Jewel of the Month: Topaz

By on October 31, 2016
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The birthstone for those born in the month of November, the bright green, blue, orange, yellow, pink, and more, topaz has had a long and storied history of popularity and usage. In and out of the fine jewelry world, topaz has been the favored gemstone for tons of civilizations, and has brought with it a number of different meanings and significations along the way.

A Brief History of Topaz:

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Origins and Meanings:

Named for St. John’s Island, as well as possibly the Sanskrit word “tapas”, meaning heat or fire, topaz was first originally used by the Ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago. The Egyptians believed that the stone had been given its orange color by Sun God Ra and was thought to protect from injury and grant invisibility. As time went on, topaz became an incredibly popular stone among the Greeks, Romans, and Indians, who all considered the stone one of the more magically-imbued materials available.

During the era of the Renaissance (around the 1300s to the 1600s) topaz was thought of to bring the wearer intelligence, beauty, as well as to help resist poisons and cure lunacy.

More recently, with the finding of massive supplies of the stone in Utah, topaz has become renowned in the jewelry world for its range of colors, its opulent brilliance, and the unique way it glows when polished.

Famous Topaz:

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Additionally, there are tons of massive pieces of topaz, including the Lindsay Uncut, the American Golden, and the Freeman Uncut (pictured), that can be found in museums many of history’s most impressive jewelry pieces have involved, in some way or another, topaz.

One example of this is the enormous “Braganza Diamond”. Originally thought to be a gigantic diamond, the “Braganza Diamond” is actually a 1680-caray colorless diamond, and today can be found adorning the Portuguese Crown Jewels.

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Attributes of Topaz:

In nature, topaz can be found in an incomparable variety of colors that vastly range in rarity and quality. As well as being the gemstone for the state of Utah, orange topaz is the color that is traditionally considered the birthstone for individuals born in the month of November.

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In addition to the more common orange topaz, they can also be found in the Imperial variety (yellow and pink), as well as the Brazilian Imperial type, which is generally of a bright yellow or deep golden brown coloring. Further, blue topaz, the state gemstone of Texas, is considered the rarest color of topaz. As a result, the necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and fashion rings that feature blue topaz are extremely valuable and in high demand by jewelry collectors.

Our Favorite Topaz Jewelry Items:

Adding topaz to your jewelry box is an easy and striking way to add a fun and stylish splash of vivid color to any ensemble, outfit, or situation. Some of our favorite pieces here at PDJ include:

Topaz Fashion Rings:

Earrings -- Sterling Silver Fashion Rings -- Benari Jewelers -- Exton, PABy John Hardy, this ring made of 925 Sterling Silver features a big and bold blue topaz that is surrounded by the sort of nature-inspired design that has come to define John Hardy.

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We also love this vintage-inspired 925 Sterling Silver blue fashion ring from Tacori. This piece’s bright center stone and the Art Nouveau creates a truly one-of-a-kind ring that is as fashionable as it is sophisticated.

Topaz Earrings:

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Speaking of Tacori, the California-based designer have lately been killing it on the Topaz front. These earrings feature a deep blue topaz color that can’t help but exude a sense of class and elegance.

Topaz Necklaces:

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This pendant-style necklace, by New York’s own Luvente, features a variety of uniquely-sized blue topaz, as well as gleaming white gold and small diamonds, creating a truly striking jewelry experience.

Topaz Bracelets:

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One more from Tacori! This topaz and hematite sterling silver bracelet is from the fabulous Tacori Vault collection, and is the perfect addition to any formal outfit.

How/Where To Buy Your Very Own Topaz Jewelry:

If this talk is getting you all atwitter with topaz anticipation, your local fine jewelry retailer is sure to have plenty of items to quell your topaz-fueled thirst. Take for example Benari Jewelers, located in Newtown Square and Exton, Pennsylvania, who offer an immense selection of topaz-adorned jewelry items.

