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  • Can smart jewelry ever be beautiful jewelry?

    We’ve covered smart jewelry for years here at Joseph Schubach Jewelers. And while we’re amazed by their ever-increasing life-tracking abilities, we’re not often as impressed by their aesthetic appeal. Often bulky or just plain awkward looking, smart jewelry can be the nerd of fashion.

    But this comprehensive and well-written article by Ars Technica details the progress smart jewelry has made, not only in relation to its technological capabilities but (for us, as importantly) its appearance. Finally, these pieces are getting smaller, more subtle and (yes, its true!) well designed.

    Below, an example:

    Bellabeat's Leaf activity tracker will likely appeal to nature-lovers at first glance. The device's design mimics a minimalist plant with a metal leaf-shaped case surrounding the activity tracking module.

    Bellabeat’s Leaf activity tracker will likely appeal to nature-lovers at first glance. The device’s design mimics a minimalist plant with a metal leaf-shaped case surrounding the activity tracking module.

     

  • Smart Jewelry that Doesn’t Look Dumb

    Some of the tech-related jewelry as of late has hardly been fetching. Until now.

    As Paul Williamson, Director of Low Power Wireless at CSR, put it, “If wearable technology is to reach its potential it needs to appeal to more than just technology lovers.”

    The pendant shown here is a reference design that highlights CSR’s Bluetooth Smart solution, a tiny chip capable of connecting to your smartphone.

     

     

    The elegant app built into this ring gives you a UV Index and it also covers forecasts for your location so you know when to take sunscreen, shades, and a hat with you. It can also warn you to take a break from the rays when you’ve had enough.

     

    At first glance, it looks like a locket, but it’s a cleverly designed activity tracker in grey, black, topaz, or champagne matte aluminum.

  • Smart Tips for Buying Jewelry this Holiday

    Many clients have come to us over the years with a similar complaint:

    “I don’t know what to get her!”

    This has often deterred many purchases. And for good reason. Jewelry can be expensive and people don’t want to buy the wrong item. Here are a few basic pointers this holiday season:

    1. Observe, observe, observe. Take a moment to see what your recipient frequently wears. It’s that simple. If she wears big statement necklaces, it’s probably best not to get her a subtle pendant.

    2. Go with the classics. There are some pieces that consistently please most women. This could include a string of pearls, stud earrings or a tennis bracelet.

    3. Remember, it’s about the heart, not the wallet. Trust us on this one: women (and many men) deeply appreciate the gift of jewelry. Jewelry, more than most gifts, symbolizes love. It’s a very personal gift. So take the chance, regardless of your choice. And remember, there are affordable pieces that speak of love just as easily!

    Below is a great example of an across-the-board crowd pleaser.

     

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  • Jewelry = Valuable Art, Smart Investment

    Jewelry as a form of art and investment is becoming increasingly popular. Read on (and click on image below to enlarge):

     

     

    Jewelry is a smart art investment!

    What do the following trinkets have in common: Jackie O’s gold handbag; Joan Crawford’s Raymond Yard tennis bracelet; journalist and ambassador Clare Boothe Luce’s gold, diamond, and sapphire necklace; and automobile heiress Bernice Chrysler Garbisch’s Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and ruby earrings? If you guessed they were the inventory of a Hearst heiress’ safe deposit box, you’d be wrong. They’re all, ahem, valuable works of art.

    These pieces are included in the Museum of the City of New York’s current “Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style” show. It’s the latest in a growing number of exhibitions treating vintage jewels and accessories as miniature sculptures and objets d’art.

    With the art market still very much in recovery mode, collectors are turning to jewelry not only for its artistic value but also for its investment potential. “Since the start of the recession we’ve seen a growing number of new and established collectors come into the market with particular interest in buying jewels as an alternative asset or as a hedge against inflation,” says Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s head of jewelry.

