The Guide to the Best Wedding ring styles

A wedding band is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Couples can agonize far too long over choosing the right rings for the wedding, and with so much variety the process can paralyze the mind

A wedding band is, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Couples can agonize far too long over choosing the right rings for the wedding, and with so much variety the process can paralyze the mind. How to buy the best wedding ring? One way to cut through this problem is to narrow down your decision to a particular style of a wedding band. This makes your wedding jewelry selection a much simpler process
Wedding bands, and rings, in general, are divided into broad classes. The first obvious class is finger rings for men and rings for women. Men’s rings are usually heavier and thicker, while women’s rings are thinner and lighter. As wedding ring trends come and go, here is a compilation of the latest trends.


Antique rings – These rings you won’t find in a catalog unless you’re browsing antique stores. In the jewelry world, antique rings must be 50-100+ years old depending on who you ask. Your great-grandmother’s wedding band is an example of an antique ring. It is a piece of jewelry from the past. Most people choose an antique ring for family reasons. If you choose an antique ring, make sure that the band’s metal is compatible with your skin. That silver ring from long ago might not wear well on your hands today without adequate cleaning.

Vintage/Retro rings – These are rings made in an antique style, but are modern pieces. They often use modern technology to imitate what master jewelers used to do by hand. Most of the vintage wedding bands can be further divided into specific art periods, such as Art nouveau and Art Deco. Most vintage rings are imitating styles from the 1920s onward.

One of the hallmarks of a vintage ring is the different stone cuts. If you picture a generic wedding ring, the type of diamond you’ll likely see is a princess cut diamond. But this cut didn’t become popular until the 1960s. Rings before this time used cuts that don’t magnify the sparkle so much, such as emerald- or rose-cut diamonds. Colored diamonds or gemstones are also more common in vintage rings, though black diamonds are a modern trend.The most common metals for vintage rings are gold and platinum. Today white gold is increasingly used as a more substitute for silver, which tarnishes easily and can mark the skin.

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Five Things I’ve Learned Through Online Bidding at Auction

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All three rings above are from Skinner Auction, won through online bidding

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From left to right: sapphire & diamond navette ring from Fellows Auction, gold “Love, Peace, Hope” ring from Hampton Estate Auction, sapphire ring from Richard Winterton Auctioneers

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The Best Ear Cuffs in the Jewelry Game

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I’d like to officially thank whomever invented the ear cuff–THANK YOU. These little, half-circle pieces of metal often outfitted with gems or sometimes shaped geometrically, have redefined the jewelry game. With the introduction of these often lower cost jewelry items into the industry, fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere began to search for the perfect “Ear Stack.” In my eyes, this was amazing because let’s be honest, how many rings can I fit on my ten fingers before looking to other body parts to do the same! The ear cuff is also an ideal invention for someone like me who has three piercings in my earlobes but cringes at the thought of getting others anywhere above said lobe. In fact, I actually used to have the very top of my ear pierced–what is that called, a helix piercing?! Anyway, it hurt like hell and I was having a tough time sleeping because anytime I rolled onto that ear which had the piercing, I would wake up immediately and in pain! It didn’t help that a few weeks after it was done, I was performing on my school’s dance orchesis team and backstage during a quick wardrobe change it got caught on my shirt. Needless to say, as I ran out on stage to do my final Will Smith, “Wild, Wild West” routine, and blood was slowly dripping down the side of my face, I took that piercing out once and for all that night! I haven’t been more satisfied with a rash decision than that incident and couldn’t be happier it closed up quickly.

Ear cuffs are the perfect alternative for someone like me–a little sketched out by getting pierced but also not really sure if you’re going to want that hole in your ear 10 years from now. Ear cuffs easily “squish on and squish off,” as I like to put it. Luckily, all the cuffs I’ve tried on have some flexibility to them where you can adjust the comfort level once on. Everyone’s ears are different, just like fingers, with rings coming in different sizes, ear cuffs usually come one size fits most. Make sure you play around with the ear cuff and begin to feel comfortable with it. I own a few (as shown above) and my Paige Novick double diamond ear cuff is so comfortable I forget I’m wearing it sometimes.

