mf20150507_142For the last 25 years, Marion Fasel has spent her time immersed in the world of jewelry. And her bio reads like a woman in a lifetime love with gems. She was responsible for InStyle’s award winning jewelry and watch coverage for almost two decades.  In addition to her stories on trends and interviews with jewelry-loving celebrities for the magazine, Marion has written eight books including  Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style, With This Ring: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry and Hollywood Jewels: Movies, Jewelry, Stars.  She has acted as a consultant, curated and contributed to numerous exhibitions including Cartier & Aldo Cipullo: New York City in the 70s and Hollywood Jewels staged at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Now, for her next act, she is the founder and editorial director of the website TheAdventurine — which proudly boasts, “Jewelry is our main obsession and we go wide and deep on the topic.”  As a woman who knows what it means to reinvent a life and a career, Fasel generously shared her favorite things with us and how she defines Reinvention. 

Reinvention has been about changing mediums from writing books and working for print magazines to being a publisher of my own website TheAdventurine.com.  The essence of what I do now is the same, write about jewelry, but being in charge of the publication in the digital space is the reinvention. It’s been fascinating to learn about digital in an intense way during the ramp up to the May 31st launch and over the course of the summer since we went live. It’s a new language.  I am glad I reinvented myself to be part of the conversation.  

 

What do you recommend as top summer jewelry choices?
You can’t go wrong with yellow gold hoops and a statement ring. They are easy to wear jewels that finish off an ensemble but don’t weigh you down in the heat of the day.

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What are your favorite moments of Olympic jewelry highlights?
When the Olympics began, I did a story about the Greek jewelry designer, Elena Votsi, who redesigned the medal for the 2004 Games in Athens. The day she won the design competition, she also found out she was pregnant.  It was a very moving interview.  Her heroic design will appear on the medal indefinitely.

As for jewelry on the athletes, a lot of them wear jewelry while they compete. The best designer jewels I noticed were on the USA beach volleyball team: Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.  I wrote a story detailing what they wore while they played and there was a lot to cover.  

 

What are your favorite summer restaurants?
Since I have been having an abnormally close relationship with my computer all summer, I like restaurants near my apartment in Greenwich Village, New York.  My three favorites are Claudette, Morandi and Rosemary’s.   

 

What books are you reading? What is the hottest new jewelry book?
I have Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler on my nightstand but I have as yet to open it.  I do book reviews on the website so I am usually reading something I am reviewing. In the spirit of the Olympic Games it was the book on the biggest jeweler in Brazil, H. Stern.

The hottest book in jewelry right now is The New York Times bestseller Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession and How Desire Shapes The World. It is brilliant and fun. I interviewed the first time author, Aja Raden, for TheAdventurine.com over drinks at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles and eked some stories out of her that she did not include in the book.  She has encyclopedic knowledge of history, science and jewelry.

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What are your favorite summer house gift choices?
Books are always a go-to gift for me.  I also like simple things such as flowers or a candle.  

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