieces were among the most beautiful pieces I owned. Luckily, my parents have continued the tradition of gifting me jewelry for special occasions, and I cherish them all. These pieces help to serve as reminders of special times in my life. My sweet husband has also joined in on the tradition and I have received many beautiful pieces from him now over the years, including my very first (and favorite) Victorian bird bangle bracelet and my beloved antique turquoise and diamond halo ring.

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As a teenager, I was really into second-hand shops–mainly for vintage clothes and small decorative items, but eventually I started picking up inexpensive jewelry and odds-and-ends; like pendants, chokers, chains, etc. At about the same time, I started making beaded jewelry and even gifting and selling pieces to my friends.

Years later, I decided to try my hand at selling handmade jewelry on Etsy. It was a fun, challenging, and creative outlet. Those were the relative early days of Etsy, and I grew as it grew. I did this for a couple of years and slowly started incorporating more and more vintage jewelry components and findings into my pieces. Eventually, the competition increased and my enthusiasm waivered, so I put my shop on hold.

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My love affair with antique jewelry began about eight years ago when my mom and I were antiquing at one of my favorite stores in Richmond, IN. My mom fell head-over-heels for this old gold cameo ring. At first, I was like, “What? Cameos? Ugh, I don’t get it.” Then much to my surprise, my mom professed her life-long love affair with cameos, citing stories from her youth. The shop owner quoted her a low price and my mom quickly bought the ring. She wasn’t one to make fine jewelry purchases on our excursions together, so I was intrigued and wanted to know more. I couldn’t stop staring at this unusual reddish-orange cameo ring on our drive back home; I was fascinated by it. It didn’t look like the girly, pink cameos I was used to seeing. It was more masculine in style and the gold was a rich rose color. The shop owner estimated the ring to be about 120 years old.

To my knowledge, I had never seen a ring that old before and now I wanted one for myself! The more I researched, the more I realized what an amazing deal my mom got on that ring. Sure, it was more than I was used to spending on random antique mall purchases (about $85), but still affordable. This made antique jewelry seem obtainable to me for the first time ever. I started reading jewelry books, researching online, and educating myself on antique jewelry. I liked learning the history behind each piece. It’s a perfect fit for me– combining my love of history, research, sentiment, story, etc.

Inspired by my new passion and focus, I reopened my Etsy shop–selling only vintage and antique jewelry. I absolutely loved hunting for old jewelry, even cameos! Thinking back to that special trip to Richmond with my mom, I believe this was the critical moment that later turned this new interest into a full-blown hobby and part-time job for me.

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Today I have such a deep and sincere appreciation for antique jewelry; I tend to collect a little bit of everything. All in all, I tend to go more for Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco pieces. Rings are probably my favorite type of jewelry to wear and collect. I love everything from dainty to bold, statement rings. I also love antique bangles and Deco necklaces in all sorts of finishes, metals, and styles.

One of my favorite things to collect are watches. My favorite makers are Longines and Bucherer. I have everything from watch pins, watch rings, wristwatches, and pocket watches. And I really love long enamel watch necklaces. My love of watch necklaces probably began when I scored an amazing Bucherer red guilloche enamel watch ball necklace for $60 in a small, local antique shop. I later learned this was a remarkable deal for one with its original enamel chain in perfect condition. I’ve since added about 10 more to my collection over the years. I just can’t stop myself when I see a beautiful one for a good price. I have such a weakness for fine guilloche enamel-work.

In addition, I love bird-themed jewelry and have many bird bangles, lockets, etc. I tend to favor cool-color pieces in general (it must be the Pisces in me!). I am very fond of blue–sapphires, lapis, zircon, and turquoise to name a few. Pale lavender chalcedony, dreamy moonstones, and that particular shade of green commonly used in Art Deco pieces–are all personal favorites. I have a growing collection of snake rings, too.

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I enjoy shopping at small, local places best. The Midwest is a gold mine for antiques of all kinds. The big jewelry enthusiasts seem to live on either coast and being stuck in the middle has its advantages… lower prices and less pickers. But this seems to get harder every year. My favorite display cases and shops seem to be shutting down. The old dealers retire; some pass away. I think part of me has also wanted to open a brick and mortar shop, but the risks are scary.

