The Allure of Diverse Designs: “Too Cute for Boring Jewelry”

Tenelle Bailey has an experienced eye when it comes to choosing jewelry collections that she takes on to represent. It’s important to make room for what the consumer will be attracted to and not just leave it up to your taste. Gemma was excited to collaborate with Tenelle on this project and discover the diverse collections that she has taken under her wing.
Tenelle is always in search of cool and unique jewelry. Therefore, Bailey sources on Instagram a lot for different independent brands, and these particular brands stood out to her. They are all handmade by awesome women from around the world, and each one has a story behind their jewelry design journeys which spoke to her as well.

Tenelle represents eight lines. For this particular feature, Gemma will highlight four. All of the designers offer something different in aesthetic, but all are beautiful and eclectic in their unique way. You can find all the collections on the following links: www.tcbjewelryshop.com/collections/jewelry-designer-collective

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“Too Cute for Boring Jewelry (TCB Jewelry), was born through my passion for finding eye-catching jewelry & accessories. I wanted to create an online space where I would be to be able to collaborate with and promote cool new jewelry brands. One side of TCB Jewelry is retail based collections. The other side houses collections made by talented independent jewelry designers around the world. All of this allows me to bring my customers the best uniquely handmade jewelry and accessories to shop.” (Tenelle Bailey)

The following four designers we chose to feature.

~zena.dyete, by Ivana (based in Croatia)
Ivana is a Molecular Biologist from Zagreb, Croatia, where she still resides. She is a creator of “Art Jewelry,” and her designs are inspired by music in all elements. Ivana loves to create fluid designs, soft edges, smooth transitions, and lines within her pieces.

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~Magic Knot, by Aida (based in Bosnia)
Aida is a self-taught macramé jewelry designer born and based in Travnik, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. She is inspired by nature in every way and even uses natural thread to make her jewelry. Aida incorporates different aspects of nature into her work. Leaves, flowers, animals, and bugs are widespread in many of her jewelry pieces.

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Elnatan Jewelry

Elnatan Jewelry Design, by Lia (based in Israel)

Lia resides and creates in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. She is a mixture of classy, elegant and tomboy with an easygoing, open-minded, creative personality. Her jewelry has a very modern look, which is very contemporary. Lia finds inspiration from musical legends such as Michael Jackson and Madonna and describes her design aesthetic to be a “Digital hipster’s contemporary approach to classy jewelry.”

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Rock Paper Chic, by Kamilah based in Brooklyn, NY

Kamilah is a Brooklyn, NY native who is obsessed with bright colors and patterns within her style and for her jewelry designs. Her creative inspiration comes to her mostly from being outdoors, as that is often where she will notice certain color combinations or patterns in nature or a piece of architecture, or what someone is wearing.

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It was a pleasure and empowering to collaborate with Tenelle Bailey on this project and hope to work together again. It’s so wonderful that she supports women globally and presents their creations. Check out her Tenelle’s link for all collections: www.tcbjewelryshop.com/collections/jewelry-designer-collective

The Artistic Beauty of Truth

A Personal Commentary

Featured Photo: Purely Zenn Art

Gemma Magazine is an online magazine about artists, their talent, and the comprehensive story of their struggles and accomplishments. Overall, it is about their journey (within themselves and towards reaching their professional goals). On behalf of Gemma Magazine, writing upon artists and attending events of all types is about the facts. Yes, the form is creative and artistic, however; the actual structure of representing someone and their talent needs to be stated in the factual form, while still producing a sense of inspiration and creativity. Trust me, as a writer, there is nothing worse than having the artist let you know that they were not portrayed correctly. Well, here it is — Gemma does not always get it right, even when we think we do. On a personal note, (and as the Editor), I take that to heart. It even takes me a few days to understand what went wrong. Why? It’s simple. We are completely inspired by every artist that we feature.

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We could post Instagram photos on the daily with one sentence. However, that is not the vision of the magazine. I’m attracted to artists and feel an obligation to them because that is the goal of Gemma Magazine. However, it’s also the vision within my heart. Portraying the artists correctly can be compared to raising kids. If you have more than one, they are all different and as a parent, you should let them thrive based off of each child’s innate personality. You might want to mold them based off of your standards — but that usually doesn’t work. There is also so much to discover and be in awe of by watching them grow into their individuality.

