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29 November

Get The Look: Emma Watson

As if being an actress and model weren’t enough for Emma Watson, she also happens to be an ivy-league student, cutting-edge stylish, and absolutely adorable. Did we mention she’s only 21!

In true Emma fashion, she arrived looking dressed up (not over-the-top) to the premiere of My Week with Marilyn in the UK last week. Her fun black-and-white Jason Wu number was very holiday chic and her Solange Azagury-Partridge earrings, Jimmy Choos, and leopard clutch finished off the look flawlessly. Emma’s pixie haircut was also perfect for showcasing her intricate earrings.

In the movie, Emma plays the wardrobe mistress, Lucy, who is wooed by assistant director Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne). The film chronicles a week in the life of Marilyn as she is introduced to the pleasures of 1950s Britain while filming Sir Lawrence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl. Michelle Williams plays Marilyn and is already rumored to receive a Best Actress nomination for the coming 2012 Oscars.

While Michelle may have stolen the show on-screen, Emma owned the red-carpet. To get her look for less try Gemvara’s Naked Petite Earrings in black onyx. These dainty dangle earrings come in round or cushion and are a charming compliment to any outfit this holiday season. They are great for teens or adults, but also come in a larger size if “shock and awe” is more your style. Snag them this year (as a gift or for yourself) in any gem of your choosing!

Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

22 November

Delicious Delights

So we’re not usually ones to engage you in our sweet tooth fantasies (normally we stick to the sparkly ones), but with Thanksgiving right around the corner we thought we would share a few of our favorite holiday indulgences.


There’s no use trying to fight it. Desserts are all around us during the holidays and it’s no fun to not participate in their deliciousness. We’ve rounded up three of our favorites for you to try. You can even print them out as recipe cards. Come on, you deserve it!


Sometimes you just need a little something to take the edge off. Here are a few of our favorite cocktail recipes. They are simple enough to make for yourself, but also festive for company. The Amethyst Haze is a winner around the office (can you guess why?) and the Apple Pie Spiced Cider can be made without alcohol so it is great for any kids at your holiday table.


It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little luster! This year we plan to indulge in our new Naked Gems collection. With drop earrings ranging from small and sweet to long and luxurious, chunky rings, and pendants galore, Naked Gems are what we will be wearing at our holiday table. The juicy jewels look almost good enough to eat!

What are your favorite holiday vices?

Recipes via Cupcakes and CashmereJoy of BakingReal Simple.

18 November

Versace's Jungle Fever

Versace for H&M I


This Saturday, Versace launches their collection with H&M. We predict — scratch that, we know — that utter madness will ensue. The bright, fun colors combined with the wild prints signature of Versace are a hard thing to pass up, especially at affordable H&M prices. Looking at the shots from the recent runway show inspired us to create a collage that included our big juicy Naked Gems as accents. After all, jewelry always completes the outfit.

So, if you don’t make it out there to face the masses tomorrow morning, at least you can look at these fabulous images and imagine yourself in a tropical setting dripping in gems. Have an exciting weekend!

Versace for H&M II
15 November

{Guest Post} Are You Warm or Cool?

Yelena, from AllGlamThings, stops by to give our readers some guidance on finding their best colors:

Did you know that the right colors can change you appearance dramatically? You can look younger, fresher, slimmer, and more naturally beautiful. That’s a fact! Look at the beautiful Audrina Patridge in two different color palettes:

I believe that in person everything should be beautiful and harmonized. That’s why it’s important to know your best colors. Do you know if your skin is warm or cool? Well, most people don’t, but it’s actually pretty easy to figure out!

Warm colors are colors of sun and fire: red, yellow, and orange. Cool colors are blue, green, and violet. When you look at the color of your eyes, hair, and skin you can intuitively feel whether you are warm or cool. However, metallics can help you figure out your skin tone temperature easily. Warm skin tones look best in gold jewelry, while cool types shimmer in silver.

Do a little test — buy foil wrapping paper in gold and silver, then hold a piece of each below your face. Which color makes you glow? Which one makes you skin look pale or sick? If you respond to cool, chances are you skin has more blue undertones and burns easily. Your best colors are blue, grey, and soft feminine tones. In jewelry I would suggest these gorgeous Rose de France 14K White Gold Earrings.

If warm colors give you that glow, then rich, earthy colors works great on you.  I like this stunning and delicious Checkerboard Citrine 14K Yellow Gold Ring for warm skin types.

