Popular Precious Gemstone Bridal Jewelry Picks for 2011

August 1st, 2011 by beth16

Traditionally, brides would wear either pearl or diamond encrusted jewelry on their wedding day. However, there are those brides who prefer to veer away from the traditional and to look for more contemporary in 2011, unique jewelry pieces to brighten and glam up their special day. Due to high customer demand, beautifully designed precious gemstone jewelry is now doubling as bridal jewelry, as an increasing amount of brides are opting for more sensational, colorful bridal jewelry pieces. The top bridal precious gemstone jewelry picks are as follows:

·         Precious gemstone and stud earrings

Tasteful and elegant with a touch of playfulness, precious gemstone set stud earrings are sure to astound. Set with a variety of different precious gemstones, from ruby to turquoise, emerald to amethyst, these incredible stud earrings will add a definite touch of glamour and glitz to your bridal attire.

·         Precious gemstone pendants

Available in a variety of styles, including the popular heart shaped pendant and the elegant journey pendant, precious gemstone set pendants featuring vibrant, colorful gemstones are all the rage with brides who are looking to add a splash of color to their appearance.

Bridal Wedding Jewelry trends for 2011

·         Precious gemstone wedding bands

Traditional, classic wedding bands are usually set with diamonds or pearls or are left simple and unadorned. These days, wedding bands are available in every style and design imaginable and feature fancy colored diamonds as well as colorless diamonds, precious gemstones and semi-precious stones. Gemstone encrusted wedding bands are especially favored by brides who are looking for a more unique, one of a kind band to mark their special day.

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How to Purchase that Special Ring

July 1st, 2010 by beth16

Destin Wedding photographyThe day you decide that you are going to ask your significant other to marry you should be an amazing day, full of joy and the want to please (of course you don’t expect your marriage to fail). You also can experience some stress due to the many things that you will need to accomplish before the day you get married. Although it is an exciting time, it is also a time of planning. From the flowers to the chairs in the reception hall, all must be scrutinized to make it the best possible experience within your allotted budget. But the first thing that must be considered is the engagement ring. Where will you buy it? How much can you spend? It all depends on what your wife to be wants and where you eventually buy the ring.

There are many places where amazing deals can be found, by using the internet you can not only find the design that she wants, but you can also save yourself hundreds of dollars. There are sales during the year that will allow these savings, but you must be very particular and buy when you see such discounts as they are not always available. You can even go to a website that has custom design jewelry to create that very special, unique ring that will just amaze her and make her the happiest woman around. Also, you can purchase matching wedding bands for both your bride and yourself in various designs online. Even if you have purchased a custom engagement ring, you can do the same with the bands, or you could purchase a design that compliments what you have created.

There are many websites that carry the latest ring fashions and designs. The sky is the limit if you use the internet to purchase your jewelry, the selection is amazing and the quality of most jewelry is as good if not better than the jewelry you can buy in retail brick and mortar stores.

(Image Courtesy of Sheena Ratliff at “Lens Flare Photography” 2010)

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A few tips on saving money when buying an engagement ring

November 6th, 2009 by beth16

What is the average engagement ring cost – Based on values of a recent survey, the median is in the $1,000 to $2,499 range.  So keep that in mind.  Also, weddings are a big industry and a growing one. The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC),  estimates current wedding spending at 120 billion a year and projects growth of 6.5% by 2009.  Also 75% of first-time brides receive a diamond engagement ring.

Engagement Advice

Even though an engagement ring is small in size, it can be threatening in cost, especially if you have limited funds in preparing for marriage. It may be difficult to find the right ring for a couple on a tight budget. It’s important to discuss all of your options with your partner before making a decision.

You don’t have to think twice before you prefer a diamond substitute to a original  diamond. Back at the beginning of the last century, the DeBeers company, faced with a glut of quality diamonds and a sagging market, devised a very successful advertising campaign linking diamonds with true love, and the diamond engagement ring as a “necessity” was born.

If you and your partner want a real diamond its time to start to look into some of your current options. The first one is overlooked a lot: resetting the stone existing in one of the two families. Often purchasing an engagement ring from a current owner, or accepting one that has been a family heirloom, will result in the price being lower than a new stone, or in the case of one handed down through the family, the important “something old” that the bride traditionally wears for her wedding.  When a ring is an outright gift and the setting is appealing, that kind of diamond will not break your budget.

