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Self-acceptance and beauty

  • Visualize your way to a more confident you


    While we know jewelry can play a pivotal role in making you feel and look amazing, we all quietly understand the bigger message: real beauty is an inside-job. So what can you do to increase your self-confidence organically? What messaging can you improve inside your mind and soul that naturally makes you feel more attractive?

    One of the simple methods is improving your visualization skills. Visualizing simply means you imagine (in the most detailed manner possible) the way you want to appear to the world The theory behind it is that those internal “films” trickle out into our real lives so that imagined self becomes reality.

    So go ahead, visualize your most beautiful self. 


    What you’ll find soon enough when you practice this exercise: the physical stuff quickly falls by the wayside. Sure, you might imagine yourself in the most expensive designer clothes and custom design jewelry. But eventually, as you visualize more deeply, you’ll start to experience the feeling of beauty.

    No surprise, right? Beauty essentially radiates from inside. And it is a feeling. So take a few moments to relax and go inside yourself. Imagine the most beautiful self possible. Get past the externals and dig into the feeling of beauty. And guess what? This new world beauty doesn’t cost any money!


  • When you’re busy, self-admonishing voices can’t keep up


    Life is one big unfurling process. No one is ever quite sure what’s up around the bend. Amidst it all, we’re supposed to be learn to love ourselves (as well as others) and actualize our potential to its fullest extent–that’s a pretty serious to-do list for one lifetime!

    So what do you do if you’re not “there” yet when it comes to self-confidence and self-pride? What if you’re in the process of learning to like yourself but still can’t help but notice that extra weight you put on over the winter or those damn gray hairs popping up all over your head?

    Do you ignore those negative voices? As many of you already know, that’s generally not super successful.

    Why not trying diverting that energy instead?

    Consider these words:

    “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bole

    So stop trying to silence those annoying, chiding internal voices. Instead, explore the idea of nourishing your soul and keeping engaged in a fuller manner so those voices simply don’t matter as much.

    Look, you can’t force self-esteem where it doesn’t exist. So why not simply move forward and get things done anyway? Instead of buying another skin product for that “imperfect” skin, go for a walk instead. Or call your friend. Or bake a healthy dish. Shift the focus onto something real and actionable.

    Think of those internal self-doubting voices as annoying neighbors. You could rail against them all of the time or you could simply recognize that you’re neighbors kinda stink but you’re too busy to care!


  • What is a diamond in the rough…and are you one?

    Undoubtedly you’ve heard the expression “a diamond in the rough” but do you know what it truly means?

    From a gemological standpoint, a diamond found in nature isn’t particular dazzling. As a matter of fact, it looks like an opaque rock more or less. But after a cutting and polishing process, it becomes something extraordinary.

    How does it apply to we humanoids? Well, just like diamonds, someone might appear quite ordinary at first glance. Nothing quite stands out about them. But either over time or with closer examination, something more powerful and beautiful arises.

    How are you a diamond in the rough? What qualities of yours remain hidden to the world? Conversely, do you often overlook the hidden qualities of others, not seeing their beauty and power because of preconceived ideas and limited views?

    Today, remember that we’re all diamonds the rough to some extent. Dare to shine in spite of personal limitations and insecurities…and dare to see the beauty in others as well!


  • How to Increase the Power of a Selfie (with a little help from a friend)


    Some of us embrace the process of taking a selfie. We like to be front and center. We believe in the maxim: if you got it, flaunt it.

    Others of us aren’t so…face forward. It feels awkward when we take a selfie and we tend to dislike the end results, deleting more than posting.

    But luckily it doesn’t take much to take the pressure off…and this is where bling (literally) enters the picture. A pair of bold earrings or a statement necklace is often enough to feel like you’re sharing a selfie with an attractive friend, one who loves enhancing your beauty as much as showcasing theirs.

    Nothing that big and bold to wear? Simply don your favorite pendant necklace. You’ll be surprised how much it enhances an image.

    So the next time you reach for your lipstick and comb, thinking you need to look “just so” before you click and post, grab a stunning piece of jewelry instead. You’ll be amazed how much it completes your look and brings out your natural loveliness without all the fuss!

  • Beauty – an Inside out Job

    We believe in the power of jewelry and how amazing it can make our clients feel. But we also know that women struggle every day to feel beautiful, regardless of the way the way they look on the outside. It’s a tough world we live in. External beauty or not, women are often pitted against an unrealistic standard where there’s no easy win.

    This beautifully constructed video displays the dilemma that many women face and the deep emotional pain it can cause.

    We’d like to remind all women: beauty is an inside-out job. When you begin to accept your flaws (and hopefully one day, even embrace them) and celebrate the beauty of your soul, you begin to radiate–beyond make-up, beyond jewelry and beyond what anyone thinks about you.

  • How do you rise and shine?


    What wakes you up in the morning? Before you scream “coffee!” think of the other gentle ways you rise and shine. Maybe its perusing the paper, eating a nourishing breakfast or splashing some cold water on your face.

    Did you know there’s one simple action you can take before you even get out of bed in the morning that can increase your confidence and increase your sparkle potential?

    Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy created a method for starting your mornings out right:

    We can become more confident simply by striking a power pose — or stretching out in the morning.