Currently, I seem to have the most luck shopping at antique shows and online auctions. I’m always on the hunt for new pieces. I would love to own more niello jewelry, antique enamel bracelets, and gutta percha bangles inlaid with gold. I have a thing for portrait paintings but oddly, own no portrait jewelry. I interned at the National Portrait Gallery right after college and it’s a subject I’m really interested in. I would love to find the perfect emerald ring and more “name” or “initial” jewelry to represent the important people in my life.

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Recently I celebrated a milestone birthday (hello, 40!) and had been hunting for the perfect aquamarine birthstone piece of jewelry for months. Then it finally happened…a huge, honking, 14-carat, Victorian, pear-shaped aqua ring in 15K gold popped up on my Instagram feed. Its large size, unfussy setting, and perfect pale-blue color, stopped me dead in my tracks. A direct quote from the seller was, “a mesmerizing, dreamy, huge piece of magic.” Indeed it was. I sold three personal collection rings to make room for this special ring, the latest addition to my jewelry box.

Back when I started wearing, selling, and collecting antique jewelry, I was the only one I knew who did. I just bought what I liked and what I could afford at the time. It wasn’t until I joined IG a couple of years ago that I found other like-minded people who loved and appreciated old jewelry as much as I do. Like most sellers/collectors, I am searching for more high quality and unusual pieces nowadays. Lately, there seems to be more competition, more reproductions, and higher prices on the online auction sites, making it harder to “score” a deal. While I may not be selling forever, I know I will be wearing and enjoying my jewelry for the rest of my life. It brings me so much joy. Marking special occasions and making new memories with jewelry are so important to me. Jewelry has a way of keeping our memories alive…providing a tangible reminder… connecting us to the people, places, and significant moments we cherish in life. Happy hunting!

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Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry Sale Set for April 24, 2017

An important fancy colored diamond and diamond ring 124 (2) A pair of diamond day-night earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels, 129

Bonhams New York, April 24, 2017

133 lots of jewelry top off the upcoming New York sale from Bonhams. This is my first blog post featuring the highly respected auction house which is a global enterprise, having eight different locations worldwide. Their history as an auction house is one for the books, as they’ve been shattering records and facilitating some of the best exchanges in the world. In the US, we have three Bonhams locations, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (primary sales rooms are New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong), with their online presence @BonhamsJewels Instagram which focuses on all things jewelry. It is a delight to look at and with every upcoming sale, the excitement and momentum is contagious. There are some serious lust-worthy jewels in their New York sale, which I’m going to be covering within this blog post.

The sale date is April 24th, 2017 and the start time is 3pm EST. If you want to get in on the fun, be sure to register to bid in advance of the sale date and surely don’t be intimidated by bidding online! If I can do it, you can do it! Let’s talk highlights…

I can’t pinpoint one particular pièce de résistance of the entire sale, so I’m going to choose these four jewels and make them my final answer! One aspect of Bonhams’ sales is the wow-factor. There are always pieces that make you stop and stare–whether they are big diamonds, fancy colored stones, bold sapphires or juicy emeralds–this is exactly what I’m talking about!

Leading Highlights:

Lot 124: If you know a thing or two about fancy yellow diamonds, you’ll realize this ring is IT. The center stone clocks in at 6.32 carats–color rating of fancy vivid yellow and clarity is VVS-1. I can’t even fathom something so remarkable as the center stone, however to make it even more amazing, it also is set in a ring with two diamonds on each side. These said diamonds are GIA certified as well and are a 2.08 ct & 2.07 ct, both F color stones with VS-1/2 clarity. If you want to see this baby on a hand, click here. Estimate: $400,000-600,000

Lot 129: Nothing more chic than a pair of day/night diamond earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. A definite highlight of the sale, these earrings are set with nearly 30 carats of diamonds! Wow! All rounds, pear and marquise cuts which are done in platinum and 18k white gold for a stunning pair. The dangles can be removed to reveal stud earrings for an easy, on-the-go look! Estimate: $60,000-80,000

A fine ruby and diamond clip brooch, Cartier, circa 1935 132 A diamond rivière necklace 133

