The other day my cousin asked me if I made “promise rings” – he wanted to get one for his girlfriend. He’s 52.
As much as I wanted to make fun of him – full disclosure: I DID ask him if his girlfriend was 12 – I realized that the whole concept of wearing “couples” jewelry is actually making a comeback…among adults!
His & Hers Jewelry from Alison & Ivy
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux even wear matching 14K Gold Name Rings, although they kind of lose points for wearing their OWN names instead of each others. Oh vanity, celeb be thy name:
Large 14K Gold Name Rings
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux with their fabulous matching name rings
The matching name ring thing is really hot right now actually, and let’s face it – it’s a great way to show your love without being quite so…permanent.
The locket (a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item) has been around a LONG time. It’s true – Google it.
Originally worn with a hand painted portrait of a loved one inside, they became more popular with the invention of the daguerreotype photo in the 1840s.
1850 Daguerreotype Photo
This original form of photography would require the subject to sit for about 30 minutes to capture an image, and was originally reserved for the aristocracy. Lockets became a way to carry a daguerreotype, which was already fused to glass. The industrial revolution and the advancement of photography made lockets accessible to everyday people. Like us.
While many people still insert photo’s into lockets the old fashioned way, there are new methods of fusing a photo image directly onto a gold or silver plate which is then fused onto the locket for a more permanent – and waterproof – solution.
We also put all different types of things inside them, including little charms made to dance inside clear lockets like our own Diamond Circle Lockets.
There are also Prayer Holder and Ash Holder Lockets, specifically designed to hold things other than photo’s so they can be worn inconspicuously yet close to the heart.
See all we have to offer – locketwise – HERE!
So Sunday and Monday we had the one-two punch of the MTV Video Music Awards and 2014 Prime Time Emmy Awards, respectively. It was two nights of high fashion and over-the-top glitziness that I’m still trying to process.
As pure spectacle I have to give it to MTV, but for old-school Hollywood glamor the Emmy’s won out. Are there any hot new jewelry trends we noticed? Not really – but boy, do these celebrities LOVE to dress up!
In the Emmy earrings department, Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik went with an understated pair of Sapphire & Diamond studs to accentuate the ornate Sapphire necklace she was wearing.
Meanwhile, at the VMA’s, Beyoncé decided to skip the ornate neck jewelry altogether and just hang two giant chandeliers from her ears.
Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling was a good example of the Emmy-wide trend of minimalism, choosing not to wear anything around her neck.
Amber Rose took a different route at the VMA’s, wearing a silver chain – and ONLY a silver chain – as her entire dress. Well played Amber, well played.
And finally, lovely Hayden Panettiere of the hit show Nashville graced the Emmy red carpet with the simplest of accessories: a small jeweled clutch and a baby bump.
Katy Perry, on the other hand, rocked the VMA red carpet in vintage blue denim – accessorized with various cowboy-themed jewelry…and some dude named Riff Raff.
Father’s Day 2014 is Sunday, June 15th.
If you like your father even a little, please don’t get him any of the following really bad Father’s Day gifts.
We have provided thoughtful alternatives, because we are thoughtful like that.
Any type of “World’s Greatest Dad” paraphernalia. Eventually he will run into other World’s Greatest Dads…and then it’s just awkward.
Instead, how about a custom engraved Stainless Steel Dog Tag with Diamond?
Try not to get him something that forces him to do household chores – ESPECIALLY if it will make him look ridiculous doing it!
Wouldn’t a 14k gold Father’s Birthstone Ring be a much better choice?
OK, dad’s lost his hair. Don’t remind him of it…or make him look like Guy Fieri
Get him a tasteful custom engraved Stainless Steel Jumbo ID Bracelet instead
Yes, he loves Barbeque. He does not want to SMELL like BBQ. We hope
A Photo Dog Tag with his “angels” is a much better call.
And finally, if you don’t know why this is NOT a good Father’s Day present…
…then you should probably get dad one of THESE as well.
While name & monogram necklaces are STILL our number one sellers, name rings are not far behind. People have been wearing their names on their fingers for well over 50 years, and the tried-and-true classic “script name with tail” is still going strong today:
Classic 14K Gold Large Script Name Ring w/Tail
Now, a classic is a classic, but if you’re willing to step outside the box a little the following name ring styles might be just what the jeweler ordered:
14K Gold Wire-Style Name Ring
14K Gold Curved Script Name Ring
Fancy Cut-out Couples Name Ring
(shown in Rose Gold Plated over Sterling Silver)
14K Gold Relief-Style Script Name Ring
Sterling Silver Two Finger Name Ring
Sterling Silver/Yellow Gold Plated Birthstone Ring with Name
Sterling Silver Roman Numeral Ring
OK, so there’s nothing really “shocking” about this post, I just thought the overly dramatic title fit the tone of the subject matter.
