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The Jewelry Insider

June 29, 2009

While traditional gold bands will never go out of style, modern brides and grooms are opting for more unique options in the wedding band department these days. Here are a few tips to keep in mind and important links to Jewelry.com’s treasure chest full of affordable and fashionable options.

Although gold is still the metal of choice for wedding rings, platinum has become extremely popular as a bridal metal. The allure of platinum is its unparalleled strength, durability and purity. Many wedding rings also combine the warmth of yellow gold with the cool white of platinum, providing a contemporary twist to a traditional classic.

For those who like the look of platinum but can’t afford it, there is always white gold. White gold, which is pure gold that has been mixed with nickel, zinc, silver or other white metals, costs considerably less than platinum, but is also less durable.

Not only can today’s brides and grooms choose from a dizzying array of fashionable solid metal bands, but they can also opt for wedding rings with diamonds or colored stones. Channel set bands – rings with a line of small diamonds set in a groove, or channel, along the band – are particularly popular.

An increasing number of men are choosing wedding rings with diamonds, as well. One word of caution, however: when buying either a men’s or women’s diamond wedding band, make sure the stones are small enough so they don’t overpower the engagement ring.

Other considerations for buying a wedding ring include:

Consider your lifestyle. If you or your spouse are athletic, outdoor types or work with your hands, pure gold (24 karat) probably isn’t the choice for you because it’s scratches and shows wear easily due to its softness.

Consider your existing jewelry. Look at the kind of jewelry and watches you already wear, and consider how your wedding band will look next to them. A bride-to-be also needs to consider whether she’ll wear her wedding band and engagement ring on the same finger, or whether she will move her engagement ring to her right hand and just wear the band on her left. If she plans to wear them together, she’ll need to choose a wedding band that matches the engagement ring and sits comfortably against it.

Establish a budget. Plain gold bands can be bought for less than $150, but fashion comes with a price. High-fashion bands with diamonds or other gemstones can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the size and quality of the stones and the workmanship of the piece. Also keep in mind that a men’s band tends to be more expensive than a woman’s, because it tends to be larger, wider and denser.

Baubles, Bvlgari and Barbie


With all the diamonds, designer duds and dream homes a girl could want, what’s left for Barbie to do but wish Ken’s arms would bend and hope for a better blinking mechanism?

Well, luxury jeweler, Bvlgari, has a plan to get Barbie out of the house by putting her to work for their latest charity campaign, “Rewrite the Future”.

Babs along with other celebrity spokesfolks like Jessica Biel, Mischa Barton, Ben Stiller and Sting are working with Bvlgari to promote Save the Children International’s latest efforts by wearing a special ring designed to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the worthy cause.

Save the Children is one of the largest independent international organizations for the defense and championing of children’s rights; they are present in over 100 countries around the world and are committed to providing quality education to 8 million children living in conflict-affected areas by the end of 2010.

The ring retails for $555 and you can nab one for yourself by visitng their website here.

In the meantime, I’m diggin’ Barbie’s high fashion makeover for the ad campaign. Cheer up, Barb. Blinking is so last season.

The Jewelry Insider

June 19, 2009


June is Pearl Month, jewelry hounds, and there’s a glittering new reason to add those shiny oyster babies to your jewelry box. Trusted jewelry retailer, Helzberg Diamonds, just joined the Jewelry.com family as a Diamond Partner, and to celebrate they’re handing out pearl earrings at our favorite price..FREE.

Johannes Vermeer’s iconic painting made the Girl with the Pearl Earring famous in the 17th century, Scarlett Johansson brought them to life again on the silver screen and now Helzberg is adding to their storied allure by offering the perfect pair of pearl studs with any Helzberg purchase of $99 or more on Jewelry.com.


Whether you’re a bride-to-be searching for wedding bands, a devoted boyfriend jewelry shopping for your June birthday girl, or a fashion hound updating your summer wardrobe – Helzberg Diamonds is offering the perfect reason to do it all on Jewelry.com.