Lot 132: Ok, if you’ve been following me lately, you’ve realized I’ve kind of been obsessed over dress clips lately. For some reason, I keep seeing them pop up everywhere, including some great ones at auction. This one is crème de la crème, being signed Cartier and circa 1935. This Art Deco clip is set with a stunning Burmese ruby, over five carats of diamonds and sugarloaf and cabochon cut rubies. Such an elegant piece of history. Estimate: $300,000-400,000

Lot 133: Leading the sale is this catalog cover star–an exquisite diamond riviére necklace. This piece is composed of 63 diamonds which graduate in size; the biggest diamond in the center weighing 3.05 carats. All in all, the grand total carat weight is approximately 44 carats! A once-in-a-lifetime necklace for a very special lady…and if you’re wondering, it’s done in platinum. Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Other Favorites:

A black opal, demantoid and sapphire necklace, attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co.,  6 An Arts and Crafts citrine, diamond and gem-set pendant,  8 A diamond solitaire pendant necklace, Golconda  104

Necklaces

Lot 6: Anytime I see the words “black opal” I know it’s going to be pretty incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever met a black opal I didn’t like. This particular necklace is extra special because it is circa 1915 and attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. The detail in this piece is great as the chain is accented by demantoid garnets and sapphire–and also love the gold filigree. Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Lot 8: An Arts & Crafts necklace that is quite unique–set with a citrine and some diamonds, circa 1915. I love the silhouette of this piece, with the draped chains and dangle. The craftsmanship of the chain sets it apart from others I’ve seen. And the colors–perfect for fall! Estimate: $7,000-9,000

Lot 104: As we’ve seen lately, heart shaped gem cuts are going strong. This pendant necklace is a bold 4.46 carats of a heart cut diamond, done in platinum. The specs on the diamond are VS-1 clarity and D color. I can picture it sparkling from a neck and looking gorgeous. It is simple, however anything but dainty! Estimate: $75,000-95,000

An emerald, diamond and onyx ring 20 A coral, diamond and enamel ring, Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co. 22 A diamond solitaire ring 69

Rings

Lot 20: I think this is one of the most beautiful rings I’ve seen up at auction in awhile. Mounted in platinum, set with a large 8.36 carat emerald and surrounded by diamonds, onyx and smaller emeralds. I love everything about this ring–from the style, to the gemstone combination, to the width of it. An heirloom that will be treasured for years to come–I am already jealous of whomever places the winning bid. Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Lot 22: This fun Tiffany & Co. ring has a striking color combination made up by the coral and blue enamel. Of course it is from the 1970s, a time period I’m obsessed with–their jewels and music, yes please. Done in 18k yellow gold with some diamond accent to finish off the design, this ring will stop people in their tracks! Bet! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 69: A ring that could single-handedly bring back the marquise cut as the most popular diamond cut! The ring is set with a VVS-2 clarity, I color diamond that is GIA certified. It weighs 6.07 carats and one request–making a major impact on the finger. I also love the fact that it is done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $70,000-80,000

A diamond and emerald pendant-brooch  5 An art deco diamond, sapphire, spinel and black onyx dress clip  17 A pair of fancy colored diamond and diamond earrings 125

Miscellaneous

Lot 5: This pendant/brooch is two pieces of jewelry in one! And did I mention the style and design is just breath-taking?! Lozenge-shaped emeralds dazzle with old European cut and old mine cut diamonds are set in this plaque style pendant, set in platinum. Estimate: $9,000-12,000

Lot 17: Of course I had to include another dress clip because I’m smitten with them. This one is more affordable than the amazing Cartier one mentioned earlier–but still just as gorgeous. And this one is also Art Deco, done in diamonds, sapphire, spinel and black onyx, all set in platinum. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 125: THESE. The cuts on these diamonds make them look like real ice–they are pear-shaped rose cut diamonds as petals and then the center of each flower is a fancy pink diamond. Such a great combination. The earrings total 17.59 carats of diamonds and are done in 18k white and rose gold. Estimate: $70,000-90,000

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Leslie Hindman Auction Set For December 4th & 5th, 2016

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Wow, am I really wrapping up the last few jewelry auctions of the year?! I guess so. And if the auction world still hasn’t convinced you that you should be bidding, just relish in all the records that were broke in this year alone. So many amazing collections were sold, items from celebrity owners big and small, rare diamonds of all colors, and bidders happy to celebrate adding some incredible, once-in-a-lifetime pieces to their jewelry hoards. This year for me has been very successful with auctions–I’ve added a few pieces to my collection that I could have never found or purchased solely online or through dealers or stores. I even tried my hand at consigning and absolutely loved the experience–in fact, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was who I went through selling my first piece at auction, and I was so happy with the outcome that I decided to sell another. The ring I’m consigning is actually in this very sale which I’m about to talk about (and of course, it is in my top picks)! Like I say every year, the December sales are always my favorite and include some of the best jewels. It is like a grand finale for every auction house as they close the year out with a bang.

