What do Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Hurley, Jessica Simpson, Olivia Wilde, and Victoria Beckham all have in common? Birthstone engagement rings!
Indeed, the selection of birthstones as the marquee stone in engagement rings is becoming increasingly popular—threatening to usurp diamonds as the crown jewel in modern engagement rings.
Here’s what to know, courtesy of whattowear.com.
Bespoke with birthstones
Birthstones – the gemstones that represent a person’s month of birth – have long been popular. But sales are currently rising as more and more shoppers seek to personalize their purchases, especially with engagement rings.
There has been particularly high demand for birthstone engagement rings, which Etsy recently described as a “breakout wedding trend.” “For generations, the diamond has been the ultimate stone for proposing, but today’s bride wants to express her personal style and choose a ring that reflects her personality,” Dayna Isom Johnson, an Etsy spokeswoman said.
L.A.-based jewelry designer Jennie Kwon explained why the trend is taking off: “We are at a time where people are more and more interested in creating bespoke things—pieces that are made just for them and feel personal because of it,” she said. “The trend of birthstone engagement rings falls in line with this.”
If you’re interested in the trend, Kwon has some expert advice to consider: “The only thing we’d say is to be careful about how your birthstone is set if you’re planning on wearing it daily as many women do,” she said. “For instance, for our softer-stoned girls whose birthstones are emeralds, opals, pearls, or the like, we would suggest having them set in a way where the stone is protected, such as a bezel setting.”
Background on birthstones
The connection between gemstones and the zodiac can be traced to the Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus. He described in the first century AD in his writings, Antiquities of the Jews, the bejeweled breastplate worn by Aaron, the first high priest of the Israelites, in the Book of Exodus. The breastplate was adorned with 12 stones, each one engraved with the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Reflecting on the significance of the number 12, Josephus suggested that the stones could represent the 12 signs of the zodiac.
The stones subsequently became associated with the 12 months of the year and were purported to have healing properties and bring good luck. Some affluent individuals might well have owned all 12 and carried with them each day the one that corresponded with the current calendar month.
It was only in 1912 that a standardized list was drawn up detailing exactly which stone was connected with which month. This was produced by the United States’ National Association of Jewelers – possibly in an effort to drive up demand for the jewels that made the cut.
In 1937, the UK’s National Association of Goldsmiths produced its own official list – this is the one most retailers here tend to stick to today, although there have been some recent additions.
In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) introduced tanzanite as an alternative to turquoise for December, to acknowledge its popularity. And the Jewelers of America (JA) trade association approved. “JA sees the addition of tanzanite for December as a way to build business,” it said at the time. “Any step that helps retailers sell more jewelry is a good one.”
The most coveted gemstones are diamonds (April), emeralds (May), rubies (July) and sapphires (September) – jewelers refer to them as “the Big Four,” but relatively few people might be familiar with bloodstone (March) and peridot (August).
In 2016 the JA and AGTA jointly announced the introduction of a new birthstone for August to sit alongside peridot on the US standardized list: spinel.
The stone comes in a variety of hues but red is the most popular color. For centuries, spinel was routinely mistaken for ruby – the Black Prince’s Ruby, which sits at the front of the Imperial State Crown worn by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, is in fact, a red spinel.
Although the gem has not been introduced to the UK birthstone list, it’ll almost certainly come to enjoy greater popularity over there too.
Alt versions of birthstones
Another growing trend among consumers is to opt for alternative versions of the gemstones that correspond with their birth date. The shade people typically ascribe to garnets (January) is dark red, but the stones come in an array of colors – black, pink, green, purple – red is just much more abundant. Lily Faber, a gemologist, likens spessartine garnets, which are orange, to “beautiful little sweets.”
One of the most frequently overlooked birthstones is opal (October). There’s a long-standing belief that opal is unlucky, and only people whose birthdays fall in October can get away with wearing it. Faber is particularly enamored by the stone though, and is keen to dispel this myth.