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Perfect Wedding Bands for Your Country Themed Wedding

By on October 28, 2016
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All brides have a distinct idea of how they want their wedding and wedding bands will depict their personal style and flair. For some brides, this may mean that their wedding day is filled with frills and excessive embellishment, and for others this may mean leaning toward a more organic down-to-earth look. Whether it’s by being surrounded by nature or just celebrating life in the outdoors, country themed weddings — and by extension country wedding bands — are all about being humble and appreciative for the things around you.

Inspired by classic American western style and the weddings of Country music celebrities such as Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert, and others, Country-Rustic themed weddings are becoming one of the most popular options for today’s modern bride. Natural textures such as trees, bark, grass, wood, are heavily incorporated into country themes to accentuate the rustic feeling as well. Just look on Pinterest and you’ll find thousands of dream-wedding boards dedicated to creating the ideal fairy-tale country wedding, but as anyone will tell you, no wedding planning can be absolutely complete without the ideal wedding bands that perfectly encapsulate a bride’s distinctive and unique personality.

To help in finding the wedding band perfect for any “down-home” rustic wedding, here are a few wedding band ideas that are sure to satisfy every country bride.

1. Vintage Wedding Bands with Modern Twists

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Within the past few years, contemporary wedding band fashions have ranged from bands that are simple and unadorned (think your grandparents’ rings), to pieces that are more diamond-encrusted then their engagement ring counterparts. Taking a little bit from both sides of this spectrum of bridal aesthetics, wedding bands featuring understated adornments including pave, channel, or bezel-set diamonds are perfect for bringing a subtle hint of glamour without sacrificing any eternal ring elegance and sophistication. Eternity wedding bands offered by modern day designers, such as Tacori and Michael M, are a perfect representation of how antique looking rings have evolved to keep their vintage look, while at the same time combining elements of contemporary fashion. Vintage-style wedding bands have become so increased in popularity not simply because of the fact they look “old”, but more because they are extremely detailed in designs that modern wedding bands lack.

2. Floral/Nature-inspired Wedding Bands

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How’s the old saying go, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”? Understanding this adage, contemporary designer including Tacori, Hearts on Fire, and especially Simon G., are creating diamond rings that reflect the natural landscapes that surely inspired them.

Available today are tons of nature-inspired wedding bands that feature smaller, eternity-style, twisted bands, that are intertwined to resemble bird nests, vines, and other woodland essentials, these sorts nature-inspired rings are perfect for brides whose dream wedding leans more on the pastoral, peaceful, range-life side.

3. Non-Diamond Adorned Wedding Bands

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Perfect for brides move to the beat of their own country drummer, those women who live life to the fullest, and idolize Dolly, Reba, and Patsy, the typical diamond wedding band just won’t do. If this sounds like you—or someone you know—try alternatively styled eternity bands by Tacori  or the men’s and women’s bands from Michael M, who have begun integrating gemstones other than your standard white diamond such as beautiful turquoise, deep-blue sapphires, as well as especially-distinctive black diamonds. Bands like these are unique from the common fashions of wedding bands you usually find at most of today’s retailers.

And always remember…

Picking the perfect wedding band can seem like a nearly impossible task. So if you’re starting to feel stressed about finding the ring that most perfectly encapsulates your personality, as well as that will complement your dream country-rustic wedding remember to stop in and consult the bridal experts at your local fine jewelry retailer.

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The Perfect Jewelry Items for Today’s Popular Halloween Costumes

By on October 26, 2016
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It’s Halloween time again! It’s that time of the season for tricks, treats, spooks, ghouls, candy, and costumes. We here at PJD absolutely love Halloween, and as you know we also love jewelry! Combining these two interests of ours, we’ve taken some of this year’s most popular costumes and put together a guide for finding the ideal jewelry items that are sure to take any outfit to the next level.

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1. Harley Quinn

Due to the huge (financial) success that was Suicide Squad, expect this year to see tons of people dressed up as the queen of crime, meaning of course, Harley Quinn. While the on-screen relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker leaves a bit to be desired, there’s no arguing that viewers were entranced with Margot Robbie’s mean, manic, and fun portrayal of this legendary comic book character.

