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Going Back To School Shopping

It seems like every year the “back to school” ads start running earlier and earlier. Shopping for actual supplies can be a pain for my daughter, because she doesn’t want to acknowledge that school is starting soon, but for the clothing part of it, I feel like we spend all summer going to the mall or perusing websites, trying to find her the latest fashion. This year my husband and I decided that fashion would include a diamond necklace.

 

Phantom 105 Pendant with 105 faceted center diamond

Phantom 105 Pendant with 105 faceted center diamond

We have always been (what we think) fair but firm when it came to issues like wearing makeup and jewelry, the type of clothing she wears, how she styles her hair, you know, all the typical things that lead to arguments between parents and teenaged daughters. We let her pierce her ears when she was younger, but did not give her a pair of diamond earrings until she was thirteen. For us, it was a big step because it gave her a chance to display how responsible she was.

 

She proved to be even more responsible than we thought. Not only did she not lose the diamond earrings, she took better care of them than I do my own fine diamond jewelry. She found that the jewelry store we bought them from offers jewelry cleaning services, so twice a year, she would have us take her downtown so they could be cleaned and inspected to make sure nothing had happened to them.

 

Seeing how good she was with her earrings made buying her a diamond necklace a no-brainer. She turned sixteen over the summer, and I could tell she was a little disappointed that we did not give her any diamond jewelry as a gift. That was because my husband and I were waiting. We felt that part of the reason for giving the gift was because she was growing up, and as such, she should have some say in the style of diamond necklace. So last Saturday when we were out shopping, we told her we had one more stop. When we parked in front of the jewelry store, she hugged us both and said we were the greatest parents ever. We’ll see how long that lasts, but she did pick out a beautiful diamond necklace.

 

Coloring Your World With Diamonds

Our daughter’s sweet sixteen was coming up and my wife and I were stressing over what would be the signature gift. Along with typical birthday gifts, we wanted to find something special that she could keep forever and remind her of this day. We knew we wanted it to be some piece of fine jewelry, but that was the problem: how to find a piece of jewelry that was truly unique?

Blue Diamond Pendant

Blue Diamond Pendant

 

My wife came home one night from work very excited, but waited until after the kids went to bed to tell me what she had found. She stopped at the local jewelry store on her way home from work, just seeing if there was any inspiration among all of the diamond jewelry. We had discussed that something like a diamond pendant or maybe a diamond bracelet would be a good option, but we were having trouble finding one that we thought captured our daughter’s personality the best. While she was looking, one of the helpful sales associates approached her and struck up a conversation. When my wife told the young lady what our dilemma was, she brought my wife down to a display case we had somehow missed in our previous visits.

 

This case was filled with all sorts of colored diamond jewelry. Not only was there a full selection of diamond earrings, necklaces and bracelets, but all of the diamonds had color in them. Before my wife could even begin to get skeptical, the woman explained that all of the coloring happened naturally while the diamonds were forming. My wife said that when you looked closely, you could see that even all of the pink diamonds – the color she knew would be best – were slightly different from each other.

 

We went back that weekend and sure enough, I could see the slight variation from diamond to diamond, but within each diamond, the color was almost flawless. We settled on a beautiful pink colored diamond pendant. At the party, my daughter was blown away and almost in tears when she thanked us. That night, as we were all going to bed, she came into our room and thanked us again. And she was already wearing the pendant.

Designing The perfect Diamond Gift

My wife’s birthday is March 25th. Probably the best thing about it happening when it does, besides the fact that it gives us an extra reason to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring, is that is gives me exactly three months to make up for what I didn’t give her on Christmas. Usually I do well, and what diamond jewelry she doesn’t get in December, I can always make up for on Valentine’s Day, but her birthday gives me one last chance to give her the perfect gift.

 

diamond Halo Pendant

diamond Halo Pendant

Make no doubt about it…my wife is always perfectly happy with whatever I give her. If anything, it’s me who spends the next few days pestering her, asking her how happy she was, and if there was something else that would have made her happier. Half the time, I think she just makes something up so I’ll stop being a pain, but she’s smart enough to know that whatever she says will probably show up in a box at the end of March.