If that does not work, you should try speaking to a jeweler with a long-standing reputation for quality work, and see if he or she can locate a reasonably priced stone of high quality for you. Your idea and the jeweler’s may not agree, but a proper jeweler will not cheat you like a fly by night fellow.

There are a number of ways you can find the stone you love and not break your budget and a good jeweler can help locate that stone either through estate sales, putting you in contact with other dealers or finding a stone that may have a small imperfection but otherwise is beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Engagement rings from the past

August 24th, 2009 by beth16

Sometimes looking back into the past provides new ideas for the future.  Classic jewelry and fashion designs never go out of style, and this is also true with engagement rings, although most styles are really timeless in their beautify and styling. Most engagement rings will actually be a combination of classical designs combined with modern twists and features.

Antique engagement rings from Hollywood actresses

One of the most obvious ways in which engagement rings can differ with regards to classic or modern styles is in the cut of the diamond or diamonds on the ring itself. Some cuts such as the round solitaire, the princess or the emerald cut are more traditional and classic. The cushion cut diamond is a very traditional cut that has resurfaced as a popular solitaire style cut .

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What are the 10 most famous precious gems on the planet?

August 1st, 2009 by beth16

What are the most well known diamonds on the earth?  Let me tell you what I’ve found during my research.

The Hope Diamond

This 45.52 carat steel blue diamond is currently on display at the Smithsonian. It is called “The Hope Diamond“.  The legends of the ill-fortune and curse bestowed on the possessor of the Hope gem are many. This gem was donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. The Hope was originally a rather flat, blocky 110-carat rough.

At 530.20 Carats – the Cullinan I or Star Africa diamond is the largest cut diamond in the world. Pear shaped, with 74 facets, it is set in the Royal Scepter (kept with the other Crown Jewels in the Tower of London). It was cut from the 3,106-carat Cullian, the largest diamond crystal ever found. The Cullian was discovered in Transvaal, South Africa in l095 on an inspection tour of the Premier Mine. The Cullian was cut by Joseph Asscher and Company of Amsterdam, who examined the enormous crystal for around six months before determining how to divide it. It eventually yeilded nine major, and 96 smaller brilliant cut stones. When the Cullian was first discovered, certain signs suggested that it may have been part of a much larger crystal. But no discovery of the “missing half” has ever been authenticated.

The Dresden Green stands out among the natural colored gems. It is the largest green stone in the world weighing 40.70 carats. This stone is historic, large and has a natural green color with a slight blue overtone. These facts make it virtually priceless.

The Conde Pink is a pear shaped and weighs 9.01-carats. This pink gem was once owned by Louis XIII.

The Tiffany Yellow stone a beautiful canary-yellow octahedron weighing 287.42 in the rough (metric) carats discovered in either 1877 or 1878 in South Africa. The gem after cutting boasts the extraordinary weight of 128.54 carats. And until recently, was the largest golden-yellow in the world.

The Koh-I-Noor (Mountain of Light) is now among the British Crown Jewels. This stone weighs 105.60 carats. First mentioned in 1304, it is believed to have been once set in Shah Jehan’s famous peacock throne as one of the peacocks eyes.

The Agra is graded as a naturally colored Fancy Light Pink and weighs 32.34 carats. It was sold for about 6.9 million in 1990. Since this sale, it has been modified to a cushion shape weighing about 28.15 carats.

The Transvaal Blue is pear cut. This blue gem weighs 25 carats. It was found in the Premier stone Mine in Transvaal, South Africa. 

The Great Chrysanthemum was discovered in the summer of 1963, in a South African stone field. This 198.28-carat fancy brown gem appeared to be a light honey color in its rough state. However, after cutting, it proved to be a rich golden brown, with overtones of sienna and burnt orange. 

The Taylor-Burton stone is a pear-shaped 69.42 carat gem. Cartier of New York purchased this gem at an auction in 1969 and christened it “Cartier.” The next day Richard Burton bought the gem for Elizabeth Taylor. He renamed it the “Taylor-Burton”. In 1978, Elizabeth Taylor put the stone up for sale. Prospective buyers had to pay $2,500 each to view the stone to cover the costs of showing it. Finally, in June of 1979, the gem was sold for nearly $3 million dollars.

 Are their any other gems you believe to be more precious than these.  Tell us what you think?  Or just tell your funny engagement stories and we will be more than happy to share them.

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