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How to Clean Gold Jewelry

May 20, 2015

We’ve been writing and posting about the latest resurgence of gold jewelry so it only stands to reason that a few pointers on how to clean gold jewelry will make sure you look extra dazzling while wearing your gold. (Remember to soak for 15 minutes…we find this really helps.)

 

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“Men’s Jewelry that Women Want to Steal”

May 19, 2015

Men’s jewelry has seen an incredible renaissance over the last decade. More creative risks are being taken in design and the stigma of men wearing jewelry is slowing becoming a thing of the past. With gay marriages on the rise, more couples are venturing into new and uncharted areas in the custom design realm. This recent NY Times article highlights emerging designers and “men’s jewelry that women want to steal”:

There are no jewelry-specific studies but, according to Euromonitor, the global men’s wear market grew 4.5 percent last year, outpacing women’s at 3.7. And the research company predicts men’s wear sales will grow another $40 billion, to $480 billion, by 2019.

Stores are extending their men’s offerings accordingly, and that includes jewelry. Mr Porter, the male counterpart of the Net-a-Porter online store, has offered jewelry for several years, initially selling entry price point pieces from fashion houses including Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta. It has since expanded the category, in response to customer demand, to include fine jewelry from independent designers.

The engagement ring that the London jeweler Hannah Martin created for Tom Fitzgerald to give to his boyfriend Jamie Holloway in March. The signet-style ring has an octagonal-cut sapphire surrounded by emeralds in white gold.

 

Take a Day off of Looking Good

May 18, 2015

Don’t wear our jewelry. (You won’t hear us say that often!) Don’t wear any jewelry for a day. Ditch the make-up too. Wear only the clothes that make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Dare to be bare.

Dare to be your age with pride and no self-consciousness.

It is in this act of uncovering that we remind ourselves of who we truly are.

Our self-esteem doesn’t stand a chance if its based only on exteriors. By stripping down, we remind ourselves of our true being and can begin to embrace the core of who we are once again. Feel the simple freedom of being alright as is.

 

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Butterflies are Free…to be Beautiful Jewelry

May 13, 2015

We’re particularly happy to read the latest JCK article on the increasing popularity of butterflies as a jewelry motif. So perfectly Spring!

If you’re interested in having your very own bejeweled butterfly, we can create one that will bring you joy for years to come.

 

Ande Jewelry Swiss blue topaz butterfly ring

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Yoko London South Sea pearl and diamond butterfly ring

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Angelique de Paris coral tassel butterfly earrings

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Wendy Yue butterfly and jade flower ear cuff

 

Mythical Golden Creatures

May 12, 2015

While this Forbes article discusses the resurgence of gold (did it ever really go away?), we couldn’t help but fawn over the designer highlighted in the piece. Whimsy meets fantasy meets incredible craftsmanship.

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Temple St. Clair’s Secret Garden Serpent necklace.

The classic metal [gold] is currently having a moment, and few people know that better than designer Temple St. Clair Carr. One cannot find her haute couture jewelry collection in stores, although her signature rock crystal amulets and collectible cocktail rings can be found at select luxury retailers. She debuted her Mythical Creatures collection of nine statement pieces at the Louvre during Paris Fashion Week earlier this year. As demand for gold increases, designers like Carr—and her namesake company, Temple St. Clair—are introducing bigger and bolder collections to discerning customers who prize the true craftsmanship that comes from master makers. – Forbes

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Temple St. Clair’s Great Horned Owl ring. “I have always used gold and gemstones as my materials through which I explore universal themes that interest me—from astronomical theory, to Buddhist thought to symbols of nature,”

 

 

 

 

Fashionable Jewelry that (Literally) is the Bomb

May 11, 2015

Following an continuing and important trend of turning weapons into jewelry, Article 22 (named after the universal declaration of human rights) is producing politically-inspired items that include necklaces that read “Peace is the Bomb.”

