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Guide to Round, Princess, and Radiant Diamonds

By on February 24, 2017
Corinne Jewelers in Toms River, New Jersey. Diamond Engagement Rings and Loose Diamonds

If you haven’t been able to tell so far, we here at PJD are big fans of diamonds. We’ve already talked about “The 4 C’s of Finding the Perfect Diamond,” written the definitive “Guide to Understanding Diamond Cut,” and now present a (somewhat) in-depth exploration into three of our favorite diamond shapes, the Princess, Radiant, and eternally-popular Round diamond cut.

All bright, beautiful, and splendid, these three diamond shapes have a variety of advantages and are worth understanding before exploring the wide world of fine, fashion, and bridal jewelry.

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How to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring for Anyone

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Tacori A. Jaffe Verragio Engagement Rings at Albert's Diamond Jewelers. Schererville and Merrillville, Indiana.

Finding the engagement ring that perfectly matches your special someone’s individual personality and lifestyle may seem like something close to a herculean feat. There are many things to take into consideration when searching for an engagement ring. In the most basic sense, you should have some sort of idea about the kinds of precious metals, ring styles, and diamond shapes that your loved one prefers. While these are some of the more important aspects to understand, you should also consider the sort of daily routine, job, or hobbies that this person has.

To help, we here at PJD have but together this guide meant to help you get a better understanding of the considerations you should take when looking for that perfect engagement ring.

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Our Favorite Designers: A. Jaffe

By on January 11, 2017

Much like MC Lyte, PDJ is back and better than before (as if that was possible). It may not come as much of a surprise, but we spend an awful lot of time thinking about, talking about, and dealing with jewelry. After all this time a few designers have stood out to us, designers whose careers have been defined by constant innovation, consistency, and an unstoppable willingness to take chances. One brand that has skillfully and effortlessly embodied all of these tenets, and more, are bridal and fine jewelry makers of New York-based, A. Jaffe.

A Jaffe Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands - Albert's Diamond Jewelers - Schererville and Merrillville Indiana

History of A. Jaffe

Founded in 1892 by a fresh-faced Abraham Jaffe, the first A. Jaffe storefront was established on the historic Maiden Lane, the location of the New York’s classic jewelry district. Originally, Abraham Jaffe was known for his affinity for diamonds, as well as for his commitment to creating jewelry items that were understated, unpretentiously complex, and which quickly captivated the attention of the New York jewelry purchasing community.

Eventually, Abraham Jaffe and his A. Jaffe store was one of the first jewelers to move to West 47th Street, an area that has since come to be thought of as the epicenter of the international jewelry trading world.

Still used to this day, Abraham Jaffe’s unique method of jewelry making combines construction methods from the realm of Art Nouveau-inspired sculpting and metalwork, in addition to modern bridal jewelry trends, all with the philosophy that creativity should never be sacrificed in the name of comfort.

In addition to this unique mission, much of the continued success of A. Jaffe can be attributed to the unique culture of close collaboration that exists between a ring’s designer and the artisans that handcraft every inch of every A. Jaffe item.

A. Jaffe’s Signature Pieces

Long considered a leader in luxury grade engagement rings and wedding bands, much of A. Jaffe’s popularity is due to their patented methods of shank and band construction. This ensures that every A. Jaffe piece is of an incredible of comfort, timeless style, and effortless grace.

A Jaffe Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands - Albert's Diamond Jewelers - Schererville and Merrillville Indiana

The Art Deco Collection

One of A. Jaffe’s most popular engagement rings collections, the Art Deco wedding band collection takes its inspiration straight from the fashions, architecture, and other design elements that accompanied the rise of the Art Deco style of the 1920’s.

Many of the pieces of the Art Deco collection, like those rings pictured above, include an array vintage-inspired diamond shapes and settings, in addition to more prominently featuring rose gold details than some other A. Jaffe engagement ring collections.

A Jaffe Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands - Albert's Diamond Jewelers - Schererville and Merrillville Indiana

Women’s and Men’s A. Jaffe Wedding Bands

Successfully translating their trademark engagement ring designs to the realm of wedding bands, the A. Jaffe Classics collection of men’s and women’s bands go unbeatable for comfort, elegance, and modern fine jewelry sophistication. No wedding band collection epitomizes these attributes quite as much as the wedding bands of A. Jaffe’s Classics collection for men and women, alike.

A Jaffe Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands - Albert's Diamond Jewelers - Schererville and Merrillville Indiana

Making up ladies’ A. Jaffe Classics collection are wedding bands that French pave and channel set diamonds that reach around half or the entirety of the band. Many of the bands of the A. Jaffe Classics collection (displayed above), are made with gleaming white gold, but are also available in 18-karat and top-quality rose gold, yellow gold, and platinum.

Additionally, combining traditional men’s wedding ring styles with aspects of contemporary men’s fashion, A. Jaffe’s men’s Classics collection includes bands, like those below, that are unassuming and understated, yet that also are distinct enough to make a lasting impression on anyone who lays their eyes upon them.