The Look:

Dressing like someone put Vivienne Westwood, Betsy Johnson, with a splash of Courtney Love in a blender, Harley Quinn’s style is punky, punchy, and a cheeky (pardon the pun). From what we saw in Suicide Squad, Harley seems to be a big fan of gold jewelry. Through the movie she’s seen wearing large gold rings, chandelier-style hanging gold earrings, and big gleaming gold spike bracelets.

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Even in scenes in where she isn’t wearing the now-iconic “Daddy’s Little Monster” t-shirt, Harley Quinn can be seen covered in gold, generally sporting hoop-style gold earrings, and multiple strands of asymmetrical gold necklaces.

Get this Jewelry Look:

Recently, fashion jewelry designers have re-kindled their age-old love affair with gold. In the past few years, fashion and bridal jewelry designers such as A. Jaffe, Simon G., John Hardy, Michael Kors, and others, have made stunning gold jewelry items that would be sure to make Harley Quinn squeal.

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Instead of a spikey gold bracelet, try something like this bangle bracelet from Simon G. With its bright diamonds and gold accents this bracelet is something that you’d be sure to wear more than just Halloween night. Additionally, there is tons of stackable gold rings gold rings and dangly gold earrings available at most fine jewelry retailers. Many of which that would perfectly encapsulate the punk-glam look of Harley.

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2. Wonder Woman

On the other side of the DC Cinematic Universe, Wonder Woman is sure to be an extremely popular costume this year. With appearances in this year’s Batman V. Superman, the upcoming Justice League, and her own standalone film, Gal Gadot’s interpretation of Wonder Woman is here to stay.

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The Look:

As opposed to the bright, starts-and-stripes clad outfit of yesteryear, Wonder Woman’s modern outfit features a darker, gold-like coloring, matching the darker tone of the upcoming films. Luckily for fans, this outfit still features Wonder Woman’s signature gold cuffs, and gold headband.

Get this Jewelry Look:

While most jewelry stores probably won’t have gold headbands (unless you’re looking somewhere like Etsy), you can still find plenty of other items to help complete any Wonder Woman outfit.

For the gold cuffs, try stacking multiple bracelets, or find a wrist wrap bracelet like this one from Officina Bernardi.

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Also, try large gold gemstone rings, from designers like Madison L or Simon G. While Wonder Woman might not regularly wear rings, no one is going to want to risk telling that to anyone wearing great big rings.

Bonus Look!:

Halloween Jewelry -- Kevin's Fine Jewelry

If strapping yourself into Wonder Woman’s leather ensemble isn’t for you, try going as WW’s alter ego, Diane Prince. In Batman V. Superman, Diane can be wearing a array of striking gold jewelry items including an impressive collection of stunning gold choker-style necklaces, as well as gleaming gold bracelets.

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3. Witch

Always a perennial favorite, witch costumes are a great and effectively spooky last-minute costume. This season’s witch costumes are sure to include styles that range from the Wicked Witch of the West, to the goth-glam witches of American Horror Story: Coven, and everything in between.

The Look:

Regardless of which witch you choose to dress up as this season, one thing is for certain, you’re going wear a lot of black. The most successful witch outfits generally include a skirt or a dress, lots of layers, as well as an array of sinister jewelry including, pendant necklaces, dark-colored gemstone rings, and nature-inspired earrings.


Get this Jewelry Look:

To make things a little simpler, we’ve broken this down into what we’ve been seeing as the three major categories of witch costumes for 2016:

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  • “Classic” Witch:

Less is more with this witch costume. Try dark colored and simple jewelry items, such as this Madison L. fashion ring, and this pendant necklace from Brother Wolf. Both are sure to add a subtle, yet spooky, addition to any costume.


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  • The Craft:

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Inspired by the 1996 cult film, The Craft, dressing Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and the gang is becoming an increasingly popular costume, due to the way it seamlessly combines 90’s nostalgia with seasonal spookiness. The best jewelry items for this look are simple black chokers, pendant necklaces that feature iconography like crosses and birds, and tight, boldly-adorned gemstone bracelets.

