A diamond engagement ring must have matching diamonds
There is a YouTube video in circulation, I believe created
by a disgruntled suitor that explains how diamonds are not rare. He goes on to
say that diamonds are a commodity like any other but controlled by monopolistic
companies that hoard them. They only let a certain number of diamonds out into
the world each year in order to control the demand. This guy probably believes
the CIA killed Kennedy.
Now I’m not saying that these companies that own the diamond
mines don’t have a stash in some vault somewhere, I’m just saying there
probably is a good reason. I’m sure that there are great variations in the
diamonds pulled from a mine each day. Not all the diamonds are of good quality.
A diamond that would go into an engagement ring needs to be a certain size,
color and clarity in order to make the grade. Not all diamonds come out of the
mine ready to be slapped into a setting.
Even though the diamonds are small they match, David Yurman Chelsea Watch
A good quality diamond or diamonds that are used for jewelry
have to have some commonality. Even a ring that is pave must have diamonds of
the same color and clarity. You wouldn’t tile a floor with tiles from different
batches; there would be color variations that are unattractive. Yet there are
people who think all diamonds are the same. They believe that a diamond is a
diamond and that it is all a grand conspiracy cooked up by the diamond
Now I’m not saying that there isn’t a lot of overpriced
jewelry on the market. Let’s face it; a pair of Chanel earrings gets a much
larger price simply based on the brand than an unknown brand with similar
quality, weight and size. So basically this guy misses the point. Yes there are
a lot of diamonds out there, but a diamond is rare not based on quantity alone
and just because the girl he was trying to woo wanted a big expensive diamond
isn’t the diamond companies fault, he just picked a girl with expensive taste.
Go for what makes sense financially, Gabrielle Bruni white sapphire or diamonds semi-custom earrings
Jewelry can be ordinary. We sometimes go through life and we
see nothing but solitaire diamond rings, simple stud earrings in a variety of
gemstones, or maybe some other conservative piece. Now I’m not saying that the
world should abandon these staples of jewelry, but once in a while it’s nice to
see designers taking chances.
Australian black opal pendant
Take the geode, this is a formation that I first saw while
visiting a natural history museum when I was very young. I loved the craggy raw
gemstone and crystal interiors. They varied in color giving off tons of sparkle
and a rainbow of shades. They came in a multitude of sizes, colors and shapes. The
most interesting part was how the plain exterior hid a treasure trove of colors
Rose gold and black opal earrings
Designers such as Kimberly McDonald are using geodes and
other natural crystal formations to make jewelry. She uses these beautiful and
unusual gems to make stunning, bold and very contemporary jewelry. It is safe
to say that she is thinking entirely outside of the box. I haven’t had the
pleasure of viewing her jewelry in person but the images in magazines and on
her website are great. She also makes other amazing pieces.
Turquoise chrysocolla druze ring
I love when designers take chances; it gives the world a
view of jewelry as art. While I will be the first to admit that some designs
are too bold for many of the population it’s nice to think that creativity in
jewelry design still exists. Much of what we see today is bland and it’s fun to
see jewelry like we’ve never seen it before.
My husband sent me a little blip on how jewelry stores hide
their price tags. The reasoning behind this lack of tags was to promote
discussion. The jewelry store believes that if you see the price tag and view
the price as too high, you will simply walk out of the store without discussing
price or even the possibility of negotiation. I don’t believe this is true.
If most or all of your jewelry is astronomically priced and
your customers retreat like they’ve just been introduced to the devil, then
maybe your store is located in an area where your jewelry is out of reach for
the local consumer. Jewelry stores draw customers from the local area and those
looking for a particular brand you may carry. To assume that the price tag
along is what is scaring your customers away is silly.
I negotiated for days and the customer didn't buy, I guess she just didn't want it unless I was giving it away for free, Gabrielle Bruni GAL0890-WY
Customers come to your jewelry store to look at jewelry. I’ve
been to many stores that after a quick look around I don’t see anything of
interest. This is when I leave. I’m not going to hang out and engage in a
fruitless discussion about pricing for jewelry I simply will not want to wear. Now
on the other hand, if I see a piece of jewelry I love I will want to see it
closer and to know the price. It’s free to try it on.