A Jaffe Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands - Albert's Diamond Jewelers - Schererville and Merrillville Indiana

A. Jaffe Maps Necklace Collection

New from A. Jaffe, the necklaces of the Maps collection are incredibly unique pendant-style necklaces that make the perfect gift for all any loved one. What makes the pieces of the Maps collection so special, is that every piece is engraved with a bird’s-eye view of a map of the customer’s choosing.

A Jaffe Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands - Albert's Diamond Jewelers - Schererville and Merrillville Indiana

Not only are these pieces totally one-of-a-kind, but they’re made of the same top-of-the-line precious metals that all other A. Jaffe items are made of. As a result, the pieces of the A. Jaffe Maps collection are sure to remain heirlooms for generations to come.

Where to Shop for A. Jaffe Designer Jewelry

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first A. Jaffe piece or to add to your already growing collection, many leading jewelry retailers across the United States and Canada proudly offer a large selection of the newest and most popular items that the designers of A. Jaffe have to offer. Retailers like Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, who in their both their Schererville and Merrillville, Indana, showrooms carry an immense selection of A. Jaffe products, and who are always willing to help with finding the ideal piece for everyone.

Additionally, retailers like Albert’s Diamond Jewelers often have comprehensive websites that allow for customers to explore designers like A. Jaffe, and to have an idea of what it is they’re looking for even before entering the jewelers themselves. Additionally, this is a great way to get an idea of what someone else might want, making it simpler to get the perfect gift for anyone.

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4 Kinds of Necklaces Every Fashionable Woman Should Own

By on December 14, 2016
Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

One of the most versatile, affordable fine jewelry fashion accessories available, the perfect necklaces can take any outfit to that next-level of fashion-forward style and breathtaking (not to mention heartbreaking) sophistication.

While there is as many styles of necklaces as there is people, there is four major types that everyone woman should have as a part of any ensemble.

[author’s note: I hate using the word should, especially when it comes to telling people what they “should” be doing. With that being said, I wasn’t sure what else to say. Sorry! -JG]

4 Kinds of Necklaces Every Woman Should Own:

One of the most versatile, affordable, and accessible fine jewelry fashion accessories, necklaces are the perfect way to take any outfit to the next level of fashion-forward and breathtaking sophistication. While there are as many styles of necklaces as there are people, we can distinguish four major types that provide a unique splash of class to any woman’s ensemble.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings
Lucky for everyone, fashion has moved past the puka shell choker.
  1. Choker Necklace:

Since its heyday in the 1990’s, choker necklaces have come back into fashion and are a “must have” for any woman looking for a simple, yet distinctive, jewelry accessory. Ranging from simple necklaces that made from a single metal chain (generally made of white gold, yellow gold, or sterling silver), to models that feature bold focal gems, beads, or cameos, chokers fit snuggly and elegantly emphasize a wearer’s neck and neckline.

The simplicity of the choker makes it an unobtrusive bit of elegance that emphasizes everything that surrounds it. Choosing a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt? A choker, for example this stainless steel necklaces by Michael Kors, is sure to brighten your casual look immediately.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

Going out to a dinner party in formal, sophisticated attire? A choker like this “Passion” choker pendant necklace from Simon G. can add another layer of beauty to the look chosen for the evening.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

  1. Pendant Necklace:

Traditional doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned! Pendant necklaces are one of the most ancient types of necklace, but modern pendants are subtle, refined, and effortlessly fashionable. Pendant-style necklaces are an extremely simple way to add a bit of flair and style to a wardrobe without looking too dressy.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

 

Usually consisting of a single, or many, precious metal strands, pendant necklaces are available today featuring an array of pendants, all adorned with beautiful gems, jewels, and diamonds of all sizes, shapes, and colors. The ideal pendant necklace should elegantly reach to the wearer’s mid-chest area, drawing focus to one’s collar bones and neckline, bringing a dash of sophistication and allure to any outfit.

Some of our favorite pendant necklaces are ones like these pieces all from the “Essential” collection by Madison L, and all that features vivid and confident gems.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings
(Left to Right: Madison L’s Corundum, Lapis Luzuli, and Amethyst Diamond Pendants)

Also very popular right now are the pendant necklaces of A Jaffe’s “Maps” collection (not to be confused with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” collection) which allows for the user to customize the piece with an engraved map of somewhere special.

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  1. Multilayered Chain Necklaces:

As opposed to the aforementioned necklace styles that are usually worn alone, layering chain necklaces of various sizes, styles, and materials has become an increasingly major trend amongst modern-day fashioninanistas (™ Premiere Jewelry Designs). Creating a unique and personal look, wearing multilayered chain necklaces are a fabulous way to turn any everyday wardrobe into a bold and modern fashion statement.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

Achieving the multilayered style is as easy as finding multiple necklaces that complement each other, and wearing them at them simultaneously. Sometimes jewelry designers will sell these multi-stranded models in a single piece, but more often than not, the wearer has the freedom to experiment with various necklace combinations and to find a group that mixture that works best with their individual fashion preferences and style.