The Important Jewels Auction at Leslie Hindman is one I’ve been waiting for since their September auction. I’m counting down the days almost like a child waiting for a holiday, and their auction catalog just debuted Monday night, so I’ve been happy-go-lucky all week. As per usual, Leslie Hindman has a two-day event, kicking off on December 4th where 541 items will be auctioned off the first day alone. On the second day, there are 900 items! I don’t have to tell you to prepare yourself and register to bid, you know how important it is! 😉

Below are my top picks from Day One only: Leslie Hindman Auction, December 4th, 2016

Lot 38: Right from the start these stud earrings stood out to me. I’m always looking for a pair of diamond studs that aren’t plain ‘ole diamond studs. Fitting the bill nicely are these because for one they are antique–both Old European cut diamonds and two, they are set in a unique sunburst-like setting. I bet these look amazing on! Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 39: This Art Nouveau piece sparked my interest as soon as I saw the opal displaying its gorgeous colors. The black enamel details, the unique handmade chain, the polychrome detailing on the chain…too many good things in one piece. Although the opals do show some signs of crazing, if taken care of and not exposed to direct light or the sun, they won’t be further damaged. Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 41: Bright blue aquamarine just glows from this unique Art Deco ring up for auction. I love the blue and black enameling on the ring and the two diamond accents. Looks like this piece is in great shape which is amazing considering its age in conjunction with the delicate enamel work. Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 44: I may be playing favorites with this ring and that’s because this is the piece I have put on consignment from my personal collection! Right away I fell for the uniqueness of the marquise cut diamonds set east-west and how bright white the center Old European cut diamond is. Most Old Euros I’ve seen are J-K in color or lower–this one is a G! I hope it finds a good home and maybe even a ring finger because I think it would make a great engagement ring! Estimate: $700-900

Lot 49: How incredible are these giant citrine ear pendants?! You can’t even call them earrings, they’re ear PENDANTS! These are the type of accessory you let pull off your entire look. Statement-making and head-turning for sure. I would wear them around my house on a Sunday and be so happy. Estimate: $200-300

Lot 54: A jaw-dropping piece in its own right, this Renaissance Revival opal pendant/brooch is quite incredible. Sought after for more than one reason, it is actually a piece designed by Paulding Farnham who worked at Tiffany & Co. during the turn-of-the-century. His work is rare and highly collectible, which makes this piece even more special. This particular brooch was featured in the hardcover book Paulding Farnham: Tiffany’s Lost Genius which is the only publication featuring this American designer. Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 56: This Arts & Crafts necklace made me immediately think of the Richard Driehaus Museum and the wonderful Maker & Muse exhibit. This necklace belongs in the exhibit! Composed of turquoise and freshwater pearls, this is a piece of art. I can imagine it draped on someone’s neck in the most sophisticated way. Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 90: I’ve been into these bright blues lately and this piece is certainly the brightest. A nice blue zircon electrifies this brooch, which is also set with nearly a carat of diamonds. From the photo alone you can tell how doubly refractive the zircon is! What a neat piece to add to your collection! Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 94: Elongated rings are my jam and this ring has a lot of great features! The Art Deco ring is set with two Old European cut diamonds with some step cut sapphires dividing both. It is done in platinum and demands attention in the best way possible. Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 372: An exquisite Cartier piece of history, this ring is set with sapphires and Old Mine cut diamonds all in platinum. It is stamped Cartier and is one of the prettiest Cartier pieces I’ve ever seen! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 418: Aside of bright blue gemstones, another favorite of mine is multi-color, almost rainbow-like, pieces–like this ring. Done in 18k yellow gold, this ring is designed by Christian Dior and is set with amethyst, citrine, garnet, iolite, peridot, pink tourmaline, and green tourmaline. What a line up of gems! And what a cool design! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 491: Turquoise and lapis is my new favorite combo! These earrings are seriously the coolest. Plus everyone loves a good turquoise domed cluster. Done in 18k yellow gold and encircled with a perfectly circular piece of lapis, these earclips are the ultimate accessory. Estimate: $700-900

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Festive 2016 collection

Sayuri has been known for its thematic well planned seasonal collections but it always wasn’t the case.

