June 1, 2016
At the risk of full disclosure, our temperatures (in Scottsdale, Arizona) are usually pretty darn hot year-round. But that doesn’t mean we don’t still love the concept of summer jewelry. Summer jewelry gives the wearer the opportunity to take bolder chances (especially with color) and express a more relaxed side of her personality.
This summer 2016, one type of jewelry is certainly hot, hot, hot: tassels.
Here are a few examples to get you into the summer groove:
May 31, 2016
Maybe you’ve dabbled in jewelry design. Or simply love jewelry and want to take it to the next level. But what does it take to become a professional jewelry designer? Well, as you guessed…it starts with education.
But first, what exactly is a jewelry designer?
Jewelry designers work with precious metals, diamonds, beads and gemstones to create wearable pieces of art. A jewelry designer may create one-of-a-kind pieces for high-end jewelers or an entire line for a mass-market fashion designer. They may also sell their jewelry themselves. Designers can create jewelry entirely by hand or they can begin the design process by using computer-aided design (CAD) software. As with many artists, jewelry designers are often freelance workers and must continually seek assignments or customers in a competitive market.
Now back to the education:
If you’re interested in a career in jewelry design, check out this list of the Top 10 Best Jewelry Design Schools in the US. And who knows, maybe someday we’ll work together!
May 26, 2016
Sure, your bridal gown carries a lot of weight fashion-wise, but let’s not discount the importance of the necklace you pair with it. Consider your jewelry the “cherry on top” bringing your whole finished look together and sends a powerful message since its so enhanced by the beauty of the gown.
Here are some smart necklace pairing tips for your bridal jewelry. (Remember: many of the same pairing tips apply with any outfit.)
May 25, 2016
Isn’t it interesting that we always seem to know when someone is in love? They seem to radiate a certain relaxed glow. No, jewelry, make-up or cosmetic surgery can replace it. Why? Because it comes from within.
You know what else comes from within? Relaxation. A relaxed face is a central component of beauty and is only a few easy steps away.
Intent.com suggests the following to keep your face looking young:
- Raise your eyebrows as high as you can and hold them for five seconds.
- Open your mouth as wide as possible and stick your tongue out as far as you can and hold for a few seconds.
- Using your three center fingers, press down on your cheeks and smile as hard as you can to raise your cheek muscles against your fingers.
- Move your nose as much as you can from side to side.
- Lift your eyebrows as high as you can, open your eyes as wide as possible and frown at the same time.
- Pucker your lips out as far as possible into the shape of an “O.” Then change your expression into a wide smile. Repeat several times.
- Sit in a comfortable chair and look up at the ceiling. Pucker your lips and stick your tongue out as far as possible to exercise your neck muscles.
May 23, 2016
Hi Joe, thank you so much. The setting gorgeous. I never want to take it off my finger! You were so great with communication and shipping was so quick that it made it to us before I left for my trip! Working with you has been an ideal experience.
Thank you again,
May 23, 2016
A touching and painful story about the lengths that people will go to hold on to a beloved piece of jewelry in the most dire of circumstances.
From the outside, it looked like any of the other mugs in the Auschwitz museum.
But on the inside, this one had a secret â€” faithfully kept for seven decades.
A false bottom concealed a gold necklace and a gold ring inlaid with stones.
The enameled mug was one of more than 12,000 pieces of kitchenware that Nazis stole from people sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in occupied Poland.”
May 19, 2016
Choker necklaces are a bold fashion statementÂ with a lengthy history.
Chokers appeared in 1798 as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy ladies. in 1874 it was worn by ballerinas and in the early 1880s by queens.
Historically, chokers are associated with high fashion, but could take on different meanings under different circumstances. Ballerinas and the upper class in the late 19th century commonly wore certain types of chokers. However, at that same time, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker had ties to prostitution in the late 19th century, as seen in Manet’s Olympia (1861), while a plain black woven choker or ribbon could signify secret lesbianism in the Depression era.
But chokers are certainly not for everyone, especially if you don’t want to draw attention to your neck. Some can also border on the restrictive or uncomfortable, so if you’re the type who simply doesn’t like that sensation, then move on to different types of adornment.
For the ones who simply love chokers, here are a few mentioned in JCK’s latest article on the topic that our staff really liked.
Ball and ChainÂ chokerÂ in 14k gold-plated silver, $289; Liberty I.Â Exchange
Wraparound choker in black silk with an 18k gold fleur de lis motif and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $330; Gintare
Choker in 14k gold with 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,595;Â Ariel GordonÂ Jewelry
Choker necklace in 18k gold with South Sea pearls and 24.45 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; YokoÂ London
May 17, 2016
There’s one truism when it comes to people: they love to watch things get crushed.
Whether it’s in the imaginary form…
Or in the real world, where a hydraulic press is taking the internet by storm, crushing everything in it’s path…including a diamond (from Brilliant Earth). We’ve all been embedded with the notion that nothing is stronger than diamond. But that was before the diamond met a hydraulic press apparently.
According to their About Us section on their YouTube channel:
Wanna see stuff getting crushed by hydraulic press? This is the right channel for you. New videos and new stuff to crush every week.
May 16, 2016
Sure, you’ve read that certain seasons call for a particular piece of jewelry (like brighter, bolder jewelry during the summer months, for instance). But let’s think meta for a moment. Could every day of the week benefit from a certain style of jewelry?
Let’s take Monday, for instance. For most, it’s the day of the week where we have to start again, jump back into the work week or get the kids safely off to school. The weekend still hangs on us like a cozy sweater but the reality of all the “stuff” that needs done looms overhead. Often we’re feeling a little…uninspired.
For this reason, our staff has decided that Monday is a good day to keep it simple. Bold jewelry may be a little too taxing and no jewelry might be a little too lazy. So here’s our “less is more” on Monday approach.
Minimalist and chic rectangle necklace, measuring 7.5x29mm. Available in 14kt white, yellow, or rose gold, with a 16″ chain.
Modern and minimalist Circle necklace with a 13mm diameter and an 18″ rope chain. Available in all metals.
Price: $310.00 â€“ $345.00
May 13, 2016
We haven’t explored the (not so) wide world of jewelry humor in quite a while. And for good reason: there aren’t a lot of funny jokes in the jewelry industry. It’s true! But we will try it once again and you can tell us for yourself: