December 2017 E-Newsletter
Diamonds, A Holiday Delight
Glittering diamonds set in elegant, modern or classic designs of platinum, karat gold or sterling silver create a gift of stunning beauty.
Diamond Fashion. A jewelry staple that is classic, trendy and always appreciated. Diamonds are the most precious and valuable of all gems and have been treasured by both men and women for centuries, not only for beauty, but for their versatility.
Three-stone. A timeless gift showing tribute to the past, present and future…three of every family’s most significant stages in life.
Journey. From the smallest of beginnings to the momentous day, journey diamonds display the growth of your relationship.
The Solitaire. Available in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and prices to meet any budget, the solitaire is traditionally given as a symbolic promise of marriage.
Twin Side by Side. The perfect design to display the love you share with not only your best friend but your one true love.
Diamonds in Motion. Movable settings allow faceted diamonds to dance and flash with fire to produce a brilliant, glittering sparkle with every move the wearer makes.
A style for every relationship, you won’t go wrong with a gift of fine diamonds.
Did You Know?
DC Comics’ new Wonder Woman movie has reignited a fancy for big and bold jewelry designs. While Diana’s tiara might be a bit too much for daily wear, everyday superheroes like moms are unleashing their inner being and channeling their Amazonian power by accessorizing with this year’s selection of bold cuffs, lasso like necklaces and star bright diamond studs.
Turquoise, Blue Zircon & Tanzanite
For the December born, prosperity is the welcome gift offered by these three very different, unique blue gems. Opaque, sky-blue turquoise and transparent, deep-blue zircon have long been treasured since ancient times. Having only been discovered in the 1960’s, purple-blue tanzanite quickly became one of the world’s most popular gems.
Create a Wardrobe of Gold Jewelry
It takes some time and thought to assemble a jewelry wardrobe that is just right for your sense of style. Whether you prefer a classic look, bold statement, or delicate and dainty design, gold jewelry always works.
Earrings. The size and shape of an earring depends on your personal style and accompanying outfit. Start with a simple, plain gold earring for daily wear and casual outings and then add more extravagant, fun pieces for a night out or to spice up an understated ensemble.
Rings. Class rings and birthstone rings are probably the first rings worn by a woman before leading to an engagement ring or wedding band. But it’s always nice to have a selection of go-to fashion rings to wear without a commitment. Diamond, gemstone or stackable, thin bands, and subtle midi rings are today’s fashion favorites.
Necklaces & Bracelets. Karat gold necklaces and bangles are classic first choices. Both can stand alone or be combined with other styles, widths, and with or without diamonds or gemstones to allow interchangeable and personal touches.
Did You Know?
While white gold and platinum appear similar, they are very different metals. Karat gold is always yellow. Only when it is mixed with other white metals and then coated with rhodium (a platinum group metal) it appears white. Platinum is a naturally white metal that will never fade or change color over time.
The November born are blessed with two birthstones, Topaz and Citrine. Topaz can range in color from colorless, blue, champagne, yellow, orange, red and pink. It is said to provide emotional balance and a harmonious lifestyle.
Citrine ranges in color from a soft yellow to fiery orange. Part of the quartz family, citrine is a very durable gemstone, perfect for use in jewelry. Citrine is thought to attract wealth, prosperity and success.
Filigree’s airy, elegant, web-like designs mirror the prominent lacey, mesh, and cutout fashions seen in abundance on the hottest runways and red carpets today. These designs are the perfect blend of wov
en, shiny threads of karat gold, sterling silver or platinum, lending a feel of fine fabric against the skin.
Complex in design, filigree’s beauty is a blend of ancient and modern art. The delicacy of this art makes it an alluring form of jewelry. It is the use of fine metal threads which are crafted and interwoven that provide filigree jewelry designs an exquisite and distinct lace-like look. Add an unexpected flash of color, and these delicate, fanciful, ornamental designs will take on the appearance of a classic heirloom piece.
Did You Know?
