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Summer Jewelry

Summer is a great time for jewelry

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Get the hottest trends in jewelry this summer at Hemming Plaza Jewelers

As you wear fewer layers of clothing, you can put on more layers of gems, silver and gold! Some summer essentials that you weren’t able to show off in the winter months are toe rings and anklets. As you switch from boots to sandals, make sure to accessorize accordingly. You can go with simple silver or gold anklets, or spice things up with mixed metals, fun gems and charms! Another great summer accessory is nautical themed jewelry. Nothing says “summer” like the ocean on the horizon and the sand beneath your toes. Look for jewelry inspired by the open ocean with popular sea life motifs or designs with sailboats, rope patterns and anchors.

If your colors are bright, you’re doing it right

Remember that summer is all about bright colors, so opt for yellow gold and colorful gemstones. Keep your jewelry selection light and fun. Yellow gold bangles, rings and necklaces will really bring out your newly sun-kissed skin after a long, cold winter. Say goodbye to the dark and pale tones of winter, it’s time to get excited about colorful gems. If you really love to sparkle, look into gem clusters. They offer a variety of stones and colors all in one piece!

Make us your summer jewelry destination

Let Hemming Plaza Jewelers be your one-stop-shop for summer jewelry. Find the perfect shade of gold or silver for your skin tone to highlight your fresh summer glow! “Seas” the day with our sunny selection of nautical summer staples. Remem

ber, now is your chance to accessorize in the places where you couldn’t during the winter months. Opt for toe rings, anklets, bangles and bright colors. It’s time to find those unique jewelry pieces that sparkle and shine just like you!

June, A Tale Of Two Birthstones

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Alexandrite, one of June’s two birthstones, available at Hemming Plaza Jewelers in Jacksonville, FL

Thinking about buying a gift for someone with a June birthday? Look no further! Visit us at Hemming Plaza Jewelers to see all of our beautiful pieces of jewelry with the June birthstone that will make shopping a breeze. Hemming Plaza Jewelers offers a wide array of jewelry for every birthstone. Did you know that there are actually two different June birthstones? Pearl and Alexandrite– two beautiful birthstones that would compliment any jewelry piece.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is known for it’s unique and rare changing color. In the sunlight, it is a cool aqua blue. In the warm lamplight, it is a beautiful raspberry purple. This mysterious and magical gem is said to spark creativity and imagination. Jewelry with this stone is the perfect gift for those creative and unique individuals in your life. This gemstone’s beauty would complement that of your special friend with a June birthday.

Pearl

Pearls are classic and contemporary, and in many cultures they symbolize purity and innocence.. They are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Pearls are timeless and can be worn on an everyday basis or for the most formal occasion. Throughout history, pearls have always been admired because of their natural beauty. You can’t go wrong with the gift of a pearl necklace or earrings.

Your May Birthstone – Emerald!

If your birthdate falls within the month of May, you’re lucky enough to be associated with one of the truly spectacular gemstones, the emerald. Emeralds and their bold green hue are revered by royals and celebrities alike. Some of the most well-known emerald jewelry belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and was accented by platinum and diamonds.

Emeralds belong to the beryl family. This group also consists of aquamarine and morganite gemstones. Emeralds are most commonly found in Colombia, but can be found in South America as a whole, as well as a few other locations around the world. It’s name is a Greek derivative that literally means green, which is fitting since a lot of people associate May with a time of the year that really starts greening up outside before summer. Emeralds are included stones, meaning the internal marks are visible. The deeper green the emerald, and the clearer it is, the more valuable they are.

Royalty and emeralds go hand in hand. When you think of crown jewels, you typically think of gold, but when you think of the precious stones that adorn each item, you probably think of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Cleopatra is said to have cherished emeralds above all other stones during her reign, and even owned all of the mines.

As with most gemstones, it was thought in antiquity that they possessed special powers. While that may not be true, emeralds were no exception at the time and were thought to cure a number of ailments, as well as calm the wearer.