“A portion of profit from every Article 22 item goes to the artisans themselves, a local community fund, and a professional company that works to demine the approximately 80 million bombs that still haven’t detonated in Laos. According to one official estimate, at the current rate of removal, it will take nearly 300 years to rid the country of mines.” Source: NBC News

 

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Reese Witherspoon, Queen of Bling at Met Gala 2015

May 6, 2015

Reese has a long history of looking stellar at red carpet events. She tends play it safe and stick with classic looks, leaving the ostentatious for others. And what a winning formula. Check out last night’s perfection in red. And the bling…wow.

 

Met Gala 2015: Reese Witherspoon

Fittingly for the star who just recreated her famous Sweet Home Alabama proposal scene in N.Y.C.’s Tiffany & Co. flagship, the star stopped by the brand’s workshop to check out at her choices. She was accompanied by the brand’s new design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof, who gave her a preview of the necklace, bracelet and ring (all “Skyscraper” motif from the Tiffany & Co. Masterpieces collection) and emerald-cut diamond earrings ($112,000).

Source: People

10 Easy Prettiness Pointers

May 5, 2015

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Do you feel pretty today? No, you don’t have to feel drop-dead gorgeous. Or even beautiful. You just have to feel good enough about yourself that it radiates throughout your being.

We all know of women who have that “certain something” and almost always, it isn’t just about her looks looks. It’s the way feels in her own skin.

Confidence. Comfortability. Warmth.

 

Here are few easy ways to naturally feel pretty:

1.Smile. As the quote goes, “I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.”

2. Be there for someone who needs you even if there’s nothing in it for you—give without expectations.

3. Make a sacrifice for someone you love.

4. Admit a mistake, even if it’s hard to say you’re wrong, and work to make amends.

5.Share your struggles, putting your ego aside, to make someone else feel less alone.

6. Create something that helps people. A song, a blog, a support group, a non-profit—anything that inspires.

7.Help a child feel good about him or herself.

8. Tell someone what you appreciate about them, even if you feel vulnerable.

9. Forgive someone without needing to hear the words, “I’m sorry.”

10.Create positive energy around you by thinking positive thoughts and acting with positive intentions.

Read more at Tiny Buddha.

“. . . The only downside is that I get a bit distracted wearing them, so I take them off while I drive. Haha!. . . “

May 4, 2015

Hi Joe,
I have picked up the rings yesterday, they are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for such an amazing work. I really love the stone too, and the way the entire set looks on my finger. I already got compliments on it from a total stranger.
I am very satisfied with them. The only downside is that I get a bit distracted wearing them, so I take them off while I drive. Haha! The funny thing is that others are also distracted by it. Yesterday night we were at Grand Ole Opry for a fantastic concert, and the lady on my left kept on staring, I guess she liked it too!
Thank you so much again, I really love how it turned out.
Talk to you (hope soon) for my next ring. :D
Have a great day.
A

May’s Birthstone – The Powerful, Radiant Emerald

May 4, 2015

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What is it about an emerald that is so positively fetching and magical, as if snatched right out of a fairytale? Well, apparently it’s got a long history of power and wonder, as you’ll read below.

If you’re looking for a custom designed piece using your birthstone (or you simply love emeralds), we’re happy to create something that marks your green gem love in the most special of ways.

The emerald belongs to the beryl family of minerals that include aquamarine (one of March’s birthstones), heliodor, and morganite. Beryl, or beryllium aluminum silicate in chemical jargon, is a six-sided symmetrical crystal. Beryl contains beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen.

Emeralds vary in color from light to deep green. It’s commonly thought that an emerald’s color derives from the presence of chromium and/or vanadium replacing some of the aluminum in the mineral’s structure. The stone can, however, lose its color when heated strongly.

There are many myths associated with the emerald. The stone was once believed to prevent epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure dysentery and fever, and protect the wearer from panic. Its magnificent green color was said to rest and relieve the eye. To the ancient Romans, emeralds were dedicated to the goddess Venus because the green emerald symbolized the reproductive forces of nature. Early Christians saw it as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ. In the Middle Ages, emeralds were believed to hold the power to foretell the future.

Source: EarthSky

 

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