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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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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August Birthstone, Another Trifecta Gem Month – Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel.

August Birthstone, Another Trifecta Gem Month – Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel.

Peridot is a dynamic yellow-green gem found in volcanic rock. The most sought-after stones are bright olive greens and the lest desired are browner in color. Even the browner colored stones will be mostly green. Peridot is found in several places in the United States including Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii. It is also found in Pakistan, South Africa, Mexico, Kenya, Egypt and several other countries. Peridot is formed deep down in the Earth’s mantle and is brought up by volcanic activity.

Sardonyx is a type of onyx it is made up of rows of white onyx and red sard, a carnelian. Sardonyx has widely been used in the making of cameos and other brooches. Sardonyx has widely been prized metaphysically for happiness, confidence, and optimism. The most prized Sardonyx comes from India, but it can also be found in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Germany, and Uruguay. Sardonyx is not typically used in high fashion jewelry but is widely used in bracelets and pendants.
Spinel has been used in some of the most famous jewelry collections in the world, including the British Crown Jewels and the French Crown Jewels. Spinels come in a variety of colors but the most coveted is red, similar to rubies. In fact, ages ago spinels were not considered to be different from rubies and many old rubies upon further inspection are actually spinels. Spinels in modern times are often used as alternatives to rubies as they are not as expensive.
If you think that any of these three gems would be a fit for you we can custom design a ring, pendant, earring, or just about any jewelry item for you. All design and manufacturing are executed in-house. We have complete control of the manufacturing and design process and you get a specific designer that will work with you from start to finish.  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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Rubies, the July Birthstone, historically represent passion and courage.

Rubies, the July Birthstone, historically represent passion and courage.

Rubies are a corundum gemstone along with sapphires. They are one of the most prized gemstones in existence and can be one of the most expensive. Rubies have been considered the king of all gems. Metaphysically rubies bestow fortune and bravery upon the wearer. In ages gone by women wore them for fertility and peace. The ruby is a universal sign of love and is often set alongside diamonds in engagement rings. In comparison with other gemstones, rubies are very rare. Rubies get their color from the trace element chromium. The darker the red, the more expensive the gem.

The world’s largest producer of rubies is Burma. They are also found in the United States, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. They are among the top four most rare and prized gemstones. The other three are diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. The most prized rubies are called blood-red or pigeon bloodstones. They are one of the hardest gems on earth only superseded by diamonds and moissanite. Because of the color and durability, they are widely used in high-end fine jewelry. They can range in color from pink to dark red. On an interesting note, synthetic rod rubies are widely used in lasers.

Moses Jewelers have custom designed many of wedding and engagement rings with rubies. We’ve pretty much used them in all jewelry pieces including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, fashion pieces, signet rings, and pendants. If you have the idea and desire for a ruby custom design, we are the experts. 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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June has three gemstones, pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

June has three gemstones, pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

June traditionally has three gemstones, however, two are the most common, pearls and alexandrite. Pearls are the only gemstone that is made by a living creature, an oyster, mussel or clam. Pearls come in a variety of colors from white to black and in between. The most prized pearls come from the South Sea. They are some of the largest pearls. Other popular pearls come from the Akoya oyster around Japan. The black pearl typically comes from the Tahitian area of the South Sea. Pearls are a great “gem” to utilize on necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Alexandrite is a color changing gem original found in Russia’s Ural mountains and is now found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil. In the sunlight, they are a bluish green and indoors they can throw off reddish tones similar to dark rubies. In other types of light, they can be a purple color. They are truly spectacular and are quite rare. Alexandrite is a chrysoberyl, which is common, however, the alexandrite gem is considered rare. Stones that have the most expansive color shifts are highly desired and can be the most costly. Alexandrite can be synthetically produced but not to the quality of the natural gem and is easily discernable under inspection by a gemologist.

Moses custom jewelry designers can create just about any type of ring, pendant, necklace or earring with pearls or alexandrite. Pearls offset with diamonds can be a beautiful fashion ring and alexandrite can be that extra special addition to an engagement ring or pendant. If you have the idea and desire for a diamond custom design, we are the experts. 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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The May Birthstone – The Emerald, An Ancient Gem.

The May Birthstone – The Emerald, An Ancient Gem.

Emeralds are the may gemstone. Emerald in ancient Persia was known as the green gem.  In the Papyrus Prisse, one of the oldest books in the world, emeralds are mentioned, in the translated text it means, “but good words are more difficult to find than the emerald, for it is by slaves that it is discovered among the rocks.” Emeralds were seen as rare gems. Emeralds were one of the first beryl gems to be discovered and documented. Emeralds were also prized by the Incas of Peru when they were discovered in Colombia. Emeralds were also prized by the Aztecs. Spanish conquistadors took thousands of emeralds back to Spain and also used them for trade. Royalty throughout the world has prized emeralds.

Colombia to this day still has the most prized emeralds, because of their quality and color. Emeralds get their color from trace amounts of chromium, this tends to form gems with the purest green colors. Other trace elements of vanadium and iron can be found in Brazil and Zimbabwe, but the color of the emeralds is not as green as the Colombian emeralds. Color and clarity are the most important factors in rating an emerald. Practically all emeralds have inclusions but oftentimes they do not detract from the value unless severe.

Emeralds are a great addition to wedding rings and are used widely in fashion rings and pendants. They can be incorporated in just about any type of jewelry. In a custom design, our jewelry design experts can show you exactly how the emerald will look in your piece before you make a final decision. Use our convenient online form or give us a call to start discussing your custom designed jewelry at (210) 490-2404.

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