Why is representing someone correctly so important? The answer lies somewhere within me, but I rather not look. It’s more appealing to keep my eyes on them. Maybe I feel I’ve been categorized incorrectly and need to get the artists right. The vision has meaning, value, and importance. Mostly, it resembles integrity and emotion (all in one).

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In the end, we will continue to produce, represent, and write the right way — with heart, objectivity, and a lot of inspiration. Nothing will be swept under the rug. Actually, looking at the painting, performer, and designer dress, is a fantasy that tells a truth. Just listen carefully.

Filmmaker/Photographer Kelly Needleman

The Walter Collection (LAFW)
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Revealed

Gemma’s Youtube Spring 2019 Looks

Welcome to my Gemma’s new YouTube channel for fashion, style, and entertainment. Our first one consists of Spring/Summer 2019 looks that are trending but not too “trendy.”

Over time, will become more interactive as we talk about key pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe. Remember, fashion and style are fun and not supposed to be an arduous task. It’s a form of self-expression and your aesthetic — so have fun and experiement.

My top four here are the floral romper, the classic jumpsuit, a feminine blouse with denim on top, and a thrift store gemmed bomber jacket.

Remember, visit gemmamagazine.com for additional fashion and artist interviews.

Opening Night with the Walter Collection and Naeem Khan: LAFW 2019

(All Photos by John Collazos)

The Opening Reception for LAFW 2019 (lafw.net) took place at The Petersen Museum on Wilshire Blvd. Friday, March 22 mixing classic cars and standout fashion. The Walter Collection and Naeem Khan NYC both featured gorgeous collections. Two different aesthetics with beautifully embellished gowns, jackets, and jumpsuits ruled the runway and made a new mark on the L.A. fashion scene.

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Walter Mendez and Ryan Patros, head the Walter Collection (waltercollection.com) and they created an enchanted garden vibe for the show from their fall and winter 2019 collection. They are L.A. based and bring so much beauty to the fashion scene. The collection consisted of textured cut-out gowns and garments with soft colors. The curve-hugging creations have graced the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. The designs that came down the runway were celebrity worthy pieces, and it was thrilling to see couture up close! There were pieces embellished with embroidered beading and baby blue colored tulle that had an ultra-feminine ethereal effect. Bohemian brim hats (think Lady Gaga), oversized flowers, and headpieces for the hair added to the youthful vibe of the show.

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The collection also featured garments full of feathers, trending fringe, and multi-color embroidery. Overall, tops, trousers, and jackets were the signature pieces of the collection, A standout piece was a floor-length silver metallic dress with a low-V (accented with a leather tie), and a stunning tiger-print floor-length cape completed with black tights and silver stilettos.
The opening reception was a night to remember. LAFW is becoming more of an exclusive event for established and emerging designers — this is the beauty of fashion. We are already thrilled for next year.

https://www.instagram.com/john_collazos/

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Opening Night with the Walter Collection and Naeem Khan: LAFW 2019

(All Photos by John Collazos)

The Opening Reception for LAFW 2019 (lafw.net) took place at The Petersen Museum on Wilshire Blvd. Friday, March 22 mixing classic cars and standout fashion. The Walter Collection and Naeem Khan NYC both featured gorgeous collections. Two different aesthetics with beautifully embellished gowns, jackets, and jumpsuits ruled the runway and made a new mark on the L.A. fashion scene.

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Walter Mendez and Ryan Patros, head the Walter Collection (waltercollection.com) and they created an enchanted garden vibe for the show from their fall and winter 2019 collection. They are L.A. based and bring so much beauty to the fashion scene. The collection consisted of textured cut-out gowns and garments with soft colors. The curve-hugging creations have graced the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. The designs that came down the runway were celebrity worthy pieces, and it was thrilling to see couture up close! There were pieces embellished with embroidered beading and baby blue colored tulle that had an ultra-feminine ethereal effect. Bohemian brim hats (think Lady Gaga), oversized flowers, and headpieces for the hair added to the youthful vibe of the show.