Wanting jewelry and knowing the pricing are simply two
different things. If you want something bad enough or have been making plans to
buy a particular piece you will stay to try it on and make sure it is what you
want. Then you will either negotiate for the price or try and figure something
out on credit. High priced jewelry is just sometimes unobtainable for some
customers but it shouldn’t chase them out of the store. Take my word for it, something
else is making them leave, and it’s not a price tag.
Get ready for the colors of fall, the perfect match for gold jewelry
Now this is in no way investment advice, I have absolutely
no background in investing and I can honestly say I’m pretty bad at saving, but
I do know what a hot look is for fall. Gold is now in season. Gold jewelry
looks particularly great with all the fall colors of rust, brown, garnet, olive and
copper. Now is the perfect time to add gold jewelry to your collection.
Now I know what you’re thinking, gold is super expensive,
how can I afford any meaningful pieces? While gold is expensive you don’t
necessarily have to invest in solid gold or even 18K or 14k gold plate. Since you
are trying to make a fashion statement, you can simply purchase some gold toned
jewelry. A great place to start is a gold toned watch. There are many gold
toned watches on the market that won’t break the bank and with quartz accuracy
you’ll be on time.
Gold necklaces can be very expensive which is why I recommend
gold plate in these instances. It gives that beautiful burnished gold color you’re
looking for at a fraction of the cost. It also allows for larger statement
pieces at affordable pricing. If you carefully select your pieces you’ll be in
fashion and have money left over to purchase that great gold toned clutch. Remember,
not all gold has to be real gold. This is especially true of seasonal fashion.
Although there is nothing wrong with investing in good gold
jewelry pieces. Many of us cannot afford larger gold pieces due to the astronomical
price of gold, but hey, if you can afford it I say go for it! Gold earrings and
necklaces in classic styles have been around for centuries so purchasing a
beautiful 14k gold chain certainly won’t go out of style. The same is true of
most hoop or dangle earrings. Gold is a perfect wardrobe enhancer for fall, so
go out and invest in something gold.
Add some interest to a plain white t-shirt with a necklace or two
Probably one of the most ubiquitous wardrobe pieces is the
plain white t-shirt. For many men and women it is the go to shirt for a casual
outfit or even an evening out on the town. Tons of articles have been written about
the white t-shirt, from which company makes the best ones to how it became so
engrained in American culture. The white t-shirt is here to stay. So how does
one dress it up?
Earth Gems add an organic flair to a white t-shirt
One of the easiest ways to make a plain white t-shirt a
little dressier is to add jewelry. You can go with something earthy or organic.
Drusy, granite, natural stone in various shapes all convey a naturalist style.
Another option is edgy. Stainless steel chains, spiked necklaces or pendants
with skeletons or crosses all look great with a t-shirt and a leather moto
jacket. You don’t necessarily have to keep it simple with a t-shirt; it’s a
blank canvas that shows off jewelry to advantage.
In order to make a piece of jewelry look its best on a white
t-shirt remember to keep proportion in mind. You want to find the “balance
point” on your torso. This is the point where a necklace looks its best because
the proportion is correct. Measure from you hairline to the bottom of your
chin, your necklace should fall an equal distance from your chin to your torso.
It doesn’t have to be exact. This balance point elongates your torso giving you
the most flattering look.
Lower cut tops look great with shorter necklaces
Another consideration when picking a necklace is the
neckline. When wearing a very low neckline or a high crew neckline you want to
break up these long expanses. Choosing a necklace that is half the distance of
your balance point will create just enough interest to break up the expanse of
skin or t-shirt. So the next time you put on a plain white t-shirt and want to
make things more interesting, add a necklace, it’s sure to dress things up.
