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There’s something silly happening on the internet. That’s not a rare occurrence. But this time, it’s something I take personally: there’s been an avalanche of random websites publishing articles about alternative engagement rings and giving truly idiotic, completely uninformed advice. I love the alternative engagement ring trend, but when it’s practiced without understanding of the relevant gemological facts, it’s going to end in tears. And in a world with S...
This has been a busy week already, so I’m excited to relax, sit back, and look at something mind-blowingly gorgeous. Lucky for me, I saved a whopper for today. I’d like you to meet Apollo and Artemis. They’re widely being called the most important pair of earrings ever to go to auction, and they’re likely to be the most expensive as well (current estimates reach $68 million for the pair). Despite the fact that they pair perfectly, the two earrings are being offered as sep...
When I go to events, there’s one question I am asked more frequently than any other…and it has nothing to do with jewelry. “But…how do you make money blogging?” The delivery varies. Some people ask aggressively because they’re uncomfortable in the face of something they don’t understand, or they can’t accept the changing times that my business represents. Others ask the question with awe or hope, and I wonder if they’re holding a blogging dr...
Usually when I meet a designer, it’s because I’ve seen their jewelry and then sought them out: I see the designs first, and then the person. With Ruta Reifen, everything happened at once. I was walking the floor of a JANY trade show when a woman in a super cute white sundress stopped me because she recognized me from Instagram.  She introduced herself as Ruta, and we immediately hit it off: I didn’t know who she was or why she was there, but her bright energy and warm, open ...
Hello, my darlings! It’s been a crazy week at DitL HQ. Husband and I have been low key looking for a new place since he started his new job in Feb (he’s currently spending 3 hours a day commuting) and we suddenly found The One this weekend…so I guess we’re moving in 10 days. Holy moly. I’m glad we’re doing it, but it’s definitely causing me some stress. I’m not generally a “yes, huge life decision right now go go go” type of gal. Conti...
If you spend much time around the jewelry industry, you’ve probably already fallen in love with the new Alexis Kletjian skull designs. These grinning little memento mori charms are taking the world by storm – and right now, for three days only, I can help you get one for 20% off! Memento mori is a motif as old as time; one I appreciate more and more as I grow older and see more of life. Continue reading You’re going to want an Alexis Kletjian skull. at Diamonds in the Library.
As I promised you in Part 1…I am here today with even MORE pictures from the glorious 2017 Original Miami Antique Show. If you like any of the things in these pictures even a little bit, you really need to come next year and see it all in person for yourself. Trust me. Go look at my photos from 2016, if you need more proof. Plus, who doesn’t want to go to Miami in February? Continue reading The 2017 Original Miami Antique Show: part 2! at Diamonds in the Library.
As a writer, I pay attention to the words I find myself using to describe the jewelry I see. Many pieces are pretty, glamorous, interesting, or unique – but not that many are just utterly cool. These new Dana Bronfman earrings, however, are a spectacular example of total coolness. What makes something cool? They’re interesting, unusual, fresh – they surprise and delight the eye in a way that’s not precisely “pretty,” but still pleasing to behold. Continue rea...
Good morning, darlings! In honor of my appearance on Engagement 101 Magazine this morning (on Facebook Live at 11 am!) I’ve decide to do a mini-roundup of some of the best vintage engagement rings that have appeared here on Diamonds in the Library over the years. Doesn’t that sound fun? Yes, I thought so too. The first Lueur jewelry show. Ring roundup: Art Deco engagement rings. Lookalikes: Scarlett Johnansson’s engagement ring. Continue reading Vintage engagement ring favorite...
Can you believe that it’s April?? This year is flying by, darlings. Or at least it feels that way to me. If you’ve been following my Insta stories, you know I spent the weekend in the gorgeous desert near Phoenix for a friend’s wedding. I had an incredible time, and after going home for long enough to run a load of laundry I’m off to NYC to see some jewelry! I’m also excited to tell you that I’ll be featured in a special guest appearance on the fabulous Engag...