 

This year, she said that as beautiful as the diamond jewelry was that I bought her, she always imagined having a piece of jewelry designed just for her. Turns out she did enough research on her own to know that custom design jewelry was not only easier to do than ever before, but also more affordable than it had ever been. She gave me enough hints so that when I met with the artisan at the local jewelry store, she and I could come up with a stunning unique diamond pendant that was exactly the style of jewelry that my wife wanted.

 

It isn’t just pendants than they create, either. The artisan was telling me in the last year she has helped people design diamond engagement rings, diamond earrings, even bracelets and necklaces. Technology has made the process of custom design jewelry so efficient that as long as a person has just a few weeks, almost anything they can imagine can be theirs for just about the same price as a traditional piece of diamond jewelry. I’ll find out soon enough if it is the perfect gift, and if it’s not, I’m not worried. Our anniversary is in June.

 

 

Colored Diamonds Sparkle With The Look Of Autumn

There are all sorts of debates that people will have for the rest of time. Which flavor of cola, what type of breakfast meat and who do you watch for late night are all situations where we just have to agree to disagree. When it comes to jewelry and gem stones, however, the consensus is that there is nothing as beautiful as a perfectly cut, crystal clear diamond, right? Wrong…especially this time of year. The perfect solution to your gift giving dilemma when it comes to the cool, crisp months of autumn is to find fashion jewelry that features stunning colored diamonds. If this is the first time you’ve heard about them, you are not alone.

Champagne and White Diamond Ring

Champagne and White Diamond Ring

 

Thanks to engagement rings and other styles of bridal jewelry and wedding jewelry, traditional diamonds make up such a huge percentage of the marketplace that many people don’t even know about colored diamonds. Unfortunately, in some of the cases that they do discover them, the diamonds they are being introduced to have been artificially manipulated with color added to them. The truth is that colored diamonds occur naturally and can have the same clarity that traditional diamonds have. This allows for designers and craftspeople to create styles of jewelry, ranging from necklaces and pendants to earrings and bracelets, that present bold new looks that you may never have considered before.

 

Besides all of the attention given to wedding jewelry, another reason why these naturally occurring colored diamonds are far less well known than their crystal cousins is because, as you might imagine, they are also far rarer. Just like it takes very precise conditions to create diamonds in general, the situation for a diamond to have a brilliant yellow or a smoldering orange color to it is far more complex. Basically, the result of a gigantic environmental lottery, some colors are so rare that only a few carats-worth of them have been found. That is the perfect reason to make colored diamonds your next purchase this fall. With everybody traveling across the country to see the beauty of the changing leaves, imagine if you had those same colors hanging on a necklace or wrapped around your wrist.

 

Custom Design Jewelry Makes The Perfect Gift

Shopping for a gift is probably the hardest thing to shop for because you are looking for a “want” and not a “need”. When you go grocery shopping, you “need” food, even though you will select the food that you want. Likewise, you will only buy clothes that you “want”, but you will buy something, because you need to. A gift is purely a want, and not even your want, but the want of somebody else. That’s a lot of pressure, especially if it is someone close to you and you want to buy them something special like diamond jewelry. You can spend all day looking at diamond necklaces, you can answer every question about what type of diamond earrings they like, you can even model the diamond bracelets yourself, but in the end you still may not be sure.

 

The first thing that most people will do is take a stroll through the collection of jewelry that they already have. Of course, they aren’t going to want the exact same thing that they already own. At least this way the gift giver will have an idea for the type of styles that they like. Now it becomes a challenge to find the right piece of diamond jewelry that will complete the set. With so much to choose from, how will you know which is the best?

 

The perfect solution is to buy them the perfect gift, the gift that has been made just for them. If you are willing to buy them a piece of fine jewelry, then it is obvious you are close enough to them to know what they like, how they dress, looks they avoid. What you may not know is the same jeweler that has all that beautiful diamond jewelry for sale also most often has the ability to create custom design jewelry as well. Most fine jewelers are trained to work with you to create handcrafted diamond jewelry and gem stone jewelry to the specifications that you desire, all for a price that will not be any more expensive than what you will find in the display cases. You need to give a gift and you want to give the best, so give them the gift that was created just for them, a piece of custom design jewelry.