The Fan Trend

We’re on the cusp of another beautiful spring here on the first coast, and that means lighter styles and the chance to show everyone the shine in your collection. From head to toe, this time of year brings out our favorite looks and scratches our itch to catch up on the latest style trends for the spring.

You may have noticed the fan earring popping up recently, but it is not a new style. The fan shape in general has been a sign of beauty and style, both socially and ceremonially, for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Indian, Chinese and all the way back to ancient Egyptian cultures have incorporated the fan shape to invoke mystery, royalty, and style across society from the richest to the poorest.

Nowadays, celebrities can be found on red carpets everywhere sporting the fabulous fan, in their hands, on their clutches, and hanging from their ears. Natalie Portman and Jangle Monáe were both wearing fan earrings to the recent SAG awards. Janelle Monáe wore a pair of Nikos Koulis emerald-studded fan earrings, and Natalie Portman wore a vintage Tiffany & Co fan earring set.

Though Portman went for the vintage look, there are several modern fan styles on the market. And while celebs can get the hook-up on jewelry, especially if they’re wearing them on red carpet events and world premiers, you don’t need a superstar agent or movie star level pull to get a great pair of earrings at an excellent price.

Hemming Plaza Jewelers can even create a custom fan style that can give you that red carpet look without the red carpet cost. Come by our showroom and see what we have to offer you. Styles and prices that can meet your unique needs and you can walk out wearing something you’ll love!

2017 Jewelry Trends

Trends change all the time, and in the fast-paced world of jewelry and fashion, you want to be able to stay on top of the times as they change.

For all of you Generation X’ers out there, you’ll be happy to know that bold 80’s style earrings have made a comeback (now if you only had a reason to use that hair crimper again…). Big gold hoop earrings, or dangles are making their way back and becoming a must-have for a night out. These pieces are versatile too. They can be worn with a cocktail dress at a formal function or just a night out with the girls.

Enamel has made a comeback and a modern take on an old classic. Enamel provides a splash of color and texture to an otherwise homogenous piece of jewelry. As art goes, oftentimes so does the world of fashion and jewelry design. As long as this remains hot in the world of art, you can expect it to remain trendy in the world of jewelry.

Pearls, the longtime standby for a pinch of elegance and formality, have recently been worn in new and interesting ways, really pushing the envelope and getting away from that stigma that pearls were just something your mother wore.

Charm bracelets in the past may have opened the door for charm necklaces to get a foot in the door. The same general principle applies, but when someone speaks to you, they’re more apt to look you in the face and your neckline is more obvious than your wrist so it’s not wonder that these necklaces have taken off.

Heart-shaped jewelry has captured an older audience. No longer just for children, some heart designs have captured the imagination of innovators in the jewelry industry and it has paid off because women are wearing them more and more often.

This year is all about shape and geometry. Today’s designs emphasize more angularity and less ovals and circles. Polygonal designs with rhombi, trapezoids, octagons, and hexagons, or things with sharp, distinct angles are trending.

Trends change all the time and we do our best to stay abreast of them when they do change. You can rest assured that if we don’t have what you want, we can always design a custom piece for you.

April Birthstone – Diamonds!

April doesn’t offer much in the way of exciting holidays. In fact, it’s become synonymous with rainy weather that yields beautiful results in May, but we believe April is more than merely the precursor to May. So for those of your fortunate enough to be born in the fourth month of the year, you get to reap the rewards of diamonds. That’s right, the most coveted birthstone in the calendar year is yours!

Diamonds have some very unique properties. Diamonds exhibit legendary toughness and rates all the way at the top on the hardness scale. In fact, the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. The diamond is also beautifully simplistic, made from only one element, carbon. Diamonds also have a fantastic luster when polished, probably more so than almost any other gemstone out there, so these babies can really sparkle.

Lately, color enhanced or naturally colored diamonds have been in vogue. Sure, everyone thinks of them for weddings, engagements, and anniversaries, but if you decide to go color neutral, diamonds are perfect to wear each and every day to add a sense of sophistication and style to any wardrobe choice.

