Magnificent, Mesmerizing Emerald For May Birthdays

Magnificent, Mesmerizing Emerald For May Birthdays

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Here in Portland, spring might have officially sprung. We’re not totally sure, because the days in Oregon tends to vary wildly between “warm and sunny” and “I’m so cold, why is it still raining?” One of the things we love most about spring is seeing the flower shoots pushing through the earth to soak up the delicious sunshine. The beautiful, vibrant green embodies the lush green of the elegant emerald, no matter the context.

While we love the idea of celebrating a birthday in May with an emerald tiara, we know that the cost might be a bit prohibitive (for anyone who isn’t royalty). That doesn’t even take into account being able to get your hands on one!

This Diadem belonged to Duchess of Angouleme and is now property of, and displayed in, the Louvre Museum. It’s value is immense not only because of the exceptional stones used for its creation but also because of the fact it is one of the few pieces of jewelry of the period that remain in their original state.

We don’t seem to have any tiaras in stock at the moment. However, here are a few of our favorite pieces currently available to inspire you in the name of springtime:

Art Deco Emerald Pendant

This 3.71ctw 18k Emerald Art Deco style pendant is set with 137 glittering diamonds in gorgeous white gold. The pendant features a pear shaped emerald that is held with three prongs, two at the base and a v-cap at the top. The emerald sits above the rest of the pendant in a gloriously prominent position. Click here to view more about this pendant.

Emerald and Diamond Halo Earrings in 14k Rose Gold

These emerald and diamond halo earrings are truly a work of art. Dramatic, natural Colombian emerald in a head-turning size, these earrings feature combined 1.31ctw center stones. Surrounding the treasured true green is a delicate halo of F/G VS2 diamonds with a combined total weight of 0.30ctw. Click here to view more details.

Like many gemstones, emeralds have a multitude of meanings stemming from different cultures and beliefs. In mythology, emerald is the stone of the goddess Venus, resulting in the association of emeralds with romance. Emeralds are said to bring passion, bliss, and unconditional love! Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.

It would be our pleasure to create a unique custom piece of jewelry for you. Simply click here to get in touch.

Colored Diamonds to Craft Your Signature Style

Colored Diamonds to Craft Your Signature Style

Is there such a thing as a real red diamond?  Or a purple one?  You bet!

Luxurious colored diamonds occur naturally in all colors of the rainbow. The colors range from vibrant red, pink and orange, to brilliant blue, green, violet, and muted yellow, brown, gray – and even black.

That being said, for every 10,000 carats of clear diamonds that are mined, only 1 carat of colored diamonds are found.  The most frequently seen natural colored diamonds occur in shades of yellow and brown, including trade terms like “chocolate diamonds” or “champagne diamonds.”

A colored diamond can be a fun way to create your own statement piece of jewelry.

What gives colored diamonds their color and what should you know about them?  You’ve probably heard of the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity and carat, of course. These are traditionally used to understand any diamond’s value. However, with colored diamonds, there are additional parameters to be aware of.

The value of colored diamonds is found primarily in the intensity or saturation of the color. The deeper and more saturated the color, the more rare – and therefore, more valuable – they are.    It is common for diamonds to be treated to enhance their color, either to make them more white or to intensify or even change their primary color.

Are color-enhanced diamonds good or bad? Neither- it’s all about knowing what you are buying.  Color-enhanced diamonds can make beautiful stones with intense colors and generally cost less than white stones of comparable quality.

Naturally colored diamonds are judged on the quality of their color as well as the rest of the 4Cs.  And while colorless or white diamonds are cut to emphasize their glittering sparkle, colored diamonds are cut to maximize their richness of color.

We are so proud to announce our new line of colored diamond jewelry!

These pieces are crafted especially with our discerning clients in mind.  This is an exciting opportunity to determine your signature style and wear something that truly reflects your personality. Find YOUR ideal diamond and wear it proudly.

We have shared a few of our favorite pieces featuring colored diamonds in this article. We can’t wait to craft something special just for you!

Elizabeth’s Summer Wedding Dos and Don’ts

summerweddingSummer’s here, which means the wedding season is heating up. A good look can hinge on the perfect jewelry choices, so whether you’re celebrating your BFF’s nuptials or going as a plus-one to your college roommate’s cousin’s second wedding, make sure your jewelry shines.

  1. Use your ice to turn up the heat!
    We all know how sticky PNW summers can get, and it may be tempting to forego traditional fabrics and cuts that you know you’ll swelter in. Dress up flowy, mercifully breathable cotton maxi-dresses and jumpsuits with some well-placed sparkle!
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
    If you have six weddings to attend in the next six weeks, crafting a new look for each one might be a chore. Use your jewelry to refresh a piece for the next event—dress up a daytime look with some dramatic dangle earrings, or keep things casual by pairing bright pendant with a classic LBD.
  3. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
    It’s good to try new things! Just find your groove—if you feel too conservative for a statement ring, try a couple mini stackers instead!
  4. Consider customizing.
    You wouldn’t want to show up in the same dress as another partygoer, so why settle for mass produced jewelry? Consider investing in a custom or one-of-a-kind vintage piece to complete your unique look.
  5. Shop your jewelry box.
    Afraid your jewelry have gotten dull or lifeless? Revitalize your collection with a professional deep cleaning and bust out your faves!
  6. Don’t overdo it.
    You want to make a splash, not cause a scene. Big pieces make a statement, but be sure your rings won’t upstage the bride’s!

Check out The Jeweled Crescent for all your summer wedding jewelry wants and needs!