By Amanda L. Colborn
2014’s New York Fashion Week showcased several upcoming jewelry themes for this year’s fall season. Unique pieces such as the single earring, hand bracelets and diamond chokers definitely caught our attention! Apart from the stunning individual pieces of jewelry, we were able to focus in on 5 major themes for the season:
- Feminine Features
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the colors of spring and summer! NY Fashion Week was all about color this season, especially in their jewelry. Just like these beautiful drop earrings from Yael Designs:
Delicate and lady-like is the name of the game. Everyone can enjoy fine jewelry every day when it is light and feminine like these beautiful bracelets below from Hearts On Fire:
Floral pieces have always been a classic. You probably wouldn’t think fall when you think of floral however, floral does not have to taken so literally. Like the diamond ring below from Suna Bros. the beautiful rose shape, glittering with white diamonds make this ring festive and fun all year round:
Intricate patterns are eye-grabbing and compliment-worthy, they add a certain sophisticated element to any fall look. Just like this piece from Gumunchian:
Last but not least, texture. Fall 2014 is all about edgy and punk-inspired pieces. You too can achieve the look without needing to go over-the-top rock n’ roll. The different textures in these rings from Hurdles Jewelry, give you an edge while still remaining ever so elegant:
By Kevin P. McVay
Have you ever thought about adding color-changing gemstones to your jewelry collection? We’re not talking about well-known colored gemstones like rubies, sapphires or emeralds, but gems that actually change color depending on the lighting. From rings to pendants and everything in-between, color-changing gemstones, known as phenomenal gems, are unique and go well with many types of jewelry designs. Here are some of our favorites:
This rare gem was discovered in 1834. During the day, it beams green or bluish-green. In incandescent light, it turns to a soft shade of red. The Alexandrite’s optical changes along with its rarity make it a very valuable gemstone.
Some say that they can see fire, lightning, rainbows, stars and seas in opals. This gemstone ranges in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red and blue. The beauty and brilliance of this gem is the product ofthe contrast between its color play and its background.
This gem’s colors range from kiwi to champagne to raspberry depending on the lighting. Like Alexandrite, Zultanite is a very rare gem. Besides changing color, Zultanite also possesses a beautiful cat’s eye effect. This gem is truly spectacular!
There are more phenomenal gemstones out there, but these are three of our favorites. Please let us know if you have any gems you’d like to see featured on our blog by commenting below!
By Kevin P. McVay
We’ve been getting a lot of new followers on our Instagram account over the last month. Since we love reposting photos of our members’ fine jewelry pieces, we’d like to share some of them with you. Here’s a look at the top three posts that our followers absolutely loved:
The top image of a 7.52ct diamond ring from Alson Jeweler’s sparked a positive note among Instagrammers. The brilliance of the center diamond is beyond compare!
The middle image is a unique yellow pearl ring from Mastoloni Pearls. Accented in diamonds, this piece gathered quite a lot of attention.
The bottom image features an Omi Prive ring party of gorgeous gemstones surrounded by diamonds in a fashionable halo design. We just had to share it!
Which jewelry pieces stand out to you? Please comment below and let us know. If you’d like to see more beautiful jewelry from our AGS members, please follow the American Gem Society on Instagram.
By Kevin P. McVay
September’s birthstone is the sapphire, a beautiful gemstone that has been popular since the Middle Ages. According to folklore, sapphires bring wearers good fortune, spiritual insight and provide them with protection from envy and harm. As one of the more well-known gemstones in the world, sapphires are commonly worn in jewelry. Though blue is the most common shade, sapphires can come in a variety of colors including yellow, green and even pink.
