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Gemvara Blog
13 February

Love stories, custom made: Shawn & Molly

There’s always excitement around the Gemvara hallways when a Gemvara box arrives, but last week was even more momentous when one of our very own got engaged! Molly’s desk quickly filled with onlookers dying to hear about the proposal and see the ring (a custom-ordered Cecilia Ring in diamond and yellow gold, shown here with a 1-carat stone).


The Proposal

Shawn and Molly were friends and college classmates before they began to date, finding a shared passion for skiing on a trip to Stowe, VT. Six years later, they returned to Stowe for a weekend with friends. The weather wasn’t on their side for skiing, but Shawn excitedly woke Molly up for a snowy hike. Molly wasn’t exactly enthused about the windy, icy trek, but the prospect of the sun gleaming off the fresh snow was enough to get her up and dressed. Bundled up, Shawn and Molly hiked up to the top of the hill where Shawn got down on one knee, dug through the layers of coats and sweaters keeping him warm, and presented Molly with “the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen in my life.” Shawn asked Molly to marry him… and it was a yes! Later, Shawn revealed to Molly that he woke her for that morning hike so she could enjoy the entire first day of being engaged, instead of just a night.


The Ring

As you might imagine, surprising a Gemvara employee with a ring from can be a tricky matter. Luckily, Molly had previously gushed to fiancé Shawn about our Head of Customer Care, Stacey Scott and her casual, insider rapport with customers. When the time was right, Shawn knew exactly who to call with his top-secret plans. Through many phone calls and covert meetings (he was leery of email or texts in case Molly would see it), Shawn was able to create the stunning diamond engagement ring that Molly now can’t take her eyes off of. Molly’s ring is the Cecilia Ring in yellow gold with a sparkly center diamond with a diamond band. Shawn collaborated with Stacey and chose a custom size center stone, hand-selected by our expert jewelers – the Cecelia Ring comes in 1.2 and 3-carat versions on the website that can be customized with your choice of gemstones and metals. “I’ve always loved clean, simple and classic jewelry and when I joined the Gemvara team, this ring was instantly my favorite on the site,” Molly told us. As every piece of Gemvara jewelry is custom-made to order, the couple had not seen the ring in person beforehand but were thrilled with what they received.


“The diamond’s polish and cut are incredible. Both Shawn and I were blown away by the quality of the ring and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”


From all of us at Gemvara, congratulations Molly and Shawn on your engagement and many happy years to come!

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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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.

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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?

3 January

Winter Weddings

Feeling inspired (and chilly), we have created a gorgeous Winter Weddings Pinterest board using the colors silver, white, and blue.  Whichever date you choose for your wedding, it must match the season. Every wedding can be customized down to the colorful decorations, from the rosette chandeliers below to the yarn centerpieces in soft colors to special eggnog cocktails.

Complete your wedding theme by matching your jewelry to your winter wedding colors. With Gemvara, it is easy to create custom pieces for your perfect day. The Forget Me Knot pendant is a perfect gift for the bride and can even double as something blue when customized with London Blue Topaz. As a wedding band, Rich and Thin Eternity Band in aquamarine and blue topaz is a classic, stunning band. The Kate Earrings were inspired by the earrings that bride Kate Middleton wore for her own walk down the aisle. In aquamarine and diamonds, they dazzle.

You can even change up the typical wedding apparel, adding subtle details that not only make everyone warmer, but add originality.  Replace your heels with silver rain boots as this bride did in order to walk down a snowy aisle. Want more than just a bridesmaid dress? Add a bridesmaid fur and keep your friends comfy and warm. Wearing a navy suit instead of black and adding a simple boutonniere instead of a flower adds a wintery touch and matches the color palette beautifully.

How will you customize your winter wedding?

25 December
21 December

Create Your New Year’s Look with Annabel Tollman


Celebrity stylist, Annabel Tollman, creates three noteworthy combinations for our Naked Cushion Earrings. No matter what your personal style may be, New Year’s never looked so luxe. Try hers or create your own with your choice of gemstones and metals, only at Gemvara.




