Gem Gossip has moved!

11/28/2009

This jewelry blog has moved! Our web address is www.gemgossip.com

Bookmark the site! We have a whole new design and have added a jewelry store!


Gem Gossip has big news!

10/25/2009

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Gem Gossip only has two words to say today:

Big News!

[ALL readers, click the above link please]


Antique & Treasure Hunting in Southern California

10/19/2009

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A fun portion of my trip to California was spent antiquing.  We went to two areas–Solana Beach and Ocean Beach, both near San Diego, both totally different. Solana Beach was sort of in an upscale area, while Ocean Beach was right on the ocean and had more of a surfer-dude vibe. It is interesting to compare the two after spending a day antiquing in each. I thought I would be able to find more jewelry in Solana Beach than Ocean Beach–but I was wrong!

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Solana Beach has its own “Design District” full of amazing shops and boutiques.  In Solana, we focused mainly on one large antique place since time was limited. It is called the Antique Warehouse, known to have over 101 vendors inside. The amount of items was overwhelming, but in a good way. They have about ten large glass cases full of fine, antique jewelry. At the time, nothing jumped out at me and items that I did sort of like were priced higher than I was willing to spend. I always make sure not to buy for the sake of buying when it comes to jewelry–I have to REALLY like something before I purchase. That is the biggest tip I have when it comes to antiquing.

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After looking for a whole solid hour, I went back to this velvet jewelry box from the ’70s that I thought was so amazing. I like the color and especially the golden puma on top. I loved that the bottom had “Made in Italy” in gold written, which sealed the deal for me. My grandparents would be proud.

Antique Warehouse
212 South Cedros Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075

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The final antique trip was made to Ocean Beach a few hours before my plane was set to leave. At this point I had not purchased any jewelry yet! Newport Avenue is full of antique shops and neat places to grab a bite to eat. We started with several shops, and left disappointed at each one. My departure was quickly approaching, but we were told that Empire Enterprises had “a lot” of estate and antique jewelry.

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And wow, did we hit the motherload! I was in heaven and it was nice to find out that this place had been owned for over 30 years by the same people who enjoy buying and selling items people don’t want anymore. The neatest thing was something I spotted and had to ask about. It was a large treasure chest full of rings–just piles of them, about 200 I’m guessing. If a customer would like, they can go to town looking through the entire treasure chest and “treasure hunt” themselves. Each item in the chest was priced incredibly well. It took me about 15 minutes to go through all 200 rings, but I came out with three that I love.

[10k white gold onyx ring
14k yellow gold, filigree rhodolite garnet solitaire ring
18k yellow gold curved diamond band]

Empire Enterprises Antiques
4926 Newport Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107


Off to sunny California…

10/01/2009

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Hey readers!  I am off to California for a few days–won’t be back until Wednesday.  Many exciting things to share when I get back.  Of course I will leave you with some fun posts to read!  xoxo Gem Gossip

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My favorite post from Gem Gossip: Becoming a Southern Belle

The most popular to date: New David Yurman Bridal Collection

Our first post ever!: Cartier Love Charity Bracelets

Did you guys know that the tiny asterisk is a secret page?!  Well, it is…check it out here.

Read more about me here. If you want to know more, leave questions in the comment section.  I will answer them when I get back!

Another favorite: Lookbook for August

Last but not least, check out my Etsy shop and purchase one of our charity bracelets!


Jewelry Inspiration Board

09/27/2009

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{inspiration is everywhere; here in order, to name a few:
stacked bracelets riding with the top down,
that shield cut is killer via JessicaMcCormack blog,
images of royalty provide endless jewelry inspiration,
collection of antique rings via ErieBasin,
the lovely Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi,
unset diamonds are fun to play with via Jessica McCormack blog,
crests & emblems are obsessions}


Ariel Gordon Jewelry Giveaway!!

09/21/2009

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Gem Gossip has teamed up with Ariel Gordon Jewelry to bring an amazing giveaway! Not only is Ariel Gordon gracious enough to do a giveaway, but from now until October 23, readers will receive a discount of 25% off any Ariel Gordon Jewelry purchase! Just enter code: GEMGOSSIP for your 25% off discount!

Ok, so wanna hear the amazing giveaway prize? It is a gift certificate worth $100 at Ariel Gordon Jewelry! All you have to do to enter is go to Ariel’s website, take a look at her pretty jewelry, pick a favorite (tougher than you think!), and leave a comment stating which piece is your favorite. That’s it. The giveaway winner will be chosen and announced a week from today. Good Luck!

Here are some pretty possibilities:

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14k yellow gold Square Studs, price: $298

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14k yellow gold Rose Cut Iolite ring, price: $440

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14k yellow gold Zodiac Charm Necklace, price: $260

√√√Check out the Question & Answer interview with Ariel Gordon in our Designer Spotlight here.


Drape Chain Charm Bracelet

08/29/2009

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{14k yellow gold drape chain bracelet
14k yellow gold St. Anthony Medallion charm}

{14k yellow gold textured band
10k yellow gold antique panther ring}

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A Gem Gossip “Do-It-Yourself:”

How to get the drape chain, charm bracelet look:

1. Get three very fine 14k gold chains (these came with pendants I’ve purchased that seem too thin to wear on a necklace alone)
2. Clasp them together, so that one clasp connects to the other’s end ring, and do the same with its other end
3. Wrap around your wrist and add a round medallion charm

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