I personally own one from Paige Novick, two from Antoanetta Jewelry, and one from Vada Jewelry featuring grey pearls which is really cool and edgy. The two tiny huggie earrings worn in the photo are pairs of earrings I’ve never taken off since receiving them last month–by Stacy Nolan Jewelry, they fit my ear so well. And the long dangle earrings are by Shaesby, my newest summer obsession. These are my fun, summertime earrings.

I saw some really great ear cuffs while at Couture as well as searching online. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here, with clickable links for you to purchase and see details! Enjoy!

>> And be sure to send me your ear stack photos once you’ve added some cuffs to your look. Just tag me and hashtag #GemGossipEarStack

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14k yellow gold Cuffling® with pearls by Marla Aaron, Price: $525

18k yellow gold black or white diamond cuff by Maria Nilsdotter, Price: $629.20 or $972.40

10k yellow gold safety pin ear cuff by Ileana Makri from Stone & Strand, Price: $150

14k yellow gold pearl ear cuff (white or grey pearl) by Vada Jewelry, Price: $220

14k yellow gold wide/skinny ear cuff by Alexa Leigh, Price: $500

14k yellow gold and diamond triangle cuff by Kismet by Milka from Stone & Strand, Price: $400

14k yellow gold Morse three-row Ear Cuff by Jade Trau, Price: $1,225

18k yellow gold French Lace ear cuff by Sara Weinstock, Price: $1,610

14k yellow gold double row diamond ear cuff by Paige Novick (as seen on me), Price: $620

14k rose gold Stardust ear cuff set with rustic diamond by Xiao Wang at TWIST, Price: $660

18k yellow gold black and white diamond 5-row Izzy ear cuff by Melissa Kaye Jewelry, Price: $1,980

14k yellow gold aquamarine bezel ear cuff by Jacquie Aiche, Price: $1,075

14k yellow gold double bar and diamond ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $225

14k yellow gold single, plain ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $95

18k yellow gold trio (plain, Montana sapphire, diamonds) of ear cuffs all handmade by Katharine Walker, Price: $500, $800, $1,500 respectively


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Special Vegas Jewelry Week Sweepstakes with True Facet

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Can’t believe it is that time of year again, but then again, doesn’t everyone say that?! Vegas Jewelry Week has a wild way of sneaking up on everyone in the industry and like myself, I never have enough time to prepare. All is well though because I have been working hard on bringing a special treat to those who follow along from home, eagerly awaiting the next beautiful piece I post from my adventures at Couture, JCK or the Antique Jewelry Show! YES, a giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with TrueFacet, an incredible NYC-based online marketplace which sells some amazing designer fine jewelry, including vintage and antique pieces. Every piece is authenticated so you know you’re truly buying the brands you covet. To learn more about TrueFacet, take a look at the interview I did with owner and CEO Tirath Kamdar.

These three rings encompass every type of ring style I love–the winner of the giveaway will have a tough time deciding which one to choose!

Details on items:

1. 18k rose gold Atlas ring from Tiffany & Co. size 7 (cannot be sized)

2. 10k yellow gold vintage cocktail amethyst ring size 7

3. 18k yellow gold Carrera y Carrera hand ring with diamond size 6

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There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to participate in the Sweepstakes. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning.

There are two ways to enter the Sweepstakes:

A) Complete the online entry form (including entering your email address) and read the Official Rules and click the “Submit” button

B) OR on Instagram, follow @GemGossip and @Truefacet. Then tag three friends on @GemGossip sweepstakes post.

