Just because it is dreary outside, doesn’t mean your jewelry needs to be! Try out wearing November’s birthstone to add some warm color to your look.
But citrine is a tricky shade. It can clash with your look or it can bring it to the next level. We’ve created an easy go to list of do’s and don’ts for anyone looking for some help!
1) Go Dark! A sunset like hue always looks great with blue. Feel free to utilize all your shades of blue from jeans to blazers. A deep brown also works perfectly.
2) Contrast with silver – using a silver metal makes citrine pop! For an outfit, grey slacks or a grey parka makes the gemstone shine.
1) Go buggy. Black and citrine is always going to remind people of a pesky little bee. Stay away from resembling an insect!
2) Match. Don’t take your citrine piece and match with citrine clothes. Change it up.
Here are some great ways to customize our jewelry with citrine.
The Castle Keep Earrings in white gold with a oval citrine stone are inspired by the battlements of medieval castles. Put them on and feel like royalty.
Add style and meaning with the Infinity Knot Pendant necklace in rose gold and our November birthstone, citrine.
Citrine becomes spectacular with the Cecilia Ring. A cushion cut gemstone, diamonds around the band, and yellow gold creates a gorgeous piece.
How would you wear citrine?
Feeling spooky? With Halloween in three days, we thought we could learn about some of history’s most haunted jewelry. Folklore follows these pieces’ stories of the owners falling ill, losing their wealth, and even dying.
The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond is 45.52 carats and is the largest blue diamond in the world. It was first purchased in a crude cut (and 112.19 carats!) by the French merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier. He sold the stone to King Louis XVI of France in 1668 who had it re-cut and set in gold. As we well know, Louis XVI attempted to flee France in 1792 and was guillotined along with his wife. The diamond was stolen during a looting.
Later the diamond was owned by King George IV of England but was sold after his death in 1830 to cover his debts. Passing through many different private buyers, eventually the stone was bought by Henry Philip Hope where it gets its namesake. It was passed down through his family but again was sold to pay off their debts. Again and again, the diamond was sold and then resold to cover debts.
In 1909, Evalyn Walsh McLean, an American mining heiress socialite, bought the diamond. Her son died in a car accident, her daughter died of a drug overdose, her husband died in a sanitarium and her family was forced to sell their newspaper. Her death in 1947 lead Harry Winston Inc. to buy her collection. He then donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. where it resides to this day.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond
This 105.6 carat diamond was found in the Kollur mine in India. It’s name means “mountain of light”. The gem has been traded through many hands of the Hindus, Mongolians, Persians, Afghan, and Sikh rulers who fought for its ownership in bloody battles. According to ancient folklore, the Koh-i-Noor’s description warns that a man who owns this diamond will know misfortune and that only God or a woman can wear it with impunity.
It was acquired by the British in 1849 and has only been worn by women since. Queen Victoria in 1850 and then Queen Alexandra of Denmark, Queen Mary of Teck, Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother.
It is currently one of the jewels within a British Crown at the Tower of London Jewel House. India is lobbying to get the diamond back, but British Prime Minister David Cameron believes that the British government owns the gem fair and square.
The Blood-Red “Great Imposter”
This ruby isn’t really a ruby – it is a large spinel (a hard glassy mineral that crystallizes in various shades) in a fiery shade of red. Spinels are worth significantly less than rubies which is why this “gemstone” is known as an impostor. The “ruby” is believed to be mined from Badakshan, present day Tajikistan. It was first recorded at the Moorish Kingdom of Granada by Don Pedro the Cruel when it was stolen.
The Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, owned this ruby because of his success on the battlefield. In 1415, King Henry V got the ruby and added it to his collection. King Henry V won the Battle of Agincourt wearing this fake ruby. This stone was passed through British royalty until King Charles I was beheaded and the stone was stolen. Charles II brought the stone back but almost lost it in a robbery attempt. Currently, it is on the Imperial State Crown of England.
The Delhi Purple Sapphire – “Cursed” Quartz
Another impostor is this “sapphire” stone. It isn’t actually a sapphire but an amethyst. This stone was only rumored to have been stolen by a British soldier from the Temple of Indra, the Hindu god of war and weather in 1857. It was brought to England by Colonel W. Ferris who thus suffered financial and health problems. Edward Heron-Allen was the next owner in 1890 who started having bad luck as soon as he received it. He gave it away to many friends who always returned the stone upon suffering misfortune.
Heron believed the stone was cursed and stained with blue and will strike dishonor on whoever owns it. He kept it locked in seven boxes and surrounded by good luck charms. This gemstone is now on display in the London National History Museum after being donated by his daughter. She wrote a cautionary letter to them.
Do you believe that these stones cause misfortune or is it just simply coincidence?
