Best in Bridal and Beyond: ASHI Diamonds

By Randi Molofsky

Happen to be in the market for the perfect ring to exchange over “I do’s?” Look no further than American Gem Society member, ASHI Diamonds. With innovative collections like Lovebright—where smaller diamonds are seamlessly set together to create the look of a larger diamond—and complete bridal sets in white, yellow and pink gold in styles for contemporary, vintage and traditional women. ASHI’s designs will last a lifetime and beyond. We went behind the scenes with Paras Pandya, a director at ASHI Diamonds, to find out what makes them a leader in diamond jewelry.

 

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Lovebright Bridal Engagement Rings

 

What makes ASHI stand out from other diamond companies?

From the very beginning, ASHI’s focus has always been on providing the very best quality in any venture we pursue. Our passion for fine jewelry reveals itself in our craftsmanship, and no detail is too minor. This mindset has allowed us to create strong relationships throughout the industry, and it’s that same quality that has now become synonymous with ASHI.

We spend months during the development process, from concept to final creation, and often, pieces can be sent back to our manufacturing facilities up to 10 times before final approval. All the hard work we put in culminates in one perfect, unforgettable moment—when she sees the perfect ring inside the box. It’s a true privilege to be an integral player in one of life’s most precious moments, and creating memories like this are what inspires us to expect more from ourselves.

What are the most-wanted ASHI pieces? 

As for what’s moving and generating the most buzz, we’ve seen particular strength in the latest Bridal and Lovebright collections. I think they both provide a really great combination of design and quality. We truly love what we do, so our core focus has and will continue to be to provide amazing designing as well as the best finishing and craftsmanship available today. Whether she’s got modern flair, has an elegant charm, or that timeless vintage look, ASHI has the ring of her dreams, the perfectly unique one for her.

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Lovebright Round Cut Diamond Earrings in 14K Rose and White Gold

 

What are some of today’s biggest bridal jewelry trends? 

The bridal jewelry business is one that vows to be there for the jewelry industry through thick and thin. And with the not-so-recent advent of the internet, future brides have access to literally thousands of designs at their fingertips. They have more options, and at the same time, want something truly unique. As a result, we’re seeing a huge influx of customization, anything from changing the gold color of a certain component to a near overhaul of the original design. We’re more than happy to fulfill their requests because often studying these customization requests gives us an insight into the tastes of today’s bride. The desire for something truly unique pushes our design development process to its limits, leading our team to search far and wide for design inspiration.

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From the I Do Collection, a 14K White and Pink Gold Wedding Set

This year’s brides have a particular penchant for two and three-tone designs as well as fancy shaped center stones—all of which are ways of personalizing and differentiating one of her most treasured possessions. Bands are another way of adding a unique element, and today’s brides are stacking up to three different bands with their engagement rings and often in non-traditional designs or materials.

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From the I Do Collection, a 14K Yellow Gold Stack Band

Use our online Find a Jeweler search to locate an AGS credentialed jeweler near you and tell them you would like to see one of these great creations by Ashi!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Dad

By Robin Skibicki

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19. If you haven’t thought about a gift for your dear Dad, we have a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Just like Mom, Dad appreciates a gift of quality that will last a lifetime. Styles and trends may come and go, so be sure to find something that fits your Dad’s personality and lifestyle.

The Fun & Funky Father

This is the Dad who always has a fun story to share, a silly joke to tell, and got a kick out of embarrassing you when you were a kid! The Triangle Puzzle Ring by Mark Schneider matches this fun personality. Its two-tone 14k white and yellow gold with 0.205ctw diamonds.

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Looking for something different and slightly exotic? The Legends Naga Dragon Head bracelet by John Hardy is sterling silver and 18K bonded gold. The eyes are set with African rubies.

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The Fan-atic Father

If your Dad is a sports fan, he’ll cheer for these two sporty styles by Lashbrook Designs. Die-hard baseball fan? Go with the cobalt chrome 8mm band with baseball “stitching.” Dedicated basketball fan? Pick the titanium 8mm domed band with the basketball pattern.

The Fit Father

For men who live a very active lifestyle, purchase titanium jewelry. It’s the hardest of the metals, therefore more scratch, dent and bend resistant. Hearts On Fire designed this durable yet lightweight gray titanium ring. It’s highlighted by a cable rope running through the center, and one small, single diamond.

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The Factual Father

He likes to keep things simple. John Hardy designed a reversible, flat chain bracelet that’s sterling silver on one side and bronze on the other. Who doesn’t appreciate the versatility and convenience of reversible jewelry?

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Two-toned designs are very popular because they work with any look. The Grand Signature Bracelet by Ed Levin Jewelry is sporty, comfortable, classic and bold. No fuss, no muss.

