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  • Country Music Awards – Jewelry of Choice

    As per usual, award shows often showcase up-and-coming jewelry and fashion trends. And this year was no different, with colored gemstons, diamonds and sapphires sparkling strong:

    The CMA carpet brimmed with head-turning looks, as many of country’s leading ladies selected gowns in saturated hues, from Miranda Lambert in magenta and Swift in true red to Katherine Heigl, actress and wife of singer Josh Kelley, in sapphire blue. To accessorize, Heigl and Lambert both turned to colored gemstones, with Heigl donning her own diamond and sapphire stud earrings and a pendant necklace, and Lambert wearing ruby and diamond earrings from Amrapali. The nearly shoulder-grazing drops (below) feature carved ruby and colorless diamonds that pop against their blackened metal setting. Lambert topped the look off with a wrist full of Amrapali stacked rose-cut diamond bangles.

    Amrapali earrings

    Sheryl Crow also looked to color for her CMA night out. The singer wore stacks of diamond, gold and coral bracelets, plus coral and gold chandelier earrings and a diamond cocktail ring, all from celebrity favorite Neil Lane.

    Meanwhile, diamond jewelry alone got plenty of play. Swift, who performed her new single “Back to December,” made her red carpet arrival in a suite of diamond jewelry from Neil Lane, including long leaf earrings, plus a bracelet and ring, all featuring diamonds set in platinum. Gwyneth Paltrow, who hit the stage to perform the theme song from her new film, Country Strong, wore earrings in a similar silhouette. The actress, who wowed critics with her vocals, accessorized with long curling leaf-like earrings reportedly from S.J. Phillips.

    In addition to the evening’s many bold earrings, classic jewelry—including smaller diamond drops and studs, paired with simple line bracelets—also continued to make its red carpet mark. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott selected a diamond earring and bracelet combo from Bulgari, while Nicole Kidman looked to classic styles from Fred Leighton. The evening’s co-host, Carrie Underwood, set the sartorial stage, appearing on the red carpet in a gray-tiered frock, simple diamond earrings and a bracelet, followed over the evening by a bevy of quick-changes and a rotating accompaniment of jewels.

    Source: National Jeweler

    Miranda Lambert in Amrapali statement earrings and a series of bangles:

    Taylor Swift in Neil Lane diamond dangle earrings

    Katherine Heigl in sapphire button earrings with a starburst pendant from Ryan Ryan

  • Welcoming our New Collection – Petite Pave Rings

    We’re pleased to announce our most recent collection: petite pave rings. These wedding bands and engagement rings are delicate and finely styled. It’s perfect for the woman who wants a delicate and subtly eye-catching ring.

    What does pave mean exactly? Pavé settings are made up of lots of small gemstones, often diamonds or moissanite, set closely together. The gems are separated and held in place by little beads of the setting metal. The result is what looks like a continuous surface of diamonds or other gems.

    Here are a few samples below. Or stop by here and take a look at our entire collection.

    Petite Pave' Engagement Ring With Prong Set Round Side Stones From the Petite Pave' Collection: Split shank engagement ring with approximately 1/6ct t.w. prong set round brilliant diamond side stones (setting only, does not include center stone).

    Style 10513WB Petite Pave' Wedding Band With Prong Set Round Stones From the Petite Pave Collection: Matching prong set wedding band with approximately 1/4ct t.w. round brilliant stones.

    Petite Pave' Wedding Band With Round Diamonds From the Petite Pave' Collection: Matching wedding band with approximately 2/5ct t.w. round brilliant diamonds.

  • The Royal Ring – From Princess Di to Kate Middleton

    Everyone is buzzing about Prince William’s recent engagement to Kate Middleton.

    Ms. Middleton grew up in Berkshire and after attending Marlborough College, went to the University of St Andrews, where she met Prince William, also studying there, in 2001. They started a relationship, followed by media attention, triggering complaints by Middleton that the media were harassing her. In April 2007, the press reported that William and Middleton had split up. They continued to be friends, and later in 2007 they reunited. Since then, Middleton has attended many high-profile royal events. She has been admired for her fashion sense and has been placed on numerous “best dressed” lists.

    Their wedding will take place in 2011. And the royal engagement ring?

    William reportedly popped the question in Africa last month with the engagement ring that his father Prince Charles gave to his mother, the late Princess Diana. The heirloom, crafted by Garrard, features an 18-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds set in platinum. Priced at $65,000 when Prince Charles proposed back in 1981, the ring today would be valued at about $150,000, jewelry expert Michael O’Connor told

    Click here to check out some photos.

    It’ll be interesting to keep tabs on whether or not Kate’s engagement ring sets off a sapphire craze. On Tuesday, after the engagement was announced, designers such as Yael Designs and Tacori sent out photos of sapphire rings of their own.

    If you are looking for an engagement ring of similar royal stature, contact us. We can recreate a piece like this but also include your own personal style.


  • A Diamond Grill this Christmas?

    Are your teeth not as dazzling as you’d like? Tired of wearing bling only on your ears, wrists and neck?

