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  • Debunking the Mixed Metal Myth

    I don’t know about you, but I heard this one ever since I was a small child: “Don’t mix gold with silver.” This was akin to wearing white after Labor Day or your handbag and shoes not matching. It’s funny how those “rules” get stuck in our head…often needlessly.

    Guess what? It’s FINE to mix metals! Mix away. Wearing matching metals is a traditional look, but aren’t you looking for something a little more contemporary?

    According to one fashion expert:

    The trick is, if you want to mix metals, keep the style of the jewelry the same.

    A modern gold cuff won’t look right paired back to dainty, antique platinum and diamond earrings. The “stacking trend” lends itself perfectly to the mixing of metals. Stack square or round rings or bangles in different shapes of gold.

    You can even layer gold and silver necklaces for a fashion-forward look.

    Sometime rules were meant to be broken!

  • Big, Bold Necklaces – The Trend Continues through the Fall

    What is it with the statement necklace? It just won’t die! Perhaps its because of cost efficiency: one bombastic piece does the work of several items of jewelry combined! Or maybe its just the fun factor: statement necklaces do seem like a jewelry party on your neck and during a tough economy, it’s important to pump up the festivity factor.

    Whatever it is, the “trenders” are saying that this fall, the statement necklace continues its reign. Let us create a custom jewelry design just for you – a big, bold and audacious piece with only you in mind.

    You pick the material, you pick the design, you pick the degree of ostentatiousness! statement-necklace-joseph-schubach

    Here’s a statement piece of ours (a little more subtle!):

    Style 7380GM

    Yellow Gemesis Sun Pendant

    “Sun” pendant with a 1/3ct Gemesis cultured diamond with fancy yellow or orange color, and .14ct t.w. natural round pave’ set diamonds. The pendant sits on a 16″ black rubber cord with a 14kt gold clasp. Approximately 5/8″ tall.

    Available Metal: 14kt White Gold, Yellow Gold And Platinum Available Stone Size: 1/3ct

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    Style 7380GM

  • Did You Know Diamond Facts

    Did you know:

    • The Diamond is the birthstone of April?
    • The Diamond is the anniversary gemstone for the 10th and 60th years of marriage?
    • Diamonds were discovered in India in 500 B.C., and the name “diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas” which means unconquerable?
    • The ancients believed they were hardened dew drops, splinters from the stars or crystallized lightning?
    • A Diamond is the hardest existing substance known and is made of a crystallized carbon that has unique powers of light reflection. Since diamonds are composed of a single element, they are the purest of all gemstones.

    Here’s one of our most popular “star splinters”:

    Our Classic Sweetheart Pave Nccklace

    This popular necklace holds a 1/5ct t.w. round brilliant stones set on an 18″ cable chain. Fits a 4.5mm (1/3ct diamond) round center stone. (setting only, does not include center stone).

  • Russian Folkloric – Jewelry Trend for 2009

    Russian what?

    Not to worry. Perhaps this term will help a little more: bohemian.

    Think gypsy gone high fashion. This look captures bold, saturated colors like purple, ruby, gold, black, and cobalt blue. Amidst these rich colors are embellished decorations, charms, pearls, tassels and glittering stones, like rubies, sapphires and fancy colored diamonds. (Have you seen our fancy colored Gemesis, at a price just about anyone can afford?)

    Chandelier earrings will be a real hit with this nuevo Gypsy look. But more importantly, chandelier earrings are a superb addition to any wardrobe, with a classic feel that withstands trends.

    Consider designing your own chandelier earrings this fall. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Remember, we specialize in creating more than just replicas of jewelry, but jewelry to distinctly call your own: your idea, your choice of metal and stone, your style!

    Actress Emma Stone, MTV Music Awards

  • A Look (Way) Back at Edwardian Jewelry

    The beauty of jewelry is that while its always changing, there are elements that stay the same. Looking at a piece of fine jewelry from a hundred years ago doesn’t seem drastically different than something you might see today.

    Take Edwardian jewelry for instance:

    Edward VII ascended the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria, in 1901. He and his wife Alexandra set the tone for the Belle Epoque, a time when elegance and fashion became society’s predominant values. New wealth flourished among the upper and middle classes; the automobile, airplane and movie industries were born.
    As for fashion, it took on an almost ethereal lightness, with layers of delicate fabrics, lace and feathers.

    Antique Jewelry Online gives us a closer glimpse:

    Platinum: Platinum’s strength enabled the creation of “invisible” settings, in which very little metal was used to hold a gemstone in place. Such settings complemented fashion’s lightness. Jewelry made with saw-piercing and filigree techniques matched the lacy looks of the era. White gold alloys were developed as a less expensive alternative, and as a substitute for platinum (considered a strategic metal) during WWI.

