By Brenna Pakes
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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.
||CleanTravel Safety Tips For Jewelry and Personal Belongings||Spring vacation is here, and part of enjoying your travels includes knowing your belongings will be safe. Making sure your jewelry and valuables are safe while traveling is as necessary as having your passport and credit cards. In this episode, I share||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlooming Jewelry With Bella Campbell of Campbellian Collection||Bella Campbell overcame the challenges of language barriers when she arrived in the States over thirty years ago. Originally from Georgia, the former republic of Russia, she arrived with a degree in physics, and transitioned into the fashion and jewelry||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating International Women's Day With Women From Jewlery Navigator Podcast Stories||This month is the one year anniversary since the start of the Jewelry Navigator Podcast. Jewelry Navigator remains on a course to connect shoppers to unique jewelry and share the stories of the designers who create it. The episode explorations and desti||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: The Intrigue of K8 Jewelry With Kate Hubley||Kate Hubley is the designer and goldsmith behind K8 Jewelry. Based in Montreal, Canada, Kate holds the prestigious FGA gemmology designation from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Originally a professional within advertising, Kate began tak||2/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTreasures of 2019 Tucson Gem Show||Jewelry Navigator’s Adventure at the 2019 Tucson Gem Show Every year in February, thousands of rockhounds, jewelers, gemologists, and artists attend gem shows in Tucson. Since its beginning, the show has grown to over 40 separate shows. For j||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 Gem Legacy Making a Difference One Gem at a Time With Roger and Rachel Dery||Whether you love jewelry and gems as much as I do, you may wonder sometimes about where the gems are found. Knowing where gems are found is traceable Knowing who finds the gem crystals, and exactly where to look is harder, and has been more diffic||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 Jewelry Appraisals With Fred Van Doren, Graduate Gemologist and Certified Jewelry Appraiser||Is your jewelry covered by accurate and legitimate appraisals? If you lost your engagement ring tomorrow, would it be adequately covered by your insurance for it to be replaced as close to the original? These are questions that are answered with a prope||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fun Verstility of Julie Lamb Fine Jewelry With Julie Lamb||Julie Lamb is a fun and highly experienced jewelry designer in New York City. She’s been making jewelry since childhood. After attending an art magnet school in the city, she began her jewelry career and journey working as project manager and marketin||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 The Not So Scary Truth About Opals With Matt Hopkins of Hopkins Opal||The Not So Scary Truth About Opals Anne of Geierstein, also known as The Maiden of the Mist is a novel written by Sir Walter Scott, in 1829, and cast an unlucky shadow onto opal. The story told of a young princess who wore an opal pin in her hair.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Emily Kuvin's Jewelry Designs Are Shining Stars||I met Emily Kuvin at the Jewelers of America Jewelry show in New York this past summer. She was featured as one of a select few designers in the New Designer Gallery, curated and selected by Liz Kantner. She’s been featured on Gem Gossip’s site with||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 The Architectural Jewelry of Minton with Architect and Jewelry Designer, Emily Minton||What started out as a concrete jewelry for an architectural thesis project for her graduate program turned into a line of jewelry created by Emily Minton. Now, Emily is a full time practicing partner at an archticecture firm in Baltimore, where at night||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 Making Smart Choices for Jewelry That Lasts||Episode 24 Making Smart Choices for Jewelry That Lasts Busy people need to make smart choices for jewelry that lasts. In this episode, I share tips and features to make jewelry selections that will save you from costly repairs, and ensure a lifeti||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 AP Gemology and Jewelry with Thesis Gems||AP Gemology & Jewelry With Thesis Gems Last week’s episode was all about alternative jewelry to the class ring. I shared so many other ring options that would be worn and not destined for the jewelry graveyards of forgotten jewelry box drawers.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: No Ring Left Behind - Alternatives to Class Rings||Episode 22: No Ring Left Behind - Alternatives to Class Rings Do you still have your class ring? Has it been abandoned in a drawer or jewelry box? Class rings aren't as popular as they were in the height of their popularity, say in the 1950's through th||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 And the Winners Are...!!! Juler's Row Giveaway and A Look Back||Episode 21 And the Winners are…!!! Juler's Row Giveaway, & A Look Back As promised, today, I’ll be announcing the winners of the Julers Row Giveaway. If you missed it, last week, in the Jewelry Navigator Boarding Lounge, Julie Bishop of Juler||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 Back to School Jewels With Juler's Row Home Decor Jewelry Art||Welcome to the 20th episode of the jewelry navigator podcast! Today’s guest is Julie Bishop, creator and designer behind not just one designer jewelry business, but TWO - Juler’s Row, and Katherine and Josephine. To help celebrate the 20th episode,||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 Fun & Colorful Jewelry of May Came Home With Deborah Halperin||May came home is a fresh and colorful jewelry line designed by the versatile and talented jeweler and designer, Deborah Halperin. . Inspired by the e.e. cummings poem, “maggie, millie, molly and may,” Debbie brings the joy of discovering the beauty||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 Jewelry Discoveries from the Summer 2018 JANY Show with American Jewelers & Designers||More American Made Jewelry Discoveries Besides sharing more amazing jewelry designers with jewelry made in America, I thought I’d also take the time to catch up and share some shopping and sale opportunities, which I’ll share in a few minutes.