“I picked the Naked Cushion Earrings in rock crystal with platinum to go with this black and white L’Wren Scott look. It’s simple and monochromatic, yet full of sparkle! A red lip is the finishing touch.”



“These Naked Cushion Earrings in chocolatey, smoky quartz with rose gold pair perfectly with this modern leather shift dress by The Row. The smoky quartz and rose gold together are really rich, and also make a great neutral. This is an awesome combination for any New Year’s event.”



“I love this pair in London blue topaz and rose gold to go with these Esteban Cortezar gold duchess satin pants and rose gold metallic t-shirt. I adore the blue and the gold together – the vibrant blue adds a pop of color to the neutral gold look.”


16 December

The 12 Days of Christmas

Twelve days of Christmas are full of gems and sparkle. What would you like for your 12 days of Christmas?

12 December

Debut Offer #5: Crown Gem Pendant

For one week, take 25% off the Crown Gem Pendant in your choice of gem and metal. This is our last debut offer before the holiday season!

*Offer not valid with white center diamonds. Offer expires 12/17/2012 at midnight PST. Offer cannot be combined with Give a Free Gift program. Not applicable to previous orders or orders in progress. Shown above in London Blue Topaz and White Gold, Now $399, Reg $539; Black Onyx and Rose Gold, Nov $359, Reg $479; Red Garnet and Yellow Gold, Now $369, Reg $499.

9 December

Gem Class: Tanzanite and Blue Topaz

Demand attention at your next holiday party with one (or two) of December’s birthstones, tanzanite and blue topaz. These two gemstones are stylish and stunning, perfect in any piece, created for you or your special someone.

A member of the mineral family zoisite, tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone. In fact, it only became a birthstone 10 years ago. Tanzanite was only named December’s birthstone in 2002. It’s velvety purplish-blue color is unique.  Manuel d’Souza was looking for sapphire in 1967 when he stumbled upon a new gemstone in northeastern Tanzania, East Africa. The natives took him to an area in the region of the Merelani Hills near Mount Kilimanjaro and he found precious blue stones originally believed to be sapphire. When he realized they weren’t, he started mining.

Soon Tanzanite started to become the focus in America and Europe. In 1970, Tiffany and Co. began a marketing campaign to introduce it to the public. Henry Platt of Tiffanys named the stone tanzanite. The secret to tanzanite’s mesmerizing color is trichoism: crystals of tanzanite are three different colors from different directions. This means that blue and purple dance together in the depths of the gem as it moves and catches the light.

This is one of the most successful and exciting discoveries in the field of gemstones in a century. The original stones are over 500 million years old and are the only tanzanite stones that are naturally blue. The Smithsonian Institute has  an impressive tanzanite collection including a 122.7 carat stone.

Topaz, the second and equally impressive December birthstone, actually means “fire” in Sanskrit.  It was given this name because many cultures believed that the sun is responsible for it’s color. Some of the mystical properties that topaz offers are warding off colds, enhancing the breathing process, and help those with insomnia.

The most famous topaz is a colorless topaz that was thought to be a diamond. It is a 1680 carat stone known as the “Braganza Diamond” set in Portuguese Crown Jewels.

Blue topaz, however, is the most common color variety and is also used as December’s second birthstone. Gemvara’s blue topaz has a bright and lively color that looks gorgeous set in every metal. We also offer a second shade of blue topaz, a London Blue Topaz that has a darker more intense shade of blue.

Which stone do you prefer?


5 December

Debut Offer #4: Knotted Vines Earrings

For one week only, take 25% off the Knotted Vines Earrings in your choice of gem and metal. These earrings create a matching set with the Knotted Vines Ring, our first Debut Offer.

*Offer not valid with white center diamonds. Offer expires 12/11/2012 at midnight PST. Offer cannot be combined with Give a Free Gift program. Not applicable to previous orders or orders in progress. Shown above in Blue Topaz and Silver, Now $17, Reg $239; Amethyst and Yellow Gold, Now $398, Reg $530; Black Onyx and Rose Gold, Now $396, Reg $528.

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