13 February

5 Ways to Wear Amethyst

3 February

Our Groundhog Day Email Glitch

Sunday was a long day for us, and for those of you who were stuck wading through up to 165 of our emails! Delete, delete, delete… It seems our email provider had some database connectivity issues (if you happen to be an oracle expert, we’ll bet they’re hiring!). It was reminiscent of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day: every time their database reconnected to the internet it was forced to relive the all-too-recent past, repeatedly sending our email to our beloved customers’ inboxes over and over again. Put that on internet speed and out go 125 emails before the folks at Cheetahmail could say “Punxsutawney Phil!”

All we wanted to do was gently remind you that our best deal for the Valentine’s Day holiday would be ending soon. Instead, we threw a runaway email party that we hope didn’t inconvenience you too much. Can we make it up to you with an even better Valentine’s deal of 20% off through February 4? If you were planning to give the gift of customized jewelry, now’s the absolute best time to buy (discount excludes certified diamonds). And if you unsubscribed, we understand, but hope you’ll re-join our list (there’s lots of great stuff coming soon that we don’t want you to miss out on, and no more inbox blasts, we promise!)

Please accept our apology with our best deal of 2014: http://gem.gemvara.com/1bjWp3b

Sincerely,
Matt Marcus
CMO Gemvara

14 November

The Gemvara Experience Grand Opening

Last week we opened the doors to Gemvara’s first-ever storefront located at 129 Newbury Street in Boston – “The Gemvara Experience” brings Gemvara.com to life in our hometown!

Our grand opening party was a night to remember – here are a few snapshots from the event:

Emerald, sapphire, and ruby "Gem-tinis"

Emerald, sapphire, and ruby “Gem-tinis”

Guests trying on jewelry at The Gemvara Experience

Guests playing with beautiful jewelry at one of our interactive display stations which are designed for discovery. All of the jewelry at The Gemvara Experience can be tried on… and we encourage it!

Grand opening attendees

Attendees of the event included Gemvara’s CEO Janet Holian, Gemvara Founder Matt Lauzon, and over 150 guests.

The Gemvara Experience is open from 10:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday and from 11:00pm to 6:00pm on Sundays. We will also host  events every Thursday evening with various themes during the holiday season, so if you’re in the Boston area we hope you’ll stop by to experience Gemvara in person!

20 September

Meet the Clover Ring

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As the Director of Curation at Gemvara, one of the perks of my job is getting to “meet” new products before they go live on the site. With our latest round of product launches one style really stood out to me. It’s one of those rare finds that’s versatile enough that everyone from the boho-trendsetter to the classic-prepster will love it, yet there’s something special about it that makes it anything but boring. So with that said, I wanted to introduce you all to one of my new favorite Gemvara pieces: Clover.

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Get to know Clover:

Shape: Round
Size: Center stone options from 5-8mm
Gemstone: Available in 27 natural gemstones
Metal: Available in 9 precious metals
Special Talents: Available in two different shank (band) styles, Available in mixed metals

I was inspired by the recently-announced Pantone color of 2014, Dazzling Blue, when I customized the Split Clover above. I also chose to add a pop of rose gold for the setting, while keeping the ring in my price range with a silver band. How would you style the Clover Ring?

 

Need help picking out the perfect piece to match your style? Questions about trends or jewelry? Tweet me @GemvaraCallie and I’m at your service! Follow me to stay up to date on the latest in jewelry trends, get styling tips, and be the first to hear about new @Gemvara arrivals!

10 September

Get Inspired: Your Perfect Fall Wedding

Get Inspired - Your Perfect Fall Wedding

Nothing is lovelier than the vivid, earthy color palette of autumn as a backdrop for your wedding. While the hot days of summer fade away and the crisp September air greets us, here at Gemvara we have felt so inspired by the season. With a little help from Pinterest, we have curated a fall wedding board overflowing with great ideas – from the quintessential rustic fall wedding venue to the perfect autumn-inspired wedding bouquet.

Here are some of our favorite ideas to help make your fall wedding even more memorable.

