Unique Wedding Bands for Men

By Amanda L Colborn

For this week’s #WeddingWednesday we wanted to do something just a little different.  Usually we pay tribute to all the gorgeous variations of women’s wedding and engagement jewelry.  This week we wanted to get the men into the mix and shine the spotlight on just of few of the thousands of variations and options for men’s wedding bands.

Have you ever wondered why men wear wedding rings in the first place? Is it just tradition or a true sentiment of love?

Well, it is both!  In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore wedding bands as a symbol of their never-ending love.  Fast forward several hundred years to the early 1900’s in America — men were seen as the dominant sex, and they did not feel they needed to show their dedication and love to a woman.  Also, many men felt at that time that a ring on their finger would only get dirty at work and in the way, therefore men’s wedding bands fell out of fashion for awhile.  It wasn’t until World War II that men started wearing wedding bands more commonly, as a reminder of their dear wives back home and their commitment while overseas.  Men’s wedding bands continued to be common among military men, but it wasn’t until after the Korean War that they started to become more popular among civilian men.

Now, men have plenty of options and styles to choose from for whatever their fashion sense or lifestyle require.  Most commonplace, is the traditional and simple, wide band in either gold or silver.

However that doesn’t work for everyone, so let’s explore some updated and stylish new options for men:

Commanding Grey Titanium Dome Grid Band by Hearts on Fire

Commanding Grey Titanium Dome Grid Band by Hearts on Fire

First up we have this stunning band made from grey titanium. Durable and strong for long term wear.  This ring offers a unique grid design and three diamond accents.  Yes! Men can wear diamonds every day too!  What is nice about this ring is that the diamonds do not take away from the masculine appeal of this band.

Men's Black Paneled Cobalt Chrome Wedding Ring by Ritani

Men’s Black Paneled Cobalt Chrome Wedding Ring by Ritani

Next, we have this super sleek and sophisticated band from Ritani.  This band is perfect for the man who does not want or need a ring that commands attention, like a shiny gold or silver band.  This ring itself is much more demure and mysterious while still being completely durable and sleek for everyday wear.

Comfort Fit Band by Etienne Perret

Comfort Fit Band by Etienne Perret

The Etienne Perret band above features a unique design from the traditional men’s wedding band.  This ring features a squared top detail and a real diamond enhanced with red, all set in white gold.  This ring is for the man who wants something extra, a little extra elegance and a bold statement.  This ring is gorgeous and will work perfectly either dressed up or dressed down.

And there we have three great examples of how you can take the traditional men’s wedding band and upgrade it to fit your lifestyle and design preference.  Check with your local AGS Jeweler for more options and make sure to shop for your wedding bands together! Your partner in life may introduce you to a piece that you won’t be able to live without.  Good luck!

 

2014 Holiday Jewelry Trends

By Amanda L Colborn

With the holiday season right around the corner – this is the perfect time to post about upcoming jewelry trends so you can dress to impress at your next holiday party.  We’ve come across several themes this season, but the following six definitely stood out the most.

Let’s jump right to them:

Charms

Link bracelet in 14K white gold with 14K rose gold rose charm from Ben Bridge .

Link bracelet in 14K white gold with 14K rose gold rose charm from Ben Bridge

Charm bracelets are classic for the holiday season.  What better way to show the one you care about than with a beautiful charm selected just for them? This is the ultimate in personalization for the bracelet lover in your life.  Charm bracelets are also a perfect way to show off to friends and family what is important to you.  They are guaranteed conversation starters!

Rose Gold

Rose gold ring with green gold and diamonds from Jabel Jewelry

Rose gold ring with green gold and diamonds from Jabel Jewelry

Rose gold is the epitome of feminine elegance.  It brings out the brilliance of diamonds and colored gemstones and complements just about every taste.  Rose gold pieces have been generating a lot of likes and compliments via the American Gem Society’s social media pages and we’re just as in love with it as you are.  Add an additional touch of beauty to your holiday outfit with a gorgeous piece of jewelry set in rose gold.

Seventies Flair

White and yellow diamonds set in 18kt gold with a pearl center from Yael Designs

White and yellow diamonds set in 18K gold with a pearl center from Yael Designs

Recently at the American Gem Society, we got into a discussion about the comeback of yellow gold.  It seems to be showing up a lot more in the fashion-scene in an especially seventies way.  Thick, chunky chains, bold medallions and sleek cuffs are appearing more and more in yellow gold.  Accentuate a chic, minimalist outfit this holiday season with a bold piece of jewelry.  Tell us how you feel about this trend in our comments section.

