Five Fine Jewelry Trends For 2019 – Big, Bright, Beautiful

Five Fine Jewelry Trends For 2019 – Big, Bright, Beautiful

If you follow social media and fashion shows you’ll see five trends emerging for early 2019 in fine jewelry. It seems that the minimalist jewelry direction has reversed and big and bold will dominate. Color, size, and quantity is important in following 2019 style.

Colored Gems

A mixture of colored gems has been mentioned quite a bit in our jewelry blog and it seems that this trend will grow even stronger in 2019. Combining different sizing of gemstones along with complementary colors is a great way to accessorize 2019. Accompany your gemstone with a larger metal set or chain and you’ll flow right along next year.

Layers of Jewelry

Hearkening back to the 80’s and 90’s, layered chains and lengths of chains was seen extensively at fashion shows this year. Long skinnier chains combined with bulkier chains along with gemstones is a great way to accentuate your style. For added flair stack up on the bangles. You’ll want to invest in some large danglers to go along with your chunky chains.

Big Earrings

To go along with the emerging trend of chunkier chains and layering is big earrings. Large hoops and earrings that dangle. Feathers, leaves and abstract images will dominate. Look at combining a hoop with a nice sized cross or disc. Again the trend of bigger is better isn’t just for chains. Add some dangling color to you earrings will set you on the path to fashion dominance.

Circles and Spheres

As the trend of huge hoops has continued into next 2019 so will the affinity for circles. Not just hoops, but solid circles and different types of fashion stones in the shape of spheres.  Pearls continue to be a dominant natural precious gem along with tear-drop multicolored gemstones. Don’t be afraid to mix non-traditional materials of glass and crystal with gold chains and earrings.

Chokers

Chokers came back into style a few years ago. For 2019 chokers continue to be a huge fashion trend, now however you get larger chokers as compared to daintier more elegant. Large chain and thick material chokers were often seen at spring and fall fashion events. And as we’ve seen for 2019 bigger and bolder is better, you’ll see that trend continue into chokers and choker accessories.

You could say that 2019 is almost a trip back in time to 1989 as far as fine jewelry fashion goes. Brighter colors and bold chains and bracelets will dominate. Even the charms and danglers are bolder, both in size and color. Do not be afraid to mix colors, nor metals. A marrying of fabrics and precious metals together is exactly what will set you apart in 2019. Bold, beautiful, and colorful is the framework for 2019 accessorizing.

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Get Inspired; Get Engaged – 7 Custom Ring Design Ideas You’ll Both Love

Get Inspired; Get Engaged – 7 Custom Ring Design Ideas You’ll Both Love

Get Inspired; Get Engaged! 7 Custom Ring Design Ideas You’ll Both Love

Get Inspired; Get Engaged! 7 Custom Ring Design Ideas You’ll Both Love

Want to fall in love with your wedding rings as much as you love each other? It’s time to check out these amazing custom ring design ideas for some inspiration.

Buying an engagement ring is one of the most exciting, most nerve-wracking processes of your life. You want to get the perfect ring for your partner, to start off the rest of your lives the right way. But what if you just can’t find the right ring?

Getting a custom-designed ring can be the perfect way to make sure your engagement ring is everything you want it to be. The sky’s the limit with ring design, and you might not know where to start. Read on to get some ring design ideas to start you moving in the right direction.

Stick to the Classics

One of the most popular looks in engagement rings these days is a vintage-inspired look. The intricate metalwork, the prominent stones, and the elaborate designs make for rings as romantic as your relationship. But if you don’t want to try to find an actual vintage ring, or if you want vintage with a twist, you may be able to get a custom ring designed.

Talk to your designer about the elements you like in the vintage-inspired rings and what you’d like changed. Maybe you love the prominent central stone but want less intricate metalwork. Be specific about what you want, and you’ll wind up with a ring as timeless as your love.

Use Surprising Shapes

One of the best ways to create a one-of-a-kind ring is to use an unusual stone cut. Heart-shaped stones have gained popularity over the last few years. Trillion stones and marquise stones are also beautiful and unusual cuts.

You can also make a more traditional stone look unique by changing the way that it’s set. Turning a square cut stone in the setting can make for a beautiful diamond look. Oval stones can also be elegant when turned sideways in a setting.

Go Big or Go Home

If you have a large diamond, especially one that’s bigger than a few carats, that may be a very good reason to get a custom ring designed. In standard-issue settings, large stones can look clunky or can be insecurely set. You want your ring to show off your stone to its best effect.