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Antique & Vintage Diamonds with 1001 Diamonds

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I’ve been on a quest for the best in antique and vintage diamonds from all across the United States! Thanks to 1001 Diamonds, I’ve honed in on a few keen shops. Every corner, every direction, every side street…and I think I’ve narrowed my continental search. From Lang Antiques over on the West Coast, to Bell & Bird in the heart of Texas, up to the Boston area at Fancy Flea Antiques, and down south to Miami where Dover Jewelry takes the cake…and I can’t forget the greatest city in all the land–NYC, where A La Vieille Russie shines. These are the top five locales which boast some pretty amazing antique diamonds! See for yourself!

MIDWEST (above photo): Let’s start in the center of the US, with Texas-based Bell & Bird. They don’t lie when they say everything is bigger in Texas! The Edwardian heart-shaped diamond ring is breath-taking. An antique heart-shape is rare to find, especially one that dates back to the 1900s. The stone is GIA certified ranking in at a VS-1 clarity, E color and weighing 2.42 carats! It truly outshines them all! The antique twin diamond ring puts a spin on the Moi et toi style, having the diamonds set vertically like that. That particular ring has since sold.

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WEST COAST: All the way on the West Coast, Lang Antiques holds it down in San Francisco having the most diverse and jaw-dropping antique diamond collection around! Here you can see what I mean. Anything from champagne colored diamonds, to Old European cuts, to Old Mine cuts, even the square step cut in the center of that onyx ring above, the diamonds come in all shapes and sizes at Lang. This photo also proves that diamonds pair with black in the best way possible.

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EAST COAST: Lots of great cities in the Northeast–New York City and Boston are home to so many great attractions and one of them being amazing diamonds. I am dying to visit A La Vieille Russie located on the corner of 5th Avenue and E. 59th Street. As you can see, their antique diamond selection is museum-worthy! The diamond ring on the pointer finger is an Old Mine cut, weighing approximately 1.90 carats from the Georgian Era. The champagne fancy diamond on the middle finger is also noteworthy–what a great alternative engagement ring that would make!

At Fancy Flea Antiques just outside of Boston in a town called Lexington, there’s a little antique jewelry shop I got to visit briefly while in the area. I was intrigued by this hidden gem, as they have lots of antique and vintage diamonds, most importantly at a great price! I tried on a bunch of Art Deco filigree diamond rings, a time period which is greatly represented at the store. There’s something about an Old European cut diamond from the 1920s paired with the open-metalwork of white gold or platinum. These are all available at Fancy Flea Antiques.

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SOUTH-SIDE: It’s a party of diamonds down south–in Miami, that is–at Dover Jewelry. Their selection of diamonds ranges vastly to include small clusters to large carat sizes like the gigantic 8.63 carat solitaire pictured, VS-2 clarity, KL color. Whatever size, price or color diamond you are looking for, Dover Jewelry has it! This photo also features a more and more popular diamond cut that not too many jewelry stores have–the antique cushion cut.

For more DIAMONDS and your daily helping of sparkle, check out 1001 Diamonds!

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DIY Empress Cord necklace

For a while, I was tempted to try my hand at Soutache jewelry. Soutache originated as a flat, narrow braid used to ornament clothing and hide seams.

For a while, I was tempted to try my hand at Soutache jewelry. Soutache originated as a flat, narrow braid used to ornament clothing and hide seams. It was also used to indicate ranks and to monogram clothes and accessories. Over the years, it was adapted as a jewelry making technique, as you could form loops, curls and swirls easily, creating excellent ornamental bezels to hold cabochons and beads over a flat base. Though I am not exceptional at embroidery and a mere novice when it comes to beadwork, I can handle embroidery projects like a yoke or even jewelry. But at the same time, I am impatient; I like projects, that can be done in a matter of minutes, or a couple of hours at the most making soutache less than ideal as a technique that I would enjoy pursuing.


