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Graduate Gemologist, and former Flight Attendant, Brenna Pakes, guides shoppers with tips on how to shop and care for jewelry, with resources for unique jewelry with stories of those who create it.

Graduate Gemologist, and former Flight Attendant, Brenna Pakes, guides shoppers with tips on how to shop and care for jewelry, with resources for unique jewelry with stories of those who create it.
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Graduate Gemologist, and former Flight Attendant, Brenna Pakes, guides shoppers with tips on how to shop and care for jewelry, with resources for unique jewelry with stories of those who create it.

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Episodes

Episode 24 Making Smart Choices for Jewelry That Lasts

9/20/2018
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Episode 24 Making Smart Choices for Jewelry That Lasts Busy people need to make smart choices for jewelry that lasts. In this episode, I share tips and features to make jewelry selections that will save you from costly repairs, and ensure a lifetime of wear and enjoyment. Thanks so much for joining me, and enjoy the episode! About Brenna, the Jewelry Navigator A Graduate Gemologist with a degree in geology, Brenna has worked in the retail sector of jewlery for nearly 15...

Duration:00:27:47

Episode 23 AP Gemology and Jewelry with Thesis Gems

9/13/2018
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AP Gemology & Jewelry With Thesis Gems Last week’s episode was all about alternative jewelry to the class ring. I shared so many other ring options that would be worn and not destined for the jewelry graveyards of forgotten jewelry box drawers. This week, we continue with the school theme with a Thesis. According to the Oxford dictionary, and Thesis is “A statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved.” I vehemently stand by the thesis that...

Duration:00:27:48

Episode 22: No Ring Left Behind - Alternatives to Class Rings

9/6/2018
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Episode 22: No Ring Left Behind - Alternatives to Class Rings Do you still have your class ring? Has it been abandoned in a drawer or jewelry box? Class rings aren't as popular as they were in the height of their popularity, say in the 1950's through the 1980's. For decades, graduating from high school and college had been celebrated with a coveted class ring. West Point Military Academy began the tradition in 1835, and from there, other schools adopted the concept with their own...

Duration:00:33:48

No Ring Left Behind - Alternatives to Class Rings

9/6/2018
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Do you still have your class ring? Has it been abandoned in a drawer or jewlery box? Class rings aren’t as popular as they were in the height of their popularity, say in the 1950’s through the 1980’s. For decades, graduating from high school and college had been celebrated with a coveted class ring. West Point Military Academy began the tradition in 1835, and from there, other schools adopted the concept with their own rings. The first class rings were all metal, or set with gemstones...

Duration:00:33:48

Episode 21 And the Winners Are...!!! Juler's Row Giveaway and A Look Back

8/14/2018
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Episode 21 And the Winners are…!!! Juler's Row Giveaway, & A Look Back As promised, today, I’ll be announcing the winners of the Julers Row Giveaway. If you missed it, last week, in the Jewelry Navigator Boarding Lounge, Julie Bishop of Juler’s Row and Katherine and Josephine shared her story of how she successfully runs two jewelry businesses, IN Episode 20 Back to School Jewels With Juler’s Row Home Decor Jewelry Art We ran a giveaway contest for one of two of her jewelry theme...

Duration:00:32:41

Episode 20 Back to School Jewels With Juler's Row Home Decor Jewelry Art

8/7/2018
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Welcome to the 20th episode of the jewelry navigator podcast! Today’s guest is Julie Bishop, creator and designer behind not just one designer jewelry business, but TWO - Juler’s Row, and Katherine and Josephine. To help celebrate the 20th episode, and bring some extra sparkle to back to school, I have a very special back to school jewel giveaway, collaborating with my guest, Julie Bishop, and her Juler’s Row home decor items. Juler’s Row started as a blog, and a way to explore multiple...

