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Graduate Gemologist, and former Flight Attendant, Brenna Pakes, guides shoppers with tips on how to shop and care for jewelry, with resources for unique jewelry with stories of those who create it.

Jewelry Navigator Brenna Pakes

    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 4.8, 14 Ratings

Graduate Gemologist, and former Flight Attendant, Brenna Pakes, guides shoppers with tips on how to shop and care for jewelry, with resources for unique jewelry with stories of those who create it.

    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 min
    Retail Survival - Supporting Small Businesses & Indie Jewelry Designers

    Retail Survival - Supporting Small Businesses & Indie Jewelry Designers

    I hope you’re staying safe and well, and I’m looking forward to when we can return to our places of work, get our hair cut, nails done, and get back to all those services and shops that are part of regular routines.
    Part of the normal routine this time of year is shopping for the seasonal celebrations, like Mother’s Day and graduations.
    But, shopping from our favorite stores doesn’t have to stop.
    This podcast is dedicated to all the small businesses who’ve been doing what they can to serve their customers in spite of “closed doors” and customers sheltered in place.
    I know it’s easy to swing by Target or Walmart and pick up what we need, but, small businesses need our support, and many are offering similar, and sometimes better, accommodations with deliveries, pick ups, and custom orders.
    Milestones and accomplishments are traditionally celebrated with jewelry and keepsakes. The most unique selections are found in small and independent stores.  The point of this podcast is to encourage you to support the small and local stores near you by reaching out and enlisting their help and services for your gift needs.
    But on the flip side, while this may not be the best timing to make a significant purchase, don't forget that most small jewelry stores offer repair services.Many repairs and remakes are reasonably priced options for refurbishing heirlooms and repairing a favorite item of jewelry stashed away in your jewelry box.
    Mother’s Day Poem Sharing Support for Small Business and Indie Jewelry Designers
    “Days before Mother’s Day, across the land, moms are busy with work at hand.
    Many at home, others away, moms need a break on the 10th of May.
    A jewel or a trinket in just the right measure, reminds every mom she’s a rare treasure.
    Avoid the crowds, but leave us six feet, small businesses make shopping fun and neat.
    Online, curbside, delivery or in person - shop small, buy local, mountains to coastal.
    Small business is open with wonderful ways to celebrate Mom on the 10th of May!”
    Brenna Pakes
    Designers and stores mentioned in this episode:
     Designers and Small Indie Jewelers:
    Petite Baleine Jewelry (Pam Waill)
    Karin Jacobson
    MINTON (assisting Direct Relief)
    Emily Kuvin Jewelry
    CRASH Jewelry
    Mary van der Aa (assisting - Puppy Love all proceeds going to Best Friends Animal Society)
    Joyce Morton (Mila & Such face masks
    Stores and Boutiques:
    Beauty Lounge, Summit, NJ
    Robert Goodman Jewelers  Zionsville, IN

    • 28 min
    Alain Simic Shares His Story and Insights on Successful Jewelry Branding Narratives

    Alain Simic Shares His Story and Insights on Successful Jewelry Branding Narratives