 

 

Red, White and Blue

In United States, we celebrate today our nation’s independence day or else known as Fourth of July.

 

“On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies requested their independence from England, an affair which ultimately led to the foundation of the United States. Every year on Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans have a good time on this historic event,” says Military.com. “Clash between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convoked a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. On June 7 at the conference that took place in the Pennsylvania State House later known as Independence Hall. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read a resolution with the prominent words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are liberated from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

 

Red Color Genuine Mozambique Ruby & Diamond Ring

 

Some fun Fourth of July facts, courtesy of United States Government webpage:

 

 

The number of signers to the Declaration of Independence totaled to 56. Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, considered as the strongest and most expressive writer, wrote the most part of the document.
In 2013, the trade value between the United States and the United Kingdom is at $100 billion dollar value, making the British, who were our adversary in 1776, our seventh prominent tradeoff partner today.

White Pearls offered by Marco Bicego Jaipur Earrings with Mother of Pearl

Emblematically, you can use this day as your own independence from something special on July 4th as well. Whether that comprises of breaking out of a bad habit, or going after that long daydreamed career, getting in shape, beginning a new relationship, ending one that has outlasted its time, or simply undertaking a long desirable goal.

 

Sparkly jewels, especially rubies, pearls and sapphires (red, white and blue) can help you feel revitalized, fresh and self-determining. In case you are joining a grill party, family gathering, beach festivity or a simple get together with associates or family, the right jewelers can support you to feel as if you have acknowledged your own unique independence.

Blue Color offered by Genuine Blue Sapphire & Diamond Ring

Princess Perfect

Grace of Monaco premiered earlier this month at the Cannes International Film Festival. The biopic, starring Nicole Kidman, depicts the marriage between Grace Kelly and her husband, Prince Rainer III of Monaco, as a cold-spirited union endured by an unhappy woman trapped between loyalty to her husband and her Hollywood career.

 

 

In character films such as Grace of Monaco, the costumes, fashions and jewelry are pivotal aspects for submerging the viewer into a specific moment in time and for transforming Nicole Kidman from Hollywood actress into royalty.

 

Many of Grace Kelly’s favorite designers were enlisted to recreate the princess’s classic and beautiful wardrobe, such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Saint Laurent and Hermes. Written in the Daily Beast, “It was not a big challenge to dress Nicole Kidman as Grace of Monaco because she is so graceful and she has such a beautiful body. It is a dream to dress like a model. She is taller but it does not matter. The biggest challenge was the hair and the makeup, but with these three together, she became Grace of Monaco.”

 

PopSugar also honed in on the importance and classic elegance of the costumes and fashions worn by Nicole Kidman in the new feature film. They say, “a collection of classic suiting, retro sheath dresses, and gowns, and of course, gloves and hats that transform Nicole Kidman from modern-day movie star into the stunning Princess Grace. We wouldn’t be surprised if the film inspires a ’50s fashion resurgence.”

 

Jewelry was always a staple in Grace Kelley’s wardrobe and that important detail was not lost in the film. A combination of original pieces and recreations were used during filming.

 

Amidon can help you to channel your own inner Princess Grace with just the right gem or jewel.

 

The infamous 1953 three strands diamond necklace.

 

Adorn your own neck with diamonds with a pendant from Amidon.

 

Pearls were a signature piece for Princess Grace.

 

Freshwater Cultured Pearl 7-Strand Necklace available at Amidon.

April Gemstone: Diamonds

The Aries girl born in April is bold and daring – and likes her diamonds to be the same.

Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

 

Ruled by Mars, Aries are often described as passionate, energetic and independent.

 

Diamonds are a symbol of courage and those born in April, under the sign of Aries, are said to be strong, independent and leaders. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and are known for taking charge and getting things going. Full of energy, charm and charisma, Aries are bold and aggressive and unafraid to take on the opposition for a cause they believe in. If your beloved is an Aries, choose bold jewelry and diamond pieces that represent her one of a kind personality.

