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Engagement ring need a makeover? How about some help selling your jewelry? Or finding the perfect bauble to add to your jewelry box? Then you might need the services of Arielle Klein, aka The Gem Therapist who will listen to your story and hold your hand through any big, anxiety-provoking jewelry buying, selling or customizing decisions. Or visit her popular instagram site @thegemtherapist and be dazzled by her curatorial eye for uniquely gorgeous jewelry.

I spent an hour with Arielle, a GIA-certified gemologist, and it truly felt like a satisfying therapy session. Not only did I feel happy and uplifted chatting about jewelry as a way to express your individuality and how even looking at jewelry can be a joyful experience and a way to de-stress — but I learned a lot that I can’t wait to pass on to you. Talk about the healing power of gemstones! — Sue Perry

DPA: Do you ever feel like a real therapist when helping people choose or reimagine jewelry?

AK: One hundred percent! I’ve had people tell me crazy stories; it’s like being a hairdresser to some extent. People open up.

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Ariel is all about educating people about jewelry and showing people options like these two awesome William Travis rings.

DPA: When are people most likely to seek your services?

AK: When they’re overwhelmed with choices and there’s no one to guide them. Shopping for jewelry should be enjoyable, but when it becomes stressful, especially with bridal, I can help them narrow it down and find the perfect piece. Often people don’t know what they want; they don’t know things exist, like bicolored gemstones or more budget friendly diamonds. I can expose those customers to more options.

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These Nina Segal watermelon tourmaline rings are to die for — and just one of Ariel’s many bi-color gemstone finds.

DPA: Can you take us through the process?

AK: I start by finding out what clients like. I ask them to go to Pinterest and Instagram and we work from the metals, gemstones and settings they choose. I had one client who had her heart set on a 2-carat emerald ring, but that was way out of her price range. I suggested a dark green tourmaline instead. It gave her the aesthetic she wanted within her budget and she loved it. She had no idea of the alternatives and it was my opportunity to educate her.

DPA: For people who love colored stones, but don’t have the budget for emeralds, rubies and sapphires, what are some other budget-friendly options?

AK: Many colored stones are relatively affordable, which allows designers to be more price pointed. And for people who want to express their individuality colored stones are a great way to do it. I think bi-color stones like pink/green watermelon tourmaline should be on everyone’s radar. I am also a fan of ametrine, a combination of purple amethyst and yellow citrine. I’m also seeing a lot of rutilated quartz which has visible gold- or copper-colored threads — actually inclusions or flaws which can be beautiful things. Otherwise it would be just a clear piece of quartz and less exciting.

 

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This magnificent bracelet features rutilated quartz.

DPA: Bridal is one of your specialties. Are you noticing any trends in this market?

AK: Yes, I see a lot of change. With gold going up and the stock market possibly heading for recession, we’re going to see a return to smaller, more modest rings and move away from flashy, big diamonds. This generation doesn’t have the money their parents have, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want a nice engagement ring. Less expensive options like salt and pepper diamonds — white diamonds that are heavily included with a 3 clarity scale — will draw this group in.

DPA: What is your go-to piece of jewelry?

AK: My engagement ring and wedding band are always on my hand. And I always wear the chunky gold bracelets my parents gave me for graduation with an antique gold and diamond bangle I bought myself. But the piece I get a million compliments on is an antique diamond and sapphire panther ring my husband surprised me with. I have an affinity for cats. My name means lion in hebrew.