New Girl on Jewelers’ Row

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For me, the fall always flies by and is usually measured by football games and leaves on the ground. This fall in particular has been marked by a barrage of changes for me. It was one year ago this past October that I decided to leave my position in the manufacturing world to pursue my own venture. Everyone* thought I was crazy and never going to make any money with Constance & Carob and that I should take another job before anyone noticed I was “out of work.” Instead, I actually turned down a few offers a few times, and chose to take on a couple of contracts that others felt were gambles at best. And then I did the unthinkable, I moved outside of NYC… and not just to the suburbs, I moved all the way to the suburbs of Philadelphia….

And it was the best decision I have ever made!

https://i1.wp.com/media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/84/7d/2d/847d2d6541d5179706018e248901c830.jpg(This image was chosen as the image of my departure from NYC and arrival in Philly by Frank’s son Orlando… We felt it was fitting.)

A few days after I got settled, I decided to canvas Jeweler’s Row for manufacturing partners in Philly so that I could avoid the long trip to NYC’s Diamond District at least for smaller projects. What I found was the shop of my dreams full of souls just waiting for me to join their United Nations-esq family. So, I did. And I can now say that I am a proud member of the FGS Gems family, located on the Historic Sansom** Street in Center City Philadelphia! Come visit. (That’s  kind of an order.)

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Why did I sign up?

https://i1.wp.com/mcneil-wiki-3-2010.wikispaces.com/file/view/2621QL10NNW1-4.jpg/178614211/2621QL10NNW1-4.jpgRemember the Cave of Wonders in Aladdin? It’s kind of like that in here… (yes, I know your mind is blown.) There are more gems in this shop than in most museums. NO JOKE! The owner Frank has the largest collection of stones (rough and cut) and mineral specimen I have ever seen. No seriously… just wait till we get into the safe.

*By everyone I mean industry wide and not actually everyone because I have had a great deal of people be very supportive of my choices to follow my dreams.

** Sansom Street was the first “Diamond/Jewelry” District in the United States! 😉 #historylesson

…..The Beginning of the New End Winking smile……

The Sound Track of Late Summer Sparkle ;)

As I design or prepare for shows, I always like to have a playlist to kind of set the tone for what I am doing. The genres vary but the content is generally the same. “I’m a girly girl who LOVES pretty things.” Sometimes, I’m fierce about it and other times I’m coy 😉 …… but this late in the summer I’m usually a little lazy but still my quirky self…. So on that note, here’s my spotify list as of late:

What are you playing?

Twerkin Gems

Okay so they don’t actually have to be real gems, but props if they are!

Now I have never particularly been the (Pardon French about to escape these keys)

twerkhoopsmiley-cyrus1“Face down,

A$$ up,

Booty jiggling up out your jeans…”

-Ludacris

kind of girl….. but if you are a Twerkalicous little Kitty… Hey Girl Hey, no judgments here…… but for Godsake Girl get your bling right!

 

Here are the redeeming Bling essentials for that #TwerkLife:

1.) At least one multi finger ring: preferably one that says something like “Werk” or “YOLO”, Sure there are classy multi-finger rings but if your going to #beaboutthatlife, PLEASE fully commit!

Multi-Finger Word Ring

 

2.) A slave bracelet… either doubled with your multi-finger ring or on the other hand! That’s why you have two hands, duh. (no but really I ma actually obsessed and trying to figure out which stones to use in mine bc I really think they are a must… twerking or no.)

3.) A name plate. A BIG name plate!!!

The Nickname PlateThe Name Plate

4.) Giant Hoops, preferably the kind that tell everyone what nickname you like to go by or who you plan to vote for or just GIANT no you’re not thinking big enough still GIANT HOOPS. (Did anyone else grow up in a neighborhood where the saying was “bigger the hoop, bigger the hoe?”—- No Girl on Girl crime here just question….)

GIANT hoopsElection Hoops

 

5.) A Grill. So Def a grill…..

6.) Big Chains

7.) Body Chains.

