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Jewelry and Personality Type

I’ve never been a ring person, although I’ve always really loved medieval gauntlets and also arm warmers and fashion statement gloves. I can’t say I’m against all hand accessories. The truth is, as a guitar player, I hardly ever even get a chance to enjoy a fresh manicure or coat of nail polish, let alone wear rings. My best friend and roommate, however, is a ring fiend. She must have about four or five different hands to display them on her dresser. It is a diverse and impressive collection – something for every occasion.

 

Le Vian Red Carpet® 14k Strawberry Gold® Ring

Le Vian Red Carpet® 14k Strawberry Gold® Ring

She has so many different kinds of rings housing beautiful polished stones, such as amethyst, citrine and tourmaline, but also some of the classics from the matriarchs of the family – a silver ring housing an exquisitely cut sapphire, our shared birthstone, is the crown jewel of this collection. It was a gift from one of her grandmother’s, given to her as a baby, and saved until she was old enough to appreciate it and wear it, first to family functions, then to school dances, and eventually to prom and graduation. Me, on the other hand? I’m more of an earrings person. I love the simplicity of a well-made stud, and the way that it catches the light. We all have different types of jewelry that we’re attracted to, and it makes sense as a reflection of who we are personality wise and stylistically.

 

I found that my family, in contrast, never really passed rings along. We seemed to be more of a necklace family. My brothers have always worn corded necklaces that host Celtic crosses, and my mother and grandmother love necklaces. One commonality is that I too received a birthstone piece, just in a different format; a small but bright sapphire dangling from a precious, thin silver chain. I hardly have an occasion formal enough to wear it. I’m also still kind of a young punk at heart, and I wear a lot of absolutely gaudy statement pieces. I have a necklace that features nothing except a huge silver pair of lips, for example, and I like it that way for daily outfits and ensembles. But there’s a difference, I think, between wearable pieces like that and real jewelry – it’s something that can hardly be explained, but it’s deep in the craftsmanship, the style, and the formality of it.

Turquoise, A Summer Gem

Turquoise is the perfect gemstone for summer whether at the beach, a barbeque or for a nice night in the town.

 

 

Since it is one of the most beautiful gemstone, turquoise is said to be a sacred stone and it is often used to oust out negative energy. Turquoise owner have and increased self-confidence and are more contented since it is the symbol of happiness.

 

People are wearing Turquoise all year round; it goes fashionably with the warm summer light tones, such as beige, rosy and carroty.

 

The history of Turquoise goes that, “Turquoise is a blue to gray-green mineral containing of copper aluminum phosphate. The mineral is a hyrous phosphate of aluminum, which comprises a small percent of copper. The copper is what gives the mineral its blue dyeing. When the turquoise mineral is associated with iron that is when you get the greenish turquoise. If the mineral contains zinc, the turquoise mineral will be a yellowish color.”

 

Turquoise is the effect of a chemical response. When water holds minerals, such as copper or aluminum, letting this water leaking through a rock, you will get an amazing outcome called turquoise. In the United States there are numerous turquoise deposits in the southwestern part of the country, especially in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

 

It is thought by gem enthusiasts that turquoise comprises abundant therapeutic properties, such as counterbalancing over-acidity, eases rheumatoid stiffness, reliefs with abdominal issues, helps to increase muscle growth and power, relieves pain, works as an anti-inflammatory and it has cleansing effects. Consult with your doctor before using turquoise as a healing aid.

 

Crystal Cure says of turquoise, “This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner. Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it. It is one of the oldest stones known. This is a stone that a person must learn to attune to instead of the stone attuning to the person. It is important that the owner of a Turquoise give it the proper attention.”
Marco Bicego Turquoise Ring

Marco Bicego Turquoise Ring

 

 

Freshwater Cultured Pearl & Genuine Turquoise Necklace

 

Only one piece of turquoise jewelry can enhance and embellish any attire.

