This year’s SAG Awards seemed to be all about simplicity, whether it was natural makeup, effortless looking hair, and little to no accessories. Unlike at the Golden Globes, we saw a lot of celebrities opting to skip dramatic necklaces and stick to earrings, bracelets, and statement rings. Colored stones seemed to be a big trend on this red carpet as well as ear cuffs.
Top Left- Emma Stone in Repossi designer diamond cuff earrings. Top Right- Rashida Jones in Norman Silverman diamond cluster cuff earrings, estimated over 20 carats and worth $130,000. Bottom Left- Tatiana Maslany wearing Graziela black and white wave cuff earrings. Bottom Right- Kiera Knightly also wearing Repossi’s Serti Sur Vide Collection in rose gold.
One of the few celebrities to wear a statement necklace at the SAG Awards, but she minimized her makeup and kept her hair simple.
This yellow gold and black ”Amrit” necklace and bracelet matched perfectly with Jenn’s vintage Galliano gown. And of course we couldn’t keep our eyes off her 10-carat antique rose cut engagement ring estimated to be worth $500,000.
We love the sea foam color of these chrysoprase and princess cut diamond drop earrings, ring and platinum bangle estimated to be worth $318,000!
Dripping in diamonds from head to toe… simple white gold diamond flower studs paired with 3 diamond platinum and white gold bracelets.
Naomi wowed us with her Bulgari Serpentine necklace at the Golden Globes, and she decided to recreate the look again with a Bulgari 43.42 carat bracelet with rubies and over 13 carats of diamonds in a reptile like design and texture. She also wore a diamond pave ring and round diamond earrings.
The young actress dazzled us in her cascading platinum and blue sapphire and diamonds earrings. She also wore 3 large blue sapphire and diamond rings that really took our breath away.
Sophia skipped a statement necklace and instead went for multiple statement rings worth $38,240! All four rings are yellow gold, one with lapis, another featuring chrysoprase, a rainbow moonstone and a one-of-a-kind ring with Mexican fire opal.
These 4.24 carat white gold amethysts earrings added such a great contrast of color with Julianne’s emerald green dress, she also wore two stunning diamond rings one featuring a 10.34 carat oval diamond.
Looking simply elegant in $3.5 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds, including 9.2 carat emerald-cut diamond drop earrings in platinum, a 24 carat princess-cut diamond line bracelet in platinum, and a cushion-cut pink sapphire and diamond cluster ring, 17.66 carats.
These unique one of a kind turquoise and natural pale yellow diamonds and are set in green gold and are worth $14,650.
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards were sparkling with beautiful jewels, as always. This year diamonds were the biggest trend! Here are some of our favorite looks of the night.
Simple and classy on the red carpet in a Beladora diamond and pearl necklace, and later while hosting the night wearing a dramatic Irene Neuwirth labradorite statement necklace.
Another gorgeous diamond necklace that took our breath away.
The young singer really wowed us in this 100-carat platinum diamond ”Cleopatra” art-deco necklace by Neil Lane.
Just the right amount of sparkle! Julianna paired her diamond Bulgari necklace with simple diamond studs.
Always elegant and perfectly styled, Naomi Watts had one of the best statement necklaces of the night! She has worn similar Bulgari serpentine necklaces to several red carpet events this year, shown below…
Helen Mirren can do no wrong; she always looks stunning! We love how she matched these diamond and ruby earrings with the beading on the bodice of her Dolce and Gabbana gown.
These dramatic earrings and matching bracelets really complimented Kate’s beaded Elie Saab dress, she look’s beautiful from head to toe.
Doesn’t Kate look stunning in this Versace dress and Forevermark diamond cluster earrings? The beading along the bodice of the dress really brings out the sparkle in the earrings.
These floral Paraiba tourmaline and diamond jewels really add a great pop of color to Emily’s white dress.
These feather like diamond earrings looked great with Salma’s intricate diamond cuff.
Love the classic look of the pearl paired with a modern twist in this unique ring and bracelet set.
The red carpet at the Golden Globes is known for elegance and style. Most importantly we get to see all the beautiful mouth watering jewels! With the award show just around the corner we decided to share some of our favorite looks.
Don’t forget to tune into the Golden Globes red carpet, Sunday, January 11th to see what the hottest jewelry trends are this year!]]>
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We have one of the most extensive and unique collections of colored gemstones in Connecticut!