The Body Chain

8.) a Hand Cuff (not the kind the police use…. although that may or may not be a part of “that life” I don’t really know.) Less confusingly known as a Palm Cuff.

9.) Claws. Diamond Claws.

Sparkle Claws

10.) more. More. MORE. Because MORE IS MORE.

Whatever your lifestyle choices are… I love you…

Just don’t ever forget to “Shine Bright like a Diamond” Open-mouthed smile

“I want to be the Pretty Tiara Girl!”

Constance Finally Gets her Tiara!

Constance Finally Gets her Tiara!

[Disclaimer: I am attempting to break my bad habit of writing posts and then waiting to re-look at them and edit them until the content is so old it is no longer relevant. That said I have decided to put myself on a time limit and simply submit my post to you all with no editing. very little editing.]

Like most girls, I have had an affinity for tiaras since as long as I can remember. However, the idea of having to marry someone (since obviously I already missed the whole be-born-into-a-royal-family boat) did not ever sit well with me. :/

So instead I decided to enter beauty pageants because I like many other young women I wanted a tiara that basically says “I’m Pretty!”

Unfortunately, I never win or even place in these things because who really knows how to actually be the prettiest girl in the room. It’s probably part luck and part… I don’t know something I obviously didn’t have any of the times I tried. The point is one day while I was pouting my sister reminded me that I am a Jewelry Designer and can always just design my own tiara, just like she did for a class project (I swear my sister is part 11 = part genius!) So I did, for Femme Luxe and it will be available for sale in Canada this week. 🙂

The Shopping Channel

Tiara for Femme Luxe Fine Jewelry

Tiara for Femme Luxe Fine Jewelry

Check out my sisters Crown she made for a class project using aluminum foil, cardboard and broken jewelry!

#ShesOnly11 #Genius

My sister is an 11 yeasr old Boss!

My sister is an 11 yeasr old Boss!

#GirlBoss

#GirlBoss

“Is that an Engagement ring?… So then, dinner?”

[Disclaimer: While the events of this story did actually occur, and do have quotations, it is safe to say that I probably am paraphrasing a little and may have forgotten the exact words, or order, or even some strange things in between and seeing as I was the only one present who is involved in writing this blog, it is obviously a one sided story.]

I have lived in New York now for 1 year and 9 months and not a single person from New York has actually asked me on a proper dinner date. Until today. I was at the café downstairs from my office (which I go to at least once a day, either for coffee or lunch or both.) when a tall man said “Hi.”

I awkwardly responded, “Hi.” (he totally caught me off guard.)

As I proceed to look for a bag of chips or a drink or something so as to appear busy he says to me, “I saw you out of the corner of my eye.”

I respond with a flustered, awkward “Oh.” And continue looking for chips or something, but at this point I’ve forgotten and really want him to just turn around so I can remember what I was looking for and then sit down to eat because I’m hungry.

“What’s your name?”

(awkward pause as I think whether or not I should lie to this man, I would but I work right around here so god forbid I lie and then see him again NY is such a small place sometimes) “Constance”

“I’m Keith”

“Hi Keith”

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Then I turn away and proceed to reach for a diet lime coke (I have acquired a new horrible habit of drinking diet sodas) but he (out nowhere) intercepts my hand and says, “Is this an engagement ring?”

Now, thoroughly shocked, I snatch my hand back and say, “No. Wrong hand.”

To which he responds, “Right… I mean some girls wear them on their right hand so I thought I would ask. Why do some women do that?”

“I don’t know. When they are married and move it over to the right to make room for their other ring on the left.” I’m now trying desperately to get out of the corner of this café and make a B-line to cash register, when he says,

“So then, dinner?”

“No thank you” and at this point I have maneuvered my way out of the corner and am backing away while simultaneously shaking my head no.

Blog.NYCDate.stranger“Lunch?”

“No. Sorry.” I continue shaking my head and backing away until I get to the cash register and head directly back to my office.

