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Gemvara Blog » Angela Cuneo
9 June

Wedding Wares: Bride to Be

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In the weekly column “Wedding Wares” we’ve given you tips for how to dress as a wedding guest, a bridesmaid and with our final segment we’re giving you our advice for what to wear as the bride.

Whether it be a garden theme, beach wedding or formal affair, the bridal gown is the most important dress at a wedding so we put a lot of thought into our picks. This lacy gown with scalloping detail from Ann Taylor seemed like an ideal choice for a garden party, while the strapless, lightweight chiffon dress is perfect for a beachy destination. We also loved the jeweled details on the Aidan Mattox halter dress for a formal wedding because let’s face it, we love jewels.

Second to the importance of the gown is the jewelry. We love the idea of wearing blue dangling drops (they can be your something blue!) to add some color to an all white ensemble. Simple diamond studs always look classy and a cute pendant is a nice touch for a casual wedding.

Which look is your favorite?

31 May

Famous Jewels and the Celebrities Who Wore Them

When I think of famous jewelry collectors, Elizabeth Taylor automatically comes to mind. But before Elizabeth could even begin her jewelry addiction, Queen Elizabeth II had amassed a fortune in gems.

The queen has so much jewelry that she had a special room the size of an ice rink built 40 ft. below Buckingham Palace to house her precious gems. And we thought our tiered jewelry boxes were pretty special.

Her collection is valued at $57 million dollars and includes the Timur Ruby – a magnificent spinel weighing 352.50 carats. Inscribed on it are the names of all the former owners, all of whom were Mughal emperors.

The Queen also owns the diamonds Cullinan I, II, III and IV, all of which are were cut from the rough Cullinan diamond and are considered Crown Jewels.

If you could any gemstone you’d like (wouldn’t that be nice!), which one would you add to your jewelry collection?

23 May

Wedding Wares: Bridesmaids Edition

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Whether you have a wedding planned for this season or just a fantasy of what you would like your future nuptials to entail, choosing your bridesmaid’s attire can be a difficult process. You want to please everyone, but most of all you have to make sure it’s something you like. For our second installment of the Wedding Wares series we’re focusing on how to dress your bridesmaids.

The first suggestion is for a garden wedding, next is a beach theme and last is a formal affair. Each outfit is appropriate and best of all, reasonably priced! I think it’s also a sweet touch to give your bridesmaids jewelry and have them wear it during the ceremony. The flower pendant is memorable because it follows the garden theme and you can never go wrong with an initial necklace.

How would you go about choosing your bridesmaid’s dresses and gifts?

18 May

Wedding Wares: Guest Attire

Wedding season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but choosing the right outfit for the right setting can be quite a challenge. There’s the friend with her wedding on the beach, the one in a traditional church setting, the black tie affair, oh and you can’t forget about the garden party. Where does a girl begin? Here are a few suggestions:


For a beach wedding you have the most freedom with how you dress. You can go pretty casual, but I think wearing a maxi dress or a flowing, short number is your best bet. Keep the shoes summery with something like espadrilles or flat sandals. And of course, go bright with your jewels. Big gems are sure to glow under the shining sun. Try Gemvara’s Monsoon Earrings and make a stunning statement.


A happy medium between beach and cocktail attire, a garden wedding calls for a sweet patterned dress with fun accessories. Bright shoes and cute, floral studs complement this look perfectly.


The most formal of the three options, cocktail calls for a knee-length dress in a solid color or a small pattern. Don’t go too overboard with this dress. Heels are a must for a wedding of this kind and your jewelry should be elegant and sophisticated. I love the Amphora Earrings from Gemvara for this look.

10 May

Monogram Mania

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I don’t know about you, but I go a little crazy for a good monogram and lately it seems as though the classic lettering is becoming quite the trend. From home décor to handbags, there’s almost nothing that can’t be monogrammed. My favorite has to be this adorable pencil holder from Mackenzie Horan’s Design Darling boutique. I think it would look lovely on my desk.