 

 

History

Derived from the Greek word adamas, which means invincible. Diamonds were first mined in India with descriptions dating back to 4th century BC. Though diamonds started appearing in European jewelry in the 13th century, it wasn’t until the 16th century that they became more prominent and it would be the 18th century before diamonds dominated jewelry. At the time the sparkling gems were worn mostly by women and only in the evening, as it was considered ill mannered to parade the jewels during the day.

 

Available in an array of colors like pink, yellow, green, blue, red, purple, orange or black, the diamond is a symbol of awe-inspiring strength. It is possibly the most perfect gemstone, the hardest substance found in nature, an emblem of strength and the symbol of love.

 

Chocolate Diamonds

 

It captivates the eye as it sparkles in the light and signifies beauty, invincibility and good fortune. Diamonds are magic. A gift of diamonds is worth a thousand unspoken words.

 

Healing Power

If a sense of healing comes over you when wearing diamonds, you may not be imagining it. Along with bringing balance and clarity to those who wear them, it was believed in the Middle Ages that diamonds could help draw out toxins from the body. Whether real or folklore, every woman knows that special feeling when donning a diamond.

Say Love with diamonds.

 

Mad About Jewelry in March

It’s March, which means we’re making our picks… jewel picks, am I right? At Amidon, we have an irresistible selection of gorgeous jewelry for every occasion. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, for a friend, or for a lover, we know you’re going to go absolutely mad for our selection.

Let’s talk rings. We have hundreds of rings to choose from, so we’re going to showcase just a few of our favorites. Have you seen Anna Kendrick’s gorgeous ring collection lately? This girl knows how to stack simple rings beautifully.

We have several rings that would stack in a similar eclectic, but coordinated, fashion. Our Marco Bicego rings are stunning on their own, but you can create a look unique to your taste by stacking two or three on one finger. Coordinating stud earrings are also available.

Let’s talk necklaces. You’re looking for that perfect gift for your best friend, but trying to find something they’ll really love can be downright maddening. It’s always a safe bet to go with something timeless, that she’ll be able to wear every day, with any outfit. We love the simple old-world style of this Sterling Silver Diamond Vintage Pendant. With its square shape and hint of sparkle, it’s dressy enough to wear to dinner, but simple enough that it can go with jeans.

Finally, it really isn’t March if we don’t talk about hoops! Hoop earrings are back in a big way this season. We’ve seen them on several celebrity ears, including Selena Gomez. We have the whole gambit of hoop earrings: simple yellow or white gold, gem-encrusted, and multi-colored.

Come embrace the madness of March and find something gorgeous at Amidon!

Sapphire Jewelry for The Lucky September Birthday Girl!

birthday cakeIs there a September birthday girl in your life? Lucky you! (Lucky her!)  Sapphire’s her birthstone, and a gift of sapphire jewelry is sure to put a smile on her face, and rock star status in your pocket!

 

SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANT

 

SAPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

 

 

 

 

 

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Sapphire is the September birthstone and a favorite among all lovers of gemstones.

 

The sapphire has a rich and noble history, a favorite of royalty for centuries. The 104 carat Stuart Sapphire – among the oldest blue sapphires in the world and a part of Britain’s crown jewels collection since 1214 has been passed down to many kings to wind up as a prominent gemstone in Queen Victoria’s State Crown. Russian Emperor Alexander II purchased a 260 carat sapphire for his wife, the Empress Maria Alexandrovna (not a September birthday girl herself, but sapphires look good on all birthday girls).

 

 

diamond and sapphire earrings

SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANTSAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET

 

Sapphire engagement rings are the epitome of chic elegance – Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Harlowe and each had a to-die-for sapphire engagement ring. Still, the most iconic, of course, is the 18 carat sapphire engagement ring with 14 diamonds given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles in 1981, now worn by Princess Catherine.

 

Sapphire jewelry is always a welcome gift for the September birthday girl. Its powers are said to bring spiritual diamond and sapphire bracelet set in platinumenlightenment, inner peace and healing qualities. In addition to September birthdays, sapphire is the gem traditionally gifted for a fifth, 23rd, 45th and 65th wedding anniversary.

 

Sapphires actually come in an array of colors, but it’s the deep blue stone that is most recognized and treasured. Timeless, elegant, and a gift she’ll treasure forever.  Say happy birthday with something sapphire.

 

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