Blog: Dedicated to gemstones, jewelry & the glamour of it all.
Written by: Patricia at Hedgestone International. Leave me a comment on my blog page at http://written1nstone.wordpress.com/
The best magazine covers of 2011, happen to be the ones that have the celebrity girl on the cover, wearing some sort of exquisite jewelry. What is it about jewelry that has made it such a big impact in the year of 2011? Jewelry, as you can see from these covers, accentuates the outfits, adds the extra missing piece and often just brings the outfit altogether, so that the model or jewelry wearer, looks complete. Jewelry can often add that "extra something" to turn an outfit from casual to trendy, boring to bold, and from plain to daring. From crazy necklaces, to that one simple bracelet, to those cocktail rings or those simple dangly earrings, jewelry has come alive this year of 2011. Jewelry will only continue to expand as a fashion-essential in the year of 2012. Check out the top 10 pics of magazine covers, all showcasing jewelry in the three ways that were mentioned: to accentuate, to bring together and to add the final touch.
The old year is passing, as a new one strolls along. The fashion tastes of 2011 are nearing it's end. The trends of big bold and dazzling, are coming out and alive on the eve of new year's. Best time to wear the most dazzling dresses, shoes and jewelry you can find; jewelry from emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, rubies and any other precious gemstones are attention-getters and a must-wear for all new year's eve outfits! If there's a night to bring this jewelry out, it's on the 31st of December.
With the blue thin-strapped dress, a gorgeous match, would be a simple sapphire bracelet and sapphire dangly earrings. For the black dress, either sapphire or emerald jewelry would look fabulous. The green dress paired with single studded emerald earrings and a simple emerald bracelet will do just the trick.
An obvious match to this heart-shaped tube dress, would be an exquisite short white gold diamond chained necklace with a big sapphire jewel right in the middle of it. Not only will that bring out that dress even more, but the outfit will be even more eye-catching!
If you're going for the one shoulder look, with a long sleeve, that dress will dazzle on it's own, but a good jewelry match would be sapphire studded jewels all around a bracelet and adding multiple bracelets to the arm. Or for a less bold look, just sapphire studded earrings will add enough elegance to the already bold dress.
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What is the difference between fine jewelry and fashion jewelry? Nowadays, fashion jewelry seems to be more popular than fine jewelry because of it's affordability and the fact that this kind of jewelry is the one you're okay with wearing everyday, because it didn't cost you a fortune to buy. Let's take a look at the reasons why fine jewelry, regardless of the high popularity or the majority of people wearing fashion jewelry, will always be better.
Fine jewelry contains precious metal or precious stones. Fashion jewelry usually contains semi-precious stones or other types of material that are of low-quality. Therefore the number 1 reason why fine jewelry is better, is it's HIGH QUALITY. Next, fine jewelry is aninvestment. Years to come, this jewelry can be sold, especially if this piece of fine jewelry has been worn by a celebrity or by royalty! Fashion jewelry, with it's charming appeal, will wear-out and won't even last long enough to be an investment. Fine jewelry also stands the test of time. Because the jewelry is real and of higher quality, you can be sure that this jewelry will last and stay durable throughout a lifetime. This is the type of jewelry that grandmothers pass down to their grandchildren. Fine jewelry is also more attractive, because of the fact that real stones or metals were used to make it. Fine jewelry also pays a lot more attention to the detailing in the jewelry piece. Fashion jewelry may look more complicated, but in actuality, the detailing is very simple in fashion jewelry. Lastly, although fine jewelry is more expensive (not budget-friendly like fashion jewelry), fine jewelry is the type of jewelry that doesn't follow a trend. Fashion jewelry relies on the trends that are hot right now. Fine jewelry, regardless of time, will always have a classical elegance and sophistication that in and of itself, makes it priceless.
It's that time of year again! Reindeer, Santa Claus, egg nog, and of course, red stockings hanging by the fireplace. But those wool stockings, can't be left empty. Something must be put inside of them. What's small enough to go inside, but doesn't take away from the joy of a stocking stuffer? Jewelry, of course!
If you want to do something simple and traditional, pendant necklackes are the way to go. From leaf pendant necklaces, to crosses, horeshoes, clovers, and even snowflakes, these types of necklaces, are the perfect stocking stuffers for girls or women at any age.
However, theme seems to be a strong part of the Christmas season, so if you want to go with a coloured-jewelry theme for your stocking stuffers, keep in mind that the colours best representing Christmas are green, blue, red and white.
If you want to go for a green theme:
A Perfect pendant necklace! We can see this pear emerald shaped dangling pendant with diamonds where the emerald colour is such an extravagant colour placed against the white gold. A piece that all ladies can enjoy.
For the purposes of sticking to the holiday festive theme, this emerald and diamond paved eternity band is beautiful with the x-shaped emeralds going all around it. Definitely looks like Christmas mistletoe from far away.
