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“do it”

This morning I woke beside my husband and my two precious fur babies, all cuddled in tight. I made the trek downstairs, where my phone now sleeps because it is muy importante to shut down, shut off, and let it lie (lesson learned after years of not knowing just how much anxiety those devices yield). I had missed a text from a friend, Giador fan and representative, Katie Anthony. I will spare you all the details but it was the brilliant words of a self made (but really we all know its really a God-made) millionaire man, Art Williams. Titled “do it”, I listened as he emphatically shared his passion for what got him and still keeps him at the top
1. Get excited
2. Become a dreamer, AGAIN!
3. You have to have a product that people want to buy
4. You have to know how to market that product.
5. STAND FOR SOMETHING- Moral and ethical unbreakable exceptional standard
6. Find your own unique offering, what sets you apart.
“They aint nobody ever designed a test or will design a test that can measure the heart of a man or woman. The things that are unique to winning in business in America today aren’t about IQ tests, it’s about a college degree on a piece of paper, whether you’re born rich or born poor, the key to winning is what’s inside a person; its your integrity, its your people abilities, your character and heart. There’s nothing you can’t do in America if you want to bad enough.”

WOAH……..(view whole speech here http://youtu.be/7R9c0RAz678

I can’t tell you how proud we are, that at the end of the day, we were founded and are unwavering on these very points and because of that a month ago Giador was able to put on her big girl panties and take a giant step forward and into her very first OWNED space and the very last place she will ever call “home”. After many changes in Edgehill Village, like much of Nashville, being bought up and “changed to fit the new Nashville”, we were forced to make a move… Isn’t it funny how God shows up in those situations?  What seemed like a sad forced decision to move, actually changed our perspective from paying someone else’s mortgage to paying our own AND took us to the only place that felt right for who and what we are, the ever quaint city of Berry Hill. Sooooo, we stretched and worried and planned and prayed. We sweat, we bled, ripped out floors, tore down walls, dealt with less than upright builders, cried….ALOT…gutted through and here I am…. just over a month since we got the key (not finished but close enough), writing to you from my brand new office and occasionally looking out the window on our sweet little dogwood place. WE DID IT!!!!! Thanks to my husband and partner in life……he got us here and kept me going when it felt harder than it should and reminded me there was nothing we couldn’t do if we wanted it bad enough!

We have plenty of parking spaces, pull right up and choose a spot. We have warmth and kindness and a space that we can continue offering our exceptional service. We cannot wait for each and every one of you to come bless Giador’s forever home, 2815 Dogwood Place Nashville, TN 37204. Open house coming soon, but til then….heres a peek. Thank you thank you for being a part of our journey…you are all a very special and unique part of ours! Art has it figured out and somehow, by the grace of an incredible God and being raised right by street smart parents…..WE DO TOO!!!!

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Sincerely, I flatter you….

We all know the old tried and true saying…”imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.  Today’s estate find confirms our second old adage, “the proof is in the pudding”!  As I hunt for inspiration under all kind of varying rocks, I find that I am quite obsessed with a not so new design of ring, necklace, earring…today, in particular, we discuss the bezel set ring.

Simple, clean, modern lines and an incredible playing field for mixing in quirky, classic, edgy bands of all kinds.  The low bezel set engagement ring must appeal to my love affair with mid century modern.  Boasting incredibly innovative and edgy design with such simple packaging is a breath of fresh air to the modern take on jewelry……bedazzled, covered (I would use the word “dripping” but it sounds too pretty and decadent for the catastrophe that is modern jewelry) in tiny heavily included mucky diamonds around every nook and cranny of an icky imagination lacking design.  Don’t get me wrong, I love bling….and halo’s and pave shanks have their place.  It seems though, lately, it’s more the “what I lack in style, I make up in…….bling” approach is being eaten up with a side of ranch dressing.  Even Tiffany, a pioneer in simple clean line jewelry with style and class, has added double and triple halos around a tiny chicklet center stone so beer budgets can indulge in a glass of stella artois.

THERE IS REDEMPTION!!!!!!!  THERE IS HOPE!!!  This is the exact reason I found my passion for jewelry lying among the rubble of dirty old estate pieces, just waiting for a shine!!!!

Lately, as I dig, I often find bezels to be a nice little surprise here and there and while they are called “modern” they are far from it.

They are a vintage beauty with modern appeal….no reinventing the wheel here.  However, with something so great, who says it needs reinventing?  Kudos bezel…you did it….you were gorgeous and unique then and still turning heads now!

Enjoy this gorgeous 1910’s old mine cut bezel set stone with a killer inner scalloped head and filigree on the side.