    Diamonds and Pearls: Diamonds and pearls set in platinum were favored for their white-on-white color scheme, and sense of refined elegance and luxury.

    Garland Style Motifs: Eighteenth-century decorative motifs, such as swags, bows, ribbons, tassels, wreaths and flower garlands, show the neo-classical and Rococo influences on Edwardian jewelry design.

    Necklaces: The new fashion–with its upswept hair, high collars for day and low necklines for evening–emphasized the head and neck. Pendants and lavalieres were widely worn. Particularly popular was the negligee pendant, consisting of two drops of unequal length suspended from a central element.

    Indian Influence: When Edward toured India, Alexandra developed a keen interest in the style of the Indian princesses, or Maharajas. This exotic influence started a fashion for diamond aigrettes (feathers worn as hair ornamnets); sautoirs (long ropes of pearls or chain ending in a tassel); and chokers, or “dog collars” (one of Alexandra’s favorite styles).

    Brooches: Circle brooches and bar pins, particularly with lacy filigree designs, were very fashionable. Stars and crescents were also popular.

    Amethyst: A favorite stone of Alexandra’s, amethyst was often included in jewelry of the era. The combination of these violet stones with white pearls and green peridots represented the colors of the suffragette movement; the “g,” “w,” and “v” stood for “give women the vote.”

    Today, diamond engagement rings from this time period are extremely popular. These engagement rings often feature filigree detail, and contain antique diamonds such as the Old Mine Cut and Old European Cut diamonds.

    The rings are typically made of platinum or white gold. Filigree diamond earrings and necklaces, and white gold and platinum wedding bands, are the ideal complement to such engagement rings.

    Here are some examples:

  • Are you Ready for Platinum?

    Platinum has a positive connotation for just about anyone in search of an engagement or wedding ring: It stands for the “best of the best.” It also feels different – it tends to be heavier, which most of us think of as more durable, solid.

    According to Diane Breitman of Queen of Diamonds in Calabasas, California:

    “The difference is when you hold [platinum] in your hand, it’s heavy, which is really nice,” Breitman says. “But is that enough for $800 more that can make the diamond that much bigger or better?”

    At Lux Bond and Green, with locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts, co-owner Marc Green says that the “bridal category is still a great category,” but in terms of platinum, there has been “nothing real noticeable.”

    “I would say on a percentage level, it’s gone up a little,” he says.

    Yet Green also points out an obvious plus when it comes to securing the platinum sale.

    “You do make more profit dollars because platinum is more expensive, so the dollar is there,” he says.

    The plus side is that while platinum is more expensive, it’s at an all-time low for the jewelry market. For some, that means taking advantage of a window of opportunity to possess a ring made of one of the finest metals around.

    You only buy your engagement and wedding ring once (hopefully!) If platinum is your dream metal, then it seems worth considering now. Sure, you may be spending a little extra – but its a lifetime purchase and you deserve to be satisfied.

    Partial Source: National Jewelry Network

    Take a look at our platinum wedding band. Even from the photo, you can the lusterous glow of platinum and why it is often the metal of choice:

    Style 6816WB

    Platinum Comfort Fit Band With High Polished Flat Center

    Platinum comfort fit wedding band, high polished, flat center, 8mm wide.

  • The Vivid Pink Diamond for the Low, Low Price of 5 Mill!

    5 carats for 5 million. That’s approximately the asking price of this one-of-a-kind pink gem…and boy, she’s a looker:

    Known as “The Vivid Pink,” this precious gem is set to lead Christie’s Hong Kong sale this fall.

    According to a media release from the New York-based auction house, The Vivid Pink is the largest potentially flawless fancy-vivid-pink diamond ever offered for sale at auction.

    Property of a private collector and set in a ring by renowned jeweler Laurence Graff, the diamond is expected to go for about $5 million-$7 million. Better break that piggy bank of yours!

    The Vivid Pink will be on display in the following cities: New York, Oct. 17-20 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries; Singapore, Oct. 29-30 (by appointment only); Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 11-12 (by appointment only); Geneva, Nov. 15-17 at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues; Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 21-22 at the Fubon Life Assurance Building; and Hong Kong, Nov. 27-Dec. 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    According to the release, Christie’s holds the world-record price for a pink diamond at auction and has achieved three of the five top prices for pink diamonds in the international auction jewelry market.

    The current record for a pink diamond sold at auction is $7.4 million, fetched by a 19.66-carat rectangular-cut fancy-pink diamond with VVS2 clarity, which sold at Christie’s Geneva in November 1994.

