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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, 15 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.

    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

    Last week, on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, “Here's to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads”, I featured jewelry for men, and Tin Haus was featured with the Andromeda ring.
    Christina Grace, founder of Tin Haus, is a Graduate Jeweler from GIA, an artist, and currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
     
    What inspires me the most about Christina is the unhindered path she creates for yourself.
    When we tap into the stillness of our souls with courage and sincerity about what we want, we’re released of other’s expectations and assumptions, only then can we grow to express who we are, and what we value.
    For Christina, her expertise is well rounded.As a first generation American, her family immigrated to the States.
    Her family moved to California, where Christina flourished within various art mediums, including performance and movie arts.
    Learning to leverage where you are, with whom you can collaborate and grow creates a limitless path.
    While exploring and expanding her collections, Christina  integrates her acquired knowledge with what inspires her.
    Utilizing her education, background, and connections, Christina is creating a flight plan with her art and jewelry to inspire others to discover and celebrate their unique expression from their own self discovery.
    You can find Tin Haus at tin-haus.com and on Instagram @tin_haus
    Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew
    You're invited to join Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew!
    Jewelry Navigator is testing a pilot program through a Patreon Page with exclusive conversations not shared on the published platforms.
    Christina and I spoke for nearly 90 minutes! The last part of our conversation is reserved for Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew members - an exclusive look and listen to behind the scene conversation available on my Patreon Page - a way to support Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and the time and equipment it takes to produce the podcast.
    My intention is always to educate and inform consumers with direct resources to unique jewelry created and fabricated by independent designers and makers.I so appreciate you joining me here on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and learning about and supporting the designers and jewelers featured on the podcast.
    Christina explained that her upcoming collection will be set with gems she's been hoarding, and just waiting to be enhanced by her designs.
    If you’d like to hear more about Christina’s familiarity with the healing properties of crystals and gemstones, join Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew for the exclusive segment of our conversation about the healing properties of gems and crystals!
    Christina said something  insightful during our conversation where she points out that there’s a reason why we’re attracted to jewelry and gemstones!
     
    You can listen to the full length discussion about Christina’s favorite crystals, and how we can use them to enhance our lives through my Patreon Page feature, Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew.
    To get your access to exclusive conversations and features, subscribe to be a part of Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew for $5.00 each month, and subscribe to Jewelry Navigator Passport for the upcoming topics and features.
    You can join Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/brennapakes
     

    • 37 min
    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 min
    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

    • 9 min
    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.
    http://alainsimic.com/product
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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