Glittering Gold

Gold color is back in to the fashion world! Spending many years in the jewelry business, we do not think it disappeared, but this year on the most famous runways, fashion designers and superstar style were shining a graceful line of gold, more than ever before.

 

  

Jennifer Lawrence sparks in gold gowns

 

Status Symbol

People to define themselves use gold providing power and control. Gold is a symbol of high standing. The use of gold dates back to prehistoric Egypt when the Egyptians well-thought-out gold to be a representation of the sun and therefore the flawless metal. Gold is associated with wealth, vivacity, sparkle, authority, self-confidence and wisdom.

Marco Bicego Gold Ring

 

Precious Cargo

Whether you wear a small symbol made of gold, such as a heart pendant on a chain, or a gold diamond engagement ring, or a bold bangle bracelet or solid necklace, protecting your gold jewelry correctly can help it to last forever. Here are some basic Do’s and Don’ts of caring for gold jewelry.

 

DO put makeup on before jewelry. Different types of makeups and hair care products can affect the look of your jewelry by staining and dulling the surface. Products like foundation, hair conditioners, hair spray and lotions should be applied with your rings and earrings off. Wash your hands carefully with a mild cleaner, and dry with a clean towel, before sliding your fingers into your amazing gold rings.

 

DO take off your precious metals when using detergents and cleaners. Removing your jewelry while you are performing housework, or doing laundry, gardening or washing the dishes can help to keep your gold jewelries brilliant lively. The same goes for swimming pools that use chlorine, which can overcast the surface of precious metals, turning the surface dull. Keep your jewelry safe by taking it off before swimming.

Amadon Gold Sanded Disc Drop Earrings

 

DO NOT use bleach or bleach products to clean your jewelry. A tough chemical, bleach can be harsh to your valuable gold jewelry. Instead, rinse the jewelry in warm water; avoid hot water, keep the temperature to tepid. Use special made cleaners from our Amidon Jewelers stores specifically created for jewelry care. Purchase a jewelry polishing cloth to polish your rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets and pins. Avoid polishing precious metals with paper towels, which can scratch and damage the surface.

 

DO NOT forget to inspect frequently your jewelry for damages. Catching an issue early can help to prevent the problem from getting worse and will likely help you to preserve your precious piece of jewelry. Amidon Jewelers has an in-house experienced professional jeweler.

Red Carpet Ready

Red carpet at the Tony Awards glamour combines with the best of Broadway actors, dancer and singers. The Tony Awards were held on June 8, at Radio City Music Hall in the big city of New York, and the stars did not upset as they posed for the cameras in the highest of fashion, bejeweled with sparkling jewels.

 

The Tony Awards, which were originally known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, recognizes the best performance by actors and actresses, the best musical and play, best revival of a musical and play, best director, best original score, best choreography, best scenic design, costume design and lighting, among numerous other technical categories. The Tony Awards are the New York Theatre Industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, Emmy’s and Grammy’s. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.

 

The rules for the most amazing Tony Awards are written in the official document that apply only to one specific season, which means that the rules can legally change year to year.

 

The 2014 Awards contained 24 categories. Some of the winners included Jessie Mueller, Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Mark Rylance, Lena Hall. Darko Tresnjak and Kenny Leon. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won Best Musical.

 

Awards aren’t just for performers; in 2009 a new award was established, called the Isabelle Stevenson Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial contribution by volunteering some time on behalf of social service or charitable organization and humanitarian organization. This award went to Rosie O’Donnell in 2014.

 

Even if acting, singing and dancing aren’t your forte, you can emulate the stars of Broadway by choosing jewels that are inspired by those worn on the red carpet.

Lucy Liu sporting a diamond necklace

Amidon’s Sterling Silver Heartbeat Diamond Pendant With Chain

Emmy Rossum wearing elegant drop earrings

Heartbeat 14K White Gold White Diamond Earrings from Amidon

Audra McDonald’s beautiful diamond bracelet

14K White Gold Diamond Cut Alternate Figaro Classic 8 Inches Bracelet

 

The Pearls of June

June is synonymous with so many pleasant things, like long warm summer days, backyard barbecues and lounging on the beach or at the pool. For those born in June the beautiful and elegant pearl, the birthstone of June, is also at the forefront of their minds.