    Or maybe you’re the type who wants to break away from the pack. An out of the box fashionista.

    Well, here’s the perfect extreme holiday gift for you – a mouthful of diamonds! And no, we’re not talking about those cheesy inserts worn by some hip hop artists. We’re talking diamond teeth, baby!

    For those who are aficianados of Kanye West’s permanent diamond “grill” replacing his bottom row of teeth, celebrity dentist Dr. Raymond Frye, aptly nicknamed Dr. Bling, can replicate the look with Swarovski crystals for a mere $5,000.

    “That’s not the kind of bling we normally do,” Dr. Frye tells Fox 411. “But we can glue Swarovski on to people’s teeth. It’s not permanent, but if you’re careful with it can last for two years. It doesn’t hurt the teeth and it’s reversible.”

    Dr. Frye offered celebrities attending the Grammys last year a $20,000 total mouth makeover. Stars including Kevin Federline’s ex Shar Jackson were flown first class up to Dr. Frye’s office in Portland, Oregon for the VIP treatment.

    “Shar was really cute,” Dr. Frye said. “I asked her, ‘What do you want your teeth to look like?’ and she said, ‘I know this sounds really bad, but I want them to look like Britney Spears’!’ We gave Shar a very sexy smile. They were cute before, but now they’re sexy!”

    In Kanye’s own words, “there’s just certain stuff that a rock star has to do.”

  • 50 Cool Things about being a Jeweler

    I discovered this a few days ago and just had to share. So many of the points this jeweler makes are true. It really is very gratifying being a Scottsdale-based jeweler and a third generation jeweler at that. My family has brought a lot of happiness to other people and for that, I will be eternally proud:

    Selling that first piece of jewelry to a 13-year-old boy for $25 or less, for his first girlfriend. There’s nothing like witnessing the innocence and generosity of youth through older eyes.

    People thinking all jewelers are rich and successful. They are wrong, but it feels good anyway.

    Being the hit of any party. Everybody is curious and wants “the scoop” on their jewelry or they want me to tell their spouse what they want for a gift!

    Knowing everyone in town.

    On Christmas morning, HUNDREDS of folks squeal with delight opening boxes with my name on it!

    Helping young men pick out engagement rings when they are so terrified they can barely speak.

    You can tell all the fakes in the room!

    That feeling you have when a piece is finished and it SINGS!

    You can fix your kids toys at the store!

    I am a goldsmith and it’s a lost art…. but its ancient and important and spiritual to represent events in a person’s life in an object of precious material.

    Being able to say, “I made that!”

    Seeing the look of joy on a customer’s face when they see something very special we have produced for them the very first time.

    Meeting artists and designers and traveling to shows

    The respect that comes with being a third-generation businessperson.

    Working with some of the most awesome materials in God’s creation.

    Always having the best jewelry on at any party.

    All day long being surrounded by beauty.

    Being able to hold thousands of dollars worth of diamonds in the palm of your hand.

    The fact that as long as that door is open, you are one sale away from a great day.

    Getting to see the new stuff first.

    Working with my family.

    Pretty women having fun.

    You can travel pretty much anywhere in the world on business.

    Wholesale jewelry for the wife.

    Getting wedding pictures, and then baby announcements in the mail with a thank-you note addressed to the staff.

    The True Tales.

    The variety of things in my day from crunching numbers to design

    That we have so much room to grow and change constantly. That’s what I love. It never gets old.

    Giving service for free to clients who don’t expect it just to let them know that you do really value their business.

    Looking down ladies tops, as they lean over the counter.

    The trust people place in you and how they tell you everything so easily, as if you are their closest friend.

    We get to see people at their happiest.

    Helping show someone how much they are loved.

    I get to make people happy just about every day I open the doors. I am associated with positive life events (births, weddings, birthdays). So usually when people think of me, they smile!

    Imagining what the recipient will say/do when they receive the gift.

    When you make a quality piece of jewelry you know it is going to be cherished for years, likely beyond my own life.

    Being an important player in life’s most significant events for the fine folks who walk through our door everyday! 50 years from now they’ll still remember where and who they got their engagement ring and wedding bands from.

    Being one of only three people that know what exciting (engagement) news

    When Grams comes in with her grandchildren to show them where to get their jewelry because this is where Gramps shops.

    Hearing great gossip.

    Helping the people who have come up from nothing and have achieved prosperity. It’s inspiring.

    Educating the consumer about diamonds, sapphires, rubies etc….

    We get to hear all of the great romance stories when people are considering buying that very special gift to celebrate that very special occasion.

    All the love we get to see.

    Being invited to a client’s wedding.

    The guy with no idea, who only spends a little but I know he is so proud that “he has a gift.”

    When I run into a customer and they make a big fuss over me and tells everyone that I am their personal jeweler — even if it is only in the grocery store.

    Getting to wear inventory.

    Always having something to talk about with the ladies

    Selling things that no one needs. If you come into my store — you 100 percent want to be here.