As you may or may not know, the truTV Network films a ‘reality’ show down here called South Beach Tow. The show is centered around the real-life Miami towing company Tremont Towing and it’s employees, although like most reality shows today it’s questionable how much REAL reality is actually portrayed.
What I CAN tell you is real is the jewelry we have made for some members of the ‘cast’.
One of the most popular of the Tremont crew is Bernice, and lately she has been sporting a custom 3-dimensional Old English “Bernice” nameplate with matching two-tone chain.
Word is that Bernice loves her nameplate and likes to wear it even when they’re not filming the show.
Another cast member/employee – Jerome – recently got into some hot water with his Fiance Wanda and had to smooth things over by presenting her with her very own custom 3D script name necklace. Wanda swooned over the necklace and true love prevailed.
While it’s always exciting to be making jewelry for television shows (we’ve done so in the past for Ugly Betty, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Game to name just a few), I’m not going to pretend this show is anything but escapist fun.
Although if Bernice DOES wind up winning an Emmy, she’d better be wearing our necklace during her acceptance speech!
I recently had another jeweler tell me we make our monogram necklaces too thick.
Now, this is a nice guy who specializes more in diamonds and diamond jewelry so he’s not as familiar with the type of personalized custom jewelry we specialize in – but when he was visiting the shop one day and saw a 14k gold monogram we were finishing up, he couldn’t hide his consternation:
Our classic 14K Gold Monogram Initial Necklaces
“These are too thick” he said. “Why do you still make them the same thickness you did years ago when the price of gold is so much higher now?” He said we could probably go down a thickness gauge (or two) and no one would even notice.
While he may have a point – and while it’s true we could probably get away with using a thinner metal and charge a little less – somehow it just wouldn’t feel right.
It’s challenging selling custom jewelry online, where people can’t touch and feel the quality of your work and have to go strictly by your reputation and other customers reviews. But I know that when people receive the jewelry we make they are generally NOT disappointed, and that’s important to us.
It’s the same reason why we always try to include sturdy link chains with lobster clasps with our pendants and necklaces. Someone might not notice it right away, but somewhere down the line when they are still enjoying their jewelry they’ll be thankful someone went the extra mile for them.
Sturdy 14k gold diamond-cut cable link chain with lobster clasp – included on most of our pendants/necklaces
Henry Ford said, “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
I think I’m with Henry on this
Being in the jewelry business for over 30 years (!!!), I’ve gotten to see some trends come and go…and sometimes come back again.
Of course the iconic Gold Name Necklace was a big staple for young girls in the 70’s, and it got a BIG boost in the late 90’s due to a certain young woman named “Carrie”.
14K Gold Classic Script “Carrie” Name Necklace
Religious jewelry never seems to go completely out of style, but every 10-15 years or so classics like the 14K Gold Crucifix Ring and Porcelain Miraculous Medal seem to re-surface.
For awhile in the 70’s it seemed that every young man at some point would get a Gold Block Initial ring to signify his ascent into manhood, while the young ladies would get a Cigar Band Style Script Monogram one. Lately I’ve been seeing both of those trends starting up again.
And if you grew up in the 70’s and were going steady, chances are you had a big ol’ ID Bracelet to tell the world – possibly heavier than your arm.
And guess what? They’re kind of back again…
Everyone has heard of the “Something old, something new…etc” bridal tradition, but do you know where it comes from?
This tradition actually comes from an Old English rhyme:
Something Olde, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue,
A Sixpence in your Shoe
and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just meant to be good luck charms.
Per the poem, the bride must collects the five objects herself or from friends and family.
These are pieces of good luck and often times heirlooms or family treasures handed down in a right of passage. In order to get the good fortune she must where them on the day of her wedding.
Oh, those nutty Victorians!
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom. Sixpences are silver coins used in the 17th-20th century in both England and Maryland. For the most part, the “sixpence” line has pretty much fallen by the wayside.
We’ve actually got a brand new item that ties in nicely with this age-old tradition.
Sterling Silver Something Old, Something New, Something Blue Necklace
The “Something Old, Something New, Something Blue Necklace” has the Brides monogrammed initials on the back to represent ‘something old’, her new initials on the front of the necklace for ‘something new’, and a blue gemstone for the ‘something blue’ part.
She would just have to borrow something to complete the tradition.
And maybe put a quarter in her shoe