The loveable actress, Debra Messing, who recently reprised her role as Grace Adler in the popular sitcom, Will & Grace, has been recognized by the jewelry industry for her personal style, which has inspired consumer desire for fine jewelry. Messing’s passion for exquisite jewelry accessories in bold designs, statement pieces and her love for color, has been known to inspire women to explore how fine jewelry can make them feel beautiful, strong and confident.
Opal and Tourmaline.
These two brightly colored gemstones are believed to bring hope and balance to the lives of the October born. Luminous opal is known for its ever-changing rainbow of fiery iridescent colors. Sparkling tourmaline has been popular throughout history because of its astonishing variety of colors.
When transitioning from sandals to boots, be sure to update your jewelry as well.
As long summer days heat up, jewelry fashion will float from the beach to the ballet. Going minimal on clothing and maximizing jewelry by mixing bold and dainty designs will create an effortless flair to accompany the ambiance of late summer. As the season regresses from high heat to cool breeze, mingle summer silvers with warm yellow or peach gold and pair with colored gems reminiscent of radiant sunsets.
When layering for climate change, your jewelry can also use a cover-up. Starting with your lobes, add larger, expressive earrings. Accent your minimalist bar pendant by adding a long necklace to sway beneath. Choose one statement piece, a watch or oversized cuff, and add several slim bangles to bracelets to accent your wrists. Finally, this season it’s all about the fingers. You won’t go wrong with one big, bold ring and/or several dainty stackables to round out your look.
Easing out of your summer jewelry can be as calm and enjoyable as an autumn breeze. Visit us today, we will be happy to help you seamlessly transition into the upcoming season.
Did You Know?
Buried deep within layers of shale in Alberta, Canada is a gemstone called Ammolite. Its vibrant shades of red, orange, blue and green offer a unique complementary contrast.
The gem comes from an ancient marine mollusk called an ammonite, found in Canada 65 million years ago. While ammolite fossils have been found elsewhere, the ammolite gem has only been found in Alberta.
Peridot and Sardonyx.
Courage and happiness are the attributes thought to be bestowed upon those of August birth by these gemstones. Beautiful, transparent, olive-green peridot has been a popular gem of women for over 3,000 years, while the opaque, reddish-brown sardonyx has long been a favorite for men’s signet rings.
Back to Nature
In this glorious season, Mother Nature is in full bloom, showing off her full array of delightful beauty. There’s an endless choice of attractive designs to complete your look. Natural forms, in varying colors of yellow, white and rose gold, combined with sterling silver and precious gems, provide for stunning, graceful and tapered silhouettes.
The combination of openwork designs with a flora and fauna, birds, bees and bugs theme allows you to create a distinctive look all your own. While getting in touch with your free spirit and identifying with nature, or taking a walk on the wild side from time to time, these fun reminders of nature’s bounty will add flair to any outfit.
Did You Know?
If packing your fine jewelry for a vacation, keep designs separated in a soft cloth pouch or a lined box to prevent scratching. Tip: Thread your bracelets and necklaces through a straw to prevent tangling.
Abrasive sand, sunscreen, hot tub and pool chlorine are jewelry hazards. Sunscreens can coat and bleach gemstones and chlorine will damage karat gold, weakening settings. Before swimming, take off your rings- hands can become cold in water causing fingers to shrink and rings to fall off.
July Birth Stone: Ruby
Ruby has been the world’s most valued colored gemstone for thousands of years. A precious form of the mineral corundum, its name is from the Latin word “ruber” meaning “red color.” Legend and myth state rubies have a history of bestowing good health, a fine life, wealth, and wisdom.
Popular Pearl Fashion
Pearls, forever a favorite, are always in fashion. Whether a classic single strand of snowy, white, perfectly matched, round pearls, or any of today’s fancy shapes including oval, baroque, coin, petal and potato, the selection is strictly a personal preference.
Classic and timeless favorites have long been the Akoya and South Sea pearl. But, it is today’s beautiful freshwater pearls that are taking center stage. Due to their varying sizes and fashionable, on point colors such as pink, peach, gold and classic white, freshwater pearls are a fantastic bargain. They cover the widest range of options for pearl buyers in size, shape and color, making them one of the best values in the entire category.
