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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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English


Episodes

Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

11/14/2019
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Telling stories with gems and jewelry is like speaking an enchanted language. Hidden for millennia, gems are treasures that speak a universal language. Cynthia Renée Marcusson is my guest this week understands the hidden language of gemstones. Geologist turned jewelry designer, Cynthia’s adventures began with her curiosity of rock formations and unusual terrain from the car window of her family vacations. As part of her geologic studies, she mapped two of the biggest gem producing mines...

Duration:00:37:31

From Psychologist to Jewelry Designer - Dana Busch Creates Wearable Gemstone and Sculptural Jewelry Art

11/7/2019
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Before departing for a creative career in jewelry design, Dana Busch enjoyed a professional career as a doctor in clinical health psychology. After completing a masters program in art therapy, she chose to focus on public health, and spent her career in medical centers creating programs focusing on lifestyle choices for patients with chronic conditions. While she enjoyed helping her patients with programs she developed, she left the corporate politics and bureaucracy behind to reinvent her...

Duration:00:47:03

The Not So Scary Truth About Opals (Replay Halloween 2018)

10/31/2019
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Some people keep away from wearing opals, believing the ancient rumor that they cast bad luck on anyone who wears one without it being their birthstone. No one is certain where opal obtained its bad reputation, but in today’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I’m replaying last Halloween’s podcast, “The Not So Scary Truth About Opals With Matt Hopkins, of Hopkins Opal”. . I’ll be back next week with a brand new Jewelry Navigator Episode, featuring Dana Busch of Dana Busch Designs. . DON’T...

Duration:00:31:27

Emma Hoekstra of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry Shares Her Story and the Challenges that Led Her to Winning the 2019 Halstead Grant

10/24/2019
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Emma Hoekstra is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. Founder of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, and winner of this year’s Halstead Grant, it seems everything is going well for her. While we hope joy and celebration prevail in our lives, loss, grief, healing, and discovery remain unavoidable to the human experience. After the loss of her boyfriend in a tragic car accident, Emma reclaimed her joy and purpose through a process of healing through jewelry design, which eventually...

Duration:00:44:42

Steve Moriarty Shares His Gem Adventures, Jewelry Journey, Expertise on Gemstone Faceting, and What to Look for When Shopping for Colored Gemstones

10/17/2019
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This week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast is unique and exciting! If you love colored gemstone, or want to learn more about them from source to store, you’ll be mesmerized what today’s guest shares on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. My guest has an established gem and jewelry store as well as a successful online gemstone and jewelry business. Steve Moriarty is an accomplished gemstone cutter and jeweler in Crown Point, Indiana, about an hour southeast of Chicago. His story begins with...

Duration:00:49:08

Catering to Established & New Clients in Q4 (and Beyond) for Jewelry Sales Success With Kathleen Cutler - You’ll Be Surprised How Simple It Is!

10/10/2019
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Now that we’re in the last quarter of the year, we need to capture the attention of our clients and customers to optimize income potential as jewelry brands and businesses. If you haven’t kept ahead of your marketing plans, it’s not too late! Kathleen Cutler of Bespoke Commerce, and CEO of Kathleen Cutler Strategy shared valuable strategies that will be easy to scale to the time and client list you already have. Kathleen is a former bench jeweler and has worked in a myriad of roles...

Duration:00:45:00

The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career

10/3/2019
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The Passion Behind Anastasia Simes’ Dramatic Jewelry Designs & How Her Frustration to Find the Perfect Gift Led to Her Jewelry Career Anastasia is as lovely and captivating as her jewelry! I found her background and story fascinating, and felt the dramatic aesthetic of her jewelry is a perfect fit for October! I’m so grateful for her taking the time with me to visit for both the podcast and in person in her studio, because she’s a VERY busy woman! For jewelry images and show notes...

Duration:00:40:46

Laryssa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Jewelry Marketing Shares Tips for Successful Holiday Marketing For Jewelry Brands

9/26/2019
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Laryssa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Jewelry Marketing Shares Tips for Successful Holiday Marketing For Jewelry Brands Laryssa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Jewelry Marketing is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast. She shares what small brands and designers can do to get in front of their ideal customers in time for the upcoming holiday gift season using tools and techniques you’re probably already using alone with others you may not have though of. Laryssa shares the basics of what...

Duration:00:42:37

Tracy Trainor Sculpts Motion & Life Into Wearable Jewelry Art

9/19/2019
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Tracy Trainor became a jewelry designer and maker as she meandered across the globe, and uses inspirations from her formative years in Japan, to the countryside of Ireland, where she currently resides. What captures my attention with Tracy’s jewelry is the movement she coerces from wax carving, to casting, down to the texture. When challenged to make a butterfly ring unique to her own aesthetic and creativity, she crafted a 3-dimensional butterfly that appears to be taking flight from...

Duration:00:35:30

Nayla Shami Shares Life’s Experiences Through Her Jewelry Designs

9/12/2019
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Nayla Shami Shares Life’s Experiences Through Her Jewelry Designs In last week’s episode, I mentioned a few jewelry destinations for upcoming podcast stories. Today’s jewelry designer’s story is influenced by traditional hand fabrication methods passed down from generation to generation of Lebanese goldsmiths and jewelers. Nayla Shami is a delightful jeweler and designer based in Lubbock, Texas. Originally from Lebanon, Nayla’s jewelry story grew from her appreciation of jewelry...