Opals are also quite soft and are not really suitable for everyday wear, unlike very hard stones such as diamond. It’s possible that the bad luck attributed to the stones is simply down to their fragile nature – for example, they can chip easily when worn in a ring. Diamonds, by contrast, especially colorless ones, have historically been considered good luck.
What’s your birthstone?
March: bloodstone, aquamarine (alternative)
April: diamond, rock crystal (alt)
May: emerald, chrysoprase (alt)
June: pearl, moonstone (alt)
July: ruby, cornelian (alt)
August: peridot, sardonyx (alt)
September: sapphire, lapis lazuli (alt)
November: yellow topaz, citrine (alt)
December: turquoise, tanzanite (alt)
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Wondering what to get your significant other for Valentine’s
Day? Here are 10 jewelry gift ideas courtesy of Overstock.com.
1. Heart-Shaped Rings
While your partner may appreciate rings of all shapes and sizes, a heart-shaped ring is the ideal choice to celebrate the holiday of love. Sizing and style are both important, so determine her ring size and find a design that reflects her personal style. Choices abound — from simple sterling silver heart rings to elegant diamond and gemstone rings. Choose one you know she’ll love wearing for years to come.
2. Heart Necklaces
Similar to heart-shaped rings,
heart necklaces styles vary by metal, stone, and setting, and prices range from
affordable to high-end. Select from different lengths such as choker,
mid-length princess, and extra-long opera. For a sentimental touch, choose a
necklace accented with gemstones from the month you first met, got engaged or
3. Dangle Earrings
A beautiful pair of dangle earrings
can transition from day to night, making them an ideal gift that can be worn on
numerous occasions. If your Valentine prefers subtle jewelry styles, find a
pair that’s shorter in length and choose a solid metal such as sterling silver
or gold. For those who like their jewelry to pop, choose designs that feature
sparkle, length, and vibrant colors.
4. Diamond Tennis Bracelets
A diamond tennis bracelet is a
simple, yet beautiful piece of jewelry that any woman would love to add to her
jewelry collection. When choosing a diamond tennis bracelet, consider the
clarity and uniformity of the diamonds as well as the color of the setting
metal. Tennis bracelets can be found in settings that range from yellow gold to
platinum to rose gold, and this determines how the bracelet’s diamonds appear.
A yellow or rose gold setting complements diamonds with a slight yellow or
5. Pearl Jewelry
For a classically feminine look,
you can never go wrong with a strand of pearls worn as a necklace. Pearls are
sometimes called “teardrops of the moon” and symbolize innocence and purity.
Some claim that they can even produce a calming effect. Whether natural or
cultured, pearls come in a variety of colors and shapes as unique as your
6. Luxury Watches
Gift your partner a watch that
combines opulence and function. Luxury watches are made from precious metals
and can be adorned with diamonds and other stones. Consider your loved one’s
personality and lifestyle when choosing a watch. If your Valentine spends
Saturdays by the pool, look for water-resistance. The type of watch crystal,
construction, and movement are other components to consider when in the market
for a sophisticated timepiece.
7. Engagement Rings
It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day
is one of the most popular days to “pop the big question.” Selecting the
perfect ring can be overwhelming, but doesn’t have to be if you’re armed with
the right information. Look for an engagement ring in the stone, metal, and
setting that suits her personality — like a nature-inspired or a vintage
design. Go traditional with a round diamond ring or unique with a large
marquise emerald ring. Remember that an engagement ring is a piece of jewelry
that symbolizes your life together, so choose with your heart.
8. Birthstone Jewelry
Show your Valentine that you know
and appreciate all the traits that make her who she is with a piece of
birthstone jewelry. Your Valentine is likely to appreciate a beautiful set of
diamond earrings, an amethyst necklace, or an emerald tennis bracelet to
showcase her birth month. She’ll also be impressed by the effort you put into
finding a unique piece of jewelry.
