I guess it’s inevitable that when you surround yourself with the most beautiful jewelry, you start mentally designing your own. This may explain why fellow jewelry blogger, Danielle Miele, of the popular Gem Gossip just launched her own collection of rings. Danielle’s aesthetic has been honed over the years, working with vintage and estate jewelry at Walton’s Antique Jewelry, and writing about jewelry designers for the past 4 years. Her blog, and new ring designs, have garnered critical attention–she was just featured by Marion Fasel of Instyle’s We’re Obsessed!
I love every ring in her collection, and wanted to know the whole story. Normally, Danielle does the interviewing, but this time the interview-er becomes the interview-ee.
Gem Gossip Interview
idazzle.com: After blogging for the past 4 years, what was the main drive to develop a collection of your own jewelry?
Danielle Miele: I am a goal-setter and strive to always create big dreams and see if I can achieve those dreams. Having a jewelry line has always been a dream of mine, and I felt that the time was right in my career to reach that goal. Since starting my Graduate Gemologist program at GIA, I’ve been strictly focused on that–but I took some time off in between courses to focus on designing and connecting with my readers.
Since I’ve been following you for a while, I recognize a few design elements that you seem to consistently admire: Victorian and the Chevron or V-shape. How did you finally arrive at the ultimate designs, considering there’s an almost infinite number of possibilities out there?
I work with, look at, admire and wear lots of jewelry. With my job, I appraise about 20 items every week and with my blog, I look at probably 50 items every week. So I am constantly looking at jewelry and mentally checking what I like and don’t like about a piece. Each of my five rings in the Gem Gossip Jewelry line is a product of what my mind has created from all these designs I see everyday. I love antique jewelry and certain motifs of antique pieces, but then I also have this other part of me that loves big, architectural pieces of all gold and no gemstones.
How long did the collection take to put together, from initial inspiration to design conception to final execution?
It took me exactly one whole summer. I knew I wanted to launch sometime around my birthday, in the beginning of September. The hardest part for me was finding the right photographer and model to portray a certain look I had in mind–it took longer than I had planned but I think it was time well spent. I had found a photographer who understood my aesthetic and a model I had envisioned wearing my rings!
Easiest question! Because we have five fingers on each hand. I am hoping in the future to produce five unique ring designs each year.
Are the rings made-to-order? How long does an order typically take?
Yes, they are made-to-order and typically take 3-4 weeks.
The rings are all available in white or yellow gold, some with or without diamonds. Can you customize further from what you list on your collection website?
I am first and foremost a collector of jewelry, so I am always willing to work with someone who wants something tweaked or using their birthstone rather than diamonds.
What was the most surprising thing you learned, shifting from creating with words to actually creating precious jewelry?
To have an actual collection of jewelry and be able to wear it, and have people compliment it is such a high feeling of accomplishment. I think that is what I find most surprising. When I blog, it is a different sense of accomplishment.
You’ve now experienced a number of different facets of the jewelry industry: collecting, appraising, blogging, now designing and manufacturing. What’s your favorite part so far?
That is a tough question. Each facet of the jewelry industry is so different and I like every part so far. I think if I had to narrow it down to one it would be the one I’ve spent the most time on and helped nurture since day one, which is blogging. I started blogging about jewelry because I love jewelry so much, I wanted to share my love with other people who love it as much as I do. From the first post I wrote back in July of 2008 until now, I still get so excited when someone writes to me and says how great my blog is or when a designer writes to me to thank me for featuring them. I remember posting my first entry and being pumped that seven people viewed it in one day. Now, I get around 2k views a day but when I think back to where it all began, I am extremely humbled.
Thanks for sharing your shiny new collection with us, Danielle! I look forward to seeing new launches each year. You can find Danielle and her 5 rings over at GemGossip.com.