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Graduation Gifts for Kids? Absolutely!

Tis the season for marking one of life’s most important milestones for the many graduates of 2016.  And while earning that high school diploma or college degree is most certainly an achievement worth celebrating, let’s remember our little graduates, too!

Today, more and more schools are honoring students’ educational achievements along their path to higher education, with graduation ceremonies commemorating the move up from middle school, elementary school, and even Kindergarten.  This is a perfect opportunity to show your little graduate just how proud you are of him or her.  Graduation gifts for kids can certainly take many forms, but this is a particularly great time to begin a commemorative jewelry collection for your child.

I Love You Charm Pendant

I Love You Charm Pendant

Charm bracelets are a very practical choice in graduation gifts for kids, as you can add to their charm collection to commemorate all the many milestones ahead.  A charm bracelet grows with your child, even into adulthood, and they’ll be able to look back on all of life’s wonderful moments through a collection of special charms representing those achievements along the way.

Engraved bracelets and pendants are a great choice in graduation gifts, as well.  Custom engraving gives you the opportunity to add a very personal and sentimental touch with words of love and encouragement inscribed on the piece.  As your child grows and continues to achieve new levels of accomplishment, a wonderful jewelry collection can be built that, much like charm bracelets, can be looked upon in the future as a wonderful set of reminders of life’s great moments.

If you worry about investing in rings and bracelets for younger children, knowing that they will outgrow them, fear not.  Most rings can be resized to a certain point, but children’s rings also make wonderful pendants down the road.  Links can be added to many bracelet styles, creating a piece that will truly grow with your child into the future.

Graduation season is an exciting time.  Amidst all the ceremonies, receptions and parties, be sure to remember that every graduation is a milestone in your child’s life that will be recalled fondly and often.  Commemorating these milestones with lasting and sentimental graduation gifts like personalized jewelry is a great way to ensure that those memories never fade, as your graduate will be reminded of their achievements – and your perpetual love and support – each time they wear it.

Diamond Earrings Are The Ultimate Accessory

A game that a lot of people like to play is a variation on “The Desert Island” motif: if you were stranded on a desert island, what is the one (fill in the blank) you would bring with you? Obviously this is a game of fantasy, because if I was stranded on a desert island I would me more worried about how to survive the island, if not escape, than I would be what music I would be listening to or what one food I had to eat. That being said, if I were stranded on a desert island and I could only have one piece of jewelry with me, what would it be? That’s easy. The same type of jewelry I would want no matter where I am: diamond earrings.

Diamond Earrings

To understand the practicality behind my choice, instead of thinking about a desert island, imagine you have to pack quickly for a weekend get-away. Your husband or boyfriend comes home and surprises you, telling you that you’re leaving in thirty minutes. Other than yes or no to a bathing suit, he doesn’t give you any other clues what to bring. This means you need to either pack every piece of fine jewelry you have, or pick the one diamond accessory that you know will work no matter where you wind up.

 

I like all types of diamond jewelry, because no matter what the occasion, there is a diamond bracelet or diamond necklace that matches it perfectly. It could be a fancy Friday night on the town or a casual Sunday morning brunch, a long day at the office or an afternoon running errands, and there is undoubtedly some piece of fine diamond jewelry in my collection that will fit. However, if I had to get rid of all of it and just keep one item, the perfect item for everything, from my little black dress to my favorite jeans and T-shirt, is a simple but elegant pair of stud diamond earrings. I’ve discovered that they go so well with everything that I will put them on first thing in the morning, just in case I don’t have time to accessorize later. That way I know, if nothing else, my ears will always look great.

 

 

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.

Beach Rules

Summer is in full swing! It is time for fun under the sun at the beach and mountains. It is always a good idea to take a few safeguards that can make sure that your beach day is super and full of activities.

 

DO WEAR SUNTAN LOTION

Skincancer.org reports that 3.5 new cases of skin disease are identified every year. Keep your family protected when having fun under the sun by taking precautions suggested by the FDA recommendations. Use a waterproof sunblock with a minimum 30 SPF. You should choose products approved by the FDA for effective UVA protection.

 

DO WEAR A PRETTY SWIMSUIT

This is the perfect time for the fashionistas out there to walk on the runway to present your beautiful fashion sense. Whether picking a last year piece, vintage, classic, or modern one-piece swimsuit, wear it with confidence. For entertaining, try mixing up the top and bottom of other swimsuits.

