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I’d rather be a dreamer

Well……I am sitting in the shop today preparing for the Christmas season and gearing up to make sure that we have plenty of thoughtful timeless baubles to fill stockings and boxes with little red bows.  I have been so grateful…really, I thank God every day that I have the know how, care, and kind folks to share my gifts with.  I thank him for how my path ended up landing me in the middle of what can only be described as divine.

My dear sweet friend Natalie Hemby, whom I was blessed to have my first cut (Dont Rush Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill) and whom you know as the talented writer of the songs you love to sing to….White Liar, Pontoon, Tornado, Drinks after work…..just to start, asked me to be her date to the fabulous BMI awards. What could a girl do but get dolled up (thank you to Kyah Hillis for loaning me a dress after my last minute shopping frenzy turned up nothing, not even a gunny sack)?  We made our way through a room decorated by your favorite country artists, songwriters, label heads, publishers. I met so many sweet people who were Giador fans from afar, having admired their friends pieces long before our encounter, and was blessed.  I watched my friend get her well deserved awards, visited and made new friends, and hugged old pals that welcomed me into this exclusive and elusive industry over 10 years ago, and was blessed.  THEN IT HAPPENED…………..I saw him from across the room, black stetson, smile for days, and all I could say was …..”Natalie, I am really sorry but I am definitely going to embarrass you tonight when I tackle my love from the age of 7……..GEORGE STRAIT!!!!!”  What does this have to do with jewelry?????????  Absolutely nothing and EVERYTHING at the same time.  My deep seeded love for the king of country took away all reason carried me across the room to my sweet George, I half expected to get stopped by an entourage as he was just within reach.  I crouched down and put my hand on his shoulder……………I told him how he was my first “fan” experience, my first concert, the soundtrack to my hours of coloring in my room and my karaoke as I sang every word to every song playing from the grey tape player I got for Christmas.  I thanked him, how does that even seem appropriate, and yet I did…I thanked him for all he has done for so long.  I thanked him for singing the songs that made me stop and admire them line by line.  I told him I had been blessed by my first cut this year…..and how surreal it was to be right where I was sitting crouched at the feet of the man that made me sing along……and I….WAS…..BLESSED!!!!

My thoughts at the end of the night, were very simple…….”I wonder if these people know just how blessed they are to be a part of the magic that is music?”.  What does it have to do with jewelry, the bauble room?  From My first talent show standing on a stage singing My Favorite Things to a little shop in Edgehill Village……..I am blessed to have it all……the business that keeps me humble, moving, caring, creating, dreaming……the music that keeps me young, sparkly, hungry, inspired, dreaming!  I am not one or the other…..I am many things and I am blessed just to be.  Thank you, all of you that let me share my songs, my jewels, my stories, my story and fingerprints.  It is me…..Giador….Music….

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There Once was a Boy

who fell in love with a girl, Natalia was her name.

They giggled and laughed and frolicked and played and knew with no one else would it ever be the same.

a little girl dreams of white dresses and rings

a little boy turns into a man

from his mother to him made new again

she said yes, and so it began……..

The story of a boy who lost his mother at a very young age and allowed us to help him carry on a piece of the love his father shared with her.  its not the diamonds and gold that hold the meaning, it is the love and memories behind them.

We used the gold and diamonds from the yellow gold pieces pictured beside new oval engagement ring and made her matching band and his gold band from the melted down metals.

We used the gold and diamonds from the yellow gold pieces pictured beside new oval engagement ring and made her matching band and his gold band from the melted down metals. Giving each piece the blessing of the very precious metals and diamonds that were used to relay the love his parents shared.  True heirlooms.

Many thanks and blessings, for letting us bring meaning to your jewelry.

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People Say!

774205_10151937705792788_604978383_oand the rumors are true…….Brantley Gilbert did indeed come to Giador to help him put the perfect ring on his bride, Jana Kramer’s, finger!  Don’t let the massive center stone fool you……Brantley was careful to offer up the best of quality, classic appeal, and elegant simplicity in the intricately set french pave eternity style setting her over 4ct. center stone perches on.  We wish both Jana and Brantley all the happiness in the world.

We are grateful for every single person that we are blessed to call “client”.  Doesn’t matter Screen shot 2013-01-21 at 3.21.19 PMwho you are here……if you are good to us, we will bend over backwards for you.