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  • American Horror Story: Coven:

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Putting the goth back in Southern Gothic, the outfits of these witches brings the classic witch aesthetic into the 21st century. A combination of classic witch style with the high school witches of The Craft, these witches-in-training can be spotted wearing items with dark-colored gemstones, as well as simple bright diamond earrings and fashion rings.


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4. Vampire

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Another perennial Halloween favorite, dressing up as a vampire, whether it be some kind of Dracula or something else, is always a stylish and easy costume choice.

The Look:

Simple, elegant, and suave, vampires are meant to be flawlessly dressed from head to toe. A vampire’s impeccable outfit should be accented with simple, yet bold, pendant necklaces (remember, no crosses!), as well as distinctive gemstone-adorned rings.

Get this Jewelry Look:

For the perfect, simple but significant ring, look for brands like established fashion ring designers Michael Kors, Madison L., or even Gucci. Also look for simple, pendant necklaces such as this necklace from Brother Wolf.

Gold Pendant Necklaces -- Kevin's Fine Jewelry

If you really want to take the vampire look to the next level, look for a classic-style pocket watch, which will make sure that your look will hypnotize.


5. Guy Fieri:

A favorite around the PDJ office, we know a few people this season who are planning to take their ‘stumes to Flavortown. Everyone’s favorite connoisseur of diners, drive-ins, as well as dives, dressing up as this hometown hero is a sure way to take your Halloween to the next level.

Get this Jewelry Look:

In addition to his signature spiky locks and trademark goatee, all you need to really nail the Guy Fieri look is a thick sterling silver or gold chain-link necklace, as well as single bright gold earring.

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Jewelry Roundtable: Simple Vs Flashy Engagement Rings

By on October 24, 2016
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[ed. note: Welcome to the first in our (hopefully) ongoing series “Jewelry Roundtable” where we get together some of our jewelry friends and discuss the latest trends in jewelry. Enjoy the inaugural entry, this time about engagement rings! Happy Readings — Heather]


In September of this year, Mean Girls and Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried made waves for the simple and diamond-less, gold engagement ring she was spotted wearing. Simply a single gold band, Seyfried’s subtle ring seemed to bother some on the internet, including some who considered the piece “disappointing”, or going so far as to say that Seyfried would, “get a nicer one next time ‘round”.

Certainly compared to celebrity brides like, Blac Chyna, Pippa Middleton, or Ciara, Amanda Seyfried’s engagement ring is virtually non-existent. But is bigger always better?

To get to the bottom of this question, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite engagement ring sellers, jewelry bloggers, and all-around jewelry enthusiasts to share their two cents on the simple vs. flashy debate.

Who’s Who?

Madhu Bhagwant – Jewelry Retailer.

Favorite Jewelry Designers: Tacori, Henri Daussi.

Selena MaNeil – Contributor to

Favorite Jewelry Designers: CrownRing, Simon G.

Darcy Gray – Owner and Operator of

Favorite Jewelry Designers: A. Jaffe, Michael M., Carlex.

Jesse Gray: So tell me, what do you guys think about Amanda Seyfried’s engagement ring?

SM: I love it! I think it’s great that she—or her fiancé, I guess—wasn’t afraid to take a chance and get type of ring that we don’t usually see. I can’t tell here, but the ring either has no diamond, or aNoam Carver Engagement Rings -- GMG Jewellers very small diamond. Either way, I love how this design puts the metal of the band on display. And in this case, the gold does not disappoint.

MB: See, I have to disagree with Selena. I mean it’s defiantly a cute ring, but it seems like more like a wedding band than an engagement ring. Call me old fashioned, but I think that an engagement ring should be bright, and sparkly, and should stand out in a crowd.

Take mine for example. It was a part of the “Bridal Mount” collection by Noam Carver. The diamond is pear shape, the ring is halo-style, has little diamonds half-way down the band. I love the
responses I get when I where this bad boy out and about. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

DG: What I’ve learned in my time, is that it really doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of a bride’s ring except for the bride. My philosophy is, if the bride is happy then I’m happy.

