Good morning, my darlings!! I’m home and caught up at last – which means it’s time for us to ogle all of the spectacular, sparkling specimens I met on my travels, beginning with my AGTA GemFair adventures in Tucson.
The gorgeous jewels of AGTA GemFair 2018.
How much do I love the AGTA GemFair?? Words alone cannot express. Which is why I brought home digital droves of photographic evidence to share with you.
I met the above rainbow of beauties at Kimberly Collins Gems. The dealer is best known for her selection of loose gemstones, but she also makes a selection of irresistible finished pieces (which I loved so much that one home with me). Kim herself is a delight and I highly recommend visiting her booth even if it’s just for a chat and a cookie.
From sleek stackers to a museum quality masterpiece! And I do mean literally museum quality: designer Paula Crevoshay is has shown her work in multiple museums and is preparing for another exhibit soon.
This piece, inspired by the Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish, features opals, chrysocolla, sapphires, and coral. Totally bananas, in the best way.
I spent most of my GemFair focusing on the finished jewelry on display, leaving the loose gems and pearls to my fellow Gembassadors (and Gemologists) Ben Guttery and Hannah Becker. But I had to stop at Kaiser Gems when I saw this.
This glorious, perfectly organized tray of color-sorted gems was just too perfect for me to resist. I don’t know if you know this about me…but I love organizing things. Sometimes when I’m sad, I go to the Container Store. Gazing at this tray of precisely partitioned gems fills me with both joy and calm.
Speaking of joy, calm, and gemstones: this seems like a good time to remind you that because this is the AGTA (American Gemstone Trade Association) GemFair, every single vendor has satisfied the AGTA’s stringent ethical standards.
One of the best parts of AGTA GemFair 2017 was meeting the fabulous Dallas Prince of Dallas Prince Designs, who covered me in jewels and offered to adopt me (and the feelings of adoration are entirely mutual). When I arrived on the floor at GemFair 2018, I sashayed directly over to Dallas’ booth and played dress up for as long as I could justify.
This was one of my favorite looks we put together! Look at all those luscious greens and blues. I particularly love the bold scale of the earrings, the irresistable navette shape of the ring, and the creative use of briolettes in the necklace.
A stack of sapphire engagement rings from Under the Crown jewelry! As the public shows more and more interest in individuality where engagement jewels are concerned, colorful bridal is increasingly important to consider.
Pink and purple were the hottest hues on many AGTA GemFair shoppers’ lists, as attendee after attendee told me they were hunting these two particularly sweet shades – in spinel and sapphire, specifically. One suspects the Pantone color of the year, Ultraviolet, and Princess Eugenie’s instantly infamous Padparadscha are at least partly responsible.