December 4, 2013
Enamel jewelry has been around a long time. The ancient Egyptians applied enamels to stone objects, pottery, and occasionally metals. The ancient Greeks, Celts, Georgians, and Chinese also used enamel on metal objects.
What is it exactly?
Enameling is the fusion of a special powdered glass to metals. The result can vary according to the designer, but here are some beautiful examples from various designers:
December 3, 2013
Sterling silver is a smart and easy-to-use metal which most of us have somewhere in the depths of our jewelry boxes.
These simple steps that you can perform in mere minutes will bring that sterling silver jewelry back to life.
December 2, 2013
Of all the gifts you could give this holiday, jewelry has that special “ah” touch. And we have a wide range of jewelry on sale to choose from, regardless of your budget.
Take a look at our Sale Section and find a piece that fits!
Here’s just a few items.
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November 27, 2013
November 27, 2013
As the holidays head merrily our way, we will frequently post pieces that are a. affordable, b. stunning and c. crowdpleasers.
This necklace is no exception. Pendant necklaces continue to be one of the top favorite pieces of jewelry for women. And it stands to reason: you can wear a pretty pendant necklace with a casual or upscale outfit.
But more importantly, a pendant necklace gift feels very personal, like a touch of the giver is left on it, near the wearer’s heart.
Heart shape pendant in 14kt white gold featuring approximately .06ct t.w. of genuine Brazilian garnets and natural diamonds. (Pendant only, chain sold separately)
Our Price: $339.00
November 26, 2013
A common problem with jewelry is overdoing it. Often simplicity highlights the true beauty of a delicate piece of jewelry. In addition, length often comes into play. A beautiful necklace can become hopelessly lost in your dress if its not the right length. The great part? A few quick tips are all you need to make smart and fashionable choices. Check out the video below.
November 25, 2013
“It’s going to be a conversation maker,” says Lucy Luckayanko. “I will be able to tell people. It will be unique. It will be sort of my unique factor.
Eye jewelry may not be for everyone, but this isn’t the first time it’s been done either. The procedure has been done hundreds of times in Europe and in Los Angeles, but never before in New York City. Until now.
Lucy is getting a new procedure at Park Avenue Laser Vision to implant a small platinum heart into her eye. It’s called Safesight jewelry.
“To me this is just another way to advance the science of ophthalmology,” says Dr. Emil Chynn, the medical director of Park Avenue Laser Vision.
The procedure costs about $3,000. And though it may sound scary, Dr. Chynn says he believes it’s actually pretty safe.
What about you? Is jewelry implanted into your eye going a bit too far or just a cool, new trend?
November 21, 2013
â€śAlways dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.â€ť
William Faulkner (1897-1962);
novelist, Nobel Prize winner
November 20, 2013
It’s a heart stopper, that’s for sure. Losing jewelry can stop us dead in our tracks and cause a hefty amount of grief, especially if that lost jewelry consists of your wedding ring. So think of this list as a precautionary warning.
Top 5 Ways to Lose your Jewelry
1. In the ocean (or other large body of water)
Have you heard of shrinkage? When your body gets cold, it contracts and shrinks. The most common scenario is wearing a ring into the water of the beach and losing your jewelry due to your body contracting and getting smaller in the water.
Solution: Always remove jewelry from your body before diving in.
2. Washing dishes / Cleaning & Housework
This typical scenario happens far more often than you may realize. It can simply go down the drain if your hands are slippery wet and soapy, or perhaps you forgot where you placed it when you took it off to clean.
Solution: Have a set place where you put your jewelry during cleaning times.
3. Partying too hardÂ
Who among us hasnâ€™t lost something when out at a club and buzzed (or worse)? If you must wear your valuables out, keep track of them at all times and have a friend keep track as well. Itâ€™d be a good idea if that friend was the designated driver.
UnfortunatelyÂ thieveryÂ is still alive and well. If youâ€™re going to be in a sketchy or unknown area, be safe and tuck your jewelry into your handbag or pocket. Also donâ€™t flash your bling around either â€” in some places, itâ€™s an invitation to be robbed.
5. Simple misplacement
Most jewelry is so small, making it incredibly easy to lose. Set aside a drawer with containers or bowls to place your jewelry in or buy a jewelry holder case. Things get lost unless they have a home â€” put your jewelry back in its home whenever youâ€™re done with it to avoid losing it.
6. Sports / Gym / Running around
Physical activity of any kind can mean loss of your jewelry if youâ€™re not careful with it. My advice is to always take it off before engaging in any sort of sports or exercise.
November 19, 2013
Confess. Go ahead, you’ll feel better.
You have a buncle of jewelry that you’ve collected over the years that sits in your jewelry box, lonely and ignored. Perhaps its missing a clasp or needs cleaning. More likely, it’s gone out of style and suited your grandmother’s tastes more than yours.
Redesigned jewelry is a beautiful way to take that old jewelry into the new millennium. But in order to make it happen, you have to think outside of the box, literally and figuratively.
Which piece could be easily redesigned?
What would you like it redesigned into?
We’ve helped customers turn an old necklace into beautiful new earrings (because the beads were beautiful but the necklace itself, not so much). Others have created entire engagement rings solely consisting of various parts of family-owned jewelry. The result? An engagement ring that contained beautiful aspects of their family’s histories, with a new, creative spin.
Redesigning jewelry is a simple (and eco-friendly) way of keeping tradition alive and adding a new creative spin that is distinctly you.
So get diggin’!