So to all you lucky people that were born in April, hold your heads high and shine bright like the diamond you are.

Engagement Rings – Trends for 2016 Brides

Engagement Rings - Trends for 2016 BridesSnapping a picture of an engagement ring has recently become a common way for future brides to announce their impending nuptials on social media. Of course, engagement rings have been around much longer than social media. Sometimes engagement ring trends follow the general jewelry trends in the world, but they sometimes go in their own direction. Here are some of the standout engagement ring styles and trends for 2016.

Distinct Diamond Colors

When Ben Affleck gifted then-fiancée Jennifer Lopez with a beautiful pink diamond engagement ring, it was a surprise; a departure from the ideal of the classic clear diamond. Years later, however, the trend of colored diamonds caught on like wildfire. This year, some of the most popular colors for diamonds include canary, pink and even chocolate.

Marquise-Cut Diamonds

Marquise cuts are making the rounds as one of the major jewelry trends this year, so it should come as no surprise that they’re also featured in many popular engagement rings. The marquise cut is known for being exceptionally flattering and eye-catching, so it’s easy to see why this classic cut has made its way back onto runways, red carpets and bridal aisles around the world.

Tie Everything Up with a Bow

Another jewelry trend that’s lighting up Instagram feeds is a bow accent on a ring. An ornate bow—or even a few bows—can truly make an engagement ring pop. This fashionable detail is sure to elicit compliments.

Vintage: Something Old and Something New

Within the past year, one of the hottest jewelry trends has been vintage pieces or even pieces that are vintage-inspired. Engagement ring trends have followed suit, with many brides requesting a ring with traditional accents.

Rose Gold

Appearing on smartphones or watches with increasing regularity, rose gold has been trending wildly for the past few months. It’s not surprising that this beautiful gold variation is also making its way into engagement rings; rose gold is both photogenic and feminine.

Halo Rings

Always a popular engagement ring design option, halo rings are brilliant for setting off the center stone, making it appear even more impressive. Nowadays, brides who crave a halo effect will be pleased to note that there are now more varieties available than ever. Those with more unconventional tastes will be pleased to see that there are a plethora of edgy choices now available.

Mixed-up Metals

Another exciting development has been the use of mixed metals in rings. Many brides are choosing to step away from gold and go for some other, equally interesting metals. Even tungsten has shown up on the fingers of a few brides, highlighting the beautiful possibilities of going with an alternative metal.

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Selling Your Gold – Tips & Benefits

Selling Your Gold - Tips & BenefitsDo you want to know how to sell your gold and get fair value for it? ABC News recommends that you know your buyer, a suggestion that is probably impossible with mail-away services. The Better Business Bureau keeps a list of gold buyers in Jacksonville that you can check for complaints from unhappy customers. Selling gold for profit requires a bit of knowledge, but you can quickly learn what you need to know.

Learning: Tips and Benefits

As a convenient path to a financial transaction, selling your old jewelry can give you the benefit of ready cash. Getting rid of broken pieces or gifts that no longer have an emotional significance for you can boost your spirit and pad your wallet. Learn how to sell your gold by knowing its value, its market price, and how buyers evaluate it.

Identifying the Karats

You may need a magnifying glass to find a karat stamp that tells you how much gold your jewelry contains. Guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission use a 24-part weight system for gold. Your jewelry contains 10, 12, 14, 18, 22 or 24 karats of gold. A piece that carries a stamp of 18 karats has 18 parts gold and six parts of another metal. Higher karats increase the value of your jewelry.

Watching the Scale

Reputable jewelers weigh and pay for your gold by grams instead of pennyweight.

Sorting by Karats

Make sure to group your jewelry by purity. Prior to letting gold buyers weigh your precious metal, make sure to separate the more valuable pieces from those of lesser value.

Checking the Market

Go online to sites like http://goldprice.org/ to get the current gold price.