Another idea not featured in the round up is to monogram jewelry with an engraving. At Gemvara engravings are free so I would definitely take advantage of that opportunity to leave your mark! How cute would your initials look inside the Two Hearts Ring?

Do you have anything monogrammed?

4 May

Symbols for Scholars

It’s that time of year – classes are winding down and it’s almost time to pull out the caps and gowns. While there’s no doubt the graduates are nervous (and excited!) about their big day, you may be even more nervous tasked with finding the perfect gift. Don’t worry; we’ve got some ideas:

  • Use school colors – Gemvara makes it easy to customize any piece of jewelry to include whatever gems you wish. Got a Harvard grad on your hands? Opt for red garnet. Looking for blue and white? Iolite or sapphire with rock crystal would make a lovely combination.
  • Engraving – At Gemvara every engraving is free so go ahead and tell your graduate how proud you are of him or her. Give some words of inspiration or simply just engrave the date.
  • Use Greek symbols – Often times if your graduate was in a sorority or fraternity there is a symbol associated with their group. Choose from a long list of necklaces with symbols like a moon or horseshoe to match your grad’s taste.
  • Stumped? Go for something timeless – Graduation is something that should be remembered forever, so why not get your graduate something they’ll wear forever. A simple knot ring or gemstone necklace would make an ideal gift for any graduation.

3 May

Angelina Jolie: Get the Look

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we think it’s safe to assume you’ve heard that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged. Can we get a resounding, “Finally!”? Now let’s get right into the good stuff – the ring. While it’s not an emerald (May’s birthstone) or a black diamond like we had guessed, the ring is no doubt a showstopper.

Designed by Robert Procop in collaboration with Pitt himself, the ring is a dazzling tablet-shaped diamond ringing in at $500,000. However, if you don’t have that kind of cash lying around, Gemvara offers a similar style in the Evelyn Ring. Set in rock crystal Gemvara’s ring comes to $1,200.

How do you feel about wearing a celebrity-look-alike engagement ring? Would you wear this style? Or customize it to be your own?

13 April

Friday Faves: Web Recap

So we’ve stumbled upon another Friday the 13th. Don’t let this unlucky day get you down. It’s almost the weekend, afterall!

Here’s a recap of things from around the web to keep you in a good mood the whole day through:

Birchbox is teaming up with Gossip Girl!  You can sign up here to receive a Gossip Girl Birchbox. If you already have a Birchbox subscription, you’ll get one automatically.

These DIY nail stickers from the Beauty Department look so fun and easy to make!

How ingenious is this company, Stacked Wines? We found them on A Piece of Toast and think they would be ideal for a picnic or outdoor adventure.

These watercolor drink tags from Cupcakes and Cashmere would be the perfect touch for a bridal shower or any other girly event.

Speaking of girl’s dinner, how fun is the Everygirl’s outdoor soiree?

Have a happy weekend!

12 April

Pretty Pastels

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Spring has sprung and so should your wardrobe. April begs for a closet revamp – i.e. putting your heavy sweaters back in storage, tossing those raggedy items that no longer appeal to you (or anyone for that matter) and adding a few new pieces to your collection. While I like a head-to-toe-pastel look, it can be hard to pull off. Instead, why not start small with accessories?

The Gemvara pendant (above) is petite and simple enough to wear every day. Matched with some lavender nail polish it would make a sweet and subtle statement. Step a little out of the box with these turquoise Repetto flats or update your iPhone case with this adorable teacup cover. Just a few simple touches and you’ll be well on your way to a sunny spring.

6 April

Friday Faves: Easter Eggs

This week on Pinterest people have been pinning Easter eggs like crazy. From dyeing, to painting and even carving, we found some egg-cellent designs that we are eager to try this weekend.

Easter recipes are also up there on our to-do list. We love these adorable egg nest cookies. They are so easy to make — simply bake sugar cookies, add some green icing for the grass and top with cadbury eggs.

Have a Happy Easter!

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