 

DO HAVE NO-FUSS HAIR

The sun, sea and sand can cause your hair to go from fashionable to not so fashionable in just couple of minutes. Forget the waving or flat iron and choose an easy style that will not interfere with swimming, playing volleyball or comforting in your cabana. An up-do bun can keep the twists at bay while the impeccable ponytail keeps the hair protected while still being stylish.

 

DO STAY HYDRATED

Sweating in the warm sun can quickly get to dehydration, which can cause tiredness, a slower metabolism and even lead to heat stroke. Stay safe at the beach and leave the sugary beverages, alcoholic drinks and the caffeinated iced-tea at home. Instead, bring a cooler full of bottled or recyclable bottles of water. Drink at least eight glasses of water through the day.

 

DO ACCESSORIZE WITH JEWELRY

It is important to keep it simple! Avoid wearing any gemstones that are absorbent and could be spoiled by salt water or chlorine, such as pearls. Take with you sterling silver or 14k gold in the form of a ring, necklace or earrings. Diamond engagement rings are safe to wear at the beach, though take the time to clean the ring in water at the end of the day to wash away any sand particles that may have become stuck between the diamond and the setting.  

 

SOME SIMPLE BEACH-GOER DON’TS

Do not forget to wear a hat and sunglasses for even more sun protection. Even if you are wearing sunscreen, a large hat can shade your face from the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology explains, “A number of scientific studies indicate that spending long hours in the sun without eye protection can damage your eyes by contributing to cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including cancer.” The organization recommends wearing sunglasses that are 99% and above UV-absorbent.

 

Another DO NOT: Do not forget to have a lot of fun!

 

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

Red Fire

We all know that the magnificent red RUBY can represent July, one of the hottest months of summer.

 

The astrological sign July represented by Leo, who is the royal king and lion of the animals. An immovable sign containing fire element, Leo’s persons are generous, hospitable, noble, helpful, demanding and outgoing. Leo rules the heart on the human body.

 

Café Astrology says that the Leo sign represent the King of the beasts. Throughout history, he symbolized power, leadership, and bravery. The lion’s size and strength have caught human mind since ancient times.

Leos are to be the strong leaders. They always have the royal superiority, and possess a honorable manner that is hard to miss.

 

 

 

Genuine Mozambique Ruby & Diamond Ring

American Gem Society explains the following about the rubies, it stimulated the senses, stirrings the imagination, and said to pledge health, intelligence, prosperity and success in love. Ruby is a variation of the gems types called corundum. It is tougher than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is long lasting for everyday wear. Excellent ruby is exceptionally rare, and the color of the gem is most imperative to its value. The most sought for color is a medium or medium dark intense red or slightly purple leading to red color. Usually if the gem is too bright or has considerably purple or orange, we will call an extravagant color sapphire.

 

The larger the stone, the greater value the ruby contains.  Huge rubies are more problematic to find than diamonds, sapphires and emeralds.  The finest rubies are located in the Mogok valley of Upper Burma or Thailand. These are two places where the rich red colored gems are the local specialty.

 

Ancient Asian believed that rubies contain the spark of life. In this part of the world, the bright red stones it is assumed that were self-luminous.  Glowing stone or the lamp stone are the fancy words used to call Rubies. Hindu priests believed that rubies in the homes of the god were once used to bring the light. The Greek legend says that Heraclea received a bright ruby as a gift to light her room.

 

Genuine Ruby & Diamond Ring

Today, the physical properties of Rubies are just astonishing. Rubies stimulate a clear mind, amplified attentiveness and a better sense of inspiration. Self-confidence and willpower are also properties of rubies. Furthermore, rubies are to excite the base chakra aggregate chi, or the life force energy, through your body.

 

Check out Amidon Jewelers’ selection of Rubies for your preferred July birthday girl.

self-luminous.  Glowing stone or the lamp stone are the fancy words used to call Rubies. Hindu priests believed that rubies in the homes of the god were once used to bring the light. The Greek legend says that Heraclea received a bright ruby as a gift to light her room.