Some of our favorite chain style necklaces include:

  • The “Interlock” Necklace by Officina Bernardi

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

From the Italian designers at Officina Bernardi comes this wonderful multi-colored 925 sterling silver “Interlock” chain necklace. With its many chains and unique rings, this piece is great for creating the illusion that you’re wearing many necklaces, without having to worry about coordinating all that metal.

  • The “Joy Expandable” Necklace from Alex and Ani

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

This chain style necklace, by the extremely popular designers at Alex and Ani, has been made to be able to “expand” from 21″ to 41″. This distinctive feature makes for a necklace that can match many different outfits, and that than be paired with other necklaces of any length or style.Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

  1. Pearl Necklaces:

The paradigm of prestige and glamour, nobody should be without a pearl necklace! Perfect for those inevitable-to-happen formal events, or even to just add a bit of effortless grace to any outfit, these days pearl necklaces are more affordable and available than ever and whether worn in single or with multiple strands (such as the two pictured below, both from Mikimoto), will always invoke comparisons of the wearer to Jackie O, Eartha Kitt, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, and other queens of women’s fashion.

Kevin's Fine Jewelry, Totowa and Denville, New Jersey. A Jaffe and Madison L Fine Jewelry. Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Fashion Rings

While there is no accepted way to wear a pearl necklace, most stylish folks agree that they look best with the wearer’s hair in a graceful up-do, so as to guarantee that everyone gets a glimpse of those beautiful pearls!

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Hey, we’re sure we missed something in this article. There’s so many necklaces out there and we’re only one bloggin team!

Pleas feel free to reach out to us on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and tell us all about your favorite necklaces! ~~The Team @ PDJ

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Five Watches We’re Loving Right Now

By on November 17, 2016

There’s nothing quite like fall. Bringing with it falling leaves, dropping temperatures, and pumpkin spice lattes, this time of the year allows us a brief respite from the heat of the summer and the upcoming mania of the holiday season. Instead of using this down time to prepare ourselves for the inevitable onslaught of in-laws, we here at Premiere Jewelry Designs have instead taken this time to reflect on the last few months in the world of watches.

What follows is a list of five watches that we’re loving right now. Included on this list are timepieces that pay homage to Triple Crown winners, legendary explorers, pioneering divers, and undersea monsters, as well as a modern update on a timekeeping classic.Piaget Polo S. -- Merry Richards

1. Piaget Polo S.

For years, Piaget has been one of our very favorite watchmaking brands. Already being called a “game changer”, the Polo S. is an update of the classic Piaget Polo watch. Made of stainless steel, the Polo S. timepieces marks an aesthetic departure for Piaget, who have been known for ultra-thin timepieces. A little larger than previous models, these Polo S. watches are still stylish, fashion-forward, and streamlined.

Why We Love It:

It doesn’t get quite as fashionable as the Piaget Polo S. Our favorite Polo S., the bold and blue G0A41006 model, features a comfortable stainless steel bracelet, breezy design, as well as luminous and easy-to-read hands. Made entirely in-house, this watch is extremely versatile, and can make the switch from day to night seamlessly.

Features:

  • Self-Winding Movement
  • Stainless Steel Bezel and Case
  • Date and Chronograph
  • Water Resistance up to 100 meters

Oris Cal Brashear -- Merry Richards

2. The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition (model: 01 733 7720 3185-SET LS)

An homage to the pioneering deep-sea diver of the same name, from the watchmaking masters at Oris comes the Carl Brashear Limited Edition diver’s watch is truly a unique timekeeping experience. Essentially a bronze version of Oris’ signature Divers Sixty-Five timepiece, the Carl Brashear features a unidirectional bezel, a blue face, and distinctive stylish face dots.

Why We Love It:

There are so many reasons to love this piece. Firstly, the story of Carl Brashear (which inspired the film Men of Honor) makes this watch a great conversation piece. Additionally, due to bronze’s natural protective patina, these watches will vary in appearance as the watch ages.

Features:

  • Automatic Movement
  • Date Display
  • Bronze Bezel and Clasp
  • Water Resistance up to 100 meters

Longine Conquest Classic -- Merry Richards

3. Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown Limited Edition (model: L2.798.5.62.3)

Truly one-of-a-kind, the Conquest Classic Triple Crown limited edition was designed to commemorate Longines’ longtime relationship with horseracing. Featuring a deep brown color (meant to resemble American Pharaoh’s coat) this watch features a chronograph, peripheral date track, as well as three sub-dials, including one of a horse and jockey racing down a track.

Why We Love It:

More than just marking a historic racing moment, the Longines Conquest Classic Triple Crown is a display of a legendary watchmaker operating at the top of their game. We just love the distinctive face which manages to fit a massive amount of information in without being too cluttered or overstuffed. Additionally, this piece is water resistant up to 50-meters, and available made in three metals that include, stainless steel, rose gold, and a stainless steel/gold combination.