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i-vGgGQfn-LNaeem Khan (naeemkhan.com) was a definite highlight and featured an edgier vibe as Khan showed their fall and winter runway collection that debuted at NYFW. He’s dressed countless celebrities for The Grammy’s Golden Globes, and the Oscars. It’s a beautiful collection heavy on texture and various rich prints. The collection had a 70’s rock-‘n-‘roll vibe to it, especially with the striped, sequined flare leg trousers and embroidered tops with metal-embellished fringe at the waist. Naeem Khan grew up in India, and it’s incredible to see how he blends a large part of the Indian culture of design with modern American fashion.
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The collection also featured garments full of feathers, trending fringe, and multi-color embroidery. Overall, tops, trousers, and jackets were the signature pieces of the collection, A standout piece was a floor-length silver metallic dress with a low-V (accented with a leather tie), and a stunning tiger-print floor-length cape completed with black tights and silver stilettos.
The opening reception was a night to remember. LAFW is becoming more of an exclusive event for established and emerging designers — this is the beauty of fashion. We are already thrilled for next year.

https://www.instagram.com/john_collazos/

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​Luxury designer BJORN VAN DEN BERG designs Limited Edition bottles for evian®

Gemma has had the fabulous opportunity to cover several of Bjorn Van Den Berg’s collections before. He is known for his glamorous and luxurious designs. Bjorn is a highly respected couture designer with an innate talent for craftsmanship, creativity and the unexpected. Today marks history for Bjorn Van Den Berg: evian® (pureevian.com) and Bjorn van den Berg have joined forces and created a new collection of evian® Limited Edition bottles. The purity of Evian water and a crystal pendant come together for a chic statement and unique collaboration with authentic meaning for the holiday season. It is an incredible combination of art, design, and fashion — and what every designer aspires to. Eleven years ago, evian® collaborated for the first time with a fashion designer, Christian Lacroix. This year, Bjorn van den Berg has given the evian® Limited Edition an added twist. The latest collection symbolizes elegance and exclusivity, thanks to the refined and creative touch of Bjorn.

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                             Inspiration

Being inspired by the holidays, together with Evian,® the designer developed a unique concept: ‘Something to give ‘, ‘Something to share’ and ‘Something to cherish.’ The bottle is wrapped in a beautiful package (to give) and adorns the Christmas table during the holidays, where family and friends drink the water (to share) with each other. For a final touch, the exclusive crystal pendant can be disconnected from the bottle and given as a gift to a loved one (to cherish). The chain to which the crystal pendant can be attached can is in the box. This component is perhaps an essential element of the bottle; during the holidays it is all about sharing precious memories with family, friends and loved ones.

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One of Bjorn’s latest collections, called ‘Fragile,’ which Gemma covered, inspired the look and design of the bottle. In this collection, the purity and vulnerability of humanity are central and clear crystals play the main role. The ‘Fragile’ collection appeared in several American television shows, including the talk show by “Ellen DeGeneres” and “America’s Got Talent.” Celebrities such as Mel B and Viktoria Modesta have graced the collection. Also, the pendant featured on the bottle comes from the exclusive prêt-a-porter collection of Bjorn, which he launched this fall.         

 

             

              The Classic Fashion Fusion

The evian® Limited Edition by Bjorn van den Berg is a timeless standout, a jewel on every table. Bjorn designed a special bracket for the evian® Limited Edition, made of rhodium, on which he carefully placed crystals. The neck of the bottle is provided with beautiful decoration in the form of a cachet, also embracing the symbol of togetherness.
Evian’s overall brand and vision combine seamlessly with the ‘Fragile’ collection and Bjorn’s aesthetic exudes quality couture and pure beauty — every single drop. Bjorn Van Den Berg has an internal vision that is incredibly unique and it speaks to him.

Evian ® natural mineral water originates from the heart of the French Alps, a unique geological area in the world. The brand has always had a pioneering spirit and is the epitome of her iconic live young state of mind: an enthusiasm to discover the wonders of this world and open our eyes to new and inspiring experiences with the ability to marvel as a child. Since 2007, evian® has created an annual Limited Edition bottle together with the world’s most prestigious designers, including Paul Smith, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, and Kenzo. In every collaboration, purity and playfulness are brought together in a festive way – a reinterpretation of the evian® spirit in art and design.

