This week I had the pleasure of interviewing jewelry blogger extraordinaire, Danielle of Gem Gossip (www.gemgossip.com). Danielle is an avid jewelry collector and travels the globe covering the latest jewelry stories. Gem Gossip is the perfect destination for jewelry trends, antique and period jewelry, celebrity jewelry, and exclusive designer interviews. I got in touch with Danielle to find out how she turned her love of jewelry and collecting into one of the most successful jewelry blogs of all time.
Have you always loved Gems and Jewelry?
I like to think I was born loving jewelry--it is in my blood! My grandma on my mom's side is a collector. She has collected things her whole life. If you go over to her house today, you can see all her collections displayed all around her house, including teapots running along the walls of every room. My grandma on my dad's side was born and raised in Italy and has worn gold jewelry her whole life. Growing up she gifted me Italian gold from her trips back home and instilled a love for jewelry. I am pretty much a rare mixture of both my grandmas in one--a jewelry loving collector. I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about jewelry.
How did you start Gem Gossip?
Long story, but basically I went to college for teaching and realized it wasn't the right career for me. At the time, I was dating someone who encouraged me to start a blog about jewelry because he was sick of me sending him long hyperlinks in his inbox everyday while he was at work, asking him to "check out this cool ring!" He thought my passion needed an outlet besides him and once I moved to Tennessee, where I knew no one, had no job and no car, I was able to concentrate and channel everything I had into finally exploring my passion for jewelry.
How was Gem Gossip evolved since it started?
Holy cow, SO much! A lot can happen in 8 years! I sometimes cringe when I look at my very first blog posts but I also am reminded where I was and what my goals were when I did first start. It's amazing to see how far I've come both professionally and how much knowledge I've acquired since 2008. The goal has always remained the same: create a space that educates and infatuates readers about fine jewelry. I've been able to now hone in on what I want to write about, creating the #JewelryRoadTrip project is a big example of that.
What is your favorite/ least favorite part of your job?
Favorite part is getting to do what I love everyday--looking, talking, feeling, wishing, wanting--jewelry 24/7. I love connecting with others that feel the same passion as I do and many of my best friends that I have today are thanks to my blog. Least favorite part is the never ending inbox of emails. I'm a creative person and there's nothing creative about answering emails!
People say that millennials are not as interested in diamonds as previous generations. Do you believe that is true? What can we do to change the way millennials view diamonds?
I don't think this at all! I think millennials are very much interested in diamonds and I think the new campaigns which diamond companies are creating are helping foster this interest and also piquing others'.
What are your favorite Gems/ types of jewelry?
Antique jewelry, definitely! Every era has something special and significant about it that I love. And of course, rings are my biggest love. I recently came across a photo of my jewelry box from four years ago, which I actually tweeted about. It is crazy to see how much my personal collection has grown and I'm excited to see what the future holds.