Jewelry and the Colors of Spring!

By Amanda L Colborn

We’re finally reaching the threshold of spring! (Seriously…it really took its sweet time getting here.)

And in celebration of spring, we wanted to share with you the latest style and color trends of the season, so when you hit the beach — you’ll be the hottest one there!

Pantone recently released their Spring 2015 color scheme.  The Spring 2015 palette includes ten colors for the season in varying shades and hues.

Pantone says, “This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.”

We’d like to show you how these particular colors can pair with some really fine and luxurious jewelry options, let’s jump right in!

First up is Aquamarine, perfectly fitting as it is also the birthstone of March! A truly calming gemstone, we’re featuring this beautiful pendant from jeweler, Wimmer’s Diamonds.

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Up next, a bright and beachy hue: Scuba Blue.  Scuba Blue pairs perfectly with this beautiful zircon and diamond ring from Suna Bros.

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Next is Lucite Green, a happy and sea foamy green color.  Lucite pairs perfectly with a mint tourmaline ring from Erica Courtney Jewelry.

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There is nothing more calming and comforting than a Classic Blue hue, reminiscent of the ocean and a dream getaway.  This color pairs perfectly with a stunning sapphire ring from Jack Lewis Jewelers.

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The Pantone color, Toasted Almond, reminds us more of rose gold than anything.  It is subdued but provides a comforting warmth, it also goes with just about everything! This morganite and rose gold ring from Yael Designs suits Toasted Almond perfectly!

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What would spring be without a cheery pink for Easter? Pink is effortlessly classic and fun, it pairs perfectly with the pink morganite found in these earrings from AG Gems!

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Next we have the Pantone color, Tangerine.  Tangerine looks just like an orange dreamsicle and it’s making us anxious for summer! Tangerine pairs perfectly with citrine, just like these earrings from Parlé Jewelry Design. Just make sure no one tries to eat them!

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epf088c22ciSunny and sweet are two fitting words to describe both custard itself and the beautiful Pantone color, Custard. Bright and cheery and perfect for this time of year, Custard is the color of beautiful yellow diamonds. The yellow diamonds in these rings from Long’s Jewelers are perfectly fitting!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year also made their spring color list, not that we mind, Marsala is a gorgeous and spicy color.  Reminding us of a night out on the town, grab your garnets because Marsala pairs perfectly!  Speaking of nights out, you’ll need a gorgeous cocktail ring like this from Omi Privé to make your night complete.

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Lastly, we have Pantone’s Glacier Gray.  “Gray for spring,” you say?  What is so great about Glacier Gray is that it’s a neutral that will complement and enhance any of the previous colors you pair with it.  Just like beautiful colorless diamonds which go with everything and make colored gems pop! Just look how well this Hearts on Fire ring, featuring colorless diamonds, enhances the Classic Blue of this woman’s shirt — stunning!

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And there we have the colors of Spring 2015 brought to you by Pantone, as well as it’s best jewelry for coordinating brought to you by all of us at the American Gem Society.  Stay warm out there and know that spring and all of its fabulous fashion trends are right around the corner. Better get shopping!

 

 

 

Pantone announces the 2015 Color of the Year!

By Amanda L. Colborn

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You’ve likely heard that Pantone has released their Color of the Year for 2015, a warm and spicy shade called “Marsala!”

Upon its release, the team at AGS noticed something very familiar about this shade…it perfectly matches the red garnet gemstone!

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Red Garnet polished gemstone

Because the colors match so perfectly, we wanted to show you some jewelry options that would pair perfectly with Pantone’s Marsala.

Garnet ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Garnet ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs

First is a gorgeous red garnet and 14 karat yellow gold ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs.  This ring features a stunning, oval-cut center stone, surrounded by yellow gold and diamonds.

Earrings by Parlé Jewelry Designs

Earrings by Parlé Jewelry Designs

Next, also from Parlé Jewelry Designs, these gorgeous garnet and 14 karat white gold earrings.  Each earring features a beautiful pear-cut garnet surrounded by diamonds.

Garnet ring by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers

Garnet ring by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers

Lastly, this ring by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers is absolutely breathtaking.  It features a huge, round-cut center garnet, surrounded by white and yellow diamonds as well as more garnets, all set in beautiful rose gold.

You cannot go wrong with any of these options here among countless others to suit your Pantone preferences.  Use our Find A Jeweler tool as well to locate an AGS certified jeweler in your area for even more garnet options.  Enjoy!

February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers

 

Amethyst, ranging from a light to dark purple has been in popular use for centuries. Purple is often associated with royalty; notice how many people of power enjoy that deep, purple tone!  Amethyst was Catherine the Great’s favorite stone and can be found among the British Crown Jewels.

 

Amethyst is the purple variety of the Quartz species. It often has no imperfections, so it is very easy and appealing to make into large statement jewelry.

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Amethyst grows in an amazing rock called a geode. Amethyst geodes come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes the geode is so beautiful that you might not want to cut it to make a faceted stone. Some are small and can be used as a paperweight, others are large and can be displayed as a piece of art or decoration. Amethyst geodes can be so big that they are twice as tall as you! Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be in your garden?

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The name Amethyst comes from a Greek word that means “not drunken”, which is most likely where it’s healing properties come from.  Amethyst is said to be a sobering stone, healing all in the head. Whether you have a headache or are just in search of clarity, this is your stone.

 

February babies, you might have a shorter month, but you have gorgeous shades of Amethyst to choose as your birthstone. The lighter color also resemble this years Pantone Color of the Year! 

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Emerald: May’s Birthstone

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers

 

The Pantone Color of the Year is making a huge comeback!

 

Often imitated, never duplicated. It’s a phrase that describes emeralds, May’s birthstone, very well. Since the beginning of time emeralds have been a hot commodity. Cleopatra is believed to have had a huge love and admiration for the gemstone, although most of her collection turned out to be peridot.  Roman Emperor Nero is believed to have had sunglasses made of emeralds, however this is unlikely due to their included and cloudy nature.

Nero’s supposed sunglasses were a representation of the stone’s power. Emeralds are mythically believed to help the eyes and open them to the future. Emerald is Spring’s stone; it signifies life force and has been associated with fertility.Loose_Emeralds

Just like many Sapphires are heat treated to improve their appearance, most emeralds are oiled to improve theirs. This type of treatment is a normal and accepted practice in the world colored stone industry, and has been done in the same way for centuries. It is important to take extra care when cleaning your emerald jewelry. Use a soft toothbrush with warm soapy water instead of putting it in an ultrasonic cleaner which can damage or change the oil filling.

Emeralds, like diamonds, have a variety of interesting inclusions that make each stone unique. Their inclusions are sometimes called jardin, meaning garden (French), because when you look under a microscope they can look like beautiful mossy plant-life. These inclusions are not only beautiful, but can also aid in the identification of country of origin.

Most emeralds are now being mined in Columbia, Zambia and Brazil. Up until very recently, there was an Old West atmosphere surrounding the emerald mines in Columbia. Emeralds are very important to their economic structure and people will sometimes kill to get them.

Color is also a very important factor in the world of emeralds. Very slightly bluish green is the richest and most sought after color. All emeralds, regardless of color and inclusions are beautiful in their own way, just like May babies.Emeralds

Click here to find a jeweler near you that sells emerald jewelry!

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!”