Mismatched Earrings

Pink sapphire and rose gold studs by Omi Prive

Pink sapphire and rose gold studs by Omi Prive

Pink sapphire and rose gold drop earrings by Omi Prive

Pink sapphire and rose gold drop earrings by Omi Prive

Two earrings and two earlobes no longer are one in the same! Mismatched earrings is very on-trend this season and we absolutely love the idea of pairing together a stud and a drop like these two sets shown above.  In both the same gemstone and type of metal – these two sets are made for each other!

Unique Rings

Woven braided saddle ring with diamond pave in 18K gold from John Hardy

Woven braided saddle ring with diamond pave in 18K gold from John Hardy

There are so many options for unique rings, this might be the easiest and most favorite trend to pull off this season.  From rings which cover your entire finger or just a larger portion of it (such as the ring shown above) to tiny, delicate midi-rings to asymmetrical rings – you have countless options to mix and match at your leisure.  Let these rings steal the show at your holiday party by pairing it with just a light, simple necklace.  Your friends will be in awe!

Layered Jewelry

Pearl and mixed metal layered necklace from Mastoloni Pearls

Pearl and mixed metal layered necklace from Mastoloni Pearls

Layered jewelry, like this statement necklace from Mastoloni Pearls make even the most simple outfit something truly spectacular.  Both necklaces and bracelets layer well and don’t fret about mixing metals! Shades of gold and silver can all work well together.  Give it a try and see what fun combinations you’ll discover!

And there we have it, your holiday jewelry trends report for the 2014 season.  Experiment, have fun and show off your fine jewelry pieces to friends and family this holiday season.  And don’t forget! It’s truly better to give than to receive so share your newly discovered, secret jewelry knowledge with your loved ones as well!

Instagram Favorites

By Amanda L. Colborn

It has been awhile since we blogged about our top likes for the American Gem Society Instagram page. We thought this would be a good opportunity to look back at what fine jewelry pieces have the most likes from our followers.  The followers of our Instagram page definitely do not disappoint, the four pieces below are what have the most likes and they are absolutely stunning!

blog_omiprive_1First up is a stunning ring by Omi Privé.  It’s easy to see why people loved this ring so much, just look at it! This jaw-dropping 10.10ct pink-orange tourmaline is set in beautiful rose gold and surrounded by diamonds. This ring is so feminine and classy, who wouldn’t fall in love with it?

blog_yaeldesigns_2Next up, a unique piece by Yael Designs.  This ring is a blue zircon and diamonds set in white gold.  We love the claw clasp holding the center stone, this ring would be a perfect accompaniment to any upcoming winter-themed celebration.

blog_wimmersdiamonds_3Here is something you don’t get to see everyday!  Wimmer’s Diamonds posted this very cool photo of rough diamonds on their Instagram page and people seemed to just love it!  As much as we love looking at gorgeous pieces of fine jewelry, it is always great to see how diamonds look naturally — they’re always beautiful no matter what stage they’re in!

blog_alsonjewelers_5Last and certainly not least, we have this piece from Alson Jewelers.  This 3.28ct fancy yellow diamond ring commands attention and adoration.  It was no surprise to us that this piece made the list of top likes, it’s absolutely beautiful!

How do you feel about our top liked pieces on Instagram?  Let us know your favorite in the comment section, we love hearing from you!

Celebrating the birthstones of November!

By Amanda L. Colborn, Marketing Coordinator at AGS

Topaz

Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, at the time — all yellow gems were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones.

Photo from Parlé  Jewelry Designs

Photo from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Photo from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Photo from Parlé Jewelry Designs

 

Citrine

Citrine, the other birthstone for November is known as the “healing quartz.” This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. Citrine is also known as a success and prosperity stone. So much so that it is called the “Success Stone.” It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas, and in many ways. Citrine can be found in a variety of shades ranging from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is one of the most affordable of gemstones and plentiful in nature. Citrine is found most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain.

Photo from Supreme Jewelry

Photo from Supreme Jewelry

Photo from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Photo from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Photo from Parlé Jewelry Designs