The Votes are In: 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid

ColorPantone’s pick of the year is Radiant Orchid, a hot pink infused shade of purple. Following this year’s Emerald Green, it seems that the trend is towards bright, jewel-toned colors. In fact, the two are color-wheel opposites. When paired together, they create a nice complementary contrast, which means you can take all of the emerald green in your current wardrobe and wear it again this year!

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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Ilaria Lanzoni

ilaria lanzoniAt Hearts on Fire University 2013, I also had the pleasure of meeting Ilaria Lanzoni, the creative mind behind the Hearts on Fire jewelry collections. Ilaria is the first jewelry designer to work with Hearts on Fire, joining on as the Director of Design in early 2012 with 17 years of design expertise under her belt. Since then, she has created four spectacular collections: Copley, Illa, Lorelei, and (more…)

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Tips for Discreetly Measuring Ring Size

Ring onYou are a romantic at heart – you love to give surprises. Up until now, you have played it safe in the gift department, opting for safe jewelry choices such as a pair of earrings or a pendant, or other traditional gifts of chocolates and flowers. You don’t want to guess her shoe or clothing size, in case she has to go through the hassle of exchanging items or having hurt feelings. For engagement rings (more…)

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A Love Affair with Jewellery

EmeraldLegendary actress and movie icon, Elizabeth Taylor’s great enthusiasm for jewellery over the years has made her private collection one of the most sought after estates in recent American history. Her book “Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry” is a personal narrative which intertwines stories of her romantic relationships with her passion for collecting jewellery. Taylor’s knowledge of fine (more…)

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Emerald by Day, Ruby by Night

AlexandriteThis colour changing chrysoberyl was first discovered in 1834 in Russia. This was around the same time that the Russian Tsar Alexander II was in power and therefore it was given the name Alexandrite. It is an extremely rare gemstone and is therefore not often found in jewelry. This gemstone is not fascinating at first, but once you have seen it in the light it has a unique beauty.

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Diamond Jubilee

Crown JewelsThis year marks the diamond jubilee, or 60th anniversary, of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. To celebrate this event, there is an exhibit at Buckingham Palace of some of her diamond jewelry. The exhibit contains 10,000 diamonds encrusted on various jewelry and weaponry. Most of the jewelry at the exhibit is the Queen’s personal collection. Monarchs have always found that diamonds represent wealth and influence (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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Pearls Reborn

Kim KardashianThere is always a misconception that pearls are meant to be worn by aged women.

I’m here to tell you, things have changed, and younger people are redesigning pearls and making them cool once again.

Many of us follow the latest trends of fashionista, Kim Kardashian. One of her more recent fashion do’s include a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti x Kanye West’s sandals. Not only are these sandals an eye (more…)

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Liv Haley, New Collection!

Bio RingThe new collection of Liv Haley at Secret Sapphire can be described as simple and sophisticated jewelry. This collection has been created by two young, innovative women who enjoy combining natural colored stones with metal in order to create a timeless piece of jewelry.

Each piece being handcrafted makes them unique and special. All the stones are set in sterling silver, 18K vermeil or 14K gold. (more…)

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