    My guest in this Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode is Alain Simic, founder of Alain Simic (pronounced Ah-lawn Si-mich) whose specialty is portraying images of jewelry, fashion, fine art, and portraiture.
    Alain’s photography speaks through images, allowing his subject’s voice to share stories and impact the lives of those who see his work.
    Alain serves his clients and collaborates with his professional community through a unique background based on his perspective gained through professional photography experinece, and first hand life crisis.
    Raised in Germany after his family escaped the Bosnian genocide, Alain’s experiences and upbringing enables him to share his client’s narrative through a lens of compassion and understanding elevates his relationships with his clients for successful campaigns and images.
     While his photography is used as a marketing tool to create successful branding and product campaigns, Alain also serves the communities in which he works through collaborative efforts.
    Alain has contributed to Jewelry Independent panels which serve emerging and independent jewelry designers on various marketing and business topics.
    Most recently, he teamed up with Laryssaa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Marketing on a Metal and Smith’s Instagram Live presentation to share how jewelry designers and businesses can adapt their efforts through the COVID - 19 crisis.
     While this time of quarantine is restricting for an industry, which relies on personal experience, now's the time to take advantage to review and reflect on your branding messages, visions, and direction.
    If you're a consumer, reflect on what jewelry is most important to you. Are there pieces you don't wear, but would like to use to redesign or update?Explore options with your local jeweler or favorite designer on how to re-make and reuse what you have, or purchase new - afterall, birthdays and anniversaries ignore the quarantine!
    I found Alain’s advice a reminder of how an image says so much without words, and how important quality images are to a brand’s story and to its potential perceptions, especially on one’s website.
    If you’d like to start a conversation with Alain about working with him on your photography and branding, reach out to him by e-mail or DM on Instagram, as he is continues to work remotely, taking careful considerations and precautions from his studio.
    His e-mail can be found on his website, which is alainsimic.com Follow or DM him in Instagram at @alainsimic.
    WHAT'S COMING UP ON Jewelry Navigator Podcast 
    Next week, I’m going to be exploring ways we can continue to support our shopping and jewelry needs by working with online options with designers and jewelers, and begin sharing stories of the brick and mortar stores who are still working to serve their customers and communities.
    If you have a story of an exceptional independent jewelry store who is doing their best to serve their customers and accounts, reach out to me, and tell me about them!
    Some that come to mind are Beauty Lounge in Summit NJ, Benold’s in Austin, TX, and voted the best in my town of Fredericksburg, VA, Ulman’s Jewelry, owned by the same family, and in its 93rd year of business.
    These, and many more small businesses working remotely or from location, as permitted, are doing what they can to serve their customers and communities, and I’m thrilled to learn about what and how people are continuing to serve and celebrate even in a time of crisis, so with that, it’s time to “deplane” from this episode, and remind everyone to be kind to yourself and others, and to cross check your sparkle!
    To stay up to date on Jewelry Navigator Podcasts and features, subscribe to Jewelry Navigator Passport.https://jewelrynavigator.com/

    • 54 min
    Special Edition Podcast - Celebrating Faith With Seraphima McClean of Gallery Byzantium (Portion re-cap from 12/2019)

    Special Edition Podcast - Celebrating Faith With Seraphima McClean of Gallery Byzantium (Portion re-cap from 12/2019)

    This weekend, I chose to share segments of my podcast interview with Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium.
    Her formal background in art history, cast her in the unique role to carry on her family’s Byzantine art jewelry business.
    Gallery Byzantium integrates art and history inspired by one of the most influential cultures, the Byzantine Empire.
    Creating Christian themed jewelry, like crosses and religious medals, their jewelry designs are often replicated from ancient coins, medallions, and crosses.
    As Christians all over the globe celebrate Easter, this weekend, I felt sharing a portion of the story of Gallery Byzantium would resonate with the liturgical celebration of Easter, but also serve as a reminder to stay strong in our faith, regardless of denomination or belief.
    The followng is a clip from my Jewelry Navigator podcast visit in early December, 2019, and is part of my effort to support the independent designers and jewelers featured on Jewelry Navigator Podcast.
    through the COVID 19 crisis who’ve been
    I hope everyone is staying well, and I look forward to when we can all meet again at shows, stores, and boutiques.
    Enjoy your holiday and spring weekend!
    To hear this podcast in its entirety, subscribe to Jewelry Navigator Podcast one of the following podcast or music platforms:
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    I’ll be publishing a new Jewelry Navigator Passport on Sunday, so be sure to catch up on what happened and what’s coming up on the podcast, and other jewelry discoveries!
    Subscribe at jewelrynavigator.com

    • 13 min
    Karin Jacobson’s Jewelry Journey and How Origami Plays a Significant Role in Her Designs

    Karin Jacobson’s Jewelry Journey and How Origami Plays a Significant Role in Her Designs

