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9 July

How to Wear: Alexandrite

Garden Parties with Gemvara
This flowing, blush-colored dress lightens up the forest green and deep red tones of Alexandrite.  The bright green shoes make a statement while bringing out the sparkle in the Gemvara pieces.  This outfit is perfect for summer events since the fabric in the dress will promote airflow and wedges are much easier to walk in than pumps, especially if the event is outside/on grass.  You will want the Gemvara pieces to sparkle on their own, so keep makeup natural and a small clutch in a neutral color.
The Liana Ring uses a playful garden-like design which is perfect for Alexandrite’s earth tones and the outfit’s theme in general.  The Cadena d’Amour Necklace compliments the romantic silhouette and fabric of the dress.  Be sure to wear your hair off your shoulders to showcase the sweetheart neckline, keep you cool, and of course, show off the beautiful Watercolor Romance Drops with Rock Crystal.  These earrings are delicate enough to wear everyday but are sure to make the wearer sparkle.

1 July

4th of July Style

4th of July with Gemvara 2

Club L printed top
£16 –

Essie glass top
$8 –

Quiksilver shorts
$50 –

TOMS winter white shoes
$58 –

Oasis leather cross body handbag
£24 –

Sheltering Sky Ring
$514 –

Tri Gem Culvert Ring
$480 –

Full Heart Pendant
$403 –



Celebrate 4th of July in style with patriotic pieces from Gemvara and Americana garb.  Jean shorts are a summertime staple and look effortless with the cuffs rolled.  To make legs appear thinner and longer, shorts should hit mid-thigh where the leg slims.  An American flag shirt is the perfect statement for the 4th of July, but be sure to keep the shape simple to avoid overwhelming the entire look.  Flats and sandals are the easiest to maneuver through barbeques and backyard games of croquet. Avoid stiletto heels where you will sink into the grass.  A small cross body bag will hold the essentials without being cumbersome.  Red nails are always classic and help add a special patriotic touch for this holiday.  however, if you’re feeling really adventurous, try a red/white/blue nail design.

Now for your Accessories:

The Full Heart Pendant is a simple piece that is elegantly understated but perfect for this color-coordinated holiday. With a 16 or 18 inch chain it dangles at the perfect length to elongate the neck and show off the bright top.

The simple Tri Gem Culvert Ring is a remarkably constructed piece is perfect for layering rings and is simple enough to wear year-round. It is also perfect for signifying the three birthstones for September, April, and July babies.

Packing a little more sparkly punch, the Sheltering Sky Ring hosts a large center gemstone with two smaller accent gems. Playing up the bold statement shirt this wide-banded ring is spectacular alone but matches nicely when paired with the Tri Gem Culvert above.

For more patriotic baubles and sparkle, CLICK HERE!

Whatever your plans, Gemvara wishes you a safe, happy Independence Day full of barbecues, parades, and surrounded with friends and family.

Have a Happy 4th of July! 

24 May

Win a customer wardrobe on

Customization is one of the pillars that we believe in here at Gemvara, so it is with great excitement that we are featured in the Refinery29 contest to win a wardrobe of entirely customizable pieces. The contest runs until Sunday, May 27th at 12:00pm ET and the winner will be treated to gift cards to Indi Jeans, Milk & Honey, Alex & Eli, Laudi Vidni and Gemvara. Sign up today!

As seen on

A Giveaway Just For You! Win A Customized Outfit From INDi Denim And Milk & Honey

By Leila Brillson

The idea of a bespoke suit is nothing new for a guy, but for some reason, the fairer sex gets the short end of the custom-closet stick. Maybe it’s because women are so particular, or tailors are committed to suiting, but whatever the reason might be for us gals losing out on the tailor-made trend, we say: The time for customization for ladies has arrived.

Fortunately, one of our SF favorites, the cheeky, colorful, and cool denim brand INDi, has teamed up with Milk & Honey for one perfectly made-to-order giveaway. The theme behind the swag is a completely customized experience, loading up a lucky lady with their very own, perfectly fitting pair of INDi’s personalized denim to a gorgeous Alex & Eli, perfect-for-just-you blazer. Of course, the winner gets to pick some other favorites, too, like a $250 Gemvara jewelry gift card, a chic Laudi Vidni handbag, and, of course, a $250 spree to design your own shoe go-to Milk & Honey. If you want to see the goods, we’ve got a killer slideshow to get your psyched for customized cool. So, head on over to enter to win the exact stuff you want — the best part of this amazing giveaway is that it truly is, like you, one-of-a-kind!

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?

15 May

Gemerous Dog Accessories

Sources: 1,2,3,4.

