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10 December

Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014: How to Get Inspired

Given how much we love a pop of color here at Gemvara, we’re always very excited when the ultimate color authority, Pantone, announces their Color of the Year.  2013 was the year of emerald, and it was embraced everywhere from the red carpet to the stunning rings adorning Gemvara customers’ hands.

Pantone has announced that the 2014 Color of the Year is… Radiant Orchid!  Pantone describes this beautiful color as “a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.”  In a press release, Pantone explains this color choice is meant to “intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.”  Well, we’re definitely intrigued by this gorgeous shade of purple and inspired to create in this lovely hue.

We’re sure Radiant Orchid will be seen everywhere from fashion, to home decor, and of course in jewelry. Here are some ways to get inspired by Radiant Orchid and incorporate the color into your custom-made fine jewelry from Gemvara.

Radiant Orchid - Flamenco Ring

The unique design of the Flamenco Ring reminds us of the unique shape of an orchid. Customizing the ring in rhodolite garnet, pink sapphire, and amethyst brings the orchid inspiration to life in a vibrant, jaw-dropping ring.  If you’re looking to embrace Pantone’s Color of the Year, create a piece of jewelry using the many shades of pink and purple we have to create something exquisite.

Radiant Orchid - Faye Ring

In a classic diamond solitaire ring, you can still add a pop of color and use unique inspiration to make the ring uniquely yours.  We took the inspiration of Radiant Orchid to create a band of alternating diamond and amethyst.

Radiant Orchid - Brilliant Infinity Twist Band

Using the pink hues that create Radiant Orchid, we customized the Brilliant Infinity Twist Loop in dazzling pink sapphire.  This gemstone is a gorgeous shade of pink, capturing the same energy and vibrancy of Pantone’s Color of the Year.  For a subtler shade of pink, try customizing in pink tourmaline for a softer look.

Radiant Orchid - Brilliant Jessamine Ring

Fully embracing the beauty of purple, an amethyst is a bold shade of eye-catching fuchsia.  Pairing amethyst with other purple gemstones, like iolite, creates a striking piece of jewelry.


23 April

Our Guide to the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner (mark your calendars for May 12th), we have compiled some of our favorite ways to customize the perfect gift for mom. With a little inspirational help from us and the ability to customize, your friends at Gemvara are here to help you create a gift that mom will cherish forever.


Create by Color

Choose birthstones of the children to create an extra special gift for mom, or customize in mom’s favorite hues to make her gift sparkle.

Check her Jewelry Box

The best way to get to know your mom’s jewelry is by checking it out yourself.  If she prefers smooth, clean lines, our curated selection of simply stated pieces could be the right fit.  Is her taste more intricate? If so, our delicately detailed pieces will dazzle her.

Capture a Memory

A sentimental memory of the vacation at the beach or a person close to her heart can be captured through our charms or initial pendants and any memory can last forever when her gift is custom made.

13 March

How to Wear Your Claddagh Ring

Full of tradition and symbolism, the Claddagh Ring is a piece of jewelry worn for generations.  The detailed design features two hands clasping a heart, topped with a crown and is said to symbolize love, friendship, and loyalty.  Claddagh Rings have been worn and passed down for centuries as friendship rings, promise rings, and even for engagements and weddings.

What most find interesting is in the way it’s worn. Depending on the hand and the direction of the heart, the Claddagh Ring often conveys the status of one’s relationship. How would you wear yours?

Claddagh Ring

12 January

Emerald, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013: How to Get Inspired

From red carpet to runway, the rich hue of emerald has always been a popular choice among starlets and designers. Now with Pantone (THE color authority) announcing emerald as 2013’s Color of the Year, expect to see this verdant shade making appearances everywhere. A striking tone, the emerald is one of four gemstones defined as “precious” and belongs to an elite list, which includes diamond, ruby, and sapphire. It’s hard to argue the exquisite quality of the color, but incorporating the hue into your wardrobe can also be a bit intimidating. Drawing on inspiration from industry trends in fashion, home décor, and beauty, we’ve come up with tips to navigate this beautifully bold color.


THE ACCENT: Inspiration from Fashion

Adding an accent of emerald to a LBD with a sequined clutch or satin heels creates an eye catching ensemble. Similarly, customizing a piece with emerald as an accent stone allows for a hint of the color and turns heads as shown in our Alyssa Ring.



SHADES OF GREEN: Inspiration from Home Décor

Think of emerald as a jumping-off point to explore other green shades for the home. A bold green wall might not work for most décor, but a softer green can create a calm and rejuvenating space and is neutral enough to compliment almost any aesthetic. Choosing a lighter green stone like green amethyst creates the same effect.

green amethyst


JUST GO FOR IT: Inspiration from Beauty

Notice me nails in a metallic emerald shade is for the person who isn’t afraid to make the color front and center (at least for a few days). Take the same daring approach with a brilliant solitaire emerald in a modern style.



How will you be inspired by 2013’s Color of the Year?

13 November

How To: Create your Gemvara Holiday Wish List

There are so many pieces to choose from on Gemvara – and so many ways to make that piece your own. How could anyone possibly keep track? Thus, we are here to tell you – it is really simple. We have a beautiful wishlist option, it is just as easy as following these few steps.

1) Make a Gemvara account! With this account you get limited offers through our emails, access to new collections and new gift hubs. Also, you can make your wishlist. Find the link “JOIN” on the top right of the homepage.

2) Once you are all signed in, find the link “Wish List” on the top right. You’ll see that your Wish List is empty! So now, let’s create.

3) Find your favorite piece. Maybe you are a ring fan, maybe you love necklaces. For an example, let’s use a personal favorite, the Basira Ring with 4mm gemstone.

4) Now it is time to customize. I’m going to customize three options to pick my favorite.

5) I’m a huge rose gold fan, so I’m going to add the rose gold combination with the aquamarine stone to my wishlist. Click “Done Customizing” and then find the button “Add to Wish List”. It automatically saves to that page.

6) Keep customizing, keep creating, and find your perfect piece!

What pieces are you going to add to your wishlist?

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