9 December

Gift Guide: Classic Beauty

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Classic Beauty

The Classic Beauty is a woman you know well. She could be your mom, sister, cousin, aunt, or even you. Quality bags, accessories, and well-made wardrobe pieces have a place in her heart, while trends make her shiver. H&M, Zara? No way. Her no-knock-offs, no-nonsense attitude translates into her personal style, from the gym to the office.

She’s likely to invest in quality wardrobe pieces, jewelry, and accessories that translate well from season to season and last years instead of buying inexpensive clothes that go out of style in minutes. She works hard and rewards herself for milestones like a new job, promotion, or even her birthday.

Pretty tanzanite drop earrings, diamond studs, key pendants, and several right-hand rings may have a permanent home in her jewelry box. You can’t go wrong with any of these gifts. You could also try rings with a diamond halo, like the Annabelle Ring, mother’s jewelry, or anything with a classic look, like the Rich & Thin Band.

Alternately, some Classic Beauties may have a more carefree personality; in that case, look for free-flowing designs that have a natural or organic feel but are still high-quality, like the Desert Bloom Band or Wreath & Berry Band.

8 December

Gift Guide: Rock 'n' Roller

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Rock ‘n’ Roller

If you know her, it’s obvious. She favors cowboy or motorcycle boots over heels, jeans and easy t-shirts over fussy dresses, and loads of black leather. Her style icons are probably Angelina Jolie, Joan Jett, or maybe Mila Kunis or Taylor Momsen. She adores divine jewelry, clothes, films, music, and décor that leans edgier and darker than most. You might find her at a concert, art gallery, film festival, and possibly tattoo parlors. She follows the beat of her own drummer, and may have even gone to art school or joined a theater group. If she has an opinion, she’ll give it to you.

So how can you get a great gift for this feisty woman? She’s likely to love rich, vibrant colors like ruby, emerald, sapphire, tanzanite, and garnet. More unusual gems like black onyx, black diamond, smoky quartz, green amethyst, and iolite would also fit right into place in her jewelry box. A signature ring with a stand-out gem (like the Vahagan Ring or Ararat Ring) and a pair of black and white diamond-studded hoops or bold drop earrings would perfectly complement her look. She’d dig a pendant like the Moon and Star or Triscele to add flair to any neckline.

She’d rock a silver band like the Vine Ring daily, but if you give her a black diamond Lotus Ring, she just might tattoo your name on a visible body part. Your love is forever, and she wants the world to know it.

7 December

Gift Guide: True Romantic

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True Romance

Never one to give up, this type of woman believes in true love and if she happens to have lost it once, she’ll keep looking until she finds it again. She’s completely devoted to her friends, family, and pets, whether they’re dogs, cats, or guinea pigs. If she’s not allowed to have pets in her apartment, you can bet that she’s likely to volunteer at the local shelter for her fix of furry cuddles.

The True Romantic tends to dress to emphasize her femininity, choosing clothes and accessories with care that showcase details such as lace, satin, velvet, suede, and ruffles — anything sensual to the touch. Relaxing beach resorts, bed and breakfasts, and cozy ski lodges rank among her favorite getaways. Looking for a gift for your favorite True Romantic? Celebrate her individuality by choosing unique jewelry that celebrates her love of all things romantic like the Carina Ring or the Band of Hearts Ring. The Love Notes Necklace is a sweet way to keep love close to her heart. This romantic envelope opens to hold an engraveable plate on which you can inscribe a special message. Perfect to treasure forever.

If she’s not into wearing her heart on her sleeve, look for jewelry with soft, scrolling waves, like the Sea Spray Band or with a unique touch like the Acadia Ring. The Naked Cushion Petite Earrings, as well as the Flowering Stud Earrings are delicate touches sure to put a smile on her face.

6 December

Gift Guide: Vintage Vamp

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Vintage Vamp

Her love of the quirky and old-fashioned sets her apart, whether it’s ’50s-inspired society glam, World War II-era elegance with a modern touch, or a bit of kitsch lifted from the ’60s. This lady loves emulating style icons like the whimsical Zooey Deschanel, impeccably groomed Dita von Teese, fashionable Evan Rachel Wood, and the always-unpredictable Katy Perry. She just adores expressing herself through clothes, make-up, hair, and jewelry, much more than most women.

Looking for a special gift that she’ll always treasure? The Vintage Vamp in your life would definitely rock a colored gemstone engagement ring. Go for color in green tourmaline, iolite, ruby, and fire opal gems in antique-inspired settings, like the smashing Dauphine Ring in emerald or something straight out of a period film like the Chantilly Ring in aquamarine and diamond set in romantic rose gold. Pearls with a diamond stud are her type of saucy elegance, as well as antique-inspired Belle Earrings in sapphire. Intricate pendants like the Palm Fan Medallion and the Grace Cross are perfect for this old-fashioned lady.

