Happy First Anniversary, Obsessed by Jewelry!

A Jaron Pink Cupcake Ring
Cupcake Ring
available at ajaron.com

Today is the first anniversary of Obsessed by Jewelry…exactly one year ago today we published our first post. On behalf of all of us at OBJ and our parent company Connoisseurs Products Corp., the World Leader in Jewelry Care Essentials, I’d like to thank you, our subscribers and followers, for your loyalty and interest in our “all things jewelry” blog. We’ve learned a lot about your jewelry tastes in the past year…and we plan to deliver even more exciting jewelry stories and photos in year #2, concentrating on the subjects you love most.

Like snakes! Yes, 2013 was The Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac, but who could have predicted that snake jewelry would be one of your favorite topics of the year? We covered serpent-style jewelry owned by divas from Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor (as well as a snake bracelet worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the film Cleopatra), and of course Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watches and bracelets. Next year, 2014, is The Year of the Horse, so we’ll revisit equestrian-style jewelry and see if you like horse motif jewelry as much as you do snakes!

At left: Elizabeth Taylor in 1963 film
Left: Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra.” Right: Bulgari earrings inspired by the film’s 50th anniversary will be auctioned at Sotheby’s December 11 Magnificent Jewels Sale. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

You also responded to fashion and jewelry tips and How-To’s, including trend reports from the couture collections in Paris and Milan, as well as runway picks from New York’s Fashion Week. One of your favorite themes is “How to Get the Look for Less,” in which we showcase designer jewelry pieces side by side with their more affordable fashion jewelry counterparts.
At OBJ we’re all about birthstones, so we’ll continue to celebrate your birth month gemstones and semi-precious stones with posts like “What is the Best Way to Clean Emeralds?” And of course, we’ll cover diamonds and precious gems when they make news on the Red Carpet, and in our celebrity engagement ring roundups – another OBJ feature our readers love.

Naomi Watts dons a Faberge's platinum and diamond ring sporting a nearly 14-carat cabochon emerald from Gemfields at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Naomi Watts dons a Faberge’s platinum and diamond ring sporting a nearly 14-carat cabochon emerald
from Gemfields at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Pearl Necklace by Chanel
Big Pearls by Chanel

What else is new on OBJ’s jewelry horizons? We’re planning more How-To articles, including “How to Collect Art Deco Jewelry” and “How to Determine Your Jewelry Style.” We’ll also continue our Designer Profiles, with in-depth looks at emerging and established jewelry designers (some of your favorites this year were Marina B., Alexandra Mor and Tamara Comolli; not surprisingly your über-fave is Coco Chanel).

Together with my colleagues Kellee Gabel of The Web Professional and Kathy Elliott at Connoisseurs, I want to say thank you again for supporting OBJ. If there is a jewelry topic you’d like us to cover, just let us know in the Comments section on this page. And thanks for sharing in our first anniversary celebration…it’s a great day to dazzle and shine!


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