9. Cubic Zirconia
For budget-minded shoppers looking for
high design without the high cost, cubic zirconia is a beautiful and smart
option. This man-made stone shines with brilliance and features cuts that mimic
a diamond. Cubic zirconia stones can be found in pendant necklaces, engagement
rings, drop earrings, and tennis bracelets.
10. Unique and Handmade
If your Valentine prefers women’s
jewelry that’s one-of-a-kind, try handmade jewelry. Handcrafted pieces can be
simple or overstated. Turquoise earrings, coral bracelets, and hand-stamped
titanium rings just begin to brush the surface of all the special handmade
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Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn recently proposed to her now fiancé, New Jersey Devils star P.K. Subban. Vonn is one of a growing number of women taking their relationships into their own hands and asking their significant other to marry them.
If you’re considering proposing, here’s some things to keep in mind and why you’re in good company. Information courtesy of The Washington Post.
No shame in the game
“We talk about equality but actions speak louder than words,” Vonn said. “Men should get engagement rings too and this is what P.K. deserves.” Vonn showed a close-up of Subban’s new engagement ring on her Twitter page with this message:
Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!! On our 2 year anniversary, in a “non traditional” move, I asked P.K. to marry me and he said, Yes ! Women aren’t the only ones who should get engagement rings! #MerryChristmas #equality
Vonn is now in a rare category of women who have proposed to men. Judge Judy Sheindlin popped the question to her second husband in 1978; socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor claimed to have proposed to all nine of her husbands and Queen Victoria proposed to her cousin, Prince Albert, in 1839. Diane Von Furstenberg proposed to her current husband, Barry Diller; and Elizabeth Taylor, who was married a total of eight times to seven husbands, proposed to her second husband, British actor Michael Wilding. Pop star Pink proposed to her hubby, motocross champion Carey Hart, back in June 2005 — while he was mid-race! Kristen Bell proposed to hubby Dax Shepard on Twitter as soon as the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down in 2013.
About seven percent of couples opt for dual proposals, according to The Knot’s 2019 Jewelry & Engagement Study. The wedding-planning site’s executive editor, Lauren Kay, told The Atlantic that 97 percent of grooms in heterosexual relationships report proposing to their brides.
Only about a third of all marriage proposals in the United States are actually a surprise, according to The Knot.
Floating on air
Last September, Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato came up with an out-of-this-world way to propose to her boyfriend Greg Linch—on a weightless flight out of Dulles International Airport, according to TheWashington Post.
“We were on a zero-gravity flight, hurtling through the sky, our bodies suspended in air. Taking aim, I floated a small blue box over to Greg. He made a heroic dive, the kind of move you’d see in a Netflix rom-com, and caught it,” Bloudoff-Indelicato explains. When he opened it, the ring levitated upward. “It was the perfect proposal for us, combining our passion for science with our love of adventure.”
Why the disparity?
Why isn’t it more common in our society for women to propose to men? Perhaps because gender stereotypes paint men as less willing to commit, they’re traditionally the ones to drive heterosexual relationships forward — and that includes popping the question.
“Even though we’ve seen a lot of gender role change in society, the marriage proposal has remained pretty static compared to all these other domains,” says Rachael Robnett, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
“We tend to think of proposals as romantic and special occasions, but the history behind them is much more legalistic and formal,” says Katherine Parkin, a professor of history at Monmouth University in New Jersey.
“Men get down on one knee to demonstrate the chivalry of their intentions and provide a diamond ring as proof that they can care for their partner financially. Because men have historically made more money than women, it tracked that they would be the ones to propose.”
Pat Summersall popped the question to her now-husband more than 30 years ago. The 63-year-old copy shop co-owner in Harrogate, Britain, says they had only been dating for six months, but she knew what she wanted in a husband and her boyfriend was it. Still, “it was more difficult for women of my age [to propose],” she says, “because we didn’t have job equality growing up, we didn’t have financial equality.”
