Jewelry Navigator

Gems & Unique Jewelry for Shoppers Who Want to Stand Out Beyond Trends

This podcast shares how you can save thousands of dollar with jewelry that’s been abandoned or forgotten in your jewelry box, as well as the jewelry items you wear on a regular basis.

Spring is the time of year we start fresh by cleaning inside and out,  and clearing out old, worn out items.

The same should go with then contents of your jewelry box.

How many rings, earrings, chains and bracelets have been left to tarnish in the shadows of your jewelry box and drawers?

Did you know you could save thousands of dollars just by going through what’s in your jewelry box, and taking care of the jewelry you wear on a regular basis?

Join me in learning how you can turn what you already have into “new” treasures and jewelry gifts!

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Show Notes:

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Custom design jewelers, like Mary van der Aa, create jewelry to reflect your unique style characteristics, with your gem, and metal specifications.


The beauty of working with jewelers like Mary, is that not only does she do all the casting, setting and finishing work herself, but she also has access to custom-cut gemstones by her partner, Todd Wacks, of Tucson Todd Gems.


As a woman designing and making jewelry, she shares a common perspective we have for beauty, style and balance.

It also doesn't hurt that she designed the pageant crown for Miss Denmark, complete with over 2500 hand-set melee stones!


Be sure you're subscribed for your on-time arrival every week to hear jewelry tips and stories! New episodes are released every Thursday.

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Sarah Hodson of Sarah Michiko Designs, and CADs by Sarah Michiko shares how she brings fresh perspective to her family’s 3rd generation jewelry business.

At the time of this podcast, bridal season in full swing, she also shares rising trends with engagement rings, changes for men’s wedding bands, and advice for women starting out in the jewelry industry.

Her command and expertise in design and jewelry manufacturing allows her to see complex and custom jewelry requests through to happy and return clients.

You can find Sarah’s designs at Sarah Michiko Designs on her website as well as on Instagram, or reach out to her at her family business, Platinum Plus Designs.


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 tips from a few of my travel and safety professional friends and crew members on how you can stay safe and keep your personal belongings, like jewelry and identifications safe while on travel or holiday.

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 career stream, starting as a buyer for Macy’s jewelry department, then a buyer for a major gemstone company.

Now, she has her own line, and creates one of a kind jewelry with enchanting color combinations of bright gemstones and precious metals.

For all the courageous women everywhere who leave their homeland to pursue dreams, here’s to Bella, who exemplifies the spirit of women everywhere doing their best to blend career and family.

Be sure to hear last week’s episode, a compilation of many of the women and designers I’ve featured on the podcast over the past year in this week’s podcast, “Celebrating International Women’s Day With Women From Jewelry Navigator Podcast Stories“ available on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean, and Google Play Music.

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 destinations have been:

Jewelry made from luxury cars, like Ferraris and Maseratis, with Christi Schimpke of CRASH Jewelry.

The story of an architect who sees buildings as jewelry, with Emily Minton of MINTON with premium architecturally inspired jewelry.

Emily Kuvin, a former journalist and lawyer, who returned to her passion of jewelry design, and now creates the jewelry of her dreams.

Rachel Dery, a young woman, and gemologist, making a difference for East African miners with holisitic sourcing, and forging gem legacies.

California Girl Jewelry, a mother - daughter jewelry and gemology team who create exclusive jewelry with rare and beautiful gems. 

Samantha Jackson, and her jewlery company, Heavenly Vices' wearable jewelery treasures from exquisitely engraved coins.

Joyful and colorful enamel jewelry of May Came Home, by New York City native, artist, and graphic designer, Deborah Halperin.

Julie Lamb's jewelry encourages us to be “ewe” -nique using a play on words with her last name.

These are the highlights of just a few of the stories told in the first year of the Jewelry Navigator Podcast.

In honor of International Women’s Day, all the jewelers and designers featured in this episode are women!

Each segment is from an entire podcast episode, and I encourage you to subscribe to the podcast if you already haven’t, and binge or trickle listen to all the episodes.

I want to thank every woman in the industry, especially those who have allowed me to tell their story, and who has stood her ground, nurtured her vision, and picked herself back up when discouraged or doubtful.

Watch for the coordinating blog post on the jewelry navigator site, and until next time, cross check your sparkle!


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 taking courses in design and jewelry gold smithing.

Kate is a delight to visit with, and she creates jewelry using captivating concepts with a twist of light hearted whimsy.

With collection names like Precious Time, Lumina, Carnival, and more, Kate’s designs are versatile, and offer styles for a range of interests and demographics.

Join me in this podcast to hear how Kate interpreted a friend’s drawing of medieval torture weapons into one of her most meaningful collections.
You can find Kate's jewlery at and she's on Instagram as @k8jewelry.


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 jewelers and fine gemstone buyers, the shows are in venues, like the AGTA Gemfair, in the Tucson Convention Center.


Other shows are inside mazes of large white tents along roadsides, others take over complete hotels, using guest rooms as temporary shops.


It was an experience that surpassed my expectations, for sure!



For those of you who aren’t familiar with this show, it’s a mecca for jewelers - both professional and hobbyists, and rock hounds.



It was a fantastic experience, and besides seeing gemstones I’ve only dreamed of, I also met and made new friends through Gem Legacy’s Launch on February 8, at the JW Marriott Resort Starr Pass.

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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 difficult to trace - until now, and unless you make that your mission.


Today, I’m very excited and honored to be sharing my visit with Roger and Rachel Dery.


Their gem story goes so much deeper than the depths from which the gems they feature are discovered.



The Dery family, Roger, Ginger, and Rachel launched Gem Legacy, last fall,  and 501 c 3 non-profit company.


In Tucson, next month, Roger, Ginger and Rachel will be celebrating the launch of Gem Legacy.


Their mission is to make the lives of the miners, families and communities that are supported through Gem Legacy better, and more enriched through their treasured resources by means of educational and guided support by Gem Legacy.


With the demands of more transparent commerce interactions, Roger Dery and his family are building a legacy of trust in the gem and mineral industry from the ground up - something that is way overdue.


You can find Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy, and Roger Dery's custom and expertly faceted gemstones at, and @rogerdery on Instagram.

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 proper appraisal that is current and accurate.

Part of why I share the information related to jewelry is so you don’t feel intimidated by shopping for and caring for your jewelry.

You should always feel comfortable with the jewelry professionals you trust, and feel they have your best interests at heart.

That brings up the subject of ethics, which should be the barometer that underrides the practice of personal property and jewelry appraisals.

Knowing who to trust, and who will appriase your jewelry fairly and honestly should be your first priority when choosing an appraiser.

I’m so excited to share my visit with today’s guest, Fred Van Doren, Graduate Gemologist, and Certified Jewelry Appraiser.

His story starts in a chemistry lab, and while he still uses a microscope on a regular basis, he has solid experience in jewelry appraisal, as well as a long history within the retail sector of the industry, from a corporate perspective, to his own privately owned store.

Type of appraisals:

A sales appraisal reflects the retail price of an item.

Most jewelry appraisals are created for insurance coverage based on replacement and fair market values.

Other reasons for jewelry appraisals are for

-liquidation value

-consighment purpose

-estate appraisals

-tax write offs for donations

Credentials to look for with an appraiser:

GG  (GIA - Gemological Institute of America; Graduate Gemologist) or FGA (Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain

Certificating Agencies

NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)

ISA (International Society of Appraisers)

ASA (American Society of Appraisers)

Continuing education for gem and trade updates, such as lab created options, and gemstone treatments.

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