Sayuri has been known for its thematic well planned seasonal collections but it always wasn’t the case. When I started Sayuri in 2008, I wasn’t trying to cater to a particular audience who like thematic pieces, I was attempting to strike a chord with every woman who wanted something unique and special, something that she would not find anywhere. So I made ranges of jewelry – pieces to fit every style, every color and every price point. Eight years later, life has come a full circle for me and here is a Festive collection that is literally a collection of random thoughts, concepts, and designs.
Presenting pieces from the Festive 2016 collection that are in shades or blue and pink. I’ll post the remaining designs in a following post.

Festive 2016 collection

Unique, handmade colorful beaded necklaces with a variety of interesting mixed media pendants.

Vibrant Lotus Necklace – A long statement necklace with a Lotus paper and resin pendant and multicolored beads
Luminescent sea – Inspired by the frothy sea waters and floating algae the beaded necklace of glass and howlite beads come with a shimmery mixed media pendant.

Beach sparkle necklace – Silk cord necklace with glass beads and a silver foil – paper pendant set in resin
At Indian beaches you can see a rare sight – of women dressed up in silks, flowers and in their finest jewels (particularly during festivals) as opposed to being in quick drying beachwear as in other countries. My necklace though made in traditional blues and greens of the beach theme have elements like silk cord, rhinestones and metal foil to as an ode to this interesting fashion adaptation that is based on a social agenda of looking your best when you go out with your family.

Colors pops – Looped beaded necklace in bright colors with brass links. Picture a Saturday evening at the beach during sunset – its cool, a bit crowded and completely colorful with an energetic vibe. Colorful umbrellas, balloons, cotton candy stalls, and kites dot the beach completely replacing the brown and blue color spectrum with lots of vibrant colors.

Reflections Dew Drop: Icy blue crystal necklace with a Silver foil pendant that has a matt blue patina on it. For added interest I have used silver foil glass beads and silver crystals along with purple glass beads and a double sided purple and green matt crystal bead. The necklace has a lot of intrinsic shine but without that blingly over the top rhinestone type of shine.

So how do you like these pieces? yes, some of them were made for various challenges (ABS, BNB – “The day at the beach”, etc,.) and with certain tweaks, I thought that they would all fit in.
They are all available for sale, please email me to buy

I hope you find it interesting
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Coral Pink Paper rose jewelry

It fairly common knowledge that roses stand for beauty, love and affection. A rose is a symbol completion, perfection and is effective communicator of emotion

It fairly common knowledge that roses stand for beauty, love and affection. A rose is a symbol completion, perfection and is effective communicator of emotion. What is uncommon though, is that different colors of roses have different meanings. White stands for purity, innocence and respect, yellow for friendship and warmth, red stands for love and passion and pink denotes sweetness, happiness or gratitude and finally black roses stand for death or hatred. I remember these meanings being drilled into my head a decade ago, by a friend of mine who organised “Rose day” celebrations at his college. But then I never bothered to ask what coral or coral-pink roses meant. That is until now.

Coral Pink Paper rose jewelry
After quick online search, I found out that the meaning depends on how pink or how orange the rose is. In the end , however, they all seem to signify love, desire and appreciation. When I started working on a set that required coral pink flowers (more pink than coral though) I wanted it to portray the emotions that it stood for – something that was beautiful and desirable.

If the stunning hot pink aka Maharani Pink Bridal Jewelry, depicted passion and richness then this pink Paper rose jewelry set is about being more elegant. The Indian bride from South Africa for whom I made this set in march, specifically wanted jewellery that matched her coral pink and purple lehengha. Instead of sourcing for coral pink roses ( and frustrating myself in the process as they are hard to find) I used baby pink roses and distressed them with orange metallic paint. To match the work on the skirt I used gold and purple beads to complete the set.