Talk to your ring designer about working with a stone you provide. Some designers prefer to work with their own stones; some are fine working with customer-provided stones, as long as they are high quality. If you have a specific vision for how you want the stone to be set, make sure to tell them about that as well.

Get Colorful

These days, the traditional white diamond engagement ring is being set aside for more colorful rings. Sapphire, emerald, alexandrite, and other precious stones are coming back on the scene, and the results are stunning. If you’re wanting a unique ring, choosing a colorful stone can be a great way to set your ring apart.

If you do still want to use a diamond, but you want to add a bit of color, good news! Diamonds come in a variety of beautiful colors, including pink, blue, and even black. You can choose the stone that’s right for you and have a ring that’s every bit as vibrant as your relationship.

The Setting is Everything

While it is important to make sure you have the right stone, the setting is really what makes the ring. Whether you’re wanting simple and elegant or glamorous and intricate, the setting is where you can get your aesthetic across. It’s also a great opportunity to work in some personal touches.

Talk to your designer about the look you want for your ring. How do you want the stone arranged in the setting, and are there specific details you want the setting to have? You and your designer can work together to craft the perfect setting for your ring.

Include Hidden Messages

One of the most special things about engagement rings is what they symbolize. This ring is a representation of your love and the promise you and your partner have made to spend the rest of your lives together. Working in a little-hidden symbolism in the ring can make it even more special.

Some engagement rings have messages etched into the inside of the bands. Others may have knots on the bottom of the band, to symbolize the bond of your marriage. One beautiful option is to include your partner’s birthstone hidden on the inside of the band beneath the center stone.

Work with a Custom Designer

While you can certainly customize rings through a website, the capacity for custom design there is limited. Your ring should be as personal as your love. Working one-on-one with a custom designer can be a great way to ensure that you get the ring you and your partner want.

Custom ring designers will often have standard ring designs they sell, too. Shop around and find a designer whose existing work you like. Then reach out to them and discuss what would be involved in custom-designing your ring from the ground up.

Find More Ring Design Ideas

Custom-designed engagement rings are incredibly special. Having a personalized ring for a personal love means a lot. It’s a great way to make sure that you and your partner get the ring you want and that you’ll be happy with for all the years to come.

If you’d like to get started on your custom engagement ring design, reach out to us at Moses Jewelers. We’ll work with you on your engagement ring design ideas to produce the perfect piece. Get started with our custom ring design process today.

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Blue Topaz, Zircon, and Tanzanite – The December Birthstone Trio

Blue Topaz, Zircon, and Tanzanite – The December Birthstone Trio

Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise are all known for their beautiful shades of blue.

Tanzanite is a blue variation of zoisite, it is only found in Tanzania, it was recently discovered in 1967. The color of blue changes depending on the viewing angle. Most tanzanite is heat treated to diminish brown hues that may be present in some gems. Some of the blue colors can rival the most beautiful blue hues of sapphire.  Tanzanite can be found only within a few square miles of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is softer than sapphire and is best suited for earrings or pendants and not so many rings as they tend to get more bumps and scrapes in daily use.

Zircon can be found in colors of orange, red, yellow and blue. The blue variety is the most desired and it is this color that is most closely associated with being a December birthstone. Zircon is one of the oldest gems found on earth. Some zircon from Australia has been dated back over 4 billion years.  Australia leads the world’s mining of Zircon. Metaphysically Zircon has been used to promote sleep, prosperity and ward off evil. Although it is hard on the MOHS scale it can be prone to chipping. This would be the best gem for rings, but you’d want to be careful of hard hits to the gem.

Turquoise would be the most recognized of the three December birthstones. Turquoise ranges from blue to almost green in color. The light blue variety is perhaps the most common recognized around the world. The United States is the worlds largest supplier of turquoise. It is mainly found in New Mexico, Nevada, California, and Colorado. It is widely used in Native American jewelry. It was also widely used among the Aztecs. Turquoise found in other regions has been used in Egyptian and Persian jewelry. Copper is what primarily promotes the blue color. It is a soft gemstone. It is widely used in any type of jewelry but you’ll have to be careful in use.

The best choice for fine jewelry would be zircon followed by tanzanite then turquoise. It’s all mainly due to personal preference and desired attributes you’d like to see in your custom jewelry piece.  Any of these are great choices for earrings and pendants. The harder gems, zircon, and tanzanite might be better choices for rings. If you’d like to get a December Birthstone piece made just give us a call at (210) 490-2404 or use the custom jewelry design form. Any piece we design for you can be viewed through computer imaging before it is manufactured. A great option to make sure you’re going to love your piece before it’s made.

