Good morning, my darlings!! I’m dwelling and caught up ultimately – which suggests it’s time for us to ogle all of the spectacular, glowing specimens I met on my travels, starting with my AGTA GemFair adventures in Tucson.
The gorgeous jewels of AGTA GemFair 2018.
How a lot do I really like the AGTA GemFair?? Words alone can’t categorical. Which is why I introduced dwelling digital droves of photographic proof to share with you.
I met the above rainbow of beauties at Kimberly Collins Gems. The supplier is greatest recognized for her choice of free gem stones, however she additionally makes a variety of irresistible completed items (which I beloved a lot that one dwelling with me). Kim herself is a delight and I extremely advocate visiting her sales space even when it’s only for a chat and a cookie.
From smooth stackers to a museum high quality masterpiece! And I do imply actually museum high quality: designer Paula Crevoshay is has proven her work in a number of museums and is making ready for an additional exhibit quickly.
This piece, impressed by the Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish, options opals, chrysocolla, sapphires, and coral. Totally bananas, in the greatest approach.
I spent most of my GemFair specializing in the completed jewellery on show, leaving the free gems and pearls to my fellow Gembassadors (and Gemologists) Ben Guttery and Hannah Becker. But I needed to cease at Kaiser Gems once I noticed this.
This wonderful, completely organized tray of coloration-sorted gems was simply too good for me to withstand. I don’t know if this about me…however I really like organizing issues. Sometimes once I’m unhappy, I’m going to the Container Store. Gazing at this tray of exactly partitioned gems fills me with each pleasure and calm.
Speaking of pleasure, calm, and gem stones: this looks as if a great time to remind you that as a result of that is the AGTA (American Gemstone Trade Association) GemFair, each single vendor has glad the AGTA’s stringent moral requirements.
One of the greatest components of AGTA GemFair 2017 was assembly the fabulous Dallas Prince of Dallas Prince Designs, who coated me in jewels and supplied to undertake me (and the emotions of adoration are solely mutual). When I arrived on the flooring at GemFair 2018, I sashayed immediately over to Dallas’ sales space and performed gown up for so long as I might justify.
This was one of my favourite seems to be we put collectively! Look in any respect these luscious greens and blues. I notably love the daring scale of the earrings, the irresistable navette form of the ring, and the artistic use of briolettes in the necklace.
A stack of sapphire engagement rings from Under the Crown jewellery! As the public reveals increasingly curiosity in individuality the place engagement jewels are involved, colourful bridal is more and more necessary to contemplate.
Pink and purple had been the hottest hues on many AGTA GemFair customers’ lists, as attendee after attendee advised me they had been searching these two notably candy shades – in spinel and sapphire, particularly. One suspects the Pantone coloration of the 12 months, Ultraviolet, and Princess Eugenie’s immediately notorious Padparadscha are at the very least partly accountable.
I beloved attending to know American Pearl Company at the 2017 AGTA GemFair and I used to be not disillusioned once I visited them once more this 12 months.
One of my favourite supplies there have been these tiny, gentle-as-a-feather and completely charming pure Tennessee river pearls. I poured them onto a tray and performed with them like they had been a tiny, luminous zen backyard. Most of them had been free, however American Pearl Company had set a pair of these infants into smooth, easy pearl rings like the one pictured above. So fairly and refined.
Have you ever seen a extra scrumptious coloration mixture?
I at all times love seeing how Erica Courtney defies conference to mix coloured gems with impossibly daring fashion, and these infants are a sterling instance. These purple carpet-worthy stunners sizzle with vibrant tourmaline and Mandarin garnet briolettes.
I’m not the just one going cuckoo for coloured gems proper now: AGTA GemFair 2018 noticed a full 10% enhance in purchaser attendance from the earlier 12 months, drawing trade insiders from over 90 international locations searching for coloured gems and pearls from the present’s 300+ high notch exhibitors.
How might I’m going to Tucson and never see any turquoise in silver?
These gorgeous items, which Navajo Arts and Crafts was displaying at the AGTA GemFair, are rigorously handmade utilizing conventional strategies. These gorgeous assertion items function elongated turquoise of uncommon, distinctive Sleeping Beauty turquoise. I’m really having hassle remembering why I didn’t purchase one for myself.
