24 May

Win a customer wardrobe on Refinery29.com

Customization is one of the pillars that we believe in here at Gemvara, so it is with great excitement that we are featured in the Refinery29 contest to win a wardrobe of entirely customizable pieces. The contest runs until Sunday, May 27th at 12:00pm ET and the winner will be treated to gift cards to Indi Jeans, Milk & Honey, Alex & Eli, Laudi Vidni and Gemvara. Sign up today!

As seen on refinery29.com:

A Giveaway Just For You! Win A Customized Outfit From INDi Denim And Milk & Honey

By Leila Brillson

The idea of a bespoke suit is nothing new for a guy, but for some reason, the fairer sex gets the short end of the custom-closet stick. Maybe it’s because women are so particular, or tailors are committed to suiting, but whatever the reason might be for us gals losing out on the tailor-made trend, we say: The time for customization for ladies has arrived.

Fortunately, one of our SF favorites, the cheeky, colorful, and cool denim brand INDi, has teamed up with Milk & Honey for one perfectly made-to-order giveaway. The theme behind the swag is a completely customized experience, loading up a lucky lady with their very own, perfectly fitting pair of INDi’s personalized denim to a gorgeous Alex & Eli, perfect-for-just-you blazer. Of course, the winner gets to pick some other favorites, too, like a $250 Gemvara jewelry gift card, a chic Laudi Vidni handbag, and, of course, a $250 spree to design your own shoe go-to Milk & Honey. If you want to see the goods, we’ve got a killer slideshow to get your psyched for customized cool. So, head on over to enter to win the exact stuff you want — the best part of this amazing giveaway is that it truly is, like you, one-of-a-kind!

22 May

Ruby Tuesday: Zuckerberg’s Secret Ruby Wedding

Mark Zuckerberg Wedding

While most of us thought that last Friday would be the highlight of Mark Zuckerberg’s week, Saturday proved to trump Friday’s festivities as he married his long time girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in an intimate ceremony in his back yard. Our favorite part: he strayed from the traditional diamond and put a Ruby ring on her finger.

Ruby’s have long been second in the running for engagement ring fashion (remember Princess Fergie’s Ruby engagement ring?), and due to Saturday’s nuptials we are hoping to see a resurgence in the trend. Due to their rich red hue, they symbolize passion, romance, and happiness – making them a perfect engagement ring stone.

Here at Gemvara, we love to see some color in a sea of diamond engagement rings and so are dedicating this rainy Tuesday to the Ruby!

Alyssa Ring Gemvara

Find your perfect Ruby Engagement ring on Gemvara!

12 May

5 Startups That Can Give Your Mom the Best Mother’s Day Ever This Year

As seen on bostinno.com:

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14th, and while flowers, cards and chocolates are nice, your mom is special. In fact, she’s the best mom in the world, right? Right! So give her the best of the best. Shower her in diamonds, pay someone to do her dirty work and let these five startups take care of the rest. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommas out there!

TaskRabbit – Growing up, your mom did it all for you. She cooked, cleaned and ran errands, all with a smile on her face. This Mother’s Day, give your mom a break, and send her a TaskRabbit to take care of the chores – from doing the laundry to weeding the garden. If you post the task before Monday, May 14th, TaskRabbit is offering $10 toward any Task, using the code ILOVEMOM.

Vsnap – Can’t be with Mom this Mother’s Day? Sometimes a Hallmark card just doesn’t cut it. Mommy wants to hear the sound of your voice and see your shining face. Thanks to the Boston-based startup Vsnap, you can send your mom a quick, 60-second video message, telling her how much you love her!

SittingAround – Know a mother with young kids? Point her to SittingAround, so she can take a day to herself without the kiddos running around. Founded by MassChallenge alums, SittingAround is an online babysitting co-op that allows parents to swap their time for free childcare. Additionally, earlier this year, SittingAround launched its Sitter Marketplace, a tool for parents to connect with, vet, book and share paid babysitters.