“I have income at my disposal, so I can afford to buy my partner a ring. Yet many of my girlfriends make decent livings, and they haven’t proposed.”
So what’s stopping today’s financially stable women from popping the question? If you’re sure your partner is the one, follow your instincts and be inspired by the strong and sassy women who have done it already!
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Now that December is underway and holiday gift giving is on your mind, you may be wondering what to get for your significant other? If your partner is the traditional type, you usually can’t go wrong with a classic piece of jewelry.
These timeless pieces never go out of style, and are versatile enough to accessorize any outfit or suit any occasion.
Read on for five classic jewelry gift ideas, courtesy of Ritani.com.
Diamond Halo Stud Earrings
Diamond stud earrings have long been a jewelry staple, beloved for how easily they complement any ensemble. Simple, prong-set diamond studs are the most classic version of this popular gift, especially when set with round cut diamonds. Pair them with halo studs of gold and/or gemstones that surround the center stones and you’ll get extra sparkle, adding brilliance to this traditional holiday gift.
The Classic Gold Necklace
The classic gold necklace in 14k or higher yellow gold, is another timeless gift that could work for anyone on your list. Gold jewelry has experienced a resurgence in popularity, and a gold necklace pairs with any clothing style which makes it a chic, multipurpose gift.
Chain Pearl Drop Earrings
Since pearls have been used in jewelry for thousands of years (dating back to Ancient Greece), it’s safe to say that pearls are some of the most time-honored classic gifts. From understated Akoya strands to colorful Tahitian drop necklaces, the variety and versatility of pearls have established their status as the ultimate classic jewelry choice. Pearl drop earrings offer a modern update to a timeless style, with delicate chains to add movement and elegance.
A diamond heart pendant never goes out of style, and will remind your partner of your love. Personalizing it with your partner’s birthstone or the gemstone of the month you were married adds a pop of color and a sentimental touch.
A Timeless Watch
After years of checking our phones for the time, the classic watch is making a comeback. A fine diamond or gold watch will never go out of style and is appropriate for any occasion.
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The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. Wondering what to get your loved ones? There are the tried-and-true fine jewelry staples, such as diamond studs, a classic pendant, or pearls.
But for those of you looking for something a bit trendier and unique, here are some jewelry gift ideas courtesy of NationalJeweler.com.
Hearts with a twist.
A heart motif is hardly new, but its latest iteration is different from hearts past in that designers are transitioning from sweet, traditional styles to ones that are modern and even a bit edgy. Designers are applying their own signatures to the heart to make them uniquely and recognizably theirs.
Evolution of statement earrings.
A statement earring is a natural next step for the fine jewelry lover who already has her bases covered with studs and hoops. Several designers have been embracing the collarbone duster—think shoulder dusters but ones that hit the collarbone. Although daring, the style is surprisingly wearable and flattering.
The styles currently available range from earthy to classic to bold. Shop for designs accented with opals, gemstones, or pearls for an elegant look, or choose sleek gold renditions for a simple, yet powerful statement.
Enamel on the rise.
The resurgence of enamel in the last five years has exhibited considerable staying power, showing a demand from consumers. More contemporary designers are jumping on the bandwagon, livening up their best-selling styles in new colors or coming up with new looks altogether devoted to the material.
If you’re new to this trend, invest in some classic styles, like sophisticated hoop earrings or an enamel pendant.
Yellow gold coming back?
The phrase, “everything old is new again,” definitely applies to yellow gold. Yellow gold has taken a backseat to white gold and other white metals in recent years, yet this classic metal is making a comeback. Designers are turning to create some truly breathtaking pieces using yellow gold and many welcome the opportunity to design something that has a vintage aesthetic.
While yellow gold is ideally suited to people with warmer skin tones, at the holidays, it adds festivity to any outfit.
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Jewelry has always played a vital role in the history of humankind. In fact, there’s evidence that both Neanderthals and homo sapiens made jewelry. Jewelry was used to identify tribal leaders or members, for religious purposes and for trade with other cultures.