If you want to go for a blue theme:
These blue tear-drop shaped earrings on a snowflake-shaped diamond, is a simple, yet gorgeous gift. With most simple outfits in monochrome colours, these earrings can add all the elegance the outfit needs!
If you are going for a red theme:
A simple pendant to go along any other gold chain. The trillion cut ruby in the mddle, and the diamons placed perfectly around, is a great present to give away!
Nowadays, for every birth month of the year, there is a corresponding gemstone to accompany it. How this came to be or happened, has never been fully known, but there have been myths and biblical stories which have been used to try and piece the gemstone mystery together.
It has been said that the first people to ever use gemstones and actually introduced it into the world, was Aaron from the Bible. For reference, check the following bible verses- Exodus 28: 17-20 & Revelation 21: 19-20. In these verses, his religious breastplate, covered in precious gemstones, was said to be linked to the twelve Israeli tribes in ancient times.
From mythical stories, Tibetan culture used gemstones where these stories have been rooted to thousands and thousands of years ago. Some even claim that around 1500 BC, it was Indian culture (gemstones seemed to have an agreed-upon fact that they originated from the East), who found out that these gemstones were actually healers of the sick.
George Frederick Kunz, who wrote the Curious Lore of Precious Stones, wrote about Poland in the 15th century- 1700 (where stones first achieved status and popularity), and the belief that these gemstones had numerous abilities: to being good health and luck, and to get rid of any possible misfortune.
Finally, in 1912, the Jewelers of America, organized a standard list of gemstones and their associated birthmonths. To wear your own birthstone in today's culture, is to wear the beauty of your own birth month. The historical belief still remains though, that these birthstones can guard oneself against bad luck and to make oneself more likely to gain power, wealth and luxury. The American standard identification of birth months with gemstones is the one used by the majority in today's culture.
When looking through your jewelry box, and deciding whether a particular piece of gemstone jewelry is actually worth much, or whether you are shopping for holiday jewelry, and wanting to make sure you don't get ripped off, it's important to understand where the value of a gemstone comes from, and how it's actual worth is determined. It has been said by expert investors, that recently, diamonds and other precious stones, are more stabilized investments than real estate. This craze of jumping into the jewelry market to stabilize the economy, is catching a lot of attention from investors. Therefore, it is important to figure out what to look for when buying gemstones (even if it's not for investment purposes).
There are five main factors determining the value in a gemstone: the beauty of the gemstone (determined by the 4C's: colour, clarity, carat, cut), the lasting power of the gemstone, the scarcity of the gemstone, the demand or interest raised from the gemstone, and the use of the gemstone in culture and society.
How much beauty does the gemstone resonate?
When looking at the lasting power of precious gemstones, most gemstones have a longer withstanding ability than other metals and lesser precious stones. The longer the staying power of the gemstone, when handled with care and proper cleanliness, the higher the value of the gemstone.
The scarcity and the demand for the gemstone go hand in hand. The demand has to be high enough (or the gemstone has to generate enough interest) in consumers and this has to be mixed with very rare precious stones, for the value of the gemstone to skyrocket through the roof. If the quality of these rare precious stones is also of the finest, then the value is even more.
The final point to look at when seeing the value of the gemstone, is the "name" this gemstone has made for itself throughout history and in culture. From the sapphire wedding ring worn by Kate Williams at the Royal Wedding, to the use of certain precious stones in churches, the name that these precious stones make for themselves, also adds into their final value. If the precious stone has established some sort of achievement (being used by churches or as a symbol to represent a certain event), then that adds to the final calculation of the precious gemstone's value.
Glitz and Glamour of Celebrities in 2011
From all the red carpet events of 2011, celebrities were constantly rocking the gemstone-jewelry look, using the colour of the gemstones to bring out their outfit, make-up, hair and eyes. Gemstones are definitely one of the most underestimated fashionable jewelry additions. From earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches, gemstones have a way of adding a touch of life to every celebrity. Whether the gemstones are worn simply or worn over-the-top, all eyes are on the gemstone(s) the second a celebrity walks onto the red carpet. Check out these famous and glamorous stars wearing their gemstone jewelry with pride. Even the most famous, can't resist a gemstone or two.
Here we have Jane Lynch, famous for her role as Sue Sylvester in the hit TV comedy show, Glee, who also hosed the Emmy awards back in September, wearing multi-gemstones on her large diamond-shaped dangled earring: hint of Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds, Amethyst & some Garnet.
Sophia Vergara, made famous by the popular family comedy show, Modern Family, went crazy for emeralds, as she gallavanted around in these chandelier emerald earrings, showing how eye-catching green can really be.
Megan Fox also seems to love the dangly single-emerald earrings, as she showed these off on her red carpet walk at the Golden Globe Awards. Not only did they add a simple elegance to her outfit, but the green emeralds also happened to accentuate her blue coloured eyes as well.
