Think Pink – Rose Gold is back! Again.

There’s something about the color pink. Often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness and the romantic, it can also occasionally be a bit over-the-top:

Whatever your feelings about pink, there’s no denying it presence in jewelry in the form of Rose Gold.
Now, pure gold (24 karat) is ALWAYS going to be yellow, but is generally too soft to be used in jewelry that will actually be worn. 14K Gold (the US standard for fine gold jewelry) is actually 24K gold alloyed with other metals to make it harder and more durable. It’s generally alloyed with a combination of silver, copper, nickel and other metals to make both 14k yellow and white gold, but when a specific ratio of gold and copper is alloyed together the result is a pinkish/reddish hued metal generally know as Rose Gold:

A little funky, a little different, and definitely not for everyone – Rose Gold is always going to be the outside-the-box fashion option for those who want to change it up a little.

14K Rose Gold Monogram Initial Bracelet

Did you know that aside from Yellow & White Gold, we can ALSO make most of our custom personalized jewelry in 14K Rose Gold?

True story!

 

The “Cheap Jewelry” conundrum

Generally, “cheap” is a bad word. No one wants to be called cheap, and – for jewelry specifically – no one wants to wear something that feels or looks cheap.

So why is there so much cheap jewelry out there? I don’t want to name names, but some of the most popular and wide-spread jewelry chains (two of them  rhyme with “Bails” and “Hay”) are notorious for thin, super-lightweight pieces with extremely low-quality diamonds/gemstones.

There’s no two ways about it, gold is NOT inexpensive (as of the day this post was published, Gold was trading at $1,330.00 per oz), and the price of ANY piece of 14k gold jewelry will depend on it’s weight/quality.
Overly cheap jewelry – i.e., flimsy, lightweight jewelry that is cheaply made – will ALWAYS come at a price.

Example of how a disappointed jewelry recipient might look

So what is a discerning jewelry buyer who doesn’t have $$ to burn do?
Purchase jewelry from a reputable jeweler – preferably a small, family-owned company who has been in business for almost 40 years – who strive to keep their prices reasonable while STILL making high quality, substantial jewelry that will stand the test of time.
(hint: vvvv IT’S US!!! vvvv)PersonalizedBoutique.com

Tiny Jewelry…

Fashion is often about extremes: Extremely bold. Extremely bright. Extremely…small.

These tiny treasures are the perfect way to show the world small can be beautiful!

These new Mini Charm Necklaces can be custom designed by you!

Mio Memento Mini Charm Necklaces

Our 14K Gold Mini Name Necklaces are a petite version of our classic name necklace.
And are awesome!!

14K Gold Mini Lowercase Name Necklaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So don’t be afraid to go small…

14K Gold Mini Necklace

14K Gold Micro-Mini Dog Tag Necklace

Worst Valentine’s Day Gifts – 2018

It’s that time of year again. Love is in the air…or not.

How bad can Bad Valentine’s Day Gifts get? Hold our beer…

These two – aside from being clearly deranged – aren’t really dressed for “Mittens Weather”, so we’re not even sure what’s going on here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show some love this Valentine’s Day…or help them get a jump-start on those pesky divorce papers!

Gag gifts like this are a great idea if you want a nice quiet Valentine’s Day – because they definitely won’t be speaking to you for awhile.

 

No ring? Give her Wings! See you in ICU…

A bouquet of Bacon Roses? I’m not gonna lie, this actually sounds pretty awesome.

Here’s to better choices in 2018…Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Let It Beard…

I came across a blog post about a new jewelry trend: Jewelry for beards.

I’m not even sure this is actually a trend, but there IS a real company – Krato Milano – that touts themselves as creating the First Ever Jewelry Collection For Bearded Men

I am not making this up. Click the link above – I’ll wait…

BTW, I found this article on Beardoholic, a website that’s dedicated to all things beard.They have sub-categories dedicated to Beard Care, Beard Problems, Beard Styles…etc and are quite comprehensive.

I am not making this up either.

No words, except I think the Beatles said it best: Let It Beard, Let It Beard…  Something like that.

If you’re looking for cool, personalized jewelry OTHER than Beard Jewelry – you know where to find us:
PersonalizedBoutique.com

The timeless power of…gold!

The other night while celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary (!!!) at our favorite old-time ice cream parlor, Jaxsons, it dawned on me once again why  – out of all the different types of metals/materials used for jewelry these days – 14k gold still reigns supreme.

