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  • Jewelry Trends for 2009 – an Eye toward India

    As our collective purse strings pull a little tighter, luxury items like jewelry may begin to seem out of reach. But actually, this is the time to treat and adorn yourself. It's sort of an "outside in" approach; when you feel better about your look, you attract more plenty.

    That's right. Look rich and get rich!

    The nice part with the trends of this season is they are affordable as well. At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we're happy to work with you to create jewelry that is distinctly yours.

    So what are some of the hot looks for jewelry this year?

    Look toward India for the answer. As our global awareness increases, India and it's bright, rich colors are bedecking more and more women around the world. The palette of colors? Warm, with corals, yellow and turquoise taking the foreground.

    Take a look at the photo below for colorful inspiration.



  • A Surprise Wedding for Kristina

    Here at Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we witness a fair amount of moving engagement stories. Each one is like a thumb print, distinctly individual.

    Our friend and client Kristina shared with us her special story that we'd like to, in turn, share with you. We worked on her ring, a family heirloom of Kristina's that was in need of some TLC (pictured below.) That ring became part of a rather sudden wedding ceremony that, ironically, her and her husband had been planning for years:

    Dear Friends:
    Many of you know about the history of our LONG engagement due to the car accident, attempt in Vegas, busy schedules, one bizarre intervention or another, etc. So I wanted to provide you all with the latest up date.
    It was a HUGE surprise to me as well.
    Brent decided he would "take me to lunch" since he hasn't seen me very much over the past 2 weeks due to our work schedules (scary when we live in a the same house!) We have been trying for 3 1/2 yrs and have had 4 marriage licenses (they expire after 90 days) and countless event location rescheules all due to our crazy schedules.
    SO, he kidnapped me (so to speak). I told him I only had 30 minutes because of all the fires with a client's risk/payment issues and the program shutdown. So he asked that I dress nice (business casual) we picked up our friend who is a minister, and then his best friend who was the best man. I was busy on the phone and working and didn't realize everyone had on suits until his best friend brought out his mega camera with tripod. At that point, I asked WHAT THE HECK is going on?? Are we doing lunch? I need to get back to the office. 

    That is when, Brent told me were going to get our marriage license (again) and we were getting married TODAY, one way or another. So I was speechless. The only thing I could say was okay then, since this will take a while, we need to go back to the house so I can grab my laptop so I can work on this client's issue until we get ready to tie the knot.

    After we got our license, with the minister and the best man as witnesses, we went back home so I could grab my laptop and change into a nice ivory suit then we were off to the NC Museum of Art. We married on their lawn in front of the sculptures there. The most appropriate sculpture was the "3 Rings of Life" (gigantic iron rings coming up out of the ground) Great symbolism – the rings behind us as a backdrop while we said our vows and the rings on our fingers. Kinda cool.

    We are planning to have the "big shin dig" which everyone will be invited to! Hopefully it won't take us 3-4 yrs. to make it happen.

     Here ya go.. proof this is not a mirage/hoax… it truly did happen:


    Brent and Kris'…ngs 2.26.09

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  • Spotlight on Ice Princess Loree Rodkin

    Perhaps you haven't heard of Loree Rodkin but Michelle Obama certainly has. Rodkin is a former interior designer who switched over to
    jewelry making over a decade ago. Her client list is stocked with powerful
    women such as Cher, Sharon Stone and of course, the First Lady herself. 

    Loree Rodkin"It's
    a privilege to be a part of history," Loree Rodkin revealed in an an AP report. "The
    First Lady is a symbol of hope, courage and great style. I am honored that she
    has chosen my jewelry."

    First Lady Michelle Obama's shoulder-length diamond earrings at
    were Rodkin's white gold and triple rose-cut danglers with garland
    diamond briolette drops.

    If you want that dazzling Rodkin look for a fraction of the price, consider Josephs Schubach's Custom Design Jewelry. We're more than just custom design jewelers – we're professional artists specializing in high-end custom design jewelry. 

    These eye-catching Rodkin earrings can be remade with your design input and our artistry for a look that is distinctly high-end.


  • The Saga of Amy Adams Necklace

    The vote is most certainly out when it comes to Amy Adams and her "statement necklace" worn at this week's Oscars. Some think her Fred Leighton colorful jeweled bib necklace really stole the show while others think it was a case of jewelry overkill, clearly overshadowing her Carolina Herrara gown. One commentator proclaimed it looked like she was wearing a Christmas tree!

    What's your vote?



    (above) Amy Adams decked out in Fred Leighton special
    – 630 carats of sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds

    If you're looking for a statement necklace that's a little more…uh, understated, check out our line of Joseph Schubach Custom Made Jewelry. We can give you that statement necklace look for a fraction of the price.

    You dream it, we create it.

  • 2009 and the Power of the Statement Necklace

    Taraji P. Henson in a Fred Leighton Statement Necklace

    Trying economic times don't have to mean foregoing all the glitz!

    Take a
    look at this week's Oscars: the statement necklace was all the rage.
    The film world wanted to maintain a glamorous look without seeming
    out-of-touch with our economical woes.

    Enter, the statement necklace:

    Statement necklaces are a simple way to transform any outfit into an elegant, "red carpet" look. It enhances your outfit, simply but with panache.

    Here are few affordable samples from our Gallery that can make the difference between daywear and night "wow":


    Round Journey Pendant

    Our five stone round journey pendant
    with 1 ct. round brilliant stones set on an 18" cable chain will
    transform even the simplest black dress into an Oscar-worthy outfit.
    And the price won't break your bank!

