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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 ...
I hope you’re in the mood for something wonderfully pretty today, my darlings. These Suzy Landa pink tourmaline delights caught my eye on Instagram, and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. A delicious pink tourmaline, set in bright white gold and sprinkled all around with bright, white diamonds. I love the way Suzy Landa plays with texture and space. Just look how I think the fact that each accent diamond is in its own metal bezel with space in between them, and how that desig...
Good morning, my darlings! Are you in the DC area? Are you free on the evening on March 3rd? Then you should come hear me speak at the DC/MD/VA chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association!   I’ll be chatting a bit about Diamonds in the Library in general, as well as touching on my recent adventures and answering any questions you have to ask me about Tucson, Miami, jewelry, blogging, or whatever else you’re interested in hearing me talk about. Continue reading Come hear...
This year was my very first time visiting the famous Tucson gem shows and I went straight to the top: to the crème de la crème of the colored gemstone market at the legendary AGTA GemFair. I came into it expecting to have my mind blown, and even my high expectations were blown out of the water. The AGTA GemFair is a closed show, open only to gem dealers, store owners, designers and others in the jewelry industry, so the beauties that you’re about to see are from a show that the general p...
It’s Election Day tomorrow in the US, and I don’t know about you, but I’m finding this particular presidential election VERY stressful. Therefore, today’s post is intended to be as relaxing as possible for all of us: I hope you find Erstwhile Jewelry Co.’s treasures as soothing as I do. I’ve been a fan of Erstwhile Jewelry Co. for ages, and I know you feel the same way, because my posts featuring their rings are constantly on my most viewed list. Continue rea...
Holy cats, you guys. I feel like I haven’t read anything but election coverage recently…but I’m not going to link to any of that today. Internets: Golden era Posh Spice wore the same two pieces of jewelry everywhere – check it out. 11 times Helen Mirren proved she’s a feminist goddess. A history of brooches: the evolution of style. Brilliant Jewellery Bloggers – The 10 Jewellery Writers You Need to Know – Thanks to Aenea for including me in this great...
Good morning, my darlings! We’ve had quite a week here in the US, so today we’re going to talk about something fun that’s ready to become your new favorite online hobby: Bidsquare. What is Bidsquare? Bidsquare is a one-stop-shop portal for accessing auctions held by many major auction houses. Since its inception, Bidsquare’s participants have grown from 6 to more than 120 auction houses: most of which don’t list their items on eBay, so it’s a great way to see ...
Good morning, my darlings! It’s that time of year: the days are shorter, the weather is colder, and the fuzzy blankets are irresistible. I thought it was about time for a good old-fashioned book review roundup. Below, please find every book I’ve ever reviewed here on Diamonds in the Library, with mini-reviews and links to the full reviews. If you want to read more of my bookish writing, please check me out on Book Riot! Continue reading A book review roundup. at Diamonds in the Libra...
You know by now that I love antique jewelry (I think that’s pretty obvious). What I love so much about it is its soul, its uniqueness, the way the pieces reflect the innovations of the times they were created. Every once in a while, I’m lucky enough to come across contemporary jewelry that makes me feel the same way: Vitae Ascendere and their gorgeous metal lace designs are a perfect example. Look at this glorious mishmash of contradictions. Continue reading Vitae Ascendere’s ...
Good morning, my darlings! I have something truly exciting to show you today. I met this piece over the summer at the New York Antique Jewelry and Watch show, but I was asked not to reveal it to you until after it made its debut at this Fall’s New York TEFAF. It was actually hidden at the show: in the back of the booth, on a high shelf, in a closed box. Continue reading SJ Shrubsole’s magnificent coaching brooch. at Diamonds in the Library.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has another glorious jewelry auction coming up, and it’s right around the corner: the December Important Jewelry Auction. The Chicago preview starts on Wednesday, and the auction itself is next Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I’ve combed through the literally hundreds of auction lots and picked out my favorite pieces to give you a starting point to decide what you can’t let get away next week when the bidding starts. I had a little help, actually: Alex, M...
The Graceling Realms trilogy by Kirsten Cashore. I love love love these books – they’re some of my favorite YA fantasy since Tamora Pierce. And I do not say that lightly. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Author), Valentine De Landro (Artist). The election inspired me to finally read this angry feminist comics series, and it was just what the doctor ordered. The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London. Continue reading What I’m reading: Vol. 72. at Diamonds in the Lib...