JG: Are you three finding that lately more brides are choosing less-traditional engagement rings like this?

DG: Yes and no, while we are starting to see slightly more individuals that are looking for rings more alternative engagement rings, for the most part people are still wanting rings that are, as Madhu put, “big and bright”. I think that even though fashion is always changing, diamonds are always going to be around.

MB: I agree with Darcy, for every Seyfreid there’s a dozen Pippa Middletons. Even Lady Gaga, who’s known for being outrageous, had a fairly “normal” engagement ring.

SM: Yeah, I’ve noticed that some brides-to-be will pick an a-typical ring, usually handmade, many don’t. I think that brides that are looking for something unique still have tons of choices for big rings. Especially with designers like Zeghani, Simon G., Claude Thibaudeau, Tacori, and others, are all making great big rings that still have a little bit of an edge. Heck, even Rony Tenenbaum’s man-gagement rings are brighter than Seyfried’s band.

JG: Thank you so much for your time. Just one last question, what engagement ring trends do you see being the next big thing this upcoming year?

Fashion Rings -- Engagement Rings -- GMG JewellersMB: That’s a good question. What I’ve been seeing a lot of is a rings that are more nature-inspired. Lots that look like flowers, birds’ nests, and other wilderness-type looking things. Also lately, people have been really into fashion rings, as well as wedding bands and engagement rings, that can stack. These rings are fun, subtle, and make a bold statement.

SM: I mean, other than Seyfried’s ring, I feel like engagement rings are just getting larger and larger, and are becoming covered with more and more diamonds. I think we’re going to be seeing more three-stone style rings, more emerald and square shaped diamonds, and much more gold bands probably.

DG: I’ve also been seeing more gold bands and three-stone rings, but I think that brides these days are also starting to pick more jewelry for their actual wedding that really matches their ring. A lot of people come into our store looking for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, that are identical (or close to identical) to their engagement ring, not only for themselves but also for their bridesmaids.

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An Everyday Guide to Precious Metals

By on October 19, 2016

From King Midas to Don King, who shared a—some might say—unhealthy predilection for all things gold, people throughout history have been obsessed with the gleam, glitter, and glitz of precious metals. Today, if you walk into any jewelry retailer you’re sure to be blinded by an immense array of bridal, fine, and fashion jewelry items that are made of enough gold, silver, platinum, and other stunning precious metals that would surely make King Midas just green with jealous rage.

But with this immense variety of metals, how is anyone to know which metal is the best choice for them? What follows is a (brief) explanation of what precious metals are perfect for you and your budding jewelry collection.

Precious Metals -- Golds

Part One: The Golds

Probably the most recognizable precious metal in existence, gold has been coveted for centuries for its flexibility, bright yellow-colored shine, its long-lasting, and tarnish-resisting attributes. Featured prominently in all types of jewelry including, most famously, wedding bands and engagement rings, gold is the ideal metal for crafting items of intricately formed designs, and perfect complements diamonds and gems of all colors and shapes.

Generally, fashion and bridal jewelry is made with three major types of gold, yellow, white, and rose, all of which have various advantages and disadvantages depending on what they’re used to make.

  • Yellow Gold: Probably the image that pops into most people’s heads when they think of gold, yellow gold is of a distinctive, bright, shining coloring and is nearly entirely hypoallergenic and incredibly resistant to tarnish and wear.
    • Advantages of Yellow Gold:
      • Yellow gold is an extremely classic and timeless look that is sure to never be out of style.
      • Little chance of inciting an allergic reaction in the wearer.
      • Routinely less expensive than other golds.
    • Yellow Gold is Great for:
      • Engagement Rings, wedding bands, men’s watches, bracelets, fashion rings.
  • White Gold: Bright, unique, and with a bold silver-like coloring, white gold items are an understate, subtle, and affordable alternative to platinum.
    • Advantages of White Gold:
      • White gold rings are more easily resizable than other materials.
      • The white color brilliantly emphasizes the natural sparkle of any diamonds that might adorn it.
      • Resistant to rust and corrosion.
    • White Gold is Great for:
  • Rose Gold: Romantic, dreamy, and vintage-looking, the pink color of rose gold is an extremely popular choice amongst those searching for a more distinguishing gold fare.
    • Advantages of Rose Gold:
      • Rose gold is more durable than both white and yellow gold.
      • Beautifully complements all skin tones.
      • Makes a stunning accent to other metals and stone colors.
    • Rose Gold is Great for:
      • Wedding bands, cufflinks, charm bracelets, women’s timepieces.

