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January 5, 2015
I don’t know about you but I was a little surprised when Pantone chose marsala as their Color of the Year. It’s an earthy color, that’s for sure…but does it work in the fashion arena?
Luckily the people at 10x showed us some examples of marsala that may change our minds.
Here are a few gems that fall in the same family as the hue, and of course, 10 great jewels featuring those stones.
Anna Sheffieldâ€™s â€śBea Arrowâ€ť garnet studs
These new â€śFitzRoy the Catâ€ť earring jackets featuring garnets are from designer Wendy Brandes.
Effyâ€™s garnet and diamond pendant
Estenzaâ€™s drop earrings feature rose quartz at the bottom and a garnet on top
Goshwaraâ€™s garnet and orange chalcedony ring
December 24, 2014
Did you know that tinsel used to be made of real silver? It’s true. It may not always look great on Christmas trees but it’s got an interesting history. Thanks to Motherboard for this:
Tinsel was popular in this form for centuries, with a slight break in manufacturing duringÂ World Wâ€‹ar I because of disruptions to the manufacturing chain. But it didnâ€™t last. Lead, as youÂ maâ€‹y recall, has toxicÂ effecâ€‹ts on the human body, from our nervous systems to our gastrointestinal tracts.
These effects had been known for a long time, but the US didnâ€™t start enforcing regulations on how much lead could be in commercial products untilÂ the 197â€‹0s (lead-based paint was the first to be banned in 1971). In 1972 the US Food and Drug AdministrationÂ anâ€‹nounced that tinsel made of lead could no longer be sold to consumers.
These days, the tinsel you know (and are kind of annoyed with) is made of a synthetic compound called polyvinylchloride, or PVC, with a shiny finish. Itâ€™s cheap and durable, used in products ranging fromÂ thick housiâ€‹ng pipes toÂ recoâ€‹rds and fake leather clothes. Some less-flexible types of PVC are recyclable, but those handfuls of sparkly plastic that you throw willy-nilly at your tree are not. Much like the Christmas spirit, tinselÂ neâ€‹ver dies; instead it sits at the bottom of a landfill with the rest of your holiday glee.
December 23, 2014
We love the simple necklace trend that’s going off this holiday. (It sure beats some of the more ostentatious statement necklaces.) But like all trends, you should know how to wear them. Here’s a few pointers.
According to Forbes:
New Delicates: â€śWith this seasonâ€™s delicate pieces itâ€™s all about playing with proportion and opting for more.Â Layering is key so be mindful of the different silhouettes you pair together.Â Start with a shorter 14â€ł or 15â€ł chain as an anchor, then tuck a 16â€ł â€“ 18â€ł chain underneath and finish off with a new Y-neck silhouette.Â Because the pendants are delicate, you can really play withÂ iconographyÂ and charms in a way thatâ€™s playful, but still very luxe.Â For example, match up an evil eye charm with a hexagon pendant and a spiked Y-neck.â€ť
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December 22, 2014
Digging around on Pinterest this early a.m., I found a bevvy of fun, nostalgic holiday jewelry tress and wreaths to remind you of Christmases past.
December 16, 2014
At this point, most of us have heard about moissanite and other alternatives to natural diamonds. But unlike years ago (remember cubic zirconia anyone?), synthetic diamonds are becoming a viable and respectable alternative for a younger, socially conscious demographic. The public is (finally) responding.
Itâ€™s holiday timeâ€”and the media is talking about diamonds. (Yay, says the industry.) And, in contrast to most years, the stories are positive. (Yay again.) Except itâ€™s lab-grown diamonds. (And now the industryÂ gulps.)
As promised, Pure Grown Diamonds has orchestrated a publicity campaign to educate consumers about its man-made gems. They have been featured on Today. In The New York Times. New York Post. Bustle. Local news in New York and Miami. And via a proposal at the Superdome in New Orleans, witnessed by thousands in the stadium and all those watching atÂ home.
Expect more stories to come. Lab-grown diamonds are an interesting story. They are a new, and as a Scio executive told me, possibly â€śdisruptiveâ€ťÂ product.
I have long felt that the traditional diamond business underestimates the challenge posed by lab-grown diamonds. Industry executives often scoff: What groom will buy a synthetic for an engagement ring? For a symbol of love, people will want the realÂ thing.
News flash: No company will sell these stones as synthetic. And they will stress that they are, in fact, real. (They are right about that.)
Re: the new millenials:
The millennial generationâ€”the group that is beginning to get married and making its first trip to jewelry countersâ€”is a particularly ripe target for this kind of pitch. They are known to be practical (i.e., frugal), they aspire to be socially conscious, and they are intrigued by technology. Lab-grown diamonds hit all of thoseÂ notes.
Forever Brilliant 1ct diamond equivalent (6.5mm) Charles and Colvard created old european cut enhanced round moissanite. Includes the Charles and Colvard certificate of authenticity and limited lifetime warranty.
December 15, 2014
So Jen is our production manager and her mother is a postal carrier here in the Phoenix area.
Seven year-old Jenna lives on her route and left this heartfelt note to Jen’s mom…then followed it up with a detailed gift list to Santa.
Exhibit A: The Warm-up Letter
Exhibit B: The “And While You’re at It” Letter”:
December 10, 2014
It’s almost hard to conceive 3-D jewelry. How can you “print out” jewelry? Well many jewelers have figured out a way, including Glenn Lewis.
Though jewelry has been worn throughout human history, Lewis Jewelers is part of a trend taking jewelry high-tech.
Glenn Lewis works with a 3-D printer to create original jewelry pieces. About half the pieces sold at Lewis Jewelers are created in-house, Tim Lewis said.
â€śIf we design it on the computer, we can actually print that model with incredible precision and accuracy,â€ť Lewis said. â€śWe print it, we cast it, we polish it, we set it, we polish it again, and itâ€™s ready for sale.â€ť
The Lewis brothers started their business together at ages 19 and 21. Today, Lewis Jewelers has about 2,000 unique wedding pieces, and it would take 6 Â˝ days to try on every ring in the store if you spent 90 seconds with each, Lewis said.
December 9, 2014
We’ve been on the fence about the single earring trend. Why? Well, it looks like someone lost an earring, that’s why!
But this askew earring look, we like considerably more. It offers an interesting asymmetrical look that’s fun and compelling.
Plus its one of the emerging jewelry trends for 2015.
What do you think?
December 8, 2014
We like nothing better than jewelry that goes toward a good cause. A West Michigan woman is making it her mission to use jewelry to help senior dogs.
Carol Januszewski runs Golden Years Alaskan Malamute Rescue. Itâ€™s based out of North Muskegon and strives to find forever homes for the breed. She also sells jewelry on Etsy. The proceeds go toward her rescue center.
December 2, 2014
Found this fetching shot on JCK Online today. Compared to “the size of an avocado pit, it looked too big to be real, like a paste facsimile stolen from the prop department of a Hollywood film about the ludicrouslyÂ rich.” Love it!
Two weeks ago, I snapped my most popular Instagram pic of all time: a close-up of a pear-shape diamond perched between a thumb and forefingerâ€”250 likes and counting. The rock was remarkable for several reasons: Not only was it D color and VVS1 clarity, it boasted the unique watery translucence associated with type IIa diamonds (referring to gems devoid of nitrogen), with the GIA paperwork to proveÂ it.
Those qualities, however, werenâ€™t the things that blew up my feed. What earned the most attention was simple: At 89.23 cts., the diamond is enormous. When I first saw it, I gasped. About the size of an avocado pit, it looked too big to be real, like a paste facsimile stolen from the prop department of a Hollywood film about the ludicrouslyÂ rich.