Here are 17 things you may not know about the history of jewelry, courtesy of jewelryshoppingguide.com.
1. The oldest jewelry dates back to ancient times
The oldest known pieces of jewelry date back to about 100,000 years ago. Our early ancestors made jewelry out of bones, stone, sea shells—anything they could find that they considered appealing. These organic pieces from the earth probably served decorative and symbolic purposes.
2. The first diamond …
The very first diamond found was in India back in the 4th century. They quickly became highly valued because of their amazing durability and sparkle. Until the 18th century, people thought that India was the only source of diamonds but then in 1866, a diamond over 21 carats was found in South Africa, which grew to become one of the leading diamond suppliers.
3. Opals and literature
In 18th century, opals were highly valued and one of the most popular gemstones in Europe until Sir Walter Scott wrote a novel called Anne of Geierstein, where the fire of an opal, owned by the protagonist, was quenched when touched by holy water. The lady died soon after. The publication of this book led to huge decrease in the popularity of opals as being an unlucky stone. Even today, opals are associated with bad luck and misfortune.
4. The first engagement ring
We’re so used to the idea of engagement rings in the West that it seems strange to think of a time when this tradition wasn’t around. Well it wasn’t, until romantic Maximilian of Austria gave his beloved Mary of Burgundy a ring as a promise of the impending nuptials back in 1477. This caught on and today engagement rings are a multi-billion-dollar industry.
5. Engagement ring go-to
Since the 20th century, diamonds have grown to become the most popular gemstone. Over 80% of couples choose a diamond engagement ring today, compared to just 10% in 1939! All the other gemstones combined only come to about 13% of the total engagement ring output.
6. Roach jewelry — for real
It’s true that sometimes we use parts of animals (shell, bone, and coral — yes, corals are in fact animals) to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. But did you know that there’s such a thing as live insect jewelry? What’s more, this is a tradition that’s existed in certain cultures for centuries! Live insect jewelry is when live insects, such as beetles and cockroaches are accented with rhinestones and other elements, and are worn as fashion accessories attached to your clothes. Each one is fixed with a chain and pin that serves as a leash, so that the bedazzled bug can walk around your shirt.
7. Pearls are almost always cultured
In the early 20th century, the process of culturing pearls began on a commercial basis, making it possible to farm pearls. This made pearls readily accessible to everyone. Even today, almost all pearls you find on the market are cultured pearls. Unlike natural pearls formed organically in nature, cultured pearls are cultivated by man.
8. Pearls: nature’s living gemstone
Pearls are the only gemstone that come from a living organisms, known as mollusks. While most gemstones come from minerals, which are inorganic materials, pearls belong to a very select group of gemstones that come from organic sources. Organic gemstones are created by or formed from living organisms.
9. Amber is tree sap
Did you know that amber is made from the fossilized resin of trees over millions of years, commonly pine? Genuine amber is warm to the touch with a faint smell of pine.
10. Red sapphires are rubies
Sapphires come in every color under the sun, except red. That’s because red sapphires are known as rubies. Rubies and sapphires are the same mineral (corundum), but differ in color. They get their respective colors from trace elements present during crystal growth. Ruby gets its red from chromium, and sapphire from titanium and iron.
11. Only two gems formed in the earth’s mantle
There are several hundred types of gemstones out there, but only two are formed in the earth’s mantle. These are diamonds and peridot. Although they’re formed deep within the mantle, these gemstones are mined in the crust. That’s where all other gemstones are mined too.
12. Platinum is rare
Platinum is much rarer than all other precious metals, with the annual output being 15 times less than that of gold and 100 times less than that of silver. In fact, it’s said that all the platinum every mined would fit in an average American living room.
13. The largest diamond
The largest diamond ever found is known as the Star of David or Cullinan I. It weighs a massive 530 carats (in its uncut state, it weighed an astonishing 3016.75-carats) and is the largest colorless cut diamond in the world. Where is it, you ask? The Cullinan was presented to King Edward VII and is now part of the Crown Jewels of the UK.
