“Our followers like big statement pieces. It can be an eye-catching red-carpet moment like Zoe Kravitz at the Golden Globes in Lorraine Schwartz or a historical jewel like Salvador Dali’s Eye of Time brooch,” says Marion Fasel, who launched her online fine jewelry magazine The Adventurine and its corresponding Instagram account in 2016. From red-carpet jewels to up-and-coming designers, the award-winning expert and historian—who spent almost two decades covering jewelry and watches for InStyle and penned eight books on the subject matter—offers an insider’s perspective into the world of jewelry, including reviews of jewelry in films from both the costume design angle, and how it propels the plot. “I don’t think that kind of view of jewelry can be found anywhere else.” theadventurine.com.
Levi Higgs has been drawn to jewelry for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until he was studying abroad in Rome as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle when he decided to dedicate his time and energy to the field. “The Vatican museum had a traveling exhibition of the largest private collection of Fabergé eggs. If that doesn’t make someone take notice of the ultimate jeweled decorative art, I don’t know what will,” says Higgs, who works as an archivist and social media manager for David Webb. In 2012, while pursuing a masters degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at Parsons, Higgs began documenting his love for jewelry “in all its myriad forms” on Instagram. “I go to a lot of auction previews, antique shows, and museum exhibitions, and I think my followers know I will share stories that are intriguing and reveal something deeper about a design,” he says.
“I love handcrafted and thoughtfully designed pieces. I like pieces that are unique. I also love when it has a good story, which may be why I love antique jewelry so much,” says Liz Kantner, who peppers her feed with designers and jewelry that catch her eye, including Gabrielle Kiss (“Her Clipper Ship earrings are at the top of my dream jewelry list,” she says), Grainne Morton and Anthony Lent. “I think my followers are excited to see jewelry that is different, I also think they like to see pieces they could envision in their collection.” Since her first job in the jewelry world working in social media marketing with Todd Reed, Kantner has gone on to consult for rising-star jewelry designers, and currently curates the New Designer Gallery at JA New York. lizkantner.com.
“I come from a long line of women who loved jewelry, says Los Angeles-based Sunny Bond, the voice behind the antique and vintage jewelry boutique Fox & Bond (which she runs with her partner, Blair Fox), and Sunny Bond Jewelry (@sunnybondjewelry). “My grandmother was the most stylish woman I’ve ever seen. She loved big, vintage pieces from the ’60s and ’70s. My mother was an antique jewelry dealer. She went crazy for Art Nouveau and Art Deco, so my taste and appreciation became fully rounded at an early age,” says Bond, who also applies that sensibility to her work as an editor for LoveGold (@lovegoldlive) and in her jewelry concierge service, which launched in 2012. “I’m undoubtedly and unapologetically drawn to antique and vintage jewelry—and will be forever. I’m also completely charm obsessed,” adds the graduate gemologist and social media expert. “As for Instagram, I’m still finding new designers to meet and new stores to visit. I love seeing what’s out in the world. There’s so much creativity happening in our industry and I feel so lucky to have a front-row seat.” sunnysbond.com.
Since its debut in 2010, the main focus of this anonymously run feed is “to give small, independent designers in the different facets of jewelry design a platform to showcase their work,” says its founder, who also seeks to build a connection between people working in the contemporary, fine, and artisan worlds of jewelry. “Most of these designers are one-person shops or small companies. Many talented people lack a budget for marketing, so I offered them a place to show their work at no cost.” What makes the cut for an Instagram post? “The work needs to speak for itself. Be interesting, non-traditional, and tell a story. Stories are very important to me!” athousandfacets.tumblr.com.
Journalist Sandrine Merle first found her way into the world of fine jewelry after penning a piece on Dior jeweler Victoire de Castellane. After being asked to produce the brand’s press kit, “I discovered the richness of this world,” she says. Nowhere is that more evident than on her eponymous Instagram account, which debuted in 2013, and her ensuing website, The French Jewelry Post. “I endeavor to make jewelry a vehicle in both space and time,” says the Paris-based influencer, who racks up likes with posts of what she sees or experiences firsthand, from a moonstone-studded Elizabeth de Chambrun necklace to a vintage malachite Piaget watch. Stay tuned for the debut of her site’s e-commerce. thefrenchjewelrypost.com.
“While I focus on presenting images or videos of the best contemporary limited edition or one-of-a-kind design-driven jewels from around the world, I also post important pieces from throughout jewelry history such as Renaissance jewels or masterworks from antiquity such as the Scythian Pectoral (circa 4th century, B.C.),” says Malibu’s Kyle Roderick, the force behind Bijoux Review which launched in 2014. “ I started [it] mainly to explore and promote design-driven jewelry and the people who create it,” adds Roderick, whose wide-ranging interests in the world of baubles include labor-intensive jewelry-making techniques, philanthropic jewelry and developments in gold and gemstone mining. A brand identity and product creation consultant, Roderick also authored and photo edited “Accessory Chic,” and co-wrote the first edition of “Gold & Precious Metals” while working at the Gemological Institute of America. bijouxreview.com.
“As a stylist and blogger, I’m always looking ahead to trends for the season,” says Burlingame-based Amy Roseveare who has chronicled her jewelry obsession on Instagram since 2012. “ I truly try to curate my Instagram feed in such a way that if you just see the photos, you’ll get a clear view of who I am and what inspires my personal style,” adds the professional image consultant and whose varied taste spans jewelers such as Ole Lynggaard, Nak Armstrong and Bibi VanderVelden. “I describe my personal style as ‘urban bohemian,’ so there’s an eclectic range on my feed from clean, modern pieces to vintage and antique work. I get a visceral reaction when I see jewelry I love, and I have to share it with the world.” jewelryfashiontips.com.