    At a recent talk at New York’s 92Y, Cuddy explained how that wisdom can carry over to your daily routine. Specifically, she mentioned the early-morning power of making yourself huge the moment you open your eyes.

    Imagine that: making yourself more confident simply by stretching out and making yourself big, right in the comfort of your own bed. That’s an easy step to send a message to your brain that you’re ready to go–whether you feel that way or not.

    (May we add that a little bling goes a long way to lift your sleepy spirits in as well? ;)

  • Why Dressing up Makes us Feel Better

    We’ve seen the power of beautiful jewelry firsthand: how it raises the spirits of the wearer, making her (or him) radiate and appear more attractive to others. The same applies to fashion. Your wardrobe speaks volumes to those around you, down to the color you choose to wear.

    And science backs it up:

    In one experiment, researchers photographed people in different colored clothes and then asked participants to rate the attractiveness of people in the resulting photos. They found that the color of clothing affects the way in which men rate both males’ and females’ attractiveness, and how women rate men’s attractiveness. Interestingly however, clothing color did not influence women’s judgement of other females (Roberts et al, 2000).6

    So the next time you’re putting together an outfit for the day, ask yourself:

    What message am I sending to the world?

    Is it in alignment with how I feel about myself?

    What could I wear that makes me feel more empowered?

    Of course, this doesn’t mean you should constantly “dress to impress.” First and foremost, you should dress to impress yourself. Because when you do, the confidence you feel will do the rest.

    Sometimes self-esteem is an outside-in job.


  • Life is too short for boring jewelry!


    When it comes to jewelry, some of us can play it too safe. We become attached to certain go-to pieces without going outside of our comfort zone. And while those pieces may mean a lot, there are other pieces that are dying to be worn.

    And this doesn’t just apply to jewelry. When we frequently pick the “safe” route in life, we’re often denied the thrill of risk and adventure. We don’t explore our outer limits or truly spread our wings. Dullness and sameness prevails.

    But what if life were an outside-in approach? Meaning, what if you could dress up to the hilt with no concern in the world for the opinion of others and that vibrant, risk-taking vibe spilled into your daily life?

    We believe it does. What you wear can empower you. Dare to wear those pieces that are a little too bold…but beware: you might become a bit bolder because of it.

    Remember: life is too short to wear boring jewelry! 

  • Three Easy Steps to Stop Being a Flaw Hater

    As jewelers, we intimately understand the word “flaw.” Its a term frequently applied to gems with minor imperfections. But guess what? Almost all gems have flaws (99%). And contrary to popular belief, its these flaws that can add to the beauty and character of the stone.

    Flawlessness is a state that rarely exists. And no where does this apply more than when we talk about ourselves. Yet somehow we hold ourselves to impossible standards where flaws are detested and abhorred instead of embraced.

    So what do you do to learn to accept your inclusions (a jeweler’s term for the flaws inside a gem):

    Flaws tell a story. The next time you notice a flaw in yourself, take a moment to ask where that flaw came from? Maybe your mother had the same physical imperfection. Did you dislike it so much in her? Probably not. Or maybe you can’t stand a scar from giving birth or going on a wild adventure where you fell? Maybe those worry lines remind you that you’ve spent time too much time in a state of anxiety. Wherever it came from, give the story of your “inclusion” some respect: its those flaws that indicate who you are.

    Your flaw is someone else’s fave. Whatever you find so unacceptable in yourself might be someone else’s ideal. Those hips you find to be too much might be the love handles of someone’s dreams. That one tooth that sticks out a little more than the others might warm the soul of another whenever you a smile. Can you take a moment to shift perspective and see yourself through the loving eyes of another instead?

    Choose neutrality. Just like a flaw in diamond, there isn’t much that can be done about it. Dare to take a neutral stance on your so-called imperfection. Recognize that it’s a silly and a waste of time to change that what can’t be changed. Embracing it might be too difficult for some but a neutral approach might be the ticket to gaining some much needed distance. It just is. So move on!

    So just remember:


  • How Socializing brings your Jewelry to Life

    A friend of our company wrote us an email we’d like to share:

    “I have tons of beautiful jewelry (in part, thanks to your amazing company) but often I find it stays locked up in a jewelry box, waiting for an opportunity to be worn. Well last weekend, I had just that opportunity. I was invited to a fundraising benefit. It was a black tie affair with a 15-piece orchestra, held in a grand ballroom on a beautiful lake.

    As I dressed for the evening, I found myself putting on a simple little pendant necklace of mine…one of my all-time favorites. But then I decided, no, it’s time to pull out the stops. After some experimenting, I decided on a big, sparkly “statement necklace” I had purchased several years ago. While I love it, there aren’t too many occasions I’ve had to wear it.

    Well I’m so glad I did. When I walked into the ballroom that night, that necklace seemed to lead the way. I can’t tell you how many people commented on it. But more than that, it gave me this extra special social boost. Not only did it complete my outfit but it made me feel like a queen.”

    Takeaway lesson: dare to wear your best (even when its not a black tie affair). Consider it a social magnet that not only connects you with others but brings out the royal in you !

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100 Years in Jewells Business

Today, Joseph Schubach builds upon his family's experience and continues the tradition with Joseph Schubach Jewelers, offering both intimate jewelry brokering in his Scottsdale, Arizona showroom and full-service online sales to clients from around the world, where he has maintained that personal customer connection in the virtual world.

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