Coral Pink bridal flower jewelry

The set comprises of a short necklace, drop earrings, single strand hair ornament matha tikka (a term coined by my student to describe a single strand matha patti) and Haath phool bracelets. I made the bracelets adjustable with a gold cord tie up.


I think that this is the shortest post in JOS history, but for once I wanted to let the pictures do the talking. Do share your thoughts on it. I am thankful that I was able to write the bulk of this post last week as I had a nasty fall on Monday and my head is still quite not right. I hope that it gets sorted by my birthday tomorrow.

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Weekday Wardrobe: 5 Rings Stacks + Earring Look II

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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

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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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The Perfect Wedding Day Jewelry Gifts

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Your wedding day may be one of the most important days of your life and being able to commemorate it with jewelry will allow you to treasure the memory for years to come. A piece of modern-day sentimental jewelry is a must-have for your special day, where possibilities are numerous–what are my go-to favorites?! Well, take it from me who just celebrated my special day on October 21st, 2015. Most know me as a very sentimental person, so antique jewelry is usually my thing, especially family heirlooms. I believe you can celebrate your wedding memories with antique heirlooms as well as modern-day pieces. My two favorite modern-day pieces that were a part of my big day were my Mini from Fox & Bond and the Navigator Necklace from The Dowry Fine Jewelry. Both are really special pieces; here is why:

Fox & Bond Mini: the Mini is exactly what it says it is, a mini solitaire ring–it is SO mini, it won’t even fit on my pinky–which I’ve been known in the past to be able to squeeze into a ring-charm. It is the cutest little thing, where everything from the central gemstone to inside engraving can be customized. Mine of course is set with a diamond to commemorate my wedding day, and engraved with my wedding date and D + M (for Danielle + Matt). I had no idea something this tiny can be engraved and I think it is perfect for SO many different important occasions, not just a wedding. I will treasure my Mini for years to come and hopefully it will become a tradition to collect a Mini with every special event in my life.

The Navigator Necklace from The Dowry is a very special piece where there’s more to it than meets the eye! A shiny gold bar done in 14k yellow gold, with further investigation one finds longitude, latitude coordinates engraved across the bar. My special necklace features the coordinates of where I got married in Nashville, TN. The old Victorian mansion where we said our “I do’s” will forever be a sacred place to me and it is forever embedded into this piece of jewelry that I will treasure and pass down. The Navigator Necklace can be engraved with coordinates of ANY special place–your hometown, where you had your first date, where you graduated, or your favorite city. So many possibilities to make this piece special and one-of-a-kind for you!

To order your own Mini or Navigator Necklace, click on the items below!

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Earring Envy in Upcoming Heritage Auction Signature Jewelry Sale

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I’ve been staring at earrings for days on end. Why, you may ask?! Well it is the last piece of the puzzle for my wedding day look that has yet to be decided upon, and the earrings will be the pièce de résistance. I’ve had my eye out for some dramatic, long drops and I couldn’t help but notice how many amazing pairs of drop earrings are in the upcoming Signature Sale this month from Heritage Auctions. In fact, out of the 535 lots in September’s sale, there are 155 which include earrings. Some of these pieces are the most exquisitely crafted items I’ve seen–earrings from Cartier, Bvlgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, to name a few. The assortment that caught my eye, seen above, all have a drop style to them, as well as some mesmerizing colors. Bold yellows thanks to citrine and yellow diamonds, soft blues thanks to sapphire, tanzanite, apatite, turquoise and chalcedony. Any of these pairs of earrings would be great contenders for my wedding day look. Whomever is the high bidder of these will have some timeless earrings that will surely give anyone Earring Envy!

Don’t miss these earrings and many other lots in Heritage Auctions’ Signature Sale which takes place September 28th, 2015! You can bid at their Dallas showroom in person or online. Check out this page for more details on how to bid.

