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Smart Jewelry that Doesn’t Look Dumb

February 17, 2014

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.

Kate Middleton’s Historical Necklace at First Gala of the Year

February 13, 2014

This piece far exceeds any “statement necklace” we’ve seen of late and couldn’t look any better than on the Duchess of Cambridge (on loan from the Queen herself!).

This utterly captivating piece of jewellery was given to the Queen as a wedding gift from Nizam of Hyderabad, then King of a state in India.

Cartier originally crafted the necklace in the  30′s. It originally consisted of a long chain of 46 diamonds (eventually reduced to 36) and a diamond-encrusted snap.

Its centerpiece is pave-set with a detachable double-drop pendant, 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop.

Just. Wow.

Minimal East Meets West

February 12, 2014

This minimal east jewelry trend is a slam-dunk for women who like subtlety with a little splash of color. Expect clean lines, lots of silver and of course, a burst of bold red:

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The influence of Asia is the target for the contemporary, Zen-like trend of Minimal East. Asia’s preoccupation with ancient crafts and innovative technology drives this neo-minimalist trend. It is contemplative and re-examines the cultural roots of today’s rapidly transforming world.

Using soft, subtle tones such as grey-green, borealis greys, fresh jade greens and a startling hint of Chinese lacquer red, this trend direction is sophisticated and meticulous in style.

Source: JewelerMagazine.com

Valentine’s Day Facts for the Curiously Romantic

February 11, 2014

                                           

 

 

Here it comes again…that day based on romance, love and candy kisses. Some of you embrace it with every fiber of your romantic being while others cringe and run for cover.

These fun Valentine’s Day facts will keep your heart open while feeding your mind!

More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

About 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.

About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.

In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets. [Pets? Really?]

Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.

The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.

In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.

These fun facts are brought to you courtesy of www.stvalentinesday.org.

 

 

 

One of our heartfelt gifts:

 

main view of Heart Shape Pendant With Genuine Brazilian Garnets And Natural Diamonds

Style 10590S

Heart Shape Pendant With Genuine Brazilian Garnets And Natural Diamonds

Heart shape pendant in 14kt white gold featuring approximately .06ct t.w. of genuine Brazilian garnets and natural diamonds. (Pendant only, chain sold separately)

 


“You all are truly life savers!!!”

February 7, 2014

Thank Jen & to the rest of the team at Schubach Jewelers for making this possible!  You all are truly life savers!!!

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Cheers,

D

Metal Bracelets for Men

February 5, 2014

Much debate surrounds men and jewelry. What works and what doesn’t? When have you gone too far? What looks good but still maintains a certain degree of masculinity?

One answer is metal bracelets for men. They add a nice touch to any male wardrobe without distraction. (Hey, it worked for James Dean!)

Take a look at these examples:

Source: FashionBeans.com

The Mysteries of February’s Gemstone, Amethyst

February 4, 2014

Did you know there are still color-changing aspects of amethyst that scientists still haven’t figured out? Spiritually, its an extremely powerful gem, hailing from the quartz family.

Here’s some more info that you may not know (from Gemstone.org)

For many thousands of years, the most striking representative of the quartz family has been a jewel coveted by princes both ecclesiastical and secular. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. In popular belief, the amethyst offers protection against drunkenness – for the Greek words ‘amethystos’ mean ‘not intoxicated’ in translation. A more apt stone for the month of February, particularly if there is to be plenty going on in the way of carnival celebrations, could thus hardly be wished for.

Apart from these powers, gemstone therapists say that the amethyst has a sobering and cleansing effect. Amethyst has also been said to quell excessive stomach acid and, according to Hildegard von Bingen, served to combat insect bites and beautify the skin.

main view of 14kt Rose Gold Pear Shape Morganite And Amethyst Leverback Earrings

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14kt Rose Gold Pear Shape Morganite And Amethyst Leverback Earrings

14kt rose gold leverback earrings each featuring a 14x10mm genuine pear shape morganite surrounded by approximately .63ct t.w. round amethyst.
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Price: $1,325.00

 

29.6-carat Blue Diamond Found in South Africa

February 3, 2014

Blue diamond

Check out this incredible find, reported to be potentially fetch $15m-$20m at auction.
The blue diamond found at the Cullinan mine this month. [Photograph: Philip Mostert/AFP/Getty Images]

A rare 29.6-carat blue diamond that could be worth millions of pounds has been discovered in South Africa.

Petra Diamonds said the “exceptional” acorn-sized diamond was unearthed at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria.

Previous notable finds at the mine include the Cullinan Diamond in 1905, described as the largest rough gem diamond ever recovered, at 3,106 carats; a 25.5-carat blue diamond in 2013, sold for $16.9m (£10.2m); and the Star of Josephine in 2008, sold for $9.49m.

Petra’s chief executive, Johan Dippenaar, said the latest discovery could outstrip recent finds. “By some margin … this is probably the most significant stone we’ve ever, in terms of blue stones, recovered,” he said.

Cailey Barker, an analyst at the brokers Numis, said the diamond could fetch $15m-$20m at auction.

Source: The Guardian

How to Have an Arm Party

January 30, 2014

The winter is the perfect time for an arm party, bringing drama and flair to the simplest winter outfit. Check out how some of these celebrities “bling out” their arms.

 

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Red Carpet Choices of 2014…So Far

January 28, 2014

We’re a little behind on the award ceremonies, but luckily, you’ll see some similar pieces on many of the red carpets this 2014.

Check out some of the colorful gems of the People’s Choice Awards:

 

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who currently appears on the CBS series The Crazy Ones, donned an 18-karat gold, spinel and diamond ring by Ivy ($15,000).

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House of Bodies’ Queen Latifah wore Sutra’s emerald and diamond earrings.

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Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory accessorized with Le Vian’s black diamond earrings and ring.

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Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale wore the 14-karat rose gold, tourmaline and diamond “Courtney Lauren” earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs ($10,560).

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