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The Formal Father

The French cuff, whether worn with a business suit or a tux, always lends a formal feel to any look. Add a pair of stylish cufflinks, like these sterling silver and genuine onyx links by Stuller, for a finished touch!

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Dad deserves some bling, too! This design by Unique Settings of New York is timeless and stylish, with just the right amount of sparkle.

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The Futuristic Father

He’s all about technology. The car, the appliances, the gadgets—all must be wired into something…and each other! Whether you understand it or not, show your support for his love of innovation.

Royal Asscher carries a unique design collection called Stars of Africa. They have encased their exquisite diamonds and colored gems inside a dome, giving them freedom to move and sparkle. Dad ought to be fascinated with these sterling silver cufflinks housing blue sapphires.

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Dad is going to think this is cool! Steven Kretchmer designed a tri-band ring using Polarium™, their magnetic platinum alloy. The three 7.5mm magnetic bands have a matte finish with rounded edges, with the middle component featuring a stripe of 24k crystallized gold inlay.

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Need some more ideas? Use our online Find a Jeweler search to locate an AGS credentialed jeweler near you. Our highly trained and educated jewelers will help guide you through the buying process and answer any questions you may have. Enjoy celebrating this day dedicated to Dad!

Tips from Jewelers Mutual: Checklist to Find a Lost Ring

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company offers a valuable checklist on the best steps to take when searching for a lost ring—or any piece of jewelry, for that matter. Whether you misplaced it at home, lost it in public, or somewhere in between, this checklist will be your guide and keep you focused.

Learn more by reading their blog,  Lost Ring? Follow These Steps [CHECKLIST].

June Hits the Birthstone Trifecta

By Robin Skibicki

Those born in June celebrate their special month with three beautiful birthstones: the luminous pearl, enchanting alexandrite and magical moonstone.

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Pearls

Pearls are the only gemstone in the world that comes from a living organism, and can be found in both saltwater and freshwater. Whether natural or cultured, a pearl forms when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around any type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusk to start the process. There are also different types of mollusks that produce very different looking pearls.

For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your grandmother’s traditional strand of pearls.

 

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Sterling silver necklace with five rows of white baroque coin freshwater cultured pearls and rock crystal, by Honora.

 

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Mastoloni designed a 16.3mm Tahitian pearl set in 18kt white gold adorned with diamonds on each side.

 

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Natural golden South Sea cultured pearl and diamond earrings in 18kt gold, by Shogun Pearl.

 

Alexandrite

This variety of color change chrysoberyl is extremely rare, placing the alexandrite in its own mineral group. When this remarkable stone is viewed in daylight or fluorescent light, it appears green or blueish green. When seen under incandescent lighting, it morphs to a purplish red.

Due to its rarity, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of this chameleon-like gemstone. Synthetic gemstones are man-made alternatives to the natural material, possessing the same physical, optical, and chemical properties as the natural gemstone.

Alexandrite is a relatively modern gem, first discovered in Russia around 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II. Although alexandrite has a short history, it is has been associated with good fortune, enhanced creativity and focus.

The photos below are key examples of the incredible color-changing properties of the alexandrite. OMI Privé‘s, Niveet Nagpal, designed this bewitching brooch named “Alexis.” Each photo shows the same brooch under both color phases.

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The lizard’s body is 18K white gold, and the back is made up of 6.06 ctw of alexandrite rough. The eyes are tsavorite, the mouth is ruby, and the entire piece is accented with diamonds, alexandrites and black diamonds. A work of art!

AG Gems Alexandrite

A natural, oval-cut Alexandrite ring by AG Gems is flanked by two half-moon cut diamonds and accented by 42 round brilliant cut diamonds.

 

Moonstone

A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and occasionally show either a multi-rayed star or a cat’s eye. They are part of the family of minerals called feldspar and occur in many igneous and metamorphic rocks. Moonstone is a translucent stone that comes in a variety of colors, such as white, gray, green, blue, peach and champagne. The most popular is the rainbow moonstone, which is an iridescent white or gray displaying a blue sheen in the light. To enhance the adularescence, moonstone is often cut into a smooth cabochon shape.

Moonstone lore appears in varying cultures over the centuries, each associating its mesmerizing properties with goddesses, psychic abilities, femininity and motherhood, calming, protection, health and good fortune. Here are some exquisite designs featuring the magnificent moonstone.

 

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The Pompei Pendant by Lika Behar Collection features a tear drop rainbow moonstone framed by 24k gold and oxidized sterling silver.

 

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Yael Designs‘ Moonrise earrings are set in 18k white gold, and feature moonstones and blue sapphires, accented with ideal cut diamonds.

 

Moonstone-peach Ritani

A round, peach moonstone pendant by Ritani is set in 18kt yellow gold with a beaded edge finish.

 

If you’re in search of pearl, alexandrite or moonstone jewelry, visit our Find a Jeweler search for an AGS credentialed jeweler near you.