Lot 54015: This pair of earrings takes one of my favorite earring motifs–the domed, gemstoned design–and makes it twice as nice with two domes full of gems. The smaller dome is positioned on the ear lobe as the larger dome dangles below. The earrings are set with a unique combination of gemstones–topaz and tsavorite–which are cut in multiple shapes (ovals and rounds), all set in 18k pink gold. Such a stunning pair! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54089: A waterfall of cascading sapphires and diamonds create the look of this pair of earrings by Chanel. They are from the La Pluie Collection and are set with multi-cut colored diamonds and sapphires done in 18k pink gold! Also good to note that these are designed as clip-ons, so no need to have your ears pierced to wear them. Estimate: $25,000-35,000

Lot 54144: Designed by Palmiero, this ultra-modern pair of earrings takes a forever-known motif–the heart–and puts a fun spin on it. All these colors you are seeing are diamonds, believe it or not, and they are set in an abstract way giving the earrings splashes of color. Set in 18k white gold and designed for pierced and non-pierced ears, so the option is beneficial for everyone! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 54155: Some Italian flair with these earrings by Bvlgari–set in 18k white gold and cabochons of bold colors. The gemstones are pink tourmaline, blue topaz, citrine, peridot and of course, diamonds! What a killer combination! Love the design and they are sure to flatter any ear. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54161: I picture these stunning earrings worn on a snowy holiday night out! The black diamonds and white diamonds cascade down from a central “snowflake” and measure 3.5 inches long. They are set in 18k white gold and are by Palmiero. Total diamond weight is 7.12 carats approximately and includes both black and white. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Lot 54171: An electric pair of sapphire and diamond dangle earrings by Piranesi. What makes the sapphires pop so much is the blackened 18k gold used. The total diamond weight is approximately 0.92 carats and the sapphire total weight is an eye-catching 10.21 carats! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54180: A punchy blue pair of bold dangle earrings will surely make you the center of attention. What gemstone is causing this incredible blue hue?! That is apatite! A gemstone that is lesser known to the public, but for gemstone collectors, they know this color far too well. Even Set in 18k gold and totaling approximately 32 carats!! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 54235: Three-tiers of beauty form this pair of long dangle earrings which measure 2 3/8 inches in length. The gemstones are chalcedony, tanzanite, and diamonds–such a soft and pretty combination. I can picture these looking fabulous in any season! Estimate: $3,000-4,000

Lot 54316: Bows are BIG–as in very popular, and these earrings set the tone with a feminine bow at the very top. All done in diamonds and 18k white gold by Frei. End-caps of teardrop shaped turquoise hang at the bottom, extending the earrings to a total length of 3 1/8 inches. These are for pierced ears only. Estimate: $3,500-4,500

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The September Birthstone: Beautiful Sapphire

Those who were born in the month of September are gifted with the iridescent blue sapphire as their birthstone. As a popular gemstone that is commonly incorporated into luxury designs by top labels, it seems to dominate the realm of style and beauty. Putting on a gorgeous sapphire jewelry piece is sort of like wearing a talisman that transforms you instantly into one of the royals, emitting a presence of power and strength. Unlike the famous oversized “Heart of the Ocean” sapphire necklace that was thrown into the sea in the movie Titanic, we doubt that connoisseurs would have the ability to let go of such an astounding gem. The radiance of a deep blue sapphire is a mesmerizing attribute that would make it extremely difficult to toss overboard.

But the sapphire is not limited to the shade of blue. In fact, the precious stone comes in a wide variety of colors, including pink, yellow and green. The availability of the stone in multiple colors makes it a target for creating unique designs unlike any other. Perhaps that’s why high-end fashion brands, such as Harry Winston, Cartier and Piaget, have worked with the gemstone in their art of jewelry-making. However, if you’re feeling blue in the world of luxury jewelry, it’s not a downer. It’s just the essence of the striking, beautiful sapphire.

We’ve pulled a couple upscale jewelry pieces from our jewelry inventory specials that demonstrate the prominent finery of the sapphire. Keep your imagination for luxury style afloat – and remember, never let go.

It’s hard to tell the diamonds from the sapphires in the La Pluie 18K Rose Gold Cascading Diamond & Sapphire Necklace by Chanel for $56,420 because of the wide mix of colors in the design. A rose gold chain lined with diamonds holds a series of colored pear-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds and sapphires, which dangle individually.

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Be the queen of the sea with the 18K White Gold Sapphire Starfish Earrings by Maggioro for $6,270, which feature yellow and blue sapphires. Black and white diamonds are also set in the white gold frame of the starfish to produce an eye-catching design.

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