Mangagement Rings

Mens RingCompared to 50 years ago, individuality and creativity are more valued now than the uniformity that was present in most lifestyle aspects of yore. Our laws and traditions have also changed due to the power of progressive thinking – one of the most notable feats is the recognition of same-sex marriage.

Couples who get engaged, regardless of sexual orientation, face the same obstacle: what kind of (more…)

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Get Your Fashion Jewelry Fix

BlakeIn previous years, jewelry was seen as a status symbol – today, style is the new status. With the volatile economy we are in currently, there is an increasing demand for fine costume jewelry – sometimes referred to as fashion jewelry – for women who want to update their jewelry wardrobe without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank.

An increasing trend is seen in mixing fine jewelry with fashion (more…)

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Luxuriously Adorned Peacock Cuff Bracelet

BraceletInspired by the opulent age of the Indian Mughal Empire, where the reigning royalty demanded nothing but the best and biggest jewels, this cuff captures the important symbols and architectural style beautifully.

The entire creation is handmade and meticulously fashioned step by step by a single artisan over the course of three months for the jewelry brand Amrapali. The cuff features a wide gold (more…)

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Engagement Art

Art“Engagement” is a large sculpture created by one of the greatest conceptual artists of our time, Dennis Oppenheim. This magnificent sculpture is located at Sunset Beach in Downtown Vancouver. It is comprised of two steel rings standing at approximately thirty feet tall and tilted away from each other. Both are topped with glass gems in the place diamonds that are shaped as houses.

“Engagement” represents (more…)

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Layering Necklaces

NecklacesLayering has and will continue to be a big trend for the summer. It can be used to dress up or down, as we see the layered look over t-shirts and shorts as well as fancy dresses. The best part is that by layering different pieces together you will have a unique look for every outfit! From just three necklaces you have seven different looks. Through mismatching the chains, lengths, beads and pendants, (more…)

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Drop Earrings For The Summer

Drop EarringsThe most common piece of jewelry worn by women is earrings, and this year’s summer must-have is the drop earring. Even though the sun is not yet shining, bring some colour to your outfit with drop earrings. They are available in many different colours, sizes and designs and allow for a fun, yet sophisticated look. They command attention and can therefore be worn without any other jewelry. By not wearing (more…)

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Gem-Encrusted Butterflies in LA Museum

ButterflySixteen butterfly brooches are currently being held on display in an exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Each is lavishly decorated in a combination of semi-precious and precious gemstones and set in 18 karat gold; some included materials are Columbian emeralds, Baja pearls, and garnets.

One notable piece is a brooch that holds 34.67 carats of benitoite, California’s state gemstone. (more…)

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Destination Wedding Jewelry

DestWeddingination weddings are the expected summer wedding trend of 2012. With Vancouver’s weather all over the map, couples are opting to escape the rain and get married in paradise. As the popularity of tropical destination weddings grows, new trends in wedding jewelry are forming. More brides are choosing less formal dresses with shorter lengths in more lightweight materials such as lace and chiffon. (more…)

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“Something in the Ice” Wins Proposal Contest

Ice SculptureThe Jewelry Information Center (JIC) chose “Something in the Ice” as the winner of the third annual Ultimate Proposal Contest among hundreds of entries nationwide.

Something in the Ice was submitted by Melissa Geer from Pittsburgh, whose fiancé Daniel Monarko created an elaborate proposal that, according to Amanda Gizzi spokesperson for JIC, “contained all the elements that make a marriage proposals (more…)

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Highlights of JCK Las Vegas 2012 & Hearts on Fire

DreamIf you read the previous post about JCK Las Vegas or heard of it from elsewhere, you would be well aware of what it entails. Here is a quick run-down for those who don’t know: JCK is an online publication detailing news, trends, and prices of the jewelry industry. Every year, they hold a fine jewelry show convention in Las Vegas where thousands of industry professionals gather to network, keep up with (more…)

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DMIA Helps to Prevent Synthetics

DiamondThe Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA) called upon domestic and international organizations, grading laboratories, governments and law enforcement to join together in a serious and committed effort to prevent the leakage of synthetic, laboratory-grown diamonds into the natural diamond market.

There has been an increase in recorded incidences in the past couple of (more…)

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