14. The most expensive engagement ring
The honor of being given the world’s most expensive engagement ring falls to Mariah Carey. The ring, given to Carey by James Packer, cost a stunning $10 million! On a side note, the couple ended their engagement, proving that the price of the ring isn’t a guarantee for the success of the relationship.
15. The most recognizable piece of jewelry
Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring is often cited as being the most recognizable piece of jewelry of the 20th century. The iconic blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds is now worn by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
16. Replicating diamonds
In the 1950s, scientists were able to successfully grow diamonds in labs, providing an eco-friendly, inexpensive and quick alternative to mined diamonds. Today, the synthetic diamond market is burgeoning and poses a threat to natural diamonds.
17. The rebirth of vintage
Jewelry styles tend to cycle in and out of fashion. The beautiful designs from the Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods are in huge demand today and highly popular especially for engagement rings. This goes to show that a well-designed piece of jewelry is a classic and will never go out of style.
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Fall is fast approaching, so straight from the runways of Paris, Rome and New York, here’s a glimpse of the top 18 jewelry and accessory looks that will be on trend this fall and through the winter, courtesy of glowsly.
A stand-out look on the runways were extra-long earrings. There seems to be a competition among designers for who could make the longest pair. While most earrings weren’t extreme, the big exceptions were a few shoulder-dusting mock feather earrings. These unique creations were only worn on one ear, and were constructed of a long silver length, at the end of which a large feather-like pendant was made out of what appeared to be plastic.
Extra-long earrings can be fun, but a pair of delicate dangle earrings might be more practical. Long (but not overly so) earrings made of shimmery strings or drops of metal are timelessly gorgeous and are able to work with both daytime looks and evening wear.
The fiercest of the earring-related fall 2019 jewelry trends is probably the ear armor. This refers to earrings or cuffs that cover the bulk of the ear helix, looking like an especially glamorous armor.
Gold, wing-shaped earrings were tilted up, with a small cuff to wrap around the ears at Lanvin, giving us a semi-armor for the lobe and bottom half of the ear. The most extreme take on ear armor was presented at Gucci, where gold pieces molded to look like ears were fit over the ears of the models.
Symmetry was not necessary or recommended. Wearing only one earring was one of the ways to eschew symmetry in the fall/winter 2019-2020 jewelry trends. Wearing one earring is also a great way of rocking something beautiful and blingy in a non-gendered way, and if we may add, it’ll make you feel a little like a pirate too.
Tassels are a fun way of adding a slightly bohemian vibe to any look, especially when they decorate the head with one on each side in the form of earrings. We saw tasseled jewelry show up on runways with all kinds of different styles, showing that they can actually be quite versatile.
Dripping with rhinestones
Is there anything more glamorous than a cascade of rhinestones along the wrist, décolletage, or side of the neck? Rhinestone-studded jewelry pieces made for some of the most luxurious and striking fall 2019 runway accessories.
The fall/winter 2019 jewelry trends have, by and large, shifted away from the hippie stylings of the previous season, even if designers are embracing a much more eco-conscious mentality.
Models wore a different earring on each ear as a great way of cementing the asymmetrical fall 2019 jewelry trends, but it is also a great way of showcasing as much jewelry as possible, and to tell a story with a pair of earrings.
It’s always exciting to see what kind of new takes on hoop earrings we will see every season. For this year’s fall/winter jewelry trends, hoop earrings were anything but simple and delicate. Designs ranged from latch back earrings with multiple hoops to hoop earrings decorated with a golden fringe.
Studs, metal, and black leather are a few of the elements you can expect out of the statement-making chokers that cropped up in the fall runways. Unsurprisingly, these chokers showed up on runways that already had a punk or grunge vibe, where they perfectly completed an edgy ensemble.