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Fall is here! The winds are picking up and the leaves are changing, but that doesn’t mean your jewelry should be any less beautiful! At Gemvara, we have pieces that will match every fall beautiful fall hue from the bright yellow of the sun to a dusty red of the crunchy leaves on the ground to the brown of the magnificent tree trunks.
Our stylist customized the Gabrielle Ring with a large center stone of smokey quartz accented by red garnets and diamonds. This design has two graceful arcs separating the eight gemstones on the sides of the ring. A perfect fall statement piece – however this ring truly goes with everything.
Rose gold, a perfect fall color, plus it looks fantastic with the Entwined Ring. The twisting curves of this ring places the focus on the red garnet center stone that can represent the falling leaves or the red dusting during a sunset on a cold day in fall.
The Chantilly Ring, a femininely embellished ring, designed by our stylist, has a center stone in fire opal which adds spice to this vintage-inspired ring in yellow gold with red garnet and diamond accents. Our stylist was inspired by the especially cold nights spent in front of a warm fireplace watching old movies – one of her favorite cold weather things.
The Tripe Twist Pendant shows that rose gold looks good with everything. First, our stylist added smoky quartz as the top stone, then red garnet, and finally a round citrine stone. This necklace can represent the falling of the leaves from the trees and as they change colors.
Add some fall elegance with the Naked Round Medium Earrings. In sterling silver with a checkerboard round smoky quartz, these earrings are modern and classic. With the added sparkle of diamonds on the lever backs, these earrings are showstoppers.
Last but certainly not least, the Naked Cushion Ring is the biggest addition to your fall wardrobe. With almost a 20 carat center stone of citrine, this cocktail ring sparkles on your hand similar to the sun across a lake on a chilly hike.
Need more fall gemspiration? Check out more fall inspired creations on our Pinterest board!
Three stone engagement rings have three stones that most commonly represent the past, present and future. They are known to symbolize the power of love and there can be different combinations of gemstones to represent whatever you’d like.
These rings are also sometimes called trinity rings or trilogy rings – which is a religious reference, representing the Holy Trinity. People also buy these rings to celebrate a child’s birth or anniversary.
The common three stone engagement ring has a larger center stone with two accent stones. The accent stones are meant to enhance the overall look of the ring without being distracting from the center stone.
What would you buy a three stone ring for?
The Monsoon Earrings are a classic earring with modern flair. The pear-shaped gemstone is suspended from spiral wires that go right through the gem for maximum sparkle. With the perfect customization, these earrings work for a hard day at work, a fun night out, and a casual weekend.
Pink is back! These looks were inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli, a legendary Italian fashion designer, who introduced hot pink into the woman’s wardrobe. For this fall, designers used her taste to create beautiful pieces in all the different shades of pink. At Gemvara we have three stunning pink gemstone options. Pink tourmaline and pink sapphire are bright and rose quartz is a soft pale.
Jill Sander used a delicate light pink in this fall jacket. Inspired by this calming shade, we customized the Monsoon Earrings in Rose Quartz. Both pieces are modern and sleek with a romantic touch.
This stunning black lace dress with an accent of shocking bright pink by ERDEM inspired us to create this Triple Rolling Ring. Using another one of our pink colored gemstones, this ring has two circles of pink sapphire and one of black diamond.
We created the Triple Twist Pendant from Pringle’s interpretation of Schiparelli Pink. We used three different shades of pink: pink tourmaline, pink sapphire, and rose quartz to create stunning ombre effect in the yellow gold. Both pieces are chic, simple, and stylish.
The Infinity Knot Ring in rose gold and pink tourmaline is inspired by Carolina Herrea’s knit fall dress. These two pieces are romantic and classy. Bright colored gemstones and dresses bring this trend to life.
What pink gemstone do you prefer?
Every engagement ring tells a story – It is up to you to decide what story to tell. A three stone engagement ring easily allows you to tell a story about your past, present and future together. The first stone represents the past; the great times that you have spent together. The present and the center stone stands for your engagement and embodies the happiness in that perfect moment. Lastly, the third stone represents the bright future that you both will have. At Gemvara, you can create any combination of gemstones. Whether you use birthstones or the colors of the sky when you first met, this engagement ring represents you.
The Camille Ring customized by our stylist has a marquise rhodolite garnet in yellow gold accented by tanzanite. With the brilliant marquise cut, all three gemstones are featured beautifully.
Want a pear shaped three stone engagement ring? Try the Alyssa Ring. Our stylist customized it with blue sapphire in white gold with aquamarine.
Last but not least, is the Tahlia Ring. With a cushion cut center stone of iolite, nestled in rose gold and surrounded by white sapphire this ring is a winner three times over.
To learn more about the history of the three stone engagement ring, check out our gem class this Sunday!