 

Different from other gemstones, pearls are not cut or polished; instead they are created underwater in oysters, mussels and clams. As birthstones.com explains, “The scientific explanation for natural pearls is almost as mystifying as folklore.  When an irritant, such as a small parasite or a fish lodges in the flesh of an oyster, mussel, or clam, a protective substance called “nacre” is produced.  Over years, layer upon layer of shimmering nacre coats the intruder, creating a lustrous pearl.  Natural pearls are relatively rare, so a process evolved in which a piece of shell or bead was placed inside a mollusk to stimulate the production of nacre.  This results in a cultured pearl, which accounts for about 90 per cent of the pearl industry.”

Marco Bicego Africa Necklace With Pearls at Amidon Jewelers

 

The “Queen of Gems,” as the pearl is nicknamed, comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, pink, gray and yellow. Traditionally, only royalty wore pearls, but that is not the case today. “Only those with royal status once wore pearl jewelry, but eventually these gems were seen among all classes of people.  They continue to be viewed as a mark of taste and refinement as well as a symbol of purity, and they are often given to celebrate a marriage or the birth of a child.  Pearls are nature’s perfect gift, suitable for all ages, and elegantly worn with everything from jeans to an evening gown,” according to birthstones.com.

 

Most cultured pearls are found in the coastal waters of Japan and Australia. Though for those divers seeking their own treasures, pearls can also be found in the Persian Gulf and the coasts of Panama, Venezuela and California.

 

You can find a wide variety of pearl rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets at Amidon Jewelers.

 

Marco Bicego Jaipur Ring With Mother Of Pearl

 

Marco Bicego Jaipur Bracelet with Mother Of Pearl

 

Gem of the Court

Every spring, between late May and early June, 128 men and women professional tennis players gather in Paris for the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open. Held at Roland Garros, the all clay court tennis center named after the French aviator, the French Open is often considered one of the most physically demanding tennis tournaments on the pro circuit.

 

The evolution of the French Open is as fascinating as the tournament itself. As the official site for the French Open says,

 

The stadium that stages one of the world’s four major tennis tournaments was built in 1928, but the French men’s singles championship goes back much further than that. Originally reserved for members of French clubs, it was first held on the courts of Stade Français club in Paris in 1891. The women’s singles were added six years later, it was not until 1925 that the French Tennis Federation decided to open the event to the best foreign players. Thus, the French Internationals were born, and staged alternately at Stade Français and Racing Club de France until the Roland-Garros stadium came into being in 1928.

 

The year of 1927 was a milestone for French tennis, the year the celebrated French Musketeers (Jacques “Toto” Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste) pulled off one of the biggest shocks in 20th century sport. The famous foursome upset all the odds by winning the Davis Cup on American soil, and in doing so set up a rematch in 1928, in Paris. Obviously, such a major sporting occasion required a stadium worthy of its stature, and so it was that the Stade Français handed over three hectares of land near Porte d’Auteuil to the French Tennis Federation. The only condition to the offer of land was that the new stadium should bear the name of one of Stade Français’ most renowned former members, Roland-Garros, who had died some ten years earlier. Roland-Garros was an aviation pioneer who, on 23 September 1913, had become the first man to fly a plane over the Mediterranean. The 1928 French Internationals were the first event to be held in the new stadium, just before the Musketeers took centre-stage to beat the Americans in their long-awaited rematch.

 

These days tennis is synonymous with fashion; from French player Suzanne Lenglen to Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, tennis stars have shown that you can look as good as you play. Even if you can’t slide and slice on clay like the pros, you can still capture their style with several pieces of carefully chosen jewelry.

 

Maria Sharapova is known for her dazzling diamond earrings, something she wears at each Grand Slam.

 

Dazzle like a pro at Amidon Jewelers.