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Twisted……..

Everyone loves that perfect sweater, pair of boots, staple piece of jewelry…..you know, the one that you slide into and feel like you.  The one that tells all your secrets to anyone pilfering through your closet.  So what if you AREN’T a “diamond girl”??!!!!

OH NO YOU DIDN’T!!!

What if you are the owner of a quaint little gem of a jewelry shop AND you aren’t a diamond girl???????  Well then I guess that makes you, well….you!

I remember when I finally dug through the antique potato chip bucket (most of you have no idea what I am talking about, but yes…..potato chips used to come in a large kentucky fried chicken bucket with a lid!!!!) of antique costume and silver jewelry from my great grandparents.  I had dug through it many times throughout my snoopy childhood but this time, at 20, it was different.  I fell in love. photo I saw myself in two small bangles…one- simple thin, half round with gorgeous native etchings…..my favorite-the gorgeous dark green and brown turquoise piece situated atop the tapered hand engraved bangle.  I later added another simple pattern locking bangle for the perfect 3.  Come rain or shine…..you see me in them, they go with everything because they go with me.  Just like the petite diamond cross first gifted by my mom and dad on my 18th Christmas and the new organic east to west cross.

What’s the point?  Well……who says diamonds are a girls best friend?  Maybe you like quartz or sapphire!  Who says white gold or platinum is classic?  Gold, rose gold, black gold….whatever you wear is perfect!  So today, we invite you to rethink your opinion of diamond bracelets, as we put our spin on an everyday relatable and affordable “spoil yourself” option!

Today’s feature is a 14kt yellow gold brushed bangle with pave set round diamonds.  Wear it by itself or with your favorite watch or silver bangle.  It’s perfectly delicate and feels so good.  DSCN2965

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I’m in the mood for LOVE

Well well, I cannot lie….I put my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, DONT HATE!  There is something so special and addicting to me about the Christmas season.  Perhaps it’s because of the many traditions instilled from a childhood likened to leave it to beaver.  Whatever planted the seed and watered it, I am grateful for the magic I get to dance around in for 2 short but glorious months.  What does that have to do with the tea in china or the tiny sweet baby Jesus in a manger????  Christmas brings about a season of assessment, a taking of inventory of one’s entire life.  Which leads many people to my cute little shop.  We see more Love and Hope and are inspired to act.  I had the glorious blessing of helping 2 clients this month.  Two very special clients whom were also enchanted by the planting of the seed of tradition and family.

Meet, CT and Wendy….  

This beautiful couple came to me a few months earlier to discuss the task of taking a gorgeous 3 carat family diamond, and setting it in a home that would appropriately reflect Wendy’s genuine, sweet, elegant and demure nature.

Vintage inspired filigree and diamond setting for clients heirloom diamond

CT excitedly picked up is custom baby on Tuesday, just one day prior to hitting the road for Thanksgiving and to surprise his precious Wendy.  Among family, including the very grandmother that had passed down the heirloom diamond, she excitedly said yes!

Meet Travis and Rebekah

Travis came to me with his grandmother’s three stone ring.  He wanted the ring to be reflective of Rebekah, classic with edge, while incorporating and laying a foundation of tradition and family.  We took the best of both worlds….we married classic and maintained the vintage side from where the ring came from and to represent Rebekah’s edgy side!  I couldn’t be more thrilled!  Such a blessing to be a part of more than just a ring….we’s makin jewelry with soul!

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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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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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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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European and mine cuts

Unfailing romance

Round is classic, Old cuts are classy.  At a glance, you might confuse one for the other but they are far from the same….and for this vintage gal, European cut and Old Mine Cut diamonds are top notch!

Ok, so maybe I am biased and maybe my “black and white, Audrey Hepburn” state of mind is on the verge of favortism to Vintagism.  It doesn’t go unwarranted.  I have stated before and am under no illusion that vintage is NOT for everyone, and THAT is precisely why I have my secret weapon custom designer pistol in my holster.  But, when that client comes in and I pick up the scent of organic, ornate, or straight up vintage I admit my heart gets to pumpin.  Soooo, what is all this talk about European and Mine Cut vs Round??????

