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Brenna Pakes is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.
With a degree in geology, Brenna shares intriguing and informative stories about gems, jewelry, fossils, and crystals.
Tune in to Jewelry Navigator Podcast as Brenna shares tips on how and where to find the best gems and jewelry with featured jewelry designers, fabricators, and specialists.

Jewelry Navigato‪r‬ Brenna Pakes

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Brenna Pakes is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.
With a degree in geology, Brenna shares intriguing and informative stories about gems, jewelry, fossils, and crystals.
Tune in to Jewelry Navigator Podcast as Brenna shares tips on how and where to find the best gems and jewelry with featured jewelry designers, fabricators, and specialists.

    Celebrating Women as Jewelry Designers with Azra Mehdi, Founder of Au Xchange

    Celebrating Women as Jewelry Designers with Azra Mehdi, Founder of Au Xchange

    Azra Mehdi is a practicing attorney and balances her family life with her passion for fine jewelry as a designer of timeless gold jewelry.
     
    Azra founded Au Xchange, a platform for sharing fine jewelry created by women designers.
     
    In spite of pandemic obstacles, Azra took advantage of the time during lockdowns to apply for the Zales Designer Spotlight Showcase and won as the only woman designer of color for the showcase.
     
    Originally from India, Azra shares how gold jewelry influenced her path as a jewelry designer, and how her thoughtful designs are welcoming to a wide audience and demographic.
     
    Azra is dedicated to giving back as a representative in support of girls and women with CamFED, Campaign for Female Education through portions of her jewelry sales.
     
    While growing her brand through Au Xchange and as a featured designer in the Zales Designer Spotlight, Azra continues to practice law while raising her two children with her husband.
    You can find Azra's jewelry on Au Xchange
    as well as on Zale's Designer Spotlight
     
    For a detailed look at Azra’s jewelry, be sure to watch her feature on Beyond Gems on TheTUNDRA, "Azra Mehdi's Golden Jewelry Story".
    TheTUNDRA is a platform from which I share gem, mineral, and more jewelry stories through video production.
     
    Subscribe to TheTUNDRA to access the full episodes, and you can find the link to Beyond Gems on my IG account @jewelrynavigator and on my podcast website,
    https://jewelrynavigator.podbean.com/

    • 44分
    Relaunch of Jewelry Navigator Podcast is HERE!

    Relaunch of Jewelry Navigator Podcast is HERE!

    HHi! Welcome to Jewelry Navigator! I’m your host, Graduate Gemologist,  Brenna Pakes.
    Here on Jewelry Navigator, and as a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, and a jewelry professional, I’m in a unique position to share jewelry tips and stories.
    More than ever, it’s important to support small, independent jewelry designers and businesses.
    It’s my pleasure to guide consumers to smart jewelry choices through an informative and entertaining platform.
    For sneak peeks into upcoming episodes and features, follow me on Instagram on @jewelrynavigator
     
    In this relaunch episode, I share my role as curator of content for a weekly video feature on Beyond Gems for TheTUNDRA, an informative platform for enthusiasts and those with a general curiosity for topics, themes, and hobbies.
    I share guests featured on Beyond Gems so far. It's been a wonderful way to expand and explore geology, gemology, and other relevant fields of interest.
    FYI - to watch the full Beyond Gems episodes, subscribe for a free TheTUNDRA account.
     
    Welcome Aboard, and be sure to subscribe to Jewelry Navigator Podcast on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

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    Jewelry Navigator Explores What Inspires Jeweler and Artist, Christina Grace, Founder of Tin Haus

    Jewelry Navigator Explores What Inspires Jeweler and Artist, Christina Grace, Founder of Tin Haus

    On a recent Jewelry Navigator Podcast, “Here's to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads”, I featured jewelry for men. One of the rings selected is Tin Haus' Andromeda ring, designed and created by today's guest, Christina Grace, founder of Tin Haus, an eclectic collection of jewelry art.
    Christina is a Graduate Jeweler from the Gemological Institute of America, an artist, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
    What inspires me the most about Christina is the unhindered path she creates for herself.
    Her expertise is well-rounded through varied practices of art, including performing art, drawing, and set design.As a first-generation American, Christina lives and creates her collections in California.
    Utilizing her education, background, and connections, Christina is creating a path with which to inspire others to discover and celebrate their unique expression through their own self-discovery.
    Christina explained that her upcoming collection will be set with gems she's been hoarding. We look forward to watching her collections grow!
    You can find Tin Haus at tin-haus.com and on Instagram @tin_haus
     
    My intention is always to educate and inform consumers with resources to unique jewelry created by independent designers and makers.
    Follow Jewelry Navigator on Instagram  @jewelrynavigator for the latest jewelry stories and tips!
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Here's to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads

    Here's to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads

    Men tend to get overlooked with jewelry -
    Watches and wedding bands are the staples for most men, while signet, diamond and gemstone statement rings as signature statements.
    Educating consumers with unique selections of gemstones and jewelry has always been a primary focus for Jewelry Navigator.
    In this Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode, I'm highlighting designers who've been featured on the podcast, as well as one who will be very soon with jewelry designed to enhance and celebrate the men in our lives.
    Designers featured create everything from cufflinks, bracelets, necklaces and pendants and rings.
    Tracy Trainor Jewellery
    CRASH Jewelry
    Mary van der Aa
    Tucson Todd's Gems
    Tin Haus
    Etsy Artisans with featured storage boxes for jewelry and watches:
    Buttons and Pearl, Sara Barbadillo, and Fret Work by Darryl.

    • 29分
    Questions to Move Forward

    Questions to Move Forward

    This is a brief episode today.
    I didn't include my normal introduction, so if this is your first episode, welcome.To understand what my platform is, please listen to any other episode, and you'll understand.
    After feeling paralyzed, not knowing how to move forward with the current chaos, I felt it appropriate to encourage my listeners, and everyone, to ask questions.Questions of how to move forward with compassion and understanding.Questions of what to do next, and how to help.Questions of how we want our future to look like and feel.And, questions of how we can integrate with live filled with respect, understanding, and inclusion that is natural and normal.
    Follow Jewelry Navigator on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    To reach Brenna direclty, e-mail brenna@jewelrynavigator.com

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    Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy

    Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy

    Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy
    While the COVID-19 crisis and resulting quarantine have challenged many aspects of our lives, finding positive ways to guide us through to the other side have been inspiring.
    While scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across Missy Graff Ballone’s feed, Wellness for Makers.
    A metalsmith, alignment based yoga instructor, and licensed massage therapist, Missy shares how makers can work more efficiency using healthy movement habits.
    She combines her education and familiarity with the body to show makers and creatives how to care for their hands and avoid common injuries with mindful movement.
    In “Wellness for Makers” Podcast, Missy shares tips for makers in and out of the studio, along with inspiring stories of artists and makers who have recovered from injuries.
    I’m happy and excited for Missy to share her specialized expertise, and to give back to makers and artists during the COVID recovery, Missy is offering scholarships for her courses, one of which will be donated through this episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast!
    To enter for a scholarship giveaway for a Wellness for Makers Precious Movements Course for jewelers, visit wellnessformakers.com/scholarships to enter.
    Wellness for Makers
    People from every walk of life and career are susceptible to injury, many of which happen from repetitive movement, poor alignment and posture.
    Combining her education and familiarity with the body and movement, Missy has created a parallel business teaching artists and creators to protect their health and their hands.
    Missy also offers helpful resources on her website, wellnessformakers.com which include a free self-care guide, her “Guide to Happy Healthy Hands”, her free Mini Course, “Creating Resilience”, and helpful tools for small businesses.
     
     

    • 42分

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