If you are not getting a reading then you are a balanced season (between warm and cool). This skin type is quite flexible. When you’re not sure about what color to choose, pick a hue that brings out your eyes. Or why not mix few hues? Try this piece — Lemon Quartz 14K Yellow Gold Earrings with London Blue Topaz.

If you want to learn more about finding your best colors then make sure to check out my weekly posts on or order your personal e-color analysis.


Yelena Starikova is an Image Consultant and Editor at — a website where you can find fashion advice, color inspiration, and personal thoughts on being 20-something and glamorous.

7 November

Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones

With the holidays quickly approaching, jewel tones have entered into fashion’s palette. These classic colors with names like amethyst, garnet, sapphire, emerald, ruby, and citrine have the power to make you feel rich and sophisticated, as well as warm and cozy.

Here we’ve rounded up a few jewel toned-dresses and paired them with our new Naked Gems collection. As we all know, along with the holidays come lots of parties — dinners, reunions, gingerbread-making contests… you name it. You want to look your best for these events, but want to remain festive without being over-the-top. Jewel tones are an excellent go-to for holiday dressing because the clothes are usually in solid colors and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.

These dresses above are all in succulent colors and look striking on their own, but even better when paired with juicy gems. Although we have matched most of the frocks with coordinating gemstone colors, we are also fans of contrasting colors. For example, wearing blue and yellow together or red and black make the jewelry and the gown really pop. We also like the idea of layering, like the two petite pave pendants we placed with the citrine colored dress. Wearing one jewel-toned color head to toe is also stunning and provides a big impact.

How would you wear jewel tones? What Naked Gems are your favorite?

4 November

The Friday Link List

Kooky costumes, krazy Kardashians, and knockout Naked Gems. This week around the web…

Monday was Halloween and we got a kick out of these recreations of the two hottest weddings of the summer. Which one is your favorite?

Also on Monday, Kim Kardashian announced her divorce to Kris Humphries after a mere 72 days. We wonder what’s going to happen to that ring.

Ellen’s scare montage makes for some hilarious entertainment.

Are you a November baby? Lucky you! You get to revel in the light of citrine (and Movember).

Yesterday was Anna Wintor’s 62rd birthday. Hufffington Post takes a look at her style evolution from the 80s and 90s.

We recently came across this amazing blog, Advanced Style. Shows that style (and amazing jewelry!) really have no age. Inspired.

We were all speechless over this incredible customer testimonial video that was sent to us this week. Our customers never cease to amaze us!

Refinery29 takes a peek at who has the best dressed fingers in NYC… aka rings, rings and more rings!

Cupcakes and Cashmere‘s, Emily shows a creative way to display rings in her post this morning. We love those gems!

Today we launched our new Naked Gems collection! See what stars have been seen baring it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

2 November

Who's Been Seen Naked?

Our new Naked Gems collection just launched but it’s already grabbing the spotlight! Here’s who’s been wearing these coveted gems.

Retta Sirleaf

Retta Sirleaf of NBC’s Parks and Recreation had lots of fun wearing our Naked Cushion Triple earrings in rock crystal to the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards. Read more about her red carpet premiere here.


Gemvara hit the runway with Mike&Ton at the 2011 Boston Fashion Week. It was the first year the event debuted on an official runway and our Naked Gems were lucky enough to kick-off the week! See our behind the scenes footage here.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart celebrated her 70th birthday this year and invited Gemvara to be a part of the festivities. Martha loves sapphire jewelry so we gave her some Naked Round Single earrings in sapphire to swoon over. See what she thought of them here.

Michael O’Connor

Renowned jewelry stylist, Michael O’Connor featured Naked Gems in his 2011 Emmy Suite. Retta Sirleaf tried hers on in his exclusive Beverly Hills location this year. See what other celebrities donned the gems here.

Layla Kayleigh

Layla Kayleigh, British TV star and co-host of America’s Best Dance Crew, wears our Naked Cushion Triple earrings in rose de France at a benefit for the Breast Cancer Charities of America. Find out how to win a pair for yourself here.

Tonya Mezrich

One half of the Mike&Ton designer duo, Tonya Mezrich, sits down with us to discuss how she got her start in the fashion business and her favorite pieces from the Naked Gems collection. See her in some rock crystal and black onyx drops here.