The old Mine Cut dates back to the early 18th century and each stone was as original as the hands of the cutter.  Without the convenience of modern day precision cutting machines, these stones were left to the hand that cut them and each one in turn had a distinct look, no one the same.  These beauties are known for their irregular perimeter often cushion or squarish, an open culet (the diamonds point) and smaller table.  They are lovingly called rolly polly and by the modern standard might be considered a lesser stone…though estate jewelry junkies know the truth and that each stone is a delightful representation of the perfect imperfection of a stone, much like the hand it sits on.  Each detail working together to create a stunning and romantic center to the intricate band that frames it.  These stones often carry a bit more color and appear less dizzying in the facet arrangement rather carrying more warmth, and in my opinion, more romance to the stone.  They are perfect for the client that cares to have a “piece” rather than a “center stone”, each having their rightful place with their respective dreamer.  As cutting advanced and diamond saws became both more popular and more readily available, stones evolved into a more round calibrated cut, more sparkle, and more facets.  This era birthed the transition cut called European cut, maintaining the cut culet feature while transitioning to a much larger table and less depth giving them the appearance of being much larger than their true carat weight might suggest.  i have an equal fascination and love for these little precious’.  There is an unspoken elegance and understated richness to these stones even when the rules we are so fond of don’t fit, THE FOUR C’s.

Can I just go off for a minute and explain that while that is a great starting point and leveling of the playing field…it is by no means the end all be all and I teach my clients that their needs require a different rule book.  For example, European cut stones tend to hold their color in their body (bottom 1/3) and face up (table) sparkling white.  Allowing you to dip much lower on the modern color scale without batting an eye, and I am a color snob.  This is where I teach the most important rule….LET THE DIAMOND DO THE TALKING!!!  For it has happened, several times, that a client used the four c’s to request his stones and I respectfully gave him options in his set parameters then asked him to trust me and threw in a curve ball…..the stone that didn’t exactly meet what he presumed to be top choice and most acceptable by modern rulings, undoubtedly out shines it’s self proclaimed superior.  Seeing is believing and trusting outside yourself sometimes brings home the gold, pun intended!

Dealing in these pretty little babies often requires a smidgen of luck.  Ya see, in finding the perfect modern round brilliant, I simply assess need, budget, want, then pull from thousands of perfectly calibrated stones for your choosing, varying in color, cut, and clarity allowing for budget.  Estate requires perfect timing and lately, seems to happen more than you might think.  It also allows us to sometimes do extraordinary things on a tighter budget or even just because YOU DONT HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK TO GET SOMETHING INCREDIBLE.  Yep, I said it, and my job is to sell things.  What is the moral of this story?????  I love old cuts and though you aren’t familiar, and though they don’t fit in a box…….you might love them too 😉  Please enjoy my goodies below, most are in house and looking for a suitable throne/finger to take her rightful place; some are merely obsessions!

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A new attitude…..breathing life into the dead!

marquise, yellow gold, cluster rings,……….all the thing!  Ballerina rings from the 80’s are truly one of the few pieces worthy of a hand slapping consequence, the older, the golder, the chunkier the better and what is “almost weird” is “absolutely perfect”!  So many of us frown at the mention of marquise cuts and even OVALS!!! “Shame on you” would be fitting, but I can’t blame you, for seeing is believing!!!  So today…I hope to overturn  our current “it’s gold, take it and sell it to a skeezy gold buyer” and “only a round diamond will do” attitude!!!

Marquise and ovals- Yucky huh……or NOT AT ALL!!!  The traditional setting for marquise and the horrible 80’s and 90’s custerful designs laid ugly names to undeserving stones.  While the look of the slender bodies coming to either a soft or harsh point at either end isn’t a look for everyone, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used in a way that no other stone quite could!  It’s all in imagination and execution.  Such as, turning a stone east to west to make it a “piece” instead of a center stone focused ring.  They can be elegant and clean, or modern and edgy.  After 5 years of being submerged in diamonds and gold, I had yet to find a ring that belonged on my finger and questioned even wanting a center stone at all.  Then it happened and an oval got flipped on its side and coupled with the clean vintage pave setting hugged by 2 completely different stackable bands; adding the intricate details that made it spectacular.  Since then I have used this approach with a few brides-to-be that had yet to be “inspired”.  We take something unexpected and make it rare and cool all the while making it work, not just now, for years to come!!!

THE BAD RAP-

OH SO RIGHT!

As you see……beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the mind of the creative!!!!  So now that you know you are free to venture outside of the box……DO IT!

And while you are at it….go on an pull out your mom’s old yellow gold cluster rings, even the dreaded ballerina ring from the 80’s and early 90’s can play the part and win fashion’s cold hard heart!!!  Now, don’t get me wrong…..it can all be done real wrong.  Lately, I find myself being drawn to my estate dealer’s chunky, golden, clustered masterpieces!  They are incredible statement pieces and a fabulous intro into the world of fine jewelry.  They are sitting in jewelry boxes waiting to be loved and rediscovered.  Here are some of my favorites!  Find them, love them!!!!

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