While all the dark and spiky chokers were quite fierce, there was also room in for bejeweled chokers to fit the aesthetic of those who are less dark or edgy.
The fall/winter 2019 jewelry trends saw oversized, nearly overwhelming pieces studded with colorful gems. Colorful gemstones might feel more like costume jewelry, but if all the world is a stage, then why not rock them?
Wild multi-chain necklaces
We saw all manner of chains show up as part of the latest accessory trends, but one of our favorites was the way that different stylists layered different kinds of chains together to create a chunky look that was a little wild.
Big, shiny, and just a little retro, brooches were one of the most fun of the fall 2019 jewelry trends. Some think brooches are a somewhat dated accessory, but all that is old becomes new again, and brooches do feel like they fit in with the cozy, retro aesthetic that some designers reveled in this season.
Big luxury chain links
As much as we liked the industrial chains of the fall 2019 jewelry trends, we also appreciated the elegance that large, more ornamental chain links could have. Jewelry designers crafted necklaces and earrings out of oversized chain links in precious metals, with flowy designs that were glamorous rather than grunge.
Pearls are as delicate and feminine as can be, and the copious use of them stood out as one of the more traditional jewelry trends. Unsurprisingly, pearls were most popular in the big Parisian fashion houses.
Opulent matching sets
It’s been a while since anyone really thought about matching their necklace to their earrings beyond, maybe, trying to match gold with gold and silver with silver. Beyond that, it’s been everything goes. However, for fall 2019, matching sets are officially back.
We think chunky bracelets are the most interesting of the bracelet-related fall/winter 2019-2020 jewelry trends. They’re as ostentatious as the other jewelry pieces we saw on the runways, but they’re less high glam and a bit more accessible, since they are made of resin or acetate rather than expensive metals and gems.
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Do you own expensive jewelry? Or something priceless with great sentimental value? You may want to consider the benefits of insuring your prized pieces.
Here’s why, courtesy of Laura Gilbert and theknot.com.
While putting an insurance policy on your beloved’s engagement ring doesn’t sound very romantic, should the ring get lost or stolen, you’ll be the hero when you can replace it quickly thanks to an insurance check that covers what you paid for it.
Understanding personal property insurance
While most renters and homeowners’ policies cover items inside the home, they only do so up to a certain dollar value. Expensive or sentimental items, like engagement rings, art and even electronics, are guaranteed through scheduled personal property coverage—an insurance policy extension that you purchase to cover specific items.
Another option is to insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, which might offer more coverage than a standard homeowners policy. These kinds of policies can vary widely company by company (usually a jeweler will offer a policy that’s underwritten by a smaller company), so ask specific questions about the level of coverage provided.
Who needs it most?
Any person or couple with jewelry that’s expensive and/or has sentimental value should get extra insurance for the piece or pieces. Whether your wedding and engagement rings are worth $500 or $50,000, an insurance policy is a way of honoring not just their financial value but what they represent to you. The sentiment behind your jewelry might be irreplaceable, but the rings themselves can be replaced—if they’re insured—in the event that something happens to them.
How it works
When you purchase the policy, be sure to take pictures of the ring or piece and upload it to your policy page on the insurance company’s website for reference.
Should the ring or piece get lost or stolen, you’ll need to provide your receipts, as well as an appraisal, which costs a small fee. You can get an appraisal from a certified gemologist at a jeweler.
In the case that the ring gets damaged, take pictures of the damaged ring and upload it to the insurance site. Then, when it is repaired, submit the receipt to the insurance company for reimbursement.
When you shop for a “ring rider” policy, make sure to read the fine print. A good policy will cover every potential ring-threatening situation, from theft and damage to accidentally dropping it in the garbage disposal.
If you move, make sure your “ring rider” follows you—some couples have the ring insured at the bride’s address before the wedding, but forget to add it to their new home’s policy when they move in together.
Questions to ask before choosing a policy
Is the ring covered if you lose it accidentally—or only if it’s stolen?