28 October

The Friday Link List

Pumpkins, proposals, and more pumpkins. This week around the web…

Pumpkins get sartorially spooky over at Refinery29. Which one’s your favorite? Can you guess ours?

These candy corn nails from The Beauty Department look good enough to eat!

Creative and crafty DIY pumpkin ideas from Because I’m Addicted and Sequins and Stripes.

A pumpkin proposal? Halloween doesn’t get much better than this.

Our Naked Gems collection is launching very soon! Sign up for our newsletter to recieve exclusive updates. If you can’t seem to wait, enter to win a pair of Naked Gems rose de France earrings FREE from PureWow and YourTango.

Don’t be the victim of procrastination. Get your wedding bands early. Here’s a few tips to get you going.

Fall is upon us (make that winter for those up in New England). Check out our fashion favorites for the chilly weather.

October is winding down, but you still have a chance to make a difference. Make your contribution to the fight against Breast Cancer with some pink Gemvara jewels.

Last minute Halloween party ideas from none other than Martha.

Clever ways to repurpose your Halloween costumes from!

Have a spooky weekend!

21 October

The Friday Link List

A little guidance for the guys, major moments at Christie’s, and ways to wear gems on more than just your finger. This week around the web…

We’ve found another street style tumblr to obsess over. Currently adding The Girls of Lincoln Park to our growing list of favorites, including: The Glitter Guide, Face Hunter, and The Sartorialist.

This week we gave guys a few tips for picking out the perfect “first” gift and we also discovered ways to  finding his ideal wedding band. Speaking of men, we also really love Taylor’s thoughts on menswear from her blog, Shut Up, I Love That Shirt On You.

As if the fantasy bra wasn’t enough, they now have underwear?

Shenae Grimes jewel-encrusted Miu Miu heels on Refinery29 had us squealing. Create your own Miu Miu sparkle with HonestlyWTF’s gemmy sneakers.

Daily Candy gives cute adult Halloween party tips.

Christie’s is blowing us away this week. First a $6.5 million yellow diamond and then two “tomato sized diamonds!”

Pantone recently released their Fashion Color Report and we were pleasantly surprised to see that it includes amethyst, citrine, fire opal, and rose quartz!

The ultimate sapphire showdown has begun. Who’s ring do you like best? Kate or Liz?

Our big Naked Gems launch is almost here! Make sure to sign up to receive exclusive updates. You won’t want to miss out on this chance to bare it all.

Have a fun-filled weekend!

30 September

The Friday Link List

A big week for Gemvara’s Naked Gems, lots of colorful birthstones and a few sweet proposal stories. This week around the web…

Design label Mike&Ton kicked off Boston Fashion Week last Saturday night and the models wore Gemvara’s Naked Gems jewelry! See a recap of the night here, along with some behind the scenes photos. Also be sure to read our exclusive interview with Mike&Ton designer, Tonya Mezrich.

On Thursday, Gemvara celebrated Martha Stewart’s birthday with her on The Martha Stewart Show. Our sapphire jewelry was featured and Martha wore one of our rings (it even got stuck of a moment)!

Tomorrow is the first day of October and we gladly welcome in gorgeous October birthstones. Which color do you like best?

Thinking of planning a trip to NYC soon? Let the adorable and talented, Joanna Goddard of A CUP OF JO be your guide (she’s basically an expert).

Digitally Lux created a very cool infographic on the Rise of Fashion Bloggers around the globe. 900,000+ bloggers are use Twitter… Wow!

JCK Magazine reveals a new show to air about “Diamond Divers” next year. Sounds exciting!

If you haven’t already become addicted to The Glitter Guide’s tumblr, we promise you will be soon. Good thing it’s the weekend and you have a few hours to kill.

Fashion Foie Gras has reveladed H&M’s collaboration with Versace.

Emily, of the fabulous Cupcakes and Cashmere, gives cute tips for easy entertaining.

A very sweet proposal video from Love, the Yes Girls. These ladies know their stuff when it comes to proposing!

Amazing street style images by Tommy Ton on Color, sequins, and patterns to die for.

Molly Sims got married over the weekend in a ceremony that was the perfect mix of traditional and trendy. It got us thinking about ways to mix classic and unique, like Anthropolie’s new line, BHLDN.

Sweet things to do with your loved one this fall from the lovely Yes Girls.

Have a relaxing weekend!

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