Duration:00:52:24

ABCs of Jewelry Selection, Care, Alternatives to Class Rings, and Upcoming Jewelry Arrivals

9/6/2019
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Even though it’s small, jewelry carries big meaning and represents connections from our past, into our present, and future. In this episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I talk about showing your school spirit with jewelry, and I shared how I wear color and theme relevant jewelry to the Penn State football games with pieces by CRASH Jewelry, Emily Kuvin Jewelry, and Mary van der Aa. Staying with the school spirit theme, and for those who want alternatives to traditional class rings,...

Duration:00:30:54

Elizabeth Moore’s New Collections Redefine Her Passion as an Independent Jewelry Designer

8/28/2019
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Elizabeth Moore’s New Collections Redefine Her Passion as an Independent Jewelry Designer Our conversation starts from a mention she made I picked up on during our meeting at JA, where she mentioned the concept of the Circle of Fifths as an element in her new collection. Elizabeth’s new collection explores a deeper meaning of symbols she feels strengthens the important connections in our lives. And I love how she shares what she’s doing to navigate today’s retail landscape as an...

Duration:00:46:38

Jewelry Navigator Summer Jewelry Adventures: From Florida to New York Jewelry Week

8/27/2019
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Jewelry Navigator Summer Jewelry Adventures: From Florida to New York Jewelry Week Between summer vacations, I visited jewelry designers this summer, and this video shares my jewelry adventures with them! There is a coordinating video on Jewelry Navigator’s website, as well as on YouTube. Jewelers, Designers, & Stores included in my adventures are: Mary van de Aa Anastasia Simes Lily & Co Jewelers Gigi Ferranti Jewelry K8 Jewelry Petite Baleine Jewelry Eden Presley...

Duration:00:13:50

Pam Waill of Petite Baleine Jewelry Shares Her Jewelry Business Journey and Tips on Trade Shows

7/25/2019
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Today, I’m sharing my visit with Pam Waill, of Petite Baleine Jewelry, She’ll be showing at the New York Now Show next month, August 10-14 at the Javits Center in booth 1442. Pam’s jewelry design business precipitated from her marketing background and an affinity for artistic creativity. A serendipitous visit to a local boutique in her hometown of Katonah, NY, was the springboard for Petite Baleine Jewelry. As a mother of teen and adult children, she works her jewelry business...

Duration:00:39:53

Asia Nail, of iRock Gems, Rocks Jewelry With a Passion for Diversity & Inclusion

7/11/2019
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This week, my guest on Jewelry Navigator Podcast Guest is Asia Nail of iRock Gems! . She’s an active advocate for diversity and inclusion, and shares how it’s become her passion project. . After celebrating our independence, focusing on diversity is perfect timing. . As a working mom of two littles under 3, Asia is gracious, generous, and beautiful, and I’m looking forward to sharing her story this week! 💋 #womensupportingwomen #workingmoms Mentioned in this Podcast: Women's...

Duration:00:22:50

Melissa Dusenberry Shares Her Gem Brilliance About Pearls

6/30/2019
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Melissa Dusenberry presents informative gem and jewelry information in welcoming and interesting formats on her website and Instagram Feed, All the Brilliants. Her Gem Information Series on pearl caught my attention on her Instagram Feed. With the help of Eve Streiker, or Original Eve Designs, Melissa shared how pearls form, what makes them unique, and their many varieties. While Melissa’s mission of All the Brilliants is to educate consumers, her platform also serves women in the jewelry...

Duration:00:29:16

Part 2-Debra Navarro's Leap of Faith Into an Award Winning Jewelry Design Career

5/30/2019
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In this second of a two part episode, “Debra Navarro's Leap of Faith Into an Award Winning Designer", Debra continues from how her Barefoot Collection ties in to the theme of her Watu Collection. Debra Navarro LInks Arms With Gem Legacy In this second part of my visit, Debra shared her connection with Gem Legacy, and how her East African gem excursions with Roger Dery, his wife, Ginger, and daughter, Rachel Dery revealed ties that paralleled her career path with lives within the mining...

Duration:00:40:04

Debra Navarro's Leap of Faith Into an Award Winning Jewelry Design Career

5/28/2019
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I usually publish new episodes on Thursday. This week, my guest is Debra Navarro. In February, 2019, she earned JCK’s Industry Choice Award for her Vincent Ring - a rough, but elegant statement ring set with a green berylj, sprinkled with natural color diamonds from her signature Watu collection. Then, just recently, this Spring, InStore Magazine announced their In Store Design Awards, DEbra earned first place for her Hinged Jackson earrings set with over 23 carats of beaming scapolite...

Duration:00:29:51

Gigi Ferranti, Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Designer: How Fashion, Architecture, & Italian Heritage Influence Gigi Ferranti Jewelry

5/23/2019
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Gigi Ferranti, Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Designer: How Fashion, Architecture, & Italian Heritage Influence Gigi Ferranti Jewelry From an early age, Gigi has been influenced by Italian architecture and jewelry design. As a fashion marketing and business major, Gigi began her career in management within a large retail clothing chain. She owned and ran her own high end boutique for twenty years, dressing and supplying her clients for special events and personal styling. After...

Duration:00:45:56

Inside Jewelry Trade Shows & Marketing With Liz Kantner, Curator & Designer Consultant for the Premier Show

5/16/2019
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Inside Jewelry Trade Shows & Marketing With Liz Kantner, Curator & Designer Consultant for the Premier Show Liz Kantner is the designer consultant to rising, independent designers for Emerald Exposition’s jewelry trade shows, JA New York, and is heading up their debut Premier Show in Las Vegas, May 30 through June 3rd, 2019. A few of the designers attending the show have been guests on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, like Samantha Jackson of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry, and Kate Hubley of...

Duration:00:36:46