Features:

  • Automatic Movement
  • Date Display (Including Date, Day, Month)
  • Moon Phase Sub-dial
  • White Gold Bezel with a Stainless Steel Case

MontBlanc Heritage -- Merry Richards

 4. MontBlanc Heritage Chronomètrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama (Model: 113779)

A tribute to the explorer Vasco de Gama, MontBlanc’s Heritage Chronomètrie offers a unique twist on the regular second time zone complication. Made entirely in-house, this timepiece shows not only a second time zone’s current time, but also indicates whether it is night or day at home with a unique skyscape display.

Why We Love It:

There’s no way around it, the Heritage Chronomètrie is a fun and stylish Swiss watch. Perfect for the man on the go, this models’ sub-dials are a great way to be reminded of where you’re from and where you’re going. In addition to this piece’s inherent sentimentality, the Heritage Chronomètrie is undeniably stylish, and features a stainless steel case and bezel, as well as beautiful rose gold hands.

Features:

  • Automatic Movement
  • Water Resistance up to 30 meters.
  • Date Display and Second Time Zone Sub-dial
  • Sub-dial Indicating Night or Day in Second Time Zone
  • Stainless Steel Bezel with Alligator Leather Band

 

5. Mr. Jones Watches “Vingt Mille”

Made by London “cult watch brand” Mr. Jones, the “Vingt Mille” watch is one breezy timepiece. Less expensive and more informal than the other watches on this list, the “Vingt Mille” features a fantastically-drawn squid on the face, with the squid’s tentacles serving as the minute and hour hands. Like Mr. Jones’ other fantastical watch designs, the “Vingt Mille” is meant to be an homage to Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, signified by an “N” for Captain Nemo on the crown.

Why We Love It:

While the “Vingt Mille” certainly isn’t as formal or luxurious as the other watches on this list, its bright coloring and lighthearted design make it the ideal accessory for a relaxing weekend, tropical vacation, or the perfect gift for the booklover in your life.

Features:

  • Quartz Movement
  • Black Leather Strap
  • Water Proof up to 50 Meters

 

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5 Swiss Watches & Their Fine Art Counterparts

By on November 11, 2016
Moyer Fine Jewelers -- Carmel Indiana -- Hublot -- Carl F Bucherer Patravi

 

Here at PDJ we love a few things. We’ve already talked about loving Halloween, same-sex marriage, and of course Tacori, but we also love fine art. Merging our love of art with our love of Swiss watches, we’ve put together a little list of some of our favorite luxury-grade timepeices and the fine art that may have inspired them.

  1. Hublot MP-08 Antikythera Sunmoon King Gold and Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss

Moyer Fine Jewelers -- Carmel Indiana -- Hublot -- Carl F Bucherer Patravi

The Watch:

Part of Hublot’s Masterpieces collection, the limited edition MP-08 Antikythera Sunmoon King Gold watch (Model #908.OX.1010.GR) by Hublot is truly one-of-a-kind watch. Made of 18-karat rose gold, the Antikythera Sunmoon is a tribute to the mysterious navigation device (thought of as the first analog computer) found in a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. The watch itself has 295 complications, month, moonphase, and sky position indicators that features the names of constellation as well as the astrological sign that the moon is currently under. Additionally, the MP-08 is manually winding and is limited to a run of just 20 models.

The Painting:

Austrian-born Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was extremely influenced by the art of the ancient Greeks, and was a pivotal figure in the burgeoning Art Nouveau scene. The Kiss (1907-8), is probably Klimt’s most well-known piece. In the piece, Klimt skillfully combines classical European imagery with innovative artistic methods to create a painting that seemingly exists in multiple times and place at once. Strangely mystical yet instantly recognizable, The Kiss marks a point in early modern art where the lines between representation and expression begin to merge. Simultaneously folding into their own expansion.

  1. Hublot Big Bang Pop Art and David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures)

Moyer Fine Jewelers -- Carmel Indiana -- Hublot -- Carl F Bucherer Patravi

The Watch:

From Hublot’s popular Big Bang collection, the Big Bang Pop Art (Model #341.VG.9089.LR.1622.POP15) takes traditional European stone-setting techniques uses them to create this loud fashion-forward piece. This 18-karat yellow gold timepiece is adorned with nearly 200 gleaming green tsarvorite stones, and features a distinctly-colored alligator strap. Additionally, the skeleton-style hands and charming minute, date, and calendar complications only add to the sense of high-class functionality and controlled madness that the piece evokes.

The Painting:

Born in 1937, David Hockney played an important part in the development of pop art in the early 60’s. Hockney’s pieces tend to be bright, clean, and seemingly simplistic yet ultimately complex, similar to Hublot’s Big Bang Pop Art watches. Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures) (1972), comes from a point in Hockney’s career before he moved into the world of experimental photo collage, a preoccupation with self-portraiture, and other innovative creative technologies (Hockney has been called the foremost “i-Pad painter” by some modern art critics), and is typical of his interest in motion, light, space, and the influence this all has with relationships and emotionality.

