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  • 2009 and the Power of the Statement Necklace

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    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":

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    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:

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    Jennifer Lopez, keeping it simple and elegant at
    last month's Golden Globes
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    Beyonce wears a 200-carat diamond necklace
    to the Golden Globes in January. Definitely
    not "underblinging"!

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    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:

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

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    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:

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  • 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.

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    A gorgeous sapphire, but not quite the right shape.

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    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.

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

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

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    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!


  • Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend – a Brief History

    "A kiss on the hand may be quite continental

    But diamonds are a girl's best friend


    A kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental


    On your humble flat, or help you at the automat"


    And so the lyrics go to this clever classic. "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend", a song introduced by Carol Channing in the original production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949). It was written by Jules Styne (who wrote scores for musicals such as Funny Girl and Gypsy.)

    And of course, who could forget the show-stopping Marilyn Monroe performing this number in the film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Monroe's version inspired other performers for generations to come, including Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

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    And while diamonds may or may not be a "girl's best friend," they certainly bring a sparkle to any woman's eye (note Monroe's gaga look above!)

    Peruse our stunning collection of Joseph Schubach Diamonds.

    Here's a ring to make any girl go giddy:

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    Ashcher Cut Clarity Enhanced Diamond Ring With Pave Diamonds

    This
    one-of-a-kind heirloom creation of 14kt white gold features a 3.41 ct
    ashcher cut clarity enhanced diamond with 1.13ct t.w. of fully faceted
    pave' set white diamonds. Click here for more details.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a Winner!

    The gang here at Joseph Schubach Jewelers has pored over the Gems from the Heart Story Contest entries for the last several weeks and after much deliberation, we’ve come up with a winner!

    First, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the participants for so many thoughtful entries this year. We were genuinely surprised at the overwhelming response. It goes to show that everyone has a story to tell when it comes to a prized piece of jewelry. Our entries ranged from the simple and poignant to the funny and offbeat.

    Of all of them, we found The Phoenix Zoo Story to be the most dazzling story of them all. Not only did the writer tell us a genuinely moving and romantic tale but her use of photos really made us feel like we were right there with her!

    Read the Winner of the Gems from the Heart Story Contest here!

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    (above, our Winning Storytellers)

    Honorable Mention goes to The Ugly Little Ring Story for her effective and touching piece that shows it’s not always the quality of jewelry that counts, but the meaning behind it.

  • Giving Yourself the Gift of Jewelry

    As Valentine's Day approaches, many of us can feel the pressure.

    What if you don't have that significant other? What if you're going through a break-up? What if that special someone consistently forgets about Valentine's Day or buys you something that just isn't…you?

    Maybe its time to switch focus a little. Instead of expecting others to make the day magical for you, why not become the creator of a special day, regardless of who joins in!

    When was the last time you bought yourself something really special? Something that genuinely reflects real self-love? Jewelry is a powerful and long-lasting way to say "I matter." When you buy a piece of jewelry for yourself, it is a constant reminder that you are the maker of your own happiness…and that love ultimately starts with you.

    Here are a few pieces you might consider at Joseph Schubach Jewelers:

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    Cushion Cut Pendant With Side Stones

    Square pendant with 1/5ct t.w. round brilliant stones set on an 18" cable chain. Fits a 7mm (1.66ct) cushion cut center stone.

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    Curved Round Journey Pendant

    Five stone curved journey pendant with 1ct t.w. round brilliant stones set on an 18" cable chain.

  • Joseph Schubach Jewelers Christens its New Facebook Business Page

    Even though we have 3 generations of stellar jewelry service under our belt, we know the importance of changing with the times. Facebook has seen a massive increase in traffic in the past year. Just look at some of the statistics:

    • More than 150million active users
    • Average user has 120 friends on the site
    • More than 3 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide)
    • More than 15 million users update their statuses at least once each day
    • More than 3.5 million users become fans of Pages each day

    If you haven't joined Facebook, it's time to get with the program…literally! It's easy to join and allows you to connect with friends and businesses on a global platform.

    Once you've joined, come visit our Joseph Schubach Business Page and become a Fan. It's an more intimate way we can connect with our favorite customers!

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