How will the company replace the ring? With a check? Will they require you to purchase a replacement through a specified jeweler?
What if it’s a vintage ring or other unique piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond—and that of a replacement if needed—be documented?
Is the ring insured to full cost or a fraction of it?
How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim?
Are there any circumstances of loss or damage that aren’t coverd?
Average cost of a policy
The average yearly cost to insure your ring ranges between $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. This means that if your ring would cost $9,000 to replace, you might expect to pay between $90 and $180 per year to insure it—or slightly more in areas where the risk of theft is higher.
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Whether the dad or father figure in your life is a stylish trendsetter or just an average joe who likes to keep his look simple, here are some jewelry gift ideas for Father’s Day, June 16, courtesy of Overstock.com.
Update on men’s jewelry
Like other areas of fashion, men’s jewelry is undergoing an evolution. The era of the one-size-fits-all ring or watch is in the past. Style and variety are the call of the day—bold rings, chunky bracelets, and pendant necklaces aren’t just for ladies, anymore.
Modern men are decked out with unpolished metals, rugged leather, and wooden beads. Whatever your dad’s style, here are some gift ideas that range from cool to conservative.
Hey man, nice beads
No longer exclusive to the fashion world of rock stars, punks, and hippies, beaded jewelry is hitting the streets with a range of styles. From rockers to stock brokers, beaded bracelets and necklaces offer effortless styling that can coordinate with looks from every lifestyle. Give casual dressers earthy wood or colorful beads to lend a laidback air to their style. Opt for black and greyscale beads to complement business attire.
Leather and metal
Whether wound around the wrist or suspended from the neck, a leather cord is an earthy material that exudes masculinity. Leather cord jewelry possesses casual sophistication and effortless styling. Pair leather bands with metal details to create a refined look that complements both casual and business wear.
Long, cool necklaces
Men’s necklaces featuring 24- to 30-inch chains or cords weighed down with unique, yet subtle pendants, are a trendy finish to casual wardrobes. If you’re going for the gold look, stick with chains that’re unadorned to keep the look intriguing yet understated. A night on the town calls for a simple and sleek heavy chain of either yellow gold or silver.
Make it personal
Customize the piece by choosing to have a special message or date engraved. We offer many jewelry pieces and watches that can be taken to a reputable jeweler to be personalized.
Paracord safety bracelets
For the adventurous man who thrives on preparation, a paracord bracelet offers both style and function. Woven with durable nylon rope that can unravel to a length of 3 to 20 feet, depending on the bracelet, the unraveled cord can be used to perform a variety of useful and potentially lifesaving tasks out in the wild. It can be used as a survival bow, a tourniquet for a bleeding injury, a makeshift fishing line, or for tying down a temporary shelter.
Authentic luxury watches
Luxury watches are the quintessential accessories in any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Not only do they boast classic appeal, but luxury watches complement nearly every look. If you’re searching for an extra special gift for the lucky gent on your gift list, consider a pre-owned or vintage-style Rolex, or another luxury brand to surprise him with for Father’s Day.
If your father figure has a bad boy or biker vibe, then a skull ring is his jewelry match. Sturdy metals like stainless steel or sterling silver give these bold rings a solid, heavy feel while keeping them stylish. Look for a skull ring that makes a statement and complements your dad’s personality. From simple metal to crystal studded, a skull ring is just the thing to add a little edge to his look.
Fine watch designers are embracing the smartwatch trend. These watches have the same sophisticated look of fine timepieces, but with smartwatch capabilities. With Bluetooth connectivity and other features, like step tracking, they make an ideal gift for tech whizzes and style lovers alike.
Raw, brushed, and unpolished metals are setting the trend for men’s jewelry. Look for strong metals like titanium, stainless steel, and tungsten that feature unburnished finishes. This reflects masculine qualities that appeal to both the casual and business wardrobe. Look for rings, bracelet clasps, and necklaces with unpolished metal details to keep him on trend.
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