Jewelry Treasures

I loved presenting the September collection to all of my amazing HSN girlfriends…I can’t thank you enough for your unending support.  When you write and tell me how much you love certain pieces, it makes me sparkle with pride and enthusiasm. 
I truly adored our theme for September’s Rarities – it is all about beautiful gold and soft colors of chalcedony, corals, citrines, topaz and prasiolite.  But, like any designer, I like to shake it up and introduce you to a whole new style every month.  I am living to share October’s Rarities with you!  I am going to introduce you to a very new and totally inspiring collection of black rhodium accented gold and sterling.  What I truly love about all of these pieces is that they are so incredibly unique.  Close your eyes and think about big cuffs of moonstone; medium cuffs of smoky emerald cut quartz; and a new collection of rainbow themed colorful sapphires.  And that is just a snippet of what I have for you…
October’s Rarities are my most favorite because so many of the pieces come straight from my personal collection.  As you may know, I am an avid jewelry collector (I shop flea markets, private sales, garage sales and little boutiques all over the world) to find rare antique or one-of-a-kind pieces.  Many of these inspire me to create new versions of these fabulous finds for you.  The beauty of this is that I know that you will not find anything like these pieces anywhere in the world.
My favorite place to jewelry shop is in Palm Beach, FL.  Stuart, Noah, Grant and I spend a lot of time there and I have found all these cute little shops where people consign the jewelry they no longer wear. I have found the very best charm bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings.  The Deco pieces are my most favorite as are the older pieces featuring rose cut diamonds. The owners of these boutiques know my taste and call me as soon as they get in unusual pieces.  Well, I must tell you, that when I get these kind of calls, I always just say “send it”!  I can always send it back, but I never do.  I also love shopping from estate dealers in Manhattan.  The public can’t get up to them because they only sell to the jewelry trade.  But I sit in their offices and go through garbage pail size bins of jewelry – it is like a treasure hunt.  When I find things I love, it is so rewarding.  Sometimes I find things that I could never afford, but I just like to look at the quality of the craftsmanship: study the selection of gems and marvel at the beauty of the jewel.  I encourage you to do the same with Rarities!
I can’t wait until October 17th to share the new collection with you.  I hope that you will LOVE it as much as I do.  See you in a few weeks. 
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XO, Carol

PS — Remember that Fall is a great time to clean your jewelry.  It gets dirty in summer from all of the sun tan lotions, moisturizers, etc.  Mix a cup of warm water, mild dish washing liquid and a little sudsy ammonia.  Soak your jewelry for a few minutes and use a soft toothbrush to lightly brush away the dirt and debris.  When you are done rinse with warm water and wipe with a soft cloth. I would not recommend this technique for pearls, but it is great for most other pieces of gemstone jewelry.  If you have any questions, check out the Jewelry Information Center website.  They offer amazing tips for jewelry cleaning and anything else that you may ever need to know about fine jewelry.  You will love the way your pieces look when they are sparkling on your fingers, wrists, neck and ears.  Consider it your Fall clean-up! 
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