  • The Oscars – Is Less Bling a Good Thing?

    The Oscars are known for uber-glamor and royalty-infused decadence. But during these tough economic times, how can a star shine, while showing some sensitivity and awareness to our current situation? Certainly, there was less bling to be seen in general. The choices were more selective and simpler, yet glamorous nonetheless.

    As one commentator put it: "It's a recession, not an apocalypse."

    "No one wants to be inappropriate in a time when people are
    struggling," said Sally Morrison, director of the New York-based
    Diamond Information Center. "The trend is fairly big, but fairly
    simple. Classic styles with sizzle that any woman can wear." Other
    jewelers say colored stones are also being considered over diamonds.

    "Rather than making sure that you have the necklace, earrings, bracelet
    and ring, it's more about the one thing that can say it all," said
    Rebecca Selva, spokeswoman for jeweler Fred Leighton.

    Here's a few examples of bling on stars, even during penny-pinching times:


    Jennifer Lopez, keeping it simple and elegant at
    last month's Golden Globes


    Beyonce wears a 200-carat diamond necklace
    to the Golden Globes in January. Definitely
    not "underblinging"!


    Actress Laura Elena Harring wore Stuart Weitzman
    shoes with $1 million worth of gems at the 2002
    Academy Awards.
    Bling central!

    If you want that red carpet feel for a fraction of the cost, take a look at our Charles & Colvard created moissanite – more bling for less ca-ching!

  • The Oscars – Is Less Bling a Good Thing?

    The Oscars are known for uber-glamor and decadence. But during these tough economic times, how can a star shine, while showing some sensitivity and awareness to our current situation. Certainly, there was less bling to be seen in general. The choices were more selective and simpler, yet glamorous nonetheless.

    So while overblinging may be taking a backseat as we all watch our collective wallets, stunning jewelry still can be seen, just a little more on the "simple and effective" side.

    As one commentator put it: "It's a recession, not an apocalypse."

    Here's a few examples of bling on stars, even during penny-pinching times:


    Beyonce wears a 200-carat diamond necklace to the Golden Globes in January.
  • How to Create the Perfect Oscar Party


    The Oscars are this Sunday and if you're not walking down the red carpet, you can at least act as if! Watch our celebrity customer, Kimberly Yee, as she imparts some great Oscar Party advice, guaranteed to win you an award (or at least an exuberant thank-you!)

    And here's an award-worthy piece of Joseph Schubach Jewelry, our Custom Crown Band:

  • A Rose by any other Name – a Proposal Story

    Joseph Schubach Jewelers is home to a million romantic stories. We get to know our customers on an intimate basis and we enjoy the many touching love stories we hear.

    Here's a recent one from Charles F., whom Sherry Sheridan, a very experienced and prized staff member of ours, had the pleasure of helping:

    Years ago, I took my girlfriend to have dinner at a swanky hotel restaurant for Valentine's Day. We were seated near the romantic warmth and crackling of a fireplace. While eating dinner, the waiter switched out the vase of roses at the table with another, saying: "Since these are so close to the fire, we have to rotate them out or they will dry up."

    My girlfriend thought nothing of it since we were at a nice place, but I was impressed…not by the care and attention being given to the roses, but because I thought that was a very clever line the waiter made up.

    Little did she know that when I had excused myself to go wash my hands, I had also made a detour to the concierge desk. I explained to the concierge that I had a rose-shaped ring holder with an engagement ring inside and that I was hoping she could arrange to have it placed on the table during dinner.

    After dinner, I asked her if the roses looked unusual to her. She noticed that one did not appear to be real. I reached into the arrangement, pulled that one out and opened it up. Since this was a formal proposal, the situation called for me to get on one knee and ask her if she'd marry me while presenting this token of my affection. I noticed that her eyes had opened wide and her smile even wider, signifying to me that I had chosen well. She nodded and said yes. We removed the ring from the rose and placed it on her finger.

    I suddenly became aware that the entire restaurant had been watching when it seems everyone in the place started applauding. I was totally embarrassed at this public seal of approval, turning to wave at everyone while blushing a deep red I am sure. Shortly thereafter, the head chef came out and congratulated us on our engagement.

    Truly a magical evening….

      Charles F.

    Below, one of our most prized custom made diamond engagement rings:

  • The Making of a Custom Made Chatham Created Sapphire Ring

    At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we pride ourselves in our artistry. And nowhere is that better showcased than with our high-end custom designed jewelry. It's our specialty and what we love to do best.

    We wanted to give you a "behind-the-scenes" peak of the making of a recent stunning Chatham created sapphire ring. Chatham is one of the world leaders in gemstone production with a multi-generational history similar to Joseph Schubach Jewelers. Read more about Carroll Chatham's amazing history and his accidental discovery of his crystal making abilities.


    A gorgeous sapphire, but not quite the right shape.


    The most desirable sapphires possess an intense blue
    color and a sharp "sparkle." These two factors are
    usually developed by high optical clarity and skillful cutting. Our customer wanted her sapphire to be shaped like this, only slightly more rectangle and made from similar material as the first stone pictured above next to the ruler.


    Hand fabricated (not cast) settings partially completed. All that's left to do is set the stones. 


    This sapphire was specifically cut as per the customer's instructions. 


    And the stunning final product – a custom cut 18kt yellow gold Chatham created Sapphire engagement ring.

    Take a look at our Gallery of Custom Made Jewelry for our other works of art!