Fall Fashion Trends Straight from the Runway!

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:

  • Color
  • Feminine Features
  • Floral
  • Patterns
  • Texture

Color

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:

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Feminine Features

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:

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Floral

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:

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Patterns

Intricate patterns are eye-grabbing and compliment-worthy, they add a certain sophisticated element to any fall look.  Just like this piece from Gumunchian:

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Texture

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:

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Color-Changing Gemstones are Phenomenal!

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:

Alexandrite

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.

 Opal

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.

Zultanite

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!

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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.

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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