You can break up a large expanse of skin with a multiple strand necklace
What is one of a kind jewelry? Is it jewelry that is made especially
for one person? We can consider engagement rings for celebrities that are
designed and made just for them. No other pieces will be made; it isn’t a
design that will be duplicated by the designer. So this can mean one of kind
jewelry. There are also other ways to get one of kind jewelry and sometimes it
has to do with material.
Occasionally, natural gemstones are found that can be
considered one of a kind. The size, color, clarity and other attributes make it
either rare or just unique. We see these articles all the time. The largest
pink diamond in the world, the largest chunk of gold, the only know diamond or
gemstone of a particular color. The reason they are one of a kind is because of
nature. The conditions were just right to make a spectacular gemstone of
You can customize these earrings with chocolate diamonds or white diamonds
Not all gemstones that are unique are huge or unusually
colored. Sometimes a natural gemstone is unique because of its natural
coloration. Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine. While the
gemstone is forming the two different color stones blend or merge. They create
a unique color combination that becomes one of kind when the stone is cut.
Bi-tonal stones are almost impossible to duplicate due to the cutting process.
Another aspect of one of a kind jewelry is the pieces that
are handcrafted. Each piece will be slightly distinctive based on the way it
was made; handcrafted items usually have slight variations in each piece. The
real joy is finding that one of a kind piece of jewelry and not breaking the
bank. So go out there and look for usual gemstones, handcrafted items or
something that can be changed to fit your personality or tastes. One of a kind does exist and can be had for ordinary people for amazing prices.
Okay, now I can say that I’ve seen it all, Miley Cyrus
debuted her jewelry line at Jeremy Scott’s runway show during New York
Fashion Week. Apparently she is tentatively calling the line “Dirty Hippie” but
I think a more appropriate name would be either “Cheap Plastic Bauble” or “Really
Bad Acid Trip.” After seeing some of the pieces I have a hard time figuring out
why Miley Cyrus is considered relevant.
Some of the models at the show
Most of the pieces are in a rainbow of colors, I’m sure this
will appeal to all those “tweens” she markets to, and of course anyone who
still thinks they’re thirteen. Not only are these jewelry pieces bright, they
are made of plastic and fuzzy things. They feature plastic beads, block letters
and puffy pompoms. Be prepared for lots of teddy bears, fuzzy centered daisies
and a multitude of gumball machine rings.
You would think this is what you would find in the school backpack of an 11 year old girl, but no, it's Miley's jewelry
Basically this jewelry line reminds me of the goofy crap you
give out at a little girl’s birthday party. It would be perfect for a goody
bag. While I’m probably being a cranky old woman for dissing on Miley Cyrus who
is obviously the poster girl for fun, flirty and carefree, I think her jewelry
line has been done before by a factory in China who make plastic products. Basically,
her jewelry line is neither original nor attractive. She even professes to get her material for her "handcrafted" jewelry at the local Dollar Store.
Puffy pompoms and daisy ring, I think the liver spots clash with the plastic jewelry
My only hope is that these pieces will be sold very cheap so
at least the hapless Moms and Dads who have Miley Cyrus crazed tweens will be
able to afford these little wearable eyesores. It’s kind of a shame that Miley
Cyrus is getting so much attention for her psychedelic nightmarish monstrosities
when there are so many other designers worthy of attention for beautifully
crafted jewelry. I guess art is in the eye of the beholder and a mask made of
fuzzy miniature teddy bears and a wig of friendships bracelets is considered
Art is truly in the eye of the beholder, I think this mask might make it hard to breath
Chunky jewelry makes a statement; it says “Look at me!”
While this might not always be the statement you want to make, at certain times
it is appropriate. Generally speaking a piece of chunky jewelry is a large
chain choker, wide cuffs or anything that has huge stones or a lot of bulk
behind it, think of a heavy chain necklace.