Sapphires are one of our personal favorite gems here at the American Gem Society. They’re versatile and can be worn with just about anything, but strike a beautiful chord when paired with diamonds and white gold. While there are many shades of sapphires to choose from, the gem’s radiance never fails to attract attention. Here are the top three reasons why we’re in love with sapphires:
- They’re always in fashion. From blue to pink, sapphires of all colors are stylish staples of luxury. Sapphires hit the Hollywood stage every year, making regular appearances on the red carpet and in the collections of well-known celebrities and even royalty. Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Middleton and Nicole Ritchie are just a few of many popular figures that have been spotted wearing elegant sapphires.
- They complement fall attire. Sapphire jewelry adds a touch of color to fall fashion apparel. The gem accents other fall colors really well, especially gray, red and orange hues. Wearing a sapphire makes a statement and adds a vivacious aura that brings warmth to the crowd. They wouldn’t be called the September birthstone if they didn’t.
- They’re durable and stable. Sapphires are second only to diamonds on the Mohs hardness scale, ranking at a solid 9 compared to a diamond’s 10. This hardness allows sapphires to be worn every day without the constant worry about them scratching or becoming damaged. Though it’s important to take care of your gemstones, sapphires can withstand chipping and breaking while being knocked or bumped. They’re also able to handle heat, light and chemicals really well, bringing needed peace-of-mind to their wearers.
We’re excited to see what kinds of sapphires our members share with us this year! Do you adore sapphires because of a different reason? Please share your sapphire story with us in the comments. For more information about sapphires, please visit the American Gem Society website. Have a happy September!
By Kevin P. McVay
We recently stumbled upon an article that explains a recent fashion trend that has now hit the Hollywood stage—nails-as-jewelry. Rita Ora, a British singer, songwriter and actress, was seen with a completely customized manicure last Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards. Her nails were coated with Azature Black Diamond Nail Lacquer in Ruby Diamond.
Though her nail polish contained black diamonds, what was featured on top of them is what’s getting people talking. Her manicure, applied by celebrity manicurist Barbara Warner, featured tiny hand-crafted diamond spiders and ruby bows which have been priced at around $56,000! While that cost may surprise some, we’ve seen even crazier ways to spend money. Remember Victoria Beckham and her $33,000 24ct solid gold iPhone 4?
We’ve all heard the phrase “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but Rita Ora’s manicure definitely took it to a whole new level. We loved her look, but was it really worth the price? We’re curious to hear what you think. Sound off in the comments below!
Ora’s sparkling manicure
By Kevin P. McVay
Happy Monday! Today we’d like to feature some jewelry from our members that have been popular among our Facebook fans over the last few weeks.
On the left is a piece that our online friends really liked. It’s a brilliant diamond ring set in yellow gold with a twist of smaller diamonds from Hight & Randall, Personal Jeweler. The stunning Suna Bros. sapphire and diamond halo ring in the middle also received a lot of positive discussion. Lastly, our followers raved about the one-of-a-kind emerald and diamond ring on the right, a gorgeous piece from Swalstead Jewelers!
All three of these unique rings really hit home with our audience. Which one is your favorite? As always, please feel free to sound off in the comments. To see even more beautiful jewelry from our members, please visit the American Gem Society Facebook page.
By Kevin P. McVay
Carelle Ltd., an American Gem Society member, recently announced a show-stopping custom piece—a gorgeous and expensive emerald ring. The vivid Zambian emerald at its center is 8.52 ct and is lightly included. The ring itself is set in platinum and features 1.82 ct of diamond pavé created from 200 stunning diamonds individually set by hand.
As true with most colored gemstones, the larger its carat size, the rarer the gem. This correlation is due to the increasing difficulty of discovering natural gemstones that are larger and heavier. Carat weight, however, is only one out of four globally accepted standards used to describe gemstones. The other three characteristics are color, cut and clarity. Just like diamonds, each factor is judged separately based on the type of gem.
The brilliance of Carelle’s new piece is extraordinary. You can visit Carelle’s website to learn more about this ring. As always, please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts about this unique, one-of-a-kind ring. Visit the American Gem Society website to learn more about emeralds and colored gemstones.