1. Leaves, Vines, and Berries. Liven up the flowers in your centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres by mixing in pretty autumn leaves or deep green vines. Add fondant leaves and berries to your wedding cake, in deep reds, golds, and oranges, for a unique and truly seasonal touch.

2. A Natural Backdrop for your wedding photos. Scout out locations with your photographer beforehand that will serve as incredible spots for your wedding photos. The warm hues, falling leaves, and even rustic touches like an old barn or lake cabin, will make for some incredible photos.

3. Pumpkins with a purpose. An affordable and creative idea, pumpkins are the “it” decoration for your fall wedding. The best idea we have seen so far? Use smaller pumpkins as place card holders for your guests. Not only do they serve a practical purpose during your wedding reception, but also double as great wedding favors and are an unexpected fall delight.

4. Expand your palette beyond orange and yellow. Expand your palette to include darker hues to create a romantic and cozy feel. A deep violet purple, or a smoky brown helps to balance the brighter colors and creates a rich and dynamic feel to your wedding.

21 February

Celebrity Style: Halo Engagement

A stunning engagement ring style, the halo is a remarkable setting characterized by a center stone encircled by smaller gemstones, which enhances and extends the look of the center stone.  Gemvara takes the style and maximizes its beauty by offering the ability to customize the center, halo and band accents in up to 29 gemstone selections along with your choice of precious metals. (Can someone say “dazzling”?).  With some incredible new arrivals expanding our handcrafted halo engagement ring selection, we were inspired by the ultimate in celebrity engagements for this alluring style.  So no matter your personality, be it subtly chic or larger than life, our halos offer an aesthetic for every type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demure yet Distinct – Natalie Portman

Portman’s halo engagement style reflects a romantic, “vintage” feel with a round cut stone and double halo styling. It inspired us to create the same sentiment in our new style, the Eloise Ring. Customizing with rose gold evokes a feeling of a bygone era.

Celebrity Engagement Rings

 

Pretty in Pink – Mariah Carey

There is no way anyone could miss Carey’s 15-plus carat stunner. An emerald cut in a light shade of pink perfectly reflects the diva’s over-the-top style and we had fun creating a similar look with our Olivia Ring in pink sapphire and pink tourmaline (and think Mariah would approve).

Celebrity Engagement Rings

 

Timeless Tradition – Kate Middleton

Royal Family heirloom? Check.  A serious sapphire? Check.  Timelessness and tradition at its finest? Always.  Kate Middleton’s halo engagement ring could arguably be the best celebrity engagement ring ever, and our Princess Kate Ring in blue sapphire, diamond and platinum brings a sigh every time we hit the “done customizing” button.

Celebrity Engagement Rings

21 January

Romantic Inspiration, Annabel Tollman’s Valentine’s Creations

Stylist Annabel Tollman has worked with celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Mariah Carey, so who better to share romantically-inspired gift ideas for Valentine’s Day?  From earrings with delicate details to modern pendants that spell “LOVE”, explore Annabel’s ideas to create the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

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4 August

One Piece, Three Ways: Studded Hercules Knot Ring

When looking for an investment piece of jewelry, you want to make sure that you will be able to wear it frequently and minimize the piece’s cost per wear.  The Studded Hercules Knot Ring is a great piece for that because it is a mid-range price in a classic style.  This ring will never go out of style, and if you customize it with gems in the colors you always wear with a metal that is complimentary to your skin tone, you are sure to wear it all the time.  This particular ring is created with 14K yellow gold, and alternating tanzanite and iolite gemstones.  Here, we have styled it with three outfits, a formal event, a focused day at the library, and at work.  What do you think about this ring?  How would you customize the ring and style it?

Studded Hercules Knot Ring at a Formal Event

 

Studded Hercules Knot Ring at a the library

 

Studded Hercules Knot Ring at a Work

 

Shop more of Gemvara’s Endless Love Knots

18 June

Top 6 Rustic Wedding Trends from MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com

 

Summer is upon us, as are weddings with a bit (or more) informality. While the traditional fairytale wedding will always be alive and well, today’s open-minded approach of nearly anything goes has broadened horizons to include unique venues and product choices unheard of only a few years ago. Rustic weddings–including rural venues and country style decor–are one such trend. While the overall look can vary dramatically from one event to the next, there are several themes that tend to appear over and over again in these fun weddings.  Six of these are below, along with links to topical pin boards from my Pinterest account and other resources.