Your Vamp is one to own a bevy of great costume and fine jewelry, and will buy herself delicious baubles to wear on any occasion. Why not get her a delicious gift like the Winter Palace Ring or Flamenco Ring?

5 December

Gift Guide: Glamour Girl

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Glamour Girl

It isn’t just diamonds that are a girl’s best friend — vivid green emeralds, crimson-red rubies, and cornflower-blue sapphires all have a home in the Glamour Girl’s jewelry box. She makes it a point to look her best at all times, whether that means wearing the latest fashions with designer heels or getting pampered at the salon and spa. She’s likely to hit new restaurants and clubs faster than anyone else, and loves being the center of attention. Big, beautiful gems and look-at-me pieces will win her heart. If you’re looking for a great gift for the leading lady in your life, take a cue from the red carpet.

She adores precious gems beloved by actresses and royalty, the bigger the better. Don’t have a celebrity-size bank account? You can still treat her like the star she is with couture-inspired pieces like the Racetrack Ring in pretty-in-pink rose quartz or the big, bodacious Naked Cushion Ring in glittery, London blue topaz. Movie-star-inspired baubles like the Natalie Ring will make her (and everyone else’s) jaw drop.

Trendy necklaces, like the Key to an Open Heart and initial pendants are also a great choice for a woman who likes to keep up with fashion. Last, but not least, juicy gemstone earrings are an automatic attention grabber. Try the Naked Cushion Double Earrings or the ever-popular Monsoon Earrings for a knock-out accessory.

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26 October

Buy Your Bands Sooner than Later

When you’re planning a wedding, your checklist is a mile (or twenty) long. (Trust me, I know — I’m engaged.) It’s easy to wait to buy your wedding bands until you’ve got all your deposits paid, the invitations sent, and the honeymoon booked, but… don’t. You’ll thank me later. Wait until the day is nigh, and you run the risk of not having your rings in time for the wedding! Of course, you can always send the best man out to get a few ring pops at the candy store, and make a cute display at the altar. While that’s a cute idea, do you really want to chance it?

Start looking at styles about six months before your wedding. You’d be surprised at how picky one of you can suddenly become: a man who has never worn jewelry may not like most styles he tries. My own groom can’t figure out if he wants yellow gold or a more silvery metal like palladium, platinum, or white gold. He’s taken his time trying on several styles and metals, but the paradox of choice has been confusing him. We’ve got it narrowed down to one style now, and he’s currently leaning toward yellow gold, as he compares it to “treasure”. Apparently, I’m marrying a pirate.

Unless you’re so carefree that you don’t mind walking into a jewelry store and buying whatever fits, try to order your wedding bands about two or even three months out. When you’re planning a wedding, Murphy’s Law tends to occur more often than not — anything that can go wrong, will. One of you may find out that you’re allergic to nickel, which is used in white gold alloys to give it that gleaming white tone. In that case, you’ll have to find a replacement ASAP. If you know that you’re allergic and still would rather go white, opt for palladium or platinum, which won’t bother your skin.

Let’s talk about ring sizes and time. If you get your ring and it’s too big or too small, you’ll have a bit of time to get the correct size if you have a buffer. Don’t be like Megan Fox — she lost her two-carat diamond engagement ring in the sand. Presumably, she didn’t feel it slip off, and it was never found. That’s a hefty amount of cash. (It wouldn’t hurt to insure your engagement ring and wedding bands, either.) If you’re on a weight-loss regimen of any type, it’s actually better to wait until you’re at your target weight to order your rings. If you lose quite a bit of weight, your finger, and therefore your ring size, will get smaller along with the rest of your body. After you order your ring, keep your weight steady, unless you don’t mind your ring slipping off and possibly disappearing for good.

Do you have any wedding ring tales or advice? How long did you wait until you ordered your rings?

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19 October

Girls’ Guide to Men’s Wedding Bands

A heroic amount of time and effort goes into finding the perfect engagement ring and bridal wedding band, but what about the groom’s wedding ring? Should it match your own ring, or would you rather he express his individuality?

A Perfect Match

Many brides often insist that the groom’s wedding band match the style of their own; this isn’t wrong, it’s simply traditional. These brides believe that by choosing matching wedding band styles, the couple presents a unified presence to the world

“I really like seeing our rings together. When I see the same style on his hand as on mine, it’s a warm reminder of our bond,” states Beth, a project manager who’s been married for five years.