Precious Metals -- Silver and Platinum

Part Two: Silver and Platinum

  • Silver: Similar in flexibility, splendor, and presence as gold, silver is widely used today in the making of fine jewelry items for both women and men alike. Due to its extreme softness, most silver jewelry items are made of silver mixed with a bit of copper, something that increases the metals’ strength and resistance to tarnish. When shopping for silver jewelry, always look to for 925 Sterling Silver, which is the highest-quality silver available.
    • Advantages of Sterling Silver:
      • The brightest of all precious metals.
      • Extremely durable and very easy to clean.
      • Sterling Silver is easily matches other metals without clashing.
    • Sterling Silver is Great for:
      • Necklaces, earrings, men’s jewelry items.
  • Platinum: One of the rarest metals on Earth, platinum jewelry items are some of the hardiest and most durable pieces on the market. Renowned for its amazing density, platinum is also longer lasting, as well as resistant to everyday wear and tear. Some designer, such as California-based Michael M, have begun using 950 platinum that is one of the most beautiful metals available.
    • Advantages of Platinum:
      • Totally hypoallergenic
      • Never loses its shine or color.
      • Extremely low-maintenance and easy to clean.
    • Platinum is Great for:

Precious Metals -- Alternative Metals

Part Three: Alternative Metals

While the “alternative metals” sounds like something you might listen to in a mosh pit, precious metals such as Tungsten, Stainless Steel, Cobalt, Titanium, and others, are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those individuals who are searching for a metal that is different, special, and unique.

  • Titanium: Lightweight and comfortable, titanium is an inexpensive alternative to white gold or platinum fine jewelry. Titanium rings are difficult to resize and are unable to be made into rings that feature prong settings.
  • Tungsten: Distinctively dark-gray, tungsten items are entirely scratch resistant and hypoallergenic, yet cannot be resized and are susceptible to breakage.
  • Ceramics: Made of titanium carbide, ceramic jewelry has become a popular choice for jewelry buyers who enjoy the metal’s dark coloring and resistance to surface damage. Note: ceramic rings are not resizable, so make sure to measure before buying.
  • Palladium: Similarly colored, but far lighter than platinum, palladium jewelry items are extremely easy to maintain, hypoallergenic, and tarnish-resistant, yet like most alternative metals palladium rings are also difficult to repair and re-size.
  • Cobalt: Commonly used to make inexpensive men’s and women’s wedding bands, cobalt has a comparable hardiness to titanium carbide and tungsten. While cobalt jewelry will resist tarnish over time, it is also challenging to resize and are not scratch-resistant.

Precious Metal Types -- Corinne Jewelers

Part Four: How to Shop for Precious Metals

When it’s your time to shop for precious metal jewelry pieces, be it engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces, cufflinks, money clips, or whatever else, it is of the utmost importance that you do your research, and find a retailer that you know and can trust. Due to the extreme value of many of these materials, the sad truth is that it is risky to buy jewelry from retailers, be themMadison L -- Corinne Jewelers online or otherwise.

Luckily for those looking for fine jewelry, most independent jewelry retailers are held to strict guidelines by jewelry designers, such as Madison L and others, who hold their authorized retailers to rigorous standards of quality and excellence.

Additionally, the staff at these retailers are specially educated to answer any questions that anyone could possibly have about the before mentioned metals and others, and are trained to assist in making the jewelry purchasing experience as simple and stress-free as possible.

