They say birds of feather flock together. In my case, my flock loves sparkly things and through this, I was very pleased to be meet Jocelyn. She goes by the name Gilded Lane on Instagram and her amazing Etsy store. She has an envious, drool-worthy personal collection that would make anyone stop, look, and contemplate some very naughty things. Not only, that but she is super creative, knowledgeable, and just plain fun. We got down into the details with a behind the scenes into one of the most amazing collections of jewelry I have encountered. Bonus, all her rings have names - a practice I think I need to put into effect immediately! In this interview, Jocelyn embodies a lot of what I love about jewelry - creativity, intelligence, love, generosity - and of course an obsession with that sparkle!
Tell me a little about yourself and why you came to love jewelry?
I come by my love of jewelry naturally. My mom started collecting vintage and estate pieces in the early 80s. At that time yellow gold was all that anyone wore, so she was able to purchase fabulous pieces for next to nothing. She now and always has worn every ring she owns day and night. I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t ogling her bling like a crow, so it was only fitting that I’d find a love for it myself.
Fast forward to 2010. I discovered a jewelry forum (Pricescope) and immediately became friends with many like-minded bling lovers. Knowing that there were more crows like me in the world helped make my interest soar (get it, crow, flying, pun? OK I won’t quit my day job)! Finally, I found my true love of vintage pieces for personal collecting. Much to my bank account’s chagrin, I wound up with handfuls of mid-range pieces.
In 2015 my home was robbed and the thieves stole all of my jewelry. Many of my Pricescope friends rallied and sent me their personal pieces until I was able to build my collection back up. It was one of the most heartwarming and wonderful things that could ever happen to me in the midst of such a harrowing time. As time went on, I made a decision to streamline my style. Now I have a much smaller collection but every piece is extra special and tells a story, and really when it comes to jewelry, I believe it should all tell a story.
How you approach styling your jewelry every day?
I try to think out of the box when styling my jewelry every day. I rarely wear rings on my ring finger and if I do I pair it with an index or pinky finger piece. I predominantly wear a ring on my middle finger (or driving finger as I recently discovered) of my left hand for personal reasons and now feel lopsided if I don’t.
I also love mixing metals and styles as long as a look is cohesive. I tend to keep my necklaces simple and add a little more flair with earrings. Though my go-to these days is a pair of simple white gold hoops. I do own some gorgeous deco pieces for days when I’m feeling extra fancy. I also enjoy vintage watches and bracelets. My converted brooch-to-cuff is quite a statement piece that I wear often. To say I’m not afraid to sparkle would be an understatement. My own personal mantra is life is way too short not to sparkle.
How does your job play into what you wear?
Thankfully I have a desk job, however, 90% of the job is typing so wearing jewelry feels weird to me. Normally when I come in I take my pieces off and set them near my monitor. I’ve only forgotten them once and when I did I called my boss and asked him to hide them for me. When I came into the office the next morning there was a dollar bill and a note that said, “I sold your rings on E-Bay, here are your profits.” Always the jokester that one.
As a side business, I maintain an Etsy shop selling vintage jewels. When I meet people in reference to my shop I like to wear as much as I can just to be a bit of a show-off. I always love having an excuse to be extra blingy.
Let's meet some of Jocelyn's Jewels...
Zelda is my pride and joy. She's the essence of making lemonade out of lemons. The center stone was originally my 2.51 I/VS2 MRB engagement ring stone. I knew I didn't want to get rid of that beautiful stone because it wasn't the stone's fault the marriage went south, so instead I decided to give her a new beginning.
I knew I wanted something completely not engagement ring looking and I knew I wanted it on my middle finger (I'm not super bitter about the divorce but it is fun that it's on my f-u finger). I also knew I wanted black diamonds over onyx. So I asked friends' advice, searched Art Deco Jewelry tags on Instagram and worked with Amy at DavidKlass Jewelry for months until this ring came to life.
The french cut diamonds surrounding it are the real clincher. I'd originally planned for baguettes but I don't believe it would be nearly as remarkable as it is today without the french cuts. When I received it... yes, I cried. I knew I would, but didn't think I would, if that makes sense. Now I wear her almost every day and if I don't I miss her.
Clara was purchased on a whim from Maryantiques at a pop-up sale in Los Angeles. Something about the color on the cognac diamonds sung to me. But I found that I wasn't wearing it as much as I should be so after a few glasses of wine one night I came up with the brilliant plan to add a french cut halo. Again, working with Amy at David Klass, she had the original face of the ring removed and the halo built around it so it still retains its 40s originality but with a kick. Go big or go home, right?
I don't have a name for the Great Gatsby yellow diamond pear cut ring, so I'll name her Erica since she originally belonged to my very dear friend Erica from Love Affair Diamonds. She purchased it at the Miami Antique Show last year. I loved it then but admired it from afar. Then in October, we had a joint 40th birthday celebration and she was wearing 'my' ring. We made a quick tradesy since she loved a ruby star brooch I had for sale and the rest is history. This ring symbolizes our friendship and is a reward for a very tough few years.
Kim is my Mahenge spinel ring. When I was robbed in June 2015, one of the pieces that was stolen and I knew irreplaceable was my Mahenge ring. I had spent 2 solid years finding the perfect hue of Mahenge and then it was gone. I knew that there was little to no chance that I'd ever replicate the color of the Mahenge.
Then my friend Kim (a Pricescoper) asked if I wanted to buy her Mahenge that was the larger sister to mine. Of course, I jumped at the chance! I envisioned it being set in an old cut halo so I started sourcing my own stones from ebay. I hit pay dirt and wound up find 2 three stones with .4 ct diamonds each and an ugly old watch with two .35 stones in it all in one week so I was able to start the project almost immediately.
I used an original antique ring that David Klass had as the setting inspiration and begin the project. At first, it was set in all white gold but I knew I wanted a little bit of depth so I asked that the shank be replaced with rose gold. I'm so happy I did. It's just perfect the way that it is.
You can find Jocelyn at her Etsy Shop - Gilded Lane