Every holidays has its fair share of jewelry (though nothing quite beats Christmas when it comes to blingy kitch). We personally love Spring and the related jewelry it brings.
With Easter this weekend, we wanted to highlight some of our personal favorite Easter basket jewelry (in case you missed our bunny-inspired jewelry yesterday!).
As third generation jewelers, we understand firsthand the powerful history of jewelry. While we’ve been designing custom jewelry for a 100 years, obviously jewelry has been created for a little bit longer than that (like thousands of years!).
Take ancient Greek jewelry. According to Thaleia Elikonias:
Jewelry played a large role in ancient Greece. Pieces of jewelry were given at births or marriages and often accompanied their owners into the afterlife, as well (many early jewelry pieces have been discovered in the excavation of graves). Jewelry was used in early Greek religion as amulets, or as offerings to the gods–a practice continued into Christianity with votive offerings.
Prepare to be amazed at the beauty and intricacy of these fine ancient pieces in the video below:
It’s critical that you get your jewelry choice right when dressing for an upscale event. (It is all about the outfit, after all.) One misplaced of jewelry can set your entire out outfit out of balance. Conversely, one correctly placed statement necklace can add an extra layer to an already magnificent look.
According to the video:
“Proper jewelry to wear with an evening dress or cocktail dress includes something that is simple with no embellishment.”
Take a listen to designer and fashion expert Don O’Neill, known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear.
Stone #1 is a 7.5mm Hearts and Arrow Forever One DEF color Charles & Colvard moissanite, stone #2 is a Forever One DEF color Charles and colvard standard round cut moissanite
Charles & Colvard’s new Forever One Hearts and Arrows cut, moissanite cut to diamond proportions. We think it’s absolutely gorgeous! This video shot outside in indirect lighting.
Unedited studio video. You can see the arrows for a split second when the stone is directly facing the camera.
Why own a two-tone piece of jewelry?
Well first, it’s eye-catching. The combination of white and yellow gold (as shown in the videos below) can really showcase the shape and design of your ring. It’s the subtlety of the two shades working together that help distinguish separate parts of the ring.
Two tone jewelry also never goes out of style. (In this case, yellow gold is a classic favorite while white gold is currently trending but eternally captivating.)
Lastly, two tone metals remind us that the old rule that “metals should never mix” is simply not true. Instead, the power of each metal is enhanced by one another, not diminished.
What’s your two-tone jewelry dream? Share it with us and we’ll create a wearable reality just for you!
While fancy colored diamonds are all the rage, most don’t know much about them. Take blue diamonds, for instance. While they continue to garner top dollar at high-end auctions around the world (they are extremely rare), most don’t know how they got that way. Are they actually treated diamonds (no, not true GIA certified blue diamonds) or did Mother Nature use her wily magic (yes!).
It just takes a small amount of boron and a low amount of nitrogen. Its these trace ingredients (basically impurities trapped in the crystal’s structure) that create the beautiful blue hue. Currently, blue diamonds are found in a only a few mines around the world. And as mentioned, they are very rare: only about one in 200,000 diamonds display blue with far fewer displaying deep color.
There’s a certain formality to jewelry…and lots of rules. But guess what? Rules are meant to be broken! These fun jewelry hacks bypass traditional jewelry maintenance and storage tips and offer up some out-of-the-box suggestions. [Hint: ketchup is not just for french fries.]
Nothing shows you the difference in color and brilliance than a good old-fashioned side-by-side test. If you’re interested in a green gemstone for your engagement ring, see firsthand the difference between green sapphire and medium green moissanite (which is a paler shade of green than you may think).
Both gems are distinctively and strikingly green and similar in hardness, but note the slight difference in hue…and of course, price. Moissanite continues to offer amazing shades, durability and a price that most can afford.
[Remember: moissanite is not a diamond simulant or substitute but its own type of gem. Moissanite has a hardness ranging from 9.2 to 9.25 on the Mohs scale, which puts it closer to ruby and sapphire (at 9). Diamond—at the top of scale—at 10.0.]