There’s nothing like spring. New leaves on the trees, flowers blooming everywhere, and – of course – April jewelry auctions! Leslie Hindman’s got some truly fabulous pieces heading to the auction block, and we’re going to take a look at them here today. This auction isn’t happening until April 23-24th, so you have plenty of time to reflect upon these beauties and decide to make them yours. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ jewelry specialist, Alex Eblen, was k...
Today, we’re going to talk about an un-glamorous situation that almost every jewelry lover has encountered: what to do when a ring is stuck on your finger. Ideally, we’d all be perfect, sweat-free unicorn humans who never get overheated or swollen anywhere, but that’s just not real life. The next time you get that sinking feeling that your finger bling just isn’t going to come off, don’t worry. Here are some tips and tricks you can try at home, and what to expect i...
Spring is struggling to arrive in my neighborhood, and it’s got me craving floppy hats, sundresses, and – above all – bright colors!! I discovered this SheBee necklace while I was researching a story for Instore Magazine, and I loved it so much that I had to feature it here, too. Isn’t it fabulous? This joyful SheBee piece is called the Daisy Chain necklace – a whimsical name that perfectly captures this necklace’s playful but lovely spirit. Continue reading P...
All right, my darlings. I promised you dazzling treasures from the Original Miami Antique Show, and I am READY TO DELIVER. I wandered through row after row and hall after hall of dealers’ booths, falling in love with everything from Renaissance era rings to tiaras to $2 million ruby rings that belonged to royalty (it was by JAR and I wasn’t allowed to take a picture). Are you ready to admire? Continue reading Treasure hunting at the 2017 Original Miami Antique Show. at Diamonds in t...
Good morning, my darlings! Today’s my birthday! I’ve run off for a long weekend away with Mr. DitL. A fancy hotel, a ticket to a wine tasting event, and three days of no emails. Perfection. When I come back, I’ll have my full Miami Antique Show recap for you. For now, please enjoy some delightful internets! xoxo, Becky Internets: Monastery adopts a homeless dog, who becomes Friar Moustache. Continue reading What I’m reading: Vol. 78. at Diamonds in the Library.
I have great news for those of you who go crazy for modern, architectural design: Vitae Ascendere is expanding! Not only are they offering a new line, Beolli for Vitae Ascendere, they’re launching retail space inside the SoHo Grand Hotel – the grand opening is today! I can’t tell you much about their shop, because I haven’t been yet, but I can tell you all about Beolli for Vitae Ascendere! Beolli for Vitae Ascendere is a line designed by Olga Baranova, a jewelry indu...
I saw some truly spectacular pieces of jewelry at the Original Miami Antique Show, and I’m almost done with editing a whooooole lot of photos in order to share those treasures with you. One of those pieces was a locket  – a locket so fantastic and utterly, utterly, odd – that I just couldn’t wait any longer to show it to you. Have you ever seen anything like her?! Continue reading Can you decode the imagery on this antique locket? at Diamonds in the Library.
I recently had the great pleasure of working with wonderful Scottish engagement ring brand, Maevona, to run their social media accounts while their designer, Maeve, was on maternity leave. I enjoyed the challenge of taking the helm of a completely new set of social media accounts, but I think that my very favorite part of the experience was getting to know MaeVona’s engagement rings. There’s nothing like spend a lot of time taking pictures of a jewelry line to really learn its ins a...
  Hello darlings, You may have noticed I’ve been posting a bit less often. I hate to be here with you less, but I’m doing so very many things now that I felt like I needed to reduce my blog schedule a little bit. I want to make sure I have time to put together quality content for you, rather than cranking something out just because I wanted to stick to my beloved 3 times a week schedule. Continue reading What I’m reading: Vol 77. at Diamonds in the Library.
I don’t mean to shock you…but I have a lot of jewelry. It isn’t all especially valuable, but it’s all important to me and it’s a constant struggle to figure out how the heck to store it. Thanks to Brown Safes, I now know exactly what my jewelry storage dreams look like. Are you ready for this magnificence? Does anyone else hear angels singing when they look at that photo, or just me? Continue reading Brown Safes is giving me new #jewelryboxgoals. at Diamonds in the ...