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Need help shopping for jewelry? Do you know the best way to care for your jewelry, or how to tell if a jewelry item is ”real”?

Jewelry Navigator™ Podcast shares tips on many aspects of jewelry while guiding listeners to unique and timeless jewelry selections created by the jewelry designers and specialists featured on the show.

Brenna Pakes is the founder of Jewelry Navigator™.
As a Graduate Gemologist from GIA (Gemological Institute of America), Brenna shares valuable jewelry insights with listeners on Jewelry Navigator Podcast.

With twenty years of jewelry experience, Brenna bridges the gap between consumers, designers, and jewelry retailers.

For the best in jewelry departures and arrivals, tune into Jewelry Navigator™ Podcast with GIA Graduate Gemologist, Brenna Pakes!

Jewelry Navigator‪™‬ Brenna Pakes

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

Need help shopping for jewelry? Do you know the best way to care for your jewelry, or how to tell if a jewelry item is ”real”?

Jewelry Navigator™ Podcast shares tips on many aspects of jewelry while guiding listeners to unique and timeless jewelry selections created by the jewelry designers and specialists featured on the show.

Brenna Pakes is the founder of Jewelry Navigator™.
As a Graduate Gemologist from GIA (Gemological Institute of America), Brenna shares valuable jewelry insights with listeners on Jewelry Navigator Podcast.

With twenty years of jewelry experience, Brenna bridges the gap between consumers, designers, and jewelry retailers.

For the best in jewelry departures and arrivals, tune into Jewelry Navigator™ Podcast with GIA Graduate Gemologist, Brenna Pakes!

    Horsetails and Ant Hills - The Hidden Secrets of Garnets

    Horsetails and Ant Hills - The Hidden Secrets of Garnets

    Horse Tails & Ant Hills - The Hidden Secrets of Garnets


     


    FYI: Gemstones keep secrets, and it all starts with Horse Tails and Ant Hills!


     


    Find out just what these cryptic clues mean in this week’s brand new, and the FIRST episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast of 2022!


     


    It’s the Year of the Tiger! Are you ready to POUNCE on more gem facts and jewelry stories?!


    Listen to Jewelry Navigator Podcast on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Podbean. 

    • 38 min
    Holiday Gift Guide Talk Through LIVESTREAM

    Holiday Gift Guide Talk Through LIVESTREAM

    As part of celebrating 20,000 downloads of the Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I'm featuring former podcast guests in the Jewelry Navigator™ Gift Guide.



    I’m so excited for many of the designers I’ve featured on the podcast who are having record sales this year through their perseverance and collaborative efforts with markets, niche shows, and boutiques.


    The Holiday Gift Guide is a celebration of the guests who have made Jewelry Navigator Podcast fun and interesting for 20,000 downloads, 


    Below is a list of the jewelers and designers along with the categories in which they're featured in the Holiday Gift Guide.



    JEWELRY FOR HER:
    Mary van der Aa Fine Jewels* Nayla Shami Jewelry* Tin Haus* Tracy Trainor Jewellery* Au Xchange * Dana Busch Designs*


    JEWELRY FOR HIM:



    Mary van der Aa Fine Jewels* Tin Haus * CRASH Jewelry* Tracy Trainor Jewellery* American Chest


    SELF INDULGE:



    California Girl Jewelry* Elizabeth Moore Jewelry* Cynthia Renée Jewelry* Au Xchange* Emily Kuvin Jewelry* Debra Navarro*


    'TIS THE SEASON:



    The Bell Collection (Etsy) Mary van der Aa Fine Jewels* Bowman Originals Coin Jewelry (Etsy) Gallery Byzantium* Mimosa Handcrafted


    FUN UNDER $500:



    Cynthia Renée Jewelry* Pareure Jewellery* CRASH Jewelry* Petite Baleine Jewelry* Vintage Meet Modern* GMC Designs


    JEWELRY STORAGE & CARE:



    Heartwood Boxes; Lion Latch; Lavish


    SPECIAL FEATURES:
    MAGICAL SPARKLY TOUR: Mary van der Aa & Tucson Todd's Gems
    JEWEL WHISPERER: Cynthia Renée Jewelry
    JEWELRY LANDSCAPE ARTIST: Dana Busch Designs


     

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Costume Jewelry Treasures With Veronica Staudt of Vintage Meet Modern

    Costume Jewelry Treasures With Veronica Staudt of Vintage Meet Modern

    About Jewelry Navigator Podcast:





    Listen to Jewelry Navigator Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, and Google Podcasts.