The Great Outdoors. Every type of large outdoor space has probably been used for a wedding. Favorites for a rustic flair are farms, ranches, wineries, open fields, and back yards overlooking the countryside. All can add a unique ambiance and incredible backdrops for photos. Get more inspiration here, from my Outdoor Wedding Ideas board on Pinterest.

Barns. If you have lived in urban areas your entire life, you probably picture a barn as messy and smelly. For the most part, this is not so. Clear it out, sweep the floor, and you have a perfect venue for a good time.

Some of the most beautiful wedding receptions are held in barns. This is because a barn’s structure naturally provides many places to hang decorations and lighting from both the rafters and walls. Take a look at the Barn Weddings pinboard  and you will see what I mean.

Mason Jars.  Originally created for canning foods in the mid-1800s, the mason jar is now a decorating staple in some circles. In fact, my daughter and I recently finished a new mason jar brainstorming section on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com. There is a video plus nine different centerpiece looks to help get the “creative juices” flowing.  Also, you can check out the Mason Jar Wedding pinboard here.

 

Chalkboards. These are no longer relegated to only the classroom. For a rustic sign, add a distressed frame and handwritten note. A modern day version–chalkboard paint –is even more popular. Spray or brush it onto anything from wine glasses to boards or plywood. After drying, you have your own custom sign surface on which to write anything you would like, such as directions, seating charts, or menus. See what others have done here.

 

Cowboy Boots for the Girls. Country singing star Miranda Lambert wore them in her wedding to Blake Shelton, as did her bridesmaids,  but they weren’t the first. This is a trend that has been quietly building over the last couple of years and is continuing to be popular for country-rustic nuptials. Miranda chose white for herself and brown for the rest of the wedding party. Other brides have worn brown boots, with non-matching colored boots for the bridesmaids or some other variation. Take a look here for ideas.

Burlap. The first time I heard of burlap as a decorating material I was befuddled. The stuff potato sacks are made from? Yes, that stuff! It turns out the material is surprisingly versatile and attractive. You can dress it up with lace, pair it with wildflowers and twine for a “down home country” look, or anything in between. Favors, bouquets, table cloths, centerpieces, and chair covers are a few of the ways burlap is making an appearance in weddings. (Many real life ideas are here) The best way to purchase the fabric by the bolt or roll is through an online store. You can find several options–including dyed burlap–here.

I hope these suggestions have inspired several ideas for your own rustic wedding. Happy planning!

Looking for wedding bands? Customize your own on Gemvara.com

 

About the Author

Bobette Kyle is MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com owner and publisher. The Website helps create dream weddings on do-it-yourself budgets and includes tips, tutorials, and videos.

The site also contains products from hundreds of merchants, ranging in size from well-known department stores to niche boutiques. Shoppers on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com can find offers and products in several ways, including current offers and deal from hundreds of merchants, here.

16 May

Dare to DIY: Jewelry Holders

Ever find yourself struggling to untangle your favorite necklace from its matching bracelet, a pair of dangly earrings or a random hair accessory? Well struggle no more! With these amazing DIY jewelry holders, your favorite baubles will be beautifully organized. Plus, they’re all so cool, you’ll love showing them off as part of your overall room decor.

The details:

1.Mr. Kate brings us this adorable framed lace jewelry display that’s perfect for the girly girl in you.

2. This bright red beauty is inspired by a piece from Pottery Barn and can be yours for around $4, according to Cat on a Limb!

3. This one comes with a great title- “Dew” It Yourself Jewelry Stand and is made out of Mountain Dew bottles. How cool is that?

4. Any wine lovers out there? If so, this Frame Wine Cork Jewelry Display, also from Mr. Kate, is the perfect excuse to open up another bottle of merlot. It’s for DIY purposes, i.e. the greater good, right?

Which DIY will you choose?