Duration:00:28:48

Episode 19 Fun & Colorful Jewelry of May Came Home With Deborah Halperin

8/1/2018
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May came home is a fresh and colorful jewelry line designed by the versatile and talented jeweler and designer, Deborah Halperin. . Inspired by the e.e. cummings poem, “maggie, millie, molly and may,” Debbie brings the joy of discovering the beauty around us through colorfully graphic jewelry designs of enamel jewelry created in both sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold. . Lucky clovers, tiny bunnies, suns, moons, and doves are just a few of the whimsical themes within her colorful...

Duration:00:28:28

Episode 18 Jewelry Discoveries from the Summer 2018 JANY Show with American Jewelers & Designers

7/25/2018
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More American Made Jewelry Discoveries Besides sharing more amazing jewelry designers with jewelry made in America, I thought I’d also take the time to catch up and share some shopping and sale opportunities, which I’ll share in a few minutes. Summer is for fun and traveling, and we’ve been busy doing that! In fact after I record this episode, I’ll be headed to DC to visit the Smithsonian museums with my family - and gems etc For the month of July, I’ve been featuring jewelers...

Duration:00:26:40

Episode 17 The Eclectic Story and Designs of Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewelry with Kiara Boughner

7/12/2018
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Episode 17 The Eclectic Story and Designs of Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewelry with Kiara Boughner Where would you find a dragonfly carrying opals on its wings? Or mermaids guarding labradorite? …in the jewelry of Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewelry! Today, I’m sharing the story of jewelry artist, Kiara Boughner, who uses her many artistic talents to create Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewelry. An avid rock hound and gem fanatic, Kiara has created a niche specific to unique styles...

Duration:00:36:12

Episode 16 America’s Vintage Jewelry Legacy with Hugo Kohl of Hugo Kohl Jewelry

7/7/2018
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Episode 16 America’s Vintage Jewelry Legacy with Hugo Kohl of Hugo Kohl Jewelry Combining his formal education in finance and economics with his passions of art, jewelry design and history, Hugo Kohl has created a hybrid career of sorts as jewelry historian, bench jeweler and artistic philosopher. In 1993, Hugo had an experience at a scrapyard in Providence, Rhode Island that would begin a journey of discovery and recovery of the tools original to the means of making jewelry we’ve only...

Duration:00:47:53

Episode 15: Shopping for Jewelry on Vacation? Start Here!

6/28/2018
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Whether traveling on vacation, or shopping in a new store anywhere, listen for tips and recommendations on how and where to shop for jewelry. It all starts with a couple tips to keep in mind, then I take you across the country to “visit” jewelers and their shops, and share their inspiration. Jewelry that celebrates nature’s scenes with turtles, to alligator toe bones; From jewelry that looks like pirate’s treasure to colorful candy, and created down the road from chocolate and candy...

Duration:00:28:59

Episode 14 The Virtues of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry With Samantha Jackson

6/19/2018
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Episode 14 The Virtues of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry With Samantha Jackson Samantha Jackson, founder of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry, joins us in the Jewelry Navigator Boarding Lounge today. Born and raised in New Orleans, Samantha explains how collections with names like Rebirth, Audubon, Carnival, Celestial, Garden District, Spirits, and Voodoo,are inspired from the nature, history and culture of the region. I first met Samantha and her jewlery line, Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry,...

Duration:00:37:39

Episode 13: What do Fireflies, an Aston Martin and Kunzite Have to do With Friday?! Listen and Find Out…An Acrostic Celebration of Friday!

6/15/2018
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It’s FRIDAY, so, let’s celebrate with some gem, jewelry and fun surprises with an acrostic celebration of Friday! For each letter of the word Friday, I feature a gemstone, item of jewelry or a special surprise! Listen to find out what fireflies, an Aston Martin and feldspar (gems like moonstone, kunzite, labradorite, sunstone and amazonite) have to do with each other! We start at the beginning with the letter F, then go through the remaining letters of FRIDAY, sharing gems, jewelry...

