A few Preview snapshots

Today was the first day of the Gem and Jewelry show. Of course I was scheduled to be there, as well as showing you some photos of the jewelry just in.

Alas, a health issue waylaid my plans and warning signs I have been ignoring finally took me down. 

Let me use this as a PSA, friends, to take good care of yourselves and protect your body like the precious gem that it is – at least as well as better than you would care for your fine jewels.  Lesson learned.

I’ll be playing catch up Saturday and Sunday and hope the Sarasota/Tampa Bay people can make it.

Here are some of my recently acquired pieces:

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This French painted cameo ring is an oversized beauty.


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It was hard to convey the beauty of these tanzanite earrings with the humble Iphone. The tanzanites are a total of 4.60 carats.


image (97) 18k gold figural vintage hinged bangle with rubies and diamonds

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This huge and stunning diamond piece seems to double as a scarf ring and a ring.


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A sweet diamond horseshoe necklace.


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Bakelite; I don’t have many carved bangles in stock as they sell fast, but every collection needs a few spacers.


These and more will be on show at my booth this weekend at the Gem, Jewelry and bead show,

Sarasota Municipal auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota, FL

Questions? Call or text (727) 420-8835


Quick Update – Sarasota, FL Gem & Jewelry Show


It has been a slow (leisurely) summer but the show season is about to gear up again.

Seriously, if anyone has any tips to keeping your momentum going when you’re too relaxed, please share.

(I have managed to list ONE item in my Etsy shop all week, even vowing that I would churn out a solid few hours to justify the full spa day I took with my family, but no dice!)

The next Gem and Jewelry show in Sarasota is coming up next weekend, August 22-24 and I have been busy curating new treasures to show you.

The venue is the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium at 801 N. Tamiami Trail.
Hours are Fri/Sat/Sun 10am-5pm.

I will be back to post a few preview photos and add details.
I hope you’ve all had a good summer and are savoring the last sweet moments of lazy evenings on the porch.

Save me a mint julep.

Win sterling silver heart earrings, aka Happy V-day from Iris Jewels


It’s already February, and you might still be trying to get into the swing of things after the holiday season.

Yet, hot on its heels is another Hallmark holiday which makes some lovers gleeful and others feel…inadequate, perhaps.

If you don’t have a significant other to bring you chocolates this Valentine’s Day, don’t worry; Iris Jewels still loves you.

I’ll be doing a prize drawing of these sweet little sterling silver heart earrings. The puffy heart is about the width of a pea, and they are a “fish hook” style ear wire. Lightweight, petite and very comfortable to wear whenever.

Here’s how to get your name entered  in the drawing:

Like, share or comment on my Facebook page, (and while you’re there, like the page if you haven’t already)

Leave a comment On the Facebook post too if you have liked and shared this anywhere else, such as on Pinterest, or Twitter, for an additional entry.

Currently, I have a mere fledgling following, which means your odds are pretty good.


I will draw a winner on February 14 and announce it on the 15th.

Additionally, if you are a dude and have no use for these, don’t give up…. I will be finding more guy-friendly goodies in the future.


Gem and Jewelry Show Oct. 11, 12,13

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A reminder for the next show I am doing:

Sarasota Gem, Jewelry and Bead show at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

801 N Tamiami Trail, next to the Van Wezel Center.

It’s a Frank Cox event.

We will be there this upcoming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 11-13, 2013, and if you are local to the area, I hope you can make it.

If you are into jewelry (fine or other) Gemstones, or beads, there is a good selection for you.

Here is a Quick tour of the Show I made at the last one, to give you an idea of what to expect, and the location I am in, in the near Right corner.

I will be bringing some nicer estate pieces, including signed vintage costume jewelry, sterling silver and nice higher end designer pieces.

Photos to follow.


Update: A preview of some items for the show.

I am inclined to say: “Prepare to be impressed”, especially when I think of this remarkable Titanic-worthy 18k diamond and tanzanite necklace, totalling 10 ct in gemstones!

You should know that these are snapshots from my phone and certainly do this piece no justice. You just have to come see it in person.

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A stunning, deep blue-purple teardop-cut tanzanite is nestled in a halo of clean, white by round-cut diamonds,

suspended in a Y necklace of bezel-set station diamonds, all the way around.

Tanzanite weight:  3.75 ct.   Diamonds: 7.75ctw

The fact that the diamonds go all the way to the back is uncommon.   Often, to keep labor, manufacturing and selling costs reasonable, the diamonds stop somewhere near the the sides to the back of the neck, where just the metal continues.

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Invisible set, deep blue sapphire and diamond ring.

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Orange and pink Sapphire chunky Ring

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Sunburst Earrings and Pendant/brooch set, citrine in 18k yellow gold

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Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, A La Great Gatsby


Le Vian pink Amethyst trillion-cut ring

diamond band baguettes

Baguette and round diamond band.

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Family Heirlooms


Some time ago, I found this string of antique amber beads among some things I had stored away in a box. I knew they must be old and of some value, but I couldn’t remember where I had acquired them.amber 5

I came upon it right after I had a few inquiries for old egg yolk or butterscotch amber, and this shape in particular, which is used to make worry beads.

Now, if this sort of thing isn’t on your radar, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s nothing more special than any imported Baltic honey amber or (and it’s hard for many people, including me, to tell the difference from) the common reconstituted amber that’s on the market en masse.

However, if you take a look at some online marketplaces for antique amber, the prices can be astounding.

One of my customers inquired after any pieces for a collector, and I told her I had this string but I needed to find out more about its origin.

I had just seen a strand of similar, but much larger, graduated antique beads that my father got out to show my client.

He said the beads weren’t for sale; They had belonged to my grandmother but he thought she would get a kick out of seeing them.

I held on to my strand, wondering if they were perhaps from my father’s former shop in Israel or at least if he knew their provenance.

For various reasons, it took me a couple of months to show them to him.
During that time, I came so close to asking the customer for an offer as she continued to inquire.

I am so glad something told me to wait.

Eventually I emailed a snapshot to my father. He took one look and said they also had belonged to his parents and certainly not to sell them.

I suspect they were my grandfather’s rather than grandmother’s as they have the proportions and length of worry beads which are popular with men of the Middle East. Also, they are strung on a very old, simple piece of string, not knotted as a necklace. Incidentally, my grandfather had been a jeweler for the Governor of Esfahan at one point.

For a family who has lived in four countries and on three continents, it’s hard to hold on to stuff, especially something a century old, so it feels good to have a keepsake that belonged to a prior generation.

I can relate to the importance people attach to family heirlooms, a sentiment that’s not surprisingly, mirrored and romanticized in film and literature.

While an object may have intrinsic value, there is also a more abstract value of ownership and preservation to a tangible relic of your ancestry.

An heirloom is a treasure you can pass down the generations that they can touch, to go along with the stories, memories and traditions.photo (34)

I’m glad I have this rare reminder of my grandparents and prefer to wear and enjoy it, feeling the energy of them with me, than have it sit in a drawer.

And since I know they will go to a niece or nephew, I’d like to record for them the beads’ origin so it’s not forgotten.

I am planning to have them properly strung so they can be worn as a necklace and enjoyed by future generations. I have some small gold beads to add, Perhaps I’ll post a photo when it’s done.

I’d love to hear about any cherished objects from your family that you hope to pass down, or even something you are creating history with right now for your own future generations.