3 February

Amethyst: Purple Reign

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Not just February’s birthstone, amethyst today is an essential part of your jewelry wardrobe. That’s because this lovely purple quartz looks great with both warm and cool colors. You can set it in white, rose or yellow gold, sterling silver or any combination of those metals that you like to wear. And amethyst is available and pretty affordable in large sizes so it’s a good choice for a bold fashion ring.

Amethyst has a long been treasured for its regal purple color. Because of this gem’s peaceful aura, Tibetan Buddhists use amethyst rosaries to enhance the tranquility of meditation.

The name amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos,” which means “not drunken.” People once believed that amethyst could keep you sober, even serving wine in amethyst goblets at banquets. (Maybe the purple tone of the glasses allowed them to water down the wine without being detected!) Even today, amethyst’s role as a symbol of sobriety makes this gem a perfect “one day at a time” reminder.

Today, most amethyst is mined in Brazil. When buying amethyst, look for a medium purple tone. Pale almost pink amethyst, sometimes called “Rose de France,” will be less expensive than stronger tones. Well-cut faceted amethyst should sparkle with brilliance evenly across the stone, with no washed out or dark areas that don’t change when you rock the stone back and forth.

Amethyst is durable and great for everyday wear. Clean with mild dish soap and use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect. Avoid exposure to high heat, which may cause its purple color to fade.

Gemvara’s gem library has more amethyst information and Gemvara has a great selection of amethyst jewelry too.

3 February

Five Engaging Trends


Although every gem is as unique as a fingerprint, it’s the setting that truly makes your engagement ring your own. Couples today are more adventurous than ever before, customizing every detail of the ring to express the uniqueness of their bond. Here are the top five trends in engagement rings today.

Halo Effect

To emphasize the center stone and make it look larger, many engagement ring designs today surround the center stone with a halo of small diamonds. It’s a great way to add sparkle to your ring while keeping the style simple.

Curves Ahead

Twists and turns give make these settings feminine but modern too. Some have a simple twist or braid in the shank, others a sweeping line that embraces the stone.

Showing Colors

For Carrie Underwood, it was a fancy yellow diamond. Other brides flank a white diamond with colored gemstones. Carmen Electra even chose a black diamond center. A shot of color is the quickest way to express your individuality in your ring.

Triple Play

If one diamond is brilliant, three is even better! Many couples today are choosing a center diamond flanked by two more diamonds. They love the “past, present, future” symbolism and also the extra dazzle. If you are looking to upgrade your ring for your fifth or tenth anniversary, this style lets you continue to wear your original stone as one of a pair of sidestones flanking a new larger center.

Putting on Air

The sleekest new styles use negative space to keep styles streamlined but delicate too. The ring splits into two before embracing the center stone, leaving space between the two halves. These styles are very light and comfortable to wear, even if the center stone is large.

1 February

Grammy’s Go Glam

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Grammy red carpet style is usually a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and a big helping of hip-hop. Someone will be wearing studded leather, someone will have on over-the-top sequins, and bangle-sized hoops trump tasteful diamond studs. But last night’s Grammy Awards were a welcome exception: the red carpet was actually pretty glamorous. The Oscars, but with shorter skirts (and Lady Gaga as Bjork.)

With all that elegance, it’s not surprising this year’s top Grammy jewelry trend is diamond drop earrings: less flashy than chandeliers but much more luxurious than simple studs.

Taylor Swift wore stunning 12-carat pair of dangling cognac diamond earrings. Pink, decked out in $2.5 million in diamonds, had 30-carat diamond drops. Beyonce, Heidi Klum, and Mary J. Blige also chose diamond dangles. Many styles had the pear shaped silhouette that also dominated the SAG Awards. It looks like the diamond drop earring has replaced the chandelier as a celebrity favorite.

Not everyone did the drop. Nicole Kidman and Rihanna chose diamond clusters on the ear for a more restrained elegance. And tasteful studs were the choice of Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Kathy Griffin, and LL Cool J.

One other top Grammy trend might have been inspired by the Song of the Year: Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It.) Both Katy Perry and Kristen Bell wore brand new diamond pave engagement rings on the red carpet.

31 January

Gemvara Blog: Inspiring Your Design

Welcome to the brand-spanking new Gemvara blog. Because Gemvara empowers you to design your own fine jewelry, we’ll dedicate this blog to inspiring you with all the latest jewelry trends, styles of the stars, designer profiles, gemstone buying advice, and our own jewelry stories. As you might expect from a design-your-own site, we also hope you’ll share your feedback, suggestions, questions, and jewelry stories too. We’ll also showcase the most inspiring designs that our customers have created each week, so if you create something really fabulous on Gemvara, expect to hear from us!

22 August

NameThat Piece Pinterest Contest Confirmation Page!


Congratulations!!!!

If you found this page by clicking on this pin in pinterest…CONGRATS! You found the right piece!!!

As you already guessed, we’re adding bracelets to the Gemvara collection of fine jewelry and the naming of this tennis bracelet is in your hands!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

2. If you haven’t already, Re-pin the image with this in the description: “I just entered Gemvara’s #NameThatPiece Contest! The newest piece on their site could be named by me! Find all the rules on their blog!”

3. Enter here!

[contact-form] [contact-field label="Full Name" type="name" required="true" /] [contact-field label="Email" type="email" required="true" /] [contact-field label="Date of Birth" type="text" required="true" /][contact-field label="URL of Repin" type="text" required="true"] [contact-field label="New Piece Name" type="text" required="true" /] [contact-field label="Why you chose that name" type="textarea" required="true" /] [/contact-form]

Judges will be looking at the chosen name and the reasoning behind it!

The winner will be announced on August 30th through our social media platforms and contacted via email.

View our full rules here

GOOD LUCK!