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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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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Aquamarine – The March Gemstone, calm and soothing.

Aquamarine – The March Gemstone, calm and soothing.

Aquamarine is the official March gemstone. Historically it is believed to help calm the seas and was used by sailors to aide in a safe voyage. It’s believed to keep the wearer level-headed and the temper cool. In Middle Ages, it was believed to reduce the potency of poison. In wedding jewelry, it’s used to represent longevity of love and unity. In other cultures, it was believed to help armies be victorious and cure an infection. In metaphysical history aquamarine aides in mental health issues and aides in energy balance and overall harmony in physicality and spirituality. Aquamarine is a beautiful light to dark blue.

Aquamarine in description is exceptionally transparent and bright. One of the most famous aquamarine representations is Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian tiara. This is a great complement to diamonds in a wedding ring and is excellent in a pendant or bracelet. The most prized aquamarines come from Brazil. It is also found in Keyna, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and many other parts of the globe.

In our San Antonio Custom Design jewelry center we’ve used aquamarine in rings and pendants; however, it can be used in just about any jewelry piece. It is widely used in fashion pieces and bracelets too. We can help you design just about any piece with aquamarine. 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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Garnet – The January Birthstone – The dark red gemstone that comes in many shades.

Garnet – The January Birthstone – The dark red gemstone that comes in many shades.

Garnet is a translated from Greek as literally “dark red”, however, the stone comes in many shades and colors. Garnet is actually a collection of various minerals that share similar properties. You’ll find red, yellow, orange, green, brown, pink, purple, gray, and black among the most common colors. Because this is a collection of various Garnet gemstones the most commonly known and used are almandine and pyrope.

Almandine is one of the most lustrous of Garnets. It is dark red in color and is used in jewelry. Much almandine is opaque and cannot be used in jewelry. Almandine can be polished into beads for use in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. It is often tumbled into irregular forms for costume-type jewelry. The most recognized form of Garnet is Pyrope. It has a dark red-blood color and is used widely in jewelry making. The unique property of Pyrope is the difference in color under artificial and natural light. The gemstone exhibits different tones depending on the light source.

Garnets because of the variety are a great addition to any piece. They can be that stone that is unique and unidentifiable by many people but catches the eye. In designing a colored stone piece they are an excellent choice. Red Garnet options are a great choice when you want a Ruby type color but in a different variation of red.

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Amethyst – The February Birthstone – An ageless stone wrapped in myth and legend

Amethyst – The February Birthstone – An ageless stone wrapped in myth and legend

Amethyst is a beautiful and unique purple colored gemstone. It is considered a calming and spiritual stone. Amethyst in Greek mythology was a virgin who was chased by Dionysus after he had too much wine. Amethyst called out to the goddess Diana for help and she was turned to a white quartz. Upon realizing the consequences of his actions Dionysus wept over his wine goblet which overturned thus coloring Amethyst purple. A great tale about the gem in the month of Valentine’s Day.

The gem is also found in biblical references and in the Catholic Church clergy has used it to adorn crosses because it’s considered a stone that represents piety and celibacy. In the Renaissance, the amethyst was considered to be a royal gemstone and is found in some of the British royal families jewelry collections. In Chinese Feng Sui the amethyst represents wealth and prosperity. Across cultures and history the Amethyst is considered a powerful, yet peaceful gem.

Because of the color, it is widely used in jewelry even today. It is a great addition to any jewelry piece. It is quite abundant and is able to be grown in labs. You’ll want to keep it away from some household chemicals because they can affect the stone adversely. Amethyst is a great accent piece to many custom designs.

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Different types ways to set gems into jewelry – Jewelry Terminology

Different types ways to set gems into jewelry – Jewelry Terminology

Individual pieces of jewelry, called findings, can either be made as single pieces or made from different components. These different components can be stringing material for bead threading, clasps, bails, and metal loops. Settings are places where gems are held in unfinished rings, pendants, or anywhere that can feasibly hold gems. Then, after the process of mounting the gem, the jewelry is called by its actual name. An example of this would be pendants that are unfinished, without their gem having been set, are called settings, and after it has been added, it would be referred to as an actual pendant.

There are many different ways to set a gem into earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and any kind of jewelry that has places for them. What you will use for each individual piece of jewelry is unique to that piece, its dimensions, and the finish of your gemstone of choice. Metal bands that wrap around one of these gemstones are called bezels, and they are more secure than other methods of holding gems, such as prongs. However, their nature does not let as much light shine through the gemstone itself, which can reduce gem brilliance and, as a result, the appeal of the stone as the setpiece of your ring. The majority of bezels are made purely by hand to fit a specific, unique stone, but can be ordered as bezel cups in a few different pre-set sizes.

Prong settings have three or more prongs that rise up and hold the set gem in place, and gem settings that have these prongs are called heads. These can be welded onto jewelry of your choice like pendants, rings, or bands to let a gem be mounted into the ring. They are very versatile, also come in the same shapes as the chosen gem and are required to be the correct size, or the gem could either not fit at all or could fall out very easily. These can hold a great number of different gems, or they could hold just one. If you’re shopping for one, keep in mind which one is stronger, because different metals impact the overall strength of the prong, and ones used in rings such as wedding rings are stronger than the average prong setting. This is because they need to be able to take punishment from daily life, and cannot be made of a metal that is easily battered.

One of the most beautifully designed gem settings for any ring out there can be their channel setting, a style that puts different gems in a row by putting them between two strips of metal. These are cut by length in the ring and have the stones placed into them, with the channel overlapping with each gem. Unfortunately, for this style, it doesn’t allow the gems to be set as securely as some other styles would have them set, and are sadly susceptible to losing their gems. Everyday heavy lifting can put enough of a strain and a bend into the ring for the stone to pop right out of it and be unset. Channel settings are very delicate and a good amount of metal in and around the band and stones is essential to make the gems as secure as they can possibly be.

Modern Jewelry Design & Craftsmanship – CAD – Computer Aided Design

Modern Jewelry Design & Craftsmanship – CAD – Computer Aided Design

It is a fact that computers and advanced technology have changed the face of every industry, and a clear example of this is the tech being used in computer-assisted design, or CAD, for jewelry. Initially, there was the doubt that the pre-tech artist’s skills could be replicated by computer-assisted design. The skills of experienced model makers were ones that were assumed to be entirely unreplicable by computers. However, the one thing that was overlooked was that the tech doesn’t do the work. A computer is just a tool that makes it possible for artists to express their designs and work far better than in the past. Once beyond the initial difficulty of learning how to use CAD and integrating it into their skillset, jewelers have a spectrum of opportunity and even more of an ability to creatively create and show their designs in many different ways.

This doesn’t mean that jewelers who work at creating and refining the physical jewelry has been replaced, however. It makes it possible to create models which are then shown as 3D designs. Though modern jewelers use a mouse and keyboard instead of traditional tools to create their jewelry, it does not devalue their skills. Their work still does require artistic vision as always, along with knowing how to create jewelry and understanding the process, just as their predecessors who didn’t have the advantage of CAD jewelry design. The only thing that has changed is the shift to 3D modeling and computer-assisted designing.

While jewelry was once forged by hand, computer-assisted designs are developed by artists using modern tech that transform their thoughts into true digital art. These are then sent to mills, printers, or growing machines where they are transformed into wax or resin. These physical models then are plastered and incinerated in a furnace to harden them. The container of the empty impression of the piece is then filled with molten gold or platinum that will then be worked on by skilled bench jewelers. The finished design is then prepared for diamond setting by the jewelry polishing team that it is sent to.