 

 

 

 

 

Five Reasons to Get Shiny and Sparkly

Number One: Healing abilities

Along with being pretty, colorful gemstones have been used throughout history as physical, emotional and spiritual healing aids. For example, according to the American Gem Society, amber can help with memory loss. Amethyst reduces pain and aids with circulatory issues. The gem Amethyst can also help you to summon inner strength. Wear Citrine if your head is foggy. Garnet aids the blood, heart and lungs. Those suffering from insomnia or depression may consider wearing Lapis. Diamonds help your relationships to bond. Control your emotions by wearing Onyx or Rubies. Sapphire aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain.

Marco Bicego Jaipur Ring With Amethyst

 

Number Two: Brighten Your Emotional Outlook

Wearing jewelry that you love can help you to be happier and feel more positive throughout your day, according to goodtherapy.org. Whereas baggy pants and tops may signify someone who is feeling down and depressed. Wearing your favorite diamond earrings, charm bracelet or gemstone ring can bring about a sense of confidence. The more confident you feel, the more you will look forward to the future. 

 

Number Three: Turns the Ordinary into Extraordinary

Jewelry adds that little something extra to an outfit and transforms basics into glamour. Add a burst of color, introduce a different texture or possibly round the look out with a bit of sparkle and shine.  Try interesting shapes, a statement ring or those pieces with eye-catching details for both day and night charm and appeal.

One Ladies Champagne And White Diamond Ring Set In 14K Rose Gold

 

Number Four: Gold May Help Treat Arthritis.

There is a chance that precious metals, such as gold, can help to treat rheumatoid arthritis, according to Dr. Dean Edell, M.D. and healthcentral.com. More research is needed but the site states that according to British doctors, fingers that were regularly adorned with gold rings have shown less joint erosion among some patients.  So if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, decking out in gold may possibly help you to feel better. Check with your physician before treating any medical condition on your own, and then break out the gold.

Gold and Pearl Ring

 

Number Five: Be Personal

Though many people shop at the larger apparel retailers, leading everyone to wear the same clothing, jewelry allows you to be an individual. Whether it’s a ring with your initials, earrings made of your birthstone or a locket that contains a treasured photo, each piece of jewelry is your own. Also, jewelry lasts forever and doesn’t fade in color, get worn out or shrunk by the dry cleaners. Each precious piece that you have represents a specific time in your life and allows you to keep those memories alive for years to come.

 

 

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

 

Grand Slam Fashion

It’s tennis Grand Slam season as the French Open is underway in Paris and the championships at Wimbledon will be starting in a matter of weeks.

Fashion has always had a prominent place in tennis and memorable fashion moments include shedding the conservative fifties trends for rising hemlines with the mod-mini in the 1960’s. During the 1970’s, outfits got tighter and shorts got shorter as the era’s disco trends made their way to the tennis court.

 

We can thank pro tennis legend Chris Evert for merging tennis with sparkling treasures in the 1980’s. Evert was sporting a bracelet of inline sitting individually-set diamonds during a match in the 1987 US Open in New York when the a broken clasp send the diamonds flying across the court. Since then  tennis.com explains, “The image of the ‘Ice Maiden’ coolly recovering the missing ice on court resonated well beyond the baseline, and since then bracelets containing an inline array of diamonds have been called ‘tennis bracelets’.” Their clasps seem to be more secure these days, as tennis bracelets have spread from the court to the red carpet as an accessory to the stars.”

Chris Evert shines in Diamonds

You can also shine with tennis bracelet from Amidon Jewelers.

 

The women weren’t the only players tearing up the court while looking hot. In the 1990’s, Andre Agassi did away with the conservative and clean-cut tennis player image. Long hair, outrageous headbands, wild colors and nontraditional clothing became Agassi’s trademark and men on courts around the world followed his trends.

Andre Agassi

You can be a male fashion maven with the 9mm titanium ring with half round raised center jewelry for men from Amidon Jewelers.

 

The 1990’s are also when Venus and Serena Williams shot to the top of the rankings, bringing with them their nontraditional and flamboyant fashions. Multicolored braided hair and fashionable earrings were paired with tennis dresses that broke the rules of tradition and pushed the boundaries of court attire. Tennis fashions would never go back to plain or ordinary after the impact of the Williams’ sisters.

 

Venus and Serena always showed creativity with their jewelry, especially their choice of earrings.

Bring out your inner fashion diva with fun earrings from Amidon Jewelers. Sterling Silver Pear Shaped Amethyst Earrings