Rivaling the size of some high-end Akoya and South Sea pearls at a fraction of the cost, designers love these affordable, larger size freshwater pearls for use in dramatically styled rings, pins, pendants, and earrings. Adding elegance and style to any outfit, no jewelry wardrobe is complete without pearls.
Did You Know?
Ebates recently published results from a national Wedding Survey finding 49% of women prefer to be surprised with an engagement ring, 15% wanted to select the ring themselves, 28% preferred shopping together, while a mere 7% chose an heirloom ring. And, 72% feel it’s ok to upgrade after the wedding!
Pearl. Pure white pearls have for centuries been viewed as a statement of taste and refinement, as well as a symbol of perfect purity. Pearls are often given to celebrate the birth of a child and are thought to bring a happy marriage to those of June birth. Alexandrite. June’s alternate birthstone is famous for its ability to change color, appearing green by day and red at night. It is a rare and expensive gemstone, symbolic of joy and good fortune.
Popular in the 1970’s, friendship bracelets were originally made by knotting and twisting various threads, yarns, rubber cords and leather materials. Many ere embellished with beads and most were made in special colors to display an individual’s character traits.
Friendship bracelets were not only personal and interesting, they also carried a special meaning for the person who made it and the friend who wore it.
Typically given as a sign of true friendship, these handmade, twisted bracelets were intended to be tied on the wrist os a friend and worn continuously as a symbol of lasting friendship.
Yesteryear’s friendship bracelets are today known as Bolo bracelets and are made from leather, sterling silver and many colors of karat gold. Today’s bracelets have an adjustable twist and knot, making for a customized, perfect fit. While they can offer the same meaning, and are a perfect gift for a friend or love interest, this trend setting style has become a popular self purchase for the fashion forward.
While these slim, delicate design look amazing on their own, today these fashion forward wrist decorations are frequently studded with diamonds, personalized charms and layered to reflect one’s individual style.
Did you Know
At the Golden Globes, no one shed away from pairing big, bold and colorful jewelry with their reflective gowns. In fact, designs were reminscent of the 70’s style jewelry worn by the recently deceased, iconic actress, Mary Tyler Moor. Thought her extraordinary life, she was seen draped in multi-strand necklaces, chokers, chunky gold cuffs, cascading earrings, and pearls galore.
Aquamarine. The name derived from Latin means “seawater.” A member of the beryl gem family, transparent beautiful blue aquamarine offers a tribute to the sea, capturing both its essence and spirit.
Bloodstone. It’s actually not red at all, it is an opaque, deep, rich green with vivid bright red flecks and has been a favorite of men for centuries.
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow…Forever
Whether it’s one, two, or three diamonds, it’s all about scintillation, movement, romance, and a couple’s journey. Solitaire diamonds create a stunning focal point in any diamond fashion. They are also given as the traditional symbolic promise of marriage. Popular twin diamond designs represent the feeling when friendship and love join together, the love you share with not only your best friend but your one true love. And finally, the sentimental trio of sparkling diamonds remains a glowing tribute to the past, present and future…beautifully representing the most significant stages in life.
Some of today’s diamond designs swing, sway and flutter, while others remain poised in classic solitaire pendants, ear studs, and glistening rings. Mounted in sterling silver, karat gold or platinum, all diamond jewelry creates a lasting memory.
Did You Know?
Another lucky visitor to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR scored the souvenir of a lifetime! This March, a 14 year old discovered the 7.44 carat diamond just minutes into his search. Park officials said an increase in rainfall that week created ideal diamond searching conditions.
The “Superman’s Diamond” is the 7th largest diamond found at this park since 1972, and is said to be about the size of a pinto bean with a dark brown color. Its young owner says he plans to keep it as a souvenir.
Diamond. This pure white gem is synonymous with love and innocence. Since ancient times, diamonds symbolized invincibility for those born in April because of their hardness and durability.
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