 

 

Ever since former tennis pro Chris Evert wore a single stranded diamond bracelet during a match at the 1987 US Open, which happened to accidentally break open and went flying across the court, the bracelet has been dubbed the tennis bracelet.

 

 

Amidon’s silver and diamond bracelet.

Tennis pro Ryan Sweeting spared no expense when asking Kaley Cuoco to marry him.

 

Halo engagement rings at Amidon Jewelers.

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.

Festival Lights

Every spring the biggest and brightest of the entertainment industry gather in Cannes, France for the Cannes International Film Festival. Over a 10-day period, films and documentaries from all over the world and from various genres are previewed.

 

“The aim of the Festival is to encourage the development of the art of film-making in all its forms, while fostering and maintaining a spirit of collaboration among all film-making countries” (extract from the Festival policy, 1948.)

 

The International Film Festival was created on the initiative of Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival.

 

The first edition of the Festival was originally set to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis Lumière. However, it was not until over a year after the war ended that it finally took place, on 20 September 1946. It was subsequently held every September – except in 1948 and 1950 – and then every May from 1952 onwards.

 

“Cannes belongs to each and every one of us who, year after year, from wherever we are and in our own individual way, contributes towards creating it step by step. It is only by constantly analyzing the Festival, adapting its function and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be. Cannes must be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich it. That´s what makes the Festival de Cannes our festival.” -Thierry Frémaux

 

While early editions of the Festival were primarily a social event from which almost all of the films went away with an award, the appearance of stars from around the world on the Festival’s red carpet and increasing media coverage quickly earned it a legendary international reputation.

 

Fashion is also a prevalent theme whenever a red carpet is present and Cannes does not disappoint when it comes to glitz, glamour and sparkling jewels.

 

 

Naomi Watts wearing a white gold and diamond necklace.

 

 

Emulate the vintage look with Amidon’s sterling silver diamond vintage pendant.

 

 

 

Aissa Maiga sparkles in dangle earrings.

 

 

 

Amidon’s sterling silver and blue topaz dangle earings are also red carpet worthy.

 

 

 

A diamond bracelet is the perfect accent piece for Inès de la Fressange.

 

Accent your arm with Amidon’s diamond singe-cut tennis bracelet.

 

What’s Your Statement?

All around the world, women wear necklaces. Some are sentimental, like lockets with pictures of loved ones. Some are family heirlooms. Some pull together an ensemble. Some elevate an outfit from ordinary to eclectic. But all necklaces make a statement. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional statement necklace that stands out in a crowd, or you like a simple diamond pendant, we have the perfect piece for you.

We have a beautiful selection of glittery gemstone pendants, just in time for sundress weather. The simplicity of this White Gold and Blue Diamond pendant allows this piece to transition from the office to dinner out in the city.

 

Having a few jewelry staples during the summer can be invaluable. With a couple of favorite pieces, you have no farther to reach than your dresser to accessorize on a hot day, and it’s easier to pack for summer vacations when you don’t have to load up a bulky jewelry box. This Gold and Sterling Silver Elements Pendant is perfect with a pair of gold hoop earrings and will go with almost everything in your wardrobe.

 

Perhaps “forever” is the statement you’re making right now. The infinity symbol can signify friendship, love, or loyalty, and it’s a beautiful shape. Infinity pendants are very popular right now. Our Sterling Silver and Diamond Infinity Pendant is very similar to the one we’ve seen Reese Witherspoon wearing.

Script pendants are also extremely fashionable right now, and they seem to work both on and off of the red carpet, like Katy Perry’s look below. Give the gift of love, with this beautiful Sterling Silver and Diamond “Love” pendant.

Finally, for a statement that’s also a true treasure, this Marco Bicego Gold and Mother of Pearl necklace is a brilliant gift, to yourself or to someone you love.  The timeless pearls will always be in style, and it will look beautiful with any of your fine clothes.

Whatever your statement is, at Amidon Jewelers we’re sure to help you make it!

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!