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Guide to Three Stone Engagement Rings

By on October 18, 2016

Renowned for its subtle sophistication and gleaming diamonds, three stone style engagement rings  are one today’s most popular engagement ring choices. Also called trinity or trilogy rings, three stone engagement rings are can be identified by their three, similarly sized, sparkling diamonds. Meant to symbolize a couple’s shared “past, present, and future”, three stone engagement rings are a loving and romantic start to any marriage.

To help find the perfect three stone ring, here is some information, advantages, and a little bit of history about the timeless three stone engagement ring.

(Also! Check out the first entry in our guide about popular engagement rings, “Guide to Halo Style Rings”!)


Changing Styles, Changing Meanings:

Appearing around the turn of the 20th century, three stone engagement rings were a unique combination of Edwardian bridal styles and innovative Art Nouveau designs..

Throughout the years, three diamond rings have come to signify different things. In the early 1900’s, the three diamonds signified, amongst Christians, “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost”. Later they came to have a more secular meaning, “mother, father, and child” or “friendship, love, and fidelity”. At this time, three stone rings became popular gifts for couples celebrating a 3rd or 30th anniversary.

Moving to the present day, three stone engagement rings have come to signify the collective “past, present, and future” of a couple. Also, it’s not uncommon for three stone rings to display the birthstone of the wearer, their significant other, or children.

Three Stone Engagement Rings Today:

Three stone engagement rings today are as popular as ever. Celebrities like Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson, and others, have been spotted wearing big red-carpet ready three stone engagement rings. For those of us without A-list budgets, contemporary bridal jewelry designers including, Tacori, Hearts on Fire, Michael M, and others, have entire collections comprised of brilliant three stone rings.

Tacori Three Stone Engagement Rings

Advantages of Three Stone Engagement Rings:

In addition to the timeless design of three stone rings, there are some major advantages to picking a three stone ring:

  1. Firstly, because of the brilliant diamonds that flank the center stone, three stone rings are an affordable way to get a bright and shining ring. This allows for a larger diamond sparkle without breaking the bank or sacrificing total diamond weight.
  1. Additionally, three stone engagement rings are incredibly versatile. They are available in an array of center and side diamonds, in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
  1. Also, three stone engagement rings are ideal for brides-to-be who have a vintage sense of style. Three stone rings are available in an array of immaculately constructed designs. All of which feature some of the most intricate and sophisticated detailing available.

Michael M - Three Stone Engagement Rings

Two Easy Tips for Finding the Perfect Three Stone Engagement Ring:

If you’re anything like me, the world of jewelry can seem large or intimidating. Luckily, here’s a few easy-to-follow tips that, sure to help you find the ideal three stone ring for your future bride.

Tip #1: Do your research!

Before heading into your local fine jewelry retailer, take time to explore the retailer’s website. Take note of which three stone ring styles, designers, and center diamond shapes seem most appealing.

Tip #2: Head to your trusted local jewelry retailer!

Once you’ve got an idea of what kind of three stone ring you’re looking for, head to your local fine jewelry retailer. While it may seem more simple to buy a ring online, buying online can be incredibly risky. There’s no guarantee that what you’re getting is what you think.

The staff at these jewelry retailers are specially trained to assist you with finding the perfect ring. Something that online stores just aren’t able to do. (Including our editor’s hometown fave, Moyer Fine Jewelers!)

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Guide to Halo Style Engagement Rings

By on October 13, 2016

26503933_1During the past few years, the fashion world has seen an amazing increased interest in all things vintage. With things like choker necklaces, high-waisted “mom” jeans, or whatever else, it looks like the nostalgia-tinged fashion echoes of yesterday are here to stay. Always on the cutting-edge, the world of engagement rings has embraced this retro revival. Many modern designers including, Tacori, Michael M., A. Jaffe, and more, have taken advantage of this sartorial shift, and have reintroduced the vintage-inspired halo style engagement ring to the jewelry-buying public.

Featuring a brilliant row, or rows, of glowing accent diamonds that surround a bright center diamond, halo style engagement rings are a great way to wear a vintage ring style, without sacrificing your fashion-forward tastes.