These chunky jewelry pieces are great because they make a
big statement without a lot of pieces. That chunky choker looks great with a
simple little black dress. A flirty white sundress only needs one wide cuff or
a large cocktail ring to look pulled together. That fisherman sweater, jeans
and cute leather booties look finished with some large earrings, no other
Statement pieces do just that, make a statement all on their
own. They don’t need a supporting cast or a bunch of accessories to hold them
up. They are the star of the show and should be treated that way. Make that
chunky piece of jewelry the center of attention; make it stand out as the focus
of your outfit. Keep everything else simple so that piece of jewelry can really
Letting a large piece of jewelry stand out on its own really
isn’t that hard. They generally can impress in a simple setting. This is why
you’ll never see large jewelry pieces photographed or shown on anything but a
plain background. They don’t need a lot of bells or whistles to be noticed. So the
next time you think your outfit might be leaning towards bland, add something
large and bold to the mix, that’s why I love chunky jewelry, it’s easy.
Gold is one of those metals that is experiencing a bit of
costliness for consumers. Actually gold has been costly for quite some time
now. Many people love the look of gold and how it makes them feel. Gold has a
connotation about it; it exudes “money.” When people wear gold not only do they
look good they feel rich. One of the biggest problems is gold is currently at
$1250.00 an ounce.
Many of the gold vermeil and pure silver bangles on my
website are anywhere from around 2 ounces to 3 ounces. That would make a bangle
somewhere in the market of $2500 to $3750 for the cost of pure gold. This doesn’t
include the actual labor of turning said gold into a piece of jewelry and we
all know the jewelry manufacturer would like to make a little money too.
This is why a pure silver bracelet or gold vermeil is so
much more affordable then a 14K to 18K solid jewelry piece. There is absolutely
nothing wrong with gold vermeil or pure silver jewelry. Gold vermeil gives the
look of gold, because it is gold, but at a fraction of the cost. Do not confuse
gold vermeil with gold plate. To create gold vermeil, you must cover sterling
silver or pure silver with a layer of gold at least 10K and 1.5 microns thick.
Gold vermeil is at least 50 times thicker than gold plate so
it will wear like solid gold. Additionally, gold vermeil is usually covering
sterling silver or pure silver. Gold plate can sometimes have a core of copper
or nickel under that thin layer of gold. So if you’re looking for jewelry with
the look and feel of gold, consider gold vermeil, it meets all your gold
jewelry requirements at a fraction of the cost.
I live in the land of computers, better known as the Silicon
Valley. The big news in this morning’s paper is how Apple is researching the
possibility of using sapphire for their phone screen. According to the article,
sapphire is an extremely hard mineral, second only to diamond. In its natural
state it is clear, which makes it perfect for an iPhone screen. This hard plus
clear material can potentially make a better iPhone screen that is more resistant
to cracking and has a more sensitive touch screen.
The real trick here is how to come up with so much sapphire.
There are tons of iPhones on the market and when people starting upgrading to the iPhone 6 it can be daunting coming up with enough sapphire to cover all those screens. Apple has signed a deal with a
specialized manufacturer to grow synthetic sapphire in a plant in Mesa, Arizona.
Apparently, this plant will manufacture more sapphire than all the other
synthetic sapphire plants in the world combined, that’s a lot of sapphire.
In order to make synthetic sapphire you need a sapphire seed,
approximately the size of a hockey puck which is then placed into a molybdenum
crucible. Next you add raw crystalline aluminum oxide with a similar chemical
makeup as sapphire gems. You can also add leftover sapphires from previous
runs. The mixture is heated to more than 3,800 degrees then undergoes various
cooling cycles for about 16 to 17 days. The end result is a 250 pound
cylindrical piece of industrial sapphire called a boule.
This large block of sapphire can be laser cut into any shape
that you desire. An iPhone 5 screen is approximately .02 inches thick so it is
easy to estimate that the new iPhone 6 will be similar. While this process
produces a synthetic sapphire, I would love to see a 250 pound boule; it’s
still a sapphire after all. I’m not sure how I feel about this use of sapphire;
there are so many jewelry applications for 250 pounds of sapphire. In the end I
guess I can always tell people I upgraded my phone because the screen is made
of sapphire, a girl has to have her gems.