There was an identical squash blossom necklace that caught my eye additionally (and I wasn’t the just one) however it was really too lengthy on me for me to have the ability to take a decent selfie in it.
THIS is Campbellian Collection’s mermaid ring. An ideal blue inexperienced sea of Brazilian tourmaline surrounded by inexperienced garnets, lavender sapphires, and diamonds.
If you might have a second, go take a look at Campbellian Collection’s Instagram account: Bella Campbell has been posting tons of images of completely different folks carrying this ring (together with yours really) and it’s actually enjoyable to see. She ask me if I needed to know the way a mermaid feels, after which whipped this child out for me to placed on.
This serpentine fashion from Lika Behar is an ideal instance of what I really like a lot about coloured gemstone jewellery.
This turquoise would have been notably pretty in any setting, however in precisely the proper setting it’s irresistible. By the similar token, the pretty snake and wealthy yellow gold are stunning, however the turquoise heart elevates each even additional. It’s the beautiful synergy of a ravishing pure object, completely showcased in precisely the proper approach.
The gold/snake/turquoise combo jogs my memory of Victorian jewellery, however the general silhouette and design aesthetic are purely trendy.
Spectacular sapphires from Inner Circle Fine Jewelry! The smallest is round three carats, the center round 6 carats, and the largest is in the neighborhood of 9 carats.
I used to be attempting to determine which of these sapphires I preferred the greatest, however they appeared so good all collectively that I made a decision I couldn’t deprive you of any of them.
Inner Circle Fine Jewelry was represented at AGTA GemFair 2018 by two of the sweetest girls who’ve ever stuffed chocolate truffles into my purse. They additionally let me go outdoors with their jewels in order that I might take a great image in daylight (by the meals vans AGTA invited to GemFair – it smelled wonderful proper right here!). If you ever need to curry favor with me, chocolate and entry to pure gentle for images are two actually good strategies.
Pretty pink conch pearls are amongst the most respected pearls in the world. That’s a conch shell in the background – the creatures that produce these rosy rarities. Conch pearls can’t be cultured, so that they solely exist naturally.
I often solely see conch pearls in distinctive vintage and designer jewellery, so it was actually thrilling to deal with them free. Thanks, American Pearl Company!
A wonderfully on-pattern and completely gorgeous purple sapphire and Paraiba tourmaline ring by Erica Courtney. This piece takes my breath away.
I can’t offer you a greater instance of a high notch, nicely-designed, edgy however accessible coloured stone engagement ring. The vivid Paraiba tourmaline surrounding the Ultraviolet heart sapphire is an impressive juxtaposition of exuberant, distinctive stones making magic collectively.
Two delectable pearl pendants by new-to-me designer Lisa Mele Fine Gems!
There’s one thing so regal about these, isn’t there? You’d really feel like a queen day by day going round with one of these round your neck.
A couple of of the mesmerizing strands of tourmaline on provide at Bentley Gemstones!
I spent a good quantity of time hanging out at Bentley (they’re a pleasant bunch) and the distinction in the quantity of gems that they had at the starting of AGTA GemFair in comparison with the finish was surprising. Demand for top of the range materials (notably tourmaline, a Bentley’s specialty) was positively in full pressure.
Here’s one other easy however impactful design from American Pearl Company!
I really like the determination to make use of a triangular pearl at the finish of this pendant. It offers the complete piece such a recent, trendy feeling. It didn’t harm that it appeared spectacular with my outfit, both.
Quite a bit of you requested opals once I surveyed you on what you needed to see from the AGTA GemFair, and it was a real pleasure to hunt for some spectacular ones whereas I walked the flooring.
This wonderful opal ring is by Omi Prive. Doesn’t it seem like a tiny planet wreathed in sapphires and diamonds? Magical.
An enormous THANK YOU to the AGTA for selecting me as one of their 2018 Gembassadors and for being such a perpetual delight to work with! It was a pleasure and a privilege to have the alternative to share the 2018 AGTA GemFair with all of you, my darlings.
An huge thanks additionally to my fellow Gembassadors, the fabulous girls of LBG PR, and all of the pleasant exhibitors and attendees of the 2018 AGTA GemFair! If it weren’t for all of you, none of these fairly photos can be doable.
This sponsored submit is dropped at you by the AGTA. Red carpet photograph c/o AGTA, all others by me.
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