As a mixed media artist, whenever I come across a labor intensive technique exclusive to a particular medium, I look for ways to simplify the process by which I can combine it with another material or technique. I try to come up with alternate methods that might imitate or bring about the concept or simply the look of the piece but from a different perspective. By doing this, I mean no offense to the original craft, artisan or the process. Instead, I try to establish a new, previously unsought route to practicing a familiar craft. In this case, I thought, why not adapt the concept of ‘capturing a focal using a cord bezel’ from Soutache jewelry and morph it into something modern by using round cords and wire wrapping. Copy and adapt, as they say in Marketing – Simple!
While I was mulling over this idea, I came across these beautiful fine silk twisted cords at Endless Leather and thought that they would be perfect to create quick and easy jewelry that was fit for an Empress. Check the tutorial below to see how I made this beautiful necklace in 10 minutes, excluding drying time.

DIY Empress Cord necklace

Materials
1.Silk Cord 4mm – beige
2. Silk Cord 4mm – gray taupe

3. 1.5″ long Maroon Crystal Focal with brass setting
4. Champagne gold rhinestone shank button
5. 26g brass wire
6. Jewelry findings (gold plated) – 6mm End caps – 1 pair, 1 lobster clasp, and 2 jump rings
7. 2 part epoxy resin or any strong glue
Tools – Nose pliers, wire cutter, scissors and clear tape

Method
1. Cut the cords to size (mine are 25″ and 24″) leaving 1 cm extra on each end. Tape the end to stop the yarns from untwisting and fraying
2. Bend the cords in half to find the middle point. Make a little loop and place your rhinestone focal in the center to mark the required length. This is the point where you would be wire wrapping the button. Remember to keep both cords, flat and parallel to one another while measuring.
3. Cut about 8″ of wire (more or less depending on the no. of wraps that you want) and insert it into the shank of the rhinestone button. Place the button at the marked point.


4. Making sure that the cords are flat, start wrapping by coming to the center and feeding the wire into the loop before coming out the other side. Repeat 2-3 times until secure and do not cut the wire.You can use 28g wire if your shank hole is very small.
5. Cut about 10″-12″ of wire ( you can take more and cut away the excess), make a “U loop” and insert it at the bottom (center) of the focal*.
6. Push the focal into the loop pushing the wire behind
*My focal was back open with gaps all around its circumference making it ideal for this design. You can also pick a focal with multiple holes or channels.


7. Starting from the back, wrap the focal to both cords, keeping them flat, one side at a time.
8. Repeat the wrap on the other side
9. Insert the ends of this wire into the previous (horizontal wrap) and secure
# Optional – Wrap around cords once again before you tuck the ends into the horizontal wrap
10. Finish the ends of the horizontal wrap wire by twisting and tucking them into the center gap. Press all wire ends down to smoothen them and eliminate pokey ends.

11. Cut away the individual clear tape bindings and carefully wrap both cords together with the same piece of tape. Cut away the excess tape and repeat on the other side. Instead of tape, you can also use sewing thread to bind the cords
12. Glue the end caps on and let dry (depending on instructions on the glue) and add the clasp and rings once dried.


#Tip 1 – Wire Wrapping- make a small loop at the end of the wire that you are tucking in. Even if it gets out of the nest it will blunt and will not poke
# Tip 2 While using resin to glue the cords to the caps, apply glue on the inside of the caps, push the cords in and hold. The tape on the cord might make it slippery, so it’s necessary to bind the cords until they dry
#Tip 3 For a more Soutache flavour, add seed beads on the outer cord or create beaded wire wraps

Once upon a time, fine jewelry was the prerogative of just the rich and royals folks. Master craftsmen would spend multiple hours, days or sometimes even weeks perfecting a single piece by hand in a manner that would be worth presenting to an emperor or an empress. Any and all surrogate procedures were considered shortcuts and were severely condoned as they brought down the value or the “fineness” of the product. Over a period of time, with fashion as the epicenter of change, costume jewelry came to the forefront and alternate materials were accepted. Now simplification, abstraction, reduction and morphing of procedures are not just allowed, they are in fact encouraged in the same way as fine jewelry practices.
So do not shy away from morphing traditional techniques and ideas to create new forms and if you try my tutorial do share your pictures on my Facebook page or tag my Instagram profile.