Shopping for Competitive Prices

Selling gold gives you an opportunity to get prices from jewelers, buyers at gold parties and pawn shops, and you can request a free estimate of its value. Taking the time to shop around gives you the chance to get the best price for your gold. Kiplinger suggests that you may receive 80 percent or less of melt value. The price that you get includes your dealer’s profit and the expense of turning your old gold into bullion or new jewelry.

Finding Gold Buyers

Jewelers who hope to establish a good relationship with you as a new customer may give you the fairest price. Pawn shops may never see you again, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of a one-time deal. Gold parties may offer a convenient way to dispose of your old jewelry, but the excitement of the group may prevent you from making a wise decision.

As a regular customer of a reputable store, you can have confidence in your business relationship. Knowing how to sell your gold is probably easier than you may imagine. You can check the Internet for jewelers near you, ask your friends, or stop by Hemmings Plaza Jewelers for a free estimate and cash for your gold.

April Birthstone: Creative ways to wear diamonds

April Birthstone: Creative ways to wear diamondsIf you have an April birthday, you’ll be thrilled to learn that your birthstone is one of the most popular, beloved stones in the world—the diamond. Of course, diamonds are universally lauded for their beauty and trademark sparkle. However, April babies who maintain a more unconventional sense of style sometimes will claim that diamonds are for more mainstream types. This misconception can even be seen in the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, in which Audrey Hepburn’s character claims that it’s tacky for women to wear diamonds before they’re 40.

Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth. Diamond jewelry pieces are classics for a reason; they manage to look incredible at all kinds of events and in an array of settings. After all, the diamond is believed to be one of the most ancient items on the entire planet, making it the true definition of a classic. If you are lucky enough to have been born in April, you can learn how to appreciate all of the unique ways in which these special gemstones can be used in jewelry—or even learn to bedazzle other items in your wardrobe with the help of a diamond or two.

Diamond brooches have become popular again in the past few years. From catwalks to red carpets, many hot young stars have been seen sporting this diamond jewelry in cool and unconventional new ways. If you have an April birthday, you may want to explore different ways in which Granny’s diamond brooch can be put to good use.

Diamond sunglasses are also all the rage right now, and a pair of these sparkling shades was even included in the most recent Academy Awards swag bag. There’s nothing like a diamond or two to light up your face with some sparkle while it’s also being shaded from the sun.

Indeed, if you want to jazz up your April birthstone you should think outside of the box when contemplating how to fit this gorgeous gemstone into your life. By using a diamond in unexpected ways, you could become a style sensation. There are also so many different colors of these gems from which to choose: the canary diamond is known for its stunning beauty, and of course the Hope Diamond is famous for its deep blue hue. People often forget that diamonds come in a wide variety of beautiful colors, so if you have an April birthday, you can luxuriate in the practically infinite possibilities your birthstone affords you. Whether it’s a diamond nose ring or ear cuff, there are a multitude of ways to show off your April birthday pride by wearing these stunning sparklers.

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Men’s Watch Trends in 2016

Men's Watch Trends in 2016The trend in men’s watches for 2016 is toward technology and style. A number of famous wrist wear brands are adding smart and connected timepieces to their lines. [2] Besides the new watches’ technical capabilities, these devices are turning into fashion centerpieces. Here are some characteristics to consider and a sample of the latest and greatest men’s watches available.

Customization is Key

In the past, many men wore engraved watches. However, 2016 is going even further into the world of personalization. Watches are being introduced with interchangeable straps in a variety of colors and materials. For instance, Farer markets timepieces with black mesh, silicone, and silver and gold choices. [1] Other companies are offering the ability to customize a watch’s face or chronograph markers.

Is Bigger Still Better?

For years, men’s watches were extremely large and bulky. The newer pieces are getting smaller. Many designers feel enormous watch faces are not elegant and have an outdated appearance. Most brands are now marketing watches under 42 millimeters. To remain on trend, a man might consider switching to a watch with a classic dial and a slim case and strap.