    Feeding the craze, museums and galleries around the world are hosting more historical and thematic exhibitions than ever dedicated to 19th and 20th century jewelry. Last year, Lalique and Cartier curated museum shows that toured the country. Next year, Van Cleef & Arpels will mount a retrospective of its work at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. “The public’s perception of jewelry has absolutely changed. Clients and collectors now have a greater appreciation for fine jewelry as an art form,” says Kadakia.

    To a point. Many savvy collectors are also drawn to such pieces because of the increase in the investment value of diamonds and gold, and recent auction sales have reflected this enthusiasm. Kadakia cites Cartier’s multicolored- gem-encrusted “Tutti Frutti” bracelet as an example of the market’s extraor- dinary growth. The limited-edition designer piece fetched about $300,000 at auction 10 years ago. Today prices consistently exceed $1 million. In April, Sotheby’s sold a gold, platinum, and diamond David Webb panther bracelet for $134,500, nearly three times its pre-sale estimate. That same month, Christie’s sold a diamond and emerald brooch once belonging to Catherine the Great for $1.65 million—$400,000 more than its anticipated price.

    More experienced collectors are trending toward unique period jewels and pieces from top-tier jewelry houses. It’s a good strategy, Kadakia says, one that has canny buyers seeing positive returns over the long term. One example of a period piece with currency is the Bulgari Blue Diamond ring, a gold band flanked by two enormous triangular diamonds, which will headline Christie’s New York’s Jewels sale this month. Purchased for $1 million in the 1970s, when it was designed, Christie’s expects it to field more than $12 million this time around.

     

    Read more at Bloomberg Business Week

  • Tighter Budgets mean Smarter Jewelry Choices

    The human race is an interesting lot. Even when our collective wallets are becoming slimmer, we still want comfort and luxury. During our two World Wars, this phenemonon was seen. Our country desired excess in the form of entertainment and fashion, as a form of compensation for the harsh realities.

    Today, it’s no different. When it comes to jewelry, we still want that special feeling that only sparkly things evoke. It makes us feel rich, even if we may be tightening our purse strings.

    Moissanite and Gemesis allow for that luxurious feeling without breaking the bank. In addition, these diamond alternatives are eco-friendly, which is becoming more and more appealing to the average consumer. We want products that are earth-friendly and affordable and high quality.

    Here are a few very affordable pieces that we’re proud to showcase:

    Style 447MR

    Round Moissanite Solitaire Pendant

    Four prong solitaire pendant with Charles and Colvard created round moissanite on an 18″ cable chain.

    Style 9435M

    Martini Style Moissanite Earrings

    Martini style three prong earrings with Charles and Colvard created round moissanite.

    Style 6506

    High Polished Om Pendant

    High Polished Om pendant on an 18″ snake chain in 14kt white gold.

  • Why a Pendant Necklace is the Perfect Piece of Jewelry

    Move over, big and bulky statement necklace. Here comes the classic pendant necklace that works perfectly with just about any outfit.

    So what is it about a statement necklace that makes it such a fashionably smart choice?

    Good things come in small packages. While statement necklaces love to grab attention, pendant necklaces have a subtler eye-catching effect that gently enhance your fashion du jour.

    Create your signature pendant. A good pendant necklace is almost as personal as a wedding ring. It highlights your feminine side with pride. Choose a pendant that truly represents your personality and wear it daily with pride!

    Easy to layer. Layering necklaces is all the rage so dare to pair your pendant necklace with other necklaces. (Just make sure the length is varied enough that no necklace is “buried” by another.)

    Why not have your own pendant necklace custom designed so you can create your own statement? We take the time to get to know every customer personally, ensuring that each piece fully and genuinely represents you.

  • The Oldest Jewelry is TINY!

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    The “necklaces” are tiny: beads of animal teeth, shells, and ivory no more than a centimeter long.

    Isn’t it an amazing feeling to know that jewelry has been worn throughout the history of humankind? Just like us, they felt compelled to adorn (though jewelry was also likely to be worn to protect and ward off evil).

