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Pin Up Girl

I can’t say as a little girl, that I knew quite to what extent that soul of mine was indeed aged far beyond the body it inhabited…….though I want to say that I grew into myself.  It probably started around the summer of 2003 when I walked into a little shop in a bright yellow house on Belcourt right in the heart of Hillsboro Village.  I had only lived in Nashville 6 months or so when I got wise to the importance of location.  I met a girl at the Chanel counter in Green Hills mall whom in one conversation was to be my new roommate, and migrated west from the beloved first stop of all that enter, Antioch.

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Out with the Old and in with the…….OLDER

Today I said farewell to one of my favorite platinum and diamond baby doll engagement rings, a worthy admirer made the goodbye a joyful one!  As we say goodbye, we make room for the new pieces I have been playing hide and seek with.  From precious 50’s style hollywood floral arranged aquas to the large and in charge honeycomb ring and being bitten by yet another serpent….I fear this is only the beginning of our serpent love affair!  If you love a piece, don’t be shy!  We are here to provide pieces to oogle over, education AND a place to satisfy the addiction we have created. And while we love being the best kept secret…..we really love finding homes for each and every jewel baby!  So spread the word, Sing from the rooftops, plant the seed.  Enjoy!

Gorgeous marquise aquamarine and diamonds perfectly arranged into delicate flower- client cost 850.00

14kt yellow gold hand made serpent ring, 1.5" wide with old mine cut and ruby accent stones CLIENT PRICE 925.00

Two tone gold and diamond statement ring- CLIENT PRICE 980.00

Stunning free form 14kt yellow gold ring set with a fresh water pearl! CLIENT PRICE 765.00

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Victorian, Edwardian, Deco…OH MY!

Nothing to be scared of here, other than the insatiable appetite that leads to obsessing over the pieces I am about to reveal to you!  Today is throw back day in the shop…..and man have we come across some beauties!  Take the time to breathe in every exquisite detail….

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Lets start this seven course meal with the simplest and most unassuming and yet still so much cool in this 18kt yellow gold and cabochon amethyst ring.  With the gorgeous thin claw like prongs cradling the magnificent amethyst!  Simple, big, amazing

The amethyst

Gorgeous simple statement piece featuring cabochon amethyst with 18kt yellow gold setting

Now that we have had a nibble lets move on to something a bit more hearty!  Im going to dive right in with this incredible Victorian era platinum and diamond setting featuring a cabochon turquoise!  What an unusual compliment.  This piece should and may end up belonging to me BECAUSE ITS JUST THAT AMAZING!  In the words of Wendell Mobley and Neil thrasher via Rascal Flatts ” I melt”

Turquoise and diamonds

Platinum and diamond ring set with one turquoise cabochon center stone!

This works perfectly into another Victorian beauty, very different in style but equally magnificent.  The serpent hinge bangle.  Serpents have been very very popular for centuries and I can’t help by find myself entranced by the way they look wrapped around a finger or wrist, this one in particular in 14kt yellow gold with a gorgeous texture to the skin and crowned in seed pearls, cabochon garnet and emeralds!

snake dancer

This gorgeous victorian bangle featuring garnet, emeralds, and pearls in yellow gold makes me want to be a snake dancer!

How could it get any better?  Let’s move onto diamond lain bracelets with gorgeous hand laid patterns and even a pop of color.  We have both the Edwardian era featured ini the wider platinum and diamond bracelet as well as the Deco diamond and sapphire accented beauty!

Edwardian platinum and 6 carat diamond bracelet with invisible clasp side by side with the Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet

Last but not least, an incredible piece I find myself oogling on a daily basis.  Victorian seems to be the repeat offender today and it hold strong with this 18kt yellow gold diamond, turquoise and pearl locket/pendant.  Nothing else to say.