As soon as I got safely onto the elevator I realized that this form of awkward me is EXACTLY why no one asks me on dates and even if they do I probably don’t actually go. I know it was a strange reaction to a moderately attractive man in a café near my office, but that isn’t actually the part of this situation that perplexes me the most. In truth and hind sight, I am really disgusted by my answer to his whole “why do some women wear their rings on the right hand?” question.

You see the truth is, at that moment, I realized that I did have a decent amount of knowledge on engagement ring history, but I didn’t feel as though I was expert enough to give a full dissertation on the significance of fingers chosen and the cultural ramifications. (Not that this poor guy who I made out to look like a stranger offering a small child candy to help him look for his dog wanted a dissertation on the significance of engagement rings and their placement on hands.)

So here are the ‘cliff’ notes of my research:

  • The tradition of wearing an engagement or wedding ring on the left ring finger comes from the ancient Greco-Roman belief that there is a vein in this finger leading directly to the heart.
  • Some cultures (Polish, Greek, Indian, and Columbian to name a few.) wear engagement rings on their right hands because of the negative connotations of the left hand. (This dates back to Latin influence as the words for “sinister” and “left” are the same, which is also why many super religious discourage left-handedness.)
  • I found a source that Nigerians wear their engagement rings on their left middle finger to show that they are close to being married, at which point their left ring finger will become occupied. (small disclaimer: The site I found this on was a weird comment thread, and I am not particularly confident in my internet savvy, and I can’t seem to find again so if anyone could verify I would be greatly appreciative.)
  • Apparently, some left-handed women wear their Engagement rings on their right hand to avoid the wear and tear of dominant hand activities. ( I am left handed…. Never once crossed my mind.)
  • Some sources are still sighting that homosexual couples choose to wear engagement/wedding/commitment rings on their right hand but I liked this bloggers perspective, (http://www.ourlesbianmarriage.com/weddings/lesbian-wedding-rings/lesbian-commitment-rings/) which was basically that their relationships are no different than heterosexual ones so they too now wear their rings on the left ring finger.
  •  And some of us just don’t always have enough fingers to fit all the rings we want to wear…. So that could get confusing, I guess.

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Of course after thinking about it perhaps this poor man had just been lied to about self-purchased right hand rings by other uninterested women with enough couth to not simply shake their heads in fear and back away slowly.

The Beginning of the End

Natural Zircon, “The Most Imitated Gem”

Natural Zircon

Day 3 of the Gemstone Wishlist for Tuscon:

Natural Zircon is commonly confused with the diamond synthetics that high-jacked its name (Cubic Zirconia, or CZ). The copy stone is just about as close to Natural Zircon as Snookie is to Selma Hayek…

  

…but you would be surprised at how many fights I have with people (even in the industry) about the difference. (This is literally a problem, which I frequently address in emails that read something like this: Dear EVERYONE,

…I have recently requested samples to be made using White Zircon, which is a NATURAL gemstone NOT to be confused or supplemented with CZ a.k.a. Cubic Zirconia which is a completely synthetic stone. This is a costly mistake for which we could all get into a great deal of trouble for with our customers and the US government. Please be sure to differentiate!…)

The most disappointing thing about the total and complete identity theft is that Natural Zircon is an incredible gemstone with very unique properties and a rich history. The name Zircon is derivative of the Arabic words for golden colored, “Zar Gun.” This name was given because, although Zircon comes in as many colors as diamonds, and most people know them as a supplemental stone for diamond (which is probably why cubic ZIRCONia was the name chosen for fake diamonds. ß this also makes everything that much more confusing), the most common color is a beautiful golden or honey color.


Hailing only from the Eastern Hemisphere, Zircon can be deciphered fairly quickly if you know what to look for; it sparkles a great deal more than most gemstones because of its internal crystalline structure, which in a way functions as a set of mirrors to almost double the amount of actual facets seen with the naked eye.