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It Ain’t Perfect, but It’s Us!

Meet Karla and Brad Lewis…..DSCN2307                                                     Our paths crossed just under a year ago.

I was sitting at the shop, most likely with my feet tucked up in the chair, working furiously with no expectation of visitors.  As alot of you have experienced, it has been determined that my business is not the “walk in and browse” kind….rather the “come right in.  Lets go have a seat on the ‘comfy couch’, catch up and see what you are looking for and what new goodies I have to show and tell”.  So in true fashion, I had no jewelry in the showcases when Brad and Karla popped their head in to see if I was open.  We struck up conversation quickly, as they are both never short of plenty to say ;-).  I told them I hadn’t put anything out but would love to show off my beauties.  I pulled them out piece by piece as both Karla AND Brad ooo’d and awe’d (rare for the male species).  We talked about their history, era, and gushed.  This is usually where I expect to thank folks and send them off with visions of edwardian and victorian pieces dancing in their heads.  You can imagine my confusion when Brad posed his infamous and now familiar question of “how much?”

FAST FORWARD……… Now a strong collector of Giador’s estate side and on the hunt for the first and “new to them” bling ring for Miss Karla, they made their way back to Nashville from Ohio to visit their little secret shops they love so much.  While Karla was shopping, Brad stopped in and we looked at the newest babies in my collection, stopping on the piece that would soon find its meant to be perch, where it would be loved and adored for another many years to come.  The following day both Brad and Karla returned. He asked her what she thought of the gorgeous 1920’s ring glistening in the showcase…..”I LOVE it”.  Unbeknownst to both myself and karla…..that was all he needed.  From the modest start of two 18 year old kids, to the hard earned comfortable ground where they now stood…Brad was on his knee, for the first time, asking if she would say yes again.

From tears and a delicate sweet moment to Brad struggling to stand from his kneeled position straight into beautiful laughs…this was magic! It wasn’t about making a sale it was about making a moment that will literally be passed down with the piece that represents it.

I pray for fewer divorces and MORE love…like this….DSCN2308

It started in Kindergarten, they were homecoming king and queen, and they shared her books in college because Brad was too cheap to buy his own.  He was so nervous her forgot to get on his knee, at 18, when he asked the question that changed them both forever.  25 years later 2 boys, 2 successful businesses with faith and love at the throne; they spoil one another and aren’t afraid to tell one another straight.  Falling out of love was never an option.  “It ain’t perfect, but it’s us”

Thank you Brad and Karla for blessing me with the moment.

Thank you all for letting me fulfill a part of my “purpose”.

then and now

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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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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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wrap, stack me…you can’t over do me!

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Its been said that women are “crazy” or have multiple personalities……well men aren’t quite as unaware as we thought.  For their assessment is partially true, though poorly labeled.  Women are intricately and deeply wired with incredible evolving layers, and for this we require fashion that works with our sweet n sassy, edgy n classy sides!

I don’t know about you, but this girl lives and breathes by versatility!  Versatility might even be my favorite adjective right now, temporarily taking the place of asymmetry!  I am just different enough to be deemed quirky and by some even eccentric!  Knowing this, how could I ever buy anything that had one look or one vibe….NO NO NO!!!!!  Give me versatility in a haircut, clothing, jewelry, allllll of it!  Bringing me to two of my most favorite fashion jewelry pieces……..diamonds by the yard chains and stackable bands!  Imagine the possibilities, today you are more sweet than sassy……simply wrap your diamonds by the yard once for choker and longer layer.  Tomorrow, red lips painted on and hair in the air…..deserving of layering your diamonds by the yard with another chunky chain necklace and topped off with your favorite vintage pendant.  Same with the stackable rings: white, gold, pink, organic branch inspired, to comfortable and classy diamonds…….wear it all or just one, the moral of the story is YOU HAVE CHOICES!

I don’t claim to be on the cutting edge of fashion, but as a veteran “comfortable in my own skin” girl, spending oodles on a piece that lasts a season puts you in the “sheep forever chasing greener pastures” category!  Fashion is ever changing and you can spend every dime you got and never be on top!  So why not find your own personal “thang” and rock your socks off?  As you dabble in the world of all things fine, I consider diamonds by the yard and stackables to be your one stop shop!!!  Take the plunge and 20 years from now, you will still be thanking me!

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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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