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Q & A with A La Vieille Russie in NYC

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It only took one quick glance from my whizzing cab on the busy streets of NYC–I locked onto the gilded windows with my eyes and secretly swooned as I sped by A La Vieille Russie. The antique gallery specializes in rare jewelry, Fabergé, decorative arts and Russian treasures, and stands on the corner of 5th Avenue and E. 59th Street in all its glory. It’s a shop unlike any other and it belongs in no other place than NYC. Unfortunately for me, I don’t get to visit NYC as often as I’d like to, but hopefully soon I will get a chance to visit ALVR rather than drive right by it only wishing I could stop.

The inventory on display at A La Vieille Russie is what most would describe as “exquisite,” or in my own words, “museum-worthy.” If you love Art Deco engagment rings, yes ALVR has them…but how about a rare piece of French Victorian jewelry, perfectly executed and in excellent condition?! Or even better, how about a diamond spray brooch with an origin most likely of the Russian Crown Jewels?! That’s what sets ALVR apart from the rest. The jewelry is magnificent and it speaks for itself.

I had to know more about this gallery that stands out from the crowd…about their jewelry, most importantly, and their views on the antique jewelry industry. With such an extraordinary store and resume, I fielded some questions and enjoyed hearing the intriguing responses. Hope you enjoy too!

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We source our jewelry from around the world but the majority of it we find in England and the European continent.

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The short answer is no. For instance, we have a postcard in our archives from an antique jewelry dealer, writing to his son in the 1820s saying “I don’t know how you are going to continue in business, I can’t find any merchandise”. We think dealers have always felt this way and really great antique pieces are becoming harder and harder to find. They are out there but along with being harder to find, the quality we seek has become a lot more expensive. It is easy to spend a million dollars but we would actually find it very difficult given the quality and the rarity of the pieces we are on the hunt for. However, as time goes on, pieces become vintage and eventually antique. Most of our collection comes from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century but we are beginning to collect exceptional jewels from the mid-20th century and we even have some “vintage” jewels from the 1970s and ‘80s.

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We are world renown for our Fabergé and have formed some of the most important Fabergé collections in the world. The Messer Schaffer’s father, Alexander Schaffer, is known for introducing Fabergé to America and Fabergé himself was a client of our firm in 19th century Kiev. We are also known for our Imperial Russian treasures and European Objects of Vertu and snuffboxes. Interestingly, snuffboxes are considered by most to be the top end of jewelry. Primarily snuffboxes were made for men, however, in her lifetime, Catherine the Great had the largest collection and the story is that she supposedly had a snuffbox on every window ledge of the Winter Palace, known today as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. Given the number of windows in the Winter Palace, 1,945 to be exact, this story must be an exaggeration. However, it is possible that she had at least one in each of its 1,057 rooms.

In terms of jewelry, we consider ourselves to be “where the unusual is usual.” We look for the highest level of craftsmanship, the finest materials as well as unusual and innovative designs. We get most excited about delightfully unusual jewels and over the years, some of our favorite pieces have included materials such as wood, leather, gunmetal, human hair, copper, brass, celluloid etc. Of course, rings do very well for us as they are easily worn with today’s fashions. We try to carry a range of momento mori rings, hardstone cameo rings, Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and cocktail rings. Rare, high quality rings always sell and oddly enough, at the moment we are also all out of tiaras.

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Art Deco is eternally popular. Lately, we have also seen a returned interest in mid-nineteenth century jewelry (1830-1870) in the Georgian, Victorian and Revival styles. Art Nouveau ebbs and flows in popularity but we love it always. Artist jewelry such as pieces by Salvador Dalí or jewels by Hollywood celebrity jeweler Paul Flato also always has an audience. There is definitely an increase in the salability and desirability of antique jewels and we think it is due to two main factors: 1) People are looking for individuality and do not want to be a part of the herd. So much of today’s jewelry is ubiquitous or a continuation of branding and people are favoring unique antique pieces more and more. 2) Some of our jewelry we consider “subway jewelry”, as in you can wear it anytime, anywhere, depending on the audience. Some of our best pieces do not appear as obvious bling and are quite understated. You could wear these pieces on the subway without anyone realizing what you had on and then once you got to the opening night of the Opera, everyone would know what you’re wearing.