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 The Eclectic Story and Designs of Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewelry with Kiara Boughner||Episode 17 The Eclectic Story and Designs of Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewelry with Kiara Boughner Where would you find a dragonfly carrying opals on its wings? Or mermaids guarding labradorite? …in the jewelry of Wade and Willow Hand Forged Jewe||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 America’s Vintage Jewelry Legacy with Hugo Kohl of Hugo Kohl Jewelry||Episode 16 America’s Vintage Jewelry Legacy with Hugo Kohl of Hugo Kohl Jewelry Combining his formal education in finance and economics with his passions of art, jewelry design and history, Hugo Kohl has created a hybrid career of sorts as jewelry||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Shopping for Jewelry on Vacation? Start Here!||Whether traveling on vacation, or shopping in a new store anywhere, listen for tips and recommendations on how and where to shop for jewelry. It all starts with a couple tips to keep in mind, then I take you across the country to “visit” jewelers||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 The Virtues of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry With Samantha Jackson||Episode 14 The Virtues of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry With Samantha Jackson Samantha Jackson, founder of Heavenly Vices Fine Jewelry, joins us in the Jewelry Navigator Boarding Lounge today. Born and raised in New Orleans, Samantha explains how co||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: What do Fireflies, an Aston Martin and Kunzite Have to do With Friday?! Listen and Find Out…An Acrostic Celebration of Friday!||It’s FRIDAY, so, let’s celebrate with some gem, jewelry and fun surprises with an acrostic celebration of Friday! For each letter of the word Friday, I feature a gemstone, item of jewelry or a special surprise! Listen to find out what fireflie||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 Creations of R. Simantov - Jewelry Like Modern Day Faberge’ Treasures||Summoning lost skills and techniques through abandoned tools Reubin Simantov accepts challenges most jewelers trade for the modern technology of CAD-CAM assisted jewelry manufacturing. Insistent that clients and customers observe and respect the time, a||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 Chips are for Lunch, Not Diamonds and Other Helpful Jewelry Tips||You’re onboard Jewelry Navigator Episode 11, Chips are for Lunch,they’re not diamonds, and other helpful tips to shop with confidence and understand what you already have. Sit back, relax and enjoy the episode - welcome aboard! What makes meta||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Champagne, Rare Gemstones, and Jewelry With Denise Forbes of California Girl Jewelry||What could possibly complement a private showing of fine jewelry better than a glass of champagne while beholding rare gems, like taaffeite, a lavender gem that sparkles as much or more than diamond, and blue color change Bekily garnet?! Today, I visit||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: How and Where to Shop for the Best Jewelry Gifts for All Occasions||With spring and summer as popular wedding seasons, that also means anniversaries! Shop smart from your heart and your wallet! In this episode, I share jewelry to give as new gifts, along with tips on how to pass along an heirloom piece for a gift.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMother's Day Jewelry Shopping Guide with Jewelry Navigator, Part 2||Jewelry that smiles? Dangling gold fish with diamond eyes? This week I share this and more, like vintage treasures, old and new just in time for Mother’s Day jewelry shopping. Last week, I introduced you to seven of my favorite designers and their j||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMother’s Day Jewelry Shopping Guide With Jewelry Navigator, Brenna Pakes||Mother’s Day Jewelry Shopping Guide With Mother’s day coming up in less than two weeks, I thought I’d share some of my favorite jewelry designers with shopping tips on how to make our moms happy this Mother’s Day! Some people shy away fr||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 2 of Diamonds Demystified with Diamond Industry Insider, Marc Knobloch||Welcome to episode 6 of the Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and the part 2, and conclusion to last week’s episode, Diamonds Demystified with diamond insider and wholesaler, Marc Knobloch, vice president and third generation with Aron knobloch, Inc in New Y||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiamonds Demystified With Diamond Industry Insider, Marc Knobloch, Part 1||Welcome to the Jewelry Navigator Podcast! I'm your host, Brenna Pakes! What are diamond certificates? How should you use them to shop for diamonds? Diamonds. Their sparkle has captured our attention and adorned women and men for centuries. Last episode,||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiamond Shopping Tips & Debunking Four Common Myths and Misconceptions||Diamond Shopping Tips & Debunking 4 Common Myths and Misconceptions April is showered with diamonds as its birthstone. In today’s episode, I help take the mystery out of understanding diamonds by revealing truths surrounding common myths and misconcep||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ & A With Crash Jewelry Founder Christi Schimpke||Crash Jewelry designer, Christi Schimpke visits with Jewelry Navigator||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Jewelry Treasures||Celebrating spring with gems and jewelry is easy with tourmaline and spring cleaning tips for repairs that save money with broken and damaged jewelry. California Girl Jewelry offers value in jewelry set with rare and unusual gemstones. An all wome||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome Aboard the Jewelry Navigator Podcast||Tell your story and what makes you unique with the jewlry you wear. This month, we look at green gemstones and jewelry treasures. Tsavorite garnet was discovered alomst 5 decades ago in Kenya, Africa. A brilliant and bright green gemstone, tsavorite||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Brenna has such great experience in the industry and it really shows!
I loved the recent episode on appraisals and learned so much!!
For all Jewelry lovers and admirers
Brenna is kind, funny and well versed in all things jewelry. Her informative podcast will have you anxiously awaiting the next episode. If you are a jewelry lover of any tier you will love this podcast! It is well produced and educational.
Great mix of content :)
I just started listening and am really enjoying the podcast. Keep them coming!