And now that they’re a valued Diamond Partner, you have almost 1700 new styles at your fingerstips from yet another retailer we all trust. Over 90 years in the business counts for a lot these days.


(Word to the wise: their diamond studs and Journey diamond styles are big sellers).

So take a cue from Helzberg and history this month and be the girl with the pearl earrings who just happens to be in on the best secret in town.

The Jewelry Insider

June 12, 2009


Diamonds have inspired the criminal mind to do some questionable acts throughout history – from intricate jewelry heists, to cunning catburglar antics. And Hollywood certainly loves to put a glamorous spin on the whole seedy operation (see the Ocean’s 11 and Pink Panther franchises for more).

But real life is definitely not as glamorous. Two disturbing news reports have me scratching my head this morning. One involves a lame attempt to pull a diamond fast one and the other involves stealing from a corpse. As if being dead wasn’t bad enough.

The first diamond deadbeat is 30-year-old Henry Floats of Hollywood, Florida. Authorities say this jewelry salesman reported that he had been robbed of $500,000 in diamonds on Interstate 95 while changing a flat tire. Unfortunately, he didn’t anticipate the fuzz taking a gander in his trunk – where they found the diamond stash just sitting there in a suitcase.

Henry. You gotta think these things through.

He told authorities he made the false report so that the company he worked for would be reimbursed by insurance and he would (eureka!) get to keep the diamonds. Instead, Henry finds himself charged with grand theft of over $100,000 and is being held on $40,000 bail.


More disturbing is diamond deadbeat #2 – someone who took it upon themselves to rob a dead woman of her 1.5 carat diamond earrings. Carol Arbit’s family says she was wearing her favorite diamond earrings when she died suddenly, but that they disappeared after her body was taken from the house.

“How can you do this to a deceased person and to a family. We’re sick over it, sick over it,” Arbit’s daughter, Sheri Purdy, told reporters.

Purdy says the 1.5 carat diamond studs were her mother’s favorite earrings, and she wore them every day. But when her body was released from the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Boston, the diamonds were gone.

While the family is resigned to never finding the earrings again, police are going to look for them at local pawn shops. According to an appraisal by the family the diamonds were worth $2,300 – but the meaning they held was priceless.

The Jewelry Insider

April 20, 2009

Jewelry hounds, we’re entering the busy season. With Mother’s Day, weddings, prom, graduation and beach weather right around the corner, we’re faced with a perfect storm of jewelry gift opportunities. And let’s not forget about our favorite verb: “self-gifting”.

Thankfully, some major players in the industry have thought about our plight and are giving us a glittering break. The World Gold Council and Jewelry.com celebrated the sixth anniversary of May Is Gold Month last week and launched a whole slew of programs offering gold jewelry savings starting now through the month of May.

From a gold cross for grandma to gold hoops for your graduate, Jewelry.com has hundreds of gold jewelry styles available at the price points we love to see these days. And their stash comes from the most trusted retailers around (Kay Jewelers, Zales, JCPenney to name a few).

One last tip: Jewelry.com launched a May Is Gold Month sweepstakes – it’s the kind you can enter every day to better your chances (like the HGTV Dream Home – Why I didn’t win this year is beyond me). There are nine gold jewelry pieces on display – all very cool – you just click on the image you like, bing bang boom – and you’re in there.

So check out the May Is Gold Month bonanza on Jewelry.com and let me know how you make out. There’s nothing wrong with gold digging, Kanye. If you do it the right way.

The Jewelry Insider

February 14, 2009


Jewelry.com (aka: my Sugar Momma) relaunched this week with a brand new look and a treasure chest full of thousands more glittering jewelry styles for your browsing pleasure. While I, of course, love to peruse their celebrity and fashion news, I’ve gotta say Jewelry.com’s brand new search function is what I love the most.