White Metal is Hot

2016 is the year for white gold and similar metals, which have distinctive masculine looks. White metal gives a polished and sophisticated appearance that is more rugged than yellow or rose gold.

Smart Technology

As more and more individuals crave technology, wristwatches with connective capabilities will be one of the biggest trends for 2016. Even though Google Glass and the Apple Watch did not launch to tremendous success, wrist tech is catching on and will increase in the current year and beyond.

Newest Watches for 2016

In November 2015, Tag Heuer announced it would release a smartwatch. Its “Carrera Connected” sold out almost immediately, but more are scheduled to ship throughout 2016. It is branded as a luxury device that does not look like an ordinary smartwatch, but offers tech capabilities that will propel the brand into the future. [#link44] The Carrera Connected starts at $1,500.

Citizen has also launched a new watch called the Promaster Navihawk GPS. The most notable innovation, here, is the eco-drive technology. There is no battery to replace, and all power comes from the sun. The watch boosts the quickest signal reception from GPS satellites as well. Its “super titanium” makeup is five times harder than stainless steel. [3] Also included are a rotating bezel, chronograph, perpetual calendar and dual time options.

It appears 2016 will be an exciting year for the time-keeping industry. Men’s watches will see the convergence of technology and function. Wrist wear will play an important part of fashion, as well. Thanks to available customization options, a man will be able to create a piece that speaks to his true personality and style. To select the perfect watch for 2016, visit Hemming Plaza Jewelers. We offer the newest designs from the quality brands you recognize and trust.

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Top Jewelry Trends for 2016

 

Top Jewelry Trends for 2016Certain pieces of jewelry are timeless and are always in style. Others come and go as jewelry trends wax and wane. The 2016 trends, at least in the early part of the year, range from silver chains that harken to the industrial revolution to simple headbands by Chanel and Gucci.

Building on the headband style, other designers, such as Hedi Slimane and Nicolas Ghesquière, have crafted tiaras that are designed to impress. This juxtaposition between a grungy, industrial look and a delicate princess appearance revitalizes the 2016 trends. In between these two extremes, other styles are making their presence known. Wooden jewelry from Alberta Ferretti is stunning in its stark plainness.

When admirers catch sight of the newest earrings to hit the runway, they might think jewelry trends have taken a left turn back to the 1960s. The pop art style of the newest earrings from Missoni, Marni and others would look right at home in a Warhol or Johns painting. After being out-of-style for years, chokers seem to be making a comeback, especially in solid gold. Pearls, too, are maintaining their place as a timeless fashion statement; Chanel expertly combined them with the choker resurgence. Dior paired gemstones with a silk choker to put a different spin on the “comeback style of the year.”

As far as colors are concerned, black and white seem to be the favorites this year. This preference has led designers to craft pieces inspired by the art deco style of the 1930s. In the 21st century, rhodium provides designers with the black they seek, and both enamel and white gold provide the opposite. In many cases, one of the two colors is dominant in the latest pieces, with the opposite color accentuating the primary color.

Large earrings, many of which are asymmetrical, highlight 2016 jewelry trends. These earrings offer bold splashes of color even against the basic black and white of other pieces. Many celebrities are combining two or more of these styles, such as solid-gold chokers, gigantic green earrings, black jackets and white lace bodices.

All in all, the theme of most 2016 trends seems to be to combine that which is different. Secondarily, old ideas are coming back and joining new ideas to form an interesting palate of choices. Against all this balance, asymmetry makes a bold statement that keeps each new look as fresh, or fresher, than the next.

 

March Birthstone, Aquamarine, Has Interesting History

 

Aquamarine is also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversariesWhen it comes to birthstones, few are as dazzling, symbolic and eye-catching as the March birthstone, aquamarine. This gemstone boasts a fascinating past, and its stunning appearance is sure to impress anyone who sees it. The March birthstone possesses an exotic and interesting history.

