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Gemvara Blog » Jewelry Stories
24 September

Emmy Awards 2012 Colors and Gems!

Last night’s 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards brought us a plethora of fall colors and gorgeous drop earrings to match. We loved the overarching theme of simple accessories that added just the right touch of glitz to every outfit in all sorts of brilliant fall hues.

Here are our favorite red carpet looks by Fall shade:


We just loved the shades of yellow that the celebs were wearing last night. Claire Danes accessorized beautifully with monochromatic stacked bracelets – this look could be accomplished by pairing our Sirus Bracelet, Jocelyn Star Bracelet and Star Trails Bracelet in all Citrine. Julianne Moore is as always classy and classic. Our Naked Cushion Triple Earrings in London blue topaz would be a gorgeous contrast to her fire-red hair. Julie Bowen wore very little accessories with her bright yellow gown, but was sporting a HUGE rock of an engagement ring!

Julianne Moore
Julie Bowen



Tina Fey looked gorgeous in her Oxblood colored dress with lovely drop earrings – this look could be achieved with our Stiletto Earrings in white sapphire and 14k yellow gold. We absolutely love the cocktail ring that Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore in contrast to her red gown!Add a pop of color like Julia with our naked cushion ring! And Cat Deely compliment her red gown with elegant gold drop earrings – like our Triple Drops!

Tina Fey
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Cat Deely



Ginnifer Goodwin was as stunning as ever in this year’s color – tangerine tango – and with the number one jewelry trend of the night: statement earrings!We think our Belle Earrings in fire opal and gold would have matched her dress beautifully. What do you think? Leslie Mann’s turquoise accent pieces add a pop of color to her dress. You too can add a touch of color with the dangly blue topaz Monsoon Earrings to accent your favorite fall looks! Padma Lakshmi found her own color indeed. She looked amazing in her tangerine orange gown and we love the simple diamond earrings she wore with it.

Ginnifer Goodwin
Leslie Mann
Padma Lakshmi


Find your red carpet look on!


18 September

Celebrity Engagement Rings!

Celebrity Engagement Rings

There has been a plethora of celebrity engagements & marriages this month. Not only has the elusive single lady since Ben Pitt, Jennifer Anniston gotten engaged and so has Avril Lavigne and Blake Lively.

Everyone’s favorite ‘Friend’ Jennifer Aniston is finally (happily) engaged! The ring is a huge emerald cut diamonds with tapered diamond baguettes on the side.

Her beau, Justin Theroux proposed on his birthday and received the best present of all,  Jen’s hand in marriage. The Blaze Ring customized with rock crystal is an inexpensive option! See more emerald cut engagement rings here!

Avril Lavigne got engaged to lead singer of Nickleback, Chad Kroeger. A  blinding 14 carats, this pear shaped engagement ring is the ultimate sparkle.

The Paige Ring is our favorite pear shaped engagement ring. It has the unusual combination of a center pear and two side ovals. With an almost 10 carat center diamond and two side ovals in white sapphire, you’ll be sure to shine. See more pear shaped center stone engagement rings here!

Blake Lively is one lucky lady. She recently got married in a secret wedding to the one and only stud, Ryan Reynolds. Her ring is a large oval stone with two diamond encrusted bands.

The Colette Ring with a diamond center stone, diamonds on half the band and in platinum is very similar to this ring! See more oval center stone engagement rings here!

Blake Lively's Engagement Ring

What shape center stone do you prefer?

6 September

Introducing Tennis Bracelets!

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Few jewelry pieces have proven to be as timeless as Tennis Bracelets. Which is why we’re happy to introduce to you our brand new custom-made Tennis Bracelet collection! How will you create your next timeless piece?

7 June

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are Engaged!


If you haven’t heard yet, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are tying the knot after dating on and off for three years.  Girls everywhere, including here at Gemvara, are distraught at the news of Hemsworth becoming officially off the market, despite our adoration of Cyrus.  But the juiciest details of this love story is, of course, the ring.  Hemsworth and jeweler Neil Lane worked together to create the antique 3.5 carat cushion cut diamond set in 18 carat yellow gold.  The ring also has intricate detailing with carved diamond floral motifs in an art nouveau pattern.