Jewelry hounds (and the people who buy for us) now have complete control over the shopping experience with J.com’s brand new search system. Your girlfriend likes frogs? Type in ‘frog’. You only want to spend $150? Narrow the search by clicking on a price range. She doesn’t like yellow gold? Narrow it further by specifying a metal color. See? Prince Charming to the rescue.

Or how about a pink cocktail ring to go with your little black dress? Type in ‘pink’, narrow the search to rings, and voila! It’s like Facebook – once you start browsing the hours go by like nanoseconds.

I found a few cool deals I thought I’d share with you to get you started:

We all know purple is the color of choice these days. How cute is this amethyst flower ring from JCPenney? And it’s only $69.99. Click on my amethyst ring search here to find that and 32 other sparkly ring styles in that price range.

Of course you can’t get through February without a hunkering for a diamond heart, right? Jewelry.com features hundreds of heart styles – I think this black and white diamond version from JCPenney is totally chic. Check out these heart-stopping looks.


And finally, you gotta love this little Hello Kitty! V-day pendant from Zales. You’ll love this even more, though. If you become a Jewelry.com member (it’s free) you can click on the ‘Member Savings’ link and a list of coupons and discounts magically appears (like free shipping, 10% off offers, etc.). So Jewelry.com does all the coupon clipping for you – guaranteeing you the lowest price you can possibly get for the bauble. Bingo!
So get to browsing baublers! And if you have issues, comments, concerns – throw them my way. I know people.

Happy Early V-Day J-hounds!

xoxoxox

The Jewelry Insider

July 14, 2008

Rubies and diamonds, sapphires and gold all for under $100. The Jewelry Insider’s been scouring the stores to find this month’s ‘too good to be believed’. See the five summer steals you’ve simply ‘gotta have’.Dazzling Diamonds
This tri-color gold and diamond pendant by www.jewelry.com for Zales is shapely steal at under $100. Are you ready to square-off for this golden summer steal?
On The Beach
If you’re looking for the perfect beach bauble – look no further. This colorful gemstone swirl by Gordons is holiday have-to have. 

Belle Of The Ball
This is our all time summer fave at a ridiculously wonderful price. Zales’ diamond moon pendant studded with golden stars is going to make your summer nights sparkle with style.

Ruby Tuesday

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, in fact any day this month is ruby day. Rubies maybe the birthstone for those born in July, but who says only July babes can wear them? At under $100, this pair of ruby and diamond earrings by www.jewelry.com celebrates any July occasion.

The Big Blue
There’s nothing that says ‘nautical’ more than splashes of blue and white. Even if you’re anaffirmed land-lover, this nautical gem by Kay Jewelers will have you sailing away all year-long.

The Jewelry Insider

June 8, 2008

June is Pearl Month and Jewelry.com has a pearls of wisdom when it comes to picking the perfect pearl piece.
Pearl necklaces come in five basic lengths, but which is the length for you and what do they mean?
Choker, Princess, Matinee, Opera and Rope.Y ou may have heard of some of the names but probably have no idea how long each is and, more importantly, how it sits on the neck and below.

Choker – 16 in
The pearl choker is the shortest length circling the neck. While a pearl choker can be worn with almost any neckline and looks great with every style, from casual to formal, make sure it doesn’t swallow the neck. Pearl chokers draw attention to the neck but if you have a particularly short or long neck, the attention should be drawn away from the neck to the shoulder line or below. As such, stay away from chokers. For everyone else, a choker is great classic, suitable for every occasion.
Princess – 18 in
A princess strand falls slightly below the neckline and compliments every neck-style from high to low. It’s great for office-wear as its length sits just above a blouse neckline and won’t be hidden like longer lengths.
Matinee – 24 in
The Matinee strand is most popular for formal occasions and is the perfect length for any little black dress event. It’s also the best length for those who are well endowed in the chest region as it highlights the neck and shoulders finishing just above the cleavage.
Opera – 32 in
Falling just below the bustline, the Opera strand is great for eveningwear and compliments every body shape. For less formal occasions, it can be doubled over and worn as a twin choker – a true day into night piece.
Rope – 46 in
If it’s versatility you’re after, then a pearl rope is the style for you. By itself the strand generally falls somewhere around the waistline and is perfect for those that like to stand out from the crowd. Its length means you can play with styles from triple, or quadruple rows of a choker, to doubling it as Princess and Opera style together. Or try simply knotting it for a chic look that’s perfect with everything from jeans and a tee shirt to an elegant evening gown.