    Source: National Jewelry Network

    If the Vivid Pink seems a little out of your price range, remember, we offer fancy colored gems for a fraction (and we do mean a fraction) of the price:

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    Custom Made Jewelry Using Gemesis Cultured Diamonds

    Do you have a design in mind using Gemesis and Chatham Cultured Diamonds but don’t see it on our site? We can custom make just about any design. Call our toll free number 888-724-8222 and we’ll help you find the perfect cultured diamond and make the perfect piece.

  • Christie Brinkley launches Jewelry Line

    So another celebrity is tossing their…necklace in the ring. This time its model Christie Brinkley. But surprisingly, this isn’t just another wild stab in the dark by a celebrity trying to use his or her name as a way to sell product.

    Brinkley’s jewelry seems delicate and commanding, with some creative forethought.

    By creating the line, Brinkley—according to a Ross-Simons release—aimed to produce pieces that celebrate her creativity, joy, and optimism, and, reflect her connection with women by making fine jewelry accessible and affordable.

    Nearly 100 pieces are in the collection. Design inspiration comes from wild flowers and Southwestern influences like turquoise.

    Here are a few sample pieces:

  • Lost Ring, Rediscovered after 33 Years!

    It doesn’t matter whether its a natural diamond or moissanite or Gemesis, a lost ring can hurt! This story will give you hope that in the world of missing rings, all things are possible!

    A British woman who lost her wedding ring in her garden 33 years ago said she was shocked when a former neighbor called to say the ring had been found.

    Anthea Capewell, 60, said her engagement and wedding rings flew off when she closed her garden gate in Stapleford, England, in 1976, and after a thorough search, only the engagement ring was recovered, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

    Capewell said she and her husband, David, moved out of their home eight years after losing the ring, and she had long given up hope of ever seeing it again.

    However, former neighbors Don and Carol Rigby called Capewell recently to say they had found the ring buried in some garden weeds on their side of a hedge shared by the two homes.

    “I was absolutely gobsmacked and, of course, I was ecstatic,” Capewell said. “I just couldn’t believe it.

    “It must have worked its way down into the soil after we missed it all those years ago. It came up like new with just a bit of soap water.”

    Capewell said the discovery has inspired her and David to renew their wedding vows next year.

    Source: UPI

    Long time coming: Don Rigby points to the spot where his wife found the wedding ring that former neighbour Anthea Capewell lost in 1976

    Check out this moissanite engagement ring… it’s a real keeper!

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    Three Stone Ring With Radiant Cut And Trillion Shape Moissanite

    Three stone ring with Charles and Colvard created radiant cut and trillion shape moissanite.

    Available Moissanite Total Weight: 3.0ct

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  • De Beers Diamond Demand Drops Dramatically

    De Beers, the world’s leading diamond producer, announced that rough sales in the first half of the year dropped some 57%, to $1.4 billion, 57 per cent lower than the first half of 2008. Net earnings were $3 million for the first half of 2009, compared to $316 million, a 99% drop. That’s right – a 99% drop.

    De Beers diamond production fell dramatically as well. Production at its mines was 73 percent lower in the first half of 2009, with a more than 91 percent drop in  the first quarter, the result of production holidays at De Beers’ mines in Canada and Africa. The company anticipates that carat production for 2009 will be half that of 2008.

    So what does this all mean to you, the consumer? During difficult economic times, diamond sales drop, for obvious reasons. Who can buy a diamond necklace when your behind on your bills?

    But it doesn’t mean that you have to do without either. Diamond alternatives, like moissanite and Gemesis, continue to forge ahead, as more eco-savvy and smart shoppers opt for jewelry that fits their budget and their conscience.

    Source: JCKOnline

    Here’s a sampling of some of our finest moissanite products:

    Custom Designed Cushion Cut Moissanite And Pave’ Diamond Ring

    Stunning and unique custom designed platinum ring with a 5.0ct (dia equiv) Charles and colvard created cushion cut moissanite and approx. 1.0ct t.w. round pave’ diamonds.

    Metal: Platinum
    Ring Size: 4 – 8

    Style 3366M

    Three Stone Moissanite And Ruby Ring

    One of a kind 9.25ct (dia equiv) radiant cut moissanite and two genuine recrystalized trillion cut rubies weighing 4.0ct in total, set into a hand made platinum three stone ring with hand applied platinum scrolls.

    Metal: Platinum
    Stone size: 9.25ct
    Ring size: 4 – 8
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    Style 3364M

    Oval Shaped Moissanite Dangle Earrings

    Custom made 15.50ct t.w. (dia equiva) oval cut moissanite and 3/4ct t.w. (dia equiv) bezel set round moissanite dangle earrings. This one of a kind piece is hand made and has hand applied filigree engraving and scroll work.

    Metal: Platinum
    Stone size: 15.66ct t.w.
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