    Karin Jacobson is a talented jeweler and artist whose open mind and fabrication techniques allows her to interpret visions into beautiful, wearable jewelry art.
    Her journey and aesthetic have revealed a unique style that has become unquestionably recognizable as Karin Jacobson Jewelry.
    I’ve been a fan of her jewelry for a few years now, and the evolution of her aesthetic has been a joy to watch.
    Karin’s stand-out signature aesthetics are hybrid origami halos that bloom from ring wraps, stick pins, earrings, and graceful pendants that drape from neck wires.
    The origami features make Karin’s jewelry sculptural, and many of her collectors and clients display them as such in between wear.
    Karin has earned many industry design awards, and this year, was only one of three jewelers selected to take part in MJSA’s annual contest, “Mystery Box Challenge”,  a fun, but challenging test to create jewelry using fabrication elements contained within the mystery box.
    Her resulting entry reflected her signature origami floral aesthetics. While the copper clay included in the essential components of the mystery box presented a conundrum, how she chose to implement the copper clay is a perfect example of her creative problem solving skills as an innovative artist.
    I’ve met Karin twice - both in Baltimore at the American Craft Council Show this year, and last, and count myself as extremely lucky to have enjoyed one of the last jewelry trade and craft shows since the outbreak of COVID-19.
    I look forward to seeing Karin and her jewelry creations in person again.
    Sit back, relax, and enjoy my visit with Karin Jacobson!

    • 43 min
    Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch

    Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch

    Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch
    Stress. Anxiety. Uncertainty.
    These are all dark places that become natural responses to stressful and uncertain times, like the COVID-19 health crisis we’re currently experiencing.  
    The reason for this podcast is to invite you to take a step back and use internal cognitive tools and rational thought processes to view this time as opportunity, and how to disarm stress and anxiety.
    Today, I’m joined by Dr. Dana Busch, my friend, artist, and jewelry designer.
    As a former clinical psychologist, Dana shares ways we can tap into what we can do now for ways to move forward.
    To access the resources Dana mentioned in the podcast, download the resources, visit jewelrynavigator.com.
    Resources, Articles and Videos mentioned in Jewelry Navigator Podcast Livestream with Dr. Dana Busch
    Resources for Resilience
    Energy Tools To Help You Feel Safer during the Coronavirus Outbreak With Donna Eden and David Feinstein - YouTube
    Gregg Braden
    “These 6 Simple Habits Can help Calm Your Cornoavirus anxieties, by Stephanie Vozza”, Fast Company
    “Seven Ways to Quell Coronavirus Related Anxiety”, Mashable, Rachel Thompson, March 6, 2020
    “The Effects of Toxic Stress On The Brain & Body – How to Heal & Protect “
    Posted by Karen Young, Hey Sigmund
    “Global Wellness Institute Cautions Industry and Consumers to Sift Fact from Fiction When It Comes to Immunity-Boosting Claims for Coronavirus”, 
    For those who may need financial support for small business, seek out your local Small Business Administration office. 
    Often times, these offices are located within or collaborate with colleges and universities.
    Main website is U.S. Small Business Administration 
    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
    An example of a resource in Dana’s area is the 
    Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
    You may have a similar resource in your area.
    List Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Relief Programs
    Brianna McGurran
    Forbes Staff
    Contributor Group
    Personal Finance
    Brianna McGurran is the loans editor for Forbes Advis

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Veronica Staudt ,

Gems of Wisdom and Fun, too

So glad I found this podcast, for a jewelry and accessories lover, I love to learn about jewelry, artists and creators, trends, tips and tricks and this is a wonderful way to learn and be continually inspired

Yogi Gina ,

Brenna has such great experience in the industry and it really shows!

I loved the recent episode on appraisals and learned so much!!

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For all Jewelry lovers and admirers

Brenna is kind, funny and well versed in all things jewelry. Her informative podcast will have you anxiously awaiting the next episode. If you are a jewelry lover of any tier you will love this podcast! It is well produced and educational.

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