Elena Votsi

One of the many things I look for in a jewelry is the design (don’t we all), if price is not an issue and I could have anything I want at this moment, I would definitely pick Elena Votsi, the Athens School of Fine Arts graduated must have excelled in all her classes based on her designs. Her collection is something that will haunt my dreams. I’ve never wanted such jewelry before, they are unbelievable chic, modern and definitely a very good conversation piece.

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Ask the Jewel Junkie: Engagement Ring Suggestions

 

 

 

Lately friends and family are getting engaged. It’s an exciting time! Lot’s of photos to share with us, I love it!  The husband and I do not have a wow engagement story, we did everything unconventional so I don’t have that gushing and blushing that normal women experience, and I love that about us. We are at that age wherein we get invited to attend 2-5 weddings a year, and everyone of those I cannot look at the bride’s face when she walks down the aisle. I get really sappy especially when there’s tears of joy, I’ve had enough of my husbands snickering when that happens, so I do what I do— the jewelry *&%$ in me looks at the engagement ring and the flair of the bride’s gown and accessories. I look at the bride’s face when the actual ceremony is over or when they do their obligatory rounds to welcome the guests. This is not the only reason why I decided to write an article about engagement rings,  yesterday I got a private message on Twitter from a girl named Callie she’s recently engaged, in fact 9 hours ago (from the time she sent me the message) so at first I’m like ummmm… ok congratulations, yes I typed exactly like that. I was confused and a little surprised. And then she said:

I need engagement ring suggestions, my boyfriend proposed but since I am a little bit of a control freak instead opening a ring box with a ring in front of me, he gave me his American Express and said, “If you say yes, pick out the ring you wanted”.

No B.S and straight to the point, I di it! So I told her, wow very romantic LOL. and she agreed to the LOL part. But hey she sounded very happy and thrilled, so I am right there with her. It was the strangest thing since, well, this is the first time a stranger asked my opinion about jewelry, so I decided to help her. Like those subscribed / members only shopping sites. I asked questions about her style and a little bit of everything. From that, these are the rings that I came up with. I actually had fun having this twitter conversation and scouring the internet and magazines for suggestions. I guess giving out advice like this is not too bad. The crazier/funnier/weirder you are the more I wanted to hear from you. If you want to chat my twitter handler is @thejeweljunkie1

 

1. “My favorite movie this month is the Great Gatsby, let’s start with that. Are you a Leo fan?”

Rare Earth – Emerald Morganite

2. “I don’t want a ridiculous size stone like Kim K’s. 1 ct. to 5 ct. is my max, oh and doesn’t need to be diamond center”

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Ken + Dana Design – Rena March 2014

 

3. “I am indie all the way, can you tell with my story?”

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Giby + Iona – Ambro .90ct

4. “I am also in the mood for a minimalist style.”

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Ylang 23 – Finn Rose Cute Yellow gold ring

5. “Or maybe something outrageous / unique”

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Bel Viaggio Design – Infinity Engagement

6. “I don’t know, what do you think?”

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Soho Gem – Casato Freeform Rose gold ring

7. “Something that does not look like an engagement ring.”

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Moondance Jewelry Gallery – Selin Kent

8. “Something for my sister to envy.”

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Harry Winston – Sunflower, large

9. “My favorite color is blue”

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Catbird – Itzela Blue Sapphire

10. “Is there something lower than $2000 but with a perceived value due to its cuteness?”

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Anjay’s Design – 14k white gold

 

To Callie,

You are crazy! I absolutely love our conversation. I hope you like one of the suggestions I have above and I hope you’ve made up your mind on what “mood” you are in when you pick out your ring. But seriously, pick whatever feels right. And may you and your fiancée have a great wedding and an even greater married life. Good luck with everything.

Love,

Patricia

New Jewelry obsession – Vanessa Mooney

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I had my eye on this designer for a while now but her prices are not a joke and for someone on a budget it is kind of a stretch but totally worth it. It also helped that I found a seller that gives me really great deal on these.

Her designs are so unique, they are the perfect embodiment of the “free spirited”. Shopping for it is so addicting that when I finally started a week ago, I made it a goal to buy a few pieces every week. Well ok as long as I can get a good deal on price for it. To match this new jewelry collection, I also started buying clothing article that are bohemian and gypsy chic inclined. I am happy to report that I believe I can pull it off. ha! Below are pieces I have so far

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I love them all but my absolute favorite pieces the Lillian and the SuperNova collection of the Unearthly ring and bangle. I like the unique design and how there is an unobtrusive natural stone that made a lot of difference to the piece.

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The only big blunder I have about it is – the plating are not sealed / coated so when I wear the ring my finger turned green. But like I said I love the designs so much I research and was at one point even considered going to a jeweler to have them dipped in real gold but the cost of it was a real bummer so I researched some more and found out that Krylon Crystal Clear Glossy spray can preserve it the way I wanted. I was so scared that I will ruin the finish and the jewelry itself so I tested it on other pieces. I am happy to report that after 3 tries it was a success and I started spraying it on my Mooney pieces.

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Geometric, Art Deco Bangles

JuiceBeauty.com   I am currently obsessed with geometric theme in jewelry, sure it is always there but the ones that I favor looks bad ass. It is a minimalist dream but definitely had a punch of making a statement. I especially love the ones with stones in them.

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If anyone is interested and obsessed like me, I started selling them in my Poshmark closet.

I also found pieces that I added on my wish list.

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{C Wonder}  {Paige Novick} {Henri Bendel} {Forzieri – click on image}  {Jennifer Fisher} {Jennifer Zeuner}

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As a grand opening for this blog, a giveaway seems prudent.

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