And while the world of engagement rings can be a little overwhelming, here are a few simple tips—with a bit of history—to assist in finding the halo style engagement ring that will perfectly satisfy any bride’s unique fashion tastes.

A (Brief) History of Halo Style Engagement Rings:

The Early Days

Stemming from the Regency fashions of the Georgian Era (1715-1830), halo style rings became instantly popular. They were renowned for their brilliance and were generally adorned with pearl accent stones and larger side stones halo style rings of today.

It wasn’t until the Victorian Era (1830-1901) that halo style engagement rings began to resemble today’s modern halo engagement rings. These rings featured large center sapphires, rubies, opals, or diamonds, valued symmetry and geometric patterns, and had a large influence on the Art Deco movement.

Modern Styles

Falling out of style during the 1930’s (you know, because of THE GREAT DEPRESSION), halo style engagement rings saw a resurgence in the 1940’s and 50’s inspired by classic Hollywood glamour. Similarly, halo style engagement rings saw another rise to popularity in the 1980’s, because of Princess Diana’s one-of-a-kind halo style sapphire ring. (The same ring that Prince William later used to propose to Kate Middleton.)

Halo Rings Today

Still very much around today, contemporary bridal fashionistas like Carrie Underwood, Kate Middleton, Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vergara and others have all been pictured proudly wearing their very own halo style engagement ring. Leading contemporary bridal designer brands have taken to this trend, most have entire collections dedicated that exclusively consist of halo style engagement rings. Probably the most popular (and one of our favorites) of these designers is California-based Tacori, as well at Michael M. It seems that the designers at both places (especially Michael M) have started to dedicate its creative energies on producing an impressive selection of halo engagement rings.


Some Advantages of a Halo Engagement Rings:

Other than its legendary brilliance, there are many other reasons why to choose a halo style engagement ring. Here’s just a few!

  1. Halo rings take up more space on the wearer’s finger. This means that they will appear larger and more brilliant than other rings. Regardless if the stone is small or not.
  2. Halo style rings can feature any shaped diamond! Today’s halo style engagement rings feature all stone shapes and cuts including, princess, emerald, round brilliant, heart, and more.
  3. Also, a halo rings’ center diamond is protected by its accent stones. This makes a halo ring much more resistant to everyday wear and tear.

How to Find the Perfect Halo Style Engagement Ring:

At this point we’re sure you’re chomping at the bits to go and find that perfect halo engagement ring! For some, searching for the perfect halo style ring can feel like an impossible undertaking. Luckily for you, here are a few simple tips to make the jewelry-buying process easy and stress-free.

Tip #1: Do your research!

Look online! Explore the websites of your local trusted jewelry retailers to get an idea of what settings, designers, and center stone cuts that your future bride might enjoy in a halo ring. (For us here, that’s Albert’s Diamond Jewelers in Schererville!)

Tip #2: After you’ve done your research, make sure to head to your local fine jewelry retailer. While it may seem simpler order a ring online, there’s no guarantee that what you’re ordering is really what you’re getting.

We suggest going to real life store and talking to one of the jewelry experts that are sure to greet you. These staff members are specially trained to help you! They’re sure to be able to answer any questions about that you might have.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It!

We know we aren’t the only ones that love halo style engagement rings. Show us yours! Post to our Twitter page, or Facebook, or tag us in an Instagram picture of your ring. Share with readers why you love your halo style ring!

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Fictional Jewelry and Real World Counterparts

By on October 12, 2016

Whether it’s Tolkien’s “One Ring”, Rose DeWitt’s “Heart of the Ocean”, or Fitzgerald’s “Diamond as Big as the Ritz”, the world of fiction is littered with storylines that depend on the destiny of jewelry items of various levels of power, value, and prestige.

And while you might not be able to wear an engagement ring adorned with the Pink Panther diamond, or gain the anti-aging capabilities of Melisandre’s ruby necklace, here are a few “real world” jewelry items that are a very real and very beautiful way to look good while paying homage to the stories you love.

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