Luckily for those of us who don’t have a high profile celebrity jeweler on speed dial (or the Hemsworth brothers for that matter), Gemvara has several options that resemble Cyrus’ dazzling ring.



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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?

30 May

Happy Birthday Peter Carl Fabergé!

Today, Google celebrates Peter Carl Fabergé’s 166th birthday by creating a Google Doodle out of these legendary trinkets.  Fabergé was a Russian jeweler famous for designing Easter eggs crafted from precious metals and gemstones.  In 1885, the Romanov dynasty appointed Fabergé as the court jeweler and Alexander III (the son of Alexandrite’s namesake) enlisted Fabergé to make his wife, Princess Dagmar of Denmark, Easter egg gifts.  There were only 50 of these Imperial eggs ever made, and only 42 survive.  The eggs took on many different shapes and levels of elaboration, with the only requirement set that each egg must contain a surprise.  Non-Imperial eggs were generally miniature in nature and typically worn as necklaces, sometimes as multi-egg bundles.  The House of Fabergé made a range of other objects besides these Easter egg knick knacks, from silver tableware to fine jewelry.


23 May

The Great Gatsby Evokes Great Jewelry

The Great Gatsby is arguably the best “Great American Novel” dripping with love, deceit, and all things materialistic.  The novel is a staple in practically every high school English class, and now being transformed (for the second time) into the next Christmas Blockbuster.  Baz Luhrmann’s, soon to be hi,t is starring Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire and music from this century rather than the last.  The part Gemvara is looking forward to the most is the sheer abundance of extravagant gems.  In a time of flamboyant excess and no rules, everything sparkled and glimmered and this movie will be no exception.  Check out the trailer below and get ready for some major jewelry lust.

22 May

Introducing Alexandrite

Our newest gemstone, adding to the expansive collection at Gemvara, is Alexandrite.  This unique gemstone radiates a beautiful ocean green hue in bright sunlight, but in softer mood lighting shines in sultry red and purple tones.  This stunning gem can be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia and represents the 55th anniversary gem as well as the June birthstone.  Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s and named after Alexander II, the future Czar of Russia for his 16th birthday.  It was particularly popular in that time since the stone’s colors mimicked those of the Russian Imperial flag.  Because of it’s chemical composition, Alexandrite is extremely uncommon larger than 3 carats and very rare, in fact it is more precious than a diamond.  It is a variety of the stone chrysoberyl and the color change comes from iron, titanium, and chromium as impurities.

Alexandrite is a very hard stone (8.5) and thus perfect for everyday wear.  It is also known to be a good omen, a good luck amulet and strengthen the intuition of the bearer.  It can be easily cleaned with warm, soapy water.

16 May

Cannes Film Festival Marilyn Monroe Chopard Set

The Cannes Film Festival 2012 kicked off yesterday with the Opening Ceremony red carpet including walking up the hallowed steps of the Grand Palais in Cannes, France.  This annual film festival is celebrating its 65th year with a tribute to Marilyn Monroe 50 years after her death. The festival’s sponsor, Chopard, will launch an exhibition of 25 unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe taken by photographer Milton Greene during the festival, which will tour worldwide afterwards.

Monroe famously sung about diamonds as a girl’s best friend, and keeping suit, Chopard designed a set with her in mind for an identity-concealed star to reveal at the Opening Ceremony.  Last night, supermodel Eva Herzigova sported the stunning pieces accompanied by a pale pink Dolce & Gabbana gown.  The necklace featured cascading heart-shaped diamonds, briolettes, and beads worked into an intricate lace set in 18K white gold, in total there were over 200 carats in diamonds.  Of course no necklace is complete without matching earrings.  The set was completed after 980 hours of work and designed by Chopard’s Co-President, Caroline Scheufele.  Before the big unveiling, the only detail Scheufele divulged was that the set would be worn by “a glamorous woman as she glides up the famous red-carpeted staircase.”

12 May

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

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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.


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