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And it lived to tell the tale

 

Gorgeous vintage platinum setting with ornate details set with a 1.16ct european cut center stone, (J color, VS2 clarity). Available for purchase- CLIENT PRICE 5750.00

This gorgeous one of a kinder seeks her soulmate!  Not just any soul will do.  Must be gentle and kind, multi-faceted and creative.  Perfectly delicate.  For nothing less would be fitting for such a work of art!

Available for purchase!

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Ode to Marquise, a second installment!

Yes, yes it has been a while and yet worth the wait!  While searching for some ways to utilize a dear friends marquise diamond, passed down from her deceased mother, I cam across these beauties!  I have said it once and I will say it again……aint nothing wrong with leaving the pack to find your own beat, ya heard??????  I love seeing stones that are considered “undesirable” made to lust after!  The beauties below work just as they are OR flipped to go east to west to really throw a monkey wrench in what we think we know!

Be daring…and call me!  I want to share with you and nurture your want and need for something different…..and therefore, BETTER for you!  Its a beautiful season and we are grateful for what we call our “job”.  Give me a call or send me an email if you are looking and want to step outside your comfy cozy box!

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Show me your pearly whites!

I must admit, I am not really a pearl girl!  But everything has its perfect place and I am happy to share with you a couple of killer finds!

Lets start with the Ruser freshwater masterpiece.  Ruser was best known for their creation of figural pieces centered on the ornate shape of natural freshwater pearls usually fashioned along side 18kt yellow gold and diamonds.  This piece spoke to my heart with its large and in charge elegance.  The surprise of the flattened awkward shape of the pearls almost forces you to question your past judgements on these beautiful oyster birthed gems!  The textured gold makes for an elegant understated frame.  

Crosses have long since been a staple to our jewelry collection especially in the Victorian era!  This gorgeous yellow gold and blue enamel cross set with a couple of old cut accent stones has earned the right to revive itself and even bring out the edge in a simple strand of pearls.  Layering changes everything.  Georgeous!

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He lovingly calls her Maggie…….

Do you ever find yourself seeing the “emotion” in the pieces we so carefully and lovingly adorn ourselves with?  Do you ever wonder why we do it?  Well, as discussed in a past blog of fury on how people conduct themselves in business, my personal and private person…the very soul of who I am is imprinted on Giador Fine Jewelry.  So it’s only fitting that we focus so intently on NOT THE DOLLAR, NOT THE SIZE, the special lady or man that is the muse and motivation for the gift we are giving.  You can tell alot about me simply by my haircut, or my blue suede shoes….EVEN the color of lipstick I choose AND especially, my ring!  Knowing that..I watch, listen, and learn then create.

Her name is Maggie, and I haven’t met her yet.  Although, I have seen the heart of the man that adores her.  He came as a referral, as the majority of my clients for the last 6 years have.  He sat across from me and gushed about how special and cool his Maggie was, the school teacher with style.  We poured over intricate and different designs and he grew more and more excited.  I left him with a few favorite options to chew over.  A few days and emails later, he said “I love the swirly one, I think I am ready to do this.  I am. I am. I am.”.  Today, he came in and I could see the look of mostly excitement and partial anxiety. I showed him the ring, which I describe as a magical forest of whimsical princesses.  Elated, he says over and over again how his Maggie will love it.  I agreed.  As we finished and I gave him the goods, he asked…so sweetly “can I hug you?”.  We hugged, he left…I smiled….and 4 minutes later received an email….”I cant get the smile off my face”.  Someday, soon…I will meet the muse that inspired the ring that represents the love the boy feels for the whimsical kindergarten teacher.  Just a good day on the job.  The END.

