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Instagram Favorites

By Kevin P. McVay

blogWe’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.


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September Sapphires Fuel Our Fire

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:

  1. 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 asfred 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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Hand Bling to the Extreme

Rita Ora

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!

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Ora’s sparkling manicure

 


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Social Media Highlights

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.

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Limited Edition Emerald Ring Takes the Spotlight

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.8.15.14blog

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.

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Yellow and White Gold Collide in This Spectacular New Collection

By Kevin P. McVay

American Gem Society member8.8.14s have shared some truly spectacular jewelry collections with us over the last few months. Last week, we received a sneak-peak of a new collection by Jye International, Inc., the 2013 winner of the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards.

Their new collection features stylish yellow and white gold pieces decorated with brilliant diamonds and stunning gemstones. Some of the most notable pieces include a 18k yellow gold bangle with 0.4ct of premium round diamonds, an exotic bird inspired brooch decorated with 3.07ct of multicolor sapphires and 1.24ct of diamonds and fashionable citrine stone earrings set in 18k white gold. Other exceptional pieces include a 4.78ct yellow diamond ring and 18k white gold diamond drop earrings.

Jye’s gorgeous collection features a fancy yet whimsical style, perfect for summer wear. Jye says that they’re “keeping summer alive with this one.” We can’t wait to see what our members share with us next! We would love to hear what you think about Jye’s new collection. Leave a comment below and let us know!


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3 Reasons Why We Love Peridot, the August Birthstone

By Kevin P. McVay

August’s birthstone is the magical peridot, a yellow-green to lime-green gemstone that is said to have healing properties that help bring its wearers power and influence. There are many reasons why we like the peridot, even if we weren’t born in August.

The peridot might be what we need to complete the finishing touches to our perfect summer look. Here’s why we think it’s so popular:

  1. It has history. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some even believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might have actually been peridot. The Romans used the gem as a protection from enchantment. In the Middle Ages, it was worn for foresight and inspiration.
  2. It’s the perfect accent for most summer colors. The peridot, with its green hue, is unique because it’s subtle, adding radiance to its simplicity. Its refreshingly lighter color complements cheerful reds, curious blues, sunny yellows and crisp whites, all summer colors that are sure to shine bright in the heat of the day. The gemstone is the perfect match for taking strolls through the park, soaking up the sun and getting in touch with nature.
  3. It’s versatile. The peridot can be set into necklaces, rings, bracelets and other stunning jewelry pieces. It strikes an especially distinctive note when matched with gold and silver. The vivacious gemstone is also associated with truth and faithfulness. What’s not to love?

So there we have it. As we prepare for the last month of summer, let’s take a moment to reflect on the beauty of the peridot gemstone. Looking for one of your own? Check out our Find A Jeweler page to search for American Gem Society jewelers near you! Have a happy August!

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