Tips from Jewelers Mutual: Popular Engagement Rings to Make Your Holiday Proposal Perfect

Are you planning to make one of your holiday gifts an engagement ring? With all the excitement and holiday hubbub, where do you begin?

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has compiled a wonderful list of what to look for, based on latest trends, hottest colors and alternative alloys. But keep in mind, it’s most important to be conscious of what your beloved most desires.

Learn more by reading their blog, Popular Engagement Rings to Make Your Holiday Proposal Perfect.

Celebrating Cushion Cut

By Amanda L. Colborn

One of the most popular and consistently trending diamond and gemstone shapes is the cushion cut.

Originally referred to as the “old mine cut,” the cushion cut is essentially a square cut with rounded corners, much like a cushion…hence it’s name.

Arguably, one of the top most popular cuts today – the round cut diamond being the first – the cushion cut has been around for approximately 200 years.

Cushion cuts have evolved over time, refinements have been made since the 1920’s to improve the brilliance and light return of the cut causing a big increase in popularity over time and giving you the beautiful cut that you know and love today.

 

Cushion cut earrings from Forevermark Diamonds.

Cushion Cut Yellow Diamond Earrings from Forevermark Diamonds

The cushion cut does have different cut patterns and no two gemstones are the same, so be sure to talk to your American Gem Society jeweler about which one best suits your taste.  No matter which cushion cut jewelry piece you pick, you can feel confident knowing that you’re wearing one of the most popular and coveted cuts available!

Cushion Cut Tourmaline from Omi Privé

Cushion Cut Tourmaline from Omi Privé

Jewels of the 2013 Emmy’s

By Lisa Bridge, Certified Gemologist, Ben Bridge

 

The Emmys are an exciting night for television, but the fashion and jewelry worlds get to play along too. All in all the stars made good choices in their jewelry.

I was surprised by the number of celebrity comments on how nervous they were wearing their jewelry on the red carpet. While there were some very expensive pieces, aren’t these the people we consider our American royalty? Shouldn’t they know how to wear jewelry? Also, isn’t the number one rule of the red carpet to look confident (whether you feel that way or not)?

In spite of some insecurities, there were some great jewelry moments. A few of my favorites were:

*Anna Faris’ lizard brooch worn on the back of her dress. The yellow dress and the green, demantoid lizard were stunning together. The insouciant lizard made the beautiful dress into something quite special. It was unique, charming, and memorable. What more could you want from the red carpet?Anna_Faris_Lizard_Brooch

*I loved the stars who embraced yellow gold at the Emmys. Many of us have anxiously been awaiting its return and by the look of the red carpet, there is definite progress. Padma Lakshmi went “all in” on yellow gold. With an architectural bracelet that took up much of her arm, the statement was a perfect complement to her structured white gown.

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*Quite a few women wore big colored gemstone rings. Between the emerald rings on Mayim Bialik and Sofia Vergara (whose ring was 40 carats) and Zooey Deschanel’s tourmaline ring, I couldn’t stop looking at everyone’s hands!

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*Men are often left out of the bejeweled fun of awards shows, but thankfully last night a few joined the party. George Katsiopoulos of E! News wore a cluster of Forevermark diamonds on his lapel. It was just the right extra touch, both classy and visually interesting.

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Happily there are many more award shows to look forward to and hopefully impressive jewelry to go along with them.

My Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

By Denise Chislett, RJ, Underwood Jewelers

 

Everyone wants the best for their Mom! Here are some jewelry gift ideas to help you this Mother’s Day.

 

My Mother is my best friend. She brought me into this world and gave me everything she could, even when I didn’t deserve it (oh, the teenage years!). My Mother didn’t do the best she could for me. She did the BEST. My Mother isn’t a fancy woman. She is beautiful and down to earth. She is simple, elegant and most of all she is one of the funniest people I know. She never had “nice things” when she was growing up and so she appreciates everything from big to small. I bought her a beautiful turquoise and sterling silver necklace for Mother’s Day which will compliment her red hair. Even though it’s only $100, she’ll love and cherish it because it’s from me.

How will you honor your Mom this Mother’s Day? What piece of jewelry will best fit her personality? Here are a few ideas from big to small:

1) For the woman who says don’t get her anything; This woman is humble. She does the dishes, cleans the house, folds your laundry and doesn’t expect a thank-you. Get her something that shows how much you appreciate her and that your world wouldn’t be the same without her. She is the Center of Your Universe. Check out this Forevermark diamond halo pendant by A. Link. They come in a variety of different sizes and price points. She can wear it every day with jeans and keep it on when you take her out to dinner in her little black dress. Like her; it is versatile, simple and elegant. ($4800 below)Center_of_my_Universe_Mothers_Day

2) For the Fashionista: Emerald is the Pantone color of the year. Everyone’s wearing it in Hollywood! Get her a beautiful emerald ring or some chandelier drops emerald earrings (chandeliers are hot right now!). Show her you listen and notice the trends. ($3400 below)Mothers_Day_Gift_Emerald

3) For the sporty Mom: She may drive a mini-van, but she can beat you in an arm-wrestling contest hands down! She’s practical, cute and has a lot of spunk! She likes adventure and trying new things. This woman keeps you on your toes! Check out these “Flavors” bracelets by A. Link. They feature diamonds on a rubber band. She will be sure to stand out at the gym in these! (Pictured below: Chocolate $675, Coconut $895, Orange $675)

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Diamonds are timeless; passed on from generation to generation. Everyone wants the best for their mother because she gave you the best. There is no amount of money or jewelry that can repay the value of love my Mother gave me. This woman took me to countless dance lessons, played Barbie’s with me, gave me a bell when I was sick so she would hear me, taught me how to drive a car, and even took a loan out to send me to New York to train in classical ballet. I wish I could give her everything she gave me. I tell her this all the time and she replies, “Don’t worry, you’ll be changing MY diapers some day!”