Bjorn is a luxury designer in heart and soul. His love for luxurious materials and refined finish is unprecedented, and his designs exude intricate details, international allure, and glamour. Bjorn’s work emulates authentic artistry through its craftsmanship and ability to stay a few steps ahead within the fashion industry. In 2011 his adventure started as a designer, and in 2012 he launched his first commercial label. His work has appeared in international magazines, such as Harpers Bazaar, BASIC magazine, Schön magazine, and many other publications. On behalf of Gemma, I am so impressed by Bjorn Van Den Berg’s talent and vision.

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The success of Bjorn has not gone unnoticed, even in Hollywood. His exclusive custom-made designs are adored by stars like Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Rowland, and Demi Lovato. His clients greatly appreciate his extravagant style, eye for detail and ability to think out of the box. Van Den Berg is the ultimate designer, style collaborator, and storyteller. On behalf of Gemma, I am so impressed by Bjorn Van Den Berg’s talent and vision and was honored to cover this timeless collaboration.
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www.bjornvandenberg.com

https://www.instagram.com/vandenbergbjorn/

Living Her Best Life~ Exclusive with Jezlan Moyet

Ten minutes into my interview with Jezlan Moyet, it’s clear that she is genuinely the charismatic and gorgeous entertainment personality you see every morning on “Good Morning LaLa Land” (goodmorninglalaland.com) from Focus TV (focustvnetwork.com), which is America’s first LIVE Streaming Daily Lifestyle Talk Show (M-F 9 am PST). Jezlan is passionate and driven about her career (she is also the Managing Editor of FOCUS Magazine and hosts various red carpet award shows), works extremely hard, has an astute talent for listening, and most important; holds her Michigan roots close to her heart. She values her Midwest upbringing but always felt there was more regarding fulfilling her purpose within her career and life. After graduating with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. Moyet made a move to LA to authentically fulfill her dreams. As Moyet said herself, “LA has been good to me.”

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On camera and the red carpet, Jezlan doesn’t miss a beat and makes it look seamless. Jezlan was also very candid about the immense workload her schedule calls for, but she seems to thrive upon it as well. She is fun to watch, and you can catch her every morning on “Good Morning LaLa Land” along with her talented co-hosts Dr. Erin (Doctor of Divinity) and lovely life coach Rob Mack. Topics range from female empowerment, fashion, food, health, spirituality and much more. The show currently airs on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. We loved that she admitted to having “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out), and when Moyet had a moment to stop, we met at Alfred Coffee in West Hollywood for lattes to discuss her projects and nonstop life that has become second nature to her.

 

NYFW9Did you always know your career path? If yes, did it make it easier?

Yes, I did! I’ve known since I was seven or eight years old. My best friend and I always wanted to play “talk show.” We borrowed a video camera and took turns playing host and interviewee. I was also into fashion and knew that I wanted to model. I had a clear vision of what I liked and wanted to do at a very early age. I do feel blessed to have known, but the dedication and discipline it takes in my business did not necessarily make “knowing early on” easier.

What was it growing up in the Midwest?

Growing up in the Midwest taught me to be genuine and a hard worker. These two values were instilled in me from a young age. The way that I grew up, nothing was ever handed to you. It’s a great lesson. My mom is the most determined person that I know. She’s a fantastic role model and very strong-willed, and I’m grateful to have that trait.

After getting your degree in Broadcast Journalism, how did you transition into the modeling industry, which is a fantastic opportunity but not always easy? Can you please expand?

Well, (not to sound cliche), but a designer in France discovered me. I was ready then. However, I had made a deal with my mom to finish my education first and did just that while working on the side. When I graduated, I packed up my car and headed out to LA and got two agents. With modeling, I worked hard, and it taught me great life lessons. I traveled all over the world and met fantastic people. I remained focused. It was the first time I had to think like a businesswoman and begin building my brand as well as create firm boundaries.

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Did you feel acting might be the next step?

That’s an interesting question because I received many offers. However, all too similar: “pretty girl in the background.” I do continue to model but also knew I had more to offer so transitioning myself to an entertainment personality felt natural (especially with my background in Broadcast Journalism). I can most definitely say that I love what I do and am in my element.