Duration:00:18:26

Episode 12 Creations of R. Simantov - Jewelry Like Modern Day Faberge’ Treasures

6/5/2018
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Summoning lost skills and techniques through abandoned tools Reubin Simantov accepts challenges most jewelers trade for the modern technology of CAD-CAM assisted jewelry manufacturing. Insistent that clients and customers observe and respect the time, attention and thought put into every custom piece, he will often discourage clients who expect delivery before the estimated completion date. Those who understand the energy and resources needed for his level of creativity wait patiently,...

Duration:00:36:07

Episode 11 Chips are for Lunch, Not Diamonds and Other Helpful Jewelry Tips

6/1/2018
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You’re onboard Jewelry Navigator Episode 11, Chips are for Lunch,they’re not diamonds, and other helpful tips to shop with confidence and understand what you already have. Sit back, relax and enjoy the episode - welcome aboard! What makes metals used in jewelry better than just regular metal, and is one better than another? If it looks like gold, then it is, right? What is gold and silver plated jewelry, and what’s the difference from actual gold? What about the gemstones -...

Duration:00:35:52

Episode 10: Champagne, Rare Gemstones, and Jewelry With Denise Forbes of California Girl Jewelry

5/22/2018
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What could possibly complement a private showing of fine jewelry better than a glass of champagne while beholding rare gems, like taaffeite, a lavender gem that sparkles as much or more than diamond, and blue color change Bekily garnet?! Today, I visit with the daughter of the mother - daughter team of California Girl Jewelry, Denise Forbes, where from their boutique in San Francisco, they treat clients and walk in customers to champagne and an entrancing selection of gemstones, along with...

Duration:00:41:38

Episode 9: How and Where to Shop for the Best Jewelry Gifts for All Occasions

5/16/2018
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With spring and summer as popular wedding seasons, that also means anniversaries! Shop smart from your heart and your wallet! In this episode, I share jewelry to give as new gifts, along with tips on how to pass along an heirloom piece for a gift. Having a jeweler you know and trust is so important, because they can save you lots of money through repairs that revive old pieces. I also share: Jewelry and Designers featured in this episode: By Museum Specialist Robyn...

Duration:00:35:03

Mother's Day Jewelry Shopping Guide with Jewelry Navigator, Part 2

5/9/2018
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Jewelry that smiles? Dangling gold fish with diamond eyes? This week I share this and more, like vintage treasures, old and new just in time for Mother’s Day jewelry shopping. Last week, I introduced you to seven of my favorite designers and their jewelry, and this week’s episode is the continuation of my Mother’s Day Jewelry Shopping Guide! If you didn’t get a chance to listen to last week’s episode, I share jewelry perfect for all our super hero moms, with photos accompanying the...

Duration:00:21:46

Mother’s Day Jewelry Shopping Guide With Jewelry Navigator, Brenna Pakes

5/1/2018
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Mother’s Day Jewelry Shopping Guide With Mother’s day coming up in less than two weeks, I thought I’d share some of my favorite jewelry designers with shopping tips on how to make our moms happy this Mother’s Day! Some people shy away from jewelry shopping afraid it’ll cost too much, but I have a wide selection to share from pleasantly affordable to high value jewelry treats. From jewelry created from luxury cars to rings that reveal she’s a Wonder Woman and jewelry that honors moms...

Duration:00:26:58

Part 2 of Diamonds Demystified with Diamond Industry Insider, Marc Knobloch

4/17/2018
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Welcome to episode 6 of the Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and the part 2, and conclusion to last week’s episode, Diamonds Demystified with diamond insider and wholesaler, Marc Knobloch, vice president and third generation with Aron knobloch, Inc in New York’s Diamond District. Last week, Marc called on his 30 years of experience to explain the importance of seeing a diamond and how leaning on its statstics on paper can lead to faulty comparisons; what the most important of the 4C’s are in...

Duration:00:27:29