  1. Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto and Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1930

Moyer Fine Jewelers -- Carmel Indiana -- Hublot -- Carl F Bucherer Patravi

The Watch:

Made of slick-looking polished black ceramic, the Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto watch (Model #515.CS.0910.LR) pays homage to the kinetic pop art of Romaro Britto. Simple, yet still somehow complex, the Classic Fusion Britto fits nicely into the already established family of Hublot Classic Fusion timepieces with its signature bold solid metal bezel and distinctive exposed screws. Additionally, unlike some of the other watches on this list, the Classic Fusion Britto is water resistant up to 50 meters, allowing it to be a watch that someone would be able to wear in situations that other models just couldn’t handle.

The Painting:

Painted in (obviously) 1930, Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellois one of Piet Mondrian’s (1872-1944) most quickly-recognizable pieces. As one of the founding members of the De Stijl artistic movement, Mondrian was concerned with creating works that dealt in pure abstraction. Sacrificing nearly all representation for expression, Mondrian’s work was quickly embraced by the European and American avant-garde, and has had a lasting and intense influence on the fashion and design world.

  1. Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Scubatec and Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke

Moyer Fine Jewelers -- Carmel Indiana -- Hublot -- Carl F Bucherer Patravi

The Watch:

Shifting from Hublot to Carl F. Bucherer, the Carl F. Bucherer Scubatec watch (Model #00.10632.22.33.01) is one of the most classic diver’s watches in the game. With a unidirectional ceramic and 18-karat rose gold bezel, large easy-to-read numbers, and innovative screw-down crown, this watch, and the others in the Patravi Scubatec family, are as functional and hearty as they are stylish. Additionally, the Bucherer Scubatec is water resistant up to 500 meters and, unlike the other watches on this list so far, the Scubatec features automatic movement, so the wearer doesn’t have worry at all about winding.

The Painting:

Painted in 1965 as a part of his a series of paintings called Brushstrokes, this piece by Roy Lichtenstein (1932-1997) was made to poke fun at the at the haphazard way the Abstract Expressionist painted. Brushstroke is typical of Lichtenstein’s work in that it resembles comic book print (and apparently inspired by a story in the October 1964 issue of Strange Suspense Stories) and is especially concerned with the precision and symmetry of every single stroke.

  1. Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Tribute to Mabu and J.M.W. Turner’s Peace–Burial at Sea

Moyer Fine Jewelers -- Carmel Indiana -- Hublot -- Carl F Bucherer Patravi

The Watch: 

Also from Carl F. Bucherer’s Patravi collection, the Manero Tribute to Mabu watch (Model #00-10903-03-13-01) is a throwback to the innovatinve Valijoux 92 movement that gained Carl. F. Bucherer significant attenion in the early 1950’s. More than just a tribute, each Manero Tribute to Mabu model contains the actual refurbished mechanics from a number of the original Valijoux 92’s. Made with a 18-karat solid rose gold bezel, the Tribute to Mabu features chronograph, tachymeter, and manual inner-movement.

The Painting:

A forerunner of the Impressionist movement, the paintings of J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) often portrayed epic scenes of historical moments, where the chaos of time was expressed in subtle and muted tones and colors. For this painting, Peace — Burial at Sea (1842), Turner decided to paint the sea burial of his close friend, and was hung along with a painting called War that was meant to be a comment on Napolean’s “shamful” death. More than just capturing the explicit details of this sad moment in Turner’s life, the muted and demure tones Peace invokes a feeling of immediate loss and grief, while simultaneously projecting a feeling of celestial optimism and forethought.

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What are some of your favorite watch styles?! Or even favorite artists?! Comment, or hit us up on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and show off your favorite watches! ~~Heather

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Guide to Understanding Diamond Cut

By on November 10, 2016

When it comes to diamonds, diamond cut can mean a few different attributes. Both of these attributes are very important and have a huge influence on a diamond’s value, brilliance, and certifiable beauty.

To help make this distinction a little easier to understand, us here at PJD have put together a little guide to diamond cut, as well as a bit on how to use this information to find the perfect diamond for any jewelry situation.

[*Ed. Note: For more information on the 4 C’s in general, please refer to our previous article “The 4 C’s of Finding the Perfect Diamond” ~~Heather*]

Merry Richards Jewelers -- Glenview Illinois, Oak Brook Terrace Illinois -- Hearts on Fire -- Diamond Engagement Rings

Diamond Cut Definition #1: Shape

The most quickly recognizable aspect of any diamond, this meaning of diamond cut refers to the actual physical shape of the stone. This includes shapes that you may have heard of such as round (brilliant), princess, or emerald, as well of cuts that perhaps less well-known, like asscher, trilliant, and marquise.

Each cut has various advantage and disadvantages depending on the type of jewelry the stone adorns, the stone setting used (prong, halo, channel, etc), and the various fashion preferences of the wearers themselves.

