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Christmas Gold Rush

THIS ONE GOLD Jewelry is one of my 3 blog features for gift-givers that I posted last December; the main gist is: “Gold Jewelry is a lasting gift of love to be treasured, a lasting gift of beauty to be enjoyed and a gift of increasing value…”  This year, I am excited to share information about GOLD COINS, because the Christmas Gold Rush is on! I have been told (by a Wall Street commodities guy) that Gold Coins are the BEST way to buy Gold.  So, I scheduled a visit with my jewelry friends at WIDEBAND to see what they do with Gold Coins. I think it is best to keep our assets close!  BTW: I am wearing THREE COINS NEAR THE FOUNTAIN at the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink …

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‘Tis the Season in NYC

IMG_7546 I love the Holiday Season … especially in NYC!  It doesn’t matter how cold it is; nor does it matter how windy it is, because NYC celebrates the season like no other city in the world!   Here are a few of my favorite things when ‘Tis the Season in NYC…

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FAREWELL BLUES

BLUES FINAL Leaving the Blue Sky of AZ, I had no reason to sing the blues...I was headed to Christmas shows on HSN and then Christmas Sparkle in NYC!  So, I chose to celebrate my last night in Scottsdale bejeweled in blues.   My Farewell Blues include a lapis necklace that holds a romantic drop of two oval Lapis doublets, which are surrounded and joined with white topaz. The complimenting earrings are 18K White Gold and have couplets of lapis surrounded by white topaz that flair to large dramatic Turquoise (December Birthstone)….that gently swing, with each turn of my head.

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FALLing FOR THE ARTS

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I love the Christmas Season, but it is so refreshing to find a city that does not rush Christmas décor before Thanksgiving (which is my favorite holiday, for sure) …and Scottsdale is THE  find, because they are still celebrating Fall in November!  Here, I am Falling for the Arts at The Calvin Charles Gallery. This gallery is Scottsdale’s premier contemporary art gallery and the most beautiful custom building in the Scottsdale Art District. When I crossed the gallery’s threshold, I was immediately captivated by the PASCAL exhibit.  The artist, Pascal Pierme  is a sculptor who works with precious woods. The way he describes working with the natural organic woods…is reminiscent of my personal conversations with Master Diamond Cutter, Sir Gabriel S. Tolkowsky. “Gabi”, as he is known to his closest friends, cut many of the world’s most famous diamonds and I was privileged to accompany him on his US tours for two consecutive years.  I learned that organic treasures (e.g.  natural diamonds and precious woods) participate

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Sparkling in Scottsdale

featherscouch3FOOTCROP Crossing the threshold of Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings in Scottsdale, I immediately felt as if I entered a life-size jewelry box….a jewelry box that encompasses over 20,000 square feet! The showroom features dozens and dozens of living vignettes that showcase upholstered seating, bespoke window coverings, handcrafted casegoods and much more. So, why would I choose a custom furnishings venue in Arizona (I hear you asking)? Well, first let me say that I felt like I belonged in a jewelry box, after I was adorned with magnificent jewels from MOLINA FINE JEWELERS.  Indeed, I was Sparkling in Scottsdale!

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Cooking-up Sparkle Scottsdale, AZ

cooking-up  I think it is common knowledge that Romance, Diamonds AND Food go together!  Famous love stories and memorable wedding proposals seem to always include romantic fires being kindled over dinners.  Also, REAL WOMEN EAT… and great food sparkles my spirit, as well as fuels my travels.  Searching for the next great chef, however, is better left to food critics and food bloggers.  As for me:  “I’m a woman of simple tastes; I’m always satisfied with the best“.   Yes, I am paraphrasing from the over-quoted Oscar Wilde (he said “man” instead of “woman”), but true it is!  I am fortunate to have experienced the signature plates of great luminaries like Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Danielle Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Jose Andres.  Oh, the luminary luxuries of fine dining experiences!  So, my Scottsdale travel itinerary included a beautiful afternoon with the Italian cuisine of  the Award Winning Italian Chef Marcellino Version at MARCELLINO RISTORANTE.  For foodies, I listed all of his luminary experiences and awards at the end of this blog.  For everyone else, here is some info on my Sparkling Jewelry from HYDE PARK JEWELERS …

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Sparkle INSIDE OUT or OUTSIDE IN?

HEARTLocket When I wear natural gemstones (especially DIAMONDS) I not only sparkle visually, I feel the Sparkle from the inside out. For example, I feel the energy of a natural Diamond at the very moment it touches my skin.  I feel my Sparkle…and a gentle smile appears immediately.
Hmmm…is that Sparkle INSIDE OUT or OUTSIDE IN?
I don’t think we should worry whether our Sparkle starts from the inside or the outside. What is important is that each and every person we meet (even for a moment) experiences genuine Sparkle from our hearts …which we share with our words and acts of kindness!

Transformation

I have come to embrace the reality that

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NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK

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I’m No Fashionista (you know I’m all about Sparkle)…but I do know that most women have Go-to Black Basics.  You may have a little black dress (I have a go-to-black-dress that is not so little). We all have a basic black PURSE, basic black PUMPS, basic black FLATS, basic black PANTS, a basic black SWEATER or JACKET, and at least one basic BLACK BUSINESS SUIT (three for me, since I have lots of NYC biz meetings). Our list of black basics can fill this page.   Well, I’m wearing and sharing these NOT-SO-BASIC-BLACK and Diamond earrings….. because they perfectly flirt-up any basic black in your closet! I like flirting as much

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PACKING for HSN Gem Event

BLOG Pic #1 FINAL I started packing for the upcoming HSN Gem Event by organizing not only the new diamond jewelry for the on-air show, but ALSO critical products for beauty emergencies  …after all it is Live TV!  I DO NOT use a small zip-lock bag; that  3-1-1 rule is NOT for me! I have treasured HENRI BENDEL BAGS for years and  I would never leave my Bendel Bags behind.  All of my FULL SIZE beauty essentials pack perfectly in my Classic Henri Bendel Train Case and I can quickly see/get every product without shuffling around frantically!  (Did I mention I am packing for live TV? )  Waiting for my checked luggage is a small investment for having everything I want ….and everything I could possibly need for every beauty challenge!  Again, it’s live TV with no rehearsals and NO Do- Overs!

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The Allure of Luxury Vintage Shopping

Vintage 2 I hope you experience the pleasure of luxury vintage shopping.  When its time for vintage jewelry shopping, any  jewel you find has surely “lived” an interesting life….but there is a sense of romanticism about becoming its new owner and keeping its journey moving through the ages.  As I’ve shared before,  each piece of jewelry holds its own unique stories.  Imagine a chic debutante wearing your Chanel earrings in the 1960s!  Perhaps an elegant world traveler first acquired your Cartier diamond panther cuff. Depending on your source for vintage jewelry, you may be lucky enough to learn who the owner(s) was or receive other special background information about what makes your piece unique.

Treasure Hunting is fun….but CAUTION!

The allure of vintage shopping is always linked to the discoveries…but the process can be fun, too! The most important word to keep top-of-mind when treasure hunting for vintage or antique jewelry is “Authentic“. This means you

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