    While there has been much debate regarding the authenticity of these jewelry fragments, proof is now positive: Neanderthals did create jewelry.

    Now, a study uses a new method that relies on ancient proteins to identify and directly date Neandertal bone fragments from Grotte du Renne and finds that the connection between the archaic humans and the artifacts is real. Ross Macphee, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, who has worked with ancient proteins in other studies, calls it “a landmark study” in the burgeoning field of paleoproteomics. And others say it shores up the picture of Neandertals as smart, symbolic humans. [Source: Science Magazine]

    If you’re looking for jewelry from the Neanderthal period, we’d love to custom design it for you…but it’s a little too late!

     

  • Are Americans Buying Less Jewelry?

    Let’s hope not…for obvious reasons. What we do hope is that they’re buying smarter jewelry (like eco-friendly diamonds alternatives such as moissanite). The days of blowing your wedding budget on an engagement ring are changing. More people (the millennials, in particular) see the value option of a custom design ring where the couple chooses the material and the price.

    But other factors come into play when looking at jewelry sales dropping. According to the Wall Street Journal:

    …jeweler Tiffany & Co. on Thursday said sales at existing stores fell 8% in the second period, extending a string of declines. But unlike Signet, which counts on middle America for the bulk of its sales, Tiffany is heavily dependent on foreign tourists, who have been buying less because of the strong dollar.

    “We believe that macro market and political uncertainties are likely playing a role in restrained consumer behavior,” Mark Aaron, Tiffany’s vice president of investor relations, said Thursday.

    And let’s not forget the effect of the Kaye diamond swap scandal. A jeweler’s reputation is everything. And when one is tarnished, sales are bound to drop, even though the executives at Signet say differently:

    People aren’t buying as much jewelry at Signet Jewelers Ltd. , but executives said it wasn’t because of concerns that some diamonds at its shops were swapped with lesser-quality stones.

    Instead, they pointed to a host of other reasons for the unexpected 2.3% drop in sales at established stores and a weak outlook: the prolonged oil slump, the divisive U.S. election, even the Brexit vote.

    The retailer, which also owns the Kay Jewelers, Zales and Jared chains, cut its earnings and sales targets for the year, sending shares down more than 14% to $82.65 in Thursday morning trading.

    Our advice always remains the same: choose a jeweler you trust (like one that’s been in business over 100 years…hint, hint) and stick with a budget that works for you. You can have your dream ring at the price you decide!

     

  • Safe Jewelry that Protects Women in India and Beyond

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    Ready for crazy statistic:

    A sexual assault occurs every 22.5 minutes in India.

    Well these men have come up with a piece of jewelry that will help this stat drop.

    According to CNN:

    “The public doesn’t read about most of these incidents in the newspapers,” said Manik Mehta, cofounder of startup Leaf Wearables. “But this fact shook us to the core.”

    Mehta and four of his friends became obsessed with finding a technology solution to help keep women in India safe.

    The five men were engineering students at India’s top colleges, including Delhi College of Engineering and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

    In February 2015, they launched smart jewelry startup Leaf Wearables. At the heart of each specially-designed pendant, bracelet and key chain is a small circular device called SAFER.

    When a threat is perceived, the user double clicks the SAFER device that’s attached to the jewelry, which triggers the corresponding app.

    Jewelry is no longer just for fashion anymore…and it makes sense, we wear it, right? Help can be that close.

  • Your Crash Course on Estate and Antique Jewelry

    A short and smart video from our friends at Brilliant Earth.

    “Learn about the different design eras, styles, and cuts of antique and estate jewelry. Estate pieces are unique pieces of jewelry that reflect the time in which they were made. Brilliant Earth’s collection of antique and estate jewelry pieces come from a wide variety of design eras, including the Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Retro, and Victorian eras, and come with a complementary 30 day resize and return policy. Antique and estate rings are wonderful pieces of history that are timeless in style. Learn more at http://www.brilliantearth.com/.”

    Estate jewelry is also environmentally sound!

     

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