(Very) Basic Explanation of Popular Diamond Shapes

  • Asscher Cut: Resembling the emerald cut diamond, asscher shaped stones feature large, clear facets, steep crown angles, and high diamond table.
  • Cushion Cut: Sometimes referred to as “pillow-cut”, cushion cut diamonds are renowned for their streamlined rounded corners and unique diamond fire.
  • Emerald Cut: Emerald cut diamonds are defined by their somewhat rectangular shape, step cuts, and “hall-of-mirrors” effect.
  • Heart Cut: This modified brilliant-cut diamond looks just like it sounds, heart-shaped.
  • Marquise Cut: Marquise cut diamonds are somewhat football-shaped (meant resemble the mouth of the Marquise of Pompadour), with a large crown surface.
  • Oval Cut: Oval cut stones possess a similar sparkle and brilliance to that of a round cut stone, yet offer a more distinctive circle-like cut.
  • Pear Cut: Resembling a mixture between a round and a marquise cut diamond, pear cut diamonds feature one rounded end with the other coming to a point (like a water droplet).
  • Princess Cut: Princess cut diamonds are some of the most popular in the world due to their square top, pyramid shape, versatility, and relatively lower cost.
  • Round (Brilliant) Cut: The circle-shaped round diamond is unmatched in the realm of diamonds for its unsurpassed level of sparkle, luminosity, and adaptability.
  • Trilliant Cut: Sometimes with curved or uncurved sides, trilliant cut stones have a distinctive triangular shape to them.

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Diamond Cut Definition #2: Brilliance and Sparkle

One of the most difficult to analyze, yet crucial attribute of a diamond, cut has a large influence on the brilliance and fire that a diamond will radiate.

Unlike the other 4 C’s of diamonds (color, clarity, and carat weight), the cut of a diamond is entirely the result of human influence, and is closely related to the technical skill of the jewelry cutter who is handling the shaping of the stone.

Also, unlike other diamond criteria, cut has no unified assessment scale. Generally, cut is graded on a scale ranging from “excellent” to “poor”, and according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) cut should be measured by an evaluation of how well a diamond interacts with light.

The GIA evaluation for cut is broken up into three criteria:

  1. Brilliance: the white light reflected from the stone.
  2. Fire: the amount of refraction of the colors of the rainbow.
  3. Scintillation: the absolute sparkle produced by the diamond.

These factors are determined by the angle at which the light reflects through the diamond, which is highly influenced by the symmetry of a diamond’s design, the polish of the stone, as well as the proportions, sizes, and angle of the diamond’s facets.

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No matter which definition of diamond cut that is more important to you, the most important part of diamond shopping is finding a retailer that know, trust, and who understands your specific needs, concerns, and desires.

Today, most independent fine jewelry retailers specially train their staff to be able to answer any questions and quell any diamond concerns. Often diamond engagement rings, like the ones offered by designers like Hearts on Fire, A. Jaffe, etc, aren’t sold with a center diamond, so finding a helpful salesperson is critical to completing you engagement ring purchase.

In addition to this irreplaceable level of expertise, these retailers often list their available diamonds on their store website, allowing for you to get some sort of an idea of what diamond you might want.

 

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A Guide to Timepiece Styles and Types

By on November 8, 2016
Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- TAG Heuer -- Frederique Constant

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’ve started to get more and more questions about what to look for in a timepiece. Last week we talked about what to look for in a Swiss-made watch and a few weeks ago we talked about the five watches we we’re loving at that moment.

This #TimepieceTuesday we decided to slow things down a bit, and go into more detail about the differences between the five most common watch types that you’d come across in your holiday horological hunt.

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1. Dress Watches:

Understated and subtle, dress watch category are specially designed to evoke the most elegance and sophistication to the wearer’s formal or semi-formal attire. Dress watches are usually lacking in extravagances like complications, jewel adornments, or overly-showy faces, and are made to with more streamlined designs. Generally dress watches are made of simply constructed 18-karat white, yellow, and rose gold, as well as silver and high-grade platinum.

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Our Dress Watch Pick: Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic (Model #FC-306MR4S6)

Frederique Constant, a relative newcomer to the Swiss watch game (they were founded in 1988), has always been one of our favorite timepiece designers. The Slimline Automatic shown above is no exception. Its streamlined, no frills design is subtle enough to complement any outfit, while at the same time distinct enough to make a lasting impression.

 

2. Diving Watches:

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Made to be worn deep in the ocean, diving watches a a popular choice in the timepiece world due to their rugged construction, water resistance, and movable bezel used to time a diver’s remaining time underwater.

And if diving isn’t so much your speed, diving watches have become popular among non-divers. This is due the watches’ bold face, easy-to-read dials, water-resistance, glowing easy-to-read hands, as well as their hearty and long-lasting construction.

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Our Diver’s Watch Pick: Ulysse Nardin Marine (Model #1503-150 62)

Similar to Frederique Constant’s Slimline Automatic, the Ulysse Nardin Marine timepiece fulfills a few roles. Firstly, this watch is slim and fashionable enough to be worn on a wearer’s day on land, while its rotating bezel, large numbers, and water resistance makes it ideal for taking any nautical adventure.

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  1. Aviator Watches:

Similar to diving watches, aviator watches (sometimes called a pilot’s watch) were made to especially appeal to the needs and wants of the pilots of the burgeoning aviation industry at the turn of the 20th century. Originally made to be read in low-light situations, today’s aviator watches feature a selection of complications that often include tachymeters, 12 and 24-hour bezels, as well as an array of additional faces and dials.