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Any? We have several! One of our favorites is from a few years back. A friend and client came into our gallery one day saying that her sister had passed away and was wondering if we would be interested in looking at her massive collection of jewelry in Jersey. Of course, we said yes and when the subject was broached with one of our firm’s principals, he immediately said “get in a car and drive out there”. To which the response was “No can do, it is the Isle of Jersey… off of the coast of France!” We ended up with over three hundred and fifty pieces of fabulous jewelry.

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Jewelry Road Trip: Washington, DC & Alexandria, VA

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Recently I took a trip to the Washington, DC area. I had two speaking engagements that I was a part of–the first one being DC’s GIA Alumni chapter meeting and the second one AGS Conclave. Excitement was what this trip was all about after I realized both were in the same area, however one week apart. I could have flown in and out for both occasions, but since I had never been to DC before, I decided to make an entire trip out of it! So this blog post compiles all that I did in between those two events (which I already wrote about here and here). It was also a very special trip because I brought my mom along with me (who also had never been to DC before) and we took a few days to drive up to Pennsylvania and visit my Gram too.

Day One in DC started with having the entire morning and most of the afternoon to ourselves before my 7pm presentation. It was a rainy day unfortunately, but we made the most of it by checking out two museums. All the photos above are from our visit to Hillwood Estate–a gorgeous mansion once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post back in the 1950s. Marjorie is an incredibly interesting person, as her wealth was acquired by her father who founded Postum Cereal Company (General Foods) which she took over at the young age of 27 when her father passed away. She was a collector and lover of jewelry, arts and gardens. When she decorated her large estate, she deliberately knew she wanted it to become a museum one day, as she was driven to open up the doors to the public. Most importantly, she wanted to share the lifetime of joy she got out of collecting with everyone else. To learn more about Marjorie Merriweather Post, check out this video.

After our time spent at Hillwood, we dined at the cafe on the premises which was great and then headed to Tudor Place, another much smaller and older estate open to the public through guided tours only. We also weren’t allowed to take any pictures and I was saddened to not experience very many pieces of jewelry on the tour–only a very small curio cabinet with less than ten items. The area in which Tudor Place is located is just the cutest though.

Hillwood Museum

4155 Linnean Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20008

Tudor Place

1644 31st St NW

Washington, DC 20007

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Best Jewelry Look of the 2016 Met Gala

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On May 2, 2016 the annual Met Gala was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. This year’s theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.” It was only a few days ago, yet the Internet is still buzzing over all that went down–of course, I missed the entire thing. Luckily Vogue.com has A TON of articles and I just raided my inbox full of what jewelry celebrities were wearing thanks to some awesome PR companies. Vogue has written enough articles to keep someone occupied for at least a half day, with anything from “getting ready with _______,” to the news of Kate Upton revealing her engagement ring on the red carpet, to loads of best-dressed recaps, a “by-the-numbers” article which is really interesting, photo diaries from certain stars, and SO much more.

There were so many great jewelry looks of the night, but I will have to say, the favorite of mine was Dylan Penn wearing a golden DVF dress and all gold & diamond jewels. I felt out of the loop when I had to Google “Dylan Penn” because I honestly had no idea who she was. Turns out she is the daughter of Sean Penn and is just 25-years-old. The jewelry she wore at the Met Gala included a white and brown diamond elongated ring from LeVian Jewelry, and several 18k yellow gold and diamond rings and a pair of earrings and cuff from Doves by Doron Paloma. I also loved the golden fringed headband which completed the look!

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Top Content ideas for Guest posts in design blogs

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally a Writing tip

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

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

 

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