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Fancy diamonds have impurities and structural defects which create a stunning variety of different colors. The more intense the color the more rare and valuable the diamond. Yellow, brown, and black are the most common colored diamonds, followed by pink and blue. Red, green, purple, and orange are more rare.
The Hope diamond, known as the worlds most legendary gem, is a spectacular deep blue, weighing 45.52 carats.
The most well known and current sources of colored diamonds are India, South Africa, and Australia. Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, and Indonesia also produce fancy colored diamonds.
During the 16th century India used colored diamonds to represent different status levels. Kings were allowed to wear any colored diamond they desired, while priests and rulers “Brahmins” wore white to colorless diamonds. Landowners and warriors wore brown diamonds, merchants wore yellow diamonds, and lower class citizens wore black or gray diamonds.
The Dresden diamond is the largest natural green colored diamond. It is described as “apple green” and is approximately 41 carats. Discovered in the 17th century, the Dresden diamond was worn in an elaborate hat ornament, designed by Prague jeweler Diessbach, for about 200 years. This vibrant green diamond has been on display in the “Green Vault” at Dresden Castle in Germany for the last 2 centuries.
Natural red diamonds are considered extremely rare, there are only a handful that have been documented in the jewelry industry. Found in the 1900s by a Brazilian farmer, the Moussaieff Red diamond is the largest red diamond discovered to date. It is approximately 5.11 carats and is cut in a triangular brilliant shape.
The Pumpkin diamond is a rare vivid orange colored diamond that was discovered in South Africa in the mid 1900s. Usually orange diamonds appear brownish in color with only a hint of orange but this particular diamond displayed a pure saturated orange hue when it was cut. Harry Winston purchased this orange diamond in 1998, the day before Halloween, therefore it was named the Pumpkin diamond. In 2002 Halle Berry wore the Pumpkin diamond in a ring for the Academy Awards where she won an Oscar for Best Actress.
The Tiffany Yellow diamond was discovered in 1878 in the Kimberly Mine in South Africa. Weighing 128.54 carats, it is one of the worlds largest yellow diamonds. The diamond was known to be worn by only two women. In 1957 Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse had the diamond mounted in a necklace for the Tiffany Ball held in New Port Rhode Island. Audrey Hepburn also wore this beautiful yellow diamond in 1961 for publicity photographs for the now famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Do you want something unique? Incorporate colored diamonds into your jewelry collection! This year add a right-hand-ring accented with chocolate diamonds, or a striking black and white diamond pendant to your wish list. If you want to make a statement, go for a vibrant yellow diamond ring. Stop in to try one on!
Everyone knows sapphires are blue. Did you know sapphires also come in a wide range of colors including pink, violet, yellow, orange, purple and green. They can even appear colorless or black.
Some sapphires have special properties causing them to change from a strong blue to purple depending on the type of light. Most color change sapphires are found in Sri Lanka and East Africa.
Star sapphires are caused by an optical phenomenon called asterism which creates a reflection of light rays in a star pattern on a cabochon cut gemstone. The sapphire must contain dense, fine parallel inclusions to cause the light to reflect into a star. These stars can have 4, 6, or sometimes 12 rays. Star sapphires usually have a blue or black body color.
The majority of sapphires are found in the Region of Kashmir, the Union of Myanmar (Burma), and Sri Lanka. They can also be found in Africa, the US, Australia, Cambodia, and Thailand. Australia tends to produce a very dark greenish blue sapphire, while Burma produces an intense royal blue colored sapphire.
Sapphires have been worn by royalty throughout history. During the Middle Ages, the clergy favored blue sapphires and wore them often. They believed the color symbolized heaven. In 1981 Price Charles gave Lady Diana a 12 carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring surrounded by diamonds. In 2010 Prince William gave his fiancée Kate Middleton his mothers engagement ring.
It is believed that sapphires symbolize nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. They’re said to bring good fortune, wisdom, and provide protection. Sapphires were also thought to soothe eye problems, and skin conditions, while curing fevers, colds, and ulcers. They were also used as an antidote for poison and poisonous bites.
Sapphires are ranked 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale for hardness, which means they are very durable and great for frequent wear. The best way to clean sapphires at home is with warm soapy water. A local jewelry store can give a professional cleaning using an ultrasonic and steam cleaner.
Come in and view our sapphire jewelry. Here are some of our favorite pieces!