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Our Aviator Watch Pick: Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch (Model #87.2430.4054_21.C721)

This entirely Swiss-made pilot watch by Zenith is one of our faves. It features an array of information on the face including, date, day, and chronograph without appearing too cramped or crowded. Additionally, this watch displays Zenith’s trademark screw-lock oversized crown.

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  1. Driving Watches:

Usually of a more streamlined design than diver or pilot watches, drivers’ watches are built to last. Made popular by auto-enthusiasts, such as Steve McQueen and, salad dressing pioneer, Paul Newman, most driving watches feature tachymeters, stopwatch functions, two or three subdials, as well a multitude of buttons and colors made to resemble an automobile themselves.

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Our Driving Watch Pick: TAG Heuer Carrera Watch

Inspired by classic racing legends, the Carrera line of watches by Tag Heuer features chronograph, minutes, seconds, hours subdials, and a tachymeter bezel, as well as a special anti-reflective treatment for optimal face readability.

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Fashion & Smart Watches:

More simple and more stylish than a dress watch, today’s fashion watches combine modern minimalist design elements with straightforward colors, faces, and designs, to create stylish and one-of-a-kind timepieces.

Also extremely popular today, are smart watches which are made to sync with smart phones to track a wearer’s daily routine, as well as to keep track of messages, calls, emails, etc. Since their release, smart watches have become extremely fashionable, and are now nearly indistinguishable from their fashion, dress, and other watch counterparts.

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Our Fashion/Smart Watch Pick: Frederique Constant Smart Watch (Model #FC-285B5B6)

Who said that a smart watch had to be boxy? Lately the Swiss timepiece masters at Frederique Constant have been making smart watches that are a combination of the fashion watches and dress watches that are already loved so well. This particular watch tracks the wearer’s daily steps, calories burned, and distance traveled, while also features notifications when the wearer receives a call, text message, or other digital update.

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What are some of your favorite watch styles?! Comment, or hit us up on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and show off your favorite watch! ~~Heather

 

 

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Jewelry

Guide to Pave Set Engagement Rings

By on November 7, 2016
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Originally conceived to bring the maximum amount of light and diamond sparkle to an engagement ring, pave style rings are a favorite ring style among experienced jewelry collectors, as well as your everyday person. Named for the French word meaning “paved”, pave style rings are significant for featuring a staggering collection of gleaming and brilliant tiny diamonds, all of which come together to elevate the natural beauty of an engagement ring’s pristine center stone.

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What is a Pave Set Style Ring?

Unique and quickly recognizable, pave style rings are defined by the way they are adorned with a series of small diamonds which are set very closely together, appearing to “pave” the surface of the band itself. Also known as a micro-pave or micro-bead settings, these rings are constructed through the placement of tiny diamonds into precisely-drilled holes or indentations.

Once a diamond is set into these holes, they are secured into the band by tiny metal beads or prongs. Due to the extreme difficulty of this operation, pave setting style engagement rings are generally made only by the most skilled and talented fine jewelry makers. Additionally, because of the delicacy of these metal beads and prongs, most pave style rings are only made with strong precious metals such as white gold or platinum, but also sometimes with rose or yellow gold.

Famous Pave Engagement Rings

Because of this unrivaled diamond shine that is created by pave style, they are the favorite of many glamorous, fashion-centered, A-list movie and television stars. One notable celebrity pave ring belongs to Underworld‘s own Kate Beckinsale, whowas often seen boasting a stunning, multi-band, emerald-cut engagement ring back when she was still married to Cupertino High School’s own Len Wiseman.Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings

In addition to Serendipity star Kate Beckinsale, other A-list starts including, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Reese “Piece” Witherspoon, and Jennifer Hudson, have all been pictured wearing their own one-of-a-kind, pave-banded engagement rings.

Types of Pave Style Engagement Rings

Because of its incredible versatility, pave style engagement rings can be easily found in an enormous variety of fashions, styles, and types.

While wedding bands, fashion rings, earrings, and other fine jewelry items can be found featuring pave set stones, we see the most attention, and get the most questions about designer pave engagement rings. So, here are some of the most popular (and our favorite) styles!

1. Halo Style Rings

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(Tacori “Dantela” Engagement Ring. Made of 18-karat white gold, featuring a round shaped diamond in halo-setting, with pave set side diamonds)

The most popular choice for bridal jewelry, halo style rings feature a wonderful center diamond, skillfully surrounded by bright and luminous small diamonds. Very often, halo style engagement rings (such as the Tacori model pictured above) feature pave set side diamonds. Pave set halo engagement rings are a great way to make any engagement ring feel more vintage, yet while still keeping one foot firmly set in the fashion future.

(psst… see our “Guide To Halo Rings” for more info on halo engagement rings. ~~Heather)

2. Three Stone Rings

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(Tacori’s “RoyalT” Engagement Ring, featuring three diamonds, milgrain design, as well as beautiful pave set diamonds.)