The Jewelry Insider

June 8, 2008

June is Pearl Month and Jewelry.com has a pearls of wisdom when it comes to picking the perfect pearl piece.
Pearl necklaces come in five basic lengths, but which is the length for you and what do they mean?
Choker, Princess, Matinee, Opera and Rope.Y ou may have heard of some of the names but probably have no idea how long each is and, more importantly, how it sits on the neck and below.

Choker – 16 in
The pearl choker is the shortest length circling the neck. While a pearl choker can be worn with almost any neckline and looks great with every style, from casual to formal, make sure it doesn’t swallow the neck. Pearl chokers draw attention to the neck but if you have a particularly short or long neck, the attention should be drawn away from the neck to the shoulder line or below. As such, stay away from chokers. For everyone else, a choker is great classic, suitable for every occasion.
Princess – 18 in
A princess strand falls slightly below the neckline and compliments every neck-style from high to low. It’s great for office-wear as its length sits just above a blouse neckline and won’t be hidden like longer lengths.
Matinee – 24 in
The Matinee strand is most popular for formal occasions and is the perfect length for any little black dress event. It’s also the best length for those who are well endowed in the chest region as it highlights the neck and shoulders finishing just above the cleavage.
Opera – 32 in
Falling just below the bustline, the Opera strand is great for eveningwear and compliments every body shape. For less formal occasions, it can be doubled over and worn as a twin choker – a true day into night piece.
Rope – 46 in
If it’s versatility you’re after, then a pearl rope is the style for you. By itself the strand generally falls somewhere around the waistline and is perfect for those that like to stand out from the crowd. Its length means you can play with styles from triple, or quadruple rows of a choker, to doubling it as Princess and Opera style together. Or try simply knotting it for a chic look that’s perfect with everything from jeans and a tee shirt to an elegant evening gown.

The Jewelry Insider

June 6, 2008

So the big jewel-fest in Las Vegas is over. And the verdicts are starting to come in.

Verdict number one – jewelers aren’t the most successful card players according to most accounts. Verdict number two – most of the jewelry industry is on a diet after five days of glutinous eating. Verdict number three – the major trends are pretty unanimous from high-end six figure pieces to mall steals.
A quick wrap-up of what’s to come:
RINGS
Big, big, big stones. Top choices are delicious smoky quartz, some funky translucent crystal and gorgeous green gems. Cut wise – it’s a cabochon case underscoring that rocks have to be faceted to be fearsome.
Green Quartz Ring by Jewelry.com
DIAMONDS
Small diamonds clustered together on the ears, in rings or hanging in pendants are going to give the rich look at the right price. But…… if you’re going to go with diamonds, don’t forget the color. Black and brown diamonds are absolute must-haves this coming winter. If you’re a true jewelry aficionado you’re going to have at least a couple of colored diamond pieces at the ready.
Black Diamond Ring by Jewelry.com for JCPenney

GOLD
The price of gold means two things too……. Silver and Gold or Colored Gold. That old favorite, yellow gold is having a tough time – as the price of gold continues to hurt, jewelers are coming up with innovative ways to keep gold fresh. Mixing silver and gold together is keeping prices affordable without loosing the luxe-look. But, if you’re a gold charmer, then freshening up gold looks is some romantic rose-gold. Adding a pink touch to the metal is THE way to make old become new and boring become beautiful.
DESIGNS
Design-wise it’s a furry world out there. Animal themes were hot, hot, hot… From penguins to poodles, ladybirds to lions, animalistic outlines were dominating demands.
Bee Pendant