The gemerous gal likes to surround her pooch in luxury and style. Whether it’s with a cute collar, a luxurious bed or a hand knit sweater, the dogs we love deserve to be pampered. There are tons of cute options out there, so pick something that suits your pup’s personality. Maybe she likes pink sparkles, or maybe she’s more of a bandana kind of dog, either way, you’re bound to find an option that fits both your styles.

Do you help your pet accessorize?

14 May

3 Ways to Wear Statement Earrings

Make a statement…with your ears! There are tons of different statement earrings out there, but I’ll break it down into three of my favorite types: nature inspired, super studs and neon brights.

Nature Inspired: Do you enjoy all things outdoors? If so, definitely look for nature inspired earrings. Make a statement in seemingly simple leaves (1), floral beauties (2) and bold feathers(3).

Super Studs: Not much of a dangly earring kind of gal? Have no fear, super studs are here! Feel free to think outside the typical stud-earring box and go for shapes like square (4,6) or oblong (5). Oh, and make sure to have a little fun with color as well.

Neon Brights: Love being the center of attention? If so, neon earrings will make you the talk of the town…in a good way!  Go for hoops (7) , multi-strand chain danglers (8) and neon-accented sparklers(9).

Now the only question is, what will you pair them with?

9 May

Dare to DIY: Chevron

Chevron is most definitely this season’s “it” pattern, so why not incorporate it into some fun DIYs like the ones above?


1. Chevron shoes? Yes please! I’d love to try this DIY with some fun, neon colors.

2. Nail art is a great way to express your personal style and this Chevron Nail DIY from Fab Fatale looks awesome.

3. Looking for just a hint of chevron? Try this DIY chevron necklace, which can be customized by painting with your favorite shade of nail polish.

4. Chevron prints aren’t just popping up in fashion, they’re also making their way into home decor. Add a little chevron to your pad with this DIY chevron wall art.

So go ahead, try one of these fabulous DIYs- we dare you!

8 May

Gemerous Nails

Take your mani to the next level with these three fun and oh-so-gemerous looks!

Caviar Cravings– the caviar mani has been extremely popular and differs from the typical manicure by adding texture. Unfortunately, the popular brand ciaté is constantly sold out. I don’t recommend DIYing this trend (check out the disastrous results from She Finds), so until the caviar nail kits get restocked, you can check out this video how-to (photo source).

Dipped in Glitter- I touched on this trend in my inaugural Gemvara post (How to: Create the Perfect, Long Lasting Manicure) and feel that it’s truly gemerous. For an update on the typical french manicure, why not dip your tips in glitter? It’s like the (sparkly) icing on the cake (photo source).

Sparkle Statement– I’m all about making a statement, which is why I love this look. Keep four nails neutral (in design, not necessarily in color!) and jazz up the fifth with glitter- it’s simply gemerous (photo source)!

Which gemerous nail trend will you try?

7 May

How to Wear it: High/Low Hems

Sources: 1,2,3,4,5,6.

High/low hems (sometimes called mullet hems) are a fun trend that can be worn in various ways. When executed correctly, a high/low hem can be worn at the office, on a date or in a casual setting.

At the Office: Pair a high/low top (like #4) with a high waisted pencil skirt or  pants, just make sure that your midriff isn’t showing. A high/low blouse is a great way to expose fun details on the top of your pants or skirt. Some other fun options are a high/low dress (like #2) or skirt (like #5), as long as the “low” part doesn’t expose too much leg. You can figure out how much skin is too much skin based on your office’s culture, what others wear and your own comfort level.  In most cases, I’d recommend keeping your hem at or below the knee.

For a Date: Opt for a fun colored dress (like #3) and pair it with some fabulous strappy sandals (for a fancy to-do) or a pair of flat, greek inspired sandals (for a more casual date). Experiment with different sized jewelry to create tons of different looks, and maybe throw on a light cardigan in case it gets cold.

For a Casual Look: Whether you’re spending the day drinking lemonade by the pool or running errands, you’ll want to be comfortable and cute. Find a lightweight high/low t-shirt (like #1) that can be paired with cropped pants or shorts. Looking for something super comfy? Pieces like #6 are the sweatpants of high/low skirts and look great with a colorful tank or t-shirt.

How will you try the high/low trend?

1 May

Gemerous Back Details

Sources: 1,2,3,4,5.

Very often we find ourselves focusing all of our attentions on the front of an outfit, all the while neglecting the back. These gorgeously gemerous dresses all place a large focus on elaborate back detailing such as beading, cut outs and gems. Think of these dresses as the (much classier) mullet of clothing: business in the front, gemerous party in the back!

Just remember if you’re wearing a dress with an elaborate cut-out design in the sun, you may come home with quite the unusual tan line!

What type of gemerous back detailing is your favorite?

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