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
It’s never too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, May 12th btw), and it’s DEFINITELY never too early to avoid making the following gift giving blunders.
Pay attention…for mom’s sake.
Worst Mother’s Day Gifts:
This includes appliances, dishes, and aprons with funny sayings on them.
And please note: just because the item is PINK doesn’t automatically make it an appropriate Mother’s Day present.
4)Botox Gift Certificate.
Or anything remotely related to wrinkles, getting older…etc.
3)Health Club Membership/Weight Loss Video.
Look, it’s great to get in shape and maybe mom can afford to lose a few pounds. Mother’s Day is NOT the time to remind her.
2)Back Hair Shaver.
1)The dreaded “You’re-not-my-mom” non-gift.
This is for husbands who are too clever for their own good. OK, we get it, you’re a pragmatic, rational thinking person and technically you have logic on your side when it comes to your wife; she’s NOT your mother. She’s just the woman who gave birth to your precious child/children, and who nurtures and cares for them.
No present necessary? Good luck with that.
“Aspire” Personalized Mother’s Ring
Maybe one of our new Artcarved Celebrations of Life Personalized Mother’s Ring styles?
Or something from our Posh Mommy collection?
Or how about a 14k gold bracelet with her childrens/grandchildrens names?
Better. Much better.
As much as a classic the traditional “name necklace” has become – and it’s been around for close to 40 years now – some ladies are just not into it.
“I already KNOW my name, why would I wear it around my neck?” is a phrase I’ve heard before, from otherwise well-meaning people who didn’t realize the blasphemy they were speaking. But the wonderful news is, you can still rock a fabulous name necklace without having it be YOUR first name.
Many moms opt to wear their child’s name around their neck, and it’s actually become somewhat of a celeb trend these days.
Adele wearing her son Angelo’s name
Beyonce sporting her daughter “Blue”
Giuliana Rancic wears her son Duke
There is also the ‘wearing your significant others name around your neck’ thing, which honestly to me seems a little obsessive – but who am I to judge?
Glee’s Lea Michele wears her boyfriend Cory around her neck
Apparently, Jessica Biel knows someone named “Justin”
Some recently married women – or those who just love their last name – choose to wear their surname as a nameplate, which is especially chic if you have a cool-sounding name like “Steele”, or “Star”.
Not so much for “Ratzenburger”.
While we’re mainly known for our signature item – the “Carrie” classic script name necklace, you may not realize that we can make you YOUR signature name necklace as well.
I’m talking about your actual signature – as a nameplate!
While my own signature is basically an illegible squiggle, many people take great pride in their sig.
Some famous signatures are easily recognizable, like Abraham Lincoln’s regal script, Marilyn Monroe’s girlish loops, and John Hancock’s fancy-schmancy masterpiece:
Once, a big time Bettie Page fan had us recreate her pretty signature in gold – along with a couple of heart-shaped rubies:
I think Bettie would have liked it!
So “The Carrie Diaries”, the supposed prequel to the wildly popular (and from a fashion standpoint – wildly influential) Sex and the City premiered in January on the CW. The series revolves around the 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, played by AnnaSophia Robb, living in 1984 Connecticut.The reviews so far seem to be…not very good.
Anyone who’s been following our company knows we have a special relationship with SATC’s “Carrie” (What? You DON’T know that the original Carrie name necklace was our design?? Read more about it HERE)
Aside from the obvious changes to Carrie’s back-story fans of the original show have been pointing out – changing her working-class roots to a much more upper-class upbringing in Connecticut for one – the overall feel of the show can basically be described as “just another teen soap, albeit filtered through 80′s-era music”. Or, as another TV critic so bluntly put it: “an inept spin off tha dishonors its source”, and “is mostly about one thing - wanting to cash in on Sex and the City. Ouch.
Oh well, we will always love you Carrie – I guess we just won’t be watching your adolescence!
Someone who’s not particularly a jewelry person asked me what the hot new thing in jewelry was these days. When I told her it was monogram initial jewelry she said, “like my grandma used to wear??”
Some history: Historically, a monogram was used as a royal signature. Romans and Greeks used them on coins to identify their rulers. Then, in the Middle Ages, artisans began to use them to sign their work. Victorian-period high-class persons adapted the monogram for personal use as a symbol of their place in society.
In the Victorian era, rules for monograms were quite simple: Female monograms had the first initial on the left, middle initial on the right, and last initial larger in the middle.
And now, if you want to be “correct”, the rules are pretty much the same: First on the left, Last larger in the center, and Middle on the right.
So why are they suddenly so popular now? Because they’re pretty and kind of fancy, but also very classic looking. It doesn’t hurt that celebs have been sporting monograms lately – but they’re not obnoxious (the jewelry, not the celebs)
Actually, the monogram initial necklace is probably the hottest thing we make nowadays, with no sign of slowing down. By popular demand we started making earrings and ring styles as well, which
is pretty funny because I can distinctly remember my parents selling tons of these cigar band style monogram rings in the late 70′s/early 80′s.
Eventually we stopped carrying them because no one knew what they were.
Now they do. Again.
Scientists at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom say they have discovered a method that can make metals appear to be different colors.
The method embosses tiny raised or indented patterns – called nano-patterns – onto the metal’s surface.
|Can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure this guy is MUCH smarter than me!
This is completely different than the current way colored gold jewelry is made – by alloying gold with different metals to produce different hues (such as copper for rose gold, nickel for white gold).
This new process doesn’t change the chemical composition of the metal, just its surface.These patterns basically change the way the metal absorbs and reflects light, therefore changing the color as it’s perceived.
While it’s still a new technology and has not been used for jewelry as of yet, I’m thinking SOMEONE is going to eventually figure out a way to jewelry-ize the technique
Because of the nature of gold – it doesn’t reflect blue light- only colors in the Red/Green spectrum would be possible. But for Silver, the entire rainbow spectrum could be used.
|These rings are actually just enameled, but some day colored enamel might not be necessary
I found this cool infographic that breaks down all the different regions gold comes from – and where it ultimately ends up.
Interestingly, with all the talk lately of the investment value of gold – and this chart is clearly meant to feature the various forms of gold investment – the largest percentage by far (51%) is still used in the manufacture of good old-fashioned jewelry.
Take THAT Central Banks!
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