Individuality is beautiful

More carefree brides believe in allowing their future husbands to pick whatever they like: since men aren’t usually involved in many aspects of the wedding, this is one area where he should freely give his opinion. The rules of marriage have softened over the years, and couples shouldn’t feel restricted to just one design.

“I think the groom should be able to choose his own ring. He has to wear the thing for the rest of his life, so he should like it. It also needs to fit comfortably,” says Nikki, an IT professional.

How candy can help

So what about metals? Ask if he has a preference. If, like most men, he’s never worn jewelry of any kind, it may be worth getting a few gumball machine rings. Ask him to humor you by wearing one silver ring on one hand and a gold one on the other. At the very least, it will help him decide if he prefers a white or yellow-toned metal.

Keep it in the family

We know that the strongest metals are best for holding diamonds and gemstones securely, which makes perfect sense for engagement rings. But does that mean you should buy him a platinum band? Is it wrong to get him gold if he spent so much on you?

Maria, a copywriter and newlywed, reasons: “I had my heart set on getting my fiancé a platinum band to match my platinum engagement ring. But research informed us that platinum is best for holding gems. We decided on a palladium band for him, because it’s in the same metal family and he didn’t want any stones in the band, anyway. Besides, it was cheaper!”

Special treasures for special days

While women tend to wear their engagement rings and wedding bands most often, some men have jobs that prevent them from wearing jewelry. If your husband-to-be works with machinery, you can count on him wearing a ring only on special occasions. If that’s the case, you may be tempted to buy him a silver wedding ring, and that’s your choice. However, buying something sturdier will assure that the ring he wears throughout the years will hold up well. Springing for a more precious metal will make him feel like the special guy he is, so why not step it up a little? (This is also another time where his opinion will be important; ask for it!)

Comfort is key

Everyone likes being comfortable, and jewelry is no exception. Consider the amount of time that ring will spend hugging his finger. He’s far less apt to take it off and play with it if he forgets he’s wearing it. A beveled or rounded edge on the inside of the band assures comfort. Some jewelers call this style of ring a “comfort fit”. If only clothes were labeled that way!

What are your favorite tips, tricks, and tales for men’s wedding band shopping? Comment below — we’d love to hear what you think!

12 October

Ten Years of Grand Gifts

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If you make it ten years into a marriage, you truly have something to celebrate! Commemorate each year with a different piece of gemstone jewelry and depending if you’re the giver or the receiver, you’ll build up either an arsenal of gift-giving ideas or quite the jewelry wardrobe. 

Year One: The Greatness of Gold

The first anniversary gem isn’t a gem, but a classic choice of jewelry, yellow gold. Coveted throughout time, yellow gold jewelry has been regarded as a symbol of love; no wonder it’s an apt gift for this important milestone. Join the gold circle and consider renewing your love with a pretty gold Forget Me Knot Ring.

Year Two: Gorgeous Garnet

Treasured for thousands of years, the luscious gem representing the sophomore year of marriage is the garnet. Available in crimson-red garnet and raspberry-colored, rhodolite garnet, this gem looks wonderful in heart-shaped jewelry like the Spark My Heart Ring.

Year Three: Pick Your Pearls

Pearls give off a celestial glow for your third-year anniversary, and have been associated with the moon in many cultures. Stand out in Tahitian pearl, peach pearl, golden South Sea pearl, pink pearl, lavender pearl, or classic white pearl jewelry. Go for a modern twist on tried-and-true pearl earrings in lavender pearl drops suspended by swirls of sterling silver.

Year Four: Beloved Blue Topaz

As you approach year four, you may wonder what kind of anniversary gift is appropriate; it hasn’t quite been five years, nor are you still newlyweds. Blue topaz is quickly becoming a popular stand-in for more expensive aquamarine and sapphire jewelry. Blue topaz rings, like the Melissa Ring, pack a colorful punch.

Year Five: Sweet Sapphire

When we hear the word “sapphire”, we often think of blue, as in “true blue”, because the sapphire has a longstanding association with devotion and fidelity. Blue sapphire has long been favored by royalty, but sapphire comes in several different colors, like pink, yellow, and white. Love blue? Aspire to royalty in the Princess Kate Ring.

Year Six: Be Admired in Amethyst

Amethyst is the sixth-year anniversary gem and the gem of sobriety and peace. By year six, wear this lovely purple gem as a fantastic reminder to take everything slowly and reflect on life and love. However, this association doesn’t mean that wearing amethyst jewelry can’t be a celebration, like this amethyst Lotus Ring!

Year Seven: Opulent Onyx

Black as night, onyx jewelry works both at the office or for a black-tie event. Not only is onyx a chic gem, but it was once believed to help build confidence and protect its wearer against negativity. Show your elegantly darker side with a round onyx center gem set in the ornate Winter Palace Ring.