    Brenna Pakes is the creative force behind Jewelry Navigator LLC, a collective platform to guide consumers to smart jewelry choices.  


    As a GIA Graduate Gemologist with an undergraduate degree in geology, Brenna has enjoyed nearly twenty years of retail jewelry experience as a gemologist and jewelry consultant.
    
Through Jewelry Navigator, she shares an appreciation for designers who create beyond commercial trends and whose designs resonate with shoppers looking to celebrate what makes them unique.
    
Brenna promotes brand awareness and support for independent jewelry designers and artisans through informative media platforms, like Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and digital publication, Jewelry Navigator Passport.



    This Episode:


    "Costume Jewelry Treasures With Veronica Staudt of Vintage Meet Modern"



    Since publishing “What’s in Your Jewelry Box Graveyard?” podcast episode, several people have reached out asking for help understanding jewelry they own or have inherited.


    In this episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast, “Costume Jewelry Treasures With Veronica Staudt of Vintage Meet Modern, I’m continuing on a similar theme with the guidance from costume jewelry specialist and aficionado, Veronica Staudt of Vintage Meet Modern.


    Veronica not only shares how several feature and styling elements of costume jewelry offer versatility for current times, but that many vintage costume collections are valuable, often commanding prices near those of fine jewelry.


    As a former professional personal shopper, Veronica uses her styling skills to encourage her clients and Instagram audience to enjoy vintage costume jewelry as statement pieces to enhance occasional and everyday fashion.


    Using the jewelry clues from Jewelry Box Graveyard Cheat Sheet (available in Jewelry Navigator Passport digital issue, Fall 2021) you may discover jewelry items that, while not made from precious metals or gemstones, they are still fun and enjoyable to wear.


    To get your subscription to Jewelry Navigator Passport, email us at passport@jewelrynavigator.com

    • 44 min
    What‘s in Your Jewelry Box Graveyard?

    What‘s in Your Jewelry Box Graveyard?

    How many times have you visited your jewelry box to discover twisted, tangled chains, orphaned, earrings, or rings missing gemstones?


     


    Much of our forgotten jewelry is abandoned due to disrepair, but how can you tell what is worth keeping?


    What looks like junk may be forgotten treasures!


    In this episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast, I share a few helpful tips on what to look for to easily identify jewelry of value in your Jewelry Box Graveyard using clues from the metals with which fine jewelry is made.


     

    • 18 min
    Nan Fusco’s Versatile Jewelry Designs Redefine  Luxury Jewelry

    Nan Fusco’s Versatile Jewelry Designs Redefine  Luxury Jewelry

    Nan Fusco’s Versatile Jewelry Designs Redefine  Luxury Jewelry


     


    Like many artists, Nan Fusco didn’t start her jewelry career in gem or design courses.


     


    Nan’s former career and formal training are in graphic design.


     


    Skilled with reading a client’s style and needs, Nan’s ability to design around a concept beautifully highlight the fossils and stones she selects as the focal points of her jewelry.


     


    Making jewelry versatile through aspects of changeability and movement is one of Nan’s superpowers as a jewelry designer.


     


    From her Abacus rings and earrings, to jewelry scarves, and her long necklaces designed with engineering aspects, Nan incorporates appealing design concepts with texture and movement for jewelry creations that are classic fun, and had women buying her creations right off her neck!


     


    We talk about how important it is for designers to educate the boutiques where her jewelry is stocked to the versatility of her jewelry.


     


    We also discuss the necessity and struggles that come with social media and how she’s regrowing her Instagram account after an unfortunate setback.


     


    I recently featured Nan on a Beyond Gems segment on The Tundra, so you can see more of her jewelry on the video story on their platform.


     


    Follow Nan on Instagram @therealnanfusco to see and shop her fabulous jewelry!

    • 36 min
    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 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 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!!

gadg3tt3 ,

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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