Given that my initially excursion back in 2012 until now, the earth of antique jewelry has advanced so much and so have my tastes, combined with the objectives of each vacation. Past calendar year was the only real 12 months I didn’t go to, so I used to be a lot more fired up to go since my Miami hiatus was ultimately starting to get to me! This was the first time we decided to stand while in the infamous long line prior to opening day, as we felt like two cut price hunters on the eve of Black Friday. If I could guess, I do think this year boasted record-breaking quantities with regards to attendance. As most just about every year, the original Miami Beach front Antique Demonstrate stretched across Halls C & D, as well as a bonus room with more sparkly things while in the “Flamingo Room.” If you have never been, it truly is hard to fathom how large of a display this is…what may help would be to glance at this Floor Map of the display. It is quite easy to receive caught up in the rows upon rows of antiques and get this glazed look usually only seen on teenage boys playing video games all working day. We hit the main day hard by standing in line for 45 minutes pre-show opening time and leaving around 7! It may be an understatement to say that we were tired! Looking back though, I think it is the best way to do it and to take advantage of this once a yr clearly show. Also as I look back again, I am craving those personal pan pizzas that they sell at their consession stands so badly-those are some good pizzas! Our nightly routine consisted of eating dinner and looking at all the jewelry we bought and then sleep! Day two went about the same as working day one, with looking from the morning with fresh eyes only to realize you should have left the day in advance of way earlier to avoid the zombie-buying episodes. Once you pass five hours of being at the clearly show nonstop, you start buying things you normally wouldn’t buy or skip booths that shouldn’t be skipped. real fashion earrings onlinegold earringsIt’s ok, it happens to the best of us.
Some highlights of the excursion were meeting OakGem, one half of MetierSF, the women of Rago Auction house roaming the aisles of the show, also meeting The Three Graces, and a few random people that passed me by and were like, “Hey you’re that Gem Gossip girl!” Enjoyed seeing old friends like Craig Evan Small, Jacob’s Antique & Estate Jewellery, my friends at Excalibur Jewelry, Jewels du Jour, and meeting up with Sunny S. Bond. Of course, I always miss out on connecting with people that I’ve been meaning to, but you can always reach out via email!
Jewellery highlights of the vacation, I tried getting pictures of things that really stood out to me, shown above. I loved Sue Brown’s eclectic taste and it was awesome seeing her inventory in person rather than the smaller selection online. One ring that I fell in love with online was the three colored sapphire ring pictured above-set using the most luscious yellow, pink and blue sapphires. Such a cool design too! DK Bressler had some incredible pieces as well-things that deserved to be photographed for an exhibit or basically my dream jewels all in one place! Each and every ring I tried on there was tiny and could fit my little fingers by the way…so I had been like, is this real life?
Just about every calendar year I try to bring home one ring for my personal collection, which has been tradition (except for my initially journey ever, I left empty-handed-which looking back again, is just as devastating today as it was back again then). This 12 months I brought home an early 1900s star sapphire ring set with single cut diamonds and black enamel from OakGem. It fits right in with my other elongated, geometric rings which have been my ultimate favorites from my collection. Thanks OakGem!
As always, the vacation was too short with not enough sunshine…and as per usual, the bathing suit was an unnecessary suitcase addition. Can’t wait until next yr!!