Wedding Season

With wedding season in full swing, bridal jewelry is getting lots of looks.

But with old standby traditions like matching the bride and groom’s wedding bands, having only a round solitaire engagement ring to choose from, and shopping with no concern for personal style, all out the window, as a consumer it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin.

We suggest Gem Platinum as a great start.

Classic styles like this round three stone by Gem Platinum are sGem Plat round three stonetill tremendously popular, and they’re looking as chic as ever.

The ring shown here has an exaggerated center to side stone ratio, emphasizing the center stone.  Whether the three stones are close to the same size or not is completely a matter of personal preference.

And for the woman  looking for traditional with a twist, fancy cut stones are a great option.  A personal favorite is the oval three stone, the one shown here is also by Gem Platinum.

Gem Plat oval three stone

Since the ring is only slightly different from the round version from which it draws inspiration, brides-to-be don’t have to worry about choosing too trendy an option.  Fancy cut stones like ovals and asschers are here to stay.

For the slightly more adventurous, fancy colored diamonds can funk up your traditional bridal options.

The pink diamond exploded into the scene in 2002 when Ben Affleck proposed to J Lo with a gorgeous six karat rock that was impossible not to notice.JLo pink diamond

heidi-klum yellow

Though the ring was returned when the couple split, the colored diamond craze continues on.

Heidi Klum is still rocking her oval shaped fancy yellow solitaire given by husband, Seal.

Colored diamonds offer the strength and durability you want and expect from diamonds but with the fun, youthful look of color.

Buying tip:

Some cuts work better with colored diamonds than others.  Radiant and princess cuts are particularly popular because of the way these shapes’ facets intensify the color.  And the more saturated the natural color, the more valuable the stone.

Bridal options are infinite, so I think the key is to not forget your personal style in the process.  This is a ring you’re going to be wearing day in and day out, so ya better like looking at it 🙂   Happy shopping, brides!

-CFJ

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Tough Chic

It seems every time I turn around there is a new vampire movie or TV show out, and it looks like jewelry design is following the Gothic trend- black is back!

The heavily oxidized look was front and center at Vegas, looking chicer than ever.  Taking the black out of the crevices (a la Yurman) and placing it center stage transforms your average curb link into a design both stylish and edgy.

runway tough chic

Continuing in the “tough chic” trend are scull and cross bones, daggers, and black diamonds.  bixby dagger

We’re especially loving Barbara Bixby’s mother of pearl dagger pendant and earring set; an easy way for good girls gone bad to transition into the look.

Roberto Coin’s 18k and diamond skull and crossbones pendants from the Tiny Treasures collection are another way to toughen up your wardrobe this summer.roberto coin skull and crossbones

The look is smart and sassy. So even if you’re more Lily Pulitzer than Roberto Cavalli, jewelry is a subtle, easy way to wade into the trend.

-CFJ

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Tell a Story

We tend to be story tellers.  Whether it’s the old pot your Mom used to make her famous spaghetti sauce, the sand pale you used as a kid every summer, or the old ticket stubs you saved to remind you of your first concert, it seems any and every object can be linked back to some time, some place.

So why not give a piece of jewelry that tells a similar story?  Commemorate your trip to Paris with a flur de lis ring.  Or treat yourself to a piece from Mazza’s “Sealife”collection, like the brooch shown below.

mazza

Green Grape Bead PANDORA

Besides, the next time someone complements your new Pandora grape charm, you’ll finally have an excuse to brag about last summer’s trip to Napa.  The envy!

-CFJ

Jeweler Showcase: Alwand Vahan

This month we’re showcasing designer Alwand Vahan.  This Parisian designer, who started his career designing for Hermes before moving to the U.S., offers  unique 14k and sterling silver creations. Sacha (aka Alwand Vahan) best sums up his designs himself, saying:

I create jewelry like I would a film set: with mood, drama, and my customers wear the jewelry like actresses.”

Que romantique!

At Craig’s, we’ve fallen for Alwand Vahan’s bracelets which we love to show stacked.  Throw it on with your watch, or pair an open and closed bracelet together for a chunkier look.

alwand

Check out AV’s website for details and more on Sacha’s personal history.

http://www.vahanjewelry.com

-CFJ

Entering the Blog World

Hello all,

We are Craig’s Fine Jewelry; a family owned couture jeweler located in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Maybe some of you know us, maybe you don’t, either way, this blog is meant to be a gathering place to post store happenings and follow new jewelry trends.

Craig’s is a fun, fashion forward store, and we hope this blog can carry the same attitude.  Please check back for upcoming events, meet the team, and an inside look at a recenct buying trip to Vegas.

For more information about us, please visit our website at craigsfinejewelry.com

-CFJ