Minka Kelly, first made popular in her side-by-side casting with Leighton Meester in The Roomate, sported garnet-stoned, small dangled stud earrings, to bring out her baby doll brown eyes at the red carpet event she attended.
Scarlett Johanssen at the Oscars, wearing ruby red stud earrings and ruby red gemstone ring, to bring out her dark pink coloured outfit and her extra eye-popping make-up.
Lea Michele went with an extravagant gem-studded bracelet piece at the Grammy's. It was a parrot shaped bracelet, studded with black diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
Nicole Kidman also went with the gemstone-look, as she wore her emerald triple tear-drop shaped gold earrings to the Grammy awards earlier this year. Not only a fashionabe compliment to her blue-coloured eyes, but also accentuated her reddish blonde locks.
Celine Dion's jewelry to the Oscars this year was a yellow-gold necklace that featured diamonds along the chain and emeralds and a green stone in a patterned form to hang from the chain. Not only a beautifully combined jewelry piece, but altogether with her outfit and look, she dazzled as a masterpiece.
Reese Witherspoon also seems to be a fan of the emerald earrings as she wore 2 bright green dangling emerald earrings on each ear at the Oscars. This piece mixed with her smile, was a photogenic artpiece.
Amy Adams decided to go emerald with her jewelry too as she opted for a diamond and emerald necklace at the Oscars to match her light-coloured eyes. Not only did her jewelry sparkle, but so did her eyes.
The most popular gemstone by far from these red carpet events, is the Emerald. Eye-catching and flattering for almost all skin tones and hair tones, celebrities have found this gemstone to be the colour of the year. For sure this trend will continue to grow, as the Emerald colour mixed into jewelry, becomes timeless pieces.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
Years before, men only used jewelry as a way to show off their financial status rather than using it as an expression of fashion. Now more and more men are breaking away from the common belief that excessive jewelry-wearing or attention to detailed, artsy jewelry, is for women only. Men are landing on Venus…at least in the jewelry world. Men are paying more attention to the details in the jewelry they buy and wear, and are allowing themselves to go bolder with their jewelry. What jewelry are men wearing these days? The six pieces of jewelry that men most often wear are: watches, earrings, rings, cufflinks, necklaces and bracelets.
Watches- Obviously, this piece of jewelry is the most important for men. Just the same way that diamonds' are a girl's best friend, watches happen to be best friends for all guys. Watches for guys are much different than for girls. A general rule is the bigger the face of the watch, the manlier the watch looks. The strap of a watch should be thick. With men, watches are usually the flashiest part of the jewelry they wear, so the higher the designer of the watch, the better the watch looks. Swiss, Rolex and Swatch are some of the common watch types that are worn by men.
Earrings- This type of jewelry is kept simple for obvious reasons with most men wearing a diamond stud or just a small hooped earring that wraps around the lobe. Recently, men have begun piercing both of their ears, rather than just one, or piercing one ear with two holes. Perhaps a future trend will be flashier earrings for guys.
Bracelets- What's been a common type of bracelet in most recent years, are ID bracelets, where the flat part of the bracelet usually contains an engraving. But that's not the only type of bracelet that men are limited to. Men are wearing plaited leather bands now, giving them an edgier fashion look, and are also wearing the rope patterned bracelets, containing either beads or stones. Most popular type of stones to wear are Rubies (considered the king of stones), Emeralds, Sapphires, Quartz and Amber. The bracelets can also be crystal studded with different layers of bracelets; some can be thicker width than the others.
Necklaces- More and more men are still breaking into this type of jewelry, as they stray away from the more common single-gold or single-silver chains, into fashion necklaces which can be of different materials like rope and can contain masculine-themed pendants. These chains are often kept longer than womens' necklaces and are often just rough, simple-shaped and simple-patterned chains.
Rings- Often rings are being worn on multiple fingers for guys and are usually heavy looking, with a large circle diameter and the lining on the band being designed innovatively. Usually they wear one stone on the ring, often choosing masculine colours like Red, Green and Blue. Gold and silver are not the only types of metal used in rings now, but commonly men like the titanium and stainless steel rings mixed with one visible diamond/gemstone, or several diamonds/gemstones distributed along the ring.
Cufflinks- Within Hollywood stars, cufflinks are becoming more flashy than watches are as a jewelry accessory. Cufflinks that are popular are fashioned from white gold, diamond and Onyx, sometimes with sapphires too. These are becoming the staple fashion jewelry from men, usually containing the most design and detail and mixing of different metals and gemstones.
Men don't just have to be simple and single with their jewelry anymore. Multiple jewelry styles and detailing on their jewelry, is becoming very popular. Maybe one day, men and women's jewelry won't be so different after all and men and women won't have to be kept on separate planets.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus