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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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5 Reasons to Love Rubies

By Donna Jolly, RJ

The birthstone of July is the fiery Ruby. As someone who has walked up and down many aisles at jewelry trade shows, I can attest to the eye-drawing power of rubies. You see one out of the corner of your eye and you cannot help but stop immediately and take a look. If you happen to run across a cluster of rubies, you might be standing outside the display case, gawking for a long time. Refreshments might be needed.

There are many, many reasons to love rubies. Here are five:

1. Jewelry lovers love them. Elizabeth Taylor, the grand dame of Hollywood jewelry lovers, adored her rubies. 105337119_taylor_286348c

She wrote about receiving this stunning set (left) given to her by her third husband, Mike Todd, and she makes it sound like a magical moment, a la Hollywood style. Dame Elizabeth was taking a swim when he presented her with this gorgeous gift:

 “I got out and put my arms around him, and he said, ‘Wait a minute, don’t joggle your tiara.’ Because I was wearing the tiara he had bought for me in the pool! He was holding a red leather box, and inside was a ruby-and-diamond bib necklace, which glittered in the warm light. It was like the sun, lit up and made of red fire. First Mike put it around my neck and smiled. Then he bent down and put matching earrings on me. Next came the bracelet. Since there was no mirror around, I had to look into the water. The jewelry was glorious, rippling red on blue like a painting. I shrieked with joy, put my arms around Mike’s neck, and pulled him into the pool after me. It was a perfect summer day and a day of perfect love.”

 Wait—she wore a tiara in the pool? And then she dove in wearing that expensive ruby and diamond set? Time to brush up on jewelry care. Thankfully, this is a great lead-in to reason #2 to love rubies:

2. They are very durable. Ruby is a variety of the gems species corundum. As a result it is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is durable enough for everyday wear. In fact, it’s one of the more popular alternative choices in engagement rings.

3. It’s a rare gift from nature. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value. The most prized color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color sapphire.

4. It has healing powers. According to lore, ruby can aid in improving emotions. It is also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness. Dame Elizabeth seemed pretty happy when Mike Todd gave her those rubies, so that part we know is true!

5. Because of jewelry like this, from Jye’s International. Hello beautiful!

 

Happy Birthday, July Babies!Jye's International Inc.


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American Gem Society member Gumuchian recently introduced a new collection they hope will help create awareness of the declining honeybee population, which is affecting plant life and food supply worldwide. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the collection – simply named “B” – will be donated to the non-profit, HoneyLove.org, which supports urban beekeeping and home gardens.  According to recent studies, including those by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in every three bites of food consumed in the United States is either directly or indirectly pollinated by bees.

Charm bracelet from Gumuchian's B collection

“I have never been afraid of bees. I think they’re wonderful” said Patricia Gumuchian, who was inspired to design the collection after reading numerous articles about the effects that a declining honeybee population would have on the environment. “I look around our office of women and think about the worker bees – who are the female bees – and how valuable they are to our livelihood. Our family gatherings and holidays largely center on all types of foods. What would happen if these things just went away? The effects could be detrimental. We need to change what’s going on.”

 

Charm from Gumuchian's B Collection charm bracelet

The suite itself will be offered in 18K gold and includes both link and cuff bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, and five different bee-related charms. “Many of our collections are inspired by nature” said Vice President of Sales, Myriam Gumuchian, “but this aspect of nature didn’t just inspire the designs, it also inspired us to be part of something bigger. A productive hive consists of successful teamwork, which we demonstrate daily in our New York office. The ‘B’ collection represents our appreciation of these remarkable creatures and our goal is to bring awareness to this growing problem. If honeybees continue to decline at the rate they are, we are all in big trouble.”

 

For more information about urban beekeeping, visit www.honeylove.org.

Honeycomb and honeybee necklace This rose gold bracelet features a small diamond encrusted honeybee. Diamond and rose gold earrings evocative of honeycombs. Pretty sweet
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