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Citrine and Topaz the November Birthstones – Dynamic Blues, Reds, and Oranges.

Citrine and Topaz the November Birthstones – Dynamic Blues, Reds, and Oranges.

November is blessed with two luxurious birthstones topaz and citrine!

Topaz consists of bright blues, yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. Topaz is thought to bring balance to emotions and provide for a harmonious life. The yellow topaz has been found in many ancient gem representations, in fact supposedly the Egyptian Sun God Ra’s gem symbol is a fiery topaz. There are two highly sought after topaz varieties, the Imperial Topaz and the Precious Topaz. The Imperial topaz is red in color and found in Russia and Brazil. The Precious Topaz is intensely yellow and mined in Brazil. Topaz is quite hard, not as hard as diamonds and sapphires, but just next to them on the MOHS scale.

Citrine is mainly yellow and orange. Metaphysically it represents healing and vitality. Citrine is a 7 on the MOHS hardness scale, this means it’s quite durable and is a great gem to use in jewelry design. Citrine is formed when purple amethyst is exposed to extreme heat, this changes the color to yellow, orange, dark orange and even sometimes brown.  Citrine is also said to be regenerative to health. Brazil produces a large amount of citrine. It is not one of the most used gemstones but it can add an extra flair to any custom jewelry design.

If you’re looking to create a November birthstone piece, either topaz or citrine would be a great choice. They both can be cut and polished to a fiery translucent gem. If you’re looking for an orange or yellow piece either gem will work. If you’re looking for a dark to light blue then topaz would be the best choice. You can even find green topaz, which is aptly named rainforest topaz. For any custom design idea, you have give us a call at (210) 490-2404 or use the custom jewelry design online form.

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Tourmaline and Opal, October’s Birthstones

Tourmaline and Opal, October’s Birthstones

Tourmaline was first discovered in Sri Lanka. It was first brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. The most common tourmaline is schorl, it makes up about 95% of all tourmaline. Tourmaline comes in just about any color depending on trace elements found in the semi-precious gem. Multicolored crystals are common and this is one of the desired properties of the gem. The color of tourmaline can also be altered by heat and radiation. Tourmalines can now be found in Brazil, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and primarily in Maine and California in the United States. Tourmalines are a great addition to a fashion ring, pendant or earring.

Opal is a gem that is multicolored. One of the most popular opals in modern times is the fire opal from Queretaro, Mexico.  The color ranges from yellow to orange to dark red. It is a transparent opal. The common opal is not multicolored in nature and more opaque, they are not often sought for jewelry. Another hugely popular opal is the precious opal. These are opals that present flashes of colors depending on the viewing angle.  The term “play-of-color” is associated with precious opals, the play-of-color basically means that multi flashes of color depending on how it’s seen by the eye. Precious opal is found in Brazil, the U.S., Canada, Honduras and a few other places in the world. There’s also a black opal that’s found almost exclusively in Australia.

If you’re shopping for an October birthstone jewelry piece we can help design the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Our jewelry design experts can take your initial idea and make your jewelry dream a reality. Your jewelry design is executed in-house from design to manufacture. You’ll even be able to see your jewelry rendered out by computer-aided-design even before it’s created. Check out our online jewelry design form or call (210) 490-2404 for more information.

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Sapphire, a gem of loyalty and nobility, the September Birthstone

Sapphire, a gem of loyalty and nobility, the September Birthstone

Most people think about the rich dark blue color when they think of the noble sapphire, but in reality, they come in all colors.  You could say they cover the colors of the rainbow. Trace elements such as copper and chromium tint the natural corundum various colors. There are even pink sapphires which can be mistaken for spinel or rubies. Red is the only color that cannot be considered a sapphire, as red corundums are rubies. There are also pinkish orange sapphires that can fetch a higher price than blue sapphires.  Sapphire means “blue stone”, it is greek in origin. Sapphires are the 2nd hardest gem behind diamonds. They are a great addition to engagement rings and fashion pieces.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September and also are used to represent the 45th wedding anniversary. They are found in Eastern Australia, Sri Lanka, China, and in Montana, USA. As mentioned before most people envision the dark blue gem when they think of sapphires. The more primary blue color the more expensive the sapphire paired with quality and clarity. Some sapphires exhibit a star-like feature. These are highly prized. The Star of Adam is a blue star sapphire that weighs 1404.49 carats.

Sapphires are the perfect gem for pendants and rings. Moses Jewelers custom designs practically all of our jewelry. A designer is with you from start to finish. We use technology to aid in jewelry design and you can actually view what your piece will look like before it is milled and set.  We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer to finance.

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