I noticed that my wife was wearing the 14k gold “ROBERT♥ELISA” necklace I gave to her  – made by my dad – when we were still in high school, over 35 years ago!

High School Sweethearts. Yes, we were adorable.

35+ years later, necklace – and Elisa – still lookin’ pretty good!

It may sound corny, but that’s the power of gold 🙂

It’s also why – although admittedly a little pricier now than it was in 1981 (the price of gold averaged $450 per oz on 1981…today it’s around $1,300 per oz) – it’s still our go-to material for special jewelry designed to stand the test of time.

And in case you’re wondering, that particular nameplate style is STILL AVAILABLE on our website!

And the ice cream was AWESOME!!

5 Exceptionally Bad Valentine’s Day Gifts

You don’t HAVE to get your valentine a lovely piece of jewelry – although it’s obviously the best choice and you’d be silly not to. Really.

But if you stubbornly refuse to take my sage advice, at least promise me you will never, ever give one of these gifts.
Unless your goal is to make them your ex-valentine:

A string instead of a ring? Good luck with that!

A gym membership is rarely a good gift idea. For Valentine’s Day it’s a horribly bad one.

Nothing says “Run for the hills!” quite like this hoodie for two!

“Darling…about that halitosis!”

Love means never having to arrange your own funeral 🙁

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soooo, what’s a clueless Valentine’s Day gift giver to do? Here’s some ideas…

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Anatomy of a “proper” name necklace

The storied “classic” name necklace traces it’s history back to the 70’s, where it was a staple of many young ladies.

In the 80’s and 90’s we manufactured our nameplates for many jewelers in the NY City area. They became a huge hit with fashion conscious teens & twenty-somethings in New York and New Jersey, and eventually our classic 14k gold script design found it’s way (via Patricia Field) onto the famous neck of Carrie Bradshaw!

While there are many jewelry companies making name necklaces these days, most are sad, flimsy imitations. We STILL make our classic 14k gold name necklaces the same way we did over 30 years ago, and we STILL think ours are the best!

Here is a handy visual presentation highlighting the superiority of our Classic Script Name Necklace.
As we didn’t want to embarrass our competitors by using an actual photo of their nameplate, we have used an artists representation:

*Full disclosure: we couldn’t afford to hire an artist so I drew it. I am not an artist.

The Story of the Cameo

While some specimens date back to the first century, the Cameo has had it’s greatest popularity during the Roman era, the Renaissance and the 19th century.

Necklace and set of five brooches – part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Made of shell and gold, they date back to about 1840 and were a gift of the Misses Cornelia and Susan Dehon in memory of Mrs. Sidney Brooks.

What exactly is a Cameo? Cameos are relief carvings, generally made from agate or various types of shells. Gem engravers carved each stone or shell by hand to create figures or scenes, which were raised up from their background.

Necklace with a cameo of Elizabeth I made of gold, silver, diamond, emerald, pearl and agate and dating to about 1890, England

Originally commissioned and owned by the wealthy elite, during the 19th century the cameo moved from the realm of the wealthy cabinet collector to a wider audience. Increased wealth among the European middle class and increased travel meant a demand for souvenirs, especially from trips to Italy. The shell cameo industry in Italy thus increased in size to meet demand.

Cameo with the Wedding of Cupid and Psyche or an initiation rite made of layered onyx and dated to mid to late first century BCE, Greece

Cameo Bracelet depicting the Hunt brothers, by William Morris Hunt, made of gold and shell around 1840, America

In the earliest part of the 20th century, the cameo peaked.
At the time, the image of a woman wearing a choker was an extremely popular figure portrayed in cameos, so popular that it saturated the market and fell out of favor.

As chokers became mass-produced, and with the advent of the machine-carved cameo, the quality also suffered.

Lately, cameo’s have made something of a comeback, with modern jewelry designers expanding on the imagery and themes of classic cameos to create stunning new pieces:

Amedeo’s “Gioia” double finger ring with hand-carved cornelian cameos set in rose rhodium-plated sterling silver and featuring tsavorite and blue and rose sapphires

(Info via National Jeweler)

Beyond the ‘Classic” Name Ring

The classic 14k Gold Name Ring has been around for decades, and like any time-honored jewelry style it’s still going strong:

However, like any tradition, there are those who like to break the rules a bit and venture a little left of center:

All lower-case curved mini script name ring

Custom 3-Initials w/Diamond hearts

1MM Script Wire Name Ring

14K Gold Double Name Ring

7MM Script Relief Name Band

What’s your story?
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