Just like it sounds, three stone engagement rings have not one, but three gleaming focal diamonds. Already the epitome of sophistication, three stone engagement rings featuring pave set side diamonds are perfect for the bride who is enamored with all things vintage, as well as who brings an effortless elegance anywhere they go.

(For more on three stone rings, read our “Guide to Three Stone Engagement Rings” here! ~~Heather)

3. Solitaire Engagement Rings

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(This 18-karat rose gold “Ribbon” engagement ring by Tacori features pave side diamonds, and a bold solitaire diamond prong setting)

The most classic engagement ring style, solitaire rings are made to beautifully display center diamonds of every shape and size. Subtle and understated, adding pave set side stones to a solitaire engagement ring is a great way to bring a little extra sparkle to any piece.

Similar to three stone rings, solitaire rings are timeless and glamorous, and are perfect for brides of all tastes and fashion preferences.

How to Shop for the Perfect Pave Setting Style Engagement Ring:

If all this talk about pave set rings has given you a penchant for all things pave, then finding the perfect pave piece is as easy as the proverbial piece of pie. If pave persuaded pre-wedding pieces present a possible place for perplexity per you and your partners, perhaps patronage at your locally particular pendant peddler will prove to be providential. Of course meaning, that at your local jewelry store, you’re sure to find a staff has been specially trained to help with any of your bridal jewelry questions.

It’s important to find a store that deals more locally, that is more involved in your local community. A retailer that, unlike large-scale operations like Zales or Kay Jewelers, is small enough to develop relationship with their customers and who see them as more than just an everyday shopping statistic. For example, one of our favorites Merry Richards Jewelers, has a website which they regularly update that features the rings they currently have in stock. Exploring sites like these will help give you a better idea of what it is that you want (or what you don’t want) before you even enter the store.

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Jewelry

The 4 C’s of Finding the Perfect Diamond

By on November 3, 2016
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Diamonds have famously been called a “girl’s best friend”, but whoever said that must have never had to deal with diamond shopping.

Generally speaking, most loose diamond sold at small fine jewelry retailers, as well as the ones used by designers like Tacori, are certified by a variety of independent diamond grading laboratories including, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the American Gem Society, as well as the International Gemological Institute. All of these groups follow four very simple steps to determine what makes a quality diamond, the 4 C’s.

Consisting of Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight, the 4 C’s are very important to keep in mind when searching for diamond-adorned engagement rings, wedding bands, and other jewelry items.

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1. Diamond Cut:

Determining how light moves through a diamond, the cut of a stone is probably the ultimate determining factors of a diamond’s ultimate brilliance, fire, and sparkle. Popular diamond cuts include:

  • Round: Sometimes known as Brilliant or Round Brilliant, this iconic cut is shaped so that the top of the diamond is circle-shaped, allowing for maximum stone brightness.
  • Princess: Extremely popular, princess cut diamonds are usually square in shape, feature pointed corners, and are notable for their extreme versatility (meaning, they will fit in an array of ring setting types).
  • Asscher: Asscher diamonds are similar to emerald cut diamonds in their square shape, but with a larger brilliance than the emerald due to their large step facets and high crown.
  • Pear, Heart, Oval, and Emerald cuts: Known as modified brilliant-cuts, these shapes all look just as they sound they might, and each with their own distinct attributes and personalities.

According to the GIA, cut is graded on a scale goes from Excellent to Very Good to Good to Fair to Poor, with the higher grade diamonds costing more.

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(Left to Right: Tacori engagement rings including the Tacori”Classic Crescent” with a Round diamond,  Tacori “Classic Crescent” with Princess diamond, Tacori “RoyalT” with Emerald diamond)

2. Diamond Color:

Referring to how white (or “color-less”) a diamond appears, the color of a diamond is graded on a scale ranging from D (colorless) to Z (noticeable color). Most retailers only carry diamonds that are graded G or better. The standards for diamond color are generally as follows:

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3. Diamond Clarity:

As a way to talk about the small, perfectly natural imperfections in that occur in basically all diamonds, diamonds with the highest clarity grades are free of blemishes and inclusions (the fancy names for flaws) are generally more expensive than those diamonds that are less clear. Similar to color, clarity is graded on the following scale:

FL: Flawless. No internal or outside flaws.

IF: Internally Flawless. No internal imperfections.

VVS: Very, Very Slightly Included. Very difficult to notice flaws.

VS: Very Slightly Included. Difficulty to notice flaws without extreme magnification.

SI: Slightly Included. Blemishes and flaws noticed with slight magnification.

I: Included. Obvious flaws.

Note: While clarity is important, flaws generally tend to be microscopic and easily hidden by a ring’s settings.

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(Pictured: The “Clean Crescent” by Tacori engagement ring. This ring features a round diamond, and a 1/2 side-stone continuation)

4. Diamond Carat Weight:

Finally, carat weight is used to discuss the actual weight of a stone (but not the visual size of a stone). The price of the diamond increases with the increase of the carat weight You should pay close attention to the cut, color, and clarity of the stone, as greater size does not guarantee greater quality.

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