All said, I will be going after a beautiful piece of honey to mahogany colored Natural Zircon at the show and luckily (this is probably the only positive side of this gemstone being confused with CZ) there is a lack of appreciation for Zircon in commercial markets so I should be able to snag one for a more than fair price now before everyone wakes up and realizes what great stone Natural Zircon is. (I get a certain sense of satisfaction in this, which I imagine is similar to one which an inside trader must get just before the market skyrockets :)! )


Earrings From Erica Courtney:

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For more information on Zircon check out what gemstone.org has to say:

Natural Zircon @ gemstone.org

Kunzite, The Sultry American Gem

Day 2 of Gemstone Wishlist for Tuscon:

Kunzite

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This Gemstone doesn’t need a lot of talking up, you might say all it needs to do is wink in the candle light 😉 because The rare pale purply-pink color is enough to get most people’s attention.

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This Unique stone, is often considered an All-American beauty, found in the USA and named after a famous American! Kunzite was originally found in Southern California, in 1902, and is considered to be a rich part of the Tiffany & Co. History as it was identified and named by a Tiffany’s Gemologist George Kunz. Kunzite is a stunning lilac to powder pink colored gemstone and gets its coloring from Manganese. Like any fair skinned beauty, the sun is damaging to the color of this gemstone, so it is best at cocktail parties and late night rendezvous (I know right, how sensually perfect.)

Tiffany & Co. even used this collector’s size 175.00Ct + Kunzite, in this Necklace, for its 175th Anniversary in September of last year.Image

Here are some other incredible Kunzite pieces from Tiffany & Co.:

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And One Stunning Kunzite and Amethyst Necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels:

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If you must have more Kunzite in your life check out this more scientific profile on gemstone.org:

http://www.gemstone.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=129:sapphire&catid=1:gem-by-gem&Itemid=14

And if you are looking to buy… be prepared to pay a pretty penny for this beauty of the night 😉 (Oh Stop…I’m Sorry I couldn’t resist.)

Fine Jewelry Fabulous in the Gym

Once upon a time in a land very near to here, people of all sizes and shapes celebrated a season of holidays with laughter, joy, and feasts. This was a very special season where everyone grew to their happiest plumpness, no matter their shape or size. The last holiday was a very special one where they all made new goals and resolutions to do all the things they always wanted to and be even better people in the year to come. The Beginning of the End.

 

If you are anything like myself or the other 50 bigillion people who say “this year I am going to get fit! It’s a New Year and I resolve to be sexier!” (first of all: good luck, as most of us fall off the wagon in less than a month) Here are some tips on being Fine Jewelry Fabulous in the gym:

 

DON’T: go to the gym looking utterly disgusting, if you feel bad about yourself while you are there you will only want to leave prematurely. The better you feel standing in ALL of those mirrors (since gyms always seem to be a giant 3-way mirror with largely unflattering angles. Or maybe it is just the stark comparison of standing next to a gym rat who live and breathes to be physically superior… L ) the better you will engage in your work out.

DO: Wear Diamond or Gemstone Studs to the Gym!! (when you have your hair pulled back in a ponytail and a pair of studs in you will feel like a million bucks which is proven to be good for your health.)

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MAYBE: Wear a 16” very small pendant or necklace. (not a long layering neck ornament that could get trapped in the treadmill and strangle you to death. That would be a terrible obituary. *Also, I say maybe because I for sure always do this but recognize that others may think its totally ridiculous…whatever I’m FJF!)

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MAYBE: Wear a tennis bracelet or diamond by the yard bracelet, if it is secure and depending on what kind of workout you are doing. (not a bunch of bangles, That’s just annoying to… EVERYONE. *Again, I only say maybe because although I never take off my tennis bracelets, I recognize that not everyone is comfortable with this.)

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DON’T: Wear rings. (your hands will naturally do really weird things like swell or shrink while your heart is pumping so much harder than usual. And if you are lifting weights, it’s a good way to hurt yourself or severely damage your Pretties.)

DON’T: Wear Perfume. (….just gross. Don’t do it!)

Obviously: If your workout is Krav Maga or any other martial arts/contact sport or maybe even a boot camp disregard this and follow their safety rules.