A Liza Urla, from a jewelry designer’s book。

October 23, 2018 by · Comments Off on A Liza Urla, from a jewelry designer’s book。
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The first time I met jewelry influencer Liza Urla, founder of the Gemologue blog and popular Instagram feed, she was wearing a custom-made headdress covered in pearls that ascended into a fetching funnel shape above her face and wrapped around the sides and back of her head, affecting what might have passed for the world’s most elegant scuba suit.

The globe-trotting influencer, brand consultant, writer, and model loves a statement—both in the flesh and in the beautiful jewelry she curates for her website and multiple social media pages, which collectively have garnered her a hefty fan following (her Instagram alone has 135,000 followers).

And now Urla, who began her mini-empire by documenting fine jewelry in street-style photos, has released a book, Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips, that gathers hundreds of fun street-style, studio, and candid photos Urla’s both snapped and starred in for Gemologue over the past nine years.

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We live in a world where jewelry competes with experiences such as traveling and other luxury products such as bags, shoes, and gadgets. With this in mind, I selected photos that would appeal to a younger crowd, as well as to jewelry lovers or knowledgeable jewelry collectors. I have also picked photos that show different jewelry styles, from antique to gothic.

In order to put together my book, I went through my jewelry photography archives dating all the way back to 2009. It brought back so many wonderful memories from trips I was fortunate to take around the world—from South America, the Middle East, and all the way to Asia. For the first time since starting Gemologue almost 10 years ago, I was able to present to my followers and jewelry lovers around the world with something tangible and made with love.

GEORGIAN JEWELRY

September 26, 2018 by · Comments Off on GEORGIAN JEWELRY
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Genuine Georgian Earrings in Box

Baroque jewelry was popular in early Georgian times and was highly intricate in design. Often it would contain exacting symmetry and very “open” designs, almost like lacework. The often overly ornate designs were better suited to necklaces and brooches, and so the best designs were reserved for those pieces.

Baroque jewelry came into fashion as a result of the reign of the French Emperor, Louis XIV. Louis demanded that people at court show their wealth in material terms, sewn into their clothing when they visited him. This caused something of a race to the bottom in that subtlety and finesse quickly changed to opulence and vulgarity. Mountains of metal and gemstones became common, and the trend for bolder jewelry made its way across the English Channel. Fortunately, designs were somewhat more subtle than the French courtier’s efforts. The pieces were, however, still far bigger and more colorful than anything known previously.

Baroque jewelry has seen a real renaissance in the past few years, with new pieces in the style becoming very much sought after.

Because the period lasted so long, there were several style changes during that time. These are the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical periods.

All three of the design styles in the Georgian era suffered similar problems with the availability of precious metals and gemstones. At the time, the world was still very much beset with conflict. This meant that being that there was a lack of raw materials, many existing pieces of jewelry were re-appropriated to pay for the wars. This is especially true towards the end of the 18th century and into the early 19th.

Sadly, as a result, very little genuine Georgian  jewelry exists today. As well as the reduced number of pieces being produced or surviving ones being used to finance the army abroad, Georgian jewelers had the habit of melting down pieces that went out of fashion. They would then re-use the metals and reset the gemstones. Even pieces that might have survived are very difficult to identify, as both makers and assay marks didn’t come into common use until much later. If a genuine piece of Georgian jewelry appears, it is far more likely to be dated towards the end of the period than the beginning.

Brian Gavin Diamonds

September 19, 2018 by · Comments Off on Brian Gavin Diamonds
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Diamonds with a well-balanced cut are simply the best choice and often those diamonds will have the greatest “wow” factor. Brian Gavin says: ‘’A well-cut and polished diamond with precise symmetry will have more fire and brilliance and give the impression that it is larger than a stone of equal weight but with a lesser cut. “Since cut stands for performance, it greatly influences the other three Cs. Consumers today want reassurance that the diamond ring on their finger or the diamond stud in their ear is not only finely manufactured but is also perfectly symmetrical. After cut, the proportions or angles of the diamond are the next important factor to consider. You may have heard of the term “Hearts and Arrow,” which is the greatest indicator of diamond cut quality. Brian Gavin told me that the perfectly shaped hearts are formed when the main pavilion facets are cut at the correct angles and polished with such perfection that their reflection results in a perfect heart pattern. “Once the perfect heart pattern has been attained, the perfect arrow pattern in the crown results,” said Gavin.

While other diamond cutters seem focused on cutting diamonds to retain the maximum amount of carat weight, Brian Gavin is intent that every diamond be precisely cut to a degree of craftsmanship that is unattainable anywhere else. If you want to ensure maximum sparkle factor, go with the Hearts and Arrows because it is considered the pinnacle of cut.

There are four “Cs” to consider when you are buying a diamond. Some are more important than others and it’s essential to understand why. According to renowned diamond expert Brian Gavin, of the internationally recognized brand Brian Gavin Diamonds, cut is the most important “C” to consider when purchasing a diamond.

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