Looking for a new way to spice up your personal style? Why not try the flattering and versatile look of rose gold! Like platinum and pearls this soft pink metal is timeless and is really on trend right now. We are seeing a lot of this color in clothes, shoes, and makeup and it’s extended into jewelry such as watches, engagement rings, and pendants. It’s even become more popular and very wearable with men.
In the alloying process copper is added to yellow gold to achieve a pinkish hue. Rose Gold comes in 3 color variations, red, rose, and pink, the higher the copper content used in the alloying process the more red the color of the metal is.
Rose gold first became popular in Russia during the 19th century, where it was referred to as “Russian Gold.” At the time Russians were among the only wearers of this unique hue of gold. In the 1920′s rose gold had a spike in popularity when Cartier designed the “Trinity” band, made with 3 intertwining bands of rose, white and yellow gold. French writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau was known to stack Cartier’s Trinity band on his left pinky, which also contributed to the expansion of this up and coming trend.
There are many great qualities about rose gold. The best is that this warm light pinkish hue is the most universally flattering metal for all skin types. Anyone can wear it!
Rose gold has the unique ability to blend into the skin, making the focal point the diamonds or gemstones. Rose gold looks beautiful when mixing and matching your favorite yellow and white gold pieces, it’s a fun new way to change up your jewelry style.
Come in and view our rose gold collection. Here are a few of our favorite pieces.
People who are allergic to certain metals can experience an allergic reaction known as contact dermatitis. Nickel is one of the most common causes of contact dermatitis, which is an itchy rash that appears on the skin. You can develop it at any time in your life. Some people only experience it in their ears while others may be extra sensitive, even just to zippers or eyeglass frames.
If you think you’re allergic to gold or silver you’re probably not, most of the time the culprit is nickel. Often people don’t realize these precious metals are alloyed, meaning mixed with two or more other types of metals. Alloying precious metals allows them to be more workable and durable, or improve their appearance. For example, pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry without alloying it with other metals. White gold is created by alloying it with silver toned metals… like nickel.
Just because you have a nickel allergy doesn’t mean you can’t wear fashionable jewelry.
If you are nickel-sensitive best option is platinum, a pure and hypoallergenic metal. Platinum chains, pendants, and earrings are great for everyday wear. It works great for diamond studs that you wear everyday. If only the pierced part of your ear gets irritated, consider changing your earrings posts to platinum.
For a lower price point and fashion look, you’ll love earrings from Carla and Nancy B. This New England company has always stood for quality jewelry. Their sterling silver earrings contain NO nickel, plus they are rhodium plated so they never tarnish. Most important their styles are fun and trendy!
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For a unique look, you’ll love the designer line by Tom Kruskal. Each piece is hand-forged in New England. Tom’s jewelry is made without any nickel. He alloys all his 14K white gold and silver with palladium, a hypoallergenic metal in the platinum family.
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Many people are surprised to know this vibrant orange gemstone is a unique part of the lush world of Opals. Due to their striking, saturated color and faceted cut they don’t resemble the traditional idea of an opal.
This is typically the first question that customers ask when they see this gemstone. In actuality opals come in many colors, including colorless, white, yellow, red, orange, green, brown, black, and blue. Like traditional opals, fire opals are mined near volcanoes and contain relatively high water content of about 3 to 10% (sometimes even up to 20%). This is why opals are considered a delicate gemstone that should be worn with care.
Unlike other opals that flash many hues of blue, green and even red, fire opal is NOT known for its play of color. The appeal of fire opal comes from the vividness of its color. Fire opals can range from yellow to light red and can even have brownish undertones. This is caused by fine traces of iron oxide. They are either faceted or cut as a cabochon because it is the shape that best suits its unique color.
Mexico has the most significant fire opal deposits in the world. But this beautiful gemstone can also be found in Honduras, Guatemala, The U.S., Canada, Australia, Ethiopia, and Turkey.
It is thought that fire opals bestow courage, stamina, will power and energy to those that wear it. It is also thought that the fiery orange/red gemstone conveys the feeling of warmth, peace, and harmony.
The Aztec Indians of Mexico were among some of the first people to discover the fire opal. The Mayas and Aztecs used fire opal in jewelry and for mosaics and religious cults. They called it “Quetzalitzlipyollitli” which means “Stone of the Bird of Paradise”.
Crystal Structure: Amorphous
International Colored Gemstone Association