Year Eight: Tantalize in Tourmaline

Tourmaline is October’s birthstone in addition to the eighth-year anniversary gemstone. Gemvara offers several designs set with either pink tourmaline or green tourmaline. (Some customers even order both set in the same design!) Tourmaline is thought to inspire creativity and strengthen the nervous system. Get fabulous and rejoice your good health in a pair of pink tourmaline hoops!

Year Nine: Lovely Lapis

The opaque, deep blue hue of lapis lazuli is the ninth-year anniversary gemstone. It can occur in shades of light denim or intense cobalt, and can contain threads of pyrite (fool’s gold), sodalite, or white calcite. Lapis is among the most wanted of the opaque, semi-precious gemstones, and looks great in rings and drop earrings.

Year Ten: Definitely Diamonds

Diamonds are the tenth-year anniversary gemstone and the hardest natural substance on Earth. The Romans believed that diamonds fell from the stars, while the Greeks thought they were tears from the gods. Women love both white diamond and black diamond jewelry. Either way, there’s no denying that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, offering courage, strength, and the ever-popular bling factor. Jazz up your diamonds by mixing them with another gem for brilliant color and radiance, as shown here in the Sea Spray Band.

Still feeling stumped? Take a look at other popular anniversary jewelry gifts!

5 October

A Guy’s Guide to Anniversary Gifts

Buying your wife an anniversary gift doesn’t have to be a painful process. Of course, if you’ve never done it before, it can feel worrisome. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to walk the mall for hours, deal with store employees who would rather be elsewhere, and waste a ton of time. Besides, there’s no doubt your wife will be happy to get something other than flowers, which die within days. Read on for a few easy suggestions to wow and keep her happy. (We all know how important that is!)

Go for the Gold

The gold standard is a standard for a reason. Long ago, someone started a trend when he or she declared that the traditional first anniversary gift was yellow gold, a classic. This Love Notes gold necklace features an “awww”-inducing envelope that opens to reveal a tiny “note” on which you can engrave a special message. Engrave “Forever Yours” or something equally mushy and put it in the envelope. Be forewarned however; your male friends and family members just might get mad at you for showing them how great gift-giving is really done!

A Whiter Shade of Pale

While we can’t argue that gold is a fantastic choice, it’s not the only one out there. Take a close look at what your wife usually wears. Does she prefer white metals like white gold, sterling silver, palladium, and platinum? Many women wear some kind of white gold jewelry every day. If your wife is fashion-forward and loves interesting designs, she’ll adore these rock crystal and white gold earrings.

 

A Rosy Disposition

It could be that she’s even more unique and really loves rose gold, a metal that is often in short supply in local, brick and mortar jewelry stores. Gemvara offers a vast range of rose gold rings, earrings, and pendants, like the one here, which can be customized to showcase both of your birthstones.

 

 

Jewels Worthy of Royalty

Is your lady ultra-glamorous? You don’t have to have a palace-sized fortune to buy royal jewels. Unless your wife somehow doesn’t know who Kate Middleton is (in which case, you’re not likely reading this), she might love a royal pair of earrings just like these white gold and diamond stunners Kate wore on her wedding day.

 

 

Keys, Please

Still stumped? Several celebrities have been photographed wearing key necklaces in movies, on TV, and in their personal lives. These cool keys pendants are just as fashionable among your wife’s friends as they are onscreen. Don’t have a ton of cash? Treat your leading lady to a sterling silver key personalized with her initial dotted with her favorite gem or birthstone.

 

Classics: Hoops and Rings

Finally, want something really easy? Start a tradition by giving her one stackable ring like the cute Band of Hearts Ring for the next five years! It’s guaranteed to be her favorite tradition ever, and in her eyes, you’ll stand on a pedestal above everyone else. If she’s more into earrings, I don’t know one woman who doesn’t love hoop earrings. But keep in mind that if you’re buying an anniversary present, the hoops should be far more special than the regular silver hoops she probably wears three days a week. Go grand and pick up a pair of hoops studded with glittering black and white diamonds.

Good luck and happy anniversary!

5 October

Insane Celebrity Engagement Rings

Never have we been more inundated with celebrity news, whether it’s who’s hooking up, breaking up, crying about perceived slights over Twitter, or getting arrested. However, it seems that lately, not a day goes by where there isn’t a brand-new celebrity engagement ring plastered all over TV, gossip sites, magazines, and our social networks. Here’s an infographic breakdown of the most insanely lavish celebrity engagement rings and what we could buy with all that cash.

Enjoy!

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