What was it like entering red carpet territory? I’m always amazed by how much information the hosts are prepared for.

I love being on the red carpet! Fashion, entertainment, actors. I was very nervous at first and had to work up to a confidence level. However, I knew this was my purpose. The preparation is intense, but I have excellent memorization skills, which is vital to what I do. I also learned that if you don’t know everything, it’s ok. Most importantly, I’ve realized that trusting yourself is vital. Then you become a vehicle or vessel for that personal trust and can focus upon the work.

How was the transition to “Good Morning LaLa Land”?

The transition was very natural, and I’m in my element, for sure. Again we stream live daily (M-F). The preparation can be daunting at times. My day starts at 5 am and it’s nonstop. I go to work daily with two fantastic co-hosts — Dr. Erin, who has infinite wisdom and Rob Mack, life coach extraordinaire. I feel fortunate. It did take a while to get the vibe down, but it has been such a positive experience. We have great guests and you learn from every show.

Do (or did) you ever struggle with following an “atypical” path? I ask this because I can relate.

A typical path was never for me, ever. I knew that from the beginning. Sometimes it can be challenging, but I have a solid and supportive community of people within LA who believe in me. We all need our community or tribe of people, friends, and family (even if they are not family members) who support your dreams and you as a person. Furthermore, yes, my industry is competitive. However, I’m fulfilling my purpose and I’ll take and everything that comes with it than choosing a safer route.

I know you and your co-hosts talk about mindfulness and spirituality a bit on “Good Morning LaLa Land.” What does spirituality mean to you?

I grew up Catholic and Christian. I do have a strong sense of faith that shaped my present-day spiritual beliefs. Even if I do not always practice my beliefs through organized religion, I do feel there is a higher truth and being out there. I’m pretty much in a gray space on this subject and happen to love the many shades of gray. It gives you room to question.

On a lighter note, you admitted to having a bad case of ‘FOMO.’ Tell us more.

I do have a serious case of Fear of Missing Out! I have it bad:). I want to say yes to everything. I’m inspired by the energy of other creative individuals and love learning about people. It’s simply part of my DNA. I’m passionate about building my brand as well as connecting with people on a greater level. This is essential in today’s work culture — even if you are creative minded.

“I think of myself and my brand as a business. I’m invested in building a quality tribe so we can rise together and support one another and that’s the strength of my business — just being a connector of people.” (Jezlan Moyet)

You have an incredibly busy schedule. How critical is self-care to you?

I highly value self-care. Even with my schedule, it’s so important to stop, turn off the phone, and download. I probably should do it more and encourage all women to do it. I am learning to meditate, and the rejuvenation process is so essential. I need to be my best self so that I can be present for what I do.

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You always look lovely in clothes and have great style. What are some of the Fashion brands that you love?

Thank you! I do adore fashion. Firstly, I love supporting the local community and the female community in creating my personal, signature style. I’m a big fan of designer Rochelle Goodrick (rochellegoodrick.com). She’s from New Zeland but now lives in LA. When I wore her clothes, it was the first time that I felt empowered by what I’m wearing. I wore many of her pieces to NYFW as they capture form and the feminine body. I go through so many wardrobe changes within a day and try to be as fashion conscious as possible. I also recently collaborated with the company Kollectin (www.kollectin.com), a social application where contemporary designers can continue to thrive and be discovered, with the support of personal influence. They are a great company and readers can download the app and use the invite code: Jezlan.  She happened to be wearing a Kollectin ring during the interview which was stunning.

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Jezlan Moyet is continuously in motion and is taking on one exciting project to another. She is living her best life by being the best version of herself. Jezlan is truly inspiring and on behalf of Gemma Magazine, we would like to thank her for joining us. To follow Jezlan on her social media platforms:

https://www.facebook.com/decatorj

https://www.instagram.com/jezlan/

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https://goodmorninglalaland.com

https://www.instagram.com/goodmorninglalaland/

All photos courtesy of Miranda Montenegro @miramonty

Style: @rochellegoodrick

Jewelry: @Kollectin


Gemma Magazine is a big supporter of creative entrepreneurs, fashion designers, and artists of many elements who seek to inspire. We support diversity and feature many art forms to produce a sense of community heal and bring people together.