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Paint yourself in shades of blue…

Fit for a queenAnd I don’t mean seasonal depression!!!  As Christmas nears and I pull out the best gift ideas I have, I find myself digging into one bag quite frequently.  That bag comes in the richest most regal shades of blue.  While gemstones are sometimes hard to swallow, as discussed in previous post that women’s moods change like the wind, how then can you expect to be in the same color mood every day???  However, sapphire, aqua, even turquoise have more to offer than even there distant diamond cousin.  While we aren’t all in love with draping ourselves in sapphire a’la mode…..I am about to sway your thoughts of “color isnt for me”!  I liken this path I am on to the maturity of seeing colored stones, not as inferior to what we all naturally deem as the undeniable crowned jewel, the diamond.  As we go through our own mistakes, successes and growth it brings us to the table of understanding….where every thing is laid before us and we respond by taking account and altering the path to represent a more desirable feast for next time.  We quickly find the beauty in the path less traveled, the stone less obvious, the style less mass marketed, and eek out a path of options…colors…..emotion.  We aren’t all diamonds……

I find myself daily growing more and more comfortable and drenched in my own knowledge, style, and taste for the fine.  My palette grows more particular in what it will indulge in and wisdom pours in from all forms of inspiration and mentors so that it may overflow into each and every one of you.  So let us keep it short and sweet……enjoy my babies….my favorites….as I so enjoy sharing all that I have and all that I am with you.  [slideshow]

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Gone huntin’

Hello out there!!!!!!  As I wrap up my days, which seem to be much more stressful as of late, I drive myself home and fall into my “cozy chair”….. I am left with the thought “man, I have GOT to write a blog post”.  The problem, a very good problem might I add, is that I have been sooo busy I haven’t been able to obsess…much less share my obsessions!  While time is still a tickin and I seem to be chasin…….this bauble is too fantastic to let go by the wayside!  I want to sing loud and proud and share with you just another fine example of why I do what I do…its not about cold stuffy commercials promising you “a friend in the diamond business”, “an accent on value”, “jeweler to the titans” or anyone else famous for that matter.  THIS IS ALL ABOUT a love for people, and fine pieces coming together and giving me and my brother something to passionately share with friends, new clients that become friends and even total strangers!  Feast your eyes on this vintage yellow gold and platinum cuff……not so commonly seen today but a popular way of utilizing the diamond pin’s made popular in the early 1900’s but fizzling out in the 60’s.  This gorgeous statement piece elegantly draped in rose cuts, old mine cuts, and european cuts totalling in just under 1.50cts.  This piece will be in the dr’s office for a little CPR (including a bath, a polish, and some diamond replacement)….we need to breath life into this wise old piece so that she might tell her story!  I live for pieces like this!  Stay tuned for more finds……………….

Gorgeous vintage two tone bangle set with approx 1.25-1.50cts of old mine cut, rose cut and european cut diamonds. Needs a suitable home! client price-3400.00

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On the little things we cling to…our treasure will be found!

Monday morning……my mom’s most dreaded day of the week and there was a time when I shared in her sentiment.  A time when I dragged myself from the bed at 5:45 or …6:15am if I was really dragging.  Poured in the coffee then waited to come to life, well partially!  I went to an office, I worked hard and did “a job” well.  With every day I grew more restless, and with every Sunday came more anxiety for what I knew was coming next.  Part of my problem was holding on to the bad…… unaware that what you cling to will cling to you and color your path.  The other part…..I had yet to fall into my “place”, the place cut out for me to fit in perfectly and apply all of me to a specific service.

Years later, much learned, and continuously changing…Monday is full of little blessings. It seems my job, on most days, feels more like excitement and pride in not just providing a service…..rather,  being “of service” to people.  I am sitting at my desk listening to Nat King Cole spinning on the record player reading over a kind note from a recent client, thanking me and gushing over …..well, doing more than just a job.  Helping them with their dream ring and treating them like human beings.  Diamonds and gold are merely a platform for me to do the most basic of services, take joy and pleasure in being a part of your experience and offering you better….offering exactly what I would expect.  Each life that I get to touch, some more than others, always touches me in return.  Giador, the little shop that still remains a well kept secret to most,  is proudly serving and ever growing and grateful today and every day.  As I follow my every changing and evolving path, one thought will remain constant……I am, indeed, here to serve; as are you!  Many thanks to all of you reading that support, lift up, respect, and remain loyal….you are my treasure.

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