For a long time, aquamarine was used as an amulet by sailors and those who wanted to protect loved ones who were out exploring the open sea. Some crafty sailors would even carve Neptune, the god of the sea, into their stones for even more good luck. It was believed that the light greenish blue shade would calm the ocean waters, making them placid and easy to pass.

This wasn’t the only way that aquamarine has been used for supernatural purposes. At one time, people believed that this beautiful March birthstone had the capacity to cure all kinds of illnesses, from heart disease to a sour stomach. Those who wanted to invoke the magical powers of aquamarine would simply soak the stone in some water and then drink the water in which the stone had been sitting. There was also lore about aquamarine protecting those who were engaged in battle, as well as making the person who wore it very calm and even-tempered.

Nowadays, of course, aquamarine is used for more decorative purposes. Those who have a March birthday are often enthusiastic to buy jewelry that features their special aquamarine birthstone. Used in a multitude of designs, from cocktail rings to elegant necklaces, aquamarine has a way of capturing the attention of a crowd. Aquamarine is also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries.

In the past few years, aquamarine jewelry has made a resurgence, showing up on the necks, wrists and fingers of A-list celebrities. Women tend to be particularly thrilled by this stone, which complements a variety of different eye colors and skin tones. It is versatile in the way it can be cut and even looks good in its natural state, which is rare.

Perhaps it is not surprising that this exotic stone can be found in an array of diverse places all over the world, from Brazil to Mozambique and Pakistan. In Pakistan, miners even ascend to 15,000 feet in order to pluck the precious stone from the earth.

Going Vintage

Do you desire a piece of jewelry that looks like it’s a period piece from the early 20th century, or even something like your mother used to wear?  Well, your ship has come in!  We at Hemming Plaza Jewelers specialize in creating custom pieces of jewelry.  Going vintage is very trendy these days, so what better way to set yourself apart than by having a custom piece of jewelry made just for you, just the way you want it.  Bring in a photo, or an older piece of jewelry and we can craft virtually anything you’d like to your specifications.  If you can dream it, we can do it.  As a matter of fact, we love to do it, so come see us before the holidays and get your custom piece today!

Give Your Graduate The Gift Of Jewelry

This time of year, everyone’s mind is on the events of the holiday season.  Don’t forget those college graduates that generally receive their degrees this time of year.  Companies like Jostens have cornered the market on things like class rings, but why not give your graduate the gift of jewelry this holiday season.  We offer custom one-of-a-kind pieces that they’ll remember forever.  The great thing about jewelry is that it’s too precious to casually discard, and it usually invokes a fond memory of the person that purchased the piece for you.  For example, Rolex is held in high regard in the timepiece industry.  It is so prolific that once purchased, it is likely to be handed down for multiple generations.  I know you’re thinking that a watch isn’t practical in the digital age, but someday your college graduate may be a business professional, and a Rolex is not just a conversation starter, but adds sophistication to any occasion.  This year, give the gift of jewelry and let this moment, this memory live for eternity.

December Birthstones

If you like blue, you’re in luck.  December has 3 birthstones associated with it, all of which are absolutely stunning.

Tanzanite, as its name implies, was originally discovered in Tanzania.  An early substitute for the more expensive sapphire, tanzanite has come into its own in recent years to possess a beauty all its own.  Though far less common, those stones with a bit of violet color accenting the deep blue are more treasured among tanzanite enthusiasts.

The second of the December birthstones is zircon.  Though its etymology suggests Arabic origins, it comes largely from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  Most people are probably familiar with the colorless variant of zircon which was used as an inexpensive substitute for diamonds, but zircon is found in every color of the rainbow.  As folklore would have it, zircon also has the unique ability to ward off disease and injury.

Lastly, there is turquoise.  Cherished in the American Southwest and often found adorning bracelets and necklaces, turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones.  Although it is known for it’s pale blue color, it can also appear greenish blue as well.  Turquoise is a more plentiful gemstone and can be found in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.