Gemvara – Mom deserves something special, and you know it. Gemvara allows you to make unique, custom jewelry, all from your desktop. The prices are a bit steep, but get your siblings to pitch in, and Mom will be beaming as bright as the gem in that necklace when she sees it.

Birchbox – If your mom likes to be pampered, Birchbox is the way to go. For just $10 per month, Birchbox delivers a curated box of beauty products straight to your door. The box features a range of samples from well-known brands and up-and-comers, so Mom can test the waters on all the anti-aging cream she wants. Not like she needs it, of course.

 

12 May

The Key to the Perfect Gift?

As seen in Chicago Sun-Times:

What could be better for the mom who loves jewelry than the Gemvara Key to an Open Heart pendant? It’s made of sterling silver and available at an affordable $172; visit Gemvara.com. (By the way, Gemvara has one of the largest fine jewelry selections in the world, with 1.5 million design possibilities that can be custom-made.)

9 May

Get The Look From Revenge: Infinity Pendant

As seen on momtrends.com:


Everyone’s favorite show Revenge is coming to an end for the season on Wednesday, May 23rd, but you can still get the look of heroine Emily Thorne. Online jeweler Gemvara.com created a necklace of Emily’s signature “infinity loop” tattoo. The Infinity Pendant is available in a variety of metals and prices range from $187- $500.


Gemvara is the only online retailer of fine jewelry that offers a virtually unlimited selection of designs through its unique made-to-order technology platform. Offering the largest fine jewelry selection in the world, shoppers have access to over 1.5 million unique design possibilities with more than 1,500 original designs that can be customized using 26 gemstone and 8 precious metal options. Everything is handcrafted in the US using just-in-time manufacturing to produce unique, one-of-a-kind designs. Your own personal jeweler is now just a click away.

7 May

Get Angelina’s Engagement Ring — For Less Than $1,200!

As seen in Life and Style:

The engagement ringBrad Pitt bought for Angelina Jolie is certainly a stunner…and now you can own it!

Starting today, fans and shoppers alike can get a similar ring (above) designed by Gemvara. And just like Brad, shoppers can create their own by changing the metal and gemstones!

“I designed this ring inspired by romance and love,” Roy Albers, vice president of jewelry creation for Gemvara, tells Life & Style. “This waterfall of emerald-cut gemstones elegantly flows across the finger, and the brilliant flash captures the eye. I think it is the perfect ring to give to the one you love.”

The Rock Crystal and Sterling Silver ring, which retails for $1,195, is nothing short of elegant.

“Its distinctive emerald-cut center gem and sparkling emerald-cut side stones combine to create this beautiful statement piece,” a rep for the company tells Life & Style.

As Life & Style previously reported, Brad finally gave the token of his love to Angie on Christmas after seven years together. He worked for more than a year co-designing the ring with jeweler Robert Procop, whom Angie works close with on her line Style of Jolie.

19 April

Angelina Jolie’s Engagement Ring Spawns Lots of Lookalikes

As seen on people.com:

Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Engagement Ring
Courtesy Jacob & Co.; Courtesy Gemvara

We can’t all have Brad Pitt— or a ring estimated at $1 million, either — but several jewelers already have Angelina Jolie-inspired sparklers ready to go.

Jacob & Co., the jeweler loved by stars like Jay-Z, Nick Cannon and Kevin Jonas, has its own version of Jolie’s ring (left), an 18-karat white gold creation with baguette-cut diamonds around the band retailing for a cool $338,000 — before the addition of an extra-large emerald-cut center stone.

A more affordable option comes by way of Gemvara, which just released a rock crystal and sterling silver version of the ring for $1,195. The bauble features an emerald-cut center gem and emerald-cut side stones.

 

Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Engagement Ring
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art/PRNewsFoto

Jolie’s engagement ring — which could weigh up to 10 carats and cost as much as $1 million, according to an independent expert — was created by Pitt with jeweler Robert Procop, who also works on the actress’s “Style of Jolie” line.

“Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a year-long collaboration with Robert,” a spokesperson for Procop said in a statement. “He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so Robert was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suit Angelina’s hand.” Tell us: Would you buy a replica of Jolie’s ring?

18 April

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